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The Reason: Moving On
Ian Beardsley
Copyright 2014 by Ian Beardsley
In my book The Reason, for which this book is the sequel, we found the Spanish
connection to Extraterrestrials, now we look for the American connection. We see right
away the connection of extraterrestrials, so far, is related to the explorer-pioneer idiom,
which makes sense, because extraterrestrials are explorers and pioneers of the Universe.
The first appearance of blue jeans is in Italy, in a 17th century painting by an anonymous
Italian painter showing a woman making them by hand. I have always known, from
reading the label on the back of Levis that Levis was founded on my birthday, May 20.
The year of founding was 1873. I was born in 1965.
Wikipedia writes of the founder:
A young man named Levi Strauss emigrated in 1851 from Germany to New York to be
with his older brothers, who ran a dry goods store. In 1853 he moved to San Francisco to
establish his own dry goods business.
In 1872, Jacob Davis, a tailor who frequently purchased bolts of cloth from the Levi
Strauss & Co. wholesale house, wrote to Levi asking to partner with him to patent and
sell clothing reinforced with rivets.[5] Davis' idea was to use copper rivets to reinforce
the points of stress, such as on the pocket corners and at the bottom of the button fly.
After Levi accepted Davis's offer,[6] the two men received US patent No. 139,121, for an
"Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings," on May 20, 1873.[7]
I had written a novel called The Reason that points out Cristopher Columbus died on
my birthday, May 20. I had pointed out that my discoveries in astronomy began in
Granada, Spain. Granada is where the tomb of Queen Isabella The Catholic is, and she
funded the voyage of Columbus, to find a western route to India, but ended up
discovering America. I was playing flamenco in Spain, and blue jeans were thought to be
very flamenco. I always wore Levis.
When I was in Spain, I saw nothing but blue jeans in the store windows. We understand
immediately that Levis were originally made for cowboys working on the range. That is
why they are riveted, to make them stronger at the stress points.
This is obviously a project that begins by talking about those things which are very
flamenco, or very deep song (the Gypsy music of Spain)
Walking through Granada with the Gypsy brothers Manolin and Antonio, we passed a
billboard advertising Marlboro cigarettes. There depicted was the Marlboro man. There
was a feeling that he was very flamenco. In my experience the cowboy hat of cowboy
hats has always been Stetson. Wikipedia writes of Stetson:
Founded in 1865, John B. Stetson Company began when the founder headed west and
created the original hat of the West, the Boss of the Plains. This Western hat would
become the cornerstone of Stetsons hat business and is still in production today.
Stetson eventually became the worlds largest hat maker, producing more than 3,300,000
hats a year in a factory spread over 9 acres (36,000 m2) in Philadelphia. In addition to its
Western and fashion hats, Stetson also produces fragrance, apparel, footwear, eyewear,
belts, bourbon and a range of other products evoking the historic American West.
So, Stetson was founded in 1865. I was born in 1965, exactly 100 years later.
Marlboro was started by Philip Morris and was established in 1924 as a woman's
cigarette with the slogan Mild as May. We already said Cristopher Columbus died on
my birthday, May 20 and that Levis was founded on my birthday, May 20. Once again I
see May in that pioneer-explorer idiom. You can do this too, find your connection to
things, just go to the Gypsies.
We conclude with the wind. What more speaks of Gypsies, we imagine them leaving
India a thousand years ago, travelling by camel through the deserts as they head west,
singing, their voice carried by the desert winds.
We conclude with the wind. What more speaks of Gypsies, we imagine them leaving
India a thousand years ago, travelling by camel through the deserts as they head west,
singing, their voice carried by the desert winds.
The Wind
I wrote about the wind in my book Climate Science Basics:
The Spirit Of Manuel
I lay awake on my bed, on my back, at midnight, a cool summer breeze blowing across
my body through my window; The spirit of Manuel moved across me like a wave,
carrying all the mystery the Gypsies had associated with with them that accrued in their
being over the thousand years they went unseen, passing through the lands between India
and Spain, wandering, at times in the desert, while living in camps by night.
Though I had already gone to Spain and met Manuel, It was as though someone I had
never known was reaching out to me, and reeling me into something I had never
experienced, I was the me before I lived in his cave tucked away on a hill in Southern
Spain, or Andalucia, and he was the person he was before he ever met me. It was as if a
Gypsy, 6000 miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, that I had never met, knew of
my presence nonetheless, and was making me into him, even though I felt I was my old
self all along.
