Saturday, November 18, 2017

Join me on December 2nd (December 3rd in some parts of the globe) for "Celestial Foundations of the Bible" in conjunction with Ananda University!

Above is a new video inviting you to participate in an upcoming course offered in conjunction with Ananda University on the "Celestial Foundations of Biblical Mythology."

This course is web-based and will include plenty of time for questions and dialogue. We will look at some of the evidence which shows that the figures and episodes found in the scriptures of what are commonly called the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are based upon the world-wide system of celestial metaphor which forms the foundations of the ancient scriptures, myths and sacred stories from cultures around the globe.

The live webinar begins at on December 2nd at 7pm Pacific Time, or 10pm Eastern Time, which corresponds to 3am on December 3rd in UTC. The webinar is scheduled to run for ninety minutes (until 8:30 Pacific Time).

The course costs $20 USD, but after you click "Add to Cart" on the web-page linked above, you can enter the coupon code holiday17-50 to receive 50% off the standard price.

You will also receive a code to access the video archive of this course a week or two after the live event.

If you're unable to participate in this course at the above-scheduled time, there should be a way to purchase access to the archived video for some price less than the standard $20 cost for the live class (but higher than the cost of the course using the 50% discount that you will get when you use the coupon code above).

I very much hope that you will be able to join me as we explore the celestial foundations of the incredible riches of the ancient myths, scriptures and sacred stories of the world!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Night skies for November

Here is a link to a new video I just made entitled "Night Skies for November (any year)."

The video provides a tour of some of the stars and constellations that you can go outside and observe at this time of year, as well as some tips on locating and identifying them.

The video also discusses connections to a few selected myths and sacred stories which are based upon the stars and constellations visible in the night sky right now.

Friends following this blog will know that I recently appeared on the Grimerica Show with Darren and Graham to discuss the "Skies over Grimerica" for the month of November. Due to the limitations of time, we couldn't cover all of the constellations that you can go outside and see during this time of year -- so I've added this video for those who might find it helpful for their star-gazing efforts.

There are still plenty more myths and constellations to discuss in upcoming installments of the "Skies over Grimerica" feature -- in fact, I focus the myth discussions in the above video on constellations which will soon be rotating out of the post-sunset night sky (as the earth progresses along its annual orbit, we "leave some constellations behind" which sink down into the west a little bit further each night until they are out of view below the western horizon by the time the sun sets and the other stars come into view).

I hope this video will help you in your visits to the night sky, and in your understanding of the connections between the stars and the world's ancient myths, scriptures and sacred stories.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The gods are real

