May 30, 2009

A Moment Well Spent

Britain's Prince Harry spends a moment with 4-year-old Madison Murphy at Ground Zero. Madison's mom, Monica Iken, lost her husband, Michael, on Sept. 11, 2001.

Some powerful symbolism in this tenderly contrived photo-op. Prince Harry (carrier of the "sacred bloodline" of Christ) bonds with (marries) an MM, signifying Mary Magdalene - "the Bride of Christ". Her father was Michael - the archangel/protector of Jerusalem and "He who is like God". New York, via the Hudson/Jordan River, is symbolically Jerusalem, so Michael was also symbolically "killed" on 911.

A little tableau that seems "pregnant" with meaning.

May 28, 2009

Forty Years in the Desert

Gay consciousness is officially forty years old on June 28: the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Forty years is just busting with symbolic possibility:

In the time of Noah, the rain fell for forty days and nights. Afterwards, the rainbow is given as the sign of the covenant. Genesis 7:12

Joseph embalmed his father Israel for 40 days. Genesis 50:3

Moses stayed in the cloud on the mountain top for 40 days and nights, neither eating or drinking. Exodus 34:28

The nation of Israel, after "coming out" of Egypt, wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, surviving on Manna. Numbers 14:34

A prisoner cannot be flogged for more than forty lashes. Deuteronomy 25:3

Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days and forty nights, being tempted by Satan. Mark 1:3

The number forty seems to be related to a time of trial and testing. I'm not sure why, but I note the number four is related to the four seasons, four elements, four points of a compass, the four major points of a clock face, and yea... the four horsemen. Perhaps, at least in part, it signifies a period of time or a complete rotation, the completion of a passage, or an odyssey. Forty is also the year that a man finally leaves all pretense of youth behind.

Gay consciousness has survived in the "wilderness" for forty years, and we've had our share of testing. I remember sitting in with a group of straight progressive Christians (yes, there are still a few) some years ago, and the subject came up about how to manifest meaningful and effective care for your "brother", and someone mentioned the gay community's response to the AIDS crisis as a positive example, and I thought it was kinda nice to be lumped in with the "good example" for once.

Anyway, the next step is over the River Jordan, and I think the coming year might be pretty amazing. Jericho's walls are building higher and higher:

California Supreme Court upholds Proposition 8, confirming the denial of marriage equality to gays. --SF Gate

Pro-Israel lobbyists declared their intention to threaten government and corporate sponsorship of the annual Toronto Pride Festival unless the organisation banned pro-Palestinian marchers from the parade. --Rabble.ca

But the higher they build, the greater they fall. Where DID I put my old trumpet?

May 23, 2009

The Emergence of Eros

My antennae have been buzzing on the synch that it is female beauty contestants who cast themselves in the role of the defender of heteroxy, Miss California Carrie Prejean being the latest example. But I'll never forget Anita Bryant, the Miss America orange juice queen who became the voice of the emerging Evangelical Right. Perhaps beauty contestants feel threatened by gay love? Kinda leaves them out of the running.

The masculine equivalent of the beauty pageant is a bodybuilding contest, and in the old days we had Mr. America and Mr. Universe, inviting the obvious comparisons. While female pageants are undeniably straight, the male side has always had a strong homosexual sub-current, as much as Joe Weider always tried to sweep it under the carpet. Dare I say it, but perhaps it is that homosexual subconscious-current that draws in the fans and pays the bills? Apparently homoerotic is fine, as long as it avoids the label. In this respect, erotic male love is STILL "the love that dare not say its name".

Eros is his name, and for the last 2000 years Eros has been "our little secret" - something men do behind closed doors but never, ever discuss in public. Until now, when suddenly Eros is on all the talk shows.

Every archetype needs expression, and perhaps the reason that homosexuality finds itself in the cross hairs of religion and politics is that Eros is demanding to be heard? If an archetype is denied conscious expression, then it will seek subconscious expression. What if... the natural desire of a man for another man was cut off, through social and religious control? Perhaps it would seek covert expression - "perverting" other archetypes in order to express itself.

