Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Bad Santa (Part II)

Christmas is certainly the time for miracles; and, in addition to a large helping of misery and blood- courtesy of the Synagogue of Satan- the Fates (or tabloid editors) have obliged with a few: real and ersatz. (Chris Knowles recorded several of these in a recent post at The Secret Sun, see here.) And so, nestled alongside the deaths of Faith and Hope, the sadly-named conjoined twins from Shrewsbury, were two remarkable stories suggesting the opposite: spiritual revival (of a feminine and esoteric variety.) The first was the rescue of Donna Molnar, a woman from Canada who disappeared for three days after her SUV was forced-off road in a blizzard, and got stuck in a snow-logged field. When discovered by a police dog, reports claim that Molnar- who had left the vehicle, allegedly to 'take a walk'- was marooned in 23 inches of snow, and was wearing little more than a winter jacket.

Most striking is Chris Knowles' ingenious (and entirely valid) translation of Donna Molnar as 'Our Lady of the Grain' (or Corn), 'the title of Demeter in the Eleusinian Mysteries.' The spectre of this enormously significant myth was evoked repeatedly in 2007-8: from the 'cereal murder' at VirginiaTech, conducted at the height of Demeter's ancient feast of Cerealia; to the McCann's soujourn through the Underworld in search of their lost daughter Persephone, the goddess trapped in flesh.

(According to this Iron Age myth, Persephone, or Prosperina, is abducted by Hades and forced to spend six months of each year as his queen; her mother's frantic search for her missing daughter was symbolized in ancient Rome by white-clad celebrants, rushing through the streets of the City with lighted torches- see here. As if to demonstrate the ingenious maxim of Philip K Dick- 'The Empire Never Ended'- a white-clad Kate McCann, accompanied by her husband, lit candles in honour of her daughter, Madeleine, at Fatima on May 23, 2007, an 'occult announcement' which garnered intense global interest. And the symbolic connections between Ceres, our Lady of the Corn, and VTech go just as deep- as Todd Campbell discovered in a series of posts written shortly after those events, comparing the astrological sigil of [the planet] Ceres, the broken sickle, with Cho Seung-Hui's alter-ego, 'Question Mark'- see here.)

'When you reach the end of an age,' writes Chris Knowles, 'the myths and the symbols that once defined that age begin to turn against it.' The myths and symbols of Demeter and Persephone- and the countless iterations of the same- are those which will replace the symbols of the outgoing Age of Pisces; which will function as the undergirding of the New one; and, as such, are going to be invoked and endlessly reinforced between now and Pisces's final close.

And indeed, at roughly the same time as the 'Christmas miracle' of Donna Molnar, the same forms were manifested in a story of even greater symbolic content: that of Magdeline Makola, the South African-born nurse, recovered from the boot of her car after a period of possibly ten days held captive there. (The car, a red Vauxhall Astra- or red star- was found in a car park at Drumgelloch railway station almost 23 miles from her home- see here.) In addition to being yet another example of the perennially-recurring 'MM' sigil, examples of which we have been tracking on this blog since May 2007, see here, this story is keenly significant- if intensely traumatic for the woman concerned- for several other reasons.

Ms Makola, as Knowles reports, is a black woman, living not far from one of the most famous Black Madonna sites in Europe: Rosslyn Chapel. Like the identically-initialled Madeleine McCann, her name is a very direct reference to Mary Magdalene, the character whose veneration is believed to underlie both the medieval cult of the Black Madonna- superimposed over the elder archetypes of Isis and Kali- and the majority of the twelfth and thirteenth-century cathedra dedicated to Notre Dame. And the symbolism of her discovery, emerging, as it were, from a cave, from the depths of the wintry Underworld into the light of human consciousness, is a very accurate facsimile of the revelation of Kore that awaited the hungry, terrified initiates at the climax of the Eleusinian Mysteries; or the glimpse of the Pythia afforded at the end of the arduous journey on the Sacred Way to Delphi.

The interestingly-named Justice Ngema has today appeared in court charged with Magdeline's attempted murder; I will follow further developments with keen interest. In the meantime, let it be noted that both of these stories- which followed very swiftly upon our discussion of 'miraculous' content in bona fide Fortean events, see here- were presented to Christmas news consumers as festive 'miracles'- despite the horrendous and long-term suffering which is likely to ensue from both (details unlikely to receive the same sort of attention, as Chris Knowles observes.) And there were 'miraculous' survivals cited in the Covina shootings, too, as well as other coincidental details which- despite the high level of planning- may indicate some level of occult or 'fairy' influence.

We'll get round to highlighting these in our next post, very soon.

The Empire Never Ended... more to follow...

'Those who don’t know already (and there will be some) need to realise that today we are still fundamentally regulated by cultural devices and strictures set loose upon our forebears in the ancient world- in kingdoms such as Babylon and Egypt- several thousands of years ago. We have inherited their gods hidden in everyday language and societal control mechanisms so that in real effect, without even stepping into a temple or any occult congregation, we pay token to them every day.'
-Ellis Taylor

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Bad Santa (Part I)

The Santa Massacre, here, horrific though it was, is not of those class of events we mainly concern ourselves with here, principally because of the high level of planning that contributed to its (ahem) successful execution. The unusually-named gunman, Bruce Pardo, was clearly what we Britons would describe as 'handy', knocking up a home-made- if malfunctioning- flame-thrower as easily as if it were a couple of shelves for the wife. (Perhaps being a former- newly redundant- aerospace engineer might have something to do with that.) And the fact that he had the presence of mind to don the infamous Santa suit before launching his murderous spree indicates that, unlike truly occult operations, these events did not unfurl of their own, involuntary accord; in that fugue-like state of consciousness which is the key to it all.

These disclaimers notwithstanding, there were a few aspects to the story which did still manage to tweak my occult radar; not least the very obvious fact that it occurred on Christmas Eve: a valid, if inauthentic, 'Portal Date' of sorts. Whilst lacking the deeper resonance of heavyweights like April 20, July 7, or any of the crossquarter dates associated with the Sabbats of the pre-Christian world, December 24-5 commemorates the re-birth of the sun after its three-day hiatus following solstice on the 21st, and thus is no mere modern accretion, despite contemporary appearances. The location of the event is also mired in strangeness; as Loren Coleman reported a few days ago, Covina (in Orange County, California) served as a makeshift Roswell in the Warner Brothers network TV series of the same name (see here.)

I have long been fascinated by the presence of the feminine-sounding prefix 'ros' at the heart of so many occult events: a true Rose Line, if you like, connecting Rosslyn Chapel, alien landings, and genetic engineering. (Britain's 'Dolly the sheep', the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, was born at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh. It also connects to 9/11- Rosslyn, North Virginia is an unincorporated area of Arlington County, directly north-west of the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery; a clear-view of its skyscrapers can be had from the offices of the Pentagon itself.)

In that sense, then, Covina makes a very fitting stand-in for Roswell, because its name also references the Feminine Principal or goddess, coined, according to legend, by the city's founder in honour of the 'cove of vineyards' arraigned in the San Gabriel Valley nearby. Both vine and grape are paramount symbols of the Grail, the 'underground stream' of goddess worship and the phsyical survival of the Desposyni, the royal bloodline of Mary Magdalene. Connected to this, perhaps, is the claim of its police station to being unique in the United States in boasting a replica of a giant Olmec head outside it: a gift to the city in 1989 by the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Is it symbolically-fitting, then, that in a city named for the bloodline of the goddess, a man should go beserk in a red costume? Oddly enough, as many conspiracy lovers will know, it is only since the dawning of the Age of Isis in the mid-twentieth century that Santa Claus has worn red- helped in no small part by an advertising campaign for Coca-Cola designed by the Swedish artist, Haddon Sundblom, which ran from 1931. (Prior to that time, Santa- a complicated figure, an amalgam of Christian and mythological traditions- was dressed in robes of varying hue, including green, purple, brown, and on occasion, black.)

Is it this well-known association with the Coca-Cola Company which is responsible for the ambivalence with which this once-beneficient deity is now regarded? Perhaps it's politics: an old, bearded man who takes such an interest in small children was never likely to wash in our present paranoid age of 'Enhanced Disclosure' and Megan's Law. There has, moreover, been a wave of debunkers encircling the palsied corpse of Christmas, many of them drawn from the ranks of the conspiracy community... or its evangelical Christian wing, anyway. In asserting the 'Satanic Santa' meme as vigorously as some of them have done, were they unconsciously creating the perfect psychic culture for the new archetype of evil to physically manifest?

From them, we learn that Santa's origins lie squarely in the Norse character of Odin; that the non-biblical Saint Nicholas- traditionally regarded as Santa's Christian equivalent- was associated with an unusual companion: Black Peter; and that in many versions of his legend, the saint was effectively merged with this demonic character. Who was this 'swarthy' Black Peter? According to certain Christian fundamentalists, the Devil himself... whose trademark utterance in medieval passion plays, take note, was none other than 'Ho! Ho! Ho!' (See here.)

Indeed, the promotion of the 'Bad Santa' meme has so advanced in recent years, it seems almost surprising that an event of the kind witnessed on Christmas Eve in Covina did not happen sooner. As the existence of the Coen Brothers movie of the same name, released in 2003, indicates, the idea has existed (in the imaginal) for long enough, and with sufficient intensity, for anyone suitably sensitive to 'download' it into reality.

