We need to exhume it because nobody answered the question that the audience was asking. People wanted to know, “Are the events connected?” And because there wasn’t an obvious link—in fairness, birds were on highways, bridges, and roofs, fish were floating in lakes, rivers, and oceans, while crabs washed up on beaches—the notion was pooh-poohed.
But the reality of what happened is that the social-networking/blogosphere bombardment successfully produced a list of 14 mass bird and fish deaths that didn’t include an oil slick, poison, other man-made hazard, or disease. Essentially, millions of fish and thousands of birds were killed by Nature, either with a direct hit or a savvy way of using the species' in-born sensitivities. BOOM!
With a little research and a basic understanding of how a string of events over the course of the last year have been integrated into a much larger “happening” I can say without a doubt not only are they all connected, but their details lay the foundation for a story… a kind of sacred sequel that’s in its first stage of development.
It didn’t begin on New Year’s Eve:
- 12-24-2010 Fond Parisien, Haiti—scores of dead fish appear on Lake Azuei.
- 12-30-2010 Paraná, Brazil—100 tons of sardines, croakers, and catfish are found dead.
- 12-30-2010 Ozark, Arkansas—100,000 dead drum fish are discovered over a 20 mile stretch of the Arkansas River.
- 12-31-2010 Beebe, Arkansas—5,000 red-wing blackbirds drop out of the sky just before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
- 01-03-2011 Point Coupee, Louisiana—500 red-wing blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, grackles, and starlings are found dead on Highway 1.
- 01-04-2011 Port Orange, Florida—Mullet, ladyfish, and catfish lined the twists and turns of Spruce Creek.
- 01-04-2011 Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, the ocean water was carpeted by dead snapper, many of whose eyes were missing.
- 01-04-2011 Falköping, Sweden—50-100 jackdaws are found on a street.
- 01-05-2011 Kent, England 40,000 velvet swimming crabs, also known as “devil crabs” wash up on beaches at Westbrook, Cliftonville, Kingsgate, Broadstairs, and Ramsgate.
- 01-05-2011 Murray, Kentucky—hundreds of dead red-wing blackbirds, grackles, starlings, and robins are found in the street though their deaths appear to have occurred last week. It’s the second such find in Kentucky as several dozen dead birds were found in Gilbertsville a few days prior.
- 01-06-2011 200 American coots are found dead on a bridge along Highway 155 by Lake O’ the Pines, Texas
- 01-06-2011 Kent Island, Maryland—2 million juvenile spot fish found in Chesapeake Bay
- 01-07-2011 Faenza, Italy—thousands of turtle doves are found dead, some with a strange blue stain around their beaks which may be a sign of hypoxia (lack of oxygen in their bloodstream.)
What eyes hath love put in my head
Which have no correspondence with true sight
Or if they have
Where is my judgment fled
That censures falsely what they see aright?
Eddie: It’s beautiful.
Paige: It’s gibberish. I have no idea what he’s saying.
Eddie: It means love is magical, and it makes people look at each other in an unspoiled way, without judgment.
Paige: Why doesn’t he just say that? Why can’t people just say what they mean?
Eddie: Well, people rarely say what they mean. The interesting part is… is what’s going on underneath the surface.
He glances at the page. “See, take line 12. 'The sun itself sees not till heaven clears.'”
What does that mean to you?
Paige: That the sun can’t shine when it’s cloudy.
Eddie: No. You’re being too literal. Don’t just go for the obvious. See, all these words, they have multiple meanings. You have to look at all of the possible meanings and then make a choice. See, like the word “sun,” that could mean the actual sun or it can mean light. But then “light” can mean knowledge or reason.
Paige: That could go on forever.
Eddie: Yes. Yes it could. But in this case I think it means reason. And then “heaven” may suggest actual pearly gates or it could be a state of being, like being happy or in love. So now read it again taking in all of the possibilities.
A Thanksgiving Homecoming
Eddie travels to the Morgan family farm in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving break. One of the first things he wants to know is the meaning of the color-coded pins that appear in various locations on the world map that hangs in Paige’s room. She explains that the few red ones mark the places she’s been. The green ones mark all the places she wants to go… places where Doctors Without Borders brings good medical care and vaccinations… and clean drinking water.
Paige’s father invites Eddie to join him in the morning for a few farm chores. He’s given the task of rounding up the cows and then gets acquainted with Bessy… an experience that puts a damper on his taste for milk.
When the family comes together for dinner, Paige’s brothers quiz her about famous people who have come from Denmark. For the second time she looks to Eddie for the answer. He mentions Kierkegaard, Niels Bohr, and Hans Christian Andersen—respectively a philosopher/theologian whose writings focused on how one can live as a “single individual,” a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project (codename for the development of the Atomic Bomb) and who had a passion for football, and lastly an author famous for his fairy tales which have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films, among them The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, and The Ugly Duckling.
