Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Part IV: Fool's Gold or Alchemical Transformation ?

Post Olympic Blues 

Replica of Big Ben at closing Ceremony
In spite of all the gloom and doom predictions of false flag terrorist attacks, the 2012 Olympics have come and gone without any bombs exploding or aliens landing in London.  Although I was skeptical of the fear-mongering reports spun by the conspiratainment industry and well-meaning warnings by individual researchers, I certainly contributed to the online chatter with my own blog posts on Olympic symbolism, Saturn and the Golden Age.  After all, the headlines were filled with archetypal images just screaming for interpretation.  Were these images truly bubbling up from the deep well of the collective or being manipulated by the media makers?  Although there is evidence of both, there were far too many instances of coincidence and synchronicity not to notice.  In June Jurriaan Maessen suggested that "reverse predictive programming" was being used to ultimately weaken the Truth Movement:

In the case of the many announcements of impending doom prefacing the Olympics popping up all over the internet, I believe we are dealing with a very subtle strain of programming, largely distributed with the aim of preparing people not for any apocalyptic event unfolding but rather to raise expectations to such an unprecedented level that many well-meaning truth seekers will eventually hit themselves on the head, and subsequently disengage themselves from the arena. When the dreaded Games have come and gone with the stars unshaken and the sky unchanged- and rest assured they will be after the summer- another objective will have been accomplished: the inevitable anti-climax will do more damage to the truth than any apocalyptic event foreboded.

Perhaps some conspiracy theorists are disillusioned, but others are galvanized believing that their efforts to expose the elite's secret agenda prevented the false flag event from occurring.   Plus "reverse predictive programming" does seem like an extraordinary amount of effort to discredit a tiny percent of the population that make up conspiracy circles.   

Info Wars picked up Maessen's story about Psychological Programmers verses the alternative media http://www.infowars.com/the-aliens-are-coming-psychological-programmers-versus-the-alternative-media/

Someone who is no stranger to the machinations of symbolism in the media is the ever-provocative Christopher Knowles of The Secret Sun blog.  This summer a recurring theme on his blog and facebook group has been a frustration with the "pantpissing hysteria" erupting in the alternative media, more appropriately dubbed "conspiratainment."  His post-Olympic assessment 2012 Olympics, Fear Strikes Out, Again struck a chord with me and many of his readers. He exposes the culpability of the conspiratainment business, and its under-reported roots in the extreme religious right, as flaming the fear (ie False Evidence Appearing Real) instead of simply revealing, or even reporting, the truth. 
The Guardian did a surprisingly thorough job breaking the story about all of the insane Olympic predictions, digging into the Fundamentalist fever swamps of Godlike Productions and Above Top Secret. You know, those profit-driven fear factories that are destroying the collective mind of their predominantly working-class and lower middle-class audiences by filling their minds with baseless paranoia and religious hatred. . . What The Guardian doesn't mention is that this all springs from the fetid collective imagination of the extreme Religious Right. What The Guardian will never mention is that the Religious Right program was unrolled by Nixon's CIA at the EXACT SAME TIME that they destroyed all of the MK Ultra documents (meaning they ended the research phase of the program).

In a way, Knowles is suggesting a similar thesis as Maessen, but revealing not only a different source for this disinformation (the CIA), but perhaps a different intent: not to create disillusion, but to spin more illusion.  I know from experience that nothing keeps the mind spinning and distracted better than following the white rabbit through Wonderland which is filled with "sulfurous easter eggs" and sleepy-time tea parties.  As Knowles writes: Every minute you spend playing someone else's game is a minute you're not spending improving and enriching your life and sharing ideas with and enjoying the company of your family and friends. . . There's nothing behind all of these little symbolic displays that will enrich your life.

I completely agree, and yet the compulsive desire to understand what lays beneath the surface continues to drive me, and many others.  Astrologically speaking,  this behavior is no doubt reflected by the obsessive energy of Rahu, the severed head of the dragon, whose quest for power, fame and immorality separated him from his body.  The head is the seat of the senses and cognitive mind, so Rahu is associated with the mental field and materialistic thought. According to Prash Trivedi, "Rahu imparts a sensitivity to the mass trends and collective psyche, which an individual can utilize either to further personal ends or serve humanity."  Thus we might ask if our desire to explore the symbolism rising in the mass media is to further our own egoic desires for recognition, or to share some lesson to heal the cognitive dissonance. As Sam Geppi suggests, "Rahu obsesses over the things we need to learn so we can eventually be freed of them."

