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FEATURE WRITERS
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Michelle Belanger
Michael Lohr
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Contributors
Michael Lohr is a professional journalist, outdoorsman,
poet, whiskey connoisseur, music critic, treasure hunter,
and adventurer. His writing has appeared in such diverse
magazines as Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Economist, Southern Living, Cowboys & Indians, Rocky Mountain News, and
Mens Journal.
Michelle Belanger is a recognized expert on psychic vampirism. She has published numerous articles on magick and
psychic
phenomenon, and has
appeared on the
Histor y Channel,
WE!, A&E, as well
as numerous radio
shows. Michelles
written
works
include the bestselling
Psychic
Dreamwalking
(Weiser 2006), and
Sacred
Hunger
(Dark
Moon,
2005). More information can be found at www.michellebelanger.com
Mary Franz lives near Boston, MA, where she enjoys reading and writing about all things arcane. Her work has also
appeared in Renaissance and Wild West Magazines.
A former English professor, an editor at the Social Secruity Administration, a staff writer for Renaissance
Magazine, and the author of five of
books, Charles Rammelkamp has
always been intrigued by various
urban legends and our ongoing
search for the fountain of youth.

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Mysteries
Issue #16
FebruaryApril, 2007

Feature Articles

45 S E E I NG D OUB L E :

T HE S T RA NG E W ORLD

OF

D OPPE LG ANG E RS

By Mary Franz

Have you ever turned quickly and caught a glimpse of yourself standing across the room or seen a
friend walking down the street, only to later learn that he or she was sitting at home at the time?
If so, you may count yourself among those who have had the unforgettable experience of seeing
ones double or doppelganger.

50 T HE E NDUR ING S E A R C H

FOR

E T E R NAL Y OUTH

By Charles Rammelkamp

One of the most romantic legends in the world is that of the quest for eternal youth. In fact, the
lure of eternal youth is so compelling that it informs our conception of the afterlife and motivates
modern-day scientific inquiry and drug research. But how did the legend actually begin and,
more importantly, how has it developed from a mythological ideal into a pragmatic goal?

62 T R IP PING

T HE A ST RA L F A NTAST I C :
T HE M YST E R Y OF A ST RA L P ROJEC TI ON
By Michelle Belanger

Most world religions accept that upon death, this subtle and enduring aspect of the self leaves the
body. However, there are equally ancient traditions that assert that during sleep, the soul can
detach from the body to interact with the realm of spirits, often returning with messages pertinent to the sleeper, a technique that we in the West now call astral projection.

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W IT H

D EA D F A MO US TV H O ST
C H RI S F LEMING
By Michael Lohr

Chris Fleming is the co-host of the popular reality show Dead Famous. In it,
they investigate ghostly phenomena and
paranormal occurrences that surround
famous celebrities and historical places.

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I do not feel obliged to believe that


the same God who has endowed us
with sense, reason, and intellect has
intended us to forgo their use.
Galileo Galilei

What If
Everything
You Know
is Wrong?

Columns
LETTERS

TO THE

E D I T O R ................................10

N O T E W O R T H Y ...............................................12
FROM

THE

S K I E S ..........................................................24

Cattle Mutilations Remain a Mystery

U R B A N L E G E N D S .........................................................26
Osama bin Laden: A National Obsession

S TA R C R Y P T .................................................................28
A L T E R N AT I V E H E A L I N G .................................................30
Dr. Larry Dossey Champions the Healing Power of Prayer

MYSTERIES

ON

E X H I B I T .................................................32

TREASURES

FROM THE

D E E P ...........................................34

A R C A N E C U L T S ............................................................36
The Indian Thuggees: Human Sacrificers or Scapegoats?

O U R H A U N T E D H E R I TA G E .............................................38
Manoel Guimaraes

Ghostly Apparitions at New Jerseys Spy House

C R Y P T O C O R R A L ................................................... .......40
B O O K R E V I E W S ................................................... .........74
M U S I C R E V I E W S ................................................... .......77
IN

THE

T H E AT E R .........................................................79

2007 E V E N T S C A L E N D A R ...............................................80

INTO THE

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T H E C L A S S I F I L E S .........................................................90
A GLIMPSE

hat if everything we know about our past


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begins with what we have been taught, adds what
the ancient legends say, and brings to life a totally
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U N K N O W N .....................................92

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Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the War Stats


Dear Kim,
hanks for publishing the Casualty
Totals from Bushs march to
folly in issue #15. Someone
needs to keep an actual count of how
much that blockheads blunder is costing
in American blood. In a way, it does
belong in Mysteries magazine, as it is a
mystery why the mainstream press is not
repor ting true casualty figures. (Or
maybe not, for after Germanys failed
battle at Stalingrad, Goebbels requested
that the German newspapers discontinue
publishing lists of the war dead.) Then,
as now, the press was compliant with the
wishes of a despotic government that was
out of control.

JACK GRIMES
ELKTON, MD

Crop Circle Info Tripe


Dear Kim,
ran across your publication and as
usual, it hacks the same old, same
old, that dozens of other magazines
do and do over and over. However, when
I came to the crop circle reports, you lost
me completely. The dumbest mystery of
all even my six-year-old granddaughter
wants to know how grown people
believe such tripe was done by anything
other than juvenile pranksters!

JOHN L. MCCOWEN
FITZGERALD, GA

Project SERPO Convinces a Skeptic


Dear Kim,
he article titled Project Serpo:
Fact or Fiction? in issue #15 was
interesting, succinct, and to the
point. Im not much of a UFO fan but
for some reason, this tale caught my
interest. Although I had come across the
SERPO site early last year, at the time, I
just thought that it was an interesting
stor y. Then in November of 2006, I
looked into it again and found that

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theres a bit more to this story than first


meets the eye.
A quick glance at the releases does
not do it justice. Most of the seeming
inconsistencies melt away with an indepth examination. The communications
devices, the translator, the seeming lack
of infrastructure as described on Serpo, as
well as many other seeming inexplicable
parts of the story, all have real-world scientific explanations. Many of those explanations are even seen in todays cuttingedge tech and applications. And when
you look into the backgrounds of some of
the people who are involved, thats when
it gets really interesting.
Im not a warm and fuzzy the aliens
are gonna save us from ourselves kinda
guy. Im a skeptic. But after several weeks
of examining the internal and external
evidence of the Serpo story, I have to say
that Im a believer. The core of this story
holds more than a little bit of truth.

Ms. Kennedy
ou are correct; the error occurred
during the editing/rewriting process that neither the author Lisa
Shiel or myself caught. Thanks for pointing
out our error!

If the astronauts were just joking, it seems that we would


have heard comments about it, but nothing was ever said. What
ever happened to the five-second tape delay that was supposed
to prevent the public from hearing the UFO comments?
LAWRENCE WHITTIER
ROCHESTER, NH

KIM GUARNACCIA, EDITOR


MYSTERIES MAGAZINE

Where is the Missing


Five-Second Delay?
Dear Editor,
his letter is in response to the
article about UFO sightings by
astronauts in issue #14. On July
20, 1969, I was watching the Apollo II
landing live on TV and heard Neil Armstrong making excited comments about a
UFO to Buzz Aldrin, as described on pg.
33. NASA promptly told him that time
was getting shor t and that he must
ignore the UFOs and finish putting rocks
into his bag and hurry back to the lander.

WARREN "BONES" BONESTEEL


RAPID CITY, SD

Bosnian Pyramid Looks Like PA Mountain


Dear Editor,

he picture of
t h e
Bosnian Hill in
issue
#14
reminded me
of my many
trips across
Pennsylvania
on the turnpike and the
mountain that
looks exactly like a pyramid. It is somewhere between the Bedford interchange and Carlisle (left side if driving east) and its
shape is remarkable. If you know any pyramid hunters in the
U.S., it might be worth it for them to make the trip.
J.S.
EMAIL

An Iroquois Correction
Dear Kim,
purchased a copy of issue #14
today, and was reading the article,
Is Bigfoot Descended from Homo
Erectus, by Lisa A. Shiel. The article
was interesting, but then I stumbled
upon this on page 47: North America
also has its share of giant hairy hominid
legends. In the cascade Mountains of
the Pacific Northwest, for example, Iroquois legends tell of creatures known as
the Stonish Giants
The Iroquois are a northeastern tribe
who, to my knowledge, never settled anywhere near the Cascade Mountains. I
lived in the Pacific Northwest for a while
and I also studied anthropology in college and nowhere was I told, nor have I
read, that the Iroquois had anything to
do with the Pacific Northwest region.

OJ Simpson Home Not the Site


of the Famous Double Murder
Hello,
n issue #14 of Mysteries, the caption under the picture of
the O.J. Simpson home that was torn down says that is
where the double murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron
Brown took place. That is incorrect; they were not murdered at
the O.J. Simpson home but at a house, I believe, that Nicole
was either renting or had bought. As far as I know, that home is
still standing. O.J. Simpsons home was torn down by the buyer
but its only connection to the murder was that the prime suspect to the murders once lived there.

SHEILA AYERS
EMAIL

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Noteworthy

Illiad Heros Palace Found


A
rchaeologists excavating the
ruins of a 3,200-year-old Mycenaean settlement on the small
Greek island of Salamina, a few miles off
the coast of Athens, believe that they
have found the palace of Ajax, the legendar y warrior-king of the Iliad,
Homers epic story of Greek cities joining forces to wage war on Troy and
recover abducted Spartan queen Helen.
Over nearly six years, archaeologists
have uncovered a maze of stone walls, a
cemetery, and an 8,000-square-foot fortified palace complex with two central
royal residences, twin ceremonial halls,
and 33 rooms on four levels. Among the
artifacts unearthed so far are stone tools,
a stone seal, copper implements, pottery,
a Cypriot bronze coin, Anatolian
bronzes, and pieces of an armor breastplate stamped with the hieroglyphic
emblem of Pharaoh Ramses II, who
ruled Egypt from 1279-1213 BC. They
say that the mail armor may indicate that
Mycenaean soldiers fought as mercenar-

ies in Rameses army and that the Cypriot and Anatolian artifacts may be evidence of trade, war, and/or piracy in the
eastern Mediterranean.

Giant Camel Discovered

wiss researchers have discovered the 100,000-yearold remains of a previously unknown giant 12-foot-tall
camel species in central Syria. This is a revolution in
science, said Jean-Marie Le Tensorer, a prehistory professor
at the University of Basel, for it was not known that the
dromedary was present in the Middle East more than 10,000
years ago.
Tensorer, who has been excavating at the desert site in Kowm since
1999, said that the first large bones
were found some years ago but were
only confirmed as belonging to a
camel after more bones were recently discovered. Humans apparently
killed the camel while it was drinking
from a spring.

The ruins show that the settlement


was abandoned at around the same time
that the Trojan War ended. Since there
are no signs of violence or haste, the
archaeologists speculate that its system of
governance collapsed after Ajaxs death
and its population fled to Cyprus, where
they founded a new settlement named
after their homeland.
Scholars say that the location of the
ruins matches a number of historical references to the site where, Homer
records, a fleet of ships setting out to
take part in the Trojan War. They say
that this is one of a few cases in which a
Mycenaean site has been linked to one of
the heroes of the Homeric poems. They
also hope that the find will help to prove
a long suspected core of historical truth
in the story of the Iliad.

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Noteworthy

UK Cryptid Sightings on the Rise

set another record, with dramatic reports


n September 18, 2006, the
on file for such feline prowlers as the
British press provided proof
Beast of Batchwood, Beast of Berwick,
that would-be cryptozoologists
Beast of Burford,
need not travel to
Beastwatch founder
and
the Beast of
some trackless Third
Chris Mullins
S
e
d
gemoor.
World jungle in their
S
o
u
t
hwestern
search for unexpectEngland is a pared animals. In the
ticular hotspot for
United Kingdom, at
ABC sightings,
least, the hunters
with Cornwall,
hardly need to leave
Devon, and Somtheir own backyards.
erset
ranking
According to the
among
the
folks at Beastwatch
nations
top
ten
UKa
research
big-cat counties.
group that catalogs
Elsewhere,
British
cr yptids
wildlife authorities
reportsmore than
admit that more
10,000 eyewitness
than 100 wild
repor ts of unusual
boar dwell in Kent
creatures have been
filed in Britain over the past five years
alone. The running tabulation includes
5,931 sightings of alien big cats (ABCs),
3,389 reports of misplaced sharks, 332
wild boar encounters, 51 wandering wallabies, 43 non-native snakes in the grass,
13 dangerous spiders at large, 13 rumccording to new evidence from
maging raccoons, 10 lurking crocodilChina, the continents moved
ians, seven wily wolves, three pudgy panacross the face of the Earth
das, two scuttling scorpions, and one
much sooner than had been
penguin in search of an ice floe.
thought. The new data came
from a huge chunk of the
Beastwatch founder and coordinator
rock that lay beneath the
Chris Mullins told reporters, Since
sea floor 2.5 billion years
2001, the number of repor ts has
ago, the first large piece of
increased at a rapid rate. In fact, animals
oceanic mantle ever found
of unknown origin comprise the bulk of
from our planets earliest
those reported in the new millennium by
period: the Archean.
British witnesses. It is clear, Mullins
Located not far from the Great
added, that the UK contains far more
Wall of China, the ancient rocks are
preserved in a highly faulted belt 62 miles
exotic wild animals than the British publong that was formed tens of kilometers
lic could ever imagine.
below the ancient sea floor. Scientists say
The British Big Cat Society reports a
the rock preser ves 2.5 billion-year-old
3.5 percent increase in ABC sightings
minerals, including an unusual type of
from 2004 to 2005, and 2006 may well

and East Sussex while Buckinghamshire


and Oxfordshire harbor thriving populations of feral wallabies. Raccoons are an
increasingly common sight in Leicestershire while Oban, Scotland, boasts a
monkey colony.
Clearly, these creatures come from
somewhere. It is believed that the wallabies were imported into the country 70odd years ago, by a handful of wealthy
eccentrics who never expected their pets
to go forth and multiply. Authorities also
believe that many big cats and other
potentially dangerous creatures may have
been released into the wild in 1975,
when new legislation imposed more
stringent (and expensive) licensing
requirements upon the owners of wild
animals.
MICHAEL NEWTON

ANCIENT ROCK POINTS


TO ORIGIN OF LIFE

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chromite (iron chromium oxide) deposit


previously only known from deep ocean
floor rockswhich were deformed
at extremely high temperatures
before they were cr ystallized
by volcanic heat. This indicates that the rocks were
moving away from midocean ridges more than
500 million years earlier
than was previously believed.
Because such volcanic
vents are associated with tectonic movements, Tim Kusky of St.
Louis University (inset) says that as the
plates star ted spreading, life developed
and diversified around these vents.
MICHAEL LOHR
SOURCE: BBC

In 1998, the first uninhabited


islands in Kiribati vanished
beneath the waves.

GLOBAL
WARMING
Floods Island

or the first time, rising seas caused


by global warming have washed the
island of Lohachara, in India where
the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers
empty into the Bay of Bengal, off the face
of the Ear th. So remote is the island,
once home to 10,000 people, that the
researchers first learned of its submergence when viewing satellite pictures of
the region.
In 1998, the first uninhabited islands in
the Pacific atoll nation of Kiribati vanished
beneath the waves. The people of lowlying islands in Vanuatu, also in the Pacific, have been evacuated as a precaution,
but the land still juts above the sea. Twothirds of nearby populated island Ghoramara has also been permanently inundated. Dr. Sugata Hazra, director of the
universitys School of Oceanographic
Studies, reports that it is only a matter of
years before it is swallowed up as well.
Refugees from the vanished Lohachara
island and the disappearing Ghoramara
island have fled to Sagar, but this island
has already lost 7,500 acres of land to
the sea, as well. In all, a dozen islands,
home to 70,000 people, are in danger of
being submerged by the rising seas over
the next few years.
TIM SWARTZ

IRAQ WAR CASUALTY TOTALS


AS

OF

FEBRUARY 7, 2007

e at Mysteries Magazine are dismayed that the U.S. government is no


longer releasing casualty totals from the Iraq war, and that the mainstream media is not properly covering these totals either. So to rectify this

oversight, we have decided to provide these totals to you on an ongoing basis until
the war officially ends.

U.S. Military
Deaths
Non-Mortal Casualties

3,110
47,660

(as of Jan. 10, 2007)

Iraqi
Police/Military
Reported Civilian Deaths

6,060
59,000

(approximate #)

Total # of Deaths/Casualties

115,830

SOURCE: THE INDEPENDENT

For more info, visit www.iraqbodycount.org and www.icasualties.org

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New Dinosaur Named After


Harry Potters Hogwarts

n May of 2006, paleontologists


unveiled a new dragon-like species of
the pachycephalosaur (bone-headed) family of dinosaurs that they have
named Dracorex hogwartsia (Dragon
King of Hogwarts), after the fictional
Hogwarts Academy for Witchcraft and
Wizardr y in J.K. Rowlings popular
Harry Potter series of novels.
Discovered in the Hell Creek Formation in the badlands of central South
Dakota in 2003, Dracorex hogwartsia
was a plant-eater that lived about 66 million years ago, just before the mass
extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of
the Cretaceous period. It was about the
size of a large horse and had a long
snout, a flat forehead, and an
armor-plated head
with multiple
rows of

nodes, knobs, horns, spikes, and crests.


This combination gives it a remarkable
resemblance to the depictions of dragons
from ancient China and medieval
Europe, which some experts say may be
evidence that at least some mythological
creatures were based on paleontological
realities.
Previously known species of pachycephalosaurs had a thick dome of bone
atop their skull and were thought to have
evolved from flat-headed ancestors.
However, the
discover y of a
fl a t - h e a d e d
example that
dates so close
to the end of the
dinosaur
age

contradicts theories about the pachycephalosaur family tree. Scientists now


think that the dinosaur must have developed instead from dome-headed to flatheaded.
Because of the shape of their heads,
paleontologists have long speculated that
pachycephalosaurs head-butted during
fights, but they had no fossil evidence to
support the theory until the discovery of
Dracorex hogwartsia, which includes four
intact neck vertebrae that show unusual
tongue-in-groove joints to prevent twisting, and enlarged muscle flanges, which
prove that they were head-bangers.
Dr. Robert Bakker, who led the
team of scientists that spent
more than two years
painstakingly piecing
Dracorex hogwar tsia
together and chose its
name, says that dinosaurs
make children explore
with their minds and exercise
their imaginations, areas
where author J.K. Rowling also excels. Rowling
says that she is thrilled to
have made a mark upon
the world of dinosaurs
and that having the new
species named in honor
of her work has made
her credibility soar with
her dinosaur-loving children.
JUDITH KANE

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is Wrong?
hat if ever ything we know
about our past is a fabrication,
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myth, carefully designed to forever keep
the human race from its rightful legacy?
In this exciting new novel, author
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Noteworthy

Romanov Descendants Claim


Lenin Ordered Familys Massacre
the White Army, which sought to restore
the monarchy, a local Bolshevik-dominated committeethe non-judicial Urals
Regional Councilrealized that it could
neither evacuate the family nor allow the
White Army to free them, so it ordered
that they be executed. That night,
Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, their children, and several family servants were
taken to the basement of the house
where they had been imprisoned,

Grand Duchess Maria


Vladimirovna and her son
Grand Duke George, 1992.

squad in 1918, and that he be rehabilitated as a victim of political repression.


After Nicholas was forced to abdicate
the Russian throne in 1917, he and his
family were sent into exile in Yekaterinburg, in the Ural mountains, where they
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gunned down by a firing squad, and finished off with bayonets.


The lawsuit was filed by one of
Nicholas last surviving relatives, Grand
Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanov,
after an application for Nicholas rehabilitation was rejected by the presidential
commission on the rehabilitation of vic-

tims of political repression, which has, in


recent years, exonerated more than four
million Russians who were jailed or executed for political reasons during Russias Soviet era.
Under Russian law, only those who
stood trial or were executed on the
orders of Soviet authorities can be rehabilitated, and the Russian Prosecutor
Generals Office concluded that the royal
family was executed solely (and, therefore, illegally) on the orders of the Urals
Regional Council. Since the killings were
not officially ordered, the tsar and his
family were the victims of a crime rather
than of political repression.
The lawsuit, however, argues that the
massacre of the tsar and his family was, in
fact, sanctioned by Lenin and the Soviet
Central Executive Committee, the
supreme ruling body of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in
Moscow. It offers as evidence two telegrams that were sent to Moscow by the
Bolshevik committee immediately after
the executions, and the minutes of a
meeting of the executive committee on
July 18, 1918, the day that the family
was killed. The minutes show that Lenin
was present and that the committee
upheld the decision of the Urals Regional Council to execute the Romanovs.
Should the court rule in favor of the
plaintiff, descendants of Nicholas family
would be eligible to claim a portion of
the familys original wealth, although
they have said that they will not make
any property claims against the Russian
government.
JUDITH KANE
SOURCES: INTERFAX NEWS AGENCY, MOSCOW

ASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory has detected a cacophony


of sounds resonating through
galaxy M87 from a black hole that emits
sounds around 56 octaves below middle

NASA / CHANDRA X-RAY OBSERVATORY / HERMAN MARSHALL (MIT)

escendants of the Romanov


family, who ruled Russia for
more than 300 years, claim to
have documentary evidence that proves
that Vladimir Lenin and the Soviet government ordered the execution of the
countrys last emperor, Tsar Nicholas II.
They have filed a lawsuit demanding that
Nicholas be exonerated of the charges
for which he and members of his family
were executed by a Bolshevik firing

Black Hole Emits Sound

C. The loops and rings in the hot, X-rayemitting gas that permeates M87, indicate periodic eruptions that occur near
the black hole, generating changes in

Alchemists Recipe Cracked

500-year-old myster y surrounding


the centerpiece of the alchemists
lab kit has been solved by archaeologists at the University College of London
and Cardiff University.
Since the Middle Ages, mixing vessels,
or crucibles, manufactured in the Hesse
region of Germany, have been known for
their ability to withstand strong chemicals
and high temperatures. In 2006, using petrographic, chemical, and X-ray diffraction
analysis, researchers discovered that Hessian cr ucible-makers made use of an
advanced material that had only been identified and named in the 20th century: aluminum silicate, known as mullite.
Today, mullite is used in a wide range of
modern ceramics, such as building

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pressure in the gas that manifests as


sound. We can tell that many deep and
different sounds have been rumbling
through this cluster for most of the lifetime of the universe, said astrophysicist
William Forman.
The rumbling
outbursts from the
black hole, which
happen ever y few
million years, prevent the huge reservoir of gas in the
cluster from cooling
and forming new
stars. Without this
cacophony
and
resultant heating,
M87 would look
quite different. If
this black hole wasnt making all of this noise, said team
member Paul Nulsen, M87 may have
become a huge spiral galaxy about 30
times brighter than the Milky Way.

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materials, electronic packaging devices,


optical materials, and catalytic converters,
as well as in thermal protection systems and liners for aircraft and stationar y gas turbine engines,
said Dr. Marcos Martinn-Torres, who led the study.
This material was only
first described in the 20th
centur y, though Hessian
cr ucible-makers were
already taking advantage
of this peculiar aluminum
silicate 400 years earlier.
They, however, synthesized
mullite by manufacturing
their crucibles with kaolinitic
clay and then firing them at tem-

The astronomers say that the outbursts occur when material falls toward
the black hole. While most of the matter
is swallowed, some of it is violently ejected in jets. These jets are launched from
regions close to the black hole and push
into the clusters gas, generating cavities
and sound that then propagate outwards.
The new observations also give the
strongest evidence to date of a shock
wave produced by the black hole, a clear
sign of a powerful explosion. This shock
wave appears as a nearly circular ring of
high-energy X-rays that is 85,000 lightyears in diameter and centered on the
black hole. Other remarkable features
include narrow filaments of X-ray emissionsome over 100,000 light years
longthat may be due to hot gas
trapped by magnetic fields.
Musically, the sound appears to be discordant and complex. A series of unevenly spaced loops in the hot gas suggest
small outbursts from the black hole
about every six million years.
MICHAEL LOHR
SOURCE: HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR
ASTROPHYSICS

peratures above 1100 degrees.


With nor mal ceramic vessels, the
extreme heat and aggressive chemicals
often led to cracks, leakage, or the vessel
itself melting down. But Mullite is extremely resistant to thermal, chemical, and
mechanical stresses, and that is
what made these crucibles so
reliable.
Crucible-makers were
not aware of mullite,
says Dr. Mar tinn-Torres. But they mastered
a ver y successful
recipe, and thats why
they kept it secret for
centuries.
TIM SWARTZ
SOURCE: UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF
LONDON

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Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Maurice Grosse, researcher for the Society For Psychical Research, died on October 14, 2006 at the age of 90. Grosse is
best known for his 1977
investigation of the
Enfield, England, haunting that later became
known as the Enfield
poltergeist. Grosse was
convinced that some of
the phenomena they saw
at the house was genuine. But they also
conceded that one or more of the four
children in the house could have been
responsible for some of the events.

Study Acquits Dinosaur Killer Meteor

or decades, it has been generally


believed that the extinction of the
dinosaurs was caused by a massive
meteor that slammed into the Earth 65
million years ago, spewing tremendous
amounts of ash into the atmosphere and
causing a worldwide dust storm that
cooled the planet and triggered a cataclysmic nuclear winter scenario that
killed 70 percent of the worlds species.
The dinosaur killer meteor theory
was first proposed in the 1980s, when a
thin layer of iridium-rich clay was found

MARKUS HARTING, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

A photo of a spherule from


northeastern Mexico.

worldwide at the Cretaceous-Tertiary


(K-T) boundary (a geologic layer that
separates rocks deposited in the Cretaceous period, which ended with the mass
extinction, from those laid down in the
Tertiary Period that followed).
Iridium is rare on Earth, but commonly found in asteroids and comets, so
it was theorized that a massive meteor
strike scattered iridium throughout the
Earths atmosphere, where it was quickly
rained out, washed into lakes and
oceans, and buried in the sediment.
The convergence of the iridium layer
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from the fossil record at the K-T boundary prompted scientists to theorize that
the two might have been caused by a single, cataclysmic meteor strike. The
smoking gun for the theory was the
discovery in 1990 of a 110-mile-wide
impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico, just
off the Yucatn Peninsula, near the Mexican town of Chicxulub (pronounced
CHEEK-shoo-loob).
However, a new study by Markus
Harting of the University of Utrecht in
the Netherlands may prove that the
Chicxulub
meteor impact
is unrelated to
either the iridium layer or the
mass extinction
at the K-T
boundary.
Harting first
geochemically
fi n g e r p r i n t e d
glass spherules
found in several
sediment layers
in northeastern
Mexico, Texas,
Guatemala,
Belize,
and
Haiti to prove that they were all formed
from tiny droplets of molten rock ejected from the crater that the Chicxulub
meteor blasted into the earth. He then
used electron microscopy to identify an
original layer of spherules, which
marked the first fall of the ejecta from
the sky immediately after the impact.
He believes that the layers of worn
and weathered spherules resulted from
parts of the original layer being moved
around, exposed to the elements, and reworked over time by erosion, transport,
and re-deposition in shallow areas, to
create subsequent layers of spherule

deposits, some misleadingly close to the


K-T boundary. Harting has shown that
the original Chicxulub fallout is concentrated in a layer that formed 300,000
years prior to the K-T boundary, far too
early for the meteor to have been the
infamous dinosaur killer.
Hartings research concurs with the
conclusions of an international group of
scientists who, in 2004, analyzed a continuous sequence of rock drilled out of
the Chicxulub site and found a 20-inchthick layer of limestone between the
Chicxulub impact layer and the K-T
boundary.
According to geoscientist Gerta Keller
of Princeton University, the Chicxulub
impact coincided with a time of massive
volcanism, which led to greenhouse
warming and climatic changes that
caused high biotic stress and the decline
of many tropical species populations, but
not mass extinctions.
Harting says that disconnecting the
Chicxulub impact from the K-T boundary explains some oddities associated
with the iridium layer. For example, iridium is found at a weak concentration in
the Gulf of Mexico, close to the Chicxulub impact site, yet high concentrations
are found in Denmark, which does not
make sense unless the impact and iridium layer are unrelated.
He suggests that the worldwide iridium layer may have been created if the
Earthand perhaps the entire solar systempassed through a thick cloud of
cosmic dust 65 million years ago, causing harmless meteorite showers that
never reached the Earth, but burned up
as shooting stars and left iridium in the
atmosphere that eventually fell to earth.
JUDITH KANE
SOURCES: GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, LIVESCIENCE, DISCOVERY NEWS, EPOCH TIMES, BBC

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In Passing

No Living Dinosaur in
Loch Ness, Says Scientist

Loch Ness monster theory which


suggests that the creature is a living plesiosaur (as shown above)
a long-necked marine reptile which
sought refuge in Scotlands secondlargest freshwater loch when most of the
species died out 160 million years ago
was dealt a blow when Dr. Leslie Noe, a
palaeontologist at Cambridge Universitys Sedgwick Museum, recently determined that the plesiosaur would have
been unable to lift its head up, swan-like,
out of the water.
Most scientists believe that the creatures became extinct with the other
dinosaurs, but some insist it is possible
that after the last Ice Age, some plesiosaurs may have been stranded in the
23-mile-long loch, which was once connected to the sea.
Dr. Noe told experts at a 2006 meeting
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long necks to reach down and feed on


soft-bodied animals living on the sea
floor. The neck was a feeding tube, collecting soft-bodied prey, Dr. Noe said.
The osteology of the neck makes it certain the plesiosaur could not lift its head
up, swan-like, out of the water.
However, the findings did not surprise
George Edwards, one of the worlds foremost authorities on the monster.
Edwards, who runs Loch Ness cruises,
photographed an unknown creature with
a black hump in the loch in 1986. He
believes that the creature is some entirely
new species. When you consider that
every year in the open seas thousands of
new species are discovered, this is the
most likely explanation, says Edwards.
But theres no doubt that a creature, one
with a single hump does exist.
TIM SWARTZ
SOURCE: THE SCOTSMAN

Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the


United States, died on December 26,
2006 at the age of 93. Ford, who was
the only person to lead the country without having been elected as president or
vice president, occupied the White
House for just 896
days. In 1966, Rep.
Fords home state of
Michigan experienced a high number
of UFO sightings.
Ford was adamant in
getting attention on
this issue. Eventually, his efforts led to
the University of Colorado report, better
known as the Condon Repor t, and the
closing of Project Blue Book.
Robert Anton Wilson, one of the authors
of the cult classic The Illuminatus! Trilogy, died on Januar y 11, 2007 at his
home in Capitola, CA. He was 74. The
author of 35 books on
subjects such as ESP,
mental telepathy, the
paranormal, and conspiracies,
Wilson
wrote the trilogy with
friend Rober t J. Shea
in the late 1960s,
when both were editors at Playboy. His most famous non-fiction book is Cosmic Trigger (Pocket
Books, 1977), a bizarre autobiography in
which he describes episodes when he
believed he had communicated with ETs.
TIM SWARTZ

