Crushing (after Cursing with) the Serpent’s Head

Foot About to Heel the Serpent’s Head / acrylic on raw canvas / 14″x11″ / 10-24-2018 / C.E.
(Beginning; origin)

GENESIS 3:14-15

God said to the serpent, “Because you did this, cursed are you more than all the livestock and all the wild beasts. On your belly you shall crawl, and dust you shall eat, all the days of your life. I will plant hatred between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike you in the head, and you will strike him in the heel

As barely captured in this photo at the bottom left, I failed to notice the serpent head hiding in plain sight when I was up on the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in November 2017. However, I was unaware of any Pope Audience Hall at this time, let alone what it represents, and so would not have been looking for it

The Living Torah translation

IT’S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT THE POPE VI (6) AUDIENCE HALL in Vatican City is designed as a serpent head. The reason this is little known is probably because it is not advertised as such: for why, in all holy logic, would the Holy See construct a speaking hall in 1971 after the creature which initiated “original sin“, causing the Fall of itself and humanity, and who is portrayed as the enemy of Jesus (the classic savior of humanity) and everything “Holy”? Though at first it is easy to miss the cunning beast hiding in plain sight, photos of the building around the World Wide Web plainly reveal the origin of the inspiration for this auditorium:

Because snakes are coldblooded, they need heat in order to survive, often basking in the sun for this reason. Intriguingly, the roof scales of this Papal building are made of thousands of solar panels (alternatively, according to wikipedia, 2,400 photovolatic panels). These solar scales were put on during the reign of “green pope” (eggs) Benedict XVI (sans ham). Though “green” is assumed to represent environmentalism, it is also the stereotypical snake color. Image: wakingtimes.com
Between the fangs is where the Pope speaks from within the serpent’s mouth. Image: steemit.com
This hall can consume seat 6,300 people. Image: collectiveevolution.com

But waitwhat’s that betwixt and between the serpent’s fangs?

Image: nowtheendbegins.com

Holy $%*! is that The Devil himself exploding out of the depths of Hades from behind Pope (eggs) Benedict XVI? Until I actually read about the massive 66″×23″×10″ sculpture, unveiled in 1977 and titled “Resurrection“, I could not figure out why there was a dinosaur/viper-headed human figure with demonic wings rising out an atomic fecal explosion. I failed to see that it is a double image of Jesus and the Devil–as most people who attend shows there probably fail to see as well. However, whereas I first saw Satan, most people (are conditioned to) see Jesus. Just as how you aren’t supposed to know that it’s the Serpent in disguise (wolf in sheep’s clothing), you aren’t supposed to know that the Serpent is there hiding under its own nose. However: Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened upon eating the forbidden fruit, after which they were to know Good AND Evil. Those who only see one side of the equation, who do not see both the conscious and unconscious, who take what is being shown at (half) face value, aren’t yet in the know. So is it Jesus or is it Satan?

Never in 2000+ years has Jesus’ “hair” been depicted like that. The silver lining: If this doesn’t scare you on Halloween, then probably nothing will. Image (detail): italymagazine.com

This isn’t the first time a Church building was designed upon suspicious origins: St. Peter’s Basilica–the first and largest Christian Church in the world–is built over the tomb of the apostle Simon Peter, who was martyred (murdered) on (according to this site) October 13th, 64 A.D. by the Roman Emperor Nero. Peter’s “sacred corpse” along with Paul’s beheaded one were trophies of those who laid the foundations of this church” (biblehub.com). In other words: the foundation (rock) of the largest Church in the world was first built upon trophy corpses (how holy!). Most significantly, it was Peter who was ritually given the “keys to the kingdom” by Jesus, as narrated in Matthew 16:19:

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” –NASB

Delivery of the Keys / Pietro Perugino / 1481-1482 / Fresco / Sistine Chapel. Image: wikipedia

Upon Peter’s (upside down) crucifixion, these “keys” were then assimilated (stolen) by the powers of Rome. The Roman Catholic Church was created, and their designated Pope became the wielder of the “keys”. The Papal insignia depicts the keys under the reign of the tiara (crown) of the Pope.

