Saturday, January 31, 2009

New Witch Mountain trailer

For the Super Bowl, of course. The Steelers are back? The 70s Revival marches on...

New Witch Mountain post coming Monday.

Weekend Matinee: Isis Unveiled

As a Neo-Jungian auto-didact nutcase, I'm obsessed with the concept of resonance. We're subjected to thousands of ideas and concepts every day, most of which are instantaneously flushed from our consciousness. But the memes that stick are the ones that fascinate me. And the UFO/Ancient Egypt meme is so prevalent, it's practically a cliche.

It was so even in 1975, when Isis (aka The Secrets of Isis) premiered on Saturday morning on the CBS network. The plot, such as it is, centers on a Scooby Doo-type villain faking UFO sightings and abductions so he can scare people off of their land. The "dual person" Isis is played by Joanna Cameron, an exotic beauty who made her name in a sex comedy called BS, I Love You. In the pilot, Andrea Thomas (another he/she name) and her chums, Rick Mason ("Masonic Ruler," who sports an enviable 70s pornstache) and the adorable Cindy ("Moon Goddess") Lee help her crack the UFO case while presenting local law enforcement with all sorts of scintillating erotic possibilities to speculate on. When the proceedings get mildly threatening, Isis shows up. You can still hear the children yawn.

Finally, the pilot is shot in the same kind of rugged yet somehow depressing California countryside that the near-simultaneous Escape to Witch Mountain was, which has similar Sirian semiotic undertones. Well, that takes care of the semiotics. Without them, Isis is about as entertaining as a sinus infection.

Aliens and Ancient Egypt collided yet again in The X-Files, of course, and a few months back we looked at the connections to TV's Isis and my personal redemptrix Dana Scully in "The Secret Identity of Isis." Worth re-reading after you've watched an episode or two of Isis.

For more deep background on Isis, check out the Unofficial Isis Appreciation Page. For some NSFW pix of Joanna Cameron (as well as some other sultry 60s sirens) click here. Interesting to note that Cameron lives today in Hawaii. Where else could "Isis" live in the Age of Obama?

Bonus factoid: Isis premiered on September 6, the 355th anniversary of the launch of the Mayflower from Plymouth, England. We looked at how that event played into the Gathering Memetic Singularity here. 9/6 also seems to be Day One in the Mayan calendar as well.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Astronaut Theology: India, Rising

The Indian Government presented the
Hadron Supercollider project at CERN with this state of Lord Shiva

India may well turn out to be the major technological superpower of the coming century. Their schools are turning out engineers at a rate that dwarfs US and Europe combined. They've launched their own space program and recently landed a probe on the Moon. And if this recent editorial in The Economic Times newspaper is any indication, their religious and cultural traditions may be more receptive to the idea of extraterrestrial life than those in the West.

They're certainly better off technologically, as America's brightest minds are more interested in trying to create money out of thin air for hedge funds and pyramid schemes. There's an impolitic, almost gloating tone to this piece, as if the writer feels that polytheistic Indians are much better equipped to deal with a disclosure scenario than those who hold monotheistic beliefs. From a piece entitled "Will Religion End on Mars?":
"...some people are already writing off most major religions which are based essentially on an Earth-centric model, as never being able to recover from such a crippling body blow. (The Bible makes no mention of other planets or life on other planets.)

But life, unfortunately, is not so simple. Firstly, although evolution is easily the most elegant, encompassing and predictive theory providing a unifying explanation for the diversity of life on Earth, it may not be the last word on the subject nor even the central principle of extraterrestrial biology.

The crunch that scriptural faiths will face, on the other hand, can loosely be termed decentralisation where the uniqueness of humanity along with Earth’s biosphere will no longer occupy centre stage as almost all belief systems have tried to sell us.

These religions would, therefore, have no choice but to modify their dogma to bring extra-terrestrial life into their creation beliefs.
Interesting. Do the Indians know something that we don't?

UPDATE: Here's an interesting sidebar to this discussion:
Attempts to contact aliens date back 150 years
The desire to contact intelligent life on other planets is much older than the UFO craze and the SETI movement. Several 19th century scientists contemplated how we might communicate with possible Martians and Venusians.

These early proposals - which predate by 150 years the first extraterrestrial message that was sent in 1974 - were based on visual signals, as the invention of radio was still decades away.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Davos Gets Sirius

Some puns never get old: This little news item came and went on the BBC front page within the space of a couple of hours early this morning:
The party is over. Well, at least it has been toned down. Once criticised as a glitzy event and schmoozefest for the very rich and powerful, the World Economic Forum is getting all serious.
Are they ever. The Beeb headline link had said "Davos Gets Serious." This image also came and went on the front page of the Davos website, just around the same time.

Double-click on the image to get a better look at the binary, large/small star motif imposed on the Davos banner. Click here for information on the significance of that icon. Click here to see the double star being used recently in similar settings.

Binary stars. Interesting...

The Age of Horus: Hancock, Part II

Both of Horus' eyes were torn out during a battle with Set

In the first installment of this series we established that Hancock is the literal Horus, now slumming as a superhero. This is entirely consistent with the mythological symbolism, and indeed the word "hero" is derived from "Heru." But are there are other, deeper layers taken from the constellation of Horus symbology encoded into this film?

In The Contendings of Horus and Set, Set invites Horus to his home to, um, bury the hatchet during the endless contests the Ennead force them to undergo. Horus cheerfully agrees, thinking he was in for some light mano a mano action, but is shocked when Set tries to rape him in hopes of proving that the young god was insufficiently masculine to rule Egypt. Which tells us a lot about Egyptian attitudes towards sexuality.

As many scholars have pointed out, the dividing lines in the ancient pagan world were not gay and straight, the issue was whether an adult male were an active or passive sexual partner. "Innies and outies," you might say. Or "prison rules," as the War Nerd put it in his brilliant deconstruction of Frank Miller's ahistorical fascist fantasia, 300.