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Princess
Dianas
Death Ruled
Accidental

SWISS MYSTERY
PARK CLOSES A
I
t opened its doors in 2003, the
dream of author Eric von Dniken,
who wanted a theme park devoted
to unsolved mysteries. Unfortunately,
after only three years in operation, Mystery Park, located in the Bernese Oberland resort of Interlaken, Switzerland,
closed in November, 2006, the result of
bad financial decisions, the static nature
of the exhibition, the slow involvement
of local tourism, and the stock exchange
decline between 2001 and 2003.
Mystery Park featured seven pavilions
that explored possible explanations and
solutions to some of the major secrets of
the world, such as mysteries related to
the great Pyramid in Egypt, the secret of
the Nazca lines, and efforts at finding
out more about the Mayan calendar.
It all began in 1997, with ambitious
plans for a unique theme park. However,
financial problems surfaced immediately,
as the banks declined to provide money.
Instead, funding was found through a
group of private investors and the public,

who bought shares at a low value, despite


the troubles at the stock exchange.
The park enjoyed brief success in its
first year but attendance soon dropped.
Hannes Imboden, the former Bernese
Oberland tourism director, said the communications department of the Mystery
Park failed to address the image that
most people have of von Dniken as a
UFO nut.
A similar assessment comes from current director Fritz Zemp, who has been
at Mystery Park since 2005. Zemp also
felt that at least a third of the parks exhibition should have been changeable, a
strategy that might have encouraged
people to make return visits.
The fate of Mystery Park now lies with
the liquidator, who will put forward a
number of proposals to the creditors. If
none of the suggestions are accepted by
the creditors, the park will be auctioned
off to the highest bidder.
TIM SWARTZ
SOURCE: SWISSINFO

Vatican Unearths Remains of St. Paul

three-year British police inquir y


into the 1997 death of Princess
Diana recently concluded that she
and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed died as the
result of an accident and not a murder
conspiracy devised by the royal family.
According to Fayeds father, the fatal
crash was a carefully executed murder
carried out by British intelligence agents
at the behest of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth. The investigation confirmed that the chauffeur, Henri
Paul, attempting to outrun a posse of
paparazzi, was dr unk and driving at
twice the legal speed limit before losing
control of the Mercedes and crashing in
the Pont dAlma tunnel. The report also
concluded that Princess Diana was not
pregnant at the time of her death, nor
did she have any intention of marr ying
Fayed, even though he had purchased
an engagement ring on the day
of their deaths.
The British police interviewed over 300 witnesses and investigators used computer
modeling and high-tech
forensic photography to
reproduce the scene of
the crash to within an accuracy of one centimeter. Senior investigators were given unprecedented access
to the files of MI5 and MI6, Britains
domestic and international intelligence
agencies, and both the CIA and the NSA
also cooperated in the investigation.
Mohammed Fayed criticized the
inquir ys findings, calling the repor t
garbage and a cover-up. Fayed maintained that the decision to go public with
the findings ahead of the formal inquest
was 100 percent proof that this is a
plan for a cover-up and maintained that
Diana was pregnant with his grandchild
when she died.
Lord Stevens said he was not disturbed by Fayeds allegations. He is a
grieving parent; hes entitled to say what
he has.
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fter centuries hidden from view, a


white marble sarcophagus
believed to be the final resting
place of St. Paul has been unearthed from
beneath the altar of Romes secondlargest basilica. Vatican officials hope that
the stone coffin will soon be raised to the
surface to allow pilgrims to see it and so
historians can examine it and maybe even
look inside. However, Giorgio Filippi, a
Vatican archaeologist, said their first concern was to free it from centuries of plaster and debris.
The remains of St. Paul, one of the
Christian Churchs most important leaders and the supposed author of much of
the New Testament, have been hidden
under an altar at St. Paul Outside-theWalls for almost 200 years.
According to tradition, St. Paul, originally named Saul, was beheaded in Rome
in the first century during the persecution of early Christians. Popular belief
holds that bone fragments from his head
are in the Roman basilica St. John Lateran, with his other remains inside the sarcophagus. The eight-foot-long coffin
dates from at least 390 AD, when the
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to under the main


altar of St. Pauls
Basilica.
Cardinal Andrea
Cordero Lanza di
Montezemolo,
head of the basilica,
told reporters that
the X-rays were
unlikely to penetrate the thick marble, making it necessary to open the
tomb to find out
what is inside.
The decision to
make the sarcophagus visible again was made after many
pilgrims who came to Rome during the
Catholic Churchs 2000 Jubilee year
expressed disappointment at finding that
the saints tomb could not be visited or
touched.
Excavations began in 2002 and ended

in November, 2006. Archaeologists had


to descend into a series of fourth-centur y tunnels and chambers, where they
found a marble plaque inscribed with
Paul the Apostle, Martyr. St. Pauls
remains lay underneath a stone slab, in
which three holes were originally
punched to allow visitors to push pieces
of material through and touch the saints
remains. The cloth, it was believed,
would then be imbued with the sanctity
within. A slab of cracked marble with the
words Paul apostle martyr in Latin was
also found embedded in the floor above
the tomb.
The basilica stands at the site of two
fourth-century churches, including one
destroyed by a fire in 1823 that had left
the tomb visible, first above ground and
later in a crypt. After the fire, the crypt
was filled with earth and covered by a
new altar.
TIM SWARTZ
SOURCE: THE TELEGRAPH

Ancient Sites Being


Damaged by Farmers

housands of archaeological sites are being damaged by farmers, English Heritage


has warned, including Neolithic long barrows, Roman villas, Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, and medieval field systems. So English Heritage wants a new strategy to protect sites that would reward farmers for stewardship.
The English Heritage report says that nearly 3,000 nationally important monuments
are today under cultivation. Examples of sites damaged by ploughing include numerous
prehistoric burial grounds and a Roman mosaic floor at Dinnington in Somerset, which
has been heavily scored by deep ploughing. Precious objects are also at risk. For
instance, only two out of 39 Bronze Age metalwork hoards recovered from Norfolk in the
last 30 years had not been disturbed by farming. And a 4,000-year-old gold cup, discovered in a field at Ringlemere in Kent and recently bought by the British Museum, had
been distorted by the impact of a plough.
The National Farmers Union chairman John Seymour said: In the majority of cases,
damage has been the result of farmers not being informed about the sites rather than
as a result of any malicious intent.
MICHAEL LOHR
SOURCE: BBC

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From the Skies

From the Skies

Cattle Mutilations Remain a Mystery


Over the centuries, strange
attacks on both animals and
humans have been attributed
to predators, other humans,
and even mythical creatures.
What makes these incidents
similar is the lack of blood
found in the victims bodies.

First appearing in Puerto Rico and then in


other neighboring countries, Chupacabras,
as shown below in this hoaxed photo, have
been blamed for numerous attacks on
small, domestic animals, all of which have
had their throats bitten and their blood
sucked out.

by Tim Swartz
rimitive man believed that blood
was sacred, the source of life in all
creatures. So it made sense that
the life force must be contained in blood.
Because of these early beliefs, man has
always had a superstitious horror when
dealing with unusual attacks that involve
the loss of blood. And throughout history, there have been numerous reports of
strange attacks and mutilations that seem
to go beyond normal animal predators.
One such incident occurred in 1874
near Cavan, Ireland. For several months,
something killed as many as 30 sheep a
night, biting their throats and draining
their blood. In 1905, at Great Badminton, Avon, sheep were again the target of attacks. A police sergeant in
Gloucestershire was quoted as saying in
the London Daily Mail,
I have seen two of the carcasses myself
and can say definitely that it is impossible for it to be the work of a dog.
Dogs are not vampires, and do not
suck the blood of a sheep, and leave the
flesh almost untouched.

In a single night in March of 1906,


near the town of Guildford, England, 51
sheep were killed when their blood was
drained from bite wounds to the throats.
Local residents formed posses to hunt
down whatever was killing their livestock, but just as in other mysterious
mutilations, no creature was ever caught,
and the killings remain a mystery.
These livestock attacks are eerily similar to the attacks in the 1990s by the
creature that came to be called Chupacabras, or goatsucker in Spanish.
First appearing in Puerto Rico and then
in other neighboring countries, the Chupacabras has been blamed for numerous
attacks on small, domestic animals, all of
which have had their throats bitten and
their blood sucked out. Shocked eyewitnesses described an animal that superficially resembles the Grays of flying
saucer lore. The creature reportedly
stands on two legs, has large, black or red
eyes, and is about four feet tall. As in past
cases, attempts to track down the Chupacabras have been met with failure.
Cattle Mutilations
n the United States, there has been
a lot of attention given to the
strange attacks and deaths of cattle.
However, the mutilation of cattle seems
to involve a dif ferent set of circumstances than past vampire-like attacks on
livestock. While cattle mutilations
almost always involve the complete
draining of blood, physical mutilation of
the flesh is so apparent that seasoned
ranchers are shocked by the unusual
nature of the deaths.
No one really knows when the first
cattle mutilations in the U.S. began.
Records show that in the middle of
1963, a series of livestock attacks
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typical case, an Angus bull was found


with its throat slashed and a saucer-sized
wound in its stomach. The attacks were
attributed to a wild beast of some sort.
As the attacks continued through the
Haskell County area, the unknown
attacker assumed mythic proportions and
a new name was createdThe Haskell
Rascal. Whatever was responsible for
the mutilations was never caught, and
the attacks slowly stopped. Throughout
the following decade though, similar
reports of attacks on livestock continued.
In 1973, the modern cattle mutilation
wave began in earnest. It is interesting to
note that many UFO sightings took
place in the same areas where the cattle
mutilations were happening. In November of 1974, rumors began to connect
UFOs with the mutilated cows that were
being found in large numbers throughout Minnesota.
In 1975, an unprecedented onslaught
of strange deaths spread across the western two-thirds of the U.S. Mutilation
reports peaked in that year, accompanied
by sightings of UFOs and unidentified
helicopters. By 1979, numerous livestock
mutilations were also being reported in
Canada, primarily in Alber ta and
Saskatchewan.
In 1980, there was another increase in
mutilations in the southwest U.S., especially in New Mexico and Colorado.
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may be due, in par t, to an increased


reluctance by ranchers and farmers to
report mutilations, as they do not want
to be labeled as crackpots.
Mysterious Attacks on Humans
f these stories are tr ue, why has
there not been any mysterious
attacks on humans? The truth could
be that human mutilations and deaths
are occurring on a regular basis, but
they have either gone unrecognized for
what they really are or have been adeptly
covered up.
Thousands of people worldwide disappear every year, never to be seen again. A
majority of these disappearances can be
attributed to homicides, accidents, or
even running away from a bad home life
or debt. However, some disappearances
are so unusual that more disturbing scenarios must be examined.
For instance, in 1956, at the White
Sands Missile Test Range, an Air Force
major reported that he had witnessed a
disk-shaped flying object kidnap Sgt.
Jonathan P. Louette. Louette was missing
for three days before his mutilated body
was found in the desert near the test
range. His genitals had been removed
and his rectum cored out with surgical
precision. Like many cattle mutilations,
Louettes eyes had been removed and all
of his blood was missing. The Air Force
filed a report stating that he had died of
exposure after being lost in the desert.

In 1989, the mysterious death of a


man a decade earlier came to the attention of Don Mason, the MUFON State
Director of Idaho. According to the
report, in 1979, two hunters in the Bliss
and Jerome area of Idaho stumbled
across the almost-nude body of a man
whose sexual organs had been removed,
lips sliced of f, and blood drained.
Although the body was found in rugged
country, his bare feet were not marked,
and no other tracksanimal or
humanwere ever found to explain
how he got there.
After the police were notified, an
intensive search was mounted and the
mans possessions were recovered miles
from where his body was found. No one
knows how the body ended up there or
what happened to him. It should also be
noted that over the years, this area has
had many unexplained UFO reports and
cattle mutilations.
Then in NYs Westchester county in
1988, several morgues were broken into
late at night and the cadavers mutilated,
including partial removal of the face and
total removal of the eyes, stomach, thyroid gland, and genitals of some of the
cadavers. An assistant medical examiner
stated that checks were immediately run
on the morgue employees but no link
connecting morgue employees with the
crimes were found and no other suspects
identified.
Compared to reports of mysterious
animal attacks, repor ts involving a
human are somewhat rare, perhaps
because such an incident is written off as
just another brutal homicide. To consider that in the 21st century there could
still be unknown horrors that can prey on
us in our most unguarded moments, it
should come as no surprise that most
would gladly write off an unexplained
death as a mugging or crime of passion.
This way, we can all sleep a little easier by
not thinking about what lurks in the
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Urban Legends

Urban Legends

Osama bin Laden


A NATIONAL OBSESSION
P

From false reports of his


death to obscure business
connections and numerous
sightings in Utah, Osama bin
Laden has left his mark on
the American conscience.

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by Charles Rammelkamp
eople who are seemingly larger
than life are often the subject of
urban legends. So it should come
as no surprise that
Osama bin Laden,
the man behind
the terrorist
attacks
of
September
11, 2001,
should collect urban
legends the
way a magnet
attracts iron
filings.
One rumor
that has spread
over the Internet
during the Iran-Contra hearings of the
late 1980s was that
Oliver North allegedly had installed a
security system in his
home because of

death threats that bin Laden had made to


his family. Later versions of the story say
that the person questioning North was
Senator Al Gore.
According to the Congressional
Record, however, there was no mention
of bin Laden during the Iran-Contra
hearings. In addition, Al Gore was not a
member of the Iran-Contra Committee
and so did not participate in any of the
questioning. One of the charges against
North at that time, however, was his
accepting as a gift a $16,000 security system for his home to protect himself and
his family from Palestinian terrorist Abu
Nidal. Fortunately for North, bin Laden
was already in custody... at least according to some rumors.
Secretly in Custody?
umors that bin Laden has been
captured was bandied about soon
after 9/11; he was even reported
to have been killed in bombing raids in
Afghanistan and Libya during the Clinton
administration. Since 9/11, these rumors
have boosted morale and flagging financial markets as, more than once, the stock
market rallied on such a rumor.
The first time the stock market was
affected by the rumors of bin Ladens
capture was only a month after the terrorist attacks, when ecstatic investors
lifted the Dow by 167 points and the
NASDAQ by 75. Then on May 22,
2002, after rumors once again swept the
trading floor that bin Laden had been
captured, a two-day selling spree was
momentarily reversed, sending the Dow
and the NASDAQ to seasonal highs. A
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the New York Stock Exchange were


again temporarily boosted when a
r umor spread that U.S. forces had
placed bin Laden in custody.
There is a sinister subtext behind the
rumor of bin Ladens capturethat the
U.S. government is holding of f
announcing his capture until the
moment when it would do President
Bush and Republican party the most
good in the election cycle. This is obviously false, as the Republicans were
trounced in the 2006 midterm elections
and did not pull Osamas capture out of
a hat. Of course, this may be because
bin Laden might soon be deadat least
according to some.

Dying of Kidney Disease?


umors of bin Laden dying from
kidney-related afflictions have
been rampant for years. For
instance, in 2000, an unnamed official
in the intelligence community claimed in an interview in Asiaweek that bin
Laden suffered from kidney failure and his liver
was shot. As a result,
more than a dozen Pakistani religious students
offered to donate kidneys
to the leader of al-Qaeda.
That same month, a witness to a meeting between
bin Laden and members of his
network reported that the terrorist appeared weak and gaunt,
coughed frequently, and seemed to
become easily exhausted, suggesting
that his health was failing. That same
year, officials in the intelligence community stated that bin Laden had kidney
failure and his followers were trying to
find a dialysis machine for him.
Another rumor asserts that bin Laden
received treatment for his ailing kidneys
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2001, by his personal physician, Dr.


Ayman Zawahiri, al-Qaedas second-incommand. But the CIA denied the
report, as did Bernard Koval, the director of the hospital. Bin Laden himself,
in a 2001 inter view with a Pakistani
newspaper, also denied reports that he
had been hospitalized in Dubai for kidney treatment, saying, My kidneys are
all right.
Even if bin Laden was suffering from
kidney disease, his influence might still
be felt in the mysterious financial empire
in which he is rumored to be involved
the Snapple drink company.

Owner of Snapple?
ince its inception in 1972, the popular drink manufacturer Snapple
has been plagued by rumors that it
was owned by one evil entity or another,
including the Ku Klux Klan. The rumor
that bin Laden owned Snapple began
shortly after 9/11, with calls over the
internet for a grassroots boycott of all
Snapple products.
Although at one time,
Snapples products were
distributed by a company
in which the Saudi Binladin Group were
investors, Snapple
CEO
Michael
Weinstein stated
that Snapple has
never had a relationship with
bin Laden or
any terrorist
group.
In truth,
the Binladin
Group is one of
the many corporate
entities owned by a number of bin
Ladens relatives, many of whom disavow
any connection with their notorious family member. Osama comes from a family

that is both ver y large and incredibly


wealthy; he has 54 siblings, so untangling
the web of his familys finances and business associations is nearly impossible.
Nevertheless, Snapple terminated its relationship with the distributor soon after,
to keep further rumors from surfacing.
A similar phenomenon is the suggestion that bin Laden has been seen hiding
out in Utah.

Hiding in Utah?
t was bound to happen that sightings
of bin Laden would appear, but in
Utah? Rumors about the terrorist
leader living in the Salt Lake City area circulated just a month after 9/11.
There were, in fact, dozens of reports
that bin Laden had been spotted on the
freeway, in the mall, and enjoying a Big
Mac and fries at McDonalds, around
the Salt Lake City area. Law enforcement authorities were so overwhelmed
with calls from alarmed citizens that
after awhile, they just had to ignore
them.
Those looking for a plausible explanation for bin Laden living in the city
pointed to the areas desert-like conditions and the residents tolerance of plural marriages, though why bin Laden
would worry about his lifestyle being
accepted by the local community is
unclear. No doubt, concerns about the
2002 winter Olympics in Salt Lake City
also fed the rumors, with sinister hints
that he was masterminding another
calamity that would make the terrorist
killings at the 1972 Munich Olympics
pale in comparison.
As the most potent global symbol of
Islamist resistance to the West, Osama
bin Laden naturally provokes both fear in
his enemies and the admiration of his followers. So it comes as no surprise that he
generates every kind of rumor, gossip,
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StarCrypt

StarCrypt

Horoscopes for Feb.April, 2007


LEO
24 July-23 August

ARIES
21 March-20 April

GEMINI
22 May-22 June

n February, determine where you


have control and
where you need to
back of f. Equipment
problems may slow
progress in mid-Februar y, and as the
month ends, the scope and focus of your
projects will shift. But luck, timing, and a
good network will help you gain your
desires and attain goals in March.
But look closely before making commitments in late March, as unexpected
expenses, interruptions, and relationships
may rock the boat in early April. As good
first impressions count, update your
image for important meetings in midApril. But avoid making snap decisions as
April ends, as trouble may come knocking if you dont read the fine print.

lans are confounded


by
details in February, so political savvy
will be needed to promote your agenda. As
March arrives, blast full speed ahead.
Emphasizing shared benefits will consolidate support but dont underestimate
what other people can and will do; major
shifts in family and domestic interests and
career may keep your head spinning.
As April finally arrives, resolve confusions and buckle down to work, for this is
your month for hammering out deals and
agreements. Make definite choices about
your future, as your usual juggling act
wont be a viable option. Fortunately,
trusted friends will steer you in the right
direction.

he month of
February
requires a
delicate balancing
act, as desires are at
odds with obligations and necessar y expenditures.
Health issues can creep up, too. Responsibility and guilt can easily drive you into
over-compensating, so get a grip on
financial limits as March arrives; youre
poised for receiving some exceptional
good luck, but dont go overboard.
As April arrives, attempt to get your
load to manageable levels. As April winds
to a close, past decisions will result in
either benefits or disaster. If youve done
well, share your luck. If youve done
badly, dont blame others or dump on
your friends.

TAURUS
21 April-21 May

CANCER
23 June-23 July

VIRGO
24 August-23 September

ersonal
and
business situations demand
attention in February.
As you cant please
everyone, rethink your
plans and priorities. Consolidate your
focus in early March, when lucrative
opportunities or secret deals are offered.
Your intuition is keen so follow your
nose when faced with a mystery.
As April arrives, unexpected invitations
may conflict with responsibilities, so you
could need to juggle. Mid-month, important acquisitions are made and relationships will develop, forcing critical choices
in both career and relationships. There
will be many changes as this period ends,
so fight to expand your horizons.

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ou may feel
unappr eciated
and short-tempered in February so set
limits and boundaries
you can live with. Wants
and needs clash during this difficult
month so take a break in March, as new
vistas give a fresh perspective on relationships. Mid-March brings long-term payoffs or benefits, so follow up on research
and trust your hunches.
Your unique approach leads to surprising discoveries as April arrives so make
sure you get credit. Fascinating new projects and people cast lures in mid-April
but be sensitive to prior claims, and ask
around before instigating any changes to
avoid turf wars.

ont expect
much from
others
in
Februar y, as theyre
prone to absentmindedness and may let
you down. Tame excessive sensitivities
and admit when youve had enough, for
youre at a critical turning point in life,
and self-honesty is the ticket.
As March arrives, a lunar eclipse in
your sign brings things to a head so latch
onto positive, forward-moving areas and
ignore everything else. Things that confound others are a breeze for you, and
you leap ahead accordingly. Balance giveand-take with others in April. Crucial discussions around April 23 will result in
choices that bring lasting changes.

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LIBRA
24 September-23 October
arly Februar y
can be a magical time for
relationships, but work
commitments may foil
your
desire
for
romance by mid-month. Time is in short
supply while demands are endless, so
remain patient and get through it, as
March brings terrific opportunities, such
as travel and adventure, your way. But be
realistic about the time and effort needed
to accomplish your goals.
Limit your focus in early April so you
can accomplish the necessary tasks and as
the month ends, attend to health concerns and personal wellness, for old
injuries may cause problems and your
lower back may become vulnerable to
strains and sprains.

SCORPIO
24 October-22 November
ebruar y finds
you assessing
personal relationships, so trust
issues that rise to the
sur face and provoke
suspicions. Give others time to come
through for you, as they may have problems of their own. As March arrives,
long-term investments of time and
money will flourish. New relationships
will also begin with a bang, but take a
moment to evaluate your partners history before making irreversible decisions.
Promotions and raises arrive in early
April and these new responsibilities will
require some adjustments in your personal sphere. So good communications are
crucial to keeping important relationships
on track, and dont forget to ask for help
if you need it.

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SAGITTARIUS
23 November-22 December
ou can wind
up being a
closet psychologist in Februar y as
others divulge their
problems and deep,
dark secrets to you. To avoid getting in
the middle of battles between friends,
take a vacation or be unavailable.
As March arrives, your life goes into
full bloom. Fabulous opportunities to
indulge your creativity or spruce up
your love life are offered. This may put a
strain on your schedule in late March
and early April, but the good times will
keep rolling. A personal or domestic
issue looms around April 23, so cut to
the chase and get it handled as quickly
as possible; others will respect your
invincibility.

CAPRICORN
23 December-19 January
oure capable
of accomplishing much in
February, but beware
that your excessive
ambitions may trample others underfoot. Good manners and
considerate behavior get you off the
hook. Multiple financial demands
require careful thought in late February
and March.
Your daily schedule changes in
March, freeing you up for vacations to
distant places infused with histor y.
Although you may find office politics
annoying, dont ignore the ramifications of favoritism in April, as gossip,
rumors, or backstabbing can have devastating results. Get smart and protect
your interests with finesse and confidence.

AQUARIUS
20 January-19 February

ebruar y tests
the extent of
your love and
loyalty to others so
you may need to set
aside your own interests to assist others in their struggles. But
your help will not go unrewarded, as
March brings a tide of changes and
opportunities your way, where big gains
are possible.
By late March, youre ready to make
long-planned changes in your life. However, expect to be working double-time
to handle all the extra demands as April
arrives, but results will be wonderful. A
shift in responsibilities or job duties
comes in late April, but it may take a
while to adjust to a new pace.
PISCES
20 February-20 March

ssues from 2006


still linger as
February arrives.
Others may not
always listen to or
take your advice, so
be patient, as situations will transform in
late February and early March. Youre at
a crossroads of endings and beginnings.
Latch onto the most positive and fulfilling of the many opportunities youre
presented with, and be smar t about
dodging the consequences that you
warned people about months ago. By
April, youre poised to enter new groups
or commit to fantastic new projects.
True friends will support your goals and
allow you plenty of room for personal
development. z
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Healing

Alternative Healing

Dr. Larry Dossey Champions


the Healing Power of Prayer
For as long as there has
been life, prayer has been
a part of healing. But now,
prayers healing effects
have not only been
validated but also appear to
transcend place and time.

Dr. Larry Dossey

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by Phyllis Ring
he former chief of staff of Medical
City Dallas Hospital and co-chair
of the National Institutes of
Healths panel on mind/body interventions, Dr. Larr y Dossey is the worlds
foremost champion of prayers healing
effect. For Dossey, his struggles with his
own migraine headaches played a role in
his evolution toward a more holistic view
of healing.
Dossey first explored the effects of
visualization, relaxation, and meditation
on healing. With his growing awareness
of spiritualitys role in healing, Dossey

grew increasingly curious about the


seemingly unexplainable evidence of
miracle cures. For physicians especially,
miracles remind us that our rational,
materialistic science is incomplete, and
that there will probably always be phenomena we cannot explain. They can
happen to sinners as well as saints,
explains Dossey. One doesnt have to
wear a halo to have a miracle cure.
One of the most power ful healing
events he has witnessed involved a patient
with lung cancer who refused treatment.
When he returned a year later after his
church congregation had prayed for him,
he was completely cancer free.
Another miraculous cure happened to
Rita Klaus, who developed multiple sclerosis in her early 20s. As the disease progressed, she submitted to her husbands
appeal to take part in a church healing
service that she described as leaving her
with a feeling of absolute love like Id
never felt, coursing through me.
Later, despite the fact that tendons in
her legs had been surgically cut to enable
her to hobble short distances with the aid
of braces, she heard a voice one night
inviting her to be healed. As she sat in her
wheelchair the next day, she began to feel
a variety of sensations and was astonished
to discover that her twisted, deformed
legs had regained a normal appearance.
She first tested her recovery by running
up a flight of steps and then went on a
joyous celebrator y romp through the
nearby woods. Upon examination, her
doctor found no trace of her disease.
Although spontaneous remissions of
multiple sclerosis are possible, the miracle
was that the permanent damage to her

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died. None of the medical staff knew


who was being prayed for. As regards
spiritual faith, these studies suggest that
the prayers from people from any religion are effective.
Intention is the Key
lthough such studies show that
prayer is associated with healing,
it is not yet known how it works.
Some scholars suggest that consciousness
extends beyond the body and is independent of space and time. The key question is whether or not healing is a direct
result of the healers intentions, or
whether a transcendent entity such as
God is involved, Dossey says.
Intentions are also the tools of those
who pray on others behalf. People
often feel the prayers, concerns, intentions, and love of others, even at a distance, Dossey says. They can even
share physical symptoms at a distance.
What is curious is that healing is not
dependent on ones faith. Confidence
in the process helps promote a positive
outcome but is not crucial to the effects
of prayer, Dossey explains.
Dossey has also explored the effectiveness of both directed and non-directed
prayer. Directed prayer asks for a specific
outcome while nondirected prayer is
prayer for overall health and general wellbeing. Both methods seem to work
equally as well.
But the process of prayer in healing is
also something far greater than a mere
asking for what we want, says Dossey.
We need to remember that prayer is not
about winning the lotter y or finding
ones soulmate, but about connecting
with the Absolute. We only need to
avoid putting our personal expectations
on the universe through prayer. If we
can do so, asser ts Dossey, prayer
wont disappoint. z

body had also disappeared. From what


we know about how bodies function, no
one should ever be able to regain full
function and normal reflexes after their
knee tendons have been surgically severed, Dossey notes.
Double Blind Studies
lthough witnessing miraculous
cures has affected his views, it
was the results of scientific studies that showed the beneficial effects of
prayer, that made him a believer. If
prayer can affect serious diseases such as
advanced AIDS, no disease is beyond
responding to prayer. he says.
Although this type of research is in its
infancy, several double-blind, controlled
experiments, such as those conducted by
Dr. Elizabeth Targ (AIDS) in 1998; Dr.
William Harris (heart attack) in 1999;
Dr. Mitchell Krucoff (heart disease) in

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2001 and 2005; and Dr. Kwang Cha


(infertility) in 2001, demonstrate the
healing powers of prayer.
For instance, in the double-blind study
by Dr. Targ at California Pacific Medical
Center in San Francisco, AIDS patients
who received prayer survived in greater
numbers, got sick less often, and recovered faster than those who did not.
One of the best-known studies was
conducted by Randolph Byrd in the cardiac care unit of San Francisco General
Hospital in 1988. All 400 subjects were
given routine standard care but half of
the group was also prayed for by various
groups. The patients who had been
prayed for showed no cardiac arrests, no
need for an artificial ventilator, and no
deaths during their hospitalization.
However, 12 members of the group who
were not prayed for suffered from many
complications and three patients even

For more info. on Dr. Dossey and his


work, visit www.dosseydossey.com

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Mysteries on Exhibit

Mysteries on Exhibit

Midwest

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum


of Science & Technology

MADISON, WI

MOBILE, AL

SYRACUSE, NY

(608) 263-2246 I WWW.CHAZEN.WISC.EDU

(251) 208-6873 I WWW.EXPLOREUM.NET

(315) 425-9068 I WWW.MOST.ORG

In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient


Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite
(March 17June
3,
2007)
This
exhibit
recreates
life in four
residential villas
in the town of
Stabiae, which was
destroyed in the
eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, along with the
more famous towns of
Pompeii and Herculanium. It features
some of the most
s i g n i fi c a n t
archaeological finds from the town, as
well as frescoes, cooking utensils, and
other objects from daily life.

Pompeii (through June 3, 2007) Stroll


through Pompeii on the fateful day that
Mt. Vesuvius erupted, as reconstructed
through computer modeling and virtual
reality, and explore Vesuvius and other
volcanoes. This exhibit features body
casts of the victims, as well as room-sized
frescoes, sculptures, jewelry, gold coins,
and ordinary household items.