image: J. H. Nelson, "Shortwave Radio Propagation Correlation with Planetary Positions," 1951, page 32 (link).I have read several, but by no means all, of the works of the extraordinarily insightful and original author, Joseph P. Farrell. Some of the most eye-opening of his books (to me) have included The Grid of the Gods and Thrice Great Hermetica and the Janus Age. However, I am only now getting around to reading Joseph Farrell's 2010 work, Babylon's Banksters: The Alchemy of Deep Physics, High Finance and Ancient Religion, and I consider it to be the most comprehensive and intriguing work of his that I've encountered to date.As I mentioned in my recent visit to Grimerica during the inaugural edition of "Skies Over Grimerica," discussing some of the constellations and planets you can see each month in the night sky (and their connection to ancient myth), Babylon's Banksters is not at all a "dry text" about finance and economics but in fact delves into cutting-edge (and indeed suppressed) theories of hyper-dimensional physics, as well as the evidence that ancient cultures may have possessed a sophisticated understanding of the apparently multi-dimensional nature of this universe through which we are all traveling.Among the many fascinating pieces of evidence which Dr. Farrell presents which appear to support the notion that this reality is impacted by other dimensions beyond those admitted by conventional science and physics is a 1951 paper published by J. H. Nelson, of the engineering department at the RCA Communications Company, detailing astonishing correlations between propagation of shortwave radio waves and the positions of the planets within the solar system. As the 1951 paper explains, "An examination of shortwave radio propagation conditions over the North Atlantic for a five-year period, and the relative position of the planets in the solar system, discloses some very interesting correlations" (26). Specifically, author J. H. Nelson discovered, based upon years of graphs based upon records kept in the duty logs of RCA technicians located in Long Island, New York that: "It can be readily seen from these graphs that disturbed conditions show good correlation with planetary configurations. All configurations, however, are not accompanied by disturbed conditions." Specifically, the data indicates that when the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn have alignments or groupings at angles of 0 degrees, 90 degrees, 180 degrees, or 270 degrees, disturbances are seen in the shortwave radio propagation on earth. Nelson sets out the different planetary configurations that were found to create the greatest disturbances in a series of seven "deductions" or principles which appear to govern the results observed in the data. He also presents several diagrams of planetary positions which corresponded to historical disturbances in shortwave transmission and reception during the 1940s, some of which are shown in the diagram above. In those diagrams, the sun is shown at the center of the circle, and lines are drawn to represent the relative angles between the planets Mercury (designated by the number 1), Venus (designated by the number 2), Earth (designated 3), Mars (4), Jupiter (5) and Saturn (6).But why would the relative configurations of the planets have an impact on radio wave activity on earth (as well as, the article hints, an impact on sunspot activity on the surface of our sun, and thus upon earth weather and electromagnetic activity)? "Further investigation is required," the paper declares.One would think that such an astonishing phenomenon, observed by engineers at the venerable RCA company and supported by years of carefully-recorded observations and data, would have been widely discussed in the decades since it was first brought to light, and that those of us who have taken courses in physics at the college level would certainly have heard of it. One would think that dozens or even hundreds of other papers might have been published on this phenomenon since then, and that the original essay would be easy to find in several places on the world-wide web in the present time. But if one were to have assumed any of those things, one would be mistaken. In fact, the original paper is rather difficult to locate. Certainly there are several sources which list the title of the article, its author and its date of publication, but finding the actual text is very difficult. The only place that I was able to find it was at Richard C. Hoagland's Enterprise Mission site, where this "index" page contains links to eight pages, each of which contains an image of one of the eight pages of the original article. The interested reader is encouraged to examine the full 1951 article by following each of those eight links, and is especially encouraged to note the seven rules or "deductions" regarding the planetary alignments which were observed to create the greatest disturbances on the earth.Joseph Farrell's suggestion regarding the explanation for this phenomenon is extraordinary -- and may explain a host of other fascinating evidence from many other fields. Drawing on theories put forward by innovative physicists over the past hundred or so years, and especially it seems upon the theories proposed by mathematical physicist Hartmut Muller, Dr. Farrell suggests (if I am understanding his work correctly) that wave-patterns originating in other dimensions may be impinging upon the dimensions that we are able to perceive -- which may explain why the planets in our solar system can be seen to be arrayed at specific harmonic intervals, and why (curiously enough) certain biologists whose work Dr. Farrell also discusses in the book have noted that the morphology (body sizes) of known organisms on earth appear to group themselves in similarly mathematically-predictable intervals, and even why economic and other human activity appears to follow similar harmonic cycles, as documented by Edward R. Dewey and Edwin F. Dakin in their 1947 work, Cycles: The Science of Prediction. Dr. Farrell even points out that, in one of his earlier books, he cited evidence that the same kinds of harmonic wavelike patterns can be seen in human demographic dispersion over geographic space, "in areas favored or shunned by urban populations" (cited on page 111 of Babylon's Banksters).In order to understand the full scope of what Dr. Farrell is arguing, a careful examination of the entire book is highly recommended to the interested reader. But note some of the implications of this paradigm, in which the realities of another dimension (or other dimensions) are penetrating into our reality and creating patterns which we can perceive, without being able to directly perceive (or even completely perceive) what is taking place in those other dimensions, which are outside of our normal experience. Citing an excellent analogy offered by the Russian esotericist, P. D. Ouspensky, Dewey and Dakin in their 1947 work note that a hypothetical being who existed only in two dimensions, like a figure drawn on a piece of paper, could neither look into the third dimension or even accurately imagine it: "for you have no thickness, and cannot even imagine thickness" (192, cited in Farrell 100).If a three-dimensional wheel were to intrude into this hypothetical two-dimensional space in which the two-dimensional beings lived -- if the "paper-thin" world had a slot in it, in which a vertical three-dimensional wheel was slowly turning -- and if that wheel was divided into four sections, each with a different color, Ouspensky says in his analogy, then the two-dimensional beings would only see an infinitely thin line of