Would you like to “hear” data from space? You can, through the NASA sonification project. You can now hear data from as far as 50 million light years away.
Space is mostly quiet. Data collected by telescopes is most often turned into silent charts, plots, and images. A “sonification” project led by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and NASA’s Universe of Learning program transforms otherwise inaudible data from some of the world’s most powerful telescopes into sound. This effort makes it possible to experience data from cosmic sources with a different sense: hearing.
In addition to the Chandra link above, other sites with information include NASA’S and EarthSky. Results have been released since 2020. On September 16, 2021 there were three more releases.
Westerlund 2 is 20,000 light years away. A beautiful nebula, shown in the image above, is found in this region where stars are forming. What we hear are data of image brightness and position, converted into sound.
Tycho’s supernova remnant is 13,000 light years away: SN 1572 is a remnant of a supernova studied by Tycho Brahe in the 16th century. The sounds (and colors in the image) represent elements of iron, silicon, and sulfur.
Would you like to hear a black hole? The black hole in M87 is 50 million light years away.
This data shows that the black hole in M87 is sending out massive jets of energetic particles that interact with vast clouds of hot gas that surround it. To translate the X-rays and radio waves into sound, the image is scanned beginning at the 3 o’clock position and sweeping clockwise like a radar. Light farther from the center is heard as higher pitched while brighter light is louder. The radio data are lower pitched than the X-rays, corresponding to their frequency ranges in the electromagnetic spectrum. The point-like sources in X-ray light, most of which represent stars in orbit around a black hole or neutron star, are played as short, plucked sounds.
As we said in our earlier post about the Takenouchi (Takeuchi) Documents:
The Takenouchi records were compiled over a vast period of time; they were preserved by the Takenouchi family until these modern times.
The Wosite (Woshite) Documents include the Hotuma Tutaye (Hotsuma Tsutae), the Mikasahumi (Mikasafumi), and the Hutomani (Futomani). The two sets of documents give similar as well as different histories.
In this post, we compare the emperor lists from Takenouchi and from Wosite, generation by generation. Our reference book for Takenouchi is completely in Japanese which is difficult to read. I refer to our source as “Volume Heaven,” of a two-volume set (the other volume being “Volume Earth.”)
In the combined list below, we give in brackets the corresponding names and generations from Mitsuru Ikeda’s, World of Hotsuma Legends. Some female spouse names are given; some names could not be transcribed by Okunomichi.
Note: Names ending in mi or me are female.
1 Ame hi nomuto ashikabi kimi no shi no mihikari ohokami sumira mikoto
2 Tsukuri no shiki yorozu omihikari no sumira mikoto
& Tsukuri no shikihorozumi no mihikari no kisaki no miya
3 Ame no hinomuto hinohino minoshi kami sumira mikoto mihikari no kami
4 Ame no minakanushi
5 Ame no yakudario
6 Ame no mekudari mimihikari no kami no sumira mikoto
This image is from EarthSky, and here is an excerpt:
From most of Earth in early August, Saturn and Jupiter ascend in the eastern half of your sky by mid-evening (midway between your local sundown and midnight). Both are bright and noticeable! This chart is via Stellarium; try it to view the orientation of the planets from your specific location on the globe. In a dark sky, notice the famous Teapot in Sagittarius, and the graceful J shape of Scorpius the Scorpion, near Saturn and Jupiter (to the right of them, on this chart).
Click the Stellarium link and view the interactive night sky. Enjoy!
We compare the vaccinated and unvaccinated populations and present the health and mortality benefits of vaccination in the above table. Although the data are from Los Angeles County, the comparisons between vaccinated vs unvaccinated people are strongly in favor of vaccination. We believe that presenting the results in this manner makes it clear that vaccination results in fewer infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.
