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From Religion to Reality: One Ring to Rule Them All
Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm EST
by Jim Willis
From Religion to Reality: One Ring to Rule Them All

Searching for meaning in the world of religion…

40,000 years ago, across Europe and Asia, our ancestors felt the need to crawl deep underground, braving the depths and darkness, to paint magnificent images on the walls of caves.  Why?

The incredible megalithic temple called Gobekli Tepe was built 11,600 years ago, before the Agricultural Revolution, before humans had discovered how to grow their own food to support such an endeavor. It begs the question - Why?

6,000 years later humans dragged stones, weighing up to four tons, 140 miles across England to build a monument called Stonehenge. Why? 

On an equatorial band circling the earth, our ancestors felt the need to build pyramids. Why?

Over the course of a thousand years, no less than five world religions were born that are still a source of faith and practice to billions of people around the world. Why?

Over the last hundred years scientists have probed deep into the nature of material existence itself, uncovering a wild and whacky quantum universe unimaginable until our day were it not for the visions and experiences of shamans and mystics.  What they discovered has caused even the most secular people to ask the question, "Why?"

The great questions of humanity have been the same for as long as there have been humans around to ask them:  "Who are we?"..."Why are we here?"..."What is our purpose?"... "Is there more?"

Why does religion even exist? Is religion merely an opiate of the people, salving over the human need to solve questions about the Great Unknown? Or is it so much more? Could there be a very real Great Unknown, such that we can communicate with It, and It with us?

Religion, going all the way back to the earliest forms of Shamanism, attempts to bridge the gap between the material world and the metaphysical, or spiritual, world.  It may even prove to be the thing that made us human in the first place!

We’re joined by Ancient Origins contributor and author Jim Willis for an exploration into the biggest, most vital questions.

Having earned his master's degree in theology from Andover Newton Theological School, Jim Willis is the author of nine books on religion and spirituality. He has been an ordained minister for over forty years while working part-time as a carpenter, hosting own drive-time radio show, as well as being an arts council director and adjunct college professor in the fields of World Religions and Instrumental Music. His current residence in the woods of South Carolina inspired his books Supernatural Gods: Spiritual Mysteries, Psychic Experiences, and Scientific Truths, and Jim digs deep into essential topics with Ancient Gods: Lost Histories, Hidden Truths and the Conspiracy of Silence.

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The Tall Ones, Megaliths & Technology – The Adena of Prehistoric America
Saturday May 5, 2018 4:00pm EST
by Jason Jarrell
The Tall Ones, Megaliths & Technology – The Adena of Prehistoric America

Mysterious Serpent Mounds and Legends of the Tall Ones…

2000 years ago, the Adena mound builders initiated widespread earthwork construction, socio-economic exchange, and intense ritualism in the Ohio River Valley in the United States. The Adena people constructed artificial burial mounds of earth ranging from a few inches to 65 feet high, and megalithic sites including mysterious serpent mounds. There were also individuals among the Adena of extraordinary height and powerful builds. This presentation explores these and other fascinating topics relating to the Adena Culture.

Join regular Ancient Origins contributor Jason Jarrell in his premier Expert Webinar, as he covers the fascinating history and enduring enigmas of the Adena Culture.

Jason Jarrell is an investigative historian and avocational archaeologist studying many subjects including depth psychology, Biblical mysteries, political science, and comparative mythology. He has presented at conferences on ancient mysteries and has appeared on the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens television series.

Ages of the Giants by Jason Jarrell and Sarah Farmer, traces the ancient North American giants through 4000 years of prehistoric cultures utilizing archaeological data. Learn more at ParadigmCollision.com

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Hunting Ancient South American Gold
Saturday March 3, 2018 6:30pm EST
by Ashley Cowie
Hunting Ancient South American Gold

The power of gold, and a history of treasure.

Join Ancient Origins Premium with historian Ashley Cowie, streaming live from the world’s largest collection of ancient golden artifacts at the MUSEUM OF GOLD in Bogota, Colombia!


Saturday MAR 3 @ 6:30 pm EST

For Members on AO Premium

Ashley gets exclusive access to film in the museum to showcase history – LIVE! Follow along as he reveals the supreme role of gold in South American creation myths. What were the ancient techniques of gold mining and the molding processes? Discover gold in the sacred landscapes of the Muisca people, and learn what happened with the arrival of the 16 century Spanish treasure hunters – and even the modern-day battle for Colombia’s lost treasures.

You won’t forget this rare peek into an ancient ‘golden age’!

