What the Water Said

Greetings at the momentous Full Moon of June 2, 2015. This month’s Universal Festival Calendar is now online, with astral news about the superb energy currents and news this month brings. For those who like to explore the energy properties of still-living sacred sites, here’s an account of my visit to the great Temple of Apollo at Didyma.

The first time you find it on the map, Didim is only one of those places in 6-point type that make you wonder how many people a town has to get before it gets to be a city. This aggregation of 60,000 people looks at first glance like nothing more than a zillion other farmer’s markets and truck stops. There would be no reason to stop here, along the route from Izmir down to the sea resort town of Marmaris, except for one thing.


Under its Greek name of Didyma, this place was famous in mythic lore, and home to one of the most impressive temples in the Mediterranean world. The temple of Apollo that was built here was not one the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, though some writers note it “almost” was. The Apollon was designed by the same architects who created the magnificent temple of Artemis/Diana to the north in Ephesus. This Apollon is remarkable for its sheer size, as the fourth largest temple in the ancient Greek world, and for the massiveness of its construction. The upper floor housed so many precious works of art, and so apolloninteriorsteps400many donations from people who came to seek the god’s guidance, that some of its inner areas, with their thick walls and roof stones, look like a cross between a shrine and a bank. This magnificent inner staircase was used only on ceremonial occasions. It was not made to accommodate devotee traffic.

Pythagoras Street

pythagorasstreetTwo days are not enough for exploring the island of Samos, which has to be taken slowly and savored at a tempo more languid than it had in ancient times, when it was one of the most important places in the Mediterranean world, if not the nexus of trade, technology and creativity at its zenith in the century before Athens’ golden age.

Samos is one of history’s earliest examples of the value of location, location, location. Though the island’s land area is only 180 square miles (480 sq. samainakm), it is off the southwest coast of Asia Minor (now Turkey) near the juncture of Europe, Asia and Italy. All that was needed to lift it into great economic, political and economic power was a gifted and ambitious geopolitician, who arrived in the person of the tyrant Polykrates. He ruled in the late 6th century BC and attracted the finest naval engineers of the time, who built a new state-of-the-art 50-oared ship that was called a samaina after Samos itself.

heraonPolykrates built Samos into the greatest naval power of the time, and crafted such a formidable alliance with Athens, Naxos and Egypt that his kingdom grew rich from Samos’ other advantages of fertile soil and the sunniest climate in the region, ideal for producing the region’s best wine. So abundant was the land here that the Samians naturally expressed their gratitude by building a famous temple to the mother goddess Hera, their crucial ally in keeping the home safe and the fields fertile. The Heraon was considered in ancient times one of the four most impressive sacred sites in the Greek world.

The Swans Remain: the Temple of Diana at Ephesus

Hello, and blessings from the long road as I leave the hard work of the journey behind, and enter the zest and cream of the adventure. I head now from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Samos. It’s been 291 days since I left Pisac for Cusco on July 26. This longest voyage I’ve ever done has taken me through the west coast and sun belt of the United States; Krung Thep (“Bangkok”) and Chiang Mai, Thailand; Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore the Angkor Wat and other temples that surround it; Kyoto, Japan, where I went to see some theatre but mainly to pay respect and thanks to my former wife’s mother, now 85; Honolulu, Hawaii, to see dolphins and other old friends, and Egypt, where I did astrology events and readings in Cairo, 6th October City and Dahab; and saw a recently-discovered small Isis temple in the area of Luxor near Hatshepsut’s temple. I also visited for the first time the tomb of Mevlana, aka Rumi, in Konya, Turkey

artemis2Now I get to spend three weeks at the great sacred sites in west Turkey and the Greek islands. Yesterday was both exhilarating and painful, as I saw in my memory and mind’s eye the famous city of Ephesus, sacred to Artemis of the silver bow and Diana the bountiful.

The Universal Festival Calendar for March, 2015

danAquarius200Hello, this is Captain Aquarius speaking. Dan has asked me to talk with you from the top of this message about the Universal Festival Calendar for March, 2015. The UFC format is going to change radically a month from now. For the first time since the first of 200 monthly issues appeared in July 1998, it is time for the UFC to get with the Silicon Era, now that we’re in the Aquarian Age, moving at dream speed. Please fasten your seat belts, make sure you have some champagne and your opinions are stored under the seat in front of you. Before we take off, we’ll ask you to direct your attention straight ahead, where two volunteer passengers are doing the safety demo that any of you could do by heart now, as you’ve seen it so many times.

