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

- Jake Kotze

February 29, 2024

Messages From a Blue Butterfly?๐Ÿฆ‹

I recently wrote a post about two crow butterflies I caught having sex in mid-air in my backyard, while another crow butterfly was following them -
Then last week someone had donated a box of place mats with all butterfly sayings on them, which I had to check, to see if they were sellable in the Op Shop.
As I was reading each placemat, I thought how odd I would stumble across these in the same month I just had the weirdest butterfly synchronicity so far.
And that little voice in my head told me, what are the odds, you should buy them.
But I kept thinking, where's the black and white butterflies on these mates like the ones I see all the time now around my home, there's mainly blue ones on these mats, and I don't see blue butterflies around my home, as they are as rare as hen's teeth where I live.
But that nagging voice said to buy them, so I did.
And when I drove home from work on Monday and pulled up in my driveway, as I'm hopping out of my car to open my garage door, a blue butterfly nearly hits me in the head as I get out.
So, I grab my cell phone to snap a few pictures, as I watch it fly around in my neighbour's front yard.
When I got to my computer and uploaded the pictures to the bigger screen, I thought I had not captured the butterfly with my camera at first, but then I spotted it on the tree.
Watching the Tree to Catch ... A Butterfly?๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ‘€
But the last shots I took as it flew over the roof were the best.
These placemats don't seem to be for sale at anymore.
So lucky me, in more ways than one, I guess?-)
The TransFORMation/Butterfly Effect?
Does 'The Big Door Prize' Live Up to Its Potential?๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿงฌ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿšช

February 28, 2024

'Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said' and 'Chinatown' Both Turn 50 in 2024?๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿš”๐Ÿšจ

And they both contain
incestuous storylines to my horror.
But let's not forget who directed and also starred in 'Chinatown'?
I watched 'Chinatown' for the first time in my life a few weeks ago when I stumbled across a DVD for sale in an Op Shop for $1 and couldn't believe the ending of this movie and ... SPOILER ALERT ... and the fact that the father of Faye's character was also the father of her daughter?!!! 
And while I'm yet to read/listen to PKD's 'Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said', but I already know the plot from listening to podcasts where people who have read the book breakdown the plot.
I tried to get an inter-library loan on this book, but there were no copies in any of the libraries to borrow, so it must be a popular book of Dick's if there aren't any copies of this book stocked by any government libraries around where I live?
I'm starting to wonder what people see in this Dick?
At least I have A Scanner Darkly to read next, as I liked the movie I saw years ago, and have a copy in my DVD collection.
And my copy of 'Chinatown' won't be staying in my DVD collection for long ... so long.
Total DickHeads?๐Ÿ’ญ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ“•

February 26, 2024

Half of a Yellow Sun?๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ„

'Half of a Yellow Sun' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the 1001 books that I'm told I have to read before I die ... and bless me Father, for I have sinned... as I've had this library book re-newed 3 times and have still only read about 130 pages of the 430 pages (rough estimate on my part), as of writing this post.
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
But I did watch all of the movie on the free TUBI streaming Network last night, and now I know that I have to get the book out again and finish reading the other pages.
I had enjoyed what I had read in those 130 pages of the book (if that's the right word), but I had always left my reading of the book too close to the day I had to return the book back to the library, like a high school kid who has had a month to complete an assignment, but figures that he can do it all the day before it has to be handed in.
 If you had have asked me to show you on a world map where Nigeria was before I read (part of this book) for $1,000,000 I would have ended up $1,000,000 short, as I knew it was located in the top part of Africia, but I knew not where?
I never even knew about the cival war there, before reading the book and watching the movie.
Once I have read
'The Kindly Ones' I'll have to get 
'Half of a Yellow Sun' back out and finish reading the rest of the book.
Unfortunately, the more books and movies like this I see, the more I start losing my faith in humanity ... but I know that there still are more good people than bad people in this world ... just
Warren Peace (War and Peace;-) and Other Great Books to Read in the Year of the Rabbit?๐Ÿ’ฃ☮๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฐ
I like how Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says in that You Tube above how she based the character of Richard on Henry James, as I had read/listened to Henry's novel 'What Maisie Knew' just before I started on her book -
‘Killed for sport’: Mass killings of Christians in
Nigeria by ‘professional’ bandit groups
But I did see this rather disturbing news story (above) about Nigeria when I was reading the book.

February 24, 2024

BlackDogStar: Waking From a Dream?๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ˜

These are the sort of posts that I miss from the "Sync Community".
I mentioned Richard Arrowsmith's work just nearly one revolution of Jupiter ago, back in 2012, The Year of the Dragon, with this old post of mine -
The Sync Serpent 1
I'm more of a cat person to be honest:-)
Black Dog Star and Cat on Track?

