Ego Eye, Idol Hand, Robot Heart

another metal hand... it's just a coincidence

My last post, the(Bee)yoncé(Know)les, was absolutely my favorite post to write so far, but it left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. The symbolism was there, but the pattern seemed lacking in meaning. After some extensive analysis connecting Beyonce Knowles to the "power of three" and the mysterious triple goddess, I pointed out the metal glove that showed up at the end of the "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" video. Beyonce's stylists have gone out of their way recently to represent her as robotic, even going so far as to integrate machine parts into her wardrobe.

Horned-skull breastplate with a headlight over her heart

The Beyonce-bot/diva-doll character becomes a much heavier concept when seen in the light of Beyonce's incredible influence on the upcoming generation of young women (and gay men, it seems) who memorize her message-laden lyrics and imitate her mechanical dance routines. She sings about individualistic control and making one's own decisions while mimicking a robot, something that is bound by the programming of it's creator.

bee-bot and the clones

The contradiction of this illusion is deepened by Beyonce's anointment as the picture of a "natural woman" (because apparently, real women have curves) . . .

natural curves, plastic surgery and perfection

. . . juxtaposed with her constant body-shaping and the use of hip pads and butt pads in videos and performances (I know, I know, I shed a tear too). Not to say that Beyonce isn't naturally blessed with a wonderfully curvy figure, but the need for such over-accentuated accessorizing is curious indeed.

After Beyonce broke out the metal glove, I saw the tin man/artificial intelligence connection almost immediately, but I missed the most obvious connection; The robot hand/metal glove was the central character in a comic about a possessed mystical heroine known as Witchblade. Once again, the deeper meaning was revealed to me by my most sacred tome: the comic book.

twin glove bearers atop the urban pyramid

The Witchblade is a sentient mystical machine, one of 13 ancient artifacts of extra-terrestrial origin including The Darkness, The Angelus and The Spear of Destiny (coveted by the angel Gabriel in Constantine). EDIT: A simultaneous synch-post over at A Few Shots To Shaman on the red-blue shift, the Geburah and the red/blue doing/being chakras brought my attention to the red and blue gems embedded in the original Witchblade design (pictured below). It's worth noting that the red stone is the primary stone and is positioned above the blue in the center of the hand, stigmata-style, and next to a smaller gold stone, possibly corresponding to the sixth sefira, associated with Balance.

Speaking of balance; the Witchblade is actually the offspring of The Darkness and The Angelus, artifacts representing opposing forces of light and dark which entered a truce long enough to spawn a living symbiotic entity that selects a woman deemed worthy of its power to possess (bear with me here).

The Angelus and The Darkness get it on

The combination of light and dark brings to mind Beyonce's good girl/bad girl dichotomy; the robot glove she wears could symbolize the Coming Together of -or the balance between- these two opposing ego-selves, but since the videos and promotional photos only show the glove on Sasha Fierce, the dark side, it makes more sense that this is a representation of the type of demonized partial possession seen in Stigmata and Constantine. Beyonce has submitted to the control of the Witchblade, the ancient magik of the divine alien machinery, but her natural divinity is still in there somewhere, fighting for her. Speaking metaphorically, of course. I think...

Beyonce under the spell... and that "W" looks an awful lot like a trident

Due to its explosive popularity, the Witchblade storyline crosses paths with some very synch-nificant characters. Ancient possessees include Cleopatra (reflecting Beyonce's namesake from Austin Powers 3), St. Joan of Arc, and Queen Isabella, the queen portrayed by Rachel Weisz in The Fountain.

Prominent Witchblade crossover stories have featured Lara Croft from Tomb Raider (Angelina Jolie's game A.I. alter-ego) , the trident-sporting tin man Wolverine, Elektra and her triple-pronged sais, Beyonce's superheroine idol, Wonder Woman, and the comic book incarnation of the Hindu triple mother goddess, Devi.

I'm sensing a pattern here...

