Monday, November 21, 2016

Mithras Rising and the New Praetorians

Eight years ago we looked at the incoming Obama Administration, which seemed determined to touch as many potent symbolic bases as possible, touring temples and pyramids, making a number of 17 minute speeches and drawing explicit parallels to King Tut.

It seemed as if there were a program in place to charge this new President with as much symbolic and semiotic power as possible. Those were heady days.

The game wore thin after a while and the Adminstration bogged down in the grinding work of American politics, a dirty and unglamorous business to be sure. A different set of symbols and themes kicked in after his re-election, more divisive and polarizing, ultimately resulting in the reality we are looking at today.

As hard as it may be to imagine, one can divine a specific body of ancient symbols hovering around the Trump insurgency, though we're talking more specifically Roman than Egyptian.

How intentional any of this is is hard to say, but one thing is certain; we are looking at the ascendancy of a new Praetorian Guard, a new incarnation of the old Roman military elite-slash-secret police.

This is not speculation on my part: all you have to do is glance at the resumes of the people involved in the new administration.

Here, see if any of this rings a bell:
The Praetorians were known to engage in espionage, intimidation, arrests and killings to protect the interests of the Roman emperor. For clandestine operations, they may have employed a special wing of troops known as “speculatores.” Formerly a reconnaissance corps under the Roman Republic, by the imperial era this unit had graduated to serving as couriers and intelligence operatives in the service of the Caesar.
With all this in mind we should be on the lookout for symbols pertaining to the high god of the Roman men of action: Mithras, the ultimate Praetor. We should look for rites of blood, fire and time, and concomitant energies welling to the surface in the days and weeks to come.


Despite all the stories you've been hearing about the "transition team in disarray", onetime star poll guru Nate Silver's reports that "Trump Is Naming His Cabinet Ahead Of Schedule."

More so than any prior election we're going to need to go by what is done rather than what is said when trying to figure out what's going on with these very strange times we find ourselves in.

A closer look at who's been selected might give us a clearer picture of what forces are really at work.

The New York Times
reports that the four posts filled are that of Director of Central Intelligence, Attorney General, National Security Adviser and Chief Strategist. So not only is the new Administration front-loading its national security portfolio first, it's doing so with men charitably described as "hardliners," by both friends and foes.

You don't need a Ouija board to figure out who exactly is taking the reins of power now. 

The "disarray" stories popped up when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was fired as transition chief and replaced with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. This was sold by the media as a scandal but was perhaps less of a surprise to residents of the great Garden State.

Christie has a reputation, for-- how do I put this? -- not exactly being the "team player" type. Being kind of… difficult. Kind… of tetchy. His administration hasn't been widely cited for its spotless ethical standards, either.

But as we'll see there's a baffling symbolic undercurrent to Christie's demotion as well, one that ties straight into our overall narrative.

With Christie out as transition chief, it's unclear what future he has in the Trump Administration. But one thing is for certain: this is shaping up to be the most Jersey-centric presidency since Woodrow Wilson.

Trump may be from New York but he made his bones in Atlantic City, where he opened the first Trump Casino. His pick for Chief of Staff is originally from Dover. And he's been entertaining supplicants at his country club in Bedminster. All he needs is a cameo by Jay and Silent Bob.

Let me just say that I've been waiting for something big to come out of New Jersey for several years now. New Jersey is a very strange place, so strange that its strangeness has sustained a long-running magazine (called Weird NJ, of course).

It was home base for corporations as mammoth as Bell Labs and Exxon (originally known as "Standard Oil of New Jersey"). It was the unlikely location for Orson Welles (and Steven Spielberg's) War of the Worlds, for Earth's first extraterrestrial contact (the Project Diana experiments, which bounced radar signals off the Moon in 1946), where L-RON chose to write Dianetics.

It's also where the fabled Flight 93 took off the morning of September 11th.

That's the tip of the iceberg but it's a pretty big tip. And we'll see exactly what binds this new administration to Jersey on a symbolic level. It's quite telling, actually.