color as the wheel turned, and that color would change periodically, but they would not be able to comprehend why it was changing, unless they were able to theorize the existence of a third dimension and the existence of this three-dimensional wheel that was intersecting with their two-dimensional space. And this, Dewey and Dakin surmise, might explain why these cycles are manifesting in the data that they compile in their book.And this, Dr. Farrell argues, might help us to understand what is going on with the evidence that the arrangement of the planets -- the cycles of the planets -- can have very real correlation with seemingly disconnected phenomena on earth. The planets themselves, he notes, may be "natural resonators" for the kind of hyper-dimensional waves that are intersecting with or interpenetrating with the dimensions of which we are normally conscious or aware (page 113). In fact, the planets themselves may be positioned in the solar system at the intervals that we observe them to be because large masses tend to cluster around the nodes of those hyper-dimensional waves in the first place, if I am understanding Dr. Farrell's arguments correctly (see again page 113). And thus the planets themselves are visible indicators of hyper-dimensional realities from a plane or a realm beyond the ordinary reality in which we normally operate! What is astonishing about this fact, of course (and Dr. Farrell gets into this angle in his book as well) is that the ancients clearly seem to have understood this fact, because the planets of course are identified with the gods across the ancient sacred traditions of humanity (and, what is more, there are strong correspondences across cultures regarding which gods and goddesses and which characteristics are associated with each planet).It should also be noted that many ancient monuments can be found to have measurements and ratios and spacial patterns which relate to the dimensions of the earth, sun, moon, and planets -- and that the Avenue at Teotihuacan has been argued, based upon the measurements and proportions discovered by Hugh Harleston and other researchers, to have proportional correspondences to the spacing of the planets in our solar system. Based on the paradigm offered by Joseph Farrell in Babylon's Banksters, it is possible to theorize that this grouping at Teotihuacan may not necessarily indicate a direct imitation of or modeling of the solar system in the buildings themselves -- instead, Teotihuacan may have been created by those with an awareness of the "other realm" or "other realms," and the intrusion of those other dimensions into this one may also be responsible for the grouping of the planets at the distances that we find them.What can be seen with great certainty is that the ancient mythologies and sacred traditions the world over associated the heavenly cycles with the actions of the gods and with the Other Realm. And, based upon evidence such as that compiled by shortwave technicians at the RCA company during the 1940s, we can see that the motions of those heavenly cycles, to include the arrangements of the planets, have very real impacts upon our world in ways that we still do not fully understand (although it does appear that the ancients understood them, to a degree beyond what is commonly understood today).In other words, the gods are very real (the powers which operate in other dimensions, and which can intersect with and influence what takes place in this one). The impact of dimensions or realities beyond the dimension in which we normally operate is also very real -- even if, like the hypothetical two-dimensional beings living in the infinitely flat plane proposed by P. D. Ouspensky, we have a difficult time even imagining or conceiving of these other dimensions or realities.The ancient myths and sacred stories of humanity often feature the story of a king or other central figure who is approached by a god or gods and offered a choice (such as in the dream of Solomon, discussed here, or in the many variations of the theme of the beauty contest in which the choices are connected to power, wisdom, or the enjoyment of the most beautiful woman in the world). In another variation of this mythical episode, King Midas chooses (unwisely) to ask for unlimited wealth and riches, by having everything he touches turn to gold. But in the story of Solomon, the king asks for wisdom in order to help others -- and this is the choice that the ancient myths condone (the other choices, such as the choice of Midas or of Paris in the story of the Judgment of Paris, lead to disaster). By implication, I am convinced that the ancient myths are telling us that when we begin to understand how the motions and powers of the Other World impact on this one, we are supposed to use that understanding in order to ask for wisdom and to help others. We are not supposed to go to the gods or the Other Realm in order to seek power over others, or riches, or self-aggrandizement and self-indulgence.And yet it is clear that there are those who understand some aspects of the multi-dimensional realities that are being discussed above and in Joseph Farrell's books, and who wish to use the gifts of the gods for their own power and enrichment, rather than (like Solomon) for wisdom in order to help others. See for example the discussion and metaphor offered in the previous post entitled "The Cobra Kai sucker-punch," from September 11, 2014.Along these lines, it is especially interesting to examine the alignment of the various planets on specific dates associated with traumatic and suspicious incidents, including September 11, 2001, in order to see if the alignments correspond with some of the rules or principles outlined in the 1951 essay by RCA engineer J. H. Nelson. Those configurations noted on pages 30 and 31 of the article linked above include alignments of 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees with Saturn and Jupiter, and alignments in which Mars is at one of those angles with Saturn or Jupiter, and alignments in which there is "a great concentration of planetary influence near the 0, 90, 180, or 270 points of the Saturn-Jupiter team" (30-31).Note that in the three diagrams in the image shown at top, there is often one or more "180-degree alignments" (creating a more or less "straight line" bisecting the circle) plus another planet at about 90 degrees from this line.Now note how often we find a similar pattern among the configurations of the planets on suspicious or traumatic days in recent history. The diagrams below are taken from the online orrery app at, where you can dial up any date back to the beginning of the year 2000 and see where the planets are (you can also change the plane of the solar system as you view it -- the images below are looking "straight down," from the north-end side of earth as it orbits, upon the plane of the solar system). Note that the image at top also shows where you could see the planets against the background constellations from the view of an observer on earth on that particular day.The first diagram shows the arrangement of planets on September 11, 2001. The circles indicate the orbits. The sun is in the center, then the first circle shows the orbit of Mercury, then the next shows Venus, then Earth, then Mars (the outermost circle in the inner group). Then there are two much larger circles, first for Jupiter and then for Saturn (and these planets are labeled with their names -- the others are not). I have added green lines going all the way out to the Saturn-orbit circle, in order to show the geometries (similar to the lines in the diagrams from the article of J. H. Nelson):

