Anarcho-Forteanism: An Introduction

[Note – I’ll be adding some posts as “chapters” here, despite the fact that they are not actually sequential and express still-evolving lines of thought. In due time, I may draw enough threads together into a tapestry that could reasonably be called a book. Until that time, I put my thoughts here in case people find them useful as-is.

This was originally written May 24, 2018]

[Update 7/2/2018 – The original lead-in to this piece focused on a still of the Roadster similar to the one at the end of the first video here as absolute proof of fraud. For now, it seems I need to learn a thing or two more about atmospheric scattering if I’m going to lean hard on it. It may be that a lack of it in near-vacuum, plus the low exposure value and highly glossy surface of the car body, could account for the huge brightness disparities between it and the more matte objects.

But this is just one apparent problem with SpaceX. So, I invite you to review the videos below, as well as this man’s blog for more information ( – First SpaceX post here). He ain’t kidding that examination of contemporary space travel has been almost entirely abandoned within the general Truther media – ceded to the Flat Earth movement.]

Just what do I mean by such a preposterous term as “Anarcho-Forteanism”? First, some information which should be shared anyway and serves as a good jumping off point.

[But, come to think of it again. If a vacuum, lacking atmospheric occlusion, could account for the darkness of the car body – that only specific angles will reflect enough light to appear bright to the camera – then how in the world could a dark area of space ever be overexposed like in the door opening? You can’t have it both ways, right? If anyone has an explanation, let’s hear it.]


See also the fact that SpaceX quietly re-uploaded an edited version of their own livestream – removing an error and another anomaly – while keeping the same title, URL, etc. Something which is ordinarily not possible on YouTube.

I jump to my “big message”.

We like to believe we have social institutions robust enough to protect people from at least the worst forms of deceivers and human bias, but sadly this is not the case. We have been conditioned to believe the assurances of, essentially, undeclared priesthoods over the evidence of our own eyes and ability to reason. To really move towards just societies and get off this death spiral it is essential to reclaim confidence in our own powers, as individuals, to discern and know truth, and, as collectives, to come together for greater goods despite differences of opinion or belief.

Still here? Thank you. You’re making this worthwhile for me.

I’d like to address some of the main resistances to accepting the evidence of the existence of what I’m going to call “Civilization-Level Cons” (to get more precise than “Conspiracy”). At other times I may appeal to psychology, but this is a perilous angle to come from. For as valid as I think that aspect may be, some Flat Earther could come to me and claim I have the exact same mental barriers to accepting the real truth. And my reaction too, though probably said more nicely, would be something like: “You calling me a coward? You, you gullible twit? Shoo fly! Your reasoning is what’s flawed.” Instead, I’ll try to identify more of the root error in thinking. I hope.

In introducing something like the above, one response is something like “Really that’s too extreme. There must be a perfectly reasonable explanation and you’re jumping to conclusions.” It could very well be that there’s an explanation whoever is making the case hasn’t thought of, so it’s important to consider. However, this can also entail disengagement from trying to tackle the actual question. One recognizes the gaps, but assumes that an authority can surely fill them in and holds in a state of suspension until such an explanation is provided. And, if one really isn’t sure, isn’t it only fair to look on that explanation with a similar amount of skepticism?

The other common counter-argument goes like “It’s simply not possible to pull such a thing off with so many people involved and so many people watching it closely, let alone so many highly educated professionals”. While I won’t deny that estimations of what is possible and impossible based on a social or political understanding do have their usefulness, they are still just estimations, presuppositions. They can’t be relied upon to answer questions of What happened in a specific case. In fact, it is precisely identifying a lie that informs you at what level it’s possible to (mostly) get away with it. Or, that more reliable, certain means of knowing must come before lesser ones. If conclusions drawn from the laws of physics, or the principles of common-sense, 3D existence contradict a story someone has told, then physical principles win.

Whether or not our existence is ultimately rational – and I’m someone who’s certainly not opposed to bizarre exceptions and even “magical thinking” – really, is it in the case of claims by governments and titans of industry where we should be ready to accept the ordinary rules don’t apply?

Which brings me to Anarcho-Forteanism. I’ve put that term out there without really explaining what it’s about. I confess its initial conception was, true to its inspiration, half joking. I needed a blog name… Sure, why not come up with another identitarian label to fit my own very particular interests and stances? Fortean, or the study of extraordinary phenomena in the philosophical vein of the writer Charles Fort. Then tack on Anarcho- to give it a cultural, political focus and a sly reference to the deceiving Archons of Gnostic cosmology. Tee-hee-hee.

But now I take it up more seriously.  It is, as an inquiry, interested in the “damned data” of human culture, that which is irreconcilable with prevailing notions of both political and fundamental reality. It does not deny the existence of truth nor Truth, but is inherently skeptical of the power of any one expression or mechanism to explain the whole. It is, as a political philosophy, simply Anarchism in the literal sense of “Without Rulers” – that no person or hierarchy has the moral authority to act as Master over others – but with emphasis on the importance of knowledge and belief as mechanisms of power. That to place one’s trust in an authority as to what is right and proper to believe is to sacrifice a portion of one’s own power to know. That centralization of trust in who is an authority on Truth, or even truths, is best limited because it eventually leads to tyranny, to the suppression of individual rights and sovereignty, just as surely as centralization of political authority. Actually, it’s probably more proper to say the two authorities are inextricably linked, despite efforts to separate them.

It is the attempt in seeking truth to balance, on the one hand, the utmost seriousness and conviction (for what is true and what is believed matters for how we act and the society we help create), and on the other, the greatest openness and humor (for not every truth is actually as important as we feel. For life is an adventure, and reality will consume even the most cherished of illusions. And, if you still live after that, what then?).

Funnily enough, my expression here has almost the opposite emphasis as what Fort himself was on about. I’m advocating the potential for firmness, whereas he persistently pointed to the intractable “slipperiness” of our existence that defies clean, logical constructions. He was especially ribbing the scientific establishment of his day in the early 20th century for presumptions of having achieved total victory over the old Theological worldviews and “having it all figured out”. “You really think so? Well… here’s a few hundred data points of phenomena ya’ll used to diligently record but now conveniently ignore because they don’t fit in your paradigm. Rains of living frogs and fishes, and meteoric hunks of limestone and slag. Gigantic wheels of light in the ocean. Whatever happened to scientific interest in those?” He penned such ticklish savageries as:

“Every Science is a mutilated octopus. If its tentacles were not clipped to stumps, it would feel its way into disturbing contacts.”

Nonetheless, his opposition was never to Science itself, but Dogmatic Science. He declared himself an “Intermediatist”, in between the extremes of Absolutism and, uh, “absolute” Relativism. In his time, when the ascendancy of Materialist worldviews, and of scientists to hero status, in public consciousness was still fresh, reveling in fluidity, digging up all the muck and the fuzzy edges excluded by excessive rigidity was the proper correction towards an Intermediate. Today? On a whole, I think the opposite excess is the greater hindrance to balance. That belief in the ability of people to draw absolute conclusions, to really know anything for themselves, withers under forces like information overload and dedicated propaganda campaigns. Or is even vehemently denied in service to the enthronement of subjectivity.

To be sure, and living in the USA especially, it’s hard to miss the still-prominent cultural threads of e.g. Evangelical Christianity, holding to absolutes against all opposition. The polarization of our times involves precisely the clash of opposing, vehement beliefs as to truth.  However, I contend that the general culture is actually mired in self-doubt. That cranking up the volume of insistence can be more for people to convince themselves and in-group than anyone else. Acknowledging there are a slew of intermediates or mixed types, I stereotype two broad categories: “Spiritualists” and “Rationalists”. “Spiritualists”, at their worst, are prone to believing something because it sounds appealing, or reinforces prior beliefs, or that there is no such thing as objective truth. So, the thing to do is seek guidance from spiritual gurus (or maybe just certain academics if you’re not into that sort of thing) who seem to possess greater clarity of vision. “Rationalists”, at their worst, view human beings as practically mindless automata, and are allergic to anything that smacks of consciousness or subjectivity infringing on the certain world of dead, blind matter. So, the thing to do is seek guidance from collectivized bodies of knowledge and thought, who seem to be the true vanguards of discovery and rationality. And yet, I perceive one underlying “sin” to it all: That the human mind is so puny next to the overwhelming complexity of the Universe and modern society, it’s hopeless to come to any but the tiniest fragments of truth without an external authority handing it to you.

In a more general sense that’s undeniably true. There are innumerable problems and processes that defy common-sense expectations, that are too complex to really understand without a high degree of practice or specialized knowledge, or that are necessarily the work of whole teams or multiple generations (Do I even need to list examples?). Then, one can’t help but place trust in experts if you want to do or “know” anything outside your personal purview. Where this goes too far, where it actually becomes part of a con, is when people place trust in an authority over their own judgement at a level they actually are capable of understanding.

For instance, a cannonball lobbed through the air vs. a vacuum. The same force, assuming no wind, yadda yadda. One need only understand what air resistance is to be certain the one shot through a vacuum is going to go further. How much further, exactly? Well, then you need to understand the right math to come up with an answer. And yet, anyone with a basic understanding can absolutely, categorically say the cannonball shot through a vacuum will not travel shorter. If a professional physicist comes along and tries to tell you it will, well… any anger in response to you telling him he should probably find another line of work is his problem.

I’m telling you. When it comes to the history of space travel (and false-flag terrorism, and so many things the alarm bells for which people have been ringing can no longer be simply ignored) sometimes the contradictions between the stories we are told, the documentary evidence, and basic physical principles are at this kind of level. Which is not to say the “Truth Movement” in general can itself be relied upon to always tell the difference between solid and ambiguous points. But, this is still minor compared to the Scientific Establishment, which has done worse than drop the ball. It has actively enabled and defended the lies of those who would deceive all humanity.

Now, I don’t aim to sneer at scientists as a whole. I’ve known quite a few of them personally who are genuinely curious investigators and beyond decent as people! I’ve also known some who are jaw-droppingly arrogant, narrow-minded jerks, and some mixtures in between. Therefore, I do mean to besmirch such labels and titles to dispel the hypnotizing reverence they can inspire. Because scientists really are just people too, and because science is really a process, not a body of facts. The greatest dangers come from the individuals and bodies we hold as spokespeople of Science. It’s perfectly necessary for the scientific process to be collectivized to some extent, both for the sake of checking bias and the sheer power of pooling information. At the same time, the general point I would make is this very collectivization also presents openings for the likes of politics, cults of personality, and group-think, to hold more sway than a hard-nosed reckoning with facts. Particularly when governments and vast sums of money come into the picture.

