Monday, December 8, 2014

The Secret of the Trident

The trident is an ancient symbol.  Most associate it with the Greek God, Poseidon.  He has a trident in his hand in most depictions.

Andrea Doria as Neptune, by Angelo Bronzino - public domain
Some portray the trident as having a mystical power that could emit some sort of electronic or laser ray to destroy an enemy.  More than likely, that trident was used to catch fish, garden, and defend oneself with.
As I said, the trident was a common ancient tool that was also used for gardening and the Asian Sai is a trident not only used for combat, but for gardening, too.  Per Wikipedia:
garden forkspading forkdigging fork or graip is a gardening implement, with a handle and several (usually four) short, sturdy tines. It is used for loosening, lifting and turning over soil in gardening and farming. It is used similarly to a spade, but in many circumstances it is more appropriate than a spade: the tines allow the implement to be pushed more easily into the ground, it can rake out stones and weeds and break up clods, it is not so easily stopped by stones, and it does not cut through weed roots or root-crops. Garden forks were originally made of wood, but the majority are now made of carbon steel or stainless steel.
Garden forks are slightly different from pitchforks, which are used for moving loose materials such as piled hay, compost, or manure. Garden forks have comparatively a fairly short, usually wooden handle, with a "D" or "T" end. Their tines are usually shorter, flatter, thicker, and more closely spaced.

A smaller version of such forks with shorter, closer-spaced, thinner tines (but a full-sized handle) is known as a border fork orladies' fork, and is used for lighter work such as weeding amongst other plants. Forks with broader, flatter tines are made for liftingpotatoes and other root crops from the ground. A pair of forks back-to-back is often used to lever apart dense clumps of roots.

Two antique sai: an Okinawan octagonal sai and a smaller Indonesian chabang ortjabang.

Chaos Monster and Sun God  (Uranus-Anu murders Tiamat-Chaos) - public domain

Uppercase and lowercase Greek letter psi, the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet. Times New Roman font. - public domain
It is not uncanny that the Greek letter Psi looks like a trident or Sai and is pronounced the same.  This is because this tool probably originated out of Tyre, Crete, and Greece and was introduced to the rest of the world during the Cronide travels.  Many of these symbols probably originated out of ancient Tyre and were similar to Hieroglyphics in that they represented a physical object or concept.
As far as the language of Hebrew goes, it is very similar and probably came from ancient Phoenician. There is a professor who also says that Hebrew is ancient Greek with a slight variation.
The book he wrote sells for over $1900 on Amazon which is highly suspect.
To me this is nothing new.  Through my research, I have shown that the Cronides travelled the world and spawned many bloodlines.  The secret of the trident is that it was used as a gardening tool, a fishing tool, and later as a weapon and it was this such tool that was introduced to the world by the Cronides, along with many other tools for agriculture.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Slumgullion, Depression Era Recipes, and Favorite Cookbooks

I usually don’t like to cook, but throughout life, I’ve found four simple cookbooks that have simple recipes that are easy to make and can be made by children or adults.  Both men and women should learn how to cook and be as independent as they can.  Here are the book names:
Clara’s Kitchen by Clara Cannucciari
Depression Era Recipes by Patricia R. Wagner
Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls by Betty Crocker.
First Meals by Annabel Karmel.
First Meals has a good recipe for bread rolls that can be tailored for food allergies if necessary.  Clara’s Kitchen is interesting because she tells the story of surviving during the Depression and how simple recipes were used.
She was able to have chickens at that time on her property and used a lot of egg, pasta, and vegetables.  The Depression Era Recipe book had an interesting recipe for slumgullion and the Betty Crocker Cook Book has a lot of good recipes for kids and adults to try.
During the Depression, many people had simple vegetable gardens and chickens.  They canned if they could, but they still had to buy wheat and grain products, milk, and meat products from the store.  However, I think the knowledge of what they did during tough economic times is good to know.
Growing a backyard garden can be tough if you have animals and insects that eat your food.  Dogs can be helpful to chase away rabbits and squirrels that will feed off of your food.
I’ve also found some interesting recipes online.  One including grilled zucchini that included slicing the zucchini into several wedges, salt and peppering them in a bag of olive oil and then grilling them until soft.

