The Exegesis: On to the Next One



When you sift through all of the strange symbolism manifesting itself in the culture you have to ask yourself two questions- what does it mean and who put it there? At this stage in the game, intentional symbolism in movies, videos, games, etc. isn't really very interesting to me, in and of itself.

What I'm interested is the more revealing unintentional stuff, as well as the overall patterns and where they might be leading. The symbolic Narrative, in other words. Only it's harder to divine since there is so much noise out there. Which of course is exactly why there is so much noise out there.
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I was particularly interested in the quasi-Masonic symbolism in the new Sherlock Holmes movie because of the context- the plot of the story deals with the power-hungry Lord Blackwood, who uses occult symbolism to terrify and distract everyone while he achieves his goals with hard science, much like the old stage magicians. The villain uses the fear and superstition inspired by his trickery as part of the act. He hires shills to freak out over his alleged supernatural powers and intimidate those trying to investigate them.

Oh, how familiar that sounds today.

The writers obviously did their homework, and studied how important the techniques of stage magic were to the Spiritualist movement and the occult secret societies of the time. Houdini- a disillusioned believer- went on the rampage against the mediums when he discovered they'd been misleading him. It was his example that lesser talents and intellects have aspired to since.

It's important to note there's another dynamic in the Sherlock Holmes film that maybe the writers didn't pick up on- the villain (apparently based on Crowley) was trading off of superstitions inspired by the Spiritualist movement, of which Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle was a lifelong true believer of.



I was thinking of villainous Lord Blackwood when watching the latest Jay-Z video. There's been some talk about the occult symbolism of it, but it seemed more goth than occult to me. I guess 'occult' means whatever people want it to these days. But I actually think the video is pretty impressive - everything except for Jay-Z himself, that is. He's by far the least interesting element of it- I was more interested in the ninja girl and the flaming basketballs than the same old rhymes about his money and his testicles.

But he's obviously a very smart guy- and has built a long-running career in a genre that has a brutal revolving-door policy when it comes to 'talent'. So, what do I think Jay-Z is up to with all of his pseudo-Masonic provocations? He tells you up front in the video - money (which itself is a kind of sorcery, especially these days).

He's generating controversy and controversy equals publicity, and publicity pays the bills in the current pop environment. The old 'occult provocation' bit is a sure-fire moneymaker if you handle it right, and just like Blackwood with his hysterical shills, Jay-Z uses the excitable drama queens on YouTube with their video "exposés" to keep the racket running. He's not worried about being "exposed"- he's depending on it. That's part of the game. Every con needs a shill, and dupes always make for the best shills.

It's a symbiotic relationship- Jay-Z cultivates the villainous/sorcerous mystique (a technique first perfected by Aleister Crowley himself) and everyone can pretend they're afraid of his (and Rihanna's and Gaga's, etc) empty signifying and take our minds off of the real villains and conspirators that are running roughshod over the world every minute of every day. It's a kind of psychic homeopathy. Alice Cooper did it in the 70s, Ozzy Ozbourne did it in the 80s and Marilyn Manson in the 90s. Money in the bank, pardner.

I don't mean to make it sound entirely inert. A lot of the memes being tossed around out there are extremely toxic. Which is why I didn't post that odious Lady Gaga video- by doing so I would be acting as her accomplice (well, her handlers- I don't think that ditz has two thoughts to rub together about anything). The people pumping the kind of dehumanizing imagery we're seeing (particularly in the fashion world) don't care if it upsets people- on the contrary, it's exactly what they're after. It's the old Épater la bourgeoisie bit, but toying with psychic forces best left be.

What some researchers don't realize is that if someone is trying to screw with people's heads (which is what all of this really comes down to) then if you act as a conduit by passing along all of the bad juju they're trying to circulate, then you are an accomplice to that process. It's like someone claiming to fight violent pornography by "exposing" it and filling their blogs with thousands of examples of it. It just doesn't work that way. On the contrary- people end up immersed in all of that unwholesomeness, which they'd likely ignore if it wasn't constantly being sensationalized. It's a kind of occult honey trap.

In addition, there is the danger of glamorizing the "glamour" and inspiring even more pernicious variants in the future. The Fundamentalist drama queens who demonized harmless 70s hard rock bands with their Satanic scare stories are the real godfathers of the Satanic metal that began to manifest itself in the 80s. I saw it happening. People would look at the nonsense Texe Marrs or Bob Larson put out there about Rock and accept it as a blueprint, not a warning. So Pastor Billy Bob thinks AC/DC is Satanic? Here, suck on Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. See how they taste.

I'll admit that what is generally considered to be 'occult' isn't really my beat. There are two basic streams in the esoteric world- the Cosmic (think sci-fi movies) and the Chthonic (think horror flix), and I think you all know where my heart lies. What's more, I'm not sure if there is such a thing as an 'occult' anymore. Occult means 'hidden', and none of it is hidden these days. It's all over the frickin' place now.

Now, I bring this up because I've been nursing a bit of a crisis when it comes to the Narrative. I'd assumed for many years that all of the symbolism we see out there is intentional and all pointed to some grand design. But the more symbolism I saw out there, the more problematic the question of intent became.

