Sunday, November 30, 2008

Alien Identity and the Beauty Destruction Industry

What the hell is that disk in the background?

My god, this is fascinating. I had only seen brief bits of Karen Carpenter playing the drums, but I had no idea she was this kind of virtuoso.
Coming from a pretty hardcore musical family (and being a former musician myself), I can tell you that as players the Carpenters were drop-dead pros with impeccable chops. The lyrics to this musical number are very revealing as well, with the androgynous, ectomorphic Richard staying at home playing classical music while the androgynous, ectomorphic Karen was a "tomboy" who took up the traditionally male instrument of the drums (apparently she was big on softball as well).

It also rips my guts out. I confess to a strong Gnostic streak, and often see this miserable world as an abortion that celebrates the talentless, the narcissistic and the mean-spirited, and grinds the truly gifted into the dirt. Or in Karen's case, whittles them away to nothingness.

And in the context of the Secret Sun, it often seems as if people such as Karen (and Elizabeth Fraser with her Siren/Sirian identity and language) are aliens, even somewhat in their appearance. After all, we've heard thousands of reports of androgynous, ectomorphic aliens, haven't we?

Slightly earthier-looking than Bowie actually was in '76

Jimi Hendrix certainly comes to mind, Jeff Buckley and David Bowie as well, though for some reason he survived his death trip by escaping to Berlin in 1977 (Bowie was obviously less conflicted about the gender ambiguity that seems to come with the territory with these genius/alien types). Hendrix and Bowie were obsessed and identified with aliens and UFOs and Jeff Buckley recorded his own invocation to the aliens entitled "Ozark Melody." Which all links us back to the Carpenters' interstellar invocation.


If you want proof that Hollywood is inherently evil, look at it what it does to beautiful women. There's an army of overpaid, coked-up stylists preying on insecure celebrities, convincing them that they need to become botoxed, fish-lipped stick insects if they want to stay "hot." There's a whole host of starlets I lusted over back in the 80s, and
not too many of them have become handsome middle-aged women. They've become freaks of science. I often wonder if these stylists aren't actually out to destroy these women out of some psychotic jealousy fixation.

Although I believe that Karen Carpenter had some personal, identity-based issues she was struggling with (again, par for the course with these alien types) it was some asshole record executive telling her the reason the Carpenters weren't scoring hits in the late 70s was because of her womanly hips which triggered her descent into a horrifying life of anorexia and bulimia that took this preternaturally-talented woman away from us. We see this over and over today with celebrity eating disorders.

Gillian "Alien Isis" Anderson escaped Hollywood and preserved her beauty

The sheer insanity of this is that full hips are one of the top fertility signals to men, as is a pleasing layer of well-toned flesh, particularly in the face. Though never a great beauty, Karen Carpenter looked perfectly handsome when healthy and positively alien when she was skinny. I really wish the message would get through to the beauty-destruction industry in Tinseltown.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"

Kind of looks like a Green Sun rising over Masonic Manhattan

As we sit and wait for the Malthusian remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still (with Keanu Reeves as Klaatu and one-time Secret Sun siren Jennifer Connelly as Helen), I was reminded of a very strange episode in pop history, when the squarest musical combo to walk the face of the planet spent a king's ransom recording a telepathic invocation to authoritarian space messiahs. A tune which itself had originally been written by a mysterious band with a strange, conspiratorial history and a penchant for top-tapping ditties like "Anus from Uranus," "Dog Star," and "Mister Manson."

First, a little deep background:

To many in the 60s counterculture, brother/sister act the Carpenters was living proof that the revolution was dead and buried, and that the "Silent Majority" now ruled unchallenged. The siblings hailed from Connecticut (traditionally seen as the WASP-iest state in the union) and broke through to superstardom on the backs of a rejiggered bank commercial jingle. Their music was seen as so completely toothless and un-threatening that Richard Nixon invited them to the White House to perform for the visiting German chancellor.

The horror the Carpenters instilled in the hearts of hippies belied their extraordinary, nearly preternatural musical gifts. Not only did Karen Carpenter have one of the richest and most resonant voices in pop history, she was also an accomplished drummer (a traditionally male occupation). And today Richard Carpenter is widely seen as one of the great arrangers of his generation. The Carpenters used these gifts and songs by masters like Burt Bachrach and Paul Williams to score hit after hit in the early 70s.

However, the counterculture began to regroup and mutate in the mid 70s, and stoner soft rock bands like Fleetwood Mac and gay/urban-influenced disco groups like KC and the Sunshine Band began their takeover of the charts in the mid 70s. Richard Carpenter struggled with a prescription drug habit and Karen would struggle with anorexia (and probably some other issues as well). With their squeaky-clean style out of fashion and their records falling off the charts, the Carpenters took a strange left turn into the world of high weirdness...

When I first heard "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," I assumed that the Carpenters had recorded it to cash in on the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But in fact the song had been recorded several months before the film's premiere and released 9/9/77, more than two months before the Spielberg film. Truth to tell, they probably didn't know Close Encounters existed back in those pre-Internet days.

