Author: Walter Sabiston

17. Meaningful Coincidences : Post Script

Be sure to read Blog #16 as this addendum’s related to but occurred soon after I had published blog post 16.   I called Fausto two days ago,  Dec. 3, 2018 asking about the “partner bottle” he  sent me back in 2017 and his memory of the circumstances of finding it. Also I wanted to know what he meant by his use of the word ‘auger’ on our trip to N.Y.  mentioned in Blog post #16.

In checking its spelling before posting, I found auger means an implement, a hole digger or type of screw. I was confused.

He had used it to describe his experience with a huge white bird descending down on him one evening as he exited his art classroom and felt it may have been an omen of sort.

When I questioned his meaning, his response was the word is Augur, not auger as I had spelled it. It means an omen, a sign, a prediction of the future. Although at the time he used it I had no knowledge of “meaningful coincidences,” merely an infatuation with the origin of the word zygoma and he didn’t elaborate on his  experience of coincidences and I don’t remember connecting his augury with my “partner restaurant”  zygoma-yoke quest.

He was surprised to find out, as was I, augury’s origin to early Greek times when a seer would predict events from studying the flights of birds. He knew Caesar used priest officials who determined the will of the gods to make prediction of wars and conflicts and they were called augurers but he didn’t recall knowing their prediction was from the study of the birds, the subject of his experience. It was noticeable that he seemed more intent on the subject now than on our N.Y. trip.

He didn’t recall how he came by the “partner bottle”, but supposed he picked it up at a yard sell or flea market.

Soon after our phone call, Fausto sent me an email later on Dec.3 2018 stating; “Believe this or not but the moment you called me earlier I was semi asleep and realizing Christmas was around the corner and wondering whether or not I was going to bother with Christmas cards this year as Christmas is generally the time I make an effort to connect. I picked up the call when I recognized your voice. Anyway, the truth is I was thinking about the Sabistons when you called.”

It had been six months or more since I last talked with Fausto, catching up today took an hour, non stop, wonderful as always. We spoke of meaningful coincidences, synchronicity, augury among a host of other topics.

After the call an E-mail from him really shocked me as there were several synchronicities from our recent connection. He had them numbered! Here I was thinking he had none.

Here’s his list:

SYNCH #1 Fausto: The truth is I was thinking about the Sabistons the moment you called, so we can TAG  the call’s TIMING as absolutely synchronicity #1


Fausto: The first definition [of augury] I pulled up seconds after we spoke [was] to blurry lines  is very odd as the last thing I spoke (to you on the phone ) was how steady and sharp  Henry’s lines were!

The Google definition and example:

Augury synonyms : omen, portent, danger sign, foretoken

  “you draw very blurry lines between what is coincidence and what is augury”

(Henry was our famous North Carolinian artist in N.Y. we were visiting whose art lines  were typically very sharp, clear and finite.)

Synch #3

Fausto: The second augury definition listed makes reference to augury’s beginnings in interpreting patterns of birds flight!  Fausto: Wow, a direct reference to your recounting my big bird sighting right before our N.Y. trip: while I knew what augury meant, I did not know that it originated with the observation of birds, which in all ancient cultures were seen as intermediaries between this world and the next.

His next paragraph, although not listed as a numbered synchronicity it was implied.  An unexplained coincidental phenomenologic event. He recounted our walking across the  Lincoln Center Plaza in front of the Metropolitan Opera House with it’s clear glass window facade with the majestic Chagall  Murals which he felt engendered my long explication of Jesus’ ancestral linage, Abraham through David to Christ.


I recall it as if yesterday yet I have no recollection what we were talking about. Admittedly in 2011 I had become more knowledgeable of the bible and more spiritual in my linkages to zygoma, as well as starting to use the Bible for accurate dates of new testament’s use of Greek words. Specifically yoked dates of the old testament’s use of Hebrew words akin to yoke. Interestingly the beginnings of the alphabet coincided closely with Abrahams life.

