The Great Pyramid of Egypt: A “Time Machine” Resurrecting Past Consciousness?

Dr Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

Marianne and I published the following jointly authored paper on this topic in Nexus: The Alternative News Magazine 29(5) (August-September 2022) 61-68, 87 (available, as published, at Philip enjoyed the opportunity to present on this paper to the Australian Homeopathic Association QLD on Sunday, 28 August 2022.

“Pyramid Power” is often categorised as a “New Age” pseudoscience. Popularised in the 1970s, the idea that the very shape of a pyramid can act as a source of energy remains widely disputed despite growing evidence of its reality.[1] That evidence is also suggesting that it may do so through resonance[2] (where the vibration of one object is used to increase the amplitude of another that is vibrating at the same natural frequency). The Great Pyramid of Egypt is arguably the most well known pyramid structure in the world and might be expected to provide some of the best evidence for this ability. We were not surprised therefore by a report in 2018 of research using 3D modelling of the Great Pyramid that found that it could have resonant properties when interacting with external electromagnetic waves of the radio frequency range. It was observed that “these resonant properties open the way to control the propagation and concentration of electromagnetic energy in the Pyramid’s vicinity in this spectral range”: not only can the Pyramid’s chambers concentrate electromagnetic energy at the resonant conditions, but the Pyramid scatters electromagnetic waves into the limestone plateau on which it is built.[3]

The Great Pyramid “Power Plant”

This would appear to bolster the claims of the various researchers and others who have published a range of theories over the years supporting that at least one of the possible functions of the Great Pyramid may have been as some form of “power plant”, operating as a power generator and wireless energy transmitter.[4]

Continue reading The Great Pyramid of Egypt: A “Time Machine” Resurrecting Past Consciousness?

The Memory of Water: A Dawning Recognition of Ancient Understanding

Dr Philip Jamieson (with Marianne Schmidt)

The following jointly authored paper was published in Nexus: The Alternative News Magazine 29(3) (April-May 2022) 27-33, 84-85 (available, as published, at Philip enjoyed the opportunity to present on this paper to the Australian Homeopathic Association QLD on Sunday, 28 August 2022.

Water is fundamental to our existence. We are organisms principally composed of water, ultimately dependent upon water to live out our existence upon a planet primarily covered by water. Little wonder that water features prominently in myths, religious beliefs, folktales and other traditions.

Water and knowledge in myths and traditions

While water is central to many ancient myths, from creation to its role in healing and cleansing, one perhaps less well explored theme in that mythology and tradition has been its role as a source of knowledge and wisdom.

Water in wells[1]

Continue reading The Memory of Water: A Dawning Recognition of Ancient Understanding

Reincarnation – Fact or Fiction?

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

The following jointly authored paper was published in Nexus: The Alternative News Magazine 28(5) (August-September 2021) 63-68, 87 (available, as published, at

Featured image from Pixabay, by Gerd Altmann at

The Tale of an Argonaut and an Ancient Greek Philosopher

It is now almost 60 years since the rollicking adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, searching in that ancient Greek tale for the Golden Fleece, were immortalised in a now cult classic family film. The myth, one of the oldest chronicling a hero’s quest,[1] has been described as setting the example for the plot of almost all modern stories.[2]

Another, less well known, aspect of the myth is also worth recounting. Amongst the crew of Argonauts joining Jason on his famous quest was Aethalides who in ancient Greek mythology lived and died in the years before the Trojan Wars some 3300 years ago.  Or did he? – his death at least requires something of a footnote, for one of our most famous philosophers, who also excelled in mathematics, astronomy and music, claimed to have been Aethalides reincarnated. That philosopher, described as perhaps the most persuasive intellectual of all time, was Pythagoras. Living some 8 centuries after Aethalides, a contemporary of Gautama Buddha, Confucius and some suggest Zoroaster, his teachings in the 6th Century BCE were part of a flowering of philosophical and religious thought across Eurasia. He remains, in Western culture, the “father of philosophy”, long before Socrates, Plato or Aristotle.[3]

Belief in reincarnation Continue reading “Reincarnation – Fact or Fiction?”

Australia’s Enigmatic Boab Tree Seeding The Out-Of-Australia-Theory

A piece I prepared on this topic was published on Ancient Origins on 2 August 2021. The link appears below:

Ancient Origins is a thoroughly engaging ancient history website that aims to inspire open-minded learning about our past for the betterment of our future through the sharing of research, education and knowledge.

Human Origins – The Narratives of Our Creation Conference 2021

I was one of the presenters at the 4th Ancient Origins Conference: Human Origins – The Narratives of Our Creation, held on 20-21 November 2021.

I presented on the topic Australasian Myths of Human Origin, covering creation traditions amongst Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, New Zealand’s Māori with their Polynesian heritage, and their Melanesian neighbors.

A recording of the conference is available at

Ethical and legal aspects of sterilizing pregnant companion animals

In my role as a volunteer with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Queensland, Australia, I had occasion recently to co-author a paper with Dr Mandy Paterson considering ethical and legal aspects of sterilizing pregnant companion animals:

“Sterilizing Pregnant Companion Animals: Ethics and Law” (April 2021) Journal of Applied Animal Ethics Research doi:10.1163/25889567-BJA10013

An abstract of the paper appears at

Awakening our Spiritual Power: A Cosmic Seeing Eye Glass 

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

Featured image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

As the search for the origins of the viral pandemic continues, one theory that resonates strongly with us is that put forward by Professor Chandra Wickramsignhe who (in a recent joint publication) concluded that it “was probably linked to the arrival of a pure culture of the virus contained in cometary debris”; interestingly an event that he had foreshadowed in 2019. This is a reflection of his broader thesis that life is distributed through the Universe by cosmic visitors such as comets and meteorites (‘Panspermia’). In New Dawn last year he commented that “[t]he evidence is stunningly clear that the first life on Earth in the form of bacteria came with impacting comets”. As Wickramsignhe and his colleagues noted last year, nor is this potential impact limited merely to the initial origins of life on Earth, but embraces equally its ongoing evolution.

