1 It had been almost ten years since I wrote about Julie Beloved [n17:1] and, in order to keep in line with the theme, albeit one might wonder what it has to do with the rest of the book? I've opted to mention something about my good friend Rhea at work.
2 As I said in chapter 17 [n37], I gave Julie a copy of chapters 1-10 of the book on April 20th, 1999, which happened to be hAdolf Hitler's birthday and, the day the Columbine Massacre occurred. While at the time, it seemed like an ominous signindeedbut now I no longer see it this way. The fact that it happened on this day, however, is the whole point, for it would seem like a good place to start, if something else happened along these linesin the quest for Ariadne.
3 It all started when somebody brought up the date January 11th, 2009 on my web page, and said something ominous was supposed to happen that day, despite the fact that it didn't. It was the day I got sick with a nasty cold or the flu, however. While I said it would be 24 years to the day that everything fell apart back in 1985, as I explain in chapter 11 at my 7th residence [11:149]. Hmm. . . "This will be the day that I die?" It's funny, but the song, American Pie, by Don McLean, started randomly playing on my computer, and these words came up right at the moment I was writing this. Well, it was the day that I died back then anyway [n1:20].
4 And yet, as I mention in my 7th residence, after the boyfriend shows up [n11:179], it was the beginning of something entirely new. In fact, the whole book is contingent upon the fact that this happened. And here, the number 24 signifies the completion of one cycle, or time-frame, like the 24-hour period on a clock. This is what I realized when I brought it up, meaning the previous cycle was now over, and a new cycle had just begun [n6:56].
5 I also said I was working with the number 24 just prior to what happened on April 20th, 1999. It was actually the numbers 24 and 31, after the lollipop incident in chapter 17 [n18]: the number 24 signifying the woman, who descends to assume her position as the bride (23), and the number 31 signifying the man, who ascends to assume his position as the bridegroom (32). Which, once it occurs, and the two are joined, 32 (+) 23, you get, 343 or, 7 x 7 x 7, which signifies the holy marriage (7) [n3:11; n4:80; n6:135]. While throughout the book I mention the 7th church which, signifies the Marriage of Heaven and Earth, and is supposed to occur in the year 2010 or, 23 years after the advent of the 6th church in 1987 [n1:46; n2:19]. Although the focus remains on the number 24, in accord with the bride to be, because the marriage has yet to occur, at the time I wrote this.
6 While come to find out, with their close affinity to each other, the rites of Dionysus were held in honor of his grandmother Rhea, who was also known as Cybele [n4:46]. Any wonder why Dionysus was her favorite grandson? Hence it seems fitting that the 7th church be instituted in accord with Rhea which, is what I'm suggesting. While sure enough, this girl Rhea, who practically fell into my lap at work one day, with shades of Princess Thianna all over again [n15:1], turned 23 on April 20th, 2009. Meaning she'll turn 24 in the year 2010, in accord with the holy marriage. And, although she was still 23 at the time, she was actually living in her 24th year, and her status was automatically maintained, as the bride, in accord with her 24th birthday. Yet this was already received or, implicitly known, on her 23rd birthday; though like I say in Princess Thinanna [n15:2], it was mostly representative.
7 In fact this is what happened. And when she called the week before, and invited me to her birthday party on Saturday, April 18th, two days early, I wasn't sure about going, but decided to go the night before. This is when I opted to write this chapter, which I handed her a copy of the following day. And, because she expressed an interest in the Greek myths, or mythology in general, much like May in Princess Thianna, I gave her a copy of the DVD, The Power of Myth, with Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers. I figured she would at least appreciate this, if she didn't get anything out of what I wrote here or, in the rest of the book. Oh well, she invited me. . .
8 Rhea and I got along famously from the get-go. We were a riot together! And, with her infectious personality, she's one of the most orgiastic persons I've ever known, regarding worship of the goddess Rhea, that is. Neither does that imply anything vulgar, as it has more to do with the rites of spring and blossoming of nature or, even being wild and crazy; though sexual connotations also applied. She was more of a tease, in her youthful exuberance, though intent on remaining faithful to her boyfriend. We met in early April, 2008.
9 We discussed her affinity to Rhea early on, and I said both she and Rhea represented my grandmother and, that Dionysus was Rhea's favorite grandson. She didn't particularly care for this, for it implied she was more ancient than I, and said she wished her mother named her something else. But I said, Hey, Rhea signified Mother Nature and, although she might be ancient, it was nothing to scoff about. I also gave her a copy of chapter 5 to read, and an earlier copy of this book shortly after her 23rd birthday. She was pretty impressed, and started calling me Dionysus at work, although I don't think she fully understood what she was saying. I think it had more to do with trying to get my attention when I was trying to ignore her which, was not easy to do.
10 I should also note that in The Power of Myth intro, after the moon walk and Martin Luther King's speech, the first myth Joseph Campbell recalls is the labyrinth, while referring to the Hero's Adventure. This is also the title of chapter V in the book, based on the program, where he repeats the same thing. It's funny, because of all the myths he studied and knew intimately, this is the one he chose to begin with: which, as I mention in An Account of Theseus [n12:31], is integral to the Dionysus/Ariadne myth. And yet, throughout the rest of the series, if I recall correctly, he doesn't once mention Dionysus, Ariadne, Theseus, King Minos, or the Minotaur, which were all central to the labyrinth theme.
11 I thought it was fitting, whether it was done wittingly or not, because it falls in line with my reasons for giving it to Rhea: again, the quest for Ariadne. Much as Joseph refers to the thread which, was Ariadne's contrivance: that allowed Theseus to escape the labyrinth after slaying the Minotaur. This is what I noticed, or recalled, when preparing the DVD's for Rhea. Though the idea was already pertinent. This just topped it off and put everything into perspective.
12 So, perhaps you can see why I would bring it up? And, while this may be the end of it, there may be more. I don't know? Anyway, it would seem a fitting prelude, in dedication to Rhea, both the goddess and person, to what lay ahead in the year 2010.