La Gitana Morena
Before, in Spain, a young Gypsy Girl of my same age, her early twenties, took in my
spirit, like she did with many, to keep and return to them in case they lost their true self to
the trials of the world. I remember when I told her I play the Guitar, she said That you
play something for me, that will determine if you have anything at all!
Rabbi Wolpe said it best when he said Love the things you cant own, like the Sun, the
Stars, The Moon,... Manolin, a son of Manuel, told me one night he was in love with the
moon. Others had told me Granada esta enbrujada (Granada is bewitched) and Todo es
possible en Granada (All is possible in Granada). That is where I was, Granada the
Gypsy Caves on a hill in the outskirts of the city called Sacromonte, facing Alhambra, an
old Arabic castle on the facing hill.
The Caves
The caves were carved into the mountain by the workers who built the Alhambra
hundreds of years ago. They were abandoned eventually, and the Gypsies inhabited them
later, stuccoing them, tiling them, and putting in plumbing. The first cave I lived in was
one that was just unearthed. There was a tile embedded in the wall that said, Acoba
Habela Jallipen, which is Roma, or Gypsy for, Here There Is Food. Perhaps it was
once a cafe.
My Spanish teacher at The University of Oregon met with me in Madrid. She had a
friend in Granada who knew the flamenco people of Sacromonte. I wanted to learn
flamenco. She put me on a train to Granada. I met with the woman there, and she took
me into the Sacromonte to a restaurant. We had lunch and when I spoke with the owner
he told me his nephew, Antonio, could teach me guitar. He arranged for me to meet with
him at the restaurant the next day. We went down the mountain to a cobblestone alley
between many beautiful old houses, and he gave me a lesson. He told me he had a cave
in the Sacromonte I could rent from him. It had no running water, dirt floors, and no
doors. I had been staying in a huespede (youth hostile) in Grandada near Plaza Nueva
(New Plaza) with a couple fellow students from the University of Oregon who had met
up with me later. I told one that I knew someone who could rent us a cave for much less.
We met with him later at a cafe and negotiated it. We were moving to Sacromonte.
After moving to his cave, I lowered down into Plaza Nueva with my guitar. It was there
that I met Manolin, the son of Manuel. There was no one he didnt approach and he
approched me and learned I was in Spain to learn guitar. He said to meet him the next
day at his cave to plan lessons. When we got there he was with his brother and someone
who was teaching him guitar, who was half Gypsy and half Spanish, and the half brother
of the famous flamenco guitarist Tomatito. Eventually, getting to know Manolin better,
he offered to rent us his cave, which had white stuccoed walls, a sink, a bathroom, and a
cooking unit that worked off propane. We moved in, and the Gypsy Shaman, or
Chovihano, Manuel, had reeled me in.
As all roads lead to Rome, it was inevitable that my Gypsy trajectory would be derailed.
A woman from Italy showed up on my doorstep in California, married me, and took me
to her country.
There I was sitting at a table in Turin Italy with my wife, sitting before her Aunt. It must
have been the year 2000 or 2001. Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick had written the
seminal work 2001: A Space Odyssey that set the human paradigm for human space
exploration in 2001. I think it was no coincidence that I was in Italy in that year or in
2000 as that was the new millennium. I may have been in Italy in both 2000 and 2001, as
I went there three times. Whatever the case, sitting there at that table it was written in my
face that I was thinking about something they had put me to think about, and that was, if
there are places older than earth in the Universe, then there are places in the Universe that
harbor intelligence far more advanced than we, and indeed if they can come to the Sun,
another star, and we are not advanced enough yet to go to the stars, then any such
intelligence is far more advanced than we are, and as such would have no problem taking
the Earth. The question they were asking me that was written in their face was why
havent they tried to take the Earth. I thought it was because there are many advanced
worlds and while it would be in the interest of one world to take the Earth it would not be
in the interest of another world if they tried. So the various worlds with their various
policies keep each other in check, much the same way The United Nations tries to keep
one country from invading another. When I thought that, they could see the idea written
in my face, and they responded by setting an espresso in front of me and returning to the
business of the day, seeming to say, as I read it in them, Okay, that will be our position
towards the extraterrestrial question here in Italy.