And who did Trump receive over the weekend?
The thought that Mitt Romney would ever join the Cabinet of Donald Trump -- given their hostility, mutual contempt and venomous rhetorical exchanges -- might be the most absurd notion yet of a crazy political year. 
But the possibility that Trump and the man he labeled a "choke artist" could find common cause in the new administration was nonetheless a hot topic ahead of their meeting Saturday at the President-elect's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf retreat. 
The 2012 Republican nominee, who once warned in a CNN interview that a Trump presidency would mean "trickle-down racism" and "trickle-down bigotry" instead sat down with Trump and discussed the job of secretary of state, an appointment that would make Hillary Clinton's decision to serve in the same post under her 2008 primary rival Barack Obama seem routine in comparison.
Secretary of State huh? Can you say White Horse Prophecy?

I hope Trump admirers will excuse my skepticism here, especially as it comes to who exactly is steering the ship at this stage of the game. Trump has been underestimated by his enemies, it's true.

But interviewing the de facto head of the vitriolic #NeverTrump movement for a top post in the Trump Administration might be a little teensy, tiny signal that maybe- just maybe- things aren't quite as they seem.

I mean, am I off-base here?

One might be forgiven for assuming there may be more going on behind the scenes in this post-election period than what's being reported.


Well, we've seen Trump win a number of policy and personnel victories before the Electoral College has even convened to cast their votes.

• We saw the early retirements of the head of the SEC and the Director of National Intelligence, two positions of particular interest to the incoming administration.

• Almost immediately after the elections, we saw the ostensible termination of the the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TIPP), two trade deals that Trump had railed against.

• We saw the Department of Justice halt its immigration amnesty lawsuit.

• We saw Apple and Foxconn announce plans to explore moving iPhone manufacturing to America.

• We're seeing Silicon Valley- whose leading lights were tweeting secession threats the night of the election- now roll over and play dead.

Trump moved his operation to Trump Tower on Monday and reportedly held another surprising meeting:
Several executives from the network news divisions were also spotted on the way into Trump Tower: CNN president Jeff Zucker, ABC News president James Goldston, Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, and NBC News president Deborah Turness. 
According to CNN, the meeting was organized by Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who is now a senior adviser to Trump. NBC's Chuck Todd and Lester Holt; CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett; CBS's Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose, John Dickerson, and Gayle King; and ABC's George Stephanopoulos were some of the anchors who were seen entering Trump Tower shortly before 1 p.m.

Oh, nice. How did that go?
Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post. 
“It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter. 
“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said. 
“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,” the source added.
I think it's safe to say that access will be denied. 



  1. Regarding Romney for State: Lots of Mormons in the alphabet agencies.

    (Take a peek at Evan McMullin's twitter feed for an alternative viewpoint from those circles).

    1. Interesting. McMullin is a waterboy for Weekly Standard publisher/Iraq War architect William Kristol, who has a personal vendetta against Trump. Interesting to see him posting Democratic talking points. Very strange and perilous times we stand on the threshold of.

  2. Chris,

    Given his pretense to Empire - will we catch him wearing purple soon? - and his copious application of a certain shade of fake tan, I declare our new leader's name shall be Orange Julius.

    All kidding aside, one hopes that Mr. Trump has read his classics closely, and remembers that the Praetorian Guard can just as easily dethrone a Caesar as make him. I think their record was four in one year following the death of Nero. Also, the Guard could be quite demanding of their Caesars, and the quickest way to see their support evaporate was to deny them their bonus pay and promises of land. Given Orange Julius' track record of not paying people for services rendered, this might become an issue.

    1. Hello Moses,

      I imagine that your stomach will recoil at the combination, but I bet that Little Broca in your brain will like the word play:

      Hey, how would you like a Little Caesar's pizza to go with your Orange Julius?

    2. Well, as I said I think this little operation has been in the works for a very long time and the toponomy and proximity magic seems to bear that out. Already, Trump is walking back his bluster and bravado from the campaign and sounding more mainstream. I don't think he's at the top of the pyramid in this operation. I wonder exactly who is. I do find it interesting they sent out a former Deputy Secretary of State to spell out what was really going on behind the scenes before the election. I can't imagine Trump would sign off on that.

    3. @Chris:

      and you had Erik Prince leaking info about Clinton investigations at the NYPD, and now Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos - the Amway family - as Sec. of Education. she's also Erik Prince's sister.

      it's becoming clearer who's really the power behind Trump.

