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Weird Weekends Return!

Credit where credit is due: http://www.allnewsweb.com/

Our world is a lot stranger than you might think.  Ghosts, UFO’s, Bigfoot, Atlantis, the Loch Ness Monster and more have been a part of our society’s framework for decades.  But have you ever noticed that when any of these extra-normal topics surface, people tend to lower their voices, as if they were talking about something shameful?  There’s still a social stigma attached to ‘those types’ of discussions.  You can find on the interweb as many who disbelieve and debunk as those who have eyewitness, firsthand, or photographic evidence.  My goal is to try and break up that stigma.

What is the truth?  That is something we all have to decide for ourselves.  No, not every sighting, picture or video is real.  Obviously.  But with the body of digital data and eyewitness events growing by leaps and bounds, is right to just dismiss everything out of hand?  I’d like to offer up that we should instead be looking at and considering this rapidly growing body of data.  Science can hold the key, but science does not have all the information.  We are not reaching for the peak of all we can know, rather it is an ever-expanding pool.

Personally, I have firsthand knowledge that there is a larger reality than is currently accepted, because I can see and talk with those who live on the ‘other side.’  With Weird Weekends, I want to bring to you the strange, the out-there, the unbelievable, and the mystical.  I hope you will look at these with a fresh and open eye.

Can we talk about aliens?  It’s one of my favorite subjects.  When I was a kid in grade school learning about the solar system, I was taught that ours is the only planet with water, with life.  I was even told that it was highly likely that Earth was the only planet with any life.  That life was so incredibly complex, and the conditions on Earth just so unique that the odds were against it developing anywhere else.  I was told there was no way to travel between the stars because of the incomprehensible distance separating them.  There would be no light- or warp speed.  Childhood dreams crushed under the vicious bootheel of scientific reality.  Sigh.

Not really.  The dreams just matured.

We have managed to lob satellites to fly by all the planets and moons circling our little sun.  We’ve even dropped landers on some of them.  Guess what our little robot friends are finding?

This is not Earth, this is Mars. Pretty, isn’t it?
Credit where credit is due: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/jan/27/mars-snow-space-technology-nasa

Like Curiosity on the Martian surface.  Just this week, it sent back pictures of an ancient streambed, verifying that at one time water flowed freely on Mars.  Satellite images returned from orbit show what is likely seasonal flows of water on the surface.  And as we already know, where there’s water, there’s life.  I think it’s pretty cool that within my lifetime we’ll likely have verification of life on other planets.  That’s pretty incredible when you think about it; in just 3 decades we’ve gone from being certain we were alone, to postulating life on some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

We are only one system on the outer rim of a galaxy comprised of billions of these systems.  The Kepler Mission is finding that planets circle nearly every star it looks at, and Kepler is only looking at one tiny segment of the sky.  It is only a short time until they find Earth’s twin circling a distant sun.  It is not just likely, but probable that advanced, intelligent life has evolved ‘out there’ in the cosmos.  The next question then is, have they ever come here?

That’s just one of many ‘best of’ ufo videos out there.  I particularly like the footage of the discs in the sun.  Are they real?  You decide.  Some of the clips are more compelling than others.

Why would they come here?  Why not land and introduce themselves?  Seems kind of stupid to fly a bajillion miles across interstellar space to just draw a design in the grass and fly back.  Right?

Credit where credit is due: http://mysteriesandsecrets.blogspot.com/2012/06/crop-circles.html

Why not?  It’s not as if we don’t do the exact same thing, right here on Earth.  We don’t ask permission of the wolves, or sharks or elephants when we radio tag them to track their movements.  We don’t even try and communicate with fellow denizens of our own planet that use sounds to communicate, understand grammar and syntax, and whose own vocalizations and behaviors demonstrate name recognition.  (Dolphins, in case you were wondering.)  It is entirely possible that to a visiting alien species, trying to talk to a human would be like trying to discuss physics with your cat.

It is interesting that most Americans believe in UFO’s today.

What do you think?  Are UFO’s all some crazy person’s delusion?  Or is the Earth is being visited?  Could we have been visited in our past?

Speak up!  Don’t be shy!  I really love to hear your thoughts, so tell my why you agree, or disagree.  All viewpoints are welcome.

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Weird Weekend – Today’s Eclipse, The Mayan Prophecy, And Extraterrestrials

Website where I found this image: http://www.museumoftheweird.com/2012/05/12/mayan-calendar-extends-well-beyond-2012/

So today’s post was going to be something completely different, but then I remembered what today is…it’s May 20th, 2012!  And something incredible will take place in our skies.  If you’re east of the Mississippi, well, sorry, it won’t be visible to you, but for us west coasties and desert dwellers we will be treated to an annular eclipse of the sun.

