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TRTZ no 57 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943

Inventor, Writer, Engineer and Futurist

Starting with Some News

1st May:  Paul Harborne of Sedgeley, West midlands spent over £50, 000 restoring a car.

The result?  A fully functioning Ectomobile, complete with scrolling LED display saying ‘Ghostbusters – we’re back’.  Harborne has put a great deal of effort into every detail, hooking up an iPod in order to play the sirens and hoping to include outfits for the experience so that fans can hire the car and go out for their own busting adventures.

 

The 1959 Cadillac was an abandoned wreck before Harborne got hold of it, ‘It’s extremely rare and very hard to restore… It’s certainly been a challenge – 50-year-old Cadillacs are hard work!’ he said.  He’s also hopeful that there will be a third film in which case his car might get its own part, however, given Bill Murray’s rumoured disinterest in any script ideas put forward by Dan Aykroyd, it’s a question of ‘if’ rather than ‘when’ on that one.

 

International News

30th April:  Theerasak Saksritawee was taking a careful snapshot of a jumping spider as it lounged on a leaf at the Baan Suan Rojana resort in the eastern district of Muak Lek, when the unsuspecting spider was photobombed by a praying Mantis.

He stated that “One moment it was all clear – then this thing appears in front of me.”

 

5th May:  ‘Dominic Deville’ of Lucerne, Switzerland, is providing an unusual service for birthday boys and girls, for a fee, he will don his best evil clown outfit and stalk your children until their big day when he will approach them upfront and throw a pie in their faces.  The service includes text messages, phone calls and letters warning the child of their impending pie-related doom.

Sound a little much?  Dominic ensures worriers that ‘It’s all in fun, and if at any point the kids get scared or their parents are concerned, we stop right there,’ plus most of the children he has stalked ‘absolutely love being scared senseless’ by his appearance.

Deville came up with the service after his favourite horror franchises inspired him and his clown mask could certainly be likened to Stephen King’s ‘It’.

Perhaps to mark 2012’s Star Wars Day, company ‘Wicked Lasers’ have released their ‘LaserSaber’, claiming to be the most realistic Lightsabre replica ever made and which you can purchase for $400.  It features the brightest laser that it’s possible to own (Legally!) though sadly this means that it’s technically ‘not a toy’ as a laser this intense must be handled with care as it is quite dangerous.  Try telling that to a true Star Wars fan.

Watch the video of the gorgeous bit of tech in action…

 

8th May:  Albuquerque, New Mexico is the proposed site for a ‘scientific ghost town’.  It will act as a sort of testing ground for a wide variety of automated technology, but will house no human residents.

It will be modeled after Rock Hill in South Carolina and will go as far as having functioning plumbing and household appliances, despite the fact nobody will be there to use them.

While the project may cost up to a billion pounds, it will also create 350 permanent jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs in the process of its design, development, construction and ongoing operation.  The project will mean that researches will be able to test new technology without disturbing everyday life, while ensuring a realistic setting.

10th May:  The Mayan Calendar has been ever in the public consciousness this year as some believe it predicts the end of the world, but archaeologists in Guatemala have just reported an amazing discovery that could change that theory.

The discovery consists of a small building adorned with surprisingly well preserved paintings, one of a Mayan king and others of Mayan Calendars which extend far beyond 2012.

The calendar in question precedes the oldest Mayan Calendar so far discovered – being the one in the Dresden Codex – by several hundred years.  It consists of a table filled with huge numbers which relate to how long it takes Mars and Venus to cross the sky and return again.  This calendar spans 7,000 years.  The building itself has been known of since 1915, but it has only now been excavated professionally.

Cimolais, Italy now has a reluctant Mayor.  Fabio Borsatti stood in at the last minute because he was concerned that his good friend Gino Bertolo would not get enough votes if he stood unopposed.  His entire family voted for Bertolo and he had not imagined that he might win, but he received 58% of the vote and states that “I find myself a mayor who didn’t want to be a mayor.”  His ‘rival’ was not remotely bitter about the surprise win, saying “I wasn’t upset… Something apparently unusual happened but it is nothing to joke about.”  Borsatti has no plans to resign despite his unwanted election and plans to focus on promoting tourism to the area.

Thanks Catherine…

And from Fee we have …

A Nebraska man has changed his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold. Why? Because it’s ‘cooler’ than his birth name.
Tyler Gold, 23, of York, Neb., appeared in district court. In his filing, he wrote he wanted the name change because it’s ‘cooler’ and more appealing than his birth name, the York News-Times reported.
“Also, as an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognizable,” Gold told the Times. Judge Alan Gless asked Gold if he was avoiding debt collectors or law enforcement, but he told the judge no and that his request was innocent, the Christian Science Monitor reported. His request was approved, and Gold is now legally Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold

10 weird and unusual phobias

A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of a specific situation, object, person or activity. While we are generally familiar with common phobias such as acrophobia (fear of heights) and claustrophobia (fear of small spaces), some phobias are less well known. Here are 10 of the most bizarre phobias.

