Sex Magick and Secret Societies at War: The Liminal Symbolism of Twin Peaks



It's not exactly a newsflash that secret society symbolism lies at the very heart of David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks mythos. 

In case the storyline of clashing lodges went over anyone's head, Frost's Secret History of Twin Peaks makes damn sure you get the drift as it hammers a vision of white-lodge Freemasons struggling against black-lodge Illuminati into your head. Secret History even includes a mock version of Meriwether Lewis' Masonic apron and drives home the link between the owl icon and the Illuminati.

Throw in UFOs, Jack Parsons, Aleister Crowley, Bohemian Grove and pretty much every other bullet point you can conjure from the catalog of high weirdness and conspiracy culture and you're off to the races.

I don't know about Frost, but it goes without saying that Lynch has some experience in the Masonic orbit. How so?, you may be asking. Well, read on:
David Lynch was born Jan. 20, 1946, in Missoula, Mont.His father, Donald, was a research scientist for the U.S. Forest Service. The job meant the Lynch family’s home address was constantly changing — Idaho, Washington state, North Carolina and Virginia. 
Through it all, two things stayed constant: Scouting and camping. Whenever the family traveled with Donald Lynch for his job, they avoided hotels and motels. They camped.“I grew up like that,” Lynch says. “The Boy Scouts was pretty much a continuation of that.” Lynch was a Cub Scout and then a Boy Scout. He attended summer camp at Camp Tapawingo near Payette Lake, Idaho. 
He was a member of the Order of the Arrow. 
The Boy Scouts is a Masonic-founded organization, but the Order of the Arrow (OA) is something else entirely. 

It's even more Masonic than Freemasonry. It makes the Masoniest Freemason who ever Masoned look like a piker. My wife and I watched an OA ceremony when we visited my son at Boy Scout camp and I felt like I earned an Entered Apprentice degree just watching the damn thing. Wiki tells us: 
The traditions and rituals of Freemasonry contributed more to the basic structure of the OA ritual than any other organization. 
In fact, there appears to be no known fraternal organization more faithful in form to Freemasonry than OA. 
Familiar terms such as "lodge" and "obligation" were borrowed from Masonic practice, as were most of the ceremonial structures and ritual formulae. Even the early national meeting was called a "Grand Lodge," a Masonic reference.
I don't know if Lynch is still active in a fraternal organization (though my guess is that he is) but I'd imagine it's something a little edgier than the Masons, maybe a Rosicrucian or Martinist order. But even so there's Masonic  symbolism all over his work, as well as Rosicrucian and Alchemical symbolism. And some other little tidbits we should look into....


I've been studying Twin Peaks and its would-be spinoff Mulholland Dr recently and it's all so in-your-face I'm a little surprised no one's paid it any mind. Now, there's no shortage of occult symbolism studies of Twin Peaks et al but not so much when it comes to Masonry and its cousins. Given how explicit it all is in Secret History this seems like semiotic neglect.  


Red- the color of the Scottish Rite (and according to some, the Illuminati) is all over Lynch's work. It seems to signify sex, magic and sex magick. And there's that checkerboard floor you all learned about in Symbolism 101.  But notice Audrey here is wearing tartan, another arrow pointing to Scotland, the Scottish Rite and the Illuminati (who had their own "Scottish" degrees). 

As we'll see Lynch is a bit ambivalent about red and tartan so it leads one to wonder if there's a red-blue divide in the secret society world as well.


Red is the predominant color in One Eyed Jack's, the casino and brothel across the Canadian border that Benjamin Horne runs and the ostensible earthly incarnation of the Black Lodge. Note also the use of Venetian masks, which we saw in Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. 

The scene of the right there has Horne unwittingly seducing his own daughter at Jack's, which parallels the incest between the demon-possessed Leland Palmer and his daughter Laura. 


Note that the Black Lodge features two famous statues of Venus, the De Medici and the De Milo. The sex magick symbols are overwhelming in Twin Peaks.


Speaking of which, in the new series we see the all-important ram's head in Horne's office. We'll be delving into all of that in the near-future.


