4th April: Animal rescue officer Karen Hogg arrived at the rented home of a Kingswells, (near Aberdeen) resident to deal with a report of a large snake in her home.
The frightened lady called the Scottish SPCA after spotting the 5ft long snake-like thing lurking in her loft and Hogg arrived with gloves and a pillowcase to capture the potentially dangerous critter, only to discover it wasn’t all that dangerous.
It turned out to be a draft excluder!
The excluder is snake-skin patterned and is complete with a red felt tongue so it is easy to see how it was confused with the real thing.
Hogg commented that “We’ve rescued hundreds of snakes from properties in all sorts of unusual circumstances, so we had no reason to believe this might not be the real thing. This call-out really made us smile and given that we deal with cruelty and neglect day in day out, it was refreshing to go to a job where the ‘animal’ was completely unharmed!” The draft excluder has been named Sid and is now residing at the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeen Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
April 1st: Mattel spokesman Alan Hilowitz today announced the production of a ‘Bald is beautiful’ Barbie doll following the success of the Facebook campaign started in January by two mothers whose daughters lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
The idea is hoped to reduce the stigma for children undergoing treatment for cancer or suffering from alopecia and trichotillomania, the doll coming with removable wigs, hats and other accessories.
Campaign co-founder Jane Bingham says that “We thought it would be popular with plenty of people, but we did not expect it to balloon the way it did across the world and throughout the media,” her partner in forming the campaign, Rebecca Sypin, added that “We are not demanding; we are not asking people to boycott, that wasn’t our goal at all.
We’re just trying to raise awareness.” Mattel have decided that rather than sell the dolls directly into the mainstream market, they will be donated to hospitals and the US National Alopecia Areata Foundation, where they feel children will benefit most.
April 4th: A video shot in Monument Valley, on the Utah/Arizona border is making the rounds on youtube as it features a fleeting glimpse of a potential UFO. The individual behind the camera does not appear to be aware of the unusual object caught speeding through the shot so it may be that they didn’t see it until they reviewed the footage.
It features a cylindrical something passing swiftly across the sky in a smooth motion, and suggestions from comments on the story and on the youtube footage include a simple misidentification of a reflection to a missile of some nature.
UFO Sighting – Monument Valley, USA – 04/03/2012
Another UFO circulating youtube features a fighter jet pilot craning his neck to get a look at something zooming over his shoulder. While many comments believe that the footage is simply another plane behind the one being filmed from, it is interesting to note the pilots’ reaction.
The object behind him is not very distinguishable and could easily be another plane but the original source of the video is unknown thusly it is difficult to determine whether what has been posted is a UFO sighting or a run-of-the-mill piece of footage of planes in operation.
Additionally, a similar piece of footage is featured in an IMAX cinema release called Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag, a film featuring pilots training before they are sent into actual combat.
April 8th : Police arrest 6ft Easter Bunny after couple mistake statue for a ‘stalker’
Police officers in Germany called to investigate an intimidating stalker standing outside a couple’s home received a pleasant surprise when the intruder turned out to be a 6ft statue of the Easter Bunny.
The worried couple in Duisburg, Germany called police on Easter Sunday after being left frightened by an intimidating prowler with a ‘striking face’.
While the egg-sharing Easter Bunny is usually welcomed all over the world on the holy feast day, clearly this couple had different feelings entirely.
The residents told officers they felt in danger after spotting the tall shadowy figure peering through their window.
A police spokesman confirmed: ‘The couple said they felt harassed by a “stalker” standing directly in front of their window.’
Attending officers even had a detailed description of the suspect as they made their way to the property.
The official call log read: ‘About 1.80 metres tall, yellow shirt, blue check trousers, green rucksack and a “striking” face.’
Officers were quick to arrest the buck-toothed bunny, with one officer adding: ‘We took him into custody but he hasn’t said much yet. It was a pretty good joke and we’re waiting for his owners to come and get him.’
Officials believe the bunny was place outside the couple’s home as a practical joke.
