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Smoke and Mirrors of an Ancient Empire

An unsolved ancient mystery, a concealed entrance to the underworld, and an entranced “sibyl” with the power to influence an empire — these are the elements of an unforgettable  history lesson…

 

The Unsolved Mystery of the Tunnels at Baiae

 

Did ancient priests fool visitors to a sulfurous subterranean stream that they had crossed the River Styx and entered Hades?

 

By Mike Dash (smithsonian.com)

 

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“There is nothing remotely Elysian about the Phlegræan Fields, which lie on the north shore of the Bay of Naples; nothing sylvan, nothing green. The Fields are part of the caldera of a volcano that is the twin of Mount Vesuvius, a few miles to the east, the destroyer of Pompeii. The volcano is still active–it last erupted in 1538, and once possessed a crater that measured eight miles across–but most of it is underwater now. The portion that is still accessible on land consists of a barren, rubble-strewn plateau. Fire bursts from the rocks in places, and clouds of sulfurous gas snake out of vents leading up from deep underground.

 

The Fields, in short, are hellish, and it is no surprise that in Greek and Roman myth they were associated with all manner of strange tales. Most interesting, perhaps, is the legend of the Cumæan sibyl, who took her name from the nearby town of Cumæ, a Greek colony dating to about 500 B.C.– a time when the Etruscans still held sway much of central Italy and Rome was nothing but a city-state ruled over by a line of tyrannical kings.

 

The sibyl, so the story goes, was a woman named Amalthaea who lurked in a cave on the Phlegræan Fields. She had once been young and beautiful–beautiful enough to attract the attentions of the sun god, Apollo, who offered her one wish in exchange for her virginity. Pointing to a heap of dust, Amalthaea asked for a year of life for each particle in the pile, but (as is usually the way in such old tales) failed to allow for the vindictiveness of the gods. Ovid, in Metamorphoses, has her lament that “like a fool, I did not ask that all those years should come with ageless youth, as well.” Instead, she aged but could not die. Virgil depicts her scribbling the future on oak leaves that lay scattered about the entrance to her cave, and states that the cave itself concealed an entrance to the underworld…”

 

Read more here.

 

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Knock knock, can the spirits come out to play?

HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN!

 

To get you in the mood…

 

First, behold the spiritualist era spirit photographs of William Hope, here.

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Next, catch up on the history and use of the Ouija board here.

 

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And, did you know that an entire novel “by a deceased Mark Twain” was written entirely via Ouija? –

 

Yep, and here it is in its entirety.

 

Also…

 

Ghostwriter and Ghost: The Strange Case of Pearl Curran & Patience Worth

 

“In early 20th-century St. Louis, Pearl Curran claimed to have conjured a long-dead New England puritan named Patience Worth through a Ouija board. Although mostly unknown today, the resulting books, poems, and plays that Worth “dictated” to Curran earned great praise at the time. Ed Simon investigates the curious and nearly forgotten literary fruits of a “ghost” and her ghostwriter…”

 


Pearl Curran in 1919 – Source [copyright unknown].

 

See the rest at the Public Domain Review, here.

 

 

 

 

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What’s the deal with intention?

You’ve probably heard of Dr. Emoto’s inexplicable experiments with water crystals? There’s another, similar experiment circling the web, this one with rice instead of water. The results are equally as clear (and as head-scratching) as Emoto’s water experiments. So, what’s the deal with intention and thought — do these seemingly intangible things have an affect on reality itself? Does positive or negative thinking really have this much power?

 

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Scientific Proof Thoughts And Intentions Can Alter The World Around Us!

By Steven Bancarz

 

“Dr. Masaru Emoto, a researcher and alternative healer from Japan has given the world a good deal of evidence of the magic of positive thinking. He became famous when his water molecule experiments featured in the 2004 film, What The Bleep Do We Know? His experiments demonstrate that human thoughts and intentions can alter physical reality, such as the molecular structure of water. Given that humans are comprised of at least 60% water, his discovery has far reaching implications… can anyone really afford to have negative thoughts or intentions?

 

A group of approximately 2,000 people in Tokyo focused positive intentions toward water samples located inside an electromagnetically shielded room in California. That group was unaware of similar water samples set aside in a different location as controls. Ice crystals formed in both sets of water samples, yet only certain kinds of formations were present within the water they were concentrating on. That group was unaware of similar water samples set aside in a different location as controls…”

 

Read the complete article here. Watch a video that recreates the experiment, below.

 

 

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