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UFO Experts Say 'We Are Not Alone' -
Enochian Magick And Conversing With Angels -
What Woman Saw After 45 Minutes of Death -
AND: ‘Michigan Triangle’ May be to Blame for Weird Occurrences

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For centuries, man has sought to reach out to God’s servants and messengers in a real-world, palpable way that leaves no room for spiritual doubt. In the time of Queen Elizabeth I in England, world famous occultist Dr. John Dee and his helper, Edward Kelley, developed a system for contacting angels that came to be called “Enochian Magick.” Dee’s system has survived the centuries and been passed down to us.

“ANGEL SPELLS – THE ENOCHIAN OCCULT WORKBOOK OF CHARMS, SEALS, TALISMANS AND CIPHERS” offers the reader a history lesson on Dee’s method for contacting angels, including its origins in the Jewish and Christian mystical traditions. The book includes an exclusive interview with author Aaron Leitch, who still practices Dee’s methods over 400 years later.

For those not quite ready to dive into the more complex aspects of Enochian Angel magick, simpler – but just as effective – methods are taught here by psychic Maria D’Andrea, who provides step-by-step instructions to petition specific angels for help with any problem, large or small. A dozen talismans created my Ms D' Andrea are provided each corresponding with a different Arch Angel.

And as a bonus supplement, we have included Bishop Allen Greenfield’s classic work, “SECRET CIPHER OF THE UFONAUTS,” to assist in contacting angelic aliens in their own language and to aid in decoding what they have spoken to us!

This fascinating work includes all the talismans and symbols and ciphers you need to set up your own angel alter so that you may proceed with contacting the celestial kingdom in an organized effort.
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UFO Experts Say 'We Are Not Alone'
By Michelle Basch

WASHINGTON -- UFOs were the topic of a panel discussion Wednesday night at American University, and one of the speakers used the occasion to reveal evidence he called a "smoking gun."

"We have come into possession of a couple of Kodachrome color slides of an alien being lying in a glass case," author and researcher Thomas Carey told the near-capacity crowd in Abramson Recital Hall.

He's been researching the 1947 Roswell incident since 1991.

"What's interesting is, the film is dated 1947. We took it to the official historian of Kodak up in Rochester, New York, and he did his due diligence on it, and he said yes, this filmstrip, the slides are from 1947. It's 1947 stock. And from the emulsions on the image, it's not something that's been Photoshopped like today. It's original 1947 images, and it shows an alien who's been partially dissected lying in a case."

Carey says the being looked like what he thought an alien from the famous Roswell incident would look like.

"3 and a half to 4 feet tall, the head is almost insect-like. The head has been severed, and there's been a partial autopsy; the innards have been removed, and we believe the cadaver has been embalmed, at least at the time this picture was taken. The owners of the slide -- it's an amazing story. The woman was a high-powered Midland, Texas, lawyer with a pilot's license. We think she was involved in intelligence in World War II, and her husband was a field geologist for an oil company."

Carey says he plans to reveal the images early next year.

Another panelist, Dr. Richard Haines, is a retired NASA scientist and co-founder of NARCAP (National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena), which provides pilots with an anonymous way to report sightings they can't explain.

"We're pretty ignorant yet about what we're dealing with. And that's the birth of a science. That's how most sciences begin," he said.

Haines says NARCAP has collected hundreds and hundreds of UFO cases.

"Our government is not taking the subject seriously. My role, or mission, if you will, is to bring this to the attention of our aviation world, at the union level, at the airline level and at the government level. I'm finding hardly any difficulty doing that in foreign countries. I'm having a great deal of difficulty in America, and I don't know why."

Leslie Kean is an investigative journalist, co-founder of the Coalition for Freedom of Information and author of the New York Times bestseller "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record."

She wrote her first story about UFOs in 2000.

"My whole life was changed at that point. I was so compelled and so interested and so curious about this UFO phenomenon, because the more I studied it, the more I realized that you couldn't write it off. … It's not like you learn ways of explaining it. You learn more and more about the mystery of it, and the incredible documentation that's out there," she said.

During her presentation, she detailed several interesting UFO cases, and showed some photographs, including one of a shiny, circular object.

"This is an incredible photograph that was taken over Costa Rica in 1971 by a government plane, a mapping plane, that had a camera strapped underneath the aircraft. And every 17 seconds it took a photograph of the ground. The dark area is a lake, and ... the lighter area is the land, and over that lake there's a disc-shaped object."

Kean says Chile and France have full-time government staffers who do nothing but seriously investigate UFO cases, and she thinks the same is needed in the U.S.

"I'm trying to make the point that our scientists need to get more involved. In order for that to happen, we need a government agency here that will open the doors to allowing our scientists to engage with this topic."

The most riveting presentation of the night came from retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Charles Halt, one of the witnesses of a famous series of UFO sightings in England in 1980 known as the Rendlesham Forest incident.

Halt says he went into the forest to check out a report that a UFO had landed there. He saw three indentations in the ground that were spaced evenly, and a Geiger counter showed abnormally high levels of radiation in the area.

