Conspiratorial analysis consists of making ties between things or people that are not usually made. The deeper and more extensive the conspiracy theory the more links are forged. By steadily increasing such connections conspiratorial analysis eventually mutates into a different species of analysis altogether: synchronistic or even "synchromystic" analysis.
Jung defined synchronicity as "meaningful coincidence." As meaning is determined subjectively, and meaning is generally created by connecting two or more once separated things, synchronicity involves subjectively noticing or realizing connections. Its relation to conspiracy theory should be obvious at this point.
The Evolution of Connection
A well-worn argument against conspiracy theory is that its advocates are making a big deal out of mere coincidence. This may or may not be true. Synchronistic analysis, in contrast, cannot be criticized in this way. One person's coincidence could very well be another's synchronicity. And as the acknowledgement of synchronicity tends to lead to more synchronicity (as more and more meaningful coincidences are made between things) the charge of "mere coincidence" becomes successively more irrelevant.
As more elements are brought into the web, conspiracy naturally morphs into synchronicity. In this eleventh year after 9/11, and following yet another 9/11 event, regular conspiracy theorizing seems to have hit the limits of its analytical efficacy.
The consensus has broken down, the counter-consensus has broken down, and even the division between consensus and counter-consensus has been erased. All narratives have become unfixed, fluid, transitory. A future post will show how Robert Anton Wilson called this the spaghetti theory of conspiracy.
To go beyond conspiracy theorizing, to examine the year and this season through a sync lens, a far stranger vista will open out in front of us. And in this view the real secret of 2012 might emerge.
Benghazi is again the starting point here. A previous post pointed out that Benghazi was traditionally viewed as being the site of the mythical garden of the Hesperides. It was a Golden Apple taken from this garden and thrown into a wedding party by the goddess Eris or Discordia that directly led to the Trojan War. The Golden Apple itself made a spectacular appearance during the Closing Ceremony of the London Paralympics just two days before the Benghazi attacks.
The taking of the apple from the garden, leading to a catastrophic age-turning war, is another version of the Garden of Eden myth of the Fall. This blog has shown how the four ceremonies of London 2012 have also paralleled Dante's journey through the underworld and up the Mountain of Purgatory to the Earthly Paradise of Eden at its summit. The four-part super-ceremony was, in a sense, a reenactment of the age-old story of the Fall and Redemption. There is no surprise that such a ritual would take place on the world stage at the closing of the present age.
If the ceremonies of London 2012, and the rituals leading up to them, were in some way necessary the events of Benghazi begin to provide a reason for them. 2012 is curious. Everything before 9/11 of this year represents a ritual for everything during and following this date. It was inevitable that on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, also falling on a Tuesday -- a day dedicated to Mars the god of war, something significant would happen. The day did not disappoint.
Goro Adachi has also pointed out the links with Hurricane Sandy and the Trojan War -- calling it the "Trojan Storm" and noting that the nor'easter that followed Sandy was dubbed Athena, another goddess directly involved in the contest over the Golden Apple.
Before examining the events of the storm itself, we should not miss the fact that other goddesses involved in the Trojan War story have also made appearances in 2012. Most obvious was Venus/Aphrodite on full gorgeous display during the Venus Transit of early June.
Less obvious was the arrival of the Chaos Goddess herself on January 13th (by sheer coincidence the anniversary of Joyce's death). This was the day when the cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized off the shore of Italy. Concordia overturned is surely Discordia, and the concord between the nations of Europe, with each of the ship's 13 decks named after a different country, has surely been tested this year.
Sync addicts will remember the Costa Concordia accident because it was eerily foreshadowed in the opening scene of the 2012 movie. In this scene the camera briefly but significantly focused on a toy cruise ship, greatly resembling the Concordia, being overturned in a puddle after hitting a rock. Two ships: one real and capsizing in the opening weeks of the year 2012, and one a toy capsizing in the opening scene of the movie 2012. Life imitating art?
