Ahhh…The Look. You know the one…the look you get when you speak something Not of Status Quo, the look generally followed by a chuckle + eye roll. Perhaps the odd bit pops out of your mouth in polite conversation about : astrology, aliens, crystals, crop circles or in my case today~ the Taos Hum. The curious Uranian blurt followed by knowing glances around the room. Yes. I am, once again, safe in the knowledge that I have raised the freak flag in the academic crowd; aka the weirdo in the room just stood up.
I have heard the Taos Hum and here is my story…
I was planning on driving the enchanted circle after leaving Taos heading home toward Eagle Nest Lake along the river on my way to 64 East to Cimmaron. I had driven this route before and fell in love…it is a winding road that follows the river on the south side with bluffs on the north; trees and forest lush on both sides. There is a little Buddhist monastery tucked up in the bluffs too, and as you can see by the map, that’s not all.
I was stopped at the crossroads fiddling with my ipod -[must have road-worthy tunes for one of the best drives in the country]- when, it occurred to me my truck seemed really loud, even for my old Dodge. So I put it in park and got out to look at the rear chassis. Nothing out of the ordinary. hmm…?… So I climb back in and I hear it again…a very low register, but very loud, wave-like humming sound. Ok, my truck had a lotta miles this trip: Colorado mountain top festival in the 14ers, Arches, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Barringer Crater, Zuni Pueblo, Santa Fe, Taos…and that was only this vacation. I have driven my truck coast to coast and I know how it sounds. So this time I turned my truck off…and could still hear it.
Then I sit and wait for the dump truck hauling rock that I am sure will be appearing from around the bend anytime now. ….nope. All Alone. Me, my silent parked truck, and The Hum.
I finally gave up, after several trips around the vehicle, knowing my truck sounded fine when I climbed out of it to hear it, and I had places to go. ( Like the worst bathroom in the US- Cimmaron- fair warning- skip it !)
In case you are ever near Taos and want to try a ‘hearing the humming’ experiment…I was parked at the crossroads near the star marked Taos.
Ok, so now a bit about The Hum~ the sound registers louder to the people who hear it while they are inside a structure than if they are outside a structure; standing in the yard, it can’t be heard. The noise has driven nearby residents to petition Congress. In 1993 residents asked the government to help locate the source of the disturbance, to no avail. Some who are routinely subjected to the sound feel symptoms such as: dizziness, insomnia, disorientation, pressure on the ears, and headaches. Among several theories of what causes the hum : Infrasound, audible electro-magnetic earth frequencies, or the echo of undetected seismic activity.
Strangely, only 2% of Taos residents are able to hear the hum. *When recorded by a Denver audiologist, the hum was a steady vibration of 17 cycles per second with a harmonic rising to 70 cycles per second near Taos. The low range of human hearing is 20 to 30 cycles per second. (Aquiziam.com)* Similar humming sounds have been reported in the UK and New Zealand.
Astrologically, I am thinking my Sun conjunct Uranus and biggie Neptune in 11th aspecting Toro Moon feels the vibrations ~ Saturn trine Mars on the 12th sign is getting the hidden dial tuned into the Earth. ? shrug ?
What do you think..?
*edit: Check out the great convo on this subject at Mystic Medusa
Also check out The World Hum Map and Database here.
Hum Database on twitter here.
Daily Telegraph Bondi Hum
Live Science report.
Two percent of people called ‘hummers’ can hear it.
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