Isis

Hidden Agenda?

BY JOHN KETTLER

Going dark,” in espionage parlance, means hiding and ceasing to communicate, as when a spy goes to ground un­til things calm down. To “take it dark” means to remove something from public view, meanwhile clandestinely con­tinuing to operate whatever the asset may be. This can be as simple as moving a suddenly sensitive discussion from an open radio channel to an encrypted one, or the more complicated faking the breakdown of a satellite, or even re­porting its loss, but continuing to clandestinely receive the data….

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The Numbers of LOST

BY STEVEN SORA

Not since Star Trek has a television show attracted such a devoted following as Lost. There are scores of websites based on the show itself and even websites centered on aspects of the show. There are books and magazines devoted to Lost and magazine articles on books that have appeared in Lost. The attraction of the show is a strange setting, attractive yet deep and complex characters, and dangerous situa­tions. But from the first episode, the allure is the mystery intertwined with the plot. It…

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When Beauty Is More than Skin Deep

By J. Douglas Kenyon

The news in March was that science had at last revealed the “real” face behind the iconic bust of Nefertiti in Berlin’s Altes Museum. Beneath the skillful handiwork of Thutmose, the royal sculptor, was exposed yet another face also carved by him in stone. Researchers, we were told, using CT scans, had come “face-to-face” with the hidden image be­neath the outer stucco layers. Long regarded as one of the most beautiful women who ever lived, the queen, quoth science, was actually “wrinkled.” The report, however,…

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The Jesus/Cleopatra Connection

BY RALPH ELLIS

In my 1998 book, Jesus Last of the Pharaohs, I argued that Jesus was a prince, related in some manner to the Egyp­tian royal line. But the finer details of exactly to whom Jesus was related and how far back into Egyptian history one needed to go in order to find these family links were unclear. The problem was, of course, that any potential re­searcher of the New Testament story has very little to go on. The biblical and historical accounts that detail Jesus’ birth…

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From Saint to Sun God

BY STEVEN SORA

The party was well underway when the host introduced his daughter to the guests. He asked her to show off her greatest ability, to dance for his guests, but she demurred. He asked again and again, yet his daughter denied him. Fi­nally he promised her anything up to half of his kingdom, and at that she consulted with her mother. Yes, she would dance, but her request was surprising, She asked for the head of a man that her father held in his prison. Her…

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Mystery of the Black Madonna

BY MARK AMARU PINKHAM

Throughout the ages the image of the black madonna has elicited profound veneration, but also intense trepidation and even abhorrence from its observers. While Catholics have sought to denigrate and even to shun the numerous Black Madonnas scattered throughout their own European churches—the followers of the older, nature-centered and alternative faiths have traditionally praised its beauty and uplifting power. In 1952 during a convention of the Ameri­can Association for the Advancement of Science, representatives of the church made their feelings clear when a paper on…

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Navel of the World or Stargate?

BY FRANK JOSEPH

The Great Pyramid has been many things to many people. Most Egyptologists are certain it is nothing more than the tomb of a megalomanical king. Less mainstream researchers are convinced it is a time capsule. Still others conclude it is an observatory of some kind. A modern proponent of the Great Pyramid’s astronomical significance is the famous construction engineer, Robert Bauval. He argues that the pyramid-builders oriented it to the Belt of Orion (Osiris, to the Egyptians) around 2450 B.C. This is some 200 years…

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New Vindication for James Churchward? Or Maybe Not

BY PHILIP COPPENS

New evidence suggests that James Churchward, who claimed to have seen evidence of the lost civilization of Mu, was in­deed shown a secret library. German tour operator Thomas Ritter says he has been able to enter it, but are his claims too good to be true? Churchward was a patented inventor, engineer—and a man who claimed that he had found evidence of a lost civiliza­tion: Mu. Said to have been the Pacific equivalent of Atlantis, Mu was, Churchward believed, the original colonizer of the later…

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Saturn in Virgo

BY JULIE GILLENTINE

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”—Confucius The ringed planet Saturn entered the sign of Virgo on September 2 and will transit through the sign of the celestial virgin until July 2010, nearly three years. Virgo is the only female…

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