Wednesday, March 17, 2010

From Ausur to Oscar.

Well, it's that time of the year again. Yes, 3/7/10 is here, a clever little cryptogram for 3/17, the date of the death of Osiris. No surprise then that tonight we have the Ausurs Oscars, aka the Academy Awards.

  I'm hoping I get to see it, since ABC and Cablevision are feuding and my local affiliate is currently blacked out. Given the ad dollars at stake, I'm hopeful this will all be resolved by showtime. If so, I'll try to liveblog it, like I did last year. 

 For newer readers, I suggest you check out my first big semiotic blowout on the Oscars, which is probably the most-read post in the Secret Sun's history. It centers around the symbolism of the Kodak Theatre, and the somewhat incongruous presence of the Babylon Gate (read: "Gate of the Gods," read: "Stargate") in the courtyard of the Hollywood and Highland complex in which the Kodak sits.

The article also delves into the Masonic history of Hollywood, which is fairly remarkable, especially given the fact that it's not widely acknowledged:
What we must remember is that Hollywood's Golden Age was a distinctly Freemasonic enterprise. Some of the biggest names in show business were Masons. Most importantly, three of the most powerful Hollywood moguls -Louis B. Mayer (of MGM) Jack Warner (Warner Bros) and Darryl Zanuck (20th Century Fox) - were all Masons. 
Lat year's Academy Awards were a feast for symbol junkies as well. Especially considering that Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner in the midst of all the Sirius/Dog Star symbolism flying around the Memestream at the time. 

There were also some fascinating semiotic emanations after the fact, having to do with the winners and their past and future projects. All kinds of powerful connections to the foundational memes of this blog arose, which we looked at here. 

 Speaking of Babylon, some of you might remember that the Iraqi National Museum opened the day after the Oscars, and given the timezone differences, it may have actually opened either during the Awards or immediately afterwards. That conjunction and the ancient occult concept of the "reversal of time" were explored in the Benjamin Button posts.