Knowles is right, anytime we are triggered to play the game, we immediately lose contact with the opportunity to live in the present.  And if we delve into symbolism to find the truth "out there," we are playing some else's mind game and entering the realm of Rahu.  However, I do think that on some occasions pulling back the curtain on these symbolic displays, and the resulting interpretations, can help us to see our own demons and personal game -- which is being reflected in the collective game simultaneously -- and if we are lucky glimpse a higher truth.  I do not feel that interpreting symbols and archetypes is necessarily the problem, but rather it is the state of our own mind and consciousness  that leads us down various paths of the mental playing field.  If an archetype opens up consciousness to understand even a glimpse of the truth underlying Maya's dance, then it may be a powerful tool.

Anti-Christ, cloned image of Jesus
Even if the symbol is being projected by a so-called deceitful intent, there will be a whole archetype, complete with its shadow, that may reflect a greater reality than even the malevolent force can see or understand.  Nothing makes me cringe more than reading interpretations that fearfully describe events as evidence of Satan's hand in a well-worn battle between good and evil, or that Saturn is Satan, or that the elite are preparing the way for an anti-Christ. Biblical numerology is often so contrived that the true magic of numbers is lost.

But it is in that moment of cognitive dissonance and skeptical discomfort that I might be able to discern something deeper, or bigger, or even nothing at all other than the nature of the monkey mind.  I hope that my astrological interpretations and cosmic musings might shine a different kind of light and give new perspective to these subjects that is empowering instead of maintaining the victim mentality of the Piscean age and religions. (There, did you see it? That tricky ego reappears.)

 By realizing that the symbols and shadows which we are examining "out there" are actually reflections of our own inner processes, we can begin to integrate our personal, and thereby collective, shadow to dissolve fear (False Evidence Appearing Real).   For example, I would not be in this current state of understanding were it not for the Alex Jones and the Chicken Littles of the world creating so much cognitive dissonance that my toes curl and my brain shuts down. Only then does the seat of consciousness, the heart, have a chance to recognize the truth.  Perhaps this method is just my own crude way of wading through the mess, but I can see negative aspects of myself that need to be readjusted.

One of the reasons I rely heavily on astrology for my interpretive platform is that it maps out many archetypes at play at any given moment in time -- and all moments contain information interacting at multiple levels.  When enough stellar and planetary variables synchronize, something pops in my mental and emotional field that just won't settle until I process it through the lens of astrology.  Vedic astrology, or jyotisha, which translates as "science of light," is based on the philosophical premise that patterns in the microcosm are reflected in the macrocosm, as the alchemists would say as above, so below. It is no coincidence that modern optic science has revealed that pulsed light waves can carry information.  The structure of space is the optical fiber grid through which massive bodies of consciousness, the stars of the zodiac, transmit data to our local star, the Sun, and planets.   In India ancient seers, called the Rishi, channeled the code to decipher the astral data into language that humans might understand -- through symbols, myth and archetypes -- at what ever level of consciousness they may be expressing.  So astrology is a wonderful tool to process this universal information, but is, of course, contingent on the art, skill, and consciousness of the stellar interpreter.  Because of its foundation in yogic principles, Vedic astrologers understand the karmic responsibility for making predictions and interpretations.  And we understand that Shiva's curse prevents any of us from agreeing, or seeing the full picture, and reduces the chance that we might interfere with either free will or fate.

Although I love the freedom from academic censure that a blog offers, I still feel a responsibility for what I project into the virtual information highway.  After all I am dabbling in the devil's/demiurge's playground -- no doubt due to the influence of the activation of my own Rahu dasha and Shatabisha lagna.  And even if I publish my astrological observations with care, someone else's shadow may inadvertently get triggered taking them down another winding path on their own trip. Nonetheless, I still feel compelled to share my own process of integration which comes through research, writing, sharing, and hearing feedback.  So I want to take one last look at some of the recurring archetypal themes of the 2012 Olympics from an astrological perspective because there are so many wonderful layered signs pointing towards transformation.

