Road – news    December 12, 2009

Going Underground The December-January issue (January-February for US) of NEXUS Magazine is running my feature article – inspiring the cover artwork – on the latest discoveries on the Giza Plateau. Specifically, the latest discoveries made by British author/researcher Andy Collins are highlighted, as he has entered a long-lost tomb, which may give access to other parts of the “Giza underground”. December 2, 2009

Listen Carefully A new study highlighted by the Old Temples Study Foundation has suggested that sound and a desire to harness its effects has been an important consideration in the design of the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum in Malta. “We may be hitting on one of those ‘lost secrets’,” says Linda Eneix, President of The OTS Foundation. “Standing in the Hypogeum is like being inside a giant bell. You feel the sound in your bones as much as you hear it with your ears. It’s really thrilling!”

The small niche in the so-called “Oracle Chamber” is key: if someone with a deep voice speaks inside, the voice echoes all over the hypogeum. At certain frequencies you have standing waves that emphasize each and other waves that de-emphasize each other.

The pattern of resonance at the Hypogeum registered at the frequency of 110 or 111 hz. This turns out to be a significant level for the human brain and corresponds with other results from studies that measured resonance at sites such as Newgrange. Sound remains one of the less explored components of our ancient heritage, but is finally receiving some of the scientific attention it deserves. November 21, 2009

Atlantis Rising on creating an impact The November-December issue of Atlantis Rising is running “Massive Impact”. Other articles are on the human aura, bees, a lost map of Christopher Columbus, as well as the Vinland Map, with the question posed whether the Knights Templar ever made it as far as Mexico. November 3, 2009

The Labyrinth: A Source of Miracles In modern times, ancient wisdom, whether Egyptian religion or Hermetic knowledge (should there be a difference), is often commercially abused and repackaged for the self help book market, where it shares space with books like “The Secret”, preaching a “law of attraction” no-one had ever heard of before the author introduced it a few years ago. Though these books are highly popular, and all predict they will transform you and your world, look at the world, and clearly something is not working properly.

However, Kathleen McGowan’s “The Source of Miracles” introduces an entirely different approach to personal transformation. For one, her methodology is not based on new age philosophies but on the Lord’s Prayer, coupled with one of the most remarkable creations of medieval Europe: the Chartres labyrinth.

The Lord’s Prayer is recited by billions of people, but most Christians recite it without thinking. That is where almost all go wrong: McGowan has reshaped the prayer to its original format: a step by step process through which people can reflect on their daily life and activities, work through the challenges, leading to fulfilment and happiness. It is, as such, a renewed explanation of this coded wisdom.

What makes the book unique is that McGowan was also able to identify that this teaching was present within the Chartres labyrinth – in retrospect an obvious conclusion, seeing that the labyrinths in the Gothic cathedrals of Europe were specifically created for such ends: they were mini-pilgrimages, which would provide insight and transformation to the user, allowing the person at its centre direct contact with God.

I recently listened to quantum physicist Amit Goswami lecturing on how the most recent advances in quantum physics has shown scientists that thought creates reality: what we think has a definite effect on the world. It is remarkable to see that modern science maps perfectly on McGowan’s rediscovered medieval prayer tool and that “the power of prayer is the source of miracles” – to quote the author. We think, therefore we create. “The Source of Miracles” shows that no new “laws” need to be invented to attain true happiness. It has always been within everyone’s reach; we just need to dust it off. October 29, 2009

2012, but not as you know it I am very pleased to announce that my first DVD, “2012: Mayan Prophecy and the Shift of the Ages” is now available. It also features Geoff Stray and is produced by Reality Entertainment and Phil Gardiner. The upcoming 2012 movie (released November 13) is the biggest budget movie of all times and the release of this DVD, released by Warner Brothers, was set to coincide with the film. But I am specifically pleased that it will be a welcome antidote to the current trend, which is that 2012 should apparently be all about doom and gloom. Earlier in the week, a mother told me how her ten year old child asked her whether everyone was indeed going to die in three years from now! Such fear-mongering should not happen, especially not when 2012 is not at all about that. What it is about, find out on the DVD. October 16, 2009