On the silly side of the street, we have Jay-Z in your face with whatever cobbled-together, Nuwaubian Illuminati fooforah he's trying to put across. Others are so blatant with their own version of it that it's really not much of a mystery what they're up to. Eyes-in-triangles and checkerboards and 666s and the Ouroboros are so common these days my Boston Terrier can pick them out. While yawning.

Generally speaking, artists looking to express esoteric symbolism or concepts in symbol are usually pretty open about it. Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison are all too happy to chat about what they're up to in their writing. Back in the 60s, the normally reclusive Stanley Kubrick spoke at length about the mystical concepts he was trying to put across in 2001. Painters like Mark Ryden will go on at length about Alchemical symbolism or whatever else they're putting in their work. Tool, David Bowie and Jimmy Page's immersion in ritual magic is well known and they and others are usually open to discussing it.

Given that NASA is now calling rockets OSIRIS-REX, even Hoagland's worst detractors have to admit he's been spot on on the ritual aspects of the space program. Given all of the Solar symbolism that's suddenly everywhere in the supermarket (and Wal*Mart), it's probably not too much of a stretch to assume it's part of some unspoken agenda. And so on.

The point I'm trying to make here is that it's usually not hard to figure out when symbolism is intentional. But it's a classic beginner's mistake to assume that it all is. Because what is unintentional can often be far more interesting and useful.

And where my head is at (and where it's going) is the twilight crossroads of the conscious and unconscious worlds of symbol. Because symbolism I once thought was intentional I now believe is anything but (The 40 Year Old Virgin, for instance). And intentional-unintentional is just another way of saying conscious-unconscious.

And where the twain shall meet just might be the key to the Kingdom.

58 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I suppose conspiracy consciousness is the "first step" of cosmic consciousness - the "denial" and "anger" step. I think it gets a little bit easier after that. Except that there seem to be a lot of people who just this year are getting started at the first step...

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  2. Chris, conscious and unconscious spiritualism is what needs to be studied. The vulgar media whores that take archaic archtypes and destroy them while seeking fame is part and parcel of a decadent spiritualism. Smoke and mirrors, who even watches them? I feel the kind of Occult that needs to be studied is somethin akin to Kelly and Dee invoking Uriel. The new vids by most pop artists are insulting.A black man using the N word is de-humanizing. A formula to shock people with violence, in songs, must be left behind. The hu-man soul can do without such tom-foolery. My heart synchs with Gaga type nonsense. Gaga=non-sense. For those who play with fire will be consumed by it.Your blog is a lighthouse for higher syncromystic consciousness. Shine forth brave souls. Dennis

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  3. And where the twain shall meet just might be the key to the Kingdom."

    Interesting, thought but what kingdom?

    Enjoy your work.

    Thank you

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zJ0yVSSvE

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  4. Found this at Red Ice:

    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/US/michigan-students-reprimanded-shirts-mocking-911/story?id=9491502&cid=yahoo_pitchlist

    Lots of elevens, and there's even a Thunderbird / phoenix element in the story.

    I know your magic number lately is 17, but what do you make of this one? Conscious or Unconscious?

    What a bizarre world this is.

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  5. Indeed. I don't know if we'll ever witness that twain.

    I once developed the unoriginal theory that déjà vu might be a representation of the limit of possibility; more the rule than the exception.

    Of course what the occultist believes is that with the intent comes the power, while many fear unintended, if foreseeable, consequences.

    Randomized songs from my player while reading your entry: Standing in the Shadow ("of your love") and Prison Sex ("do unto others what has been done to you") and Res (instrumental).

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  6. I think it all leads nowhere. I think it's all just Spectacle that leads to more capitalist Spectacle... which is nowhere. It's designed to seem like it leads somewhere-- that's the whole point. Put another quarter in the slot. That's the name of the game.

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  7. I've been researching this occult hip-hop stuff for a while now, picking stuff out is second nature now, I'm past the point of needing proof, but am looking now for the narrative of all this as well. Although It seems like the answer might already be the tittle of your blog. :P Always enjoy reading keep it up!

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  8. Nice! For me, kind of havin an idea of what you are talkin about is almost juss as good as knowin what you are talkin about.

    In this case its a lil easier since its dealin with Jay Z and i have prior experience with the cat.

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  9. An insightful, and timely post.
    Its easy to get lost down the rabbit-hole...and all the while the stars and planets wheel above us...

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  10. Hey Chris,

    I have been looking into Jay-Z and Kanye West for all of their esoteric symbolism. I think it was on here where I read that it is common for inductees into mystery cults to undergo a name change.

    If you think of Puff Daddy changing his name to P-Ditty and Jay-Z calling himself J-Hova, its as if when they reached a certain level of success and money they were invited to join and change their names. I mean Jay-Z is calling himself Jehova.

    Another thing I read recently was Tiffany Evans calling Rihanna a satanist and including the entertainment business only to recant her statements later.

    http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/spotlight/2009/10/22/tiffany-evans-calls-rihannas-new-single-satanic/

    Then there is the rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep who for years has been arguing with Jay-Z. He claims Jay-Z is Illuminati.

    http://aftermathnews.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/prodigy-says-jay-z-sides-with-the-evil-illuminati/

    Interesting stuff...

