I find America the Beautiful quarters more attractive (and original) then the older state quarters. And there is the possibility of secret occult symbols hidden in a few of them. By design or accident one could be the Fort McHenry quarter. I would call the Fort McHenry quarter the “Pentagram quarter” for subtly hidden within is a pentagram.
The design of Fort McHenry itself is in the shape of a pentagram (as shown on an old map). This design is not illustrated on the quarter, but is implied by Fort McHenry itself. In addition the rockets red glare above can also hint at ceremonial magic or the art of summoning spirits.
Magic circles and pentacles were used for summoning spirits, which would appear outside the pentagrams/pentacles. Could the fireworks in the sky represent summoned spirits outside the fort’s pentagram? It is dubious this was the intent of the design, but regardless the quarter can be used as a talismanic pentacle representing contact with the spirit world. Call it our magic quarter that none will ever notice.
People enjoy collecting the America the Beautiful quarters. Little do we realize that hidden in some of these quarters’ designs are secret, occult symbols. The occult symbolism is obscure, but it is there.
Let us consider the Mount Rushmore quarter in the America the Beautiful series. It is a strange, striking design. At first glance it appears to only show someone working on the Mount Rushmore monument. Yet the perspective is striking. It shows only two of the four faces, looking away from each other, presidents Washington and Jefferson.
Why only two in such a dramatic position? This is suggestive of the Roman god Janus, the two-faced god. The month of January is named after this ancient Roman deity. Janus symbolized beginnings and transitions, looking both at the past and to the future. Janus symbolized change.
Washington was the father, the beginning, of the United States. On the quarter Washington looks to the left, behind us to our past. Jefferson represented our future; especially with the purchase of the Louisiana Territory that doubled the size of the U.S. Jefferson’s profile on the coin is larger signifying our growing nation. The workers on the “Janus” monument represent us, Americans as a nation; we are still a work-in-progress, forever changing.
Should I mention Jefferson’s single visible eye, which the worker seems so focused on? And is that guy a Mason? This suggests the famous All-Seeing Eye, which appears on the back of the one-dollar bill.
The roman god Janus was used on ancient roman coins too. Now we have a modern version of Janus as currency on an American quarter. Next time you see one of these, consider the ancient Roman deity’s message for the United States. Things change, always have, always will. Be prepared!
My blog about the occult belongs to a fringe subculture. The paranormal…the esoteric…these are certainly fringe topics. These are beliefs outside the mainstream of staid society and rightly considered “fringe”.
Yet fringe elements are also a vital creative force in society. What was once “fringe” may become commonplace. Elvis and the Beatles were on the fringe for a very short time before they became recognized and became mainstream and swiftly absorbed by the corporate money machine.
A couple of decades ago the comic book and science fiction/fantasy subculture were totally a nerd/geek fringe. Until it starting making BIG money. I remember it started with the first Michael Keaton Batman movie. Now the comic book culture has evolved and been absorbed by giant corporations (think Disney’s Marvel Avengers). This could be considered a victory for fandom. Or is this the fading away of true fandom?
Once a fringe is acceptable it is no longer a fringe. A fringe evolvers into a new creature. Popular Culture. It is like a Borg victory…”You will be assimilated.” It is a victory for popular culture and big business, but at what price?
Ghost hunting was once a true fringe before it became absorbed by the ravenous cable TV industry, which pretty much destroyed the hobby. I was involved in this hobby before anybody ever heard of it. It was cool at the time as individuals actually got into this activity; it was something new. Now we have reality TV; we have ”professional” ghost hunting groups. Ghosts still exist, but the hobby has faded away.
If a fringe subculture has a large enough audience it will eventually be recognized and exploited. However, there are fringe cultures that will likely never be accepted by acceptable society.
One of these places popular culture has avoided is genuine occultism. The genuine occult has continued to remain a scary place. Yes, the occult is a huge element in popular culture. Nearly every horror or fantasy movie deals superficially with the occult.
But genuine occultism, the real thing is invisible in popular culture. Much of the fear has to deal with religion. Religious folk can accept the occult as a fantasy like in the Harry Potter books and movies. Religious people won’t accept the reality of it. It won’t sell. That is why the occult is a true fringe.
Consider comic books. In the Marvel Universe, magic is commonplace. My favorite character is Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme. Why is there no movie based on this character being proposed? Because it would introduce controversial elements into the scientific based movie version of the Marvel Universe. Even Thor was reduced to an alien. Why add spiritually, religion and the occult to the Marvel world? There is no profit in that.
