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28 days ago
MDaines
Yve writes "May I pop into ask you a question,a bit off topic. As you truly know your languages have you come across words to describe the Egyptian pyramids ?. I have found the origins of words contain so much instant information. I know the Greeks gave them this name..Combustible material in the middle..pyres need not be lit, but have tried in vain to find out what they were known as throug
Forum: Mysteries
29 days ago
MDaines
Hello Thanos, Thanks for the links. I’ve written elsewhere about the fact that PIE (Proto-Indo-European for those who don’t know the acronym) is nothing more than the findings of an analysis, admittedly far-reaching, but with absolutely no grounding in or confirmation from any ancient text. Nevertheless, it’s almost always mentioned as an ultimate source in etymological dictionaries and has ta
Forum: Mysteries
29 days ago
MDaines
Cladking writes “Egyptologists have identified no words from the oldest writing that mean "thought" or "belief"!!! There are no words for abstractions, reductionistic thinking, or stand alone words that are taxonomic. I assume you've found the same thing in Sumerian. There are few words that seem to break this pattern.” Hello Cladking, There are two Sumerian symbols that
Forum: Mysteries
5 weeks ago
MDaines
Melissa writes “It's very interesting to hear you say you followed a belief or a hunch, that you couldn't accept the view of the Sumerians being primitive herds people. I think perhaps your belief is the most interesting part of all. The existing consensus you couldn't accept was, I suppose, rooted in a sort of cultural imperialism, that viewed the other - separate from us over both space and tim
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6 weeks ago
MDaines
Melissa writes “What could these other things be? What is the mercurial principle? What do you make of a comment such as the sun being the father of stone? Do you believe in a language common to all before Babel?” The text of the Emerald Tablet is an enigma that alchemists and philosophers have tried to pierce over many centuries. They had the advantage of a fuller awareness of the importa
Forum: Mysteries
6 weeks ago
MDaines
Hi Melissa, You write “Further in the book, the author writes: " the sun is said to be, metaphorically, by Hermes, the Father of stone." This is a reference to the well-known and little understood saying from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, source of the term ‘As above, so below’ quoted since the 1st millennium AD. The most famous character fascinated by this alchemic
Forum: Mysteries
2 months ago
MDaines
Barbelo writes “As far as the Emerald Tablets are concerned, I am not convinced that they are authentic.” I was referring to the Emerald Tablet (singular) also known as the Tabula Smaragdina. It is given as a translation dating to the 1st millennium AD and quite a few people have, rightly or wrongly, considered it to be an important alchemical text through the centuries since that time. My own
Forum: Mysteries
2 months ago
MDaines
Barbelo writes “To me, As above, So below, has a mystical configuration as well as one related to the Earth/Sky.” Hello Barbelo, I notice you leave the name Hermes out of your equation and yet he is at the source of your ascension theory. As I’m sure you know, Hermes is the only attributed source of the well-known phrase ‘As above, so below.’ taken from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegi
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2 months ago
MDaines
Dr Troglodyte writes "You wrote: ”Are the places where hermits (as followers of Hermes)…”; do you have references that would support the proposition that these words share a common association or origin?" Although you weren't addressing your question to me, I can make a strong case for the Her of 'hermit' being of the same origin as the name of Hermes, both sourced from the earliest
Forum: Mysteries
2 months ago
MDaines
Melissa writes “and these islands had only early Christian and medieval connections, as far as anyone knew.” Hello Melissa, Very, very interesting. Thank you. Christians built their temples over the old sites for obvious reasons. The following quote and a few lines from my second book published a couple of months ago shed light on the implantation of religious sites and the importance of na
Forum: Mysteries
2 months ago
MDaines
Just saw this and thought it might interest you:
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
2 months ago
MDaines
Sean writes "How about IAOM and MOAI? Do you see any Sumerian traces? It's been suggested that these "secret words" are meant to be chanted in a ritualistic meditative sense. The words may also be rooted in Alpha/OMega." Yve has such great insights. From the Sumerian perspective, I can confirm that the names of at least some characters are important indicators. Plato’s
Forum: History
2 months ago
MDaines
Sean writes "Some authors have said the secret word was IAOM. Or at least that this was one secret word at one time. It may be the hidden meaning/joke in Twelfth Night." I was already interested in Greek capital I (Iota) for its source in the early Sumerian symbols and Audrey Waugh’s excellent videos point out that repetition is to be understood as a coded confirmation of some tru
Forum: History
2 months ago
MDaines
Barbelo writes “The reason that I asked Madeline the question is because she is a scholar of the Sumerian language and author. I thought that she might have referred back to Sumeria and the Serpent/Tree of Life, as you have done. But, for some reason, she chose to answer about the Serpent Mound in the USA???” The Sumerian tablet referenced contains several symbols/words. The only two that a
Forum: Mysteries
2 months ago
MDaines
“Over Serpent Mound the drama continues to unfold, this love affair of planet and star, ground and sky, above and below, this beautiful and moving alignment sustained for a long, lingering interval as the sun continues its descent.” Graham Hancock, America Before (2019), p.44.
