don’t look now

On March 31, 1987,
even those without interest in art
were
made aware

sol fleur

… of van Gogh’s Sunflowers series …

... when Japanese insurance magnate Yasuo Goto paid the equivalent of US $39,921,750 for … Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers at auction at Christie‘s London, at the time a record-setting amount for a work of art. The price was over four times the previous record

On 22nd December 2012, the author of toolonginthisplace read Matt Delooze’s breakdown of the highly successful Mayan 5-D Production.

This article
was inspired
by that article.
(see link at bottom)

Matt states that time & time again the human race has been coaxed, tricked & fooled into giving emotional respect to symbols. He states that it was the emotional attention we put on the symbols of the Mayan D-Day performance that was crucial to its success.

If becoming emotional over symbols sounds too trivial to contemplate, think about the last time you got wound up by something someone said.

What actually happened?

They simply opened their mouths &
made sounds come out…

open mouthed
… it was you
who converted them into
emotion
(& reacted accordingly).

Words are an example of symbols. Symbols are not the ‘real thing’, but we take them for the “real thing”. They are proxies:

proxy  n.

1. A person authorized to act for another; an agent or substitute.

2. The authority to act for another.

3. The written authorization to act in place of another

Whether or not you accept what Matt says regarding the origins of this emotional farming, his work stands firmly on its own two feet. There is certainly a consistent media drive towards …

n-ewe year lambs

… human emotion-rousing
in …

sell-out-brate

repeat-pattern
circumstances
(with glittering sun worship overtones)

One of the tell-tale signs of the all-does-not-feel-right sensation is the emotion-plummet that follows these hyped events. What was ultra important one moment becomes something to quickly move away from, the next – rather like a quick mindless shag.

Do yourself a big favour & get familiar with that sensation of being screwed – it’s really rather important to know when you are being fucked with.

So I wanted to take you on a tour of hype beginning way back with the beginning of the recent sun-worship spectacular.

By the 1980s, … the New Age fascination with ancient symbols gained wide currency

Remember ye the 25 year count down?

When I participated in the Harmonic Convergence in August 1987, it was the first time I had heard of 2012

catching rays

The Harmonic Convergence is the name given to the world’s first globally synchronized meditation, announced by José Argüelles which occurred on August 16–17, 1987 … closely correlated to an exceptional alignment of planets in our solar system

According to Argüelles, the Harmonic Convergence also began the final 25-year countdown to the end of the Mayan Long Count in 2012, which would be the so-called end of history and the beginning of a new 5,125-year cycle. Evils of the modern world, e.g. war, materialism, violence, abuses, injustice, oppression, etc. would end with the birth of the 6th Sun and the 5th Earth on December 21, 2012

If we have spent (up to) the last 25 years being conned into sun worship …

worship    reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites

… it might be useful to see how the …

film flour

ceremony
performance

clappered

… was directed

The Greeks, Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs, and modern day Christians have all considered the sun sacred in one way or another

We really don’t know much. Those of us who seek possible explanations may be guilty of bias, that is why I love finding words spoken by those who see without seeking anything at all – what they say contains the innocence & honesty of children:

On March 31, 1987, even those without interest in art were made aware of van Gogh’s Sunflowers series when Japanese insurance magnate Yasuo Goto paid the equivalent of US $39,921,750 for Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers at auction at Christie‘s London” (wiki)

In our world most worship is initiated
by the

cryer

public announcement
of
$$$
‘great-dollar-value’

worship (n.) … O.E. worðscip… “condition of being worthy, honor, renown

On 31st march 1987, van Gogh’s sunflowers were baptised with god-status.

The ritual took place in a hallowed church:

CHRIST(ies)

When you absolutely, positively
have to it get your message
swallowed by the public

You may be wondering “Why use such a trivial symbol as sunflowers”:

Sunflowers are symbolic of adoration

Also known as “worship”.

Sunflowers turn their heads to the sun … Sunflowers belong to the genus helianthus, a reference to Helios, the sun god

Many indigenous American peoples used the sunflower as the symbol of their solar deity, including the Aztecs and the Otomi of Mexico and the Incas in South America” (see Matt’s link at bottom)

Sunflowers have played their part in initiating other cycles too:

The sunflower is the state flower of the US state of Kansas

garlands of sunflowers

This Garland of sunflowers premiered just one week before World War II opened in theatres (of war) over Europe (1939).

