Ancient Wisdom

On the Trail of Orphic Mysteries in Bulgaria

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

I must be a bit taller than Orpheus. As I attempted to lie down in his reputed tomb, I just could not quite fit. Even if I had taken off my shoes and pressed my bare soles against the end of the cutout rock, my head would still not fit flat in the cavity. At the time, the early evening of July 29, 2014, I was filled with exuberant excitement as we were on the quest for new (and rediscovered) knowledge. And besides, why not…

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Lost Tradition of the Sacred Bee

By Andrew Gough

Washington’s Monument, arguably the most enigmatic testament to America’s hope and vision for the future, also contains a powerful reference to its past: “Holiness to the Lord. Deseret,” it states, meaning ‘Holiness to the Lord, the Honeybee.’ The word ‘Deseret’ translates as Honeybee in the language of the Jaredites, a mysterious tribe that is believed to have migrated to the Americas during the time of the construction of the Tower of Babel, according to Mormon tradition. The existence of this peculiar dedication to a bee,…

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Archetypes or Aliens

By Marie D. Jones & Larry Flaxman

Every year, we outsource jobs to other friendly countries in the hopes of getting inexpensive labor and increasing our technological footprint. What we cannot do ourselves, we often look to others to do. Even ancient civilizations had to appreciate the need to utilize external resources when internal ones didn’t quite cut the mustard. When it comes to the spread of ideas, innovations, and information, though, many theorists, whether historians, archaeologists or researchers, believe that we may have gotten a little help with advancing our knowledge,…

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Is DNA Influenced by the Spoken Word?

BY GRAZYNA FOSAR & FRANZ BLUDORF

New research suggests that human DNA is a virtual biological Internet and superior in many aspects to the artificial one. Could the latest Russian scientific findings help to explain phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontane­ous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light, auras, spiritual masters, the mind’s influence on weather patterns and much more? The answer may be yes, and apparently there is even evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by…

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Ancient Keys to the Future

By Walter Cruttenden

Textbooks tell us that civilization is about 5,000 years old. At least that’s about as far back as we find the first writing and the first significant man-made structures such as ziggurats and pyramids. Before that was a period called ‘prehis­tory.’ Unrecorded, it was a time assumed to be far more primitive than our own. No one would argue that a lot has happened since “prehistoric” times; useful things like the invention of the tele­vision remote control, escalators, and computer dating services. O.K. maybe some…

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The Lost Word and the Masonic Quest

BY MARK STAVISH

In classic Masonic initiation the candidate for initiation would be blindfolded for the greater part of the ritual, and only through intense listening to the words of the lodge officers know what was happening. This detail may sound in­significant to anyone who has not undergone the experience, but for those who have, even decades after their initia­tion, entire lines from it are memorable because of the concentration given to what is happening around them. The effects of the denial of the sense of sight, the…

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Menorah: The Akhenaten Connection

By Jonathon A. Perrin

The menorah has long been one of Judaism’s most important symbols, being the emblem on the coat of arms of Israel. It is a seven-branched, semi-circular lampstand, often covered in gold, topped with seven candles or oil lamps. It is most associated with Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of “Lights.” However, the origins of the “golden lampstand” go back to the Torah of Moses, specifically the book of Exodus. These origins are still cloaked in mystery. Nothing about the menorah’s origin is explained in the Torah….

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Divine Proportions

By Patrick Marsolek

In 2011, the American Museum of Natural History awarded a young seventh grader named Aiden Dwyer its Young Naturalist Award for proposing an arrangement of solar panels based on the Fibonacci series. Aiden noticed the natural pattern that tree leaves were arranged around a stem, which correlated to the Fibonacci series, would be more efficient than traditional arrays of solar panels. Similarly, in the field of biomimicry, a company called PAX Scientific out of San Rafael, California, has been developing air and fluid movement technologies…

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The Mystery of Music

BY RON McVANN

The universe hums like a great harp string resounding a mighty chord answering each thought by returning a thing from that place where all things are stored. Sound is the principal medium by which the higher animals express and excite emotion, and music, or sound in­dulged in for its own attractiveness, far preceded man’s creation of a spoken language. The Thrice Great Hermes is credited with designing the first musical lyre by stretching intestinal cords of sacrificial bulls over a tortoise shell. When his half…

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The Mysterious Meaning of Myths

By William Stoecker

There is but a fine line between what constitutes a myth and what constitutes a legend. Generally, myths are attempts to explain something (like day and night, for example, or the seasons), generally by invoking supernatural causes. Legends are typically accounts of the deeds of heroes and gods in the remote past and are often  based on some kernel of truth. For example, the Atlantis legend seems to be based on prehistoric civilizations on the (now submerged) continental shelves, which were dry land during the…

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