:There is nothing accidental about the fact that we in the West are starved for some real sense of meaning and crying out for something that, in spite of all our apparent sophistication and material success, we are no longer even able to name. This western civilization of ours was created for a purpose. Until we start to discover that purpose again, our lives will be meaningless. Unless we touch our roots and make contact again with the essence of our past, we can have no future.”

Peter Kingsley

From:  Parmenides and Empedocles  


Dear Friends,

Speech is Silver, but Silence is Golden, as the Old Saying goes,  so here is another, and possibly final onslaught of information before the end of the year.  This is just to remind you that I have set up an esoteric research group, for those with strong stomachs for details and hard work,  but you have to visit this on the web at: LUXLAPIS RESEARCH  where you join . .. .   there are some wonderful sites and discoveries in the material hyperlinked in blue, beneath . .  and though it is a bit chaotic . . .  All Paths Lead to the One?
Love, Peace & Light,

Samten de Wet 

Science & Spirit 

“Connecting, science, religion and life,” Science and Spirit seeks “to encourage dialogue between science and religion.”  Visit the website to subscribe or read selected articles from the current issue.

CONSIDERATIONS MAGAZINE  of Astrology has published articles by Cape Town Author Prier Wintle, some of which are available online. 

Princeton University publishes The Papers from the ERANOS YEARBOOKS

Jewish Mysticism 

HERMES BY THE SEINE  discover who is the Hermes by the Seine?


MYTH MYTHOS MITYA -  Who is Come Carpenter and what is his agenda?




 A magnificent collection of pictures of ORPHEUS,  from classical sources and through Art History to contemporary times. Brilliant collection of images - seems to be based in Yugoslavia.

ANGLES OF CO-INCIDENCE   -   Another fix for da Vinci Code Fans!

THE astrological origin of ISLAMIC GEOMANCY  and:

Introduction to Islamic Heraldry by Dr. Murray Lee Eiland open up fresh perspectives  . . 



"Although we still mistake the space of the mind ... for the space outside, we are learning the former is no less powerful than the latter. Identity, power, and historical truth have their roots in these imaginative realms. Every individual thinks part of a tradition and therefore is thought by it, allowing us to perceive the obscure roots of history which go back to the dawn of Homo sapiens. And yet, the exploration of our mind space is only the beginning."

"Magic is not about disorder. On the contrary, it reestablishes a peaceful coexistence between the conscious and unconscious when coexistence is under attack." Ioan Culiano

Any thoughts, as we park at this crossroad? asks  Debora Mattingly Conner.

Here are some Animals in Mythology from various sources, ogres, toads, hares, and the Buraq . . . 

Giant Animals in Hebrew Lore


The Toad and the Hare



Bartholomaeus Anglicus   THE MEDIEVAL BESTIARY

Pinocchio. The Puberty Rite of a Puppet   -   Iakov Levi


Stunning website on ATALANTA FUGIENS . . .  wealth of material outside my comprehension because its in French, though I can get some sense here and there and follow clues . .

 James Arthur Dies, World's Foremost Ethno-Mycologist    -   John Allen, Dies In Suspicious Circumstances.

Read bio - also a practising Buddhist - DORJE DROLOD

Qasr Libya, Byzantine Mosaics

Site of a Byzantine fort and church dating back to the reign of the Emperor Justinian (6th century AD). A floor of stunning mosaic panels was discovered in 1957, the majority of which are now housed in the on-site museum.


Neathery de Safita (Neathery Batsell Fuller) July 2002

Seeing that the Tarot could not have been  printed on bone, stone or leather, I was thinking aloud, that the History of Paper - and the places where it was produced for the first time in Europe, may offer some clues as to the  origin of cards on paper . . .  see an excellent overview  where mention is made of the Bayley book on watermarks:

Secret Symbols

Curiously, scholars who write about the Holy Grail, such as Margaret Starbird have turned to a 19th century Scottish scholar, Harold Bayley who theorized that watermarks were secret signs of pre-Reformation Protestant mystic or gnostic groups sects known in France as Albigeois and Vaudois and as Cathari or Patarini in Italy. (Bayley 1902, 5)

ROBERT GRAVES Online Discussion Forums - an absolute MUST for Graves Fans!

