Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tony Scott: Divine Sacrifice of the King

by Loren Coleman ©2012

Was the suicide of Tony Scott an occult (as in hidden) ritual "Killing of the King"?

Thankfully, no new theater shootings occurred at the one month anniversary of the horror of the red dawn event of Colorado's Aurora. I said we should be aware of an event on August 19-20. Should we, perhaps, look to a less-than-obvious incident that occurred to bring a balance to the sychroncinematic cosmos?

I was saddened to hear on Monday of the self-death of movie director Tony Scott, who, without hesitation, is said to have leapt from a bridge tied to Hollywood into the Pacific Ocean. Other directors have died by suicide, but it is a rare death, indeed.

Note now how Tony Scott is being remembered. The Independent of London headlines him, "Cinema's King of Thrills." The IB Times uses the phrase, "The Blockbuster King." Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter tributes simply call him the "Director/Producer King." The man had a regal film legacy.

Did we just witness an unconscious sacrifice of a king?

Needless to say, you've heard of this ritual before. James Shelby Downard, William Grimstad, Adam Parfrey, and Michael Hoffman II brought this into our consciousness, and you have read me write of it in terms of the twilight language that surrounds us.
Downard is probably best known for his essay "King-Kill/33: Masonic Symbolism in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy," originally published by Adam Parfrey in the first edition of the book Apocalypse Culture, which speculates that the Freemasons were responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The essay was removed from the second edition of the book and replaced by another essay by Downard, "The Call to Chaos." Apocalypse Culture II contains another Downard essay, "America, The Possessed Corpse." Jim Keith, editor of yet another Feral House publication, Secret and Suppressed: Banned Ideas and Hidden History, included "Sorcery, Sex, Assassination," the original article of which King Kill/33 is an abridgement.
Human Sacrifice by Gaulish Druids 
in a Wicker Man ~ Magasin Pittoresque, 1833

Jim Brandon, writing even before "King-Kill/33" was published, was able to walk a wonderfully skeptical open-minded fence, as he passed along the following summary of Downard's "killing of the king" insights in Weird America in 1978:
Would you believe John F. Kennedy as a ceremonial king-who-must-die? I'm afraid there is a certain body of opinion, undoubtedly the farthest-out brain wave of assassinology yet, that maintains the killing was pulled off, not by the Russians, the Cubans, the CIA, or the Mafia, but by alchemists.
As I understand the hypothesis, President Kennedy was for some reason chosen as The King (remember "Camelot," "Macbird" and all that?) after the fashion of James G. Frazer and Mary Renault whose "The King Must Die" he had been given to read before his death. This killing of the king in Dallas was related somehow to the touching off of the world's first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site in New Mexico 18 years earlier. Apparently the Bomb was the "destruction of primordial matter" stage of the grand alchemical working, but these conspiracy buffs aren't much more specific on details than were the early alchemists in their recipes. Anyway, Kennedy represented the next stage of the process - the "Death of the White King" - when he was immolated on a trinity site of his own. For, aren't Dealey Plaza and the ill-famed Triple Underpass on the bank of the old Trinity River?
Could Tony Scott, being a king of cinema mayhem, have been sacrificed (by his own hand through suicide) to bring balance back into the universe in the wake of what happened in Aurora? Was he thinking about what kind of society his movies had created?

Look at the twilight language within Tony Scott's name.

The name Scott means "painted warrior" and originally issues from Old English to mean "Scotsman."

The name Anthony or Tony means "highly praiseworthy and priceless." The name comes directly from Antonius, a gens (an old Roman family name) linked to Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius, 82-30 BC), Roman triumvir (one of three rulers), a general who sat on the throne and aligned his political career with Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. Mark Antony claimed that his gens was descended from Anton, a son of Heracles ("divine glory," son of Zeus, also Roman Hercules). Mark Antony's triumvirate broke up in 33 BC.

Marcus Antonius - above - (on August 1st) and Cleopatra - below - (on August 12th) both died by suicide in August 30 BC.

