Benjamin Button and the Babylon Gate, part II



So much of the symbolism that I've studied over the years pertaining to this overarching esoteric tradition deals with reversal of time. Jim Marrs seemed to pick up on these meme when he wrote Rule By Secrecy in reverse chronological order. And we've seen highly symbolic film narratives told in reverse time like Christopher Nolan's Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And sure enough, The Reader, for which Ka-Hathor Winslet won her Oscar/Ausur, is also told in a kind of reverse time as well.

Time as the Movements of the Gods, downgraded to saints in Elizabethan England

I was completely puzzled by this motif until I traced the secret society tradition back through all of its permuations and corruptions to the Shemsu Hor, the powerful Egyptian priests of Heliopolis. I've come to see the Shemsu Hor as a kind of cargo cult, trying to return their country to the golden age of the Zep Tepi, where the gods ruled on Earth. After all, restoring divine rule is the goal of most of the world's major religions as well, isn't it?

So naturally the multiple Academy Award nominations for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a fable about a man who ages backward, caught my attention. The film is based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story and is directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club), whose previous film was Zodiac, a film whose semiotic resonance cannot possibly be overstated.

I haven't yet seen this film, so all I can do is look at the trailer and the information about it on iMDb and Wikipedia. But for now, that's plenty. First, the trailer:
At 0:21 the clock moves from 10:12 backwards to 10:11. Had it moved forwards it would bring us to 10:13, which has ominous implications to the Templar tradition.

At 0:25 we see this child placed on a stairwell, suggesting his ascension. This is the mirror of the descending angelic beings we see in the Stairway to Sirius tracing board.

Next we see his unveiling by a black woman, which is the inverse of the veil worn by the Black Madonna of Esoteric Catholic tradition.

At 0:33 we see Benjamin's symbolic baptism by the Black Madonna, which ties into the water symbolism we see throughout the film.

At 0:51 we see Button now descend a stairway and encounter Tilda Swinton, whom we will be looking at in far greater depth in the future.

At 1:04 we meet Cate Blanchett's character and see another yet staircase behind her.

At 1:17 Benjamin and Blanchett's sexual union is symbolically prefigured by a figure diving into the water on a full moonlit night.
In the film, Button is born on 11/11, driving home the twinning motif we see in the title. This is significant in the context of the symbolism of reverse time in the Stairway to Sirius, since Sirius is a binary star system.

The cast here is highly resonant as well. You have Brad Pitt who was fawned over by the sycophants at the Oscar pre-show as the reigning Prince of Hollywood. Pitt's filmography is a semiotic gold mine, including films the previously mentioned Se7en and Fight Club.

Hollywood's breathtaking Faerie Queene

His primary co-star is Ka-Hathor-Ein Eloah-Isis Blanchett, the ethereal Elven Queen of Hollywood, who played Queen Eloah-Isis-Beth (the godmother of Empire, modern pop culture and Rosicrucianism) twice. Blanchett's Oscar win was for another Ka-Hathor-Ein and her Oscar nomination for the portrayal of Bob Dylan gives her the requisite androgynous bonus points. And Blanchett's role as psychic spy Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull alone would be enough to put her at the top of every Synchromystics to-do list.

Nominated for supporting actress in Benjamin Button was Taraji P. Henson, born September 11, 1970 (17). Henson was amazing in Smokin' Aces, playing a butched-up contract killer whose lover was the luminous Alicia Keys (more gate/door symbolism and Wonderland resonator). Her character's husband in CCoBB is played by Mahershalalhashbaz Ali of The 4400.

Also playing Button's love interests in the film are Elle Fanning, who was so haunting in the must-see The Nines, and the aforementioned Tilda Swinton, who you'll probably get sick of hearing about in the near future around here.

But Pitt and Blanchett are the main attraction. But since we've been looking at the Oscars in the context of the Babylon Gate - meaning the portal through which man reconnects with the gods - is there any symbolism in this casting that points back to this motif?

Why, wouldn't you know it, indeed there is. You see, the last time we saw Pitt and Blanchett together was in this film....

13 comments:

  1. Picked up a great book at the library called "The Ancient Gods Speak- A Guide to Egyptian Religion". It's a small enyclopedia- different authors of alphabetized articles. They don't have the shemsu-hor, but they do have this: "Seth and Horus fought for the rulership of the world, the kingship of Egypt, and the function of Osiris. In this battle Horus lost the light of his eye, and Seth the semen of his testicles. Seth, god of exuberant male sexuality not yet channeled into fertility, induced Horus to take part in pederastic acts and homosexual violation. The fruit of their relationship was the moon god Thoth, the son of the two lords."

    that's a new one for me.

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  2. I like to keep in mind, when looking at these types of things, that "Reverse Time" is known to us as a "countdown".



