'twas late '65 at the old wall sea yard
She was commissioned to haul the black tar,
And built the Northumbria there on the bar
Roll Northumbria, Roll
For when the Egyptians they closed the red sea
And call came on high from the powers that be
To build a royal monster right down on the quay
Roll Northumbria, Roll me boys,
Roll Northumbria Roll
Roll Northumbria, The Dreadnoughts
As I was saying, The Nigredo, you see? When you enter the Black Lodge you must face your Doppelganger with perfect courage or it will utterly annihilate your soul. Extroverts, bottled up for months are a perfect powder keg for Joker. Extremists of all forms - black, white, left, right - have been pumping themselves up on a variety of theories that play to their views, priming their shadow selves in hatred of the other, and now they are cruising for a bruising.
In the UK there have been a spate of drownings and injuries from running into the Sea too far or jumping off cliffs for fun and I get it. I so badly want a swim and I am so badly landlocked. The call of the sea is in my soul, it's where I evolved, and I am willing to risk death by Lilifluenza in the local leisure centre to satisfy it. If I had been bottled up right next to the Ocean, hearing its seductive swells, agonizingly close, for a few months I can completely sympathise with those who would swim out until they sank beneath its gentle waves or hurled themselves into its depths. Hail Poseidon.
PERFECT ANGER AND PERFECT COURAGE
As we mentioned previously there is no other way to obtain perfect courage than through anger. Your anger is the Gatekeeper and is holding all the keys. If you wish to complete the Great Work that moment of perfect anger has to be sublimated into self respect and then perfect courage but its at this critical point of the operation that the whole thing could explode. Since this global experiment is being ran in reverse we have to expect that disaster is the intention or... Well. There was no way all of us would stay in the lowest planes of hell - fear and desire - whether cowering in our homes watching 29 hours of CNN a day and an endless danse macabre of grim statistics or stoned completely docile by a combination of Netflix and free porn. So, at the very least, as MK-Ultra a behavioural scientist you would want to vent that rising fury somehow if your ultimate intention was to keep people on the lowest vibrational levels.
THERE IS NO HOPE
I tend to avoid motivational rhetoric on this blog because most of my peers seemed to descend into thinking the practice of magick was bound up with this somehow - mainly because it was their intended or successful social business model. I still maintain that this populist shift was a disaster for our community. That said I want to share motivational rhetoric with you all now as many of you clearly need some but I won't ask you to pay for it.
The first thing you need to always remember is that there is no hope. Stop expecting it and stop asking for it. It is pathetic. There is no hope whatsoever. Don't get fooled into thinking the launch of a part of the Draconian fleet SPACE X DRAGON is a reason for hope. If anything the Moonbase already exists and all of this, however ridiculous that sounds to you now, is about psychological priming for you to get on board with what is already going on in space. Or the Lilifluenza numbers going up and down and whether the lockdown has been a success or not? Your mood cannot be oscillating on such a rollercoaster of false hopes - the second wave will be five times worse than the first and it is highly likely that it will mutate during that time - the rest of the accompanying hellscape will go on for a solid decade. Same with the Sun. The Sun has long been the ultimate symbol of hope and happiness and everyone is desperate to run out to the beach and soak it up. But it's going to get sunnier and then sunnier and then sunnier and at some point the sun symbol is going to be reversed and you will learn to hate it - hate it with the same passion you might hate the darkness or any of the subtle secret hatreds they are entraining you with, hatreds you didn't know that you had. Everything will be inverted.
The situation on Earth right now is utter despair and hopelessness - the very bottom of the vibrational ladder. I hate to say this, it's hard to say it, but if you truly want to get out of this pit your ladder has to stay on that floor, in acceptance of that reality. You are not going to float away, however much you may want to, and you are not going to climb a ladder of false hope where every other rung gives way beneath you. The bottom of your ladder is going to be unshakably cemented in the concrete of absolute despair but also absolute truth - the sorrow that comes from clarity that brings purpose and perfect courage. If you do this, the ladder you are going to build is going to be made of titanium and every one of your footfalls on those perfect metal beams are going to resound with perfect courage. Courage, not hope, is going to emerge from the source of eternal light that burns in your heart.
You can obtain some perspective in the abstract timeless dimension and you can prepare yourself for what is coming and build on the resilience of that foreknowledge. We know the next wind that will blow will be from the North and it will be to do with water and the colour/concept of Green. We are already breaking records for the driest Spring in a hundred years or in some places, ever. We know what that means for food prices and production and so on. If there are things that you can do now, and there almost certainly are, then do them. And when that day comes you won't be saying at least I prepared you'll be saying bring it on.
