Focus: Hisatsinom (ancestral Pueblo people of the American Southwest, i.e., the Anasazi, the Sinagua, the Hohokam, etc.), the Hopi, the Maya and other Mesoamerican tribes, rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs, especially from the Four Corners region of the US), archaeology of the forenamed peoples, archaeoastronomy, astronomy pertaining to Orion. The following links are by no means comprehensive, and are added as time and energy permit.

"Wukoki's Guardian," oil painting by Jim Thomas

   Plan to pave dirt route to ancient Chaco canyon draws mixed reviews
Deborah Baker, Associated Press, Sept. 9, 2005
Hundreds of years ago, Southwest Indian tribes came by foot to this ceremonial site in the high desert for solstice rituals, feasts and trading.

Scholars swim in choppy waters
Barry Bergman, Public Affairs, UC Berkeley News, August 3, 2005
Did Polynesians visit Southern California many centuries ago? The evidence — some fishhooks, a boat design, and a few words in common — is limited. But to some those clues are tantalizing, even persuasive.

Ancient prophecy is modern reality
Indian Country Today, July 28, 2005
Many tribal nations, significantly the Hopi and the Haudenosaunee... have prophecies within their spiritual traditions that describe an ''end of times,'' an era very similar to our present times and depicting or describing prophetic signs apparent to those who watch for such things.

Footprints of 'first Americans'
Paul Rincon, BBC News, July 5, 2005
A team of scientists came to this controversial conclusion by dating human footprints preserved by volcanic ash in an abandoned quarry in Mexico.

Did ancient Polynesians visit California? Maybe so.
San Francisco Chronicle, June 20, 2005
Scholars revive idea using linguistic ties, Indian headdress.

Hopi warnings to the world
Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today, March 29, 2005
From Hopiland, a spiritual vortex for Native people, spiritual leaders Dan Evehema and Thomas Banyacya became the voice of the voiceless: the birds and animals. Warning of the impending apocalypse, they urged all people of good hearts to join them.

Camera scoops amazing Orion snaps
BBC News, December 23, 2004
Astronomers have produced some amazing pictures using a remarkable new instrument on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope in Hawaii.

Utah Canyon Holds Secrets of Ancient Civilization
KSL TV, Sept. 18, 2004
The newly discovered ruins of an ancient civilization in this remote eastern Utah canyon could reveal secrets about the Fremont people.

Thornborough Orion Correlaion Threatened!
Heritage Action: Preserving Ancient Sites in Britain and Ireland
Thornborough may well be Britain's most important henge monument. Sign the petition!

Unearthing canyon's clues
Jim Erickson, Rocky Mountain News, May 15, 2004
Mysteries of Anasazi revealed in Chaco's centuries-old corn

Mystery of sacred site shaped by stars
Yorkshire Post Today, March 8, 2004
A recent theory is that the Thornborough henges' alignment may follow that of Orion's Belt.

Satellite Imagery Measures of the Astronomically Aligned Megaliths at Nabta Playa
T.G. Brophy (EMCS Consulting), P.A. Rosen (California Institute of Technology)
The American Astronomical Society, oral meeting January 5, 2004

New star emerges from dust cocoon
Dr David Whitehouse, BBC News Online science editor, February 12, 2004
A star is born in the M78 reflection nebula of Orion. See NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.
(Also check out the cool blue "Reflecting Dust Clouds of Orion" at the same site.)

Science wins ancient bones battle
BBC, February 5, 2004
Is the Kennewick Man actually Capt. Picard back from the future?

Riddles of the Anasazi
David Roberts, Smithsonian, July 2003 (PDF file, must have Adobe Reader. Download for free.)
Toward the end of the 13th century, something when terribly wrong among the Anasazi. What awful event forced the people to flee their homeland, never to return?

New theories on the Anasazi
Scripps Howard News Service, Lee Bowman, February 18, 2003
New evidence presented indicates that occupation of many of the ancient pueblos was an on-again, off-again thing over the centuries.

 'Oldest star chart' found
BBC News, January 21, 2003
Mammoth tusk sliver found in German cave depicts Orion. Carbondated between 32,500 and 38,000 years ago.

Was Maya Pyramid Designed to Chirp Like a Bird?
National Geographic Today, Bijal P. Trivedi, December 6, 2002
Researchers investigate acoustical phenomena in Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan.

Pre-Mayan written language found in Mexico
Globe and Mail Update, Oliver Moore, December 5, 2002
"The connection between writing, the calendar and kingship within the Olmecs is indicated in these
communications, dating to 650 B.C...."

Does skull prove that the first Americans came from Europe?
Independent, Steve Connor, Science Editor, December 3, 2002

Skull of the 26 year-old Peñon woman found among the suburbs of Mexico City was dated at "...13,000 years old, making it 2,000 years older than the previous record for the continent's oldest human remains."

Eclipse brings claim of medieval African observatory
New Scientist, December 2, 2002
On the morning of the winter solstice three bright stars in Orion rise over three of the monoliths in the Great Zimbabwe.

