Paganism and witchcraft, like most subcultures, tends to go through trends – periods where different things become popular for a period of time. I’ve seen this repeatedly over the years, rather like the tide, things become a prime topic of interest than fade a bit as something else comes into focus. There’s nothing wrong with this pattern of course it’s a natural flow. Right now it seems like fairies are a hot topic de jour, as they have been a few times before, and I’m seeing an uptick in fairy-themed books and conversations. As someone whose main practice has centered on fairy work – that is the active practice of trucking with fairies – for most of my life this naturally gets my attention.
When we see fairies being discussed in paganism there’s a very – very – wide range of ways those beings are interpreted. So wide that one end of the spectrum is basically unrecognizable to the other end, but that is perhaps a different discussion. My own view tends to be based in two things: personal experiences and traditional folklore. Based on my own perspective I think these beings can sometimes be helpful but also sometimes dangerous, and are often mercurial. This means that when I talk about being a person who works with fairies its coming from a place of respect as well as caution.
Socialism works not only because it promises higher status to a lot of people. Socialism is catnip because it promises status to people who, deep down, know they shouldn’t have it. There is such a thing as natural law, the natural state of any normally functioning human society. Basic biology tells us people are different. Some are more intelligent, more attractive, more crafty and popular. Everybody knows, deep in their lizard brains, how human mating works: women are attracted to the top dogs. Being generous, all human societies default to a Pareto distribution where 20% of people are high-status, and everyone else just has to put up with their inferiority for life. That’s just how it works.
Socialism though promised to change that, and Marx showed they had a good plan. Lenin then put that plan to work in practice. What did Lenin do? Exterminate the natural aristocracy of Russia, and build a ruling class with a bunch of low-status people. Workers, peasants, Jews, Latvians, Ukrainians. Lenin went out of his way to recruit everyone who had a grudge against Imperial Russian society. And it worked, brilliantly. The Bolsheviks, a small party with little popular support, won the civil war, and became the awesome Soviet Union. The early Soviet Union promoted minorities, women, sexual deviants, atheists, cultists and every kind of weirdo. Everybody but intelligent, conservative Russians of good families. The same happened in China, where e.g. the 5 provinces which formed the southern Mongolian steppe were joined up into “Inner Mongolia autonomous region”, what Sailer calls “consolidate and surrender”.
In Communist countries pedigree was very important. You couldn’t get far in the party if you had any little kulak, noble or landowner ancestry. Only peasants and workers were trusted. Why? Because only peasants and workers could be trusted to be loyal. Rich people, or people with the inborn traits which lead to being rich, will always have status in any natural society. They will always do alright. That’s why they can’t be trusted; the stakes are never high for them. If anything they’d rather have more freedom to realize their talents. People of peasant stock though, they came from the dregs of society. They know very well that all they have was given to them by the party. And so they will be loyal to the death, because they know it, if the Communist regime falls, their status will fall as fast as a hammer in a well. And the same goes for everyone else, especially those ethnic minorities.
If you think it can’t get worse than transexuals or pedophiles, you’re really not understanding how this works. Look at this NYT article: a black woman, ex-con, convicted of murdering her own 4 year old son. She served 20 years in prison, which she spent studying sociology or something. After leaving prison, she applied to study a PhD at Harvard, which rejected her. Progressives were up in arms. How could you!
Go to the link, and look at that woman. Look at that face. She never expressed any remorse over killing her children. She lied about it in the PhD application. She disposed of the body and never told the cops where her son’s corpse is! This is utter and complete psycho. Nobody in their right mind would want anything to do with this woman. But that’s precisely the point. In most human societies before 1900 she would have been killed, legally or extralegally. But precisely this kind of person, someone who should in all justice be the lowest status person on earth; that’s exactly the people that the Left wants on its team. You can count on her extreme loyalty to any progressive idea that the party transmits to her. And so, yes, of course, she finally got her PhD, at New York University. And unlike 97% of PhD students out there, you can bet on her getting a full tenured professorship very soon.
