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5 Reasons why any of you f*ckers that haven’t seen Mad Max should go watch it. NOW.
II: Flamethrower Guitarist Urges the Machine Army to Slaughter!
The Babylonians had trumpeters, the Scots had bagpipers, the Egyptians had great gongs. Every army has had its battle music, to gird its soldiers for the horrors to come. The army of the apocalypse has a massive truck-mounted monolith of speakers, on which stands a guitarist shredding a flamethrower guitar. To Valhallaa!!!
A series of illustrations that outlines the discovery and adaptation of zero as a mathematical concept.
I. Fist, before zero was used by humans there was only a concept of having or not having. II. Then, when it first appeared in use in Babylonian script it was as a place holder signifying many of a thing, but not a number unto itself. III.Next, when it was finally recognized as a number of absent value, it horrified the western mathematicians for it represented the possibility of a void beyond life. IV. However, as it was accepted, theorists (including zeno) began to see it’s extraordinary possibilities and write paradoxes around it. V.Finally, in a more modern use of the number, Zero is what makes programming, space travel, advanced movement, and our understanding of the big bang possible. Zero is the beginning.
I’ve never really liked any of the traditional Hierophant imagery. It’s too Christianity-based, with the Pope’s blessing (two fingers and thumb up, two fingers down), the mitre hat, the staff with the three bars representing the trinity.
And I never liked Aleister Crowley’s Thoth version because fuck Aleister Crowley.
There were certain elements Jen May and I wanted to highlight on the card, like how religions all build from and steal from each other. The traditional Pope hat, the mitre, is shaped like Dagon’s hat, the Babylonian sea god.
And isn’t he beautiful? So we felt it was important for Dagon to live on our card. The lineage has to be acknowledged.
So the top image is our reworked Hierophant, with Dagon hat, many different expressions of the number Five (H’s number in the tarot, and super important for our understanding of the card’s meaning), and a very secret but significant halo. We didn’t get him totally out of his Christian garb, but we managed to add in the bones of the religions that Christianity stands on.
So you know how the Bible is a record of the Jews and their dealings with God? The Book of Mormon is basically the same idea, except it starts with a couple of families being inspired by God to leave Jerusalem right before the Babylonian invasion (about 600 BC). They sail to the Americas and there split into two main groups, the Nephites and the Lamanites. In general throughout the book the Nephites are the ones that keep the commandments and the Lamanites are the ones that don’t.
It’s really just a very abridged record of their civilization. It’s called the Book of Mormon because a prophet named Mormon took the thousands of Nephite records and abridged them into one set of records.
Like the Bible, it has stories of people choosing right and wrong, the inspired words of prophets, records of wars, etc.
The crowning part is when Jesus Christ visits the Americas after his ascension in Jerusalem. It’s really, really beautiful. He basically taught the people the same stuff he taught the people in Jerusalem. Instituted the sacrament, called twelve apostles to preach and baptize, blessed children, and healed the sick.
Eventually the Nephites become super wicked and there’s a HUGE war where the Lamanites destroy all the Nephites except for one, a guy named Moroni, who finishes the record, seals it, and buries it.
Later Moroni, now an angel, leads a boy named Joseph Smith (if you know anything about Mormons then you’ve heard of him) to the records, and Joseph Smith translated them through the power of God.
That’s pretty much a crash course in very basic Mormon doctrine. We consider the Book of Mormon to be the keystone of our religion. As a missionary I invited people to read it and pray to know if it was true. Basically it’s what holds our religion and our claims together. If the Book of Mormon is a true record and was really translated by Joseph Smith, then that means Jesus Christ is the Savior and Joseph Smith was a prophet, called in the same way the prophets of old were. If it’s not true than we’re all deluded loonies. It’s really that simple.
Honestly though, this post illustrates so much how the modern meme era has mimicked the past 2000-3000 years of the history of western knowledge.
First there’s the ancient Greeks, Babylonian scholars, and the like, all of which convene in the Library of Alexandria, or in this case, social networking sites. But these fall temporarily out of fashion, and thus, the concept of shitposting and memes are burnt to the ground - these are the dark ages.
But light is restored through the Renaissance, and memes begin to flow again, before the rise of capitalism takes our beloved memes out of our control. No longer are memes seen as long-standing fact, like Aristotle’s philosophies. No, memes come and go like the rise and fall of the stock market.
Where will the future of memes take us? Only time will tell
The Grand Cross has nothing to do with Greco-Roman myths, it’s both an astrological event on August 17-18, 1999
as well as a connection to the Christian Tetramorph.
What connects Tatsuya, Lisa, Jun and Eikichi to the Grand Cross are the four fixed Zodiacs (Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio) which are also present within Sudou’s Masked Circle as well as the four temples.
The origin of the symbols of the four fixed zodiacs are the Babylonian symbols for the fixed Zodiacs. The symbols are: LION (Leo) ; HUMAN (Aquarius), OX (Taurus) and Eagle (another symbol for Scorpio)
-Vision of Ezekiel
There are also two instances in the Bible in which these four symbols are mentioned namely in the Vision of Ezekiel as well as the Revelation of John.