Optophobia: Fear of opening one’s eyes

If ever an award was given for Most Inconvenient Phobia, it would have to go to optophobia – the fear of opening one’s eyes! Although the act of opening our eyes is something that few of us ever give thought to, for optophobics this simple, daily act can be a nightmare. Luckily, if you are reading this list, you most likely aren’t suffering from this condition!

Chorophobia: Fear of dancing

If nightclubs, weddings and small children in tutus fill you with an overwhelming sense of dread, you could be suffering from chorophobia – the fear of dancing. Regardless of dance ability and whether or not you are required to hit the dancefloor, any situation or event that relates to dancing can be a source of fear for chorophobics.

Geliophobia: Fear of laughter

Many studies suggest that laughter is great for our health; helping to build social bonds, improve mental health and look after the heart. However, for those suffering from geliophobia, the act of laughing, or being around those who laugh, can actually cause overwhelming fear and anxiety. Suggested reasons for geliophobia are anxiety about laughing in inappropriate situations or of being laughed at by others.

Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth

It may not be a debilitating or life-altering condition, yet no list of weird phobias would be complete without the inclusion of arachibutyrephobia – the inexplicable fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. While peanut butter is clearly not obligatory for a healthy and satisfactory life, arachibutyrophobics could miss out on the speculated health benefits of peanut butter, including its abilities to lower cholesterol and help ward off heart disease.

Heliphobia: Fear of sunlight

A rare but unfortunate condition, heliphobia refers to the fear of sunlight. Not only does going out in the sun instigate severe feelings of anxiety and panic in sufferers, but heliophobics may also experience fear of bright lights. Most often the fear or condition is associated with an anxiety about the perceived dangers of the sun; however, unless you happen to be a vampire, avoiding the sun entirely is likely to be an impossible and unnecessary task. It can also be dangerous for your wellbeing, as sunlight is good for regulating the mood and protecting bone health.

Deipnophobia: Fear of dinner conversations

While many people suffer from a general form of social anxiety, deipnophobia takes a rather more specific twist and is restricted to a fear of carrying on a conversation while eating. Although this can cause discomfort and awkwardness for dinner party guests, it seems that deipnophics could be on to something, as remaining silent while eating can actually help benefit digestion.

Neophobia: Fear of new things

While many people are wary of change, neophobia is a phobia that refers to an intense and irrational fear of all new things and experiences. Neophobia can impact on happiness and wellbeing as sufferers miss out on many life-enhancing experiences. When applied to the diet it can also mean that sufferers miss out on various healthy foods and nutrients. Research has also shown that the stress of neophobia can shorten life expectancy.

Syngenesphobia: Fear of relatives

Many of us experience embarrassment or irritation with our families at times. However, those with syngenesphobia suffer from an excessive fear of their relatives. Unless there is a specific, explicable reason for these fears, it is worth seeking help to alleviate this phobia and help you bond with relatives as research shows that forming strong family ties can help to increase life span.

Ablutophobia: Fear of washing and bathing

Although many children are resistant to being washed, this condition is much less common in adults. However, for a rare few the thought of stepping under a shower is quite literally terrifying! The good news for ablutophobics is that skipping the occasional shower can help to preserve natural oils and good bacteria that protect your skin and help to prevent disease. However, making it a regular habit is unlikely to benefit either your health or social life.

Geniophobia: Fear of chins

Geniophobia is an overwhelming fear of chins. Yes, that innocuous body part attached to the lower part of your face! Further phobias of seemingly innocent body parts include genuphobia (fear of knees), chirophobia (fear of hands) and ishicascadiggaphobia (fear of elbows). As these phobias can make normal social interaction extremely difficult, treatment through therapy is highly recommended.

The camera just can’t be trusted…

The image above is not real. It’s a computer generated digital sculpture of Korean Actress Song Hye Kyo.

The piece was created by CG artist Max Edwin Wahyudi using Pixelogic Zbrush and Autodesk 3DS Max for animation modeling.

It’s a pretty remarkable piece and extremely life like when compared with other digital photographs of live people.

 

 

A man in Hampshire has painted a picture of a Ferrari 250 GTO on the garage door of his home to fool passers-by he owns the classic car.

Chris Smart spent about two weeks transforming his garage in Bishopstoke by painting the cult, red sports car.

Mr Smart, 32, said: “We’ve had a few kids stop and stare as they walk past. Originally one of my neighbours wasn’t too keen, but now she loves it.”

A real version of the car sold for about £20m ($31m) in February.

 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was perhaps one of the greatest inventors in history, largely overlooked and regularly stolen from, namely by Thomas Edison.

He was born on July 10th 1856 and died on January 7th 1943.

