Wednesday, 31. January 2007
Relax With Some New Age Music Videos

... when there's time to relax ...


Relaxing Sunset (05:02)

Nature Knows (10:43)

Music: Nature Knows by Paul Cummins and the Lion Dogs

Koya Moments (06:44)

Music by Philip Glass Violin Concerto.
Cinematography by Ewen Meldrum, a tribute to Ron Fricke (Koyaanisqatsi).

A Journey Thru My Mind's Eye (05:38)

Category: Music & Voices | Poetry & Inspirations |

February 1: Imbolc

Imbolc is one of the four principal festivals of the Irish calendar. Originally dedicated to the goddess Brighid, in the Christian period it was adopted as St Brigid's Day. In Scotland the festival is also known as Latha Fhèill Brìghde, in Ireland as Lá Fhéile Bríde, and in Wales as Gwyl Ffraed. Find out more here:

Originally, her festival on February 1 was known as Imbolc or Oimelc, two names which refer to the lactation of the ewes, the flow of milk that heralds the return of the life-giving forces of spring. Later, the Catholic Church replaced this festival with Candlemas Day on February 2, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and features candlelight processions. The powerful figure of Brigid the Light-Bringer overlights both pagan and Christian celebrations.

This season belongs to Brigid by Mara Freeman.

The divinity acknowledged in these early Spring rites is the goddess Brigid, the queen of heaven. She is the greatest of the Celtic divinities and is closely associated with the land. She is the protector of the wells and springs. She is the guardian of nature, and therefore agriculture. She is specifically associated with livestock. As a fertility goddess, Brigid is also the patron of the poets, artists, and others who create. Hence, her name is invoked at childbirth.

When Brigid slipped into the world, a tower of flame rose from the top of her head to the heavens. Her fire aspect means she is the goddess of the hearth, and the forge. She is the guardian of those who worked with metal. By extension, she is the goddess of the machine. If we have difficulties with our cars or computers, our pleas for divine intercession might be properly addressed to Brigid.

A Day for the Queen of Heaven by Jonathan Young.

In the Highlands of Scotland, the married women of the house created a Brigid figure from a sheaf of grain and decorated it with ribbons, flowers, or other objects. With rushes and grain, they made a sort of bed next to the hearth. After ritually inviting Brigid to fill this bed, the women placed the figurine.


Beside it, they put a straight, peeled stick of birch or similar wood to serve as "Brigid’s wand," a symbol of sovereignty or perhaps a phallic symbol. Then they carefully smoothed the ashes of the hearth. The next morning, the women examined the hearth for signs of Brigid’s favor: the imprint of a foot or the wand. If there were no such marks, the family assumed that Brigid had been offended.

Imbolc by Francine Nicholson.


In her monumental The Festival of Lughnasa, MŸire Mac Neill writes:

Fuller understanding of the old goddess's part in the harvest festival must wait on studies, still to be made, of the local legends of the myth of the mythological old woman known as the Cailleach Bhara, and also of the cults of St Brigid and St Ann . . . Brigid must have been closely connected at least two important Lughnasa sites were dedicated to her, and she is named at several others. Still she hardly appears in the festival legends. She has only a passive part in the Lughnasa complex

The Festival of Brigit the Holy Woman (Oiche Fhéile Bríde agus Lá Lnasa) by The School of Celtic Studies. (PDF, 30 pages)

Category: Gods & Goddesses | Myths & Sagas | Time & Calendar |

Tuesday, 30. January 2007
Renaissance Astrological Magic



Talisman comes from the Greek telesma meaning consecrated or sacred object. Amulet comes from the Latin amuletum and refers more narrowly to objects with an apotropaic or protective function. The key to astrological talismans and amulets is the timing of their creation which is determined by electional astrology. Unless talismans are created at an astrologically auspicious time as well as being ritually consecrated they are nothing more than jewelry with astrological designs, lacking any magical or spiritual charge.
Talismans represent the logical extension of a spiritual world view and have been a part of Western culture for thousands of years. Renaissance Magi like Marsilio Ficino and Cornelius Agrippa saw the entire Cosmos as one great, interconnected Being, a system based on intricate harmony, sympathy and correspondence, both spiritual and material. Astrology, Alchemy and Magic were seen as the preparatory studies for Hermetic Gnosis, a practical way of experiencing the unity of the Cosmos.

