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LOST SYMBOL for Dan Brown (Article) - 4/24/2009 10:30:45 AM

I hate to disappoint you boys, but I'm pretty boring to watch unless you're into architectural alignments and archangel archetypes!

Yes, Michael is a multicultural archangel archetype, which is extremely convenient. But, as Starlight hints, the purpose of the slaying is to achieve a BALANCE, which is why he's sometimes shown with scales. Dragons can be cuddly once they're tamed...

Washington Cathedral also has a moon rock embedded into a stained glass window and a Darth Vader gargoyle. I knew one of the stone masons there, I still have a gargoyle that he carved on my desk, I collect gargoyles. It will be interesting to see if Washington Cathedral makes it into Brown's book, but I suspect he'll go for the more obvious locations. 

Good question about the WWII monument! I left DC for London before it was built - I remember reading about the controversy, but I never thought to check how it affected the alignments. Is on my list now. 

Starlight - I think you mean the SOCIETY of the Dragon, which was founded in 1408 by Sigismund. Vlad II was received into the Society in Jan or Feb 1431 and was thereafter known as 'Dracul', the Dragon. It was his son, Vlad Draculea (the Dragon's Son), who was the historical Dracula. It's a fascinating history.  

My fave chivalric order is the Company of the Star, though, as their theme song was Ave Maris Stella! ;-)

LOST SYMBOL for Dan Brown (Article) - 4/23/2009 12:42:21 AM

Starlight is just teasing us because I strayed out of my parallel universe to chat. There's no rule that says I can't stray... and you guys are welcome to stray into my universe anytime, if you're brave enough.

But the DC alignments are very cool - the entire "city" is built to mirror the lines of a celestial plan - akin to the dream of rebuilding the New Jerusalem. 

Growing up there, one is subtly aware of the alignments of all the monuments and how they fit together. Even later buildings were constructed to fit in with the Master Plan. 

For instance did you know that the construction of the Washington National Cathedral was begun AND finished on the Feast Day of Saint Michael the Archangel?

He was a DragonSlayer, too... DragonSlaying is a very interesting occupation on many cryptic levels. It will be interesting to see just how much Brown worked out for himself this time... because a lot of the real "secrets" have never been published.

LOST SYMBOL for Dan Brown (Article) - 4/22/2009 12:41:40 AM

Hey Hobbs... are you really a Dragon Slayer? I just happen to know a thing or two about how the DC alignments were created. 

Everyone's wondering whether Brown based his DC alignments on the concepts in the David Ovason book... but there's a glitch in the Ovason theory, so it will be interesting to see just how much ORIGINAL research Brown did.

Here, look... this'll get you started:-

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=HJNqynmJtF0C&dq=David Ovason&source=an&hl=en&ei=PMnuSbLyKs62jAfprPAd&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5

LOST SYMBOL for Dan Brown (Article) - 4/21/2009 4:18:40 AM

I'm SO GLAD that he decided not to call it The Solomon Key afterall... thereby causing all the bandwagon-jumpers who pre-published Solomon Key 'guides' to squirm. 

My guess on the significance of the release date, in view of the Masonic regard for Solomon's Temple and the general alignments of the monuments in Washington DC, is to evoke the conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn on Sept 15th, 7 BC, which is said to have designated the Star of Bethlehem, as observed by The Magi. 

But, I guess we'll just have to wait and see...

Unspecified Title (Article) - 4/19/2009 12:35:56 AM

If you know all the shortcuts, it's possible to do Stonehenge, Avebury, and Glastonbury Tor all in one day. Of course, you'll be completely fried at the end of it, but that's another matter...

Unspecified Title (Article) - 3/5/2009 12:34:29 PM

Fnord!

I still think the Toynbee Tiles coincidence was pretty cool...

Unspecified Title (Article) - 3/1/2009 7:38:48 AM

Hi Nell... okay, here is a strange synchronicity that will freak you out - it even sent chills down my back when I discovered it, and I'm used to these things!

If you click on the link to Strange Magazine in my article above, it will take you to the promotional page of the last issue of the magazine that my friend Mark Chorvinsky was working on before he passed away.

Not only was the last issue he edited numbered Issue 23, which is a RAW High Weirdness number but, if you read the panel on the left of the page, you'll see which investigation specially featured in Mark's last issue... 

Do you recognise the subject?? 

Unspecified Title (Article) - 2/27/2009 2:55:32 AM

Mort - well, that would certainly explain your fondness for the Stinking Bishop, then! In the meantime it sounds like another dinner at the Restaurant Auberge Nicolas Flamel on the rue Montmorency is in order...

Leavis - the mere thought of your existence is too ridiculous even to contemplate. 

Nell - sometimes the real stories are much more interesting than the fabricated diversions, but unfortunately the threat to the livelihoods of the parasites requires us to write in code for legal (and, sometimes, security) reasons. I'll try to include more crib notes for the Maniacs now that I know you're following along. In fact, there's a very interesting twist to my column tomorrow, which you in particular will grasp the bizarreness of! 

Unspecified Title (Article) - 2/24/2009 2:48:10 AM

I suppose "rubbish" could be one way of looking at it, Rosie, although we prefer to called it "performance art".

The Herrings don't exist, the Priory of Sion doesn't exist, the Illuminati don't exist - for that matter I don't even exist, being nothing more than a cartoon character in cyberspace. 

Ironically, the only thing that's actually real about this entire discussion are Nell's Toynbee Tiles...

But this is a Hollywood sci-fi and horror movie fanzine site... hyper-dimensional mouse holes are par for the course!

BTW, I liked the Magic Roundabout correspondence, Leavis - might use that one at some point. 

Unspecified Title (Article) - 2/22/2009 12:14:37 AM

Rosie, unless I'm missing something, I think Mort's just demonstrating Nell's observations in a poetic manner. It's about time we had an official poet laureate!

Nell, the trick is to write a narrative that reads perfectly normally on the surface, but has multiple encoded layers which do indeed transmit information across the aethers to mysterious operatives around the world. It's probably a bit hard to follow sometimes because we're also jumping time frames - usually we're writing about past events that haven't been published yet, so they won't make sense until the future. But for the past few months the present has intervened. 

No Penguins in Florence is a reference to a Safe Haven. Members of the Order of the Red Herrings avoid Penguins like the plague because penguins eat herrings. So, a penguin-free zone would be safe for a Herring. Florence was safe for hundreds of years, which is why certain ideas flourished (especially encoded into art and architecture), so that became part of the slang. Mania is currently our Safe Haven, which is why we're transmitting from here. I love the Toynbee Tiles, BTW... 

Buzz... we may not ever find the Grail, but we can at least try to Heal the Wasteland. 

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