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

- Jake Kotze

June 22, 2018

The Ladies, the Apes and the (Hollywood) Signs?

I saw two news stories about primates in the news today that caught my attention like a wink coming from the universe.
"Koko, the beloved gorilla who was able to communicate in more than 1,000 signs, has died at 46 in California's Santa Cruz mountains.
The Gorilla Foundation said the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in her sleep at the foundation's preserve on Tuesday.
Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo, and Dr Francine Patterson began teaching the gorilla sign language that became part of a Stanford University project in 1974.
According to Dr Patterson, Koko was able to understand more than 1,000 signs.
The foundation said Koko's capacity for language and empathy opened the minds and hearts of millions.
"Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication," the Gorilla Foundation said in a statement."

Extinct gibbon discovered in ancient Chinese tomb first ape to vanish after the Ice Age
"The bones of the little animal are the first documented evidence of an ape that became extinct since the Ice Age, the international team reports today in the journal Science.
They say the disappearance of the ape was likely caused by human activity and suggests past human-caused losses of primates have been underestimated.
"It was thought that apes and most other primates have been relatively resilient to past human pressures on biodiversity," said Samuel Turvey from the Zoological Society of London.
"But this assumption reflects the fact that primate remains are rarely preserved in the archaeological record or recent fossil record across most of the tropics.

The Lady and the ape
"Dr Turvey came across the fossil in archaeological collections in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province in northwest China.
The bones had been excavated in 2004 from the royal tomb, which is believed to hold Lady Xia, grandmother of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang — who ordered the construction of the Great Wall and the terracotta warriors.
The tomb also contained the remains of a menagerie of animals from the local area including a leopard, lynx, Asiatic black bear, crane, domestic animals and birds.

Gibbons have featured in Chinese culture for thousands of years, where they were venerated as symbols of scholar officials — Junzi — and were kept as high-status pets.
Today, the small apes are found in pockets of forests in south-western China, 1,200 km away from the site of the tomb.
But historic accounts indicate gibbons lived in the Shaanxi region up until the 18th century.

An extinct Gibbon?-)
Fall of the Roman Empire?
"Compared to the other gibbons, Lady Xia's gibbon had a much steeper forehead, larger eye sockets and unique dental patterns such as large wisdom teeth.
They also compared the jawbone to extinct species that lived sometime during the Middle Pleistocene period up until 126,000 years ago during the Ice Age
The fact that it didn't match any living or extinct ape meant not only was it a new species, but a new genus.
But, he added, it is impossible to tell where it may fit in the family tree without using more destructive techniques to sample DNA.
While extinctions of primates such as lemurs and monkeys have been documented on islands since the Ice Age, this is the first extinction of a primate on a continent.
Two species of gibbon have recently become extinct in China leaving just four remaining species — all of which are listed as critically endangered.
But it's not all bad news. Last year Dr Turvey, Professor Helgen and colleagues announced the discovery of a new species of gibbon — Hoolock tianxing, dubbed the Skywalker gibbon."
Skywalker gibbon
"The Skywalker hoolock gibbon is named after Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars franchise, as the scientists who described it are fans of the franchise.
The specific name tianxingis the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese terms 天 (tiān) meaning "heaven" and 行 (xing) meaning "movement".
The name is a reference to brachiation, the main locomotory mode of gibbons, and derived from the text of the I Ching, an ancient Chinese book of divination."
The signs are looking pretty grim for all primates on the planet if we don't stop monkeying around with it, I think.
And may the Force be with you.
I am a Rock?
"Hercules was among the earliest figures on ancient Roman coinage, and has been the main motif of many collector coins and medals since.
One example is the 20 euro Baroque Silver coin issued on
September 11, 2002.
The obverse side of the coin shows the Grand Staircase in the town palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy in Vienna, currently the Austrian Ministry of Finance.
Gods and demi-gods hold its flights, while Hercules stands at the turn of the stairs."
I am an island?

UPDATE:  22nd June, 2018
I thought I had wrapped up this post and was finished with it, but as COINcidence  would have it I listened to the latest 'Connecting with Coincidence' podcast and it was about coins and 9/11.
"Bonnie McEneaney McNamara had a long career in the financial services industry where, most recently, she was a Senior Vice President at MasterCard Worldwide.
She spent 21 years at MasterCard after beginning her career at American Express.
In 2006, Bonnie retired from corporate life to spend more time with her family and work on several 9/11-related initiatives.
Her late husband, Eamon McEneaney, a Cantor- Fitzgerald Executive and a legendary member of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, was killed in the 9/11 attacks.
Bonnie is the author of the NY Times Bestseller, “Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11” (Harper Collins) and was an Executive Producer of a television special based on her book for the A&E network: “Beyond: Messages from 9/11” that aired in 44 countries during the 10th anniversary week of 9/11.
“Messages” also made the NYT bestseller list for e-books and remains a leading seller for 9/11 books today.
She continues to speak on inspirational topics related to spirituality and bereavement and has begun work on a screenplay inspired by the book.
Additionally, Bonnie created a volume of her husband’s poetry: “A Bend in the Road” (Cornell University Press), which sold out its two printings.
Bonnie is a past recipient of the YWCA Woman of the Year award and is a Board Member of Voices of September 11th.
Bonnie received her BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MPS from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
Her Facebook page is Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11."
Coincidence or what I ask
The Improbability Principle: What are the Odds?