Here are some links to the books and some youtube videos:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Death of Dionysus-Osiris Occurred During the Age of Scorpio?

I am going to repeat some of the things here from my other blog, because I believe they are important.

Per my research and in my Hidden Human Story books, I’ve calculated the time of Zeus and his children to be around 15,000 to 16,000 years ago per the writings of Diodorus Siculus and the writings of Manetho.

Albert Pike specifically states in his book, Morals and Dogma, that the time of Dionysus-Osiris’ death was during the time the sun was in Scorpio which could be the Age of Scorpio which was about 17,000 to 19,000 years ago.

His information comes from the Freemasonic Tracing board and rituals and symbols.  This time period may also refer to the month of November, possibly, or earlier.  It is hard to say, since the symbols are coded and Masons will lie to the profane.  I will assume it was in the Age of Scorpio as this time period is close to mine.

The Freemasonic Tracing board is used to mark time and to instruct the builder how to align the three column design into their buildings to constellations and solar equinoxes and solstices.

A Third Degree tracing board - public domain

Per Wikipedia:
Tracing boards are painted or printed illustrations depicting the various emblemsand symbols of Freemasonry. They can be used as teaching aids during the lectures that follow each of the Masonic Degrees, when an experienced member explains the various concepts of Freemasonry to new members. They can also be used by experienced members as self-reminders of the concepts they learned as they went through their initiations.

So there you have it, the Freemasons have even allegedly recorded the time period of the death of Dionysus-Osiris which would be around the time shortly after the last global flood.

Plutarch, an ancient Greek scholar, gives the time of the death of Osiris as the following:

Such is the tradition.  They say also that the date on which this deed was done was the seventeenth day of Athyr, when the sun passes through Scorpion, and in the twenty-eighth year of the reign of Osiris; but some say that these are the years of his life and not of his reign.
Plutarch, Moralia Volume V, Page 37.

I believe he is referring to the age of Scorpio just as Albert Pike did.  The vernal equinox varies as the Earth moves through its great cycle of about 26,000 years and the sun rises in a different constellation about every 2000 years.  This is what determines the age.  Some say the month of Athyr corresponds to our month of November.  So it appears that his death was in the month of November during the Age of Scorpio.

As I said in my book, The Time Lords of Atlantis, the constellations and the zodiac wheel is used to mark and tell time.  The stars are the only thing, man cannot destroy.

Per Wikipedia:

The Earth in its orbit around theSun causes the Sun to appear on the celestial sphere moving over theecliptic (red), which is tilted with respect to the equator (blue-white).
In both astrology and historical astronomy, the zodiac (Greek: ζῳδιακός, zōidiakos) is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon theecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The paths of the Moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac, which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude. Because the divisions are regular, they do not correspond exactly to the twelve constellations after which they are named.

Historically, these twelve divisions are called signs. Essentially, the zodiac is acelestial coordinate system, or more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude, and the position of the sun at vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.

So the key in the Great Cycle is the vernal equinox.  The key that I am looking for next, is a key that tells me how many Great Cycles have passed when a star date is given.

Now the movie Stargate has this as its mode to travel through time:

In case you haven’t noticed what this represents, here you go:

Aion-Uranus with Terra (Greek Gaia) on mosaic - public domain

This is how they tell time and travel through it to figure out when things happened and it is part of the code that the elites and priest craft hides from the public.

For those of you following my work, you know that I have found written evidence as well as comparative evidence that the ancient family of the Cronides travelled the world to civilize it.  I’ve asked to present my evidence on national television and other radio shows but none will touch my work.

