Sunday, 31. December 2006
Ancient Astronauts

Did "ancient astronauts" build Egypt’s magnificent pyramids, Britain’s mystical Stonehenge and the giant "moai" heads on Easter Island? In the absence of man-made proof to the contrary, some UFO theorists find this idea very compelling.

Ancient carvings or pictures that seem to show modern technological devices, like spacesuits, helmets and rocket ships would seem to be powerful evidence of visits by ancient astronauts or highly technological societies that have since gone missing.

Does a figurine or drawing that resembles a helmeted spaceman mean that this is what the artist intended? Or was he carving a man wearing a mask related to some ancient ritual. Or does the drawing simply have no meaning other that what came from the artist's imagination? We are free to speculate about ancient astronauts, but we should be aware that their may well be other explanations for what we are seeing.

This documentary is NOT related to the most famous advocate Erich von Däniken. "Ancient Astronauts" was produced by Glenn Krowczyk, Beyond Productions, for TLC 1999. Runtime 52 minutes.


Category: Buildings & Places | Movies & TV | New Legends & Claims | Ufo's & Aliens |




Saturday, 30. December 2006
Bliss - Quiet Letters

It has been nearly 2 years since Music for Dreams and Bliss released their debut album "Afterlife" in Denmark. It was a huge success in Denmark, but the album was never relased internationally. Only the track "Kissing" was compiled on more than 30 compilations and was released internationally.

So the international appeal is out there, and Bliss has become one of the true chill-out undergrounds classics.

The latest international release, entitled "Quiet Letters", include some of the finest moments from "Afterlife"plus recordings from the past 2 years.

It's a chill out masterpiece, featuring guest vocals by Zero 7's Sophie Barker, rooted in a fine collage of western, African and classical musical influences. Bliss has inspired comparisons to Sade, Norah Jones, Enya and Ennio Morricone. "Quiet Letters" is described by Buddha Bar's DJ Ravin as "The Album of the Year", one of those albums that you have always been looking for without ever finding.

An album that transports you far beyond the beaches of Ibiza, on a travel through African soul, Scandinavian jazz, and ethereal pop.

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This is ultra chill. Catch some Bliss!

Kissing - 6'15

Wish U Were Here - 6'16


And here is Bliss - Official Website.
Category: Music & Voices |




Thursday, 28. December 2006
News & Stories

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Remeber the "Buddha-Boy"? He's back:
Nepal Buddha Boy 'sighted again' by BBC. With Video.
Elsewhere: Nepal's mystery "Buddha boy" reappears by Reuters.
Bamjon disappeared in March from the forests in nearby Ratanpuri village where he had reportedly been meditating without food or water for almost 10 months. "I have been wandering in the forests since then," Shrestha quoted Bamjon as telling him. "I am engaged in devotion which will continue for six years," the boy told Shrestha.

Ancient pyramids discovered in Bosnia by The Register.
Of course, the cynical sceptics amongst you may feel that claims like these are so fantastic as to be unbelievable, but that is not the case.

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We believe the reason the claims are unbelievable is more simple; they are wrong. How can we be so sure? We have been talking to Professor John Parker of Cambridge University, the director of the Botanic Garden and also Professor of Botany at St Catharine's College. He's actually travelled there and seen the evidence first hand.


Why death may no longer be a fact of life by The Scottsman.
It is a mystery older than Methuselah: why are we born to die after our allotted three-score years and ten? Now scientists have discovered how genetic damage to cells and our ability to carry out repairs are the major factors in determining how long we will live.

Cargo Cults Alive and Kicking by Ohmy News.
Rituals that seem at first to be incomprehensible, later make perfect sense. They're intended "to persuade the gods to send cargo." Richard Dawkins explores this interesting aberration in human beings from page 202 of his book. He notes that several cargo cults sprang up during the same period all over the world. David Attenborough indicates cults springing up in New Caledonia, Fiji, the Solomon islands, the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) and "over fifty [cults] in New Guinea."

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The Great Alien Debate: Part VI in a VII part series:
Strange and Alien Forms by Astrobiology Magazine.
"I do think astrobiology, as an inherently interdisciplinary activity, is ready for new definitions of life. I look at the panel, and we have astronomers and chemists and philosophers, and an encephalopod-guy turned into a preacher -- a bunch of people who are ready to think about life in a different way."

