Monday, November 19, 2012

Cats in Ancient Egypt

Cats played an important role in Ancient Egypt. From protectors of their grain, to pets, to deities, cats' influence on Egyptian life was unmistakable. The popularity of Egyptian cats is reflected in the many Ancient Egyptian paintings and artifacts in which they appear.
Indeed, just the mention of cats and Egypt evokes beauty, mystery and supernatural imagery. Surely, cats and Egypt share a long, interesting history. Many cat experts believe that Ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats. At first, it was a practical matter. Cats were brought in to protect granaries and homes from small vermin. Eventually though, Ancient Egyptians - especially the wealthy - started to adopt cats as pets.
Paintings on tombs and other buildings show spotted, slender cats, which are believed to be the first domestic cats. It is believed that these early Egyptian cats were the ancestors of the Egyptian Mau. Even though this breed is not as known as other cat breeds, its popularity is increasing.
Over time, cats in Ancient Egypt became part of the family. Ancient Egyptians held cats in such a high regard that they went into mourning whenever any of the family cats died. They even had them mummified.
Animals in general - and felines in particular - were so revered in Ancient Egypt that they became deities. However, according to many experts, Egyptians did not worship animals per se. Rather, they thought that animals embodied certain divine qualities and used animals to depict such attributes.
Cats were believed to be direct representatives of Bastet, the cat goddess of protection, fertility and children. Bastet, also known as Bast, was depicted as a woman with the head of a cat or just as a desert cat. Priests would keep a cat in the temple in honor of the cat goddess.
The other feline goddesses were Sekhmet and Mafdet. Sekhmet was depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness. She represented destructive power. Mafdet, the cheetah goddess, represented swift justice and judgment. She was also known as the panther goddess.
Egyptian cats surely conjure up images of ancient magic and mystery. If you or your cat loving friends love both cats and Egypt, you will be glad to know that you may find Egyptian-cat inspired artwork, collectibles and statues, both online and off. These make great cat lover gifts.
There are also books about the role cats played in Ancient Egypt and about the feline goddesses mentioned here. These too make great cat gifts.
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Ufo Evidence: The Real Story

UFO Evidence: The Real Story UFO Evidence: The Real Story by Lamont Williams

UFO sightings happen on what seems like a daily basis, all around the world. So many of these people have come forth to share their stories about their encounters with these extraterrestrial beings. Maybe its true, maybe its not. The point here is to expose the evidence that has been gathered over the years.

Thousands of years in the making, UFO evidence has been gathered to prove the existence of alien beings. UFO sightings have been seen across the world on a daily basis. There have been UFO sightings dating back thousands of years ago. In fact, there has been UFO evidence dating back when Jesus was roaming the Earth.

The evidence is everywhere. Some scientists believe that alien beings were the ones who built the Great Pyramid, "which is centered directly in the middle of the Earth". This pyramid is also a perfect square. Its the only survivor of the seven wonders.

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The Oldest Wonder of the World

The Oldest Wonder of the World The Oldest Wonder of the World by Tracy Barb

The Universe is the wonderful work of god. All the creatures in this world are the real wonders of nature. This article tells you about the ancient wonder of the world. It is the great "Egyptian Pyramid in Giza". It is the only surviving ancient wonder even today. It is the oldest world wonder. It is based in the city of Giza.

It has wonderful myths which were beyond the knowledge. It is the art of our great ancient architecture. This great monument was built by the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu around the year 2560 BC to serve as a tomb when he dies. From the Ancient Egypt, the culture of building pyramid had started. The step pyramid of King Zoser is the famous Egyptian architect. It is basically a graveyard for the dead. This type of huge pyramid is located in the city of Giza, Necropolis of ancient Memphis. This majestic pyramid is believed to have been built over a 20 years.

It is the cemetery where the dead are buried with all their belongings. Mummification process evolved in preserving the body of the dead people. The organs of the body are preserved in various ways depending on their wealth and the period. Canopic jars method was used to hold the liver, lungs and the intestines of the dead person. They strongly believe that there is a life after the death. Hence, all the fundamental items will be buried with the corpse.

The Giza pyramid is the tallest building on Earth. No other building could overtake this record for the last 43 centuries. It was a great pyramid of 145.75 m height which was 481 feet. Its structure contains approximately 2 million blocks of stone. The entrance is in the north surface of the pyramid. Inside the pyramid, a number of corridors, galleries are lead to the King’s burial chamber. It is located at the heart of the pyramid. All of the interior stone fit so perfect on the building.