As you should be able to see, the planetary configuration on that day bore strong similarities to some of those shown in the 1951 article by J. H. Nelson. Specifically, we see a "180-line" created by the planets Jupiter and Mercury (and the Sun at the center), along with a nearly "90-degree-line" created by the position of the Earth (which is the planet on the third ring out from the Sun, and the ring just inside the orbit of Mars, which is the outermost of the tight group of rings near the Sun).

Below is the same chart showing the planets on September 11, this time with the 180 and 90-degree lines highlighted in red:

Next, the arrangement of the planets is shown for the date of 12/14/2012 is shown. This is the date of the notorious Sandy Hook event. The pattern here is not as clear-cut as the configuration shown above or the others shown below, because we do not see the clear "180-line" that we see in most of the diagrams from Nelson. However, it should be fairly evident that there is a 90-degree angle between Saturn and Mars, which is a configuration mentioned in Nelson's principles in the original article. Not only that, but the positions of Mercury and Venus are very close to the direction of the Saturn-line, thus indicating that we have what Nelson describes as a "concentration of planetary influence near the 0, 90, 180, or 270 degree points" of Saturn or Jupiter (in this case, Saturn):

Below is the same diagram for 12/14/2012, this time with the lines for the angles of Saturn and Mars drawn in red (and you can see the lines for Mercury and Venus right next to the line for Saturn):

Below is the planetary configuration for the date of 06/12/2016, which is the date of another traumatic event in recent history, the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando:

In this diagram of the planetary configurations, we can see a very clear 180-line, bisecting the circle, formed by Venus and Earth on either side of the Sun. Jupiter is 90-degrees off of this 180-line. Additionally, Jupiter and Saturn are nearly at 90-degrees to one another, and both Mars and Earth are close to Saturn in terms of angle from Jupiter, creating another "concentration of planetary influence" such as described in the Nelson article from 1951. Below is the same diagram with the 180 and 90-degree angles highlighted in red:

Below is the planetary configuration for the date of October 01, 2017, which was the date of the murders in Las Vegas under extremely suspicious circumstances, which traumatized the entire world:
Once again, we do not see a clear 180-line, but we do see a very clear 90-degree angle created by the positions of Earth and Saturn. In addition, we do see that Mercury (on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth) is making a near-180-degree line with the Earth and the Sun, as highlighted in red in the diagram below:
Again, the reader is encouraged to compare these configurations to those shown in the image from the J. H. Nelson article which diagram planetary positions which created great disturbances in the electromagnetic spectrum and in the propagation of shortwave signals.The similarities of the above patterns to the patterns in the Nelson article from 1951 do not conclusively demonstrate that someone who is aware of the power of the planets and who understands the significance of various planetary configurations is planning or coordinating or scripting traumatic events, including the events that took place on the dates shown in the orrery diagrams above. However, these configurations on those dates certainly give us something to consider, and constitute data that bears keeping in mind for further analysis in the future. Hopefully, there will not be more such traumatic (and often suspicious) events -- but if so, the planetary configurations should be noted for signs of a recurring and ongoing pattern.The ancients understood that the powers of the Unseen Realm (or Realms) are indeed real. The ancient wisdom of the world appears to encourage us to use this understanding in order to benefit others, and not in order to obtain power over others, or in order to harm others, or in order to accumulate wealth. Such misuse of the gifts given by the gods always leads to disaster, in the world's sacred stories and traditions, and to serious consequences sent by the gods themselves.The data compiled by the RCA engineers and technicians, and analyzed by J. H. Nelson appears to offer compelling evidence that the gods or powers with whom the planets have anciently been associated are indeed real, and do have the ability to impact our world in ways we do not understand today. And the overwhelming evidence that the ancient myths are directly based on the motions of the stars, the planets, and the other heavenly cycles should show us that the ancients, even in remotest antiquity, knew it. We in the modern era should start to remember it, because this knowledge is sadly forgotten (or neglected, or actively suppressed) today.
Thank you to Joseph Farrell for his ongoing work in bringing this evidence to light, and for his analysis of its tremendous and wide-reaching implications.It should go without saying that Dr. Farrell does not endorse and does not necessarily share many of the views or conclusions that I may have come to in my own analysis and discussion above or in other blog posts or publications.

