Thursday, October 12, 2017

A video visit to the Igloo in Grimerica for a Star Myth conversation with Darren & Graham

Thank you to Darren G. and Graham D. for inviting me back to share another visit to the Igloo in the wilds of Grimerica.

We recorded a first: a full two-hour conversation complete with live video which enabled me to provide some visual evidence to support the arguments I was presenting that the world's ancient myths, scriptures and sacred stories from virtually every culture on every inhabited continent and island of our planet earth appear to be founded upon the same system of celestial metaphor, a system so ancient that it was clearly already mature by the time the first known extended texts of ancient Egypt or ancient Mesopotamia were inscribed in stone pyramids and hardened clay tablets.

The video was broadcast live as we recorded it, and the full-length replay is available here on the Grimerica channel on YouTube (consider subscribing, at no charge, in order to receive notification when future videos are released from Grimerica). This video was recorded on October 11, 2017.

I always enjoy Darren and Graham's unique combination of a relaxed atmosphere plus insightful questions, and I hope that everyone else will enjoy our conversation exploring the connections between the celestial motions and the world's ancient myths.

During this show, we covered some of the following topics -- check out some of the previous posts (linked) for more information:
  • The "celestial language" spoken by the world's ancient myths, corresponding to the heavenly cycles (and using the heavenly cycles to convey profound truths regarding our own journey through this incarnate life).
  • Examples of myths from around the world which can be shown to be based upon specific constellations in the night sky, and the characteristics anciently associated with those constellations (see for instance the section entitled "The Myths" on my main website, Star Myth World, dot com, as well as the section entitled "Video."
  • The constellation-outlining system introduced by H. A. Rey -- and how it is vastly superior to any other known system when it comes to identifying constellations for yourself in the night sky, as well as when it comes to deciphering the celestial language being spoken by the world's ancient myths.
  • The beautiful star-cluster known as the Pleiades, and just a few examples from thousands of possible examples of myths which incorporate the Pleiades (see here, here and here; also here).
  • The evidence that the connection between specific mythical characters and certain constellations was somehow preserved in the formal schools of artwork in western Europe down through the centuries.
  • A series of posts discussing Arjuna and Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita and the wider epic of the Mahabharata (see here, here, and here among others).
  • A series of posts discussing the figure of Doubting Thomas (see here, here, and here among others).
  • A series of posts discussing the concept of your Higher Self (see here, here, and here among others).
  • The ways in which the existence of a world-wide system of celestial metaphor connecting the ancient myths upends the conventional narrative of humanity's early history and points towards the existence of a now-forgotten culture of great spiritual sophistication, predating ancient Egypt and other extremely ancient civilizations by millennia (see for instance here, here and here).
  • Impressions following my trip to the eastern half of the modern state of Oregon in order to view the total solar eclipse of August 2017, during which I need up choosing a site less than five miles from the site Darren went to in order to see the eclipse -- and see also the description of solar eclipse phenomena here.
And remember that all the blog posts are fully searchable, so that you can search for any other concept discussed in the show (or not discussed in the show) and see if it has been discussed in the past.

Finally, here are links to my previous visits to Grimerica featuring conversations with Graham and Darren:
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Live online course: Celestial Mythology of the Bible

The New Academy of Celestial Mythology & Ancient Wisdom commences this Saturday, October 14 with a live, three-hour web-based course on the celestial mythology of the Bible.

I will be leading the discussion and using visual images, diagrams, star charts, and planetarium software to help explain how the system works, how specific stories and characters in the scriptures of the Old and New Testament correspond to constellations and other heavenly bodies, and how those celestial actors relate to the profound message contained in the ancient texts.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and by the end of the class you should be equipped to begin to converse with the ancient myths yourself in the language that they are actually speaking, as well as to see connections between the stories and figures found in the Bible and those found in the other amazing ancient myths, scriptures and sacred stories from around the world.

You will also see the stars in a new light the next time you are able to go out and view the heavens in person.

To reserve your place in the course, please visit the sign-up page here.

The live class will begin this Saturday at 10am Pacific time, which is the same as 1pm Eastern time and 5pm (1700) UTC.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Follow-up to discussion of the events of Las Vegas and beyond

Image: Catalog of training aids published online here by the US Army's Training Support Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Page 32 of 44.

Below is an objection posted on Facebook regarding my recent video entitled "Las Vegas (10/01/2017) and the manipulation of history" expressing concern for the victims and families of victims of recent high-profile traumatic events and arguing that my analysis is wrong-headed and harmful (and in fact potentially "Evil" with a capital "E"). 

For the benefit of those who may not have seen this objection and my reply on Facebook (or for those who choose for good and cogent reasons to stay off of Facebook altogether), the unedited text of the objection to my video is posted below, set apart as a block quotation and using blue font for ease of identification of what text belongs to the author of that objection. My reply to this objection, along with some further commentary, is published below that:
Okay. We need to talk.
There is a sweet spot between "The Authorized Narrative(TM) must be believed with no deviation" and "Sandy Hook/Las Vegas/Charlottesville are planned events being perpetrated by the Government and actors in order to control the sheeple." 

That sweet spot is a place where one can wonder, and question, but still respect the very real pain that very real people experienced.

Because to do otherwise is as bad, **perhaps worse**, as "all official narrative must be believed with no deviation." 

Las Vegas was real. It was not acted. Real people got brutally murdered and injured by ammunition designed to disintegrate human flesh. Real people are going to be walking around with PTSD for the rest of their lives. Real people are going to be permanently disfigured or disabled because of their injuries. Real families are shattered, the pieces never to be put back together again. 

I *know* this not because I always buy into The Authorized Narrative(TM), but because I KNOW someone who was there. I saw her tweets to her panicking family (with whom I am close) living a night of hell not knowing if their daughter was going to die. I also live in a small town on the East Coast that has two families affected. One couple was there on vacation; didn't get injured, but witnessed the mayhem and the trauma. Another couple who are long-time residents here have a son, also born and raised here and well-known in this town, who was an off-duty police officer. He got shot in the legs. 

