The Hollywood Agenda

The Train Station

 

 

 

The Matrix Reloaded

Let us find out where this goes.

 

 

The Train Station

 

Under the Mountain

It seems these officers want a word with us at the station.

 

When he wakes up from his everyday life, our hero can embark upon his quest for any number of reasons. Typically he is weary of the drudgery of his mundane life, or he may be seeking wealth or fame and glory like Theseus. Alternatively, he may be drawn away by some kind of prize or restitution like Orpheus, whose descent to the underworld was for the love of his wife. Sometimes he can simply be the victim of some agent of fortune, as in the case of Odysseus who is punished for his pride when Poseidon blows his ship across the sea. In The Odyssey, the most famed version of the hero’s quest, Odysseus travels to the underworld to consult the blind seer Tiresias, the only one who can tell him how to return home to his wife and son. In Alice’s case, she just happens to stumble down the rabbit hole after following the rabbit there. In all cases it is the hero’s destiny to accept the call, and this will lead to his spiritual awakening or whatever great deed fate has predestined him to accomplish.

When the hero does accept his call to adventure, this takes him to another world—a distant and unknown world of fantasy, full of danger and treasure. Here he must accomplish a series of arduous tasks which Campbell calls the “road of trials.” Normally he will have some assistance, either from a mentor who bestows advice and some sort of talismans or artifacts which will help him along the way, or from a small group who are charged with following him. For instance, Odysseus and Perseus are both accompanied by a squad of armed men in the Greek myths, as is Alice in Resident Evil (2002), though none of these men survive the journey home on account of the great peril which they face, and which only the hero is courageous and valiant enough to conquer. These trials normally occur in groups of 3, signifying the “3 doors” motif which we will discuss in chapter 6.

 

Die Hard: With A Vengeance

… if you’d show my associates the way down.

A Boy and His DogA Boy and His Dog

 

 

While this place of mystery is depicted as being located underground, it is not actually underground. In fact, it’s not even a place at all. It is a network—a network of tunnels, of family members or ancestors, of resistance fighters, of events in a timeline, or even a network of neural pathways, etc. In Aeon Flux (2005) it is all of these.

 

Aeon Flux

The underground interior has been built to be confusing.

 

This underground is hidden from plain view and can only be found by those with “the sight.” In Aeon Flux, Aeon (Charlize Theron) and her compatriots get there by taking a pill which connects them to the network, but as in Total Recall (1990) and Cube Zero (2004), the “insight” which this pill affords makes them mind control slaves. In A Boy and His Dog (1975), pictured above, Vic (Don Johnson) wanders the Arizona desert in a post-apocalyptic future with his genetically altered telepathic dog Blood, who leads him to the “Promised Land” by following a woman representing both the Alice and white rabbit motifs. This “Promised Land” turns out to be a virtual nightmare, however, where the people intend to kill Vic, who escapes and kills the woman so he can feed her to his dog (representing Sirius)—which is exactly what the Illuminati intend to do with us.

Every once in a while the filmmakers give us clues not only as to what they are up to, but where the underground is as well. Sometimes it’s depicted or spoken of as an island (representing paradise, i.e. Heaven) and sometimes it’s depicted as a subterranean cavern (representing Hell). It is the journey to the underworld which concerns us here. We already know what red and green signify.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

It’s an island that cannot be found except by those who already know where it is.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s EndPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Wouldn’t it be amazing if this venture of yours took you to the world beyond this one?

ExcaliburExcalibur

-What is this place?
-Here, you enter the coils of the Dragon.

ExcaliburExcalibur

Here, all things are possible and all things meet their opposites.

ExcaliburExcalibur

-The future?
-And the past.

ExcaliburExcalibur

-Desire?
-And regret.

ExcaliburExcalibur

-Knowledge?
-And oblivion.

 

Heroes are not the only ones called to embark on this journey. Christ tells us in Matthew 22:14 that many are called but few are chosen. In real-life terms, these “chosen” ones are those we call the “Elect,” or the “Magi” (chapter 6). God issues the call, but only those who are wise heed it—and there are exceedingly few who do. Most are content in their discontent because they don’t want to leave their lives due to feelings of obligation (to their jobs or their loved ones) or insecurity (fear of the unknown).

