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OKLAHOMA CITY – Forty-eight years ago this month, folk-pop’s Scots-Atlantean star, Donovan, released a curious, psychedelic song titled “Sunshine Superman,” a song that would climb the American charts all the way to number one.

One-half of what would be Led Zeppelin – guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones – would provide their musical skills on this bewitching track released in the synchromystic year 1966, a song that was seriously resonating with me today.

The following lines stood out for me as I listened to it three times in a row while out-and-about earlier today:

Sunshine came softly a-through my a-window today / Could’ve tripped out easy, a-but I’ve a-changed my ways” … and … “Superman or Green Lantern ain’t got a-nothin’ on me / I can make like a turtle and dive for your pearls in the sea, yep …

The DC Comics superheroes Superman and Green Lantern were featured in a children’s book I read to my kids just last night. They were made small by a Lex Luthor shrink ray but it was reversed when it got into the superheroes’ hands after Lex (looking like a bald, muscular Aleister Crowley) stumbles on a hornets nest. And Metropolis was saved.

But what of the Earth? Can Superman save us as we face a world that is increasingly stumbling into the abyss as we enter into the sign of Leo, a Sun resonator?

Ooh, Superman where are you now? Well, everything’s gone wrong somehow / The men of steel, men of power / They’re losing control by the hour …” (“Land of Confusion” by Genesis 1986).

“Dreams save us,” Superman tells a supervillain in 2012’s Superman vs. The Elite. “Dreams lift us up and transform us into something better.”

For me, it was March 11, 2011, when the earthquake and tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan and destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – at the same moment I was having a Superman/9-11-esque nightmare – that the synchronicities I now write about really came to fruition, although it had been building for some time prior to that and likely most of my life. That 3.11.11 dream – following the previous night’s Cheshire moon – really transformed me, leading, ultimately to Dust Devil Dreams.

The element of water, as Jung spoke about, corresponds with the psyche and for me, with my dreams for many years. I used to discuss my “water dreams” with a colleague when I was in the newspaper business. This reflected my imaginative, emotional and sensitive nature.

Water” a 1993 song by a long-defunct North Carolina rock band called Queen Sarah Saturday, made itself known to me during the writing of this sync-essay. Note the sun reflected - mirror-like - in this VERY syncky, magickal, Beatlesque video for "Seems," a track featured on the Empire Records soundtrack. Love the sitar! (sync George Harrison). Love the white rabbit!

“Water!” scream/sings vocalist Johnny Irion (who is married to Sarah Lee Guthrie, youngest daughter of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of Woody Guthrie). This song was trying to tell me something, just as I had Carl Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections opened to page 339 …

“I do not imagine that in my reflections on the meaning of man and his myth I have uttered a final truth, but I think that this is what can be said at the end of our aeon of the Fishes (Pisces), and perhaps must be said in view of the coming aeon of Aquarius (the Water Bearer) who has a human figure and is next to the sign of the Fishes. This is a coniunctio oppositorum composed of two fishes in reverse.

The Water Bearer seems to represent the self. With a sovereign gesture he pours the contents of his jug into the mouth of Piscis austrinus, which symbolizes a son, a still unconscious content.”

Water played a role in my recent DDD post "Wanting to feel, to know what is real."

And today – 7.23.14 – I should note that the “southern Delta Aquarids meteor shower” will be ramping up today, with the meteors “streaking out from the shower’s namesake constellation, Aquarius, the Water Bearer, which rises in the northeast during the overnight hours this time of the year.”

As a Leo (b. August 14th) who is ruled by the Sun and the Fifth House (House of Pleasure) the number 5 comes up a lot for me. And my element is fire.

And then there’s ol’ Sol. It was on 6.17.14 that I posted a DDD sync-essay called “Times are gone for honest men,” the title coming from a line in the song “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden. In that piece I noted a strange “square hole” has been found this year by NASA on the surface of the Sun. Other reports note just how quiet the Sun has been, although powerful on deeper levels. And then there is the the woefully underrated 2007 sci-fi/horror Danny Boyle film Sunshine.  This regards a ship that sets its controls for the heart of the sun as the sun suddenly cools. 

