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3 days ago

Aeon Centre of Cosmology

The Magical Carousel, a Zodiacal Odyssey ~ excerpt from Chapter 8The Magical Carousel, a Zodiacal Odyssey

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea)

Republished, Notion Press, 2017

An Evolutionary Journey Through the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac



An Excerpt from CHAPTER 8

Chapter VIII

Death and Liberation, The Vital Force Released

The voices fade in the distance as the chariot is pulled through the infinite blue by the winged horse, farther and farther away, on to the realm of the Unknown. They glide through the clear sky for a long time until they are plunged into a thick grey mist that becomes darker and darker as they penetrate it.

Suddenly, completely taken by surprise, the children are snatched up by two powerful, enormous claws that pull them with great force out of the chariot and into the mist. Val looks up to see what has stolen them, yet she sees nothing but the claws of some obviously huge bird, whose body remains completely covered in the dark grey blanket.

They seem to descend and the air becomes very hot and sticky. There is such tension, as that felt before the release of rain; it is almost suffocating. The bird stops its powerful flight, hovering slightly, and Val and Pom-pom can just make out below them a somewhat rocky land of intense somber colours. And as the bird comes closer, carefully selecting the right spot on which to deposit them, they notice that the intense heat causes steam to come from the rocks, filling the air with an eery fog.

The bird sets them down and now the children can just barely make out its shape. They seem to have been carried by a great Eagle whose huge shadow disappears through the fog.

Val and Pom-pom are fixed to the spot. With the mist it is impossible to see very far and the heavy air makes it difficult to move. The tension rises and the air becomes even heavier until a resounding clap of thunder is heard and buckets of rain begin pouring down from the invisible sky. Now they must do something and also, with the falling rain, tension is lifted and movement becomes easier. Hand in hand the children rush to find shelter from the heavy downpour.

They are completely drenched by the time they spy a cave in the rocky landscape. Careful not to slip on the wet rocks, they dash toward it and are soon inside, away from the falling water. As they penetrate Val and Pom-pom can no longer make out their surroundings in the pitch dark.

This is really going into the unknown, they think…

“Valie, are you frightened?” asks the tiny voice of Pom-pom. “Ahem… no…what makes you think I’m frightened,” responds Val, as she clutches Pom-pom’s hand so tightly she almost squeezes the life out of it.

“Well, in case you were, I just wanted to tell you not to be afraid, because I have the Golden Sword to protect us. Remember?”

The Golden Sword.

“The Eagle must have been thankful for that since it surely made his load more balanced,” replies Val, half to herself.

They remain completely still in the dark cave until finally the sounds of the tempest cease and they decide to go out and see what they will find. Advancing carefully along the wall of the cave they soon see the entrance, but silhouetted against the light, blocking the way with his stinger arched high is a sinister, gigantic Scorpion!

Val and Pom-pom are so frightened they cannot even scream; and even so, who would hear them? Pom-pom grasps the sword tightly with his two hands and steps courageously before Val, ready to strike if necessary. Of course the sword is trembling madly for he is really quite scared, but at the same time he is excited by the danger. Then a squeaky, wiry voice echoes through the cave. The Scorpion speaks:

“You think you are very brave with that! What can you do with one sword against the power of a Scorpion? Yet since you are so brave, I will show you what real power is and how to obtain it. I will lead you to

someone who knows many secrets and magic formulae. If you are willing you can learn things which very few beings know…”



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1 month ago

Aeon Centre of Cosmology

The Magical Carousel, a Zodiacal Odyssey ~ excerpt from Chapter 7The Magical Carousel, a Zodiacal Odyssey

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea)

Republished, Notion Press, 2017

An Evolutionary Journey Through the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac

An Excerpt from CHAPTER 7

Union, Awareness of the Origin

How high they are pulled!

Now the land below can no longer be seen. The elevator continues its ascent and they enter a heavy mist, so thick they can barely see one another. It is as if they were passing through an endless cloud. Higher, still higher they climb until suddenly there is a jerk and the elevator stops. Val and Pom-pom are still immersed in the thick mist and therefore unable to make out what has happened and why they have stopped.