In many historical societies, the position of kingship carries a sacral meaning, that is, it is identical with that of a high priest and of judge. The concept of theocracy is related, although a sacred king need not necessarily rule through his religious authority; rather, the temporal position itself has a religious significance…The king might…be designated to suffer and atone for his people, meaning that the sacral king could be the pre-ordained victim of a human sacrifice, either regularly killed at the end of his term in the position, or sacrificed in times of crisis.

How violent were Tony Scott's films? He began his tent pole movies with the bloody Hunger, about vampires. How much of the burden of our mayhem-driven culture did Scott feel on his soul and shoulders?

Early rumors were planted out there of Tony Scott having brain cancer. These were false rumors to "explain away" Tony Scott's suicide. His family said there was no brain cancer, no cancer. Why would someone float fake explanations? Law enforcement sources said that several notes Scott left do not speak of any health problems or offer solid clues about why he jumped.

Was the reality behind his suicide more about his legacy, some considerations in his own conceptualizations of what he wrought?

None of us will ever know.

You will be judge of what he directed and produced. But do so with care. Sometimes things happen without easy explanations, and suicide is one of the major baffling mysteries of our time. Still, I present this notion of the "divine self-sacrifice of the king" as a possible thought that could occasionally come into the mind of a director of violent movies.

BTW, was there a "queen" to Tony Scott's "king"? The other mystery death in the wake of Aurora is of the Irish nurse who tried to save the lives of Aurora's shooting victims.
Victim identified in West Okoboji drowning
Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:30
On Tuesday, August 7, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a drowning on West Lake Okoboji. An investigation found that Jennifer Galagher, age 46, from Denver, Colorado, had been swimming the previous night in West Lake. On Tuesday morning, Galagher [sic - misspelled] was reported missing by family.
A short time later, a family member located Galagher underneath a nearby dock. Medical personnel responded and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her correct name is Jennifer "Jenny" Gallagher.  Jennifer is a female name of Welsh origin, meaning "fair and smooth," from Gwenhwyfar, which also can mean "white waves." It is a variant of Guinevere, who in the Arthurian tales was Arthur's Queen!

The meaning of Gallagher is "foreign helper," due to how that clan's members were the collaborators of the Norsemen invading their homeland.

Journalist Andrew Griffin of Red Dirt Report noted "I knew I had heard 'Lake Okoboji' before on The X-Files. It is in the episode 'Conduit.' In the episode it was spelled Lake Okobogee but it was meant to be the same lake in Iowa, from what I understand. West Lake Okoboji is where Jenny Gallagher, the Aurora massacre nurse, drowned."

Gallagher was found dead on August 7, 2012, in that lake in Dickson County, Iowa, about 700 miles from her home town of Denver by car, where she was "on vacation."

Tony Scott was found dead in the ocean, beneath the Vincent Thomas Bridge off San Pedro, California.

An image from the prologue of Prometheus, in which one of the extraterrestrial Engineers sacrifices himself, by drowning, in order to allow his DNA to plant the seeds of life on Earth.

A drowning in a lake. A jumping into the sea. The occult element of water is being thrown onto the fire of the Aurora fiery red dawn. Maybe it all means something. Or nothing.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you." ~ Matthew 7: 1-2.
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven." ~ Luke 6: 37.
The metaphor of the unseen (occult) push. 

“I make a movie because it's 
something that inspires me.” 
~ Tony Scott

List of Tony Scott’s feature films 
(as director and/or producer):
  • The Hunger (1983)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
  • Revenge (1990)
  • Days of Thunder (1990)
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991)
  • True Romance (1993)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • The Fan (1996)
  • Enemy of the State (1998)
  • Spy Game (2001)
  • Man on Fire (2004)
  • Domino (2005)
  • Déjà Vu (2006)
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
  • The A-Team (2010)
  • Unstoppable (2010)
  • Prometheus (2012)
  • Coma (2012)
  • Killing Lincoln (2013)
  • Ion (2013)
  • Prometheus 2 (future)
  • Emma's War (future)
  • The Hunger (1 episode in 1997 and 1 in 1999)
  • AFP: American Fighter Pilot, Executive producer (2002)
  • Numb3rs, Executive producer (2009 to 2010)
  • The Good Wife, Executive producer (2009–2012)
  • Gettysburg, Executive producer (2011)
  • Labyrinth, Executive producer (2012)
Short films:
  • Loving Memory (1969)
  • One of the Missing (1971)
  • The Hire: Beat the Devil (2002)
  • Agent Orange (2004)
Music videos:
  • "Danger Zone" – Kenny Loggins (1986)
  • "One More Try" – George Michael (1988)
  • DIM Underwear (1979)
  • Player, Achievements and Big Bang for Barclays Bank (2000)
  • Telecom Italia (2000) (Starring Marlon Brando and Woody Allen)
  • Ice Soldier for US Army (2002)
  • One Man, One Land for Marlboro (2003)

Sources for this list 1, 2, 3.