Source: WTOP


Mystery Cat Spotted Near Disneyland Paris
By Loren Coleman

When is a Tiger not a Tigger, not maybe a Tiger? When it’s seen near Disneyland Paris, apparently. It’s a Mystery Cat, for certain.

Police and fire officials have been searching for a reported tiger on the loose in a town outside Paris. A woman alerted officials after spotting the big cat in a supermarket car park in Montevrain, east of the French capital.

The owner of the lntermarche supermarket in Montevrain said his wife had spotted the animal at about 08:30 (07:30 GMT).

“She didn’t get out of the car and called me to say ‘I think I saw a lynx’,” he was quoted as saying. The woman took a photograph that appears to show a large cat.

Le Parisien newspaper said several local residents had sighted the animal.

Specialists said the animal’s track’s were those of a young tiger. An official from the mayor’s office said they had been able to track the animal to the woodland by following its prints, and that a helicopter was assisting police and fire officials in the search. An examination of a muddy footprint showed the tiger weighs about 70 kilograms (154 pounds) and is about 1 ½ years old, said Clement Joly, a Montevrain spokesman.

The Montevrain mayor’s office dismissed the idea that the tiger could have escaped from a circus that was in the town until Saturday, Le Parisien reported.

EuroDisney, which operates nearby Disneyland Paris, said it kept no tigers.

The Parc des Felins, a wild cat animal park 29 kilometers (18 miles) from Montevrain, said all of its animals were accounted for.

By November 14, 2014, Friday, officials were getting skeptical that the Mystery Cat was a tiger. But they were hardly clear about what it might be.

French authorities say a big cat eluding police near Disneyland Paris is not a tiger, but admit they do not know exactly what it is.

The Seine-et-Marne administration said the “presence of an animal of the tiger species is now excluded”, based on analysis by government wildlife experts. The statement marks a turnaround from Thursday, when it said the authorities were searching for a tiger.

According to an official at the national hunting and wild animal agency Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage, or ONCFA, "The animal’s size indicates it could be a house cat or one that lives free in local forests and isn’t dangerous."

Mystery Cats are to be found in the cryptozoology of Europe. In 2011, a sighting of one such Mystery Cat took place in the German district of Enzkreis (Baden-Württemberg). Previously, in 2004, a lioness was sighted between the villages of Dillweißenstein and Unterreichenbach which never was found.

On 23th August 2011, there is the sighting of a big cat in the district being announced. It was not the classic “black panther” but an alleged big cat with white fur. (Please be aware that this is only a very rough translation.)

"On Tuesday morning the sighting of a free-running big cat in Enz River Foreshorewas was reported to the police department of Pforzheim. From a balcony the alleged big cat with white fur has been observed licking its paws. Clarifications of the police officers showed that a circus in nearby city of Mühlacker houses no predators and there just as in the wildlife park of Pforzheim no bigger cats were missing. [The wildlife park only keeps two adult and two juvenile Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) showing a reddish or brown coat in summer, btw. ~ Markus]

"After a police helicopter was requested for the search, a dog owner was located whose dog was true of the previously obtained description. Obviously the animal which was sighted was a white Dogo Argentino, which reached an impressive shoulder height.     After a 'confrontation' of this animal which was previously performed in the immediate vicinity of the said locality the search was cancelled."

Press Release of the police department of Pforzheim, 23.08.2011

In 2004, a similar hunt was organized around Marseille, France, after the sighting of a panther-like animal. No beast was ever found. In 2009, a black panther known to have been roaming a forest in southern Belgium for several weeks has been spotted near the town of Malmedy. In 2013, hunters were out in force in the Alpes-Maritimes area of southern France after a member of the public claimed to have spotted a mysterious black panther.

There is a long history of Mystery Cats being seen throughout Europe.

Source: Cryptozoonews


Enochian Magick And Conversing With Angels
By Sean Casteel

The following are some excerpts from Sean Casteel’s contribution to the new Global Communications book “Angel Spells – The Enochian Occult Workbook of Charms, Seals, Talismans and Ciphers.” The other contributors are Tim Beckley, William Oribello and Maria D’Andrea. The book also includes, as a bonus section, the complete text of Bishop Allen Greenfield’s “Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts.”

Have you ever wanted to literally speak to an angel? Would you welcome a visit from one of God’s celestial servants? Are you curious as to whether there is a method to achieve that goal?

There are those who believe they can take the desire for angelic conversation out of the realm of mere tantalizing possibility and place it into a real-world setting merely by knowing the language with which angels prefer to communicate. Since medieval times, practitioners of various forms of magick have been striving to accomplish that very thing, with sometimes surprisingly dramatic results. One of the oldest such systems is called Enochian magick, and we will here give a brief but thorough history of this mysterious and controversial technique for seeing beyond everyday reality and into the heavenly abodes above us.

Who Is The Enoch In “Enochian”?

Many people are familiar with the name of the prophet Enoch and have read the apocryphal books that bear his name. Enoch is mentioned briefly in the Bible, and an Internet posting by Jack Zavada summarizes what the Bible says about him.