First, A Little about Our New Flight Plan:

If you think you’ve seen some of this content before, it’s because you probably have. I’ve copied the entire Aquarian Airlines mailing list into MailChimp, which I’ll soon be using as my main medium for event announcements. So if you got last week a notice about my Egypt event plans for this month and early April, my apologies for the duplicate mail. I aim to consolidate into a single list by the end of March.

Universal Festival Calendar for January, 2015

Who Really Hacked SONY? Truth . . . or Dare! 

Welcome to the momentous, miraculous year of 2015, the grand catablastaplasm of the Aquarian transition of 2012 – 2016. As you know if you’ve read these pages in recent years, this time of profound, revolutionary change is brought to us by the power of our own intentions as we conceived them long ago for the purpose of coming here to play full our now the ultimate cosmic opera of our rise and opening to incandescent creativity and unlimited, joyous freedom.

The engine of the transformation is the ongoing 90° square alignment between Uranus the Innovator and Trickster in the fire sign of Aries, and Pluto, the Lord of Death and Regeneration in the earth sign of Capricorn. When these two are at any angle of affliction, as they’ve been since June 2012, and will be for seven exact, explosive clashes of then systems disintegrate. Towers fall and empires collapse. Certainties wobble and beliefs evaporate, because behind all the “outward” changes in the governments, currencies, technologies, societies, and the rest of the stage props in the illusory world of things, the unifying, unstoppable motor of it all is our coming to clarity and communality in our consciousness

Round 6 of the seven-round combataclysm between fear, darkness and death (Pluto) and love, light and life (all of us), catalyzed by the shock and magic of Uranus, came to its crisis on Dec. 15, and reaches its climax on Jan. 20 as the effects triggered weeks ago will now inevitably unfold in our relationships.

Sacred Sounds Egypt 2015 Update: Osiris at the Zenith

SistrumHello, and welcome to this latest update to Sacred Sounds Egypt 2015, the sonic journey through mythic space that Leslie Zehr and I will guide a few months from now, on Feb. 19 through March 7, 2015. We have two new items to pass along as our plans ripen.

One is good news for those who’d love to join us, and are bending every resource of creativity and will to do it. Vantage Travels in Cairo has agreed to extend our deposit payment due date to Dec. 15. Those who commit by mid-December will be assured of the tour rates listed on our Registration page. While we can still accommodate those who sign up after Dec. 15, our rates may go slightly higher by year’s end because domestic airfares in Egypt, like those everywhere, will go up as we get closer to our flight dates in February and March.

The other new piece is that Mark Wilcox and I have now recorded one of the actual ancient Egyptian chants that we’ll sing in the holy places that are sacred to Aset, the mother, healer and birth giver better known to us by her Greek name, Isis. Links to the Aset Werwer Ibrahim chant are now on our main Egypt portal page, in the page text and the orange Soundcloud logo at the left. The music is scored for authentic instruments — harp, flute and rattles — as well as voices, and honors Lady Isis as Master of the Ways of the Heart.

Sacred Sounds Egypt 2015: Horus the Warrior

Hello and Masbut Illi Shuftak, as they say in Arabic when they feel It’s Good to See You Again.

images-2This is a good day to let you know that the first of the travelers who’ll join Leslie Zehr and me for Sacred Sounds Egypt 2015 have begun to commit to our mythic journey in sonic space, and to make their plans. Today is a festival of farsighted vision and courage in the ancient Egyptian calendar. This day is sacred to one of the most august and majestic of all the Egyptian Neters – that is, the emanations in Nature of the One Divine presence. Today Horus becomes king, and with him the living person of the pharaoh is reaffirmed as ruler of his people.