(NY: Simon and Schuster, 2004)


Eleleth ר ק D said...

Fantastic. In my take on the Aurora shooting, I bring up the very important point that in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Heath Ledger's character, named Tony, is found as the Hanged Man (the card of Sacrifice) under a bridge.

And yes, we see the man acting as an atonement for the death of the girl. The "Drowned Girl" is the perennial Persephone-Sophia motif (Spirit falling under the bondage of the waters of Chaos), which was synchronously decoded in a previous post. The Joker connection links back to the Black Dahlia.

Anonymous said...

Last evening Syfy Alphas aired a new show involving a crying out, "I'm drowning" brought on by a frequency or hidden phenomenon. Affecting the Alphas to either manifest someone from the dead of do bodily harm to themselves - drowning.

Mark said...

This might be too silly to mention but in the community where I grew up--I don't know about around the world--but when we were kids every parent in the neighborhood discouraged copycat behavior by snarkily saying, "If HE/SHE jumped off a bridge would YOU jump off a bridge?"

I don't know the origin of the phrase, but it must have resonance because I mentioned this in a store this morning and everyone laughed and said they thought the same thing.

Alan Abbadessa-Green said...

“The king in the sea swims and cries with a loud voice: Whoever catches and rescues me, to him will I give a great reward.”

Eugene said...

Kybele and Attis.
Attis kills himself under the evergreen tree.
Kybele, his mother and lover, finds him and weeps.
Her tears bring Spring to life.

"No man may take my life, I lay it down and pick it back up again." - Jesus

Simon Peter - called "Satan", told he would be carried there by others, he is carried there and crucified up-side down on a dead tree, he is the foundation of the fishing for men kingdom, he is "obediently disobedient". Rome is his witness.

Jesus Chrestos - one "Simon" carries the cross-beam, again dead tree, for him, others try him, others nail him, others spear him, others bury him, he is the mis-director of the blind and deaf. Christendumb is his witness, all saying "christ".

Judas - called "Satan", the only one called "friend" by Jesus, hangs himself on a living tree, he is "disobediently obedient".

Only the last fulfills "no man may take my life, I lay it down and I pick it back up again.".

Three card Monte-Christo has puffered the entire world, the world of bubble-boy, guy faux everywhere, into its own alchemical death.

Tony is Y-not, such is the Pythagorean Y. "A wiseman once said if you see a fork in the road .. take it."

Judas has the faith to jump. Why? He knows that he has the power to anamnesis from any sleep, any death, any legal fiction, or so called Mother. Such will be heroic fury needed to expel the Triumphant Beast.


Frank said...

This is what occurred to me re Jenny Gallagher <a href="http://merovee.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/aurora-the-joker-and-the-nurse/>Aurora, The Joker And The Nurse</a> .

It seems all the recent synchronistic events are tied up with British film directors . Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, Christopher Nolan and Batman, and the Olympics with Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) .

And the Wicker Man image reminds me of the Olympic cauldron !

Cheers Frank

Eleleth ר ק D said...

That first link should rather go to this post, but the damage has been done. Eugene correctly points out the identity of the Sacrificial King with the Great Sorcerer; the Wizard and omnipotent movie director as demiurgic Hierophant. The Pope as Antichrist discloses the Truth, but in an inverted form.

Mark: I heard it was jumping off a cliff.

Frank said...

Sorry the link didn't work properly . I'll try again . God knows why Blogger makes it so complicated to link .

If it doesn't work this time, I give up .

Aurora, The Joker And The Nurse .

Red Pill Junkie said...

Hunger was based on Whitley Strieber's novel. Many believe his early fiction was unconsciously fueled by his life-long encounters with the Visitors.

