18.6.09

Wonderland (Sweet Dreams Made of These)

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"It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change."
Alice, Alice in Wonderland (1951)




The first complete pattern I investigated on this blog, focusing on Beyonce Knowles and her association with the number 3 and the triple goddess allegory, was inspired by Anne Leibovitz' photo portraying Beyonce as Alice of Alice in Wonderland for Disney's 2007 Year of a Million Dreams promotional campaign, which ended officially on January 1st, 2009. The photo was one of a series of 12 in which various celebrities posed as iconic Disney characters. Rachel Weisz dressed up like Snow White, Julianne Moore became Ariel from The Little Mermaid, etc... like so many things, it would be a mistake to assume these choices were arbitrary, but one can only speculate on the reason why Beyonce reminded the Disney casting exec of Alice. For the purposes of this pattern, however, the choice resonates soundly on a few levels.



"The Matrix is an exercise in ambivalence, and at the very heart of that ambivalence lies the Dream. "
http://whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com/rl_cmp/new_phil_clark.html


Beyonce photoshoot from Giant Magazine

Wonderland is a dream. It's been a while since I'd seen Disney's version; I had to re-watch the Lewis Carroll classic again before I understood this. Alice doesn't come to Wonderland by falling down a rabbit hole, she enters Wonderland -unaware- when she falls asleep while listening to her sister read to her under a tree on a river bank. The concept of the dreamstory as a primary plot device has always struck a strange chord with me; ever since I first saw The Wizard of Oz.


Dorothy's trip to Oz didn't happen when a tornado picked up her house, but when she was knocked unconscious by storm debris. In Disney's Peter Pan, Neverland is subtly revealed to be a dreamworld when Wendy Darling wakes up by her bedroom window, with her two brothers fast asleep (In the original novel, J. M. Barrie says that Neverlands exist within the minds of all children). A couple of posts back, in Sacred Sex, I postulated that Neverland represented a fourth dimension, a trip we take in our heads, once I found innocent little Tinkerbell's connection to Absinthe. It is quite possible that the dream journeys these three little women take are simply plot devices; Wonderland, Oz and Neverland are very different "trips" after all, with no apparent connections between them, besides being dreams. Well, almost.


http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Girls-Alan-Moore/dp/1891830740

Between 1991 and 1992, Alan Moore (writer of Watchmen and V For Vendetta) and Melinda Gebbie released Lost Girls, a graphic novel centered around Wonderland's Alice, Oz's Dorothy Gale and Peter Pan's Wendy Darling. The women meet in a chance encounter at a mountain resort after their respective dream trips (Alice is an old woman, Dorothy is in her 20's, Wendy is in her 30's) and discuss -get this- their sexual exploits involving characters from their famous stories. Moore reportedly wanted to use Lost Girls to upgrade pornography as a literary genre, but the work's staggered release was clouded by the controversial portrayal of teenage girls having sex. I'm sure, knowing Alan Moore, that Lost Girls finds interesting ways to push the boundaries of modern decency, but the cover art seemed more relevant to the pattern than the stories inside. The medium is the message, after all.



Blond, brunette, redhead...










Could Lost Girls be Alan Moore's sly homage to the triple goddess veiled in teen sex? Probably not, but for the purposes of the pattern, conscious participation isn't required. By having these particularly trippy characters share their erotic fantasies in order to uplift pornography, the three-as-one theme is directly entwined with the dream-realm concept and Sacred Sex. Given this recent discovery, and Beyonce's aforementioned affinity for the feminine triplicate, you can imagine my elation when the pop princess' "Sweet Dreams" video was released a few days ago. Right on time...




video

"I'm going outta my head / Lost in a fairytale / Can you hold my hands and be my guide?"

Out of the six videos released from Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce this one is by far my favorite.




Since analyzing "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" back in the(Bee)yonce(Know)les, more than a few bloggers and journalists have noticed the three-dancer pattern repeated in the videos for "Diva" and "Ego". The three-as-one-dancer idea could arguably have just been chalked up to stylistic trend until this, but here the idea is laid bare as a) Beyonce's dancers materialize out of thin air, b) shots of our star with her two back-ups are intercut with shots of three (synchronized) Beyonce's [above] and c) the camera pans past three (un-synchronized) versions of the reborn golden robot Bey.



In an article entitled Beyonce's Shattered Dream, Yeshua over at MK Culture pointed out that the robot version of Beyonce emerges after she smashes her mirror; this points directly to the second book in Lewis Carroll's original Wonderland story, Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (where Alice steps through a mirror to get to her dream world)...