I jump way ahead to my reading of “The Grand Chessboard” as it now stands. Disparate confusions in desperate search of some sort of stability. Who in our world can be trusted to provide any honest, principled guidance and leadership? Politicians? Well, when have politicians in general ever been trusted? Still, there was a long way down to reach this particular low. The Press? While it’s not equal across the spectrum, in part on account of the (Fake news! Lying media!)-crying President, in general faith in their trustworthiness and objectivity has tanked. Mainstream news, corporate news, these are now widely treated like an Emperor called out in his nakedness. And the growing Alternative Media mostly falls into one ideological bubble or another. Religion? Perhaps some new leader or synthesis could give rise to a new fusion among the faithful, but on a large scale way too divisive at this juncture. So who’s left that “everyone” can and should get behind? How about people who stand under the umbrella of Science? That lofty endeavor motivated only by the quest for truth, which reveals to us the true wonders of the Universe, and proves its worth time and again by putting marvelous new technologies – something like real magic – in the palm of our hands.

How about them?

…Even as I was writing this(!) I just saw that Elon Musk is taking media accountability into his own hands by starting a public platform for people to rate the quality of news articles and journalists. Terrific! That’s actually a great idea in principle. Yet, given the source, I’d say a fox could just as well crowd-source the guarding of the henhouse, and thus ensure plenty of good-hearted dogs show up to mask who really holds the keys.



I would be remiss to not at least mention their choice of pop culture references, though I have yet to pin down an explanation – calling the dummy “Starman”, blasting “Life on Mars” on repeat. Sure, perfectly sensible in context. And yet, there’s also just something extra weird about David Bowie.

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AnarchoForteanism: Chapter 1

[Note – I’ll be adding some posts as “chapters” here, despite the fact that they are not actually sequential and express still-evolving lines of thought. In due time, I may draw enough threads together into a tapestry that could reasonably be called a book. Until that time, I put my thoughts here in case people find them useful as-is.

This was originally written July 2017]

Captain we're surrounded by fuckery

Here I sit with a compulsion to push information harder. To make the hard case for hard conclusions that, unavoidably, problematically, lead into the wilderness of crushed foundations, doubtful things, and wild potentials.

And freedom from mental slavery, one can hope.
That too.

I pass for now. Decide instead to play in loose-structured ramblings and pokes and prods and a goulash of pop-culture references. It’ll be much more fun for everyone! Why don’t I throw in some quotes from this blog’s namesake, whose style I’m fond of shamelessly jacking as well?

“You can oppose an absurdity only with some other absurdity […] We divide all intellection: the obviously preposterous, and the established.”

-Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned

There are too many terms one cannot use in Polite Company. So many facts, possibilities, lines of inquiry, start at the bottom of a steep hill through mere insinuation. What is this loathsome category called a “Conspiracy Theory” and how are we to discern its boundaries? A conspiracy is nothing too extraordinary. That’s why it’s on the books. It’s a crime one can be convicted of, should its ends also be criminal. And everybody knows that, here in the good old USA, the vast bulk of legislation is written by lobbyists, the better funded the easier. Were that illegal we would call it a conspiracy. Yet, it’s business as usual so… hey, the collusion might as well be in the open.

How about a conspiracy theory? In a strict sense, also not extraordinary. It’s simply the proposition that a network of conspirators is the best explanation for a given event or set of circumstances. Every day in the news we can hear of how some horrific tragedy seems to be the work of a particular terrorist network – ISIS, or SPECTRE, or perhaps soon OSIRIS – according to sources who ought to know these things, but, of course, can only offer so much proof without compromising your security, dear citizens.

So what about the kind of “Conspiracy Theory” that inspires a dismissive laugh, or derisive rage, and shuts down all openness to consideration? We mean “crazy, paranoid, baseless, impossible” conspiracy theory. What sorts of explanations are impossible and therefore paranoid? A slippery ball of eels from which I extract two fundamentals: motivations which we ourselves find difficult to imagine, and coordination that spans across groups who are overtly antagonists to some degree. The idea that Plutocrats, be they well-bloated or just aspiring, would trample their fellow humans’ well-being for the sake of greed, gain for them and theirs, control for the sake of a feeling of self-importance, is easy to imagine. Most of us manage to act decently enough, but all are familiar with our animal hunger – the urge for gratification and anyone-else’s-needs-be-damned. Far more difficult to imagine are drives we, the “relatively normal”, don’t experience: control for the sake of control; dominance, not for the sake of one’s own gratification, or one’s “own people”, but the gratification of something like Pluto the god, or Pluto the principle, or even the planet, and maybe they are all the same thing…

“You say the official explanation of X is a lie. But why would they do that? How could they possibly get away with doing that?” We get ahead of ourselves. A paranoid is confronted by facts about something of great significance that shred apart the explanation upheld as True Fact and, all of us needing some beliefs just to function, seeks to fill the void as completely as possible with Lucifer/Aliens/Annunaki vs. Pleideans/Masons/Illuminati/Zionists/Jesuits/The Demiurge and his Archons… For the night is dark and full of terrors.

A PROnoid is equally confronted and immediately starts piling sandbags of denial, shoring up the mind from the creation of that sensibility-vacuum, demanding a proven how and why before any troublesome information can overwhelm the levee of truth. Or even becoming an agent, as Morpheus warns in The Matrix – fighting back to defend the integrity of the System-As-Known… For the night is dark and full of terrors.

“Beans and needles and tacks and a magnet. Needles and tacks adhere to and systematize relatively to a magnet, but, if some beans, too, be caught up, they are irreconcilables to this system and drop right out of it. A member of the Salvation Army may hear over and over data that seem so memorable to an evolutionist. It seems remarkable that they do not influence him — one finds that he cannot remember them.”

-Charles Fort

Though commonly expressed, it’s a fallacy that truth always falls somewhere in the middle. Depending on the frame that’s held up, truth may be in the most extreme corner or even outside, way across the room. I think the extremes to be avoided are on the quest, the path, towards truth. To neither accept beliefs based on authority or prescribed limits to our imagination, nor to give into nihilism or an imagination so expansive it overruns all boundaries of contradictory evidence. A Mulder is gung-ho certain of a mythical monster behind a crime spree and a Scully reminds him of the boundaries of evidence and the ordinary. (I note that neither was ever fully vindicated. Mulder may have been more often right, but only relatively, with unexpected modifications). For some, faith in the truths learned as a child, and the institutions we were taught are trustworthy, is simply too powerful and may never be undermined. “But some of us have, at least in an elementary way, been educated by surprises out of much that we were “absolutely sure” of, and are suspicious of a thought, simply because it is a profound conviction.” -CF. And if we’re going to find out something useful after a big lie is recognized we have to start somewhere, and we have to think big. I begin with negative logic.

If one accepts that there is reality to UFO phenomena, no matter how interpreted, there must be aspects of governments and militaries who also know perfectly well they are real. Regardless of what else may be known and concealed about them, what are the chances that UFOs, intelligently controlled as they are, have no significance for the structure of power in the world today and directions the powerful seek to lead? The directions technology has gone and is going? I’ll have to say ZERO.

Or if one accepts that Islamist hijackers could not possibly be responsible for the events of 9/11, that it’s a monstrous lie, what are the chances that this kind of deception is limited to what is still the most consequential single event of the 21st century? What about the society-shaping tactics it demonstrates: mass-traumatization, use of the resulting fear to erode cultural openness, to gain support for immoral acts – what are the chances, given 9/11 has avoided any call-out from “noteworthy, respectable sources” so far, that this is an isolated incident? Again, my answer is ZERO. To figure out the real degree and nature of these things though – That would take sifting a deluge of details and, yes, some theory to make sense of them.

I first woke up to the official story of 9/11 being a lie way back in 2005. At that time, the big-scale conspiracy explanations behind it that I ran into were simply too far out there for me. Too wild, too speculative, too scary. I didn’t go back to believing the official story, but I stopped considering it much. I set it aside in my head as “just” an act of some aspect of the US Deep State, not some even-larger system. I carried on learning and engaging with politics as if the “why” was merely about meddling in the Middle East, seizing resources etc. How foolish I felt when, almost 10 years later, I finally forced my eyes open wider, saw the signs of high strangeness and full-spectrum dominance, and the question loomed “how much of what passes for the truth of our world and events presented in the news is real at all?” Fear of finding oneself a fool is quite the psychological deterrent, especially for those prone to the vanity of thinking oneself a thinker who’s got it all figured out or, at least, better than most. “How in the world could I have been so misled? How could I, and others even better educated, more clever than I, have been blind to such obvious contradictions?”

We have a hierarchy of whose conclusions are to be trusted based on the inverse degree of vested interest. Nowadays scientists, despite recent setbacks, are generally held near the top. How could it be possible that something like geoengineering (I do mean the too-maligned-to-use term chemtrails [whoops, used it anyway]) – large-scale, out in the open, easily tested against the physics-based claims that everything observed is mere water condensation – how could it escape the recognition of pilots, meteorologists, scientists of all stripes? Scientists whose very profession (in both senses of the word) is to be curious, to investigate, to allow themselves to be led by the data wherever it goes? Well, besides the limited number of these who have recognized its existence, yet, you won’t hear about without actively seeking, I resort to simplified analogy for now.

“There is not a physicist in the world who can perceive when a parlor magician palms off playing-cards.”

-Charles Fort

Here the magician could be some trusted thought leader, organization, mass media, insinuating what you should see as wrongthink. More important is the magician that develops in one’s own mind, palming off uncomfortable data so those cards are never dealt into the hand of rational awareness. Or the condition of blind-sight, where one’s eyes function perfectly yet no images are consciously perceived. Or a hypnotic subject who is instructed not to see the table in the middle of the room. Ask them what is there and they will say “nothing”. Instruct them to walk across the room and they nonetheless veer to avoid smacking into this invisible obstacle. It is nowhere near necessary for everyone to be “in on it” if we are all hypnotics to the comfortable confines of the systems, tangible and mental, we were brought up in.

How? Why?! The basic questions are of such obvious significance, begging to be answered. And yet — who is going to challenge the lies that fall under the nebulous umbrella of “conspiracy theory” to actually get to some sort of bottom-line? Journalists are supposed to be the ones digging hardest in the dirt, seeking connections, questioning those in power, challenging their actions, their truth claims. If you realize corporate-owned media is servile BS you can listen to… well there’s quite a menu these days for whatever your political and cultural persuasions may be. Say, Democracy Now because I know it… and learn all about how terrorism from the Muslim world is as much a product of Western actions as anything – how unfair it is characterizing it as fundamental to Islam. They’ll give all the dirt on corporate and military mis-adventures, ignored elsewhere, that tarnish visions of an American shining city on a hill or emerging Global Capitalist Wonderland. What they will never do is question the ground-level truth of something like 9/11 – just the proper way to frame and contextualize the sanctioned truth. Even more drearily uninspired are the likes of Noam Chomsky, who said of the inside-job question “Even if it were true, which is extremely unlikely, who cares? It doesn’t have any real significance.” Wowzers! No real significance whether the real terrorists were a handful of Muslim extremists or something else already embedded deep within the US government. Stay under the cloak of conventionality, ye who hunger and thirst for righteousness! Venture not outward for that way madness lies – nothing but diversion from the (real) serious issues.

