The Chinese Nostradamus

Artist's depiction of Liu Ji (aka Liu Bowen)

By JOHN CHAMBERS — This year [2011] is the 700th anniversary of the birth of Liu Ji (1311-1375), military commander of Chinese forces both on land and on sea and long-time advisor to the first Ming emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, whom he helped bring to power. Liu Ji, who eventually became grand chancellor at the imperial court, was a man of protean interests and the author or co-author of books on warfare including comprehensive treatises on the use of gunpowder in firearms (Huolongjing), and, in … [Read more...]

Embracing the Winds of Change

Steps to sky

By CHRISTINE PAGE— "Phew! I’m so pleased that’s over! Yes, labour was long and sometimes painful but I’m home again with a beautiful baby and everything will now return to normal.” The soft inner voice of wisdom rises from the shadows, eliciting further response. “What do you mean I’m deluding myself and haven’t a clue about what the future holds? Are you telling me this is just the beginning and that there are more surprises in store with my life undergoing a complete transformation? Is it too … [Read more...]

Apocalypse: The End Times and the Restoration of All Things


By RICHARD SMOLEY— "The earth abideth for ever,” says the Bible (Ecclesiastes 1:4). Whether this is literally true or not, it corresponds to the deepest core of human experience. The Earth was around long before the existence of human beings, and it will probably continue to exist long after we are extinct. Why, then, does the belief in the end of the world – not as a remote possibility but as an imminent event – persist so stubbornly in the mass consciousness? For we continue to believe … [Read more...]

Transformation 2012?


By RICHARD SMOLEY— Prophecy is always to be taken seriously. But that does not mean that it is always to be believed. In fact prophecy as a whole has a rather dismal record for foretelling the future. The apocalyptic predictions of Judaism and Christianity have constantly been disappointed. The predictions of Nostradamus, insofar as they can be understood, have an equally unsatisfactory record; their continued popularity has been assured chiefly by their vagueness. Even scientific forecasts … [Read more...]

Childhood’s End: The Agony of Our Collective Puberty


By JAY WEIDNER & SHARRON ROSE The passage from childhood to adulthood happens when the child begins to realise that life is hard, death is certain and the chances are pretty good that he or she is going to be struggling for the rest of their life. These harsh realities wash away the idealism, naiveté and illusions of youth. Also this maturation process causes the youth to have a new understanding of what responsibility and stewardship means as well as the desire to make an impact on reality … [Read more...]

The Amazing Prophecies of Benjamín Parravicini


By ADRIAN SALBUCHI— Coming events cast their shadows forward. – Johann W. von Goethe This is the story of a most unassuming modern prophet – Benjamín Solari Parravicini (BSP) – who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1898, and died in 1974 at the age of 76. He was a painter and sculptor, and came from a traditional and well-to-do family. He held various posts with the Buenos Aires Municipal Arts Department; nothing particularly memorable nor exceptional about his social and professional … [Read more...]

Crop Circles: Messages From the TimeWave?


By PHILIP COPPENS— When Hernando Cortés landed on Mexico’s Yucatan in CE 1519, ambassadors from the local ruler Montezuma II soon arrived with gifts. Cortés said that he learned he was considered by the Aztecs to be either an emissary of Quetzalcoatl or Quetzalcoatl himself. According to a prophecy, the god Quetzalcoatl would return on a day in one of the One-Reed years; 1519 was a One-Reed year. In Bernal Diaz’s The Conquest of New Spain, he outlines that Montezuma truly believed that they … [Read more...]

Nostradamus: Prophet of Hope


By VICTORIA LEPAGE— The jury is still out on the millennial prophecies of Michel Nostradamus, the French master physician, astrologer and Kabbalist of the sixteenth century. Many regard him as the greatest prophet in Western history, while others find his predictions, especially those concerned with our own era around the second millennium, irrelevant or simply too deep or too equivocal to interpret successfully. Did he predict war or peace for our time? Did he foresee a coming Utopia or a … [Read more...]

Aliens, Predictions & the Secret School: Decoding the Work of Whitley Strieber


By LOUIS PROUD— Anyone who knows anything about the subject of UFOs and alien abduction would have heard of Louis Whitley Strieber, the successful horror novelist, who, in 1987, published a book called Communion which still stands as one of the most terrifying, factual and powerful accounts of alien abduction ever written. But far from being just an abductee and author, Strieber is also something of an undeclared mystic and prophet. It seems he has much to say about humanity’s spiritual, … [Read more...]

Zecharia Sitchin & the End of Days


By LESLEY CROSSINGHAM— Sometimes it is difficult not to be cynical about the ‘apocalypse-de-jour’ that tends to sweep through our world every few years. Who can forget the Y2K fever that produced some rather amusing TV commercials in late 1999? Whilst this can be entertaining there is a more serious side to the legendary ‘End of Days’. The belief that we are all headed towards some kind of apocalypse or final battle between good and evil is a widely held view, not only by fundamentalist … [Read more...]