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ISSUE No. 157 YULU 2011

Green Egg Magazine

Table of Contents
FEATURES: HOLOGRAPHIC ARCHETYPES (Iona Miller) ..8 INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL SORTOMME (Betty Dobson)28 A GIFT FROM GODDESS BRIGHID (Radagast the Bard).32 INTO TRADITION (Marc Sylvir).33 CONVERSATION WITH REV. SYLVANUS TREEWALKER (Sylveey Selu)...45 A RECONNECTING WITH ALL LIFE (Vajranagini Om)...50 COLUMNS EDITORS PAGE: (Psyche Lamplighter)4 VOCATIONAL ASTROLOGY (Diane Wing).54 MUSE REVIEWS: The Witching Hour by Lady Isadora (Kenny Klein)37 Songs of the Otherworld by Ruth Barret (Kenny Klein).39 Radical Nature by Christian de Quincey (Tom Donohue)..41 Secret Lives by Barbara Ardinger (Psyche Lamplighter)..43 CONTRIBUTORS SHOWCASE.. .57 POETRY: BLESSED BRIGHID (Radagast the Bard)....FIRE GODDESS Photo by B.A.S.T..2 THE TIME OF ICE, A MEDITATION FOR THE SOLSTICE (Tony Bellows)48 YULE (Radagast the Bard) ..56.

Cover Art Oberon Zell-Ravenheart Oberon Zell-Ravenheart ~ Founder Psyche Lamplighter ~ Publisher/ Managing Editor Tom Donohue ~ Science Editor/ Layout and Design

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was taught that astrological charts are simply road maps to give us a general idea of what's ahead and that they are not carved in stone. Anyone who works with Tarot cards, does psychic readings or uses other divinatory skills, knows that things are always subject to change due to human unpredictability. Possibly the most important event that I found, was the lunar eclipse of last January 4, 2011, exactly one year ago. Most of the astrologers I found predicted that this lunar passage marked the end of patriarchal thoughts, values and laws; indeed, these same astrologers predicted the Return of the Feminine. They interpreted this to mean that reverence and respect for traditional socalled feminine qualities and characteristics such as compassion, empathy, nurturing etc would return. Astrological events also foretold that a great change was upon us and that women would be the ones to lead the way. This only makes sense, of course, seeing as how the end of patriarchy had been predicted. I began to look for signs of this but I knew that they would be very small, subtle things, hard to find. It's as if the great wheel of life stops for a moment and is reset and in that moment that it stops, it's hard to see any change that might be forthcoming. Looking back over this past year, I can say that it's been very difficult to see any sign of the return of feminine values but one thing did occur which caught my attention. About a quarter of the way through the year, women began appearing in my life. Women with ideas, creativity, fire and passion and a deep wish and need to change the world for the better. They began to find me through Green Egg, through the radio show I do with Oberon every Wednesday night on Blog Talk Radio's Witch School broadcast. I have been networking with these women to facilitate healing of all types, to exchange ideas, thoughts and feelings. I have also noticed that other groups of women are being formed and they are doing the exact same things as my group of women are doing. I noticed many years ago, when I worked in a women's drug rehab program, that when women are inspired to unite in a common goal, they can do literally ANYTHING.

by Psyche Lamplighter A LOOK BACK AT 2011 About a year ago, I researched astrological forecasts for the year 2011. I was looking for specific events such as the American/global economy and what it was doing; apocalyptic events, revolutions and uprisings around the world and possibly in America; and a host of other things that determine the fate of our beloved Earth and all Her inhabitants. What I found astounded and amazed me. More than one astrologer predicted that the year of 2011 would see more change than any other year in human history. Keeping in mind that astrology forecasts portend events and energies that MAY occur, depending on the choices that humans make, and that far more often than not, it takes quite awhile after the celestial arrangements are noted by us, for them to manifest for the masses. I

ABSOLUTELY anything. Women have been known to stop wars, protect and rescue children, change laws and culture and inspire heroic deeds. It seems that I have finally found my purpose in life. It is to work with others, women in particular, to build a new world. This world will be based on universal love and equality, on compassion and kindness, honesty, honor and serving the Goddess and all Her children. During this past year, I also had many great books with wonderful ideas come my way. Because Green Egg does book reviews, I had a number of people contact me with their books and they have inspired, informed and changed me for the better this past year. One such book was Biological Exuberance by Jonathan Balcombe. It is safe to say that this book changed my life. (Note: Green Egg's Tom Donohue reviewed this book in an earlier edition of Green Egg). The main premise of the book is that the purpose of animals is to simply enjoy life, to revel in the beauty of this marvelous planet and to experience ecstatic joy in each moment of existence. If you're like me and you love to watch animals, you may have noticed that animals enjoy the natural beauty of our planet quite a bit. Years ago, I used to get up to watch the sunrise with my 2 cats. We all sat together in front of the large picture window in my living room and quietly enjoyed the closeness of each other while we marveled at the beauty and wondrousness of the sun's return for yet another day of lifegiving energy. Nowadays, I often see my horse standing in his pasture, perfectly still, watching the clouds race across the sky on a windy day or watching the sun go down. He watches and listens for the birds, deer and rabbits that cross his territory and he loves to sniff the various wild herbs that grow on our land. I can tell he is absorbing the excitement of simply being alive and surrounded by natural beauty. I watch my little cat, Button, who was rescued from a garbage can at the age of 2 weeks and is still very healthy and youthful at the age of 13. She loves to go outside and chase grasshoppers, butterflies, birds, toads and anything else that moves. She loves to hide in the tall grasses on our land and play Jungle Kitty. I can see the bright excitement in her eyes, the sheer joy of being alive and

part of Life with the sun on her back and a floral-scented breeze wafting over her face. She runs and jumps at the excitement of a beautiful spring day, as does my horse, who tosses his head and kicks up his heels on a brisk, chilly fall day or when it snows. As I read this book, I began to understand that our job, as human inhabitants of this miraculous Earth, is to do exactly the same as animals, which is to exuberantly rejoice in Nature and our surroundings. It is our job not only to participate in this great Dance of Life, but to also ensure that it keeps going. To procreate by either having children, or developing a creative idea that makes this world a better place, is to join in the excitement of Great Mystery and all of creation. To do so is to be fully human; to abstain is to not be fully alive, free or joyous. After I read this book, I began to consciously cultivate the ability to be outside in Nature and to rejoice in simply being alive and surrounded by Nature. I nurtured this ability and I knew that whatever happened, I always had the great outdoors to cheer and center me no matter what else might be going on. Many years ago I realized that the Powers That Be have a much different agenda, one which serves no one but themselves. Their agenda has nothing to do with making the Earth a better place, nor in improving the lot of humanity or any other life form. This realization was harshly and cruelly brought home to me again last April when I looked up at the sky and saw the tell-tale white X's that are created by chemtrails. For years, I had heard about chemtrails but didn't know what to look for or what they were. Now, here it was, literally on my front door step. I had first seen them about 2 or 3 years ago but they were very infrequent. This past April, and up until the present, they have sprayed almost every single day. We now have about 3 days of rain and one day of pale sunlight, followed by 3 more days of rain and chemtrails. That is what chemtrails do, they create rain and storms; but that is only one side effect of chemtrails. I couldn't figure out why Tom and I had chronic sinus infections that lasted for over 3 straight months. I was on 3 courses of antibiotics but they did

nothing. Finally, I began to research chemtrails in earnest. I discovered that they contained aluminum, barium, strontium and modified molds among other things. Some areas are also sprayed with dessicated red blood cells that cause disease. It has been discovered that Morgellon's disease is caused by chemtrails. I am allergic to mold and fungus and it leaves me with no energy and lots of depression and sickness. I had these symptoms non-stop until someone suggested I try a neti-pot. I had to use it 3 times a day to keep the molds, chemicals etc at bay and so that I could function in my daily life. My horse became sick and finally was diagnosed with COPD. This means he can never take me for a ride again or exercise, run, jump and cavort with joy or he risks making himself even sicker. At the same time, his ankles became puffy and swollen. This was last May and they are still that way; I can't find a vet who knows what is causing this. Because of the COPD, he probably will only live a few more years. He is 11 y.o. and should have at least another 10 to 20 years of good life ahead of him. I wonder if the chemtrails are what made him sick, since he is always outside. I began to notice other signs of High Strangeness as well. Last Thanksgiving, we had a wonderful time with some friends of ours coming to visit and share our turkey dinner with us. The next day, as I was stripping the meat off the bones of the turkey, I discovered that it had 4 legs. That's right, FOUR legs. I could see that there were four little drumsticks and no wings on the bird. It was shocking and I can tell you that I didn't even know how to feel. I know that many farm animals that are raised for food by large industrial farms are geneticallymodified, but to see it right in front of you after you've eaten it is pretty unnerving. There were a number of other odd things that happened this past year. This last summer when I was out in my garden, I began to harvest tomatoes from a small bush. As I leaned over the plant to pick my first tomato, I noticed a medium-sized white cabbage moth sleeping on a leaf. I also noticed that there was no wind blowing, and thus nothing on the plant was moving...except for the leaf that the small

creature was on. The leaf was shaking and when I looked closer, I noticed that the tiny creature on the leaf was what made the leaf shake; for the moth was trembling and shaking after I had disturbed her from a deep sleep. I can imagine that she must have been terribly frightened that some awful giant had come to harm her. As I watched this little moth shaking on the leaf, it became very clear to me that she was trembling in fear. I felt horrible at having done anything that would produce fear in such a small being and so I turned away and slowly, yet quietly turned around and away from her. A minute later, I looked back again at the leaf, but the moth had disappeared, apparently taking advantage of my momentary absence to escape unseen to a new resting place. That brief moment in time is still very much with me and every time, I am amazed that such a small little being could experience so much fear that it would cause her to tremble. It was an enormous message to me from the Goddess to tread carefully and even though I might think of my small piece of land as My Garden, in truth it wasn't. My Garden is also shared with many spiders and toads that I see every year, the small helpful life forms that keep the pesky harmful insects away from my vegetables. In the fall and winter, the birds benefit from all of the seeds that are left over in the garden and this past fall, even though the garden is fully enclosed several times I saw a beautiful young stag in the garden, eating blueberry leaves. There is also a toad that lives there as welland I see him every year, a bit bigger than the year before. I have a spider who guards the tall stalks of Jerusalem artichokes and keeps them from being harmed by hungry insects. Indeed, this is not completely My Garden, any more than the land I live on is solely my land. It is shared with all the inhabitants that populate it and have a right to be here. That one small moment changed my life forever for I now know that even the tiniest of creatures can experience feelings of fear, something which I try very hard not to engender in any live thing. It also brought home to me that I don't own the land that I live on, I am a steward of it, as are all of us. We are all inhabitants who share the same planet.

Probably the strangest thing I saw this year was a UFO. Tom and I were outside about an hour and a half before sunset and it was still bright daylight. I happened to look over at where the skyline meets the treeline and, just above the trees, I noticed what looked like the sun. It was a large, amorphous golden yellow disc, but with a huge difference from the Sun: it moved!!! I watched it as it moved behind the tree and then suddenly disappeared. To this day, I have no idea what it was but I did see several videos on You Tube that showed the exact same thing. It even moved just like the one that I saw. Was it a UFO? A government experiment? Aliens? Who knows but it was just one more thing that happened this year that let me know that our reality here on Planet Earth has entered the surreal place known as the Twilight Zone. Several years ago, Tom had made a wonderful sign that was black with white markings and said You Are Entering the Twilight Zone. Maybe it was toxic magick coming home to roost?

number of anomalies as time goes on. I wouldn't be surprised if weird didn't become the new normal. I don't know if these things are portents of the Return of the Goddess or not, but for me, they are indicators of the growing awareness and sensitivity that is usually considered a feminine aspect. I believe they are signs of change, that we are about to leave normalcy behind and grow into a new reality where all things are possible, even universal peace and love. Have you been experiencing weird phenomena? Would you like to share what you've experienced that seems abnormal? I'd love to know what our readers are seeing and experiencing. We magickal types who like to live close to the earth are at the forefront of weirdness and innovation so I figure we'll be some of the first ones to notice these phenomena. I'd also love to know what you make of it. If you care to, you can send me your articles or even just your thoughts and opinions about the Weirdness Factor that seems to be growing. Please send them to: greeneggzine@gmail.com Please enter Weirdness Factor in the subject line so I can keep things organized. I'd love to hear from you and I hope you have a truly wondrous new year. Somehow, I feel that we are in for quite a ride this year. To be continued....

All of this is to say that Terence McKenna's Time Wave Zero prediction seems to be coming true; that as we move closer to the Winter Solstice of 2012, the weirdness factor is growing. Some of it, such as chemtrails, are man-made, but some of it also is produced by Nature. Then there is the complete lunacy of our government but I don't think I need to expound further there, because I'm sure our readers have seen for themselves that our legislators seem to have completely lost all reason and sanity. There are other examples I could give of weird natural events going on this past year, but I won't list them all here since I don't have room but you get the picture, I'm sure. As we move closer to December 21, 2012, I believe that all of us will be seeing a growing

(EDITOR'S NOTE: You might have noticed this is signed by Psyche Lampligher. As part of a New Year's Resolution, I have decided to use my magickal name in Green Egg. Hope this clears up any confusion.

Holographic Archetypes
by Iona Miller, 2011

My thesis, then, is as follows: In addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature and which we believe to be the only empirical psyche (even if we tack on the personal unconscious as an appendix), there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents. - Carl Jung, The Concept of the Collective Unconscious "Contemporary neurology and psychology [and physics]/show that we already live in one or more internal virtual realities, generated by neurological and psychological processes. Stable patterns, stabilized systems of these internal virtual realities, constitute states of consciousness, our ordinary personality, and multiple personalities." Charles Tart (1990)

"We have not understood yet that the discovery of the unconscious means an enormous spiritual task, which must be accomplished if we wish to preserve our civilization." C.G. Jung


"Not for a moment dare we succumb to the illusion that an archetype can be finally explained and disposed of. Even the best attempts at explanation are only more or less successful translations into another metaphorical language. (Indeed, language itself is only an image.) The most we can do is dream the myth onwards and give it a modern dress." -Jung "People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion. -- Albert Einstein

What are Archetypes? Are they structural, emergent, neurological, hereditary, divine, or an asyet-unknown element of reality? How can we know them and understand the patterns of our lives?

Ultraholism & Psychic Superpositions

*Soma Sophia. Iona Miller, 1993* *Meta-Nexus* Thinking Big requires a new approach to the way we pursue knowledge about our universe, our lives, and our species. We're still asking life's Big Questions and tackling humanity's Big Problems, but in the context of Big History -- a blend of cosmology, physics, chemistry, geology, biology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and history. Such a metadisciplinary approach yields a single, unifying, compelling narrative that continues unfolding meaning, purpose, and insight. Cosmic pattern recognition is the root of human culture from Paleolithic and Neolithic times. Humans have always pursued cosmology. Perhaps the greatest ancient discovery was the Precession of the Equinoxes, a recurrent 26,000 year cycle, leading to the model of astrological Ages and the mytheme of Eternal Return and The Great Year. Jung took an interest in astrology because he found it archetypally predictive.