Tunguska impact event


By ru:Евгений Леонидович Кринов, member of the expedition to the Tunguska event in 1929. – [1] (original, black and white version of photo) / Vokrug Sveta, 1931 (current, color version of photo), Public Domain,

The 1908 Tunguska impact event may provide evidence supportive of this evolutionary impact. Jacques Van Impe has recently suggested that genetic mutations resulting from the 1908 event provide the most likely explanation for the subsequent extinction of a particular species of goose. Van Impe’s theory draws upon the work of Zurab Silagadze who drew attention to genetic anomalies that had been reported in plants, insects – and people – in the Tunguska region after the event. Silgadze also noted that an increased rate of biological mutation was found not only within the epicentre of the impact event, but also along the trajectory of the cosmic body responsible. Even in its flight it appears to have been accompanied by “some unknown agent” capable not only of inducing remote ecological change but perhaps even genetic changes. Silgadze postulates that agent may be electromagnetic radiation – powerful ELF/VLF electromagnetic radiation from the cosmic body and ionizing radiation due to lightning accompanying the explosion. Certainly, this may well be part of the explanation, but is there perhaps some even wider agency also at work?

Continue reading “Awakening our Spiritual Power: A Cosmic Seeing Eye Glass “

Footprint of Comet Encke?

Featured image: Detail of Astrology Manuscript, ink on silk, BCE 2th century, Han, unearthed from Mawangdui tomb 3rd, Chansha, Hunan Province, China. Hunan Province Museum by Unknown author – China Arts, Volume 1st, Wen Wu Publishing, Beijing, China, 1979-10, Public Domain, 

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

In the last weeks of 2020 the Sydney Dance Company performed Indian-Australian Raghav Handa’s Cult of the Titans, a work exploring the Nazi appropriation of the swastika from Hindu culture. The Company was so concerned at the depth of animosity in the community towards the symbol that it provided a content warning that the work contained swastika images and invited concerned audience members to leave if they wished. In a video introduction, Handa explained his piece as an attempt to reclaim from its horrific association with Nazism the Swastika’s ancient symbolism in Hinduism of light and peace.

While this positive symbolism in Hinduism is indeed millenia old, the origins of the swastika are actually far more ancient and its original meaning still the subject of much speculation. While long found in Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, its use is also found in many ancient cultures around the world, in some cases dating from the Neolithic and even late Paleolithic Periods. The earliest known example, excavated at an Ice Age site at Mezin in the Ukraine and dating from at least 12,000 years ago (in some accounts 15,000 years old and possibly even older), is a bird figurine carved from mammoth ivory tusk, its torso displaying what Mukti Jain Campion has elegantly described as “an intricate meander pattern of joined-up swastikas”. Photos of the figurine can be seen in her article at

So what might this swastika imagery have been intended to represent in antiquity? Continue reading “Footprint of Comet Encke?”

Our Climate Crisis and Humanity’s Extinction: Just a Question of Time?

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

As the world continues to endure the ravages of a global viral pandemic, we can easily lose our focus on the urgent need to address our growing climate crisis. Last month brought yet another record breaking climate extreme. It was globally the hottest September in the 141 year dataset record. In the image below, September 2020 global temperature differences world wide from the average are highlighted.  Those areas shaded in blue show locations up to 6°C cooler than average, while the far more dominant areas shaded in red show locations that were up to 6°C warmer.

September, temperature anomaly, global, 2020 image from Data Snapshots, based on maps processed by NOAA EVL from NCEI data (available at–Monthly–Difference-from-average–Global–2020-09-00–large.png and sourced from

Unfortunately, there are still some amongst us who consider humanity a privileged community amongst the species of our planet, immune through our technology, intellect and acknowledged adaptability from the impacts of climate change. Our lived experience should be enough to invalidate this false belief but, if more were needed, recent research continues to undermine the thesis.

Continue reading “Our Climate Crisis and Humanity’s Extinction: Just a Question of Time?”

Cats in our community

In my role as a volunteer with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Queensland, Australia, I had occasion recently to co-author a paper considering aspects of cat desexing in Queensland.

Paterson, M.B.A.; O’Donoghue, M.; Jamieson, P.; Morton, J.M. The Cat Desexing Policies and Activities of Private Veterinary Practices in Queensland. Animals 202010, 841.

The full text of the paper is available at

Pumice Raft or Life Raft?

Featured image: Pumice raft, 13 August 2019. Detail from NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey , available at

Philip Jamieson and Mariannne Schmidt 

On an early August 2020 walk along Newport Beach in northern Sydney, Marianne recently found littered on the sand numerous fragments of pumice. Pumice is a very porous, lightweight, frothy-looking volcanic glass which can drift gently with the currents, floating for years on the ocean surface before becoming waterlogged. It is not a common visitor to the sands of Newport Beach.

Pumice Marianne

Photo by Marianne of pumice pieces that were abundant on Newport Beach

By ‘coincidence’, at the time of her pumice find, Marianne was preparing to deliver a range of children’s activities for Science Week. Its synchronistic theme – Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans – with pumice featuring in several activities.

In a further synchronicity, shortly after, Philip visited Caloundra in Queensland, where the northern end of the 35km long channel named Pumicestone Passage opens to the ocean. The Passage was so named (though then thought a river) by Matthew Flinders at the end of the 18th century after he found abundant pieces of pumice on its shores. Walking along Kings Beach during his visit, Philip similarly found an abundance of small fragments of pumice lining the shore.

Philip pumice

Photo by Philip showing some of the numerous small pieces of pumice abundant on Kings Beach

To our minds, these were fairly clear examples of Jung’s ‘meaningful coincidences’. So what was it about pumice that it had so evidently been brought to our attention? Continue reading “Pumice Raft or Life Raft?”

A Note on “We are NOT Alone: Thoughts on Comets and Meteorites – Where Life Began?”

Our post, We are NOT Alone: Thoughts on Comets and Meteorites – Where Life Began?,  by Marianne Schmidt and myself has been published in New Dawn magazine: July-August 2020 issue (volume 181: 25-30).

New Dawn is an excellent magazine first published back in 1991. It publishes material exploring ancient wisdom and new thinking. It has an online presence at

Plugged into the Planet – Timeless understanding in a time of global need

Featured image at by DarkWorkX from Pixabay

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

The world is in the middle of a viral pandemic. Hundreds of thousands have died, many millions have been infected. There is a need for healing. There is a need for change.

Global meditations

Earlier this year organisations such as Unify and Global Peace Meditation sent out a call for action. They proposed a worldwide mass meditation.[1] It was planned to take place for some 20 minutes on the evening of 4 April, from 10.45pm EST that evening (timed to coincide with the energies of a Jupiter/Pluto conjunction). More than a million people participated.