Richard Carpenter recalls the recording process:
I heard this song on the debut album of Klaatu*, a talented group of Canadian studio musicians who were heavily inspired by The Beatles, and named after the purposeful alien in the sci-fi thriller, The Day The Earth Stood Still. Always looking for something novel, we decided on it for Passage and ended up immersing ourselves – and 160 musicians and singers – in the biggest “single” recording we ever attempted.

Initially I did not think of this track as a single, but coincidentally, Star Wars had been released, and was all the rage, not long after we recorded “Occupants.” ....It did moderately well in the U.S., (but) went Top 10 in the U.K., and stayed there for two months.
And it was number one in Ireland, I might add. Now, the song's lyrics start off with a distinctly mystical air, suggesting to the listener that the aliens can be reached telepatically:

In your mind you have abilities you know
To telepath messages through the vast unknown
Please close your eyes and concentrate
With every thought you think
Upon the recitation we're about to sing

The song is insidiously catchy, and if you give it a few spins you'll find yourself humming it. Which may well be the whole point. The other night it was cycling over and over in my head as I was falling asleep. But the lyrics take a somewhat ominous, authoritarian tone in the song's refrain, which brings me back to the new Keanu/Klaatu film.

Please come in peace we beseech you
Only a landing will teach them
Our earth may never survive
So do come we beg you
Please interstellar policemen
Won't you give us a sign
Give us a sign that we've reached you


Klaatu's debut, which was linked to a mythical Beatles LP called Sun

As Carpenter notes, "Calling Occupants" was originally recorded by a Canadian studio group called Klaatu, in honor of the messiah figure in The Day the Earth Stood Still. And the story goes that the anonymous nature and familiar sound of the band soon gave rise to rumors that Klaatu were the Beatles, reformed under a pseudonym.
They remained an obscure group until 1977, when Charlie Parker, a DJ on WDRC in Providence, Rhode Island, played one of the tracks on his show. Hundreds of listeners phoned, convinced he had played a new Beatle record.

An article by Steve Smith in the 'Providence Journal' soon followed claiming that Klaatu was the Beatles. He suggested there were some 150 clues and pieces of evidence which pointed to a 'Klaatu Konspiracy'...

There was no biographical info on the cover, while the group's manager, Frank Davis, when asked directly if Klaatu were the Beatles, refused to confirm or deny the rumour. Likewise, Capitol, far from denying the allegations, went so far as to circulate the 'Providence Journal' article, and within 8 weeks, the album had sold 300,000 copies.- The Internet Beatles Album

These suspicions weren't totally unfounded either:
On the cover of his Goodnight Vienna album, Ringo Starr's head was shown superimposed on the body of a character from the film The Day The Earth Stood Still. The character's name? Klaatu. The connection was strenthened by Apple promotional material for Goodnight Vienna, which said 'Don't Forget - Klaatu Barada Nikto'
My feeling on all of this? Well, obviously Capitol wanted to sell some records, but I have a very strong feeling someone wanted this song to be heard by as large an audience as possible, which is why it was handed off from obscure band Klaatu (albeit a band marketed as the Beatles incognito) to supergroup, the Carpenters.

And, of course, Klaatu took on the name Carpenter as he went about his mission incognito on Earth.

The song would again resurface in a dreadful cover by Babes in Toyland for the altrock comp If I Were a Carpenter, and again when recordings of the The Langley (!) Schools Music Project became a cult hit.

Just to bring it all full circle, here the Langley kids do their cover of "Space Oddity" by David Bowie, probably unaware of the fact at the time that Bowie was a coke-addicted, occult-obsessed, trannie-chasing, bisexual Nazi. They may have been dimly aware of The Man Who Fell to Earth, but probably didn't make the connection of alien-endowed high tech in that film to 2001: A Space Odyssey, which gave the song its name.

* Note the "AA" in Klaatu, bringing us back to 11 and other twin/binary symbolism.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Now Discovery Channel does the "UFO Thing" (UPDATED)

Sensing a pattern here? UFOs Over Earth premieres this week. I haven't had time to check it out, but I'm not holding my breath for it being anything but a bunch of ad hoc arguments, professional kooks and establishment-mouthpiece "skeptics" getting the last word.

I'm pretty tired of these shows, since they never really address the real evidence (Discovery's AAT show was a farce). They exist for two reasons; one, to give the debunkers some publicity, and two, to reassure those who have no real interest in the topic that there's nothing to worry about, so go back to your daily shopping duties.

The so-called skeptic movement is a joke- when the Fundamentalists were storming to power in the 70s and 80s on an aggressively anti-science agenda, the so-called skeptics were more worried about palm readers and crystal kissers. That's because those types have no power and no real ability to retaliate.

But I wonder if any of the debunkers ever stopped to realize that UFO debunking may well be feeding into anti-science sentiment in some parts of the country. When skeptics like Phil Plait make objectively false statements about UFOs, or dismiss out of hand the thousands of good photos or film we have on them, it hardly lends to their credibility when they call someone's religious faith into question- something which a topic like UFOs pales into triviality for true believers.

