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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar eclipse and Winter Solstice

The year of 2010 has turned out to be special in various ways and another factor to add to that is the fact that December 21 2010 is the only day in thereabout 400 years that we will witness the concurrence of the Winter Solstice with a Lunar Eclipse! It happened last time o December 21 1638 and will not occur again until December 21 2094!

The Lunar Eclipse, which will occur within a couple of hours, will be broadcasted online for those who cannot view in in person. You can follow it (for example) here:

The Winter Solstice brings with it a promise of new light, a new beginning, fertility and hope. It is the longest and darkest nightly day, which in many northern countries gav little hope of seeing the sun light at all.

This is a day when we need to lit candles, and it was this day that during the old calander was celebrated in Scandinavia as an early version of Lucia Day. The day of the Winter Solstice was thought to allow animals to speak, and we asked them for their protection against all the evil spirits that were freed during this dark and never ending night. We lit candles in our houses not only to keep ourselves warm but also to keep bad spirits away. To be strong and enable ourselves and our animals to protect ourselves against the darkness, we had more food than ever on the table as well as in the barn for the animals.

Mind you, the Solstice has been recognized by people as far back as Neolithicum!

So today, we ask you to remember the celebrations of the light, the rebirth of the sun, the return of fertility and growth!

Among those celebrated, we can list a few:

The birth of Mithras in the East
Beiwe in the northernmost part of Scandinavia (Saami fertility and sun goddess)
Pagan Swedish Lucia Day and the sacrificial Midvinterblót (old calander prior to the Christian introduction, the sacrifice included both animals and humans)
The Zoroastrian Maidyarem
The rebirth of Dionysus and the Lenaea festival
Celtic Meán Geimhridh
Roman Deus Sol Invictus
and not to forget the Mesopotamian, Babylonian and Sumerian Zagmuk-Sacaea

So we wish you all a great coming together of the Lunar eclipse and the Winter Solstice - with great expectations and hope of a glorious return of the light!

Monday, December 20, 2010


As the heaters are slowly warming up our otherwise rather cold office (11degrees C) and Luxor is waking up, we enjoy catching up on the latest archaeological news out there in the media show. Today, we found an article which is worth reposting as it should remind everyone how important it is to come together regardless of gender, age, origin etc. So following in the Christmas spirit, and the coming of a newborn sun, we use this link as a little reminder ;-)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Coming of Christmas

Christmas in Luxor is quite far from a normal European style of celebration, and it is in days like these that one misses friends and family the very most. We do not have a Christmas tree in our house (unless you count the undecorated banana tree in the garden) and we have no Christmas gifts to give each other other than our eternal love... However, Christmas in Luxor is also a reminder of the true background of the celebrations, and we do not mean those of a modern religion, but those of the most fundamental necessities in life: the celebration of the return/rebirth of the sun.

We can read about the problems over in Europe with the snow that keeps on falling, people and loved ones who are snowed in and the actual chaos that this winter has brought upon us, but in the end of the day, is it not a white Christmas that so many are asking for? Maybe we should be more careful of what exactly we do ask for?! As humans we have a tendency of complaining, it is easier to complain about something than it is to embrace the positive things in life. We do not suffer the same problems with snow here in Luxor, and for sure will not have that white Christmas, but Christmas will come regardless of weather and where you are in the world. So we would like to remind everyone of the positive side of Christmas: better times are ahead, light will once more return to our homes and hearts! So in the true spirit of the Sirius Project, the symbol of Christmas is for us indeed the sun itself, and the rebirth of Harsomtus in the Horizon.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

White painted symbols in the Theban Mountains

During our weekly miniexpos up in the Theban Mountains of Egypt we follow in the footsteps of Howard Carter and other century old great explorers. Our intention in doing so is to document the still preserved remains of our ancient ancestors in order to come one step closer to understanding also common people, not only the pharaohs and their surrounding aristocratic elite.

So, during a normal mini expo day we get up at an ungodly hour, when it is still dark and silent outside, and saddle our horses up with out already prepared gear. Once on our way we can enjoy the beauty of another divine sunrise, the rebirth of Harsomtus in the horizon. We walk passed the Temple of Medinat Habu and get that wonderful reminder of how lucky we are to live in a location where we are so close to the ancient landscape. Once passed the monestary of Malkata, we turn towards the mountains and the valleys here referred to as wadis. We tie our horses up, unsaddle them, have our breakfast and then off for some climbing or trekking. Pure Heaven!

