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

- Jake Kotze

January 6, 2017

Meryl Streep, Rabbit Holes, (King)fishers and Halcyon Days

Suzanne Vale (AKA Carrie Fisher) played by Meryl Streep
I saw this news headline this morning and thought everything really is connected when it comes to art, life and death -
Before Meryl Streep played Suzanne Vale, a character based on Carrie Fisher, in the movie 'Postcards from the Edge' Meryl played a character name Mary Fisher in the movie 'She-Devil'.
And between the movies 'She-Devil' and 'Postcards from the Edge' Meryl is credited as the storyteller in a short film titled 'Rabbit Ears: The Fisherman and His Wife' about a fisherman and his wife who live on the edge of a cliff.
Remember here that Debbie Reynolds was born on the 1st of April (April Fool's Day) with all of this stuff about edges.
Postcards from the edge?!
French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered."
Starring Eddie Fisher
 as himself
The next movie Meryl starred in after 'Postcards from the Edge' was a movie called 'Defending Your Life' starring alongside Albert Brooks, who also wrote the movie.
He is an actor and writer, known for Finding Nemo (2003), Drive (2011) and Taxi Driver (1976)."
Albert Einstein?!
Meryl also was the storyteller for a short movie titled 'Rabbit Ears: The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher'.
6 Degrees of Bacon ...
A kingfisher in a scene from the movie 'Watership Down'
Kingfisher (Halcyon)
I wrote about my favourite scene with the kingfisher in the movie 'Watership Down' in this recent post -
'Watership Down': Following the White Rabbit While the Black Rabbit of Death Follows You?
And didn't give it much more thought until this morning when I thought about the name Halcyon and the Halcyon Days, which are around June in my part of the world but started December 14th in the northern hemisphere and ended on December 28th.
‘Bright Lights’ reveals Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ private fears for each other
"The dictionary definition of Halcyon Days is a fourteen-day period around the winter solstice, around 21st December, supposedly when the Halcyon (Kingfisher) is brooding.
It commonly means a period of peace and calm and can also be used as a term to harken back to an earlier time remembered as idyllic.
Halcyon is also a genus of tree kingfisher, a term derived from the myth."
Carrie and Debbie weren't the only ones to pass away during the Halcyon Days this year, either.
Richard Adams died on Christmas Eve 2016, aged 96.
His book 'Watership Down' has sold over 50-million copies worldwide.
Carrie Fisher as a ghost named Eve in
the movie 'It's Christmas Carol'
Eddie Fisher's song "That's the Chance You Take" is used in the movie 'Carol'.
"The Halcyon Days encompass the fourteen-day period centered on the Winter Solstice when the sea is commanded to be calm and the wind light by none other than Aeolus, keeper of the winds and one of the lesser Greek deities. 
In the Mediterranean region where this belief originated, the weather is typically calm around the time of the Winter Solstice." 
Now, we in North America generally do not think of this two-week period around Christmas as particularly fair weather-prone. 

Indeed, we wish for just that one storm to bring us a white Christmas, but we fear periods of storminess will upset our holiday travel plans.
The Halcyon Days are not only associated with a stretch of calm seas and good weather but also with the kingfisher, a bird from an avian family found around the world. 

(In Australia, the family tree includes the kookaburra, famous for its laughing cry.) 
The kingfisher species of interest here is the European kingfisher, an unmistakable bird with brilliant plumage and a long, dagger-like bill.
A solitary bird about 16 cm
(six inches) in length, the European kingfisher can be found near water, feeding mostly mainly on small fish. 

In the breeding season which occurs around the winter solstice, the European kingfisher pair digs a tunnel in waterside banks that widens at its end into a nesting chamber.
The ancients, however, had a very different notion as to its nesting habits. 

They believed kingfishers built floating nests made of fish bones on the sea. 
Further, wherever a nest carrying a female and her eggs drifted, the sea and winds would be becalmed. 
Thus, the ancient mariner held kingfishers extremely sacred, and a dried kingfisher body was often carried as a talisman against lightning."
Meryl Streep as Donna
"The bird's classic name - the halcyon or alcyon - derives from Alcyone or Halcyone who, in Greek mythology, was the daughter of Aeolus."
David Charles Plate
My sync-head friend David Charles Plate made a massive sync film (which I haven't been able to upload) linking a lot of stuff to the band ABBA and their music.
You can hear David talk about ABBA in the You Tube above when he was on 'The Bridge with Kira' podcast.
"Abba is also the name of a well-known fish-canning company in Sweden, and itself an acronym. However, since the fish-canners were unknown outside Sweden, Anderson came to believe the name would work in international markets. 
A competition to find a suitable name for the group was held in a Gothenburg newspaper and it was officially announced in the summer that the group were to be known as "ABBA." 
The group negotiated with the canners for the rights to the name."
Debbie Reynolds
Meryl Streep as Camilla Bowner
Everything is connected it seems;-)
Debbie Reynolds as Aunt Lilith
The story of Mia [Stone] and Seb [Gosling]
Tarot deck Carol Pace?-)
Nun/none? Zero Card? Fool?
Debbie Reynolds and a rabbit
The rabbit hole can go on forever when it comes to synchromysticism.

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