In the end, however, the debate is irrelevant to what I'm writing about here, since my interest is in how UFOs and all the rest of it are absorbed and processed in the culture. I've never seen a UFO myself, but have a very interesting swamp gas story that I should tell you all about sometime.

UPDATE: Keith points out that Hannity is riding the UFO train again as well...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sirius Star: As Seen From Space (Updated)

Here's an odd little twist to the Sirius Star drama- an inexplicable article in the Guardian showing the tanker as seen from a space satellite. First the Dubai ritual, now this. It's funny, I was just researching the Dubai Ports World controversy, and reading how the consortium continues to buy up port operations around the world. Now comes news that DPW is making another move on American port operations, and is confident that the economic downturn will help convince reluctant US lawmakers to sign off on the deal.

Is anyone else thinking that Dubai has been tapped to become the world's capital city in the coming years?

UPDATE: Immortel linked to a few Dubai vids in the comments, but I thought this one was especially interesting. Anyone into sacred geometry may have their minds blown. Absolutely stunning, in-your-face stuff here. Make note of all the satellite-view footage and CGI.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Space/Gods: Eleven to Heaven

We continue our inexorable voyage into a brave new world, where ancient myths and futuristic technology walk hand in hand. A world where the last secular pretenses of the 20th Century give way to a restoration of the oldest world order imaginable.

Last week we saw the 10th Anniversary of the International Space Station, launched from the Russian Zurya ("Dawn") staging ground. Fast on its heels is "news" that a "private" company is planning trips to ISiS. Of course, the "private" part is pure pretense, since ISiS and the rest of the extraplanetary infrastructure we will see fall into place almost overnight falls under the aegis of the most sensitive military and intelligence components of the emerging world order:
A private firm has test-fired a rocket that could soon be flying cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).
The SpaceX company fired the engines of its Falcon 9 rocket for three minutes - the length of time taken for the launcher to climb towards orbit.
The politically correct American eagle place-holds for his Egyptian cousin

The Falcon 9- isn't that beautiful? Isn't that perfect? Of course, this is the clock being turned back from the quaint, collegiate Hellenism of the Apollo Program to its original model with the falcon-headed Horus. Let's remember who History teaches us preceded the Pharaohs on the Eternal Throne:
Before these men, they said, the rulers of Egypt were gods, but none had been contemporary with the human priests. Of these gods one or another had in succession been supreme; the last of them to rule the country was Osiris' son Horus, whom the Greeks call Apollo; he deposed Typhon, and was the last divine king of Egypt. Osiris is, in the Greek language, Dionysus. - Herodotus, Book 2, Chapter 144
But it gets better. Aside from being the most phallic rocket ever built, the Falcon 9 is carrying an interesting payload:
The company wants Falcon 9 to make its maiden flight by the first quarter of 2009. Initially, it will just loft satellites, including the British-built-and-operated Hylas broadband and TV spacecraft.
Hylas spacecraft, wonderful! For those of you who didn't see Jason and the Argonauts, Hylas was the name of the young man whom Hercules took as his lover. So having Horus- the god who ultimately gave Hercules his name- lift Hylas to Heaven is only fitting, and reminscent of Zeus-in the form of an eagle- taking his own young lover, Ganymede, into outer space. Ganymede then became the water-carrier, who is the archetype of our emerging Age of Aquarius. And Zeus became the Budweiser eagle, as we looked at back in June when Anheuser-Busch was absorbed into the Global Economic Singularity.

Hercules & Hylas and Zeus & Ganymede remind us of yet another god/man pair, Castor and Pollux, who lent their name to the Gemini Space Program, which immediately preceded the Apollo Program. We see the Pillars of Hercules butching up the Gemini mission patch, more appropriate for the macho, Freemasonic daredevils who pioneered space travel, but also eerily reminiscent of a more recent trauma where those Pillars fell to Earth.

The Eleven in the Gemini patch and of the Apollo II patch remind us that the father of modern space travel, John Marvel Whiteside Parsons, was an initate of the Ordo Templi Orientis, whose blasphemous 11th Degree has echoes of these ancient myths. Back to the "news" story:
But SpaceX aims to use the vehicle to launch its Dragon capsule soon afterwards. The capsule is being designed to carry both supplies and people to the space station.
Dragon! Parsons would have loved that one! He'd also have loved the fact that despite the Worldwide Financial Crisis, everyone and their grandmother seems hell-bent on getting into the Heavens. The European Space Agency just met in The Hague to set their agenda for their own appointment with the gods. Things are coming so fast and furious one would almost think that...

UPDATE: Read about NAZCA NASA's latest mission and try not to think about this post while looking at the photos.