Has the original Labyrinth been found? A disused stone quarry on the Greek island of Crete which is riddled with an elaborate network of underground tunnels could be the original site of the ancient Labyrinth. An Anglo-Greek team of scholars led by Nicholas Howarth, an Oxford University geographer, undertook an expedition to the quarry this summer and believes that the site, near the town of Gortyn in the south of the island, has just as much claim to be the place of the Labyrinth as the Minoan palace at Knossos, which has been synonymous with the Minotaur myth since its excavation a century ago.

“It is a shame that almost all visitors to Knossos have never heard of these other possible ‘sites’ for the mythical Labyrinth,” Howarth said. The Gortyn caves, which are known locally as the Labyrinthos Caves, consist of about two and half miles of interlocking tunnels with widened chambers and dead-end rooms. Working with experts from the Hellenic Speleological Society, the Oxford researchers found that the cave complex at Gortyn had been visited recently by archaeological thieves who were preparing to dynamite one of the inner chambers in the hope of discovering a hidden treasure room.

In addition to Knossos and Gortyn, there is a third cave complex at Skotino on the Greek mainland that could also be a contender for the site of the Labyrinth. “If we look at the archaeological facts, it is extremely difficult to say that a Labyrinth ever existed… I think that each site has its claim to the mystery of the Labyrinth, but in the end there are questions that neither archaeology nor mythology can ever completely hope to answer,” Howarth said. October 2, 2009

The Ancient Code I was pleased to be invited to write an essay for the Ancient Code, a book that takes a look at our relationship with ancient knowledge and how it relates to 2012. Other contributors include Colin Wilson, Nick Pope, Dr. John Jay Harper, Philip Gardiner, Robert Feather and many more. My contribution focused on how we have lost touch with a balanced worldview, so important to our ancestors. This loss of balance in our thinking has resulted in fundamentalism, whether atheism or religious, and the disassociations within ourselves, society and the world. September 28, 2009

Darklore, Number 4 The fourth volume of Darklore has just been published by Greg Taylor’s Daily Grail Publishing and for the fourth time, I have contributed to this volume, this time with the article on Göbekli Tepe. Other contributors include Greg Taylor, Robert Bauval, Richard Freeman, Neil Arnold, Theo Paijmans and Robert Schoch.

To order your copy, head over to Amazon (US or UK) or head over to the Daily Grail website. September 7, 2009

A twist in the Labyrinth Some years ago, at the height of “The Da Vinci Code” phenomenon, the Parisian church of St Sulpice did everything to highlight that the novel was fiction and that no secret treasures were hidden in the church’s gnomon.

On my most recent visit to Chartres Cathedral, with author Kathleen McGowan, a similar phenomenon is now occurring with the cathedral’s labyrinth – in a more interesting way. The labyrinth is the most famous and intricate of its kind and a major tourist attraction in its own right. Yet it is only not covered by chairs for Fridays from Easter to Fall; at all other times, the labyrinth is hidden by hundreds of chairs, not visible and hence not walkable – its intended purpose.

Though featuring in hundreds of books, in June 2009, the French edition of Kathleen’s “Book of Love” appeared, which will soon be followed by “The Source of Miracles”, which uses the labyrinth as a tool of prayer – “seven powerful steps to transforming your life”. The Church – or factions thereof – is apparently not very happy with this development.

On Friday September 4, while hundreds were walking the labyrinth during the ten hours of the week it is open, flyers were deposited near it – and specifically next to Kathleen’s belongings – rallying against the use of the labyrinth as a tool through which people can transform their lives. The flyer was distributed in English and French and is clearly aimed at Kathleen’s work (no other book is currently focusing on the labyrinth as such). Furthermore, during a visit in June, Kathleen was singled out from a group by the same woman that deposited these flyers and challenged her about Kathleen’s religious beliefs in what was both an extremely sad and aggressive way.

