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Wednesday, 31. October 2007
Samhain, Halloween, Diwali, Tihar and Day of the Dead
Year of Ritual: Calendar of Seasons
Tuesday, 30. October 2007
Ghostvillage: Halloween/Samhain 2007 - Special Broadcast
Tune in to this page on October 31st at 5:00 PM (eastern time) for the live, three-continent broadcast!
This is guaranteed to be a night of extraordinary intrigue as they take you on a journey into the realm of the unknown, the unexplained, and the unbelievable on three continents!
Halloween/Samhain 2007 - Special Broadcast by Ghostvillage Radio.
You may also like to listen other paranormal radio shows from the archive.
Ghostvillage is dedicated to providing ghost research, evidence, and discussion from around the world. We welcome and explore all viewpoints, from the skeptical to the religious, and from the scientific to the metaphysical.
Explore Ghostvillage by Jeff Belanger.
News & Stories
Worlds of the living & dead by Sierra Sun.
Yes, shortly it is Halloween (October 31) followed in some cultures by All Saints Day (November 1) and then by the Day of the Dead (November 2). I thought it would be good to repeat a column I wrote in 2005, briefly looking at the origin and meaning of these holidays and see how they have evolved.
The Spiritual New Year by Beliefnet.
Each year, like many of my neighbors here in rural Wisconsin, I set pumpkins on my front doorstep, and take part in small town Halloween events. But for me and thousands of other Wiccans and Pagans, it is Samhain, not Halloween, that is the focus of our celebrations at this time of year. Most people don't know about Samhain, yet it is one of our most important religious holidays, a festival honoring the dead. For many Wiccans and Pagans, it also is our spiritual new year.
Spirits of the West alive in America's ghost towns by LA Times.
Dusty whiskey bottles line warped shelves. Dog-eared hymnals rest in church pews. Framed black-and-white photos, veiled in spider webs, hang on crooked nails. The ghost towns of the American West recall a desperate era. Located on high plains and open deserts, where sand storms and cold winter nights have embalmed any semblance of life, these towns still whisper their legends to anyone willing to drive through and listen.
The Big Questions: What happens after you die? by NewScientist.
What happens after you die? I can name you 47 men who have tried to harness the rational horsepower of science to answer this most floaty question. Some were physicians, some physicists, some psychologists. Two were Nobel prizewinners. One is a sheep rancher. They have tackled it in labs, in hospital operating rooms, in barns behind their houses. Of them, only one, to date, has landed an irrefutable proof - not a suggestive nugget or an inexplicable anomaly, but the sort of answer you could plant your flag into and say, "Victory! Now I know for certain." The man's name was Thomas Lynn Bradford.
Legends about vampires and werewolves still live today by Pravda.
The modern culture is abundant with stories about vampires. Film producers make many movies about vampire hunters every year, lots of books about vampirism and vampires appear regularly. Feeding on blood has become one of the top issues discussed at a variety of forums, especially of Gothic teenagers. What is the official medicinal opinion about vampires today?
A floating Dutchman in DC by Reuters.
Wouter Bijdendijk, a Dutch magician whose stage name is Ramana, wows passers-by by seeming to float in mid-air in front of the White House.
"This is an art," he said. "And in India, they see it also as a science. I hope I make people wonder." "I just wanted to show that reality is not all that you think that it is," Bijdendijk said.
Ramana trained in India at the Academy of Magical Sciences and is known for feats challenging conventional notions about the forces of gravity.
Lindsay Claiborn reports:
Man Levitates Outside White House: More pictures by NBC4.
Researchers suggest Iraq war was centrally motivated from an Extraterrestrial-inspired religion by The Canadian.
Apparently, the original colonizing of Iraq as the cradle of human civilization, (and of other ancient civilizations in the Middle East like Egypt) was done with the assistance of authoritarian-minded "Aryans", as apparent inter-dimensional human looking "beings from the sky". Aryans, were also apparently "beings from the sky" that in turn inspired Adolf Hitler's racist ideology.
And last but not least:
Sex With A Ghost Can Be Quite Spirited by The Naughty American.
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Category: News & Stories |
Monday, 29. October 2007
Mythical creatures that exist only in Asian legends.
Himmapan - The Mythical Creatures of the East by Yongkiat.
Extensive information on the mythical creatures that dwell in Himmapan forest of Asian legends.
