Monday, June 30, 2008
This post has been kicking around the queue for quite a while now. But after trying to wrap my brain around the whole topic, I thought I'd revisit the issue after reading that the whole Council of Nine group were involved with the whole Mars controversy, and that some had claimed that the Face had been seen by remote viewing several years before the Viking missions.
Of course, Jack Kirby seems to have remote-viewed the Face in 1958, as seen above. In honor of Kirby, the Face also has a place of honor in this blog's masthead. I spoke to the group at Esalen about this remarkable synchronicity, which again ties back to the Nine. In Jeffrey Kripal's book on Esalen, we learn that in one of the stranger episodes in its history, a medium claiming to channel the Nine essentially took control of the institute for several years in the early 80s. Much to Michael Murphy's chagrin, I might add.
There's been such a flurry of activity in the news subliminally linking Mars and Egypt, I thought it would be an opportune time to revisit the controversy.
Here is the object commonly known as "The Face on Mars," as photographed in 1976. Of course, it caused a whole big hullabaloo and became the subject of a number of books. Picknett and Prince allege in The Stargate Conspiracy that somehow someone may have actually looking for this structure at Cydonia, based on the sequence programmed into the Viking satellite.
However, in the late 90s, NASA send up a new satellite to photograph Mars and made a big to-do about photographing Cydonia.
This is the picture of the Face that was released to the press in 1997. Richard Hoagland screamed bloody murder over the doctoring (and indeed it didn't match the rest of the images for quality), but the mainstream media just laughed it all off and that was the end of it for most people. Then the Mars Global Surveyor went up and took a whole new set of photos.
Now I had to go looking for this Surveyor image, which- of course- wasn't widely released to the press. And this is a cropped version of a huge landscape of the Cydonia region, where the Face is one of many features.
And more recently, the ESA created a bunch of computer generated cartoons of the Face based on new satellite images. How they get those interpretations - and why this feature continually needs to photographed (and rendered via CGI) at odd angles is beyond me. But I'm not interested in the facial features per se, I'm interested in the symmetry. I did that graph in a few minutes by tracing the contours of features on the left side and finding they matched up with features on the right. What's more, the whole thing strikes me as strangely geometric, particularly for a "natural" formation. The fact that this structure has been sitting on an extremely violent planet without a protective atmosphere might account for the facial features- if ever there were any- becoming badly eroded.
Whatever the case may be, what should really draw our attention are the weird games being played with this issue- the manipulations, the weird CGI images, the odd angles, the clandestine releases. But also the fact that the space agencies are suddenly awfully horny to put people on the surface of Mars - a planet very far away and presently extremely inhospitable to human life- during an worldwide economic downturn.
What's more, the Face is not the only strange object on Mars by a long shot. And the other conundrum here is if the Council of Nine's psychics saw this thing before it was photographed in 1976, did NASA go looking for it solely based on their advice? What does that say about the influence of a group that most people could be excused for dismissing as a bunch of gullible New Agers? A remote viewer wouldn't necessarily know if this this thing was artificial or not and given my other investigations into Jack Kirby's predictions, it's a good bet he could have remote viewed it as well.
One thing I am absolutely sure of- there are some very strange goings-on when it comes to Mars, and I have a feeling our experience with Martian weirdness is just beginning. Especially when you consider that last Friday the Economic Times- the world's most prestigious financial newspaper- barked out "Will Religion End on Mars?," concluding that "religions would, therefore, have no choice but to modify their dogma to bring extra-terrestrial life into their creation beliefs."
Easier said than done.
Seeing that having hundreds of millions of religious people having their entire cosmology thrown into doubt would cause an enormous problem for the world's governments, one wonders if that might not be a motivation for some of the tomfoolery we see around the Mars issue. Religion has always been the single most powerful tool of social control the power structure has, there are no two ways about it. Billions- if not trillions- of dollars are spent maintaining the world's major religions every year. You'd better believe that they wouldn't tamper with that on a lark, or some New Age wish fulfillment fantasy.
So why all of the interest in Mars now? I can't remember a time when the issue has been more front and center. No matter what is being told to the public, it's been obvious for a very long time that some very powerful people see Mars and ancient Egypt as being intimately linked. As with the Council of Nine situation- which all began a quarter-century before anyone in the public knew anything about it- you're talking about a large group of influential people who in fact believe in these things. And indeed, have often gone to great lengths to hide that belief from the rest of us.
I can't pretend to understand what the Cydonia situation or the Council of Nine situation is all about. I only know that it's definitely not what some conspiracy theorists - all of whom are phenomenally unqualified in every applicable field - would like to dismiss it as. The idea that you could fake an alien landing in a media-savvy time such as ours is simply not credible to me. The first thing everyone- from Boston to Bangalore- would think is that it was all a publicity stunt for some new Michael Bay movie.
The fact that Mars is suddenly at the top of the agenda reminds me of how Iraq was such a fixation for so long. There's the oil of course, but there's also the archeological remains of Sumer and Babylon. Let's not forget one of the first orders of business following Saddam's defeat was looting and ransacking the Baghdad museum. Now that that was accomplished, Mars has become suddenly incredibly interesting to all of the major powers.
