Tuesday, 28. February 2006
Star IQ - The Future Of Astrology

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From September 1918 to June 1919, 675,000 Americans died of influenza and pneumonia. This epidemic took more lives than World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. It was the worst flu epidemic to that point in time. Now so-called Avian Flu is much in the news. Will there be another influenza pandemic?

Looking for an astrological signature indicating such epidemics, Saturn-Neptune conjunctions and oppositions emerge. More specifically, it has been when Saturn was in Leo conjunct or opposite Neptune that the most devastating epidemics have hit. Saturn in Leo conjunct or opposite Neptune are rare occurrences. One has to search back to the 1600s to find the previous instance—and it coincided with the black plague that decimated Europe in the 1680s. During 1918 and 1919, Saturn and Neptune were conjunct in Leo when the first wave of illness hit the USA, and during the worst of this epidemic (August 1918) Saturn moved opposite the USA’s natal Moon at 18 Aquarius.

Of course we cannot blame Saturn, Neptune, the Moon or any other planet, luminary or asteroid for this or any other calamity. And we must remember that many good things came out of the 1918-1919 Saturn-Neptune conjunction, among them recognition of women’s civil right to vote. Progress often grows from challenging planetary angles. We may meet and overcome the Asian Flu danger now looming.


Saturn-Neptune and Epidemics from the section "Astrology Studies". (English)

In astrology, we take the moment of birth as the beginning of life. The natal chart is erected for the moment of the first breath or cry after the child is completely out of the mother. This has always been a source of controversy because of conception. Doesn’t the life of the individual actually begin when the egg is fertilized in the mother’s womb? Even in ancient times this fact was recognized, although ancient astrologers did in fact give very good reasons for using the birth moment. They did not just ignore the objection.

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But with our modern understanding of genetics, the argument for the time of conception over the moment of birth seems even more compelling. This argument has often been used by astrology’s critics as a reason for rejecting astrology, at least as we practice it.

Astrology by Hand (English)
Rob Hand, author of Planets in Transit and other works is one of the most respected astrologers in the world. He examines astrology's relationship to science.

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What's the difference between horoscopes and astrology?
Typical horoscope columns are written for each zodiac sign based on the time of year of your birth. These "one in twelve" Sun sign horoscopes are fun, but lack the individuality of real astrology. Real astrology is based on exact birth data (date, time and place) and considers the position of ALL the planets, not just the Sun. Real astrological information is highly personalized.


StarIQ is providing intelligent, customized and timely astrological information to the mainstream via the Internet. We're moving astrology beyond entertainment to a tool for understanding life and supporting personal empowerment.

Original content from an astrological perspective is available at StarIQ and on our affiliate sites. We cover the stock market, health, politics, celebrities, sports and relationships.


Star IQ - The Future Of Astrology (English)
A very professional and informative site with a giantly article library and much more - for advanced beginners.
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Monday, 27. February 2006
Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans and Romans

Etruscans believed theirs to be a revealed religion, communicated to them by the gods of the sky, earth, and the underworld. These forces spoke to mortals through nature and its events: the flight of birds, the sound of thunder, the strikes of lightning bolts, and the entrails of sacrificed animals.

The many modes of learning the gods’ messages brought forth different kinds of prophets. Augurs, for example, read the flight of birds. Haruspices scrutinized the livers of sacrificed sheep for signs of divine disapproval.

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Etruscans were famous for the way they carried out this rite: unlike their contemporaries, they removed the liver from the slaughtered animal before they examined it. After the divination, the animal’s remains were divided among gods, priests, and people, and consumed.

The Etruscan World (English)

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Roman religion was a comlpex weave of cultic threads. The earliest Roman believed in animism, the divine powers residing in nature and the human environment. As time went on they expanded their religious horizons through contact with their Etruscan and South Italian and Sicilian Greek neighbors, whose gods took human forms and personalities. When adopted ba the Romans these antropomorphic Greco-Etruscan deities, with new names like Jupiter, Juno, and Mars, became the Roman pantheon familiar to us today.