The Church would ideally like this labyrinth to disappear, as its attitude towards it is far from respectful. People who promote the structure and encourage its active use, are singled out for reasons that are anything but “Christian” in spirit, if only because they place the labyrinth within a larger context, which the Church continues to feel extremely uncomfortable about. In her novels, Kathleen uses the phrase “The Truth Against the World”. It is clear that five years on from “The Da Vinci Code”, the Church still considers itself to be a wholly worldly power. (photograph courtesy of Marc Borms) August 24, 2009

Atlantis Rising on Bernini’s Rome The September-October issue of Atlantis Rising is running my article on Bernini’s Rome. Other articles are Steven Sora tackling the Oak Island Mystery, Gregory Little on 10,000 year old signs of civilisation near Bimini, Mitch Horowitz on Helena Blavatsky and Henry Olcott, Frank Joseph focussing on the real William Shakespeare, and many other articles. Available in the US from newsstands, or via a PDF download from the Atlantis Rising website. August 21, 2009

Seriously? Over the past two weeks, the announcement made by Andrew Collins has been reported in the mainstream media, forcing a reply from Zahi Hawass. Though in my recent NEXUS article I expose the man for what he is (as an archaeologist, he is very good at digging his own grave, though no-one seems willing to confront him with this), this time, he has come up with this simply ridiculous statement: “There are no new discoveries to be made at Giza. We know everything about the plateau.”

So why is anyone still digging there? Are we to assume that all licences for excavations are therefore means of extorting money from foreign universities and other parties, but with no chance of any archaeological discoveries? The answer is a clear and obvious “of course not”, surely?

But why can Hawass get away with this? Why? And why have, for the past four years, excavations been occurring behind the Sphinx, but nothing can be found about this in the public record? Why does the access doorway next to the road behind the Sphinx area allow daily Egyptian renovation personnel into an underground area without public access? Why? August 3, 2009

The Power Behind the Pyramids The August-September issue (September-October for US) of NEXUS Magazine is running my feature article – inspiring the cover artwork – on what is happening with the Sphinx. A decade ago, there was great controversy surrounding this enigmatic creation, but since then, everything has gone quiet. In a veritable piece of investigative reporting, the state of Egyptology and the role of Zahi Hawass is analysed, and some interesting truths are revealed in the process. July 1, 2009

Atlantis Rising on the Great Pyramid and the Duat The July-August issue of Atlantis Rising (number 76) is running my article on the Great Pyramid as a three-dimensional rendering of the Egyptian Duat, which was aired in my book The Canopus Revelation. Other articles tackle the Antikythera Device, deathbed visitations, Atlantis, the Sphinx, time travel, mastadons, Harry Houdini, etc. Available in the US from newsstands, or via a PDF download from the Atlantis Rising website. June 12, 2009

New Light on the Oldest Temples NEXUS Magazine recently asked me to write an article on Göbekli Tepe, one of the most exciting ancient temples, if only because it is extremely old – 12,000 years – and is often seen in total isolation, as if it was a one-off. The article (Vol. 16, issue 4, June-July 2009) instead highlights that over the past few decades, archaeology has slowly been pushing back the veil of history, uncovering ancient civilisations, thousands of years old, that roamed what is now largely Turkey, and which at present forms the veritable cradle of civilisation. May 25, 2009

Southwest’s Earliest Known Irrigation System Unearthed The internet equivalent of ink on my article on the ancient canals and civilisation of Arizona has just dried, and archaeologists have uncovered a farming community near Tucson that dates back to at least 1200 BC. The discovery was made during expansion works of a Tucson wastewater treatment facility. The site, called Las Capas, or “The Layers”, sits at the confluence of Cañada del Oro, Rillito Creek and the Santa Cruz River.

Apart from showing that Mankind’s understanding and interaction with nature has changed little over three millennia, the discovery is now known to predate the much more sophisticated Hohokam canal system by 1200 years.

