Thursday, July 29, 2010

Egypt, Egypt Everywhere: Hey Kids, Atenism!

You know what? There is nothing I can say about this video. I mean, I'm stymied. Just watch it for yourselves.

This show is played regularly on Discovery Kids. There are all sorts of fascinating implications here, though it follows some very well-worn tropes. It reminds me a lot of Mummies Alive!, which we touched on a while back. But it's certainly helping to instill the Tut meme into the more curious young minds out there.

And with the Egyptian government aggressively searching out new revelations, it's a safe bet that you'll be seeing a lot more of this guy...

Of course, Egypt-themed kiddie entertainment is nothing new at all. Here's one of the many depressing playsets kids of my generation had to make do with. This was the post-Viet Nam, pre-Reagan demilitarized GI Joe, with his namby-pamby "Adventure Team."

And where Egypt goes, space travel is soon to follow. Longtime readers take the Egypt/Space link for granted, but its hold on the Unconscious wasn't discussed much in 1970, when the Mummy's Tomb playset and the GI Joe Talking Astronaut were first released. Note the 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' theme, adding a dash of AAT spice to the semiotic gumbo.

For our bonus round, check out Steve Willner's 2007 video tracing the various semiotic pathways springing from the GI Joe cartoon episode, "The Pyramid of Darkness," on his You Tube channel.

Strangely enough that episode opens with a space shuttle launch.

UPDATE: Hot off the presses. Does this perhaps explain all of this Egyptomania? You decide...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Dreaming Mind and the Invisible Hand

Longtime readers know what a huge influence the work of Tracy Twyman had on my own, particularly her trailblazing journal of Western esotericism, Dagobert's Revenge. I'd appeared on a previous podcast of hers, but last we sat down for a two-hour blowout that basically covers our present Theories of Everything. We trade notes on DNA, Magic, Science, the Gods, the Sun, the Symbols, the Mind, the Ego, the Apocalypse, the Will, and of course, The X-Files.

If you're not familiar with Tracy or her work, please take this opportunity to check out her sites, which are jampacked with information that is not only educational but is extremely useful. Tracy is an extremely prolific and lucid researcher and has been looking into the deepness and darkness longer than most people out there, and just plain does it better than most.

Tracy wisely has carved up the discussion into more easily-digestible segments. Which is a good thing, because as we go along we get farther and farther out there. I'm still reeling by just how far we got in the second hour of this talk.

In the first segment, Tracy introduces her listeners to my work and we trace out the origins of the memes and symbols that deal with human origins and the human mind, and how our belief systems shape- and often limit- our perceptions.

So go over to Tracy's site to download the Invisible Hand podcast with part one of this extremely information-dense series.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Dog Days: Crowned with the Sun (MASSIVE UPDATES 7/26)

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Eagle-eyed reader Deb caught this fascinating video, with a young Horus Apollo showing us the old "reversal of time" move. The product is called 'Solar Fusion'. I guess 'Shemsu Hor' didn't have quite the same ring.

Speaking of suns, I never noticed how much the CMS installation at CERN resembled old Sol. No surprise they're searching for the "God Particle" there. Hopefully the overweening narcissism of the current generation of scientists won't be all of our undoing. Every time I see a CERN headline I can't help but flash back to The Quiet Earth.

The tragedy at Germany's Loveparade got me poking around the web. It didn't take long before I came across their logo. No surprise there, I suppose.

Recently we discussed how we'll often see headlines announcing 17 casualties to an incident, even if the tally to the tragedy in question is almost always revised. The Loveparade incident is no exception- the latest toll is 18. Interestingly enough, 10 people were revived by medics.

For some reason this story is vaguely reminiscent of the massive cattle culls in 2001. The goose was sacred to Geb, and was identified with the Sun as it emerged from the primeval egg.

David Downey reports that dog attacks have been so epidemic in the Bay Area during these Dog Days that a local TV news website has a separate section to document the carnage.

Well, summer means VBS - that's vacation bible school- for millions of kids. And there's no shortage of solar symbolism, similar to the kind we see year-round with the "Sonshine" meme so popular in Christian daycare and education. Maybe the solar stuff is to be expected for the summer.

That being said, years of studying creeping Solar symbolism in American churches didn't prepare me for this; Egyptian-themed vacation bible school programs for local parishes. Don't believe me? Check out their website- it will blow your mind. The blue and gold on Bast's headdress there is a cute touch.

Derek and Sharon Gilbert have been talking about "The Shack," the latest craze in megachurches. I really don't understand the ins and outs of these kinds of intramural disputes in the Evangelical church anymore, but I did notice that the pronouns for God in this blurb were not capitalized. And, of course, Sol. Very interesting.

