Mithras is Alive and Well and Living in New Jersey

Daria Invictus recently blogged on a subject near and dear to my heart- the enigmatic Golden Boy, who has been passed like a torch from corporation to corporation. Daria explored the various connections to a host of pagan deities, but I had a nagging suspicion there was still another figure being celebrated in this composite icon; the Corporate Elite's favorite god, Mithras.

We shouldn't be surprised at Mithras' showing up in corporate iconography - his followers were deadly serious, highly disciplined soliders and merchants. And what is the modern corporation if not the ultimate apotheosis of the "Business as War" paradigm? Mithraists worshipped in secret during the First Century, why not in the Twenty-First?

Golden Boy was originally known as "The Genius of Electricity" when commissioned for Western Electric, then renamed "The Spirit of Communication" when sold to AT&T. His latest owner is the new AT&T, formerly known as Southern Bell. He currently resides on the AT&T campus in Bedminster, Nova Caesarea. You can see him while driving on Interstate 287 South (2+8+7=17). As Daria notes, he originally sat upon a pyramidical turret on the old AT&T building in Masonic Manhattan, giving us yet another depiction of the Heavenly Insemination.

As you see in this ancient frieze of Mithras, Golden Boy is simply a modern take on the old sun god. The Snake of Time becomes an electrical cable and his staff becomes electrical bolts. The pose is almost exactly the same, only minor details differentiate the two icons. For instance, the globe Golden Boy stands on comes to us from another Mithraic icon...

...that of Aion, the enigmatic figure whom Jung identified as the Imageo Dei- image of the god within. As with so much Mithraic imagery, the meaning of the globe is unclear, but my own interpretation is that the Mithraists had intended to rule the world. It's open to debate whether they are succeeding in that ambition.

Whatever the intended message behind it, it's interesting to note that Golden Boy has been reintroduced in advertising for the new AT&T. Maybe it's simply because it's an amazing work of art with heavy-duty Syncromystic resonance. One thing's for sure- you can add this to the rapidly escalating use of Solar symbolism in corporate and church iconography.

10 comments:

  1. In Winnipeg, Manitoba there is a statue called "Golden Boy" atop the legislative buildings. A famous Canadian landmark, its history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Boy_(Manitoba) is very interesting, including the fact: "The company ISIS Canada installed new devices to monitor the stress and movement on the support shaft of the Golden Boy." The statue, from France, spent the war in a ship hold before being sent to Manitoba. Here is a picture: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2QEZ

    jl.

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  2. Well thank you for mentioning the Golden Boy post and the manner in which you mentioned it! You certainly made my day! I thoroughly enjoy how these discussions evolve as other interpretations are offered. What a wonderful thing!

    As always, your meticulous attention to detail and your ability to clearly articulate symbological relationships is spot on. Considering that I associate myself with Sol Invictus, I have to laugh a bit because I failed to mention Mithras in the post! However, I am glad you added that aspect as well as mentioning the similarities between the ancient soldier class and the modern-day corporate raiders/soldiers. There’s nothing new under Sol…

    Since I am somewhat of a novice at this, something I’ve been pondering lately is if there is a method by which one can determine whether items of a symbolic nature are consciously and purposely introduced by the artist, writer, etc… or whether such items manifest themselves through the subconscious and are only recognized upon later reflection…I seems to me that being able to distinguish between intentional symbolism and subconscious or unintentional symbolism is quite important. Any thoughts on this?

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  3. Daria Invictus asks:

    Since I am somewhat of a novice at this, something I’ve been pondering lately is if there is a method by which one can determine whether items of a symbolic nature are consciously and purposely introduced by the artist, writer, etc… or whether such items manifest themselves through the subconscious and are only recognized upon later reflection…I seems to me that being able to distinguish between intentional symbolism and subconscious or unintentional symbolism is quite important. Any thoughts on this?

    Excellent question, D. I think the best way to determine this is sequence. Symbols can pop up subconsciously or even accidentally. It's when they are used in a coherent sequence that the likelihood of coincidence is greatly diminished.

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  4. the Memphis and Mithraim rite, practiced by top illuminati, google it, although I only got 4 results :P

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  5. Very Cool -
    I might also just add to the discussion that there are many ' Golden Boy ' statues about on public buildings. There's a remarkable one in Nashville Tennessee on what used to be one of the grand train stations there. Most seem to be depictions of Mercury, the god of commerce and thievery, but there are exceptions. My own experience as an artist is that I've drawn, painted and been drawn to symbols and symbolic items my whole life. Only as an adult am I discovering their much deeper symbolic nature. i think we absorb these things knowingly and unknowingly. It's often hard to tell whey we're attracted to them, but we are. Thanks for another fantastic post Chris.
    Thrace

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  6. Judging from the serpent, the wings, the electricity, and the globe, I can safely say that Mithras is synonymous with the Garuda, the Thunderbird, and yes, MOTHMAN.

    This worship of "Mithras" explains why Mothman witnesses are always getting clues that seem to point to the Rockefellers, AT&T, Western Electric, etc., and why there is a such a big coverup of what Mothman really is. My dad's best friend worked on the secret Echelon eavesdropping project in Sugar Grove, WV. He was an Air Force engineer employed by Western Electric. Indrid Cold and the Men in Black were always coming by his house.

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  7. Thanks for your answer to my question Chris. I will keep that in mind and see where it takes me.

    Bye for now...

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  8. http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/AASR_1884_/28th_degree_knight_of_the_sun.htm

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  9. The "golden boy" is very similar to the golden figure of the Angel Moroni atop most Mormon temples, though the angel does not have a snake around him.

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  10. His latest owner is the new AT&T, formerly known as Southwestern Bell or SBC.

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