ARC 2012 is delighted to present:
THE LANGUAGE OF SYMBOLISM and ANCIENT RIDDLES
This presentation will be in two parts. Part one will examine the connection between written language and occult symbolism focusing on paronomasia (wordplay) and polymorphic language. Pierre Sabak will look at the link between the symbol and its effect and manipulation of the subconscious mind, using subliminal and archetypical imagery. Issues discussed will include levels of knowledge and the idea that a symbol primarily is a device of subterfuge. Sabak will include a historical perspective to the development of the symbol within the mystery school - including sacred geometry, mathematical, and astro-theological iconography. The material in this presentation is taken from his forthcoming book, The Serpent Speaks.
‘The riddle incorporates symbolic language
and so by very definition is an extension of a symbol’.
~ Pierre Sabak
A vast and complex area, Sabak is currently writing the first ever compendium of modern day riddles based on techniques of encryption of the ancient mystery schools. Never has a full or true analysis of the techniques ever been revealed to the profane. This second companion lecture to the language of symbolism will be based on his upcoming book, Codex and Riddles, released after The Serpent Speaks.
Sabak demonstrates that a ‘myth’, Greek ‘ainos’ (a fable), encodes covert meanings, ‘ainissesthai’ (to speak in riddles), e.g. ‘ainigma’ (an enigma). These riddles of course retell of astrological myths symmetrical in Arabic to ‘nigma’ (a star). Sabak argues that many riddles like their counterpart the symbol are multifaceted and are layered containing primary and secondary interpretations. In addition the construction of a riddle typically uses a ‘specialized’ or ‘selective vocabulary’. Sabak will look at and decipher famous examples taken from classical and western mythology, and reevaluate the myth, using tools developed from his own linguistic research.
Pierre Sabak holds a degree in Fine Art from the University of Wales. A symbologist and comparative linguist, Pierre Sabak became convinced that extraterrestrials are controlling the planet after studying etymology and semiotics. Remarkably, his own research has uncovered a universal code demonstrating the existence of the ‘Serpentigena’ (Latin for ‘Serpent Race’), working in conjunction with a ‘Hidden Brotherhood’, identified for the first time as the ‘Western priesthood’. Sabak has found the same worded puns, encrypted in many of the world’s scripts, validating the existence of a secret language written in symbols. His frustration at not being able to find detailed information regarding the fallen angelic lineage led him to write the ‘Serpentigena’ series – this set of unique books is the only comprehensive study of the djinn (jinn) currently available in the English language. The first book in this planned work currently available is The Murder of Reality - Hidden Symbolism of the Dragon.
Sabak’s most recent projects include research on three upcoming publications; Riddles and Codex - a history of riddles within the ancient mystery schools, The Serpent Speaks - a study of the Nephilim and angelic bloodline, and Shapeshifter - a critical examination of the dragon, changeling, and demonic possession. In addition, the author is co-producing a film on the occult symbolism of the dragon with the German filmmaker Sali Landricina.
Pierre Sabak has travelled extensively around Japan and is the first author to point out the similarity of Japanese to the Indo-European branch of languages. His research shows that Japanese is in fact a Sino-Indo-European language. In addition, his work on Sino-Nipponese symbolism suggests Mount Fuji’s summit is artificially created in an engineering feat akin to the pyramids.
Pierre Sabak can be contacted via his web site: www.pierresabak.com or e-mail: email@example.com
THE MAIDEN WITH THE MEAD
Old Norse mythology, as rendered in the Poetic and the Prose Eddas, are often misunderstood and reduced to a rather childish rendering of brutish gods and pretty goddesses, waging war against the “evil” hordes of giants. Too often is the knowledge about the metaphorical nature of these myths completely ignored in mainstream publications. The fact that Old Norse poets applied metaphors and created their stories in a style that was allegorical, and that their myths must be read as parables, is largely unknown. Only when the poetical metaphors are truly scrutinized, and the names of characters and places in the myths are translated, taken seriously as names that actually bear meaning that is crucial to the whole point of a myth, can we begin to fathom the depth of knowledge and insight that is actually revealed through metaphor. Or as Snorri Sturlusson (1179-1241) declared about his true intentions with the mythological work we know as the Prose Edda: “I wrote this book so that young students of poetry may grasp that which has been subtly sung”.
When we begin to decipher the encoded messages of the Old Norse myths, a new world is revealed that belies the stereotypical preconceptions most people have about the Vikings as primitive brutes of little refinement. The Old Norse myths are revealing philosophical ideas and metaphysical thinking about the nature of the universe, about creation and about the eternal human quest for expanding knowledge. They also reveal a path of spiritual transformation that has been long forgotten.