“Enoch holds a rare distinction in the Bible,” Zavada writes. “He did not die. Instead, God ‘took him away.’ We find his story in Genesis 5, in a long list of the descendants of Adam. Only a short sentence, ‘Enoch walked faithfully with God,’ in Genesis 5:22 and repeated in Genesis 5:24 reveals why he was so special to his Creator.”

The aforementioned apocryphal Book of Enoch, in contrast to the brief history given in the Bible, provides an impressive wealth of information on the prophet’s life and his experiences with God and the angels. At one point, Enoch ascended into heaven and was taken on a tour by an angel guide. Another story recounts how Enoch was asked by the fallen angels to make intercession for them with God so that they might return to heaven. God denies their petition, but nevertheless blesses Enoch for his efforts.

When the Catholic Church arose hundreds of years after the Book of Enoch was written, the book was outlawed and removed from the Bible. Consequently, the text was entirely lost in the West until its rediscovery in Ethiopia in the 17th century. It is available in various editions today. I have written more about Enoch’s journey into heaven and its similarities to alien abduction in another Global Communications book, “The Heretic’s UFO Guidebook.”

John Dee, The Father Of Enochian Magick

John Dee is, without question, the father of Enochian Magick. But just who was he?

“Not only could that fill books,” said Enochian magick practitioner and author Aaron Leitch, “that HAS filled books. Dee was a very well-renowned scholar, inventor and scientist. He befriended Elizabeth before she was queen. Now, this is Elizabeth I, in the late 1500s. Dee was literally known as ‘The Man Who Knew Everything.’ All human knowledge, at that point in history, he had it in his head. His house also doubled as a lab, and scientists and researchers were constantly coming there to run experiments.”

Dee reached a point where he felt he had studied everything that the human race had to offer and that for further knowledge he must turn to God and His angels. He wrote in his journals that if Enoch, Ezekiel and Daniel and all the other prophets of old had gotten their wisdom directly from angelic sources, why couldn’t he do the same? So he began to explore occultism, specifically what is called the Solomonic system. He began to read medieval Christian magickal texts such as “The Keys of Solomon,” books that instructed the practitioner on how to call down angels and command demons.

“The only problem with this was that he was not a clairvoyant,” Leitch explained. “He could not actually see and hear angels. So he set out to find a scryer, and he tried a couple of people that didn’t quite work out. Then he was introduced to Edward Kelley, a budding alchemist who had really just developed an interest in the subject. We suspect that Kelley jumped at the chance to meet and work with John Dee, a famous alchemist.”

Kelley sat down at the scrying stone and immediately the visions came.

“It was like a curtain opened and he could see and hear them like they were standing in the room,” Leitch enthused. “His skill impressed Dee enough that he hired him on the spot, and for the next several years the two worked together pretty much every day for several hours a day, calling down angels and recording in the journal what Kelley was seeing in the crystal stone and what the angels would tell him.”

Dee’s Initial Contact With Angels

Remember that, at this point in history, the apocryphal Book of Enoch was entirely lost in the Western world due to its exclusion from the Bible by the early Catholic Church many hundreds of years prior to Dee’s work. Dee himself did not own a copy and had never seen a copy of the book.

“But the legend of Enoch’s journey into the heavens had remained,” Leitch said, “even though the book itself was gone. So Dee was aware of the legend, and in his journals, when he made contact with the angels, one of the very first things he asked for was the Book of Enoch. The angels told him, ‘Yes, we’ll bring you that book.’ The next time he called the angels, they brought a book, but it was not the lost Biblical book he had been looking for. What they brought was supposedly the book that Enoch had written when he copied the text out of the Tablets of Destiny in heaven. And they said, ‘This is the book. This is the celestial book that Enoch copied.’

“That book that they showed Dee became the absolute center-pin of his entire angelic mystical system. Basically, Dee was being told by his angelic contacts that they were redelivering information to him that they had first given to Enoch but that had been lost in the Flood when all of the monsters and giants were wiped out because of what the Watchers had done.”

(Leitch points out in a separate online article that Dee himself never called his system “Enochian Magick.” Later historians gave it that name due to this relationship to the Biblical prophet Enoch that Leitch has been explaining here.)

Why Do Modern People Continue To Work With Dee’s System?

The above question is not easy to answer, and Leitch replied that he could only speak for himself.

“When you come into occultism as a novice,” he said, “there are certain things that you’re about that people just consider horrifically dangerous, powerful things that humans probably shouldn’t trifle with. As a hotheaded young kid, those are, of course, the things that I just had to seek out and play with. So I wanted to try these methods for calling down these massive archangels that could fry your brain out with a thought. No one could tell me what the hell those guys were, only that they were extremely powerful. Once I got into it, it was like a calling. It just called to me and spoke to me and I’ve just been very wedded to the material ever since.

“But I really suspect that the main draw from the Enochian system is its mystery,” he continued. “It’s that no one can be really sure. Up until very recently in history, the whole Enochian system was obscure. Until the 1990s, no one had even gone into Dee’s journals and literally picked them apart page by page. No one had compared his magick to other systems. No one had really explored it. So there’s this big mystery. What is this? What are these entities? Who are they? Why does this system exist? What are all these encrypted tablets? If I get into this, and can decrypt it and decipher it, is it going to mean something?