What I found in the desert of Nevada may be the proof that the Cronides travelled to the Americas.  Their ships would have been similar to Phoenician ships and I theorize based on ancient writings that they travelled around 15,000 to 16,000 years ago.  Albert Pike states that Dionysus-Osiris died during the time the Sun was in Scorpio which may mean the Age of Scorpio.  Some people have calculated this age as far back as:

Age of Scorpio (16,759 to 14,773 BCE or 18,759 to 16,773 years ago)

My date calculations are close to this Age of Scorpio. But it is what I found in the Nevada desert, that I’ve tried to present on a national level, that is possibly the proof of their travels.  At one location, I found petroglyphs that may include a Scorpion above what appears to be a Phoenician ship:

And I’ve also found letters at another site in Nevada that appear to be of Phoenician origin or a derivative.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Experiences as a Self-Published Author Thus Far - public domain

I've always liked to write, but I never did it as a profession to pay the bills. I started to get serious about my writing in my late twenties when I began to write screenplays. I wrote six of them and had one of them optioned twice by the same producer who went to bat for me and tried to get the project funded. Unfortunately, she was not able to do so and after writing six screenplays with a couple more ideas in my mind and flying to California to try and sell them, I was despondent about the whole Hollywood movie writing process and industry.

Everyone kept saying you have to know someone or live in Los Angeles to sell your screenplays. I didn't believe them and kept plugging away and like I said I was able to get one of them optioned. After years of trying to crack the Hollywood market, I just moved on because there was much more to write.

This time, I decided to write books. I did a lot of research and took some classes and began to write my children's series. I went out to New York and acquired an agent, but this agent didn't help me get the project off the ground but instead wanted to charge me for editing fees which is a big no-no. After almost a year of wasted time with this person, I decided to take my plunge into the world of self-publishing.

When I first started, there was a limited number of self-publishing companies and many of them not only wanted you to pay for the publishing process, but wanted to have ownership of your copyrighted material for a certain amount of time which is ridiculous. I finally found a company that did not do this but only asked for startup costs. I began self-publishing my first book back in 2010. In addition to the creative process, I had to wear the marketing and business hats as well and become my own company. I hired a graphic artist for the covers and had to figure out how to market my books.

First I went to local craft fairs where I received a pleasant reception. Then I was invited to school craft sales, library shows, library talks, book fairs, and finally I had to set up my internet platform. Now it is 4 1/2 years later, and I've seen so many changes in the self-publishing industry. Luckily, I found Createspace and have thus far been happy with them. I'm mastering the internet platform including blogging, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.   And oh yes, I tried to get independent people to review one of my books and found one that would do it. I've guest blogged, had a couple of newspaper articles written about me, and am still hoping to present my material on a national platform at some point down the road.  It's been a long road, but it's been worth it.

Writing is a passion. We all wish we can be the next big selling author, but it's a hard thing to accomplish.  Seeing your fan base grow is still a pretty good feeling. Self-publishing has gotten cheaper and more efficient.  I still have plenty of ideas in my head that have yet to be brought to life on the pages of a book and brought to my internet platform. Self-publishing has given me that freedom and who knows where things will go down the road and even when I'm dead and gone.   What I've written stays for future generations as long as people still love to read and write and books aren't burnt or destroyed by the hands of a few.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Haunted Tour in Elmhurst, Illinois

I took a haunted tour last night in Elmhurst, Illinois.  It was put on by a team of investigators including a retired policeman.  The team investigated 7 sites within blocks said to be haunted in Elmhurst.  What was interesting was the method of research used.  The police officer used his detective skills to research the area and investigate paranormal reports while his partners used paranormal research methods and tools to investigate the reported paranormal activity.  At one site (the cemetery) a picture was taken that showed a blue light on one of the tombstones.  Many thought the light was paranormal, but upon further investigation, the light was a refection from a blue light in the parking lot across the street.

The tour guide (Ray Johnson) was very knowledgeable of the history of the area and even had photographs for us to look at the sites.  His other 2 partners investigated the sites with the standard paranormal methods and tools and were able to capture several EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) at the sites of which they presented in a slide show after the tour.