Who’s going to actually do the work?! Why, the very motley crew, much-maligned, of self-educated outsiders, school and social dropouts, woo-woo psychonauts, the religious who never fully accepted secular society, the lifelong incurable anti-authoritarians, the former insiders who couldn’t take it anymore, the professionals and academics who don’t stand to lose their careers for speaking out (or do and speak anyway) – brought into synthesis like never before through the internet into what can still only very-loosely be termed the “Truth Community”. “Internet Conspiracy Theory”, now there’s an extra weaselly term. By Gawd have you seen the incubating ground of madness that is “the” internet?! If it’s discussed on the internet it must be false!

Well, sadly, sometimes it feels that bad. Despite some stand-outs, I don’t think one can honestly say the community as a whole puts up a very good show. We’ve got Alex-“literal vampire potbelly goblins!”-Jones, now a household name, if you want something with the authoritative structure of a “real” news program. Quite the popular poster-boy of The Resistance. Funny thing is, virtually every conspiracy-minded person I’ve ever spoken to thinks he’s a joke too – a poster-boy of nothing but controlled opposition. Probably his audience and I are just in different cultural circles… Meanwhile, anyone remotely plugged into news and politics couldn’t miss the increased focus on social media manipulation – e.g. bots tweeting and posting by the thousands to influence elections, or the whole “fake news” hullabaloo. And nobody can dig for long in the internet truther world without determining that it’s quite possibly the densest minefield there is of misinformation, disinformation, controlled opposition, as well as earnest nonsense.  Plenty of folks recognize this [or is it plenty?] and, furthermore, plenty of folks are eager to tell you exactly who is a shill, how do you spot them, what’s important and what’s mere distraction. “Don’t trust me. But really don’t trust them!”. How many rounds of ‘Spot the Agent’ are you down for? In my experience it’s not always easy to predict and sometimes the correct answer is ‘both’.

I do reckon it’s a sign of positive social development that the centralized, heavy-handed state propaganda techniques of old no longer play. We like to think that information propagation has been socialized in the internet age, that we now have access to “The Memes of Production”. While I accept that’s wonderfully true to an extent, I think it’s all so new we’re a bit like guileless children. Engaging with systems that can shroud the real source and spread of things, it’s hard to see the other edge of the sword.

I am ever more wary of Memethink. “Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” “Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” Ha! What a killer, single fact. Checkmate pseudo-skeptics! Repeated so often it becomes a stand-alone joke. Facebook groups spring up with names like “Dank Memes Melt Steel Beams”. Admiral Ackbar chimes in in my head: “It’s a trap!” Your friends can do a single search and find all sorts of debunking material. “Uh, no dummy. The fire didn’t need to melt any beams, just soften them enough. Look, here’s three videos of experiments with jet fuel demonstrating just how possible it is.” What are both sides ignoring? I actually lean on facts for a second: The official NIST study of the towers’ collapse went into great detail on the “collapse initiation sequence” – the stripping of fire-proofing, the spread and heat of the fires, which supports had to be weakened and just how much – all backed up with gloriously detailed mathematical models. On the complete collapses that followed from this? Symmetrical, straight down, all the way through undamaged floors and supports, at near free-fall speed, leaving behind hardly a piece of large debris? Zilch, basically. Vague assertions. They didn’t even attempt to apply a physical model to it. Well, fortunately the TV folks provided some nice-looking computer animations of how it happened to fill in the mental gaps…

The depth of the lies and manipulation is so great it’s enough to drive one mad, and it often does. Something about the makeup of my personality – I have never had much trouble placing myself in the mindset of a ruthless, master manipulator with a whole heap of resources and time on my hands. If you’re going to execute a deception so big that a certain minority of people are sure to spot it, figuring out how to keep them contained is just another aspect to plan for.

Tantalizing red herrings that lead nowhere? Great! Flood their discussion spaces with vitriol and unhinged nonsense to scare away the curious? Great! We’ve got a whole system of lies to protect though, let’s go deeper. Why not capitalize on the trauma that accompanies having their worldview shaken? They’ll naturally want to know the real truth and who’s behind the curtain, so let’s muddy those waters enough that they waste time in obsession and neglect their own lives. We don’t even need to lift a finger for many to go into shrill, Chicken Little mode and put off anyone they try to convince, being obviously carried away in fear. Let’s encourage a social atmosphere of ridicule and questioning their sanity that leaves them self-censoring and isolated. Better yet, some will instead feel bitter and embrace the divide – thinking themselves as “Awake” and the rest as pathetic, mindless “Sheeple”. Let’s generate evidence to support two opposing, false impressions: that our degree of control is small or impossible, and also that our degree of control is even greater than reality.

Between a rock and a soft place. On the one hand, the compulsion of clinging to something as an absolute certainty. On the other, the incapacitation of drifting in a mist of confusion and landing nowhere. I have, as of yet, only partial solutions myself…
Great song: Silver Apples “Confusion”

The recent X-Files reboot, miserable as it was (and agenda-wrapped, limited-hangout the whole show probably is) had some delicious tid-bits reflective of actual changes in UFO/Woo-woo thought since the halcyon days of the 90s. There’s an exchange between Mulder and an unnamed doctor who, so he says, was pulled into The Conspiracy back at Roswell.

Mulder: I called you because you said if I ever put the pieces together that you would confirm.
Doctor: And have you put them together?
Mulder: I’ve met someone. I’ve seen something.
Doctor: Because you weren’t even close. Warring aliens lighting each other on fire and other such nonsense-
Mulder: [interrupts] I was being cleverly manipulated. …
Mulder: But the technology exists. It’s existed since Roswell, and it’s been in use. Being used on humans in human testing, the taking of men, women, and children that’s misreported as alien abductions.
Doctor: So you believe you have the how.
Mulder: Yes. And I think I know the why.
Doctor: The *why* is more complicated than you may ever know, Mr. Mulder.

For instance, it’s easy enough to point to mystical, occult fingerprints in capital city architectures, in popular entertainment, in events like 9/11, to listen to testimony of people who claim they were a part of the Dark Occult world. It’s perhaps too easy a step to also take it all at face value. Are all of their equivalents of Priests and Cardinals really true-believing exemplars of Satanism? Or is that too a trap and a con played by greater magicians still? 1000 little things that point to the workings of an intelligence beyond the human – and yet, if this dark priesthood is in communication with something higher, some Lucifer, (and they themselves are not simply deluded) what is that really? I wonder if such an entity could be nothing more than the personification of collective human Shadow and self-loathing. Or that every little hatred coalesced and then set out marching orders for misery in a bid to prove Earth’s inhabitants truly are nothing but debased creatures – a macro-social version of the Book of Job.


“Or a Christian Scientist and a toothache–neither exists in the final sense: also neither is absolutely non-existent, and, according to our therapeutics, the one that more highly approximates to realness will win.

A secret of power–

I think it’s another profundity.

Do you want power over something?

Be more nearly real than it.”

-Charles Fort

Pure force of will gives one power over others, less forceful with their vision. Yet, given equal force, the will greater aligned with reality, the opportunities it grants and confines it imposes, will triumph. And I think the most powerful kinds of knowledge are the truth of human existence, its relationship to the world, and the bed of our own history and cosmology from which we come to know these. Someone knows you, understands you, better than you do yourself? Game over. Our world may be full of hierarchies of dominance based in belief: Monarchy (still thriving in the corporate world!), Plutocracy, Nations, Priesthoods, dominance of a race, and yet – one with greater knowledge as to the fundamental unreality of all of them can pull the stings of even those commanding their own little pyramids. A word I would like to see adopted more widely: Cryptocracy. Or, rule by the hidden. A type of Oligarchy that rules by virtue of obscuring its own activities and monopolizing true information. An intelligence agency on steroids.

“We have complained a great deal. At least we are not so dull as to have the delusion that we know just exactly what it is that we are complaining about. We speak seemingly definitely enough of “the System,” but we’re building upon observations by members of that very system. Or what we are doing — gathering up the loose heresies of the orthodox. Of course “the System” fringes and ravels away, having no real outline. A Swift will antagonize “the System,” and a Lockyer will call him back; but, then, a Lockyer will vary with a “meteoric hypothesis,” and a Swift will, in turn, represent “the System.” This state is to us typical of all intermediatist phenomena; or that not conceivably is anything really anything, if its parts are likely to be their own opposites at any time.”

-Charles Fort

The image of the all-seeing eye atop the pyramid, long-ubiquitous, and now it is recognized as a symbol of a hierarchy of power. But need The System I’m addressing be truly monolithic? Nowdays just saying “Game of Thrones” is a nifty shorthand: different families set tooth-and-nail against each other for ultimate power. Plots and counter-plots, winners and losers. And yet– there are truths which all have a vested interest in concealing, which they would never confess to the peasants. “Oh, by the way, all this chivalry and heroic songs and knightly contests? That’s just so you all accept and support the existence of a well-armed enforcer class. Your pious common values and gods? We don’t seriously worship those. Well, except the Starks with their Old Gods … but they’re not very good at playing the game, are they?” And what use is it to expose the plots of a Lannister if the people wouldn’t even believe you? It would blow up in your face. Anyway, you might need some of their coin down the line…

I go a step further. The structure of a pyramid satisfies some of the requirements of a Cryptocracy I’m gropingly trying to describe. The stack of levels gives us essential features for an Intelligence apparatus to function: compartmentalization of information, chains of obedience. Much energy has, and continues to be, expended trying to determine which secretive organization is at the apex of that pyramid vs. just a tool. I consider that any discrete organization could be just a tool, a recruiting ground, a host. I conceive of a parallel structure of organization: the mycelial network of a parasitic fungus, spanning between different host plants, it’s outline only as definite as what it infects. Dense tangles in the shape of cones or cylinders, the shadows of roots, strung together by meandering, little threads. Different parts of the network may be severed, only to grow back together at some later time. And there are numerous examples of parasites that change the behavior of their host, or use normal behavior to their own ends. A crab in the ocean, and its maternal instinct is to wave its egg-sac up and down to disperse her young to the currents. A zombified crab, and it waves the fungus’s reproductive sac up and down, dispersing spores to the currents to infect more crabs. Yet, aren’t I really talking about parasitism of consciousness, or a parasitic mindset? And that is something which we, as individuals, can adopt in ourselves or feed in the social environment at any time.

I’m playing chess for the first time in a long while and thank-goodness my friend is patient because my moves are taking extra long. I can’t help but think of the symbolic significances of the game. The two sides: white and black. The two squares: black and white. There are the esteemed Queen and the essential King, protected by the rest of the pieces. The pawns, readily sacrificed, plod from one extreme shade to the other unless they take an opposing piece. Flanking the royalty are two Bishops, defenders of the faith, one that dominates the light squares and one the dark. The King is like a leader, but also like an ideal or a truth, and in either case must be protected at all costs. But above them all are the players who actually see the board and determine the moves. I think of the TV series The Prisoner, IMHO one of the most deeply-edifying shows to ever grace the small screen. A woman helps our hero in an escape attempt, only to discover she had been maneuvered into a complete charade by the higher-ups.

