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Layers of the Veil

Astral projection

Astral projection (or astral travel) is an interpretation of out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of an “astral body” separate from the physical body and capable of travelling outside it. Astral projection or travel denotes the astral body leaving the physical body to travel in an astral plane. The idea of astral travel is rooted in common worldwide religious accounts of the afterlife in which the consciousness’ or soul’s journey or “ascent” is described in such terms as “an… out-of body experience, wherein the spiritual traveller leaves the physical body and travels in his/her subtle body (or dream body or astral body) into ‘higher’ realms. It is frequently reported in association with dreams, drug experiences and forms of meditation. Continue reading

Chinese Zodiac

Chinese zodiacs. Chinese New Year horoscope.CHINESE ZODIACS

The Chinese Zodiac consists of a 12-year cycle each year of which is named after a different animal that imparts distinct characteristics of its year. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person’s birth is the primary factor in determining that person’s personality traits physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his/her lifetime.

To learn about your Animal Sign find the year of your birth among the 12 signs.

Below we have depicted all the Continue reading

DNA and I Ching

By Douglas Klimesh, 2010


As there seems some type of language stored in DNA introns, the quest is to decipher this language. At first glance there appears an uncanny relationship between DNA and ancient Hebrew. If God was to put language in DNA, likely it would be Hebrew. Despite all investigation attempts, the relationship just doesn’t work. However, three base pairs of a DNA codon makes 64 possible combinations, which is the same number of I Ching hexagrams, making this relationship more likely. Continue reading

Year of the Horse!



Happy Chinese New Year! Last year was the reptilian year of the snake, but this year things get all mammalian again—and what a magnificent mammal! Lunar Year 4711 is the year of the horse!

Ferrebeekeeper has shied away from writing about horses because the majestic animals have played such an important role in military and economic history (also I don’t want a bunch of patricians shouting at me about the finer details of fetlocks and snaffle bits), but, since it is now the year of the horse, I would be remiss not to post some equine highlights from those 4711 years of Chinese culture. Horses were (probably) domesticated in next door Kazakhstan about five thousand years ago, and they have had an unparalleled position in Chinese culture.  Not only is Chinese mythology replete with horses, throughout the entire history of the Han people, the great perissodactyls have been pivotal…

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Demonology in China

Demons-and-Angels-time Gnostic WarriorMIRACLES OF HEALING – DEMONOLOGY
By Charles W. Waddle (1909)

The subject of demonology is a study in itself, but its prominence in the miracles of healing in biblical times and since, make it necessary to note the evolution of the idea very briefly. There can be little doubt that the demonology of the early Hebrew period was a development from some simple form such as those we have found among the primitive races. From a conception of spirits devoid of moral character, good and bad spirits came to be differentiated. Continue reading

Jigoku – Japanese Hell

kyosai_4_Kawanabe Kysai PTJigoku

Jigoku,  in Japanese Buddhism, hell, a region popularly believed to be composed of a number of hot and cold regions located under the Earth.

Jigoku is ruled over by Emma-ō, the Japanese lord of death, corresponds to the Indian deity Yama. He judges the dead by consulting a register in which are entered all of their sins. The sinner is sent to one of the 16 regions of fire or ice assigned him by Emma-ō for a fixed period of time until the next rebirth, unless Continue reading


Yama FSYama
by Sumanta Sanyal, 1997

Yama is the much-feared Hindu god of death who lives in his gloomy palace Kalichi situated somewhere in the nether regions or the Hindu Patala. He is the regent of the Southern quarter of the compass. Yama has a number of attendants to assist him in his many tasks. In his palace he keeps a register called the “Book of Destiny” in which each person’s span of life is recorded. This is maintained by one of the god’s attendants and the servant is predictably as gloomy of countenance as his master. When a person’s span of life is over Yama sends some of his more robust attendants up to earth to haul the person down to his palace. Continue reading

Ten Realms Ten Powers

Seven Deities Banishing AsuraDharma Realm
By Alan Koo

This is the general term for the “things”, noumenal or phenomenal. In Buddhism, there are ten states of existence, which are also called Ten Dharma Realms. Each Dharma realm has its own characteristics, and its existence is attributed to the retribution of the beings. These ten realms do not appear to be discrete in their forms, as their existence is virtually determined by the state of mind. Therefore, it is important to note that the ten Dharma realms are not beyond a single thought. Continue reading

One Tricky Man

Big Brother OrwellA Mantrik or mantric is someone who specializes in practicing mantra. In India the word mantrik & similar names are synonymous with magician in different languages. Generally a mantrik is supposed to derive his powers from the use of charms, mantras, spells and other methods. A Hindu mantrik is known to worship Kali and is often mentioned in the same breath as tantric, though there are subtle differences.

A Mantrik is one who chants to please a god or evil spirit for his benefit. Mantras are sacred chantings containing magical Continue reading

From Babel to Borobudur

Ancient Java: Exploring Commonalities and Counterfeits
By Tim Thornton, July 17, 2013

Along the equator in Southeast Asia is a vast archipelago of over 17,000 islands known today as the country of Indonesia. With the world’s fourth largest population, Indonesia is home to hundreds of people groups and languages that have their roots in a variety of ancient cultures. The island of Java holds many antiquities that give us insight into the past of one such ancient culture. Continue reading

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