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OKLAHOMA CITY – I am quite taken with the British detective mystery series Endeavour, which is a prequel series for the Inspector Morse drama series set in Oxford, England, where unspeakable crimes and horror seem to happen with chilling regularity.

I mention it not only because it is a fantastic series (set in the mid-to-late 1960’s) with a top-shelf cast (Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse) and set design and engaging writing and plot development, but because the writers seem to be fans of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, a man who seems to pop up around this time each year for me (noting the Lovecraftian “Mound” story, syncing with "mounds" in Binger, Okla. - and the "Daemon Sultan" statue that showed up in the Paseo five years ago).

So, in the second season that aired in Summer 2014, there was an episode titled “Nocturne,” a truly chilling episode that was set in July 1966. At this point in the series (with this episode giving an undeniable Picnic at Hanging Rock vibe - a novel that would be written by Joan Lindsay at the end of 1966), there is a Masonic angle that seems to be developing, particularly in relation to people in power in Oxford, including the police. At the end of the episode, a Masonic ring - looking a lot like the Owl Ring in Twin Peaks - goes missing.

At the very moment I was looking at the Masonic ring image from Endeavour, Murray Attaway of Guadalcanal Diary was singing the song "Country Club Gun" and sang the line: "Just give a little ring, I guarantee / I'm a country club gun."

So in the "Nocturne" episode of Endeavour, there is a murder at a museum and Morse is on the case. Among those interviewed about their time at the museum that day were an elderly American couple named “Gardiner” who were said to reside in Kingsport, Massachusetts. That coastal city is based on the actual city of Marblehead, Massachusetts which Lovecraft was enamored of. The Gardiner name and the mention of Kingsport, Massachusetts in this episode of Endeavour are clear nods to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.

Lovecraft died of intestinal cancer at age 46 in March 1937. And while he scraped by in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, a relative unknown to most of the reading public, Lovecraft’s influence and popularity, notes a new article in the Fortean Times notes that “Lovecraft is both better-known and more acceptable to the literary elite than he could ever have imagined.” The Fortean Times article goes in great detail about Lovecrafts love of archaeology and the use of it to cement his own racist ideas about nationalism, not unlike the Nazis looking for sacred artifacts in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I mention all of this because it was reported today in the Sydney Morning Herald that marine archaeologists are claiming that they have “finally identified the resting place of HMB Endeavour," the ship British Capt. James Cook commanded to Australia and the South Pacific in the late 18th century. 

The researchers told the Sydney Morning Herald that they are hopeful the remains of Endeavour can be excavated in 2019 – “in time for the April 2020 celebrations marking 250 years since Cook’s arrival at Botany Bay. (The SS Botany Bay was the Earth spaceship in 1982's Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, that was commanded by Khan Noonien Singh. I mention it because this morning I heard the Barenaked Ladies song "Grade 9" where singer Steven Page suggests he should have studied "instead of watching 'Wrath of Khan.'")

Of course, Botany Bay, the geographical location of an area in Australia and the first penal colony on that continent, and it was in 1770 that Cook arrived there after his years in the Pacific, “discovering” a chain of islands (Hawaii) that he would call “the Sandwich Islands,” named after Lord Sandwich, his friend back in England who was also a member of the notorious Hellfire Club, where, word has it, a club rival frightened Sandwich (John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich) by dressing up a baboon as a devil.

And yes, he did invent the "sandwich."

When the Endeavour sank off of Rhode Island's Goat Island in Narragansett Bay in 1778 during America's War for Independence, it was not so far away from Providence, Rhode Island's capital city and future home of H.P. Lovecraft. 

And not all that far from neighboring Massachusetts, where Lovecraft's "Deep Ones," a race of ocean-dwelling beings that occasionally mate with humans, reside. Perhaps the Deep Ones knew exactly where the Endeavour (aka Lord Sandwich 2) was on the cold, ocean bottom.

The Herald story continues: "The Rhode Island state government claimed official ownership of the fleet of shipwrecks including Endeavour in 1999, suggesting Australian officials would have to negotiate for any remnants to be brought to Australia.

The breakthrough, to be officially announced on Friday, follows an arduous 25-year search for the historic ship off Newport, Rhode Island, on the north-eastern coast of the US.

Archaeologists from the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project will release a detailed 3D image of the site in Newport Harbour where they believe the ship is located." And into the deep we go. Just how deep remains to be seen.

In another story, this in The Australian and written by Trent Dalton, the story – “Cook’s secret orders revealed” - note the danger Cook and his Endeavour crew faced, seeking Terra Australis on the other end of the planet from Great Britain. Part of the secret plan was to observe the "transit of the planet Venus as it crossed the sun" in 1769 while in Tahiti. (Sync "The final countdown").

Writes Dalton: "(Cook's) final destination was a place he could not be entirely sure existed. And still he sailed to it, storing his quiet faith inside his own navigational gifts and inside his sturdy vessel which, in 1992, would be a fully appropriate namesake for the intrepid 25-mission NASA space shuttle Endeavour. Cook’s deep and unknown blue Pacific might as well have been his deep space. Historians and academics today like to compare Cook’s voyage of discovery of ’68 with the moon landing of ’69 but at least those mighty moonwalkers were certain of where they were heading — they only had to tilt their heads up after sundown."

So, the excavation of Cook's Endeavour and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing will essentially coincide, eh?

You can't make this stuff up!

On January 10, 2017 (exactly one year to the day after David Bowie ascended, furthering the ongoing "Blackstar Event"), I wrote a Dust Devil Dreams post titled "White plane," about a strange dream I had the night before involving a plane crash, involving a plane that was part of "MESOJET" or "MESOAIR." I think of the new series Manifest, airing on NBC next week, about an airliner that takes off from Jamaica in 2013 and arrives - inexplicably - in 2018. The series is by Robert Zemeckis, of Back to the Future notoriety.

Anyway, in the "White plane" post, things in my dream synced with events in Queensland, Australia, near the Tropic of Capricorn. 

I wrote: "As for the Tropic of Capricorn sync, this dream and this Australian plane crash occured under the sign of Capricorn. Oh, and Captain James Cook, the British explorer, first arrived in this region in 1770, aboard the HMS Endeavour (which the Space Shuttle of the same name is named after) thus the name of the community where the plane came from. He would later go to Hawaii, the first European to do so, in 1779, only to be killed by the native Hawaiians - a grisly death on Valentine's Day there in the "Sandwich Islands." John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, and a member of London's notorious Hellfire Club, was Cook's patron. 

Incidentally, Captain Cook did arrive in Hawaii in January 1779 amidst the celebration of the fertility god Lono, which Hunter S. Thompson wrote about in his gonzo book The Curse of Lono.

This sign is significant for being the sign of David Bowie AND Muhammad Ali. Bowie died on this day one year ago and Ali died in June 2016. Ali's 75th birthday is a week from today. And both Ali and Hunter S. Thompson were from Louisville, Kentucky, a city resonating strongly with me these days, curiously enough."

I received a message early this morning from a friend noting they had a dream - more like a nightmare - of a terrible earthquake in California, around San Francisco. I was awakened early to get this message because of unsettling dreams of my own. 

In the Bible, in Acts 2:17: "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams."

I'm not suggesting we are in the "last days," but things do seem awfully askew. And world events - even the finding and recovering of a 250-year old shipwreck, one with terrific significance in exploration for the British Empire and, ultimately, its role in fighting the Americans as they fought for independence. The synchromystic events taking place are to be noted and taken seriously.

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