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Saturday, 31 January 2009

Page of Pentacles - Tarot of the Day

Potential
Something that shows a great sense of promise. An overwhelming sense of possibilities and potential successes. A diamond in the rough. A performance that gets better with time. Flexibility of thought.

The Page of Pentacles is a messenger bringing you opportunities for prosperity. He delivers real chances to experience wealth, abundance, security and solid achievement - the wonders of the Pentacles suit. In your readings, this Page suggests that an opening may appear that promises enrichment, comfort, trust or the chance to make your dreams real. When you see such a chance, act on it!

The Page of Pentacles can also stand for a child or young-at-heart adult whose interactions with you involve stability, trust, commitment, safety and material needs. Sometimes the Page of Pentacles implies that your entire situation is suffused with the spirit of physical enjoyment. At such times, feel free to have fun with your body, skills and possessions in a lighthearted way. Revel in the delights of being alive on Earth at this time.

In The News Today ....

The Mirror Headline: 'Inside The Mind Of Kate McCann':

Kate McCann is consumed with the hunt for her daughter. Every day she will spend 3 hours reading documents, looking for the vital clue which will answer the question that has tortured her and Gerry for 21 agonising months.

Where is our missing Madeleine?

Kate McCann sips her tea and then turns another page from the mountain of paperwork, looking for the one clue that could spark a breakthrough in the search for her missing daughter.

As her twins Sean and Amelie enjoy playing with friends at nursery, their mum combs through thousands of police documents stacked up in massive files hoping to latch on to any nugget of information such as the names of witnesses that were never interviewed.

Raw pain is still sometimes clearly etched on her face. But this is Kate's life now.

No longer working as a GP, she has dedicated herself to the task of unearthing clues that will lead her to her daughter Madeleine who vanished 21 months ago.

A family member said: "She is there virtually every morning. It's her routine for two or three hours every day while the twins are in nursery. Sometimes I feel she is exhausting herself. I wish she would take a break. But she won't listen. She is driven, consumed with the task and the goal of finding Madeleine."

While the agony of not knowing where Madeleine is or what has happened to her eats up Kate and husband Gerry, the couple still have to provide a normal family life for Sean and Amelie. Tomorrow, the twins celebrate their fourth birthday and their parents will make sure it is a special day full of fun, laughter, gifts and games.

But, inevitably, one heartbreaking thought will haunt the couple throughout: "We never got to do this with Madeleine."

Another Remote View?

A Distant Land
Original artwork by Matthew James

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Scientist Teleport Matter More Than Three Feet

Scientists have come a bit closer to achieving the “Star Trek” feat of teleportation. No one is galaxy-hopping, or even beaming people around, but for the first time, information has been teleported between two separate atoms across a distance of a meter — about a yard.

This is a significant milestone in a field known as quantum information processing, said Christopher Monroe of the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, who led the effort.

Teleportation is one of nature’s most mysterious forms of transport: Quantum information, such as the spin of a particle or the polarization of a photon, is transferred from one place to another, without traveling through any physical medium.

It has previously been achieved between photons (a unit, or quantum, of electromagnetic radiation, such as light) over very large distances, between photons and ensembles of atoms, and between two nearby atoms through the intermediary action of a third. (Source: Fox News)

"Divination"

From the earliest stages of civilization people have used various means of divination to communicate with the supernatural when seeking help in their public and private lives. Divination is most often practiced as a means of foretelling the future, and sometimes the past. It is one of the primary practices used by witches, wizards, medicine men, sorcerers, and shamans. These various groups of persons are often called diviners, who often belonged to special classes of priests and priestesses in past and present civilizations, and are specially trained in the practice and interpretation of their divinatory skills.

The methodology for practicing the divinatory skills seems to divide into two categories: the first is the observation and interpretation on natural phenomena, and the second is the observation and interpretation of man-made "voluntary" phenomena. Natural phenomena includes two major subcategories of activity: astrology, and
hepatoscopy. To a lesser degree the observation of the following occurrences also can be listed under natural phenomena: unexpected storms, particular cloud formations, birth monstrosities in both man and animal, howling or unnatural actions in dogs, and night-marish dreams.

Man-made or "voluntary" phenomena is defined as being deliberately produced for the sole purpose of soothsaying and includes such acts as
necromancy, pouring oil into a basin of water to observe the formation of bubbles and rings in the receptacle, shooting arrows, casting lots, and numerous other acts.

The ancient Romans favoured
augury and haruspicy. The Egyptians, Druids, and Hebrews relied on scrying. The Druids also read death throes and entrails of sacrificed animals.

The Greeks had their
oracle which spoke for the gods. In the Middle Ages grain, sand or peas were tossed onto a field in order to read the patterns after the substances fell. As far back as 1000 BC. the Chinese had "I CHING," an oracle which involved the tossing and reading of long short yarrow sticks. Another ancient Chinese divinatory practice which is still used is "feng-shui," or geomancy, which involves the erecting of buildings, tombs, and other physical structures by determining the currents of invisible energy coursing through the earth. Presently people also are using this principle for the arrangement of furniture in their homes.

Many divinatory methods are still used today, especially in
paganism, witchcraft, voodoo and Santeria. Most Christians would probably disagree but prayer might also be considered a divinatory act. Many practitioners today do not feel signs of divination are absolute or fixed, but believe they still have free choices in their future. They believe divination helps them in making better choices

Encounters

Music video by Enigma

Image of the Day

'Chained to Debt' - Dees Illustrations

The Internal Fires of the Sheaths ....

Extract by Alice A Bailey taken from 'A Treatise of Cosmic Fire'
In the physical body we have the fires of the lower nature (the animal plane) centralized at the base of the spine. They are situated at a spot which stands in relation to the physical body as the physical sun to the solar system. This central point of heat radiates in all directions, using the spinal column as its main artery, but working in close connection with certain central ganglia, wherever located, and having a special association with the spleen.

In the etheric body, which is an exact replica of its denser counterpart, we have the organ of active or radiatory fire, and, as is well known, the vehicle of prana. Its function is to store up the rays of radiatory light and heat which are secured from the sun, and to transmit them, via the spleen, to all parts of the physical body. Hence in the future it will come to be recognized that the spine and the spleen are of the utmost importance to the physical well-being of man, and that when the spinal column is duly adjusted and aligned, and when the spleen is freed from congestion and in a healthy condition, there will be little trouble in the dense physical body. When the physical furnace burns brightly and when the fuel of the body (pranic rays) is adequately assimilated, the human frame will function as desired.

The subject of the blending of these two fires, which is complete in a normal and healthy person, should engross the attention of the modern physician. He will then concern himself with the removal of nerve congestion or material congestion, so as to leave a free channel for the inner warmth. This blending, which is now a natural and usual growth in every human being, was one of the signs of attainment or of initiation in an earlier solar system. Just as initiation and liberation are marked in this solar system by the blending of the fires of the body, of the mind and of the Spirit, so in an earlier cycle attainment was marked by the blending of the latent fires of matter with the radiatory or active fires, and then their union with the fires of mind. In the earlier period the effects in manifestation of the divine Flame were so remote and deeply hidden as to be scarcely recognizable, though dimly there. Its correspondence can be seen in the animal kingdom, in which instinct holds the intuition in latency, and the Spirit dimly over-shadows. Yet all is part of a divine whole.