You can read the rest of the story here (many of you may be familiar with it already), but the gist of the story is the gods of the ancient world were often omnisexual and/or androgynous, as we looked at in "Eleven To Heaven."

And this includes many of the most important gods of Egypt: Atum (the "Great He/She", Lord of All Creation), Huh (god of Infinity), Neith (goddess of war and the "eternal waters of the Void"), Hapi (god of the Nile), and as we looked at, Horus (god of the Sun and of the throne) and Set (god of the desert). And then, of course, there is the androgynous UFO-worshipper, Akhenaten.

Moreover, any novice Jungian will tell you that these issues of duality, of ambiguity, of boundary-crossing often seem to be at the heart of Medieval systems like Alchemy (as with the Rebis) and the Kabbalah (Adam Kadmon), as we've looked at earlier in the year with films like The 40 Year-Old Virgin. You can also toss David "Thomas Ziggy Jerome Stardust Newton" Bowie and Secret Sun siren Anne "Princess Celestia" He/che, and Aleister Crowley's somewhat unique definition of the Eye of Horus all into this semiotic salad when talking about space gods and pop culture.

Now, it's almost impossible to figure what the ancient Egyptians were thinking about when they worked up these old myths. But they certainly continue to have powerful reverberations, right up to this day. Maybe more so today than ever. Because now we have the technology...

Which brings us back to Hancock.

Hancock was a big hit, but it got a lot of bad reviews for reasons I don't fully understand (though, again, I'm very lenient with superhero movies generally). On the face of it, it's a very tight little superhero yarn, with solid performances by Smith, Bateman and Theron. The pacing was brisk and the climax satisfying. Then, of course, there is all the surface Horus symbolism which is fun if you're new to this kind of thing. And then there's a whole other substrata of subtext beneath even that...

Eye yi yi: Hancock flinches after being called an "a**hole"

In Hancock, we hear the term "a**hole" about a hundred-thousand times, in fact it's the very last word in the film. Everyone in the film uses the word to describe Hancock, even a pie-faced little street urchin in the opening scenes of the film. Hancock himself incessantly refers to his own ass, which of course is part of the street vernacular the character shifts in and out of.

Note horizontal "prison" stripes along with prison lingo

In addition to the endless repetitions of the "a-hole" epithet, Hancock repeatedly uses the threat of inserting someone's head in someone else's ass several times, and in fact, that maneuver is explicitly performed in a prison confrontation. Throughout the film there are several somewhat inappropriate verbal references to similar activity ("punking," for example), and in one scene we see Hancock's own barely-concealed backside as he begs an ice cream vendor to give him a "Nutty Buddy."

In this light, it's not too much of a stretch to detect a subtext at work.

There's also an interesting subtext to the conflict between Hancock and Mary. For their confrontation, Mary transforms from bland California housewife to leather-clad Valkyrie, and further transforms herself during their Hollywood-and-Highland battle, where she inexplicably dons some 70s vintage eyewear- the tinted aviator glasses favored by radical feminists in the bra-burning era (speaking of Hollywood-and-Highland, Charlize Theron won an Ausur® for her uncanny portrayal of Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster) Note that this battle is preceded by Hancock's threat to out Mary as his goddess-wife to her liberal, do-gooder husband Ray (Ra, Re).

This is a somewhat anachronistic subtext; the housewife hiding her "radical" past and interracial dalliances from her soft-hearted, vaguely effeminate husband, but there's also a deeper theme here...

The conceit of the film is that Hancock and Mary cannot be together, since the gods begin to lose their superpowers (including their immortality) when they pair up with their "opposites." This is extremely confusing in the narrative of the film since she also tells Hancock that they were created together and spent thousands of years together. Was this confusion the result of two many cooks in the screenplay broth, or is this all an allegory for something else?

Since it's obvious that Hancock is literally Horus and Mary is literally Hathor, it's worth remembering that Hathor lived in Dendera while Horus lived in Edfu. During certain ceremonial occasions, Hathor would travel in her Bark (literally a space-ship) to visit Horus. Since Hancock travels to New York at the end of the film (and sets up shop atop the Empire State Obelisk), is this theme in the film an allegory to this mythology?

Further, Hancock has no obvious chemistry with Mary (neither does Ray, for that matter), but a deep and intimate relationship with Ray to the point that he lets Ray talk him into giving himself up and going to prison. Ray even goes to the trouble of having an tight leather jumpsuit made for Hancock to fight crime in. There's also a scene where Hancock is quite tender with a drunken Ray as he puts him to bed. And at the end of the film, Hancock paints a garagantuan heart on the Moon for Ray as a token of his gratitude.

There are another important bits of symbolism in the keepsakes Hancock carries in a tin box. It's a stick of Double Mint gum and two tickets to the Biograph Theater (the name of the theater in Chicago was where John Dillinger met his end, betrayed by the Lady in Red). to see James Whale's Frankenstein. These are the only clues Hancock has to his previous identity.
  • Whale was the subject of the film Gods and Monsters, concerning the British director's (played by Sir Ian McKellan) infatuation with his studly gardener (played by one-man Synchromystic factory Brendan Fraser).
  • Frankenstein has long been seen by some academics as a gay fantasy, which you see reflected in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as the new X-Files movie.
  • "Double Mint" may refer to the fact that Hancock and and his ancient wife Mary were made together (but not to be together), but I'm a little more interested in the arrows. They go both ways, don't they?
Smith and his real-life wife, Jada

Mary's transformation from housewife to ass-kicking, leather-clad Harpie reminds me not only of Hathor's transformation into war goddess Sekhmet, it also reminds me of Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett's onstage transformation from wife and mother (their son Jaden is in the new Ki-Anu movie) to muscular, leather-clad androgyne with her metal band, Wicked Wisdom.

Jada onstage with Wicked Wisdom

Will Smith's career is a semiotic goldmine, and it was the UFO/Templar-parable Independence Day and the UFO comedy Men In Black that made him a superstar. But he's also been the subject of persistent gay rumors, just like his Scientologist BFF Tom Cruise.