Speaking of yellow flowers & hyped productions, hands up how many of were schooled in this poem:

sunny tracks

The Daffodils” is a lyric poem by William Wordsworth …  inspired by an event …  in which Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, came across a “long belt” of daffodils

Another tin man very partial to those yellow flowers is of course Bender, whose 3rd & 2nd all time favourite words are:

shiny daff

shiny.. daffodil

But I’ve gone off track. Let’s return to the opening year of 25 year countdown – 1987.

Nineteen days after the world’s baptism by sunflower, a shiny yellow family was born.

shining family

no, no, no …not that one …

the shining

this one.
(The shot heard around the world)

April 19 – The Simpsons cartoon first appears as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show

Well, well, well you didn’t see that coming did you? The Simpson Solar Cult. Did you faithfully attend the Church of the Latter Day Simp-sun’s every week?

Giving emotional respect
is really quite easy
n’est-ce pas?

And of course spring fields are such great places to grow pretty yellow flowers too.

April 19 is a heavy day in history“.

On that day two years earlier, the FBI, dressed up as fishers of men, besieged the Christian cult of The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSAL) in Arkansas

The date of the siege, coincidentally, was the 210th anniversary of “the shot heard round the world” from the Revolutionary War. Eight years later in 1993, this was the date that the FBI chose to end the standoff in Waco, after specifically having studied the outcome of the CSA standoff. Two years after that, in 1995, this was the date chosen by Timothy McVeigh, in protest against the Waco incident among others, to bomb the Federal building in Oklahoma City

And now back to 1987.

On August 16th, the day of …

converging

… the Harmonic Convergence a strange incident occurred. Note the girl-coming-back-from-the-dead theme aka the Persephone Effect:

Northwest Airlines Flight 255 (a McDonnell Douglas MD-82) crashes on takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan just west of Detroit killing all but one (4-year old Cecelia Cichan) of the 156 people on board

Oh Cecilia, I’m down on m my knees,
I’m begging you please to come home.
Come on home

And here it is again a few months later:

October 14–October 16 – The United States is caught up in a drama that unfolds on television as a young child, Jessica McClure, falls down a well in Midland, Texas, and is later rescued

Jessica became the godmother to CNN …

CNN, then a fledgling cable news outlet, was on the scene with around-the-clock coverage of the rescue effort

… while Father Ronald Reagan baptised the world:

This massive media saturation of the ordeal prompted then-President Ronald Reagan to state that “everybody in America became godmothers and godfathers of Jessica while this was going on”.”

Just in case anyone missed the event there were special edition photographs:

The photograph of her being rescued fetched the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography to Scott Shaw of the Odessa American

And lest people forget:

well well

ABC made a TV movie of the story in 1989, Everybody’s Baby

Of course we might rename it “Let there be Light”

The footage of McClure being rescued is shown in Michael Jackson’s music video “Man in the Mirror” and in the movie V for Vendetta

So not surprising then that:

On May 30, 2007, USA Today ranked McClure #22 on its list of “25 lives of indelible impact.”

A heat-warming story or a re-enactment of the Eleusinian Mysteries? The tale of the girl lured into the underworld by narcissus (daffodils):

The mysteries represented the myth of the abduction of Persephone from her mother Demeter by the king of the underworld Hades … the “descent” (loss), the “search” and the “ascent”, with the main theme the “ascent” of Persephone and the reunion with her mother

Oh Cecilia, I’m down on m my knees,
I’m begging you please to come home.
Come on home

Added to our list of females bestowed with Persephone’d status in 1987 is Ruslana Korshunova, the Russian model …

rus alka

… aka the Russian Rapunzel, born on 2nd July that year. Like Persephone, who was never freed to live her own life, Ruslana never got to own the key to her own door. Three days before her 21st birthday she leapt from the pages of her story & drowned the pavement of Water (Street).

Ruslana means lion …

lyin

… the symbol of the sun.

Ahh … the magic of fire & water

Alchemy knows a lot of opposite images, like water and fire … the Sun and the Moon … The union of these opposites … constitutes … the union of divine or spiritual energies with earthly energies

It’s hard not to wonder these days, if the extra-juicy-meaning-packed news stories, are truth, fantasy or alchemical concoctions.

it is uncertain whether Yasuo Goto bought the painting himself …

sol fleur

… or on behalf of his company, the Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance Company of Japan

Japan was certainly the perfect locale for a solar-worshipping spell:

The Japanese names for Japan are Nippon and Nihon … Both ...

nippon

mean “the sun’s origin

Incidentally the sunflowery date of March 31st just happens to be the date that Japan was baptised / ‘opened’, by the West:

On March 31, 1854, Commodore Matthew Perry and the “Black Ships” of the United States Navy forced the opening of Japan to the outside world with the Convention of Kanagawa

A little extra for those who don’t completely buy everything the media tells them – I think you will appreciate the not-so-subtle nuances of one aftermath of the Jessica McClure ‘story’:

Paramedic Robert O’Donnell and Midland Police Officer Andy Glasscock played crucial roles in McClure’s rescue. O’Donnell suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and committed suicide in 1995. In 2004, Glasscock was arrested and charged with sexually exploiting a minor

I want to take you back to the SimpSuns – a bunch of characters who have never drawn breath & yet have become a serious part of most Western families:

The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, American animated program, and … American primetime, scripted television series

has won dozens of awards … including 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. Time magazine’s December 31, 1999, issue named it the 20th century’s best television series, and on January 14, 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

If animation is allowed such a free-hand in our lives, then a little wicked speculation shall have its day too.

Let’s turn our attention to most important member of the SimpSUN family

li sa

Lisa

If in doubt, look no further than the hairdo that proclaims her the ‘star’.

You’ve seen …

hairdo

… that hairstyle before, of course.

Time for us to play – it’s good for you, so don’t start groening.

Lisa (male) and Mawu (female) … are the creator deities, occasionally combined as Mawu-Lisa, an androgynous deity

sun & moon

The dual creator god of the Fon of Dahomey, Mawu-Lisa can be broken down into the male part (Lisa) and the female (Mawu) … . Mawu is associated with the moon, night, fertility, motherhood, gentleness, forgiveness, rest and joy, whereas Lisa is identified with the sun, day, heat, work, power, war, strength and toughness

In some versions, Mawu is male and Lisa female. They were said to have produced the first humans, seven pairs of twins

Lisa SimpSun got my attention in a round about way. Because of another Lisa that I have wondered about for quite some time.

A very hyped Lisa.

Yes you guessed it.

sun & moon

Mawu Lisa

minnie

Oops I meant Mona Lisa

Lisa (male) and Mawu (female) … are the creator deities, occasionally combined as Mawu-Lisa, an androgynous deity

But surely Mona Lisa is all woman!

Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno, better known as Salaì (“The Devil”, lit. “The little unclean one”…), was an Italian artist and pupil of Leonardo da Vinci from 1490 to 1518.

… He joined Leonardo’s household at the age of ten as an assistant. Vasari describes Salaì as “a graceful and beautiful youth with curly hair, in which Leonardo greatly delighted“. Although Leonardo described him as “a liar, a thief, stubborn and a glutton” and he stole from Leonardo on at least five occasions, he kept him in his household for more than 25 years, in which he trained as an artist.

It has been suggested, as early as the 16th century, that there was a sexually intimate relationship between Leonardo and Salai, but this cannot be known for certain

singen

A group of Italian researchers has claimed that Salaì was the model for the Mona Lisa, noting the similarity in some of the facial features, particularly the nose and mouth …These claims have been disputed by the Louvre

Salaì became a capable, although not very impressive, painter, who created several works ...

and roger ny

... including the Monna Vanna, a nude version of the Mona Lisa which may be based on a lost nude by Leonardo” (wiki)

But let’s not get drawn into the Mona Lisa hype yet again – we spend way too much time giving attention where we are directed to give attention – as another hyped attention getter/director tells us:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players

Speaking of being played upon here’s one that was made earlier …

lisa mona

THE ‘LADY’ VANISHES ( A story in three parts)

Part i: act i, scene i: Setting – The Louvre 1911. A painting disappears

Part ii: scene i: A Star is Born. Images of the vanished lady are plastered all over Europe – creating an object of veneration & desire. She goes from being an unknown “da Vinci picture” to having her own dressing room & name in lights. Henceforward the mere mention of Mona Lisa causes the ear to glaze over.

big news

(toolonginthisplace reproduction of original 1911 newspaper)

What really put a face to the name was the press coverage inspired by the theft. Every major newspaper in Europe covered the story, and every story was illustrated with a reproduction of the painting …  Millions of people who might not have seen it, might never even have heard of it, soon became experts on Leonardo’s stolen paintingLink

Act iii, scene i: The Prodigal Painting returns. The painting is found in 1913 -one year before WWI breaks out. The world is told to rejoice.

After its theft, the painting was exhibited all over Italy with banner headlines rejoicing its return and then returned to the Louvre in 1913

Lest the world forget, the Madonna’s ‘enigma-tic’ smile is sold down through the decades as the reason for her fame.