Researchers quickly pointed out the similarities between this accident and the sinking of the Titanic 100 years before. It is interesting that it was the War of the Titans that brought an end to the mythical Golden Age, while it was the Trojan War that similarly brought the Heroic Age
to a bloody close.
The destruction of both ships represent the start of an age-turning war. In history, the sinking of the Titanic was quickly followed by World War One. Will the sinking of the Concordia be followed by a similar conflagration?
A Storm Is Coming
A plan to build a replica of the Titanic was announced this year, and coincidentally it was a replica of another famous ship, the HMS Bounty, that was one of the first Northern victims of Sandy as she approached the East Coast. Strangely, one of the bodies of the crew discovered by the Coast Guard was the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Fletcher Christian.
It was sailing master Christian who led the mutiny against Captain Bligh of the original Bounty. Christian and the crew were lured on to mutiny by the paradisaical beauty of Tahiti and its enticing women. Shortly after the reports of the exotic mutiny reached Europe revolution broke out in France. Like the Concordia, does the sinking of the second Bounty also point towards a near future upheaval?
In addition to proper names, syncs often appear in current events in the form of numbers. Dates, casualties, statistics, positions, etc. can all be carriers of the Cosmic Giggle. In the case of Hurricane Sandy the most publicized number associated with the storm concerned the New York subway system.
"The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night," Joseph Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, said in a statement early on Tuesday.
Readers of this blog will instantly note the significance of the number 108. As explained in detail in earlier posts, there is a transitional cycle of 108 years from the dawning of the Age of Horus in 1904 to the full expression of its "daybreak" in 2012. That the subway system is 108 years old, like the Sirius-related One Times Square, and that it is in October of 2012 that it experienced its worst disaster is certainly sync-worthy. It seems like a strong sign that we are on the right track.
108 years is the degree and a half transitional period between the ages of Pisces and Aquarius (Horus). There are twenty 108 year divisions in a traditional 2160 year astrological age. As there are twelve such ages in the Great Year then 20x12x108 equals the 25,920 years of the full cycle.
Here, synchronistically, is a direct link between Twenty Twelve and 108. In addition to being the end of the 5125 year Long Count cycle of the Maya, and possible the end of the 2160 year age of Pisces, does 2012 also mark the start of a new Great Year?
That Sandy struck on a full moon just before Hallowe'en may indicate that the world is still under the magical sway of the Moon card in the Thoth deck. Perhaps we are in a strange zone when both the Moon and the Sun are in play. This is a time of the final clash of opposites before ultimate consummation.
Another amazing sync that blurs the line into conspiratorial analysis, is the fact that in 1997 a simulation drill for a fictional storm called Hurricane Sandy was conduced by the National Weather Service. The simulated hurricane also struck the NYC area. Like similar drills held before 9/11, 7/7, and even the Batman shooting in Aurora, the 1997 Sandy drill was too close to actual events to be dismissed as coincidence.
Many synchronicities can also be found in the US election and the Petraeus affair, but all of these are hidden in the greater shadow of Benghazi. It truly is the key to understanding the Fall of 2012.
One example is the report that Paula Broadwell's passport was found in Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C. It's weird enough that someone would lose their passport jogging in a park, but weirder is that this particular park was where the body of Chandra Levy, a DC intern also involved in a high level sex scandal, was found in May of 2002. Levy had gone missing a year earlier, coinciding with allegations of an affair with US representative Gary Condit, and it was only the events of 9/11 that halted the media's obsession with the scandal.
Here, as is often the case, conspiracy blends seamlessly with synchronicity. Both the Broadwell and Levy affairs tangentially involve 9/11 events -- separated by a period of eleven years.
Gimel Your Loving
Just days after Petraeus' resignation the Israeli government launched Operation Pillar of Cloud against the Hamas administration of Gaza. "Pillar of Cloud" should ring huge alarm bells for the readers of this blog. What is this operation named after?
By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. -- Exodus 13:21-22
As we see in the above graphic, this pillar of fire by night and cloud by day is identical to the Shekhinah, the dwelling of the presence of God, which would appear between the two cherubim of the Ark of the Covenant, housed in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple of Jerusalem.