The most deconstructed archetypal forms are vortexes, toroids, and solitons. Depth Psychology, New Philosophy of Nature? Physics or

The change of Age, such as we face now, was always considered a challenging time of crisis and chaos as the old ways die while new forms emerge. Therefore, today we find the mindscape riddled with the transitional, messianic, and apocalyptic memes of "2012", the Rapture, and Ascensionism. A crisis can be a blessing when it gets us to the devastating point where the pain of letting go is less than the pain of hanging on to a self-system that is so undeniably wounding. Not just the world, but "psyche" is in a time of crisis. The modern apocalyptic imagination, the economics of the spiritual marketplace, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of celebrity reign supreme. We must acknowledge the variety of manifest emotional and active responses globally to the onslaught of crises facing humanity and the centrality of psyche in articulating, holding and acting on these concerns, in a fragile world in turmoil. Weve always wanted to understand our origins, going right back to creation stories or creation myths. Physics connects the largest and smallest things in the Cosmos: "As Above; So Below". It is our common story because, for the first time, humans have an origin story that transcends our regional, religious, and tribal differences. That is, at least in theory. The flip side is that there is no consensus in physics, behind rather desperate attempts to rescue the Standard Theory from oblivion and the proliferation of orthodox and heterodox models. What may be closer is that we have a fantasy about how we think this has revolutionized our world. The narratives of the past were as clear as the grossly limited understandings, beliefs, and superstitions and power structures of their times allowed them to be. Chasing an ancient past that we are ill-equipped to understand in its original context, is a sure path to detour or

derailment in all conclusions resulting from it , if we take it literally. Old ideas are rediscovered, and succeeding generations find new applications, valid and illusory, for these ideas. People identify with their beliefs, and they identify with their own self-image most strongly and enthusiastically -- even desperately. Both "official culture" and denial can lead to tunnel vision, medieval and older mindsets. We need to differentiate between lies and truth not only out there, but more importantly in ourselves. Most people cant face the lies out there because they cant face the many lies in themselves, which make up part of their existence, be it popular held beliefs about politics, government, religion, education, etc, up to more subtle lies we tell ourselves to make our lives more comfortable and justified. Questioned on any of the mass-accepted beliefs, we may have to reevaluate our own lives and realize we may have been largely living a lie. Truth is not always pleasant. However, there is no judgment in truth. It only IS, neither good or bad. Because of the identification with certain beliefs that make up their whole life and existence, people tend to ignore truth and/or the lies they tell themselves. We tend to build buffers, excuses and all forms of denial to keep their world view intact. Ultimately we defend and argue limitations and the prison we are in to defend false ego states. We defend our tragic social systems the same way. This is why Jung noted, People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to stop from facing their souls. And he goes on to say, One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. In short, if people cant face the lies within themselves, they will never be able to face the lies in the world and find truth within and without. Their whole life just becomes a way of shutting oneself out

from anything that may be a threat to their beliefs and way of life. As the Russian mystic Gurdjieff wrote: In order to understand the interrelation of truth and falsehood in life, a man must understand falsehood in himself, the constant incessant lies he tells himself. Hence, the most important aspect in life life is to Know Thyself. In States of Denial , (Cambridge), Stanley Cohen remarks that the scientific discourse misses the fact that the ability to deny is an amazing human phenomenon [...] a product of sheer complexity of our emotional, linguistic, moral and intellectual lives. He writes that Denial is a complex unconscious defense mechanism for coping with guilt, anxiety and other disturbing emotions aroused by reality. Even skepticism and solipsistic arguments including epistemological relativism about the existence of objective truth, are generally a social construction. Much of the value of studying these 'Holy Grail-type' notions, in science, psychology and philosophy, comes from making connections across disciplines and ultimately building up our intellectual muscle power -- conceptual background. Learning different perspectives from our own is a primary source of human creativity. It can also be fallacious. To the extent such ideas spark insight they may help us move forward, but new ideas in reductionistic form can stall progress, too. We know more than previous generations and have caused more problems than previous generations. The future we craft together depends on transformational dialogue and sharing worldviews. Exponential growth must be curbed to avoid catastrophic consequences. Decisions made now have effects over a very long period. There is a hidden revolution in science today. Instead of focus on a part, focus has moved to relationships. A psyche

capable of manipulating forms can create logical relationships, but logic remains a limited tool. Imaginal images have enabled interaction, projection and cultural expansion. The human capacity itself is an extension of nature. So, instead of what something is, we look instead toward what something is doing and its non-deterministic effects on whole systems. The solutions lie not in the past but the future-perfect tense. Still, the near future is unlikely to be perfect. Furthermore, the nature of that future is a wide-open field, subject to endless confabulation -- personal and collective delusion. The ability to shift approaches with agility and speed is the essence of future adaptation. *We sense we are ending and yet just beginning because both are simultaneously and timelessly true. Humanity's race is against time toward the great Unknown. The perennial question remains, "What is wrong with the world and why is it that way?" Neither religion, philosophy, nor systems theory has been able to do more than balance out the negative, much like Yin and Yang. Transcendental religions seek to escape time and its dichotomies altogether. The treasures of cultural history and spontaneous renewal reside within this living field, our connection with the primal source of life and parallel phenomena. The history of the world emerges from the multidimensional field of possibilities. Somehow life works despite infinite deviations. Viability can be anticipated if not planned. But we've outgrown Earth's carrying capacity. Though barely aware of them, we are tied together by deep processes. We can learn to consciously understand and apply, rather than destructively act out these eternal patterns. We must learn to recognize what is being revealed even though it is always open to interpretation. We are also subject to delusions and misperceptions, so we need to learn

discernment. *We need to focus on our own dynamic process, not just its finite contents, personalistic signs and symbols. **Do we have to imagine our end to find a new beginning, to reinvent civilization? Change starts with the questions we ask because they have the potential to shift our awareness. What is inconceivable one day may not be the next. The tipping point could come at any juncture.** Reality is neither structure nor chaos, but a process in which structure and chaos dance between form and formlessness. This is the eternal cycle of death and renewal. Abrams and Primack write: "if we were to possess a transnationally shared, believable picture of the cosmos, including a mythic-quality story of its origins and our origins -- a picture recognized as equally true for everyone on this planet -- we humans would see our problems in an entirely new light, and we would almost certainly solve them." Is this the meaning of today's crises rooted in the changing Age? Our ancestors may have had as much native intelligence as we do, but being dead doesn't make you smarter, so in retrieving their "wisdom" we may bog ourselves down in the undertow of outmoded thinking, swayed by emotional draw to archetypal fascinations, stereotypical superstitions, and magnetic symbolism. Yet, each person cleaves to their limited interpretations, conceptions, and overdrawn conclusions like a jealous lover. Our theories of self, others and world are constrained by the limitations of our individual minds. Consciousness doesn't mistake itself for a god; people do. Some cultures are still locked in worshiping their version of God, while others have reduced god to the personalistic level, wishing to be that through such memes as co-creation, LOA, and "intentionality". The later is thinly disguised ego-aggrandizement. Whether that is possible in any sense or not, it is

hubris, or spiritual pride, an addictive state of the ego that opens the door to self-deception, even in science. Big Questions will always remain as our understanding is necessarily limited. We are receivers of revelatory downloads in symbolic and cognitive form that can change the paradigm. But we lack the capacity to "know" it all, which is reserved to the archetypal domain. Thus, the unified theory, which would be more than theory because it actually describes reality, remains elusive. Professor Russell Stannard offers unanswerable questions that include: * The brain is a physical object and many people liken it to an elaborate computer. But unlike a computer the brain is conscious. What is consciousness? * Free will versus determinism: Will a scientist be able to to predict what anyone does in the future? That doesnt match with our decision to make a choice it is the free will versus determinism question . * Why is there a world in the first place? Why is there something rather than nothing? * If the world was chaotic, theres nothing to explain. Certain things happen and other things cannot happen because of the Laws of Nature. But why are there any laws at all? * Is mathematics something human beings invented or something we discovered?

For all of us to be here, many many conditions had to be satisfied. The chance of life happening on earth, and satisfying those conditions were practically zero . We find ourselves in one of these freak universes. * How do you prove that there are universes other than our own?

* Cosmologists are able to describe the tiniest fraction of a second after the Big Bang. There was neither space nor time before the Big Bang. Some theories do not require nor include a Big Bang at all, making it's "cause" meaningless. * Does the universe go on forever? Where is its border and where does it stop? * No one knows what the smallest unit of distance or time is, or the length of a "string". http://news.techeye.net/science/scienceis-grinding-to-a-halt#ixzz1fb1MqE7U We are appropriating for our own consumption a large and increasing fraction of the biological productivity of the entire earth. This is why we need to figure out quickly how to transition out of the current period of worldwide human inflationary growth as gently and justly as possible. Cosmology can help by providing a model for this seemingly insurmountable task. The way that cosmology, and cosmic thinking, can help is to provide an accurate big picture of the universe that might motivate people to change enough, fast enough. Abrams and Primack argue that for the human race to take responsible and meaningful action, we must first agree on a common creation story. http://bigthink.com/ideas/41338 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Quantum measurements do not fit with the idea of an objective reality. John Bell showed, in his profound and simple proof, that NO CONCEIVABLE LOCAL REALITY CAN UNDERLIE THE LOCAL QUANTUM FACTS. Bell proved, in short, that REALITY IS NON-LOCAL. In other words, even though all the quantum facts are local, these facts cannot be simulated by an underlying local reality. Any reality that fits the facts must be non-local and entangled. http://quantumtantra.com/bell2.html We now have to face the possibility that there is nothing inherently real about the properties of an object that we measure, which brings them into existence. Rather than passively observing it, we in fact create reality from a superposition of probabilities. Physics doesn't tell us how nature is, it only tells us what we can say about nature. This raises deep concerns for theories attempting to unify the universe. General relativity, Einstein's theory of gravity, is fully realistic -- it relies on things existing independent of measurements. So the search for a theory of everything, which involves uniting quantum physics with general relativity, may be even more difficult than we thought. String theory is getting nowhere, so the answer lies elsewhere,

Entanglement: Impossible Objectivity

perhaps within absolute space itself. Einstein suggested decades ago, entanglement could be the key. We need to radically revision our basic physical concepts before we can make the next big breakthrough in physics. Physicist David Deutsch at the University of Oxford warns that even re-examining entanglement might not help us find the path to a theory of everything. According to Deutsch, we are blocked by something even more fundamental than that. Entanglement is real, he says, but it tells us more about how information can be extracted from quantum systems than the nature of the physical universe. "All the philosophical hand-wringing over entanglement is based on the delusion that we have a basic grasp on quantum theory". All Deutsch says of a theory of everything is that it is likely to come from uniting quantum theory and relativity at a more fundamental level than current entanglement experiments allow. -----------------------------------------------------------------------

There are many types of archetypes or "generating entities": the Jungian types come from the unconscious and are biological; the Freudian archetypes are also unconscious but are personal and biographical. The term archetype represents spiritual and initiatory mediums (or vehicles) and keys into which a variety of divine impulses are poured so as to form a language of the soul. Archetypes are universal symbols ingrained in the psyche of human beings, and are interconnected to unfold a meaningful idea or a teaching. Archetypes are also linked to seed ideas and are part of a subtle and refined spiritual teaching method that unfolds the Intuition and Abstract Mind. Archetypes are factors and motifs that arrange the psychic elements into certain images, but in such a way that they can be recognized only by the effects they produce. An archetype is emerging the archetype of participatory wisdom. Collective wisdom potential is a participatory, integral and pluralistic spiritual culture. The psychic field of creative people is integral. People all over the world care about the life on and of this planet, and experience themselves as embedded in continually expanding networks and environments. We are seeking genuine, open and constructive dialogue and mutual support in transformative work. We are all moved in the same direction, though they follow an unknown impulse in themselves rather than any new road charted in advance. This phenomenon is simply called Zeitgeist. Self-organization is a way of conceptualizing structure, order, and reality that emerges out of the most simple elements of what is already manifest, No underlying drives, forces or structures are needed. Missing seems to be any understanding of how nature as a whole can be reframed as the template of coherence for one's own psyche.

http://www.anecdote.com.au/papers/Em ergenceAsAConsutructIssue1_1_3.pdf Cosmic Pattern Recognition

The concept of archetype touches on some of the central concerns of contemporary philosophy of nature and philosophy of science. Science itself is based on archetypes. Mathematical models are the archetypes that predominant in modern science. It suggests a new approach to conceptualizing the dynamics of matter and energy throughout all levels of nested hierarchical organization found in Nature. We have discovered Her synergetic, fractal and emergent means of self-assembly, self-organization and dynamics. Psyche is an emergent phenomena. Emergence is the process of complex pattern formation from simpler rules. Emergence is a natural phenomenon associated with systems. Criticality is an archetype to describe natural phenomena, self-organized critical behavior ranging from cosmic pattern recognition to microcosmic scales. Symmetries are formal factors which regulate material data according to set laws. A symmetry element or a symmetry operation is in itself something irrepresentational. Only when it has an effect upon something material does it become both representational and comprehensible. As primal images the symmetry groups underlie, as it were, crystallized matter. They are the essential patterns according to which matter is arranged in a crystal. Symmetries are ways of reframing dichotomous relationships. The analogy between symmetry elements and the archetypes is clearly unusually close. This is the pivot of the structure of reality. These fundamental symmetries could be thought of as the archetypes of all matter and the ground of material existence. The elementary particles themselves would be simply the material realizations of these underlying symmetries. It is not clear that symmetries can be simply equated with archetypes, but the fundamental role of symmetry in quantum mechanics and

particle physics seems to point in a direction that justifies an intensive consideration of the archetype concept in these areas. Pioneering work for just this purpose was performed by Werner Heisenberg, who with the dictum, "In the beginning there was symmetry," closely associated symmetry as a fundamental ordering principle of nature to the Platonic doctrine of Ideas. (F. David Peat) Pattern Recognition Pattern recognition is a mental state. Our human brains are hard-wired for data collection, concept extraction, and pattern recognition, needed for the emergence of species-specific recognition patterns. Inferior temporal (IT) cortex is critical for visual pattern recognition in adult primates, and probably in humans. Pattern recognition comprises the bulk of our neural circuitry. We recognize emergent patterns in partial data and augment incomplete patterns with our imagination. We innovate from uncertainty with flexibility to recognize fuzzy patterns, but often we get it wrong, leading to assumptions without the balance of critical thinking, or ignorant of our assumed truths and hidden variables. These are our psychological blind spots. Wave interference (the interference of circular waves emerging from every point particle and virtual photons standing wave)is the primordial pattern which we are ill-equipped to observe without hitech mechanisms, but infer in the holographic concept. Meaning is a fuzzy (low rez) web of patterns. For an intelligence to understand the meaning of a word, concept or other entity, this entity must be "grounded" in the system's own experience. The population of symbol grounding agents associated with a piece of information expresses that piece of information, explicitly, as a fuzzy set of patterns.

The major skills of understanding situations and people in one process is called Human Pattern Recognition. In human pattern recognition, we have a general idea of what a category of event sequences look like. The ability to spot existing or emerging patterns is one of the most (if not the most) critical skills in intelligent decision making, though were mostly unaware that we do it all the time. In the emergence-based view, categorization is emergence-seeking. Abstraction, concept acquisition, and selforganization of proto-symbols are performed through an incremental and gradual learning algorithm. Combining past experience, intuition, and common sense, the ability to recognize patterns gives us the ability to predict what will happen next with some degree of accuracy. The better able we are to predict what will happen, the more intelligent we become. So, you might say that the purpose of intelligence is prediction. Integration or "sensemaking" is knowing which information to integrate and which to disregard -- a skill in and of itself. But our strength is also our weakness if we fill in the gaps, leaping to erroneous conclusions. Humans force-feed their experiences into their brains, only to find false precision and deeply mistaken pattern recognition. Any number of things interfere with pattern-recognition. Even creative and genius-level patternrecognition can derail into delusional interpretations or meta-errors. Subjects who make pattern recognition errors tend to reason with one or two cues at a time instead of attempting to reason with the combination of all crucial signal to noise parameters. Faulty pattern recognition leads to faulty judgments and behaviors.Those with very narrow interest lack the even the terms to carry on coherent discussion, much less understanding of multidisciplinarian theories.