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  11. David Downey, Jr. said..."If you think of Puff Daddy changing his name to P-Ditty and Jay-Z calling himself J-Hova, its as if when they reached a certain level of success and money they were invited to join and change their names. I mean Jay-Z is calling himself Jehova."

    Now let me give the meaning of JEHOVA. I'll try to do this as brief as possible...

    Jehovah – Jesus – and Zeus

    With this little bit of information, let’s have a look at the name Jehovah & Jesus. Here we have two well known & frequently used words with the little hook symbol as the very first letter.

    Jehovah used to be, & to some folks, is still considered to be to holy to speak out loud. So they would make up all kinds of ridiculous rituals to refer to the great god without saying the great god’s name. They would refer to him as JH?H. Sometimes JHVH, but that was considered a little to risky. (Quite frankly, anybody worshipping a fish or anyone who wears a fish hat needs some sort of reconnection to reality).

    This name dance all started out with the name EOVE or EOVA an ancient Egyptian priest. Eventually, the sound & word association developed into JHVH that became YAH-VEH. After this bit of juggling YAW-VEH then became YAH-WEH, & eventually landed on the form of YAH-WAY. If you carry it one more ridiculous sound association step further, you get THE – notice (YAH sounds like THE) – WAY. Here we see, through time & tradition, that EOVA has become THE WAY.

    Where have you heard that phrase before? THE WAY? That’s the term used for THE WAY of living when you believe in JESUS. Jesus is THE WAY – YAH-VEH – the truth & THE LIGHT. Jesus is the LIGHT & the WAY, & his name is associated with the sigil magic hook letter J, that is further associated with the fish god of ancient Babylon. Jesus is taught to be the light bringer, the one true real light of the world. (Might I interject the words LIGHT BEAM). Lucifer is also the name of the light bringer as well. From this simple symbolic connection it has been shown how Jesus is none other than the Egyptian sun god of old, Eova, Jehovah, The Way.

    Even reversing his name, JESUS = SUSEJ which in turn = SOO-SAY or SOOTH-SAYER. A Soothsayer is someone who divines or predicts the future. That is most definitely the character of someone who is representing the godhead. However, just say Jesus the way the old Hebrew or Spanish might pronounce it, with the J being spoken as a Yod sound. Then Jesus becomes Ye-Zeus, the chief god of the 12 elite gods of Mount Olympus in Ancient Greece. This information regarding the name of Jesus, & how it equates with Zeus will be very important to understand as you read the pages ahead that describe the next 9-11, the attack against humanity that is already well under way.

    That should do it!

    Nuff Said!

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  12. May as well add this to Jedi...

    Jehovah’s Witnesses – The Rothschild Religion!

    Another modern day group which was funded by the German Jewish Rothschild luciferian family, are the Jehovah’s Witnesses or Watchtower Society. The acronym for this group is JW. JW in reverse is again, WJ or Way. The symbolism never strays very far from the overall plan. They again have this strong connection to the J hook sound of the Oannes fish god of ancient Babylon. Their dogma has been very pro-Jewish / Zionist ever since their inception.

    The ordinary members of this group are manipulated through simple mind control techniques to buy into this dogma, while the luciferian inspired elite, at the top rungs of power, go about undetected, manipulating yet another vast section of humanity.

    The Rothschild family used Freemason – Charles Taze Russell, the founder of this religion, to get the Watchtower Society up and running.

    Charles Russell is the offspring of the Russell Trust family that was involved in The Freemason Secret Society called the Skull & Bones Order of Death at Yale University. (The Skull & Bones Society is the haunt of the Bush family, with Bush Sr. taking the nickname of Magog & Bush Jr. adopting the name Temporary. The Bush family goes back many decades in its membership to the Skull & Bones.) The money of the Russell family was accumulated through the opium drug wars of the 19th century.

    Of course, the JW organization denies that Charles Taze Russell was a Freemason but the evidence is overwhelming that he was. See the photograph below of Charles Taze Russell’s grave site. You will see the strongest Freemason symbolism in the Pyramid with the Capstone line of separation, along with the All Seeing Eye faintly visible in the capstone. On the lower section of the pyramid is the Knights Templar logo (the forerunner of Freemasonry), the Cross & the Crown, which is now used by Freemasons. On the map photo you will notice that one road is marked Masonic Way. This is the location of the Masonic Temple which is in close proximity & easily visible in the background at the Russell Grave site. Keep in mind, that this is how the symbolism mind of the luciferian race works. The more symbolism they’re able to employ as they go about their nasty deeds, the more confident they feel that their agenda for total control of humanity will succeed. It is through symbolism, the hypnotic suggestion can only have any strength. For this reason they must use symbolism everywhere, & ever so slightly hidden.