One of the stated aims of this global meditation was to help address the pandemic. And indeed the daily number of known new coronavirus cases worldwide which had been consistently growing in the days before, was noticeably lower over the next several days.[2] Clearly, there appears to have been a temporal relationship. But was it causative? Such variation has hardly been unique to these specific dates. The number of daily new coronavirus infections around the world has been consistently fluctuating. Equally, while there is no necessarily causative relationship, this correlation in time does invite consideration of whether there is other evidence that in conjunction could support such a causative relationship. Continue reading “Plugged into the Planet – Timeless understanding in a time of global need”

Central Australian Dreaming Sparks a Glimmer of Hope at a Time of Global Crisis

Featured image is of the Butterfly Nebula by NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team –, Public Domain,

Marianne Schmidt and Philip Jamieson

Earlier this year, we attended the Cosmic Conciousness Conference at Uluru. There we had the opportunity on 12 January to experience at this sacred site a rare Saturn/Pluto conjunct and, indeed, the more rare for the fact that their conjunction was in Capricorn, something that had not occurred in more than 500 years.

Pluto and Saturn are two of the most feared planets in astrology. Pluto is a force of transformation and Saturn a force of responsibility, restriction and limitation, representing authority and structures like government and rules. So when they meet up in Capricorn, which rules governments, corporations and the economy, we can expect a tumultuous shakeup of antiquated global structures and institutions. When in 1518, Pluto and Saturn last met in Capricorn we saw the burgeoning of both the African slave trade (actions taken by Charles 1 of Spain in August 1518 resulted in a nearly 10 fold increase in the numbers of transatlantic slaves) and the Reformation movement (Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses spread swiftly after their translation from Latin into German in January 1518). Now again, 500 years later, during the period of this astrologically significant conjunction, half of global humanity sits in various stages of lockdown around the world as we experience a viral pandemic, wreaking transformation across all aspects of our global institutions, economic structures and indeed our very way of life – we find ourselves restricted, largely confined to our homes, and with our economic and social lives in disarray.

Continue reading “Central Australian Dreaming Sparks a Glimmer of Hope at a Time of Global Crisis”

Denisovan Origins of the Zodiac?

Featured image is of Denisova Cave by Демин Алексей Барнаул – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

In New Dawn magazine last year,[1] I explored the work of two British academics (Dr Martin Sweatman and Alistair Coombs) pushing back the origins of the Western zodiac to a time more than 40,000 years or more in the past.[2] As I noted in that article, they have apparently identified an ancient zodiac code that continues to inform the one we use today. In fact, it appears that we still use exactly the same zodiacal constellations. The authors allow though that there are some differences in the symbolism we now use to represent the constellations. Not only would the symbolism in this ancient zodiac likely have been subject to many local variations, some constellations that were apparently previously represented by animals are no longer in our modern zodiac and a few other constellations are now represented by different animals.

Key to finding that this zodiac code dates back at least 40,000 years is the analysis by Sweatman and Coombs of its application to the ancient Lion Man figurine from Stadel Cave in Hohlenstein, Germany, although they have concluded that the lion is actually one of the animal symbols that has been switched. In our modern Western Zodiac, the lion is of course the symbol for Leo. However, they conclude that in this ancient code Leo is likely to have been represented by horse symbolism while the feline symbol appears to have represented Cancer. For them, the Lion Man figurine represents Cancer on the Winter solstice around 40,000 years ago.[3]

These symbolic associations have been questioned as part of a broader criticism of their theory.[4] While I find many of their conclusions persuasive, in my earlier paper I also queried their view that the lion was not associated with Leo in this ancient code. I believe there are reasonable grounds for suggesting that the lion was then, as it remains to this day, the symbolic representation for this zodiac constellation. And since my earlier article was published I believe that those grounds may have been strengthened by recent findings at the Denisova Cave in Siberia. These findings may even support the view that the ancient zodiac code identified by Sweatman and Coombs is an inheritance from the Denisosovans. Continue reading “Denisovan Origins of the Zodiac?”

We are NOT Alone: Thoughts on Comets and Meteorites – Where Life Began?

Marianne Schmidt and Philip Jamieson

Featured image is of a meteor during the peak of the 2009 Leonid Meteor Shower, showing the meteor, afterglow, and wake as distinct components. Image and description by Navicore – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

“[A] fiery devil ran down from the sun and made his home in the earth” Aboriginal elder in 1932 describing the Henbury meteorite crater field

Earlier this year, after attending the Cosmic Conciousness Conference in Uluru in Australia’s Central Desert Region, we had the opportunity to visit two very special sites in the area: the Henbury meteorite crater field and Gosses Bluff. Both are significant in the dreaming of the local Arrernte Aboriginal people. And to our mind in those dreaming stories is understanding and insight relevant as much for modern humanity as for the Arrernte peoples themselves. Continue reading “We are NOT Alone: Thoughts on Comets and Meteorites – Where Life Began?”

Central Australia’s Caterpillar Dreaming: Gleaning an insight into Indigenous ritual and ceremony

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

Featured image: aerial view of Alice Springs by Stephen Codrington, CC BY 2.5,

Alice Springs, lying as it does almost at the geographic heart of the Australian continent, inspires in many Australians a nostalgic sense of their national identity – a tough and hardy community of people forging a living in the harsh Australian desert, enduring baking summers and freezing winter nights, and meeting each challenge with laconic indifference. It is an image of hardiness and mateship that we can draw upon at times of challenge. As half of global humanity now sits in lockdown, it is an image that helps inspire the fortitude we need as a nation to survive the adversity we are facing.

Alice Springs/Mparntwe’s antiquity

We also suggest that reflection upon the significance of Alice Springs to our national psyche provides opportunity as well as inspiration, an opportunity to recognise the antiquity of our human connection with the landscape of Alice Springs.

Continue reading “Central Australia’s Caterpillar Dreaming: Gleaning an insight into Indigenous ritual and ceremony”

Seeing the NAZCA through new eyes

Featured photo by Diego Delso,, License CC-BY-SA

We have previously published this co-authored piece, Seeing the NAZCA through new eyes, that I wrote with my writing colleague, Marianne Schmidt, on the following link:

For ease of access, we have now decided to also reproduce the post below.

Seeing the NAZCA through new eyes

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

Long associated with the famous but enigmatic Nazca Lines, the Nazca culture justifiably fascinates the public mind.  The Nazca emerged on the southern coast of present-day Peru around 200 BCE and survived until ca. 750CE.  It is believed that while other pre-Incan cultures (such as the Chavin and Paracas) also created some of the Lines, the majority were the work of the Nazca culture.  The Lines are a collection of more than 2000 so far identified giant geoglyphs (ground-produced designs and drawings) located on the Peruvian coastal plain and depicting hundreds of straight lines, as well as various geometric designs and pictorial representations.  A research team from Yamagata University in Japan has recently reported identifying another 143 such geoglyphs, thought to have been created at least as early as 100BCE to 300CE.