“So I think that’s what pulls people in, and it can lead you on a merry chase for years and years of your life. And you can come out not really being sure you understand much more than what you started from.”

Leitch cautioned that it would be wrong to call Enochian magick merely and only another angel summoning system, but that is technically what it is at its most basic level – a very powerful and effective form of angel communication.

For Leitch, the fact that Enochian magick actually works keeps him fascinated.

“The angels respond to their language,” he said, “and they respond to the magick. You know, I’m an ‘angel worker,’ so there’s no reason in the world that I wouldn’t want to explore something like that.”

Allen Greenfield, Aleister Crowley And Alien Occultism

Allen Greenfield holds the title of bishop in the Gnostic Church. He has a long history of active – and contentious – membership in many occult organizations, including the Ordo Templi Orientis, established by Aleister Crowley. Along with his esoteric pursuits, Greenfield has also studied the UFO phenomenon for many decades.

Greenfield is the author of “Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts,” a provocative magickal text for the modern age that has come to be regarded as a classic in the field of paranormal literature and one which might be considered to have a particularly hip cachet. It was at one time a rare and difficult book to track down, but we have included it, in full, at the end of “Angel Spells – The Enochian Occult Workbook of Charms, Seals, Talismans and Ciphers.”

“Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts” contains Greenfield’s theory that much of the UFO phenomenon can be “decoded” by using a method that draws on the Kabbalah, especially the numerology aspects of its Jewish mysticism, as well as other similar ancient systems. Greenfield believes the UFO occupants are an eternal race that has always reached out to certain human adepts by using hidden, obscure linguistic and mathematical symbolism.

Greenfield’s method also relies on elements taught by Aleister Crowley. Greenfield, like many others, vehemently denies that Crowley was a Satanist, black magician or sexual pervert. He quotes one of Crowley’s biographers as saying that Crowley was a man “intoxicated” with God.

Chapter Two of “Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts” opens with a portion of a letter Crowley wrote to one of his students in California in 1944, near the end of Crowley’s life.

“My observation of the Universe,” Crowley wrote, “convinces me that there are beings of intelligence and power of a far higher quality than anything we can conceive of as human . . . the one and only chance for mankind to advance as a whole is for individuals to make contact with such beings.”

Crowley’s Enochian Contact

While on vacation with his wife in Cairo in April 1904, Crowley received a surprising response to his many years of practicing Enochian magick: the appearance of “Aiwass,” or “Aiwaz,” a being Crowley regarded as a super-human intelligence. The being then dictated to Crowley what became “The Book of the Law,” or “Liber AL vel Legis.”

“Although primarily associated with the Law of the New Aeon or Age of Aquarius,” Greenfield writes, “‘The Book of the Law’ predicts and contains the complete cipher of the UFOnauts. As far as is known, although not fully decoded until the 1970s even in the classical form, this cipher seems to have been in use among the UFOnauts themselves for some time prior to the appearance of Aiwass.”

Was this UFOnaut cipher the same as the Enochian language the angels taught to John Dee? Or something similar to the Adamic Language, also called the Language of Eden, sought by many medieval Jewish and Christian mystics and scholars? There is an obvious repeated pattern here. A mere mortal seeks contact with the angels and is told he must first learn certain protocols and methods of communication that require the ability to speak to these higher beings in their own language.

Perhaps this accounts for why most abductees recall very little actually being spoken to them – telepathically or otherwise – by the alien abductors. The literature on the subject reveals time and again that the aliens often remain stonily silent when abductees ask them questions about the procedures being performed on them or what the overall purpose of the abduction program really is. This refusal to inform abductees of the aliens’ intent is a primary reason the phenomenon remains so mysterious. The late abduction research pioneer, Budd Hopkins, once said that we are not dealing with an intelligence we can call into the room and interview.

Is the problem that we are simply not speaking to the aliens in their own language? Did John Dee and Aleister Crowley take the right approach when they began to compile what they felt was a directly revealed method of speaking to their angels in words the angels could respect?

Greenfield’s book also includes the drawing Crowley made of Aiwass, and the creature’s resemblance to a gray alien is immediate and unmistakable. Given that Aiwass showed up after Crowley had practiced for many years with his version of the Enochian system for “summoning angels,” one is hard-pressed not to draw the conclusion that John Dee was most likely working with these same beings and that overcoming the language barrier was a vital part of the process.

Greenfield writes that Crowley “wrestled all his adult life with the nature of the Higher Beings he contacted,” including Aiwass. Crowley died in poverty in 1947. Under his deathbed was found a considerable sum of money belonging to the Ordo Templi Orientis, which Crowley had declined to spend, even on medicines that might have saved his life. Little understood, even by many of his followers, his death in the same year that the UFO phenomenon came to public attention seems more than coincidental, according to Greenfield.


