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Cosmic Music – reminds me of Lenny Henry

Me? Embarassed about that Lenny Henry remark? I signed Jedward 4fs!

Following on from a story I reported on several months ago that scientists had recorded the music of the Sun, it turns out they have been applying similar techniques to other stars, including one with the catch name of KIC 11026764. For publicity purposes this has been bigged up as a “star’s song,” but it would be more accurate to say it is more of an ambient drone of the kind that Brian Eno might come up with. As soon as I read this this article I thought: “KIC 11026764! Of course, it’s so obvious! I mean, as if anyone wants to hear what more famous stars like Regulus or Aldebaran sound like.”

Anyway – it certainly beats listening to X Factor.

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Women Are Free To Have Sex In English Cathedrals

Good news for women in England today, as well as for those into sacred sexuality! A woman is allowed to have sex in the grounds of an English Cathedral – this is the ruling of a court in Cambridgeshire.

There is one fly in the ointment though – a man will still be prosecuted for it.

In a news report today, a couple were found having sex in the grounds of Ely Cathedral. They were caught and arrested by the police – but only the man was prosecuted at the local magistrate’s court. He was convicted and fined £130, but more seriously he presumably will now be registered as a sex-offender. The woman however was not prosecuted at all!

Now I could say that it would be good to see more women exploiting their new found privileges and perhaps test to see how far the law goes – but that would obviously be crass and out of place. Instead I find it a happy day that, two thousand years after the blatantly hypocritical predicament of the Woman Taken In Adultery, we have now reversed the position so that it is the man who gets a public stoning instead. Hooray for the end of the outrageous sexism that characterised the Piscean Age! 😉

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PVS Research (Telepathy?) Latest

Further developments in the field of “Permanent Vegetative State” Research have been reported today. Apparently results comparable to those achieved by the use of an fMRI scanner (which is so big it takes up the size of a room) have been duplicated on a much smaller and more portable Electro-encephalograph (EEG) machine.

I speculated back in February that the use of fMRI scanners in PVS research could point the way to the development of artificial telepathy. The quality of communication using both the fMRI scanner and the EEG is still only the telepathic equivalent of Morse Code, but at least the new development means that it would be cheaper and more convenient. As I reported earlier this month, the only other way to achieve a more sophisticated form of artificial telepathy at the moment is through using invasive brain surgery.

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The Fool hath said in his heart, “There is no God.”

News today that Stephen Hawking has said God was not necessary for the Universe to be created. Actually it’s not news at all, he’s been saying this for a long time, it’s just that he’s got a book to promote. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

People like Hawking, Dawkins etc always fall into the same trap, no matter which side of the debate they are on, i.e. they assume that if God exists at all, then (a) He created the Universe; and (b) it must be the Judaeo-Christian-Islam model of God. Hence if there is no evidence that the Universe was created by anyone, they assume that God does not exist.

However,if one rejects the Judaeo-Christian-Islam model of God and substitute that of most Pagan religions, one finds that Hawking et al have nothing to say, because one realises that the existence of God does not depend upon Him / Her having created the Universe.

Most forms of Paganism, no matter how disparate, tend to follow the line that the current patron God(dess) of mankind is not the creator of the Universe at all, which was instead created by a more ancient or primordial force. For example: Zeus is the ruler of the Olympus not because he created the Universe but because he took over the role. Odin is the All-Father, not because He created the worlds, but because he is the mightiest of the Aesir.

Thus if Hawking etc were to say to a pagan, there is no evidence that God created the universe – therefore God does not exist – the pagan would send him away with laughter ringing in his ears.

In any case, we should remember that the “Supreme Creator” is only one aspect of Divinity. Another aspect, and one which is probably far more important to most people in their daily lives, is “Supreme Moral Authority,” given that most people are concerned with God’s existence to give meaning to their lives. Prove that there is a Supreme Moral Authority in the Universe and you have proved the existence of God in a far more meaningful and relevant way than any argument based on creationism. In fact – prove that Morality exists in objective terms, and Creationism can go hang altogether!