‘UFO’ filmed over Seoul by plane passengers
A video, apparently filmed by a passenger flying over the South Korean city on Saturday, shows a spherical object moving at a similar pace to the plane.
When the passenger zooms in to get a better look, the object appears to instantly rise in altitude, shooting out of shot.
The video has, unsurprisingly, been met with scepticism by users on YouTube, where it was uploaded.
‘When stabilised, it is easy to see what is going on with the video,’ YouTube user Pseud0Name wrote.
‘The edges of the UFO are not blurred like all of the other background objects, it seems like a separate effect from the background, and in fact you can see edge noise on the shape of the UFO indicating it’s a fake.
‘It doesn’t even look right if you start to look at it hard, especially slowed down frame by frame.’
And so to the main topic of tonight’s show Earth Energy Lines and Geomancy
“We live on the Earth and without the activity of nature and natural processes we would not survive.”
No matter what your perspective, rationalist, mystic, scientist, pragmatist or idealist this statement is true.
The natural cycles, which include the water cycle, the carbon cycle, the oxygen cycle, the rock cycle are key to our evolution and survival.
There was a time when we were victims of the forces of nature; in recent years we have come to accept the false security that we can somehow predict, and if not exactly control, we can ameliorate the forces of nature.
In all ways, when faced with the awesome power of nature and the cosmos, our petty efforts and attempts to control or contain it smack far less of egotism and much more of folly.
I was moved to comment once that there is an arrogance in some of the Green Movements rhetoric which calls us to ‘save the planet’ for such power is not within our grasp. True our very existence has tipped the ecological balance and we are in danger of hastening our own demise – but frequently when we talk of ‘saving the Earth’ we are in actuality talking about preserving the planet for life as we know it. No matter what we do to the Earth, many of its processes will continue as they always have – with or without us.
The notion that we are saving the planet for human-kind could be considered a kind of self-centered and self-absorbed act.
However, that is another issue.
The simple fact is that we are dependent upon this blue-green planet and therefore it is no wonder that we have tried to understand that relationship in both rational and mystical ways.
The rationalist will tell you of the web of life; the interdependence of everything contained within the ecosystem – its fragility and its strength; its flexibility and its rigidity. As Don McLean so elegantly wrote:-
“Every thread of creation, is held in suspension, by still other strands of things living….”
The mystic has sought to be one with the ebb of flow of earth tides; the seasons – the passing of time.
It is perhaps true to say that all indigenous cultures have had, and some still maintain, a personal relationship with the land and the seasons.
It could also be argued that we, as industrialized peoples, have lost touch with what we can understand as a ‘sense of place’.
The First Nation peoples will talk of ‘Earth Medicine’ which for the most part speaks of this relationship each person has with the land.
Several years ago I was in the Canadian Rockies and was lucky enough to spend some time with a Shoshone ‘Medicine Man’, and he reminded me of how important it is for us to feel ‘connected’ to each other and to the ‘land we call our home’.
The Shamanic Medicine Bag or Bundle contains not only items of ‘personal power’ but items related to the land from which the Shaman draws his or her power.
The meaning of the term medicine to an American Indian is quite different from that which is ordinarily held by modern societies. To most American Indians, medicine signifies an array of ideas and concepts rather than remedies and treatment alone. There is no separation between religion and medicine in tribal culture and healing ceremonies are an integral part of the community experience. To the American Indian, the natural or correct state of all things, including man, is harmony. Far from being dominant over nature, man is seen as interdependent with other living beings and physical forces. All thinking is grounded in relationships. More emphasis is given to the connectedness of one thing to another than to the individual thing itself. To maintain a correct or natural relationship is to be in harmony. The universe is a complex matrix of interdependence. There is a proper set of relationships for each being, a proper existing in harmony with the universe.
But I digress…
The link between peoples and land is something which was prized by early peoples and perhaps, misunderstood by later folks misinterpreting ‘link with territory’ as the desire to ‘own territories’. Whatever every culture has identified places in the landscape as being ‘special’ or ‘sacred’.
