Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Interlude: Sirius Rising

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The first thing I'd like to do here is reframe this narrative. The prism we should see this through is that of the story of the theme song to what was at one time the most watched television show in the world, namely House MD.

And subsequently we're also looking at the backstory of a music video that's gotten over 48 million views on YouTube. Those are Beyonce numbers. 

So rather than try to figure out why this incredibly strange and impossible chain of events has focused on a couple singers most people have never heard of, let's approach it all under that context. 

This is a story tens of millions of people have been exposed to without realizing what it is they're hearing.

I'd also like to let it be known that this isn't a story that ended twenty years ago. As we've seen Chris Cornell- whose death continues to make headlines- somehow found himself wound up in all this, both through his close relationship with Jeff Buckley but also through his unlikely connection to the mythos we're unfolding here.

And into the midst of it all comes the announcement that Elizabeth Fraser is appearing at Royal Albert Hall in July:

John Grant will chat to Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser about her iconic indie group’s 1988 album, Blue Bell Knoll, with all proceeds from the show going to gay rights charity Stonewall. 
The event on Sunday 23 July is a rare chance to see Fraser talk about her distinctive, indelible music, which influenced an entire generation of performers, including Grant, with his exquisite electro-balladeering.

I really don't know where to start. I couldn't possibly make up an event more symbolically loaded. Is someone actually fucking with me here?

Where to begin? Let's try this, from the must-read VISUP site.
(Robert Anton) Wilson is primarily responsible for bringing the 23 enigma to public attention. Wilson in turn partly became obsessed with the number 23 after supposedly receiving telepathic messages from an alien race based upon Sirius after performing a Crowley-inspired ritual on July 22, 1973. The next morning he found a peculiar message in his 'magickal diary' stating "Sirius is very important." This led Wilson to doing some research. 
"The Skeptic went to town and browsed in the public library. Imagine my state of mind when I discovered that this very day, July 23, when I had received the message 'Sirius is very important,' is the day when, according to Egyptian tradition, the occult link (through hyperspace?) is most powerful between Earth and Sirius. 
"Celebrations of the Dog Star, Sirius, beginning on July 23, are the origin of the expression 'dog days,' meaning the days from July 23 to September 8, when the last rituals to Sirius were performed."- The Cosmic Trigger Volume I, pg. 87 
What Wilson is referring to is the heliacal rising of Sirius, often associated with July 23:
The heliacal rising: the first visible, though brief, appearance of a star on the eastern horizon before sunrise. On the previous morning, sunlight made the star invisible.  
Sirius is also identified with Isis, who plays a major role in our story here:
As the star Sopdet (Sirius (in Greek Sothis)), she heralds the life-giving inundation. 
July 23rd has also been connected with the Ancient Egyptian New Year:
Ancient Egyptian culture was closely tied to the Nile River, and it appears their New Year corresponded with its annual flood. According the Roman writer Censorinus, the Egyptian New Year was predicted when Sirius—the brightest star in the night sky—first became visible after a 70-day absence. 
July 23rd is also identified with Our Sweetheart, the Drunk:
This massive party was tied to the myth of Sekhmet, a war goddess who had planned to kill all of humanity until the sun god Ra tricked her into drinking herself unconscious.  
Which turned her into the love goddess Hathor. And then there's this little detail here: 
In ancient Egypt, the helical rising of Sirius coincided with the annual rising of the Nile at Memphis.
Wait: did they say Memphis? I thought so.

Elizabeth Fraser last appeared at Royal Albert Hall with the Cocteau Twins, touring the Milk and Kisses album, which included a number of songs written about Jeff Buckley.

Blue Bell Knoll is a luscious album, the musical equivalent of having warm honey dripped on your head while you're taking a milk bath on really good drugs, but its title has a darker meaning:

In folklore, the flowers assist mortals in seeing fairies or seeing into their reality, but were regarded by some as unlucky because they could also reveal or even attract malign spirits, including the Devil himself... They are also called Dead Men's or Dead Man's Bells, because hearing the bells ringing is an omen of death.  
Remembering the line from Song to the Siren, "Did I dream you dreamed about me? Were you hare when I was fox?", note that bluebells are also known as harebells:
Campanula rotundifolia is associated with the fairies and with witches...The name Harebells may also allude to a folk belief that witches used juices squeezed from this flower to transform themselves into hares. 
And hey- milk again.
These juices lent the flower another Scottish folk name, "Milk-ort" (milk herb).
More importantly, the bluebell also connects to the central conceit of our story- the seemingly inexplicable symbolic overkill connected to the ancient myth of the goddess (variously associated with sex, war, music and the Moon) and her shepherd-boy consort.