Don't think for a minute that's by accident.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I'm going to be largely incommunicado for the next two months in order that I may follow this new stream of consciousness to its source. I must say a lot of this springs from my recent visit to Esalen and some of the issues raised from that. I will be posting a major article tomorrow, and following that will be mainly delving into pop culture topics, though not exclusively.
Let me just end this by saying this is an excellent time for all of us to keep our eyes wide open and our feet planted on terra firma.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Maybe I should stay out of California. I was in LA working on the Aladdin marketing program at Disney two weeks before the Rodney King riots...
Friday, June 27, 2008
Robert Fripp has been ripping the guitar apart and putting it all back together wrong for almost 40 years. He never got the memo that progressive rock is just a label, that it's not actually supposed to be progressive. No one explained to him that prog bands can't have the energy and aggression of a punk band. No one ever told him that little professor looking guys aren't supposed to play with gut-ripping emotion. Nor that- especially in the 70s- prog guitar heroes weren't supposed to play with New Wave weirdoes like Blondie or the Talking Heads or get Daryl Hall to sing punk rock. He's a very obstinate character.
I saw Fripp doing his solo electronic guitar work called Frippertronics in the old Winter Gardens at the World Financial Center. It became obvious seeing him that at heart the man is a sorcerer of sound, and was unleashing huge torrents of emotion throughout the place. It was fascinating to see all of these stock broker types glued to their seats, all misty eyed.
Here is Fripp with prog supergroup King Crimson, who are coming up on their 40th anniversary next year.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wow, the Kanye West Bonnaroo scandal is certainly very big news this week. Why? Who cares about a badly received performance at a festival? Is there something else going on behind the story itself?
I mean other than the UFO/spaceship theme of the set or the giant, illuminated, green Bonnaroo sign? Boy, green illumination certainly has been in the news a lot this week.
And Khanty Mansiysk is the future home of a giant glass obelisk, too! Wacky! And a heavenly insemination beam? Those Russkies are a panic!
UPDATE: Hey, wait a minute, you kooky Ruskies! What's the big idea with the illuminated green pyramid! You might have snuck that one by me but not by Daria!
You know, they borrow our green pyramid from our dollar bill and then they're up to some kind of shenanigans with those flags! Man, laugh a minute over there!
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is one of those films that absolutely defies synchromystic analysis by shoving it all in your face, down your throat, out the other end and back again. I'm not going to go into too much detail right now, but suffice it to say that everything we've been discussing here- and at several other stops on the synchronmystic circuit - is put out there right in the open: ancient astronauts, remote viewing, automatic writing, channeling, alternative history, Stargates and on and on and on. In fact, I'm not sure I didn't fall asleep and dream all of that- is that in the same movie you saw?
I've talked a lot about my patron goddess and muse Ka-Hathor-Ein Eloah-Isis Blanchett, and she plays exactly the role I would have picked out for her myself. In fact, the entire thing sort of plays like a bunch of smarmy skeptics writing a parody of a synchromystic film, it's so completely over-the-top. There's also a scene in the film that you see a snippet of in the trailer that reminds me of the drive to Esalen.
I love the closing benediction that the real treasure is "Knowledge," ie, Gnosis. Especially what the Gnosis is of in this case. I've always seen the ancient Gnostics as mostly a bunch of poseurs, but I think the original idea came from knowledge of something tangible.
Think about it- all of the conspiracies, all of the wars, all of the time and trouble and sacrifice all of the secret societies and priesthoods and all the rest have gone through- what is it really for? Spiritual enlightenment? Is this some metaphysical secret or is this something that could be exploited- and perhaps even weaponized- if you had it? All of this stuff we talk about has something incredibly powerful and profound at its core- not something ethereal. Bet the farm on it.
Anyhow, the last film that put it all out there in the open- National Treasure- turned out to be telling another story entirely. So I'll have to sit down with the DVD and watch Indy 4 a hundred times or so before what's really being said in this film is revealed. Just the fact that we've gone from Old Testament (Raiders) to New Testament (Last Crusade) to frickin' ancient astronauts is pretty remarkable on the face of it, and I didn't notice anything offhand, but these things take time, as Morrissey once sang.
My other question is why now, and why an Indiana Jones film? I admit I hadn't paid a lot of attention and had no idea there was so much hardcore A.A.T. stuff in this film. And it's not like we've been seeing a lot of this in the movies lately. Why now, and why so over-the-top explicit? And has there ever been a human being more obsessed with aliens than Steven Spielberg?
I realize this isn't a very timely review, but I've been so busy I hadn't time to see the film until recently. I'll be going into much greater detail once I have a chance to maniacally obsess on the DVD.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
George Carlin left us on Sunday, leaving a huge void in the Tellers of Uncomfortable Truths community. Anyone who grew up in an Irish neighborhood knows a dozen George Carlins, miserable old curmudgeons whose misery stems from a deep and profound love for humanity. The George Carlins of the world can paint the blackest picture of the world imaginable and leave you laughing and somehow filled with hope.