He was a genius, capable of speaking eight languages, possessing an eidetic memory and capable of picturing and designing complex devices without ever sketching a blueprint or taking a note.  He was also supposedly inspired to study electricity after he received an electric shock from his cat.

He was also notoriously eccentric and plagued by many neuroses, including an intense fear of dirt and germs, any round objects (He was specifically disgusted by pearl earrings) and he later developed an obsession with the number three.

Unfortunately, Obsessive-compulsive disorder was widely misunderstood at the time and he never received any nature of treatment.

He also often suffered from vivid hallucinations and struggled to differentiate between reality and these overwhelming ‘recurrent visual sensations, bright and geometric, which occasionally overwhelmed his sight, actually blotting out scenes in front of him.’

Additionally, towards the end of his life he grow very fond of the pigeons of Manhattan, taking care of sick and injured birds in his hotel room, including a bird he described as pure white with grey tipped wings that he claimed to ‘love as a man loves a woman, and she loved me’.

Well ahead of his time, he is directly responsible for:

  • First hydroelectric plant
  • The discovery of the resonant frequency of the earth.
  • The remote control
  • Neon Lighting
  • The electric motor.
  • Alternating current.
  • The Tesla Coil.
  • (Not the invention of, but certainly the research leading up to) X-Rays, he became aware of the damage done by them that was later identified by Rontgen.
  • The first radio transmitter.
  • Wardenclyffe Tower or the Tesla Tower, an early wireless telecommunications tower intended for commercial trans-Atlantic wireless telephony, broadcasting, and the demonstration of the transmission of power without interconnecting wires.  It was apparently not financially viable however, and later in 1917 it was destroyed by the US government for fear of it being hijacked for use by the Germans.
  • Wireless energy transfer and the Tesla effect.
  • Radar.
  • Bladeless turbines.

Amongst many other significant discoveries.  He is best known for Alternating Current, a discovery that was fraught with heated resistance from Thomas Edison who went as far as to steal pet dogs and electrocute them to death to prove AC was unsafe to power cities; despite is obvious advantages over Edison’s favoured Direct Current.  He also killed a horse using the same method.

‘Topsy’ a rebellious circus elephant was also electrocuted to death to prove AC was unsafe and filmed using Edison’s motion capture camera.

The video of the act is available to see under the name ‘Edison electrocutes elephant’.  It was deemed too cruel to hang her instead.

Subsequently, Edison is responsible for the switch from hanging to electrocution in prisons.

Edison allegedly also prevented the use of radar in the First World War after Tesla pitched the idea to the Navy and Edison said it had ‘no practical application’.  Tesla came up with the idea in 1917, long before Robert Watson-Watt.

Marconi was credited with the invention of radio, but Tesla won the legal battle and Marconi’s patents were overturned, unfortunately posthumously for Tesla.

Tesla also allegedly came up with many theoretical inventions that are still debated about to this day, including a type of particle gun that he claimed would be able to shoot planes from the sky which he called a death ray (Although it was initially called a ‘peace ray’ instead), a steam powered, conveniently portable earthquake machine, a force field, a saucer or cigar shaped craft powered run electro mechanically, and many a theory relating to ball lightning.

Tesla’s electro-mechanical oscillator or earthquake machine was invented in 1898 and it was surprisingly small, weighing a couple of pounds and only seven inches in length.

At this time, Tesla’s lab was in Houston Street, New York and the story goes that his device shook the building violently, resulting in the arrival of the police and Tesla resorting to destroying it with a hammer.

It worked by applying five pounds of air pressure against a pneumatic piston of some nature using steam.  This would result in very high temperatures and enormous generated pressure.

The reason this story is regarded as something of a myth is that attempts to replicate the ‘earthquake’ have been unsuccessful, vibrations being generated that were felt from a great distance but certainly not an earthquake.

Tesla reputedly creative ‘electric fireballs’ in a laboratory setting, writing of his findings in the 1904 journal Electrical World and Engineer as follows: “I have succeeded in determining the mode of their formation and producing them artificially…

It became apparent that the fireballs resulted from the interaction of two frequencies…. This condition acts as a trigger which may cause the total energy of the powerful longer wave to be discharged in a infinitesimally small interval of time… and is released into surrounding space with inconceivable violence. It is but a step, from the learning how a high frequency current can explosively discharge a lower frequency current, to using the principle to design a system in which these explosions can be produced by intent.”

The fireballs became more commonly known as the ball lightning phenomena, despite the differences between his described creation and the experiences of eyewitnesses to ball lightning.

Evidence of Tesla’s fireballs has never come about either, and attempts to emulate ball lightning have proved unsuccessful as well.

Most experiments succeed only in creating brief ‘fireballs’ inconsistent with the ones Tesla described.

As for ball lightning, it’s still a regularly reported though perhaps not fully understood phenomena.

Wardenclyffe Tower is sometimes quoted as being reputedly responsible for the rather odd Tunguska Event.

