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• Bestselling author Barbara Hand Clow examines legendary cataclysms and shows how we are about to overcome the collective fear they have instilled in us.
• The long-awaited follow-up that continues the revelations begun in The Pleiadian Agenda, which has sold more than 60,000 copies.
• Explains why, contrary to many prophets of doom, we are actually on the cusp of an era of incredible creative growth.
The recent discovery of the remains of ancient villages buried beneath the Black Sea is the latest instance of mounting evidence that many of the "mythic" catastrophes of historythe fall of Atlantis, the Biblical Floodwere actual events. In Catastrophobia Barbara Hand Clow shows that a series of cataclysmic disasters, caused by a massive disturbance in the Earth's crust 11,500 years ago, rocked the world and left humanity's collective psyche permanently scarred. We are a wounded species, and this unprocessed fear, passed from generation to generation, is responsible for our constant expectations of apocalypse, from Y2K to the famed end of the Mayan calendar in 2012.
Catastrophobia reveals the insidious global forces that have used these collective fears to control humanity for thousands of years. But we are in the midst of a tremendous shift in the Earth's 26,000-year precessional cycle, and there is every indication that the changes in consciousness over the last 30 years are the beginnings of a collective healing from these deep fears, heralding a new age where we will see that the era of cataclysms is ending and a time of extraordinary creative activity is at hand.
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About the Author
Barbara Hand Clow is the author of the bestselling Pleiadian Agenda, Liquid Light of Sex, and Chiron. An internationally noted astrologer, editor, and ceremonial teacher at sacred sites, she appears at workshops throughout the world and lives in rural New England. Other books by Barbara Hand Clow include Eye of the Centaur, Heart of the Christos, and Signet of Atlantis.
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This part of the Kama Shastra deals with sexual union, and is called Chatushshashti, or sixty-four. Some authors say it is so titled because it contains sixty-four chapters. Followers of Babhravya say that this part contains eight subjects: the embrace; kissing; scratching with the nails or fingers; biting; lying down; making various sounds; purushayitam, or playing the part of a man; auparishtaka, or mouth congress. Each subject is of eight kinds, and since eight multiplied by eight is sixty-four, it is therefore named Chatushshashti.
But Vatsyayana affirms that as this part also contains subjects such as striking, crying, the acts of a man during congress, the various kinds of congress and other subjects, the name sixty-four is only accidental. For instance, a tree is saptaparna, seven-leaved, or an offering of rice is panchavarna, five-coloured, but the tree does not have seven leaves, nor does rice have five colours.
Kind of Embraces
Babhravya refers to eight different kinds of embraces:
The embrace which indicates the mutual love of a man and woman who have come together is of four varieties, and the action is denoted by the word which describes it.
If a man under some pretext goes in front of or alongside a woman and touches her body with his own, this is called the touching embrace.
If a woman in a private place bends down as if to pick up something, and presses her breasts against a man sitting or standing, and the man takes hold of them, this is called a piercing embrace.
These two kinds of embraces take place only between persons who have not, as yet, started speaking freely to each other.
When two lovers are walking together slowly, either in the dark, or in a public or a lonely place, and rub their bodies against each other, this is referred to as a rubbing embrace.
If on this occasion one of them presses the other's body forcibly against a wall or pillar, this is known as a pressing embrace.
These two embraces are peculiar to those who know each other's intentions.
Embraces on Meeting
At the time of the meeting four kinds of embrace are used:
When a woman clings to a man in the same manner as a creeper twines around a tree, pulls his head down to hers to kiss him and makes a slight purring sound, embraces him, and looks lovingly at him, this embrace is called twining of a creeper.
When a woman places one of her feet on the foot of her lover, and the other on his thigh; passes one of her arms round his back, and the other on his shoulders; makes a slight sound of humming and cooing, and climbs up towards him to get a kiss, this embrace is likened to climbing a tree.
These two kinds of embrace take place when the lover is standing.
When lovers are on a bed, and embrace each other so closely that their arms and thighs are encircled by each other, and rub against them, this is called an embrace like a mixture of sesamum seed and rice.
If a man and a woman are very much in love and embrace as if they are entering into each others bodies, either while the woman is sitting on the lap of the man, or in front of him, or on a bed, this is called an embrace like a mixture of milk and water.
These two kinds of embraces take place at the time of sexual union.
Embracing Specific Body Parts
Suvarnanabha gives us four more ways of embracing particular parts of the body:
When one of the two lovers presses one or both thighs of the other between his or her own forcibly, this is the embrace of thighs.
If a man presses the jaghana, middle part of the woman's body, against his own, and mounts her to practice scratching with the nail or finger, or biting, or striking, or kissing, while the hair of the woman remains loose and flowing, this is referred to as the embrace of the jaghana.
If a man places his breast between the nipples of a woman and squeezes them, this is called the embrace of the breasts.
If either of the lovers touches the mouth, eyes and forehead of the other with his or her own, this is known as the embrace of the forehead.
Some say that even massaging is a kind I embrace because it involves touching of bodies. But Vatsyayana thinks that as massaging is performed at a specific time and for a particular purpose and has a different character, it cannot be termed an embrace.
Some shlokas further enlighten us on this:
The whole subject of embracing is of such a nature that men who ask questions about it, or who hear about it, or who talk about it, acquire thereby a desire for enjoyment. Even those embraces that are not mentioned in the Kama Shastra should be practiced at the time of sexual enjoyment, if they are in any way conducive to the increase of love or passion. The rules of the Shastra apply as long as the passion of man is middling, but once the wheel of love is set in motion, there is then no Shastra an no order.
Table of Contents
The Truth Behind Earth Changes
List of Illustrations
Foreword by J. Bernard Delair
1. Seizing the Cycles of the Stars
2. The Great Cataclysm and the Fall
3. The Bicameral Brain & the Sphinx
4. The Story of the Prediluvial World
5. Geomancy & Primordial Memory
6. Catal Huyuk & Noah's Flood
7. The Fallen Angels & the Stones of Ica
8. The Stargate Conspiracy & the Kosmokrater
9. Goddess Alchemy & the Heliopolitan Mysteries
Appendix A: Egyptian Time Line
Appendix B: Earth Changes During the Holocene Epoch
Appendix C: Holocene Chronological Highlights
Appendix D: Reflections on Earth's Tilting Axis
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"Compulsive, compelling, and authoritative. An important addition to our understanding of ancient catastrophes and their impact on human consciousness. Essential reading for the alternative prehistorian."