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The Women of Mycenae Clytemnestra, Cassandra, Elektra
Thursday August 25, 2022 9:00am EST
by Jennifer Saint
The Women of Mycenae Clytemnestra, Cassandra, Elektra

In Homer’s epic Iliad, except for Helen, the women in the Trojan War are mostly relegated to backstage roles, as opposed to the heroic deeds of the warrior kings. Whether the Trojan War was fictional or not, history tells of Bronze Age queens, who were as fierce as their male counterparts in battle and even more competent in ruling their kingdoms in the absence of kings.  Personified in fictional characters, the scope of a Mycenaean queen (Clytemnestra), a Trojan princess and prophetess (Cassandra) and a Mycenaean princess (Elektra) draws the curtain to reveal the psyche and circumstances of the hardships, drama and heartache these women had to endure during the war and the conniving tactics they had to apply to survive post war traumas.

Several universal themes such as human sacrifice, rape, slavery, murder, loss of loved ones, abdicating power, revenge and meddling gods emerge as the women had to battle misogynism, male privilege and domestic violence in their male dominated worlds. It was a time of transition when age-old fertility goddesses had to step aside for vengeful warrior gods, reflected in the day-to-day existence of the living.

Their stories are set against the backdrop of the curse on the House of Atreus, ancestor of Agamemnon, where human sacrifice still taints the descendants; the fickle god Apollo who blessed a Trojan princess with prophesy, but also cursed her to know the downfall of her beloved city and royal family, and not being believed, the common fate of rape and slavery of the conquered women and the vengeance of a daughter whose name is immortalized in a psycho-analytical term describing the root of matricide. Like their men and husbands, the women were not all pure and virtuous, but fallible as even the fickle gods did not set examples of morality. Yet they displayed the spiritual bravery and had their voices heard in trailblazing acts of defiance.

Author Jennifer Saint introduces each of these women, Queen Clytemnestra, Princess Cassandra and Princess Elektra, to the audience telling the Bronze Age narrative from a royal woman’s perspective.

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Jennifer Saint grew up reading Greek mythology and was always drawn to the untold stories hidden within the myths. She read Classical Studies at King’s College in London and was a high school teacher for 13 years. Jennifer Saint is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her debut novel, ARIADNE, was shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2021 and was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards Fantasy category in 2021. ARIADNE tells the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur from the perspective of Ariadne - the woman who made it happen. In her latest novel ELECTRA, (2022) she tells the spellbinding story of three of the women, Queen Clytemnestra wife of Agamemnon and sister to Helen of Troy; Princess Cassandra of Troy, prophetess and later slave and Princess Elektra, daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, who avenges her father’s death by committing matricide. Jennifer lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two children.

                                 


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Petroglyphs of Pohnpei Legacies of the Motherland of ancient Mu
Wednesday July 13, 2022 9:00am EST
by Carole Nervig
Petroglyphs of Pohnpei Legacies of the Motherland of ancient Mu

There were hundreds of shapes and symbols on the phallic rock, some familiar, but the majority not. These new motifs were certainly more complex than the glyphs upon the well-known rock outcrop nearby. Most of the designs were sophisticated, completely unlike the simple yet elegant stick figure petroglyphs found throughout Polynesia. Until this moment of discovery, there were no other known petroglyphs on Pohnpei and exceedingly few in all of Micronesia.”

While residing on the small Pacific island of Pohnpei in the 1990s, author Carole Nervig discovered that a recent brush fire had exposed hundreds of previously unknown petroglyphs carved on gigantic boulders. This overgrown megalithic site, now called Pohnpaid, was unknown even to Pohnpei’s state historic preservation officer. The petroglyphs were unlike others from Oceania, so Nervig began investigating and comparing them with petroglyphs and symbols from around the world.