Of course, I might be a player in The Authorized Narrative(TM) and this family who has lived in New Bern, NC all their lives, as well as their son, might be players in TAM(TM), and the woman in Vegas I know who had to jump over bodies to get away might be bought-and-paid-for. All the families affected around the country whose stories are being told in small-town and regional newspapers might be government plants.

And that's the point where someone who wonders and questions The Authorized Narrative needs to get a hold of themselves. In a universe of infinite probability, the government might have bought off families all over the country and staged a bunch of actors that would fool Jason Aldean and his crew, the other performers, the workers, the first responders, the hospital surgeons and nurses and technicians, and so on including the many attendees who were neither killed nor injured but ended up covered in blood -- and real blood is hard to fake, that smell that hovers between iron and sugar. But at what point does such conjecture become not only completely fantastic (in the old sense of the word) but also downright harmful?


We question the The Authorized Narrative because we feel that Evil is being done to us by the Powers-That-Be. However, we're in a position now where ****the questioning itself creates Evil.****

It's Evil to deny the horror, the trauma, the grief of men and women who lost children in Sandy Hook. It's Evil to deny the horror of people like my acquaintance who had to jump over bleeding bodies and cower in a stranger's apartment. 

Question the narrative. Question whether Paddock worked alone or not. Question a lot of it if you feel the need. But when you start challenging people's very real trauma, you've lost me and a lot of others, and I hate to tell you this, but such choices make me question the entire body of work that I have followed and pondered and learned from for several years.

I DARE anyone who thinks Sandy Hook, Charlottesville, or Las Vegas were perpetrated by actors to actually go and talk to some of the victims and the victims; families. Just go there. Go on a train, invest in a plane ticket, crowdfund if you have to. Go and talk to them. See what conclusions you draw.

Below is my reply published this morning to this objection and to some of the points and questions that it raises, also set off as a block quotation and highlighted in a maroon-colored font for ease of identification. In this version, I have added paragraph breaks for ease of reading which were not present in my Facebook reply, but everything else is unchanged. Following that will be a couple more thoughts about this particular incident:
I appreciate your concern for the families directly affected. One of the very first things that I said in that video was that I was making it on the evening of the day following the incidents in Las Vegas and that it was of course too soon to make any conclusive proclamations about the event itself, which is why it was completely inappropriate for the controlled media to be authoritatively declaring precisely what happened less than twelve hours later. 
I did not say in that video that nobody was shot or that nobody was killed. However, I provided abundant evidence to question the official narrative, which was already being declared in somber tones less than twelve hours after the fact -- including the narrative that well over 500 people were shot by a single individual with no military training or experience, acting alone. 
You have not addressed any of the evidence provided in that video in your reply. Among that video evidence was a man at the scene saying this: "We can't go yet" (7:27 - 7:35 in the video). I would suggest that if someone is truly in fear for his or her life, experiencing the impact of incoming automatic weapons fire on both the bodies and asphalt around him or her, those words "We can't go yet" would not be among the phrases that would be likely to be heard coming from his or her mouth. 
Also included among the evidence presented in that video was visual evidence that the high-resolution photograph published in the NY Times of individuals flying into the air at Charlottesville does not match -- and cannot possibly be made to match -- the video of the car plowing into people at the same incident. If the video and the high-res photo show the same "take" then there is no way that the man who is seen to be completely horizontal at the level of the tail-lights of the challenger in the high-res photo can be sliding off the opposite bumper of the toyota truck as he is seen to do in the video, unless he miraculously hit the ground and then teleported to the opposite side of the truck in less than a second. The other possible explanation, of course, is that the high-res photo was taken at a different "take" than the video that is shown. This is very damning evidence and demonstrates the clear possibility that events are being manipulated. 
Does this mean that I am saying that no one was hit when the car plows into the crowd in the video? No, it does not mean that I am saying that -- but the evidence must be addressed, because it clearly demonstrates that something more is going on than the official narrative admits. And if you were a family member of someone who was in fact injured by that car, I would argue that you would be interested to find that out. 
Similarly, the video evidence presented from Orlando is equally damning. The procession carrying a casualty, led by a tall woman in a black chicken-vest, is not just suspicious -- it is completely preposterous. No actual casualty would ever be transported in such a fashion. You have not addressed this evidence, or any of the other evidence that I presented, in your response, but this evidence very clearly establishes a pattern of extremely questionable activity surrounding recent traumatic events -- events which may well be deliberately fashioned in order to move the overall sentiment of the public towards greater repression, surveillance, and anti-democratic governance, and I have an interest in pointing that fact out. 
It is not "only" the families of those directly affected by these incidents who have an interest in what happened -- it is every single man and woman on this planet. Additionally, the families of those who lost loved ones in a violent incident are typically intensely desirous that the truth of what happened -- and the true identity of those responsible -- be discovered. A member of my own family was violently murdered when I was 15 years old and I can tell you that nobody in that situation says "I don't really care to know who did it, and if they pin the blame on someone else, that doesn't matter." 
Finally, I'm sorry if you feel that my analysis of the evidence presented in that video somehow causes you to question the body of evidence I have presented in six books, nearly 1000 blog posts, and dozens of videos showing that the myths of the world are based upon the heavenly cycles. I'm not sure why you would reach that conclusion, but I can assure you that the amount of evidence which shows a connection between the myths and the stars is at this point overwhelming and (in my opinion) will stand on its own in spite of my own personal flaws or human failings. None of us is perfect, least of all me, and fortunately the evidence connecting the myths and the stars is not at all dependent on my being without error in my own judgement and analysis. 
I have made plenty of errors of analysis in the past and will make them again. But when there is a pattern of evidence which points to a conclusion other than the official narrative that is being aggressively and incessantly repeated by the controlled media or even the representatives of conventional academia, it behooves us to examine that evidence -- especially if it is forming a compelling pattern that is different from the narrative being offered, and especially if it appears that the narrative of history is being manipulated. It is now over 50 years since JFK was murdered, and over 16 years since over 3000 people were killed on September 11, and the narrative in the controlled media regarding those events continues to defy the overwhelming evidence that committed researchers have discovered and presented to the world. 
It is very possible that the same control of the media and control of the "official narrative" which characterizes those incidents demonstrates a continuity of method with these more recent incidents in which the same control of the media and the same control of the official narrative is very much in evidence. And that is something that concerns each and every one of us. It would be irresponsible of me to NOT point it out. 
These events are hideous and sickening and it would be much easier to say nothing about them, or to mumble some standard platitudes and just move on, but as Krishna says to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, we are supposed to seek to do what is right without expectation of reward or fear of retribution or indeed any attachment whatsoever. Notice he did not say "do whatever you want" without attachment -- he said do what is right. And if someone is using violent incidents and deception in order to usher in police-state measures which no one would normally accept, and in order to otherwise take away the inalienable rights of men and women (including their right to not be shot, which I explicitly mention in that video and in the accompanying blog post), then what is right is to oppose that deception and that violence to the best of our ability, and with the assistance of the invisible realm (with Krishna on their side, the Pandauvas are able to overcome seemingly overwhelming odds, in the Mahabharata of ancient India). ._/\_.
Again, it is very possible that people were shot and some of them even killed during the horrific events in Las Vegas last weekend. I never said that there weren't. 

