Arrival and Doctor Strange, or Breaking Saturn's Spell




2016.

Yes, sir. 

What can you say about 2016? 

I've noticed that after eight solid years of relentlessly attacking and ridiculing anyone who questioned the press-release version of reality that we get from our mainstream media, that people on the left side of the spectrum are starting to see conspiracies under every rock. 

There are, of course, but still. 

We're just at the starting gate here- we'll be seeing so-called "real news" sites absolutely bursting with conspiracy theorizing in 2017.  Hold on to all those hit pieces we've seen in the Times and The New Republic et al over the past few years; you know, the ones with the ghoulishly unflattering photographs and the unfunny jokes about tinfoil hats and trailer parks.

Marijuana legalization is now a major states' rights issue, pretty much in defiance of the whims of elected officials. The brain needs food and our microevolution is going to carve its own path, kind of like a leak in the national roof. 

Ayahuasca tourism is a bonafide growth industry, so much so that there may be a need to regulate the market, in light of concerns over the purity of the product and basic ethics.

Magic continues to mainstream in a way we haven't seen in 40 years-- if not actually since the glory days of Alexandria-- and "meme magic" (meaning the art of conjuring through internet memes) practically became a household word after being taken up by Trump fans on sites like Reddit and 4Chan.

Thanks to Wikileaks we've gotten a look at the intersection of occultism and transgressive art and how these tendrils reach into the very highest reaches of political power. 

The connections all this may have to darker and more disturbing activity is still highly controversial but the connections between highly placed officials and art that would have gotten you arrested forty years ago are beyond dispute.

A major candidate for office promised to take up the cause of UFO disclosure and found herself subjected to the most relentless covert operation since Nixon's secret machinations were exposed by a cabal of intelligence operatives centered in the FBI and the Washington Post. Surely a coincidence, no? 

Her campaign manager- who has been banging the disclosure drum since the 1990s- has been raked over the coals as well.


Even so, UFO sightings have become so routine this year that even the debunkers seem to have given up trying to shame people into looking the other way. This of course doesn't mean these are alien spaceships- recent mass sightings in Turkey may well point to a more conventional origin point for at least some of these objects. 

But something strange is going on.

It makes sense then that this year rang in with a tsunami of hype for the X-Files revival, whose kickoff unleashed some of the most radical rhetoric ever heard on network television. The conspiracy community lit up like a Christmas tree and excerpts from 'My Struggle' popped up all over social media. 

The revival's momentum seemed to founder with a string of routine monster-of-the-week episodes (and an inexplicable decision to air not one, but two, comedy episodes) but the seeds were planted, nonetheless.

They bore fruit in the summer with Netflix's nostalgic Stranger Things miniseries, which took on MK ULTRA and experiments undertaken in the 1980s by the Department of Energy (which the DoE would at first deny, then admit to). The series seemed to set off a depth charge in the collective unconscious, speaking to those who were there as strongly as those who were not.

It should be noted however that sources with TenThirteen Productions- which produces The X-Files- report that plans for a new season were suddenly cast into doubt the day after the US elections...


I've had a very strange 2016. And not in a good way, either.

It also seems to be getting stranger in ways I can't really talk about now. But I very much wonder if this process of unveiling, of illusions of normalcy falling away and revealing a much weirder reality underneath, isn't just a macro-process. 

What about you?

All I can say is that I've been having what I can only describe as flashbacks, incredibly powerful and anomalous experiences that threaten to pull me back into a situation I thought I'd clawed my way out of. (There, is that vague enough for you?)

So I guess I was looking for answers of some kind when I decided to catch up on my movie-going and see two films that are directly connected to themes we've discussed in-depth here over the past 10 years.


SPOILER WARNING

Arrival and Doctor Strange might both tackle topics broadly familiar to those in the loose Synchromystic community but could not be more different: tonally, thematically, cinematically, temperamentally. 

Arrival is a long, slow, quiet tone-poem, sci-fi in the Solaris mold (perhaps the remake more than the original) and Doctor Strange is a fairly traditional Marvel superhero origin movie with some cinegenic Hollywood metaphysics tacked on for seasoning.

I haven't been to the movies in some time, having been on a provisional boycott. I'm still very much interested in the form, but the intellectual vapidity of mainstream media-- conjoined with the persistent social engineering agenda evident in nearly every form of commercial entertainment-- is keeping me away. 

I want to be entertained, rather than indoctrinated by a radically dumbed-down version of Soviet Socialist Theater.*  

Doctor Strange touched all the tentpole bases-- apocalypse-sized threat, cities aflame, multiculti heroes banding together under a militaristic regimen-- but added themes roughly parallel with the wilder expressions of Tibetan Buddhism and psychedelic culture (according to this writer, DMT culture, specifically). 

It's a fascinating admixture, especially given how closely it in fact lines up with the Mithraic Mysteries that were the power base of the Roman Praetorian Guard, a theme Secret Sun readers have seen well up in the wake of the election.

Timing, as they say, is everything.

The most surprising thing about Doctor Strange was how closely it followed the plotline of the animated Doctor Strange DVD, a film I quite enjoyed at the time.

The arc is essentially the same (and roughly hews to the original story, briefly sketched out by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko): Strange is a hotshot surgeon whose hands are damaged beyond repair when he wrecks his sports car. 

Searching desperately for a cure Strange eventually finds the Ancient One and his/her disciples, who are essentially raising a magical army to battle an existential threat from another dimension and its human agents. 

As with the animated film, and as distinct from the original comic book stories, the emphasis here is on collective action, on a magical collective acting in the service of all humanity.

It's not necessarily the way I'd personally treat the material. I'd go smaller and darker, and try to create a world in which it all felt very real. That there really were supermagi fighting it out all around us and we were essentially oblivious to it, because it all worked on a much more limited scale. Think a grown-up Harry Potter, but even more scaled down and realed-up.

Given that Doctor Strange is a major international hit, this shows ($618 Million in box office so far) how out of step I am with what the movie-going audience is looking for these days.

The extradimensional threat is depicted in a similar manner to the way it is in the animated film and as such is distinct from its depiction in the original comic stories. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I think the traditional depiction is actually more threatening (or could be, depending on how it was handled), since it exists in a spatial context we can wrap our heads around-- sort of-- in our mundane reality. 

Sometimes things can be so big that we can't really see them anymore.

It was the original strip's intimacy that crawled under my skin when I read the original comics- Doctor Strange was a kind of Kolchak, a weirdo loner solving occult crimes before eventually getting drawn into a globetrotting occult conspiracy. 

It was kind of like The X-Files in that regard, starting small and self-contained, growing somewhat but staying intimate, dark and paranoid.


What I found especially interesting in the wake of the election-- and the work I've been out on a limb alone exploring-- is the presentation of Time as a malevolent force. And in the perspective of the film's main antagonist, as the great existential evil and threat to all human striving. 

Which, of course, it is.

There's no readily-apparent parallel to be found in the film but this is practically orthodox Mithraism. In his incarnation as Aion, Mithras represented Infinite Time, who freed men from the ravages of Finite Time. The great scholar of the Mystery cults, Walter Burkert, observed that Mithraists saw the limitations of time as the source of all evil.

There's an interesting parallel in the original comics as well, since in battle with this great evil Doctor Strange was instructed to see the aid of Eternity himself, a kind of superheroic analog to Aion.

Now I've seen some of the more imaginative speculations as to this film being filled with MONARCH triggers and being an MK ULTRA training film and so on and so forth. 

Um, no.

There's really nothing here that you can't find in the comics (I've seen speculations about the hand poses, for instance; actually those come straight from the original Ditko comics, being one of the artist's idiosyncratic trademarks), so I wouldn't look too hard for kitten programming or whatever those kooky kids are into these days.

But if you're looking for deeper subtext in the Doctor Strange character himself you might want to look into the "Wizards, Workings and Walk-Ins" series, which delves into the fascinating evolution of magical superheroes (starting with my beloved Doctor Fate) that eventually bore fruit in the good doctor. 

All of the Secret Sun hobbyhorses are there for you to ride: Jack Kirby, ultradimensionals, Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons, ancient astronauts, Egypt, Mars, Salem, Mass., and on and on and on.

You may also want to read this Wizards installment, which traces the otherdimensional landscapes that Ditko drew so well to an obscure Jack Kirby story that may in fact be based- somehow or other, don't ask me- on the Babalon Working (they also bear no small similarity to art created by Marjorie Cameron).


Arrival was a surprise. That it's done comparatively good box office is probably encouraging news. 

It's slow and languid, and is fueled more on dream-logic than standard Hollywood octane. Doctor Strange goes big and stagey for the dream imagery, drawing heavily on Christopher Nolan's Inception but also on Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland. If you don't get the reference, google it before you see the film. Or better yet, afterwards.

If you've been tuning out the media entirely let me bring you up to speed: Arrival is a film about a mass alien contact event- giant UFOs appear across the world overnight. As may well happen, the authorities discover they are completely unable to communicate with the aliens so an American college professor- who also happens to be a languages prodigy- is enlisted to try to decipher the random grunts uttered by the visitors. 

Other countries do the same but a crisis erupts when the aliens' complex, symbolic language is misinterpreted.

As with Doctor Strange the plasticity of time is a central conceit in Arrival, but all that will sneak up on you in ways you can't anticipate. I'm not going to say too much about that because I don't want to spoil it. But also because I'm not entirely sure I could spoil it. 