TANTRA WORKS     & About TANTRA WORKS    &   About Nik Douglas   &   Tantra Art




Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition, 1, 2001  By Names and Images: Golden Dawn Egyptian Mythology by J. S. Kupperman

Anonimo La creazione del cielo a Palazzo Besta,  Teglio circa 1550


Books relating to topics such as medicine and astronomy joined those on scripture and theology. Ancient knowledge was transmitted through the monastic scribes. In early eleventh-century Canterbury, for example, a manuscript was made of Cicero’s ’Aratea’, a Latin translation by the first-century Roman poet of a verse textbook on astronomy written three centuries before Christ by the Greek, Aratus of Soli.

During the twelfth century the number of monasteries and abbeys grew, all needing manuscripts for their libraries. From around 1200, alternative centres of learning appeared in the shape of the first universities. Production of manuscripts began to shift from monastic scriptoria to professional workshops in the new university towns. Their subject matter became broader and more secular.


HAKIM BEY     The Architectonality of Psychogeographicism or The Hieroglyphics of Driftwork

Such strange thoughts,  but resonating with the energy of fresh ideas . . or stale as some may think . . .


An example of a 'New Age' interpretation of the BibleH Christina Steyn, Department of Religious Studies, University of South Africa


This article sketches the framework in terms of the New Age movement, the Ancient Wisdom tradition and the astrological background in which a `New Age' interpretation of the Bible is made by esotericist Corinne Heline. Her interpretation of the Christ and his mission on earth is explored and attention is given to the concept of salvation in this context. In conclusion, the necessary presuppositions for the validity of this type of exegesis are considered.

France: Vézelay, Benedictine Abbey Church of Sante-Marie-Madeleine

Zodiac signs and Labors of the Months on the  Central Portal in Narthex

FRANCE: ABBEY OF SAINT-DENIS   West Facade: Left Portal, Jamb Reliefs: Signs of the Zodiac


Selected Bosch Bibliography

Coronations In Catholic Theology   by Charles A. Coulombe.  INTERNATIONAL MONARCHIST LEAGUE

The Luttrell Psalter 1345  -  A very nice page to introduce children to medieval illuminated manuscripts . . . . .

Proserpina abducted by Pluto, who carries her on his shoulder into Hades. Ovidius, Métamorphoses (anonymous translation)     Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, français 137

The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 488 D 8     -     Willem den Elger, Zinne-beelden der liefde

Love in a chariot drawn by Mars, Jupiter, Netpune and Pluto

Den Haag, MMW, 10 A 11   -   Augustinus, La Cité de Dieu, Boek I-X (vertaling uit het Latijn by Raoul de Presles)

Boek 7, 20. Proserpina plukt bloemen met haar metgezellinnen; Ceres bezorgd over haar dochter Proserpina die door Pluto is meegevoerd ~ de roof van Proserpina (achtergrond)

Den Haag, MMW, 10 A 11    -   Augustinus, La Cité de Dieu, Boek I-X (vertaling from the Latin by Raoul de Presles)

Boek 7, 22. Landschap met rivier en zee; Salacia (godin van de diepe zee) bedreigt Neptunus (met het bijschrijft 'Vulcanus'); duivels

Monumental Tombs of Alexandria, Part I   &  Part II   by Jimmy Dunn

Curious Investigation Concerning the Nature of the Sun and Moon - Michael Scotus


Warren Hollister - Giordano Bruno and the Infinite Universe
Arne Wettermark - The Albigenses: Bearers of a Bygone Wisdom-Tradition
Manas - The Resources of William Blake

Borchardt, F.L., The Magus as Renaissance Man, Sixteenth Century Journal, Volume 21, Issue 1, Spring 1990, 57-76.