    4. and I just ran across this on Gordon's Twitter feed:

      Mike Pence received the most $ from Blackwater CEO during Bush & threw him a party after the Nisoor Square massacre

      JEREMY SCAHILL: I’ve been covering Mike Pence for almost a decade, and my initial gateway into covering Pence is because he was one of the candidates that received the most funding from Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, who during the Bush-Cheney years operated what amounted to a Christian supremacist neo-Crusader militia. And Pence was actually the member of Congress that invited and welcomed and threw a party for Erik Prince in the aftermath of the Nisoor Square massacre in Baghdad in 2007, when Blackwater operatives killed a dozen and a half Iraqi civilians, including small children. So, Pence sort of was on my radar because of looking at who Erik Prince and his family were funding.

  3. Hi Chris,
    All the signals I’ve been getting are “Napoleon”. Seriously. had so many “St Cloud” syncs I wrote I post but I couldn’t be bothered publishing it…Personally I’ve reconciled myself to Trump (in a Hegelian sense) and I’m loving the liberal soul-searching. It’s very healthy. Hoping this is the death of identity politics.

    1. Well, as I write in the new piece the Democrats have nothing to say since they let Obama turn the Presidency into a kingship through fiat and executive order. They've also played the bully to the hilt, especially on campus and social media. And they did nothing to fight for economic justice. On the contrary- they gave Wall St and Silicon Valley carte blanche to hollow out the middle class. So their criticisms of Trump sound to most people like they aren't coming from principle but from sour grapes. I'm not sanguine about the next four or eight years either, but I place the blame where it belongs.

    2. funny you mention napoleon, trump won on November ninth, which was the day that napoleon took power

  4. Any way you slice it, the shit is going to hit the fan. Wall St. gambled big with everybody's futures and made a profit by losing every time. There is going to be, and always was going to be, a massive civil and economic dislocation in this country. The question is - will we still be standing as a country once it's all over? Heads are going to roll either way. If we want to salvage even the appearance of the rule of law and democracy, we're going to have to have to make sure they're the right heads.

    Fascism is the answer to a math problem involving kilojoules of energy. The exact algebra of the question is perhaps a little too complex for the human mind to formulate, but I think it goes something like, "How many useless and unproductive citizens can be fed by the working minority until somebody has to starve?" I probably sound like a monster right now, but that, unfortunately, is the true shape of the problem we face.

    1. Look at it this way: when Silicon Valley bigs and other political donors have an open door policy at the White House, when the DNC hires thugs to beat, harass and intimidate political opponents, when saying the wrong thing in a private conversation can ruin your career, when every American is spied on, when police are trained to act like an occupying army, when the wars are not being ended but constantly expanded, what exactly do we call that?

  5. << New Jersey is a very strange place, so strange that its strangeness has sustained a long-running magazine (called Weird NJ, of course).>> Good Lord you are so right again Chris. Personally, it's all been Jersey-centric, even though I haven't lived there in decades, from the beginning up until now. All things odd, wierd and threatening seem to begin and end there (and in D.C., of course) in my personal, er, metacareer. The folks I know that have not moved away from "it" (NJ's genius loco/loci, that is), well, I confess, I fear for their souls. I am sorry to say it, but I'm not exaggerating. And I never quite got it until now. Thanks and excuse while I make some triple-strength kava tea and count my blessings that I live several orogenies away.

    1. I know what you mean. I grew up in Clifton, and there is just something rotten about that town. I got out in 1989. I have very good friends there, but I don't want to even visit them. Their lives have just degenerated into a morass of drug addiction, criminal allegations, suicide, sadness. I am so grateful I escaped.

    2. Well, Aleister Crowley's earthly remains are interred (so to speak) in New Jersey. What more need be said?

    3. The thought had not entered, ahem, my mind. I guess because it might seem to remove all sense of mystery from New Jersey highly wierd and darkish geist. Unless we assume that New Jersey (apotheosized, hypothetically) is the stronger demon, enough to draw Crowley's lifeless corpse to her breast, like a dessicated Norman Bates to a newly zombified mother. So in the end perhaps it is not the likes of Crowley that are so mysterious. It is rathger New Jersey's own mysterious LaBrea tarpit of interdimensional isomerization that even Crowley's bones can't escape!