Muddy Mayan Mystery Made Clearer By Researchers Working in the 'Bajos'
University of Cincinnati, July 22, 2002

Mysterious Object Might be First Extrasolar Planet Photographed
Robert Roy Britt, May 22, 2002,
1,150 light-years away, SOri70 may be either a Jupiter-like planet or a brown dwarf.

A Mayan find, Indiana Jones-style
The Christian Science Moniter, March 14, 2002
One of the most significant finds in the past 20 years involving the ancient civilization of the Maya.

Ancient city may predate the Mayas
The Miami Herald, March 3, 2002
CARAL, Peru - In a barren landscape that now looks like the moon, a mysterious culture built pyramids nearly 5,000 years ago.

Star-Crossed Ideas of How Pyramids Came to Point North
The New York Times, August 28, 2001
Challenge to Dr. Kate Spence's theory. (See Nov. 15, 2000 article below.)

Among the Mayas, Writers For Defeated Kings Met a Cruel Fate
Ohio State Research News, August 20, 2001


Politics of the ancient Maya rested on the written word
San Francisco Chronicle, July 21, 2001

The Earliest Americans
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 15, 2001
9,500-year-old skeleton forces scientists to consider whether Polynesians helped to populate America

Ancient culture discovered
Canoe: Canada's Internet Network, June 4, 2001
New distinct ancient culture found in Arizona.

he Americas
BBC News, April 26, 2001
Birthplace of civilization in the Americas?

Barren world of stars
BBC News, April 27, 2001
The Quick and the Dead: Planetary formation in the "hostile environment" of the Orion Nebula

Evolutionists Battle New Theory on Creation (Science Section)
Evolutionists Battle New Theory on Creation (National Section)
April 8, 2001

New York Times

Intelligent Designer Genes?

[Nota bene: As New York resident scholar Zecharia Sitchin (author of The 12th Planet and many other volumes) pointed out on the Art Bell Coast-to-Coast radio program on the evening of April 19, the New York Times is engaged in blatant censorship. In the sixth paragraph of an
April 8th article on the so-called "intelligent design theory," the phrase "...possibly involving extraterrestrial intelligence..." that appeared in an earlier edition was deleted in a later edition. On the newspaper's web site, this phrase appears in the article found in the Science section, but in basically the same article found in the National section this phrase is missing. Why should E.T. intelligence suddenly become outré?]

Inside the City of the Black Tiger
BBC News, January 25, 2001

Ek Balam: The Tallest Mayan Pyramid, the "Gate of Hell," and an equinox alignment.

Pyramids lined up with the stars
BBC News, November 15, 2000
A theory on how the Egyptian pyramids were aligned to true north, and when.

Ice Age Star Map Discovered
BBC News, August 20, 2000
Star map found in the caves at Lascaux suggests that their inhabitants were cognizant of the zodiac-- 11,000 years before the Sumerians! On one of the maps an exquisite rendering of a bull was painted adjacent to a representation of the Pleiades.

How Hopi Chief Lololomai Prays

--for the victims of  the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks,
for their families, for the rescuers and volunteers,
but also for the perpetrators and hate mongers,
for those of every faith and those of none,
in truth, for us all--

"When Lololomai, the chief, prays,
how does he pray? Will you tell us?"

"He goes to the edge of the cliff
and turns his face to the rising sun
and scatters the sacred cornmeal.
Then he prays for all the people.
He asks that we may have rain
and corn and melons
and that our fields may bring us plenty.
But these are not the only things
for which he prays. He prays
that all the people may have health and long life
and be happy and good in their hearts.
And the Hopis are not the only people
for whom he prays. He prays
for everybody in the whole world.
And not people alone.
Lololomai prays for all the animals.
And not animals alone.
Lololomai prays for all the plants.
He prays for everything
that has life.

That is how Lololomai prays."

Adapted from The Indians' Book by Natalie Curtis.
Gary A. David, 9/15/01

Satan's Calling Card:-- September 11: A Date to Remember
by Robert Bauval
Graham Hancock Message Boards, February 8, 2002
an article on the Masonic symbology of 9/11

What Osama Bin Laden Doesn't Want YOU to Know About the Phoenicians and the Jews!
Read this surprising article at ViewZone
by Gene D. Matlock, B.A., M.A.

Who's The Enemy -- Really...?
Read the Enterprise Mission's analysis of the terrorist attacks.
by Richard C. Hoagland

No Cipro? Link to an article on natural antibiotics by medical journalist Bill Sardi.


World Trade Center

September 11, 2001

--a poem by Judy Platz

How do our dead find us?

Do they call us by name

remembering how we said we would signal

if anything untoward should happen,

but we’re still here— listening.

Is a thought emailed by angels

or do our dead communicate directly

and we hear them, as they call out

from a fog bank of a thousand thoughts

raining down in the accumulating ash and cinder

whose pieces pummeled the air turning it black

as it cascaded down and down

this snow that contained our dead

that settled at our feet, a hush covering.