The Input Data
Admittedly it is not a totally fair comparison since the vaccinations are skewed by demographics. Further, the partially vaccinated people are bundled in with the unvaccinated people, while there would ideally be three categories: vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated. Of the unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people, there is a breakdown into three age groups. Actually, because of the three factors: (1) the lumping together of the partially vaccinated into the unvaccinated population, (2) the fact that children under the age of 12 are currently not given vaccines, and (3) even if the children were exposed to the virus they are less likely to become infected or to require hospitalization, it cannot be avoided that the analysis will underrepresent the danger of unvaccination. In other words the severity is even greater than indicated by sheer numbers. However, the numbers differ so greatly that the message remains unchanged: Get your vaccinations!
To understand the chart, note that there are five sections. The first four lines give the raw data: population size, numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
The second section gives the numbers data normalized by population size and are scaled as numbers per million people in the population.
The third section gives the population size for one case in each category. For example, there are: 1 case per 745 vaccinated people, compared with 1 case per 18 people among the unvaccinated aged 12 and older. The overall average is 1 case per 42 people. If you know 18 unvaccinated adults, it is likely that one of them will get Covid. Compare that with having to know 745 vaccinated people in order to know one case of infection.
The fourth section gives the % of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the entire population of 10,039,107 in LA County. That is, 48.4% of LA County are vaccinated, etc.
Finally, the fifth section gives the marginal rates. Example: the cases of the unvaccinated age 12 and over make up 5.6% of the county population.
The final column presents the comparisons: the ratios of the numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths of the unvaccinated to those of the vaccinated. The analysis shows that the unvaccinated are, compared to the vaccinated :
– 42x more likely to be infected
– 164x more likely to be hospitalized
– 410x more likely to die
It is clear that vaccination makes a vital difference. These ratios are actually conservative since the unvaccinated group include populations which are partially vaccinated as well as children under the age of 12, both subgroups which lessen the severity numbers of the danger.
Based on this, an adult not being vaccinated means you have at least 42X the chance of being infected, 164X the chance of being hospitalized, and 410X the chance of dying.
If you could do something that would eliminate 99.76% of the chance that you die from one of the leading causes of death, why wouldn’t you do that?
The Wesak Festival is one of the most important spiritual events of the solar year. This year of 2021, the full moon of Taurus occurs on 26 April. This is the time of the Wesak Festival. Please see the post below from May 2020. The links to the Lucis Trust are still working and updated for this year. Please let us join together in the meditation for the planet.
This year, the Wesak Festival which we first wrote about in 2016, takes place on May 5 – 9 this year of 2020.
The Wesak Festival at the time of the Taurus new moon is said to take place when the Buddha and the Christ meet in the mysterious Shambhala Valley in the Himalayas. A powerful energy combines Wisdom and Love to elevate human consciousness.
Wesak is especially important when the entire globe is engaged in a struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic. Let those of spiritual inclination join together in meditation with the intent to foster the coming of the new Light.
The Lucis Trust (lucis means light) is dedicated to the establishment of a new and better way of life for everyone in the world based on the fulfillment of the divine plan for humanity.
Map of Japan showing latitudes. The three main islands lies approximately 30 to 40 degrees north latitude.Image credit
FUYU ITARU HI: WINTER SOLSTICE and THE SIX-SEASON SOLAR CALENDAR
In the Wosite language of Jōmon Japan, the winter solstice was termed, fuyu itaru hi, the day that winter (fuyu) arrives. In modern Japan, this same meaning is pronounced tōji. Yet in haiku over the years, the older indigenous fuyu itaru hi frequently appears.
As we have shown in other articles, the Jōmon certainly had used a solar calendar of their own making. The solar-tracking megaliths of Kanayama are evidence of this. This is natural in an early civilization so attuned to the life-giving sun.
Hiyomi and Koyomi
The solar calendar is confirmed in the Wosite writings of the same period, circa 5,000 years ago. They name a brilliant man named Achihiko Omoikane as its creator, for which he received the title, Hi-yomi-no-miya, Master of the Solar Calendar. Until that time, calendars were called koyomi (ko-yomi), meaning to read the trees for the seasons. Even though Japan now uses the Gregorian solar calendar, the word for calendar is still koyomi!
