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The Voynich Manuscript – Background

The Voynich Manuscript has been dubbed “The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World”. It is named after its discoverer, the American antique book dealer and collector, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who discovered it in 1912, amongst a collection of ancient manuscripts kept in villa Mondragone in Frascati, near Rome.

The origins of the manuscript are . . . → Read More: The Voynich Manuscript – Background

Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum

For nearly three centuries the famous occult and magical book “Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum” by German Alchemist Georg von Welling has been available only in 18th century German. Until now. “I could not believe that the ‘Opus’ could have lain untranslated in its entirety for so long,” says Joseph McVeigh, Professor and Chair of German . . . → Read More: Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum

Suicide Season

By Linda J. Paul Tis the season. As many of you know, I am a Hospice volunteer, so I am no stranger to the process of death and dying. It is something all of us must do, and it can be a beautiful and spiritual process for both the person who is dying and the . . . → Read More: Suicide Season

The Science of Reincarnation

by Jason Pitzl-Waters interviews B. Alan Wallace former Buddhist monk and author of “Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge.” Wallace sees the technologies of Buddhism as a bridge between science and faith. During the interview Wallace makes the case for the existence of both reincarnation and out-of-body experiences.

“Well, here’s the hypothesis. Your . . . → Read More: The Science of Reincarnation

A death more mysterious than fiction

By Eugene Robinson CONSPIRACY theories always turn out to be nothing more than paranoid fantasy. At their heart lies the notion that while the rest of us blithely go about doing whatever it is we think were doing, occult and all-powerful forces are really running the world — starting wars, engineering suspicious plane crashes, surveying . . . → Read More: A death more mysterious than fiction

Sampling the lifestyle of a Korean monk

By Catherine Price SEOUL: At 3:30 a.m. in a temple in South Korea the sound of the moktak – a wooden percussion instrument that Buddhist monks play every morning to start the temple’s day – jolted me awake. I pulled myself up from my floor mat, straightened my itchy gray uniform and stumbled through the . . . → Read More: Sampling the lifestyle of a Korean monk

Chinese medical practitioners seeking official status

By Ann Carroll The Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Quebec is trying to win provincial government recognition of traditional Chinese medicine and its practitioners. Quebec needs a professional order of Chinese medicine to set and enforce standards and to weed out the charlatans, association president Irwin Ma said at a news conference yesterday. “Once . . . → Read More: Chinese medical practitioners seeking official status

Wait time guarantee announced for First Nations diabetes care

Aboriginal Canadians with diabetes may benefit from a pilot project to establish timely diabetes care, Health Minister Tony Clement announced Tuesday. The rate of diabetes among First Nations people is three to five times that of the general Canadian population. “This is the right kind of place to do this when it comes to diabetes,” . . . → Read More: Wait time guarantee announced for First Nations diabetes care

The Joy of Dowsing

By Richard Webster Dowsing is the art of finding something that is hidden, usually something concealed underground. Dowsing is most commonly used for water divining, but there appear to be virtually no limits to the number of applications it can be used for. Over the years I have dowsed for water, minerals, arrow shards, oil, . . . → Read More: The Joy of Dowsing

The sellers of Santeria put faith in the Internet

By Tere Figueras Negrete MIAMI – Nelson Carrasco works inside a cavernous Hialeah, Fla., warehouse, under the unblinking figures of Catholic saints and African gods, surrounded by his stock in trade: hollowed bull’s horns, cast-iron cauldrons and blocks of virgin beeswax, said to curry good fortune. But the tools of his trade are decidedly less . . . → Read More: The sellers of Santeria put faith in the Internet