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The Temple at the Gates of Dawn: Ancient Sites are Forever Sacred - It’s only the Name of the Gods That Change
Saturday February 24, 2018 4:00pm EST
by Charles Christian
The Temple at the Gates of Dawn: Ancient Sites are Forever Sacred - It’s only the Name of the Gods That Change

The Temple at the Gates of Dawn: Ancient Sites are Forever Sacred - It’s only the Name of the Gods That Change

Join regular Ancient Origins contributor Charles Christian for an exploration of how one mysterious ruin in the East of England has been the site of continuous religious ceremonies for over 2000 years—but with an ever changing cast of gods including the Celtic Belenus, the Roman Mithras, the Saxon Woden and finally the Christian God. This revealing webinar will also be looking at the implications of the St Michael ley-line and how this could connect the ruins with an even older tradition stretching back to Thoth, Ancient Egyptian god of the Underworld. Join us for a preview of some of the material in Charles Christian’s upcoming book The Temple at the Gates of Dawn.

Charles ChristianSee more at UrbanFantasist.com and don’t miss Charles’ Weird Tales Radio Show, exploring Ghosts, Geeks, Magick, Music, Urban Myths & Folklore!

Charles Christian is a professional writer, editor, award-winning journalist and former Reuters correspondent. His recent non-fiction books include A travel guide to Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds: The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle.


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Brutus of Troy & the Myth of Britain's Trojan Origins
Tuesday January 23, 2018 4:00pm EST
by Anthony Adolph
Brutus of Troy & the Myth of Britain's Trojan Origins

Who Founded London? What’s the REAL HISTORY of Giant-Slaying Brutus of Troy?

Britain's most potent origin myth tells how Brutus of Troy led descendants of survivors of the Trojan War in a voyage to Britain, where they killed the giants who lived here and founded London as the 'New Troy' in the west.  Mainstream academia has long since dismissed the story as being untrue.  Yet many people today believe the opposite.  

Anthony AdolphIn this webinar, Anthony Adolph, professional genealogist and author of 'Brutus of Troy and the Quest for the Ancestry of the Origins of the British' (Pen and Sword, 2015), addresses the history head-on, examining the lack of evidence for Trojans in Britain and explains how Brutus's story was worked up in the Dark Ages out of nothing more than the name of Britain itself.  Yet it is only by releasing Brutus's myth from the unrealistic expectation of it being true that we can truly appreciate it in all its dazzling glory!

Don’t miss special guest Anthony Adolph in this engaging AO PREMIUM webinar.

He examines these themes and more in his book 'Brutus of Troy and the Quest for the Ancestry of the Origins of the British’ (Pen and Sword, 2015)

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Were the Maya able to Foresee our Future?
Thursday December 7, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Dr Carl Johan Calleman

The Maya is an ancient native American people sometimes credited with having been able to foresee the future, and especially the year 2012 has often been mentioned in such a context. In this thought-provoking webinar, Dr Carl Johan Calleman will review what the Classical Maya actually said about this, and what their calendrical tools of foreseeing the future actually were.

A key component was the Plumed Serpent—a symbol of a wave movement that has often been misunderstood. We can still use these tools for understanding our past and, with limitations, the future, but then we will have to know how the nine waves of the Mayan calendar system actually works!

Special guest author Dr Carl Johan Calleman returns to AO PREMIUM for this much-anticipated webinar.

He examines these themes and more in his book The Nine Waves of Creation - Quantum Physics, Holographic Evolution and the Destiny of Humanity 

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A Journey into Northern Myth, Ritual, Runes and Cosmology
Thursday November 23, 2017 5:00pm EST
by Andreas Kornevall
A Journey into Northern Myth, Ritual, Runes and Cosmology - Webinar

Myth; Ritual; Runes; Glean insight into the Northern myth-world!

Andreas Kornevall joins AO Premium to present the Norse creation myth and the story that lies at the very heart of Norse mythology: the Birth of Wisdom. He will reveal the relationship between the runes and the Norse creation myth, and will discuss ancient rune amulets such as the ancient bracteates and runes stones.  Join us to discover theories of how rune amulets were used magically, and what influenced the magician who worked with them throughout the thousand-year history of runic writing.  It will be a journey that will take us to ancient mystery cults and to lost star constellations.  Much of this material has never before been translated into English. This compelling webinar will be a combination of storytelling, lecture and discussion.

Andreas is able to offer one-to-one sessions of his study material for those interested, please contact: andreas@earthrestorationservice.org for more details. | AndreasKornevall.com

Andreas Kornevall grew up in South America, Sweden, and Switzerland.  He spent several years volunteering with charities around the world, after which, he co-founded www.workingabroad.com —a non-profit volunteering and travelling site, which has sent thousands of volunteers across the world.  He also directs the Earth Restoration Service Charity, which aims to enhance ecological integrity, by planting new woodlands around the world. www.earthrestorationservice.org  In response to the sixth mass extinction he co-founded the Life Cairn movement: memorials for species rendered extinct at human hands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Life_Cairn

As a writer he was the winner, 3rd prize, of the wordhut.com short story competition.  His writing on myth and ecology has appeared in books and publications such as the Dark Mountain Books, Resurgence Magazine, Permaculture Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Earth Lines, Positive News, Spiritual Ecology, The Barefoot Dairies, Kindred Spirits, The Ecologist, and more. His work has been covered by both The Guardian newspaper and the BBC.

