Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Dark Knight Rises in Baltimore

Current events in Baltimore seem to be following the script of the 2012 Batman film The Dark Knight Rises

[Note: These TDKR movie syncs actually began months ago with the crash of Flight 4U9525. See my previous post Bane of Existence and the post MC Bain-Marie at the Mask of God blog.]

In one scene, the movie shows Bane lifting Batman in the air, throwing him to the ground, and breaking his spine.

On April 15, 2015, Freddie Gray's spine was broken in an incident with the Baltimore police department.  He died from his injuries four days later on April 19th.

In the film, Bane traps Batman in an underworld pit, but Batman eventually escapes. When he re-emerges his fiery bat symbol rises up and appears in the sky.  

The imagery of Batman's "fire" rising in the film is meant to symbolize the energy of Kundalini rising up through the chakras of the spinal column in the human body.

This is further illustrated in the movie by the action that takes place on the Gotham City bridge. Just as Batman lies suffering in the pit with a broken vertebrae in his spine, the spine-like city bridge has a broken section.

After blowing out the section with a bomb, Gotham's militia troops stand guard to block citizens from escaping as they storm the bridge. 

This represents a blockage in the chakra system preventing Kundalini energy from rising from the root chakra (at the base of the spine) to the crown chakra (at the top of the head).

Similarly, National Guard troops were called in to the city of Baltimore as its citizens rioted following Freddie Gray's death.

Police and National Guard troops in Baltimore

Chakras are often depicted as flowers, and the flower of life symbol consists of 19 interlocking circles.

The number 19 is also significant in numerology.  It is highlighted several times in the film and the Baltimore events, most notably in the fact that Freddie Gray died on April 19th.

Gotham football players wearing numbers 91 and 99 (left). Player #19 (a cameo by Pittsburg 
ex-mayor Luke Ravenstahlkicks off the ball as Bane bombs the stadium (right).

The political rhetoric in the film and those surrounding the events in Baltimore are similar, too. In the movie, Gotham's mayor holds a press conference where he calls Batman a murderous "thug".

In reaction to the Baltimore riots, Baltimore's mayor and President Obama both held press conferences condemning the rioters as criminals and "thugs".

Gotham's Police Commissioner Gordon intentionally hides the "truth" from the people.

President Obama calls for the Baltimore police department to tell the people the truth.

In another noteworthy Batman sync, Baltimore's police commissioner is named Anthony BATTS.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts

A pivotal scene in the movie takes place at Gotham's football stadium. Right after the opening kickoff, Bane detonates a bomb that traps the city's entire police force in tunnels underground.

This was echoed in the Baltimore Orioles baseball team playing to an empty stadium for the first time ever during the riots, and Maryland's state attorney bringing charges against the offending police officers while calling for justice.

Is any of this real, or just an elaborate commercial sponsored by Under Armour?

Regardless, this is another interesting example of synchronicity that begs the question: Does Art imitate Life, or does Life imitate Art?

UPDATE: Star Trek Deep Space 9, season 3, ep. 11 & 12 (airdate: Jan. 1995) could be seen as a mash-up between the 2006 death of Sean Bell and the recent Baltimore riots. (credit and thanks to J. Bauers for discovering this)

The Star Trek crew accidentally travels back in time to 21st century California and ends up in the middle of the "Bell Riots" during which the death of a black man and the plight of the homeless helps inspire the country to make great social changes. On the show, the fictitious Bell Riots began on September 1st (9/1)...another 19 reference. 

Sync to the 5/5/15 LAPD shooting of unarmed homeless man Brendon Glenn.

Here's a positive message for chakra healing:

Saturday, April 4, 2015

9/11 Foreshadowing in Cosby's 'A Different World'

Last week I discovered one of my favorite old TV shows A Different World on Netflix. The infamous Cosby Show spinoff was a staple of my childhood and motivated a lot of young people to attend college.

But what started out as a true '80's freak-out, geek-out moment replete with my goofy grin and shrieks of delight as I clicked the play button, quickly turned into a study in synchromysticism and 9/11 foreshadowing.

First, I noticed the nightshirt worn by Jalessa Vincent (played by Dawnn Lewis) in several episodes. (Note: Jaleesa is a Hebrew name meaning "God's promise").

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Much of the first season's action takes places in the dorm room Jaleesa shares with the show's star Denise Huxtable (played by Lisa Bonet). During the episodes their room number inexplicably changes from 20 Y to 201. If, hypothetically, Y=Year, then substituting Y for 01 gives 2001.

Seasons 1-3 have a running theme of challenging male versus female gender roles and stereotypes. They also contain repetitive usage of airplane and plane crash imagery.

In a debate on whether women should be equal to men in the workplace, Whitley Gilbert (played by Jasmine Guy) uses the jarring analogy of a female air traffic controller causing two planes to crash in mid-air to exemplify the dangers of letting women take on typically male jobs.

Later in the series she eventually grows to accept more feminist views.

Similarly, Dwayne Wayne's character (played by Kadeem Hardison) undergoes a full alchemical metamorphosis on screen. He starts out in the role of a narrow-minded guy doggedly pursuing and viewing every woman he meets as strictly sexual objects.

But later we see him first struggling with then finally embracing his role as a "Miss Hillman" contestant and championing non-sexist treatment of women.

Thus, both Dwayne and Whitley move toward the hieros gamos, the merging of their masculine and feminine sides. Psychologically, this is reflected in Jung's concept of individuation through the integration of the Anima and the Animus. It can also be found in the Gnostic premise of the "two becoming one".