Maria writes, "In the spring of 2004, I graduated with a Master degree in Cultural Studies, the History of Religions, at the University of Oslo, Norway, with the thesis “The Maiden with the Mead – a Goddess of Initiation Rituals in Old Norse Myths” (Published as a book in 2009). In my dissertation, I explored how the fundamental, thematic structure of several Edda poems perfectly rendered the structure and themes of what could only be explained as a Pagan initiation ritual, and that the description of this ritual, albeit in the language of symbols, was a credible description of such ritual, accurate and detailed.
Such a discovery challenges any notion held by some critics that the Old Norse myths simply reflect the time in which they were written down, well after Christianity was introduced. The discovery of the ritual structure of the myths and the detailed accounts of the various stages of the ritual experience strongly suggests that the myths as they have been left to us do in fact reflect, to a considerable degree, pagan religion and pagan religious practices despite them having been written down by Christian monks. It would seem that I had uncovered a perfectly detailed description of a path of initiation for men, whether they sought the initiation in order to become sages, sorcerers or even kings, or even, as some poems suggest, a Pagan equivalent of Salvation.
Another important discovery was the character of the mead-serving woman in the underworld and her essential function. This “maiden with the mead” (she is always described as a maiden, as in an unmarried young woman) shows up with different identities, even as different mythical species (giantess, goddess, norn and valkyria), yet is always found in the same kind of world, described with the same attributes, and serving the same function: That of imparting esoteric knowledge about fate, magic and resurrection from death and oblivion. It is a typical feature of Old Norse poetry to let a character be known through its´ functions and attributes, yet hiding the true identity of this character behind different names and shapes, just as both Óðinn and Freyia are said to roam the world in ever changing shapes and wearing ever changing names.
The Mead-Maiden´s role in the Norse myths is in fact central and must be explored if we are ever going to understand what the Old Norse pagan religion was really about. The importance and real-life relevance of the Mead-Maiden is strengthened by the fact that countless priestess graves have been found throughout Northern Europe revealing that high status women were buried with full ritual gear, among which was the equipment needed to brew and serve mead – the women always being buried with the serving spoon in their hands as if this was their most essential ritual function. The existence of such burials strongly suggests that the initiation ritual described in the Eddas, culminating in an encounter with the Mead-Maiden, may be based on actual rituals.
Since then, I have kept doing research on the essential meaning of Norse myths, taking seriously the fact that the myth-makers, the poets (skalds), actually tried to convey meaning through metaphor, and also to take seriously the fact that the names of characters and places in the myths actually mean something – meanings that are essential if one is to understand the messages of the metaphors.
After many years of study I have, eventually, come to see the poems of the Edda not as a random collection of old poems, but rather as poems collected, perhaps edited, and certainly put together chronologically for a purpose; to reveal a Pagan spiritual path of self-knowledge and transformation. Each poem may be read as such on its own, but when looking at the poems that appear in the manuscript Codex Regius, later known as the “Poetic Edda”, one may detect a purpose to the chronology of the poems - to the point of suggesting that the collection of poems was in fact meant as a book, telling a story of an eternal spiritual quest and the slow unfolding of revealed knowledge as one goes along.
Adding the Edda poems that were not part of the Codex Regius, one may realize that they belong to the same conceptual universe. I have become convinced that the mythical and legendary poems that survived the Conversion in writing belong to a powerful and well-established religious, or perhaps rather a mystical or spiritual tradition with a message and a purpose of its own. This tradition applies the characters of an ancient Old Norse pantheon of gods and other powers, but is revealing deeper messages of a universal character about the nature of the human soul and quest for its divine origins. This tradition is also fundamentally comparable to Classical Mystery cults such as that of Isis, who according to her adherents was the “savior goddess”."
Maria Kvilhaug was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1975. She studied the history of philosophy, world history and the history of religions, specializing in Old Norse literature at the University of Oslo. Her lecture series on YouTube - ‘Hidden Knowledge in Old Norse Myths’ is soon to be published as an e-book.
HOW TO PAINT YOURSELF OUT OF A CORNER
“The time of endlessly projecting our own shadow upon others has to end. The real work is now to look towards our own inner cosmology and, from this, give birth to the infinite potentials we desire within the material world. The time of fear and loathing is over and the time of creative intention is now upon us. If there is such a thing as The Battle of Armageddon, it is taking place right now in the domain of human consciousness. Finally, we have a battle plan and it is not to engage on anyone else's terms except our own.”