Archaeologist James M. Vint of Desert Archaeology Inc. in Tucson has commented that “these are not the earliest canals known in southern Arizona, but they are the most extensive and sophisticated engineering [from the period] that we have identified to date.”

His team identified two main canals bringing water from the Santa Cruz River and feeding it into eight distribution canals, all now buried 3 to 7 feet. The system could have irrigated 60 to 100 acres, he estimated. The primary crops were maize, which was introduced into the area before 2100 BC, and an herb known as amaranth.

Vint estimated that the village at the site supported 80 to 150 people. Their cultural identity is unknown, although they probably originated in Mexico and moved across what is now the border. Pottery was not yet produced in the region, but Vint’s team found stone and cutting tools, grinding stones, antler pieces for making stone tools, and awls for basketry.

The evidence indicates that the region suffered a huge flood about 800 BC, which buried the canal system. “There is some evidence that they tried getting it going again, but apparently that didn’t work,” Vint said. They cleaned out some sections, “but they never brought it back to full scale.”

As such, the connection with Mexico becomes even older, and likely even stronger. May 2, 2009

First Hard Dating of Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Professor Anna Pazdur, Head of Gliwice Radiocarbon Laboratory, has dated a stalagmite of the Rave-tunnel complex near the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun at 5080 years (+/- 75 years), or ca. 3080 BC. The stalagmite originates from a side tunnel and extends the age of the complex by ca. two millennia; previous, visual dating of the stalagmites inside the complex had been dated to ca. 1000 BC. As the stalagmite is ca. 3080 BC, the construction of the tunnel is older, though how old exactly, remains currently unknown.

The dates are interesting as the civilisation known as Old Europe is normally dated to from 6500 to 3500-3200 BC. This civilisation existed in this very region and it is logical to conclude – based on the information currently available – that its demise resulted in the abandonment of the tunnel complex, in which soon, stalagmites began to form, one of which has now been dated to just after the collapse of Old Europe. April 28, 2009

Atlantis Rising finds Giza Cavities The latest issue of Atlantis Rising (Issue 75, May-June 2009) is running my article on Giza Cavities. The issue’s cover article is my good friend David Hatcher-Childress’ Ancient Egyptians in the Canyon, with other contributions by Steven Sora on The Lost Queen of the Sahara and Robert Schoch radically departing from geology and going in search of Jesus, and many others. The magazine is newsstand in the United States, and subscription in many other parts of the world. April 24, 2009

Darklore, Number 3 The third volume of Darklore has just been published by Greg Taylor’s Daily Grail Publishing. For the third time, I have contributed to this volume, this time with an article on Canopus and its starlore, based on material from my book, The Canopus Revelation. Other contributors include Nick Redfern, Robert Bauval, Greg Bishop, Adam Gorightly, and that old friend of mine, Theo Paijmans… and many others.

Head over to the Daily Grail website, to find out how to order this compendium of esoteric knowledge. April 19, 2009

Tripping The past twelve days definitely should be classified as a trip. A lecture in London for the “Moot With No Name” left not a seat empty, and was followed by four days in Sardinia, a research trip that had been postponed from last September. As Easter was rather bad on the weather front on the largest island of the Mediterranean, I preferred to finish reading Kathleen McGowan’s “The Book of Love”, a truly amazing novel – this coming from a person who tends to get bored with novels. Not this one, if only because it in part revolves around the fourth Hermetic treatise… the key message to our times, or, to use Kathleen’s wording, “le temps revient”.

Upon my return, I dashed off to Glastonbury, to film a 2012 DVD with Geoff Stray and Phil Gardiner, for an upcoming Reality Entertainment production. Unlike most 2012 material, which tackles catastrophism or doomspeak based on invented theories, this one is actually going to delve into the core 2012 phenomenon, based on the 25 years of research Geoff has put into this subject.