Fools Gold or Alchemical Transformation?

Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh-Jennings win GOLD
The London 2012 Olympic Medal count finished with the USA on top with 46 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze medals, followed by China, Russia, and Britain. Britain did better than expected, the best performance since 1908.  Even though the London 2012 medals are the largest ever in terms of both weight and diameter, their size belies their truth worth.  Due to the global austerity, the inflated medallions are not what they appear to be, even though they meet IOC rules: for example, the gold medal must be 92.5 percent silver, 6.16 copper, 1.34 percent gold making it worth about $500.  Although the metals are nearly worthless, the medals are easily redeemed for endorsement deals and advertising contracts worth millions like the alchemical process that turns base medal into gold.  All the years of sacrifice are rewarded to a select few who win gold, while the rest go home with "the honor of playing in the games."  Thus Olympic gold is associated with good physical karma, years of disciplined training, and sacrifice -- all related to the Lord of the Rings, Saturn.

As most of the American basketball, track, and soccer players were sporting Nike gear, the biggest corporate gold medal winner was Nike, named after the winged goddess of Victory who adorns each Olympic medal. Although the famous Nike swoosh logo was originally derived from the wings of the goddess of Victory, many conspiracy theorists suggest it depicts the rings of Saturn, who was the sworn enemy of Nike's family, a paradox that goes unaddressed by the Saturn proponents. 

Nike is the daughter of a Titan, Pallas, and an Okeanid, Styx, making her a distant offspring of Kronos/Saturn.  Her mother, Styx (water) was the first goddess to stand up and support Zeus in his war to dethrone Kronos/Saturn  When Kronos and the Titans were overthrown, they were cast down and imprisoned in the center of the earth in a chasm called Tartarus, the deepest level of the Underworld. The river Styx is an elemental embodiment of Nike's mother that separates the worlds of the living and the dying.  She was one of five subterranean rivers that converge at the center of the underworld on a great marsh, which is also sometimes called the Styx.  This land is a wasteland where ghosts and shades wander until they cross all five rivers.  To cross the river Styx, the deceased must be buried with a coin, or medal, as payment for the ferryman named Charon.  A few brave mortal heroes payed the ferryman for a return trip, except for Orpheus whose music charmed Charon.  Hmmm, it is fascinating that the ferryman is susceptible to the spell of music as the Olympics opened with a bell ringing.

Landscape with Charon Crossing the River Styx by Joachim Patinir 16th C

So Nike's mother marks the boundaries between the worlds, keeping Saturn's realm in its place. Could the Okeanid Styx dwell in the waters of the River Thames that surround the Olympic Park which was build on a toxic site, a wasteland bog similar to the mythological Styx?  And remember that the Queen's Jubilee Flotilla, in which Queen Elizabeth glided along the Thames in her barge or ferry, passed under Tower Bridge just as the planet Venus was about to make its rare transit across the Sun.  Both Queens of Heaven simultaneously make a crossing on their way to the Underworld in plain sight and observed by billions of viewers.

Queen Elizabeth II sails the Spirit of Chartwell, named after the home of Churchill, beneath the Tower Bridge in London for her Diamond Jubilee on June 3, 2012

Queen's barge, or dragon boat the Gloriana leads the flotilla on June 3 as the Moon conjoins the Dragon's head a day before the last lunar eclipse.

2012 Transit of Venus
If so, then the River Thames may certainly be considered an allegorical Styx, the Tower Bridge a gate to Hades,  and the Queen a representative of the Queen of Heaven/Venus who bravely makes her way to the otherworldly realm where Saturn rules in potentia, in Olympic Park.

Mount Olympus was the original etheric home of the ancient Greek Gods, similar to Mount Meru in Eastern legends.  But now that the ancient Gods are a mere memory of the past, and may be regarded as "dead" in the modern world, is it really Mount Olympus that is being summoned by all of these Olympic rituals, or perhaps Tartarus?  In Arthurian legend the underworld is called Anwnn, and is accessed from the top of Glastonbury Tor, which as I have discussed in my last two posts, was the focal point of the Opening Ceremony.  No matter how you look at it, we are being taken on a tour of the underworld through the ritualistic ceremonies of the Olympic Games.