Or Barack Obama, for that matter. During the campaign, one "Larry Sinclair" pestered the candidate, claiming the two snorted coke and had sex. Given the guy's semiotically-loaded name (or apparent name; "Larry" comes from laurel, resonating Apollo, and the Sinclairs were a Templar family), one can't help but wonder if the whole debacle was some weird occult ritual meant to deepen Obama's already extensive Horus associations...


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Seen From Space: Planet 51

Thanksgiving? Pretty long lead time, especially given all of the scenes in the trailer. A couple of the shots here remind me of the Dubai development video we saw a couple months back, with all of the satellite shots and sacred geometry. "Planet 51" is obviously a nod to Area 51 of UFO lore (and, of course, 51=3x17). Interesting that they would depict aliens living an idyllic suburban existence as our own dissolves before our eyes. Maybe this Planet 51 is meant to somehow symbolize Dubai.

And guess who does the voice for the astronaut? Yes, you guessed it, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Hollywood's second-favorite Obama resonator (here's the first). Bonus Southland Tales resonance with Seann William Scott thrown in.

Monday, January 26, 2009

AstroGnostic: Witch Mountain and King Scorpion

Those dogs look like a major issue

Escape to Witch Mountain is one of the touchstones from my childhood. Though hopelessly dated and unbearably cheesy today, it introduced a generation of miserable latchkey kids in the 70s to a whole host of esoteric concepts- telekinesis, UFOology, Sirius symbolism (the alien kids in the film hail from a binary star system) and the very Gnostic idea that we are higher beings trapped in a fallen world.*

Indeed, the novel and the film are inherently Gnostic; in order to find the way to escape this world (with its callousness, greed and sadism) and return to their people, Tony and Tia must remember their true identities. And, of course, you probably know where my thinking pertaining to Gnosticism is going.

Which brings us to the latest installment in the Witch Mountain saga. Disney is releasing a new entry in the franchise in March called Race to Witch Mountain, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. It's fascinating to me that Johnson is playing a cab driver in this film, of all things. I can't think of many other actors less appropriate for that profession, but it's the symbols we're after here.

Jake has done a lot of work on Masonic "checker" symbolism pertaining to the use of taxicabs in films, and that gives us a good jumping off point here, since the very name "The Rock" has a certain Masonic resonance.**

And like our new president, the Rock is biracial and has strong familial links to Hawaii. We recently looked at yet another Hawaiian hybrid, Keanu Reeves, in another remake of a UFO classic, and the trailer to the new Witch Mountain resonates with the The Day the Earth Stood Still remake both symbolically and visually.

In Witch Mountain however, the Rock plays a different role. His mission is to bring the aliens (obviously of the "Aryan" variety) to Witch Mountain while being pursued by a Man-in-Black, played by the brilliant Irish actor Ciaran Hinds (aka "Best-Caesar-Ever").

Seeing that The Rock is about as believable as a cab driver as Megan Fox, what are his qualifications for this particular role? Well, regular Secret Sun readers, familiar with the Egypt-Alien mythos that is coming to define our age, will surely realize that its The Rock's portrayal of the Pre-Dynastic Horus King in The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King that make him the natural choice for this franchise.º

The Scorpion King is a mysterious character in the history of early Dynastic Egypt. It's thought that he may have actually been Hor-Aha ("Horus the Warrior"), the son of Narmer †, or even that Narmer and Hor-Aha and Menes and the Scorpion King may all have been the same person:
The only other evidences to date of the existence of a King Scorpion come from small serekhs found on vases. Serekhs were the enclosing devices within which the early names of Kings were written. A serekh of Scorpion may occur on a wine jar from Minshat Abu Amar, though this inscription has also been read as being that of "Aha," the later First Dynasty King who may have been the same king known by Manetho as Menes..

Some Egyptologists hold that Menes and Narmer are the same person; some hold that Menes is the same person as Hor-Aha and that he inherited an already-unified Egypt from Narmer; others hold that Narmer began the process of unification but either did not succeed or succeeded only partially, leaving it to Menes to complete...''
Whatever the case may be, according to Ancient Egyptian historians, all of the aforementioned individuals ruled in the period folllowing the end of the rule of the gods. And who was the last god to rule Egypt?


Indeed, whoever the Scorpion King actually was, as ruler of Egypt his true name was Horus Scorpion, and he was seen to be the natural heir of the god. Which is fascinating since in Witch Mountain, the Scorpion King is following the directions given to him by his young alien friends. Which brings us back to some old friends...
The "Followers of Horus" were a group of beings who were closely connected with Osiris, and having "followed" him in this world they passed after him into the Other World, where they became his ministrants and messengers, partaking of his immortal nature, and sharing his life.

EA Wallis Budge, The Liturgy of Funerary Offerings
I've written repeatedly about the indelible link (via esoteric Masonry) between Ancient Egypt and Ancient Astronauts in the context of the Shemsu Hor. We've looked at Hancock and Bauval's theories that the Shemsu Hor sought to create a mirror of Heaven in order that they may follow Horus on his path through outer space to Osiris and Isis, in the constellations of Orion and Canis Major, respectively.

OK, and this has what to do with The Rock?

Again; in Race to Witch Mountain, what we have here is The Rock - who previously portrayed an incarnation of Horus- ushering alien siblings back to their home in the stars. Did I mention that Isis and Osiris were themselves siblings?

So, on one level- the exoteric, surface level- Race to Witch Mountain is just a Disney kids movie with an ex-wrestler in the lead role. On the esoteric, symbolic level, Race to Witch Mountain is consonant with nearly everything we've been looking at here on The Secret Sun over the past year.

Most certainly the rise of Barack Obama, whose transition chief John Podesta is a believer in the UFO phenomenon.