Achihiko showed how to read the sun for more accurately knowing the seasons of the year. For practical reasons in a rural landscape without electricity or flashlight batteries, indigenous people relied on lunar phases to mark the days. However, the lunar calendar does not match well with the solar year; too many adjustments are needed. The people of Wosite times wanted to know the solar year which tells the seasons for practical purposes such as fishing, hunting, and agriculture.
One might speculate that the earliest shrines in the form of standing megaliths or grove of sacred trees were oriented toward the east, and we have seen many cases of this. Later, perhaps, their astronomical knowledge enabled them to place shrines solsticially.
Winter Solstice Sunrise
In the land of Japan, between 30 to 40 degrees north latitude, the winter solstice sun rises and sets 30 degrees south of the east-west line. In field trips to hundreds of old shrines, we have found a predominance of shrines facing either the sunrise or the sunset of winter solstice. This implies that ancient people knew how to determine these solstice directions. And they found it significant to orient their sacred places to honor the sun’s return to the north.
One of the oldest shrines in Japan is the Asadori Jinja. Its origin is unknown. Yet, the local Shinto priest conducts a ceremony starting just before dawn on winter solstice morning. The villagers have assembled to greet the sun as it rises. At first light, they shout “ka-kee kō!” Thus the name of the shrine, Asa-dori, which means the Bird of Morning, the rooster.
On the Higashinoyama (Eastern Mountain) of Kanayama are a grouping of lying megaliths some 9 meters long. They point to the sun as it clears the terrain on the morning of the winter solstice.
Moreover, observations can be made 60 days before and after this date. (Solar observations can be made more accurately when the sun is not near solstice). The earlier date gives advance notice of the day that winter solstice will arrive so that they could prepare their ceremony. As well, this is an important date in their solar calendar as we shall shortly explain.
By careful observations over long periods of time, the Jōmon people knew the four-year leap-year cycle as well as the longer 128-year cycle. Theirs is an observational calendar, always true to the actual movement of the sun.
In the Wosite literature the winter solstice marked the beginning of the new year. Our own Gregorian calendar begins the new year on January 1, ten days after the winter solstice. Was this choice deliberate? The Solar calendar of the Jōmon was deliberately designed “from scratch,” so to speak.
Kanayama Solar Calendar with Six Seasons
The Kanayama solar calendar is noteworthy for its six-part symmetry. Each season is approximately 60 days long. In this chart, we have placed winter solstice at the bottom, when the sun is lowest in the sky, furthest south. The calendar reads clockwise. Let’s approximate the year as having 360 days. Then the 60 days before winter solstice may be considered to begin the early winter season, and 60 days after winter solstice marks the end of late winter and the beginning of the 60-day spring season. Spring lasts, on this calendar, from 30 days before to 30 days after the vernal equinox. And so it goes for the rest of the year until the calendar and the sun cycle back around. In this chart from the Kanayama Research Center, the dates shown in red are actual dates when multiple solar observations are made at the megaliths.
On wall calendars in the U.S., the winter solstice date is labelled the “first day of winter.” In the U.K., this day is termed “midwinter day.” It’s interesting that the U.K. custom matches the six-season calendar.
Asanoha Sacred Symbol
The six-fold symmetry of the solar calendar is reminiscent of the sacred symbol of the asanoha motif. Asanoha represents the vigor of the asa hemp plant, sacred to the people. The asanoha pattern is often found in children’s clothing and dishes to wish good health and longevity. The asanoha pattern shown here on the left in woodwork is the Japanese version of the flower of life. The diagram on the right is a copy of the flower of life pattern in stone of the Temple of Abydos in Egypt.
Hemp is known for being long used in making ropes for its strength and durability. While growing hemp was banned for a period of time in certain countries when it was thought to contain THC, the hallucinatory chemical in marijuana, the hemp plant is now making a comeback to legality and is serving for health and medicinal purposes, as it was meant to do. It is also a sustainable plant and is being more widely used in ecofriendly fabrics.
