Saturday, June 19, 2021

Happy Fathers Day

Mother and child is a powerful archetype. Since the first birth, through millennia of human existence mothers and children were seen, and hailed as the continuation of the species. This image is found in every culture and every religion, and all around the world it is universally understood. It stands for the strongest love known and for the miracle of new life.   

But what of the dad?

Dads are the child’s first hero. He is there, providing and protecting both the mother and the child. Sweet little princesses hold their big hero-dad’s finger, and learn from him how it is she should be treated by future princes in her life. When a tiny prince is born, he learns from his dad how to be loyal and brave, work hard, dream of better things, and achieve them. He watches how his hero-dad treats the precious mom. And make no mistake; she is all important to the young prince. He is watching.

Like Father Like Son is a popular phrase. Perhaps it is used by those who want to place responsibility for a son’s actions onto the father. There is perhaps some truth to this, although it is not always accurate, and not always fair. But, genetically speaking it can be so. The young prince has inherited the looks, traits, likes, and dislikes of the parents. He learns habits and world view from those who raise him. 

Being a dad is a huge responsibility. It is a lifetime commitment. Your lifetime. Till you die, you will be a father, grandfather, and perhaps great grandfather. Children grow to adults, and still you are their father. Some men choose not to become fathers. Some become fathers without choosing. 

Having children is how humanity continues. Like every other species of plant or animal, fish or reptile, humans must procreate. It is part of being human. Some may choose not to, and that is ok. But to those who make the leap into fatherhood, I hail the tremendous courage it takes to be responsible for the life of a teeny tiny human. A lifetime of caring, providing, helping, teaching, training, housing, feeding, and loving is ahead of you. But there is no greater accomplishment. And just to be clear, some fathers sacrifice their lives to protect their own. The ultimate act of love is to protect at the cost of your own life. 

So, to all those fathers out there, be blessed, be proud of yourselves, and as I heard someone say, don’t weaken. You will reap rewards unavailable to those who do not know what fatherhood is.

All you fathers deserve a day off to be home instead of at work, to listen to the kids fight instead of to your co-workers bitch, and to experience the family you provide for. And remember on this day for dads, you would not be here without one. If your hero-dad still lives, be sure to thank him for taking the leap into fatherhood. The rest of us should remember that although the woman conceives and carries, gives birth through labor, and is generally responsible for diapers and food, without a man there would be no new life. Thank him for his hard work out in the tough world to make a living, to pay rent or mortgage, and standing up for his family when necessary. 

Happy Fathers Day!!!


Michelle Paula Snyder
Michelle Snyder is the Founder and VP of the Foundation for Research of the Enzmann Archive, Inc, (FREA). She is a professor of mythology, and an author, publisher, speaker, and artist. She earned her MPhil in Divinity at the University of Wales, decoding ancient and prehistoric symbolism, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales.  Her artwork has appeared in galleries from Massachusetts to California.  


Symbologist Michelle Snyder
Non-Fiction - Symbology:

Symbology: Decoding Symbols through History
Symbology: Fairy Tales Uncovered
Symbology: Art and Symbols
Symbology: Hidden in Plain Sight
Symbology: ReVision
Symbology: World of Symbols
Symbology: Secrets of the Mermaids

Michelle Paula Snyder
Fiction – Fantasy Wonder Tales:
The Fairy Tales: Once Upon a Time Lessons, First Book
Call of the Dragon and other Tales of Wonder
Tears of the Dragon and other Tales of Wonder
A Tale of Three Kingdoms, book one: The Lost Unicorn
 A Tale of Three Kingdoms, book two The Lost Mermaid 
A Tale of Three Kingdoms, book three The Lost Drago

Friday, May 7, 2021

Mothers

Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, 1755-1842
Mothers are worshiped and feared, loved and resented, emulated and ignored. They are powerful storytellers, hard workers, and resilient human beings.  

Where would we be without mothers? Truth is, we wouldn't be. Mothers have been around since life began. Children are the hope of the future, and mothers bring forth children. A female’s ability to produce new life was worshiped as sacred in the oldest civilizations. The future of the human race depended - depends - upon this blessing.

Have you ever seen “cookie cutter” kids? You know, a mother with kids in tow, and they all look like mini versions of her, all copies of each other? What an amazing sight. Our hair, skin, and eye color all come from our inherited genetics. Likewise, centuries of cultural tradition and millennia of human behavior deposit genetic memories - images, symbols, called archetypes – which carry ghosts of culture and tradition. The oldest and perhaps most powerful of these symbols is the mother, a vision seen since life began. A mother’s love is said to be the most prevailing and powerful emotion.  