But I did present evidence and analysis -- including analysis based on my own personal experience as an Infantry officer in line battalions, companies, and platoons of the US Regular Army, which included extensive training and employment of automatic weapons of multiple types and many different calibers in many different types of situations and environments -- which should cause us to question the narrative which was being confidently and authoritatively and insistently and repetitively declared by every single outlet of the controlled media within a few hours of the events themselves (without any of the time that would be needed to conduct proper investigation and analysis) and which has continued to be repeated at the top of the news all week long, worldwide.

In light of some of the photographs which have been published (or even, supposedly, "leaked") since the day after the incident (when I made the video attached to the previous post), I would offer the following additional analysis:
  • In the photograph below, we do not see the number of expended shell casings (or "brass") that would indicate the volume of fire required to hit well over 500 people, even if every round fired was a hit (which would be highly unlikely). In other words, there should be brass from well over 600 rounds lying on the floor in this image -- probably brass from close to 1,000 expended rounds or even more than that. There is nowhere close to that much expended brass lying around on the floor in this image. There is not even enough brass lying on the floor in this photograph to match up with the length of the bursts of fire which can be heard in the videos from the venue of the concert that I analyzed in my previous post and video.
  • In the photograph below, we see small arms with "bump stocks" (which the editors at the NY Times have helpfully labelled for us). We do not see any large-caliber machine guns such as an M60 machinegun or an M240B machinegun. We don't even see any M249 squad automatic weapons. However, in the videos taken from the venue of the concert, we can quite clearly hear a weapon (the first burst of fire in particular) which sounds like an M60 or an M240B and which sounds nothing like an AR-15 with a bump stock. We also hear a second weapon which sounds more like an M249 or other smaller-caliber automatic weapon with a higher cyclic rate of fire.  In other words, the weapons shown in this video are inconsistent with the sounds of firing that we can hear in the videos posted on the web taken at the venue of the concert.
  • The weapons shown in this image, labeled with "bump stock," are also shown with precision scopes and holographic sights (also helpfully labelled by the NY Times). It should go without saying that use of precision scopes and holographic sights is completely inconsistent with the firing of extended bursts of fully-automatic fire -- especially if using a "bump stock." 
  • The weapons shown in this image are all magazine fed. The NY Times has helpfully labeled a small stack of "high-capacity magazines" next to the large purple pillar in the photograph. Again, the extended bursts that we can hear in the videos posted to the web taken at the venue sound like M60 or M240B machineguns, which are typically belt-fed, as well as another weapon which could be an M249 SAW (typically drum-fed), and the volume of fire in those videos suggests a belt-fed rather than a magazine-fed weapon, but even if we allow that a magazine-fed weapon was used, we would expect to see dozens of expended magazines lying around on the floor in this video, if indeed this "lone gunman" (whose body apparently can be seen in the composite image) had expended upwards of 600 rounds. There are very few, if any, expended magazines seen lying on the floor in this image.
  • No machinegun tripods are visible in this image. The two items labeled "gun stands" by the ever-helpful NY Times are bipods attached to small-caliber automatic rifles. On the first day after the event, I heard on the news that tripods were found in the room. An M60 machinegun or an M240B machinegun is most accurately fired from a heavy (specially-designed) tripod, from which the direction of fire can be more consistently controlled (because the recoil of a weapon fired on fully-automatic is significant, especially a large-caliber weapon such as an M60 machine-gun or an M240B). Bipod fire is far less accurate and far less consistent and much more difficult to control, especially if firing down from a steep angle. The absence of tripods makes the allegation that a single shooter was able to use automatic weapons to inflict well over 500 casualties much less plausible.
  • The image contains the strange detail of "two chairs pushed together," which actually resemble a bathtub in the middle of the room, and within which are shown some additional rifles. This detail does not make any tactical sense whatsoever -- the two chairs pushed together do not provide any cover for the shooter, nor do they enhance a shooter's fields of fire in any way. However, the two chairs pushed together do create a shape suggestive of a sarcophagus, which would perhaps be consistent with the symbology of the "harvest festival" held directly across from the Luxor pyramid and sphinx and obelisk.
Below is the image from the NY Times which the above comments address (it's a large image, and you may need to "scroll" to the right in order to see the whole thing):

Based on the above photographic evidence (and the anomalies discussed above), and based also upon the sounds heard in the videos posted to the web from the venue of the concert (which can be viewed in my previous video analysis created the day following the incident itself), I would suggest that it is very possible that at least some of the sounds of automatic weapons fire heard in the concert video footage could be coming from a pneumatic simulator of the sort that we sometimes used during training events to simulate the sound of machinegun fire. These pneumatic simulators are extremely robust: they never jam, and they are very loud, and they sound just like a machinegun. 