In case you think the floor thing is a stretch, note the tile pattern of the Red Room, which is either adjacent to or actually part of the Black Lodge, depending on which obsessive you ask. Here the host for the demon Mike (Philip Gerard) stands on the inverted chevrons, which signify a Master Mason. And the color scheme corresponds to the Scottish Rite, as mentioned before.


Speaking of which we have the red bandana, identified with Evil Coop and the Cowboy, the preternaturally-terrifying bad guy from Mulholland Dr. Note the tartan on the Cowboy's coat, which seems to exist solely to drive home the Scottish Rite (or perhaps the Scottish degrees, in the case of the Illuminati) connection. Note also the actor who plays the Cowboy is one of the founders of American Cinematheque, whose symbol is the Eye of Horus.


Moving on, we later see the figurehead of the White Lodge, Major Garland Briggs (garlands again), in what very much resembles the Worshipful Master's seat seen in a typical Masonic lodge.


We see the same type of chair facing the madam's desk at Jack's, particularly during this scene after Jerry Horne dresses said madam (named Blackie, of course) down.


This is the Room Above the Convenience store, which has obscured windows like a Masonic lodge. Bob and the Man from Another World sit at a green formica table which may or may not be a reference to the Emerald Tablets of Hermeticism. 

In the outtakes from Fire Walk with Me we are told that these entities are demons of the air who travel through electrical wires. They feed on human pain and sorrow (Garmonbozia), symbolized by creamed corn for some damn reason or other.

Does the Black Lodge really represent the Illuminati? 


Hmm, I'll have to get back to you on that one.


Fire Walk with Me centers on the owl signet ring, which seems to protect the wearer from demonic possession. Which is both good and not-so-good since Bob tends to murder the people he can't inhabit.


And of course the owl signet ring is essentially identical to a Masonic signet ring. Which makes sense since Gerard is a traveling salesman and cryptic conversations about traveling (as in "Are you traveling to the temple?") are a Masonic recognition trope. 


The owl sigil itself also resembles an inverted and simplified "winged kneph," the symbol of the Memphis and Mizraim Order. Just in case it wasn't Masonic enough already.


And no one should be surprised to learn that there's a Masonic Lodge two doors down from the real-life Twin Peaks diner and it's actually over a storefront. We'll be looking at another lodge over a store in the near future that ties directly into the Peaks mytharc.


Neither should anyone be surprised that the facade of the Palmer home resembles the Second Degree Tracing Board, with the arch, vault and columns as well as solar symbol over the door and the planting urns standing in for our old pals Boaz and Jachin.


That same tracing board features a waterfall, as do both opening credits for Twin Peaks. The new credits have the waterfall fading into the curtains and floor of the Red Room, just in case you missed the connection.


Yeah, that's an obelisk.


Of course we also have the Bookhouse Boys secret society, a handy stand-in for badass Masonic posses from the past like the Regulators (which Freemason Billy "the Kid" Bonney belonged to) and the Montana Vigilantes. Their recognition sign is an index finger pointing at an eye.


The Bookhouse Boys logo is of a cedar tree and a sword, strongly (and significantly) resembling both the Lebanese flag and the Eagle Scout forestry patch. Lebanon is of particular interest to Masonic and Templar orders, as longtime Secret Sun readers know well.


The Boys meet in a pub, just like the old-time Masons of Colonial America. Just in case there's any confusion as to who the "Boys" are actually supposed to represent, we see archaic-looking tools on the wall of their meeting room, telling us these are "Craftsmen".


Speaking of Craftsmen, the Renault brothers make a handy stand-in for the "Ruffians" or the "Three Unworthy Craftsmen" who murdered Hiram Abiff, Phoenician architect of the Temple of Solomon (from present-day Lebanon). Their first names- Jean, Jacques and Bernard - all correspond to figures from Masonic history, namely the Baptist, DeMolay and the Saint who founded the Knights Templar.