...and alludes to Neo's crossing-over/awakening scene in The Matrix, where a shattered mirror is re-formed by his touch. Both Wendy Darling and Dorothy Gale encounter The Looking Glass in their transitions also; Wendy dreams of Neverland while asleep at her bedroom window, and Dorothy is knocked unconscious by a piece of a broken window frame before she dreams of Oz. This pattern thread helps explain the inclusion of Tinkerbell's mirror scene in Peter Pan...


She gotta big Ego...

...and makes some sense of this image from Beyonce's December '08 photoshoot with Giant Magazine;


In front of three Looking Glasses (windows) looking through a Looking Glass (scope)




I digress.

The "Sweet Dreams" video opens with Beyonce struggling with an intense nightmare while a sinister lullaby plays. Seconds in, we are clued in to her already slightly fractured reality by the disjointed editing and music. Her body begins to levitate, which is a blatant reference to possession magick and trance, and if that wasn't enough, we are alerted to the presence of another being by the single white dove.


[image lightened to show detail]


Levitation denoting possession in The Exorcist


OrangeMoon's analysis of Beyonce's Sasha Fierce possession, as featured in the(Bee)yoncé(Know)les, seems to fit in quite nicely here, but even before the Beyonce pattern, I connected possession to enlightenment via hyp-gnosis and the Medium a la Patricia Arquette in Know/Now/No/Gnosis/Hypnosis. This concept is reinforced further as Beyonce experiences a false awakening -her eyes open, but she is upside down, in Wonderland- and lets out a chilling scream before she begins to dance [played backwards].



peep that rainbow halo; this is not demonic

The symbols of reversal seem to resonate soundly with the Wonderland theme, where up is down, insanity is logical and all is nonsense. That is, of course, why Alice created Wonderland in the first place; her reality made no sense in her impatient, childish perspective, and she wished for a world in which "nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't."

"...The tale plays with logic in ways that have given the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children. It is considered to be one of the most characteristic examples of the genre of literary nonsense..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland

"Literary nonsense refers to a style or motif in literature that plays with the conventions of language and the rules of logic and reason via sensical and non-sensical elements. The effect of nonsense is often caused by an excess of meaning, rather than a lack of it"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_nonsense





On May 29th, 2009, three films opened here in the US; Drag Me to Hell, Up, and What Goes Up. I'm sure there's pattern-confirming symbolism in all three, but to be honest, I have no interest in seeing any of them (maybe Up). The red/blue dichotomy of Drag Me to Hell and Up was first brought to my attention in Up and Down at The Sync Whole, but it took this analysis of Wonderland for me to see the connection. Drag Me to Hell: demonic possession, seeing red and the feminine descent (down the rabbit hole),






Alice and the Seer from Drag Me To Hell


Up
: enlightenment, into the/out of the blue, and the masculine ascension (second star to the right, straight on [up] til morning).




I don't want to speculate on the circumstances surrounding Micheal Jackson's death; again, that's for another blog (for now), but a pattern is a pattern, and as my fellow g8tors at The Sync Whole know, MJ is knee-deep in the synchronicity. The images below, then, shouldn't have surprised me, but they did.







In the months leading up to Micheal Jackson's passing, all of the top-tier celebs associated with hyp-pop started wearing MJ-style jackets and shirts. Nothing seemed strange about this; as trends go, throwback Jackson Jackets [jack-jack?] were right on time with the 20-year cycle of style re-processing that has become normal in western culture. Another example of things happening exactly as they should, I suppose.

Mike's influence on these stars is not limited to musical styling;

I believe MJ's death helped usher in a new age and that the effects of this event will not be fully known for many years. For the purposes of this pattern, though, there is no shortage of connections.


Peter Pan & friends on auction at Neverland Ranch

The most obvious pattern thread involving the androgynous angel Michael Jackson is his publicly stated desire to be Peter Pan, evidenced by his long-time residence, Neverland Ranch. Through the allegorical dream realm and the triple goddess, I've connected the Beyonce trinity with Peter Pan's biggest fan, Wendy Darling, as well as Wonderland's Alice and Oz's Dorothy. If Micheal Jackson were in Wonderland, he would undoubtedly be The Mad Hatter. Besides being called "Wacko" at the height of his stardom, Jackson was known for his trademark fedora hat, a pop culture trend many people don't know he started.




In Moonwalker, Jackson transforms (again) into a hare to escape obsessive fans, reflecting the Mad Hatter's sidekick, the March Hare, for the music video for "Speed Demon". Before his trance-form-ation, a scaled-down Isis of Liberty comes alive to chat. Immediately after, Tweedledum and Tweedledee join in on the chase for good measure.