Before temples, churches, mosques and synagogues people found places in nature to celebrate and engage in practices we now call spiritual, mystical or religious. These places became known as places of power, and indeed in Western tradition we see such places used successive religions. In Christian tradition the sanctification of pagan sites , as well as pre-existing pagan practices, is easy to identify.
But, and here is the question, just what makes a particular ‘place’ or ‘space on the landscape’ special?
Is it simply because that portion of land has long been identified as being used for ritual or gatherings and hence there is a ‘race memory’ or ‘cultural link’ which resonates in our unconscious or is it something more?
I personally find some of the ideas about Earth Energy and the associated ideas of Earth Chakra Centres a little hard to digest – that of course is the rationalist speaking.
Scientifically the word ‘energy’ has a very specific meaning and it’s existence is something that can be ‘objectively measured’.
So what Earth Energies can we measure…
Well obviously the vast energies involved in the movement of the continental plates with the resulting earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. Here the energy comes from the radioactive decay of material deep within the earth, heat and convection currents and earth movements.
There’s also the Earth’s magnetic field which is important to our survival since it protects us from cosmic radiation. We know that this magnetic field can ‘flip’ from time to time and does so regularly (in geological terms).
We are being propelled through space and the earth itself is spinning. The energy which allows this to happen is related to gravitational mechanics as well as the standard rules of motion (mass, inertia and interaction) so beloved of Newtonian physicists.
The Schumann Resonance
This global electromagnetic resonance phenomenon is named after physicist Winfried Otto Schumann who predicted it mathematically in 1952. Schumann resonances occur because the space between the surface of the Earth and the conductive ionosphere acts as a closed waveguide. The limited dimensions of the Earth cause this waveguide to act as a resonant cavity for electromagnetic waves in the ELF band.
The cavity is naturally excited by electric currents in lightning. Schumann resonances are the principal background in the electromagnetic spectrum beginning at 3 Hz and extend to 60 Hz,and appear as distinct peaks at extremely low frequencies (ELF) around 7.83hz.
I’m really not sure about this, in the same way I’m not overly sure about electro-sensitivity as a major physiological condition.
Again I am always willing to re-consider any opinion in the light of evidence, but at the moment I suspect that what many are claiming as being the effects of living in certain areas, are more to do with false correlation. A quick search on Pub Med reveals four articles relating to Geopathic stress all of which have been written by what appear to be complementary practitioners.
Now I am willing to accept that non-specific illnesses are very real and the people suffering from them are in pain. I also sense that when given a cause for their ills many well fell that there is at least some hope,
The simple fact is that Doctors find it difficult to identify the cause of many temporary or non-specific illnesses.
The point I guess is that some folks speak of Earth Energies, possibly being out-of-whack or influenced by the power-lines or radio masts in the area.
Perhaps, rationally speaking, the jury is still out on EMF radiation related to cell phones and phone masts, I mean the current research is suggesting that there is no effect, however on a purely subjective level I can see how a ‘belief’ in the ‘dangers posed’ by such things causes real illness. I’m careful about using the tern psychosomatic, but that’s what I am suggesting. (For the record psychosomatic illnesses are real illnesses – the term psychogenic is perhaps less loaded).
What I find interesting is that the bulk of our ‘knowledge’ of Earth Energy lines come from the subjective reports of sensitives and dowsers.
Now, before we go any further, I think and believe that as individuals we can and do have strong emotional reactions to places and to buildings. Such reactions may be because on some level we are tuning-in to subtle energy fields which are beyond sciences ability to measure or define.
They may also be because these places trigger emotions, memories and feelings at a deeply unconscious level and it is to do with what we bring to the place and what the place allows us to access. A group or tribal connection to a specific place creates emotional and psychological resonances which are real, powerful and meaningful,
As I have said before, the Rational Mystic in me is happy to acknowledge the power of the subjective without the necessary appeal to science or pseudoscience.