Doctor Strange is a movie about spells- Arrival is a movie that strives very much to cast one.

Interesting to note also that Arrival featured a major player on loan from The Avengers (who are referenced in Doctor Strange), none other than Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner. He's capable enough but I'm not sure I completely buy him as a physicist so brilliant that the government would choose him above his peers to initiate contact with an alien race (both films also feature character actor Michael Stuhlbarg in roughly-similar bureaucratic pest roles).

Amy Adams- an actress I've had limited exposure to- is very good. It's a complex, challenging role, filled with hairpin emotional and narrative turns, and she pulled it all off, nary a seam to be seen. She conveys the sense of terror and awe (plus, more terror) one would experience in her situation.

The aliens themselves- as you've probably heard- are cephalopods, or as we called them back in the old days, giant octopi. This jibes quite with recent scientific discoveries about these fascinating creatures:
Octopuses are aliens — or, at least, so vastly different in their genetic makeup that they might as well be considered out of this world. Scientists recently sequenced the first genome in the Octopus Genome Project, a huge undertaking to map out the entire DNA structure of the complex cephalopod. What they found was simply incredible.

Octopuses have 33,000 genes, roughly 10,000 more than a human. This alone sets it apart from any other invertebrate in the world. They are also uncannily clever, with the ability to open jars, solve puzzles, and even use tools. It’s no wonder that some might think this creature is from another planet.
 
In uncovering the sequence, scientists found that octopuses have a similar set of genes to those found in humans, that make up a neural network in their brains, which accounts for their quick ability to adapt and learn. We also share a large brain, closed circulatory system, and eyes with an iris, retina, and lens. All of these independently developed in another species vastly different from our own mammal origins.
The film's aliens communicate by spraying ink in the dense atmosphere they exist in, and it's their complex form of communication that becomes the central McGuffin of the story.

Let me just say that while I found all this to be theoretically fascinating (exactly how we'll get to in a moment), as a tentpole experience it was a bit lacking. Anticlimactic. I'm not exactly sure what I was looking for in place of the film's central conceit, but definitely something a bit less writerly, a bit less film-school. 

Writers love to imagine that words themselves will save the world and rewrite history at its core. It's an inspiring idea, to be sure, but unfortunately it tends to be action and not words that decides the direction that events will take.

There's some real theory behind the sci-fi here, though, a theory dealing with the transformative effects of language:
The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is the theory that an individual's thoughts and actions are determined by the language or languages that individual speaks. The strong version of the hypothesis states that all human thoughts and actions are bound by the restraints of language, and is generally less accepted than the weaker version, which says that language only somewhat shapes our thinking and behavior. 
So Alan Moore's truisms about "spells are spelling" and "grimoires are grammars" aren't quite as facile as they sound, are they?

But you can read all that anywhere, can't you? What's the Secret Sun angle? 

I'm glad you asked.

Over the years I've mentioned a guy I used to know who kind of got me started on this whole Synchromystic business, some 20 years ago now. He was a genius when it came to breaking down words and numbers and finding parallels in history that people wouldn't even sense, never mind connect. 

We got to know each other through email and were stunned to discover that he once lived a short distance from where I do know, off the very same highway.

Stunned, but not surprised, really.

I lost touch with him several years back. He worked under psedonyms and seemed to vanish back into the electronic fog. I thought I found him time and again, but could never be certain.

But before I lost track of him he came to hold very radical- some might say extreme- ideas about Synchronicity. Where some people might take a quantum physics-based approach to the phenomenon, if not a spiritually-based one, he took a more specific approach. 

He came to believe that we were all being manipulated by extraterrestrial, interdimensional beings of unimaginable scope and power, beings who exist outside of time and space. 

He came to take a profoundly paranoid interpretation of meaningful coincidence, and quite probably a malevolent one.

It reminds me in a way of John Keel, whose research into paranormal phenomena was second to none, and the paranoid worldview he came to hold. No one can accuse Keel of jumping to conclusions, of failing to do his homework or show his math. He knew the material better than anyone, forgot more than most people will ever know. 

So if nothing else, we should take his POV under careful consideration, if we do nothing else.

But it may be more complicated than all that. Maybe we are not in fact bound by time and space, as both Doctor Strange and Arrival come along to tell us.

There are scientists like Rick Strassman who took people to realms like those we see Strange travel and there were scientists like Wolfgang Pauli who flirted with ideas about the transformational effect of reframing time as something other than a fixed constant.

Is there a way of recording our experience that will in fact work to help us transcend the nature of those experiences? Is Synchronicity itself a kind of language, one we haven't even begun to map? 


Those who work with Synchronicity can't help but notice how it seems to communicate with the experiencer, how it responds to thought. And it can do so the more rigorous and analytical you are in approaching it, which certainly seems counterintuitive to many people.

Just don't pretend that that process is always going to be easy or pleasant. The deeper the waters go, the colder they get. And the pressures can become intolerable. 


Anyone who tells you otherwise has never been there.

JAILBREAK


Space is not the final frontier, Time is. Learning to break Saturn's spell might well be the true Grail. We're hardly at the beginning of that journey, but we may finally be beginning to realize that there may be ways out of Chronos's cosmic concentration-camp.


Time is our jailer, it's the great taskmaster. It's the ultimate destroyer. It takes everything away from us. But only if you choose to play by the very reductive and incontrovertible rules you are taught when approaching it. 


Does Synchronicity play a role in breaking this spell? I don't know. But it certainly usurps conventional models of time and causality, and that is definitely a good place to start.




END NOTES

One thing I found fascinating was the choice of sneak previews frontloaded before the features. I told my wife just before Doctor Strange began that I felt like I'd seen eight films already. 

The previews for Arrival focused on the increasingly rare standalone feature, meaning a movie whose title isn't bisected with a colon or numeral. The only previews that stood out were for the creepy new M.Night Shamalayan movie, Split (a movie on DID Dissociative Identity Disorder aka Multiple Personality Disorder) that is certain to raise a ruckus on social media from the "multiple community." (If one doesn't exist, it will by the time the film is released)  

And I hasten to add Split comes across as creepy in ways that the filmmaker may not have intended. I should also add that I'm currently living a LARP of Shamalayan's ecodisaster film The Happening, which starred my old Braintree neighbor Mark Wahlberg. It's even less fun than it sounds.

The other was for a Jennifer Lawrence SF vehicle that is milking the corporate space exploration megatrend. I'm certain a lot of these projects were greenlit in the wake of Interstellar- there was a teaser-trailer for a spacepic before Doctor Strange as well. 

There was a preview for a new Will Smith picture that seems to completely misread his appeal and presents him as a low-energy depressive who is either in communion with embodied archetypes (Death, Love, etc) or is suffering from pharmacological hallucination, take your pick.


The previews before Doctor Strange were all genre, explosion-laden junk. Was a time when that might have appealed to the puer aeternus in me but really; enough is enough. You're starving the mind while feeding the eye (and the adrenal gland). 

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one burnt on the pabulum- audiences have been staying away in droves from the noisy garbage constantly foisted on us.



*I have been exploring some of the independent films on Amazon Prime, though I haven't had a great deal of luck so far. I admire the industriousness of the new independents, if nothing else. It's grueling hard work, particularly when there's not much of a payoff on the other end.

125 comments:

  1. Time ain't shit. Lol. A little adolescent and impetuous, maybe, but still, it's a perspective I've been increasingly forced to adopt recently. As a psychic or self-trained medium - whatever the hell those terms really mean - I've never been too bound by time and consensus causality. But this year, my God, I've literally been plunged into new worlds. Whenever I've revealed more than I should it usually ends badly, with more isolation and with me being picked apart by scavengers, haters or well-meaning intellectuals trying to disabuse me of foolish notions. I've had my fill of all that shit. It's something you quickly come to learn regarding magick - no matter how badly you might want to share some personal insight or experience there's often far more power and peace in keeping your mouth shut. Sadly, but so it goes. Still, I'm a sexy rebel, and kind of a fool. :) And fools often end up treading where angels fear. Time is way more fluid than most people realise, if not altogether illusory. Magick can bend both time and space. Occultists and psychics and even artists know this. There are other worlds, and other Earths. It really is a multiverse of sorts. The configuration is infinite. More great work, Chris. Thank you.

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    1. Time is the King Hell Motherfucker of them all, as I learned a long time ago working in nursing homes. Men and women who were strong and capable leaders of families found themselves in dark rooms waiting for Death. It was an eye-opening experience, shattering to foolish youthful illusions and as such important in my development. We used to value our elders until this insane cult of youth- which I thought was retarded even when I was young- was ushered in by advertising agencies. I think the major shortcoming of Doctor Strange is not depicting the Ancient One as truly ancient. In the comics you think he is frail and weak because of his appearance but then you realize he's a badass warlock who's been accumulating power since time immemorial. That's a message moviegoers today need to see.

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    2. I totally agree, Chris. What I mean by time's fluidity is its interconnectivity with consciousness, its mutability. But also its weird cyclical and pattern-forming quirks. For example, most people don't realize this but similar events or motifs or synchs tend to occur on anniversaries. If you do something meaningful or powerful on a specific date, echoes of that experience often manifest on the anniversaries of that date, if you know how and where to look for them. You know what I mean? So what is that? Is it completely external? I doubt it. Completely internal? Again, doubtful. It seems to be some kind of weird interconnectivity between the two. But I'm all too aware of the ravages and brutality of time.