Bottom-up, emergent thinking changes what we pay attention to and therefore influences the general drift of our questions.A simple type of pattern is a repeating structure (redundancy) in space and time, cycles, and relationships. A pattern can also be a prototype or exemplar or prototype, arising from relationships between parts of a system, and those that arise from relationships between the system and its environment. Metaphor mediates selection, anticipation and innovation, by telling us what our experience is 'like'. Whether its something you see, hear, taste, touch, or smell, at the same moment as you are having the current experience, your brain is comparing it to things you already know, and seeing how it fits. If it has a reference point, your brain files it away as a correlation or similarity or tangent. If its a novelty, your brain is challenged and will either construct a new model for understanding and processing this information, save it for later consideration, or simply reject and discard the information. Mindfulness and metacognition are powerful tools expanding cognitive capacity. Patterns and distortions in the observed phenomena are there because we define and recognize them as such. Ancient man first began connecting the dots between the stars of the night sky and the wandering planets that provided a spiritual framework for existence. They drew the analogy between what happened in the heavens with what they saw reflected in their earthly lives. Great systems of civilization and religion arose from such connective conjecture, categorizing a vast body of chaotic phenomenology with associative symbolic links, largely based on observing and mythologizing the cosmos. Such correspondences, spiritual technologies, and cosmic systems still yield wisdom today, if we understand them in contemporary terms.

A general concept of archetype used today should be understood to include the mathematical /primal intuition which expresses itself, among other ways, in arithmetic, in the idea of the infinite series of integers, in sacred geometry, and in the idea of the continuum and primordial fields, from ZPE to the Higgs Field (God Particle), that gives all matter its mass, the space-between-space the force which connects all things. Pattern recognition mirrors the process of psychology. It is an active attentional processing of raw sensory input, feature extraction, pattern generation, and pattern identification. Signal detection, response criteria, and sensitivity affect interpretation, decisions and behavior. The archetype itself is a pattern that channels our psychic energies. They structure both our insights and blocks. The archetype is experienced in projections, powerful affect images, symbols, moods, behavior patterns such as rituals, ceremonials and love. Jung suggested that dreams might be probed by looking for repetitive patterns. The concept of archetype that was initially developed by Jung is an abstraction obtained only by inference from archetypal representations that appear in the form of images or ideas that share a common isomorphic structure. Only these archetypal representations are ever consciously experienced. Because the archetype- assuch functions in the unconscious mind, it is not directly known or knowable. Because archetypes-as-such are held to be prior to conscious thought and to support it, they can never be exhaustively characterized by conscious thought. Thus, inherent in the archetype concept is the assertion of the limitedness of rational thought to provide a complete description of reality. The inferred existence of the archetype-as-such implies an inherently non-rational aspect of reality which assures that no attempt to describe reality in its totality can be

held to be completely unique or complete. http://www.goertzel.org/dynapsyc/1996/ natphil.html The archetypal idea when actualized and experienced becomes a complex of ideas held together by the feeling tone common to all the individual ideas. Jung observed that there was prolonged time delay in responding to charged words associated with crucial conflicts. Complexes interfere with conscious performance - action, will, memory and associations. A complex, according to Jung is the sum of all the associated ideas and feelings that are attracted to an archetype. The complex gives the archetype a form of expression, complex is powered by affect and it is feeling this affect which tells us that we are experiencing an archetype. Therefore archetype images are among the highest values of the human psyche and treasures of the motifs of mythology. Symbols are infinitely variable expressions of underlying archetypes and collective archetypes endow the personal individual with strong affect. The archetype is a tendency to form motifs; they are not inherited images but forms to which our culture and life experience give substance. They are a priori patterns for universal symbols that are characteristic of eternal human nature. The archetypal content of powerful language is metaphor. The metaphor, like the archetype, is an organizing symbol that facilitates depth of meaning. The form in which an archetype appears is a projection clothed and formed according to one's personal life experiences that are drawn from conscious andrepressed unconscious elements. Intuition is another form of pre-conscious pattern recognition. An idea or solution to a problem pops into our mind, but we have no idea where it came from. Intuition is often perceived as an external force. Because intuition is a generalized pattern recognition process, you cannot

break up the result into a series of steps or analyze the process for mistakes. The way you discipline and develop intuition is different from the way you develop intellect. With intuition the search for patterns often includes archetypal material. The contingent negative variation (CNV; go/no go sequence) was one of the first discovered event-related evoked potential components, described by Dr. W. Grey Walter, et al, in Nature (1964). Consistent patterns of the amplitude of electric responses can be obtained from the large background noise which occurs in electroencephalography (EEG) recordings and that this activity could be related to cognitive processes such as attenion, expectancy, intensity and probability. Many theories have been suggested for cognitive processes underlying the CNV component. Walter and colleagues suggested that CNV amplitude varies directly with subjective probability or expectancy of the imperative stimuli. Other researchers suggested that the CNV amplitude varies with the intention to perform an act. Another theory is that CNV varies with the motivation of the subject to complete the task. Tecce suggests that the CNV is related to both attention and arousal level.It is the root of selective attention, compulsions, and deflections nonrational archetypal effects. We have recently developed two technologies for pattern recognition, neural nets and genetic algorithms, that do not use rational or deductive processes. There is no precise definition of a neural net, but they generally consist of a large number of simple processors connected to near neighbors, with input and output connections. Simple algorithms determine their relationship. The networks are trained through some process that adjusts the relationship between inputs and outputs to enhance some global result. There is no simple

way to explain why a neural net or genetic algorithm produces one response rather than another. Dr. Manfred Clynes suggested a theory of genetically programmed (hereditary) dynamic forms of emotional expression he called sentics. When people have emotional experience, their nervous system always responds in a characteristic way which is measurable. This means that everyone has a common frame reference, or common experience given the same stimuli. Clynes measured the physiological brainwave responses to word cues for specific emotions. Clynes confirmed that we all experience basic emotions internally in the same way regardless of nationality, creed, religion, etc. Clynes to generalize the shapes of these precise patterns of physiological shift and behavior in mathematical equations that describe the "sentic form" for each emotion. Universally, specific emotions --- anger, hate, grief, love, sex, joy and reverence --- produce distinct muscle movement. Emotional terms would evoke common motor reactions, expressed as pressure patterns. Clynes was able to resolve at least 20 different emotional states, or Essentic Forms Patterns including: anger, hate, grief, love, sex, joy, reverence, and noemotion. Others essentic forms studied included hope, courage, guilt, and shame. There are probably a lot more, but sometimes they are combinations of emotions, like envy. This allowed Dr. Clynes to precisely map different physiological and behavior patterns based on the particular evoked emotion. Another surprising result of the study is that there really wasn't a significant measurable difference between men and women. *He shows that emotions, or cognitive sentic states, are systemic holorganismic patterns of information flow--production, recognition and reproduction.

Each sentic state is characterized by specific and distinct EEG brainwave patterns, as well as by arbitrary motor motions which can be quantified and graphed.* *Here is the symbol-making unconscious, holographically linked by coded meaningful electromagnetic patterns to the rest of Nature, without which our relatively recent speech-tokens could mean nothing. This is the real languageability which underlies human speech, with electromagnetically patterned "words" composed of qualities far more precise than the speech-words used to describe them. We respond predictably to emotionally-loaded words.* There is a specific dynamic form of action underlying the expression of each emotion, and the dynamic character of this action-form probably is universal, unlearned, and genetically programmed. Emotions may be experienced in various aspects: (1) in a real situation, or (2) through fantasy --- as when one imagines being with a loved person. Also one may experience emotion through empathy with another person who is (1) either really experiencing the emotion, or (2) experiencing it as fantasy. Little in our lives is fundamentally original. Almost every situation we encounter is similar to an immense number of previous situations. These similarities are not limited to the human species. They go back through the history of evolution. Many traditional approaches to developing intuition, like astrology, Qabbalah, the /I Ching/ and Tarot connect with archetypes. Evolution molds life to respond to recurring situations. The I Ching is a catalog of recurring life patterns. It can strengthen our awareness and sensitivity to the archetypal patterns that intuition recognizes. With a better conscious understanding we know more about what to make of these patterns and we can better focus our intuition.

Archetypes for humanity are all our possible patterns. In the case of the archetype these patterns seem to be transpersonal, that is they transcend and pervade individual /human/ experience. By this definition, the common factor of all synchronicity experiences is that they involve /pattern recognition/. Archetypal Pattern Recognition is a modality that assists people in recognizing the core currents at play in their lives. Pattern recognition is a human state like feelings or thoughts. Archetypes are elemental forces, recurring personality patterns which play a vital role in the creation of the world and the human mind itself. Realizations become alive and effective when they reach back like the Ouroboros into the depths of the psyche from which they arose in nascent form. The main aspect of archetypal patterns is that they are universally recognized. Archetypes point to innate configurations that need not be learned. The distinction between form and content is useful. The form is the built-in part of innate configurations that receive content via feature detectors that recognize patterns in nature. Form is ancient and universal. Content is local and specific. The natural world is an immense repository of repeating events, designs and sequences. The original archetypes are manifestations of our built-in receptivity to the patterns of nature. Recognizing that a pattern exists can be a powerful tool. We are adept at detecting signals that enhance or threaten survival amid a very noisy world. This capability is association learningassociating the causal connections between A and B. For example, our ancestors associated the seasons with the migration of game animals. We are skilled enough at it to have survived and passed on the genes for the capacity of association learning. Unfortunately, the system has flaws. Superstitions are false associations.So are flawed theories.

Jung took the term `archetype' from two sources, namely the Corpus Hermeticum and Dionysius the Areopagite's De Divinis nominibus.. Use of the term also appears in Irenaeus's Adversus haereses, and its Latin equivalent, `ideae principa lis', can be found in St. Augustine's De diversis quaestionibus, and later in Agrippa von Nette sheim's De occulta philosophia, Libra tres. Instances of its use also appear in De Dignitate Hominis of Pico della Mirandola (1463- 1494). Rightly or wrongly, Jung imagined archetypes operating at the deepest level of the psyche, and originating in the collective unconscious. We cannot observe them directly; they are but general structures determining a probability field that encompasses a range of actual events, images and experiences (Jacobi, 1974; von Franz, 1975; Edinger, 1972). From the archetypes arise archetypal images (Jacobi, 1962)--universal symbols, myths and motifs. The key to the scientific method, of course, is incrementalism in observation. Virtually all our theories about both matter and psyche are mythic metaphors of this kind. Even "the unconscious" is a reification of unconscious processes which by their very nature are not easily knowable. Jung's structuralism has also been questioned in the new millennium, which is more process oriented. We need to rethink our concepts and frameworks. We can talk about archetypes, but as emergent phenomena, not as reified somethings out there in the genes or in the head. The problem is not that this occurs, but that assumptions are given more ontological weight than any other aspect of our being in the world. So a structural approach, which is quite justifiable when regarded as heuristic metaphor, has a tendency to become reified and sedimented until it cant be shifted at all.

The new "orthodoxy", in this case 'emergence', doesn't replace the old; they rely on one another for meaning. Any number of metaphors and models can spark insight. Ideas about archetypes, emergentism and innateness, may not be right, or truth, or even represent those sciences accurately. But they have symbolic substantiality and facilitate discussion and representation of what, in ancient times were called gods and goddesses, or divine forces. Armchair philosophers often borrow from science and apply formulaic conclusions to both meaningful and fallacious arguments. Recognizing this tendency, we can assume the provisional "as if" approach for our arguments and draw some analogies that are, in fact, likely to be overturned or superseded by others in the future. Metaphors are of their own time and speak to the viewpoint of the moment, the state-of-the-art. Whether they turn out to be more than metaphors is for the future to decide. Whether archetypes are inheritable structures, cultural artifacts, image schemas or developmental achievements, or something as-yet-to-be-discovered, their symbolic richness is undeniable. The synthesis of activities, producing the emergent pattern, cannot be paralleled in a corresponding synthesis of neurological correlates or mathematical characterizations. Interactive emergence means there exists no overall formal description of the high-level phenomenon, though its pattern will be clearly recognizable within the context of the creatures environment. (Hendricks Jansen, 1996)(p. 228f) This leads to a view of archetypal images as complex emergent symbolic forms without which psychic life in general and emotional life in particular remains chaotic and unmanageable. In this sense archetypes are tools to think with . . .and symbols are the clothing of affect in image. Inevitably, there is a search for the most apt clothing but also the

clothing reciprocally affects the affect, by giving it meaning and form. "Warren" http://www.jungianstudies.org/pdf/Georg e-Hogenson-Emergence-Discussion.pdf Models (structural hypothesis) are heuristic devices, useful ways of understanding things. We tend to reify (fallaciously concretize) our models, especially at the popular level of faddish ideas. But the very fact that psychological theories are so diverse argues against any one model being the reality. We may not get it exactly right but such conceptualizations lead to possible, plausible and probable fruitful directions that bring meaning into our lives. Jungs acausal theory of synchronicity was a step toward a complete theory of the symbol. Hogenson (2004) calls synchronicity "extreme pattern recognition" and "pattern attribution" (narrative), suggesting symbolic systems obey the same rules of scaling as other systems. Symbolic systems can therefore be understood as exhibiting the characteristics of a power law distribution, which led to the discovery of fractals. Mandelbrot discovered that the exponent in a power law defined a pattern of self-similar structure in the phenomenon under investigation that was scale invariant" -- fractal. A power law means that there is no such thing as a normal or typical event, and that there is no qualitative difference between the larger and smaller fluctuations. Scale-free power laws reveal a lack of any expected size for the next event. Upheavals are not unusual. A big event need not have a cause. The causes that trigger a small change on one occasion may initiate a devastating change on another, and no analysis of the conditions at the initial point will suffice to predict the event. The famous example of the "butterfly theory" in chaos theory was understated, as the butterfly would be only one event that led to the hurricane's emergence.

