It seems there are so many people in this world, I wonder where they will all be buried. We have a lot of cemeteries in the city where I live but it seems like they are all filling up really fast. I was hoping that I was going to be able to find a plot for my dad after I looked at a monuments dealer in Essex County NJ for what kind of headstone I wanted to get for him. I was surprised that I did not have to get the headstone right away if I wanted to think about what I wanted on my dad’s stone. We didn’t ever talk about what he might want on his stone so I did not think of what it could be that would set it apart from every other stone in the cemetery. I had to go back after we buried him, when I had time to sit down and think. Continue reading
My friends and I like to play golf at our local golf course. The great part about the course is that it is owned by the town and they take really good care of the course. I am happy to know that they take care of divots every morning and it is really well maintained. I had to look for Canada geese control in New Jersey after talking to the golf course maintenance worker who was taking care of the course. I asked him why they did not have any of the goose mess that we had at our house about a mile away. Our house has a bad goose problem and we have their mess everywhere. It seems every morning when I go out on my deck to have some tea, there is new goose poop all over the place. I do not want to go out and pick it up but it is absolutely everywhere. I knew that it was going to be terrible to start the party season with this gross stuff in my yard.
I was told about the company that the course hires to get rid of the geese and I never knew that something like this even existed. I knew that my wife was going to be so happy to hear that there is a company that will come to the house and do something to deter the geese from coming into the yard. Without the geese coming into my yard, I may not have to worry about the poop as much as when I had no deterrent. I wanted to make sure that I was going to be okay with all of the visits that they came, in time for our first party, and they worked right around our schedule, I was so very happy.
Nassau County tree removal companies have been popping up all over the place. It’s as if everybody has decided that they want their slice of the pie with tree services. I was surprised at the number of new companies out there now and how much they have all been advertising in the local newspapers and on television. But it doesn’t matter how much they advertise or what kind of discounts they offer, I am sticking with the tree service company I have been using for the past 15 years. I have always been extremely pleased with the work they have done for me.
The company I’m talking about has been in business since 1991 and have the best reputation of any other tree company out there. They have helped me transform my yard from a jungle to a visually pleasing piece of art. I have worked closely with their certified arborist to select the perfect trees for our region of the country. Continue reading
When my husband and I looked at a website detailing everything about the New Futura condo development, we knew that we had to see this one in person. We were married nearly eight years ago, and we had a plan that we had been sticking to. We knew that we wanted to be in our permanent home by our tenth wedding anniversary. We had been saving some money and investing another portion of it, so we had a nice nest egg in which to buy something since we both have great jobs.
We work in District 9, so we had been looking for about a year at different developments in the area. We had even been looking at homes with a bit of property, but we quickly realized that was not for us. While property is nice for some people, it just looked like a lot of work for us. We wanted to be able to let others take care of maintenance while we just enjoyed the features of where ever we chose to finally buy. Continue reading
When I was younger, I felt very fortunate not to have any problems or issues with acne. Little did I know that as I got older this would change for me. I now experience acne breakouts a couple of times a week and am a bit confused as to why its happening now that I’m almost 50 years old. I’ve asked around and found out that I’m not the only one my age dealing with this. A friend of my told about an aesthetic doctor in Singapore that she is currently seeing to help take care of this and how she has already noticed great differences in her facial skin.
I got the doctor’s information off of her and decided to take a closer look at him on the internet. His website was very easy to find and I must say I was impressed with the number of other services offered at their office. I quickly found the area on acne and oily skin and was very hopeful after what I read. Continue reading
The summer heat has been nearly unbearable this year with temperatures hovering around the 100-degree mark. I know that it has to be hard on your air conditioner to run it almost around the clock with temperatures only dipping into the 80’s at night. It seems like mine has been running for about two weeks straightnow. At times it doesn’t seem to cool the house as much as I would like but didn’t really give it a whole lot of thought. I guess I should have consulted with a company that specializes in ac repair in Brandon, MS when it started doing that.