Astrological Talismans & Amulets

The word planet comes from the Greek, planetos, or wanderer. This name comes from the fact that the planets move independently of each other and their movement is from West to East, opposite to the rotation of the fixed stars. The seven traditional planets are Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon.
For Renaissance philosophers and astrologers the planets were a key part of the Celestial World, itself the essential link between the Divine World of Angels and Intelligences and the Material World. The pages provided for each of the planets come from William Lilly's Christian Astrology published in 1642.


Each of the planets rules a myriad of things here in the Material World. Lilly states, for example, that Saturn rules old men, brick makers, the spleen, hemp, crows and lead.

The Planets in Renaissance Astrology



For the Renaissance philosopher magic was a spiritual science which, like the Cosmos itself, was arranged in a triple hierarchy: material, celestial and divine.

Natural magic is reliant on the elements and occult properties of material things and required a knowledge of natural philosophy. Celestial magic relies on the spiritual connections and causality imposed by the Zodiacal powers and required a knowledge of mathematics (for calculation) and astrology.

Divine magic, says Agrippa, requires a knowledge of theology, for without this knowledge one, "...cannot understand the rationality of magic." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk.I, Chap. 2 (Tyson ed.) page 6. As the divine and ideal world was the basis of the existence and form of the Universe, so knowledge of the spiritual is the basis of magic.

Celestial magic or magical astrology thus concerns itself with the middle world, that of the Zodiacal powers, which are a universal archetype of Reality and control the generation and corruption of all things in the material realm.

The examples above and much more you find here:
Renaissance Astrology
by Christopher Warnock.

Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Magick & Witchcraft |

Monday, 29. January 2007
Celtic Art & Illumination

Leoní rga de Lugh
(The Golden Lions of Lugh)

These big cats are made in sunny golds and russet reds, with blue accents to represent the sun in the heavens. The wheel or circular disk symbol has been used by many of the ancient races, including the Celts, to represent the sun, and lions are often used to represent nobility or divinity. So in this painting we have the lions of the sun god Lugh, who appears in many Celtic myths and legends.


Dragon Fire

In the four corners are placed the emblems of a needle and thread, a Celtic cross, crossed swords, and dramatic masks, flanked by what are commonly called 'Trinity knots' (the 3 lobed knots in the corners beside the emblems). He's a very noble dragon, fierce and strong, with colors of flaming reds and golds in the details of the spiral scales in his body and the knotwork in his wings.



Celtic Art & Illumination
by Cari Buziak

Featuring the artistic works, over 850 FREE Celtic clip art designs, Celtic cross stitch patterns, learn Celtic art history and styles and learn how to create a basic celtic knot!

Very well done!

Category: Art & Visions |

News & Stories


How the Moon rules your life by The Independent.
For eons, folklore has blamed the Moon for everything from lunacy to bad luck. And, for the last few centuries, scientists have scoffed. Now, according to new research they're not so sure. The Moon may not be made of cheese, but it seems to influence a lot more down on Earth than we previously thought. According to new research, the Moon affects not only the tides of the oceans but also people, producing a range of symptoms from flare-ups of gout to bladder problems.

The Universe As Magic Roundabout: Part II by Science A Gogo.
If he's correct, then we live in a universe where there is no past or present, and one that is deterministic, even if it is impossible for us to recognize it as such. But there are a number of pressing questions in regard to Lynds' model. How does it fit in with current research that claims that the universe will expand forever? Does Lynds' model imply that the universe somehow "knows" to play events over and over? And will we all have to relive our lives backward?