What happened next I could never forget nor expect to see a video of. As we walked across the large space toward the boundary of the square we were gazing  upon  immensely tall and engaging sky scraper like buildings, side by side, with a smattering of window shades, lit, partially lit and predominantly dark windows of empty offices. Abruptly the sky around us blackened, like an eclipse,  enhancing the  glowing yellow shaded lit windows. Lively billowing clouds overhead moved wildly by, a surreal ambiance. At that moment It became  the most personal intimate place on earth with an omnipotence of awe, unlike any others in my life , save one.(1)  Within minutes it returned to normal. 

We both thought extra ordinary, but  reflecting back now I file it under  meaningful coincidence.

Fausto’s next subject of the E- mail was to add :  “while on the subject of augury I have included a scan of a bright yellow harp or lyre bottle cap that caught my eye in a grocery store parking lot today!



He included  links to Harps symbolic meanings  saying the second link is Irish political and the first is spiritual, very long, but scroll to bottom where the author begins to focus on the harp. Haven’t read it all & perhaps sometime in the future the meaning of this possible omen might reveal itself!!! Actually the harp may have more to do with you than me. Unbelievable! He found the cap today, and immediately concluded a possible omen, an augur that just might “ have more to do with me” than him. A remarkable coincidental timing of his find and his “sense” of its possible connection with yoke and me.

I was fascinated with the cap as well and especially  his care in sending it to me.

I was immediately fond of it , color, shape , and symbolism resonated powerfully bringing to my mind the similitude of early yokes of oxen horns. The word itself ,Harp, being special to my sight and sound! I have found three or four letter words that contain (AR) are from ancient times and resonate with sounds and meanings from their “yoked-together “ origin  implying “connection”. I can’t go there now but will later with a blog on the origin of the ‘picture symbol’ for the origin of the alphabetic letter’s (AR) couplet.

If no more than what I have gleaned from a quick overview of the links he sent me , there can be no doubt this is more than just happenstance. He was right on target, I inherently knew  the cap and I were connected! As similar finding, perhaps, as I happened on to the origin of the word zygoma meaning yoke, more than thirty years ago.

The present links could easily lead me down a long and sinuous but productive  path which I can’t follow just now, but let me say this, even before talking to Fausto, about it!  Only having googled Harp and Lyre, I found  harps are ancient , one of our first musical instruments, the  oldest surviving stringed instrument and the small harp, so called lyre of Ur, excavated  in Mesopotamia dates back to 2500 BC,  almost as old as writing itself. Small harps are lyres and lyres are defined as “YOKE-LUTES” in which the strings are attached to horns as in a yoke ,   a yoke that lies in the same plane as the sound-table and consists of two arms and a cross bar.

For now, just a confirmation of intuition and another example of establishing the age and meaning of yoke in second century BC.




His Hunch that the cap and I were connected proved right.

He went on to write: I remember now your name came up when Troadec [a mutual friend] and I were discussing Pascal’s strong Christian faith and I related to him the few people I have known who I believe truly experienced very powerful ‘Divine Interventions’ .

(For lack of a better term) went on to tell him of your remarkable memory re: The genealogy of the bible.

Even though Fausto may have thought that, I didn’t ,however,  I’m pleased he considered  my faith strong and these coincidences difficult to assign to chance. He suggested the three of us should meet. Amen!

As typical of any encounter such as this I followed up on everything. First,  I  googled Pascal, and read the other two links which I will have to revisit  ,much like when Fausto introduced the Kaballah to me years ago which took me ten years to understand it’s meaning and  appreciate it’s value. Some of my most important truths are gnostic quotes and explanations  applicable to my comprehension and belief and helped ultimately to my purpose.

For now, the  synchronicity of his relating the cap, the harp to my , zygoma – yoke pursuit is enough for me to include it here  to give a current example how coincidences arise and have been throughout my story. Many have taken years for me to track them down enough to identify them as “meaningful coincidences” .

His link to Dane  Rudyar’s “ The Harp as a Cosmic Symbol” is one such lead as difficult as the Kaballah and why I sent a copy to my son William and daughter Susan who I  might be able to understand the esoteric and metaphysical significance of the link of Dane Rudhyar’s writing should there be any.  I also included Fausto’s communications to them.

