Note: This is crossposted from the Sibyl research group. A lot of people have been asking me about what seems to be a surprisingly big story, so I am providing this both as a public service and to put a marker down in case this all wells up again in some way in days to come.
I have a feeling this is all a prelude for something bigger.
This story is (a bit more than) only tangentially Sibyl-related but is very highly symbolically-charged all the same. And it seems to be rapidly Shimmering out syncs every time I look at it.
Here are some of those to add to our analog algorithm for future reference.
Avant-Pop Producer Sophie Dead at 34 After ‘Sudden Accident’
Sophie, the avant-pop artist who produced singers like Madonna and Charli XCX and released the acclaimed 2018 album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, has died at the age of 34.
The Scottish-born musician’s record label, Transgressive, confirmed Sophie’s death. “Tragically our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident,” the label wrote.
“True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full ("Wolf Moon," CK) moon and accidentally slipped and fell. She will always be here with us. The family thank everyone for their love and support and request privacy at this devastating time.”
The musician’s management added to the Guardian that Sophie died following a “sudden accident” early Saturday morning in Athens, Greece.
Sophie was “a pioneer of a new sound, one of the most influential artists in the last decade. Not only for ingenious production and creativity but also for the message and visibility that was achieved. An icon of liberation,” Sophie’s management said. “At this time respect and privacy for the family is our priority. We would also ask for respect for her fanbase, and to treat the private nature of this news with sensitivity.”
If Sophie rings a bell, you may be remembering a Secret Sun post from 2018:
A lot of folks have been asking me to check out the new album by EDM producer Sophie, who apparently hails from Bonnie Scotland. Well, I was already on it like Blue Bonnet, especially after I noticed this particular headline....
Oh, does it ever.The "Pearl" business is self-explanatory but the "Oil of..." bit leads me to believe that Sophie here is a closet Fraserfarian, since there happens to be a deep cut on Four Calendar Cafe called "Oil of Angels." A song which, as best I can tell, is about having sex with an angel.Which is kind of odd seeing as how much of Cafe is filled with gut-carving confessionals about Our Lady's childhood history of sexual trauma.
True religion is complicated.
Even stranger, Sophie seems to covering Our Lady's circa 1990 hairdo. At least in the video for "It's Okay to Cry," a catchy little ditty that wouldn't sound a bit out of place on Four Calendar Cafe, come to think of it.
Speaking of Heaven, Sophie there looks rather angelic, don't you think?
Secret Sun Scrabble players understand.
UPDATE: Just so we're all aware, we're firmly in the overall Mithraic mythic orbit with this story, as wives of Mithraists commonly became adherents of Cybele. Icons of Mithras and Attis often shared certain details in common: Phrygian caps, solar tiaras, etc.
Agdistis (Ancient Greek: Ἄγδιστις) was a deity of Greek, Roman and Anatolian mythology, possessing both male and female sexual organs. She is closely associated with the Phrygian goddess Cybele. Her androgyny was seen as symbolic of a wild and uncontrollable nature. It was this trait which was threatening to the gods and ultimately led to her destruction.
AGDISTIS was an ancient Phrygian goddess. She was an hermaphroditic deity born when the Earth-Mother was accidentally impregnated by the sleeping Sky-God. The gods, in fear of the strange double-gendered being, castrated it and so creating the goddess Kybele (Cybele).
ATTIS was the ancient Phrygian god of vegetation and consort of the great Mother of the Gods Kybele (Cybele). As punishment for his infidelity, the goddess drove him into a mad frenzy which caused him to castrate himself. Initiates into the eunuch-priesthood of Kybele, known as Gallai (Galli), re-enacted this myth with an act of self-castration.
The Galli were traveling musicians, known for their frenzied performances.
Some have linked Cybele to the Sibyl. The name Cybele was originally Kybele, meaning "cave-dweller." The name evolved to be pronounced with the sibilant C. Oddly enough, sibilant stems from sibilare, meaning "to hiss, or whistling."
Broken window whistling, perhaps.
Sibyls were associated with serpents - hence the name "Pythia" -- which makes the hissing connotation a cinch.
Note Athens, Wolf Moon, Sophia, Fall.
Then Memphis, Wolf River, Shepherd Boy, Drown.
Elizabeth Fraser is singing Sofia, the daughter. I loved her singing with the Cocteau Twins and more recently with Massive Attack and I was very happy that she was willing to get involved. There is a tenderness and vulnerability in her voice, which is very appealing, and I think she is very musical – the way she was improvising in certain places was very strong. - Peter Gabriel OVO, the Millennium (Dome) Show
Sofia's first verse in "Downside Up," The Millennium Dome Show
"At Last I Am Free" Originally released by Chic in 1978, Elizabeth Fraser (ex-Cocteau Twins) covered this song for Rough Trade’s 2003 compilation release, Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before.
ENDYMION was a handsome shepherd-prince loved by the moon-goddess Selene.
When Zeus offered him his choice of destinies, Endymion chose immortality and youth in eternal slumber. He was laid out in a cave on Mount Latmus in Karia (Caria) where his lunar lover would visit him each night.
The Bluebell was formerly known as Endymion non-scripta. Some blue bell knowledge for you there.
Let's now consult with the new Bene Frasserit Mother Superior, Lady Gressica of House Musktreides...
Grimes: 4 AMO—AphroditeI wrote your constellationInto the skyS-s-s-s-s-saSuns at night[Chorus]I'm out late at 4 AMHe says, "How's the weather, baby? How've you been?"You're gonna get sick, you don't know whenI never doubt it at 4 AMI'm out late at 4 AMHe says, "How's the weather, baby? How've you been?"You're gonna get sick, you don't know whenI never doubt it at 4 AM[Post-Chorus]4 AM, 4 AMFalling down againUnraveling
Strawberries and Champagne are the quintessential ingredients for any romantic night in. So how did this tiny fruit become a popular love staple? There is an obvious association with love; the fruit grows in the shape of a tiny red heart.
A latter version of the Aphrodite and Adonis story claims to tell the origins of the strawberry: Aphrodite was in love with the beautiful Adonis, but his love for hunting ended up being his undoing. Gored by a boar, he lay in the forests gasping his last breaths as Aphrodite rushed to his side. She poured nectar on his wounds, hoping against hope to heal him, but it was too late and her beloved mortal died in her arms. Popular myth claims that her tears mingled with his blood; as this fluid seeped into the ground, strawberries grew in their place. - MythCrafts
Sophia was one of the “aeons” – divine entities who were descended from God the Father and who were roughly equivalent to angels. Of the many aeons, Sophia was the last to arise from God.
Like the other aeons, Sophia was the child of a male-female pair of aeons that had come before her, who had given birth with the Father’s blessing. Sophia and the rest of the aeons formed the “Pleroma” (Greek for “Fullness”), the Gnostic name for Heaven.
Because of her fall and its dire consequences, Sophia became a flawed being. Her deficiency rendered her unable to remain in the perfect “Fullness” of the Pleroma, so she was placed just outside of the Pleroma, in a realm above that of her malevolent son.
In anguish, Sophia repented, and the Father agreed to bring her back to the Pleroma once what had become lacking in her was restored to its natural fullness. - Gnosticism Explained
UPDATE: Brandon found Sophie's livestream- look what came up as an ad. Those rascally ALGOLrithms are apparently getting in on the action.