What’s that mean?  Annular and total eclipses of the sun occur when the entire disc of the moon passes in front of the disc of the sun.  With a total eclipse, the sun is completely obscured and it becomes nighttime dark.

This video shows a cool ground view, with inset of the moon’s transit across the sun:

 

 

In annular eclipses, the moon does not completely obscure the sun, but leaves a bright ring of fire, and the darkness is not as deep.

As I write this, it’s due to start in just a few hours.  Here’s the path it will travel, timetables, and the website where I found this map:

 

 

http://earthsky.org/tonight/annular-eclipse-of-the-sun-china-to-texas-on-may-20-or-may-21

 

From the purely scientific it’s a pretty cool thing.  Here in Puget Sound we won’t get the full, annular view, instead it will look like a partial ring with the open ‘horns’ pointing toward the lower left.  Actually, I’m unlikely to see anything at this point.  After weeks of gorgeous clear weather, the usual Seattle rain has settled back over the skies in an unwelcome blanket.  While my garden is a little thirsty and the moisture is welcome, the timing couldn’t be worse!

Throughout the centuries, eclipses have been viewed as deeply mystical events, feared or welcomed.  Sacrifices and prayers were made to ensure the safe return of the sun.  Ancient Chinese, Mayan, Egyptian and other cultures made studies of the sky and were able to predict their occurrences.  Diverse cultures from around the globe tell stories of the sun being consumed, native Americans say a bear, the Chinese, a dragon, Nordic cultures tell of the sun being chased and eaten by wolves.

This eclipse carries an added, mystical significance.  It marks the alignment of the sun, moon, galactic center, and the main star of the Pleiades star cluster.  This group of stars is significant in both the ancient Mayan and Egyptian cultures.  Depending on which website you read will find that this day will see a huge energetic surge in the process of uplifting the Earth and her peoples in their evolutionary progress.

Much of the furor surrounding 2012 concerns not an end of the world, apocalyptic scenario, but rather the Earth moving into a higher vibrational state.  This alignment supposedly represents opening a doorway to these higher states, which the Earth will slowly move into.  Some have called this upcoming time the Age of Aquarius.

In the astronomical sense, we are at the cusp of precessional movement from the Piscean age into the Aquarian age.  This alignment is one that only occurs every 26,000 years, and pinning down an exact date is not an easy thing,  with many conflicting reports.  Determination of which age we are in is calculated by the position of the rising sun on the spring equinox and which astrological sign is seen behind it.

Movement through each age takes roughly 2500 years, and defining characteristics of each sign are said to correspond to Earthly events; for example, during the Taurean age, worship of the Apis bull in Egypt rose.  The Piscean age saw the rise of Christianity, Buddhism and other religions, and is to represent humanity’s deepening spirituality.  Others go further and claim that we have allowed the ego to take over and bury our spiritual nature beneath dogma.  In the Aquarian Age, this and other illusions are supposed to be removed, allowing for greater group awareness and expanded consciousness.

In researching this, I found a number of websites that added an extraterrestrial component.  Some state that this date, this eclipse were predicted by the Mayans as the return of the gods from the Pleiades.  Others showed crop circle formations that decoded to indicate this date as significant.  Not sure how a crop circle is decoded, some claim the aliens making them are using a binary code.  Interesting reading, but not one I can have a firm opinion about.

Here’s some of the sites I visited:

 

http://www.thetruthbehindthescenes.org/2012/04/30/annular-solar-ring-of-fire-eclipse-of-may-20-2012/

 

http://www.hogueprophecy.com/2012/05/annular-eclipse-2012-and-earthquakes/

 

http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/preparing-may-20-eclipse-and-ascension-trigger

 

http://www.ourufosociety.com/ufo-news-articles/galactic-alignment-may-20th-2012/

 

http://www.astrodynamics.net/Articles/Cycles/Age%20of%20Aquarius.htm

 

Are you somewhere you can see the eclipse?  Will you be partying in the shadow or hoping to feel the energetic surge?  Will you let me know if you do feel or see anything?  Because here in the Northwest, even if aliens do plunge out of the sun, I won’t be able to see it.  However, if my Wild Wednesday post doesn’t go up, blame our new ET overlords.

Lastly, do you think 2012 is a time of transition, as the Mayans and others claim?  Or will this year come and go with nothing more exciting than the political comic drama currently taking place?  Hope to hear from you!