Wayne Hatford Interview

Interviewer: Shawn Schikora

Q 1:  Do you feel during the past year, due to so many issues, that our “spirit” tapped us on our respective shoulders, giving us a wake-up call? 

A: For sure! In 2021, the macro and the micro are very much in synch which means we cannot not notice that in our daily lives. The “inconvenience” of it all is the wake-up call, spirit in this case being our Higher Selves.

Q 2: What would you suggest to those frightened or hesitant to “look deeper” during these challenging times? 

A: In times like these, we have no choice but to look deep inside. Of course, one can always choose to divert one’s attention elsewhere but that only works for short periods of time. Spiritual journeys never stop; the only difference is that (often due to outside happenings or circumstances) they suddenly become highlighted, meaning we notice them and either accept or reject that they are extant. Bottom line: you are on a spiritual journey that began at first breath. It is always happening on a subconscious level. To what extent you become conscious of it is up to you.

Q 3:  Unfortunately, it seems many people don’t make concrete changes until some problem serves as a catalyst. Do you feel that in a way problems are blessings? Can one utilize a healing crisis to begin their spiritual growth, and if so, how?   

A: Problems are opportunities in search of solutions, and often we don’t know something is a problem until we get a clear sense of what not having it looks like. It’s the idea of contrast. Catalysts are endemic to the human experience; they are constant and the extent to which we interact with them is a decision that is yours to make. Any crisis can fuel positive outcomes should we decide to utilize it in a constructive way.

Q 4: Many people hope to begin their spiritual journeys, but genuinely fear and believe spiritual growth encompasses the more spectacular elements they’ve either read about or seen depicted in films, TV, videos, and the media. On the opposite end, there are those seeking a wild, supernatural “thrill show,” hoping something truly “mind blowing” happens, and feeling disappointed spiritual growth might be mundane. What are your thoughts on this topic? 

A: Spiritual growth is never mundane but, true, it often occurs by taking baby steps. Any wild, supernatural, thrill show will be the result of you being ready for it, and desiring its manifestation. It does not “just happen.” On some level you have given your permission and are a full participant in the experience. You refer to gossamers in your question, wisps of supposition. If you do not imbue them with substance they can never factor into your determinations or beliefs. Ghosts, whatever you make of the term, are just that, and nothing more.

Q 5: Many people believe in traditional religion and the place it occupies in their lives. If this is altered due to exploring less traditional spiritual methods, they might experience an “existential crisis” of sorts re: faith, their concept of God/Higher power, etc. Have you encountered individuals who have experienced this uneasy and possibly even unsettling dichotomy or schism in their so-called “spiritual psyches”?  

A: When are you not evolving, moving away from something while at the same time moving toward something else?  To answer your question, yes, I have, but I believe it to be a “faux” choice. We are only in an existential crisis if we decide to look at it that way. I respect everyone’s religious preference yet I urge you to not be boxed in by any particular dogma. Mental stimulation and exploration of ideas are keys to happiness. You can also be associated with a religion for any number of reasons unrelated to its teachings. That almost everyone experiences at least one crisis of faith during a lifetime is pretty much a given.

Q 6: You’ve been a teacher for most of your professional life. Do you feel that in exploring new areas, such as spirituality, channeling, and subsequently the world of self-publishing, you are continuing your role as a teacher? Or, have you also become a student of sorts? Do you feel the best teachers are perpetual students? 

A: I was a public school French and Spanish teacher for approximately two thirds of my professional life. And I could claim to be a teacher in my personal life as well, certainly in regards to the books I have published. They are meant to inform the reader and expand consciousness. The famous “Chicken Soup for the Soul” comes to mind however my books are not based on one dish but many, a smorgasbord of ideas rooted in spirituality and metaphysics that are sometimes also great fun! In exploring the areas you mention, I have been both student and teacher, and continue to be. Indeed, I have always been studying something, whether it eventually became a profession or not. So, a life-long student, yes; also (a) teacher, and I contend that most people participate in that same paradigm. Human interaction is about learning, and spontaneous teacher/student role-playing between any two individuals is a major factor in achieving that goal.

Regarding self-publishing, I fortunately came across an excellent provider, re: formatting and design. My first book was traditionally published; those that followed are self-published. It is a gift of this age that much more material can now be shared with the public, as opposed to the days when publishers and editors acted as funnels to limit what could be imparted.