Black (Saturn) hats led by Kenneth Branagh at the base of Glastonbury Tor where all the world flags were planted reminding me of the ceremonial north pole where Saturnalia's king, Santa, resides

In July I discussed the astrological influence of Saturn on the 2012 Olympic Games and its relationship to the Golden Age, the cyclic cycles of ancient kingship, and themes of sacrifice. 
The XXX Olympiad commences on July 27, 2012 with the Opening Ceremony whose worldwide broadcast starts at 9 pm under a sky ruled by Saturn, the planet most associated with the Golden Age.  Whether in the distant past, or in another dimension where there is no time, Saturn rules a kingdom where no one grows old because he has sacrificed his children and where all points of time exist simultaneously in what Terrence McKenna might have described as singularity.

Last night I watched a replay of the Closing Ceremony, which was first broadcast live under the influence of stars of Aquarius, ruled by the planetary archetype of Saturn.  It felt like the final night of a long holiday.  Although I did not follow the games closely, it did seem like the two week period of the XXX Olympic Games occurred outside of time, preserved in an imaginary bubble, and on electronic media, which shut out the grim realities of the everyday world outside the East End of London.

For one brief shining moment 'Camelot' was restored to the economically weakened and wearied population of Britain.  The traditionally stiff upper lip of Londoners softened into exuberant smiles.  It was as though the rite of the Opening Ceremony pulled back the mists and revealed the hidden world of Avalon/Albion, only to be obscured behind the mists once again during Closing Ceremony, which was literally under the influence of the "Veiling Star," the nakshatra Shatabhisha.

Opening Ceremony
When the Opening Ceremony commenced with the single toll of the largest harmonically tuned bell in the world, famously inscribed with a quote from Shakespeare's The Tempest -- Be not afeard,the isle is full of noises, it received the shakti energy of the Capricorn constellation of Aquila (the Eagle) rising on the eastern horizon in the nakshatra of Shravana.   The combined starlight and reverberating vibration seemed to open an inter-dimensional door to Saturn's etheric realm.


Bradley Wiggins, the yellow shirt winner of the Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins, the "yellow shirt winner" of the Tour de France, had the honor of ringing the bell.  The yellow shirt of the Tour de France is given to the daily leader and winner.  Like gold, yellow is generally associated with the Sun, which rules over winners.  However, it may also be associated with the planet Saturn which appears yellow to the naked eye.  Astrologically Saturn is traditionally associated with the color blue, it was discovered in 2005 by NASA's Cassini probe that the planet Saturn has blue skies in its northern hemisphere, and yellow skies in its southern hemisphere.    In the Vedic tradition, Saturn/Shani is the son of the Sun/Surya, born out of the Sun's union with the shadow his wife left in her place.  Thus Saturn has mixed qualities of both the light and dark manifest in its atmosphere and archetype.

The singular Olympic Bell toll was followed by the angelic solo of 11 year old Humphrey (HUM FREE) Keeper, who was born without a hand on his malformed arm, a characteristic disability of Saturn.  He was part of a children's choir all sporting yellow stripped (like Saturn) shirts.

11 year old Humphrey Keeper in his yellow shirt

Humphrey's perfect-pitch voice literally spellbound the Olympic Stadium with the British anthem Jerusalem whose symbolism I discussed in my several of my previous posts. He was joined by youth choirs from the four corners of Britain who performed a haunting prayer for the restoration of Albion.  It's hard to believe that the harmonic voices of children might be part of some sinister offering or ritual to Saturn, whose death cult in the Western alchemical tradition is believed to gain its power through the sacrifice of children.  And yet it was not the only segment that featured disabled and sick children.  The tribute to the National Health Service (NHS) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) featured a performance of sick children dancing on hospital beds to a barely recognizable Titular Bells, which was the famous theme from the movie Exorcist. A very unsettling choice to be sure.  Once tucked into bed, the children were frightened by all the evil villains of nightmare and English literature, like Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series.  Only the magic of dozens of Mary Poppins, a private nanny/nurse, could cast them away.  What does that say about the actual power of the hundreds of doctors and nurses of the National Health Service?  The segment concluded with the birth of a giant "creepy" baby and homage to the children's hospital, the Great Ormand Street Hospital (GOSH), with a glowing GOSH, another word for "God" often used by children to avoid taking God's name in vain.