Monday, November 24, 2008

CNN Does the "UFO Thing" This Week

CNN does the old obligatory-ridiculing-of-UFO-researchers routine this week on American Morning. Won't be anything new, but may be interesting for your media studies purposes.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Stairway to Sirius: Death and Restoration, Part I

A hawk-eyed Secret Sun reader caught this news story:
"Shares of Sirius XM* (Nasdaq: SIRI) are getting absolutely slashed today, currently down 17% to just over $0.16...(read "17'"- CK)

Investors may be selling Sirius XM stock today as a play on the extremely concerning outlook at Detroit's Big 3 automakers." -
So Wall Street continues to fall and futuristic Metropolises are springing like mushrooms in Asia. As the Old World Masonic symbolism simultaneously reveals itself and then falls away, our faces are rubbed in a much older and much more explicit ritual half a world away. What looks like a new (and incredibly powerful) religion is stepping onto the stage while the rest of us are dazed and punch-drunk from an avalanche of ill omens.

All of this was probably planned long before our great-grandparents were born (perhaps even theirs and theirs), but the process seemed to accelerate after the 2000 Election (aka the Janus Ritual) and the 9/11 Attacks. And so Jachin and Boaz vanished from the skyline, revealing a new icon that many people didn't recognize in the World Financial Center. One of the reasons it goes unrecognized is that most people are looking at it backwards.

Here's an explanation from Wired New York:

World Financial Center is a group of four towers, completed in 1988,
built on the Hudson River landfill next to the World Trade Center.

1 World Financial Center Roof shape: A cut pyramid Tower occupant: Dow Jones and Oppenheimer
2 World Financial Center Roof shape: A dome Tower occupant: Merrill Lynch
3 World Financial Center Roof shape: A solid pyramid Tower occupant: American Express
4 World Financial Center Roof shape: A stepped pyramid Tower occupant: Merrill Lynch

OK, now let's line up the glyph of Sirius against the WFC buildings in their proper order:

please click to enlarge

We see that the buildings now line up with the hieroglyph, with the step pyramid of WFC forming the stairway. WFC1 and WFC2 seem roughly set to north, but the Winter Garden, WFC3 and WFC4 are oriented to the northwest.

Here is the proper view of the Stairway to Sirius, looking majestic while the Sun sets over New Jersey (aka Nova Caesarea, aka the black magic capital of America). This is a view that would have been impossible before 9/11. It's interesting to note that the Port Authority and the city and state governments have been bickering over the planned Freedom Tower, and to date it's only been built to the height of 25 feet. Estimates now have it that the tower won't be completed until 2013, well after the magic date of December 22, 2012. Given the current economic slump, it's likely it will be delayed well past that date.

From this angle it's really quite striking to see the step pyramid leading up to the pyramidion, with the step motif continued in the taller building. The westerly orientation of the Stairway is consonant with the the Western lands in Egyptian mythology, where the Sun "Sets" where the dead were buried on their way to meet Amentet, winged goddess of the dead and rebirth.

Amenti or Amentet was originally the place where the sun set, but subsequently the name was applied to the cemeteries and tombs which were usually built or hewn in the stony plateaus and mountains on the western bank of the Nile. Some believe that Amenti was, at first, the name of a small district, without either funereal or mythological signification.

-- The Principal Geographical and Mythological Places in the Book of the Dead, E. A. Wallis Budge

Here is Amentet, accompanied by the Hawk of the West. Her role as the goddess of rebirth is interesting, given her association with the Hawk. Coincidentally, we just saw another female hierophant accompanied by hawks standing on the western rim of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, declaring the rebirth of Atlantis... a ritual that could only truly be appreciated from the air. Or as the producers of the event boasted, "from Space." What someone floating overhead would have seen was the "illumination" of the gigantic, man-made, palm-shaped island. But what link does the palm tree have to the Stairway to Sirius? How can we link this ritual to the strange iconography of Masonic Manhattan, and by extension the recent "Election" pageant?

This is the main atrium of the Winter Garden, which begins the north-west orientation of the World Financial Center. As you can see the area is lined with palm trees, leading to an elaborate sunset design in the arched roof.** Again, this is not oriented to the real sunset, but is set slightly to the north.

But the Winter Garden itself is important to this symbolic narrative since in the Northern Hemisphere, Sirius is known as one of the stars of the "Winter Hexagon" with stars such as Rigel and Aldebaran (both of which should be familiar to Star Trek fans, as well as the "Winter Triangle" with Procyon and Betelgeuse (aka Beetlejuice). Which is all well and good, but how do we explain this sudden change to a northwesterly direction with this palm-lined atrium?

Because we see the same northwesterly orientation to the Palm Jumeirah.† There is some hidden signficance to this angle, and the palms symbolically link the Stairway directly to the new Atlantis. And as we will soon see, the alignment of the palm-lined Winter Garden will become the linchpin to this whole Sirius narrative...

So, why this palm imagery? We see it in the Stairway to Sirius and now in this Atlantis Rising ceremony in the new world capital of Dubai. Christians use the palm to celebrate Christ's victory lap in Jerusalem, but the palm has a universal significance in the ancient world, and is identified with the Sun, as well as with victory and resurrection. In the Kabbalist and Alchemical traditions, the palm tree is a symbol of androgyny (remember our brief look at Nim's Island?).

