The day is April 23rd, 2017. It’s an ordinary Sunday afternoon in London.
The crowd bustles, trains whirr, birds chirp.
Life in the city is business as usual.
Three teenage girls take photographs outside 187 North Gower Street, soaking in the ambiance of the Sherlock set. They step into Speedy’s for a cup of coffee.
The women lament over the loss of their favorite show. On March 8th, the BBC announced Sherlock would not be returning for a fifth series, and cowriters Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were quick to assure their fans that it was time to lay the beloved program to rest.
But what the women saw next changed their lives forever.
“The great university will be divided into grades, admission to which will be through preliminary tests or initiations. Here mankind will be instructed in the most sacred, the most secret, and the most enduring of all Mysteries–Symbolism. Here the initiate will be taught that every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle. Here mankind will learn that CHiram (Truth) lies buried in every atom of Kosmos; that every form is a symbol and every symbol the tomb of an eternal verity. Through education–spiritual, mental, moral, and physical–man will learn to release living truths from their lifeless coverings. The perfect government of the earth must be patterned eventually after that divine government by which the universe is ordered. In that day when perfect order is reestablished, with peace universal and good triumphant, men will no longer seek for happiness, for they shall find it welling up within themselves. Dead hopes, dead aspirations, dead virtues shall rise from their graves, and the Spirit of Beauty and Goodness repeatedly slain by ignorant men shall again be the Master of Work. Then shall sages sit upon the seats of the mighty and the gods walk with men.”
Why does Mads have a damaged eye in so many movies lmao
I mean, I can only think of three off the top of my head, and for someone with 48 IMDb acting credits that’s not actually that many all things considered. :P But I suppose there’s also the Death Stranding eye goo… and his character in Adam’s Apples does get shot in the eye…
Okay so five. Five instances of weird eye things going on. That probably is more than usual. Which leads me to conclude that Mads is clearly Odin in the flesh and the universe is really desperate for us to catch on.
Notice Mary Magdalene with her three children at the bottom of this picture, flanked by two women of the Jerusalem Church, representing the sacred feminine in the forefront of Jachin and Boaz, with dozens of masonic symbols, including the beehive, square and compass, spring of acacia, plumb, level, scythe, Jacob’s ladder, lamb, rough and smooth ashlars, point within a circle, anchor, cable-tow, ark of the covenant, lost key, past master symbol, noah’s ark, trowel, vitruvian base, venus (pentalpha/pentagram), mercury/alchemy star (star of David/Jewish star),
The Hierophant Tau Cross, mosaic pavement, three steps (degrees), the Sun, and the Divine Shekhinah in the center of the Holy of Holies, the inner chamber of Solomon’s Temple; this represents the Venus/Mercury conjunction with the Sun. There are more symbols here, but these are just off the top of my head and what I can recognize. One of my favorite paintings, for various reasons.
- Richard E. Gordon III 32 PHA, Knight Kadosh and Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
Is Villainous Jim Possible in Season 2 of Trollhunters? Theory on the Triumbric Stones
With the cliffhanger ending of Trollhunters, a lot of us had been theorizing on what will happen to our brave hero after he (heroically and idiotically) walks into the Darklands alone. Fanfictions and fan ramblings have revealed many ideas. Theories I’ve seen include:
Jim successfully kills Gunmar and saves the children, but he’s damaged by the experience.
Jim acquires allies in the Darklands, and they take down Gunmar together.
Jim gets his butt kicked, his friends find a way to rescue him, and they take down Gunmar together.
My thoughts? Personally I think the last one is the most likely; the show has built up that friendship and love is what sets Jim apart from other Trollhunters and the show is called “Trollhunters” plural, meaning Toby and Claire and probably Blinky and Draal, too, will count as Trollhunters. So I strongly believe the show is building up to Jim realizing he needs his friends by his side for the final battle and that he should let them protect him just like he desires to protect them. Though he may also acquire allies in the Darklands, too. Jim has a way of making those around him feel the need to protect him. (He’s just too much of a cinnamon roll.)
But there is another possibility for Season 2 that I don’t think a lot of people have considered: Jim briefly joining Gunmar or Jim becoming a villain in his own right.
But that’s crazy, you say. No in-character version of Jim would join Gunmar.
Even a Jim that’s turned jaded and “dark” would kill Gunmar, not join him. Gunmar wants to devour humanity; Jim is a human. These things don’t add up. And Jim being evil? Please. There’s a line even a traumatized Jim wouldn’t cross. And I think you’re right; I don’t think Jim would ever develop into a character that would join Gunmar or be outright villainous…at least not without some sort of outside magical influence.