Brown, B., The Renaissance and Historians of Science, Studies in the Renaissance, Volume 7, 1960, 27-42. (c. ref. Arts & Humanities)

Clay, J., Robert Boyle: a Jungian perspective, British Journal of the History of Science, Vol. 32, 1999, 285-98. (c. ref. Analytic & Cognitive Psychology)

Cochrane, E., Science and Humanism in the Italian Renaissance, The American Historical Review, Volume 81, Issue 5 , Dec., 1976, 1039-1057.

Del Re, G., Technology and the spirit of alchemy, International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry, Vol. 3 (1997), 51-63.

Newman, W., Technology and Alchemical Debate in the Late Middle Ages, Isis, Volume 80, Issue 3, Sept., 1989, 423-445.

Pagel, P., Jung’s Views on Alchemy, Isis, Volume 39, Issue 1/2, May 1948, 44-48 (C.Ref. Analytic & Cognitive Psychology)

Thorndike, L., Mediaeval Magic and Science in the Seventeenth Century, Speculum, Volume 28, Issue 4, Oct. 1953, 692-704.

Wright, P., Astrology and Science in Seventeenth-Century England, Social Studies of Science, Volume 5, Issue 4, Nov. 1975, 399-422.

FROM:   http://members.shaw.ca/competitivenessofnations/2.%20Articles.htm

Juan Battista Villalpando

This is a Spanish Jesuit of the sixteenth century, is famous for a powerful study about Salomon’s original temple rebuiding that had a big influence on European architecture and culture, he is an Hebraism student and a lover of Ars Magna by Raimondo Lullo. His mind about architecture is firm: as the architecture of Vitruvio is the only rational, is also the only possible architecture about the divine revelation and for that he lounchs into parallelism between the text of Vitruvio and the Writing. His influence reached five or six architects generations. In 1657 a polyglot Bible was published in London where there were included the thesis by Villalpando. In 1741 John Wood was expressly inspired by Villalpando for his building origins. A track to go deep, isn’t right?


I have always been of the opinion, that the City, is an archetype in its own right. And following the indications, or should we say, indicators, of Horary Astrology, each city has its astrological ruler. Now according to semi-established opinion, Johannesburg is ruled by Leo [obviously, the City of Gold] and Cape Town by Pisces [obviously, the Two Fish, the Two Oceans].  Johannesburg is very centrifugal, as a result, and Cape Town very centripetal.

This again, brings us to the fact, that in our personal Natal Charts, certain cities would be beneficial to the advancement of our pure motivations, and others would be detrimental.  Some flourish in certain cities, others perish. This becomes even more amplified, when the City in question has a history of initiatory activity. Sometimes the City closes its gates, other times, the Red Carpet is rolled out. After all, if a City is an Organic Being, as well, it may or may not want its frequencies to be tampered with . . . or it may extend a warm invitation to participate.

Often, the difficulties in the beginning should not discourage one . .  but should be seen as a test. Those not worthy of entering, will be discouraged to do so, not knowing of course, that some destiny awaits them behind & beyond the obstacles.

Emperor of Culture:  Alfonso X the Learned of Castile and His  Thirteenth-Century Renaissance 


Ludovico Lazzarelli (late 16th century), Italian

Musica Ludovico Lazzarelli (late 16th century). Rome: Vatican Library, Urb. Lat. 717. Ref. Frings (1999: 268, pl. 9 – b&w). A personification of Music sits playing a cylindrical recorder with paired holes for the lowermost finger. An organetto, lute, harp, rebec and some ambiguous wind instruments lie scattered at her feet. Cf. the so-called "Tarocchi Cards of Mantegna".

Poesia Ludovico Lazzarelli (late 16th century). Rome: Vatican Library, Urb. Lat. 717. Ref. Frings (1999: 268, pl. 9 – b&w). A personification of Poetry sits before a fountain playing a recorder one-handed. The instrument is slender with a flared bell and paired (offset) holes for the lowermost finger. Cf. the so-called "Tarocchi Cards of Mantegna".