Anonymous said...

In the magnum opus we are missing the xanthan, yellow, between the albedo king and rubedo dawn. What could that be?

Liberty Bell said...

Provocative post, as usual! If Tony Scott is the sacred king, who is the "tanist"? http://curveofbell.blogspot.com/2012/08/tony-scott-etc.html

Anonymous said...

Tony Scott was connected to the Cruise/Kidman union through Days of Thunder.

Stanley Kubrick was connected to the Cruise/Kidman union in Eyes wide shut.

With paranoid Cruise going through a divorce AGAIN,secrets must be hushed AGAIN,and maybe Tony met the ghost of L Ron H.

Anonymous said...

Just in: Cruise Finalizes divorce and also spent time with Tony Scott in his last days. Weird.

Jaxx said...

So you would compare Tony Scott to John F. Kennedy? Geez, kings aren't what they used to be.

No offense to Mr. Scott, who seemed like a nice enough man and certainly made some popular movies, but I seriously doubt that anyone saw the archetype of King in the guy who directed Beverly Hills Cop 2.

Also the killing of the divine king is just that-- a killing, not a suicide. The reason it's a killing is to insure continuity of kingship and the health of society-- the person who kills the king becomes the king (The king is dead, long live the king). Suicide would defeat the purpose.

Also, the king is killed either at his apex or just as his powers start to wane, again for reasons already stated. Scott's glory days were well behind him (as a director anyway), so it doesn't really make sense.

Devil's in the details baby.

Loren Coleman said...

Okay, Jaxx, of course, I see your point and I am indeed interested in the details.

So you are saying you knew JFK, and Tony Scott was no JFK. Well, that's in the eye of the beholder and that's why I framed how Mr. Scott is viewed in contemporary popular. Plus, there is the detail of his name that marks him with a harmonic labeling of a leader.

As to suicide vs homicide, I've already been down this road on this blog concerning the thin line between and internal/external nature of these two.

Suicide is the murder of self, and I don't even need to get into the falsehood of some mystery suicides to speculate in this direction.

Alan Abbadessa-Green said...


I have been working on a book called "Suicide Kings" for a year now with the idea that the line between suicide and regicide is a thin one (as Loren also notes).

I would also suggest you refer to Frazer's Golden Bough:

"The king has a wooden scaffolding made, spread over with silken hangings: and on that day he goes to bathe at a tank with great ceremonies and sound of music, after that he comes to the idol and prays to it, and mounts on to the scaffolding, and there before all the people he takes some very sharp knives, and begins to cut off his nose, and then his ears, and his lips, and all his members, and as much flesh off himself as he can; and he throws it away very hurriedly until so much of his blood is spilled that he begins to faint, and then he cuts his throat himself. And he performs this sacrifice to the idol, and whoever desires to reign another twelve years and undertake this martyrdom for love of the idol, has to be present looking on at this: and from that place they raise him up as king."

Loren Coleman said...

"in contemporary popular"

Should be "in contemporary popular culture."

Anonymous said...

Really interesting stuff. Just by "chance" I noted today that Marc Anthony (actor) starred in Man on Fire.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to flesh out the context of my "chance" noticing of Marc Anthony in Man on Fire.

I was looking at the Anders Breivik "sane verdict" news today & noticed a linked item was the Man on Fire story from May:

Man on fire at Breivik trial

Breivik is 33.

I had read your blog earlier same day & noted that Man on Fire was a Scott movie. I looked and noticed Marc Anthony.

Norway is big in the news today as a mysterous package is being opened.

Thought I'd leave this with you, Loren....

Anonymous said...

Just one final thing regarding Man on Fire/Scott/Norway links...The village where the mysterious package is being opened has some bizarre connection to Scottish Mercenaries:
"The package will be opened in Otta, the municipality’s administrative capital, at a time when the town is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Kringen.

In 1612, farmers in the picturesque Gudbrandsdal valley successfully fought off a band of Scottish mercenary soldiers as war raged between Sweden and a joint Danish-Norwegian army.

The fact that Nygaard sealed the package as the region marked the 300th anniversary of that battle could provide a clue as to what’s inside."