Astronomical Cross Quarters of Space
We find that the four dates which delineate the boundaries of the 120-day summer and winter seasons are known to astronomers as the cross-quarter dates. These dates do not divide the temporal year into four parts of 91 days each. Rather, they divide the times of the year when the sun’s path in the sky moves into another of the four zones. With the solstices marking the extreme borders, there are six calendar dates dividing the Jōmon calendar into six seasons. This is very interesting, since the ancient Vedic calendar of India has the same six seasons. However, the Vedic calendar is based on stellar observations and will gradually cease to match the solar year as the star patterns in the sky change due to a precessional cycle of around 26,000 years.
In this NASA chart , the zone occupied by the sun in the sky is bordered by the red arc for summer solstice and the green arc for winter solstice. It is divided into two parts by the path of the sun during the equinoxes, shown in blue. The cross-quarters are the further division of each half again into half, thus forming four quarters of the sun’s zone. By this, we mean the angles are divided into half. For example, for latitudes around 35 degrees the red and green arcs are separated by 60 degrees; the half-way angles are separated by 15 degrees.
In conclusion, we have discussed the Jōmon indigenous solar calendar. We have pointed out some aspects of ancient calendars and how the sun is observed on certain days of the year, including the winter solstice. The winter solstice has served as the start of the new year in many indigenous cultures as well as in Japan.
The return of the sun on the winter solstice is certainly a cause for celebration!
P.S. A related winter solstice post on Iwakage, the blog site of the Kanayama Megaliths is here.
In about the year 1950, the Katakamuna scroll was seen in the mountains of Rokkō (六甲山 Rokkōsan) of Hyogo prefecture by Narasaki Kogetsu. During his engineering work on Kincho-san mountain in the Rokkosan range, Narasaki met a hunter named Hiratōji whose father he said was the “Guji of Katakamuna Shrine”. Hiratoji showed him the makimono scroll, the shintai (sacred object) of the shrine. The Katakamuna Shrine has never been found. However, there is a Hokura Shrine that some associate with Katakamuna.
What we call Katakamuna is connected with the Ashiya tribe, an ancient culture that was known to Taoists in Manchuria, according to Narasaki.
Look at the above map of the Rokko mountains with Ashiya to the southeast and Nishinomiya to the northeast. At Nishinomiya is the Hirota Jinja of Kanasaki Kami who raised Wakahime and is one of the enshrined kami, along with Amaterasu. Wakahime and Mukatsuhime, principal consort of the male Amateru/Amaterasu lived in the Rokko area during Wosite times. The Rokko mountains were originally named Mukoyama after Mukatsuhime. For more about Wakahime and Mukatsuhime, please see WoshiteWorld.
See our other posts on Rokkosan and on Katakamuna by using the Search box.
The MysterySpot blog reports on their visit to Hokura Shrine. After showing photos of the many megaliths on the shrine grounds, they propose that the megaliths are arranged in a spiral connected in some way to Katakamuna. This is our interpretation of the final sections of the above blog.
In 1949 or 1950, at Kinchozan, where the Hokura Shrine is located, 楢崎皐月 Narasaki Satsuki (aka Narasaki Kōgetsu) is shown a document called Katakamuna by an old man named Hiratōji at Katakamuna Shrine. The Katakamuna literature is written in iconographic characters consisting of geometric circles and straight lines arranged in spirals.
Earlier, when Narasaki was stationed in Manchuria (in 1941 or so), he had heard from the priest Lu You San, about the 八鏡化美津文字（ハッキョウカミツモジ） (Hakkyo Kamitsu-moji) of the アシア(Ashia) tribe. So, later when he saw the Katakamuna documents, he thought it might be the characters of Katakamuna and succeeded in translating the documents.