The tour was at night and included about 2 hours of walking outdoors.  I would recommend bringing the tour map with you as you will have to walk back to your car (several blocks away at the starting point of the tour) at the end so pay attention to your location.  At the end of the tour, there are several restaurants in the middle of town that you may want to dine at.  You can also park your car near the end of the tour and walk to the starting point if you so chose.  Here are some photographs from the tour:

With this said, I have done some of my own paranormal investigations as well as doing strictly historical and archaeological investigations.  The idea of adding some EVP testing at the end is something I will probably try to incorporate in future investigations.  Here are four videos of my investigations, two of which did have some paranormal phenomenon present. The Cuba road has a lower volume for the first several minutes and then the volume increased due to differences in microphones. The cemetery on Cuba Road did have some white lights in the pictures I took.  The Princess Mound in Wisconsin, is where I experienced the paranormal activity.  I have learned from this tour and I don’t know of anyone who has ever gone to very ancient sites/mythological sites and tried to conduct paranormal research but rather they strictly tried to use basic research methods for the area all though I have seen some photographs inside the Egyptian pyramids that have orbs in them.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hindu Sacred Texts

Kesu Kalan and Miskin,
"Lord Krishna in the Golden City"
(Dwaraka), from the Harivamsha, ca. 1600, during Akbar's reign. Freer Gallery - public domain

There are many sacred texts in Hinduism.  Initially, there are the Vedas and there are 4 of them.  The Rig Veda is  the most important.  The Rig Veda is a collection of hymns to various gods.  The other Vedas contain hymns, chants, and lists of sacrifices.  Most Vedas were read by priests all though some of the Vedas were composed by women.  Today, the Vedas are in print and available to the world.

The Vedic gods are not usually worshipped in today's Hinduism, all though I believe they are the same gods as the gods of Hinduism, today but with different names.  Indra is the equivalent of the Greek Zeus and has a lightning bolt as his weapon.

The Upanishads are considered the philosophical portions of the Vedas.

The Greeks have their epic poems of the Iliad and the Odyssey and the Hindus have two of their own epic poems called the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.  The Ramayana tells the tale of Rama and Sita, a husband and wife, and the mission of Rama to find his kidnapped wife Sita, who was taken by an evil king of Lanka (today's Sri Lanka).  The Mahabharata tells the tale of cousins fighting each other for the throne.  The five good Pandava brothers must fight their evil 100 Kaurava cousins.  The counselor to the Pandavas, gets the aid of Krishna while the counselor to the Kauravas gets the horses, elephants and weapons of Krishna.  Krishna would not take sides but counsels Arjuna (counselor to the Pandavas) that good men must not let bad men win and take over even if some must die.

The Bhagavad Gita summaries the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna and is a favorite amongst Hindus.

Lastly, the Puranas are considered the average person's Vedas and there are 18 of them.  They help Hindus learn more about their gods/goddesses.

Hindus believe that time is cyclical and they believe in reincarnation and the concepts of Karma and Dharma.  I will talk a bit more about the Hindu fundamentals, but for now I want to dive into the comparisons of the ancient Hindu Gods to the Cronides. 

Krishna is the equivalent to the Greek Dionysus and Egyptian Osiris (and all his other names).  He had a kingdom in Dwarka.  It is underwater today, but has been found.

From Wikipedia:

Dvārakā (Gujarati દ્વારકા) also known as Dvāravatī, sometimes transcribed as Dwaraka and Dwaravati meaning "the many-gated [city]" in Sanskrit, is a city in Hindu tradition
Dvārakā is one of the seven sacred cities ("saptapuri") of Hinduism.[2] In the Mahabharata it was an existing city, formery called Kushasthali, the fort of which had to be repaired by the Yadava people.[3] In this epic the city is described as a capital of the Anarta Kingdom. According to the Harivamsa Purana the city was located in the Region of Sindhu.[4] According to this Purana it was build on proposal of Garuda on request of Krishna by Vishvakarma, to secure the Yadava people

The many-gated city almost sounds like a description from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Two 'gate spells'. On the top register, Ani and his wife face the 'seven gates of the House of Osiris'. Below, they encounter ten of the 21 'mysterious portals of the House of Osiris in the Field of Reeds'. All are guarded by unpleasant protectors. - public domain

