Thunderbolts of the Gods

The main defect (shared also with the writings of Immanuel Velikovsky, which are much-cited in this book) of this book is its assumption that mythologies are a description of the material plane-of-existence – though this defect is directly contradicted by the praesence in mythologies of deities, who are described as human in appearance, quite active, and participating quite overtly and observably the performance of events. Actually, in the material plane-of-existence, though human-appearing deities are occasionally observed (by mortals), those deities are relatively inactive, they themselves not usually speaking, and (if moving their bodies at all) walking only a short distance (though that short path may re-walked often by the same deity). [Often deities are to be seen in the waking world – i.e., the material plane-of-existence – in or beside a cemetery : so that for that reason such deities are often termed 'ghosts'. Whenever they visibly resemble a living person (usually a medium for spirits), they are commonly described as that person's (medium's) 'double'.]

In dreams, however, deities (including deities in the guise of mortals, which is their semblance in the commonest of dreamings) may be quite active (as described in the mythologies) talking (with the dreamer and with other deities). Any peculiarities of deities (or of their implements or habitations or apparel) recorded in mythologies is to be explicated in terms of scaenary experienced by dreamers in dreaming-worlds [and never by anything in the waking-world]. Levin (lightening) is the most feature of praeternatural-power-producing dreams, as described by Amerindian (both South American Indian and North American Indian) shamans – though, curiously, witnessing levin regularly in dreamings may attract levin in the waking-world, apparently through an energetic communication between those twain planes-of-existence. That adepts in witnessing levin in dreaming are particular targets for levin-strikes in the waking-world is a theme well-known in the lore of Amerindian shamans. It ought to abundantly evident that anyone's having made one's material body a target for praeternaurally-guided levin-strikes in the waking-world (where, unlike in the dreaming-world, levin can be destructive), is likely due to an inadvertent sin of omission : e.g., not having learned the basic electronic circuit for generating a radio-signal, which must use alternating electrical current (unlike mere levin, which is direct current) and must contain a capacitor. That a regular electric circuit is understood to be necessary is indicated in the importance to Amerindian shamans of sheet-lightning, which is jumping around through the sky, in the manner described as characteristic of the “Son of Man” (in the Gospel according to Loukas 17:24 ) , from cloud-to-cloud, without ever short-circuiting itself into the ground as instead doth “Sathanas” (in the Gospel according to Loukas 10:18 ). [Perhaps the primary site of generating the direct-current for the electric charge of S`aT.aN ought to be the supposed “water-well” S`iT.Nah (nigh Grar, in B-Re>s^it 26:21 – ), though if so must have been an electric-cell and must have contained battery-acid nstead of water; where the sputtering laughter (/ may repraesent the dit-dot of Morse Code.] The charge in the capacitor which is necessarily involved for radio-signal production would be indicated by the Son of Man's correlative, the “Antient of Days” (so-named because an electrical charge can be stored in a capacitor for some days).

[written March 15th Fri 2013; the well-water as battery-acid added March 18th Mon 2013]


Nearly every detail in any mythology can be explicated in terms of dreaming : and this applies to the details of the mythologies as described in this book.







pp. 4-9



pp. 10-29


Mysteries of the Cosmic Thundrebolt

pp. 30-61


Electrical Encountres in Space

pp. 63-99




pp. 4-9

p. 5 planetary orbits

And why did no many ancient account insist that the movements of the planets once changed? That was Plato's message … . The Babylonian Berossos said it too : the planets now move on different courses.”

{There is a difference perceived in, and therefore a “change” in, the distinction between the former (i.e., as perceived while dreaming) and the praesent (i.e., as perceived while awake) solar systems, including in their planetary orbits.}




pp. 10-29

p. 11 tarantula

The monstrous Tarantula Nebula, named for its many spidery filaments”.

{No tarantula-spider is capable of producing “filaments” for a web (they pounce on prey, not entangle prey in a web). Likely the “TARANTuLA Nebula” reminded its namer of the human so-called “TARANTeLLA Dance” (actually named for TARANTo/Tarentum in southern Italy – “MGT”) with its intricate weaving-like movements.}

MGT” = “Magna Graecia/Tarantella”

pp. 15-16 a dream

p. 15

The sky was electric, filled with luminous clouds, threads of light, and undulating rivers

{That is praecisely what all the mythologies describe – real dream-worlds governed by real deities (such deities as were witnessed by Carl Gustav Jung, as recorded in his Red Book).}

p. 16

of fire. To today's observer the events could only appear too vast, too improbable for anything but a dream.”

p. 17 relative powers of forces

the electric force is 10^39 times … more powerful than gravity.”