In marble rock: Silver and gold keys to the kingdom under the Papal tiara, over an eagle, on the floor of St. Peter’s Basilica. Side note: Though I am no etymologist, I couldn’t help but notice the resonance between the word basilica and basilisk–the latter being a legendary type of snake beast whose eyes kill anyone who looks into them

Just before Peter (from petros, meaning “stone” or “rock”), was given the keys, Jesus designated Peter as the “rock” upon which his “church” will be built:

“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” –Matthew 16:18 NASB

Gates of Hades? A four-poster grave upon the rock of the tomb: St. Peter’s Baldachin, featuring Solomonic columns decorated by swarming bees, under which St. Peter is allegedly buried. Ritual tomb sites for the resurrection of the Egyptian god Osiris also featured pillared structures (ancient-origins.net)
Mercury, a messenger of God, wielded a Caduceus: a staff with two twining serpents. Mercury Flying / Jean de Bologne / Bronze / 1608 / Louvre

As with all things occult and clothed in symbolism, there will be a multiplicity of interpretations to explain what the keys actually represent. A one-among-many interpretation I offer is that these dual keys are analogous to the dual serpents of the Caduceus, who twine up a staff in a DNA-like form, culminating in a winged disc. This form is also a code representing the knowledge of the mysteries creation–hence, being able to “bind” (set in stone) on earth things which will be “bound” (set in motion) in heaven, and vice versa. Having the caduceus or the keys in this sense is sort of like how those in the 1999 movie The Matrix who can read, manipulate, and/or write the codes which program perceived “reality” can also read, manipulate, and/or write that “perceived” reality. However, the morality regarding the use of these decoding, hacking, and programming abilities is up for debate. “The Force ” in Star Wars is neutral; it is how you use that power (knowledge and gnosis) that matters.

Twined stone serpents found in Iran and dated to 300 B.C., now on display at the Louvre

The nature of a key is that it locks and unlocks some type of enclosed object (i.e. chest) or door (gate). Having the “keys to the kingdom” represents possessing the power and authority to unlock the gates of Heaven, behind which is the everlasting kingdom of eternal life–something which the alchemists sought to (re)create and understand through the creation of the “Philosopher’s Stone” (i.e. knowledge rock). In the Garden of Eden (where Adam and Eve enjoyed eternal life), there were two special trees: The Tree of Knowledge (Good and Evil), and the Tree of (Eternal) Life. After Eve and Adam ate from the former–upon the suggestion of one serpent–hey were sentenced to and eventual death, and the Tree of Eternal Life became guarded by two fiery, sword bearing cherubim. None of their descendants would be able to eat from this Tree or return to the Garden–or so it was written.

God said, “Man has now become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now he must be prevented from putting forth his hand and also taking from the Tree of Life. He [can] eat it and live forever!” God banished [man] from the Garden of Eden, to work the ground from which he is taken. He drove away the man, and stationed the cherubim with the revolving sword blade to guard the path of the Tree of Life. –Genesis 3:22-24 The Living Torah translation

Dinner is served: Are these two serpents representatives of the two cherubim who zealously guard the Tree of Life (here represented by its seed, the pine cone)? This Roman wall fresco, predating the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, was very recently uncovered amidst the ashen ruins of Pompeii. Image: ancient-origins.net
The serpents have turned to peacocks! The Vatican courtyard features this 11 ft tall pine cone fountain flanked by two bronze peacocks. I wrote about this fountain of life, the significance of the pine cone, and other related things here. Image: bibliotecapleyades.net
This Italian ceramic vase from 1600 features a depiction of Exodus 17, in which Moses is instructed by God to strike a rock, out of which flows a fountain of water to drink. As an art piece, the ceramic is the rock which holds the water, and its surface (reflection) tells the story in images. (Photo taken at the Seattle Art Museum on 8-18-18)
The other side of the double-handled vase features a double-headed eagle, among other curiosities

And now to draw the curtain back for the recent present show: Beginning 10-12-2018 a “migrant caravan” began snowballing up from Honduras, Central America towards the United States, as if for some Promised Land. At that date, I just happened to be about half way through reading a translation of Exodus. This “coincidental” overlapping of (my) inner and outer world(s) was as if a thematically-similar but pragmatically different version of the story I was reading was jumping off the page, coming to life in present time. Although this movement of people–which is, as of writing, still on the march–is clearly unrelated to the Old Testament Exodus, on a basic level it is a mass migration of people who are being driven (by who or what, I cannot claim to know) to seek a better life for themselves (i.e. the “American Dream” bbc.com). Until that dream manifests, what is being currently dreamt up appears more nightmarish rather than hopeful, as the politically-motivated climate is becoming more and more hostile. Whether this movement is being relegated by God or lesser (human) gods pulling strings, the state(s) of Promise Land America is up for election. Practically speaking, the possibilities and probabilities don’t look too redemptive on either side of the border. If there is redemption to be found, perhaps the other side of that vase offers a clue towards that end.

