Thursday

1941- The Missouri UFO crash that pre-dates Roswell

Reverend William Huffman had been an evangelist for many years, but had taken the resident minister reigns of the Red Star Baptist Church in early 1941. Church records corroborate his employment there during the period in question.

After receiving this call to duty, he was immediately driven the 10-15 mile journey to some woods outside of town. Upon arriving at the scene of the crash, he saw policemen, fire department personnel, FBI agents, and photographers already mulling through the wreckage.

He was soon asked to pray over three dead bodies. As he began to take in the activity around the area, his curiosity was first struck by the sight of the craft itself.

Expecting a small plane of some type, he was shocked to see that the craft was disc-shaped, and upon looking inside he saw hieroglyphic-like symbols, indecipherable to him.

He then was shown the three victims, not human as expected, but small alien bodies with large eyes, hardly a mouth or ears, and hairless.

Immediately after performing his duties, he was sworn to secrecy by military personnel who had taken charge of the crash area. He witnessed these warnings being given to others at the scene also.

As he arrived back at his home at 1530 Main Street, he was still in a state of mild shock, and could not keep his story from his wife Floy, and his sons. This late night family discussion would spawn the story that Charlette Mann would hear from her grandmother in 1984, as she lay dying of cancer at

Charlette's home while undergoing radiation therapy.

Charlette was told the story over the span of several days, and although Charlette had heard bits and pieces of this story before, she now demanded the full details.

As her grandmother tolerated her last few days on this Earth, Charlette knew it was now or never to find out everything she could before this intriguing story was lost with the death of her grandmother.

She also learned that one of the members of her grandfather's congregation, thought to be Garland D. Fronabarger, had given him a photograph taken on the night of the crash. This picture was of one of the dead aliens being help up by two men.

Charlette Mann gave, in her own words, an account of what she knew for a television documentary. Some of that account is given here:

"I saw the picture originally from my dad who had gotten it from my grandfather who was a Baptist minister in Cape Girardeau Missouri in the Spring of '41. I saw that [picture] and asked my grandmother at a later time she was at my home fatally ill with cancer so we had a frank discussion.

"She said that grandfather was called out in the spring of 1941 in the evening around 9:00-9:30, that someone had been called out to a plane crash outside of town and would he be willing to go to minister to people there which he did."

"Upon arrival it was a very different situation. It was not a conventional aircraft, as we know it. He described it as a saucer that was metallic in color, no seams, did not look like anything he had seen. It had been broken open in one portion, and so he could walk up and see that.

"In looking in he saw a small metal chair, gauges and dials and things he had never seen. However, what impressed him most was around the inside there were inscriptions and writings, which he said he did not recognize, but were similar to Egyptian hieroglyphics."

"There were 3 entities, or non-human people, lying on the ground. Two were just outside the saucer, and a third one was further out. His understanding was that perhaps that third one was not dead on impact. There had been mention of a ball of fire, yet there was fire around the crash site, but none of the entities had been burned and so father did pray over them, giving them last rites.

"There were many people there, fire people, photographers, and so they lifted up one, and two men on either side stood him up and they stretched his arms out, they had him up under the armpits and out here.

As I recall from the picture I saw, he was about 4 feet tall, appeared to have no bone structure, soft looking. He had a suit on, or we assume it was a suit, it could have been his skin, and what looked like crinkled, soft aluminum foil. I recall it had very long hands, very long fingers, and I think there were three but I cannot swear to that."

"My grandfather upon arrival, said there were already several people there on the scene, two that he assumed were local photographers, fire people, and so not long after they arrived, military just showed up, surrounded the area, took them off in groups separately, and spoke to each of them.

"Grandfather didn't know what was said to the others, but he was told 'this didn't happen, you didn't see this, this is national security, it is never to be talked about again.'

"My grandfather was an honorable man, being a preacher, that's all that needed to be said to him. And so he came home and told the story to my dad, who was there, and my grandmother and my uncle. Now my mother was expecting at the time, so she was off in the bedroom."

"My sister was born May 3, 1941, so we are assuming this was the middle to the last of April. And he never spoke of it again. But about two weeks later, one of the men who had a personal camera that he had put in his shirt pocket, approached grandfather and said I think someone needs a copy of this.

"I have one and I would like you to keep one. So that's how it came about that grandfather had the picture to begin with. But he never spoke of it again. The other people seem to be very intimidated and very frightened and paranoid."

Other living supporting witnesses include Charlette Mann's sister who confirmed her story in a notarized sworn affidavit, and the living brother of the Cape Girardeau County sheriff in 1941, Clarance R. Schade. He does remember hearing the account of the crash, yet does not have many details. He does recall hearing of a "spaceship with little people."

There are also Fire Department records of the date of the crash. This information does confirm the military swearing department members to secrecy, and also the removal of all evidence from the scene by military personnel.

Guy Huffman, Charlette's father also told the story of the crash, and had in his possession the photograph of the dead alien. He showed the picture to a photographer friend of his, Walter Wayne Fisk.

He has been contacted by Stanton Friedman, but would not release any pertinent information.

Charlette had no luck in getting Fish to return calls or answer letters. It has been rumored that Fisk was an advisor to the President, and if this was the case, would account for his silence on the facts of the Missouri crash.

This case ends like many others, but appears by all indications to be authentic. All who have come in contact with Charlette Mann found her to be a trustworthy person who is not given to sensationalism, and has sought no gain from her account.

There is still research being done on the Missouri crash, and hopefully more information will be forthcoming to validate this remarkable case.



Tuesday

The Year of the Goat 2015


EVERY first New Moon of the Chinese Lunar calendar sets the emotional tone for all the year's 12 months. Interestingly, this feminine Moon (mood) stirs well in tandem with the masculine energies of the Fu Star Jupiter in western astrology which include optimism, growth, generosity, joy and abundance.

Now, 2015 is the Year of the Green Wooden Goat (also Sheep). It begins on February 19 marked by the transit of the lunar Goat eighth animal in the eastern parade of zodiac signs whose scintillating qualities (creative, intelligent, dependable and calm) may give color to the manner with which we act on or react to opportunities (courtesy, of course, by the Fu Star) cropping up for sure until February 7, 2016.

ARE YOU A GOAT?

AGE OLD Chinese zodiac tradition describes the Goat personality: "Comfortable being alone to ponder the workings of their inner minds, Goats enjoy being part of a group, but prefer the sidelines rather than the center.

Their nurturing personality makes Goats excellent caregivers. They're quiet and reserved because they spend much time absorbed in their thoughts.

"Home and alone is where Goats feel most comfortable. There they can express themselves artistically, whether it's by painting, cooking or participating in whatever artistic endeavors they enjoy. Goats prefer the couch because there they can relax and explore their minds. They don't need elaborate furnishings, only items reflecting their desire for art.

"When traveling or seeking entertainment, Goats prefer groups or venues that hold many people. Goats spend money on fashions that give them a first class appearance. Although Goats enjoy spending money on the finer things in life, they are not snobbish. Perhaps, because Goats are basically serene, they tend to have fewer health problems. Their fragile exterior hides the fact they're typically very healthy. When they're happy, they're healthy. When Goats become unhappy, especially as a result of romance, they quickly become sick.