Leonardo’s The Last Supper in Detail
Too bad, I can't get to Italy to see this official photographic record of The Last Supper presented in the 'Bramante' Sacristy in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
The online visualisation system of the highest definition photograph ever in the world (16 billion pixels) will in fact let viewers enlarge and observe any portion of the painting, giving them a clear view of sections down to as little as one millimetre square. Just click to zoom, and you can see every fleck.
Leonardo's The Last Supper in Detail
And don't miss the Backstage Video.
Category: Art & Visions |
Sunday, 28. October 2007
Decoding The Past: Prophecies Of Israel
The Tanakh of the Jews is an acronym that identifies the Hebrew Bible, equivalent to the Old Testament to Christians.
Within the 24 books of the Tanakh (or Mikra as it was called during the period of its recording) are astounding predictions of the future. Many of the prophets who wrote or appeared in the scriptures prophesied about the fate of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
Supported by archival footage and dramatic recreations, on-camera experts representing the three major religions, and secular perspectives, the film explores the most significant of these ancient prophecies.
Are the prophecies real? Are they unfolding before our eyes? Who believes, who doesn't, and why?
Duration: 45 minutes.
Saturday, 27. October 2007
The Lost Book of Nostradamus
A mysterious book full of cryptic prophesies has just been found deep in the archives of the National Library in Rome. Evidence suggests that this is the last book of the great French seer, Nostradamus.
This startling find is as startling as the prophesies it contained which surely were blasphemous in its day. Nostradamus escaped the Inquisition only because prophesy and astrology were not considered heretical.
In 1994, Italian journalist Enza Massa was at the Italian National Library in Rome when she stumbled upon an unusual find. It was a manuscript dating to 1629, titled: Nostradamus Vatinicia Code. Michel de Notredame, the author's name, was on the inside in indelible ink. The book contains cryptic and bizarre images along with over eighty watercolor paintings by the master visionary himself. Follow the investigative trail of how the manuscript was found in the archives and exactly how it got there. New insight is given into the life of Nostradamus and his relationship with Pope Urban VIII, who knew about this manuscript and in whose possession it was for many years.
The Lost Book Of Nostradamus will premier this Sunday Oct 28, 2007, 9pm/8c on The History Channel. (Also to see Monday, October 29 01:00 AM and Saturday, November 03 05:00 PM)
Learn more, see videos and play the game below.
Lost Book Of Nostradamus: 2 Min Sneak Pea
Encyclopedia of Buddhism
The nearly 500 entries are alphabetically arranged, signed by their authors, and conclude with see references and supplemental bibliographies. Article length ranges from 50 to 4,000 words. There are illustrations throughout, including three maps on the diffusion of Buddhism in Asia. The set ends with several time lines of Buddhist history and a good index.
Encyclopedia of Buddhism by Robert E. Buswell
MacMillan Reference Books, 2003 | 1000 pages | PDF | 31 MB
Friday, 26. October 2007
Comet Holmes Undergoes Huge Outburs
On Oct. 24, 2007, Comet Holmes shocked sky watchers with a spectacular eruption, brightening almost a million-fold from 17th to 2.5th magnitude in a matter of hours. The comet is now visible to the naked eye - even from light polluted cities - high in the northern sky. Look for a golden 2.5th magnitude fuzzball in the constellation Perseus after sunset.
The golden hue of Holmes' core is probably the color of sunlight scattered by comet dust, while the green fringe likely signifies an atmosphere rich in diatomic carbon and cyanogen (substances found in many green comets). There are reports that the fuzzball is expanding and taking on a lopsided shape - the first signs of a tail? Amateur astronomers are encouraged to monitor developments.
Comet 17P/Holmes Photo Gallery by SpaceWeather.
Comet Holmes, named for its 1892 discoverer, Edwin Holmes, is not your typical comet with a tail, said Tulsa Air and Space Museum planetarium director Chris Pagan. "Originally, the comet was nothing impressive," Pagan said. "It was pretty faint, but suddenly, it became very bright." Such a change is unusual for comets, and could have been caused by a large fracture, a breakup or a collision with an asteroid, Pagan said.
Comet Holmes gets an unexpected glow by Tulsa World.
A comet usually too faint to be seen with the naked eye has brightened by a factor of a million since Tuesday, suggesting its surface may have cracked open and expelled clouds of dust and gas. Astronomers are scrambling to observe the strange object, which is likely to fade in the coming days and weeks.