The four beasts are also the symbols of the 4 Evangelists.
Mark has the lion, Luke the ox, Matthew the human/angel and John the eagle.
In fact there are two instances in the game in which the IS party are aligned like Christian Tetramorphs:
The Grand Cross spell
and shortly before the final boss fights.
Maya in this case takes the place of Jesus in the Tetramorph while the others are aligned like the Evangelists in Tetramorph pictures.
Since the four fixed Zodiacs formed the Grand Cross in 1999 many people did fear an apocalypse due to the four beasts being mentioned in the Revelation.
In fact it’s the fixed Zodiacs of Tatsuya, Lisa; Jun and Eikichi which also fit their Ultimate Greco-Roman Personas.
Tatsuya is a Leo which is ruled by the Sun, henceforth why Apollo fits.
Lisa is a Taurus, ruled by Venus, henceforth why Venus fits as her Persona.
Eikichi is a Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, henceforth why Hades fits.
Jun has the sister sign to Tatsuya’s Leo, namely Aquarius. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus actually. Jun however got a Chronos/Cronos mixture as his Ultimate Persona. Chronos is the god of time, and Cronos was the son of Ouranus, he castrasted his father and disposed of him representing Jun’s daddy issues.
Also notice that Maya (IS and EP), Ulala (EP), Katsuya (EP), Baofu (EP) also have Greco-Roman deities as initial and ultimate Personas not only Tatsuya, Lisa, Jun and Eikichi.
And the P2 Personas were chosen to have similarities to the characters without a doubt:
In IS: Maya is older than Tatsuya and has a dualism bond with him corresponding to the Apollo/Artemis myth of their Personas. Jun sees Maya as a replacement mother, Maia from the Pleiades in myth is the mother of Hermes. Lisa does get a little jealous sometimes like Aphrodite/Venus in myth. Jun and Tatsuya do have a gift exchange like Hermes and Apollo (lighter and watch in Tatsuya’s and Jun’s case and staff and lyre in Hermes and Apollo’s case .
Maya is older than Tatsuya and has a dualism bond with him corresponding to the Apollo/Artemis myth of their Personas.
Ulala has bad luck with men like Callisto. Ulala takes care of Maya’s and her’s apartment, Callisto was Artemis’ servant Baofu has an endless journey and is restless like Odysseus. Katsuya’s Persona Helios is an older solar deity than Apollo.
The list goes on and on these are just a few examples.
Archetypical is also not the same as stereotypical. You can’t make a game about Carl Jung’s theories and not include or talk about his theory of archetypes. Archetypes are elements of the Collective Unconscious and are the basis for legends, myths, fairy tales, visions. The P2 characters do share similar experience as their Personas in the myth.
Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple of Bel is the most complete structure among Palmyra’s ruins. Built in the 1st century A.D., it was dedicated to the superior Babylonian god Bel, adapted by the Greeks as Zeus and by the Romans as Jupiter.
I had this dream last night, where after a series of events I met Lucifer. He claimed he needed my help, or help from someone like me- someone who had a Christian or Catholic background, since we're the ones who grew up being told that he's this evil we should steer clear of, so we're the only ones who could grant him forgiveness. pretty sure this sprang from seeing the 'Lucifer' trailer, but since you've a much better knowledge of him, I was wondering what you thought of this? How likely is it?
Preface: For the purpose of
clarity I’m going to refer to him as Satan here, since that’s the
title I use to refer to the real-life entity, wheras I say Lucifer when I’m
talking about the literary figure. Satan is the Hebrew
word for Adversary or someone who opposes. His proper angelic is actually unknown, although
Abaddon is a good guess. Lucifer a term used in reference to a Babylonian
King in Isiah 14:12-13).
Pretty unlikely. My knowledge of Satan is by no means exhaustive, and
the information we have about the the Devil is actually pretty sparse
and fragmented, but you and I can rely on the fact that we’ve got no hand in
granting him any sort of forgiveness. In a theological sense only God has the
ability to forgive sin and, in a more logical frame of thought, Satan’s sin of
rebellion was against God, and in all probability his hatred for us is a way of
getting back at God, so that’s the injured party Satan would have to ask
Your dream was probably the result of my incessant Lucifer
blogging and the new “Lucifer” trailer, but if you still don’t think it wasn’t, remember, Satan is
notorious for appearing as angel of light, something beautiful and tragic that
we want to sympathize with, and he’s very, very good and lying in the way that best benefits him. He does this actively and
with relish. So don’t get it into your head that’s he’s a decent guy who needs
That said, the idea of a redeemable Satan isn’t so crazy.