None of these points, however, piqued my interest as much as two examples of that 'miraculous' quality so often present in the midst of occult operations: the point made in our last Mumbai article, here; and the point to which we will be returning as we continue this short investigation next time.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

'The latest weapon in the war on terror...'

'CIA agents have come up with a potent new weapon in the war in Afghanistan.

Instead of giving local chieftains cash or guns for information about the Taliban, they are supplying them with Viagra.

The anti-impotency drugs are said to have worked wonders for ageing tribal chiefs, many of whom have much younger wives.'

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1101874/U-S-hands-Viagra-pills-Afghan-warlords-return-vital-Taliban-intelligence.html

'Nurse missing for 11 days is found alive in car boot...'

'A nurse found alive in the boot of her car after having been missing for 11 days was 'severely traumatised' police said today.

Magdeline Makola was discovered inside her own Vauxhall Astra car in Airdrie, north Lanarkshire, yesterday afternoon.

Detectives have interviewed the South African-born heart nurse from her bed at Monklands Hospital in Lanarkshire and are understood to be looking for a man in connection with her disappearance.'

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1101946/Police-hunt-abductor-nurse-missing-11-days-alive-car-boot-car.html

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

'The blind man who proves the sixth sense...'

''For blind people to regain the power of sight usually requires a miracle - either of the old-fashioned, Biblical variety or of the modern, medical sort.

Yet an extraordinary case reported this week shows us that there may be another form of miracle that can help the blind to 'see' - and it's one that may force us to rethink our whole understanding of the way in which the human senses operate.

In the journal Current Biology it is reported that a man left totally blind by brain damage has astounded scientists by flawlessly navigating an obstacle course without any help or practice whatsoever.'

... 'This weirdness should perhaps not surprise us. Our senses form part of the most mysterious system in the known universe - the human brain.

... Anyone who claims they know how the brain works, or exactly what is going on when our eyes view a splash of red, or our noses scent a whiff of coffee, or our tastebuds pick up on a tang of brine, is simply deluded or lying.'

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1101073/The-blind-man---shows-humans-really-DO-sixth-sense.html

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

The Huguenot's Revenge

We return now to our Mumbai series, and to where we left off here, promising to examine two 'minor' themes pertinent to Fortean studies, before moving to conclude the series by examining the role played by soma in this psychic operation. That was the plan, anyway... until an analysis of those 'minor' points revealed layers of complex significance previously unsuspected. This is a common phenomenon in occult investigations, which depend upon the intuitive method and trail following of an exceedingly subtle kind. A minute detail can generate a connection which illuminates the whole structure in a radically different light, deepending and expanding one's immediate frame of way comparable, probably, to the creative travails of imaginative authors; propelling the work into strata unimagined when first embarking upon the investigative journey.

Such a conceptual 'leap' accompanied our study of the first of those themes: the role of 'synchronicity' in a Fortean event, which we documented in a number of posts concerning the Synchronicity Foundation and the death of Alan and Naomi Scherr. The second is a criterion not included in this useful formulation of an occult operation, cadged from an article posted last year, which reads as follows:

'There are certain characteristics common to all stories warranting occult investigation. The incident will have occurred on or around a specific date or 'window': a 'wrinkle in time' which a little research will prove to be curiously rich in symbolism. Similar discoveries will likely pertain to its spatial location too- often possessed of a far greater historical and mythic pedigree than its surface existence would suggest. The events themselves are peopled by characters that seem to embody archetypal forces as much as singular personalities; are heralded by 'prophecies' of various forms; and provoke a whole series of uncannily familiar aftershocks.'

A factor we can now add to that list is the sense of the 'miraculous'- akin, perhaps, to the numinous as conceived by William James, see here- that overhangs these psychically-directed events. Of course, all Fortean events are- to some degree- miraculous, insofar as they resist rational explanation, or are explicable only in terms which transcend pure reason; but to find the principle illstrated so finely in the midst of an event of such provable occult dimensions as Mumbai is Fortean to the power of five. The presence of such a 'unit' (the pericope) strengthens the rest of the edifice to a degree out of proportion to its own importance.

Have we located just such a pericope in the tale of Simon Healeas, the miraculous 'Bulletproof Briton'? From the Daily Mail, December 5, 2008:

'A university lecturer survived four attempts on his life in last week's Mumbai terror attacks.

Gunmen opened fire on Simon Healeas, a finance lecturer at the University of Westminster, in the Taj Mahal hotel- but he survived as he was carrying his wife's glasses case in his breast pocket which shielded his chest from a bullet.

He also had a grenade thrown at him and was shot in the arm and the leg during the attack on November 26.

Mr Healeas was with colleagues who had travelled to Mumbai with the British Council.' (Full story here.)

Unpacking this mini piece of Forteana reveals some curiously rich coincidences, all highly pertinent to the broader themes of our investigation.

Healeas, as the article says, is a lecturer and research in finance based at the University of Westminster: formerly The Polytechnic Institution. The latter, a stalwart of Victorian education, opened its Regent Street premises at the height of empire in 1838. Renamed The Royal Polytechnic Institution in 1841 when Prince Albert became its patron, the school was very closely associated with both Crown and Church, the Anglicanism of the Church of England. (The significance of this last point will become obvious very shortly.)

Healeas, moreover, is a most unusual name, amenable to (at least) three possible decryptions. As 'son of Helle', the first could be considered another unambiguous nod to the goddess, or Feminine Principle: evoked repeatedly during the course of the attacks, as several articles have shown. In Norse myth, Hel- or El- is the dark queen of the underworld, whose symbol was the holly. In medieval times, emissaries of this harlot-queen were symbolised by the character Harlequin: a name possibly derived from Dante's Inferno (which features a devil called Arlecchino.) But the fact that Healeas derives not from a Scandinavian tongue, but rather from Flemish, Dutch or old French, indicates that the likelihood of the name referencing a Norse goddess is far less likely than the more prosaic etymology of hele, related to our modern word 'holler', a surname designating its bearer's status as a medieval town crier.

Phonetically, however- a valid technique for sifting symbolic meaning from the random scatter of language- Healeas is extremely suggestive of Helios, the sun. Moon symbolism has, as we have seen, been an integral component of the twilight language of Mumbai... A reference, possibly, to Shiva, but perhaps more fundamentally to the pantheon of goddesses associated with the same: Selene, Luna, Artemis, et al. Helios was the brother of Selene, later known as Apollo and by the Romans as Sol Invictus; whose emergence upon the symbolic content of Mumbai suggests the egression of an opposing principle: the representative, perhaps, of an atagonistic set of symbols.

Most significantly, Healeas is of likely Huguenot origin: a group of sixteenth century Calvinists who virulently opposed what they regarded as the excesses of Catholicism: its ritual, its obession with the dead, its icons, saints, pilgrimages, prayers... and its recidivist devotion to Mary. Emerging at almost an almost identical junction in history, the Huguenots invite comparisons with the Catholic sect evoked at least three times during the Mumbai ritual: the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. Expressly formed to protect the Papacy, the Jesuits are consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, Our Lady of the Way... and were targeted- successfully, if unconsciously- by the Mumbai shooters in the attack on the indo-gothic St Xavier's College, a Jesuit school since 1868. In this article, however, we also linked the attack on the Metro Cinema to the Order, through the birth of both Cubism and the Jesuit movement at the Mount of Mars in Paris's Right Bank.

Further investigation reveals that Alan Scherr, the 'jubu' member of the Synchronicity Foundation, was a former professor at Loyola College in Maryland, a Jesuit foundation, named for the order's founder: Ignatius of Loyola. And, most remarkably, the date originally intended for the attacks, Spetember 27, happens also to be the anniversary of the granting of the Order's charter by Pope Paul III in 1540.

By being affiliated, however unconsciously, with a vigorously anti-Marianist sect, did Healeas unwittingly raise up a talisman against which the influence of the Dark Queen was impotent? Did he erect a barrier which the Fates, the Graces were helpless to penetrate?

Ideas are bulletproof... More to follow...

'Escape from the gynaeocracy...'

'The American Matriarchy is lifting her Veil and dropping her pants.

It’s a New Age. Her Age. So we’re assured.

... The symbolism and graphic effect of the [Masonic] Tracing Boards are subtle. Colorful, inviting, attractively Mystical. The viewer is led to agree that the situations, articles, and figures inhabit Oz— a dream-world, a fantasy realm of unreality, of mere game and gaming.

But these operations are not games. Sorcery is blood-magic. Murder, torture, and death are the root NRG of masonic magick. '

More: http://ray222.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/she-of-the-west-marian-is-moovin-on-up/

Sunday, 21 December 2008

'Melusine Rising...'

'She's living the dream of many a little girl.

When Hannah Fraser goes to work, she gets to be a mermaid.

The 33-year-old, who swam at the launch of the Mermaid Lagoon at the Sydney Aquarium in Australia yesterday, has made a career out of her childhood ambition.

She was drawing mermaids before the age of three, and at nine made her first tail out of orange plastic.

She created her second tail in 2002, using two coat hangers, flippers and duct tape inside wetsuit material.

Now onto her fourth tail, her career takes her to many exotic places.