This entire sequence was lit in Saturn's dark indigo light.  Is this giant (Titan) baby an offering, or an alchemical creation of a homunculus -- an artificial man.  Remember that Danny Boyle said that the Opening Ceremony program was very much influenced by his work on the musical Frankenstein: I mean, we don't reanimate dead creatures, but we did use Frankenstein as a dry run for a lot of ideas for this.  Some saw it as a fertility ritual for the newlywed Prince and Duchess, who was rumored to be pregnant shortly after the Opening Ceremony.

Another segment that featured a dying child was part of a tribute dedicated to victims of the 7/7 London Bombings that occurred on the day after London won its bid for the 2012 Olympic games (and caused so many to worry about another terrorist or false flag attack during the Olympics).  The memorial was well received in the UK, but strangely edited from the original broadcast in the US.  "Deadspin" first called attention to the missing transitional performance, which only made US viewer more curious and sure to tune in and view the video.  This sequence begins with a group of performers dancing under a glowing sun disk.  Another little wayward boy, dressed in yellow, mysteriously shows up is led by another figure dressed in yellow to join the dancers under the Sun where they are all consumed in its flames. 

This performance is perhaps the most significant moment of symbolism in the Opening Ceremony as it sets the stage and foreshadows what is to come during the Closing Ceremony: the birth of the Phoenix, or Bennu, rising from the ashes of the Olympic Flame of Prometheus.

Closing Ceremony

During the Closing Ceremony the constellation Aquarius, Saturn's other sign of the air element, was rising on the horizon.  Although most astrological traditions associate the Phoenix with the sign of Scorpio, there is one, albeit a tenuous one, that associates it with Aquarius: the Zodiacal Round Table at Glastonbury Tor. This ancient earthen work that depicts twelve constellations was literally molded out of the land.  It was discovered in 1927 by Katherine Maltwood who believed the giant zodiac was constructed sometime around 2700 BCE.  This sprawling feat star map, or star temple, encompasses Glastonbury Tor and Challice Hill in the sign of Aquarius as designed by the eagle (Aquila) or the Phoenix in red below.  

As the author of Walking the Aquarius Figure in the Glastonbury Zodiac writes:

Aquarius can give us flight, it can lift us out of the deep water we find ourselves in. The constellation is a representation in the heavens of Ganymede, a beautiful youth plucked from his earthly existence by Zeus, in eagle form, and carried to Mount Olympus, high above the world, to became cup bearer to the gods. Knowing Ganymede’s story offers a way of understanding why an eagle-like bird (perhaps a phoenix) emerges in the landscape as the Aquarius figure, and why an eagle is the very highest symbol represented in the Glastonbury Zodiac, carved in stone high up on St Michael’s Tower.
So even if its astrological validity is dubious, this mythology would surely be known by most Britains, and ties the cup bearer of the gods of Olympus to the water bearer of Aquarius and the Phoenix, light bringer, to the Olympian Flame of Prometheus.  Moreover, the land that marks the 11th sign includes the Chalice Well, where legend says that the Holy Grail is buried.  Furthermore, the cup bearer of ancient Greek mythology is appropriated and merged with the Christian cup bearer of Arthurian legend.  However, the ancient Druids considered the red spring to be holy waters long before the Roman's arrived, and believed it to be vitally  connected to the nearby white spring.  The red and white springs may also relate to the Arthurian legend of the red and white dragons who live in a subterranean pool beneath Glastonbury Tor.

Chalice Well whose cover depicts a vesica pisces representing the interaction of the two worlds

The colors red and white may also be allusions to the apple of Venus whose red skin veiled the white flesh alluding to the the outer and inner worlds.  Red and white are also alchemical symbols representing the male and female principles of balance of opposites.