After coming back to America, and getting a divorce, I began to think, it might not be as
simple as I had thought; It may be that not each planet is one planet, one people but one
planet many people. That is some planets may have all of their continents unified, or
some might have many continents each with their own space program and political
philosophy. It may even be that some worlds are so old, and so evolved biologically, that
such terms would be too primitive to even apply to them. It may even be that the
interstellar community has intergalactic policies shared by all the space faring worlds that
limits the contact they can make with another world by the level of their technological
development. That may be why, perhaps, the craft of ETs that have visited here buzz
around then disappear without stopping to say hi to the world, because as we have only
ventured out into the solar system and not beyond it to the stars, that is the most they can
do. It may be that not until we can go to other stars will we come to know them as a
people. It may be we will find when we do enter space so deeply as to go to the stars,
that we will then have to abide by the rules and regulations set down by intergalactic law
that exists in the Universe for the starfaring peoples. Whatever the case, exopolitics is
becoming much more complicated.
The Golden Ratio
After the Italian woman and I got married, we moved to Chino, California. She wanted
to move to Alta Loma, or Rancho Cucamonga, but we found the rent too high. Some 10
years or so before I met her, I had been taken into a mental institution with schizophrenia.
In Chino, what happened to me having been taken in with the Gypsies in Spain, I found
myself feeling as though I was a member of the tribe, but that I had to choose one of the
Gypsies to be, and I wanted to be myself. I resolved the situation by stating in my mind,
to people that I was a Gypsy. I later learned being a Gypsy was a common desire of most
people, and something they worked at doing, atleast in flamenco. There is a Gypsy Song
in Spain: Es las sangre que llevamos, es flamenco ser Gitano. That translates as: It is
the blood that we carry, It is flamenco to be Gypsy.
My wife and I moved to Claremont California, later and we would go to the college
library to use the computers. It was there that I encountered the idea of The Golden Ratio
for the first time. I said to myself, I finished Calculus in college but I have never heard of
this. I couldnt understand how that could have happened, but it resulted in an obsession
with mathematics, because suddenly everything I had learned before Calculus came
together to me as a complete whole, and I set out to write it all out. Here is the project I
typed out:
Formulas Derived from the Parallelogram
Remarks. Squares and rectangles are parallelograms that have four sides the same length,
or two sides the same length. We can determine area by measuring it either in unit
triangles or unit squares. Both are fine because they both are equal sided, equal angled
geometries that tessellate. With unit triangles, the areas of the regular polygons that
tessellate have whole number areas. Unit squares are usually chosen to measure area.
Having chosen the unit square with which to measure area, we notice that the area of a
rectangle is base times height because the rows determine the amount of columns and the
columns determine the amount of rows. Thus for a rectangle we have:
Drawing in the diagonal of a rectangle we create two right triangles, that by symmetry are
congruent. Each right triangle therefore occupies half the area, and from the above
formula we conclude that the area of a right triangle is one half base times height:
By drawing in the altitude of a triangle, we make two right triangles and applying the
above formula we find that it holds for all triangles in general.
We draw a regular hexagon, or any regular polygon, and draw in all of its radii, thus
breaking it up into congruent triangles. We draw in the apothem of each triangle, and
using our formula for the area of triangles we find that its area is one half apothem times
perimeter, where the perimeter is the sum of its sides:
A circle is a regular polygon with an infinite amount of infitesimal sides. If the sides of a
regular polygon are increased indefinitely, the apothem becomes the radius of a circle,
and the perimeter becomes the circumference of a circle. Replace a with r, the radius, and
p with c, the circumference, and we have the formula for the area of a circle:
We define the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter as pi. That is pi=c/D.
Since the diameter is twice the radius, pi=c/2r. Therefore c=2(pi)r and the equation for
the area of a circle becomes:
(More derived from the parallelogram)
Divide rectangles into four quadrants, and show that
A. (x+a)(x+b)=(x^2)+(a+b)x+ab
B. (x+a)(x+a)=(x^2)+2ax+(a^2)
A. Gives us a way to factor quadratic expressions.
B. Gives us a way to solve quadratic equations. (Notice that the last term is the square of
one half the middle coefficient.)
Remember that a square is a special case of a rectangle.
There are four interesting squares to complete.
1) The area of a rectangle is 100. The length is equal to 5 more than the width multiplied
by 3. Calculate the width and the length.