Friday, November 10, 2017

David Swanson on "A New Armistice Day"

image: November 11, 1918. Wikimedia commons (link).

Here is a new article by peace activist and advocate, David Swanson, entitled "A New Armistice Day."

In it, he notes that the day later changed to "Veterans Day" in the united states was once called "Armistice Day" in commemoration of the cessation of armed conflict after what was then known as the "War to End all Wars."

The word "armistice" literally means a standstill or cessation of armed violence, and is etymologically related to the word "solstice," which means the standstill of the sun which occurs each year in June and December.

As David Swanson notes, when the elected representatives of the people declared November 11th to be observed as Armistice Day in the united states, they set the day aside to "perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations."

Thus, he sees the change of the name of the observance from Armistice Day to "Veterans Day" as one fraught with ominous implications -- and certainly the day is no longer observed as a day "dedicated to the cause of world peace," as those bygone congressional representatives also hoped would be the purpose of this solemn day. 

Instead, the united states now perpetuates armed aggression on virtually every continent on our planet, without cessation (certainly without cessation since 2001). Congressional representatives even expressed surprise recently when they learned that four members of the army had been killed in Africa, some members of Congress professing that they didn't even know the united states had forces operating on that continent.

General Smedley Butler, in his famous treatise entitled "War is a Racket," argued that war should never be declared except by plebiscite in which only persons of fighting age could vote yes or no. He also argued that military planes should be limited by law to operations within 500 miles of the borders or coastlines, for defense purposes and not for wars of aggression. Military ships, he argued, should be limited to 200 miles. And the army or land forces should be prohibited from operations outside the borders of the country at all.

Both the text by General Butler, and the new article by David Swanson, might be good to read and ponder on this Armistice Day, November 11, 2017.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Skies over Grimerica, November 2017

Another big thank-you to hosts Darren G. and Graham D. for graciously inviting me over to the Grimerica Igloo on what turned out to be a snowy night in the wilds of the far north.

This was a special first-ever segment of a series entitled "Skies over Grimerica" in which we discuss some of the beautiful celestial phenomena you can see in the heavens each month.

In this inaugural episode, we discuss the motions of the earth, moon, stars and planets for the month of November (2017) -- as well as some of the ancient myths connected with constellations which will be visible this month, along with thoughts about their meaning for our lives today.

Here is a link to the video of our conversation, which was recorded earlier this evening (on November 01, 2017). As you will see, we brought in some visual aids from the excellent open-source planetarium app, Stellarium (available for free download at, as well as a brief look at the relative location of earth, sun and planets within the solar system using the interactive orrery app at "in the sky (dot org)."

That link to "in the sky" will take you to a solar system model which includes the path of Comet  55P / Tempel-Tuttle, a comet with a period of approximately 33 years. Our own orbital path around the sun will intersect with the track of  Comet 55P  / Tempel-Tuttle later this month (although the comet itself is far away right now). Even though the comet is nowhere near us right now, it leaves dust and debris each time it passes through, and when our orbit goes through that trail, we see this residue as a meteor shower -- in this case, the Leonid meteors which take place on or about the 17th of November each year (when we get to this part of our annual orbit).

