February 3, 2013 - Sunday afternoon - The big news is Super Bowl XLVII.

I think I'll go with the Baltimore Ravens.

Monday morning - It was a tale of two brothers - John and Jim Harbaugh separated in age by only 15 months - and a tale of two cities on opposite sides of the US - and one of the best games I've ever seen. This was my 47th Super Bowl - and though the New York Giants have given me some nail-biting moments in the past - this game was worth staying up for - not to mention Beyonce's awesome half time show.

Fade to Black

When the blackout happened, a friends suggested, "Maybe this is the 'Fade to Black Moment' we are waiting for" - shades of things to come. I believe the blackout was caused by a cyber attack and was meant to take down all the lights. It certainly changed the energies of the game in favor of the 49ers, though the Ravens maintained their lead down to a thrilling final 4 seconds. After the blackout, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was like magic - he ran - he threw - he scored - like a new character insert in the game.

  Five Super Bowl moments to talk about Monday   CNN - February 4, 2013
It may not have been a great game until after the lights went out and came back up, but the Super Bowl showdown Sunday night created quite a few memorable moments on the field and off, even before kickoff. There were powerful performances, including a much buzzed-about halftime show by superstar Beyonce. But there was also a lack of electricity in the stadium and in some of the commercials. And San Francisco 49ers fans are sure to get emotional over that last play they ran on offense, when two players met in the end zone and despite interference, the referee did not call a penalty. Here are the five moments you can expect your coworkers to talk about Monday morning.

Is the Raven the Phoenix - She who rises from the ashes?

The symbolism of the raven is like that of the phoenix - death and rebirth.

Carl Jung -- the raven represents the shadow self, or the dark side of the psyche - matter/antimatter - yin/yang - forever seeking balance until she returns to the Black Void of Creation.

French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss proposed a structuralist theory that suggests the raven (like the coyote) obtained mythic status because it was a mediator animal between life and death.

The raven's cackle "cras" means "tomorrow" in Latin.

The raven is said to foretell the future with omens and signs making it a messenger of things to come.

The Raven is also the Trickster.


Christianity, Judaism and Islam


Siberian Koryak Shamanism


The Raven has appeared in the mythology of many ancient people. Some of the more common stories are from those of Celtic, Norse, Pacific Northwest, and Roman mythology.



Natives of the North American Pacific Northwest

Ravens are humanitarians and heroes in Native American symbolic legends. Some tribes saw the raven as the bringer of light. The Hopi, Navajo, Zuni felt the raven flew out of the dark womb of the cosmos bringing the light of the sun or creation.

Speaking of Native Americans, Sunday, before Super Bowl, I posted the photos below about a Native American sweat lodge and a blue object in the desert sky. My friend Gabe wrote, "I found the timing ironic that the boy is wearing a black shirt shaped like the laces on a football and what looks like a symbolic flaming cross near him."

In 2010 my friend Brenda took five children to the Jacumba Desert for a sweat lodge.

This is Jacob. The name Jacob in Hebrew religion

Brenda photographed this blue spinning diamond-shaped object while they were there.

It looks strangely like the UFO from my 1954 experience, but is most likely light refraction.

Brenda and I will celebrate our birthdays together next week in Nashville.

One reader sees a gray alien in the blue object. Very cool!