Saturday, June 26, 2010

Alien Dreaming: I Want to Believe, Part 3



I've wanted to finish up this series for a while, but a brutal work schedule and more pressing topics have put this (and many other series) on the back burner. Some of this material was included earlier in the series, but that was posted so long ago a lot of you might have totally forgotten about it.

This film got pummeled by the Dark Knight blitzkrieg, but I think it also fared poorly because it's too brutally unrelenting in its view of a cold, heartless, spiritually-dead America. It also presents us with heroes beaten down by that reality, which has certainly only become more stark since the film's release. Some critics also bashed the film for what they perceived as its use of the "gay villain" trope, not understanding the X-Files philosophy that villains are simply people with conflicting agendas, and are often simply trying to survive. But none of that was going to wash while the Dark Knight Working was unleashing its chthonic spell across the world.

All that being said, I think I Want to Believe is a flat-out masterpiece and is so densely packed with layers of meaning and subtext that I discover something new every time I watch it (and I've watched at least 40 times). Whether it's saying something people are ready to hear right now is another issue entirely. I will add that one of the reasons the film hit me so damn hard is that it's filled with truly startling personal synchronicities. But that, as they say, is a story for another day. Now, let's dive in...

Find the hidden mushroom!

As we saw in the previous installment in this series, the X-Files film I Want to Believe allegorizes the series' own Mythology, symbolically retelling the drama of aliens, abductions and genetic experimentation in a real-world context. And just as The X-Files has always done, ancient mythology seems to be part of the mix as well. in particular, the motif of the "descent to the underworld" that was an important theme in the Mystery religions.

Modern scholars like Gordon Wasson and Terence McKenna have shown that the "mystery" behind the Mysteries was the use of powerful hallucinogens like LSA and amanita muscaria, which led to rituals including everything from wild dancing to group sex. Wasson has argued that Dionysus cultists actually used an admixture of powerful hallucinogens and herbs as their "wine," not the usual mix of fermented grapes.

left: Isis-Aphrodite right: Isis Anderson

As we've seen in the "Alien Dreaming and the Widening Gyre" series, hallucinogens and alien contact seem to be connected in ways we don't yet understand. The liturgy of the Mithraic Mysteries- generally believed to be the most sober and conservative of the ancient sects - includes some pretty startling encounters with angels and snake-faced humanoids inside flying discs, which have doors and exhaust and artificial light fixtures and all of the rest of it. All of this follows the ingestion of a bitter mixture of herbs and other plant derivatives by the initiate.

As mentioned before, X-Files episodes that delve into ancient astronauts and alien identity were always preceded by unconnected stories about hallucination or hallucinogens. We don't have any explicit reference to either in I Want to Believe, but we do have a lot of parallels to several Mystery religions, the Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone being the most obvious (as well as lots of interesting visual clues scattered throughout the film).

Let's take a look at the parallels:



Monica Bannan is our Persephone, abducted and brought down to Hell. Remember that Persephone is associated with Spring and was spotted by Hades while picking flowers, so here Monica defends herself with a gardening tool. Given the exoteric narrative of the film, it's probably not an accident that the agent who plays Monica showed up before in Chris Carter's previous Frankenstein riff, "The Post-Modern Prometheus." That just shows you how he thinks (Bannan is related to Baines - Downard fans take note).

Cheryl Cunningham is Persephone as well. Here we see her abducted amidst giant rolls of hay, tying back into the agricultural motif of the Mysteries. The constant backdrop of snow neatly parallels the barren earth of endless winter following Persephone's abduction.

Janke is our Hades (with a bit of Set thrown in for good measure). The iconic shot of him underwater parallels Hades' place in the Underworld, looking up and spying Cheryl/Persephone. Janke is played by Callum Keith Rennie, who first appeared in the Ten Thirteen Universe in "Lazarus," an episode that also deals with conscious being grafted onto another body (which also references Osiris). The symbolism goes even deeper with this character...



..such as his menacing Ford pickup that makes a nice stand-in for Hades' chariot, and plays a major part in the abductions. Cheryl drives a Subaru Outback, which opens a whole other can of worms.

Janke also has a two-headed dog, a gene-spliced modern version of Cerberus. Mulder encounters the beastie after hopping the fence to the Russian compound, a Hell-on-Earth if ever there was one.



Inside the compound, we see Cheryl submerged into a vat of ice water, again symbolizing the descent into the Underworld. She's about to take her place as the Queen of Hell, once her head is removed and replaced with that of Franz, that is.



Which brings us to our first curveball. Franz is our Agdistis, on loan from another Mystery cult alogether. Agdistis was the mad hermaphrodite whose male genitals were ripped away by the gods. Using the godlike technology of genetic engineering, the dark gods of IWTB pull away his entire male body and replace it with a female one. The old pun of altar boy/"altered boy" takes on new meaning here. Who then is his Attis?



Father Joe is our Attis, the self-castrated prodigal son, who bled to death beneath the evergreens. We see Joe bleed from his eyes beneath a fir tree, the eyes often being identified with testicles in mythology. Father Joe is psychically linked to Frank and is seeing the crimes through his eyes, which is why he can't see Cheryl's abduction. Scully rescues Father Joe during a seizure and has him taken from the halfway house he shares with other sexual predators- just as Cybele rescues Attis from Hell.



So what about our stars? Mulder repeats his role of Demeter seeking Persephone from the Samantha storyline, which Scully helpfully reminds us when she tells Mulder "this is about you trying to save your sister." We get some semiotic tips feminizing Mulder in the first half of the story, such as when enters "the woman's side" (another interesting parallel is Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as Dionysus and Semele).