The Great Alien Debate: Last part in a VII part series:
How Can We Find Alien Life? by Astrobiology Magazine.
But if you're looking for life on another world, what do you look for? If you think that life is likely to be like life on Earth, then you look for that kind of life. And if you don't think that, then you try and figure out something more universal that life might do to its environment that you could look for. Or maybe you do a little of both.



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Category: News & Stories |


Sunday, 24. December 2006
Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays!

I wish you all a peaceful and happy festive season,
whatever faith you follow,
wherever you may live,
whoever you may be.
Peace and Love to all.

At the moment I take a few days off from my Eso Garden.
I’ll see you later, happy holidays!

For now enjoy this animated and charmingly Christmas e-card: Sugar Plum Fairy.
Music: Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, from Nutcracker Suite

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Check out the other beautiful and atmospheric e-cards by Jacquie Lawson.
Category: Personal & Private | Poetry & Inspirations |


A Cosmic Christmas

Three aliens come to Earth to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Enjoy this 22 minutes with this Canadian classic.

Category: Fairy Tales & Fables | Movies & TV |


Saturday, 23. December 2006
The Christmas Story

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Enjoy!

The Christmas Story by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Category: Religion & Early Cultures |


News & Stories

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A mysterious image captured on a security camera at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Charlotte, N.C. may be that of a female ghost. Read more ...
Here is a video report worth viewing:
Courthouse Ghost Caught on Tape? by WPTZ.

Her spirit lives on by The Scotsman.
More than 50 years ago, an ordinary young woman thought she heard a voice instructing her to "build a garden". She thought she was going crazy, but the voice continued. She decided to listen, dropped what she was doing, moved into a caravan and built the garden. This is the story of Eileen Caddy, who died aged 89 last week and was one of the legendary founders of Findhorn.

Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle
by NASA.
Solar cycle 24, due to peak in 2010 or 2011 "looks like its going to be one of the most intense cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago," says solar physicist David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center.

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It is possible to respect the believers but not the belief by The Guardian.
In the next few days, hundreds of millions of people will, like me, go to sing, often with gusto and delight, lines they do not believe or, at best, only half-believe. According to a recent Harris opinion poll for the Financial Times, only one in three people in Britain say they are "a believer".

African children 'at risk of ritual abuse' by BBC.
A cursory glance at the classified section of the ethnic press reveals a myriad of spiritual healers making some remarkable claims. Considered "conduits of God" by some, they claim to be able help return a loved one, cure impotency and infertility, help advance your career and even make you wealthy. One such spiritualist says he can cast away "evil influences and bad luck", another will break voodoo and black magic curses and several others offer exorcisms.

Do Extra-terrestrials Exist? by The Canadian.
Scientists have claimed that with billions of stars in the universe, intelligent life beyond Earth is certain. With this in mind, millions of people have witnessed evidence of an Extra-terrestrial (ET) presence either in person or through verifiably untampered video footage.
This evidence continues to run into a dissembled gamut of denial by the Establishment. The main question of the many people who remain sceptical of an extra-terrestrial presence, pivots on the enquiry, as to why would such an extra-terrestrial presence be denied.

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Video of crashed UFO in Russia leaks from secret KGB files by Pravda.
"At first everyone believed that those debris were part of some novelty aircraft manufactured in the United States or England," said Pavel Klimchenkov a former KGB Operative, "but having done some measurements & material analysis, we came to the conclusion that none of the domestic or foreign manufacturers known to us could have produced this apparatus, at least not in the conditions existing on this planet."

The Great Alien Debate: Part V in a VII part series:
Debating Life’s Boundaries by Astrobiology Magazine.
I’m going to try to get a discussion going on what is “life as we know it.” Can we put any boundaries around this? We’ve had suggestions all the way from lunar rovers and the sun to different solvents, to even the idea that we don’t know enough biology to even pose the question, “What is life?” So who would like to take the first stab at that?


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Category: News & Stories |


Friday, 22. December 2006
Light A Candle - Zünd eine Kerze an

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It's a marvelous idea!

Light A Candle
(English version)
Now: 11,143 candles from 133 countries are shining.

Was für eine wunderbare Idee!

Zünd eine Kerze an
(German version)
Zur Zeit brennen 11'143 Kerzen aus 133 Ländern.

