Activating The Dark Goddess: Kali And The Santa Clarita Diet

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After watching the first season of the Netflix series The Santa Clarita Diet a few years ago, one thing immediately popped into mind: Kali.

An ancient, female energy. The Dark Goddess. The anima writ large, over the entire planet. It’s something that goes beyond matriarchy vs. patriarchy and all that jazz. We are talking about a primal force here, deeply keyed-in with nature and the planet. And we’re talking about a primal force that gives very little shits about the ideological arguments and hair-splitting we have over the Internet. We’re talking a force that will smash a mountain into an iceberg. Continue reading “Activating The Dark Goddess: Kali And The Santa Clarita Diet”

2 Women: The Carrie White and Wendy Torrance Connection

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Pinky Rose: “You know what?”
Millie Lammoreaux: “What?”
Pinky Rose: “You’re the most perfect person I ever met.”
Millie Lammoreaux: “Thanks.”
–“3 Women”

Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall have both starred in major motion pictures based on the novels of Stephen King, Carrie (1976) and The Shining (1980). They portray, respectively, icons of the horror genre Carrie White and Wendy Torrance: two meek and passive women whose great personal power only gets unleashed at a time of extreme stress.

Interestingly, the “soul” of the Carrie/Wendy & Spacek/Duvall archetypes intersect in Robert Altman’s bizarre 1977 flick 3 Women.

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Hollywood, America, Rome: The Deeper Meanings of “Hail, Ceasar!”

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“Ancient Rome. Twelve years into the rule of Tiberius, ruler maximus. Rome’s legions are masters of the world, the stomp of its sandals heard from the Iberian peninsula in the west through the halls of the great library of Alexandria in the east. As oppressed people everywhere writhe under the Roman lash, freeman and vassal are united in one compulsory worship. The emperor, Caesar, is Godhead, lord of every man’s body and spirit. For those who will not submit, the galleys, the arenas, even crucifixion await. But there is a new wind, blowing from the east, from the dusty streets of Bethlehem, that will soon challenge the vast house of Caesar, that edifice wrought of brick and blood which now seems so secure!”
–Narrator, “Hail, Caesar!”

The 2016 Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar! is, like Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice the same year, a somewhat prophetic work sitting on the edge of a vastly changing social and political landscape.

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9.1.18: Surviving Infinity

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“And when we outgrow any given set of conceptual pigeonholes we must always be prepared to move on, to advance from soul-state to soul-state, as Sri Aurobindo put it: and from illumination to illumination. For our purpose appears to be as simple as it is endless. We are, as the aborigines say, just learning how to survive in infinity.”
— Michael Talbot, “The Holographic Universe”

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