" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 29, 2016

Who Are You 2?

WHO...are you?
Pete Townsend's 'Tommy' starring Roger Daltrey as Tommy.

I just finished reading Pete Townsend's autobiography 'Who I Am' at the same time I finished reading Robert Hoge's autobiography 'Ugly'.
I'm the middle of reading Hugh Mackay's excellent book, 'What Makes Us Tick?'.
I've never been a real big WHO fan, but I am a big fan of the movie 'Tommy', based on The Who's best selling album.
I wrote a post about nearly seeing Roger Daltrey perform the whole Tommy album at Bluesfest in 2012, but alas, that wasn't to be -
Who Are You?
And recently I wrote about seeing the 40th anniversary screening at the cinema in this post -
Happy Birthday Pete Townshend...Did Some Reader Out There Just Ask WHO?-)
But the thing about reading those three books I mention above, at the same time, is that as souls (or thinking beings, if you prefer a less mystical metaphor) being trapped in a meat suit, we are constantly wondering who we are and why we are here.
If not, then you should be.
I picked up that owl and Pete's book on my last road-trip through serendipitous events along the way and it wasn't lost on me that an owl always seems to be asking you the question, "Who?".  
WHO would want to be a rock star?
What is it with Pop Culture and Aliens?
WHO...are you?
I bought the owl at a shop on the day that I was unsuccessful at spotting any Powerful owls in Port Macquire as I wrote in this post -

Are the Powerful Owls What They Seem?
The strange thing about reading Pete's book 'Who I Am' and Robert's book 'Ugly' is that both authors are trying to piece together shattered childhoods from the perspectives of adults looking back along the journey that has got them to where they both are while writing their books. 
In fact, they both write letters to their childhood selves in their books as a way of offering themselves some healing perspective on their traumatic childhoods.
Childhood letter of Pete's to himself in 'Who I Am'.

Robert's letter to his childhood self in his book, 'Ugly'.
And they both write about their perceptions of themselves as being not as pretty as their peers and their perceptions of their own looks of physical attractiveness to others and both use the word, "beautiful" on the last pages of their books, oddly enough, although not really writing about their own looks on these pages. 

The word "beautiful"on the last page of Pete's book.

The word "beautiful" on the last page of Robert's book...twice.

From Robert's book 'Ugly'. A club we all think we belong in to a degree?
Pet Rock?


WHO...are you?
The other thing I like about the owl I bought is that it looks like it is standing in front of a headstone of a grave and of course owls are seen in many cultures as messengers of death, or the afterlife. 

My mother has told me often how an owl perched on her backyard clothesline the morning after my grandmother died and yet I have never seen an owl in the wild in my life in Brisbane, even though I know they exist in Brisbane.
Oddly enough, the first bit of sightseeing I did on my road-trip was to stop and have a look at an historic cemetery (Chinderah Cemetery) on the other side of the roadhouse just over the  
Queensland/New South Wales border after I stopped to get petrol and a coffee.
The Chinderah Cemetery is on the top ten list of haunted sites in Australia
It was like a movie-set out of some B-grade horror movie, but I was fascinated reading each tombstone and the little story it told of people long past. 
UPDATE: 30th May, 2016
I decided to look up the name of this cemetery after I had written this post, so I could link the name and location to this post in case anyone wanted to know where to find it. 
I came across this news article from the Tweed Daily News titled -
Blackbirding a grave concern
"The little churchyard is really quaint, really old and really perfect for the setting of a ghost movie.
More importantly it tells a sad tale; a story of slavery, cruelty and hardship borne on the shoulders of a beautiful race of people, some as young as 12 years old. 
"It's a truly sad story," said former Tweed Shire councillor Jennifer Pearson who was instrumental in passing a motion to construct a memorial at Chinderah to the workers. 
The story of the Kanakas is a sad chapter in Australian history dating back to 1847. 
"Blackbirded" from their homes in the Solomon Islands and the New Hebrides or brought to the country by deception, they were exploited as cheap labour in the sugar cane industry and on the cotton fields of Queensland and Northern New South Wales. 
It was Australians who eventually rebelled against the employment of Kanakas, not out of human sympathy but fearing that the South Sea Islanders posed a threat to their standard of living. 
Those "slaves" were starting to make it good and maybe a threat to their jobs. 
Under the government's Indenture Scheme, the Kanakas had been brought to Australia against their wishes, then by an act passed in 1901 they were largely forcefully repatriated. 
Some were permitted to stay on after 1906, the year fixed for their departure. 
Many of these moved southward to the northern part of NSW, settling as free men and women on the Tweed River at Chinderah. 
Hard workers and good farmers, they began growing their own sugar cane. 
Some of them are buried in this smallest of cemeteries, their original burial place being part of an estate owned by the undertaker. 
On his death his heirs sold the property, including the cemetery, to clear the land. 
The headstones were hauled out of the ground with chains, many of the monuments being broken in the process. 
The stones were then transferred to the small patch where they now stand. 
The actual graves were left unidentified."
I don't remember reading anything about that in the cemetery.
And the weird thing was that on my road-trip blackbirds were always accompanying me on my journey and it is only in hindsight reading this now that my post on Corvids, which I have considered my spirit animals for a long while, makes even more eerie reading, as far as messages from beyond go - 
On the Road with Corvids
I find walking through cemeteries and reading headstones very meditative and mysterious, as I contemplate my own living existence. 
The "land of the shadows"?
When I was walking through this cemetery though it seemed like I was walking in another dimension from the day I had left behind when I walked through the gate.
This was because I realized of all the trees blocking out the sun making the graves appear to be in the land of shadows. 
And oddly enough when I read Robert's chapter named 'Mary' about his mother, he mentions reading his mother's eulogy and the last line was,"Good-bye Mum. We'll see you again in the land where no shadows fall"
I read that part of Robert's book well after taking those photos above and the thought of the grave with the word "Mum" written on it and every other word on that grave hard to read I kind of saw it as a grave representing all mother's who have crossed over to the place where no shadows fall.
Not only that, but I now recall my walk through the rain-forest in Port Macquarie looking for the Powerful Owls, who I was told would be found in shadowy places in the rain-forest, if I really looked hard. 
I didn't spot any physical owls on my road-trip, but every day on the road was a constant reminder of death, with heaps on road-kill on the sides of the highway, crosses marking where people had lost their lives in road accidents, my trip to the National War Museum in Canberra, the church of St.Thomas in Port Macquarie that was built over a grave of a dead British soldier, climbing to see the  
Port Macquarie Obelisk on a spot that marks the drowning of two friends, hearing about the death of Prince the day after I climbed Australia's highest peak and then watching the ANZAC day parade in Ballina, before returning home.
I even took a wrong turn in the town of Armidale going straight through a roundabout and into a one-way road into the town's cemetery, which I never intended to visit.
I didn't have the time to get out for a wander, but I found it strange how the Catholics were in one part of the cemetery and Presbyterians in another and so forth with other religious groups.
I wondered if heaven was going to be like this, as well. ;-)  
The one-way street through the Armidale cemetery.