Category: Poetry & Inspirations |


The Table of Gods

Sure you know that Seth is the god of chaos, thunder, the desert and infertility in Egypt. Or Phoebe, she is associated as moon-goddess in Greek.

But did you know that

• Khovaki is the creator of the world in Siberia

• Morongo is the goddess of the evening star, love and sexuality in Zimbabwe

• Mu King is the god of fire in China

• Uairebhuidhe is the bird goddess in Ireland

• Tsilah is the goddess of fortune and beauty in Haiti

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The Table of Gods - Currently serving 4862 gods, goddesses, deities, avatars, incarnations, angels, demons and various spirits, and 520 aliases, mispronunciations and generally confusing name variations.
Category: Gods & Goddesses |


History of Religion

Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds? Ready, Set, Go!



Of course it's all more complicated than that. But not bad for 90 seconds ...
Category: Religion & Early Cultures |


Thursday, 21. December 2006
Winter Solstice

In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth's equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer.

In 2006 at precisely December 22, 00:22 GTM (December 21, 7:22 P.M. EST) winter begins in the Northern Hemisphere and summer begins in the Southern Hemisphere.

Aborigines, Astroarchaeologists, Atheists, Celts, Druids, Native Americans, Pagans, Shamans, Wiccans, Witches, and others, will be celebrating the world's oldest holiday.

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Winter Solstice Sun by EPOD

Some web sites featuring good information on the Winter Solstice:

Long before the dawn of any of the modern Judeo-Christian-Islamic faiths, rituals followed a more simplistic path. Guided by the natural cycle of birth-life-death-and-renewal, the ancients marked their seasons by celebrating each phase of the wheel of life. Both male and female principals, God and Goddess, were honored. Each was given honor as the sun and moon entwined in their cosmic dance.

All about Solstice and Equinox by morefocus. Direct link to Celebrating the Winter Solstice.

Ancient Origins: Solstice
Teresa Ruano and friends describe ancient solstice architectures, a family fertility ritual, and solstice celebrations of many cultures.

Winter Solstice & Yule Rituals
Don't miss Lisa Hutchins' essay describing the origins, traditions and spirituality of the solstice.

Celebrating the Seasons: Winter Solstice
Lore and Rituals by Selena Fox.

Yule Songs from Pagan Digest
A collection of fun rewordings of well-known carols, hymns and songs.

Dates and Times of Equinoxes and Solstices
To calculate the date and approximate time of the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and of the summer and winter solstices you can use the online calculator.

Elsewhere: Earth's Seasons Equinoxes, Solstices, Perihelion, and Aphelion 1992-2020

And last but not least: Stonehenge Summer and Winter Solstice Pictures


Blessed Winter Solstice to all!
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Magick & Witchcraft | Time & Calendar |


Wednesday, 20. December 2006
Carl Sagan

It has been ten years since Carl Sagan passed away; it's been twenty six years since 'Cosmos' was first broadcast.

Today, a handful of Hubble Space Telescope images are starting to equal some of the most amazing views provided by Dr. Sagan's "Spaceship of the Imagination". This video examines one of those views, looking at a photo released by NASA in January of 2006...

This video is a message of remembrance, as well as a tribute to all who give their all to ensure our view of the Cosmos continues to improve with each generation.


'Vision' - A Tribute to Carl Sagan



"We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself." -- Carl Sagan


You have arrived at the gateway to the Carl Sagan sites. Our mission is to awaken the broadest possible public to the wonders of nature as revealed by science.

The Carl Sagan Portal
Official page with articles, including the Baloney Detection Kit.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | People & Organisations |


Nazca: Linien und Geoglyphen - Nazca: Lines and Geoglyphs

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Sie sind eines der größten Rätsel der Erde - die weltbekannten Bodenzeichnungen in der Wüste im Süden Perus. Die Dresdnerin Maria Reiche versuchte in 40-jähriger Forschungsarbeit das Geheimnis um die Entstehung und Bedeutung der Geoglyphen zu lüften. Ihre Theorie, dass es sich um eine riesige astronomische Kalenderanlage handelt, ist bis heute nicht bewiesen.