From Wikipedia:
The geography of Duat is similar in outline to the world the Egyptians knew. There are realistic features like rivers, islands, fields, lakes, mounds and caverns, along with fantastic lakes of fire, walls of iron and trees of turquoise. In the Book of Two Ways, one of the Coffin Texts, there is even a map-like image of the Duat.[4]
The Book of the Dead and Coffin Texts were intended to guide people who had recently died through the Duat's dangerous landscape and to a life as an akh or blessed spirit amongst the gods. The dead person must pass a series of gates guarded by dangerous spirits, depicted as human bodies with grotesque heads of animals, insects, torches or knives.[5]

I often wonder if descriptions of this gated city in the afterworld are just descriptions of the gated city or cities that Dionysus-Osiris lived in while he was alive and it appears that Dwarka was a gated city or city of gates.  It appears that Dwarka has been found under the water.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hindu Gods/Goddesses and the Cronides

Hinduism is a very complex belief system and has a lot of symbolism in it as well as multiple versions of it.  The Indian people are as old as can be and were considered to be autochtones to the area per Greek scholars (I will post some excerpts in later blog articles).  The Aryans were a different people who came in and invaded the lands of India (as it is called today) and with their invasions came the creation of a caste system.  The caste system was based on color and the top caste were called the Brahmins.  The Brahmins were the ones allowed to perform the rituals necessary for the Hindu gods/goddesses.  The next caste was the warrior caste called the Kshatriyas.  Then came the farmer and trade caste called the Vaishyas and then finally the lowest caste used for menial work called the Shudras.  The history of the Indian people is complex and has been addressed in The Library Kids series. 

The gods/goddesses of the Hindus are many, but the main systems of worship include Shaivism and Vaishnavism.  The worship of goddesses is included as well with Kali having her own priests.
The gods had enemies as well just as the Cronides had the Titans as enemies.  What is most interesting is the mention of nectar of the gods/goddesses which is similar to the Greek concept of Ambrosia of the Gods.  In my opinion, this drink is alcohol of which they invented and perfected.

The stories of these ancient Hindu gods/goddesses are included in the Puranas, Vedas, and epic poems including the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Vishnu is considered the preserver whereas Shiva is considered the destroyer.  Brahma is the father god.  In my opinion all three represent Zeus as does Indra.  The sons of Shiva include Ganesh and Kartikeya.  Ganesh was the God of Writing just as was Hermes (a son of Zeus) and Kartikeya is the god of war as Ares was the god of war (son of Zeus).

The symbolism of Shiva includes many things including a third eye (similar to the eye of Odin used to gain knowledge), the bull (as Zeus), the lingam and yoni (Zeus had many lovers), and the serpent (Zeus was also associated with a serpent).

Shiva absorbed in meditation, as depicted commonly in Hinduism

Kartikeya with his wives by Raja Ravi Varma
Heramba-Ganesha with consort, 18th century Nepal.

Vishnu has a wife named Lakshmi who is the equivalent to Hera.  Vishnu and Shiva are said to have avatars (reincarnations or those that do their will) that come into the world throughout time when needed.


Vishnu and Lakshmi riding on Vishnu's Vahana Garuda – Painting from Rajasthan, Bundi, c. 1730 (in Los Angeles County Museum of Art )

Garuda is the eagle that Vishnu rides.  This is the sacred bird associated with Zeus as well is the Phoenix.

Krisha was the equivalent of the Greek Dionysus-Osiris.  He was shown as a child and an adult just as Dionysus was (see my work on Zagreus).  Krishna was said to mesmerize the milkmaids which is similar to the cult of Dionysus which consisted of female Maenads and Satyrs and revolved around alcohol and dancing.

Shree Krishna statue at the Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

Krishna also had a foster mother named Yahsoda just as Dionysus had Rhea since his mother Semele had died.  Krishna was killed by a poison arrow just as the Nordic equivalent of Dionysus, named Balder, was killed by an arrow made of mistletoe.

