"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."
- Revelation 22: 13
In almost every religion or belief system is the promise that we will live again. Scratch that. Every religion. The origin of the religious interests of all peoples is at the heart of the adventurous spirit of Indiana Jones. Our investigation follows Indy step by step through his latest escapade in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Let's start where every story starts - the setting, namely, an American desert, 1957.
You have to wonder whether the scientist in Dr. Jones would have noticed a subtle change on the American symbolic landscape in the early 1950's: namely the appearance of the Babalon Star.
Throughout the early 50's, the police installations in major American desert areas adopted the use of a seven pointed star for its shield. You will find these appearing at this time in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Texas. Now, as all tin hats know, there were two distinguished happenings in these desert areas at this time: the testing of nuclear weapons and the alleged discovery of alien wreckage. Please note that around this time Americans and indeed people of the world were being conditioned to the alien presence in such classic films as The Day The Earth Stood Still which came out, coincidentally, in 1951.
Putting first glances and obvious arguments aside, a deeper look into the coinciding happenings of the outer-worldly appearances and the changing of the police shield from 5 or 6 points to the never before used 7 pointed star reveals all. Perhaps more than you want to know.
The key number is 51. Alien buffs and U.F.O.-headz do not need further schooling. Would you be shocked to know that the number of degrees separating the points of a 7 pointed circle is 51 degrees? OK. Keeners will note this is not an exact figure. The exact figure is 51.42857.
Late May 13th, Catholic periodical The Roman Observer reported that Pope Benedict and the Church at large accept the possibility of intelligent life off-earth. This report went worldwide May 14, 2008. Please note that May 14, 2008 fits our key figure to the third decimal. 5-14-2xx8. This leaves us with the 57, the remaining digits, which brings us back to Dr. Jones.
'57 is not only the year of Indy's close encounter of the third kind, it is also the exact number of years since 1951. 1951 plus 57 years is 2008. The auspicious year of the papal announcement that aliens are ok, and just one week before Indy's return to the big screen. Icing on the cake: later this year the release of the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still.
Sweeter still, consider that the digits 1, 9, 5 and 7 total 22. 22 is an occult number of supreme significance. Do your own research but we give you this tidbit: 22 over 7, which is the integral fraction used to denote Pi, produces the same repeating decimal strand as in 51.42857: namely, 3.142857. The number 142857 has magickal properties to delight the mind. It is a cyclical number which is especially significant in the light of the Alpha and the Omega sequence that promises resurrection. The theme of resurrection is critical to the theme of Indy's adventure.
The word "Return" is the pivot to Indiana's resurrection. Not only is it a strongly repeated word through out the entire film, it even merits a title selection on the soundtrack. Indy's "return" is represented three times within the film's first thirty minutes. First, by the appearance of the film itself. It's been 20 damn years after all, since the so-called 'Last Crusade'. Second, we are introduced to the older and wiser Indy as his disheveled corpus is pulled from the trunk of an army Studebaker. And finally, he will emerge from a lead-lined refrigerator would-be coffin that saves him from the certain death of Oppenheimer's Doom-Town countdown.
But the "return" is not exclusive to Indy, as he himself points out in the film. The task to return the Crystal Skull to its rightful place leads Indy and his audience into the revelation of the Last Supper and resurrection, encoded as 13 aliens at rest becoming One Living Alien who ascends to the heavens at the film's climax.
The revelation of which we speak is by no means just any revelation, but the revelation. This is supported by some good old fashioned synchro-mystic resonating. We accept that Aragorn, the King who Returns, is a simulacrum of King Arthur, the once and future King. Please consider the following with appropriate amazement: actor John Hurt was the voice of Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi's animated The Lord of the Rings. Hurt further resonates King Arthur as Harold Oxley in Indy IV. It is in his role as Magnanimous Cuckold that this connection is proven. For just as King Arthur was cuckolded by his adventurous friend Lancelot, so will Oxley be cuckolded when Indy marries Oxley's stand-in wife Marion Ravenwood.
The resolution of our resonation resounds as John Hurt's Professor Broom from Hellboy. We remind that the climax of Hellboy is concerned with Biblical Revelation and the memory of Professor Broom hangs heavy over the scene. Should we be at all surprised to find Hurt/Broom/Oxley embroiled with pesky Russians as he was in Hellboy at the end of Crystal Skull? For as the aliens escape the surly bonds of Earth, leaving no trace of their passing, Professor Oxley quips, "Like a broom to their footprints".
Upon his discovery of Akator, the place in which he is instructed to return the Crystal Skull, Indiana Jones finds himself in a room filled to the brim of its fedora with artifacts of every religion and culture. Indy jumps to an immediate conclusion, "They're archaeologists" and he is mistaken. It is not that the aliens have come to Earth to collect knowledge from us or learn our different teachings, it is that they have bestowed all of them upon us. They are the ones who have the knowledge to which we all aspire. That is why in all of his adventures, the powers of each artifact Indy seeks is real.
The movie seems to say that to gain the knowledge of these aliens that we too could ascend to higher knowledge or another dimension or who-knows-what?. However, because it is Professor Oxley's and Professor Jones' return of a missing piece to its whole that the story of Crystal Skull proves a ripple of the myth of Osiris, who was also troubled by a certain missing piece. Images of Osiris show a remarkable resemblance to the Crystal Skull we examine.
All of this in a single bite ought to prove, as it does to the authors of this piece, that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a nigh on to blatant initiation into the ancient mysteries of Babalon.
And the candle on our cake... Aleister Crowley. Crowley of course designed the 7 pointed Babalon Star seen here.
Take a look at Crowley's good buddy LAM, seen below, with whom Crowley claimed to communicate. Get it through your SKULL! We're not talking about fiction here.
Written by The Sister's Son and The Wrong Way Wizard
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