Mulder rises from his tomb, again

But Mulder is also our Osiris, dragged down to the Underworld. Monica Bannon becomes Osiris when her body is discarded, which is made explicit when she are Mulder are both meant to be dismembered and scattered by Janke. Again, Scully helpfully links the two when she tells Mulder that Bannon "could have been you," somewhat cryptically.

Scully is our Demeter when she and Skinner rescue Cheryl/Demeter from Hell, and Isis in her search for Mulder/Monica. Both Isis and Demeter were "Our Ladies" thousands of years before the Virgin Mary. In fact, Demeter was known as mater dolorosa in Eleusis, which means- you guessed it - "Our Lady of Sorrow."

As both Cheryl and Mulder begin their descents into the Underworld, we see Scully yelling at a disinterested FBI agent and yet another visual cue- a young girl (rumored by fans to be Anderson's daughter Piper) descending a staircase.

UPDATE: Does Father Joe have a dual identity as well? Michael of Gosporn fame brings up the story of Prosymnus, a lusty fisherman who aided Dionysus when the wine god descended to the underworld to rescue his mother, which is exactly the role the priest ( a "fisher of men") plays in Mulder's search for Monica Bannan and later Cheryl Cunningham. The bottomless pool resonates with that vat of ice water that Cheryl/Semele is placed into. From Crystalinks:
(Dionysus) made the descent from a reputedly bottomless pool on the coast of the Argolid near the prehistoric site of Lerna. He was guided by Prosymnus who requested, as his reward, to be Dionysus' lover. Prosymnus died before Dionysus could honor his pledge, so...the god fashioned a phallus from an olive branch and sat on it at Prosymnus' tomb. This tradition was widely known but treated as a secret not to be divulged to those not privy to the god's mysteries. It was the source of the custom of parading wooden phalloi at the god's festivities.
Note that the Dionysian Mysteries in Classical Greece were almost exclusively female. The mind reels. Which brings us to our next player in the drama...



Skinner is Thoth/Hermes, assisting the goddess/mother in her search. Thoth healed Osiris by wrapping his dismembered limbs in gauze and here Skinner wraps Mulder in his jacket after Mulder's stand-in Monica has been dismembered. Note that tender shot there- a lot of X-Philes will have my hide for this, but I will go to my grave believing that the "Skin-Man" is gay and suffered an unrequited love for Mulder. In the puritanical context of The X-Files, that scene there is flat-out slashporn.



Now what about Christian? In this scene the hospital staff decides to stop treating Christian and ship him off to a hospice (Father Ibarra claims it is God's will). Scully objects, saying his condition can be treated with stem cell therapy. Another doctor objects. Is "putting the boy through hell" another clue?

Both Isis and Demeter worked as nursemaids during their searches and both treated sickly young boys by burning away their mortality (Dictys and Demophoon, respectively). In both cases their treatments ("putting them through hell," essentially) were opposed. And it goes with out saying that Isis is associated with Sirius.

Here are the only characters Chris Carter acknowledges as symbols- he identifies the nuns as the Three Graces. The Graces are often confused with the Horae, who assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone. It's worth noting that these scene takes place as the snow is melting outside after Cheryl and Mulder have been rescued.

SIRIUS QUESTIONS

Dogs are everywhere in I Want to Believe, in all contexts, good, bad and indifferent. They are part of all of the major plot points in the story. Chris Carter even makes a Hitchcockian appearance clutching onto an urn of his dog's ashes (the pet had died during production). But I really haven't figured out what Carter is trying to say about them, only that that they are too ubiquitous to be an afterthought.

There's also this strange scene where a dog and Scully are visually conjoined as she demands that a creepy priest leave Christian alone. I don't know bout you, but I don't know of any hospitals that let dogs go trotting around in children's wards.

The dogs are the biggest puzzle in the film. We've been looking at the growing emergence of Sirius symbolism in the media and politics, with both political parties using the Sirius hieroglyph in the campaign logos and Obama milking the meme for all its worth (as we also see with the so-called 'Blue Dogs'). Perhaps to understand it (which I admit I don't yet) we need to look again at what The X-Files is telling us about the world in its Mythology.

If there is a third X-Files film, Carter and Spotnitz have both said they want it to deal with the 2012 Colonization storyline of the Mythology. If we are seeing a metaphorical retelling of the Mythology, are we to believe that the Colonists - or perhaps the creator alien gods of 'Biogenesis' - are from the Sirius star system?

That certainly ties into a lot of the occult and UFOlogy lore that The X-Files plundered for storylines. The concept of 'walk-ins' - alien spirits inhabiting human bodies- gives us a crude parallel to the experiments we see in I Want to Believe. In UFO lore, the walk-ins are from Sirius.

Discounting the usual chitchat about monomyths and hero's journeys, the use of ancient mythology in The Mythology offers two possiblities. First, that Carter and Spotnitz roughly believe what Mike Clelland (of Hidden Experience) and I discussed on his podcast- that UFOlogy is our modern mythos. All of these stories about aliens and flying saucers and abductions are our simply folklore for a technocentric age. That ties into the whole Keel/Vallee theory, which is fashionable among those who want to delve into the subject without being seen as lunatics at fancy dinner parties.

The other possbility has to do with what we hear all of the major characters proclaim throughout The X-Files' Mythology- that the alien creators gave us our religions, science and myths when they genetically engineered the human race. So in fact all of these stories about ancient gods are actually just garbled accounts of the ancient astronauts, perhaps with some folklore and random bits of history thrown in.

This idea becomes quite tantalizing in the context of IWTB when you read news stories stating that some scientists believe that life on earth was seeded from the asteroid Ceres, which is the Roman name for Demeter. Panspermia was the concept that kicked off the whole alien cretor storyline in "Biogenesis."