As a storyteller he has worked with Sussex Past, the oldest archaeological society in the UK, to revive the ancient Pagan Anglo-Saxon Creation Myth, telling stories inside the iconic Lewes Castle, and he regularly works with the National Trust in the UK in re-storying the landscape of the South Downs in Sussex where he lives.  He has also delivered lectures at UK Universities in Norse Myths, and is an active member of the ‘Forn Sed’ (Old Customs Association) in Sweden which works closely with ancient Norse culture, traditions and spirituality, unearthing old legends, forgotten folklore and endangered Norse languages.

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Discover the Mystery of Skara Brae
Wednesday October 11, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Laird Scranton
Discover the Mystery of Skara Brae

Secrets preserved for millennia…

At around 3200 BC—a few hundred years before the beginning of the Dynastic Era in ancient Egypt—a series of megalithic structures were built on a remote island north of Scotland. These Neolithic structures are thought to have spawned later megalithic traditions in the UK, including the famous Stonehenge.  

A key to many of the unanswered questions about this Scottish tradition may lie with a well-preserved community called Skara Brae, thought to have been the first farming village in the UK.  Perhaps even more interestingly, answers to those questions suggest that this island tradition may have exerted important influences on ancient Egyptian culture!

Discover the mystery and see this eye-opening premiere webinar with Laird Scranton on AO Premium.

Laird Scranton is the author of a series of books and other writings on ancient cosmology and language. These include articles published in the University of Chicago’s Anthropology News academic journal, Temple University’s Encyclopedia of African Religion and the Encyclopedia Britannica. He is featured in John Anthony West’s Magical Egypt documentary series and in Carmen Boulter’s documentary The Pyramid Code

Laird is author of many books, including The Mystery of Skara Brae: Neolithic Scotland and the Origins of Ancient Egypt

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When the Ancient World got a Soundtrack
Wednesday September 27, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Paul Devereux
When the Ancient World got a Soundtrack

The technical term for the study of sound at archaeological sites is “archaeoacoustics”, an area Paul Devereux has been involved in for over 20 years, even before it became the ‘in thing’.  In his return to Ancient Origins Premium, Paul will describe the three basic ways sound can be studied at various ancient sites, using many site examples from around the ancient world. And, yes, he will play soundtrack clips from some of them, so you can hear the old stones ‘speak’!

Paul is editor of Time & Mindthe Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture, the author of the ground-breaking ‘Stone Age Soundtracks’ (signed copies obtainable from PaulDevereux.co.uk), and he will be giving the keynote address at the ‘Archaeoacoustics III’ conference in Tomar, Portugal, early in October – shortly after this webinar, in fact. AO Premium Members will be getting a sneak-peek at the things that will be discussed at the conference.

Paul Devereux BA, FRSA, is one of the pioneers of what used to be called “earth mysteries”, a field that later morphed into “ancient mysteries” and other terminology, having worked in the subject area for over four decades. Paul has authored 27 books and has written many dozens of articles for both popular and academic publications.  His main areas of research interest and involvement include multi-perspective studies of ancient sacred places and landscapes, the exploration of sound at archaeological sites (‘archaeoacoustics’), unexplained aerial phenomena (which he terms ‘earth lights’), the use of altered mind states by ancient peoples, along with general consciousness studies (including a major program of dreamwork at ancient sites). 

Paul Devereux is author of Stone Age Soundtracks| Paul Devereux.co.uk

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Lost ‘Icon’ of an Advanced Universal Religion in the Prehistoric Past
Thursday August 17, 2017 6:00pm EST
by Richard Cassaro
Lost ‘Icon’ of an Advanced Universal Religion in the Prehistoric Past

Significant evidence now exists that ancient cultures worldwide were all connected by a powerful religious symbol—which researcher Richard Cassaro has named the ‘GodSelf Icon’—that is especially conspicuous among the pyramid cultures. 

Bringing spectacular images and evidence to the fore, Richard Cassaro joins Ancient Origins Premium for an exciting and eye-opening webinar, showing parallel ancient images of the GodSelf Icon. As the crucifix symbol unites millions of Christians under one universal religion—Richard reveals that the GodSelf Icon symbol did the same for ancient ancestors worldwide!

Delving into hidden history, Richard presents recent examples of Masonic and alchemical images of the GodSelf Icon in architectural and medieval settings.

Richard Cassaro is an author, researcher, and filmmaker from New York City. He came to international recognition in 2011 with his bestselling book, Written in Stone. His travel and life experiences have provided him with rare insight into megaliths, mythology, magic, symbolism, comparative religion and occult archaeology. A lifelong explorer and field investigator, he has recently opened his own tour company, Triptych Temple Tours, LLC, aimed at leading travel adventures to Egypt, Peru, Mexico, Italy, Spain, India, China, and other ancient sites described in his research. 

Richard’s book, The Missing Link  explores the meaning, transformations and propagation of the ancient world's most important religious icon. | See more at: RichardCassaro.com

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