Angel Spells: The Enochian Occult Workbook of Charms, Seals, Talismans and Ciphers

Angels of the Lord, Expanded Edition

The Heretic’s UFO Guidebook: Exploring the Secrets of the Gnostic Scriptures From Aliens to Jesus’ Love of Mary

Source: Spectral Vision


An Indonesian Hairy Man-Beast?
By Nick Redfern

Situated in South-East Asia, Indonesia is made up of a huge amount of islands; in fact, literally thousands. One of those islands is Flores, which has a square-mileage of more than 5,000 miles and a population of close to two million. Its wild animal population is notable and includes the deadly Komodo dragon and the huge Flores Giant Rat. Flores may be home to something far stranger, too.

The Nage people of Flores tell of a somewhat human-like entity called the Ebu gogo. It was covered in hair and walked upright. At barely three feet tall they were hardly on a par with Bigfoot, but that does not take away the fact that, for the Nage people, the creatures generated a great deal of folklore and history.

According to the legend, the presence of the animals was first noted when a tribe of people set up a village in an area known as Ua, at some point in the 1700s. All of the Ebu gogo on Flores lived deep inside an extensive network of caves, somewhere in the central part of the island, and which extended in length to almost a mile.

Reportedly, the colony ran to around four dozen creatures. It wasn’t long before curiosity got the better of the Ebu gogo and they made regular visits to the village perimeter, watching the people from a safe distance.

Over time, the Ebu gogo gained more confidence and, finally, were invited to partake in a village feast. By all accounts, they ate and drank heartily, hence the name given to them by the villagers, which translates as “ancestor who eats everything.”

As a demonstration that the Ebu gogo were something more than mere unknown monkeys, they loved to dance, had their own fairly complex language, and could even mimic – to an eerie degree – the words of the Nage people. Although, whether or not they understood the words they mimicked is very much a matter for debate.

It wasn’t long, however, before matters began to deteriorate and tensions grew. Not content with the large banquets that the Nage invited the Ebu gogos to attend, the greedy creatures began raiding the farms of the villagers, grabbing crops and killing animals for food.

According to legend, two children of the village were seized by the Ebu gogo and taken to the caves, where the creatures demanded the children show them how to make fire. Fortunately, the terrified children managed to escaped, fleeing back to the safety of the village.

Is Homo Floresiensis evidence of the mythical Ebu gogo?

For the folk of Ua, enough was enough. They decided that the Ebu gogo had to be exterminated, one way or another. They came up with a plan: the village elders invited the creatures to a massive feast, one in which the Ebu gogo were encouraged to drink as much powerful wine as they could.

The ever-hungry beasts didn’t need telling twice and they were soon stuffed and drunk. At the end of the night, the beasts staggered back to the caves, and fell into deep, alcohol-induced sleeps.

Then, when the Ebu gogo were out for the count, the villagers hauled a huge amount of palm fiber to the cave, set it alight and asphyxiated the creatures as they slept. Reportedly, however, two of the Ebu gogo – a male and a female – were seen fleeing into the woods, something which suggests the possibility that they didn’t become extinct, after all.

There is a very intriguing footnote to the story of the Ebu gogo of Flores. In 2003, at a cave called Liang Bua, in western Flores, the skeletal remains of a number of creatures dubbed “Hobbit” were found. Examinations of the bones showed they were approximately three-foot-three-inches tall, humanoid creatures. They were given the official title of: Homo floresiensis.

Source: Mysterious Universe


What Woman Saw After 45 Minutes of Death
By Sydney Lupkin

Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro says she's "just a normal girl," but her doctors say she's a miracle.

Graupera-Cassimiro's heart stopped beating for 45 minutes. Just as doctors were about to call her time of death, they spotted a blip on the monitor.

"I was dead," Graupera-Cassimiro told ABC News. "My husband tells me, 'You were gray. You were cold as ice, and you were dead. You had no color in your lips.'"

Graupera-Cassimiro, 40, had gone to the hospital for a cesarean section on Sept. 23. The surgery was uneventful and the baby was healthy, but Graupera-Cassimiro started to experience shortness of breath, said Boca Raton Regional Hospital spokesman Thomas Chakurda told ABC News.

The last thing she remembers was being wheeled into the recovery room after the c-section and asking someone for a tissue because her nose felt stuffy. She said it felt like she'd fallen asleep.

Graupera-Cassimiro then stopped breathing. Doctors tried for three hours to revive her but it was no use. She had no pulse for 45 minutes.

During that time, she said she felt herself floating along a tunnel.

"I remember seeing a spiritual being who I believe was my dad," Graupera-Cassimiro said. "I remember the light behind him and many other spiritual beings."

But suddenly a "force" stopped her, and she said she knew she couldn't go any further.

Her heart started beating again on its own even though doctors hadn't touched her in several minutes, Chakurda said.

"I was chosen to be here," she said, adding that she's grateful to come back to her family, including her new baby daughter Taily, who turns seven weeks old on Nov. 11.

PHOTO: Graupera-Cassimiro, 40, gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
PHOTO: Graupera-Cassimiro, 40, gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

She woke up without any brain damage, broken ribs from the chest compressions or burns from the four or five times doctors tried to shock her heart back to life.

