While Graham Hancock, Robert Schoch & John Anthony West are undoubtedly 'house-hold names' in the Alt-history movement, the same might not be said of Randall Carlson.
Which is a bloody, unforgivable shame.
I first learned of Randall fairly recently, thanks in large part to the Podfather himself, Joe Rogan, who had him on his show The Joe Rogan Experience last May, and if you haven't listened to it yet, you should correct that mistake immediately; but if you don't have 3 hours to spare right now in order to listen to that JRE episode, here's a shorter video composed of several of Randall's lectures, in which he explains his interpretation of what the arcane tradition of the ancients' lost knowledge ("the essence of the Great Work," as he puts it) was all about: To show us 'a way out' from the constant cycles of destruction & rebuilding, brought upon our tiny paradisiacal planet by the cosmic envoys of Death —rogue comets & meteors.
"We are sitting ducks in a cosmic shooting gallery" he says; a claim which during the days of Velikovsky was considered fear-mongering pseudoscience, but that now is pretty much the standard discourse of mainstream Academia; for now we have mounting evidence that cosmic impacts are indeed much more frequent than we'd like them to be, and that comets may have had a key role in the modifying of our climate, as well as the fall of many cultures now lost in the sands of time. Randall's mission in declassifying the Hermetic Secrets, is to ensure our civilization does not suffer the fate of our forefathers, and according to him that's the whole reason why Momma Gaia raised us silly monkeys in the 1st place —very McKennaesque of him, yet I find it a fascinating idea nonetheless.
Carlson is one of Graham Hancock's collaborators for Magicians of the Gods, the update to his best-seller Fingerprints of the Gods, so I expect that when the book comes out we'll hear a lot more from Randall. Incidentally, my pals Darren & Graham of The Grimerica Show managed to book him for an interview this Saturday, so if you have some questions about his work in Catastrophism & Sacred Geometry, I'll be happy to pass them along :)
You can also find more about him at his website, Sacred Geometry International.
It's hump day! To celebrate, here's some kayakers getting a lift from a humpback whale…
- The non-human DNA found in 'Oetzi the Iceman'.
- Vintage bling: Ancient Celts may have had shiny dental implants.
- Construction of Stonehenge voted the event from history Brits would most like to witness.
- Mammoth tusk used as ceremonial offering by early inhabitants of Mexico.
- Why did the Titanic sink? Duh, the mummy’s curse, of course.
- The army of Viking warriors beneath the streets of Dublin.
- Woman speaks foreign language without learning it...as it was spoken 150 years ago.
- Millions of dollars worth of gold recovered from famous 19th century shipwreck.
- Huge crop circle appears overnight in southwest England (video).
- The Travellers: the science of out-of-body experiences.
- Early life may have thrived in the wreckage of a meteorite.
- Is that a spacecraft in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
- Spinning neutron star undergoes dramatic change in behaviour never before observed.
- The Third Machine Age could destroy us.
- DARPA wants to fund research into predatory bacteria.
- They're heee-eere. Massive mayfly emergence in Wisconsin.
- World's largest aquatic insect found in China.
Quote of the Day:
If you think you know what the hell is going on, you're probably full of shit.
Robert Anton Wilson
Did Ireland convert to Christianity as a result of Halley's Comet having a close encounter with the Earth around the year 532 ACE?
Photo credit: Michael Turtle
When it comes to ancient pyramids, the massive structures erected by the Egyptians on the Giza Plateau receive much of the focus. But on the other side of the world, at Caral in Peru, lies another pyramid complex of similar antiquity, constructed by the Norte Chico people ca. 2600-2000 BCE. The fact that people on both sides of the planet happened to build pyramids at the same time in history is, we are told, a coincidence...your mileage may vary!
One of the reasons for the lack of knowledge about Caral may be the difficulty travelers encounter in reaching this remote location - despite the intriguing ruins being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thankfully, Australian travel writer Michael Turtle undertook the journey, and has blogged about his visit to Caral, and included some fantastic photos that he took while there, such as the one at the top of this post. Click through on the link above to see a bunch more.
While in South America, Michael also visited the temple complex of Chavin de Huantar (also in Peru), which dates back to around 1000BCE. In his blog he mentions the fascinating link that the temple seems to have with shamanic plant use, including the mescaline-containing cactus San Pedro and the DMT-containing seeds of the 'Yopo' tree, Anadenanthera peregrina. For more on this topic, see Mike Jay's article "Enter the Jaguar", available in full as a sample article (PDF) on the website of our anthology series, Darklore, from which the excerpt below is taken:
Chavín’s architecture...can be understood as a visionary technology, designed to externalize and intensify these intoxications and to focus them into a particular inner journey. This in turn offers an explanation for why so many might have made such long and arduous pilgrimages to its ceremonies. It wasn’t necessary to visit Chavín simply to obtain San Pedro or Anadenanthera. Both grow wild in abundance in the Andes; there could hardly have been, as in some cultures ancient and modern, a priestly monopoly on their use. Those who came to Chavín weren’t coerced into doing so; it drew participants from a wide area over which it exercised no political or military control. The Chavín ceremony, rather, would have offered a ritual on a spectacular scale, where the effects of the plants could be experienced en masse within an architecture designed to enhance and direct them.