All of this ties into themes that have been taking up more and more of my time, such as the possibility that these mythic narratives are hardwired into our brains for a reason, namely that they are allegories of realities that ancient people couldn't begin to grasp. And the hallucinogen/alien link is still an enigma, but one I'm convinced has the potential to completely change our current reality paradigm if we solve it.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Fire Festivals


BUT THE SEASON at which these fire-festivals have been most generally held all over Europe is the summer solstice, that is Midsummer Eve (the twenty-third of June) or Midsummer day (the twenty-fourth of June). A faint tinge of Christianity has been given to them by naming Midsummer Day after St. John the Baptist, but we cannot doubt that the celebration dates from a time long before the beginning of our era.

The summer solstice, or Midsummer Day, is the great turning-point in the sun’s career, when, after climbing higher and higher day by day in the sky, the luminary stops and thenceforth retraces his steps down the heavenly road. Such a moment could not but be regarded with anxiety by primitive man so soon as he began to observe and ponder the courses of the great lights across the celestial vault; and having still to learn his own powerlessness in face of the vast cyclic changes of nature, he may have fancied that he could help the sun in his seeming decline—could prop his failing steps and rekindle the sinking flame of the red lamp in his feeble hand.

In some such thoughts as these the midsummer festivals of our European peasantry may perhaps have taken their rise. Whatever their origin, they have prevailed all over this quarter of the globe, from Ireland on the west to Russia on the east, and from Norway and Sweden on the north to Spain and Greece on the south. According to a mediæval writer, the three great features of the midsummer celebration were the bonfires, the procession with torches round the fields, and the custom of rolling a wheel. - Sir James Frazer, The Golden Bough

In ancient times, midsummer's day was an occasion to pay homage to water, fire and plants. It was also a time to cleanse one's soul as well as to celebrate the summer solstice. However, over time, this holiday has lost most of its sacral meaning and only its various festive elements remain.

In England, people used to celebrate St. John's Eve by setting great bonfires after sunset. This was known as 'setting the watch' and men, women and children would jump through these bonfires for luck. The streets were lined with lanterns, and people carried cresset lamps set on poles as they went from one bonfire to the next. These wandering, garlanded bands were called a 'marching watch'. Often they were attended by morris dancers, and traditional players dressed as a unicorn, a dragon, and six hobby-horse riders.

In northern countries such as Scandinavia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania the summer solstice is still celebrated on this day. Traditionally, the evening festivities last the entire night, because the Sun does not set at this time in far northern latitudes. During this celebration men wear crowns of oak leaves and women put on wreaths of wild flowers. A bonfire is built, around which the night's activities take place.

In Sweden, flowers are an important aspect of the Midsummer festival. Girls and women weave wreaths of flowers to wear in their hair for the day. Wreaths or bouquets are traditionally made with seven or nine different types of wildflowers. Homes are similarly decorated: a flower wreath may be hung from the ceiling to bring blessing to the house and a pair of young birch branches put at the front door. - Astrology.com


When the Papacy sent its emissaries over Europe, towards the end of the sixth century, to gather in the Pagans into its fold, this festival was found in high favour in many countries. What was to be done with it? Were they to wage war with it? No. This would have been contrary to the famous advice of Pope Gregory I, that, by all means they should meet the Pagans half-way, and so bring them into the Roman Church. The Gregorian policy was carefully observed; and so Midsummer-day, that had been hallowed by Paganism to the worship of Tammuz, was incorporated as a sacred Christian festival in the Roman calendar. The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop


Masonic history records the beginning of the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster as being organized there on June 24, 1717, by a combined meeting of four local area Lodges. One of Lodges among the original 'Four Old Lodges' met there, assuming the name of the ale-house.

The famous meeting of June 24, 1717 (birthday of St. John the Baptist) was the designated as the Annual Assembly and Feast. Three additional annual meetings were subsequently specified by the original General Regulations; one on Michaelmas (in September), one just after Christmas (December 27 - birthday of St. John the Evangelist), and another on Lady Day (Annunciation Day, March 25). There is no record that these specified meetings actually occurred. - Phoenix Masonry

(The Sovereign Order of the Solar Temple''s) origins date back to the so called "Arginy Renaissance", a mystical experience of June 12, 1952, when French esoteric author Jacques Breyer (1922-1996) and two companions were contacted by secret "Masters of the Temple" and asked to establish a "Templar Renaissance". The "Renaissance" eventually materialized -- after many years of esoteric activity by Breyer and his friends -- into the OSTS, established on June 24, 1966 and incorporated under Monaco law in 1967. Monaco was selected because the Grand Master hand-picked by Breyer for the OSTS was Jean-Louis Marsan (1923-1982), a Monaco socialite and a friend of Prince Ranier III. - CESNUR

A couple interesting footnotes from history:

1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.

Sounds like the good burghers had a run-in with some ergot. And, surprising no one...

1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Exegesis: The Age of Entropy




We all know the origin of the term "Dog Days," but I often remember seeing it used in the papers to describe the midsummer doldrums, when everyone was on vacation and nothing was really getting done. But these Dog Days are something else- a kind of entropic paralysis has taken over and no one knows how the hell to get out of it. It's a worldwide phenomenon, a hangover from a multi-decade binge in which strange and arcane beliefs arose, namely that consumer culture was supposed to give life meaning and corporate globalism was supposed to make all of our problems disappear forever.

We have the perfect President for the Dog Day Doldrums- a dithering difference-splitter who has alienated nearly everyone who voted for him by embracing every single policy his predecessor enacted and is methodically boring to death the Tea Party types who rose up in opposition to him. Or more accurately, rose up in opposition to the ridiculous cartoon that the right wing media created of this Wall St. water-carrier.

