☩ The Monday Post ☩
Aloha, and welcome to the third edition of The Monday Post, my unofficial fun weekly roundup of news & articles from the web, member’s success stories, celestial events, and other forum- & magick-related news and information!
This week’s Post is specially dedicated to any forum members in Hawaii and American Samoa, where it’s still just about Monday, due to the miracle of world time zones! :o)
Submissions wanted! See below for details.
☩ News & Articles ☩
✧ Want To Enjoy The Deep, Mystical Sleep Of Our Ancestors? Turn Your Lights Off At Dusk
"What if you could meditate like a Tibetan lama with no instruction whatsoever — and without having to subscribe to any religious beliefs?
People hear a question like that and, unless they are particularly gullible, they assume they’re about to be scammed. But in this case there is nothing to buy — no tapes, no app, no religious agenda that gets sprung on you at the last moment when you’re feeling vulnerable and spiritually open. No hidden fees.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a catch. You have to be willing to revert to a Paleolithic pattern of sleep — and that means turning off your electric lights at dusk and leaving them off until dawn. Do that, and in about three week’s time, beginning around six hours after sunset each evening, you will find yourself experiencing a period of serene wakefulness that was once a nightly meditation retreat for all Homo sapiens on Earth. It’s a guarantee. It’s encoded in your genes."
~ Source: washingtonpost.com
✧ “Eternal Flames” Of Ancient Times Could Spark Interest Of Modern Geologists
"Seeps from which gas and oil escape were formative to many ancient cultures and societies. They gave rise to legends surrounding the Delphi Oracle, Chimaera fires and “eternal flames” that were central to ancient religious practices – from Indonesia and Iran to Italy and Azerbaijan.
… Gas-oil seeps have been the source of mythological tales, and many a Biblical and historic event. The observations of ancient naturalists and historians such as Pliny the Elder, who lived two millennia ago, helped to chronicle many of these occurrences, especially in the Mediterranean area. For example, he wrote about Chimaera, a large burning gas seep in modern day Turkey… In ancient times, the temple of Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire, was built next to it.
Similar “eternal fires” integrated gas and flame emissions into ancient religious practices in many cultures. For instance, the Zoroastrians worshiped the “Pillars of Fire” near modern Baku in Azerbaijan. In Iraq, the Baba Gurgur seep was probably the “burning fiery furnace” into which King Nebuchadnezzar cast the Jews. A legend of ancient Rome reports a stream of crude oil issuing from the ground around 38 BC."
~ Source: heritagedaily.com
✧ New Archeological Discovery Suggests Our Ancestors Evolved Far Earlier Than Previously Thought
"These oldest tools from Lomekwi shed light on an unexpected and previously unknown period of hominin behavior and can tell us a lot about cognitive development in our ancestors that we can’t understand from fossils alone.
… The Lomekwi 3 discovery raises many new challenging questions for paleoanthropologists. For one, what could have caused hominins to start knapping tools at such an early date?"
~ Source: qz.com
✧ The Psychological Case Against Casual Fridays
"A recent paper in Social Psychological and Personality Science argues in favor of dressing up, finding that when people felt more formally dressed as compared to their surrounding peers, they tended to think more creatively.
The psychological meaning of clothing is something academics have been curious about for more than a century, particularly the influential Harvard psychologist William James, who believed the clothes you wear ranked just under your physical body, but above your immediate family, in contributing to your understanding of who you are."
~ Source: nymag.com
✧ The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board
"In February, 1891, the first few advertisements started appearing in papers: “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board,” boomed a Pittsburgh toy and novelty shop, describing a magical device that answered questions “about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy” and promised “never-failing amusement and recreation for all the classes,” a link “between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial.” Another advertisement in a New York newspaper declared it “interesting and mysterious” and testified, “as sProven at Patent Office before it was allowed. Price, $1.50.”
… Though truth in advertising is hard to come by, especially in products from the 19th century, the Ouija board was “interesting and mysterious”; it actually had been “proven” to work at the Patent Office before its patent was allowed to proceed; and today, even psychologists believe that it may offer a link between the known and the unknown."
~ Source: smithsonianmag.com
✧ The 1,500-Year-Old Recipe That Shows How Romans Invented The Beef Burger
"Rightly or wrongly, the Romans have been credited with bringing many things to Britain, from roads and pavements to heated baths and indoor plumbing. But a new discovery is giving them credit for a quintessentially American invention: the beef burger.
A recipe from the ancient Roman cookbook, Apicius, written by an unknown author during the late 4th or 5th centuries AD, details a dish called ‘Isicia Omentata’ made of minced meat, pepper, wine, pine nuts and a rich fish-based sauce (Garum), all formed into a patty.