The Admiral: A game of chess, my dear?
The Woman: I don’t play.
The Admiral: You should learn. [He beckons and she joins him] …We’re all pawns, m’dear.

The deliciousness of the whole premise! Patrick McGoohan played the secret agent in Secret Agent, with it’s snazzy intro song: “They’ve given you a number, and taken away your name”. The Prisoner was his brainchild though, and there the agent loudly decries the Number 6 his captors pin on him. “I am not a number! I am a free man!”. The nagging question through the whole series: “Who is Number 1?”. For his adversary is only ever Number 2. A different Number 2 each episode as the last one fails to break him, but always representing the same system, the same Village. The whole show is rather surreal, but really goes off the rails in the final episode.

[[Spoiler Alert]].

When he finally penetrates the inner sanctum of Number 1, he finds a figure from which he has to pull off a black-and-white drama mask, then an ape mask before revealing… himself – who laughs and runs away before anything further can be learned. McGoohan had to retreat to the country for a couple weeks after this aired because there were fans truly furious at this. They felt cheated. “WTF (or probably ‘what the bloody hell’) was that? All that build-up and NO ultimate villain?” My attempt to sum up his point would be: “There is a core to one’s individuality that systems of power have no more control over than we give to them. You are always the one ultimately in control of you.” Number 6’s triumph is not to escape The System, for in the end he learns that is not possible as long as you live in a society (Out of the psycho, spy-imprisoning Village and back to the Village of London). It is to maintain his identity and devotion to his own moral compass despite everything – for he is clearly disgusted by the Village’s evils. Worse than immoral, it’s amoral.

[[End Spoiler]]

I suppose it’s time to come to some sort of conclusion. I certainly have rambled on. It should be clear I’ve got no firm answers as to The Man Behind The Curtain. How about – “Just what in the hell is to be done in the face of all this madness?”

I take a stab at what I think are the roots of the how:
The development and spread of techniques of mental and emotional manipulation has far outpaced the general public awareness of them and therefore ability to cope. More than that, manipulative behaviors unrecognized or excused are a major problem in culture writ large. How about formal logic courses starting in Elementary School with a special unit? Call it “Defense Against The Dark Arts” for kicks. (I know it sounds preachy but I don’t know any way else to say) It’s going to take personal courage that builds a culture of courage – to seek and accept truth, no matter how uncomfortable. But also the sigh of relief that what we think to be true isn’t always so dire or vital as it seems.

Personally, I now accept that the human lifespan is neither the beginning or end of consciousness. Given that, I think we can identify such a thing as real morality, real right and wrong, just as much as we can distinguish “myself” or “a table” or “the Earth’s hydrological cycle” as real things. That is to say – stable enough, real enough to draw useful boundaries despite those lines being always blurred by the continuity of one seeming-thing into another. We need to learn to recognize the boundaries for ourselves and stop being pushed around the chessboard, doing harm to others, supporting systems that do, or even self-harm, because we feel there is no other way. Look past these adversarial dichotomies, the two sides against each other, which largely are false. Divide and Conquer is old and tried and true. Common humanity, common consciously-perceiving entity does come first. It is never legitimate to use force on account of beliefs or expressions of thought.

The real heretic is the one who lights the fires, not the ones burned in them.

A big conspiracy is, in a sense, just corruption on a big and deep scale. Clearly, the systems we rely on to keep it in check aren’t working out so hot. I don’t think we’ll ever solve the problems of psychopathic individuals, or liars, or collusion as a whole species. I think decentralization is the key. Anarchism, baby. The smallest units having the greatest power so that, when corruption does arise, it does harm to maybe one town. Not entire countries. Or entire civilizations for that matter.

As shocking and surreal as things have been, I’m confident the really strange shocks are still to come. And even if you and I, and hopefully a big We, get out of these times ok, there’s going to be a lot of clean-up to do…

I have laid a lot of heaviness and gone on too long. I desperately try to end on a light note.

“I have taken the stand that nobody can be always wrong, but it does seem to me that I have approximated so highly that I am nothing short of a negative genius.”

-Charles Fort


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The Occult Numerology of 9/11 – Updated

Occult 9-11 Rev2B-85 Qual

Further Numerology and Ritualized Elements

  • George H.W. Bush’s famous New World Order speech to congress was on 9/11/1990. Exactly 11 years before the attacks.
  • In that speech, Bush encodes another 9-11. “Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective, a New World Order” → 5. “An era in which the nations of the world: east and west, north and south…” → 4. 5+4=9.
    “100 generations have searched for this elusive path to peace, while 1000 wars waged across the span of human endeavor” →100+1000 = 110011

  • Through gematria we see the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, actually encodes two 11s. A=1, so AA-11 = 11-11. This also hearkens to the spiritual organization founded by Aleister Crowley known as A∴A∴
  • The North Tower (WTC1) was impacted at 8:46:40 and collapsed at 10:28:22. An interval of ~101 minutes.
  • The South Tower (WTC2) was impacted at 9:03:00 and collapsed at 9:59:00. An interval of 56 minutes, 5+6=11.
    (Yes, those times times are exactly at the minute marks. 9:03:00 is the impact time given in the 9/11 Commission Report. However, NIST established this time as 9:02:59… Shucks, only one second off.)
  • September 11th was the 254th day of the year. 2+5+4=11
  • Thus, there were 111 days left in the year.
  • September 11th in the Gregorian calendar is New Year’s Day in the Coptic calendar, the calendar originating in Egypt, traditionally the source of all the Hermetic traditions.

Some more Aleister Crowley context: Since virtually every small number has some interpretation, even multiple conflicting ones, in mystical systems, it’s worth emphasizing that these aren’t just any mystical numbers. 11 is synonymous with magical power across many traditions, while 93 and 777 are no less than the most exalted numbers in Thelema. The role of 93 even has its own, dedicated Wikipedia page.

A primary concern of his study of numerology was finding a way to synthesize the 5 (microcosm) with the 6 (macrocosm). [I think this is one reason for the occurrences of 56 and 65 below] The Unicursal Hexagram, seen top right in the above graphic, is his geometric solution. ABRAHADABRA = 418 is the key numerical, gematria solution “Note the 11 letters, 5 A identical, and 6 diverse. Thus it interlocks Pentagram and Hexagram” (Equinox Vol. 1, No. 5 – Part II – The Universe As We Seek To Make It)
[All caps words in quotes below are transcribed Hebrew]

The Flights

  • 19 Hijackers.
  • AA Flight 11: 11 crew, 81 passengers
    • 8+1 = 9. So 11,9
    • Total = 11+81 = 92 (again, compressed 9.11 and one short of the exalted 93)
  • UA Flight 175: 9 crew, 56 passengers. Total = 65
    • 5+6 = 11. So 9,11
  • Thus, both flights that struck the twin towers encode 9/11
  • AA Flight 77: 6 crew, 58 passengers. Total = 64
    • I’m uncertain about deeper significance here. Except this attribution of 64 which supports the idea of 77 as entrapment in the material: “64=26, will be the perfect number of matter, for it is 8, the first cube, squared.” also “64. DIN and DNI, intelligences (the twins) of Mercury.” (Equinox Vol. 1, No. 5 – Part I – The Universe As It Is)
  • UA Flight 93: 7 crew, 37 passengers. Total = 44.
    • As related above, 93 is the path of ascent associated with the highest human state of 777, the “grand scale” of 7.
    • 37 can be read as “three sevens”, a notion supported by Crowley’s writing:
    “37. IchIDH. The highest principle of the Soul, attributed to Kether. Note 37 = 111 ÷ 3.” (q.v.). (Kether is the highest sphere, the Crown, on the Tree of Life)
    • Concerning 44: “Useful to me chiefly because I had never examined it and so had acquiesced in it as accursed. When it was brought by a messenger whose words proved true, I then understood it as an attack on the 4 by the 11. ‘Without shedding of blood (DM=44) there is no remission'” (q.v. – Part II – The Universe As We Seek To Make It)

If it seems unbelievable that the numbers of people here could have been contrived, I point out that irregularities in official records have led some to question whether these flights were even scheduled for that day.

The Goat and 77

  • There was even chanting by the school children who were demonstrating their reading skills to President Bush at the time. Listen here as they’re led reciting all together “Kite, Kit, Steel, Plane, Must”. Followed by the more famous reading of the story “The Pet Goat”
    (Note: kid = baby goat. The story is essentially a Luciferian one. The girl’s father wants to be rid of her pet goat because of its destructive tendencies, eating everything. But then the goat saves the day by head-butting a would-be car thief.  So the dad declares the goat can stay and eat whatever it wants.)
  • Speaking of goats, here is what Crowley has to say about 77: “OZ, the Goat, scil. of the Sabbath of the Adepts. The Baphomet of the Templars, the idol set up to defy and overthrow the false god – though it is understood that he himself is false, not an end, but a means. Note the 77 = 7 X 11, magical power in perfection.” (q.v. Part II – The Universe As We Seek To Make It)
  • There was a white plane seen circling above Washinton D.C. as events unfolded. This mystery plane was later identified as an E-4B (an advanced communications platform) with the callsign… VENUS77
    • Venus is relevant in this context because in its Morning Star manifestation it is a representation of Lucifer, and because the conjunctions of Venus with the Sun over time form the points of a pentagram (or pentagon).
  • The Pentagon also happens to lie in the 77th meridian W.
    (In addition to being 7 stories, with 25 → 7 sides, 77ft tall, hit by Flight 77, which flew for 77 minutes…)

Etc. ad infinitum

  • There is an anniversary memorial that consists of two light beams cast into the sky near the towers’ former location. The beams are formed by 88 individual fixtures (44 for each tower). Why that exact number of lights? I can’t seem to find any statement from its creators. Here’s where I see it connect symbolically… and it’s rather grim for what’s supposed to be a tribute to the victims.
    • As seen above, 44 is the gematria value of DM, blood. “Here 4×11 = the corruption of the created world” (q.v. Part I)
    • Despite looking like the epitome of squareness, the towers were actually octagons with very short “corner” sides. Hence, looking from above the towers formed a geometric 8-8. (This also connects with Back to the Future. “If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re gonna see some serious shit.”)

“More to come…”


The Libri of Aleister Crowley

What On Earth Is Happening, Podcast #69:

The Most Dangerous Book In The World – 9/11 As Mass Ritual. By S.K. Bain, Trine Day, 2012.



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How I Knew Trump Would Win: Codes, Mind Games, and Subtle Mockery in the Presidential Campaign


I just wish I had realized it sooner. Please let me assure you that the surprise factor, the “shock and awe” so many folks have been feeling, was by design. It may feel as if you’ve woken up in Bizarro world and nothing is quite real anymore. Welcome! I’ve been waiting for you. I’m going to be one of those awful people and encourage everyone to take a deep breath and a step back from the drama, but don’t think I mean to imply everything will be hunky dory. Ooooh my no!