At the top of this post is an image of a pneumatic simulator for the M2 (which we called the "Ma Deuce") .50-caliber machinegun, which is a heavy machinegun with which I also have some experience, having had these machineguns in my platoon when I was an anti-tank platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division in the 1990s (I was also a line rifle platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, in addition to an anti-tank platoon leader). The pneumatic simulator for the M60 machinegun was similar, but I could not find an image for one of those on the web anywhere. 

The sounds heard in the video do not sound like the firing of a .50-cal, but they do sound very much like an M60 machinegun or an M240B machinegun -- or like a pneumatic simulator used in training which sounds very much like those machineguns but which does not jam, and which does not fire actual rounds. As noted in my video analysis, we hear long bursts of automatic weapons fire, but we do not hear the corresponding sounds of impact from those rounds, or the sounds of the crack of the rounds themselves going by, or the hysterical screaming that we would expect to hear if at least some of those rounds were impacting with human beings.

It is very possible that, if people were indeed shot and wounded and even killed in the Las Vegas incident, they were shot with a different weapon (such as a sniper rifle) while pneumatic simulators were used to simulate the sound of fully automatic weapons fire. I am of course open to the possibility that men and women were indeed shot during the horrific events in Las Vegas -- but I believe that there is abundant evidence that these events took place in a way that is completely different from what we have been led to believe (and the same can be said about the events of Charlottesville, Orlando, and many other incidents in recent years). 

Additionally, any responsible newspaper which published the above composite image (which was published in the NY Times as well as on CNN and in the Daily Mail) should have had reporters and editors capable of asking the questions addressed in the numerous points of analysis above regarding the missing shell casings ("brass"), the missing expended magazines, the absence of tripods, the absence of any actual machineguns other than "AR-15 style" assault rifles, and the utility of scopes and holographic sights on weapons supposedly fired at cyclic rates of fire using bump-stocks. 

The fact that such photographs are being presented to us uncritically as support for the conventional narrative, instead of being analyzed and questioned to see if indeed they might support a different interpretation of events, suggests that the so-called "mainstream media" are being used to reinforce the officially-sanctioned narrative of the incident, rather than to investigate events and try to find out what really took place (the role of a free and independent media). As noted in my Facebook reply above, we can see plenty of evidence that the role of the media  in the united states and allied countries has been to reinforce the official narrative -- regardless of physical evidence to the contrary -- since at least the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963.

In contrast to some of those who occasionally criticize my work on the web (such as on Facebook or on YouTube), I publish my work under my own full name, David Warner Mathisen, names given to me by my parents and ancestors. Anyone with the desire to do so can readily verify that I am who I say I am, and that I did indeed attend the US Military Academy at West Point, graduate from Ranger School and a host of other infantry training courses, and serve for many years in active duty line infantry battalions of the regular army including the 82nd Airborne Division (where I also graduated from the 82nd Airborne's  "Machinegun Leaders Course"). 

Below is an image published in the newspaper back in the mid-1990s showing a "pass-and-review" during the annual "All-American Week" held every year at Fort Bragg, when I was serving as a company executive officer in a line company of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and was acting as the company commander because the actual commanding officer was out of town during that week, and you can easily identify me as the rather tall individual wearing glasses while yelling out the commands of "Eyes right!" and "Ready, front!" as we pass the reviewing stand and salute. 

I served in this capacity in order to support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That is the same constitution which contains the Bill of Rights declaring as inalienable human rights (among others) freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, and prohibiting the deprivation of any person's life, liberty or property without due process of law, as well as a host of other rights -- all of which rights are quite obviously under attack today by those who despise the people and democratic forms of government.

Those who knowingly perpetrate violent acts or traumatic events in order to move the world towards greater acceptance of repression, restriction of free movement and travel, mass surveillance, mass incarceration, privatization of resources given by nature (or by the gods), and the perpetration of invasions and wars of aggression -- as well as any in the media who knowingly facilitate the spreading of demonstrably false narratives about these traumatic events -- can be said to be acting in direct opposition to the ideals expressed in the constitution and the Bill of Rights, and arguably to be committing treason against it based upon the constitution's own definition in Article III and section 3. 

Not only that, but they can be said to be traitors against humanity itself, as well against the gods themselves, who give life to all men and women. 

Exposing such lies, and standing against oppression and violence and deprivation, is part of our duty in this life, according to the ancient wisdom given to humanity and preserved in the world's myths, scriptures and sacred stories found in every culture on every continent and island of this beautiful planet.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Las Vegas (01 October 2017) and the manipulation of history

Above is a new video which I made the day following the tragic events in Las Vegas of 01 October, 2017. 

If the true story of humanity's ancient history has been deliberately suppressed and manipulated (and there is evidence to suggest some deliberate manipulation), then we should be sensitive to the possibility that the narrative of more recent history has also been deliberately manipulated.

In fact, in his landmark book Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell warned us of manipulators who understand that the manipulation of what the public thinks about the past (including the recent past) can be an extraordinarily powerful tool of social control.

More than sixteen years after the events of September 11, 2001, conventional media and conventional academy still treats any skepticism about the "official" story as heresy -- despite overwhelming evidence that the official explanation for the cause of the collapse of the buildings on that day completely defy the laws of physics (listen for instance to this recent interview with Richard Gage by the dynamic duo of Darren and Graham at Grimerica).

More than fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in broad daylight in Dallas, the ludicrous "official" explanation is still repeated each year on the anniversary of that tragic event, despite the evidence which stalwart researchers have brought to light in the intervening decades showing that the truth of what took place on that day and in the decades which followed has been deliberately suppressed and continues to be suppressed to the present moment.

Even more recently, the efforts of the tireless researcher Ole Dammegard shine a spotlight on abundant evidence that at least some (and perhaps a majority) of the traumatic and media-grabbing events that seem to be unfolding with ever-increasing frequency in recent years may be the work of groups of "crisis actors" which follow a traveling circuit in much the same way as a rock band on tour (in Ole's own metaphor). As unbelievable as that may sound, there are extremely suspicious pieces of evidence in recent traumatic headline-grabbing (and watershed) events in the united states, including Charlottesville (2017) and Orlando (2016), some of which is examined in the above video.

