Wednesday, November 20, 2013

" John F. Kennedy, A Symbolic Journey", By Contributing Atronomy Editor Dan Matlaga

The Earth rotates on its axis.  Using your eyeballs from your backyard the rotation of the earth manifests itself by giving the impression stars rise in the east and set in the west. This motion is called daily motion.

Superimposed on this general east to west motion of the sky is a smaller west to east motion of seven celestial objects.  The seven are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Their incremental west east motion is due to the fact the Moon revolves around the earth in the same direction the earth rotates, which is the same direction the planets orbit the sun. For an observer far to the north of the solar system looking back, this motion is anti-clockwise. This motion is called annual motion and has the effect of moving one of the seven objects west to east in front of the background stars. For brevity we will ignore retrograde motion.

The view of the solar system with the sun at the center and the planets orbit the sun is known as the Heliocentric view of the solar system.  It is the one taught in schools and is the modern view.  The Heliocentric view of the solar system is a relatively modern view.  It's acceptance is but a few hundred years old.  

The Geocentric view, which has the sun, moon, stars and planets orbit around a flat stationary earth, held sway for thousands of years. Origins of some elements of this Geocentric view are, as historians were once found of saying, "...lost to antiquity."

The educated classic Greek of 2,500 years ago believed in the Geocentric view of the heavens. To a Greek, the Earth was a large flat stationary object.  
Surrounding the stationary earth was a huge, perfectly transparent crystalline sphere. The Moon was attached to the inner surface of the sphere.  Of the seven objects the moon 's west to east motion was the swift.  The moon moves west to east half a degree in an hour. This is the apparent diameter of the full moon in the sky.

Surrounding the Moon sphere  is an even larger sphere for the planet Mercury.  It too is transparent and has the planet Mercury fixed to its inner surface.
The sphere for the planet Venus is greater in size and surrounds  the sphere of Mercury.

The Sun takes one year to move around in front of the more distant stars. The sphere of the sun surrounds the smaller sphere of Venus.

Mars takes two years to complete a journey in front of the more distant stars, so the transparent sphere holding Mars must be larger than that of the sun.
If you go outside any given night and mark the position of Jupiter on a star map, you will have to wait 12 years for Jupiter to make the round in front of the stars and come back to your initial starting point.  Since Jupiter traveled slower than Mars, it was reasoned Jupiter must be further away.  The sphere holding Jupiter must be larger than the sphere for  Jupiter.

Finally we reach the sphere of Saturn.  It was the slowest moving of the seven and therefore must be furthest away.  It takes Saturn nearly thirty years to complete one circuit in front of the stars.

The mechanism to keep the sphere of the fixed stars, sun, moon and planets in their respective motion was located just beyond the horizon.  It was maintained by the Greek Fates.

If you were a spirit in Heaven but want to get to the earth, you had to fall through the seven transparent spheres. Each time you pass one of the spheres you become more physical.  It is when you pass through the sphere of the moon, the nearest sphere to the earth that you become a fully physical human being. When you die the opposite occurs, you have to go back up through the seven spheres. Each time a sphere is breached you become more spirit, less physical until you breach the seventh sphere, the one holding Saturn, that you are a full spirit once again.  You have achieved seventh heaven.

This Thursday we will observe the 50th year of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Watch the funeral procession through the streets of Washington D.C. 

The caisson carrying the presidents body is accompanied by seven horses whose hoofs have been blackened.  Six horses in front of and pulling the caisson and one horse following behind the caisson.  These seven horses symbolically carry the president up through the seven spheres.  Each time a sphere is breached one of the horses returns to the earth.  It isn't until the last sphere, the seventh holding the planet Saturn, is breached that the last horse returns.  That is the horse following the caisson.     

It is the only horse with a saddle but no visible rider.  The physical and spirit are now separate.  This indicates a successful journey.  The president is now a full spirit in heaven.                         

How many standing along that funeral route realize that not only were they witness to a ritual involving a dead king thousands of years old, but right before their eyes were the symbolic procession of the Sun, Moon, and five visible Planets?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Welcome Guest Author T.M. Williams and her latest Novel, sci-fi gem Sun Gate!

Welcome T.M.!  Can't wait to hear more about you, Sun Gate and your other works and genres as well.  

First off, please tell us a little about yourself.

Well here’s my “official” Bio:
 T.M. Williams began her writing career by accident when a song inspired a story about a woman named Carter.  What started off as a blip of an idea turned into the Bohemian Grove trilogy, a story based on ancient aliens, science, conspiracy, religion, and love.

Soon after, the completed manuscript was picked up by Nightengale Press Publishing. Bohemian Grove was released in early 2013 - just a little over a year after she began writing.

I’m also a freelance journalist and copywriter.  I’m the proud blogger of and the

What genres do you write?