The Tunguska event (Or blast or explosion) was a massive explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River (Now Krasnoyarsk Krai) Russia, at 7:15am on June 30th in 1908.

The blast was believed to be 1000 times more powerful than that of the Hiroshima atomic bomb and it knocked over around 80 million trees covering 2150 square km.

The shock wave from the blast is estimated to have measured at least 5.0 on the Richter scale.

However, the notion of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower having anything to do with the Tunguska Event is widely disregarded as there is very little evidence to support any such activity, plus the Tower was either totally or partially inoperable at the time the blast was said to have taken place.

Furthermore in relation to Tesla’s Death/Peace ray, it is pointed out by Brian Dunning that has little to do with Scalar Field Theory, though it is often quoted as differently.

‘Tesla did also claim to have completed a partial unified field theory that unified gravity with electromagnetism, which is something that scalar field theory also claims. Because of these similarities, Tesla’s name is often wrongly associated with scalar weapons and scalar field theory.’

The ray was also called Teleforce, and consisted of a uniquely designed large Van de Graaff generator another unique type of open-ended vacuum tube.  It would accelerate tungsten or mercury particles to about 48 times the speed of sound from the tube by electrostatic repulsion.

Tesla used the term ‘peace ray’ instead of the media proposed ‘death ray’ as he intended it to be used for defense purposes.

The method for producing great electrical force in the range of 60,000,000 volts (To propel the particles) could have been achieved by ‘Wardenclyffe type apparatus’.

After Tesla died, alone and in poverty, his papers were seized by the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover declaring the case ‘Top Secret’ because of ‘the nature of Tesla’s inventions and patents’.

Tesla’s family and the Yugoslav embassy fought with the American authorities to regain the items seized after his death because of the potential significance of some of his research to US defense.

Sava Kosanović (Tesla’s nephew) won possession of the materials and they can now be viewed at the Nikola Tesla Museum.

The morning after Teslas’ death, Kosanovic´ states that he by the time he arrived, Tesla’s body had already been removed, and that he suspected somebody had already gone through his uncle’s possessions.

Papers were allegedly missing, including a black notebook Kosanovic was certain Tesla kept.  He says that some of the pages of this notebook had been marked ‘Government.’

Despite Kosanovic winning the materials back again, there are still missing papers.  Whether or not these have anything to do with the FBI of course remains to be seen.

The following Tesla Videos may be of interest:-

http://youtu.be/7tTGg3LVCvk

 

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TRTZ no 56 UFO’s, Rendlesham

Tonight we’ll be taking a quick look at UFO’s, SETI and focus on the UK Rosewell – Rendlesham…

 

Some News

25th April: Ant Hadleigh a kite surfer from Cape York, discovered a golden orb spider battling a brown tree snake near a friend’s home in Freshwater.

What’s more, the spider won!

While the golden orb spider is the largest known web-weaving spider in Australia, the odds would usually still be against it when pitted against a snake.  The snake involved was about a metre and a half long and Hadleigh states that every attempt it made to bite back was easily evaded by the spider.

26th April:  Many residents of San Diego were saddened to learn that a yarn bombing project whereby the stop signs were transformed into flowers may have to come to an end as there are ‘just too many restrictions to overcome’.

City official Bill Harris contacted the man behind the project, known only as Bryan, and informed him that “Even with the great community spirit this effort has generated… there is just no way to retain the works where they now are.”

Bryan currently has a week or so to remove the ‘flowers’ or they will be removed by city employees.  Bryan hopes that if he lives them up there is a chance they will be left alone after all, stating that “In January, 2011, I put up five as a test run and they are still there, so I’m hoping it was just the city doing their due diligence. But I’d like to think that if you were a busy city worker and had a whole day’s work ahead of you, removing this might be too much trouble.”

27th April:  Florida resident Blanca Riveron was very worried to hear that she may have lung cancer after an x-ray in December of last year showed a worrying dark spot on her lung.

She’d always been stricken with respiratory problems, suffering through bouts of asthma and pneumonia far more regularly than most.  However, upon coming to a halt at a set of traffic lights, she was struck with a coughing fit during which she coughed up a fruit pip she had inhaled by accident 28 years ago!

It is very likely that this was her ‘spot’ and she will be attending a checkup to make sure, but friends and family have remarked how much better she already seems to be getting.  “She’s even been able to blow up a balloon for my son. She had never been able to do that,” said her daughter, Dayana Noda.

28th April:  Since 2004, Seattle attorney Andrew Basiago has been claiming to have been part of ‘Project Pegasus’ between the age of 7 and 12.  Project Pegasus, he claims, was a US government program that worked on teleportation and time travel under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), apparently to test the effects of such travel on the bodies of children as well as adults, who also took part.