2) Solve the general expression for a quadratic equation, a(x^2)+bx+c=0
3) Find the golden ratio, a/b, such that a/b=b/c and a=b+c.
4) The position of a particle is given by x=vt+(1/2)at^2. Find t.
Show that for a right triangle (a^2)=(b^2)+(c^2) where a is the hypotenuse, b and c are
legs. It can be done by inscribing a square in a square such that four right triangles are
Use the Pythagorean theorem to show that the equation of a circle centered at the origin is
given by r^2=x^2+y^2 where r is the radius of the circle and x and y the orthogonal
Derive the equation of a straight line: y=mx+b by defining the slope of the line as the
change in vertical distance per change in horizontal distance.
All polygons can be broken up into triangles. Because of that we can use triangles to
determine the area of any polygon.
Theorems Branch 1
1. If in a triangle a line is drawn parallel to the base, then the lines on both sides of the
line are proportional.
2. From (1) we can prove that: If two triangles are mutually equiangular, they are similar.
3. From (2) we can prove that: If in a right triangle a perpendicular is drawn from the
base to the right angle, then the two triangles on either side of the perpendicular, are
similar to one another and to the whole.
4. From (3) we can prove the Pythagorean theorem.
Theorems Branch 2
1. Draw two intersecting lines and show that opposite angles are equal.
2. Draw two parallel lines with one intersecting both. Use the fact that opposite angles are
equal to show that alternate interior angles are equal.
3. Inscribe a triangle in two parallel lines such that its base is part of one of the lines and
the apex meets with the other. Use the fact that alternate interior angles are equal to show
that the sum of the angles in a triangle are two right angles, or 180 degrees.
Theorems Branch 3
1. Any triangle can be solved given two sides and the included angle.
2. Given two angles and a side of a triangle, the other two sides can be found.
3.Given two sides and the included angle of a triangle you can find its area, K.
4.Given three sides of a triangle, the area can be found by using the formulas in (1) and
Question: what do parallelograms and triangles have in common?
Answer: They can both be used to add vectors.
When a line bisects another so as to form two equal angles on either side, the angles are
called right angles. It is customary to divide a circle into 360 equal units called degrees,
so that a right angle, one fourth of the way around a circle, is 90 degrees.
The angle in radians is the intercepted arc of the circle, divided by its radius, from which
we see that in the unit circle 360 degrees is 2(pi)radians, and we can relate degrees to
radians as follows: Degrees/180 degrees=Radians/pi radians
An angle is merely the measure of separation between two lines that meet at a point.
The trigonometric functions are defined as follows:
cos x=side adjacent/hypotenuse
sin x=side opposite/hypotenuse
tan x=side opposite/side adjacent
csc x=1/sin x
sec x=1/cos x
cot x=1/tan x
We consider the square and the triangle, and find with them we can determine the
trigonometric function of some important angles.
Square (draw in the diagonal): cos 45 degrees =1/sqrt(2)=sqrt(2)/2
Equilateral triangle (draw in the altitude): cos 30 degrees=sqrt(3)/2; cos 60 degrees=1/2
Using the above formula for converting degrees to radians and vice versa:
30 degrees=(pi)/6 radians; 60 degrees=(pi)/3 radians.
The regular hexagon and pi
Tessellating equilateral triangles we find we can make a regular hexagon, which also
tessellates. Making a regular hexagon like this we find two sides of an equilateral triangle
make radii of the regular hexagon, and the remaining side of the equilateral triangle
makes a side of the regular hexagon. All of the sides of an equilateral triangle being the
same, we can conclude that the regular hexagon has its sides equal in length to its radii.
If we inscribe a regular hexagon in a circle, we notice its perimeter is nearly the same as
that of the circle, and its radius is the same as that of the circle. If we consider a unit
regular hexagon, that is, one with side lengths of one, then its perimeter is six, and its
radius is one. Its diameter is therefore two, and six divided by two is three. This is close
to the value of pi, clearly, by looking at a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle.
The sum of the angles in a polygon
Draw a polygon. It need not be regular and can have any number of sides. Draw in the
radii. The sum of the angles at the center is four right angles, or 360 degrees. The sum of
the angles of all the triangles formed by the sides of the polygon and the radii taken
together are the number of sides, n, of the polygon times two right angles, or 180 degrees.