    See Capstone Pic: http://illuminatimatrix.files.wordpress.com/2007/02/russel-grave-2.gif

    Here is the Masonic Temple pic:
    http://illuminatimatrix.files.wordpress.com/2007/02/pyramid-mason-temple.gif

    Here is the map: http://illuminatimatrix.files.wordpress.com/2007/02/russell-grave-map.gif

    DS888

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  13. :)I say, Knowles - jolly well put - couldn't agree more, old fellow(:

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    To date this the most sober version of a subject I'm both fascinated by and sceptical of and seeing as it might be a kind of secret sun I thought you might dig it.

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  14. I would love to live in a simplistic cartoon world where all the "baddies" are part of the "evil Illuminati" and the rest are good but pathetic victims. That would make things very easy. Nice and black & white. Actually it would probably be boring...

    As Robert Anton Wilson said; "Only view these things as a conspiracy if you see yourself as a victim."

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  15. Dennis Igou said...

    "Chris, conscious and unconscious spiritualism is what needs to be studied. The vulgar media whores that take archaic archtypes and destroy them while seeking fame is part and parcel of a decadent spiritualism. Smoke and mirrors, who even watches them? I feel the kind of Occult that needs to be studied is somethin akin to Kelly and Dee invoking Uriel. The new vids by most pop artists are insulting.A black man using the N word is de-humanizing. A formula to shock people with violence, in songs, must be left behind. The hu-man soul can do without such tom-foolery. My heart synchs with Gaga type nonsense. Gaga=non-sense. For those who play with fire will be consumed by it. Your blog is a lighthouse for higher syncromystic consciousness. Shine forth brave souls."

    Dennis,
    There is no such thing as a soul. And the expression, "Human Spirit" (a feeling or emotion) it's it either. These are man made expression (made-up) to create DUALITY.

    It has been stated for thousands of years, most religions believe that humans have a soul, & death, & "lower" life forms, like animals don't don't have a soul. THAT'S Total Bullshit. We all come from the same source of energy so why are we different from dogs or cats or any living thing? Why are we so special? We are not! The only difference is that we can "THINK" which technically aren't our own thoughts anyway.

    Woopie-Dee...I can think so I have a soul or a sprirt, & I'm better than other life forms! That's so far from the truth, you can only imagine! You have been hypnotized, fools & you have been lied to, forever.

    Darwin was a freemason & he was there for a purpose...to manipulate mankind in to believing in evolution & natual selection, that we are evolved selected creatures & a high life form.

    Well, C. Darwin was a freemason. The Elite needed something other than religion to follow. So Evolution & Creationism was INVENTED. People were told it's ok to KILL animals for sport & food. You are are killing living beings & it's not ok. We are all ONE, we are all from the SAME PLACE! DO YOU GET THIS YET???

    (Definition: "Sentient Beings" is a term used to designate the totality of living, conscious beings that constitute the object and audience of Buddhist teaching. Translating various Sanskrit terms (jantu, bahu jana, jagat, sattva), sentient beings conventionally refers to the mass of living things subject to illusion, suffering, and rebirth (Saṃsāra). Less frequently, sentient beings as a class broadly encompasses all beings possessing consciousness, including Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.)

    part a) continued...

    DS888

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  16. Part b) ...

    The 3 dimensional illusion is CREATED BY THE THOUGHT PROCESS. Thinking is not being aware. Thinking is that thing any conscious being APPEARS TO DO to attempt to manipulate the future, or relive the pain/pleasure from the past. Both these time zones, the future & the past, do not exist. Therefore, thinking about them to manipulate them is a deception. However, to consider what is happening in this moment is not called thinking. Staying in the moment & meeting the needs of the moment is awareness of the 3 dimensional space, albeit, an illusory space.

    However, it is a reality fragmented, corrupted & filled with all manner of duality. They see this reality as superior to the reality of wisdom. Wisdom does not exhibit 3D manipulation through shape, colour or sound, so ultimately, wisdom is a reality of peace.

    Wisdom knows this. Wisdom is not thinking about how to manipulate affairs so that events work out in its favour. Wisdom performs none of this. Wisdom just knows that we are being manipulated. To stay connected to wisdom through awareness, we need simply to stay in the moment.

    "This involves doing NOTHING."
    "This involves NO PRAYERS, NO MEDITATION, NO MANTRAS, NO RITUALS, NO JOINING,… NO THING."

    All practices, be they MEDITATIVE or PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES, are exercises in remaining OUT OF THE ONE ETERNAL MOMENT. This is not to say that meditating is bad or wrong, just as physical activity is not bad or wrong. However, these exercises avail no benefit in reconnecting to the wisdom state. Only emotional detachment, which is to place NO REAL WORTH or REAL VALUE in anything 3 dimensional, is true reconnection to reality.

    DS888

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  17. Chris, thanks so much for this article. I'll admit to being fascinated for a moment by those sensational critiques of music videos, but once such an article gets out there, then the Jay-Zs and Goo Goo GaGas start spoon feeding their music with those symbols. The unconscious becomes conscious, and symbolism becomes a contrived exercise in "creativity." Yes, it's about money, but it's also about giving the people what they "want" vs. excavating the soul to make music (or any other kind of art for that matter).

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  18. Michael- The funny thing is that you get a more comprehensive indoctrination into occultism on so-called conspiracy sites than on allegedly occult sites. How about that, huh?

