Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The New City of the Sun?

The Sun's been popping up so much in so many strange contexts that it's really getting past the point of brushing it all off as a design fad. Especially when you look at advertisements like this. Now, when you think of American cities that would be associated with the Sun you think Phoenix, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, maybe Houston- I guarantee there's probably one city that no one thinks of...

...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...


  1. This is yet again another of your "brilliant' Sun posts.

    But beyond your esoteric observations and synchs with the sun symbolism, I think there may be another more common reason for all the "sun worship." It may simply be that human technology is expanding deeper into solar power for our and future generations.

    An excellent article at http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/issues/2007/14/
    and titled aptly "Empire of the Sun" touts "Solar technologies have been around for years, but the market is suddenly scorching. Bob Johnstone asks, could this be the dawn of the solar age?" The "Empire" and "Solar Age" notions certainly matches your synchs of sun worship and sun overdrive in adverts. Yet, the article is speaking of a simple search for needed new energy sources. Sort of like GE emphasizing electricity in their famous "GE, We Bring Good Things To Life" ads. Now its all about the Sun and hopefully solar power as the answer to our energy needs.

    Its fascinating to think that all the Sun synchs and emphasis could be a reflection of our new technological evolutionary (and natural) progression toward solar power for energy on earth.

    To me, it's also fascinating to think that our desires could be reflected in our environment whether consciously or collectively unconsciously. And if so, I absolutely think its amazing.


  2. You are certainly onto something, Soapie. There's definitely more to it but if all this symbolism helps us raise awareness about Solar energy- or about the fact that the entire planet is one big ball of free energy- than it's a wonderful thing.

  3. This is Cara from Philly. Here’s the reason we use the sun; it’s a good story. The sun is from the Rising Sun Chair, used by George Washington during the Federal Convention's in Philadelphia. James Madison reported Benjamin Franklin saying, "I have often looked at that sun behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now I... know that it is a rising...sun." For more, http://www.ushistory.org/more/sun.htm.

  4. Wow, very interesting, Cara. Thanks for that.