The Hindu Devi and her Trident

In the Witchblade's most recent story, the blade actually splits between two carriers; the newest recipent, Danielle Baptiste, shares the Witchblade in order to save the life of her predecessor, Sara Pezzini, who nearly dies in childbirth. The artwork from recent issues makes no secret of the symbolism;

as red above, so blue below

The twin/reflection symbolism covered briefly here and also in the(Bee)yoncé(Know)les and Gnosis / Hypnosis / Hypocrisy / Heresy pointed me towards the imagery of The Eye, a film that, despite strong references made by other researchers, I had no intention of seeing (not a huge fan of the horror genre). After reviewing unintentional connections I'd made with mirrors and blindness, and after watching an eye-opening (ooh) episode of my new favorite show, Dollhouse (more on that gem later), and after stumbling across a free version of the film online through Yahoo Video, I had to submit to the signs.

Alba in another mirror with her version of a power glove

The Eye, a remake of a 2002 Hong Kong horror film, focuses on Jessica Alba as a blind musician, Sydney Wells, who has her sight restored through a corneal transplant. As her vision slowly returns, she begins to have disturbing visions of death and fire. She soon realizes she has become a conduit -through cell memory- for the restless soul of her donor, a Mexican medium named Ana Cristina who can see death and the souls of the recently deceased. After a failed attempt to prevent Ana from hanging herself in a flashback, Sydney loses her sight once again when an explosion sends shattered glass from a car window into her eyes, freeing her of the haunting visions.


Given the recent analysis of shattered glass by Jake Kotze and other synch bloggers, I think it's safe to associate Sydney's lost sight at the end of The Eye with the shattered Ego. Over at Black Dog Star, Arrowsmith makes some in-depth connections between the eye and the hand that I can't help but associate with the robot-hand/alter(ed)-ego discussion made here. An old European proverb says that the blind have eyes in their fingers; are we, as the blind, reaching out with our 3rd eye-hands? Or perhaps reaching in (or both)... either way, it appears the ego/eye/vision is in the way of our reach. Given the association between the Eye and the Eagle/Ego seen prominently in the Eye of Horus, the eagle...

The Red Ego Eye leads her by the hand

Ego / Eye - Blue / Red

Zoe and The Thing in the Eagle Eye Hive

...and seen synchromystically in Shia Lebouf's Eagle Eye, this broken-glass-blindness takes on deeper meaning. At the end of Eagle Eye, Rosario Dawson (as ZOe Perez) pierces the all-seeing eye of Ariia, the A.I. robot goddess (A.I. = ai = Eye). Rosario played The Light in MiB2 with the sunglasses-sporting Will Smith. In I, Robot (eye robot), Smith defeated the all-seeing A.I. blue-goddess, V.i.k.i. after she activated the red-heart chakras of the NS-5 robots, with the wise-cracking assistance of Shia Lebouf, by sliding down a pillar of light with his very own bionic arm/robot hand, of course...

red for the blood, blue for the bionics

Tommy Twin Two-face, Hitch Hancock Horus and the Robotic Red Eye

The red eye robot, much like the hypgnostic possession of past posts, is associated with danger and fear in these movie references, but I think, as the Witchblade story proposes, there is a balance -a truce- to be struck between the natural and the artificial that reflects the balance between the spiritual and the physical, and that both are crucial to the evolution of consciousness. Look into the red eye and see your cell memory erased by the spirit... we are freed when the ego is shattered by the Light, and gain our true sight through blindness? Another eerie contradiction...

I first discovered Jessica Alba in the 1999 comedy-horror flop, Idle Hands. Besides showcasing Ms. Alba's unreal super-fineness, the film's seemingly juvenile story is much more than it appears to be.

I'll try to keep my upcoming analysis concise; re-watching this movie two nights ago was the first synchromystically exciting experience I've had in a long time. Talk about a direct hit.

To be continued...



checkerboard Beyonce's twin Sobeks

"[Michelle Obama] told me she was very happy that her girls have someone like me to look up to," says Beyoncé. "And I'm like, 'Oh, my God . . . The older I get, the more I think about the amount of influence I have on these young girls, and it's scary sometimes. But I also understand how lucky I am to have that."