Finally, on Friday, there was an appearance on Phil’s Edge Media TV show, “Gardiner’s World”, to discuss my latest book, “Servants of the Grail”. As Phil has interviewed Tim Wallace-Murphy numerous times, he felt I might have a fresh “edge”, and hence I guest-hosted a Gardiner’s World, featuring Tim and Dawn Bramadat. It’s the first time I had ever hosted a TV programme, and it has to be said that it was great fun.

The entire trip was literally crowned by climbing Croft Hill, the centre of Britain, before beginning the drive home. All in all, a great adventure, meeting lovely people, reading a lovely book, and visiting amazing places… April 8, 2009

Farewell Fred Noted local historian, author, teacher and three-term Marquette mayor, C. Fred Rydholm, died peacefully in his sleep on April 4, after an eight-month battle with cancer. I was fortunate enough to interview Fred in recent months and despite his illness, Fred was able to reveal his usual self and highlight the amazing richness of America’s ancient past, specifically about the extensive copper mining that had occurred. Though copper was his interest, he himself was a man of gold.

Rydholm’s final years were devoted to the vision of building a museum in the U.P’s Copper Country where the world’s largest piece of float copper could be displayed to dramatically show the area’s peculiarly unique mineral heritage. As president of the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society, it was Rydholm’s dream to raise the necessary funds to accomplish this goal. Let’s hope that his vision is realised, so that all Americans – and the world as a whole – can connect with their true past. March 27, 2009

Out There… For those of you wanting to check out the purpose of the Histories & Mysteries website, as well as details about Servants of the Grail, go to the Radio Out There website, where I had the honour of being interviewed by Barry Eaton. March 24, 2009

A 7000 year old boat allowed to rot away Two stone-age boats, thought to be the oldest in Europe, have been allowed to rot in a partially collapsed shed. The boats had been entrusted to the Authorities for Culture and Preservation of Ancient Monuments in Schwerin, Northern Germany, for restoration and conservation. But Michael Bednorz, head of the State Office, has now admitted that “financial difficulties” meant that they were kept in a shed instead of an appropriate space. Now they are effectively ruined. “It is a loss for Germany if not for the whole world,” said Andreas Grüger, director of the Stralsund historical museum.

Much damage was inflicted during the first two years of storage, but the boats were then further damaged when the shed they were stored in partially collapsed in 2004. Yet still they were not moved to safety. The remains of the boats have now been sent to the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin where students are planning to investigate the extent of the damage and draw up a plan to save at least fragments.

We can merely ask the question whether such almost criminal negligence would have been allowed to happen to other material… material that does fit the preconceived notions of history. In this instance, a find that shows people in 5000 BC had seagoing vessels, and which therefore greatly upsets the prevailing paradigm of ancient history, are treated with abject disdain, so that they will never be able to be shown in museum, and will likely disappear into oblivion. At a time when archaeologists are called in to even investigate the most ridiculously mundane artefact (and seem to do nothing of real historical significance), it borders on the criminal that the boats were not even studied, or placed in a museum, but instead abandoned in a shed. And it is clear that no judicial enquiry will ever be launched to find out why and how. We “just” have to “accept” it’s all lost. March 8, 2009

That’s Gardiner’s World, not Gardener’s World March 6, 2009

The Conundrum Push? It is difficult to have truly unique insights, as there are approximately six billion people on this planet competing with you daily – by default. But my thesis put forward in The Stargate Conundrum, namely that as part of the CIA mind projects (remote viewing, MK-ULTRA, etc.), certain psychic abilities were augmented through the use of a specific drug, has – either by coincidence or someone reading my material – been made the storyline of a new movie, “Push”. Push begins with an overview of secret CIA plans, and mentions the development of this drug, which then becomes the plot around which the entire movie evolves.

Written by David Bourla and starring Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans, the movie has received mixed reviews: critics seem not to like it, but it does attract large-enough audiences, who quite often leave positive reviews. Personally, I liked the film, because it seems to be part of a new category of film making, in which e.g. The Fountain could also be placed in. A lot of the movie also has clear parallels with Heroes, whether by coincidence or design.