By deciphering, Narasaki found that this Katakamuna document is a science book that describes the view of the universe by ancient people who built a high degree of civilization expressed in the form of poetry. Based on this, Narasaki is developing a unique discipline called 相似象学sōji zō-gaku “similarity pattern science”
It has astonishing contents such as atomic transmutation, principle of positive and negative superposition, uncertainty principle, limit saturation law, landscape engineering, medical method, farming method.
Excerpt from “Nihon no butsurigaku yokō” Japanese Physics Proceedings by Narasaki Kōgetsu on MysterySpot blog:
Ama is a latent state in which the amount of space-time is degenerate, and it is the original state of Ma before the manifestation and activation of matter and life quality, to be correct, the latent state behind the objective. And it is infinite outside the universe. According to the intuition of the ancients, the universe that we have in concept is a finite universe (Takatama), and there are several universes (Takatama) in the unlimited Ama. In addition, infinite Ama is also an integrated latent state of differential infinite quantity Ame, and there are various latent pattern energy protectors (Nushi) who occupy the unlimited limit of Ama. This is called Ame-no-Minakanushi, and it is said that Ame-no-Minakanushi exists in the unlimited differential quantity.
For those who are interested in another ancient writing system, please visit WoshiteWorld.
Okunomichi would like to introduce our readers to Japan-Insights, an English-language portal site that provides wider experts’ experiences on Japanese culture to the world. There are many articles in a variety of fields. Here are just a few of them.
Kagura: Theater of Tradition Amid Innovation, by Dieter Georg Adlamaier-Herbst, Germany
Traveling through the westernmost coastal region of Japan’s main island, the author, an internationally recognized expert in digital communication and branding, studies the old Japanese theater style Kagura. The Iwami Kagura of Shimane is especially popular.
Infectious diseases in premodern Japan, by Robert Campbell
Robert Campbell, Director General of the National Institute of Japanese Literature and a dedicated supporter of Japan-Insights, tells some heartbreaking, yet encouraging stories about infectious diseases in pre-modern Japan. Although these accounts seem to come from a very different time, we can sympathise with the protagonists presented – their concern to care for others and their trust in the solidarity communities can afford. This is a 22-minute video.
Spectacular Buildings: Sendai’s Legacy of Architecture and Art, by Anton Schweizer, Germany
The city which is now Sendai was founded by Date Masamune, warlord and patronoo f the arts. Zuihoden, whose under-roof we see is Date’s mausoleum. It can be visited year-round, except for December 31 and January 1. This essay introduces Date through the city’s monuments from the viewpoint of an art historian
From the home page of Japan-Insights, you can click the icons to link to the Japan-Insights blog, Facebook, or Twitter. There are new articles posted on the blog.
At this time of chaos, the world is in special need of the wisdom of Lao-tzu, as written in the Tao Te Ching. The photo is the cover of the book, Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo, Shambhala, 2007.
This one of many fine translations and interpretations of the Tao Te Ching. What makes it different is its terseness. We favor brevity and simplicity, leaving it to the reader to add all the particles and grammatical care to form proper sentences. We are especially fond of this presentation by two highly qualified translators who chose to “let the text speak for itself” rather than explaining what Lao-tzu meant.
Perhaps the best way to benefit from this book is to first read other books and secondly to develop understanding through contemplative practice. Then the beauty of the simple text becomes apparent. And the power of the wisdom more striking. Let’s focus on the advice proffered in the final lines from selected verses.
Heaven’s Tao benefits and does not harm. The Sage’s Tao acts and does not contend.
Heaven’s Tao has no favorites but endures in good people.
Heaven aids and protects through compassion.
Knowing that enough is enough is always enough.
A violent man does not die a natural death.
Tao hides, no name. Yet Tao alone gets things done.
All things originate from being. Being originates from non-being.
No desire is serenity, and the world settles of itself.
Humans follow earth, earth follows heaven, heaven follows Tao. Tao follows its own nature.