The Renault surname seems to have Masonic significance as well, if Renault Autos logos are any indication. Note the conjoined chevrons. the yellow-black color scheme correlating to the Masonic beehive. Lynch seems to be deeply ambivalent about French Freemasons, at least according to the symbols.


We have another stand-in for the Ruffians in the Woodsmen in the new series. Since the Black Lodge is all about inversion here the Ruffians resurrect the Evil Dale Cooper after he is shot. 


Speaking of the Woodsmen, a Twin Peaks blogger discovered that the lights of the convenience store in the epochal eighth episode match the stars of the Aries sigil (that horned god again) when you invert it. 


Then there's the "Evolution of the Arm" from the Red Room/Black Lodge, which everyone thinks looks like a tree with a brain but Lynch protests is just a head. I'm sure there's absolutely no connection to the FBI agent who made headlines across the nation when he disappeared in the wilderness (a la Dale Cooper) and just happened to be from Braintree. 

No connection at all.


As many fans realize, the concept of the White and Black Lodge comes from Dion Fortune, who was initiated into the occult by the Irish Freemason Theodore Moriarty and was active in the Co-Masonic movement (as well as the Golden Dawn). So even more Freemasonry, just in case there weren't enough already. 

And that circle there looks not unlike a blue rose, wouldn't you say?


Gordon Cole refers to cases involving ultraterrestrials as "Blue Rose Cases", as we saw in this ritualistic dance by Lil(ith) in Fire Walk with Me.


Apparently the blue rose is an Alchemical symbol. Leonora Carrington, occultist, witch and Surrealist, featured it in her paintings (note figure with Eye in Triangle on left). Carrington was married to occultist and Surrealist master Max Ernst, so she probably knew what she was doing here.


Speaking of eyes in triangles, we see them all over the office of Mr. Roque, the mysterious string-puller in Mulholland Dr who seems to operate in a branch office of the Red Room.


One of his underlings is seen sitting in front of this rather unsubtle stand-in for the Royal Arch of Freemasonry (which is also lower degree of the Scottish Rite).


And we see the arch again in the Club Silencio in what looks like a Blue Lodge setting, corresponding here to the mysterious Blue-Haired Lady who ends the film with...


...this universal admonition. Suffice it to say Mulholland Dr is about a hell of a lot more than the wish-dream of a failed actress/spurned lover.


A lot more.


Even so, do note the pink triangle pointing at "Camilla Rhodes," whom we later learn is the new side-dish for the real Camilla Rhodes. 


There's been a lot of discussion about the atomic explosion on Gordon Cole's office wall, especially after Episode 8. But note a similar image on the wall of the Bang-Bang, as we see in this scene with this Renault whomever, wearing red and black tartan.


Now getting back to the Twin Peaks would-be spinoff Mulholland Dr remember that the amnesiac Camilla renames herself Rita after the poster of Rita Hayworth in the movie Gilda

What's the connection, you might ask?


Well, Gilda also gave us the name of the atomic bomb dropped on Bikini Atoll during Operation Crossroads. 

We saw in Episode Eight that Lynch and Frost may believe the explosion at Trinity Site unleashed the Demons of the Air on our dimension. Were they really thinking of Crossroads, given that it was named after the traditional venue for summoning demons? Knowing Lynch it's even money. 


Which brings us to the next topic- the real-life Search for the Zone website. It includes coordinates that correspond to this location....


...Lookout Mountain Road in Spearfish, South Dakota. I hope there are some bells and whistles going off here because Lookout Mountain is also the name of a location in Laurel Canyon...


...where the military kept a secret movie studio that filmed all those atomic war simulations that traumatized two generations of American schoolchildren. Obviously not a coincidence.


Club Silencio seems to represent the Kabbalist sorcery of Hollywood, personified in the "Magician" who wears another Masonic-looking signet ring and reels off a catalog of hand signals before vanishing in a puff of smoke. Note again the red and the black...


...which we see in the red carpet and black tie of the Ausurs, held every year in the shadow of the Babylon Gate, with its Apkallu.  

Of course, the Ausurs used to be held at the Shrine Auditorium, originally known as the Scottish Rite Shrine Auditorium.