{The electric force is that much stronger than the gravitational force only in quantum-effects within the atom. On all larger scales (and therefore for all practical purposes), the magnitude of the electric force is very much less.}

pp. 18-19 praedictions of plasma cosmology confirmed

p. 18

plasma … can produce galactic structures without resorting to a popular fiction … – the Black Hole.”

p. 19

the spacecraft Deep Space 1 … found that … the nucleus of Comet Borrelly … was “hot and dry.” … Then, NASA's Stardust probe to comet Wild-2 … showed sharply defined “spires, pits and craters””.

pp. 20-1 founders of plasma cosmology

p. 20

Nobel Laureate Hannes Alfve`n, honored as the father of “plasma cosmology,” … based on electric forces.” “Alfven's close colleague, Anthony Peratt, later extended his investigation, … highlighted in the physicist Eric Lerner's popular book, The Big Bang Never Happened.”

p. 21

Peratt's book The Physics of the Plasma Universe has led the way to a new understanding of … the role of electricity in the cosmos. Due to … the Coalition of Plasma Science …, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world's largest scientific and technical society, anounced that it would recognize “Plasma Cosmology””.

pp. 21-2 Peratt Instabilities depicted in praehistoric rock-art;“squatter man”

p. 21

Peratt's laboratory research concentrated on the unstable formations that develop in high-energy plasma discharge … configurations through … phases. Some … are now called “Peratt Instabilities””. “In … 2000, in response to … the authors of this monograph, Peratt became intrigued by the striking similarity of ancient rock art to plasma dis-

p. 22

charge formations. …

The artists were recording heaven-spanning discharge formations above them.”

{If the praehistorical artists ever saw any “heaven-spanning discharge formations above them”, it could only have been in their dreams and/or waking-visions. They “were recording” such simply because a depicted record of supernatural energy could assist them (if they were shamans of that ilk) to communicate with and contact the deities who were praeternaturally producing such effects. Such communications/contacts could have many practicable benefits; whereas to idly depict mere physical events would have been futile (of no practical utility).}

A plasma instability found globally in rock art is a stick figure with a circle or dot on each side of its torso. In plasma experiments, this “squatter man” configuration appears when a [plasma] disk or donut-shaped torus is bent by magnetic fields”.

pp. 24-6 progression of plasma configuration from the Birkeland Current

p. 24

The discharge sequence … begins with two braided {entwined; “braid” would proprely entail 3} filaments (“Birkeland currents,” named after Kristian Birkeland) … . Under the magnetic forces …, the two filaments tend to draw closer. As they do, they rotate {twine} about each other … . If the current is strong enough, it may “pinch off” …, forming

cells that look like … a string of pearls.

{“String of Pearls” is the name of one of the Jaina naks.atra-s.}

then form spheroids that

evolve into disks or toruses {tori} … . …

{The Jaina “string of pearls” is praeceded [indicating that the sequence is backwards] by the Jaina naks.atra “Lei” (A&ACS, pp. 155-6).}

As the sequence progresses, the disks or toruses {tori} will flatten and the outer edges will begin to curve upward or downward like the rims of a saucepan {rim of saucepans}. To the observer looking through the transparent toruses {tori} they will have the appearance of stacked “arms” or “legs” strung along the axis of the discharge. … Eventually the formation reaches a theshold point and explosively breaks apart. … Nevertheless, … replication of this phase is given in

a petroglyph from Kayenta, Arizona … . …

{The petroglyph hath somewhat the appearance of a centipede, an arthropod of a hot sting. Cf. the hot flavor of CAYENNe (a chili pepper, and also the name of the capital of French Guiana), a word phonetically similar to /KAYENta/.}

p. 25

The upper terminus shows the twin filaments of the tighly bound Birkeland currents of the plasma column below. ...

{Praeceding the “lei” is the Jaina naks.atra “Spike”, believed to be a simplied version of the Bodish phur-bu, a ritual implement having two entwined serpents depicted on its blade.}

p. 26

[Next,] “humans would have needed to shield themselves from the” forthcoming explosion.

{Praeceding “spike” is the Jaina naks.atra “Flower in bloom” (A&ACS, p. 152), the petals of which “flower” might symbolize fragments of exploding plasma.}

A&ACS = Hugh A. Moran & David H. Kelley : The Alphabet and the Ancient Calendar Signs. 2nd edn. Daily Pr, 1969-70.

pp. 26-7 She Who Watcheth

p. 26

A key component in the Kayenta pictograph is the “eye mask”” .