But the various branches of Evangelicalism have more pressing problems, seeing that conservative Christian clergy seem to be in a moral crisis all across the country. This headline is just the latest example- recently we heard of an "epidemic of moral failure" among Pentecostals, and before that a shocking survey that revealed that 50% of Evangelical pastors' marriages end in divorce and that a mind-bloggling 1,500 pastors leave the ministry every month, along with rates of adultery and depression far higher than the population at large.

I wonder if all the Solar symbolism attached to movements like the New Apostolic Reformation is a deep subconscious attempt to return the stringent, absolutist moralism of the old Solar cults like the Mithraists, who often shunned sex even within marriage in order to keep oneself pure for the final struggle against the forces of darkness.

Or maybe it's all seeding the fields- particularly the impressionable minds of the young- for something else entirely. Something that is coming.

Something that will change everything.

Postscript: Sometime I wonder if the guys at Yahoo News read the Sun, because after a couple recent Yahooccultism posts we see a literal approach to the term- an occulted treehouse, in this instance- on the front page.

PPS: San Diego No Longer a Comic-Con just wrapped up. The cosplayers were out in full force, (like the very cheerful Tank Girl fan above) but the mainstreaming of the show has led to a shocking incident of violence which would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. I will be sharing some thoughts on the festivities and what it all means for the culture in my next post.

Initial reports had been vague, but apparently the incident occured during the Cowboys and Aliens panel, which gave us this iconic shot of Daniel Craig.

A somewhat more understated convention is underway in Denver as MUFON holds its annual UFO convention.

PPPPS: Speaking of the Watchers, remember the Angel of the North sculpture from the Watchers Over Manhattan post? Well, Boeing is using the piece in a new ad.

PPPPPS: Speaking of symbolic convergence, here's a shot from the 2008 Loveparade in which a topless fraulein shimmies in front of the Victory column where Barackobamun was anointed for his ever-so-brief stint as world savior.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Richard Dawkins, Ancient Astronaut Theorist?: Part 2

A few months back we looked at a fascinating statement made by Richard Dawkins that went something like this:
"It could be that at some earlier time somewhere in the universe a civilization evolved by probably some kind of Darwinian means to a very very high level of technology and designed a form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet."
It's a good thing Dawkins chose to utter this heresy in Ben Stein's Expelled documentary, since it's a lead pipe cinch that none of his followers would go anywhere near the film. But an anonymous tipster wrote to me and turned me onto this cheeky bit of naughtiness in Dawkins' bestseller, The God Delusion. In Chapter 5 the professor muses upon the 'cargo cult' phenomenon, which was so crucial in the life and work of Erich Von Daniken:
In The Life of Brian, one of the many things the Monty Python team got right was the extreme rapidity with which a new religious cult can get started. It can spring up almost overnight and then become incorporated into a culture, where it plays a disquietingly dominant role. The 'cargo cults' of Pacific Melanesia and New Guinea provide the most famous real life example.
After recounting how these cults arose out of tribal peoples' contact with advanced technology they had no exposure to, Dawkins starts to get quite cheeky indeed:
The entire history of some of these cults, from initiation to expiry, is wrapped up within living memory. Unlike the cult of Jesus, the origins of which are not reliably attested, we can see the whole course of events laid out before our eyes (and even here, as we shall see, some details are now lost). It is fascinating to guess that the cult of Christianity almost certainly began in very much the same way, and spread initially at the same high speed.
Now, it all undoubtedly slid past his readers, but Dawkins is saying here that Christianity "began the same way" as the cargo cults. Which, as he exhaustively explains in this chapter, arose from native peoples' exposure to superior alien technology (the aliens being Europeans in this context). As he says here:
It seems that in every case the islanders were bowled over by the wondrous possessions of the white immigrants to their islands, including administrators, soldiers and missionaries. They were perhaps the victims of (Arthur C.) Clarke's Third Law, which I quoted in Chapter 2: 'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.'
Now isn't that a fascinating little juxtaposition? Quoting the author of the the world's most acclaimed Ancient-Astronaut narrative (2001: A Space Odyssey, for those new to all of this) shortly after claiming that the cult of the god-man Jesus "began the same way" as the cargo cults! As Eric Idle once said, "Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Say no more, say no more."

And just in case you missed Richard's inference the first time, he repeats it:
Fourth, the cargo cults are similar, not just to each other but to older religions. Christianity and other ancient religions that have spread worldwide presumably began as local cults like that of John Frum.
The cargo cults which- and I'll state this until the cows come home- began when a primitive people encountered a technologically superior civilization.