"Goats tend to be private, so it can take effort to get to know one. The Goat is the one who will decide when and with whom it will share its personal life. As a result, most Goats have few 'close' friends, yet they'll work hard for those they love.

"Goats at work prefer being part of a flock. Power and status aren't important. Goats will only assume leadership roles when asked directly. They'll never volunteer. "Good career choices for Goats include: florist, interior designer, daycare teacher, pediatrician, actor, editor, hair stylist, illustrator, musician and art history teacher."

The combined Moon Fu Star transit affects all the signs of both eastern (Chinese) and western zodiacs. In this horoscope, these are the counterpart signs: Aries is Dragon, Taurus is Snake, Gemini is Horse, Cancer is Goat, Leo is Monkey, Virgo is Rooster, Libra is Dog, Scorpio is Pig, Sagittarius is Rat, Capricorn is Ox, Aquarius is Tiger and Pisces is Rabbit. So, read accordingly.

DRAGON/ARIES


THE lucky Fu Star/Jupiter has been in your chart's sector of passionate amour, friendships and creativity since mid2014. So, friends that make you beam and warm up from the inside deepen in 2015, as you knit them into your daily life. That sunny melody plays on into the new year to August 11, when the fortune bringer segues in to fire up your well being, your work life and daily rhythm. The new year launch could feel, especially thrilling in some way.

That comes from feeling juiced up with the vital, bighearted energies of Fu Star/Jupiter, and a sense of being on the verge of something wholly unexpected a surprise.

However, continue to be cautious now about getting fired up to do battle with authorities. This could be a trap for you, and is only effective if you're confronting the power at its source. Learn about the history of wealth and power, who has it and why.

For greater success in your career or business, be proud, confident, generous and aboveboard in your professional dealings. Generosity can be shown through offering special sales, making customers feel special and unique, and giving to charities.

Spend the second part of 2015 (when Fu Star/Jupiter lights up the Rooster/Virgo sign) being a health maniac. Look into super-foods, refine your diet, balance out your day. Also, add new skills and more consistency to your day. This transit helps you put substance to your flash, and find a productive rhythm.

SNAKE/TAURUS

ONE trait of the Snake/Taurus is being steadfast, and that's admirable, but this can also lead to getting you bogged down in stagnant situations.

You are loyal and stick around, through thick and thin. During the last two years, your night vision goggles have been on, seeing the psychic and emotional reality of your relationships. You've been weeding, and 2015 is a time for seeding, in the love and friends department.

So 2015 is a year to enjoy a revival of your social life, with those kindred spirits you're able to naturally grow and flourish with.

Fu Star/Jupiter keeps you from getting too stuck in your ways, and reminds you of what you're truly passionate about. Follow what generates enthusiasm, and take note of what saps your will to live.

As Fu Star/Jupiter moves into the Rooster/Virgo sign from August 2015, you feel you are in your earth element. You thrive when you join your driving ambitions to a need you see out there. The pace of growth suits you, and makes it a good time to hone your craft, or develop a new area of expertise.

From a few angles, you're now invited to show more of your true colors, and step into the spotlight. In all you do, you bring your whole self to the moment, and others warm to this in a big way.

HORSE/GEMINI

THE year 2015 could bring a significant "Twin" flame into your life, in love, friendship, creative collaboration or entrepreneurship. Stay on alert for those that share a vision or mission, and widen your sense of what's possible. Wise choices are those that keep you at your edge, inspired, curious and learning.

Your Horse/Gemini style is geared to the moment, the immediate impulse and what you're perceiving. With that pressure, you're able to stay aligned to the path that matches your future visions. More than ever, it's a year to dream big and use all your intelligences. And to follow your instincts, to stay magnetically aligned to your "true north."

By August Fu Star/Jupiter's transit into Rooster/Virgo sign keeps you on the straight and narrow health wise. Your path of growth is found in paying attention to your body, and taking time to digest all that you're taking in.

Many factors have you seeking a sense of purpose, and that can include matching your skills to a need you see "out there." You might explore roles through volunteering or an apprenticeship.

This is a super year to find your voice and/or unique style, through any kind of medium. There's discipline, especially when you're inspired by the vision you're aiming for. Be vigilant about avoiding getting caught in mass memes of distraction.

Toxic gossip takes you into the hall of mirrors, and is a time waster.

GOAT/CANCER

FORTUNE is smiling on you, Goat/Cancer, but, especially in early July when planets merge for big love. So let yourself free associate what kinds of goodies that could bring.

The Fu Star/Jupiter, in particular, lights the fires of faith, purpose, unexpected windfalls and lucky breaks. This is just one peak, in a year of pinnacles.

Fu Star/Jupiter in Monkey/Dragon is a vivacious presence in your "personal money" area up to mid2015, generating enthusiasm for blooming where planted. You grow confident in your natural talents, and settle in to a groove of investing your time to develop them.

The second half of 2015, as Fu Star/Jupiter transits to healthful Rooster/Virgo, foretells a path of growth when you steer close to the way of nature. Friends and neighbors surprise with commonsense plans to foster mutual thriving.

Being a presence in your neighborhood or civic circle, through volunteering or simply walking daily, brings unexpected returns. You make dependable allies in the course of the day, at classes or while running errand.

2015 presents opportunities for possible travel linked to seeking wholeness. Travel to foreign lands could dovetail with learning, or research, in some way. But be wary of empty promises or buying anything, sight unseen, that is in a far off place.

MONKEY/LEO

YOU'RE held in the magnificent glow of lucky Fu Star/Jupiter into 2015, so be watchful for favorable openings. This aspect magnifies your natural traits of generosity, creative adventurousness and lust for adventure. This charged, beneficial cosmic current is alight to August 11, making it a year for courageous growth. You could use this time, until Springtime (March to May), to remember, renew, restore and reinvigorate your dreams. You're invited now to hitch your dreams to the bigger waves of life.

What is your special role to play, and where does your shining light do the most good for your fellow beings? You gain almost supernatural speed, when you devote your unique radiance to a higher cause. Take heart, as the stars have been helping you purify your heart and soul.

But for most of 2015, you get acceleration, punching signature passion to your area of amore and adventure. This is also the area of children, and some of you may gain responsibilities here, or experience a shift of worldview in this regard.

That adds up to 2015 being a year of personal initiation, to get out there and experience life first hand. Another benefice star is always acting as a kind of anchor, urging you to stay authentic and resist the temptation to get pushy with your quest. There's always more to learn, and if you keep that in mind, it keeps you humble in your seeking.

ROOSTER/VIRGO

A SYMPHONY of supportive orchestrations is going on for you in 2015, to know yourself profoundly, even as you release "what you know" into the cosmic stream.

Fu Star/Jupiter has been doing its secretive round in the dark of your private life, and continues to midyear. So, what's found likely makes you optimistic, and reminds you that you're way more interesting than what's "on paper."