Somewhat unusually for Nazca geoglyphs, they depict humanoids, as well as many different animals (such as birds, monkeys, fish, snakes, foxes, felines, and camelids).  Most significantly, the team announced the discovery of one of these geoglyphs through the use of sophisticated IBM artificial intelligence (AI) technology, employing its capacity to analyze large and complex data sets much more swiftly and efficiently than is possible with the human eye, an application of AI that holds significant promise .

It is this AI-identified geoglyph that has particularly caught our attention.

Unfortunately we have not been able to obtain permission to reproduce the image but it may be accessed on the following link:

The image is of a humanoid.  This is immediately of interest for, as we have noted, humanoid imagery is relatively uncommon amongst the numerous geoglyphs that have been found.  In considering the image, Mariannne has received a number of insights about its form and purpose.  We offer these to readers for their consideration.  We not do so from the perspective of professional archaeologists and scientists, but as “outsiders” who share with those professionals a deep interest in human history and evolution.  We hope to demonstrate a process whereby the figure’s meaning may potentially be discerned through an understanding of ancient mythology, spiritual principles and intuitive insights.  We believe that considering these perspectives in conjunction with more traditional archaeological and scientific analyses is the process most likely to lead to closer understanding of the “truth”.  To that end, we proffer Marianne’s perspective as one that may add to the debate in understanding these perplexing creations.  People are of course free to take our insights, thoughts and analysis on board, or not, as they wish.

There has been much written and disputed about the purpose of the Nazca geoglyphs, and indeed it seems clear that there may well be different purposes in their creation, depending on both when they were created and the form they took.  We believe that this particular AI-identified image has a deeply spiritual, religious significance that may well lend support to the theses of those who have identified a similar theme in their interpretation of the geoglyphs.  Equally, our interpretation adds a dimension that we are not aware has been previously advanced.  While we believe that the geoglyph was created to convey a spiritual lesson, we believe that it may have concerned not only the Nasca, but also a neighbouring culture, the Tiwanaku.

The AI-identified humanoid figure

The figure is relatively small by the standards of the Nazca geoglyphs, only around 4 metres long and 2 metres wide. It is a frontal depiction of a standing humanoid, waving what appears to be a club in its right hand.  It has a diminished left leg, no apparent left arm, three “eyes” on its face and a block-like head.  There are also three protrusions extending from the top of its head, all of similar length but different width.  It has been created by removing the black stones that cover the landscape to form a solid-coloured surface of the white sand beneath, a technique which helps in identifying its probable age as according to the study it was a technique employed in creating geoglyphs dating to the period ca. 100BCE – 100CE, if not earlier.

As with the AI-identified humanoid, figures identified from this period by the Japanese study tend be relatively smaller, with most less than 50 meters across. They were also created beside paths (as in the case of the AI-identified humanoid) or on sloping inclines and are believed to have likely been used as some sort of waypost for travellers, designed more to be looked at than as a location itself for practising rituals.  To our minds, ancient “billboards”.  But if billboards, “advertising” what?

The role of shamans

We believe that the answer to the question of the message intended to be conveyed by these geoglyphs lies in understanding the role of shamans in Nazca culture.  Professor Donald Proulx of the University of Massachusetts has commented that the Nazca religion was based on an active, sacred relationship between humans and nature, with spiritual forces shaping the human condition and shamans acting as intermediaries between these forces and the everyday world.

The Japanese study also identified a second type of geoglyph, generally larger in scale and created later, likely in the period ca. 100 CE to 300 CE.  It seems clear that shamans likely played a very significant role at least in relation to these geoglyphs.  Given they are believed to have been animal-shaped ritual places, shamans would almost certainly have played central roles in the ceremonies practised at these sites.

It is also interesting that it appears from the Japanese study that these ceremonies involved the destruction of pottery vessels.  The creation of humans from clay is a recurring “creation” theme in various ancient cultures and religions (for example, in Christianity God formed a man from the dust of the ground: Genesis 2:7).  Marianne has suggested that consistent with this theme, humans might readily be perceived ritually as clay pots or vessels, and their ritual destruction in these ceremonies an attempt to invoke the destruction of those groups of humans ritually represented or, less likely, a ritual re-enactment of such a destruction that has occurred in the past.

In any event, it seems reasonable to assume that given the very likely role shamans played in the rituals performed at the sites of the later geoglyphs (identified in the Japanese study) that shamans also very likely had similarly important roles in relation to the earlier “billboard” geoglyphs.  The question is what exactly was that role?

In an illuminating paper considering how total solar eclipses may have inspired the Nazca lines and geoglyphs, Robin Edgar has suggested that the geoglyphs “served not only as an impressive offering of art honouring [the Nazca] gods but very possibly were even intended to be ‘signals’ to these … gods in an effort to communicate with them”.  Our view is not dissimilar, but for us the “billboard’ geoglyphs identified in the Japanese study (the AI-identified humanoid amongst them) served not so much as messages to the gods as messages from them.  And in Marianne’s insights it is the shamans who received these spiritual messages and reflected them in the geoglyphs.

The significance of eclipses

In illuminating this shamanic role, we were fortunate to have available to us Edgar’s analysis of the possible role of eclipses in Nazca spiritual life generally.  He notes there to have been an extraordinarily high incidence of solar eclipses in the region of southern Peru during the period of the Nazca civilisation, with several coinciding with the construction of the geoglyphs we are considering here, most likely created on the Nazca plateau around 100BCE to 100CE.  He believes these eclipses would have had a profound effect on the Nazca, and in particular we would suggest upon their shamans, conduits of the spirit world interpreting the gods’ messages and wishes.

Many ancient cultures believed that the sun and the moon were sky dwelling gods.  The relationship between the two was predictable, patterned and understood.  But an eclipse changed, and challenged, that relationship, visually and energetically.  A full solar eclipse in particular would have been a terrifying event to the local population who would have been thrown into an unnatural darkness.  For the Nazca, as for other ancient civilisations, this would have represented a challenge to the natural order, a portent of coming destructive change, potentially even “the end of the world”.  Given their fears, we could expect people to look to their shamans to guide them through these dark and terrifying times.  These were people who could “see in the dark” by reading energies beyond the visible spectrum of light.  It is no surprise, then, that the humanoid figure we are examining includes what appears to be the ‘third eye’ of intuitive insight.  It is also noteworthy that the head of another Nazca humanoid figure identified prior to this recent Japanese study is dominated by two enormous eyes (and for this reason sometimes called “the Owlman”), a person with supernatural vision – in our view, a shaman.