Recorder Iconography, Compiled by Nicholas S. Lander.

Frescoes in the Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Simon Wintle has hand block printed some pretty cards - though not Tarot, useful for the technique: Around 1987 I decided to make a pack of playing cards from woodblocks and coloured with stencils. The purpose of the exercise was to acquire insight and practical experience into the circumstantial problems of printing playing cards from woodblocks, their design, colouring with stencils, etc. I was carrying out my 'apprenticeship'.

Interesting piece by the late Alan Watts: The Cross of Cards by Alan Watts

The CASTEL DEL MONTE, Templar Building is online here with graphics.

Check out the frescos at   EUROWEB




Mangala Shri Bhuti  Centre of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

The sole vision of Mangala Shri Bhuti is to make our lives more meaningful through supporting our study, practice and realization. The more we orient ourselves in this direction, the more we reap the fruit of our effort, dedication and longing. In this life as well as the next we progress toward our ultimate goal - the ability to bring true and lasting benefit to all beings.
msbsecretary@mangalashribhuti.org   OR:
Mangala Shri Bhuti, PO Box 4088, Boulder, CO 80306 


19 Bowden road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town, South Africa. tel: (021) 447 0159. fax: (021) 447 1023

E-mail Newsletter:  For updates and news about the centre subsrcibe to our e-mail newletter. Teaching dates programme information and practice issues are covered within. To subrscribe to our e-mail newsletter send an email to chad@wisdomcentre.org with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

Jennifer Woodhull

Jennifer Woodhull has practiced and studied in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism since 1984, when she became a student of the late Vidyadhara the Ven. Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. She is a meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist organization he founded and a director in its secular sister track, Shambhala Training. As the Wisdom Centre's resident teacher, Jennifer facilitates all aspects of our three major focus areas: meditation instruction, Buddhist studies and the Shambala Training programmes.

Jennifer grew up in Cape Town. She recently returned from the United States, where she has spent the past 30 years. As a member of the Boulder, Colorado Shambhala and Nalandabodhi communities (the sanghas of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Ponlop Rinpoche, respectively), she has been privileged to receive teachings from some of the pre-eminent teachers of our time, including H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. Jennifer is a writer and editor by profession. She is currently engaged in helping a number of Buddhist authors bring their teachings to print.

Jennifer's Teachers:   Jennifer's current teachers are The Seventh Dzogchen Ponlop, Rinpoche and Bhikshuni Pema Chödrön. It is from their inspiration and guidance that Jennifer's practice and teaching approach derive.

Kargu Media Lab
It is very important to take notes, to listen, contemplate and meditate, but all the while remain aware that the essence is contained within. The search is simply to help you perceive your nature. When you see your nature for the first time, it will really be something to marvel at. It will astound you. It will be such an amazing discovery you just will not believe it. It is the greatest gift and has been within you all the time.
-Gyatrul Rinpoche 

 A collection of online audio files of teachings and chants by Thrangu Rinpoche and other Lamas.



 Stupa - Symbol of the Nature of Mind by Manfred Seegers


The Office of Tibet, Pretoria, in collaboration with Tibet Society of South Africa is organizing Tibet Festival of Compassion in celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 70th Birthday in July 2005.

The festival will be the biggest event on Tibetan cultural heritage ever held in South African. The festival will showcase the creation of Sand Mandala by Tibetan Buddhist Monks; Traditional Tibetan Music & Dance Performances by artistes from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, a professional Tibetan Thangka painter will demonstrate and explain the art of Thangka painting and Exhibitions on Tibetan Medicine, Thangka Paintings and a Photo Journey to Tibet. There will also be screening of movies like Compassion in Exile, Story of the 14th Dalai Lama, Yogis of Tibet and Compassionate Healing, about the Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Teachings and talks on Tibetan Buddhism and Culture will also feature during the festival and you can also browse lots of esoteric stalls.