      But you know what really scares me about time, Chris? It can destroy someone, but not change them. My grandfather was real sick, twisted bastard. Abusive, controlling, monstrous. But even after alzheimer's had wrecked his mind and stolen his identity, I would look into his eyes and still see that same violence, that same hate. He couldn't even talk anymore, was never even remotely cogent. But the darkness was still in him. That's what scares me about time. Evil is never forced to change. Try to strangle it, it grows. Try to kill it, it resurrects, now with all your anger to feed it. Our only hope is to imagine it out of existence at a local and community-based level, as much as possible. Nobody's going to save the world. We're going to have to save ourselves and our tribes and communities, and we'll have to celebrate those small successes, if we achieve them. If we don't, we're fucked.

      That's why the work of people like you and Gordon White is so important, Chris. Take it from a tortured psychic burnout; you guys are right in the nexus. You're literally saving lives with the work you do. Time, though fluid, makes everything bittersweet. And you're absolutely right, elders and our respect for them ensured the psychological health of the tribe. But we don't only dishonour our elders, we also dishonour the dead. No wonder we’re so lost and anxious and ravenous. We ignore our frontiersmen and our wraiths, and as a result we are not the living. We are the undead. And the vampire kings who rule us, the archons of this world and others, they want it this way. I believe that knowledge coupled with action – which is Gnosis, a dynamic, multifaceted lived experience – is the only fire that can reanimate us. For me this is love in its fullest sense. Nothing else can even hope to stand against such brutality.

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    3. Raj, I read Sun at least partway for your comments. So please keep sharing, regardless of what anyone says. The reason magick is considered occult is this: its workings cannot be explained or taught using the language or other communication tools we have. I think thus is a feature, not a bug--a way that magick (which is itself a language) protects gnosis from all but those who are ready to receive it. So when you talk about it to the uninitiated, you simply will receive ridicule, fear, anger, worry or all of the above. (Even thoughtful, woke people will respond this way, or sometimes worse, by trying to explain to you about "the powers of the human brain" to persuade ourselves of things and pattern seek. This is the worst because I am always forced to say the truth, which is, yes, this is happening in my mind, absolutely. Everything is happening in our minds, doofus!)

      Anyway, just a word of encouragement from someone who is not much of an avid practitioner any more (one has to be far more certain of what one actually wants than I am--strangely, I was more certain in my youth than I am in my forties, much like the monk in the koan who sees the mountain for the third time).

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  2. "He came to believe that we were all being manipulated by extraterrestrial, interdimensional beings of unimaginable scope and power, beings who exist outside of time and space."

    I actually came to a conclusion like this a while back.
    The thought if parallel realities are real, shouldn't there be a reality where its inhabitants have discovered to travel to other realities......
    Also reading the gnostics, even back then people thought reality was a prison.
    And the modern day tech nerds who had the idea drip fed to them through the movie the matrix that we might live in a false reality except they call it a computer program.
    It is a prevailing idea seen again and again through out history.

    I also really liked the idea that aliens were not from space but other dimensions.

    The whole Saturn meme i have seen pop up for years now, i dont know if its true, or whats true about that.

    Im actually pretty young and have been posting on 4chan since i was in junior high.
    Memeitics is a legit thing to push your will and desire onto the masses.
    The internet is just a manifestation of humanities hive mind. You feed meme's in, make them spread, maybe you hide an idea through symbols in the meme, it spreads around the world in an instant, eventually its ideas manifest in reality.
    Like, 4chan started as a board for neckbeards to talk about anime, they dont believe in anything on there, i remember the bush years, they were anti bush, trolling is an art, those people dont believe in anything but getting the lulz, they are psychotic nihilists.
    This all culminated in hillary clinton looking like some out of touch granny talking about poopy the frog, the mainstream media accusing a cartoon frog of being a nazi symbol.
    All the young people were keking pretty hard.

    The idea of memeitics can be used on tv or newspapers as well, its just those things have gatekeepers, the internet doesnt.
    Its chaos.
    Suited for a chaos god like kek.


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    1. In hindsight my friend was probably talking about the Archons, though I suppose a kind of Archon whose power oversteps the bounds of anything I remember reading. It reminds me of what a friend told me- he said that all occult thinking leads to paranoia, really profound, existential paranoia that you can't easily shake. I suppose there's wisdom there.

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    2. No offense, kimlove, but you may be misinterpreting the level of control you and yours believe you have. You're young; you'll figure it out one day the hard way, as we all do. Anyway, whether the whole /b/ things was originally a psyop or not is debatable, but I have no fucking doubt that at this point there's something pretty sinister going on with that sector of the internet. Mass shooters, anyone?

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  3. I read your article about the fox. Mind blown. How is this for a connection: Nin-hursag, lady of the mountain. Hagar. You saw the fox connected with the lady of the mountain, and then it pointed to Egypt. Hagar was Egyptian. For her son Ishmael, she procured two Egyptian wives. Hagar was also the name of Mount Sinai in Arabia. Using Biblical mythology here; the fox symbolism is pointing to Ishmael/Arabia/Islam.

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    1. Another fox connection: Fox news was pro-Trump.

      Back to the Hagar connection:

      King Herod was an Edomite; he was called "That Fox". Islam was a merger of Edom and Ishmael; scholar Dan Gibson found that the prophet Mohammed's genealogy went back to the nation of Edom in the Petra area.

      To clarify the Hagar/Mount Sinai connection: Mount Sinai was also known as the holy mountain, and also "Mount Seir", the mountains of Edom. But this holiness was there before Moses came along; why Seir was holy, I don't know. Do you have any mythical information on Seir?

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    2. That's very interesting and certainly relevant. Foxes seem to be emerging into the edges of human culture all over the world these days- I'm seeing photos and videos of people spotting and interacting with them. It very much feels like a spirit rising, perhaps the Trickster spirit rising to a new prominence, along with this Kek current.

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    3. Speaking of Kek, I am reminded of the 3 frogs that came forth from the mouth of the Dragon in the book of Revelations. The frogs represented the dragons unclean speech or foul sayings. Which sayings appeared to be magical/propaganda in nature. (And yes, I saw the ten plagues allusion also)

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    4. Well, we have one- who are the other two?

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    5. Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

      So I guess the frog spirits would be whatever memes are coming from the mouth of the dragon, beast, and false prophet, each one being a separate entity, with its own meme-factory.

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    6. Dragon in Babylon was the hereditary title of the King, Beast is considered to represent one world government, and false prophet could be any institutional religion that is putting out false knowledge of the spirit world. Haven't chased it down further than that; don't think I have the tools to. I didn't start learning about the Biblical/mythical connections until coming across Walter de la Torre at bibleorigins.net

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    7. So I had to google "Kek current," and now I'm sorry I did. Holy shit. This literally is as frightening as reading my first Lovecraft story in the 10th grade.

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  4. "the persistent social engineering agenda evident in nearly every form of commercial entertainment-- is keeping me away." I haven't watched a TV commercial in ten years because of this (a few have snuck in). I have become so sensitive to it that anymore the films I rate the highest tend to be the ones with no agenda or at the very least a very buried and esoteric one.
    Ironically, while I enjoyed Arrival as well, Villeneuve's "Prisoners" seemed to be spoon feeding me some garbage I wasn't appreciating.

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    1. It's annoying, right? It's especially annoying given how hypocritical it all is on the part of the people producing this material- hardly any of them practice what they preach. They're just another corrupt priesthood, trying to control the masses for their own good. Well, I hope they're all ready for the blowback.

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    2. I once said to my father "I can't watch these shows anymore, they are brainwashing me!" to which he replied, "it's all brainwashing, just find me the one's that use decent detergent."

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  5. Jeez... Past few weeks and especially today I was bitching to myself about the concept of time and how much I feel it works against me when I don't want it to etc... I really enjoy your work and check here often. Take care.

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    1. Thank you- glad you're getting some use out of the site.

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  7. I understand Keel's paranoia and for that matter another giant Jacques Vallee, who could sink into (perhaps lesser) paranoid interpretations once he went deep enough into ufology. Yet I still think it an error, and I also have been down that path. There is something fundamental we are not seeing, something relating to an anthropocentric weave to the cosmos and nature, and because we see it back to front somehow, its bamboozling and disconcerting. I don't pretend to know what it is really. But I understand not only the paranoia, but how inevitable it is once you go down that road of synchronicity and the occult and related.

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    1. At the same time, there are a lot Syncheads who lapse into a deep state of pronoia and see Syncs as evidence that the world conspiring on their behalf. There's a very wide spectrum of interpretation out there and everyone could probably find a community to fit their own gestalt somewhere.

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    2. It is said of UFOlogists and paranormaliacs (ghost hunters or what have you) often fall into the Niestchean abyss they're peering into. Wonder if it is the same for synchros, and whether it may just be a function of focusing too tightly and obsessively on a single facet of our experience (occult or otherwise). You know--how people start to look like their dogs. :)

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    There was a preview for a new Will Smith picture that seems to completely misread his appeal and presents him as a low-energy depressive who is either in communion with embodied archetypes (Death, Love, etc) or is suffering from pharmacological hallucination, take your pick.

    I'll say Will Smith believes such a role will portray him as "deep" and a "serious actor" rather than someone who shouts "AYO, HOL UP! WE SOME KINNA 'SUICIDE SQUA'?" He's still hurting after his role in Concussion was ignored by the Academy.