Yes, it’s all madness, but it works. It really works like a charm. The richest parts of America, California and New York, are now a one-party state. America has legislation which forces every private enterprise of size to have a proportion of women, of black people and sexual deviants; who of course know they don’t belong there, and thus are extremely faithful political commissars. More faithful than the actual official political commissars that Communist China has also in their private companies.
For van der Meijden, a microdose of psilocybin makes his musical brainstorm sessions yield “more concepts, ideas, and solutions,” he said, partly because it lets him “better understand and visualize other people’s concepts.” In his design and illustration work, it produces a “more natural flow of line drawing” and lets him “see more possibilities in how things can be or look.” In his music, it lets him “analyze all the different instruments better” and know, for instance, whether to turn up or down the reverberation effect.
The Dutch study, which was published on a preprint site and has not undergone peer review at a journal, has several caveats. For one thing, having seen a test before might make people better at it. More problematic, the study didn’t have a control group of people who took something other than psilocybin. That leaves open the possibility that it wasn’t the compound that improved some forms of thinking, but the expectation that it would do so. Maybe people who microdose believe in its benefits enough to make those expectations reality.
On the other hand, the results fit with another new study of psilocybin. In this one, scientists led by computational neuroscientist Joana Cabral of the University of Oxford used fMRI scans to study the brain activity of nine people who volunteered to be injected with 2 milligram (trip-inducing) doses. The chemical changed the functional connectivity of various brain regions, so that activity in one became synced with that in another. In particular, the rational, logical, well-behaved frontoparietal regions became “strongly destabilized,” the scientists reported, melding with activity in emotional and other regions to produce “unconstrained consciousness,” “mind wandering,” and a sense that everything is connected to everything else. Seeing connections that elude other people is almost the definition of creativity.
Unlike general relativity, quantum mechanics, and particle physics, thermodynamics embeds a direction of time. Its second law states that the total entropy, or disorder, in an isolated system never decreases over time. Yet this doesn’t mean that our conventional notion of time is on any firmer grounding, Rovelli said. Entropy, or disorder, is subjective: “Order is in the eye of the person who looks.” In other words the distinction between past and future, the growth of entropy over time, depends on a macroscopic effect—“the way we have described the system, which in turn depends on how we interact with the system,” he said.
The mysterious methods used by people in bygone times to summon fairies to help navigate the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life are set to be uncovered. Researchers from the University of Exeter have launched a new study to examine collections of 15th to 17th-century spell books and grimoires that gave instructions on how to summon and conjure fairies, demons and other spirits. This period, starting in the late medieval times, saw the writing of many books giving instructions on how to perform sorcery and necromancy, and fairies played an important role.
A man and a woman had no children, although they would have given their lives to have some. They prayed for offspring, under any conditions. It appeared that heaven had mercy on them, but when the time came, the newborn was a female frog.
Not letting themselves be distracted, the man and the woman raised her. They taught her music and all kinds of skills.
Above all else the frog loved to sing, and she trained her voice and her range until one would think she was the best singer from the city. Other people had not seen the frog and thought indeed that she was an unknown singer and could not explain why she did not perform in public.
One day the king’s son passed by the house and heard the frog singing. He stopped and listened for a long time. He immediately fell in love with the unknown singer and approached her father with a request for permission to see her and speak with her, but the father refused.
The links between our excrement and our food have been fundamental to human survival as long as our species has existed. In hunter-gatherer and nomadic societies, human excrement nourished wild plants. The Book of Deuteronomy instructed the Israelites, “when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement,” a measure that reduced disease and recycled waste. In settled agricultural societies, the excrement of humans and other animals helped maintain soil fertility and crop yields. In early capitalist towns, many townspeople had plots of land or kept animals, so using excrement continued to be part of everyday life. As towns grew, so did urban-rural manure trade. Historian Leona J. Skelton has shown that “dunghills were an immoveable fact of life for pre-industrial urban dwellers” because excrement was valuable:
Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, many urban inhabitants across Britain took responsibility for their own manure and removed it out of town themselves to apply to their own arable land, sold it directly to a local farmer or arranged for it to be removed and sold by a middle man. Inhabitants were careful to heap solid rubbish and manure separately because the latter was a valuable fertilizer.2
Wonder is sometimes said to be a childish emotion, one that we grow out of. But that is surely wrong. As adults, we might experience it when gaping at grand vistas. I was dumbstruck when I first saw a sunset over the Serengeti. We also experience wonder when we discover extraordinary facts. I was enthralled to learn that, when arranged in a line, the neurons in a human brain would stretch the 700 miles from London to Berlin. But why? What purpose could this wide-eyed, slack-jawed feeling serve? It’s difficult to determine the biological function of any affect, but whatever it evolved for(and I’ll come to that), wonder might be humanity’s most important emotion.