Next is the  synchronicity I  experienced the same day as those Fausto had shared. One occurred when googling Pascal  whom Fausto had mentioned He and his close friend Troadek  had been discussing. Pascal’s spirituality apparently  brought to fausto’s mind my spirituality expressed during our plaza walk and Fausto felt , as I did , the three of us should get together. Amen.

I then Googled Blaise Pascal.

Sync#1  Pascal famous french physicist and catholic theologian known for Pascal’s law of fluid mechanics and much more.The front sheet  listed one of his most famous quotes .

We know the truth, not only by reason , but also by the heart.

Blaise Pascal  June19, 1623

The quote pretty much has served as my own determination and guide.

Although quite insignificant to anyone else , it was a conformational coincident for me.

The second Synchronicity for me from this same experience, no one can deny as it approaches the unlikely probability of Fausto’s and my “Partner Restaurant” coincidence.

Sync # 2

As mentioned above I  E-mailed Fausto”s  Augury comments and links to my daughter Susan who was in her car  in Queens and when she looked up from reading his E-mail , an office sign caught her eye. 



She texted me quite calmly and asked was that a common name ? I replied excitedly quite extraordinary as I had never heard of one in my life. Her reply


                So many times I’ve only recognized how unusual things have been much later when it resurfaces in a different circumstance that gets my full attention. With this one I knew the moment she texted  she will have shared something quite remarkable. 

I  immediately googled Augury OB-GYN. I was disappointed as there were five listings,  but still remarkable. As I double clicked each one , all the entries  were regarding that one practice in Queens.!!!!!!! Not another one  listed in the USA.!  Perhaps a new believer.An irrefutable synchronicity.


1)  The first, with Mitch, my high school friend mentioned in an earlier blog. We were gazing at the sky overhead while lying on our back, in 1957, talking about girlfriends when apparently the sky became animated, quite darkened and cloudy encapsulating us, eliminating everything else. I don’t know what it meant except i readily recalled it as Mitch recounted it at a later class reunion.


16. Meaningful Coincidence: The Partner Restaurant


Before learning about synchronicity and meaningful coincidences, I never suspected that certain occasions and events along the way were anything more than the occasional happenstance, like finding a four leaf clover; rare but not particularly meaningful. Only now reflecting back on years of such instances, can I link such serendipitous moments to the zygoma journey and they become openly meaningful.

Some are:

My anatomical curiosity with animal dissection in my early teens. Selecting  a History of Medicine course requiring a research essay for the semester grade with my chosen topic “History of Anatomy”. Admittedly weak, but when considered along with many others probably meaningful.                                                                                                                            

Next, without a doubt the most unlikely coincidence I have ever experienced. It’s likelihood of being coincidental is ludicrous, It being a watershed event of a lifetime, labelled “coincidence” from a reluctance of using miracle by most everyone,now seems obvious.Here’s what happened.

Fausto, one of those rare individuals who bursts into your life and feels as if you have been friends, colleagues forever. A second generation Italian whose dad, an extraordinary architect and mother an angel.

We first met surrounding the preparation of our oldest son Bob’s paintings submitted to Atlantic Christian College High School Kodak Art Competition. Fausto Cardelli, acclaimed art teacher, influenced all four of our children’s lives , especially regarding their art appreciation and its importance and meaning in life.

Fausto, the artist, is bigger than life. He can’t be quieted surrounding any aspect of art especially its deepest profound substance. We all were caught up in his wonderful enthusiasm for his profession and overwhelming knowledge and mastery of its parameters evident in the  beauty of his canvases.

He was integral in establishing an Art Committee of the library board of directors in Kinston, N.C. setting up criteria for art piece selection for our new library. As chairmen of that committee we planned a trip to New York to visit Henry Pearson, a Kinston native who carved out a place in the N.Y.’s artist league. Two of his artist friends at that  time were Sol LeWitt and Robert Rauschenberg.  We hoped to win favor with Mr. Pearson and acquire a piece of his work for our collection. Naomi Camnitz, another board member personally knew Henry and his family and arranged our meeting.