    Dennis- You know, I really try to leave all of that vulgar crap off the blog, for the reasons I stated on the post. But the parallels with the Sherlock movie made it irresistible.

    Song!- Good question...

    Anony239- Subtle, passive-aggressive threat, I think. Very typical these days. Thanks for the link.

    Davidly- Oh, I think we will, sir. Stay tuned.

    Anony744- Well, if you're referring to the Jay-Z type thing, I definitely agree.

    Anony752- The narrative with the Hip Hop stuff? I think it's a natural progression from the narcissism that lies at the core of the artform. It's all about clawing to the top of the heap, and psyching people out with the symbolism to do so. It seems to work, no?

    Justie- Glad to be of service!

    Gareth- Yes. At the end of the day it's like a street corner monte game. If you don't play--- you win.

    DDJ- Great links. JayZ is calling himself Jehova? Cripes. He's also calling himself Knowles, isn't he? Muwhahahahahahaha!

    Jedi- Cheers for the cryptoetymology. Funny how Jehovah kind of fell by the wayside when people started making the connections to Jove, Jah-Zeus, Dyeus Pitar, etc.

    D*- Yeah, the Witnesses. The Watchtower- there's an interesting symbol for you. The Tower (rocket) of the Watchers.

    Bloggsie- Oooh- good one. Cheers for the link.

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  19. Oyin- Exactly. And where do you go from there? Music has been subordinated to media manipulation. Lady Gaga is like this hideous Gorgon- all of the toxic memes from Madonna to Marilyn Manson taking on human form.

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  20. Correction- semi-human form...

    Wait- 'Lady GorGon'. I like that.

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  21. this symbolism stuff has become a hobby for some people, it's like illuminati spotting or something. they see a triangle and make a note of it, even if it's harmless. to others it obviously become an obsession and while it's healthy to be aware of these things it's definitely unhealthy to immerse yourself in this stuff. you will only feed the negativity surrounding it and channel that negativity towards you.

    if there is some kind of luciferian agenda going on what can you do as an individual? nothing that'll hurt any big business or organisation, but you can do immeasurable harm to yourself. at risk of sounding preachy just enjoy your life, it's all too brief.

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  22. You are tacling my most pressing question.

    Is there a bunch of script writers that are sitting around a table in Hollywood saying: "C'mon - Let's sneak some mythic imagery into the plot of this dumb movie."

    Sometimes I think they have this conversation, and sometimes I am convinced this stuff just wells up and finds it's way into the plots of dumb movies.

    The script writers are just people, and it would be fun to play investigative journalist and just find them and ask them.

    HANCOCK was obviously above board and "conscious" of the plot points. (as was STAR WARS, LORD OF THE RINGS, etc.)

    But what about PUSHING TIN? (the only example I can think of off the top of my head, because of your coverage)

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  23. Sun Tzuie- Well spoken, my friend.

    C!- Well, that's the whole crux of the matter for me. Where there's fire, there's smoke. Someone would be saying something, somewhere. But by the same token, we're operating under the assumption that conscious human attention is the decisive power in the world, an idea I don't personally subscribe to.

    Here's my suggestion to all Secret Sun readers- keep a dream log and sync log, starting today. Keep track of your dreams and the synchronicities you observe or experience. And then see if by the end of the year the two logs haven't become one.

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  24. DarkStar888: Have you read Plato's Timaeus yet? Tell me what you think.

    Jedi: "Adam is the human Tetragram, which is summed up in the mysterious Yod of the Kabbalah, image of the Kabbalistic Phallus. Add to this Yod, the ternary name of Eve, and you form the name of Jehova, the Divine Tetragram, the transcendent Kabbalistic and magical word: IHUH." (Albert Pike)

    Jesus is written in the earliest texts as ΙΗC (Ies'), while one of Dionysus' names is ΥΗC, "Hyes," the fecundator. There are many connections between the Orphic/Dionysian Mystery-cult and early Ophite Gnosticism.

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  25. DarkStar888 said...
    Wisdom does not exhibit 3D manipulation through shape, colour or sound, so ultimately, wisdom is a reality of peace.

    Wisdom knows this. Wisdom is not thinking about how to manipulate affairs so that events work out in its favour. Wisdom performs none of this. Wisdom just knows that we are being manipulated. To stay connected to wisdom through awareness, we need simply to stay in the moment.


    *takes deep breath* wow ...thank you, whoever you are.

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  26. Well, I wasn't just referring to Jay-Z (though that's a perfect example), I'm referring to the culture at large. It's ALL spectacle. To quote Debord, "The Spectacle is capital accumulated until it becomes image."

    To quote Greil Marcus, "A never-ending accumulation of spectacles-- advertisements, entertainments, traffic, skyscrapers, political campaigns, department stores, sports events, news casts, art tours, foreign wars, space launchings-- made a modern world, a modern world in which all communication flowed in one direction, from the powerful to the powerless. One could not respond, or talk back, or intervene, but one did not want to. In the spectacle passivity was simultaneously the means and the end of a great hidden project, a project of social control. On the terms of its particular form of hegemony, the spectacle naturally produced not actors but spectators: modern men and women, the citizens of the most advanced society on earth, who were thrilled to watch whatever they were given to watch."