Anyway, what we would like to bring to your attention is a series of white painted symbols that we have come across during these our mini expos. The symbols are made by a modern artist, suggestively within the last 20 years or so, and are located in areas where they dont interfere with ancient remains. All but one. One is painted over a series of Gnostic inscriptions and figures. These marks are very carefully executed, following the natural formation of the rock cliff face, at times located so high that there must have been two or more people involved in making these marks. Now, since these marks follow the same maps as old Howard Carter did during his 1916 expedition, and the fact that there is quite some effort put behind the making, we are very much interested in finding out who or what group is behind them and for what purpose. Naturally, the communicated message could be of more significance, but it is so much easier to decipher symbols when knowning who is behind them. We are therefore hoping that one of you out there could bring us some clarity as to who is behind the marks, what rituals that are connected to them (as we have found a modern altar with candles, an electromagnetic photograph, and pieces of granite, limestone and fossils), and how these are associated with the Gnostic rituals once practiced at the top of the platau.
You will see a selection of symbols below, and you can also follow us on the Sirius Project's group page on Facebook with more details, discussions and photos...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Summary of background

The Sirius Project is a multi leveled/interdisciplinary institution providing a platform for Dr John Ward & Dr Maria Nilsson’s research, and a forum for likeminded scholars/laymen to enter into. The platform also allows the presentation of results from various sources and aspects pertaining to the overall research projects that make up the Sirius Project, not to mention the upcoming expeditions/investigations to be carried out throughout Egypt as it investigates and documents the ancient trade routes and the esoteric symbolism that is associated with it.


The Sirius Project has identified a growing need to further understand the significance of ancient symbolism as it continues to accompany us in these modern times. This symbolism plays at the core of what makes us human beings, and comprises an integral part in the creation, development, and sustainment of our overall collective psyche. Our research endeavors to conduct a multi-faceted investigation aimed at various aspects of symbolism and its contexts.

As human beings we have surrounded ourselves with belief systems, and their accompanying guidelines-to-living. We have done this to offer guidance to answer questions we perceive as unanswerable, and to bring us peace of mind when we can no longer rationalize the situations our world presents us. The human race has seen itself become organized into a diverse and complex social caste structure, disciplined into an attempt to bring order to our environment.

Our bodies, magnificent pieces of machinery, surpass machines in their ability to regenerate itself, and also in the conscious ability to work as a separate unit or as a part of the whole. We all wear our individuality at a skin-deep level, conspicuous because it is the one we are most aware of if we only rely on our eyes to gather information, but inwardly we are genetically the same piece of apparatus. We all require the same fundamental necessities to survival and existence.

But we are by definition inquisitive beings, forever seeking and collecting information concerning our world, and our very existence. Due to this contradictory nature of the structure of our existence, we find ourselves curious to push the boundaries of our own conscious awareness of our surroundings.

During this interplay we, as human beings, have developed a structured system of ICONS and IMAGES to which we can all relate as a human race, no matter where we are or what we call ourselves. This imagery encodes the fundamentals within either the society to which we are directly connected, or to a more UNIVERSAL CULTURAL SETTING.

Symbolism surrounds us today which were developed by man to aid mankind on their journey, but to also elude their conscious grasp. The symbols we find ourselves surrounded by are used as a tool of interaction with one another on a non-verbal level, which requires no personal conscious thought process. Our conditioned mind-sets interpret the symbolism on an individual basis, through a series of stages of emotional, psychological responses. The Sirius Project intends to go further in an understanding of this effect on how individuals, groups, and societies react.

The symbolism corresponds to pictorial units which do not necessarily have any natural resemblance. A single image may range from symbolizing a minor cultural aspect to a fully developed, global ideology. The symbols themselves trigger an IMMEDIATE AND OUTSTANDING SUBLIMINAL REACTION when we are confronted by receiving their communicated message.

The need or desire to see something that was not visible, to harness a power from an entity that could not be touched, spoken with or listened to, has been with us since the dawn of man. We have given thanks to the various Gods (the modern interpretation) ever since man first placed pigment on his hand and etched symbols on the uneven walls of his cave.

The very use of symbolism to communicate a message to one another has therefore been inherent in our social structure and has evolved with us. However, during that journey through time, the FUNDAMENTAL IMAGERY HAS NOT DIFFERED THAT MUCH. (The use of geometric configurations and straight recognizable lines of reference have been passed on to us through several generations). Even without realizing it, we still recognize and affiliate ourselves with cave etchings and drawings thousands of years old. Their influence over us continued even as their origins and early appearances disappeared. However, the subliminal interaction and acceptance lies within us constantly, dormant but ever-present.

From the original cave paintings and direct person-to-person origins, we now have organized modern religion to convey this mass-associated symbolism and its attributes. Religion after religion has involved the astrological observations and the interplay by the universal powers upon us.

We can all relate to the message of the symbolism which surrounds us to the core of our being. It connects us to our thoughts, dreams, and sub-sub-conscious minds. C.G. Jung wrote of the psychological archetypes embedded in our sub-sub-conscious, but we still lack the clear comprehension of this concept in mainstream society.

During the course of the work of the Sirius Project, the meanings and purpose of specific symbols will lay the path to the ultimate question, or observation, of the symbols true origin and pure essence. Just as modern science is only now beginning to map the brain and its complex array of signals and apparatus together with how it truly operates on a separate basis to our conscious mind, the Sirius Project investigation will drive toward similar multi-layered answers regarding all aspects of the applications of symbolism upon human beings.

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