Within this environment, participants could congregate to enter a shared otherworld, and also submit themselves to a highly charged individual vision quest. The sunken plaza might, as the reliefs suggest,
have harnessed the heightened consciousness of San Pedro to a mass ritual of dancing and chanting; the participants might subsequently have ascended the temple steps individually to receive a further sacrament of powdered Anadenanthera seeds administered to them by the priests via bone snuffing tubes. As this was taking hold, they would be led into the chambers within the pyramid where they could experience their DMT-enhanced visions in solitary darkness. Here, the amplified rushing of water and the growls and roars of the unseen participants around them would enclose them in a supernatural world, one where ordinary consciousness could be abandoned, the body itself metamorphosed and the world seen from an enhanced, superhuman perspective – analogous, perhaps, to the uncanny night vision of the feline predator. The development of the subterranean chambers over centuries would reflect the logistical demands of ever greater numbers of participants willing to enter the jaguar portal and submit themselves to a life-changing ordeal that offered a glimpse of the eternal world beyond the human.
If we want an analogy for its function drawn from Western culture, it might be the Eleusinian Mysteries, originating as they did in subterranean chambers near Athens a little later than Chavín, around 700BC. Like Chavín, Eleusis persisted for nearly a thousand years, under different empires, in its case Greek and Roman; like Chavín – and like the Hajj at Mecca today – it was a pilgrimage site which drew its participants from a diverse network of cultures spanning virtually the known world
Visit Michael Turtle's blog for more fascinating articles exploring the ancient sites of the world.
Photo credit: Michael Turtle
- Klaus Schmidt, archaeologist in charge of excavations at Göbekli Tepe, dies of a heart attack, aged just 60.
- 4000-year-old treasure trove at risk from the sea.
- Ashur wept: ISIS jihadists destroy 2800-year-old Assyrian statue.
- Could religion simply be a strategy of mind-controlling parasites?
- The child-like faith in reason.
- Magic mushrooms were the inspiration for Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic Dune.
- Tour bus accidentally trespasses onto Area 51, getting a military welcome (with video).
- Crop circle baffles villagers in southern Russia.
- Dutch cyclist cheated death twice after cancelling flights on both MH370 and MH17.
- MH17 conspiracy theories? Nup, didn't see that coming at all.
- Black Country Triangle: police receive scores of emergency calls in 3 years reporting sightings of witches, zombies and ghosts.
- Are we living in a multiverse? Our universe could be just one bubble in a frothy sea of bubbles.
- Researcher: I built a brain-decoding machine.
- Latest sign of the impending robot rebellion: Robot, heal thyself!
- Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed).
Quote of the Day:
You gotta be continually revising your map of the world.
Robert Anton Wilson
The topic of 'spirit' mediumship has been so successfully marginalized by modern skeptics that, for many, the image conjured up by the word 'medium' is now a caricature of a gypsy-robed street hustler. The phenomenon of mediumship, however - regardless of your opinion on whether the results are 'real' or not - is a lot more nuanced and fascinating than that, and those that claim to have this ability are also very much human beings, rather than cartoon villains.
Daily Grail Publishing released a book earlier this year that discussed the intricacies of mediumship across cultures all over globe (Talking With the Spirits, edited by Jack Hunter and David Luke), and now a new ebook released by Dr. Julie Beischel also aims to help the public in better understanding mediumship. Julie (who blogs occasionally here on the Daily Grail) is the co-founder and Director of Research at the Windbridge Institute for
Applied Research in Human Potential, which actively researches the phenomenon of mediumship.
As a part of her role, Julie assembled a group of mediums (via a process of testing and certification) to utilise in experiments, and after many years working with them had the fantastic idea to release a series of short ebooks that discuss mediumship from their point of view. In Volume 1 of From the Mouths of Mediums ($3.99 on Amazon's Kindle store), 13 mediums share their person stories, talking about how they experience communication from the deceased, what suggestions they have for people interested in experiencing communication on their own, and why it might be that someone has not heard from their loved one.
As an example, here are a couple of the mediums discussing their sensory experience of mediumship:
Ankhasha: “Sometimes I see things in a movie format, an entire scene runs in front of me, other times I see only a flash, like a subliminal advertisement: They come through visually quickly and clearly; like a flash, but very clear, over in an instant. When that happens, it is very choppy, hard to get a hold of the entire picture. Sometimes I see them in kind of a fast blur, hear them loudly, but don’t really feel any emotion from them unless I spend time with them. It has been my experience that the ones who are able to stay around for longer times during the reading make their presence known by almost a building of energy, as if they are coming closer and closer as they communicate with me, until I can hardly hear anything, the sound is so high-pitched and loud and there is a buzzing, humming glow that becomes hard to look at. It almost feels like I am being lifted, levitating while I am communicating with them. I know that may sound wacky, but that is what happens to me. And to be honest, it feels really good!”