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. … With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God. … Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Mark 10:25,27,29-31

 

InceptionV For Vendetta

-Because they have no idea the risk they’ve taken coming down here with you.
-You know it’s underground. You know the color of the stone. That would suffice for a clever man.

 

Refusing inevitably leads to disintegration of your well-being and ultimately death. Everyone dies anyway, so it is foolish to think that you can escape this outcome by not making any changes to your life, or to sit around and wait for the end of it to come. And contrary to the claims of mainstream Christians, God certainly has no intention of saving you if you refuse to heed his call, as we are told in Proverbs 1:24-33:

Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, because you have ignored my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you, when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer, they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of YHWH, would have none of my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.

 

Even heeding the call doesn’t guarantee safety either. Almost everyone who does still dies because they lack the resolve necessary to overcome their demons. This “underground” is not so much a place as it is an unconscious state of mind—the deepest and darkest place of the human psyche, the land of the dead called Sheol (‘the grave’) in Hebrew and Hades in Greek.

 

Clash of the TitansClash of the Titans

-Now what?
-We wait for Charon.
-Charon only ferries the dead …

Sapphire and Steele (TV Series)

-I’d rather not have to think the obvious …
-… that this could be a recruiting ground for the dead.

 

The descent to the underworld is the first threshold of the monomyth. Campbell calls it the “belly of the whale” in reference to the story of the reluctant prophet Jonah. The point of it is to gain special knowledge or some other treasure, or to become initiated, and then return with newfound powers. This is the most dangerous thing a person can do. To get to Hell you have to die (become unconscious), and nobody in his right mind wants to do that. “He who fights with monsters,” Nietzsche says, “might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

 

From HellFrom Hell

-I’ll tell you where we are. We are in the most extreme and utter region of the human mind: a radiant abyss
where men meet themselves.

From HellFrom Hell

-I don’t understand that. I don’t understand, sir.
-Hell … we’re in Hell.

Preditors

This is Hell.

28 Days Later

The Matrix Revolutions

PandorumPandorum

Yes, this is it, a descent into Hell itself.

 

Based on his observation of the existence of psychic patterns, Carl Jung believed that the collective unconscious is a network of archetypes—primordial forms equivalent to Plato’s ????? (eidos) and ???? (idea). These archetypes are common to all people connected by the collective unconscious and form the basis of our common interpretations which are evident, in some individuals, in the uncanny phenomenon of synchronicity. According to Jung these mental impressions are a product of our racial memory—the unconscious memories, feelings and ideas which we inherit genetically from our ancestors. Racial memory (or genetic memory) is not to be confused with cultural memory—the habits, customs, myths, and artifacts of social groups, which includes the motifs we see daily which are designed to imitate and reflect the unconscious archetypes. Though the memories retained in the personal unconscious may differ from one individual to the next, we all have access to the collective unconscious.

In Jung’s psychology, the psyche manages the archetypes in the process of formulating its experience. Archetypes comprise the substance of our unconscious mind the same way that DNA comprises the substance of our organic composition. Healing of the various types of trauma inflicted on the psyche consists of integrating with your unconscious self and achieving individuation (becoming one’s “true self,” as opposed to a collection of disparate egos). Individuation effectively amounts to spiritual enlightenment, as it gives a person permanent access to the archetypes of the collective unconscious, and these symbols in turn enable one to answer the most important questions about life and what that person’s purpose for existence is, as well as how to overcome all types of mental and emotional inhibitors. Obviously this is the exact opposite of the effect of Hollywood’s brainwashing techniques which are so evident in the monarch actors and their inflated egos.

According to Jung, the archetype exists both in the psyche and in the real world of our sensory experience. It provides a psychic connection to the material world by means of the unconscious impression we have when we see its image. To Jung, the archetype is a bridge between this world, which it forms and holds together, and the unus mundus, just like Bifröst holds Midgard and Asgard together, where the World Tree corresponds to the collective unconscious. The archetypal image of the Hanged Man is represented by the myth of Odin, who hung upside down on the World Tree for 9 days in order to attain wisdom. In doing so he was able to acquire the runes (alphabetic symbols with mystical properties) from Urðarbrunnr. No sooner had he found them than he died, but the power of the runes resuscitated him.