Inscriptions from 14,500 years ago, translated by Duncan-Enzmann, tell of mothers caring for children. Daughters were precious because they could produce life, assuring another generation and thus hope for the survival of the human race. Celebrations of Mother are found in ancient Greek and Roman festivals dedicated to the goddess Cybele. These festivals were in honor of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” That is quite a responsibility. Today much of it lay with daycare mothers - but mothers none the less.

Scripture admonishes us to honor our mothers. An old holiday called Mothering Sunday was celebrated in Britain, a day the Church set aside during lent in which children returned to their home church, usually taking their mothers with them. In 1913, Miss Anna Jarvis instituted a day to be set aside in honor of motherhood, and since then Mothers’ Day has been celebrated both here and in Britain, eventually replacing Mothering Sunday. Mother-in-law day did not have the same success.

Today, Mothers’ Day honors love for and of mothers around the world. Husbands and children express appreciation for the endless flow of motherly love with symbols of affection: phone calls, cards, chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and framed pictures of the kids are among the most popular in the West. Taking Mom out to eat is traditional, relieving her of both cooking and cleaning up. Some children present Mom with handmade gifts or write poems for mom in cards they make. 

This Mother’s Day why not start a family tradition of your own, make a phone call, make a card, make a cake, but make it special. Be thankful for your mom - without her, you would not be. 



Happy Mother's Day, Mom. 

Michelle Paula Snyder
Michelle Snyder is Founder and VP of the Foundation for Research of the Enzmann Archive, Inc, (FREA). She is a professor of mythology, and an author, publisher, speaker, and artist. She earned her MPhil in Divinity at the University of Wales, decoding ancient and prehistoric symbolism, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales.  Her artwork has appeared in galleries from Massachusetts to California.  


Symbologist Michelle Snyder
Non-Fiction - Symbology:

Symbology: Decoding Symbols through History
Symbology: Fairy Tales Uncovered
Symbology: Art and Symbols
Symbology: Hidden in Plain Sight
Symbology: ReVision
Symbology: World of Symbols
Symbology: Secrets of the Mermaids

Michelle Paula Snyder
Fiction – Fantasy Wonder Tales:
The Fairy Tales: Once Upon a Time Lessons, First Book
Call of the Dragon and other Tales of Wonder
Tears of the Dragon and other Tales of Wonder
A Tale of Three Kingdoms, book one: The Lost Unicorn
 A Tale of Three Kingdoms, book two The Lost Mermaid 
A Tale of Three Kingdoms, book three The Lost Dragon

Monday, April 26, 2021

Secrets of the Twelve Dancing Princesses

 


Fairy tales are vehicles for the transmission of history from ages lost in the mists of time. Clues to the lives and traditions of our ancestors are embedded in layers of characters, symbols, and story. Numbers are symbolic in fairy tales, hinting at astronomical awareness of the culture originating the tales. The story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses has its roots in the astronomical knowledge of pre-history. Twelve is a particularly significant number, associated with the ancient division of the sky into 12 constellations. It is common also to describe the movement of heavenly bodies, which move forward and back – as “the dance.” Each planet’s dance is different.

In this story, there are 12 princesses who sneak out of their room every night, and when they return, their shoes are worn out from dancing. The king, beside himself, finally finds a hero to find out what the girls were up to. Twelve beautiful princesses slept in twelve beds in the same room, with doors locked securely. Each morning their shoes were discovered to be worn out as if they had been dancing all night. The king, desperate to discover their secret, offers a prize to the one who did, but failure meant death. Several princes fail, but a soldier tricks the twelve girls and follows them through a trap door in the floor, into twelve boats, down a river to a castle where, sure enough, the girls dance all night with twelve princes. The soldier retrieves a branch from each of three trees; one of silver, one of gold, and one of diamonds, and a golden cup, which he gives the king as proof. 

With roots in the astronomical knowledge of pre-history – some goes back 77,000 years – this tale tells of keeping of secrets (represented by the mysteriously worn-out shoes, which represent a year) and getting to know the twelve zodiacal constellations (the princes they dance with). Together the princes and princesses make twenty-four, the number of hours in a day. A wonderfully enchanting story, it is filled with symbols and allegory. Time is illustrated by the river and boats, and the twenty-four characters “dance” with the mathematics necessary to measure time using the stars. It is one of many tales referring to “stories written in the sky,” which allude to ancient knowledge of seasons and natural cycles – stories embodied in the zodiac. The locked room holds the secrets of the ancient navigators. The garden of trees with gold, silver, and diamond leaves is similar to a garden in the epic of Gilgamesh. The golden symbolizes the golden ball of sun or the grail.