The Australian has been filmed and photographed under water many times, and has swum with whales, dolphins and baby sea lions.

'Although fashion modelling for over 10 years, my greatest passion is to embody the mythical creatures of my dreams in photos and film,' Hannah said on her website.

'I feel the most free and expressive while underwater. I think there has been a dream time when mermaids were part of our reality.

'But with the technological age, we've lost touch with that.

'I'd like to help awaken people to their personal experience of creative play, where the lines of fantasy and reality blend.

'Being a mermaid is my lifelong expression of joy.'

The professional mermaid, who is married to surfer Dave Rastovich, can hold her breath for up to two minutes, and even qualified as a scuba diver while she was wearing her trademark tail.

'Hark, Saint Madeleine speaks!'

'The parents of Madeleine McCann have released a video featuring the missing toddler’s voice for the first time.

Maddie is heard in a touching home movie, filmed as she enjoyed her last family Christmas.

The video shows her, dressed in her favourite pink, sitting on the stairs of her Leicestershire home with younger twin siblings Sean and Amelie, encouraging them: ‘Clap your hands together and one, two, three.’'

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1099176/Heard-time-excited-voice-Madeleine-enjoying-family-Christmas.html

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Twilight Over Mumbai [Part II]

For the continuation of the Twilight article, please see BTB.

Link here: http://ben-fairhall.blogspot.com/2008/12/twlight-over-mumbai.html

Friday, 19 December 2008

The Jingle Man

'In the jingle-jangle morning I'll come followin' you.'
- Bob Dylan

Our last article returned to an idea frequently expounded at BTB: of pop-cultural 'memes' as triggering mechanisms in cases of occult interference. This informs our ongoing examination of the Mumbai attacks insofar as Naomi Scherr, one of the American killed in those events, was a big fan of the Twilight series: a classic example of a VALIS-project, the circumstances of whose transcription may have helped sensitise her to the subtle promptings which led her to be summoned to Mumbai in the first place. I keep meaning to return to our principal narrative (last seen alive here), only to be broadsided by new information relevant to the wider discussion. So, still promising to conclude the Mumbai investigation very shortly, let me first indulge my capacity for digression a little further, by presenting a perfect example of the above principle culled from today's papers.

This concerns a story written by Edgar Allan Poe, a writer of very great 'occult form'. Generally regarded as the father of the detective novel (a form dependent upon the unveiling of hidden secrets), and a key contributor to the nascent medium of science fiction, Poe is best-known for his tales of the macabre: the Gothic fiction derived, as we have remarked several times, from goetia, 'sorcery.' The condition of anybody 'wired' to the subtle influence of the Secret Commonweath is, in these articles, described as being 'illuminised'- a word derived from the occult research of Christina Stoddard ('Inquire Within') in addition to other sources. There are numerous signals that Poe was 'illuminised' to a certain degree, not least the fact that, like many artists, he struggled with an addiction to alcohol; and was prone to bouts of highly eccentric behaviour, particularly in the wake of the death of his bride (and first cousin) Virginia Clemm.

In addition, like many other writers whose work betrays arcane influences, Poe endured a very mysterious demise. Ambrose Bierce, writer and student of the occult, whose macabre fiction presaged many of H P Lovecraft's weird tales, is one of the most famous disappearances in literary history: nobody knows for certain what became of him. The Reverend Robert Kirk, the seventeenth-century minister of Aberfoyle, died suddenly whilst investigating a 'Fairy Hill.' (Kirk was the person responsible for popularising, and possibly coining, the phrase 'the Secret Commonwealth' as indicative of those beings 'of a middle nature betwixt man and angel.') And Antoine Saint-Exupery, the author of many works of subtle philosophy including Le Petit Prince, died during the Second World War, when the plane he was piloting disappeared near Corsica and was never seen again.

Poe's death is similarly mired in mystery. The little that is known for certain is that on October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, 'in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance', according to the man who found him, Joseph W. Walker- see here. He died a few days later, but never regained consciousness to adequately explain how he came to be in such a parlous condition, or why the clothes he was discovered in were not his own. A variety of causes have been mooted, including syphillis, cholera, rabies... even poison administered by political operatives; but as all his medical records, including his death certificate, were lost (or destroyed), the truth remains elusive.

The biggest clue to Poe's 'illuminism', however, lies in the terrain encompassed by his non-fiction, most notably his 'Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe' entitled Eureka (1848). Regarded by the author as his greatest work, this prose poem contained ideas which- according to Wikipedia- anticipated far later discoveries, including 'a cosmological theory that presaged the big bang theory by 80 years.' Most significant is the fact that, in writing it, Poe eschewed the scientific method for a semi-mediumistic approach based on pure intuition; an ability which may partly explain the high number of clairvoyants and psychics who have claimed some degree of contact with the writer since his death in 1849. 'One of the most notable of these', says the ever-trusty Wiki, 'was Lizzie Doten, who in 1863 published Poems from the Inner Life', an anthology of new compositions 'received' from the dead man's ghost.

I do not know the precise circumstances under which one of his most celebrated tales, The Tell-Tale Heart, was composed, but I am willing to bet it was characterised by a fugue-like state of creative (possibly drug-induced) delirium. I am keen to emphasise that VALIS-derived 'memes' of this kind, often extremely valuable works of art, possess force only in accord with many other (stronger) influences. This disclaimer notwithstanding, it is still true that occult transmissions of this kind can, upon a mind adequately primed for the task, have a profound (and often negative) effect. This would certainly seem to be true in the case of Robert Napper, already a very damaged child, whose first exposure to The Tell-Tale Heart at around twelve years of age seems to have been something of an epiphany.

The details of Poe's baroque tale (a quality which inspired Ralph Waldo Emerson's derisive epithet, 'the jingle man') are well-known. As summarised by journalist Paul Harris: '[An] unnamed narrator insists he is sane but suffering from a disease which causes 'over-acuteness of the senses.' He lives with an old man who has a cloudy, pale blue 'vulture-like' eye which so distresses the narrator that he plots to murder him in his bed. Hearing the old man's heartbeat beating unusually quickly from terror, he smothers the old man, chops up the body and hides the pieces under the floorboards. When police eventually arrive, the narrator begins to hear a faint noise and, convinced he can hear the heartbeat of the dead man through the floor... confesses to the police and tells them to tear up the floorboards.'

According to the same journalist, Napper's reaction to hearing this story for the first time was profound. 'In an English lesson, the class were played a recording of [the] story story,' Harris writes. 'Napper was entranced by it. He turned pale and started to shake and sweat. At one point the teacher thought he was having a seizure.' [Emphasis mine.] Shortly afterwards- the lesson roughly coterminous with a far greater trauma, a sexual assault by a family friend- teachers reported that Napper began acting very strangely, or his a priori weirdness ratcheted up a notch or five. Already an abstracted child, Napper's behaviour became so introverted to be described in one report as 'like a robot'; gradually developing a series of 'bizarre delusions', including being 'a well-educated millionaire, with a masters degree in maths... that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize [and] that he could communicate by telepathy.'

The full details of the murders of Samantha and Jazmine Bisset, for which Napper was convicted in 1995, are horrific; and not to be explored here further, apart from to note the grotesque similarities to the mutilation described in Poe's short story; and that the murder might never have occurred but for the gross mismanagement of the investigation into an earlier murder committed by Napper, that of Rachel Nickell in July 1992. (His eventual admission of guilt in that case, the details of which were released today, is why both murders have received renewed and prominent coverage in the British and European press.)

The details of that investigation, botched though it was, also betray occult interference by the Secret Commonweath. The decision by the Metropolitan Police to fixate on an innocent suspect, permitting Napper to continue unmolested, was due principally to the influence of the criminal profiler Paul Britton- an influence described by one senior legal figure as 'mesmerising'- whose obsession with the man was predicated in no small part upon the man's keen interest in the occult. Arriving at his 'grim council maisonette in Roehampton, a short walk from the murder scene', police found ritual paraphenalia including a full altar and a black-painted wall decorated with drawings of horned gods- see here. The name of this man, fully exonerated of any involvement in Rachel Nickell's death... A name no Briton will readily forget... was Colin STAGG.

No sleep till Bournemouth... More to follow...

'Most of us would torture others if ordered to, study finds...'

'Most of us would torture others if ordered to do so, a study has found.

Scientists revealed that 70 per cent of volunteers, when encouraged by authority figures, continued to administer electric shocks - or at least thought they were doing so - even after an actor claimed they were painful.

Researchers at Santa Clara University in California said the experiment can only partly explain the widely reported prisoner abuse at the U.S-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq or events during World War II.

Jerry Burger said: 'What we found is validation of the same argument - if you put people into certain situations, they will act in surprising, and maybe often even disturbing, ways.'

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1097941/Most-torture-ordered-study-reveals.html

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Twilight Over Mumbai [Part I]

I will be resuming where we left off a few days ago, see here, very shortly; but having stumbled upon the fascinating story of the Divine Mother and her appearances at the Synchronicity Foundation's ranch in Virginia, I feel we are justified in spending a little more time now in exploring those subjects further.