The journey into the collective unconscious of Yggdrasil (Odin’s Steed) can be likened to a mystic’s dream, as the subconscious mind does not distinguish between the dream state and the wakening state unless it has acquired a symbol to remind it of the other world it co-exists in. Jung calls this symbol a “totem,” having adopted it from Sigmund Freud who uses it in his writings to designate a spirit-being which in primitive societies is thought to interact with an individual or group of people, thus becoming a symbol of identification for that individual or group.

 

Heroes Season 3, Episode 4Heroes Season 3, Episode 4

-I’ve got to find her. You sent me on this journey. Come on.

Heroes Season 3, Episode 4Heroes Season 3, Episode 4

-You must find your totem, a spirit guide that attaches to your subconscious.

Heroes Season 3, Episode 4Heroes Season 3, Episode 4

-I will lead you on your journey.
-What is that, some African mystical mojo thing?

Heroes Season 3, Episode 4Heroes Season 3, Episode 4

-Carl Jung, Analytical Psychology.
-Alright, what is this totem supposed to look like anyway?

Heroes Season 3, Episode 4Heroes Season 3, Episode 4

Usually an animal. Think about your dream and you will find your guide.

InceptionInception

I was just working on my totem, actually—an elegant solution for keeping track of reality.

 

Urðarbrunnr is named after Urðr, one of the Norns. The Norns are the exact equivalent in Norse mythology of the Fates of Greek mythology. We see that the Merovingian dwells there in The Matrix Revolutions (2003), evidenced, for example, in the spelling of Hel on the button in the elevator pictured above, and in Iðunn’s apple (which grants eternal youth) behind Seraph when he walks up to the Merovingian. As with the Fates of Greek mythology, the Norns represent the past, present and future.

 

The Matrix Revolutions

The Fates are too kind, eh?

 

The Well of Urð is a timeless, infinite abyss where all knowledge in time and space can be gotten. It keeps the World Tree from rotting (i.e., it is the Water of Life). In order to access it you must keep descending into the abyss, and the peril becomes greater and greater the further in you go until finally it resembles the entropic energy of Chaos, where all matter disintegrates on contact. The Bible speaks of Hell in different terms than it does the “lake of fire” called ?????? (Gehenna) by Christ. Gehenna is the Valley of the Son of Hinnom where the Jews of the Old Testament passed their children through the fire of Molekh (i.e. initiated their children in the Luciferian mysteries, though most Bible scholars take it to mean human sacrifice by immolation, i.e. holocaust). Whereas Hell is the realm of unconsciousness or “sleep,” the lake of fire is designated in the New Testament as the ultimate fate of the wicked where both body and being are destroyed.

 

Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldScott Pilgrim vs. the World

Clash of the TitansClash of the Titans

Keep going!

The Last MimzyThe Matrix

-I’m gonna take it down another level. I wanna go deeper.
-Deep underground.

The Matrix Revolutions

I’m sure you do. You have fought through Hel to do so, yes?

HackersHackers

He’s way down there.

The MummyThe Mummy

-This is the preparation room.
-[Preparation] for what?
-For entering the afterlife.

Hackers

Must have been hell, huh, Zero Cool [Absolute Zero, Niflheim]?

 

Hell is normally depicted as a train station, as in metropolitan areas train tracks are generally located in underground tunnels. The train station represents the staging point between realities, which you need a train to get to. The train station is owned by the Merovingian and operated by the Trainman, which is to say the internal incarnation of the ego where Satan (Agent Smith in The Matrix) is the external enemy, though Satan could just as easily be said to be the ego as well. After Neo dies, he wakes up to find himself stuck in the train station.

 

The Matrix RevolutionsThe Matrix Revolutions

-Where am I?
-This is the train station.
-This isn’t the Matrix?
-That’s where the train goes.

Live and Let DieLive and Let Die

-An underground monorail.
-Connected to the last refuge of a scoundrel [Satan], no doubt.

You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice

My private train. I imagine your Mr. M [Merovingian] in London has a similar arrangement.

Die Another DayDie Another Day

-I heard of this place, never thought I’d find myself here.

Die Another DayDie Another Day

-Some things are best kept underground.
-Abandoned station for abandoned [dead, forgotten] agents.

The Matrix RevolutionsThe Matrix Revolutions

-But Papa says we have to do what the Trainman says, or else he will leave us here forever and ever.

The Matrix RevolutionsThe Matrix Revolutions

-I don’t even know where “here” is.
-This place is nowhere. It is between your world and our world.