The brothers are unimpressed.
Eddie tries again, this time naming Lars Ulrich, the drummer for Metallica, followed by Helena Christenson, a Victoria’s Secret model… and in a split-second Denmark finds its place on the map in their minds and Eddie is promoted to one cool dude.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
If we take to heart the instruction given in my prior blog about tying knots between details at every opportunity, there are ample words and images we can grab hold of in the movie. However, most of them can wait; the movie won’t be going anywhere. Perhaps more than ever, time is of the essence and we need to home in on only the details that will lead us to meaning.
References to Shakespeare have had a place throughout the gemstone stories. Christine Daaé makes her first stage appearance in Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera singing a few passages from Romeo and Juliet. Forrest Gump plays the role of Earl of Gloucester in King Lear in Professor Quackenbush’s class in his days at Harvard in Winston Groom’s novel. Susie Salmon studies Othello in Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones.
Coincidentally, Eddie uses William Shakespeare’s first name as his surname as he begins life incognito as a simple college student. For our purposes within the gemstone, Eddie is the reinvention of God incognito.
In real life, the dedication of Shakespeare’s Sonnets begins: TO THE ONLIE BEGETTER OF THESE INSUING SONNETS. ALL HAPPINESS, AND THAT ETERNITIE PROMISED BY OUR EVER LIVING POET.
Students have not only struggled with the body of Shakespeare’s writing, even his dedication has left people wondering what he was thinking. Personally, I agree with anyone who suggests Shakespeare is the “begetter.” As one within a long line of "begottens" he was fully aware of the inspiration that came “through him.” The "Ever Living Poet" is his inspiration and in this sense is the same as the Master Storyteller who has made his presence known in the long line of stories that have revealed themselves in the course of this blog.
The gist of the current situation is that the Master Storyteller has thrust his way into reality with an invisible pen in hand. This time, He’s writing the sacred story without any chance of pass interference. But the only way we can discern what He’s writing—and we should consider it of grave importance—is to follow close behind and gather up its details.
Eddie has communicated how we need to go about this.
With respect to the millions of fish and birds that have died…
1. We need to find the [symbolic] meaning behind the words/species that are named.
a. We need to learn everything we can about the bird or fish and choose from the details.
2. We need to discover what’s important about the locations where the creatures died.
3. We need the names of the famous people connected with the birds, fish, or locations. What’s their story?
As with prior blogs, Wikipedia.com has risen to the occasion and is quoted freely herein.
Anchoring Events to the Gemstone
Despite the emphasis that’s been placed on the 5,000 red-wing blackbirds that fell out of the sky on New Year’s Eve, this new story actually began to take shape on Christmas Eve when scores of dead fish appeared in a lake in Haiti. The significance of this is that the larger gemstone story “came to life” with the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 when the details from select novels and movies began appearing in the news articles that described what was happening in reality. This was documented in my blog "The Question that Begs to be Answered."
The lake where the fish were discovered is located in a place called Fond Parisien. At first glance we might consider the grail legend’s ties to Louis VII who ruled from Paris, France. However, in recent times Fond Parisien has been the location of the largest “bed” field hospital set up in the days that followed the earthquake in Haiti. The hospital was “spearheaded” by a group of Harvard affiliated doctors—Harvard Humanitarian Innitiative—and was built on land donated by Love a Child, Inc.
In my blog "Oracles, Omens, and The World Cup," it was revealed that everything that’s been happening is “for the children.”
Tilapia, the fish that died in Lake Azuei, have been given the moniker "St. Peter's fish" which is attributed to a biblical story in which the apostle Peter catches a fish with a coin in its mouth... even though the type of fish in the story was never identified. Tilapia are fresh water fish.
With respect to the mass deaths, using the instructions that arrived with The Prince and Me, I sifted through the details and selected ones that responded to the audience's question, “Is there a connection?” Select details have been provided below. I’ve identified if they’re “backward connections” meaning they correspond to the event that preceded it, or “forward connections” where the details can be found in the event that came afterward. There are plenty more connecting details, but what follows is sufficient for proving a point.
12-24-2010 Fond Parisien, Haiti—scores of dead tilapia appear on Lake Azuei.
- The fish died from lack of oxygen
- Hills surrounding the lake are formed of limestone, portions of which slid into the water (miniature landslide) in an area of "heightened road construction" attributing to an imbalanced and acidic environment.
- "Maroon" is a name that was given by French settlers to the mixed-race population in Haiti that had reddish-brown skin.
