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

- Jake Kotze

February 4, 2012

Kim Carlsberg, The Crow, The Key and 1993

Kim Carlsberg's Beyond My Wildest Dreams cover
I've just finished reading Kim Carlsberg's book 
Beyond My Wildest Dreams, and I have to say this is a great book to have on the bookshelf. 
The artwork alone is worth the price of the book.
But I'm not writing a book review here.
What struck me while reading this book were symbolic "keys" like the one in Kim's painting "Under Construction" (further below in this post).
Not only a key very similar to the one on the cover of 
Whitley Strieber's book The Key, which I have just finished reading, but also it made me realize that there were key years in our history, as well.
Looking back in hindsight that is.
Worth a read, by the way
Take 1993 for example.
The year Brandon Lee died on the set of The Crow.
Scene from The Crow.
Check out the window in Kim's painting below.
 And the year Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story would be released also.
Check out the "face" in the cushion above
Brandon's head
and Kim's painting.
Kim Carlsberg  painted this picture from her November 8th diary entry about her "conscious abduction", which involved the hooded figure below which turned into a construction worker.
Kim's painting Under Construction,
 from her
November 8th, 1993 diary entry in her book.
Let's look at some "key" headlines from this year - 1993 and see what might be "under construction" here? 
42nd President of the U.S.A.
Jan 20th
 * January 20 – 
* January 20 – 
Legendary actress Audrey Hepburn dies at the age of 63.
The European Community eliminates trade barriers and creates a European single market.
* EuroNews is launched in Europe.
*January 5th 
The state of Washington executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging 
(the first legal hanging in America since 1965).
*January 6 –  
Douglas Hurd is the first high-ranking British official to visit Argentina since the Falklands War.
January 6January 20 – 
The Bombay Riots take place in the city now known as Mumbai.
 *January 11 –  
WWF Monday Night Raw premieres on the USA Network and continues to this day.