It was only about a week before election night that I finally ran into the fact that sealed the coffin of my estimates of a Clinton victory. That fact was this: At the end of inauguration day, 1/20/17, Donald Trump’s age will be exactly 70 years, 7 months, and 7 days. If I had known nothing else about this election I still would have heavily favored a Trump win on this fact alone, simply because the number 7, especially 777, was emphasized this year. Wild conspiracy theory and rather glib at that? Well, I agree! except to say that the true test of any theory is its ability to make accurate predictions. The simple fact is that I would have been right and the entire mainstream media, most of the “new media”, even the most academic meta-analyses were all wrong.

Fair warning to believers in either candidate. I want to explain and share my observations for whoever is interested, but I’m going to have to run roughshod over justifying premises many will find hard to swallow and jump right into the deep end. But hey, what’s wrong with the deep end? It’s just the side of the pool where you have to keep swimming without the security of being able to touch bottom. I would rather do more synthesis and due diligence, but what can I say? I’m really feeling the acceleration of time right now myself and I want to push this out while the energy is still fresh.

As far as the campaign, I’m sharing mostly my own observations and ideas. I hardly paid attention to any conspiracy-minded sources on the race (there aren’t any I really trust for “news” anyway) and I only dug into the “legit” coverage intermittently. Yet, when I did, I was usually spotting something subtle that jumped out at me as a higher-level form of trickery. A couple premises I had already arrived at going into this race:

  1. When it comes to mass media, the deception is far worse than bias and echo chambers. I mean both News and Entertainment. These organizations are reality artists who regularly create “truths” that are, to some degree, scripted – or even staged outright. Subliminal associations are used for emotional manipulation and to prime people for upcoming events.
  2. “Revelation of the Method”: Those who run this show are fond of putting their fingerprints and intentions out in plain view, albeit in occulted/cryptic ways. They also seem to be fond of subtly mocking those who buy into the lie. (I feel I’m at an advantage here because my own sense of humor can be pretty twisted and dark, so I get it. I must confess, sometimes I can’t help but laugh with these bastards)

The Numbers Game

Another part of media manipulation is timing and signalling with numbers. I don’t pretend to have more than a Kindergarten level understanding of it, and I haven’t found anybody out there discussing it that seems to be much further. The fact remains that this is clearly seen with pre-indications of 9/11 going back decades across all forms of media (This is just a small sample) (Also see my infographic of symbolic numbers in the event itself). The confirmation I had personally came last year when I saw the news stories about an incoming piece of mysterious space junk designated “WT1190F”. WTF indeed? I was already used to the idea that space missions and stories are used to play these games. For instance, Apollo 11 was launched 7/16/1969 which reduces to 7/7/7 (7 / 1+6=7 / 1+9+6+9 = 25 -> 2+5=7), while Apollo 13 was launched on the “13th minute, of the 13th hour, of the 13th day” (Of all the mission numbers to ham up like that why choose unlucky 13? Seems like they were almost trying to jinx it, eh?)

So I thought: “Well, we can count on Something significant happening that day it enters the atmosphere. Probably terrorism-related because of the reversed 911.” Lo and behold that day, Nov. Friday the 13th. brought the Paris terror attacks. I, myself, was shocked at actually being right!

I started paying even more attention along these lines and it became clear that a big number this year was 7, especially 777 (which is probably the most important number in the Thelema occult system). The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando had its own codes and shenanigans going on, but relevant here is the odd coincidence of a gathering of Christians on the National Mall the next month dubbed “Reset 2016”, or “Together 2016” and put on by an organization called “Pulse” which happened 7/7/16 (1+6=7 so 7/7/7). Their website featured an American Sign Language logo at the bottom, which also happens to look like the astrological sign for Cancer. So, I pulled up the charts to discover that the Sun, Mercury, and Venus would all be in Cancer that day and that two of those would tick ahead into degrees that are numerological 7s (Sun in 16th, Venus in 25th).


Flip the clock over.

“Back to the Future” is perhaps the most important coded movie of all time. I think many are aware now that it codes the 9/11 attacks in several different ways, but the ending provides two other numbers.

The 9-11 is easy to spot, formed by the neon auto sign and flaming tracks. But the wire crossing the tracks also briefly forms a 77, and the fateful time when lightning strikes the clock tower is 10:04. (7/7 London attacks are another possible link here). It so happens that 10/4 this year was the last day of Rosh Hashana, when the Hebrew calendar entered the year 5777 (Don’t misunderstand, so not pointing the finger at Jews!). I’m also intrigued by the idea that Biff Tannin’s character in the films is a representation of Trump…

Speaking of 9/11, the first big doubts I had about an ultimate Clinton victory came with her fainting during the 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York. I now think the argument over whether it was “pneumonia” or a “secret terminal illness” is completely pointless. The important point is the association thus formed: “Clinton – 9/11 attacks – collapse”. The public was being psychologically primed to associate a Clinton defeat with the terror of the 9/11 attacks and shocking collapse of the towers. Which is exactly what the nation woke up to on 11/9.

So, when I saw this high strangeness it was another angle of the lines I was already thinking along.
(Worth reading but here’s a brief summary: Trump’s victory was promoted by “meme magic” on the 4Chan anonymous image board. Seemingly unrelated, the acronym KEK replaced LOL in popularity and Pepe the Frog became meme mascot of the Trump campaign. The weird part is, Kek is a frog-headed Egyptian deity who represents the ‘darkness before the dawn’. The other weird part is that 4Chan already attached significance to repeat digits in post ID#s, and pro-Trump posts were often hitting them. Particularly, guess what, repeating 7s)

My question: If this was genuinely independent users the amazing “gets” would indeed be Chaos Magick. For someone inside the system though, wouldn’t it be easy to automatically cue up posts to be added in the desired sequence?

(I know there were some other interesting repeating 7 associations but I’ve exhausted my notes for now. Will add when I have time.)

Mind Games & Sly Mockery

During the primaries, as I saw Bernie cheated out of the process and Trump winning despite all expectations, my impression became that the script here was to polarize and rip America apart internally. Moreso than usual with these things! – Along as many lines as possible. If we had had a race between Bernie and Trump, there would have been two different voices speaking to dissatisfaction with the status quo and we could have had actual conversations about previously “given” policy areas like trade deals and foreign intervention. Instead, we ended up with only the right-wing, nationalist side of that critique (with xenophobic threads in tow) pitted against The Establishment and months of nearly-pure rhetoric and finger-pointing.

But you know, why I don’t I start with lighter, possible subliminals. Like this terrifying little gem.

  • First thing to realize is that the music is a dance version of “Over There”. How fitting that a song originally meant to rally support for a war most Americans were initially against was enlisted for the Trump campaign.
  • The girls’ performance seems rather quaint and under-rehearsed. I don’t buy it though, it’s totally at odds with the polished production of the track.
  • On the line “On your feet”, the littlest one actually drops to her knees. The mockery: your “stand” with Trump is actually a form of submission.
  • I was not expecting these lines to end this way “Ameritude / American pride / It’s attitude it’s who we are / Stand up tall”… It doesn’t even rhyme! In fact, the first time I saw this I was expecting it to finish “Stand aside”, which does.

I also saw some of the already-loud narratives being reinforced through the staging of the debates. One of these was that Trump represents the worst in misogyny, and that criticisms and loathing for Clinton were driven by sexism. Both, I think, are true to an extent, but were overblown into cartoonish proportions. Note the Declaration of Independence background.
(Hmm Brexit vote with a surprise nationalist win, Independence Day sequel released the next day … seems like another theme this year)

First Presidential Debate.png

Note that Trump had the word “Men” framed right above his head most of the time, whereas the top of Hillary’s head was nestled in “Right of the People”. So, Trump is associated with men in general while Clinton is the “right people” or has the right of the people. Trump: troglodyte devil (or masculine avatar to those who wanted that), Clinton: elder stateswoman (savior to her base).


Glower Power

This is another one I spotted in the town-hall style debate. Trump kept looming behind Clinton while she was answering questions like the domineering creeper he is, right? “Wrong”, I said to myself, it’s just the camera angle and small stage. We could easily see the reverse image tonight if they decide to show it … nope. (Ok, a little harder given the height difference)


Wait, Tim. I thought you were the Dad. OK, if you’re the Warrior then I’ll play Dad

Note also that, in the first Presidential debate and the Vice Presidential one, the candidates were wearing the color of the opposite party. Actually, this stunt is far from unprecedented, as a friend pointed out. He expressed his view that this was a subtle trick to pull in people attached to the other party: “See? You can trust me. I represent your values”. I can believe that, but I also I see another, mocking, level here: “Do you really buy into this theater so thoroughly to believe that the two major parties represent any real opposition given our core consensus? That we’re anything but two wings of the same life and liberty destroying apparatus?”

It was a few months ago I started to spot the outright fakery in play. Clinton rallies were very poorly attended, yet the media was reporting on them as if all was well. They were going so far as to inflate the apparent attendance with tricky camera angles and even (I think it can be demonstrated) the crowd enthusiasm with canned sound and digital manipulation.


Clinton’s Greensboro, NC rally. This photo is the most packed-looking one I could find.


To be fair, this is before the event started. But it still demonstrates that the gym was barricaded off to use less than half the available space.

I gave up after about four solid hours of trying to determine whether the below can happen through mere encoding errors or not. Sure is fishy in light of the other tricks used in this event though. Video


Meanwhile, Trump rallies were clearly, undeniably drawing crowds an order of magnitude larger or more to great excitement. Here’s the Trump rally in North Carolina three days before Clinton’s.


In addition, many of the headline-grabbing polls had atrocious methodologies, creating the impression of Trump’s chances being slim. Many of the alternative and conspiracy-minded voices out there, including Trump’s homeboy Alex Jones, see Trump as the opponent of the elite and believe the Democrats and allies were trying to fix the outcome in their favor, but I don’t think the point was actual victory. Hiding your own floundering and the growing groundswell of your opponent is a good way to keep an image of strength, but absolutely NOT the way to mobilize voters and win the election. Again, I think the point was to maximize the surprise factor and the rampant finger-pointing that’s happening now.

Trump is an unpredictable demagogue, but fear of him as the next Hitler is just that: fear-provoking propaganda. It seems to me Trump’s most deplorable stances and rhetoric were for mobilization, not his real values (whatever those are…). Suspicions that violence at Trump rallies was being provoked by leftist agents was partially confirmed by Wikileaks. The fires are stoked by both sides. Real haters have been emboldened by their champion’s victory, but liberals have also been pulled into their own authoritarian side through fear. Behavior like this from the “love” bloc has risen Liberals Attack Homeless Woman for Guarding Trump’s Hollywood Star

If the Clinton campaign has been pulling liberals into authoritarianism, the mocking confirmation of that came with her final rally in Raleigh. The gang of celebrity endorsers included Lady Gaga, dressed like a representative of The Fourth Reich from some near-future dystopian movie. Complete with red arm band!