But I sense a deep, despairing exhaustion welling up even among the conservative mandarins who are having a more and more difficult time dealing with this President's magical ennui powers. I've no doubt that Obama is doing all he can to give the Congress back to the GOP so he can have something to campaign against. It helps that the current Republican leadership is even more craven and brain-dead than the Democrats, and are certainly nowhere near as shrewd as the Gingrich gang in 1994. And even that bunch got their asses handed to them by Clinton after the government shutdown fiasco in 1995.

Neither party will do anything to punish BP for their astonishing negligence in the Gulf. Remember BP is the same company ultimately responsible for the current cabal of madmen running Iran, just as Emperor Justinian was responsible for sending North Africa into the arms of Islam. BP is so insanely rich and powerful, they will probably pull some Rockefeller-type of split-up, put the American drilling arm into receivership and quietly buy it back a few years hence and carry on exactly as they always have.

We're hearing talk that the EU may fail due to the massive debt of countries like Greece, but also to a reawakening of nationalism among some of its member states. When the money was flowing the EU apparatchiks might have gotten some grumbles from the far right with their social policies. But with jobs scarce, no one's much in the mood for the joyful diversity that mass immigration brings, especially that of the illegal variety. Even in America, workers are starting to discover that "outsourcing" is just a fancy word for massive unemployment with decent jobs being shipped en masse to Asia.

But even that's beginning to backfire on the global gurus, as newly-empowered countries like Brazil and India no longer let Washington think tanks dictate their domestic and foreign policies. A lot of countries are hellbent on joining the nuclear club, realizing that that particular secret handshake will keep the Blackwater boys cooling their heels, far from their borders.

In short, the new President is not Harry Potter and doesn't have a magic wand he can wave over the world and make everything OK again. There's an unsettling sense of winding-down afoot out there, and a lot of it is the direct result of several brainwashing programs- religious, corporate, globalist, academic, multicultural. The programming has been much more subtle and smiley than in the Inquisition days, but no less effective. Everyone's been duly brow-beaten and no one is rocking the boat anymore. Even the ostensible boat-rockers are marching to a tune composed in a boardroom somewhere. But never mind peak oil, we're looking at peak-soil in some places, peak-water, peak-whatever resource we need to maintain this current standard of living.

I'm not encouraged over humanity's ability to adjust to the onrushing new realities. We're not a species known for soft landings. Death and destruction is usually how we work out our differences. I've been thinking for a while we're in some kind of cold world war- I shudder to think about the next hot one. As comforting as it is to believe this is all part of some devious master plan, the usual master-planners seem to be knee-deep in their own hoopla. Or altogether missing from the picture.

What I see is a world that all wants to live like suburbanites from the Eisenhower era, not even questioning whether that was all that enriching the first time around. America lost something vital in the 50s, which is one of the reasons the 60s were the way they were. The Chinese and Indians might claw their way to that peak and discover there's nothing there but stress and misery followed by a long ride back down.

At some point, the weirdos and the misfits need to get together and do what they've always done throughout history and figure out the way out of this mess. I think the post-apocalyptic scenario will have to be factored into their calculations, but not the dopey, easy Constantine version. More like the messy, miserable version where the entire world is trying to figure out how to feed itself and get the power grid back up.

Hopefully those figures will be surplus to requirements. But one thing is for sure, it's time to switch on whatever parts of our brains we don't use - fast.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Have You Ever Wondered...



...why we here in America (and several other countries) celebrate Father's Day around the time of the Summer Solstice? Of course, it comes a little earlier in 2012- it will be celebrated on the 17th.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

17, the Green Sun and Deepwater on the Horizon

I've been doing the kind of work that I publish here on the Secret Sun for a very long time now. And when I go public with an idea or meme it's usually only after a long period of study. So when I talk about water/ocean symbolism or the 17 meme or the Gus Grissom Cult, it's because I've gotten hit after hit after hit with them in my research. Symbols follow trends, and vice versa, so understanding what symbols are circulation can help you figure out what's brewing in the Collective Unconscious.

Now, I spent a lot of time in December and January writing about water symbolism, and wrote this in one post:
As I said on William Henry's show in December (and here as well) we need to be on the lookout for water symbolism this year, as well as mermaid/mermen and other symbols associated with Sirius in esoteric lore. The recent Serious Mysteries posts explored these memes in depth, particularly as they relate to James Cameron, who is obviously very deeply obsessed with both aliens and the oceans (and Gus Grissom, strangely enough).
Strangely enough, mermaids were featured on the episode of 20/20 that I briefly appear in, but the biggest story of the year- of the past several years- by far is most certainly water-based: the BP/Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. I explored some of the memes emerging from this story on Tuesday (though I neglected to mention the horizon="Horus-zone" etymology bit).

I haven't done more since I've been very busy with work, but I'm sure a story this size is chock full of weirdness lurking beneath the surface. Another reason I've not done more on the Gulf story is that there's an aura of unreality around it, given the massive destruction to the environment and the economic pain to the population it's causing.

And sure enough, it was on the 17th that BP CEO Tony Hayward was dragged before a congressional committee to explain his company's response. It was also on the 17th that Barackobamun wringed some serious concessions out of BP, to the tune of $20 Billion, and longtime Secret Sun readers are well aware of how obsessed the man in the Oval Office seems to be with the number 17.

The BP logo was featured in one of the earliest major posts on this blog and the Green Sun is certainly familiar to regular readers, so it certainly ties into the work that I've been doing here, such as it is.

Where it's all going I'm still not sure, but I'm not exactly comforted by the fact that a similar scenario was featured in both The X-Files and the film Knowing, especially since the latter film ties in a little too neatly into what's been going on on the Sun lately. I do think it's interesting that the Gulf of Mexico certainly figures into ancient astronaut lore and that BP's other endangered rig is called the Atlantis.