As far back as our first article on Mumbai, here, we were using language highly suggestive of vampirism to describe the workings of the occult intelligence that Robert Kirk called 'the Secret Commonwealth.' In that article, I wrote: 'It is my belief, to paraphrase John Keel, that important events are manipulated by an unknown intelligence (of extra-dimensional origin) through the external control of specific human beings. This intelligence uses the symbols of the goddess as just one of its many calling cards; and appears to demand regular regular infusions of blood as its principal food source.' Since that time, the metaphorical importance of the vampire has been impressed on me further; continuing a process which has been underway now for at least a year.

In this post from last December, I reviewed the movie 'I Am Legend'; a film described by the uber-geek at my local SynchComp Odeon as concerning 'not zombies- but vampires.' Lodging itself snugly in my gourd, that little nugget of reportage seemed keenly significant even then... but why? I began understanding why a couple of weeks later, when, in the midst of investigating the (morbidly fascinating) story of Meredith Kercher- and Amanda Knox, America's Favourite Bad Girl- I discovered a YouTube video posted by Rudy Hermann Geude, currently beginning a thirty year jail sentence for his part in the murder. It was a story with considerable occult pedigree, and Guede's self-description, captured on video and transcribed below, seemed to encapsulate that perfectly...

'Oh my God,' said the well-refreshed Guede. 'I'm an extra-terra. I'm from alien earth who must be called human people. Oh Mamma. I'm a vampire. I'm Dracula. I'm gonna suck your blood.' (Article here.)

Vampires were evoked for a second time in that case when Italian prosecutors identified a vampire-themed manga comic owned by Guede's co-accused, Raffaele Sollecito, as having inspired the killing- see here. According to this theory- devised by Gabriella Carlizzi, a psychic investigator who claims to channel Padre Gabriele, a charismatic priest who died in 1984- the manga-fuelled murder was part of a broader Satanic rite of human sacrifice originally planned for the night of Halloween. (See here.)

My interest in these matters then intensified as I continued to read the works of Whitley Strieber, novelist and controversial UFO researcher. As described in this article, Strieber regards all of his pre-Communion fictions as having been inspired- to greater or lesser degrees- by the aliens he termed 'The Visitors'; and nowhere is this synergy more obvious than with the vampires of his second novel, The Hunger. There, Strieber merges several symbolic strains to great effect, producing a heroine who exemplifies many of the traditions with which the 'legend' of the vampire has been appended. With their pale skin and wispy blonde hair, a keen interest in issues of blood and purity, their close affinity with occult traditions, and a creed of violence tempered by a certain nobility, Strieber's vampires are redolent of the Templar-inspired Schutzstaffel of the NDSAP. And the vampire, from Bram Stoker onwards, has always attracted comparisons with the broader class of the 'Illuminati', not least for the ritual consumption of menses- the 'starfire' rite- with which these families have long been associated, according to certain occult researchers like Nicholas De Vere.

The comparison between the tall, blonde vampires and the extra-terrestrial 'race' (of dubious veracity) termed 'the Nordics' is discussed by Strieber himself in this interview with Science Fiction Weekly; but it is as a metaphor for the nameless predatory force itself- the occult conspiracy- that the symbol is most effective. Viewed this way, the vampire is a visual mnemonic of Kirk's 'Secret Commonwealth'... and of the human agents under its sway: a symbolic equivalent to the men (as well as women) depicted in these Mumbai articles as Melusine.

In this follow-up article to our Knox investigation, we introduced the concept of certain pop-cultural memes acting as 'triggering agents' to induce unconscious ritual behaviour. By no means as effective as a raft of other methods- which we will examine in a future post- at certain times and in certain places, in league with several other influences, the application of specific cultural memes can function like a hypnotic command, provoking an episode of ritual behaviour programmed by the Commonwealth and their agents. Those most effective in this regard, or so I have concluded, are those whose creation is characterised by a state of semi-fugue: spiritual 'downloads' (or Gnostic 'transmissions'), direct from VALIS itself. We have identified several examples of this phenomenon: the genesis for the (highly symbolic) tale of Frankenstein, for example, 'received' by the nineteen-year old Mary Wollstonecroft Godwin 'in a waking dream' in 1816 (see here.) Several of the Beatles' most popular songs wormed their way into their writers' heads through dreams; one of which was Let It Be, which the Beatle-loving Amanda Knox was reported as singing 'repeatedly... all day long... at the top of her voice' from her prison cell in Perugia- see here. And the oft-quoted case of Charles Dodgson and Alice in Wonderland, in 1865, is an even better example: 'received' on a strip of water called the Isis, somewhere between Magdalen Bridge and Binsey, on the Templar-date of July 4.

The fingerprints of the Secret Commonwealth are revealed in the study of what James Shelby Downard called twilight language; how interesting, then, that Naomi Scherr, the thirteen year-old girl murdered by terrorists in Mumbai, was reportedly a fan of the vampire-themed novels by Stephenie Meyer collectively referred to as Twilight. Redolent with occult and gnostic form, Twilight is another transmission in which VALIS has taken a provable interest; and thus another of those memes which, in league with many other influences, can induce the dissociation desired by the predatory Commonwealth... as the second part of this article will explain.

Twilight over Albion... More to follow...

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Thoughts on Naomi Scherr

What is the secret that connects Fortean events with the disproportionately large number of Jewish people who, so often, seem to be players (conscious or otherwise) in those dramas? That was the question which we began to confront in our last post, here. Five Americans were killed in the Mumbai attacks (an occult event of considerable pedigree, as these articles have demonstrated) and all were Jewish: the Scherrs, Holtzbergs and a Chabad rabbi of dual US-Israeli nationality, Leibish Teitlebaum. So far as 'the world' is concerned (that loose affiliation of the profane and distracted), this synergy is explained in view of the fact that terrorists go after the Jews like a greyhound chases rabbits: rubber-stamped thinking that could never satsify the true anomalist. Is it conceivable that a liberal Jew like Alan Scherr was targeted because of his Jewishness alone (over, say, his possession of a US passport); or were other forces in motion, summoning him to his destiny, the fruit of an occult mandate contracted in the midst of his meetings with the Divine Mother in the Shrine of the Heart?

It all seems too perfect... A man who met with the goddess, staying in a hotel referencing (the former temple of) Shiva, a possible beneficiary of a goddess cult now long extinct. In a city named for the goddess Mumba, a city comprising seven islands, mimicking the Seven Sisters of the Pleaides. And staying with his ill-starred daughter Naomi, a name boasting several further correspondences to the same Principle. All mere coincidence?

Naomi, the name means pleasant in Hebrew, is a character in the Book of Ruth: an Old Testament 'novella', whose mood is fashioned from the start through the meanings hidden in the names of the participants. Naomi, the 'gracious' and favoured wife of Elimlech, a forebear of the future King David, is blessed with two sons: Mahlon ('sick') and Chilion ('weakening' or 'pining'.) Naomi outlives them both, and promptly does a Madge, insisting she no longer be known by her given name but as Mara: the 'bitter'. In Ruth 1:20-21, we read: 'And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?'

The adoption of Mara is highly significant, for, in addition to its Hebrew meaning, the name is associated with a rich number of myths and archetypes; including the Latvian goddess of the same name, the feminine quality of God; of whom all other Latvian goddesses are considered her 'emanations' (or 'alters'.) Her feast date, through a process of religious cross-pollination, is August 15: the traditional date of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary; and at least some scholars regard her as a syncretic confabulation of pagan folk traditions and the Virgin Mary. In Buddhist traditions, as every good Jubu should know, Mara is a (male) demon, associated with the death of the spiritual life, tempting the mendicant back to the the grinding wheel of samsara. But perhaps most significantly of all, considering the location in which Noami Scheer met her untimely end, in classical Hinduism Mara is a goddess of death, the antithesis of kama, the god of love, life and pleasure. Indeed, in Sanskrit and Pali, mara means 'death-bringing' or 'destroying'.

In Germanic and Scandinavian folklore, the Mara is a creature akin to a succubus, associated with the 'Old Hag' known to sufferers of night terrors and sleep disorders. In The X Files: The Book of the Unexplained, the (Jewish) Fortean researcher Jane Goldman describes this phenomenon, remarking on the fact that: 'Virtually identical accounts can be found stretching back throughout history and spanning the globe. Anomalists file them under the title Old Hag- a term coined in Newfoundland, where such experiences are commonly acknowledged and, in more superstitious eras, were thought to be the work of witches, or hags. In German-speaking countries, the phenomenon of 'Old Hag' was known as Mare- the word from which our own 'nightmare' is derived.'

Curious, then, that the 'twilight content' of this underreported adjunct of Mumbai should also contain signals pointing us... where? To Hecate, the dark goddess of the popular pagan imagination, the crone, the goddess of the crecent? We have already seen how these same symbols, the crescent moon in particular, have functioned as a symbolic constant through the multiple layers of this story, anchoring and defining it; and relevant to this is the presence, in Slavic mythology, of Mara (or Morena) as 'the goddess of darkness, death, winter, the Moon and horror'- all principles evoked in Mumbai's 'November Surprise'. (See here.) Are we, like 'Old Hag's' slumbering victims, being urged to awaken from- or in- the dream? To use the energy of these events to slough off the constraints of the false... for the quickening fire of the hyper-real? Yet Mara pertains not only to the dark goddess, the Feminine Daimonic, but also the Secret Commonwealth; those dark fuseliers whose maddening traces across the polished surface of life we have devoted so much of our time to exposing. As succubus, Mara is a symbol par excellence of the Changeling: the family Melusine, a pictogram that contains a very deep truth about those (semi-) human beings held in the Commonwealth's sway.