    Sorry Will, you're not anywhere near DiCaprio's level of talent. Be happy you're playing (on the down-low) with boy toys atop your Scrooge McDuck-esque fortune.

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    1. It's a common misapprehension on the part of matinee idols- raking in the big bucks ain't enough, they have to prove that they're artists as well. It's the Devil's Temptation in a way because they tend to fail both artistically and commercially. It's not the 70s anymore- you have movies with major stars landing straight in the Redbox. Grim. I think it's best that actors stay in their lanes and branch out onstage if they feel so inclined.

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  9. Ok, I want to hear more about THIS from you:

    "He came to believe that we were all being manipulated by extraterrestrial, interdimensional beings of unimaginable scope and power, beings who exist outside of time and space."

    HBO's Westworld speaks to this topic verbatim. Maybe too specifically.

    Have you seen it yet?

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    1. I have not. It's been triggering my Transhumanist allergy, to be honest. I should give it a look but Westworldmania seems to have cooled quite a bit since it premiered, no?

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    2. It has indeed, but Jonathan Nolan still has a lot to say about the nature of reality. I think you would have valuable insight into what the Nolan's know and write into their films.

      I don't feel the Transhumanism vibe as much as others might from watching it. I can see how others would intuit that. I see much more existentialism and Archonic overtones where the Hosts are us and the Humans on the show are overlords toying with us in ways that we are incapable of understanding.

      At one point in the series, a character learns that he has realized the nature of his reality multiple times only to have the "gods" reset his entire world. And they do so just to watch how he responds. Shades of Nonhuman Intelligence toying with us.

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    3. The violence, gore, and pathos of Westworld is chilling. It's a daring retelling of Michael Crichton's world. Speaking of extreme wealth, MPD, booze, autism spectra, serious childhood trauma, and agonizing family secrets. Michael was a tremendously large, beautiful, dark, tortured person and soul. He really was a basket case in spite of his amazing success in the public eye. Westworld is an allegory, in a way, of what it meant to be Michael Crichton. He was so charismatic and gifted that he could easily, even automatically manipulate situations the way he wanted, and did so out of insecurity, fear, narcissism, horomones, need of more money, or whatever. At the same time his personal indulgences and dark moods -- which no doubt involved a degree of moral agony about hurting people close to him -- kept him in private turmoil, as far as I know, to the end, but I do pray not the very end. He was a rare star fallen in this world, and also, I suspect, a significant witness the high "whatever" that dredge up here in the blogosphere. Wish I could learn more about it but my impression was he kept a great, great deal to himself and spilled only to his closest girlfriends (which is possibly why I know anything about him). The Andromeda Strain, original version, is the most memorable horror movie I have ever seen. The scientific realism of it is stunning -- and Michael's knowledge of such things, considering his 180 or so IQ, must have been advanced way beyond anything I could imagine. How he could contain himself so well, telling so little of the stories that he might have told if not for fear and confusion in himself, speaks volumes about who he was in my opinion.

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    4. Michael Crichton became very didactic and confrontational before his death. It was an evolution I watched with some interest and a measure of discomfort. He seemed to need to engage in a series of quixotic political battles against the establishments in a number of fields and to be honest it ruined his writing.

      His books became increasingly preachy and his characters became nothing more than mouthpieces for whatever crusade he was currently undertaking. I think he was reacting to the increasing lurch to the hard left he saw in Hollywood and academia, which is certainly understandable, but his tactics were clumsy, ham-fisted and offputting. I hate to say all this because the man was a bonafide genius and a great pulp novelist in his prime. But he allowed his passions to overwhelm his writing and his writing suffered for it.

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  10. Funny that you mention synchronicities and cephalopods because as soon as I finished this article I jumped on Twitter and this was posted by Gordon White:

    https://twitter.com/gordon_white/status/804638299813908480

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  11. Have you seen the British 80s series "Sapphire and Steel" which really depicts Time as an enemy?

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    1. No- never heard of it. Picturing a Doctor Who type videotaped production with lots of studio glare and an overabundance of brown in the wardrobe. Am I close?

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    2. Wow- spot on!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld30EDY-hxM

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    3. I watched a few back when I had internet. It starred Johanna Lumly, who went on to many things including "Ab Fab" - drop dead gorgeous in my eyes for that 60's brit girl, and David McCallum, soon to be a huge crush of my middle school years in " Man from Uncle". It was a kid's show and had it's spookiness. But netflix kept dropping and so it took too much time (haha) to care enough- life went on.

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  12. Chris,

    The alien language in Arrival - a sigil alphabet? All languages could be, I suppose, yet here we had one that had to be read in all directions, and whose elements each effected the meaning of their companions. This in turns suggests it flashes into the brain all at once. Shades of computer programming, where "flash memory" is updated all at once, and so its "reality" is changed.

    This got me thinking of some comments William S. Burroughs made on the structure of Western verses Eastern languages, how in English we have a linear series of symbols read in one direction which must be interpreted, while in Chinese, for example, a word or concept can be represented by a single character, perhaps two, with more complex concepts being represented as often by compound characters as by multiples. He also observed how some words, such as "boy" or "house", might be represented in the language by characters that at least vaguely looked like their subjects. The end result being an increase in speed and comprehension for the Eastern language. (Also, horrifically large keyboards.)

    It also reminded me of Futhark, the written language of the Vikings. Though it consisted of a runic alphabet, Futhark allowed for compound runes (such as the one for "Bluetooth" - a proper name - that's somewhere on your computer), was often written or carved in spirals and other shapes rather than the later line-by-line, and would combine words if they shared an ending and starting letter to save time and effort(example: the Futhark for "iron needle" would be written as "ironeedle").


    On a whimsical note, am I the only one who thought the alien glyphs looked suspiciously like the myriad coffee mug stains that surely adorned the blotter on the movie's graphic designer's desk? :P

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    1. No, you're right on the money with that observation there.

      Language is a topic we didn't really have to think much about- well, unless you were an academic- but now has sidled right up to the forefront of everyone's thinking. We're constantly being exposed to different languages now, and it regularly triggers a complex suite of emotional and ideational responses. I think the major deficit in American education is the fact that we don't seriously emphasize languages or music in our schools. These arts change the architecture of the brain itself (music is just math at play) which many Asian cultures understand.

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  13. “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”
    ― H.P. Lovecraft

    Honestly Arrival would fit right in to Lovecrafts world he was tapped into. I think there is definitely something to it.

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    1. It's kind of like "Lovecraft-Lite". Lovecraft for Optimists.

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    2. I dunno, a lot of the Lovecraft fans I know would optimistically have been waiting for the tentacle sex scene.

      Kidding, kidding. I'm not kidding.

      But, yeah, Lovecraft would have written this story from the POV of the soldier who eventually set the bomb and took up arms against his own. Mind shattered by the invasion of the Other into his world, no other choice but to go mad or start killing. That would have been HPL's version.

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  14. Ah, meme magic and Hollywood. I guess they have in a way been doing it all along, and we're Johnnies-come-lately with wiz-bang new toys that let any idiot off the street barge in and totally reprogram the hivemind, if he's got the skill and the spare time to do it. There's a pervasive conceit lumbering around 8/pol/ in league with the new reactionless EM drive and Trump's presidency - that we can meme space travel (or weirder) into being. A year ago I would have been 95% dismissive of any such possibility. Now I'm only 50% dismissive of it. I was toying with themes of your "Lucifer's Technologies" series while lying in bed awake last night. The idea that the Roswell event wasn't a crash, but an ultraterrestrial psyop, is a mind-bending challenge to grapple with. And of course the whole thing finds a prefiguration in Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide series, where a malevolent supercomputer does just that, dropping an instruction manual for building a spaceship in the guise of a spaceship crash onto a planet of rabidly xenophobic and omnicidal race of hermit aliens.

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    1. There's a massive, well-connected, impossibly well-financed hive of shills whose job it is to bash the PR version of "reality" into everyone's brain. The tactics, strategies and weapons these people employ are practically bottomless, a never-ending font with which to bully, intimidate, ridicule, terrorize and when necessary, eliminate any potential threats to the overclass and their prescribed agenda for the rest of the world. It's amazing how many people buy into it voluntarily and panic- I mean, absolutely panic- when you present them with any evidence that challenges their docility. I don't think any of these people are going to enjoy the years to come, as the PR Reality falls like dominos to the unmasked reality that has been straining at its leash.

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      No pun intended, of course?

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    3. I suspect you're right. My ex, for example, who looks glamorous and fancies herself very very politically and aesthetically correct -- or her factotum, adventurist hippy Dad who's a great guy but looked right away from the impossibly strangely-lit triangle-shaped aircraft I once pointed out to him -- which approached and then banked away from my home one eve -- and said, What do you mean, that's just a regular aircraft. Bear in mind, I lived in a part of the Hudson Valley where many similar sightings have occurred, some have been taped and appeared on Youtube. BTW this happened at elevation, within eyeshot, or rather, binocular-shot, of the Strieber cabin location... Folks who think their souls are secure if they vote right, have enough money and aren't suspected of being odd. Is that the kind of people we're talking about?

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    4. Well, our skies are very crowded these days. Who can say with any confidence what we're looking at anymore? There's an entire catalog of devices and that's not counting whatever exotic weirdness is still deep in the black. All you can seem to go by is how the PTB and their shills react to it. And if you're smart you can sniff out the red herrings.