POST-SCRIPT: Speaking of scorpions and royalty, there was this item in the news over the weekend:
Woman Spends 33 Days With 5000 Scorpions To Break Own Record

PATTAYA, Thailand -- Kanchana Ketkaew lived in a glass box, surrounded by thousands of scorpions. The 39-year-old spent 33 days with 5000 of the arachnids- MyFox Phila(e)delphia
This might be an opportune time to remind ourselves that there were 33 Dynasties in pre-Alexandrian Egypt...


* Strangely, I filed Escape to Witch Mountain away in my own memory, though it would surface in extremely vivid dreams I had as a teenager about telekinesis. And I unconsciously nicked the Winnebago chase across California for a unsold screenplay a friend and I had actually submitted to Disney in early 2001. Work on the project was interrupted, seeing that my writing partner lived a block away from the World Trade Center. But it wouldn't be until my harrowing ride to Esalen in June that memories of the film were kicked loose, since the original Disney film was filmed around Route 1 and Big Sur. And a reader brought the film up when we were mulling over the Stairway to Sirius symbolism during the election.

**The trailer gives us some strong links to The X-Files semiotic universe, certainly via the alien bounty hunter and the presence of the luscious Carla Gugino, former star of TV's most egregious X-Files knockoff, Threshold.

† We looked at Narmer in the context of Disney's Oannes Brothers and sure enough, the young New Jerseyeans dropped in on Sasha and Malia Obama during the inaugural festivities.

º Here's a synopsis of The Scorpion King: In an ancient time, predating the pyramids, the evil king Memnon (Brand)is using the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra (Hu) to fortell his great victories. In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus (The Rock) to kill the sorceress. But Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Now with the help of the trickster Arpid, tribal leader Balthazar (Duncan) and an unexpected ally, it's up to Mathayus to fufill his destiny and become the great Scorpion King.- ruinedendings. com

I changed the heading of this from Astronaut Theology to AstroGnostic, since I see the Witch Mountain symbolism as being more Gnostic than Masonic/Mithraic.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Deep Semiotics of Flight 1549: Addendum

I mentioned the correlation between the splashdown location of Flight 1549 and the parallel spot where Ben "Star" Gates jumps from the observation deck of the USS Intrepid into the Hudson in the Masonic recuitment film, National Treasure. Before we put the story to rest, I thought some visual aids might help drive the point home.

Here's a money shot from the film. Note the octagonal radar dish just above Ben (Star) Gates sploosh. It's interesting to note that the media was on the Flight 1549 landing scene at 3:30, given this wacky little coincidence.

UPDATE: 1549 didn't hit birds, but a "soft body?" Hmmm....

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Barack Obama and the Masonic Martyr, part II

Note: the first installment of this series obviously got overshadowed by the Inauguration. But I hope anyone who hasn't read it will go back and do so. I think it is highly revealing as to the nature of this new president and perhaps more importantly, the direction this country will be taking in the year to come...

In the first part of this series, we looked at the chain of bizarre coincidences connecting President Obama to the martyred Masonic astronaut Gus Grissom, who was killed in 1967 in an explosion many people do not believe was an accident.

Given the significance of the details in these coincidences, there seems to be something more than Synchronicity at work here. It almost seems as if Grissom is a kind of idol to Obama, whose symbolic footprints the new President seems to be walking in. Indeed, Grissom's first flight into space took place two weeks before Obama was born.

And one of the ways Obama seems to be paying tribute to Grissom in his antagonism towards the NASA heirarchy, which the new President believes has failed in its mission.

The Sun and Stars- Obama makes a policy speech on NASA
"Under my watch, NASA will inspire the world once again, make America stronger, and help grow the economy right here in Brevard County and right here in Florida. That’s what this election is all about. It’s about raising our sights, seizing this moment, and reclaiming our destiny in this country."- Barack Obama, (aka "Tuvok Oba-Mason"*) quoted in

Although he identifies himself very clearly with space exploration (and sci-fi), Obama's relationship with NASA has been tense. As with so many aspects of government that I predict we will see under his administration, it appears the military will assume much greater control over the space program.

According to Newsday and other sources, Retired Maj. Gen. Jonathan Scott Gration will be appointed as director of NASA, even though partisans of present honcho Michael Griffin have lobbied heavily for Obama to keep him on. There are plans for the Army to take over the rocket program for future launches.

And Obama has reportedly tapped Dave Noble, director of voter mobilization in the gay community, to be White House liaison to NASA, which makes for an interesting symbolic conjunction.

The fact that the ISiS crew watched the Inauguration from space seemed to be particularly noteworthy to the media. Were Michael Fincke and Sandra Magnus playing the role of Obama's heavenly parents, the Osiris and Isis to his Horus?

It would certainly make sense in the overall narrative that we've seen constructed around NASA for the past 50 years. And all of this must be put in context with the mad dash the entire world is making for the heavens, regardless of what's going on in the global economy.

But it almost seems, given the avalanche of stories about his wranglings with NASA, that Obama has a very powerful personal connection to the space program. And indeed he does.


None of this should be any surprise to those who've read Obama's autobiography. One of the Apollo splashdowns had a profound impact on him:

"One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my grandfather's shoulders as the astronauts from one of the Apollo missions arrived at Hickam Air Force Base after a successful splashdown," Obama wrote in Dreams From My Father.

"I remember the astronauts, in aviator glasses, as being far away, barely visible through the portal of an isolation chamber. But Gramps would always swear that one of the astronauts waved just at me and that I waved back. It was part of the story he told himself. With his black son-in-law and his brown grandson, Gramps had entered the space age."- Chicago Sun Times

Powerful stuff. The space program had an incredible mystique in the 60s, and for a young child to be recognized by an astronaut was tantamount to being blessed by the Pope in Medieval Italy. For a biracial boy in majority-Asian Hawaii, this kind of acknowledgment could be a tremendous validation.

But what further fascinates me is the fact that young Barry was with his grandfather. We don't have a lot of good pictures of Stanley Dunham, but in that well-circulated picture we see of he and Obama playing on the beach, one thing strikes me... that photo, Obama's grandfather Stanley Dunham looks remarkably like Gus Grissom.