Wait… this is the team that’s going to SAVE us from the rise of Fascism? …

In Closing

So … massive can of worms just to explain my reasons. I tell you though, the more I learn the more skeptical I become of All explanations of how the world works. Unlike many who think of themselves as #woke or truthers, I don’t believe I actually have a firm grasp on the real structure of what I like to call “The Cryptocracy”, on who/what is actually behind it. Just its existence and basic methods. I don’t know how one can draw clear lines between what’s an organic synchronicity, or “real magic”, and what’s an engineered game. I don’t trust that Wikileaks etc. aren’t part of the script themselves. In my opinion, this has all been a centrally organized dance. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Trump represents one faction of the deep state overthrowing another. Maybe he’s the avatar of Kek who will save us from the enslavement of Moloch. Maybe all of the above.
I think it’s more important to unlearn lies than to believe I have an answer.

Hmm, the mouth is a little too big…

I don’t know the route from here, but I remain confident that the intended destination is violence. Somehow, to provoke massive internal strife that will justify the creation of the very full-on totalitarian system that both Left and Right are afraid of coming only from the other side. The Illuminati card game has some strikingly prophetic illustrations in it. If we take this one as a representation of Trump, one possibility is his assassination (The caption reads “At any time, at any place, our snipers can drop you. Have a nice day”). That would certainly be a potent trigger to launch a civil war … but there are others.

Other folks are providing plenty of advice on getting involved to create resilient communities etc. So I’ll just share the most important advice I have:

Become 1000% more skeptical of all mass media you consume. Turn off your TV. I know few people watch TV news these days, but you can’t take for granted that any TV show is “just” for entertainment. It’s no secret that watching it induces a hypnotic state of heightened suggestibility. If you’re going to indulge (I still do occasionally 😛 ) try not to let your critical mind turn off. Constantly examine the details of what’s being presented.

If something huge and shocking happens, automatically disengage from the official narrative unless and until it’s actually proven. The emotional reaction is the key to solidifying a false reality. As soon as you accept the reality, the basic premise, you’re already being funneled to a limited number of conclusions.

If fear rules within us, others will continue to rule us through it.
If we rule ourselves through love, we can’t help but act like human beings.

Update 11/15/16

Ah! Can’t believe I forgot to include this. It was a while ago that I made the association between the Hillary campaign logo and this most-famous T-shirt design.

But there’s even more here than another example of underhanded mockery. After this post was shared, one sharp Facebook user pointed out another image this evokes that reinforces the point I made above about her collapse on 9/11.

Seems to me her campaign was indeed built to fail. Just like the towers.

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Stranger Things – A Spiritual Take: Part 2

This is an expansion on my previous post. If you haven’t already seen the entire first season and read part 1, I suggest you do so first.

=== Spoilers Galore! ===

Holy Cow were the creators of this show able to pack a lot of references into a simple, familiar package. Rewatching it again by jumping around in sequence has led to different details and interrelations standing out, so there’s certainly more to discuss. I’ll start out with comments on some of the key characters I neglected last time, then detail a couple more symbolic themes to lay the groundwork for more integrative territory (Or, half-baked mania, as the case may be.)

To recap, I associated Will with the connection to higher, Divine Will and I’m looking at the show from an allegorical perspective of the Divine Union – the balanced integration of care and will, masculine and feminine – as the means to find this connection.

Mike, Lucas, and Dustin – The ABCs of Friendship


Our intrepid party of rather-tall Hobbits serves as another representation of a polarity of psycho-spiritual traits and the balance and integration between them. Mike is more intuitive, care-driven, and trusting, while Lucas is more skeptical, action-oriented, and independent. Fortunately, Dustin is there to uphold “The Rule of Law” and make sure their fights don’t ruin the friendship. Dustin shares some traits with both of them and can translate his understanding between them. Poor Dustin takes on a lot of responsibility for the group, which comes out best in the lines where he vents his total exasperation.

“Sometimes your total obliviousness just blows my mind. He’s your best friend right? […] Then this girl shows up and starts living in your basement and all you ever want to do is pay attention to her.”

-“That’s not true!”

“Yes it is. And you know it, and he knows it. But no-one ever says anything until you both start punching and yelling at each other like goblins with Intelligence scores of zero.”

The gang may be short in years, but they’re actually more advanced in their valuation and practice of friendship than any other characters in the show. They’re all fierce advocates of their own perspectives and they definitely fight a lot, but they also live by a code and are willing to own up to their transgressions once they see their fault. It’s easy to imagine that their socially marginal position in the dark dimension called “Middle School” has helped them better appreciate real acceptance and loyalty. I identified Joyce and Hopper as the exemplars of the internal integration of forces and the boys are illustrating balanced integration in the external, social realm.

When Lucas splits off after he and Mike fight, the lesson he’s presented with is parallel to Johnathon’s – namely that he can’t do it alone. At some point, trust and reliance on others is required. (Although, come to think of it Lucas going off alone was hardly bad in itself. He basically succeeded in locating the gate and was able to warn the others about the descending hordes of Bad Men. So… interdependence is superior to either total independence or total unity). Mike’s lesson is parallel to his sister Nancy’s – don’t let the excitement of new love blind you to the needs and desires of your existing friends.


As I said last time, Eleven’s experiences of true care and friendship help her to find internal strength and summon the courage to face the Demogorgon. The jump to the intro sequence in Chapter 7 comes when Mike and Lucas finally shake hands to reconcile. My impression was that this was just as “supernatural” a moment as any of the others used for this cut. Friendship is shown as an alchemical act that not only becomes more than the sum of its parts, but makes the parts themselves more than they were.

Barbara and Nancy – Inner Strength vs. Social Pressures


Clearly Besties!

There’s been a big stir of support and outrage over Barb. It’s understandable, seeing as the show gives a rather marginal treatment to the friend who’s already treated marginally. I must say, though, that the evidence in the show doesn’t leave her totally faultless. Don’t get me wrong – I really liked both Barb and Nancy and it’s not like I “had my shit together” in High School!

In terms of the larger theme, Barb is tragically lacking in will and a sense of self-respect. Even though she may know better she acquiesces to Nancy’s desires every step of the way. As Dustin, Joyce, and El illustrate throughout the show, sometimes the only way to stand in your own power and for what’s right is to firmly say “no“.  Barb is too wounded by Nancy’s indifference, though, and actually fails them both by bowing out again. She shows her unfailing loyalty by waiting at the house, but I think it’s not the kind of loyalty Nancy needed just then. Nancy needed some harsh truth about the damage she was causing to their relationship. “Remember how you told me to protect you from getting drunk and doing something stupid? This is it. You want to have fun while I drive home alone with a bleeding hand? Fine, but don’t say I didn’t tell you so.”

Instead, she broods by the pool. If this had been a straight drama instead of horror, the drops in the water could just as well have been tears alone. This scene makes me wonder if the Demogorgon, which is psychic after all, is drawn to emotional wounds as much as the flesh variety. With Nancy’s betrayal, Barb lost her protection from really internalizing the “frumpy sideliner” personification of her peers and it saps her of her power. The weight of her dejection is already pulling her into inner darkness, so perhaps the monster found it that much easier to find her and drag her all the way.

To be sure, Barb’s short-falling as a friend is trivial compared to Nancy’s, even though she pays the ultimate price. So I’m afraid I’m not done with Nancy either. I mentioned last time how Steve is deeply culturally programmed and so is Nancy when we meet her. The butterfly stickers Steve spontaneously points to in Nancy’s locker (with his smug-flirtatious “Hmm”) may be a nod to Monarch mind control, while the teddy bear Steve uses to ironically scold himself could be another nod (in addition to referencing Scream). However, the parallels aren’t literal. The form of control she’s under is of a more prosaic and subtle cultural kind.


Nancy is living in a world where being considered “good” and praiseworthy is more about checklists of standards, not real goodness or character. The studying we see her doing for the chemistry test consists solely of rote memorization with flash cards. Pure, context-free memory and recall. She even spits out the answer before Steve finishes reading a question. Now, this must also be a product of her educators’ style, but it goes to show that in such an environment one can earn top grades without really being challenged or developing durable, higher-level skills. (I was fortunate to have a High School chemistry teacher who was a real harsh stickler about demonstrating flexible understanding. My grades in that class were purdy mediocre. I sure was glad for the experience when I got to College level, though).

I find it disturbing how, whenever Nancy tries to stand up for herself or express discomfort early on, Steve’s responses are dismissive and belittling, yet Nancy is still hopelessly charmed by the playful tone. What’s going on here? While the face of the show is a massive love note to retro American pop culture, the back side gestures towards the darker aspects. We don’t really see direct evidence in the show, but we all know the movie stereotypes – e.g. the “charming bad boy” who comes into the life of the “good girl” and shakes it up with excitement. Nancy doesn’t even realize it, but she’s been conditioned to respond positively to this brand of brash self-assurance. Steve has “All the Right Moves”.

Johnathon observes that she’s “just another suburban girl who thinks she’s rebelling by doing exactly what every other suburban girl does,” but he doesn’t appreciate that she’s not really trying to rebel. Her mistaking of Steve’s advances as real care, and of her decision to have her first sex with him as real romance are unfortunate, but wouldn’t have catalyzed tragedy but for the simple fact that teenage sex was taboo. She almost had to sneak around social standards just to explore this basic part of the human experience. Who knows, maybe she had never been so dishonest before, but once she decided to take Steve’s invitation to the wild side she was getting there by hook or by crook. Her real tragedy is that she got so carried away she treated Barb like just another obstacle.

Nancy’s mom tries to be supportive. She pleads with Nancy that “you can talk to me”, but the accusation lacing her questions (“So is Steve your boyfriend now?”) doesn’t inspire much confidence. Unfortunately, her mom isn’t the only one Nancy has to worry about. The next day at school she feels like eyes of judgement are cast upon her. It’s not as if sex “outside of bounds” is unheard of in the community, but the double-standards between men and women are stark. Hopper has gotten around, but the worst he has to face is snickers from his fellow cops and a witheringly dry tell-off from the librarian. Nancy has to navigate a schizoid set of judgements where she’s openly shamed as being either a slut, or as somehow too pure and haughty.

As for why Nancy ends up staying with Steve, I hesitate to pin it down to one thing because the show doesn’t explain much at the end. There’s the positive, self-empowered aspect: that she really did sense Steve’s basic goodness and he made big, tangible strides to redeem himself. There’s also the dis-empowered, bowing to social standards aspect: that staying with Steve was the easiest way to dispel the slut label, and that Steve, unlike Johnathon, is from a “normal” family with money and good social standing. Nancy and Steve both learn hard lessons about what real care means. They’ve grown a lot already, but I feel like their potential trajectories in particular could still have big twists going forward.