HancockHancock

-Believe that? I almost kissed a train, saw my whole life flash before my eyes. …
-Keep it off the tracks.
-I will, definitely.

 

When Wesley dies in Wanted (2008), he similarly finds himself inexplicably resurrected:

 

WantedWanted

What the hell did they do to you, throw you in front of a moving train for no reason?

 

James Bond barely escapes death on the train tracks, per his custom, in GoldenEye (1995):

 

GoldenEyeGoldenEye

-Do you destroy every vehicle you get into?
-Standard operating procedure.

 

Bill and Ted meet God after defeating Death and enlisting his help in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991), whereupon God gives them a map to the station so they can accomplish their purpose:

 

Bill and Ted’s Bogus JourneyBill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

-Looks like this is the place. What kind of name is Station?
-I don’t know.

Bill and Ted’s Bogus JourneyBill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

Must be some kind of future guy.
-That’s Station [the Trainman]?

Bill and Ted’s Bogus JourneyBill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

-Did you assume the most brilliant scientist in the universe would be from Earth?

Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

Everybody say hello to Station’s creation!

Bill and Ted’s Bogus JourneyBill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

The dude who can make one word mean anything … Station!

Bill and Ted’s Bogus JourneyBill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

Station!

The Matrix RevolutionsThe Matrix Revolutions

Down here, I make the rules. Down here, I make the threats. Down here, I’m God.

Transformers: Revenge of the FallenTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen

This is my universe here. Do you understand? I am the Alpha and the Omega.

 

The most common symbolic references by far to Hell as a train station take the form of Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The most obvious reason is that Penn Station is located on 33rd Street and Grand Central is located on 42nd Street. Both of these numbers are of extreme esoteric significance in Illuminism.

 

EntrapmentEntrapment

The only access is from central control in New York, or from the totally secure computers in the branch offices.

 

In X-Men (2000), Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is located in Westchester (County), New York. Westchester County is on the Harlem Line of the Metro Transit Authority. The Metro-North Line terminates at Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut. This is especially significant because Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut meet at the town of Valhalla, which is the name of Odin’s hall in Asgard. When Logan goes to search for Rogue (his totem), the X-Men find her at the train station where they do their first battle with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

 

X-MenX-Men

-She’s at the station.
-Where is it?
-A few miles west of here. You can’t leave the mansion. It’s the opportunity Magneto [M] needs.

 

Scott Summers (Cyclops) is depicted here looking at the destinations board of the train terminal, which shows Grand Central and Danbury on the departures list, implying that they are between these locations (i.e. on the Metro-North Line), or at Valhalla (the implication being that the battle between the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants represents Ragnarök, as Ragnarök takes place when the forces of evil led by Loki cross the Rainbow Bridge into Asgard):

 

X-Men

 

 

The end of the world is normally precipitated by an arrival of a super-being (a mutant with superpowers, or a highly advanced extraterrestrial, etc.) at a train station in New York. In one of the more obvious instances from The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) stands in front of a destinations board, with 3 trains (including the first) bound for Penn Station:

 

The Day the Earth Stood Still

 

 

This theme is repeated in Edge of Darkness (2010) which begins at a train station and shows Penn Station as the first on the list of arrivals:

 

Edge of DarknessEdge of Darkness

I’ve been waiting here forever.

 

Edge of Darkness is about a young woman seeking help from her father and his quest to get to the bottom of her subsequent murder. This represents the third stage (of the 17 in total) of the monomyth, wherein the hero’s helper appears and enables him to complete his quest through the granting of special favors. According to Campbell, this father figure represents the benign, protecting power of destiny. He promises or reminds the hero that even though he is in Hell (or is about to go there), what awaits him on the other side is the “peace of Paradise.” This is “alpha and omega”—the beginning and end of the cycle of life—as we are at peace in the comfort and safety of our mother’s womb, and Heaven awaits us in the future when the task is complete.

Campbell says that Mother Nature herself aids the hero in his time of need and that all the forces of the unconscious are found to be at his disposal. The example given is that Ariadne (which is the name of the totem-toting “architect” in Inception) gives Theseus a ball of string to navigate the labyrinth and a sword to slay the Minotaur when he ventures to Crete. A more contemporary example is in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) when the Fellowship venture into Lothlórien and are given special elvish gifts, without which they could not complete the quest that lies ahead.