But what if there is some outside magical influence that just might mess with his thinking? What if he could be controlled by something dark? Is there evidence for such a thing already existing the show?
Let’s take a look at those Triumbric Stones again.
So previously I made a post breaking down the various Arthurian references in Trollhunters (you can read it here) and in the process, I stumbled upon a thought: why did Merlin want to hide the Triumbric Stones?
First, let’s start with what we know about the Triumbric Stones. These stones are:
The Birthstone: The Heartstone from which Gunmar was born, corrupted by the first war between humans and trolls.
The Killstone: The remnant of Gunmar’s first kill, the Shattered King of the Quagawumps.
The Eye of Gunmar: Gunmar’s own eye that he lost in the battle with Orlagk for control of his Gum-Gums.
3 items: one from Gunmar’s beginning, one from Gunmar’s first murder, and one from Gunmar’s own flesh. Already these sound like sinister items, and none have good origins. One was corrupted by a horrific war and another a result of a murder. Even the third stone, which proves Gunmar can be vulnerable, was first removed from Gunmar by another powerful Gum-Gum, not a hero fighting against him.
Another clue about the nature of these stones is that Merlin hid them. Bodus’ poem claims that “The Myrddin Wylt obscured a Shadow’s bane,”
Myrddin Wylt being an old Welsh name for Merlin. Merlin is the creator
of the amulet that chooses the Trollhunters, and this amulet has 6
compartments to utilize the power of other stones, which is how Jim
comes to use the stones they collect. If these three items were powerful
enough to kill Gunmar and could be easily used by the Trollhunter with
the amulet, why would Merlin “obscure” them rather than make them
available to his chosen champion?
Why not allow the Trollhunter, the keeper of peace, to “eclipse all who quarry with thine might”?
What is so dangerous about these items that he would want to hide them rather than let the Trollhunter use them?
Then there’s the matter of who thought to findthem after Merlin hid them. The Triumbric Stones are introduced to us through the last surviving work of the scholar known as the dishonorable Bodus. Dishonorable Bodus. One has to wonder how Bodus came to be called “dishonorable”and why it is the dishonorable scholar who recorded the location Triumbric stones.
And it could be that Bodus’ riddle even warns against wielding Eclipse. “Where worthy perish, ye will prevail in nightand Eclipse all who quarry with thine might.”
This could be interpreted to mean that, where worthy heroes perish, the
wielder of Eclipse will win with darkness. This could mean that those
who wield Eclipse are no longer “worthy.” After all, what can turn daylight dark? …An eclipse.
It’s all a little suspicious.
The episode itself may even hint at this. When the riddle was
first read, Toby pointed out how creepy the riddle was, but Jim quickly
silenced his doubts by focusing on the fact that it said “they could
win.” It’s played off like Toby just simply didn’t understand the
riddle, but was that possibly subrle foreshadowing?
Another potentially important detail is Eclipse’s black color and red glow. Color is seems to be symbolic in Trollhunters.
(Personally, I think there’s enough evidence for color symbolism in Trollhunters that I could make an entire post on that alone.)
And the color blue seems to be particularly so. Blue is the color for goodness and purity, the color of heroes. The Trollhunters’ souls are blue. The Trollhunter’s amulet and the armor and sword of Daylight glow blue. Heck, Jim, the chosen hero, is dressed nearly all in blue - blue jacket, blue jeans, blue shoes - and has blue eyes. Even the title is in blue.
So when Jim is no longer wearing blue, it could be a significant piece of symbolism. He’s lost his purity. He no longer bears the colors of the hero. He no longer symbolizes good.
Now this may not actually mean much of anything; the symbolism of blue is called into question when we see that Gunmar’s eyes are also blue. It’s possible I’m reading too much into this. But this is also Guillermo del
Toro we’re talking about. He does tend to like visual symbolism and has
used color before for this purpose. I think it’s perfectly possible he’s using color as symbolism and potential foreshadowing.
But even aside from the lack of blue, the color of the new armor is still significant. Jim’s new armor is black “like night,” whereas his previous armor was a shimmering silver. He’s gone from a light aesthetic to a dark one.
A darker aesthetic is a sure foreshadowing of Jim either going through some dark stuff and/or turning a bit darker himself internally. It’s the same sort of symbolism used for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars as he became less pure. With each movie in the original trilogy, Luke had a darker clothing aesthetic as he became more open and vulnerable to the Dark Side. Jim seems to be getting similar treatment.
Everything about these Triumbric Stones and Eclipse just seems to indicate that these items are not meant to be wielded by heroes. They are sinister items of sinister origins, hidden by those who wanted to save the world and recorded only by those deemed dishonorable. Could they potentially have the power to corrupt those who wield them? If so…could they influence Jim to join Gunmar?