During the show, we talked a little about some of the myths involving the constellations Perseus, Hercules, Aquila and Cygnus (mostly about the myth of Perseus and the Gorgons, and his quest to slay Medusa). The Perseus myth is explored in much greater depth in books I've written, especially in Star Myths of the World, Volume Two (2016) and also in The Undying Stars (2014).

Due to limitations of time, we didn't get to all the constellations that you can see this month, or to all of the myths associated with them. A few other important myths associated with the constellation Perseus and surrounding constellations, which are covered in previous posts, include the story of Balaam and the Ass (in the book of Judges in the Hebrew Scriptures), and the story of King Midas (in the myths of ancient Greece), among many others.

The nearby celestial figure of the Great Square of Pegasus was also pointed out in the show, but we didn't have time to get into all of the myths associated with this important feature (which you should be able to find fairly easily in the night sky during the month of November). One of the ancient sacred stories in which this Great Square plays an important role is the story of Shem, Ham and Japheth (the sons of Noah), following the story of the Genesis Flood. I believe that this story is intended to teach us spiritual truths -- but that when it is taken literally, its message is completely inverted, focusing on external and physical details rather than pointing us to focus on the spiritual nature of ourselves and others.

We also didn't have time to get to the constellation Aquarius, who also plays many extremely important roles in ancient myth around the globe, and whose stars are visible this month if you know where to look (use the Great Square as a guide). A fascinating myth featuring Aquarius and surrounding constellations, from the Aboriginal Australian cultures, is discussed at some length in Star Myths of the World, Volume One (2015). Other sacred stories involving Aquarius which have been explored in previous blog posts include the stories involving John the Baptist in the New Testament scriptures.

The powerful god Dionysus of the mythology of ancient Greece is also associated with Aquarius in some of the sacred stories of the Dionysus cycle of myths (and with other constellations in other parts of the cycle). The association of Dionysus with Aquarius makes sense, because Dionysus is the god of wine (among other things), and Aquarius can be seen to be pouring out liquid from a vessel in the heavens.

Below is an ancient amphora thought to date to the 6th century BC which depicts Dionysus holding out a kantharos with which he will presumably pour some wine -- a posture which evokes the outline of the constellation Aquarius. The identification of Dionysus with Aquarius is confirmed by the ancient artwork, because a large goat with prominent horns has been depicted beside the god. If you look in the direction of Aquarius in the night sky (or if you look at the planetarium app Stellarium, or the book by H. A. Rey which shows you how to find and identify the constellations), you will quickly realize that the zodiac constellation of Capricorn the Goat is very close to the zodiac constellation of Aquarius, and that in fact Capricorn precedes Aquarius in the annual cycle of the zodiac.

These are just a few of the connections between the constellations visible during the month of November and sacred stories preserved among the different cultures of the world, designed to convey ancient wisdom for our benefit and blessing in this incarnate life.

I believe that these ancient myths are a precious inheritance given to all humanity -- and that when we begin to connect the stars and the myths, our time spent gazing up into the night sky becomes even more meaningful. I hope that you will have an opportunity to get out this month and see them in person, if at all possible, and I hope that this month's "Skies over Grimerica" segment will help you to begin to connect with them in a meaningful way.

image: Wikimedia commons (link).

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Halloween and All-Hallow's Day! 2017

image: Wikimedia commons (link).

Those of you following this blog for three years or more may recognize the above painting, entitled The Magic Circle, by John William Waterhouse, from a previous post on the importance of the celebration of Halloween (All-Hallow's Evening) from 2014, entitled "Get ready for Hallowe'en! (And for All-Hallow's Day, with the teachings of Alvin Boyd Kuhn)."

That post includes an explanation of Alvin Boyd Kuhn's argument that the celebration of Halloween is observed a significant forty days after the point of the September equinox. This equinox, the fall equinox for the northern hemisphere, is used by the ancient system of celestial metaphor operating in the ancient myths of the world as the point of incarnation: the plunge of the soul into a physical body. Forty days, Kuhn argues, contains an implicit reference to the forty weeks of gestation which take place between conception and the birth of a human baby.

Alvin Boyd Kuhn argues that all the symbolism of Halloween can be seen as containing symbolism of the plunge of the soul from the realm of spirit into the physical realm of matter, and its temporary lodgment within a physical (or "animal") body. He explores this amazing insight in his 33-page booklet, Hallowe'en: A Festival of Lost Meanings, available online in its entirety here and available for purchase in physical book form on various booksellers (including online).