    ~SE~
    http://strangeye.blogspot.com

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  3. Hey Chris,

    I thought I should share something that I posted over at the blob recently in connection with Ben Button and Pitt + Blanchett. I'll just quote myself:

    "I've been thinking about[Hugh] Jackman a lot lately [too]. I've been watching The Fountain over and over, and then he was the host of the Oscars last night. But what I'm finding intriguing is the call of Australia. We have a core of people who have come from down under and their connections are intricate and fascinating.

    Australia is trying to say something. I guess the film Australia will have to be next.

    Anyway, what I wanted to share had to do with your thought of Brad Pitt being Cronus/Saturn. I just read that Aronofsky had Pitt and Blanchett as the stars of The Fountain originally in 2002, but Pitt quit and the film stalled. Here is a film deeply about the nature of time, and youth and Pitt was to be the star. Amazing.

    I haven't seen Ben Button yet either. I guess it will have to be on my list. Fascinating."

    -I should also point out that the music played in The Fountain was performed by The Kronos Quartet, a group Aronofosky has used before.
    Time!

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  4. There is a 911 clock sync in Benjemin Button.

    Reverse clock: The movie starts with showing a clock manufacturer making a huge clock that ticks in reverse because he wants to reverse the time to get back his son who died during the war.

    This clock has the ticking hand pointing at 9 the long arm at 11 and the short arm at 3. I'm sure the three has its place.

    Brad Pitt has one of the most perplexing filmographys Ive ever researched. Hes obsessed with his own death to the point where he dies in almost all his films.

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  5. EN,

    regarding Australia calling:
    that is of course unless Australia, in the historical aspect, is simply a symbol for something else entirely. But the context in which that symbol appears will usually hint at its true meaning.

    ~SE~
    http://strangeye.blogspot.com

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  6. StrangeEye: "I like to keep in mind, when looking at these types of things, that 'Reverse Time' is known to us as a 'countdown'."

    Jon Kidd: "This clock has the ticking hand pointing at 9 the long arm at 11 and the short arm at 3. I'm sure the three has its place."


    Exactly! And from my point of view it's not a 911 sync, it's much more like 311 sync (3.9.2011) which is not yet occurred. It's a real countdown to something really important.

    Please see this Red Ice Creations Forum post:

    New 911 is 311


    By the way, is anyone noticed that the watchmaker we see at the beginning of the movie is blind, he's a blind watchmaker, same as the title of Richard Dawkins book: Blind Watchmaker. It's a name for the God, Grand Architect.

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  7. & the clock fills with water at the end

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  8. Tomorrows 3 11 2009 hmmmmmm?

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  9. Did you post that one pic cause of the Owl like Molech? That movie was so bad i couldn't make it through it. I was wondering if you have seen the show on BBC called Survivors? Look it up on youtube, its about a government made plague that wipes out everyone except a few survivors. Its one of the best series I have ever watched and its a remake of an older series of the same name. Interesting thing was there is a scene were this girl gets in a tiny boat with an owl on the side of it, it was so out of place, it kinda freaked me out. Pluse have you ever read Texe Marrs 'Codex Magica'?

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  10. 9Robbie- Well that's an interesting take on it! We did look at these memes vis a vis Horus in the Hancock series (part 3 is still coming, btw). I'll definitely take a look for that book.

    Strangey- Interesting thought- note that NASA counts down- why not forward?

    Eunus- The Fountain is a great movie- Aronofsky is a god. You want to rip my guts up you give me a metaphysical doomed love story. And Kronos- that old devil time- he eats us all, doesnt he?


    JK- Well, Pitt played Death himself, didn't he (and co-starred with the hypnotic Claire Forlani). He's such a good actor- now that Kronos is catching up with his prettiness people will take him more seriously.

    Anony- thanks for the link- I need to look into that.

    James- Of course it does!

    That Guy- Molech was actually a bull. I haven't seen that show, but I'm not digging the vibes out of the UK at all. Especially since the UK has always been used as a lab for the world. I did read Codex Magica but wasn't very impressed. Some tasty bits here and there but too much of the same old theocratic BS and ignorance.

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  11. CK if you get a chance you busy man..Check out my B Pitt video. I linked it here on a post not long ago. Brad Pitt and death. Multiple interactions pertaining to death or serving death. I could have made it into three parts easily.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhWPQv2xYh4&feature=channel_page

    And a quick read post here...

    http://jfdk1982.blogspot.com/2009/01/kurious-kase-of-death-personified.html

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  12. ust wanted to add that Blanchett was also Galadrial in Lord of The Rings, A multi-dimensional symbol for Elizabethan royalty as well as the queen of the faeries, and an adaptation of Spencer's very long poem of THe Faerie Queen.
    Side Note: if it isn't obvious already, LOTR has multitudes of Masonic, Rosicrucian, and Mythical themes. The all seeing eye is obvious, but a more subtle piece is that the gate into Moria resembles very closely the freemasonic royal arch
    here's a sight:
    www.darkstar1.co.uk/ring.html

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  13. There's also potential sun symbolism in the Button trailer. Cases in point, the centrally located yellow sponge in the bath/baptism/water ritual scene. And the yellow balloon released and rising upward later on.

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