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81. Symbols of an Ancient Sky: Slide Presentation & Notes by David Talbott [Aeon Journal $]
... , depicting aspects of the physical model he espouses together with its ancient symbolic references, each of which is accompanied by explanatory text. Basing his analysis on universal mythological themes, Talbott concludes that the Golden Age of the Gods, as well as its final destruction, corresponds to events that actually occurred and were etched in human memory like ancient software. Talbott deduces that major changes in the planetary order brought about Earth-threatening catastrophes. According to his model, the first civilizations originated in ritual practices honoring, imitating, and re-living these dramatic celestial events. His assertion, following Velikovsky, is that the dominant deified powers celebrated in ancient rites and pantheons were actually planets moving close to Earth. In this notebook, Talbott's goal is "to provide just enough of an abstract of the Saturn theory to give a sense of the underlying coherence of the thesis." (p. 2.) He also provides an overview of the theories of other comparative mythologists who have been aware of the amazing global similarities in myth and symbol. Scholars have traditionally postulated various ad hoc ...
82. Letters [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... prescribe to an historian what he is allowed to find in the past, even if he finds contradiction between the alleged historical facts and our understanding of natural laws. There are facts a physicist observes daily which are in conflict with the laws he formulated; one such case is the keeping together of positive elements in the nucleus of an atom; he accepts the fact though it contradicts the law, and he looks for some explanation. Two facts appeared to the scientists as fallacious in my book: 1. No forces in the celestial sphere but a head long collision could retard the earth in its rotation or incline its axis into a different astronomical position, and in such a collision our earth would have perished; 2. No planet could have come to its orbit as recently as a few thousand years ago, and therefore Venus could not have traveled on a cometary orbit in historical times. These two assertions are true only if gravitation and inertia are responsible for planetary motions, a notion subscribed by every ? vernünftigen Physiker.? Here, though no physicist ...
83. Quartered At Yale [Kronos $]
... finds." (Also see Science, July 12, 1957.) Professor Rupert Wildt of the Yale Observatory directed his attack against what he considered my convictions or my case of amnesia. "No useful purpose would be served by summarizing here Velikovsky's 'evidence' for the series of cosmic catastrophes that he supposes to have occurred between 1500 and 700 B.C. The crucial point is that Velikovsky, in effect, repudiates his earlier rejection of Newton: 'The theory of cosmic catastrophe can, if required to do so, conform with the celestial mechanics of Newton' (Worlds in Collision, p. 384). But the readers of the book are spared the realization that its author ever professed belief in what he called 'the empiric evidences of the fallacy of the law of gravitation' (Cosmos Without Gravitation, p. 11). (1) "We look in vain for an explanation of what possessed the man between 1946 and 1950 and cannot help wondering-- is this a case of individual amnesia overtaking the author, or does he have so little ...
... VI No. 3 (Spring 1981) Home¦ Issue Contents "The Seasons Alter": Catastrophism in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Continued) Irving Wolfe Copyright (C) 1975, 1981 by Irving Wolfe Editor's Note: This article is one of 22 essays contained in an Anthology presented to Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky on December 5, 1975, in honor of Dr. Velikovsky and the 25th anniversary of Worlds in Collision; it is our hope to publish the Anthology in its entirety. If A Midsummer Night's Dream is indeed a celestial parable, its essential elements of plot, character, and context should exhibit clearly perceptible unconscious intimations of catastrophe. Indeed, every element of the play should be suffused with buried cosmological meaning. To illustrate that this is so, we shall begin with the astral overtones of the important characters. Hermia's "eyes are lodestars" (1.1. 183), while Demetrius is a celestial body who "hail'd down oaths" that he loved Helena (1.1. 243). These oaths melted when they felt "heat from Hermia ...
85. Thundergods and Thunderbolts [Aeon Journal $]
... popularity of this motif, Frazer remarks that "it is a common notion with the American Indians that thunder and lightning are caused by the flapping of the wings and the flashing of the eyes of a gigantic bird." [47 Similar beliefs are also to be found among aboriginal peoples of South America. Thus, the Desana of the Colombian rain forest hold that lightning is "a glance the Sun casts upon the earth." [48 How are we to understand this widespread belief whereby lighting is thought to emanate from a celestial eye? The aforementioned Desana tradition offers an important clue, for strange as it must appear to the modern mind, lightning is intimately connected with the ancient sun-god, as we will discover. But why should this be? In the current Solar System, needless to say, lightning does not emanate from the Sun. That cultures around the world associated the ancient sun-god with an "eye" is well known. In a recent study of the sun in ancient rock art, Miranda Green documented the prevalence of this motif: ...
