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Searching for the Builders of Nan Madol

One of the world’s supreme ancient mysteries is also among its most obscure. In a remote corner of the western Pacific Ocean, nearly a thousand miles north of New Guinea and two thousand, three hundred miles south of Japan, stand the massive ruins of a long-dead city. Incongruously built on a coral reef only five feet above sea-level between the equator and the eleventh north parallel, Nan Madol is a series of rectangular islands and colossal towers choked by draping vegetation. During its prehistoric lifetime,…

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A ‘Heretic’s’ Complaint

In recent decades we have seen the emergence of a very militant and vociferous group of people, many of them in positions of influence in the media and academia, who call themselves “skeptics.” Claiming that science is under assault by hordes of ignorant, superstitious peasants who are so credulous that they actually take seriously things like the existence of a supreme being and a spiritual realm, or UFOs, cryptids, and government conspiracies, the “skeptics,” really debunkers, regularly denounce such silly superstitions. They resemble the militant…

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Eris in Aries – 1926-2048

“Truly, Eris is a goddess to fear.” Euripides, Phoenician Women Pluto was discovered in 1930 and was considered to be a planet for seventy-six years. Then, along came Eris. At first, she was heralded as the tenth planet, since she is larger than Pluto. But the net result was Pluto’s demotion, the IAU defining a planet for the first time, and the creation of a whole new category of objects in our Solar System—dwarf planets. Astronomers suspect that at least another forty known objects in…

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Jupiter in Pisces: Jan 2010 – Jan 2011

“When you come close to the edge of all the light you have, and must take a step into the darkness of the un­known, either there will be something solid for you to stand on, or you will fly.”—Patrick Overton The constellation of Pisces resides in the “watery” portion of the sky, which also includes Aquarius, the Water Bearer; Cetus, the Whale; and Pisces Austrinus, the Southern Fish. This group of stars has been associated with fish in all an­cient cultures. The two fishes of…

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Physics or Metaphysics?

“Any scientific model does not describe the Universe but rather describes what our brains are capable of saying at this time.”—Robert Anton Wilson, Ph.D. Einstein’s general relativity theory and quantum theory are the two most significant theories of twentieth century physics. General relativity describes everything larger than a particle, and how energy and mass behave in relation to each other, while quantum physics explains the uncertain behavior and construction of the particles, to the point where we enter the fabric of space-time itself. It’s been…

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Saturn

“There is no logical way to discover these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.”—Albert Einstein Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Along with Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, Saturn is classified as a gas giant. Much of what we know about Saturn came from the Voyager explorations in 1980-81. Saturn’s day is 10 hours, 39 minutes; and the…

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Uranus & Neptune: Deconstruction & Dissolution

“Space, the final frontier . . .”—Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry Before telescopes, the night sky was thought to consist of two similar components: fixed stars, which remained mo­tionless in relation to each other, and wandering stars, which appeared to shift their positions relative to the fixed stars. The earliest astronomers counted five planets—the moving “stars,” which were visible to the unaided eye. The term planet, asteres planetai in Greek, was broadened to include the Sun and the Moon, particularly in the Middle Ages. These were…

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Jupiter Visits Aquarius January 2009—January 2010

“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”—Victor Hugo Aquarius, the Water Bearer, is the eleventh zodiac sign, and the third air sign. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the “awakener,” and co-ruled by Saturn. Saturn is the principle of form, responsibility, and discipline. Uranus shatters the forms that Saturn molds and upsets the crystallized limitation of Saturn. However, freedom without responsibili­ty or discipline is anarchy, so both of these qualities must be incorporated into Aquarian ideals, along with practical application. When…

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Planet to Plutoid: Pluto’s Identity Crisis

“The name of Eris was so appropriate, it’s enough to make me almost start believing in astrology.”—Mike Brown, Caltech Astronomy Team Leader Technology is dramatically expanding our solar system as the light-gathering capacity of telescopes increases the number of objects we see in the sky to billions. The IAU, the International Astronomical Organization, brings togeth­er nearly ten thousand distinguished astronomers from all nations. In August of 2006, the IAU downgraded Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet. According to new rules, which define a…

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The Geometry of Transformation

The summer of 2010 will witness some powerful planetary configurations. A Grand Cross forms in June at the full moon, and a Cardinal T-Square takes shape as July comes to a close. These astrological aspects may be the most in­tense in seven decades. Astrologers are watching, wondering, and trying to interpret their influence. Everyone on Earth will feel these energies, although the perceived effect will differ based on individual charts and states of con­sciousness. These configurations will also have a strong connection to the birth…

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