Sunday, 23. March 2008
After six years of unprecedented research, host Simcha Jacobovici and a team of renowned archeologists, Egyptologists, geologists, and theologians shed revelatory new light on the Exodus and the era's ruling Egyptian Dynasty. Their new theory pushes events hundreds of years earlier than previously thought, allowing age-old stories to sparkle with new perspectives and startling historical import.
Using elaborate, state-of-the-art CGI, 'Exodus Decoded' offers a stunning virtual account of stories like the birth of Moses, the ten plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea, revealing once and for all the difference between acts of Nature and the hand of God. Executive produced by James Cameron (who appears on camera) and Simcha Jacobovici (who also hosts), the viewer follows Jacobovici to Egypt, Greece and Israel, on an investigative archaeological journey that pieces together a puzzle of tantalizing clues.
Exodus Decoded (2006)
Duration: 93 minutes.
Saturday, 22. March 2008
Draw Your Own Celtic Designs
This is not just an exciting step by step guide to drawing Celtic designs! Starting with an illustrated introduction to the Celts, this book has also some wonderful photographs of carvings, illustrated manuscripts, etc., and fascinating text by David James of the history of the Celts and their art.
The following chapters examine each of the main Celtic patterns in turn: knots, spirals, key patterns, animals and beasts, and Celtic lettering.
Each chapter opens with a large colour illustration to inspire readers in ways of incorporating the design into their own work. This is followed by a short introduction to the range of patterns that fall into this design category, along with photos of Celtic artefacts.
The rest of the chapter consists of 16 design pages, each containing a specially commissioned step-by-step artwork for readers to follow.
Beautiful to look at, and exquisitely executed in themselves, each artwork has been carefully constructed so that readers can follow its build up from start to finish with no possibility of error. The chapter on Celtic lettering contains a specially commissioned double-page artwork of the Celtic alphabet for readers to copy, and is followed by instructions on how to embellish each of the letter forms in Celtic styles.
Draw Your Own Celtic Designs
by David James and Vitor Gonzalez.
David & Charles Publishers, 2003 | 128 pages | PDF | 19 MB
Related Entry: The Celts
Friday, 21. March 2008
Enjoy this short Easter Meditation
with beautiful artwork by Dr. He Qi
paired with a Melchite chant for the passion sung in Arabic.
Stations of the Cross
|These stations, crafted from 4-inch squares of copper, were made by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (in Orange , Calif.) in the early 1960s.|
They are still beautiful and have a character of their own.
Set of copper plate stations:
Link 1 - a picture tour.
Link 2 - plates with text.
These stations were painted by artists from Turkana, Kenya around 1995 and are housed in Lodwar Cathedral in Kenya.
The stations reflect the life and environment of the Turkana people. Faces, dress and places are authentically Turkana. Soldiers are Kenyan, not Roman. Pilate wears the traditional dress of a Turkana chief and the cross is a rough piece of a local tree. Lodwar's shops and houses are the background in many of the stations.
Set of stations from Kenya: Through Nomadic Eyes
The Stations of the Cross in the chapel at the University of Central America, a Jesuit college in San Salvador, El Salvador, are especially graphic. They portray in unflinching detail, the torture visited upon Salvadorans by right wing death squads and the U. S. backed government during that country's civil war in the 1980s.
These stations serve as a reminder that many people walk the way of the cross every day, denied justice and dignity as Christ was, by powerful political forces.
Stations of the Cross: El Salvador
And last but not least - two wonderful pictures!
| These Station of the Cross offers present-day peace and justice themes presented through this popular traditional devotion, recognizing that the cross is not personal, but universal and communal.|
This PDF is dedicated to all the victims of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, civilian and military.
Station of the Cross by Rev. Sebastian L. Muccilli (PDF).
The God of peace is never glorified by human violence.
– Thomas Merton
We must love our enemies, not because we fear war but because God loves them.
– Dorothy Day
Click them for a larger view.
Wood Stations of the Cross
Brass & Wood Stations of the Cross
Found @ Discount Catholic Store
Thursday, 20. March 2008
Trying to explain or talking about beings not considered spirits, angels, or human beings is rather difficult. They, however, share something in common, and more. We could give them the generic name of elemental creatures, nature spirits. They all inhabit the Magic World of Fairies.
Is is true that we can communicate with those tiny beings?
In spite of the fact that nature has been devastated by man, and that they were compelled to hide in the jungle or in the woods, many of them live with human beings and are willing to serve them. To communicate with them, we should love everything that surrounds us.