Christopher Knowles, at The Secret Sun blog, addresses Sunshine further by noting the film's "symbolic/ritual value is limitless." 

These are perilous times for honest men and women. And all the while, the influence of dark Saturn seems to be a force to be reckoned with. Don’t forget the huge hexagon on Saturn and recent revelations by occultist and filmmaker Jay Weidner that his research has shown (to be released in his upcoming, paradigm-shattering Kubrick the Magician documentary) that Stanley Kubrick had been involved with the “insane” secret society called the Brotherhood of Saturn, as had people at NASA and that Kubrick was shocked by what he learned while amongst the adherents of Saturn. Interesting that rather than use Saturn in 2001: A Space Odyssey, as author Arthur C. Clarke had intended, Kubrick switched it to Jupiter - which ignites and becomes a second sun, called Lucifer in 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

Rituals by the Brotherhood of Saturn were featured in Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, as noted by Weidner on the Red Ice Radio program.

With the mysterious crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 – into a Ukrainian field of sunflowers, no less – tensions are heightening at the height of summer 2014, echoing events of 100 years ago. Conspiracies abound. It also syncs with the 2009 Nic Cage film Knowing, which features events that mirror that of real-world events (including a dramatic and shocking MH17-like airliner crash). In the film, an “extinction level event” 

Over at one my favorite online haunts – The Blog of Caverns – a 2.14.14 post simpled called “Twins” incorporated sun and mirror themes, both of which have been catching the attention of many in the sync world (And check out BoC's "Gimme Skelter" with the "Sunshine Superman" and other sun references. 

But it’s the post from 8.31.13 titled “We’ll all be Magick Supermen” that was syncing with me today in light of “Sunshine Superman,” which was recorded approximately a year before The Beatles recorded Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (which has made it back to RDR int he form of this most curious story, involving an astronaut, no less). On that album, during the “run out groove,” you can hear what sounds like “Never could be any other way.” Played backward, it definitely says “We’ll all be magick supermen.” (Also read this from Gerard Tomoculus - "It's all about the moustache and magick supermen.")

BoC notes that Richard Lester, who directed the Beatles in A Hard Days’ Night and Help!, also directed Superman II and Superman III and was quietly involved with the first Superman film from 1978 that featured prominently in my 3.11.11 Fukushima/Krypton nightmare.

As for Help!, the one Beatles album (other than the LOVE compilation featuring the trippy-sweet “Here Comes the Sun”/”The Inner Light” mashup), the allusions to Freemasonry and sun worship are legion. And look at George Harrison – my favorite Beatle (as noted by Tom Cruise’s character in the synchronistic Vanilla Sky, which actually features a copy of the aforementioned Jung book Memories, Dreams, Reflections on a table – h/t Blog of Caverns) – who had a tree planted in his name in sync-friendly Griffith Park near the Griffith Observatory, was infested and “killed by beetles” according to the Los Angeles Times. Harrison, a fan of the absurd, would have appreciated the irony.

This brings to mind my recent sync post “Coo Coo Daddy Long Legs” where 1950’s rock-n-roller Buddy Holly (who inspired Harrison’s guitar playing when he was a teen) is hanging from the ceiling after two decades existing on a diet of bugs.

“I just love your English beetles. Mind you, after 20 years of the suckers, I ain’t got much choice” says the upside-down, beetle-eating Buddy Holly, as he pops a beetle into his mouth in a 1982 episode of The Young Ones. He plays a new song – “Coo Coo Daddy Long Legs” right before he falls to the floor and dies. 

And before I wrap things up, that L.A.'s Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory where the George Harrison Tree is, syncs quite a bit in Hollywood (think Rebel Without a Cause or Back to the Future). A recent YouTube video series examines actor Christopher Lloyd and his role as a "Zeus resonator." 

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