You never know what will happen when you go out walking. It doesn’t matter how far you walk and whether you are familiar with the area or not, anything can happen.
Walking is a very good source of exercise. Your body benefits just as much from walking five miles as it does from running five miles. It’s easier on your ankles and knees to walk. Unless you run like the Tarahumara, the best runners in Mexico, they run so that the front of the foot lands first, rather than the heel of the…Continue
White Shaman, no I’m not talking about the plastic shamans who claim shamanic ability because they went through a guided meditation or weekend retreat sweat lodge. White Shaman is a mysterious and magical place in Southwest Texas and Northwest Mexico. It has a series of shallow caves with ancient paintings that hold secrets from a mysterious religion of the people who once lived there. I’ve been to a similar place in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The caves I spent time in are still used…Continue
I’m sure we’ve all pondered how the ancients cut, transported, and pieced together so perfectly, the huge stones that make up their monuments around the World. In South America, Cuzco and other ancient sites have amazed people for the precise fitting of huge stones into monuments. Archeologists, and interested people, have pondered and proposed various methods of construction. Not only the construction of these monuments, but the transportation from a quarry to the sacred site.
This morning I found a scorpion in my kitchen. It was right in the middle of the kitchen floor. It wasn’t there when I fixed breakfast. It was a fully-grown adult scorpion.
Central Texas has lots of scorpions. Mostly they stay hidden in the Wylde. I would impress my friends by saying “Do you want to see scorpions?” Of course, they would say yes, then I would strip back the bark on an old fallen dead tree and reveal numerous scorpions.
In Greco-Roman mythology it was a symbol of…Continue
Sweat baths are a good way to cleanse your body. Your skin pores open and the sweat not only flushes out blocked pores, but it also carries away impurities from within your body. When I had access to a sweat bath, I would go straight from the hot sweat bath to a cold shower. I was imitating the Japanese practice of going from a sweat bath to a bank of snow.
Sweat baths were used extensively in Mesoamerica. Across the areas of Mesoamerica, from the Aztecs to Zapotecs, the…
The only dog I have had as a pet in my whole life is a black dog. It was 44 years ago in Killeen, Texas. I was walking home and passed an old woman’s house. She was an eccentric, strange old woman that lived by herself in a dilapidated wooden house. In her yard she had a small cage with a black dog locked in it. The hot Texas summer sun was beating down on the black dog in the small cage who had no shade, water, or food. The cage was so small that the dog could barely move.
Mother Earth has her cycles. All of her children whether they be plants, animals, humans, reptiles, fish, insects, or stones, rely on predicting her cycles for survival. Planting, harvesting, hunting, migration, and warfare are timed to the cycles of Mother Earth. Ancient and modern humans have relied on heavenly bodies to predict the cycles of time; day, month, year, decade, century, and so on and so forth.
One rather long cycle is the magnetic pole shift cycle. Scientist theorize it…Continue
My father was a seafarer in the South Pacific during World War II. I have some of his memorabilia from his time in the Navy during WWII. I myself tried to get into the Navy but they would not take me. Fortunately, the Army was not as concerned about my criminal record and allowed me to join. It was great fun.
My family roots are from Northern Germany, Kiel to be exact. We were hell raisers back then especially in our…Continue
Artists are an interesting breed of people. Their imaginations and ingenuity are very creative. Today we find a wide array of materials available to use in artistic expression. In ancient times trial-and-error in the use of what nature provided was the main means of artistic endeavors.
Chameleons are an interesting creature. Their highly developed ability to change color is very intriguing. In Ancient Peru their urine was used for painting pottery. These artistic pieces were handed…Continue
I’ve half-heartedly asked family members if I could have some of their bones after they died. Of course, the answer I received was a resounding “NO.” A great Yule present could be a family members foot bones made into a necklace.
It seems like bone jewelry and memorabilia was a common practice in some ancient cultures and is a common practice in some contemporary cultures. Tibet is renowned for their bone jewelry today. Most of it is made from yak bones but some is still made from…Continue
I went to visit an old graveyard today. Most of the graves are of people who lived and died in the 1800’s. I have been there before under the cover of darkness but never by the light of day. I wanted to read some of the headstones and see things through a sunny view. It was a beautiful day outside. High wispy clouds, plenty of sun, mild temperatures, and a slight breeze.