Mathematics in Ancient Egypt by Al-Ahram Weekly.
Yet, looking at the Egyptians' stunning monuments, as well as a civilisation that spanned three millennia, one might expect to find a similar element of grandeur in their sciences -- especially in mathematics and astronomy. How did they configure the manpower and materials needed to build more than 90 pyramids? It is obvious that to calculate the vast amount of computations they needed, the ancient Egyptians reached a fairly advanced mathematical knowledge.


Iran prepares people for ‘messiah miracles’
by WorldNetDaily.
Official Iranian radio has completed broadcasting a lengthy series on the imminent appearance of a messianic figure who will defeat Islam's enemies and impose Islamic Shiite rule over the entire world – even speculating on specific dates the so-called "Mahdi" will be revealed. "Be joyous my heart, miracles of the Messiah will soon be here," reads a poem used to conclude the first broadcast. "The scent of breaths of the One we know comes from near. Grieve not of sorrow and melancholy, as assured I was … last night that a Savior will come, it's clear."

Crime and the paranormal Part 1 & Part 2 by Pravda.
It is an open secret in South East Asia, that the Thais and the Javanese (from the island of Java in Indonesia) were the masters in this form of magic. Being so close to Thailand, my new housemate knew about the methods employed by thieves using paranormal means to rob, and more importantly how to neutralise their powers.

Ancient Kabbalah is called technology for the soul by NCTimes.

If a religion could be called hip, this one is it. And yet its roots go back thousands of years.
So what is Kabbalah? Yosef Shvili, an instructor at the Kabbalah Centre of San Diego, uses this analogy: Eleven talented athletes with all the best equipment go out on a field to play baseball, but with no directions as to how to play. Frustration, chaos, fighting and quitting would result. "Kabbalah is like the rules of the game," he says.


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Hacker uncovers UFO evidence by The Canadian.
The search for proof of the existence of UFOs landed Gary McKinnon in a world of trouble. After allegedly hacking into NASA websites -- where he says he found images of what looked like extraterrestrial spaceships -- the 40-year-old Briton faces extradition to the United States from his North London home. If convicted, McKinnon could receive a 70-year prison term and up to $2 million in fines. "I knew that governments suppressed antigravity, UFO-related technologies, free energy or what they call zero-point energy. This should not be kept hidden from the public when pensioners can't pay their fuel bills", says McKinnon.

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Sunday, 28. January 2007
Evidence: The Case for NASA UFOs

This is not just a collection of "flying saucers" caught on tape like so many other films. It's a thorough scientific investigation into the Unidentified Flying Object phenomenon that was broadcast live by NASA. If there is a thriller movie for the intellect, I would say this is it.

In part 1 David Sereda presents the footage with commentary based on correspondences he conducted with top NASA scientists about the possible nature of the objects seen in the film. It shows footage that was coincidently filmed by the cameras that were fixed on the Space Shuttle from several missions during the 1990's so the footage is authentic and difficult to dismiss as fake especially after David Sereda breaks down what makes the footage mind-blowing.

From Earth we see meteorites streak across the sky as they burn up in our atmosphere. But from a vantage point 300 miles above the Earth, what would cause objects to luminously streak across the field of view above the atmosphere? Or, more importantly, streak outward away from the atmosphere? And so Sereda's starting point is simple: How do objects flying outside of the Earth's atmosphere, in the void of space, appear as radiant objects unless they are self-luminescent.

Part 1 - runtime 90 minutes.

In part 2, Sereda outlines his radical hypothesis as to the nature of these pulsing disc shaped objects. These objects appear, as Sereda explains, to have a mini-black hole at their centers which generate electromagnetic gravity waves that propel them at FTL (faster than light) speeds. Sereda's discussion of quantum mechanics, the physics of black hole gravity and light distortion, and the nature of the electromagnetic spectrum (for starters), sounds revolutionary. It certainly seems like the first credible hypothesis to explain the nature of FTL and presents the most convincing case for the existence of UFOs.

Part 2 - runtime 90 minutes.

If these images are, in fact, UFOs, then the space around our planet is absolutely rife with pulsing discs, swarming luminous spheres and incredibly fast luminescent objects (and pairs of objects) that flash by in a split second.