Q 7: What prompted, or served as a catalyst for, your own spiritual exploration? 

A: Curiosity, the sense that all is not what it seems, and that there are greater plans and machinations in motion such as those symbolized by the movement of the planets. Never one to fully embrace any given religion I explored several in my youth, noted their respective vitalities, and then moved on. My first metaphysical foray was into the world of astrology when I lived in Boston. I then learned to read Tarot cards and realized that to some extent I was an empathic. Channeling did not come until later in life.

Q 8: You use the term “empath” to describe yourself. How exactly would you describe or define that term? Is it a talent, an expertise, an inborn trait, or was it something you “honed” and developed?

A. To some extent, all of the above. I first noticed as a child that I was able to tune into other people’s moods which translated into knowing when to keep my mouth shut or speak up, as the case may be. I believe if one is born predisposed to psychic sensitivity (which is how I define being an empath) more esoteric pursuits like channeling can easily be pursued, honed and flexed like a muscle. Astrology supports this contention as Neptune, ruler of cross-dimensional communication, is prominent in my chart, and in conjunction with both Sun and Mars.

Q 9: What advice would you share with those interested in channeling a deceased loved one, or a former business partner, co-worker, friend, etc.?   

A: To effect communication with the Other Side, you must first feel grounded, secure, and comfortable within. And, I would suggest a few specifics in terms of setting the stage. Plan to channel late at night when Earth Plane “wires” are less busy. Cleanse your setting however you wish: via verbal incantation, burning sage, etc. Have one lit candle on the table or more. Pray if you wish. Ask that any extraneous entities be gone. Then call the entity in question to be present by speaking its name with the intention of allowing it to move the pen on the paper before you. If contact has been made you of course will be moving the pen yourself, but it will feel like someone else is really guiding it. The handwriting is likely to be different from your ordinary style and sometimes very fast. These are solely my ideas and suggestions, not ironclad fact. I am simply sharing what has worked for me. By the way, I only feel comfortable calling forth specific entities with which I already feel rapport. Ouija boards are not my style as who knows who may appear, and the information may therefore be dubious.  Do not attempt to channel if ever you are feeling afraid of doing so. Everyone can channel, but it is not for everyone.

Q 10: How do we know when we are aligned with spirit? Is “spiritual alignment” a myth?

A: It is definitely not a myth, although there is no foolproof method to determine if you and a given spirit are momentarily in alignment. You may indeed experience physical manifestations, shivers, for example, or simply sense a ‘presence.’ In such instances, picture all concerned surrounded by Light and ask internally or out loud if there is any guidance or inspiration wanting to be imparted.

Q 11: Related to the above question, do you feel too many expect to be “aligned” as if it’s a kind of spiritual honeymoon? Is spiritual work difficult? Where does the “blissful” feeling of alignment come into play, if at all? Are only a few “gifted” with this spiritual bliss? 

A: Cross dimensional alignment can and does take place all the time, but it is not automatic nor any sort of reward for spiritual work. In each instance, a great deal of maneuvering is required, akin to hitting the jackpot on a slot machine and usually very fleeting. I have never found spiritual work troubling though challenging at times, yes, because we are being called upon to reframe our thinking and/or step outside of our comfort zones. Spiritual bliss is available to all, and to some extent it is a product of our own volitions. If we want to be in that space, we can!

Q 12: You have gotten spiritual messages and guidance from none other than the late silent film actor, legend, and sex symbol Rudolph Valentino; in fact, he has helped you in the writing of several books. Why do you think he chose to work with you? Were you initially hesitant, or disbelieving, starting a “spiritual relationship” with him? 

A: Rudolph Valentino was not the first entity I channeled. Prior to working with his ‘Greater Self’ (defined as the sum total of all his experiences thus far, in the body and out) I used automatic writing to contact my friend Janice who had passed unexpectedly at age 34. In the initial writing session it immediately became clear that we were in touch. Upon sharing what I had received, mutual friends vouched: yes, that sure sounds like Janice! The book we co-wrote, “Letters from Janice,” is about her experiences with the transition called death. Like all of my books, it is available via amazon.com or valentinospeaks.com.

To explain further about Rodolfo: his aforementioned “Greater Self” uses the personality that was as a vehicle or framework for communication. So what comes through is Rudy, his wit and wisdom for sure, but also his wider knowledge and experience.