Was Naomi Scherr, like Alice Liddell, of the Faery Line? A certain impish coquettry (what Nabakov may have termed 'the nymphette') suggests it, as does the preference for dramatic fashion statements; a preference shared by her much older soul sister in the Grail, the aforementioned Jane Goldman (see here.) This truth, however intangible, clarifies why she too should have been summoned to appear when she did; and the fact of her 'selection' by terrorists channelling (evil) forces far larger than the political causes they ostensibly represent.

Are symbols of the goddess the grammar of the Commonweath's language, a favoured mode of communication? Is this how they process us? Or is the goddess the principle that opposes them, the Purpose versus the Random; that spikes their operations and discreetly unveils the guilty? Is the goddess implanted in the flesh of worldly events the skilful disclosure of a solution to the ruses of the gods; or does all spiritual and occult endeavour merely further enrich those eldritch archons? These are four-a.m questions to which this investigator has no answer. All I do know, to quote (the aptly-named) Iris Ringrose, a local psychic of Nelson, Virginia, is that sightings of the kind reported in The Shrine of the Heart... and the events which spiral out from them... are deeply significant, and often precede 'map-changing wars.'

'I wouldn't be surprised if she shows herself now,' Ringrose says. 'We are already in World War III, even if we don't realize it.' (Full article here.)

The Long Walk to Lammasland... More to follow...

Monday, 15 December 2008


We ended our last article promising to return to the subject of soma, and its connection- through Shiva- to the Mumbai attacks, but wishing first to add two additional details to the esoteric soup. The first was the 'synchronicity' at play in the presence of the Synchronicity Foundation amidst the carnage: two of whose members, both American, were killed in the Oberoi Hotel, or Trident Towers. I had intended to moving quickly on to what I considered more important matters; but, as so often happens during investigations of an occult nature, upon researching those specific events more deeply I realised we had inadvertently stumbled upon a very significant story indeed. To recap: Synchronicity is a modern spiritual movement, based in Virginia, whose leader- the self-styled Master Charles Cannon- has claimed contact of a longstanding, and ongoing, nature with an entity he conceives as the Divine Mother; who, since August 2006, has been making almost daily appearances at the Foundation's 450-acre ranch near Faber, Virgina; in a part of the grounds decked out for the purpose known as the Shrine of the Heart. Alan Scherr, a former professor, was a community lynchpin: an official spokesman for the group, and the editor of Cannon's books (all of which were on sale at the press conference launched shortly after the tragedy.)

Considering that a total of four Americans were murdered in Mumbai; and that we have demonstrated myriad ways in which the events of those days connect to the goddess, the fact that one of those slain was somebody who had been party to several alleged visitations of said goddess is something I find most extraordinary. (Sadly, Scherr's thirteen year-old daughter, Naomi, was also killed.) Indeed, the aforementioned press con, at which both Cannon and Kia Scherr, the murdered man's wife, paid tribute to the dead, proceedings were conducted beneath a wall-length painting of the Virgin Mary. Both Scherr, his daughter, and the two- or, in some reports, three- Americans killed at Nariman House were Jewish; which I find extraordinary to an almost equal degree. This may well be because the shooters were actively targeting Jews, as the mainstream were very quick to emphasise within hours of the first details emerging; but even if this were true, it remains apparent to anyone who has followed the coverage that a dispropotionate quantity of airtime has been given over not only to the Jewish victims of Mumbai, but to two in particular: the Haltzbergs, those connected to Chabad. (See here.) Indeed, the 'Jewishness' of Scherr and his family has barely been mentioned, if at all. Why?

I find the etymological similarity between Scherr and Schneerson, Chabad's former leader, very interesting in this regard. Both seem to typify the opposing poles of a power tussle within Judaism itself, and, to a very great extent, within the souls of individual Jews; a struggle whose significance upon the wider planetary community should not be underestimated. Scherr, like a full twenty percent of America's Buddhists, was a Jubu: a person with a Jewish ethnic or religious background who practices Buddhist forms of meditation and spirituality; and thus, as this blogger opines, 'a symbol of secular Jews... under the sway of New Age, Buddhist, and secular/humanist expressions of spirituality.' (Adherents to Chabad, on the other hand, practice a strict Orthodox form of Judaism which is traditionally hostile to non-Jews, and opposed to the doctrine of assimilation popularised by Moses Mendelssohn.) The two factions can be personified in the equation Zalman vs Zalman: one, an eighteenth century Hasidim who founded the Lubavitch movement; the other, the Chabad escapee who became one of the fathers of Jewish Renewal. Espousing 'the sacramental value of lysergic acid', and being associated with heroes of the sixties counterculture like Ram Dass, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi- a Renewal pioneer- represents the sort of Judaism of which Scherr would likely have been very proud.

Indeed, according to Wikipedia, 'some Renewal Jews borrow freely and openly from Buddhism, Sufism and other faiths', and incorporate 'social views such as feminism, environmentalism and pacifism.' (See here.) And herein, perhaps, lies the rub; and the reason why so little has been made of Scheer's Jewishness, in stark contrast to the shirt-rending hubbub surrounding the deaths of the Haltzbergs, and the miraculous rescue of their two-year old son. Scherr, it seems, practiced the wrong kind of Judaism: a syncretic, Gnostic variety, that emphasises personal experience over community norms. One indifferent- if not explicity opposed- to political Zionism, and hostile to the militarism which defines it; which eschews separatism; and rejects Jewish racial supremacy for something a tad more... holistic. A Judaism, in other words, guaranteed to play poorly at the New York Times, and with the elites who program it.

The Empire Never Ended... And it's a Long Walk home... More to follow...

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Mumbai Lunacy [Part II]

Before doing that, however, and wrapping up this series of posts in considerable style, it is worth taking a few minutes to look more closely at the Shaivite symbolism discussed last time- here. Personally, whilst I appreciate any analysis which seeks to interpret events in light of broader spiritual currents, the symbols which I feel apply most potently to the Mumbai attacks pertain not to Shiva, but to the Goddess, as I have frequently stated. On that note, it is apparent that many of the Shaivite forms may represent traces of a goddess religion lost to history; or at the very least, that they have been reclaimed as feminine totems by modern sects.

The trident, for example, is a maritime ensign; associated principally with Poseidon, but indelibly linked to the element of water, the domain of the feminine. In its secondary form as the fleur-de-lis, a symbol of monarchism and the goddess-worshipping bloodlines collectively referred to as the Grail, the trident is used in a Christian context to denote the 'triple-headed' Virgin Mary; and was adopted by the Merovingian dynasty, possibly in honour of Mary's classical predecessor, Artemis. And Artemis, by dint of its obvious relationship to menstrual cycles, is just one of many goddesses who have been identified with the moon; another of the great Shaivite symbols.

It is conceivable that Shiva, in his present form, is a masculinzed version of a older goddess; or has assumed many of the symbols and functions of a pre-Vedic goddess cult. For example, he is often shown garlanded with a serpent: an ancient symbol of the divine wisdom, the (feminine) Chokmah or Sophia. (The latter, derived from the Greek word for serpent, is also the basis for words such as 'philosopher' and 'sophisticate'; a synergy enthusiastically promoted by the Gnostics and alchemists, who reinterpreted the Hebrew creation story to cast the snake as Ophis, or divine instructor, seeking to liberate humanity from 'the Empire' of Ildaboath, the Demiurge.) Shiva is also described as Gangadhara, the 'Bearer of the [River] Ganges'- who Hindus personify as the goddess Ganja- which is conceived as flowing from his matted hair.

The original feminity of Shiva- a concept not based on anything more substantial than my gut feeling- may even be hinted at in his original scriptural name, Tryambakam. According to Wikipedia: 'In classical Sanskrit the word ambaka denotes 'an eye', and in the Mahabharata Shiva is depicted as three-eyed, so this name is sometimes translated as 'Having Three Eyes'. However, in Vedic Sanskrit the word ambā or ambikā means 'mother', and this early meaning of the word is the basis for the translation 'Having Three Mothers' that was used by [philogists and students of religion] Max Muller and Arthur Macdonnell.' (See here.) The notion of the triple-mothered Shiva seems, to my mind, so similar to the 'Triple-Headed Goddess' symbol of questionable authenticity as to possibly contain the germ of a far-older tradition, long since lost to 'the patriarchy.' (Either that or I am finally disappearing up the chasm of my butt.)

Having disposed, for now, with Shiva, there remain two more points left to be made before we round off this series with a closer theoretical consideration of the anatomy of an occult operation. These are relatively minor observations which really belong in an earlier post; but having progressed as far as we have, it seems right we should attempt to cover all possible bases; in which spirit I offer these two last fragments of reportage before donning my conceptual cap and heading much further down the warren. For the first, we return to the great work of author Loren Coleman. (See here.)

