The Stars of Lala Land

During this last Oscar season everyone was talking about LaLa Land, a musical in which boy meets girl and dance in the stars. For those who don’t know, that date took place at the famous Griffith Observatory – the planetarium and one of the most charming places in Los Angeles, where you can have a spectacular view of city and its lights.

During this last Oscar season everyone was talking about LaLa Land, a musical in which boy meets girl and dance in the stars. Lala PosterFor those who don’t know, that date took place at the famous Griffith Observatory – the planetarium and one of the most charming places in Los Angeles, where you can have a spectacular view of city and its lights.

If you are a mystic, a nerd or a fan of the universe, astronomy, astrology, tarot and everything else magical, I highly recommend that when you go to LA, you visit the Griffith. Besides its glamorous building, it also offers other attractions such as the telescope (from where I first saw Saturn) and the Planetarium theater show that you can’t miss, called “Centered in the Universe”, projected on the ceiling.

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Another amazing attraction that many people are not aware of is that the Observatory promotes “Public Star Parties”. Once a month, several knowledgeable amateur astronomers bring their telescopes to the Griffith Gardens (with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society) to talk about the sky and to show the Sun, Moon, visible planets, and other objects to the general public.Griffith a noite

The Los Angeles Astronomical Society also sponsors other “Star Parties” outside of Griffith’s area. I was fortunate enough to participate in one of those with a “Meetup” Group (with about 30 people). We traveled to Mount Pinos National Park (approximately 2 hours away from Los Angeles) and arrived at the place where the astronomers would later set their equipment. Then we shared a potluck and went hiking.

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Upon returning to the picnic spot, the astronomers were already installed with their powerful telescopes. A woman had a “sky chart”, and as the hours went by she taught us: “Now Jupiter is already visible … now you can also check the star XYZ …”. I’ve never seen a sky as clear and as starry in my life as the one I saw that night. We stayed there until almost 4 o’clock in the morning and then returned to the city.

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And after showing the pictures and sharing this wonderful experience with a friend, he just looked at me and said: “Come on! Don’t people flirt during these parties?”. “I think so”, I replied rather surprised with his lack of interest and my naiveté. I did notice that a couple of people “self-abducted” themselves for a few hours that night… I also made some new friends, who hosted some dinner parties and other events. But that night, I only had eyes for the stars of LaLa Land!

ceu de estrelas* The last 3 pictures were taken during this trip (including the starry sky).

As estrelas de Lala Land

Nesta última temporada dos Oscars, muito se falou de Lala Land, um filme no estilo musical em que o mocinho e a mocinha se encontram e dançam num cenário de estrelas. Para quem não sabe, aquele encontro se deu no famoso Griffith Observatory, o planetário e um dos lugares mais charmosos de Los Angeles, de onde se vê toda cidade e suas luzes.

Nessa última temporada do Oscar, muito se falou de Lala Land, um filme no estilo musical em que o mocinho e a mocinha se encontram e dançam num cenário de estrelas. Lala Poster
Para quem não sabe, aquele encontro se deu no famoso Griffith Observatory, o planetário e um dos lugares mais charmosos de Los Angeles, de onde se vê toda cidade e suas luzes.

E para esotéricos, nerds e fãs dos mistérios do universo, astronomia, astrologia, tarô e tudo mágico, recomendo que quando tiverem a oportunidade de visitar LA, não deixem de ir ao Griffith, que além da belíssima visita da parte interior e exterior do edifício, também tem outras atrações como o telescópio (de onde vi Saturno pela primeira vez) e a imperdível projeção no teto (a cadeira quase deita) do filme do planetário chamado “Centered in the Universe”.

