Archive for November 2006

Kogi Message of Peace

November 10, 2006


MamosThe KOGI, Lost Tribe with a Message of Peace
By Luis Mejia (L CONDOR)

Around 20 years ago I saw an amazing video called from the “Heart of the World.” It was about a unique Indigenous community that lived in Northern Colombia who say they are keeping the world in balance. I was so impressed because they are still living with the same spiritual values and traditions of their ancestors, but the ecological warning the Kogi’s shared touched a nerve.

I was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1959 and came to the US in 1960, so I never had a chance to really understand my roots and my Colombian heritage. When I saw how the Kogi lived I was determined to find a way to meet them. The only problem was they don’t like tourists and getting into their land is very difficult, not to mention that today there is para-military control, a FRAC guerrillas army that has riches beyond description and senseless killing. 40 year civil war that has no end in sight.

In May 1995 I moved to Brazil to work for Ford Motor Company to promote an internal communications campaign called Ford 2000 in Latin America. Then I spent 1 year at the World Headquarters in Detroit working in the International Public Affairs covering Asia, India and Latin America. Life was good but deep down I had a need to understand my roots. In April of 1997, I went to Colombia on a business trip and met some people who had just returned from the Sierra Nevada where the Kogi live. I was having major synchronicities about the Kogi and my heart kept feeling I needed to find a way to communicate with them.

In June of 1997 a lifelong dream came true for me. I had just took a leave of absence from my job at Ford and decided to go to an Indigenous conference in the Amazon region of Colombia. It was called the “2nd International Gathering of Priest and Elders of the Americas.” When I arrived I started helping with the logistics of the conference. We were expecting about 300 elders from more than 13 countries. That event changed my life and I made a promise to my Kogi brothers that one day I would return and help them out. I have been back to the sacred mountain 7 times and each time the situation gets mote intense.

This past summer ( April-Sept 2006) I have been living in Bogota planning the final details of the Kogi film and media campaign. I had a chance to go to the Sierra and meet the elders in charge and understand th real needs of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the people suffering there.

The campaign will have 3 key objectives:
* To raise awareness of the critical situation the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is in and the humanitarian crisis of the Native Peoples including the Kogi, Arhuaco and Wiwa.
* Bring medical supplies and smiles to Children and Hospitals in Santa Marta and Bogota. Partnership with Airline Ambassadors www.airlineamb.org
Create Music 4 Peace- Concert for Harmony,

Funds raised go to buy land and communications equipment –Juanes, Carlos Vives, Santana will be invited. Partnership with Daniel Pearl Foundation, Harmony for Humanity www.danielpearl.org

The civil and drug war going on in Colombia right now has taken a toll on the native population and people are being killed without justice and deep fear. The Kogi and all the tribes in the Sierra are asking for help and the time has come to hear the call.

A little history …..

More than 500 years ago the Kogi fled high into a sacred mountain in Northern Colombia called the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the Spanish had arrived and the message was not good. They believe the Sierra Nevada to be the “Mother” and the “Heart of the World.” The Sierra Nevada, in the shape of a pyramid is where the Andes chain begins or ends, depending on your perspective. If you look at the Andes, the Sierra is the crown chakra or top most part of South America. It is like a spinal column and the sacred mountain is the 3 eye. The Kogi are unique among the world’s Indigenous cultures because they were never conquered by the Spaniards. They are said to have memory of the beginning of time and remember the rampage the conquistadors brought to their region in 1498.
In 1988 the Kogi allowed a BBC journalist Alain Ereira to film a documentary about their culture. This was a historic event. No western journalists have been allowed to return and the Kogi remained silent observing the ecological destruction they have seen from their mountain-top. Very few Colombians dare enter into their territory and few know they exist.
In June of 1997, I was invited to visit the Kogi. This created a bond of friendship and trust. They are now ready to share their next warning and message to the “Younger Brother.” We are the “Younger Brother” who are destroying the Earth and causing an ecological imbalance that may affect future generations to come.

