Memestream: Secret Societies and Sexy Socialites

Can't we all be brothers?

USNews & World Report whips up some fresh Masonic recruitment propaganda under the dodge of a "Mysteries of History" collectors edition. Ostensibly, it's a look at secret societies throughout history, but the Freemasons get the lion's share of the page-count (and the front and back cover, as well).

With only the slightest veneer of objectivity, Secret Societies includes some very helpful primers for prospective Freemies, including a two-page spread explaining all of the symbols used in the tracing boards. There are also articles on some of the other branches of the Masonic network, including the Templars, Assassins, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, Opus Dei, Scientologists and Skull and Bones, but any controversies concerning the Freemies are glossed over and generally dismissed as the province of cranks. There are some articles on cults and the like, but most of what's covered is old hat in the extreme.

In short, Secret Societies is strictly Snoozeville, Sammy.

Less so is this cover of German GQ, featuring a naked (and obviously uncomfortable) Heidi Klum wearing a giant red Q as a crown. This repeats the motif from the poster for 17 Again, seeing that Q is the 17th letter of alphabet. Note the asterisk (Sirius) and red plus signs resonating Templar crosses.

Speaking of secrets, Heidi played Bond girl Ursula Andress in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, and was a Bond girl herself of sorts, doing voice work for a 007 video game.

Nice blue-and-gold color scheme

Thinking about secret societies and sexy socialites reminded me of Patty Hearst, the publishing heiress who was kidnapped by some absurd agent-provocateur operation/political cult called the Symbionese Liberation Army in the early 70s and morphed into the gun-totin' bank robber known as "Tania."

Even as a kid I got "Tania" mixed up with Madame Hydra, and not just because of the logos. The whole thing just gave off that vibe (maybe whoever was [allegedly] running the SLA op was a big Steranko fan). The Madame was a villian in Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD, Marvel's answer to the James Bond craze of the 60s. She was leader of HYDRA, one of Jack Kirby's many super-secret societies.

It's interesting to note that one of the banks the SLA knocked off was a Crocker branch, which ties us back to the recent Karen Carpenter/Klaatu extravaganza. Patty was also lucky enough to escape a siege that shut the SLA down for good:
The next day, May 17th, 1974, a two-hour gun battle between the SLA and the LA police ignited a fire that fatally trapped six "soldiers" in their cramped East 54th Street hideout. Nine thousand rounds were fired when 500 cops descended on the house, and the drama was televised, similar to the Waco fiasco in which the David Koresh cult would be killed two decades later.
Hearst was then "deprogrammed" and went back to being a socialite (she also breeds French Bulldogs) and is living happily ever after. Today, Patty's doe-eyed daughter Lydia has joined Heidi Klum in the supermodel universe. Which brings us to our next magazine cover...

In which Lydia appears as a blonde Bond girl on the cover of GQ with the chav Bond, Daniel Craig. 007 was also the codename of master occultist John Dee when in the service of the first Queen Elizabeth.

Like Heidi, Lydia has done her own nude cover, in which she's trussed up in some bizarre rhinestone-studded bondage apparatus. Anyone familiar with her mother's story will find this image bizarre (to say the least) seeing that she was reportedly bound and gagged for several days after her abduction by Cinque and the SLA. Note the "Cin" in cinema while "ema" is almost invisible. Interesting.

We all know that the fashion industry is sociopathic and misogynistic, but why would Lydia consent to such an image, in light of her mother's ordeal?

As F. Scott Fitzgerald put it, "The rich are different."

Postscript: Well, you gotta love Synchronicity. I was just poking around the New York Post website and what do I see but some game feature called "Scandalous Socialites" with a video of Lydia Hearst...

UPDATE: Since I wrote this before I saw the SpongeBob Masonic Fiesta, I'm happy to note what David reminded us of- that the Hydra logo is actually a Cephalopod.

UPDATE II: Speaking of the damned rites of Chthulu, here's this news item:
HARTFORD, Conn. — Geronimo's descendants have sued Skull and Bones _ the secret society at Yale University linked to presidents and other powerful figures _ claiming that its members stole the remains of the legendary Apache leader decades ago and have kept them ever since.