Traci: “Information comes to me via the gamut of senses: hearing (it may be a name, a particular ‘saying’ or accent, an animal, a cry, a speech idiosyncrasy, the wind, a crash); seeing (can be a symbol, a still as in a photograph, or a moving scene like watching a vehicle accident occur; also communication comes with words via a marquee, or in reading a page placed in front of my mind’s eye; the typeset can be significant, or the design of a letter: Victorian versus a technical-type of font can be indicative of a number of things); smelling (may indicate anything from a favorite or detested food; a perfume; or, if a flower such as a rose, either the name Rose/Roseanne/Rosalee, etc., or the discarnate loved or grew roses, for example); touching/feeling/being touched (too at times I experience shivering on top my head or down my neck or shoulders or back; this is an indication to me that the discarnate is letting me know I am on target); tasting; and ‘just a sense.’ It is important that I pay attention to first-thought as in: what comes to me powerfully, initially, and to not bypass it. Generally in readings, all of the above mentioned ‘senses’ come into play within each session. I also experience sympathetic pain particularly in regard to cause of death. Examples of this include an explosion of pain in my head indicates a gunshot to the head, whereas a sudden slap of movement with pain to the head may indicate a vehicle accident with head injury. In contrast, a sudden dart of pain may indicate an aneurism, or a throbbing pain or localized pain in head may indicate migraine, cancer, or tumor.”
From the Mouths of Mediums offers a fascinating insight into the processes and experiences of spirit mediums. Far from the shadowy figures demonized by outspoken skeptics, the Windbridge Institute-approved mediums interviewed for this book are shown to be caring, feeling human beings with as much curiosity about what they do as the scientists that are currently studying them. Recommended reading for anyone interested in the phenomenon of mediumship.
The ebook is available exclusively as a Kindle e-book rather than print in order to keep the price low - anybody can download and read Kindle books instantly on any computer, tablet or smartphone via Amazon's Kindle app. Heck, why not grab From the Mouths of Mediums and my own book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife (which features a section on Julie's research) for less than $10 combined?!
(Full disclosure: I received a complimentary advanced reading copy of the ebook)
Amazon Kindle eBook Link: From the Mouths of Mediums
Hell is empty and all the devils are here
- On the remote island of Vanuatu, a rich former executive and his wife wait for the world to end.
- The Quietus asks "Is Utopia the emblematic TV drama of the decade?"
- Who were the ancient bog mummies? Surprising new clues.
- Is our solar system weird? What are the odds?
- Real-life quest for the 'Holy Grail' as Nanteos cup is stolen.
- The child-like faith in reason.
- The uncanniest valley: what happens when robots know us better than we know ourselves?
- An interview with directors of Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians.
- On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing, Snopes covers moon landing 'urban' legends (not, as you might think, rumours of lunar cities!).
- 5000-year-old rock carving in Scotland may be unburied.
- The mysteries of England's medieval church graffiti.
- Giant fossil poo goes up for auction.
- Is this the oldest known UFO photo?
- Probing the brain for lost memories.
- Lost archives of the Fairy Investigation Society published.
Thanks to Kat and Cat for links
Quote of the Day:
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
In this latest 'Shot of Awe' video, Jason Silva wonders whether humans are at a point in history where evolution has become a secondary process, and the time has arrived when *we* will have to decide what we want to become.
More Jason Silva monologues:
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- News Briefs 14-07-2014 (Monday)
- All Hail Breaks Loose in Siberia! (video)
- Rupert Sheldrake Discusses Morphic Resonance and Animal Telepathy with Scientific American
- News Briefs 15-07-2014 (Tuesday)
- Classic Text on Consciousness and E.S.P Made Available Online
- Ancient Amazonian People Built Massive Circular Structures Before the Rainforest Existed
- News Briefs 16-07-2014 (Wednesday)
- 'Weird Al' Yankovic Believes All the Conspiracies in His Latest Parody Music Video, 'Foil'
- News Briefs 17-07-2014 (Thursday)
- Magic Mushrooms were the Inspiration for Frank Herbert's Science Fiction Epic 'Dune'
- News Briefs 18-07-2014 (Friday)
- Consecration of the Host - You Are Legion, For You Are Many
- What's the Frequency, SyFy? 12 Monkeys TV Trailer
Have a good weekend!
If you're regular member of this eclectic salon we call The Grail, chances are you're also a big fan of Terry Gilliam. For me it's difficult to pick my favorite Gilliam film, but 12 Monkeys is definitely among the top 3.
Which is why I have mixed feelings about this recently released trailer for the upcoming serialized version of 12 Monkeys, premiering on SyFy next fall:
It's not so much that I'm ranting about the shameless recycling of yesteryear classics --after all, Battlestar Galactica was a masterful adaptation-- but nowhere in the trailer is the delightfully quirky humor that is such a big part of Gilliam's style; from the looks of it, SyFy is aiming straight for the dark, dystopic side of the story in a very serious way --maybe too serious. C'mon, SyFy! If the whole world's going to hell due to the outbreak of an engineered virus, why not have a few laughs while we're at it?
Or maybe all that was needed to get me on board was... this.