The sum of the angles of the polygon are that of the triangles minus the angles at its
center, or A, the sum of the angles of the polygon equals n(180 degrees)-360 degrees, or
A=180 degrees(n-2)
With a rectangular coordinate system you need only two numbers to specify a point, but
with a triangular coordinate system --- three axes separated by 120 degrees -- you need
three. However, a triangular coordinates system makes use of only 3 directions, whereas
a rectangular one makes use of 4.
A rectangular coordinate system is optimal in that it can specify a point in the plane with
the fewest numbers, and a triangular coordinate system is optimal in that it can specify a
point in the plane with the fewest directions for its axes. The rectangular coordinate
system is determined by a square and the triangular coordinate system by an equilateral
We began with nine-fifths is the yin of the Universe for which five-thirds was the yang.
Not only were gold to silver (precious metals) the yin, but potassium to sodium was the
yang (salts). As well Neptune we showed was the yin planet for which Uranus was the
Yang planet.
We found nine-fifths described the rotation of five symmetry petals around a flower, a
most popular arrangement, and noted that while nine-fifths (yin) was the representative of
the five-fold symmetry we find in life, five-thirds (yang) was representative of the six-
fold symmetry we find in physical nature.
We noted that Neptune and Uranus were coupled appropriately as yin and yang in so far
as the product of Neptune mass with Neptune volume was about the same as Uranus
mass with Uranus volume. We said that nine-fifths was not the only value recurrent
throughout the solar system, but any whole number multiple of the value. So, we formed
the sequence:
(a_n) = 1.8, 3.6, 5.4, 7.2,
And the sequence formed by starting with five and adding nine to each successive term:
5, 14, 23, 32,
We took the difference between these two sequences to form the Neptune equation:
(a_n) = 7.2n 4
Which we noticed could be written:
(a_n) = (venus orbit/earth orbit)(earth mass/ mars mass)n (mars orbital #)
We let n=3 since the earth is the third planet from the sun, and found the third term
a_n=17.6, was closest to the mass of Neptune in earth masses, hence the name for the
We noted that since the equation shows the earth straddled between Venus, a failed earth,
and mars, which promises to be New Earth, and we concluded that the planet Neptune
has a key to the success of the earth.
We further felt we were on the right track because Neptune, though more massive than
the Earth, it is larger enough that its surface gravity is about the same. Further indication
that we were on the right track was noted in the fact that Neptune has a similar inclination
to its orbit, as does the Earth.
It was only left to find the Uranus equation, because for every yin, there should be a
We followed the same process as for arriving at the Neptune equation. We made the
sequence of all whole number multiples of five-thirds:
(5/3)n = 1.7, 3.3, 5, 6.7,
And started with 8 and added 5 to each additional term (skipping 3):
8, 13, 18, 23,
We took the difference between the two sequences to obtain the Uranus equation:
(a_n) = 3 + 3.3n
Which we noticed could be written:
(Earth Orbital #) + (Jupiter Mass/Saturn Mass)n = a_n
We called it the Uranus Equation because letting n=3 (for the earth) we got a_n=13,
which is closest to the mass of Uranus.
We knew again we were on the right track, because just as Neptune does, Uranus has a
similar surface gravity to that of the Earth as well.
Neptune is the Yin planet, then Uranus is the Yang planet. This is interesting because I
had found that Uranus and Neptune were different manifestations of the same thing. I
had written:
I calculate that though Neptune is more massive than Uranus, its volume is less such that
their products are close to equivalent. In math:
N_v = volume of Neptune
N_m = mass of Neptune
U_v = volume of Uranus
U_m = mass of Uranus
(N_v)(N_m) = (U_v)(U_m)
We can outline clearly what has happened. I was a student at the University of
Oregon studying physics and spanish. At that time I listened to the flamenco of
Paco De Lucia. His music was really Manuel, The Gypsy Shaman in Granada,
reeling me into Spain. Once in Spain, Manuel reeled me into his cave through
Antonio and Manolin. Once at his cave, Manuel put me under a spell that only
activated when I returned to America. When the spell activated, Manuel reeled
me into him.
I then returned to Spain a second time. Landing in Madrid, I never made it to
Manuel!s cave; the spaniards derailed that plan, and assumed control of me,
something I only figured they did when I returned to America.
In America I was on a Spanish path, Italy unhappy with it, intercepted me in
America by way of a woman from there intercepting me, marrying me and taking
me to Italy, putting me on another path.
