Skeletal Skepticism

“We place no reliance on virgin or pidgeon,
our method is science our aim is religion.”
-Aleister Crowley 666

Current ideas about evolution tend to lead to the belief that if a biological structure exists then it exists in its current form because that is its optimum arrangement selected out by the blind mechanism of Natural Selection.

If we discard the idea that consciousness is an epiphenomenon of matter and imagine that it has always participated in the evolutionary process then we might start to think about the organism as it currently exists as an exploratory system probing possibility.
Getting down to the bare bones of the issue examining  the ecosystem and archaeological record might allow us to perceive patterns and predict useful trajectories for exploration.

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Ancestors and relatives

Looking at a selection of skulls showing previous human forms as well as the skulls of our primate relatives a pattern can be seen the face reduces in size while flattening also increasing in fine definition and the brain enlarges, the Starchild skull appears to fit a future projection fairly well.

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The Starchild Skull: Alien or Elfin?

In the case of the Starchild we only have an incomplete skull to examine but from this it is possible to speculate about other likely anatomical differences.

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The foramen magnum (the opening where the spinal cord enters/exits the skull) of the Starchild skull appears to occupy a more central position than in a more typical human skull, although this is not immediately apparent as a result of the Starchild’s unusual features. Again this fits  a projected pattern, looking at a selection of skulls the position of the foramen magnum seems to depend to a large extent on gait and degree of bipedalism and so also habitual posture.

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Human left Starchild right, some damage has occurred to the Starchild and because of the image angle due to the incline at the rear of the Starchild skull the centrality of the foramen magnum is not immediately apparent. The red highlights differences in cheekbone (zygomatic arch) sizes.

The large brain of the Starchild skull would necessitate a well developed respiratory system with a large lung capacity, here things become more speculative, it is possible that some of the changes involved in the Starchild’s respiratory system involve microstructural  changes such as more developed alveoli with increased surface area, since FoxP2 appears to be involved in alveolar development this seems likely as the Starchild’s FoxP2 gene differs from human.

Chimpanzees have more conical rib cages than humans the upper portion being narrower it’s possible this trend might have continued in the Starchild possibly resulting in a somewhat broad-shouldered appearance. Posture also influences lung function,  scoliosis decreases compliance of the chest wall and lung in severe cases pulmonary hypertension and respiratory failure may develop. In children with scoliosis the rib cage typically narrows at around the 2nd 3rd and 4th thoracic vertebra. Adolescents with scoliosis often have narrower rib cages.

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In addition to their obvious respiratory function the lungs are also involved in detoxifying serotonin (inflammatory and inhibitor of respiration) removing it from circulation they are also a source of the morphogenetic natriuretic peptides  (heart hormones) that are anti-inflammatory and promote mitochondrial biogenesis raising the organism’s energy level.

The evidence that evolution proceeds in a meaningful way building complexity and consciousness suggests that entropy is illusory, life complexifies and develops with time, though clearly the path is not one going directly upwards the Starchild skull may be around 900 years old and other skulls with enlarged cranial capacities exist seemingly more developed than current humans either these skulls were early biological pioneers or human civilisation has gone through a marked degree of degeneration in our relatively recent past.

Tenebrous Time

“Eternity is in love with the productions of time.”
-William Blake

Time seems to be a fundamentally creative energy something that is much more significant than the merely passive duration it is usually thought to be.
Without time there can be no evolution, no growth,  no experience.

Nikolai Kozyrev (1908-1983) was a Russian astrophysicist whose thinking on time made it an actual creative participant in the Kosmos. Kozyrev was unconvinced by the thermonuclear model of Stars, examining data on the mass, luminosity,  and radius, of Sun and stars and considering the age of the Earth and the Sun’s likely intensity over this span Kozyrev concluded that the Sun and stars could not be thermonuclear fireballs. Kozyrev suggested that the Sun and stars developed energy from a combination of processes involving an interaction with the flow of time producing energy and structure.

Kozyrev’s thinking about time energy caused him to suggest that active lunar volcanism was likely, previously it was assumed that any volcanic activity on the moon could only have taken place billions of years ago. Kozyrev observed volcanic activity in the Alphonsus crater of the moon (Kozyrev 1959), since then more recent lunar volcanism has been confirmed  (Braden et al. 2014).

