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by Lynn Hayes

One of the interesting blogs you’ll find in my blogroll is Todd Chapman’s “Through the Looking Glass.”  Todd is an avid watcher of meaningful connections, and he has over time made an fascinating study of connections involving Ceres.  Todd writes

Anyone familiar with my entire body of work will surely know that some of my earliest posts centered around the ancient mid-April festival of Cerealia, held in the honor of the Roman Goddess CERES. One of the “highlights” of the Cerealia was the porca pracidanea, the ritual sacrifice of a PIG. In previous articles over the past two years, I have attempted to exhibit some the “pork” related happenings which also seem to coincide with a bloodier human ritual which has become common place during approximately the same dates of mid-April [see Ok. City, Columbine, Virgina Tech]

The festival of Cerealia occurred around April 12 to April 19, although the exact timing is now unknown. The image of Ceres, like Aphrodite and the other goddesses of the ancient world, has been watered down over the years.  Rather than the benign earth mother guise in which she appears today, in ancient Rome and in Greece as Demeter she could be a rather frightening figure who had complete control over the survival of humanity.  Remember that when her daughter was lost in the underworld Ceres/Demeter in her grief allowed her people to starve to death.

Conspiracy theorists are having a field day with the connection of the mass shootings that occurred in mid-April this year to the Cerealia festival, and now the eruption of the swine flu at this time is certainly an interesting coincidence.  The predominance of mass murders in the month of April has caused more than a few raised eyebrows.  The siege in Waco occurred on April 19 1993.  The Oklahoma City bombings occurred on April 19 1995.  The Columbine murders occurred on April 20 1999.  The Virginia Tech murders took place on April 16 2007.  
The fact that the swine flu erupted into the news at precisely the time of year as the Cerealia festival which centered around the sacrifice of a pig is an interesting coincidence.  But rather than being an Illuminati conspiracy of Satan worship and mind control, I believe that this type of coincidence programs us to pay attention to our place in the natural world.  
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