Looking out my car window in the Armidale cemetery.

The grave St.Thomas is built over in Port Macquarie.

ANZAC day parade in Ballina
So, everyday on the road gave me an opportunity to reflect on the fleeting moments we call life.

Which is why I like reading biographies and watching movies about the lives of other people like Pete Townshend and Robert Hoge.
It gives me a sense of connection to the world I grew up in and a chance to see it through another's eyes. 
Like Hugh Mackay writes in his book,'What Makes Us Tick?'.
My favourite chapter in Hugh Mackay's book,'What Makes Us Tick?'
But it is the end of Hugh's chapter that resonates with me about connecting to know who we really are.
No but(t)s about it.
Eat But(t)s?! 
Pete's dedication to all who read it, at the back of 'Who I Am'.
Robert Hoge running with the Olympic flame
I think people like Pete Townshend and Robert Hoge pass a little more light on to us all who dwell in the land of the shadows, by telling us their stories and also remind us to ask ourselves just who we are, too.
WHO...are you?

May 27, 2016

Purple Rain Synchromysticism?

A prophetic scene from 'Purple Rain'?
I was watching Purple Rain today with the subtitles on and came across the "life is a bitch" monkey scene and realized that Prince passed away in the Chinese Year of the Monkey.
Then I see this screen shot below where his girlfriend in the movie refers to Prince as King Kong.
Kind of puts a different spin on that saying,  
"life's a bitch...and then you die".
On another synchronistic Pop Cultural Year of the Monkey note, the King of Pop's daughter Paris Jackson got a tattoo of her late father's 'Dangerous' album cover placed on her forearm about a month after her father's great singing rival Prince passed away and put up an Instagram of her tattoo, which ironically has a monkey being crowned and this happens in the Year of the Monkey when the monkey is king of the Chinese zodiac for the year.
Paris Jackson Honors Father Michael Jackson With New Tattoo of ‘Dangerous’ Album Cover
I'll bet Mick Jagger's not looking forward to the next Chinese New Year, it being the Year of the Rooster in 2017. ;-)

The year of the rooster?!

May 26, 2016

True North (Star)?