Carole discusses how the archetypal symbols of the Pohnpaid petroglyphs have exact counterparts in other ancient cultures and universal motifs throughout the world, including the Australian Aborigines, the Inca in Peru, the Vedic civilization of India, early Norse runes, and Japanese symbols. She provides evidence that Pohnpaid is closely related to--yet predates--neighboring Nan Madol and shows how Pohnpaid was likely an outpost of the sunken Kahnihmueiso or a tribute by its survivors or descendants to honor it demise.

Discussing the archaeo-astronomical function of the Pohnpaid stones, Carole examines how many of the glyphs symbolize celestial phenomena and clearly reveal how their creators were sky watchers with a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, geophysics, geomancy, and engineering. She shows how the scientific concepts depicted in the petroglyphs reveal how the civilization of Mu and/or its descendants, had a much deeper understanding of the living Earth than we do.

Combining archaeological evidence with traditional oral accounts, Carole reveals Pohnpaid not only as a part of a geodetic network of ancient sacred sites and portals but also as a remnant of the now submerged but once enlightened Motherland of Mu.

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Carole Nervig has spent more than four decades researching Micronesian traditional culture and oral history as well as the sacred sites of Micronesia and Hawai’i. She first moved to Micronesia as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1969. In the 1990s she discovered a previously unknown megalithic site, Pohnpaid, on the Micronesian island of Pohnpei. Creator of the Nan Madol Foundation, she now lives in Ecuador. She is the author of The Petroglyphs of Mu. Pohnpei, Nan Madol and the legacy of Lemuria.

 

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The Royal Lineage Of Jesus, Izates Manu King Of Edessa, King Of The Jews And Contender For Emperor Of Rome
Wednesday June 22, 2022 9:45am EST
by Ralph Ellis
The Royal Lineage Of Jesus, Izates Manu King Of Edessa, King Of The Jews And Contender For Emperor Of Rome

The Bible tells Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, who was impregnated by the Holy Spirit and he grew up as the son of a simple carpenter in Galilee. Yet he became revered as the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savour and a whole new religion was built up around him. There is more than enough evidence within the Gospels and Talmud to demonstrate that Jesus’ family were actually wealthy, educated and influential characters within Judaean society. But since these texts have obviously been manipulated and amended, one must look beyond this deliberate obfuscation to uncover the truth.

In about 4 AD, a royal Parthian family of Edessa (modern Sanlurfa), was exiled to Rome and finally settled in Bethanya [Bethany], in eastern Syrio-Judaea – the village Jesus entered upon his return to Judaea according to the Bible.   Queen Helena and her son Izates Manu VI brought with them into exile 500 cavalry and 100 relations and retinue, a history which tallies with Josephus’ accounts of the 'biblical family' (of Jesus of Gamala) maintaining their own military forces. Members of this exiled royal family were not only directly related to Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, but also to Emperor Julius Caesar of Rome, and to King Phraates IV / Agbarus V of Parthia (or Persia). In other words, this family was hugely influential, relatively unknown, suddenly impoverished and, in addition, uniquely related to all three of the major empires of this era.

A prince of this family could also have been a threat to the rule of the Roman emperors and the Parthian kings, because it was possible that this new prince (Jesus/ Izates Manu, with his sister-wife Mary Magdalene from Bethany) could have united the entire Roman and Parthian empires into one single, united kingdom. This was a family that would have been deemed worthy a visit by the Parthian Magi – who were seeking a royal heir - and likely to have educated its sons in Egypt – Joseph and Mary, Jesus Biblical birth parents fled to Egypt. This was indeed a family that could have made Herod (the tetrarch) fear for his position, sufficient for him to want to eliminate all the male (royal) children of Syrio-Judaea.

What was the political landscape of Rome, Parthia and Judea at the time of Jesus’ birth? Who were his ancestors, including his parents, and does he fit the profile of a royal contender for the throne of Rome, eventually occupied by Vespasian – why was Jesus, the King of Edessa written out of history? Many questions sparking many debates are: Did he marry Mary Magdalene and who was she? Why would the son of a carpenter be bedecked in a royal purple cloak and what about his capability to perform miracles for example feeding the multitude of 5,000 with a few fish and loaves of bread? Is there actually a likeness of him?

