Nine Eleven Ten Thirteen




There are times when art becomes reality. The pilot for X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen , which eerily predicted a 9/11 scenario, is perhaps one of the most notorious examples of this.

Some theorists have pointed at that episode as proof of government foreknowledge of the attacks, yet if you actually pay attention to the dialog in the episode (included in the clip above), it seems unlikely that someone in the government would sign off on such inflammatory rhetoric.

But given the various contacts that Chris Carter had with people inside the government security apparatus, it's entirely possible that people within certain agencies were feeding Carter certain scenarios from intelligence briefings as story ideas. It's even possible that some factions within the intelligence community were using the show to warn people of what other, more nefarious factions were up to. Stranger things have happened.

In an interview with Alex Jones, Gunman Dean Haglund ("Langley") stated that agents from the FBI and NASA would approach Chris Carter with story ideas. Haglund also claimed that the CIA would send people to Hollywood parties to keep tabs on what was being filmed, and said that before The X-Files premiered, a CIA psychic approached Carter and ensured him that his project would be successful.

What is also possible is that Carter and his team got the idea for the Gunmen pilot from the 1978 cult film, The Medusa Touch, in which a psychic psychotic played by Richard Burton steers a jet into an office tower to prove his telekinetic powers to his psychiatrist, played by the radiant Lee Remick. Given the fact that an X-Files episode named "Medusa" aired shortly before the Lone Gunmen pilot, it's likely that the producers were indeed inspired by this film. "Medusa" takes place in Boston, where two of the 9/11 planes took off from, which might be an talking point for the foreknowledge side. For me, however, the coincidence of motifs between The Medusa Touch and the Gunmen pilot argues for an even more powerful force than human conspiracy.



Some people have mentioned the Tower trump of the Tarot in relation to 9/11. This is extremely frustrating to me (as is a lot of the conspiracy-driven symbology out there). There's only one building in The Tower trump and duality is an all-important concept in the esoteric tradition. And there are two other trumps in the famous Rider/Waite Tarot that are much more compelling in relation to the incident.

The Moon trump is one. An ill-omened card, it pictures two towers and flames falling from the sky. The theme of duality is continued with two threatening canines, a wolf and a dog. Emerging from the water is a crayfish, perhaps symbolizing the sign of Cancer, which is identified with the Moon. The card is the 18th card of the tarot, 18 being the sum of 6+6+6.

The number "666" comes to us from the 13th chapter of Revelations, which opens with a vision of the Beast coming up from the water, just as crabs and crayfish do. The proximity of the water to the two towers recalls the World Trade Center, which was close to the Hudson River. Strangely, the sky is blue here and the Moon more closely resembles the Sun, calling to mind that fateful September morning. Maybe the dog and the wolf are calling out a warning to the towers that the Beast is approaching. When you see this card through the eyes of the dreaming mind- or the prophetic one- it takes on terrifying overtones.

The Death card is even more compelling, and adds all-important Templar symbolism to the mix. Here we see Death as a knight on horseback, for my money a transparent nod to the Poor Knights. Cementing this connection are the dead king and the soon-to-be-dead Pontiff, recalling the swift revenge the Templars exacted on their tormentors King Philip and Pope Clement. The Death Card is the thirteenth trump, bringing us back to the 13th chapter of Revelations. His white horse seems to be a reference to Revelation 6:8, the four dying figures perhaps a numerological reference to the one-fourth of humanity prophesied to die in that passage. Next to the Roman numerals for 13 is a white rose with ten petals, giving us that all important 10/13.

But for my money the action is in the background. In the river there is a Norman longboat, perhaps a tidy reference to the Templars' Norman origins. And facing the sunrise are two towers, acting as the gateway to a large city. Incredibly, the two towers natually resemble an eleven and between them are nine rays. But even more incredible to me- someone who is very familiar with the area in question- is how much the scene reminds me of a view of lower Manhattan from across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

When we see the card from the dreaming mind's eye, it very much resembles a symbolic view of lower Manhattan from across the Hudson River in New Jersey. Almost like this view from Liberty State Park, which pictures a proposed 9/11 memorial. Or this view below, which recalls the tidal pool in the Death trump.

Do these cards depict a century-old foreknowledge of the attack, or something much more compelling? Did NASA cook up a "Face on Mars" hoax based on an obscure old Jack Kirby story? Did I submit my X-Files dream to Ten Thirteen Productions so they could adapt it for the "Provenance/Providence" (the latter being episode 9.11, by the way) two parter? Or does the dreaming mind- the same as the prophetic or creative mind- tap into something that transcends time and space?

Now, I have no doubt at all that there is intentional symbolism in the media, or that predictive programming is a reality. That stuff can be fascinating, but what's much more fascinating is when definitive symbols or portents appear without the aid of human agency. Those moments when the Collective Unconscious sends signals to the reptilian brain and alerts us to forces and energies outside of our awareness.