The Owlman, Nazca Lines

Diego Delso,, License CC-BY-SA

This interpretation is supported by the arm gestures of the Owlman figure.  The Q’ero are an indigenous community believed directly descended from the Incans, living a relatively isolated existence in the Peruvian Andes.  With one arm in the air and the other facing towards the earth, this Owlman figure is reminiscent of the pose adopted in the following extract from the ‘four directions’ invocation used by Q’ero shamans:

Place one palm on the earth and the other arm up

Mother Earth – Pachamama

I pray for your healing

Let me soften into your wisdom

May I take great care of you so that my children and my children’s children

may witness the beauty and abundance you offer me today

In his paper, Edgar draws attention to the belief by numerous pre-Columbian cultures that the celestial jaguar god devoured the sun and moon during their respective eclipses.  We believe this also to be consistent with our thesis of shamans having “eyes” with supernatural vision to “see in the dark”.  For cats see well in the dark and jaguars are covered in spots that look like eyes.  Marianne has suggested that jaguars’ spots may well be symbolic of the stars themselves in the night sky, each star an eye/[“I”].  As eyes are the windows to the soul, a shaman could commune with these eyes’/[“I”s’] souls and they did so through their own celestial soul which is symbolised by the middle eye in the “power” figure.  Indeed, shamans in many cultures (including ancient Egypt) associated themselves with spotted animals – and Marianne suggests most likely because they were able to ‘see in the dark’ and read many eyes’/[“I”s’] souls/stars.

It is therefore our view that during the unusual cosmic environments and energies of these eclipses the shamans were receiving insights from their gods, “downloads” of spiritual law and understanding that they then sought to reflect in their geoglyphs.  These “downloads” were messages for a collective audience, visions and illustrations of right-living and the consequences of wrong-living.   For us, the geoglyphs produced from such events are likely therefore to be instructional in nature, intended to pass on messages of spiritual law and understanding.  A significant parallel can be drawn here with certain Australian Indigenous practices.  It is well known that the larger Nazca geoglyphs appear to be designed to be seen best from above.  The Indigenous peoples of the Australian central and western desert region are internationally renowned for their artwork, commonly identified as Papunya.  Their style is “figurative”, often using a dotted matrix form, together with elements such as lines, circles and spirals, to depict their country and their Dreaming stories as if seen from above.  Christine Nicholls has observed that this practice “sometimes refers back to the old days when large ceremonial ground paintings, sculpted from coloured earths and sands, were dotted with clumps of animal down or the feathers of cockatoos or emus”.  And in representing their Dreaming stories, the narratives that speak to their “worldview”, their land, religion and law, the artists may pass on directions, social and moral guidelines, about how to act in dealing with others and the surrounding natural world.

Visual messages

Of course, the Nazca lines and other geoglyphs are generally far more expansive, both in size and geography, than the artworks of the indigenous cultures of the Australian central and western desert.  For some this suggests that their interpretation required viewing from above.  Perhaps, but this is also clearly not true of many of the geoglyphs.  The research team at Yamagata University had previously found various geoglyphs broadly clustered along different routes leading to a temple complex.  While this has been thought to suggest that the complex was once a religious center where pilgrims would have brought offerings, the team also concluded that the geoglyphs lining those routes had been placed to be seen from these ritual pathways, and presumably therefore intended to be seen as part of the pilgrimage.  Indeed, it is clear that the smaller “billboard” geoglyphs identified in the recent Japanese study were also clearly intended to be looked at from ground level.  This contemplation could have taken place while walking along the paths beside which they were created, or in those cases where they were to be found on sloping inclines, the incline was likely intended to provide an opportunity for them to be more easily viewed.

Marianne suggests that the paths may well have been like “Pilgrim Ways”, with the geoglyphs’ instructive and thought provoking images designed to help pilgrims find their spiritual way.  A study by two archaeologists, Clive Ruggles and Nicholas Saunders, would appear to provide some support for this possible interpretation.  They identified one of the Nazca geoglyphs to be a labyrinth, and apparently intended itself to be walked, and given its physical integrity perhaps only occasionally, as for example they suggest by an initiate, pilgrim, shaman or victim.  They conclude that its significance might lie “in metaphysical correlates associated with spiritual beliefs, rather than repeated use by humans”.  In our view, the “billboard” geoglyphs identified in the Japanese study likely had a similar purpose.  In a society without the written word, they may well have served in effect as a visual representation of spiritual law – a pictorial Bible if you will.  And, just like the Bible, some of these images may have been prophetic whereas others might have been describing stories from the past or parables with a moral thread woven within them.  Perhaps the geoglyphs formed part of what Lynne Kelly in her book, The Memory Code, has called in ancient cultures “a structured system for memorising vast amounts of rational information”, as “Australian Aboriginal songlines, Native American trails, Inca ceques [ritual pathways] and many other landscape paths created by indigenous cultures were the result of training their memories”.

Ruggles and Saunders suggest that the labyrinth they identified, its overall design asymmetric and unaesthetic to a Western eye, may well be an analogue for the wider Nazca pampa “where many straight lines and geometrical features that are not visibly associated from one location are nonetheless ultimately recognised as being connected as one moves along or around them”.  As they recognise, their labyrinth may be merely “a microcosm of a larger organising principle similarly ‘hidden’ on the wider pampa, and whose conceptual significance emerges only from a combination of prior ritual knowledge, styles of movement and glimpses of intervisibility”.  The fact that we find the geoglyphs so difficult to decipher is because they reflect the different time and cultural context in which they were formulated.  They were also encoded in the symbolic language used by shaman and, as such, if you asked an Andean priest what they mean, you might gain greater insights into their meanings!

Whether as part of a “Memory Code” and/or a “Pilgrim Way”, or something else again, we believe that one purpose of at least some of the geoglyphs may have been instructional, to provide guidance and understanding of spiritual law and proper human behaviour.

Interpreting the purpose and meaning of any particular geoglyph involves deconstructing the figure.  The process of deconstruction allows us to better understand the symbolism that has been used, which in turn enables us to attempt to determine the specific spiritual or other message intended.  Which brings us to the focus of this paper, of the meaning of the AI-identified humanoid?