Evidence might have you nervously looking up at the night sky for weeks ...

Official website Evidence: The Case for NASA UFOs
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Movies & TV | Ufo's & Aliens |

Friday, 26. January 2007
The Great Illusion


The search for the answers to life and its laws,
is rooted in everything, since effects have their cause.
It's as easy as saying when words hit a wall,
they come back at the speaker like a red rubber ball.

You can't hide any garbage, or mess up in this dream...
all your actions are viewed from beyond the mainstream.
The ancients all looked for that place ~ Shangri-La,
and reflected in the knowledge of what is known as Karma.

You can study the ancients for all that's concealed,
or you can look toward intentions to have all be revealed.
It's as simple as saying that your thoughts are alive,
they create actions & reactions unseen to the eyes.

It's difficult understanding that life's a charade,
or that fears create reality ...if you're slightly afraid.
A guru can teach you the path that's unsaid,
these words try to show you that it's inside your head.

You have been invited here to experience another reality.
The reality of thoughts, words and surreal images that are hidden from you ... within your own mind.

The Great Illusion - 36 parts of metaphysical concepts & visionary art presented in a profound sequence. Written & designed by Victor Kahn, with paintings by Jim Warren.


Category: Art & Visions | Poetry & Inspirations |

Thursday, 25. January 2007
Yogananda: How to Sleep Correctly & Wedding Ceremony

This extraordinary film was taken during Paramahansa Yogananda's 1936 stopover in England. It includes a brief talk by Yogananda on the proper way to sleep and concludes with the great yoga master going into superconsciouness. (02:23)

This rare film excerpt shows Paramahansa Yogananda performing a 1931 wedding ceremony in Los Angeles. This film also shows the Master chanting. (09:40)

Related entry: Paramahansa Yogananda / Swami Kriyananda
Category: Movies & TV | People & Organisations | Yoga & Fitness |

52 Proven Stress Reducers

1. Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.

2. Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table. Make lunches. Put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.

3. Don't rely on your memory. Write down appointment times, when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc. ("The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory."- Old Chinese Proverb)

4. Do nothing you have to lie about later.

5. Make copies of all keys. Bury a house key in a secret spot in the garden. Carry a duplicate car key in your wallet, apart from your key ring.


6. Practice preventive maintenance. Your car, appliances, home and relationships will be less likely to break down "at the worst possible moment."

7. Be prepared to wait. A paperback book can make a wait in a post office line almost pleasant.

8. Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do today; whatever you want to do today, do it now.

9. Plan ahead. Don't let the gas tank get below onequarter full, keep a well- stocked "emergency shelf'' of home staples, don't wait until you're down to your last bus token or postage stamp to buy more, etc.

10. Don't put up with something that doesn't work right. If your alarm clock wallet, shoe laces, windshield wipers-whatever-are a constant aggravation, get them fixed or get new ones.

11. Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get to appointments. Plan to arrive at an airport one hour before domestic departures.

12. Eliminate (or restrict) the amount of caffeine in your diet.

13. Always set up contingency plans, "just in case." ("If for some reason either of us is delayed, here's what we'll do..." Or, "If we get split up in the shopping center, here's where we'll meet.")

14. Relax your standards. The world will not end if the grass doesn't get mowed this weekend.

15. Pollyanna-Power! For every one thing that goes wrong, there are probably 10 or 50 or 100 blessings. Count 'em!

16. Ask questions. Taking a few moments to repeat back the directions that someone expects of you, etc., can save hours. (The old "the hurrieder I go, the behinder I get" idea.)

17. Say "No!" Saying no to extra projects, social activities and invitations you know you don't have the time or energy for takes practice, self-respect and a belief that everyone, everyday, needs quiet time to relax and to be alone.

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Category: Body & Health | Meditation & Mind |

The Art by Helena Nelson Reed


Archetype and myth are the human experience and universal truths of the collective subconscious. Like ancient tales, many of my paintings are inspired by actual events, personal experiences, or those of individuals I've known.

