Sidney Kirkpatrick Featured on New Travel Channel Program Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries, a new television program on the Travel Channel, scours the country for America’s most extraordinary monuments and reveals the amazing mysteries hidden within. Hosted by Don Wildman, this series visits the statues, memorials, national parks, sculptures, and gravestones that commemorate our nation’s most intriguing events, notorious crimes, scandals, disasters and triumphs. A new episode airs every Thursdays at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time).
In a new episode scheduled to air on Thursday, June 27, 2013, Don Wildman travels to Hopkinsville, Ky., to visit the grave site of a mysterious psychic, Edgar Cayce. He is joined by Sidney Kirkpatrick, the author of Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet considered the definitive biography of Edgar Cayce.
Edgar Cayce was born in Christian County, Ky., on March 18, 1877. It was there that he discovered his remarkable psychic talents and embarked upon a lifetime of service to God and mankind. A simple grave marker honors him: “Edgar Cayce-a psychic counselor and healer. A humble and religious man, Cayce never profited from his predictions. Used reputed gift of extrasensory perception, including medical diagnosis, to better man's understanding of God's purpose for him here on earth. Born near here, 1877. Died, Va., 1945. Buried here.”
This episode also examines a bust of one of the greatest composers of all time, and explores a city park that is haunted by its sinister history. To learn more, visit TravelChannel.com/tv-shows/monumental-mysteries.
Sidney D. Kirkpatrick III is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and bestselling author. His book Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet—described by The New Yorker as “a codex for the New Age”—is considered the definitive biography of Edgar Cayce. The research and writing of this book took well over five years, and no other author was given such complete access to Edgar Cayce’s correspondence, traveled as widely to research the subject, or uncovered such a wealth of new material on the man regarded as “the father” of the New Age movement. Kirkpatrick is well known for his depth of knowledge and lively and engaging style. His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include A Cast of Killers, Turning the Tide, Lords of Sipan, The Revenge of Thomas Eakins, and Hitler’s Holy Relics. His documentary film, My Father the President, about Theodore Roosevelt as seen through the eyes of his daughter, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, was a winner at the American Film Festival. HBO, The History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the A & E Television Network have all featured his work. Biographical profiles of Kirkpatrick have appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and Playboy. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He and his wife Nancy regularly host events at their Portage Inn Bed & Breakfast (PortageInn.ca) in Muskoka, Ontario. Visit EdgarCayce.org/library for a new interview with Sidney discussing the fascinating Edgar Cayce Readings and latest discoveries.
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The Story of Moses Revisited
By Daniel Bierman
|Moses - Artist
José de Ribera
About six months ago when I re-read the story of Moses (Exodus 1-2) in my 1950s King James Version of the Bible, I was totally surprised that I now read the story with a completely new understanding. The story that unfolded for me is much more inspiring and somewhat of an awakening. The way it was explained to me in church went something like this: A Pharaoh ordered all the newborn Hebrew boys to be killed because the Hebrews were getting too powerful. So when Moses was three months old, his mother set him afloat in a basket on the Nile River to where the Pharaoh’s daughter found him and raised him as her own.
To begin, I want to focus on the School of Prophets who later were called the Essenes. This was a group composed of Hebrews and Gentiles. During Moses’ time they were preparing for the deliverer. Edgar Cayce’s reading (254-109) states,
Now let’s take a look at the real story that I’ve uncovered using history, the Bible, and Edgar Cayce’s readings. To understand the sequence of events in the life and birth of Moses, we have to go back into the biblical history that refers to Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
“So were those of the various groups, though their purpose was of the first foundations of the prophets as established, or as understood from the school of prophets, by Elijah; and propagated and studied through the things begun by Samuel. The movement was not an Egyptian one, though adopted by those in another period—or an earlier period—and made a part of the whole movement… This was the beginning of the period where women were considered as equals with the men in their activities, in their abilities to formulate, to live, to be, channels. They joined by dedication—usually by their parents.”
Later in the same reading Edgar Cayce states, “These were set aside for preserving themselves in direct line of choice for the offering of themselves as channels through which there might come the new or the divine origin, see?” This group of men, women, and children including Jochebed (Moses’ mother) and her family, dedicated their lives to a way of living that would bring greater understanding to themselves about the prophecy and its fulfillment in understanding Moses’ birth.