But, I hear you say, even if the Triumbric Stones are evil and corrupting, Eclipse is wielded “for the doom of Gunmar.” So even if they turn Jim outright evil, he would still kill Gunmar, not join him. So that still kills the “joining Gunmar” theory, right?
My final piece of evidence is the promo poster for Season 2.
Jim is standing in Gunmar’s hand, holding his sword aloft while souls (lost Trollhunters?) swirl around him. One could say this symbolizes his battle with Gunmar, and that’s how most interpret it. But look at how the picture is staged. Gunmar appears to be presenting Jim to the world…as if Jim was his champion.
And it was this poster that first got me even considering that possibility.
Now if Jim were to join Gunmar, how do I think it would unfold? I think it’d go a little something like this: With the influence of the Triumbric Stones, Jim will end being corrupted and become an agent of Gunmar. Gunmar, fearful someone else would use Eclipse against him if anything happened to Jim, uses this to his advantage Once he has his allegiance, Gunmar will try to force Jim to kill his own friends and open the gateway at Killahead Bridge, just as Vendel warned he would.
As for a villainous rogue Jim…I have trouble picturing what that would look like. While under the influence of the Triumbric Stones, the Jim we know would no longer exist, that’s for sure. And with del Toro manning this thing, we could go in a pretty dark direction, children’s show or not.
Now I could be way off base here. The Triumbric Stones could just be inanimate objects of power, neither good nor evil. But that’s why it’s a theory, right?
Regardless of how the rest of Trollhunters unfolds, I still agree that Jim’s friends will still save him, and they will still take on Gunmar together. I’m fairly certain that’s where this series is going. But rather than saving Jim from the terrors of the Darklands, it’s possible his friends may end up saving him…from himself.
anyone who has been reading my blog lately can probably guess, I’ve been loving
the new season of Samurai Jack. In a
media culture saturated with mediocre and/or outright bad reboots and remakes,
Season Five of Samurai Jack retains
everything fans loved about the first four seasons, while the TV-14 rating
allows for storytelling opportunities that weren’t available when it was a Y-7
show, and yet feel like a natural extension of the original.
emotional touchstones of the new season have thus far been Jack, as is only
fitting, and Ashi, one of the Daughters of Aku, and by Episode XCV, the only surviving daughter of Aku. The
Daughters, Ashi especially, have been set up as parallels and foils for Jack in
terms of their upbringing and their ‘purpose’ in life. In particular, the show
explores a running theme through the both of them: violence as the annihilation
of the self.
I was sitting in a round booth at a dark restaurant, the waiter brought over a plate with cow skull. I kept asking why they served me this when is it not what I ordered because I am vegan. Then a male shaman, long dark silky hair put a necklace around my neck made of fine materials and beautiful feathers, he told me not to worry, that it was not to eat but a symbol for me. ☽
Dreams offer us an opportunity to have a direct experience with the sacred: after all, when we dream, we are having a direct experience with whatever has come through during the night. How do we know this? Because we resonate physically and emotionally to our dreams- we wake anxious, or thrilled, or curious about what just happened. Our bodies act out the movements in our dream/sleep just as if we were awake (luckily we have bio-chemicals that keep us firmly in our beds most of the time though!) Our bodies knew that we were “there”, even if our minds are doubting Thomases when we awake. Even if our waking minds click in quickly to tell us that it was “just a dream”, our deeper self knows that we were having the encounters in another reality. You know that in- between place – the threshold space between sleep and waking. It seems to me that is the space that verifies the reality of both places before our left brain clicks in to tell us it cannot be so. We are in 2 places at once, remembering both.
The Green Man represents the mystical rebirth of the human soul upon Gnosis. Realizing we are One with Nature, and that the Supreme Architect of the Universe IS nature. Man can only attempt to understand her Law. Like the plant that regenerates on the Equinox, so too shall the Spirit of Man on his perilous journey towards his inner self, to cultivate the spiritual Seed that dwells within the living carcass (chrysallis)
of his body. Almost every cell in the human body, including brain cells, are damaged, destroyed and replaced; reincarnated in cyclical fashion. It is not this corporeal substance which makes us wondrous (although it appears so). It is the Eternal Mind. The Spirit that IS. Once you have worked to find and cultivate your inner spiritual world, let it bloom and adorn Natures’ halls with your beauty. Die unto the physical world, and be awakened to the spiritual. The death of false illusion, caput mortuum: Do not let your soul wither to the false pretense of the world, for all that is corporeal, will change. All that is Manifest, will be
Unmanifest. The Corpus Hermeticum states: “Now were It manifest, It would not be. For all that is made manifest is subject to becoming, for it hath been made manifest. But the Unmanifest for ever is, for It doth not desire to be made manifest. It ever is, and maketh manifest all other things.”