Occultism is a fascinating subculture. And we can feel safe it will remain our own. Nobody will make any coin of it.
I was at a local forest preserve recently when I noticed some chalk marks in the parking lot (shown above). I didn’t give it much attention at first. Then I examined it more closely as they seemed curious. They did not appear to be gang symbols (I could be mistaken). They looked like only scribbles and doodles.
What caught my notice was the pentagram on the left side. At the curb it was written “4 KRYSTEK”. That could be someone’s name. Beneath the pentagram was what appears to be a heavily chalked six-pedal flower. To the right of the pentagram was a strange shape…another flower? Or a 4-winged bug? Finally there was a chalk mark I couldn’t make out which resembled a long necked bottle.
Does anyone understand if these chalk marks have any occult significance? Since there was a pentagram in the mix, it occurred to me this might actually be part of a larger pentagram. Connect the centers of the different chalk marks and you do get a pentagram (pictured below).
As for the name KRYSTEK, what if we remove the EK from the end of the name:
Could 4 KRYST be a phonetic version of “For Christ”?
These chalk marks could represent the markings of ceremonial magic. It could be a magic circle, but disguised. Ritual magic often uses the names of God to power their rituals. At the top of the hidden pentagram/circle is hidden the name of God, empowered by the other symbols that make up the points of the pentagram. It appears someone just might have been practicing some occult ritual in this forest preserve, possibly under the cover of night.
Do these chalk marks have occult significance or are they just doodles? Could they represent the four elements? The answer depends on if these are doodles or symbols.
Let us consider the humble teddy bear. At first glance the teddy bear appears to be merely a popular child’s toy. Yet, I will suggest there is occult significance, even a talismanic purpose behind the teddy bear. I will suggest the teddy bear is a talisman that both comforts us during suffering, but might even delay suffering.
THE DUALITY OF THE BEAR
The living bear is a fierce creature, one of the world’s top predators. Bears have killed and devoured men. They are dangerous animals not to be trifled with. Yet the bear remains the subject of the world’s most endearing stuffed animal. Perhaps the reason is the duality of the bear. The bear is an endearing animal along with being a dangerous animal. The black bear is like a 200 pound raccoon, a delightful creature and actually rarely dangerous. The grizzly bear is a different character, far more dangerous yet still oddly endearing. The bear is both cuddly and frightening at the same time.
THE DUALITY OF NATURE
The bear is a creature of nature and reflects the duality of nature. The natural world is both a provider of life and a taker of life. Most of the time nature is docile and we could not survive without the rains watering our crops. However, sometimes nature is cruel, producing hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, or drought. Nature is capricious, unpredictable and uncontrollable both sustaining life and destroying life. Just like the bear, who is usually docile but can become a man-eater.
THE DUALITY OF LIFE
Life itself reflects this duality of nature. Most of the time life goes along smoothly, but then inevitability disaster strikes. We could lose a job, have financial troubles, develop a terrible disease, or have a loved one suffer. Life is filled with such pain and suffering, along with our joys. Human life is itself capricious, unpredictable and barely controllable.
THE DUALITY OF THE TEDDY BEAR
This brings us back to the secret occult meaning behind the teddy bear. The teddy bear symbolizes only the nice side of the actual bear’s duality. It is cuddly, adorable and non-threatening. We give children a toy that represents the safe side of life’s duality. It is meant to be reassuring. When we hug a teddy bear, we are embracing the hope for happiness and safety. Unfortunately life is rarely turns out that way.
Yet, the teddy bear’s purpose is to provide us comfort even in times when the duality of existence is kicking our arse. In times of trouble the teddy bear offers comfort. And here is the occult aspect…life is a state of mind. Both pain and suffering or joy and happiness are a state of mind. Things are never as bad as they seem, nor a good as they appear. In times of trouble we can sit on our pity pot and feel sorry for your self, or we can brush aside worry and march ahead. When times are tough hugging your teddy bear releases stress, even if only for a minute. That is the mysterious talismanic nature of the teddy bear. The teddy bear reminds us to look at the best side of life’s duality, and how we think tends to be how things will turn out. The teddy bear is an unwitting advocate of the law of attraction.
In my life I’ve had a full plate of worries…my brother is slowly dying of cancer, my father had a stroke a month ago and my day job is endlessly stressful. Sometimes I wonder how I can handle this. When I am overwhelmed, I look at my teddy bear pictured above. It sits on a bookshelf watching over me along with two figures of wise owls.