Although Saturn rules the sign of Aquarius, the lagna of the Closing Ceremony event chart, it is now transiting in its exalted airy sign of Libra -- the scales of balance.  The scales are used in the justice system, as well as in the market to measure material goods in order to understand their worth.  Thus an exalted Saturn in Libra brings karmic balance, justice, and adjustments to what we value.  The Lord of the Rings is exalted in Venus' sign and its shift from the earth sign of Virgo to the air sign of Libra may indeed be seen as an alchemical process -- releasing spirit from matter.  In fact, the Closing Ceremony had a much lighter, or airier, theme than the heavy tableau of the Opening Ceremony initiated in the earthy sign of Capricorn.  This breezy tribute to British Pop culture included a selection of British Rock, Pop, Theatre and Fashion icons that reflect the many characteristics of these two friendly planets.  Venus is planetary ruler of the arts, and only planet able to raise the dead represented by Saturn and made manifest in the posthumous performances by John Lennon and Freddie Mercury.

Below are two illustrated drawings of the alchemical flasks of Saturn and Venus.  Saturn's flask contains a little child with a dragon and Venus' flask contains a peacock, or phoenix.  

Saturn flask, from Splendor Solis, 16th C
Venus flask, from Splendor Solis, 16th C

In Chinese mythology the dragon and phoenix are two of four magical, spiritual and benevolent animals (the two others are the Tortoise and the Unicorn). The dragon was the most revered of all as it protects an enormous magical pearl -- or egg -- in its claw, which has the power to multiply whatever it touches. The pearl symbolizes its the most precious treasure: Wisdom. The phoenix is a hybrid with the head and comb of a pheasant and the tail of a peacock that personifies the primordial force of the heavens.  The dragon represents the male element, and the phoenix the female element. In China the Dragon represents the emperor, and the Phoenix the empress. Together they symbolize the union of yin and yang, heaven and earth united. Remember that the Arthurian blood line is called Pendragon.  So who, or what, might be the Penphoenix?

Much of the Closing Ceremony involved releasing this dragon pearl, or cosmic egg.  When British jester Russell Brand sings the Beatles' lyrics "I am the egg man," he is not kidding; dancers create a pyramid to Kate Bush's Running up Hill (to make a deal with God);  followed by George Harrison's Here Come's the Sun -- in case you weren't clear on the secret sun symbolism.

Next a tribute to John Lennon creates what looks like his face on Mars, not far from one of the news headlines printed on the Union Jack Stage which read in bold: Brave New World -- remember this ceremony took place the day before NASA's Curiosity successfully landed on Mars.  We are asked to Imagine no heaven, no hell, and a Saturnine world of living in peace as One -- the Golden Age.   Later Annie Lenox rides a ghost ship that looks like a dying phoenix singing her last swan song, Little Bird:

My my where do I go?
My my what do I know?
My my we reap what we sow
They always said that you knew best
But this little bird's fallen out of that nest now
I've got a feeling that it might have been blessed
So I've just got to put these wings to test 

Perhaps my favorite moment of the Closing Ceremony is a segment featured a holographic resurrection of the late Freddie Mercury of Britain's famous rock band Queen.  He was dressed in a yellow bolero, cosmic bull figher or psychopomp psychopomp who challenges the audience to call out: "Deyo, DEO," latin for "to God." 

Extinguishng the Flame

Image: Venus Blueprint
The final segment of the closing ceremony focused on the ritual of extinguishing the flame. In the video below we see how a spark from the Phoenix descends to the Union Jack Stage, an 8-pointed star (Saturn/Venus), where it transforms into a dancer who begins to perform the Dance of the Flame, derived from Stravinsky's Firebird.  Remember the allegorical story of  Inanna's Decent to the Underworld that I described in my posts on the Venus Transit, in which the Goddess/Venus was required to leave someone in her place in the Underworld? Well here at in the netherworld of the Olympic Stadium, she leaves her spark.  I can't help but be reminded of the June 3rd solar flare that occurred just prior to the Venus transit which NASA's Spaceweather dubbed a chicken, but others see as a phoenix.  Could this solar flare have brushed pass the planet Venus and delivered us an alchemical spark from the heavens during the Queen's Jubilee?

I grew up watching the New York City Ballet perform Stravinsky's Firebird under the starry skies at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) every summer.  This ballet tells the Russian folk tale of Prince Ivan, who gets lost looking for a tree with golden apples and stumbles into the magical realm of Kashchei the Immortal.  There he spies the a bird with dazzling plumage that is trying to pluck the golden fruit from a silver tree.  Ivan tries to capture the bird, but yields to its pleas to be set free.  In gratitude, the Firebird gives Ivan a magical feather and promises to help him someday in the future when he needs it.