Speaking of which, remember also that a French team recently announced that they had found a submerged Mayan city not all that far from the Gulf. Would the powers-that-be engineer a disaster like this to draw attention away from a find like that, particularly if this sunken city was filled with, shall we say, seriously anomalous features? It is interesting to note that the archaeologists in question are keeping the location of this city secret.

There is a lot more to the Gulf story than we're being told, and it connects to these deeper symbolic themes that I've been telling you about for the past year or so. Of that I'm sure. Understanding these themes and where they may be leading us to is the only reason I put so much of my time into this blog. Because I have a feeling that we're all headed for some very deep waters indeed.

SYNC LOG: A fascinating semiotic flashback to Dec. 17th.

SYNC LOG REDUX: Care to guess which X-Files rerun is on Syfy tonight?



UPDATE: Did someone say water symbolism?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What the Hell is Going on Up There...or Down Here?



At the same time (late January 2010) that the anomalous objects were photographed in orbit around the Sun we saw bizarre aerial phenomena over Australia, specifically bizarre formations in non-random geometrical arrangements. The first of these appeared two days before the objects were photographed around the Sun.

What's most remarkable about these enormous formations is that all of them resembled the Sun or simplified representations of the Sun. Almost as if a message were being sent- look at the Sun.

But that's crazy talk, right?

Yes or no, reports about UFOs being spotted around the Sun are not new. From a 2006 story in Pravda:

Rumors about UFO’s being photographed by SOHO have been circulating for a long while. NASA would not comment on those rumors or blame irregularities during the transmission of digital images to Earth.

Scott Stevens maintains he has analyzed all photographs available in the SOHO archives. He claims to have found several perfectly identical objects on the photographs taken during a number of years.

“I am confident that UFOs are flying in the vicinity of our star,” says Stevens. “I am talking about a fleet of UFOs operating near the Sun. I believe that both NASA and the U.S. government are aware of the existence of a certain civilization whose spacecraft are capable of resisting extremely high temperatures. The powers that be are simply afraid to admit the fact. They haven’t yet decided on the tactics,” says Stevens.

And here's where it gets really interesting. Remember, this was written four years before the recent SOHO controversy we looked at yesterday (and bear in mind the January photos in question were taken down from the SOHO website):
Another Stevens’s theory has to do with extraterrestrial activity involving UFOs near the Sun. According to the theory, UFOs are usually photographed by SOHO prior to large solar flares caused by some experiments conducted by aliens.
Which, of course, we are witnessing now after a prolonged period of severely-reduced solar activity.

Now, bearing in mind that there were high atmospheric anomalies recorded over Australia in January, there was also another "spiral event" just recently....



Though we saw some strange debunker stories about UFOs (usually conspiracy types chalk this kind of phenomena up to HAARP, not aliens) in relation to the spiral, it seems to most observers that this was the second stage of the Space X rocket test:
Falcon 9 lifted off at 2:45 p.m. (EDT) / 18:45 (UTC) from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station located on the Atlantic coast of Florida, approximately 5.5 km (3.5 mi) southeast of NASA’s space shuttle launch site. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle is powered by a cluster of nine SpaceX-designed and developed Merlin engines.

Now, was this all a coincidence? Did this rocket stage veer off course and produce the magnificent spiral effect over Australia purely by accident? Maybe not. There was another spaceship flying over Australia recently:

ADELAIDE, Australia — A fiery burst of light over the Australian Outback late Sunday marked the return of a Japanese space probe that scientists hope carried samples from an asteroid that could offer insights into the creation and makeup of the solar system.

After traveling 4-billion miles (6 billion kilometers) in seven years, the Hayabusa explorer incinerated on re-entry after jettisoning a capsule expected to contain the first asteroid dust ever collected, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

Hayabusa...what does that mean in English?

The Hayabusa (はや ぶさ?, literally peregrine falcon) probe was an unmanned space mission led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to return a sample of material from a small near-Earth asteroid named 25143 Itokawa (dimensions 540 meters by 270 meters by 210 meters) to Earth for further analysis.

The Hayabusa spacecraft, formerly known as MUSES-C for Mu Space Engineering Spacecraft C, was launched on 9 May 2003 and rendezvoused with Itokawa in mid-September 2005.

The spacecraft also carried a detachable minilander, MINERVA, but this failed to reach the surface.

The Muses and Minerva, eh? Nice touch. But the Peregrine Falcon? Why does that sound so familiar?

Oh, right.

Then there's also Ra, god of the Green Sun, flying in his own Solar Boat towards a doorway to the stars, which is another way of saying "Stargate." Boy, those space agencies sure love their symbolic rituals don't they?



What color did we happen to see the Sun depicted as in those controversial SOHO-UFO photos?


Another interesting falcon footnote here. BP (whose own logo is the green sun) is in the news for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Here's an interesting detail about that rig you may not have heard:
Designed originally for R&B Falcon, Deepwater Horizon was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea. Construction started in December 1998 and the rig was delivered in February 2001 after the acquisition of R&B Falcon by Transocean, and was insured for $560 million.

Over and over, we see the same symbols repeating in connection to "anomalous phenomena." It almost feels as if some bizarre conversation were taking place - and sometimes being written in the sky itself. I guess all we can do at this point is keep our eyes and our minds open and see if we can decode what's being said.

Like maybe the Sun is so important to these ancient space gods like Ra and Osiris because those objects have been up there a very, very, very long time.

POSTSCRIPT: Oh, by the way- what else happened that week in January 2010? That was also the week the Royal Society stunned the world by hold an open symposium on extraterrestrial life.

POSTSCRIPT REDUX: Obama appoints Roy Mabus to clean up the Gulf? Mabus? Subtle.

POSTSCRIPT SEQUEL: A petition begging aliens to plug the Deepwater Horizon blowout?