George never sold out, never stopped bitching and telling the truth, and we have to love him for that. I had a very strange premonition the night he died, so in honor of that and of George and of miserable old Irish curmudgeons everywhere, I'll kick off Hibernian Humpday with a tribute including some laser-sharp snippets of truth from the man....
George takes on Dumblegate and the sick, unfunny joke of our political system. You know, George didn't really tell jokes- he simply told it like it was. He was like a zen master in that regard- you were hit with the absurdity of it all and all you could do in response was laugh.
Farewell, George. May the road rise up to meet you.
More Carlin Truthtelling on Droidy's site, Including the bit I was thinking of just before they announced his death. Very spooky, indeed.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
As if Highway 1 wasn't terrifying enough, there are fires running up and down of it. All of the hills south of San Francisco are all brown this time of year- this freak storm system is extremely bad timing, to say the least.
Hope all of my friends and readers in the area are safe and well....
Untold millions of teenaged boys are receiving their daily tutorials in militaristic paganism every day in the immersive online game World Of Warcraft. Remember this is the exact same age group that spent their pre-teen years pretending to play Yu Gi Oh and watching Cardcaptors.
I wanted to do a post on the Saint John's Fires but couldn't find any good images, mainly because no one needs to call them that anymore. I found a couple good ones for the Midsummer Fires (still celebrated in the Celtic Fringe) but this image kept coming up. It turns out this is a week-long celebration of the Midsummer Fires.
On World of Warcraft.
Read this jaunty little blurb aloud in your best Ren-Fair English accent:
Ah, so you weren't chosen for Flamekeeper this year? Don't fret, my friend! The Midsummer Fire Festival isn't merely about that traditional honor; it's a time of merriment, a chance to celebrate the hottest season of the year by lighting great fires across the land and sharing in what the elemental spirits can offer. Come to our camps and join in the revelry!So war it is, again, and magic. And technology. Quite a concoction. I wonder what the kids cutting their teeth on Wizards of Waverly Place will be into a few years from now.
I asked my son about the Midsummer Fire Festival and he was genuinely shocked- and a little outraged, I might add. How could a non-WoW initiate know about such a thing? Not realizing it's been around in the real world for thousands of years.
I guess this is sort of a virtual Burning Man. Which is fine.
It's very hard to put into words, but I believe the best way to incorporate these ideas and rituals back into our culture is under the auspices of art and entertainment. I'm still working it all out, but I think Jung was leaning towards this as well, once he got over that bout of enthusiasm after his breakdown.
This is basically my working theorem: Paganism was about being absolutely beholden to nature and essentially attempting to appease it. Once humankind learned to harness the forces of nature, the old gods (the Netjer, as the Egyptians called them) began to lose their hold over us. The Mystery tradition- Eleusinian, Dionysian, etc.- was about entering into a personal relationship with the spirit realm and/or the forces of nature. This process was intentionally politicized with Monotheism, which became about being the happily obedient subject of a benevolent dictator.
What I hope we are moving to is a more mature- and less subservient- relationship to universal consciousness, especially through the use of symbol and the study of the archetypes. It's what Jeff Kripal calls the "religion of no religion." I see Synchronicity essentially as universal consciousness responding to our inquiries and guiding us along the path. What I hope this all becomes is an evolution towards an identification with universal consciousness, not more subservience (mind you, I hate terms like "consciousness" but it's all we have for now).
If it all becomes religion we're right back where we started from.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I actually coined the term sitting in the 33rd St Path station one day in 1996 because my publisher (Sirius Entertainment) told me I had to come with a personal imprint name for my comic, Halo, An Angel's Story. A woman was reading a Gabriel Garcia Marquez book that looked like it had an eclipse on the cover, and suddenly the phrase popped into my head. But I've been never able to find the book cover in question after all these years.
It didn't occur to me until very, very recently that there may in fact be a secret sun hiding behind all of the Mysteries and Masonry and all the rest of it. Now, I'm not necessarily saying such a thing exists, I'm saying the symbols seem to be pointing to a belief in such a thing. And it would be a secret because it's where the gods came from.
This whole bit with Ra and his green sun that we looked at the other day has opened up a major can of worms in my already-overcrowded brain. It fills in a lot of gaps in this ongoing mystery story. And on Saturday, I suddenly realized it ties right into Exhibit A of the Masonic character of our ruling class, which even schoolchildren know about today...
To recap, a blogger delved into some Egyptian texts and realized that Ra's sun is green, ringed, and travels from west to east every day. The ringed bit caused some readers to assume this may be Saturn, which is a fair guess. But this is a sun we're talking about, and Saturn has different correspondences altogether. The Egyptians probably also knew about about "sundogs," or parhelions, since they are a rare but not unknown occurance, as we see in this Renaissance painting.
The description of a green sun with a series of rings might be complete fabrication, of course. If in fact they describe Saturn, we're up against a mystery once again, since history tells us Saturn's rings weren't discovered until 1610. We have no record of telescopes being used by the Egyptians and yet we have a heavenly body surrounded by rings described in Egyptian myth.
I know this is impossible and everything, but what the green sun and the rings might describe are the atmospheric conditions on an alien planet, which cause the Sun to appear green and ringed.
Horus and Ra are often syncretized, but in fact are two separate entities in mythology. Horus was said to be an earthly king who instituted the dynasty of the Horus Kings as well as being a Helios-type solar embodiment. Here we see Horus with his father Osiris, whom we'll look at in a moment. Horus is obviously a young man, dressed in the garb of an Egyptian warrior.
Here is Ra: also hawk-headed and wearing the Sun Disk, but an obviously older and more august figure. Noticed the checked pattern of his tunic as well as the black and white design on his chest-piece. Remind you of anything?
Now, we know that Ra is not on Earth- he returned to his home in space where he looks over the Netjer. Of all the gods, only Ra and Osiris are in "The Heavens," meaning outer space. And we know now that Ra symbolizes the green sun...
..and Osiris himself has green skin. So why green? We see green today as representing the Earth; why would it be associated with the two heavenly figures in Egyptian mythology? Note the candy cane crook, which Jake has written about, as well as that alternating dark-light block pattern again).
Ra is also symbolized by the Udjat, the "All-Seeing Eye," as is Horus. Why would this important symbol - which symbolizes monarchy - represent two different characters? Maybe there's been a long-standing misinterpretation- there are two different udjats representing two different suns. One is our yellow sun, and the other is, of course...
...Green. There's your green sun, right there on the back of the dollar bill.
Which poses a question: is this the Eye of Horus or the Eye of Ra? The phrase Novus Ordo Seclorum, which made the news again when Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as Speaker of the House, might be interpreted to argue in favor of Horus. It comes from The Aeneid, written by the Roman poet Virgil:
"The last prophecy has come to the Cumaean Sibyl; a brand new great order of the ages is born; for now the Virgin and the age of Saturn have returned; now a new Child has been sent from the heavens."
But the seal is a jumble in some ways- we have the invocation to Horus, son of the Virgin and Saturn (Osiris), but Annuit Coeptis comes from an invocation to Jupiter. But Jupiter was also identified with Amun, who also later came to be identified with Ra (as Amen Ra). Religion was very confusing back then.
I do think this Eye is Ra, since the headline there has the Jupiter bit, and the announcement of the "coming child" is addressed by the reverse of the seal...
...this is Horus, the war bird. Note the arrows are in the left hand, which reminds us of the "left hand path" and Crowley's conquering Horus of The Book of the Law. We see the same identification of the eagle with Horus (through 17) on the golden dollar.
Now remind yourself again we're talking about the Great Seal of the United States, which we are supposed to believe was founded as a "Christian" nation. It doesn't matter what nonsense your history teacher sold you, these symbols are not vague and amorphous civic niceties, they all had very specific meanings and correspondences in the pre-Christian world. This is all sun god stuff we're looking at, there's no question about it. And it's also all colored in green.
So why is the dollar green? No one seems to know. But the Eye of Ra and all of the rest of Masonic symbolism might be pointing to Ra and his green sun. In a purely mythological fashion, of course.
But it begs the question: what is the real lost secret of Freemasonry?
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
In Star Trek: The Next Generation and beyond, the Federation seems like nothing less a new Mother Church with Starfleet being its new Knights Templar. The Federation logo is essentially the same as that of the United Nations, a circle bordered by laurel leaves, but adds typically Solar motifs. The (Masonic) blue spacefield features planets and three cruciform stars and a (Masonic) gold ring.
The Federation is ruled by an Assembly and a High Council, a very large number of whom seem to be Starfleet admirals. The Council reminds you not so much of a democratic assembly, but more of the leadership you would see in a rigid, hierarchal organization like the Freemasons or the Jesuits. These people always seem to be highly idealized- nothing like the idiots in our own Congress. And a lot of them seem to wear the kind of robes you'd associate with monks or clergy.
Here's the kicker for me, though: There wasn’t much mention of the Federation Council in the original Star Trek series. But after Roddenberry’s experience with the Council of Nine, the Federation Council became ubiquitous.
Under the smiley veneer of humanism, politically correct pandering and New Deal-vintage liberalism, the Federation certainly feels like a socialist military dictatorship. At the core of the Federation and at the core of Starfleet is the presence of a expansionist philosophy (the Federation must grow to survive) and a Masonic, heirarchal world view. And these stories are all told exculsively from the point of view of elite military officers on spaceships armed with world-destroying arsenals. Think about it- what military would ever depict themselves as aggressors? They'd always be the out-numbered good guys getting by on their wits and nerve, fighting enemies who are belligerent, alien and treacherous.
I admit I haven't watched the shows in a while and I'm nowhere near as fanatical as your average Trekker. But thinking back on TNG or DS9, I find it difficult to distinguish transmissions from Starfleet vs. transmissions from the Federation. There always seemed to be a Starfleet admiral onscreen, no matter where it was coming from.
This logo speaks for itself, doesn't it? But it reminds me not only of the recent proselytising scandals at the Air Force Academy, but also of Hogwart's, which itself has always seemed to me like a military academy for young, aspiring sorcerers. Which is one of the reasons I'm not a big Harry Potter fan. The British "public school" system is based around separating children from their families at too-young age and transforming them into servants of the ruling class and/or the military. Not all that different from Sparta, in more ways than one.
