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  1. Cosmic Oddities

    New NASA research suggests that extraterrestrial life might be based on something other than DNA as we know it. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nasa-dna-discovery-alien-life-proof-hachimoji-detection-a8792636.html Of course, we should have known that already...
  2. Story of Atlantis Part 1 - Ice Age and Deluge

    A fast subsidence of the sea floor (unbeknownst to official geology) has been suggested not only for the Carribean but also (at least by one Atlantis theorist) for the area of the Azores. There seems to be scant evidence for the latter, however. Yet Plato wrote about one extreme portion of Atlantis being in front of the Strait of Gibraltar, which would be fair enough a statement in regards to the Azores only. But he also mentioned that the Atlanteans were ruling over numerous islands, spread all over their ocean. So I figure he may have referred to the Azores as an Atlantean outpost, whereas the mainland could indeed have been located further West and in front of the American continent. That said, I am not done yet with the part of Zhirov's book that defends the Azores-as-Atlantis theory. Thus, I may have more to say about this topic later.
  3. Story of Atlantis Part 1 - Ice Age and Deluge

    Let's talk some more about possible locations for Plato's Atlantis... So far, we have looked at the area of the Antilles (including the Bahama archipelago) as possibly the best candidate. In regards to this, I just came across a really weird story reported by Reuters New Agency on May 14 2001. A company called Advanced Digital Communications (ADC), run by Polish-Canadian ocean engineer Pauline Zelitsky and her husband businessman Paul Weinzweg, was given a job by the Cuban government to search for ship wrecks possibly containing treasures.This was a joint venture with the National Geographic Society and the Centre for Marine Archaeology and Anthropology at the Cuban Academy of Sciences. ADC has been characterised as "a heavyweight" when it comes to maritime survey and salvage operations; just testing their equipment in Havana Bay, they made it into the news locating the long-missing wreck of the USS Maine that had sunk in 1898 after a mysterious explosion on board. But what they found off Cuba's western shore buffled even these veterans. For their high-resolution sonar images showed them nothing less than a veritable city, complete with roads and buildings - most notably pyramids! - submerged at an incredible depth of 700 metres. Incredible because sea levels rose no more than 120 metres since the last glacial maximum some 20.000 years ago. Which obviously implies that - for those apparently man-built structures to end up so deeply submerged - the sea floor must have substantially lowered itself. Which brings us back to abovementioned theory advocated by P. P. Flambas in his book, stating that a huge isotonic effect (yet unrecognised by academic science) led to the submergence of a considerable landmass in the Carribean at the end of the last ice age. According to what the couple running ADC said in an interview, later it was possible to videotape some of the very large stones, smoothely cut and fit on one another, and carrying mysterious symbols resembling e.g. Mesoamerican hieroglyphs. What this reconstructed sonar image presents is in fact reminiscent of the pyramid city Teotihuacan in Yucatan. Read more: http://atlantipedia.ie/samples/tag/paul-weinzweig/ https://www.timeenoughforlove.org/saved/EARTHFILESUpdateUnderwaterMegalithicStructuresWesternCuba.htm
  4. That means that, in order to understand the classical alchemical texts, you have got to study the multi-layered and multi-dimensional language of the Hermetic philosophers first. It's as though you wished to read scholarly books on advanced quantum physics. Without having a firm base in math, you just won't get very far.
  5. There are, and they left yet another book of seven seals... Having the key is key!
  6. Today's Biggest Threat: the Polarized Mind