Naturally drawn to venues where men congregate, it would find subliminal expression there. Gyms and locker rooms, monasteries, soldier's barracks, construction crews - all fertile soil for Eros. But still, an existence in the subconscious margins of a straight world isn't exactly Living. So Eros infiltrates and perverts, and all the other archetypes hate on him for it, but maybe... all Eros really wants is a place to call his own. Like a gay bar is a place to call our own, and a gay neighborhood or even a church. But Eros doesn't want to live in a bar or a church, he wants a place in our consciousness. What if Eros has grown weary of all the sneakin' around, and like the prodigal son, he just wants to come home?

I know it sounds crazy, but what if the integration of Eros into the Collective Consciousness is what is going on right now? And maybe the other archetypes like Aries are angry and afraid, because on some level, they understand that Eros is the secret engine behind much of their success, and if he ever fully comes out of the subconscious closet, that might be the end of their careers.

To the scions of politics and religion, Eros is the Destroyer, and he seems to delight in bringing them down. But to us...

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. --Revelation 3:7-8

May 14, 2009

Dandelions vs. Grass

Any gardener knows the curse of the dandelion - that spawn of hell. The dandelion is quick to reproduce, difficult to uproot, amazingly engineered, and even almost pretty - at least in its youth. It's also becoming somewhat of a mascot for me, an example of a survivor - come Monsanto or high water.

It all started with The Wizard of Oz. The Cowardly Lion steals the show with 'If I Were King of the Forest' - singing "I'm just a DANDY lion!" I played the gay lion in a high school performance, so I guess the writing was on the wall?

The dandelion is actually one of nature's more beneficial plants, every part is edible and even nutritious - even the stalk! Compared to the environmental disaster of the ornamental lawn (which got its start as a bourgeois aping of English manors) the dandelion is quite virtuous. The dandelion is related to spiritual seeking through the cover art for Peace is Every Step, by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. The forward is unfortunately by H. H. the Dalai Lama, who is to Buddhism as the Pope is to Catholicism - in other words, extremely creepy and probably a CIA black-op.

Be that as it may, dandelions resonate lions, survivors, gayness, the spirit and good eating for me... and it reminds me of Jesus' story of the wheat and the tares. Today I came across this image of a god contemplating a dandelion. Will he spread his seed?

Update from essortment:

The word “dandelion” originated in France. The English translated the French word Dent de Lion to dandelion, which means “lion’s tooth.”

The dandelion’s official name is Taraxacum Officinale. This simply means ‘the official remedy for disorders.’ The whole plant is actually edible.

A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered says the late Ralph Waldo Emerson. To many people, a dandelion is a pesty weed that spoils the look of their lawns. Now we know that a dandelion isn’t a pest at all. Spread the word.

Hey! That's the Gosporn tagline!

May 11, 2009

From Alpha to Omega

Everywhere I turn lately, Brazilians are doing the most amazing things. This is one of them: Do Come├žo ao Fim.

"To understand our love, they'd need to turn the world upside down".

May 10, 2009

Cross My Heart

What part of these magazine covers are all the same?

Something odd has been happening to our magazines... they've grown crosses. I started noticing it about two years ago - here a cross, there a cross - is this discrete little plus sign a new graphic design fad? Why do art directors suddenly think a tiny red cross is cool? Do magazine covers with crosses outsell magazine covers without crosses? What gives?

The red cross is also the sign of the Templars, a sign that might signal all the way back to that ancient mark of Cain:

Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me."

But the LORD said to him, "Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. --Genesis 4:14-16

It makes me wonder. Cain is the "bad guy" of the Genesis story, but he is also necessary - even receiving a mark of protection from the Most High God. Cain was the son of Eve and (according to legend) Lucifer... the Snake in the Garden. Perhaps red signifies blood, and the cross signifies a cross... breed. The hybrid creation of angel/alien and man/ape?

May 5, 2009

Every Hero Has a Beginning...