I am of course more than pleased that those who do see the movie, will have been introduced to this aspect of The Stargate Conundrum, and that some might contribute to the debate at some later point in time. The movie might precisely be the push this work needed. February 20, 2009

Arizona Sunshine As one astrological forecast in Sedona put it: “You are having an amazing time, in this your birthday season, the start of an amazing year.” I’ve spent an enjoyable two weeks in Arizona, part of it at the WEX Clubhouse in Camp Verde, an ideal base from which to explore the state. Quite a bit of time was spent in Sedona, “New Age Capital of the States”, where I met the likes of Ani Williams, Mark Pinkham, Chris O’Brien, as well as the “Dutch contingent” of Bert Janssen and Jaap van Etten, and several interesting people who came to the book-signing on Valentine’s day in the Adventures Unlimited Bookstore in Cottonwood, as well as Susan and Al Olson in Phoenix. Watch out for several articles on mysteries of Arizona over the upcoming months. February 11, 2009

11:23, 2.11, 66, Uri and Home That might read like code, and it might be – the mathematical code of synchronicities. Today is February 11 (2.11 or 11.2), and I have been following a small section of that infamous “Route 66”. Arriving in the town of Winslow, a friend emailed me stating that Uri Geller had bought an island that is visible from my kitchen window back home in North Berwick: Lamb.

I immediately emailed Uri, telling him of this synchronicity – though I forgot to tell him that this means we are neighbours now. Though in the middle of the night in Europe, he replied immediately, and agreed it was “mind blowing” and a synchronicity of the highest degree, adding he had made sure to buy it on an 11th – Uri’s favourite number. Is it a coincidence I was on Route 66 – 6 x 11?

I knew the island had been for sale for a while, but soon forgot all about it. Uri has bought it, as he sees it has links with the pyramids of Gizeh and the Knights Templar. The island featured in an article by Jeff Nisbet, printed in Atlantis Rising – the current issue of which features an article of mine. Topic? 11:23 – which mentions the magic of those two numbers and Uri. Coincidence?

But wait… it gets better. I told Uri that I would drop by a copy of my book, “Land of the Gods”, which tackles the sacred landscape of the Lothians, once back in the United Kingdom. Instead, it turns out Uri is in Amsterdam, filming “The Next Uri Geller”. Amsterdam, where we of course have our Frontier Bookshop, which of course stocks this book, so I invited him to drop by and ask for a copy.

Still, without having read this book – which coincidentally was published the same month as my other book “The New Pyramid Age” was published – Uri has extrapolated from Nisbet’s article along the same lines I have come to in my book. I can only agree with Uri that “when I heard Lamb Island was for sale I felt a strong instinctive urge to buy it – and the more I delved into the history and the archaeological lore which surrounds it, the more certain I became that this is one of the most significant sites in Britain.” I too was attracted to live in North Berwick Harbour, which has sight not only of the islands (specifically the unmentioned Bass Rock), but also the incredible Berwick Law – and is the site of one of the greatest witch hunts ever seen in Europe. However, at the time (November 2000), I didn’t buy an island, but a home – with views over his island.

The BBC website quoted Uri as saying: “This island has links not only to the pyramids, but to King Arthur, King Robert the Bruce and to the ancient Kings of Ireland too. It might seem forbidding, and it is certainly uninhabitable, but it is one of the keystones to British mythology, and I am thrilled to be its owner. I might need a helicopter, but I am determined to set foot on my island soon.” A boat will do Uri, and you can leave your car – preferentially the one with the bent spoons and Dali’s crystal – in my parking space…