The nose and the chin are particularly striking, as are the squinty, smiling eyes. What must have a young Barry thought when seeing pictures of Grissom, particularly after his death? This is especially significant given that his grandfather was Obama's primary male role model. Perhaps this helped inspire the future President's idolization of Grissom.

The synchronicties multiply:

• Dunham was living in Kansas when Obama's mother was born, and Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 is now kept in the Kansas Space Center museum.

• Dunham is buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii, an ancient site of human sacrifice which now features a shrine to the goddess Columbia.

Another martyred astronaut is buried in Punchbowl- Ellison Onizuka, the first Hawaiian astronaut, who died in the 1986 Challenger (STS-51L) disaster. Onizuka was also an Eagle Scout and a member of the Triangle Fraternity.

• Onizuka's birthday was the Feast of St. John the Baptist (in the epochal year of 1946), the same day that various Masonic orders like the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 and the OSTS began, which counted Grace Kelly as an initiate.

• Onizuka gave his name to one of the shuttles on the NCC-1701D.

Finally, we've looked at the symbolism of the Obama campaign logo, as it relates to the Masonic icon of the Stairway to Sirius, and the point-in-circle symbol (which became a plot point in Red Planet). We've heard the stories of the design process and how and why this particular logo was chosen. Though not immediately obvious, I'd suggest that there may be another as-yet-unexamined influence on this particular logo, at least as it pertains to the symbolism.

And that's the Apollo 1 mission patch, which also incorporates the Masonic point-in-circle (separated by the gold ring) and the American flag . There are 13 stripes in this case and 5 in Obama's logo, but there are 5 stars in the Apollo patch. Seeing the Moon rise on the Earth's horizon gives me to wonder if in fact that's the Moon in the Obama logo, not the Sun.

Given Obama's encounter with the Apollo astronauts in Hawaii and his strange coincidental connections to Grissom, it's a possibility that should certainly be taken into account.

Finally, there were two ill-fated starships by the name of "USS Grissom" in different Star Trek series. This ties into the uncanny Trek connections to Obama, which in turn reminds us of the future prophesied in the Star Trek universe, and how different that is from the world we know today. It's a future not many of us are well-prepared for.

How appropriate, then, that the reboot of Star Trek is set to be the big event movie of the year. Or that it's written by the same team bringing the new Transformers movie, another potential blockbuster mixing militarism and (Egyptian) mysticism.º

Militarism and mysticism- certainly the legacy of the Freemasons and their predecessors, the Knights Templar and the Mithraic cults. It's interesting to note that Harvard University- Barack Obama's alma mater- has seen an almost 800% increase in Masonic enrollment over the past ten years. If indeed we do see a large-scale Masonic revival (which would certainly be hastened by an economic slowdown), what does this mean for the rest of us?

Given the lineage we've seen going back to Heliopolis and the concept of the Zep Tepi, as well as the unprecedented amount of strange traffic above our heads, could a Masonic revival be a portent of that long-awaited return? We'll be looking at the origin of the Masonic concept in the future, and how that may well tie into the Zep Tepi mythos. Freemasonry has always attracted engineers, functionaries, civil servants and professionals- left-brain types, middle-class by definition. I've no doubt there are several steps in the pyramid above them.

UPDATE: Andre reminded us that The new Transformers movie is subtitled Revenge of the Fallen, and previously I had pointed out that this passage from Obama's speech may be a reference to Grissom:

"As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages." (Gus Grissom is buried at Arlington.)

UPDATE II: Obama's Sec'y of State Hillary Clinton has a policy on extraterrestrial contact? Fascinating...

UPDATE III: Grissom-less CSI scores 17.5 m viewers, down 11 percent.

UPDATE IV: Miss Indiana chosen first Miss America of the Obama Era. Interesting...

† Although the two men couldn't be more different in many ways, I can't help but think of Jack Parsons when looking into the life and legacy of Gus Grissom.

*Again, it is my strong suspicion that Obama himself is an initiate of one of the countless Masonic orders out there, if not actually a Freemason (meaning an initiate of one of the recognized "Free and Accepted" orders).

Friday, January 23, 2009

The "Do-Over"

Oh, my, the hits just keep on coming. Chief Justice Roberts "flubbed" his lines at the Inauguration, causing President Obama to also "flub" his lines. This necessitated a "do-over" in the White House Map Room, under the watchful eye of Benjamin LaTrobe. Who is that, you may ask?

Let's consult the official website of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry:
Latrobe, educated in England and Germany, studied architecture under Sir William Chambers and civil engineering under John Smeaton, then the outstanding civil engineer in England. After working in a subordinate capacity, Brother Latrobe opened his own architectural office in 1791 in England, but, as none were for major projects, he was dissatisfied with the commissions he received. Early in 1796, Brother Benjamin Henry Latrobe arrived in Virginia from England to seek his fortune in America. Had Parliament approved the proposed Chelmsford Canal project in England, Latrobe would have been its chief engineer, and other commissions would have followed. But Parliament did not, so this turn of fate gave us the "Father of Architecture in America."
And adds:
Regarding Brother Latrobe's Masonic membership, he was initiated in the Lodge of Antiquity No. 2, London, 1788, and served as Junior Warden 1789–90. When he came to the United States, he affiliated with Lodge No. 54, Richmond, Virginia.
It's a whole "New Age," all right.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama Inaugural UFO? (UPDATED 1/23)

Inaugural UFO CNN Analyzed

Courtesy of, another strange Obama UFO sighting. Watch the original feed here. Read about the previous Obama UFO sighting here.

This puts a new perspective on CNNs satellite imaging of the Inaugural. "Seen from Space," indeed!

Cheers to the gang at the RigInt boards.

UPDATE: You know, I was so busy trying to figure out what that thing is (or isn't) I forgot to mention the conjunction with the Washington Memorial Masonic Obelisk. We're certainly getting an eyeful (no pun intended) of that sucker (no pun intended) this week, aren't we?