Additionally, Ole recently appeared on The Higherside Chats with Greg Carlwood, and some of the patterns that Ole discussed can be seen in some of the images from the Charlottesville car attack -- even though that portion of the the show was recorded some days prior to Charlottesville. The entire interview is well worth hearing, if you are a subscriber to The Higherside Chats "Plus" -- and if you are not yet, then you may want to sign up to hear this entire interview (as well as all of the other extended content available to THC+ members).

It is too soon to draw any definitive conclusions regarding the horrific events of October 1st in Las Vegas -- which is why the confident declarations already being made the very next morning, that the correct shooter has been positively identified and that even though he is dead it is certain that he acted alone, are almost undoubtedly premature. It should be seen as a grave insult to those directly affected by this event -- and to everyone else in the world who is now indirectly affected by it -- to make such sweeping pronouncements less than twelve hours later, and yet that is exactly what is taking place.

And to question those sweeping pronouncements -- as with all the other similar traumatic watershed events -- is treated as heretical in today's uncritical (and indeed "anti-critical") society.

It is just as heretical as questioning the conventional narrative of humanity's ancient past, which we have been ordered to believe.

In an inspired partnership that began at the beginning of the decade of the 1990s, the great John Anthony West and Professor Robert Schoch dared to present evidence which completely undermines the conventional narrative of humanity's ancient history -- evidence centered on the erosion of the Sphinx and Sphinx Enclosure at Giza in Egypt. For this heretical challenge, they were personally ridiculed and their work was dismissively attacked by the representatives of conventional academia.

You can see a contemporary account (from the 1990s) of this controversy in a documentary narrated by the late Charleton Heston here.

By strange (or perhaps not-so-strange) synchronicity, it happens that the deeply disturbing events of October 1st in Las Vegas took place immediately in front of a replica of an Egyptian pyramid and the Sphinx (at Luxor in Vegas). And, as most people will also realize, it also happens that Charleton Heston was an ardent defender of the inherent right of men and women to keep and bear arms.

Whatever the truth is about the recent events of October 1st in Las Vegas, they are sickening and wrong -- whether the truth is close to the current "official" narrative, or whether it is something altogether different.

Whatever took place, it can be definitively stated that the motives included robbing men and women of the gifts which the ancient wisdom entrusted to humanity in the forms of myths, scriptures and sacred stories saw as bestowed by the gods (including life itself, which has always been understood to come from the Invisible realm -- the divine realm).

Whether or not the narrative of this particular event is being deliberately manipulated (and the very rapidity with which the "official" story is being declared, with no time or space allowed for careful and thorough analysis should be a major point of suspicion), we can say with certainty that those who fraudulently manipulate history in order to oppress others and to take for themselves the resources which are bestowed by the gods upon all men and women can be seen by almost any reading of the ancient myths to be collaborating against humanity -- and against the divine realm itself.

And, according to the ancient myths, that never ends well.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Welcome to new visitors from 'The Unexplained: with Howard Hughes' (and to returning friends)!

Big thank you to legendary broadcaster Howard Hughes for graciously having me over to his show The Unexplained -- with Howard Hughes.

This interview was recorded on September 18, 2017.

Howard Hughes is a longtime broadcast journalist and well-known news and sports radio personality in England, who currently has regular shows on the BBC. He is also a pioneering podcaster who took his own successful show exploring the mysterious, the paranormal and the unexplained over to the new medium of the podcast in 2006.

To put that in perspective, that was the year before the debut of the very first version of the iPhone! Nobody even had a smartphone when Howard started his podcast, in other words. The term "smartphone" had not even been invented. The closest thing anyone had at that time to a smartphone was a Blackberry, which featured a prominent keypad and no touchscreen -- and no ability to download something called a "podcast" either.

You can still go back into the archives of The Unexplained and listen to the first episode of the podcast, in which Howard and various guests discuss this new medium of "podcasting."

You can listen to our conversation by using the player on the episode or "edition" 311 page -- or download the audio file by using a "right-click" or a "control-click" on the "Download MP3" link found on that page (and reproduced here as well).

Big welcome, also, to all new visitors who are arriving at this site for the first time due to hearing the interview on The Unexplained!

A one-hour show is, unfortunately, not enough time to really present all the amazing evidence which argues that virtually all of the world's ancient myths -- from every inhabited continent and island, and including the stories in what we call "the Bible," as well as the myths of ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient India, and many others that have been preserved in ancient texts that we can still examine today -- are speaking a common language based on celestial metaphor, in order to convey esoteric truths for our benefit.

It's especially difficult because I tend to jump on to a new thought before I've finished articulating the previous thought, which can be difficult to those not familiar with the overarching thesis and the abundant evidence that supports it (much of it visual evidence, because it involves the outlines of the constellations and the motions of the heavenly cycles -- which can be difficult to envision in an audio-only conversation).

Therefore, I'm including some links below to previous blog posts related to some of the subjects we touched on in our interview.

For regular readers, I'd like to point out that one of the aspects of Howard's interview style which I learned to appreciate while listening to earlier shows previous to our conversation is the fact that Howard often likes to present objections to the arguments his guests are advancing, which has the effect of adding rigor to the discussion. Perhaps in future blog posts I will circle back and address some of those objections with evidence or arguments that I didn't include during the show itself.

I absolutely believe that raising objections is an extremely valuable aspect of an interview -- especially because listeners who might be thinking of those same objections are dependent upon the interviewer to articulate them. Many of these objections, if answered properly, can actually open the door to perspectives on the thesis that show how very well-supported it is by the available evidence -- and how this evidence has enormous implications for our understanding of human history, and for our lives today (including questions of economic and political importance that we are facing at this particular moment).

In addition to the suggested blog posts below, new visitors might also find it worthwhile to check out my main website,, especially the sections "The Myths" and "Video."