Yeah, I'd recommend a Mulholland Dr rewatch if it's been a while.  

Be advised that all of this is going to be connected to the next batch of symbols we're going to analyze- the semiotics of the Hidden God. 

Stay tuned.

46 comments:

  1. Chris,

    I am a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. King Phillip Lodge. Still got the sash.

    In fact, I was so much a member that I was part of the local crew that staged the initiation ceremonies, portraying one or another of the four American Indian archetypes (Chief, Scout, Warrior, Medicine Man). This was some time ago, back in my teens, and the Lodge has since disbanded. But, I guess I'm still a member, if inactive.

    We'll have to have a chat sometime.

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    1. I would like to hear more about that. That ceremony was really something to see. The language was straight out of Lovecraft.

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  2. >"There's the "Evolution of the Arm" from the Red Room/Black Lodge, which everyone thinks looks like a tree with a brain but Lynch protests is just a head."

    I would say the Evolution of the Arm is a head, in that it looks like one of those wax castings anatomists take of a brain's circulatory system, with the large round nodule being one of the glands, perhaps the Pineal gland.

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    1. It's a Brain-Tree. That FBI agent went missing in Burbank, where I believe Lynch lives. So the chain of custody is pretty small.

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  4. Hi Chris, JB here. Just wondering if you think the "white-lodge Freemasons/black-lodge Illuminati" know "the TRUTH", or if they're just a bunch of manipulative, elitist pricks very similar to the "Owls/Roosters" in the Chris Carter series Millennium.
    Because, if you remember my own way-past-near-death experience from six years ago, where I remained a bled-out piece of cold dead meat for six hours, I literally met the Great God Pan up at Chokmah, the highest sephira attainable for a human being on the Kaballistic Tree of Life (any higher, you come into contact with Kether, the Crown, and the raw divine power of the Creator in person destroys your soul, His reflection upon Chokmah is the most anyone can ever see of Him).
    So far, after years of research, it REALLY doesn't seem as if the members of all these silly, convoluted secret societies really know sh*t. They just pretend they do. Sure, there's the ram's head/horns symbolism, but it seems to me if they had any idea who was truly at the top of the spiritual world, they would f**k off with the secret handshake cloak-and-dagger nonsense and just live their goddamn lives (and let US live OUR goddamn lives) without trying to control everything all of the time. My own personal worldview is funny as hell now. I welcome the inevitable return of death at some point in my life. I want to see Pan again.

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    1. I think all the evidence points to them knowing *something*. Like, they communicate like people who have something to tell, it's just that most of us mere mortals have no idea what it is.

      Whether that *something* is the same thing that you experienced, is a different question entirely.

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    2. That is the thing lol. What separates most of this stuff from Mormonism in the exact way that South Park portrays it. Guy falls asleep, is talked to by some voice, the voice tells him some eternal secret that is equivocative as hell and impossible to prove or practise. Guy loves the entity, and the entity swears " I am god and there is no other god beside me" {heh heh heh... Enoch&tablets..}. --Obviously if you have a spiritual awakening ( or very structured schizophrenic breakdown where you hallucinate voices - WHATEVER you want to call it), you are going to be convinced that you spoke to the thing that is the truth and the light and the creator. Or if you are predisposed to a religion - then you met Pan and pan told you he is Pan and you can't get farther than Pan. No matter - YOU believe you met THE source, and not A source. That part I get - but these sects and lodges probably have the separation of : a different mans dream at the end of the day. "Nonono, I met the REAL guy, he said this...". 20 times over and you get 20 lodges all insisting they are the way. I think every religions leader knows a bit of 'something', based on nothing - that some man-(if not troll)-like, scornful lowest level spiritual entity told them.

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    3. I don't think most people in secret societies know much of anything. I think most of them are along for the ride. It's a very handy vehicle for the maintenance and perpetuation of power. Maybe a small handful are interested in what lies beyond the surface but not many at that. I don't think most of the Masonic orders are anything but what they present themselves to be. But there certainly seems to be a deeper layer, what I call the Clandestine Lodge, that is very much involved in some truly weird activities. I think these are the ones who pull the levers. But they're certainly not "Free" Masons. They're something entirely different.