A Word on 'Metaphysics'

Metaphysics is the philosophical study of first cause principals. That's a fancy way of saying How the Universe got started. The word meta means higher and beyond. Metaphysics is a philosophy of physics that tries to solve the questions that material science cannot. Thus, it is the study of life beyond physics.

Let's start with the word metaphysics. In the scheme of life here on earth, the word is fairly new. Coined in the late 300's B.C. by Aristotle. This advanced thinker and philosopher had written and titled a book about 'Physics'. This work dealt with the knowledge of physical science for the time. It is the study and theories of physical law that revolves around the "observed world". Almost immediately after the completion of 'Physics', Aristotle began his next work, 'Metaphysics'. This one was a continuation of the first, but where physics looks at the observed world, metaphysics looks at the underlying meaning and structure of world.

Metaphysics asks: What are space and time? What is a thing and how does it differ from an idea? Are humans free to decide their fate? Is there a first cause, or God, that has made everything and put it in motion? All the basic questions that humanity has struggled with since the dawn of time. Although there are many modern day theologians who would strongly argue the point, metaphysics is the underlying foundation for all modern religions. From Wicca to Catholicism. (Source: Pagan's Path)

Iceland To Be Fast-tracked Into The EU

'Iceland will be put on a fast track to joining the European Union to rescue the small Arctic state from financial collapse amid rising expectations that it will apply for membership within months, senior policy-makers in Brussels and Reykjavik have told the Guardian.

"The krona is dead. We need a new currency. The only serious option is the euro," said a senior Icelandic official.'

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Classic "Problem - Reaction - Solution"

Phaedra

Music by Tangerine Dream

Friday, 30 January 2009

What is 'Exorcism'?

The Catholic Encyclopedia defines exorcism as "the act of driving out, or warding off, demons, or evil spirits, from persons, places, or things, which are believed to be possessed or infested by them, or are liable to become victims or instruments of their malice."
In short, it is a ritual performed by a Catholic priest to expel the devil from a person, place or thing.

There are several types of exorcism in the Roman Catholic Church:

Baptismal exorcism - blessing an infant prior to baptism to cleanse it of evil resulting from
original sin

Simple exorcism
- blessing a place or thing to rid it of evil influence

Real exorcism - performing the Rite of Exorcism to rid a human being of diabolical possession . A "real exorcism" is what most of us think of when we think of exorcism. In this case, the priest-exorcist is dealing with a human being who is possessed by the devil -- the devil is inhabiting this person's body.

According to the Church, telltale signs of demonic possession include:

Speaking or understanding languages which the person has never learned (different from "speaking in tongues," which is considered a sign of religious ecstasy, not possession)
Knowing (and revealing) things the person has no earthly way of knowing
Physical strength beyond the person's natural physical makeup
A violent aversion to God, the Virgin Mary, the cross and other images of Catholic faith

Ghost of dead Roman soldier seen near brand-new hospital's morgue

Source: Daily Mail

Staff at brand-new £334million Royal Derby Hospital face, alongside C.dif and MRSA, another challenge to their working environment - a ghost.

Staff are said to be so perturbed by the sightings that an exorcist is expected on the premises within days. One source on the premises told The Sun: 'Several people have seen a male figure cloaked from head to toe in black darting between rooms and through walls - especially in departments near the morgue.

'It's affected morale so much that bosses decided they have to act.'

There is speculation that the figure could be a Roman soldier killed there as the old Derby City General Hospital was built in the 1920s over part of a Roman road.

The number of staff complaints prompted an email from senior manager Debbie Butler where she outlined the plan to bring in an exorcist. (An Exorcist? Don’t make me laugh. What a load of Victorian Catholic claptrap. You’d be just as well to call in the fire brigade or a nuclear scientist! – MJ)

She wrote: 'I'm not sure how many of you are aware that some members of staff have reported seeing a ghost. 'I'm taking it seriously as it is affecting some members of staff and the last thing I want is staff feeling uneasy at work. 'I don't want to scare anyone any more than necessary, but felt it was best I made you all aware of the situation and what we are doing about it. 'I've spoken to the Trust's chaplain and she is going to arrange for someone from the cathedral to exorcise the department.'

Eagle River - River on the Rocks

This video is from the DVD 'Eagle River' by Dean Evenson.

A Word on 'Spirit Guides'

I am personally very sceptical of the cliche term 'spirit guides' ... baggage which has come into existence with the New Age Movement. Each and every one to their own ... I do not completely dismiss such things, I'm just not convinced they are what they are claimed to be. I admit to having experienced numerous phenomenon in the last forty or so years that could so easily be attributed to 'spirit guides' ... but I am reluctant to tag these experiences as such. A deeper part of me is reluctant to let me go with that flow ... helpers, assistants, colleagues ... yes maybe. But the fanciful Native American Indian or the Mandarin Doctor ... no ...

Anyway ... here is a piece on Spirit Guides ... which I neither agree with or disagree with. It is a subject which is very much part of the Occult ... and is therefore entitled to be featured in this 'library of the occult'. My own, and personal, view on etheric hierarchy may be discussed in a future article. It will, however, gain ridicule from the new age movement, the spiritualist churches and mediums/clairvoyants etc etc ... my understanding of the phenomenon is a million miles away from the rut which has beset the new age movement. -- Matthew James

One often hears Spiritualists, mediums and others refer to "spirit guides" and other terms. The following is written to clarify things for people.

The Guardian, or as has been referred to by orthodox religions as the Guardian Angel is, in most cases, the most important spirit looking after us. They are often understood to be the most enlightened spirit helping us as an individual, as compared to more highly evolved spirits who help groups, countries, planets etc. Guardians are responsible for the overall spiritual guidance we get, and are usually with us for the whole of our physical life. The Guardian has access to the "akashic record" or what is sometimes called the "Book of Life", and is often the one to remind us of our past lives. Another job they have is to help protect us when we intentionally, or unintentionally, leave our bodies (OOB, Astral Travel etc). They will be there to help us get to the spirit dimension when we die.

Guides. These are spirits of like spiritual age to ourselves, working on the principle of "like attracts like". They are usually not with us all the time. They come when we are "receptive", or when they feel that their attempt at guiding us might help. They, like the Guardian, often have a love link with us. Knowing us in this and/or a previous life/lives as a brother, sister, wife, etc.

Helpers. These people are like guides, but often they are interested in some facet of our life rather than ourselves particularly. For example, if we are a carpenter, and a spirit who was a carpenter is aware that we are doing this, then he/she may take an interest in what we are doing.

Doorkeeper. If we do a form of mediumship (channeling) that involves us getting in and out of our physical bodies then a spirit is often appointed to help us get in and out safely and to stop other spirits taking over our physical bodies ("possession").

