Written by Robert Bruce Baird


When you hearrepparttar word 'divination', chances are that certain images-- will spring to mind: dark gypsy fortune-tellers, tea-leaves, and crystal balls; a scene in a movie whenrepparttar 122207 Ace of Spades falls in a card game or a strange figure drawsrepparttar 122208 Tarot trump Death; charlatans, ouija boards, and phony swamis; or, perhaps, witch doctors and medicine men chanting around a fire. If you look a little deeper, you might see another kind of image lurking inrepparttar 122209 background: dark magicians in graveyards seeking forbidden knowledge, conjuring demons andrepparttar 122210 spirits ofrepparttar 122211 dead.

These images express attitudes - ridicule and fear - with a long history. For well over a thousand years, divination was a mortal sin and a capital crime in Western culture, a 'conversation withrepparttar 122212 devil' that was banished along withrepparttar 122213 old gods andrepparttar 122214 wise women. Divination is a central part of pagan culture andrepparttar 122215 pagan sense of a cosmos or 'living- world'. Withrepparttar 122216 rise ofrepparttar 122217 Church to political power in late antiquity,repparttar 122218 old gods of this culture became devils andrepparttar 122219 living world became their work. Withrepparttar 122220 rise of our modern 'scientific laws' of cause and effect,repparttar 122221 devils in turn became superstitions, tales told by those considered to be marginal or uneducated such as women, lunatics, criminals, and savages. In spite of our inherited assumptions, divination is not a collection of superstitions. It is an outlawed way of knowing and speaking with a living world, a world ensouled and full of spirit.” (1)

Every aspect of life and many ofrepparttar 122222 things considered to have no life or soul have been used in tellingrepparttar 122223 intent and flow of nature. To say there is no destiny is common amongrepparttar 122224 artists or scientists of each divinatory method and all understandrepparttar 122225 part we have to play. Inrepparttar 122226 world of 'seems to be' that focuses on material and 'real' causes that MUST be seen (what can be calledrepparttar 122227 "Toilet Philosophy") there is more superstition and destiny type of ideologies. Astrology is a refined mathematical method that has been considered a science even duringrepparttar 122228 proscriptions against divinatory methodology andrepparttar 122229 rulers often were engaged in doing that which they tried to stop others from doing. We have dealt with some general divinatory methods such as 'divining rods' in 'Science' and we will cover others as we move along. The art and talent of knowing yourself and your 'center' or soul is clearly something 'free' and beyond acceptance of interpreters or priests. It was necessary to stop this freedom in order to gain total power or as close to it as possible. This book has an Orisha practice that is used in supposedly Christian Santeria. Having studiedrepparttar 122230 use of what they call 'El Coco' orrepparttar 122231 casting of coconut shells I made a point to look for it. To my surprise I saw a word that looked much like Ogham or Ogam, which are variations of Ogham. The word 'ogun' was part ofrepparttar 122232 process in what I think was one ofrepparttar 122233 earliest methods of divination outside personal judgement or intuition.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

THE BICYCLE OF LEONARDO DA VINCI: - “… a man who was at once an artist, an inventor, a scientist - and who saw no contradiction between these diverse realms.

In his unceasing quest for truth, Leonardo explored every branch ofrepparttar sciences known to his age and proved to be far ahead in many respects in his precise observations, his striving for sound methodology and measurement, andrepparttar 122206 value he placed on empirical proof. 'No human investigation', he wrote, 'can be called true science without going throughrepparttar 122207 mathematical tests…repparttar 122208 sciences which begin and end inrepparttar 122209 mind cannot be considered to contain truth, because such discourses lack experience, without which nothing reveals itself with certainty." (57)

This quote is from a semi-whitewash of a life full of conflict, especially withrepparttar 122210 church. They should emphasizerepparttar 122211 oppressive control over thought and creativityrepparttar 122212 church of Leonardo's day had over all sciences. In fact there was only one science - philosophy which in actual fact was just theology. So Leonardo's words take on a different meaning than they suggest. It is even more important than you might imagine because Leonardo wasrepparttar 122213 head or ‘Nautonnier’ ofrepparttar 122214 Priory of Sion. The authors are from Catholic Universities mostly, so we must forgive them when they claim to have fostered Leonardo's genius when in fact they didrepparttar 122215 opposite and it isn't till nearrepparttar 122216 end ofrepparttar 122217 book they note he was charged with being homosexual by these Inquisitorial suppressors of soul and thought.