I believe Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, as well as Jochebed, Miriam, and Aaron were part of this group who lived to prepare themselves to help fulfill the prophecy. From reading (3659-1): For, before that the entity was in the Palestine land as a companion of Miriam, who aided in directing spiritual precepts, yea in the tenets of the law that Miriam’s mother and brethren gave to those peoples.” The training and dedication of this group is paramount in understanding the birth of Moses.
|Joseph and His Brethren
Welcomed by Pharaoh,
watercolor by James Tissot
Looking back at why and when the promise of a deliverer came about, we can focus on Jacob’s lifetime as the story and promise of the deliverer was revealed. Jacob had 12 sons and a daughter. The older sons were jealous of their father’s favorite younger son named Joseph. They conspired to sell Joseph into slavery and tell their father that wild animals had killed him. Joseph subsequently became the governor of Egypt. With the advent of a great famine, Joseph’s family came to Egypt for food. Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain. The brothers then found out their brother Joseph was not dead but was a very powerful man in Egypt. Joseph and the Pharaoh invited Jacob’s family and the Hebrews to come to Egypt. They settled in an area of the Nile Valley called Goshen (Cairo). After many years, as Joseph lay dying, he told the Hebrews that a deliverer would be sent to lead them back to Canaan. In Genesis 50:24, “And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” This was the promise to the Hebrews in Egypt of their deliverer.
Another group at this time was called the Hyksos, who were associated with Joseph and the Hebrews. The Hyksos basically dwelled in an area of Upper Egypt while the Hebrews inhabited the area of Ramses and Goshen of that area. Now, according to Exodus 1:8-9, “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said to his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we.” This new Pharaoh rose up, became fearful of the growing strength of the Hebrews and ordered that all newborn males be killed, in order to weaken the power of the Hebrews. This new Pharaoh was most likely Seqenenre Tao II. He made the decision to push the Hyksos out of Egypt. History does not mention a war against the Hebrews but it does mention a war against the Hyksos during that time period. The Hyksos were a mixed Semitic-Asiatic group of immigrants who came into Egypt and took on the Egyptian lifestyle. They were in Avaris, the Egyptians were in Thebes, and the Hebrews in Goshen. They helped Egypt by bringing the horse and chariot, new types of vegetables, composite bow, and humpback cattle into the Egyptian land. The Hyksos wanted more power. Apophis, the Hyksos’ ruler sent a message to Seqenenre Tao II complaining about the hippopotamus pool in Thebes. The Pharaoh didn’t take kindly to his message and started a rebellion to drive the Hyksos out of Egypt.
Hyksos? -Ibscha Relief Chnumhotep II. (6th Year of Sesostris II)
Above is an excerpt of an article in the Apr-Jun 13 issue of Venture Inward magazine. Members can read the entire story in the online Member Section.
Daniel Bierman lives in Katy, Tex., where he and his wife Mary host A Search for God study group, their most valued activity. The Biermans became Life Members in 1996 and Golden Circle members in 2012. Daniel has presented workshops on Creation, Atlantis, and Moses at the annual Southwest Region retreat. His Web site about Atlantis is at danielbierman.com.
The Great Pyramid and Me
By Uwe Wilken
For many years, I have been finding links that connect my life to the Great Pyramid in Egypt. These personal coincidences and my continued interest in the pyramid suggest to me that I am somehow connected with the pyramid. It has taken many years for me to uncover and be ready to share this information. Within the Great Pyramid, I have discovered links to my name and birthday (when using numerology), two lines drawn from the Great Pyramid point to the country of my birth as well as to two cities in Russia with my name, and even my birthdate and time correlate with aspects of the Great Pyramid. With utmost humility, I present my background and some amazing coincidences from my search for adventure, fulfillment, love, and peace.
Even before high school, I had an interest in philosophy, including the mystery of life, the universe, and man’s ultimate origin. Attending Loyola University, my minor was philosophy, which I enjoyed immensely. My Jesuit teachers tried their best to steer me toward becoming a Catholic convert, possibly even joining the priesthood, but the Eastern influence, through the “love generation,” convinced me about reincarnation and that I am responsible for all my actions, thus creating my own destiny.
After a seven-year stretch of practicing Buddhism, I again “realized” a need to explore further avenues. I transferred my philosophical inquiries to metaphysics and the arcane philosophies, such as astrology (Eastern, Western), numerology, palmistry, the tarot, the I Ching, dream exploration, theosophy, and the work of Edgar Cayce. I moved to Virginia Beach, Va., the city of the worldwide headquarters of A.R.E.; and like so many other souls before me, I wanted to join in support of the Cayce vision.