But there's a larger issue at hand.
In today's media-saturated environment it's very difficult to convert secular young people to a religious viewpoint. It may turn out to be much easier to convert someone from one religious viewpoint to another. I noticed that many of the people in the group at Esalen had fairly potent religious upbringings, as did I.
I'm sure a lot of you out there already suspect as much, but is all of this highly esoteric pop culture acting as an intentionally pre-designed surrogate for religion? Or is this all part of the process of unconscious revelation? We all can speculate, but I'm after the smoking guns. Outside of these symbols (which are open to many interpretations) is there any compelling evidence of some greater design behind this? Now that Star Trek is being relaunched, what might the specifically militaristic and Masonic values of the Star Trek Universe be attempting to prepare the average young viewer for? I mean, face it; most of your Trekkers seem pretty harmless, and very few I've seen seem like military material. So what- if anything- is this all about?
Stay tuned. These questions and more are what the Secret Sun is all about. I've read a lot on the subject, but if anyone has any good quotes from any of these characters, let us know.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Robert Anton Wilson presents his viewpoint on this enigmatic personality. Click on links for the rest of the interview at the end of the clip.
Click here for an in-progress online comic strip biography.
I can't help but notice how similar the new Green party logo looks to the War of the Worlds poster. Which, of course, has to take place in New Jersey. Another reason to move.
Consider further the motion of the celestial object called Ra. In a statement found in one of the Coffin Texts, the deity is addressed with these words: "You shall go up upon the great West side of the sky and go down upon the great East side of the earth." Is not this contrary to what the present Sun does? Does the Sun today "go up" in the west? Does it "go down" in the east? Nor is this particular Coffin Text the only one in which the motion of Ra is in reverse to that of the present Sun.Um, how about the alien sun from where these god-beings came?
More than that, when sailing in his boat, Ra is said to move down at dawn and "upstream" at night, which is again contrary to what we see the Sun doing in our sky at present.
One does not have to be an astronomer to realize that a celestial body described as being green, shedding a green light, shining at night, encircled in a ring or series of rings, "going up" in the west at night and "going down in the east" at dawn cannot have been the Sun. Mythologists, who usually gloss over these characteristics when they do not ignore them altogether, owe us an apology for having presented Ra as the Sun and Sun-god of ancient Egypt.
Other attributes of the Egyptian Ra also contradict identification with our present Sun, but the above should suffice to make the point. The question, of course, is: If not the Sun, what could the celestial object that the ancient Egyptians venerated as Ra have been?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
...and that's Philadelphia. I love Philly, but I'm a bit stumped what the exoteric explanation would be for using that alchemical-looking Sun as the new logo for "Historic Philadelphia." But considering that Philly was an historic stronghold for the Freemasons I sure as hell can guess what the esoteric one might be. Just in case you've never seen it, the logo for the Grand Lodge of Pa. is not entirely dissimilar to the logo for this new advertising blitz...
Philadelphia was also the first city on the latest King Tut tour, which was at the Franklin Institute. In case you forgot, King Tut was the regent who restored the old gods to Egypt after a period of strife and plague during the tumultuous reign of the fantatical monotheist Akhenaten.
And -of course- there never seems to be any kind of museum exhibit dealing with Egypt that isn't followed by something to do with Mars. And the Franklin Institute's "Next Stop Mars" exhibit is certainly no exception. Must be those nutty high-placed Hoagland fans again...
The excellence of 17 is even written in the River of the Stars! Not-17 is poor!
17 will help you keep your head above water even in the worst of times!
17 is the new 33- let both be your chariot in the time of Inundation!
Monday, June 16, 2008
I've looked into the story of the Nine before, when doing research for my sci-fi symbolism book. It's well known that Gene Roddenberry had extensive contacts with the Nine as did Jon Povill, who worked on the show Sliders as well as Synchromystic cult fave Total Recall. But it's less well-known that there were nine major characters in the original cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, all of whom had direct counterparts in the Egyptian pantheon. So for your edutainment, here's a excerpt from my upcoming book dealing with Star Trek's connection to this very mysterious and powerful group...
In between the Star Trek TV series and the first Star Trek motion picture, Gene Roddenberry would find himself confronted with a real-world galactic Brotherhood. The ensuing drama would serve to be one of the strangest episodes recorded in the life of major Hollywood figure.
In early 1975, a broke and depressed Roddenberry was approached by a British former race car driver named Sir John Whitmore, who was associated with a strange organization called ‘Lab-9.’ Though unknown to the public, Lab-9 were ostensibly a sort of an independent version of the X-Files, dedicated to the research of paranormal phenomena. However, Lab-9 had another, more complex agenda- they later claimed to be in contact with a group of extraterrestrials called the ‘Council of Nine’ or simply ‘The Nine’, who had been communicating through ‘channelers’ or psychic mediums.
The Nine claimed to be the creators of mankind, and had informed the channelers that they would be returning to Earth soon. Lab-9 had wanted to hire Roddenberry to write a screenplay based on the Council of Nine’s imminent return. To help Roddenberry in his research, Lab-9 flew him out to their headquarters, located on a large estate in Ossining, NY. There, Roddenberry met and interviewed several psychics, and prepared the groundwork for his script.