At the same time, another star in your creative zone highlights further excavation of what makes you one-of-a-kind. You continue to discover treasures that are part of your unique shine. These can then be expressed in Rooster/Virgo approved ways, with a lot of skill and modesty. However, you won't be able to hide without recognition, as Fu Star/Jupiter bursts into your house of Self by August 11. The special ingredients you bring a mix of shine and substance attracts admirers in a big way. You also find allies at this time, willing to follow your plan, collaborate or be a supportive friend.

With Fu Star/Jupiter here, your fertility is high, and some might see that with the expansion of family. There's also an expansive atmosphere to your presence. And this enables you to make a stellar first impression. A key note to 2015's stars will activate your urge for greener pastures. You get restless to roam, and to move beyond limiting circumstances. You may move abroad or say yes to a career enrichment opportunity.

The chief arena is with your personal presence, and how you feel moving about in your world. You're able to shake off anything that's false, and show a truer, more authentic face.

And this meets a receptive audience, and leads to friendships that feel more real, too. If you've been living too in the virtual, Jupiter's presence encourages meetups in the flesh. You could experience a revival of good old fashioned happenings, and even lead them and find others responsive in a big way.

A grand chord of 2015 is that the stars play off in your first and seventh houses (houses where the "I Am" of Dragon/Aries and the "We" of Dog/Libra look to strike a balance). So a prominent theme for you is experimenting with being a bit selfish, having the aggrandize in the house of self-image even as it makes you more devoted than ever to being selfless.

DOG/LIBRA

LIBRA, you've had some astonishing wake-up calls, jolting you out of relationship habits that seemed so ingrained as to be part of who you are. The shocks to your system have been both an ordeal, and the invitation to a brand new life.

Until March 17, you're in the quake-and-shake zone again one last time. Here, you're a magnet for lovable freaks, geniuses and feral cats. Some relationships could be breathlessly short, but even that's okay, with your growing trust that the right people darken your door.

At the same time, you are being urged to find your own authentic to the roots version of home and family life. You are digging beyond the sediment of social conditioning, to discover your own traditions and sense of timelessness. But early July is a flash bang time for love with an affair in lusty Monkey/Leo period. Your Summer looks to be festive and spirited, with some passion spiked in the love punch.

Fu Star/Jupiter's move into Rooster/Virgo (by August 11), means your hermit self holds some sway. Your growth now comes from being highly attuned to your body, as a messenger to be respected. You widen your circle to make use of subtle perception to the unseen. You might spend more time, for example, lying flat in the park, watching the big microcosms and marveling at worlds within worlds.

You benefit from having a daily practice that restores your spirits and body. To midyear 2016, you've got the lucky star in the holy of hollies, your private inner sanctum. And the impetus to clean house will help you grow lighter, with less psychic and soul clutter from the past. This is good medicine, for the free spirit you're becoming, and for bringing more of yourself to the magic of the moment.

PIG/SCORPIO

THE fixity of the last few years has shown you what makes you freeze up, or get too rigid in your routine. You know who you are, and 2015 is a year of sharing yourself more widely than ever before.

There's more forward movement this year, as you restlessly seek new experiences. From mid June to mid September, there's a back cycling for another change to firm up your resolve. So, 2015 is the year for unveiling a grand reopening.

There's magic aplenty in your area of self expression, love and children. All your creations, your unique signature are a source of spiritual nourishment for you now. Also, you're settling in to what enriches and builds on your natural talents. Your self-worth grows daily, as you dig in and experiment with giving shape to your innate gifts.

You've had the lucky star lighting up your work/career area, amping up your natural enthusiasm. Now having gone through the shedding of skins, you're ready to act with more gusto on your big dreams. To mid2015, you make a memorable first impression, bringing a lot of warmth and even passion to the vision you're presenting. It's also a good time for job interviews or making pitches.

A peak for luck happens in early July, when luck planets do the happy dance together there in your work/career area. You could have breakthroughs with investors or a sudden windfall at this time. You could also get a job offer that goes beyond your wildest expectations.

After August 11, Fu Star/Jupiter gets into busy bee mode in your area of friends/allies, magnetizing collaborators of all kinds. Now's the time to delegate like crazy when possible. You might take on an assistant or a business partner. This bodes well for finding the right people to assist you in practical ways.

RAT/SAGITTARIUS

THE marquee event for Rat/Sagittarius is that the planet of Karma has begun its two plus year journey through your sign from December 23, 2014, to December 19, 2017.

Yours is a sign of boundless physical energy, when you're in top form. Now, you may feel some of the slowing down and heavy vibe of the ringed one. You may find yourself saying no to more events, as you sense the need for more downtime. You may feel the hand of time, and with it, the need to get your act together.

This is a time to wisely protect yourself as you reflect on what's solid, and feel out how to "set in" a new image. What's being restructured is your sense of self, how you move about in the world, and your physical carriage and personality. You begin to sport a new look, one that suits who you are becoming. Friends notice you are settling in to yourself, are less restless, and a bit more serious.

All the while the Karma planet is working its magic on you to bring your self-image up to date, Fu Star/Jupiter leads you into colorful new landscapes, taking you out into the realms of higher knowledge and travel. You could bring your work to a wider sphere, or take your show on the road, so to speak.

Fu Star/Jupiter moves into your work/career area by August 11, for a time when gaining specific skills takes you far. So, the second half of 2015 gives you real traction that's satisfying.

To stitch it up, the stars are making you responsible to your true talents and sense of purpose. Even as you gain footing and a new found sense of Self, you're presented with opportunities to share that evolving unique presence widely, possibly other countries or regions. You could feel the vulnerability that comes with new growth, even as you're risking exposure to new audiences.

The stars are with you to make a solid impression, even as it's clear you're an inspired work-in-progress.

OX/CAPRICORN

METAMORPHOSIS has become your middle name, with the demanding planet of transformation with you since 2008. You may not know when or if there's going to be a bottom to all this, when you're finally able to begin the rebuilding process.

The tremors in your family life add to the unsettled feeling, but look at how it's shaken you free from ancient and now out-of-sync roles. It's possible you've had a few false starts that involve moving, and that's tougher on you than most. But the inklings of what's emerging are there, in your home life too. There can be shocking new additions, or alliances with friends as family that become a lifeline. It's likely that some real weirdos enter your orbit and spice it up relentlessly.

The stability comes in staying light on your feet, and able to act in the moment.

Fu Star/Jupiter has moved your mojo into your merging and purging area. The bright spots come from the intensity and intimacy of shared ordeals. The kinds of bonds forged now are passionate and formed in trials by fire. If they don't last, they remain imprinted on your soul as significant for all time.

From midyear (August 11) on, Fu Star/Jupiter urges travel, but with a particular assignment or desired end goal. You could travel for work, and meet allies along the way. Fu Star/Jupiter in friendly sign Rooster/Virgo brings you support when you need it, in the shape of assistants or friends with special skills.

A big event for 2015 is when a planetary shift takes place in your private area, making you involved in some kind of moving meditation, like tai chi. You may also be lured to a sanctuary for a retreat, with a "spiritual" angle. Moving is a part of your medicine, and is also helpful when you're in a process of transformation.

