Is Tron a Christian movie? Well – no. Not exactly. Although most people will be mostly aware of these motifs from their familiarity with Christianity, you could find these basic symbols in many other cosmologies. Clue seems more like the Gnostic “Demiurge” perhaps than Satan; and the story of the Logos coming down to save the Sophia/wisdom in humanity is also more Gnostic, although it is available (but hidden) in regular Christian theology. And by making the creator responsible for evil, it is morally superior and far more satisfying than the Christian mythos, which blames everything on Satan and absolves God from responsibility. (Derek Murphy)
do we all have daddy issues?
The Demiurge (homo est deus) has two aspects; the light aspect that must be healed and the dark aspect that must be destroyed. (Simple enough, right?) The Demiurge created a flawed, unreal world and has to send his Messiah to redeem it.
The philosophic essence of the tale is in Flynn’s struggle within himself. The struggle of Ego to integrate it’s many components, in Jungian terms. If “The Grid” is allegorical to the collective unconscious, then it naturally follows that Flynn must battle a younger version of himself… his own earlier arrogances. This straightforward depiction is very effective in illuminating the transition of knowledge to wisdom....
Clu as the Demiurge creates a compelling mythology for the creation of “The Grid” as a sub-world of our mundane world… a wheel within a wheel of creation. After all… Flynn made Clu in his image. The flaws within “the grid” illustrate an imperfect world, created by an imperfect creator.... The world created by the demiurge is separated from the greater world by a dark veil that denies access. (Tek Gnostics)
God changes, despite his obstinate insistence to the contrary. The reason that Gnosticism is a heresy is because it implies that the Good God existed before being revealed by the Son. But this is about God as he appears in the sphere of eternal nature (the Mask of God). Behind the veils there is still the immanence--"before Abraham was, I am." Elvis lives in infinite parallel dimensions. (Confusing? The Urgrund is home to all quantum paradoxes.) Outside of time and space, the Empire has already perished.
First, that God is the Spirit of Eternity, filling the Globe of Eternity with himself, that is, with power. For the further illustration of which we are to know that though God hath several names given him in the Scripture, yet the most, if not all of them, speak his relation to Eternal Nature, as he hath introduced himself into it, and clothed himself with it; but this name the Spirit of Eternity expresseth himself only with regard to his solitary and abstracted being, as he exists in the Globe of Eternity, without any relation to Eternal Nature. (John Pordage)
the fool and the wounded king
Plotinus' form of Platonic idealism is to treat the Demiurge, nous as the contemplative faculty (ergon) within man which orders the force (dynamis) into conscious reality. In this he claimed to reveal Plato's true meaning, a doctrine he learned from Platonic tradition that did not appear outside the academy or in Plato's text. This tradition of creator God as nous (the manifestation of consciousness), can be validated in the works of pre-Plotinus philosophers such as Numenius, as well as a connection between Hebrew and Platonic cosmology (see also Philo).
the two kings
And the chief archon seduced her and he begot in her two sons; the first and the second (are) Eloim and Yave. . . . The one is righteous but the other is unrighteous. . . . And these he called with the names Cain and Abel with a view to deceive. (The Apocryphon of John)
|heal the king|
There is such a thing as humility, however, and we must learn the true humility that consists of two things: (a) knowing your limitations and (b) getting the help you need. That is all humility is. It has nothing to do with any ascetic personal style or with being self-effacing. It is simply knowing your limitations. That is what the grandiose self hates. The grandiose self does not want to know any limits, and it does not want to ask for help. The twelve-step programs are so powerful because they teach a form of humility that says: "Know your limitations, and get the help you need."
--I recently found this definition, as I deal with some inner demons, and have a couple thoughts about this:
1. as one who has been accused of not acting with humility, it was good to discover what the sin (in this estimation) really meant.
2. as one w/ something of a grandiosity problem--this is grounding.
yet . . .
3. if by limitation, it is meant "place" as in to "know one's place", I object. [what if the King is a fucker?]
should it be grandiosity to merely "Ask the question"?
Is it necessary to destroy the monster to reach The New World?
or can one transform the Monster from within?
rise and rise again
Until Lambs Become Lions
Until Lambs Become Lions
A dim-witted ass was carrying an image of [the goddess] Isis, so bearing upon its bent back the venerated mysteries. Every passerby along its route worshipped the Goddess with reverence, falling to their knees to offer her their pious prayers. The ass, however, assumed that the honors were only being given to himself, and he swelled up with pride. This stopped when the donkey driver, correcting him with some whiplashes, told him: “You are not God, you half-baked ass, but only the bearer of God.”
into the underworld
|another echo; |
"what ails thee, uncle?"
|sync in a nuitshell (Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing by Stephan A. Hoeller )|
The Demiurge, then, is Sophia’s ego, her unredeemed soul, her child as truly as our psyches are the children of our true Selves. The Demiurge is not evil, but ignorant, and the Spirit which presides over him is doing everything she can to make him aware of her, to spiritualize him and fully unify with him at last, bringing about the final restoration of the world and the descent of the New Jerusalem whose foundations are already planted in the hearts of all sentient beings. (Thomas Allogenes)
Sophia births the Demiurge, or, rather, Nature (the subconscious) births Man (consciousness) in imitation of the archetype. In the episode "Rebirth," Leela creates the robotic Fry to conceal the original death. (Skip to 17 minutes in this video if you wish.)
