|The Two Towers|
I was chatting with Alan Green last night about the new London Bridge Shard, which I sense is the "twin" of the new One World Trade Center in Manhattan. The Shard was topped out in April 2012, the OWTC is scheduled for topping out in August. Both are "pillarmids" to use Jake Kotze's word - skyscrapers that evoke both pillars and pyramids in their symbolism. The Shard is Europe's tallest building, while OWTC, at a symbolic 1776 ft. including spire, will be the tallest building in the New World. I see this as a "hands across the waters" thing, the twin towers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks rebuilt, one in the United Kingdom and the other in the United States.
|Three Marys, Two Peaks|
|The Three Marys|
Isis is also called Stella Maris, or "Star of the Sea". There are many Catholic parishes in maritime locations called "Our Lady, Star of the Sea". The word Mary has its root in Mar - the sea. So we have these two new pillars standing quite literally on either side of Mary, AKA the Atlantic Ocean, or Atlantis.
|A piece of the Emerald Tablet of Thoth/Hermes|
In the 2006 film, Superman Returns, Lex Luthor uses one of the stolen Kryptonian crystals (or shards), which he has combined with Kryptonite, to grow a new continental landmass in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. The landmass threatens to destroy Metropolis, so Superman must descend into the depths, and then lift this new continent out of the ocean and hurls it into the heavens. We see him stepping into the role of Atlas, the titan who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, who also happens to be the first born twin son of Poseidon, the king of Atlantis. We note he is powered by the sun, and Isis/Mary's fruit is the sun/son.
The Dark Crystal is a 1982 British-American fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. It dramatizes the story of Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' to restore balance to his alien world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem.Ahhh... the USA, a powerful but broken gem - the jewel in the crown, so to speak. Perhaps the former rebels are to be reunited with the Mothership... via a lost "shard".
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|Lex Luthor and the Shard (Miss American Pie)|
Isaac Luria, the renowned sixteenth century Kabbalist, used the phrase “tikkun olam,” usually translated as repairing the world, to encapsulate the true role of humanity in the ongoing evolution and spiritualization of the cosmos. Luria taught that God created the world by forming vessels of light to hold the Divine Light. But as God poured the Light into the vessels, they catastrophically shattered, tumbling down toward the realm of matter. Thus, our world consists of countless shards of the original vessels entrapping sparks of the Divine Light. Humanity’s great task involves helping God by freeing and reuniting the scattered Light, raising the sparks back to Divinity and restoring the broken world. (Tikkun Olam)
|Great party, isn't it|
Buddy Hollywood and Miss American Pie
|Peter Sellers' bathtub|
|Joseph Campbell's soup|
(Re-membering Happy Days)
|Fire and Ice|
|American graffiti: Crossed out in '62|
(Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree)
(The Shard of Light)
AT ONE MENT
I would have given you all of my heart
But there's someone who's torn it apart
And he's taken almost all that I've got
|Loser has to keep America clean|
(Waiting for the Shard)
(The Dark Crystal)
|The Dark Crystal and the Shard|
(The World Soul and the Spirit eternally dancing within it . . .)
bringing the fragmented self together
While the King was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
In Kubrick's Lolita, Mona Dahl as the Shekinah in Malkuth forms one half of the Two Towers with Lolita Haze as the splintered Light of Kether. The qlipothic Husks (Charlotte) conceal the Shards of Holiness (Lolita). In the Tikkun Olam, Lo leaves Mona's party (Ziegler's party in Malkuth as Macrocosm), but then wants to rejoin her (Mona as Malkuth in Microcosm, the Dark Crystal) in a chemical marriage--"the two made one."
Mona as Shekinah "cloud" is dependent on the light of the higher sephirot; and here we see the "pink light" that graced the 2001 Monolith.
In American Beauty, Angela Hayes and Jane Burnham are Lolita Haze and Mona Dahl. Everyone thought Angela was a "Whore," but she turned out to be the Virgin.
Angela is a performer, the leader of the cheerleading squad--her adultery is in appearance only and her essential nature remains pure. But Ricky must see past Angela's illusory dance to discover Jane's bright reflection.
|The crown of thorns|
Lester dies after unveiling Angela (since no man may look upon her and live)--he would have been able to pierce her mysteries, but the Father of Wrath demands a sacrifice. The Sacred King dies and is reborn as the Son (Ricky).
|Mona is filled with secrets|
Lester needs Angela to tell him about Jane, his own Daughter, as she is inaccessible to him. Jane as the Dark Crystal offers more complexity as an individual, and it is she who unites with Ricky (Malkuth unites with Tiphareth).
Ricky is the Young King who sees Beauty everywhere. Angela-Kether and Jane-Malkuth harmonize in Ricky-Tiphareth, when the Two Towers become one.
|The King of the Wood|
Ricky takes the place of the Minotaur (the Eye of the Pyramid) at the center of the Labyrinth and wields the Movie Camera of the Mask of God. (Ricky is a synchromystic; he communes with God through video, like Max and Nicki in Videodrome.)
|If you meet Ricky Fitts on the road, kill him|
Wes Bentley plays the villainous Seneca Crane (the King of the Wood as Head Gamemaker) in The Hunger Games. And this, again, is the nature of the Curse for Ricky is really the devil, even though he's also the Hero-Initiate. He's the one who dies when Katniss (the Princess--Jane again) claims the Crown from the Old King.
"It's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world" is Lester's line, but it's Ricky's ethos. The last vision in American Beauty is of Jane as the Princess in Malkuth.