He says that children adapted better to the strains of time travel.  Most of the methods of time travel he speaks of he put down to Nikola Tesla, as papers discussing his theories on the subject were allegedly found in his New York apartment subsequent to his death in 1943.  “The machine consisted of two gray elliptical booms about eight feet tall, separated by about 10 feet, between which a shimmering curtain of what Tesla called ‘radiant energy’ was broadcast,” Basiago said. “Radiant energy is a form of energy that Tesla discovered that is latent and pervasive in the universe and has among its properties the capacity to bend time-space.”

He even says that he has photographic evidence of his travels, pointing out that he can be seen in a photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg in 1863, “I left the area around the dais and walked about 100 paces over to where I was photographed in the Josephine Cogg image of Lincoln at Gettysburg,” he explains.  Perhaps not surprisingly, many are skeptical of his claims.

24th April:  Ginger Morneau happened to have her camera handy in order to document a rather unusual showdown while walking along the Ogden Point Breakwater in Victoria, BC.  A Glaucous gull whose eyes were probably bigger than its stomach when it spotted a potential meal, was spotted struggling with a Giant Pacific Octopus in the shallow water of the Point.

Morneau snapped several pictures of the somewhat dramatic event, describing it all as ‘primal’ and speaking of how she had rather wanted to rescue the bird, which was definitely losing the fight.  It had at first appeared to have been feeding on something just under the surface, but on closer inspection it was unable to lift its head from the water despite flapping its wings to try and free itself.

The gull was soon pulled completely under the water and the octopus slunk off to enjoy its enormous catch.  Gulls are capable of eating an octopus, but there have been odd reports throughout history of the opposite happening too as in this instance.  This is the first time anybody has ever been able to capture it though.

UFO’s

Yes the exist!

Strictly speaking ANY flying object which cannot be identified is a UFO – an Unidentified Flying Object

However when the term UFO is used many will immediately think of aliens – extraterrestrials.

Now this is a HUGE topic so we’re going to focus upon one key story and look at what ‘evidence’ there is and what we can deduce from that evidence…

The report that we are referring to in the show is can be found here and was compiled by Catherine : Rendlesham : Notes

The Drake Equation

While working at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, Dr. Frank Drake conceived a means to mathematically estimate the number of worlds that might harbor beings with technology sufficient to communicate across the vast gulfs of interstellar space. The Drake Equation, as it came to be known, was formulated in 1961 and is generally accepted by the scientific community.

 N = R* fp ne fl fi fc L

where,

  • N = The number of communicative civilizations
  • R* = The rate of formation of suitable stars (stars such as our Sun)
  • fp = The fraction of those stars with planets. (Current evidence indicates that planetary systems may be common for stars like the Sun.)
  • ne = The number of Earth-like worlds per planetary system
  • fl = The fraction of those Earth-like planets where life actually develops
  • fi = The fraction of life sites where intelligence develops
  • fc = The fraction of communicative planets (those on which electromagnetic communications technology develops)
  • L = The “lifetime” of communicating civilizations

Frank Drake’s own current solution to the Drake Equation estimates 10,000 communicative civilizations in the Milky Way. Dr. Drake, who serves on the SETI League’s advisory board, has personally endorsed SETI’s planned all-sky survey.

 

Music on tonights show from Aardvark Records

Raising Days – Heart Stand Still

Raising Days – Earth

Raising Days – Craving

 

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TRTZ no 55 Chaos and Chaos Magic

Good Evening, and tonight’s show will be Chaos – well what’s the difference I hear you say?

Well – as well as being Chaotic in terms of production and chat-room management, we’ll be talking about CHAOS and CHAOS Magic!

But first some news …

UK

April 21st:  A sonar picture of an object following a boat 23 metres below the surface has reignited Loch Ness Monster theories everywhere after it was taken by Loch Ness boat skipper Marcus Atkinson.

Atkinson took the picture of the sonar anomaly using his mobile phone and consequently won first place in the ‘Best Nessie Sighting of the Year’ Awards by William Hill Bookmakers.

Loch Ness Monster fans have scrutinized the sonar image and believe it is not a case of misidentified fish, seals or debris.

Atkinson explains that, “The device takes a reading of the depth and what is below the boat every quarter of a second and gradually builds up a picture, so it covered a time of about five minutes.

The object got bigger and bigger and I thought “bloody hell” and took a picture with my mobile phone. There is nothing that big in the Loch. I was in shock as it looked like a big serpent, it’s amazing. You can’t fake a sonar image. I have never seen anything returned like this on the fish finder.”

However, Dr Simon Boxall from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton points out that it may have a mundane explanation after all.  “The image shows a bloom of algae and zooplankton that would exist on what would be a thermocline.

Zooplankton live off this algae and reflect sound signals from echo sounders and fish finders very well.  They will appear as a linear “blob” on the screen, just like this.”

But while Boxall seems to have potentially solved the mystery,

Atkinson has shown the image to other experienced skippers who haven’t seen anything like it before and, of course, Nessie hunters remain hopeful that this is finally the real deal.