Here is a selection of just a few previous posts that might help expand upon some of the subjects Howard and I covered in our conversation. Those looking for more can follow the links in those posts, and can also use the "search" function to look for any word or topic of interest throughout the nearly 1,000 blog posts published thus far!

So, welcome to all those visiting for the first time -- and to returning friends! I hope you'll stay in touch, and come again soon.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Hobbit, the Journey, and the September Equinox

image: Wikimedia commons (link).

September 21, 1937 is the original publication date for the beloved book The Hobbit: or, There and Back Again, by J. R. R. Tolkien.

And, as most of the millions around the world know whose lives have been touched by that tale, and by the Lord of the Rings trilogy which followed it, the following day of September 22 is the shared birthday of both Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo Baggins.

The date of September 22nd is of course very significant, as September 22nd is the day on which the autumnal equinox generally occurs (with some occasional "slippage" due to the fact that a complete orbit around the sun does not correspond to an even number of daily rotations of the earth upon its axis, causing the day-count to be slightly out of alignment with the annual circuit, and necessitating periodic adjustments, which we manage today using the "leap-year" system but which could also be adjusted by various other methods). This year, the earth will pass through the point of the September equinox on September 22nd at 1:02 pm Pacific time, which is 4:02 pm Eastern time (in North America) and 8:02 pm Greenwich time (also known as UTC).

Professor Tolkien almost certainly knew what he was doing in giving both Bilbo and Frodo a shared birthday on the date associated with the fall equinox (in the northern hemisphere). Both The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings involve journeys of transformation and personal growth for the protagonists Bilbo and Frodo -- and in the ancient epics and mythologies of humanity, found around the world, there is a celestial "language" which describes the beginning of the soul's quest in imagery associated with the "crossing downward" point of fall equinox, on the way down to the lowest point of winter solstice, where there will be a sort of "second birth" and a turning-point in the journey of the soul's progress.

The action in The Hobbit gets to its lowest place in the very "roots" of the Misty Mountains, where Bilbo stumbles into the icy waters at the very bottom of the underground passages of the goblins, for his fateful encounter with Gollum. After that point, and his "victory" of sorts in a very difficult situation, Bilbo is a changed hobbit.

A parallel could be drawn to the action in the ancient epic of the Odyssey, in which Odysseus must descend to the very underworld of Hades before he can complete his own quest and return home. In Star Myths of the World, Volume Two (which focuses almost entirely on the myths of ancient Greece), I show that the celestial imagery in that ancient epic very much indicates that the long and arduous journey of Odysseus embodies the voyage of the soul's plunge down into this incarnate life (which the ancient celestial system envisions at the point of fall equinox) across the "lower half" of the Great Wheel of the year, with a resulting elevation of the spiritual nature by virtue of the challenges encountered and overcome during the difficult crossing.

The very same pattern can be found in countless other myth-systems from around the globe, including in the stories of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. It can also be seen very strongly in the epic of Gilgamesh (also known as the "Gilgamesh cycle"), which is perhaps the oldest epic to which we still have access today in its original form, on clay tablets which were rediscovered in the nineteenth century. Here is a previous post which explores the theme of the difficult crossing through the "lower realm" of this incarnate life as it surfaces in the Gilgamesh cycle (particularly in the encounter with Uta-napishti).

Alvin Boyd Kuhn (1880 - 1963) provides us with what I believe to be the clearest explanation of this ancient system of allegorizing the progress of the soul's plunge into incarnation and the "underworld crossing" in terms of the annual progress through the equinoxes and solstices. You can read an extended quotation from his essay Easter: The Birth-day of the Gods in which he explains the significance of each of the solstices and each of the equinoxes in this previous post

In other words, whether or not Tolkien consciously intended it, he was following a pattern which can be perceived in ancient myths from around the world (and, as an accomplished scholar of myth and folklore, it is quite likely that J. R. R. Tolkien knew just what he was doing -- especially since we can see that he also incorporates summer solstice aka "mid-summer's eve" at significant points in his epics as well). In those myths, according to Alvin Boyd Kuhn's interpretation, the story is not simply about the adventures which some external character undergoes -- the arduous plunge into a strange and perilous realm is actually a picture of the experience undertaken by each and every one of us as we enter into this incarnate life, a "plunge" which the world's ancient myth-system associated with the point of the fall equinox, when the sun's path "plunges" below the line of the celestial equator, crossing from the "upper" part of the year in which hours of daylight are longer than hours of darkness, down into the "lower part of the year in which hours of darkness are longer than hours of daylight. 

This "lower journey" keeps getting darker and colder and more difficult until the absolute "low-point" is reached. In many of the ancient myths, this lowest point is represented by a journey to the land of the dead (as in the Odyssey of ancient Greece). In Tolkien's The Hobbit, I would argue that this "low-point" takes place in the roots of the mountains, in the encounter with Gollum -- after which Bilbo finds a new confidence and begins to really grow into becoming a completely new person (or new hobbit).

Alvin Boyd Kuhn called these two points on the annual cycle (the fall equinox and the winter solstice) the "two births," which are also found in many ancient myths and scriptures. In many cases, a figure in the myths will actually have "two mothers" in order to illustrate this concept, as discussed in this previous post on that subject. Sometimes these "two mothers" would be associated with the signs just prior to the fall and the spring equinoxes, as discussed in that post, but as I demonstrate with abundant evidence in many of the episodes discussed in my Star Myths of the World series (particularly in Volumes Two and Three), the ancient myths use the point of winter solstice as the point of the "second birth" (or spiritual birth) just as frequently -- if not more frequently.

Thus, to put it back into "Hobbit" terms, we can see that Bilbo's "physical" or "natural" or "first" birthday is indeed September 22nd -- but that his "second birthday," when he stops "descending" and begins "ascending," takes place during his adventures when he reaches a sort of "lowest point," and begins to "find himself" and develop into someone with an entirely new dimension, a dimension that perhaps was present (but dormant) before, perhaps held back by doubts or fears or hesitation (as in the powerful story of Doubting Thomas in the New Testament gospel according to John).