    PS- Could you elaborate on what you mean by "And intentional-unintentional is just another way of saying conscious-unconscious.
    And where the twain shall meet just might be the key to the Kingdom."

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  27. "What some researchers don't realize is that if someone is trying to screw with people's heads (which is what all of this really comes down to) then if you act as a conduit by passing along all of the bad juju they're trying to circulate, then you are an accomplice to that process. It's like someone claiming to fight violent pornography by "exposing" it and filling their blogs with thousands of examples of it."

    I'm not one of that bloggers.

    If one is able to break the spell and representing spell breaker along with the spell, it seems fine to me. Don't you think so?

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  28. Bravo Mr Knowles/Knows,
    I believe you are spot-on, and can only think of Jung and his understanding of the Group Consciousness.

    FABULOUS POST.

    Flossy x

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  29. Eleleth- Why stop at Orphite Gnosticism? Keep going...

    Anony 445- Interesting Marcus quote- I'd argue that spectacle has much less of a hold in the social network era. I see people spending more time communicating with one another than passively soaking up spectacle. Just ask the network executives. As to your question, stay tuned.

    Anony535- Nothing is being broken- it's being endlessly amplified and multiplied. It's everywhere. This imagery is being put out there to provoke. They only fail if they don't command your attention.

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  30. Thank you Flossy- Basic psychology can be a good navigational tool!

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  31. For better or worse attention can be guided and reality shaped by the meme machine commanders wielding the sorcerer's wand. Here is an older link talking about the secret meeting the Pentagon and Hollywood directors had just post 9/11. Something tells me that they weren't having tea.

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  32. more on 17

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/National-Portrait-Gallery-Blues-and-Royals-Clarence-House/photo//100106/481/b4bef12c2e26465ea5844c8d838cafe4//s:/ap/20100107/ap_on_en_ot/eu_britain_princes__portrait#photoViewer=/091231/482/fbe15c64c3784ca58c2871d6dd027792

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  33. Chris, you wrote:

    "Here's my suggestion to all Secret Sun readers- keep a dream log and sync log, starting today. Keep track of your dreams and the synchronicities you observe or experience. And then see if by the end of the year the two logs haven't become one."

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    I've done that - It's my blog!

    The thing that seems weird is that the synchronicities have increased in their intensity since starting the blog. It feels like the act of looking at my own experiences has multiplied them.

    And my dreams have eased off, but some are profoundly vivid.

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  34. Chris,
    As you have mentioned before occultism in the media is likely coming from those behind the scenes and from strange forces. I think that is the best way to describe it. And then you might comes across something that WE created subconsciously.

    That being said, I'm not so sure if occultism is as mainstream as we think. I mean sure we see in mainstream, however, people don't understand it as such. The majority doesn't give it a second thought. Take the works of Crowley for example, to many what he's saying is another language.

    I was thinking, and not sure, but that all of these symbols in music is a way for us to accept them because they'll be in there in an upcoming New Religion for a new era. OR they're videos espceially for the elite to enjoy because they would understand it. I don't know. Yes its occult is hidden..and we do see it, so maybe in this context it means 'hidden in plain sight.'

    And its seems when we come across a symbol that likely isn't intentional it is there to help guide us down the correct path, down a path to enlightenment. So, if synchronicity is the language of god, as has been implied by some, I think its from the Universal Mind, as opposed to the twisted 'god' that rules over this mudball.

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  35. "Knowing" was called that for a reason. Chris, have you ever read The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes? It was adapted for Rod Serling's Night Gallery:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC7G8ufTvP8

    It's all in there. Those two pieces taken together with the possibility that our "ancestors" from the stars have been trying to fix a problem with the Sun for years rings true for me. Have you seen the Soho captures of objects far too near to the sun?

    http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/1222/SOHO_Sun_telescope_captured_UFO_s_at_war/

    What the heck are they doing?

    Maybe the Second Coming of the Son (Sun?) of God is a literal new apocalypse, the kind that happens once in a while, where the earth is cleansed in one way or another and has to start over. Some know this and have prepared to try to ride it out. Look at all of those underground bases they have set up. And maybe the so-called FEMA Camps are there to deal with what's left of humanity "above ground" after it happens. Someone recently mentioned A Boy And His Dog, right? Then it was suddenly on TV. Synch? Hmmm. Ever read the comic adaptaion Harlan participated in?

    I think the earth is due for a cleansing. We've corrupted it enough. But maybe instead of a nuclear war, it'll be a huge CME that is --- for once --- pointed directly at us...

    Deb Mac

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  36. The "occult" is simply another hieroglyphic language. If we're to get anywhere, we must learn the language of the land and attempt to converse with its inhabitants.

    Modern popular culture has taken the place of the ancient mysteries, and works to the same ends. There is only one universal mythos: that of the soul, which descends from the stars of the Milky Way through the Zodiac and seven gates (or "planets") into the watery sphere of generation below the moon—the "Black Iron Prison"—from which, hopefully, it will eventually return.