Archetypes & Criticality Jung described synchronicity as a juxtaposition of a psychic state with a state in the material world that resulted in the emergence of meaning and a transition in the individuals state or understanding of the world. Synchronicity is an emergent aspect of the symbolic that exhibits a high degree of symbolic density. Tuning is crucial to reach that point in which any tiny event can trigger a huge upheaval. Sometimes criticality can be tuned by nature on its own. Each theme has its archetypes. Archetypes are universal concepts determining a probability field. All the most powerful ideas in history are rooted in archetypes. When the density of symbolic activity reaches a steep pitch, a phase transition or a symbolic avalanche is precipitated, radically reorganizing the whole subjective/objective world. What counts in the critical state is the simple underlying features of geometry that control how influences can propagate. Fractals and power laws are at work in settings where the critical state underlies their dynamics. Fractals can be produced by chaos, but they also arise in processes of growth or evolution. Dynamic phenomena manifest physical and energetic characteristics which are archetypal..Criticality is an archetype describing natural phenomena. Organizing criticality occurs at a bifurcation or saddle point of crisis/opportunity. The system is also more sensitive to disruption or trajectory changes at these points. However, following this brief, variable period, the system will reorganize, and the missing behaviors may spontaneously reemerge. Usually they will be more stable, reliable, and more complex than before the reorganization.(Tucker & Hirsh-Pasek 1993, p. 366). Thus, psyche is a self-organizing, selfsimilar domain. Most phenomena are smaller in their own right, but self-similar

to the great events of the collective unconscious. The system reflects on or mirrors itself. The objectivity of the psyche is a self-reflective capacity, evident as modes of consciousness, then retrojected, somewhat modified, back into the psyche. The symbolic world is characterized by phase transitions, that occur at the threshold of phenomenal transformation. An associative network shapes the psychic reality of the individual. Associative networks (gestalts), complexes, archetypes, synchronistic events and creative emergence become evident through a series of self-organized critical transitional moments that result in phase transitions within the symbolic system as a whole. A complex is a nexus of multiple interacting forces. They are the result of small symbolic developments that dont stop. Small symbols add together into denser symbol sets with chaotic structure. Details are not important in deciding the outcome. In the /Journal of Analytical Psychology/, Saunders, a mathematician, and Skar, a Jungian analyst, argue that the developmental forces usually thought to originate from the archetype arise instead out of the complexes, which are formed through self-organization in the brain/mind. In this view, the archetype is not something that forms the complexes; it is a class of complexes which fall into the same general category (Saunders and Skar 2001). Archetypes represent something as a state of self-organized /criticality/, an iterative moment of psychic synthesis. Archetypes are emergent properties of developmental processes. Given that archetypes exist, how do they come into being and how can the idea of archetypes can be aligned with advances in scientific thinking? Hogenson says the archetype does not exist, in the sense of being a discrete ontologically definable entity with a place

in the genome or the cognitive arrangement of modules or schemas in the brain. Rather, the archetype, like the complex, is an iterative moment in the selforganization of the symbolic world in a critical phase change that radically reorganizes while maintaining its fractal, self-similar structure. The complex and the archetype are fundamentally structured like the symbol, only the archetype exhibits itself at the point where symbolic density transcends the carrying capacity of the complex and moves into a more collective realm. http://iaap.org/congresses/barcelona2004/the-self-the-symbolic-andsynchronicity-virtual-realties-and-theemergence-of-the-psyche.html The brain at rest or in expectancy holds itself in a state of self-organized criticality (SOC). Nature as a computational process is at the heart of self-organized criticality. Not all events in the physical world are predetermined with absolute precision, or causal results. Indeterminism is the concept that events (certain events, or events of certain types) are not caused, at least deterministically (causally) by prior events. It is the opposite of determinism and related to chance. Indeterminism has been promoted by the French biologist Jacques Monod (Nobel Prize 1965,), Werner Heisenberg (Nobel Prize 1932), and Murray Gell-Mann (Nobel Prize 1969). The physicist-chemist Ilya Prigogine (Nobel Prize 1977) argued for indeterminism in complex systems. Chaos theory and its succesor theory, self-organizing criticality (SOC) have shown that large interactive systems perpetually organize themselves to a critical state in which a minor event starts a chain reaction that can lead to a catastrophe. Criticality describes a dynamical process, merely metastable, which is even now building toward the next set of catastrophic reorderings. Although composite systems produce more minor events than catastrophes,

chain reactions of all sizes are an integral part of the dynamics. Furthermore, composite systems never reach equilibrium but instead evolve from one metastable state to the next. A system in criticality, however, offers no neutral ground. Once in it, you are of it, as we learn after catastrophe. Though we face a relative ignorance in our own time, we are moving beyond Jung's conditioned view, structured by the science of his time. Archetypes may be revisioned from developmental, genetic or primordial patterns, common to all human beings. They still appear to affect the way we perceive, imagine and think, and by structuring psychic apprehension, influencing behavior profoundly. They are paradigms, rules or schema: "active living dispositions, ideas in the Platonic sense [or not], that perform and continually influence our thoughts feelings and actions" (CW 8:154)i. Re-Envisioning Reality In each Age, every generation revisions and articulates their contemporary notions of reality in terms of the language, idioms, and tropes of their day. In so doing, we hope to overcome the self-delusion and inaccurate presumptions or assumed truths that have led us in the wrong direction, toward the past and retrievals of superstitions, instead of into the eternally self-renewing NOW, and our own emergent future. We are infinitely suggestible and prone to identification and dissociation. Many are operating within mental pictures of the universe that we know scientifically are wrong. Furthermore, many cherish their anti-scientific attitudes, defaulting toward utter lack of critical thinking. Others cherish beliefs characteristic of centuries gone-by. Archetypes foster such inaccuracies. They can also help us attach to the shape of things to come.

The archetype, meme, and symbol of this emergent, but as-yet-unknown future is the "phase transition" or Singularity, a new tipping-point or threshold of transformation, expressing the zeitgeist or Strange Attractor of the Age. But 'singularlity' as a term for technical convergence is a meme, not an event. Technological singularity refers to the hypothetical future emergence of greaterthan-human intelligence through technological means, very likely resulting in explosive superintelligence. A gravitational singularity or spacetime singularity is a location where the quantities that are used to measure the gravitational field become infinite in a way that does not depend on the coordinate system. These quantities are the scalar invariant curvatures of spacetime, which includes a measure of the density of matter. In multidisciplinary conferences, Jungians (among others) are seek deepening among themselves around critical issues: * What affect and action are taking place or needs yet to take place regarding: politics, cultural change, economics, education, international relations, conflict and war? * What affect and action are taking place or needs yet to take place regarding: race, gender, identity, nation, history and spirituality? * What affect and action are taking place or needs to take place to promote individuation during a time of personal crisis? What are significant examples of affect and action in any cultural or artistic medium? * What responses are open and sustainable to individuals and communities in the face of such concerns? * What affect and action are taking place or need yet to take place regarding nature, eco-systems, climate, space, animals and human bodies?

Thinking cosmically means recognizing the turning point that after 14 billion years we have most of the puzzle pieces figured out due to the explosive growth of science. In science, metaphors matter. Metaphors can be symbolically profound, but are not literally true. Metaphors enrich language and thought, but if we become literal fundamentalists, we are sadly and sometimes tragically mistaken. The same holds true in our personal lives. We take the signs, symbols, and metaphors of our psychological journey literally at the peril of self-delusion, misplaced concreteness that leads us down a psychic blackhole, rather than toward a unified theory and world. Existential Mechanics The photon is a quantum of action and light seems to be the first directly observable manifestation of Ultime Reality. Virtual photon flux underlies photon emergence from compactified space. Neutrinos are almost massless, travel close to the speed of light, and pass through matter almost undisturbed. Photons, on the other hand, have no mass, travel at the speed of light, yet are absorbed and/or reflected even by fairly sparse matter. The aether is a three-dimensional environment, the space itself, and the transverse vibration of light is performed in a space with four dimensions. The aether is not being driven by the movement of bodies. Light is a form of transition from the three-dimensional space, the aether, to the space with four dimensions. As a general rule, the transition from a space with n dimensions to a space with n+1 dimension occurs by curving the n-dimensional space. A photon has an electromagnetic field that can interact with charged particles a neutrino has no charge and so unless it hits something head-on, it doesn't interact. So both particles have little or no mass,

travel close to or at the speed of light, and have no charge. But the photon has an electromagnetic field whereas the neutrino doesn't. Photons are electromagnetic fields, or rather waves in the electromagnetic fields. Noether's theorem demonstrates conserved quantities from symmetries of the laws of nature. Time translation symmetry gives conservation of energy; space translation symmetry gives conservation of momentum; rotation symmetry gives conservation of angular momentum, and so on. In matter, light's (broken) symmetries are conserved by charge and spin; in spacetime, light's symmetries are protected by inertial forces, and conserved (when broken) by gravitational forces. All forms of energy originate as light; matter carries charges which are the symmetry/entropy debts of the light which created it (both concepts are required to fully integrate gravity - which has a double conservation role - with the other forces). Charges produce forces which act to return the material system to its original symmetric state (light), repaying matter's symmetry/entropy debts. Repayment is exampled by any spontaneous interaction producing net free energy, including: chemical reactions and matter-antimatter annihilation reactions; radioactivity, particle and proton decay; the nucleosynthetic pathway of stars, and Hawking's "quantum radiance" of black holes. Identifying the broken symmetries of light associated with each of the 4 charges and forces of physics is the first step toward a conceptual unification.(J.A. Gowan) While atomic nuclei promote symmetry conservation through an exothermic nucleosynthetic pathway in stars, their associated electron shells create life through a negentropic chemical pathway on planets. Using energy and heavy elements ultimately provided by gravity,

the information pathway of biology is the means whereby the universe becomes aware of and experiences itself, including evolving new modes of creativity. Carbon with its multiple 4x3 fractal resonances (5) is the crucial link between the abiotic and biotic metrics of the Cosmos. (John A. Gowan) http://www.johnagowan.org/ We're beginning to understand what nature's been hiding. The zero-point field is a blinding light. Since it is everywhere, inside and outside of us, permeating every atom in our bodies, we are effectively blind to it. It blinds us by its presence. The world of light that we do see is all the rest of the light that is over and above the zero-point field. We cannot eliminate the zero-point field from our eyes. So, the vacuum is filled with a distinctive pattern of electromagnetic fields. Even with its pattern of electric and magnetic fields in continual fluctuation, the vacuum remains the simplest state of nature. Life takes refuge in a single space - absolute space. Metaphysical space is the unconscious. Each form that is in each human mind is, in some sense, an archetype -- some more common than others. There are shallower levels of unconsciousness between the total collective unconscious and an individual mind. A self-replicating archetype that is kindled from the collective unconscious is kindled through a mechanism of unconscious levels of tuning, and the reality format that is kindled is determined by the type of pressure and the content, biases, or tuning of all the levels between it and the conscious minds of the individuals who observe the phenomena. On the archetypal level, repetition creates a thermodynamic dis-equilibrium. At this point in the replicative mode, the human psyche is pushed toward a bifurcation point because of our intrinsic need for growth and meaning making. Psyche has the possibility of utilizing repetition as a chaotic, rather than a fixed or periodic attractor, thus moving the entire system

to a higher level of complexity (negentropy) or of dissolving into endless repetitions. Describing nonlinear dynamics and the types of processes activated as the system moves from stability to instability, Ervin Laszlo states that a system that is far from equilibrium may evolve toward a new dynamic regime that is radically different from a stationary state at or near equilibrium. (Evolution,1987, 21) As the repetition moves an individual or system into a chaotic regime, the possibility for complexity and greater development is activated. Recall that, as already established, evolution becomes virtually impossible if the system's parameters remain overly constricted. Behavioral patterns, thoughts, and actions tend to cluster more and more tightly around specific archetypal alignments/themes thus further diminishing the opportunity for growth. With clustering and complexing around an archetypal and informational singularity, an individual is, developmentally speaking, thrown back to a phylogenetically earlier phase of life. Similar to life and dynamics at the unicellular level, movement within the replicative mode proceeds through a spinning out of autopoietic, self-similar processes. Disruption of stability represents a natural phase transition in the life of every system. While we have the continual drive toward self-replication, there is an equally strong movement toward complexity inherent in the evolution of life at virtually every level. Continual repetition will eventually result in a deadening of possibilities thus reinforcing tendencies to stay closed. Freud observed the existence of two seemingly opposing forces within the psyche. One trajectory moves toward replication-a repetitive cycling of energya death instinct while the other arm of

the system's growth involves movement toward a life instincthigher form of new life.

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(Conforti) http://www.ofj.org/story/december1999-newsletter-archive Archetypes also shape collective consciousness. They are coherent, complex, intelligible patterns of meaning and improvisational creativity. All manifestations are kindled through this mechanism. All of them are shaped by the multilevel unconscious tuning. All of them are caused by an unresolved conflict in the deeper unconscious layers. Neuroscientists are now learning how to replicate images people are seeing based on the brain activity patterns, combined with transcranial magnetic stimulation for electronically delivering targeted highs. The legendary Philosopher's Stone, apart from being a real and solid object or substance, constitutes the hub or central axis through which all contemplations pass. It is the metaphorical center of all that is, has been and ever will or can be. Thus it confers a vantage point from which all that exists can be seen at a single glance of the mind;s eye. Therefore, it equates with Jung's notion of the mandala as a unifying symbol and the elusive Unified Field of physics. ----------------------------------------------------------------------References Hendricks-Jansen, H. (1996). Catching Ourselves in the Act: Situated Activity, Interactive Hogenson, George http://www.jungianstudies.org/pdf/Georg e-Hogenson-Emergence-Discussion.pdf Emergence, Evolution, and Human Thought. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Hogenson, G. B. (2001). The Baldwin Effect: a Neglected Influence on C. G. Jung's Evolutionary Thinking. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 46, 591-611. Hogenson, G. B. (2009). Archetypes as action patterns. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 54(3), 325-337.

Repetition, if it endlessly spins in its own cycle and parameters, becomes entropic and eventually dampens the creation of new energy and growth possibilities. Hence the progressive is suddenly punctuated by what is novel, is thrown into chaos by the introduction of an information catastrophe. As we now understand from chaos theory, nonlinear dynamics, and from much of Ervin Laszlo's work in General and Dynamical Systems Theory, complexity only arises in response to a system's move from either equilibrium or non-equilibrium to a farfrom equilibrium position. Laszlo (1987) describes the far-from-equilibrium state with the following: The third possible state of systems is the state far from thermal and chemical equilibrium. Systems in this state are nonlinear and occasionally indeterminate. They do not tend toward minimum free energy and maximum entropy but may amplify certain fluctuations and evolve toward a new dynamic regime that is radically different from stationary states at or near equilibrium. (Evolution, 21) Just as the phoenix bursts into flames so that it may rise new and immortal from its ashes-winged, soaring creature that it is-it appears that all of life endures encoded partial destruction of key elements at special moments to insure evolution. The symbol of the phoenix is fitting to capture this image of freedom reborn from the destruction of its earlier self than this archetype-fed process of self creation. Opportunities for Healing Understanding of field phenomena may help us to translate and convert unconscious behaviors into opportunities for greater understanding. Awareness of what I am calling an "archetypal morphology" and the capacity to recognize the formation of transpersonal patterns may help us understand those movements which all too often become national and global catastrophes

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Holographic MemoryIona Miller

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Monday, November 14, 2011

My major inspirational subjects are the rise and fall of ancient and current civilizations, reincarnation, creative self-empowerment, the need for social justice, the human genome and evolution in all of its forms. Do you write when the muse strikes, or do you follow a writing schedule?

When I saw myself as a starving, ill-fated poet, I waited for the Universe to hit me over the head with revelation and inspiration. But lesson plans, lectures and speeches broke me of that habit, to my benefit. Its all about the schedule now, else I am lured away from the job at hand far too easily.

Please describe your process. My body learned to listen to the demands of creative process, applying flow and trust to words as well as multi-media art. The process was almost sexual at first; it lured me to be better and bolder, taught me to pay attention. When a subject or happening stimulated my body, my brain learned to ignite and ideas sparked, words flew, paintings were visualized. When I combined the right mix of stimulation and a schedule, magick began to happen. I have always depended on my passion to keep me motivated.