Doctors think she had a rare condition called an amniotic fluid embolism, which is what happens when the amniotic fluid leaks into the blood stream, causes blood clots and leads to cardiac arrest, according to Mayo Clinic.

Graupera-Cassimiro said that the experience has taught her not to be afraid of death.

"I realize through all of this that one, we really don't really have control of our lives," she said. "The day you go is the day that you were destined to go."

Source: ABC News


"Lost Gospel" Says Jesus Was Married and Had Two Sons

Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children, according to a manuscript almost 1,500 years old unearthed at the British Library.

The authors of a new book, The Lost Gospel, claim to have unearthed evidence of a manuscript which tells the story of Jesus’s two sons and his marriage to Mary, one of his closest followers, who was at his crucifixion, burial and the discovery of his empty tomb.  

The Lost Gospel focuses on a story found in a manuscript dating back to 570 AD and written in Syriac — a Middle Eastern literary language used between the 4th and 8th centuries and related to Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus.

Written on vellum — treated animal skin — it had been in the archives of the British Library for about 20 years, where it was put after the British Museum had originally bought it in 1847 from a dealer who said he had obtained it from the ancient St Macarius Monastery in Egypt.

For the past 160 years, the document has been studied by a few scholars but has been considered pretty unremarkable.

But then Simcha Jacobovici, an Israeli-Canadian film-maker, and Barrie Wilson, a professor of religious studies in Toronto, took a look. After six years of study, they are convinced they’ve uncovered a missing fifth gospel — to add to the four gospels, which tell the story of the life of Christ and are said to have been written by the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in the 1st century AD.

If true, this would make it the greatest revelation into the life of Jesus in nearly 2,000 years. Jacobovici claims the manuscript, which is 29 chapters long, is a 6th century copy of another 1st-century gospel and casts parts of the Bible in a very different light.

Like the fictional The Da Vinci Code, which had its hero scouring works of art for secret, religious messages, the document is in code. According to Jacobovici and Wilson, it tells of Jesus’s marriage through the story of the Old Testament character Joseph and his wife Aseneth.

Jacobovici decided to look more deeply into Joseph and Aseneth, when he compared their story with other Old Testament tales.

In order to test the British Library documents, the researchers used hi-tech digital imaging to photograph them 13 times. They then got the manuscript translated for the first time from Syriac into English.

There have been other, later, versions of the Joseph and Aseneth story, written in Latin and Greek, which have been preserved in monasteries. But by returning to the ancient Syriac, Wilson and Jacobovici say it was possible to read the text as it was intended and to decode the hidden story.

Central to their claim is that Joseph was actually Jesus — and that Aseneth was actually Mary Magdalene.

The new translation, according to Jacobovici and Wilson, records that the Pharaoh of Egypt officiated at the wedding between the couple, saying to Aseneth: ‘Blessed are you by the Lord God of Joseph, because he is the first-born of God, and you will be called the Daughter of God Most High and the bride of Joseph now and for ever.’

After a seven-day wedding feast, the text is said to read: ‘Joseph had intercourse with Aseneth . . . And Aseneth conceived from Joseph and gave birth to Manasseh and his brother Ephraim in Joseph’s house.’

And so, could centuries of Christian teaching be wrong and that Jesus was a husband and father?

There are many, many more pieces of the jigsaw to be put together before this can be proved conclusively.

The theory is based on the claims that this ‘lost’ gospel and the ‘encrypted’ story of Jesus’s marriage was the work of a group of persecuted Christians. It apparently disappeared from public view around 325 AD.

It was at the time that the then Roman emperor Constantine — the first Christian emperor — was said to have ordered all other gospels to be destroyed, leaving only Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to tell Jesus’s story because their version fitted with Constantine’s view of Christianity.

‘Since then, people have found bits and pieces of those other [destroyed] gospels,’ says Jacobovici. ‘They usually come up through the antiquities market and they’re attacked as forgeries. Or they’re just a few lines.’

But the British Library manuscript, he says, ‘is a full-blown gospel’.

He and his colleague Wilson point to several clues that they say give away its true meaning. Principally, the story about Joseph has little connection with other Old Testament stories about a man who is best-known for the tale of his murderous brothers, which inspired the popular musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

What’s more, Joseph is often seen in early Syriac Christianity as a symbol of Jesus. The manuscript calls Joseph — like Jesus — the son of God.

At one point in the British Library manuscript, an angel-like figure marks a piece of honeycomb in blood with the sign of the cross. When Aseneth — purportedly the Mary Magdalene figure — eats a piece of honeycomb, the angel tells her: ‘So now you have eaten the bread of life and drunk the cup of life.’

The parallels with Christian Holy Communion, according to Jacobovici, means that this is a ‘Christian text’.

The document is also preceded by a covering letter, written in the 6th century by the man who translated the document from its original Greek into Syriac.

It says the document has an ‘inner meaning’ about ‘our Lord, our God, the Word’.

But just at the point when it seems as if the text’s hidden inner meaning is about to be disclosed, there is a big tear in the manuscript — suggesting someone deliberately censored the revelation that was to follow.