Today Leslie and I move our plans into high gear as we are now two months from Dec. 15, the suggested deposit payment date for the Egypt adventure coming four months from now. The preparations get exciting. Today I recorded with Mark Wilcox one of the actual pieces of ancient Egyptian chant, in the ancient suf (aka “hieroglyphic”) language, that were sung in the rites of Aset, better known to us under her Greek name of Isis. It’s now on our main Egypt page. The Aset Werwer Ibrahim is one of the pieces we’ll sing next year in the holy places where they resounded so long ago. 

Sacred Sounds Egypt 2015 Update: 4th Dimensional Space

SistrumHello, beloveds. And welcome to this Sacred Sounds Egypt 2015 Update: 4th Dimensional Space.

I’m writing to bring plans up to date now that I’ve come through the computer crash and recovery that had me out of communication for most of September. We’re moving beautifully now toward the sonic journey through mythic space that Leslie Zehr and I will lead from Feb. 19 to March 7. The main points to cover for now are these:

The suggested deposit payment date for our journey is Dec. 15. For more on tour fees, timing and conditions, please see our Registration page, which has links to others about our itinerary, FAQ and practical matters.

The best news is that the first of our Egypt travelers for next year have committed to our journey, so we know it’s a go. Other things that favor us, and answer that all-important question of whether it’s safe to travel in Egypt now, are that spiritual tours in the main November to March slot are increasing along with the whole upward trend of tourism in the three years since 2011. For the first time since the Arab Spring, the Japanese government has now removed its advisory on travel to Egypt, and has declared Egypt a safe destination for their citizens. If travel to Egypt is safe and feasible for the Japanese, then it should work for anyone.

Sacred Sounds Egypt 2015 Update Aug. 31, 2014

Hail, and welcome to the Sacred Sounds Egypt update for September 1, 2014.

ptahsmIn the ancient Egyptian calendar, we would now be in the middle of the month of Ptah, which spans what is mid-August to mid-September in our modern reckoning. Ptah was one of the primordial creator Neters whose thought and word brought the world into being. His blue skull cap shows that he is a sky being whose will brings ideas down from Heaven and into realization on Earth, and this is the very ancient meaning of the phrase “out of the blue,” which we still use for a spontaneous, intuitive insight that seems to come to us from the sky, and bring the answer to a problem that the mallet of the intellect has not yet been able to crack with its usual direct, linear force. We invoke his blessing now, when this month brings, in fact, as we’ll soon see, a superb window of creative opportunity that offers each and all of us a chance to envision and manifest the best that we can dream and intend. More on this in the month’s planetary dynamics at the Universal Festival Calendar. 

Leslie Zehr and I send regular Sacred Sounds Egypt updates to those who are interested in hearing more about the sonic journey we’ll guide through mythic space, from the pyramids of Giza and Saqqara to the mystery sites of Dendera, Abydos, Luxor and Aswan and up to the summit of Mt. Sinai, from Feb. 19 through March 7.

Sacred Sounds Egypt 2015: The Showdown Festival, Life vs. Death

Thanks to all who’ve expressed such a keen interest in the next Egypt Sacred Sounds adventure, coming Feb. 19 to March 7, 2015. There is more about this sonic journey into mythic space, from the pyramids at Giza to the summit of Mt. Sinai, in the overview page linked above, which leads to our Itinerary, FAQ and Registration pages.

This is the first post in a biweekly series about the Egyptian festival and medicine theatre cycle. We begin just past the beginning, at the pivotal moment of mid-August.

When we lived in ancient Egypt, we would have rested today on Aug. 18 after having celebrated from August 12 to 17 the 6-day festival that ends the month of Thuthi, sacred to the one known to us as Lord Thoth. This festival week marked two extreme weather events: the annual Nile flood beginning on July 26, and the climax of the Dog Days that were said to come in what we now call Leo month July 23 -Aug. 23).

The mid-August festival begins on Aug. 12 with a reminder of what is at stake, as the feast of the lights of Isis honors her crucial role as Healer and Birth Giver, Nourisher and Sustainer, the One who can bring us through what is to come over the next five days. Now, with the River no longer in full flood, but still covering the fertile land with a layer of rich new topsoil that will be planted when the water recedes, there is little to do but honor Isis with the cleansing and restoration of her images and temples, and songs of thanksgiving at night in her beautifully-lighted sacred spaces. We sang simple chants like these: