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

- Jake Kotze

November 23, 2020

The Crown, The X-Files and the Secret Sun of Synchromysticism?

The Iron Lady: Gillian Anderson as
Margaret Thatcher in 'The Crown'
I've been watching season 4 of the Netflix series 'The Crown' while also working my way through 217 episodes of 'The X-Files' and reading the Chris Knowles co-authored book about 'The X-Files' released 12 years ago in 2008, the Year of the Rat.
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The first coincidence I found amusing was that 'The X-Files' creator Chris Carter who named his production company
Ten Thirteen Productions after his birth-date of 10/13, also shares his birthday of 10/13 with Margaret Thatcher.
And of course Gillian Anderson who plays Dana Scully in
'The X-Files' plays Margaret Thatcher in season 4 of 'The Crown' released in 2020, the Year of the Rat:-)
As I was watching episode 4 of season 4 of 'The Crown' I couldn't help thinking of a few Secret Sun posts of Chris Knowles, particularly this one -
And especially so after watching these scenes pictured below from episode 4, season 4 of 'The Crown' and 'Bagpuss' -
Coffee and the Siren's Song
(AKA Valentine's Day).
Gillian Anderson as Media in 'American Gods'
I also have recently watched the X-Files episode 'En Ami' where Chris Knowles refers to the character Marjorie Butters played by actress Louise Latham in his Secret Sun post. 
Looks like me and Louise share a birthday on September 23rd, too:-)


  1. Mmm listening to carpet crawlers as I read this.
    Been thinking of purchasing the Bagpuss album off of Bandcamp...

    I mean it’s not really coincidence but...I just can’t think where else in Australia I might get these two hits!!

    Oh, Musical Box just started, gotta go..

    Have you come across the British sreiers “Ghosts” ?
    Sounds like a little rip off of my favourite series from my youth “Ghosts of Motley Hall”.


  2. I hadn't heard of 'Bagpuss' until I watched season 4 of 'The Crown' last week Wuga.
    Even though I grew up with BBC shows like 'The Magic Roundabout','Bill & Ben the Flowerpot Men' and 'Dr. Who', I don't remember ever seeing 'Bagpuss' being available over here in Oz.
    Diana was only three years older than me, so we would have grown up with similar English children's TV shows, but I don't remember 'Bagpuss' on the TV screens of Australia.
    I doubt if Diana even watched that show in real life.
    It was probably artist licence from the makers of 'The Crown' so they could put a children's princess fairy-tale in as a metaphor, as well as a bit of British nostalgia.
    I haven't heard of 'Ghosts of Motley Hall' either, sorry.

  3. The musical links were to Peter was interesting I read your post as I sat in the backyard, keeping an eye on the chooks listening to Gabriel vintage Genesis..then seeing your post..something clicked in.
    Oliver Postgate was involved with several different children’s shows in the 70’s and most were really great.
    My favourite was Noggin the Nog, but The Clangers, Pogles Wood and Ivor the Engine are all worth watching if you have an inclination.
    They all have a slightly “alternative” feel to them that makes them still very watchable today.

  4. I put Pete's songs in the post because my old mate Chris Knowles, who co-wrote 'The Complete X-Files' book released in 2008 thinks that Peter Gabriel is some kind of Bond villain, but I don't.
    When I saw the Gabriel/Bagpuss reference in 'The Crown' I threw in Pete's 'Steam' song in reference to Gillian Anderson playing 'The Iron[ing?-]Lady' Maggie Thatcher in 'The Crown' and Pete's 'Big Time' for the young pregnant Dianna about to hit the big-time as a Princess.
    Obviously the Gabriel in the Bagpuss reference in 'The Crown' wasn't referring to Peter Gabriel, but Chris will get the line about Gabriel/water princess as the Starbuck's siren, considering Gillian Anderson played Dana Scully in 'The X-Files' and her father Captain Scully called her Starbuck.
    But then again, maybe he won't.