By the late 3rd century BC a stream of strange and exotic Oriental and Egyptianizing cults such as that of Cybele, the Anatolian mother goddess, and of the Egyptian Isis and Serapis


began to appear in Rome as her political domination of the Mediterranean basin spread. The Romans added new deities to honor a wide range of abstract social forces such as Dea Roma, the personification of the spirit of Rome; Concordia, the goddess of "Harmonius Agreement"; and Victoria, the Roman equivalent of the Greek Nike.

The Roman World (English)
Category: Religion & Early Cultures |




Bricks Of Egypt

Bricks Of Egypt is completely addicting breakout game fun.

Bricks of Egypt takes you on a fantastic journey through an Egyptian world of traps, lasers, fire-balls, gems and hieroglyphs. Classic brick-breaking action and three difficulty settings makes Bricks of Egypt fun for all ages.



Bricks Of Egypt

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Category: Games & Humor |


Sunday, 26. February 2006
Chuang Yen Monastery Tour

Take a tour of this unique monastery in New York, USA, where the largest statue of Lord Buddha resides indoors. This is the largest in entire Western Hemisphere.

See for yourself how beautiful it is ...



This streaming video takes 29 minutes 20 seconds.
Produced by Amolak Sehgal.
Category: Monks & Ascets | Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion | Religion & Early Cultures |


Friday, 24. February 2006
Chasing Venus

Periodically the planet Venus passes directly between Earth and the Sun, appearing as a small black dot on the Sun's disk. Since astronomers first became aware of them in 1631, these "transits of Venus" have fascinated astronomers because of their rarity and their potential to help scientists measure the solar system. The expeditions that set out to observe transits from remote locations paved the way for a new era of scientific exploration - yet never managed to unlock the transits' secrets.

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"Chasing Venus" tells the story of astronomers' pursuit of this phenomenon, through rare books and articles written on the subject over the last four centuries.

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What Is a Transit of Venus?

Although Venus is the closest planet to Earth, it has long remained a mystery due to the thick clouds that completely hide its surface.

A transit of Venus occurs when the planet Venus passes directly between Earth and the Sun. Venus appears as a black dot moving across the surface of the Sun. Only six transits of Venus occurred between 1600 and 2000.

Venus actually passes between Earth and the Sun every 584 days. Usually when this happens, Venus appears to us to be above or below the Sun, because Venus's orbit is tilted slightly with respect to Earth's orbit.

On very rare occasions, however, Venus lines up directly between us and the Sun, just as the Moon does during a solar eclipse. But because Venus covers only a tiny part of the Sun, we don't notice any change in the Sun's brightness. Unless we knew where to look, we would miss the transit entirely.


For ages, astronomers looked for a way to measure the distance between Earth and the Sun. In the 1700s they realized that the transit of Venus might help them do it. By comparing the different times of the start and/or end of a transit of Venus from various locations on Earth, astronomers could use surveying methods to measure the distance from Earth to Venus. Since Kepler in the 1600s had determined the relative distances among the planets and the Sun, astronomers could use the Earth-Venus distance to calculate the Earth-Sun distance.

The science of astronomy was revolutionized in 1543 when Nicolas Copernicus argued that Earth orbited the Sun. From this basic idea, scientists such as Galileo and Kepler transformed our understanding of the universe.
Kepler discovered that planets traveled in slightly elliptical orbits and developed a system to predict their positions more precisely. To demonstrate the accuracy of his system, Kepler predicted that a transit of Mercury would occur on November 7, 1631 (Mercury's transit was confirmed by four observers). A transit of Venus would follow on December 6.

The 1631 transit of Venus was not visible in Europe. But in October 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks discovered that there would be another transit in December of that year. Horrocks and his friend William Crabtree were the first people to witness a transit of Venus.

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Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
Tabulæ Rudolphinæ (Rudolphine Tables)


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George Forbes (1849-1936)
Transit of Venus


Chasing Venus - Observing the Transits of Venus 1631 - 2004. (English)



UPDATE 18.04.06 @15.58 Uhr

The exhibition draws on the historical collections of the museum to present the British response to the 18th-century transits of Venus. It also includes a reconstruction of a large-scale mechanical demonstration of the 1769 transit.