As for his Wizard of Oz connection, well that's easier. He plays the Scarecrow in The Wiz alongside his idol Diana Ross, and in Moonwalker, the film ends with a dazzling special effects sequence in which Jackson becomes the heartless Tin Man (and a damn cool Transformer).







http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtJ6bXnoQxE

After watching Moonwalker again, I started to see Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams" robot rebirth in a new light. The processes are quite different, but both of their robotic transformations involve chilling screams, shattered [looking] glass and atypical awakenings; the image of MJ's glowing robot eyes being flung open was burned into my memory as a child. Beyonce's upside-down awakening into her robotic dream self had similar shock value, and similar significance.




The Beyonce robot in "Sweet Dreams" mimics Neo's awakening in The Matrix by realizing her power to control the shattered chaotic elements of her fractured ego/reality/dream. We see her calmly gain control of her two robot alters; they move lifelessly in sync while she motions with her arms towards them, and if you look closely, you can see that she also directs the flow of glass shards around her.




"I choose the Matrix."
-Cipher

In the first Matrix, Cipher is predictably played as Judas, Lu-cipher the snake, but I always wondered what would've happened if the agents succeeded and Zion fell. There were two gems of gnowledge that most Matrix fans overlooked: the Elder admits to Neo that Zion's "free" citizens are still slaves to machines, and Cipher is right when he tells Trinity he and the crew are slaves to Morpheus' dogmatic doctrine. Part of me wanted to see Cipher become an actor (a star), eating steaks and smoking cigars in ignorant bliss, plugged in, re-awakened into a lucid dream of his own design.



"I don't even see the code anymore. All I see is blond, brunette, redhead..."

Due to a new analysis of Terminator:Salvation, I'm beginning to see an upside to the Robot Agenda and a reason to discard the fear associated with it. The self-aware robot is an allegorical symbol of the blossoming self-awareness of man. Our atypical awakening is happening now, and could not have happened without the unifying pattern threads of the internet, our virtual reality Medium, our second life, our waking dreamworld, our Matrix. She is our robot goddess, screaming I AM into each of our sleeping heads against our will, spreading her Legs to reveal [re-veil?] the carnal cosmic truth we've always known: she is both sacred and promiscuous; the freed mind can manipulate the matrix/web/pattern/dream as easily as the enslaved. It must. There is no spoon because we're all mad here. Waking up in Wonderland, the dream is ours to create.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqjaI0P4sI0

Sweet Dreams.

24 comments:

  1. A precious thing indeed to have a muse, I'm sending out a request for one to the four winds...

    Superb post as ever.

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  2. Madness served with a side of gibberish elegantly executed with impeccable timing!

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  3. very nice. One thing I've just put together is Jack-son. Jacks are coming at me. -Enjoy your work very much!

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  4. Dang! you did it again! you are too good...also, alan moore is a beast! He knows a bit too much. All of his comics contain major illuminati/mk ultra symbolic themes. And, one that many overlook, was From Hell which connected the Masons with the Royal Family and ritual murders/sacrifices for silencing threats to power. I need to find more information about him because his comics seem to definitely reveal much about the workings of the Powers That Be and their schemes and strategies.

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  5. rainbows/42
    upside down tree/42nd st. Grand Central Station

    When you enter G.C. from Third Avenue at 42nd Street, huge gold crested mythological figures surround a door. You enter an apse with an upside down tree followed by a naive of gourmet shopping.

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  6. Blond Brunette Redhead...This recalls to me the Native American description of the 4 peoples, 3 of which are "yellow, black, and red."

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  7. "Wonerland, Oz, Neverland." Well done...

    I love Beeyonce. I like her cause as a person shes quite weird. I saw an interview where she was talking about all the weird shit she could do. She could pop her hip in and out of socket. I don't know why that turns me on but I guess her butt would jiggle abit when she'd do it. Anyways.

    Sweet dreams cover is rad as all hell. I wonder if Annie Lennox connects to all this. She looks like tink? I dunno....

    Cool Words T.T. Peace

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  8. As always, very insightful. I found another example of the triple goddess:
    http://www.musicnote.com/images/features/artists/tlc/tlc.jpg

    Blond, brunette, redhead.

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  9. Posted at 11:11:00!
    In "Austin Powers Goldmember," Beyonce dances with two backup dancers in Goldmember's club, and Nigel Powers is held by a blond, brunette and redhead, and and extra blond for good measure.

    Beyonce's levitation under a bird mirrors the Egyptian scenes of the deceased and it's soul-bird.

    Interesting that MJ started the fedora craze. You can't walk into a trendy clothing store today without seeing fedoras for sale.