  6. With the globalist agenda of Obama/Clinton being derailed, & presumably the "pivot to Asia" along with it, a more aggressive posture in the Middle East (home to more than a few Trump holdings) seems certain. Perhaps even an eventual carving up of Syria by US & Russia? It all seems to come back to the Middle East, one way or another, for the US & Rome alike. Speaking of which, here's an interesting tidbit: Benjamin Netanyahu is now telling Israeli politicians not to communicate with Trump behind his back, esp. his radical right competition with even more hardline views on a Palestinian state than his own:

    Curious that. Also note the Israeli right-wingers praise of the allegedly anti-Semitic Bannon & Breitbart. Lots of wheeling & dealing going on behind the scenes no doubt, esp.with regards to all those natural gas reserves found off the coast of Gaza & in the Golan Heights. After all, the Palestinians originally wanted Russia's Gazprom to come in & help with development. & the US originally wanted Assad removed in Syria due to his opposition of a certain pipeline deal:

    With regards to the US domestically, maybe a breakup is in the works, but I think for now the Powers-that-be are settling for a long-term strategy-of-tension simmer.

    1. The Obama Administration seems to have a difficult relationship with Netanyahu's gov't and seems to sign off on whatever the Saudis ask, including this hideous, horrific war of choice on Yemen, a poor country that posed no threat to anyone. Watch this:

  7. >>>>Mithras Rising

    Um...anyone that ISN'T rising these days? Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, KFC/The Colonel, The Kitchen Sink, and prolly a bathtub or two here and there.

    Sorry, but as I travel "The Synchrosphere"...whatever in the fuck that far as I can tell anyway, this "Ascension" shit is applicable to anyone and everyone and everything EXCEPT any of us dorks that are unfortunate enough to be here with all this rising going on.

    Hell with this amount of rising going on, I think I'm gonna go make some bread without yeast. It'll prolly rise so fucking much it'll prolly levitate right out of the oven.

    But...that's just me. <3 Carry on. :-)

    1. I can't speak for other researchers, I can only call 'em like I see 'em. Check out the second part of the series for an explanation of exactly why I think this archetype is rising.

  8. Chris,

    Echoing the shit hitting the fan comment above, there's this over at Reddit just a couple of hours ago:

    Yep. The entire Pizzagate subreddit has been vanished down the memory hole. All the research. All the photos. Gone. Sure, I know that the info has been saved and archived hopefully in a thousand other places, but that's not really the point, is it?

    If this doesn't illustrate the certainty that the flak is always heaviest over the target, I'm not quite sure what does. I should also say that the use of the word "witchhunt" I find particularly suspicious given its recent popularity in certain folks' vernacular. Not to mention the fact that various other subreddits like "pedofiends" are still allowed to exist, but look into a subculture that appears to be thriving in D.C. that is, let's face it, utterly suspicious and worthy of investigation, well, that needs to be shut down else the dainty political correctness sensibilities be offended.

    This also strikes me as a propaganda psyop that is in very much the mold of a Mike Aquino specialty operation, and of a type that he is well versed in given what (almost) happened in the 1980s to he and his cohorts before the mysteriously funded FMSF and other such media interests took hold.

    Something else that's quite suspicious is the fact that all this scrubbing and virtual "bleachbit"-ing happens to be taking place on yet another Nov.22 in history, and they love their liminal dates don't they? What more opportune time to send such a message of further control and psychological herding of the masses?

    1. Yes, I saw that. There's definitely a lot going on behind the scenes. I don't know if you saw but there were announcements yesterday that pedophile rings in Norway, Canada and the UK were busted up. I don't think this is unrelated. The material on Reddit and 4Chan may possibly be coming down because it may be seen as potentially compromising to ongoing investigations. It's very hard to say. There's also a lot of uncertainty over the status of Wikileaks right now- there seems to be a campaign being waged on their servers and I'm hearing rumors of arrests. There was also a puff piece on Comet in the NY Times the other day that completely ignored any of the serious evidence that had been presented (talk about fake news). Conversely a more balanced piece ran in the Washington Times. Either way, the story is not going away.