Birthplace of the Red Carpet Premiere – Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre
Apologies to the intelligentsia amongst you for invoking Hollywood, however, these synchronicities have proven too loud to ignore. As sensitive, awkward, and at times embarrassing as the below details are, it is nevertheless a phenomenon that deserves reporting. Profit driven punch lines, PG 13 focused content and popular gloss aside, the following observations facilitate a chronology, narrative and level of context that is unattainable without reference to an extensive list of reading material. As many of you will have already seen these films, we’re about to hit fast-forward and hopefully reach the same page.
*Warning, things are about to get a whole lot weirder. And there are spoilers.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
To begin with, a brief regression to June 1997, when the first of seven Harry Potter novels was ushered into an unsuspecting world. Soon to be sporting dreadlocks but not yet a student of Magick proper, one might say I was, a hairy pothead. Just under eight months after publication of the book I commenced a long-term relationship with a girl (younger than me) by the name of Gin (Ma’at v 1.0). Before the relationship between Harry and the younger Ginny Weasley was published. When contrasted with both Harry’s and my own (middle-class suburban) real world living arrangements, there are substantial similarities between the fictional Ginny Weasley’s family and Gin’s real world (larger than my own, ‘working-class’) family. For instance, both Gin’s have four siblings. Gin or Ma’at has one older sister, two older brothers who are about as close to twins as you could get without being born on the same day, plus one younger brother. And although I never saw one fly, Gin’s dad did spend his time fixing cars.
As time went by I was frequently ostracised and kicked out of home by my (muggle) family for being a student of Love and Magick. Much the same as the difficulties related to the integration of the above experience, the pathway thereto was also not without its challenges, both for my loved ones and for myself; Love you very much Mum and Dad. I am truly blessed to have such an incredible family! Besides, who would want their son dating The Mother of Abominations? In the coming years, I spent much of my time practicing meditation and ceremonial magick or buried in one or another magickal tome I’d likely received from an antiquarian dealer in the post. Before long, I would even come to receive letters from a Magickal Order in the U.K.
Oldskool – Bedroom, Temple, Studio, Study
Also of note, Harry started at Hogwarts aged 11 – the number of Magick. As a very young boy, I had recurring dreams visiting witches stirring brews in a cauldron inside a castle at the end of a long and winding cliff top road – all very Hogwarts-horror show. Possibly receiving instruction on the astral, just as the 9 in Platform 9 ¾ suggests. Yesod, the ninth sephira on the Tree of Life corresponding to the moon and the astral plane, the ¾ to that which is in-between mind and matter, i.e. the astral. A further unintentional connection to the Potter Universe is the fact my ‘heartbeat’ or ‘lightning bolt’ signature resembles Harry’s forehead scar.
The Matrix Trilogy
The first Matrix film was unleashed in Australia on a Thelemic Holy Day, the 8th of April 1999. The 95th Anniversary of the reception of Liber AL and just over a year since Ma’at v 1.0 and I started going out. Four years later and less than one month since my Crossing The Abyss, May 16th, 2003, saw Neo return to The Source in The Matrix Reloaded. Punctually followed by The Matrix Revolutions on the 5th of November. Neo soon finds he has much more work to do than casually returning to The Source. As we see him venture to the Machine City in Revolutions where he must ‘let go’ (feminine, flow, heart, goddess, infinite, intuition, cycles) to defeat Smith. An extension of himself (masculine, ego, mind, straight lines, limitations and constructs) i.e. Horus vs. Set.