After the Janice book was published, my channeling abilities lay fallow for some years. Then, in 2005, in a very compressed time period, my attention was suddenly directed to a wealth of information about Rudolph Valentino, his life and career. I paid attention and was inspired to attempt an automatic writing session to see if we could connect. It turned out that we could! To confirm what I already believed true, I made it a point to read the book of poetry he wrote in 1923 and discovered that the syntax, style, and tone were quite similar to the material I had been receiving. That was also the case with the booklet he wrote in the 1920’s entitled “How to Stay Fit.” By the third automatic writing session, it was clear that we were writing a book, Rudy providing the source material and me acting as scribe. That effort became “Valentino Speaks.” We have since collaborated on 3 other books, “Going for Excelsior,” “Rudolph Valentino: The Untold Story,” and “Beauty Wanted.” Though an experience requiring a certain amount of rigor as is the case with all book projects, working together is great fun! There is always a sense of wonder and delight each time we do an automatic writing session. I do know why we are in synch but it is also true that Rodolfo’s essence is in synch and in communication with many other people as well. So in that respect I am not unique. Given my previous experiences with Janice, I was not hesitant or afraid to start a “spiritual relationship” with Rodolfo.

Q 13: Would you be at the same place today, on spiritual, professional, creative, and emotional levels, if Rudolph Valentino were not an influence in your life? 

A: Absolutely not! My interactions with Rodolfo are rich, layered, intellectually stimulating and above all always very collegial. Additionally, there is a “birds of a feather” aspect to them, sense of dovetailing, even though the personality that was his is quite different from the one I have adopted in this lifetime. In working with Rudy’s essence, I have consistently expanded my horizons and continue to do so in all the arenas you mention. Of course, every life experience is enhancing, but the ones involving Rodolfo have been nothing short of dazzling, loads of personal and professional growth having ensued. The thrust of our work is to enlighten others, but I am also continually enlightened by the information imparted, for our books, and to me personally.

Q 14: Do you feel your spiritual life and growth in this area would be different without your inner work with and guidance from Valentino? 

I cannot say how my life would be different had I never channeled Rudolph Valentino, for there would have surely been lots of other learning opportunities. For me, channeling has truly been an apex, perhaps the most important highlight of my life, and a way of using my skills in the service of others, sources and readers alike.

Indeed, I find myself rather Rudy-centric these days, relishing my role as portavoce  (spokesperson) in terms of bringing our book projects to fruition. Rodolfo has a lot to say, and I am grateful to be able to give him voice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Beauty Wanted”

“Beauty Wanted,” the title of my latest book, has special meaning for it was a life-long quest for Rudolph Valentino. Here is how he describes his rapport with beauty.

Immerso ero nella bellezza. Essa si stringeva ad ogni poro del mio corpo. La respiravo, l’amavo; era la piscina dove nuotavo, e dove nuoto ancora.” (I was immersed in beauty. It clung to every pore of my body. I breathed it, I loved it; it was the pool in which I swam, and where I still swim.)

Yes, Rudy swims in that pool; he always has and always will, a notion with which most fans can agree.

Unlike my previous Rudy-sourced books here he is not the star, yet his guest appearances paramount (pun intended!) This book explores the special relationship Beauty has with Italy and Italians plus it’s partially a memoir, Rudy’s contribution was to play wingman, enhancing and enlivening the proceedings for both writer and reader. Once again he infuses the text with wit and wisdom, his powers of observation in peak mode. And, as always, it’s been great fun to be on his wavelength!

I hope you will enjoy reading “Beauty Wanted!”

 

 

 

 

Valentino Symposium

Here are some conclusions and opinions of noted Valentino scholars, in no particular order. They were presented at the symposium on the life and career of Rudolph Valentino, sponsored by the film department at the University of Turin in 2009.