Strange Matter (through April 23,


2007) From metals with memor y to
micro-machinery, discover the amazing
world of materials science. Use a bowling
ball to try to shatter a pane of heat-tempered glass or swish a gloved hand
through a substance that morphs from
fluid to solid and back again, at the touch
of a button.
The Franklin Institute
PHILADELPHIA, PA
(215) 448-1200 I WWW2.FI.EDU

Tutankhamun and
the Golden Age of
the
Pharaohs
(through Sept. 30,
2007) This exhibit
features more than
130 treasures from
tombs, royal graves,
and ancient sites in the
Valley of the Kings,
including 50 objects
from the tomb of
Tutankhamun, including his gold crown
and the canopic
coffinette that contained his mummified
internal organs.
Yale Peabody Museum
NEW HAVEN, CT
(203) 432-5050 I WWW.PEABODY.YALE.EDU

Alien Earths (through April 29,


2007) Join the search for planets around
distant stars and for life beyond Earth,
and learn about the technology and
methods scientists are using to search our
galactic neighborhood.

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Chazen Museum of Art

South
Gulf Coast Exploreum

The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Royal Ontario Museum

SANTA ANA, CA

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

(714) 567-3600 I WWW.BOWERS.ORG

(416) 586-8000 I WWW.ROM.ON.CA

Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in


Ancient Egypt (through April 15,
2007) This exhibit illustrates the Egyptian ritual of preparing the dead for the
afterlife. It features 140 funerary objects,
including 14 mummies and coffins,

Ancient Peru Unearthed: Golden


Treasures of a Lost Civilization
(March 10-Aug. 1, 2007) This exhibit
features a magnificent cache of long-hidden tomb treasures from the mysterious
pre-Incan Sican civilization of northern
Peru, including more than 150 elaborately crafted headdresses, crowns, pieces
of pottery, and jewelry.
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

West Coast

PARIS, FRANCE
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InsightsEl Paso Science Center

Arizona Science Center

EL PASO, TX

PHOENIX, AZ

(915) 534-0000 I WWW.INSIGHTSELPASO.ORG

Titanic Science (through May 1,


2007) This exhibit examines the scientific principles behind the Titanics sinking. The centerpiece is a model of the
ship in a tank of water, positioned so as
to show the giant oceanliner breaking
up on the iceberg. Other components
include a simulated iceberg and an interactive display that allows visitors to captain the ship.

Indiana State Museum


Museum of Discovery and Science

(317) 232-1637 I WWW.IN.GOV/ISM

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

SPACE: A Journey to Our Future


(March 3, 2007-September 16, 2007)
This exhibit features dozens of interactive displays that allow visitors to feel the
rumble of a
r o c k e t
launch, touch
a piece of the
moon and
Mars, test
their space
survival skills,
and walk in
the footsteps
of astronauts.

MarsQuest (through April 30, 2007)


More than 20 interactive displays in this
exhibit allow visitors to play the part of
NASA scientists as
they send commands to maneuver a rover of a
Martian landscape,
experience a Martian volcanic eruption, or assemble
larger planetar y
views from many
small images.

(817) 255-9322 I WWW.MODS.ORG

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Body Worlds 3: The Anatomical


Exhibit of Real Human Bodies
(through May 28, 2007) Learn about
anatomy, physiology, and healthy living
by viewing real human bodies, as seen
above, preserved by Plastination.
Las Cruces Museum
of Natural History
LAS CRUCES, NM
(505) 522-3120 I WWW.LAS-CRUCES.ORG

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

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canopic jars, offering tables, and tomb


furnishings.
Visions of the Shaman, Song of the
Priest (ongoing)
This
exhibit
includes a series of
galleries that communicate the power
and sophistication
of the mysterious
cultures that rose
and fell in ancient America.

Space Adventures (through May 31,


2007) Learn about space exploration
from moon bases to space shipsand
relive space adventures from science-fiction, books, TV, and the cinema.

Outside the U.S.

Portland Art Museum

Ontario Science Centre

PORTLAND, OR

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

(503) 2262811 I WWW.PORTLANDARTMUSEUM.ORG

(416) 696-1000 I WWW.ONTARIOSCIENCECENTRE.CA

Mysterious Spirits, Strange Beasts,


Earthly Delights (through April 15,
2007) This exhibit presents a significant
collection from the pre-Han Kingdom of
Chu and the Han Dynasty of early Chinese art, such as finely modeled earthenware entertainers, court attendants and
animals, tomb guardian figures and
beasts, bronze vessels, and mirrors.

Marvel Super Heroes Science Exhibition (through March 25, 2007) Step
into the incredible Marvel universe and
experience the science behind the
comics. With more than 30 stations to
explore, visitors can step into a suit of
armor to lift an automobile, hang from a
super-strong spider web, go bionic, and
create a comic.

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Egypts Sunken Treasures (through


May 16, 2007) This exhibit features
some 500 pieces from underwater excavations of f the coast of Egypt and
retraces the history of Egypt. In addition
to historical information and works of
art, the exhibition provides a spectacular

C FRANK GODDIO / HILTI FOUNDATION, CHRISTOPH GERIGK

East Coast

look at the world of divers and marine


archaeologists.
JUDITH KANE

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Treasures from the Deep

Treasures from the Deep


18th-Century Fireship
Wreck Investigated
team from Englands University
of Bristol is currently investigating the wreck of the HMS Firebrand, a British Royal Navy fireship that
sank in 1707, after a navigational error
took an entire fleet onto the rocks near
the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall. The loss of four ships and more
than 1,500 seamen sparked a competition for devising a practical method of
accurately calculating longitude at sea,
which resulted in the design of the Harrison chronometer.
The investigation is the first physical
study of a fireship, which were filled with
combustibles, deliberately set on fire,
and then steered into an enemy fleet in
order to destroy its ships or create panic
and make them break formation.

Open Hatch Discovered on Hunley


cientists restoring the CSS H.L.
Hunley may have found an important clue in the mystery of why the

Confederate submarine sank in 1864,


the first sub ever to sink an enemy warship. X-rays show that the Hunleys forward hatch, which is covered in a thick
layer of sand, is open about half an inch.
Although it is possible that the lock
was damaged after the vessel sankor
when it rammed a spar with a black powder charge into the Union blockade ship
Housatonic, and then the hatch opened
while it sat on the ocean floorrods
from the hatchs watertight locking
mechanism were previously found at the

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feet of the subs commander Lt. George


Dixon, suggesting that Dixon intentionally opened the hatch. Since the second
escape hatch was still in the locked position, however, it seems unlikely that the
forward hatch was opened so that the
crew could get out in an emergency.
Researchers speculate that the sub may
have been swamped after Dixon opened
the hatch to see if the Hunley had been
damaged during the attack on the
Housatonic, to signal to shore that it had
completed its mission, or to refresh the
air supply in the eight-crewman compartment.
Sunken U.S. Sub Found in Sea of Japan
n July of 2006, in the La Perouse
(Soya) Strait, between the Japanese
island of Hokkaido and the Russian
island of Sakhalin, Russian divers discovered a sunken submarine that has been
identified as the USS Wahoo, a legendary
WWII undersea ace that sank at least 19
Japanese ships.
The Wahoo left Midway Island in
1943, en route to the Sea of Japan,
under orders to maintain strict radio
silence, and was never heard from again.
At the time, it was believed that the submarine had been lost to mines or a faulty
torpedo, but references later found in
Japanese records showed that an American submarine had been spotted by
Japanese planes and was sunk after several hours of combined sea and air attack.
Naval tradition has long held that the
sea is a fitting final resting place for
sailors lost at sea, so there are no plans to
salvage or explore the wreck, which lies
at a depth of about 213 feet.

had probed all of its secrets. But routine


work in August of 2006 yielded yet
more artifacts, including a trio of buttons that were lost as the Monitors crewmen stripped off their heavy winter coats
prior to jumping into the water as the
ship sank on New Years Eve, 1862. Also
found were an iron crank, a wooden
handle believed to be from a lanyard for
the ships guns, a piece of chalk, and
four brass-jacketed bullets. Self-contained breech-loading projectiles were
unusually advanced for an era when most
19th-Century Shipwrecks
Found Off Hawaiian Atoll
n July of 2006, archaeologists also
discovered two notable shipwrecks
at Kure Atoll in the Hawaiian Island
chain. The finds include the remains of
the Dunnottar Castle, a British cargo
ship that struck a reef and was lost in
1886, and the USS Saginaw, a sidewheeled steamer gunboat that struck a
reef and broke up in 1870.
Seven survivors from the 28-man crew
of the Dunnottar Castle sailed 1,200
miles in 52 days in an open boat before
being rescued. A ship set out the next
day to rescue the remaining crew members, but when it arrived, they found
only a note in a bottle fastened to a post
that said that the castaways had been rescued by another ship.
Many of the major elements of the
Saginaw have been found, including
bow and stern Parrott-rifled pivot guns,
broadside howitzers, and the ships
sounding lead, a heavy lead sinker that
was slung over the side to mark the
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Shipwreck from Englands


Golden Age Excavated
n September of 2006, British
archaeologists announced the discover y of the wreck of an Elizabethan ship in the Channel Islands. The
wreck, which dates to Englands war
with Spains Philip II, following the
defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588,
was first discovered in 1977, by a crab
fisherman who pulled up a musket in one
of his pots. However, archaeologists
decided to keep the wreck, which lies at a
depth of less than 100 feet, secret to pro-

Civil War Ironclad Yields


Unexpected Artifacts
fter four years spent removing
tons of sediment, concretion,
and sand from the gun turret of
the USS Monitorthe historic Civil War
ironclad that clashed with the CSS Virginiaconservators thought that they

discover Chesapeake Bay.


The Chorruca ran aground
three years later
in 1526, during
an ill-fated attempt to establish a colony
on the coast of present-day Georgia.
Had it succeeded, the colony would have
been the first European settlement in
North America.

firearms still used percussion caps, which


required users to ram Minie balls and
paper gunpowder cartridges down the
muzzle into the barrel.
Spanish Galleon Wreck
Found Off Carolina Coast
lso in August of 2006, archaeologists working off the coast of
South Carolina found the
remains of a shipwreck that they believe
may be the Chorruca, a Spanish galleon
that sank almost 500 years ago near the
entrance to Winyah Bay, between Myrtle
Beach and Charleston.
The Chorruca was the lead vessel of a
fleet of six ships led by Lucas Vzquez de
Aylln, a conquistador sent by Spains
King Charles in 1523 to look for a passage across the American continent to
the Pacific Ocean. De Aylln began his
search along the coast of the Carolinas
and was the first European to explore
South Carolina, the first to land along
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tect it until it could be excavated.


Divers began work at the site in the
early 1990s and have found cannon,
muskets, swords, helmets, and armor
stamped with the monogram of Elizabeth I.
Ancient Ship Found in Persian Gulf
ranian archaeologists plan to raise an
ancient merchant ship from the Persian Gulf, about half-a-mile from the
port of Siraf in the Boushehr province of
Iran. Film made by an underwater robot
shows more than 40 amphorae scattered
at the site of the wreck, which was discovered in September of 2006 by fishermen who pulled up pieces of earthenware jars that date from between 248 BC
and 651 AD.
Some experts believe that the wreck is
evidence that the Persian Gulf was historically part of Iran, and some worry
that it could be used against neighboring
Arab states in ongoing disputes over
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Cache of Ancient Anchors


Found Near Cyprian Temple
n October of 2006, British
archaeologists found 120 Bronze
Age stone anchors off the coast of
Cyprus, near a temple that was, for
centuries, the center of a cult surrounding Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and protector of seafarers.
Aphrodite is said to have emerged
from the sea nearby, born from sea
foam whipped up by the sun-god
Uranus, and the discovery of so many
anchors suggests that the site may
have served as a port for the many pilgrims who came to the temple from
all around the Mediterranean. Experts
believe that it may also have been an
important port for the busy trade
routes linking east to west.

JUDITH KANE

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Arcane Cults

Arcane Cults

THE INDIAN THUGGEES

Human Sacrificers or Scapegoats?


British colonials believed
that a particular Indian cult
practiced human sacrifice.
But it is unclear if this
cult were really trained
assassins or the product of
a heated imagination.

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by K. Filan
heir very name has become a synonym for dangerous criminal.
They have been memorialized in
works such as Gunga Din and Indiana
Jones and the Temple of Doom. According
to official records, they murdered over
two million people in a reign of terror
that spanned over 1,000 years. But were
the Thuggees a brutal gang of Indian
assassins or the product of an overheated
colonial imagination?
Most readers of an ar ticle on the
Thuggees in the 1816 Madras Literary
Gazette thought Dr. Richard Sherwood
was exaggerating when he wrote that
India was plagued with a sect of crazed

assassins who were befriending strangers


and then strangling them as a sacrifice to
the goddess Kali.
While most British officials paid scant
attention to Sherwoods expos of the
Thuggees (pronounced like thug),
army officer William Henr y Sleeman
took it seriously. He was fluent in several
Indian languages and has studied Hinduism and Indian culture for decades,
and Sherwoods accounts rang true to
him. He was also familiar with an
obscure 13th-century report by Jlalalu-d
din Firoz Khilji, then Sultan of Delhi,
who mentioned banishing some 1,000
criminal Thugs to Bengal. Accordingly, Sleeman began pressuring his superiors to launch investigations into Indias
Thuggee cult.
For years, Sleeman
found many strangled
corpses and heard tantalizing rumors about
the Thuggee cult. Still,
he was unable to prove
his suspicions or to
attract the attention of
an indifferent British
judiciary. Native Indian officials were even
less interested in helping, as many Indian
peace officers were on
the Thuggee payroll or
were sympathetic to
the cults aims.
But Sleemans persistance paid off. In his
long years of work, he
drew Thug family
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Thuggee activity, and pointed to areas


which would be the likely scene of future
murders. In 1830, Sleeman convinced
the colonial judiciar y to help him by
arresting and interrogating groups of
suspected Thugs. When arrested, many
Thugs cooperated with authorities to
escape a death sentence. Others turned
themselves in to save arrested family
members. As Sleeman and his staff compiled their stories, a terrifying picture of
their cult emerged.
Kali: The Goddess of Destruction
espite her terrifying imagery,
most Hindu sects honor Kali as
a benevolent Mother Goddess
who frees her followers from suffering.
When the world was threatened at the
beginning of time by the mighty demon
Raktabija (Blood-Seed), it was Kali,
according to Hindu belief, who came to
the rescue.
Ever y time a drop of Raktabijas
blood str uck the ground, it was
believed that another demon as powerful as he would spring up. It was said
that Kali defeated him by drinking his
blood, thereby negating his powers of
regeneration. But according to Thuggee
legend, Kali realized that the key to
defeating the demon was to avoid spilling
his blood altogether. Hence, she attacked
him from behind with a weighted scarf,
wrapped it about his neck, and strangled
him. In honor of this, Thugs killed their
victims through strangulation with a ruhmal, a yellow piece of cloth.
The Thugs led double lives, typically as
farmers, merchants, and other professionals. To all appearances, they were more
devout and respectable than their neighbors; and from the treasures they
acquired from their victims, they also
tended to be quite prosperous.
Thugs also had a secret language and
various passwords which allowed them to
identify each other. (The leader of a
Thuggee group would say pass the

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tobacco, for example, to order a murder). And within the group, members
specialized in different roles. Sothaees
lured travelers; lughaees dug the graves in
advance of a kill; and the bhuttotes were
responsible for the actual murder.
Sacrifices were chosen randomly from
among wanderers and travelers. One or
more Thugs would befriend the victim,
then suggest that it would be safest for
them to travel together. Since there were
many robbers on the roads, this offer was
usually accepted gratefully. The group
would then travel together, sometimes
for months, as the Thugs waited for an
omen. Finally, when the time was right
and an opportunity presented itself, the
ruhmal was used. Should the victim
resist, other Thugs waiting nearby would
swoop in and finish the job. Only a few
people escaped death once they had been
marked for sacrifice.
Before each sacrifice, an axe was
anointed with sugar, water, milk, and
dried cow dung, then marked with seven
red dots and passed through a fire seven
times. After the murder, a sacrifice of
sugar was made to Kali, a grave dug with
the axe, and the body interred. Then the
victims valuables were divided among
the Thugs, with a portion set aside for
Kalis temple and another set aside for
bribes and other cult expenses.
The Thugs saw these murders as a religious sacrifice and thought that both they
and their victims would benefit in their
next life. But there were specific rules
about who could be killed. The Thugs
did not kill women because they were
seen as incarnations of Kali. They did not
kill high-caste Indians (because of their
purity) or Indians belonging to the lowest castes (because it was believed that
offering them would be an insult to Kali).
The Cult Reconsidered
oday, many scholars wonder if
there ever was a Kali-worshipping cult of assassins in India.

While they do not dispute that many


travellers were murdered in 19th-century
India, they believe the majority of these
deaths were actually the work of common criminals.
While many of the captured brigands
confessed to being Thugs, it is difficult to
know the circumstances of their confessions. There were certainly many documented instances of British soldiers in
India resorting to beatings or torture.
Furthermore, those Thugs who testified
against their fellow conspirators frequently received lesser sentences or were
not punished at all.
Behram, one of the most notorious
thugs captured in Sleemans 1830 raids,
reportedly bragged about killing 931
people. But an examination of his testimony reveals that he said I may have
strangled with my own hands about
125 men, and I may have seen strangled
150 more.
Some skeptics have suggested that the
Thuggee movement was created as an
excuse for the British to expand their
power, for the Thuggee campaigns
marked a change in the way the British
dealt with India. Before this time, they
had largely ruled as figureheads; day-today af fairs were managed by Indian
bureaucrats and local leaders.
In attacking the Thuggee movementand regaling the public with
lurid tales of murderous cultsthe
British could justify seizing power from
the Indians who were obviously incapable of governing themselves. By
whipping up fears of a murderous cult,
the British government could take control of India and its resources, thereby
engaging in robber y on a scale that
would make the most hardened
Thuggee blanch.
Whatever the truth behind the
Thuggee movement, their name and violent reputation from colonial days
remain firmly engraved in the worlds
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Our Haunted Heritage

Our Haunted Heritage

GHOSTLY APPARITIONS

at New Jerseys Spy House


A historic inn in New Jersey
called the Spy House is still
home to spirits who have
never left.

The Inn as it appears today.

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by Anne M. Mikolay
nown as the Spy House, the
Whitlock-Seabrook Homestead
is an integral part of New Jerseys history. Its colorful past as a colonial home, British tavern, pirates lair,
bordello, and museumcoupled with its
forlorn appearance on the banks of Raritan Bay in Midletownhave given rise
to countless stories of ghostly apparitions and hauntings.
In 1663, Thomas Whitlock, the first
permanent resident of New Jersey under
British rule, constructed a small homestead for his family on land purchased
from local Indians. After his wifes
untimely death, Whitlock married the
widow Mary Seabrook in 1676 and built
another home to share with her and her
children from her first marriage.
In 1688, Whitlock attached Marys
home to his original structure and a few
years later, Marys son Daniel erected his

own dwelling on land purchased from


his stepfather. After Whitlocks death in
1703, Daniel attached that home to
Whitlocks original structure and added
a second story and attic.
During the Revolutionary War, the
owner sought to protect her home from
the British by transforming the dwelling
into an inn where British soldiers could
gather and enjoy meals. While the
British wined and dined inside the
Seabrook homestead, patriots kept
watch from nearby Garretts Hill often
sinking the unmanned British ships
anchored in the harbor. The British
thus called the Seabrook inn a spy
house, a moniker that has lasted
through the centuries.
However, the histor y of the Spy
House is upstaged by its ghostly lore.
Oral tradition tells of visitors seeing the
ghostly figure of a woman dressed in a
bonnet and skirt, similarly dressed children gathered on the lawn at dusk, a sea
captain gazing at the ocean through an
upstairs window, and a long-dead minister conducting funeral services in the
front bedroom. The crown jewel of
Spy House folklore, however, is the legend of the infamous pirate Captain
Morgan, who was believed to have
buried his ill-gotten fortune in a maze
of underground tunnels beneath the
Spy House.
Despite such popular lore, skeptical
Middletown residents claim there are no
ghosts at the Spy House, and anything
otherworldly at the site is merely the
product of a vivid imagination.
Not so, says renowned New Jersey
psychic Jane Doherty. During her first

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Going With Her Gut

ane Doherty is a respected New Jersey psychic and a co-host of The Learning Channels program Dead Tenants. She has been profiled on television, featured in numerous publications, ser ved as president of the New Jersey Society of Parapsychologists, conducted numerous ghost investigations, and has even worked with the U.S.
government. Janes most impressive credential, however, may be the rare phenomena
that sets her spirit-detectingher expanding stomach.
When Doher ty encounters a
spirit presence, her stomach visibly expands by as much as six
inches, a sensation that causes
her great discomfor t, akin to the
labor pains of childbirth. Jane can
identify the gender and age of a
spirit by the gripping strength of
her muscle contractions, a sensation that ceases only when spirit
contact ends.
Why and how does Janes
stomach expand? The abdomen
is the location of the solar plexus
chakra, the third of seven
chakras, or energy points, within
the human body. Chakras regulate the flow of energy within our
system and interact with the physical body through the endocrine
and ner vous systems. The solar
plexus is connected with the muscular system, large intestine, and
stomach, and is the energy point
for psychic gifts. How this physical change occurs within Doherty,
howeverand why the phenomena does not commonly affect other psychic mediumsis
a mystery, as is the reason why all people are not able to sense the supernatural.
For more info, visit www.janedoherty.com.
ANNE M. MIKOLAY

visit to the Spy House in 1990 to film a


television documentary, she immediately
sensed paranormal activity, including seeing the spirit of a woman in colonial
attire doing her chores in front of the
fireplace.
Whereas many people have reported
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House, the spirit most encountered is


that of a woman named Abigail who,
legend holds, stares out at Raritan Bay in
search of her sea-captain husband.
But not all Spy House spirits are as forlorn as Abigail. The homesteads original
owner, Thomas Whitlock, is reportedly a
mischievous entity, going so far as to fol-

low a visiting couple back to their home


to take up unwanted residence with
them for the night. The spirit of Peter, a
19th-century youth, enjoys interfering
with photographic and audio equipment
at the home, and an unnamed 18th-century ladies man seems to enjoy pinching visiting women on their derrieres.
And, of course, there are the ghosts of
the pirates.
While in a trance state at the Spy
House, Doherty encountered Robert,
the first-mate of the infamous pirate
Captain Morgan. According to Doherty,
Robert often interacted with people in the house. He was very remorseful for his wrong-doings and would
not move on because he was afraid.
He said that Morgan was ruthless
and, in the end, actually turned on
his fellow mates, including Robert,
ordering them all killed.
Robert also revealed the existence of
underground tunnels and buried treasure. When she came out of the trance,
the Spy House curator pulled out maps
to show Doherty that there had been
speculation for years of pirate treasure
buried there.
Indeed, a subsequent archaeological
investigation at the Spy House by students and teachers from Rutgers University revealed the possibility of tunnels
beneath the structure. Excavation, however, would have compromised the
structural integrity of the house and was
not permitted.
Though the Spy House is presently
undergoing renovations and is not open
to the public, locals continue to gather
there to fish on the pier, search the
shoreline for seashells, and walk the
grounds. Skeptics acknowledge the Spy
House is linked to New Jerseys colonial
past and our nations history. But for
believers, the revolutionary house on
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Ivory Billed Woodpecker Update


ontinued debate also surrounds
the ivor y-billed woodpecker
(IBW), labeled extinct in the
early 1960s, then rediscovered in 2005

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by researchers in a remote patch of


Arkansas woodland.
Skeptics still insist that the searchers
mistook a common pileated woodpecker for the larger bird while those
involved in the 2005 investigation stand
by their identification. Whatever the
outcome, the reports of surviving IBWs
unleashed a new wave of sightings
across the southeastern United States.
Most recently, an article published in
Avian Conser vation and Ecology in
September, 2006 claims that a group of
researchers from Auburn University saw
ivor y-bills on 14 separate occasions
between mid-2005 and April of 2006
while scouring swamps along the
Choctawhatchee River in the Florida
Panhandle. In addition, author Geoff
Hill asserts that his group recorded 210
IBW kent calls (a form of avian vocalization) and 99 characteristic double
raps caused by woodpeckers tapping
their beaks against trees.
Hill himself was among those who
glimpsed the elusive woodpecker in
January, 2006. On two different days,
other members of Hills research team
allegedly saw pairs of the birds flying

together. Ken Rosenberg, director of


conservation science at Cornell Universitys ornithology lab and a member of
an ivory-bill recovery team, said that
this research seems encouraging, but
by itself is not definitive.
Gators Galore!
rrant alligators were in the news
throughout the summer of 2006.
It started with Josh Bryant, who
caught a five-foot-long specimen on July
31 while celebrating his 11th birthday at
Shady Lane Pond, outside Kalispell,
MO. The reptile snapped his fishing line
and kept the bait, but lingered as if hoping for more food. At first, said Joshs
mother L ynn, the reptile seemed
almost friendly, but when adult fishermen approached and tried to drag the
animal ashore, the gator became agitated, snapping and thrashing the water.
And then when a crowd gathered at
pond, madness ensued. Dragged from
the water and bound, the reptile was
beaten, slashed with knives, and shot
with arrows, apparently sur viving
through hours of brutal torture. Brett
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the mutilated creature still suffering, halfalive, when he reached the scene at 10:40
p.m., seven hours after the ordeal began.
Police bullets ended its misery.
None of Kalispells vigilantes were
cited for violating Montanas animal-cruelty statutes, but a citation was issued to
Rod Nelson, former owner of the late
reptile, for allowing his pet to escape,
even though Nelson complained that he
was not at home when the gator fled its
enclosure, suggesting that thieves may
have stolen or released it.
A less gruesome fate lay in store for
the alligator found on a golf course at
McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ,
on August 5, 2006. The 34-inch reptile
startled witnesses and eluded pursuers
over the next four days, until members
of the Phoenix Herpetological Society
lured it into a trap. As usual in such
cases, authorities blamed some anonymous negligent owner for letting the
gator run free.
Three and a half weeks later, on
August 24, a two-foot-long alligator
surfaced at Horseshoe Pond, in faraway
Concord, NH. Officer Kyle Finney took
the call and captured the animal with
some difficulty. As Finney told the Concord Monitor, Hes fairly calm as long
as you keep your fingers away from his
business end, but he didnt want to
come out of the pond.
While its point of origin remained
unknown, the captive reptile found a
temporary home with Finney in a 250gallon fish tank at his house.
Finally, on September 7, a county
employee in Gretna, NE, found a threefoot-long alligator lounging on the grass
near the intersection of Lincoln Road
and 216th Street. Once again, cool
heads prevailed and the worker summoned Kip Smith of Wildlife Encounters
to rescue the gator. A search was instituted to identify the animals presumed
owner, so far without result.

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Octo Oddities
he summer of
2006
also
brought reports
of octopuses found in
unexpected locations.
Hartlepool, England,
set the standard in early
August, when boaters
repor ted having disturbing
nocturnal
encounters with a giant
octopus that witnesses
said walked on water.
Meanwhile, on the far
side of the Atlantic, fisherman David
Stepp hauled a newly dead octopus from
the Ohio River near Clarksville, IN, on
August 7. Police were called to examine
the creature, which measured six feet
from the tip of one tentacle to another.
That mystery was solved on August 10,
when a 21-year-old college student in
Louisville, KYdirectly across the river
from Clarksvilleadmitted buying the
octopus from a fish shop and dumping it
after it had served its purpose in a campus film project.

Garden State Cougars


ougars (also known as pumas or
mountain lions) are believed
extinct in the eastern U.S.,
slaughtered by farmers and sportsmen
during the 19th century. But that fact
does not stop the cats from appearing
on a regular basis. In August and
September, 2006, a rash of new sightings
kept police hopping in southern New
Jersey, around Upper Township,
prompting Mayor Richard Palombo to
sound a general alarm.
While state police filed the sightings,
curators at the Cape May County Park
and Zoo reported that their cougar was
present and accounted for. Fur ther
reports reached the states Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP),
where cursory searches failed to produce
either cougars or proof of their passage.
Concern increased when Corey Daly,
a hunter from Wilkes-Barre, reported
seeing two cougars prowling together
near Wildwood. A photo seemed to
prove the case in mid-September,
snapped by Gina Squillace near her
home in Berlin, NJ. But DEP spokesmen dismissed the creature in the photo
as an oversized house cat. Police lieutenant Paul Miller was wary of that judgment, telling Cherry Hills Courier Post,
Frankly, were not totally convinced its
a house cat.

PAUL McLEAN

New Zealands Super Cat


mystery bedeviled residents of
New Zealands Canterbur y
region in August, 2006. The
districts super cat, described as a
black feral beast, had returned to
haunt residents, as it has on occasion for
the past 14 years. Big cat experts scoured
the countryside, searching for tracks or
droppings, but they came back emptyhanded.
Graeme Petrie from nearby Orana
Park wildlife preserve told the Guardian
that witnesses may have seen a large feral
cat. Alternate theories include speculation that American soldiers quartered in
New Zealand during WWII may have
released their mascotsincluding
cougars or leopardsinto the wild
before shipping out. These big cats have
since multiplied and may now be the
source of the sightings.

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The deceased octopus above was pulled


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the predator. Their speculation on wild
coyotes at large failed to convince those
who had lost pets and livestock in recent
weeks.

Lake Windermere is the latest site


where a lake monster has been sited.

