In the Roman Empire of the 2nd to 4th centuries, Taurobolium was a Bull-killing cult act performed by initiates of the Mysteries of Magna Mater.
Although The Hierophant follows The Emperor in the major arcane of the Tarot, together they represent one power structure working in tandem through politics (the religion of the Government).
|CNN International Logo as compared to an inverted Scorpio symbol.|
The show's significant impact on world views was even noted by Richard Holbrooke himself. He was quoted as telling King:
"I know that your program is watched carefully in Belgrade, probably the most watched program available to the leadership in Belgrade, and I hope they hear your suggestion and respond positively to it.”
If King is the archetypal EYE of public politics, then Holbrooke was, as an article in TIME called him, the "Archetype of American Diplomacy".
His dying mission was to end the war in Afghanistan and he was notoriously dogged in his lifelong pursuit of world peace.
Holbrooke's struggle links synchromystically to the 1980 movie classic Raging Bull starring Robert De Niro as failed boxing prizefighter Jake LaMotta.
Eleleth at the Kosmos Idikos blog confirms De Niro's connection to the Bull/Beast. He writes:
Robert De Niro, as a personification of the Beast (the dark, masculine Ego), is lost and adrift in the world, desperately searching for the Beauty--that is, the feminine principle of Love--that ever eludes his grasp.
Like De Niro's character Jake LaMotta, Holbrooke is the failed prizefighter who dies with his hard fought efforts to bring the principle of Love/Peace to Afghanistan unfulfilled.
The name LaMotta also means "dweller by a fortified stronghold" which links Holbrooke to The Five of Cups in the Tarot and syncs with the Five (V) of The Hierophant card.
Hamid Karzai collaborated with Holbrooke to try to strike a peace accord.
|Holbrooke and Afghan President Hamid Karzai|
In the interview King tows the "Emperor's" line by suggesting the Taliban is an "undefeatable force", Obama's drawdown of troops is tantamount to abandonment, and Karzai is a delusional manic depressive.
Richard Holbrooke died on 12/13/10. Three days later on 12/16/10 Larry King retired at the age of 77, ending his show after 25 (2+5=7) years on air.
British journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan has been selected to replace King on CNN.
Piers Morgan was born Piers O'Meara on 3/30/1965 (3/3/11=33) and his name (Piers=pierce) is yet another sync wink to the sacrificial "piercing" or stabbing of the Bull.
We can also find a synchromystic link to him in historical fantasy author Katherine Kurtz's (K2) series of Deryni novels.
One of the fictional Eleven Kingdoms in the Deryni series is named Meara, and Kurtz's two most recent books are In the King's Service (2003) and Childe Morgan (2006).
On January 1, 2011 (11/11), Piers Morgan will "fill the King's suspenders", thus sealing his place as the second initiate on The Hierophant tarot card---the Childe Morgan in the King's service.
"We might even justifiably say that the taurobolium, rather than a rite effectual in itself was a symbol of paganism. It was a rite apparently forbidden by the Christian emperors and thus became a hallmark of the pagan nobility in their final struggle..."
Therefore, the Bull sacrifice can be seen as an act of defiance against God, a move by The Powers that Be born of desperation at seeing the Political, Religious, and Economic control structures they have so careful crafted now at risk of crumbling.
The Zoroastrian tradition speaks of the "destructive spirit" Ahriman (aka Angra Mainyu).
Ahriman slays the Primal Bull...but the battle goes on, with mankind caught in the middle, whose duty it remains to withstand the forces of evil through good thoughts, words and deeds.
The Raging Bull has died and the Larry King Live(s). Who will prevail in this battle?