Perhaps the genus the palm is classified under offers us a clue.

The palm tree is in the genus Phoenix.



*Regular readers will recognize the 3/17 and 10/13 encoded into this story, as well as the self-evident Dogstar and the not-so-evident "33" encoded into the radio waves of the Sirius XM logo (an even less-evident 11 reveals itself when you add the waves and the rays of the star).

**The Winter Gardens sunset has 17 major rays above the horizon

Note also the English "Knowledge (Gnosis) Village" and Route 611 (6+11=17).

As always, please click the links in the article to get crucial information regarding the overall narrative.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Behold, Atlantis Rising!" (UPDATED 11/22)

I am absolutely speechless: "Dubai has thrown a spectacular light show to celebrate a new $1.5bn marine-themed resort built off the Gulf coast on an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. Organisers claimed that the fireworks display for the $20m party could be seen from space," the BBC says.

Seen from space? For whose benefit? Watch the entire show here, and remind yourself as your brain overheats that Dubai is nominally Islamic. I like the part when the high priestess tells the crowd to watch as Atlantis "illuminates."

For some strange reason, an army of Horus Kings accompany the High Priestess during the ceremony (what the hell do Hawkmen have to do with Atlantis?). Given what we've been looking at the past few weeks we should expect all of this, but I still can't believe my eyes.

Let me remind you all what I wrote just a week ago:
Why is so much money being taken from places like Louisiana and sent to places like Dubai and Qatar? Why are these astonishing metropolises being built in these ancient lands, but not in other oil-producing countries? Are these new science fiction metropolises being prepared for someone?

According to Zechariah Sitchin, the Persian Gulf was of particular interest to Ea, aka Enki. Oannes made his home beneath the waves there. One can almost imagine a lineage- an office, perhaps- established by Ea that included figures like Oannes, Dagon, and Osiris, and later John the Baptist.
UPDATE: The Gulf States move to create single currency, see America as Third World country...

UPDATE II: Masonic landmarks projected onto Atlantis. See article on illuminated obelisks worldwide here.

UPDATE III: All of you Goro/Etemenanki fans are probably thinking "Stargate" when you see this octagon shape from the big Atlantis show (heh, Stargate: Atlantis, get it?) Maybe these folks in Dubai spent 20 million dollars for a half-hour opening ceremony and however many billions of dollars on this resort because they're all really big sci-fi geeks.

UPDATE IV: Speaking of pop cult symbolism, the Mermaid/High Priestess at Atlantis reminds me a combination of Uxia from Stuart Gordon's 2001 Lovecraft adaptation Dagon, and Jack Kirby's "Witch Queen of Ancient Sumeria" (particularly in the headdress).

Dagon is another name for Oannes, and "Sumeria" (Sumer, properly) was under the rule of the space-born Annunaki. It's worth noting that both Jack Kirby and H.P. Lovecraft both fixated on the mythos of ancient space gods coming to reclaim Earth as their own...

UPDATE V: Eagle-eyed Joe Linsner pointed out that not only could this ritual be seen from space, it would make no visual sense at all to anyone on the ground. You'd have to be a good height in the sky above to see the island being "illuminated." This picture was taken some distance from the hotel and it looks like nothing but a giant mess of flame and smoke.

Sirius Star: ISS Unveiled

The hits just keep on coming. Today is the 10th Anniversary of the launching of the Zarya rocket, which kicked off the International Space Station, or ISS.
I was lucky enough to be at mission control in Moscow's Star City when the Russians launched the first stage of the International Space Station (ISS). They called it Zarya, which means Dawn. The enterprise itself was meant to be just that - a new dawn for human space exploration. Moments after the launch, the then head of Nasa, Dan Goldin, said: "Within a few years, the brightest star ever will appear in the sky."

He said it would be a sign of hope because nations who had once fought each other had now come together to use their ingenuity, not to blow up humanity, but to make a better world.- BBC



Astronaut Theology: Let's Play a Game

I'm always looking for ways to be The Secret Sun more exciting and interactive. One of the ideas I came up with is "The Allegory Game." The point of this game is to look at a particular sequence in a film and see if in fact it's actually an allegory of something else, something not part of the external narrative. So let's look at 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film which has everything to do with what we've been looking at in the past few weeks -- as we will see in the very near future.

In this clip, a YouTuber has synced the "Dawn of Man" clip to one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs, "One of These Days."

So is this scene really about human evolution? Is it really about apes encountering alien technology way back in prehistory, which inspires them to use tools, which in turn eventually leads to the modern space program?

Or is this an allegory of a more recent time, another time when people were wasting time arguing over useless plots of land? Is this an allegory of a more recent encounter with alien technology, an encounter that may well have resulted in the overnight development of advanced electronics and the like? An event which some believe instantly revolutionized human communications and gave birth to a space program that created standing human colonies in space? Maybe a more recent encounter, also somewhere in the desert, similar to what we see here?