How do we signal to comfort them

because we know they would wish to be with us

and their going was so swift.

Do we know what circulates in thought in the last minutes?

What images stick like an overgrown thistle logged in,

in the soul; how do we adjust to understand

and does the soul forget, or does trauma at passage

become a reel of film that plays over and over.

And did they have time to recognize in their knowing

they had to leave us,

that our missing them would circulate again and again

as the years go forward.

Do we hear our dead call

in the quiet shush of leaves that rustle

behind our backs,

so, startled for an instant,

we have to turn around and look;

or in the unexpected slant

of wren’s head and clear eye

that looks directly into ours

as it pauses on our window sill,

and then flies on.

Now we are, all of us,

like mothers

who tuck in their children gently

and with reverence each gathering night.

We do not hold lightly their sorrows

but take them up and cradle their grief in dream

and dream joys for them.

So too, our dead cradle us in dream

and dream for us joys

“that passeth all understanding”

that drift over us like soft flakes

of pure white snow, messages from the sky.

We pause

we watch the snow fall—

and listen.

Oct. 20, 2001

Judy Platz is an adjunct college teacher of English, lives in the country where she tends the woodstove and grows food. Poetry books published are: Tending the Dark and The Silence of Light.

A Note for Those Who Would Like to Return to Normalcy
by Gary A. David
October 14, 2001

"Now go shopping!"
Edd (Dona's husband)
--on the recent e-mail hoax re. the predicted Halloween mall bombings

It is not now, nor has it ever been, one's patriotic duty to "go shopping." If this is what love for one's country is, then I don't want any part of it. Whenever possible I avoid malls because they give me the creeps, so I certainly would not go to one on Halloween. The Mall of the Americas and its ilk are not the essence of the United States, even though consumerism and conscience are synonymous in the minds of many. Our president advises "business as ususal," albeit with a heightened sense of vigilance. This is a fallacy. Nothing will ever be "normal" again. These events appear to be a manifestation of the current geo-karmic cycle and the fulfillment of Hopi prophecy, I'm afraid. We might be able to "buy time" with good works, such as the heroic deeds of the rescue workers at Ground Zero or the small, anonymous, altruistc acts of the past month that confirm the notion that, as some have said, we are indeed spiritual beings merely having a physical experience on this planet. However, we will never be able to stay the inevitable by buying things.

I would like to quote from "Spiral Gate: the Arc of the Covenant," one of my own essays that I published in August on this web site.

"Many Hopi elders must surely feel that the world's spirals are wobbling out of control, as the prophesied end of the Fourth World approaches. We need look no further than our ubiquitous TV screens to see that Grandmother Earth is in turmoil. Environmental degradation on diverse fronts, multiple species extinction, inexplicable genetic mutations, radically shifting weather patterns, more frequent and more devastating hurricanes/tornadoes/floods, global warming with elevated levels of "greenhouse gases," one energy crisis after another triggering "rolling blackouts," increased seismic and volcanic activity, lethal epidemics and pandemics, aberrant human and animal behavior, daily terrorist attacks, oxymoronic "holy wars," the constant threat of chemical and biological warfare, proliferation of nuclear materials, transnational machinations with Machiavellian motives, local political subterfuge resulting in widespread citizen apathy, factional massacres, "ethnic cleansing," mass cult suicides, school shootings, "road rage," increased numbers of paramilitary groups and individual arsenals, addiction to the pornography of media violence or unseemly trivialities, rising prison populations, social chaos and anomie, mental and emotional exhaustion, increased psychosomatic illnesses, religious disorientation and uncertainty, disregard for humanistic or humanitarian principles, widening schisms between social classes causing increased inequities, dire poverty and famine on one hand and conspicuous consumption and opulent wealth on the other, unrestrained avarice and power mongering justified by glib cynicism within a moral vacuum, an almost total disregard for the Golden Rule-- the dismal litany goes on and on, all of it symptomatic of the End Times. Hopi elders did not need technology, however, to envision what is now upon us. They foresaw it long ago in their humble kivas, and have been preparing for the final Purification. It is much like the scenario described in W.B. Yeats' apocalyptic poem "The Second Coming:

'Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

'Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?'

"As we have seen, the Spiral, or "gyre," is the elemental gate between worlds, realms, dimensions, individual life spans. Perhaps our current onus should be to help stabilize the dipole of the revolving/evolving axis which the Hopi warrior twins are keeping in precarious balance. Maybe the center can hold, if only we abide by the Arc of the Covenant and heed the hermetic maxim "As Above, so Below." If we manage to do this, the Creator just might let us walk a while longer upon the Spiral's numinous path."


I think Yeats' poem was never as important during his lifetime as it is now. The "best" and the "worst" of us are commingled, while we struggle to make sense of these chaotic times. Thus, let us show some compassion when each of us, in one instance or another, fluxes between the extremes.

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