Others illustrate archetypal imagery and beings. I love that beauty exists for no reason at all, and so yes, some images I've created sheerly for this reason - joy and to delight the eye.

Myth is a collection of possibilities for navigating life's maze and moving past personal paradigms. Sooner or later we all participate in someone else's myth, and they in ours.

Fairies, tricksters, wise fools; in such guises we travel to strange places, encounter shape shifters and magical beings. Goddess energy manifests as a coiled spiral of power and force to be reckoned with; flexible, fluid, and resilient, and this concept appears in my art via archetype.


The Art by Helena Nelson Reed
Category: Art & Visions |

Wednesday, 24. January 2007
The Life Of Buddha

Over 2,500 years ago, one man showed the world another way to enlightenment.
This film describes the life of Siddharta Gautama, the process by which he arrived at the fundamentals of Buddhism, the archeological findings confirming the traditional account of his life and gives a glimpse of Buddhism today.
Included materials by the world’s leading Buddhist scholars and spiritual teachers.

A comprehensive BBC documentary, runtime 50 minutes.

See also: Buddhism by BBC.

German version:

Auf der Suche nach sich selbst verließ der junge Adlige Siddhartha Gautama mit 29 Jahren seine Heimat Nepal und zog in die Welt. Als Wanderasket suchte er mehrere Lehrer auf, die er nach dem Sinn des Lebens fragte. Schließlich erkannte Buddha, wie er sich selbst später nannte, die Erlösung als Ziel des irdischen Leidens. Aus seiner Philosophie wurde eine Weltreligion: der Buddhismus. Mit dem Leben des Buddha und seinen Ideen befasst sich diese BBC-Dokumentation.

Der Weg des Buddha - Länge: 50 Minuten:

Category: Movies & TV | Religion & Early Cultures |

Tuesday, 23. January 2007
Numerology Explained

Most of the numerologist are using only Pythagorean numerology that is popular especially in the west. But my experience with Indian Numerology in India - the spiritual center of the world - has resulted in using both numerology systems. The systems are totally different, they use totally different numerology vibrations, different numerology calculation methods. And I wonder which system is better, the new one called Pythagorean Numerology or the old one Chaldean Numerology, that is more spiritual.

There is the Universal Consciousness also known as Chaitanya that is often mentioned in Numerology.


This Chaitanya means tremendous Energy which pervades the universe. We cannot see this force but can feel its existence. If by any technique we can tune up our mind force with this Cosmic Energy or the Chaitanya, we can absorb some of this Cosmic Energy and enjoy its existence around us. There are people who are gifted or have developed certain powers such as telepathy, clairvoyance, etc. because they have the capacity to absorb this Cosmic Energy to some extent.

Numerology Explained: Professional Numerology by Johny Cusante.
Highly recommended. Very well done!
Category: Numerology & Kabbalah |

Are We Alone Out There?

The question about whether life exists on other worlds has intrigued mankind for centuries. The continuing success of science fiction, and the more serious excitement raised by the recent space probes to Mars and Saturn, illustrates the public interest in the subject. The first place to start looking for inhabited worlds is clearly our own solar system. The inevitable question has been frequently posed: do they support life? Serious scientific research is therefore currently focused on looking for simple life forms or evidence of extinct life.

Show your opinion by voting and posting/reading comments:
Are We Alone Out There?


Category: Ufo's & Aliens |

Monday, 22. January 2007
Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou


Vodou is the Creole religion. Like the Haitian people, Vodou spirits came from Africa, and they have been profoundly affected by slavery and hard won freedom. To honor and serve these spirits, Haitians create ceremonial art based on African models and influenced by Catholic, Masonic and other spiritual traditions. The sacred arts of Vodou are the outstanding achievement of a great people and their incomparable gift to the world.

However, Vodou is more than a religion—it is a way of life which has inspired Haitian artists in many different media. After the Second World War, the work of Haitian artists came to the attention of foreign dealers and collectors who spoke of a "Haitian Renaissance".