Throughout this series, and in many articles on BTB, I have sought to identify and share what I feel are the criterion of an authentic 'occult event.' You will know, if you've read this far, what constitutes one of those, so I won't belabour the point by repeating it; it will suffice for now to observe that synchronicity- and the weird, or 'miraculous'- are but two of the more recognisable functions in any Fortean equation. Examples of synchronous events merging with the fabric of the Mumbai attacks have already been presented: its curious weave with Slumdog Millionaire (directed by the man who brought us the infamous 'Masonic Mysteries' episode in Inspector Morse) being a case in point. If not a perfect example of that principle, the hand of the Cosmic Joker was nonetheless apparent in the fact that two of the four Americans sadly killed in Mumbai were members of the Synchronicity Foundation, a meditation group based in the goddess state of Virginia.

Led by Charles Cannon, whose techniques for inducing deep trance include the application of binaural-beat technology (after the fashion of the Monroe Institute), the Synchronicity Foundation claims that a very special guest has been making daily appearances at their 450-acre ranch near Charlottesville. The following is an extract from an article written by local journalist David A Maurer, eighteen months before the tragedy in Mumbai.

Maurer writes:

'According to Charles Cannon, spiritual director of the Synchronicity Foundation in Nelson County, an apparition has been making itself known to visitors on a daily basis since last August. He refers to the apparition as the Blessed Mother and says she is more than the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

"She refers to herself as the Divine Feminine, the Divine Mother, the Blessed Mother, not just Mother Mary," Cannon said recently before going to the nearby site where the visitations are said to be occurring. "She is the divine consciousness- the essence of all those forms. What is amazing here is that so many people are seeing her, hearing her, smelling the fragrance [roses and gardenias]."' (Click here for full article.)

Incredibly, in light of our reseach into the presence of Feminine Principle in the midst of the Mumbai shootings, the Synchronicity Foundation has developed a system of spiritual practice which combines Vedic Hinduism and a deep devotion to the Virgin Mary. Cannon, who was born and raised a Catholic in Syracuse, New York, claims to have been visited regularly by the Blessed Mother since he was 3 years old, the first of a long series of encounters with VALIS-like beings.

'"I came out of sleep in the middle of the night, and there was this sort of luminous presence at the end of my bed," the 62-year-old monk said. "There was a very golden light and a very ethereal vibration or presence. I came out of sleep in the middle of the night, and there was this sort of luminous presence at the end of my bed," the 62-year-old monk said. "There was a very golden light and a very ethereal vibration or presence. As I lay there looking at it, it increased its luminosity and within that golden light came what appeared like a neon kind of outline of the feminine form. That was accompanied by a blue and rose-colored light.

"She stood there looking at me with one hand raised with the palm facing me. I could smell the most incredible fragrance of roses and gardenias. She stayed for quite a while just standing there gazing at me.

"That's how she slowly began to introduce herself to me. Then regularly thereafter, up to the present time, she has continued to appear to me in that apparitional manifestation and guides me."'

Alan Scherr, the (Jewish) man killed in the Mumbai shootings, along with his thirteen-year old daughter Naomi, had witnessed this feminine entity on several different occasions.

The Empire never Ended... Much more to follow...

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Mumbai Lunacy

It would be a tedious exercise (for reader, as well as writer) to subject all ten of the targets of November's attacks in Mumbai to this sort of exegesis; especially with so much 'evidence' having already been discovered. Before we consign the subject to distant memory, however, there remain a handful of outstanding glyphs and semiotic trends left to be examined, which other bloggers and researchers have brought to light. Mr Campbell, our comrade from Athens, Georgia, has posted a number of articles examining the recurring trident symbolism which he has witnessed running through the Mumbai narrative: click here and here. The symbol was very overt in the case of the attack on the Trident Towers (or Oberoi Hotel), as we noted here.

The symbolic affinity between the trident and Shiva was quickly recognised; and, with a speed that would surely be impossible without the facilitation of the internet, the notion of the Mumbai attacks as a ritual sacrifice dedicated to the malignant destroyer, gained considerable currency. I noticed a few 'Trident Signals' myself, most notably those connected with the shootings at the former site of the Mumba Devi Temple, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus; named for Shivaji Bosle, a king and emperor of semi-mythical status. The founder of the Maratha empire in Western India, Shivaji's awesome military career- not to mention his name- indicate a fundamental connection to the Dark God. Was he, like the Maharishi Mahesh, from a long line of Shaivites (the name given to those with a formal devotion to Shiva); or is his connection more fundamental, subtle and avatar-like? (See here.) Without any real knowledge of Indian traditions, it is hard to say.

As we have already noted, the former Victoria Terminus was built on the site of the original temple (sacred to Mumba) from which Mumbai derives its name. Here, too, I detected trident symbolism; as, after its destruction by the British in 1737, a replacement was built in Bhuleshwar (which still stands.) According to Sharada Dwivedi, the financing for this construction was provided by one Pandurang Shivaji Sonar, a goldsmith. There was Shaivate symbolism of a higher order lurking behind the attack on the Taj Mahal Hotel, too. As mentioned here, the famous Mughal mausoleum after which the hotel is named, the Taj Mahal, is crowned with a golden spire and crescent moon, the net effect of which is highly suggestive of a trident. Thanks to a reader of this site, however, I have since discovered that the relationship between the Taj Mahal and Shiva goes considerably deeper than this. Indeed, according to Professor P.N. Oak, the author of Taj Mahal: The True Story, the 'mausoleum' is far older than the medieval dating claimed by conventional historians, and in its original form was an ancient Shaivite temple, used by the Rajputs of Agra city.

Oak notes that the use of captured temples as a burial place for dead courtiers and royalty was a common practice among Muslim rulers, just as the nascent European church co-opted the land, function (and titles) of Druidism. The popular etymology for Taj Mahal, which is usually attributed to Mumtaz Mahal, the favourite wife of Shah Jahan, is discredited by Oak, whose research indicates that her real name was Mumtaz-ul-Zamani. Taj Mahal, he writes, is a corruption of the Rajput name for Shiva, Tejo Mahalaya; which also translates as 'Shiva's Palace.' (See here for more.)

The Shaivite symbolism goes into overdrive, however, when we factor in another of its principal glyphs: the crescent moon, a usage as old as the oldest Hindu text, the Rigveda. (Hinduism as an oral tradition, it should be noted, is far older than its literature.) The symbol may well be a 'cast-off' from the cult of the 'Elder God' Rudra, whose qualities (and symbols) Shiva absorbed. (The Rudram, one of the earliest Hindu hymns, invokes Rudra as Shiva in several instances; and the latter is still used as one of Shiva's many names.) This affinity- between Shiva and the moon- is very relevant to our examination of the Mumbai attacks; which were bracketed (and heralded) by major lunar events.

Two weeks before the attacks, as Todd Campbell noted, the Indian Space Agency (the ISRO) completed its first unmanned mission to the moon, landing Chandrayaan 1 on November 14. ('We have given the moon to India,' remarked the agency's head, G. Madhavan Nair.) The first night of the attacks coincided with the last night of the waning crescent, associated with evil, continuing through the Dark Moon on November 27. Its dimmest ebb, writes Campbell, was at 2225 local time: just twenty five minutes before the violence subsided for the night, according to reports, at 2250. At the present time of writing- as the Mumbai 'ritual' drifts towards history- the moon is at its closest perigee to the earth since 1993; a fifteen-year event which on this occasion coincides, unusually, with a full moon. (See here.)

The most interesting of the Mumbai trident-lunar signals, however, and one of extreme significance to last month's attacks, is the affinity of Shiva (and the moon) with soma, a point recently made by Mr Campbell; and one upon which it behoves us to expand very shortly.

The Empire Never Ended... More to follow...

Friday, 12 December 2008

At the Mountain of Madness

'The Crimson King jumps from body to body to generation to generation like a kid using stepping stones to cross a brook, Ralph, always looking for the Messiah. He's always missed him, but this time it could be different. Because Derry's different. All lines of force have begun to converge here.'
- Stephen King

In our last post we looked at the Leopold Cafe, another of the ten locations targeted during November's attacks that reveals a keen symbolic strategy underlying the apparently random events. It was in the Leopold that Joey Jeetun, the actor mentioned in our second article in this series, see here, was unfortunate enough to be caught up in the violence. (Mr Jeetun, the reader will recall, was last seen on British TV screens as Shehzad Tanweer, in a Channel 5 drama based on the events of July 7th.) Leopold's is a well-known place for the acting fraternity (and sorority) to meet and schmooze; Mumbai is the centre of the Indian Bollywood industry, and Leopold's is where directors turn to for white-skinned extras needed for crowd scenes.

Considering this, and the fact that (through Slumdog Millionaire- see here) the Mumbai shootings already connect in some way to the business of film, it is noteworthy that a further landmark targeted in the attacks was the Metro BIG Cinema, formerly the Metro Adlabs: formerly the most famous 'red carpet' cinema in India. The details of the events are hard to determine with any accuracy, but from what I can glean the Metro suffered what could be construed as 'friendly fire' during the carjacking of a police vehicle which just happened to be nearby. (This followed shortly after the worst of the killing at the nearby Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.) Other reports describe 'a blast' going off outside the Art Deco building. The officers whose vehicle the terrorists 'requisitioned' were injured, one fatally; thought it would appear that no 'civilians' were killed at this location. Despite this, I find it significant that the building was flagged up in several subsequent reports, and may even have been peppered with bullets during the attacks themselves; and thus 'marked', as it were, as a clue for investigators by the Secret Commonwealth directing the danse macabre.