In Season 2, the actual date of September 11th is mentioned in a scene recounting examples of Dwayne's worst college antics as he hangs his head in shame.

Notice in the above scene that Walter accuses Dwayne of initiating a September 11th panty raid on LIBBY Hall. 

This is another sync to Supertramp's Breakfast in America album. The waitress on the album cover is named Libby, a nickname for Lady Liberty a.k.a. The Statue of Liberty.

"The album's front cover resembles an overlook of New York City through an aeroplane window.
It was designed by Mike Doud and depicted Kate Murtagh, dressed as a waitress named "Libby"
from a diner, as a Statue of Liberty figure..."—Wikipedia

In Season 2, Episode 14, aptly entitled "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", Dwayne attempts to consummate his new state of enlightenment by giving a ring to his girlfriend, a kind of divine marriage.

But when she rejects him, he angrily declares himself "the pilot" and threatens, "Either we fly UNITED, or we fly solo".

United Airlines Flights 175 and 93 were both involved in the September 11th attacks.

Now Dwayne Wayne is clearly identified as symbolizing a pilot who raided our liberty on 9/11. But the fact of the matter is that his signature flip-up glasses identified him as "The Pilot" all along.
Scheyden Aviator and Pilot sunglasses similar to Dwayne's.
He was also often dressed in aviator bomber jackets and shirts covered with airplanes, flying pigs, and other symbols.

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Just as Dwayne Wayne symbolizes "The Pilot", Ron Johnson (played by Darryl M. Bell) symbolizes "The Towers". Interestingly, Ron's father in real life, Travers J. Bell, Jr., was the founder of the first black firm on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Additional scenes:

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Note: In the episode "Strangers on a Plane" (pictured above) Dwayne is assigned seat 4D (=44) but moves to sit with Whitley in seat 2C (=23). Read the recent post from The Sync Whole about the '23 enigma' and frequent references to a "Flight 23" in TV shows and movies like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.

Excerpt from The Sync Whole

The first episode of A Different World aired in September 1987, fourteen years before 9/11/2001. This brings to mind many of the usual questions encountered when dealing with synchronicity:  

  • Was the information written into the show intentionally? (and why?) 
  • Or did it emerge spontaneously, perhaps due to some phenomena in our collective consciousness? 
  • Were the actors aware? Could the show's creator's possible foreknowledge have any bearing on current events? (i.e. embattled Bill Cosby?)
  • From a scientific and psychological standpoint, what does this indicate about the existence of Time and the human mind?

As always, the answers can be quite subjective and you must determine them for yourself.  This particular brand of pop culture alchemy is far from unique.

9/11 foreshadowing has been pointed out in a host of other movies and television shows, including The Simpsons, The Lone GunmanTrading Places, Back to the Future, The Big Lebowski, and Double Indemnity.

The Takeaway: Don't let this info ruin your enjoyment of what, in my opinion, was one of the best TV shows of the late '80's and early '90's. However, do understand that EVERYTHING has multiple layers of context. To think otherwise is to handicap yourself to the nature of the reality in which we live.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bane of Existence

We are making our way up the precarious path of the Tree of Life, albeit shakily.

In the Kabbalistic diagram above, a diagonal circle drawn around sephirot 8, 6, and 4 shows a bridge (or gate) through 6-Tiphareth between the upper and lower halves of the Tree. [see my post Don't Worry Baby at the MOG blog for more synchromystic insight into the numbers 8, 6, and 4]

The lower five sephirot (6 thru 10) represent mastery over our base human aspects while the upper five sephirot (1-5) represent complete dissolution of ego. According to Thelema these lower and upper halves are governed, respectively, by the alchemical formulas of LVX (Light, Lux) and NOX (Dark, Night).

The recent GermanWings Flight 4U9525 airplane tragedy syncs with a scene from the movie The Dark Night Rises where the character Bane famously says "For you" in a conversation aboard a plane he's about to crash. [credit to Eleleth for his full post MC Bain-Marie at the Mask of God blog].

For over a year now, the progress of our collective awareness has been manifesting through airplane events as it traverses from one "plane" of consciousness to the next. [see previous posts here, here, here, here, and here for more plane connections]

Alchemically speaking, we have moved from the realm of LVX into the realm of NOX.

Knox is freed on Fri. March 27, 2015, three days after the GermanWings crash.

This is not necessarily anything to cheer about. At least not yet. The process of the dissolution of the ego is exceedingly difficult, frightening, and heavily shrouded in mystery (perhaps because few people have survived it?).

I previously discussed the number 22 as symbolic of both the end of our development in the physical world and the beginning of our final spiritual journey.

We've been inundated with number 22's in the media for over a year now. Here are a few news stories from this month alone:

Also, notice on the Tree of Life that Path 22 is one of the routes leading to the upper half of the tree.

Path 22's direction is North-West and its number in Hebrew gematria is 30.

The first sephirot encountered at this stage are 4-Chesed and 5-Geburah.

Path 22 is also known as Lamed.

The shape of the Hebrew letter Lamed denotes our power to ascend to union with our divine nature. 

The top part of Lamed is comprised of the letter Zayin "the descender", which indicates that we must first descend in order to ascend (Get on Up).

In other words, Zayin indicates that we must leave one direction and move the opposite way.

(thanks to Eleleth for the Zayin - Zayn Malik connection)

Zayn "the Descender"

Beyond 5-Strength and 4-Mercy, the next highest sephirot are 3-Understanding and 2-Wisdom.

Note that the Germanwings plane was an Airbus A320.  So was AirAsia Flight 8501.

And on March 29th, an Air Canada mishap also occurred with an Airbus A320.

To be continued...