The Other Realms: Are we alone?

symbols-of-the-four-elements-800pxThis question has been posed to scientists for decades, but only in reference to the physical universe, or the universe we can see.  As a Wiccan, one of the things that fascinate me is the different planes of existence, parallel worlds and their inhabitants; the invisible creatures that tend to nature and that man have written about for centuries. This includes elementals, spirts, Fae, and the list goes on and on.

Now I know the majority of the public don’t believe in such things, and that’s fine but answer this, if they didn’t exists why do we keep referring to them? Why do they still, after all this time stay in the minds of humans? Even with all our technological advances and science, we still do not know the extent of our world or all its secrets, so why is it so hard to believe that these other realms do exist? And with them, creatures that we only know from myth and lore?

I believe in an afterlife, so it’s not a hard leap to believe in creatures such as elementals or Fae. When I set out to explore this topic, I found that there is so much more to the unseen world than I originally thought. What started out as a short blog post has turned into something much more and I am thrilled at the amount of information I’ve gathered so far.

I understand the five basic elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether (spirit) and the idea that there are creatures that are so connected with their representing element that they hold sway over it.  If you’re interested, this link is to a list of elementals and an explanation to what they do.

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/mapas_ocultotierra/esp_mapa_ocultotierra_6a.htm

I need to research this more; learn how to connect and possibly communicate with them. This will be an interesting experience and I hope to pass on what I have learned.

 

Have you had any experience with Elementals? What happened?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mythical Wednesday: Numerology

coollogo_com-581457Numerology, at its simplest, is the belief and study of number and how it relates to our life path. For those who believe our lives are charted out before birth, this knowledge is useful for them to learn and fulfill their desired path.

http://www.astrology-numerology.com/numerology.html

Many people believe there is a mystical connection between numbers and events or incidents that happen in one’s life. It’s thought that each person is born with a number assigned to them through some mystical process, and it holds sway over a person’s whole life.

The rise in this belief could be in part due to the universal use of math to explain the universe. It’s also interesting to note that many cultures assigned a numeral value to letters or characters that make up their language. Both the Chinese and Arabian cultures have their own numeric system. The practice within The Jewish tradition to assign mystical meaning to words based on their numerical values, and on connections between words of equal value, is known as gematria. Christianity sees numerology and other forms of divination as evil, yet there is one number they all strongly believe is associated with evil or the devil. I always found this rather odd.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerology

There is a number for everything in your life; career, romance, life path. If you are one of the believers, it’s quite staggering how numbers have such an influence over our lives. There are several different ways to learn the numerology numbers that hold sway over you; one is adding the numbers up in your birthdate, and the other deals with the letters in your name. Both are fun to learn and it’s surprising how the resulting information can be accurate.

Whether or not you believe in numerology, you have to admit that numbers are an important part of our lives. Math is the language of the universe, and perhaps, that is the reason numerology is so popular with those looking to understand what meaning their life has.

Just for fun, try this site.

http://seventhlifepath.com/

What number are you?

Mythical Wednesday: Exploding rocks.

Planet Earth is a strange and wonderful place. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes something so unexpected, so weird, you just have to sit and shake your head. This is what I was thinking when I came across this article.

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/explosive-rock-exfoliation-caught-film

They call it ‘exfoliation’, and as you can see from the video, it happens suddenly, but not without warning. There are many places around the world where this type of geological phenomenon occurs. Typically in areas where there are exposures of uniform with coarse, crystalline igneous rocks.  The majority of the rock mass is at a depth where it is under extreme high pressure from rock layers underneath it. It tends to be very uniform and lack any fractures which could be the reason it explodes. As the progressive erosion occurs, the rocks are subjected to pressure from overlying rocks, which leads to tension in directions at right angles to the surface. This tension is relieved by the formation of cracks, which follow the surface. They are relatively flat on plateaus, but can be steep on the flanks of mountains which are called exfoliation domes. The Yosemite’s spectacular Half Dome is the result of rock exfoliation. Once the cracks develop, water enters and causes chemical weathering which leads to the formation of new low-density minerals. This enhances the cracks and encourages slabs of rock to detach from the surface.

I don’t know about you, but as beautiful and exciting as this is, I’m sure it’s just as dangerous.

Mythical Wednesday: Apollo 11 Conspiracy

There are some conspiracies that I can understand where they come from. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s wise question what we are told to believe, but there are some that to me, are so outrageous that they seem unplausable, no matter how much ‘evidence’ is given to prove otherwise.

The Apollo 11 Conspiracy is one of them.

I’m not sure why this conspiracy is so hotly debated. It might come from the growing mistrust the American people have in their government. At the time the first whispers of this conspiracy were mention, around the Presidency of Nixon (and we all know what a ‘tricky Dick’ he was), the general public was waking up to the realization that not everything their government did or said was in the people’s best interest. The Conspiracy Theorists concluded that the Apollo 11 moon landing was more or less faked to keep their superiority over the Russians in the space race.

Hoax?

http://listverse.com/2012/12/28/10-reasons-the-moon-landings-could-be-a-hoax/

Or not?