But then my physics kicked in, and what I was learning was an elaborate plan
orchestrated by an extraterrestrial intelligence, that second guessed all of what
happened from the beginning, to derail the plans of Manuel, Spain, and Italy, but
they set me free, and did not require me to live by any whim of theirs. Me
following my own timeline, was good enough, they figured, for the overall process
that is underway on Earth, and that involves extraterrestrials.
I wrote a short story last night, called Gypsy Shamanism and the Universe about
the AE-35 unit, which is the unit in the movie and book 2001: A Space Odyssey
that HAL reports will fail and discontinue communication to Earth. I decided to
read the passage dealing with the event in 2001 and HAL, the ship computer,
reports it will fail in within 72 hours. Strange, because Venus is the source of 7.2
in my Neptune equation and represents failure, where Mars represents success.
Ian Beardsley
August 5, 2012
It must have been 1989 or 1990 when I took a leave of absence from The
University Of Oregon, studying Spanish, Physics, and working at the state
observatory in Oregon -- Pine Mountain Observatoryto pursue flamenco in
The Moors, who carved caves into the hills for residence when they were building
the Alhambra Castle on the hill facing them, abandoned them before the
Gypsies, or Roma, had arrived there in Granada Spain. The Gypsies were
resourceful enough to stucco and tile the abandoned caves, and take them up for
Living in one such cave owned by a gypsy shaman, was really not a down and
out situation, as these homes had plumbing and gas cooking units that ran off
bottles of propane. It was really comparable to living in a Native American adobe
home in New Mexico.
Of course living in such a place came with responsibilities, and that included
watering its gardens. The Shaman told me: Water the flowers, and, when you
are done, roll up the hose and put it in the cave, or it will get stolen. I had
studied Castilian Spanish in college and as such a hose is una manguera, but
the Shaman called it una goma and goma translates as rubber. Roll up the
hose and put it away when you are done with it: good advice!
So, I water the flowers, rollup the hose and put it away. The Shaman comes to
the cave the next day and tells me I didnt roll up the hose and put it away, so it
got stolen, and that I had to buy him a new one.
He comes by the cave a few days later, wakes me up asks me to accompany
him out of The Sacromonte, to some place between there and the old Arabic city,
Albaicin, to buy him a new hose.
It wasnt a far walk at all, the equivalent of a few city blocks from the caves. We
get to the store, which was a counter facing the street, not one that you could
enter. He says to the man behind the counter, give me 5 meters of hose. The
man behind the counter pulled off five meters of hose from the spindle, and cut
the hose to that length. He stated a value in pesetas, maybe 800, or so, (about
eight dollars at the time) and the Shaman told me to give that amount to the man
behind the counter, who was Spanish. I paid the man, and we left.
I carried the hose, and the Shaman walked along side me until we arrived at his
cave where I was staying. We entered the cave stopped at the walk way
between living room and kitchen, and he said: follow me. We went through a
tunnel that had about three chambers in the cave, and entered one on our right
as we were heading in, and we stopped and before me was a collection of what I
estimated to be fifteen rubber hoses sitting on ground. The Shaman told me to
set the one I had just bought him on the floor with the others. I did, and we left
the chamber, and he left the cave, and I retreated to a couch in the cave living
Chapter 2
Gypsies have a way of knowing things about a person, whether or not one
discloses it to them in words, and The Shaman was aware that I not only worked
in Astronomy, but that my work in astronomy involved knowing and doing
So, maybe a week or two after I had bought him a hose, he came to his cave
where I was staying, and asked me if I would be able to install an antenna for
television at an apartment where his nephew lived.
So this time I was not carrying a hose through The Sacromonte, but an antenna.
There were several of us on the patio, on a hill adjacent to the apartment of The
Shamans Nephew, installing an antenna for television reception.
Chapter 3
I am now in Southern California, at the house of my mother, it is late at night, she
is a asleep, and I am about 24 years old and I decide to look out the window,
east, across The Atlantic, to Spain. Immediately I see the Shaman, in his living
room, where I had eaten a bowl of the Gypsy soup called Puchero, and I hear the
word Antenna. I now realize when I installed the antenna, I had become one,
and was receiving messages from the Shaman.