June 21, 2018

Archons, Alchemy and Mental Illness?

I listened to a couple of interesting podcasts today which ran along similar lines.
The one above where Alexis Brooks talks with Jay Weidner & Paul Levy about their theories of mental illness from their angle...or maybe even angel?-)
Archons, Alchemy and Mental Illness – Curse or Blessing?
And the one below where Jenniffer Weigel interviews Kevin Moore, host of the British television show The Moore Show, about his research for his latest documentary on channelers and his reluctant path into becoming intuitive.
I’m Spiritual, Dammit: Kevin Moore
I might have to give the movie 'The Babadook' another viewing, as it reminded me of an old post of mine for some reason.
The Babadook...or The Red Book?-)
Sweat dreams are made of this?
It's a mental world that we are all living in, that's for sure;-)
I also thought it was amusing that in the interview of June 20th with Alexis Brooks, Jay Weidner brings up Nicole Kidman playing a psychopath in the movie 'To Die For'.
As I wrote in my last post -
Golden Dawn Fraser?!
June 20th is Nicole's birthday.
Pleasant dreams and let's hope that mental illness isn't hereditary;-)

June 20, 2018

Golden Dawn Fraser?!

I couldn't help but yell out "What The F...raser?!" when I was flicking through my local June 11th Queensland newspaper that featured Queensland boxer Jeff "The Hornet" Horn (not the WASP by the way;-) on the front page in his orange shorts going down in Las Vegas in his title fight and saw that ex-Olympic Games swimmer Dawn Fraser had picked up the top honour in the
Queen's Birthday weekend honours list with the headline
"Golden Dawn Keeps on Glowing".
All of those 'The Secret Sun' posts about Elizabeth Fraser, Vegas,
the Siren and orange kept reeling through my mind and I kept telling myself that it's all just coincidence silly and nothing more, right?-)
The Secret Sun and Orange Entertainment?
Oddly enough, I met Dawn Fraser once in my life when our paths crossed at a women's golf tournament at the Royal Pines Resort on Queensland's Gold Coast .
Me and my now ex-wife were walking between shots and Dawn drove up in her golf buggy and asked if we could just stand still for a moment while Karrie Webb could tee off.
We were following the group in front of her's, so that was my brush with the "Golden Dawn".
The back page of the June 11th Queensland newspaper
"Horn's father, Jeff Horn Sr., is a builder.
His mother, Liza Dykstra, works for the
Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
His grandfather, Ray Horn, fought in exhibition boxing matches in the Queensland outback during the 1930s.
Graham Quirk, the incumbent Lord Mayor of Brisbane,
is his second cousin."
Jeff wants a rematch back in his home Australian state of Queensland, too.
It's not even really the Queen's birthday that weekend, but most Australian states (except Western Australia and Queensland  now ironically) get a public holiday to celebrate Her Majesty's birthday, which is really in April.
Her Majesty's birthday public holiday is on
Monday, October 1, 2018 in Queensland this year and Monday, September 24th in Western Australia, so go figure.
Grace Simmons
Just sayin';-)
Coffee and the Siren's Song
Orange haired Queensland model Grace Simmons  featured in the same June 11th newspaper, too.
Also in that same June 11th newspaper was the news about the passing of the first Bond know 007 and all that stuff like I wrote about here -
I Only Have Eyes For You For Your Eyes Only?
Which was kind of ironic that a news story about ending the Hollywood "casting couch" culture should appear to the left of the Bond girl story, given just how much of a womanizer the Bond character is in the 007 movies.
These Bootes are Made for Walking?
And on the subject of movies I saw Mel Gibson making the front page of this paper on June 7th with plans of filming his next movie in Queensland.
Page 7 of the June 7th Queensland newspaper 
Mel has 8 directing credits on his IMDB page, but the movie that is mentioned in the newspaper isn't on that list yet.
A news article in the June 11th paper about Mark Wahlberg starring in Gibson's movie
As luck would have it Mark Wahlberg was at the Jeff Horn fight in Vegas and ran into reporters for this newspaper and spilled the beans to them that he was going to be coming to Queensland to star in Gibson's movie.
And one of the main sites Gibson has his sights on for this movie is the Woongoolba prawn farm and surrounds that I wrote about in April last year in this post - 
Plate of Shrimp/Prawns and the Raw Prawn/Trickster
The prawn farm has been used for films including 'Fool's Gold' and 'San Andreas' according to the newspaper story of June 7th.