~ Thomas Sheridan
Thomas will be talking about finding meaning from emotional turmoil - seeing it as a potential gift and how, by using our creativity, we can create a powerful new reality for ourselves. How difficulties inflicted upon us both in our everyday lives and from other sources is really our Soul Evolution Trigger providing us with an opportunity to grow and flourish as people. The universe is giving us a message - how we receive and process this message can result in it becoming the most empowering experience of our lives. He will also demonstrate how creative expression of all kinds generates new potentials and tangents which are leading us out of the labyrinth. Along with references to mythology, the intuitive process, and retraining our brain to think according to feeling and resonance towards external stimuli in a positive manner, will defend our consciousness from exploitation. How the frontal lobes of the brain, through the operating software of our consciousness process empathy, creativity and dreaming in the same way - as ultimately they are all the same thing. We can create our own dreams and bring them to fruition in the material world.
Born in Dublin, Thomas Sheridan is an artist, author, musician and researcher currently based in the West of Ireland. Having worked in the past for some of the world's most powerful corporations while living in New York, Thomas began on a personal journey to understand the proliferation of pathology and narcissism in society; mainly its effects on our personal and collective empathy in how we see ourselves and others. This culminated in 2011 with the release of his first major book, Puzzling People: the Labyrinth of the Psychopath. The book was well received and became acclaimed as the first lay person's guide to understanding the psychopathic predatory consciousness, along with its effects on individuals and society, and towards our eventual recovery.
Puzzling People became an underground success and has made Thomas' entire body of work reach a much larger audience around the world. In tandem with this, Thomas has continued on his own creative exploration, eventually coming to see that what is happening with the global awakening is in effect the genesis of an emerging mythos; that the modern 'hero's journey' was evolving through a fusion of art, music, philosophy, science, spirituality, sociology and healing. This modern re-birth of the druidic approach appeared to fuse these aspects of human development into a new holistic culture. Today, Thomas continues this work of moving towards a synchronistic cohesion of the modern human; in terms of positive transcendence from trauma and psychological damage and on towards personal and social renewal.
Kevin P Miller
FREE WILL AND THE SELLING OF FEAR
In For 150 years academics and physicians have taught the Latin phrase “Primum non nocere,” or “First Do No Harm.” The adage is accepted as one of the precepts of medical ethics in the pre-pharmaceutical era of the 19th and 20th centuries. The irony is that medical doctors and associations still pay homage to this timeless maxim; but in truth, medical institutions are routinely “doing harm” by falsifying science, engaging in conflicts-of-interest, and violently oppressing the truth about natural remedies.
This presentation will connect the dots by examining medical science, the efficacy of medicines, and the current state of ethics in Western medicine and discuss how we, as consumers, can actively engage in our healthcare and fight for the preservation of natural medicines and medical freedom of choice before they are legislated out of existence.
For nearly twenty years, Kevin P. Miller has used his gifts as a writer and filmmaker to highlight the lives of the poor and homeless, the dangers of “free trade” agreements, the scourge of racism, the inequities of Western medicine, and more. His film Generation RX was heralded by two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Paul Haggis as “a powerful and often chilling” documentary. He has won four international film awards and has worked with acting greats such as Dame Judi Dench, James Earl Jones, UK acting legend David Suchet, and more. Kevin is working on three new documentaries in 2012.
SUNDAY SERVICE: SPIRITUALITY vs RELIGION
Secondly, the male-dominant, believe-what-we-tell-you religious path which leads to disempowered obedience to those who have placed themselves in power; that sees spirit only in humans (and up till around 1540, only in men and not women); that decrees all animals are soulless; that teaches of a ‘God’ who is separate from his creation and has to be believed in; who sits in judgement and demands our competition to ‘prove’ ourselves worthy. These two paths lead to very different ways of living; of planetary ecology, of treatment of animals; of relating to each other; of our sense of empowerment/disempowerment; of self worth/self-esteem versus self-blame for our unworthiness in the eyes of this ‘god-chap’.
... followed by a workshop
During which, we will examine beliefs held in the inner recesses of the body/mind and bring them to consciousness, thus enabling you to ditch those beliefs within you that do not serve.
Founder of Eagle's Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism, Leo is author of Way of Shamanism, The Shamanic Path Workbook, The View Through the Medicine Wheel, Adam and Evil: the 'god' who hates sex, women and human bodies (as The Heyeokah Guru) and Spirituality vs Religion. In his work he seeks to bring together ancient techniques of shamanism and modern techniques.
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THE PSYCHOPATHIC WAR UPON HUMANITY
As Above – So Below
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