The Pillar of Cloud, therefore, is another representation of the middle pillar of the Temple or the middle pillar of the Tree of Life. It is the same 13th path represented by the High Priestess card of the Tarot, and ritually invoked by Madonna during the Superbowl ritual and throughout her MDNA tour.
To review from an earlier post:
MDNA in simple English numerology is 13+4+14+1, four numbers that sum to 32. 32 is the number of paths on the Tree of Life. MDNA describes a journey, across the Abyss, on the central pillar of the Tree of Life. It begins on the 13th path of the High Priestess, crosses the 4 at Da'at (beginning with the fourth letter Daleth or Delta -- the door), intersects the 14th path (14=N) between Binah and Chokmah, and finally reaches the Aleph at the crown of Kether. From here it is possible to merge into the Ain Soph -- the 33, or 32+1.The M standards held high above Madonna on her throne make it clear that the ritual is about the of ascent the 13th path.
It's interesting that the MDNA performances were divided into four sections: Transgression, Prophecy, Masculine/Feminine, and Redemption. This perfectly syncs with the Fall and Redemption cycle, including both prophetic visions and the consummation of opposites, that has been explored in this blog -- especially in regard to the cycle expressed in the four-part Finnegans Wake, and the four ceremonies of the London 2012 mega-ritual.
By no mere whim Madonna began her tour in Tel Aviv. Previously she has called Israel "the center of world energy." Both MDNA and London 2012 were rituals concerned with our collective passage through the Abyss. Operation Pillar of Cloud, launched by the land of Zion, represents the active phase of this same occult working. At least the syncs, and our own feverish minds, would have us believe this.
The Grape Year
This blog, from its beginning, has been tracing various synchronistic manifestations occurring this year of years, 2012.
It has examined the fact that the key years of the four saints of Britain sum to 2012, that the 70-day Torch Relay syncs with the 70-day journey through the Duat, that the orbital period ratios of Earth and Venus perfectly sync with the interval ratio of the years of the three London Olympics, that Prince William turned 30 at the exact midpoint of the 70-day journey in the same year as the Queen celebrated her 60th year of rule, that the deeply symbolic Dark Knight and Sikh Temple shootings also occurred along this journey through the underworld -- each event also deeply enmeshed in its own set of striking synchronicities, and that 2012 itself is the culminating year of a 108-year Rosicrucian cycle starting in 1904.
Beyond this, according to this blog, all of these syncs correspond to resonant patterns in popular culture, religious traditions, personal synchronicity and references to the literature of Homer, Virgil, Dante, Milton, Shakespeare, Blake and Joyce, among others.
The connection of Joyce to 2012 seems especially relevant. Joyce's work went into the public domain this year. On Feb. 2nd of this year Ulysses became 90 years old while Joyce himself would have celebrated his 130th birthday. Together these numbers sum to 220, a number which would be highly significant to the author. Joyce was born on 2/2, his initials JAAJ sum to 22, he published Ulysses on his birthday in 1922, it is set on June 16th (6+16=22), 1904 when both Joyce and Stephen Daedalus were 22 years old, it begins with a 22 word sentence,and so on.
Joyce was born in 1882 which, like 2012, was the year of a return transit of Venus -- actually the last such transit before the present year. 1132, the most recurring number in Finnegans Wake, is equivalent to the year 2012 in the traditional Nepali Sambat calendar, which Joyce could have been aware of.
To my mind all of this is significant. It all seems to indicate a single narrative that has divided the year into two parts -- a ritual build-up before 9/11 and the "fruits" of these rituals, if you will, harvested at 9/11 in Benghazi and continuing to be gathered throughout the Fall and the turn to Winter.
Operation Pillar of Cloud has ended for now, but it has directly led to Egyptian President Morsi's rise to prominence on the world stage and his subsequent assumption of dictatorial powers at home. The indefatigable researcher, Monk, discovered that the ceasefire that Morsi was instrumental in arranging went into effect at 21:00 local time on the 21st of Nov. just as Sirius was rising on the horizon at Gaza! As in the London Games, a clear Sirius alignment played a talismanic role in a major event of 2012.
