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Over dinner at the Kursalon before the Strauss-Mozart concert (May 17), Elizabeth and I IMG_1536were seated next to a wall mural with the score of the “Blue Danube” scrawled on it in Strauss’ own handwriting.

What’s even more interesting is that I had IMG_1538not realized it at first. But when I started to read the musical notes, I said to Elizabeth excitedly, “that’s the Blue Danube.” It was only then that I noticed that handwritten text and Strauss’ own signature. 🙂

“Another great omen,” I told Elizabeth. We had been also greeted by Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” score at the airport on May 14.


That’s when and where another penny dropped. I started to talkt to Elizabeth about the HolyEmpire-Roman-Emperor-Charles-V map Roman Empire of the early 16th century.  Charles V, the last Holy Roman Emperor, was my father when I was King Philip II of Spain and Elizabeth was my wife as Queen Mary I of England, Henry VIII’s firstborn daughter.

ICharles V Karl_V_1605 explained how Charles V (aka Karl V – right) split up the empire while he was still alive. He abdicated as emperor in 1556 in favor of his brother Ferdinand I, the head of the Habsburg dynasty (yellow portions on the above map) and his son – Phillip II (red on the map). Ferdinand got what we now know as the Austrian empire, Phillip II the rest. That included the rich Spanish colonies in Latin America and elsewhere.

800px-Vista_aerea_del_Monasterio_de_El_Escorial“So that’s what this trip is about,” I told Elizabeth. “You and I will be restitching together emotionally the heart of the Holy Roman Empire which was broken up 500 years ago. And our lives at the time.”

It was interesting that I was guided to connect Vienna and Spain on this trip back in February while still in Maui.  But it was not until we arrived in Vienna two days ago that I began to understand what this is all about. Such is the geomantic power of this city.


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When Elizabeth and I were at the Kaiser Apartments in the Hofburg Palace yesterday (May 16), a large penny dropped again. Every so often we would hear in the narration about the beautiful imperial gold and silver dishes and cutlery that the reason not everything is preserved to this day is that every so often, the emperor would be forced to have it melted down for coin to pay for various wars.

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So in the past, the emperor paid for wars, I realized. Now, in this era of so-called democracy, a mask for a New World Order plutocracy worse than the imperial system, the people pay for wars.

Just look at the US military spending as an example. Who do you suppose is paying forall the wars and military engagements around the world in which our troops are deployed? Emperors Bush or Obama? Or you and I?

We do, of course. Through taxes. Yet there is no lack of gold and silver at the White House banquets, nor any shortage of pomp and ceremony.

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Of course, in both systems, the people are the “cannon fodder,” the peons who die for their usurpers’ and rulers’ greed and power quests.


As I was waking up this morning (May 17) around 5AM, I had another revelation: Vienna is the place where important revelations occur to me. It is also where I find myself during momentous events in modern world history.

* 0004e5f6-642I was here in Se p 1991 when a communist coup against Gorbachev was launched (unsuccessfully). This led to Boris Yeltsin’s rise to power and the removal of Gorbachev.

* I parliament-siege-yeltsin-timeline.siwas here in Sep 1993 when Yeltsin ordered the Russian Parliamentarian revolt suppressed by force. Which happened only after bloody street fighting (see Yeltsin’s Red October).

* I was in here on Sep 8, 1993, when I first had the idea about the upcoming fall of the American Empire. In fact, one could say now looking in hindsight that this is where I was born as a geopolitical writer and analyst.

* greenintThis revelation led to my Nov 1995 pieces “When Cultures Collide…” and “Green Interstate
” which accurately predicted the polarization and oppression in America, and future wars in Bosnia and later in Kosovo.

“So which momentous event is going to happen this time?” I wondered. “And where?”

Ukraine seems the most likely candidate.

Or maybe this realization – about the importance of the Vienna geomancy in my life – along with the purpose of this trip being to re-stitch together emotionally the old Holy Roman Empire – was the “momentous revelation?”

* * *

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (Carlos V in Spanish)

Charles V was ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and, as Charles V Karl_V_1605Charles I, of the Spanish Empire from 1516 until his voluntary retirement and abdication in favor of his younger brother Ferdinand I and his son Philip II as King of Spain in 1556.

Born: February 24, 1500, Ghent, Belgium
Died: September 21, 1558, Monastery of Yuste, Spain
Full name: Charles V
Spouse: Isabella of Portugal (m. 1526–1539)
Children: Philip II of Spain, John of Austria, Margaret of Parma, More
Parents: Joanna of Castile, Philip I of Castile

After the death of his paternal grandfather, Maximilian, in 1519, he inherited the Habsburg Monarchy. He was also the natural candidate of the electors to succeed his grandfather as Holy Roman Emperor. He defeated the candidacies of Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, Francis I of France, and Henry VIII of England. The unanimous[contradictory] decision of the electors gave Charles the crown on 28 June 1519. In 1530, he was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Clement VII in Bologna, the last emperor to receive a papal coronation.

Charles abdicated the parts of his empire piecemeal. First he abdicated the thrones of Sicily and Naples, both fiefs of the Papacy, and the Duchy of Milan to his son Philip in 1554. The minute of Charles’s abdication of Naples was given to Philip on 25 July and he was invested with the kingdom (officially “Naples and Sicily”) on 2 October by Pope Julius III.

The most famous—and public—abdication of Charles took place a year later, on 25 October 1555, when he announced to the States General of the Netherlands his abdication of those territories and the county of Charolais and his intention to retire to a monastery. He abdicated from his Spanish Empire in January 1556, with no fanfare, and gave it to Philip.

Charles abdicated as emperor in 1556 in favor of his brother Ferdinand; however, due to lengthy debate and bureaucratic procedure, the Imperial Diet did not accept the abdication (and thus make it legally valid) until 24 February 1558.

Charles retired to the monastery of Yuste in Extremadura, but continued to correspond widely and kept an interest in the situation of the empire. He suffered from severe gout and some scholars think Charles decided to abdicate after a gout attack in 1552 forced him to postpone an attempt to recapture the city of Metz, where he was later defeated. He lived alone in a secluded monastery, with clocks lining every wall, which some historians believe symbolizes his reign and his lack of time.

Charles’s brother Ferdinand, already in possession of the dynastic Habsburg lands, succeeded as Holy Roman Emperor on Charles’s final abdication, that of the imperial title in 1558, shortly before his death.

Charles died on 21 September 1558 from malaria.[38] Twenty-six years later, his remains were transferred to the Royal Pantheon of The Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.



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