- Lake Azuei forms the boundary between Haiti and the Dominican Republic
- "Pardos" is a race/colour category used by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. It’s Portuguese for “brown” or “grey-brown.”
- The Paraná River forms a natural boundary between Brazil and Paraguay
- Catfish have a Weberian apparatus and reduced gas-bladder that allow for improved hearing and sound production.
- In the 1982 farce, Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, (which has a play within the play) several plates of sardines appear as props in Act I.
- Mature male drum fish have a special set of muscles that vibrate against the swim bladder making a noise underwater that resembles the sound of a distant drum.
- 100,000 drum fish were silenced
- The drum fish has been called “the never say die boy,” you can supposedly beat it with a club and it won’t die - Read the straightdope
- Dead fish were spread over a 20 mile stretch
- The Lakota describe the red-wing blackbirds songs as tōke, mat'ā nī ("oh! that I might die"), as nakun miyē ("...and me"), as miš eyā ("me too!")
- All of the birds died within a 1 mile area
- The birds won’t be missed as their large roost with thousands of birds can leave ankle to knee-deep piles of droppings in some places, which are not only messy but toxic.
- Starlings make a great deal of noise that can frustrate local human inhabitants. Even when a flock of starlings is completely silent, their synchronized movements make a swooshing sound that can be heard hundreds of meters away.
- Red-wing blackbirds are polygynous, with territorial mates defending up to 10 females. However, females frequently copulate with males other than their social mate and often lay clutches of mixed paternity.
- In ancient Greece, mullets were used to sodomize adulterers as punishment.
- Catfish are a diverse group of ray-finned fish. Named for their prominent barbells, which resemble cat’s whiskers. They range in size and behavior from very heavy and long to a tiny parasitic species. There are many families included in the order.
- The Australasian snapper, or Pagras auratus is a species of porgie found in coastal waters of New Zealand and Australia. Although it is almost universally known in these countries as “snapper” it does not belong to the Lutjanidae [larger snapper] family.
- People in varying regions have different names for this fish. Western Australians refer to it as “pink snapper” to distinguish it from other species. In New Zealand its “snapper” or “New Zealand snapper,” Australia uses “cocknies” to name the young stock that are smaller than legal size, “red bream or pinkies” to identify the ones that are legal, “squire” or “squirefish” to denote ones larger than legal, and “snapper” for full size. Small ones are called “ruggers,” adults may be called “tamure,” and juveniles “karati.” European colonists knew them as the “light horsemen.”
- The name jackdaw first appeared in the 16th century and is a compound of the forename “Jack” used in animal names to signify “a small form” and the English name “daw.” The Old English name for the jackdaw, “cēo,” was used by Chaucer—the father of English Literature. Scottish and north England dialects have used “ka” or “kae.” The midlands form of this was “co” or “coo.” “Caddow” is a compound of ka and dow, a variant of daw. Other dialects or obsolete names include "caddesse,” “cawdaw,” “caddy,” “chauk,” “college-bird,” “jackerdaw,” “jacko,” “ka-wattie,” “chimney-sweep bird,” and “sea-crow.”
- Chaucer is best known for The Canterbury Tales. He also translated The Romance of the Rose and wrote Treatise of the Astrolabe, which he compiled for his son. The essay aimed to serve five purposes: 1) provide a description of the astrolabe, 2) serve as a rudimentary course in using the instrument, 3) it included various tables of longitudes, latitudes, and declinations, 4) it provided a theory of the motions of the celestial bodies—in particular a table showing the “very moving of the moon,” and 5) an introduction to the broader field of astrology. The ancient mariner’s astrolabe was a navigational tool used on ships.
- The crab makes its way on land in a sideways tap-dance. This serves as a reminder that not all paths are direct and not all ways will be forthcoming in their meaning. The crab has the ability to lead us in an unorthodox way, taking lesser known paths of resistance to bring one to clarity.
- Crabs cast off their shells for new ones, associating themselves with rebirth.
- The crab’s symbolic attributes include cycles, trust, emotion, protection, regeneration, and transformation.
- Commenting on the deaths, wildlife expert Tony Child told The Star, “It’s just part of the circle of life.”
- Through the years, the comic-book superhero Robin enjoyed many incarnations with different named characters playing the role of the Caped Crusader.
- The robin’s song consists of several discrete units that are repeated.
- Only 25% of young robins survive the first year.