Shepherd-boy being the literal translation of Buckley.

As it happens milk plays a very major role in that ur-myth as well. From the first known telling of the story, The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi:

  Make your milk sweet and thick, my bridegroom / My shepherd, I will drink your fresh milk / Wild bull Dumuzi, make your milk sweet and thick/ I will drink your fresh milk.
Elizabeth Fraser's dedication on Milk and Kisses plows the same metaphorical furrow.

 "Milk and kisses for the first man / my old man / love and a thousandfold rose for Buckley /my Rilkean-Hearted friend."
(We're going to return to The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi again, in a big, bad way).

The bluebell has also been named for Endymion, the young shepherd consort of the goddess Selene, who fell in love with and put under a spell of eternal sleep so that she alone might enjoy his beauty. Selene was also known as Phoebe and one of the key tracks on Blue Bell Knoll is "For Phoebe, Still a Baby."

So I suppose it's only appropriate that this is being held at Royal Albert Hall, named in honor of Prince Albert, formally known as Albert, Prince Consort. 

And here were have another goddess-consort sad story. 

Albert was husband of Queen Victoria, herself named after the Roman goddess of victory. And for those of you who don't know the rest:

Albert died at the relatively young age of 42, plunging the Queen into a period of deep mourning in which she rarely appeared before her subjects.

We saw that that Jeff Buckley drowned on the evening of the Carnival Memphis. As it happens it seems that he and Fraser began their courtship on the eve of the original Carnival...

This would be the night of March 4th, when both Buckley and the Cocteau Twins were playing in Atlanta. Significantly, the Twins performed "Road, River, and Rail" that night.

Simon Raymonde of The Cocteau Twins remembers Jeff being introduced to them as Tim Buckley's son while they were touring America in 1991.

Road, River and Rail is 3:17
3/17 is the day of Osiris' drowning

OK, I thought I heard that Buckley met them before 1994 but I couldn't find any corroboration online for that so I thought I had imagined it. If that is indeed true it makes the prophecies on 1990's Heaven or Las Vegas even creepier because that was the album they were touring then (and the only significant omen after that is the insanely-disturbing post-breakup Rilkean Dreams). 


Having recorded an ineffably beautiful version of Tim's ‘Song For The Siren’ (as This Mortal Coil) they were pleased to meet the young man, who was in turn awestruck by their music, especially the spectral voice of Elizabeth Fraser. Three years later it was their turn to see him perform. Simon and Liz went together to a small bar in Atlanta. "It was just Jeff and his little Fender guitar and amp. He sang for two hours and he knocked me sideways. Liz and I spent some time with him over the next few days."
It's likely that Fraser connected (or reconnected) with Buckley on what is technically March 5th, since the Twins had their own concert to do the night of the 4th. But what is the significance of March 5th? 

It's sacred to Isis. Very sacred, in fact:
Ididis Navigium, or alternatively Navigium Isidis, means Vessel of Isis. The festival gets its name from the main offering to Isis. In Apuleius’ Metamorphosis he describes the grand procession of worshippers from the temple of Isis to the harbor. 
Harbor. And the connection to Carnival? 
Modern carnival resembles the festival of the Navigium Isidis, and some scholars argue that they share the same origin (via carrus navalis, meaning naval wagon, i.e. float – later becoming car-nival). 
Reminding us again the Carnival Memphis is centered around Ancient Egyptian symbolism:
The twelve Grand Krewes that Carnival Memphis recognizes are the Mystic Society of the Memphi, Osiris, Sphinx, RaMet, Ennead, Phoenix, Aani, Ptolemy, Kemet Jubilee, Ptah, Luxor, Queen Bee...The Grand Krewes of Memphi, Osiris, RaMet and Sphinx are "old-line" Grand Krewes and were all started in the 1930s as the original secret societies of the Memphis Cotton Carnival.
And let's remember this Carnival centers of the appointment of the new Queen Isis and King Osiris:
Our Queen Isis has always been known for her beauty and membership in a prominent family. She wears the Ring of Isis, engraved with her hieroglyphic symbol. 
The identity of King Osiris is revealed at the Banquet of Past Kings. He and all Past Osiris Kings wear the King’s Medallion on a scarlet and white ribbon at all Osiris and Carnival events.
And this: 
Many elements of Carnival were in turn appropriated in the Corpus Christi festival, most prominently in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). 
Jeff Buckley recorded "The Corpus Christi Carol" on his first album.