The energy of time interacts with all processes Stars, planets, moons and living organisms, throughout nature the golden spiral is found, the irrational number phi, its spiral geometry is found in shells, the forms of horns and antlers the growth patterns of plants and animals, everywhere. Kozyrev felt this spiral energy was the pattern of time’s flow. The spiral is not only the wake of time but also in some sense acts as a receiver and intensifier of time’s flow. Spirals by their nature  involve asymmetry, chirality  (handedness sinister/dexter) generally the heart sits predominantly on the left side of the body, Kozyrev believed that this asymmetry was produced by the pattern of time’s flow. The heart itself makes use of spiral geometry in both form and function its pumping action involves torsional twisting of reciprocating counter rotating spirals.

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Diffusion tensor images of the helical heart. Image credit, Teh et al. 2016.

This asymmetry should manifest at multiple scales, so Kozyrev suggested that as a result of Time flow planets would not be perfect spheres but have a somewhat cardioid (resembling a heart) form with a slight flattening at one pole and a slight extension at the other, in the case of the Earth the north polar basin contrasts with the continent of Antarctica further the majority of land mass appears to be in the northern hemisphere (Levich 1996).

A similar asymmetry has been found on Mars, the Mars orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) team discovered “the striking difference” in elevation between northern and southern hemispheres, the South Pole lying about 6km higher than the north pole further the planet’s centre of mass is 3 km north of its geometric centre  (Rokityansky 2012).
Kozyrev suggested that the direction of the spiral mattered, a counterclockwise spiral should add energy to the system Kozyrev refered to this as left-handed spin however from another perspective it could be described as right-handed, if you take your right hand with the thumb pointing up and look at it from above the fingers curl to the left in a counterclockwise spiral.

Given the fundamental nature of this time energy Kozyrev realised it might be measurable though doing so would require perseverance and sensitivity.

Kozyrev carried out a variety of experiments involving gyroscopes, asymmetric balances and pendulums. Any irreversible  process appears to involve the energy of time, Kozyrev found that processes such as temperature changes for example cooling of a previously heated body caused the torsion balance to rotate towards that body while a body being heated deflected the pointer. Other processes affected the torsion balance including salt dissolving, body compression or stretching, phase transitions and changes in human consciousness especially meaningful emotional shifts. For example when reading Faust Kozyrev noticed a torsion balance he had set up move towards him on reaching a significant part of the story.

When experimenting with gyroscopes suspended  from weighted balances Kozyrev found weight variations appeared if vibrations were introduced into the system further the weight variation depended on rotation direction and speed as well as from which end of the balance the vibration was introduced. If vibration was introduced from the gyroscope end while the gyroscope was rotating anticlockwise the gyroscope appeared to lighten, if vibration was introduced at the weighted balance end the anticlockwise rotating gyroscope appeared to increase in weight, suggesting that there is a fundamental difference between causes and effects (Kozyrev 1971).

In addition to the torsion balance electrical resistors and galvanometers also showed changes in response to processes like acetone evaporation and sugar dissolving in water (Levich 1996).

Kozyrev believed  he demonstrated a rarefaction of time flow around causes and an increase in time flow density around effects. These effects of time energy were always small and difficult to  measure and skepticism is understandable if the balance is sensitive could it not be subject to subtle shifts in air flow and convection? In some cases this might be so however Kozyrev also tested a variety of materials as sorts of screen and materials that would inhibit air flow, glass and cardboard  still seemed to cause responses from a torsion balance, aluminium appeared to somehow reflect the time flow so little response was measured from the torsion balance.

Different parts of a cut or damaged organism produced differing effects on a torsion balance the cut end of a plant stem would deflect the balance while the apical region would strongly attract the balance.

Exhaustive cycles of experiments in different locations appeared to show that  geographic latitude influenced result, as did season winter seemed to produce greater effects from the torsion balance, in summer it could be difficult to produce any result at all.

Radioactive decay is generally considered random on the scale of atoms  but constant at larger scales however evidence exists for periodic variation in rates of nuclear decay with faster decay rates occurring  in winter slower in summer (Javorsek et al. 2010 and Jenkins et al. 2012). Solar flares seem to be capable of influencing nuclear decay rates with the decline in decay rate starting over a day before the flare itself (Jenkins and Fischbach 2009).

These effects from the sun are difficult to understood and explain at least with the conventional model. Further evidence suggests an approximately 12 year cycle (Sturrock et al. 2011) in nuclear decay rate variation possibly linked to the 11 year solar cycle or perhaps some other influence, Jupiter completes one solar orbit in a little under 12 years?
Kozyrev found at other odd periods anomalous results suggesting other processes impossible to control for influencing local time flow.