Comet 17P/Holmes, which orbits the Sun every seven years on a path that takes it from the distance of Jupiter's orbit to about twice that of Earth's, is usually 25,000 times too dim to be seen with the naked eye. But since 23 October, it has brightened by a million times and now resembles a bright yellow star.
Comet brightens mysteriously by a factor of a million by New Scientist Space.
From Florian Boyd, Palm Springs, California: "I think this is about the most amazing thing I've ever seen in the sky!"
Sudden Naked-Eye Comet Shocks the Astronomy World by Sky & Telescope.
Over the past three weeks, Comet Holmes' cloud of haze has spread out to a diameter of 900,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers), which is wider than the diameter of the sun, astronomers at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy noted this week. That's not unprecedented for a comet, but this cloud has such a spherical shape that it's easy to imagine the comet as an insubstantial, ghostly star haunting the constellation Perseus.
And Hubble Zooms In on Heart of Mystery Comet by Hubblesite.
See also: Incredible Comet Bigger than the Sun by Space.com.
A comet that has delighted backyard astronomers in recent weeks after an unexpected eruption has now grown larger than the sun.
The sun remains by far the most massive object in the solar system, with an extended influence of particles that reaches all the planets. But the comparatively tiny Comet Holmes has released so much gas and dust that its extended atmosphere, or coma, is larger than the diameter of the sun.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy |
Nick Dudka: The Buddhist Art of Thangka
White Umbrella Tara
The thangka, or scroll painting, is a special art of Tibetan Buddhism. In ancient India, for instance, there was the Pata, Buddhist portraiture, which was executed on the kasaya (the monk's outer garment) cloth, and the Hans sometimes used silk fabric as material for paintings.
The pictorial subjects of thangkas include portraits of Buddhas, stories from the lives of saints and great masters. Thangkas are usually rectangular in shape, and the square ones are reserved for mandalas. Thangka paintings vary in size, ranging from a little over a few square centimeters to several square meters. A large thangka often takes large team of artists months, even years, to make.
Milarepa (1052-1135) is one of the most famous figures in Tibetan history
Nickolai N. Dudka was born on the 1-st of May, 1962 in Dessau, Germany. He received a European art education at college in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia, Russia, and at the Academy of Art in Kiev, Ukraine. His first exposure to the complex science of Buddhist religioun, philosophy and art occurred in 1986. buryatian Lama Dharmadoddi and abbot Jimba-Jamso were his first spiritual teachers. Later, Nicolai met his main spiritual master Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
At the beginning of the 1990's he began an intensive study of thangka painting with visits to Mongolia, Nepal and India. Following this was a year-long period of work and education at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) in Dharamsala, India under the guidance of Ven. Sangei Yeshe, the personal artist of HH the Dalai Lama. At present, Nicolai works as a teacher of drawing and painting of thangkas in the State Academy of Art in Ulan-Ude and continues to work in his studio. Many of his thangkas are in Buddhist Temples in Buryatia and in museums and private collections of many countries around the world.
Nick Dudka: The Buddhist Art of Thangka
And don't miss his exellent Photogallery!
Namsarai - god of wealth
Thursday, 25. October 2007
Creative visualization is the ability to use the imagination, see images in our minds and make them come true. If we add concentration and feelings, it becomes a great creative power that makes things happen. Used in the right way, visualization can bring changes into our lives. The thought is the matrix or blueprint; the feelings provide the energy, the "electricity".
Sounds weird? Not at all! This is the power of creative visualization.
Some people use this power in an unconscious manner in their everyday affairs. They are not aware that they are using some sort of power. They visualize their goals in a positive way and attain success. All successful people in all fields use it consciously or unconsciously.
Creative Visualization and the Power of Thoughts
How does it work and why? Thought is a power and has its effect on the material world. Thoughts, if powerful enough, travel from one mind to another. If we keep thinking the same thought, people in our environment perceive it and act on it, furthering, usually in an unconscious manner, the materialization of our desires.
When I have to confront some unpleasant situation, I visualize myself handling the matter easily and comfortably. I see the involved people as cooperative and friendly. And you know what? They are pleasant, and they want to help without even being asked. It is so because people are responsive to our thoughts, feelings and behavior and react accordingly.