Michael Sortomme Michael Sortomme is an author, artist and retired teacher of metaphysics, the occult arts and Active Indigenous Shamanism. Educated in anthropology and modern literature, she has journeyed in pursuit of truth that she translates into vivid paintings and equally compelling stories. A Reincarnationist, her prodigious past-life memory has motivated passions in Genetic Genealogy, Herstory and the Levant. The Pacific Northwest is homethe Oregon wine countryher piece of heaven. You may contact her through her main website at: http://www.michaelsortomme.com/

What motivated you to start writing? Lost in grief, I plunged head-first into poetry, prose and free writing after my baby sister died. The surrender changed me, opened me to words in a new way, using them to vent anger, sort through despair. What is the primary source of inspiration for you?

Its not mysterious in reality, if a schedule is properly kept, writing at least one keeper page per day, a year goes by and you have a book. The challenge is to stay plugged-in and focused, inspired to give it every last drop of energy available. Flexibility helps, regarding what constitutes a full work dayit takes the sting out of a seven day work week. When dealing with a painful or cathartic subject, I give myself permission to stop and regroup whenever the need arises. Sometimes I go back to it, sometimes not. Short but consistent work-blocks keep me from burning out and getting lost in my own dramas. Illustrating my books helps the process stay fresh; no time is ever wasted, including staring out a window. No embarrassment or waste of energy exists; I am free to take mental license in order to expand space and timemy meaning of a bard.

thought out-of-the-box from the beginning. I live large in my officethe hub of my worldalways a legend in the making. I embrace my work as worthy, use expletives at forces that try to lead me astray and, the struggle of all time: I try NOT to be a people pleaser! My keyboard is well dusteda tea cup on my right and pens on my left, a line of painted miniature horses and fairies face meready for action on my terms. Outer-world success frightened me; several career choices further confused my way. People, including professors, complained my writing was embarrassingly autobiographical, they doubted anyone would ever relate. Withering for a time after college, I abandoned written words for a spiritual career. Several decades later, as a teacher too busy to keep up with her own concepts, I was forced to return to writing, producing several volumes of guidebooks for in-house use. Since retiring from private practice and teaching, I have rediscovered my passion for words. Putting other peoples work aside allowed me to confront my demons head-on, make priorities and follow through with rough choices, by and for myself, my sanity and success. Thats when I became a real writer.

What have you done to promote yourself as a writer? Website creation, social networking, befriending other authors wherever and whenever possible, entering awards, whatever I can do without making myself a total pest and an enemy of all. A creative person cannot hide, only if one wants a life as a miserably lonely, forgotten outcast. I dont dig the whole Sylvia Plath thing; I want my words to heal, inspire, reinvigorate, so I navigate promotional land mines daily. What's left to do? So much to dotheres never enough time! I am frazzled at present, getting two titles to market in a year. After a few months in the studio painting and another month or so working on our enormous family tree, Ill be ready to hit the keyboard with a non-fiction occult overview for 2013. You never know until the very moment you sit down to write whats going to come outif you are not paid up front, that is. What needs and wants to be written will, as obtuse as that sounds. Another mystery featuring Emancipations hero, Sophie St. Cloud, might surface at any time though; the world needs more bad-ass women, in my worldview. When did you discover your unique voice? How long did the process take? Language was second nature for me, reading, writing and speaking before I could understand the meaning of the word vocabulary. My parents were artists and my mother had been, for periods of time, a serious poet. Paper and pencils, drawing boards and rulers found me, props for classes taught to invisible audiences. My head

What do you consider your greatest achievement as a writer? Thus far, The Emancipation of Giles Corey,

my first historical novel, is my crown. It won the Indie Excellence Award for Best Historical Fiction of 2011, Honourable Mention for the Hoffer Award and finalist for the Montaigne Medal. What's the most recent book you read? Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty

Who are the writers you admire most? The trailblazing women that have moulded literature in all forms and genres in the last century are my heroes; my limited list would never do them justice. Fiction, spirituality, feminist culture, social action, anthropology and the natural sciences, fine art or good readall important, all valuable, all changing and fine-tuning the art as we know it.

Margaret Atwood Ruth Benedict Geraldine Brooks Rita Mae Brown Zusanna Budapest Tatiana de Rosnay Anita Diamant Louise Erdrich Alice Hoffman Marija Gimbutus Erica Jong Stephanie Kallos Sue Monk Kid Shirley Maclaine What's your best piece of advice for novice writers? 1. Be authentic. Write what you know to be true and what you feel is right. It makes no difference whether you write fiction or non, write from a place of experience. 2. Risk disapproval. Regardless of how talented you are, not everybody will embrace the work you produce. Accept that fact and let it set you free. Write what you need to communicate, what you are driven to expose. Those who are inspired by your concepts will find you. 3. Dont be shy! Artists of all disciplines must believe in the work that is being created to have a successful outcome. It takes a strong ego to propel one into the spotlight; even a pale glimmer needs work and follow through

Margaret Meade Patricia Monaghan Alice Munro Anne Rice Dalia Sofer StarHawk Gertrude Stein Gloria Steinem Kathryn Stockett Susan Vreeland Alice Walker Barbara G. Walker Sarah Waters

to interest an audience. However, building ones ego up enough to put a work of art on the chopping block of public opinion can lead to extremes: arrogance and its complement, low self-esteem. Temper your methods to avoid overt aggressiveness, but be strong enough to make a positive impression. 4. Have a day job. Admit it, being an accepted published author takes time, energy, determination, luck, money, connections, Karma, and most probably, lots of gifts of expensive dark chocolate sprinkled throughout the publishing world on a regular basis. Not everybody has the magickal combination to get noticed, but everybody needs to pay the rent. Be smart, get a job and pay your bills, including college loans. Eating, drinking, having proper supplies and a working lamp are necessary ingredients for this work; wrap your head around the

concept early, it will make your life more productive and a hell of a lot more secure. Poverty is over rated! Is there anything else you'd like to add? I would like to thank Betty Dobson for the opportunity to share my thoughts, hopes and experiences with her blog audience. Her invitation to appear in written form for InkSpotter Publishing was generous and the support for my work is greatly appreciated. The new world of publishing appears, to the untrained eye, open, accessible, affordableyours for the taking. For those of us in the publishing trenches, the pitfalls of todays industry are apparent and its tough out there for everybodymaybe not for Stephen King, but hes a rare success story. No matter how stubborn, jaded, irritatingly isolationist and grizzled a creative person may be, to be truly successful one must reach out and be accepted on some level by others. Understanding, support and greaterworld encouragement for the creative process must be had for the artistic temperament to produce consistently. Without it, it is far too emotionally paralyzing

to be chronically misunderstood and rejected. An artist needs an audience, one that is hopeful. The world is ripe for talent, new and old there's room for all genres and personalities as long as quality rules. We need a talent driven market instead of a celebrity showcase. The hard part is convincing large publishing houses, distributors and the people who still buy books that the world is much richer with diversity and subsequent choice. Large conglomerates are dictating intellectual future in streamlined catalogues. Have creative people devoted their lives for naught, unique ideas replaced by episodic reruns? It is my hope that independent thinkers and the small presses that print their work will flourish like never before because of the support of people unafraid to use their voices. Let us keep a growing library of ideas in circulation, not settle for a top five hundred play list of someone else's choosing. Welcome 2012let the drama continue write on, my companeros!


Two years ago my son and his girlfriend surprised me by bringing a beautiful female Golden Retriever puppy to my house. They asked if I would keep the puppy for them while they were away at college.

remission. I called my son to tell him the bad news, and we were both shocked. I told him that the veterinarian assumed that she may have contracted the disease directly from the litter, as she was one of six AKC registered siblings born on a farm.

As the year progressed she mostly appeared to be healthy, although I noticed that at times she became seemingly tired and somewhat lethargic. We became very much attached to each other, as was to be expected. Many nights while I was watching television, she would cuddle up on my lap and fall asleep while staring into my eyes.

Such unconditional love from an animal to a human is something to behold! Anyone who Although I said that I would, I really knew better, that such a request was not likely to work. The puppy was just seven months old and really quite adorable! She was with me on and off throughout the summer, and we became very attached to one another. I had taken her to the veterinarian that summer for her first physical and series of vaccinations. Her initial diagnosis was that she was a very healthy puppy. The veterinarian also did blood work to be sure that she had no signs of heart worm or other problems. I waited about three days for the blood work analysis, when I received a call that she had contracted Lyme Disease! How could this be? She was only a puppy and never yet out in the field! Blessed Be, Radagast the Bard Pennsylvania The veterinarian gave her a Lyme Disease shot, but advised me that she would have the disease for the rest of her life and would need a booster at least once a year, hopefully to keep it in thinks animals have no soul or spirit are so sadly mistaken so many times that first year. She cuddled up on my lap, still thinking she's just a little puppy, stared into my eyes until falling asleep, but this time smiled just before dosing off. She is now just a little over two years old; a beautiful grown up Golden Retriever, as sweet and loving as any dog could ever be! She still sits by my side whenever I am working at my altar, and I always thank Goddess Brighid for her wonderful gift to me. As I look over at her watching me, I can see in those big brown eyes that she is also thanking the Goddess as well.

Into Tradition
By Marc Sylvir
Merry Christmas everyone! Whats that? I shouldnt be saying that? Why not?!? Oh I see; its because Im Pagan. Its not my religion. Let me say something right up front: I am not someone who gets upset when a store clerk wishes me Merry Christmas. Quite often I say Blessed Yule in return (and most of the times I get a Huh? look back.) But the clerk in the store, or the person on the street, who gives me Christmas greetings usually means it. And I always say that positive intentions are positive intentions. The Origin Lets delve a little into the traditions behind Christmas. When and how did the Christmas tradition come into being? Sometime around 320 CE (Common Era), the Holy Roman Emperor Constantine came to a realization: unity in his forces was unsettled due to religious differences. His force was split between followers of the Catholic Church#, followers of traditional Roman mythology, and followers of Mithras. The soldiers who followed the Roman mythology celebrated the Feast of Saturnalia on December 17th, but they were outnumbered by the followers of Mithras who celebrated his Feast day on December 25th#. Thinking on this, Constantine had an idea which soon became the standard operation procedure of the Holy Roman Empire for years to come: It might be possible to supplant an existing religious holiday by replacing it with a similar holiday. And thus was born Christmas; literally Christs Mass, determined to be celebrated on December 25th. The soldiers who followed Mithras adapted to this new tradition mainly because of their loyalty to Constantine. The Mithraistic belief was a rigid system of degrees, but it was based on a Persian belief of a personification of a Sun God. The Book of Malachi was, in part, written to re-enforce the identification of Christ with Mithras portraying Him as "the Sun of righteousness. It was inconsequential to Constantine that the scriptures state that Jesus Christ was

born during a time of lambing. Any farmer worth his salt will tell you that, although it is not an exact science, they try to arrange mating so that the young are born in the spring, giving them time to mature to a point where they can survive winter more easily. The date of His actual birth is still a matter of great debate among Christian scholars. It should also be noted that there is no historical mention of a specific birth date for Christ before the time of Constantine. As the Holy Roman Empire spread north the opportunities to use Constantines innovation became numerous. Sometimes the attempts were successful and sometimes they were not, but regardless of the success rate, the traditions were absorbed into the modern Christian mythologies surrounding various holidays. For the purpose of this article, I will focus only on the Christmas traditions. The additional benefits of placing Christmas in December, in part, can be listed as follows: Victory of the Sun God (Sol Invictus) in the Babylonian world. The Fire Festival of Isis (Mother of the Sun God Horus) The Celebration of Jul, Yula, Iul, or Yule. The Scandinavian name of the God translated to wheel. Neo-pagans have taken this as a symbol of the wheel of the year.

The Jewish festival of Channukah.

The Winter Solstice celebrated in various forms throughout the ancient world including the religions of Persia, Hindi, and Hopi. The last was an unexpected benefit for Christian

missionaries. After all, where would all those savages be without a church on their reservation? Specific Traditions incorporated in the modern Christmas Celebration:

Holly was representative of man, and Ivy was representative of woman. The joining of the two represented the union of man and woman, and symbolized fertility. Holly was thought to induce prophetic dreams when placed under the head of a sleeper. Holly is also representative of the Holly King, who rules this season following his defeat of the Oak King. Ivy was the plant of Bacchus <Greek> and Dyonisius <Roman>. The Holly and the Ivy are traditionally burned at the end of the celebration. To simply throw them away could bring bad luck to the household In Norse mythology, if two warriors of opposing forces met by chance beneath mistletoe, they had to lay down their arms.


The Yule log

In Norse tradition, the Yule log was lit to emulate the Sun, as well as to call the Sun to return. Each spark of fire represented a new pig or calf which would be born in the coming year. The Druids adopted this tradition from the Viking invaders Yuletide was a twelve day celebration (Twelve days? Now why does that ring a bell?).

Mistletoe was harvested by the Druids using "golden sickles". 2. Holly, Ivy, and Mistletoe Holly was the sacred plant of Saturn. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant which grows on other trees, including the Oak Tree. The

Druids chose the largest oak tree with mistletoe growing on it to hold their meetings. Between the Norse and Druidic (adopted somewhat from the Norse) traditions, the mistletoe became a symbol of a contract; and a kiss sealed the contract and brought good luck to the two parties. All three plants grow in the winter. It's no wonder that they symbolize the hope of winter's end, and the green to come in spring.

turned into a tree.


Santa Claus and giving gifts

The legend of Santa Claus comes from a mixture of many mythologies, including the well-known legend of Saint Nicholas. The sleigh and reindeer actually come from ancient Norse mythology. Odin (Wotan) drove a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Gift giving was a common theme in all the celebrations at this time of the year. For example, the Germanic Goddess Hertha or Nerthus, a Goddess associated with fertility who brought gifts of good fortune and health. In many of these celebrations homes were decorated with candles and ornamentation. Mid-winter feasts were also a large part of the celebration. This was bringing light and joy to the darkest time of the year. The Wrapping From the Norse mythology, Ygdrasil is the World Tree. Its branches symbolized life, and its roots were thought to hold the universe together. Decoration of evergreen trees was an important part of the Norse Yule celebration. The mother of Adonis (the Sun God) was The most curious thing I encountered in my research on this topic, started many years ago, was the fact that 90% of the pages pulled up in a search engine with the words "Christmas" and "Pagan" were Christian web pages. For the most part they were declaring that Christmas "traditions" should be abandoned, as they are all Pagan in origin.


The Christmas Tree

The evergreen, being a tree of colder climates, is usually associated with this time of year through Northern European traditions. However the Egyptians brought palm leaves into their households as a symbol of life triumphing over death.

