In one of Dan Winter’s lectures, at the “Love’s Light is Awakening”
conference in Geneseo, NY, August, 1987, he presented a series of ten statements that can be taken as a new form of Hermes’ Emerald
1) THE UNIVERSE IS MADE OF ONE SUBSTANCE
We all know the basic formula for this one E=MC2.
Matter is just a lot of energy moving so slowly that we can touch
it and sit on it. energy is just a little bit of matter moving so fast
we have trouble finding it. They are polarities of the same substance,
which is flowing or moving as different rates, constantly. This very
compressibility is what stores form and memory in its wave shape.
2) THE UNIVERSAL SUBSTANCE HAS ONLY ONE WAVE SHAPE – THE SINE WAVE
The Fourier principle of frequency signature transformation means
that even the most complex shape is a simple sum of sine waves of
3) THE UNIVERSE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS A GEOMETRY OF PRESSURE
Geometry can be thought of here as the basic creation of symmetry.
Any symmetrical structure creates a place where meeting waves, those
traveling in opposite directions, can stand, that is, to phase and
phase-lock. Standing waves give the illusion of solidity, which is the
segregation of momentum that makes possible the birth of matter.
Pressure occurs where waves meet.
Only ration is sacred; scale is mundane. Information is the only
universal in our hologramic universe, every part contains the
information of the whole. Sharability, the way converging waves create
sustainable forms, then becomes a property of inherent structure
emerging naturally from the process itself.
In a world made only of waves, there would be just two geometric
forms, the torus, or vortex, and the golden mean spiral. the donut,
torus, form is the only structure in a world of waves that can become
coherent, that is, retain a regular shape like a smoke ring. As more of
these smoke rings are created and they want to relate to the first smoke
ring, they must “nest” in the right pattern so that they can remember
their form and still share structure. the best pathway for doing this is
the ratio we call the golden mean.
Only a form of Golden Mean symmetry will allow converging waves
to add and multiply at the same time. Only in this way, in this shape,
can waves nest together without interfering with each other and
canceling out their memories. A Golden Mean spiral can nest triangles,
Squares and five-sides figures, crating a dodecahedron as it does,. the
dodecahedron is the perfect Golden mean nest for turning information
into coherent structure. That’s why it is also the pattern of the
braided DNA molecule. The Golden Mean happens, the icosahedronal donut
and the dodecahedronal donut generate the only other two naturally
occurring numbers: Pi and E.
From this simple shape, and these three irrational, but
naturally occurring numbers, the universe is built. No wonder the
ancient Egyptians called these qualities the cosmological Neters or
4) FOCUS IS THE ONLY MEDIUM THAT CREATES IN A UNIVERSE OF WAVES
Focus, directed intensity of consciousness, occurs when the
excited nests of smoke rings become fractally attractive along the
patterns created by Phi, Pi, and E. When this happens they also become
matter, and the attractive quality is then seen as gravity. Intention,
like gravity, is a lens that bends light. Focus in the form of the great
geometric archetypes generates a sense of symbolic “gravity.”
5) SHAPE IS THE ONLY THING THE UNIVERSE HAS TO CONSERVE. ALL QUALITATIVE CHANGES COME FROM DIFFERENCES IN SHAPE, NOT SUBSTANCE
Everything in our world, all matter, that is, all fractally
attractive patterns of informational density, is composed of atoms,
which are described by physics as a nucleus surrounded by electrons in
so-called orbital shells. These shells are the pattern, the shape or
ratio, which is the only thing the universe must conserve, in order to
know itself. These shells or shapes are formed by the nestings of energy
donuts or smoke rings. the Atomic Table then becomes a simple set of
wave patterns, describing valency as symmetry. Everything can be created
from the nesting of one donut, with a pair of vortices; three donuts,
with six single direction vortices; five donuts, with ten vortices; and
seven donuts, with fourteen vortices. Count the vortices and you have
the number of electrons in each orbital shell.
These patterns form regular shapes, called the Platonic solids
because Plato was the first to write about them: the tetrahedron, on
pair of vortices; the octahedron/cube, three pairs; the dodecahedron,
five pairs; and the icosahedron, seven pairs. These basic shapes are
important in transmitting the very waves structure of matter, best
understood as templates that generate the focus of intensity necessary
to become fractally attractive, that is, bend the straight energy flow
of light into a circle of atomic structured matter.
6) THE ONLY WAY TO CONSERVE SHAPE ALONG A PATH IS TO MAINTAIN THE NEST OF RATIOS CONTAINING LENGTH, BREADTH AND VOLUME
The most elegant nest of ratio are those that intertwine Phi, Pi,
and E, such as the DNA spiral. We can think of this as simple proof that
DNA is a structure that is codes to transmit information along the
pathway of temporal evolution of physical life forms on the planet. All
life forms on the surface of the planet are the instruments and actors
of an ancient epic opera hard-wired into the structure of our cells.