Again, readers, you have the Map, here it is Again, Above. There are ten planes to this decade of hell. You can begin to interpret the future with them, get a feel for the bosses. I said before that the colour of 2021 will be ''hell-purple'' and now we are beginning to see ultraviolet lights being rolled out on public transport in order to kill the virus (and a bunch of other microorganisms let's not forget...). It'll take a while to lay a UV infrastructure if they go with this plan but massive in door sun beds may well be a key part of life in 2021. What else is at work here? Where else might we see the hell purple? What do you think? And what can we learn from what was told to us in 2018?
Or this year - we know we will be reversing through a kind of hot Green Lion of deflating rage over the Summer and then a resignation that our higher selves are forever beyond our realisable ambitions in the inverted Citrine Fall. We know we face this demonic green northern (inverted) water wind
and then a demonic yellow western air wind. That's why predicting this sol miserablis was simple and why the record breaking hurricanes are also guaranteed. But what else can we divine? Just like the Nigredo has exploded in a very black way - what might a similar green explosion look like - beyond the wrath of the Sun? Eco-terrorism? More ''Anti-Gretas''?
I understand some of you sleepers don't want spoilers but then don't expect salvation when you are scared witless by the movie as it breaks through the screen and your ignorant friends scatter in panic. Your heroes are dead and they aren't going to be resurrected. Your kings are in a mortally wounded shameful exile that they may never return from. No one is coming to rescue you. Time to pick up some sticks and rub them together.
So come all ya good workmen, beware the command
That comes down on high from the desk of a man
Who's never held steel or torch in his hands
Roll, Northumbria, Roll
For atop a wild breaker the cracks in her frame
Spilled her black guts all across the wild Maine
And she limped away through an ocean of flame
Roll, Northumbria, Roll me Boys
Roll, Northumbria, Roll
In the White Room, with black curtains near the station
Black roof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings
Silver horses ran down moonbeams in your dark eyes
Dawnlight smiles on you leaving my contentment
I'll wait in this place, where the Sun never shines,
Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves
White Room, Cream
See those little alchemical folks in their various flasks? That is you that is. But backwards and upside down.
One of the reasons why I wanted to write the Joker article before this post was because it is essential to understand the process of psychological alchemy and the birth of the archetypal self to really understand what is happening this year as we reverse through these. Last year we were, collectively, brought to a meeting place with our archetypal self - we recognised from the ongoing death and destruction of the Earth the importance of being good, and aspiring to a higher ideal within the Rubedo. However futile, we saw soccer moms go on about saving the planet through recycling plastic, and a Children's Climate Crusade gather under the banner of a reincarnated Joan of Arc, amongst many other sanguine examples. As 2020 rolled into view, and the de-Reddening began its long note of dread, this moment faded into petty ego and La La Land decadence. It was clear at that point that the Inverse Tree will be about reversing all the principles of the Tree of Life. As we discussed in ending of the Dreadening, the following four fold structure is being used:
JAN - MAR, South Fire Red/Russet Winds (Rubedo) - global fires going out, perfect self unborn
APR - JUN, East Earth Black Winds (Nigredo/Albedo) - black plague wind, white out
JUL - SEP, North Water Green Winds (Green Lion) - ...
OCT - DEC, West Air Yellow Winds (Citrinatis) - ...
So within traditional Nigredo and Albedo the ego is being brought into more awareness and conflict with the repressed shadow self in order to bring about the birth of the archetypal self. But being reversed through the Nigredo is kind of like that bit in Red Dwarf where they are in the Reversiverse and Cat goes to the toilet. Rather than defecating all that crap out of you, you are being forced to suck it all back up your anus. I apologise for the graphic description but the actual reality of what is happening to people is far more grim than that - socially, economically, psychologically and spiritually.
But the lockdown alone is not enough to fully break us - humans are tough, innovative and resourceful. Some of us have found a sense of perfect courage, some of us are experiencing a rising anger that they may be able to direct effectively and not just descend into frenzy, and some of us, the best of us, are still even clinging by their fingertips to reason and love, the highest ideals we can strive for. So, from a Powers that Be perspective, to quote Hans Gruber from Die Hard - ''Hit it again.''
The quarantine and lockdown are only a small part of what is happening this year - a year featuring war, locusts, trade war, economic collapse, UFO file releases, comets, other bizarre cosmic events etc etc ad infinitum - so what is next for our police tank as Gruber directs another bazooka blast at it? Even before the Crowned and Serpent Tailed Bat-Winged Black Wind Plague of Lilith Corvid-Malkuth-19 was initiated pundits were reflecting on the similarities between now and the 1920s. The key difference is, of course, that in 1920 we didn't have 10 years left to save the ecosystem, and therefore the food and water supply, from total collapse.