Shortly, however, they are overcome by a very light, gay and carefree feeling, and gradually become aware that the elevator is starting to swing to and fro, to and fro, ever so gently. A peculiar elevator indeed! Is it supposed to do this, they wonder? Val and Pom-pom are somewhat frightened and hope the mysterious cable sustaining it will last under this gentle swing.

To and fro they go, like a giant pendulum.

At last the movement ends, they stop swinging and it seems just the right balance has been reached. A soft breeze begins to blow making the children feel light and airy. It continues so until, little by little, almost all the mist is blown away and everything now becomes visible; only their feet remain covered.

What a lovely place they have been brought to! The land glows with the pink colour that comes at twilight after a clear day. A wide avenue opens before them with elegant mansions here and there. Beautiful statues placed at just the right distance from one another line the street, and willowy trees in pastel tones shade the walk. Val and Pom-pom are anxious to go down this beautiful lane so they try the elevator gate and there notice a symbol and the number 7. Val uses the key and they are thus free to explore this exquisite land.

Off they go, hopping merrily along, looking at the statues, running up to the mansions on whose doors they find funny-looking plaques

that read: UNIFIED ABODE OF JULIET AND JOHN PACE or UNIFIED

RESIDENCE OF CLAUDE AND JENNIFER…etc. Who are these people and where are they? No one seems to be around.

“Valie, let’s ring one of the door bells. This is such a nice land, I’m sure it will be all right.”

Val agrees and they choose a door and ring the bell. No answer.

They run up to another and the same: no answer.

Finally, after trying many doors, they come to one more elegant and grander than the others. On it a plaque reads: ULTRA COMPLEMENTARY HAVEN OF FRANK AND FELICITY HARMONY. They push the button and a flourish of chimes sounds within. Rushing footsteps are heard and someone quickly opens the door.

A little lad appears in the doorway, apparently a page of the residence; he is obviously getting ready to leave the house. On seeing them he immediately notices the medals pinned to their chests and ecstatically exclaims:

“You are the ones who have renounced for a higher cause! Quickly, quickly, everyone is gathered in the park. They are all waiting for you.”

“Waiting for us?” “Of course. It’s already September 23rd and the yearly

ceremony in Libraland is about to begin. Please follow me.”

Off he goes down the avenue, making sure Val and Pom-pom follow closely behind. As they round a corner they see a beautiful park, done in the best of taste, with wrought iron benches placed here and there under graceful trees. Little alcoves dot the strange vegetation tinged a light blue.

A very large crowd is gathered which begins to cheer at the sight of Val and Pom-pom. A small group hurries toward them and summons a chariot. The children are placed inside and are borne along by a delicate white wingèd horse, hardly touching the invisible ground beneath them. The crowd cheers and waves as they approach the centre of the park; Val and Pom-pom seem to be the heroes of the occasion and are very popular in this land. They are brought to a platform on which several very attractive couples are waiting to greet them. The children are really

overjoyed at such treatment and kindness, though they are not quite sure what they have done to merit all this. However, if everybody wants to be so nice they’ll accept and ask no questions.

The couples are presented to the children; of these Frank and Felicity Harmony seem to be the most important. They are lovely creatures and very similar, in fact, almost identical except that one is a man and the other a woman. They step forward and motion the crowd to be silent. Alternating their phrases they begin to speak, as two complementary beings:

“It is with great pleasure” says Frank

“that we are able to welcome” says Felicity “Val” says Frank

“and Pom-pom” says Felicity “to our annual ceremony.” “They are a fine example to all”

“for their just and harmonious decision”

“to dedicate themselves to the higher cause” “to strive for UNION”

“hereafter and always”

“UNION!” they conclude in unison.