86. At the Lake [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... prescribe to an historian what he is allowed to find in the past, even if he finds contradiction between the alleged historical facts and our understanding of natural laws. There are facts a physicist observes daily which are in conflict with the laws he formulated; one such case is the keeping together of positive elements in the nucleus of an atom; he accepts the fact though it contradicts the law, and he looks for some explanation. Two facts appeared to the scientists as fallacious in my book: 1. No forces in the celestial sphere but a head long collision could retard the earth in its rotation or incline its axis into a different astronomical position, and in such a collision our earth would have perished; 2. No planet could have come to its orbit as recently as a few thousand years ago, and therefore Venus could not have traveled on a cometary orbit in historical times. These two assertions are true only if gravitation and inertia are responsible for planetary motions, a notion subscribed by every ? vernunftigen Physiker.? Here, though no physicist ...
87. Indra's Theft of the Sun-God's Wheel [Aeon Journal $]
... of scholars. (105) In a further elaboration of the imagery, the "solar wheel" may be set atop a pillar-like appendage (see figure two). And yet, if we are to take this image as an objective representation of the Sun, what are we to make of the strange spoke-like forms emanating from its "hub", typically four or eight in number? The simplest answer, of course, would be to assume that the terrestrial symbol (the wheel) has influenced the artistic rendering of the celestial object (the Sun). This explanation, however, would appear to be ruled out by the fact that many of these pictographs predate the appearance of wheels. (106) Whatever their explanation, it seems clear that if we are to discover the original significance of Surya's wheel these pictographs offer a promising lead. [* !* Image Figure One Figure Two Given the fact that such pictographs are difficult to reconcile with the appearance of the current Sun, the possibility presents itself that some other celestial phenomenon served as their ...
88. Child of Saturn (Part II) [Kronos $]
... did Velikovsky present for his identification of Shiva as Jupiter? Merely this: In Greek mythology we see Zeus hurling his thunderbolts at the Earth. Zeus is equated with the planet Jupiter. In Hindu mythology we see Shiva (or Siva) hurling his lightning at the world. Both Zeus and Shiva were depicted with lightning, or thunderbolts, in their hands. Is this enough to equate Shiva with Zeus and, therefore, with the planet Jupiter? Even according to Velikovsky, Jupiter was not the only planet which interacted with its celestial neighbors by emitting interplanetary discharges. In Worlds in Collision, is Venus not also described as flinging her thunderbolts?(4) According to Pliny,(5) and this too is to be found in Worlds in Collision,(6) did not a bolt fall from Mars on Bolsena, "the richest town in Tuscany," and was not that city said to have been burned up by the bolt? In fact, is there any planetary deity mentioned in the mythology of any race that did not, at ...
89. The Saturn Thesis (Part 2) [Aeon Journal $]
... ), (2) many seemingly different goddess motifs actually point to the underlying form I have called the Radiant Venus. We could start with the archetypal image of Venus as goddess with long-flowing hair, because the symbolic conjunction of radiance with flowing hair or leonine mane has already been noted by numerous authors. But, unfortunately, since the pro-fuse, luxuriant, streaming, flaming, or am-brosial hair of the goddess is so familiar to us today, it's all too easy to read past the countless references to the hair as a celestial attribute. In the best known classical rep-resentations of Aphrodite or Venus, for example, the attractiveness of the familiar human form has replaced the more awe-inspiring, cosmic radiance once celebrated in every culture. But the connections to the ar-chetype are certainly not lost. So long as one's attention is confined to the human form, one will too easily forget that the goddess image did not arise in the human form. It would be absurd, for example, to suggest that the image of the famous eye goddesses of antiquity can be ...
90. Thoth Vol. I, No. 7 March 23, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... THOTH A Catastrophics Newsletter VOL I, No. 7 March 23, 1997 EDITOR: Michael Armstrong PUBLISHER: Walter Radtke CONTENTS: EDITORIAL SECTION.... ..Michael Armstrong THE MYTH OF THE UNIVERSAL MONARCH...David Talbott RECONCILING CELESTIAL MECHANICS AND VELIKOVSKIANISM (Part 1)...Ralph Juergens---- Quote of the day: Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. Huxley---- EDITORIAL SECTION By Michael Armstrong (firstname.lastname@example.org) In keeping with our present dual focus on mythology and the physics of the electrical universe, the following paragraphs should be of interest to our readers. They are taken from an article by Dr. William William. "The Center Holds", PENSEE I, May 1972: It is not surprising that in 1950 physicists felt absolved from considering Velikovsky's historical evidence because it contradicted their "known laws." He foresaw conflict from the beginning, and in the original preface defended his procedure explicitly: "If, occasionally, historical evidence does not square with ...
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