Monday, December 04, 2023

Synchro-Tsunami: The King of Hell

English actor Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica) suffered six major coronary events last Friday and had to be revived four times by paramedics. Happily, he survived and is in recovery. He's a terrific actor.

But that's just the start of our story...

Let's go to the tape, Jim:

CNN  —  Actor Mark Sheppard says he’s lucky to be alive after experiencing a cardiac emergency. The “Supernatural” actor said in a post to Instagram that he collapsed in his kitchen on Friday. 

“Six massive heart attacks later, and being brought back from dead 4 times I apparently had a 100% blockage in my LAD. The Widowmaker (sic),” he wrote in the caption, alongside a photo of himself in a hospital bed. 

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “LAD” refers to the left anterior descending artery, which supplies blood to the front left side of the organ. 

Sheppard is known for his time on “Supernatural” as Crowley, a villainous fan-favorite character he portrayed from 2009-2017. He’s also known for appearing as Romo Lampkin in the sci-fi TV series “Battlestar Galactica.” 

It's just so weird because Sheppard had been on a major health kick, losing weight and getting back to fighting trim in admirable fashion. Seems so odd that he'd suffer such a major coronary event like that. Was there another factor in his coronary misfortune?

Well, you know me - Mr. Etymology. Let's take a quick look at the origin of "coronary."

"Suitable for Garlands?" You don't say.

"Coronarius?" You don't say.

Ain't life just a kick in the pants?


Now, Crowley went from being a soul-selling Scottish chap named Fergus Macleod to being a "punkass crossroads demon," and finally to the King of Hell on Supernatural.

Now, leaving aside the whole Scottish thing - and corona - let me get back to the work of the first great Synchromystic, John of Patmos. 

As I've shown, the locusts of Revelation 9 align exactly to a trip through the night sky, from Corona Borealis (Northern Crown) to the Southern Crown. 

This is where we meet the first King of Hell, AKA Abaddon AKA Apollyon AKA Apollo the Destroyer.

Corona Borealis to Corona Austrine. Crown to Crown.

Now, as I've said many times I believe this is a prophecy of a plague - which aligns directly with how the Bible depicts locusts - and this map is a way for initiates of the Christian Mysteries to know WHEN this plague was meant to occur. 

Apollo was seen as the bringer of plague to punish the wicked, which everyone in John's time would have known

So, with that in mind, let's see what the Corona locust plagues and the Biblical King of Hell might have to do with the corona-ry event suffered by our friend, Mr. Sheppard. Could there be any connection sync-wise?

Let's have a look at the man's social media:

Wow, homeboy was downright guzzling the Kool-Aid, wasn't he? Perhaps in more ways than one. But what connection could his massive coronary event have with his rather extreme enthusiasm in pushing the party line on the Crowned and Conquering Virus? I guess we'll never know.

What we do know is this:


That we do, Mabel. That we do.

Weirdly enough, the Sheppard's corona-ry event synched with a story hitting the wires that the Supernatural fellows may be back for more adventures. Which makes me very happy; it's great to have on in the background when I'm working on something else.

Crowley took one for the team on Supernatural, sacrificing himself in his battle with Lucifer. This all came about because Mark Sheppard was bored of his character - as were the producers - and wrote him off. 

The parting was less than amicable, by most accounts. Unlike every other recurring character who died on Supernatural, Crowley was never brought back for a victory lap. 

But there's one little detail that tells us big secrets here...

... meaning, the precise day the episode first aired.

Which I don't need to tell you the significance of. 

Oddly enough, stories concerning Soundgarden fighting with Chris Cornell's widow hit the wires just a couple days before Mr. Sheppard had his Corona-ry.


And since you can't have Chris Cornell without Jeff Buckley in the mix, it should be noted that Buckley and Sheppard are roughly synonymous.

Oddly enough, the Buckley died on the eve of Mark Sheppard's 33rd birthday.

What are the odds? Kooky old world, innit?


As fate would have it, the reel Crowley (AKA Mark Sheppard) experienced his coronary events on the 76th anniversary of the real Crowley's death:
On 1 December 1947, Crowley died at Netherwood of chronic bronchitis aggravated by pleurisy and myocardial degeneration, aged 72. His funeral was held at a Brighton crematorium on 5 December; about a dozen people attended, and Louis Wilkinson read excerpts from the Gnostic Mass, The Book of the Law, and "Hymn to Pan". The funeral generated press controversy, and was labelled a Black Mass by the tabloids. 


Crowley's body was cremated; his ashes were sent to Karl Germer in the US, who buried them in his garden in Hampton, New Jersey.

That they were. I went out some years ago to see the grim and ignoble final resting place of the Great Beast for myself. As OG Sunners may recall, I saw this little message from the netherworld while gassing up for the trip.


As always, The X-Files is lurking in the bushes nearby. Sheppard first popped up on my radar on the first season episode, "Fire." He played a pyrokinetic stalker and sported an OKish Irish accent and a very, very bad American accent. But it was, like all first season episodes, the greatest thing I'd ever seen at the time.

But there's an interesting backstory here...

... in that "Fire" was being used by the network to audition English actress Amanda Pays to replace Gillian Anderson, who FOX was very unhappy with. Partly because she was having a lot of trouble adjusting to the demands of a TV schedule (therefore costing the show a lot of money) and was testing very poorly with audiences.

But Chris Carter stood by his lead, even after she got pregnant shortly after this episode was filmed. You'd think FOX would definitely demand she was fired then, but Gillian kept her job, somehow and someway. 

Exactly how she pulled that one off is one of life's little mysteries.

Anyhow, Pays made her first big splash stateside playing the Flash's girlfriend on the short-lived CBS TV series. Series star John Wesley Shipp later had recurring roles on The Flash series on CW, same network that Supernatural aired on.

The Flash became big news more recently when the recent feature film bombed big time at the box office. This following the revelations in which the ridiculously-miscast actor in the lead role turned out to be an insane, sociopathic trainwreck. 

But said psycho douchebucket also made news when he co-starred in Zack Snyder's Justice League on HBO MAX, which featured this familiar siren-song. Or at least a terrible cover version of it.

Zack Snyder is another story for another time (definite Crypto-Frase candidate), but perhaps he'd also appreciate this little tidbit about Apollo:
2. The god who affords help and wards off evil. As he had the power of visiting men with plagues and epidemics, so he was also able to deliver men from them, if duly propitiated, or at least by his oracles to suggest the means by which such calamities could be averted.
"His oracles to suggest the means by which such calamities could be averted," you say?

Why, that has been the driving motivation behind all of my work since May 18, 2017. What are the odds? Astronomical, surely.

Why not make it your New Year's resolution to believe? 


Reader Kevin informed me that Sheppard's character on Doom Patrol was created by Grant Morrison as a ringer for Alan Moore's Constantine, since editorial wouldn't allow him to be used outside Hellblazer. So his two daddies were both Crowleyites.

And does that (singing) Oracle he summons look familiar?

Here's a hint.

Have a feeling someone on that show was reading The Secret Sun...



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