Then there's this: 

Thus Plutarch tells us that Osiris was murdered on the seventeenth of the month Athyr, and that the Egyptians accordingly observed mournful rites for four days from the seventeenth of Athyr. Now in the Alexandrian calendar, which Plutarch used, these four days corresponded to the thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth of November, and this date answers exactly to the other indications given by Plutarch, who says that at the time of the festival the Nile was sinking, the north winds dying away, the nights lengthening, and the leaves falling from the trees.
Which would mean, according to this reckoning, that the "Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys" took place either on or right before November 17. Why is this significant?
Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scott Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. 

Next we'll take a closer look at the prophecies involved and why they might have gotten some unwanted attention.


UPDATE: Darren reminds of that famous Beatles song that namedrops Albert Hall and also  tells us of another doomed young prince, Tara Browne, dead exactly a month after Jeff Buckley was born. More 17s:

On 17 December 1966, Browne was driving with his girlfriend, model Suki Potier, in his Lotus Elan through South Kensington at high speed (some reports suggesting in excess of 106 mph/170 km/h).[2] He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. Browne failed to see a traffic light and proceeded through the junction of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens, colliding with a parked lorry. He died of his injuries the following day. Potier claimed that Browne swerved the car to absorb the impact of the crash to save her life.

"A Day in the Life"
On 17 January 1967 John Lennon, a friend of Browne's, was composing music at his piano whilst idly reading London's Daily Mail and happened upon the news of the coroner's verdict into Browne's death. He worked the story into the song "A Day in the Life", which was later released on the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. 

John Lennon's "Good Morning Good Morning" was the first song you heard on the last episode of The Monkees. "Song of the Siren" was its swansong.


  1. On the subject of March 4th and the CARNIVAL OF LIFE AND DEATH I was reading this blurb at the site from the July 23rd Albert Hall concert/talk - "Two musical legends will appear in conversation at the Royal Albert Hall for a unique one-off event to mark 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexuality."
    Which reminded me of The Beatle's album from 50 years ago and the song 'A Day in the Life', which has the lines -
    "I read the news today oh boy
    Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
    And though the holes were rather small
    They had to count them all
    Now they know how many (arse?)holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
    I'd love to turn you on."
    Reading further about what inspired that song I found out it was written about the Guinness heir Tara Browne (Born March 4th, 1945) who died in a car crash in London, steering his car into a lorry and saving his model girlfriend Suki Potier, who would later die in a car crash while on holiday in Portugal on June 23rd, 1981.
    Weird stuff considering the road deaths in the Portugal forest fires yesterday.
    How many rabbit holes does it take to fill the Albert Hall...because there is way more to this tale than I can write here.

    1. Oh, and the Bee Gees released their Sgt. Pepper's Album on July 23rd, 1978 oddly enough.
      Barry Gibb the only remaining Bee Gee still alive sung 'A Day in the Life' on that album, which is all very synchy considering the Bee Gees career took off when they lived in Redcliffe in Queensland, Australia and Tara Browne who is said to be the inspiration for this song was killed in a car crash in Redcliffe Gardens, London.

  2. Maybe this is a bit farfetched, but the group that won the 2017 Carnival in Rio is called Portela. They had last won 33 years ago, and their theme song for the year ends like this:

    "Who has never felt their body shiver when seeing this river pass by..."

    The group's colors are blue and white, the colors of Yemoja, who is frequently depicted as a mermaid.

    Here are a couple of pics:



    - Bruno

  3. One thing not getting enough attention (too me at least and maybe I am just missing it) is the babylonian influence of Marduk in this and the world's stage.

    I get your talking egyptian myths but Marduk is also closely associated with Sirius.

  4. Much deeper than we could ever imagine... Amazing work.

  5. John Lennon started writing the song on 17 January? Oh, that's a date with an awful lot of history. Not sure if you want to go down that particular rabbit hole, but there are lots of connections between that date and the mystery of Rennes le Chateau. Which seems to be connected to the Knights Templar, the Crusades, and Jerusalem, tying back to Egypt.

  6. It certainly gets weirder the more you pick away at it. Is there any chance of getting at least a partial bibliography at the end of this? I'm curious what you're even reading to be able to synthesize this much rather obscure mythological data.

    1. I concur. & Its almost as though something were trying to communicate a narrative thru all these assorted syncs. Speaking of which, earlier today I was running errands & as I walked past a local new agey establishment, I couldn't help but notice their new window display which featured a large group of statues of Egyptian gods & goddesses, most prominently Isis of course.