Ley lines are alleged alignments of a number of places of geographical and historical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops and water-fords. Their existence was suggested in 1921 by the amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins in his books Early British Trackways and The Old Straight Track.
Watkins later developed theories that these alignments were created for ease of overland trekking by line of sight navigation during Neolithic times and had persisted in the landscape over millennia.
All of this makes good sense to me.
Along these line of sight track ways stop-over points, markets, religious sites would have been developed.
The issue here, of course, is that since Watkins’ original ideas the concept of Ley Lines has developed into the notion of ‘earth energy lines’ which is an entirely different proposition.
Alfred Watkins, businessman, amateur archaeologist and antiquarian, noticed the seeming correlation between British landmarks when walking in Blackwardine, near Leominster (He allegedly called this a ‘flood of ancestral memory’)and coined the ley-lines term, going on to create a basic set of guidelines for spotting and understanding them as he saw them.
In 1922, Watkins published a book about Leys, ‘Early British Trackways’ but his best known book is ‘The Old Straight Track’, first published in 1925.
He theorized that these lines were put in place during the Neolithic period of prehistory by surveyors of a sort as a possible trade route using a line-of-sight method and that the standing stones and other such sites punctuating the lines might’ve been sighting points.
He believes that these sighting points developed a sacred significance and that later many became Christianised, hence why there are many churches in places of significance.
His ideas slowly evolved into the idea of energy lines or lines of magnetism that could be related to UFO sightings, psychic or spiritual experience and even things such as alleged Poltergeist activity, mostly in the 60s, some time after he had passed away.
In 1936, one year after Watkins died; Dion Fortune wrote a fictional novel ‘The Goat-Foot God’, wherein the notion of ley lines as paths of energy was explored.
The notion of ley lines as something transcending Watkins’ original theories is perhaps better known nowadays, theories relating to ley lines usually based in New Age ideals and often mentioning the aforementioned art of dowsing.
Though of course there are still many who are interested in ley-lines as a historical and geographical study and a look into the machinations of older minds and their interpretation of the landscape.
Where ley lines are mentioned in spiritual terms, dowsing is sure to follow.
Usually involving the use of an L-rod or a pendulum, though some say that after a lot of experience in dowsing it can be detected via the body, known as deviceless dowsing, dowsing is described as ‘searching for anything by projecting an intent of what is desired and receiving confirmation or non-confirmation feedback through the body, usually by the movements of a dowsing instrument.’
In 1969, the British author John Michell, who had previously written on the subject of UFO’s, published The View Over Atlantis, in which he revived Watkins’ ley line theories and linked them with the Chinese concept of feng shui.
The book, published by Sago Press, proved popular and was reprinted in Great Britain by Garnstone Press in 1972 and Abacus in 1973, and in the United States by Ballantine Books in 1972.
Gary Lachman states that The View Over Atlantis “put Glastonbury on the countercultural map.” Ronald Hutton describes it as “almost the founding document of the modern earth mysteries movement.
Songlines, also called Dreaming tracks by Indigenous Australians within the animist indigenous belief system, are paths across the land (or, sometimes the sky) which mark the route followed by localised ‘creator-beings’ during the Dreaming. The paths of the songlines are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance, and painting.
A knowledgeable person is able to navigate across the land by repeating the words of the song, which describe the location of landmarks, waterholes, and other natural phenomena. In some cases, the paths of the creator-beings are said to be evident from their marks, or petrosomatoglyphs, on the land, such as large depressions in the land which are said to be their footprints.
By singing the songs in the appropriate sequence, Indigenous people could navigate vast distances, often travelling through the deserts of Australia’s interior. The continent of Australia contains an extensive system of songlines, some of which are of a few kilometres, whilst others traverse hundreds of kilometres through lands of many different Indigenous peoples — peoples who may speak markedly different languages and have different cultural traditions.
