The Theft of Our Animals
Come, fill the South Sea goblet full;
The gods shall of our stock take care;
Europa pleased accepts the Bull,
And Jove with joy puts off the Bear.
This poem was written by Alexander Pope in 1720, and inscribed upon a punch bowl, for a club. Pope and many other Englishmen at the time were heavily invested in the South Sea Company, a stock-market scheme involving the English monarchy and government. When the South Sea Bubble burst in mid-1720, many investors, from peasants to lords, were forced into bankruptcy and thousands of individuals were financially ruined. This was the first major stock-market fraud and meltdown: the first of many as we sadly know today.
It was also another first: one of the earliest usages of the terms Bull and Bear to describe positive and negative market trends.
As most of us reading this will already know, the cow/bull and the bear are the most ancient and sacred symbols in our European religion, our Ancestral Cult. Marie Cachet has done extensive research and writing on this subject, and I will not attempt to summarize here but will refer you to her writings here on Mithra or the Bull of Fire and here on the Cult of the Bear. In all cultures with European ancestry, these animals are representative of our connection to the earth, the cycle of the seasons, and natural reproduction.
When I studied Dante’s Divine Comedy in first-year university, and found that Dante had grouped the sins of Usury and Sodomy together in the seventh circle of the Inferno, it was explained to us that they were both seen at the time as sins against nature: attempted reproduction in an unnatural way. In sodomy, you are taking something natural and intended to be fruitful, the act of sex, and turning it into something that is not fruitful (fornication using contraception would also fall in this category). In usury, you are taking something that is not intended to be fruitful, gold and silver which are inorganic matter, and turning it into something that is fruitful by unnaturally making that inorganic matter “breed” and create offspring. Of course today both of these “sins” are openly celebrated.
This I think helps to explain why you will find bronze statues of bulls and bears in financial districts and stock exchanges across America and Europe, and why you hear endless discussion of “bull markets” and “bear markets”. The most ancient symbols of our pagan past, stolen and repurposed by the enemies of Europe, known now to the world as “the two symbolic beasts of finance”.