““eye mask” formation stands in intimate connection to … the “eye goddess” and sometimes taking the form of an owl.

Here we see the owl form of the Greek goddess Athene.”

{Athene served as an eye-goddess when “she entered the smithy to watch” (GM 25.b).}

{In Longfellow's “Village Blacksmith” there is “The smith … With large and sinewy hands.” Praeceding “flower in bloom” is the Jaina naks.atra “Hand”.}

p. 27

“ “She Who Watches,” a popular eye goddess of the Columbia River region of the northwestern U.S.”

{Wis^ram goddess Tsagaglalae (SACR)} {This is a goddess to be reached through dream-incubation. (TBG); so her eyen could repraesent witnessing a dream.}

GM = Robert Graves : The Greek Myths. 1955.

SACR = Emory Strong : Stone Age on the Columbia River. 1959.

TBG = Jim Attwell : Tahmahnaw, the Bridge of the Gods.

{“She Who Watches” is goddess of a “great natural bridge over the Columbia” (TBG); the Latin bridge-making god is Ianus, whose name might possibly be a deformation of Hellenic /[W]EI[H]ONEUs/, which in turn is more clearly a cognate of the name /VIS.N.U/ of the god praesiding over the cakra named /SVADHis.t.hANa/, which is evidently an aequivalent to /ATHENe/. Athene also strove against (GM 16.c) Poseidon, who is the earthquake god : cf. the earthquake which according to Klickitat legend (“BGL”) collapsed the natural rock bridge over the Columbia River.} {cf. also the “World Peace Dream Bridge”}

BGL” = “Bridge of the Gods Legend”

p. 27 disk surrounded with short rays

a category of images Peratt calls the “Stonehenge” type. … a “Wandjina” pictograph in northeastern Australia … with a carved granite petroglyph in Northeastern Arizona”.

{Another disk surrounded with short rays is illustrated in Codex Borgianus Mexicanus, p. 41. Contained in it is a rite resembling circumcision (a rite known to Africans and to Australian aboriginals); but it is a eucharist of the most pretious blood.}



Mysteries of the Cosmic Thundrebolt

pp. 30-61

p. 33 proto-Indo-Germanic *dhubh-

the great dragon Typhon, Typhaon, or Typhoeus whose attack nearly destroyed the world.”

{This Hellenic name may be cognate with Skt. /dunDUBHa/ 'unvenomous watersnake' (S-ED); and perhaps with Skt. /DaBH-/ 'to hurt, injure destroy; to deceive' (S-ED). It could also be cognate with Old English /DUBBan/ 'to strike, beat'; English /DUB/ is usually 'to beat (scil., a drum)'; while Skt. /dunDUBHi/ is 'kettledrum'.}

S-ED = Monier Monier-Williams : Sanskrit-English Dictionary.

p. 37 cosmic net

Tiamat and Marduk, the sage of the gods, drew close … . The Lord spread out his net, encircled her, The ill wind … he released in her face.”

{The “Net of Indra” is stated to enclose the planetary system. (This may refer to the visionary net often viewed while undergoing the hypnagogic/hypnopompic state of mind).}

p. 41 cyclone

[Akkadian] “whirling “cyclone” called abubu

{/GAyBUB 'swoon, faint, stupor, coma' (A-ED, p. 807a). [As one is swooning/fainting, one senses (or head) may seem to be whirling.]}

A-ED = Han Wehn (ed. by J. Milton Cowan) : A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. 4th edn. 1979.

p. 44 javelin & s`aru

In the words of Nonnos, Zeus is “the javelin-thrower of the thunderbolt.” (Nonnos 7:163-4, transl. Rouse 1:256-7 /akontion/ 'javelin')

the Greek kerauno's, “thunderbolt,” most commonly used for Zeus' weapon … appears to lie behind the Sanskrit sha'ru, 'arrow'”.

{/s`aru/ is usually 'missile, dart'; whereas /s`ara/ is consistently 'arrow' (S-ED).}

p. 45 aor

Apollo bore the epithet chrysa'oros or chrysa'or – meaning “of the Golden Sword” (a'or)”.

{Usually, /Khrus-aor/ is the name of a demigod distinct from Apollon (GM 33.b; 73.h; 132.a, f). /Aor/ is translated “sickle, or falchion” (i.e., scimitar) in GM 33.5, where, as in GM 132.4, the allusion is Druidic.} {/Aor/ may (if for */ASWoR/) be possibly be cognate with Skt. /A-SURa/ 'wineless deity' (/sura/ 'wine'); if so, this would imply a rule against inebriation for wielders of the scimitar, similar to that imposed by Muh.ammad and by his successors.}

p. 46b forked implement; lips/mouth

The poets spoke of Achilles' spear as forked, or possessing a “double tongue”” (as thunderbolt-simulacrum).