Horror, Mystery, True-Crime, Science Fiction and Adult Romance.

Tell us about your newest release and what inspired you to write it:

Sun Gate is the 2nd book in the Bohemian Grove trilogy. The first book, Bohemian Grove, is what inspired my writing career.  I haven’t been able to stop writing since!

What other books have you written?

Undead Winter (Amazon Best-Seller), Moonlight Mini-Series, A Melanie King Affair (Amazon Best-Seller), and am currently writing Clusters: Case of the Missing, A true-crime paranormal mystery.

That's extremely impressive!  If you could spend a day with one of your characters, which one would it be and why?

Great question! I’d have to say either William from the Bohemian Grove trilogy, because he’s so electric or Danny Ruiz from Undead Winter because he’s such a psychopath.

Do you have to do a lot of research for your stories?

Almost all my books involve a lot of research.  Even for the Moonlight series I did a lot of research on locations.  As for Sun Gate, I really go into parallel universe theories, Sumerian mythology, the Fermilab studies in Chicago, and explore places like the Egyptian Pyramids and Machu Picchu.

So yes, tons and tons of research.  I have stacks of books I've gone through, a lot of Googling, and a lot of documentaries.  I want my readers to really walk away with something to think about.  I tend to attract intellectual readers that keep me on my toes!

Which of your works would you most like to see as a movie?

Definitely the Bohemian Grove trilogy.  It’s just a fun and beautiful story that goes to amazing places.  I’ve spent a long time developing the characters on there and they’re so unique that I’d love to see them in action. Plus, I’d just love to see even more people exposed to the ancient alien theory (what it’s based on).

I think I’d be too scared to see Undead Winter on film.

Who would you cast as the lead? 

I’m one of the few authors who really thinks about this. But for Jack I’d cast Jake Gyllenhaal and Jibril would be Woody Harrelson. As for the other characters, I don’t know. Maybe my readers have an idea.

Yes, readers, please tell us your suggestions!  Where do you get your inspiration for your main characters?

My writing muse is responsible for that.

Hmmm...sounds intriguing!  Tell us about your experience with the road to publication?

 I’ve had a unique experience.  I never thought I’d write a book and never planned on it.  But one night I was listening to Colorblind from Counting Crows and just pictured this woman sitting at a dining room table.  The picture is so clear I can still see it in my head as if it really existed.  So, I wrote it down.

That image turned into a full length novel, (Bohemian Grove) and I haven’t been able to stop writing.  I never planned on publishing the book but fortunately I have a best friend who believed in me more than I believed in myself.  A publisher heard about my book through a friend and asked to take a look at it.  Long story short, she published the book and I’ve never looked back.
The experience has been mind blowing.  I’m constantly having to pinch myself.  It wasn’t until Sun Gate came out that I think it finally hit me.  I’ve only been writing for 2 years.

That's amazing!  So you never had to "chase after" a publisher - awesome - it was just meant to be.
How do you balance your “real life” with writing?  

By not trying to balance it.  I think there’s too much pressure on people to balance our lives and there’s just no such thing.  I write when I can.  Sometimes that means I get very little sleep, sometimes that means I go days without writing, sometimes I’ll write for 10-12 hours straight. It’s whenever I can and the mood strikes – fortunately, that’s often.

That makes a lot of sense.  I agree, we all put way too much pressure on ourselves.
If you could go back in time, what historical period or event would you most love to visit?

Who wouldn't want to experience the Tudor’s first hand?!  I’d only want to go back and be a fly on the wall.  It was a difficult time to live in and I wouldn't want to experience that first hand.

But, of course – I’d love to go back to the time of the Sumerians or Egyptians because there’s so much mystery around both era’s that we just don’t know or understand.

What author would you love to trade places with for a day?

Hmm, tough one!  Fictional author would be Richard Castle.  I’m sort of obsessed with him and would love to fight crime, solve murders, and be a best-selling author – plus play poker with some pretty amazing authors/writers as well.

Real author, I’d have to say Dean Koontz.  He started my obsession with reading and I’ve read almost every single one of his books, ever since I was a teenager.  I’ve followed his career for two decades and I love that he’s a best-seller but not someone that will get hounded on the street by crazed fans. Plus, I love his writing and would love to pick his brain.

I absolutely LOVE your book's trailer...and I'm not easy to impress with book trailers.  I really don't like most of them, but yours is absolutely awesome!  Take a look everyone:

Love it!

Thank you so much for being with us today, T.M. and sharing all the news of Sun Gate as well as your other creative endeavors with our readers!  Please let us know how we may stay in touch with you and also, please come back soon!

Contact Links For T.M.Williams:
T.M. Williams on Twitter
T.M. Williams, Author - Facebook Page