  • Natacha Rambova was quite involved with the production of “Cobra,” perhaps more so than any other Valentino picture. She is said to have channeled her contributions to the script via automatic writing.
  • The occult is a theme, for Rudy personally, and among many of the people who knew him.
  • The original Valentino Society papers from the Leslie Flint collection are now at the Museo del Cinema in Turin. That museum, by the way, has quite a nice collection of Valentino memorabilia.
  • Rudy showed his literary prowess early on when at age 13 he wrote an essay entitled “The Regiment Passes” while he was at boarding school in Perugia. The content is remarkable both for its depth and sophistication.
  • Natacha contributed to Valentino’s career by supplying a context.
  • Rudy’s underlying pathos is what made him so appealing to movie-goers.
  • Rudy missed out on playing the lead in “The Spanish Dancer” opposite Pola Negri because he went on strike. Antonio Moreno got the part.
  • Rudy sometimes described himself as a “lapsed intellectual.”
  • The June Mathis penned RVG scripts (of which there were five) re-define masculinity as non-violent, sexually open, and curious. Her scripts also include elements of the spiritual or transpersonal. In “The Conquering Power,” the script had Rudy kissing his girlfriend’s knees. As that was deemed too daring, the scene was cut from the film.
  • Everything Italian about Valentino was repressed. He was displayed, therefore, as an exotic, of various backgrounds. The only time he played an Italian is in “Cobra.”
  • “Lo sguardo” ~ his gaze, perhaps his most powerful attribute!

~ Wayne Hatford

 

 

 

 

Rudy Plays Twenty Questions

“Short Artistic and Sentimental Review” is the title of this unattributed Q & A, twenty questions that were posed to Valentino in 1922, soon after the release of “Blood and Sand.” His answers are both revealing and a reflection of the image he wanted to create in the minds of movie-goers at that time. This document was on display in 2009 at the Museum of Cinema in Turin, Italy, as part of an exhibit dedicated to Rudy’s life and career. Please note that strictly speaking not all of his answers fully align with the facts.

1. Your regular first and last name? Rodolfo Valentino; in English, it’s Rudolph.

2. Your nickname? Rudy

3. What is the first film you made? “The Married Virgin,” directed by Joseph Maxwell.

4. What is your favorite role? The one I played in my last film, “Blood and Sand.”

5. Do you like criticism? Yes, a lot.

6. Do you have a fetish? Yes, my wife.

7. What is your favorite color? Black Iris

8. What is your favorite perfume? Maharajah

9. What are your defects? I am irascible and nervous. I have a quick temper, plus many more.

10. Do you smoke? Yes, lots of cigarettes.

11. Are you a gourmand? Not really.

12. What is your motto? “Post Tenebras Lux.”

13. Are you faithful? Yes, very.

14. What is your ambition? For the world to like me.

15. What are your good points? I think I have one or two small ones, but I don’t know what they are.

16. Your favorite authors? D’Annunzio, Dante, Carducci, Maupassant, Hugo, Baudelaire.

17. Are you superstitious? No.

18. Your favorite composers? Mozart, Puccini, Mascagni, Wagner.

19. Your favorite artist? Raphael.

20. Your favorite photo? The one I give you.

 

 

 

 

Leo Rising ~ Valentino’s Birth Chart

Rather than attempt a full-blown analysis of Rudy’s astrological birth chart, I would like to focus on a few key elements. First of all, Rudy was born at 10:03 AM on May 6, 1895 in Castellaneta, Italy. This is the time indicated on his birth certificate, on display at Museo Valentino in Castellaneta, whereas the internet gives it as either 3 AM or 3 PM. With a 10:03 AM birth time, Rudy has 2 degrees Leo rising.

Think about it, the magnificent carriage, innate radiance, warmth and charm, all befitting what is commonly thought of as Leo energy interfacing with the world! These traits were Rudy’s calling cards, the lens through which he appealed to his fans.

Let’s also take a moment to note what sign is on the opposite cusp in his chart, the house of relationships, which in this case is Aquarius. Natacha Rambova, above all, fit the profile: she was strong, independent, creative, unusual, avant-garde, and at least as much of a friend as lover. Indeed, people who have Aquarius in the 7th house want friendship to be an important ingredient in any sexual relationship.

A couple of other crucial elements: Mars conjunct Jupiter in Cancer in the 12th house and Moon in Libra in the 3rd house.

The Mars/Jupiter connection created the exquisite sense of tenderness Rudy was able to convey in his screen characters, as well as providing him with strength and stamina. Mars in Cancer alone in the 12th would indicate a retiring nature. However, with Jupiter conjunct it and a Leo ascendant, he was wired to be an extrovert, even though he did require some alone time every day to re-charge his emotional batteries.