One of the most important consequences of the economic lockdown is the reduction in air pollution and consequently the albedo of the Earth. In the post 9/11 study on Global Dimming the 1 degree rise in temperature after planes were grounded was said to be ''immediate and dramatic''. Within a day of the lockdown our skies here had turned a brilliant blue and they have largely stayed that way ever since (apart from a few freak blizzards but more on this in a moment). In the Black Phase of 2019 we had literal black outs and rising oil prices, in the Black Phase of 2020 we have a literal white out and falling oil prices. You see?
In order to be able to see clearly where this is heading all you need to do is take everything that happened last year and invert it. Last year the smoke from the fires increased the Albedo of the Earth but this year the lack of the ''fires of our factories and power stations'' is decreasing the Albedo and therefore multiplying the deleterious effects of Global Heating. Plague, if it is still your chief concern, won't be for long.
Although the effects of the 9/11 study were immediate and dramatic as they were in the reduction in global dimming in the current phase, like the Black Wind from the East there was a necessary build i.e. like it took time for the virus to spread before it becomes a pandemic, in order to get to the truly mind splitting effects of climate change there is an essential lead in where the consequences of the reduction impact the chaos of the atmosphere. This build is happening now and we are beginning to feel it in the extremely freakish weather events that are being generated. Reviewing the literature on this topic the consequences are between 3 and 10 years of global heating, in one go. Those 10 years we had left to save the planet? Yes, they could have all just run out in one go. Maybe some of you don't believe in climate change and would attribute this to weather weapons instead - by all means go for it and split the difference. If we think we have seen freakish weather yet we really haven't but reversing the principles suggest we are going to have an extremely hot Summer and a shortage of water (drought story focused or beginning in the North if our division of the Winds - the Anemoi - theory is correct) after extreme cold blasts in May leading ultimately to global famine. The resulting rise in food prices is going to see many left redundant by the changing economy, go hungry and maybe starve. They are already predicting hundreds of millions of deaths in Africa.
During the Black Phase our attention is being shifted to the oncoming Green Phase - we are seeing all kinds of articles on Greening the Economy, Greening the Airlines, Pedestrianising cities, i.e. doubling down on the gains we feel we have made because of the drop in air pollution, but very few are seeing the spectre of the reduction in Global Dimming at the moment. The public need to be educated about it and experience it, to some extent, before they will agree to the next phase. Which is ultimately, but under another form, putting the pollution back.
In the Green Lion phase of Joker we saw the anger that was hiding beneath a mask of depression finally unleashed, in the Green Lion of the Year of Lilith however we will see the wellspring of anger that we feel emerging from the aquifers right now, stopped up and bottled up back down in the darkness (that is, paradoxically, the light). This could happen in a number of ways but seeing how effectively MK-ULTRA behavioural scientists have guided humanity through the year so far I imagine that anger itself will be stigmatised - it will become socially compulsory to manifest hope and positivity. In Soviet Russia - Sun Eat Green Lion.
So in the Yellow Air West Winds of the final phase I expect us to see a Category 6 hurricane amongst other glories of the whirling wind. If only we had some way of controlling the weather I hear you cry, of mitigating its negative effects? If only we had thousands of planes sitting around idly that when reused must halve their passenger numbers and which could be retrofitted for the purposes of geoengineering/solar radiation management? If only?!
During the Citrinatis of Joker, the first phase of 2019, we were told that ''Everything Must Go'', that all of those things we had scurried away below the trapdoor, or swept under the carpet had to be brought out to be burned in the light of the higher self. Therefore in the Citrinatis of the Year of Lilith, the final phase of 2020, what was the dawn of the quest for our higher self is the rejection and resignation of that idea in the first place. Everything Must Stay. Say No to the Hero. We must hang on to our hats! The need for security in response to the mounting terror of the animal self will bring about the justification for God-like behaviour by state and intergovernmental bodies. Clairvoyance, clairaudience - being able to see everything you do and everywhere you go - and ultimately mind control and weather control. By the end of 2020 you will be begging for it, you sack of shit.
At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd
Consolation for the old wound now forgotten
Yellow tigers crouched in jungles in her dark eyes
She's just dressing, goodbye windows, tired starlings
I'll sleep in this place with the lonely crowd;
Lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves.