Kuhn also argues that, along with Halloween, the following day of All-Hallow's Day is one of the most important of the entire year -- and that in fact the two celebrations are basically two halves of the same observance, one being the "night-time" element and the other being the "day-time" element of the same important commemoration. A previous post exploring his insights into that important day can be found here.

Not mentioned in those previous posts, but certainly worthy of contemplation, is the fact that in previous centuries (and even to this day, in some countries) there was an association of All-Hallow's Day with the souls of departed loved ones -- and a tradition of going "souling" by asking for special cakes. The giving of these cakes was associated with bringing comfort to the souls of those who have crossed over from this life. In fact, the cakes are traditionally round in shape and marked with a cross.

Intriguingly, although this custom is primarily associated with European cultures and with various forms of literalist Christianity, there is an important annual festival in China and other nearby cultures known as the Jung Chau Jit or "Mid-Autumn Festival" (literally the "Middle-Autumn Node") in which round cakes are traditionally given. These cakes are likewise round in shape -- and they are traditionally cut into four equal pieces and then eaten by sharing them with friends or strangers.

The existence of these traditions in such widely-separated cultures speaks to the possibility that both may be descended from the same ancient system of esoteric metaphor which recognizes this part of the year as being representative of the incarnation of the spiritual nature in a physical body -- the "crossing" of our physical and spiritual natures, in this incarnate life.

It is also interesting to note that the celebration of Halloween plays an important role in the original Karate Kid movie, from 1984. I have often used the methodology employed by Mr. Miyagi (such as the famous "Wax on, wax off") as an illustration for the concept of "the esoteric" method of conveying Gnosis, common to the ancient wisdom preserved in the myths and sacred stories from cultures around the globe.

As those who have seen that movie know (and if you have not seen it, perhaps you should watch it before reading further), Daniel would probably never even have had the opportunity to learn from Mr. Miyagi, had he not been savagely beaten by Johnny and his Cobra Kai buddies after a contentious Halloween party and dance at their high school. That incident and some of its lessons was discussed in a previous post entitled "The Cobra Kai sucker-punch (and why we keep falling for it, over and over)" from September 11 of 2014.

Halloween (and its "day-light" counterpart, All-Hallow's Day) are extremely important annual observances. I hope you have the opportunity to contemplate some of their timeless lessons, as we reach this significant station in the heavenly cycles, cycles which the ancients used to impart profound truths about spiritual, invisible realities.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Reflections on One Thousand blog posts

image: Wikimedia commons (link).

After several years of writing, this blog has reached its one-thousandth post.

Thank you to everyone who has been following the journey thus far!

As those who have been reading the blog for some time know, my thoughts and views have been through some twists and turns along the way.

There are many possible ways we might "group" the posts down through the years into different "subject-headings," but below is one way we might organize those headings (along with links to a few representative posts from each category):

Esotericism and the Ancient System

Celestial Mechanics and the Heavenly Cycles

The Invisible Realm and the Shamanic

Star Myths and Astrotheology

Self and Higher Self

The Inner Connection to the Infinite

Humanity's Forgotten History

Two Visions

If I had to select one theme which runs through all of the above eight categories, or at least one theme that is on my mind lately as I reflect back on the thousand posts of this blog so far, and the topics that it has been exploring, that theme would probably be: the tension between the view that every human life is infinitely valuable and precious, and the opposite view that there is nothing cheaper than human life and that the rights of other men and women can be denied or usurped in order to advance one's own wealth or one's own group at the expense of everybody else.

It should be abundantly clear from even a cursory examination of the ancient wisdom entrusted to humanity in the form of the world's myths, scriptures and sacred stories that the world's ancient wisdom teaches the first view: that human life is sacred and infinitely valuable.

I will cite three examples from the ancient wisdom preserved in different cultures.

1. In the story of Jonah in the Hebrew Scriptures of what we typically refer to as the "Old Testament," for instance, the tension depicted at the end of the story involves Jonah's disregard for the value of the lives of the people of Ninevah. This previous post, entitled "The sacred fig tree, continued: Jonah and the gourd" provides evidence that the characters and episodes described in the scroll of Jonah are based upon celestial metaphor -- which means that Jonah is almost certainly not supposed to be understood as a literal and historical figure, but that the story has to do with each and every one of us instead, and with our own spiritual journey. 