Thus, in one sense, we can say that we all have a "birthday" that corresponds to September 22, and that we all follow a journey that is akin to the journey undertaken by the Hobbit, as we wind our way through the "lower crossing" of this incarnate life.

For previous posts which mention other illuminating aspects of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, see also:
For previous posts discussing the celestial mechanics involved in the point of equinox, and the use of the solstices and equinoxes in the worldwide system underlying the ancient Star Myths, see also:
As we pass through another significant crossing-point in the annual cycle -- as well as a significant anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien's first full-length book, eighty years ago -- it seems appropriate to pause and consider our own progress in this arduous journey of "There and Back Again."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The entire Revelation 12 / September 23 flap points to the truth that all of ancient scripture and myth is built upon celestial metaphor

I continue to receive questions regarding the "Revelation 12 prophecy," which is a phrase some associate with the sensational arguments being circulated online and elsewhere which claim that the lineup of sun, moon, stars and planets on September 23rd of this year (which is to say, this coming Saturday) fulfill the description found in Revelation 12, heralding (some say) the arrival of apocalyptic events such as those described in the book of Revelation.

Regular visitors to this blog or to my main website at Star Myth World (dot com) know that I have already written two different blog posts discussing these sensational claims by those who want to force Revelation 12 to correspond to the celestial lineup of September 23, 2017. Those posts are linked again here:
In addition, I created a video discussing this so-called "Revelation 12 prophecy" which you can view by following the link in this sentence (and it is also embedded in the first of the blog posts linked above). 

I also created a sort of "infographic," which you can see by following the link in this sentence (and it is also included in the second of the blog posts linked above).

The fact that I am still receiving questions asking me if I have heard of the "Revelation 12 prophecy" and what I think of this "prophecy," even after publishing all of that, indicates to me that the sensational videos and articles describing September 23 of this month as the fulfillment of the text of Revelation 12 (and promising various extraordinary events based on a literal interpretation of events described in the book of the Revelation which is found in the "canonical" New Testament) are reaching huge numbers of people, some of whom are somehow finding their way to my website and asking what I think about all of this (even though they are probably not regular visitors to my site).

As anyone who does a simple search of YouTube can verify, many of the videos discussing September 23rd as the "fulfillment" of Revelation 12 indicate that they have received multiple millions of views (it is of course possible that those "view counts" are somehow being inflated by those who wish to boost the awareness of this "September 23rd" argument, and to add to the credibility or stature of the videos declaring September 23rd to be the advent of various literal events supposedly described in the Revelation text -- but since we don't have any way of verifying whether or not view counts are being inflated, let's assume that the view counts shown on these videos are accurate). 

A few examples of these videos with counts in the millions or in the several hundreds of thousands include this one (presently showing over 7.9 million views), this one (presently showing over 1.6 million views), and this one (presently showing over 5.2 million views) -- among many other possible examples. 

Additionally, many major newspapers have picked up on this same theme, and are running articles which discuss the sensational claims being circulated regarding September 23 and Revelation 12, including this one in today's Washington Post, or this one from this past Thursday's Daily Express (a tabloid of the type that gravitate towards the sensational, and one of the oldest, first printed in 1900), or this one from Fox News online also published this past week (Fox News could be categorized as a different sort of tabloid also gravitating towards the sensational). 

Most of those stories appearing in "mainstream" media sources are careful to criticize those claiming a connection between Revelation 12 and September 23, sometimes calling the alleged connection a "conspiracy theory." The seemingly inappropriate use of this term in this context could be the topic of a whole new discussion, but its frequent appearance in mainstream media sources this week regarding the Revelation 12 text suggests the possibility that someone is deliberately trying to lump together two completely unrelated groups:
a) those who are suspicious of the completely bankrupt official explanations put forward to explain events such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, or the collapse of three modern steel-reinforced buildings on September 11, 2001 into their own footprints at freefall speeds
b) those who interpret Biblical texts literally and make sensational videos arguing that September 23, 2017 "fulfills" the descriptions in Revelation 12, and will thus usher in literal versions of the visions described in the Revelation text.
I personally would see this consistent use of the phrase "conspiracy theory" as a possible attempt by several media sources to smear those in group "a" by trying to lump them together with those in group "b," but setting aside that entire discussion, it is clear that the appearance this week in multiple media outlets, each with large audiences, of stories about the "Revelation 12 prophecy" and a supposed connection to September 23, 2017, will have the effect of greatly increasing popular awareness of this sensational idea, whether or not those media outlets take care to point out that these "prophecies" have been dismissed by NASA and should be considered "conspiracy theories."

Obviously, based on the arguments I've already published in the blog posts, video, and infographic linked above, I believe that the claims of a connection between September 23 of this year and the events described in the text of Revelation 12 are completely misguided and probably in some cases deliberately manipulative. 

Thus, it should be equally obvious that I do not in any way endorse or accept the idea that literal events based on the visions described in Revelation 12 are foretold to begin manifesting in the world around us beginning this coming Saturday.

In fact, as I have explained in numerous previous blog posts as well as at greater length in my 2016 book Star Myths of the Bible, there is overwhelming evidence that all of the visions described in the book of Revelation included in the "canonical" New Testament are based on celestial metaphor. 

The vision of the smoke that arises from the bottomless pit, for example, along with locusts which come out of the smoke as well as the "tails like unto scorpions" which the locusts also possess, and even the crowns like gold upon their heads, all of which are described in Revelation chapter 9, can be shown to be cogent descriptions of the region of the brightest portion of the Milky Way galaxy (which represents the smoke that arises from the bottomless pit), including the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpio, which flank that brightest portion of the Milky Way, along with the Southern Crown or Corona Australis which is between Sagittarius and Scorpio. 