My choice of this bear was not random. This teddy bear was chosen to reflect the duality of life. The bear is white, the color of purity, hope and faith. But it has a red on it. This teddy bear has a blood red collar and blood red toes. Blood red symbolizes the tragedy of life, superimposed on the white color of hope. It sits above on a bookshelf watching me, and in times when I dwell too much on dark thoughts, I look up at it. It is my talisman. It reminds me that life is temporary and often sad with bursts of joy and happiness in-between. You wouldn’t imagine a stuffed animal could be so symbolic. And here comes in the law of attraction. We are what we think; if a stuffed animal offers us a positive state of mind, it is effective.
Thomas Kinkade, the famed “Painter of Light”, died April 6, 2012. I like his work. The artistic intelligentsia scoffed at his art proclaiming it merely kitsch. The art subculture held their collective noses, rolled their eyes and sighed, as Thomas Kinkade became a multi-millionaire. What do art critics know?
I suggest there is much more to Thomas Kinkade’s art then what appears at first glance. When looking at a Kinkade painting, what do we see? He is not representing physical reality. And he is not painting an idealized version of reality. What he paints does not exist in the material world. I suggest what Thomas Kinkade painted were visions of the afterlife.
Kinkade’s work was like a depiction of fairyland with all the lights and pastels, his cottages, gardens and streams that are not of this world. Kinkade said he was a spiritual painter and that his paintings reflected that spirituality. However, beyond depicting the serenity of the afterlife, there is something further.
I suggest there is a shamanistic quality to Kinkade’s art that has been unrecognized. Examine the art of real shaman artists and their depiction of what they experienced during altered states of consciousness. At the top is a painting by Kinkade and shaman artist Pablo Amaringo. Pablo Amaringo’s psychedelic imagery is filled with lights and bright pastels. Shaman artists are also painters of light, but they are painting what they have actually seen.
When I see a Thomas Kinkade painting it reminds me of a toned down version of shaman art. Kinkade’s version of the afterlife may not have been entirely from his imagination. Below is an excellent video by Graham Hancock explaining the role of art, prehistoric to the present, from a shaman’s view. It is eye opening. Afterwards, you may not look at a Kinkade painting the same way.
My blog the Occult View will be moving to a new hosting service shortly. I expect everything to move across without mishap, but there is always the chance of technical difficulties. If something goes amiss and the Occult View disappears, it should return shortly. Knock on wood.
I started my blog on Christmas Day, 2008. Why? One cold and dreary night a week before Christmas, while walking down a blustery snowy street, I slipped on ice and badly twisted my ankle. I was able to get to my day job utilizing crutches and a garbage bag wrapped around my swollen foot. But at home I was not moving. I was stuck on the couch with my foot raised and nothing to do. So I decided to start a blog.
My first idea was a blog about doodling. After a few minutes I realized that was a bad idea. So I started a blog about a lifelong interest of mine: the paranormal, the occult and beliefs outside the mainstream. I don’t sell anything on my blog. I write because I feel these topics are important. There really is another level to reality which is hard to see or understand. It should not be ignored.
Upgrade Update: On Saturday December 10 my site was “suspended”. I am using too much of this service’s server space. I have clearly outgrown my current hosting service. To upgrade with them could cost 4 times a month what other hosting services charge. I don’t think so. I am back up temporarily, but the final move has yet to be made. My technical skills are wobbly, but I have a talented young lady who will help me. Thank you E!
On my sidebar is a cool widget, a Flag Counter. It shows the daily visitors to this blog. Well, Saturday it descended into oblivion. My worry is that people will think my site is gone and never visit again. That is why I posted my “technical difficulties” warning ahead of time. I’m still here!
Many recognize what appears to be occult symbolism in our paper currency. Take a look a the back of the dollar bill and you’ll see the famed Great Seal of the United States, with its pyramid and all-seeing eye. What about our coinage? Could there be any hidden esoteric or occult symbols in our common pocket change?
The new American State quarters introduced unique designs representing each of the 50 states. The face of the quarter is of course George Washington, America’s first president and our most famous mason. The reverse designs of the state quarters are pretty ordinary. However, one design strikes me as containing possible, albeit unintentional, esoteric significance.
The New Hampshire State Quarter has a curious design. It is a portrait of a rock formation called the Old Man of the Mountain. This formation on Mt. Cannon appeared as the face of a man when viewed from the east. In 1945 the “Old Man” was made New Hampshire ’s State Emblem. As the state emblem it’s easy to see why they used it for their state quarter. Unfortunately it crumbled in 2003 and no longer exists.