The festival will be held in Durban Jewish Club on July 17, Cape Town Novalis Ubuntu Centre on July 23 & 24 and Johannesburg Lamrim Buddhist Centre on July 30 & 31. For further information, Contact: Office of Tibet: 012-664 1193 /4   Email: otsa@officeoftibet.com  or visit: www.officeoftibet.com

If you don't understand that whatever appears is meditation,
What can you  achieve by applying an antidote?
Perceptions are not abandoned by discarding them
But are spontaneously freed when recognized as illusory.


The C.G. Jung Centre. The S A Association of Jungian Analysts Public Program has pleasure in hosting a talk by

 Robert Bosnak 

In his words: " I’m a Jungian analyst from Sydney, formerly from Cambridge, Mass. My specialty is embodied dream imagery, a method that combines imagination and body in psychotherapy, the treatment of physical illness, and the arts. My work is currently applied in a variety of different areas, notably in theatre and medicine. I’m working with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, where they have taken our techniques as a rehearsal method. I teach in Australia, the United States, Europe, China and Japan."

 Friday 8th July 2005, 8pm, Venue: C G Jung Centre, Rosebank; parking on the Main Road. R25 members; R35 non-members Numbers will be limited. Please book and pay in advance 

For further information telephone 689-6090 

Dear Friends,

I thought you might be interested in reading the attached article on Dr. Ian McCallum's new book.  It has just been published and it sounds as though it has much needed food for the soul. Enjoy the read. Sincerely,  Judy Bell. Admin. Officer - C.G. Jung Centre  

ecological intelligence 

   Ian McCallum’s groundbreaking new book suggests that human beings are currently in a phase of rapid psychological evolution which, if well directed, will make a fundamental difference to our relationship with the earth. Di Paice spoke to him. 

Rarely does one come across an idea that is exciting, new and fresh. Even more rarely  does one come across a dedicated naturalist who believes that human beings have it in themselves to reverse what would appear to be a headlong rush towards their own  extinction. Ian McCallum is one of those people, and his book, Ecological Intelligence:  Rediscovering ourselves in nature, introduces such an idea. McCallum is a modern  Renaissance man. A psychiatrist, writer, poet, a serious amateur naturalist and a former rugby Springbok, he connects the dots from Copernicus through quantum theory to Jung  and Freud. With his wife, Sharon, he has spent the past seven years commuting between  the bush and his home in Cape Town, trying to see where city and wilderness meet and balance each other. The central thesis of the book is that human beings slowly evolved biologically, and, with the consciousness that is humankind’s special gift, we are now  evolving psychologically. This evolution is being fashioned by our environment every bit  as much as our biological evolution was. The author draws attention to the existence of  what he refers to as a ‘mindfield’ – a field of information, signals and activities in which  all life is interconnected. To understand this is to understand the meaning of soul – to deny it is to become psychologically impoverished.

     Although he is grounded in medical science and biology, McCallum argues that the  language of poetry will reach people more effectively than the language of science. The  creative energy of science and poetry is from the same reservoir, he says, but people understand poetry instinctively. It expresses directly to ordinary folk what  mathematicians  and physicists express in phrases such as Einstein’s E = mc². This  equation is a good example of science describing what people have always known  intuitively – that energy, mass, space and time are interdep endent. It introduces the  concept of an invisible ‘field’ not dissimilar to the web of life that McCallum explores. It is in this way that he uses much of the available knowledge about the world to help the  reader to think differently. The miracle is that he makes it easy. Perhaps the accessibility  of his writing has its origins in the lightness with which he takes himself – an ease that emerges in anecdotes as he talks about his work. His experiences with troubled  adolescents and then as a wilderness guide played a significant role in his conceptualisation of ecological intelligence and the writing of this book.

    McCallum is good friends with the internationally respected conservationist Ian Player, who started the Wilderness Leadership programme, and in the 1980s a small group with McCallum as chairman established the Cape programme. Having later qualified as a psychiatrist and knowing that wilderness is its own therapy, he decided to take his in-patients camping in the Steenbras Nature Reserve in the Southern Cape. ‘I headed the child, family and adolescent unit at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Town from 1991 to 1997 and part of my programme with teenagers was getting them into areas where “Nature” could speak to them,’ he says.

