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2014/12/14 at 7:41 pm

One of the most common phrases repeated throughout my 664 card Zap Oracle (free online, free membership saves your readings indefinitely) is "don't do anything you won't remember well on your deathbed. That is an ultimate, life-affirming perspective that cuts through the trivia and bullshit. This is an amazingly valuable brief article that gives you a short cut to that perspective right now.

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Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed - Healthy Holistic Living

Bronnie Ware says; for many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks...

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2014/12/13 at 4:02 pm

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Today is the last sequential day of the century--and of most of our lifetimes. (The next is 01-02-03.)

Happy 12-13-14!!

I'd like to assign a meaning to this calendrical/numerological oddity. Number sequences, like rocket launch countdowns, tend to suggest momentum. Today is an especially propitious day to launch a worthy endeavor, enterprise, practice, inner discipline, etc. It is just as propitious to enhance the momentum of some worthy enterprise, etc. already underway. To take advantage of this day of momentum, exert some useful action that will accelerate the trajectory of your worthy aim. See:

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Card #603 - Working with Momentum

There is a momentum in the trajectory of your life that is crucial to work with intelligently. Each of our lives is a trajectory between birth and death in which energy and change are constantly at work so that we are always in motion. Sports contests and political campaigns are frequently evaluated…

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2014/11/23 at 4:29 am

A friend posted this: which is a cool update of the power of ten from 1977: But here's what's stupid about these things. They are all from the perspective of materialists who assume size=importance. If size is your metric, then we look puny. Actually, what's more interesting is that our size puts us at an equidistant point between subatomic and astronomical scale. A far more meaningful and significant metric than size is consciousness when transcends space and time (see Interstellar). If consciousness becomes your metric, humans loom large compared to sterile reaches of space. Dave, do your kids seem puny in your mind compared to that large black rock in the first photo which out classes them in size and mass? Which would you choose between? Meaningfulness and significance are attributes of consciousness and size can be an attribute reducible to decimal places.

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Powers of Ten™ (1977)

Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of t...

Zap Oracle Einstein would look puny standing next to Shaquille O'Neal. Does that tell us anything about their relative importance? If the NBA is your metric of importance, it does. Why should size be the paramount metric? Quick, which is more important the Mona Lisa (30"x20") or a king-size mattress? A new born baby or a refrigerator?

2014/11/23 at 4:52 am

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2014/11/20 at 12:18 pm

For a limited time only I am allowing the first 100,000 people who read chapter one of my fantasy epic, Parallel Journeys, to purchase the finished book at its retail price when it is available. Act now, the finished book will be limited to the amount that eventually get printed.
There is a tide available to you for a limited time only,
Which taken at the flood,
leads on to fortune.
Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat.
And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.

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2014/11/20 at 11:18 am

An interesting twist on prescience in Dune is that a prescient (oracular) person cannot see other prescient people. For this reason Edric, a prescient Guild Navigator, is included in a conspiracy to assassinate Paul. The machinations of the conspiracy are not visible to Paul, because they are occluded by the inclusion of another prescient being. Although it isn't explained, one possible implication is that prescience allows for more wild card free will choices and actions. Without this added degree of awareness, people are mechanical and therefore predictable and therefore potential objects of prescience. A related interesting twist introduced in Dune Messiah is the Dune Tarot which has been designed and freely distributed to the population of Arakis by the Bene Gesserit to limit Paul and Alia's prescient powers. Oracles, in other words, are a prescient technology. With numerous people accessing prescient awareness through oracle use, Paul's oracular vision becomes clouded and muddled. While we don't have access to the spice, Melange, we do have access to many other substances (spice was apparently inspired by psilocybin). Similarly we have many powerful oracles. Since, like the Bene Gesserit, I have always been concerned that a single highly prescient mutant could sieze galactic power, I have created the Zap Oracle which is free and has 664 cards.

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2014/11/20 at 11:42 am


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 I will be teaching workshops on the Singularity Archetype at a few festivals late spring and summer: Apogaea,  Sonic BloomArise and Burning Man.

I am now an editor as well as a featured correspondent on the popular online magazine Reality Sandwich (something like a counter-cultural version of the Huffington Post).  You can find most of the sixty articles I’ve written for them here:

I am now writing book 2 of my fantasy series Parallel Journeys which is an imaginal exploration of the Singularity Archetype and an elf origin story among other things. Anybody who has reading and/or editing skills who might want to give feedback on a beta version of the series should contact me at:  I will be very interested to hear from anyone with publishing ideas, leads or suggestions to offer.

Kalki Movies of Australia produced three Youtubes of me talking about the subject of mind parasites:

Part One 

Part Two

 Part Three

As you can see, the site now instantly posts my status updates and the two most recent comments.  If you want to get them live on Facebook, just subscribe to Zap Oracle.

Go to I STATUS UPDATE, THEREFORE I AM to see some thoughts about my ambivalence about Facebook as well as some  archived status updates.


What’s up with the fascination with zombies and vampires? Why is the skeptic movement actually the exact opposite of true skepticism? A couple of interviews I did you may find interesting: Sky Blue Symposia (formerly Time Monk Radio) has one of the most in-depth interview forums with a panel of well-prepared interviewers (from different countries) coming at you from various angles. This was my best opportunity to share thoughts I’ve had about the meanings of the evolving zombie and vampire mythology happening in popular culture (among other topics). Here is their description of the interview: We talk to Jonathan Zap about using a modern application of Jungian archetypes to help understand ourselves and our world. For over 30 years he has been using the tools of Jungian psychology to study popular culture, contemporary mythology, and dreams. Topics include: anima, animus, and the shadow. Zombies, vampires and parasites. Dream interpretation. Zombie banks, wall street and psychopaths. Femininity, patriarchy, and the white madonna and black madonna. 2012 and Y2K. Jonathan uses movies, books and current events to illustrate how various archetypes give us another perspective to make sense of our world.   Skyblue Symposia Interview with Jonathan Zap 

On October 12, 2012 I gave a talk on the Singularity Archetype and the evolutionary event horizon at the Boulder Evolver. The first 40 minutes are available as two Youtubes:

Part 1:

Part 2:

You can also listen to the complete audio as a podcast here:

Time Monk Radio did a 175 minute commercial free interview with me that was the most thorough interview I’ve ever done. There were several interviewers in various countries (all available in realtime on Skype). We covered the Singularity Archeytpe, psychopathy, mind parasites, dynamic paradoxicalism and many other topics.

3/20/12 Serious Wonder

Download 3_20_12JonathanZapOnSeriousWonder.mp3

I did three interviews with Mike Hagan of Radio Orbit. Here are the links to three interviews followed by an image Radio Orbit photoshopped from an actual photo of me sitting on a bengal tiger (oh, and in response to several inquiries—this tiger was not being abused, was not chained up—I worked for many years at the Prairie Wind Animal Refuge (where the photo was taken and which is now under new management) where we rescued tigers and other big cats from guaranteed hunts and other abusive situations. This particular tiger loved interacting with people and was exceptionally well trained.

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