Be reborn in the understanding of Nature, reflect her Laws, and live forever. For she IS you.
The view from Wonho’s house was so far from a pretty sight. You could see nothing but gravel, industrial grey building, burned remains of was once a home. The sight depressed you to no end.
“You see that house there?”
Wonho came up behind you and pointed to half of a house that had smashed Windows and burned brick work a few blocks away.
“That was my mother and fathers house. They were both killed.”
Wonho gulped, trying to stay nonchalant about it but you knew he wanted to cry, to talk about it, to be upset to someone for once.
“Do you want to talk about it?”
You asked softly, wanting so badly to hear his thoughts and let him share his pain. The feelings you’d acquired for him since meeting him were beginning to grow so fast, more and more as each day passed. Wonho put on a small smile and shook his head.
“I told you, I can take care of myself.”
He replied, his comment made you wish he’d just let you take care of him. You wanted to be the one he could share anything with. Following your heart, your hand reached up to his face and caressed his jaw gently. Wonho’s eyes widened with the touch, his eyes alive with the amorous sensation.
“Hey, you don’t always have to be so brave, you know?”
You uttered, smiling reassuringly at him. His hand reached up and held yours, closing his eyes and savoring the closeness. His hand on yours made your heart jump up and down like an excited child.
“I know, I know. It’s just that I’ve been on my own for so long. I’m not used to opening up about my feelings but, I want to. I want to tell you everything.”
He confessed, holding both of your hands. It was obvious that the butterflies you had in your stomach were fluttering around in Wonho’s stomach too.
“Let me make dinner tonight. Let’s share our secrets. I promise, I’ll tell you everything you want to know.”
Later that night, you pushed your plate of chocolate cake to the side, so full you couldn’t eat another mouthful. Wonho made you his favourite dish, ramyun, which is all he ever seemed to eat; never the less, you loved it and appreciated the effort. Sitting on the floor by the roaring fire, Wonho tried opening up to you about his past. Since he promised he’d answer every question you asked him, you were feeling brave.
“How do you like living with me?”
You asked with a grin on your face, expecting him to tease you and say he hated it, that you left all your clothes on the floor and he missed his bed. Wonho chuckled, making your heart melt like lava.
“Honestly, it’s been amazing. I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to live alone…I kind of wish I don’t have to live alone again.”
Wonho replied, his eyes staring in to the fire, the amber and red lights reflecting on his deep brown eyes. You gulped, hoping he meant what you thought he meant.
“You mean, you don’t want me to go?”
You questioned nervously, holding your breath for the answer. His face turned to you and he smiled affectionately.
“No, I don’t want you to go. I want you here, with me, always.”
He bit down on his plump lip, surprised at himself for being so open to you. Being honest with yourself, you didn’t want to leave either.
“I want to be with you too.”
You admitted to him, making his eyes widen. Your cheeks flushed and your pulse raced insanely fast, nervous but incredibly excited when Wonho began to lean closer to you, his lips puckering slightly for a kiss; a kiss you’d been waiting for since you talked in the shed. Your eyes locked, hooked on each other; you couldn’t stop your stomach from doing flips. The desire to kiss him was overwhelming. You imagined Wonho felt the same when his eyes fell upon your lips. Closing your eyes, you were so close to Wonho. Every second felt so long until your faces met. Magic spread through your body as his lips brushed yours, like a intense shock through your being. Your body told you to hold his face gently as you shared the sweet but powerful kiss. It wasn’t just any kiss, it was a kiss that symbolized lost souls finding each other and uniting as one. Wonho cradled the back of your head as he deepened the kiss, moaning quietly in satisfaction and the roaring fire became a metaphor for your passion. The feel of his lips as you crawled on top of his lap felt like heaven, you couldn’t describe just how perfect it was; how right it felt to kiss him. The heat was scorching your skin. The quiet moans turned in to pants as your hands got curious, moving from his face and slowly down his back while Wonho’s hands rested just above your backside in a teasing manner. You knew that if you didn’t stop now, you’d probably go all the way with him. His tongue felt so good, playing with yours, but you wasn’t sure how prepared you were right then. If it was to happen, you wanted to look prettier, smell a bit fresher, be less tired. Like Wonho could read your mind, he was the first to reluctantly pull away and control himself.
“I want to…but I want to when we’re both ready.”
He smiled lovingly, running his fingers through your hair. Although nothing happened that night, you still let him back in to his own bed to cuddle you to sleep.