   My hope was that the animals, insects, trees, and even the weather patterns would help them to understand wild areas,  including their responsibility to these places. Adolescents love to take responsibility. The programme included keeping diaries and exercises like bringing me things they found in the wild and explaining why they had chosen specific tokens. At the end  they were asked to name the highlight of their adventure. Seventy per cent said it was the food,’ he says with a wry grin. He  quickly points out that powerful psychological experiences reverberate down the years, lasting much longer than lunch. How  could a man like that write a book that was anything but totally accessible to people who are hungry for help? Try it – it could change your life.

 Ecological Intelligence is published by Africa Geographic Books, an imprint of Africa Geographic, and costs R129.95. It is available from all good bookshops or you can order it from Africa Geographic on tel. (+27-21) 762 2180; fax (+27-21) 762 2246; e-mail info@africageographic.com or online at www.africageographic.com.


"Exploring Contemporary Spirituality"  with  Merwede van der Merwe Film Producer-Director, Author,  Spiritual teacher

Full details are on the website www.bodhi-khaya.co.za  -  Go to Retreats, click on Merwede¡¯s name and that will take you to her page. 

Dr Anna Slabbert 

To send out the message of how we can each contribute to making this a more humane world, Anna is offering the IIHE workshop locally. By attending these workshops you too can gain the insight and practical tools required to sow seeds that will affect a profound change and create a more humane society.

Anna, co-owner of SOPHEA Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse, recently attended a Sowing Seeds Workshop in Seattle offered by the International Institute for Humane Education as well as the first International Conference on Animal Sentience in London.

 SOPHEA Gallery Tel: 021 786-1544. Cell: 082 896-6426 E-mail:  anna@sopheagallery.com



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Subject: Participate in child art event 3rd International Child Art Exhibition-2005


Art sees no limitations, it crosses all bars of caste, creed &  culture to create diversity in unity. Art harmonious various cultures  into one bonding & Kshitij is just a tool to do that. As the  management of Kshitij we wish to create a diversified, modular, self  propelled interminable environment for upliftment & promotion of art  & literature. We are determined to convert this ideate into reality  through interpolation of our directive efforts & your continuous will  to contribute towards it success for which we invite all of you to participate. 

The last date for participation for Exhibition is 30th September,  2005.   You are requested to please send your e-mail address to us at    narendermehta@touchtelindia.net or info@kshitij.org

We look forward for your co-operation.  Thanking you, Narender Mehta - Secretary "Kshitij"

 An interview with Stanley Kubrick By Vicente Molina Foix

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Group-of-students mystery a Da Vinci Code for people with brains

 Jane Jakeman

 THE Rule of Four (Jan Caldwell and Dustin Thomason) which claims to unlock codes, ciphers and hidden secrets, is enjoying a vogue.

     Roland Barthes identified this as one of his modern "Mythologies": the belief that the universe is a kind of safe which humanity could open if we could only find the combination.

     The Hypnerotomachia, or "The Strife of Love in a Dream"', seems to Jan Caldwell and Dustin Thomason to be such a key. It is one of the principal texts of Renaissance culture, consisting of erotic reveries and arcane discourses on subjects such as sex, architecture, gardening, music, pyramids and nymphs.

      Published in a superbly illustrated Aldine folio in 1499, the Hypnerotomachia was one of the most beautiful books ever to leave a press. Most scholars believe it was collected from classical and possibly Arabic sources by Francesco Colonna, a sophisticated Venetian priest who lived to the age of 94.

      The Rule of Four is a thriller based on the symbols and fantasies of the Hypnerotomachia.

      This fiction purports to unlock a great secret of the past, which brings a deadly pursuit to the students who have discovered it. Caldwell and Thomason have turned Colonna into a Roman nobleman to suit their purpose which involves a mysterious cargo of immense value arriving, in Genoa. Its subsequent history is unravelled by working out ciphers in the text. I hate to spoil the fun by pointing out that the original, far from being the unattainable mystery the authors claim, was published by Thames & Hudson in an excellent version by Joscelyn Godwin in 1999. So their assertion that there has been no English translation since the 16th century is quite misleading.