Ralph Ellis started as a software engineer, but moved into the equally technical spheres of mineral surveying, aviation, and palaeoclimatology, but always maintained and built upon the archaeological interests and research of his father. As a historian, Ralph has toured the Mediterranean for more than three decades searching for secular similarities and parallels between the apparently disparate disciplines of history and theology. And the research has been very fruitful with many new fundamental discoveries being made, mostly in Egypt, resulting in 13 books. Ralph has also sought to understand the design of the megalithic monuments from a purely scientific and engineering viewpoint. Nevertheless, his lateral analysis of the likely possibilities for the design of these great monuments is still very novel and highly provocative. He has also launched a series of lectures under the banner of Ralph Ellis Illumination on YouTube and his own channel Patreon.

His latest book: Shards of Illumination is a compilation of questions and answers most asked on his

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The Islamophiles, Half-Heathen Kings, Sons of Satan, Excommunicated by the Pope
Wednesday May 25, 2022 5:00pm EST
by Dr Marion Dolan
The Islamophiles, Half-Heathen Kings, Sons of Satan, Excommunicated by the Pope

The descendants of Tancred of Hauteville, a Norman Lord, became crusaders who conquered Jerusalem from the Saracens and later became the kings of Europe and Holy Emperor of the Roman Republic, yet this bloodline is known for producing rebel rulers, who broke the rules, and defied the Popes, who called them a Half-Heathen King and Son of Satan.

Upon their return from Jerusalem, sons of Tancred of Hauteville, Roger I de Hauteville and his brother Robert Guiscard, conquered parts of the wealthy, fertile island of Sicily in the 11th century. Roger I had established his palace and administration center on the city’s highest hilltop, reconstructing the fortified citadel of the Muslims, whom he had defeated. After his death his young son Roger II expanded the territory and on Christmas Day 1130 at his capital city, Roger II was formally crowned by an emissary of the pope as the first King of Sicily.

During his youth in Palermo, Roger’s mother ensured that he was well-educated by Greek and Muslim tutors and spoke the three languages that prevailed on the island: Latin, Greek and Arabic. Roger possessed superior intelligence along with a compelling drive that he applied to developing his inherited and newly-won territories into a wealthy and sophisticated cosmopolitan kingdom of prestige and culture. It was said that “he accomplished more in his sleep than others did when awake.” Roger II established a well-organized, ecumenical government and included Islamic, Jewish and Christian officials in highly-trusted positions.

Roger lived in the splendor of a Muslim caliph, complete with eunuchs and a royal harem of concubines and he wore long Muslim robes of silk trimmed in gold, which earned him the moniker of the Half Heathen King. He commissioned Al Idrisi to compose the Tabula Rogeriana, a map of the world.

Roger II’s grandson, Frederick II, called the Wonder of the World, Stupor Mundi, outshone his magnificent grandfather. He was crowned King of Sicily at the age of three. Like his maternal grandfather King Roger II, he too was called ‘half-heathen’, more a Saracen sultan than a Christian king. When traveling the Frederick was escorted by his turbaned Saracen bodyguards brandishing burly beards and carrying fearsome scimitars; his impressive Teutonic knights and a menagerie of exotic animals. He also had a harem, like his grandfather. Frederick’s paternal grandfather was Frederick I Barbarossa (Red Beard), Duke of Swabia and Holy Roman Emperor and through this bloodline Frederick became King of the Germans. Through his marriage he became King of Jerusalem. He was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Honorius III in 1220, at the age of 26. His titles included King of Sicily, Germany, Italy, Burgundy, Cypress, Jerusalem, and of course Holy Roman Emperor.

As Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II felt compelled to lead a crusade. Excommunicated twice by the Pope, Frederick did not waiver from his resolve and he eventually succeeded in leading the only bloodless crusade, and secured Jerusalem. In defiance of the Pope, he crowned himself in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in 1229, wearing Roger II’s ceremonial cloak. The Pope declared him a Son of Satan.