Researchers proposed new theories concerning the purpose and the origin of the Pyramids of Giza. It has many astronomic observatories, places of cult worship and the geometrical structure of the long-gone civilization. The vast scientific and historic evidence revealed the conclusions that the great Pyramids were built by the Ancient Egyptian civilization. There are many signs on the roof of the pyramid with mathematics calculations. It’s a mystery even for the modern researchers. Still the research is going on about the Pyramid. It gains numerous travelers all around the world.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Feng Shui and the Double Edged Sword of the 4 Star

Before delving into the dual nature of the flying star 4, let's first define quickly what a flying star is. This is a term used to describe a type of energy. This energy is created at the time a structure is built and once contained inside a house or building, the flying stars are a coded language for a type of magnetic field. The magnetic field unique to the structure endures and has a predictable influence on living beings who dwell inside.
Going back to the origins of Feng Shui as a predictive art some 3,000 years ago, the flying stars were derived from the astronomical influences and an association with the stars of the Big Dipper. So, a "flying star" is a type of energy which can be contained in a structure, but can also move around, float or "fly." In fact, we have an American saying "My how time flies," and that is a major Feng Shui concept!
We assign numbers to the stars and they total 9 and are paired up into 81 basic combinations. These numbers, as stars, are only loosely related to any kind of numerology, and yet we often see some misinterpretations of the flying stars just based on the numbers connected with them. In Chinese culture, the number 4 sounds similar to a word that means death, so there is a cultural prejudice against the number 4. This is one of the enduring myths about the number 4 which has caused people to shy away from addresses with the number 4 in them or variations on the same theme such as avoiding the 4th floor. This is a shame because if a number sounds like something else in one particular language, it just doesn't carry any real universal, energetic significance. In American culture for instance, the number 7 is considered lucky. And yet, what if the word "seven" were to be maligned or feared because it sounded similar to "severe" or to "sever."
In Classical Xuan Kong Flying Star School, the controversy about the flying star 4 is not whether it sounds like the Mandarin word "sze" or death. Rather, the good or bad qualities associated with the 4 star have to do with timeliness or un-timeliness. In other words, all of these stars, as energy, go through long term major cycles. And sometimes their influence is supportive and benign, while other times the influence could be harsh.
The double-edged sword of the 4 star is that this is energy, wherever it exists in your house, which could stimulate creativity in many forms, such as writing, art, music, acting, and all kinds of creative pursuits and projects. Sometimes the 4 star is called the "Academic Star" or the "Artist's Star." As well, the 4 star is referred to as the "Romance Star" since dwelling in that energy can attract romantic and sexual encounters. Where that energy exists in your house depends on when the house was built and what direction it is facing. This combination of time and space reveals the unique positioning of all the stars in your personal space. In other words, we can't say that the 4 star always resides in the back right hand corner of your house. Nor can we say that the 4 star always exists in the southeast portion of your house. Every house is different.
Now, we happen to be living in an Era when the 4 star is considered "untimely." It is not in a good phase and it hasn't been for many decades and won't be in a good phase for many more decades to come. All these stars go through a 180 year cycle which repeats perpetually. When the 4 star is untimely, it can bring out more problems with love and relationships. It can contribute to heartache and betrayal. And yet, some people are still able to extract from this 4 star energy the good qualities that have been listed.
Sometimes the good and bad manifest equally. A theoretical example might be a person who received Feng Shui advice on how to stimulate the 4 star in their home. Perhaps their book gets published or they get that sought after recording contract, and in the same time frame they have some not so nice sexual escapade or an affair is revealed. It is the job and responsibility of any professional consultant to be able to estimate how much of this energy should be stimulated versus left dormant, for the sake of the client. What may be appropriate for one person is not for another. What may be good for a single person may not be for someone who is married. The 4 star is a double-edged sword because even more than the other eight stars, it is manifesting both positive and negative influences in our current times.
Kartar Diamond is the author of Feng Shui for Skeptics, The Feng Shui Matrix, and The Feng Shui Continuum. Kartar advises people all over the world and no job is too small or too large. Kartar has been a classically trained consultant since 1992 and she has reviewed thousands of properties. For more information about Kartar's products and services go to
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