UPDATE II: Well, Caroline Kennedy wasn't appointed to the Senate after all. Here's an interesting tidbit about her replacement:
Then-Rep.-elect (Kirsten) Gillibrand, D-N.Y., thanks supporters in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. after beating incumbent Rep. John Sweeney in 2006. Gillibrand gave birth Thursday, May 15, 2008, to a healthy baby boy, a day after voting on a major piece of legislation. The delivery makes her the sixth woman to have a child while a member of Congress.
Gillibrand is a Scottish surname meaning "burning bright." May 15 is the first day of the month of the goddess Wadjet in the Ancient Egyptian calendar. According to Tour Egypt, "Wadjet was revered as the goddess of childbirth, and protector of children, and in later years she became the protector of kings."

Indeed, Wadjet is also the cobra in the Udjat, or Eye of Horus.

Oh, I almost forgot- Gillibrand is from Hudson, New York. That's in Columbia County.

UPDATE III: Oh, this is interesting- it turns out Gillibrand's appointment is not being well-received in Dem circles. It appears she's a lot more conservative than the rest of the NY caucus. Curious...

UPDATE IV: Todd C. wrote and asked me what I thought about the oath "do-over." What I think is that I think that Obama was one of 22 Senators who voted against Roberts...

Memento Mori

This is the first anniversary of Heath Ledger's passing. The timing seems strangely appropriate, in a tragic way...

...but life endures. When all is said and done this remains the indelible image, the greatest testament for me of the man's time on this Earth.

Be a presence of love in other people's lives, and your own life will be celebrated.

UPDATE: Ledger nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Ausur™.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The 17 President (UPDATED 1/22)

UPDATE: Here Comes the Sun!
UPDATE: The New York Times gets in on the act with a 17 picture gallery
on their front page.
This is picture number 17.
UPDATE 1/21: Et tu, LA Times?
Their 17 of 17 is of the snazzy new Rising Sun rug in the Oval Office.

At 1700 GMT, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. His inaugural speech, like his victory speech, was 17 minutes long. Cost of the inaugural festivities? $170 Million. I'll leave it to my eagle-eyed readers to discover any further 17 symbolism.

After writing my post on Obama and Gus Grissom, it struck me that our new president might make reference to the Masonic martyr, but only in his usual oblique fashion. Perhaps this is it:
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.
Gus Grissom is buried at Arlington.

And Told Through the Ages is the title of an old Masonic text. Interesting conjunction there. It was also very interesting to hear Obama use the term "New Age."

UPDATE II: Interesting to see so many commentators referring to Obama as "following in Lincoln's footsteps," since Lincoln was the 16th President.

UPDATE III: Thuthie points out that the swearing in began at 12:05. 12+0+5= oh, you know. Also, I forgot this Washington Times article about the inauguration: "Masonic Rituals Live On."

UPDTE IV: iAdminie reminds us that the inaugural parade route is 1.7 miles long.

UPDATE V: The Times added another picture to the gallery for a grand total of 18. Hmm, did they do so at 1700 hours?

UPDATE VI: Here's an interesting headline for a mainstream newspaper: "Magical Spell that will open a new American era."
UPDATE VII: I can't find any mention of the Bible verse that Obama picked...

update: I've been told it's I Corinthians 13:11.
13 and 11. Bill Cooper rolls in his grave.UPDATE VIII: BBC: "How Green Will Obama Be?"
UPDATE IX: 33 seconds. Interesting time-code there.
UPDATE X: HuffPost strikes again (see here and here for past examples.)

UPDATE XI: Indras Net has an interesting overview of the Astrology of the inauguration.
UPDATE XII: Seen from Space: The Inauguration Edition. Check out the big day from a satellite-eye view. Software courtesy of Seadragon (!)
UPDATE XIII: It seems that the old eagle-perched-on-globe icon made an appearance at the Inaugural Luncheon. We looked at this in the context of the Phoenix during the election. If you get a chance, watch John and Cindy McCain at the shindig. Not what I would call happy campers. But important in the Phoenix narrative. Screenie courtesy of Reuters, whose logo has undergone a Solar revision recently.

UPDATE XIV: Ahh, how could I forget- the Presidential inauguration in the United States has taken place on the first day of Aquarius since 1937. That would have been the second inauguration of Freemason FDR.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Barack Obama and the Masonic Martyr

NOTE: Barack Obama chose the 42nd anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire- in other words, Gus Grissom's death- to essentially end NASA as we knew it. Read more here.

If I had to guess, I would say that Barack Obama is a Freemason, possibly of the Order of Prince Hall, or more likely, in one of the many clandestine or affiliated Masonic orders. We have no documentation on that as yet, but it is certainly interesting that the Freemasons are holding their first-ever (public) inaugural ball in his honor.

UPDATE 7/24 - Famous Prince Hall Masons in politics:

David Paterson, First Black Governor of New York
Julian Bond, St. James Lodge No. 4, Atlanta. NAACP National Chairman
Thomas Bradley, mayor of Los Angeles, California
Medger Wiley Evers, NAACP field secretary
Wilson Goode, Sons of Light No. 120. First Black mayor of Philadelphia
Augustus F. Hawkins. US Congressman California
Benjamin L. Hooks, Former Executive Director NAACP
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Harmony Lodge No. 88, Chicago, Illinois
Kweisi Mfume, Mount Olive Lodge No. 25, Baltimore, Maryland. President and CEO, NAACP
Charles B. Rangel, Joppa Lodge No. 55, US Congressman New York
Rev. Al Sharpton, Jurisdiction of New York, civil rights leader
Carl B. Stokes, first Black elected mayor, Cleveland, OH
Louis Stokes, US Congressman Ohio
John Street, Philadelphia Lodge No. 74. mayor of Philadelphia
Lawrence Douglass Wilder, East End Lodge No. 233, Virginia. First US Black Governor, Mayor Of Richmond, Va.
Andrew Young, St. James Lodge No. 4, Atlanta, Georgia. UN Ambassador, mayor of Atlanta
Thurgood Marshall, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

One individual we know for sure was a very high-ranking Freemason of the Scottish Rite is Virgil "Gus" Grissom (1926-1967), one of the original NASA astronauts and a man many see as a martyr to the increasing corruption of the space program. Alone among the original astronauts, Grissom is has retained the incredible mystique that the space jockeys had in the 60s.