February 23, 2024

#15, The Devil Card and Weird Studies?๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

How weird it was that this 'Weird Studies' podcast about the "Devil Card" should drop onto my Apple Podcast playlist two days out from my late older brother's birthday and the anniversary of the finalization of my divorce, when I had just been reading an old post about that card and my road trip to the town of Eden -
The Source of All Abysses: On the Devil Card in the Tarot
And this year my late brother's birthday falls on a full moon in my Chinese birth zodiac of the Dragon -
๐ŸฒEnter the 2024 Dragon?๐Ÿ‰
I'll have to buy a pizza on Saturday night then ... and you probably think that I'm being ironic?-)
Life sure can be weird, I reckon:-)
Bluesfest 2020: The Festival That Never Took Place?

February 20, 2024

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Turns 60 This Year?๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ“–

It's hard to believe that this book is as old as I am
this year, and I've only just finished reading it and returning it to the library today, and I liked this PKD novel/story for once.
The Gospel of Philip K. Dick?⛪
Episode #25 - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
- with J. David Osborne
The novel takes place in a future
2016, kind of (the Year Bowie Died).
And what a weird year that was in the real world, too -
Buzz Aldrin Treated by Dr David Bowie in Middle Earth (NZ) in Remarkable Coincidence?
Well, that's the year in the novel that Palmer Eldritch is killed ... maybe?
Shark Week in the Year of the Monkey
I would love to see a good movie version or TV series made of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.
But I probably won't see one made in my lifetime:-P
I love how John Lennon once bought the book to make into a movie and even had a script written by a Hollywood screenwriter, but unfortunately was never made, according to the guys in 'Dickheads' podcast above.
Maybe Greta could make an interesting movie out of the book?-)
Greta Gerwig Shares a Birthday with The Meg? ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฆˆ
At least Greta has experience with Perky Pat type layouts:-)
The Rhetorizer Podcast
I haven't heard a review by a reader
(on podcasts anyway) who didn't like this book, yet.
And I'm another reader who likes this book, as well.
It's thought-provokingly funny and at the same time quite scary as far as drugs and the "evolution" of human beings go.

Aussie Taylor Swift Concerts Eclipse All Others?๐ŸŸ๐ŸŒž

96,000 fans to each of the 3 Melbourne concerts certainly is impressive.

February 18, 2024

What Maisie Knew ... The Movie?๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿ‰

I wrote a recent post about reading/listening to Henry James novel 'What Maisie Knew', but not being able to find the 2012 movie on a streaming network that I currently subscribe to -
The co-directors discuss their new family drama,
child actors and Julianne Moore's singing voice
Well, as luck would have it, I changed one of my streaming services yesterday from BINGE to STAN, mainly so I could watch the Underbelly: Razor TV series starring Anna McGahan, whose book I recently read and wrote a post about -
And discovered that STAN had the 2012 moive of the book that I was after:-) 
So, I watched it yesterday and one theme in the movie I would have missed if I had have watched it when I was looking for it on streaming services a few weeks back was the theme of baby girls in China, not being wanted, or given up for adoption to rich Americans/Westerners.
It was only because I had read
Adeline Yen Mah's book 'Watching the Tree' and watching some You Tubes about her life growing up in China that I picked up those themes in the movie version of 'What Maisie Knew' -
Watching the Tree to Catch ... A Butterfly?๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ‘€
In the 2012 movie a young Asian girl spends the night at Maisie's mother's apartment as a sleepover.
The girl is dropped at the apartment by her white American mother and then picked up by her white American father, so I gather the implication is that the Asian girl has been adopted from China by the white couple, who look a bit old to be parents anyway.
The movie also mainly takes place around New York's Chinatown, where Maisie's stepfather works as a bartender at nights.
Maisie is also fascinated by turtles in this movie and of couse, turtles are associated with the I Ching, as I've written about before on this blog -
Precursor to the I Ching: Cracks in a Turtle Shell?
An August 2013 Front Row Podcast 
In another weird sync I found a BBC podcast through Apple Podcasts on my iPad about the movie and featuring Vince Gilligan of 'The X-Files' fame and I'm watching 'The Man in the High Castle' right now, which was created by his fellow 'The X-Files' member Frank Spotnitz from the PKD novel, and in the series and the novel a Japanese man uses the I Ching to figure out his future path.
Which is weird, since the I Ching is a Chinese oracle.
What’s The Meaning of Seeing an Owl in Daylight?๐Ÿฆ‰๐ŸŒž
Front Row podcast: Archive 2013
Ironically, on my iPad the podcast says it was uploaded to Apple Podcasts on August 22nd, the "Owl Guy's" birthday -
August 22 - Southern Hemisphere [W]Hoodie-[W]Hoo Day?-)
The owl is also used a lot in this film with Maisie having an owl on her school bag for a lot of this film, as she is exchanged from one parent/stepparent to another after and before school.
What Does It Mean When You See An OWL? ๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿ‘€
Who needs the 
I Ching when you have a "book/video angel" doing the work for you, I say;-)
Oh, and I noticed that the movie was released in 2012, which was the Year of the Dragon and that Anna McGahan was born in 1988, the Year of the Dragon (the year I was married) and I am a Dragon -