The Shamans Children were flamenco guitarists, and I learned from them, to
play the guitar. I am now playing flamenco, with instructions from the shaman to
put the gypsy space program into my music. I realize I am not just any antenna,
but the AE35 that malfunctioned aboard The Discovery just before it arrived at
the planet Jupiter in Arthur C. Clarkes and Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space
Odyssey. The Shaman tells me, telepathically, that this time the mission wont
Chapter 4
I am watching Star Wars and see a spaceship, which is two oblong capsules
flying connected in tandem. The Gypsy Shaman says to me telepathically: Dios
es una idea: son dos. I understand that to mean God is an idea: there are two
elements. So I go through life basing my life on the number two.
Chapter 5
Once one has tasted Spain, that person longs to return. I land in Madrid,
Northern Spain, The Capitol. The Spaniards know my destination is Granada,
Southern Spain, The Gypsy Neighborhood called The Sacromonte, the caves,
and immediately recognize I am under the spell of a Gypsy Shaman, and what is
more that I am The AE35 Antenna for The Gypsy Space Program. Flamenco
being flamenco, the Spaniards do not undo the spell, but reprogram the
instructions for me, the AE35 Antenna, so that when I arrive back in the United
States, my flamenco will now state their idea of a space program. It was of
course, flamenco being flamenco, an attempt to out-do the Gypsy space
Chapter 6
I am back in the United States and I am at the house of my mother, it is night
time again, she is asleep, and I look out the window east, across the Atlantic, to
Spain, and this time I do not see the living room of the gypsy shaman, but the
streets of Madrid at night, and all the people, and the word Jupiter comes to mind
and I am about to say of course, Jupiter, and The Spanish interrupt and say
Yes, you are right it is the largest planet in the solar system, you are right to
consider it, all else will flow from it.
I know ratios, in mathematics are the most interesting subject, like pi, the ratio of
the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and the golden ratio, so I consider
the ratio of the orbit of Saturn (the second largest planet in the solar system) to
the orbit of Jupiter at their closest approaches to The Sun, and find it is nine-fifths
(nine compared to five) which divided out is one point eight (1.8).
I then proceed to the next logical step: not ratios, but proportions. A ratio is this
compared to that, but a proportion is this is to that as this is to that. So the
question is: Saturn is to Jupiter as what is to what? Of course the answer is as
Gold is to Silver. Gold is divine; silver is next down on the list. Of course one
does not compare a dozen oranges to a half dozen apples, but a dozen of one to
a dozen of the other, if one wants to extract any kind of meaning. But atoms of
gold and silver are not measured in dozens, but in moles. So I compared a mole
of gold to a mole of silver, and I said no way, it is nine-fifths, and Saturn is indeed
to Jupiter as Gold is to Silver.
I said to myself: How far does this go? The Shamans son once told me he was
in love with the moon. So I compared the radius of the sun, the distance from its
center to its surface to the lunar orbital radius, the distance from the center of the
earth to the center of the moon. It was Nine compared to Five again!
Chapter 7
I had found 9/5 was at the crux of the Universe, but for every yin there had to be
a yang. Nine fifths was one and eight-tenths of the way around a circle. The one
took you back to the beginning which left you with 8 tenths. Now go to eight
tenths in the other direction, it is 72 degrees of the 360 degrees in a circle. That
is the separation between petals on a five-petaled flower, a most popular
arrangement. Indeed life is known to have five-fold symmetry, the physical, like
snowflakes, six-fold. Do the algorithm of five-fold symmetry in reverse for six-fold
symmetry, and you get the yang to the yin of nine-fifths is five-thirds.
Nine-fifths was in the elements gold to silver, Saturn to Jupiter, Sun to moon.
Where was five-thirds? Salt of course. The Salt Of The Earth is that which is
good, just read Shakespeares King Lear. Sodium is the metal component to
table salt, Potassium is, aside from being an important fertilizer, the substitute for
Sodium, as a metal component to make salt substitute. The molar mass of
potassium to sodium is five to three, the yang to the yin of nine-fifths, which is
gold to silver. But multiply yin with yang, that is nine-fifths with five-thirds, and
you get 3, and the earth is the third planet from the sun.
I thought the crux of the universe must be the difference between nine-fifths and
five-thirds. I subtracted the two and got two-fifteenths! Two compared to fifteen!
I had bought the Shaman his fifteenth rubber hose, and after he made me into
the AE35 Antenna one of his first transmissions to me was: God Is An Idea:
There Are Two Elements.
It is so obvious, the most abundant gas in the Earth Atmosphere is Nitrogen,
chemical symbol 15!
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