29 comments:

  1. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/17/obama.troops/index.html

    All 17,000 troops announced Tuesday will go to the southern region of the country where Afghanistan borders Pakistan, with the goal mainly being to stop the flow of foreign fighters, according to a U.S. military official with direct knowledge of the deployment and military plans for Afghanistan.

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  2. Thinking about secret societies and sexy socialites reminded me of Patty Hearst, the publishing heiress who was kidnapped by some absurd agent-provocateur operation/political cult called the Symbionese Liberation Army in the early 70s and morphed into the gun-totin' bank robber known as "Tania."

    Did that one come from the "Clancy Brown" & family connection to Hearst Publications? (Clancy did voicework as Eugene Krabs in Spongebob Squarepants.)

    First things that went through my mind reading your last post on S.S. was Clancy Brown, the Hyper-Templar OTO influenced HBO Series Carnivale and Hearst.

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  3. Chris how do you do it? Fantastic work lately. I have that bullshit secret societies mag, my wife and daughter bought it for me to razz me about my "obsession". (Obama-maniacs they) Tonight we watched the spongebob episode together, on your recc. Man I hope she starts to read your blog. She made a mandala today for a class project (they are studying Jung and synchronicity at her high school!) and it had an 11 pointed flower on an 8 pointed "cross". Just happy it didn't add up to 17! I always thought numerology was bullshit, but I'm beginning to reconsider. I guess the question is, where does the bullshit end and the power begin? Do symbols just focus the mind/emotions? Isn't that the true source?
    all the best-

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  4. You know, I've been thinking about this and I think what happens is that Synchronicity is a facet of consciousness that people throughout time have attributed to the gods.

    Secret societies and ritual magicians want to tap into the power of the gods, so they manufacture "synchronicity" as a form of imitative magic.

    What's important is that we don't get stuck in a paranoid mindset where we throw the baby out with the bathwater and dismiss everything as the work of a few magickal miscreants. They might use symbols and synchronicity but by no means whatsoever does it belong to them.

    Of the utmost importance to keep that in mind.

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  5. From the Super70's.com entry on the SLA " . . even though they never had more than 8 members at one time (and perhaps no more than 18 - including Patty Hearst - in total . . ." so total number of members that signed up willingly without being kidnapped????
    The SLA and moreso HYDRA's logo looks an awful lot to me like the small spider/octopus that appears on some of the Priory of Sion documents - whether authentic or some piece of mis-directional art - this symbol was said to have been a solar emblem handed down from ancient Atlantis.
    and that, combined with SpongeBob's curious cephalopod-only Secret lodge really calls up in me images of the ANCIENT ELDER GODS and that old and over-sleeping Cthulhu.

    Don't you go waking him up! :)

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  6. Blackhole Turnpike3:32 AM, February 19, 2009

    take the Spongebob as a sign that other crazys understand and get whats going on. Don't rush to call fowl and hierarchical manipulation. just some nerds with power playing the game

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  7. "What's important is that we don't get stuck in a paranoid mindset where we throw the baby out with the bathwater and dismiss everything as the work of a few magickal miscreants. They might use symbols and synchronicity but by no means whatsoever does it belong to them.

    Of the utmost importance to keep that in mind".

    Totally agree with what you said. They're expoliting it but it's not theirs.

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  8. I heard the news of this crash and held my breath to hear how many personnel were involved....17 maybe?

    Naah, 18 on the 18th.....

    As in the Hudson/Sully miracle - all 18 survivors 'crossed over' (!) to the rescue vehicle

    WITHOUT GETTING WET!

    UK chopper crashes in North Sea, all 18 rescued
    By RAPHAEL G. SATTER
    (Published February 18, 2009)

    LONDON — A transport helicopter crashed into the North Sea on Wednesday evening, but all 18 aboard were rescued from the chilly waters, British officials said.

    Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman Mark Clark said the incident was "on the level of the Hudson River in the States," a reference to the successful splash-landing of a passenger jet into the Hudson River in New York last month.

    snip - rest at:

    http://www.fortmilltimes.com/106/story/463006.html

    I don't know how you're keeping up with all these events Chris - in fact it's gotten to the stage that I don't know where to post anything hence random posting here!

    Steve Quayle talks about outer space/inner space warfare and falling satellites and 'stuff'. I sometimes wonder about Steve but it makes interesting listening:

    Steve Quayle 02/16/2009 Report:Steve's topic: Things That Go Bump in the Night...Thank You Steve For Getting This Very Important Message Out.
    http://www.twowitnesses.us/steve_quayle_02_16.MP3

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  9. Michelle Obama on Vogue - Feb 24th cover
    Kate Moss on the New Yorker
    Yet more things that make you go hmmmm.

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  10. As I mentioned in a previous posting, Quantum of Solace features a production of Puccini's Tosca with a large eye. Probably not worth repeating, but I forgot to point out Puccini's birth date.

    Jason

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  11. Jason, is that the one with the Tarot cards?

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  12. It's lower on my list of Bond movie favorites, but Live and Let Die is the one with Tarot cards. For what it's worth, Jane Seymour plays Bond girl "Solitaire."

    I've also started wondering about synchromystic stuff with Goldfinger. Back in a bit...

    Jason

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  13. Oh, I know all about Live and Let Die, believe me! Jane...

    I meant the opera with the cards.

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  14. Did you notice the news on Geronimo s kin yesterday ? I read about it on yahoo and saw it on the Italian news, but there was no discussion on American news that I saw... Anyways, Prescott Bush and his fellow Skull and Bones Org. Dug up Geronimo s bones and have kept them in their crypt at Yale... Any info ?

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  15. I tried sending this before the Carmen note, but it must not have worked...

    Goldfinger... Strange mojo involving my namesake here.

    (1) Sean Connery named his son Jason. An unusual name in 1963.

    (2) 1963 was the same year Jason and the Argonauts came out... with Honor Blackman as Hera. She also played the infamous Ms. Galore in Goldfinger.

    (3) "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence..." Shirley Eaton, who played "golden girl" Jill Masterson, also named her son Jason. I found this out just a few weeks ago, and started wondering if there might be some strange alchemical connection between Goldfinger and the Jason myth. (As viewers may remember, James and Jill hook up before Goldfinger applies his "Midas touch" to her.)

    Jason

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  16. Synchronicity is spirit in action. It's getting you to NOTICE certain aspects of the game that are helpful to your progression.

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  17. "We all know that the fashion industry is sociopathic and misogynistic"

    ___________

    sociopathic? to say the least

    but a mega-billion dollar industry that makes millionaires out of talent-less women and poofy "male" designers -- and whose overwhelming funders and devotees are females -- is misogynistic?

    really? how would that be?

    when someone uses the phrase "we all know" it indicates a mass unexamined assumption of which the writer wishes acceptance under continuing unexamined conditions

    think and speak for yourself

    ray

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  18. I noticed Heidi's body is in a Bolt position/shape.

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  20. Intriguingly enough, Chris, I just commented elsewhere, Michael of Gosporn's blog, concerning the sicking-on of the crab by Hera to prevent Heraklés's slaying of the Lernean Hydra, sometimes seven, sometimes nine-headed, but always where one head is loped off, two spring back in its place, 'til the truncated neck wound is cauterised.

    So, then, it was a take-off of the Symbionese Liberation Army when my fellow inveterate punk rocker, Richard 'Rebby' Bump, writer/editor/publisher of the homo-punk fanzine, FANORAMA, started the F.L.A., or Fanorama Liberation Army.

    As follows then, his announcement to the d.i.y. world of publishing in general & that of homo-punk in particular the F.L.A.'s death knell, and all on this Valentine's Day no less:

    7 years ago tonight, Feb. 14, 2002, I was sitting alone in a hotel room in Jackson, CA anticipating my first face-to-face visit with someone I had fallen in love with through the mail and over the phone. And the next day, the earth did seem to tilt on its axis a bit as we embraced for the first time and my life would never be the same again.