Kali was the war goddess and Shiva was the only one able to stop her.  This sounds like Athena, all though the Greek goddess of war and crafts was much more refined in her approach to war.  Saraswati is a goddess of knowledge and the arts which is another aspect of Athena.

Saraswati by Raja Ravi Varma

Agni was the Hindu god of fire and sacrifices which is the equivalent of the Greek Prometheus.

Agni, the fire god

Surya is the Hindu sun god and is equivalent to the Greek Apollo.

A 19th-century painting of Surya on his chariot

Durga is a mother goddess that may be the Greek Rhea.

Maa Durga

Parvati may be either Hera or Demeter.  I would lean towards Hera due to the war god being her son with Shiva.

Parvati as four-armed Lalita with her sons Ganesha and Skanda, Odisha, India. 11th century sculpture from the British Museum. 1872,0701.54 .

Lalita is the Hindu goddess of love and is termed, "she who play" and would be the equivalent of the Greek Aphrodite.

Lastly, all of the gods had a feminine aspect to them.  As I begin to discover more similarities between the Hindu gods/goddesses and the Cronides, I will post it on this blog.  For now, I'd like to move into the sacred Hindu texts at this point.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tommy Atkins and India

"Tommies" from the Royal Irish Rifles in the Battle of the Somme's trenches during the First World War.
Tommy was a slang term for a British soldier, particularly during World War I.  The Germans used to call out to Tommy during the world war.  The origin of the term is debated.  The term was used by Alice Bailey to refer to the British soldiers that occupied India during the early 20th century.  Per Wikipedia:
Tommy Atkins or Thomas Atkins has been used as a generic name for a common British soldier for many years. The origin of the term is a subject of debate, but it is known to have been used as early as 1743. A letter sent from Jamaica about a mutiny amongst the troops says "except for those from N. America ye Marines and Tommy Atkins behaved splendidly".[1][2]
Following the British defeat by the Boers at the Battle of Magersfontein in December 1899, Private Smith of the Black Watch wrote the following poem:[6]
Such was the day for our regiment
Dread the revenge we will take.
Dearly we paid for the blunder
A drawing-room General’s mistake.
Why weren’t we told of the trenches?
Why weren’t we told of the wire?
Why were we marched up in column,
May Tommy Atkins enquire…

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Hinduism and the Cronides

A mosaic of Dionysus fighting the Indians in the Palazzo Massimo at Rome.
I intend to show through ancient Hindu mythology and writings, that the Hindu gods/goddesses are the same as the Greek-Egyptian Gods and are the same as the Cronides.  To start off, I will give a brief  chart of which god/goddess corresponds to which god/goddess in Greek mythology.  There are various forms of Hinduism as well and I will try my best to explain the differences.  The writings from ancient Greek Scholars such as Nonnos and his Dionysiaca tell the story of the interaction of the ancient Cronides with the Indian people who were considered autochthones to the area.  The main Indian character named King Deriades will be explored further in this blog as the Indians considered themselves to be children of the River and King Deriades would not submit to Dionysus but was instead killed after years of war with Dionysus and his army.  The number of Hindu gods/goddesses are said to be in the millions, but it is their main gods/goddesses that I will concentrate on.  Here are a few of the equivalents:

Zeus- Indra, Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Pashupati

Hera - Lakshmi

Dionysus - Krishna

Kali  - Athena

Agni - Prometheus

Ganesh - Hermes

Pavarti - Demeter

In addition to these main gods/goddesses, they often have various other incarnations which almost appear to be different aspects of the same being or perhaps hints at reincarnation in some cases.

Per Wikipedia:

Hinduism is the dominant religion[note 1] of the Indian subcontinent, and consists of many diverse traditions. It includes Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism[2] among numerous other traditions, and a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of "daily morality" based on karma, dharma, and societal norms. Hinduism is a categorisation of distinct intellectual or philosophical points of view, rather than a rigid, common set of beliefs.[3]

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Celtic Writing System of Ogham

The twenty standard letters of the Ogham alphabet and the five forfeda. The box on the left shows the consonants, and the box on the right shows the vowels (both non-IPA). The letter labelled IA (Ifín) earlier had the value of p. An additional (secondary) letter p is shown as 26th character (peith). Note: This is the vertical writing of Ogham. In the horizontal form, the right side would face downward.

