In the first half, author and researcher Matthew LaCroix delved into symbols, ancient history and mythology, with the goal of uncovering the truth about humanity and consciousness. Our true history has been hidden from us, he contends, with much of humanity operating under an illusion. From Mesopotamian lore, the two gods Enki and Enlil correspond with the Greek gods Zeus and Poseidon-- with Enki/Poseidon represented by the serpent/dragon and Enlil/Zeus represented by the eagle, he cited. This is symbolic of the ancient struggle or split that continues to this day, he explained, with civilizations based on the serpent wisdom tied to higher consciousness and connection to the stars, while those based on the eagle, have a warring mentality (view related images).
The serpent has been demonized in stories like Adam and Eve, keeping us from the truth-- that we're worshiping the eagle, and have hatred toward the wrong side of the equation, LaCroix suggested. Interestingly, he revealed that the founding fathers of America didn't want an eagle to represent the country, but actually preferred the turkey. The roots of Buddhism and other ancient cultures derive their knowledge from the Druid/snake wisdom about understanding our place within the cosmos, rather than destroying and consuming the planet, he added.
In the latter half, astronomy reporter Steve Kates, Dr. Sky, discussed the upcoming August 21st "Great American Total Solar Eclipse." He outlined ways to view the event, such as through ISO-approved glasses, and has created a guide on his website, with historical and scientific notes, as well as safe viewing tips. The solar eclipse takes place when the moon's orbit brings it between the Earth and the sun, with the moon's shadow (the umbra and penumbra) moving across the Earth's surface, he explained. The website Timeanddate.com offers an easy to use map that calculates how and when the eclipse will appear in your area.
During the eclipse, NASA research jets will be flying in the path of the event, though the moon's shadow moves so quickly that they won't have much more time than people on the ground to observe, Dr. Sky noted. He also talked about other celestial events, such as how asteroid 2012 TC4 will have a close call with Earth in October, possibly flying by at a mere 4,200 miles away. The small asteroid is about the size of a house, he said, but if it came close enough, it could do some real impact damage, from the compression waves in the atmosphere alone.
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