Haitian Vodouists revere a supreme God (Bondye) and a world of powerful spirits, called the Lwa, who link the human with the divine. There are hundreds of lwa in the Vodou religion, and each has its own personality, strengths, weaknesses, and favorite objects.

E.g. Bosou, the three-horned bull, is something like a spiritual 'body guard,' often invoked for protection. He has Rada and Petwo sides but is


most often seen in his Petwo aspect where he connects closely with Kongo spirits of the crossroads and the grave.


Altars are arranged to honor and invoke the lwa. They may be located in temple sanctuaries or in private bedrooms. Wherever they are found, they mark a sacred space where the natural and supernatural worlds meet. On the altars, worshipers assemble images of the lwa, together with offerings-jewelry, mirrors, liquor, perfume, cigarettes, sunglasses-known to please divine tastes.

In return, the lwa are expected to answer prayers for health, love or good fortune.

Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou by the American Museum of Natural History.

Related entry: Voodoo - Vodou - Vodun
Category: Art & Visions | Ethno & Shamanism |

News & Stories


Esalen Institute: still mystical after all these years by ContraCostaTimes.
The Esalen Institute on California's rugged Big Sur coast first entered my consciousness as a teenager in the psychedelic '60s. There it flitted for 30-odd years, an enigmatic place cloaked in "alternative" jargon, secretive smiles and suggestions I couldn't quite process. What I heard about Esalen was vague and esoteric, not easily articulated. Over the years, the people I met who'd actually been here -- taken a workshop, soaked in the famous mineral baths -- talked about it with a kind of dreamy reverence that piqued my curiosity even more.

Millions of Hindus take holy bath by BBC. WITH VIDEO.
Thousands of Hindu holy men began the plunge near the town of Allahabad at dawn. Crowds were bathing until late into the night. It is thought to be the largest gathering of humanity on the planet. Pilgrims believe that bathing at the confluence of three of Hinduism's holiest rivers washes away their sins. The mass bathing is taking place at Sangam, where the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers meet. The new moon night, or Mauni Amavasya, is celebrated on Friday, making it the most auspicious day in the six-week-long festival.


The Universe As Magic Roundabout by Science a GoGo.
Ever feel like you've been there, done that, and that the life you're living seems strangely familiar? Maybe a psychic has told you that you were once a great king or queen, or, at the very least, their eunuch. Perhaps a neurologist has told you that the déjà vu that you're experiencing is just a trick of the mind. But while these explanations may appeal to either the spiritually or scientifically inclined, physicist Peter Lynds argues that there may be a much grander account that explains the repetitiveness of life: a cyclic universe.

Stepping up the search for ET by The Paramus Post.
"I remember just looking and thinking that up there, somewhere around one of those stars, there's another little girl walking on the beach with her dad," Tarter said. How could there not be, when the stars in the sky are as common as the grains of sand beneath her feet? Tarter is now director of research for SETI - the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Based in Mountain View in Northern California, SETI is made up of 135 scientists and support staff who have committed their professional lives to searching for signals from extraterrestrials.

Death's rich tapestry by The Age.
Many of us have a general knowledge of Egyptian burial habits. Maybe it's because their corpses in embalmed form are called mummies that children from an early age are fascinated by the process. We know their organs were removed and kept in jars, and that the body was wrapped in bands of linen and then placed in a sarcophagus, usually of several layers, and embellished with images and designs. Often fabulous treasure was involved. The embalming and the storing of organs in jars is because the dead person will need them. To get safely through to eternity you need a body, a name, a soul and a life force; the absence of any of these is a disaster.


What is a Jewish Myth? by The Llewellyn Journal.
Truth is however, that Judaism has always had its own complex, compelling mythos, starting with the Bible and extending up to today. Most Jewish myths, such as are found in the Midrash, are “spiritual” myths that incorporate divine things and supernatural times and events, but Jews also have secular myths; some of the best modern example revolves around the founding of the state of Israel. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Jewish or not, what precisely is a “myth?”

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