Verein Dr. Maria Reiche - Linien und Figuren der Nazca-Kultur in Peru
(German version)

They are one of the greatest mysteries of the world – the famous soil drawings in the south of Peru. The Dresden-born scientist Maria Reiche tried to disclose the secret around the creation and meaning of the geoglyphs. Her theory, which says that it is a huge astronomical calendar installation, isn’t proved until today.

Association Dr. Maria Reiche - The Lines and Geoglyphs at the Pampa of Nazca/Peru (English version)

Über zum Teil zehn Kilometer erstrecken sich die Linien und Figuren, die aber nur aus der Luft als solche zu erkennen sind. Sie "überspringen" ausgetrocknete Flussbetten, steigen Berge empor und setzen sich auf der anderen Seite wieder fort. Hinter der scheinbar chaotischen Anordnung im Geröllboden scheint aber durchaus ein System zu stecken, das ein geordnetes Netz ergibt.

Ein sehr guter Artikel von Geoscience: Geheimnisvolle Bodenbilder in der Pampa - Die Nazca-Linien. (German)

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Die Erdzeichen von Peru - Zeugnisse einer prähistorischen Luftfahrt?
Eine Hypothese von August Steimann, Würzburg. (German version)
The soil drawings in Peru - evidence for a prehistoric aviation?
A hypothesis by August Steimann, Würzburg. (English version)

1,300 kilometres of lines, 300 geometric figures and about 50 biomorphic drawings are etched onto the Peruvian desert ... Runway for alien spaceships? That's just one of the fanciful theories on the purpose of the Nazca lines ...

Nazca Lines by Discovery Channel. (English)

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Beim Anblick der Geoglyphen stellen sich folgende Fragen: Wie wurden sie hergestellt? Wer hat sie gemacht? Warum wurden sie in der pampa angelegt?

Geoglyphen vom Schülermuseum smart-art (German version)


Looking at the geoglyphs of the Nasca the following questions are posed: How where they produced? Who made them? Why were they laid down in the pampa?

Geoglyphen by the Schülermuseum smart-art (English version)

Photogrammetric Reconstruction of the Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa by M. Sauerbier, ETH Zurich (English)


Signale im Sand - 3D-Erfassung und Visualisierung der “Geoglyphen von Nasca” von A. Grün, S. Beutner, S. Bär, Institut für Geodäsie und Photogrammetrie ETH Zürich (PDF - German)

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Category: Buildings & Places | Mysteries & Enigmas |


Matisyahu

He's an Orthodox Jew and also a reggae singer. If some of his songs sound like prayers, you're not far off. Yep, Matisyahu exploring his spirituality through reggae. Very special.

Matisyahu Official Website #1

Matisyahu Official Website #2

Downloadable live shows from the Internet Archive

Downloadable live shows from etree

Absolutely great and inspiring!

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Matisyahu - Jerusalem (3:10)



Matisyahu - King Without Crown (3:44)



Matisyahu - Rastaman Chant - Live in Paris (5:10)

Category: Music & Voices |


Tuesday, 19. December 2006
Astrotheme: Astrology and Famous People

Access to 31891 Celebrities with Pics and Interactive Map of the Heavens.

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Dalai Lama XIV
Born July 6, 1935 at 4:38 AM
in Tengster Village (Tibet)


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Jodie Foster
Born November 19, 1962 at 8:14 AM
in Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Famous people are already recorded, with pics (you need to subscribe in order to view the pics, it is free) and daily additions of famous people. Around 14.000 birth hours are known for these famous people.

Astrotheme is the world biggest site for astrology and famous people with interactive birth charts, pics, - texts in french - [soon with many thousands texts in english]. Eleven criteria with dominant planets, signs, elements, with statistical and graphic tools are available.

Play around with Celebrities offer another Way to access to 31891 Personalities!


• Celestar: Celebrities and
You!
• Directory: 31891 Celebrities
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Astrotheme - a new way to deal with Astrology!

Creating an account is free and well worth - a gorgeous site!



I tried the free astrological affinity application "The Famous Celestar" estimate my compatibility with Bruce Willis. This is the Synastry Chart for Bruce and me - Bruce in the outter circle, me in the inner circle.

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Your 5 compatibility ratings:

Human rating: 9.8 / 20
Emotional rating: 10.2 / 20
Physical rating: 11.0 / 20
Communication rating: 8.3 / 20
Durability rating: 9.2 / 20


OH MY GOD! *gggg*
Category: Astrology & Astronomy |


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