Now is when you find yourself reexamining your associations. Are some of them weighing you down? It could be time to disengage from networks or friend circles that are out of sync with who you are becoming.

TIGER/AQUARIUS

AS you're the living, breathing version of highly charged currents giving you the ability to activate those in your orbit you bring a whole lot of juice to the moment, with your hair standing on end in a static array.

So an area that continues to hold the energy of what's emerging is new media. You shine when you experiment freely with new ways to share your knowledge. Into 2015, your unique frisson is welcome, and often just what's needed to tip the scales to risking the new over clinging to dear life to the familiar. When you share your vision for a brighter future, and add the spice of warmth, your optimism is contagious.

2015 begins with Fu Star/Jupiter in a stretching opposition to your sign. The growing edge is to colorize your approach, add your personal tones and shades to all you put out there.

And it's auspicious that Fu Star/Jupiter is drawing luck to your solar area of significant lovers and others. Considering how the year begins, it's worth noting this theme of balancing the wild freedom urge with the desires of the heart.

What's new in 2015 is that you're being roused to the visionary edge, friend circles and flashes of the new, so your social life could undergo some renovation. It becomes clear this year, when you're ready to move on from a particular group or affiliation. The demand is structure in your life around friends and colleagues that stir your intellectual curiosity, and even challenge your philosophy of life.

You can meet people, possibly elders, who cause you to rethink your views. Travel could be a natural spinoff of your questing, or you may form alliances with people at a distance.

RABBIT/PISCES

YOUR supremely sensitive energy body is further mystified by the ephemeral chorus of a Neptunian star. You're already someone tuned in to the nonphysical, but this gives an even looser hold on "reality." This aspect is in your sign for a good long while (to 2026), inviting you to fully explore your own capacity to know life as a multidimensional experience.

The gift in that is being able to freely scoop up quenching inspiration from the stream of the imagination. If you seek an escape from the harshness of life, find currents that nourish your confidence or build on an artistic natural talent.

Take special care, however, to avoid the fear memes circulating like viruses, as the same vivid imagining capacity makes you vulnerable to the phantoms and spooks of the age.

So after many years of keeping a loose structure, to be able to undergo the inner and outer changes these last years, 2015 is one for new, passionately directed ways of being.

An example could be rallying to put on a benefit for a cause. Or you might surprise your friends by getting credentialed in what you already know.

This is a year to acquire skills that give you fluency in your chosen medium. You're able to show off your unique way of presenting or expressing yourself. Your public image has a charge in 2015. You could expand your sphere of influence, and venture into teaching what you know.

The lucky planet Fu Star/Jupiter dances dramatically across your area of health and daily work routine. This influence (until mid2015) gives work a bit more color, and possibly stirs up a flirtation at work, or with an acquaintance you usually see while running errands. The warmth of familiarity is the base for new friends and even a lover in 2015.

Remember: You thrive when you have a cloister for your creativity. Keep the drama on the page or stage, and make 2015 the year you cultivate the craft to go with your artistic talents.

Monday

An Esoteric Look at Cats

Cats have been familiar to the human household from all antiquity, but they were probably first domesticated in Egypt, where, so far back as two thousand years ago, a temple was dedicated to the goddess of cats — BubastisPasht — represented with a cat's head. The Greeks inherited this feline pet of the house from Egypt, and from Greece the cat race, such as we have it now, was disseminated over Europe. It was a familiar element in Greek household life, and if anything was broken, according to Aristophanes, the phrase went then as now, "The cat did it." But cats were never venerated in Greece with religious adoration as in Egypt, the only country that gave them Divine honor, and where, if a cat died, the whole family shaved off their eyebrows in token of mourning. 

It is believed that the devil often assumes the form of a cat. The familiar of a witch is always a black cat; and it is supposed that black cats have powers and faculties quite different from all others of the feline tribe. They are endowed with reason, can understand conversations, and are quite able to talk if they considered it advisable and judicious to join in the conversation. Their temperament is inquisitive, they are artful malignant, and skilled in deception, and people should be very cautious in caressing them, for they have the venomous heart and the evil eye, and are ever ready to do an injury. Yet, the liver of a black cat has the singular power to excite love when properly administered. If ground to powder and infused into a potion, the recipient is fated to love passionately the person who offers it and has worked the charm.

The cat of the aforementioned legend had evidently charming manners, and was well intentioned; but there are other cats of evil and wicked ways, that are, in fact, demons or witches who assume the cat-form, in order to get easy entrance to a house, and spy over everything.

Cats are very revengeful, and one should be very careful not to offend them. A lady was in the habit of feeding the cat from her own table at dinner, and no doubt giving it choice morsels; but one day there was a dinner party, and pussy was quite forgotten. So she sulked and plotted revenge; and that night, after the lady was in bed, the cat, who had hid herself in the room, sprang at the throat of her friend and mistress, and bit her so severely that in a week the lady died of virulent blood poisoning.

Yet it is singular that the blood of the black cat is esteemed of wonderful power when mixed with herbs, for charms; and also of great efficacy in potions for the cure of disease; but three drops of the blood are sufficient, and it is generally obtained by nipping off a small piece of the tail. The observation of cats is very remarkable, and also their intense curiosity. They examine everything in a house, and in a short time know all about it as well as the owner. They are never deceived by stuffed birds, or any such weak human delusions. They fathom it all at one glance, and then turn away with apathetic indifference, as if saying, in cat language — " We know all about it."

But cats are decidedly malefic; they are selfish, revengeful, treacherous, cunning, and generally dangerous. The evil spirit in them is easily aroused. It is an Irish superstition that if you are going a journey, and meet a cat, you should turn back. But the cat must meet you on the road, not simply be in the house; and it must look you full in the face. Then cross yourself and turn back; for a witch or a devil is in your path. It is believed also that if a black cat is killed and a bean placed in the heart, and the animal afterwards buried, the beans that grow from that seed will confer extraordinary power; for if a man places one in his mouth, he will become invisible, and can go anywhere he likes without being seen. Cats have truly something awful in them. According to the popular belief they know everything that is said, and can take various shapes through their demoniac power. A cat once lived in a farmer's family for many years, and understood both Irish and English perfectly. Then the family grew afraid of it, for they said it would certainly talk some day. So the farmer put it into a bag, determined to get rid of it on the mountains. But on the way he met a pack of hounds, and the dogs smelt at the bag and dragged it open, on which the cat jumped out; but the hounds were on it in a moment, and tore the poor animal to pieces. However, before her death she had time to say to the farmer in very good Irish — " It is well for you that I must die today, for had I lived I meant to have killed you this very night." These were the last dying words of the cat uttered in her death agonies, before the face of many credible witnesses, so there can be no doubt on the matter.

Cats were special objects of mysterious dread to the ancient Irish. They believed that many of them were men and women metamorphosed into cats by demoniacal power. Cats also were the guardians of hidden treasure, and had often great battles among themselves on account of the hidden gold; when a demon, in the shape of the chief cat, led on the opposing forces on each side, and compelled  all the cats in the district to take part in the conflict.