Smallfoot in Brunei
hile interest in Malaysias Bigfoot sightings faded through
the summer, damaged by
exposure of successive hoaxes, new
reports of an unknown primate at large
emerged from Brunei Darussalam, located on the northwest coast of Borneo.
Witnesses from Labi and Sungai Liang
reported seeing the creature in the Andulau Forest, reporting that its tracks do
not resemble human or animal footprints. But what does that leave?
Witness Liew Kim San and four companions followed a line of the enigmatic
tracks in mid-September, photographing
several of the footprints. After viewing
the pictures and listening to the witnesses, repor ter Liza Mohd dubbed the
unknown creature Smallfoot, since its

Nessies Competition
ritains most famous aquatic
cryptid is Scotlands Nessie, but
that legendar y creature faced
some competition in September, 2006,
as reports emerged of a serpentine creature inhabiting Lake Windermere in
northern England. The sighting actually
occurred in July, but witnesses stalled for
two months before going public.
As described by Steve Burnip, a lecturer in journalism at Huddersfield University, he and his wife were strolling near
Watbarrow Point with some friends
when they saw this thing in the water.
Burnip explained, I could see a lump
where its head was.... The body was in
three parts and about 20 feet long. It
moved up the lake quite quickly against
the current, then disappeared. It was
quite extraordinary.
Cryptozoologists were equally startled
on hearing Burnips report, since Lake
Windermere has no recorded history of
cryptid sightings. Common explanations
offered by debunkers commonly include
wind, waves, and boat wakes, but Burnip
remained steadfast in defense of his
sighting. Burnip theorized that a recently-imposed speed limit for boats may
have brought its cryptic inhabitant to the
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While mainstream scientists dismissed


Burnips sighting out of hand, Britains
Centre for Fortean Zoology announced
plans to visit the lake and investigate the
sightings first-hand. CFZ officer Richard
Freeman told the Sun, We believe that
serpent-like sightings could, in fact, be
huge, sterile eels. They just stay in fresh
water and get bigger and bigger.
What Goes There?
lso in September, residents of
rural Achilles, VA, oiled their
guns and mounted watches for a
nocturnal prowler that was mauling
domestic animals in their neighborhood,
including rabbits, cats, a puppy, and a
pair of pet Angora goats.
Clint Asbell, owner of the butchered
animals, noted that the unseen beast had
leaped over a five-foot-high fence to
reach his goats and described the largest
goat as an 80-pound pregnant female.
She was no match for whatever killed
her, Asbell told reporters. The whole
backside had been torn to shreds.
Asbells wife was concerned that the
mauler might turn next to human prey.
Virginias Department of Game and
Inland Fisheries filed reports on the
attacks, announcing that Achilles residents might soon be issued traps to catch

Sasquatch-ewan
asquatch sightings are old news in
western Canada, but flurries of
interest surrounded a primate
sighting from Saskatchewan, in December, 2006. Tom Roberts, a radio host for
CBC Saskatchewan, broke the story with
reports from the northern community of
Dechambault Lake, where motorist
Shaylane Beatty allegedly spied Bigfoot.
Beatty drove past the eight-foot-tall
creature, seeking a place where her cell
phone would work, then called home to
report the sighting.
Next day, Beatty returned to the site
with two uncles, discovering several 19inch footprints impressed on the snow.
They snapped photos of the tracks, later

genesis (self-fertilization).
Subsequent reports deflated Floras
reputation as the first Komodo Virgin
Mary, declaring that another female of
her species produced live offspring at
London Zoo, also in 2006, after more
than two years separation from any male
contacts.
Kouprey Demoted
ryptozoologys cheerleaders suffered a setback of sor ts on
December 22, 2006, with the

Liew
Kim San

official demotion of Cambodias kouprey


(forest ox, in the Khmer language),
from unique species status. The kouprey
created a global sensation when it was
discovered in 1937, subsequently identified as a new large quadruped species.
There it reigned, often cited with the
coelacanth as a poster-child for cryptozoology, until Londons Journal of Zoology
burst the happy bubble.
According to the article penned by
researchers from Northwestern University and a Cambodian conser vationist,
analysis of kouprey DNA and physical
anatomy proves it to be a hybrid form of
the more common Cambodian wild ox,
or banteng, and Zebu cattle. Dismissing
decades of effort to locate and preserve
kouprey populations, author Gary Galbreath told reporters, It is surely desirable not to waste time and money trying
to locate or conserve a domestic breed
gone wild. The limited funds available
for conservation should be used to protect wild species. z
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displayed online at www.searchingforbigfoot.com.


Komodo Virgin Birth
ive days before Christmas, while
Christians worldwide prepared for
celebrations of a virgin birth more
than 2,000 years ago, spokesmen for
Englands Chester Zoo announced a similar miracle in the offing.
According to curator Kevin Buley,
Flora, a female Komodo dragon that has
never mated (or even shared cages with)
a male of her species was incubating
eight fertile eggs, expected to hatch
around Christmas. In fact, while virgin
bir ths were previously unknown in
Komodo dragons, other lizards sometimes produce offspring through the
process technically known as partheno-

F
tracks bore no relation in either shape or
size to those of the more famous Bigfoot. Sadly, the photographs provide no
scale and little detail, from which to draw
further conclusions.

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SEEING DOUBLE
The Strange World
of Doppelgangers

ave you ever turned quickly and caught a glimpse of


yourself standing across
the room or seen a friend walking
down the street, only to later learn
that he or she was sitting at home
at the time? If so, you may count
yourself among those who have
had the unforgettable experience
of seeing ones double or doppelganger.
Belief in the existence of a dou-

ble or twin is part of many cultures. In some societies, the double is portrayed as a physical manifestation; in others, it is regarded
as a spiritual or psychic presence.
There are many explanations for
the seemingly other worldly
encounter with a doppelganger
but like most unexplained occurrences, the phenomenon is perhaps best understood against the
backdrop of history.

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In 1691, clergyman Rober t Kirk


wrote the classic The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies, in
which he described the double, or cowalker, as a type of fair y who lived
among men and mimicked human
behavior. Fairies were believed to abduct
humans for use in their own society, and
replace them with co-walkers, which
were physical replicas of their victims.
The co-walker, also known as the
waff, echo, or reflex man, was
able to live undetected for a time among
the kidnapped persons loved ones, until
it eventually weakened and withered
away, betraying its true identity. Individuals who could distinguish co-walkers from humans were
referred to as men of
second sight, and
held in high regard.
These men were
commonly invited to funerals,
banquets, and
other public
assemblies to
warn others of
the appearance
of the evil double, and to
thwar t
its
attempts to wreak
havoc. Not surprisingly, co-walkers were
feared, and their influence on everyday Scottish life
was pervasive to the consternation of
church hierarchy, which denounced
them as familiars of Satan.
Celtic folklore is also rich in allusions
to the double. The Celts believed that
every person possessed a double, a shadow self seen only by its owner and occasionally by dogs and cats. The double
was believed to cast no reflection in a
mirror or water, and stood quietly
behind its owner, offering advice by
influencing thought. Sometimes the
double was evil, performing misdeeds
without the knowledge of its owner.
More often, the behavior of the double
was harmless but annoying, involving
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ture or act.
The physical manifestation of ones
co-walker was also considered to be a
harbinger of approaching death. A person confronted with the appearance of
his or her double was instructed to speak
harshly to it, in hopes of shaming it into
fleeing. However, physical violence
toward ones double was discouraged,
for it was believed that it might retaliate
and strike its human counterpart blind.
The Art of Bilocation
ontrolling the comings and
goings of ones double was
believed to be a learned ability,
which could be mastered with practice
and discipline. The practice of
calling up ones double later
became associated with
the practice of sorcery
and black magic, and
was condemned by
the Church. In
fact, many unfortunate women
were tortured or
burned as witches
for the crime of
being seen in two
places at one time.
By the 17th centur y, doppelganger
theor y took a new
twist with the notion of
bilocation, the physical
manifestation of a person in
two places at the same time. Swedish
mystic and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg (inset) was reported to have
been capable of bilocation. Additionally,
many saints have been attributed with
this ability, including Ambrose of Milan
(c. 340-397 AD), Severus of Revenna
(?-690 AD), Anthony of Padua (11951231), Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri
(1696-1787), and in more recent times,
by Italian priest Padre Pio (1887-1968).
Traditional religious teachings suggest
that an individual who is able to manifest
his physical double possesses a heightened sensitivity to the suffering of others. It is also believed that he has been
divinely granted the gift of bilocation so

Doppelganger

FOLKLORE

unifying feature of doppelganger


folklore is the attribution to the
double of superhuman or mystical powers. Such examples are demonstrated by the following.




Egyptian pharaohs believed


that they possessed up to 14
doubles, all of them incarnations of the mighty Sun God.
The Greek scholar, philosopher, and occultist Iamblichus
(250-325 AD) wrote that ever y
human possessed a guardian daemon, a protective entity with both
human and supernatural powers.




In Norse mythology, the fylgya


was a guide or protector who
appeared to its subject as an
identical physical manifestation.

The Nor th American Plains


Indians believed that ever ything in nature possessed a
double, or Yega, who had the power to
punish evil-doers.

The dola was a protective spirit


in Slavic mythology who guided
a person throughout life, and
was angered by irresponsible or reckless behavior.

In Victorian England, the double was known as a wraith or


fetch, so-named because of
its reputed purpose of fetching their
double for death.

In Tibet, people believe that a


persons double, called the
hpho-wa, has the ability to
move anywhere on ear th, leaving the
original body in a state of entrancement.

Belief in the existence of a double, known as the Vardoger,


endures in contemporar y Norwegian folklore.
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he can perform acts of charity.


A corollary to bilocation is arrival
theory, the materialization of a person
at a particular place before his or her
actual appearance. Great attention was
given to arrival theory in the 1886 book
Phantasms of the Living, in which psychic
researchers Edmund Gurney, Fredric
W.H. Myers, and Frank Podmore speculated that ones emotional state and
power of intention were responsible for
arrival apparitions. According to this
theory, an individuals intense desire or
intention to travel to a different geographic area could cause him or her to
materialize there while remaining physically present at another location. The
authors suggested that some people may
have an ability to produce phantasms, or
apparitions.
The Case of Emilie Sage
erhaps the most famous case of a
doppelganger is that of Emilie
Sage, a teacher at the Pensione
von Neuwelcke, a private girls school in
the Latvian province of Wolmar.
Beginning in 1845, Sages students
frequently saw her double, standing
beside or behind her, mimicking her as
she ate, wrote, and walked. At other
times, Sages doppelganger was seen at
two different locations simultaneously,
and it became routine for students to
look out a classroom window and see
Sages double working in the garden
while she was inside writing on the
blackboard. Sage herself never saw her
double, but complained of exhaustion
and illness each time it appeared.
Although Sage was a beloved teacher, the recurring appearance of her double resulted in consternation among faculty, students, and parents, and led to a
steady decline in enrollment at the
school. Eventually, Sages unwanted
celebrity forced her to seek other
employment. However, the apparitions
continued, creating havoc in her work
and personal life. Sixteen years and 17
jobs later, Sage retired and went to live
with her sister-in-law, at which time the
visions apparently came to an end.
Other historical anecdotes of doppel-

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The Materializations

OF PADRE PIO

n 1917, Padre Pio (1887-1968) materialized in the locked hotel room of a World War I
Italian general named Cardona, who was contemplating suicide after his armys defeat
at Caporetto. As the officer prepared to shoot himself, Pio appeared before him and
pleaded with him to reconsider. The general was convinced he had experienced a miraculous vision and experienced a spiritual awakening. Years later, upon meeting Padre Pio,
Cardona was stunned by the priests greeting: It was a close call that night, eh?
Other accounts tell of Pios appearance to soldiers on battlefields, warning them of
approaching attacks and bombings. These and numerous other astonishing incidents of
bilocation led to Padre Pios canonization as a saint in 2002.
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ganger encounters are less well known,


but certainly noteworthy. For instance,
on January 14, 1882, James Walker of
Birkenhead, England, was standing at
the altar in St. Werburghs Church,
preparing to exchange wedding vows
with his fiance Catherine Cox. As the
ceremony commenced, an irate policeman burst into the church, intent on
arresting Walker for harassing him in a
local park just moments earlier. After
convincing the skeptical officer of his
true whereabouts, Walker and his mys-

tified bride were able to resume their


nuptials.
Walker, though frustrated and embarrassed by the incident, was not surprised.
His alleged encounter with the policeman in the park was yet another bit of
mischief perpetrated by the doppelganger that had plagued him since his
teens, and would continue to do so
throughout his marriage. Catherine Cox
Walker even told family members that
she sometimes was not certain who was
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CELEBRITY
DOPPELGANGERS
T

hroughout history, there have been reports of encounters of famous peoples dou-

bles. Here are just a few:

Queen Elizabeth I of England became seriously ill in the 45th


year of her reign. Besieged for months by insomnia, weakness, and high fevers, she purportedly slipped into uncon-

sciousness and died shor tly after seeing a vision of herself lying
comatose on her bed.




Poet John Donne was said to have encountered his pregnant

wife Annes double holding their newborn infant while visit-

ing Paris in 1617. Donne would later learn that his wife had

died while delivering their 12th child, a stillborn daughter.

Edmund Gurney believed in arrival theory, the materialization of a person at a


particular place before his or her actual
appearance. Gurney also noted that seeing ones own double was a type of clairvoyance that presaged imminent danger.

While traveling on horseback to the city of Drusenheim in 1772, Ger-

man poet and philosopher Johann von Goethe repor tedly

encountered his double riding toward him, dressed in a gray

and gold suit. Eight years later, Goethe was making the same trip but
in the opposite direction wearing the same suit he had seen on his
doppelganger years before, suggesting that the apparition he had seen
was a vision of his future self.

Explanations for the Phenomena


aranormal investigators, psychologists, and physicists have offered
theories on the origin and significance of doppelgangers. For instance,
psychologist Sigmund Freud believed
that the doppelganger represented
repression of an individuals darker
desires, which occasionally surface to
cause conflict and struggle. Carl Jung
also modeled his revolutionary theory of
the shadow archetype on the powerful
symbolism of the double.
Psychic researcher Edmund Gurney
proposed in the 19th century that the
appearance of a double could be
attributed to a crisis apparition, the
transmission of an unconscious telepathic communication by a person
experiencing severe physical or emotional trauma into physical reality. Gurney noted that the hallmark of a crisis
apparition was its timing (occurring

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Percy Bysshe Shelley reportedly came face to face with his


doppelganger as he strolled through a garden terrace over-

looking the Mediterranean Sea. The double silently gestured toward

the rolling sur f and then disappeared. Shor tly after ward, Shelley
drowned in a boating accident in the Mediterranean.

The French writer Guy de Maupassant frequently saw his own

double, and based his short story Lui (1883) on his encounters. As he grew older, Maupassants meetings with his dou-

ble grew more troubling, contributing to his eventual descent into madness. As he wrote in a letter to a friend: Every other time I come home,

I see my double. I open the door, and I see him sitting in my armchair. I know
Spiritualist Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki described the existence of co-walkers, otherworldly
fairy folk who live among us. The role of the fairy co-walker, she says, is to guide and
protect human beings.

it for a hallucination, even while experiencing it. Curious! If I didnt have a little common
sense, Id be afraid.

President Abraham Lincoln allegedly encountered several

visions of himself in the White House, and confided to his

wife that he believed that the apparitions portended that he

within 12 hours of the senders ordeal).


Gurney also noted that seeing ones
own double was a type of clairvoyance
that presaged imminent danger.

Contemporar y neurobiology links


paranormal and psychic experiences,
such as doppelganger sightings, to brain
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elevated levels of dopamine and other


neurotransmitters. And in the esoteric
world of quantum mechanics, the doppelganger is simply a function of time
travelmoving backward or forward in
time to meet oneself in a universe where
the conventional notions of energy,
time, and matter do not apply.
It is interesting to note that in some
philosophies, belief in the double as a living, breathing entity exists exactly as it
did centuries ago. For instance, at the
Servants of the Light School of Occult
Science, located in Jersey on the Channel
Islands of Great Britain, Spiritualist
Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki described the
existence of co-walkers, otherworldly
fairy folk who live among us, undetected, ageless, and in possession of powers that affect the workings of nature.
The role of the fairy co-walker, she
says, is to guide and protect human
beings. Like the co-walker of ancient
Celtic mythology, the modern co-walker
is invisible to the uninitiated eye. In this
fantastical world, the co-walker can be
revealed by taking pictures of landscapes, trees, forests, plants and everything and anything in nature, says
Ashcroft-Nowicki.
Look closely at photographs through
a mirror, she notes, and you may be able
to see the face of your co-walker hidden
in the bark of a tree or in the soil on a
mossy slope. Co-walkers are particularly
enamored of children, she says. She
describes a photograph taken of a
friends daughter, which revealed the
presence of a small shadowed form,
walking with an arm around the little
girls waist. When questioned about it,
the child responded, Oh, yes, he is
often there.
Over 10,000 sightings of doppelgangers have been recorded, and the
number continues to grow. Is this phenomena a fairy tale, psychic transmission, biochemical illusion, or evidence of
a warping of the time-space continuum?
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The
Enduring
Search for

ETERNAL
YOUTH
O

NE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC LEGENDS IN THE WORLD IS

THAT OF THE QUEST FOR ETERNAL YOUTH . I N FACT, THE

LURE OF ETERNAL YOUTH IS SO UNIVERSALLY COMPELLING


THAT IT INFORMS OUR CONCEPTION OF THE AFTERLIFE AND

MOTIVATES MODERN-DAY SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND DRUG RESEARCH.

BUT

HOW DID THE LEGEND ACTUALLY BEGIN AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW
HAS IT DEVELOPED FROM A MYTHOLOGICAL IDEAL INTO A PRAGMATIC
GOAL?

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The search for eternal youth dates


back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh,
the oldest literary work in western civilization, which was written on stone
tablets in 3100 BC. The epic describes
the travels of Gilgamesh, King of the
Babylonian city of Uruk, who, to learn
the secret of eternal life, journeys from
his home to seek guidance from
Utnapishtim and his wife, the only mortals to whom the gods have granted eternal life.
According to legend, after a long and
dangerous journey, Gilgamesh arrives at
the River of Death, where he encounters
an old man whom he later discovers is
the immortal Utnapishtim, who advises
him that death is a necessary fact of life
because it is the will of the gods.
Taking pity on his guest who has
traveled so far to seek him out,
Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh that if he
can stay awake for six days and seven
nights, he, too, will become immortal.

When Gilgamesh fails the test,


Utnapishtims wife convinces him to
have mercy on Gilgamesh. So he
describes to Gilgamesh a secret plant at
the bottom of the ocean that, when
eaten, will restore Gilgameshs youth.
So Gilgamesh sets out to sea. Once
there, he ties stones to his feet, sinks to
the bottom of the sea, and plucks the
magic plant from the ocean floor. But he
is concerned about eating the plant
without witnessing its effects first, so he
decides to take it back to his home in
Uruk and test it out on an old man first.
On his way home, Gilgamesh stops
to eat and sleep. While sleeping, a snake
slithers up and eats the magic plant.
The snake immediately sheds its skin
that is, becomes young againand
crawls away rejuvenated. Awakening to
find the plant gone, Gilgamesh falls to
his knees and weeps.
Thus, though Gilgamesh learns the
secret of eternal life, he does not achieve

it personally. Still, the desire to reverse


this fate has been a goal of all cultures
throughout the centuries.
Alexander the Great
prominent example of the cultural fascination with the discovery of the secret of eternal
youth is found in the Romance of
Alexander, a collection of fantastic tales
about Alexander the Great that circulated around Europe and the Near East
throughout the Middle Ages. Alexander, a Macedonian, lived in the fourth
centur y BC and conquered much of
Europe and Asia. Although he died at
the age of 33 in Babylon, according to
legend, he is said to have died searching
for the Fountain of Youth.
As far back as the second century AD,
the Greek geographer Pausanias wrote
that Alexander the Great had gone in
search of the Fountain of Youth in Asia
during his campaign in India. Pausanias

The search for eternal


youth goes back to
the Sumerian Epic of
Gilgamesh, the oldest
literary work in western
civilization, which was
written on stone tablets
in 3100 BC.

According to legend, Alexander the Great


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located the fountain in the Peloponnesian peninsula, the southernmost


region of Greece. He described Hera,
the Greek god Zeus wife, regaining virginity each year through immersion in
this fountain. But Alexander never did
find the source of these miraculous
waters.
As early historians commonly mixed
fact with myth, the veracity of this tale
was generally taken for granted, fueling
the universal urge for immortality. But
as Alexander and his exploits receded
into histor y, a new source for the
potent myth soon took shape in the
form of the mythical Prester John.
The Mythical Prester John
round the middle of the 12th
century, rumors spread through
Europe of a wealthy Christian
priest-king living somewhere in the East,
named Prester John. According to legend, around 1165, a letter purportedly
written by Prester John to Emperor
Manuel of Byzantium began to circulate,
in which Prester John claimed to rule
over a vast kingdom filled with wonders,
such as giant ants that dug for gold, pebbles that glowed in the dark and could
magically cure blindness, an underground ocean with beaches of gemstones, and the Fountain of Youth.
As he describes in his letter:

Prester John was said to be a wealthy


Christian who lived in the East and ruled
over a fantastical kingdom that included
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possibly a Mongol ruler of Ethiopia. In


At the foot of Mount Olympus bubany case, the Fountain of Youth was
bles up a spring which changes its
wholly a matter of wish fulfillment fanflavor hour by hour, night and day,
tasy, never found but half-believed by
and the spring is scarcely three days
millions.
journey from Paradise, out of which
Adam was driven. If anyone has
tasted thrice of the fountain, from
that day he will feel no fatigue, but
The Explorer Ponce de Len
uring the 14th and 15th cenwill, as long as he lives, be as a man
turies, the fables concerning
of 30 years.
Alexander the Great and
Whether there is any historical basis to
Prester Johns search for the Fountain of
the life of Prester John is still a matter of
Youth were known to most people in
debate among academics. In the 1145
Europe, so it is probable that this legend
Chronicle of Otto, Bishop of Freising said
was also familiar to Ferdinand
that Prester John belonged to the
and Isabella, the monarrace of the three Magi, their
chs of Spain who
former kingdoms being
funded Christosubject to him, and
pher Columhis
enormous
wealth
was
bus voyages
to the New
demonstrated by
World
in
the fact that he
1 4 9 2 .
carried a scepter
Indeed,
of pure emerfinding the
alds. In Gerfountain may
many, Wolfram
have figured
von Eschenbach
into
their
wrote Parsifal in
financial backing
the 12th century, in
of the explorer.
which he said that ParAnd it was in the New
sifals half brothers son
World that the legend
was Prester John, a priestJuan
Ponce
de
Len
was
so
of the Fountain of
king from India.
In 1177, Prester John enthralled by the natives tale Youth was revived.
of a river whose waters had
The legends began
seemed real enough to
rejuvenating properties that
when Juan Ponce de
Pope Alexander IIIor at in 1513, he got permission
Len joined Columbus
least the notion of estab- from Charles V to search for
second voyage to the
lishing an eastern front the miraculous fountain.
against the infidels was
New World in 1493.
Ponce decided to stay in
compelling enoughto
Puer to Rico when
send emissaries to search
Columbus returned to Spain and in
for Prester Johns kingdom. But they
1508, he was named its governor.
found only small Christian outposts.
The natives of Hispaniola, Puerto
Marco Polo, too, was intrigued by tales
Rico, and Cuba told the early Spanish
of Prester John and in his early 14thexplorers that in Biminia land to the
century travels throughout China, he
north which was said to be rich in gold,
tried to track down Johns kingdom. But
spices, and valuable jewelsthere was a
he only found a few scattered Nestorian
river (or a spring or fountain) where the
Christians, an ancient sect that promotwaters had such miraculous curative
ed the legend of Prester John.
powers that any person who bathed in
Today, most historians either believe
them would regain their youth. As
that Prester John was a Christianproof, the natives cited the fact that the
Tibetan lama who ruled the mythical
members of the Arawak tribe who had
kingdom of Shambala/Shangri-La, or

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gone north had never returned, indicating that the Arawaks had found this paradise and had decided to stay.
Although Ponce had become a
wealthy plantation owner by the time he
heard this tale, he was so intrigued that

in 1513, he received permission from


King Charles V to search for the miraculous fountain. Using his own money to
man, equip, and provision three ships, at
the age of 53, he set out to find the
mythical land of Bimini.

The Hindu Rites for


Maintaining Health

he five Hindu rites or exercises that were designed to stimulate the chakras and
maintain health are simple to per form. To do the first, stand with your arms outstretched, palms facing down, and spin around in a clockwise direction, until you
become slightly dizzy. The second rite involves lying flat on your back with your arms by
your sides. Then bring your chin to your chest and lift your legs to a ver tical position,
keeping your knees straight, to form a right angle with your body.
To perform the third rite, kneel on the floor with your body upright and place your hands
against your thighs. Then bring your chin to your chest and arch your spine while moving
your head backward as far as it will go. The fourth rite is performed sitting on the floor
with your legs outstretched, feet apart, and hands on the floor, fingertips pointed ahead
of you. Bring your head to your chest and let your head sink back as far as it will go.
Then, keeping arms straight and hands and feet in place, bend your knees and raise your
body to a horizontal position, so you form a table. Tense your muscles and then relax.
To do the fifth rite, lie flat on your stomach on the floor, then support your body in a
sagging position with your arms straight and your hands planted on the floor. Move your
head back as far as it will go. Then, with your hands and feet in place, bend at the hips
and bring your body into an inverted V position. Bring your chin forward to your chest.
Beginners should practice the five rites three times a day to maintin optimal health.
Gradually, the frequency should be increased until each rite is practiced 21 times a day.
CHARLES RAMMELKAMP

Although he would never find it, he


did discover Florida. Ponce returned to
Florida eight years later to search again
for the Fountain of Youth, this time at
the site of what is now the city of St.
Augustine. But he was killed in 1521 by
a poisoned arrow from the bow of a
native Floridian, without ever having
found the elusive fountain.
Yet the quest for eternal youth is not
confined to the west. Ancient legends
about Tibetan lamas who discovered the
secret of eternal youth are also prevalent
throughout India and the Far East, as
well as among modern devotees of mystical wisdom.
Activating the Chakras
ccording to the Hindus, the
human body has seven energy
centers, known as chakras, which
govern the glands that regulate the
bodys aging processes. The chakras are
located in a vertical column from the
base of the spine to the top of the head.
According to ancient Hindu philosophy, aging sets in when the chakras are
not functioning properly, so five rites,
or exercises, were designed by ancient
sages to stimulate the seven chakras and
maintain the bodys health. Moreover, a
sixth rite, which involved redirecting
ones sexual energy to a higher use, was
believed to actually accelerate the process of rejuvenation.
Testimonials from a variety of modern
medical experts support the claims that
practicing the five rites improves a persons vigor and provides a more youthful
appearance, including hair turning darker, relief from arthritis, improved vision,
increased energy and stamina, enhanced
memory, and weight loss.
However, in the west, the pragmatic
approach for achieving the goal of
restoring youth does not involve exercise
and lifestyle changes so much as
endocrinology and pharmaceuticals.

St. Augustine, FL, boasts of a


well that some say is the fountain of youth that Ponce de Lon
searched for so dilligently.

Youth Restoration Drugs


he scientific approach to the
search for eternal youth began in
1889, when French scientist
Charles-douard Brown-Squard devel-

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The Effect of a Low-Calorie Diet


hough nothing is yet available on
the market, researchers at Cornell University have also discovered that a low-calorie diet increases the
life-span of mice by as much as 40%. Scientists originally speculated that starvation diets slowed the aging process in
order to accommodate the reproductive
cycle of animals, extending the length of
time during which they might be able to
bear and nourish offspring, and to survive times of famine. But now it appears
that even older mice benefit from a
famine-like
diet, as well.
Interestingly,
calorie restriction has also
been shown to
work in fruit
flies, spiders,
fish
and,
according to a study sponsored by the
National Institute on Aging in 2002,
monkeys.
Biochemist Stephen Spindler says
that calorie restriction not only prevents age-related changes in gene activity, but ver y quickly reverses the
majority of the changes that take place
with age, including tissue function
(healing takes much longer in adults
than children, for instance), loss of
hearing and vision, and blood vessel
integrity. It also lowers the incidence of
cancer and delays the onset of other
age-related diseases, such as diabetes,
osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease,
and cognitive dysfunction. The physical
changes related to pneumonia, flu, and
cerebrovascular diseaseall of which
are ailments that affect older adults
were all reversed in the experiments.
Although scientists have theorized
that low-calorie diets may reduce agerelated cell damage and decrease levels
of cancer-promoting growth factors,
they have only recently been examining
how such diets affect the function of
various genes. Still, the possibilities look
promising.
So recently, researchers at the National
Institute on Aging at the National Insti-

Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, a biochemist at the University of California at San Francisco, found
that changing a specific gene (called daf-2) doubled the lifespan of worms and prolonged
their youthful activity. Although Kenyon is now attempting to isolate this fountain of
youth gene, no treatment on the market has yet been proven to slow aging, except eating
a low-calorie diet.

oped an injection that contained crushed


dog testicles, which he claimed would
restore ones youth. He even attributed
increases in his own physical strength
and intellectual energy to self-injections
of the dog sperm extract.
Although no one took him seriously, it
did capture the scientific imagination.
Brown was a respected physiologist who
had taught at Harvard University in the
1860s and practiced medicine in New
York. His work even stimulated research
into testosterone and estrogen as antiaging therapies. The continued use of
crude gonadal preparations continued
into the 1930s but was gradually
replaced by periodic injections of testosterone, as scientists determined it was
the active ingredient, as it were, of male
testicular fluid.
Today, geneticists are in the process of
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process and extending the quality and


length of life. For instance, in 1986, Dr.
Cynthia Kenyon, a biochemist at the
University of California at San Francisco,
found that changing a specific gene
(called daf-2) doubled the lifespan of
worms and prolonged their youthful
activity. Then Gary Ruvkan of Harvard
Medical School discovered that this same
gene actually regulated the worms hormone-signaling system, in a way similar
to how the human body works. The daf2 gene network controls longevity by
regulating the antioxidant defense system, which appears to play a role in efficient life maintenance.
Although Kenyon, a partner of the
biotech firm Elixir, is now attempting to
isolate this fountain of youth gene, no
treatment on the market has yet been
proven to slow aging, except eating a
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tute of Health have been experimenting


with the development of an anti-aging
pill that mimics calorie restriction diets,
to see if they can delay aging in mammals. The pill, 2DG (2-deoxy-D-glucose), interferes with the way cells process glucose (sugar). The chemicals in
2DG replicate the ef fects of calorie
restriction, limiting cellular production
of glucoses harmful byproducts and
thereby altering fundamental processes
that underlie aging.
Although in experiments with rats,
scientists were able to mimic some of the
results of calorie restriction diets with
2DG, it has not extended the animals
life span. In other words, while the 2DG
pill significantly slows cellular degradation, the animals do not necessarily live
longer lives. This suggests that other factors may be at work when it comes to
prolonging life. Still, scientists hold out
hope that eliminating defects that lead to
aging will prolong life. And research in
nanotechnology may hold the key.

four hours without breathing, which


would be useful when trying to resusitate someone after a drowning accident
or a heart attack. Or an injection of a
small amount of microbivores could
clear a bloodborne bacterial infection in
minutes to hours, rather than weeks to
months, as with present-day antibiotics.
Other applications for nanotechnology include injecting artificial platelets to
staunch bleeding in seconds. Tissuerepair nanorobots might even one day
be able to selectively dissolve cancerous
tumors or rebuild wounded flesh. Chromosome replacement therapy may also
allow doctors to replace our old, wornout genes with new chromosome copies.
Such therapies may even eliminate all

genetic diseases and reverse other accumulated defects that lead to aging, thus
increasing the human lifespan at least
tenfold.
Unfortunately, some chemists with
careers tied to the old paradigm (based
on random molecular motion in liquids)
are resisting this different approach.
Members of the old guard instead have
assured one another that nanotechnology is a childish fantasy, so of the billions
of dollars of government funding, the
amount currently allocated to nanotechnology is nil. Thus, it is hard to speculate
when such technology will be widely
available. This is where cryonics comes
in, preserving the body until the time
when technology can restore life to it.