Neo’s perception of the interconnectedness of phenomena in (green) code form is a fitting metaphor for the unveiling of universal relationships as interpreted by Qabalists. And in The Matrix Reloaded he even does “this Superman thing”, creating a hurricane in the clouds. Given the conditions of success in this work, it’s also pertinent in order to get the Key, Neo must first kiss Persephone in front of Trinity:
“If you want the Keymaker, follow me.”– Persephone
“I’ll give you what you want, but you have to give me something.” – Persephone
“What?” – Neo
“A kiss.” – Persephone
“Excuse me?” – Trinity
“I want you to kiss me, as if you were kissing her.” – Persephone
“Why?” – Neo
“You love her. She loves you. It’s all over you both. A long time ago, I knew what that felt like. I want to remember it. I want to sample it. That’s all. Just a sample.” – Persephone
After my prompting Ma’at v 1.0 sometime in 2002 that I believed she would benefit from having some friend-girls in her life (read benevolence and the way of the heart), we soon witnessed the mysterious entrance of two new friends in time for the second and third Matrix films, i.e. Neo’s partner Trinity – 31. All observers are in agreeance the two are practically sisters. Having studied the writings of Kenneth Grant, Aleister Crowley, and various other works of De Arte Magica, I also recognised the three girls resonated with Grant’s observations on the threefold facets of the Goddess – Nu, Isis and Babalon. As discussed in The Going Forth By Day Commentary, following my Pilgrimage to Egypt, I came to realise in this case that Ma’at, Nephthys and Isis are more telling correspondences. Gin’s two new friends being representatives of the sister Goddesses Nephthys (Natalie) and Isis (Vanessa). Nephthys is often referred to as a friend and nurse of the dead and/or Horus the child while Isis is typified as mother and nature goddess. No coincidence I’m sure that Gin met Natalie at the local doctor’s surgery when she joined her behind the desk as a receptionist. The four of us spent several years together in pursuit of The Great Work.
Becoming evident via telling of this saga, it’s also commensurate that upon returning to The Source and meeting The Architect in The Matrix Reloaded, Neo finds himself confronted with a heartrending choice between Trinity and the All. Soon after which we see him end up at Mobil Station in Revolutions, i.e. MOBIL Station, an anagram for LIMBO – between worlds. The below remarks during the ‘jump program’ in the first Matrix film are reflective of Horus standing on the threshold/precipice in The Lover image; that is between worlds:
“You have to let it all go Neo. Fear, doubt… disbelief. Free your mind.” – Morpheus
“No one’s ever made it on the first jump.” – Tank
“Everybody falls the first time, right Trin?” – Cypher
Now, therefore, I am known to ye by my name Nuit, and to him by a secret name which I will give him when at last he knoweth me. Since I am Infinite Space, and the Infinite Stars thereof, do ye also thus. Bind nothing! Let there be no difference made among you between any one thing & any other thing; for thereby there cometh hurt. Liber AL ch. I, v.22
X-Men 2 is released in Australia on the 30th of April 2003, just five days after Crossing The Abyss. Featuring Hurricanes, covering futant politics and the acquisition of siddhis, now known as magickal or superpowers, this film is a must see for all activators of future circuits – futants. “Hey mum, have you read Dreamtime Nus yet?” I’ve participated in several virtual re-enactments of the scene when Iceman (Iceton) aka Bobby, returns home to share the exploit that he (metaphorically) has superpowers with his family. Iceman’s Mum asks him, “Have you tried not being a mutant?”
Those familiar with The Vision and the Voice by Aleister Crowley, in particular, the 13th Aethyr ZIM, may find it interesting that on the 28th of August, just four months after Crossing The Abyss, when my name was Nemo – i.e. No Man, Finding Nemo swam onto screens. The clownfish Nemo and his father Marlin, natives of the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland Australia, are separated at the beginning of the film. With Nemo ending up in Sydney, the closest capital city to where I was born. Beyond an affinity the name Nemo presents with my story at this time is the qualification I have a half sleeve of clowns (clownfish) tattooed (see Dreamtime Nus). Occultists know that the clown, harlequin or fool, plays a prominent role in the Western Mystery Tradition – think Parzival, the pure fool of the Graal Romance. Also noteworthy are the similarities between the names Nemo (Omen), Neo (One), and Omné – receiver of the Double Current according to Soror Nema. Mention must also be made to Nemo making a synchronous return to theatres, this time in 3D while producing 3rdeyeart.com v 3.0.
And he said: Bethink thee that NEMO hath beheld the face of my Father. In Him is only Peace.
And I said: Are all gardens like unto this garden?
And he waved his hand, and in the Aire across the valley appeared an island of coral, rosy, with green palms and fruit trees, in the midst of the bluest of the seas.
The Vision and the Voice – 13th Aethyr ZIM, Aleister Crowley
“Condemned to death by his peers for rebellion, Horus from Hierakonopolis, the God of Heavens has seven days to seed the Earth of mankind once more; the Earth He helped create. Seven days, the time for one beat of the Divine Heart, not a second more, before being deprived of his Immortality. But even the Gods fear death.”