There was once a prince who found himself in the Green Isle of the West, and this is how the story of his adventures are told:
The Prince of the Kingdom of Level-Plains set out on his travels to see the world, and he went northward and westward until he came to a red glen surrounded by mountains. There he met with a proud hero, who spoke to him, saying: “Whence come you, and whither are you going?”
Said the prince: “I am searching for my equal,” and as he spoke he drew his sword. He was a bold and foolish young man.
“I have no desire to fight with you,” the proud hero answered. “Go your way in peace.”
The prince was jealous of the hero who spoke thus so calmly and proudly, and said: “Draw your sword or die.”
One of the biggest open questions of this century is whether 144,000 different chemicals swirling throughout the world are properly tested and analyzed for toxicity. By almost all accounts, the scale of toxic risk is unknown. This may be the biggest tragedy of all time, a black eye of enormous proportions.
Correspondingly and very likely, not yet 100% proven but probably 99%, as a result of ubiquitous chemical presence, one hundred fifty million (150,000,000) Americans have chronic disease, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, cancer, stroke, asthma, cystic fibrosis, obesity, and osteoporosis (Rand Corporation Review 2017). Why?
According to Dr. Paul Winchester, who discovered the link between chemicals, like pesticides atrazine and glyphosate aka Roundup and epigenetic human alteration, the findings are: “The most important next discovery in all of medicine.” (Source: EcoWatch, Aug. 16, 2018)
Dr. Winchester was one of the researchers/authors of “Atrazine Induced Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Disease, Lean Phenotype and Sperm Epimutation Pathology Biomarkers,” PLOS, published September 20, 2017.
The grisly underlying message of that study is as clear as a bell: Chemicals found far and wide throughout America alter human hormones as well as human DNA, which passes along generation-to-generation known as transgenerational inheritance.
Still, atrazine is not the only human hormone-altering chemical in the environment. Dr. Winchester tested nearly 20 different chemicals and all demonstrated epigenetic effects, for example, all of the chemicals reduced fertility, even in the 3rd generation.
Towards the end of the 19th century, a coalition of left-wing financial and industrial interests resolved to take over the British Empire and the world for which purpose they set up two organizations: the Milner Group and the Fabian Society.
The roots of this initiative go back to the 1700s’ Industrial Revolution which had given birth to a new powerful class consisting of international trade, finance and industrial interests. Much of these interests’ power and influence derived from gold and diamond deposits which they exploited through their mining operations. Gold produced by the Milner Group’s South African mining companies like the Anglo American Corporation amounted to half of the world’s newly mined gold. Large quantities of gold were shipped to London, refined at N. M. Rothschild’s Royal Mint Refinery and sold through the banking firm N. M. Rothschild & Sons. The gold price itself was being fixed daily in the “fixing room” of N. M. Rothschild’s offices on St. Swithin’s Lane in the City of London.
A similar monopoly was held on diamonds, all South African diamond mines being owned by the Milner Group’s company De Beers – which continues to hold a virtual monopoly on the price and marketing of diamonds through its Central Selling Organization. Another key resource controlled by the Milner Group and its associates was oil which it monopolized through operations like British Petroleum (BP), Royal Dutch Shell, and Standard Oil, in addition to important industries such as steel which it controlled through various outfits from the US to the British Steel Corporation. The same interests also controlled banking and finance through a worldwide network of financial firms like the Bank of England, the US Federal Reserve System, Lazard, J P Morgan, Chase, and the various Rothschild banks.
The global interests and activities of this new “liberal capitalist” class induced its leading elements to work for the destruction of the existing world order based on sovereign nation-states – which they regarded as restrictive – and set up a world government that would guarantee the financial and economic freedoms required by these elements to achieve their monopolistic ends.