The Tree of Life of Kabbalah featuring the 11th hidden sphere Daath (aka Da’at). Image: chasingthearkofgod.com

The rabbit wormhole goes deeper: on Saturday (the Sabbath, 7th day of creation, and God’s day of rest), 10-27-2018, 11 people were reportedly killed when a gunman wielding an AR-15 opened fire during a worship service at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After Eve and Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge, they were sentenced to death and barred from reaching the Tree of Life. In terms of Genesis, this was future humanity’s first tragedy. In Kabbalah–a form of esoteric Jewish mysticism–the Tree of Life is depicted as a diagram (shown left), upon which grows 10 forces of creation (Sefirot). In addition to these 10, there is sometimes shown an 11th “invisible” one labeled Daath, which can be understood to represent the “doorway to knowledge” (chasingthearkofgod.com). It could also be “the last conscious power of intellect in Creation” (inner.org). All of these elements from stories and knowledge from ancient times connect into the present and can be clues (keys) to the codes which are governing world events. As the hidden nature of Da’at denotes: things are not always as they appear. 

And finally for the Halloween showdown: The U.S. has been having a witches-casting-curses revival (at least since 2017), which (witch) is being aimed at (according to this Yahoo report) “the patriarchy”. Sadly, these fancy-dressed meddlers in elementary school level magic who parade as activists for human (namely, female) rights are just throwing more fuel into the toxic cauldron of hate they claim to be dousing with spells. (But hey, at least they have their props and costumes ready to go for Halloween). No matter: To trump it all off, on Sunday (Christian’s day of worship), 10-28-2018 (the day after the Tree of Life tragedy), U.S. President Trump demonstrated some spell-casting of his own when at an early White House Halloween event he brandished a toy serpent staff, asking aloud “Do you know what I am doing?” We infer that Eve did not know what the serpent was doing. Though Trump doesn’t verbally answer the question, it is reported that he was “cursing” the “fake news media“.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump, wearing a green-patterned tie reminiscent of snake scales (so unlike his usual bright-red serpent-tongue tie) brandishes a plastic cobra staff over one eye as he “curses” “fake news”. The Old Testament has several stories regarding serpents and staffs. Trump (albeit politely) took this staff from a child dressed as an Egyptian (who in Moses’ time were the oppressors of the Hebrews). In the New Testament, Jesus stated:  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NIV) and also, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:23 NIV). A little girl holds up a package of Twizzlers, the candy which would best represent entwined serpents. But is it American?!?!? Image: dailymail.co.uk
Behind the stay-puffed (i.e. immortal) marshmallow guy is a boy wearing a mitre hat. Are these costumes and photos really as candid as we assume? Indeed, this Halloween circus is well organized and well documented. Image: dailymail.co.uk
Stay-puffed polar bears? I guess that would be a solution to the assumed melting of the polar bears caused by global warming, which some say the Vatican is to blame. Image: cruxnow.com
This image (and the one above) is from a performance event which took place in the Pope VI Audience Hall on 12-27-2017. In addition to stay-puffed polar bears, this Christmas circus featured acrobats: namely, Asian women in snake leotards and black people scantly clad in leopard-skin outfits. If this circus isn’t “racist” I don’t know what is. And if Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, then can Halloween be Satan’s birthday? Plus: the Vatican and pedophiles alike love Halloween. Image: cruxnow.com
The first lady just loves reptilians–I mean reptiles! (Is this because her husband, like Tyrannosaurus Rex (Tyrant King) dinosaur also has small hands and a big mouth?). Melania looks stunning in her fall-colored plaid coat, an outfit which represents snake skin. Image: dailymail.co.uk
This year was not the first time the First Lady encountered a T-Rex on Halloween, as can been noted from the 2017 photo above. They matched in color scheme that year! This isn’t the first time Trump crossed paths with reptiles and snakes: earlier in 2017, he read (or rather yelled) a poem titled “The Snake” at a rally, as can be witnessed here on youtube. Image: hollywoodlife.com
A screenshot from this youtube video captures Trump giving a hidden hand gesture to a T-Rex look-alike on Halloween 2017. That year he reportedly said, “I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children…How the media did this, I don’t know” (thepoliticalinsider.com). In other words: he says it like it is: an organized spectacle.
Cursing with the Serpent? But the Serpent is the one who is cursed! Tut, tut, King Trump, even though you are “not a baby“, you are still just an Apprentice. Image: dailymail.co.uk

Though I cannot claim to know what all of this is adding up to (apocalypse now or later?), it does appear to me that there is something Biblical about America these days. All is still not what it seems (especially with fake news blending the wheat with the chaff). Strange inversions of ancient themes and narratives are coming out and into existence. The Tree of Life becomes a Tree of Death. People on the outside seek a Promise Land which doesn’t exist. People on the inside fight hatred with hatred. That which is cursed is now cursing. It may be that collective trauma from a forgotten past is being playing out as a nightmare in waking life. It seems, as in a dream, most people don’t know what they are doing. Let alone what is (actually) going on.