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The sections are:

Exhibition - a story line following the same sequence as the exhibition itself.

Catalogue - all of the instruments, books and prints featured in the exhibition.

Gallery - thumbnails of all the exhibition images, with links to larger versions.

Reconstruction - videos of our reconstructed “artificial transit” in action


The Most Noble Problem in Nature - The Transit of Venus in the 18th Century - by the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford. (English)
Category: Astrology & Astronomy |


Ancient Tales and Folk-Lore of Japan

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In the far-north and mountainous portion of Echigo Province is a temple which during the reign of the Emperor Ichijo had a curious story attached to it ... The temple's name is Kinoto ... The monk who reigned supreme over the Kinoto Temple was a youngish man, but very devout; he read sacred sermons from the holy Buddhist Bible, aloud, twice a-day. One day the good youth perceived that two monkeys had come down from the mountain and sat listening to his reading with serious faces and no tricks. He was amused, and, taking no notice, continued to read ...
The monk was surprised to see the monkeys appear at both his sermons next day; and when on the third day they came again he could not help asking why they came so regularly ...

Read more here.


A Haunted Temple in Inaba Province

... At last, in the winter of 1701, there arrived at the village of Kisaichi a priest who was on a pilgrimage. His name was Jogen, and he was a native of the Province of Kai.

Jogen had come to see the haunted temple. He was fond of studying such things. Though he believed in the shito dama form of spiritual return to earth, he did not believe in ghosts. As a matter of fact, he was anxious to see a shito dama, and, moreover, wished to have a temple of his own. In this wild mountain temple, with a history which fear and death prevented people from visiting or priests inhabiting, he thought that he had (to put it in vulgar English) 'a real good thing.' Thus he had found his way to the village on the evening of a cold December night, and had gone to the inn to eat his rice and to hear all he could about the temple.

Jogen was no coward; on the contrary, he was a brave man, and made all inquiries in the calmest manner ...

Read more here.

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This is a memorable collection of historical legends and folktales from Japan. Nearly all of them are set in a well-defined time and place, instead of 'once upon a time.' Themes include ghosts; unrequited love across social boundaries; Shinto landscape, tree and ocean spirits; and tales driven by Bushido and Buddhist ethics. Not a few of these yarns end up with someone committing Seppuku.

Smith does not try to dress up the language or narrative for westerners, or sentimentalize the stories. Instead, he tells each story very literally, even when they include supernatural elements. The result is an anthology of Japanese 'magical realist' tales which contemporary readers will find appealing.


Each chapter, with one exception, is illustrated by one or more colorful plates done in a typical 19th century Japanese style, all of which are included in this etext.

Ancient Tales and Folk-Lore of Japan by Richard Gordon Smith [1918]
An anthology of Japanese 'Magical Realist' legends and folklore. (English)
Some short stories for your weekend reading.
Category: Books & Magazines | Fairy Tales & Fables |


Hot News or Hoax?

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On the Dark Side - An Introduction to Ceremonial Magic by Phenomena Magazine. (English)
Magic, or Magick as it is known by Thelemites and neo-religions, is a melange of disciplines; principle of these is curiosity. Magic follows a similar line to Gnosticism in that it is the search for ‘gnosis’, or knowledge.

A Second Sight for Sore Eyes by The Scotsman. (English)
The idea of second sight in the Highlands and Islands enjoys widespread popular belief. Dr Peter Lamont, a psychologist at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit at Edinburgh University, confirms that more than 50 per cent of people believe in the paranormal and the idea of second sight remains enduringly popular.

You Raelly Got Me Now by Philadelphia City Paper. (English)
Long interview with Marc Letourneau, the Raelian Movement representative for the eastern half of the United States.
CP: Allow me a moment: Elohim created Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed.
ML: Yes, all prophets were contactees and acted as messengers on Earth. They were chosen for different missions, different eras and different locations. The Elohim often "create" their messengers by impregnating an earth woman. The child becomes an adult and is contacted by the Elohim for his mission.