The mighty oak has been central to English history and culture for centuries. Now new research is revealing precisely why.
A nationwide survey has just revealed that England has more ancient oak trees than the rest of Europe put together.
Over the past four years, tree historians have discovered 1,200 previously unknown but still surviving mediaeval and Tudor oaks, pushing the grand total for such trees in England to a remarkable 3,400.
About 85 per cent of them are between 400 and 600 years old, while some 12 per cent date back 600 to 800 years, with 3.4 per cent (117 examples) dating back 800 to 1,000 years. The survey work has been coordinated by the Woodland Trust, working in conjunction with the Ancient Tree Forum, the Tree Register and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The graveyard is very old and has many ancient tombstones of unknown age.
It is the isolated communities like this one that have preserved some of the oldest cultural traits in Europe. No wonder considering that they were literally living hidden from the rest of the world in the land above the clouds…
On the first seal a wild goat is depicted being attacked by two wolves, on the second a deer is depicted in a twisted position.Τhe third seal, however, which is made of carnelian is particularly interesting as it depicts an upright daemonic figure, a Minoan Genius, which is carrying a dead deer on its shoulders. An identical theme is encountered on a seal from Crete and an ivory tile from Thebes.
“There are lots of areas in the countryside that are not suitable for hedgehogs or badgers,” says Williams. “There is something fundamentally wrong in the rural landscape for those species and probably lots of other species as well.”
The authors discus what these “wrongs” might be. They note that habitat loss is one of the primary threats to biodiversity across the globe and the main driver of land-based species loss. They add that habitat loss is coming mostly from increased intensity of agricultural production.
“Within the UK, agricultural landscapes have changed significantly since the early 1900s, becoming more intensively managed and homogenised through practices such as the removal of hedgerows to create larger fields, the widespread application of molluscicides, insecticides and other pesticides, and increased mechanisation. In the UK, one of the hedgehog’s preferred habitats, grassland, has declined in area since the 1950s.”
And if badgers and hardcore farming weren’t enough, rural lands have become fractured by new roads, which are not only dangerous for any creature trying to cross them but create a barrier for movement as well.
***PREFACE: Drugs are bad and the government is your friend. Only rebels and subversive dissidents use psychedelics, so you should never, ever do them under any circumstances or it will make you a bad cog in the machine. Everything you’re about to read should be interpreted as a work of fiction or sarcasm or something. Obey.***
The Institute of Psychiatry in London has begun recruiting volunteers for a study on depression treatment using psilocybin, the psychedelic component in magic mushrooms. Late last month the Food and Drug Administration authorized a similar study in the US. About once a week, give or take, we are now seeing new studies, academic reports, books and mainstream media articles about psychedelics and their potential effects on human wellbeing.
They’re calling it the psychedelic renaissance, the first resurgence of mainstream scientific interest in the benefits of psychedelic substances since the government slammed that door and threw away the key in the 1960s. More and more studies are showing that ingesting psychedelics can be a powerful tool for treating disorders ranging from anxiety to depression to addiction to fear of death in hospice patients. These studies are always new and surprising revelations to people who have never tripped.
After years of hunting archaeologists have found sunken ruins that could be where the First Council of Nicaea was held – making it one of the most important places in Christian history
WHAT WAS THE FIRST COUNCIL OF NICAEA?
The First Council of Nicaea was a meeting in 325 AD in the ancient town of Nicaea, now known as Iznik, in Turkey, which was then part of the Roman Empire.
It was called by Constantine I, the first emperor to convert to Christianity.
The council brought bishops from across the world to the shores of Lake Ascanius to agree the particulars of their faith.
The meeting was held to decide whether Jesus had been ‘begotten’ by God from his own being, and therefore had no beginning, or was created out of nothing, and therefore had a beginning.
The council decided overwhelmingly in favour of the former.
As well as agreeing the nature of the relationship between God and Jesus, the First Council of Nicaea set a date for Easter.
Constantine believed that setting a shared date for Easter would be good for the unity of the Church as a whole.