Marion DolanDr. Marion Dolan received her BS, MFA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in medieval manuscripts, minoring in medieval architecture and history of astronomy. Dr Dolan is retired from the University of Pittsburgh where she was an adjunct professor in the history of art and architecture and lectured for the Osher Lifelong Learning program at Carnegie-Mellon University for many years. Now an independent scholar, she continues her research on the transmission of astronomical knowledge and teaches art history at the NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, where she also serves as a docent .She is the author of Astronomical Knowledge Transmission Through Illustrated Aratea Manuscripts, Decoding Astronomy in art and Architecture and The Monk and the Antichrist: A Novel of Passion in the Middle Ages


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The Deceptocene Era: Challenging Mainstream History
Wednesday April 6, 2022 11:00am EST
by Ralph Ellis
The Deceptocene Era: Challenging Mainstream History

With a following of thousands, author and historian Ralph Ellis needs no introduction. In an era of fake news and deception, Ralph Ellis tackles a selection of academic deceptions and burning topics that have mesmerised, but also misled students and audiences for ages.  In this interview we focus on two of the most provocative enigmas, that elicit lively debates.

Are these academic deceptions the result of intentional deceit or sheer incompetence? To be sure there are any number of incompetent scientists, historians and clerics, says Ralph, but much of this is due to deliberate falsification and fraud. The world is awash with duplicity and deceit, and it is time to break through the deception.

Dating Constructions On The Giza Plateau

Mainstream Egyptologists have traditionally estimated the age of the pyramids of Giza to circa 2500 BC, the Fourth Dynasty. The Great Pyramid of Khufu for example is dated due to the tombs of Khufu’s daughter and vizier beside the Great Pyramid and pottery dating to that period. Yet there are no hieroglyphs inside the pyramids, nor have any bodies actually been found in these supposed tombs of the pharaohs, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. Theories have been formulated regarding star shafts embedded in the pyramids, water erosion and astronomical alignment. Who built them, and did the engineers who built them have knowledge of a map of the earth, and how could they know this without spotting it from space? What is the secret of the Sphinx?

Who Was Jesus

The Bible tells Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, who was impregnated by the Holy Spirit and he grew up as the son of a simple carpenter in Galilee. Yet he became revered as the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savour and a religion was built up around him. What was the political landscape of Rome, Parthia and Judea at the time of Jesus’ birth? Who were his ancestors, including his parents, and does he fit the profile of a royal contender for the throne of Rome, eventually occupied by Vespasian – why was Jesus, the King of Edessa written out of history? Many questions sparking many debates are: Did he marry Mary Magdalene and who was she? Why would the son of a carpenter be bedecked in a royal purple cloak and what about his capability to perform miracles for example feeding the multitude of 5,000 with a few fish and loaves of bread? Is there actually a likeness of him?

The Deceptocene Era: Challenging Mainstream History

Ralph Ellis started as a software engineer, but moved into the equally technical spheres of mineral surveying, aviation, and palaeoclimatology, but always maintained and built upon the archaeological interests and research of his father. As a historian, Ralph has toured the Mediterranean for more than three decades searching for secular similarities and parallels between the apparently disparate disciplines of history and theology. And the research has been very fruitful with many new fundamental discoveries being made, mostly in Egypt, resulting in 13 books. Ralph has also sought to understand the design of the megalithic monuments from a purely scientific and engineering viewpoint. Nevertheless, his lateral analysis of the likely possibilities for the design of these great monuments is still very novel and highly provocative. He has also launched a series of lectures under the banner of Ralph Ellis Illumination on YouTube and his own channel Patreon.

His latest book: Shards of Illumination is a compilation of questions and answers most asked on his

Facebook page.


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Hinduism: An Ancient Multi-facetted Cosmology
Wednesday March 16, 2022 2:00pm EST
by Steve Martin
Hinduism: An Ancient Multi-facetted Cosmology

A sweeping look at the ancient cross-cultural flows that worked to shape the long legacies of the major religions, right up to our contemporary moment. Primarily grounded in examining the Sumerian, Akkadian, Greek, Egyptian, Pagan, and biblical origins of various religious figures, practices, and beliefs, but drawing on a wide array of mythologies that stretch beyond this, author Steve Martin makes a compelling case for the shared origins of the world's great religions, arguing that by reincorporating many previously excommunicated spiritualities and atheisms, Hinduism manifested itself as the complex, multi-faceted cosmology it is today.