There is a whole specialty of study devoted to Da Vinci's work but little truth and a lot of propaganda. Few are they who admit both he and his mentor were alchemists andrepparttar 122218 horrors of a life hidden behind lies and half-truths that resulted fromrepparttar 122219 fear of being found out. It is a theme of many ofrepparttar 122220 great scientists and their lives, and little credit is given torepparttar 122221 courageous men and women who toiled to understand andrepparttar 122222 truth they shared is available. Why? Do we still fear others might do what they did or think? Think for themselves and questionrepparttar 122223 authority which seeks to credit their approach to knowing.

The Scientific Method of observation and conclusion is said to have been discovered by Bacon. There is some truth to that, but which Bacon? Some say Francis and there is no truth in that even though he pretended to be an alchemist in his Rosicrucian or Masonic circles including John Dee and Ashmolean types. The better scholars attribute it to Roger Bacon who actually was an alchemist and spent a great deal of his life in dungeons after having ferreted himself away inrepparttar 122224 church as a monk for a long time. Metaphysics and independent thought can be a dangerous business and there are many current authors whose work is relegated to obscurity unless they learn how to appeaserepparttar 122225 'normative' or oppressive mindset. The sad part is that there is no benefit to anyone by such oppression. Not only is there abundance and creativity but those who knowrepparttar 122226 soul will not NEED to clothe it in grandiose raiment. They will gladly work forrepparttar 122227 joy of utilizing their potential forrepparttar 122228 benefit of mankind rather than seeking to destroy others and life in general.

It is interesting that Napoleon (a Merovingian/Mason) made sure to get all of Da Vinci's work that was around when he conquered Milan, but I there is some of it that wasn't discovered until after that and it is most interesting. Da Vinci was a Johannite like Newton (another alchemist, whose Principiae Mathematica had a brief comment at its' start - 'This is much more than I should say; and much less than there is!'). Johannites believerepparttar 122229 true prophet in Biblical times was Johnrepparttar 122230 Baptist and we are continuing to seek other Benjaminite and Masonic connections with him despite a sense that both Jesus and Johnrepparttar 122231 Baptist were operating fromrepparttar 122232 same source. Would Napoleon have destroyed any Johannite writings ifrepparttar 122233 Merovingian House of David and Judah or family of Jesus were concerned about Da Vinci's fame and credibility or writings? We cannot say such a thing and we aren't sure John wasn't a favourite of theirs as well.

The troubling thing about this book isrepparttar 122234 presentation of Da Vinci as a semi-competent who needed a Franciscan monk’s help. We like Francis of Assisi and don't doubtrepparttar 122235 church was watching over Leonardo just as they did all artists who were producing God's work. Yes,repparttar 122236 church claimed all creative work was their property! They also controlled education just as they have in many places until this very day. Most likely Luca Pacioli (Franciscan) was under directions to keep Da Vinci in line and to make such things as we will see, remain hidden fromrepparttar 122237 public. Da Vinci was before Galileo and you can be sure he would have metrepparttar 122238 usual gruesome heretical stake or fire after a few parts were titillated or cut alongrepparttar 122239 way.

These arerepparttar 122240 words ofrepparttar 122241 Catholic University academic which give a little insight torepparttar 122242 conflict Da Vinci faced during these oppressive times when thought was even less well managed than today. "Leonardo and Luca Pacioli worked together for many years, and as we have seen,repparttar 122243 intervention of Master Luca was decisive. Nevertheless there existed betweenrepparttar 122244 two categories a social and hierarchical conflict, even if no one had ever placed in doubtrepparttar 122245 supremacy ofrepparttar 122246 liberal arts asrepparttar 122247 only depositories of true science. Andrepparttar 122248 one who rose up resolutely againstrepparttar 122249 exclusion ofrepparttar 122250 mechanical arts fromrepparttar 122251 sphere of science {Such deceit to call whatrepparttar 122252 church allowed people to think of, as science.}, or as it was then known, 'philosophy' was Leonardo." (58)

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