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Talismans: A Consumer’s Guide

The contentious amulet.

News today in the Daily Telegraph that a magazine advert for an amulet has been banned by the Advertising Standards Agency, because the firm behind it could not prove that angels will protect those who wear it. However, speaking from the point of view of a ceremonial magician, I believe the judgement of the ASA is missing the point. The advert should have been banned not because of lack of proof of angelic protection, but because it is badly designed from an occult point of view.

It is made by a company called the Circle of Raphael, and is described on its website as “The Talisman of the Seven Angels(sic – it would be too much for the Daily Telegraph to know the difference between a Talisman and an Amulet). It is incredibly small – 16mm diameter (10/16” in Imperial) and made of silver, and apparently retails for £19 ($30). In the description of the piece there is a certain amount of advertising bumph about “blanket of angelic protection … fantastic results …” etc. Then, however, they get to the details. In attempting to explain the symbols (which are actually letters of the Hebrew Alphabet), they say

Outer Circle contains divine holy words in the form of the eternal name of the Creator as communicated to Moses on Mount Horeb.

Unfortunately there is a little spelling mistake – it says “Eheieh Ashah Eheieh” when it should be “Eheieh Asher Eheieh” – “I Am Who I Am.” In Hebrew the letters Resh and Heh are similar enough for the mistake to be easily made, but it begs the question – do these people really know the Qabalah? And why would they want to charge good money for something with an obvious flaw? The blurb goes on:

The Inner Circle contains the individual Cabbalistic sacred names of each of the seven angels, and inscribed in the very centre the divine life changing word of life itself.

It then proceeds to list the seven planetary Archangels, with fairly traditional attributions (Tzaphqiel is misspelt as Zaphael, but this is a minor quibble). However, when we turn to the picture of the Talisman, the full names of all the Angels are conspicuously absent – there is instead a ring of just seven Hebrew letters surrounding a central eighth. However – trying to give the manufacturers the benefit of the doubt – perhaps they intended just to put the initials of the seven angels? After all, the thing is only 16mm across. Unfortunately though they fail in this as well. Had they been intending this, they should have put:

Planet Saturn Jupiter Mars Sol Venus Mercury Luna
Angel Tzaphqiel
Chamael Michael Haniel Raphael Gabriel
Hebrew Letter Tzaddi Tzaddi Cheth Mem Heh Resh Gimel

What we have instead however is Shin, Peh (sophith), Resh, Heh, Heh, Beth, and Peh (sophith) again. One of the Hehs might actually be a badly done Cheth (but equally it looks just as much like a Tau), but even so we are talking about a three out of seven rate of accuracy.

The presence of the letter Kaph in the centre attempts to defy my powers of reasoning as to why it should be the “Divine Life Changing word of Life” (sic). To give the makers of the talisman even more benefit of the doubt I suppose they might want to attract Jovial influences on the wearer through Kaph’s association with that planet. If however I were asked what the tautologistic Word should be, I would have thought it would be the Tetragrammaton itself, or possibly Ameth (Truth), or even just Chai, which simply means “Life,” which I have seen used in traditional Jewish jewellery designs.

So to summarise: Advertising Standards Agency! When faced with someone selling occult items in the future, come to me, and I will tell you if they are up to standard or not. I undertake to ensure that only people who know their Qabalah will pass my rigorous quality standards! 😉

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Aliens: British Government Admits Yet Another Cover-up

In the ongoing debate about the existence of extra-terrestrial life, by far the most reliable barometer of veracity has weighed in on the side of our Alien Brethren. No, not scientists – I’m talking about William Hill, the bookmakers! In a story in today’s Daily Telegraph, it is reported that they are slashing the odds that our Cosmic Companions exist because it transpires that Winston Churchill covered up a UFO incident in World War Two.

Actually, given the Daily Telegraph’s reputation for up-to-the-minute reportage, it is probably the same UFO incident that we already know he covered up, but reported for a second time.