All nations seem to have appreciated the mysterious and almost human qualities of cat nature; the profound cunning, the impertinent indifference, the intense selfishness, yet capable of the most hypocritical flattering when some point has to be gained. There traits are not merely the product of brute instinct with unvarying action and results, but the manifestation of a calculating intellect, akin to the human. Then their grace and flexible beauty make them very attractive; while the motherly virtues of the matron cat are singularly interesting as a study of order, education, and training for the willful little kitten, quite on the human lines of salutary discipline. Humboldt declared that he could spend a whole day with immense profit and advantage to himself as a philosopher, by merely watching a cat with her kittens, the profound wisdom of the mother and the incomparable grace of the children. For cats are thoroughly well-bred, born aristocrats; never abrupt, fussy, or obtrusive like the dog, but gentle, grave, and dignified in manner. Cats never run, they glide softly, and always with perfect and beautiful curves of motion; and they express their affection, not violently, like the dog, but with the most graceful, caressing movements of the head.

Saturday

Project Blue Book now Online!

UFOs: Spy satellites or visitors from far-away galaxies?

February 17, 2015
Matthias Gafni
Contra Costa Times
Displayed with permission from Tribune Content Agency

It was 1964. Late at night. The Northern California man had lost his hunting buddies in the woods near Lake Tahoe and climbed a tree to sleep.

Awakened by a glowing object landing on a nearby ridge, the man was soon fighting for his life against two neckless creatures and a robot before the beings emitted a noxious gas and knocked him out.

A tall tale? Drunken binge? Drug-induced hallucination (it was the '60s, after all)? No matter. That UFO sighting and thousands more were studiously collected and meticulously researched as part of the Air Force's strange, long-shuttered Project BLUE BOOK, a government program on the hunt for little green men — or perhaps Soviet spies; no one is saying for sure.

For 22 years, the military seemed to spare little expense in chronicling humans' reported otherworldly encounters with glowing orbs, spinning spheres, flying ice cream cones, and more.

All of it had been hidden away in archive files until a UFO enthusiast posted 130,000 documents worth of BLUE BOOK material in a free online database for the first time last month.

The project launched in 1947, two years after the end of World War II and just as the Cold War was gearing up. It concluded in 1969 without offering definitive proof of either aliens visiting Mother Earth or advanced spycraft launched by our enemies. But the goldmine of reports—witness names redacted — provides a snapshot of a nervous, suspicious era that drove our government to consider even the most fanciful reports.

"UFO investigations were taken very seriously," said Alejandro Rojas, editor of Open Minds magazine, who points to a 1947 report of an unidentified flying object near Mt. Rainier in Washington by private pilot Kenneth Arnold as the mother of modern UFO sightings.

"He was a credible person, and it hit the press and became a really, really big story," Rojas said.

Add a dash of post-war paranoia, and the Air Force dove in head first, he said.

"The public's imagination went wild with (UFOs)," agreed Jeff Underwood, historian of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. "It was a serious attempt to find if there was any validity to a UFO crisis or just mass hysteria.

"For the Air Force, it was driven more over concerns the Soviets created a super secret weapon than if there were little green men," he said.

In the end, many of the more than 12,000 sightings diligently investigated by the Air Force were chalked up to weather phenomena, meteors, satellites, a bright planet, balloons, birds or overactive imaginations.

The latter category would seem to fit the story told in 1964 by the lost hunter near Lake Tahoe, who swore he spent the night in a tree, firing arrows at three white "robot"-looking creatures, setting scraps of his clothing afire and hurling the pieces at the glowing aliens below.


Although the BLUE BOOK documents suggest the military's time commitment was considerable, it wasn't enough to please everyone. In 1966, then-Michigan congressman and future president Gerald Ford complained that the Air Force was dismissing scores of UFO sightings from his constituents as "swamp gas," and called for a Congressional inquiry into the phenomena.

He wasn't the only famous politician to get an earful from his constituents about UFOs. In a letter to President John F. Kennedy, 63-year-old Alice Reynolds of San Mateo, Calif. said she was out feeding bread to the birds when she saw two stationary white balls, one with a tail, in the early morning sky on Nov. 13, 1961.

She complained that she tried to contact the Civil Defense Control Center in Belmont, Calif., but it wasn't open, so she called the police: "They were more curious as to why I (was) up at that time than what I called about," she wrote to the president.

The UFO witnesses ranged from grandmothers to amateur astronomers and even military pilots, who should have known a weather balloon when they saw one.

Several reports included sketches, charts and purported photographs of the objects.

Bay Area newspapers had a field day with one mysterious craft spotted by dozens of people as it drifted over the region on Feb. 7, 1950, including two nurses who swore they were "non-drinkers."

"Flying 'Ice Cream Cone' Reported Over Alameda," a San Francisco Chronicle headline screamed. The article featured a cartoon drawing of the flying confection with a Navy officer looking through binoculars yelling "Vanilla!" while a young boy said: "I say it's chocolate!"

A San Jose, Calif. man eventually wrote to the Air Force explaining that his own close look at the object revealed a single-engine airplane with a reddish vapor trail behind it. Mystery solved, concluded investigators.

Popular culture drove the reports, Underwood said, and it ultimately slowed them down in the late 1960s.

"As soon as Star Trek started, I lost interest in UFOs," he laughed.

He wasn't alone. On Dec. 17, 1969, the Air Force terminated the project, citing conclusions from a University of Colorado report titled, "Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects." Researchers determined there was no threat to national security, additional scientific knowledge or extraterrestrial vehicles uncovered by Project BLUE BOOK. However, 701 sightings remain "unidentified."

The Deeper Cultural Resonance Of That Seattle Seahawks Logo

The Deeper Cultural Resonance Of That Seattle Seahawks Logo

February 1, 2015
David Neiwert
Displayed with permission from Crooks and Liars



It has always been a point of interest and pride that my football team, the Seattle Seahawks, based the team's logo on Northwest Native art motifs, but it wasn't until last year that anyone actually tracked down the original source:

In the Pacific Northwest it had been almost forgotten where the inspiration for the Seahawks logo came from. As Seahawks fever consumed Seattle during the run-up to the Super Bowl last year, Robin Wright, curator of Native American art at the Burke Museum, had students asking her if she knew the logo's origin.

The students had found a blog post that mistakenly said the inspiration came from the Egyptian god Horus. But Wright, who has spent her career immersed in native art, knew that couldn't be correct.

She recalled a Seattle Post-Intelligencer article from 1975 about the new logo for Seattle's fledgling NFL team, back when she was a graduate student working with Bill Holm. Now curator emeritus at the Burke Museum and one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of native art, Holm took on the challenge when Wright asked for help earlier this year.

They found a familiar face in a book from the 1950s on native art - a mask that looked a lot like the Seahawks logo. But they had no idea where the mask might be found now.

It turned out that the mask was at the University of Maine's Hudson Museum. They loaned it to the Burke Museum in Seattle, where you have been able to see it since late November here.

Its original source was the Kwakwaka'wakw (aka Kwakiutl) tribe of the northern Vancouver Island region. This is a very special kind of mask, called a transformation mask, that was used in tribal ceremonies and in this case was used to invoke the power of the thunderbird, or eagle, spirit.