Monday, June 14, 2010

What the Hell is Going on Up There, Redux


Do you remember this story from 2008?
Unusually quiet Sun has scientists worried

The Sun has been strangely calm this year. For more than 200 days so far this year, no sunspots have been observed. In fact the Sun has been quieter this year than in any year since 1954, when it was calm for 241 days.
No? How about this one from 2009?
A quiet sun could start global cooling

Solar activity has considerably slowed down in the last few years. A report by National Geographic News says that the sun is the dimmest it has been in a hundred years.

Some scientists are being reminded of the Little Ice Age, a cold period between 1300 and 1850 that made it unusually cold in Europe and North America, which has been linked to slowed solar storm activity.

But recent research has shown that solar activity has a larger influence on the climate on Earth than previous theories suggested.

If the sun again sinks into a similar depression, at least one preliminary model has suggested that cool spots could crop up in regions of Europe, the United States, and Siberia.
Not ringing a bell? Well, you've probably seen this recent story then:
High-energy electric pulses from the sun could surge to Earth and cripple our electrical grid for years, causing billions in damages, government officials and scientists worry.

The House is so concerned that the Energy and Commerce committee voted unanimously 47 to 0 to approve a bill allocating $100 million to protect the energy grid from this rare but potentially devastating occurrence.

"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity," said Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division. "At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms."
What caused the Sun to wake up from this deep slumber? Well, not being an heliophysicist I can't answer that. But I can't help but remember this story, from earlier this year:
NASA’s Stereo spacecraft monitoring the Sun began registering huge spherical UFO’s in the vicinity of the Sun around January 18, 2010. According to one observer, the UFOs “appear to be moving as they are in different positions on many [of the NASA Stereo] photos, and are huge possibly at least the size of Earth. If the UFOs were planets or some type of huge asteroid comets, they would already have been pulled into the Sun by the strong gravity the Sun produces as in the case of the recent comet."

Dr. Joe Gurman, NASA Stereo Project scientist states the giant solar UFOs are compression artifacts. Moreover, he states, the "’central data recorder’ at DSN, that stores all the playback data from all the missions DSN supports, failed' on January 18, 2010, the date the solar UFO wave began, thus accounting for the images of giant UFOs.


Now I'm sure those weren't really enormous UFOs. They were probably compression artifacts (or swamp gas or the planet Venus or weather balloons) or something. But you can't help but wonder about the timing of all of this.

In 2008 and 2009 scientists were so concerned about a lack of solar activity that they were predicting a new Ice Age. But all of a sudden ol' Sol wakes up in a cranky mood and now there is serious concern that a wave of solar storms could knock out satellites and the power grid.

What changed so suddenly?

No one seems to know. But no one can argue that all of this is following the images of what looks very much like enormous spacecraft in orbit around the Sun, be it false data or not.

That's quite a coincidence, don't you think?

TO BE CONTINUED

Saturday, June 12, 2010

AstroGnostic: The Secret Stargate Sequel



There was a sequel to the Stargate feature film- did you hear about it? No, not that glorified LARP of a series, Stargate SG-1. No, this sequel features James Spader reprising his role of Daniel Jackson. Only in this case he's calling himself "Julian Rome", a blatantly obvious tribute to Flavius Claudius Iulianus, the martyred warrior-poet-king who nearly changed the course of history before being cut down on the battlefield, either by a Persian spear or a Christian backstabber, take your pick.

The title Alien Hunter also has a double meaning- maybe even a triple one. Daniel/Julian is the hunter, searching for aliens for SETI (yet another double meaning) before being dismissed after some unnamed scandal (the Stargate episode, obviously). But Daniel/Julian is still a linquist and his job in this film is decoding the alien language encoded in a beacon signal coming from somewhere in the Antarctic ice.


The beacon is located and the alien vessel is brought to an underground Russian-American facility in which experiments are being run to grow corn (read: Kore/Persephone) in a massive secret arboretum. This plot-point seems extraneous until you look at the host of seemingly-incongruous fertility themes and symbols in science fiction movies, all on loan from the ancient Mysteries.

The facility is also filled with beautiful, libidinous Slavic women as well (note that Spader met his future wife working on this film), calling up images of the endless wheatfields of the Ukraine. Alien Hunter doesn't have any of the...well, let's just say the Spartan subtexts of the first Stargate, at least on my first viewing. However, I do need to pick up a copy of it and dig out the rest of the easter eggs.

The other "alien hunters" are a secret cabal within the government (Majestic 12, from the looks of it) who know the danger the aliens pose to Earth. The aliens themselves are aware of that danger as well, and the first revelation Daniel/Julian receives is to not open the spaceship. As you'd expect it is opened and that's where the trouble all starts. I won't give away the ending, but suffice it to say the climax of the film hinges on the acquisition and application of the gnosis.

So in that light Alien Hunter is a corrective to Stargate, which is simply a high-tech retelling of the old 'peasants overthrowing the degenerate aristocrat' wish-fulfillment trope. There's no great underdog victory in the secret sequel, no British-accented baddies getting their comeuppance. The only possible victory here is escape from a prison planet filled with injustice and random death. And the only way you can escape is figuring out clues left for you thousands of years ago.

Kind of like real life these days.

If you watch it, you'll get the feeling that Alex Proyas saw Alien Hunter once or twice, especially at the end. You'll also get the feeling that the makers of Alien Hunter watched more than a few episodes of The X-Files as well.

The Heavenly Beam, ad infinitum

I've read some reviews of the film online and it didn't seem to go over well with the geek brigades. But all of the real action of this film is between the lines, and longtime Secret Sun readers will pick up on all of the hidden subtext in this film right away. There's a healthy dose of alien dreaming sprinkled throughout, which goes nicely with all of the Mystery symbolism. But knowledge is the key here- knowledge that can be your salvation.

In short, Alien Hunter is 200 proof AstroGnosticism and is recommended especially for Synchronautical exegetes.