In the final verses of the text, Jonah is nursing his anger over God's mercy towards the people of Ninevah, a people he sees as outside of his group, and God confronts Jonah and contrasts his pity for a gourd which was blasted by the wind and the sun with his disregard for the lives of six score thousand persons (Jonah 4: 9 - 11).

2. A previous post entitled "Revelation 22 and the Egyptian Book of the Dead" presents startling evidence that familiar passages from the books in what we commonly refer to as the "New Testament" of the Bible contain metaphors and sentiments nearly identical to phrases found in ancient Egyptian texts from thousands of years BC, including the Egyptian Book of the Dead. 

Alvin Boyd Kuhn, whose analysis on this subject I value very highly, argues that the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead -- and the New Testament texts which can be clearly seen to contain direct echoes of the ancient Egyptian texts -- can be seen to be describing the incarnation of the gods in and through the lives of individual men and women. He writes (in a passage from Lost Light cited in the above-linked post on Revelation 22 and the Book of the Dead) that:
The Messianic Son came ever as the manifester and witness for the father, who had sunk his life in matter to reproduce himself in his next generation. According to Herodotus (2: 43) the Egyptian Jesus with the title of Iu-em-hetep was one of the eight great gods who were in the papyri twenty thousand years ago! He bore a different name according to the cult. To the sages of told time the coming was a constantly recurring and only typical event. The ancient Messiah was a representative figure coming from age to age, cycle to cycle. He came "each day" in the Ritual; he came periodically; he came "regularly and continuously." [ . . . ]
The coming was taking place in the life of every man at all times. Each man had his evolutionary solstice, his Christmas; and he would have his Easter. 546.
This interpretation echoes the direct declarations found in other passages in the Egyptian Book of the Dead (also referred to in previous centuries as "The Ritual," but also known by the title "Book of Going Forth by Day") in which the speaker says, "There is no member of mine devoid of a god."

Men and women are infinitely valuable because they each contain an inner connection to the infinite, and the divine realm works through them.

Alvin Boyd Kuhn argues that the declarations in the Book of the Dead are not about a condition in the "afterlife," the way we are taught by conventional academia, but rather that they are describing our experience in this incarnate life, this "underworld" journey, and that thus when the text describes the identification of the individual with various gods, it is describing something that takes place in this life. Taking that ancient teaching to its logical conclusion, it means that we should respect and value everyone around us as a dwelling-place of the gods, or of the divine nature.

3. In an early blog post entitled "Plotinus and the upward way," we saw that the ancient philosopher Plotinus described the incarnation in terms of the mirror into which the child-god Dionysus was said to have been gazing when the Titans tore him to pieces (he was later reborn), or the mirror-like lake into which Narcissus was gazing when he fell in love with his own beauty.

In that post, we saw that Plotinus did not teach that love of beauty in and of itself was a bad thing -- quite the contrary. However, Plotinus explicitly states that love of beauty can lead us upwards towards seeing beauty everywhere and ultimately towards discerning "the One Principle underlying all," but only if we pass beyond bewildered delight in "some, one embodied form." 

This is the opposite of what Narcissus depicted in the myths of ancient Greece. Narcissus became enamored with his own beauty -- making him unable to appreciate what Plotinus calls "the beauty everywhere" and thus Narcissus dramatizes the "downward path" that is the opposite of the "upward way" that Plotinus describes the ancient myths as teaching us.

This contrast can certainly be applied to the tension between the competing visions described above: one of which sees all men and women as infinitely valuable ("seeing beauty, and in fact divinity, everywhere") and the other of which sees beauty only in one's own self or one's own circle or "people," and fails to see it in other men and women outside of that circle -- or actively denies its existence in others outside of oneself or one's clan.

It should be quite clear that the ancient wisdom imparted to humanity in the form of the world's myths and scriptures teaches the infinite value of each and every man and woman. And yet it is equally clear that some groups continue to interpret them as if they supported the very opposite view.

It is my hope that by writing this blog (along with the accompanying books and videos and interviews) and sharing what I've learned so far about the language that the ancient myths are speaking -- a celestial language, an esoteric language, pointing us to the reality of the Invisible Realm and the presence of the realm of the gods in the world all around us -- all of us will become increasingly inspired to listen to the myths themselves and their incredible message for us.

I'm still continuing to learn, and I look forward to sharing many more discussions on these important topics. 

I very much hope that the study of the myths and the stars will be a blessing to you in your life, as it is for me in mine!