Another example is when Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is knocked unconscious and thought to be dead in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), at which point the Primes come and reveal the secret of the Matrix of Leadership to him in his vision. The implication is that a lowly human has the same potential for greatness as the greatest being in the universe. This boost in confidence enables him to wake up and discover what he needs to do with the Matrix to fulfill his destiny. This archetypal rite of passage is very common in Luciferian stories, which almost always follow the pattern of the monomyth and end in the hero’s attainment of glory and enlightenment.

The train station represents the first stage or “threshold” in this process, the point of departure. The hero must cross the threshold before he can be initiated, and he must be initiated before he can return home to grant his boon. The boon lies in the world of the unknown, behind the threshold, which only the bravest of souls would dare to cross. We see the valor of Tolkien’s hero Aragorn most clearly, for instance, in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) when he boldly proclaims that he does not fear death and walks straight into the underworld. He is not susceptible to death or even defeat because he is not susceptible to fear—this is essentially what makes him a great hero. But before he can pass he must confront the “threshold guardian.” Aragorn must pass the Paths of the Dead, while Sam and Frodo must get past the evil spider Shelob in order to enter Mordor (Hell).

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Who shall call them from the grey twilight [outer darkness]—the forgotten people [people of oblivion]?

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Need shall drive him. He shall pass the door to the Paths of the Dead.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The way is shut.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

It was made by those who are dead, and the Dead keep it.

 

Most films use Grand Central Terminal (GCT) to depict the station between worlds. Like many train stations, GCT has lockers which are used to securely store belongings, so when someone goes to GCT to acquire some sort of knowledge or artifact, he’s not going there to catch a train.

 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

We’re not going on a train.

Alex Rider: Operation StormbreakerAlex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

They didn’t say they were taking a train. They were bringing stuff to the station.

 

The little “Odin” figure and his kin which Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is responsible for in Men in Black II (2002) live in a locker in GCT. K has given these miniature people a watch and they worship him as a time/creator-god. In the film he goes there to retrieve it so that he can complete his quest by accessing his lost memories. The exact same locker (C-18) is also used at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Get Shorty (1995). This obviously isn’t a coincidence, as both films were directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

 

Men In Black II

 

 

Superman (1978) criminal mastermind Lex Luthor actually has his lair in the basement of GCT:

 

Superman: The Movie

 

 

Hackers (1995) features a group of teenage miscreants breaking into a computer database from the same spot:

 

HackersHackers

[GRAND CENTRAL: HACK THE PLANET]

They’re at Grand Central station, lower level. Don’t screw it up.

HackersHackers

 

 

In the year 2012, Robert Neville (Will Smith) gets trapped in front of GCT and nearly dies in the post-apocalyptic thriller I Am Legend (2007):

 

I Am Legend

 

 

Other apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic films typically feature GCT such as The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Crazies (2010) which actually takes place in a small town in Iowa:

 

The Day After TomorrowThe Day After Tomorrow

-It’s a mob scene here at Grand Central Station [sic].
-Victor’s [Lucifer’s] coming to pick me up. You guys want a ride to the train station?

The Crazies

It was Grand Central last night.

 

Armageddon (1998) opens with GCT getting hit by meteors:

 

Armageddon

 

 

GCT is the place where the 2 corporate spies are supposed to meet at the beginning of Duplicity (2009):

 

Duplicity

 

 

Grand Central is usually abbreviated as ‘GC’ (if not ‘GCT’) in these films. This is especially true of any spy films like the one mentioned above or the Bond films like Die Another Day (2002) and Licence to Kill (1989):

 

Die Another DayDie Another Day

From the Graves [Sheol/Hades] Corporation [GC] in Iceland [Niflheim/Hel]. That’s his laser signature.

 

 

‘GC’ symbolizes the Canyon of the Crescent Moon which lies across the desert, where the Holy Grail is (i.e., Grail Canyon). This is the belly of the whale, the bridge between our world and the next which necessarily leads to the hero’s metamorphosis. The hero is swallowed by a totally inverted world where he goes to be born again in nature’s womb the way Jack Sparrow is transported to the temple of the Fountain of Youth through the upside-down Water of Life pool in Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides (2011). This is an inner journey of self-seeking which leads to annihilation of the ego, which in turn gives the hero his special powers and insight because he is now a conscious being.