Kozyrev believed that the energy of time was a sort of angular momentum (karma?), explaining the prevalence of spirals. Kozyrev’s work suggests that the time flow experienced by a specific subject both influences its environment and is influenced by the overall Kosmic time flow.

Time here appears as fundamentally negentropic it generates life, equilibrium states become highly unlikely as the energy of time continually flows into all systems. So why is there death if time is continually contributing creative energy? The energy of time is subtle and though always contributing energy if other energy flows dissipate the energy of time is not enough to reinvigorate them at least not immediately. Organisms may experience death and decay but like the nigredo of the Alchemists this leads to new life springing forth from death, continual growth is the rule.

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“Every man and every woman is a star.” -666

Kozyrev’s work suggest possibilities that are nothing short of bloody Magick (if you  dislike the term Magick you could replace it with something like Chrono-astro-bio-meteorology). It might seem strange to think about time as an energy interacting with and influenced by other processes but if we think about some weather phenomena as analogies this might help.

Processes like tornadoes and hurricanes are still incompletely understood but some of the forces thought to be involved in their formation are reasonable.

Tornadoes form when supercells (towering thunderstorms) are present, warm moisture carrying air rises, condensation releases heat (energy) driving up drafts, more condensation results in more powerful up drafts,  moisture present at the base can fuel the process, downdrafts fueled by rain intensify things and a vortex can develop the spinning air is drawn upwards the lower part may tighten with increasing wind speed forming a tornado. If temperature differences even out or moisture drys up then the tornado dissipates.

Hurricanes form over warm waters from developing low pressure systems, thunderstorms gather strength coalescing over warm waters rotating around each other  feeding off the warm moist air, generally an eye forms when wind speeds reach around 70mph, the eye is the calm empty centre and area of lowest pressure surrounded by the eye-wall where the strongest winds occur. Cooler ocean water and friction from land may weaken the hurricane.

The rotation results from interactions between a variety of energy gradients including pressure and temperature, as well as the Earth’s rotation.
In the northern hemisphere both tornadoes and hurricanes tend to rotate counterclockwise as a result of the Coriolis effect an inertial force.

These descriptions are incomplete and it seems likely that other processes involving both terrestrial and solar electromagnetic processes are involved in tornado and hurricane formation.

With both tornadoes and hurricanes some unusual reports sometimes occur for example cases of tornadoes driving corn stalks through truck radiators the metal appearing to have been pierced with ease, or storms that tear through parking lots leaving some cars overturned others strangely  untouched though in close proximity or sometimes depositing cars on fences or walls otherwise undamaged. Reports of unusual luminous electric phenomena also occur.

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Whirlpool Galaxy image credit: NASA/ESA

“A man who is doing his True Will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him.”
-666

Dust devils miniature tornadoes with winds of up to 60mph swirling around a hot column of rising air, display unexpectedly large electric fields often in excess of 4000 and sometimes over 10,000 volts per metre also generating magnetic fields.

If we think of time as a flow of energy then the past could be considered analogous to a high pressure (settled) weather system and the future would be like a low pressure (unsettled) system.

For more on Kozyrev see David Wilcock’s  The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations: the Source field investigations (2012), and Joseph Farrell’s The Philosopher’s Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter (2009).

Abyssal Aberrations

“If a thing loves it is infinite.”
-William Blake
“The thunderbolt steers the universe.”
-Heraclitus

If we assume that at least to some degree the Chakra system of yogic esoteric anatomy describes an energetic reality then this may be a system open to change, development and innovation, not so completely crystallised as might be thought. Various subtle anatomic models exist but currently the most popular one involves seven major Chakras from the base of the spine to the Crown of the head situated along the central sushumna nadi (nerve), some tantric traditions include multiple chakras below muladhara and above/within sahasrara as well as other subtle centres throughout the body.

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From top to bottom: 1. Sahasrara Crown. 2.Ajna Brow. 3. Vishuddha Throat. 4. Anahata Heart. 5. Manipura Solar plexus. 6. Swadhisthana, sacral. 7. Muladhara, Root.

The chakras could be thought of as subtle psycho-energetic fields associated with various structures, usually neuro-endocrine. Chakra can mean wheel or whirlpool.

The seven usually described are from top to bottom Sahasrara at the Crown of the head associated with the Pineal gland, Ajna at the brow / 3rd eye point, associated with the pituitary, Vishuddha the throat chakra associated with the thyroid gland, Anahata the heart chakra, Manipura at the solar plexus associated with the digestive organs, Swadhisthana the sacral chakra associated with the sex organs and gonads, and Muladhara the root chakra associated with the organs of elimination.

