Very special thanks to Moe Bedard of Gnostic Warrior for having me onto the show as his guest this past week, and welcome to new visitors who may have learned about my work for the first time through the Gnostic Warrior show.
Our conversation is available here on the Gnostic Warrior website, as well as on iTunes. The player below will also allow you to listen to the show, or to download it to a mobile device for listening whenever convenient. You can also embed the radio bar below onto your own blog or website if you wish to do so, using the code available at the above link.
It was a pleasure to discuss these subjects with Moe, who has clearly spent a lot of time looking into these matters and obviously knows a lot about them. I enjoyed his questions and insights as we talked.
Here is a list of links to previous posts for those who wish to explore further some of the subjects we touched on in the interview. There is also an internal search window in the upper-left corner of this blog (on most browser configurations) which enables you to search for topics using keywords or phrases:
- The "Star Myth Index" of previous examinations of sacred myths with celestial components.
- A different index of previous posts discussing various stars and constellations and how to locate them, entitled "For the love of the stars."
- Some of the books that influenced me as a child growing up.
- My memories of the Tutankhamun exhibit that visited San Francisco in 1979.
- How the earth's path around the sun can be understood by watching great surfers carving the face of a wave, and how the "earth-ship metaphor" helps us to understand the "hang time" that seems to occur at the solstices (for more on solstices and equinoxes, see here for a recent solstice discussion and here for a recent equinox discussion).
- The importance of Hamlet's Mill, and why those who claim that it has been "debunked" may be too hasty.
- The concept of the precession of the equinoxes, and my arguments that the lost "Golden Age" was the Age of Gemini (see also this post regarding the Golden Age and the Age of Gemini).
- The recent set of videos entitled "Star Myths and the Shamanic Worldview," which presents the system of celestial metaphor with some visual examples and illustrations: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. (Caution: these videos contain arguments and evidence which may be extremely damaging to strictly literalist interpretations of ancient scripture. If you do not wish to encounter these arguments, you may not want to view these videos).
- A discussion of the celestial aspects of the Vedic and Hindu goddess Durga.
- Arguments that the idea of a literal hell is a misinterpretation of a zodiac metaphor.
- The evidence that all these esoteric metaphors in the world's sacred scriptures were intended to convey the idea that we live in a universe that can best be described as being both shamanic and holographic, and the possibility that the world's ancient scriptures all evince a sophisticated awareness of this shamanic-holographic cosmology.
- Evidence that the ancients -- including the ancient Egyptians -- knew that the realm of the gods, the realm of spirit, is a real dimension (more real, in fact, than this material world), and that they possessed techniques for undertaking deliberate shamanic journeys to the spirit world.
- The possibility that the knowledge of the ability to journey to the spirit realm, and the techniques with which to do so, was hidden in the sacred traditions of humanity, just as the "karate" knowledge was hidden in the "wax on, wax off" motions in The Karate Kid.
- Evidence that a small group of families who knew about this secret wisdom came up with a plan to use it to their advantage and suppress it everywhere else.
- Some discussion of the evidence which suggests that the ancient wisdom was deliberately suppressed at a specific point in history in a specific part of the world (the Roman Empire) -- see the discussions entitled "Commodus and Marcus Aurelius" and "Theodosius and Ambrose."
- Some discussion of the "ideology of materialism" that is so prevalent in the modern world, in spite of the evidence which suggests that there may be good reasons to have serious doubts about the strictly materialistic dogmas that some materialist adherents push with a more-than-religious zeal.
- Some further discussion of the reflection of the planets and the universe in the human body,
- How the "finger pointing a way to the moon" is a good illustration of the concept of the esoteric.
- Some further discussion of the esoteric metaphors and the relation of the motions of the stars to the realm of the gods and spirits, and to our incarnate existence in this material realm (see "Thou journeyest on the road whereon the gods journeyed" and "The horizon and the scales of judgement" for example).
I hope that everyone enjoys the conversation and that it has a positive message for everyone who hears it.
I also hope you will come visit again soon!