The odds of the British Government admitting intelligent alien life existing by the end of the year are now 80-1, down from 100-1. These are actually surprisingly good – they are certainly better than playing the National Lottery.


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How to predict the General Election Result – part 3

The real battle in the UK general election is hotting up. No – not between the rival parties: I’m talking about rival astrologers! Russell Grant predicts a win for David Cameron this Thursday, using the time-honoured astrological technique of noticing that the Tories are in front in the opinion polls.

Still I notice that he agrees that the election has been called at the worst possible time. On May 6th itself there will be a T between the Moon, Sun and Mars: i.e. the Moon is square to the Sun, which is square to Mars, which is in opposition to the Moon. The people (Moon) will be challenging the Government (Sun) to action, but warfare etc (Mars) will be holding it back – which in turn will upset everyone. Whoever wins on Thursday is going to have a tough time of it in the new parliament.

I still think that Clegg is going to do well – and note that I predicted this a month ago at the start of the campaign, before all the TV debates started!


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Creative Visualisation in the internet age

In what is quite clearly a shameless attempt to get pictures of scantily clad women into the Daily Telegraph, this august publication has published a review of weird and whacky 2010 calendars. But one of far the most interesting ones was one which did not resort to such cheap thrills at all, but was an attempt at humour: the 2010 Credit Crunch Calendar. This alliteratively-titled work features pictures of Britons (not) coping with the current recession, e.g. pictures of boarded-up branches of Woolworths, people going on staycations in Birmingham, etc. The idea being that it is meant to show that Britons can laugh in the face of adversity.

I say interesting, because it suddenly struck me that this was in fact a good example of how not to create a 2010 Calendar. I shall explain.

Several years ago I read The Cosmic Ordering Service by Barbel Mohr. It consisted of one page of sound, practical advice. Unfortunately the book itself was 112 pages long. Nevertheless, not to be completely underwhelmed by this publication, I have myself tried cosmic ordering in the past, based on the little amount of advice there is in the original book and have found some success with it. My attempts consist of – every January 1st – instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, I cosmically order what I want to achieve in the year ahead. Which brings me back to the subject of Calendars.

There is a common practice nowadays for people to create their own Calendars to give to others as Christmas presents: for example, a Calendar consisting of a set of family photographs to give to relatives. More to the point, there are an increasing number of resources availabe which are making it easier for people to do so, and also easier for them to make better quality items. For example: lulu.com. So here is my idea: instead of creating a calendar to give to your friends and relations as presents, why not create your own Cosmic-Ordering calendar for yourself?

Write out a list of twelve things you want to achieve in 2010 – one for each month – and then find or create a picture which visually represents each of your objectives. Do this now – do not wait for January 1st 2010, because by then it will be too late. Once you have assembled your list of 12 objectives and corresponding pictures, head on over to some site like lulu or if you are feeling adventurous and have access to a good quality printer and desktop publishing software, have a go yourself. Whichever way you decide, it should be of quality sufficient enough to impress you.

Once it is printed out and ready, try to spend some quality time next New Year’s Day contemplating gratitude to the Universe generally and its inhabitants in particular for all good fortune and blessings which have come to you in the past. Then, once you are in the mood, review each of the twelve objectives you are setting yourself, visualising the corresponding picture and mentally describing in words what it is you want to happen – and when you want it to happen by. You must be utterly convinced – at both a Conscious and Unconscious level – that you deserve all the success for which you are visualising / cosmically ordering – otherwise this exercise will not work. You can thenceforth use the calendar normally, displaying it somewhere where you will see it often.

The great thing about creating your own calendar in this way is that you can tailor it to your own personal aspirations. If you tried to make do with a commercially produced one, you would have to put up with affirmations which are only very general in character – which would thus lessen its importance for you.

This is why I thought the so-called 2010 Credit Crunch Calendar was such a bad idea. Instead of showing a load of pictures of Britain in recession, how much better it would have been to have twelve pictures of how we would like Britain to become in the forthcoming year – because maybe then we can all make it happen.


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