    We made great art both alone and together, we created a family of misfits and losers and outcasts and lost boys. We changed. We changed lives. We moved mountains. We made concrete walls a bit more permeable.

    Choices were made. People entered our lives. People left our lives but the camaraderie and art always flourished and only got better.. the more obstacles we faced, the better the art became. The more we were shot down and told we couldn't do this or that the more determined we became to overcome the odds stacked against us.

    Sometimes he disappeared for months at a time without explanation or warning. But he always came back with his tail between his legs like a sullen pup or a prodigal son. But I sought a consistency and loyalty and honesty that matched my own commitment. And I found it. I never resented his choices and I've never regretted mine.

    But apparently he does. He resents me and my choices profoundly. He resents me for falling in love with another. He resents me for making art that didn't involve him. He resents me for being unwilling to settle for inconsistency. He resents me for collaborating with a comrade in the free world while he was still in a cage.

    From the very first letter, he claimed he was a radical. One of the first books he told me I had to read was Days of War/Nights of Love by the CrimethInc. Collective. He had many lovers of both sexes and he claimed his love was big enough to encompass many. But what was good for the goose was not good for the gander and while he was planning his wedding he grew to resent me for "feeding someone else while he was hungry."

    I got a letter from him today. 7 years to the day of the eve of our first visit. If he didn't plan it's arrival today for pure impact, I'd call it fate or destiny.

    So, there will be no eventual face-to-face visit in the free world. No more art. No more collaboration. Not even an easy friendship. And there hasn't been for nearly two years but I still thought in the back of my mind that the possibility still existed.

    Life is too short for him to be so filled with so much resentment. Sometimes, when two come together the sparks they generate can cause 1000 bonfires to erupt. Sometimes you have to know when to step away from the flames before they consume you.

    It's time for lots of tats to be inked over. It's time to simply let it be.

    Fanorama Society is dead. Long live Fanorama Society.

    "It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved." - Irwin Edman

    Thanks for all your brilliant observations, Chris. You've made this elven mythographer a very happy lad indeed.

    Alt He best, awe ways,
    Anadæ Effro ( :-)}

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  21. Moving stuff, Andae. And you're right, life is too short for resentment or any other type of disempowering emotion. The challenges are just too great for us to be cutting ourselves down from the inside.

    Did Fanorama have a web presence?

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  22. Why, yes, Chris, yes indeed it did, and does. The first is its & the next on Tom's Wreck, my affectional appellate for MySpace, is Richard Bump's (the defunct Fanorama Liberation Army's co-founder, writer/editor/publisher's) own page:

    http://fanorama.tk/

    http://myspace.com/fanorama

    Enjoy yourself as do I,
    Anadæ Effro ( :-)}

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  23. From the very first letter, he claimed he was a radical. One of the first books he told me I had to read was Days of War/Nights of Love by the CrimethInc. Collective. He had many lovers of both sexes and he claimed his love was big enough to encompass many. But what was good for the goose was not good for the gander and while he was planning his wedding he grew to resent me for "feeding someone else while he was hungry."

    Isn't that always the case with these types... This was a bit heart wrenching for me to read because i can totally relate. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. That reminds me of an old PsychoBilly song "Big Love" the chorus was something like "Big Love, He was bigger than you, he was bigger than me." Heard it ages ago and then never again.

    Looking at your site I'm reminded that Hardcore (and its offshoots) was the one of the countercultural movements that resisted being co-opted.

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  25. Thanks Anadae for posting my words and thanks to those who have left comments.
    REB
    www.fanorama.tk

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  26. Heidi Klum partnered with Diet Coke in the Heart Truth Campaign. As part of the campaign, she created a HOURGLASS "charm".
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/28910765/site/14081545
    Not trying to make light of a very serious disease, I just thought the HOURGLASS theme was interesting given its importance in masonic belief.
    Also, did you check out those costumes that Heidi and Seal wore for a 2008 Halloween bash? Google that one!
    Cheers!

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