If you are naturally positive, then the way you approach and handle situations is such that attracts positive results. On the other hand, if you are fearful and negative, then you expect negative results, and behave, look, and talk accordingly. Then you reap troubles.
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The Fairytale Tarot
Using some of the world's most fascinating fairy tales with the symbolic, yet story-like pictures of the Tarot these images illuminate both the tales and the cards. But they do something more; they allow us to create new stories, new meanings, and that is certainly special. -- Rachel Pollack, writer and Tarot scholar
Nine of Cups
The traditional suits have been used in this deck: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins; as well as the traditional court cards: Page, Knight, Queen, and King. The traditional titles are also carried through the Major Arcana. Below is a listing of the Major Arcana, and the fairy tales associated with them. From the book:
The Fool: The Poor Miller's Boy and The Little Cat
The Magician: The Storyteller at Fault
The High Priestess: Libuse
The Empress: Cinderella
The Emperor: The Emperor and the Nightingale
The Hierophant: The Five Wise Words of the Guru
The Lovers: Tatterhood
The Chariot: The Snow Queen
Strength: Beauty and the Beast
The Hermit: Bearskin
The Wheel of Fortune: Fortune and the Wood Cutter
Justice: The Juniper Tree
The Hanged Man: The Shifty Lad
Death: Godfather Death
Temperance: Water and Salt
The Devil: The Red Shoes
The Tower: Deirdre of the Sorrows
The Star: The Fairy of the Dawn
The Moon: The Nixy
The Sun: The Sunchild
Judgement: Snow White
The World: Many Fur
King of Swords
The Fairytale Tarot is drawn from a wide range of fantastic, wise and wonderful magical stories. Favourites such as Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and The Snow Queen are all here, together with stories that you may not know so well.
The Fairytale Tarot by by Alex Ukolov and Karen Mahony
Artwork by Irena Triskova
The Tarot of Prague
The Victorian Flower Oracle
Wednesday, 24. October 2007
Cymatics: Bringing matter to life with sound
Cymatics is the study of wave phenomena. It is typically associated with the physical patterns produced through the interaction of sound waves in a medium.
A simple experiment demonstrating the visualisation of cymatics can be done by sprinkling sand on a metal plate and vibrating the plate, for example by drawing a violin bow along the edge, the sand will then form itself into standing wave patterns such as simple concentric circles. The higher the frequency, the more complex the shapes produced, with certain shapes having similarities to traditional mandala designs.
The term cymatics was coined by the Swiss scientist Hans Jenny, it is derived from the Greek kyma meaning "wave", and ta kymatika meaning "matters pertaining to waves". Jenny was born in Basel, Switzerland. After completing his doctorate, he taught science at the Rudolph Steiner School in Zürich for four years before beginning his medical practice.
In 1967, Jenny published the first volume of Cymatics: The Study of Wave Phenomena. The second volume came out in 1972, the year he died. This book was a written and photographic documentation of the effects of sound vibrations on fluids, powders, and liquid paste. He concluded, "This is not an unregulated chaos; it is a dynamic but ordered pattern".
Further informations with the clips below and Cymatics a study of Wave Phenomena by Hans Jenny.
Part 2 (9:42)
Part 3 (9:02)
Rosslyn Chapel Cymatics Music Video on YouTube
Cymatics Hexagon on North Pole of the planet Saturn by Stuart Mitchel
Hans Jenny: The Structure and Dynamics of Waves and Vibrations by World Mysteries
15 Famous Freaky Ghost Pictures
Picture above: Rev. Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from White Rock, British Columbia, took this now-famous photograph in 1966. He intended merely to photograph the elegant spiral staircase in the Queen's House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Upon development, however, the photo revealed a shrouded figure climbing the stairs, seeming to hold the railing with both hands. Experts, including some from Kodak, who examined the original negative concluded that it had not been tampered with. It's been said that unexplained figures have been seen on occasion in the vicinity of the staircase, and unexplained footsteps have also been heard.
Picture above: Visiting the grave of her mother in 1959, Mrs. Mabel Chinnery took a photo of her husband waiting alone in the car. When the film was developed, the two were so surprised to see the figure in the backseat was her mother.
See more: 15 Famous Freaky Ghost Pictures by KNBC.
See also: Top 10 Haunted Places In Chicago by KNBC.
Category: Ghosts & Spirits |
Tuesday, 23. October 2007
Drachenkosmos & The Dragon Bestiary