A scene from the TV show 'LOST' with a shrimp/prawn van
Hardly anyone calls a prawn a shrimp in Oz.
That old Paul Hogan commercial was aimed at American tourists who know prawns as shrimp.
The other location being hinted at is the Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland's Gold Coast where such films as 'Thor: Ragnarök', 'Aquaman' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' were filmed.
Oh...and happy birthday for today too, Nicole Kidman.
It's my eldest son's birthday today, as well.
Spookiest Nicole Kidman Sync Story of the Year and Everyone Missed It?
The June 16th newspaper showing Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna
I just realized when reading through an old post that Nicole's father passed away on September 12th (2014) while my father passed away on September 13th (2016).
So I guess that's a dark time of the year for both of us as far as anniversaries go.
The movie Mel wants to make is based on the book
'Hell from the Heavens' by John Wukovits.
According to the newspaper Mel dined at the 'Stokehouse Q' restaurant at Brisbane's South Bank.
A restaurant that I mentioned from back in my snail eating days in this post -
Does "plate of snails" work like "plate of shrimp" for synch?-)
 A Crow, Six Snails and an Ant
Small world it seems...especially for ants:-)
Russell Crowe in the same June 7th newspaper as Mel Gibson
I might have opened a bit of a Rabbitoh hole here dragging Crowe into this post;-)
From the same June 7th paper the Rabbitoh's owner Russell Crowe was in
Titans, Sirens and the God of Thunder? Let the Games Begin...That's if They Haven't Started Already?
Played on June 8th, World Ocean's Day, as luck would have it
The Empire never ended?
That advert above was in the same June 7th newspaper that featured Russell Crowe in Rome for a charity screening of his 2000 movie 'Gladiator'.
And it was in the centre of the paper with the week's coming NRL games to be played.
Crowe's team beat the Titans at the Titans' home ground on the Gold Coast on 'World Ocean's Day' as (s)well;-)
A movie review of the 'Ocean's 8' film in the June 7th paper
'Ocean's 8' opened on the 7th of June over here in Oz and not on June the 8th (World Ocean's Day) like it did in the USA.
Let's not forget that 'Ocean's 8' starred
Cate (Queen Elizabeth) Blanchett, as well.
Plus it opened in most Australian states on the Queen's Birthday weekend holiday weekend as luck or coincidence would have it.
Now ain't that all just a little bit too *wyrd for you, too?-)
*Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon culture roughly corresponding to fate or personal destiny.
The word is ancestral to Modern English weird, which retains its original meaning only dialectally.
And I have to say that Cate's next film
'The House with a Clock in Its Walls' looks truly wyrd.
And while on the subject of wyrd, I saw this story below in the June 11th newspaper on page 2 about a Korean girl named Joohee who was lost for six days on top of Mt Tyson in Queensland.
Notice the woman wearing the South Sydney Rabbitoh's jersey
Joohee claims in the story to have kept singing her favourite song 'Young Dumb & Broke' to keep herself going.
Joohee sounds (or looks at least) pretty close to the Australian word "cooee" .
"Cooee! (/ˈkuːiː/) is a shout used in Australia, usually in the bush, to attract attention, find missing people, or indicate one's own location.
When done correctly—loudly and shrilly—a call of "cooee" can carry over a considerable distance.
The distance one's cooee call travels can be a matter of competitive pride.
It is also known as a call of help, which can blend in with different natural sounds in the bush.
The word "cooee" originates from the Dharug language of the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.
It means "come here", and has now become widely used in Australia as a call over distances.
It was known among white settlers in colonial times and
Watkin Tench refers to the Aborigines of Sydney calling to each other in this way."
Korean backpacker Joohee Han on how thoughts of food and family helped her survive in the bush
I had never heard this 'Young Dumb & Broke' before so I found a You Tube of it and it ran for 4:24 minutes, which if you have been reading this blog of mine for a while you would know that 424 was my father's old taxi cab number.
I put most of the stuff in this post down to synchromysticism, but you are free to say BS to that if you prefer to explain it all to sheer coincidence.
But I have my reason to believe life is a lot more mystic and meaningful then you think;-)  
By the way BS and I were both born on September 23, too:-)
Wyrd or what?