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  15. Golly gosh, gee wiz spaceman, the comments for the Sun of an occulted nature are amazing lately. Chris you your zeitgeist is legion. I for one think synchronicity is timeless. The process of being aware and awake/present is also timeless. Using our gnosis to discern reality is timeless. Synchromystics often approach a spiritual nexus that allow even more synchronicities. The collective unconscious is using the synchromystic to reveal what must be learned in this space and time/now. So discern the memes but for damn sure be aware of every synchronicity. Shine forth brave souls. 87

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    1. Yes, I have to say I didn't agree with my friend and was actually alarmed by where he was going with his Sync work. Sometimes- well, all of the time- we impose our own inner realities on the way we perceive outer realities. It's why you really have to work up some baselines and stick to them. There are actually rules to follow, as hard as that may be to fathom. But I think those rules will save you from that kind of "plunge into the Abyss", so to speak.

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  16. Synchronicity in predictive modelling: a new view of data assimilation
    G. S. Duane1, J. J. Tribbia1, and J. B. Weiss
    http://atoc.colorado.edu/~jweiss/website/publications/DuaneEtAl2006.pdf

    Seemed relevant. Link was sent to me by one of the people you might recognize from your Transistor/Silicon Valley/Bell Labs series.

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    1. Well, that sounds ominous. Can you tell us anything more? Saving that one for the archives.

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    2. Wish I could. I don't know enough advanced math to make head or tails of the article, except the take-away: two chaotic systems that interact at set intervals, will come into almost perfect synchronicity. And the synchronicities will abound. I saw some verbiage (in between the mathematical equations) about different realities interacting. Also to clarify, you didn't mention this person in your series on Bell Labs. But given the names you dropped, you might recognize him. This link was his answer when I asked him if there is anything to synchronicity, or is it just a fascinating time waster like astrology.

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    3. Well, I can say with a very high degree of confidence that Synchronicity is much more than just a timewaster if you learn how to work with it as a divination system. But that requires a lot of effort and patience.

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    4. Divination system, as in, recognizing patterns that repeat? Or divination as in, predicting the future?

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    5. Anything and everything can be used for divination. For example, what's in a name? The easiest, fastest indicator of who (by name) is most compatible with oneself. It's sketchier than synastry, but the two can work together nicely as a multi-sieve to eliminate bad apples.

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  17. Just yesterday I was driving to work when I passed a guy using a T-shirt that read "Praetorians" with a legionnaire helmet.

    Needless to say, it's been a tough week.


    - Bruno

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  18. Another amazing post that hits on all targets. Just out of curiosity, anyone else having intense dreams lately? Mine have been very realistic though not quite lucid, I feel like I've been visiting parallel worlds, glimpsing other versions of "me" living different lives & even having "dreams within dreams" where I try to relate the contents of one dream to the inhabitants of another, much to their amusement! Something that said inhabitants try to impress upon me is how linear time is a lie propagated by consensus, & that cyclical time is what's real & meaningful. Also been experiencing lots of little synchronicities, nothing major but sometimes it feels like the universe is winking at me & inner & outer get a little...blurred. If you know what I mean.

    Also want to second "Westworld". Its practically a gnostic parable. Much better than the original & Anthony Hopkins is in rare form. Also check out the adaptation of Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" on BBC America. Because everything is connected.

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    1. Yes, I think we're sailing into choppy waters and there's inevitable carryover from the material world into the immaterial.

      As to Westworld I'm hearing so much about it it's actually making me nervous. I don't like to bring expectations and presuppositions to the table when approaching a show or a movie but I'm hearing so much about it it's impossible not to. It ruined True Detective for me, since the actual program couldn't live up to the show I already created in my imagination. I'm really trying to avoid that.

      And to be honest hearing the G-word makes me automatically nervous to begin with since that's such a nebulous term these days. But I will take everyone's recommendations under serious consideration.

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    2. Wait then if you fear another True Detective. Westworld, while interesting and excellent in certain areas, isn't that great.

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  19. Hi Chris,

    Longtime reader, first-time commenter.

    Yesterday I was walking through the yard and found a triangular piece of ceramic sticking out of the mud. I wiped it clean, flipped it over and noticed the maker's mark on the other side.

    "Knowles."

    I ran inside to check The Secret Sun, but this post wasn't up yet.

    Anyway, I saw "Arrival" Thanksgiving week, so this stuff has weighed heavily on my mind. As soon as I saw the formation of the heptapod sigil-script, I immediately thought of the Ouroboros... especially the starkness of the black ink against the white fog; worth noting that alchemists often depicted the serpent as half-white, half-black, yin-yang style.

    Then it hit me. Saturn, Death incarnate... Saturn, cruelest of Titans... Saturn, who devours his children... Saturn, the literal lord of the rings, is absolutely festooned with the Ouroboros. Here is the planet that was chosen (before the invention of the telescope) to represent Father Time. What a coincidence.

    I'm wondering if you're familiar with the work of Norman Bergrun, retired NASA scientist who claims there's something sinister lurking within those rings:

    http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/08/former-nasa-scientist-sees-alien-ships-in-saturns-rings/

    Bergrun is all nuts n' bolts, positing giant self-replicating robots sucking up planetary energy... but, considering the inherent weirdness of Saturn, and the fact that the seas beneath the ice of its moons are considered potential hotspots for life, in light of viewing Saturn as a cruel master, a demiurge or antagonist of the solar system, I wonder, then, if these things (if they exist) are actually part of some mysterious organic process, fulfilling some sort of regulatory role in the infliction of Time's trickery on Earthly consciousness (gnostic prison guards from outer space!)

    Anyway,
    Keep up the good work,
    It's the internet highlight of my week.

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    1. I'm glad you brought up Bergrun. We discussed him a few months back on the FB board. It also calls to mind claims I've heard from Robert Temple that the Nommo are hibernating in orbit around Saturn. You think Jupiter would get all the glory, but Saturn seems to be the object of so much fascination. And it's a dark kind of fascination too.

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    2. There are interesting parallels between the Nommo (“they who make one drink”) and the Mesopotamia Oannes/Adapa, also a fish-man-god and apparent psychonaut. And since he featured prominently in the apocalyptic lore in Hancock’s “Magicians of the Gods,” I find myself wondering about parallels between Hancock’s comet hypothesis, the hard-to-dispute influence of Planet Nine, and whatever those massive objects swimming around the rings might be. Hey look, there’s another Death Star movie just in time for Christmas!

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    3. Strange how Saturn seems to have similar connotations across cultures as well. From Hindu mythology/astrology:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shani

      Quote:
      "Shani (Sanskrit: शनि, Śani) refers to planet Saturn, and is one of the 9 heavenly objects known as Navagraha in Hindu astrology.[1]

      Shani is depicted as a male deity in the Puranas, whose iconography consists of a dark (black) figure carrying a sword (or another weapon) and sitting on a buffalo (or crow or vulture).[1][2] He is considered inauspicious, bringer of bad luck,[3] a deity who gets mad easily and one who takes thorough revenge for whatever made him upset.[2]"

      Immanual Velikovsky had some interesting things to say about Saturn/Cronos as well:

      https://www.varchive.org/itb/satwor.htm

      Quote:
      "The Osirian mysteries, the wailing for Tammuz, all refer to the transformation of Saturn during and following the Deluge. Osiris was not a king but the planet Saturn, Kronos of the Greeks, Tammuz of the Babylonians. The Babylonians called Saturn “the Star of Tammuz.” (17) After the Deluge Saturn was invisible (the sky was covered for a long time by clouds of volcanic dust) and the Egyptians cried for Osiris, and the Babylonians cried for Tammuz. Isis (Jupiter at that time) went in search of her husband, and Ishtar (also Jupiter at that early time) went to the netherworld to find her husband Tammuz. For a time Saturn disappeared, driven away by Jupiter, and when it reappeared it was no longer the same planet: it moved very slowly. The disappearance of the planet Saturn in the “nether world” became the theme of many religious observances, comprising liturgies, mystery plays, lamentations, and fasts."

      Not saying I agree with everything Velikovsky says, but his take is a unique one. I'm assuming if/when a planetary body became obscured or un-observable (for whatever reason) it would have caused something akin to an existential crisis among ancient civilizations dependent on astronomy. But then again, we're in a bit of an existential crisis ourselves...

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    4. Interesting. I'm reminded of the Hanging Man trump for some reason here. Tammuz takes us back to Mesopotamia, which is certain to continue to haunt us in the days to come. I think we may see some rather dramatic events there in early 2017.

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    5. Nommo and Oannes remind me of Dubai, of course, and that remarkable mass ritual that followed on Obama's election. Will there be similar spectacles in that part of the world in the weeks to come? Something to coincide with OPECs recent agreements on output quotas, perhaps? And why are so many billionaires spending their money on bunkers and panic rooms and sanctuaries?

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  20. Gen. Mattis for SECDEF.

    One of his lesser-known nicknames is "The Warrior Monk" due to his ascetic bachelor lifestyle and library of over 7000 volumes.

    Also known for having carried a copy of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations with him on combat missions.

    So, yeah... Salve!

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  21. \What about you?\

    All I can say is that I've been having what I can only describe as flashbacks, incredibly powerful and anomalous experiences that threaten to pull me back into a situation I thought I'd clawed my way out of. (There, is that specific enough for you?)