 

Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade

-Can you translate the inscription?
-“‘… who drinks the water I shall give him [the Water of Life],’ says the Lord,

Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade

‘will have a spring inside him welling up for eternal life.’ Let them bring me to your Holy Mountain where you
dwell,

Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade

across the desert, through the mountain, to the Canyon of the Crescent Moon,

Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade

to the temple where the cup that … where the cup that holds the blood of Jesus Christ resides forever.”

Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade

-The Holy Grail.
-The Arthur legend. I’ve heard this bedtime story before.

Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade

-Eternal life, the gift of youth to whoever drinks from the Grail—the Grail’s final resting place described in detail.

 

The place which this corresponds to in real life is the Grand Canyon (GC) in Arizona, and the mountain within the canyon called the Isis Temple in particular. (Isis is associated with the Holy Grail, as we will discuss in chapter 5.) The nearby city of Phoenix, the Isis Temple, or just the Grand Canyon in general is the first and more important of 3 cardinal points surrounding the deserts of the American Southwest which Hollywood’s heroes use to orientate their way home to Los Angeles. Even if they have to go out of their way, it is still necessary as a spiritual quest, without which they are not going to make it home. In this sense the Grand Canyon is the path to God.

The whole quest is portrayed in Due Date (2010):

 

Due DateDue Date

-Long 16- to 18-hour haul which will land us in Phoenix, Arizona, 8 hours outside of L.A.
-You know what’d be nice?

Due DateDue Date

If we could stop at the Grand Canyon. Daddy would’ve loved the Grand Canyon.

Due DateDue Date

Bruce AlmightyBruce Almighty

-Bruce, I am God.
-Thanks for the Grand Canyon. Good luck with the Apocalypse.

 

The second cardinal point is Las Vegas, and the Luxor hotel and casino in particular. Like the Isis Temple (which is a natural formation), the Luxor is shaped like an Egyptian pyramid. The Isis Temple lies due east of the Luxor. This shows that the location of the downtown area of Las Vegas was deliberately chosen to correspond with the most sacred site in North America, as Muslims and Jews have always been directed to face east (as the Luxor does) when they pray because of the historical location of the Temple in Jerusalem:

 

The Grand Canyon (via Google Earth)The Grand Canyon (via Google Earth)

 

 

The Grand Canyon lies exactly between the 36th and 37th parallels, as shown below, signifying its relationship between 3D and 4D. It is, therefore, nature’s 3D reflection of an archetypal Möbius strip, or of the Midgard Serpent in the Norse cosmology. (36 is associated with 3D and with the number 666 because 6x6=36 and a cube has 6 sides, while 37 represents a higher dimension cube.) The only town in the Grand Canyon is Grand Canyon Village (GCT if ‘town’ is substituted for ‘village’). Notice also that the nearest town to the South Rim’s entrance is Tusayan (Two Zion, Two Scion or Two Psion, or GCT if taken as the Grand Canyon Terminal or Grand Canyon—Tusayan), while Phoenix lies due south and Arizona’s second largest city Tucson (Two Sun or Two Son) is not far away:

 

The Grand Canyon (via Google Earth)The Grand Canyon (via Google Earth)

 

 

Grand Central and the Grand Canyon have been chosen as the most relevant real-life locations because they both have ‘GC’ as their acronyms. GC in turn stands for Galactic Center, supposedly the “source” of our being. The Midgard Serpent or World Serpent (Jörmungandr in Old Norse, or Ouroboros for the Greek equivalent) represents the Milky Way and is depicted as a snake devouring its own tail. The Galactic Center is depicted by the conjoined mouth and tail, the place which holds the galaxy (as a microcosmic or fractal representation of the universe) together. When the GC is breached, the World Serpent is released and the world comes to an end. So the Grand Canyon’s symbolic significance is that it lies between the 36th and 37th parallels (i.e. between 3D and 4D, i.e. between Muspelheim and Niflheim, i.e. in space and time) and its east-west and north-south orientations signify both the divine order of the cosmos and the end of the world, and perhaps even palingenesis. The Greeks and the medieval alchemists who took their place certainly both interpreted the Ouroboros to be the symbol for death and rebirth (though only because it is unbroken, unlike the Grand Canyon, and because they didn’t associate it with the end of the world as the Norse and the Egyptians both did).

