The list author says: "At this time it might be advantageous to provide some sort of preliminary description for this list. It’s been quite a long time since I first started this list and I’ve never really gathered my thoughts together on this subject well enough to provide a comprehensive analysis. What I can provide are some basic insights into the main themes that repeat themselves in various ways and share a commonality that is inherent to them all. Understanding these themes will undoubtedly help the reader achieve some sort of rational comprehension of what’s going on here.
Some of the main themes:
1. The Earth-Moon matrix and the Valley of Death. 2. Escape of the Divine Feminine. 3. Sacrifice of the Divine Masculine.
It’s not that these themes are new. It’s their arrangement in relation to one another, producing a new field of experience, that distinguishes them from classical, romantic, and most modern myths. In addition to the ones above, here are a few minor themes:
1. The theme of war and division in relation to the completion of a time cycle: the end. 2. Tepidness in spirit. 3. The ahrimanic double, zombie correlation. 4. The Moon Witch and her illusionary nature.
Please refer to my Amazon "Guide" for a more comprehensive analysis on the Laodicea Mythos."
"Moonlike death forces of a fallen satellite brings about a culmination of evil on earth. It's everyone for themselves in a battle against evil where goodness is strangely absent. Just the poor, the blind, the naked."
"There's a 'Night of the Living Dead' feel to this movie, which makes it an ideal selection for this list. In this case it's the re-union of two canaries (Earth and Moon) in a pet store that coincides with the awakening of evil on the earth. A sort of War of All Against All ensues. The mythological "7th Age" falls under the sign of Capricorn, characterized by the taming of animal forces."
"Two characters (Jules and Butch) transform the lukewarmth of nihilism into something dramatic and powerful. Jules becomes "the good shepherd," and Butch risks his life to save his enemy from two hillbilly zombies. Here we see Laodicea's two pronged moral objective: of shepherding the weak out of the Valley of Darkness (Ezekiel 25:17) and the "furious anger" of Jehovah."
"There's an element of comedy in all diabolic horror. The Jack Nicholson character comedically sinks into the horrific soul forces reincarnated within him, forces connected to the ghostly doppelganger where the hotel sits and breaths the magnetic nature of the Colorado Rockies. Ghosts manifest from thin air but also the karmic blood of our fierce pioneering past."
"You may also try reading the novel by James Dickie, on which the movie is based. He's the Sheriff you see at the end, a sort of Archonic time figure halfway between the civilized people of Aintree and the "backward" hellbilly communities rotting in the remote hill country. All he wants is for Aintree "to die peacefull" and let the waters of time, the Abyss engulf it. The 7th Angel."
"A gritty western set in the cultural wasteland following the break-up of the Confederacy. Metallica used to play Morricone's 'Ecstasy of Gold' before their concerts, where Tuco is running through the Laodecian graveyard searching for Arch Stanton's grave where the gold (manas) is suppossed to be hidden. Not there Tucco. Judas gives him his share and rides off into the sunset."
"Beautifully horrifying scenes show the evil aftermath of an ancient society, long ago abandoned. Separation into Higher Worlds leaves what's left behind all the more desolate and barren. All that's left are pods occupying the cavernous space below the physical moon-earth. The pods hatch spider-like creatures possessing extreme hive-like intelligence and no conscience whatsoever."
"These New Jersey slayers arrived on the punk scene when punkers were cross dressing, and drinking urine off the floor of The Masque, and Joan Jett was serving pissicles at her apartment. The scene had descended into complete decadence. Then came the Misfits, Black Flag, the LAPD and skinheads from HB, setting the stage for a mini Armageddon. Drinking pee and crossdressing vanished."
"Sometimes the best movies are those that are most difficult for the viewer to watch and enjoy, and that's certainly the case with this movie. It's not easy feeling sympathy for Jake LaMotta, about whome this movie was made. The guy was a brute. The 7th Age is defined as a 'culture of will' that has no place in Christ's body (Atma), for He spews them from His mouth until they repent and see."
"No Wagnerian heroes here. Just the classic antihero Captain Benjamin L. Willard and his descent into our corrupted Will Forces; thieving victor over the Luciferic Guardian (Colonal Kilgore: Death From the Air); and the samurai slayer of the Ahrimanic Guardian (Colonel Kurtz: Death from the Ground). The END is a frightening place of death where Willard slays Kurtz--upriver in the 7th Age."
