Occult as in ‘hidden’ but not a lot .
The Paralympics Opening Ceremony carried on in the same vein as the previous Olympic rituals with the usual ‘hidden in plain sight’ references . And not surprsingly, there were 33 days between the main Olympics Opening Ceremony and the Paralympics . I won’t go into great detail about the ceremony but will just concentrate on the parts which seem most important to me .
Just a few observations about the other aspects of the Ceremony . From the Beijing Olympics, there have been continual references to Umbrellas . At the Olympics Opening Ceremony we saw the ‘Attack of Mary Poppins’ and last night there were more Umbrellas . From this, the rest of the world may assume Britons have OCD with umbrellas but we don’t . I’m sure there’s a symbolic reason for their inclusion but it remains a mystery to me .
Again, we had the reference to reading with the book in the centre of the stage . At the main Olympics we saw JK Rowling and the child reading a book under the duvet, and the Closing Ceremony had the stadium decked out in newspaper . Who knows !
As anticipated there was a lot of Light . First we had the title of the ceremony, Enlightenment and also included was Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine . We also had Prospero telling Miranda to ‘Look to the Light’ and Seb Coe exhorting mankind to move to the Light, as if he was giving a pep talk at a Masonic lodge meeting .
But similarly to the main Olympics, the predominant theme was the birth of The Brave New World . And in this ritual, we had four birth references . Firstly, Stephen Hawking gave us a history lesson and the audience was shown a new Big Bang .
Then we had Miranda telling us about ‘O Brave New World’ -“How beauteous mankind is ! O Brave New World, that has such people in’t!”- and if to reinforce the point a giant sign appeared saying ‘Brave New World’ .
The third birth reference came with the Apple Crunch . This was a symbolic re-enactment of the ‘Fall of Man’ from Genesis .
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat and gave also unto her husband, and he did eat .
And the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were naked . And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons .
In effect, I see the Apple Crunch as an attempt in creating a new Genesis . I intend to write an article in a while, about Genesis and the new Birth .
The final Birth allusion came with the appearance in the centre of the stage of the giant figure of the naked pregant Alison Lapper – click Alison Lapper Wiki for more info . Now this made me sit up as I once met Alison Lapper briefly many moons ago, when a relative was involved with her support and is still a friend of Alison Lapper . This relative asked me if I would go on holiday and help Alison Lapper and others . Fearing I would be the carer from hell, I declined but it was strange to see someone you have met in person suddenly appear like that (I would have been good at the bars and clubs, though) .
But, in reality this has nothing to do with Alison Lapper, and is another symbolic representation of the Goddess – see Isis Mother of the World – and the birth of the New Atlantis .
We have one more ceremony to go with the Paralympics Closing Ceremony and I don’t know if it is possible to include many more births . I would like to think the ‘Brave New World’ will be sunshine and light for everyone but my guess is that the original book by Aldous Huxley is a blueprint .
From Brave New World by Aldous Huxley :
“And that,” put in the Director sententiously, “that is the secret of happiness and virtue-liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny.”
“Till at last the child’s mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child’s mind. And not the child’s mind only. The adult’s mind too-all his life long. The mind that judges and desire and decides-made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions…” .
O Brave New World !