[p. 102 n. 2:65 [As^anti] “Nyame, whose thunderbolts they invoked”] {For Nyame, “people often place ... forked posts beside doorways. Near the posts, they keep

{“Achilles was found to have suffered … the scorching of his lips” (CDCM, s.v. “Achilles”).}

pots that hold special offerings for Nyame.” (“Ny”)} {[Cymry] “from the cauldron and fell on Gwion ... scalding him ... in his mouth” (Ystoria Taliesin – “GwB”).}

CDCM = Pierre Grimal (transl. by Maxwell-Hyslop) : A Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Basil Blackwell, 1990.

Ny” =

GwB” = “Gwion Bach”

pp. 47-8, 50 javelin

p. 47

[Irish] “Cu`chulainn … held a weapon granted him by the lightning god Bolga, the “inventor of the missile spear {i.e., javelin).” … Gae` Bolga is … “a harpoon-like javelin.””

p. 50a “in one tradition is was Set {SWTH} who harpooned the chaos powers. Indeed, it is well known that the Hyksos … revered Set {SWTH}”.

p. 48

Among the Zulu tribes of Africa, lighting takes the form of a dazzling spear {javelin} hurled through the air.” (Harris 1913, p. 25)

Harris 1913 = J. Rendel Harris : Boanerges. Cambridge U Pr.

p. 102 n. 2:65

The Maya thunder-god K>awil displays on his forehead … a smoking axe-head, Gillete 1975 {read “1997”}:65 f.”

{“Prometheus, or Hephaistos, according to some, by the river Triton struck the head of Zeus with and ax” (Bibliotheke 1:20 – “P”).}

Gillete 1997 = Douglas Gillette : The Shaman's Secret. NY : Bantam.

P” = “Prometheus”

p. 53 “Recurring Greek images of the thunderbolt of Zeus.”

(These consist of 1, 3, 5, or 7 prongs above, and an aequal number below.)

{The vajra, as exemplified in Vajra-yana, is of 5 natures (1-, 3-, 5-, 7-, or 9-pronged above, and an aequal prongedness below).}

p. 56 Hourglass Nebula

The “hourglass” discharge configuration has one of its more obvious counterparts in the Hourglass Nebula”.

{Not at all “hourglass”-shaped, this misleadingly named nebula would appear to consist of two sets of interlocking red rings.}

pp. 56-7 Butterfly Nebula

p. 56

the Butterfly Nebula (or M2-9), … Inside the “hourglass” … is a second hourglass form.”

p. 57

the Butterfly Nebula, … a bipolar formation in space, with collimated jets and embedded cylinders”. “the pinch point at the hourglass “neck” of the Butterfly Nebula … shows a toroidal band”.

p. 58 Ant {Emmet} Nebula & Eta Carinae

the Ant Nebula … in … its outflow pattern resembles that of the bizarre, “unstable” star Eta Carinae … . … . … the odd shape is due to the star's intense magnetic field channeling plasma.”

{The Ant Nebula is transparent with visible interior chambres; whereas the exploding star Eta Carinae is rather opaque, with apparent irregular layering within its two lobes.}



Electrical Encountres in Space

pp. 63-99

p. 69 “reach beyond”?

we must reach beyond the mythic archetypes of attacking dragons, cosmic thunderbolts, and Doomsday upheaval”.

{Inasmuch as all these sort of “archetypes” are to be archetypally observed in some dream-universe, the only way to “reach beyond” them would be to interrogate the dream-deities controlling those dream-realms.}

p. 70 fire of planet Mars

p. 70a

Called the “firebrand” and “fire-star,” … Nergal was … the bringer of … rebellion. …

{In Chinese correlations, planet Mars is allocated to elemental fire (which is regarded as red) in the south direction.}

p. 70b

For the Persians, Mars was god of fire and the “warrior of the sky.” …

And Chinese stargazers claimed that Mars exemplified the spirit of the warrior.”

{More usually the Chinese correlations of militarism are with planet Mercury, who is the “Black Warrior of the North”.}

pp. 68, 71 conjunction of Saturn with Mars

p. 68

p. 71

[according to Nonnos 38:348-409, transl. Rouse 3:116-21]

[according to Seneca 7:4:2, transl. Corcoran 2:234-5]

In the myth of Phae:thon, Ares “pushed” Kronos.