    It's been a psychologically harrowing, physically dangerous but enlightening year. I feel like a part of me died -- about 30 years' worth. Fortunately I inherited that persons' clothes, intellect, taste in finer things and so on. But old demons? The oldest of all I know. We're lining up on our (yours and my) side and facing east. (There, is that vague and portentous enough for you?)

    We all have to be wondering, "Whose side am I on?". Not in terms of good versus evil. Or politics. The problem is, with so many arbitrary notions of what is "good" or not, and so many vested interests involved in anything like national or international politics, most of us are wanting to know our neighbors better. And out here in Rocknrolltown, Stixville NY, it's not "am I too liberal to own a gun" but "how many guns, and of what sort, should I be shopping for, just in case."

    In other words, all things considered, everyone feels thrown for a loop. The mood is "I'm not taking it any more". I'm not. I'm on the offensive, on various more or less subtle levels, but suddenly I'm ready to stir the pot up too, if I see any suitable opportunity. But that is mostly just by flirting and chatting up ladies of all ages while I shop, which spreads good cheer, and discussing politics with my (PTB-affiliated) father, which is great for a laugh, because we still have a sense of humor in the family (if not of justice, or of filial duty, or of patriarchal responsibility. There, is that cynical enough? Or I could switch to the next-level-angry alter...)

    These days I am not unsure of whether I am part of the problem or the solution. What gives me pause is that the worse problems are, the more destruction may ensue before the solution is complete. In other words, the best may lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity. Everyone knows instinctively that desperate times mean danger, so we are more willing to take risks or put our sense of right and wrong on hold out of fear, duty or expedience, as the case may be. All of us, not least of all politicians, will try to exploit the growing chaos while we can, because chaos means opportunity. That we all know and sense, but don't want to admit openly perhaps because it “sounds cynical”. But let's face it. Order and status quo mean less opportunity for change and less therefore for happiness in the case of the chronically unhappy. Go figure now why T. is prez. People want chaos so they can get what (they imagine) is rightfully theirs.

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  22. I most certainly did not want see any strange doors open this year, but they did again and again in spite of (not) my best efforts -- too many of those efforts felt like panicked afterthoughts rather than the proper sort of homeo- or allopathic preparation. As the title track lyrics (by a late neighbor) on _Scary Monsters_ avers, once we have opened some doors, they never really close again. They just blow open and shut, in and out, by the winds of astrological influence and subjective process (=the year, day, month, hour, and second of one's life, each of which is governed by its own archetype according to the Kalachakra Tantra), like saloon doors on Westworld.

    Right now, these days, because of all people I know or loved who died this year, I too am remembering the person(s) who many years ago introduced me to a bewildering horror/wonder show -- the real synchronicity and high strangeness, not the amenable concept I read about in Koestler and Jung as a kid. Her blue eyes, loud voice, sorry fate and killer instinct, turned out the same as the (fictional?) woman sung about in Bowie's faux-Cockney accent. And she too inspired lyrics on a critically acclaimed pop record (or four, or more, depending on the estate of her very recently departed a-musee, but that is another story). Such people do exist which seems to be wonderful as long as they end up ostracized, crazy and homeless, where no one can or will the hear the truth behind the rant. But what if they were (or were made into) killers, or even billionaires, or leaders of countries, with or without logorrheic discharge?

    Perish the thought of course but its already happened countless times in history, its happening more now, so we have to keep our eyes open now more than ever. Luckily our gut instinct of danger keeps them more open now, unless it's scopolamine in the water supply. I believe some call it the “angel effect”.

    In my case, there's been nothing -- no drug or sex, at least -- like occasional homelessness on the street combined with poor nutrition, killer weed and bad treatment by those closest to me, to get me reacquainted with my real friends and enemies. But in spite of remaking acquaintances, I am never 100% trusting of the evidence of my senses or experience -- much less those of other people. Way less than a hundred really. Too much trust in one's subjective experience makes an ordinary person opinionated, but a less ordinary one paranoid in just that degree. The point is close acquaintances can polish a brick into a mirror, or put an razor edge on a billiard ball, if it doesn't pulverize the brick, or scratch the ball right off the table, as it were. I don't recommend it, or it won't happen unless you are not careful about what you wish for -- does that not make sense? This is not not reverse psychology.

    Knowledge costs money and sanity points in our little marionette universe even if it is “baseline reality” and the strings are just info networks. Gaining knowledge of it at any obtainable cost, at the 'low' or inner plumbing level, but without largesse and big support system, strongly implies abject poverty, other misfortune, death and WORSE (which might actually be the best). If our days right now were a gamble, would be something like no-limit Hold 'Em. I prefer Seven-Card Stud because it's a small table, lots of betting levels and demands lots of card smarts. No limit Hold 'Em is for Gonzo players, people who shoot from the hip and unlock the barn door at one hundred paces. Now is the (late) season of Hunter, the quintessential American neuro-trickster, especially in this Fire Monkey year. The Apocalypse is not a public or free event, really, but one that tricksters, sharpshooters, burglars and thieves, and inveterate skywatchers with good equipment, level heads and tremendous patience, can become a part of, and observe part of, without a ticket. Just watch out and mind bouncers at the doors!

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  23. On second thought, my advice is, don't watch _Chance_ et. al. Asking you to sublimate more zeitgeist out of the media is inappropriate and unnecessary. Like eating your dinner then telling the chef of a five-star restaurant which restaurants he should eat at himself. Or insisting Tiger Woods ought to use a lifetime free pass to a driving range in Leadville, Colorado, because...because at that altitude, balls go further!

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    1. The media has self-disqualified as a barometer of the zeitgeist. And continues to dig that grave deeper every single day. Time was the role of the media was to ostensibly serve the public not the topdown agenda of a tiny neoliberal Globalist clique. The only zeitgeist the media reflects is the zeitgeist of a mirror, strategically placed in upscale urban enclaves in which the segregants can hide forever from the declasse and benighted. It's the twoway mirror at a Whole Foods, surveilling the world and passing judgements that cannot be overturned on appeal. It's exactly why fewer and fewer people bother to pay them any mind at all.

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    2. That's a chilling metaphor. I'm used to the cosmic mirror, analogous to father sky and all. This is the cosmetic mirror, a total mask. Good thing we secretsun x-ray vision. Thin layers of silver can't hide the rot much longer.

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    3. Aha! The Panopticon, but you're at the center... And in the cell.

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  24. "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far" How chilling are these famous words when the black seas of infinity are recognized as the infinite capability of cyberspace? The emergence of Kek and Pizzagate are merely the first innocuous swipes from the digital tentacles of that great slumbering beast. But this is not the Godzilla Cthulu of 20th century public opinion that laid waste to entire cities, it is the foul smelling little goat Belial Cthulu, quietly nested in a cage at the zoo, just waiting for the right fool to set it free. This is to say that if the Internet is ever shut off, the world will most certainly be consumed in a matter of weeks. Keep the monster in the box and reality will be just fine.

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    1. Well, Lovecraft was a bigot, a fabulist and a born reactionary, wasn't he? Can the art be separated from the artist and can the memes be separated from the misanthrope? Have we injected these archetypes into the collective unconscious ourselves, carelessly and without foresight? Is Kek really a sentient spirit or just a childish prank gone awry? I'm watching that Ghost Ship disaster in Oakland at present, wondering if this is an augur of a dark new age dawning or just an entirely predictable result of the cavalier flouting of fire and building codes. What's my point? The zeitgeist will tell us how it chooses to make itself manifest. Our memes and monsters don't get a vote.

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    2. I think what I am trying to say is that the Internet has allowed memetic sync think to be a collective experience, where traditionally it was an ability reserved for the shamans, lobers, and madmen of the tribe. This ability is one that isolates; the shaman lives on the outskirts. Through the architecture of the Internet, we all live on the outskirts while in cyberspace. What is superficially called social media, is in execution really, anti-social. We are alone when we are staring into our phones, tablets, and cubes. Every man woman and child is a dark star online. It isn't until we detach that "social" begins, that we "shine". Remove digital conduit from the new flesh, and the schizophrenic implosion could be frightening. Kunderbuffer 2.0?

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    3. Oh, all the Internet does is allow us to exchange a simulacrum of this experience. It can't possibly replicate the reality for the same reason you still can't teleport a housefly- living, breathing experience can't be disassembled and then uploaded for casual users. You can sync up the superficials- names, places, faces, etc- but the real core experience is still untranslatable. But I suppose you have to start somewhere, right?

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  25. Chris, I enjoyed "The Arrival", though I was left with a deja vu of "Slaughterhouse five". Interesting to note the glyphs the aliens write in ink look and remind me of the "Heroes" tv series, i.e. the first one. Good post.

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    1. It seemed derivative in a good way, in that it recalled things you like and are not sick of seeing referenced yet. That's a lot harder than it sounds.

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  26. A lot of unnecessary information that you added, "I love this movie". My friend, you are spreading truth, love and light, spreading knowledge. Not what you like or don't like, you add so much info that is not necessary to read and drives many to skip and miss good information. And the post is completely mix of topics and not about the title....

    A lot of mistakes here..
    Hopefully next time you'll do a better job.