Live in the ancient Tao, master the existing present, understand the source of all things. This is called the record of Tao.
Love the world as your self: The world can be your trust.
Only do not contend, and you will not go wrong.
Longwinded speech is exhausting. Better to stay centered.
[The Sage] Practices non-action and the natural order is not disrupted.
The world is now struggling with devastating problems of sickness, natural disasters, and human violence. The བོན Bön deity Sidpa Gyalmo is being invoked in the midst of this pandemoneum because of her fiercely protective and healing energies. Sidpa Gyalmo is one of the three emanations of the Great Mother of the Universe. Sidpa Gyalmo [Tibetan srid pa’i rgyal mo] is transcribed into roman letters in different ways, for example Sipé Gyalmo.
In the Bön religion Sidpa Gyalmo, the Queen of the World, is the fierce aspect of the Great Mother; Sherab Chamma is the Loving Mother of Wisdom and Compassion. Sidpa Gyalmo is depicted in a dark blue color, surrounded by flames of power. She is both healer and protector in addition to remover of obstacles to enlightenment. Sidpa Gyalmo is the wrathful aspect, Sherab Chamma is the peaceful aspect, and Yeshe Walmo has both aspects of the Great Mother.
Many Bön teachers and practice groups are accessible on the Internet. They can be found by searching on the key words “Bon religion.” One such group is Bon Shen Ling.
Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche is the teacher of Yeru Bon Center. Rinpoche leads a practice group on Tuesday nights. During August 2020, they are doing the Sidpa Gyalmo Coronavirus practice over Zoom. Everyone is invited to join in. To learn the Sidpa Gyalmo practice, click here. Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche teaches a simple practice and why we do it. Scroll down that same page and watch the video. We summarize the Sidpa Gyalmo practice. The mantra and the dedication are given below. You can recite the mantra as you go about your day.
Sit and calm yourself. Set your pure intention for the benefit of all sentient beings, especially those victims of the virus and other catastrophes. Generate warm-heartedness and genuine compassion.
Imagine Sidpa Gyalmo in front of your head. She is dark blue. Her wisdom aura is flaming with powerful energy. In her right hand she holds a sword of wisdom, in her left a vase of healing essence. Imagine that you yourself are Sidpa Gyalmo.
Recite Sidpa Gyalmo’s mantra for you and everyone, one or two rounds of the mala. As you recite, radiate the flames as thousands of manifestations of Sidpa Gyalmo. The flames burn illness and its causes, disasters and their causes, violence and its causes. Send this energy to everyone everywhere. Imagine all beings being healed and protected by this energy.
Follow by meditation.
Make supplication to Sidpa Gyalmo. Ask for her blessing in protecting all sentient beings and removing obstacles to liberation. In return make a sincere offering from your heart.
Make a dedication to share the merit of your practice with all sentient beings.
SIDPA GYALMO MANTRA
om abhiya nakpo é sö soha
go sum dak pa’i ge wa kang gyi pa
kham sum sem chen nam gyi don du ngo
du sum sak pa’i le drip kun jyang ne
ku sum dzok pa’i sang gye nyur thop shok
All pure virtue done through the three doors (body, speech and mind),
I dedicate for the welfare of sentient beings throughout the three realms (desire, form and formlessness).
Having purified all obstructive actions of the three poisons (greed, hatred and attachment),
May we swiftly achieve complete Buddhahood of the three bodies.
This practice is effective in many ways. Sidpa Gyalmo answers every call with her powerful energies, for she is everywhere. Our own inner capacity strengthens. We become more calm and gain confidence in the face of these disastrous situations.
At this time of chaos in the world, all are welcome to invoke the dynamic power of Sidpa Gyalmo. Her energy gives us not only healing and protection, but we ourselves transform and overcome obstacles to greater awareness. In her triple emanations, Sidpa Gyalmo – Yeshe Walmo – Sherab Chamma, Great Mother protects not only us sentient beings but the Bön teachings as well. She leads us to join her in her enlightened state.