After making quite a bit of the cargo cults, Dawkins then writes:
I don't want to make too much of the cargo cults of the South Pacific. But they do provide a fascinating contemporary model for the way religions spring up from almost nothing.
Which, as Richard goes to great pains to explain, were the result of contact with a technologically-superior alien civilization.

What a cheeky little devil, indeed!

Or maybe not. We've already discussed the directed panspermia theories of Francis Crick, and yet another prominent British scientist is wandering off of Randi's Reservation:
One suggestion, by the physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies, is that life might have arrived here from the planet Mars, which was once rather more benign than Earth, being smaller and receiving fewer 'hits' from space debris.
In which case, we are all Martians and should be looking for fossils of our ancient ancestors on the Red Planet.

Davies, whose new book, The Eerie Silence, comprehensively tackles the question of ET, thinks that perhaps a radio search is not the way to go. Maybe, instead, we should look for direct evidence that aliens have visited our neck of the galactic woods in the past.
Which people like Richard Hoagland have been saying for nearly 40 years now. Now, I'm sure there will be those who'll tell me what Dawkins et al really mean, but for now I'll have to be content to go by what they actually said.

UPDATE: And lo and behold the Daily Mail has this article today: "Aliens have been trying to contact us by cosmic Twitter, scientists claim." Thanks to Reader David.

SYNC LOG UPDATE: Dawkins appears at The Amazing Meeting this week in Las Vegas (basic admission: $425). The writer opens his piece with some odd non-sequiturs about hot-tubs, Greek philosophers and bathhouses. Somewhere, Eric Idle is smiling.

Which reminds me, I wonder when Randi will bring the TA!M to Jersey...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dog Days: The Hits Just Keep On Coming (UPDATED 7/20)

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Well, the Sun is blazing all across the globe. It's summer- the Dog Days- and the symbols are flying like grackles in the grove. It seems like I'm doing a lot of these posts recently, but you gotta fish when they're bitin'.

That blue and gold Sol there is from a story in the UK press- the British company is paying off illegal immigrants at Calais to go back home. I guess wages have been driven down enough - for the time being, at least.

Speaking of which, Scottsdale, Arizona is responding to the controversy against the recent immigration legislation in that state by undertaking a charm offensive to lure tourists back. We looked at one of their Solar icons recently- here's another stunner.

And strangely enough we see the blue and gold appear in the immigration context again, as well as a well-disguised 17. Speaking of well-disguised, that design on that hat vaguely reminds me of a square and compass.
Of course, aliens from slightly more exotic locales are on people's minds recently, particularly after the mass sightings in China. But we're seeing strange machines all over the globe, and now this disturbing story of an anomalous contraction in the Thermosphere. A freak of nature or a show of force? I report, you decide.

The recent cancellation of the Constellation program got me reading The Rainbow Conspiracy by Brad and Sherry Steiger- whispers about humans being banned from space are very old, it turns out. Take that for whatever it's worth.
Of course, we're hearing that these Dog Days are the doggiest in several years, so make sure you keep your pooches cool. CNN celebrated the Dog Days by picking a canine rescue group as their CNN Hero of the Week...

...or should I say Heru? The Restoration Revelation took a strange turn when an ancient statuette of Horus the Child was found in the English countryside, of all places. Turns out it was found at an old Roman village being excavated.

Speaking of restorations. Mona Lisa is back in the news. I know there was a bit in The Da Vinci Code about Mona Lisa being a cipher for 'Amon L'Isa', but that's not even the original title of the painting. So, sorry Brown fans.Da Vinci isn't the only Renaissance master in the Restoration Revelation these days. Caravaggio- who we talked about in the Alien Dreaming series a while back- is too, since a lost San Lorenzo canvas he did surfaced recently. Bonus factoid: Lorenzo was a particular favorite of the Knights Templar.

The 17 meme is popping up quite a bit in the news these days, often in unfortunate contexts like this. Which makes a terrible kind of sense, since the earliest use of it seems to be the 3/17 death date of Osiris.

Tina Brown's Daily Beast site is big on the 17 meme- you see a lot of Top 17 this or 17 that there. And the 17 President makes his obligatory appearance.

The big story in tech this summer are the problems with the new iPhone's antenna and call-dropping. Which brings us to this iconic image of the Apple Stargate, which is used to test the antenna (just don't ask me how),

Will this allow the Droid (Druid?) to take a big chunk of the iPhone's market share? Maybe, but that image there is enough to prevent me from investing in one.

But every dog has his day. Especially in the Dog Days...

UPDATES: Oh, dear. It just never ends. This one courtesy of an eagle-eyed reader.

And here's a nice juxtaposition- the recently discovered moon tunnels and the extremely un-newsworthy Snoop Dogg. Perfect.

