Brain Download, 6.20.20: Summer Solstice Notes

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“…more at home on the fringes than in the centre of Greek polytheism. Intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, she straddles conventional boundaries and eludes definition.”
—Hekate, per the Oxford Classical Dictionary

Happy Summer Solstice, the first day of Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the longest day of the year.

Related to Summer Solstice is the holiday of Midsummer, which will be celebrated on Monday. Midsummer is also known as St. John’s Day, and is a feast day for John the Baptist. The reasoning was: John was the “harbinger” of Jesus Christ, and was born six months before the Messiah.

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John the Baptist, painted by Leonardo da Vinci

Of course…there has been a strain of thought weaving throughout the world for a couple of millennia that the Messiah was John the Baptist…not Jesus Christ. My favorite book of the Bible, Luke (not because I’m a “heretic” but because the audio book version with that loooong genealogy segment, puts me to sleep), begins focusing on John’s family and conception, and seems to “shoehorn” or graft the Jesus narrative onto something a bit older.

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The Knights Templar—and a number of esoteric/Masonic groups in general—seemed to be particular fans of John the Baptist, who, according to the Bible, was eventually decapitated. Was this why the Templars were accused of worshipping “Baphomet”—a severed head?

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We can go down the rabbit hole even one step further, considering the 2018 movie Hereditary...which is about, among other things, a cult worshipping severed heads. Is it possible that John the Baptist is the underlying focal point of a number of “alternative” religions that worship an “alternative” messiah?

And, of course…the director of Hereditary is Ari Aster…also of 2019’s Midsommer.

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Starring in Midsommer—which makes Hereditary look like High School Musical—is Jack Raynor as “Christian.”

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Raynor also starred as occultist/rocket-scientist Jack Parsons in the TV series Strange Angel.

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**What does it all MEAN???** Very likely…not much.

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