-Beyonce Knowles to Vogue Magazine, 2009
In my last two posts, Gnosis / Hypnosis / Hypocrisy / Heresy and Know / Now / No / Gnosis / Hypnosis..., I explored the role of the female medium as a spiritual vessel. The discussion spilled over into themes of channeling/divination as a form of hypnosis (and vice versa), and possession as a pop-culture hint towards the journey inwards to gnostic generational knowledge. In earlier posts, namely V for Verification - Addendum, and The View from the cheap seats (revised), explorations into the letter V and it's cultural connections to the sacred feminine/fifth element/spirit led me to curious questions about the divinity of bees and the mystery of their historical -and modern- significance. Over at the vast Synchromystic Forum, discussions about bees with fellow explorers eventually led me to pop-megaStar Beyoncé Knowles. And as Arrowsmith likes to say, things started Coming Together...

Beyonce triple-cover with the big red V

It's just a harmless V-neck t-shirt

Discussions on Bee-Yoncé at the Synchromystic Forum brought attention to her need to dress up like bees and robots (and bee robots) during concert performances. Seemingly unrelated discussions on the number 42/tin/A.I. and the bee mystery eerily crossed paths on the forum as both threads separately analyzed Beyoncé and her connection to the robotic rebirth/Tin Man theme and, in turn, the Tin Man's search for a heart chakra. Jake Kotze at The Blob connects the number 42 to Jupiter and to mirrors in his recent video, Jennifer Juniper; Beyonce has a thing for mirrors/reflections too... the film she imitates in the image below is called Metropolis, and like so many other surfaces scratched here, it really deserves it's own discussion.

eye heart beeyonce

As I dug deeper into the Beyoncé pattern, more synch winks caught my eye. The most glaring of which was her strained "Broadway is Back" performance -as the woman in red- at the 2008 Academy Awards with Hugh Jackman, who played The Boy From Oz on Broadway. Beyoncé's Broadway connection doesn't end there, though.

Beyoncé, Broadway and The Woman in Red

In her very first acting gig, Beyoncé plays Carmen, another famous scarlet woman in an MTV remake of the Broadway play Carmen Jones. She also played the Scarlet Carmen in a Pepsi commercial.

Carmen Jones, A woman on fire... interesting rose placement

My favorite Scarlet Woman

Honeybee dreamgirls in red at the 2007 Oscars

I've made passing references to the concept of the triple goddess in previous posts without much detailed explanation, and I do plan to rectify that with a full post on the three-as-one legend, but in the meantime we can use mythological references like The Fates, The Furies and the Germanic Norns as a thematic basis. These mythological characters were three women whose separate identities were connected as one consciousness, one spirit; a divine trinity, three as one... Beyoncé rose to international prominence as the spotlight-stealing lead singer of a three-girl pop group called Destiny's Child. The group name alone reflects the three-as-one theme, since it describes three women collectively in the singular, as one being.

triple black dog star goddess... so sirius

Anyone following, however, could see that the true child of destiny among the three was always Beyoncé; no other member was given anything close to a chance at her spotlight. Inevitably, Beyoncé stepped out on her own in 2003 and made the three-as-one concept literal:

"Me, Myself and I" was the 3rd single released from Beyoncé's solo debut, Dangerously In Love, distributed by Columbia Records. In the video, which plays in reverse, we find Ms. Knowles discarding old possessions and taking solace in a 50's style bathtub.

For the significance of the bathtub, check my last post.

Before her debut album was released, Beyoncé was cast in the third sequel of Mike Myers' Austin Powers series, Goldmember. She plays Foxxy Cleopatra, a role which may have hinted at her upcoming dualistic nature since she was supposedly a combination of two 70's blaxploitation characters, Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones. More on that later...

That damn Pepsi logo again...

the [dream] role she was Destined to play

Beyoncé was also one of three in a Gladiator-themed Pepsi commercial, where she stars alongside Britney Spears and Pink and sings Queen's 1977 single We Will Rock You, originally released on Elektra Records. Beyoncé was chosen to wield the 3-pronged trident.

DC's Wonder Woman has also wielded the trident of Poseidon and seems to have her own web of three-as-one synchs within her DC Universe storyline. Makes sense then, that our triple goddess Beyoncé recently expressed a desire to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen in a live-action film.

triple wonder women put a ring on it

Despite the fact that Ms. Knowles achieved superstardom by going solo, she can't quite seem to shake the triple-woman theme. Or Broadway for that matter.