The religious beliefs of this tribe held that the great animal spirits came to earth at various times and transformed themselves into human shape. Thus, when a dancer opened up the mask at the key moment in the ceremony, this is what was revealed:

There is a spiritual power to the masks of the Kwakwaka'wakw, as anyone who has visited the awesome collection at the tribe's cultural center in Alert Bay, B.C., can tell you. You can scroll through them here.

This particular tribe and this symbology have deeper cultural resonance for us than most people realize. I write about it at the end of my forthcoming book, Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us:

An excerpt:

Franz Boas, the father of modern anthropology, got his start by spending time among the people who believed that the killer whales were their ancestors, the Kwakwaka'waka. It changed the world.

As a young man, Boas spent a great deal of time, between 1886 and 1890, off and on, in the Nort`hwest, collecting myths and legends and traveling among the various tribes that were scattered along the coastlines, mostly straggling remnants that had managed to survive the onslaught of smallpox and cholera that had nearly destroyed most coastal villages between 1800 and 1870. Over time, he became especially close to the Kwakwaka'waka (whose name, pronounced KWA-kwa-KEW-aka, Boas shortened to Kwakiutl). In 1892, he organized a delegation of fourteen of the tribe's men and women to represent themselves in an exhibit of a mock cedar-longhouse village created for the Chicago World's Fair, where they were gawked at by fairgoers.


Like the killer whales, the Kwakwaka'waka had a matrilineal familial and tribal structures. Boas eventually ascertained that this structure had evolved from patriarchal structures with men at the head, something that ran counter to then-popular theories about how cultures "naturally" evolved into patriarchies, which were seen as their highest development. Boas began to challenge these theories, arguing that instead of the biological forces that were popularly believed to drive human behavior, cultural forces were what make us tick.
In the end, after he had returned to Columbia University and founded the study of anthropology as an academic discipline there, the ideas Boas developed during his time among the Kwakiutl not only profoundly shaped academic thought, but they challenged the reigning worldview of the time: white supremacy, and its assorted pseudoscientific manifestations, particularly the fake "science" of racial purity known as eugenics. At the time, it was widely believed that there was a hierarchy of races and civilizations, with Western white society the supreme outcome of evolutionary forces. Tribesmen such as the Kwakwak'awaka were, in this view, hopelessly backward and primitive, scarcely capable of reasoned thought, let alone sophisticated art forms or other cultural expressions. In some eugenicist views, it was not even clear if they were fully human. Boas, himself a Jew who had observed the resemblance of the supremacist worldview to deepening anti-Semitism in his native Europe, had come to know from deep experience that this was utter bosh.

Boas' theories, known popularly today as "multiculturalism," held that cultures cannot be ranked higher or lower, advanced or primitive, superior or inferior; people form these judgments based on the biases inherent from their own cultural learning, he said. At the time, these ideas were widely ridiculed, but times have changed. Not only have Boas' views completely replaced the old "biological racism" of his time and now hold sway throughout academia, but multiculturalism is also the dominant worldview of most modern democratic societies. White supremacy and its racist cohort are permanently discredited.

So, perhaps it is fitting that today we can turn to the same wellspring of transformative thought as a touchstone for examining not just our relationship with each other as humans, but our species' relationship to the world in which we live and to the animals who inhabit it. We would do well to learn from the people who themselves have gleaned real wisdom from being in the world of whales.



The cornerstone of Kwakwaka'waka religious thought is the codependency of all of nature; no part of the natural order can exist without the rest. There is no such thing as self-sufficiency, whether for humans or their tribes, for animals or the supernatural beings whose powers they represent. Humans are somewhat naturally at the center of their universe, but they accept that all other members of their common world possess not just an indestructible and unique quality, but a spiritual and material parity in that world.
"Kwakiutl religion represents the concern of the people to occupy their own proper place within the total system of life, and to act responsibly within it, so as to acquire and control the powers that sustain life," explained Boas' student, Irving Goldman, in his study of the tribe's theology, The Mouth of Heaven. These concerns find their clearest expression in the mythology of animals and the supernatural beings who take their forms.

In the Kwakwaka'waka world, humans and animals have real kinship, reflected in the view of killer whales as their ancestors; they have social and spiritual ties that can never be severed. Indeed, they believe that when the tribesmen who hunt marine mammals die, they return to the undersea village of their orca ancestors. In this universe, humans are the recipients of powers, and the givers of those powers are the animals and the supernatural forces they represent. Of all the animals in their universe, the orca is the most powerful, one of the few (along with the raven, the otter, and the wolf) capable of giving a man enough power to become a shaman.

That's some awesome spiritual power that the Seahawks have tapped into. Unlike certain other NFL teams that will not be named, the Seahawks honor the Northwest Native culture from which they draw this power by drawing from Native art itself, instead of exploiting racist cartoon stereotypes.

Monday

Peter Underwood (parapsychologist) dies at age 91


February 7, 2015
SIMON FARQUHAR
Displayed with permission from The Independent

Ghost stories are manifest in every corner of this world, but it is an area of human fancy the British seem particularly partial to. We are an old kingdom, of gloomy, powerful weather and lonely places, an island nation reminded everywhere of its lost glories and past injustices. Ever since the cobwebby Christmas tales of Dickens and MR James, the business of ghost-hunting has seemed something of a gentlemanly pursuit - and Peter Underwood, who has died at the age of 91 after a life devoted to the pursuit of spooks, epitomised that gentlemanliness.

Immaculate, urbane and sophisticated, he was a living link with a very faraway past; long after the other key players in the drama of Borley Rectory (touted as "Britain's most haunted house") had died, Underwood still lived to tell the tales. He wrote over 50 books on his subject, many of them gazetteers which collected oral history on supposed hauntings from around the country. He had a very healthy attitude to the supernatural, believing that 98 per cent of reports had a natural explanation; it was the other two per cent that foxed him. Nevertheless he collected every account he could, for the most part allowing his readers the pleasure of determining what was a likely story.

Born into a Plymouth Brethren family in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire in 1923, his mother from a prosperous farming family, Underwood had his first brush with the ethereal at the age of nine when he believed he saw his father Eli, a metalworker who founded a chain of hardware shops, appear at the end of his bed a few hours after he had died.

His professional interest in spooks was sparked by his grandparents, who lived at nearby Sarratt, a village which brings to mind TH White's wistful "Soft Voices at Passenham", a story in which the author describes the neighbourhood as "a good locality for ghosts. They have more ghosts there than ratepayers."

One of Sarratt's many shades was said to haunt his grandparents' home, and whenever curious tourists knocked, young Peter assumed the role of tour guide. He would regale goggle-eyed visitors with the tale, and was so fascinated when many shared their own experiences of the paranormal in return that he began to scribble them down.

After a private education, some of which was with a personal tutor, he joined Dent, the publishers. After military service with the Suffolk Regiment, which was halted in 1942 by illness, he continued to work there until devoting himself full-time to writing and ghost-detecting in 1971. He had joined the Society for Psychical Research in 1947 and from 1960 was president of the Ghost Club.