Grissom also lent his name to the male lead "Gil Grissom" (as in Vir-gil) on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, played by William Petersen of The Skulls fame. Given that CSI runs on the All-Seeing Eye network, I believe whoever chose this name was making a definite statement.

Many higher-ups within the space program blamed Grissom for the loss of the Mercury capsule known as the Liberty Bell 7. Journalist-turned-neocon shill Tom Wolfe slandered Grissom in The Right Stuff, but his fellow astronauts always defended him. Many people believe that Grissom was murdered for his criticism of NASA, and see him as a martyr- a symbol of a lost dream.

Is one of those people Barack Obama?


Like no president in my memory, Barack Obama seems very engaged with the space program. Of course, this is in the context of the rush to colonize space (or construct welcome centers) that we've been looking at. But on a 2008 campaign stop, he sounded a lot like Gus Grissom:

“I grew up on Star Trek,” Obama said. “I believe in the final frontier.”

But Obama said he does not agree with the way the space program is now being run and thinks funding should be trimmed until the mission is clearer.

“NASA has lost focus and is no longer associated with inspiration,” he said. “I don’t think our kids are watching the space shuttle launches. It used to be a remarkable thing. It doesn’t even pass for news anymore.”
There's also been a lot of wrangling with NASA over funding, but Obama invited several astronauts to the inauguration and the new moon rover/habitat will be the first space vehicle to appear at an inaugural parade. Several prominent astronauts (including Freemason John Glenn) endorsed Obama. One, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, went so far to launch a door-to-door campaign for Obama, saying "This is the best thing since JFK. He put me in, Obama is taking us back." Incidentally, Schweickart was born in Neptune, NJ and has taught at Esalen.


While looking into the timeline of the 2008 campaign I accidentally stumbled upon a curious coincidence. Here is an excerpt from a New York Times story from Obama's February 10, 2007 presidential campaign announcement:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 10 — Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, standing before the Old State Capitol where Abraham Lincoln began his political career, announced his candidacy for the White House on Saturday by presenting himself as an agent of generational change who could transform a government hobbled by cynicism, petty corruption and “a smallness of our politics.”

This announcement was exactly forty years after the cover date of the issue of Life magazine that covered the state funeral of Gus Grissom and the other Apollo 1 astronauts.

Gus Grissom was born April 3, 1926. Exactly 80 years later, Barack Obama gave an major speech before the US Senate called "The Coming Storm: Energy Independence and the Safety of Our Planet" while gas prices were spiraling. He also spoke on "global warming," saying:
And just recently, this is the administration that tried to silence a NASA scientist for letting the rest of us know that yes, climate change is a pretty big deal.
Was this an oblique reference to the death of Grissom, born exactly 80 years before? As we will soon see, Grissom was himself a NASA whistle-blower, whom many believe was "silenced." Obama also said this during the speech:
See, there’s a reason that some have compared the quest for energy independence to the Manhattan Project or the Apollo moon landing. Like those historic efforts, moving away from an oil economy is a major challenge that will require a sustained national commitment.
Grissom was the captain of Apollo 1 and would have captained Apollo 11, the first moon landing. Obama would again refer to the landing in his victory speech, connecting it to a 106 year-old Atlanta (on the 33rd parallel) woman. On the 17th day following, we saw the Atlantis Rising ceremony in Dubai.

Nothing but typical boilerplate, you say? Well, let's go down the list. What other important details in Gus Grissom's life correspond with those in Obama's life, specifically his campaign?

Gus Grissom graduated from Purdue University in Indiana. Barack Obama chose Purdue for another landmark event in the campaign, his July 16, 2008 speech to the Council on Foreign Relations confirming his adherence to the CFR line on the "War on Terror."
July 16 was the launch date of Apollo 11, which, again, Grissom would have captained had he not died. Obama couldn't seem to resist making an oblique reference to the anniversary:
All of this will demand the greatest resource that America has – our people. In the Cold War, we didn’t defeat the Soviets just because of the strength of our arms – we also did it because at the dawn of the atomic age and the onset of the space race, the smartest scientists and most innovative workforce was here in America.
It's also interesting to note that Obama seemed particularly intent on winning Indiana, Grissom's home state, both in the primaries and the general election.

Also, Gus Grissom was a lifelong member of the "Church of Christ" denomination. What denomination did Barack Obama choose to be baptised in?

The Church of Christ.


As mentioned, Grissom fell afoul of NASA brass when he was was accused of blowing the hatch to the Mercury Liberty Bell 7 space capsule, causing the expensive equipment to sink to the ocean bed. This soured relations between Grissom and NASA and he soon became a critic of corruption within the space program. NASA fought back:
Critics of Grissom, including novelist Tom Wolfe, have claimed the astronaut panicked when his space capsule landed in the ocean, and he prematurely pulled an explosive charge to open the ship’s hatch, causing it to sink.

Fellow astronauts, however, gave Grissom the benefit of the doubt for several reasons. Grissom was a decorated Korean War pilot who had flown nearly 100 combat missions. He was a courageous man not known to panic. There was also evidence that the explosive device on the hatch could accidentally blow without being pulled -- a fact that led NASA to remove such devices from future spacecraft.

Also, had Grissom pulled the explosive release on the hatch, his hand or arm should have had powder and bruise marks. Neither were found.- Newsmax

On October 3, 1962, Wally Schirra, another Masonic astronaut from New Jersey, tried to absolve Grissom his own way when he splashed down in the Pacific Ocean between the Midway Islands and Hawaii:
Two Mercury flights later, Astronaut Wally Schirra manually blew Sigma 7's hatch after splashdown, in a deliberate attempt to dispel the rumor that Grissom might have blown Liberty Bell 7's hatch deliberately. As anticipated, the kickback from the manual trigger left Schirra with a visible injury to his right hand. Grissom was uninjured when he exited the capsule.
What significance does this important date in Gus Grissom's career have in Barack Obama's life? Well, exactly thirty years later, on October 3, 1992, Barack and Michelle Obama were married.