Roddenberry wrote a script called the Nine, in which he fictionalized his experiences at Lab-9 and the message for humanity that the Council of Nine wished to convey. But Roddenberry’s story focused more on his fictionalized alter -ego and his marital and financial worries than on the Nine themselves, and Lab-9 requested a rewrite. He handed the task of revising the script to an assistant, Jon Povill. In his revision, Povill posited that the hit sci-fi TV show that Roddenberry’s alter ego had produced in the 60’s was not actually his work, but had been channeled through him by the Council of Nine. UFO cultists in the 70’s and 80’s would make similar claims about Star Trek itself.
And this was no ragtag bunch of hippie phreaks that Roddenberry was dealing with. The man who set the whole thing up was Andrija Puharich, who was involved in the early career of famed Israeli psychic Uri Geller. Roddenberry biographer Joel Engel noted that Whitmore introduced Roddenberry to several key figures in the British Broadcasting Corp. as well. It’s interesting to note that at the same time Roddenberry was meeting with all these British TV executives about the Council of Nine, a Star Trek knockoff called Space:1999 premiered on British television.
It was later revealed in the 1977 book Briefing for the Landing on Planet Earth that the Nine claimed to be the figures whom the ancient Egyptians had based their Ennead, or pantheon of major gods, on. Another book of channeled messages from the Nine was published in 1992 and was titled The Only Planet of Choice: Essential Briefings from Deep Space. However, little has been heard from the Nine since that book’s publication. But it is worth noting that a year after it was published, a new Star Trek TV series appeared called Deep Space Nine.
Following the disappointing first film, Paramount had carefully built Star Trek into a major motion picture franchise. So in 1986, Gene Roddenberry was given the opportunity to relaunch the series on TV, this time in syndication. The story went out that the Star Trek creator had been frustrated by the first series, and felt he had to make too many compromises to convention. This time Star Trek would be done his way. And again, despite Roddenberry’s oft-professed atheism, the series would have even stronger mystical undertones.
But in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Roddenberry and his team would take the opportunity their own Ennead with the new characters, this one based more in the later Greco-Egyptian pantheon than the primeval gods of the Ogdoad and Ennead. Working with a rotating team of writers (at least two of them would challenge Roddenberry’s claim to exclusive authorship in court) , Roddenberry’s choices seem to reflect a great deal of deliberation as to assignation of identity and signifiers to indicate each particular deity.
• The new captain was intentionally designed as Roddenberry’s fantasy version of himself. The Star Trek creator wrote that Jean Luc Picard “is an older man, thoughtful, compassionate, hard but fair - and very irresistible to women.” Picard would be played by Patrick Stewart, no stranger to ritual drama himself, having already played in two separate Sun King films, Dune and Excalibur. Jean-Luc Picard would be the father-god Osiris, Zeus, Odin, Yahweh, or what have you.
Perhaps in honor of Solar martyr Julian the Apostate, Roddenberry had originally named his captain ‘Julien Picard.’ But a consultant later recommended ‘Jean Luc’ from a list of possible replacements. It was interesting choice. ‘Jean Luc’ translates into ‘John the Light’, perhaps a reference to the fact that the many Templar-derived organizations hold John the Baptist in particularly high esteem.
• Joining Picard would be hotheaded first mate Commander William Ryker (Jonathan Frakes), playing the part of Ra-Horus. Ryker would take over the fight-and-fornicate Captain Kirk role.
• Ryker’s Hathor would be Deanna Troi (Mirina Sirtis), the clairvoyant ships counselor. Deanna Troi’s name identifies her with the Moon goddess. Diana, goddess of the hunt, was identified with the Moon, and Troy was the city of Apollo, brother of Selene, the Moon goddess. In his original treatment, Roddenberry wrote that Troi’s alien race, the Betazoids, were said to “engage in almost constant sexual activity.”
• Acting as their Harpocrates would be young Wesley Crusher (Will Wheaton), who would often be the Enterprise’s savior, much to the consternation of many a Trekker. He even physically resembled a younger version of the “Horus the Elder” figure of Ryker.
• The guardian role of the dog-headed god Anubis would be played by the Klingon strongman Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn). Roddenberry was even kind enough to name him after a dog’s bark.
• Acting as the Thoth/Hermes messenger-cum-scribe of the Enterprise is the aptly-named android Data (Brent Spiner).
• And acting as the ship’s protective Sekhmet, or Athena, would be the security chief Natasha Yar (Denise Crosby).
• Rounding out ST:TNG’s starring cast was Geordie La Forge, the Enterprise’s Ptah. Or Hephaestus, in the Greek. Or Vulcan in the Roman, if you like. He is the craftsman, the engineer, the maker, the builder.
That’s nine major characters introduced in the first episode of ST:TNG, a “Council of Nine” if you will. And exactly like the fabled Council of Nine, the cast of ST:TNG all have corresponding deities in the Egyptian pantheon .