Speaking of un-newsworthy, here's a nice blast of disinfo from Yahoo. I may be essentially agnostic on crop circles, but considerably less so on spin control propaganda techniques. Like this nonsense recycling the old canard that all crop circles are the work of a couple old boozers from Blighty. It's blatant chicanery like this that causes my agnosticism on the topic to waver a bit. One day I need to do a "top 10 spin control techniques the media applies to the UFO topic" post.
And there you go. The Vatican's latest PR disaster stems from its announcement that ordaining women is the moral equivalent of child rape. For once I'm speechless.

Secret Sun readers always come through...
...or do they? Who didn't tell me that Christiano Ronaldo used to be #17?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Yahooccultism: Beyond the Sea (UPDATES 7/17)

The China UFO story is still a hot topic. We're still hearing the military angle, without any evidence to substantiate it. The Yahoo story here is total puff, offering no insights either way.

Then there's also a lot of oceanic news afoot, including a host of new species at the Great Barrier Reef and beneath the Antarctic icecap. I can't help but feel the two stories go together.

As does this- a wrecked warship found beneath the WTC site. What are the odds of this? How did it get there? And here's some prime Yahooccultism for you- a link to a story on Da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks, which features none other than John the Baptist.

In non-Yahooccultismus news, here's the art for the new M. Night Shyamalan film. Fascinating release date there.

Speaking of 17, here's an ad for Scottsdale, AZ tourism (near Interstate 17, Phoenix, 33rd parallel, etc.) that is driving me nuts trying to decipher. You have the spiral doubling as a sun, the androgynous cowgirl with a stargate-looking lasso and what looks like some kind of constellation done up in rhinestones. Does anyone recognize the pattern? Is it actually a real constellation?

The whole ad looks some surreal, southwestern icon of Hathor. And "Capture It?" What does that even mean in the context of the ad itself? Weird.

UPDATED: Here's some Friday Night Funk for you all. Pay close attention when the action shifts to Times Square.

UPDATES 7/17: I mean, how do you respond to something like this? Thanks to Keith Z for the catch.

What's the all of the fancy aerotech coming out of the UK lately? I love the company name QinetQ, where the 33 becomes 17s.

And Yahoo comes through on the 17th with this siriusly insubstantial dog headline.

And what's this I'm hearing that BP is saying today the well's been capped? On day 89, no less?

UPDATE 1608EST: This week's sightings from Notice a pattern here?

UPDATE: Virgin waits until the 17th to announce its maiden manned flight, which took place on Thursday.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Yahooccultism: The Old Ones and the Sun Gods

The big story from the World Cup was the uncanny predictions of, well, an octopus. Now, I'm not saying there's a conspiracy afoot to gradually program us into worship of the hideous Old Ones, some of whom take a similar form to said octopus. I'm just saying...nothing, really. I'm not saying anything.

Weird story though, eh?

Then there's this story- a total solar eclipse that only seemed to be visible on Easter Island, home of the stonefaced Watchers, who may well be awaiting the return of said hideous Old Ones. Or not. It's summer, I don't have to be profound all the time.

And then there's the most important decision ever made in the entire history of the human race, and maybe even beyond. That, of course, is the decision of some guy who runs around bouncing a rubber ball to move from one pack of overpaid mercenaries to another. But the Jesus Christ pose there certainly is interesting.

Which we also see with the now-infamous Patrick Mohr, recently made famous for his human/alien hybrid looking models.

Speaking of aliens, there's the story of the Shanghai UFO event, which may or may not be some kind of exotic miltech. Whatever it is, it's damn weird-looking, and not in a Patrick Mohr way. More like in a raining frogs and nuns giving birth to pythons way.

Say what you will, but this thing gives me a very strange vibe.

Speaking of strange vibes, our old friend Newt Gingrich recently announced his intention to run for president. He's certainly carrying water for the right people if so. Note the Sun there, which has also been in the news quite a bit.

So much so that I took a quick look at the websites of some of the most powerful Evangelical megachurches and sure enough, old Sol is all over the place, as longtime Secret Sun readers might expect.

If you're not a longtime reader, you should check out this post, which examines this sunny phenomenon amongst America's religious establishment. This batch here got me thinking I should be looking for eagles as well in some of these logos, especially when used in conjunction with the Sun.

Like I always say, the best place to hide something is in your face.

UPDATE: Did someone say in your face? The latest crown in the death-from-above thorn is the British Taranis (named for the Celtic god of thunder, obviously related to Thor), which looks extremely saucer-like from this angle. The red triangle is a classy touch. I saw this on Yahoo this morning but a UK reader beat me to the punch.

You know, we keep hearing that the scientific establishment scoffs at AAT and yet all of this super high-tech keeps being named for the old gods, particularly the flying stuff. Go figure.