Besides that, they were all imported by the Catholic Church!! Ah, the horror of it all. On a web page titled "The Pagan Christmas Cult" (which is no longer available) a page off of the Van Naatan family's "Down Home Christian Journal" (also no longer available), the Rev. Van Naatan goes to great lengths "proving" that Santa Claus is really Satan. Included was a 35 minute WAV file of a sermon on this topic. This, and the Pagan rites of Christ Mass (they spell it that way on every one of these pages so that you know it's all the Catholic's fault) is the common theme on most of the pages I encountered. Conversely, a web page entitled "Is Christmas Pagan?" (Wow. these pages just go away left and right) stated that, although the traditions have Pagan roots, it's okay! Because "we" practice them as Christians, they've become Christian! You see, it's the Spirit of the thing which counts. A pretty Pagan concept, don't you think? And Christianitytoday.com echoes that sentiment. Pages like these, however, are definitely in the minority. A web page of an Islamic organization (apparently they are also not very good at keeping domain names) even used this theme to discredit all of Christianity. After all, if their "holy days" are stolen, what good is the rest of their religion? What good, indeed? Allah only knows. The irony of it all lies in the fact that, without the expansion of the Holy Roman Empire (Catholicism), Christianity would not be the dominant religion it is today. So, where would all the fundamentalists be without it? And that would definitely leave Islam without a good enemy. The theme of the martyred God is incorporated into most of the world's religions. Christianity is not unique in that. Their uniqueness lies in the fact that they managed to spread their beliefs so successfully throughout the world. So, Saturnalia and the Feast of Mithras

became Christmas. The twelve days of Yule became the days between Christ's birth and the Epiphany. And down the road, Samhain became All Hallow's Eve, Imbolc became Candlemass (don't even ask where Groundhog day came in! My mother's from Punxsutawnee), Beltain and Oestarra were usurped by Easter (and by the way, crucifixion was performed on crosses shaped like an "X"; not a "+"), "The Holly and the Ivy" was magically transformed into a Christian song, and the Holy Roman Empire became the wealthiest religion to date. So for now, Blessed Yule, Happy Channukah, Happy Kwanza, and Merry Christmas! "Once in a royal David's city, stood a lonely cattle shed, where a mother held her baby, you'd do well to remember the things he later said. When you're stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties, you'll just laugh when I tell you to take a running jump; You're missing the point I feel should not need making, the Christmas spirit is not what you drink. So how can you laugh when your own mother's hungry? And how can you smile, when your reasons for smiling are wrong? And if I've just messed up your thoughtless pleasures, remember if you wish, this is just a Christmas song".






Classic Pagan Albums

The Witching Hour

Lady Isadora
www.ladyisadora.com Review by Kenny Klein

Clapton vs. Hendrix best guitarist debate, no one ever seemed to mention the other St. Joan, Joni Mitchell). All in all, Lady Isadora was an inspiration to Pagans, be they musicians or fans. Her 1981 release with musical partner Lord Pan, The Witching Hour, was one of the first times a Pagan musician created an album of entirely original music. Aside from the originality of the writing, the project was professionally played and recorded. This was a landmark event for the infant world of music played by performers who identified as Pagans, and performed for a primarily Pagan audience. The moment I heard the title track, I was captivated. Here was a woman with an amazing voice and a wry humor, singing about both her childhood dreams, which guided her to Paganism, and about her strength as a grown Pagan woman: Oh, the witching hour is striking and the moon is riding high Come Peter Pan from Neverland and teach me how to fly I'm old enough to be your mom but please don't pass me by It's been my dream to make your scene since I was two feet feet high And I was wearing green since I was just a gleam in my father's bright green eyes The song goes on to comment on how the stories heard in childhood shaped the woman of today, the bard and performer, asking Oh great ancestral muses, please accept this gift of song. From song to song, Lady Isadora's summation of what it means to be a Witch involves both the deep magic (Tis Hallowe'en), and the strong history (Witches And Amazons) of our culture. Like most Pagan music of the day,

When I was new to Pagan music (and dinosaurs ruled the Earth), I began traveling across the U.S. to play the very new Pagan festival circuit. Wisconsin, Ohio, Georgia, where there was a gathering of Pagans, I finagled a gig. In making the rounds of the early gatherings of our fledgling Pagan community, I began to meet and interact with the very few Pagan musicians who were doing the same rounds as I. There weren't many of us... but the outstanding voice of the day (and I nod respectfully at Ruth Barrett, whose new CD will be reviewed soon in this column) was Lady Isadora. Lady Isadora was a major presence in the early Pagan festival community. An amazing singer/songwriter with excellent lyrics (kind of a rarity back then) and well recorded albums (also somewhat rare). She could play her guitar well, which was unusual in women recording in both the Pagan and Pop arenas of the '70s (St. Joan, and I mean Jett, was still somewhat unknown outside of the Punk scene in the early 80s, and in the great

the songs are deeply rooted in Renaissance Faire and folk styles. While this genre is something I feel is too present in today's Pagan music (and I say that having recording just that style for 20 years), at the time of its release The Witching Hour was unique in its approach to these roots, creating a modern Pagan classic from this musical Phoenix. The themes of King Arthur, the Faerie world, knights and enchantment all find a new voice

in Lady Isadora's agile singing and capable musicianship. You will love this CD if you love classic Pagan recordings that shaped the history of our culture; if you love beautiful, artistic female vocals; and if you love music of magic and bardcraft rooted in the styles of Renaissance and traditional Folk.

New Pagan Music

Songs Of The Otherworld

Ruth Barrett

Dancing Tree Music , 2011

Review by Kenny Klein

into more contemporary feminist territory, most of her projects reflect the roles women have traditionally played in history, taking us through songs of weavers, forlorn lovers, doffers, lute players, and even women highway robbers. She has always approached these songs with a strong sense of pride in the lives women have led, and in the traditional songs and stories that have come to her from across the centuries. Ruth's newest CD is a collection of songs both original and traditional, all of which focus on the passion and complexities of women entering the Faerie World. It may be my favorite project of hers yet (and not just because she recorded one of my songs, though that does make me sort of tingly inside). As much as I adore all of the albums Ruth has ever produced, this one focuses on themes I am very invested in. It also features Ruth as the leader of a larger ensemble, featuring guitar, fiddle, flute, mandolin and synthesizer; somewhat paradoxically, she continues to approach the songs with a simple style, allowing melodies and lyrics to dominate the ensemble playing. Joining Ruth on this collection are some of my favorite musicians in the world: the brilliant harper Sylvia Woods (alum of Robin Williamson's Merry Band); and Ruth's daughter and daughter-inlaw, Amanda Barrett and Abby DeWald of the band The Ditty Bops (one of my very favorite new bands, even before I realized the family connection). Former musical partner Cyntia Smith also joins Ruth on this project, which is a very welcome reunion. The songs center on the

I have always loved Ruth Barrett's music, both for her gorgeous voice, and even more (as an instrumentalist) for her unusual approach to the mountain dulcimer. Traditionally the mountain dulcimer is strummed, giving it a droning, modal sound (you can hear this in the playing of Holly Tannen, or on Joni Mitchell's original recording of her song Woodstock). Ruth fingerpicks the instrument, making it sound more like a classical guitar. In the many years that Ruth played with Aeolus partner Cyntia Smith, the two finger-picking their instruments together gave nearly the full range of a single classical guitar. On her many projects, both with Cyntia and during her solo career, Ruth's CDs have always been a mix of original and traditional songs, many of which have focused on the roles of woman in societies both past and present. While her 1991 album Parthenogenesis was a foray

desire and the fear in a maiden complexities of love between who allows herself to be seduced humans and Faeries (Faerie's Love and impregnated by a Changeling Song, Thomas The Rhymer, The of the wild woods. Throughout, Mermaid, Tam Lin), on Faerie Ruth's amazing voice carries each figures (Birds of Rhiannon, Naiad, song (aided on several tracks by Fairy Queen, Apples of Avalon), on the singing of Cyntia Smith, and by Faerie enchantment and Amanda and Abbey), lending just Changelings (The Fairy Boy, Tam enough of her technique to create Lin) and on lessons carried to our a thrilling vocal without world from Faerie (Tree Lessons). overpowering the enchantment of Ruth never seems to forget that the song itself. our relationship with the Fae is difficult, passionate, and tenuous, This is an excellent CD for any long and that Faeries inspire in humans time fan of Ruth's; for anyone who reactions that defy rational loves the traditional music of thought. In The Fairy Boy, a Faerie, in which Faeries are seen as mother bitterly laments losing her seductive, dangerous and beautiful son to the Faeries, yet describes (as opposed to the modern view of her bittersweet joy that her boy faeries as diminutive and trivial); will be one of those enchanted and to anyone who loves the sound creatures. In Tam Lin, (a much of folk instruments played well different version than the one beneath superb vocals by a woman popularized by Fairport Convention, who grows into her vast musical and subsequently by every Ren power with every new project. Faire act that ever donned a jerkin), she captures both the the ....... ...

Radical Nature
The Soul of Matter
by Christian de Quincey ISBN 978-1-59477-340-2
Copyright 2002, 2010 Christian de Quincey

encountered, concerning the connection between Science and the world of the spirit. Numerous works have promised a new paradigm; this one delivers. Years ago, Earth First printed a bumper sticker which read, Subvert the Dominant Paradigm. My first question was, Which Dominant Paradigm? Do they mean the scientific materialism which has removed all meaning and value from the natural world, or the patriarchal monotheism which sees all reality as the handiwork of a transcendent deity? In reality, the paradigm in which most of us try to function is Cartesian dualism, which claims that the two realities exist simultaneously and are exclusive of each other. It is this separation of body from mind that has led to our abuse of our fellow animals (including humans) and the removal of all meaning and sacredness from Nature. Most scientists attempts to resolve the two realities assert that mind is epiphenomenal to matter and has only emerged as a function of the material brain. Meaning and value, therefore, are simply human constructs. Religionists and mystics claim the reverse, saying that the world of matter and energy are simply illusion and only spirit is real somewhat like Platonic idealism in which perfect forms exist in the world of the spirit and all material objects are inferior expressions of these ideals. As the Greek Gnostics put it: In the beginning was the word Radical Nature posits a new ontology and a new epistemology, one which addresses the essential sentience and sacredness of matter. As de Quincey so aptly states, Our cultures desacralization of nature has profound effects on how we relate to ourselves and the world The need for spiritual healing, a deep longing characteristic of our age, will be fulfilled

Christian de Quinceys Radical Nature: the Soul of Matter, is the very best book that Ive read this millennium and might turn out to be the most significant philosophical treatise ever written. For the past few decades, I have been devouring every book that I have

only if we radically alter our understanding of and attitude toward the deep nature of matter. Once we recognize that matter feels - tingles with interiority we see that nature and cosmos are themselves intrinsically meaningful, purposeful and valuable We, and in fact the entire universe are made up of atoms, but we are not our atoms. All of the atoms in our body change over the years and yet there is something about each of us that remains the same. Life is not a matter of what our atoms are but what they are doing. The atoms are the dancers but we are the dance. In Radical Nature the author explores a worldview wherein The atoms themselves choreograph their own dance a worldview that tells us that consciousness matters and that matter is conscious. Numerous authors have tried to use the principles of quantum mechanics to explain the existence of spirit. Mostly what theyve accomplished is to reveal their own lack of understanding of particle Physics. They start with the fact that, in the world of the atom, the observer influences the outcome of certain experiments. From here they take a leap of faith and proclaim that consciousness creates reality. Mr. de Quincey, on the other hand, explores quantum indeterminacy and the collapse of the wave function, with great depth and understanding and actually explains how the entire material world is partly created by some participating consciousness. He sees evolution as matter, feeling its way forward toward ever-increasing complexity.

Todays creationists have focused on the theory of intelligent design as the ultimate proof that the universe was created by a craftsman-like transcendent god. They have introduced the idea of irreducible complexity inherent in biochemical processes as proof of the involvement of some intelligence. I agree that this intelligence is self-evident but reject the leap of faith they take from this observation to their own brand of theism. Christian de Quincy explains this apparent intelligence as an inherent characteristic of matter itself. While he never uses the term Pagan his ideas certainly support the basic Pagan concept of immanent divinity. He goes one giant step beyond animism. Panpsychism, as de Quincy has aptly named his philosophy, is the cure for Rene DesCartes dualism which has dominated Western thought for centuries. This rift between matter and mind has been the source of other dichotomies like logic/intuition, the wave/particle duality, even racism, specism and sexism. True breakthroughs in human thought exhibit a quality that Physicists like to call elegance, when an equation is briefly stated yet all-encompassing like E=mc2. Panpsychism has that quality. This book is actually the first book of a trilogy. I plan to review the next book, Radical Knowing in a future issue of Green Egg. The third volume, Radical Science has not yet been released. All three are (or will be) available from Inner Traditions Bear and Company P.O. Box 388 Rochester VT. 05767 Tom Donohue

friends. How can you not love a group of outrageous, eccentric old ladies who still have enough life in them to perform antics most young people would be too fearful to even ponder? If you have a sense of humor, or are an iconoclast or original thinker, you should read this book. If you are a Pagan, you should read this book. If you are a Witch you should ESPECIALLY read this book. If you are an older woman you MUST read this book and consider it as a great instruction manual for becoming an outrageous old lady. In fact, if you are human you should read this book. If you aren't human you should still read it because you'll still thoroughly enjoy the read. This is a great book to lift your spirits in these trying times. It is a rare author that can create characters that are so memorable that you hate to see the book end; characters that live on inside your head and your heart; characters that you can actually learn from and that become a part of your Self. Barbara Ardinger is one such author and her newest offering, Secret Lives is one such memorable book. Like, Terry Pratchett, Ms. Ardinger has a gift for creating lovable and eccentric crackpot personalities that live on long after you've finished reading the book. The pages of Secret Lives are peopled with a circle of little old ladies who are Witchy eccentrics reeking mischief on those who deserve it. The setting is a retirement center known as The Towers, as in London Tower, which was used for imprisoning unwanted members of society whether they had committed crimes or not. It is run by a corporation who has hired a manager named Frances who believes in living life strictly by the book; a book that she never read and whose author she never knew, but nonetheless, she lives by that book as if her life depended on it. She makes it her job to make sure that everything that happens in the Towers is tidy, ship-shaped, nailed down, organized and in short, lifeless. She prides herself on whipping the residents into shape. But it's difficult to control some little old ladies, especially when they are Witches. For example, how does the manager ensure that everyone follows the no pet rule of the Towers when there is an invisible cat living in one of the apartments?

by Barbara Ardinger ISBN: 978-1466251786 Copyright Barbara Ardinger, 2011 Barbara Ardinger's new book Secret Lives, reads like Terry Pratchett on acid. It is enormously creative, zany, well-crafted and full of people you'd love to know and have as

Following the adventures of these Witchy ladies is an adventure in itself. These are not ladies who like to sit back and watch life unfold; indeed, they are women who make things happen. They help out the vulnerable, sick and unfortunate; they take seriously their roles as elder women whose duty it is to teach the younger generations the fine art of magick and mischief-making and all that they have learned in their long lives. The youngest of the senior ladies is in her 70's and the oldest is 98 years old. They are retired but they come out of retirement when they realize that their neighborhood in Long Beach, California has been overtaken by gang members, people with no compassion or respect for others and other assorted undesirables. They not only clean up the neighborhood but the retirement home as well and along the way they have A LOT of fun, as does the reader. One of my favorite characters is Bertha, who likes to wear outrageous costumes while

making political statements and protests. She variously wears a werewolf costume, green bunny ears, a Tupperware bowl on her head and lots of other wonderful costumes that would make Central Casting in Hollywood envious. Along with these ladies' passion for life and mischievous antics, we are made aware that they are profoundly united in a tight band of love between all of them. They have been making magick for decades and are really good at it and they never hesitate to help each other out, as well as helping strangers at times. In short, these are women who know how to have fun and enjoy life in ways that only the most imaginative of people are fortunate enough to envision. In closing, I can truthfully say that the only criticism I have of this book is that there isn't a sequel. But perhaps Ms. Ardinger will have pity on us and change that in the near future. I know I sure hope so. -Psyche Lamplighter