Ogham is an ancient Celtic method of writing that has various legends associated with it.  Per Wikipedia:

According to the 11th-century Lebor Gabála Érenn, the 14th-century Auraicept na n-Éces, and other Medieval Irish folklore, ogham was first invented soon after the fall of the Tower of Babel, along with the Gaelic language, by the legendary Scythian king, Fenius Farsa. According to the Auraicept, Fenius journeyed from Scythia together with Goídel mac Ethéoir, Íar mac Nema and a retinue of 72 scholars. They came to the plain of Shinar to study the confused languages at Nimrod's tower (the Tower of Babel). Finding that they had already been dispersed, Fenius sent his scholars to study them, staying at the tower, co-ordinating the effort. After ten years, the investigations were complete, and Fenius created in Bérla tóbaide "the selected language", taking the best of each of the confused tongues, which he called Goídelc, Goidelic, after Goídel mac Ethéoir. He also created extensions of Goídelc, called Bérla Féne, after himself, Íarmberla, after Íar mac Nema, and others, and the Beithe-luis-nuin (the ogham) as a perfected writing system for his languages. The names he gave to the letters were those of his 25 best scholars.
Alternatively, the Ogam Tract credits Ogma mac Elathan (Ogmios) with the script's invention. Ogma was skilled in speech and poetry, and created the system for the learned, to the exclusion of rustics and fools. The first message written in Ogam were seven b's on a birch, sent as a warning to Lug mac Elathan, meaning: "your wife will be carried away seven times to the otherworld unless the birch protects her". For this reason, the letter b is said to be named after the birch, and In Lebor Ogaim goes on to tell the tradition that all letters were named after trees, a claim also referred to by the Auraicept as an alternative to the naming after Fenius' disciples.

Ogham is sometimes called the "Celtic Tree Alphabet", based on a high medieval Bríatharogam tradition ascribing names of trees to the individual letters. The etymology of the word ogam or ogham remains unclear. One possible origin is from the Irish og-úaim 'point-seam', referring to the seam made by the point of a sharp weapon.[4] 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Celtic Historical Cycle or Cycle of Kings

The "Mound of the Hostages"

The Historical Cycle is the time period of the legendary High Kings of Tara.  Their history was preserved by the Bards.  It covers the time period from Labraid Loingsech (around 431 BC) to the historical Brian Boru.

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The Celtic Fenian Cycle

Fionn mac Cumhaill, illustration by Stephen Reid.

The Fenian cycle describes the exploits of the hero giant named Fionn Mac Cumhaill and his warriors from Fianna.  It is the 3rd Cycle of the four major Irish Cycles.  Fionn is famous for his outwitting of another giant by pretending to be his own baby.

The Fianna were a coalition of clans, for the protection of the kingdom, brought together by Cormac mac Art.   A man named Cumhal leads the clan.  He is killed and the treasure of the clan is stolen after the Battle of Knock.  Cumhal's wife, Muirne escapes and has a son named Demna who is later renamed Fionn because of his fair hair.  When he is grown he takes revenge on those who killed his father and recovers the clan's treasure bag and becomes a clan leader.

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The Celtic Ulster Cycle

"Cuchulain Slays the Hound of Culain", illustration by Stephen Reid from Eleanor Hull's The Boys' Cuchulain, 1904.

The Ulster Cycle (also known as the Red Branch Cycle) is the 2nd of the four great cycles of Irish Celtic history.  It revolves around the heroes of the Ulaid which is now part of Easter Ulster and northern Leinster in Ireland and is said to have occurred around the 1st century AD.

The stories are set around the reign of King Conchobar mac Nessa, who rules Ulaid from Emain Macha.  The most talked about hero is the nephew of King Conchobar, Cu Chulainn who is also known as Cúchulainn.  The people of Ulaid are in conflict with the people of Connachta which are lead by their Queen Medb and her husband Ailill.