17 comments:

  1. Wow- thank you, Synchie!

    (Note: Check out Synchromystic Librarian's page on my links list)

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  2. Fun to read some unique and original views on 911. Thanks.

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  3. The Medusa Touch - made/makes me think of the times I've wanted to destroy, be rid of something, I respectfully think many people want to see an end to certain 'ways of life' on this planet. Towers seem to arise and fall as symbols of 'powers' waxing and waning. Often an empire builds a tower , or cathedral in older times, a minaret, a city or two and the new lot come and take it down.
    The Viking-Nor[sem]an longboat - I relate this lineage to the Phoenician sea-farers who expertly took strategic ports throughout history [ and perhaps still do].
    Your emphasis on 2 Towers seems well placed.
    In the Moon card the Sun reflecting Moon hangs above the Towers, in the Death card it lies twixt the Towers.
    The Popes hat, open-mouthed, seems to be conversing with the Towers scene in the Death card[ perhaps the Pope = the Hierophant]
    The Crayfish , here in the Cz Rep, stands for the Crab [ Czech is a land-locked country]. The word for it is RAK [ Kar backwards !] and cancer the disease is called RAKOVINY so the same suggestions made. The hard-shell of crustaceans and cancer-cells, apparently, which leads me to the Chariot card. Slightly more sloppily than you, I wonder if the posts holding the Chariot's canopy can also be Towers, but I guess there should be 4. Perhaps 'the Beast' = the hard shell of our present evolution which will be cast off to reveal our new skin. Lots of perhaps.
    I have written a piece recently called 'number, story, details, gory' about 666, if u'r interested.
    Great hits on them towers!
    Cheers

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  4. Amazing work. I'm quite fascinated by your insights with the Tarot cards, and by "The Medusa Touch". Check out ViølatoR of the Stygian Port's article JewJewBees for more 9/11 oddities (there are plenty to go around). In a recent comment on my blog ViølatoR mentioned his hunch that the mythological figure of Medusa is related to the solar eclipse. This makes a lot of sense as looking with the naked eye at either is very dangerous, and a reflection is the safest means to view them. In the first part of my "Heroes" guide I contend the initiating solar eclipse is a symbolic stargate opened through celestial alignment, as is also the case with the appearances of the Monoliths in "2001". The canny Jake Kotze makes a strong argument that the 9/11 "megaritual" was performed to open a stargate.

    The sea-born goddess Medusa may also relate to the symbolism of the Octopus, which is intriguing considering the common use of the Octopus to describe the kind of muti-armed secret cabal needed to engage in acts of such a magnitude.

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  5. "In a recent comment on my blog ViølatoR mentioned his hunch that the mythological figure of Medusa is related to the solar eclipse. This makes a lot of sense as looking with the naked eye at either is very dangerous, and a reflection is the safest means to view them."

    Well, it also reminds me of Sodom and Gomorrah, with Lot's wife becoming a pillar of salt when she looked back at the inferno.

    I'll be looking carefully at the XF ep Medusa soon.


    "In the first part of my "Heroes" guide I contend the initiating solar eclipse is a symbolic stargate opened through celestial alignment, as is also the case with the appearances of the Monoliths in "2001". The canny Jake Kotze makes a strong argument that the 9/11 "megaritual" was performed to open a stargate."

    I see that also as the coming of the Age of Horus, since eclipses were identified with the wounding of his right eye. Chris Carter used the same symbol in the X Files, particularly in the eighth season opening credits, where William-Horus in fetal form emerged from the eclipse. As I mentioned William controls the Stargate spaceship in Providence.

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  6. "The Crayfish , here in the Cz Rep, stands for the Crab [ Czech is a land-locked country]. The word for it is RAK [ Kar backwards !] and cancer the disease is called RAKOVINY so the same suggestions made. The hard-shell of crustaceans and cancer-cells, apparently, which leads me to the Chariot card. Slightly more sloppily than you, I wonder if the posts holding the Chariot's canopy can also be Towers, but I guess there should be 4. Perhaps 'the Beast' = the hard shell of our present evolution which will be cast off to reveal our new skin. Lots of perhaps."

    It's interesting to note that drugs or terrorism or illegal immigration are always seen as a "cancer". We as a species seem to have a mortal terror of arthropods, see the Aliens movies for proof.

    I had just remembered that I had dreamed of a crayfish one night and the next day my son and his cousin had found one in the stream in our yard. And I'm not in bayou country- this was a pure anomaly.