U.S. Scientist Says Scores of UFOs Fly Around the Sun by Pravda. (English)
Scott Stevens, meteorologist: "I am confident that UFOs are flying in the vicinity of our star. I am talking about a fleet of UFOs operating near the Sun. I believe that both NASA and the U.S. government are aware of the existence of a certain civilization whose spacecraft are capable of resisting extremely high temperatures. The powers that be are simply afraid to admit the fact. They haven’t yet decided on the tactics."


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Thursday, 23. February 2006
Internet Encyclopedia of Religion

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The Internet Encyclopedia of Religion, a collection of hundreds of definitions and illustrated encyclopedia articles on religion, spirituality, philosophy, and other supernatural terms and concepts. Here you can find informative, balanced, introductions to religions old and new, sacred places, religious concepts, historical events, doctrines, religious rituals and practices, philosophers, religious leaders, paranormal phenomenon, gods and goddesses, and much more.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Religion has been developed with two main goals in mind: convenience and reliability.


It is convenient because numerous sources have been compiled into one place under each alphabetical entry, all on a single site - no need to check a bunch of books or slog through search results to get a comprehensive, well-rounded idea of the concept.

A - Z: Internet Encyclopedia of Religion. (English)
You can also browse the Subject Index.

Another one:
We have not taken up religion "in itself." Neither the great religious founders nor subsequent generations of theologians are to be found here. When an exception is made to this rule, it is because of a unique encounter with the social sciences, as in the case of Paul Tillich or Gayraud Wilmore. There are certainly great encyclopedias of both philosophy and theology for those who wish to pursue these lines. .

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The index to this volume will provide the names of those figures in both philosophy and theology of whose work the social scientific study of religion has taken account.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society. (English)
This one is less than the one above.
Category: Lexica & Overviews | Religion & Early Cultures |


Wednesday, 22. February 2006
The Unicorn Tapestries

The Unicorn Tapestries display the medieval desire for interpreting in history and nature a vast interlocking network of symbols. The tapestries may be read as the popular tale of the hunt for the elusive magical unicorn.

They can also be explained as a tale of courtly love, presenting the search and eventual capture of the lover-bridegroom by his adored lady. And there is the Christian interpretation as well, the symbolic retelling of Christ's suffering, Crucifixion, and Resurrection.

The tale begins with the lord of the hunt and companions as they set forth on their quest for the unicorn. On leash are greyhounds, who chase by sight, and running hounds, who chase by scent. One of the party calls in the distance, that the quarry has been sighted.

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... The unicorn fights back; he gores a dog with his horn and kicks out a huntsman with his hooves. He can not be taken by ordinary means; however, he can be taken by cunning.

Read more in this illustrated text: The Hunt of the Unicorn

Or watch the video clip about the story of the unicorn hunt.

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Plants were used for all kinds of cures, from stomachache to baldness. In the Unicorn Tapestries, however, most of the plants are included for their symbolism.

This is the sweet or China orange, an evergreen latecomer to medieval western Europe. Thought to be one of the trees in Paradise, the orange tree was symbolic of fertility, chastity, and the Virgin Mary. In the Middle Ages pregnant women ate oranges to prevent nausea, while a mixture of the seeds, hot water, and wine was thought to counter poisons.


The medieval bestiary was composed of stories in which the supposed characteristics of real and imaginary animals, plants, and stones served as Christian allegories for the purpose of moral and religious instruction. Its ancestor was a Greek work called the Physiologus (in Greek, physis means nature and logos means word or reason), which was written early in the Christian era, probably in Alexandria, Egypt, and circulated before the fourth century A.D. In an attempt to show the nature of God through correspondences between nature and its heavenly archetype, the author of the Physiologus mined oral tradition, classical mythology, the Scriptures, works by Aristotle, Pliny, and other natural historians.

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The Unicorn Tapestries by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (English)

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Elsewhere:
The Lady and the Unicorn
by Musée national du Moyen Âge. (English)

The meaning of the sixth tapestry (The Sixth Sense?) is not so easily grasped: the Lady appears before a tent with the inscription "To my only desire" and seems to be placing her necklace into a case held out by her servant. Is it the first or the last in the series on the five senses?