Who are they?
The Kogi are the direct descendants of the Tayrona civilization. The Tayrona culture flourished in Northern Colombia around 1,000 AD. They left behind stunning gold artwork, stone and pottery artifacts and an amazing network of brick roads covering the Sierra Nevada. Kogi society has changed little in the past five centuries. They survived as a culture because the Kogi focus all their energy on the life of the mind as opposed to the life of a body or an individual. Fundamental to that survival is the maintenance of physical separation from their world and our own. The Kogi do not allow anyone into their land. They are very protective of their sacred space and the dense jungle is not kind to tourists.

As of 2006, it is estimated there are 12,000 Kogi’s left.

Where do they live?
The Kogi live in the higher regions of the Sierra Nevada. Many self-sustaining communities are on the Western part of the Mountain accessible through Valledupar, which is located in the State of Cesar. The Sierra Nevada is the highest coastal mountain in the world only 26 miles from the beach. It is located near the Equator, which means it has no seasons. Day and night are of equal length all year round. It has every eco-system in its 17,000 km2 area. The highest peek is the Pico Simon Bolivar at 5,775 mtrs. So in this mountain area all the eco-systems of earth are present creating a mini earth. From the sea the mountain goes straight to snow capped peaks.

Why are they unique?
The Kogi represent the most complete surviving civilization of pre-Columbian America. They are not hunter-gatherers or a wondering tribe. They are a nation whose fields have been continuously cultivated for more than a thousand years.
The Kogi believe they are the “Elder Brothers,” the guardians of life on Earth. Through their mind power and meditation they keep the world in balance. They live in “Aluna,” an inner world of thought and potential. They are now concerned because their Mountain is dying.
Everything about their history and religion is passed down through oral instructions and their lives are run by the spiritual leaders or Shamans named “Mamas.” The Kogi Mamas are chosen from birth and spend the first nine years of childhood in a cave in total darkness learning the ancient secrets of the spiritual world or Aluna. They are the priests and judges who control Kogi society. All major decisions and shamanic work is done by Divination. All is the world of Aluna, so the Mamas see a reflection of the physical world first in the spiritual world. If Aluna is the Mother, then the Kogi listen to the Mother by divining. This lost technique of divination is what keeps the Kogi world in balance and order. The Mamas are worried that the “Younger Brother” has not heeded the first warning. If the Sierra Nevada or the Mother dies, the world will also die.
Of unique importance is that the Kogi are a peaceful tribe that have never killed one of their own and rarely intermarry. They never grow gray hair and have no facial hair. They can spend 9 days awake without sleep during their ceremonial rites.
They are now beginning to learn Spanish because they realize the importance of communicating with the outside world. They also need to understand the Colombian Government’s laws regarding the Sierra Nevada, which was named a Historical Heritage by UNESCO and a National Park by the Colombian Government.

This past Oct, 2006 we formed an alliance with the UNPD in Bogota and will be helping raise funds and awareness for a campaign to buy their sacred land back.

The Kogi have a lot to teach us. Are we ready to listen?

More info on our web at www.tribalink.org


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Mercury Transit today 2:12 pm EST

November 8, 2006

Mercury Glides across our Sun Today

 

See it live today … exact at 2:15 pm EST..

http://www.exploratorium.edu/transit
http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2007/events/mercurytransit.php

http://mercury.kochi-ct.jp/
japan site

http://astroday.net/MercTransit06.html

 

 


 

Have you felt the energy in the sky, did you know a comet dove into our Sun on Nov 5th, did the past full moon in Taurus -Scorpio knock u out? Is the Universe out of site? Well hold on tight now we have another sign in the sky night or sunset, where ever u are

 

Nov 8th, tomorrow a major significant celestial event will take place in our solar system. Mercury the closest planet to the sun, the communicator, the iron core dwarf will cross the face of the Sun.