The Gaza operation also seems to have had an effect on the overall strategic situation in Syria. These events in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere are rapidly developing even as I type this. "Chemical weapons" are in the headlines. The ride is not over yet.
Blake appears to confirm or at least resonate with these speculations in the apocalyptic fourth chapter to his epic, Jerusalem -- a key source throughout this blog and especially in regard to the "Zion" rituals of London 2012. In this, the very climax of the poem, the Covering Cherub, the terrifying guardian of Eden, reveals himself spread over the entire Earth as the Antichrist:
There Israel in bondage to his Generalizing GodsThe Covering Cherub is identical with the Guardian of the Threshold who blocks the gate through the Abyss. The same imagery as the Pillar of Cloud is prophetically expressed in apparent reference to very current events.
Molech & Chemosh; & in his left breast is Philistea,
In Druid Temples over the whole Earth with Victim's Sacrifice,
From Gaza to Damascus, Tyre & Sidon, & the Gods
Of Javan thro' the Isles of Grecia & all Europe's Kings,
Where Hiddekel pursues his course among the rocks.
New Order of Reality
But is there really a pattern? Do any of these "syncs" involving 2012, as well as the nearly endless torrent of all manner of predictions and premonitions, actually mean anything at all? Is noting synchronicity yet another exercise in delusion? This is very possible.
In seems to be true, though, that the apprehension of synchronicity does radically change our outlook on the world. It provides it with meaning and this meaning builds on itself. It is impossible to say if the meaning "really" exists or not. Perhaps the world only exists at all because we provide it with significance.
Richard Tarnas, in his 2006 book Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View , explores the way that our experience of synchronicity evolves into something that even transcends the phenomenon itself. It is worth quoting him in full here:
Today, a half century after Jung’s original formulation of the principle of synchronicity, with both the concept and the phenomenon now so widely recognized, one can discern a typical sequence and progression in the nature of synchronistic events and responses. The first stage is usually marked by the experience of various ambiguously suggestive coincidences and patternings that may seem somewhat remarkable, curious, or even vaguely uncanny, but can still be regarded as perhaps merely fortuitous or subjective, and are therefore usually ignored and forgotten.
Eventually, there may occur one or more especially powerful synchronicities, unambiguous in their coincidental force and precision of patterning, that have a revelatory effect on the individual and mark a decisive threshold in his or her psychological and spiritual development. Not infrequently, synchronicities of this category occur in association with births, deaths, crises, and other major turning points in life. On occasion, there may take place a sudden convergence of many such synchronicities, intricately interconnected, occurring in close proximity or in rapid succession, and having the effect of an overpowering epiphany of new meaning and purpose in the life of the individual.
Over time, however, after this threshold has been crossed, a new attitude toward synchronicities often emerges as their frequency and character come to seem part of life’s pervasive intelligence and artistry—less a paradigm-shifting revelation of a new order of reality and more a continuing source of meaning and orientation with which to participate in life with greater sensitivity and intelligence.
A disciplined alertness to significant pattern in the outer world as well as inner begins to develop as a essential aspect of living a more conscious life. The occurrence of synchronicities is seen as permitting a continuing dialogue with the unconscious and the larger whole of life while also calling forth an aesthetic and spiritual appreciation of life’s powers of symbolically resonant complex patterning. (pp. 55-56)
This "aesthetic and spiritual appreciation of life's powers of symbolically resonant complex patterning" takes us to an entirely new stage of understanding that Tarnas argues even Jung did not fully acknowledge.
Does this stage, which I think is eventually reached by any serious sync researcher, take us to a level beyond even what we usually call synchronicity? Is a further stratum of analysis, deeper than conspiracy, deeper than synchronicity, required to really grasp the whole significance of this year? Joyce's concept of "epiphany" may provide an answer to this question. To this I'll turn next.