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Outra coisa sensacional que muitos não têm ideia, é que o Griffith promove o que chamam de “Star Parties” (Festas das Estrelas). Uma vez por mês, vários astrônomos amadores conhecedores do céu trazem seus telescópios para os jardins do Griffith (com a ajuda de voluntários da Los Angeles Astronomical Society) para conversar e mostrar ao público em geral o Sol, a Lua, planetas visíveis e outros objetos.Griffith a noite

A Los Angeles Astronomical Society também promove outras “Star Parties” fora do Griffith, e foi numa dessas que tive a sorte de participar. Eu e um grupo interessado em passeios (umas 30 pessoas) viajamos para o parque nacional Mount Pinos, a aproximadamente 2 horas de distância de Los Angeles. Chegamos ao local onde seria o encontro dos astrônomos, fizemos um piquenique e depois uma caminhada.

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Ao voltar ao local do piquenique, os astrônomos já estavam instalados com seus mega telescópios. Uma mulher tinha um “catálogo do céu” e à medida que as horas da noite se passavam, ensinava: “Agora Júpiter já está visível… agora vocês também podem checar a estrela XYZ…”. Nunca vi um céu tão limpo e tantas estrelas na vida como naquela noite. Ficamos por lá até quase 4 horas da manhã e voltamos para a cidade.

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E depois de mostrar as fotos e contar essa experiência maravilhosa a um amigo, ele só me olhou e disse: “Vem cá, mas nesses passeios não tem namoro não??”. “Acho que sim”, respondi meio sem graça com a falta de interesse dele e minha ingenuidade. Até notei que uns dois casais se auto-abduziram por algumas horas. Fiz também alguns novos amigos que renderam bons jantares e outros passeios. Mas naquela noite eu só tinha olhos mesmo para as estrelas de LaLa Land!

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* As 3 últimas fotos, inclusive a do céu estrelado, foram tiradas durante este passeio.

Before I die

You’re at physiotherapy and hear the folowing remark from a guy on the bed just beside yours: “One thing I have asked from the LORD: that before I die I see a spirit and an ET! “.

You’re at physiotherapy, that mix of massage and relaxation (…Not! because you’re screwed and in pain) and hear the folowing remark from a guy on the bed just beside yours: “One thing I have asked from the LORD: that before I die I see a spirit and an ET! “.

Last week there was a a lot of noise because NASA announced the discovery of 7 Earth-like planets, all with the potential to have life. What naiveté (or even arrogance) to think that we are the only ones in the Universe. It is as if ants, in an anthill at the Amazon, spent their days debating if they are the only species of the entire forest.ant-holding-world-224x300

No, my dear ant friends, according to experts, there are approximately 2 million different species in this forest’s fauna, including more than 1,300 species of birds and 300 mammals. This is in the Amazon alone. And also no, my dear Earthling fellows. There are 8 planets in the Solar System and it is estimated that our galaxy, the Milky Way, has 100-400 billion stars. And nowadays, with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers estimate 2 trillion galaxies in the Universe.

Assuming that each of these galaxies has at least 100 billion solar systems and that each of these has at least one planet … It’s a matter of pure math. Cracking the numbers on a bar paper napkin, after 2 beers:

1 planet x 100 billion stars x 2 trillion galaxies = do you really still think that we are the only ones, the smartest, the most advanced, the “Kings of the Universe”?

Sidekick or star of the show?

And as far as spirits go, I believe there are people who are born with the power to see them, like the kid from the Sixth Sense, but if they’re not born into a family of mediums, this can scare the hell out of them. Others can see nothing beyond the material world, but as they develop their spirituality, they may gradually have access to this other dimension.

Part of the esoteric literature explores the possibility of material and ethereal planets, like the book “Esoteric Buddhism”. Has it ever crossed your mind that when an ET dies it may also become a spirit?

So, dear physiotherapy neighbor, may God grant your heart’s desire, but hopefully that won’t also become your cause of death: fright. You finally see a spirit and an ET, but as you are not prepared for it, you literally get scared to death.around-her-chagall

One thing is certain: a person who makes this kind of comment is certainly prepared. I think his cause of death would probably be more of happiness, gratitude, and wonder.

Happiness to finally see that we are not alone, to see that life goes on, even on other realms. Gratitude for having guardian spirits who only want what’s best for us. And wonder to maybe find out that, just like in the movie “The Arrival,” there are ET’s helping the Earth survive such turmoil.

Thank God!