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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: St. Lynn's Press (September 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976763117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976763116
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful, stimulating, thought provoking new - or very old - approach to the greatest problems of human history. --Graham Hancock, Author, Fingerprints of the Gods

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If you liked Jarred Diamonds’ Pulitzer Prize Winner Guns, Germs and Steel, or his follow-up book, Collapse, but found something missing, you will love Lost Star of Myth and Time. Diamond showed us that environment plays an important role in the success or failure of regional culture but he did not explain the macro trends. Walter Cruttenden, with an archaeo-astronomy background, shows us it is not just man’s place on Earth that matters; it is Earth’s place in space, and the myriad stellar influences that affect it, that provides the macro environment for life and consciousness itself.

Lost Star is a fast-paced historical detective story that is richly illustrated to make archaeological and astronomical discoveries easy to understand. It is Cruttenden’s position with the Binary Research Institute and his eclectic knowledge of ancient history and cutting-edge science that has enabled him to make the theory of the precession of the equinox sound like a non-fiction thriller. He takes history apart then shows how the Sun, carrying the Earth around another star, would have profound implications for mankind. It is insightful, believable and more than certain to ruffle a few feathers with old traditionalists. This book is a must read for anyone interested in history, astronomy, subtle energy physics – or those that just want to know where we came from and where we’re going.

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I read a lot of books about a lot of subjects.
R. Wood
He provides a wonderful bibliography referenced by footnotes in each chapter where supporting data and the ideas can be verified by any curious reader.
Erika Borsos
Ironically if the information in this book is proven to be true, it may be that "The Force IS With Us Always", after all is said and done.
John Latini

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129 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on October 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Walter Cruttendon has done a vast amount of research on the subjects of ancient and modern astronomy, scientific findings of extinct cultures, and the many surviving myths and legends of the past. From these studies the author developed unique insights. His perspective of the earth, time, and its place in space ... is a very fascinating reading experience. His hypothesis is based on connections he has made from ancient and modern astronomical and scientific discoveries. He noted one main distinguishing difference between ancient and modern man is the concept of time. Modern man is obsessed with a linear focus - seeming to view events and discoveries on the basis of evolution, going from the simpler to more complex level. Ancient cultures however, viewed time as cyclical, even the Old Testament speaks of a time and season for every purpose and event. The ancient Babylonians, the Egyptians who built the pyramids, the shamans of the Hopi Indians of North America, the Mayan Indians of Central America, and the oldest civilization in the world which existed in India - all had an obsession with time. They demonstrated this knowledge by tracking the stars in the heavens and leaving monuments which are often records of their discoveries. Noting the abundant scientific evidence for the cyclical nature of many biological, physiological, and chemical life processes ... the author noted that ancient people had recognized patterns and cycles of the stars and its causes. The author describes how modern scientists view the concept called "celestial motion of precession" and its causes. The author provides detailed explanations why his view supports what the ancient Arabic, Sumerian, Mithraic, and Vedic traditions hinted at ... that our sun is influenced by another star.Read more ›
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This intriguing book builds a case for a cyclical theory of history, where the great year of the precession of the equinox is considered the key to understanding the cosmos. The author frequently refers to, and builds upon, the work of Santillana & von Dechend, Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Richard Thompson, Zecharia Sitchin, Charles Hapgood and many other modern and ancient writers.

Lost Star provides evidence for an alternative theory of history based on ancient science that claims that our solar system revolves around a companion star in a 24 000 year cycle. As it does, the earth moves through the electromagnetic field of another star that causes subtle changes in consciousness over large periods of time. This vast celestial motion affects all life. At some stages, the influence is positive and leads to golden ages while at others it is negative, leading to civilizational collapse.

The chapter Cycle Of The Ages defines the precession phenomenon and investigates its definitions in Greek, Egyptian, Biblical and Indian lore. The next chapter provides the background on the standard explanation, the perspectives of the ancients, the meaning of the Zodiac and hints of a companion star in ancient sources, whilst the following one investigates lunisolar theory versus the binary hypothesis.

Chapter 5 is devoted to speculation on what the sun's companion star might be, considering various objects like black holes, brown dwarfs and dead stars. It also considers the possibility that Sirius, Indra and Nibiru might be one and the same, while introducing the effect of distant influences like those emanating from the Pleiades. The next chapter more comprehensively explores cosmic influences on consciousness with reference to cutting edge research in the field.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By JG on October 14, 2005
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This book is about new ways of looking at ancient ideas. It gripped my attention from the introduction to the last page.

The author takes you through the current view of history, makes you wonder about what we have been taught, and then gradually explains precession and some key myths. This sets the stage for a new theory that makes sense of both precession mythology and history better than any textbook I've ever read. The main idea is based on astronomy and new energy sciences, esoteric subjects to be sure, but it has so many good anecdotal stories it is fun - and they make it easy to understand.

The book builds on each chapter so you just can't jump in anywhere. It also has a separate appendix at the end (just different news reports to support the thesis), which I would skip. But the main body flowed very nicely and I actually read it straight through cause I wanted to see where it ended. In this age of maximum negativity on cable news, you will like this ending.

May the force be with you!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Carlos Aguirre on October 12, 2005
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This well presented thesis bodes nothing short of a "2nd Copernican Revolution" in altering humanity's view of itself and the macrocosm. As Copernicus shook the medieval mindset with his pronouncement that the earth revolves around the sun, we are now to consider that our local sun and its solar system revolves around its binary companion! Most importantly, as the author asserts, this celestial motion is considered responsible for the cycles or "cosmic seasons" that drives the waxing and waning of human civilization.

The reader is introduced to Copernicus' 3rd motion of the earth - "Precession of the Equinoxes" in a most profound and fascinating manner. "Precession" is not a new knowledge, just as the heliocentric model was ancient in origin, what is new is the author's binary star theory to account for this phenomenon in the light of modern astronomy. The reader's mind is expanded beyond its pedestrian world to re-discover the grand cycles of the cosmos that was known to the ancient cultures.

"Lost Star" holds ones interest like a detective story as each new piece of evidence whets the reader's appetite for the next shard. The author engages the reader in solving no less than a cosmic mystery story. The prize is nothing less the reconciliation of an ancient sacred science with today's understanding of a materialistic-based science.

The author cites a variety of excellent sources, a notable one, "Hamlet's Mill" which was a seminal work by Giorgio de Santillana, professor of the history and philosophy of science at M.I.T. and Hertha von Dechend, professor of the history of science at the University of Frankfurt, which explored the encoding of precise astronomical knowledge into the worldwide myths and folklore.
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