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Astral Plane and Astral Experience

July 20th, 2019|Categories: Consciousness, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The astral plane, also called the astral world, is a plane of existence postulated by classical, medieval, oriental, and esoteric philosophies and religions. It is the world of the celestial spheres, crossed by the soul in its astral body on the way to being born and after death, and is generally believed to be populated by angels, spirits or other immaterial beings. In the late [...]

Viracocha: A Creator Deity in the Pre-Inca and Inca Mythology

July 19th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Viracocha is the great creator deity in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes region of South America. Viracocha was one of the most important deities in the Inca pantheon and seen as the creator of all things, or the substance from which all things are created, and intimately associated with the sea. Viracocha was worshipped as the god of the sun and of [...]

An Introduction to Fractal Art

July 17th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects and representing the calculation results as still images, animations, and media. Fractal art developed from the mid-1980s onwards. It is a genre of computer art and digital art which are part of new media art. The mathematical beauty of fractals lies at the intersection of generative art and computer art. They combine [...]

Barlaam and Josaphat: A Christian Legend of the Buddha

July 17th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Barlaam and Josaphat are legendary Christian martyrs and saints. Their life story is likely to have been based on the life of the Gautama Buddha. It tells how an Indian king persecuted the Christian Church in his realm. When astrologers predicted that his own son would someday become a Christian, the king imprisoned the young prince Josaphat, who nevertheless met the hermit Saint Barlaam and [...]

Form Constant – History and Cultural Significance

July 14th, 2019|Categories: Consciousness, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , |

A form constant is one of several geometric patterns which are recurringly observed during hallucinations and altered states of consciousness. In 1926, Heinrich Klüver systematically studied the effects of mescaline (peyote) on the subjective experiences of its users. In addition to producing hallucinations characterized by bright, "highly saturated" colors and vivid imagery, Klüver noticed that mescaline produced recurring geometric patterns in different users. He called [...]

What is a Medicine Wheel?

July 13th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

In some Native American cultures, the medicine wheel is a metaphor for a variety of spiritual concepts. A medicine wheel may also be a stone monument that illustrates this metaphor. Historically, the monuments were constructed by laying stones in a particular pattern on the ground-oriented to the four directions. Most medicine wheels follow the basic pattern of having a center of the stone, and surrounding [...]

Solomon’s Temple – One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

July 11th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

According to the Hebrew Bible, Solomon's Temple, also known as the First Temple. Solomon's Temple was the Holy Temple in ancient Jerusalem before its destruction by Nebuchadnezzar II after the Siege of Jerusalem of 587 BCE and its subsequent replacement with the Second Temple in the 6th century BCE. The period in which the First Temple presumably, or actually, stood in Jerusalem, is known in [...]

Zeus: The Sky and Thunder God

July 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Zeus is the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion, who rules as king of the gods of Mount Olympus. His name is cognate with the first element of his Roman equivalent Jupiter. His mythologies and powers are similar, though not identical, to those of Indo-European deities such as Jupiter, Perkūnas, Perun, Indra, and Thor. Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, the [...]

The I Ching – An Ancient Chinese Divination Text

July 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The I Ching or Yi Jing, also known as Classic of Changes or Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese divination text and the oldest of the Chinese classics. Possessing a history of more than two and a half millennia of commentary and interpretation, the I Ching is an influential text read throughout the world, providing inspiration to the worlds of religion, psychoanalysis, literature, and [...]