The crowd applauds and applauds after a lengthy speech, during which the couple sometimes forget what they were supposed to say. Then invitations are extended for the Twilight Ball, to be held in the Ultra Complementary Haven of Frank and Felicity Harmony. Again the chariot approaches through the cheering public and the couple and children are carried off to the abode of Frank and Felicity, where Val and Pom-pom will reside.

In the house they find the most exquisite surroundings: such luxury and elegance! Everything possible is done to make them feel at home. Frank and Felicity want to show the children to their rooms but between them they cannot decide on the proper quarters. Val and Pom-pom are escorted to the upper floor, through a long corridor with doors on either side.

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Curious about what happens to our young protagonists as they enter Libraland?

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2 months ago

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The Magical Carousel, a Zodiacal Odyssey ~ excerpt from Chapter 6 - VIRGOLANDThe Magical Carousel, a Zodiacal Odyssey

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea)

Republished, Notion Press, 2017

An Evolutionary Journey Through the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac

An Excerpt from CHAPTER 6

The New–born

Thud! Clunk!

Val and Pom-pom reach the end of their journey. They find themselves at the bottom of the chimney stack, packed tightly against a metal gate, one on top of the other.Val calls to Pom-pom on the bottom:

“Try to open the gate.”

“Gate, what gate?” responds Pom-pom. “Oh! I can’t see! Val, I can’t see anymore!”

Val is terrified. Being so upset by the words of her brother, she manages to arrange herself so that she can see what is wrong with him. Standing on her head with her legs and feet up in the air, she says,

“It’s your crown, little Prince Pom-pom,” rather irritated at having been so inconvenienced and made to worry uselessly. “Get your crown out of your eyes and I’m sure you’ll see something to help us out of this place!”

Their situation is really very difficult because not only are they squashed in a position that makes any manoeuver almost impossible, but they are also fearful of making too much noise, not knowing where they are and what sort of creatures might be awaiting them.

For a long while they remain like this trying to think of a way out of this new dilemma, entirely forgetting Glow’s instructions, the keys,

everything. Still on her head Val manages to turn slightly towards the grating and there to her joy she sees a 9 and the symbol

“Pom-pom,” she cries, “it’s a new land! We’ve come to a new land.

Quickly, get the 9th key. We’re here!”

Pom-pom does what he is told as best he can in the circumstances, and fishes out key number 9. Coming close to the lock he sees a symbol and the number 6!

“You mean number 6,” he says. “What 6, it’s a 9. Hurry!” she replies. Now Pom-pom’s a very clever little boy and he knows a 6 from a 9,

perhaps he can’t write very well, but he does know his numbers and a 6 is

a 6 and a 9 is a 9.

In the cramped chimney stack they start arguing and Val, finally ending up the other way around somehow, sees that the 9 has become a

6. She quickly forgets her embarrassment, uses the key to open the gate and they both tumble out onto the chimney bed.

From this little nook they are able to examine what lies before them.

A very neat place indeed! Everything is in proper order and so clean.

The room has a little table in the centre with flowers and bread and a pitcher of milk. A cozy bed nestles in one corner. Outside the room they hear sounds of busy feet rushing here and there, machines working, water flowing, – sounds of a very active place.

The children come out of the chimney and stretch their shaken bodies.

What a way to travel, but at least they seem to have arrived on time.

Before going on they decide to drink some of the milk and perhaps rest a bit. They are about to pick up the pitcher when from behind them come shrieks and screams of women in quite a panic:

“Grimy creatures, filthy little things!” “How dare you come into our house and dirty

everything!”

“Get out! Go back where you came from.”

What a fright for Val and Pom-pom, who never thought themselves dirtier than any normal children. They whirl around to see a group of middle-aged ladies in the doorway, holding brooms and wash-cloths and dust mops, looking very stern and irritated.

But where can they go? Glow said they were supposed to continue their journey. How can they climb back up the chimney stack?

They turn toward each other and instantly burst into peals of laughter on seeing themselves covered from head to foot in the darkest of soot, and Pom-pom’s little crown perched lopsided on his head to make him all the more absurd.