 

The first bite of Mercury appears on the solar disk’s edge at 2:12 P.M. EST (11:12 A.M. PST). This moment is called “first contact,” and it signifies the transit’s start. People throughout North and South America and in Hawaii will witness this stage. About 2 minutes later, Mercury’s entire disk appears against the Sun’s face — second contact. Over the following 4 hours and 54 minutes, Mercury’s dark silhouette traverses the Sun’s southern hemisphere. At Mercury’s distance of 63 million miles from Earth, the planet’s 3,000-mile-wide disk spans a mere 10″.

 

Mercury reaches the midpoint of the transit at 4:41 P.M. EST (1:41 P.M. PST), and the Sun sets soon after along the U.S. eastern seaboard.

 

The transit’s end will be visible only from west of the Rocky Mountains. Third contact occurs at 4:08 P.M. PST, followed 2 minutes later by the transit’s conclusion. Residents of Hawaii and New Zealand can see the entire event. The transit’s final stages can be viewed from Australia, Japan, and eastern Asia, where the Sun rises with the transit in progress.

 

Mercury transits can occur only in May or November, when the planet crosses the ecliptic plane. And they happen rarely — 13 or 14 times per century. The next Mercury transit occurs May 9, 2016.

 

Mercury will track closer to the Sun’s center during this month’s transit. So imagine our Sun and your inner sun being awakened by a cosmic beeper. We still have the effect of the Ultra Violet meditation of Oct 17 and my feeling is anything can happen suddenly. Be ever ready and flow like a river. Who are we but the ones who use the energy to shift the planet to a higher plane

 

 

Remember Venus…This transit takes place 2 years 5 months and some twelve hours after the Venus transit of June 8, 2004. One observation of the possible effects of the Venus transit involved the unusual and difficult blooming pattern seen in yarrow plants in the following year. Perhaps other plant species which are thought to relate to the planet Venus were also affected, but certainly, the yarrow definitely seemed to be experiencing problems. One could presume that with a Mercury transit, we might observe chamomile plants very closely to see if they experience a similar difficulty in their growth patterns, since chamomile is almost universally seen as having a connection to the planet Mercury. A Mercury transit takes place with approximately thirteen to fourteen transits each century while a Venus transits occurs with approximately the same thirteen to fourteen transits each 1000 years.

 

The transit of Mercury may well have an effect on the Warmth forces emanating from the Sun, especially if Mercury has the same capability of “eating up the light” from the Sun that Rudolf Steiner ascribed to a Venus transit. If that capability exists, Mercury’s smaller size may diminish its effect well below the effect that Venus may have had. It will be interesting to see whether the Mercury transit results in an increase or a decrease of Warmth forces over the next few months.

 

(Source from Susan Weed)

 

So what to do, become the planet Mercury. An ancient God from Greek times.

 

The principal holiday for the merchant god was Mercuralia, May 15th. Among the Celtics and Germans existed cults of Mercury worshippers.

 

As one of the five “moving stars” or “planets”, Mercury’s name is the origin of “Wednesday.” In French, this is ‘mercredi’, coming from the Latin ‘Mercurii dies’, or Mercury’s day.

 

WORK HISTORY

Hermes served as messenger for Zeus (though sometimes he job-shares with Iris, the goddess of the dawn) and as sometime conductor of souls of the dead to Hades. He was also known as “the guide and giver of good.” As one of Jupiter’s favorites (as Mercury) he was considered the most entertaining, the most shrewd and the most resourceful god. When Jupiter tired of Olympus, he chose Mercury to accompany him on forays to Earth, both disguised as mortals.

 

In his job as messenger, he wears a broad-rimmed traveller’s hat called a petasos or petasus, talaria or winged sandals made “of imperishable gold which bore him swift as a breath of air over sea and earth,” and carries a cadeuceus or herald’s staff around which serpents or ribbons may be found. The cadeuceus is said to be able to charm men’s eyes to sleep. He also carries a purse (more like a money-bag actually….). The purse signifies his role as the Greek god of riches, trade and good fortune and the Roman god of trade, profit, merchants and travelers. He took over the latter job from the Dei Lucre, early Roman deities of commerce. Hermes also changed his name to Mercury. Among his personal favorite commercial activities was the corn trade. Mercury’s relationship to business and speed survive in words like “mercurial” and mercantile.” Because of his speed he is sometimes considered a god of the winds.