… It has long been known that the Romans brought ‘fast food joints’ - or thermopolia as they called them - to Britain. In large towns people wanted access to quick food during their lunch break and vendors selling chicken legs, lamb chops and shellfish became commonplace. "
~ Source: culture24.org.uk
✧ Did Dark Matter Kill The Dinosaurs?
"In 1980, Walter Alvarez and his group at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered a thin layer of clay in the geologic record, which contained an anomalous amount of the rare element iridium. They proposed that the iridium-rich layer was evidence of a massive comet hitting the Earth 66 million years ago, at the time of the extinction of the dinosaurs.
… Subsequent studies, determined from the record of more than 150 impact craters on the Earth, found evidence for other mass extinctions in the geologic past, which seem to have happened at the same time as pulses of impacts. These coincidences occurred about once every 30 million years. Why do these extinctions and impacts happen with an underlying cycle? The answer may lie in our position in the Milky Way Galaxy.
… Recognition of this 30 million year Galactic cycle is the key to understanding why extinctions happen on a regular schedule, but it may also explain other geologic phenomena as well. In further studies, it was found that a number of geological events, including pulses of volcanic eruptions, mountain building, magnetic field reversals, climate and major changes in sea level, show a similar 30 million year cycle. Could this also be related to the way our Solar System travels through the Galaxy?
A possible cause of the geological activity may be interactions of the Earth with dark matter in the Galaxy."
~ Source: blog.oup.com
✧ 52 Factorial
" They seem harmless enough, 52 thin slices of laminated cardboard with colorful designs printed on their sides. Yet, as another illustration of the mantra that complexity begins from the most simple systems, the number of variations that these 52 cards can produce is virtually endless. The richness of most playing card games owes itself to this fact.
… Start with all the cards in one pile. Randomly select one of the 52 cards to be in position 1. Next, randomly select one of the remaining 51 cards for position 2, then one of the remaining 50 for position 3, and so on. Hence, the total number of ways you could arrange the cards is 52 * 51 * 50 * … * 3 * 2 * 1, or 52!. Here’s what that looks like:
~ Source: czep.net
☩ Spirit Of The Week : Ba’el ☩
This week Arcane wants to say a big Thank You to Ba’el!
“Baell – Their first and principall king (which is of the power of the east) is called Baell who when he is conjured up, appeareth with three heads; the first, like a tode; the second, like a man; the third, like a cat. He speaketh with a hoarse voice, he maketh a man go invisible (and wise), he hath under his obedience and rule sixtie and six legions of divels.”
~ Pseudomonarchia daemonum – Johann Wier (1583)
Sigils for him vary - this one resembles a little dancing figure:
Others look somehow more scientific, like 1950’s illustrations of mighty atomic power:
✧ Want to nominate a lesser-known spirit (god, demon, angel, nature spirit etc) for Spirit Of The Week? PM me with a brief description of your experience with them - if you want include a piece of art you drew to represent the spirit, or your own version of their sigil, that would be great!
☩ Member Success Stories Needed! ☩
✧ Don’t forget to PM me with any member success stories that have inspired you recently.
And big congratulations of course to ALL forum members who’ve had successes in the past week!
☩ In The Skies ☩
There’s a Full Moon on Tuesday 2nd June at 16:19 UTC, apparently traditionally known as the Strawberry Moon (Beard 1918) since it coincides with these ripening in the northern hemisphere.
△ Full moon over Santorini : By Klearchos Kapoutsis, via Wikimedia Commons
✧ Solstice Countdown: Sunday, 21 June 2015, 16:39 UTC - just 26 days to go. Do you have plans yet?
☩ From The Archives ☩
There’s so much good stuff buried away in the archives here, so each week The Monday Post will feature a BALG Forum post that’s more than 12 months old, and which contains some useful information or advice that’s slipped down out of sight - please PM me with any buried treasures you’ve found useful!
✧ This week, in a thread from 2012, Hrajnoha asks how to combat the problem of occult “burnout” - members including GOZER, DK The Mage & -TWF- all reply: full thread here.
☩ Quote Of The Week ☩
“It was that sort of sleep in which you wake every hour and think to yourself that you have not been sleeping at all; you can remember dreams that are like reflections, daytime thinking slightly warped.”
~ Kim Stanley Robinson, Icehenge
☩ Submissions & Feedback Wanted! ☩
♚ Kudos this week to Claidheam for the article about the eternal flames and other support and ideas!
♚ And also to Arcane for proposing Ba’el as Spirit Of The Week, and everyone else who’s made a suggestion and comment so far - thanks a million, and please keep them coming!!
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☩ Thank You! ☩
Thanks for reading, hope to see you next week!