So, I took a sabbatical and played sonic adventure 2 through again for the first time since becoming attuned to the floews of majjyck, and it turns out that this game is a kabbalistic ascension metaphor and sega might be powerful reality wizards…
but hear me out.
The game makes heavy use of Tarot symbolism, specifically in the destruction of The Moon (representing illusions), and that the last image we see at the end of the game is Shadow, the ultimate lifeform, imposed over The World (representing perfect unity)
The story revolves around the collecting of 7 chaos emeralds, which have a 7 faceted cut.. These seven alchemical stones that turn our heros to gold. the seven tiers of the tree of life leading up to godhood. Even within the story itself, they clearly are metaphysical objects. Characters pull them out of thin air, the master emerald changes sizes, and is always in knuckles’ possession, but not always seen.
And consider–the prayer knuckles recites to turn the tide of the battle:
“The servers are, the seven Chaos. Chaos is power; power is enriched by the heart. The controller is the one that unifies the Chaos. Only you can do this; stop the Chaos Emeralds!”
It’s also worth noting how this relates to Sega, that is to say “SErvice GAmes”, Sega itself are the creators of the games which act as the service, read: mass/group ritual
Chaos is power. The controller is the one that unifies the Chaos. It’s literally chaos magic.
I think that the fact that sonic can use chaos control without a chaos emerald is worth of note. Especially with Shadow telling Sonic that he might actually be the ultimate life form. This implies so much about Sonic as a character in this game’s universe. And just as much, the choice to call one side “Dark” rather than “evil” frames the vying between these two factions in a more nuanced way, especially in that it’s a story where you have to see both sides to understand. And only when you understand boths sides of the story can they converge.
This brings to mind the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, which begins unified at Malkuth, the “Kingdom” (keeping in mind how Sonic begins by promising us he will lead us out of the city/kingdom), but then splits into two branches which cross paths at points before finally reuniting at the top where exists divine wisdom. The Tree’s split paths each are made up of 3 sephirot, which aligns with each side consisting of 3 playable characters. On the left side we have “Understanding”, “Severity”, and “Splendor” and on the right side we have “Wisdom”, “Kindness”, and “Eternity”.
The dichotomy of good/dark, instead of good/evil, brings to mind the notion of the left-handed and right-handed paths of magick and how it helps us to transpose the symbolism of the tree onto the cast of SA2. The Dark, left-hand path: Rouge the bat, who is obsessed with the splendor of gems, which in this universe are directly related to mystic enlightenment, Rogue represents the dogged pursuit of esoteric mysteries driven by their splendor, “Our unconscious desires come from [Eternity] (Knuckles’ Sephirot, which sees gems as metaphysical rather than material) , and are given form in the symbolic realm by [Splendor]”. Dr. Eggman is Severity, whose methods are at all times turned up to 11. He uses the power of knowledge to wield the power of the ARK in order to hold the world in his hands, “[Severity] is ‘the essence of judgment (DIN) and limitation, and corresponds to awe and the element of fire“. Shadow is represented by Understanding, which is the end goal of Shadow’s role, his mind is pure, but he is torn between the will of his creator and the promise he made to Maria, and his enlightenment comes when he grows to understand the world he was asked to protect.
Meanwhile, on the right-hand path we have Knuckles, represented by Eternity which, “communicates the idea of long-suffering, strength, endurance unto completion or patience.” reflecting Knuckles’ role as lone guardian of the Master Emerald. Tails represents Kindness, which needs little explanation. Finally Sonic represents Wisdom, the counterpart of Shadow’s Understanding, seemingly alike, but fundamentally both different yet reflections of one another.
In Escape from the City-the first song of the game from the hero story- the song is sung from sonic’s perspective. Even in the first verse, “Got places to go, gotta follow my rainbow!” 7 colors to a rainbow, heavy symbology of peace. There is even a literal ARC involved. “Trusting in what you can’t see, take my lead; I’ll set you free.” – “find the next stage no matter what that may be” – “trust me and we will escape from the city” – “Take my lead, I’ll set you free.” This makes no sense in relation to the story. Sonic is never helping anyone escape from the city… if you merely look at the plot!
Clearly the meaning lies elsewhere. Sonic is a godhead. the penultimate step before the divine, still split in twain, guiding the player to enlightenment. 6 points on his literal head, even. The city he is leading us out of is not the one we see in the game, but the city of the mundane plane.
Live and Learn goes further. As the endcap of the series, the lyrics tie this all together.
“Can you feel life, movin’ through your mind?
Ooh, looks like it came back for more!
Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Can you feel time, slippin’ down your spine?
Oooh, you try and try to ignore!”
It starts, describing the pain of the human experience in. Talks about time slipping down your spine, the reverse from the flow up the spine to the divine, but rather back down into the mundane. It’s the creation of the universe, flowing from the top of the tree down.
“But you can hardly swallow
Your fears and pain!
When you can’t help but follow
It puts you right back where you came!”
This condition is unescapable without breaking away from following the past. It even says “when you can’t help”, really highlighting the coercive, entrapping nature of the mundane.
“Live and learn!//Hanging on the edge of tomorrow
Live and learn!//From the works of yesterday-ay
Live and learn!//If you beg or if you borrow
Live and learn!//You may never find your way”
The chorus reminds our tenuous grasp on the future, the ideal tomorrow. Our origins from the established real, and states that finding our way to the tomorrow, away from fears and pain, is impossible when we rely on just what we’re given on face value. Telling us to live and learn, to become the process of changing towards that ideal.
“Can you feel life, tangle you up inside?
Yeah! Now you’re face down on the floor!
But you can’t save your sorrow
You’ve paid in trade!
When you can’t help but follow
It puts you right back where you came!”
The second verse tells us that our pain in the mundane is because there is something we trade away, that because of this trade, we cannot be rid of it. What we get from the mundane world will never be enough to become untangled, un-split.
“There’s a face searching far, so far and wide
There’s a place where you dream you’d never find
Hold on to what if?
Hold on to what if?”
The final verse tells us to hold on to what if, to grasp dearly to our greatest desire to be free from a world of pain and second bests. It tells us that there is somewhere out there so fantastical that we cannot even imagine it as we are now. All of this in the background as our godhead(s) have transcended their previous forms, transformed to gold by the alchemist’s stone. The two twisting halves of the story twine together, like the tree of life.
Xros Wars takes place simultaneously before and after everything else in the franchise. It has always been Diaboromon!
The first Greymon happened when an Agumon killed a Kabuterimon and put its head on as a helmet, providing the data necessary for evolution.
The spirits from Frontier are incomplete digicores.
Gabumon’s pelt is made of fur it collects from Garurumon. It evolves when it collects enough.
Megidramon and Chaos Gallantmon are the same digimon. What you see is dependent on how it scares you pissless.
Jo’s Gomamon cannot be asked to do anything if left to his own devices. He needs someone as high-strung as Jo to motivate him.
All of the Warrior Ten died fighting Lucemon and his armies except Ancient Greymon and Ancient Garurumon.
The fusion spirit of darkness, Reichmon, can turn off physics to mess you up.
Imperialdramon Black is what happens when the insect data in Paildramon overtakes the dragon data during evolution, turning it into a mindless killing machine.
When a digimon dies, its soul is judged by Anubismon. If it is good, it is reborn as a digitama. If it is evil, it gets sent to the realm of the dead, where it is probably destined to be eaten by Plutomon.
There is a lot of craziness going on, comments are flying, people unfriending, unconscious triggers getting stuck in the crossfire. I’m personally avoiding the fb vortex for this reason but in general, i strongly advise, take time to nurture your soul in this energy.
There is a lot of hate and judgment being thrown out like candy at a parade. It’s really sad. I have never seen us so divided and polarized. It is an illusion of entropy and resistance build and building. Take time to connect back to your own energy. Set up those boundaries.
Detach, unplug, don’t get stuck in the vortex. Go read a book, do something fun. Take Time to nurture your spirit while the collective flails in chaos. It is crazy. Don’t feed on this energy.
This is an energy where if we continue to focus on the problems, we create more problems, we continue feeding the fire into a ball of chaos. Let’s focus on the solutions. Be the change. Rise up your energy. As lightworkers and cosmic warriors, we need to stay strong and raise our vibrations to help be the change!
How do you help raise your vibrations?
Staying in a higher emotional place than fear, judgment or anger.
We are starting to prep for another eclipse season, it’s starting to become obvious to me, that’s why emotions and bio-rhythms are off. Everyone is being triggered by something, you just have to hold strong, let it go. detach. Let it all go.
Nurture your vibrations, stay positive, express gratitude during this bizarre time and Hold strong.
How similar are things in your universe? Did you get all those diamonds?!
“Things are about the same, for better or for worse. Other racers are as insufferable as they were in mine. I’ve practically finished collecting all the Chaos Emer - Diamonds, but I’ve heard from Valentine that an even greater treasure inhabits this universe… “ (too bad Other World! Diego, you’re getting sent back in 2 asks)