Most spirits show themselves to people who have clairvoyant sight as some "form". Rather than their true "spirit light" image. This form is usually human but can just as easily be alien. This image usually represents the physical image that they had in a past life, not necessarily their last one. Therefore a guide, for example, might look like a Red Indian, Chinese person etc. Naturally, they are none of these things. Spirit is spirit. However on our side of life it makes identification easier. Otherwise it might be hard for us to tell one spirit light from another while we are still physical ourselves.

A number of people, who are beginning to see clairvoyantly, see spirits as lights, and don't know what is going on. This should finally resolve as seeing images in time. Particularly if we ask our "guides" to show us the "image" that they wish to be identified as. The spirit, once identified will usually look the same whenever you see them. (Vicnet.net.au)

One More ... Optical Illusion


Nine Ways To Help Others Awaken to Consciousness

Source: Daily Om

1. Living by your values allows you to become a positive source of inspiration for others. Don’t hide – express yourself and embrace life without reservation. By simply being yourself, you can help the people in your life see how one person can make a difference by being a living example of consciousness.

2. When you communicate your views, do so casually and in a nondogmatic manner. Allow the people you speak with to ask questions. Offer only as much information as they are ready to hear.

3. Igniting the spark of consciousness can be as easy as giving someone a gift. A favorite book, a medicine bag, or a beautiful gemstone can pique your loved ones’ curiosity and prompt them to begin an exploration of the soul.

4. Teaching a friend, relative, or colleague to meditate or chant can put them on the path to consciousness while simultaneously reducing their stress levels.

5. Others may want to know more about living consciously but are unsure of how to begin. Starting a discussion group – even a virtual one – can help you reach out to individuals that are eager to learn.

6. By recognizing and acknowledging the inherent value in everyone you encounter, you can teach them how to value others. Sometimes, the easiest way to encourage people – even challenging ones - to respect others is to respect them first.

7. Invite people from your personal and professional lives to join you in attending a ceremony or ritual. The experience may touch them in a profound way or introduce them to a new spiritual path.

8. Casually point out the interconnectedness of all living beings using concrete, everyday examples. Many people are unaware of how their actions affect the world and are intrigued when they learn of the power they hold.

9. Introduce your loved ones to conscious living in a lighthearted and enjoyable way. Serve delicious organic recipes at gatherings, volunteer as a group, and show them how wonderful it can feel to be truly aware and connected to the universe.

N.A.S.A Moon Bases?

... an interesting piece of video footage for the open minded only!

ULOs: New Photographic Evidence of Structures On The Moon

The world's largest collection of photographic evidence of structures and other anomalies on the surface of the Moon. More info: Lunomaly.com

Quote for the Day

"By defilement of mind, beings are defiled; by purification of mind, beings are purified"

It's so hot eggs are frying on the ground in Australia

Extreme weather is causing chaos on different sides of the globe as Australia endures searing heat of up to 46c while at least 20 people were killed by ice storms in America.

The heatwave in southern Australia is causing transport chaos by buckling rail lines and has left more than 140,000 homes without power as the heat took its toll on the power grid. It was so hot an egg was pictured literally frying on the tennis court at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The extreme heat in Australia is also causing massive disruption. Rail lines in Melbourne buckled and trains were cancelled, stranding thousands of hot and angry commuters.

Free bottled water was handed out to train travellers in Adelaide to help them cope with the delays and heat.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said the heatwave, which started on Wednesday, was the sort of weather scientists had been warning about. 'Eleven of the hottest years in history have been in the last 12, and we also note, particularly in the southern part of Australia, we're seeing less rainfall,' Wong told reporters. (Source: Daily Mail)

Thursday, 29 January 2009

In The News Today ....

Daily Mail headline says: "Where the £2m you gave to find Madeleine McCann has gone"
The fund set up to help find Madeleine McCann raised almost £2million in the first ten months after she vanished, it was revealed yesterday.

The wave of shock and public sympathy that swept Britain after her suspected abduction led supporters to donate money at a rate of almost £260 an hour.

Accounts lodged with Companies House show the fund received £1.4million in bank donations, another £391,000 over the internet and £64,000 from the sale of T-shirts and wristbands.

In total, it received £1.85million in its first ten months and earned £33,424 in interest. It spent £815,113 on the search for Madeleine in that time.

This included £26,000 to fund the purchase of merchandise and £250,000 on the fees for private investigators.

But the accounts – which have been made public for the first time – have been published with a warning that donations had gone on to fall dramatically and were now ‘significantly lower’ than in the immediate aftermath of the three-year old’s disappearance in Portugal in 2007.

Mercury In Vaccines Was Replaced With Something Even MORE Toxic

'When mercury was removed from many vaccines (except the flu vaccine) years ago, it was under the false guise that finally vaccines were now safe. What health agencies did not want you to know is that there are many other toxic additives still in vaccines, and one of them is aluminum.

Aluminum has not received the widespread media attention that mercury has, therefore many people don't realize it's a health risk.

"Aluminum is not perceived, I believe, by the public as a dangerous metal. Therefore, we are in a much more comfortable wicket in terms of defending its presence in vaccines," said Dr. John Clements, WHO vaccine advisor.

Notice he said that aluminum is "not perceived" by the public as a dangerous metal ... he couldn't say simply that aluminum is safe, because this would be a lie.'

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UK Terror Law To Make Photographing Police Illegal

New laws set to be passed in England and Canada would make it illegal to use bad language or take photographs of police officers, moving us further away from the idea of police as public servants and more towards the notion of cops assuming God-like status.

According to the
British Journal of Photography, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, which is set to become law on February 16, “allows for the arrest and imprisonment of anyone who takes pictures of officers ‘likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism’.” The punishment for this offense is imprisonment for up to ten years and a fine.

However, even before the passage of the legislation, police in Britain have already been harassing and arresting fully accredited press photographers merely for taking pictures of them at rallies and protests.

Besides the 4.2 million CCTV cameras in Britain, one for every fourteen people, Police are now equipped with mobile surveillance vans and head mounted cameras and they routinely videotape everyone at a protest, yet anyone attempting to record them has been met with increasing hostility. (prisonplanet.com)

Buddhist Inspiration

No matter what one does, whether one's deeds serve virtue or vice, nothing lacks importance. All actions bear a kind of fruit. - Buddha

Thoth, God of the Moon, Magic and Writing...

The wisest of the Egyptian gods was Thoth (Djhuty, Djehuty, Tehuty), the baboon and ibis god of the moon. Thoth was the god who overcame the curse of Ra, allowing Nut to give birth to her five children, with his skill at games. It was he who helped Isis work the ritual to bring Osiris back from the dead, and who drove the magical poison of Set from her son, Horus with the power of his magic. He was Horus' supporter during the young god's deadly battle with his uncle Set, helping Horus with his wisdom and magic. It was Thoth who brought Tefnut, who left Egypt for Nubia in a sulk after an argument with her father, back to heaven to be reunited with Ra.