The Metro, which opened in 1938, was designed by Thomas W Lamb in the Adamesque Art Deco style which was popular at the time. At BTB we have seen several examples of art movements which might more accurately be regarded as esoteric schools- see here; and it is possible, without too much reaching, to perceive similar influences at work here. The shortlived Art Deco 'craze' was informed by forces too numerous to mention; but three of the most significant, in my opinion, were Modernism, Futurism and Cubism... all of which had substantial 'goetic' (or occult) elements. In essence, Modernism was a revolutionary movement, which encouraged the examination of every aspect of existence as thoroughly and ruthlessly as any path of magical initiation. The Rites of Spring, a Modernist ballet by Igor Stravinsky, fused dissonance and paganism to such disturbing (and innovative) effect that its first performance was 'marred' by a serious riot in Paris in May 1913. 'The wise elders are seated in a circle and are observing the dance before death of the girl whom they are offering as a sacrifice to the god of Spring...' said Stravinsky, of the imagery that prompted the genesis of the work. The original set design and costumes used in this epochal musical text were by Nicholas Roerich, an artist and Theosophist cited by H P Lovecraft in his 1931 novella, At the Mountains of Madness.

Futurism, which surfaced in Italy in the early years of the twentieth century, exemplified this strain of artistic and revolutionary anarchy, preaching a message of radical change, militarism and 'war- the world's only hygiene' (a line from the Futurist Manifesto, published in 1909.) Indeed, the Futurists were one of the first to articulate the gospel of violence- leading to a purified world, helmed by the 'Supermen' of the white race- which has since been adopted not only by fascist organisations, but is implicit within much Theosophical and New Age thought also. Whilst active in all artistic media, Futurism was propogated most passionately by a group of young Milanese painters, in whose works its magical, (lower) astral origins are most apparent. According to Wikipedia:

'The Futurists aimed through their art to enable the viewer to apprehend the inner being of what they depicted... The work attempts to convey feelings and sensations experienced in time, using new means of expression, including 'lines of force'... 'simultaneity', which combined memories, present impressions and anticipation of future events, and 'emotional ambience' in which the artist seeks by intuition to link sympathies between the exterior scene and interior emotion.' (Click here.)

The results were remarkably similar to the intriguing experiment conducted by the Theosophical occultist C W Leadbeater, in a number of locations including London's Parliament Hill. Writes author Charles Walker, in The Atlas of Occult Britain:

'Working towards the end of the nineteenth century, he described in great deatil what he himself saw clairvoyantly on the astral plane... to a small group of artists, so that they might make pictures of the forms and colours which he described, and thereby obtain an approximation to his inner vision. The astral forms he described were later called 'thought forms', an extensive literature developed around them and very many paintings were made of the curious formations which are said to be created... whenever a person thinks or feels about anything... [These] drawings were all abstract, and have been described by the art historian Sixten Ringbom as being indeed the first truly abstract paintings. It is no accident that the book in which the body of this strange artistic work was published should have fallen into the possession of Wassily Kandinsky (an active occultist), who is generally supposed to have painted the first abstract pictures in the first decade of our own century.' [Emphasis mine.]

The influences of these artistic-esoteric schools, both Modernist and Futurist, bled through into Art Deco; and are represented, however subliminally, in Mumbai's Metro Cinema. Yet more provocative, however, is the influence upon Art Deco of Cubism: whose roots in psychic and paranormal phenomena are even more overt.

Founded in Paris, Cubism was the creative synthesis born from the interplay of three principals: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque; and the catalytic influence of Gertrude Stein, something of a eminence grise behind many contemporary developments and events in the early twentieth century. Before this, Stein attended Radcliffe College (in Cambridge, Massachusetts); and studied under the pioneering psychologist and student of mysticism, William James. It was he, according to Wikipedia, 'who first discovered, and then encouraged, her great capacity for automatic writing, a stream of consciousness technique in which the conscious mind is suspended and the unconscious directly evoked.' [Emphasis mine.] It was Stein, this natural (Jewish) clairvoyant, who first introduced Picasso to Henri Matisse: 'at a time when both artists had recently acquired an interest in African art and African tribal masks'; a fascination inherited by the Art Deco group, who drew inspiration from Africa, Aztec Mexico and Ancient Egypt. How much of this was due to the psychic facilitation of Gertrude Stein?

Most curious of all, however, and connecting most clearly to Mumbai, is the crucible of Cubism at Montmartre, Paris. Now part of the Right Bank, this hill- which lends its name to the surrounding district (of the eighteenth arrondissement)- is one of those very special places where things just seem to pour in. Deriving its name from Mons Martis- 'Mount of Mars'- the area is famous not only for sponsoring such great artists as Dali, van Gogh and Monet, but is also claimed to be the location where the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, was founded. Through Cubism, the birth of Art Deco can be traced to this omphalos (where now stands the triple-domed Basilique du Sacre-Coeur); and so too can the Society of Jesus, who were also targeted in the Mumbai shootings, according to reports of explosions and gunfire from behind the Jesuit-owned college of St Xavier.

So what, pray, is its significance? Could it be its yet older status as a holy place sacred to the Druids, those magical workers whose influence we have already traced running through the fabric of these attacks? (See here.) The church, under the aegis of Templarism, co-opted many former Druidic shrines, using them to launch their great arches of the thirteenth century, in the style known as 'Gothic'. Gothic, as noted, is derived from goetik- meaning 'magical'- and gothic targets seem to have been selected over and above any others by the Mumbai terror squads, and their friends in the Secret Commonwealth. The Victoria Terminus, the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Gateway of India and St Xavier's College are all examples of the Druidic-Gothic-goetik axis of influence. But the birth of Art Deco at Montmartre strikes me as significant for an even more specific reason, drawn from history of a rather more recent pedigree.

Mons Martis- the 'Mount of Mars'- survived, in name, only until the Merovingian period; during which time it was Christianised as Montmatre, 'mountain of the martyr.' The event which its revised name references is the martyrdom of St Denis, the hill's patron saint, who was martyred there (according to legend) around 250 AD. (Denis was the Bishop of Paris and is a hugely important figure in the French imagination.) Often appearing in headless form, St Denis derives his name from Dionysius- and as a result, is often confused with the legends of Dionysius the Areopagite. He is, moreover, a direct 'steal' from the pre-Christian mystery religions, one of whose most popular gods was Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy, who was known to the Romans as Bacchus. To pagans from time immemorial, Dionysus has been known as Pan, the bringer of madness: the symbol par excellence of the Secret Commonwealth, the Faery Folk; and all who do its bidding. The name of this god is at the root of our modern words panic and pandemonium- precisely what the shooters brought to Mumbai; and tracing the birth of Art Deco to Mons Martis, the (real) mountain of madness, exposes the fingerprints of that same mischevious lord all over those sad and terrible events...

The Empire never ended... More to follow.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

'Robbie in underwater alien quest...'

'Robbie Williams is hunting for underwater aliens on a jet ski.

The reclusive pop star is hoping to spot USOs, or Unidentified Submerged Objects, which have been spotted in the waters of Malibu, off the coast of California.

Robbie is quoted as saying: "I heard of these sightings at Malibu of things going into the water. I thought it would be quite exciting to be on a very small object very high over the ocean floor, knowing there might be something down there.

"We're renting some jet skis and going from Marina Del Ray to the island of Catalina."

Robbie - who claims to have had three alien encounters during his life - also revealed his interest in the supernatural comes from his mother.

He added: "I was raised in a house where my mum was very much into Tarot cards. She did readings and consulted psychics. I've been around all kinds of myths and legends, I've been actively encouraged to indulge in this kind of stuff and I've been interested in it for a very long time."'

More: http://www.theage.com.au/news/lifeandstyle/people/robbie-williams-hunting-drowned-et/2008/12/10/1228584887353.html

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Farewell to Wonderland

We closed our last article (see here) by considering to what extent the Goddess (or Feminine Principle) was evoked in the selection of the former Victoria Terminus as one of the targets in last month's terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. We also considered whether Queen Victoria, and the forces surrounding her, were cognizant of the powerful symbolism present within her title and function as Monarch. Having spent a little time today researching these matters further, I am convinced not only that Victoria was very artfully, and deliberately, presented as an archetypal Brittania figure; but that the selection of the Victoria Terminus was the most profound example of Fortean events referencing the Goddess that we have yet examined.

In our first article in this series, see here, we saw how inherent to the fabric of Mumbai are notions of feminine spirituality, informing its very name. Mumbai is derived from two Gujariti words: Mumba, the name of a local goddess, and ai, meaning mother. The most important landmark in the city's Kelbadevi region- probably the romantic omphalos of all Mumbai- is the Mumba Devi Temple, a fact also noted in that earlier post. Built in the fourteenth century, miraculously surviving both the Muslim and Portuguese occupations, the temple was destroyed (and re-built in another location) by the British in the eighteenth century. According to this article by Sharada Dwivedi, Mumba Devi likely derived from the name of a 14th century Koli woman. (The Koli, from which the English word coolie is derived, are a tribal grouping numbered at some 1.5 million souls in 1969, who traditionally inhabit the area in and around Mumbai.) Very significantly, this temple stood originally at the so-called Gibbet Tank (near the former Bori Bunder creek) on the Esplanade: a spot within the current limits of the Victoria Terminus.