If Saturn “has Mars in conjunction, … there are lightning bolts.””

p. 72a 1st Dibre^ ha-Yami^m 21

Velikovsky wrote : “a comet appeared in the form of a human being 'between the earth and heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched over Jerusalem.' (I Chronicles 21:16).”

{If anything “in the form of a human being” appeared in the sky, this could only have been an extraterrestrial visitor [certainly not a comet!]. The author's acceptance of this as a comet is in indication of their (and Velikovsky's) refusal to abide by any given text.}

This event was the result of a population-census (21:17), which was accounted as a “trespass” (21:3), on account of the population's being in multitude like unto the stars of the sky. The angel was first seen standing at the threshing-floor (21:15); and the entire event is reminiscent of the seeing by Yho^-s^uwa< of an angel “with his sword drawn in his hand” (Yho^s^uwa< 5:13). [What was thought by the viewers to be a “sword”, may instead have been a lecturer's pointer.]

p. 72b Apollon's planetary identity

According to W. H. Roscher …, the Greek cult of Apollo was identical to that of the Roman … Mars. (See Roscher, Apollo und Mars)”

Mercury was called Apollo when it appeared as a morning star” (ZTE, p. 133).

ZTE = A. T. & T. N. Fomenko; W. Z. Kracewicz; G. V. Nosovskiy : Zodiacs : Timeline of Egypt Cut in Stone. New Chronology Publ, 2005.

p. 76b Komaithoi

The Greek Aphrodite Comaetho, the long-haired … Venus”.

{Usually, Komaithoi is treated as a heroine distinct from Aphrodite (CDCM, s.v. “Comaetho”, where this heroine is associated with Artemis, not with Aphrodite).

p. 77 comets

The Chinese called the comet “the broom.”” {besom} (Xu et al. 2000, p. 3)

{But the Samskr.ta term for 'comet' is /ketu/ (literally, 'banner').}

Xu et al. 2000 = Zh. Xu, D. W. Pankenier, & Y. Jiang : East Asian Archaeoastronomy. Amsterdam : Gordon & Breach Science Publ.

pp. 81-5 “A Doomsday Scenario”

This is a speculation based on Velikovsky's notion that planet Mars only a few thousand years ago have a close miss in nearly colliding with the planet Earth.

{Given the mode in which gravitation is operant, this scenario is not a possibility for such a recent past. The orbit of one or both planets would need to have been so very elongated (as it is for actual comets) that it could not have achieved, within the the amount of time since transpired, the very nearly circular status now occupied by it. Millions of years (at least) are required for any significant change in the ellipticity a planetary body.}

p. 86b hurl stone

Nergal … “You hurl the towering stone … You hurl the stone in fury””.

{In the Odusseia, Polu-phemos hurled boulders (at the ship of Odusseus). The sheep owned by Polu-phemos may possibly be referred to “wandering sheep” as a Sumerian/Akkadian designation meaning 'planets'.}

p. 89 Carl Jung

analytical psychologist Carl Jung first used the term archetype in connection with the origins of myth … suggesting universal patterns”.

{Carl Gustav Jung praevaricated his evidence. What he actually experienced (as recorded by him in his Red Book) was deities telling him in his dreams that they were indeed deities (not “archetypes” nor “universal patterns”). He lacked the courage to state publically the facts of the case, and he died with his Red Book still kept secret.}

p. 90 various divine couples

p. 90a

In Lagash it was the warrior Ningirsu who united with the goddess Baba”.

p. 90b

A Basque {Euska} tradition depicts goddess Mari

{There is a set of blood-quaffing goddesses named MARI in the Puran.a.}

riding in a celestial cart … .

{cf. the Wain of goddess Kalupsoi (SN, p. 426)}

The myths say that … Her son-lover was Sugaar” {dragon that who “travels through the sky in the shape of a half-moon of fire” (“S”)}.

{Similar to /SUGaar/ is the name /SUGyn/ of the Cymry god (who, like To`rr, imbibed the sea) who stranded ships (M&LBI, p. 96).} {cf. Norse and Chinese “dragon ships” – the Norse ignited a ship aflame when it served as sea-transport for the dead into the Otherworld}

S” =

SN = Richard Hinckley Allen : Star-Names and Their Meanings. G. E. Stechert, 1899.

M&LBI = Richard W. Barber : Myths and Legends of the British Isles. Boydell Pr, 1999.


David Talbott & Wallace Thornhill : Thunderbolts of the Gods. Mikamar Publ, Portland, 2005.

the book

(excerpts )

its forum