With the Old Man of the Mountain, what exactly are we looking at…only a tourist attraction? The Old Man is an example of pareidolia. Pareidolia is the process of perceiving recognizable shapes in random patterns, such as seeing faces or animals in clouds. We give symbolic meaning to randomness.
But what do we really see in the formation of the Old Man of the Mountain? Only the caricature of an old man? Out of a mountain peak emerges this gigantic, monstrous face. At first glance it appears to be an old man, but the profile actually looks quite monstrous: the heavy brow, the jutting jaw, and the cragginess. It looks more troll then human.
The Old Man of the Mountain could more represent a monster rather than a man, like the trolls and mountain giants of folklore. In folklore these giant nature spirits were said to turn into stone in the sunlight. The origin of trolls in myth may well have begun as people interpreted humanoid shaped rocks, assuming they once literally walked the earth.
Trolls and the fairy folk were used to explain strange natural events. Mighty whirlwinds could be explained away as the work of nature spirits hurling trees about. Of course, nonhuman entities never existed, or could they?
The most curious thing about the Old Man of the Mountain is not that it may represent a nonhuman being, but that it is actually associated with true events surrounding nonhuman entities.
On September 19, 1961 Betty and Barney Hill had an alien abduction, the first that was widely publicized. Their story was made into a movie, The UFO Incident. Just before their abduction, they saw a UFO hovering over the Old Man of the Mountain.
Here is the incident as described in Wikipedia:
“The Hills claimed that they continued driving on the isolated road, moving very slowly through Franconia Notch in order to observe the object as it came even closer. At one point the object passed above a restaurant and signal tower on top of Cannon Mountain. It passed over the mountain and came out near the 48′ profile of the Old Man of the Mountain (New Hampshire’s State Symbol). Betty testified that it was at least one and a half times the length of the granite profile and seemed to be rotating. The couple watched as the silent, lighted craft moved erratically and bounced back and forth in the night sky.”
In New Hampshire a historical marker was erected to commemorate the Betty and Barney Hill experience.
Their alien abduction experience may have been extraterrestrial. Or it may have been something else and not a physical manifestation. Betty and Barney Hill may have had an encounter with spiritual entities that appear in many forms. They may have had something like a shared, spontaneous shamanistic experience where they made contact with genuine nonhuman entities, but not necessarily extraterrestrial.
These entities are as old as mankind and are described in myth and legend. The Old Man of the Mountain may be more then just a symbolic representation of these entities, but may be an area where these entities actually dwell.
On the back of the one-dollar bill is a symbol that has intrigued people’s imaginations. It is the image of the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States, the famous pyramid with an eye above it. It is such an odd looking symbol, I am not surprised it has created speculation. Recently the symbol was used to promote the National Treasure movies and Dan Brown’s new book will be about similar topics.
Many people assume the image of the unfinished pyramid with the eye above is an occult symbol and is associated with secret organizations and the Masons in particular. As an example of what some see in this symbol, here is an image of the dollar’s National Seal where the points of the pyramid, when developed into a hexagon, aim at certain letters which create an anagram for the word MASON. That is an intriguing coincidence.
However, in reality there is nothing very mysterious about the National Seal. Its symbolism has been known from the beginning. The pyramid consists of thirteen layers, representing the original thirteen states. The pyramid is unfinished, which symbolizes the United States as an unfinished work-in-progress. The All-Seeing Eye above represents the Eye of Providence; suggesting God is watching over our nation and perhaps had a Hand in its continuing evolution.
Great Seal of the United States
If the All-Seeing Eye represents God, it does not represent any one belief or religion, but a vague theism. Most of the founding fathers were not religious dogmatists but viewed religion as having an equal place along side reason and enlightenment. Religion did not hold a special position above reason. This also fit in with the general viewpoint of the Masons. Individuals who held intolerant religious views often looked at the Masons as a threat to their beliefs. Those with dogmatic religious beliefs might see the idea of freethinking as dangerous. This seems to be the only occult significance of the All-Seeing Eye, that is can represent any deity we wish.
What is a curse? Cursing is profanity, usually uttered when something has upset us and we express our dissatisfaction verbally. When someone drives recklessly around us we often spontaneously express our displeasure with an epitaph no one will hear. We all have uttered a curse when something unpleasant surprises us.