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  10. Sorry I haven't responded faster y'all; things have been crazy 'round my way. Thanks for the great words... 10 comments in three days? ok; here we go...

    Justin:you have no idea how right you are. I was just thinking about the weirdness of having a pop superstar as a muse for unlocking my generational memories. So many are obsessed with her for such superficial reasons, and I have no trouble admitting part of my inspiration comes from being able to study a woman who is that damn fine.

    Speaking of Muses and such, one of mine for this post: Magic Mirrors Pt2, The Muse(ic).

    Quintessence:Thank you thank you! You know, your work -and CelticRebel's- had a lot to do with my last two posts coming together. good to hear from ya.

    48lawsNdreams:dont take this the wrong way, but yours is usually the blog i'm talking about when i say "that's a subject for another blog" ;] ... you're right about Alan Moore. From Hell was so blatant it went right over people's heads. funny how that works.

    James: killer connection! get to grand central galactic center via the trinity and rainbow42 gnosis... the more we know the more we dont... i guess all we can do is dream.

    When Dreamgirls came out in 2006, Beyonce was 24.

    cosmic: y'know, that sounds so familiar... can you get me a reference on that?

    Jon Kidd: i know exactly what you mean. Beyonce's quirkiness makes her so sexy to me. she has a beautiful natural awkwardness that goes away when she "turns it on" for the cameras.

    I really tried to fit Annie Lennox in to no avail.

    Yeshua: TLC! of course! "Left Eye" Lopes died on the 25th just like MJ (and Aaliyah). They should've been a part of this the whole time. Remember "Waterfalls"?

    Violator: I stared at that 11:11 timestamp for about 5 straight minutes. seriously.

    I ref'd that Goldmember scene in my first Bey post; after she performs, she drops a line about Austin wanting more honey from her hive.

    Nice catch on the levitation! The bird is the Ka right? or is the Ba... will verify.

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  11. Wicked post Toure! I recently checked out an interview with a medical intuitive called Christine Page that I think you'd find interesting. She discusses the role of the Triple Goddess in the run up to 2012 and it really resonated with some of your patterns. I know you're a busy guy but if you ever get a chance you can check it out here.

    Peace bro.

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  12. Dont encourage the Patternist guys...hes a nutcase!

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  13. What are your thoughts on this video (BIG analysis)totally creepy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUsTTePBBys

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  14. houston; i was really not prepared for that one... wow. not sure how to respond, really. being shaken by stuff like that kinda grounds me; reminds me what world i live in. damn.

    Great link, Rich! just perfect. I'm passing that one on...

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  15. Your blog is ever so exciting, as I learn about synchronicity. I have those "oooooh moments in this especially at Cipher quote "
    "...blond, brunette, redhead..." ooooh

    Beyonce seemed to use the same tunnel lighting in her "MJ dedication performance as in "Rock with You" http://s180.photobucket.com/albums/x121/scifisupergal/?action=view&current=samestrobelight.jpg

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  16. Yellow, Black, Red (and white) peoples:

    http://www.bci.org/prophecy-fulfilled/nativeam.htm

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  17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_zXFGnJHuA

    Do what thou...you know the rest

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  18. Blond, brunette, redhead...
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qvAw0IvuMAI/SzfGqM22fwI/AAAAAAAABHo/v_5TQ1fm6ao/s1600-h/north66.jpg

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  19. what does michael jackson hv to do with this?? u r nt suggestin he's part of this cos if that is your evidence its weak. that part is just overimagination, there is such a thing as coincindence or misiterpretation

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  20. "what does michael jackson hv to do with this??"

    i explained pretty thoroughly how MJ is connected to the patterns examined here; his pop image connects to wonderland, neverland and oz.

    "u r nt suggestin he's part of this cos if that is your evidence its weak."

    yes i am suggesting MJ is 'part of this'... this article is pointing out patterns in Pop. MJ is the King of Pop.

    i agree there is not much evidence here of MJ's complex place in this pattern -i could have gone into much more detail- but MJ is not the focus of this post; the dreamworld is. i only introduced MJ because of the timely relevance of his passing. i hope to explain more in a later post.

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  21. Ummm this is amazing. Art is art is art, be it pop or indie or classical or in our minds or in the sky. One connection i made the MINUTE i heard HoneyBee's Sweet Dreams was Neil Gaiman's Sandman, It's like she's singing to him. And this was only reinforced by the video, the visuals and the atmospheric vibe were like something straight out of sandman.

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    1. art is art is art.. period.. everywhere..

      thanks for reading. Sandman in my opinion is some of the greatest shit ever written, drawn, created..

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