Hinduism boasts of having the oldest surviving texts, but those texts are not followed anymore. When comparing Hinduism’s oldest text to its more recent texts, there are subtle, but distinct, differences, which indicate a progression in the religion. Early Hinduism appears to have been nearly identical to most other religions at that time. Likewise, cultural influences appeared around the world parallel to Egypt’s fifth dynasty. As we go back, we see that ancient deities were not always personifications of elements of nature, and for a long-time, certain animals were universally identified with God. Another animal, the serpent, appears to have eventually become a personification of one element of nature. One deity was worshipped by one name at a funeral and by another name at a wedding. The ancient world largely referred to kings and ancestors as gods.

Mesopotamian rulers left their mark far and wide. One such mark is the appearance of pyramids and burial mounds that seem to follow paganism. One unique tradition, anciently known to be practiced in Egypt and Greece was also practiced in India, at least, up to the last couple centuries. Some of the earliest Greek creation myths were used by the biblical apostles to identify with Jesus. Prior to the fifth century BC, astrology was used very different from how it is commonly used now. Throughout history, we see religion and astrology repeatedly being manipulated for the purpose of increasing power by kings and priests. China appeared to be religiously isolated from the rest of the world for a long time but was eventually affected by outside influences. Early Chinese religion helps to connect the dots among the other religions of the world. We later see Hinduism integrating many different religions from all over the world.

Stephen Martin

Stephen Martin is a theology major working in automotive electronics who has long nurtured an interest in world religions and Hinduism in particular. Equipped with his background in religious studies and a strong desire to better understand his Hindu coworkers, Martin spent time studying the Vedas, the most ancient Hindu texts, along with a plethora of other rich academic sources on the topic, to flesh out his comprehensive study on the matter. He is the author of Retaliation of the Cursed A Historical Investigation of The Origins of Worship, World Religion, Mythology, Paganism, Astrology and Atheism, and Their Contributions Leading to Modern Hinduism.


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The Enigmatic Death Of Alexander The Great Murdered Or Not?
Saturday February 19, 2022 5:30pm EST
by Andrew Chugg
The Enigmatic Death Of Alexander The Great Murdered Or Not?

The untimely death of Alexander the Great in Babylon in June 323 BC may have altered the history of the world more profoundly than any other intervention of disease in the fate of mankind. Alexander had been poised to begin the conquests of Arabia, North Africa and Western Europe with a fleet of a thousand galleys and a vast battle-hardened army. It is quite unlikely that anything else could have stopped him. Consequently, the exact cause of his death has been a source of intense and enduring speculation ever since that fateful day.

Ancient medicine lacked the skills to make a certain diagnosis and the corpse has been lost since the end of the 4th century AD, frustrating modern science of the opportunity for an autopsy. Only words from witnesses remain and even those have been re-worked and re-edited through the hands of multiple intervening transcribers. What we have left can be made to fit a range of diseases, syndromes and agencies. Scholars have tended to regard these theories as a herd from which anyone is free to select whichever beast takes your fancy.

However, author Andrew Chugg has now brought the statistics of mortality to bear on the issue. This provides a scientific basis for discriminating clearly between the various candidates. With the help of forgotten data on the diseases of the British army in Mesopotamia in the First World War, a particular solution to the enigma emerges as being vastly more probable than any rival.