When Ra retired from the earth, he appointed Thoth and told him of his desire to create a Light-soul in the Duat and in the Land of the Caves, and it was over this region that the sun god appointed Thoth to rule, ordering him to keep a register of those who were there, and to mete out just punishments to them. Thoth became the representation of Ra in the afterlife, seen at the judgement of the dead in the 'Halls of the Double
Ma'at'.

The
magical powers of Thoth were so great, that the Egyptians had tales of a 'Book of Thoth', which would allow a person who read the sacred book to become the most powerful magician in the world. The Book which "the god of wisdom wrote with his own hand" was, though, a deadly book that brought nothing but pain and tragedy to those that read it, despite finding out about the "secrets of the gods themselves" and "all that is hidden in the stars".

He was one of the earlier Egyptian gods, thought to be scribe to the gods, who kept a great library of scrolls, over which one of his wives,
Seshat, the goddess of writing, was thought to be mistress. The god born of this union was called Hornub. He was associated by the Egyptians with speech, literature, arts, learning. He, too, was a measurer and recorder of time, as was Seshat. Believed to be the author of the spells in The Book of the Dead and a much later work, the Book of Breathings, he was a helper (and punisher) of the deceased as they try to enter the underworld. In this role, his wife was Ma'at, the personification of order, who was weighed against the heart of the dead to see if they followed ma'at during their life. At Khmunu (Hermopolis) he was wed to a goddess of protection called Nehmauit (Nahmauit, Nehmetaway), 'She Who Uproots Evil', with whom he fathered the god Neferhor.

Thoth was usually depicted as an ibis headed man or as a full ibis, or with the face of a dog-headed baboon and the body of a man or, again, as a full dog-headed baboon. The ibis, it is thought, had a crescent shaped beak, linking the bird to the moon. The dog-headed baboon, on the other hand, was a night
animal that was seen by the Egyptians who would greet the sun with chattering noises each morning just as Thoth, the moon god, would greet Ra, the sun god, as he rose. (Source: the keep.org)

Optical Illusion - two spinning snakes


A Word on 'Snake Medicine'

This a powerful totem -- it is the symbol of transformation and healing. The Snake is wisdom expressed through healing. It is a protector and guardian totem, along with its sister totems, the Dragon and the Serpent.

If a snake totem has come into your life, your creative forces are awakening. Your intuition will sharpen and be more accurate. Snake energy is the energy of wholeness, cosmic consciousness, and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance. It is the knowledge that all things are equal in creation. It also signals a transition in your life. New opportunities and/or changes.

Snake is fire medicine, the medicine of transmutation. On a material level, it is vitality; on an emotional level, it is ambition and dreams; on a mental level, it is intellect and power; on a spiritual level (the highest level), it is wisdom, understanding and wholeness.

Snake magic is heavy magic. Become the Magician and transmute the energy and accept the power of the fire. The Snake is one of the symbols of Thoth. (Source: Linsdomain.com)

The Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra is the most important chakra of all, because it contains the seed for the ability to feel divine, pure love for everyone and everything.

Pure love is love that is devoid of egoism, of calculation, of any kind of demand. When two people who love each other purely are together, then figures quite beyond description are created above them, e.g. like a rose-pink rainbow, shining in al the most beautiful rose-pink colours, and rose-pink flowers of all shades can be seen, as rose-pink is the colour of this chakra.

Pure love is the most important quality in a human being, anything else is subordinate.


Any intellectual knowledge about this or that is completely subordinate the ability to feel love. Love is what the universal consciousness demands its children to learn, and it is the only real demand for spiritual development. Any technique, any kind of control, any intellectual knowledge is subordinated the law of love. Universal Consciousness is pure love, and the most principal duty for its children on their journey back to to Universal Consciousness is to learn to feel this pure love for others.

Because love is also the creative aspect in life, many negative things has happened in those societies, where there have been an emphasis on the intellectual and academic knowledge. Here much has been lost, and countless people have had their development amputated, because their creativity has been stifled in the years of growth, and thereby their ability to love.

To work creatively does not only mean to
paint or to write, there are lots of ways in which to work creatively. Common to them all is that one uses ones ability to create - the power that manifests through ones hands or mouth - and that one has opportunities for development of this discharge of energy.

The educational system in the so-called civilized countries on Earth has been amputated though the demands for intellectual effectiveness, and thereby many a heart chakra has been blocked over the years.

When talking on the theme of blockages in the chakras there is no reason to despair because of this, for life is arranged so suitable, that one begins to clear and cleanse all the blockages one has developed, as soon as one makes the decision that one wants to be cleansed. One can then do different things in order to ease the process, like meditating, or practising
yoga or other bodily techniques. One can even get rid of many blockages by swimming regularly, because water has healing powers.

Therefore: if you want to get rid of the blockage in your heart chakra, then do not despair; of course it will take some time before your prayer will be granted, but it will happen sooner or later as you wish, especially because it is a positive wish, and because you will receive help from the
spiritual dimensions to have your wish fulfilled.

"Never"

Classic 80's hit by Heart

Heart Meditation

It is not easy to have an open heart in a world that offers us a full plate of experiences. This life gives us much joy, love, and light, but it also shows us a fair amount of pain, sadness, and suffering. When our hearts are open, we take everything into ourselves, and we are deeply affected by what we see. We do not hold ourselves separate from the pain of others. In addition, our own personal disappointments may begin to take their toll. We may feel small, alone, and overwhelmed. Most of us may feel like we are not up to the task of living with our hearts open, and we might begin to close down, little by little, so that we can get through our days without having to feel too much.

One thing that can help us turn this situation around is an awareness of the power of empathy. To open our hearts to another person’s suffering is a revolutionary act that has energetic implications. Many experiments with meditation have proven that we can reach far beyond the boundaries of our selves and heal others when our hearts are open. Heart meditations awaken this power and heal the person meditating as well as anyone who is the focus of the meditation.

You may want to experiment with this the next time you see or hear something painful. Instead of shuttering your emotions, resolve to hold your feelings in your heart. Tap into the divine energy of universal love that resides in your heart. This energy makes you powerful, for it is your protection that will transmute the pain of others. Breathe deeply, and let yourself feel the pain of the situation, knowing that your heart is big and strong enough to hold it. As you breathe, visualize healing light emanating from your heart and touching all that are suffering. You will heal your heart in the process.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Obama - Inauguration of Barack Obama UFO Fly Over!..

Here it is again ... the footage itself. It's very 'convenient' that such a world event appears to have been 'the stage' for such a profound and undeniable (?) sighting. The questions to ponder are ... (1) is it an alien agency choosing the moment to prove UFO's, (2) is it a earthly agency choosing the moment to show off its technology, (3) is it just another case of something that will be fobbed off as coincidental? The likelihood is that (3) will be the official line where in reality (2) is the most probable answer!!!

The 'Obama' UFO ... in slow motion

.... looks like a 'secret project' craft to me ... perhaps it was 'extra security'??