‘There is a cut across the page, right through a line of Syriac writing,’ Jacobovici and Wilson say. ‘This indicates that the section is missing, not because of deterioration but because of censorship.’

While some academics agree that it is possible that others gospels — recounting Jesus’s marriage — may have existed but since been lost, others are adamant that the idea is a complete nonsense.

History is littered with such debates.

In 1213, for example, a chronicle recorded that the inhabitants of Béziers, in southern France, had been burned alive four years earlier for ‘their scandalous assertion that Mary Magdalene and Christ were lovers’. A different story — that Mary was a prostitute — was proposed by scholars who merged her identity with the unnamed sinner who anoints Jesus’s feet in Luke’s gospel. However, this interpretation has almost universally been discounted.

Just two years ago, Harvard professor Karen L. King declared that she’d found a papyrus fragment — thought to be from Egypt — called The Gospel Of Jesus’s Wife. In it, there were four words, written in Coptic (an Egyptian language), saying: ‘Jesus said to them, “My wife . . .” ’
Jacobovici believes that his ‘lost gospel’ supports Professor King’s studies.

He is also convinced the story of Jesus’s marriage is already incorporated into four gospels in the New Testament.

He says: ‘Jesus is called a “rabbi” in the gospels. And a rabbi, to this day, in order to have a congregation and a ministry, has to be married. If he’s going to lead a congregation, he’s got to be a model for that congregation. In the first century, you reach manhood — you get married.’

And therefore, he insists, there can be ‘no question’ that, even in the established gospels, Jesus must have a wife.

To emphasise his belief that Mary of Magdalene was Jesus’s wife, he describes her decision to visit his body on the Sunday after the Crucifixion. ‘The gospels told us why she went there — to wash and anoint his body. She’s just a follower and yet she’s going to unwrap his naked body? Women do not wash rabbis or male bodies. Only males do it — unless you are the man’s wife.’

Equally intriguingly, Jacobovici and Wilson claim there was a plot to kill Jesus by a love rival 13 years before the Crucifixion.

They say that the manuscript says the Pharaoh’s son wanted to marry Aseneth and planned to kill Joseph and their children, but was foiled by Joseph’s brothers. Jacobovici identifies the man as Roman emperor Tiberius’s adopted son Germanicus, who was in Galilee when Jesus was there.

This rewriting of the greatest story ever told has, understandably, led the publisher to compare the book by Jacobovici and Wilson to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient Biblical papyri found in caves in the West Bank which contain passages from the Old Testament.

‘If you look at the cumulative evidence for Jesus’s marriage, it’s getting overwhelming,’ says Jacobovici. ‘This new discovery is probably the most important piece.

‘Its provenance is known, sitting in the British Library all these years. It’s not crazy to say it’s a copy of a work from the first century — many scholars say it is. And it’s not nuts to say it’s Christian — as many scholars have said.’

Not surprisingly, the vast majority of Christian historians are not convinced.

Typical is Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the history of the church at Oxford University. He says the ‘lost gospel’ claims sound ‘like the deepest bilge’, adding: ‘I’m very surprised that the British Library gives these authors houseroom.’

As for the British Library itself, staff have refused to endorse the new book.

Undaunted, Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson insist: ‘The only way there is no evidence is if you keep ignoring the evidence.’

But they still have a huge amount of convincing to do — particularly to the Church of England which naturally scoffs at the claims, dismissing them as closer to popular fiction and sharing more with The Da Vinci Code than the historical records of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.

Source: The Daily Mail


‘Michigan Triangle’ May be to Blame for Weird Occurrences

Almost 18 percent of the earth’s supply of surface fresh water is contained in the Great Lakes.

Water is essential to life, but great expanses of water can also be a hostile environment. Searching for a lost object just a few hundred feet under water can be a daunting task, requiring special equipment and training. The cold dark depths of any great body are also mysterious, and in some ways frightening, because they conceal the unknown.

Many stories have been written of weird and unexplained happenings in an area off Florida known as the Bermuda Triangle.

It is said that in this area, boats and planes have disappeared in good weather with no evidence ever found as to why they vanished. UFO sightings are supposedly frequent in the area. Many boats have also reported compass failures and unexplained trouble inside the triangle.

But did you know that almost at our very doorstep, another “mysterious triangle” exists? The triangle I am speaking of is known as the Michigan Triangle. The boundaries are said to be from Ludington, Mich., to Benton Harbor, Mich., and then across the lake to Manitowoc and back to Ludington.

Numerous stories have been told of unexplained disappearances, weird happenings, periods when time seems to slow down or speed up and the appearance of strange creatures.              

A well-documented case is the disappearance of Capt. George R. Donner of the lake freighter O.M. McFarland from his cabin while the ship was under way on April 28, 1937. The McFarland had picked up 9,800 tons of coal in Erie, Penn., and then headed west through the lakes bound for Port Washington.

Because it was early in the season, the lakes and the locks in the upper part of the Great Lakes were still choked with ice, which slowed the McFarland’s progress.