7) THE BEST PATHWAY TO MAINTAIN A NEST OF RATIOS IS THE GOLDEN MEAN
Wratcheting a cube five times at 32 degrees in the same visual
space creates a dodecahedron. Wratcheting a dodecahedron 32 degrees
gives the powers of Phi; Phi squared, cubed, etc. The Golden mean
pathway enables information (shape) to be moved without loss of momentum
(mind). The closer we can come to forming this shape and path, the
grater our conductivity, that is, the more energy can flow through us.
As we focus our intensity on these shapes and flow patterns, we create a
sort of super conductive, super coherent energy exchange.
8) COHERENCE AT ANY LEVEL IS COHERENCE AT AL LEVELS.
An orderly arrangement between wave lengths establishes a
connection between frequencies and fields. But for this connection to
last, it must resonate to all frequencies and fields. This can only be
accomplished through the resonate structure of golden mean pathways.
This harmonic cascade of inter-connected-ness is the structure of our
hologramic universe, perceptible as ecstasy.
9) DNA IS THE SEED CRYSTAL OF THE HIGHER DIMENSIONAL LIGHT BODY.
DNA, a perfect Phi structures crystal connecting long waves and
short waves, is a three-dimensional patterns designed to transmit
information, in the form of living being, through time and space, the
fourth dimension. Its goal seems to be the creation of a fifth
dimensional intelligence, one capable of phase-locking with the
information of the universe stored in the crystaline coding of the DNA
10) LIGHT, WHEN FOLDED BACK ON ITSELF, COMES TO KNOW ITSELF.
A fifth dimensional awareness, which we can categorize as one that
sees all space and time, energy and matter, as components of the
original wave form, bends Light into the circle of self-awareness. This
creates the rich blue/UV explosion of energy that accompanies the rise
of Kundalini, the phase-lock of biological energies into the flow of the
universal information energy stream. This enfolded-ness creates
enlightenment, a state where the awareness of the universal mind meets
itself at every wave junction.
A lot of people think Joe has returned to “old Joe.”
Above we see the final scene of the second season of Halt and Catch Fire. For a moment you see the “old” Joe, Joe’s dark will to power, but then Joe’s features gentle–become heartbreaking for a split second–before settling into a quiet determination.
There’s something in Joe that wasn’t there before. This is brilliant and subtle acting by Lee Pace; in a few seconds he’s moved Joe through the “old" to the new Joe.
Compare the Joe we saw in Season One Episode One.
Can you spot the difference?
So so what is this new thing in Joe that wasn’t there before? Let’s get out our magnifying glass and take a closer look.
There’s a lot of symbolism going on at Stokes Capital. If you don’t remember Stokes Capital is where both Cameron and Joe went to get money for their ventures.
Both Joe and Cameron stand before these two paintings which present a choice. A wild red spiral to the left; a more sedate spiral + torus(symbol of infinity) in blue to the right.
A choice between Hell and Heaven perhaps? Incidentally Joe seems a lot more aware in this moment than Cameron.
This winding staircase? It’s visual reference to Jacob’s ladder, the ladder between the Earth and Heaven. (I don’t think the use of the name Jacob for the CEO of Westgroup was an accident.)
Finally Stokes Capital logo is an abstraction off of the Celtic Shield knot. This symbol represents a number of things. The four corners of the Earth. The four elements. It also represents the four creator gods in Mesopotamian mythology(of which Joe and Gordon represent Enlil and Enki respectively but that’s a story for another time.)
All this symbolism? Suggests Stokes Capital is the crossroads or the the gate between Heaven and Hell.
And this? This is Mr. Douchey McDoucherson. His role in the series is to be a dick to everyone who wants to get money from him. But that’s because he’s the Guardian of the gate between Heaven and Earth and his job is force anyone who wants on the stairway to Heaven(self knowledge) to face their fears and self doubt. (McDoucherson is joined by two representatives of the Mesopotamian council of the Gods. Enlil has certainly been very bad to Ninlil. Or maybe Ninlil has rushed to judgement. Who knows?)
As Mr. Douchey McDoucherson says: “I like to get to know the people I do business with.”
Sara echoed the Guardian’s role earlier.
In order to escape Limbo, the first step is to recognize it’s not Heaven. Joe was in Limbo until Cameron in her more positive manifestation as Kali the Goddess rather than Kali the demon shattered the illusion and made him realize he was still on the edge of Hell.
If Limbo is not knowing where you are, then maybe hell is not knowing who you are, allowing your unacknowledged shadow side to control you–either running from it, or running to it.