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    1. Hey Frater, perhaps you need to go to the school of manners and of synchronicity. Ditto what Chris said! 87

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  27. In the Buddhist Tantras time is both a cycle and an enemy (depending upon which mythic sub-cycle on consults). The Kalachakratantra purports to be a small fragment of much larger body of knowledge existing in Shambhala, including knowledge of advanced weaponry, outer space-capable propulsion tech and vehicles, and the ability to surveil any and every goings-on in this little infolded dimensionality of ours. The notion of time distortion is clearly implied by the Tibetan translation of the Sanskrit as well as by the Sanskrit itself. Having read both, I am quite convinced that the "calendrical misalignments" supposedly fomented by "barbarians" (possibly including but not limited to Islamic astrologers) -- such as Tibetan commentators have debated and discussed for many centuries -- are, literally nothing such at all. They can, and should IMO be read as, implicating time distortion. In other expression, for you Sanskrit wallahs, _iti kali yugena_ or "thus, due to the Kali Yuga", can also be read as "thus, due to time-implicated linkage" or "cross-linkage" (yuga). In tibetan this _iti_ expression is rendered _dus kyi sgyur bas so_ in the older editions, which means "Thus, due to time changes", interpreted as "calendrical ellipsis" or in other words, rewriting history, or mistelling the location of real planets. This many have been an objection to the use of "Arab parts" in chart reading (ie planets that don't technically exist), but who knows. In any case, if were simply a matter of calendrical mistakes or distortions, the spelling would have to be _bsgyur_, the past tense. But it is present _sgyur_ which could be read, "due to time distortion". It's circumstantial evidence but reading it that way would completely change the sense of the so-called "Outer Kalachakra", and make it much, much more comprehensible for us, in this context of discussion. That is all I am allowed to say publicly.

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    1. Well, here's a riddle; are they planets that don't exist or are they dwarf planets? Or are they planets yet to be discovered? Who knows what the Ancients may have known...

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    2. What prohibits you from expounding more information? Buddhist ideology is for all to visit, no? Please continue. This Kali Yuga= time distortion? How do we proceed to the next stage if this stage has no time restraints? 87

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    3. With the little we know now about our solar system or beyond, the astrological controversies of the past seem trivial. Supposing we read the Kalachakra literature's discussion of "time distortion" or "calendrical misalignment/revision" or whatever, as simply a controversy about which planets really matter, which calculations are accurate, which interpretive frameworks yield the best predictive results, and so on. If, in poker terms, I held the "nuts" (say four kings), I wouldn't show my hand until the last round of betting. And I would check-raise, re-raise, or do whatever I needed to take as much money from the other guys. If they all folded (best case scenario), I might, or might not, show my hand to them, to prove I knew what I was doing, or to keep them guessing. Astrologers, like professional poker players, can be very manipulative, acquisitive, success-driven people.

      In other words, if there is hidden knowledge in the world of astrology, we can assume it remains hidden to the advantage of the knowers. To what degree it is advantageous, we don't know -- and that is power. Their power.

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    4. I can't say more publicly because, for one, I am not expert in Kalachakra. Just in the relevant languages, and also, with the overarching cultural, religious, philosophical and experiential context. I am only expressing an opinion (which happens to be serious personal belief, or rather, ongoing operating assumption in my life) which happens to _appear_, to me, to be consistent with my experience. Also it is true that, outside of the Kalachakra context, there are implied methods in other secret methodical cycles of meditative practice, that involve the defeat of Time as Enemy. One particular evidence of success in that practice is movement of stars, even entire constellations, contrary to the time at hand, enough so as to be able to foment pandemonium in the local populace. Anecdotally, and with one degree of separation from myself in this life, it has happened in the last hundred years or so. Again, I pause there. This is simply a concise report of my limited knowledge.

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    5. I can't say more publicly because, for one, I am not expert in Kalachakra. Just in the relevant languages, and also, with the overarching cultural, religious, philosophical and experiential context. I am only expressing an opinion (which happens to be serious personal belief, or rather, ongoing operating assumption in my life) and that happens to _appear_, to me, to be consistent with my experience. Also it is true that, the Kalachakra ("wheel of time") context aside, there are implied methods in other secret methodical cycles of meditative practice, that involve the defeat of Time as enemy. One particular evidence of success in that practice is movement of stars, even entire constellations, contrary to the time at hand, enough so as to be able to foment pandemonium in the local populace. Anecdotally, and with one degree of separation from its author, it has happened in Kham, in eastern Tibet, at least once in the last hundred years or so. Again, I pause there. This is simply a concise report of my limited knowledge [of other people's reportage].

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  28. I have neither seen nor heard of the film Arrival (as you said, avoiding the media) but the trailers struck a number of significant chords..

    The broken circle (ourobouros?) recalls almost exactly the weird fiction of Laird Barron. A truly great writer of the strange, though he has gone off the rails lately (IMO), this EXACT symbol is a recurring motif in his short stories.

    The language aspect remins me if the Borges story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", which is a sort of thought experiment about laguages constructed along conpletely different lines of reality than our own. One of them has no nouns--basically, no "thing" has a continuous identity in time but, depending on our perspective in relationship to it, is a wholy different thing every moment in time, making nouns irrelevant.

    I will be excited to see it and find out where they go with the language thing, since lately I have been immersed in reading and thinking about the relationship between language and reality (in the begiining was the word... ritual magic and spells... the Gnostic notion of God thinking/articulating the primordial first thing other than itself...)

    The trailer also reminded me of Childhood's End... Was there ever a movie made of that?

    As an aside, Christopher, I wanted to thank you for coming back to the Sun. I was a fan and regular reader and commenter years back. When you took time off I was disappointed. Then in 2013-14 things fell apart in my life in rather dramatic fashion. It took a while to come back from all that, so I was not aware you had started up again til around election time this year. It made me hopeful for the world again to see you were back fighting the good fight, and personally hapoy to have something to read that doesn't make me want to bash my head against the wall in frustration and rage.

    Ps sorry if I repeat other's observations, I havent gotten thru all the comments yet

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    1. Well, language is the irreducible component of all magic, when you really get down to it. You can try to argue against that but it's like hypnotism- it's an art of words. You have to be careful though, because words themselves are just symbols of actions and really don't amount to much without something backing up the currency, if you get my drift.

      I know all about things falling apart, believe me. I've taken time off from blogging now and then but mostly because I couldn't spend the time I needed to post interesting material because of outstanding commitments or personal issues. I've been blogging regularly for a while now so I guess you have some catching up to do (if you're so inclined, that is).

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    2. I am inclined, and just finished the Lucifer tech series, which cross linked to some older posts.. Some of which I had read before and some which I hadn't.

      Unsurprisingly, after several life altering experiences, I am reading the same posts I read a few years ago as though they are brand new. I have a completely different take on things now, as I imagine you understand perfectly. I wonder if you look at your old posts sometimes and see new things you did not even realize you were intending to say at the time?

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  29. "He came to believe that we were all being manipulated by extraterrestrial, interdimensional beings of unimaginable scope and power, beings who exist outside of time and space."

    It's posited that our souls inhabit a timeless realm. Each soul with thousands of personalities, with each personality inhabiting a different time period.

    This would look like reincarnation, from our earthly perspective, but 1,000s lives experienced all at once from the timeless dimension. But, wouldn't the communication be multi-directional, and quantum? Always being influenced by ourselves with our 1000s of simultaneous experiences, of which each personality node is kept from seeing the others'.

    Doesn't seem like a big leap to imagine a great heavenly war playing out, with all manner of good and evil forces influencing us. If there's truly another, timeless dimension to reality, I've got to imagine it's just as unsettled as this one.

    We're at a historical lowering of the veil, but I also feel like people have always felt that "The end is nigh." Is it different because of our current tech? Our is it just human condition?

    Chris, I so enjoy your work. Thanks for the copious output.

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    1. You're very welcome. And thank you for your insights here. Food for thought, certainly. An unsettled timeless realm? That's a concept I might want to spend some time wrapping my brain around.

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    2. On the note of each of us being small episodic manifestations of much, much larger (longer?) lifeforms, a PhD named Chris Bache wrote a book titled Lifecycles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life, and another book, Dark Night Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind, where he discusses such an idea. He attempts to fit Robert Munroe's experiences and Rupert Sheldrake's Morphic Resonance (if I remember correctly) into a larger framework. He also devotes a lot of pages to the problem of all the suffering sentient beings have been enduring for so long. So these ideas are definitely out there, waiting to be tested...

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    3. Bache's work on reincarnation interests me. It's a field that doesn't seem to get a lot of respect but keeps coming up aces with these accounts of people who know things they simply shouldn't know. I suppose it's more difficult these days to parse out the signal from the noise (you can know everything about anyone if you're motivated enough), but it seems to me a rigorous study of these claims might go a long way in undermining the core source of our collective neurosis- fear of death.

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    4. A thing that terrifies me is the mathematical argument that we are in the end times. The logic revolves around the statistical probability of one's birth and life occurring during Earth's peak population. Like Barbie, math is hard for me, but the odds appear to be overwhelming that we are living just pre die-off.

      Of course, the loguc fails (or becomes paradoxical) when you realize that the same calculation would have applied to any given individual at any point in history, and it wasn't true then!

      If, though, all things are always happening always--as I believe, since this is the only way any of this makes sense--then we are continuous and eternal instantaneous loops. Ourobouroses (?) which is a representation of the only dimension of eternity visible from our Flatlander POV.