William Haseltine, CEO of


Human Genome Sciences Inc.,
believes that soon we will map
a possible route to individual
immortality.

Hopes for Nanotechnology


he emerging science of nanotechnology could also lead to
devices capable of repairing individual cells one molecule at a time. Scientists are currently exploring the use of
engineered nanoparticles, such as carbon
buckyballs and dendrimers (spherical,
treelike molecules), to combat viruses,
bacteria, and even cancer.
Certain nanostructures can link with a
drug, molecule, or an imaging agent,
then attract specific cells and release their
payload when required. In other words,
the nanoparticles are small enough to
enter cells and deliver medicine on the
molecular level.
According to Robert Freitas, a pioneer in the field, designs for creating
artificial red blood cells (respirocytes)
and artificial white blood cells (microbivores) should be as much as 1,000 times
as effective in combating viruses than the
natural biological systems of red and
white blood cells.
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with little or no ice formation, thus preserving the cellular structure of organs
so that when thawed, the structure
remains intact.
Thus, the point of cr yonics is to
reverse the finality of death, which
occurs when the chemistr y of life
becomes so disorganized that normal
metabolism cannot be restored. How
much chemical disorder can be survived
depends on medical technology.
A hundred years ago, for instance,
people were pronounced dead when
their heart stopped beating. Today, on
the other hand, death is believed to
occur four to six minutes after the heart
stops because after that amount of time,
it is difficult with standard techniques
to resuscitate the brain without injury.
New treatments will surely extend that
window during which cardiac arrest can
be sur vived without brain injur y. In

Scientists are
currently exploring the
use of engineered nanoparticles, such as
carbon buckyballs (shown here), to combat viruses, bacteria, and even cancer.

The Art of Cryonics


rom the Greek Kryos, meaning
icy cold, cryonics is the process
of freezing a deceased persons
body or head, in an attempt to preserve
sufficient cell structure and chemistry so
that recovery of memory and personality
in the future is possible.
This is accomplished by the addition
of high concentrations of chemicals,
called cryoprotectants, to cells. Cryoprotectants, including various concentrations of glycerol and ethylene glycol,
propanediol, and levo-2,3-butanediol,
protect the cells during freezing by making the concentration of solutes the
same, both inside and outside the cell.
Called vitrification, this process allows
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A neuropatient, previously installed in a


small cylindrical container, is placed in an
Alcor neuropod (above), which is lowered
into position among four wholebody pods, all
of which are immersed in liquid nitrogen at a
temperature of -196C for long-term care.
New York architect Stephen Valentine has designed Timeship, the worlds first facility
devoted to life extension research and cryopreservation. It is a six-acre structure that
will house research laboratories, preserve animal and plant DNA, and store up to 10,000
cryogenically frozen people. He is currently researching places where the facility can be
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This "bigfoot" Dewar (right), an insulated


container which consumes no electric
power, is designed to contain four wholebody
patients and six neuropatients. Liquid nitrogen is added periodically to replace the
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other words, as technology advances,


our definition of when death occurs
changes.
Barring social disruptions, scientists
believe that a perfectly vitrified person
can remain physically viable for about
10,000 years. However, critics contend
that cryonics, while an interesting idea, is
currently little more than a pipedream
and current patients will never be successfully revived.
At the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, for example, 50 bodies are currently entombed at 320F below zero. Then
glycerol, an anti-freeze, is pumped into
the major arteries. Next, the bodies are
stood upright in tall metal thermoses

called dewars, that are filled with liquid


nitrogen. The gamble is that a way will
be found to reconstruct the body and
mind after thawing, but nobody has yet
figured that one out.
Certainly, decades of research must
occur before cryonics will have any hope
of success. For even if ones cellular
structure remains perfect, the thawing
out process is tricky. Thus, any brain currently vitrified, even if stored appropriately, will still experience large-scale crystallization on rewarming.
The search for eternal youth has
evolved over the centuries from the
romantic search for the fountain of
youth to the more pragmatic bioengi-

The Effect of
Melatonin on Aging

ir Laurence Gardner, author and


head of the ancient Royal Cour t of
the Dragon Sovereignty, has gained
fame for his claims that the Merovingian
bloodline is the
bloodline of Jesus
and Mar y Magdalene. But he has also
promoted the theor y
that the ancient
practice
of
drinking
menstrual blood
was done to slow down the
aging process.
In humans, the pituitar y
gland (see arrow) begins to
produce melatonin at age
three months, but production falls steadily from
puber ty on. So Gardner
claims that the ancients
drank menstrual blood to
stimulate the pituitary and
pineal glands to produce
more melatonin, which
slows the aging process.
Melatonin is a relatively misunderstood
hormone and neurotransmitter. Today, it is
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and sleeplessness and has been par t of


the health-supplement scene for years. In
fact, high melatonin production is believed
to contribute to a healthy immune system,
low cancer risk, stamina, and long life.
However, according to Gardner, over-thecounter supple-

ments are ineffective because the hormone


is obtained from the desiccated glands of
dead animals, so it lacks impor tant elements once gleaned from live human pitu-

neering approach. Of course, as our life


spans increase, the challenges that one
would face if ones life were extended
will have to be addressed. For instance,
what will a person do with all that extra
time? How long will people continue to
work? What will they do with their
leisure time? On a more global level,
how will longer lives affect the already
serious problem of overpopulation?
Of course, we will not know until we
get there, but the lure of immortality
and youth continue to be more compelling than the social problems they
suggest. Only our tools have become
more advanced, which gives modern
man more reason to hope. z

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itary glands. According to Gardner, the only


effective way to get melatonin is from the
menstrual blood of Grail Maidens in a ritual called Starfire. (Ingesting the fluids of
mundane women has only a minimal effect,
according to Gardiner.) Who are these
priestesses? Par t of an Ar yan elite,
according to Nicholas de Vere, a colleague
of Gardners.
But no scientific studies have shown that
melatonin can slow down the aging process
or prolong ones life. Indeed, in experiments with mice, melatonin actually
increases the risk of tumors. Doctor Kenneth Hieke of the University of Oklahoma
Medical School also expresses doubts
about the efficacy of ingesting menstrual blood, as well as melatonin
in general. The common estrogen replacement is derived
from pregnant mare urine, so
it might not be a stretch to
think of menstr ual fluid
having hormonal properties, explains
Hieke.
While there may be some
hormones in the [blood],
its mostly blood and
endometrial tissue which is
sloughed when its growth is
not supported by the hormones
of pregnancy.
Thus, while Gardners theories
may have some scientific backing, they
appear mainly to be based on a cult-like
belief system dating back to the medieval
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The Mystery of

Astral Projection

umankind has believed since time


immemorial that some portion of the self
exists beyond the physical body. Most
world religions accept that upon death,
this subtle and enduring aspect of the self leaves
the body. However, there are equally ancient traditions that assert that during sleep, the soul can
detach from the body to interact with the realm of
spirits, often returning with messages pertinent to
the sleeper, a technique that we in the West now
call astral projection.

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Dion Fortune, a former member of the


Golden Dawn, recorded a number of astral
journeys in her many books on the occult.
In addition to flying in her astral form to
explore strange worlds on the astral
plane, she says that she also engaged
alien spirits and even other magickal
workers, sometimes battling them on this
other level of reality.

According to Sylvan Muldoon, the astral


body is something of a ghostly double of
the physical body. Although it is as much
a part of our bodies as our skin, bones,
or organs, he said, this astral body can
be separated from the physical body
under the right circumstances.

The notion that some cognizant part


of a being can travel out of body during
sleep lies at the very heart of the Isra and
Miraj, a tradition sacred to the religion
of Islam.
For instance, in 620 AD, the prophet
Muhammed claimed that the angel
Gabriel took him as he slept to tour
Heaven and Hell. Although this socalled night journey occurred while he
lay sleeping, the prophet defended the
reality of the experience by saying, My
eyes sleep but my heart is awake.
The notion that one can journey to a
separate reality while sleeping gave rise
to the Muslim concept of the alam almithral, the world of images that is
halfway between the physical world and
the realm of the intellect. Although to
some extent it is a creation of the mind,
the alam al-mithral is considered objectively real.
The idea that some part of us can fly
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Madame Blavatsky supposedly


made regular trips through the
astral planes. There, she said
that she met with ascended
masters and read the Akashic
Records, a psychic storehouse
that held information on everything from the beginning of time.

Although Shamanism is a spiritual practice that is most commonly associated


with Native Americans, in its basic form,
it is practiced by cultures around the
world. In soul retrieval, it is believed that
when a por tion of the soul projects
beyond the body, it sometimes gets lost.
As a specialist in crossing the barriers
between matter and spirit, the shaman is
then called upon to find the lost soul and
guide it safely back to the body.
Additionally, modern magickal traditions suggest that we can project some
aspect of ourselves in dreams. However,
most magickal workers believe that an
individual can learn to harness this ability
consciously, thereby separating body and
soul to travel the spirit world and

beyond. Typically known as astral projection, the ability to project some nonphysical aspect of the self has been
taught by a variety of western magickal
traditions for over 200 years.
Tripping the Astral Fantastic
ver the years, a wide variety of
people and organizations have
written instructional material
on the technique of astral projection.
For instance, Victorian Englands Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn taught
a secret method of astral projection
called the Body of Light technique,
which taught students how to construct,
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this simulacrum, the consciousness was


projected into it, and it was used as a
vehicle to explore this and other realities.
Earlier that same century, Madame
Blavatsky and several of the members of
her Theosophical Society supposedly
took to their astral bodies and made regular trips through the astral planes.
There, they said that they met with
ascended masters and read the Akashic
Records, a sort of psychic storehouse
that is believed to hold information on
everything from the beginning of time.
More recently, in the late 1920s, Sylvan Muldoon described his experiences
with astral projection in The Projection of
the Astral Body. According to Muldoon,
the astral body is something of a ghostly
double of the physical body. Although it
is as much a part of our bodies as our
skin, bones, or organs, he said, this astral
body can be separated from the physical
body under the right circumstances.
After a few unintentional experiences
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lyzed but a lighter second body floated


free, Muldoon learned to detach it at
will. Often, he said that would first float
horizontally over his physical shell, then
right himself to travel to his home and
other real-world locations.
Around the same time that Muldoon
was chronicling his astral travels, Hugh
Calloway was also tr ying his hand at
astral projection. Writing under the pen
name of Oliver Fox, he described projection in terms of forcing himself through
the pineal door, a sort of imaginary
trap door that he envisioned in his head
at the site of his pineal gland. After
squeezing his astral body out through
this tiny doorway in a burst of astral
light, Fox professed to achieve a great
mental clarity. With his consciousness
fully transferred to the astral body, Fox
said he was then free to wander both the
physical world and other stranger realms.
In the 1950s, Robert Monroe, a writer who established the term out of
body experience (OBE) began experimenting with astral projection. According to Monroe, the detachment of the
astral body was preceded by what he
termed the vibrational state, a subjective sense of rather violent physical
tremors. Monroes vibrational state has
been associated with the physical hallucinations that one can experience at the
threshold between waking and sleep.
Once the vibrational state passes, he said
that one could traverse the physical
world as if one were a phantom.
Melita Denning and Osborne Philips,
billed today as experts in a variety of
western magickal traditions, not only use
the terms astral projection and OBE
interchangeably, but they also have a different description of how the astral body
detaches from the physical form. For
them, one first imagines ones astral
body as a cloud of energy expelled from
the physical body by way of the solar
plexus. From this nebulous cloud of
energy, the astral body forms in front of
ones physical body.
At this point, the point of consciousness is transferred to the astral self. The
astral self becomes the vehicle for movement, flying or floating away from the

physical body according to the will of the


projector. Most astral travellers initially
use this second body to simply explore
the physical world from the perspective
of a ghost. Others learn to project themselves far beyond what we know as ordinary reality, exploring other dimensions
and colorful astral planes.
An Astral Quagmire
ith so much written about it,
it would be tempting to say
that from a magickal perspective, astral projection has been clearly defined. However, the literature on
astral projection contains a great many
conflicts, not just in how people perceive
the act of astral projection but also in
how projection is supposedly achieved
and where one ultimately journeys.
For instance, Fox, Monroe, and Muldoon all assert that astral projection is
achieved by sending out a sort of second
self (the astral double) to explore the
non-physical aspect of reality. Others
teach that this double is created.
In Dion Fortunes work, for example,
she teaches students to craft consciously
a self of spirit to serve as a receptacle for
consciousness. The process of crafting
this external, spirit-self involves conscious, intentional visualizations where
the second body is built up, attribute by
attribute. Once projectors can clearly
perceive this other self standing before
them in the realm of spirit, they then
work to identify with it until consciousness and a point of first-person perspective can be completely transferred.
Things become more complicated
when we consider that some astral projectors experience this second body in
terms of its interaction with physical reality. For instance, although Muldoon said
that he could pass through solid objects
while in this astral form, the physical
world otherwise never changed around
him. Dion For tune and Madame
Blavatsky, on the other hand, recounted
sending their spirit-selves forth to a variety of other planes and worlds.
It is easy to be skeptical about the
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believes that this world is actually made


up of both matter and energy, then it is
not a stretch to think that an energetic
aspect of the physical body might be able
to wander through the energetic reflection of the world that we know. But
astral temples that are home to colorful
spirit guides are a little harder to swallow. And yet as extraordinary as some of
these accounts may seem, they share elements in common with the well-established practice of Shamanism.
It is rarely equated with astral projection, but Shamanism is expressly
described as an ability that allows individuals to travel to other levels of reality
and other worlds. In addition to walking
as a spirit in the realm of spirits, a
shaman is also able to travel to a variety
of colorful other-wheres. Following a
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project himself to the realm of spirits


that is just a half-step off from our ordinary reality, but he can also travel up to
the Celestial Realm, interacting with
gods and blessed ancestors. He can
descend to the Nether Realm, meeting
with fierce beings that Western thinkers
might equate with demons. Some
shamanic systems have an even more
complicated vision of reality, attributing
unique realms to a variety of different
types of spirits. For example, a shaman
seeking an animal totem may find himself traveling to another level of reality
that is a personalized expression of that
animal's habitat and place of power.
Exploring OBEs
n the case of astral projection, terminology is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to understanding what

is really going on. For not only do different people have distinctly different experiences, but others seem intent on using
different terms in order to describe identical experiences.
For instance, some writers use the
terms astral projection and OBE
interchangeably. Despite the overlap in
usage, typical OBEs are spontaneous
and uncontrolled and are associated
with extreme trauma, such as a brush
with death.
And unlike astral projection, OBEs are
often unintentional. Those who experience them often have no prior training
in the occult and they rarely retain the
ability to consciously project after their
initial experience. Because of this, volition seems to be one of the main distinguishing factors between astral projection and an OBE.
The presence of a second body is
remarked upon only in some cases of
OBE while most descriptions of astral
projection make this second body sound
essential to the technique. Thus, OBEs
seem to be a spontaneous precursor to
astral projection, an early and instinctual
expression of the same basic experience
that can later be harnessed consciously.
And yet many reports of OBE involve
a disembodied sense of consciousness
and perception. For example, Monroe
and Muldoon report the experience of
detaching a second, ethereal body that
was inside of the physical body, just waiting for detachment.
Some metaphysical writers, such as
Barbara Ann Brennan, suggest that we
have several such bodies within our
physical selves, layered like nesting dolls.
Each can detach and interact with another level of reality, according to their particular energetic vibration. And yet some
practitioners say that they must literally
construct this body. So if this second
body is already there, why is there a need
to construct another vessel to engage in
the act of projection?
Perhaps the real importance of this
second body is a psychological one. We
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one to help us travel around astrally. In


this respect, the astral body can be seen as
a sort of residual imaging memory, a
habit of form that we carry with us, even
when nothing physical is really involved.
However, some individuals report
going out of body with neither the
detachment nor the projection of a second shell of self. And some spontaneous
OBEs, particularly those reported in
near-death experiences, also do not specify the sense of a second body. The projected individual instead seems to be a
disembodied point of perception that
suddenly finds itself hovering several feet
above the actual, physical form.
Can we solve at least some of the conflicts in reports of astral projection by
assuming that most people create or perceive an ethereal second self simply out
of the habit of having a body? This is
tempting, but if the second body is
merely a psychological projection, what
can we make of instances of projection
where an outside observer actually perceives this second, ethereal form?
Bilocation
ilocation is a technique, sometimes learned and sometimes
spontaneous, that is connected, at
least in principle, to astral projection.
Often attributed to Catholic saints, bilocation is the ability to be in two places at
once. In most of these instances, the
bilocation involved a monk or priest who
was seen by one set of observers to be
praying in his cell. Simultaneously many
miles away, others witnessed the same
person interacting with others as if he
were actually physically there.
But bilocation is not merely a talent of
Christian holy men. There are stories of
highly advanced yogins and Tibetan
lamas doing precisely the same thing.
Interestingly enough, 19th-centur y
school teacher Emilie Sage was fired by
19 separate school boards because her
students could often see two of herone
that continued with the lesson as if nothing unusual were going on, and a second
that was a few feet away from the first, a
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being taught!
If we want to say that the second body
is nothing more than a psychological
habit retained by the projectors mind,
then how do we explain the perception
of others? Emilies students did not have
some built-in expectation for their teachers second self to have a body. And yet
does this mean that a second body is
always perceptible to outside observers?
At least one technique related to projection seems to rely on the fact that second
bodies can be done away with entirely, so
the only thing being projected is a point
of conscious perception.
Spirits and Kittens
ll of these techniques seem, at
least on the surface, to be different from one another. And yet
each technique seeks the projection of
some non-physical aspect of self which
may or may not be housed in some secondary body.
These techniques also share common
goals. Although the main goal may at
first seem to be communication, in many
cases, people who project in this nonphysical state find that they can see
friends and family who remain in the
physical world but they cannot successfully communicate with them. For
instance, Robert Monroe attempted to
visit friends and communicate a message
that could later be verified. But early on,
Monroe realized that in the projected
state, he interacted with the physical
world much like a ghost who was insensible to his presence.
Animals, however, may have a leg up
on humans. In an experiment run in the
1970s by Dr. Robert Morris, an experienced astral traveler Keith Harary was
asked to project into a target room that
was filled with all manner of apparatus
that could record energetic fluctuations
that might accompany his projection.
One piece of sensory equipment was a
kitten named Spirit.
Lonely little Spirit meowed from his
cold metal cage in the apparatus room
and the only times that the kitten quieted down was when Harary supposedly
projected into the room.

Keith Harary

Although psychics and kittens may be


able to sense an individual who is astrally
projecting, communication is rarely the
main point of projection. When an individual projects intentionally, the act is
almost always undertaken with the goal
of exploring ones surroundings. Even
spontaneous projectors, such as those
undergoing an OBE as a result of trauma, often report that once their initial
shock and fear have passed, they begin to
explore their new state and sometimes to
see where else they can go.
For intentional projectors, the focus of
a non-physical journey is almost always a
location. This can be as simple as their
own bedroom as seen from the curious
perspective of a being without a physical
body, or as complex as the far and distant
vistas reported by Fortune, Blavatsky,
and the rest.
From this, we can see that, although
the terms and descriptions differ, all of
the above techniques describe essentially
the same ability to send forth a nonphysical aspect of self in order to explore
this, and possibly other worlds. Whether
or not projection involves the full
detachment of a second, etheric body
seems to depend on individual technique
and perception. As with so many psychic
abilities that allow one to surpass the limits of the body, astral projection is
defined by the mind of each individual
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AN INTERVIEW WITH
DEAD FAMOUS TV HOST

Chris
Fleming
C
F LEMING IS THE CO - HOST OF
the popular UK reality show
Dead Famous, which airs in the
U.S. on the Biography channel
and on Bravo in Canada. In it,
they investigate ghostly phenomena and paranormal occurrences that surround famous
celebrities and historical places. He has also
been a runway model, graphic designer, mortgage broker, radio host, and magazine publisher. But of all of lifes paths, being a paranormal
investigator has been his most rewarding
endeavor and today, he is one of the
preeminent paranormal researchers
in the world.

SAM BASSETT

HRIS

by Michael Lohr
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empath, as I could pick up her true feelings and intentions. The experience
made me realize not to disregard the
feelings I got from reading people, even
if it hurt. But, it wasnt until filming
Dead Famous that I began to fully
understand this ability.
I worked with Pamela Heath, a wellrespected parapsychologist, on our
shoot for Dead Famous at the California
State Penitentiar y at Alcatraz. As we
walked around, I decided to just open
up and forget about everyone around
me and it soon became apparent that I
could read the sites place memory. It
was the most incredible thing I had ever
done. Unfor tunately, the show has
since been edited to bits, so viewers
cannot see all the remarkable details,
events, and traumas that I absorbed
there. At one point, I was so overwhelmed with the sensations that I didnt even know who I was.

Chris inspects Andy


Warhols tomb during
filming of an episode
of Dead Famous.

Have you ever held something like an


old coin or photograph and felt the
history associated with the artifact?
once picked up a gold medal that a
teacher of mine had won and felt
an uncomfortable pain in my chest.
When he noticed that I had taken the
medal of f the wall, he told me that
while running in a race in which he had
won the medal, that he had a slight
heart attack, but kept going, not realizing his condition. I am now careful with
what I pick up. But I dont always pick
up the simple things, just the more dramatic stuff.

I
How did you get into ghost-hunting?
t around the age of five, I
became fascinated with the subject after I began seeing ghosts
at my house at night. As I got older, I
began reading about ghosts, playing
with the Ouija board, and holding
sances with friends. But the first real
ghost-hunting I did was to walk around
the house with a flashlight at night, seeing if spirits would come out. I even carried a glow-in-the-dark sword with me,
in case I got attacked.
As I wanted to prove to kids at school
that the spirits I saw on a regular basis
were real, in 1973, my dad got me a
reel-to-reel player after I saw on TV
some people record spirit voices on tape.
The first time I used it, I played it back
and screamed when I heard a voice on
the tape. But when I told my dad that
the devil had spoken to me on tape, he
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speed and it was actually my own voice


that I was hearing! [Chis laughs.] He
threatened that if I was going to have
nightmares with this thing, he would
take it away. So I tried recording spirit
voices with a Ouija board in front of me,
instead. This time, when I played back
the tape, I got the EVP [Electronic
Voice Phenomena], of someone saying,
Touch is me.
When you were younger did you feel
pressured not to tell anyone about
these experiences?
ctually, I told ever yone, as I
couldnt believe no one was having the same experiences! The
stories used to get me into a lot of fights
because I would get teased. I would also
walk up and punch any kid cracking
ghost jokes. But the girls seemed to
always believe me and stick by my side.
In eighth grade, two of my best

friends at the time slept over and had


some paranormal experiences so I knew
after that I wasnt the only one having
unusual experiences. My dad told me to
ignore it, my sister didnt want to ever
talk about it, and my mom believed me
but felt I shouldnt tell anyone.
Today, I want to help people that are
afraid like I was. You shouldnt be afraid
or ashamed to talk about it, as people
who dont have these experiences are
missing outthey are the ones who are
all alone in this world, blind to knowing
who we are, where we come from, and
where we are going.
Are you empathic? In other words,
can pick up on the emotional imprint
of a place?
es; but I never knew it until
about six years ago, when a psychic friend of mine told me and
my girlfriend at the time that I was an

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Where was your most intense


supernatural experience?
hile filming Dead Famous,
the most intense was at Alcatraz while the most harrowing was at Philadelphias Eastern State
Penitentiary.
While filming there, I was asked to
walk down one of the long corridors
alone in the dark. So when my camera
and flashlight went dead, I was completely alone in the pitch black and felt
surrounded by negative energy and
shadow people. I stuck my hand in

front of me and it disappeared completely into the shadow. I got out of


there quickly but calmly, as I didnt
want them to know I was scared. I now
want to go back with the right crew and
equipment, as I have no doubt that
there are powerful low-level energies
there.
The other place was in the sance
room at CAs Winchester Myster y
House (See Mysteries issue #1). While
attempting to channel spirits there, I lost
physical control of myself. There were so
many spirits trying to channel through
me that I began flapping around on the
floor. I have never felt that kind of pain,
as if I was being torn apart internally and
fading off. It was probably one of my
most horrifying and embarrassing
moments for me and that night, I couldnt sleep at all, as I felt that there were
spirits still attached to me, draining my
energy. I ended up getting really sick
after this, as my immune system was
weakened by the experience.
What has been your most positive
supernatural experience?
elieve it or not, there have been a
lot. But the producers of Dead
Famous try to tailor the show as a
scary program, so they edit out most of

the spiritual and emotionally touching


things that occur, which is a shame
because I am more about that than the
frightening stuff. But I do enjoy the rush
of contacting a low-level entity and trying to get it to move on into the light. It
is easier than people think. Ghosts just
dont feel they can be forgiven and they
feel forgotten, so it is rewarding to know
that everyone can be forgiven, if we forgive ourselves first.
One positive experience was at Boot
Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, AZ. When
I moved a spirit into the light, I felt him
hug me. I was ice cold; the sound technician reached out and touched me and
freaked as to how cold it was in front of
me. After the spirit hugged me, I got
teary eyed because I had never felt such
gratitude before from a spirit. I wish
everyone could experience this, as there
is nothing like it.
How do your spiritual beliefs play into
your views on the supernatural?
know what I know because I have
experienced it and lived it. This
makes things easier when viewing
the supernatural. You cant have all these
experiences and not know that it is real.
For instance, I know that there is an
afterlife, that we are never alone, that

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A photo of a seance at New Yorks Bills Gay 90s Restaurant and Bar, during which Chris
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from plane to plane, and can be helpful,


if needed.
What is the story behind the mysterious EVP you recorded at Frank Sinatras boathouse during the filming of
an episode of Dead Famous?
hat was cool, as it turned out to
be the voices of two boy ghosts
who had died in a car crash not
far from the lodge. Since then, they
have actually spoken on my recorder on
three separate occasions at other locations. The only explanation I can think
of is that they are following me around
or know when I am recording EVP, in
an attempt to leave me more messages.
The most interesting one they left was
recorded at Culver Studios in Culver
City, CA, when one of them said,
Dont buy our coffin!
But the best EVP I have gotten is the
one at Alcatraz in Cellblock D. While
asking for a spirit to come forward, one
said, Ill face ya!
Doing this show has been rewarding
but also grueling, as I have to listen to
many hours of audio on my own time. I
have walked away with hundreds of Agrade EVPs and thousands of B-C
grades. You can listen to some of them
on my webs site.

A shot of the Dead Famous crew while filming at the Palace Theater. Chris carries a digital
recorder in an attempt to record some EVPs.

there are ghosts, and I know why many


of them are still here. Call me crazy, but
the truth of the matter is I dont need an
EMF detector to tell me that, and I
dont need a million dollars to prove it.
Some ghost hunters and psychics
have witnessed glowing orbs. Are
these prevalent in haunted places?
nfrared video cameras and digital
cameras can pick up many things
unseen by the naked eye. The problem is that too many people say that
these anomalies are an orb when it is
clearly dust. But not every orb caught on
film is caused by light reflecting off of a
dust particle.
For example, in some of our videos I
was able to identify anomalies such as
rods, that were displaying a form of
intelligence and purpose. These rods I
believe are a form of yet to be unidentified species that move at a higher vibration than our eyes can pick up and move
outside our visual light spectrum but can
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or captured with IR cameras. Other


strange orb-like anomaly I noticed had a
slightly different glow to it and moved
unlike dust or rods. It could go through
walls, out of floors, follow people, make
90-degree turns, and speed up.
The best was at the Metal Museum in
Memphis, TN, while filming the Elvis
Presley episode for Dead Famous. I
called out to what I believed were spirits
in the hallway and these plasma-shaped
forms came towards us and then backed
off at amazing speeds. When I asked
them to reappear, they shot down the
hallway towards me and then retreated
or disappeared through the walls. They
also followed us but would duck into a
wall or floor if we turned around. Some
of these were caught on camera but
sadly, not used on the show.
The other anomalies are what I call
sprites, short for spirit lights. They
sparkle like fireflies and can be caught
on video and seen with the naked eye. I
believe that these are higher-level spirits, such as spirit guides, who can move

What has been your most bizarre


paranormal experience?
he most bizarre anomaly I saw
on camera was at the St. James
Hotel in Cimarron, NM, just as
the sound man James was miking me up.
I was holding the infrared digital camera
and this worm-like light came out of the
wall, shot down the hallway the other
way, turned around, came back at us,
froze for a second, and then shot back
into the wall from where it came. It was
huge and I watched it the whole time
through the viewfinder. The worst part
about it was that there was no tape in the
camera because we hadnt begun our
investigation yet. I would kill to have
recorded that. z

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Book Reviews

Blackfoot Physics
A Journey Into The Native
American Universe
BY F. DAVID PEAT
ISBN: 1-57863-371-0
$18.95, WEISER BOOKS, 2006

uring a summer vacation


in the 1980s, theoretical
physicist F.
David Peat experienced a life-changing paradigm shift
at a Blackfoot Sun
Dance ceremony.
What is the nature of
reality? What is
humanitys role in the
universe and how do
we relate the world
around us? These are
just a few of the ageless questions that
Peat attempts to
answer in Blackfoot Physics.
After analyzing myths, folklore, rituals, and languages of
both Western civilization and
indigenous peoples, he came to
the conclusion that much of the
information that the ancients
passed on to their forebears
can be found in modern science. For instance, one question Peat asks is why were
Native American tribes essentially disease-free before the
arrival of Europeans? Peat wonders if this specific situation
had something to do with Indigenous beliefs associated with
science, society, and an overall
healthier way of life, as well as
the spiritual, ontological aspect
of indigenous medicine.
Peat also describes his study
of how indigenous cultures nurtured the earth instead of violating it. One vivid account of this
different, nur turing mindset is
shown through the parable of
the remedy. Imagine that someone you love is sick and you are
searching in the woods for a
plant that will provide the cure.
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you finally find the plant. Most
people living in a western,
need-it-now culture would just
pick the plant without thinking
twice. But in the Native American culture, the searcher would
pass up the first few plants
found, and only har vest the
third plant so as to
make sure the plant
will still be available
for use when needed again.
Not just for those
inclined to physics
and Native American
studies,
Blackfoot Physics
is for anyone with
the curiosity to
learn and see the
world from a different viewpoint.
MICHAEL LOHR

Aleister Crowley
and the Ouija Board
BY J. EDWARD CORNELIUS
ISBN: 1-932595-4
$16.95, FERAL HOUSE, 2005

ere at Mysteries magazine, we receive a multitude of books on magic,


spirit communications, and
other occult phenomena. Most,
regrettably, are incoherent muddles of wish-fulfillment or recycled New-Age nonsense. Leave
it to Feral House to issue a volume on the subject that is not
only original, but also makes a
frightening amount of sense.
Author Edward Cornelius
opus is not really about
Aleister Crowleys relationship to the Ouija board, but
rather presents a complete
system of Thelemic magick, the system of spiritual initiation and advancement revived by Aleister
Crowley in 1904 that
uses the Ouija board.
Beginning with the
boards origins in the

Unnatural Phenomena
BY JEROME CLARK

the Story of the Coming


World Government

ISBN: 1-57607-430-7

BY NICHOLAS HAGGER

$85, ABC-CLIO, 2005

ISBN: 1-903816-85-8

student of the unexplained


since childhood, author
Jerome Clark has produced
20-odd books and countless articles
on For tean phenomena over the
past three decades. His encyclopedic volumes Unexplained! and
The UFO Book have earned well-deser ved accolades, yet even
those Herculean efforts pale in comparison to his latest work.
For Unnatural Phenomena, Clark has collected 645 newspaper
reports from 1729 to 1935 on anomalous events throughout the
United States that were overlooked by previous authors or, at
best, cited in brief footnotes. Chapters are arranged by state
(excluding Hawaii), with entries for each state listed chronologically. Clarks introduction to the work charts his personal growth
as an author/researcher and outlines the parameters of Fortean
phenomena, with some intriguing (if controversial) theories on
how and why some people experience such strange events.
Entries in the text run the full gamut of unexplained phenomena, including cryptozoology, strange aerial events (from bizarre
rains and sky quakes to myster y airships and flying serpents),
hauntings, mysterious persons, and natural anomalies. While
building on the classic works of Charles Fort, Clark has compiled
a mass of data overlooked by Fort himself, thereby opening new
fields of exploration for future researchers.
This book is both entertaining and a bona fide public service
to Fortean researchers and would-be authors. No library should
be without it and while the price may deter some potential readers, no serious Fortean researcher can afford to miss it.
MICHAEL NEWTON

late 19th-centur y Spiritualist


movement, Cornelius briefly surveys Crowleys opinion of the
Parker Brothers board game
before presenting a scientific
system for using specific rituals.
For instance, in an
adepts
hands, the
b o a r d
becomes a
divination
device.
Whether or
not one actually believes in
poltergeists, elementals, or the
astral plane, Cor-

exposure of the shadowy figures


who rule the world from behind
the scenes, but it does shines a
light on some of their chicanery.