“Children, my human children, I’m back.” – Horus
Just weeks after finalising arrangement of The Lover canvas, French movie Immortal premieres on the 13th of March 2004 in Belgium, followed by its release on DVD in the U.S. a year later on the 21st June. I hadn’t even heard of Immortal until after producing The Lover when Ma’at v 1.0 advised she’d hired it from the local video store. Compounding the high strangeness in The Going Forth By Day Commentary, the story takes place in a future New York City (Rose’ hometown) populated by gods, mutants, extraterrestrials and humans. Resonating The Amalantrah Working, Central Park, the location of the workings, is declared an ‘intrusion zone’ in the film.
Also featured, the hour-glass or double cone motif, a pyramid hovering over Manhattan (representative of our Pilgrimage to Egypt), a mysterious woman with blue hair (Maat – as illustrated in The Lover), blue tears and powers unknown to her. Along with Horus and Jill/Maat spending time in a NYC hotel room (mirroring my reunion with Rose in New York). While Horus’ quest to find a suitable human host to secure Immortality sees him reject seven candidates before finding a compatible vessel. A man who’s been frozen for 30 years. Aleister Crowley died in 1947, and I was born in 1982. 35 and not 30 years difference I know. Still, in light of certain details to follow, the approximation is worth keeping in mind.
On the 16th of June 2005, Chris Nolan’s reimagining of the Batman origin story sees Bruce Wayne head to the East where he undergoes the training that leads to the creation of his alter-ego Batman. Part of which includes intoxication via a blue hallucinogenic flower. A rather brilliant glyph for the fruits in our Magickal Garden, blue psilocybin-containing mushrooms, and those other flowers in the Garden of the Aethyr ZIM. Back in Gotham Bruce arrives at a party with two women, at the time reminding me of my new relationship with Nephthys v 1.0, i.e. Ma’at and Nephthys.
Launched on the 7th of July 2005. Succeeding scientist Reed Richards’ assertion evolution could be accelerated by exposure to cosmic radiation, four astronauts board a space-station and rendezvous with a cloud of cosmic energy; thereby gaining superpowers. As in The Matrix, the numbers 13 and 31 are prevalent in the Fantastic 4, i.e. Invisible Woman, Mr Fantastic, Human Torch, Thing – 1 x Female, 3 x Male heroes.
V for Vendetta
The Wachowski brothers return to Australian cinemas on the 30th of March 2006, to bring Alan Moore’s graphic novel, V for Vendetta, to the big screen. Originally scheduled for release on the 5th of November 2005 – Guy Fawkes Day, the film was postponed worldwide due to the 7/7 London Bombings. Much has been written elsewhere regarding the many ‘psychic leaks’ in various artworks prior to September 11, depicting that event in startling clarity. Where possible ‘leaks’ of this kind are generally redone, reshot, or censored from the original. If, however, a leak is integral to the plot, as is the case in V for Vendetta, deliverance of the piece is typically delayed.
Not ten minutes into the movie we see a representation of Maat atop The Old Bailey in the form of Lady Justice. Facilitating a resurgence in what had become a stagnant experiment in the real world, Ma’at v 1.0 asked, “Have I missed something?” After viewing the final Act where V places the outcome of his work and an important decision in the hands of Evey. Also of interest, the film features the motto of a Master of the Temple, Vi veri veniversum vivus vici – By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.
“God is in the rain.” – Evey
X-Men 3: The Last Stand
When a cure for mutation is created on the 25th of May 2006, lines are drawn, and sides are taken. Escalating into an all-out war between humans and mutants, we see Jean Grey’s resurrection as the powerful Dark Phoenix result in her killing her mentor Xavier. Finding more in common with the villain Magneto’s Brotherhood than the X-Men. Meanwhile, Iceman (Iceton) still struggles to touch his girlfriend Rogue, aka Marie (Marie is Isis v 1.0′s middle name), due to her (ego crushing?) superpowers; pursuing connection with another X-girl – Nephthys v 1.0. In conclusion, Rogue is the only mutant who opts to be ‘cured’.