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  30. So, I have read your writings for many years. I don't watch movies, but I appreciate that you do, to read the "landscape" of the culture. So I let you do that, since frankly, I have a rule, "Know what you don't know, and know who does." Mostly, my journey is personal, and I don't follow the cultural signs as strongly as I used to. Maybe because they were constructed to be followed,and/or believed in. And before long this belief tessellates among people and grows, and gathers substance, and then becomes a building and finally an institution. And we are surrounded by four walls, not only without, but within, looking for the daylight, and yearning for "something else". All the while, Everything is in the process of becoming something else. Nothing is finished. Not the planets, not the stars, and certainly not humanity.


    I love your writings on the tribe of John the Baptist, and also have reread many many times your Knight's Templar series. So I owe you a great debt for especially the gift of the Mandaeans, for without you, Christopher, I would not know now what I know.

    You know more than the fabricators by a mile. So, I don't say all that much because well. You do. Your world, I observe, and appreciate. I agree. I disagree. I understand, and sometimes, I don't. Nevertheless, it is your mind, and I find your mind, and heart, trustable.

    I think much of what we view from a personal level, is still viewed as object given the construct of the world. And rather than utilize our inner bushman or bush woman we use these gifts to follow the variables of the world, that is innately foreign to us. We know that. We know that we are onlookers to this, and somehow, we watch, and give meaning to it. When truly, we are given the gift to know what meaning is through the subjective So. I think the Templar series had your organic semiotic perception. Yes. Absolutely. Anyway,

    We merely "select" meaning from the natural "object."  But meaning only becomes something we understand when it becomes subjective and personal.  Then it is no
    longer an object as Charles Peirce implied.  And when that happens.  So does meaning.  

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    1. Well, let me just say I don't really claim to know all that much of anything. I suppose I just happen to notice things and put things together in an unusual way now and then. I'd compare myself to Colin Laney if you asked for a literary analog, but that story didn't end very well, did it? I really appreciate your kind words, though.


      But one thing that is very, very important- vital, even- is to never allow ourselves to underestimate the capabilities and intellectual proficiency of who you call the "fabricators". There's a very good reason they're as powerful as they are. And I say this not only because I don't want people to get themselves into any unnecessary trouble but also because I think you should always be looking for examples you can learn from. Meaning you don't want to become like them but you may to steal some of their ideas and use them for good, so to speak.

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  31. PS: And I love your Jack Kirby posts!

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    1. Awesome. Thank you. Kirby never ceases to amaze me; he was most certainly tapped into a source few of us can even perceive, never mind exploit.

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  32. The section of your post sub-titled 'Jailbreak' seemed to me like the beginning of another future post on what is of singular importance for us all. This human experience of time; time as the prison.

    Idiotically I had never before thought of the conjunction of time and synchronicity in quite this way. So thank you for that. Tug on it and there could be a revelation on the other end.

    Your King Hell Motherfucker reply about working in nursing homes is heartbreaking. All of us are trying to fully live while transfixed by the coming of that inevitable personal catastrophe. It stalks us with terror and futility, and anything more that you may have to say about it will be paid close attention.

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    1. Well, what was that parable the Buddha told about the tiger and the strawberry? And there are ways to stave off that kind of hideous final act. Tai Chi and Yoga seem to be pretty effective tools for retaining one's dignity deep into your twilight years.

      But let's not kid ourselves- this world can break the strongest of hearts. It can create heartwrenching tragedy in the blink of an eye. This is a fallen, broken, corrupt world and that is simply a truth we need to come to terms with.

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    2. Amen, Brother.

      For those interested, here's the Tiger and Strawberry:
      https://endofthegame.net/2012/04/20/zen-story-the-tiger-and-the-strawberry/

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  33. In this age of Neptunian mass delusion and GLAMOUR, a little bit of Saturnian reality-check and boundaries is very very much needed. You want out? You have to go through it, not against it. He is the guardian of the cross of matter on which we are all pinned.

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    1. Well, there's only one way out, and I suppose if reincarnation is a fact- and I'm very much inclined to believe that it is- then even that is not really much of an escape. I suppose the wisdom of acceptance is the goal we need to strive towards. Acceptance but not acquiescence.

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  34. For me the difficulty was, and continues to be, gaining stable access to lucid altered states without needing to rely on psychoactive compounds. I have no problem with the idea of psychoactive use, if it's approached respectfully. But I'd like to think the brain is it's own psychoactive factory. The realms you've been discussing and alluding to, Chris, seem so vast and beautiful and perilous, that to travel in them inattentively seems like a crime against nature. Have you read any of Peter Kingsley's books? In 'Reality', he talks about Parmenides' ability to use Incubation as a means of entering the Underworld. It sounds a lot like Dark Retreat, a Tibetan Vajrayana practice utilizing sensory deprivation. It also sounds potentially maddening! I also really appreciated Kingsley's emphasis on the importance of Skill, Cleverness, Discernment in the midst of this illusory Reality we're in. I'm not sure if this bears directly on your latest series of posts, yet I can't help thinking it must: things just seem to be descending more quickly into a depressive leg of the Craziness cycle, and any tool we can use to peer past the veils of deception to glimpse the Jokers behind the curtains seems worth having.

    Does anyone else here feel, a) that he's a spy lost in a foreign land, trying to find his way home; and/or b) that he's the victim of a theft but can't seem to recall exactly what's been stolen from him?

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    2. I'd say most folks here would go with the "and" selection.

      I'm learning some interesting lessons this year. I guess you could say I'm living out Kingsley's theories but in a decidedly un-theoretical context and setting. I don't know, should I be grateful? It's certainly teaching me things I didn't know about myself. I've been neck-deep in that Craziness cycle for a while now and I'm just now summoning the clarity of mind I need to try to work my way out of it. It's a lot easier said than done.

      At the same time, this has been the kind of year where the wheels seemed to just pop right off the normality wagon. I've touched on some of the strangeness that's consumed my life but there's a lot more that I can't talk about publicly -yet. But I'm going to guess that I'm not the only one who's dealing with this kind of thing.

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    3. Wheels popping off the wagon... Pharaoh and his chariots. Read a long series of articles trying to tie Yahweh to this diety and that diety, but he eluded categorization.

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    4. Christopher,

      so much for 2016, I battle cancer now, thank god for the state I live in has medical marijuana and access to CBD oil. The woman I was once engaged to, has passed along with her only child. The psychic connection broke with her death. Nostalgia for new england rages inside me.

      yeah, this is a year of not right. and yes much has been stolen, except my desire to go HOME.

      After decades in the computer world, I want to leave it behind and go back to creating art, involve myself in the ritual of theater, spend time listening to the ocean.

      I am learning how to walk again. Cancer and some neurological issues have made this a difficult but in another sense a rewarding effort. I am out in nature, watching the seasons, connecting with its awe.

      And no I just can not bring myself to watch westworld, nor stranger things. I lived in hell, don't need a tv show to tell me about my or reflect back what I lived through.

      been a long time since I commented here, but this needs to be said. Grateful to have found your blog, and through you I found Gordon.

      Be well Christopher, hoping what you are coping with ease a bit in 2017

      Laurence

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    5. I'm so terribly sorry for your losses and your struggles, Laurence. I can only wish you a very speedy recovery and hope you're able to find what you seek through this ordeal.

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  35. Another Apollo connection. I've never planted sunflowers before. But this summer, a friend gave me seeds. Before I could plant them, I noticed a strange plant growing in the back yard, all by itself. Left it alone. It turned out to be the biggest sunflower with the stoutest stalk I could imagine. I planted the seeds late, but they did well. Even as we have frost now, the row of sunflowers is still in bloom. People here have gardens, and plant sunflowers, of course. But this summer I saw sunflowers EVERYWHERE. And not just one or two. LOTS. In almost every yard, there was a row of sunflowers.

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    1. And now that I've gone back and looked at your John the Baptist article, there is that connection as well in the solar imagery.

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    2. Well, if you're talking sunflower seeds I think you know the first that comes to my mind...

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    3. I don't... I don't have much of a mystical background to put things in context. Where mythology connects up with the Bible, I'm fairly capable. Outside of that arena, I'm a newby, looking for more insight.

      Where is a good place to start on learning about synchromysticism? I see a lot of synchronicities, but always "that's nice, what does it mean..." I never got farther than "it's a funny old world, and much of it is invisible."

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  37. Today I helped someone move a grandfather clock, quite unexpectedly, and just now I stumbled on Vaknin's concepts of asymmetrical time and chronon particles. Hidden currencies? Time is money.

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    1. And green money is people. I kid you not. Take it from an erstwhile homeless vagabond. How much green you got is how much people you got. Like people? Get you green on. Don't like 'em? Saves a shitload of paper!

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  38. <-- The previews before Doctor Strange were all genre, explosion-laden junk. Was a time when that might have appealed to the puer aeternus in me but really; enough is enough. You're starving the mind while feeding the eye (and the adrenal gland). --/>

    Sounds like marriage, which drove me to drink, whereas much eye-poison (and candy), too much loudness, no depth of field, drove me to...here. And writing like crazy. Bad crazy. Thank Goddess, "The road of excess [if we are lucky, and in spite of ourselves] leads to the palace of wisdom". Trouble is, the road of excess also leads from the palace of wisdom, in spite of being lucky and if we let ourselves. There's the rub. Seems this Fire Monkey year is monkeying with us all. Lighting fire crackers under our fat asses while we sit around stunned trying to figure out who played the last trick.

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  39. I humbly request that you DO watch it at some point. I'm not suggesting that the show is anything life changing, just that there's some interesting subtext happening there and I'd love to get your insight.

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