 

April 23rd:  A recent story of a monster rat found in a basement in the US has been trumped by another enormous discovery on UK shores.

Brian Watson, a grandfather from Consett, County Durham discovered the giant rat near his home after the boyfriend of his granddaughter spotted it.  Unfortunately, Watson proceeded to beat it to death with a plank of wood, which he then attempted to use to lift the body from the garden, only to result in the plank breaking under the weight of the mammoth rodent.

Watson believes the rat might’ve been about to have a litter of babies and that this may be why it was so large and slow.  Some have suggested that the animal was actually a coypu and not a rat.

Watson has also been heavily criticized for killing the creature in the manner that he did, as many feel his reaction was excessively cruel and that it could’ve been rescued or simply moved from the area.

 

International

April 13th:  Dawa’a, an 18-year-old-girl from Cairo, Egypt, claims to have been touched by a tribe of a thousand Jinn after she wept tears of blood.  Appearing on Al Nahar Television to tell her story, she describes how Amr Al-Laithi, a Muslim scholar, recited verses from Qur’an as she fell unconscious and how when she woke up after 20 minutes of the ritual she could not remember anything of the preceding events and had an intense headache.

Amr Al-Laithi describes the jinn as having only an external influence on Dawa’a, and that she had not been possessed.  Some have expressed concern for the girl’s health, as crying blood could also be the symptom of infection or even cancer.

April 16th:  Jose Chinchilla and his fiancée Michele Callan of Toms River, New Jersey, claim that they plan to sue the landlord $2,250 (The total of their security deposit) after paranormal activity forced them out of the newly rented property only a week after moving in.

The couple says that they ‘hear eerie noises, that lights flicker, doors slam and a spectral presence tugs on their bed sheets.’  They decided to call Shore Paranormal Research Society to investigate their strange goings on.

The Team from the Society came to the conclusion that while they believe there is something paranormal going on, they do not believe it indicated a full-blown haunting.  The landlord has reacted by filing a counter suit; of the opinion that the couple was actually unhappy with the $1,500 a month rental fee and that they invented the ghost to escape their lease.

The case will go to court by the end of this month.

Earlier in the year, we reported the announcement made by Telecommunications giant Qualcomm in reference to the ‘Tricorder X-Prize Contest’ in which the company would offer a $US10 million prize to anyone able to make a functioning medical ‘tricorder’ similar to those used in all generations of Star Trek.

Dr. Peter Jansen, a PhD graduate of the Cognitive Science Laboratory at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, says that he has been working on such a device since 2007.

Though his prototypes are designed more for scientific research than medical alone, Jansen said it can so far measure ambient temperature, pressure or humidity, take electromagnetic measurements to test magnetic fields, and it make spatial measurements of distance, location, or motion.

Jansen states that the idea of making a tricorder has been with him since he was a child and that Star Trek was what inspired him to become a scientist in the first place.  His favourite version of the fictional device appears in Voyager, though his favourite series in all is the Next Generation.  Jansen has posted schematics and designs of his first and second prototypes, (Mark 1 and Mark 2) for anyone to see and build in the hope that others will try to create something similar.

He expects to have his latest version (Mark 4) produced for about $200.  Think you’d like to try?  Visit www.tricorderproject.org for all the details.

 

April 17th:  UFOScandinavia have helpfully released a compilation video of all the recent youtube footage of UFO’s in St Petersburg.  Any theories?

Danu Fox – Earth-Singing

Danu was a guest on our show a couple weeks ago when she told us of the forthcoming event.

On Sat 5 May at 3pm groups of singers and dowsers are gathering all along the lines to perform and measure the effects of a short ceremony with the intention of singing thank you and giving love and appreciation for our lands.

Inspired by the Songlines tradition of Australia, Danu Fox, singer, musician and founder of Earth Singers, a pioneering programme for stewarding land, has instigated this event and it is the first time anything like this has been done on a national scale across the UK.

If you’d like to join in please go to the Earth Singers Facebook page or email Danu: info@songbearmusic.co.uk. Enjoy!

 

Chaos & Chaos Magic

Chaos Magic – A Primer by Catherine

Chaos magick is difficult to explain in full.  It is also a relatively recent notion, its’ birth seeming to have occurred only in 1976.

A general description of Chaos Magic outlines the contradictory nature of belief and reality and the idea of there being no real set of rules by which to achieve something.

The gnosis state is the aim for a chaos magician, whatever type of trappings you choose to employ doesn’t really matter, ‘just as long as they inspire you.’

Chaos Magick as we currently know it was first formulated in West Yorkshire in the 1970s as a consequence of a meeting between Peter Carroll and Ray Sherwin in Deptford in 1976.

In 1978 Carroll and Sherwin also founded the Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT) a chaos magic organisation.

The name of the organization is derived from the Greek gods of sex and death: eros and thanatos, apparently in accordance with the notion of these two methods being the positive and negative ways of achieving ‘magical consciousness’.