After work, late Friday afternoon, we struck out by car for the Big Apple to meet Mr Pearson. On the way up we were engaged in the deeper aspects of life, professions, family, art, artists and especially my only serious interest outside of medicine; language and etymology, zygoma,  yoke and the origin of the alphabet. Fausto is thoughtful enough to inquire of others interest and a great listener, attentive asking provoking questions, stimulating enjoyable discussion. That night he enjoyed ‘getting me going’ on this ‘Language’ thing of mine. Our discussions, lengthy, analytical, penetrating exchanges non stop except for breath. After a  night of such, at daybreak we were ready for a breakfast pit stop.

Exiting the Washington – Baltimore by-pass, I took the first ramp indicating food. Looping quickly under the freeway  onto a small unlit two lane black top offering no options but to proceed straight ahead. Quite desolate with few unopened businesses and no traffic I was uneasy  thinking we may have made a poor exit choice as it looked like the road was coming to an abrupt end. Straining to see what was next, we saw the sign!!!

A pair of hands joined together in a hand shake.


( sculpted hands ) 1


A very simple lighted sign , white plastic background with two browned hands clasped together with the name above the hands,

“ Partner Restaurant”.

We had pulled up to the restaurant  associated with the end of the line motel.

After a relieving sigh (whew), I thought I had found a “pot of gold”at the end of a zygoma rainbow.

Having spent at least two hours talking Fausto thru my etymologic discoveries of the origin of the word zygoma, its Greek meaning yoke, one of man’s oldest words and parent to literally hundreds of derived words in every language, all with a meaning of, to come together, to join, unite, to meet, to tie, to bind , to connect, to pair, couple, parent;  just a sample of its heritage as also the word partner, one of two coming together forming a union aptly illustrated with the joining of hands! Together we were such on this day!

Wow, amazing, another example of “coincidental “ events occurring  periodically keeping me focused and energized on the pursuit of the truth in the anatomical meaning of a simple concept, yoke.

I already knew that zygoma was related to the words part and pair. Pair happens to be the name of the zygoma  bone in Arabic, called the yoke bone or pair bone , Ossa Paris, the literal Latin translation 2, Ossa means bone and Paris , I presume pair. Also, I had “coincidentally” 3  discovered in the book of I Samuel 11, a yoke of oxen was two oxen, 4 , a pair of oxen and as pointed out in the first blog entry Galen named the bone because it was made up of two parts.

Fausto at that moment, not specifically privy to the above, was not flabbergasted as I , even though I had been drilling him on word origins and he relating his experience with augers!

Well think about it. Two becoming one. A unit, a marriage, to wed, a couple ! A pair, a part,  PARTNERS. Two yoked together. Two close friends on a mission. Need I say more. If so, an entire blog entry  on yoke – zygoma cognates with a work sheet to use in every language to reveal the derivations of a zillion words included. I could go on but most of you won’t be impressed until you find out for yourself how virtually any word  involving two becoming one evolved from the very earliest concepts of words implying two, a yoke. Partner is one of those words.

Etymology can easily become hairy as those engaged in word origins find out, its complicated. Here’s whats not complicated: What’s  the odds of having  landed on an isolated road in the middle of nowhere, at a singular restaurant called “Partner”, having just been talking  about augers and the like and details of my compelling pursuit of a simple four letter word yoke, the parent of the word partner and zygoma.

Fathom this. I documented this episode in 2011 so not to forget details.  I rewrote it last year 2017 for this blog and sent Fausto a copy.  His reply came back packaged; an old whiskey bottle he had  found some time after our trip apparently with an embossed picture of a hand shake  much the same as the sign we  encountered at the restaurant. Below the clasped hand is the shape of the state of Maryland and Kentucky and a star locating the Frankfort distilleries of  the Louisville and Baltimore , the respected states. Partner distilleries.


Apparently, Fausto had been impressed more than I thought.

Out of curiosity in 2011, I googled Partner Restaurant and found

None listed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . Whats more, a world search only revealed  a handful,  one in Europe and None in North America.

Yet this small establishment, an obvious one of a kind happened to be at a dead end street where two friends in the mist of discussion about the meaning of the word yoke, pulled up to this out of the way business called “partners.”