This rebirth after death is evident in the fact that the Galactic Center is sometimes represented as a womb or as a woman’s vagina. The symbol of the eye is also often employed to signify GC due to the similarity between the shape of the human eye and that of the human vagina. Notice the similarity between this spoof poster of The Last Mimzy (2007) which we randomly stumbled upon and one of the official posters for Eyes Wide Shut (1999):

 

[The future is trying to tell us something.]

 

No one wants to climb back into his mother’s womb, and indeed when Christ (the ultimate hero, the “firstfruit” of the resurrection) speaks of being “born again” he acknowledges that such a thing cannot be done and that it is a metaphor for spiritual rebirth. As Jung suggests, the metaphor applied to this aeon/archetype inspires feelings of security. The strong implication is that the whale which swallows the hero is harmless to him. Its teeth (the portal to the underworld) are ominous enough to inspire dread in those who lack courage, but in reality only the sperm whale among the toothed whales is large enough to swallow a man whole. Most larger whales do not have teeth, just like time has no influence on 4D. Paul declared that Christ did not see decay (corruption, entropy) when he was in the grave (Acts 13:37). Peter explained it more fully at Pentecost:

“God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him,

“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.”Acts 2:24-31

 

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-What if I told you I found a new truth?
-The [Temporal] Nexus?
-Time has no meaning there. The predator has no teeth.

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As I said, time has no meaning here. So if you leave, you can go anywhere, any time.

 

Another name for ‘nexus’ is ‘gap junction.’ A gap junction is an intercellular connection between different cell types in animals. The most important gap junction is the electrical synapse between neurons which allows us to think and reason, and therefore become conscious. Metaphorically, the Nexus symbolizes a junction of worlds or even ideas or archetypes (i.e. the World Tree), as well as the unconscious link between different states of consciousness within the human mind (i.e. the World Tree again).

In a literal, physical sense, our GC symbol represents the space-time fabric of the universe which can be traveled via manmade wormholes. In a metaphorical sense, it represents the neural pathways of the brain, and therefore the continuity of consciousness, which is to say memory. Thus the Well of Urð is also Mímir’s Well. Both feed into the World Tree which Odin and the other gods travel on to the place where they hold their daily court, and which links the individual psyche to every point in space and time.

 

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Contact

-They all travel here through that transit system you built?
-We didn’t build it.

 

Even the gods themselves don’t know who built the barrier (the World Tree, the Möbius of time) that exists between Muspelheim and Niflheim. Theories abound, but the truth is that no one did, unless we are content to point to God and say that he did without trying to account for God as anything other than a spirit (an idea), which amounts to a tautology because God is defined as the Creator. That is to say that it is illogical to define the Creator as the Creator, or Creation as the product of the Creator, but logic necessitates it because energy cannot come into or pass out of existence, and it therefore cannot possibly have happened by any natural means. In other words, the act of creation had to have happened outside our 3D/4D realm of existence, in the realm of pure thought (5D). So-called scientists will harken to their hypothesis of a “Big Bang,” but this obviously does nothing to address the fact that the energy of the posited explosion still must have pre-existed the explosion, and it only complicates the matter by supposing the exact opposite of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (entropy). So we are told that it just happened a very long time ago, as though that somehow justifies such absurd and superstitious but ostensibly scientific dogmas, as opposed to simply making them unfalsifiable.

 

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The Last Starfighter

Eons ago, our ancestors created our great frontier—a barrier of energy encircling the peaceful systems of the
universe and forever shutting out the scourge that lurks beyond.

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Modern dogma [“science”] tells us this place is a myth, a fantasy concocted by pagans [Christians].

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It is no fantasy, I tell you. … My brothers, we have been chosen

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to undertake the greatest adventure of all time. Our destination is the planet Sha’Ka’Ree [Egyptian: ‘Primordial Waters of the Spirit of Ra’],

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which lies beyond the Great Barrier at the center of the galaxy.

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

-The center of the galaxy?
-Where Sha’Ka’Ree is fabled to exist.
-But the center of the galaxy can’t be reached. No ship has ever gone into the Great Barrier.