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  5. Yesss I've been waiting for this

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  6. Interestingly enough, part of the original atomic bomb structure was known as the "Demon Core":

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

    Needless to say, it proved deadly for more than a few scientists involved in its production/use. & it was earmarked for Operation Crossroads:

    Quote:

    "The Demon Core was intended to be used in the Operation Crossroads nuclear tests, but after the criticality accident, time was needed for its radioactivity to decline and for it to be re-evaluated for the effects of the fission products it held, some of which could be very poisonous to the desired level of fission. The next two cores were shipped for use in Able and Baker, and the Demon Core was scheduled to be shipped later for the third test of the series, provisionally named Charlie, but that test was cancelled due to the unexpected level of radioactivity after the underwater Baker test and the inability to decontaminate the target warships. The core was later melted down and the material recycled for use in other cores."

    Curious how these things intersect!

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    1. Yeah, they knew what they were up to with that working. I really doubt Jack Parsons opened a door with his glorified wanking. The door was already well and open. Crossroads took it off the hinges.

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    2. The Monarch organization in Kong Skull Island (also featured in the forgettable 2014 Godzilla flick) has a wiki, its timeline states:

      'Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity ultimately leads to the splitting of the atom and the dawn of the Atomic Age. This epoch-defining stage in human evolution will act as a beacon that awakens ancient superspecies sustained by nuclear energy.'

      KTV

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  7. Fantastic Lynch observations, Mr. Knowles! (And you posted them on 7.17.17, I see what you did there). Its been so exhausting the past 20 years or so, having to hear the same tired explanation about how Lynch "gets all his ideas from Transcendental Meditation". I've always felt his work is infused with occult significance, and the TM is a convenient way to avoid dealing with uncomfortable topics for mainstream interviewers. It's very interesting to me that the Jack Parsons mythos is now wedded to to the Twin Peaks mythos through the vehicle of Frost's new book. Maybe this way it still gives Lynch (the famous auteur) some plausible deniability, he can say the occult/magick stuff is Frost's domain. The multimedia approach of Twin Peaks The Return, with TV shows, websites, books, etc. reminds me of the upcoming Sekret Machines rollout that Tom DeLonge , Peter Levenda and others are working on. It all feels like super-soft disclosure, a full spectrum approach. Maybe part of Twin Peaks' function is to help address/confess the occult aspects of the UAP and other related phenomena. The "Lebanon" tie-in in this blog post reminds me of actor Woody Harrelson, whose character "Woody" on the show Cheers hailed from Lebanon, IN. Lovable bumpkin Woody is doing well in tinseltown these days, he seems to have benefited from a certain family connection to Gene the Pool Man.

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    1. Edit: Woody Harrelson went to Lebanon High School in Lebanon, OH. The Woody Boyd character was from Hanover, IN.

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    2. I don't know what exactly is being disclosed but it certainly feels like the machine just keeps humming along. Woody Harrelson's father was one of the three "tramps" arrested at Dealey Plaza, speaking of Unworthy Craftsmen. I don't know what's up with Delonge and his thing. I don't know if people are still paying attention. But it's certainly worth keeping an eye on. We had that weird event back in February but who knows who those birds belong to anymore.

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    3. Woody H's dad, Charles Voyde Harrelson of "Three tramps" fame was also famously convicted of the murder of a federal judge, John H. Wood of Texas. Its a very Lynchian story involving drugs, border crossings and hitmen. Oddly, both Charles and son Woody have the same birthday, July 23, a date you recently mentioned on another Secret Sun topic. A few researchers have noticed that Woody's life has had many syncs to the JFK incident and aftermath. "Natural Born Killer"could be referencing his lineage, and he recently was cast as LBJ in a film. Larry Flynt was passionate about the JFK assassination, Woody played Flynt. I suppose this material is relevant to this Twin Peaks post, due to Agent Cooper's famous taped note to Diane where he mentions wanting to get to the bottom of the JFK case.