"Henry and Black Flag combine the selfless discipline of Christian monks with the zeitgeist of Charles Manson. Great discipline like this is capable of rising above great degrees of poverty and suffering, brutally displayed in this book. Great suffering is also the cauldron of great art, and that alone was capable of exorcising the psychopathic element of 80s hardcore punk. BEHOLD, I STAND."
"Dawning a mowhawk and a private arsenal, Travis breaks the spell of lukewarm complacency by turning to vigilantism. Batman-like overtones of ahrimanic spirituality are prevalent in his ingenious utilization gadgetry, marksmanship and Nietzschean discipline over the physical body. In this way he overcomes luciferic-ahrimanic elements of the city imprisoning a girl (Sophia Prunikos) in sex slavery."
"A gothic mood, a criminal civilization at war with itself, an Initiate dark prince, ahrimanic spirituality. Batman "grows" mechanical contraptions out of himself like a plant grows leaves and stems. The morphological quality of the etheric body reaches a plant-like level of refinement that allows for the internalization of mechanisms in the outer sheaths while leaving the inner sheaths pure."
"Themepark motifs fit very well into the Laodicean mythos. Laodicea stands at an age when all the progressive principles of the Post Atleantean Epoch have exhausted themselves and left unredeamed humankind barren--"naked". All that's left to occupy are old astral forms leftover from past ages and revitalized through the use of technologies like those used in Westworld."
"Indeed LSD did accelerate Manson's soul into the apocalyptic realm, but too soon and too strongly. As a result of pseudo-morphosis he forsaw and misinterpretted what was to transpire in the 7th Laodicean age. Helter Skelter is a premature birth, as this book shows."
"No one better exemplies the American Doppelganger. John Wayne powerfully portrays an old-school, bitter, Texas cattleman. At one point Wayne starts shooting any of his herdsman who desert the cattle drive they're making to Kansas. The men mutiny and join forces with Wayne's adoped son, Matthew. Whichever way, Wayne or Matthew, it's all about getting the herd to the slaughter."
"The same pioneering Group Soul that hacked its forest to pieces one generation before Kurt, still possessed the necessary Will-forces in the 1990s to take Rock n'Roll into the Final Act, creating music out of the raw, volcanic, seismic mountain range hovering inthe background of this documentary. Grunge completed the forty year cycle starting with Elvis's coal pick and ending with Kurt's chainsaw."
"Gregory Peck plays a sea captain of the Pequod seeking a murderous white whale that devours men alive. The crew descends into primitivism because, apparently, it's this sort of manic intensity that is necessary for their mission of exterminating Moby Dick. You've got to 'descend to hell to kill the devil' rational. The whale dies but so too the crew, save one. The Church of Laodicea."
"One absorbs or assimilates a soul when one belongs to a community of Intuition. Communicating is comparable to eating in that regard. Dahmer's canibalism is a diabolic reversal of this "spiritual consumption" in the age of will where egoism rages. Christ tells Laodicea, "If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me." (Rev 3:20)"
"When the folk spirit of Laodicea (Homer) turns to evil (Hud) and exploits sub-nature forces for egotistical purposes (oil), the Divine Female principle (Alma) escapes into Spiritland: evoking forces of the Inner Earth. Laodicea is destroyed like Old Texas is destroyed in this movie, from a heart attack of the soul. Geological catastrophes annihilate the 7th age. Hud is a walking earthquake."
"Rob is a long time occultist, and his portrayal of Mansonian hellbilly culture is masterfull. We see half-formed impulses of Zombie's "evil race" in Manson himself; artistically within characters such as Ahab, Hud, Dunson, Jack Torrance; the Rednecks in Night of the Living Dead, Deliverance, and Pulp Fiction. Tremendous good and tremendous evil exist in seed form within the South, yet to awaken."
"Sheriff Bill Daggett warns any gunslinger riding into town to collect the WHOREHOUSE bounty, "There ain't no whore's gold in Big Whisky!" Sheriff (Luciferic Group Soul) is building his own HOUSE in stellar Laodicea, while Delilah (Sophia Prunikos) waits in destitution for her Savior. He comes riding a Pale Horse (Death), and thereby redeams her fallen physical substance."
"Again, the lower Sophia (Sophia Prunikos) has expired, this time due to murder. In Shawshank Redemption her ressurected spirit is relegated to Andy's jail cell wall--as a poster. Her heavenly image inspires him with HOPE and the power to dissolve away his drab little cage. Laodicea needs hope to remember eternal places that aren't made out of stone and that can't be touched. That's yours."