But it was astrology that impressed and taught me the most about myself. Using interpretations, transits, and solar progressions, I began by dissecting my own horoscope. After much reading in the astrological field, I found the Sabian Symbols, the individual 360 degrees of the horoscope, each one interpreted symbolically by a psychic named Elsie Wheeler. In the 1930s, the late famous astrologer Marc Edmund Jones conducted psychic sessions with Elsie, naming a degree for each of the 12 signs, and Elsie would give Marc her impression of that degree. Later, the famous philosopher/astrologer Dane Rudhyar came out with his own book on the symbols. In my horoscope, I discovered my first connection to the Great Pyramid: The angle cusp of my 7th House is 14° Sagittarius, which is interpreted as the “Sphinx and Pyramids Stand, Remains of a Glorious Past.”
Understanding the Cayce readings on the Great Pyramid and locating the Hall of Records became an obsession for me. It was reading 378-16 that started my Hall of Records quest: “…this in position lies, as the sun rises from the waters, the line of the shadow (or light) falls between the paws of the Sphinx, that was later set as the sentinel or guard, and which may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx’s paw (right paw) until the time has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of man’s experience. Between, then, the Sphinx and the river.”
Studying the reading, I tried to visualize how a shadow might throw some light on the records’ location. I wondered if the shadow of the Great Pyramid would ever “point” to the records. I began to read any books I could find on the Great Pyramid. One of my favorite books then verified another Great Pyramid connection—William Fix’s Pyramid Odyssey explored a commonly accepted structural engineering practice to determine the height of an object with the ratio of 7 to 11, where the height is 7/11th of its base. It seems that years ago surveyors had been in disagreement as to the Great Pyramid’s actual slope angle. This is because there is too little left at the pyramid from which to correctly measure this angle. So the ratio aids in the answer. I just happened to be born on the 7th day of the 11th month! My
I tried to correctly draw the various shadows the Great Pyramid casts, especially during certain daytime hours and at different times of the year. This was a fairly arduous and time-consuming task. With advances to technology, I was able to utilize a computer and design software to bring my vision to life. As I became more proficient with the software, I created an exact scale model of all the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx in order to cast true shadows on the plateau.
Building the Great Pyramid digitally turned into a daily pre-occupation for me. The better I got at using the software, the more exact my models became. I created one revision after another in the pursuit of accuracy and mathematical precision. I figured that, in the future, once I had created it to a very finely tuned level, my model could be used as a study tool to verify the different themes and meanings of the inside and outside of the Great Pyramid.
Wikimedia: Great Pyramid of Giza from a 19th-century
stereopticon card photo
In an early book on the Great Pyramid, Piazzi Smyth wrote about the “Bethlehem Angle” when a line drawn of its passage angle of 26° from the Great Pyramid happens to pass through Bethlehem. I wondered about using its slope angle of 52° (rounded off) and ran these in both northeast and northwest directions. Using a specific style of map projection—a Mercator Projection world map—I extended the line northwest from the Great Pyramid: it crosses the country of my birth, Germany, and runs through the Frisian Islands off the northwest coast of Germany in the North Sea. It so happens that the origin of my name, Uwe, is Frisian. When drawing it to the northeast, it pointed very near to two Russian cities, one named Uva, (similar to the pronunciation of “Uwe” by Americans, and the way I always spell it phonetically), which is at 52° North, and nearby another city named Ufa.
Finally there is also numerology. My name, Uwe Wilken, translates to 355 593255, in numerology. There are five 5s in my name. The pyramid is 5-sided (actually 8-faced, with its indentations). I was born at 5:50 p.m. If I add up my first name I get 13—and that’s the number of acres the Great Pyramid covers.
But my very, very greatest find, after completing my scale digital model, was when I discovered my birth-date in the stones of the Great Pyramid! While I wasn’t looking for anything specific, in the view of the King’s Chamber, I noticed that there were seven chambers. Turning the view sideways, to the top of the pointed gables, I counted eleven. Again, there was that ratio of 7/11. I then counted just the most massive stones in the relieving chambers. To my amazement, it came to 43—the last two numbers of the year of my birth–1943! Perhaps I am stretching it, but it just all seems to fit.
Like the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, I hope to discover when and where the Giza shadows might fall…in this case, to reveal the secret Hall of Records from the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce.
Uwe Wilken was born a year and a half before the end of WWII in Nazi Germany. He and his parents escaped from eastern Germany to Canada in 1952. His father worked as a house painter, and his mother as an insurance clerk, and they lived variously in New York, California, Colorado, and Virginia. While living in southern California, he attended high school and college, earning a degree in economics. He has been a part-time hippy, a Buddhist, and an astrologer. He retired from owning a rare and used bookshop in Norfolk, Va., in 2012 after 16 years. He and his former wife have a lovely daughter. He volunteers for the Edgar Cayce Foundation and A.R.E., where he has been a member since 1978. He enjoys outdoor photography and exploring the mysteries of the pyramids.
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