Nothing is a secret key of this law. Sixty-one the Jews call it; I call it eight, eighty, four hundred & eighteen. Liber AL ch. I, v.46
There is a light before thine eyes, o prophet, a light undesired, most desirable. Liber AL ch. II, v.61
29th of June 2006 sees Horus the twice-born with arms outstretched in the Sign of the Enterer. Clark Kent returns to Metropolis after a five-year absence (2004-2009 in our chronology) to find Lois Lane has moved on and started a family. Of course, Superman manages to save the day, but not before soaking up some sun/star-light (twice-born). We all know Superman’s weakness is the (green) kryptonite, yet somewhat surprisingly for the romantics in the audience, he doesn’t get the girl! The connotations of these aspects of the story shall be made luminous, momentarily.
Preceding his departure at the end of the film it seems we just can’t escape those archetypes when manifesting our contemporary heroes. As the most super of superheroes evokes strong parallels with the West’s most super of Saviours. Sharing the same spiritually loaded words with his son that were spoken to him by his father, Superman advises: “You will be different. Sometimes you’ll feel like an outcast. But you’ll never be alone. You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The Son becomes the Father, and the Father becomes the Son.” Superman makes a timely return in ‘Man of Steel’, scheduled for release in Oz on June 27th, 2013.
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Mirroring the circumstances between Ma’at, Isis, Nephthys and myself, on the 21st of June 2007, two members of the Fantastic 4 are taking steps toward marriage. Under the weight of trials and tribulations inherent in being a part-time superhero, Sue Storm confronts Reed Richards about her concerns of not being able to have a ‘normal life’, and raise a family together. Both Ma’at v 1.0 and Isis v 1.0 are married with children to the partners they were with at this time. As a result of my going into overtime with Nephthys v 1.0, a journal entry on the 20th of June confirms I’d lost Isis v 1.0′s trust just a week earlier. In retrospect, it’s clear this era marked the close of my initial opportunity to know Nuit.
Driven ever by a curse:
Battles and conflicts
Drove me far from the pathway;
Well though I knew it, methought.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Showing 11th of July 2007, Harry is at odds with the world in his hardest year at Hogwarts yet. After using Magick to defend himself from attacking Dementors, Harry is shunned by friends. Facing isolation, expulsion, and a smear campaign conducted on behalf of The Ministry of Magick. Nobody believes Harry and Dumbledore’s claim of the imminent return of He whose name must not be spoken. And a ban at Hogwarts on Practical Magick and Defence Against the Dark Arts paves the way for the Authoritarian rule of the Ministry. In the final battle, we see Harry possessed by Voldemort with whom he has a strangely symbiotic relationship. In the end Harry overcomes, declaring his friends and ability to love make him stronger.
Horton Hears a Who
When Horton Hears a Who, on a speck on a floating flower on the 20th of March 2008, he is quickly ridiculed by Kangaroo. “If you can’t see, hear, or feel something, it doesn’t exist. And believing in tiny imaginary people is just not something we do, or tolerate. Here in the jungle of Nool…Our community has standards Horton. If you want to remain a part of it I recommend you follow them.” Knowing how all this business with the speck will look to their neighbours, even Horton’s friend Morton the Mouse tells him, “I’m really happy you found this spec, and all. But ya might wanna think about keeping it to yourself.”
Meanwhile, down in Whoville the Mayor is met with disbelief and ridicule when he shares his observations of recent irregularities. “Well, it’s, news. I don’t know if we need to go labelling it good or bad or anything like that. The thing is, I have noticed some odd goings on, in Whoville lately.” “Good on goings on?” interjects the Councilman. “Well, you know, tremors, clouds swirling in the sky…”
“Don’t you see? We’re in the middle of some kind of amazing cosmic convergence. Two vastly different worlds, miraculously crossing paths. Mine, colossal! Yours, minuscule. Yet somehow, we’ve managed to make contact. If you think about it, it’s pretty amazing.” – Horton
“It’s snowing, in the summer.” – Dr. Mary Lou Larue
I can imagine what you’re thinking right about now. But then parts of my home State of Victoria had a white Christmas just over a year before in 2006 and it also snowed during the Summer of 2010… That’s snowing, in Australia, in the Summer folks! See Dreamtime Nus for further exploration of these anomalies.