Random or meaningful?

One such event understandably coincidence , but many as I will relate as the years accumulate become “meaningful coincidences”: enough, for me now, not coincidence at all.


Celebrate and cherish the ( events ) and people you meet along the way and realize the uniqueness and individuality that they bring to you and the world. Without their diversity life would be a very boring and somber experience.4 They could easily be part of your azoke!


  1. sculpted shake by susan sabiston
  2. Prelude to modern Science , Charles Singer and C. Rabin pg 31
  3.  i first encountered the scripture that revealed to me yoke was used to mean two of , a yoke of oxen, 2 oxen, was a meaningful coincidence itself. my youngest daughter susan possibly 4 or 5 feels asleep on a swing and to avoid waking her I grabbed the nearest book nearby to read while she slept. It fell open on page of 1 Samuel !
  4. 1 Samuel 11, King James , last night nov.23 2018 I looked up the specific reference of the quote to find it was from 1 Samuel 11:11.  Ha, Ha , its always occurring !  11:11 ,  symbol for mystics and  threshold for synchronicity it evokes when spontaneously seen on digital clocks. See later Blog of williams correspondences

end of Blog 16

15. Awoke

Blog # 15


I awoke 3-18-18 with these new thoughts:

I had  tried to get beyond “Completion”.  There seemed little left to say; “my singular truth” proclaimed , the intuitive provincial eye of God leading my way, 

and “The first breath of God”  proclaiming Yahweh, God’s personal name “heard”. I wanted  to share my singular truth with everyone.  God Exist !  But just now

as I awoke I realized to hear it, God Exists, and not to feel it , is meaningless.  Wanting others to share my singular truth as if it were their own, however thoughtful, is useless unless it is felt. Knowing the exhilaration of climbing Mt Everest, skiing a mountainside or riding a motorcycle can only come from the experience itself.  I asked myself  whats the benefit of  sharing my experience with others ? None perhaps, except, to encourage others to examine  their lives, find their zoke , and follow it with all their heart,mind and soul wherever it takes them (Their Azoke). Trust your instincts, no one else has your answers. 

Everyones  azoke and zoke is different  based upon what God  has bestowed on you within the context of your life; family,work,experiences, education, including even your thoughts.

God has a unique purpose for each of us, one not like anyone else.   One which encompasses the many facets of our lives.  I believe we are equipped with the necessary tools, gifts, etc. for which to cary out  God’s purpose. The key to fining your zoke  is recognition of the special gifts  you have been given. The truth of your life. Look for, find and follow it. Its your yoke to be led. your zoke. You may already been on your path unknowing as what , nor why, but God willing, providence prevails and your hopes , wishes  and faith  will lead you to the singular truth, God exists . Your faith will be bolstered as you pursue the truth of your life be it music, song, dance, sports, business, laborer, farmer, doctor ,scientist, friend , mother,police  etc.

Think of it in this manner: If you find or feel any truth in your life, you have found God, for God is truth  and truth is the substance of God.

For each of us to recognize and know our TRUTH , It’s measured by all our past and present experiences, knowledge and wisdom and for us to accept it as truth it has to “ring true” with what we know has been proven  to be so,  in our past experiences.  In other words the truth is personal and individual, possibly different from those of others. When however you hear someone speak the truth as you have known it , it confirms and reassures your confidence in your faith, especially if spiritual in nature.   Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the confidence of things unseen. Hebrews 11:1

Its only in the past few years  after experiencing so many unforeseen events and uncommon circumstances that as my

son William has shown me, these “ meaningful coincidences”  have overwhelmed me to the point I Saw and Awoke to the fact as what they were.

Even though he has used the term synchronicity frequently and I did’t know what synchronous meant except from the standpoint of time.  HA Ha.!

It was only as I was writing these last two blogs did I take the initiative to formally look up the term and behold! find its meaning and that the term was coined ( a cognate of join, and zygoma) ,  by William’s favorite psychologist Carl Jung ( 1875 ) . Jung introduced a new word to shed light on  poorly understood events as did Galen with his coined zygoma.

Synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.


Synchronicity is a huge part of  my story and ultimately  what convinced me of my singular truth. Thats why we must return to Alabama! 1972 when the zygoma  epic began and the synchronicity and  coincidences started , the details I share with you as they evolved which at the time I had no appreciation they would later be seen as “meaningful coincidences” !


I believe the  coined , join , zygoma, yoke, cognate coincidence and yoke, awoke  above was meaningful in  helping me  to overcome my lull and boost my faith in continuing.


End Blog # 15


14. Awakening

Blog # 14


Awakening is an interesting word as we most often think of it only related to sleep, yet by definition and use it’s an act or moment of suddenly becoming aware of something.

I often find myself  thinking as I lie in bed, eyes still  closed perusing my night’s dream and meaning or making new day’s decisions and

solutions. I often awaken to new thoughts and connections. One such occasion happened recently. I went to bed late wrestling over how to get back on track to my story having digressed so heavily, spiritually,  with blog # 12, “completion”. It was hard “coming back down to earth” from that experience, In fact , so hard I reflexively added entry #13, a purely academic video regarding the origin of the word zygoma to distance myself from the mystic mantra of #12 some might find objectionable. I thought it might also help me get back to the story’s anatomical beginnings. 

It didn’t work despite many attempts to return, I wasn’t able. The excitement of etymology and anatomic terminology  paled so in comparison to the more recent spiritual experiences.   Likewise, the unfinished tasks of convincing physicians and anatomist to use the term zygoma correctly to avoid future terminology errors, the unfinished unsolved yoke etymology and having my “vowels began as  yokes” theory collaborated by academia , all  seemed to have lost their glitter, casting a lull that has  kept me from further progress, until , just now , when  I  AWOKE, literally and figuratively!  All I saw and “heard” was “OAK”, and it’s phonetic similarity of ” OKE” . I’m always tuned into sound alike words, being similarly related like , OAK- YOKE -AWOKE , as words which look ,sound or mean the same , they probably are cognates1 and have a common origin. I had never associated awakening with connection in the manner of yoke until now using Awoke, awake’s past tense .The  Awakening of the similarity of the Oak- Yoke- Awoke phonemes.

This zygoma synchronicity2 has “pulled me back in ” ;  the lull passed , my enthusiasm returned, with the reassurance of this awakening experience.


First yokes were made from  oak wood.

Oak trees are  the oldest of  trees.

A Bar of wood on the shoulders of persons carrying pails of water were first yokes 

 Bar is the oldest Greek word for a yoke. 

The  words , Oak and Yoke share similar origins.

.Sound alike, Look alike usually mean alike.  Oak,Yoke now  Awoke. 

 As I Awoke , suddenly a moment of awareness, a connection an enlightenment! An Awakening! 

Do you see what I mean, can you feel it? 

A light has brightened my day. A Path has been opened. I Awoke.

Halleluia !


  1. cognates – linguistics ( of a word ) having the same derivation as another : from the same origin or root: related to or descended from a common ancestor
  2. synchronicity – the simultaneous occurrence of events the appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection

End of Blog 14

13. Galen’s Zygoma – Video presentation to Brody School of Medicine

As you can see I didn’t return to the” beginning” in Alabama 1972 as I stated I would at the end of Blog # 12.

Instead,  I decided to introduce a recent academic video presentation  to give readers an example of the detailed and sound ” scientific methodology ” that I’ve practiced  for most of the past four decades free of any hint of spirituality so  strongly expressed in my last blog” completion”. Simultaneously , also providing a trustworthy foundation of what Zygoma meant from its inception in the first century A.D. thru the eighteenth century. One must clearly understand zygoma’s original meaning to navigate the confusion and ambiguity caused by the subsequent introduction of the anatomical term Zygomatic Bone for our cheekbone in the nineteenth century.

A combination of misunderstanding of zygoma’s meaning ,along with the introduction of anatomically naming ” Bony Processes” ,  initiated the current Zygoma-Zygomatic Bone conumbra of current terminology which I got caught up in and pledged to correct

Be sure to review the Bibliography at en of video