After constantly running for almost two weeks my air conditioner quit working altogether. This was disatorous as they were predicting the highs this week to be in the lower 100’s. Continue reading
We just finished the new web page, but right now we still have to work on a number of things. The most important of which is the fact that there just are not enough people looking at it, much less using it for the purpose that it is designed for. So we have been looking for stuff like an seo service in Philippines although the fact that it is in the other side of the planet is not something that counts for it in my mind. The boss was looking for a discount, although to me the big thing is that you want to get what you are paying for. The purpose is to get the site listed on the search engines. Obviously you have looked for a lot of things on your phone or on your computer. Continue reading
I know that I always feel better when I listen to music, but I didn’t know just how good it can be for people who have dementia. Not long ago, I was watching a documentary about how it can boost the memories for people who suffer from that ailment. My mother has it, so I watched the documentary with rapt attention. Soon after, I found a site that says that it offers a free MP3 download if you sign up to the site. I spent weeks pouring through all of the different songs there to find ones that my mom would love.
My mom was born in the 1940s, and she really began listening to music a lot in the 1950s. While growing up, I would often hear my mother walking around the house singing or humming songs that she remembered from her childhood and teen years. She often turned the radio dial in our home to stations with old songs that were new to me. I loved them all. I feel that music was so much better back then over today’s music. Continue reading
Edgar Cayce, Six-fingered Giants and the Supernatural Creation Gods of Atlantis: Part 1
“The primitive mind does not invent myths, it experiences them.” — Carl Jung
For nearly 30 years I have returned to the famous “Sleeping Prophet” Edgar Cayce’s readings as a road map to try and piece together the complex origins of civilization and the creation of Homo sapiens. Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) was an American Christian mystic born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky who answered questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, and future events while in a trance state.
While only possessing an eighth-grade education (not me, HIM, but almost), Cayce would ultimately transmit not just a stunning volume of material (over 14,000 readings and some 25 million words) but also a remarkably detailed and complex body of work. A nonprofit organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment , was founded to facilitate the study of Cayce’s work.
Intellectual Giants on Human Origins
I have conducted a lengthy comparative analysis of the Cayce material, the literature of Rudolph Steiner, the Rosicrucian’s, the Freemasons, the Theosophists, Plato, as well as worldwide indigenous oral traditions, myths and legends. What came forth was as unexpected as it was bizarre.
Virtually all the sources claim that Homo sapiens were created in supernatural fashion long ago on the lost continent of Atlantis, which once existed in the Atlantic Ocean. A continent that had as part of its population giants and little people. Long-lived androgynous creator gods sometimes described as possessing six fingers or toes, are claimed to have birthed humanity. Atlantis was claimed to have been eventually destroyed by a great flood roughly 12,000 years ago and survivors were said to have brought the arts of civilization to Egypt, the Americas and several other locations in its aftermath. Cayce reveals the following in reading 364-11:
“Please give a few details regarding the physiognomy, habits, customs and costumes of the people of Atlantis during the period just before the first destruction.” These took on many sizes as to the stature, from that as may be called the midget to the GIANTS – for there were GIANTS IN THE EARTH IN THOSE DAYS, men as tall as (what would be termed today) ten to twelve feet in stature, and well-proportioned throughout. (1)
Rudolph Steiner also had the following to say regarding these inhabitants of Atlantis, “Everything that refers to ‘giants’ in legends is absolutely based on knowledge of the truth … [W]e feel it to be absolutely correct, from the spiritual scientific point of view, that the giants are stupid and the dwarfs very clever.” (2) Secret society literature, oral traditions and religious documents like the Bible all proclaim the existence of ancient giants as well.
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), founder of Steiner School system of education ( Public Domain )
On Creator Gods
As intriguing as all this was however, my investigative mind kept drawing me back to the mystery of androgynous creator gods – the first beings, who were considered the architects of humanity, who inhabited genderless androgynous forms back in deep antiquity. Let’s turn to Edgar Cayce scholar W. H. Church to help us understand what is meant by this.
“In what we may term it’s primitive or pre-Atlantean phase, before the emergence of its first mighty rulers, in the days of Poseidon and Atlas, or the enlightened reign of Amilius, at what was to become the all-time zenith of Atlantean civilization, the new continent was being busily colonized. Already it promised to become what Cayce would call the “Eden of the world”, and home to a most unusual race of androgynous soul beings…In Hindu mythology, the seed of our present human race were sons of God, who, during the root race associated with the Atlantean epoch, had devolved into semi-divine, androgynous beings, self-imprisoned in bodies, that had physiologically changed, becoming human in appearance. In this form, they began taking unto themselves wives who were indeed fully human in appearance and fair to gaze upon.” (3)
This description is very reminiscent of the Biblical story of the Nephilim who took on human wives. Indeed, the Bible clearly speaks of Giants, six fingers and toes, androgynous creator gods and a great flood.