The group was criticized for its use of hierarchical and traditional ritual, things which should technically be rejected by most chaotes, many of whom believe the entire concept to be somewhat un-chaotic.

The group is also renowned for being, perhaps somewhat paradoxically, rather difficult to get into.

Chaos theory and magick primarily have their roots in theories outlined by Austin Osman Spare, artist and once a member of the A∴A∴, created in 1907 by Aleister Crowley and George Cecil Jones after they left the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

However, it is also important to note that they do not replicate his beliefs exactly.

While sources such as Wikipedia call him the father of chaos magick, other sources instead call him the grandfather of it, and instead believe Peter Carroll to be the ‘father’ of chaos magick.

Spare disapproved of religion and of science as well, relating religion to ‘chains’ and feeling both were restricting in their self-proclaimed ‘truths’.

One of Spare’s most significant contributions to the theories of chaos magick is probably the use of his sigils, that is, his notion of a ‘symbolic representation of the magician’s desired outcome’.

His ‘alphabet of desire’ was adapted by Carroll in his Liber Null & Psychonaut.

Spare’s use of sigils involved designing a symbol over which to obsess, something that would occupy the mind as he felt that the mind was a hindrance to magic.

Gnosis, therefore, is loosely defined as an overwhelming of the parts of the mind involved in rational function.

His other main contribution to the overall belief system of Chaos magick is the rejection of traditional magical systems and ritual in favor of achieving a Gnostic state.

Chaos magick is anarchic to some degree, hoping to negate the effects of religious structure and allow one to build a structure of their own to some degree – ie, whatever works for you.

It emphasises the importance of belief, summarising it as a form of magic in itself, though many self-proclaimed chaos magicians do not feel that belief is necessary to participate in that form of magic.

Reality is not important, then, as if a belief results in the desired outcome it is often accepted as truth or taken to heart.  Only subjective truths are available – nobody knows what is absolutely true, only beliefs are available.

Chaos magick is, at its heart, about freedom, but it is filled with opposites and paradoxes.

While the notion of belief is important and the freedom that comes with choosing any helpful belief is key to chaos theory, it is also temporary.

A chaote will believe something before changing that belief for the next one that becomes useful.

Therefore, a chaote both truly believes and does not technically ever really believe at all.  This approach was propagated by Carroll, Spare would have spoken differently.

This could also be called ‘paradigm shifting’, in that often opposing rites or rituals are used and entirely believed in their context at that time.

The saying ‘Nothing is True, and Everything is Permitted’ (A saying popularised by William Burroughs, though its’ origin was a line from a character in ‘Alamut’ by Vladimir Bartol.) plays into these principles, a self defeating statement that could be interpreted as meaning that there is no absolute objective truth to tell us what is entirely right or wrong, there are no rules.

Sigils are fundamental to chaos magic, a form by which magic can be personalised to some degree.

It begins with focusing on a wish or aim or writing a ‘statement of will’, such as ‘I will get an A on the paper I wrote’, then using the letters in the statement to form a symbol or design of some nature which must be achieved without intense focus.  It should ‘come to you’.

Carroll added to this process by suggesting removing the letters that repeat in the sentence to make it easier.

This done, gnosis must be achieved, to ensure total focus on the goal.

This can be achieved by one of several techniques which are as follows.

Inhibitory gnosis: similar to what we know as mediation, to achieve a trance-like state.  This involves self-hypnosis, regular breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation and absent thought-processes.  It could be achieved by fasting, not sleeping, sensory deprivation or even drugs.

Excitatory gnosis:  Perhaps almost the opposite of the first mentioned, involving a degree of intense arousal that could be achieved via flagellation, dance, song/ chanting, hyperventilating, sexual excitation, or, again, drugs.

Indifferent vacuity:  This third method was added later, and involves casting said spell almost as a sidenote so that there is little thought involved to suppress in the first place.

Of course, this implies that there are some rules involved in a kind of magic that prides itself on being ruleless to some degree, therefore these methods are viewed more as ways of inducing gnosis only as opposed to processes that’re valuable or significant by themselves.

Chaos itself is not a label used to specifically describe mayhem or disorder, but acts to chaotes as a description of something all-encompassing.

It is described by one researcher as “…what you love, but it’s also what you hate. Chaos is fire, and it’s water, and it’s those things whether that’s good or bad. This doesn’t just mean that it’s objective, in that it is beyond good and bad (although it is held to be) – but it also contains the subjective aspects also. It contains all opposites. As everything is of chaos, so everyone mirrors it.”

Many aspects of chaos magick have become incorporated in to the even more confusing paradigms of discordianism.

So that’s Catherine’s Introduction….

 So let’s take things a bit further…

DETERMINISM is the notion that every event or action is the inevitable result of preceding events and actions.

In many ways, the spiritual movement embrace this concept within the “Laws” of what is commonly known as “Karma”.