The parentage of Cuchulainn is rather strange.  It is said that he is the son of the long gone god Lug (Greek Apollo) who appears to him in a vision later in life when he is injured.  Per wikipedia (and also described in Celtic mythology):

There are a number of versions of the story of Cú Chulainn's birth. In the earliest version of Compert C(h)on Culainn ("The Conception of Cú Chulainn"), his mother Deichtine is the daughter and charioteer of Conchobar mac Nessa, king of Ulster, and accompanies him as he and the nobles of Ulster hunt a flock of magical birds. Snow falls, and the Ulstermen seek shelter, finding a house where they are made welcome. Their host's wife goes into labour, and Deichtine assists at the birth of a baby boy. A mare gives birth to two colts at the same time. The next morning, the Ulstermen find themselves at the Brug na Bóinde (the Neolithic mound at Newgrange)—the house and its occupants have disappeared, but the child and the colts remain. Deichtine takes the boy home and raises him to early childhood, but he falls sick and dies. The god Lug appears to her and tells her he was their host that night, and that he has put his child in her womb, who is to be called Sétanta. Her pregnancy is a scandal as she is betrothed to Sualtam mac Róich, and the Ulstermen suspect Conchobar of being the father, so she aborts the child and goes to her husband's bed "virgin-whole". She then conceives a son whom she names Sétanta.[9]

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I was just thinking about recycling while taking a break in between my mythology research.  If you really think about it, the average person has always recycled.  Milk bottles were always returned, baby diapers were washed, and any kind of tool or useful item was resold or passed down family lines.

Yes, we had a period of just polluting the Earth in America by just throwing garbage out of a car or dumping, but that changed quickly.  I'm old enough to remember the TV campaigns of the crying "Native American" and the thrust into the Green Movement. 

I also have read about and witnessed first hand, the times that companies would just dump their waste into water or on forest land and cause cancers by this action.   Their smoke stacks would just pump the pollution out into the air.  They still do this, if they can get away with it and have moved industries to other counties with less restrictions on pollutions.

Seems to me the average person in America makes an effort to recycle, everyday. With strong government rules and penalties, most companies don't find it advantageous to do "midnight dumps" into the environment, but some still do and need to be held accountable.

Seems this whole "carbon" footprint thing is a scam though.  Breathing is natural and carbon dioxide feeds the plants.  I don't think the average person in America is to blame for pollution anymore (all though I'm sure there are some slobs still out there).

I've been recycling for a long time.  I think I'm going to add a new garbage bin in the kitchen just for recyclables to see if I recycle more, rather than just taking the item to the large blue recycling bin in the garage.

Only thing left to do is figure out how electronics and disposable baby diapers can be recycled more.  Here is a video from a large recycling company.  I would like to go there and visit one day to see what really happens with all of the garbage.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Book of Kells

Folio 32v shows Christ enthroned.


The Irish Book of Kells is an illustrated book in Latin of the four Biblical Gospels and includes texts and tables as well.  I found one interesting comment in it about the symbolism of Jesus Christ.

Christ was identified and accompanied by a large number of different symbols, including the fish, the lion, the snake, and the peacock. 

Thames & Hudson, The Book of Kells, Page 50.

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The Children of Dagda

The Dagda had many children. It is not easy to determine all of their counterparts in Greek mythology because the Greek Zeus had over 150 children.  But there are some obvious examples.

Here is my analysis of the counterparts:

Brigid - Greek Athena

Aengus -unknown at this time.

Cermait - Greek Dionysus

Bodb Derg (successor) - unknown at this time.

Midir - unknown at this time.

I would equate the following Irish Gaelic Gods/Goddesses with the Greek Gods/Goddesses as follows:

Dian Cecht - God of Medicine - Greek Apollo ?

Goibniu - God of the Smiths - Greek Hephaestus

Lir - God of the sea - Greek Poseidon

Lugh - Warrior God  - Greek Apollo

Elatha - Father of Dagda - Greek Cronus

As I am able to find more Celtic literature, I will be able to determine the rest of the equivalents.

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