The Golden Dawn symbolism of Malkuth is extremely baroque and attempts to blend alchemical [citrinatis, green lion, nigredo/albedo, rubedo], elemental [fire, air, earth, water] and directional symbolism [north, east, south, west] in its four fold division. The movies and events of 2019 and 2020 reflect all of these so the overall puzzle is significantly more difficult to comprehend unlike the previous years (and the years to come) which focus on one colour with a smaller set of symbolism. Since we are now deep in the Black Phase of 2020, people wearing masks and torching 5G towers, etc, its worth revisiting Joker a film that focused on the psychological alchemy of the global operation. Review the symbolism and terms of psychological alchemy in the list below before reading through the visual essay and bear in mind that in 2020 we are being reversed through this psychological process, i.e anticlockwise from archetypal rectified self back to lesser unrectified self - breaking down, not building up. It is also worth bearing in mind that alchemy itself is fiendishly complicated with a variety of different interpretations of the meaning and order of the processes due to the nature of it being written in secret code (the secret language of the birds) - therefore the film may be using this symbolism occasionally out of sequence because there is not an overall agreed sequence.
Alchemical (Psychological) Symbolism and Terms
Alchemical Symbolism (Specific to Rubedo)
Figure Wearing Red
Rose (Alchemical Flowers)
Citrinatis signifies the dawn of the solar consciousness or the awakening of the individual to the process of alchemy. In the movie this is our inciting event - Everything Must Go - the individual must be willing to lose all of the aspects of himself that make him up. It is the beginning of the deconstruction of what Arthur Fleck thinks Arthur Fleck is.
Both Arthur's home and hospital have the archway redolent of the alchemical athanor. Note in the image where Arthur approaches the hospital the crossing of the ambulance which has the cross but also the caduceus on it. It is in these places that the cooking of the prima materia, in this case the fragile psyche of the protagonist, occurs.
As the alchemist attempts to deal with his projections (shadow, trickster, mother, father, sibling, anima, senex, etc) they are entreated with magic (alchemical) flowers which you can see our divided self presenting to each other in the alchemical woodcarving. You will see this at various points in the movie, sometimes in the background, but these images show the character carrying and presenting the flower in a similar way to our woodcarving source material.
Nigredo symbolises the rising of the shadow self within an individual and ultimately his conscious confrontation with it. Nigredo is the putrefaction of the shattered ego and the beginnings of repairing the true self through integration of the projections. In the film we see this symbolised in many ways but strikingly all the characters that work within the psychiatric profession or asylum within the film are black and the city is full of black bags filled with rotting rubbish and super rats.
During the Conjuctio the alchemist attempts to recombine the aspects of his shattered self and reconcile the opposites. This means confronting the shadow, senex, etc, but in the scene I have selected above we see Arthur and his anima as in this moment we see the Conjunctio most directly visualised. At the point Arthur reconciles with the fact that she is a projection (when he remembers himself talking to an empty space he imagined was her), he has successfully integrated the female aspect of his soul. This repressed feminine is seen in his effeminate behaviour in the early sequences of the movie and he gradually grows more at ease with it.
Murray means Lord of the Sea and Arthur's desire to appear on the Murray Franklin show he obsessively watches with his mother is the super-objective of our protagonist. This show serves as the symbolic context for why our hero does what he does i.e. he too aspires to be a lord of comedy, or a lord of the mercurial sea of trickery, even though it truly represents Arthur's desire to reconcile the negative father complex, integrate his feminine aspects and gain the approval of society. The reflective floor is indicative of the water and Murray is dressed in blue for the same reason. The Mercurial Sea or Bath is a quadratic quaternity, represented by the four stars which stand in for the four elements (see above, our four part Malkuth symbolism unique to this Sefira) and to quote Jung, the sea is its static condition, the fountain or bath is it in its dynamic state - the ritualised bathing of the mother speaks to this.
In this scene we see Arthur step into the fridge which represents the sarcophagus where the hermaphrodite (the rejoined fragments of the divided self) goes to die in order to give birth to the soul or divine child i.e. the Joker proper and no longer Arthur Fleck. Cooling a metal or substance, by making it inert can be considered to be killing it, and this is an aspect of the Putrefactio.
As the Nigredo was represented by black characters so the Albedo is represented by white characters specifically Penny Fleck, Thomas Wayne and Murray Franklin. His interaction with these characters signifies his attempts to integrate his parental projections and complexes. Note the flowers in the backgrounds of the two images and relate them to the concept of alchemical flowers above.
In terms of psychological alchemy the Green Lion is said to represent a phase where repressed violent forces normally concealed under a mask of depression begin to emerge. Immediately after painting his face white (Albedo) and dying his hair green (Green Lion), Arthur brutally murders one of his co-workers who comes to visit.