Ooh, my favorite gay super hero lets it all hang out! The Naked Justice origins story - from the tombs of ancient Egypt to post war Great Britain! Our red headed hero with the "lighting rod" meets his first challenge - an invasion of twin-dicked men from Mars! From Class Comics.

Postscript: my horny, lavender-hued avatar is from the fertile crescent of CC.

May 4, 2009

The Crying Pig

Tonight, as last week's swine flu pandemic became merely a bad cold, I was roasting a red pepper for "burrito night", and my thoughts were drawn to Mexico. A favorite little Mexican burrito joint in Seattle is El Puerco Lloron - "The Crying Pig", and I recalled how important the pig is to Mexican food. A pig is to Mexico as a cow is to the US - something of a cultural icon.

The last great influenza outbreak in the US was called the Spanish Flu, and I recall that Mexico was conquistadored by Spain. Felipe Solis Olguin, the director for the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City, threw President Obama a gala dinner on April 16, and dies the next day from "flu-like symptoms," and that's no accident. It occurs to me that para-politics are involved here?

The media generated illusion of "pandemic" has harmed the Mexican economy the most, and I always follow the money. Mexico lost, and of course, the "pharmaceutical" industry won again, with the many orders for Tamiflu®.

Perhaps what is really going on is a secret "war" against Mexico, with a germ and the media as levers of economic coercion. What this may actually be about is anybody's guess, from drugs to ancient artifacts. The obvious answer is that it is about the drug cartel... just another seedy argument between the global suppliers of heroin and cocaine (the CIA) and such.

However, the first "victim" of Obama, being so closely associated with anthropology and ancient Mexican (solar) lore... makes me wonder if there aren't larger pieces at play. The "language" seems more esoteric than the typical gang warfare.

The covert "reaction" to the Swine Flu "epidemic" was a dramatic fly-by of an 'Air Force One' painted jet over Manhattan on April 27, causing widespread (and deliberate) panic. The presidential jet, standing in for the suicide jets of 911 - Hmmm. Might the Oval Office take that as a threat? On the other hand, the fly-by might not have been a reaction to the Swine Flu, but to Obama's pursuit of CIA torture crimes, but in any case not such a big difference, since the CIA is complicit in both.

The interesting synch that "sun" is Felipe Solis Olguin's middle name makes me wonder if his death isn't just another warning to the new Sun King: Tow the line... or else.

However the plays on the Grand Chessboard play out, there are always the crying pigs, the pawns sacrificed to the appetites of those who cannot be sated.

NOTES:

Conspiracies Can't Happen at Through the Looking Glass.

Swine Flu at The Copycat Effect.

May 2, 2009

The Gathering Storm

As usual, I found last week's Colbert Report more unsettling than humorous. He starts off with an actual clip from an anti-gay marriage ad, and then proceeds to mock it wonderfully, but still...

Miss California is now channeling Anita Bryant? Let us not forget that California's Proposition 8 slammed the door on gay marriage. California - that formerly liberal bastion - now seems to resemble Florida, the other sunshine state. What the hell? Maybe too much sun has its downside.

Given all the Shiva/Destroyer synchs yapping around me, I gotta wonder. Let's recall that the Hep-Hep riots were initiated by the uppity Jews demanding equal rights under the law...

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to presume that recently dispossessed Americans are seeking a scapegoat, and while George Bush pointed out the A-rabs, and Obama points out Wall Street (a roundabout to the Jews) and the conspirablogs just point out the Jews straight away, the religious rite will always point out the Sons of Sodom. I wonder if "Chosen People" is just spin on the "Shadow".

I think homosexuals have played the Sacrificial Lamb (Matthew Shepard? Come ON!) one too many times. 2009 is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots - the date when faggots (meaning "bound rods") loosed the bonds of slavery to become a "people". We've wandered in the wilderness with nothing but manna to sustain us, weathering storms that (in comparison) make Katrina a tempest in a teacup. It's time for us to cross our River Jordan and claim our Promised Land. As Colbert points out... anyone can be "Jewish".

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