The Syndicate

nelius rightfully points out the


psychological and spiritual
forces one can unleash by the
use of a Ouija board, such as
personality changes, paranoia,
and the belief that one has
caused ones domicile to
become haunted.
Those who are already initiates into Crowleyana will find
this book a valuable manual;
those who are just interested in
the subject should run to their
local Ordo Templaris Orientalis
lodge for instr uction before
attempting anything found in
this book, for this is not magick
for dabblers.
KEN MONDSCHEIN

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K. FILAN

Earth Under Fire

$17.95, O BOOKS, 2004

ccording to some people,


Yale Universitys most
power ful secret society
Skull and Bones controls the
world. Others blame the
Satanists, the Greys, or the
Elders of Zion. In The Syndicate,
author Nicholas Hagger looks to
the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, the United Nations, the
Bilderber gers, the Trilateral
Commission, and various other
secret groups. The end result is
a sprawling but intriguing revision of 20th-centur y histor y,
combined with unsettling
prophecies for the future.
Like many, Hagger contends
that oil money supports almost
all of our present-day wars. But
he also suggests that Rockefeller money fueled World War I
and the Russian Revolution. The
monopoly tactics used by Standard Oil (Rockefellers primar y
corporation) in the U.S. during
the 19th centur y are common
knowledge. Hagger shows that
they took this ruthless approach
not just in America but in oilfields around the world, financing both tyranny and insurrection
to ensure that their business
remained profitable.
Founded by a Frankfur t bank
clerk named Mayer Amschel,
today, the Rothschilds are one
of the wealthiest families in
Europe. Hagger traces their
involvement in the Federal
Reserve and in the 1929 stock
market crash. He suggests that
for at least 100 years, the Rothschilds and Rockefellers have
been intermittently cooperating
with each other in an effor t to
rule the world.
It is nearly impossible to sort
through corporate records of pri-

Humanitys Survival
of the Ice Age
BY PAUL LAVIOLETTE, PH.D.
ISBN: 1-59143-052-6

vately held international companies.


Hence, authors are often forced
to rely on speculation, educated
guesswork, and shaky sources.
Hagger tries to make allowances
for this by discussing the
strengths and weaknesses of
some of his more fringe
sources in the appendix. This
kind of measured response is a
hallmark of this book. And unlike
many conspiracy tomes, Haggers The Syndicate is remarkably free of ranting.
Those interested in conspiracy theory will find The Syndicate
a thought-provoking introduction
to topics such as the Bilderbergers, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Club of Rome. It
might not provide a concrete

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$20, BEAR & CO., 2005

uthor Paul LaViolette,


who holds degrees in
physics and systems science, is president of the Starburst Foundation, a scientific
research organization based on
his theories about the cosmos.
LaViolettes papers still
appear in mainstream science
journals but he makes the
establishment nervous because
he believes that the Big Bang
Theor y is obsolete and he is
convinced that the ear th has
beenand will continue to be
slammed periodically by cosmicray super waves from the
Milky Way, generated by periodic galactic core explosions that
push vast quantities of cosmic
dust to the far reaches of the

galaxy. The explosions are said


to occur about ever y 10,000
years. The last one, according
to LaViolette, heated up the sun
and brought on a period of global warming that ended with the
last Ice Age. That cosmic event
occurred about 12,000 years
ago, suggesting that we may be
overdue for another one.
LaViolette has been developing this hypothesis since the
1970s, and has marshaled an
impressive array of information
to suppor t it. While doing doctoral studies in systems science, he was astonished to find
that ancient legends of many
peoples contained carefully preserved (if encoded) accounts of
the cosmic creation process.
He focused attention on the
celestial zodiac, which he saw
as a deliberately str uctured
metaphor for this process.
In 1979, he discovered that
the arrow of Sagittarius and the
stinging tail of Scorpio were
both pointing toward the core of
the Milky Way. His Galactic
Explosion Theor ya rich blend
of cosmological physics and
ancient folk-

Mysterious Sky: Soviet UFO Phenomenon


BY PHILIP MANTLE & PAUL STONEHILL
ISBN: 1-4241-0549-8
$24.95, PUBLISH AMERICA, 2006

ysterious Sky offers the first ever comprehensive survey of Russian


UFOlogy in English. Despite the books subtitle, its text is not
restricted to sightings during the Soviet years, but also includes
sightings in Russia from as early as the seventh century BC to 2001.
Subjects in this well-researched volume include UFOs seen over ancient
Russia, the 1908 Tunguska explosion, reports of UFOs from the early Bolshevik years, Josef Stalins response to UFOs, a timeline of Soviet UFO research,
military UFO encounters, the UFO-Chernobyl connection, UFOs at sea, alleged
CIA involvement with Russian UFOs, excerpts from declassified KGB files, UFO sightings reported by
Soviet cosmonauts and astronomers, profiles of prominent Russian UFOlogists, and 20-odd chapters
detailing reports of UFOs from various parts of Russia.
Mantle and Stonehill admit that a definitive listing of Russian UFO sightings is impossible to compile because of nonexistent records from the Czarist era and censorship during the Soviet period, but
Mysterious Sky still fills a serious void in the existing UFO literature. No student of the phenomenon
will want to miss this important addition to UFO scholarship.
MICHAEL NEWTON

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lorebegan to emerge.
Essential to his cosmology is
a theor y he calls subquantum
kinetics, which explains how
galactic core explosions are not
evidence of black holes, as
some Big Bang theorists
assume, but of the continuous
creation of matter and energy.
To understand where LaViolette is going with this book, it
helps to read his earlier work,
Beyond the Big Bang: Ancient
Myth and the Science of Continuous Creation (1995). A concept explained in that book
etheronsfur nishes
the
underpinning for the constant
creation of energy and matter
in the center of each galaxy.
LaViolette describes etherons
as extremely small subatomic
par ticles that constitute the
transmuting ether that permeates the universe. These
etherons, which have neither
mass nor charge, can change
from one state to another and
also create matter
and energy.
LaViolette says
that
because
etherons have no
mass or charge,
they cannot be
measured
or
even detected,
and thus we
cannot know for
sure the tr ue
nature
of
etherons. If
that is so, then we
have to take the very existence
of etheronsand the entire theory of subquantum kineticson
faith. Does this mean we should
pitch this book? Not by a long
shot. Whether or not you agree
with LaViolettes theories, you
cannot help but enjoy basking
in the radiation of his high-energy explosion of ideas.
BOB LEBLING

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That Damn Voice Again


Communications from Beyond

Dr. Quantums Little Book of Big Ideas

BY TANYA TKACH

Where Science Meets Spirit

ISBN: 0973710101

BY FRED ALAN WOLF, PH.D.

$25CAN, VISIONAIRE PUBL., 2005

ISBN: 1-930491-08-5

$12.95, MOMENT POINT PRESS, 2006

hen author Tanya


Tkach asked her
recently deceased husband Wally how he thought she
should write her self-published
book, he told her, Its your
book, do it the way you see it.
So she has, creating an intriguing mix of memoir, confessional
autobiography, and insightful
communications with her
deceased family members,
pets, and spiritual guides from
beyond the grave.
Although Tkach had several
childhood indications of her ability to converse with spirits, she
instead toyed with careers in
film, fashion, jeweler y design,
and stewardessing for an airline. But 18 months of ministering to her dying mother led her
to realize the impor tance of
devoting her life to
caring for others. Her
mother died in 1997.
Then in 2001, her sister died and in 2002,
her husband Wally
died of throat cancer.
The deathsfollowed
by increasingly insistent other worldly interventionsaccelerated
her motivation to write
this book.
Between her candidly
frank stories of incidents in her
life, Tkach includes transcriptions of her conversations with
her loved ones; with her ear th
guide mentor Fran who, among
other things, can interpret
dreams and read horoscopes;
with her male spiritual guide
Ihona, a deceased member of
the Sioux tribe; and with her
female daily writing companion Matoowah, a disciplinar y
tyrant who revealed a world of

Simply stated, this diminutive, book may


just be one of the most enlightening reads of
your lifetime. Like a paradigm shift in written
word, Dr. Quantums Little Book of Big Ideas
is a gathering of carefully selected excerpts
from Dr. Alan Wolfs other publications and
interviews. His many philosophical points are
expressed clearly here and without the clutter
of scientific jargon, which is an amazing feat
for one with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics.
The book covers many topics, from our interpersonal relationships, Heisenbergs Uncer tainty Principle and
universal awareness, to the mechanisms that create and maintain our everyday reality. One of the more provocative statements
Wolf makes is that the world is malleable, infinitely changeable.
Not only are we capable of changing the present, but also the
past. Dr. Wolf also believes that time travel can be achieved
through a combination of quantum mechanics and what the
ancient Vedic culture called kala-vancana or time-cheating, a theoretical concept that involves ending the flow of time by way of
the metaphysical rhythm of ones consciousness via meditation.
According to this theorem, one can manipulate the space-time
continuum and subsequently the time stream, to where one can
view and experience the past.
Actually, the spiritual depth of Dr. Quantums Little Book of Big
Ideas is remarkable, as Wolf interweaves the seemingly antagonistic worlds of faith and science. Never preachy or heavy-handed, Wolf explains through parables the meaning of life via quantum mechanics and quantum physics. He sees the existence of
God in every aspect of life and even shows how science proves
His existence.
This book ser ves as an affirmation for anyone who believes
that science and spirituality may be linked. It also explains quantum physics in such a way that the ever yday person can understand it.
MICHAEL LOHR

information from the other side


that was both overwhelming and
fascinating.
As well, Tkach illustrates the
levels of awakening and the
spiritual education that her
deceased friends and family
members acquired as they progressed after death.
Her own book, she believes,
will be helpful as a detailed

blueprint for others searching


for ways to communicate with
deceased loved ones. Thus,
her book is wor th reading for
the guidelines it provides and
as an intriguing account of her
personal experiences that are
vividly, convincingly, and entertainingly told.
M. WAYNE CUNNINGHAM

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Mayan Landing 2012


THUNDERBEAT
THUNDERVISION RECORDS
CD#: 43157 20302

midst the current resurgence of interest in the


culture and beliefs of the
ancient Maya, especially in the
extraordinar y paradigm shift
predicted to occur in December
of the year 2012, a musical
treasure lies half-obscured by
the maelstrom of popular culture surrounding it. Mayan Landing 2012 is a beguiling compilation of tracks inspired by the
Maya but one that also transcends all classifications. Power ful rhythms and sounds lend
it a rare sense of life and universality that is well suited to the
dramatic changes it implies for
the earth and all who inhabit it.
Thunderbeat, a Native American shamaness, composer, and
dr ummer, brings ver ve and
interest to the collection with
her mixture of drums, bells, and
traditional instruments, punctuated with electronica and spoken-word elements. Her sense
of balance and har mony is
superb, never overwhelming the
listener but never leaving one
hollow, either. Each piece
stands alone, but as a whole,
the CD is a passionate and
thrilling sample of what world
music can and should be.
As the titles imply, each piece
employs imager y common to
the Maya, especially in relation
to their spiritual beliefs and to

the world around them. For


instance, The Feathered Serpent evokes Quetzalcoatl, a
major figure in the religious symbolism of several Mesoamerican cultures. With its trancelike
dr umming, didgeridoo, flute,
and its cawing and twittering
birds, the piece provides a fitting introduction to the CD.
Jungle Talk delves further into
the primal sounds of nature that
lie just beyond the Maya temples and cities.
The title track builds upon
this foundation but adds an other worldly feel with electronic
echoing and feedback that
somehow mesh well with the
flute and drum, tapping into a
universal vein of spirituality with
its unique rhythms. Eerie flutes
lead into Star Gate, joined by
soothing sets of drumbeats that
beckon a cosmic timelessness.
The narration of The Jaguar
Speaks warns us of the dangers of ignoring our ancestors
respect for the natural world,
tempering the strong message
with guitar melodies and the
rasping of the didgeridoo that is
reminiscent of the growl of the
jaguar, a sacred symbol to the
Maya. The unusual melodies
that ring throughout Ceremony conjure images from Gregorian chant and Native American
drumming to the sacred songs
indigenous to the Middle East
and South Asia, striking the listener with their similarities as
well as their beauty.
Mayan Landing 2012 avoids
the typecasting that would earmark it as a hokey New Age
interpretation of prophecy. Its
deep roots in Mesoamerican tradition, melded to modern and
global elements, are in the spirit
of the transcendent changes
that the Mayan calendar predicts. Relaxing, power ful, but
not preachy, its message of
transformation comes through

W W W. M Y S T E R I E S M A G A Z I N E . C O M

loud and clear, without resorting


to the sensationalism that has
surrounded so much of the
2012 discussion.

Reality: Vol. 1
VARIOUS ARTISTS
REALITY ENTERTAINMENT
CD#: 28341 01062

he irony in this compilation


is apparent from the CDs
title; the reality they present is comprised of remixed
songs or tunes not yet released.
Yet this is precisely the point;
the reworked perceptions of art
and life contained in the works
of this diverse group of ar tists
present their version of the
future of music. From indie rock
to metal, gothic rock and electronica, the CD runs the gamut
of musical genres and delights
in blurring the lines between
them.
Marcy Playgrounds Blood
and Alphabet Soup is hardedged yet creepily catchy,
with its unsettling lyrics and
repetitive chords, making
this childrens lunchtime
staple an uneasy repast.
Fade Away by Godhead is
a step above the typical
hard rock fare with its compelling vocals and distant,
ambient opening and interludes. A journey into darker
ter ritor y arises in tracks
such as Peel Away the
Skin by Freakhouse, a gravelly, ear-rending remix, the driving guitars and hoarse vocals of
Slow Roosevelts Comfor t
From a Bomb, and especially in
WWIIIs Walk With Me. Like
Brillo pads for the auditor y
canals, they scour out ever ything in their path with blistering
sound, and sometimes, that is
just what is required.
The electronic ef fects that
accompany some of the tracks
are suitably subtle; just adding
a techno beat would have killed

the rough efficiency of many of


these pieces and thankfully, the
ar tists responsible for the
remixes, including the Sofa
Sur fers and MethO.D., melded
these elements per fectly
together. Dark and dystopian,
pieces such as Waynes
Screams from Hell and
Smile For the Camera by The
Council qualify as easy-listening
music from the banks of the
Styx. Simultaneously, however,
these per formers are able to
reveal the superb guitar skills,
understanding of tempo and
rhythm, and incisive lyrics that
are sometimes obscured
beneath the harshness of hard
rock and industrial music.
WAKEs Hometown Rocker (a
bizarrely pleasing blend of punk,
pop, and country) and the ambient rhythms and electronica of
Warm, Strong, Numb by the
Mankind Liberation Front infuse

a necessar y counterbalance to
the heavyweights appearing earlier on the CD.
A ter rific introduction to
ar tists famous, infamous, and
not yet discovered, Reality: Vol.
1 is a sampler that will get any
fan of hard rock moving. One
eagerly awaits subsequent volumes of this series; with artists
like these around, our reality will
undoubtedly be anything but
banal.
RICHARD MACKENZIE

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In the Theater
the science behind it. Otherwise, this film is an above-average edge-of-your-seat thrill ride
that disappoints but briefly.
RICHARD MACKENZIE

The Fountain (2006)

Dj Vu (2006)

hat if you could go back


in time and change the
future? A taut thriller
with a sci-fi twist, Dj Vu is a
novel take on that oft rehashed
idea. Chilling for its plausibility
and thought-provoking for its
exploration of our understanding
of reality, the film deftly balances between action and
intrigue.
Called in after a massive
explosion wipes out a New
Orleans ferry filled with military
personnel and their families, ATF
agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) finds his investigation
complicated by the remains of a
young woman named Claire
(Paula Patton), mutilated to
make it seem as if she were just
another victim of the explosion.
As the mystery thickens, Carlin finds himself presented with
a unique opportunity by a secret
government task force to reconstr uct the crimes by literally
looking into the past through a
break in the space-time continuum. Growing increasingly
attached to Claire as he
obser ves her last daysand
frustrated by the apparent inability to stop the crimes from hap-

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peningCarlin risks ever ything


in an attempt to travel back
through time and prevent them.
From the first, the intensity
never flags, and director Tony
Scott crafts a scenario as horrifying as it is plausible, then
offers us hope that grazes the
limits of modern science. The
images he presents flood us
with compassion for the characters with brief, telling glimpses
that make the br utality even
more visceral when it occurs.
The unique visual ef fects pull
the story along, adding a sense
of reality to theoretical concepts
such as wormholes. In fact, the
only area where the film weakens is within the aspects of
quantum physics.
While passing attention is
paid to explaining the differing
views of the universe and its
laws that make time travel theoretically possible, repeatedly,
data presented as irrefutable is
ignored only a few minutes
later, sacrificed in the name of
creating a neat, safe denouement to the film. This deus ex
machina tendency is unnecessar y. While quantum physics is
heady stuff, the occasional confusion that results has nothing
to do with our understanding of

outed as a moving, multidimensional love stor y,


The Fountain is in actuality
a plotless, plodding excuse for a
meditation on the human condition, a tale of love and loss
spanning the ages, from the
16th centur y to the far-flung
future. The film takes a good
cast and a potentially intriguing
premise and drives it into the
ground with an atrocious
screenplay.
The three intertwined stories
follow a pair of star-crossed
lovers in their search for immortality in the face of impending
doom, from a conquistadors
quest for a sacred tree hidden
in a Mayan temple to a modern
researchers search for a braintumor cure for his ailing wife, to
a futuristic journey to a distant
nebula. With a decent screenplay, using essentially identical

In the Theater
characters might have evoked a
sense of continuity or perhaps
of reincarnation in keeping with
the films theme. Instead, their
relationship is repetitive and
tiresome, and the dear th of
character development leaves
us at a loss as to what they saw
in each other in the first place.
Knowing nothing about the characters, we feel nothing for their
plight, and their goals and
dreams have no significance.
Trapped by the stilted script,
the excellent cast, featuring
Hugh Jackman and Rachel
Weisz, flails aimlessly in a sea
of anachronisms and inconsistencies. The renaissancethemed sequences are particularly troublesome; the ones set
in Spain are a poorly drawn parody of historical events while
the ones set in the jungles of
Central America are pure fallacy.
The interpretation of Mayan
beliefs, something of an
anachronism in themselves
since the Maya city-states had
largely disappeared by the time
the conquistadors had arrived,
is a crude shadow of the intricacies of the Popol Vuh,
the Maya creation
myth. Its admittedly
stunning visuals, from
thousands of suspended candles in a
medieval court, a faint
echo of the endless
vistas of golden stars
that open the film, to a
spherical, bubble-like
spacecraft and the
self-sustaining environment within are sadly
wasted by The Fountains lack of characterization and focus.
The film has several
elements that could
have brought it together to create a stunning
visual and emotional
tour de force, such as
its cast, its underlying

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concepts of death, rebir th and


undying love, and its glowing
sense of aesthetics. But without a power ful screenplay to
pull it all together, The Fountain
is a clumsy cosmic pas de deux,
a torturous 96 minutes of pomposity that begs its director, in
the constant refrain of one of its
characters, to finish it.
RICHARD MACKENZIE

The U.S. v. John


Lennon (2006)

hile the title of this documentary refers to the


U.S. governments
effort to deport John Lennon as
an undesirable alien in the
1970s, in a larger sense, the
title refers to the governments
conspiracy to silence and
marginalize the former Beatle
and his wife Yoko Ono and to stifle dissent wherever it appears.
It is surely more than coincidence that the film about the
Nixon administrations effor ts
to depor t Lennon should be
released as the current Bush
administration ditches habeas
corpus and promotes tor ture
and secret prisons in its socalled War against Ter ror.
Indeed, in one revealing scene,
novelist and historian Gore
Vidal draws a direct connection
when he says, Lennon represented life. Mr. Nixon and Mr.
Bush represent death.
The documentar y covers the
full arc of Lennons activism,
from such Beatles songs as
Revolution, through his
famous bed-ins for peace
(when Lennon and Yoko devoted their honeymoon to a goofyseeming stunt to promote a
political statement), to his
appearance at the 1971 Freedom Rally in Ann Arbor, MI.
Lennon wrote the unofficial
anthem of the anti-Vietnam War
movement, Give Peace a
Chance. He also put Black
Panther Bobby Seale on net-

work TV to promote a revolutionary philosophy.


Ranging from Ron Kovic
(whose book Born on the Fourth
of July was made into a riveting
anti-Vietnam War movie by Oliver
Stone in 1989) to Nixon goon G.
Gordon Liddy, commentators put
Lennons political activities in
the context of the times and
var ying political agendas. If
Lennon comes off in the film as
nave, he is at least genuinely
nonviolent and witty.
While Lennon ultimately won
the right to remain in the U.S.,
the gover nments bullying
effor ts were successful in the
sense that they quashed
Lennons political activism,
par tly because he had to put
so much ef for t into his own
defense and par tly because it
was prudent to keep a low profile, as protesting the U.S. governments policies could easily
have resulted in his depor tation back to Britain.
A cautionary tale about a citizens responsibilities, this film
presents a fascinating stor y
about a complex and charismatic individual and the times he
lived in, which are not much different from our own.

W W W. M Y S T E R I E S M A G A Z I N E . C O M

CHARLES RAMMELKAMP

Illusion (2005)

or some reason, the holiday


season has long abounded
with films that emphasize
the most positive elements of
the human spirit, such as the
generosity and kindness toward
family and friends. Illusion is a
film in this ver y vein, a meditation on life, death, and the
power of family and forgiveness.
Directed by Michael Goorjian
and featuring Kirk Douglas, the
films message is a valuable
one. Donald Baines (Kirk Douglas), famous director and curmudgeon, has spent his career
making power ful and moving
films, but has, in the process,
alienated his family and those
who mattered most in his life.
On his deathbed, he finds himself transpor ted to a mystical
movie theater playing three
short films, each one representing aspects of his life and how
his rejection of his family has
led to devastating repercussions. Seized with remorse,
Baines races against time to
reach out to his illegitimate son
Christopher (played by Goorjian).
Since the film is, at its core a
modernized adaptation of
Charles Dickens classic tale A
Christmas Carolright down to
the ghostly co-worker who sets
the stage for the trio of visions
to come (here the apparition of

a long dead film editor named


Stan)one might expect the
story to lose some of its power
due to familiarity with the plot.
Thankfully, the story survives its
secularization
lar gely
unscathed. The leitmotiv of cinema as life and the ironies of
Baines film career being so
dependent on romance and love
amidst the barren desert of his
personal life, all fit neatly together as a thought-provoking antidote to the films more predictable elements.
His sacrifices are in keeping
with his own cinematic philosophy, as he manipulates characters into tragic situations for dramatic effect, yet he is blind to
the pain he causes in his own
life using the same techniques.
The cast is excellent, the actors
performances infusing the story
with appropriate wistfulness but
also a sense of hope. And the
soundtrack adds its own sense
of nostalgia with its music-box
melodies.
Despite the novelty, the film
occasionally lapses into maudlin
sentimentality in an attempt to
intimidate the audience into
reacting. At one point, Baines
suggests that creating distance
between characters is a key to
evoking an emotional response.
Goorjian creates a similar distance between the film and the
viewer, and the alienation that
results denies viewers the very
emotion he seeks to inspire. By
never fully involving the audience, then overcorrecting by
using blatant manipulation, he
leaves viewers perplexed and
unfulfilled by the films end.
Creative but lacking the
warm and fuzzy message of
appreciation and love for those
around us that the director obviously intended, this film sadly
disintegrates into just what the
title suggests: an illusion.
RICHARD MACKENZIE

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2007 Event Listings


CONSCIOUSNESS WORK
DAMANHUR: CITY OF A NEW RENAISSANCE
May 31-June 10, 2007; Italy
Contact: Sandy Corcoran, Spirit Walk Journey, (281)
361-4464 | Email: info@star walker visions.com |
Web: www.starwalkervisions.com | Damanhur is an
international center for spirituality and social
research. Participate in classes, visit the renowned
underground Temple of Humankind, and the famous
Egyptian Museum & Shroud of Christ in Turin.
EXPLORATION 27
July 28-Aug. 3, 2007; Faber, VA
Oct. 13-19, 2007; Faber, VA
Cost: $1,795 | Contact: The Monroe Institute, 62
Roberts Mountain Rd., Faber, VA 22938, (866) 8813440 or (434) 361-1252 | Email:
TMIprograms@aol.com | Web: www.monroeinstitute.org | Intensive investigation into unchar ted,
nonphysical territories in order to obtain information
and direct personal experience related to this different state of being.
GATEWAY VOYAGE
Apr. 21-27, 2007; Faber, VA
May 5-11, 2007; Faber, VA
June 2-8, 2007; Faber, VA
June 9-15, 2007; Petaluma, CA
June 23-29, 2007; Faber, VA
July 14-20, 2007; Faber, VA
Aug. 4-10, 2007; Faber, VA
Sep. 29-Oct. 5, 2007; Faber, VA
Oct. 6-12, 2007; Petaluma, CA
Oct. 13-19, 2007; Faber, VA
Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2007; Faber, VA
Nov. 10-16, 2007; Faber, VA
Cost: $1,795 (incl. room/board) | Contact: The Monroe Institute, 62 Roberts Mountain Rd., Faber, VA
22938, (866) 881-3440 or (434) 361-1252 | Email:
TMIprograms@aol.com | Web: www.monroeinstitute.org | With the aid of Hemispheric Synchronization sounds, immersion in a timeless retreat, the
guidance of senior trainers, feedback on your experiences, and the group sharing of experiences, you
will be carried into four progressively deeper altered
states of consciousness.
GUIDELINES
Apr. 28-May 4, 2007; Faber, VA
Aug. 4-10, 2007; Faber, VA
Sep. 15-21, 2007; Faber, VA
Oct. 20-26, 2007; Faber, VA
Cost: $1,795 | Contact: The Monroe Institute, 62
Rober ts Mountain Road, Faber, VA 22938, (866)
881-3440 or (434) 361-1252 | Email: TMIprograms@aol.com | Web: www.monroeinstitute.org |
Provides learning methods through which communication can be established with greater par ts of
one's self-awareness.