Rey Mysterio Silver/Purple Replica Pants and Mask Package

WWF ... I mean WTF?
  *January 15 –  
Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as 'The Beast', is arrested in Palermo, Sicily after 23 years as a fugitive.
* January 24 – 
In Turkey, thousands protest the murder of journalist Uğur Mumcu.
* February 5 –  
Belgium becomes a federal monarchy rather than a unitary kingdom.
* February 12 – 
Two year old James Bulger is abducted, tortured and murdered by two 10 year old boys, 
Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. 
Both are later charged. 
*February 17 – 
A ferry sinks in Haiti, killing approximately 1,215 out of 1,500 passengers.
*February 24 – 
Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney resigns amidst political and economic turmoil.
 Kim Campbell, his successor, becomes Canada's first female Prime Minister.
The aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing.
  * February 26 –  
World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a van bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000.
* February 28 –  
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, with a warrant to arrest leader David Koresh on federal firearms violations. 
Four agents and 5 Davidians die in the raid and a 51-day standoff begins.
*March 4 – 
Authorities announce the capture of suspected World Trade Center bombing conspirator Mohammad Salameh.
March 9
 Rodney King testifies at the federal trial of 4 Los Angeles, California police officers accused of violating his civil rights when they beat him during an arrest.
*March 12 -
 1993 Bombay bombings: Several bombs explode in Bombay, India, killing 257 and injuring hundreds more.
* March 13March 15 – 
The Great Blizzard of 1993 strikes the eastern U.S., bringing record snowfall and other severe weather all the way from Cuba to Quebec; it reportedly kills 184.
*March 29 – 
*April 19 -  
A 51-day stand-off at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ends with a fire that kills 76 people, including David Koresh.
*April 19 -  
South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashes near Dubuque, Iowa.
* April 23 -  
The World Health Organization declares tuberculosis a Global Emergency.
*April 30 – 
Tennis star Monica Seles is stabbed in the back by an obsessed fan of rival Steffi Graf at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany.
*May 1 -  
 Pierre Bérégovoy died on 1 May 1993, in Paris after being transported by helicopter from Nevers (Nièvre), where he had been found an hour earlier, in a coma with two bullets in the head. The second bullet was attributed to a nervous reflex?!
  *May 1 -   
* June 1 -  
Large protests erupt against Slobodan Milošević's regime in Belgrade; opposition leader Vuk Drašković and his wife Danica are arrested.
* June 20 -  
 A 7.5 earthquake hits Japan, killing 385 people.
 *June 24 -   
Andrew Wiles wins worldwide fame after presenting his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, a problem that had been unsolved for more than 3 centuries.
*June 27 - 
 U.S. President Bill Clinton orders a cruise missile attack on Iraqi intelligence headquarters in the Al-Mansur District of Baghdad, in response to an Iraqi plot to assassinate former U.S. President George H. W. Bush during his visit to Kuwait in mid-April
*July 2 – 
An integrist mob sets fire to the hotel where The Satanic Verses translator Aziz Nesin resides in Sivas, Turkey, killing 37.
* July 12 – 
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake off Hokkaidō, Japan launches a devastating tsunami that kills 202 on the small island of Okushiri, Hokkaido.
*July 19 - 
 U.S. President Bill Clinton announces his 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy regarding gays in the American military.
*July 20 –  
White House deputy counsel Vince Foster commits suicide in Virginia.
* July 26 -  
Asiana Airlines Flight 733 crashes into Mt. Ungeo in Haenam, South Korea; 68 die.
 *July 27 –  
Windows NT 3.1, the first version of Microsoft's line of Windows NT operating systems, is released to manufacturing.
*July 31 – 
*August 5 -  
The discovery of the Tel Dan Stele, the first archaeological confirmation of the existence of the Davidic line, is announced.
* August 5 - 
Magic: the Gathering undergoes its first general release.
*August 9 – 
King Albert II of Belgium is sworn into office 9 days after the death of his brother, King Baudouin I.
*August 13 – 
Over 130 die in the collapse of Royal Plaza Hotel at Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand's worst hotel disaster.
*August 17 – 
For the first time, the public is allowed inside Buckingham Palace.
 *August 21 –  
NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Observer orbiter 3 days before the spacecraft is scheduled to enter orbit around Mars.
 *August 28 –  
Ong Teng Cheong becomes the first President of Singapore elected by the population.
*PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin shake hands in Washington D.C., after signing a peace accord.
*September 15 – 
Giuseppe 'Pino' Puglisi, an Italian priest in the Palermo neighborhood of Brancaccio, was assissinated in front of his church on his 56th birthday in retaliation for his anti-Mafia activism. One of the hitmen later confessed that Fr. Puglisi's last words as his killers approached were: "I've been expecting you."
*September 17 – 
Russian troops withdraw from Poland.
*September 22 –  
Big Bayou Canot train disaster: A bridge collapses as the Sunset Limited crosses it, killing 47.
(my birthday;- ) 
(my middle name), Australia (my country of birth) 
to host the 2000 Summer Olympics.
*September 30 – 
An earthquake centered in Killari, Maharashtra, India kills over 10,000.
*October 3 –  
U.S. Army conducts Operation Gothic Serpent in the city of Mogadishu, Somalia using Task Force Ranger. Two UH-60 Blackhawks are shot down and the operation leaves over 1000 Somalians dead and over 73 Americans WIA, 19 KIA, and 1 captured. Also known as the Battle of Mogadishu.
*October 4 – 
The Russian constitutional crisis culminates with Russian military and security forces clearing the White House of Russia Parliament building by force, quashing a mass uprising against President Boris Yeltsin.
*October 5 -  
China performs a nuclear test, ending a worldwide de facto moratorium.
*October 5 -  
The papal encyclical Veritatis Splendor is promulgated.
*October 19 – 
Benazir Bhutto becomes the first elected woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state, in Pakistan.
* October 25 –  
Canadian federal election, 1993: Jean Chrétien and his Liberal Party defeat the governing Progressive Conservative Party, which falls to an historic low of 2 seats.
*November 1 – 
The Maastricht Treaty takes effect, formally establishing the European Union.
*November 5 – 
The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Railways Act, setting out the procedures for privatisation of British Rail.
*November 11 -  
Microsoft releases Windows 3.11 for Workgroups to manufacturing.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) passes the legislative houses in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
* November 18 -  
The first meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation opens in Seattle.
* November 20 - 
Savings and loan crisis: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his dealings with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
*November 20 - 
An Avioimpex Yakovlev Yak-42D crashes into Mount Trojani near Ohrid, Macedonia. The aircraft was on a flight from Geneva, Switzerland to Skopje, but had been diverted to Ohrid due to poor weather conditions at the Skopje airport. All 8 crew members and 115 of the 116 passengers are killed.
*November 28 –  
The Observer reveals that a channel of communications has existed between the IRA and the British government, despite the government's persistent denials.
* December 2 - 
STS-61: NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair an optical flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.
*December 8 – 
 * December 10 – 
 id Software releases Doom, a seminal first-person shooter that uses advanced 3D graphics for computer games.
* December 15 -  
Downing Street Declaration: The United Kingdom commits itself to the search for an answer to the problems of Northern Ireland.
* December 20 - 
The first corrected images from the Hubble Telescope are taken.
* December 29 –  
Argentina passes a measure allowing President Carlos Saul Menem and all future presidents to run for a second term. It also shortens presidential terms to 4 years and removes the requirement for the president to be Roman Catholic.
* December 30 -  
Israel and the Vatican establish diplomatic relations.
* The Congress Party gains a parliamentary majority in India after the defection of 10 Janata Dal party lawmakers.