And would that have anything to do with the fact that most of the film- and certainly the sequence immediately after "The Dawn of Man" - is explicitly about an government coverup of an alien encounter?

That transition with the bone to the satellite does seem awfully sudden. And as we've looked at, the tech in 2001 still seems awfully contemporary. Disturbingly contemporary, even.

So all of you at home and at work, play the Allegory Game with me! What are we really looking at here? I'll leave you with this quote from Heywood Floyd from :
"Now, I'm sure you're all aware of the extremely grave potential for cultural shock and social disorientation contained in this present situation, if the facts were prematurely and suddenly made public without adequate preparation and conditioning."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sirius Star: "Mothership" Sunk

With the War on Terror winding down, the world has a new war to unite around- the War on Pirates. Here's the latest from the front:

An Indian navy warship has destroyed a suspected Somali pirate vessel after it came under attack in the Gulf of Aden. INS Tabar sank the pirate "mother ship" after it failed to stop for investigation and opened fire instead, an Indian navy statement said. There has been a surge in piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia.- BBC

A bit of info on the Indian battleship:
On 11 November (11/11- CK) 2008 the MV Jag Arnav, a 38,265-tonne bulk carrier owned by the Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping Company, called for assistance when pirates tried to board the ship. INS Tabar, which was about 25 nautical miles away at the time of the distress call, rushed to the scene in a Chetak helicopter carrying a team of MARCOS (Indian Navy Marine Commandos) and successfully thwarted the hijack attempt.
We're seeing a lot of twin numbers in this whole saga. Remember that Sirius is a binary star. A fact which I'm beginning to believe may lie at the root of all of the twin/dual symbolism we see in esotericism...

UPDATE: Now Syria's in the news...

Jack Kirby's Entheogenic Space Odyssey - in 1958

Have fungi, but be careful...

Secret Sunbather Ned Sonntag sent me this vintage page from the great Jack Kirby, from a comic called Blast-Off, published in 1965. But the story itself was actually drawn in 1959, for the same title (Race to the Moon) that Kirby wrote his prophetic Face On Mars story. Upon further research, the question was raised: Was Jack Kirby an uncredited contributor to the greatest Astronaut Theology epic of all time? Or was he- again- tapped into a vision of the future that he projected onto the page?

Remember there was no Stargate sequence of this type in the original story, The Sentinel. Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick were still struggling over the 2001 script at the time this comic hit the stands- did they happen upon this story while working on the Stargate sequence, or is this an amazing Synchronicity?

The story "The Great Moon Mystery" has a TV production crew stumble on an alien artifact (an obelisk, in this case) on the moon, which immediately captures them in a force field. A team of astronauts try to rescue them and shoot at the obelisk, but are transformed into beings of light and send on a journey across the vast reaches of the Universe (see page at top). The journey ends in Wizard of Oz-like fashion when the astronauts visualize themselves back on the Moon.

Read this remarkable story in its entirety here.

Later Kirby would do his own version of 2001 for Marvel, but probably had no memory of "The Great Moon Mystery" and its own "Stargate sequence" while watching Kubrick's film. But damn, that man was tuned in, like few before or after....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Sirius Star

A lot of you have commented on the big story of the day- the seizing of the Sirius Star oil tanker (which is 330 metres long) by Somali pirates (don't forget Somalia is next to Kenya, where the family of our "serious man for serious times" Barack Obama hails from).
Pirates have anchored a hijacked Saudi oil tanker off the Somali coast, as the spate of hijackings gathered pace with two more ships seized on Tuesday. Vela International said all 25 crew on the Sirius Star - the biggest tanker ever hijacked - were said to be safe. The vessel is carrying a cargo of 2m barrels - a quarter of Saudi Arabia's daily output - worth more than $100m.

Here's Vela International's logo...


Meanwhile, we're hearing that "serious progress" has been made in the appointment of Hillary Clinton as Sec'y of State...

UPDATE: Don't forget the most important issue of our times...

UPDATE II: OK, my head is about to explode...
The South Korean foreign ministry says pirates seized the Chemstar Venus and its crew of five South Koreans and 18 Filipinos off the coast of Somalia late Saturday. The ship is owned by a Japanese company. There has been no word on the condition of the crew...

...International Maritime officials say at least 83 (=11) have been attacked off Somalia this year, with 33 of them hijacked. The pirates are currently holding about 11 ships, including a Ukrainian cargo vessel carrying 33 tanks. -VOA

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Moon Sacrificed to the Sun

While the excitement over the election wanes, the Mediastorm returns to its usual diet of madness and atrocity:
(CNN) -- Eight people were arrested Tuesday, one on a charge of murder, in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman at a remote Louisiana campsite during what police say was an initiation ceremony for the Ku Klux Klan. The woman, whose identity has not been confirmed, was recruited over the Internet to join the Klan by the suspects, said Capt. George Bonnett of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

The woman traveled from Oklahoma to Louisiana for the ceremony and was taken to a campsite near Sun, Louisiana, about 60 miles north of New Orleans. On Sunday, the woman asked to be taken from the camp to a nearby town. An argument ensued, and the woman was fatally shot by the group's leader, Bonnett said.
Since CNN posted this story, local media has reported the woman sacrificed in the ritual in Sun, Louisiana has since been identified as Cynthia Lynch, who joined this Klan group on October 17th. The name "Lynch" has a hideous irony in this context, but the name Cynthia even more so. The name is taken from an epithet for Artemis, the goddess of the moon. So following a ritual performed by a secret society in place actually called Sun, a woman named for the Moon is killed by her comrades, such as they are. If you read that in a novel, you'd think it was ridiculous.