Since a songline can span the lands of several different language groups, different parts of the song are said to be in those different languages. Languages are not a barrier because the melodic contour of the song describes the nature of the land over which the song passes. The rhythm is what is crucial to understanding the song. Listening to the song of the land is the same as walking on this songline and observing the land.
In some cases, a songline has a particular direction, and walking the wrong way along a songline may be a sacrilegious act (e.g. climbing up Uluru where the correct direction is down). Traditional Aboriginal people regard all land as sacred, and the songs must be continually sung to keep the land “alive”.
Geomancy – some notes from Catherine
Geomancy translates as ‘divining the earth’, and has its origins in the word ‘geomantia’, a translation of the Arabic ‘khatt al-raml’, which means ‘sand writing’ or ‘science of the sand’.
It can be likened to the slightly better known Chinese art of feng-shui (Wind and Water) which is a form of geomancy.
Geomancy is a form of divination, whereby soil or sand or another such material is thrown onto the ground and the configurations they form are read by a seer familiar in the art.
Feng Shui is perhaps broader and more suited for the everyday, focusing on how to work with your surroundings to improve your life.
Geomancy is universally believed to have spread from Arabic texts (Discovered in Spain) to Europe and while some have suggested a Persian origin, some sources point out that the original names of the figures involved in Geomancy were given in Arabic.
A similar form of divination known as Sikidy also exists in Madagascar, Africa, suggesting further influence in these areas.
Geomancy as we understand it involves the influence of certain currents running through the earth and the ability to tap into or read those currents to obtain or connect to hidden knowledge. The art is used to determine the spiritual influences and ‘health’ in an area, drawing on the fact that the earth’s energy should be ‘harnessed and also balanced when necessary.’
It also includes the art of dowsing, whereby something is located ‘using sensory means other than the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.’
In one form of Geomancy we discover sixteen geomantic figures which are composed of four rows of either one or two points or dots written right to left.
Each line represents one of the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.
With one dot, the element is said to be active, therefore two dots means the element is inactive, or passive.
For example the symbol for Puer consists of one dot in the first line: an active fire element, one dot in the second element: an active air element, two dots in the third line: an inactive water element and a single dot on the fourth line: an active earth element.
Each combination of dots reveals different ‘manifestations of the figure’s energy.’
Additionally, each figure has a ruling element, whereby an active element within a figure correlates most significantly to the entire figure, with the exception of Populus as all the elements in this symbol are passive.
If the figure has only one active element then that is its ruling element.
The figures in full are as follows: Carcer, Tristitia, Acquisitio, Laetitia, Puer, Rubeus, Fortuna Major, Fortuna Minor, Puella, Amissio, Conjunctio, Albus, Via, and Populus.
The figures also have correlation to signs of the zodiac as well as being specific to a gender and they are as follows:
Puer can be translated to ‘Boy’ and has a ruling element of Fire. Its’ zodiac sign is Aries.
Amissio translates as ‘Loss’, has a ruling element of earth and a zodiac sign of Taurus.
Albus translates as ‘White’, has a ruling element of Air and a zodiac sign of Gemini.
Populus translates as ‘(The) People’, has a ruling element of Water and a zodiac sign of Cancer.
Fortuna Major translates as ‘Greater fortune’, has a ruling element of Fire and a zodiac sign of Leo.
Conjunctio translates as ‘Assembly/ union’, has a ruling element of Earth and a zodiac sign of Virgo.
Puella translates as ‘Girl’, has a ruling element of Air and a zodiac sign of Libra.
Rubeus translates as ‘Red’, has a ruling element of water and a zodiac sign of Scorpio.
Acquisitio translates as ‘Gain’, has a ruling element of Fire and a zodiac sign of Sagittarius.
Carcer translates as ‘Prison’, has a ruling element of Earth and a zodiac sign of Capricorn.
Tristitia translates as ‘Sadness’, has a ruling element of Air and a zodiac sign of Aquarius.
Laetitia translates as ‘Joy’, has a ruling element of Water and a zodiac sign of Pisces.