The chakras are centres of energetic transformation (metabolism) the more active a chakra is the more its particular metabolic mode will influence the activity of the total system shifting the organism’s total psycho-energetic inertia.

For example someone with highly active Vishuddha and Swadhisthana chakras might be; a perverted poet with ribald rhymes and luridly lewd lines, deviant degenerate and distinguished, a canny cunning linguist.

The activity of one chakra will tend to activate others especially those immediately above and below, other links also exist.

If the physical anatomy of the Elf differs from human then surely so to might the energetic anatomy.

elf-chakras

Elven Energy

 

Indra is the chief God of the Rig Veda, a sky god  of storms and war, he is known as the wielder of the Vajra (thunderbolt) which he uses to slay Vritra the serpent/dragon and personification of drought who withholds the waters.

Vrtra / Vritra can mean foe, restrainer, noise and enveloper.

Indra’s lover is Shachi goddess of wrath and jealousy.

Indra as a word might mean possessing drops (of rain), indu – a drop/ Soma/ moon. -ra – possessing/ loving / desire.

Indra can refer to the right pupil, Indrani the left.

The word Indriya “of Indra” can refer to the five Senses and in Buddhism 5 spiritual faculties; confidence, endurance, awareness, focus, and insight.

chakra-table

This table is incomplete and at least to some degree inaccurate. The association of the Vampire bat with Indrajala is a sanguine secret of which it would be inappropriate to say too much at this point in time.

Indrajala, Indra’s Net in Buddhism is used to illustrate the concepts of interrelation and interpenetration.

It is said that in Indra’s empyrean high above mount Meru hangs a wondrous web spun with cunning artifice in accordance with Indra’s extravagant taste the net is infinite in extent and in each nexus of the net nests a jewel glittering like a star so cleverly cut that it reflects all other jewels in the net looking closer still each reflected jewel reflects all others a vision vanishing into vastness infinite and incommensurable (Malhotra 2014, Avatmasaka Sutra, I reworded it a little).

The first mentions of Indra’s net occur in the Atharva Veda:
“vast indeed is the tactical net of great Indra, mighty of action and tempestuous of great speed. By that net, O Indra, pounce upon all the enemies so that none of the enemies may escape arrest and punishment.” AV 8.8.6.

“This great world is the power net of mighty Indra, greater than the great. By that Indra net of boundless reach, I hold all those enemies with the dark cover of vision, mind, and senses.” AV 8.8.8.

The word Indrajala can also mean illusion, stratagem, deceit, trickery and Magick.

The complexity and intricately interwoven nature of Life makes it highly unlikely that anyone can ever possess truly complete knowledge of anything, the dynamic nature of reality makes it highly unlikely that anything like a final authoritative revelation can exist and any claim to such is likely fatal fanaticism that replaces sensitive engagement with life with desiccating dogma.

The complex and often contradictory narratives of polytheistic myth encourage a plurality of perspectives, similar attitudes can be found in the philosophy of Tao and in the central Jain teaching of Anekantavada (many-sidedness) the ability to consider multiple perspectives.

Indra delights in drinking Soma a mysterious elixir of immortality prepared by extracting the juice of an unknown plant no consensus on the identity of Soma exists, the word itself has a range of meanings including extract, distill and heaven as well as being associated with the moon, it is thought to be derived from an Indo-European root *sav- “to press”.
Indra is said to have drunk rivers of soma prior to his confrontation with Vritra to gain the necessary strength to overcome this foe. It is through Soma that Indra conquers all foes.

Soma is mentioned as existing in all plants as well as being the greatest of herbs and Lord of plants. The Rig Veda describes Soma as growing near water and as flowing with a milky juice that is extracted through crushing it. Soma is worshiped in the central point of heaven, not only does it grow by water it’s juice flows to a reservoir and then to a river (RV 9.21).

Soma is continually described in multiple hymns as flowing like a river as well as being the ocean into which rivers flow.
Drinking Soma makes a man into a rishi (sage/seer), Soma makes us “better than we are” (RV9.4).

Blood Bender

Dutifully dug the Devil’s ditches,
In a clown’s cloak with witch’s stitches.
Bound with a burst of blood and a fleck of flesh,
Mournfully mazed in moon mesh.
Withered wings quiver and quicken,
Tethered and twisting in lunar linen.
With reason rendered wretch,
Will stained stigmata stretch?
And a shade’s shroud be shed,
From doomed and damned and dead?
And Faerie fabric of Seelie silk,
Be spun from molten milk
Of combusting crown compressed,
Alembicated alizarin Alkahest?

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