Spirits & Elements overview
|With the moving of populations and the speed of communications, faster connection speeds and high definition screens, we have discovered in the four years since we started our website, that a world wide fairy web of very talented fairy and fantasy artists and illustrators have been proud to collaborate and to work with us on a number of projects. They too have wonderful websites and we share the common interest in showing our passion for art, supporting each other in our quest to show that there is a fairy path.|
The sites owner gallery:
The Fairy Gallery of Myrea Pettit
Check also: How to Draw a Fairy.
Would your children like to colour or trace these images by Myrea of Fairies World?
There are four pages of them:
Black & White Drawings to Colour.
Here is an abundance of interesting information on Fairy Facts, Fairy Folklore, Fairy Names and all things Faery.
Find details easily of authors, poetry, festivals and music, of fairy books based on their work, artists famed worldwide, whose drawings and pictures of Fairies, Gnomes, Goblins, Elves and other little people will enthrall, inform and delight, bringing pleasure to young and old.
Fairies World by Myrea Pettit.
This site will be sponsored by "The International Fruitarian Foundation", a non profit organization, to welcome, support, connect and defend the interests of all fruitarians around the world, to promote the style of life of living on fruit only. You will be able to learn about nutrition, fruit, seeds, fruit trees, and the environment for a better life …
|What is Fruitarianism|
Fruitarianism is a nutrition system and a life style.
The fruitarian diet consists of RAW fruit and seeds ONLY!
Examples of fruits are: Pineapple, mango, banana, avocado, apple, melon, orange, etc., all kinds of berries, and the vegetable fruits such as tomato, cucumber, olives; and dried fruits such as nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, chestnuts, etc.. And seeds including sprouted seeds.
Fruit is a LIVE food ! Fruit, has "the power and magic of life" … Fruit nutrition is a very simple concept … from fruit alone, the human body has evolved to produce everything else it needs to stay energetically alive for more than 100 years …
Wednesday, 19. March 2008
Buddhist Songs in English
|• Universal Wisdom Foundation - 'Science and Buddhism' (1998), an album of Buddhist songs in English by the Universal Wisdom Foundation, Inc. (Phillipines)|
• Wayfarers' - 'Collected Works Vol.1' (1998), Buddhist Devotional songs from the albums of the Wayfarers' Moments of Inspiration & The Sunrise Comes.
• Pass It On, Buddhist childrens' songs (primary level) - with lyrics and karaoke versions.
• Daniel Yeo - 'Man with Love' (2003), album by Daniel Yeo, a Buddhist composer from Singapore.
• Daniel Yeo - 'Come Forth' (2003), here is another collection of Buddhist songs by the Singapore composer.
• Pass It On, Chinese Buddhist Childrens Songs - with lyrics and karaoke versions.
Buddhist Songs in English
I like this one:
And this one:
Reason Behind Your Birth
The Visionary Art by Francene Hart
"Reverence for the natural environment, and experiencing the interconnectedness between all things has long guided me to create watercolor paintings of beauty and spirit. Life's continuing adventure has led me into an exciting exploration into the wisdom and symbolic imagery of Sacred Geometry. These paintings act as a bridge between this reality and a metaphorical world of healing, continuity, and transformation. I use multiple transparent watercolor glazes coupled with image overlapping techniques, and sacred geometry to produce visions of a multi-dimensional reality. It is my intention to create art that embodies the vibration of Universal Love and expresses the joy and gratitude I feel for the honor of being part of this earthwalk."
|This painting is filled with symbols from Sacred Geometry. Its' intention is to celebrate the joining of Love and Power. Actually more than that, it is meant to honor the possibility of creating a new kind of Love and Power, based not on power over, but with power to... power to create a new kind of sharing... power to discover a new paradigm for living... and power to birth into being new possibilities for the coming age of Peace and Enlightenment.|
The Visionary Art by Francene Hart
Tuesday, 18. March 2008
Patanjali, the patron saint of yoga, said that mastery combines a balance of science and art. Knowledge of science is like the colors on an artist’s pallet – the greater the knowledge, the more colors available. The body is the canvas and the asanas are the art we create.
Check out the sample chapter
in pdf format.
Avebury - a Present from the Past
Both of these inner circles are each much larger than the circle of stones at Stonehenge. It has been calculated that the area occupied by the stone circle at Stonehenge would fit into the outer stone circle at Avebury around 130 times.
At the heart of pre-historic Avebury is the henge. Compared with other henges it is massive and though erosion and vandalism have reduced it considerably it still remains an impressive spectacle. Its construction was spread over several centuries beginning about 3000 BC when the Cove and the earliest stage of the Sanctuary were built. It would be another 600 years before the final form was achieved when the avenues were added about 2400 BC. It consists of a circle of land surrounded by a ditch and bank, the bank being outermost. The area covered by the circle is about 28.5 acres and the circumference is approximately 0.8 of a mile.