This wondrous tale is one of thousands that carry secrets and buried history from the world of once upon a time. All we need to do is look, and we will see.



Michelle Paula Snyder, MPhil, Divinity

Author, publisher, editor, and VP of FREA, Inc. 

Find her books online:

Fantasy and Wonder Tales

A Tale of Three Kingdoms, Book 1: The Lost Unicorn

A Tale of Three Kingdoms, Book 2: The Lost Mermaid

A Tale of Three Kingdoms, Book 3: The Lost Dragon

Call of the Dragon and other Tales of Wonder

Tears of the Dragon and other Tales of Wonder

The Fairy Tales, Once Upon a Time Lessons, Book 1

Symbology Series 

Symbology: Hidden in Plain Sight

Symbology: ReVision: Unlocking Hidden Knowledge

Symbology: Fairy Tales Uncovered

Symbology: Art and Symbols

Symbology: Decoding Symbols through History

Symbology: World of Symbols

Symbology: Secrets of the Mermaids



Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Late Great Doc E

 

Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann

Public Obituary

Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann was born in Peking, China in 1924 to an American mother and an Austrian father. He passed away on October 19, 2020 and is survived by his wife, six children, and fourteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Jane. He served in the Navy during WW II as a pilot and navigator, receiving a Purple Heart. He was discharged with honor.

Dr. Enzmann came to the USA for the first time at the age of five. He grew up in Massachusetts and Maine. He earned doctorates in medicine and geology and attained three master’s degrees. He conducted geological work all over the world, especially in Southwest Africa. He authored several books; his translations of ice age inscriptions were published in 2013. Dr. Enzmann is best known for his work in the pre-NASA space and military weapons industry, working with Drs. Goddard, Bussard, and von Braun, to lay the foundation for landing men on the Moon. He worked for Beryllium Corp, Avco, and Raytheon, and taught at several Boston universities.

A Great Man Is Gone

Our Memorial to Doc E

On Tuesday, October 19, 2020 the world lost one of the most intelligent minds to have lived in centuries. Dr. Enzmann is now preserved in Suspended Animation, at a cryogenics facility in Detroit. One day, he told us, he will be cloned or even revived, providing that humanity has defeated old age. At least this was his hope in life.

Robert Duncan-Enzmann was born in Peking, China at a time just before the electrification of the city, before the introduction of the motorcar. His father, Ernst von Enzmann, was an officer in Franz Josef’s army. He escaped from prison in Siberia by walking to China; his mother, Florence Goodman was a native of Maine, USA. As a Johns Hopkins graduate she was on the Peking Union Medical College staff. Ernst and Florence met there and married.

 

Robert attended British Embassy schools where he was taught reading, writing, composition, arithmetic (emphasizing mental computation), history, astronomy, and navigationally based geography. The school regularly exchanged students with France and Germany beginning with Kindergarten.

 

He has achieved degrees in engineering, physics, medicine, and law, and has geological experience on every continent. He is fluent in many languages, including English, Chinese, German, Arabic, and French. He can also read several ancient languages. Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann’s extensive travel, education, and knowledge of languages were of great benefit to his life-long effort translating ice age inscriptions, which were published in 2013. His accomplishments in planetology and space mission planning are too numerous to list.

 

Doc E lived almost one hundred years. He witnessed a century of technological advance, from life without electricity to landing men on the Moon. He saw the invention of the light bulb, the radio, television, cars, computers, missiles, rockets, and space shuttles. He worked with von Braun to develop the most powerful engine ever devised – the Saturn Five.

What is best known in Doc E’s portfolio is perhaps the Enzmann Starship. An interstellar ship based on a design that Dr. Bussard and Dr. Enzmann worked on – the Orion – Dr. Enzmann’s starship advanced the Orion’s capabilities to that of interstellar travel. Yet, what is not as well known about Dr. Enzmann is the vast area of influence his knowledge had on our world. In some circles he was known as the Missile Lord, as his work in weapons and radar has resulted in an unparalleled military capability to defend our nation.

One of the most outstanding achievements was his development of the APChE (Automated Program Checkout Equipment) program for prelaunch. Applied to the Patriot Missile, it is now used to launch everything that leaves the planet. FREA published an article about this in ENDEAVOR (spring 2019 premier issue, page 12).