This means two things: firstly, that the opening of the terminus in 1887 was most likely a deliberate attempt by the British to stage Victoria in the same light as Mumba Devi for the Indian population prior to the temple's destruction in 1737; and secondly, that the shootings of November 2008- killing 58- occurred on the very same turf where once stood a hugely important shrine to Mother Goddess.

The Goddess, as Victoria, was also evoked in another of the targeted locations: Leopold's Cafe, in the city's Coloba Causeway region (connecting the islands of Coloba and Little Coloba, or Old Woman's Island.) Something of a landmark for locals and tourists alike, Leopold's has been running since 1871; and was surely named for Prince Leopold, the Duke of Albany, the fourth son of Victoria and Albert. This being the case, Leopold's references both the Goddess (Victoria) and the Secret Commonwealth, in their familiar guise as the fey folk; for the prince was very closely connected to that most magical of fairy tales, Alice in Wonderland.

The recipient of a sudden and not always welcome immortality, as author David Horan writes in his guide to the city of Oxford, the real Alice- Alice Liddell- 'was no ordinary girl.' As the second daughter of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church from 1855 to 1891, she grew up in the most influential family in British education, 'and mixed her whole life with Princes and Prime Ministers.' Genealogical researchers have traced her lineage to William the Conqueror; and was fifth cousin, three times removed, to Queen Elizabeth II, sharing a common ancestor in Thomas Lyon (1704-1753). Dean Liddell's connections 'went even higher for, before moving to Christ Church, he had been Domestic Chaplain to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert.' British and foreign royalty visiting Oxford always paid a visit to Dean Liddell; which was how Leopold met and fell in love with the mysterious and imp-like Alice during his undergraduate days. (The prince was a student at Christ Church College, the site of one of our 'Goddess Trail' articles, here.)

For all these reasons- her high esteem with the Illuminati, her role as muse to one of the most mysterious 'transmissions' of Gnosis in all literature, and the Lamia-like sexuality which ensnared both Dodgson and Leopold- I regard Alice Liddell a true Grail Maiden: an example of the psychic, faery bloodline symbolised as Melusine. The fact that she is evoked, albeit subliminally, in the Mumbai rituals (in addition to the evidence already presented) persuades me yet further that these were psychic operations, conducted from realms unseen by members of the Secret Commonwealth. And Alice was by no means the only member of her family to belong to the tribe of changelings (currently promoted by Angelina Jolie- Lilith for today's generation- in the motion picture of the same name.) Some researchers claim that it was not Alice but her sister, Edith, upon whom Leopold's eye alighted (in spite of the fact that Leopold became godfather to Alice's first child- who she named after the prince- and that Leopold himself named his daughter Alice.) Yet even if this were true, it would seem that Edith possessed certain psychic traits herself; unconsciously recognised, perhaps, by the artist Edward Burne-Jones, who used her as his model for St Catherine of Alexandria (a favourite of the Templars) in the Lucy Chapel of Christ Church Cathedral. And indicating that these gifts were hereditary is the strange tale of the Christ Church 'ghost.' As Charles Walker writes in The Atlas of Occult Britain:

'In July 1923 the image of the famous scholar Dean Liddell appeared on the wall of Christ Church Cathedral. The face, in profile, developed something like a ghostly fresco portrait, close to the Burne-Jones window which Liddell himself had placed in the cathedral in memory of his daughter. A photograph of this 'spirit painting' was reproduced in The Oxford Journal of 1923. [The] Dean had died in 1898, but the portrait had only 'developed' slowly on the wall in the preceding two years, until by 1923 it so clearly resembled the Dean that people flocked to the cathedral merely to study the picture.'

Curioser and curioser...

The Empire never ended... More to follow

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

As we have observed on this site several times, trends in the popular media seem often to reflect (or predict) 'real-life' dramas; especially those of an occult (or 'Fortean') variety. It is another commonplace of events of this kind that, either shortly before or immediately afterwards, something uncannily familiar will crop up in the popular consciousness with just enough of the generic to be easily dismissed as 'coincidence.' The most obvious example of recent years was the postponed release of the movie Cry Baby Gone, starring Casey Affleck; which was shelved (in Britain) for several months due to its very eerie similarities to the real-life case of Madeleine McCann. Oddly enough, the same conditions prevailed in Malaysia, due to purported similarities to the abduction and murder of Nurin Jazlin, an eight-year old girl from Kuala Lumpur. In the case of that film, the weirdness factor was intensified by the fact that the little girl whose abduction Casey Affleck is investigating was portrayed by a child actress called Madeline O'Brien.

In June this year, The Times highlighted the apparent precognition of one Stephen Leather, whose novel Soft Target was released just five months before the 7/7 suicide attacks. The book, about a plot by four British-born Muslims to explode a series of bombs on the Underground, anctipated not just those attacks- as in real-life, one of which occurs above-ground- but also its Stockwell coda: the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes on July 22. Says Leather: 'My hero, Shepherd, has to shoot one of the bombers, even though he's coming at him from behind and can't see any indication that he's carrying a bomb, but there's this voice in his ear telling him that's the man. And he shoots him, and keeps on shooting him, putting bullets into his head until he stops moving. Because that's what the men at the Met told me they would have to do to deal with a suicide bomber.' (See here.)

In similar, if rather less dramatic fashion, when Warner Brothers released a Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman potboiler named for a Morrocan city obscure to most Americans, the studio's expectations were low. Then, in January 1943, Allied leaders, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, held what became known as the 'Casablanca Conference'- and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Mumbai shootings have also attracted coincidences of this kind. Just over two weeks before those events, on November 12th 2008, an independent film by director Danny Boyle was released entitled Slumdog Millionaire. Now being heavily promoted (and tipped for Oscar glory), the film is not concerned with political terrorism- is, in fact, an old-fashioned tale of boy meets girl and success against the odds, from the writer of The Full Monty- but the unfortunate, or perhaps entirely fitting, timing of its release has lent it an unexpected solemnity. The image of the city that director Danny Boyle sought to capture, according to journalist Missy Schwartz, was 'the confounding, frenetic, joyous, seedy metropolis that 20 million people call home. Boyle's vision of life there is hardly fairy-tale innocent— many of the scenes depict unconscionable violence— but it is, ultimately, an optimistic one. And in that respect, Boyle hopes people see Slumdog as he intended it: a love letter to Mumbai in happier times.' (Click here.)

A film critic for the Washington Post, Ann Hornaday observes that: 'Sometimes, when movies coincide with current events, it's not the message that proves eerily prescient. It's the medium- especially how it looks and feels.' And in this regard, she writes, Slumdog Millionaire is an important- and timely- movie. Despite a joyous climax, Boyle's 'hyperkinetic, nonlinear approach anticipates how we have gotten news out of Mumbai over the past few days, as information appeared in an unsettling montage of carnage, explosions, grief and confusion.' And yet there are more specific references to the shootings, too, which warrant investigation.

Jamal, the boy at the centre of the film, lives on the streets of Mumbai's slum district with his older brother Salim, following the death of their mother at the hands of a mob of Hindu extremists. And, as if that wasn't odd enough, the pulsating soundtrack includes the controversial song Paper Airplanes, by London-based recording artist Mathangi Arulpragasam (better known by her stage name M.I.A.) This song, for which M.I.A has had to refute charges of glorifying terrorism, includes the lyrics: 'Some some some I some I murder, some I some I let go'; and was inspired by her estranged father's involvement with the Sri Lankan terrorist network, the LTTE (or Tamil Tigers.)

Undoubtedly the strangest of the Slumdog coincidences, however, is the prominence given to several of the locations targeted in the recent attacks, in particular to the Chhatrapapti Shivaji Terminus, the scene of a Bollywood-style song and dance number accompanying the closing credits. 58 people were murdered at this location last month: one of the busiest railway stations in India, and a Gothic (goetik) masterpiece akin both to the Taj Mahal Hotel, and London's St Pancras. In keeping with the policy of renaming locations with Indian names, the station was renamed by the state government after Chhatrapati Shivaji, a famed 17th century Maratha king in 1996; and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Its original name- of Victoria Terminus- may represent another example of the process already well-documented in this series of articles, of the unerring frequency with which incidents of this kind reference 'the Goddess' (or Feminine Principle.)

Coming after the 'Wicked Uncles' of the Regency, the astonishing popularity of Queen Victoria- at a time when the might of the British Empire was at its very peak- made her something of a goddess figure, both at the time and still today, within the mythic imagination. In Roman mythology, Victoria was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Nike, the personification of victory; and Victoria herself seemed to consciously identify with these traditions in her assumption of the title with which, reportedly, she was most proud: Empress of India. Very interestingly, it was during the Victorian Period- often derided for its repressive (and deeply hypocritical) morality- that Britain underwent its second great occult revival, which one continues well into our present age. What was later to become the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was formed in 1888, fifty-one years after Victoria's accession; to which Crowley would be affiliated, before leaving (in disgrace) to found his own rival order, the A.A. The period also sponsored the blooming of the Pre-Raphelites (under Dante Gabriel Rossetti), one of whose favourite and recurring subjects was Mary Magdalene. (See here.)

More to follow...