(The Poimandres as Myth: Scholarly Theory and Gnostic Meaning by Robert A. Segal )
|hyle and sal 9/11|
Remember that unbalanced force is evil; that unbalanced severity is but cruelty and oppression; but that also unbalanced mercy is but weakness which would allow and abet Evil. Act passionately; think rationally; be Thyself. (Aleister Crowley)
(It is necessary for Dorothy to travel into Bo-OZ, or the dark side of the Tree, in order to destroy it from within.)
"About this time, Coyote had arrived at the heart of the Monster."
Prof. Farnsworth gives Bender the Doomsday Device as a heart. He has to keep moving or it will explode. "[A]t the center of not only our galaxy, but all galaxies is a supermassive black hole." Heart of the monster. Osiris is a black god. Mater dolorosa. It's all the same. The Mask was a happy face. Coyote had to be swallowed by the Mother Monster. The little robot girl's (the shesoul in a fleshcase) programming has to be changed. Visita Interiora Terrae and Rectificando. There's a living dead girl in the bathtub in room 217. That's the secret of the Overlook. Tyrell is there, too, playing the bartender. Jack didn't kill the girl, she was already dead when he was put in charge. (Original sin.)
Into this wilde Abyss,
The Womb of nature and perhaps her Grave,
Of neither Sea, nor Shore, nor Air, nor Fire,
But all these in thir pregnant causes mixt
Confus'dly, and which thus must ever fight,
Unless th' Almighty Maker them ordain
His dark materials to create more Worlds (Paradise Lost)
The Hero is born in a state of ignorance and then becomes aware that he is living in a chaotic and unreal world that he must set into order. Creatio ex nihilo. Harry ("hairy" = virility, as in the bearded Jesus) is the "potter", the Demiurge himself, throwing darts in Ron (Sulphur) and Hermione (Mercury)'s eyes.
So, what is real? Or, rather, what is more artificial? The animal man, or the artificial woman that the magus (the hairy potter) creates to repair the breach in the Godhead? It's not really Ellie's father she contacts, just a re-creation (re-generation). The Beatles were right about love, but so were Peter & Gordon.
[The Demiurge] gave forms to the choical or purely material parts of nature. It is he who supplies the fiery heat of generation by which these forms are still continued. In this work the Logos had no part, for "all things were made through him, and without him was made nothing." The "nothing" that was made without him is the kosmos idikos. On the other hand, it is the Logos, who is identified with the serpent, . . . who brings down the pneumatic and psychical elements, so that through him man became a living soul. But he has now to do a greater work, namely, to provide for the release of the higher elements now enslaved under the dominion of matter, and for their restoration to the good God. ("Naassenes")
|daffi and donald|
two kings (a message from las vega?)
noun, adjective, verb, -icked, -ick·ing.
a picture or decoration made of small, usually colored pieces of inlaid stone, glass, etc.
the process of producing such a picture or decoration.
something resembling such a picture or decoration in composition, especially in being made up of diverse elements: a mosaic of borrowed ideas.
pertaining to, resembling, or used for making a mosaic or mosaic work: a mosaic tile.
composed of a combination of diverse elements.
of or pertaining to Moses or the writings, laws, and principles attributed to him: Mosaic ethics.
Boehme . . . saw the root of all mysteries, the Ungrund or Urgrund, whence issue all contrasts and discordant principles, hardness and softness, severity and mildness, sweet and bitter, love and sorrow, heaven and hell. These he “saw” in their origin; these he attempted to describe in their issue, and to reconcile in their eternal result. He saw into the being of God; whence the birth or going forth of the divine manifestation. Nature lay unveiled to him, he was at home in the heart of things.
The mosaic pavement in an old symbol of the Order. It is met with in the earliest rituals of the last century. It is classed among the ornaments of the lodge along with the indented tessel and the blazing star. Its party-colored stones of black and white have been readily and appropriately interpreted as symbols of the evil and good of human life. (Albert G. Mackey, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry)
The pavement, alternately black and white, symbolizes, whether so intended or not, the Good and Evil Principles of the Egyptian and Persian creed. It is the warfare of Michael and Satan, of the Gods and Titans, of Balder and Lok; between light and shadow, which is darkness; Day and Night; Freedom and Despotism; Religious Liberty and the Arbitrary Dogmas of a Church that thinks for its votaries, and whose Pontiff claims to be infallible, and the decretals of its Councils to constitute a gospel. (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma)
|LORD black and LORD whitey|
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7)
Crowley would prepare two different rooms: one for the practice of White Magic and the other one for Black Magic. ("Aleister Crowley")
The Prestige features (spoiler alert) Christian Bale as twin brothers masquerading as a single magician. Through sync logic we can say that the magician Christian Bale in The Prestige = Batman = Anakin Skywalker = Aleister Crowley = God. Each loves a different woman. Thus why half of Crowley's work is sublime poetry while the other half is fascistic trash. (Black and Whitey, again--this may have been a bit of a conscious joke on Crowley's part.) Hugh Jackman (our Major Tom traveller through the stargate) kills himself over and over in this movie in an attempt to become a Magickal Adept.