Andrew ChuggAndrew Michael Chugg read Natural Sciences at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge in the UK, graduating with honors. He has appeared as an Alexander expert on BBC Radio, and in several National Geographic TV documentaries. He has also written various books on Alexander including The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great and Alexander’s Lovers. He recently completed a project to reconstruct the highly influential account of Alexander’s reign by Cleitarchus, which was written in Alexandria in the second quarter of the third century BC, but which has been lost since the time of the Roman Empire. The entire reconstruction was published in a single 700-page volume in 2015. Andrew is currently working on an account of the largest and most important tomb ever found in Greece in the Kasta Mound at Amphipolis, and on a scientific analysis of the Pharos lighthouse in Alexandria, the Seventh Wonder of the ancient world. His theory on Alexander’s death features in Disease and the Ancient World.

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Atlantean Civilization 432,000 BC To The Modern Era
Wednesday January 19, 2022 5:00pm EST
by Marco Vigato
Atlantean Civilization 432,000 BC To The Modern Era

Exploring more than 100,000 years of Earth’s history, Marco Vigato combines recent discoveries in the fields of archaeology, geology, anthropology, and genetics with the mystery teachings of antiquity to investigate the true origins of civilization. Establishing the historical and geological reality of Atlantis stretching all the way back to 432,000 BC, he traces the course of Atlantean civilization through its three empires, revealing how civilization rose and fell several times over this lengthy span of time.

The author shows that Atlantis did not vanish “in one terrible day and night” but survived in a variety of different forms well into the historical era. He reveals how the first Atlantean civilization lasted from 432,000 to 33,335 BC, the second one from 21,142 to 10,961 BC, and the third Atlantis civilization--the one celebrated by Plato--collapsed in 9600 BC, after the Younger Dryas cataclysm. The author examines the role of Atlantean survivors in restarting civilization in different parts of the world, from Göbekli Tepe and Egypt to India, Mesopotamia, and the Americas. He explains how they created colonies and outposts around the globe, as evidenced by the colossal network of pyramids, earthen mounds, and other megalithic monuments they left behind. He shows how these monuments testify to the survival of a “Sacred Science” of Atlantean origin, and he documents the survival of the primeval Atlantean Tradition through various secret societies into the modern era.

Drawing on more than 500 ancient and modern sources and his own personal exploration of hundreds of archaeological sites around the world, the author shows not only that Atlantis was real but that the whole world is now being called to become a New Atlantis and awaken into a new Golden Age.

Marco VigatoMarco M Vigato, a native of Italy, lives in Mexico City and has travelled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, South-East Asia, North and South America. He is also a passionate photographer, dedicated to documenting the evidence of ancient advanced civilizations and sacred sites around the world. Much of his recent research has focused on the megalithic remains of ancient Mexico and Mesoamerica, leading him to the discovery of several little-known sites in the central Mexican highlands showing evidence of advanced engineering and architecture. He is currently working on a more comprehensive study of the origins and development of megalithic civilizations around the world, which will focus on cultural and historical aspects, as well as on the relationship of ancient megalithic sites with sacred geometry, astronomy, and geodesy. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. and M.Sc. in Finance from Bocconi University.  He is the author of The Empires of Atlantis: The Origins of Ancient Civilizations and Mystery Traditions throughout the Ages | To see more, visit Uncharted Ruins

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Scotland's Hidden Sacred Past
Saturday December 11, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Freddy Silva
Scotland's Hidden Sacred Past

Did Scotland’s out-of-place monuments originate 2500 miles away in Armenia?

Orkney and the Western Isles of Scotland offer an outstanding collection of stone circles, standing stones, towers and passage mounds, and yet many such monuments are not indigenous to Britain, they belong to regions of the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean.

Their creators were equally mysterious. Traditions tell of 'strangers from afar' who were physically different, dressed in white tunics and lived aside from the regular population. They were regarded as master astronomers with an uncanny ability to work with enormous stones. But who were these relatively advanced ancient architects?


In this radical investigative work, bestselling author Freddy Silva examines the Neolithic culture, Gaelic language and sacred traditions of the Scottish Isles and finds a trail of evidence leading to Sardinia and the Armenian Highlands. His research locates the origin of this misplaced civilization, and what prompted its people to choose the furthest reaches of Europe over 7000 years ago to recreate the masterworks of their original homeland.