(Feb 13 update) That was not the end of the coincidences for the day. I informed Greg Taylor of The Daily Grail about Uri’s purchase, and he sent me this: “The two emails below yours in my Inbox at the moment? Jeff Nisbet emailing me to tell me about Geller’s purchase, and a promotional email for Marie Jones’ new book – about mysterious incidences of the number 11: ‘Jones packs into 11:11 The Time Prompt Phenomenon: The Meaning Behind Mysterious Signs, Sequences and Synchronicities the newest data about mysterious numbers and strange sequences that are currently being reported by people around the world––in particular the numbers 11:11.'” Coincidence, synchronicity, or cosmic conspiracy? February 1, 2009

Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun built from gravel The Kemal Kapetanovic Institute from the University in Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has published the first results of archaeological samples taken from the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun. The material used for the pyramids was gravel. Professor Muhamed Pasic from the Kemal Kapetanovic Institute has argued that the builders knew the binding properties of natural materials, especially clay, its elasticity, hygroscopicity, and that poorly baked clay crushed with water possesses binding properties.

They also used a lime hydrate in order to bind the grains of gravel. They knew about the production of calcite and dolomite lime. The gravel-like material that they made the pyramid from is reminiscent of today’s cement concrete from a gravel machine, but surpasses its hardness. Other samples will now be sent for analysis to some of the leading institutes in Europe and America. January 30, 2009

A pyramid cake for my birthday My birthday weekend was spent on Tenerife, lecturing on pyramids, as well as exploring some of them, in the company of Sam Osmanagic and British researcher Steve Andrews, who had invited me to come and visit potential pyramid complexes he had discovered on the island.

On January 24, Sam and I lectured at Los Cristianos, in front of 75-odd people, mostly British tourists and ex-pats. Another sincere thanks to Steve and Rita, of Tenerife News, for finding the venue and all their help in organising this event.

Our lecture was not only attended by fellow pyramid explorer Gabriela Lukacs, but also by the curator of the Ethnographic Park of the Guimar Pyramids and several researchers and writers living or vacationing on the island, allowing for great after-lecture conversations. Here is the article on our findings… January 24, 2009

Servants of the Grail is published It is with the greatest of pleasure that I can announce the “birth” of my latest book: Servants of the Grail. Though every author will say this about his book, this one is truly remarkable. For anyone interested in the Grail, this book cannot be missed, and will forever change your understanding of the entire debate. No silliness to do with vulvae of the Magdalene, bloodlines, or the like. Instead, a historical reality is revealed, and proven. January 17, 2009

Eerie Pyramids Check out the Eerie Radio website for an interview with yours truly, tackling pyramids. Eerie Radio is one of an evergrowing number of great online podcasts… radio on demand! January 1, 2009

Atlantis Rising Tackles Destiny The January-February 2009 issue of Atlantis Rising (issue number 73) is running an abridged version of my Stone of Destiny article. It is the first time an article of mine has appeared in this magazine. Atlantis Rising is available in the US at newsstands. January 1, 2009

European Mummies in New Dawn The January-February issue of New Dawn has run my article on the Caucasian mummies that have been found in China.

The finds are truly anomalous and are the subject not so much of a scientific cover-up, but a “scientific shush”, noting that the finds by default will upset the paradigm, which is deemed to have, in the region, likely political and social consequences. Find out for yourself why and what science is not trying to find out too much about. January 1, 2009

Best Wishes I would like to wish everyone all the best for 2009. Despite the turbulence of the times we live in, equally, they are also truly exciting times. Embrace the future not with fear, as the old paradigms are abandoned, but with a sense of adventure, noting that every revolution is truly only an acceleration of evolution, and that for those who take life in their own hands, they are the true masters of their own destiny.

In 2008, we brought you 45 new articles, and several updates to existing ones. My personal highlight of 2008 was definitely the Histories & Mysteries conference in Edinburgh. 2009 promises to be another interesting year.

Finally, after fireworks from Berwick Law last year, this year, newspaper headlines might have been that five UFOs were spotted hovering over North Berwick around 00h40. It was somewhat unclear to identify them precisely, but they were without a doubt lighting balloons, though whether with an LED or other type of light, was unclear to make it. Either way: thank you for a mysterious start to 2009 to whomever was responsible for their launch from within the town centre.