Capt. Donner had remained on the bridge many hours guiding his ship through the treacherous ice floes. When at last the ship turned into Lake Michigan, the exhausted captain retired to his cabin, with the instructions that he be called when the ship neared Port Washington.

Some three hours later as the McFarland neared her destination, the second mate went to the captain’s cabin to awaken him as instructed, but the captain was not there. Thinking that Donner had gone to the galley for a late-night snack, the second mate checked the galley and learned that the captain had not been there.

The mate and other sailors began an exhaustive search of the vessel, but to no avail — the captain had disappeared. No clue as to what happened to Donner was ever found.

When Captain Donner vanished from his cabin on the McFarland, it was said that his cabin door was locked from the inside.

Ironically, the day Donner disappeared was his 58th birthday. The captain’s disappearance is as much a mystery today as it ever was.

Believers in the Lake Michigan Triangle point out that the O.M. McFarland was in the triangle when Donner vanished.

A more recent event took place on June 23, 1950, when Northwestern Airlines flight 2501 took off from New York with a crew of 3 and 55 passengers bound for Minneapolis.

Later that night at 11:37 p.m., the large, four-engine DC-4 reported that it was at 3,500 feet over Battle Creek, Mich. Due to bad weather near Chicago, the plane changed its course to a northwesterly direction over Lake Michigan, with an estimated time of arrival over Milwaukee of 11:51 p.m.

From there, the plane simply vanished — nothing of the plane or its 58 occupants was ever seen again.

A massive Coast Guard search turned up only a blanket bearing the airline’s logo. Triangle believers again point out that the tragic loss of flight 2501occurred near the center of the Lake Michigan Triangle.

For hundreds of years, sightings of a strange creature have been reported in Loch Ness in Scotland.

In our Pacific Northwest a land animal that has become known as “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch” has been sighted by many reputable people. In the Himalayan mountains this same animal is known as “Yeti” or the “abominable snowman” after the terrible odor he is said to emit. In 1987 a lighthearted movie called “Harry and the Hendersons” was made about an “abominable snowman.”

But were you aware that just 30 miles north of Sheboygan just such a sighting occurred?

Back in the late 1930s it was reported that about dusk one warm summer evening, two young boys were walking along a railroad right-of-way when they stated they heard a fearsome roar or scream quite unlike anything they had ever heard before. Just a short time later they saw what they described as a large hair-covered man-like creature in the brush nearby.

The boys said the “thing” was light colored but very dirty and walked upright. Not wishing to get to know the frightful oddity any better, the boys rapidly departed the scene.

As for large sea monster type animals, there have been reports of strange creatures seen in Lake Michigan as far back as the early 1800s. The Indians also had many stories in their folk lore of what they referred to as sprit creatures, which they claimed to have sighted in many small lakes around Wisconsin.

One of these strange sighting occurred right here in Sheboygan County; in fact, it was said to have happened at Elkhart Lake in the early 1900s.

As the story goes, a local fisherman put out a set line, which is a long fish line with many hooks which is anchored to the bottom and fastened to a post or tree on shore. In this case the fisherman had fastened his set line to a post that was part of a small pier jutting out into the lake.

After setting his fish line, the fisherman returned home with the intention of returning the next day to pull up the line and retrieve any fish he may have caught.

Early the next morning, the fisherman returned to his set line and as he tried to pull it in, he apparently had caught a very large fish, as he found it very difficult to pull in the line. After great effort was expended he finally was about to pull whatever was on the line close to the dock.

Suddenly the unknown creature gave tremendous pull in the opposite direction. Catching the fisherman off-balance, it flung him head over heels into the lake.

Spitting and sputtering, the astonished angler managed to get his head above water only to be looking straight at a large head rising above the water. The frightened man said the animal had large jaws, which were wide open, and flashing eyes. Somehow the panic-stricken man was able to gain shore and run for his life.

When recounting the story the fisherman often claimed that he barely escaped with his life. As the story got around, it was noted that for that particular summer there was a definite lack of swimmers in the water. It might be further noted that the “sea monster,” or what ever it was, was never seen again.

In the late 1890s several commercial fisherman were setting their nets in Lake Michigan just off Jones Island in the Milwaukee area. Suddenly they stated they saw the head of a large ferocious-looking beast rise above the water.

The fishermen said they were not far away and got a good look at the creature before it submerged. Not long after, several young boys sailing in Milwaukee harbor saw what they at first thought was a large cluster of debris floating in the water. But as they drew closer, they saw what they later described as a large serpent-like animal floating on top of the water. The boys then fled the area, having no desire to investigate the creature at closer quarters.      

There have been many reports of monster like fish or serpents in Lake Michigan over the years; the creatures have been given several names, among them, Michie and Mickey.

Do they really exist? Those who have claimed to have seen them swear that they do.

Next time you take a walk along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, keep your eyes on the water.

Today’s Tidbit: A young college student sunning herself on a pier on Lake Monona, some 20 or more years ago, felt something tickling her foot. When she looked down, she saw what she described as a sea serpent licking her foot.

Source: The Sheboygan Press
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