     Still, as they say “a riddle is a castle built on air", and the plot keeps bubbling along. This is a group-of-students mystery of the Donna Tartt kind. Clever Paul is doing a thesis on the Hypnerotomachia; handsome, black Charlie is a medic; Gil, a rich sophisticate; and Tom, the narrator, the son of an academic who became obsessed with Colonna's story. They discover an old diary and their decipherment of its secrets, they claim, results in death and danger, The four are studying at Princeton where the student society has rituals as impenetrable as anything in the Hypnerotomachia. There is much oak-panelling and running around with no trousers on. The bitcheries of academic life are immaculately observed in a fascinating glimpse into a secretive modem world: that of the American over-class.

 As a thriller, The Rule of Four is not especially fast-paced, but the personalities and relationships are well handled, as is the narrator's conflict between his desire for a normal relationship with his girlfriend and the sense that he is being dragged into dangerous obsession.

 This is good entertainment, a Da Vinci Code for people with brains. But the authors must know about Godwin's translation and should acknowledge it, even if only in a post-script.

 The Independent

 The picture above is the ceiling view of the zodiac of Denderah (Egypt  site by Camillo Trevisan whose Figure 5a is from the book by Denon Description de l'Egypte, vol. IV, pl. 21, Dendera, the grand temple.







The Assembly of the Birds: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-tair (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid.   Painted by Habib Allah, Iran (Isfahan), Ink, colors, and gold on paper;



THE OCCULT   An Exhibition of material from the Monash University Library Rare Book Collection  - 4 June-24 July 1998

THE STONE IN THE COCK'S HEAD   from:   Tim Sheppard’s Storytelling Resources for Storytellers



Allegory Index

Alan of Lille

History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents
Prof.dr. W.J. Hanegraaff, University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities

Le Tarot alchimique 

Al-Masned writings (Ancient Yemeni written-Texts' inscriptions)

Unofficial Translated Text in English. Ancient Yemeni inscriptions were in fact the written texts of the Arabs of southern Arabia Peninsula i.e. Arab descendants of today's Yemen.

The complete Richard Wilhelm translation of the I-Ching

Resources for mystics

Commentaries and complete translation of Rumi's Mathnawi

Dear ones, a most fascinating Java applet’s been put on their website by Florida State U. It begins as a view of the Milky Way Galaxy viewed from 10 million light years, then zooms into towards Earth in powers of ten (of distance 10 million, to one million,
to 100,000 light years, etc) and then finally reaches into an oak leaf...to the level of the quarks viewed at 100 attometers!

 Check it out:


You would enjoy 'The Rahu Ketu Experience' by Prash Trivedi I believe. 

Dear Samten, Don't forget the http://www.erowid.org. art vault . . .

Cheers, m.  

God wanted to hide his secrets in a secure place. ‘Would I put them on the moon?’, He reflected. ‘But then, one day human beings could get there, and it could be that those who would arrive there would not be worthy of the secret knowledge. Or perhaps I should hide them in the depths of the ocean,’ God entertained another possibility. But, again, for the same reasons, he dismissed it. Then the solution occurred to Him—‘I shall put my secrets in the inner sanctum of man’s own mind. Then only those who really deserve it will be able to get to it.’

An ayahuasca story from the Amazon quoted by Benny Shanon   




Welcome to QUESTIA, the world's largest online library of over 45,000 books and 360,000 journal, magazine and newspaper articles.

Jane thought you would like this site.   TRUTHOUT

Check out...  http://new-library.com/zoller/     and:  http://www.classicalastrologer.com/   Just for fun... Also:

http://www.prometheustrust.co.uk/index.html     -     which is a mind blast. -  Michael Dickman


Lisa Chason.   I frisked through your links below. wow. 



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