Was this group unconsciously playing out some ancient ritual sacrifice as the certainties of their world dissolve around them? There are strange instances of a somnambulistic re-Paganization- an unconscious new Heathenism- emerging in some quarters in America. We will be looking at this in detail in the future here. But what is emerging halfway across the world?

We've looked at the amazing metropolis bursting forth out of the desert sands in Dubai, now we see the same process in Qatar, an American protectorate in the Persian Gulf. In classic Synchromystic fashion, the above banner ad popped up on the CNN story about this travesty in Louisiana and linked to a site that shows us how wealth and power is being shifted to the Middle East- despite the media hype about a war with Islam.

Why is so much money being taken from places like Louisiana and sent to places like Dubai and Qatar? Why are these astonishing metropolises being built in these ancient lands, but not in other oil-producing countries? Are these new science fiction metropolises being prepared for someone?

According to Zechariah Sitchin, the Persian Gulf was of particular interest to Ea, aka Enki. Oannes made his home beneath the waves there. One can almost imagine a lineage- an office, perhaps- established by Ea that included figures like Oannes, Dagon and Osiris, and later John the Baptist.

Yes, yes, I know. Sitchin is a quack and a charlatan, or if you prefer, an anti-biblical propagandist. Yet his interepretations of ancient texts tell us of gods headquartered in the Middle East, and especially interested in places like the Persian Gulf. Sitchin's work cites Sumer and Babylon (modern Iraq), Jerusalem (modern Israel) and Egypt as the three most important places to the Annunaki, whom he sees as our alien progenitors.

Sumer, Jerusalem and Egypt.

Care to guess the top three recipients of US Foreign Aid?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Eye See You!

Looks a lot like Sauron, no?
"Using the latest techniques in space technology, astronomers at NASA and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used direct-imaging techniques to capture pictures of four newly discovered planets orbiting stars outside our solar system..."

...The discovery of the HR 8799 system is a crucial step on the road to the ultimate detection of another Earth," he said... "

"NASA's newly discovered planet, Fomalhaut b, is estimated to be roughly three times Jupiter's mass and 10.7 billion miles from its host star, Fomalhaut. NASA's images show Fomalhaut b orbiting the bright southern star Fomalhaut, which is said to be 16 times brighter than our sun and 25 light years away in the constellation Piscis Australis (Southern Fish)."- CNN

8+7+9+9=33, of course. 10+7=17. Then there's also a 3/17 there as well. Oh, Nazca NASA and those wacky Masonic numbers. "Fomalhaut" is Arabic for "Mouth of the Whale."

Check out Koncrete Junkyard for a look at an anomalous structure on Saturn.

UPDATE: India landed a probe, the Chandrayaan 1, on the Moon today. Note that the X-ray telescope at MIT is also named in honor of the Indian moon goddess.

UPDATE II: Oh God, please forgive me, but H=8 and R=18 and 8+1+8=17. So if I was one of them secret code type of guys, I might think "HR 8799" might be a cipher for 1733 or something. Good thing we know that no one ever uses secret codes for anything.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Stairway to Sirius: Look at It This Way

Here's an antique Masonic Tracing Board depicting the Stairway to Sirius. The juxtaposition of the twin columns of Jachin and Boaz and their proximity to the Stairway is eerily reminiscent of the pre-9/11 Manhattan skyline that we looked at earlier, but the motif of heavenly beings descending a stairway or ladder from what looks more like a hovering UFO than a star is pretty stunning, particularly to an old school sci-fi/comics geek like myself.

In the context of Ancient Astronaut Theory, this iconic 70s painting by Neal Adams depicting a hawk-headed alien descending a ramp certainly ties into the whole nexus of alternative history and secret societies that we've been speculating on here. Note the Von Daniken-esque font. Interesting to note how AAT burst onto the scene through pop culture. It's even more interesting to note how everyone seems to forget how it captivated the public's imagination- Chariots of the Gods? was a monster bestseller all over the world and the documentary version of it was nominated for an Oscar (come to think of it, that shouldn't surprise us).