Being a land-loving imbecile for most of my life I've never really taken much notice of nautical things like this blue star I stumbled across at the Port Macquarie lighthouse on my last road-trip.
Port Macquarie lighthouse

I knew it represented the directions of the compass, but it was the blue star that caught my eye, as being a fan of Kubrick movies I remember a Christmas decoration of an eight-pointed star hanging on a wall in the movie 'Eyes Wide Shut' that seemed a bit out of place as far as any Christmas decorations I had ever seen. 
Draco Constellation?
The eight-point Scientology Cross?-)
Knowing Kubrick, I knew this star in 'Eyes Wide Shut'  had to be more than the Star of Bethlehem, or if it was it had to have some sort of deeper meaning.
The Grand Chapel, also on the ground floor, is rich in artistry. The focal point is the eight-point Scientology Cross, representing the Eight Dynamics

Sterling Silver North Star Compass Charm

When looking at the blue star near the lighthouse I noticed that every direction had letters of the alphabet at it's point except the north, so obviously the blue star represents the north star, or pole star...which we can't see from the southern hemisphere, by the way. 
compass rose pendant
So I looked up on the internet to find out what the North Star actually represents. 
It turns out it is a star named Polaris.
"Polaris (α Ursae Minoris, α UMi, commonly the North Star or Pole Star) is the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor
It is very close to the north celestial pole, making it the current northern pole star
The revised Hipparcos parallax gives a distance to Polaris of about 433 light-years (133 parsecs) while calculations by other methods derive distances around 30% closer.
Polaris is a multiple star, comprising the main star, α UMi Aa, which is a supergiant; two smaller companions, α UMi B and α UMi Ab; and two distant components, α UMi C and α UMi D. 

α UMi B was discovered in 1780 by William Herschel."
So Polaris is only the "current northern pole star", so what was the pole star before Polaris then I wondered?
Polaris is the North Star
"History of Polaris. 
Polaris hasn’t always been the North Star and won’t remain the North Star forever. 
For example, a famous star called Thuban, in the constellation Draco the Dragon, was the North Star when the Egyptians built the pyramids.
But our present Polaris is a good North Star because it’s the sky’s 50th brightest star. 

So it’s noticeable in the sky. 
It served well as the North Star, for example, when the Europeans first sailed across the Atlantic over five centuries ago.
And Polaris will continue its reign as the North Star for many centuries to come. 

It will align most closely with the north celestial pole – the point in the sky directly above Earth’s north rotational axis – on March 24, 2100. 
The computational wizard Jean Meeus figures Polaris will be 27’09” (0.4525o) from the north celestial pole at that time (a little less than the angular diameter of the moon when at its farthest from Earth).
Meanwhile, there is no visible star marking the celestial pole in the Southern Hemisphere.

What’s more, the Southern Hemisphere won’t see a pole star appreciably close to the south celestial pole for another 2,000 years. 
At one time in human history, people literally depended on their lucky stars for their lives and livelihood. 
Luckily, they could trust the Big Dipper and the North Star to guide them. 
People could sail the seas and cross the trackless deserts without getting lost."
So the Egyptians would have had Thuban as the pole star when they built the pyramids.
"Thuban (Arabic: ثعبان‎‎, thuʿbān, "snake"), also known by its Bayer designation Alpha Draconis (α Draconis, α Dra), is a star (or star system) in the constellation of Draco
A relatively inconspicuous star in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere, it is historically significant as having been the north pole star from the 4th to 2nd millennium BC. 
It is sometimes known as the Dragon's Tail and as Adib."
Draco Constellation 
"Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. 
It is one of the 88 modern constellations, and one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy.
The star Thuban (Draconis) was the northern pole star around 2700 BC, during the time of the ancient Egyptians. 

Due to the effects of precession, it will once again be the pole star around the year 21 000 AD.
Draco represents the dragon killed by Cadmus before founding the city of Thebes, Greece. 
In a third legend, it represents the dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece and was killed by Jason. 
The fact that the stars of this circumpolar constellation never set plays an important part in its mythologies.
There are many myths behind Draco, due to its resemblence to a dragon.  
Dragon symbology represents human DNA."
There be dragons, as well?!

"In the first legend, Draco represents the dragon killed by Cadmus before founding the city of Boeotia. In the second legend, it represents the dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece and was killed by Jason.
The Persians have regarded Draco as a man-eating serpent called 'Azhdeha'.
In early Hindu worship, Draco is given the form of an alligator known as 'Shi-shu-mara'. 

The legend of Marduk is repeated in many cultures with similar tales of dragon slayers. 
Perseus, Hercules, Cadmus, Siegfried, Beowulf and St. George are all examples.

Dragon Slayer

So what I'd like to know after all my research on the North Star is whether the party throwers in 'Eyes Wide Shut'  have that eight-pointed star on the wall to say..."ha, ha, ha, we control the high seas", or "If we were to choose houses in the Harry Potter novels, we would be in Slytherin which is why Draco is on the wall";-) 
The Garden of Eden
With all these stars meanings to navigate through, no wonder I'm lost at sea...even on the land.
Bowie's Blackstar CD lyric book and a blackstar.
Eyes Wide Shut?

Sterling Silver Find Your True North Charm