Thoughts on “Troilus and Cressida” by William Shakespeare


Though, I believe the most of his works are hard to play on the stages! 😉 ❤

Stuff Jeff Reads

This is a very strange play, and I can understand why it is categorized as one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays.” I found it difficult to connect with any one character, and it was not clear who the tragic hero was. Hector dies, but he was not nearly as prideful as Achilles. Only thing close to a tragic flaw that Hector has is he refused to listen to the women who prophesized that something bad would happen to him if he went to fight. Troilus is betrayed by Cressida who gives herself to Diomedes, but they all live. Patroclus dies, but it is almost like a sidenote. Anyway, in spite of all the structural issues, there are some interesting themes that are worth considering.

There is some debate in the play about the contrast between fortune and free will. Early in the play, Nestor embraces the concept of free will over…

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The Headless Dullahan


Nifty Buckles

The Dullahan also named ( Durahan , Gan Ceann ) it is a class of unseeliemeaning an evil or malevolent faerie. It is headless, sighted by folks in the dark of night riding a acephalous black horse and totes his/her head under one arm. The head’s eyes are monstrous and flicker back and forth, while the maw holds a frozen horrific grin that spreads from ear to ear. This eerie cranium sports the texture and hue of fermented curds. The switch carried by the dullahan is a deceased body’s backbone, and the caravans they transport are crafted from macabre funeral items such as candles in skulls to shed light at night, the wheel rods are created from femur bones, the cart’s jacket is made from a maggot-munched shroud. Once the dullahan ceases riding, it stops on the spot where a specific body is due to die. The dullahan shouts…

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Fomalhaut – Watcher of the South


The Classical Astrologer

Capricorn and Aquarius from [Wellcome MS Persian 156 of Nujum al-‘Ulum ‘Stars of Sciences’ copied from an earlier work According to Ptolemy, Fomalhaut, in Piscis Australis and Watcher of the South, is of the nature of Venus and Mercury. It is generally a fortunate star and indeed very powerful and yet to cause “malevolence of sublime scope and character, and change from a material to a spiritual form of expression. Cardan stated that together with the stars rising with 12 Gemini it gives an immortal name.” [Robson*, p.165-166.]

The name Fomalhaut comes from the Arabic meaning Fish’s Mouth, which is how Ptolemy described it Fomalhaut is a very bright star among dim ones This makes it easy to see, but the constellation isn’t a great deal of help in finding it. In the heavens, the fish can be seen drinking water flowing from the jar of Aquarius. Other stories credit…

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Regulus – Watcher of the North


The Classical Astrologer

The Sun (ruler), Leo and lunar mansions – Persia 17th c.

Regulus is perhaps the best-known of the Watchers. He is of the nature of Mars and Jupiter and is Guardian of the North. Regulus provides success if revenge is avoided. The success must be pure. maintaining power without ever resorting to revenge is, of course, a great challenge. Still, there is a gentleness in this powerful lion and it comes as no surprise that the healing angel finds his place, here in the North. Jupiter and Mars can be read as Mercy and Severity, the essential symbols of the Pharaohs as rulers was the crook (heka) and the flail or flabellum (nekhakha). A good King needs to know when to use one or the other for the sake of the Kingdom. I, therefore, find the following passage from Manilius to be exceptionally jaundiced:

“Who can doubt the nature of the monstrous Lion, and the pursuits he…

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Walking with Turgenev


A Russian Affair

It’s as if you’re walking through a forest. All around you it’s quiet and calm. Until you start to listen and look carefully. You can hear a wood warbler sing, and the buzzing of bees and mosquitoes. And if you look closely you can see ants and beetles busying about on the forest ground. A world opens up in front of you in the silence. You loose your sense of time and forget you daily problems. Your heart is singing and you’re drinking in the fresh air. What’s that? Did you just see a deer?! Yes, yes, you can just see it’s white behind disappear into the forest. Now that’s Turgenev. Nothing much happens in Turgenev’s work. But actually a lot happens.

Nature plays an important role; the best known example is of course A Sportsman’s Sketches, but in his other works too nature is very much present. Turgenev…

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Is meditating on death like putting on a fur coat in summer?


As the Buddha advised, we need to be alert to the possibility that death meditation could be detrimental if we overdo it, or do it in the wrong spirit or state of mind.

I think that it’s fascinating; thinking about Death, It’s another step, I mean 😉