    Of course, it's also possible—as both Stygian Port and Philip K. Dick have intimated—that we are all just a bunch of marooned aliens having a long, collective psychedelic freakout on the moon Titan.

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  37. Chris, Am I wrong here, or are you saying if "we" all just ignore that is going on the world everything will be okay ?

    I simply do not agree with that, if people do nothing then we can see the future pretty simply.

    It like the talk of 2012 and and how there will be some sort of spiritual transformation - personally I do not see any evidence of this. Whilst I am taken by some of the older 911 synchs in movies etc, where the numbers just seem to appear on screen - prior to the event, it does not change the fact that 911 is an emergency code as well as the twin towers so it could be that 911 has been slipped in by the producer as it keeps the watcher on edge for example as surely their brain will still process the information - even if not consciously.

    This again ties in well with current hip hop etc, as the previous commentor noted, perhaps these symbols are being "planted" in "our" heads.

    So, Chris, do you think everything will be okay if we all just ignore the reality of humanity's current position and if so, why, and how ?

    cheers, brian

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  38. Grey- I think your last point is basically correct, but I would add we need to adopt a engaged form of true skepticism (as opposed to kneejerk denialism) in order to understand those synchronicities and their higher meanings.

    Deb- Thanks for the links. Let me dig in a bit more and see what its about.

    Eleleth- I disagree- parts of pop culture are like the ancient Mysteries, but much of it is that Black Iron Prison. The ancient Mysteries were about the liberation of the individual, which is why they were constantly being stomped on by the State. Survivor and Big Brother and American Idol are about Logan's Run as societal prescription.

    Brian - 2012, Hip Hop- these are non-issues. Turn it all off. This stuff is being pumped out there to distract you from real issues. Go to Alex Jones' or Noam Chomsky's sites or Counterpunch.org if you want to engage in political reality.

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  39. Indoctrination at conspiracy sites, well done Chris.
    I was watching one of these 'anti-illuminati' alien spirit contact dvd's, other day. The 'creator' of it is unimportant, but for all his Elite bashing, satanic freemasonry, Crowley, templars, blood sacrifice, and hollywood movies. I was disturbed that his 'dvd' pointed at all the most dangerous 'grimoires' to mess around with. The guy wasn't anti-illuminati, -he was illuminati, i think most people that try 'magic' the technology of symbols, creativity, will imagination-emotion realize it works, something happens. Now here is some dark brother showing the way to the darkest gateways, to probably some jaded disillusioned fanboy to have some excitement. The rapper mythology has always been 'bad' pseudo satanic, linking stonecutters to it, is just another variation.

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  40. Good eye, Anony. It's a classic case of the Abyss staring back at you.

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  41. "It's like someone claiming to fight violent pornography by "exposing" it and filling their blogs with thousands of examples of it."

    Great analogy. Reading those kinds of sites have a massive energy-sucking effect on me, because they are filled with dark & disturbing imagery. It's bad enough being exposed to it through daily life, but seeking it out on conspiracy websites as well....? What's that doing to your consciousness? It's good to be aware that imagery and symbolism is used for the purposes of control, but at some point, you have to move on... constantly analysing it can drive you crazy.

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  42. Maybe not relevant to this thread:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/david-cross/noisyrecords/dcdiary.html
    I thought it might interest you anyway, Chris.

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  43. "He who fights with monsters should be careful least he thereby becomes a monster. When you stare at the abyss, the abyss stares back at you."

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  44. The Eleusinian Mysteries were a state-protected institution, so I don't believe that is exactly true. And Aristotle explicitly said that the Mysteries were not meant to impart any particular teaching, but to deliver certain sensory impressions that would embed themselves in the psyche. As Steven McGuire puts it:

    In a fragment, Aristotle said that the initiates did not learn (mathein), but experienced (pathein) the mysteries and were brought to an appropriate state of mind, and Sopratos says “I came out of the mystery hall feeling like a stranger to myself.” Foley agrees that the mysteries did not transmit to the initiates any knowledge as we normally understand it: “the secret rites did not pass on any secret doctrine or worldview or inculcate beliefs, but that its blessings came from experiencing and viewing signs, symbols, stories, or drama and bonding with fellow initiates.”

    The Romans did crack down on the Bacchic cults, but one might say that they got their revenge with its makeover in Christianity.

    This is not to say that the Mysteries were omni-benevolent; the Phoenix has two heads that point in opposite directions. Origen fully admitted in Contra Celsum that the Christian Mysteries were not fundamentally different from those of other nations, but that (in his opinion) they inculcated a higher standard of morality. He also writes at length of how, for the "simple-minded," it was necessary only to be informed of a future state of rewards and punishments, while thoughtful and literate initiates were given a higher teaching.

    "American Idol" fully proclaims its design in the title: the performers form part of a symbolic alphabet which may be worshipped by the profane as gods.

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  45. You have to realize that those who are aware of the symbolism aren't the ones who are in need of conviction.

    You'll see many comments on such websites that explicitly break down the symbolism of the media by people who are just realizing how blatant it's been this whole time.

    Do you remember your journey to understanding the occult? It's a treacherous one, and to be honest, mine involved the very obvious websites that provided many examples in order to drive the point home. These sites are tools for the non-believers and the skeptics.