The Lady with the Unicorn's reputation also comes from the harmony of the range of colours. A limited number of shades is sufficient to create poetic enchantment.

Category: Myths & Sagas |


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Stigmas indicate their carriers are either saints or insane by Prawda. (English)
For over 750 years already some Christians have stigmata on their bodies as symbols of Christ's sufferings.
The hands and legs of the Savior were punched through with nails. The crown of thorns on his head scratched the forehead and the skull. One of the Roman legionaries deeply wounded the Savior with his spear right in the chest.


How I Tracked Bigfoot Through the Malaysian Jungle by The Independent. (English)
At first glance it might have seemed like nothing. A four-inch impression in the mud of the Malaysian rainforest. On closer inspection, however, it seemed as if it might be the astounding find the expedition had been hoping for. A footprint of the creature known variously as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the tropical Yeti or - to locals - the Mawas.

Occult Esoteric Works of Hilma af Klint Exhibited by 24 Hour Museum. WITH PICS.(English)
An Atom in the Universe is the first solo exhibition of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) in a public gallery in the UK. At the Camden Arts Centre until April 16 2006, the show focuses on the painter's extraordinary series of works influenced by her involvement in spiritualism and the occult.

Ice Worms: They're Real, & They're Hot
by Seattle Times. (English)
Ben Lee is stalking a creature most people think is a myth — if they've heard of it at all. "I don't know what we'll see," he warned, loading an ice ax and snow shovel into his backpack.
NASA anted up $200,000 last year to explore the worms' cold tolerance and what it might say about the possibility of life on Jupiter's icy moons and other planets.

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Tuesday, 21. February 2006
Numerology II

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Numerology is perhaps the easiest of the occult arts to understand and use. All you need is the birth date and the complete name of an individual to unlock all of the secrets that the numbers hold.

There are eleven numbers used in constructing Numerology charts. These numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 22. Larger numbers that occur from adding the numbers in the complete birth date or from the values assigned to each name, are reduced by adding the digits together until the sum achieved is one of the core numbers. Merely add the components of the larger number together (repeatedly, if necessary) until a single digit (or the "master" numbers 11 or 22) results. Each of these number represents different characteristics and expressions.


Introduction to Numerology

In this section you will find Basic Ideas, The Core Numbers, Important Cycles and much more like Relationships by the Numbers, Naming Your Baby and Changing Your Name ...


On this page, I have calculated the Life Path number for each of the US Presidents. The purpose of this study is to determine how the nine Life Path numbers each score in producing quality individuals to serve as our leader. Then, how do these leaders lead based on this important factor associated with their birth? In the near future, I will be adding a second page, taking a look at the candidates for the 2008 election.

The Life Path numbers will be discussed individually identifying the Presidents having that number. When we think about leadership, the Life Path 1 and the Life Path 8 pop up as probable winners. Sure enough, both have had their fair share of success, especially the Life Path 8. But they certainly don't stand alone. Each Life Path number, 1 through 9 has produced multiple Presidents.

The US Presidents - A study of their Life Path number

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The first question I asked when numerology was exposed to me was why does it work. The second question was how does it work. Well, if we could answer these questions it wouldn't be an occult study, would it? Is it a God force? Do numbers have vibrations or something like that? Who knows? Just be objective and give it a try.

Numerology by Michael McClain (English)
Category: Numerology & Kabbalah |


Astrobiology Magazine :: Search for Life in the Universe

Are There Aliens Already on Earth?

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Conspiracy theorists will readily tell you that the U.S. military is hiding alien corpses in a secret facility in the Nevada desert. But paleontologist and University of Washington geology professor Peter Ward thinks that scientists should be looking for a different type of alien life on earth: alien microbes. Ward is the author of several popular books about astrobiology, including the controversial Rare Earth, co-authored with Donald Brownlee.


In his latest book, Life as We Do Not Know It, Ward addresses an issue often avoided by astrobiologists. Although all known life on Earth has a similar DNA-based chemistry, life found on other worlds may not. In chapter 6 of Life as We Do Not Know It, reprinted below, Ward takes this argument one step further. There may, he says, be unfamiliar life forms on Earth, as well. And scientists would be wise to search for them.