“[Mona Lisa] has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world”.”

altar

Adoration of the ‘Lady’.

Speaking of repeat pattern circumstances – have a look at her enigmatic thief:

Vincenzo Peruggia (October 8, 1881, Dumenza, Varese, Italy – October 8, 1925 France) was the man who stole the Mona Lisa on 21 August 1911 … aged 44

Mona Lisa’s name can be rearranged to make – sol (sun) mania.

Mania could be deemed to be the “effect caused by being repeatedly directed to worship that which we would otherwise not be inclined to worship”:

mania (n.)   late 14c., “mental derangement characterized by excitement and delusion,” from L.L. mania “insanity, madness

Mania & Media seem to be spelling cousins.

Is Mona Lisa a symbolic combination of male- female, sun-moon?

Mona
Ancient Italian   Contraction of the title Madonna             My lady
Old English                                                                  Moon

A feeling/image jumped into my head while contemplating this article – that the Statue & Liberty & the Mona Lisa are the same entity. Certainly the (not very belle) dame of liberty has …

manly

… ‘strong’ masculine aquiline features.

Let’s finish on one other symbol of sun worship. Thanks to the bs sold as heart-warming rememberancing of the 20th century, most countries are littered with unrecognised sun temples:

remembrancing

Thou

sun temple

shalt
worship

sun dialled

thy
glorious

sol dieu

dead
soldiers.

Try saying the word soldier out loud.

What do you hear?

Sol Dieu

translation =

sunny gods

Sun God

~ ~ ~

Link to Matt Delooze’s article: Who’s that Dancing in the Headdress  – “An explanation as to the hype of 2012 and the end of the world”

(It’s a free of charge download from lulu)

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December 30, 2012. Uncategorized.

13 Comments

  1. empoweredbyknowledge replied:

    I love the way eviscerate our given reality. The first time I saw the SimpSuns my eyes totally rejected the cartoons because of the yellow colour of the characters.

  2. shabsoasis replied:

    Wow. Just wow. I love how you help open my thinking.

  3. Darren B replied:

    Writing of “The Simpsons”,I took my two boys to see Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson) at the Brisbane Concert Hall at Southbank,when Nancy toured Australia years ago.

    We were waiting outside in the foyer for the doors to open, our backs to a glass wall. There were about twenty bar tables scattered throughout the foyer where you could rest your beer/wine glass and snacks on.
    The tables featured a round top attached to a pole and underneath was a smaller round table about half way down where you could put your bag, I guess?

    My youngest son, who was about 11 at the time, asked me what the smaller table was for. I thought I would be funny and told him that it was for dwarfs to rest their beer glasses on, as they were too short to reach the real table top.This seemed to satisfy his curiosity and we just continued to wait for the doors to open.

    About five minutes later (and I swear my son’s/sun’s lives on this), a dwarf came along and placed a beer glass on the exact table my son had pointed out, not on the little table underneath, but on top of the real tabletop. I looked at my boys with pleading eyes not to say a word.

    I know people reading this comment will think that the little fellow must have been around before I made the remark, but I can assure you that wasn’t the case. The odds of this happening must be trillions to one, as I hadn’t seen a dwarf in real life for about ten years at the time,and I haven’t seen one since. Out of all the “coincidences” in my life this one is my favourite.

    So you may be right in your chapter in “The SYNC Book 2” about the Trickster / Pisstaker kicking your a#se with sync ?-)

  4. Michael Skaggs replied:

    Really enjoyed this one! :-)

    I will admit I was hooked on the Simp-Suns! Pretty sad, I know, but I die-sected them in the latter years on The Hidden Agendas once my eyes were opened to the mania!

    Great work Alex! I often wondered why the hype when the painting was stolen, and it was simply to get it into the Mass group think!

    Cheers for pointing all that out!

  5. Darren B replied:

    I enjoyed your chapter in “The SYNC Book 2” Alex,and had a bit of a sync reading this post here,so I did a post on my blog…well,in the spirit of your SYNC Book 2 chapter,it turned into a bit of a piss take.
    But hopefully you’ll get a laugh out of it,and not get pissed off .-)

    http://brizdazz.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/yellowthe-colour-of-sync.html

  6. mysticnihilist replied:

    Long-time reader, first-time commenting. I truly appreciate your outlook and concept-play. Here’s what came of my playing with Jessica McClure:

    Jessica – from Iscah, “to behold” + MCC(1200) Lure

    Oh, and also ‘Cecilia’ – Latinate feminine form of the Roman family name Caecilius, which was derived from Latin caecus “blind”

    Cheers and keep playing!