Also in 1993
* Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time becomes the longest running book on the bestseller list of The Sunday Times ever.
*The European Exchange Rate Mechanism is put in crisis, mainly from speculation against the French Franc.
*Wildfires in California destroy over 16,000 acres (65 km2) and 700 homes.
 *The Oslo Accords negotiations begin.
 *Severe floods hit South Asia, killing over 4,000 people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
Reflections by Kim Carlsberg 1993
Other note-able deaths ( to me,anyway) of 1993 include;

* December 7 -   
Wolfgang Paul, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate 
(b. 1913)
*January 20 -   
Audrey Hepburn, Belgian born British-Dutch actress 
(b. 1929)
*January 27 
André the Giant, French professional wrestler 
(b. 1946)
*February 6 –  
Arthur Ashe, American tennis player and civil activist 
(b. 1943)
*February 20 –  
Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian automobile manufacturer 
(b. 1916)
 Bobby Moore, English footballer (b. 1941)
*June 6 –  
James Bridges, American screenwriter and director (b. 1936)
* October 25 -
 Vincent Price, American actor  
(b. 1911)
* October 31 - 
 Federico Fellini, Italian film director 
(b. 1920)
*October 31 - 
River Phoenix, American actor  
(b. 1970)
*November 21 –  
Bill Bixby, American actor 
(b. 1934)
*November 22 – 
 Anthony Burgess, English author of A Clockwork Orange
 (b. 1917)
*December 4 –  
Frank Zappa, American guitarist and composer  
(b. 1940)
*December 24 –  
Norman Vincent Peale, American preacher and writer  
(b. 1898)
Brandon Lee as The Crow 1993
Fear Factor by Kim Carlsberg 1993
I loved Kim's book, and whether you believe her story as a straight out alien abduction story, or just a Jungian archetypal type story, or a bit of both...or even just fiction.
Then I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did.
Either way, there is definitely something about 1993 that I just can't put my finger on, but it certainly was a "key" year for this planet.
Other key years I will explore in later posts will be; 
1977, 1988 and 1998.
Second Chances by Kim Carlsberg
Here's a great audio podcast with Kim at Mike Clelland's  

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