The Year Of The Mask: The Trinity Of Sin



There were two trinities of “troublemakers” in 2012 who dominated media attention. The first were the whistleblower/leakers Chelsea (at the time, Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange; the second being three members of the Russian band/activist group Pussy Riot. Along with movements like Occupy Wall Street, the whiff of anarchy was in the air…and the governments of the United States and Russia were not amused.

Meanwhile, DC Comics offered The New 52 Free Comic Book Day Special Edition #1, featuring “The Trinity Of Sin”: the characters Pandora (yep, loosely based on the Greek goddess), the Phantom Stranger, and The Question (who is, of course, the “inspiration” for The Watchmen’s vigilante Rorschach). The three are brought in front of the Council Of Eternity and judged as “the greatest transgressors mankind has ever known”—the possessors of secrets to the universe that they seemed to “leak” out to the wider world.

Pandora, in particular, is accused of opening up a forbidden box and letting out “monsters” to the world…the way that Manning, Snowden, and Assange used the Internet to make State secrets public.



In August of 2012 exiled and “housebound” Julian Assange gave an impassioned speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, urging President Obama and the United States to “stop the witch hunt against WikiLeaks.”


I found his use of words quite interesting, considering that only a couple of days before that three members of the the punk rock band/social activism group Pussy Riot were convicted of “hooliganism” in a public circus of a court case that uncannily resembled the witch trials of old.


Part of the “evidence” against the three consisted of testimony on how their blend of “blasphemy” and feminism “infected” impressionable souls —testimony that repeatedly referred to the young women as “demonic.” Here is how one witness to Pussy Riot’s brief performance inside a church described the event:

In essence, it was some sort of demonic seizing.

To add some extra atmosphere, some anti-Pussy Riot protesters were actually heard to chant “burn the witches” outside the courthouse.


Apparently also missing the “good old days,” members of Russian Orthodox groups took to setting images of Pussy Riot on fire.

The New York Times quoted the leader of one religious sect as saying the following:

We’re going to rip them up and burn them. Like in the Middle Ages.

We were in the middle of a goddamned Witch Craze. In 2012.

In the “triple goddess” aspect of the three women on trial—their decision to evoke the Virgin Mary’s more “pagan” (read: feminist, woman-positive) roots in an Orthodox church—the witch connection couldn’t be more explicit. This was why the focus of the world was so laser-like focused on this trinity of females—because symbolically they were the embodiment of the global Divine Feminine energy taking on traditional “patriarchal” religions everywhere:





They tapped into the zeitgeist, in the same way that the leaker “Trinity Of Sin”—Manning, Snowden, and Assange—did.

And is Manning herself, Pandora—the one who started it all with classified information about the Iraq War sent to Wikileaks in 2010? Like Pandora in the comic, was she the one chosen to be made an “example” of, sent to prison for 35 years?


Like Pandora in both the DC comic and the ancient myth, Manning was accused of “opening a box”—forcing inconvenient truths into the public spotlight. Further, the character of Pandora was supposed to “rearrange” and alter the world, of the “nothing will ever be the same” variety.

As we will see as The Year Of The Mask continues, the span from 2012-2013 was indeed very much a “Pandora” type year—the fallout from which we are still experiencing to the present day.