Around the outside of the circle once stood 98 large sarsen stones some of which weighed as much as 60 tons and perhaps more. Within this large outer ring are the remains of two smaller stone circles one of which originally consisted of 27 stones and was about 320 feet in diameter (northern circle) and the other which was about 340 feet in diameter and consisted of 29 stones (southern circle).
You will come away with a head full of questions and probably a realisation that somewhere over the years modern society has lost something important.
Avebury - a present from the past
|It remains a magical place as so many who have been there will agree. A visit to Avebury is a very personal event. It still seems to retain, somehow, the spirits of all those who laboured in its creation or whatever it was that led them to create it. If you have never been there a visit will not be an empty experience.|
A detailed description of the neolithic monuments and their colourful history by Pete Roberts. (English)
Monday, 17. March 2008
The Garden, the Ark, the Tower, the Temple
During the seventeenth century, Protestant theologians encouraged people to read the Bible literally and as a coherent historical narrative.
The story of Noah's Ark has been one of the most appealing and troublesome in the Bible. There is a long tradition in Christian thought of interest in Noah as a type of Christ and in his Ark as an allegory of salvation. The redeemed were preserved in the Ark, which was not so much a ship as a kind of coffin or sarcophagus.
Adam and Eve tending the Garden of Eden. Under God's gaze the Garden is bringing forth plenty.
Adam gathers fruit and Eve herbs, while in the background the mythical 'vegetable' lamb - which grew and propagated like a plant.
In this narrative, the events which took place in the Garden of Eden defined the rest of the course of human history. The outline of the story related in the opening three chapters of Genesis can be given relatively briefly. God had created the first man (Adam) and woman (Eve), and placed them in paradise, where it was their task to look after the Garden. They lived in an environment of pristine natural fertility and peace. All this was altered when the man and the woman sinned (the Fall), by disobeying God and eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
As a consequence of the Fall, Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise and forced to fend for themselves. The earth became corrupted and harder to till for food. Women were punished by the pains of childbirth, and death overshadowed all people. At the same time, God promised future redemption for humanity through Christ.
The Tower of Babel was, like the Garden of Eden, in part a reminder of the failures imposed by human pride. But the events which had taken place at Babel, like those which had happened in the Garden, were also crucial for the development of the providential course of history. Without them, human beings might have resisted the divine command to people the earth (Genesis 1:28).
|They were kept safe from God's righteous anger and delivered to a new life beyond this symbolic death.|
As well as its spiritual appeal, the story in itself is charming and compelling. Who could fail to be intrigued by Noah's work of assembling all the animals and housing and caring for his extraordinary menagerie? Who would not tremble at the fate of the cynics and scoffers, locked out of the Ark, their opportunities to repent squandered, as the Flood waters rose around them? Who could not be moved by the helpless craft, shut up for a year and afloat on unknown waters with all life on earth depending on its survival? The popularity of the story of Noah is not surprising.
'And the Lord said unto Noah come thou and all thy house into the Ark'. The plate is by van Hove and follows Matthaeus Merian's design for the Ark. Genesis 7:1.
Like the Ark, the fascination with the design of the Temple in this context stemmed from its divine origin. God was the designer and architect. He had spoken to Moses alone on Mount Sinai and instructed him in the building of the Tabernacle. Solomon had received the design of the Temple from his father David, whom God had told to name Solomon as the builder of his house.
Athanasius Kircher’s Turris Babel
Click the picture for a larger view
The second part of that instruction promised that human beings would eventually establish mastery over nature, a prophecy which Samuel Hartlib and his contemporaries hoped to see fulfilled in their own times. As well as being a monument to the fallen state of human knowledge, the Tower was therefore a tantalizing symbol of what might be preserved and achieved if people were able to co-operate with God's plans.
The Garden, the Ark, the Tower, the Temple
| Ezekiel was in exile in Babylon when 'the hand of the Lord was upon me, and brought me thither. In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel' (Ezekiel 40:1-2).|
The common thread that is immediately evident in each of these revelations is an emphasis on measurement. The various dimensions of the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant and the altar are all given to Moses in cubits. Both accounts of Solomon's Temple give the dimensions of its structure and contents in great detail. The same is true of Ezekiel's vision, but here, since he is being shown a building rather than instructed in its construction, he is guided by a man 'with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed' (Ezekiel 40:3).
Hieronymo Prado and Juan Bautista Villalpando
Biblical metaphors of knowledge in early modern Europe.