The curse also has supernatural significance. The ability to literally bless or curse someone is a cornerstone of occult practice. The curse has a huge role in legend and folklore. The belief in curses also had tragic consequences in real life. There was a time when human beings were burned at the stake because the population believed they could be smitten by a curse. People explained away their misfortune by placing blame on a scapegoat…that person over there. Witch! Misfortune could not possibly be the result of random chance; there must be a cause, a source for their affliction. The idea that life was arbitrary was disconcerting. It was more comforting to believe a witch’s curse was responsible for a tragedy; it gave a sense of order to our lives where none really existed.
Humanity is far better off that the belief in curses has faded away. It was a truly destructive belief driven by ignorance and fear. Today the curse is considered to be only superstition.
However, there still exists a reality behind the supernatural curse. Here is a true story. She would never consider this to be a curse. She does not believe in such things. I interpret it differently.
I know a woman who was betrayed by her business partner a number of years ago. Her relationship with this business partner was informal but they worked together towards the same goal. She gave her partner her trust, sharing with the partner her knowledge, expertise and contacts. This partner eventually took advantage of her trust. When this partner knew everything she needed to know from her, the partner discarded her. The partner locked her out of the business which the partner legally owned. She felt a profound sense of personal betrayal. All her efforts were stolen from her. To say she was upset would be an understatement. She was livid, outraged, but the circumstances left her no recourse.
Deeply disillusioned and upset, she knew she had to move on from this experience. Yet, she held a grudge, a very deep and enduring grudge. Everyday she visualized that this person who betrayed her would slip outside their office and fall on her back…tumbling backwards with a terrible collapse. It occupied her mind. Everyday for months she visualized the same thing happening over and over, seeing this person drop on her back. In her mind’s eye it was as if she were personally witnessing it herself.
As the months went by she began to loose her preoccupation with what transpired. She moved on with her life. Around six months afterwards she met a former business acquaintance of both of them. The business acquaintance asked her if she heard what happened to her former colleague. She said no. He said two months after the partner and she parted company, this partner slipped on some gravel outside the entrance to the office and fell on her back. The partner broke her back. The partner ended up in the hospital for months in a body cast.
This event happened exactly as she visualized. She was shaken by this news. She did not know exactly what to make of it. She did not believe in God or the supernatural. It eventually led her towards a different viewpoint concerning spirituality. It inspired her to look at life in a different light. After this event she became convinced that there was more to life then we imagine, and she sought to find out what it was. It is ironic that this “curse” actually became a positive life-changing event for her. It opened her eyes.
What is a true curse? Examining the event she experienced, what she unknowingly practiced was another ancient practice. The Evil Eye. She had no conscious intent on cursing her former partner. But she wished on her partner a full measure of misfortune in a very intense, focused and personal way. She was exercising the technique of the evil eye without realizing it. The evil eye has as long a history. It was believed that the glare of the evil eye could cause all manner of illness and misfortune. Talismans were used to protect against the evil eye. The evil eye is an internalized curse. That is what makes the evil eye dangerous.
A verbal curse is satisfying and at the same time ineffective. After the act of verbalizing our displeasure, we feel much better and the bitterness goes away. We release our anger. That is the point of the verbal curse. We swear and go on with life.
The evil eye is a different story. The evil eye is inside our head. The evil eye dwells on our grievances. It is unspoken, unreleased visualized imagination and intent. This ties in with the Law of Attraction.
The law of attraction suggests that what we think, what we feel with conviction, feeling, and purpose will become reality. It is accepted that positive thoughts properly visualized will attract positive results in our lives. The law of attraction says the opposite is also true, that negative thoughts and feelings will bring negative consequences.
We can aim the law of attraction at others as well. Most people believe in the power of prayer. Outside of the religious aspect, to pray for someone involves the law of attraction. Prayers and blessings use the power of positive belief not for personal benefit, but for the benefit of others.
It is also possible to aim the power of negativity at another like a weapon. This is rarely practiced. It is the opposite of prayer. It is the curse, the evil eye. I think that is exactly what this betrayed lady unconsciously did. The law of attraction works regardless if we believe in it or not. Focused, intense harmful visualization really is the mind’s evil eye. Some people are more in touch with the law of attraction and can get serious results.
This is a cautionary story. Be careful with whom we mess around with. If we step on people on a regular basis, if we don’t care who we harm, one day we might run into someone who has the evil eye. Perhaps not every one of life’s misfortunes is random chance. I am sure the lady who had the broken back had no clue.