There’s entire branches of Christianity that believe Satan (through God’s grace
and power alone) will be reconciled with God after the end of days. Other
schools of thought, Jewish ones in particular, see Satan as an angel under
God’s survey who tempts humanity in order to make us stronger in our faith, and
while we’ll never have decisive proof of either of those theories, I certainly
Maybe Satan’s a malicious evil
force out of fuck our shit up. Maybe he’s a servant of God striving to make us
better. Maybe he’s something entirely different. Only God knows, but that
doesn’t change what Satan is to us: trouble. Painful, confusing, spiritually poisonous
trouble. Christians are meant to live out Christ’s love in the world and
battle the forces of darkness as they arise without trying to contact angels fallen or otherwise. Our worlds occasionally intersect, yes, but
trying to rip that veil ourselves always ends badly. Trust me on this one. It’s
not wrong to wonder about the fallen angels or even feel bad for them, like
kind of curiosity and pity is what makes us human. But leave Satan to his
business, whatever that may be. It’s his to sort out.
Postscript:If anyone has any more Satan/theology questions, or even questions about my Lucifer, send them on in!
The problem is that the original bible talmudic writings were NOT in hebrew.. the hebrew is a translation from aramaic. Just like the Christian writings were originally greek.
You are half-right, the Torah/ the Pentateuch/ Law of Moses (PBUH) (not the entirety of the Tanakh) was entirely ‘written’ in Ancient Hebrew to the Children of Israel at Sinai, some of the later books and verses that were added in were in Aramaic (e.g the Book of Ezra (PBUH)) which became more standardized as the Ancient Semitic language of Hebrew declined and got replaced with Aramaic, thus the Hebrew Bible was entirely written and preserved in Aramaic from Ancient Hebrew, but still traced much of its Ancient Hebrew language in the scripture. This, however, changed during the Maccabean era as Hebrew once again returned as the sacred language of original Hebrew Bible.
As for the Babylonian Talmud, it was written in both Hebrew and Aramaic by Jews, the Mishnah (Oral Law) was in Hebrew while the Gemorra was in Aramaic, however, that’s not the point, it still doesn’t change the fact that it’s a reliable source, I don’t see why this is a problem to you.
However, since Aramaic is a Semitic language, it is still more faithful to Hebrew than it is to Greek.
You are also correct with the Christian writings, or to be more specific, the New Testament which was originally Greek, but as the Roman Empire promulgated the Bible in Vulgate Latin and Christianized it, the Tanakh/ OT was more in line with the Christian interpretations so that they were more in accordance with the messianic prophesies of Jesus Christ (PBUH), it became the standardized version of the Greek Bible that we all know today.
What is our creation story? What haven’t we been told about who we are, where we come from, what we’re doing here? Scattered around the world are enumerable relics, writings, sculptures, paintings, hieroglyphics dating back to ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, Incan, Mayan, and Egyptian times, communicating, depicting, corroborating widespread folklore and myth about a predominant race that may have been the original architects of some of the megalithic sites around the planet. For many archaeologists their existence defies the standard taught model of Darwinian human evolution. A hard pill to swallow for sure, but let’s examine the evidence:
For example, the indigenous Maya down in the Yucatan still to this day teach this creation story that relates to the ancient Sumerian story, that we were seeded here millions of years ago to mine gold for the Annunaki, these higher beings who are claimed to be the creators of us. Check out the Mayan Codices. Similarly, the Dogon African tribe from Mali have a rich oral history and understanding of cosmic interaction with these “extraterrestrials” - which is not to say that they are aliens in the traditional sense, but definitely not of this world. The ancient Vedic literature talks about wars between extraterrestrials beings and humans on a global scale predating the supposed Great Flood that completely changed the surface of the world. Plato’s historic writings of Atlantis and other literature describe a supposedly more ancient civilization called Lemuria, Lemurians who themselves are claimed to have co-existed with the Annunaki.
But more than being just myth, I’m interested in considering the possibility that perhaps arguments against such archaeological evidence exist only because it hasn’t been thoroughly discovered or revealed and hence proven yet. Like how Troy was only myth up until its discovery, or Dwarka, the mythological sunken city off the coast of India that was revealed after the 2004 tsunami, or Yonaguni off southern Okinawa until its recent discovery and so on.
From Peru to the isle of Santorini, the Ukraine, the Gobi Desert of China, in parts of India and all throughout Latin and South America, the archaeological evidence abounds and is daily being discovered and unearthed. Have you seen what field experts have been digging up in Egypt, bravely by-passing the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and specifically Dr. Zahi Hawass, who has been its Secretary General since 2002; many Egyptian archaeologists argue that the organization rules with dictatorial control, and that this is but the tip of an iceberg of coverups, slander, embezzlement and perhaps more.
One wonders how these ancient cultures all shared an understanding based on similar mythology though separated today by thousands of miles, and moreover, why has all this knowledge been kept from us? I believe that the correction of our understanding of the past, and overcoming the #CognitiveDissonance we would surely encounter throughout this learning process, will help us be more in tune with our now, leading to our re-envisioning a more hopeful future for us all as opposed to the current reality where our past is hidden from our knowing and our future doomed. Corner shot, new body of work in progress …