“…more at home on the fringes than in the centre of Greek polytheism. Intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, she straddles conventional boundaries and eludes definition.”
—Hekate, per the Oxford Classical Dictionary
Welcome to Butterfly Language, a look at the world inside and outside my head!
Happy Summer Solstice, the first day of Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the longest day of the year. Related to Summer Solstice is the holiday of Midsummer, which will be celebrated on Monday. Midsummer is also known as St. John’s Day, and is a feast day for John the Baptist. The reasoning was: John was the “harbinger” of Jesus Christ, and was born six months before the Messiah.
Of course…there has been a strain of thought weaving through the world for a couple of millennia that the Messiah was John the Baptist…not Jesus Christ. My favorite book of the Bible, Luke (not because I’m a “heretic” but because the audio book version with that loooong genealogy segment, puts me to sleep), begins focusing on John’s family and conception, and seems to “shoehorn” or graft the Jesus narrative onto something a bit older.
The Knights Templar—and a number of esoteric/Masonic groups in general—seemed to be particular fans of John the Baptist, who, according to the Bible, was eventually decapitated. Was this why the Templars were accused of worshipping “Baphomet”—a severed head?
We can go down the rabbit hole even one step further, considering the 2018 movie Hereditary...which seems to be a about a cult worshipping severed heads (as well as ushering in the theoretical New Aeon). Is it possible that John the Baptist is the underlying focal point of a number of “alternative” religions that worship an “alternative” messiah?
And, of course…the director of Hereditary is Ari Aster…the director of Midsommer, which hits American theaters July 3.
Starring in Midsommer—which, according to the word on the street, makes Hereditary look like High School Musical—is Jack Raynor as “Christian.”
If Raynor looks at all familiar to readers of Butterfly Language, it might be because he also stars as Jack Parsons in the TV series Strange Angel.
**What does it all MEAN?** Very likely, not much. But this “sync” stuff is, I know, part of why some people read this very blog.
(Bonus, for regular readers: Midsommar also co-stars Will Poulter…who played Colin in Bandersnatch.)
A little about me at the moment—I’ve been on vacation in Florida for about 5 days so far. My mother just took me for a pedicure this morning (a feat that was achieved with something that looked like a cross between an industrial cheese grater and a machete—just a sexy tidbit for all you foot fetishists out there). I’m having a pretty good time; it’s a little like paradise over here.
The Journal mainly comprised the time between fall of 2018 until now, with a chunk made earlier in 2018 as well as a number of even earlier posts “retroactively” given Journal status. I feel the story it had to tell has been told (for reference, here is the first post in the series).
It’s not that I won’t talk about personal stuff time to time here…it’s just that I want to switch more back to straight-up articles again. I might also do a semi-regular “current events” type series called “The Resonator” or something like that.
And so…that’s pretty much my update. I have a list of articles I want to write, and current events-type stuff to address.
Here’s a series of 3 “digital art” pieces I did yesterday, that I don’t plan to use for post images (so here they are now):
And that’s it for today! Have a good Friday & Solstice.