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HEARTLINE
Mar. 31-Apr. 6, 2007; Faber, VA
Aug. 11-17, 2007; Faber, VA
Nov. 3-9, 2007; Faber, VA
Cost: $1,795 | Contact: The Monroe Institute, 62
Rober ts Mountain Road, Faber, VA 22938, (866)
881-3440 or (434) 361-1252 | Email: TMIprograms@aol.com | Web: www.monroeinstitute.org |
Learn to let go of perceptions of resistance and fear
as you move into a greater sense of wholeness, balance, and harmony.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SCIENCE
AND CONSCIOUSNESS: CONSCIOUSNESS
EXPLORING ITSELF
Apr. 20-25, 2007; Santa Fe, NM
Cost: $695 until Mar. 15; $745 thereafter | Contact:
4 Camino Azul, Santa Fe, NM 87508, (505) 4740998 | Email: message@bizspirit.com | Web:
www.bizspirit.com | Speakers include Peter Russell,
Raymond Moody, Judith Orloff, Alan Wallace, Russell
Targ, Christine Page, Duane Elgin, Brian O'Lear y,
and many others.
LIFELINE
May 12-18, 2007; Faber, VA
July 21-27, 2007; Faber, VA
July 21-27, 2007; Petaluma, CA
Oct. 6-12, 2007; Faber, VA
Nov. 3-9, 2007; Faber, VA
Cost: $1,795 | Contact: The Monroe Institute, 62
Rober ts Mountain Road, Faber, VA 22938, (866)
881-3440 or (434) 361-1252 | Email: TMIprograms@aol.com | Web: www.monroeinstitute.org |
Offers training in states of consciousness. Learn to
contact those who have made the transition from
physical reality and who need assistance in moving
forward.
MC2 - MANIFESTATION AND CREATION SQUARED
June 9-15, 2007; Faber, VA
Sep. 29-Oct. 5, 2007; Faber, VA
Cost: $1,795 | Contact: The Monroe Institute, 62
Roberts Mountain Rd., Faber, VA 22938, (866) 8813440 or (434) 361-1252 | Email:
TMIprograms@aol.com | Web: www.monroeinstitute.org | Provides tools to more fully experience the
potentials of human existence. Uses the most reliable principles discovered in the practice of psychokinesis and of directing energy for healing.
NINE GATES MYSTERY SCHOOL
(Part 1) May 18-27, 2007; Lucerne Valley, CA
Sep. 21-30, 2007; Lucerne Valley, CA
(Part 2) Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2007; Lucerne Valley, CA
Contact: Ann O'Quinn, Institute of Noetic Sciences,
(707) 779-8236 | Email: mysteryschool@noetic.org
| Web: www.ninegates.org | Spiritual training for individuals seeking life's mysteries, Universal Truths,
and ways of knowing. Tap into deep sources of consciousness, use energy fields, and find hidden
meaning and inner guidance.

NINE GATES YOUTH MYSTERY SCHOOL


June 21-26, 2007; Medford, OR
Contact: Ann O'Quinn, Institute of Noetic Sciences,
(707) 779-8236 | Email: mysteryschool@noetic.org
| Web: www.ninegates.org | Spiritual training for individuals seeking life's mysteries, Universal Truths,
and ways of knowing. Tap into deep sources of consciousness, use energy fields, and find hidden
meaning and inner guidance.
RHINE RESEARCH CONFERENCE:
CONSCIOUSNESS TODAY
Mar. 22-24, 2007; Myrtle Beach, SC
Cost: $140 until Mar. 1; $150 thereafter | Email:
john@rhine.org or sally@rhine.org | Web:
www.rhineconference.org | Speakers include Joe
McMoneagle, Joseph Chilton Pearce, and keynote
speaker Dr. Sally Rhine Feather.
STARLINES
Mar. 3-9, 2007; Faber, VA
June 16-22, 2007; Faber, VA
Oct. 20-26, 2007; Faber, VA
Cost: $1,795 | Contact: The Monroe Institute, 62
Roberts Mountain Road, Faber, VA 22938, (866)
881-3440 or (434) 361-1252 | Email: TMIprograms@aol.com | Web: www.monroeinstitute.org |
Explore the mystery of energy systems throughout
the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, moving gradually
into new states of awareness, being, and perception.

CROP CIRCLES
CROP CIRCLES AND MYSTICAL ENGLAND
July 17-23, 2007; Southwest England
Cost: $1,777 | Contact: Cariel Quinly, Sacred MAS
Productions, 1611-A South Melrose Drive #246,
Vista, CA 92081, (760) 941-0608 | Email:
cq@cabiz.net | Web: www.cabiz.net/heartlinktour |
Travel with a master facilitator who will share the
sacred stories and rituals; attend the International
Crop Circle Symposium in Glastonbur y; visit Tintagel, the sacred sites of Glastonbury; crop circle
formations; private access to Stonehenge; and participate in a peace meditation in Merlin's Cave. This
pilgrimage will focus on transformation, courage,
spiritual initiation and self-awareness.
CROP CIRCLES AND SACRED SITES - ANCIENT
MYSTERIES AND MODERN MYSTERIES
July 22-31, 2007; England
Cost: 1,395 | Contact: Glenn and Cameron
Brighton, Sacred Britain Tours, PO Box 760, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 425-5616 | Email:
enquiries@sacredbritain.com | Web: www.sacredbritain.com/cropcircles | England is blessed with the
most crop circles. Enter the circles, see their beauty
from a helicopter, and hear the experts' opinions at
a crop circle conference. Explore the neighboring
sacred sites of Stonehenge, Glastonbury, and more.

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2007 Event Listings


CROP CIRCLES TOUR
Aug. 2-9, 2007; Southern England
Cost: $995 | Contact: Earth Mysteries & Sacred Site
Tours & Well Within, PO Box 1563, Nevada City, CA
95959,
(530)
740-0561
|
Email:
sacredsitetours@tesco.net or wwithin@nccn.net |
Web: www.nccn.net/~wwithin/cropcir | Visit the the
magnificent Tor, Chalice Well, Glastonbur y; West
Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill, and the stone circles of Avebury. Enjoy a private, before hours group
entrance inside the circle at Stonehenge. Learn
about crop circles, ley lines, energy, and more.

UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES CONFERENCE


Apr. 15, 2007; Dorchester, Dorset, England
Cost: 20 until Apr. 6; 25 adv | Contact: Mrs. V.
Kingston, 26 Rex Lane, Chickerell, Dorset, DT3 4AY
England, 01305 830057 | Email: spring.conference@virgin.net | Web: thecropcirclewebsite.
50megs.com/Conference | Speakers include
Howard Middleton-Jones, Ian Crane, Barbara Lamb,
John Mayo, and David Kingston. Topics will include
crop circles, UFOs, spiritual matters, government
conspiracies, hidden knowledge, and more.

ENGLAND'S MYSTERIOUS CROP


CIRCLES AND STONEHENGE
Aug. 2-9, 2007; Wiltshire, England
INITIATION TO CROP CIRCLES & STONEHENGE
July 13-20, 2007; Wiltshire, England
Cost: $2,200 | Contact: Dr. Chet Snow, PO Box
1738, Sedona, AZ 86339, (928) 204-1962 | Email:
chetsnow@npgcable.com
|
Web:
www.chetsnow.com/cropcircles | Visit Salisbur y
cathedral, Avebur y stone circles, historic town of
Marlborough, and the Barge Inn (called the "croppies" pub). Includes a flight over the major 2004
crop circle formations, special access to the inner
circle of Stonehenge for group toning and meditation, and paid admission to the Wiltshire Crop Circle
Conference.

CRYPTOZOOLOGY

GLASTONBURY SYMPOSIUM: INVESTIGATING


CROP CIRCLES AND SIGNS OF OUR TIMES
July 27-29, 2007; Glastonbury, England
Cost: 80; Single-day: 30 | Contact: Sheila Martin,
16 Chilkwell Street, Glastonbur y, Somerset BA6
8DB, England, +44 (0) 139 267 7462 | Email: glastonbur ysymposium@btopenworld.com | Web:
www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk
SACRED ART RETREAT: THE OTHERWORLD OF
ART - MINDING THE MYSTERY
June 30-July 14, 2007; Wiltshire, England
Cost: $3,775 | Contact: Denni Clarke, PO Box 2155,
Freedom, CA 95019, (831) 761-3655 | Email:
dclarke@cropcirclespirit.com | Web: www.cropcirclespirit.com | Gain first-hand experience in the crop circles and visit a number of sacred sites, including
Stonehenge, Avebury, and Glastonbury.
SACRED CIRCLES: CROP CIRCLES,
STONEHENGE & ANCIENT MYSTERIES
July 16-23, 2007; England
Contact: Power Places Tours, Inc., 1506 Costilla St.,
Colorado Springs, CO 80904, (800) 234-8687 or
(719) 448-0514 | Email: travel@powerplaces.com |
Web: www.powerplaces.com/England_Crop_Circles_Conference | Experience the life-transforming
energies of sacred geometry on the ancient mystical
landscape of England and step into Stonehenge,
Avebury, Glastonbury, and the new crop circles with
the world's leading researchers, scholars, and
teachers.

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BIGFOOT FIELD RESEARCHERS ORGANIZATION


EXPEDITIONS
July 20-23, 2007; Utah
Cost: $400 | Contact: BFRO, (949) 278-6403 |
Email: foundation@BFRO.net | Web: www.bfro.net
HONOBIA BIGFOOT FALL FESTIVAL
Sept. 29-30, 2007; Honobia, OK
Contact: Katie Cogburn, (580) 244-3292 | Email:
katiedonica@kon-x.com
|
Web:
www.geocities.com/honobiabigfootfestival/index |
Features Bigfoot sighting hunts, games, vendors,
food, music, art shows, and more.
MOTHMAN FESTIVAL
Sept. 15-16, 2007; Point Pleasant, WV
Email: jef fwamsley@eurekanet.com | Web:
www.mothmanlives.com

OTHER
CONTACTING YOUR SPIRIT GUIDES AND ANGELS
Mar. 17, 2007; Chicago, IL
Cost: $150 | Contact: (408) 376-2124 | Email:
office@sylvia.org | Web: www.sylvia.org | Angels
have been in every religion and culture as messengers, guardians, and Gods protective army. It is
simple to reach them; belief is the key. Learn their
names and functions to help you to call upon the
best helper for your specific goals. Meet your Guides
by using simple meditations. Learn to discern
Classes taught by ministers of the Society of Novus
Spiritus, founded by psychic Sylvia Browne.
DRACULA TOUR: VAMPIRE
VACATION TO TRANSYLVANIA
July 10-17, 2007; Transylvania, Romania
Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2007; Transylvania, Romania
Cost: $1,999 | Contact: Tours of Terror, 315 Derby
Avenue, Orange, CT 06477, (866) TERRORTOUR or
(203) 795-4737 | Email: TOURSofTERROR@aol.com
| Web: www.dractour.com | Follow in the footsteps of
Jonathan Harker from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.
Visit haunted hotels and castles, creepy graveyards,
and spend a night of fun in Dracula's Castle.

DREAMING AND CREATIVITY CONFERENCE:


THE SPIRIT OF THE DREAM
June 29-July 3, 2007; Sonoma, CA
Contact: IASD Central Office, 1672 University
Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703, (866) 373-2612 |
Email: creativedreaming@mm.rr.com | Web:
asdreams.org/2007/index | Meet with and learn
from some of the world's leaders in the field of
dream studies. Explore the creative potential of
dreaming through experiential workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
ENERGY KINESIOLOGY CONFERENCE:
TOUCH FOR HEALTH
June 6-9, 2007; Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: $425 until May 1; $475 thereafter (single-day
passes avail.) | Contact:EnKA, Attn: Ann McFerron,
5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK 74651, (580) 7253411 | Email: information@energyk.org | Web:
www.energyk.org | Speakers include Blaine Smith
Jr., Vonn Harting, Christan Hummel, Dr. Robert Kay,
Carola Koenig, Carolyn Libby, Jacque Mooney, Lillian
Poston, and others.
INTL. CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOC. FOR THE
STUDY OF DREAMS: THE SPIRIT OF THE DREAM
June 29-July 3, 2007; Sonoma, CA
Cost: $485 until June 10, $505 thereafter; $160
Single day | Contact: IASD Central Office, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703, (866) 3732612 | Email: conference@asdreams.org | Web:
www.asdreams.org
JOURNEY TO THE SOUL
July 22-26, 2007; Mt. Hood, OR
Contact: Gar y Zukav, PO Box 3310, Ashland, OR
97520, (541) 482-1515 or (877) 733-4279 | Email:
info@zukav.com | Web: www.zukav.com | This retreat
provides a safe and suppor tive environment in
which to learn practical ways to create a life of more
joy and less pain, to move into your full potential,
and to give the gifts that you were born to give.
PATH OF EMPOWERMENT
Mar. 24-25, 2007; Sedona, AZ
Cost: $165; one-day pass $99 | Contact: Dr. Chet
Snow, PO Box 1738, Sedona, AZ 86339, (928) 2041962 | Email: chetsnow@npgcable.com | Web:
www.chetsnow.com/barbara | Trance channel Barbara Marciniak and the Pleiadians offer wisdom for
freeing oneself and the planet from invisible bonds,
the latest information on astrological forecasts,
accepting responsibility, understanding how the
mind builds reality, how to change realities, alien
agendas, how to cope with the craziness of it all,
and group toning exercises.

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2007 Event Listings

2007 Event Listings


PROPHETS CONFERENCE SEDONA: ORBS
WHAT IS GOING ON?
May 4-6, 2007; Sedona, AZ
Contact: Mystery School, 369 Montezuma Avenue,
Suite 103, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (888) 777-5981
or (505) 988-2223 | Email: prophets@greatmystery.org | Web: www.greatmystery.org/sw05 | Featuring JZ Knight, Alberto Villoldo PhD, William A. Tiller
PhD, Joan Ocean, Klaus Heinemann PhD, Mar tin
Gray, Rober to Venosa, Mar tina Hoffman, Miceal
Ledwith PhD, and others.
QUEST BEYOND THE LIMITS OF THE ORDINARY
Aug. 10-11, 2007; Seattle, WA
Cost: $190 adv.; $220 at the door (single-day rates
avai.) | Contact: Mystery School, 369 Montezuma
Avenue, Suite 103, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (888)
777-5981 or (505) 988-2223 | Email:
prophets@greatmystery.org | Web: www.greatmystery.org/events/seattle07 | Revolutionary biologists
Rupert Sheldrake and Bruce Lipton blend science
and spirituality into startling insights to show the
wonder of their research and how it relates to daily
life.
REGRESSION FACILITATION TRAINING
June 22-July 1, 2007; Mount Shasta, CA
Cost: $888-1,777 | Contact: Dolphin Star Temple
Mystery School, PO Box 1582, Mount Shasta, CA
96067,
(530)
926-1122
|
Email:
pleiades@amorahquanyin.com
|
Web:
www.amorahquanyin.com
SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS CRUISE WITH SYLVIA
BROWNE
June 17-24, 2007; Alaska
Sep. 25-Oct. 5, 2007; Mediterranean
Contact: Life Journeys, 101 West Four th Street,
Suite 400, Santa Ana, CA 92701, (888) 259-9191
Ext. 1213 | Email: ibis@worldviewtravel.com | Web:
www.ronoyer.com/UpcomingJourneys | Take a relaxing vacation and find the answers you've been
searching for in four intimate two-hour lectures with
psychic Sylvia Browne and spiritual intuitive and
music artist Colette Baron-Reid.
SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS LECTURES WITH
SYLVIA BROWNE
Mar. 15, 2007; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Apr. 13, 2007; Austin, TX
Apr. 16, 2007; Denver, CO
Apr. 19, 2007; Kansas City, MO
May 17, 2007; Las Vegas, NV
June 7, 2007; New York, NY
June 9, 2007; Pittsburgh, PA
June 11, 2007; Cleveland, OH
Contact: Hay House, (800) 654-5126 | Email:
office@sylvia.org | Web: www.sylvia.org/home/lectures_tour2007.cfma | In this lecture, which features Colette Baron-Reid, psychic Sylvia Browne
examines why we form our relationships with certain
individuals, for better or worse.

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TOUCHING THE GODDESS: FOUR-PART WOMEN'S


GATHERING
Mar. 31, 2007; Concord, NH
June 30, 2007; Concord, NH
Sep. 22, 2007; Concord, NH
Dec. 8, 2007; Concord, NH
Contact: Julie (603) 226-4644 or Sandy (281) 3614464 | Email: info@starwalkervisions.com | Web:
www.star walker visions.com | Will provide Ear thbased rituals to open your awareness to the subtle
realms within Mother Ear th and the cosmos.
Includes four evening Moon ceremonies.

PARANORMAL
CENTER FOR PARANORMAL RESEARCH AND
INVESTIGATION ANNUAL PARANORMAL CONFERENCE
May 19-20, 2007; Richmond, VA
Cost: $75 | Email: bobbie@virginiaghosts.com |
Web: www.vaparanormalconference.com | Speakers
include Troy Taylor, John Zaffis, Brian Bradley, Vince
Wilson, Rosemary Ellen, Guiley, Mark Nesbitt, Bobbie Atristain, Ron Milione, Barb Mallon, Teddy Skyler,
Mary Beth Wrenn, L.B. Taylor, and others.
CURSES, SUPERSTITIONS, AND FRIDAY THE 13TH
Apr. 12, 2007; Odessa, DE
Contact: Ed Okonowicz (410) 398-5013 | Email:
edo@mystandlace.com
|
Web:
www.mystandlace.com/events
DINNER AND A GHOST
Apr. 28, 2007; Zoar, OH
Contact: Sheri Brake-Recco, Haunted Hear tland
Tours, PO Box 291, Cana Fulton, OH 44614, (304)
845-6200 | Email: riverstx@sssnet.com | Web:
www.hauntedhistory.net
GHOST HUNT AT THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE PENITENTIARY: AFTER MIDNIGHT XTREME GHOST
INVESTIGATION AND PIZZA AT THE PEN
Apr. 13, 2007; Moundsville, WV
Cost: $75 (incl. round trip coach bus from Nor th
Canton, OH; must be 18) | Contact: Sheri BrakeRecco, Haunted Heartland Tours, PO Box 291, Cana
Fulton, OH 44614, (330) 412-6114 | Email: riverstx@sssnet.com | Web: www.hauntedhistory.net
GHOSTHUNTING 101 CLASSES AND INVESTIGATIONS AT THE FORMER WEST VIRGINIA STATE
PENITENTIARY
Apr. 20, 2007; Moundsville, WV
May 11, 2007; Moundsville, WV
June 29, 2007; Moundsville, WV
July 27, 2007; Moundsville, WV
Aug. 10, 2007; Moundsville, WV
Sep. 14, 2007; Moundsville, WV
Cost: $50 | Contact: Sheri Brake-Recco, Haunted
Hear tland Tours, PO Box 291, Cana Fulton, OH
44614,
(304)
845-6200
|
Email:
riverstx@sssnet.com | Web: www.hauntedhistory.net
| Hands-on class and investigation of one of the

nation's most haunted locations. Instructor Sherri


Brake-Recco will teach the use of investigative gear
that will be supplied in class. An investigation of
North Hall and the infamous Sugar Shack will take
place after class. Workbook and light refreshments
will be provided. Must be 18 to participate.
GHOSTOUR: THE HAUNTED
VACATION TO ENGLAND
Sept. 10-17, 2007; England
Contact: Tours of Terror, 315 Derby Avenue, Orange,
CT 06477, (866) TERRORTOUR or (203) 795-4737 |
Email: TOURSofTERROR@aol.com | Web: www.ghostour.com | Features haunted hotels, houses, and
castles, ghostly walks, creepy graveyards, psychic
investigations, haunted pub crawl, ghost stories,
and more.
GHOST WORLD CONFERENCE
July 20-22, 2007; Gettysburg, PA
Cost: $95-conference pass; $25 per lecture or tour |
Contact: Ghost World, LLC, PO Box 8018, Parsippany, NJ 07054 | Email: vince@ghostworldconference.com | Web: www.ghostworldconference.com |
The paranormal community will come together at
this supernatural summit to learn from each other,
to award excellence in the field, and to establish
standards and protocols in the science of supernatural research. Workshops, a trade show, historic
ghost tours, and speakers, including Charles J.
Adams III, Jeff Belanger, Rosemar y Ellen Guiley
PhD, Karl Petry, Vince Wilson, L'Aura Hladik, John
Zaffis, and others.
HAUNTED AMERICA CONFERENCE
June 22-23, 2007; Decatur, IL
Cost: $50 | Contact: Troy Taylor, History & Hauntings
Book Co., 15 Forest Knolls Est., Decatur, IL 62521,
(888) 446-7859 | Email: ttaylor@prairieghosts.com |
Web: www.prairieghosts.com | Offers lectures, workshops, tours, and investigations of haunted locations. Speakers include Jeff Belanger, Vince Wilson,
Derek Bar tlett, John Weaver, Kelly Weaver, Alan
Brown, and others.
HAUNTED BALTIMORE OVERNIGHT EXCURSION
May 4-5, 2007; Baltimore, MD
Cost: $600 (double occ.) | Contact: Troy Taylor, History & Hauntings Book Co., 15 Forest Knolls Est.,
Decatur, IL 62521, (888) 446-7859 | Email: ttaylor@prairieghosts.com
|
Web:
www.prairieghosts.com | Join Troy Taylor and Vince
Wilson for this chilling weekend featuring tours of
Baltimore's most haunted sites, including Fell's
Point, Bertha's Mussels Restauraunt, the USS Constellation, the Westminster Burial Grounds & Catacombs, Edgar Allan Poe's home and final resting
place, and more.

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MANSFIELD REFORMATORY GHOST HUNT


Apr. 14, 28, 2007; Mansfield, OH
May 5, 26, 2007; Mansfield, OH
June 2, 15, 30, 2007; Mansfield, OH
July 14, 28, 2007; Mansfield, OH
Aug. 11, 25, 2007; Mansfield, OH
Sep. 8, 2007; Mansfield, OH
Nov. 3, 17, 2007; Mansfield, OH
Cost: $50 | Contact: Ohio State Reformatory Preservation Society, 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield,
OH 44905-1208, (419) 522-2644 | Email:
info@mrps.org | Web: mrps.org
PENNSYLVANIA PARANORMAL CONFERENCE
Apr. 14, 2007; Mt. Joy, PA
Cost: $100 | Contact: Rick Fisher, 109 South Second Street Apt. 2, Columbia, PA 17512, (717) 8718610 | Email: rfisher@redrose.net | Web: www.paranormalpa.com/paconf | Speakers include Stan
Gordon, Rosemary Guiley, Karl Petry, Ed Okonowicz,
Kelly Weaver, Patty Wilson, and others.
SPIRITS OF THE CIVIL WAR IN
GETTYSBURG WEEKEND
Apr. 5-7, 2007; Gettysburg, PA
Cost: $400 (double occupancy) | Contact: Troy Taylor, History & Hauntings Book Company, 15 Forest
Knolls Est., Decatur, IL 62521, (888) 446-7859 |
Email: ttaylor@prairieghosts.com | Web:
www.prairieghosts.com | Join Troy Taylor, John and
Kelly Weaver, Rene Kruse, Vince Wilson, and others
for a spooky weekend in the most haunted small
town in America, featuring private tours of haunted
places, a battlefield excursion with local Civil War
historians, and after dark ghost-hunting on the battlefield.
SUPERNATURAL SUMMIT GHOST HUNTER'S CONFERENCE AND PSYCHIC FAIR
Apr. 13-15, 2007; Batavia, NY
Cost: $125-$175 | Contact: (585) 399-7765 | Email:
info@supernaturalsummit.com | Web: www.supernaturalsummit.com | More than 30 workshops in
topics ranging from the scientific to the spiritual and
top researchers, including Vince Wilson, Christopher
Bailey, Derek Bartlett, Dwayne Claud, Richard Kimmel, Karyn Reece, and many others.

Sep. 14-16, 2007; Amarillo, TX


Oct. 26-28, 2007; Amarillo, TX
Nov. 9-11, 2007; Amarillo, TX
Dec. 7-9, 2007; Amarillo, TX
Cost: $1,000 | Email: lindabuchanan@charter.net |
Web: www.crviewer.com/calendar
CONTROLLED REMOTE VIEWING 5-DAY
APPLICATIONS AND TRAINING COURSES
Various Dates; Boulder City, CO
Cost: $500 | Contact: Dr. Angela Thompson Smith,
(702) 293-3696 | Email: Catalyst@peoplepc.com |
Web: mypeoplepc.com/members/catalyst/catalyst/id4
EXPLORATION ESSENCE
Apr. 28-May 4, 2007; Faber, VA
Cost: $1,795 | Contact: The Monroe Institute, 62
Rober ts Mountain Road, Faber, VA 22938, (866)
881-3440 or (434) 361-1252 | Email: TMIprograms@aol.com | Web: www.monroeinstitute.com
INTERMEDIATE CONTROLLED
REMOTE VIEWING TRAINING
June 22-24, 2007; Alamogordo, NM
Sep. 21-23, 2007; Alamogordo, NM
Nov. 16-18, 2007; Alamogordo, NM
Cost: $1,000 | Email: lindabuchanan@charter.net |
Web: www.crviewer.com/calendar

SACRED SITES/PILGRIMAGES
A CELTIC JOURNEY TO MYSTERIOUS WALES,
ENGLAND AND CORNWALL
Aug. 10-23, 2007; United Kingdom
Cost: $2,595 | Contact: Earth Mysteries & Sacred
Site Tours & Well Within, PO Box 1563, Nevada City,
CA 95959, (530) 740-0561 | Email:
wwithin@nccn.net | Web: www.nccn.net | Explore
Britain's history, earth mysteries, earth energies,
stone circles, ley lines, and ancient sites, including
Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Tintagel, Penwith, Snowdonia National Park, Anglesey Island, and
crop circle formations.

ADVANCED CONTROLLED REMOTE VIEWING


TRAINING
July 13-18, 2007; Alamogordo, NM
Aug. 8-10, 2007; Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Cost: $1,000 | Email: lindabuchanan@charter.net |
Web: www.crviewer.com/calendar

A CELTIC JOURNEY TO MYSTICAL IRELAND


Apr. 3-10, 2007; Ireland
Contact: Power Places Tours, Inc., 2609 #A
Andromeda, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, (800)
234-8687 or (719) 448-0514 | Email: travel@powerplaces.com | Web: www.powerplaces.com | Explore
the Emerald Isle, renowned for its many holy, healing
places, where Druids once taught and Celtic culture
thrived. Learn about Celtic mythology and how the
ancients of Ireland lived in harmony with earth energies and the faerie spirits of the land.

BASIC CONTROLLED REMOTE VIEWING TRAINING


June 1-3, 2007; Amarillo, TX
July 6-8, 2007; Amarillo, TX
July 27-29, 2007; Amarillo, TX
Aug. 4-6, 2007; Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Aug. 24-26, 2007; Amarillo, TX

A JOURNEY TO AVALON
Sept. 5-14, 2007; England
Cost: $2,893 | Contact: Celtic Spirit Journeys, Box
3839, Carmel, CA 93921, (800) 694-1957 | Email:
info@celticspiritjourneys.com | Web: www.celticspiritjourneys.com | Delve into the mysteries of Avalon

REMOTE VIEWING

W W W. M Y S T E R I E S M A G A Z I N E . C O M

with Mara Freeman, author of Celtic Spirituality, and


other well-known guest presenters, who will tell
myths and legends and lead rituals and meditations.
Visit the temples and circles of stone, sacred
springs and groves, fairy hills, ancient earth chambers, ruined abbeys, majestic cathedrals, druid
groves, and medieval castles. This journey will be
centered in Glastonbur y, with its famous sacred
spring, and will include Glastonbury Abbey and Tor,
Wearyall Hill, the White Spring, Avebury, Tintagel,
Wells Cathedral, a private sunset ceremony at
Stonehenge, and much more.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST SACRED PILGRIMAGE
OF HEALING AND RENEWAL
May 14-23, 2007; Sedona, AZ
Contact: Mystery School, 369 Montezuma Avenue,
Suite 103, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (888) 777-5981 or
(505) 988-2223 | Email: prophets@greatmystery.org
| Web: www.greatmystery.org/sw05 | Venture into
the American Southwest for a pilgrimage to some of
the most sacred and beautiful places on Earth for a
time of transformation, healing, and spiritual adventure.
A PERSONAL INVITATION TO MOTHER MEERA'S
DARSHAN
Aug. 15-22, 2007; Rhineland, Germany
Cost: $1,450 | Contact: Dr. Chet Snow, Box 1738,
Sedona, AZ 86339, (928) 204-1962 | Email: chetsnow@npgcable.com
|
Web:
www.chetsnow.com/mothermeera | Mother Meera is
an Avatar who has changed the lives of thousands in
total silence, since moving to Germany more than
20 years ago. In addition to four evenings at her darshan, visit Cologne and Limburg cathedrals,
Europe's only Bah'ai House of Worship, medieval
mystic Hildegaard von Bingen's convent, and cruise
down the Rhine.
A PILGRIMAGE ACTIVATING THE CELESTIAL &
EARTHLY PORTALS IN THE SACRED LAND OF THE
MAGDALENE
Sep. 28-Oct. 8, 2007; Southern France
Contact: Cayelin K. Castell, (520) 744-0506 | Email:
p3@ShamanicAstrology.Com | Web: celestialtimings.com/SouthernFrance
AVALON TO CAMELOT: A JOURNEY
THROUGH THE MYTHS OF TIME
Apr. 25-May 4, 2007; Glastonbury, England
Sept. 5-14, 2007; Glastonbury, England
Cost: 1,750 | Contact: Gothic Image, 7 High Street,
Glastonbur y, Somerset BA6 9DP, England,
+44(0)1458
831281
|
Email:
tours@gothicimage.co.uk | Web: www.gothicimagetours.co.uk | Visit sacred shrines and spend time
with some of Britain's most respected teachers,
authors, and ceremonialists, who share their knowledge and insights into the history, myths, and legends of the sacred landscape and the Pagan and
Christian heritage of the British Isles.

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2007 Event Listings

2007 Event Listings


AYAHUASCA, SACRED MEDICINE VINE JOURNEY
Apr. 12-21, 2007; Peru
Contact: Sandy Corcoran, Spirit Walk Journey, (281)
361-4464 | Email: info@star walker visions.com |
Web: www.starwalkervisions.com | Journey within
the mystery of Ayahuasca and perceive dimensions
hitherto viewed with a new awareness. This journey
is conducted with a Peruvian Ayahuascarian skilled
in decades of study with the sacred Amazon plant,
and a trained psychologist.
BARDIC JOURNEY THROUGH THE HEART OF
SCOTLAND LAND OF THE CELTIC PEOPLES
Sept. 22-30, 2007; Scotland
Cost: 1,255 | Contact: Glenn and Cameron
Brighton, Sacred Britain Tours, PO Box 760, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 425-5616 | Email:
enquiries@sacredbritain.com | Web: www.sacredbritain.com/bardic | This journey will begin at Rosslyn
Chapel and travel in the footsteps of the ancient
bards through Scotland, guided by intuition, storytelling, music, and dowsing, and joined along the
way by local wisdom-keepers and guides.
BLACKBIRD CALL - OTTER MOON: A REFLECTIVE
IN THE BLACKDOWN HILLS
May 14-21, 2007; England
Cost: 995 | Contact: Glenn and Cameron Brighton,
Sacred Britain Tours, PO Box 760, Shelburne, VT
05482,
(802)
425-5616
|
Email:
enquiries@sacredbritain.com | Web: www.sacredbritain.com/blackbird | During this tour with guest facilitator Jennifer Ash, go inwards with meditation, healing, massage, sharing, and communing with nature,
and vist sacred sites.
CELTIC BRITAIN AND THE SPIRIT OF
PLACE - RETURNING TO THE ROOTS
OF OUR INNER KNOWING
July 7-14, 2007; Southwest England
Cost: 1,135 | Contact: Glenn and Cameron
Brighton, Sacred Britain Tours, PO Box 760, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 425-5616 | Email:
enquiries@sacredbritain.com | Web: www.sacredbritain.com/celticbritain | Visit sacred sites in the
beautiful and energetic southwest of England and
access the spirit of place in these sites, for a transformative journey of the soul.
CENTER OF THE MANDALA
May 27-June 22, 2007; Tibet
Cost: $5,650 | Contact: Insight Travel Pilgrimages,
(800) 688-9851 or (937) 767-1102 | Email:
info@insight-travel.com | Web: www.insighttravel.com/mtkailas | Month-long journey to the
sacred sites of Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and
Mount Kailas, the great mythological mountain that
is the axis of the world in traditional Buddhist cosmology and the most sacred of mountains for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bonpos.