Heaven is knowing who you are, knowing all your names, including the name of your shadow.
To get past the Guardian of the Gate, you have to face your shadow self and acknowledge, integrate it, name it.
For Donna, the Guardian at the Gate showed her the fear that she would have to abandon her children to get through the Gate.
For Cameron, a woman who took on a man’s name, the Guardian made it seem like she would have to BE a man to get through the Gate.
And when Joe came to the Guardian, the Guardian presented him with his greatest fear. Being seen a psychopath. Or being one.
(McDoucherson: I’ve never seen a real life psychopath before! har har har!)
This is a fear that seems very particular to men, the fear of being seen as a monster; as some dreaded thing lurking on the outside of human warmth.
After the Guardian has thrown his shadow self in his face, a mortally wounded Joe starts to make himself ready for death. This is another element of the mono myth; facing death in the second act. In Joe’s case, he’s going to suicide.
He’s already been practicing!
And now he’s going to settle his affairs by making sure his effects are in order.
Joe is giving Gordon the PROM chip from the computer they reverse engineered together years ago. Joe kept it as a memento of his and Gordon’s partnership and the time they had together. He says it “always kept him going.”
Giving it away is a clear sign Joe has no intention of going on.
Fortunately for Joe, Gordon realizes something is wrong and comes to his rescue.
After telling Joe that he’s a good man, although Joe makes it very hard to see that–and adding that somehow Sara made it possible for Gordon to see Joe’s goodness–Gordon gives him the antidote to the Sonaris virus Gordon himself created and Joe allegedly unleashed on Westgroup: The Tabula rasa.
The blank slate that lifts a soul out of Purgatory.
Before leaving Gordon tells Joe to try and make it right with Sara.
Here we see Joe looking between his wedding ring and the Tabula rasa program. Notice the visual similarity between the ring on Joe’s finger and the centre ring of the floppy disk. There’s no real need to open the floppy, unless you specifically want to see that centre ring.
When Sara put the golden ring on Joe’s finger, it became a symbol of someone seeing Joe as human and not a monster.
After Joe gives Gordon the PROM(cute pun on the classic courting ritual, taking someone to the prom), Gordon also gives Joe a ring. And also another symbol of someone seeing him as human.
In this moment the Tabla Rasa given to Joe by Gordon is tied with the golden band* given to Joe by Sara. They are symbolically linked and both are now represented by the ring on Joe’s finger.
Sara repeated over and over again to Joe that he needed to move to California and create his own business. The ring and Sara’s final bit of wisdom are all he has left of her.
So when Gordon says “make it right with Sara.” Joe really has only one option.
Joe goes back to the VC(notice he’s still wearing the ring in this scene?) and instead of trying to sell him on a mapping program, he uses his newly fearsome reputation to scare the crap out of Mr. McDoucherson and sell him security instead.
Scary people make good bouncers!
Because Joe has realized that he doesn’t live and die by other’s opinions of him, he can finally pass the Guardian of the Gate’s challenge–If Mr. McDoucherson wants a psychopath, then give Mr. McDoucherson what he wants!
It doesn’t change who Joe is to play the part that people expect.
In the first season Joe acts like a man being dragged around by his dark side and suffering guilt and regret in the process. In the second season Joe is trying to suppress his dark side, which makes him, well, totally ineffective.
To become Sara’s equal, Joe had to realize that he does not need her to believe in him. She cannot do for him what he needs to do for himself: face his dark side, integrate it and make it work for him instead of against. In that sense she had to abandon him to force him forward.
So the “something else” you see in Joe now? It’s self-knowledge; people’s opinions don’t change who he is. Not even Sara’s.
Watch how he touches where his ring once was? The ring that symbolized his bond with both Sara and Gordon?
Joe will build his company and he’ll continue to love both Gordon and Sara even if they don’t love him back. It’s not about being loved but loving. And because he loves, he’s no monster. QED.
“Old” Joe has a name. His name is Joe.
Or possibly Charles.
 Just like the Guardian targeted Donna and Cameron with fears particular to women.
[ 2] I describe the association between Sara and yellow/gold here .
 Interestingly the original idea Joe tries to pitch–badly–was a souped up version of Gordon’s original idea for Sonaris: mapping the internet. Or IPs rather.
 If this scene merely had Joe opening his palm outward to reveal his lack of a ring, I might agree with people who think he’s turned full bastard. But it doesn’t. He’s still touching the place where the ring was. Sara and Gordon are in his heart but he doesn’t need to show to himself or the outside world that he’s loved anymore(or answer inevitable questions about his “wife”.)
 Sorry Sara haters! Even if she’s never coming back, she was still right. He needed to make his own company. And now she has a permanent place in Joe’s heart as the person who made Gordon see him as human.