In Alchemy, the Rubedo, or reddening is the final stage of the process whereby an individual has reconciled his projections resolved the difference between the ego and the self and discovers his true character. In Joker, the Rubedo is shown by the increasing redness of the costume, which starts with russetty browns, has a middle transition in the comedy club red suit, until finally crystallising as this version of the iconic costume. Its worth noting that prior cinematic incarnations of Joker have chosen to go with the purple costume so the choice of red signified a departure from that tradition...
And why may you multiply this medicine infinitely.
Forsooth the cause is this,
For it is fire, which kindled will never die,
Dwelling with you, as fire doth with houses,
Of which one spark may make more fire this way...
The above poem describing the alchemical process of multiplication is rendered in the film as Arthur's actions to incite increasing unrest in the city. ''Gotham is burning because of you'' - one policeman says to Joker to which he replies - ''Yes I know, isn't it beautiful?'' - the multiplication of the clowns here increases the gains/yield of the opus.
As I said in Joker - An Alchemical Analysis I spent the movie looking for a phoenix and didn't see it because it was too blatant. In the final scenes though Joaquin Phoenix seems to die, spits out blood, and then rises, Phoenix-like, from his ashes.
Obviously the film is full of blood, but there are moments where the blood is used to represent important transitions of the alchemical process. I have pulled out three moments here - firstly the Albedo/Green Lion/Rubedo transition, secondly, the moment he kills Murray, the Lord of the Sea, and finally the moment he uses the blood of his Phoenix-like resurrection to form the bloody smile on his face.
CROWNED KING ARTHUR
In the final moments of the film before the epilogue we see Arthur as the King of the Mob, crowned and risen. I separate out the epilogue as I believe that this moment is the true end of the film.
The epilogue of the film may well be a prologue and this is something that many people seem to have missed. The first social worker we encounter references something that happened when he was inside a psychiatric hospital and although we can justify the belief that the entire film was in his head while he was plotting the murder of the psychiatrist at the end we can also see the hints of an ouroboros... Many people seem to think that the final scene, when he is back inside, is as a consequence of the actions of his character throughout the movie but there is nothing directly in the scene to make us believe this. Maybe that scene is the end is the beginning is the end and so on, ad infinitum?
Like Mercury the film Joker has some incredibly intricate sleight of hand that you will possibly have missed the first time around. For example, many believe that his mother was lying to him and that the story he discovers about his upbringing is true but then he finds evidence that indicates that Thomas Wayne did have feelings for his mother. But this evidence is revealed in a flash, in a sleight of hand manner, now you see it now you don't. He crumples it and realises that his murder of his mother was because of a lie fabricated by Wayne.
So Joker as shadow self or Joker as trickster? Personally I think this movie is an outstanding example of the more elegant use of symbolism in the Unifying Colour Theory and aside from that an incredibly rich and wonderful film in a variety of different ways. A lot of people projected so heavily on to the film - they made it into a film about incels and so on because they expected, no, wanted it to be about that so much that they literally couldn't see what was happening before their eyes. The reference to the murder of Batman's parents outside a cinema is clearly a link to the shootings that happened in the wake of Dark Knight but the cause of those shootings is that people cannot see the person. ''...[you] ever think what it is like to be someone like me?' To be somebody but themselves.'' Joker is a victim of society, someone who should conjure mercy, compassion and pity from the woke, but in representing a figure that they have so demonised it showcases how those self-same wokists cannot reconcile their own shadow self. At various points in the movie Joker acts like a progressive revolutionary, attacking the patriarchy, colour blind in his transactions, sparing the most unfortunate, punishing bullies and so on - to me the reactions in some quarters of woke were so off-kilter as to the point where I had thought we were watching different films. This was a clear example of what the film was pointing out and why people literally ''didn't get the joke.''
And this perhaps is the point, that Evil that burns inside of him is only the desire to be free of all the trappings that are holding him back from discovering his true self. If the film is indeed all in the mind of Arthur Fleck it shows his own personal work of internally grinding through those projections or through therapy - violence, trauma, abandonment, despair, fury - and the archetypal spirit that is finally born out of this hard work is absolutely and resplendently beautiful because it is free. When he kills the psychiatrist at the beginning and end of this infinite loop he does so as an act to free himself. Its worth remembering this, and remembering your own Greatness, as we shelter from the black plague wind of doom, under masks of our own, and work through our own projections as we are driven relentlessly backwards through the alchemical process, taking ''a short sharp trip straight down the ladder, right to the primal fear.''