It was also where the Nicene Creed was created, which is still used in Catholic Mass.
It is an often-repeated statement of belief that ends with the words ‘We believe in the Holy Spirit’.
Believe in parallel universes? Time travel? You might after reading this story Tenney recounts. “In the early 2000s, I was working with an older woman who was experiencing what she called ‘ghost children.’ She drew pictures of what they looked like. Years after she had passed away, I revisited her former home to speak to the new owners to see if they had experienced any ‘ghost children.’ The new owners had not seen any, but their real children had been drawing pictures of the woman who had been my client.”
Mike Parker-Pearson talk – Brynberian to Stonehenge… at Castell Henllys 19th/20th Sept 2018
The legendary (can I say that?) Mike Parker-Pearson has a talk coming up at Castell Henllys in a week or so.
From Brynberian to Stonehenge, New Discoveries in North Pembrokeshire Join Professor Mike Parker Pearson to find out more about the new discoveries linking Brynberian to Stonehenge.
Well, dear peoples who follow this blog, what can I tell you this time ?
I do love a real mystery to contemplate and one of my favourites is the weird unexplained stone ruts. I have mentioned these before, Sylvie Ivanova aka New Earth Lady seems to be the best researcher, and I am a fan even though she banned me from her forums, for some unknown reason. Possible my uncouth manners ? But hers are just as bad, because she declined to offer any reason. In my estimation a lot of her thinking is overly romantic and fanciful, but I remain a fan and her work on the stone tracks is outstanding and amazing.
Why do all the regular academics from the world’s great institutions ignore these phenomena ? I am uncertain as to the correct reason, but suspect it is because this evidence disrupts all conventional paradigms that we are taught concerning our past history.
What’s that George Orwell saying ? ‘Whoever controls the story of the past can control the present and future’. Something like that.
This apparently is the first of three new videos from New Earth.
So, there is that. I wonder if a satisfactory explanation will be found before I myself die, or we all die, destroying civilisation in a nuclear conflagration ? I would really like to know what made these tracks and how. There are a handfull of plausible explanations on offer from various sources, but as far as I can tell, they all fail because of exceptions which do not fit.
Seems to me that most folk who are fortunate enough to get relatively secure and well paid professional positions in academia, after years of hard work, do not want to endanger their prospects by flirting with wild possibilities. But in this case, unlike ESP, poltergeists, etc, there is actual tangible solid material evidence to study.
It’s the same problem that Brien Forster has encountered with the elongated human skulls and obvious examples of some kind of lost high technology. The regular academics won’t go anywhere near the subject.
The people of some of the ancient civilisations were not less intelligent than modern folk, in fact average cranial capacity was actually greater in some cases.
I can understand folk who refuse to believe in strange supernatural types of phenomena, because they have never experienced ‘non-ordinary’ states of consciousness, and there are plenty of wacky people whom I do not take very seriously myself, but there seems to be ever increasing HARD evidence which cannot be explained by the stories we all get taught by mainstream scientists, academics and historians.
I guess you’ll each have to make up your own mind where you stand, and make your personal judgement as to when what someone says becomes farfetched or delusional. In my estimation the world is awash with fraudsters, cranks and miscellaneous lunatics….
There’s often plenty of real evidence, and then the problem becomes how that evidence is best interpreted and what does it mean for us poor mortals stumbling through life.
It’s like the whole human race is a jury, having to decide what’s true and what’s false from all the bewildering information being presented.
One of the problems is that we are now presented with so much information, even in a single day, that it becomes impossible to judge, evaluate and digest it all. I read somewhere that 800 new medical papers are published every day. Even if they had nothing else to do, no doctor could read and absorb that much info in a day, let alone every day for years to keep up. And that’s just medicine.
Personally I do find the overload of information that this internet offers is stimulating, exhilarating and addictive, but I recognise the great value of zazen, Zen buddhist/taoist meditation, of having the mind be still and empty, taking the focal point of consciousness away from the head and down to the tanden, the belly below the navel. This opens up vast treasure of alternative ways of knowing and being of a different quality to intellectual thought in the mental realms, not to mention Gautama Buddha’s Enlightenment. 🙂