      Getting back to Memphis, just north of Memphis is the infamous Tennessee or Devil's Triangle, home to a strange "dead zone":



      "Shelby County has a dead zone - just ask the locals. Deep in the forest people have reported finding a dead tree, one that is surrounded by dead grass and absolutely no sound. Without any living creatures or people surrounding the area, it's an eerie place that exists completely in silence. If you ever go hiking north of Memphis, you may just find it."

      & Memphis/Shelby County has no shortage of high weirdness. There's been some prominent UFO sightings in the area as well:





  7. I'm new to commenting....did you get my note and link about John Grant? Also the one referencing George Michael/Micky Dolenz?

  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_of_Alexandria

    I'm not certain, but there is a pull here for me.

  9. Your road-river-rail/wolf image maps an elusive layer of reality.

    It reveals an intersection joining the characters in your narrative with another order of being that is conscious and intentional. Or, rather than conscious and intentional, is it better stated as - connective? A living force of connectivity?

  10. the improv-krew makes the magic real :) kinda blown away at how little consideration has been given of the scripts and intelligence circles that run all this stuff with the assistance/EYE of those who track the below with the stars above...we sea what we see...

  11. Hi Chris,

    I know about this Tara Browne connection and that can take this into an even deeper hole. I can't wait to see what else you have noticed in regards to the rest of this amazing thread in the tapestry you are unwinding here.

  12. As a reporter, Memphis was syncing heavily with me in late 2001, after 9/11. There was a lot of high weirdness in Memphis/Shelby County. Strange deaths. And a scientist "allegedly" plunged into the Mississippi River at Memphis only to wash up on a pier downriver in Louisiana where I worked. I could go on and on about Memphis and/or the strange qualities of the Mississippi River, for me, personally. And "The Monkees" angle is intriguing and one I have also written about. "I just want to lay in the grass and be cool." This is fascinating stuff, Chris.

    1. I was watching this VEVO clip of The Beatle's 'A Day in the Life' -
      and I'm not sure, but is that a Monkee sitting next to Lennon at the 3:33 minute mark?

  13. "Underwater" Good Lord, what a voice she's got. Gives me chills. Can't really understand what she's saying but it doesn't seem to matter at a certain level. Thanks for introducing her to my ears.

  14. Sir Loring Knowles ~

    I humbly present to you the following two pieces of music

    one is in the album/LP form - let me know - but give this one a good... relaxed / intent / 'loosened' listen ... that said - I doth present to thee - Todd Terje - "It's Album Time"


    this second one ties in in two ways - to your title vis a vis the blue kachina prophecy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv8L6muQz04 - and to the song on this Tool album - it's both track 10 and 2, depending if we're talking 'The Holy Gift' or "Lateralus' ~

    Blessings and Good Fortune Upon You, Sir


  15. Prism is a national security code-word for digital interceptions that now effect thousands, millions of children around the Five Eyes countries, and likely other countries also. Some kids don't like being talked about behind their backs. When it involves secret star chamber courts and media executives with confusing and intimidating agendas, it becomes even more complicated. The kids don't know where to go, or what to do, online. Or who to trust. I don't know how necessarily to make it better for children, only that maybe the prism program could merge with a FriendshipCube outreach program, starting with ideas from Dr. Timothy Leary, an anti-establishment luminary, who produced a video that was supposed to be the beginning of a series entitled, "How To Operate Your Brain". Check out what I've started at www.FriendshipCube.com

  16. Dear Chris, thanks for your willingness to make so many striking connections in this story. I wonder whether it is possible that your focus may be too close on the story. When I read this entry, I thought of how in dream interpretation, it is easy to get lost in specifics of dream imagery, when sometimes the big picture and dream-imagery trends over time may be more "meaningful" than in the spcific details. To me, something about that photo of the river-rail-road in Memphis jumps out. I would argue that there is an intelligence behind not only the story but also in your ability to follow the trail of breadcrumbs it is leaving behind.

  17. It is interesting that one of the bands to cover 'Teardrop' was Simple Minds, as the Cocteau Twins allegedly named their band after a song by that band, back when they were known as "Johnny and the Self Abusers'.

  18. Are you aware of the real mundane origin of the album title "Milk And Kisses"? As revealed by our beloved Elizabeth - a "friend" [if it was JB, she'd have said so eventually] left her a voicemail message including the words "I just wish I could take the poison out of you and replace it with milk and kisses"

  19. Very weird kinda synchs here for me. As if the universe wanted me to find these posts; personally asking you where to start...