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  7. Great post! - a more powerful force than human conspiracy indeed. Perhaps human beings are finally humble enough to acknowledge that we're not the only sentient beings in town. - That there are patterns in space time that are cyclical, which drop identification cards at various intervals for us to interpret.. Patterns arise in any system - it's the meaning - the syntax - which makes it go beyond the realm of coincidence.

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  8. ottobock4:32 PM

    Good stuff.I've been running through some of the same symbology. You brought up a couple ways of looking at this 9-11mega-ritual that I hadn't seen.

    I'd like to point out however that the moon card, as far as I know, has the moon goddess ISIS, weeping rather than flames in the sky, which does seem to make more sense given the cards meaning.

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  9. Greetings, Christopher:

    Thank you for a very interesting alternate view of 9/11 ...

    Excellent, man!

    Warmest Regards,




    Kentroversy
    Buffalo, NY USA

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  10. Cheers, Kent. I plugged your site earlier on one of my Led Zeppelin posts.

    Lot's more dreaming mind interpretation of 9/11 on the way. Stuff that is going to blow people's minds, I promise you. I've found something that puts the Lone Gunmen in the shade.

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  11. Interesting quote from comic book writer/artist John Byrne:

    "I have been a writer and illustrator of comic books for the past 30 years, and in that time I have 'predicted' the future so many times in my work my colleagues have actually taken to referring to it as 'the Byrne Curse.'
    It began in the late 1970s. While working on a Spider-Man series titled 'Marvel Team-Up' I did a story about a blackout in New York. There was a blackout the month the issue went on sale (six months after I drew it). While working on 'Uncanny X-Men' I hit Japan with a major earthquake, and again the real thing happened the month the issue hit the stands.
    Now, those things are fairly easy to 'predict,' but consider these: When working on the relaunch of Superman, for DC Comics, I had the Man of Steel fly to the rescue when disaster beset the NASA space shuttle. The Challenger tragedy happened almost immediately thereafter, with time, fortunately, for the issue in question to be redrawn, substituting a 'space plane' for the shuttle.
    Most recent, and chilling, came when I was writing and drawing 'Wonder Woman,' and did a story in which the title character was killed, as a prelude to her becoming a goddess. The cover for that issue was done as a newspaper front page, with the headline 'Princess Diana Dies.' (Diana is Wonder Woman’s real name.) That issue went on sale on a Thursday. The following Saturday . . . I don’t have to tell you, do I?
    My ability as a prognosticator ... would seem assured — provided, of course, we reference only the above, and skip over the hundreds of other comic books I have produced which featured all manner of catastrophes, large and small, which did not come to pass."

    In other words, beware the Confirmation Bias.

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  12. I've been a big fan of John Byrne's artwork for a long time- still check out his commission work. But I pretty much have developed an automatic response to anything he says about anything- I believe the exact opposite.

    Contrary to what some of our skeptic friends may want to believe, most of us don't go running after every coincidence. That's very annoying and a waste of time. What I and others do is carefully sift through reams of information looking not only for coincidence, but meaningful coincidence- or rather, meaningful coincidences.

    As much as I enjoy it, John Byrne's work is absolutely meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Two of his predictions are more accurately ascribed to other writers and concerning the Princess Diana thing, his claims are in fact untrue- the cover doesn't say she was killed and the headline refers to her as "Wonder Woman," not as Diana (and she was already a goddess). If he had her die in a tunnel during a car crash that's another thing entirely, but he wasn't even close. Further, we have no way to confirm the space shuttle thing other than his word (which you are welcome to take), since the first issue hit the stands in April 1986. He could well have drawn it afterwards, and have been subconsciously influenced by the event without realizing it.

    But then again, as an artist, he is more open to these kinds of premonitions. No one has ever said everything he drew has to manifest itself in reality either, so I don't know where that arbitrary criteria is coming from. Nor do we know how many other events in his comics came true that we don't know about since they weren't major news stories.

    Lastly, Chris Carter produces meaningful work that has had a huge effect on the mass consciousness. John Byrne produces fetish items for a tiny, tiny handful of obsessives.

    So, take that for what it's worth.

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  13. Those are not flames, they are yods. You can use their energy to get back on the path. The Moon is a card about being in the darkness but the moon is your light in the darkness.

    Unrelated to this posting: When I was very ill from asthma at a young age, I would "hallucinate" according to the definitions of others. I never saw any leprechauns but I have made two leprechaun videos, both of which an evil banshee from Dublin caused to get removed from youtube.

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  14. Mr Panda1:11 AM

    In the Lone Gunman clip, did you notice it says octium inside. Another octo synch.

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  16. Anonymous2:20 PM

    Have you seen this?

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6680224505086911340#

    It's a BBC documentary about 9/11 conspiracies. At the 44:05 mark, Frank Spotnitz (writer/producer of X-Files and Lone Gunmen) talks about this coincidence.

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