Moon in Libra speaks to an affable nature, friendly towards all, which Rudy, by all accounts, most definitely was. And it was in the 3rd house of his chart, ruled by Gemini and reflexively, communication. No wonder Rudy was so facile with languages! His thinking was often deep and complex as indicated by his own writings and musings. His was a lively wit, and he knew how to turn a phrase to his advantage, meaning he always gave people something to think about!

Finally, there is Venus in Gemini in the 11th house. Rudy had a huge number of friends and acquaintances, and he was intrigued by all of them to greater or lesser degrees ~ another reason why it was so easy for him to relate to people. However, he only allowed a few to enter the inner circle, the arena where he gave himself permission to be vulnerable. He approached both beauty and love with great curiosity, a hallmark of Venus in Gemini and formidable asset in his work as an actor.

Mr. Valentino, quite a multi-faceted individual ~ as we all are!

~ Wayne Hatford

Excelsior

“Going for Excelsior” will soon be available on Amazon.com as a print book, complementing the already published electronic version. The product of my third literary effort as a medium and second collaboration with the spirit essence of Rudolph Valentino, this book focuses on the senior experience ~ how to embrace where you’re at in your life, find hidden gems, turn up the voltage. Thriving in “Seniorhood” is about going beyond what’s expected or being directed at you by the host society and GFE provides the reader with the tools and understandings to accomplish that goal ~ a blueprint for active living!

Here is my definition of Excelsior:

Upward and onward, a state of being characterized by a constant striving for greater balance and integration that is predicated on an ever-growing awareness of multiple planes of existence, or the art of negotiating the Cosmos from the highest possible vantage point (encountering the apex.) To be able to do so requires a conscious breaching of the Veil, the demarcation line between the dimensions.

Also, the loose packing material that temporarily shields our souls for the length of each incarnation. Instead of brine, we’re packed in excelsior, what we perceive as skin which, because of its properties as both transmitter and transponder, enables us to transcend. As such, it acts like insulation, protecting us from harm but also allowing for entry and exit, not only for our souls when we are born or die but also for all other manner of vibration. Yes, our light shines through and we feel the light of others as it impinges upon this material. Were it not for excelsior, we would never be able to “be” in the body. Indeed, our skin is a personal version of the Veil, echoing it in form and substance. ‘Going for Excelsior’ is analogous to furthering infinity consciousness. ~ Wayne Hatford

 

Castellaneta: Valentino’s Birthplace

Although it’s been almost eight years since I was there, several things really stand out for me about Castellaneta: its geography, the architecture, and the warm, openhearted nature of the people I encountered.

A town with approx 17K population, Castellaneta is situated on a rolling plain, maybe 35km from the port of Taranto, which is where the Guglielmi family moved to when Rudy was nine. What is unique about it, geographically, is that there are deep ravines that abut, great slashes in the earth. The old part, especially, perches on the side of a giant ravine, and is much higher than the surrounding land.

This was never a rich town like some others in Italy. Nevertheless, there are architectural gems, in particular the churches. Via Roma, the main street, has a lot of 19th century commercial buildings that line it, mostly two and three story, and it is there, at # 116 that Rudy was born, in a second floor flat. In the 1930’s, a Valentino fan club from Cincinnati had a bronze plaque put on the building to commemorate Rudy’s birth place. Farther down Via Roma, there is a monument to Rudy, built in 1961, a statue of him as The Sheik. The Fondazione Valentino, which supports Museo Valentino, is now seeking funds to restore it.

One of the fun facts about Castellaneta is that so many businesses use Valentino in their names. Bar Valentino, Teatro Valentino, Ristorante Valentino, etc. I stayed in Hotel Rudy, for example.

Museo Valentino is great. It’s located in a former convent, 18th century construction with concave ceilings. There are lots of documents, like his report card and birth certificate, a bed he once slept in, a fragment from the tent in “Son of the Sheik,” photos, videos, and much, much more.

All this and the locals are super nice! My experience was that they really went out of their way to be helpful.

Easy to get to Castellaneta by train; it’s on the main line, Bari to Taranto. The station is out in the countryside now, about 2 or 3 km from town. The old station is still there, however, on Via Roma, also the single track that led to the nearby RR bridge designed by Rudy’s engineer grandfather, Pierre Barbin.

Wayne Hatford

 

 

 

 

 

 

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