In science determinism suggests, at least in principle, hat every event, or action, can be predicted in advance or in retrospect. This is a view point which can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and became part of modern science around 1500AD with the establishment of the idea that cause and effect completely govern all motion and structure on the material level.

The deterministic view of the universe suggests, therefore, that the universe unfolds in time like the workings of a machine and subject to predetermined ‘laws’.

Newtons Laws of Motion are perfect examples of deterministic thinking and it is an approach which still underpins much physical science. These ‘laws’ can be defined by measurement and expressed mathematically.

Now, one of the fundamental principles of experimental science is that no real measurement is infinitely precise but includes a degree of uncertainty in the value. The question ‘how long is a piece of string?’ is not so simple to answer – it depends upon how we measure it and what we are measuring…

In 1900 the physicist, Henri Poincare commented upon a special kind of behaviour in time found in certain physical systems. In essence he pointed out that there would be imprecision in all astronomical predictions made by Newtons equations and ‘laws’. Simply put Poincare challenged the assumptions made by his peers that such imprecision would become less significant the more accurate the   system of measurement…. in astronomical systems when the measurements became more precise the ‘shrinking of the initial conditions’ shrank from he final predictions in a corresponding way.

He summarised his arguments thusly :-

in ‘complex systems’  the only way to obtain precise predictions with any degree of accuracy would entail specifying the initial conditions with absolute infinite precision.

The extreme “sensitivity to initial  conditions” became known as ‘chaos’.

In 1963 the meteorologist wrote a basic computer program to predict weather patterns. In short he found that no matter how he altered the variables he could never quite recreate expected patterns from the initial conditions. By the late 1970′s he discovered that even the smallest discrepancy between initial conditions would always result in a huge discrepancy at earlier or later times – the hallmark of a chaotic system. The well known and oft quoted ‘Butterfly Effect’.

The discovery of chaos seems to imply that randomness lies at the core of any deterministic model of the universe. Also, although seemingly counter-intuitive, is that chaos may produce ordered systems on large scales.

It is against this scientific backdrop that Chaos Magic was born.

Simply put, if Magic (as a ritualistic act) is about ‘bringing about change in accordance with will’ the way we define that change and the actions we undertake to bring about that change will, necessarily, not have a simple cause and effect relationship.

Chaos Magicians are generally of the opinion, as far as general opinions can be stated, that belief is an active magical force. There is an emphasis on flexibility of belief an the ability to consciously choose ones beliefs – so, you do not have to have ‘belief’  in order to make magic work.

Austin Osman Spare stated that will formulates desire which promulgates belief.

In Peter Carolls works not only does he talk about magic being related to increasing the probability, not a certainty, of a specific outcome, but also the importance of the ‘gnostic state’.

This state, similar to the Buddhist notion of Samadhi, is achieved when a persons mind is focused on a single point, thought or goal.

Gnosis is said to be achievable through Inhibition or Excitation.

Inhibition would include deep meditation, trance, fasting,sensory deprivation.

Excitation would include sex, flagellation, dance, drumming, chanting, sensory overload, hyperventilation and the possible use of drugs.

Despite its ‘nod’ to Thelemic (Crowley) and Golden Dawn, OTO and A:A traditions at the core of Chaos Magic is the notion that the ‘magic is within you’ and that whatever ritual path you choose to take is more to do with choice of belief, tradition and opportunity.

I would go a step further, perhaps, in suggesting that ‘doing by not doing’ and ‘being by simply being’ is the state of gnosis ritual attempts to create. It is from this state of knowing that we can really understand what is meant by the phrase ‘to bring about change in accordance with will’.

In order to work with ‘will’ there is the need to question the nature of will – being detached from simple ‘desire’, ‘lust’ and ‘ego-need’.

There is an inbuilt responsibility to bring about ‘change’ through action and that any action, no matter how small will have some effect upon the environment in which the magician operates – mind, spirit, body, home, town, planet, solar system, cosmos. The dictum ‘as above so below’ recreated and restated within the context of Chaos Magic and non-deterministic philosophies.

You may act with belief and conviction but the true effect of that action can have consequences beyond any original intent. To attempt understand one’s own desires in the context of free-will, personal-will and cosmic-will is an interesting challenge.

To be both at once philosophical and naive is the challenge…. and now we’re back to thinking about the ‘Fool’, the ‘Cosmic Joker’ and our own, personal journey.

Alan

 

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TRTZ no 53 Ley Lines, Earth Energies and Geomancy

Remember the following notes are meant to augment the radio show rather than replace it. They provide a jumping-off point for discussions as well as topics which will be elaborated upon in the show.
 

NEWS

UK

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.

 International

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.

Geopathic Stress

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

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.

Song Lines

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:

The Houses

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 Earthheliumsounds

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 WhistlesewhistMP3

Source: http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/space-audio/sounds/

 

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Raising Days :  Earth

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