“You Really Need To Learn More About Compasses”

Dustin’s awareness of basic truths goes beyond relationship dynamics. His incredulous admonishments of Mike and Dustin for their ignorance of the science of compasses is directed out of the screen to the audience as well.

The kids’ quest is informed by science and helped along by technology. While these prove useful tools, ultimately they’re not enough. First, Eleven is able to find Will and form a link helped by the walkie-talkie. When he slips too far away, she’s able to reconnect by upgrading to the new, serious business radio kit in the A/V club. After this, they make progress only by sliding down the complexity scale. Mr. “Encyclopedia” Clarke’s insight that an inter-dimensional gate would create an electromagnetic disturbance leads the kids to hunt it down using the simplest of navigation devices. (“Do you see a battery pack? No, because it doesn’t need one.”) When the disparate characters come together at last, El again tries the radio to no avail. In the end, she can only find Will and Barb in the sensory deprivation bath, where she herself becomes the compass needle!

The needle of a compass can only align with the relatively subtle magnetic field of the Earth is because it’s floating in water, free from the more powerful forces of friction that would otherwise hold it in place. Similarly, Eleven shows that technological means pale in comparison to her internal power when freed from the friction of material, sensory consciousness. She’s also quite directly making up for manipulating the boys’ compasses before and facing her own, deep-seeded fears.

But Eleven is so much more than a magnetized sliver of metal. She’s a human being and isn’t limited to passively aligning with a powerful force. Through her inner space, she can connect to all things – align herself wherever she chooses to reach out and direct her attention. The Men Who Stare At Goats may be a typical limited hangout, but at least it nudges the audience with the opening card – “More of this is true than you would believe”. (For a lab that’s doing fascinating work in the open using nifty science tools to investigate remote viewing and the interconnections of consciousness see here.)

I know I’m going to get back on top of my neglected meditation practice. Thanks, El!

I like Vigilant Citizen’s idea that the gate is metaphorically disrupting the moral compasses of the whole town, and I would extend it further. The very term “true North” shows the high conceptual correspondence between truth and morality. I characterized the Upside Down as a realm of collective Shadow, so the subtle, internal guides that should lead people to Truth and Right instead point to the obfuscations of the powerful and the gateway to inner, submerged darkness! No wonder the town’s jerks and buffoons are so sure of themselves and the world, while those hunting for Will and Barb are torn apart in angst. They’re the ones sensitive enough to feel something is wrong from the pull of what’s actually right. If courageous action is the actualization of the Divine Union, we can add that sensitivity is a key factor which leads to it. I can’t find the original source, but this quote attributed to philosopher Henri Bergson encapsulates this theme of the show perfectly.

“Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance.”

Eleven Means Exactly What She Says – Pain and Duality

Upon reading and reflecting more, I now have no doubt that The Demogorgon is an aspect of Eleven herself. See this excellent video for a rundown of the clues and reasoning behind this. When Eleven confesses to Mike, we’re led to accept his interpretation that she’s just being hard on herself.

“The gate… I opened it. I’m the monster.”

But, while Eleven uses metaphors to explain certain abstract concepts, she’s otherwise right to the point.

I add to this one more flagrant, symbolic clue. In addition to the magical force, one of the prime esoteric meanings of the number 11 is duality, both its schism and its synthesis. 11 is an even more extreme expression of polarity than 2. It’s 1 and 1. If 1 is unity, 11 is as if unity has split into two aspects both asserting independent wholeness. This writer is a wee bit rash in his snootiness: “while a stoner’s post-bong-hit observation in support of this corollary might go, ‘Dude, the number 11 reads the same right side up and upside down — whoa!'”

… uh yes, and forwards and backwards too! A reflection of itself [puff, puuuuff] – just like Eleven reflected in the void space.


This meaning is very widespread in esoteric thought, but I’ll just cite a couple instances from what I know (low-level Wizard here). Note the dual pillar theme in play on the Tarot cards II and XI

From “The Temple Of Solomon The King” by Aleister Crowley – (Part 1 – The Universe As It Is)

10. The Decad, the divine End. Represents the 1 returning to the 0. Derived from 1 + 2 + 3 + 4.

11. The Hendecad, the accursed shells, that only exist without the divine Tree. 1 + 1 = 2, in its evil sense of not being 1.

I speculated last time that the monster was Eleven’s awareness of the beastly system of abuse she was imprisoned in, but I think we can get more specific. I favor the idea that MK Ultra and related programs are probably more about psi phenomena than “mind control”. For one, LSD and other psychedelics are a terrible choice for this purpose. For another, if one accepts the existence of Satanic ritual abuse practices, then effective mind control techniques were already known from antiquity. The core method of ritual abuse and modernized trauma-based mind control is to create splits in the personality through a series of traumas, ideally starting in infancy. Stranger Things could certainly be a limited hangout in this because even if only a small fraction of the alleged techniques involved are true, what we see of Eleven’s abuse would still be the G-Rated version. Note, however, the line extending between Papa’s legs in her drawing, which hints at sexual abuse.


Creating a split personality isn’t presented as the purpose of the research at Hawkins Lab, but the corollaries are easy to draw. Eleven had to maintain a conscious perception of Dr. Brenner as her beloved “Papa”, while burying all awareness of the truth that he was her prime tormentor. She had to go along with the tasks demanded of her, even though she must have been aware her efforts were to be used for evil purposes. So, she attached all this darker, painful awareness onto something else.

The cabal in Hawkins Lab was trying to reach the heights of hidden knowledge through abusive methods. They couldn’t even predict the catastrophic consequences. The void world of Eleven’s sensory deprivation trances ties into the undersea imagery of The Upside Down. In her inner mental space she’s skating on the boundary layer between the surface and the submerged. Here, she can find things that exist in The Upside Down, but isolated in this middle realm. The gate opens when she makes contact with The Demogorgon. It’s as if once she touches it she is made instantly aware of their co-identity. She recoils in sheer horror, but she cannot escape the bond. She flees so violently that she rips a hole out of the realm of Shadow itself.

This theory helps bring things back around to where I started. Even after I identified Will as symbolizing The Magician card and Keter at the crown position in the Tree of Life, I was still bothered by the question of why he was taken. Remembering the dualistic aspect of the number 11 provided an answer. Crowley’s point of 11 being “the accursed shells, that only exist without the divine Tree” is very relevant here. Looking again at the cover image, Eleven occupies roughly the position of Daath (Knowledge).

Daath is not, properly, one of the ten Sephiroth. It is the soul in complete unity – the undifferentiated seed from which the rest of the tree grows. El was a pure and innocent child, but her sufferings split her in two. Metaphorically, the 0 or [no number] was forced into 11, and the very foundations of the Tree were sundered. The mystical state of Keter, the intermediary with the divine Will, is only achieved through balanced integration and so was the first to be lost.

This leads to the question: can all of the key characters in Stranger Things be related to the Tree Of Life? I’ve got some ideas to share in the next installment…

I’ll give you a hint, though. The cover image only decodes it so far.

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Stranger Things – A Spiritual Take

Cover Image - Stranger Things

I gave up television in general a while back (“The television screen has become the retina of the mind’s eye…”). However, last week I was in a place where I ended up breaking that fast and I’m so glad I chose the Netflix original series Stranger Things to do it. It’s like a warm bath of retro pop culture familiarity, but it’s also laden with its own themes and subtext that make it much more than just a sugary, nostalgic treat to be passively consumed. I feel we get a depth of connection to the characters that much of the show’s source material never managed, making the horror seem all the more real. The reality of the secret programs and inhuman treatments behind the show’s fictional mad scientist operation only adds to this.

You don’t need to be conspiracy minded to note that this year has seen a lot of strangeness, chaos, and pulling back the veil of hidden things. Stranger Things fits right in with this increasingly surreal zeitgeist. Others have already covered in depth the show’s homages to popular culture (2) and references to MK Ultra and other horrific covert experiments (2, 3). But I also see a spiritual allegory in play, and that’s what I’m taking a stab at exploring here. Could a pop culture pastiche actually inspire people to question more pointedly; both about ourselves and the institutions we entrust with power? Stranger things have happened…



Will and El – Double Entendres

The first time we meet the boys they’re in the middle of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Whatever classes Lucas and Dustin’s characters are, it’s not emphasized. However, Will has first action and he’s most definitely a Wizard. Which is interesting, because one of the prime attributions of The Magician tarot card happens to be will, as in willpower.

From the A.E. Waite Tarot guide:

This card signifies the divine motive in man, reflecting God, the will in the liberation of its union with that which is above.

From Papus:

“The Unity principle, the origin of which is impenetrable to human conceptions, is placed at the beginning of all things.” His upright attitude “indicates the will that is going to proceed into action.”

How appropriate that card #1, the prime motive force, goes first in the game battle!

As these descriptions indicate, this is will in a specific sense. Namely, will that is in alignment with the higher, divine will. In the tarot spread that relates cards to the corresponding number of Sephirot on the Qabbalistic Tree of Life, the Magician is given the position of Keter, or Crown. Keter is correspondingly the first and utmost emanation of the divine will. As a crown, it is the unconscious intermediary between the conscious mind and the Most High. It is also described as “the most hidden of all hidden things” (Will is very good at hiding) and “absolute compassion” (ref). Looking at the cover image (top of page), this is exactly the position Will occupies among the pile of characters.

But Will vanishes, so the quest to find him can be seen allegorically as the quest to find the missing connection to Higher Will. I’ll return to how the story relates to the Tree of Life in a moment. As I will argue, the show communicates that the key to recovering this principle is courage.

What about Eleven?

Her name has a couple of blatant esoteric significances. 11 is considered a master number in numerology, and is widely recognized in occult traditions as denoting magical workings or the magical force itself. Through their friendship with Eleven and rich vocabulary of fantasy lore, the boys come to a basic understanding of Will’s situation well ahead of the adults. El hasn’t lost track of Will. As we see, only Eleven, with her “magical” psychic and intuitive abilities, is ultimately able to find Will through the veil of “The Upside Down” and defeat his tormentor.

The short, nickname version “El” is significant as well because El is one of the Semitic word forms meaning “God”. Taken in context, this implies that the human “magical” potential comes from nothing but the higher source, or the creative spark of the Universe. El’s character in the show depicts this connection or potential as being extremely potent, yet also highly sensitive, compassionate, and innocent (despite the nightmare her entire life has been). The show focuses on Eleven’s powers as a result of genre-hugging mad science, but it also implies that this is a universal potential Dr. Brenner et al. were simply forcing to develop. Other characters, particularly Joyce, are shown tapping into psychic connections as well.

 The Divine Union – “I’m the only one acting normal here! I’m the only one who cares about Will!”

Another theme that arises as an explicit sticking point in the story is the importance of care (or lack thereof). For instance, Mike’s father’s obvious lie “That is so unfair son. We care.” causes Mike and his mother to leave the dinner table in disgust. Steve finally tells off his douchey friends because Nancy “actually cares about other people.”