    This essentially reflects the philosophy that underlies Bach Flower therapy, a method I have been using as a certified practitioner for a number of years with the patients of a psychotherapeutic practice. It seems to be rather popular also in the US these days (to my delight, I happened to find the complete set of remedies in a Californian health food store right after my arrival), but few know that Dr. Edward Bach was not just a great herbalist, but also a profound metaphysician. According to Dr. Bach, negative attitudes and emotions - beyond causing psychological and physical distress - separate us from our true divine nature. While he was quite clear about that, he was nonetheless NOT teaching a dualistic approach of dismissing any parts of one's inner experience. So while there are indeed Bach Flower remedies for dealing better with arrogance, judgement, envy, jealousy etc., there are others for things like lack of self-acceptance, guilt, and exaggerated ambition for spiritual attainment. All of those act as obstacles to true unity from Dr. Bach's perspective, be it with others or with oneself. Unity is the real aim of this method, and the remedies are actually no more than catalysts in the process of reestablishing it, where it has been lost. There to initiate and facilitate internal alchemical transformation, as it were.
  7. There are loads of practical instructions in the classical alchemical literature, however, much of it is presented in a symbolical language and with some omissions and/or - in some cases - purposeful deceptions. Sometimes the author may have been describing what was still a work in progress and substituted some speculations for the part he didn't know yet from practical experience. While this may not sound too encouraging, oddly enough, while you are trying to find (or to chop) your way through the alchemical jungle, every once in a while, you will find some nuggets of real gold rewarding you for all your efforts. In a fashion, the way is the goal, and few will be in a position to follow it to its ultimate destination, but what would you expect, if that destination is supposed to be immortality. Having studied alchemy for some twenty years, I still enjoy the process of unravelling this noble art, and myself along with it... Then again, I for one am at my best when I can mess with ambiguous mysterious stuff that allows for a good deal of creativity. Which is definitely not going to appeal to everybody, though.
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  9. In time immemorial, it was common for people to live a thousand years or so. Later, all throughout history, some Alchemists in various cultures have found the secret of relative physical immortality. This is tantamount to the manufacture of the Philosopher's Stone or of an elixir of life. There is no lack of suggestions how to go about this freely available online, however, the problem will be to discern the viable ones. In any case, a thorough understanding of Hermetic philosophy (if you follow the Western tradition) as well as of basic laboratory techniques will be a prerequisite. As to the underlying philosophy, bear in mind that the spirit is immortal anyway (at least on its inner level), so the art is to transfer the characteristics of the spirit to the physical body. This could be advantageous especially if you have a mission to accomplish that requires more than just a normal life span. Alternatively, it may be possible to pursue a task over several life-times, but this necessitates starting all over from scratch every time as well ad various imponderables. It's likely that immortality can be achieved by way of internal methods of (e.g. Chinese) Alchemy alone (as hinted at by voidisyinyang), however, I am not very familiar with that. About Hermetic Alchemy we can talk more if you have any specific questions, though. This website will provide you with stuff to contemplate for numerous years. And all for free, to be sure...
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    Tibetan Ice
  11. Cosmic Oddities

    Dear ladies and gentlemen, May I introduce to you Orion's Dragon.
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    Fire and Ice
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    Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal
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    All the President's Men
  15. Story of Atlantis Part 1 - Ice Age and Deluge

    This is awesome! Good job, mate. One critical comment, though... Amy Smith advocates a hypothesis that a sudden shift of the tilt of the Earth axis relocated the glacial ice sheet of North America into a more temperate zone and thus led to its sudden melting. Well, there is no mention of when Smith's article was published, but in 2007 Firestone et al published their groundbreaking paper (no pun intended!) on the supposed impact of a comet on the arctic sheet around 10.900 BC: https://www.pnas.org/content/104/41/16016.full A hypothesis that found strong support by last year's discovery of a 19 miles wide impact crater beneath Greenland's ice layer: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/14/impact-crater-19-miles-wide-found-beneath-greenland-glacier According to Firestone (as quoted in my February 17 post), the impact (actually, more likely a series of impacts over several days by the comet's fragments) led to a dramatic glacier meltdown with consequences right of the kind Smith describes so vividly in her article. While this to be more plausible explanation than a shifting of the Earth axis as suggested by Smith, testimonies of the latter may indeed have come down to us via certain myths talking about "the stars suddenly changing their position" etc. Also, says Smith, that event drew Russian Sibera right up into the frigid zone - and yes, the shock-frozen Mammoths found there (with Summer flowers in their stomachs) require an explanation! There are even people going as far as stating that the comet's impact may have been directly linked to a supposed axis tilt. Some good links on all that can be found in Smith's article. However, we may want to come back to this particular topic when we are going to look at Hyperborea in another thread I am intending to start in the near future. Whatever may have triggered it, glacier melting and consequent dramatic flooding of the kind discussed in Smith's article is well evidenced anyway. With her own words: Didn't Plato say that the sea became hard to navigate where Atlantis had vanished because of all the mud there? Smith adds: If Smith is correct, it may be difficult to get an exact idea of the extent of the land mass that once comprised Atlantis, because so much land was swept away by the onrushing water. At any rate, Smith's hypothesis seems right in line with Proclus' Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus, which we may read as stating that the Greater Antilles being remnants of Atlantis (see my second February 24 post). That being said, the now largely submerged Bahama Archipelago is another good candidate. The following is a picture of the Bahamas from NASA on Wikimedia Commons. The light blue shallow water zone is congruent with the carbonate shelf that was exposed during the Last Glacial Maximum! That paper talks about megafloods in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the Pliocene though, while Smith is looking at the later Pleistocene-Holocene transition. That said, the paper may be relevant insofar similar occurrences must have come to pass at both of those times.