They laugh and laugh completely forgetting the irritated ladies who impatiently wait for the children to disappear from their cleanest of clean houses!

The group approaches, ready to sweep the children away, when one of them notices the almost unrecognisable crown. She nervously calls her companions into a huddle where they ardently discuss the matter in whispers so as not to let the children hear.

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Curious about what happens to our young protagonists in Virgoland?

Find details below for purchasing The Magical Carousel and Commentaries.

Due to the cancellation/delay of delivery services, shipping may not be available at this time.

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3 months ago

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The Magical Carousel, a Zodiacal Odyssey ~ excerpt from Chapter 5 - LEOLANDThe Magical Carousel, a Zodiacal Odyssey

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea)

Republished, Notion Press, 2017

An Evolutionary Journey Through the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac



An Excerpt from CHAPTER 5

THE MASCULINE PRINCIPLE

As the Crab gently pulls them through the night Val and Pom-pom wonder where they are going and what further adventures are in store for them. Then without being aware of how it happens or when, the children realise the boat is no longer being pulled and the Crab has disappeared. They lazily float along in the darkness, carried here and there by the currents. There is nothing to do and, weary from all their experiences, they roll up in the bottom of the boat and are lulled to sleep by the motion of the water.

After a while light shining on their faces awakens them. The change from the nights of darkness causes them to blink their eyes several times before they can get used to the brightness. They realise the boat is no longer rocking and in a flash Val and Pom-pom rise to look at the water and see what it is like in daylight.

To their surprise there is no water. The boat is stuck in the sand, obviously caught there as the tide receded.

They leave the boat, anxious to explore this new place, and find the sand warm underfoot, as is the air, heavy and warm. There is so much light it is possible to see far and wide. The vegetation in this land is not too full, with trees and shrubs here and there. There are hills and hillocks which break the flatness and the principal colours are orange, ochre and gold that glimmer as if under the rays of a resplendent Sun.

Val and Pom-pom are puzzled. They don’t know where to go and seem fixed to the spot, unable to decide what to do. Then out of nowhere comes a terrific, frightening roar, a roar so loud that they jump into the air with a start and take flight, as quick as their little feet will carry them. On and on they run going as fast as possible until they fall to the ground exhausted, sure that now they are far enough away from whatever was roaring.

“Do you think it was a lion, Val?” asks Pom-pom.

“Well, it certainly wasn’t a mouse!” she responds, “Let’s hope we’re safe now…” And before she finishes speaking the children are startled by the same terrific roar even closer than the last time. Up again and off they dash, on and on until once more they stop to rest and once more, this time practically on top of them, the roar bellows out and urges them…to who knows where! They imagine a ferocious lion following, ready to eat them if he could just catch them. But they are determined not to give him a chance, even though it is such an effort to run in this land of heavy air.

Suddenly as they round a hillock, they come upon an amazing sight. A huge majestic castle, with flags and banners flying, rises in the bright sky. It is encircled by a high wall and – what is very strange – a great ring of fire protects the whole castle, making it impossible to reach the gate. They can go neither backwards nor forwards!

“What are we going to do?” ROOAAARR!

“Help!” ROOOOOAAAAARRRR!

“Oh me!” ROOOOOOOOAAAAAAARRRRRRR!

“Quick, through the fire,” and both Val and Pom-pom take a big leap, hand in hand, through the blaze. So great is their fear that they fly through the air as if they had Wings.

They land flat on their backs on the other side of the fire, but at least in one piece and safe from the roaring lion. After they collect their wits a bit they then notice a gate in the huge wall of the castle and going to it they find it bears a symbol and the number 5.

Curious about what happens to our young protagonists as they enter Leoland?

Find details below for purchasing The Magical Carousel and Commentaries.

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To purchase The Magical Carousel in India directly from Aeon Centre of Cosmology, send an email to [email protected] and avail a 20% discount. Note ‘TMC20’ in the subject line.

Or purchase from Notion Press, India (discount does not apply): notionpress.com/read/the-magical-carousel-and-commentaries

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