Another area of knowledge that will continue to enrich humanity is his expertise in history. His magnum opus, which FREA intends to complete for him, is to combine all known history timelines into one. From astronomical events to zoological evolution, Doc E has notes, lists, timelines, images, and documents which will be merged into one manuscript. He explained that this is the only way to correct accounts of history that are contradicted by other accounts, and to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of Earth’s complete history.

The histories of astronomical events, geological events, agriculture, human and animal migrations, sociology, religion, animal life, oceanography, climatology, tools, housing, medicine, pottery, hunting and fishing, weapons, navigation, and much more have all been researched and detailed notes taken. Not only will FREA compile and publish the manuscript, but we have invested in an online timeline which allows entry of events over millions of years, yet in detail of day and time when needed.

Included in the History Archive are the extensive documents generated by his work translating ice age inscriptions. Like the Rosetta Stone, these translations have opened our ability to read the pictorial language of 12,500 BC, and of those older and more recent. The same style of language was used in 16,000 BC at Altamira and is the foundation of much more recent languages. Ice Age Language, translations, vocabulary, and grammar was published in 2013.

Doc E earned a Doctorate in geology from Upsala University. He did field work on every continent, especially southwest Africa. This foundation made him valuable to the military and space tech industries, and he spent many years researching and creating beryllium, a substance with specific uses in both areas. FREA’s Museum Archive has many samples of his efforts to create this substance. Doc E understood that if we were to explore planets and asteroids, geology was an essential area of knowledge to have. So why did the USA wait until the last Moon landing to send a geologist?

In the Rhodes Fairbridge Encyclopedia of Geomorphology, Doc E published his Expanded Order Theory. It is a fundamental area of study for those interested in Cosmology.

Dr. Enzmann’s medical doctorate benefitted from his geological knowledge, especially that which pertained to the natural formation of hexagrams and pentagrams, which he said were valuable in diagnostic observation. This was the basis of his thesis, which FREA hopes to publish.

Doc E started writing at age five and has done so ever since. Educated in RAJ schools in China and Germany, he had many unusual interests for a young boy, one of which was rocket fuel. Taught math calculations done mentally, languages, and history, he gained an education taught by teachers who were in their 80s, who were also taught by teachers in their 80s – providing an education which covered two centuries of his teachers’ personal experience as well as the academic subjects. He learned King’s English in the RAJ schools and Chinese on the streets of Peking. By adulthood Doc E could read and or write over a dozen languages.

Doc E also told stories. Many stories. Some were about history, told as verisimilitudes, some were technological sci-fi. Some were about his life. Without these stories the Enzmann Universe would not exist.

His stories grew from the reality of his knowledge, his work, and his futurist vision. RealScience Fiction is based on hard, workable, feasible science. Doc E wants readers to immerse themselves in a possible world of starships, and his stories tell us what kind of life that would be. We offer these stories here, in the Enzmann Chronicles, for your enjoyment and inspiration. Starships could have been reality in our current century, had the powers that be allowed the Grand Design to manifest. Alas, they did not.

In story and in real life, Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann and Joanna Enzmann changed the face of our country – changed the face of the world. Their work in space engineering, missile defense, radar, and computer programming is the foundation of every rocket and missile that leaves the ground, and every defense against airborne attack. It is the foundation on which the USA sent men to the Moon.

Here is a brief list of his educational and professional accomplishments:

 

British Embassy School, Peking, China; WW II USNAC; AB Harvard; ScB Hon., London; Standard, MSc, Witwatersrand; Nat Sci Scholar; MIT course work; Royal Inst. Uppsala Swed.; PhD/MD Cuidad Juarez, Mex.; Pacific Radar: Greenland Gap-filler, Canada DEW-line; SAGE; Pacific PRESS; California ATLAS, BMEWS; ICBM; Kwajalein Atoll ICBM intercept; TRADEX; Mars Voyager; Cryptography.

At FREA our mission is to publish the vast amount of writing and imagery Doc E produced in his more than nine decades of life. The Archive contains not just his stories, but sciences and history as well – translations of ice age inscriptions, timelines, cosmology, astronomy, medicine, geology, radar, physics, mathematics, planetology, engineering, archaeology, and more.

The Archive also includes hundreds of objects from his life, his travels, and his work on every continent. FREA is founding a museum and gallery as part of the Enzmann Legacy.

His widow asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to the nonprofit that publishes Dr. Enzmann’s work: Foundation for Research of the Enzmann Archive, Inc.

Donations can be sent online via freafoundation.space or by PayPal to freafoundation@gmail.com. Checks can be mailed to 70 North Street, Grafton, MA 01519.