Two particular hauntings rapped loudest in his career. The first is known as The Greenwich Ghost, photographed scurrying up a circular staircase at The Queen's House Museum by a visiting clergyman in 1967. It's a wonderful picture, far too good to be true, and, deliciously, it has never been satisfactorily explained. Easily his favourite, Underwood would go no further than to call it "puzzling".


His other great case was Borley Rectory. A sorrowful building on the barren edge of the eerie end of Essex, Borley was a media circus in the 1930s, when celebrity ghost hunter Harry Price set out to prove its reputation for hoary apparitions. In the years since Price's death most of the Borley legend has been debunked, but Underwood, Price's executor as well as his protégé, remained fiercely loyal to him, dedicating the absorbing book he wrote on the subject (The Ghosts of Borley, with Paul Tabori) to his old friend, a gesture that rendered the book useless from the off to sceptics.

Underwood never pedalled mumbo-jumbo, but he was drawn to the idea of a ghost being an "atmospheric photograph", pondering that "all of our actions are perhaps recorded on some sort of eternal tape, and under certain conditions, maybe climactic, occasionally they reappear. I don't honestly think the figures that are seen represent an afterlife. I think it's much more likely that it's some kind of echo of a previous life."

Sadly, towards the end of his own life, internal squabbles shattered the gentlemanly mood of the Ghost Club; Underwood was ousted after more than three decades as president in a bizarre skirmish that involved anonymous calls to the police falsely accusing members of being part of an IRA cell (they were accosted by police while preparing for an all-night vigil at a haunted abbey in Hampshire). Compared to the supernatural, human nature proved far more destructive, and the incident caused the society more harm than any of the destructive poltergeists and faked phantoms in their long history ever did.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a leisurely author, thoughtful rather than gullible; Underwood's work was "no common task", as he called his 1983 autobiography; but after a lifetime spent chasing shadows, what he leaves behind is a solid treasury of legends and superstitions which make fine fireside reading, and here and there tell us something about the situations and ideas that perpetually disquiet us: stories that certainly would appear to be immortal.

Peter Underwood, author, broadcaster and ghost-hunter: born Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire 16 May 1923; married 1944 Joyce Davey (died 2003; one daughter, one son); died Bentley, Hampshire 26 November 2014.

Alien Roadkill

Friday

Did the "Illuminati Curse" kill Robin Williams and Stanley Kubrick?


Some people believe Robin Williams was an Illuminati sacrifice after an episode of “Family Guy” aired eerily close to the time the actor committed suicide. Even though it was the main character Peter Griffin who attempted a failed suicide in the episode, Twitter flooded the 140-character social media blog to discuss the coincidence or “conspiracy.”

 “Fatman and Robin” played on the BBC minutes before Reuters reported the actor was death, in the sketch, Peter has the power to turn everyone in his fictional city of Quahog into Robin Williams by touching them.
Peter, whose favorite comedian is Robin Williams in the broadcast, accuses God of hating the actor. In turn, Peter wishes everyone were Williams. The "Family Guy" character is struck by lightning and receives the Godlike-like powers, but it’s not long before he tires of clones of Williams overwhelming the town.  He tries to kill himself.  In the end, Peter cuts off his hands to rid himself of his special powers.z

The broadcast of the episode was an “uncanny coincidence,” BBC spokesperson said.  “The episode ended just as the news broke about his death,” the representative said. “This was a repeat that we have shown a couple of times before, so who could have planned that?”

“It was scheduled more than two weeks ago so it is just an uncanny coincidence. Some of our people who work here noticed that the death of Robin Williams was announced just as this episode ended.”

Seth MacFarlane, 40, who is the voice of Peter and creator of “Family Guy,” said on Twitter last Tuesday: ‘The world just got a lot less funny. Robin Williams is a tragic loss.’ His post was re-tweeted more than 10,000 times.

Months after Williams’ tragic suicide, Illuminati rumors have continued on Twitter.

Here on Esoteric Daily we also wonder about Robin Williams first major role as “Mork” the alien from another planet, and this is great friendship with Superman, Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed from the neck down after a bizarre horse accident.

Maybe the Illuminati has nothing to do with this, anymore than they did with the murder of Stanley Kubrick five days after he submitted the final cut of his “illuminating" movie to Warner Bros, "Eyes Wide Shut.”  Maybe these guys are just victims of the Illuminati curse.  That disease that seems to kill people unexpectedly as the most peculiar times. 



Dr. TVBoogie

Thursday

Thailand Spirit House

From exorcisms to spirit houses and amulets claiming to make wearers bulletproof, Thailand is a culture soaked in the occult. On a popular episode of Humans Defy Ghosts - a weekly Thai TV program that delves into the supernatural - a 2-year-old girl who survived three days next to the dead body of her mother was asked questions by one of the show's panelists. "Who prepared your milk?" Kapol Thongplab inquired. "Who played with you?" "Mommy," the little girl replied. "In all countries, people believe in the afterlife," Kapol, one of Thailand's most famous ghost experts says, "Westerners may believe in Satan. In the nations of Southeast Asia, we believe in ghosts. This kind of belief helps people refrain from doing bad things. Mr A may think 'If I kill Mr B, he may become a ghost and come back to haunt me'." The spirit world is everywhere in Thailand. Most buildings boast a "spirit house" - a shrine where offerings can be made to appease ghosts lest they turn malevolent. From time to time Thailand's politicians also draw on the occult. Competing camps openly use black magic curses against each other, while protesters deck themselves out in amulets that they believe make them impervious to bullets or harm.

Tuesday

Have You a Talisman?

"A person who finds a four-leaved clover, and believes it is a harbinger of something good, has adopted the right attitude, for he keeps a keen look-out for that particular good and holds out both hands for it. Seldom is he disappointed, for he has unconsciously set going the mental machinery which brings his wishes within reach. Had he not found the clover and had gone along life's highway unexpectant of anything good, he would never
have discovered this pleasant happening. And therein lies the true psychology of luck, which seems too simple to be true, but then its simplicity is really the sign-manual of its verity."

This quotation from the writings of a well-known author goes direct to the point about talismans. If you adopt a talisman and put your faith in
it, you immediately prepare your mind for receiving an abundance of good
fortune. Reject all talismans and argue that there is no such thing as luck,
and you straightway set going the mental machinery which looks on the
dark side of things and which misses every slice of luck that comes along.
Therefore, we say, with emphasis, take to yourself a talisman, a mascot, a
charm — call it what you will — and you will never regret it.

Of talismans, there are countless varieties; some are known the world
over, others are the particular choice of individuals. They range from the
amulets and scarabs of the ancients to the golliwogs and crudities of the
ultra-moderns. Your choice may roam between these two extremes, but
whatever your choice, it must be set with the seal of your faith.

