Feb 14, 2010

Grail Racing - Conclusion

Horizon Job

The 33rd America’s Cup is now history. The first race was last Wednesday in Valencia, which had the Horus resonating BMW Oracle trimaran doing a “horizon job” on Swiss defender Alinghi. On Sunday, Feb 14, (Valentine’s Day) BMWO again crossed the finish line first, winning the best of three series, and bringing the cup to San Francisco, home of the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Coincidentally, the Solar Seminar featured this tidbit about Horus, also on Wednesday:
"Rising sun" of course, is Horus in the ancient Egyptian pantheon of gods. "Horus in the HORIZON“ or more literally "Horus-rising," is symbolic of the transformation between the dimensions of life and death. --Christopher Knowles
I’ve done my best to document the semiotics connected to this event, which have exceeded even my highest expectations. We’ve seen the Italian/Swiss defender, billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli take on symbols of the Catholic church - a defender of the faith - and the status quo. But most startling were the multitude of Horus/Shiva signifiers found in the Challenger, check out the previous Grail Racing entries for the gamut.

According to the elaborate Egyptian myth, Osiris was murdered by his jealous brother, Set (sunset?) who hacked his body up into 14 pieces and threw them in different directions, to be eaten by the crocodiles.
The goddess Isis searched and searched, accompanied by seven scorpions who assisted and protected her. Each time she found new pieces she rejoined them to re-form his body. But Isis could only recover thirteen of the pieces. The fourteenth, his penis, had been swallowed by a crab, so she fashioned one from gold and wax. Then inventing the rites of embalming, and speaking some words of magic, Isis brought her husband back to life.
Magically, Isis then conceived a child with Osiris, and gave birth to Horus, who later became the Sun God. Assured that having the infant would now relieve Isis' grief, Osiris was free to descend to become the King of the Underworld, ruling over the dead and the sleeping.
I consider this to be a well embroidered tale of the “splitting” of archetypes (gods/angels) out of the primordial consciousness. And of their “re-assembly“ into a cohesive whole - the ”Body of Christ“, so to speak. Isis is collecting the archetypes, and finding a place for them in the collective consciousness. She was able to find all but one... the phallus. Fascinating that the ”hard wing“ of BMWO vs. the ”soft sail“ of Alinghi instantly became the ”school boy“ joke at sailing websites. The black trident became a phallic weapon.

Racing was delayed for many days due to the Alinghi team’s insistence on sub 15 knot weather, but even that proved to be no shield against the mighty wing of BMWO, which sailed higher and faster even in conditions designed to favor the defender at every turn. As it turns out, the delay to Feb. 14 was semiotically fortuitous, because 14 is a symbol of completion, the final assembly of the Body of Osiris/Christ.

Feb. 14, as already noted, is the feast day of St. Valentine, the Catholic version of Eros. Eros is the ”Patron Saint“ of homosexuals, and now the Cup resides in San Francisco, the one city on earth that most resonates homosexuality. Star Fleet headquarters, BTW.

It makes me wonder. Is Eros the missing archetype? The Prodigal Son? The phallus of Osiris, and the risen Son/Sun.

Below are some pics of the trident yacht that struck a chord:


Stephen said...

I just surfed on to your blog... & I have to say that I am fascinated. What an interesting viewpoint you have. I am enjoying getting to know you a bit. Best wishes from Portland!

Michael said...

Hi Stephen, thanks for coming by! I love Portland.

Christopher Knowles said...

This is of particular interest to me because of current events on the Sun. My uncle- who went to Harvard- works for Oracle. He's developed several different patents for them. What is the significance of the 17 there- I think I missed that.

Michael said...

Every America's Cup yacht has a sail number - BMWO was USA 17. The Swiss defender was SUI 5, of course.

Did I mention that BMWO features two solar logos - the "swastika" of Sun, and the "solar cross" of BWW, nicely positioned to create the "eye" of the ship - a very old Egyptian idea.

Cheers, Michael

Abhadulla said...

very nice.. also wondered about this insanity in the past... obviously its pure phallos feticism - purely symbolic, and isnt the trophy called "the Mug" BTW .. hence the grail, the uterus as some kind of infested trophy to be put on the shelf..?

John said...

Not so much a uterus to be put on a shelf, as one that goes to the currently strongest water tribe in a process of perpetual warfare... :-)

Word Verification for this post: 'boutie' :-D

Interesting that the wing now has 'eyes.' A lot of photographers seem to have picked up on the celestial/solar aspects, albeit probably subconsciously. The cloth fairings on the backs of the beams extend the Horus Hawk resonation a bit farther.

Michael said...

I am also reminded the "Smiley face killer" from Watchmen - another "solar" signifier of the vengeful, Horus, Shiva archetype.

Concerning the photography, I have NEVER seen a yacht photographed in such a highly symbolic way. Very curious.

Thuth said...

Nice to grab the Smiley Face Killer archtype from the sail.

"It makes me wonder. Is Eros the missing archetype? The Prodigal Son? The phallus of Osiris, and the risen Son/Sun."

The missing archetype, the missing piece, the missing link. Loving this idea.

Also, I thought of this last night in relation to Hancock (Will Smith) tossing the whale on the sailboat in the movie Hancock. The traditional sailboat design looks alot like a masonic compass.

Also - 'Cock' in Han 'cock' as a reference to the missing phallus? I'm sure someone's made that connection.

Thanks for bringing us full circle on the America's Cup!


Devin said...

Fantastic work as always Michael!
Very beautiful images too!
I don't know anything about the "Watchmen" -but there is also a (very theorized on not confirmed) "Smiley Face Killer" of good looking college age males in the heartland (and now in other parts of the USA) "Footprints At The Rivers Edge" on my bloglist goes into these suicides/accidents/murders along with many other web resources
Water is always associated with these deaths.
best as always to you and Varen!!

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