Conversation with Rev. Sylvanus Treewalker

by Sylveey Selu

Sylvanus advocates for a single payer health system, wants our jobs to be brought back to America, and stands for religious freedom for ALL, in this world. Sylvanus feels we can make this world a better place and provides a platform where Pagans are welcome to discuss the issues that are inportant to them. Rev Sylvanus Treewalker also hosts a radio program on Blog Talk Radio, called Pagan Perspectives. I want to introduce you to Sylvanus because I find him to be an interesting man who holds to his convictions and is a joy to listen to and speak with. SS: Rev. Sylvanus; You're the host of Pagan Perspectives on Blog Talk Radio. What prompted you to begin your radio program? What are your goals for Pagan Perspectives? -ST: Pagan Perspectives started as a test. My best friend at that time had his own show on Blog Talk Radio. I thought why couldn't there be a Pagan show that focuses on topics and issues affecting the Pagan community, instead of just doing a readings show. So in 2009 the show was born with lots of great topics and I have met and talked to some of the most fascinating folk in our community. As far as goals , I would like to see the show grow, maybe move off of BTR to another venue, plus invest in a quality website for the show, PLUS I'm looking for more participation from the Pagan community in the show, from topic ideas to actually being a part of the shows. Pagan Perspectives is by and for the Pagan community, not just about me. SS: You also host a popular forum on Face Book, Progressive Pagans of America. What challenges have you found in dealing with over 900 members? ST: Mostly the challenges have been by other Pagans to me about my political outlook, I'm a Democratic Socialist who does not follow after Barack Obama, I

As some of you know, I am a regular on Face Book. I have found many wonderful pages and communities where I can participate in conversations with people from all over the world. One place I really like, is Progressive Pagans of America. This is a group for those of a Pagan or Pagan-friendly spiritual path, who are progressive and left-leaning in their political outlook. It is hosted and maintained by Rev Sylvanus Treewalker, who is with the Order of the Standing Oak. Sylvanus wants to see equality for all Americans regardless of race, sex, physical handicap, or sexual orientation; to see the laws of our land enforced regarding marriage, gun ownership, etc. He also wishes to see an end to Corporate greed and socialism for the wealthy.

believe America can be better, and do better. The group lost members after some Face Book changes, but "m seeing it slowly grow again SS: What does Progressive Pagan? it mean to be a

Paganism so I was intrigued. My friend and I watched the ritual from the parking lot. There was chanting, dancing, and drumming. At first it scared me. but then it was like a light came on. I started to interact with that coven, to learn about Pagan practices, and to learn about the gods. SS: Where did it take you? ST: It took me to an interest in magick, Ceremonial Magick. I was initiated into the Greenleaf Coven, and later I discovered Druidism. In 2001 I joined the Henge of Keltria and later, in 2006, I founded an independent Druid order, The Order of the Standing Oak. SS: Where do you see yourself on your magickal path 10 years from now? ST: I hope to see myself still active, spiritually wiser and magickally stronger. I want to be more connected. I am, in a sense, preparing for my next life. SS: What advice would you give someone in the Pentecostal denomination of Christianity that is contemplating stepping onto a Pagan path? ST: This is for anyone of Christian background: follow your heart, dont let fear stop you from learning. If it is right for you, embrace it. You are not alone. This is your spiritual life. Live it. SS: During your time among Pentecostal people, did you ever see teachings that closely resemble the things you've learned since you became Pagan, and would you describe what you've seen? ST: I see a lot of Pagan myths that were borrowed, I believe by the early Christians, and put into their Bible. Also, I see ecstatic dance and trance, specifically in Pentecostalism that ties into things that we, as Pagans, do. SS: Rev. Sylvanus, you have been

ST: To be Progressive in a political sense, is to move forward, to be mindful of others, to care about humanity, to be there for each other. As a Pagan it means we have a duty to our community, our Gods, and the Earth to save who we can, and what we can.. To seek to replenish the good things of our society, and to jettison those things which corrupt and enslave. Progressive Pagans seek freedom for all whether it is animal, plant, or stone. SS: What goes through your mind when a Pagan tells you that they are a Conservative? What does the term "conservative" mean to you? ST: Unfortunately, I know some very hardcore right Wing Pagans. There are no very true conservatives anymore. These people hate Islam, have advocated for raping the planet and subjugating its people for profit. These folks are in my mind, NOT pagan at all.

SS: Rev. Sylvanus, you came from a Christian Pentecostal background into Paganism. What happened that caused you to begin walking your own path? ST: Yes that's true. I spent my early years in the Church of God, in Cleveland Tennessee; these people were America's first snake-handler Pentecostals, although the church I attended did not take up snakes. For a time I even flirted with becoming a Pentecostal preacher, but after awhile I started to question the Bible. Later I moved to where I currently live, in Springfield Missouri. I met some folks when a friend and I were invited to a camp-out, a Samhain ritual by a coven here in town. I knew nothing of

walking the Druidic Path for the last 11 years. Tell us about your path. ST: Druidry for me was that diamond in the rough that we all search for. After spending years involved in Witchcraft, and Wicca, I was seeking something more . Wicca is fine, but for me the dualist nature of the tradition made me ask questions. The Lord and Lady have some type of family right, so why not look into the Pantheons, and also, why are the Gods just archetypes? Why couldn't they be real, each with their own attributes. How could I incorporate this into my work? Also being a HUGE Celtophile really helped. I love anything Celtic, which is the basis of the Order of the Standing Oak. We honor the Gods of the Tuatha De Dannan, we honor the Earth and our ancestors, we seek to work with the magicks of the Celts and their Druids. My connection to LIFE and living has grown. I see the Power of the Trees, and thru all my learning, I take things one step at a time, and at the end of my path- there will be happiness.

and Office files are fine. Also if you feel really creative, please feel free to record your poems, stories, and songs into an mp3 format. For those stories that are lengthy, i.e. more than 20 minutes long, please send in 10 minute segments. When you e-mail your submissions, please include your name. Rev. Sylvanus will share these on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Multiple submissions welcome..!!! You can find the past shows of Pagan Perspectives at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search/pag an-perspectives --and you will be able to see what's coming up. Rev. Sylvanus has been interviewing some interesting authors, and is giving away books to those who enter their name for the drawing. Stop by and see who is in the line-up, and register to win a book for your collection. Follow Pagan Perspectives on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Pagantalkshow Join in on the discussions at Rev. Sylvanus Treewalkers Face Book community at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/317216 641985

Rev. Sylvanus Treewalker is sending a shout out to the Spirit of the Bards within you. Pagan Perspectives is seeking YOU! Sylvanus is inviting you to send your original poems, stories, and songs, to share with the listeners of Pagan Perspectives. Send your creations to: sylvanus93@hotmail.com. Rev. Sylvanus is able to view most file types, so Word

and at; http://paganperspectives.weebly.com : also visit Rev. Sylvanus' blog at : http://paganperspectives.xanga.com Hope to see you there!

The Time of Ice

A Meditation for the Solstice
Come in, and sit down, as the fire burns brightly. Close the door, and keep the droughts at bay. For this indeed is a tale told by the fireside, a tale for fire, but also a tale when there is ice outside, and the cold fingers of the Northerly wind rake their frosty hands upon the window pane. It is said, and was told to me, that long ago, the days were mild and temperate, and the sun shone brightly throughout the year. The trees blossomed with fruit all year long, and rivers irrigated the land. This was the golden age of the world, and happy indeed were those who lived in those glorious days. But one day, there was a change, as a breeze sprang up, and the breeze became a strong wind, and then a gale, coming from the North, and the land grew colder, and the days grew ever shorter. The sun lost its strength. The crops failed, the land grew cold and barren, leaves turned brown and began to fall from trees, and there was hunger in the land. There was a blight on the land, and the tribe felt the darkening of the days, the cold that chilled to the bones. They were full of a deep foreboding, a deepening gloom, a malaise that only the sun could shake off, but little by little, the days drew in, and the cold, dark night came, and brought only despair and melancholy. It was a cold walk to the cottage where the wise woman lived, so the leaders of the tribe, an old man and a young maiden, set off in search of an answer to the blight that had afflicted their lands. And she welcomed them in, and soon they stood warming themselves before her fire. They asked her for help, and she gazed into the fire, as if falling into a trance, and spoke softly: Branches dancing wildly through a stormy night Sea foaming, waves churning against sea walls As if an elemental force was loose, an evil wight With destruction in its wake, as darkness falls Seek the wisdom in the sacred fire, heart of gold The sparks from where the shattered vessels fell And fight against the darkness rising, be so bold And venture forth into the lands where shadows dwell

And in those days, there was also a wise man, the keeper of the sacred flame. This was surely were wisdom was to come from. So they went to the wise man. Now the wise man kept the flame upon the high places, set among the stones of the ancestors, and it burned as a beacon to guide sailors by night, and also a place where the tribe made the offerings to the gods of wheat and barley, of the first fruits, and of young lamb, when they sang of the blessings of the land, and gave a measure to the gods in thanksgiving. The keeper of the flame told them that the seasons were out of balance, and the strange weather days were the result of an evil come upon the world, and he would strive to find the cause, and return to the tribe the heat of the sun. But the days grew ever dark and cold, and it seemed that the land would become a land of night, beset by wolves and bears, where no crops would grow, and all hope would die. And so he set forth, and they kept the flame alight, in faith that he would return, and never gave up hope, even when the children cried with hunger pains, and their parents sought firewood with, venturing out with fingers chilled to the bone, and hurting in the cold winds that tore through this once pleasant land. But when all hope had almost gone, he returned, after forty days, from the wilderness, and sat down by the fire, and told us his tale; the tale that I tell you now. The keeper of the sacred flame had ventured far into the north, along the narrow mountain paths, and passed down through deep gullies, and the snow was thick upon this land. At last he came upon a mountain. This mountain was taller than any he had seen. On the mountain's peak, lightening struck the land, with powerful energies, while all around a thunderous boom echoed across the valley. And on its summit stood a fortress, wall upon wall, battlement upon battlement, black, immeasurably strong, with a gate of cold steel, and above those cruel pinnacles, a great tower of black stone. Upon that tower, the keeper saw a dark shape around which the firestorm blazed out, and yet sucked in the heat and light, and remained in shadow. He held a staff high in his hand,

summoning the elements, and crying out an ancient spell: Cold and blackness on the land The void consumes the light Gather darkness, reach out hand And bring forth endless night Tenebrae, O Tenebrae! Et Ite Nunc! And as he spoke, a colder wind spring up, and flakes of snow began to fall. The keeper knew that this was the Ice Lord, and he had taken our fire and bound it to his will, stealing the light and warmth from our sun, drawing it to his mountain realm, and causing the days to weaken, and the tribe to feel despair, as all light and joy was stolen from them. The keeper raised his own staff, and chanted an incantation of light: We celebrate the sun returning Growing light, early dawning The sun brings life and growth Rain and sun bring fruits both As the light of the sun grows Passion for life it now bestows. Love is as powerful as death Passion for life in each breath Bursting into strongest flame Let us rejoice, now proclaim Burning heat like raging fire Tongues of flame to inspire So it was that the keeper of the sacred flame battled the Ice Lord, and great was their struggle. Bolts of fire rained down, setting fir trees on fire, and a storm raged around the mountain peak. But the Ice Lord was held at bay, and weakened, and his fortress crumbled, and the dark tower fell. The rocks of the mountain themselves slid, and all came crashing down. Then the keeper bound the Ice Lord, and chained him with many binding spells, and with his baneful power gone, the days began to grow longer once more, and the warmth and light of the sun began its slow return. The keeper of the sacred flame was weary from his struggle, but victorious, and gradually, he retraced his steps, returning to our village. But it can cost him dear; he lost all his powers in that fight, and died soon afterward.

Now all that took place many years ago, and the tale was forgotten, almost lost, except among those who passed it down the years, telling it to each other. And it is said that every year, the Ice Lord breaks his chains, and casts an evil enchantment, binding the sun to him, summoning warmth from the land, and robbing the earth of life, and the people of joy. Then the winter storms bring a dying year, and a fading sun, and despair casts a shadow on the land. But also every year, we rekindle a portion of the sacred flame, when we take the Yule log and burn it anew And as we do so, it is said that the spirit of the keeper of the flame returns to keep us safe, as he awakens from his deep sleep within the trees. Then he ventures forth once more to battle against the dying light, and at the shortest day, he holds the darkness at bay, and the days begin their slow march back to light, growing longer and longer once more. As the trees burned brightly when the battle fought, so we keep a remnant of the burning fires ourselves, and light the Yule log, for hope, for the renewal of the sun at the turning point of the year, and as we leap over the smoldering wood, we too cross the threshold from darkness into light and are reborn. Pass through fire, be not burned Such is promise now discerned.

Tony Bellows

A Re-connecting with all life

Here we are, on the verge of the highly anticipated, media-hyped, sometimes feared, mysterious year, here in the west, known as 2012. The world around us, is in an uproar, as there is major uncertainty and fear. There is the "Occupy Movement" around the world and the establishments reaction to it; we see corporations stepping up pressure on their lackeys in government to secure their own wealth and safety; we see extremist religionists working magick to attempt to destroy Mother Earth and her Children and reshape it all in their fearful images. People are losing their healthcare benefits, jobs, homes and security. The old ways of right verses left, of Democrat verses Republican, are not working anymore. People are starting to seek local foods and sustainable living as they see how life as we know it may not last until the next generation. Some are living off the grid completely, while others just do what they can, while being stuck or preferring city life. This is a time of extreme chaos and some see it as a time of great danger. Yet this can be a time of new beginnings and of Gaia awakening Herself. Since the old patterns of culture and government are not working, people are creating new ways. Many are learning to live simply and lightly; turning their back on the consumeristic culture they are surrounded by. Some are turning to holistic healing, others are growing their own food and others are learning to spin and weave. The "Old Ways" are coming back out of sheer necessity and out of a desire to a more meaningful and compassionate life. Many people are concerned with ascension, that is moving into higher dimensions and leaving this realm behind; which can be a good thing depending on your motive. I would like to propose that some of us, literally, want to follow the Buddhist teachings, and take all life with us when we "ascend". It does not matter if we're Pagan, Buddhist, OtherKin, Witches, Druids, Natives, Aboriginals, Magickians, metaphysical students, Shamans, people of more mainstream religions who love the earth or even the common person who loves the earth. We are here to help Mother Earth awaken Herself. We are here to come back into balance and connection with all Life. We are here to shift the balance of energies into a gestalt, moving past the right brain-left

brain, male-female, violence-pacifism, rationalemotional etc conflicts that have been so destructive in our lives and the world around us. I've worked with a specific group of Dragon Spirits for over 20 years and wrote a blog about the magickal system they helped me create as a reaction to the DC40 activities. (http://thedragonsgraal.wordpress.com). The Dragons showed me, and a friend confirmed it by tapping into it, that Gaia has a rainbow grid of energy flowing around the world which is found in the crystal layer of this planet. I was told that this is Her new consciousness. If we, here in the west, seek to actively become a part of Her and move past our imbalances, then we are to ground into this new energy grid and open a new set of chakra-grids that connect us in new ways, to the: mineral, animal, plant, spirit, Gaia and human realms.