Friday, June 11, 2010

John the Baptist, The Secret Messiah: Part 4 (UPDATE)

The Salome story provides us with an entry into the alternative history of John the Baptist. It's a history some might scoff at, but one that may well be taken very seriously by some very serious individuals and groups. The crux of the matter is what some people believe about John the Baptist and how it affects the conduct of their lives.

This is by no means a trivial issue. This concerns the actions of wealthy and powerful men, acting in accordance to their beliefs. And if you think this is some easily-dismissed band of marginal, esoteric-minded kooks, be aware that the most powerful Christian of his time, Pope Pius IX, did not share in your opinion.

In his landmark encyclical from 1864, Allocution of Pio Nino, Pius identified and categorized the heresy of ‘Johannism,’ which he laid at the feet of the powerful Knights Templar.
"The secret thought of Hugues de Payens, in founding his Order (the Knights Templar), was not exactly to serve the ambition of the Patriarchs of Constantinople. There existed at that period in the East a sect of Johannite Christians, who claimed to be the only true Initiates into the real mysteries of the religion of the Saviour.

They pretended to know the real history of Yesus the ANOINTED, and, adopting in part the Jewish traditions and the tales of the Talmud, they held that the facts recounted in the Evangels are but allegories, the key of which Saint John gives, in saying that the world might be filled with the books that could be written upon the words and deeds of Jesus Christ; words which, they thought, would be only a ridiculous exaggeration, if he were not speaking of an allegory and a legend, that might be varied and prolonged to infinity....

"Thus the Order of Knights of the Temple was at its very origin devoted to the cause of opposition to the tiara of Rome and the crowns of Kings, and the Apostolate of Kabalistic Gnosticism was vested in its chiefs.

For Saint John himself was the Father of the Gnostics, and the current translation of his polemic against the heretical of his Sect and the pagans who denied that Christ was the Word, is throughout a misrepresentation, or misunderstanding at least, of the whole Spirit of that Evangel.
"To acquire influence and wealth, then to intrigue, and at need to fight, to establish the Johannite or Gnostic and Kabalistic dogma, were the object and means proposed to the initiated Brethren.

The Papacy and the rival monarchies, they said to them, are sold and bought in these days, become corrupt, and to-morrow, perhaps, will destroy each other. All that will become the heritage of the Temple: the World will soon come to us for its Sovereigns and Pontiffs. We shall constitute the equilibrium of the Universe, and be rulers over the Masters of the World."

"The Templars, like all other Secret Orders and Associations, had two doctrines, one concealed and reserved for the Masters, which was Johannism; the other public, which was the Roman Catholic. Thus they deceived the adversaries whom they sought to supplant."
Note that Masonic iconography clever conflates the two Johns- the Baptist and the Evangelist- as one. In this light, it's worth mentioning that this allocution- which was meant to be secret- was somehow leaked to none other than General Albert Pike and printed in its entirety in his own landmark encyclical, Morals and Dogma.

POST SCRIPT: Being the geek that I am, seeing Pike's name gets me thinking about Captain Christopher Pike and seeing Pius's worry about the Roman Church being supplanted reminds me that James Tiberius Kirk could be interpreted as "To Supplant the Roman Church." Which then gets me to thinking about Captain Picard, whose own first name translates to "John the Light."

Funny how my mind works sometimes.

TO BE CONTINUED

SYNC LOG UPDATE (1444EST) : StrangeEye reports that flash-flooding has left several campers dead or missing at the Albert Pike campground in Arkansas.

SYNC LOG ADDENDA: The floods started at 3:30 AM, an hour after I posted this article.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Vampires, Vixens and Death from Above

Well, it's getting to be that time again, when heavenly shades of night begin to fall and teenaged girls count every second sweeping across the clock's face. Yes, on June 30, the new Twilight film hits the screen, unleashing a host of clandestine memes on an unsuspecting world. Memes so deeply hidden, I'd bet the farm that Stephenie Meyer- the cheerful Mormon housewife who is channeling all of this weirdness- is completely unaware of just how deep and strange that weirdness is. Or would I?

Ka-Hathor-Ein Heigl in Roswell

Some people have made note of the similarities between Twilight and the Roswell series. Some have pointed out that the scene in the first Twilight film in which Edward saves Bella from sudden death in the school parking lot matches a scene in the Roswell pilot concerning a gunman in a diner and a alien healing. However the scene in Roswell is a flatout ripoff of an X-Files episode, "Talitha Cumi."

A scene from the vampire-themed X-Files episode "3"

That episode in turn was which was continued in the fourth season premiere "Herrenvolk," which took its name from the German, meaning "master race." And that's exactly what the Cullens and their vampire chums all are- they are a hidden race of godmen and godwomen- superheroes, in a word. The only problem is that they need to drink blood to survive. The Cullens are "vegetarians," in that they only "feed" on the blood of livestock. The naughty vampires are the ones who "feed" on humans.*

Mer-pires

When you start talking Roswell and The X-Files in relation to vampires, you can't help but think about the origin of the whole vampire mythos in general. In fact we see a lot of old folktales about beasties that feed on cows and sheep. From Monstropedia:

Evidence that a vampire was at work in the neighbourhood included death of cattle, sheep, relatives, neighbours, exhumed bodies being in a lifelike state with new growth of the fingernails or hair, or if the body was swelled up like a drum, or there was blood on the mouth and if the corpse had a ruddy complexion.
And strangely enough we have our own modern variants on the vampire, in the very real epidemic of cattle and livestock mutilation. The cause of this phenomena is controversial, but what is certain is that for the past forty years ranchers and farmers have been finding their livestock dismembered (using tools of unknown origin) and drained of blood. But what is truly shocking is that the BBC- arguably the most prestigious news organization in the world- is taking the topic seriously, even dropping the a-word in a recent story:
A Walsall man has told BBC WM that aliens and UFOs are responsible for a string of animal attacks in the UK.
Mike Freebury, a member of the Animal Pathology Field Unit, has investigated the mystery of 'cattle mutilations' for a number of years. The phenomenon, first reported in America in the 1970s, involves the unexplained deaths of rural animals. The bodies are often discovered with missing limbs and organs, removed with surgical precision.