Now ask yourself- how deeply did Gene Roddenberry’s involvement with Lab-9 go? We have the cast of his new Star Trek series seemingly modeled on an Egyptian Ennead exactly as the Nine claimed to be, and another series that seems to make direct reference to the "Nine from Deep Space." Awfully strange coincidence there, wouldn’t you say?
Sunday, June 15, 2008
This is the Ren Fair I used to go to in Mass. There was no jousting or anything in NJ, but a f*ck of a lot of this...
Before we walked into the Ren Fair (this year has a Pirate theme, God help us all) we were approached by a woman who was ranting on about how horrible and what a ripoff it all was. She was pretty irate, but we chalked it up to the fact that the weather was ghastly. NJ is the moistest state in the nation by far and unless you're down at the shore, Summers here are intolerable.
It definitely sucked this year, but no more than usual, I suppose. They all seem the same to me- inept, goofy, cut-rate- but any break from the relentless ennui of NJ suburbia doesn't have to try too hard to divert me for an hour or two. But the weather just naturally makes you all the less forgiving of it all. My daughter loves it and the boys used to enjoy it as well, so it became a kind of tradition for Father's Day. Maybe next year we'll save the money and try the big one in upstate NY in September.
I was struck by how ill-advised it is to plan these things in the horrid NJ summer when most of these people are wearing about 35 pounds of clothing. Maybe other Ren Fairs try a little harder, but I'm also struck by how little effort is put into this particular shindig. It's basically a grammar school field day with sweaty, well-nourished underacheievers who don't seem particularly motivated to create a convincing environment. They seem more interested in staging the excruciating type of mock-comedic theater you see a lot at cons, but just as long as it doesn't distract them from their Wii's or their Taco Bell time. There was the usual Madrigal chorus but no one- not a single person- was attempting to sing in harmony and no one knew how to project. I was standing about 20 feet away from a chorus of about 20 people and I could barely hear them.
It's easy to rag on Ren Fair people but I think the concept can be reasonably entertaining if done well. It can be a good family outing that can offer a nice kind of hippie vibe, if run by people who aren't simply out to take your money and force you to listen to their wretched accents, which often seem to be drawn solely from repeated viewings of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. These people need to try a little bit- well, a lot- harder especially when the weather is so assaultive.
What's interesting in the light of this blog is that the original concept of Ren Faires was to recreate the time of Queen Elizabeth I, which of course is when England fell under the sway of occultists like John Dee and Edward Kelley, as well as Rosicrucian/Neo-Templar master schemers like Francis Walsingham and Francis Bacon. So much of the curvature of world history came be traced to that era, when the idea of a worldwide British empire was first conceived. At the same time, Shakespeare was creating the prototype not only for mass media but also the English language as we know it today. Soonafter, we had the King James Bible which would shake all of Christendom to its core, and then Freemasonry and its attendant revolutions. So even in as humble a setting as a Ren-Faire, you have the Mysteries lurking behind the curtain.
As to the NJ Kingdom people, a word of advice- spend less time in the off-season at Wicca meets and more time in the library. Don't get me wrong, I'm rooting for these people, but just because you make a nice costume doesn't mean you have a competent fair.
Well, I'm off to the Ren-Fair. I'm taking my anti-cringe meds and hoping for the best. Just kidding- I actually enjoy these things- it stokes my 70s nostalgia. The whole subulture really got a big boost from the Lord of the Rings films- wonder if the Hobbit films will do likewise?
70s cheese doesn't get any more cheddary than the Bay City Rollers, but they also laid the groundwork for the Power Pop movement to come. A lot of you are probably too young to remember just how wretched Top 40 radio had gotten by the mid-70s. You had syrupy balladeering cheek-by-jowl with mewlingly sensitive singer-songwriters and airless Disco- it was a nightmare. So anytime you heard anything close to Rock and Roll, it was cause for celebration. "Rock and Roll Love Letter" has all the elements that Cheap Trick would take to the bank in '79, And "Saturday Night" was the prototype for Oi, whether the skins want to admit it or not.
Holy crap- I just realized that the Undertones were basically the Bay City Rollers on speed...
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Well, of course the big news for me this week was processing my Esalen trip. It was a profound experience for me- many gaps in my general exegesis of life, the Universe and everything were filled in, and now I am working towards a much more potent understanding of how psychic phenomena and the UFO enigma play into seemingly unconnected fields such as Synchronicity and shamanism. I had mainly lost interest in the UFO material for the same reason a lot of you out there probably did- it's all so elusive and ephemeral you can't really do much with it all.
However, if you factor it all in a Synchromystic fashion- that is, dealing with the semiotic repercussions of the phenomena rather than trying to establish its physical veracity- you'll find that it can become a very potent weapon in your Synchromystic arsenal. I accept that there are all sorts of things we are as yet unable to quantify, so we need to follow a breadcrumb trail of synchronicity if we are to avoid taking off into the ether and believing everything regardless of documentation or evidence. I still have no idea what the UFO thing is about, I only know the phenomenon has left behind some incredibly potent semiotic fingerprints. And sifting through them is the most important legacy of my Esalen trip.