Hmm, Care and Will. Do I detect an indication of the Divine Union here? Heart and Action, Mercy and Severity, Feminine and Masculine. I think, in fact, the basic idea of divine synthesis of these forces is a core theme of the entire show. This is part of what’s illustrated in the Qabbalistic Tree of Life, where the left-hand Path of Severity and the right-hand Path of Mercy are integrated in the Path of Mildness, which connects the lowest Sephirah (divine sphere) to the highest in the tree.

The easiest way to see this in play is to compare and contrast various characters.

Joyce Byers & Chief Hopper

Our grown-up heroes epitomize the proper elevation and integration of these forces. Joyce is a powerhouse of motherly care. She doesn’t need anything external to tell what’s happening with her son because she feels him “in my heart”. Chief Hopper is the only grown man in town willing to take any significant action to find Will and uncover the larger mysteries. While Joyce is busy busting down the doors of perception (NO TRESSPASSING), listening to the lights, and making a giant Ouija board, Hopper is taking a more analytical approach and breaking through the physical doors government players are using to hide the truth. So, Joyce represents the divine feminine and Hopper represents the divine masculine. The cover photo for the show solidifies this notion with these two characters flanking Will and Eleven, and further contrasted with the red and blue backgrounds.

But, of course, the ultimate idea of the Divine Union is to integrate these polarities within oneself, and Joyce and Hopper also illustrate this. Joyce emphatically does not care how crazy she seems to anybody else, won’t let anyone stand in her way, and finds the courage to face terrors despite her anxiety. Hopper epitomizes action, but his drive is informed by care for his own daughter, whom he couldn’t save, and he’s the only one willing to give credence to Joyce’s motherly intuition.

Dr. Brenner & Lonnie Byers

Brenner and 11

Dr. Brenner illustrates the elevation of lower, egoic will, with a distinct absence of care. Brenner is completely calm and collected, but also ice cold. If Brenner has some real scientific brilliance, we never see it on display. His power seems to lie solely in his Saruman-like ability to manipulate with his voice (hey, he’s even got the white hair!). He’s selling a false projection of care, which is how he mentally enslaves Eleven – through the natural child’s desire for love and attachment.

Lonnie-stranger things

On my first viewing, I thought Lonnie’s character was just obnoxious and not really important to the story. Upon reflection though, I see he’s being used to illustrate parallels between the world of Hawkins Lab and the wider world. Lonnie is like the “ordinary Joe” version of Dr. Brenner. He is similarly affecting a false projection of care, while actually being an eminently slimy narcissist. Fortunately for his family, they had long ago seen through his BS. In this light, it’s easy to see why Joyce immediately rebukes Dr. Brenner’s attempts to manipulate her.

Lonnie also demonstrates another parallel of killing as a rite of passage. Johnathon relates how, when he was a boy, his father took him on a hunting trip and pushed him into killing a rabbit as some sort of experience in manhood, even though it tore him up inside. Similarly, when Eleven is unwilling to follow “Papa’s” order to kill a cat with her telekinesis this is cause for another isolation punishment. Only after she proves her worth by killing two guards in distress does he embrace her once again.

Karen Wheeler – “I want you to feel that you can talk to me”

Karen Wheeler - Stranger Things

Karen, Mike and Nancy’s mom, certainly demonstrates true care. She provides much-needed emotional support for her children and Joyce, but in terms of the larger action, hugs and casserole are about all the help she can provide. I see her failing not so much as a lack of willpower or action per se, but of a thirst for truth. She wants people to feel they can be honest with her, but everyone seems to intuitively grasp that she wouldn’t be able to handle the real truth. Karen settles for assumptions about what’s really happening and is unwilling to push people out of their comfort zones, particularly herself. She offers no real argument to the inane soothings of her idiot husband, who poo-poos any suggestion of something unexpected happening, and believes the government agents are on their side simply because they’re the government. She’s creeped out by Dr. Brenner, but he nonetheless plays her as smoothly as he coifs his hair.

Nancy & Steve – “You do realize you’re a walking cliche, don’t you?”

The story of Nancy and Steve so far is that of people who genuinely care deep down, but don’t really know it until their own failures in this regard push them to grow. The almost absurdly rectilinear decor of Steve’s room reinforces what’s already apparent: that his “suave Bad Boy” persona is nothing but a front, and he’s actually a deeply programmed square playing out masculine fantasies fed through popular culture. Nancy is also playing into these fantasies, seen here imitating the bikini model poster on his wall. Their pale, physical imitation of the Divine Union immediately leaves a bad taste in Nancy’s mouth, while Steve needs to go through a bit more pain to catch on. In the stereotypical Slasher formula, creeps and teenagers who have meaningless sex get instant karma at the hands of the monster, but here there’s a chance for growth. I guess only time will tell whether Steve continues down this path or falls back into jealousy and domination…

Courage and Big Cats

Time and again, Stranger Things hammers on the necessity of courage to really affect positive change or find the truth. One of my favorite moments is when Joyce first sees the Thing in the Wall and runs out to her car to flee. In a delicious twist of our horror movie expectations, as “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” blares, she turns off the engine and walks right back into the house, alone – right back into the storm of poltergeist activity.

I’m not sure if there’s any deeper significance, but big cats are on display as an emblem in several key scenes relating to courage.

  • A tiger poster in the background as Mike radios Lucas to convince him they need to go searching for Will themselves. “Will could have cast Protection last night, but he didn’t. He cast Fireball. […] My point is he could have played it safe, but he didn’t. He put himself in danger to help the party.”
  • An American flag mural with a tiger face (the school mascot) in the background as Nancy and Johnathon decide to return to their plan to lure the monster and kill it in order to protect Joyce and Hopper.
  • A stuffed lion, one of the only comforts in Eleven’s cell. It’s interesting hers is a lion when all the others are tigers. The lion is one of the animals Nancy compares the monster to, so perhaps this is hinting at something about Eleven’s relationship to it. Or perhaps a comparison of her situation in the lab to Daniel in the lion’s den?
  • A stuffed tiger in Will’s castle. An emblem of the courage he needs to survive his ordeal in The Upside Down?
  • A stuffed tiger in the hospital bed of Hopper’s terminally ill daughter. A cut from the last image is used to make the parallel for Hopper clear. A reminder of the harsh truth that, though courage is necessary for success, it doesn’t guarantee it.

So, what do we see allegorically through the show? That courage is the real expression of the Divine Union. Courage is the fulcrum point where care lifts up the ferocity of the lower, animal will and puts it in service to the Higher Will. Will, the boy, is only recovered because of those who are willing to strike out of their comfort zones, both mental and physical, and place themselves in danger simply because they know it’s the right thing to do. Will, that which crowns consciousness and connects it with the Unity principle, isn’t what brings about right action. It is realized through right action.

Demogorgon - Stranger Things

A final note on courage: For most of the show, El is too terrified to face the Demogorgon and actively avoids it. It’s only after she experiences true friendship and compassion with the boys, and then their lives are threatened, that she finds the resolve to fight it. Once she awakens her courage, we see that the monster never even stood a chance against her power. More than kill it in a biological sense, she seems to banish it (and herself?) from existence.

The Beast System

There are a number of clues to indicate that Eleven’s relationship to the Demogorgon was more than just contact – that somehow it was actually created from or through her. I wonder if this faceless, bloodthirsty monster is her own awareness of the system she was imprisoned in made flesh. She could have seen a lot through unsanctioned or unconscious remote viewing, after all. I think the leading zero on her ID tattoo is telling. This implies that the architects of this project were planning to potentially abduct and torture hundreds of children, if they haven’t already. When Dr. Brenner is interrogating Joyce, he repeats the number of the creature’s victims three times, “6…6…6”. Brenner, of course, doesn’t actually care about any of them. He’s a representative of the beastly apparatus that stalks in the darkness and gobbles up children all on its own. Note, when Eleven crushes the Coke can Brenner doesn’t break into a full smile until she notices her nose is bleeding.

I love how the creators of Stranger Things made the lab a Department of Energy facility. The DoE is indeed a major player in covert projects yet, unlike the CIA or NSA, rarely has the villain finger pointed at it. It suggests another level of interpretation as well – that the real motives of the shadow elite involve controlling or feeding on human energy. The Archon concept, if you will.

Power And Light

I would feel like this is a stretch of bias if not for the “Hawkins Power And Light” vans they use to operate covertly around town. Let’s be real. There’s no chance that Dr. Brenner and the system he represents are actually interested in Eleven’s abilities and The Upside Down just to fight the Soviets. No, their interest is in holding a monopoly on information, both ordinary intelligence and true knowledge about human consciousness and the nature of reality. Their goal is to hold worldly power and the light of wisdom.

Yet, Hawkins Lab is only one part of the formula that outputs evil and suffering. The show has a lot to tell us about the ugliness in the town as well. Everybody just assumes the lab is working on something related to fighting the Commies (“Space lasers” or something) and hardly gives it a thought. Even after Hopper points out that the people at the lab were clearly lying to them, his dopey underlings either don’t care or don’t have enough imagination to think it could be significant.

Bully w Knife - Stranger Things

We find cruelty out in Hawkins too. After all, the men and women who are willing to work as muscle, domestic spies, torture orderlies, and clean-up crews all had to grow up somewhere at some time. The adolescent bullies who torment our young heroes seem like good candidates once they get older and settle down some (racist, homophobic, and ablist – their parents must be so proud).

The show demonstrates that the evil of Hawkins Lab, as extraordinary as it is, couldn’t exist if not for the ordinary evil and ignorance of society at large. Which leads me to,

Just What The Hell Is “The Upside Down”? …no pun intended.


Well, a dark, alternate dimension, okay. But it certainly doesn’t obey physical laws in the way you’d expect some material reflection of ordinary reality to. We see all the buildings, trees, and various objects of… The Rightside Up, but no corresponding reflections of animal life. When someone moves a car in The Rightside Up, does the ghost car version drive itself in The Upside Down? If so, we didn’t get to see. Furthermore, the Demogorgon rips through walls to enter our dimension, yet when it departs there’s no evidence of damage. Clearly, this dimension is more mental or psychic than tangible.

The other strange thing is how organic it is. Looking at the “snow” it seems to me that it has a lot more in common with marine snow than the chilly variety. I get the impression that, if our experience of the world is at the sunlit ocean surface, The Upside Down is the abyssal plain. Here is where old, submerged thought forms have settled into some sort of ground state. So, the realm of the collective unconscious or collective Shadow. Perhaps it doesn’t need to be an evil place by its nature, but the actions and spiritual state of humanity have been raining down all sorts of nasty detritus, and strange organisms are flourishing in it. Whatever this gooey, webbed and tendriled entity/ies is, it seems to have colonizing ambitions…

One thing is for certain: all is still not well.

I’ll leave it there for now, although I may write additional posts as ideas take form. Please, chime in! Honestly, I’m still a pretty low-level Wizard myself, but boy am I working on getting that XP =P

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The Occult Numerology of 9/11

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Occult 9-11-Fixed Final


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