The theme of the wounded hero continues on the 1st of May 2008. With eccentric playboy Tony Stark having life-threatening heart trouble parallel to my own very serious problems of the heart – Nephthys v 1.0. Also of interest, the fractal tattoo on my chest is not unlike his arc reactor (see Dreamtime Nus for a photo). The story sees Stark resolve to stop making weapons and use his genius for more positive pursuits.
On the 3rd of July 2008 down and out superhero Hancock explains: “I apologise to the people of Los Angeles. My behaviour has been improper and I accept the consequences. I ask my fellow Angelenos for their patience and understanding. Life here can be difficult for me. After all, I’m the only one of my kind. During my incarceration I will be participating in alcohol and anger management treatment. You deserve better from me, I can be better, I will be better.”
“What are we?” – Hancock
“Gods, angels, different cultures call us by different names. Now all of a sudden it’s superhero.” – Mary
As the plot unfolds, we discover Hancock isn’t the only one with superpowers and that Mary (Nephthys v 1.0), the wife of Hancock’s PR Campaign Manager is, in fact, concealing her own super-ness. We also learn that the two spending time together becomes problematic, resulting in their powers diminishing. With Nephthys v 1.0 dying her hair blonde the majority of the time we were together, I was provided with yet another direct connection between the world of celluloid (Charlize Theron’s Mary) and manifestation. Also of relevance, the tornado meme presents itself yet again when multiple tornadoes rage in a showdown between Hancock and Mary. See also the conclusion of the film, depicting a love heart on the moon i.e. The Lover image.
The Dark Knight
Released on July 16th, 2008, victories in cleaning up the streets and restoring law and order to Gotham create fear and desperation amongst organised crime networks, paving the way for the anarchistic Joker. A helicopter entrance early in the film sees Bruce Wayne arrive at his penthouse fundraiser for Gotham’s White Knight, Harvey Dent, this time with three women. Bringing to mind Aleister Crowley’s Magickal name Perdurabo, Latin for Endure, i.e. I will endure: for enduring unto The End, at The End was Naught to endure. Themes of chaos, control, incorruptibility and the will to endure in the face of extreme adversity are all focal points in this blockbuster. Ultimately facing a similar predicament to Neo in The Matrix Reloaded, closure sees Bruce lose his love interest Rachel (Nephthys v 1.0). While for the greater good of Gotham City, Batman takes the rap for crimes committed by Two-Face (the brothers of light and shadow – Horus and Set, Parzival and Feirefiz).
In the opening scene of The Spirit, screening in Australia on the 29th January 2009, we hear from a shimmering blue Goddess: “I am death Danny Colt. You are the only man who has ever escaped my cold embrace. But I am never far away. Yes… I am always with you.” And again, later in the film, “You’re very close now, very, very close. You can’t fight me. You are mine.” Having recently watched the History Channel documentary on The Egyptian Book of the Dead, I got the picture. This being the second last film Nephthys v 1.0 and I would see together. I broke up with her on the 23rd of February.
At one point we hear a resurrected Danny Colt, aka The Spirit, describe his connection to Central City in what is essentially an expression of adoration unto Our Lady Nuit. “She provides for me. She protects me. She is my mother my City is. She’s a good mother. She always shows me the way.” Also of interest, the story’s villain, The Octopus, seeks the blood of Heracles, a mixture of God and human DNA and the key to immortality. Heracles, of course, is synonymous with Heru, or Horus. Finally, The Spirit has two significant others in the film. One, his childhood sweetheart (Ma’at v 1.0) whom he may or may not lose, and the other, a blonde nurse (Nephthys v 1.0).
Who watches the watchmen? A profoundly appropriate question given the above course of events. Flawed, volatile and ostracised superheroes, “in a credible, real world”, as Alan Moore, author of the graphic novel, put it. After several failed attempts at bringing the book to screen, the feature was finally made and released in Australia on the 5th of March 2009. Moore stated, “The whole thing with Watchmen has just been loads of these little bits of synchronicity popping up all over the place.” A prime example, artist Dave Gibbons found a photo of the Martian Galle crater resembling a happy face and worked this into the novel. “We found a lot of these things started to generate themselves as if by magic.” Also of consequence to us, the story begins on Crowleymas – the 12th of October, and Mars is the planet of Horus.