Cauda Draconis translates as ‘Tail of the Dragon’, has a ruling element of Fire and has a zodiac of Cauda Draconis.
Caput Draconis translates as ‘Head of the Dragon’, has a ruling element of Earth and a zodiac sign of Caput Draconis.
Fortuna Minor translates as ‘Lesser fortune’, has a ruling element of Fire and a zodiac sign of Leo.
Via translates as ‘Way’, has a ruling element of Water and a zodiac sign of Cancer.
Each symbol also has a reflection, forming a pair with another symbol. For example, Puer (Boy), when inverted, becomes Puella (Girl).
This excludes the figures that are vertically symmetrical.
To ‘cast your points’, the geomancer must draw the sixteen lines of points while focusing on the question they require an answer to and making no effort to count the points they are making.
‘The sixteen lines of points are grouped in fours and the points are counted off two by two, from the right to the left, and connected in pairs, so that each line of points ends either with a pair or with a single point. These single or odd and paired or even points will be grouped to create the first four figures of the geomantic tableau.’
Subsequently, sets of figures have additionally roles.
The first four figures are known as the matres and are drawn horizontally from left to right.
The next four are the filiae and are created by adding the points of the matres sideways from right to left.
The next four figures are the neptes, created by adding together the points in pairs of two figures above.
Additionally, if there are an even number of points, two points are put down and if there is an odd number of points, one point is put down. For example, the first neptes is created by adding the points of the first and second matres.
The last figures are created by the same method, resulting a final three figures. The first two are testes, and the latter is the iudex.
A sixteenth figure called the ‘super judge’ can be drawn by adding the points of the first and fifteenth figures.
The figures also reside in ‘houses’, which govern over a specific area of life which can be listed as follows:
1: Vita – Life.
2: Lucrum – Riches.
3: Fratres – Brothers.
4: Genitor – Father.
5: Nati – Sons.
6: Valetudo – Health.
7: Uxor – Wife.
8: Mors – Death.
9: Itineris – Journeys.
10: Regnum – Kings.
11: Benefacta – Good Fortune.
12: Carcer – Prison.
You can assign a question to one of these house, for example, a question about whether or not a relation who is unwell will recover would be assigned to the 6th house.
With this tableau and the knowledge of how to interpret the symbols, considering such things as whether the a figure is in a favourable house or whether the number of points in the tableau is odd or even, certain inferences can be drawn in relation to your question.
There are variations, but this is the most widely used method.
The main concepts behind geomancy involve a great deal of influence from the magnetic fields of the earth, so to speak.
Sometimes compared to the pattern put forward by those versed in the theories behind acupuncture, the surface of the earth is described as being similarly imbued with a matrix of energy which humans have long been tapping into, building roads, buildings and monuments in keeping with the design of these apparent lines of energy.
Geomancers believe that these lines are responsible for the health of the ‘natural kingdom’.
Thusly, it is also believed that discrepancies and interruptions of these lines has a detrimental effect to the area around them.
For completeness here are the various figures of the geomantic tableaux.
Listen to the Earth
Have a listen to the strange whistle of ultra-cold liquid helium-3 as it changes volume relative to the North Pole and Earth’s rotation. These sounds were processed by NASA and would not be audible to the human ear without such processing.
The Sound of The Earth : heliumsounds
Auroral radio emissions are associated with the northern lights or aurora. Studies, primarily using auroral imagers and low-frequency radio receivers constructed at The University of Iowa, have shown the aurora is caused by energetic electrons striking the atmosphere and that these same electrons generate intense radio emissions over a frequency range about 100 to 500 kHz.
Auroral Radio Emission : earthaAURA
Whistlers are produced by lightning and travel along Earth’s magnetic field line from one hemisphere to the other, as shown in this illustration. In the ionized gas that exists in this region of space, the high frequencies travel faster than the low frequencies, thereby dispersing the wave from the lightning stroke into a whistling tone that decreases in frequency with increasing time, hence the term “whistler.”
Earth Whistles : ewhistMP3
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