The evil villain is Kashchei the Immortal, another archetypal Saturnine king who lives in the netherworld beyond the dimensions of time.  His body cannot be killed because his soul is hidden inside a needle, which is inside an egg, which is inside a duck, which is inside a hare, which is inside an iron or gold chest which is buried under a green oak tree -- any body remember the oak tree on top of the replica of Glastonbury Tor?  Or Voldemort's Horcrux -- time cross? As long as his soul is safe, Kashchei cannot die. If the chest is dug up and opened, the hare will bolt away; if it is killed, the duck will emerge and try to fly off, etc.  If the egg or needle is broken Kashchei will die.

Kashchei the Immortal in his magical wasteland realm
As the Sun begins to rise in the magical forest, the lost Prince notices a castle and sees thirteen princesses, the daughters of Kashchei, filing out to pick the golden fruit.  Of course he falls in love with one of them.  The King refuses his request for her hand in marriage and tries to cast a spell on Ivan.  But Ivan is protected by the Firebird's magic feather.  Next Kashchei sends his grotesque enchanted creatures after Prince Ivan.  But true to its pledge, the Firebird bewitches the old King and tells Prince Ivan how to kill him.  When Ivan destroys the egg, killing Kashchei, the King's spell is broken and the magical creatures and the palace disappear.  Only the "real" beings, including the princesses, remain and awaken. Thus the Firebird, and the phoenix, is associated with magic and rebirth (not to mention hypnotized children).  So what happened to the cosmic egg of the Olympic Closing Ceremony?  Did Russell Brand eat it and destroy Kashchei?  Or did the cosmic hatch?  Remember a Phoenix re-creates itself out its own ashes.  Perhaps it is a (pen)dragon that lays the egg.

Many ancient cultures depict a firebird, or Phoenix as a symbol of the rising sun and resurrection.  In Egypt it is called the Bennu, meaning "rise" or "shine."  According to Rich Merrick, the author of The Venus Blueprint:
As the symbol for sun god Osiris, the Bennu (meaning "rise" or "shine") was believed to be reborn from its embalmed egg of myrrh. This egg is a reference to M'R, the Egyptian name for the Great Pyramid. This in turn descends from the transcendental mountain of Meru in the Rig-Veda where Venus was believed to hover over the sacred mountain to protect and fertilize it.

In fact, the phoenix is just another name for the Morning Star (or torch) of Venus, reborn from the Sun after a transit. In Vedic lore, she is swallowed by the Sun and then spit out as a seed to fertilize and renew Earth. Brought to AMeruCa (land of Meru) by Phoenician sailors, this is the likely origin for the famous Maya prophecy of Quetzalcoatl's return, the plumed serpent of Venus.

The end of the sacred Venus Tzolk'in calendar is almost upon us. Tomorrow we shall see the Venus firebird burn at sunset only to rise from the ashes the following dawn.
Ah, the Phoenix does create an egg -- from myrrh which in TCM is used to move stagnant blood from the uterus.  In both the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, myrrh is a sacred incense used for the sacraments of confirmation (of receipt of the holy spirit) and unction (annointing with oil).  No wonder the Phoenix has been appropriated by the Church as a symbol for the resurrection.  As Merrick points out, although the Phoenix is generally considered a symbol of the Sun, it may also be a symbol for the planet Venus, the only planetary deity that can raise the dead -- and of course morning star was also assigned to Jesus.  So what is being resurrected with the Olympic ceremonies -- the golden age, the British empire, the ancient Greek and Egyptian gods?

No one has compiled more fascinating photos and insightful interpretations of many of the Bennu, Phoenix and other esoteric themes of the XXX London Olympiad than Dr. Mark Gray and Hillary Raimo whose blog, MEGARITUAL, has been a wonderful source of information and images.  I am very grateful that they generously share their research.