“In the early days of Amilius rule, the separation of the sexes had not yet begun to take place. Though male in their outward aspect, the androgynous sons of God embodied within themselves the nature of both male and female in one person. By turning to the creative forces, they could become channels to bring into being androgynous progeny after their own kind imbued with a double soul and a double sexed body. In this way, sexual intercourse was unnecessary as a means of propagation.”( 4)
A Herculean Effort: What Led to the 12 Labors of Hercules and How Did He Succeed?
Classical mythology is full of heroes but Hercules (known to the Greeks as Heracles) is undoubtedly the most celebrated of them all. Although his heroic life was packed with daring escapades from beginning to end, rescuing maidens in need, fighting immortals and even giants, he was the go to guy when it came to taking care of risky business. Probably his most famous legend is of The Twelve Labors of Hercules, tasks so difficult as to be considered impossible for mortal men and even a demi-god such as he. What were these feats and why was Hercules bound to achieve them?
Hercules is Assigned his 12 Labors
Many stories have been told about the feats performed by this demi-god around the Mediterranean. One of the most renowned of these tales is known as the 12 Labors of Hercules. In brief, these were a set of impossible tasks given to Hercules by Eurystheus, the king of Tiryns, who was also the hero’s cousin. These labors were undertaken by Hercules as he wanted to atone for a grievous sin he had committed.
Mosaic with the Labors of Hercules, 3rd century AD, found in Liria (Valencia), National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )
The story of the 12 Labors begins with the murder of Hercules’ wife, Megara, and their children by the hero himself! This occurred as a result of a temporary madness inflicted upon Hercules by the goddess Hera, who never liked the hero. When Hercules snapped out of his insanity, he was filled with remorse. He consulted the Oracle of Delphi to find out what he could do in order to atone for his crime. The hero was told to go to serve Eurystheus, Hercules’ cousin, and the king of Tiryns, for 12 years. As Hercules considered Eurystheus to be an inferior man to himself, he was not too happy with this arrangement. Still, he was desperate to atone for his heinous acts, and did as he had been directed, and traveled to Tiryns to do whatever was his cousin’s bidding.
Hercules brings Eurystheus the belt of the queen of the Amazons by Daniel Sarrabat ( Public Domain )
It was Eurystheus who came up with the 12 labors. Initially, the king had decided to give Hercules a series of ten tasks. Later on, however, the king refused to recognise two of the tasks as being completed by the hero. Therefore, Eurystheus gave Hercules two more tasks to perform, hence constituting 12 labors in total. By completing these impossible tasks, Hercules would not only atone for his crime, but would also earn immortality and his rightful place amongst the Olympian gods.
Front panel from a sarcophagus with the Labours of Heracles : from left to right, the Nemean Lion, the Lernaean Hydra, the Erymanthian Boar, the Ceryneian Hind, the Stymphalian birds, the Girdle of Hippolyta, the Augean stables, the Cretan Bull and the Mares of Diomedes. Luni marble, Roman artwork from the middle 3rd century AD. National Museum of Rome ( Public Domain )
The 12 Labors of Hercules
1. The Nemean Lion
2. The Lernaean Hydra
3. The Ceryneian Hind
4. The Erymanthian Boar
5. The Augean Stables
6. The Stymphalian Birds
7. The Cretan Bull
8. The Mares of Diomedes
9. The Belt of Hippolyta
10. The Cattle of Geryon
11. The Golden Apples of the Hesperides
12. The Capture of Cerberus
Roman sarcophagus depicting Labors of Hercules – defeat of Erymanthian Boar, Hind of Ceryneia and Birds of Stymphalus 240-250 AD (Mary Harrsch/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 )
Hercules the Killer
The tasks given to Hercules by Eurystheus varied in nature. Some, for instance, involved killing a deadly beast(s). This, for instance, can be seen in the slaying of the Nemean Lion, the Lernaean Hydra, and the Stymphalian Birds. These beasts were not ordinary. For example, Hercules was to bring the skin of the lion that had terrorized the region around Nemea. This was no ordinary lion, but a lion deemed invulnerable and Hercules arrows were ineffective against the beast. Mighty Hercules overcame this problem by tracking the lion to its cave and choking it with his bare hands.