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ENCHANTED IRELAND
June 19-July 1, 2007; Ireland
Cost: 2150 | Contact: Gothic Image, 7 High Street,
Glastonbur y, Somerset BA6 9DP, England,
+44(0)1458
831281
|
Email:
tours@gothicimage.co.uk | Web: www.gothicimagetours.co.uk/ireland | Explore Celtic legends, folklore
and mythology, and the mountains and lakes that
are the homes of the gods and goddesses.

JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE KINGDOM


June 4-24, 2007; China
Contact: Insight Travel Pilgrimages, (800) 688-9851
or (937) 767-1102 | Email: info@insight-travel.com |
Web: www.insight-travel.com/china | Visit Buddhist
sites, including monumental sculpted grottoes along
the Silk Route, Dunhuang and its painted caves and
finely carved statues, sacred mountains, and the
monasteries and temples of Xian.

ENCHANTING SCOTLAND: A CELTIC JOURNEY,


SACRED SITES, MYSTERY & MYTHOLOGY
May 25-June 7, 2007; Scotland
Cost: $2,395 | Contact: Sheri Nakken, Earth Mysteries & Sacred Site Tours & Well Within, PO Box 1563,
Nevada City, CA 95959, (530) 740-0561 | Email:
ear thmysteriestours@tesco.net
|
Web:
www.nccn.net/~wwithin/scot | Explore the mysteries and myths of Scotland, including Loch Ness and
the highlands of western Scotland; standing stones
and circles, and the ancient sites of Argyll, Callanish, and the Orkney Islands; mysterious Roslyn
Chapel and Glen. Workshops in Celtic mythology and
practices, fairy kingdom teachings, Scottish history,
Roslyn Chapel, and the Knights Templar.

LAND OF THE MYSTERIOUS PAST, THE HOLY


GRAIL AND THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
July 13-19, 2007; Scotland
Cost: $3,367 | Contact: Body Mind Spirit Journeys,
PMB 330, 51 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite A, Sedona, AZ
86351, (800) 231-9811 or (928) 284-2384 | Email:
info@BodyMindSpiritJourneys.com | Web: www.bodymindspiritjourneys.com | This tour is in association
with The International Order of Gnostic Templars.

FAMILY SPIRITUAL EXCURSION: A MYSTICAL


JOURNEY THROUGH THE ANDES AND AMAZON
BASIN OF ECUADOR
July 5-15, 2007; Ecuador
Cost: $2,250 | Contact: Dolores Mannix, Earth Summit LLC, (518) 441-6336 | Email: dolores@earthsummitllc.com | Web: www.ear thsummitllc.com |
Explore the magic and mystery of ancient Quechua
and Amazonian cultures and receive teachings from
both cultures, intimate time with shamans. Experience the breathtaking high Andean mountains, the
powerful vortex in the Valley of the Dawn, the marketplace of Otavalo, the deep Amazon, the volcanicfed hot springs of Termas de Papallacta, and much
more.

LLOQUE KARPAY INITIATION


Apr. 21-30, 2007; Peru
Contact: Sandy Corcoran, Spirit Walk Journey, (281)
361-4464 | Email: info@star walker visions.com |
Web: www.starwalkervisions.com | A journey with
Sandy Corcoran and Juan Nuez del Prado to awaken the Willka power of the fifth level of consciousness. Sites include Cuzco, Ripon, Moray, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Raqchi, Puno on the shores of
Lake Titicaca, Sullustani, and Pachacamaq.
MAGICAL, MYSTICAL FRENCH ADVENTURE
June 23-July 1, 2007; Languedoc, Ariege-Pyrenees, and Aude, France
Cost: $2,095 | Contact: Dr. Robert March, Box 517,
Goodwood SA 5034 Australia, +618 8379 1331 |
Email: Onehear t@tpg.com.au | Web: www.bhagavandharma.org/France | Explore the legends of Mary
Magdalene and Jesus, learn ancient healing techniques, tour the citadel of Carcassonne, Rennes le
Chateau, the last Cathar stronghold at Montsegur,
and more.

GRAIL QUEST: MARY MAGDALENE &


THE SECRET OF ILLUMINATION
June 12-20, 2007; France
Cost: $2,250 | Contact: Dr. Chet Snow, Box 1738,
Sedona, AZ 86339, (928) 204-1962 | Email: chetsnow@npgcable.com | Web: www.chetsnow.com |
Explore Rennes le Chateau, Montsegur, Cathars,
Dordogne, Templars, Saint Denis Basilica, Paris,
and more, with investigative mythologist William
Henry, Chet Snow, and Kallista Snow.

MARY MAGDALENE AND BLACK


MADONNA PILGRIMAGE
May 12-25, 2007; France
Cost: $3,999 | Contact: Body Mind Spirit Journeys,
PMB 330, 51 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite A, Sedona, AZ
86351, (800) 231-9811 or (928) 284-2384 | Email:
info@BodyMindSpiritJourneys.com | Web: www.bodymindspiritjourneys.com | This tour, in association
with The International Order of Gnostic Templars.

HATUN KARPAY INITIATION OF THE ANCIENT INCA


Apr. 1-12, 2007; Peru
Contact: Sandy Corcoran, Spirit Walk Journey, (281)
361-4464 | Email: info@star walker visions.com |
Web: www.starwalkervisions.com | Sandy Corcoran
and Juan Nuez del Prado will provide teachings and
initiations into the Andean Mystical Tradition that
activates you into the Inca fifth level of conscious .
Sites include Sacsahuaman, Tambo Machay, Machu
Picchu, Pisaq, Tipon, Raqchi, and Pachacamaq.

MOUNT SHASTA PILGRIMAGE


May 4-6; Mt. Shasta, CA
Cost: $275 until Apr. 1; $300 thereafter | Contact:
Aluna Joy Yaxk'in, Center of the Sun, PO Box 1988,
Sedona, AZ 86339, (928) 282-6292 | Email: alunajoy@kachina.net | Web: www.kachina.net/~alunajoy/pilgrimages | Aluna Joy Yaxk'in will share messages that will inspire and encourage you to
recognize and accept your own authentic divinity and
connection to God.

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MYSTERIES OF FRANCE - THE CELTS, THE GODDESS, THE BLACK MADONNA, ANCIENT SITES,
MERLIN, AND EARTH MYSTERIES
Apr. 13-19, 2007; Languedoc-Roussillon, S. France
Oct., 2007; Languedoc-Roussillon, S. France
Cost: $2,595 | Contact: Earth Mysteries & Sacred
Site Tours & Well Within, PO Box 1563, Nevada City,
CA 95959, (530) 740-0561 | Email: sacredsitetours@tesco.net or wwithin@nccn.net | Web:
www.nccn.net/~wwithin/france2 | Visit Brittany,
Mont St. Michel, Char tres Cathedral, and the
ancient sites, medieval castles, and sites of great
mystery, including the Cathars, ley lines, and geometric alignments on the land.
MYSTERIOUS WALES
Sept. 14-23, 2007; Wales
Cost: 1,795 | Contact: Gothic Image, 7 High
Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9DP, England,
+44(0)1458
831281
|
Email:
tours@gothicimage.co.uk | Web: www.gothicimagetours.co.uk | Explore the land of the Mabinogion,
Merlin, stone circles, and holy wells. Visit Snowdonia and the Druid isle of Anglesey, as well as Cardigan Bay, the Gower peninsula, Gwent, the ancient
land of Dyfed.
MYSTICAL IRELAND: CELTIC JOURNEYS,
ANCIENT SITES & HISTORY'S MYSTERIES
July 11-24, 2007; Ireland
Sep. 28-Oct. 11, 2007; Ireland
Cost: $2,295 | Contact: Sheri Nakken, Earth Mysteries & Sacred Site Tours & Well Within, PO Box 1563,
Nevada City, CA 95959, (530) 740-0561 | Email:
ear thmysteriestours@tesco.net
or
wwithin@nccn.net | Web: www.nccn.net | Explore
Celtic legends, folklore, and mythology, and the
mountains and loughs (lakes) that are the homes of
the gods and goddesses. Visit ancient, sacred, and
inspirational sites, with teachings in Celtic mythology and Irish history.
OPENING THE SPIRITUAL TREASURY
May 1-14, 2007; Japan
Cost: $5,950 | Contact: Insight Travel Pilgrimages,
(800) 688-9851 or (937) 767-1102 | Email:
info@insight-travel.com | Web: www.insighttravel.com/japan | Experience the nuance and beauty of Japan and the secret treasuries of dharma and
culture that permeate its ancient architecture,
mountain retreats, and daily life. Visit Osaka; Kyoto,
the ancient capital and city of a thousand temples;
Arashiyama, where the Tale of Genji originated; and
the ancient Shingon Temples of Mount Koyasan.
Includes the Dogo Onsen hot mineral baths in Matsuyama, the Peace Park at Hiroshima, and a two-day
meditation retreat and night mountain walk with
monks on Mt. Hei.
PARADISE FOR SPIRITUAL ADVENTURERS
May 2-6, 2007; Sedona, AZ
Cost: $1,051 | Contact: Body Mind Spirit Journeys,
PMB 330, 51 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite A, Sedona, AZ
86351, (800) 231-9811 or (928) 284-2384 | Email:

W W W. M Y S T E R I E S M A G A Z I N E . C O M

info@BodyMindSpiritJourneys.com | Web: www.bodymindspiritjourneys.com | Hosts include Mark Amaru


Pinkham and Andrea Mikana-Pinkham.
PERU PILGRIMAGE-GATHERING THE LIGHT KEEPERS AT THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX
Sept. 14-25, 2007; Peru
Cost: $2,299 | Contact: Aluna Joy Yaxk'in, Center of
the Sun, PO Box 1988, Sedona, AZ 86339, (928)
282-6292 | Email: alunajoy@kachina.net | Web:
www.kachina.net/~alunajoy/pilgrimages | Re-awaken your spirit in Machu Picchu surrounded by the
Andean mountain spirits. Explore Ollantayatambo,
where precise celestial alignments are exhibited,
ascend to the sun temple of Pisac, meditate in the
circular site of Morray, and the Amaru Meru InterDimensional Doorway. This empowering pilgrimage
will focus on exploring and unveiling our divine destiny and tapping into our potential to free ourselves
of limitations. Workshops will be guided by Inca spiritual messenger and Mystery School initiate Willaru
Huayta and mystic Aluna Joy Yaxk'in.
PLEIADIAN CHANNELING & ANCIENT FRENCH
MYSTERIES TOUR
June 21-July 5, 2007; France and Malta
Cost: $4,200 | Contact: Dr. Chet Snow, PO Box
1738, Sedona, AZ 86339, (928) 204-1962 | Email:
chetsnow@npgcable.com | Web: www.chetsnow.com
| Explore Celtic-French legends of Merlin, Melisande,
mysterious giants, and Carnac. Visit the mysterious
Mont St. Michel and see the Cathar stronghold
Montsegur. Visit Chartres cathedral and its Black
Madonnas and famous labyrinth. Tour Rennes le
Chateau and receive Pleiadian channeling by Barbara Marciniak.
REALMS OF THE GODDESS
June 11-18, 2007; England
Cost: $3,300 (double occ.) | Contact: Sacred Sites
Tours, 3420 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis,
MN 55408, (612) 823-2442 | Email: info@sacredsitestours.com | Web: www.sacredsitestours.com |
Visit the classic sites of prehistoric Britain and
explore the English countr yside, including excursions to the venerable sites of Stonehenge, Avebur y, and Glastonbur y, including the Chalice Well
and the Uffington White Horse.
RECOVERING LOST WISDOM CONFERENCE:
SOLSTICE AT MACHU PICCHU
June 14-22, 2007; Peru
Contact: Power Places Tours, Inc., 2609 #A
Andromeda, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, (800)
234-8687 or (719) 448-0514 | Email: travel@powerplaces.com | Web: www.powerplaces.com
SACRED MEDICINES, SACRED
CEREMONIES, SACRED SITES
June 2-23, 2007; Peru
Cost: $3,995 | Contact: Mystery School, 369 Montezuma Avenue, Suite 103, Santa Fe, NM 87501,
(888) 777-5981 or (505) 988-2223 | Email:
prophets@greatmystery.org | Web: www.greatmys-

tery.org | Participate in a mushroom ceremony with


the local fungi, a San Pedro ceremony in the hot
springs at night, and tour the Amazon with Peter Gorman, including Sacsayhuaman, Aguas Calientes,
Lima and the Cathedral of San Francisco and its catacombs, and other fascinating places.
SACRED SCOTLANDTHE BLESSED ISLES
May 14-26, 2007; Scotland
Cost: 2,150 | Contact: Gothic Image, 7 High
Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9DP, England,
+44(0)1458
831281
|
Email:
tours@gothicimage.co.uk | Web: www.gothicimagetours.co.uk | Visit the holy wells, stone circles, Druid
groves, dramatic dolmens, sacred rivers, and bonnie
lochs of Scotland, with a focus on the enchanted
islands histor y, culture, myths, and folklore. Be
entertained by authors, historians, musicians, and
storytellers along the way.
SACRED SOUNDS, SACRED JOURNEYS,
SACRED SITES - ACTIVATING THE SEEDS
OF OUR POTENTIAL
Apr. 27-May 6, 2007; Cornwall, United Kingdom
Cost: 1395 | Contact: Glenn and Cameron
Brighton, Sacred Britain Tours, PO Box 760, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 425-5616 | Email:
enquiries@sacredbritain.com | Web: www.sacredbritain.com/soundtour | Undertake a magical journey
with sound healer Zacciah Blackburn on a pilgrimage
following the line of the rising sun along the St.
Michael ley line from the tip of Cornwall to Avebury
Landscape Serpent Temple for a sunrise Beltane
ceremony, using sound healing, empowered by the
Michael and Mary earth energy currents.
SPAS & SACRED NATURE OF SWITZERLAND
May 3-12, 2007; Switzerland
June 15-24, 2007; Switzerland
Sept. 28-Oct. 7, 2007
Cost: 2,295 | Contact: Earth Mysteries & Sacred
Site Tours & Well Within, PO Box 1563, Nevada City,
CA 95959, (530) 740-0561 | Email:
wwithin@nccn.net | Web: www.nccn.net | Visit
Leukerbad, Zermatt, Lauterbrunne, and the Ice
Palace, as well as glaciers, Alps, hot springs, waterfalls, standing stones, mountains and more, including train journeys to view the Matterhorn.
SPIRIT OF IRELAND: POWER OF
THE MYTH, BEAUTY OF THE LAND
Sept. 24-Oct. 5, 2007; Ireland
Cost: $2,989 | Contact: Celtic Spirit Journeys, Box
3839, Carmel, CA 93921, (800) 694-1957 | Email:
info@celticspiritjourneys.com | Web: www.celticspiritjourneys.com | Join Mara Freeman, author of Celtic
Spirituality, on an odyssey through Ireland to explore
some of the most inspirational sacred landscapes
of this enchanted isle, including prehistoric temples
and circles of stone, holy wells, druidic groves,
ogham stones, healing springs, and splendid castles, as well as meditations and rituals culminating
in a ceremony on the Hill of Tara, the royal sacred
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SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND:
MYSTICAL ISLANDS AND HIGHLANDS
June 10-22, 2007; Scotland
Cost: $3,495 | Contact: Celtic Spirit Journeys, Box
3839, Carmel, CA 93921, (800) 694-1957 | Email:
info@celticspiritjourneys.com | Web: www.celticspiritjourneys.com | Refresh the body, mind, and soul at
majestic mountains, shining lochs, fairy glens, pristine beaches, ancient abbeys, holy wells, and the
Templar chapel of Rosslyn on this unforgettable
odyssey, which includes some of the most spectacular sacred landscapes of the Celtic North, including
the holy island of Iona, the fairy glens of Skye, the
mysterious stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis,
and a magical voyage to the Orkney Isles to celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Ring of Brodgar.
SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE TO AVALON
AND HOLY GRAIL CONFERENCE IN MYSTICAL
GLASTONBURY
July 6-13, 2007; England
Cost: $4,895 | Contact: Body Mind Spirit Journeys,
PMB 330, 51 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite A, Sedona, AZ
86351, (800) 231-9811 or (928) 284-2384 | Email:
info@BodyMindSpiritJourneys.com | Web: www.bodymindspiritjourneys.com | Hosted by Mark Amaru
Pinkham and Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
SPRING RITES 2007-TRAVELLER'S JOY:
A CELTIC ISLAND PILGRIMAGE
Apr. 28-May 12, 2007; Scotland and Ireland
Contact: Box 95, 180 Ovens Park Road, Riverport,
NS BOJ 2WO Canada,(902) 521-3958 or (902) 9664129 | Email: springrites@travellersjoy.ca | Web:
www.earthsea.ca | Fifteen days of life-changing travel with Shaman Nancy Sher wood and Maria
MacKenzie-Cann.
THE SACRED IN NATURE AND
NORSE MYTHOLOGY
May 6-18, 2007; Norway
June 15-27, 2007; Norway
Cost: $2,595 | Contact: Earth Mysteries & Sacred
Site Tours & Well Within, PO Box 1563, Nevada City,
CA 95959, (530) 740-0561 | Email:
wwithin@nccn.net | Web: www.nccn.net | Visit Viking
burial mounds, the English church of St. Olav, the
Norwegian Glacier Museum, and the mountains and
lakes, breathtaking waterfalls, mystical fjords, and
glaciers of this land overflowing with incredible
nature, Norse mythology, history and legend.
THE SECRET MYSTERIES OF
SHAMBHALA AND THE FAR EAST
Aug. 11-24, 2007; China and Tibet
Cost: $3,979 | Contact: Body Mind Spirit Journeys,
PMB 330, 51 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite A, Sedona, AZ
86351, (800) 231-9811 or (928) 284-2384 | Email:
info@BodyMindSpiritJourneys.com | Web: www.bodymindspiritjourneys.com | Hosted by Mark Amaru
Pinkham

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SHAMANISM
ADVANCED MASTER SHAPESHIFTING WORKSHOP
May 7-11, 2007; Austin, TX
Contact: Dream Change, PO Box 705, Whately, MA
01093, (413) 665-0101 | Email: info@dreamchange.org | Web: www.dreamchange.org | With
John Perkins and Llyn Roberts MA.
FIVE DAY SOUL RETRIEVAL TRAINING
Aug. 11-16, 2007; Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Raven Snow Inc., 2405 Figueroa NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112, (505) 271-9306 | Email:
info@shamanicstudies.com | Web: www.shamanism.org/workshops/schedule_advanced.html#NAH
_ADV
INCAN SHAMANIC JOURNEY
June 13-20, 2007; Peru
Cost: $3,736-$4,146 (incl. airfare) | Contact: Body
Mind Spirit Journeys, PMB 330, 51 Bell Rock Plaza,
Suite A, Sedona, AZ 86351, (800) 231-9811 or
(928) 284-2384 | Email: info@BodyMindSpiritJourneys.com | Web: www.bodymindspiritjourneys.com |
Hosts and guides include Andrea Mikana-Pinkham,
Edwin Harkness and Jorge Luis Delgado.
INTENSIVE STAR PROCESS: SOUL
RETRIEVAL TRAINING
Oct. 4-7, 2007; Concord, NH
Nov. 2-4, 2007; Concord, NH
Contact: Julie (603) 226-4644 or Sandy (281) 3614464 | Email: info@starwalkervisions.com | Web:
www.star walker visions.com | This intensive will
introduce you to the soul retrieval paradigm, including shamanic techniques to safely guide tracking,
extracting, re-encoding, and shapeshifting outmoded
patterns and belief systems that limit their unique
potential and infinite possibilities.
JOURNEY WITHIN: A BASIC SHAMANISM
RETREAT
May 25-27, 2007; Whitney, Ontario, Canada
Sept. 14-16, 2007; Whitney, Ontario, Canada
Cost: $397C | Contact: The Edge, 100 Ottawa
Avenue, Box 329, South River, Ontario, Canada P0A
1X0, (800) 953-3343 | Email: edge@shamanismcanada.com | Web: www.shamanismcanada.com | A
retreat designed to introduce those with no previous
experience to shamanism.
MASTERS' CIRCLE OF REMEMBERING
Apr. 2007; West Whately, MA
Cost: $2,050 | Contact: Lyn Roberts-Herrick, (212)
674-0525 or Dream Change, PO Box 705, Whately,
MA 01093, (413) 664-0101 | Email: WakingOurWorld@aol.com | Web: www.dreamchange.org |
Learn to tap universal forces; draw upon nature and
cosmic energies to access vital forces that can rejuvenate, awaken cellular memory; unlock the hidden
wisdom within plants, stones, water, fire, the wind,
stars, and celestial bodies to experience balance,
harmony, and profound oneness.

SHAMANIC ASTROLOGY AUTUMNAL EQUINOX


NIGHT SKY WILDERNESS CAMP
Sept. 20-23, 2007; Fishlake Valley, NV
Cost: $300 | Contact: Daniel Giamario, 11301 Vista
Avenue, Grass Valley, CA 95945, (310) 281-7651 |
Email: p3@ShamanicAstrology.Com or jdgiamario@ShamanicAstrology.Com
|
Web:
www.shamanicastrology.com | Features sunrise and
sunset autumnal equinox ceremonials and night sky
viewing at an ancient solstice petroglyph mystery
school overlooking nearby hot springs with Daniel
Giamario, Cayelin K. Castell, and John Dumas.
Includes classes in experiential shamanic astrology,
desert mountain hiking, and wilderness hot springs.
SHAMANIC EXTRACTION HEALING TRAINING
Apr. 14-15, 2007; Montreal, Quebec, Canada
May 12-13, 2007; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 2-3, 2007; Victoria, BC, Canada
June 16-17, 2007; Elizabeth City, NC
Contact: Journeywork Institute, PO Box 13160, Portland, OR 97213, (503) 282-6315 | Email: flanagin4@msn.com | Web: www.shamanism.org
SHAMANISM AND THE SPIRITS OF NATURE
June 2-3, 2007; Mt. Shasta, CA
June 2-3, 2007; Los Angeles, CA
June 16-17, 2007; Campbellford, ONT, Canada
Aug. 18-19, 2007; Frederick, MD
Contact: Journeywork Institute, PO Box 13160, Portland, OR 97213, (503) 282-6315 | Email: flanagin4@msn.com | Web: www.shamanism.org
SHAPESHIFTING WITH SACRED WATERS:
WATER AS A COSMIC MIRROR
Sept. 5-14, 2007; Southwest England
Cost: 1,395 | Contact: Glenn and Cameron
Brighton, Sacred Britain Tours, PO Box 760, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 425-5616 | Email:
enquiries@sacredbritain.com | Web: www.sacredbritain.com/shapeshifting | This unique experience is
shaped by the energies of southwest England's
ancient sites, from the ocean's edge at the tip of
Cornwall to the moated Bishop's Palace in Wells,
and from the holy wells of Chalice Well in Glastonbury to the majesty and grandeur of Stonehenge.
THE WAY OF THE SHAMAN BASIC WORKSHOP
Apr. 14-15, 2007; Seattle, WA
Apr. 14-15, 2007; Regina, SSAS Canada
Apr. 21-22, 2007; Washington, DC
Apr. 21-22, 2007; McDonald's Corners, ONT,
Canada
Apr. 28-29, 2007; Mt. Shasta, CA
Apr. 28-29, 2007; Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Apr. 28-29, 2007; Boston, MA
May 5-6, 2007; Lakefield, Ontario, Canada
May 5-6, 2007; Green Mountain, NC
May 12-13, 2007; San Diego, CA
May 19-20, 2007; Victoria, BC, Canada
May 19-20, 2007; Columbus, OH
May 26-27, 2007; Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 2-3, 2007; Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 23-24, 2007; San Francisco, CA

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2007 Event Listings


June 23-24, 2007; Port Clyde, ME
July 14-15, 2007; Frederick, MD
Aug. 25-26, 2007; Orlando, FL
Contact: Foundation for Shamanic Studies, PO Box
1939, Mill Valley, CA 94942, (415) 380-8282 |
Email: info@shamanicstudies.com | Web:
www.shamanism.org | Workshop introduces
shamanism for divination, problem-solving, and
healing. Initiation into classic shamanic journeying
for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including
connections with nature, restoring spiritual power
and health, and applying shamanism to help heal
oneself, others, and the planet.

SOUND HEALING
HEALING SOUNDS SEMINAR
Sept. 22, 2007; Nashua, NH
Contact: Elizabeth Foley, (603) 888-0658 | Email:
soundheals@aol.com
|
Web:
www.healingsounds.com/Events
INTERNATIONAL HEALING SOUNDS INTENSIVE
July 14-22, 2007; Loveland, CO
Cost: $1,395 | Contact: Jonathan Goldman, PO Box
2240, Boulder, CO 80306, (800) 246-9764 | Email:
soundheals@aol.com
|
Web:
www.healingsounds.com | Study with Chant Master
Jonathan Goldman and learn to use your own
sounds for vibrational patterning and alignment, and
to access deeper levels of consciousness and selftransformation.

UFOS AND ALLIENS


2007 OZARK UFO CONFERENCE
Apr. 13-15, 2007; Eureka Springs, AR
Contact: Lou Farish, Ozark UFO Conference, 2 Caney
Valley Drive, Plumer ville, AR 72127, (501) 3542558 | Email: ozarkufo@webtv.net | Web:
www.ozarkufo.com | Features panel discussions,
researchers' sessions, vendors, and speakers,
including Don Ledger, Ted Phillips, Beverly Trout,
Nancy Talbott, Wendelle C. Stevens, Grant Cameron,
David Rudiak, and others.
ANNUAL UFO CONFERENCE &
CAMP-OUT NEXT TO AREA 51
May 26-27, 2007; Rachel, NV
Cost: $105; $60 single-day | Contact: Ike Bishop,
Ph.D., PO Box 22310, Sacramento, CA 95822,
(916) 422-7400 | Email: ibishop10@hotmail.com |
Web: www.drboylan.com/rachelconf07 | Speakers
include Dr. Richard Boylan, Dr. Bob Cave, Dr. Louis
Turi, and Charles Hall.
DOLPHINS AND YOUR E.T. EXPERIENCES
June 11-21, 2007; Kailua-Kona, HI
Cost: $400 | Contact: Joan Ocean's Dolphin Connection, PO Box 102, Captain Cook, HI 96704,
(888) 755-7750 | Email: Joan@joanocean.com |
Web: www.etfriends.com/Seminars

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FOR A NEW EARTH
July 12-15, 2007; Mt. Shasta, CA
Contact: Jonathan Shalomar, (800) 706-1108 |
Email: shalomarproductions@terabolicx.net | Web:
www.drboylan.com/skwkshpweedca | Presenters
include James Gilliand and many others.
INTL. MUTUAL UFO NETWORK SYMPOSIUM
Aug. 10-12, 2007; Denver, CO
Contact: Mutual UFO Network, PO Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465, (303) 932-7709 | Email:
HQ@mufon.com | Web: www.mufon.com/symposia
IN THE HEART OF THE AWAKENED CONFERENCE
July 7-9, 2007; Mt. Shasta, CA
Contact: Jonathan Shalomar, (800) 706-1108 |
Email: shalomarproductions@terabolicx.net | Web:
www.drboylan.com/skwkshpweedca | Presenters
include Dannion Brinkley, William Henry, and many
others.
MCMENAMINS UFO FESTIVAL
May 18-19, 2007; McMinnville, OR
Contact: McMenamins Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans
Street, McMinnville, OR 97128, (888) 472-8427 or
(503) 472-8247 | Email: specialevents@mcmenamins.com | Web: www.ufofest.com | With both a
serious eye and a lighthear ted tone, the second
largest alien-related festival in the US welcomes
believers and skeptics, noted experts and trekkies,
and everyone in between.
OZARK UFO CONFERENCE
Apr. 13-15, 2007; Eureka Springs, AR
Cost: $50 | Contact: (501) 354-2558 | Email:
ozarkufo@webtv.net | Web: www.ozarkufo.com |
Speakers include Timothy Good, Linda Moulton
Howe, Wendelle Stevens, Nancy Talbott, Joe Lewels,
Norman Oliver, Paul Von Ward, and others.
ROSWELL UFO FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE
July 5-8, 2007; Roswell, NM
Contact:
(505)
623-5695
|
Email:
roswell@uforoswell.com | Web: www.roswellufofestival.com
STAR KIDS & STAR SEEDS WORKSHOP
July 14, 2007; Weed, CA
Contact: Jonathan Shalomar, (800) 706-1108 |
Email: shalomarproductions@terabolicx.net | Web:
www.drboylan.com/skwkshpweedca | Dr. Richard
Boylan will present a four-hour workshop regarding
the lore of Star Kids, meeting them, learning about
latent psychic abilities.
STAR PEOPLE & THE WISE ONES
May 6-12, 2007; Kailua-Kona, HI
Contact: Dolphin Connection International, PO Box
102, Captain Cook, HI 96704, (888) 755-7750 |
Email:
Joan@joanocean.com
|
Web:
www.etfriends.com/Seminars | Learn about and
make contact with advanced species into multidimensional ex

VISION QUESTS
MEN'S VISION QUEST
May 11-20, 2007; Inyo Mountains Ntl. Forest, CA
Cost: $895 | Contact: Rites of Passage, PO Box
2061, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, (707) 537-1927 |
Email: mikeb@ritesofpassagevisionquest.org | Web:
www.ritesofpassagevisionquest.org
SPRING VISION QUEST
Apr. 7-15, 2007; Death Valley National Park, CA
Cost: $895 | Contact: Rites of Passage, PO Box
2061, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, (707) 537-1927 |
Email: mikeb@ritesofpassagevisionquest.org | Web:
www.ritesofpassagevisionquest.org | Look within to
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