This article I found at the Astrobiology Magazine.

"A golden age has begun for the life sciences, an age in which science and technology will benefit enormously from a fundamental understanding of the full potential of living systems...This is an agenda for inspiring the next generation of planetary explorers and stewards to sustain the NASA vision and mission."

Astrobiology Magazine :: Search for Life in the Universe (English)

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I'm visiting this website regularly.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Ufo's & Aliens |


Monday, 20. February 2006
Die fünf Tibeter / The Five Tibetans

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Unter der Bezeichnung die "Fünf Tibeter" versteht man ein ganzheitliches Energie-Programm, das - wie man sagt - ursprünglich von fünf tibetischen Mönchen entwickelt wurde. Dieses besteht aus fünf speziellen Körperübungen: dem Kreisel, der Kerze, dem Halbmond, der Brücke und dem Berg.

Das regelmässige Ausführen dieser Übungen verspricht neben der Harmonisierung von körperlichen und geistigen Abläufen auch Vitalität, Zufriedenheit und Lebensfreude. Wichtig ist die tägliche Praxis, die, beginnend mit jeweils drei Übungen, von Woche zu Woche gesteigert wird. Die "Fünf Tibeter" sind einfach im Selbststudium zu erlernen und in den Alltag zu integrieren.

Die fünf Tibeter von Martin Tschopp. (German)
Alternativlink:
Die fünf Tibeter von Esotheka. (German)


The Five Tibetans are simple physical exercises – the legend tells apparently guarded for a long time in old monasteries in the Himalayas – seasoned with a generous dash of yoga. As the name “Five Tibetans” already suggests, the exercise rituals consist of the following five exercises: Spinning, the Candle, the Half Circle, the Bridge and the Inverted V.

These five simple, yet powerful exercises take only 10-15 minutes per day of daily effort - but once mastered can dramatically increase your flexibility, suppleness and physical strength as well as mental acuity. Practised regularly they can improve your respiration and your digestion; relieve muscular tension and reduce nervous stress. It's easy to learn by studying on one's own.

The Five Tibetans by Life Events. (English)
Alternative link:
The Five Tibetans by Mary Kurus. (Enlish)

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Meine Erfahrung - es funktioniert!
My practical knowledge - it works!


Die fünf Tibeter sind auch als Buch erschienen. Ich empfehle die Originalversion von Peter Kelder.

Also available as a book. I recommend the original by Peter Kelder.

Category: Yoga & Fitness |


Hot News or Hoax?

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Aliens don’t eat chicken or other lower life forms by The Register-Herald. (English)
In my dream, I talked to visitors from another galaxy via hand signals (the ring finger of the right hand, to be precise). “In the universe there are many life forms, and this is only one life form that we are going through at the moment,” a mysterious figure in a space suit told me. “But what we don’t understand about your planet is: The higher forms eat the lower forms.”

Scientist earmarks planets most likely to hold alien life by Awdalnews. (English)
Astronomers have identified a star in our Milky Way galaxy that is the most likely candidate for possessing a companion planet that harbours intelligent extra-terrestrial life.

The unseen realm by Desert News. (English)
Dreaming — whether in pleasant reverie or nightmarish angst — has long been accepted not only as a real physiological phenomenon but as a common human experience. But when the dying describe open-eyed visions of long-dead relatives and friends, those who don't "see" the extra people in the room usually grow skeptical.

What defines an apparition and how do you know when you've seen one? by The Daily Times. (English)
Ghosts are people without physical bodies. They have characteristics just like the living, said Dave Oester, founder of the Las Vegas-based International Ghost Hunters Society. Some are noisy and let people know they are there, others choose to just be quiet. "Most people have ghosts in their homes, some just chose to ignore them," he said.


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Sunday, 19. February 2006
The Lost Temples of India

The center of Indian culture and religion, the temples of southern India provide a inside look at the Indian civilization that is largely unknown to western tourists.
"The Lost Temples of India" is the first episode from the series "Mysteries of Asia" - a film made by TLC.



This streaming video takes 52 minutes 10 seconds.
Category: Buildings & Places | Movies & TV |


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