Mike says that the illegal attacks are also happening in Britain - and UFOs are responsible. "(UFOs are) often seen around the areas where mutilations are taking place. I think that the animal mutilations are possibly some sort of sampling programme being carried out by the entities that are propelling these crafts."
Others have theorized that aliens consume the blood and tissue or use for some restorative purpose. The first modern case of the phenomenon dates to 1967 and took place in Alamosa, Colorado:
Agnes King and her son Harry noted that Snippy..a three-year-old horse had not returned to the ranch...Harry found Snippy on September 9. Her head and neck had been skinned and defleshed, the bones were white and clean. To King, the cuts on Snippy seemed to have been very precise. There was no blood at the scene, according to Harry, and there was a strong medicinal odor in the air.
Another detail from the case brings us back to the X-Files mythology:
The next day, Harry and Agnes returned to the scene with Mr. and Mrs. Berle Lewis...(t)hey found a lump of skin and horse flesh; when Mrs. Lewis touched it, the flesh oozed a greenish fluid which burned her hand. They also reported the discovery of fifteen tapering, circular exhaust marks punched into the ground over some 5000 square yards.
I should probably mention that all of this drama took place right off of a Route 17 (surprise, surprise). Around the same time, similar events were being reported on the other side of the continent:
(In) The Mothman Prophecies, John Keel claims to have examined a number of slain dogs, cows and horses in the Point Pleasant, West Virginia area in 1966 and 1967. These animals, Keel writes, bore surgical-like incisions in their throats ... often the carcasses seemed drained of blood.
But the link between aliens and vampires is nothing new for geeks. We recently looked at the legacy of the late Frank Frazetta and an important of that legacy was the power his cover art lent to the great alien/vampire/superhero of the 70s, Vampirella, who came to Earth from the planet Drakulon.

Vampirella might seem a little obscure to the mainstream, but was a geek favorite in her heyday (the less said about her 90s revival the better). Vampirella was published by Warren, who also published Creepy and Eerie. Their comics were soaked to the gills in the occult as well as sex and violence, so much so that I had to go across town to buy their comics (my local newsstand refused to stock them) and then be sure to hide them from my mother once I smuggled them home. But take one look at the Conjuress there, the alien goddess to whom Count Dracula prayed...

...whoever designed the costumes for The Queen of the Damned obviously had read an issue or two of Vampirella. That of course is Aaliyah, who died during the making of the film, joining Heath Ledger and Brandon Lee in the ranks of comic book movie stars who died before the films were released (QOTD was adapted for a comic before the movie), unleashing a host of conspiracy theories in her wake (this was the old USENET days, before celebrity conspiracy peddling became America's most lucrative hobby). One blogger even tied Jay-Z to the 'plot'.

Queen of the Damned brings us back to the once and future Holy Land of Egypt, which again brings us back to Vampirella, who did the Egyptian vampire thing first.

Vampirella's origin was apparently rewritten at one point in which she was sent back in time and incarnated as Cleopatra. After doing battle with an evil sorcerer, no less than Amun-Ra appears and grants her eternal youth. The only catch that she's now a vampire. Or something.



We saw Egypt show up briefly in the first Twilight film (itself also filled with Route 17s) when Bella was researching the vampire phenomenon and wouldn't you just know it...

...Vampirella #17 rocked the Egyptian vampire meme and the werewolf meme (in "Death of a God" a classic Wally Wood story in which Anubis is a werewolf). What was the title of the cover story for #17?


I'll give you a hint.

Let's not forget that we previously looked at the Egyptian vampire meme in light of The Hunger, which starred the man who fell to earth and sold the world himself, David "Bowman" Bowie...

I don't know how I could have forgotten one of the all-time greatest Hathors of the silver screen, the legendary Catherine Deneuve. It's hard to imagine a role more semiotically charged than her masterful portrayal of Miriam ("Beloved of Amun") Blaylock, the seductive, pansexual vampiress in The Hunger.

You've got a story written by alien contactee Whitley Strieber about an ancient Egyptian queen whose backstory sounds very much like one of the Nephilim ("Miriam Blaylock is in Thailand, looking to find a mate at the Asian conclave of Keepers. She is a Keeper, and Keepers are vampires, ancient extraterrestrials who cultivated humans for sustenance"). You've also got occult initiate David Bowie, goth gods Bauhaus and one of the greatest love scenes in the history of cinema.

With the Mormon Church's most famous daughter taking vampires to the bank, we should remind ourselves that Egyptian and extraterrestrial memes are all over Mormonism itself, with alien planets like Kolob playing a major part in Joseph Smith's theology. Gods of Eden author William Bramley argues that Smith was in fact contacted by aliens not angels. Of course, Bramley argues that with all of the other religious figures as well.

But does Meyer see her vampires as aliens? I don't know if Twilight fans have opinions on the issue. But it's worth noting that Meyer has a non-Twilight bestseller in her catalog- 2008's The Host, which is a chicklit spin on the alien possession conceit of the Heinlein classic, The Puppet Masters (see Silverberg's "Passengers" for a more prurient spin on the concept):

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Meyer is reportedly developing this theme into a series. I can't wait to see the first movie.


* My life's ambition to one day watch a vampire movie that doesn't have anyone saying "I thirst" or "I must feed." For that will be the day that I do not cringe.

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