Time Is A Flat Circle…

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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in “Surfer, Dude” (2008) and “True Detective” (2014)

Time is a flat circle. Everything we have done or will do we will do over and over and over again—forever.
–Rust Cohle, “True Detective”

It all comes back around: re-cycles, closed-loops, spirals, call-backs, remixes. Such as the case in these examples from pop-culture:

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A Boy And His Daimon: “Death Note” (2017) Esoteric Theories

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The movie Death Note, which was recently released on Netflix, is somewhat based on the popular manga and anime of the same name. There is controversy in fan circles regarding this film, because #1 the main characters are no longer Japanese (true) and #2 that it is not super-faithful to the source material (true: this film is to the manga what Stanley Kubrick’s Shining was to the Stephen King version, at least in terms of a much different tone).

I’m not tackling that controversy here, but I am going to take a look at the film “as-is,” for the purposes of esoteric and synchromystic analysis. Spoilers ahead.

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Robins, Jokers, And Horus-Set

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Let’s start this with a look at a post I did last year, “The Sacred Trinity: Triads In Pop-Culture And Mythology.” In that, I said there was a basic archetypal trio or “trinity” that operated in pop-culture, especially comic books: Isis (the Mother), Osiris (the Father) and Horus (the Son). It didn’t matter if these characters were actually related to each other, or what their specific relationships with each other was. If there was a Woman (say, Supergirl) a Man (Superman) and a Child (Superboy): you now had a Trinity!

For the very popular Batman franchise, this was a natural fit: Batgirl or Catwoman was the Isis-figure, Batman was Osiris, and Robin (dressed in his bird costume) made a fitting hawk-Horus. Again, the actual relationships between the characters, and their connection (or lack thereof) to Egyptian mythology was unimportant—simply seeing in visual form this Trinity “activates” primal recognition in the group subconscious.

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The Dark Tower And The Dark World

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The Gunslinger and Heimdall

I had the synchronistic experience of seeing the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World quite by accident right before seeing the The Dark Tower trailer. Both very visually similar movies, with similar titles, similar plots, similar symbolism, and the same actor (Idris Elba) in both of them.

I’m going to speak briefly to these similarities, and how both resonate with other topics I’ve been reading/thinking about recently.

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13 Reasons Why: Esoteric Theories And Strange Coincidences

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I’ve just finished watching Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why—it’s a show geared towards teens, but I guess I had my Steve Buscemi “hello, fellow kids” meme on at the time. 13 Reasons is apparently the biggest pop-culture thing for teens since Twilight, so…

I noticed a ton of interesting resonances, synchronicities, and so on with this series, so I’m just going to sort of ramble and get right to it! (SPOILERS AHEAD)

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Ghosted: Bill Murray As The Walker Between The Worlds

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Bill Murray and friend in “Scrooged”

Have you ever noticed that Bill Murray stars in an awful lot of movies as a person who seems to be caught between the liminal space between the dead and the living?

Ghostbusters is the most obvious example, but there’s also the ghost-packed Scrooged. He dresses like a zombie in Zombieland, cameos as a corpse in an episode of Parks & Recreation, & might also be the metaphorical ghost of the Whitman family patriarch in The Darjeeling LimitedGroundhog Day doesn’t feature ghosts, but it is also about a man caught in this liminal space of reality…a sort of “limbo.”

It’s not the Winter holiday season as I write this, but I’m going to focus on some aspects of Scrooged that not only relate to this concept of the person trapped in a liminal space of reality…but also has a few interesting nuggets relating to our current era.

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