This is one of many ways to reconnect, you do not have to do it this way, it just happens to be something you can do on your own and is fairly simple. An advantage of this way is that you are consciously creating horizontal grids that connect you to the different realms I mentioned earlier. The more of us who

connect to this deep rainbow bring and bring the energies to the surface, even if we do not open the chakra-grids, will be helping shift the energies toward a better more healthy world for all. However, the more of us who connect the chakra-grids with the realms will be helping all life to move into a better dimension, not an fancy ascension, just a simple re-integrating and uplifting.This is not a religion, you do not need any formal initiation (though being in the presence of someone who is connected is helpful as it lets you get a feel of what you are connecting to). You do have to be willing to work with Dragons. Basically you find open a new energy tube along your spine and send it deep into the earth and connect with the rainbow grid deep in the Mother. After this is an active circuit between you and the Mother, you need to ask a Dragon to come help you establish your five earth connecting chakra-grids. S/he will help you create five new chakras that each in time will become a horizontal grid into infinity in the associate realm. Another Dragon will help you create a way to modulate and manage all the new energies coming into your being so you are not overwhelmed.

your frustrations, negativity, blocks, illness, aches, pains etc being exhaled on your breath as black smoke. See the rainbow light shift the smoke into colored light. As you inhale, bring in the rainbow light and let it flow through out your body. Create a gentle breathing pattern so your body is comfortable while you are focusing on this other activity. Now, intend that you are focused on the "Taproot to the Mother" that lies along your spine. As you breath in rainbow light, see the taproot being filled with rainbow light until it sprouts a strong taproot. Imagine this taproot, going from your sacroiliac deep into the earth and connecting with the rainbow grid. After awhile you will feel vibrant, mother-of-pearl, rainbow light flowing up into your new channel along your spine and to your pineal gland, it flows back down again. Please see the following illustration.

Many of us have heard about some form of energy channel running along our spire that goes deep into the earth and may pass through us into the sky. We could have studied Tai Chi, Yoga or energy healing. Some traditions talk about another tube closer to the spine than the common one we experience when we ground ourselves. Here, however, we are looking for a faint, flat whitish channel in front of the common spinal energy channel. If you can not find it, pretend it is there and act accordingly. That is a classic concept from hypnotherapy; our subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and pretending.

Part II. Establishing the new Horizontal Chakra-Grids with the Five realms. After you are comfortable with this new energy line, ask while meditating, for a Dragon Guide to help you re-activate the horizontal "chakragrids". You will, in the beginning, sense five areas start to create energy balls in this taproot along your spine. After a point, these balls of rainbow light will turn into flower-buds. After more breathing the flower buds will turn the correct color of the center along the taproot. You may discover that there will be a block when you work with a center; this means you have some kind of issue with the kingdom in question. Once you resolve that, then the opening will be easier.

Here is how you do it. Part I. Energizing the tube and creating a permanent link to Gaias' new rainbow grid. Set up whatever sacred space you are used to, do a general grounding, centering and protecting. Focus on your breathing while imaging the room filled with rainbow light. See

Open the crown chakra-grid first while asking to work with your special dragon spirit so you can safely open each of the flowers. This dragon will help you with the opening and integrating of the energies of each grid and realm. Think about it, if you are truly connected to the plant realm, you could be overwhelmed with the energies and impression of trees who're crudely cut down or if you are new to the animal realm, you may feel the emotions of animals being abused. We want to re-connect to life, not be overwhelmed by it. We need to be able to process and integrate the energies so we become part of the greater whole, not overwhelmed by it.

Just stay with the flow and let the energies enlarge the buds. After a while you will see the flower open and in the center will be Gaia, sort of a 3-D image. Keep gently sending energy to the center and intending that you connect with Gaia on whatever realm you are focusing on. After awhile you will notice the lowest flower petals growing larger and larger, then shredding at the edges. Stay relaxed and focused, this is normal. This is how the grid forms. As more rainbow energy is converted to the center energy, more petals will form and grow, feeding the petals that form the growing grid. Eventually you see the edges of the whole flower shredded and the grid extending into infinity. As long as Gaia is in the center of the flower, you are not yet completely connected. Once Gaia is replaced by a Double Dragon Eye (aka as a merkaba or double tetrahedron), then you know you're permanently connected. When all five flowers have the Double Dragons Eye in their center, you are horizontally linked to the Spirit Realm, the Plant realm, the animal realm, the mineral realm and both gaia herself and the Human realms in a new way. During this time, you need to work closely with your Dragons and guides; one of them will be your "Integrator". S/He will help you create a way to control, integrate and access all these new energies. S/He will help you create a special "control room" at the back of your pineal gland. Here you will be able to control the energies so you can still live your day to day life, yet you will be able to access and view energies when you feel a call for help or need to access information. There is a yoga mudra that can help integrate the energies in your physical body. It is called the "Surabhi" or "5 Element Balancing" mudra. Despite the picture below, all fingers should be joined at their tips (I'm not that coordinated). The left pinkie finger touches the right ring

Here are the table of correspondences to use to help open and connect the Chakra-grids. You can use color, vowel sounds and vocal tones as you visualize and connect to each realm.

finger, the right pinkie finger touches the left ring finger; the left index finger touches the right middle finger, the right index finger touches the left middle finger and finally the thumbs touch. Spend 5-10 minutes here while breathing gently.

I hope this may inspire you to help create the conditions for Gaia and all life to be brought back into balance. May all Beings be Happy, may all Beings be Free, may all Beings be Interconnected and Whole again. So mote it be. Vajranagini Om.

Vocational Astrology The Key to Revealing Your Ideal Career Direction

that reveal your ideal career, purpose, and work in this lifetime. I write from the perspective of the Occult Astrologer. My underlying philosophy is that as we come closer to self-mastery, we have the ability to overcome the challenges we came with into this life as revealed by the natal chart. Hence, whatever we uncover in this process is not written in stone; you have the ability to create your destiny. This is article #2 in the series. The Rising Sign

By Diane Wing, M.A. Article #2 Astrology has many factions and focuses. The planetary energies and their placements can be interpreted to reveal health issues, ideal relationships, and to predict how these energies can impact your life. Astrology is a complex system of metaphysics that requires a lifetime of study to truly master. With each new piece of knowledge learned, more layers are discovered ripe for analysis. Its complexity allows for myriad opportunities for interpretation. That is the art and the science of it, all based on the perspective and level of understanding of the astrologer. In this series of articles, the focus will be on vocational astrology, the indicators The rising sign or ascendant reveals your projected self, or how others see you. It is also the sign that reflects the planet ruling your chart, that is, whichever planet rules the sign that was rising over the horizon at your time of birth. For example, if you have a Taurus rising, Taurus is ruled by Venus, and so Venus becomes the chart ruler. Having this point allows us to determine the way the native comes across to other people and the planetary energies that drive outward behavior. You need your time of birth in order to calculate the ascendant. If you are not sure, know that the ascendant changes every 2 hours, so you can adjust the time starting at 12 am and see which best fits you. As mentioned in the last article,

there are many websites that offer free natal charts. Once you know your ascendant, check out the sign meanings in any book or site on the 12 zodiac signs and see how it fits with the way others see you. Your rising sign could be the reason that you dont completely fit with descriptions of your Sun sign. For example, one of the main description of the sign of Sagittarius is that they love to travel whether physically or mentally. The rising sign can be the determining factor in how the person expresses this particular characteristic. If the rising sign is Taurus, this particular Sag is most likely a homebody who likes to travel using her imagination, reading, or watching travel

programs from the comfort of her own home. If she has a Sag rising, there is a high likelihood that she will enjoy actual physical travel. Back to the rising signs ruler being the chart ruler, lets stick with Taurus rising and Venus being the chart ruler. The next step is to find in which house Venus sits and which sign it is in. This will give you another clue as to your primary vocational preferences and where your gifts can best be expressed. The house will indicate which aspect of your life/work it will be expressed and the sign will show how it will be expressed. In the next installment, well talk about the Midheaven as a primary indicator of your career focus.

YULE Yule logs burn this Solstice night, As wolf and stag observe the light. Deep within the Oak King's wood; We call forth our God beneath our hood. Cernunnos, Herne, the one called Nick; Whatever names you choose to pick. Our Goddess gives birth to our God of light; Rebirth and immortality this sacred night. The bonfire's warmth lessens the chill, As the sacred flames brighten a nearby hill. The wolf and stag seen in the moon's light; Watching over our Sabbat this sacred night. The wolf calls forth in the glistening snow, As the stag calls too in the moon's soft glow; Blessed Be to thee they seem to call, As the wolf's eyes brighten and the stag stands tall. We returned home from our Oak King's wood; Our lanterns lighting the way, as we lower our hood. As we enter the cobblestone path, now moonlit bright; We see our homes in welcoming candlelight. The scent of evergreen, myrrh and spice, With the warmth of home will be quite nice. Wreaths of mistletoe and bayberry adorn our door; A reminder that our God is reborn once more. Our windows bright with candles white Brings peace and joy this sacred night. Our Goddess gave birth to our God of light. The wolf and stag called forth this night. Our ancient sacred fires forever burn, As the Old Ones call forth and forever return. Blessed Be they call on this Solstice night; Our sacred Yule Sabbat so Pagan bright. Radagast the Bard Pennsylvania

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TONY BELLOWS I am a 54 year old mathematician, living on the Island of Jersey and working doing I.T. for a local accountancy firm. My interests include Neo-Platonism, Christianity, Buddhism, Druidry, New Age, Jewish Renewal, science, philosophy and history. Writes articles for a local magazine in his spare time, and writes Wheel of the Year meditations for rituals in a local Pagan group. Jersey has a history reaching back to Neanderthal settlements in the Paleolithic, many dolmens and menhirs from the Neolithic, and ancient churches from the 10th century, some with murals on the walls. The rich prehistory and history, and the closeness of the sea, give me the inspiration for my meditations. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonytheprof Selected books: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/o gham-meditations/15240009 Ogham Meditations - a series of poems with color photographs http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/ witch-trials-in-jersey-andguernsey/12656704

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TOM DONOHUE is a recently retired teacher from Lowell High School in San Francisco, where he taught for twenty years. Prior to that, he was a Public Health Microbiologist, first in Bacteriology then in Virology. He has been a researcher on telomerase at the Blackburn Lab, UCSF. under Nobel Laureate, Elizabeth Blackburn. He has been a member of CAW for over 25 years but considers himself to have been Pagan since the age of seven. He has an identical twin brother who is also Pagan. KENNY KLEIN is a fiddler, guitarist, singer and all-around performer, a veteran of Renaissance Festivals, concert venues and smoky Country bars. Well known for both serious songs and for his tongue-in-cheek, spry lyrics, Kenny performs such original songs as "Maria's Not A Catholic Anymore," "Goth Girl Blues," and his show ender "What Do You Do With An Old Dead Gerbil?". His stories of renaissance festival life and of the streets of New York are seriously funny. Originally from New York City, Kenny has traveled throughout the U.S.A. and Europe, playing and collecting fiddle tunes and songs. He has played main stage shows and pub shows at Renaissance Festivals, including Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Scarborough Fair (Texas), Four Winds (Texas),and Northern California; He has performed in legendary folk bars and venues including Folk City (NYC) and Speakeasy (NYC), Ramblin Conrad's (VA), and Marie Poll's (L.A.). He's played with country bands in Missouri, Celtic bands in Belgium, and he's won fiddling championships in New York and Kansas.

PSYCHE LAMPLIGHTER has been a Pagan since 1996 and was a member of the Church of All Worlds. She and her mate of eight years, Tom Donohue, moved from northern California to the mountains of Tennessee in 2005. After a number of various careers, including that of psychotherapist for 15 years and a flight attendant, she has finally found her calling as editor of Green Egg. You can contact her at: www.greeneggzine.com IONA MILLER is a non-fiction writer for the academic and popular press, hypnotherapist (ACHE) and multimedia artist. She has appeared in Nexus and Paranoia, authored several books and international publications. She is interested in the effects of doctrines from esoterics, religion, science, psychology and the arts. http://ionamiller.weebly.com VAJRANAGINI OM has spent over the last 25 years intensely studying the spiritual path, mostly as a solitary. She grew up a fundamentalist Christian in the rural Midwest; received a Bachelors degree in Biology/Psychology and a Masters degree in library science. She is a Reiki master-teacher of the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition and has been training in Animal Reiki as taught by Kathleen Prasad. She considers herself a DragonMage, a student of Tibetan Buddhism and Priestess of Privithee She is a first level student at the Grey School of Wizardry and is finishing her basic training with the Sound Healers Association. (Jonathan Goldman). She is a life member of Witch School International. She is very interested in using spiritual means to support green, sustainable living and is forming a career consisting so far, of Animal Reiki, Himalayan Singing Bowls and Sound for Sustainability. Her studies included Neo-Paganism, Wicca, Druidism,

the New Age, general Metaphysics, the Qabalah, Ritual Magic and Hermeticism; Tae Kwon Do, Ninjutsu and the Chi Gong system of Taoist Master Mantak Chia. RADAGAST THE BARD is a solitary eclectic Pagan from Pennsylvania. He has been a student of the occult and esoteric arts for over 35 years, including the Egyptian Mythos. He is a member of the Fellowship of Isis, Ar nDraiocht Fein: a Druid fellowship, and Circle Sanctuary. He credits his Welsh ancestry for his Druidic and Wiccan leanings and worships the Goddess Diana; although his strong affinity for ancient Egypt continues to draw him to the Goddess Isis. Runner01@comcast.net SYLVEEY SELU is the founder of the Pentacle Project which brings to light the lies perpetuated against Pagans and confronts those lies with the truth. You can find Sylveey on Face Book http://www.facebook.com/Pentacleproject t?sk=wall MARC SYLVIR is a teacher of metaphysics and meditation and has been writing guided meditations for over 15 years. He was formerly a High Priest for a Celtic trad coven, and is currently the High Priest for a small group of eclectics. He wrote the book The Elemental Path about meditating on the elements. He currently lives in Denver, CO and in addition to teaching, he also works for a national non-profit and emcees for concerts in and around the Denver metro area and for a yearly science fiction/horror convention. DIANE WING M.A. is an author, teacher, personal transformation guide and intuitive consultant. Diane has a masters degree in clinical Psychology and almost three decades of professional experience

helping people reach their full potential. In addition to her many articles, she is the author of the books, The True Nature of Tarot: Your path to personal empowerment and the novel Coven- both available on Amazon.com- as well as two tools of self-empowerment, Insight Stones TM - a game of self awareness and Pathways- an interactive journey of self discovery. Diane works with her clients to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives by helping them release their Inner Magick. She believes it is never too late to change your life, to come fully into yourself, or to expand your mind beyond its current state. It is possible to manifest your purpose, have healthy relationships and live an inspired life free to create anything you want. She offers a safe place for transformation so you can experience profound changes in your life. Her programs allow clients to work at their own pace in order for them to release that which no longer serves them and to get relief from the anxiety and worry of constantly taking responsibility for those around them. Diane has been providing valuable insights for the highest good of her clients for over 27 years. She has appeared on many blog talk radio programs and has been published in various magazines, both in print and on line. Her website is: www.forestwitch.com When you join her Forest Witch community, youll receive a copy of her eBook, How to Release your Inner Magick. OBERON ZELL-RAVENHEART is a cofounder of the Church of All Worlds and founding editor/publisher of Green Egg Magazine, as well as a writer and speaker on the subject of Neopaganism. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 1965. In 1967 he

received a Doctor of Divinity from Life Science College in Rolling Meadows, Illinois then a teaching certificate from Harris Teachers College in St. Louis in 1968. He also spent some time on graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis. An early advocate of deep ecology, Zell-Ravenheart articulated the Gaea Thesis in 1970, independently of Dr. James Lovelock who is usually credited with the theorys development. Along with his co-wife, Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart

and the other members of his group marriage, he has been influential in the modern polyamoury movement. Zell-Ravenheart also co-founded the Ecosophical Research Association in 1977, an organization that explores the truth behind myths. This group was known for the living unicorns they created by minor surgery to the horn buds of goats. One of their unicorns, Lancelot, toured with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.