"You could regard this as another zombie flick, and in that case Nurse Ratched forms the perfect picture of fallen Moon forces that keep the patients in a rigid, somnambulistic dream state. The Chief alone escapes their Laodicean graveyard, following in the footsteps of Jules (Pulp F.), Lonnie (Hud), Andy (Shawshank), Danny (Shining), Ishmael (Moby Dick)."
"A special classification is reserved for characters who renounce Escape. In a Christ-like act of self sacrifice, Luke stays behind for the sake of his fellow Laodiceans, shackled to ruthless routine. His torture and death becomes a fountain of inspiration similar in spirit to the sacrifice of R.P. McMurphy (One Flew) or Andy Dufresne (Shawshank); in another sense: Butch (Pulp F), Travis (Taxi D)"
"Little by little a group of Swedish immigrants descend out of the clouds of their simplistic myth world, and accustom themselves ever so gradually to the real, all too real world of transitory nature. No church enters more deeply into the transitory nature of physical matter than The Church Laodicea--at the expense of squeezing the life blood from poor Kristina (Spiritual Nature personified)."
"The lower Sophia (Willa) is cast into the Abyss and her children are left destitute and homeless. To escape her killer, the two "pretty children" travel by boat through an enchanted Moon Sphere. At the river's end is the redeamed Sophia (Ms. Cooper). The Sophic Sun-illumined Moon sphere has been redeamed of its lowly passions and shines out to all those below who have become "poor in spirit.""
"The Valley of Death is the space between the Earth and Moon spheres. In our mythos this space closes and the Earth and Moon unite. See the valley(#10, #26-New Land), the desert (#6), the planetoid (#7), the FORBIDDEN ZONE (#28). Combined with the death of the female astronaut, the great war, and the evil simian race, Planet of the Apes fits perfectly into our myth structure."
"This and The Shining are haunted house movies centered on Indian burial grounds; ax-wielding fathers lose minds, crash down door; oozing karmic blood; dead child "shine" with living child. Kathy becomes old woman; parallels Wendy and the "crazy lady" in room 237. But unlike Jack Torrance, George Lutz breaks free. Awakening at 3:15 AM (see REV 3:15), he frees his family from Satan’s clutch."
"Again we enter the Valley of Death in discourse 67 where Zarathustra encounters the ‘ugliest man’. Although hideous, the man evokes Zarathustra’s admiration. The Laodicean knows that man is something that must be surpassed--a stepping stone to the superman. It's his shadowy, cavelike conceptions of man and superman that dooms him ultimately to the Valley (the spider brood: the Earth-Moon matrix)."
"Laodicea is the “last in line” behind Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia. No church enters more deeply into the transitory nature of physical matter than Laodicea; in the hope of an even greater ascent that makes their fall worth the pain. Ascent means mastering the illusionary nature of The Witch, THROUGH INTUITION. (The hand that writes and quickly moves away.)"
"An odd twist on our mythos by the writer of Hud. Rather than escape the drudgery of Laodicea along with his peers, the main character unites with it. Continuing his romantic involvement with an old woman, Sonny stays put, not out of self sacrifice or heroism but because he is too weak to leave. See #4 (Jack and the old lady in room 237), #29 (George and his wife, transformed into old woman)."
"The pod people are brilliant artistic images of the ahrimanic double, crucial in our mythos. Spiritually neither hot nor cold, and resembling emotionless zombies, they are parasitic life forms requiring human hosts for survival. See the face hugger and pods (#7), the robots (#14, #7). Laodicea descends the furthest and thus plunges most deeply into the Mephistophelean kingdoms."
"As the song goes, "To hell with love!" The Laodicea Mythos is the antithesis of the love story, whether we're referring to the brotherly love of Philadelphia or the Faustian love of young Werther; or the French concept of amore. Other themes include the death and corruption of the feminine, the wasteland theme, moral annihilation, geologic catastrophe, and tepidness of spirit."
"Travis searches the deserts of Laodicea for the divine holy Sophia, but finds nothing but a vacant wasteland stretching into infinity. Goddess Natura is dead. Travis must return to this day and time to solve the riddle of her absence and what he did to drive her away."
"Nicholson plays a Seattle version of Hud, Robert Dupea, a classic “wayward son” character who drifts about the country, fighting, philandering, boozing, rather than fulfill his higher destiny by becoming a musician. His ‘outsider’ nature is indicative of our Mythos when it is drawn into connection with his dying father (the mother is already dead) and the two Sophia’s (Rayette and Catherine)."