A “warrior”?

Clearly, at the most obvious level of interpretation, the figure appears to be brandishing a “club” in its right hand, an apparent image of a “warrior”.  Given the early dating attributed to this geoglyph, this interpretation is consistent with the observation by Proulx that representations of warriors in early Nazca ceramic art are also nearly always depicted in a frontal, full-face manner holding weapons such as clubs in their hands.

But a figure brandishing a club may equally be understood more generically as a symbolic expression of domination, through the exercise of power, of which warfare or conflict is but a particular application.  We consider that the “club” in this case may well represent such domination, and the “warrior” more properly then to be understood as a “power” figure.

Sun/moon duality

In the context of our discussion of the role of eclipses in the creation of these geoglyphs we noted that many ancient cultures considered the sun and moon to be sky dwelling gods.  In South America, the later Incan civilisation is known to have seen the universe as a duality, with the sun as masculine and the moon feminine.  Edgar has suggested that the Nazca geoglyphs show a similar spiritual understanding.

We find in the “power” figure a reflection of this spiritual sun and moon duality.  We believe that the right side of the figure is represented as embodying his masculine energies, boasting a strong right arm wielding a club. His left side by comparison, embodying his feminine energies, is diminished – the eye drawn furthest to the left is the smallest, so too the extrusion rising above the head on the far left side, the left arm completely absent (although possibly merely later lost through damage to the image) and the left leg withered.  The representation appears to focus on the strengths of his masculine energies, recognising the feminine side of his nature to be conversely withered and out of balance with his masculine energies.  As represented, it is clear that in this imbalance, while his strengths as a figure of domination are emphasised, it is difficult for him to move forward in a balanced manner because of his neglected feminine qualities.

The feathers

We also believe that this symbolism is continued in the three protrusions extending above the figure’s head. They are likely to be feathers, as wearing a feathered headdress was certainly a feature of the later Incan monarchs (as, for example, the Statue of Pachacutec in Machu Picchu).


Statue of Pachacutec in Machu Picchu

Photo by Adrian Dascal on Unsplash

Feathers in shamanic tradition are symbolic of the soul’s journey to and from the spirit world just as birds are regarded as spiritual messengers.  Similarly it is often said that the eyes are the windows of the soul – a portal through which the soul may travel.  As such, the symbolism of a feather above each eye may well symbolise soul communication to an aspect of the divine in Andean cosmology.

In addition, given that each feather differs noticeably in its breadth, it is likely that the overall size of each feather is an indication of the strength of the type of ‘vision’ symbolised by the corresponding eye.  Hence, the right eye would have connected to the masculine sun god (‘Inti’ in Incan cosmology). The sun god was likely associated with characteristics of the left hemisphere of the brain, ie. logic, reason and language – all characteristics of the divine masculine. It is noteworthy that this is the broadest feather and so it is reasonable to assume these were the strongest aspects of the culture that the figure represents, and as is reinforced in the other elements of the figure, at least of that period.  The central feather likely symbolised a connection to the supreme god of the Andean pantheon Wira-qochan (“world teacher” and creator god) through the pineal gland or “third eye” (which appears to be represented immediately below it). This is the second broadest feather, which suggests their spiritual connection to the ‘world teacher’ was weaker than their connection to the divine masculine but stronger than their connection to the divine feminine. The eye on the left would have connected to the feminine moon god (‘Killa’ in Incan cosmology) – the right hemisphere of the brain – symbolising the creative, artistic and non-linear thinking of the right hemisphere of the brain – all divine feminine characteristics. The left feather is the smallest, meaning these feminine characteristics were weakest, as is also reinforced in the other elements of the figure.

The Third Eye

We have already drawn attention to what we believe to be a representation in the “power” figure’s head of a third eye.  The third eye is well known as representing a gateway to higher consciousness, towards a state of enlightenment.  It has not traditionally been recognised as amongst the beliefs of ancient New World civilisations, although the North American Hopi mythology refers to the “opening of the doors in their heads” which is certainly suggestive of the third eye.  Moreover, Richard Cassaro has compiled an extensive collection of representations of such symbolism, including from Incan and pre-Incan cultures in South America.  We believe that the “power” figure provides another example of this symbolism, and in the Nazca culture.

The womb

In considering the figure’s eyes, it is also to be noted that the left and right eyes are both round, with the larger on the right arguably representing the masculine sun god, the smaller on the left the feminine moon goddess. The central eye (third eye), on the other hand, is oval shaped, a symbolism similarly reflected in a 16th century drawing of the altar of Qorikancha, the most important temple in the later Incan civilisation, in which Wira-qochan (the Incan creator god) is represented as an oval, representative of the womb of all creation.  In the drawing, Wira-qochan is positioned between its first two creations – the sun to their right and the moon to their left – the divine masculine and feminine gods.  Wira-qochan is also positioned above both of its creations, signifying its genderless nature (it is beyond gender) and its role as the creatorix of both.  The oval shape is significant in that it is the shape of a womb – the womb of all creation – for the “world teacher” is the creator.  The terraces of Moray in Peru are also oval shaped – embodying the same creative principle.

Marianne has pointed to the fact that this is actually a principle that also finds its expression in modern science today – the field of quantum potential – a central concept in quantum mechanics.  Yet we find representations of the concept not only in Incan tradition but also in various other ancient traditions.  Other ancient deities that appears to represent the same concept of quantum potentiality include the Egyptian goddess Isis, the Greek goddesses Sophia and Artemis, and the Roman goddess Diana.

The figure’s northerly orientation

We consider that the direction that the figure is facing may also well be significant in deconstructing its meaning.  It is clearly northerly facing. We have already referred to the ‘four directions’ invocation used by Q’ero shamans.  In that invocation, the shamans invoke the North in the following terms:

Face the north with one arm up and the other palm open to receive

To the Winds of the North

Royal Hummingbird

Ancient Ones

Teach me about your endurance and your great joy

Come to me in the dreamtime

With honor I greet you

In this invocation, the North is represented by the Royal Hummingbird and ancient ones, which are called upon to come to the speaker in the ‘dreamtime’.  Marianne suggests that the reference to the Royal Hummingbird may well be to “the eternal”, for the hummingbird’s wings beat in the shape of the symbol for eternity. The Ancient ones is probably a reference to the ancient gods of the Andean pantheon, just as Indigenous Australians refer to communing with the ancient ancestor beings that shaped the formation of the world.  In today’s vernacular, this might be describeded as communing with the forces of nature.  And given that the dreamtime is the state of communion with the spirit world, it is surely no coincidence in this invocation that in Andean cosmology the hummingbird represents the highest level of spirituality.