  7. alex robinson replied:

    Wonderful empowered, maybe, just maybe we can start to become conscious of what our bodies have been telling us for years.

    very best to you

    Thank you shabsoasis, & I am very grateful that my work is offered a place at yours & other people’s tables – in a way my readers helped me reclaim my future. We are all in this together & what a mighty unstoppable creative process we can be.

    very best to you

    Hello Darren, thoroughly enjoyed your sync tale – read it to my son as well – meshed wonderfully with my pisstake article :)

    Fun write up – was glad to see you take the yellow ball further into play!

    very best to you

    Gidday Michael, millions were/are ‘hooked’ on the simspuns – amazing when they are not even alive – but they have been made as alive as people who draw breath – probably even more so than many humans.
    I’m not saying I’m right, just looking from another angle, as you did – empoweredbyknowledge’s comment at the opening is very telling – I wonder how many people had a similar reaction & then made their mind bypass it.

    very best to you & your little friends

    Thanks mysticnihilist, always good to see people playing :)

    Good spotting on the Lure
    lure = bait
    “bait (v.1) “to torment or goad … from Old Norse beita “to cause to bite,”
    to bite & swallow – so much seems designed for us to ‘swALLOW’ -with the thinking system we use once we swallow something it is given free reign inside us – it is most unlikely we will ever question it again.
    This is why we keep missing so much & why it seems to me to be useful to look from different angles – if a fish came upon bait from a different angle it might just see the hook!

    A little further play on your play – the name Cecelia = “the way for the blind”

    very best to you

    • Susan replied:

      Alex, that was wonderful. I always thought there was something “more” going on with the Simpsons, but I was focused on Marge’s hair, not Lisa’s. You are really good at making connections..

      I’m also thinking about all those yellow references in songs – “Mellow Yellow”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Yellow is the color of my true love’s hair”, “Big yellow taxi”, to name a few.

      And, thanks for the reference to Matthew Delooze’s article – what he says makes so much sense and got me looking into the history of the Aztecs, who were so easily and mysteriously conquered by the Spanish. There are way more questions than answers about that story, as well as what was going on with the extreme human sacrifice.

      Thanks for your work, and Happy Post Apocalypse! –

      Susan

      .

  8. Darren B replied:

    Well,it had to happen.
    No sooner do I mention my weirdest sync ever about a dwarf appearing to play a trick on me,then this happens –

    http://brizdazz.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/lifes-too-shortbut-heres-big-little.html

    Talk about taking the piss ?-)

    Oh…and look at the ROBINSON syncs as well.
    Floodgates open .-)

  9. alex robinson replied:

    Hi Susan
    I never clicked with the SimpSuns so never gave them my attention. Now I wonder why their strange colour didn’t spark off a question or two – they really are bizarre.

    Same with yellow references – funny how we just accept – it’s ‘art’ / creativity so it ‘supposed’ to be weird.

    Matt does amazing work – he’s never ceases to amaze me. Sadly a lot of his earlier work seems to have disappeared. But his other free downloads are very well worth reading esp if you are interested in aztecs try this one:

    http://www.lulu.com/shop/matthew-delooze/a-flood-of-tears-for-viracocha/ebook/product-20106749.html

    – it will all make sense :)

    very best to you

    The sign of the trickster Darren – now be careful what you wish for :)

  10. Alan Green replied:

    You may recall that the Simpsons did an episode spoofing the Jessica McLure story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Bart#Cultural_references . . . in the episode they also sing a spoof of “We are the World” called “Sending our Love Down a Well” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfdXbTRVRzc

    • Darren B replied:

      @Alan Green
      Sting is also featured in the show I refer to in my above comment –
      “Life’s Too Short” ,

      where he plays himself,getting Warwick to bid at a celebrity charity auction.
      And all goes wrong for Warwick,as usual.

  11. alex robinson replied:

    Hello Mr Green (& Darren)
    I’ve never watched the Simp-suns, but a couple of friends have mentioned that episode.

    Because of your links & Darren’s comment, I looked up Sting – in 1987 he brought out an album with an interesting title & ‘piss poor’ explanation:

    …Nothing Like the Sun is a 1987 album by Sting. The title comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet #130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”), which Sting used in the song “Sister Moon”. He added that his inspiration for this was a close encounter with a drunk, in which Sting quoted the sonnet in response to the drunk’s importunate query, “How beautiful is the moon?”.”

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