As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the creatures. The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. And the living creatures went back and forth in appearance like a flash of lightning.
We watched three alien sci-fi movies over the last few days and all of them involved the Ezekial style UFO (wheels within wheels, etc) - Phoenix Forgotten, Attraction and Knowing. Since we didn't pick those movies for their ship design it counts as a synchronicity I imagine. Knowing is a Christian disaster movie about the end of the world with a theme of Determinism vs Free Will and I thought a re-watch might come in handy plus my partner had never seen it. At the same time I was directing and producing two short plays by Harold Pinter and shared the sound track from Sleuth which my partner pointed out was clearly pinched from Beethoven's 7th and then Beethoven's 7th was in Knowing! Woah...
As magicians we are fairly used to this kind of synchronicity and we observe many of them throughout our careers. One of the challenges of the 231 Gates Project - 2018 is that we are going to try and crack whether or not the nature of the synchronicities indicate the nature of the upcoming significant event and why. As discussed in previous posts we believe that synchronicities increase in number as you approach a significant event and decrease as you leave one - and we are adding to this that we believe that the percieved forward motion of time seems to increase as you approach a significant event as well*. Imagine the preexisting future like a rolling plain as you go uphill (away from a significant event) time slows and synchronicities decrease, and as you go downhill time speeds up and synchronicities increase. Generally magicians don't think about the de-synchronous (the reduction in the synchronicities as you leave an event - uphill) which is why you don't see this idea discussed anywhere, and often the magicians can mistake the synchronicity for the event itself. The standard counter claim(s) to using synchronicities as some kind of measure or navigational aide would be a) you are only seeing the synchronous when you want to see it (confirmation bias), and in truth everything is in continuous synchronicity or b) there is no synchronicity only coincidence without any underlying meaning.
Last week I ended up in the top 1% of actors on IMDb (star rating) which was pretty crazy in terms of ''big magic'' considering where I started in 2015 (to put it in perspective I have moved up 1,500,000 positions this year). Much like (pathwalking my way to) living in Edward Kelley's Tower it is certainly tempting to think of these kind of large results as the significant events of magic. When I look back over my life though I can't think that the seemingly small inconsequential events that are somehow stuck in my memory are less significant and whether what sorcerers might consider ''big magic'' - in terms of power, wealth, attraction, etc - are really all that ''big'' in the grand scheme of things? How are we measuring significance? Is it even possible to measure significance from a presentist perspective? Probably not as we can only truly measure it after the fact, after the life... but if Determinism is true then this life, and everything, has already happened and the future preexists. How do we measure that life - qualitatively or quantitatively? Personal happiness? Wealth? Spread of genetics? We need to know the answer to this, or at least have an understanding of the problems with finding an answer before we continue.
We have a primitive understanding of a way of categorizing significance in the form of the Fourteen Minotaurs which are, in short, the archetypal life-paths of fourteen variants of you - the wise one, the foolish one, the rich one, the poor one, the healthy, the sick, etc - and we have talked before about the possibility of measuring these from a hypothetical median self but against what? Each other? Is there even such a thing as health, or beauty? According to Raziel, if I can be so bold, the significance of an event lies only in its linkage of two different Minotaurs together - two different categories of you, its significant only in that you can change from one person to another, change the channel of yourself that you are watching and not significant in and of itself or against any benchmark of meaning.
What is this thing then that measures us without measure and kills us even though it doesn't exist? My headaches because the world aches.
So lets analyse the synchronicities mentioned at the start of this post and reflect on what signifcant event could possibly be coming up. They are all related to Ezekial, so can I expect an Ezekial-esque event to be approaching? Can I be expecting another abduction type encounter with Raziel**? Are these significant events significant because they serve as branching moments between two minotaurs if so which? The problem with this line of reasoning is that the synchronicities could be mere happenstance and any ''abduction'' that happens is only because I am on my knees praying for it to happen and not that it was preordained.
Now as I looked at the creatures, behold a wheel was upon the Earth beside each living creature with its four faces. The appearance of the wheels was like the colour of beryl and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel within a wheel.
*This is consistent with a kind of Doppler Effect for the perception of time.
**I had a dream last night, where Raziel was explaining time crystals to me - these are four dimensional time nuggets that contain the various coherent realisable timelines of an individual, or universe - I don't think they are the other state of matter previously announced this year? I saw them in the dream, he held some in his hand, they were nugget looking things and they were orange, copper, or brass, they kept shifting colours within this range and whether they were metallic or not - is this golden beryl or the amber from Ezekial's vision?