    The natural desire to answer the question; "Well.. what do we do now?" drives the motivation to look further than the blatant symbolism some sites describe. I think the criticism of these sites is justified, but insulting them or condemning the intellectual (and it is intellectual) endeavor of trying to understand symbolism is a bad move.

    We are united in our learning, whatever point we're at.

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  46. Daisy- The old Punk bands did the same thing with violence and war imagery. They claimed to be anti-violence but they were completely immersed in it. The next wave of kids incorporated into an outright celebration of that violence with Hardcore. What I am afraid of is that people will respond to the imagery and ignore whatever spiel is used to justify reveling in the darkness. And when you're dealing with the occult, you're talking about some forces best left alone. The best case scenario is that everyone gets burned out on this stuff and there's a reaction against it and a new fad kicks in. We've enough problems these days as it is.

    Davidly- It depressed me! Look at the terrible non-music this thread is talking about and then to read about Crimson basing their compositions on Bartok. Oh the humanity!

    Anony124- Good work.

    Eleleth- American False Idol? I like the ring of that.

    C- Jay-Z offended me a long time ago with his materialism, narcissism, violence and misogyny. And not just Jay-Z, either. So this latest wrinkle he's got going is just gravy, as far as I'm concerned.

    But I do understand how some of his fans might react to it- there's a lot of bad mojo out there with some of the weird drug gang cults and witch doctors and the like.

    Come join us in some of the other threads.

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  47. Chris, I obviously did not explain myself properly when I asked:

    "Am I wrong here, or are you saying if "we" all just ignore that is going on the world everything will be okay ? "

    What is your answer to that please, I would be interested to know if that is your opinion and if so, how do you justify it, on what facts or vision.

    As regards entering into "political reality", you have lost me there. The reality of today's politics is corruption, end of story.

    We (our children)are all destined to be further enslaved in some large imhumane machine - would you disagree with that.

    Not trying to be argumentative, I just get the impression you think it will all be sweet if we sit, scratching our arses, reading comics and reciting Crowley.

    cheers, brian

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  48. ps. 2012 as a non issue, mmm. You sure it does not have something to do with ritual magic, alchemy and time - in terms of the founding of a new Golden Age ?

    cheers

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  49. Brian- "Not to be argumentative"- LOL!

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  50. Just a reminder for everybody- this notice has been up for a very long time, but maybe some people overlook it.

    "Please make note that the Secret Sun is a cultural blog, dealing with esoteric themes in pop culture and the media. "

    Cheers.

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  51. Ok Chris, you posted on another blog advising that, in your opinion, these "media" controlled symbols and signs should be ignored, you quote Crowley as your only evidence for this.

    Is he your only rationale for your teachings, are there any other sources that should verify that ignorance is bliss with regards to the forthcoming hell we create ?

    Or if you don't think we are creating a hell, please let me know so I know where you stand on this - and what your vision is of the future.

    You made the original comments and then a further anon comment was made directing readers to this very post.

    Maybe you should delete them if you cant substantiate.

    Are you not maybe feeding the "enemy" by advocating denial?

    It is not argumentative, rather a debate which you started, albeit elsewhere.

    cheers, brian

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  52. Brian- The answer to all of these questions in the post itself.

    And, oh- I seem to recall finishing that debate somewhere else. And I'm finished with this post as well.

    See you around sometime, OK?

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  53. Any chance you could direct me to where you finished that debate please.

    I simply cannot find the answers in your post.

    cheers

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  54. @Newspaceman

    I feel that I know what Chris means, so I feel compeled to give you an answer- I don't watch any television, I don't go to the cinema, I don't listen to any "new mainstream"-music, in other words I'm not "up-to-date" on these things. But they don't matter at all. It's a waste of time. I try to spend the day as productive as I can- I think that's what Chris is getting at. Why even bother to waste your time non-issues? I couldn't care less about the symbolism in the videos of Lady Gaga- I haven't even listened to one song of hers and I don't intend to do so in the future. If it wasn't for some synchronistic blogs I'm reading I wouldn't even know who this person is -- and believe me, it does not matter!

    You're quite provocative with your "ignorance is bliss", but is it bad to ignore crap? Of course a lot of people are immersing themselves into that "crap" - so perhaps your point is "what about the others"- then I'd say: First look at yourself. Then you may try to change your einvironment. But not through pointing the finger at the nefarious symbolism in some pop-video, but through showing them the alternative- pointing the finger at the things in life that really matter. That way you may actually have a positive impact.

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  55. Very very good, enjoyed the read... I m back by the way, just moved to Greece recently. Thanks for your inspiring writings.

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  56. "Ignoring non-issues" is perhaps the best countermagic-spell there is.
    For THEIR symbolism to work properly they need our accord, and our attention, if you simply turn away, THEIR whole system of ritualistic magic of sacrificing, starts crumbling, because the victim just said "NO".

    So i totally agree with that, i wont give my accord anymore. Its like the Howard Beale character in the movie saying "i m mad as hell and i wont take it anymore".

    Let go, ignore the crap thats been thrown at you and start understanding your own reality, not someone elses.

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