Did a UFO fly past President Barack Obama's inauguration?

Here is the astonishing picture from a video of an unidentified object flying over President Barack Obama's inauguration this week in Washington, D.C.

The video, titled 'Filmed by CNN News – UFO at Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama' has created a buzz since it appeared on the internet.

The video shows CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper discussing President Obama’s historic speech before cutting to a shot of the Washington D.C.'s Capitol.CNN anchor Blitzer says: 'To the rest of the world especially to the Muslim world, he has a double message.'

The Sun revealed the shot then cuts to the Mall and a small dark object is seen whizzing past the Washington Monument, the world’s tallest obelisk at 555ft tall.

The footage has created a discussion among bloggers with some speculating the object is a bird. However, one commentor doubted the object was a bird, due to its flat appearance and lack of visible wings. (Source: Daily Mail)

Children Being Drugged with Hallucinogenic ADHD Drugs by Psychiatrists

New research published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that the ADHD drugs prescribed to millions of children are causing them to experience frightening hallucinations. Children on these drugs hallucinated that snakes and bugs were crawling all over them, says Reuters, and some kids taking the drugs experience other bizarre psychotic side effects such as thinking they ran into a wall and falling to the ground even when no wall was present.

ADHD drugs, of course, are powerful psychotropic mind-altering chemicals that are often molecularly identical to street drugs. The industry of psychiatry is virtually owned by Big Pharma, which hopes to drug every child, teenager and adult with at least one mind-altering medication.The drugs reviewed in this study include: Ritalin and Focalin XR (Novartis), Adderall XR and Daytrana patch (Shire), Concerta (Johnson & Johnson), Strattera (Eli Lilly), Metadate CD (Celltech Pharmaceuticals) and Provigil (Cephalon).

Researchers noticed that only children taking these drugs suffered from hallucinations. Those taking placebo had no hallucinations, and the children who stopped taking ADHD drugs saw their hallucinations cease. (Source: Natural News.com)

David Icke in Australia!


Europa

Classic Santana from the '80's

Image of the Day - Ayers Rock

Uluru (also Ayers Rock or The Rock) is a large rock formation in central Australia, in the Northern Territory. It is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, 350 km southwest of Alice Springs at 25 degrees 20' 41" S 131 degrees 01' 57" E. It is the second-largest monolith in the world (after Mount Augustus, also in Australia), more than 318 m (986 ft) high and 8 km (5 miles) around. It also extends 2.5 km (1.5 miles) into the ground. It was described by explorer Ernest Giles in 1872 as "the remarkable pebble".'

Uluru is an inselberg, literally "island mountain", an isolated remnant left after the slow erosion of an original mountain range. Uluru is also often referred to as a monolith, although this is a somewhat ambiguous term because of its multiple meanings, and thus a word generally avoided by geologists. The remarkable feature of Uluru is its homogeneity and lack of jointing and parting at bedding surfaces, leading to the lack of development of scree slopes and soil. These characteristics led to its survival, while the surrounding rocks were eroded. For the purpose of mapping and describing the geological history of the area, geologists refer to the rock strata making up Uluru as the Mutitjulu Arkose, and it is one of many sedimentary formations filling the Amadeus Basin.

A Brief Interlude ...

Magical Journal (28/1/09)

A brief word only. In preparation for 'dusting the tarot cards down' again ... traditional 12 month forecasts were undertaken for both myself and Kristine. Quite interesting really, with a number of items already surfacing as the forecasts had implied last week. Things seem to be heading towards the needle's eye as I'd foreseen ...

Interesting to watch the key dates outlined in both forecasts. Collaboration on a month later in the year when a number of significators linked to another scenario altogether appeared. Awareness was not even casting out that net at the time ... an influence which basically was a factor beyond my control ... chose those moments to reveal some interesting information.

Yes, the shining star figured in both forecasts ... together with the light at the end of the tunnel. A third and final confirmation is being awaited for, from 'them upstairs' before I accept the information as being kosher.

MJ

A Word on 'Psychometry'

Psychometry is the ability to read the history of certain objects by holding the object in your hand or placing it to your forehead. Usually small personal objects such as a watch, ring, key or other personal objects are the best. People with the ability to scry this way are called a Psychometrist. The term psychometry was invented in 1842 by J R Buchanan.
Buchanan experimented with some students from Cincinnati medical school and found that when certain students where given an unmarked bottle of medicine they had the same reaction as if they had taken the medicine. Buchanan developed the theory that all things give off an emanation. These emanations contained a sort of record of the history of the object. Buchanan believed that objects recorded senses and emotions and these could be played back in the mind of the psychometric scryer.

Some theosophists attempt to explain psychometry in terms of the Akashic records. Psychometrists usually undertake scrying in a normal state of consciousness which will more often than not lead to an altered, or heightened, state of awareness during which connection to the ‘spirit world’ is made. It is at this point the object can be discarded and pure mediumship undertaken.

In other words there is no preparation needed or any need for trance, etc. Scryers are sometimes unable to hold certain objects because of that objects past. For example, if the object had been used in a violent crime.

In some cases if a scryer has been handed an object of someone who recently died of illness the scryer may suffer from symptoms of the illness. Psychometric impressions may come in the form of emotions, sounds, scents, tastes or images.

The visions are usually very rapid in nature. The visual images occur with no logical sequences.

Psychometrists usually experience a loss of energy and an increase in body temperature when scrying. Some scryers report an irregular heartbeat.

It is generally thought that psychometry is a natural power of the human mind, but some people believe that it is controlled by spiritual beings. Some scryers feel that they act as an instrument and that the spirits do the actual scrying.

If you possess a talent for psychometry you probably already know it. It usually starts at an early age and seems to be a natural gift not something that is learnt.

Things We Can't Control

The idea of trusting the universe is a popular one these days, but many of us don’t know what this really means and we often have a hard time doing it. This is partly because the story of humankind is most often presented as a story about struggle, control, and survival, instead of one of trust and collaboration with the universe. Yet, in truth, we need to adhere to both ideas in this life.

On the one hand, there is much to be said about exerting control over our environment. We created shelter to protect ourselves from the elements. We hunted for animals and invented agriculture to feed ourselves. We built social infrastructures to protect ourselves and create community. This is how we survive and grow as a civilization. However, it is also clear that there are plenty of things that we cannot control, no matter how hard we try, and we often receive support from an unseen force – a universe that provides us with what we cannot provide for ourselves.

It is a good idea to take responsibility for the things in life that we can control or create. We work so we can feed, clothe, and shelter our loved ones and ourselves. We manifest our dreams and visions in physical form with hard work and forethought. But at a certain point, when have done all that we can, we must let go and allow the universe to take over. This requires trust. It requires a trust that runs deeper than just expecting things to turn out the way we want them to. Sometimes they will, and sometimes they won’t. We develop equanimity and grace as we learn to trust that, with the guiding hand of the universe, life will unfold exactly the way it should. We are engaged in an ongoing relationship with a universe that responds to our thoughts and actions.