Fantasy and Goddess Art by Sharon George
The Garden of Delights
Our Goddess is found in a tree, one that has gracefully bent and twined to enthrone; as Nature generously supports and heals the creatures that live within Her. There is a stone path, crossing a stream, that leads into the wild. Life of all kinds, dragonflies, butterflies, birds, keep the goddess company as she enjoys the early evening in her garden.
There is no original sin here, no guilt, no obligatory kneeling down, and no punishment meted by a jealous god. Life does not demand or respond to such perversions of spirit. There is only joy, abandoned dance, unmeasured generosity, and a tender love shared by all who enter. These spiritual gifts, lit by our sun, embraced by warm, rich earth, watered with the tears of angels, make her garden grow...and yours too.
Fantasy and Goddess Art
by Digital Painter Sharon George.
Sunday, 16. March 2008
The Blue Buddha - Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine
Twelve hundred years ago the people of Tibet developed a comprehensive medical system. They understood how the mind affects the body. They knew subtle ways of changing the body's chemistry with medicines made from plants and minerals. They blessed their medicines in lengthy rituals. And they encoded this knowledge in a series of elaborate paintings called thangkas.
'Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine' traces the odyssey of traditional Tibetan medicine from it's roots in ancient Tibet, to a worldwide interest in it's traditional medical wisdom. We meet several leading physicians in India, as the program introduces us to the basic concepts of this ancient system of healing. We also trace the fate of the 77 thangkas that comprise the Atlas of Tibetan Medicine, the great mnemonic device that encodes the entire system of healing. From the snows of Siberia and the Himalayas to the vital culture of Tibet in exile, in Dharamsala, India, this is a stunning look at where Tibetan medicine has come from.
'Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine' focuses on the life of a Buddhist monk and a doctor who practices traditional Tibetan medicine in Siberia. It hasn't always been easy. At times he's been hounded by the KGB and forbidden to leave the country. Through it all he's kept his faith in the power of Buddhist medicine. This documentary follows Tuvan Lama, in his role as vital member of this remote community, as he treats his patients, conducts traditional rituals and passes on this vast medical heritage to the next generation.
Just as Buddhism informs the rituals of this community, Tuvan Lama believes Buddhism and Tibetan Medicine go together, as they are inseparable. He believes one has to know the foundation of Buddhism in order to understand the foundations of the medicine. To his mind, it needs to be understood with the body, the mind, and the soul." -- CBC
The Blue Buddha - Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine (2006)
Duration: 45 minutes.
You may also like:
'Blue Buddha' director Aerlyn Weissman gives her perspective on Tibetan medicine
and how it has influenced her personally: Interview by CBC.
Tibetan Medicine: Resources
Medicine Buddha: Resources
Traditional Tibetan Healing
Dharmapala Thangka Centre
Related Entry: Tibetan Medicine - Tibetische Medizin
Saturday, 15. March 2008
How To Read Your Astrological Chart
If you have been practicing for a year and don't feel comfortable reading an actual horoscope, then this is the book you need!
The more we learn and the more astrological factors we know about, the more complex it can become to read a chart. Cunningham takes us back to the basics in a way that brings new richness to every chart you will read.
How To Read Your Astrological Chart
This book is past the beginner stage, but defnitely appropriate for those that have the basic understanding of the planets, their energy in signs and in houses.
What distinguishes Donna Cunningham's work is her ability to accurately measure a chart. That is kind of like baking a cake with a cup of all ingredients. Not all things inside the chart are weighted equal and it is the complex blend of aspects and their degree of orb, and the patterns created within the chart that define more fully the bigger picture. Donna Cunningham teaches you in her astrological "cookbook" to respect that and to utilize a multi-textured process to refine your understanding of the chart.
: Aspects of the Cosmic Puzzle
by Donna Cunningham
Weiser Books, 1999 | 203 pages | PDF | 1.3 MB
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology
A wealth of knowledge!
'Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology' by Spence Lewis is a compendium of information on the Occult Sciences, Magic, Demonology, Superstitions, Spiritism, Mysticism, Metaphysics, Psychical Science, and Parapsychology, with Biographical and Bibliographical Notes and Comprehensive Indexes. Edited by J. Gordon Melton.
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology - VOL 1: A-L
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology - VOL 2: M-Z
This fifth edition of the Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology (EOP) continues the tradition established by its predecessors in providing the most comprehensive coverage of the fields of occultism and parapsychology.
The first edition, published in 1978, brought together the texts of two of the standard reference works in the field, Lewis Spence’s Encyclopedia of Occultism (1920) and Nandor Fodor’s Encyclopedia of Psychic Science (1934). Later, editor Leslie Shepard took on the task of updating their observations and supplementing the volume with new entries.
Gale Group, 5th edition, 2001 | 954 + 989 pages | PDF | 8.5+ 8.8 MB
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