 

So we see that in some figurative sense, Heaven and Hell allude to the same thing—the astral realm of existence, the world between the worlds of ideal thought and base matter—where we exist as conscious entities but time does not, where the body is perishable and the spirit is imperishable. In this sense Heaven and Hell are only distinguishable by the meanings they have to us, conveyed most clearly by the external forms which the archetypes take as a place of everlasting death (Hades/Sheol), of everlasting destruction/entropy (Gehenna, the Lake of Fire), everlasting torment (Hell/Gehenna in the pseudo-Christian belief system), and of the source of our being, or Paradise (Heaven). The source is the archetype, the thing-in-itself, the aeon, suchness (5D); the reality is the archetypal image (4D) or representative form of the thing (3D). The Kingdom of Heaven is in the restoring force of a force field (potential energy) and in the elasticity and gravity of mass in motion (kinetic energy) which through harmonious balance simultaneously create and bind the universe (the thermodynamic system of internal energy) together.

 

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The Source, Heaven.

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Every culture in existence shares this common dream of a place from which creation sprang. For us, that place
will soon be reality.

 

The “Holy Grail of science” is the relationship between these 3 systems. In order to understand them together you must make the journey from one to the other, and then on to the other, deeper state of consciousness, as depicted in Inception (2010). “Scientists,” of course, are utterly incapable of doing this because they have limited themselves to the realm of empirical observation (3D) which is the starting point, and which by its definition is restriction. In other words, their understanding is wholly dependent on the recognition of restrictive laws like the Law of Gravity, but they cannot even begin to comprehend what gravity or any other force is, because they have ruled out the only plausible explanations and therefore the whole truth of the matter.

Demonstrating the folly of this counter-productive mindset, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) depicts a sophisticated computer program called Deep Thought (5D, God) which has been designed to answer “the ultimate question.” After waiting 7 million years, the “scientists” are sorely disappointed to learn that they don’t have a clue what the computer is talking about.

 

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-The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything …

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is 42.

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-42?!
-Yes, I thought it over quite thoroughly. It is. It’s 42.

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It would’ve been simpler to have known what the question was. Only when you know the question will you
know what the answer means.

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-Give us the ultimate question then!
-I can’t, but there is one who can: a computer that will calculate the ultimate question …

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a computer of such infinite complexity that life itself will form part of its operational matrix.

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And you yourselves shall take on new, more primitive forms, and go down into the computer to navigate its
10-million-year program.

 

Following the lead of author Douglas Adams, director Garth Jennings gives us another cleverly hidden explanation of the answer (42) when the name of this computer is withheld and the very next image we have is of a man seeking the ultimate question reaching for a small cube (the significance of which is explained in the next chapter) which contains the data of the film he has been watching.

 

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I shall design this computer for you, and it shall be called …

 

As this man happens to be President of the Galaxy (in another allusion to the Galactic Center), it seems out of order that he has stolen a spaceship shaped like an eyeball so that he can travel throughout the universe looking for a question. He explains that the ultimate question is not “Why?” (analogous to “Why are we here?” or “What is the meaning of life?”—the questions which the scientists had originally asked).

 

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-You’re looking for the ultimate question—you? Why?

-I tried that: “Why? 42”—doesn’t work.

 

This isn’t the only film which uses 42 in its description of the universe, or as the answer to the ultimate question. The Galactic Center is sometimes depicted as the Orion Nebula (M42), so any time the Orion Nebula (and to some extent the constellation of Orion) is invoked as a place of death and rebirth, there is a connection between M (Satan), 42 (which is also 6x6+6) and GC (Hell). Sometimes, however, it’s more incidental than that. For instance, Starship Troopers (1997) locates “Bug City” (Hell) at “south 42”:

 

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We’re in Bug City, 20 meters underground. Position: S42, E118.

 

In this film, the heroes are going underground in search of a “brain bug” which is the enemy mastermind. In Hitchhiker’s Guide, the answer to the ultimate question is computed by the human brain, which the people who designed Deep Thought before their descent to Earth (in the form of mice) are after. In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), when the crew of the Enterprise find God in the primordial waters of Sha’Ka’Ree, they discover that he is a projection of their own thoughts. Always the journey into the underworld (or to the Galactic Center) is a metaphor for the mind’s descent into the collective unconscious in search of great truth.

 

Star Trek VII: Generations

Besides which, I think the galaxy owes me one.

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