3 Points Clear At The Top ... and 11 Games Without Conceding A Goal!

Manchester United made it a record 11 Premier League clean sheets as they thrashed West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Dimitar Berbatov's angled finish put them ahead after 22 minutes, with Albion's Paul Robinson sent off before half-time for fouling Ji-Sung Park. Carlos Tevez tapped in seconds before the break after Scott Carson dropped Ryan Giggs' free-kick, and Nemanja Vidic headed home a third on the hour.

Cristiano Ronaldo then struck twice in eight minutes to seal United's win.

It gave Sir Alex Ferguson's side a three-point lead ahead of Liverpool in the title race, with the added bonus of topping up their goal difference in style.

United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has now gone 1,032 minutes without conceding, beating the previous record set by Chelsea's Petr Cech five seasons ago. (Courtesy - BBC Sport)

Some Buddhist Inspiration ...

If we clearly perceive the difference between direct apprehension in Whole-mind And relative comprehension by reasoning In mind divided into subject-and-object, All the apparent mysteries will disappear. For that will be found to be the key Which unlocks the doors of incomprehension. - 'Posthumous Pieces' by Wei Wu Wei

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Magic Eye .... what is it?


Butterfly Totem

The Butterfly is a symbol of change, joy and love, metamorphosis.
Butterfly is a powerful symbol in myth and religion. For Early Christians, it represented the soul itself. In China it symbolized conjugal bliss and joy. American Indians call upon the butterfly for guidance in change, colour, and happiness.


The "dance of the butterfly" can teach you not to take things so seriously. The butterfly has taste sensors on the front legs, enabling them to experience life through motion (dancing, walking).

Butterfly brings colour and lightness to your life. Colour is an important part of our daily life and can affect how we respond to various situations.

If you are going through changes or transitions in your life right now, study the butterfly to make these changes beneficial, joyful, and rewarding. All change is good - even if it may not seem so at the time. Change is what life is made of and is necessary to growth, and accomplishment.

Source: Crystal Cure.com

Consciousness and Existence

From the wider point of view the terms initiation and individualization are synonymous; they both express the idea of an expansion of consciousness, or of entrance into a new kingdom of nature. The faculty of acquiring knowledge must be realized as paralleling the development of the sense of sight, or vision, as earlier pointed out.

The fire of mind shone forth and illuminated animal man in Lemurian days, during that vast cycle wherein sight opened up for him the physical plane. The relationship between sight and mind is a very close one, and must not be lost from sight.

In the first round, and in the first root-race of this round, hearing was the sense developed. In the second round and the second root-race touch was evolved. In the third round and corresponding root-race sight was added to the other two, and the Self which hears, and the Not-self which is touched, or apprehended as tangible, are related and connected by sight, - the correspondence to the intelligence that links.

Thus is brought about the blending of the three fires, and illumination is present. But through all this evolutionary development the ONE Who hears, touches, and sees, persists and interprets according to the stage of the development of the manasic principle within Him.

This basic Interpreter is the Entity Who is independent of an existence which ever necessitates a form. His is the life that causes matter to vibrate and He is therefore "fire by friction"; His is the life of pure Spirit which wills to be, and which utilizes form, and is therefore electrical impulse on the cosmic physical plane or "electric fire"; His is the life that not only animates the atoms and electrifies them by His Own nature, but likewise knows itself to be one with all yet apart from all, - the thinking, discriminating, Self-realizing something that we call MIND or Solar Fire. (Alice A Bailey)

I warned of global financial crisis ten years ago, claims Brown

Gordon Brown today said that he had warned of the current global financial crisis tenyears ago - and that the current crisis is the birth pangs of a 'new global order'.

The Prime Minister claimed that he had called for a stronger regulatory framework in the wake of the Asian money markets collapse in 1999.

'As I said in Harvard ten years ago, we need an early warning system so that international financial flows are properly monitored,' Mr Brown said in a speech yesterday. 'We must create a framework for the international governance that we currently lack. We must consider at a global level the regulatory deficit. For a decade I have said that the current patchwork arrangement is inadequate.’ (Daily Mail)

When you tell me that you love me

by Diana Ross, for Kristine.

A Concrete Dream

Our desires act as fuel, propelling us toward new horizons. Without something to strive for, we stagnate and become stuck in ruts of our own making because we are unsure of what to do next. Goals are the dreams that we are willing to work for. When we set goals, we take responsibility for our lives and choose to wholeheartedly devote ourselves to our aspirations. Even if we only take the smallest steps toward achieving our ambitions, it is vital that we actively pursue our goals rather than just daydreaming about them.

Having goals makes us feel good because it adds a sense of purpose and direction to our lives. When you endeavour to achieve clear and quantifiable goals, your choices and actions take on new significance. Consciously creating your goals can help ensure that the success you seek is attainable and serves you. Your plan must be conceivable, tangible, and measurable. If you cannot visualize your goal in great detail or believe that you can realize them, you may find it difficult to commit to your goals and take the necessary steps to achieve them. Make sure that your goals have the potential to be emotionally satisfying. You may even want to write them down. Putting your goals into words can keep your intention fresh in your mind and remind you of your purpose. As you make progress toward realizing your goals, give yourself a reward each time you take a step forward so that you have the incentive to keep going. If you find yourself stuck in a rut, examine ways in which you can revise your strategy so that your plan can work. In creating goals, you create your future by outlining your destiny. When you choose your goals using your head and heart, you take the first step in manifesting what you want. You grant your own wishes every time you achieve another goal.

Inspiration for today

When you discover the privilege
and the profound opportunity inherent in being alive,
your life will become a Sacred Blessing for others.

Honour the Grace
that is Life
within this moment.

Monday, 26 January 2009

The Foot Chakra

The Chakra Energy System functions as a conduit through which divine energy passes into the spiritual and physical body. Without these energy portals, you would cease to exist because all energy comes from the Universal Source and is not derived from your own being.

Now, there are many of these energy centers located throughout your body. Traditionally there are seven major chakra. These seven energy portals rest at various points along the body: the base of the spine, the sexual, the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, the brow, and the crown (above the head). However, despite these seven, there are more that need to be examined. In this chapter we will start with the energy center that is left out, but is just as important as those seven. This center is the foot chakra, and let's call this center the zero chakra, just to keep with the conformity of the present chakra numbering system.

In a physical sense, the foot chakra is actually a split energy center, with each half sitting in the ball of each foot. If you were to place your feet together, these centers would seem to combine and make a complete energy center. However, regardless of whether the feet are physically next to each other, these split-centers, on each foot, are always linked and are always complete.

Now, the foot chakra is an important center in that it is here that divine energy returns back to the Source. It is the last point at which the energy is a part of you. Traditional thinking places the base chakra as this grounding point; however, that reasoning is not entirely correct. You see! The base (or root) chakra's function is more than just a grounding center. It actually functions as an energy transformation point where divine energy gets slowed down so that it can pass into the Earth quickly and effortlessly. While the base chakra does the actual conversion, it does not do the actual passing of the energy. Furthermore, the energy at the foot chakra remains elusive because this chakra, and the energy contained in it, has been nearly transformed into an Earth-based energy. Hence, as far as you can tell, the last place you perceive energy movement in the chakra system is at the base chakra, so you assume that no other major energy centers exist below it.