 

To the Babylonians he was viewed as the bearer of riches. To the astrologers of the Renaissance he was the bringer of misfortune.

 

SYMBOL

Mercury’s `corporate logo’ is often described as representing the messenger’s cadeuceus or wand with two snakes curled around it. In some versions of the logo’s origin it is said to be Mercury in his winged hat or petasos.

 

TRADE NAMES

To the Germans he was Wodan.

To the Greeks he was also known as Alipes (the one with winged feet).

To the pre-Roman Etruscans he was Turms, guide of the deceased to the underworld, and messenger of the gods.

To the Egyptians he was known as messenger of the gods Thoth. As such he was the origin of the deity Hermes Trismegistus, or “Thrice-great Hermes.” The three part title comes from this version of Hermes being the Greek writer of astrological texts and responsible for occult arts including alchemy, and the Egyptian god who invented hieroglyphics and calendar-keeping and also judged the souls of the deceased.

To the Sumerians he was Gud, a god favoring welcome rains, agricultural fertility and harvest abundance.

 

To the Assyrians he was Nabu, the “herald.” Instead of being the messenger of the gods, he was the heavenly secretary, keeping track of the words of the gods. This also made him the Assyrian god of knowledge and the recorder of fate for people for the next year.

 

So use your imagination and be the messenger for the world.

Take time and talk with God and let go of the fears. You have many riches within and time to reap the harvest of good thoughts.

 

Enjoy the times we are in as U are the time clock and time traveler.

 

From the heart,

 

Lucho

 

Source-

http://www.hermograph.com/science/mercury2.htm

 

http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=ga&id=99&aid=4651

 

http://www.susunweed.com

http://www.answers.com/topic/transit-of-mercury-from-mars

 

For more information and to watch the event live, go to:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/transit

 

On November 8, 2006, Mercury will slowly slide across the face of the sun during an event known as a transit. A transit of Mercury is relatively rare—there are only about a dozen in a century.

 

The Exploratorium’s Live@ crew will be at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, and, with the Kitt Peak staff, will Webcast the transit: a live five-hour telescope-only feed beginning at 11:00 am PST.

 

The transit will take place from 11:12 a.m. PST until 4:10 p.m. PST and will be visible from the Pacific, the Americas, eastern Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, although some locations will not be able to see the entire transit. Because of Mercury’s diminutive size, the transit cannot be seen with the unaided eye, but it can be viewed with a telescope (with the proper filter) or with a homemade optical projector.

 

http://www.exploratorium.edu/transit/index.html

 

The Comet story —

DEATH PLUNGE: Yesterday, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) caught a comet plunging toward the sun. It went in–but not out again. The sungrazing comet disintegrated like an ice cube in an oven. See the movie: large, small.

 

TRANSIT OF MERCURY: On Wednesday, Nov. 8th, Mercury will transit the sun, crossing from one side of the star to the other in just five hours. En route, it might eclipse sunspot 921. Greg Piepol of Rockville, Maryland, prepared this animation showing the path of Mercury and the expected position of the sunspot on Nov. 8th:

 

In Greg’s simulation, the background image is real. He took it on Nov. 3rd using his Coronado SolarMax90. The photo was rotated just as the sun spins to move the sunspot into position for the transit. Bulls-eye! 921 is going to provide a pleasing backdrop for Mercury’s journey across the sun.

 

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2006 Transit of Mercury — an overview from Science@NASA

* Safe viewing tips and solar filters

* Photo & Art Contest

* live webcasts: from Japan; from Kitt Peak; from Hawaii; from NASA;

 

From www.spaceweather.com