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  8. And don't forget who's hanging out in the audience of the club
    [in 'Mulholland Drive']: Laura Palmer and Ronette Pulaski, two of Bob's most notable victims.
    https://brizdazz.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/mulholland-drive-is-set-in-twin-peaks.html

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    1. Indeed. Lynch has denied it, of course. But fans don't seem to be fooled. Mulholland Dr is definitely in the TPU.

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  9. Love your blog.
    http://aetherforce.com/primer-fields/

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  10. Yeah. Hit me where I live these days...episode to episode...On the subject of red/blue, white/black lodges and such, the season premiere of 'The Strain' (aptly named, for the effort required not to laugh or fall asleep whilst watching) contains this little gem of a synchromystic image: https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yx5jCC5y41M/WW1KU38VdTI/AAAAAAAAAMs/JhnasJBgMDosj3RO6-ybp2tEmzWQ9HzAwCLcBGAs/s1600/ThePartnership.png.

    It's the good (black?) guys and bad (red?) guys in bed together and Dear God what kind of errant strain are they producing... But as Lynch reminds us, it is not so much "what" as "how" that ought to concern us, since there are, in a way, real answers concerning the "how".

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    1. Wow, there's an image for you, all right. Same thing with the UFOes- who knows what's real and what's manipulation when it comes to this symbolism anymore. But I suppose you could argue it's all manipulation on one level or the other.

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    2. Funny but yesterday I spotted a UFO in footage in the classic, but (in retrospect) extremely edgy comedy 'Silver Streak'. In the Netflix stream cue to around 1:19:35, a scene of the train crossing the bridge. Maybe I'll go the library and have a look at the DVD. It's a classic foo-fighter orb (next to the train, on a high bridge, passing behind the structure and the train). My first thought was, no way some dude at Netflix was messing with the video! Repeated viewings left me scratching proverbial head. Occam's razor says, incredible windfall for the film's editors. Orbs are way more common than buffalo nickels, and in this case, maybe not so easy to fake this well, especially given the weather and lighting conditions.

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    3. that image link reminded me of this symbolism in santa sangre
      https://media3.giphy.com/media/a1wvSXsCDy7bq/giphy.gif

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  11. I've been wondering to what extent we could see Carnivale as sharing a mythos with Twin Peaks, especially given what we've seen of the new season. One now seems to begin where the other left off. They share several actors too, most notably Michael Anderson.

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    1. I don't think they're related per se. I was a big fan of Carnivale, it was a shame it was canceled. It was really picking up there. Shame about Nick Stahl.

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  12. https://youtu.be/clemqQlETgI

    Give this a watch, I have been enjoying this guy's channel lately.

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  13. Something is in the air - i was just telling the stories of my two levels of OA experience in the order of the arrow while i was in boy scouts a week ago:

    The tap out ceremony is what you were speaking to and it is very over the top, but back then we knew, it was just a popularity contest - good thing i was the best athlete in the group - i got picked :)

    first ritual is sort of an anti ritual - they basically just take you into the woods with "nothing" and you survive...if you've done any survival training/scout badge than its silly...but u get a white sash with a bright red arrow all over it...

    next layer was the one that makes you realize what is going on - its a simulated blood letting ritual that had me and my friend thinking for a brief moment, WE REALLY HAVE TO SLICE OUR HAND OPEN? we are 15 years old in the dark around giant campfire...loin cloths and headdresses everywhere - we want to fit in :) we slice our hand only to smile realizing its fake blood...DUH...this is boy scouts, isn't it? (not so much any more i hear)

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    1. Yeah, none of this surprises me. It has a faint Lord of the Flies whiff to it on top of the blatant Masonry. But I wonder how many kids today are still scouting. Video games seem to be annihilating everything in their path.

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    2. Also no speaking for a day with a carved wooden arrow around your neck, if someone heard you speak they would carve a notch out, 3 notches and you were out.