An ideally, fully-open foot chakra would have no swirling whatsoever in it. It would pass energy out as quickly as it entered.

Also, with the foot chakra blocked, all the areas of humanness get affected negatively. The individual poorly integrates with peers and loved ones and can not understand other people's point of view. In an extreme case, such an individual will rebel against society and claim that everyone is after him and out to do him in. They become very fearful and may even resort to violence as a kind of defence mechanism to protect the little energy that they have that is still of use to them. Some types of destructive behaviours stem from an extensively blocked-up foot chakra. (Source: wisdomsdoor.com)

RAF pilots 'tried to shoot down UFOs under orders from MoD'

The RAF has tried to shoot down UFOs on several occasions under instructions by the Ministry of Defence, a former employee has revealed.

Pilots have fired at Unidentified Flying Objects flying in British skies several times but failed to bring them down, Nick Pope claims. Mr Pope, who worked on the MoD's UFO section for three years, said the 'shoot down' directive had been in place since the 1980s.

'We know of cases where the order has been given to shoot down — with little effect to the UFO,' Mr Pope told The Sun. Firing at UFOs was 'not automatic but happens when something in our airspace is deemed to be a threat' he said.

'In the case of UFOs, whether the object is causing a threat is very much a (pilot’s) judgment call,' he told the paper. Mr Pope, a 43-year-old Londoner, said the rules of engagement were drawn up after dozens of encounters with unidentified craft. He said: 'There was a faction in the MoD who said "We want to shoot down a UFO and that will resolve the issue one way or another".' (Source: Daily Mail)

The Spirit Of Radio

Filmed in Rotterdam on their 2007 tour in support of the Snakes And Arrows album, this DVD captures Rush at their very best in front of a fervent Dutch audience. Rush are one of the most successful rock acts of all time with worldwide album sales estimated in excess of 40 million units and with a line-up unchanged since 1974. Snakes And Arrows was the bands first new album of original material for five years and was a both critically acclaimed and commercially successful going to No.3 in both the USA and Canada and to No.13 in the UK. The tour in support of the album traversed the globe and finally drew to a close in August 2008.


Quote for the Day

"Turn your mind away from things which are not permanent." - Buddha

The New Gods Of Finance Will Crush The Middle Class

Extract taken from The International Forecaster.com

We are now on the same path taken by the Roman Empire as it declined into a perverse, deviant, indolent, corrupt and bloodthirsty caricature of its former glory, a glory that was eclipsed by our beloved America of yesteryear, that has now been in a breathtaking decline for many decades thanks to the utterly despicable actions taken by our corrupt politicians and captains of industry who care only about themselves.

We have a cabal of several thousand filthy-rich miscreants spoiling what could have been healthy, plentiful, productive and meaningful lives for billions of people around the globe. But no, these Shylocks have to have it all. Their lust for money and power is unquenchable, as these servants of Satan weave their web of fraud and deceit to entrap their fellow men in a plan to destroy, impoverish and enslave them. Murder and blood-lust is a way of life for them, and has been for many centuries, as the parents of millions of fallen soldiers and the relatives of millions of victims of pogroms, and genocides like the Holocaust, can well attest. Nothing gets in the way of these loathsome pieces of fecal detritus when it comes to accumulating power and profits. Not war, not murder, not criminality of any kind or nature.

Instead of entertaining themselves with gladiators tearing each other to shreds, our leadership of reprobates and sociopaths, our shadow government of Puppet Masters who elect and command our politicians in what has become our two-party/one-agenda system of government, a system which makes a mockery out of what is supposed to be a republican form of government based on democratic principles, entertain themselves by deceitfully and malevolently bullying, bankrupting and beggaring other nations and even their own fellow citizens. They are behind all wars and genocides, as their lust and longing for power, profits and population control know no bounds.

Every imaginable illicit enterprise is their oyster, and woe be to any who might try to muscle in on their territory. Their henchmen are everywhere. In our various levels of government, which have become devil's dens full of pernicious traitors as well as self-absorbed narcissists and perverts, especially at the federal level, in our unbelievably corrupt business corporations whose boards are packed with pathological liars and con-artists, in our courts, whose bought-and-paid-for judges act like federal and state legislative bodies in their assiduity to promote the evil agenda of their Illuminist handlers, in our fane-stream media, which are now run by perverts and their talking heads who wouldn't know the truth about anything if it bit them in the nose much less have the nerve to report about it, in our higher education and university systems which brainwash our children with Illuminist propaganda and disinformation, and in our tax exempt foundations which are little more than bristling hotbeds of seditious Orwellian idiots.

They take great pride in their evil, nefarious work of destroying the current world system of nation-states, so that in the ensuing chaos they can create a corporatist, fascist police state where they get to play "lords of the universe" while we, their serfs and slave laborers, live in abject poverty and bondage, catering to their every whim. Or so they hope. Fortunately for us, God is making other plans, and His plans are the only ones that will prevail in the end as the Illuminist scum receive their final comeuppance.

These Illuminist slime-balls and pond scum now own the system, and they do as they please. This will continue until you stop them. Will it take the exercise of our collective political will to stop them, or will it take bloodshed? We believe it will be some combination of the two, but mostly the latter. All systems are broken and corrupted. There is no accountability to the people at any level anymore. They already have plans to disarm you, and to have the Secret Service squirrel them away into rat-holes and safe-houses until the violence they know is coming blows over, or so they hope. These plans are in writing and were delivered to Congress in a joint closed session held in the spring of 2008, the second such session in our nation's history, during which session they discussed and predicted the September breakdown in our financial system that has led to a stock market meltdown which rivals that of the Great Depression.

Blessing Our Bodies

As the living vehicles for our spirits, our bodies deserve loving attention and care. We can positively affect our health, prevent illness, and heal injuries by regularly focusing our mental and spiritual energy on the workings of our bodies. This can be done by performing a body scan on yourself.
Begin by lying in a comfortable position and taking three deep cleansing breaths. Imagine, if you will, a sunbeam entering the top of your head. Feel this light slowly scanning each part of your internal body. Allow it to scan every cell in your body and keep breathing. Every time you exhale, blow out negative energy you may feel. Notice any changes in your body. Sensations may vary from person to person. You may feel a shift in body temperature, see a color or flash of light, or hear a voice offering you guidance. If you feel a block in a certain area of your body, sit with that block and feel into it. Ask your body why that block is there and what you need to do to release it. Try not to judge or analyze the wisdom that comes to you. Often, we experience energy blocks in our body because our body is trying to tell us something. You may want to breathe into that area until you feel the block dissolving. When you have finished your scan, take one last deep breath and exhale any energetic residue that you are ready to release. The body doesn’t lie, and it has much wisdom to share with us. Any injuries or blocks that exist in our bodies are there so that we can learn from having them in our bodies. An existing injury can teach us to slow down or help us recognize that something is out of balance in our bodies. The more you scan your body, the better you will become at it. If you sense that something is not right in your body, you may want to visit a doctor and tell them about your experience. When you have finished your scan, don’t forget to thank your wonderful, amazing body.