This version of the Stairway to Sirius caught my eye because of the over-rendering of the star's rays. You may notice that Sirius doesn't throw off that much light, at least in our skies. And that vision of beings descending from a burst of light will be familiar to most people... way of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And again, let's remember that Steven Spielberg also brought us some hardcore AAT in this year's Indiana Jones installment and is a patron of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (aka SETI)

This year we're also seeing another big-budget UFO extravaganza coming to a theatre near you- the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, starring Gnostic icon Keanu Reeves. Not exactly AAT, but a nice shot of that alien/ramp icon here. I gotta say, the trailer to the remake struck a strange nerve with me. We should be used to alien invasion iconography by now, but the political context of the film (in short: we're being wiped out for our own good) adds a disturbing new wrinkle to this matrix of aliens, politics and symbolism.

But of course, not all alien/ramp imagery is entirely benevolent, is it?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

On the Grassy Knowles

I'll be chatting with my main man, the mighty Vyzygoth, tonight at 10 EST. Go to Beyond the Grassy Knoll for more info...

A Very Sirius Election: Enough Already!

The Alaska governor said 2012 was too far off for her to decide whether she would run for the US presidency...

In a wide-ranging interview with Fox News, the 44-year-old said: "I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is."

The mother-of-five added: "And if there is an open door in 2012 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plough through that door."- BBC

Subtle as a sledgehammer, that woman is....

A Very Sirius Election: The Phoenix Goes Down

Compare this mission patch to the Firefox 3/17 extravaganza

Another Mars probe, another mysterious system failure. Nazca, er, I mean NASA, has reported that the Phoenix has gone dead. Soon after another Phoenix went down in flames. As above, so below, eh?

Note "Creating Life" headline linked to "The Phoenix"

Meanwhile, chastened neocon William Kristol (the real leader of the Republican Party, by the way) is pushing the Sirius/Dog Star symbolism almost as hard as the media pushed the Palin-Pitbull symbolism in a new column called "GOP Dog Days." Kristol rambles on about "puppies," going so far as to quote Obama's Sirius self-identification, “a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me,” from the president-elect's first press conference. Priceless.

I hesitated to call the election on the blog, despite the fact that all of the symbols had been screaming "Obama! Obama!" this year. A lot of pundits have commented on his preternatural cool, in contrast to McCain's crotchety, get-off-my-lawn-you-little-punks act. And I had to restrain myself from thinking "yeah, it's because they already know the final outcome," because that's pure speculation and all. And there are so many juicy symbols to chew on instead. Like this jaw-dropper:

Wow. I don't really have much to add, other than the "33" encoded in the redesigned Obama logo, the eleven rays of the sunrise and the three "mountain" peaks (which, come to think of it, give us another 33). It looked a little flat, though. So I thought I'd take a crack at it...

What do you think? A bit snazzier, no? Saayyy, you don't think that Giza was the original inspiration for that logo or anything, do you? Wow, wouldn't that be something?

Here's an aerial shot of the podium from which Obama gave his nomination address. Nice use of the point-in-circle motif as well as the stairway, furthering my suspicions that the point-in-circle is actually another glyph for Sirius. And, oh hey, remember the whole controversy about the Greek temple stage set?

Knowles' Law of Crypto-Semiotics #33- When a controversy erupts over a politician's use of a symbol, ignore it and look for the other symbols everyone else overlooks. Like this one. Or, I don't know, this one?

Or how about the fact that during the speech, the stage was ringed with more of those strange Phoenix-topped flagpoles, causing me to wonder where exactly they were custom-made. You might want to watch the video of the speech in full screen format to really get the full effect of those strange birds.

I gotta say the speech and the setting and the crowd's reaction kinda remind me of this old chestnut from the '84 Olympics, for some strange reason.

But, back to the other Phoenix in our little election pageant, I couldn't help but notice how McCain's Time pose reminded me of the old Time cover where Pat Robertson flashed his homies the "Lion's Paw" sign. Now, I'm not one of those characters who think if a politician picks his nose it's a sure sign of his fealty to Lucifer, but it did look a little strange to me. I've never seen McCain's pose in the old Masonic hand signal dictionaries, so if anyone has any theories let me know.

Or not.

I have to admit, this has all been pretty exhausting. The thing is that I normally look for this symbolism in sci-fi films and comic books and the like. But there seems to be less and less a buffer zone between our current reality and the oddest fantasy fiction, no? Actually, that's not true; no self-respecting sci-fi writer would dare have UFOs show up at a open-air Bruce Springsteen concert. They'd be mocked mercilessly by the gang at the bar after the Hugo Awards. Come to think of it, no writer would have ever called a fictional American president, "Barack Obama."

Speaking of which- when was the Mars Phoenix launched? Why, on Barack Obama's 46th birthday, of course (tip of the hat to Goro for that catch). And wouldn't you know, we have 46 chromosomes in each cell. I mean, what that has to do with Mars, I can't say, but still. Interesting...

Oh, Google all that yourself!

So maybe now the election's over I can give my overheated brain a rest. I'm looking forward to this (alleged) symbolism no longer slapping me in the face (allegedly) so I can go back to writing about Jack Kirby and looking for the secrets of the universe on the back of cereal boxes.

Alleged secrets.