We believe that it may well be that in the figure’s orientation, there is an implication that the source or inspiration for this image has come from the ancient eternal ones – the gods of the heavens – through a dreamtime experience (trance like state in which shamans access the spirit world).

The head

We also believe that while the figure was created by the Nazca, it was related to a neighbouring culture, the Tiwanaku (sometime contemporaries of the Nazca).  The Tiwinaku capital became one of the Andes’ most important pilgrimage destinations and their influence is known to have extended into the Peruvian Moquegua Valley, establishing an agricultural and mining colony there from around 400CE.  The Tiwanaku were noted stonemasons and amongst the ruins of the capital is the “Gate of the Sun”, a solid stone structure some 3 metres high and 4 metres wide that some scholars suggest may be 14,000 years old.

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Gate of the Sun in Tiwanaku

By Mhwater – Transfered from nl.wikipedia, Public Domain, Link

To us, the blocklike form of the “power” figure’s head is very reminiscent of the Gate of the Sun.  Indeed, we consider that the allusion is so strong that this may have been intended to be a direct reference to the Tiwanaku culture.  We believe this view is supported by the nature of the Tiwanaku state.  Mathew Bandy has suggested that the Tiwanaku culture was a multicultural “hospitality” state, in which high status individuals – the elite – engaged in acts of hospitality which served to emphasise institutionalised social inequality.  Their society was one also that established a widespread hegemonic cultural dominance, not through traditional militaristic means as such, but through immigration and colonial expansion (including into present day Peru).  In this process they subordinated other cultures within the region, with significant social inequality.

We believe that it is to this hegemonic cultural dominance that the “power” figure is directed.  However, we believe that dominance is merely the visible expression of an underlying spiritual imbalance in the culture.  Indeed, it is interesting that given in the later Incan culture the sun god was a masculine deity, even the terminology of the so-named “Gate of the Sun” is perhaps suggestive of a modern implication of imbalance in the Tiwinaku culture – towards the masculine.

In our interpretation the figure was created by Nasca shamans, under the direction of their spirit guides, to reflect the need for energetic balance, a spiritual principle relating to the need for balance between divine masculine and feminine qualities using their neighbouring culture, the Tiwanaku, as a negative example.  In this paper we have attempted to deconstruct the image in identifying those insights.  We believe they reveal the intention to portray the Tiwanaku as an aggressive, hegemonic culture of domination (not in the traditional militaristic sense, but in using the representation of a club in the figure to embody their cultural subordination of those who came within their influence) with advanced stonemasonry skills, a moderate spiritual understanding but with meagre creativity, empathy, nurturing and emotional sensibilities.  And given we believe these insights to be instructional in nature, we see starkly emphasised in the figure a message of spiritual imbalance, between masculine and feminine energies.

Whilst it is not known for sure what caused the fall of the Tiwanaku Empire, it has been suggested that it was its sociodynamics.  There is evidence to suggest it was the result of a social upheaval; possibly even a revolt over the control of food supplies by the ruling elite.  Perhaps it is an appropriate symbolism that the Gate of the Sun, when rediscovered by Europeans a millenia after the fall of the Tiwanaku Empire, was found knocked over with a large crack through it.

In developing this thesis, we note that we have not sought to focus upon current views as to timelines in the formation and development of the Tiwinaku culture.  The early history of the culture does not appear to have received as much archaeological attention as the later Empire and we believe that in furthering our understanding of the Tiwinaku culture at the time of the creation of the “power” figure it is appropriate to let the deconstruction of the Nazca figure speak its message

The rediscovery of this NAZCA “power” figure is a timely reminder of the work our culture needs to undertake if it is to survive and move forward in a balanced manner. The emphasis here is on the word ‘survive’ for we need look no further than the Incan, Aztec or even Roman cultures to determine what happens to cultures that express extreme masculine qualities that lead to ruthless exploitation and expansionism.  Having a level of spiritual understanding was clearly not enough to save these cultures, as each had a system of spiritual beliefs which comprised a pantheon of masculine and feminine energies (i.e. Gods and Godesses).  In the case of the Incans at least, their cosmology even espoused the importance of maintaining a balance between these energies in order to retain the goodwill of the gods.  So what went wrong?  One explanation may be that the feminine qualities of collaboration, emotional  intelligence, nurturing, care for the vulnerable and non-linear thinking held insufficient appeal when compared with the allure of riches and power sought by the Incan elite.  The consequences of this lack of balance appear to have been the destruction of this seemingly invincible South American empire  by the even more powerful and ruthless Spanish invaders.  The once mighty Incans became the impoverished servants of their new Spanish rulers.

It should also be pointed out that the need for nurturing, care and balance extends beyond people, to the environment.  It is surely no coincidence that feminine energies have traditionally been associated with Mother Earth.  Somewhat ironically, the demise of the Nazca culture appears likely due to the over exploitation of the natural environment.  Archeologists postulate that the Nazca culture was destroyed by flooding caused by the combined effects of an El Niño and a landscape that had been cleared of trees for agricultural purposes.

Our own patriarchal Western society lies in similar imbalance, with growing calls for greater emphasis in our community upon the feminine – upon the qualities of collaboration, emotional intelligence, nurturing and care for the vulnerable – qualities that in greater prominence may just save our Western society from a similar demise to the Tiwanaku.  Western culture would be well advised to take heed of the warning represented by this new Nazca “power” figure, lest we suffer the same type of karmic ‘rebalancing’ events that were triggered  by the actions of the Incan, Nasca and possibly Tiwanaku cultures.  For if we don’t choose to take the necessary steps to address the imbalances in our society, and the environment in which we live, fate will surely step in and do the job for us.



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Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ Tower of Wisdom

Featured image by Idontfindaoriginalname – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

A piece on the topic, Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ Tower of Wisdom, that I co-authored with my writing colleague, Marianne Schmidt, was published on Ancient Origins on 23 December 2019. The following link is to a preview of the piece:

The full text of the piece is available with Premium membership on the magazine’s main site.

Ancient Origins is a thoroughly engaging ancient history website that aims to inspire open-minded learning about our past for the betterment of our future through the sharing of research, education and knowledge.

Ancient Origins of the Zodiac

A piece I prepared on this topic was published in 176 (September – October 2019) New Dawn 61-64.

