Not often that we repeat much around here, but Halloween is a very special event. My personal study of the event is thanks – in large part – to a small government agency that has some very smart people who look at extremely broad contexts when sizing up threats to this great nation. One of the people there suggested I read the following document to be well-informed on global risks ahead:
Which lives here: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a359881.pdf
As you may have guessed, dear reader, we know people who know things. And while 2012 was largely made-fun-of by the MainStream, a thoughtful read of this document provides a more measured assessment. Some years in advance.
The document lays out some serious implications, though hard to nail-down to a particular hour of a particular day in our future:
“The celestial hazard ostensibly feared most by our ancestors during enhancements of the global fireball flux was a sustained bombardment by larger cometary debris. Included here is the Prologue of “The Cosmic Winter” by Victor Clube and Bill Napier (Basil Blackwell), Oxford 1990), conceived before the Cold War came to an end and providing a sketch of the feared conditions translated to a contemporary environment. This sketch anticipated the tidal break-up of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 and its subsequent bombardment of Jupiter by four and six years respectively.”
And so it was, in a much earlier time in human history, a celestial visitor rained down its own tidal break-up fractions on Earth. It would be remembered globally and forever by tonight’s special name::
It happens tonight, so be ready for it.
Here in the Outback of East Texas we have never had even a single trick-or-treater come by and that’s just fine with us.
There are some special aspects of the day that we should review, a day that might have been proclaimed by the corn syrup refining industry and Christianity deniers – there’s a lobby for you.
Origins of Halloween are suspected to date back to 15,380 years ago when, as some crypto-archeologists have reconstructed it, earth was hit by comet fragments that very-nearly did the world-in, touching off a minor Ice Age in the process.
More to the point, where the multiple comet fragments landed, they threw up so much debris, massive boulders, and carved out so much damage from the shock waves, that recently-buried people in shallow cemeteries of the time were heaved back out of the ground. Your zombie tales have basis in fact. The dead were spit from the Earth..
It is the most widely celebrated period of the year when you slice it from a trans-cultural perspective.
Somewhere in there, buried because we don’t like to admit that even Christianity is an imperial religion, local faith and “spirit healers” of Europe were “assimilated.” It was done through a series of purges that resulted in a familiar play of aggressive religions (which hate competition): convert or be killed.
This disease, based on different is bad and must be rooted out and killed, was not kept out of America, either. There are names of victims written on museum documents in Salem, Massachusetts.
“The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil’s magic—and 20 were executed. Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. Since then, the story of the trials has become synonymous with paranoia and injustice, and it continues to beguile the popular imagination more than 300 years later.”
Estimates of the death toll are higher; it is still not fashionable in America to admit to the full breadth and width of our own shameful behavior. If you doubt me, ask a Native American how things really work.
For the most part, the people killed were thought to have ties to Wicca, a collection of practices that might be grouped as local shamans and healers who relied on natural remedies and who had taken the time to explore the use of various herbs both for recreation and healing.
Just as there are good and bad Christians, there were good and bad Wiccans. But much of the “boil, boil, trouble and toil…” popularized in anti-Wiccan literature was made-up or at least seriously misunderstood.
Years ago, I met with a Wiccan coven up in the Pacific Northwest that raised herbal teas on the eastern slopes of the Cascades, not far from Lake Chelan and Wenatchee. Their leader, a pleasant enough fellow named “Richard” explained that the “flying” that witches were accused of came from brewing up batches of natural psychotropics. In some cases, the herbal brew was applied to genitals for absorption, and yes, with a broomstick handle. So his group believed (and still practiced) in the mid 1970’s. That’s where the flying and broomsticks arose.
The Witch-craft trials were a punishment by one religion of another. For holding to a clear memory of a dark, earlier event and making rituals of it. The dominant religion, having expanded into Wiccan territories, rebranded the mid-winter festival (Christmas). The “Christmas Tree” was a rhyme on the Wiccan mid-winter festival as well, new trees of a coming spring and such. Christianity diluted our cultural past when it came to cometary impacts and old verbal traditions.
That, in itself, might not have led to the banishing of the “witch-crafts” by an imperial religion which Christianity was at the time. Instead it was their belief that the stuff of “spirit” is not only distributed to humans alone and that all items can have a “spirit” about them.
To be sure, ask an experienced mountain climber and you will hear reverent discussion of “The Mountain” and its spirit. Native Americans hold to some pantheistic views as well, realizing that there is a “spirit” of an eagle, a bear, a snake, a deer, and what have-you. But all under the Providence of a Great Spirit.
I’ve done a fair bit of reading history and I don’t find warfare between Wiccans and others, but this was likely their undoing in a sense. Recall that religions seem to go through purifications internally (and seem to evolve into expansionism and conquest beginning around their 1,300th year anniversary. Such periods tend to persist for perhaps 500 years.
This is of special note since another major global religion is coming up on 1,300 years and is definitely into its own militant expansionist mode. The global expansion of Islam mirrors the house-cleaning of the Inquisition on a delayed replay.
Back to point, Halloween was called Samhain (Samuin) after the Celtic summer’s end festival, but it also rolls up the Roman Romona goddess of fruit and harvest, the Roman Feralia commemoration of the debt, and of course the “All Hallows” / “All Saint’s Day” which follows Halloween Eve in the Christian rebranding effort.
Let’s now take our deepened understanding of imperial religion marketing, and, knowing how cosmic disaster on the planet is the biggest holiday of shared social memory, we prepare for a bite of “Soul Cake tonight”:
“A soul cake is a small round cake which is traditionally made for All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day to commemorate the dead in the Christian tradition. The cakes, often simply referred to as souls, are given out to soulers (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who go from door to door during the days of Allhallowtide singing and saying prayers “for the souls of the givers and their friends”.The practice in England dates to the medieval period, and was continued there until the 1930s, by both Protestant and Catholic Christians. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes continues in some countries today, such as Portugal (where it is known as Pão-por-Deus), and in other countries, it is seen as the origin of the practice of trick-or-treating. In Lancashire and in the North-east of England they are also known as Harcakes. In the United States, some churches, during Allhallowtide, have invited people to come receive sweets from them and have offered “pray for the souls of their friends, relatives or even pets” as they do so.”
This, my friend, brings us to one of the better and lesser known back stories behind the folk-rock group Peter Paul and Mary’s “A Soalin…”
(This is at https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+peter+pauyl+and+mary+souling&&view=detail&mid=00C925C9181489BF21DC00C925C9181489BF21DC&FORM=VRDGAR for those with popups blocked.)
For those of us who have studied comparative religions it is a reminder of many things, not the least of which is that we are very, very small eyes through which the Universe beholds itself and knows it is Divine.
If these were just idle speculations of my own, you could be pardoned for passing me off as the “nutter out in the woods” again. But, such is not the case. Smarter people than we…
A more detailed check of the government’s Defense Technical Information Center repository reveals other readings supportive of the long cycle of cosmic disasters:
Narrative Report on the Hazard to Civilization Due to Fireballs and … (which goes with our first cite at the top of this page…)
Toss in the passing a year-ago last week of an unexpected “wanderer” through our little slice of the heavens and the idea of bodies being tossed up out of the ground, by a massive interplanetary object’s impact… Today becomes less a time to go door to door begging treats, as a time for sober reflection on the only question that matters to every human alive:
How much time do we have left? And, in turn, what is our highest and best use of it?
Thank you for visiting, write when you get rich – and enjoy the Soul Cakes. Food.com recipe here ‘em here.