Speaking of synchronistic fingerprints, just down the road from Esalen, there's a nice little man from Venezuela named Rev. Geronimo Enrique Cuevas, who has a very low opinion of American morality. He said in 2001, "I think people in the American society have washed away their feeling of sinfulness. That nothing is sinful now. People in this country tend to minimize their sense of sinfulness. Nothing is a sin."
Believe me, this guy is an expert on sin...
Speaking of rank hypocrisy, up until very recently the news media was forever telling us how the Religious Right was constantly swelling their ranks- the subtext being we'd better surrender all of our freedoms to them now before its too late - but now we read that Southern Baptists Are Alarmed by Decline in Baptisms:
Baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention have fallen to a 20-year low, a trend that is setting off alarm bells in America's largest evangelical denomination.This follows on the heels of the news that many Baptist churches are changing their names because of the backlash against their denomination's role as the Republican Party's most enthusiastic and most unquestioning cheerleaders.
The number of people baptized in Southern Baptist churches and ceremonies, an important indicator of conversions and denominational growth, fell in 2007 for the third year in a row by 5 percent to 345,941.
But while some people at the local parish level are waking up to how dangerous mixing politics and religion is to religion itself, their leaders want to continue feeding at the trough. It turns out that the Southern Baptist leadership plan is to cure their growing woes with the hair of the dog that bit them.
U.S. religious organizations shy away from explicit partisan endorsements which could threaten their tax exempt status and the resolution adopted by the SBC on Wednesday was no exception.Wow, some gutsy decoding action going on there- oh, it's a Reuters story. You'd never see any of that in the whipped-dog US news media. Seeing that the Southern Baptist Church was created to justify the enslavement of Africans, it's no surprise they're revving the engines up again with the looming possibility of the election of an African-American as President. I'm sure this is all being done in hopes that the GOP will throw these guys a few extra (taxpayer) bucks, but as far as I can see the glory days are over for all of these people.
But several Southern Baptists interviewed over the course of the conference left no doubt that they were in the Republican fold even if they viewed the party's presumptive nominee John McCain as the lesser of two liberals in the White House match-up with Democratic rival Barack Obama.
"We plead with all Christians to exercise vigorously their responsibilities to participate in the political process by registering to vote, educating themselves about the issues, and voting according to their biblical beliefs, convictions and values," read the resolution.
Voting by "biblical beliefs" is often code in such circles for supporting candidates who oppose abortion and gay rights and support moves to bring back school prayer.
I don't know how all of this will play out, and now that Hillary's out, I don't really care who wins the election. I'm way past the point of believing politicians are anything but shills for pre-written agendas and I don't see any candidate for any office talking about how royally screwed we all are. We're looking at 5 dollar a gallon gas this summer and who knows what kind of prices for heating oil in the winter. Whatever's behind it all is irrelevant, if anyone thinks this new energy crisis isn't going to eat away at the foundations of our economy- hell, the world economy- they're dreaming. But since the mid-80s, I've noticed that so much of American society is glued together by cognitive dissonance.
Which brings us to our last story. Part of the Religious Right agenda has been to create religiously correct analogs of pop culture fads for their kids. It doesn't matter whether what they are imitating is remotely compatible with Christian practice. So we have Christian Rap, Christian Punk, Christian Death Metal and Christian boy bands. Never mind that the very architecture of these artforms is inherently inimical to a Christian lifestyle- that everything thing about these styles- not just the lyrics- is about rebellion and individualism. The point is to make money first and to pacify their kids second.
The latest bandwagon jump- and possibly the most offensive- is the "Christian" assprint. We're talking about using the screenprinted equivalent of the tramp stamp- to spread a chastity message at pre-pubescent girls. I'm sorry, did I wake up in a science fiction movie or something?
The nation's chastity advocates can now splash their message across a new kind of billboard - the preteen posterior.Where do you start? It defies parody. But Eagle Eye Knowles spots another design in the same line- a pant proclaiming "Life is Sweet" along with an enigmatic 93. I assume most of my regular readers will know that "93" is Aleister Crowley's code for "Do What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law."
The bubble-lettered slogan is screen-printed on the front and across the backside, telling oglers that it's okay to look - but not to touch.
Oh, my. How fascinating.
Jesus said "By their fruits shall you know them." Yet, millions of people- and certainly our spineless media- still judge the leadership of the Religious Right by their words and not by their radically un-Christian actions. I still remember when all of this started up in the 70s- there was a very sincere and vibrant Christian counterculture that was absolutely swamped by all of the hick hucksters who hijacked the trappings of the movement just as the Nazis hijacked the trappings of the countercultural neopagan movement in Germany. Coincidence?
I don't believe in coincidences, you surely know that by now.
Friday, June 13, 2008
The map at the top shows the U.S. counties that voted for Bush in 2004. The one at the bottom shows the counties most adversely impacted by Bush's policies, in this case the cost of gasoline. There's not an uniform correlation, but the patterns are staggering.
The parallels are much closer here. When you compare this map to the one above, you generally find that the more religious the county, the higher the percentage of income spent on gasoline. The Bible Belt is both the stronghold of the Republican Party and the region most adversely impacted by their policies.
It's amazing, really.
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