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2 months ago
MDaines
The Sumerian tablet reference P001295 on CDLI from the 4th millennium BC is interesting in that it shows the horned snake, almost always vertical in the Sumerian writings, emanating from the top of a striated pyramid form given as LAGARg, the ‘mound’. In my opinion, the Serpent Mound also figures on the Narmer Palette above the female figure – the naga cobra represented there by its head marking
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2 months ago
MDaines
Yve writes "What a complex book ! No wonder this lot were in a secret world.I have an image of them reading and talking in dead languages, experimenting and rushing all over the world. I once was at a dinner with some Jewish elders, discussing the Kabbalah . Being a woman and non Jewish it is a book to me. I asked why they didn't just go straight to the top Angel and save all the steps in be
Forum: History
3 months ago
MDaines
Yve writes “So interesting,I had to read it quite a few times :). Madeleine, with your wide knowledge do you have any thoughts as to why 'they' chose the name Will ( William ) to be Shakespeare's first name ?. I also have said before I think Hermes runs through Shakespeare, as yet another layer.I also think this is why there are so many name reversals..as above so below, as below so above..(take
Forum: History
3 months ago
MDaines
Andrew writes “Hi, I have looked into the place-name Qesem and see that its usual interpretation as a Hebrew word is "diviniation", as in casting objects that are interpreting as both meaningful and inspired by supernatural means. The cave itself was only discovered in 2000 when road construction collapsed its hidden roof, so there is very little chance of a direct continuity relatin
Forum: Author of the Month
3 months ago
MDaines
Truth may seem, but cannot be: Beauty brag, but 'tis not she; Truth and beauty buried be. To this urn let those repair That are either true or fair For these dead birds sigh a prayer. (Final verses of The Phoenix and the Turtle, William Shakespeare) Whoever wrote this was lamenting the lost memory of the alchemical teachings of Hermes. Let the priest in surplice white, That defu
Forum: History
3 months ago
MDaines
KE/KI is the symbol of place. Another symbol pronounced IK/EK has the meanings ‘door’, ‘open’, and ‘to guard’. This is typical of Sumerian mirroring and the reason why I also interpret KE/KI as being the source of our word ‘key’. SIM/SEM, the bird, can be pronounced NAM and is given as ‘determined order’, ‘will’, ‘fate’ and ‘destiny’ on ePSD. I use just one phonetic value, NAM, throughout The
Forum: Author of the Month
3 months ago
MDaines
I translate Sumerian, termed the Crystal Tongue in my book, the founding Semitic language, the one that should be used in etymology dictionaries but – strangely – isn’t. Sumerian is given as an isolated language. End of story…or beginning? This is both a language and a code, a coded language, the ‘sacred dialect’ that the mysterious Fulcanelli mentions in his book, THE MYSTERY OF THE CATHEDRALS.
Forum: History
3 months ago
MDaines
I would add a clue. Look at the placing of four-Ts in the bottom righthand corner of Shakespeare’s epitaph shown in the video. Find there the four parts of the Knights Templar cross. Then consider that the T and the four Ts have an even more ancient origin than the 12th century AD. Consider the Sumerian clay tablet dated to the Uruk IV period ca.3350-3200 BC, displayed on the CDLI website under t
Forum: History
3 months ago
MDaines
Hello Andrew, Is it possible to discover the source of the name Qesem? It’s extremely intriguing from a Sumerian perspective. KE-SEM, Place of the Bird of Destiny (the Simurgh), Place of the Alchemist/Shaman. Is that just a coincidence? Perhaps a modern attribution... Madeleine
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4 months ago
MDaines
Yve writes “So interesting,I had to read it quite a few times :). Madeleine, with your wide knowledge do you have any thoughts as to why 'they' chose the name Will ( William ) to be Shakespeare's first name ?. I also have said before I think Hermes runs through Shakespeare, as yet another layer.I also think this is why there are so many name reversals..as above so below, as below so above..(take
Forum: History
4 months ago
MDaines
Sean writes “TwO pops up in the work of Petter Amundsen. Finding TWO in the Folio dedication, Amundsen turned to the first page.2, which is in the Tempest.” The W, the double U, is sourced from Sumerian symbol U.U which has the meaning ‘two’. In a slightly different form, it has the meanings ‘to double, to repeat, companion, partner’. U.U is even given on ePSD, although without confirmation of
Forum: History
4 months ago
MDaines
Broker writes “I’m curious what bird represented the bird of destiny? Many ancient cultures used the Eagle/Simurgh/Thunderbird/Vulture as a totem. They also maintain that all life sprang form from a sacred tree. What did the Sumerians believe? I have ordered your last two books and I’m looking forward to reading them.” Thank you, Broker. Sumerian SIM is most probably the origin of the
Forum: History
4 months ago
MDaines
Yve writes “My blood ran cold when I read the last piece. I've been reading about all these things since the 70s, mostly in very old books. Easy to find in London with all the alternative bookshops, especially near the British Museum, I am fascinated by the Hittites and Assyrians and love all the museum artifacts.The reason I stopped going back before ancient Babylon was it seemed to lurch into a
Forum: History
4 months ago
MDaines
Glass Jiggsaw writes “Haha I even lived in deep Tudor country, Henry 8ths house was round the corner. A long story short I have found is that most of the 'secret societies' in the western world, and I include Shakespeare's writings in this, just go back to ancient Babylon, Arcadia, and the Cult of Dionysus. At some point there was a massive schism with what we now know as the western churches...a
Forum: History
4 months ago
MDaines
Tusk writes "This is very interesting, Prof. Joseph DAVIDOVITS presents, his famous theory on how the Egyptians pyramids were built with re-agglomerated limestone. The Geopolymer Institute has analysed samples of the limestone from the pyramids the results lead them to conclude the blocks were not quarried and placed upon each other but rather Casting the the blocks using Potash from burnt p
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