These connections between the visions described in Revelation 9 and the region of Sagittarius and Scorpio were discussed in Appendix 36 of Hamlet's Mill (published in 1969), and in that appendix, the authors also credit the work of the German philologist Professor Franz Boll (1867 - 1924), who perceived the same connection. Nevertheless, many decades later, you can still find literalists who believe that Revelation 9 is somehow describing literal helicopters and other modern military vehicles or weapons (as you can readily verify for yourself by searching for "revelation helicopters" and visiting the multiple articles and videos that will be suggested as a result). 

However, the connections between the descriptions in the Revelation 9 text itself and the constellations in the vicinity of the brightest portion of the Milky Way are extremely compelling -- and what is more, it can be shown that other Biblical passages involving a description of "locusts" point us towards the very same part of the night sky (including the famous events described in the Exodus account, in which a plague of locusts is one of the plagues preceding the crossing of the Red Sea, the Red Sea in this case also being portrayed in the heavens by the shining band of the Milky Way galaxy).

Similar connections between specific constellations and the "events" described in all the other chapters of Revelation could also be demonstrated -- which should indicate to anyone who perceives these connections that Revelation is describing the cycles of the heavens, and not any supposed literal events that are slated to take place in terrestrial history.

And this point should give pause to all those creating or promoting videos declaring that Revelation 12 matches up with September 23, 2017 -- because those connections to September 23rd are themselves based upon the perception that Revelation 12 is not talking about a literal woman in the process of giving birth, but rather that it is talking about the constellation Virgo!

The very connection that they are trumpeting with their multi-million-view videos demonstrates that they understand that the figures in Revelation are celestial figures.

If they can see that for Revelation 12, do they admit it for Revelation 9 and for the rest of the "events" described in Revelation? 

Because all of the events described in Revelation are celestial events, based upon celestial metaphor. Revelation 9 does not describe Apache helicopters -- it describes Sagittarius and Scorpio on either side of the brightest portion of the Milky Way galaxy (and it includes references to Corona Australis, the Southern Crown, as well).

Thus, if Apache helicopters begin terrorizing people around the globe, it is not a literal or inevitable fulfillment of Biblical prophecy foreseen by the author of Revelation 9 (although it is possible that someone desiring to manipulate public opinion could try to put that idea in people's minds). It is a scriptural passage describing a certain portion of the night sky (and a certain place on the annual cycle of earth's orbit, described on the Great Wheel of the zodiac, each portion of which had spiritual significance in the ancient language spoken by the world's myths, scriptures and sacred stories).

And, as overwhelming evidence indicates, not only are all of the events described in Revelation based upon celestial metaphor (rather than on literal terrestrial history), but so are all the other events and figures described in the rest of the ancient scriptures which some call the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

So, those making these videos about Revelation 12 and the supposed connection to September 23 should realize that their claims that the woman who is in the act of giving birth actually corresponds to the constellation Virgo open up the very real possibility that all the supposedly literal events of a literal "rapture" and "tribulation period" are actually based upon celestial metaphor as well. 

In other words, if they perceive that the woman with the crown of stars described in Revelation 12 and verses 1 and 2 is actually a woman in the heavens who corresponds to the constellation Virgo, then they should not stop there: they should go on to realize that the great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns found in verse 3 is actually Scorpio (crouching below the upraised feet of Virgo in the night sky), and that the man child who is caught up unto God and his throne described in verse 5 is also a constellation (in this case, the Northern Crown, caught up to the constellation Hercules, as I describe in my video). This would suggest that the "rapture" that some are connecting with the Revelation 12 text is not a literal event that will happen in terrestrial history (any more than the scorpion-tailed locusts of Revelation 9 represent literal helicopters or other war-machines). 

If they perceive the celestial metaphor for the first two verses of Revelation 12, why don't they perceive celestial metaphor in the rest of the verses of the chapter? And then, why don't they perceive the same celestial metaphor in the rest of the book of Revelation (after all, Professor Franz Boll was writing about it back in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century)? And then, why don't they consider the possibility that if the "events" in Revelation are based upon celestial metaphor, the same might hold true for the stories found in the rest of the ancient scriptures collected into the Old and New Testaments?

The evidence is in fact overwhelming that all of the world's ancient myths, scriptures, and sacred stories are based upon celestial metaphor. These ancient stories contain profound wisdom for our lives -- but that message is completely obscured, and in fact inverted, when we take them literally. 

They are not speaking a "literal language" -- they are speaking an esoteric, a metaphorical, and a celestial language. If we learn to listen to them in the language that they are actually speaking, we have a much higher likelihood of hearing what they are trying to tell us. If we insist on pretending they are speaking a language which they are not actually speaking, we have a much higher likelihood of distorting their message. 

Those who are making videos declaring that the description in Revelation 12: 1 and 2 corresponds to the constellation Virgo have caught a tiny syllable of the language that the text is speaking. They are correct in their assertion that the woman in Revelation 12 is actually a personification of the constellation Virgo (although they are probably completely incorrect in their assertion that her "crown of twelve stars," also described in Revelation 12:1, corresponds to the stars of the constellation Leo plus an additional three planets, which is essential to their argument connecting Revelation 12 to September 23, 2017). 

Nevertheless, setting aside their colossal manipulation of the identity of the crown of twelve stars, their connection of the woman to Virgo is correct -- and should open their eyes to the fact that the other figures in Revelation 12, as well as the rest of Revelation and indeed the rest of the Bible (and the rest of world myth, for that matter) may also be based upon the constellations and other heavenly figures that travel through our night sky.

In the end, perhaps it is not the people claiming that September 23 will mark the beginning of literal events fulfilling visions described in Revelation who are the "conspiracy theorists." Perhaps it is those who perceive that attempts to use literal interpretations of ancient scriptures (specifically those in what we call the Bible) to manipulate the minds of hundreds of millions of people might be a sort of "conspiracy" -- and a very old one at that. 

Let us all hope that no one is attempting to use the supposed connection between Revelation 12 and September 23 of this year to manipulate people's perception of any extraordinary geopolitical events that they might also have a hand in manipulating. That would be more than just a conspiracy -- it would be a criminal conspiracy, and one that would be a betrayal of humanity, and of the ancient wisdom contained in the myths themselves.