Beyoncé's first major film role was alongside Jennifer Hudson (who was previously mentioned in this blog for her own connections to bees) in another Broadway remake called Dreamgirls. Dreamgirls tells the story of -you guessed it- a three-member pop group outshined by their lead singer. The group is discovered by blackstar resonator Eddie Murphy, who plays a Cadillac salesman looking to break into the biz. This film was the first role ever for Jennifer Hudson and also the role for which she won an Oscar in 2007.

Why is Nicolas Cage's name up there?

Beyoncé's 2008 role in the story of Chess Records entitled Cadillac Records (another Cadillac reference? curious) required her to transform herself by gaining weight and shedding her good-girl public persona to play R&B legend Etta James, the original singer behind "At Last", the song she performed for Barack and Michelle Obama on inauguration night.

A graphic scene showing Beyoncé as Etta strung out on heroin and passed out in a bathtub, was cut from the final version. From Beyonce's 2009 Vogue interview:
"She was willing . . . to put on the weight and not be glamorous, to go to a very ugly place and play someone she's never been: a drug addict, abused, abandoned by her parents. She was very excited to tear her image apart. When she first saw herself on film strung out, half-naked, overweight in the bathtub…she was so happy. I love how she embraced the process."

In October 2008, Beyoncé simultaneously released the first two singles from her schizophrenic twin-themed double album entitled I Am... Sasha Fierce, reflecting the twin/alter-ego/mirror imagery discussed in the last two posts with Rachel Weisz in The Mummy and Constantine and by extension, the concept of possession associated with Weisz in both movies and Patricia Arquette in Stigmata.

Again with the mirror thing...

The bad girl side of the good girl/bad girl dynamic, played by Sasha Fierce, put out the single Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), accompanied by a video with nothing more than Beyoncé's dark reflection dancing on a blank background alone with two dancers.. part of a trio.

Bee's dark shadow

..and the "Diva" video..

and the "Ego" video makes three

single ladies - three ladies - three as one

Seems like your standard pop-dance video, right? I guess, if we ignore the lyrics, the ring symbolism over-emphasized in the last shot, and that weird robot-hand glove. If you notice something strangely masculine about one of the dancers, you're right. But I'll leave that bit of androgyny alone for now...

Synch-Update: On April, 20th, 2009 (that's 4/20), 100 Beyonce-bot clones performed the dance steps to "Single Ladies" in central London to promote a concert sponsored by Trident gum. Only a coincidence...

...and then, of course, there's that glove.

In the Jupiter-42 thread at The Synchromystic Forum, the user 42lightspeed23 had this to say about the metal glove hand:
"the tin man/tin hand on beyonce . . . could resonate the iron age transition into AI; Terminator (T2) had it, Wolverine, edward scissorhands (who didnt understand humans from what i remember) . . . didnt somebody just video synch these themes with AI? What it symbolizes to me is Hal meets Human or something to that affect. The Tin Man -being all 3rd eye or Mental/Tin resonating the number 42- is searching for a Heart, thus hes all mind/concept/tin/AI and lacks humanity/heart chakra. Interestingly theres 42 rules you must abide by in egypt(maat) in the Weighing of the Heart ceremony, when your done you are reborn/human. TIN=AI to me, 42-tin-heart=rebrth..."

Couldn't have put it better myself, really. EDIT: Check out my next post for more on the tin-man glove.

Since I was first introduced to this strange journey by my pattern co-contributor SketcherX, eerie pattern-enforcing confirmations have become par for the course. The themes of Hypnosis, Possession, Rebirth and the sacred feminine were found wrapped in a nice neat package in research done well before I put my own pieces of this puzzle together. I still have one more post in the works on the subject of HypGnosis, but I wanted to give some shine to a few interesting YouTube gems that helped me clarify my thoughts for ThePatternist's upcoming post on the hypnosis of hip-hop (hip-pop/hyp-pop) music and mass media.

Who Is Sasha Fierce?

The Madonna and Beyonce Ritual
(5 parts)

Beyonce, Sasha Fierce, and Demon Possession
(7 parts)

More and More and More to come...
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