"Kether is the Malkuth of the Unmanifest."

So while Kether is "the First Cause" in the sense of being the first comprehensible point of manifestation, its cause is unknowable within the confines of the human mind (though this does not mean that it is absolutely unknowable), and this is expressed through the Veils. Though their appellations are meaningless, they are nonetheless carefully chosen to be redolent of that which they represent. Thus, the statement that "Kether is manifested through the focusing of the en sof or" is meaningless in itself, but it can convey a shadow of its mystery to our transcendental selves.

Kether is the uncreated and all-encompassing "point" of actionless unity which is both transcendent and immanent in its evanescent reflection: the Creation. The immanence of Kether is experienced in progressively more diluted forms in the remainder of the sefirot; its transcendence is found in the three Veils of Negative Existence.

Negative Existence is, by its very essence, beyond definition; and the fact that there is considered to be a triad of Negative Veils should not detract from their essential unity: the three-fold process is a fundamental precept of many occult systems. The triadic unity of the Negative Veils foreshadows that of the Supernals. The Veils hold the transcendent aspects of the manifest sefirot, and their focus on Kether makes it the Malkuth of the transcendent tree.

Image of the Day

Langdale Pikes, Cumbria, UK

USOs: Unidentified Submerged Objects

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Bes: Patron of homes, pregnant women and children

Represented as a dwarf with a large head, big eyes, protruding tongue and bow legs (sometimes also shown with a crown of feathers and a bushy tail). Unusually he was normally shown face-on rather than in profile - (as such he is often found portrayed on mirrors, ointment jars and other such items). The very appearance of Bes was cause to give joy and good temper - his ugly looks were used to drive away evil spirits or bad influences, harmful reptiles, scorpions or similar type animals.

The non-Egyptian look of Bes has led to speculation as to his origins - he was often described as 'Coming from the Divine Land' - which could mean from the east, or elsewhere in Africa, Asia or perhaps Babylonian. He could also be described as the 'Lord of Pwene' - which indicates his beginnings in the mysterious land of Punt

Perhaps Bes is most identified with his role as a protector of childbirth - when problems arose during a delivery a clay dwarf was placed on the head of the mother and a spell was recited 4 times calling upon the dwarf god to help (in the spell the god is described as 'Great Dwarf' with a large head, short thighs and as a monkey in old age. Bes was also present in scenes showing royal births - something which was especially true during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.


Images of Bes would normally be found in the home, sometimes he would be closely connected with Horus - stelae have been found which were called 'Horus on the crocodiles'; on the stela a young Horus (shown face-on) tightly holds reptiles or wild animals while he tramples on crocodiles, however this version of Horus has the face of Bes. A few lines of inscription are found on the back of the stela:

'You protect me against all the wild beasts of the desert,
all the crocodiles of the river,
all the snakes and scorpions,
all the insects that bite with their mandibles and sting with their tail,
all the kinds of reptiles that attack in their caves"


It has been suggested that these lines are a magical spell to give protection against such animals mentioned. (Source: ib205.tripod.com)

Legend of the “Patu-paiarehe.”

A New Zealand poet once lamented the dearth of fairy lore in these islands, and in his ignorance made complaint:

Why have we in these isles no fairy dell, No haunted wood, nor wild enchanted mere?

He declared that this lack of faerie glamour must be filled by the imaginative writer—“The poet's art—as yet without avail—must weave the story.” It was unfortunate that a writer with so sympathetic a muse had never heard of the Maori's rich store of fairy legend and wonder-tale, of endless folk-talk about the supernatural, the sprites of the woods, the elusive Patu-paiarehe, the mysterious wild men of the mountains, the strange spirits that haunt great pools at river-sources, and streams and lakes. For all this in endless variety we have in New Zealand. There is not another country, not even Ireland or the fairy-ridden Isle of Man, so full of folk-memories and primitive beliefs of this kind. The only reason that the pakeha does not know of it is that very, very few have gone to the trouble to delve into this class of myth and tradition and preserve while there is yet time the curious and poetic tales which crystallize for us the old Maori belief in unseen presences and the fairy folk that haunted many a lofty mountain and many a shadowy wood.

Fairies, giants, fabulous monsters, marvel-working magicians, strange apparitions of forest and alp, have ever been found in countries of such a mountainous, broken and generously-wooded character as New Zealand, and it would be strange indeed if so imaginative a race as the Maori-Polynesian had not peopled the land with all manner of curious extra-human beings.

Poetic above all the other myths of the strange and supernatural are the many stories which tell of that mystic race the Patu-paiarehe. This name Patu-paiarehe is the term applied by the Maori to the mysterious forest-dwelling people who for want of a more exact term may be described as the fairies of New Zealand. They are spoken of as an iwi-atua, a race of supernatural beings, and they are accredited with some of the marvellous powers attributed to the world of faerie in many other parts of the globe. Some folk-tales of the Maori describe them as little people, but the native fancy does not usually picture them the tiny elves common to the old-world fairydom. Most of the legends I have gathered give them the ordinary stature of mortals, while at the same time investing them with some of the characteristics of the enchanted tribes of other lands.

The Patu-paiarehe were for the most part of much lighter complexion than the Maori; their hair was of the dull golden or reddish hue “uru-kehu,” such as is sometimes seen among the Maoris of to-day. They inhabited the remote parts of the wooded ranges, preferring the highest peaks such as Hihikiwi, on Mount Pirongia, and the summit of Te Aroha. They ventured out only by night and on days of heavy clouds and fog. They lived on forest foods, but sometimes they resorted to the shores of sea and lake for fish.

They had a great aversion to the steam rising from the Maori cooking-ovens, and to the sight and smell of kokowai, the red ochre (hæmatite earth mixed with shark oil) with which the Maori bedaubed his dwelling and himself. They were greatly skilled in all manner of enchantments and magic, and they often employed these arts of gramarie to bewilder and terrify the iwi Maori. Nevertheless we find them at times living on good terms with their Maori neighbours, and indeed (see the Story of Tarapikau in “The Wars of the Fairies”) guarding the interests of their friends of the outer world and resenting any interference by Patu-paiarehe from another district.

The Patu-paiarehe, in a number of these fairy tales, constituted themselves the guardians of sacred places and visited their displeasure on those who neglected the rites for the propitiation of the forest deities.

This class of folk-tales no doubt originated in the actual existence of numerous tribes of aborigines who dwelt for safety in the more inaccessible parts of these islands. Many of them were reddish-haired, with fairer complexions than those of the Maori; the remnants of an immeasurably ancient fair-haired people who have left a strain of uru-kehu in most Maori tribes.... Read More ...