the hanged woman
Hugh Jackman (= Job, the tormented aspirant questioning the vicissitudes of existence) has it in for Christian Bale (= God, the great magician) because Bale's evil twin drowned Jackman's wife. This closely mirrors the plot of The Fountain. Jackman's realization is that the reason that God (Bale) has been incomprehensible to him is because . . . there's two of them. In the end, Christian Bale's evil twin sacrifices himself for the good one.
Flynn sought perfection in his virtual world. His demand of perfection, which he programmed into Clu, did not anticipate the unforeseeable… the spontaneous manifestation of a new life-form. The finite or closed system could not accommodate new information, which made “the grid” an inherently flawed realm. (Tek Gnostics)
. . .
|o right (kill the bill)|
|never reached this stage?|
This is Goldie, Scrooge's old girlfriend. She may or may not be dead, but he certainly hasn't seen her in about 50 years. See, she's in the dreamworld because Scrooge carries a lot of guilt from the way he treated her when they were together (i.e., he kidnapped and tormented her. Yeah, Ducktales skipped over Scrooge's violent criminal phase.). Kind of like the guilt DiCaprio feels, believing that he killed his wife, whom he constantly visits in his dreams. (5 Amazing Things Invented by Donald Duck (Seriously) at Cracked.com)
black and white = gold?
in hoc signo vinces (the conquistador)
I Know She's Living There & She Loves Me To This Day; I Still Can't Remember When Or How I Lost My Way.
or, Hearts of Gold
In the mythology of the Muisca today, gold (Mnya) represents the energy contained in the trinity of Chiminigagua, which constitutes the creative power of everything that exists. . . . El Dorado is also sometimes used as a metaphor to represent an ultimate prize or "Holy Grail" that one might spend one's life seeking.
Gold, or Das Rheingold ?
"What else is life but being near you?"
"To me he seems like a god . . ."
Avatar (which I have not seen) appears to be an allegory. Jake Sully, like George W. Bush, seeks to conquer the Woman (that is, Sophia as the subconscious; or, Islam as the Mother Moon-Star) in order to extract Her riches, but will end up being consumed by Her.
news of the world (the NoW)
|strangers when we meet|
(She never truly died--She just became an Ice Queen.)
how to prevent the robopocalypse
|you don't say|
the king of the emerald city
. . .
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. --Rev 13:2
Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my! --Wizard of Oz
In James Cameron’s Avatar, Jake Sully (the Knights Templar resonating Marine) travels to Pandora, a moon of Alpha Centauri that is an Oz-like dream land of fierce and untamed beauty. Like Dorothy, Jake must lie down in a “bed” and go to “sleep” before he can awaken there, which makes this moon another metaphor for the subconscious. Not the first time we’ve heard that one...
The miners from the RDA corporation (egoic consciousness) seek a great treasure there. Perhaps “unobtainium” is a metaphor for the Holy Grail, and the grail-crazed Templars/Conquistadors will do anything to obtain it. Again, we see that the Grail can only be found in the subconscious, under the sea, in the octopus’s garden. Jake follows the typical hero’s journey, and I was fascinated that one of his labors was “taming the red dragon”:
“To regain the Na'vi's trust, Jake takes a dangerous gamble and links with a Toruk, a powerful flying predator that has been tamed only five times in Na'vi history.”Toruk (the red dragon) literally gives Jake his power, his seat, and great authority. The red dragon as another metaphor for Kundalini sexual energy rising from the red chakra - the devil himself.
Thing is, the dragon is a part of me, and can’t be killed. If I try, then he merely pops up again with two heads instead of one, twice as powerful as before. Instead of trying to slay, ignore or mock the dragon, maybe I could try to tame him. And I can’t tame him unless I get to know and befriend him. Call me the "dragon whisperer".
Like the maiden who charms the unicorn, the would be dragon tamer attracts him with virgin territory, and then quickly mounts the would be rapist. The virgin whore rides the beast. Giddy up!
not sure what I still think of this book . . . but the encounters have become closer for sure.
It's a thief in the night
To come and grab you
It can creep up inside you
And consume you
A disease of the mind
It can control you
I feel like a monster
To come and grab you
It can creep up inside you
And consume you
A disease of the mind
It can control you
I feel like a monster
. . .
|the queen from the north|