In order to assist you in picking out a talisman for yourself, we append
the following accounts of those examples which are favored most: —

THE HORSE-SHOE. — No symbol is a greater favorite than the horse-
shoe. There are many legends regarding its origin, but the most commonly
accepted concerns the well-known visit of his Satanic Majesty to the shoe-
smith. As a consequence, the Devil evinced a wholesome dread of horse-
shoes, and would not go near a house or person possessing one. It is more
likely, however, that the horse-shoe was accepted as a symbol of luck because
it was a commonplace object very nearly the same shape as the metal crescents
worn by the Romans when they wanted to be fortunate. These crescents
were always carried with the horns turned up, and, if a horse-shoe is to bring
good luck, it, too, must be placed with the prongs uppermost. The reason
for the prongs being so turned depends on a belief that misfortune always
travels in circles, but when it reaches the tips of a horse-shoe, it is baffled,
unless all the luck has already run out of the tips through them being turned
downwards.

Of course, an old, worn shoe is more lucky than a new one, and it is
a recognized fact that the more nails found in it the luckier will be the
finder. N

THE SCARAB. — This device is accounted very lucky or very unlucky,
according to the disposition of the wearer. The symbol represents the
scarab beetle with its wings outspread or with them closed. Such charms
are made to-day in large numbers for sale in Egypt, but those who trade in
them usually claim that each particular specimen has been in the family
since Biblical times. As a rule, the device is made in a rough kind of bluish
porcelain and is carved, in intaglio, with divine figures. The Egyptians used
to make up the scarab as a neck pendant or as a little ornament for
placing in the coffins of the dead. Its mission was to scare away the evil one. 


THE TET. — This symbol was shaped somewhat like a mallet, and was
always worn with the head uppermost and the handle hanging down. It
was made in porcelain or stone, and was often colored gaudily. The Egyptians
were the first to find efficacy in this charm, and they wore it suspended
around the neck to ward off attacks from visible and invisible enemies.
Thus, it was a protection against evil in any form; it was also supposed to
provide the wearer with strength and endurance. The tet has been much
forgotten of late years, but there are adherents who value it above the horse-
shoe and almost any other charm.




THE ARROW-HEAD.— The early Britons spent a great deal of their
time in taking suitable flints and shaping them into the form of triangles.
These were called arrow-heads, and when the two side edges had been
sharpened they were fixed into sticks and used as weapons or tools. Out
of this use grew the idea that arrow-heads were potent charms in providing
bodily protection against enemy force or the usual illnesses. Accordingly,
people began to wear them as neck ornaments and, for this purpose, decora-
tive arrow-heads were made. Ever since then, they have been cherished
for their powers in warding off attacks, and a superstition still exists which
claims that if one of these arrow-heads is dipped in water, the water will be
more potent than any doctor's medicine.

THE CADUCEUS. — This device, which figures as part of the design of
some postage stamps, has been considered a bringer of good fortune ever since
the time of the ancient Greeks. It consists of two snakes entwining a rod,
surmounted by a pine cone. By the side of the cone is a pair of wings. It
was the symbol of Mercury.
The rod had die supernatural powers of
quelling disputes and letting people dwell in harmony. The snakes possessed
the property of healing; the pine cone preserved good health; and the wings
stood for speed and progress. Thus people wear the caduceus today in order
to ensure a life free from quarrels and illness, and to enable them to be
healthy and "go ahead."

THE EYE AGATE. — As is generally appreciated, the "evil eye" is the
source of all trouble and misfortunes, and the early Eastern races thought
that, if the "evil eye" could be avoided or frightened away, all would be well.
Searching for a charm to effect their purpose, they alighted upon the eye agate,
and this they believed would give no quarter to the "evil eye." Accordingly,
agates were cut to resemble an eye which would be powerful enough to
neutralize the effects of the evil one, and these were worn as brooches, rings
and necklaces. The agate chosen for the purpose consisted of thin layers
of stone of various colors. Thus, by cutting the stones oval and removing
parts of the top layers, it was possible to produce a charm closely resembling
a human eye, both in shape and color.

Such eyes are still sold today, and many people treasure them in the hope
that they will ward off evil in any form.

THE JADE AXE-HEAD.— -Many jewelers still sell little axe-heads carved
out of jade, for wearing around the neck. The axe-head has been considered
a symbol of strength and vigor ever since primitive times, and jade has a
world-wide reputation as a charm against disease and accidents. 




 


THE SEAL OF SOLOMON.— This device is now regarded as a symbol
of the Jewish religion, but it can be traced to several other religions, and,
no doubt, it dates even farther back than the commencement of the Jewish
era. The triangle with the upward point stood for goodness; the triangle
with the downward point for wickedness; while the two intertwined symbol-
ized the triumph of good over bad. Those who wear the device contend
that it preserves them from all that is ill, and, at the same time, it gives
them a share of the world's blessings.

THE ABRACADABRA. — This charm dates from the second century,
and was a symbol of the Gnostic worship. It often took the form of a little
piece of parchment, folded into the shape of a cross, but it can, also, be seen
as a tablet, made of stone or metal, shaped like an inverted triangle. On
the charm, of whatever shape, was inscribed the following:
ABRACADABRA

It will be seen that the word "Abracadabra" can be read along the upper
line and also down and up the two sides. This word is said to conceal the
name of God and the charm has the powers o£ warding off dangers and
sickness.

THE FOUR-LEAF CLOVER OR SHAMROCK.— Everyone knows that
a four-leaf clover or shamrock is supposed to be a bringer of luck and good
fortune. As these are not readily found and, moreover, they soon perish, the
opportunity has been seized by jewelers to produce artificial ones in various
precious and semi-precious metals. To wear either is supposed to avoid
misfortune. It may be mentioned that the four-leaf Shamrock as a charm
has proved immensely popular by those who are interested in the Irish sweep-
stakes.

BLACK CATS. — Of course, it is lucky for a black cat to walk into your
house, but failing an actual cat, a counterfeit one serves the same purpose.
Thus, people who pin their faith to black cats often make stuffed ones, or
draw pictures of them, and look to the creature of their own handiwork to
serve the role of mascot.

YOUR OWN TALISMAN.— So far, the talismans that have received uni-
versal acceptance have alone been mentioned, but the tendency today is for
enthusiasts to originate a mascot of their very own. It may take any or
every form, according to the whim or fancy of the individual. Maybe you will
prefer to find your own mascot or talisman in this direction. If you have no
preferences, why not constitute a device which embraces your lucky number,
your lucky flower, your lucky color, and so on? It is a suggestion bristling
with opportunities.

Just to show that people are tending towards the idea of choosing a talis-
man of their very own, we will conclude with a story that was recently
published.

"There is a precious stone to which the board of directors of a firm of
diamond dealers annually pass a vote of thanks. The stone is a sapphire
and it has been named Shani, meaning 'bringer of luck.'

"Shani was bought by the firm about seventy years ago, and it only
leaves the safe on New Year's Day. A special meeting, attended by every
member of the firm, is then held in the board room. Shani is placed in
the middle of the table and, with hands clasped in prayer, the members
offer thanks for the good luck the sapphire has brought the firm during the
preceding year.

"One of the directors said, 'My grandfather once received a tempting offer
for Shani and yielded, but a few hours after the sapphire had been sent
away he was taken violently ill with fever. The sapphire was brought back
from a distant part of India, and my grandfather became well at once.' "

 

Should not we all have a Shani?