Silva also uncovers a hidden blueprint laid out across Orkney and Ireland, demonstrating how our predecessors were far more capable of extraordinary achievements than we've been led to believe.

Freddy Silva Freddy Silva is a best-selling author, and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites, and their interaction with consciousness.

He has published seven books in six languages: The Missing Lands: Uncovering Earth’s Pre-flood Civilization; The Divine Blueprint: Temples, Power Places, and the Global Plan to Shape The Human Soul; The Lost Art of Resurrection: Initiation, Secret Chambers and the Quest for the Otherworld; First Templar Nation: How the Knights Templar Created Europe’s First Nation-state and a Refuge for the Grail; Secrets In The Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles and Chartres Cathedral: The Missing or Heretic Guide

Described by one CEO as "perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now,” for two decades he has been an international keynote speaker, with notable appearances at the International Science and Consciousness Conference, the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, in addition to appearances on Gaia TV, History Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast.

He has also produced thirteen documentaries, and leads private tours to sacred sites worldwide.

Check out his book Scotland’s Hidden Sacred Past. Available direct from the author at www.invisibletemple.com

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The Soul Of The Sword
Saturday October 2, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Rob Miller
The Soul Of The Sword

Mythology speaks of magical swords like Excalibur, Claíomh Solais, Durendal and Thuận Thiên. In history swords were not only weapons to warriors, but were also embedded with symbols of power. The four elements, earth, air, fire and water fuse in the creation of a sword.  Iron ore from the earth provides the raw material, and the fire from the forge separates the iron from the oxygen releasing the air, and then the steel is tempered by water. In the blending of these four elements, the fifth ethereal element magically enters: the soul of the sword, encapsulated in the decorated blade, it sings in the hands of its wielder.

Rob Miller, Master Swordsmith comments: “My original obsession was with the alchemical nature of the whole operation, so the fire has remained at the center of my work. I see it as the essential element that is introduced into steel to give it a ‘life’, something that may not be visible to the customer, but that will give a sense of soul to the final piece.”

Rob walks us through the recreation of some of the most famous swords in history: The Canute Sword, dating to Late Viking Age, was found in Langeid in south Norway now exhibited in Oslo. It is thought to have been owned by one of King Canute’s wealthy warriors that accompanied him to fight against King Ethelred in England. The hilt is decorated in characters that suggest the influence of Christianity at this point, gold leaf work and silver wired grip compliment the striking appearance of the sword. Gold was very rarely used in Viking pieces.

The Steinvik Sword, is another Norwegian Viking treasure, found by Arnt Steinvik  in Skatval, Stjørdal municipality in Norway. It is sometimes difficult to imagine how these early craftsmen were able to achieve such exquisite detail in their work, with such a short life expectancy and the lack of modern tools and equipment. The silver wires were all inlaid and hammered in, along with the intricate gripping beast panels in bronze. The grip was ornamented with a silver ring, again inlaid with the same features.

The Fetter Lane Sword is an eight century Saxon sword that was discovered during construction in Fetter Lane, London. Rob was immediately struck by the bizarre serpent design on the one side of the pommel, it looked somehow modern and ancient at the same time, and unlike anything else he had ever seen. This was the Sword that would earn him his Master’s seal.

Rob MillerROB MILLER is one of the very few remaining swordsmiths who uses traditional techniques to create entirely authentic, functional swords. This means using fire and a hammer to forge, harden and  hamper the steel to give it the desired qualities of toughness and flexibility, as well as the beauty and grace of a true work of art. Based on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Rob Miller has over 25 years’ experience forging original swords, as well as recreating historical pieces that have been recovered from battlegrounds and burials

Initially, he was just interested to find out how swords could be crafted in the modern age but the production of his first few blades attracted the attention of visitors to the Island. In order to create the sword from raw materials he developed several other skill sets too: leatherwork, jewellery-making and woodwork are all required during the making of the scabbard and belt work, and the fine ornamentation of the more elaborate pieces. As one of the longer established swordsmiths worldwide Rob has gained a positive reputation for his craft. 

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