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    3. Well - given the # of masons, i'm curious if we could draw a base correlation from that as a week ago i went into federal court for some business and i ran into a group of almost 300 doing a federal court indoctrination*cough cough* tour i meant :)

      A good friend of mine, a few years older than i, commented that everyone quits cub scouts if they are in it thinking the boy scouts are "uncool" yet as a young adult male - all he wants to be now is a man scout :)

      I still use more boy scout skills than anything i learned in formal schooling (except for excel but im in finance lol)...

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    4. I can off the top of my head think of three college friends or relatives who have multiple sons who have been very consistently involved in scouting. If I pondered a while longer, I'm certain I'd come up with more.

      Several years ago, I attended a regionally significant pagan festival that was held (for that year only) at a Boy Scout camp that had a circular stone ritual enclosure that was an official OA space. All of the big rituals for the festival were held in this space. My first impression, walking into this space (I was there at a little early because back in the day I Knew People) was, "This space is wearing a King-Badass Buzz." I had at least one personal, very Wyrd experience in a ritual in that space.

      I don't think I encountered anything like it again until I visited the Newark Circle in Ohio.

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  14. I think Lynch, for the most part, and perhaps Frost, too, are intrigued by this idea of how in the midst of so called normality there is this unseen and unspoken world going on around us. Lynch's films are immersed in this and so the white and black lodges, even if they contain reflections of Masonic influences, fit right in.

    Concerning Masonic lodges in the United States, Lynch would have certainly noticed that there nestled in the midst of communities both large and small, there are these curious Masonic lodges speckled between the usual businesses and, in older town configurations, above the level of the street so eavesdroppers would be avoided. Inside, men known in the community gather to perform strange and exclusive rituals leaving others outside to guess and ponder at the meaning. These things are integrated in his imagination and fuels the sense of mystery in the narratives from the Bookhouse Boys associations to the varient lodges, the FBI with their "Blue Rose" factions of in-the-know investigators like Cole, Cooper, Jefferies, and Desmond who function to penetrate the mysteries for us as well as being submerged by them.

    As you pointed out, Chris, Lynch knows about ritual and secrecy from his association with the Order of the Arrow and the concepts of Native American lodges mesh neatly with the European esoteric versions in this regard. Exploring with Lynch and Frost these notions of what is good and what is evil take us into areas of how these ideas originate and in the example of Twin Peaks, how the wavy lines of the black and white lodges flow through the lives of these character studies and affect actions and outcomes. The waterfall and the swirling image of the zigged-zagged floor of the lodges at the beginning of each of the new Twin Peaks intros announce this consistantly as if to remind the viewer before embarking on the journey that this will be a tale flush with good and evil.

    While the details are interesting to explore, I don't want to get too bogged down in the them. I think I will just watch the thing unfold and reflect later when I can see the whole picture when its finished.

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    1. Well the Bookhouse Boys seem very Eagle Scoutish to me. And the Native lore may very well have first welled up for Lynch in the OA. Of course the FBI itself was totally Masonic in its early days as well. I'm sure there's still a Masonic contingent in the bureau today. I would gather both Lynch and Frost understand the deeper aspects of Masonry and incorporate it into the storylines.

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  15. The ladders and stairs CooperDougie was doodling on the case files reminded me of Masonic imagery

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    1. Me too. I wonder if that was intentional.

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  16. Concerning the location of Twin Peaks and America in general, Rudolf Steiner spoke about the geology and geography of North America which ties in nicely, especially considering his predictions on the incarnation of Ahriman in the 21st century. From "The Advent of Ahriman" website (which is an overview of Steiner's thoughts on the subject):

    "Steiner says that the Ahrimanic incarnation will happen the West in the Third Millennium. In his nomenclature "West" means primarily Britain and English-speaking America. There is ample reason to suspect that the destined place for this event is (North) America, for the effect of the American natural environment on the human body and soul especially favors Ahrimanic tendencies.

    According to Steiner's insights, each of the various regions of the earth has its unique effect upon the human organism. In America the Ahrimanic influence is strong, rising from the center of the earth, carried by electromagnetism. This strengthens the entity known to occultism as the human "double" or "Doppelgänger". This Doppelgänger is an astral quasi-personification of a Man's karma, both "good" and "bad"; it is a being with intelligence and will, but with no individual, spiritual ego, and tends to bind the human soul to the body, hardening human thinking, feeling, and willing.