Image from the blog of Dr. Mark Gray and Hillary Raimon called Megaritual

In ancient Egyptian mythology, the Bennu bird was said to rest on a sacred stone or pillar call the benben stone.  In Egyptian mythology the meeting of the bennu and benben stone may be the symbolic alchemical marriage of Isis (bennu, star, Venus) and Osiris (obelisk), heaven and earth, phoenix and dragon.  Earlier this summer it was announced that Britain's Big Ben (or benben) was being renamed Elizabeth's Tower in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  It is no coincidence that the Bennu is also called Lord of Jubilees.   Thus the Queen/Bennu/Jubilee lord landed on its Tower/benben as the Sun emitted a solar flare resembling a chicken/phoenix.  No one could make this stuff up!  And the likelihood that the hidden elite could control the Sun is extremely low, if non-existent.  Furthermore, as the Queen is an earthly manifestation of the planet Venus, so too is the Bennu; and its triumphant rebirth occurred at the same time that Venus reappeared as the morningstar and conjoin the star Sirius.  With so many levels of synchronicity, it may be time to consider that these events do herald an awakening.

Hillary Raimon also makes a provocative connection between the rising phoenix and world currency in her Megaritual post Green Apples, Stolen Tech, OctoPUS and Financial Webs.

Image from Mark Gray's Facebook page

The 1988 article projects that by 1918 we may be using a global currency called "the Phoenix." By 1918 Saturn will have completed it journey through Libra and will be transiting the sign of Scorpio, which most modern astrologers associate with Pluto and the Phoenix.  In Vedic astrological traditions, Scorpio is ruled by Mars, which has been traveling with the mighty Saturn during most of the summer.  During the Closing Ceremony Mars was only a degree away from Saturn, BUT it was lingering in the last degrees of Virgo, which in the equal house system of Vedic astrology means it was quietly tucked away in the previous 8th house of death, group finances, hidden matters, and chronic illness.  Coincidentally the Queen did not attend this ceremony leading many to speculate on her health; nor did Prince William, who was on "secret" RAF search and rescue duties.  Instead Prince Harry represented the royal family as "part of the plan to leave the games to the younger royals."

Just this week we find out that perhaps the Queen was missing because Prince Phillip has not been well.  On August 15, 2012 the 91 year old Prince was admitted to the hospital, the third time in eight months, for a recurrent bladder infection. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the bladder archetype is associated with resources -- both energetic and financial.  As Prince Phillip was born Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark, I can't help but wonder if his illness is a symbolic sign of the decline of the British economy and refers to the Greek bailout which many believe is destined to fail and would negatively effect an already weak British economy.

Although the Mayor of London and VISA (V-ISA) might tell you otherwise, the Olympics brought less tourist money to recession-hit Britain than had hoped for with a majority of tourist companies reporting losses from last year.  Perhaps he believes that a positive outlook will stimulate the economy as this Telegraph article proposes.

The 2012 Games may have lifted the nation's spirits, but the government has few alternatives to an austerity drive that may last for the rest of this decade. The recession, rising unemployment, and austerity measures have already driven 1,000 people in Britain to commit suicide. Saturn is often associated with the grim reaper, and I fear he is just beginning to take his harvest.  And don't forget the LIBOR scandal also awaits Saturn's balancing act of karma.

But there is some good news being broadcast from the Heavens too, depending on how you look at it.   On August 15, 2012 astronomers announced they have found an extraordinary galaxy cluster.  It is the most massive cluster found to date and what is extraordinary is that it is pumping out stars at an unprecedented rate -- more than 740 stars per year compared to our Milky Way's rate of 1-2 star rate per year.   This star making machine is located -- wait for it -- in The Phoenix Constellation. It is a minor constellation that is visible primarily to the southern hemisphere.  While some might interpret this find as evidence that the banks might begin pumping out world currency like crazy, others might suggest that in the bigger picture, the mystical and magical bird of transformation is alive and transmuting matter into energy.  How do you want to embody this archetype?

As mystic Anandamayee Maa writes: Either melt by devotion the sense of separateness, or burn it by Knowledge -- for what is it that melts or burns?  On that which by its nature can be melted or burn: namely the idea that something other than your Self exists.  What will happen then?  You come to know yourself.

Namaste - the light and fire within in me, honors the light and fire within you.


Raj said...

Stunning work, Liz. Elegant, insightful and very intelligent. Thank you!

stargurl said...

Wow, thanks Raj! You must have read it just as I posted it. I have just now finished editing -- glad you were able to wade through it even with so many errors.

Anonymous said...

nice work liz