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

- Jake Kotze

April 12, 2020

A Very Synchromystic and Eerie 'Soul Search' Podcast Episode?

Linda Blair and Max von Sydow 
The Exorcist (1973)
I listened to a podcast from the ABC's 'Soul Search' podcast archives this morning that was originally broadcast on ABC radio on March the 1st, 2020, and was about what can visual culture tell us about the unseen, and also an exhibition that was on at the time the radio show aired, but closed on March 8th, 2020 - the Japan Supernatural exhibition – an exploration into 300 years of monsters, ghosts and spirits in Japanese visual culture.
Soul Search Podcast: Japan Supernatural & Priests on Screen
I had also started watching 'Spirited Away' on Netflix, but have only made it halfway through at the moment, because I fell asleep in bed watching it on my iPad and when I awoke my iPad needed to be recharged, as it was down to 10% battery charge.
The movie itself is like watching a weird nightmare, so I'll be keen to see how it ends when I've literally recharged my battery and am able to watch it while a bit more conscious this time.
The second half of the podcast turns to TV and film to examine some recent depictions of priests in popular culture.
Now this is where I found it eerie, as Max von Sydow who played Father Merrin in the movie 'The Exorcist', would die nearly a week after this radio show aired, and he would pass away on March 8th, 2020, which was the closing day of the Japan Supernatural exhibition.
Max von Sydow's birthday this year also happened to fall on Good Friday.
The movie 'The Exorcist' was also brought up in conversation in the podcast episode.
You can also get the 'Soul Search' podcast through Apple Podcasts.
Timing is everything it seems ... and spooky, too?
Happy Easter:-)


  1. Sup y0. Just dropping by to check on ya. Hope you are hanging in OK.

    FYI, today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13.

  2. Maybe today where you are, but over here in Australia it is past 3pm on Easter Sunday (August 12th):-)
    I'm hanging OK BTW, but my neck's got some serious rope burn going on right now.
    I didn't think it would take so long to hang;-)
    Anyway, enjoy what's left of Yesterday over on your side of the planet APOLLyOn.
    Apollo 13 ... Tom Hanks is in everything right now it seems, ain't he?-)

  3. Yeah indeed on Hanks. I read Secret Sun today and Chris mentioned Lady Gaga being the spokesperson for COVID-19, but Hanks has been bandied about a lot also.

  4. Gaga-19 hey?-)
    On a personal note, I nearly bought tickets for my son and I to go to a 3-course dinner and see/hear his wife Rita Wilson sing (and I later read that Hanks was in the audience with his son that night) in Brisbane.
    Something in my unconscious (or outside of it) talked me out of it.
    Every-time I was going to book the tickets something would plant an idea into my head to match the "I really shouldn't go feeling that I had in my gut", like $175 for a ticket?! And you'll have to buy two of them, because Kev won't wanna pay that.
    And then when I would just bite the bullet on the price of the ticket I would just get this "Meh!" feeling about the whole thing.
    In the end I just let it play out for too long until I think the show sold out anyway.
    I probably dodged a bullet, because it turns out both Hanks and his wife were positive for the virus at the time of the event and that they are known to meet and greet people at such small events.
    I also have the blood type that is meant to be the most susceptible to the virus.
    So it's one of those life moments that could have changed lives for the worse scenarios.
    But then again I think I needed to go through that to justify my decision to get off my ass and take myself for a day at Australia Zoo, and because I had saved myself $350 dollars on the Rita Wilson tickets it was easy for me to justify going to Australia Zoo and spending maybe $200 all up for a day that turned out to be a real treat for me, and maybe the last one day holiday that I'm going to get for some time by the looks of things.