This is an updated, broader and more well developed revision of an earlier piece I wrote on The Lion Man and the Age of Leo.

New Dawn is an excellent magazine first published back in 1991. It publishes material exploring ancient wisdom and new thinking.

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Uncovering the Truth Behind Matriarchal Societies in the Ancient World

A piece I prepared on this topic was published on Ancient Origins on 7 March 2019. The link appears below:

Ancient Origins is a thoroughly engaging ancient history website that aims to inspire open-minded learning about our past for the betterment of our future through the sharing of research, education and knowledge.

Animal Insights into Risky Play

Play it seems is ubiquitous across both cultures and time. The archaeological record supports play amongst our ancestors from at least the Paleolithic era. Much of that record is to be found in physical artefacts like balls, dice, gaming boards and other toys, but some “astonishingly beautiful” children’s footprints preserved beneath the Namibian Sands some 1500 years ago delightfully show a small group of children skipping, hopping and jumping as they shepherded the family flock (Bennett and Reynolds).

And children amongst our ancestors were not accorded the constancy of care so characteristic in today’s society. Footprints found in Southern Ethiopia and probably made by the extinct species Homo heidelbergensis (600,000 to 200,000 years ago) “may have been made by children as young as one or two, standing in the mud while their parents and older siblings got on with their activities” – “[t]his was their school room, and the curriculum was the acquisition of survival skills” (Bennett and Reynolds). The apparently “overwhelming parenting lesson from the distant past … [in which] children had more responsibilities, less adult supervision and certainly no indulgence from their parents” presents “a picture of a childhood very different from our own, at least from the privileged perspective of life in Western society” (Bennett and Reynolds).

It is in the realm of “risky play” that the protectiveness of our modern society is most clearly evident. That area of “thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury, … [but] provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk” (Carrig). Continue reading “Animal Insights into Risky Play”

The Lion Man and the Age of Leo

The lion man from the Stadel Cave in Hohlenstein, Lonetal
Thilo Parg / Wikimedia Commons, License: CC BY-SA 3.0

In a paper recently accepted for publication in the Athens Journal of History, two British academics (Martin Sweatman and Alistair Coombs ) have greatly expanded “our understanding of the astronomical knowledge of ancient people” from a study of Palaeolithic cave art sites in Germany, France and Spain, and Neolithic sites in Turkey. They conclude that “[t]his knowledge, it seems, enabled [the ancients] to record dates, using animal symbols to represent star constellations, in terms of precession of the equinoxes”. They present these conclusions as “at odds with the conventional view that astronomy began in Mesopotamia a few millennia BC and that precession of the equinoxes was discovered by Hipparchus in the 2nd Century BC” which they consider must now be seen as “unsafe”.

Outside the cautious understated expression common in the scientific world, the authors more closely reflect the true impact of their conclusions in observing that “we have undoubtedly cracked [an] ancient zodiacal code”: “This code was likely used for many tens of thousands of years, from at least the time Homo sapiens migrated into Western Europe, around 40,000 years ago, until comparatively recently”.

Continue reading “The Lion Man and the Age of Leo”

Are Animals Spiritual?

On 21 August this year a woman died in a road accident in China. Tragically, more than 700 such deaths are likely to have occurred in China on that single day. However, in the months since, her passing has become a matter of international public interest as her canine companion has continued to stand steadfastly by the guard rail near the spot where she was killed. Allusions have been made to Hachiko, the Akita dog that for almost 10 years from 1925 waited at the end of each day for its dead owner outside a train station in Tokyo (, although there are many examples upon which one could draw of such canine “loyalty”.

I wonder though if the commonly used term “loyalty” properly captures the sentiment behind these actions. I consider them more properly understood as “faith”, a steadfast and unwavering belief that their human companion will rejoin them. Is “faith” spiritual? Are the actions of these dogs evidence to a human mind of a spiritual ethos? And the deeper question: Are animals spiritual? Continue reading “Are Animals Spiritual?”

From knowledge, truth, from truth, understanding


Seek first to understand, then to be understood

– Stephen R Covey

On this blog site I generally post pieces that reflect my values and beliefs. Should readers be interested I also have another blog site on which I post pieces more concerned with my personal experiences in life:


Posts – links by topic

Aboriginal Australians

Central Australia’s Caterpillar Dreaming: Gleaning an insight into Indigenous ritual and ceremony

Central Australian Dreaming Sparks a Glimmer of Hope at a Time of Global Crisis

Ancient cultures and traditions

Ancient Origins of the Zodiac

Awakening our Spiritual Power: A Cosmic Seeing Eye Glass

Denisovan Origins of the Zodiac?

Footprint of Comet Encke?

The Great Pyramid of Egypt: A “Time Machine” Resurrecting Past Consciousness?

The Lion Man and the Age of Leo

Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ Tower of Wisdom

The Memory of Water

Seeing the NAZCA through new eyes

Uncovering the Truth Behind Matriarchal Societies in the Ancient World


Animal Insights into Risky Play

Are Animals Spiritual?

Cats in our community

Ethical and legal aspects of sterilizing pregnant companion animals

Of Great Apes and Lessons for Humanity

Earth and environment

Our Climate Crisis and Humanity’s Extinction: Just a Question of Time?

Plugged into the Planet – Timeless understanding in a time of global need

Pumice Raft or Life Raft?

We are NOT Alone: Thoughts on Comets and Meteorites – Where Life Began?

A Note on “We are NOT Alone: Thoughts on Comets and Meteorites – Where Life Began?”


On being a househusband


Mediums in Popular Culture & Science: A Personal Encounter

On Clairvoyance and Other “Gifts”

Reincarnation – Fact or Fiction

Thinking Telepathy


Of Great Apes and Lessons for Humanity

Ota Benga was born more than a century ago. He was a Mbuti, a short statured indigenous peoples of the Congo. As a four foot 11 inch pygmy with teeth filed to sharp points, he found himself in 1904 headed to the United States to be part of an anthropology exhibition. By 1906, he was working in a role helping maintain the animal habitats at the Bronx Zoo before the interest the public took in the young Ota saw his gradual but ultimate degradation into one of the very exhibits he had been helping maintain. In a sad poststcript, in 1916, aged 32, Ota took his own life.

Ota’s treatment evokes a feeling of revulsion by the standards of our day. Yet Ota shared his cage in the Monkey House with an orangutan named Dohong. Dohong’s circumstances were no less desperate yet even today there is little public interest in his story or the degradation he experienced. Continue reading “Of Great Apes and Lessons for Humanity”