I can’t possibly be the only “Millennial” to have noticed this. His middle initial actually stands for Jafar

Amidst the mind-boggling fog of Biblical portions and proportions, I still felt deep down that I had seen a scene somewhere before of someone wielding a similar snake staff…and then, it struck me like a snake: Jafar from the 1992 cartoon Disney movie Aladdin. This supervillan, who is characterized by “narcissistic tendencies…obsessive desire for power and sense of entitlement”, had a serpent staff that he used to hypnotize people, among other manipulative things (disney.wikia.com). No need to wait for the upcoming live-action Aladdin to come out in 2019 to see Jafar in action! To be fair: if Hillary had won the 2016 election, all that would mean is that America would have Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid as President. Ursula is known to have “established herself as a physical beacon of hope towards unfortunate merpeople” (disney.wikia.com)–only to end up imprisoning them. Ursula gets possession of Ariel’s (a Hebrew name which means “Lion of God“) voice (her speech) as a move towards her goal: ultimate ruling power and control. Even though Ursula isn’t currently President, these themes are unfolding anyway, as evidenced by what appears to be a crackdown on freedom of expression (First Amendment) spearheaded–how ironically–by social media and certain googly-eyed search engines (are you the one searching or are they searching you?), among other entities (didn’t we read about something like this way back in 1984?). However, my “opinion” is probably not valid in this case, since I opt out of being a social media addict user, and am dieting from anything with Google in its ingredients as much as is humanely possible (*gasp* I must not exist then!). To add more insult to injury: the “progressive/liberal” side of things promotes the erasure of the Second Amendment by banning guns (which can murder people) while also supporting abortion (which many believe is murder). Is this an example of trying to have your cake and eat it too? Or is it all just ulterior motives nonsense (fakesense) with real consequences? Even though The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie, I’d rather not see this tip of the iceberg if it comes around to being remade as a live-action film in 2020. However: Fate (what is inevitable) will have its way; and if We The People need to dream out our suppressed nightmares in collective waking reality, then so it will be.

A lion stepping on a serpent at the Louvre as a bronze sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye

To bring the Omega to the Alpha:

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed, he shall watch against thy head, and thou shalt watch against his heel”Septuagint

(As a side consideration: now-a-day the word “heel” is synonymous with: “bastard”, “beast”, “loudmouth”, “reptile” and “snake”, among a host of other vile terms (thesaurus.com). How this paradox fits into 3:15 remains to be watched out for).

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” –NIV

Genesis 3:15 is known as the Protoevangelium, or the first prophecy in Scripture. “The word is derived from the Greek prefix proto meaning “first” and euangelion meaning “gospel” or “good news.” (theopedia.com). Interpretations vary, but a common (Christian) view is that the “The bruising of the heel of the seed of the woman is almost universally taken to mean the crucifixion of Christ” (wikipedia), the Serpent being bruised (and thwarted) through Jesus’ act of self-sacrifice. Since he is the seed (offspring), the woman in this case would have been his mother Mary; in Judaism, it would have been Eve, her seed being humanity. Interestingly, in 1987 (a full 10 years after the sculpture “Resurrection” was installed in the serpent’s mouth) Pope John Paul II likened the woman in 3:15 to the Woman of the Apocalypse in Revelation 12. Could the first prophecy be related the last (as is the Alpha to the Omega?). Whatever the case was, is, or will be, there just happens to be a building in Vatican City that remains a giant serpent head.

As when Eve and then Adam chose (either as a trick or treat) to take a bite out of the fruit of knowledge–after which they are to “know good and evil”–the Oracle in The Matrix Reloaded states (after offering candy (condensed fruit? As if it were Halloween!) to Neo, “You didn’t come here to make the choice–you’ve already made it. You’re here to try to understand why you made it”. In another sense: it is already written/bitten, and now you have to find out why.

“New” about to pass through the doorway to knowledge, after having been led there to the Oracle by the “Trinity”

On the night of 9-9-2018 I had this dream:

I dreamt I saw Princess Jasmine standing before three grey or neutral colored palaces or cathedrals. There was the present one in front and two behind–one seemingly bad, the other seemingly good. She had to choose between them–but before I could know the result, the dream cut to myself reading from the Bible, in book form, what was labeled as Genesis 2:13. In the dream this passage prophesied a time when Eve and Adam would return to “eliminate the snake”, whose name I can’t recall, but which started with a Z and was made up of many consonants. I was informed that certain things would occur, and if they were true, they would be marked by certain signs and wonders. As I was reading this passage, one such unspecified thing was occurring, and so I thought if it was true, there would be a sign and a wonder to mark it. And there it was! Out of the bottom frame of the dream arose the head of a stork, whose exceedingly long neck was covered in indigo scales. Seeming to grow from its face covering its beak was a pink fish. I knew that it was the sign, but I did not know anything more.

Continuum II / 2008 / oil on canvas / 48″x36″ / C.E.

Update on All Saints Day, 11-1-2018: A serpent emerged from the Western Wall (see this article and this one)

If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luke 11:11-12 KJV

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