    All Men have a Doppelgänger living in their nerve-electricity, infusing into their souls all sorts of degrading, depressing impulses, as well as instigating internal illnesses. (Electricity is the "sub-natural", rigidifying shadow of soul forces.)

    The Ahrimanic tendencies in America are well-known even to those whose perception is not enlivened by occult knowledge; American culture has long been famous for its violence and 'hard-boiled' materialism, and, more recently, for its degeneracy and decadence."

    I think we can all take the idea here and run with it.

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    1. Given Frost's interest in Theosophy I would be surprised if they weren't already aware of this and other Steiner teachings and were processing it into the story arc. It's obvious that the new series is very much concerned with evil and its origins. You can almost feel the power of evil as a physical force in the plotlines, especially with Richard Horne. I'll take a look and see if they've discussed Steiner in the past.

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    2. Spot-on concerning evil as a physical force in TP, Chris. Steiner has something to say about this as well when he speaks about the Asuras from his lecture entitled "The Deed of Christ and the Opposing Spiritual Powers: Lucifer, Ahriman, Asuras:"

      "In the age now, approaching, those spiritual Beings known as the Asuras will creep into the consciousness soul and therewith into the human ‘I’ or ego — for the ‘I’ lights up in the consciousness soul. The Asuras will generate evil with a far mightier force than was wielded by the Satanic powers in the Atlantean epoch or by the Luciferic Spirits in the Lemurian epoch"
      "In the course of the Earth-period man will cast away all the evil brought to him by the Luciferic Spirits together with the blessing of freedom. The evil brought by the Ahrimanic Spirits can be shed in the course of karma. But the evil brought by the Asuric powers cannot be expunged in this way. Whereas the good Spirits instituted pain and suffering, illness and death in order that despite the possibility of evil, man's evolution may still advance, whereas the good Spirits made possible the working of karma to the end that the Ahrimanic powers might be resisted and the evil made good, it will not be so easy to counter the Asuric powers as earth-existence takes its course. For these Asuric Spirits will prompt what has been seized hold of by them, namely the very core of man's being, the consciousness soul together with the ‘I’, to unite with earthly materiality. Fragment after fragment will be torn out of the ‘I’, and in the same measure in which the Asuric Spirits establish themselves in the consciousness soul, man must leave parts of his existence behind on the earth. What thus becomes the prey of the Asuric powers will be irretrievably lost. Not that the whole man need become their victim — but parts of his spirit will be torn away by the Asuric powers. These Asuric powers are heralded to-day by the prevailing tendency to live wholly in the material world and to be oblivious of the realty of spiritual beings and spiritual worlds."

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  17. According to an old alchemical website, a blue rose symbolizes "the impossible". Blue roses, apparently, don't naturally exist.

    Didn't list a source, but it seems plausible.

    Also, someone recommended a video by "What is Real" on Youtube, and as far as I can tell, the dude rehashes erroneous work by the laziest, flakiest "esotericist" I've ever seen, Jay Dyer. The guy once tried to say the third eye is REALLY the anus. And that L. Ron Hubbard was Crowley's confidant...even tho Crowley hated him and they never even met. Jay is also a bit of a fascist, going so far as to interview Aleksandr Dugin and promoting other fashy individuals. Anyways, besides the point, which is basically that he doesn't really know much about actual occultism...he seems to learn from nothing but conspiracy videos on Youtube.

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  18. https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.20jedKljwx0iHjB47oJqzgEsCd%26pid%3D15.1&f=1
    https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.DXZvwPr02yIMvNV6gBrCAQEsDX%26pid%3D15.1&f=1
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lAwYodrBr2Q

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  19. The card held by Evil Coop in the new series modifies the owl symbol by making rounded. Which strikes me as somehow...less Masonic?
    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/t_original/pczy83avyehdzq72finr.jpg

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