Heracles and the Nemea Lion by Peter Paul Rubens ( CC BY-SA 4.0 )
Hercules the Hunter
Others, on the other hand, required the hero to capture certain creatures alive. These include the Ceryneian Hind, the Erymanthian Boar, and Cerberus. These too might not seem such insurmountable tasks but of course they too had a twist. How hard can it be to catch a hind (a female deer)? Well, of course it was no ordinary deer – this one had golden horns and bronze hoofs for a start. Not much advantage with those one would guess, but a sign that all might not be normal. Indeed, the deer was sacred to the goddess of hunting Diana, someone whose pet you would be advised not to injure. As Hercules had already discovered, it was best not to get on the wrong side of a goddess. Hercules tracked the deer for a year without being able to trap it and eventually capitulated and shot and injured the deer. He escaped the wrath of Diana by telling her the truth about the labors he had been tasked with and she forgave him and healed the deer herself.
Hercules Captures the Golden Hind of Ceryneia by Adolf Schmidt ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )
Hercules Gets His Hands Dirty
One of the more bizarre tasks given to Hercules was the cleaning of the Augean Stables. This belonged to Augeus, the King of Elis, and housed huge herds of cattle and other livestock. In some versions of the story, the animals were immortal, and produced lots of dung. Moreover, the stables are said to have not been cleaned in the last 30 years. Hercules was given this task as it was humiliating, as well as impossible, since he was required to complete it in a day. Before undertaking this task, Hercules asked Augeus to give him a tenth of the animals as payment should he succeed. Believing that Hercules would not be able to keep his part of the deal, the king happily agreed. By diverting the rivers Alpheus and Peneus, Hercules cleaned the stables in several hours. At the end of the story, Augeus is killed by Hercules, as he refused to keep his promise. This was one of the labors that Eurystheus refused to recognise. According to one version, this was due to the fact that Hercules requested a payment for his work. According to another version, it was discounted as the task was completed by the rivers, rather than by the hero himself.
Hercules Enlists Help
The other task that Eurystheus refused to acknowledge as completed by Hercules was the slaying of the Lernaean Hydra. This was a ferocious serpent-like beast that had nine heads, one of which was immortal. Each time a head was cut off, three would grow in its place. In order to defeat this creature, Hercules sought the aid of his nephew, Iolaus. After the hero decapitated one of the beast’s heads, Iolaus would burn the neck, thus preventing the heads from growing anew. Finally, the immortal head was chopped off, and buried. As Hercules received help from Iolaus, Eurystheus declared that this labor did not count.
Hydria (ceramic water container) with Heracles and the Lernaean Hydra from Etruria, attributed to the Painter of Aquila, 530-500 BC ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )
Having completed the extra two tasks assigned to him by tricking Atlas out of apples and visiting the underworld. Thus, though some clever tactics, a little assistance and unhuman feats of strength Hercules was able to complete all 12 labors. This process of a virtuous struggle against the odds is an excellent example of the Greek idea of pathos which brought Hercules not only this everlasting fame but immortality.
It is without doubt that the myth of the 12 Labors of Hercules have entertained people over the centuries, as it still does today. These labors have been illustrated in countless instances on pottery, in paintings, sculptures and storytelling for way over two millennia. But these stories contain moral lessons as well. In the cleaning of the Augean Stables, for instance, one is reminded of the importance of keeping promises. Another example may be seen in the 8 th Labor, in which Hercules had to capture the Mares of Diomedes. Towards the end of the story, Diomedes is torn apart by his man-eating mares, a lesson in karma, perhaps, considering that he had enjoyed feeding strangers and prisoners to these creatures.