The controversy over Grissom's death is so hot that one ubiquitous media "skeptic" (and tireless defender of government orthodoxy) went so far as to shut down debate on the Apollo 1 murder theories on his message board.

One "Apollo hoax" conspiracy site boils the basic narrative amongst Grissom partisans to its essence.
In January 1967, Virgil 'Gus' Grissom, an American astronaut, held an unauthorized press conference in which he told reporters that the United States was "at least a decade away" from even contemplating a lunar mission. He was severely rebuked for giving that interview without permission.
Following this reprimand, Gus Grissom later came out of a water tank reduced gravity simulation of the supposed lunar landing module, and attached a lemon to a coat-hanger, which he then hung in front of a NASA emblem to indicate to the cameras, without speaking, what he and his fellow crew members, Roger Chaffee and Edward White, thought of the Apollo programme. Clearly Mr. Grissom did not fit NASA's requirement of an easily-controlled, brain-dead military man.
A few days after this, on 27 January 1967, Grissom, Chaffee and White were murdered, via a horrific pressurized oxygen fire, while locked in the capsule at the top of a Saturn V rocket.
But it's not just conspiracy theorists who believe Grissom was murdered for his whistle-blowing, it's also the Grissom family.
"My father’s death was no accident. He was murdered,” Grissom, a commercial pilot, told Star.

Grissom said he recently was granted access to the charred capsule and discovered a "fabricated” metal plate located behind a control panel switch. The switch controlled the capsules’ electrical power source from an outside source to the ship’s batteries. Grissom argues that the placement of the metal plate was an act of sabotage...

...Grissom’s widow, Betty, now 71, told Star she agrees with her son’s claim that her husband had been murdered. "I believe Scott has found the key piece of evidence to prove NASA knew all along what really happened but covered up to protect funding for the race to the moon.”
Grissom's death capped a tense period when the astronaut had been the target of death threats:
The Grissom family had reason to doubt the official NASA ruling from the beginning. Even before Apollo I, Grissom had received death threats which his family believed emanated from within the space program.

The threats were serious enough that he was put under Secret Service protection and had been moved from his home to a secure safehouse. According to his wife, Grissom had warned her that "if there is ever a serious accident in the space program, it’s likely to be me.”
For their part, Richard Hoagland and Michael Bara point out at The Enterprise Mission there was a "strange coincidence of the fire taking place at the same moment as a special White House space reception. A ceremony had been set up at the White House to commemorate the signing of the UN space treaty of 1967. Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, noted that this coincidence was "weird" in his book Lost Moon: 'The invitation said 6:14 pm. It actually said that. Not 6:15, or 6:13, but 6:14. It was unclear to me what they were going to do with the extra minute.'"

The deadly fire broke out at 6:31 PM, exactly 17 minutes after the start of the reception.

Hoagland and Bara note the "coincidence" of several astronomical alignments connected to events in Gus Grissom's career, involving Sirius and Orion among others. The alignments inspire the rearchers to conclude:
...the "Resurrection" of Grissom's capsule (in 1999) took place at a specific time and place so that all of the key gods in the ancient Egyptian pantheon could observe from "sacred positions" in the heavens. This overwhelmingly symbolic act was played out before Osiris, the god of resurrection, at the site of the recovery. Horus, the son of Osiris was at Giza, Isis, mother of Horus and wife/sister of Osiris was at the Viking 2 site, and Set, as represented by Taurus/Encke was at Cydonia.In the years that we have been tracking this NASA/Egypt connection, rarely if ever have we seen such a complete roll call of the Gods of the Nile.

This all smacks of long term plan, a predilection for ritual and reverence that can only be described as compulsive.
Gods and locations, eh? Well, the Liberty Bell 7 was recovered on July 20, 1999. 9 years later Barack Obama announced he would be giving a speech at Berlin's Victory Column, which would be entitled "A World that Stands as One."

But what of January 27th itself? Any link to the Barack Obama narrative?


On January 27, 2008, the 41st anniversary of the death of Gus Grissom, The New York Times published an editorial by Caroline Kennedy entitled "A President Like My Father," in which Kennedy endorsed the young Senator at a crucial point in the campaign, although she'd previously donated $5000 to Hillary Clinton. The daughter of another 60s martyr, Kennedy wrote:
OVER the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even more profound today. That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.
Kennedy hadn't endorsed a presidential candidate since 1980 when her Uncle Ted ran. It seems that Kennedy will be rewarded for this by being appointed the Senate seat of New York. The man who will appoint her will be Freemason Gov. David Paterson, who was recently in the news when a USAir jet landed safely in the Hudson River.

Which makes for an interesting parallel to Grissom's more controversial water landing with the Liberty Bell 7, and his next mission as well.


Despite the controversy, Grissom was given the task of choosing a nickname for his next flight on the Gemini III. He couldn't resist teasing the bosses who had been circulating rumors about his courage. From the NASA biography:
The Broadway musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown provided him with a source of inspiration. With the loss of Liberty Bell still on his mind, Gus decided to poke fun at the whole incident. Molly Brown had been strong, reliable and most importantly, unsinkable. It was a perfect name for Liberty Bell's successor. However, some of Grissom's bosses insisted that he choose a more respectable name. Gus replied, "How about the Titanic?" It was clear that Grissom was not going to back down on this one. Given a choice of Molly Brown or Titanic, disgruntled officials backed off. Without further ado, Gemini-Titan 3 became known as Molly Brown.
Molly Brown was Margaret Brown, a surivor of the Titanic who became a fixture on the social scene in Denver. And where did Barack Obama's coronation as the Democratic nominee take place?



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