The dead speak in many ways. The type of headstone, graveside ornaments, care given the grave, dates and epitaphs…Continue
Women warriors have played a vital role in history. During the final days of the Aztec Empire women fought bravely against the Spanish Conquistadors in defense of Tenochtitlan. In Vietnam, women fought and died next to their brothers and sisters of the North Vietnamese Regular Army and the Viet Cong guerrillas of the South. Any of the women that compete in MMA could kick my butt.
The US Military opened all combat arms jobs to women in January 2016. This month, the first…Continue
Humans are very migratory when it comes to searching for a better life or to increase material gain. Maybe these two things are one in the same.
The migrant caravan coming up from Central America in hopes of entering the USA is full of sad stories and sights. Those poor people are looking for a better life and are willing to risk the danger and endure the hardships of a long migration. By the way, if you want to read a good book about modern day Spanish immigrants and the paranormal,…Continue
Last night around sunset, while out strolling near the woods, I found a dead black vulture. It was a gray day outside, typical of the Fall season here in Texas. A few light sprinkles and nice cool temperatures. I guess it was a good day to die for the vulture.
While dreaming last night, I was playing billiards. What was unusual about this billiard game, is that the balls were all shaped like skulls. It reminded me of the Ancient Maya myths when they played the ballgame using people’s…Continue
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Traveling through the long dark tunnels of the Underworld last night, I encountered various people and places. A soul can travel quite rapidly when it leaves the physical body behind. Leaving all people behind, I headed down a very long tunnel of the Underworld.
The Underworld is not far from our plane of existence. You could look at it as a parallel universe or dimension. There are doorways along the tunnels of the Underworld that allow access back into our dimension. Sometimes these…Continue
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This is a dream for all you psychologist out there. Is there a doctor in the audience?
Last night, I visited the house of my youth. It was absent of all the usual characters (i.e. siblings and father), but dear old mother was there. We were walking around the house and I was noticing all the changes she had made to the place. The house of my youth was a large wooden frame house built by wooden ship makers many years ago.
After noticing things were missing and tilted, then…Continue
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The last time this skull-faced asteroid flew by Earth was on Halloween of 2015 at 300,000 miles. To give you a perspective, the Moon is 239,000 miles from Earth. A very close call in astronomical terms. This fly by will be much further out, 25 million miles, and will occur on 11-11-2018. For you numerology enthusiast out there, that is 11-11-11, since 2018 breaks down to an 11. (i.e. 2+0+1+8=11) Eleven is not broken down any further in my numerology tradition. This skull-faced rock was first…Continue
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A recent discovery in Guatemala of a Maya 1500-year-old, one-ton altar, has archeologists comparing this region of Mesoamerica to the political and social environment of the modern-day television series “Game of Thrones.”
It was found at the archeological site known as La Corona. This site is located in a region frequented by drug traffickers and criminal gangs. A very hostile environment for researchers and adventurers. It was probably less hostile in the days of the Ancient…Continue
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Volcanoes are a formidable force of Mother Earth. They have commanded the respect of humans since time immemorial. Climbing to the rim of an active volcano is a hair-raising adventure. I recall a tourist bus in El Salvador taking foreigners on a tour of an active volcano. The volcano started shooting hot rocks into the air which rained down on the unsuspecting visitors and punching holes in the roof of their bus. Mayhem quickly ensued.
Sacrifices to volcanoes have occurred in the past…Continue
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Today I journeyed to the “Heart” of the local community. Every community should have a Heart, a spiritual center point. Some communities have lost their Heart. It is a long-hot journey in the Texas sun, 13 miles round trip. A rather long walk. At several locations along the journey, the black vulture was circling overhead, looking to eat the dead, whether it be human or animal.
The black vulture does a very efficient job in cleaning up carrion. I recall passing in the past, a group of…Continue