Top image: Hercules and the Leraean Hydra by John Singer Sargant ( Public Domain )
While life without sex doesn’t seem like much fun, it points to a supernatural origin for humanity, an idea shared by many ancient cultures worldwide. The “miraculous birth theme” or humans being made from clay or on a potter’s wheel recurs throughout world religions and mythologies. Examples are to be found in Genesis, the Qur’an, and Egyptian, Greek, Sumerian, Inca, Chinese and some Native American mythologies.
Androgynous beings Khnum and Thoth create humans on a potter’s wheel ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )
Many of these creators are described as androgynous like the Egyptian god Khnum. Khnum is depicted on a relief at Esna creating humans on a potter’s wheel while the androgynous Thoth writes the years the humans will live behind him. Interestingly the Temple of Esna was dedicated to an anonymous androgynous creator god and androgynous Khnum is depicted with six fingers.
Six Fingered androgynous Khnum, Temple of Esna, Egypt. (Author provided)
Several professionals have been exploring this strange case as well. In the Israel Exploration Journal, Volume 57, 2007, Irit Ziffer explores the idea of androgynous creator deities in his thought-provoking paper, “The first Adam, Androgyny and the Ain Ghazal two-headed busts.” Ain Ghazal is an ancient site in Jordan dated to roughly 8250 BC where some of the world’s most ancient statues were unearthed several decades ago.
Androgynous two-headed statues from Ain Ghazal. ( CC BY-SA 4.0 )
Ziffer makes a strong case that the two-headed statues represent androgynous creator deities. Another curious twist is that some of the statues have six fingers and toes, famously associated with the Biblical giant of Gath.
Six toed foot from Ain Ghazal Statue. Source Richard D. Barnett, Polydactylism in the Ancient World, Biblical Archaeology Review May/June 1990. (Author provided)
Ziffer explains, “Schmandt-Besserat proposed that the Ain Ghazal statues represented deities, She accounted for the polydactilism (a rare genetic syndrome) of the statues as a divine attribute, and, based on cuneiform literature, identifies the two-headed busts as the likes of the gods Marduk (according to the Epic of Creation, ‘four were his eyes, four were his ears’; Dalley 1991: 236) and Ishtar (‘Ishtar of Nineveh is Tiamat… she has [4 eyes] and 4 ears’; Livingstone 1986: 223; Schmandt-Besserat 1998a: 10–15).
The four eyes and four ears may stand for a doubled face. Barnett WHO (1986: 116; 1986–87; 1990) explained the polydactilism of the ªAin Ghazal statues as a mark of supernatural entities, such as the biblical Rephaim, a race of giants: ‘There was a giant of a man, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all; he too was descended from the Rapha (single form of Rephaim). When he taunted Israel, Jonathan, the son of David’s brother Shimei, killed him’ (2 Sam. 21:20–21).”
Thus, the prototype androgynous human, containing both sexes, was defined through the two-headed person, claims Ziffer. What we have here is quite stunning, some of the oldest statues ever discovered represent a worship cult of deities who were androgynous and possessed six fingers and toes. Remember, the statues of Ain Ghazal are over 8000 years older than the Bible.
In Part 2 we discover more ancient examples of androgyny and six-fingered giants and gods through history.
Hopefully, this information will strike the reader as profoundly as it has me and you will be open to entertain seemingly heretical notions about the past. Please join me at the Edgar Cayce Ancient Mysteries Conference on October 6th in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Origins conference on November 4th in London or at the Awake and Empowered Expo in Detroit on November 10-12 as I discuss the Lost World of Edgar Cayce.
Top image: Edgar Cayce (Credit: Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, Author provided)
By Jim Vieira
- Edgar Cayce reading 364-11. The Edgar Cayce Foundation
- Rudolf Steiner, The Being of Man and His Future Evolution (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1981), p. 117.
- W.H. Church, Edgar Cayce’s Story of the Soul, ARE Press, page 87-89
- W.H. Church page 90.
- Joannes Richter, The Sky God Dyaeus, page 10.
- H. V. Hilprecht, The Babylonian Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania, Series A: Cuneiform Texts, Volume 29, Issue 1, 1911, pages 4-5.
- “Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study”, Guardian Newspaper August 24 th 2017.
- W.H. Church page 163.
- “The first Adam, Androgyny and the Ain Ghazal two-headed busts.” Irit Ziffer, Israel Exploration Journal, Volume 57, 2007