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The lights of the aurora borealis are visible at night, most commonly in the northern latitudes. These “northern lights” have mystified peoples for thousands of years. Cultures have developed a number of stories to explain the mystery and beauty of the aurora. Modern science tells us that the aurora borealis is caused by magnetically charged particles interacting with the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Collisions between these charged particles and molecules or atoms provide brilliant color displays. Vivid reds and greens come from collisions between charged particles and oxygen atoms; low-level reds and blue or violet colors come from nitrogen. Amazingly, Earth is not the only planet to experience auroras. They have been observed on Mars and Venus using modern satellites and equipment, not to mention the Mars Global Surveyor. Other planets experiencing auroras include Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Throughout history, mankind has sought to explain these fantastical lights. Various cultures have developed many theories. Russian folklore suggests that the colors were caused by dragons who would seduce women once the menfolk were away. The Scots called the northern lights “merry dancers” (na fir-chlis in Gaelic). The merry dancers would play in the sky, and games often ended in serious violence. … Continue reading Aurora Borealis

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Richard Cassaro is a journalist, speaker and author of “Written In Stone: Decoding The Secret Masonic Religion Hidden In Gothic Cathedrals And World Architecture.” The book uncovers a lost Wisdom Tradition that was practiced globally in antiquity, found memorialized in pyramids, Triptychs, and identical images worldwide. The central tenets of this tradition have been perpetuated in Western Secret Societies. The most visible of these is the so-called “Masonic Fraternity,” an age-old chivalric Order whose ranks have included Europe’s Gothic cathedral builders and America’s Founding Fathers. Richard has two websites: and


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