My little flight of fancy has taken me down quite the rabbit hole - from birdlike “gods” to the elite, from ancient ritual sacrifice to Heath Ledger. Now I’m going to try to dig my way out, beginning with the origin and reason for the most ancient human religious rite - the sin offering.
“Sin” is simply egoic separation from the Id. When human consciousness became self-aware it developed the ego, or “self” consciousness. This awakening is also called the Fall, and while a very cool thing, it had the side-effect of virtually unplugging our individual selves from the Id (Cosmic Consciousness, God). This is when left brain, right brain duality appeared, the split between the egoic, analytical side and the Id-like side of emotion, dreams and intuition. We became “two-headed”, and this may have been the genesis of the double-headed eagle as well as the twin deity motif.
As we lost our conscious connection to the Id (cast out of the garden), it began to manifest in our subconscious dreams and visions, and eventually we required shamans/priests or “dream readers” to decipher the symbols. We elected “Daniels” to tell us the meaning of our dreams, because the right brain “has no British”. Soon the dreaming mind was filled with all manner of faeries, goblins, dragons, demons, hawks and eventually... aliens.
The lack of a conscious connection to the “hive mind” created a sense of duality, morality and right/wrong behavior, which lead to a sense of species-wide guilt - the shame of Adam and Eve. As we all know (and maybe especially gay men know this) living with an all-pervading sense of guilt is debilitating and leads to all manner of craziness. See Catholic Church for Exhibit A.
So this concept of a sin offering was created in order to let the ego “off the hook”. The sin offering symbolically places our sins (actions committed while separated from Id consciousness) on an innocent offering (often a lamb). This lamb becomes your ego, which is ritually slaughtered. This “ego-death” creates an emotional catharsis that, at least for a time, allows the conscious ego to “let-go” of its sense of personal identity enough to connect to the Id, bringing a sense of sin (twin headache) relief - you are “born again”.
The offering is then ritually eaten. This is the "Self" eating the "self" - the ecstatic devouring. You are feeding the bird, but... you ARE the bird. You are the dove being eaten, and the hawk eating the dove, the Phoenix, the Ouroborus. What is really going on is an exchange of energy - a conversion of ego guilt into Id power of forgiveness, which just might be the whole reason your entire ego-centered hide came into being. You are a "transformer".
This is a very powerful ritual, and when done on entheogens is no doubt a life-changing experience. Hell, it changed MY life. That is probably what the “mystery” religions were all about, and that’s why Osiris, Dionysus, Mithras and Jesus all tell a very similar story.
As does the life of Heath Ledger.
As others have noted, the movie for which Heath won his Oscar had Batman playing a modern Templar - who sacrificed his reputation for the sake of Harvey Dent - “Two Face”. Batman is an Osiris/Jesus resonator - the Lord of the Underworld. Two Face is “two headed” - perhaps a stand-in for the dualistic nature of our ego/Id experience. Like Spock, Two Face is “us”.
Was The Dark Knight a veiled explanation of Masonic/Templar methodology, and perhaps even an admission and defense? Did the Templars go “underground” in order to hide a truth of which we aren’t yet ready?
“The truth?” You can’t handle the truth!”Or, are they hiding a truth that could unlock the doors and set the prisoners free?
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." --John 8:31-32