5.16 – MAGIC OF THE GODS (10.21.13)


Dallas, Texas. 2011. Researchers at the University of Texas’s Nanotech Institute discover a process that can actually make objects invisible. These scientists spin tiny carbon fibers into sheets, and submerge them into water. An electrical charge heats the material, and changes the way the surrounding water bends light, making an object appear to vanish at the turn of a switch.

“We are not actually seeing around the object we’re cloaking. What we’re doing is we’re using the heated carbon nanotube sheet to bend light. So, when we think we’re looking in a particular direction, we’re actually looking at neighboring seawater. We’re using very extraordinary materials to accomplish our mirage cloaking.”

Ray Baughman, Ph.D. (Dir., NanoTech Inst. UT Dallas)

But as innovative as this remarkable technology is, stories of devices with similar powers can be found throughout history.

Serifos, Greece. It was here, on this tiny island in the Aegean Sea, the ancient Greeks believed the hero Perseus set off on his seemingly impossible mission to kill the fearsome Gorgon Medusa.

“So Perseus had this incredible challenge because Medusa was powerful, and you just look at her and die, so it is a true dangerous situation for the hero.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

According to mythology, Perseus is given a magical helmet that ultimately ensures his success. Called the Helm of Darkness, the cap belonged to Hades, the god of the Underworld.

“Perseus goes on this adventure with the help of a number of the-the Greek gods. He is given a number of mythological items that are going to help him on his journey. He is given the cap of Hades, which will make him invisible. He then successfully kills Medusa and the other two Gorgons try to find him but they can’t see him because he’s wearing the helm of invisibility.”

Brian Sowers, Ph.D. (Prof. of Classic, Brooklyn College)

Did the Helm of Darkness really make Perseus disappear? Or might there be another, perhaps more scientific, explanation?

“This could be an ancient example of an advanced technology, using the bendable nature of light, and laws of physics that we’re now aware of, to make something that seems to be impossible very attainable, and with a technology that anyone could use, if they wanted to.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

Is Hades’ helmet evidence of an alien technology once used in ancient times? And if so, might the tales of other magical devices in the distant past offer proof that our ancestors had access to other even more highly advanced extraterrestrial tools?

Ponza, Italy. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, this crescent-shaped island is thought to be the legendary home of the Greek goddess Circe…a goddess thought to possess a wand with remarkable power. But the notion of a wand as an instrument of magic can be traced back even farther, back to the very origins of magic itself.

“The idea of magic comes from the area known as Persia, or Iran. This is from Zoroaster, the Zoroastrian traditions and rituals. The magi, the priest of that belief system would use a handful of wands as a magical intercession, a way to connect the unseen world and the seen. Magicians and leaders of all kind use staffs and verges and rods and wands and scepters, maces, all from similar traditions.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

The ancient accounts of Circe’s famous wand describe it as a formidable weapon, capable of producing astonishing physical transformations.

“According to Greek mythology, Circe was the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun. And according to those legends, she was incredibly beautiful. In fact, she was radiant. She was glowing because she was not of this Earth. The ancient Greeks considered her the goddess of magic. The stories surrounding Circe usually refer to her powerful wand, with which she was able to transform people into animals.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“And so, there’s a famous story in the Odyssey where Odysseus and his men land on a mysterious island. And they come upon a house where there’s a woman inside who’s singing songs. And the songs that she sings sort of lure the men into the house, and Circe says that she’s going to entertain them. And in the course of her interactions with them, she pulls out a wand and touches them with it. As a result, the men are then transformed into pigs.”

Brian Sowers, Ph.D. (Prof. of Classic, Brooklyn College)

“The idea of transformation is fascinating. There was fear in the ancient world that you could be changed into a wolf or some other animal. And then it was imagined that some people with extraordinary powers could do this to you, against your will, and that was greatly feared. And a good deal of magical practice was to try to avoid such a calamity.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

Was Circe’s magic wand simply a mythological invention, one rooted in mankind’s primitive imagination and superstition, as mainstream scholars suggest? Or might this incredible device have actually existed.

“Because we all know that all of these myths have a core of truth to them; something that happened in real life. And so when we talk about powerful wands that are used in order to transform people into animals, the only thing that something like this could have happened is if it was a technological device.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Is it possible, however, that an extremely advanced technology could actually, somehow, generate a shape-shifting effect and completely retool the DNA, the physical tissues, the flesh of a living human being? Many different ancient legends describe some sort of handheld device that had incredible capability to do things that would seem to be magical or even impossible. We see Vishnu’s spear. We see Thor’s hammer. We see Zeus’s thunderbolt. This could very well all be examples of a handheld technology that extraterrestrial humans who look like us did possess.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

Might Circe have come from a divine, possibly extraterrestrial lineage? And if so, could her wand have been based on highly advanced alien technology? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe such an idea is possible, and believe more evidence can be found in the stories of one of the most epic and destructive confrontations in religious history.


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