Over on The Secret Sun, author and thinker Christopher Knowles has written a series of brilliant essays that explore the notion of a race of Elusive Companions living mostly unseen alongside humanity. He compares their uncertain ontology and the larger field of historical high-weirdness to an anomalous and mysterious signal that is continually broadcasting. He suggests that this signal might in some way contain stranger things than are dreamed of in our philosophies. He speculates that this mysterious signal might be running concurrent with the human race, and somehow acting as an evolutionary agent of some kind. I would suggest this might be so, since whenever the invisible somehow spills its contents into the visible, things change.
Aside from these interesting and legitimate interpretations, I also see connections between the symbol of the rose and the concepts of portals and wormholes and EPR Bridges – especially considering the ‘Wedding of Eros and Psyche’ motif mentioned in the above quote. Further still it makes me think of the William Blake work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Here’s an excerpt from Blake’s ‘Argument’ preface:
The just man kept his course along
The vale of death.
Roses are planted where thorns grow.
And on the barren heath
Sing the honey bees.
And a river, and a spring
On every cliff and tomb;
And on the bleached bones
Red clay brought forth.
To walk in perilous paths, and drive
The just man into barren climes.
In mild humility.
And the just man rages in the wilds
Where lions roam.
I find it amusing and intriguing that in the recent Hollywood blockbuster Thor, the God of Thunder uses a wormhole-style Bifrost bridge to reach New Mexico; indicative of the human realm where sneaking serpents walk in mild humility, and just men rage in the wilds. So, Roswell – Spring of the Rose? What can we glean or intuit from this resonant etymology? Thanks to my automatic writing experiences (which can be found at voicesfromthefiction.blogspot.com) I’ve often used the concept of the vortex or whirlwind as an analogy for the mysterious processes of human perception and experience. But the image of the closing or flowering rose would work just as well.
The world is full of anomalous information, experiences and possibilities. That anomalous but ever-present Signal that Chris Knowles discusses in his blog, perhaps it is somehow connected to the Heart of the Rose – an intelligence that encompasses the entirety of the Deviant-Human-Eternal continuum that visionary Jack Kirby creates/explores in his comic-book work The Eternals. Figuratively speaking, did the Celestials of Kirby’s work engineer this Sub-rosa signal as an evolutionary abstraction – or did it engineer them? Does anything exist beyond the harsh realm of the imagined Demiurge? Do the true Celestials have our backs, our best interests at heart? Or am I trying to put too fine a point on things? I don’t know, but these kinds of ideas are things that John Keel, Jack Kirby and others were fascinated by.
Here is another poem by William Blake that might be pertinent at this juncture, especially considering the exploitation, domination and competitiveness occurring in our world now. The poem is entitled The Sick Rose:
|The Sick Rose|
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.