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/18/apollo-11-fake-proof_n_5599372.html

Wikipidia has a long page on this subject.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_landing_conspiracy_theories

I’m sorry, but considering the time, energy and money put into these projects, not to mention the fact these brave men and women put their lives on the line every, single, time they venture out into space (three astronauts died during a horrible fire http://www.space.com/10674-apollo-1-fire-nasa-disaster.html), I find it very hard to believe this one.

What do you think?

Mythical Wednesday: Does the 3rd Eye really exist?

coollogo_com-581457When you think of psychic abilities, the first thing that comes to mind is the third eye. For years the image of the opening eye in the middle of the forehead have been the calling card for this psychic phenomenon. The third eye refers to the focal point or gate, that opens the mind to inner realms and places of higher consciousness. There are people who believe that everyone has a third eye; that it is a muscle that we have all but have forgotten how to use, and while many see it as nothing more that new age silliness there could be some truth to this theory.

Depicted in images as located in the lower-center of the forehead, just above the brow, it’s interesting to note that the penal gland lies just a few inches back from this spot, inside the brain. Many believe that the penal gland is somehow connected to the third eye, or that it may be responsible for the visions associated with the third eye.

http://personaltao.com/teachings/shamanic/about-visions/what-is-the-third-eye/

The penal glad itself is responsible for producing melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and photoperiodic, or seasonal, functions. For those who experience prophetic dreams, could this be the result of the penal gland? The gland its thought to be important in the development of supernatural powers, and the growth of psychic abilities is thought to be closely associated with this organ as well.

Because the gland is located so close to the area in which the 3rd eye is depicted to be, there could be some correlation between the two. Many of those who use crystals, myself included, will put a stone associated with opening the third eye on our forehead, to give the ability more power.

Do you believe in this ability? Do you think your 3rd eye is awake?

Mythical Wednsday: What is that green glow?

Mythical Wednesday: Most Haunted Places in Ontario

spooky_houseOntario and Quebec are two of the oldest provinces in Canada. They were, in fact, the beginnings of this country and saw many a battle fought over the land. The War of 1812 took place in Southwestern Ontario, and even though this country is ‘young’ compared to the European countries, there is just as much paranormal activity here as anywhere. Here are just a few examples of haunted places around Ontario.

 

cilGeorgian Bay – Cove Islands Lighthouse 

A lighthouse keeper can be a solitary and lonely occupation. Even with a spouse you’re cut off from the community due to the isolated areas that these buildings need to occupy. Never-the-less, the idea of a ghost inhabiting your post can be un-nerving.

http://www.torontoghosts.org/index.php?/20080820330/Central-Ontario/Georgian-Bay-Cove-Islands-Lighthouse.html
albionfallsHamilton – Albion Falls

The specter of Jane Riley has been seen since her suicide, and some tourists have witnessed her fatal fall repeating itself. Other paranormal activities are disembodied voices and there have been reports of Riley herself, speaking to some people, light anomalies, general feeling of unease and of being watched.

 

 

pllPeterborough – The Peterborough Lift Lock

This site is cursed by an anonymous woman who was burned alive at the stake in the 1840s. This curse was responsible for the large number of accidents. Disembodied faces have been seen looking out of the tunnels by tourists. Other paranormal activities include light anomalies, spectral footsteps, unexplained smells, spectral footprints and disembodied voices and screams. Men have been attacked by the burned woman’s spirit who may be the sorceress. Apparitional suicide victims are seen both in and at the Lock by tourists.

 

wocTurtle River – White Otter Castle

James Alexander McOuat’s apparition has been seen by tourists both in the castle and in the surrounding area since his tragic death in 1918 due to drowning while netting fish. Mysterious noises are reported by investigators to come out of this castle.

 

If you are interested in reading more hauntings around Ontario, I found this site that offers haunted places by region.

http://www.torontoghosts.org/index.php?/Haunted/The-Province-Of-Ontario/

Scifi Sunday: Science Fiction Sub-Genres; Alternate History

alternative-realityOne genre of science fiction that I don’t read a lot of (and I really should) is Alternate History. With this genre, stories are set on earth worlds where one or more events in history unfolded differently than how it did in this reality.

Spanning almost seventy years, this genre has merged with other science fiction tropes such as crossing dimensions between alternate realities, or some sort of ‘awareness’ (psychic or otherwise) of the other universe. Some stories deal with traveling down or up the timeline with the result splitting the timeline into two or more.  All these examples are interwoven so that it becomes impossible to talk about them without referring to one another.

Alternate history lets us explore the ‘what if’ paradigm and come up with scenarios involving some of history’s move pivotal turning points. It presents a different version, sometimes based on science and fact, but mostly on speculation. We can explore a very different world than we see today, and discuss the various changes that might have occurred. What would the United States be like had the British Government not returned the territory won during the War of 1812? What would the world be like if Germany’s plans to conquer the globe had succeeded?

There are so many possibilities with this genre and so many ways to explore. Have you read any alternate history stories? What ones stuck in your mind?

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