- the numbers of the date sum to 11, a Master Number, and 1+1=2
- the number of the highway sums to 11, a Master Number, and 1+1=2
- following the rules of numerology, after eliminating 0’s, 200 becomes 2
- it’s the 2nd time an "evergreen" has been part of the name of a body of water
Number 1 is represented by the images of a crown, the Sun, an arrow (delivery of a message) and the words “Aggression, Action, Ambition.” The number primarily deals with strong will, positivity, pure energy, and reflects new beginnings. It combines both physical and mental activity. There is an urgency for new beginnings. When the number recurs in our lives it indicates a time to exert our natural forces. "One" encourages us and suggests our actions will be rewarded in kind.
Number 2 is represented by the Moon and scales, like the scales of justice. It brings with it “Balance, Contrast, Opposite.” The symbolic meaning of the number 2 is kindness, balance, tact, equalization, and duality. It reflects a quiet power of judgment, and the need for planning. "Two" beckons us to choose. The spiritual meaning of the 2 deals with the exchanges made with others, partnerships (both in harmony and rivalry), and communication. Two urges us out of our indecision and calls us to unite in like-minds, and like ideals. Two asks us to exert our natural flow of judgment to do what is best for our souls.
- American coots are highly territorial. During their breeding season both male and females will fight their neighbors to maintain a small territory where they obtain their food. Coots are fairly aggressive in defense of their eggs. In combination with their protected nesting habits, this helps to reduce losses of eggs and young to all but the most determined and effective predators.
- Conversely, the bold behavior of immature and adult coots leads them to falling prey with relative regularity when the breeding season is over. Coots may comprise more than 80% of the diet of bald eagles.
- A dark band can be distinguished at the tip of the American coot's bill.
- All of the spot fish that died were juveniles
- The spot fish gets its name from the prominent spot behind each gill
- It is the only species in the genus Leiostomus
- The northernmost tip of Kent Island is a place called Love Point. The name dates back to at least 1694 and is often explained in local legends. Most of these legends are variations of the same basic story where two lovers die either at Love Point or in the nearby waters. Depending on the specific variation, the lovers are either Native American, white settlers, or one of each. In many versions of the story the couple's love is forbidden, and this is what leads to their death. Another element present in some versions is that their bodies are found washed ashore in an embracing position. An unrelated explanation states that sailors going up the Chester River had to luff their sails as they rounded the tip of the island due to a strong northwesterly wind. According to this explanation, the point came to be known as "Luff Point" and over the years the name changed to "Love Point".
- The flight of the turtle dove is often described as “arrowy” and is not remarkably swift.
- A repetitive pattern that isn't discrete: Turtle doves are featured in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The form of the song is “cumulative.” On the 2nd day of Christmas the true love delivers 2 turtle doves. By the time the lyrics of the song have been completed, the 2nd day has been repeated 11 times resulting in 22 turtle doves that have been given.
Number 4 is ruled by Mercury. It represents the four directions: North-Water-Spring, East-Winter-Air, South-Autumn-Earth, West-Summer-Fire. It’s words are “Stability, Solidarity, Endurance.” The symbolic meaning of Number Four deals with stability and invokes the grounded nature of all things. It combines the four seasons, four directions, four elements… all wrapped up in a square package. Fours represent calmness and home. A recurrence of the Number Four in your life may signify the need to get back to your roots, center yourself, or even “plant yourself." Four also indicates a need for persistence and endurance
- Some of the birds had a strange blue stain around their beaks
- Despite the identical spelling, the "turtle" in the name is derived from the Latin turtur, and has no connection with the reptile, "turtle" which comes from Late Latin tortuca.
- Other doves in the same genus are also called turtle doves
- Its mournful voice and the fact that it forms strong pair bonds have led the turtle dove to become the emblem for devoted love. In the Bible, the turtle dove appears in Solomon’s Song of Songs. Saint Bernard—Abelard’s nemesis—wrote a commentary on “The Face of the Bride.” Read it. In the New Testament, two Turtle doves are mentioned to have been sacrificed for the Birth of Jesus. In Renaissance Europe the turtle dove was envisaged as the devoted partner of the Phoenix. Robert Chester's poem Love's Martyr is a sustained exploration of this symbolism.
- The blue stain around the turtle doves' bills was thought to be a sign of hypoxia—lack of oxygen in the bloodstream
- Faenza is home to Grotta Tanaccia Karstic Park. Karst topography is shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock, usually carbonate rock such as limestone or dolomite. The landscape is characterized by dolinas, ravines, and swallow holes… as in sink holes.
If we consider the bird migration patterns and identify the locations where each species of fish or crab can be found, we would discover that the countries and continents that form the Western World have been marked. The short list includes Australia, New Zealand, North America, Central America, South America—primarily coastal regions on the west and east, all European countries, western portions of Asia, South Africa, the northern tip of Africa, and portions of the Middle East.
Given these two items and what we know from the history of this blog, the Western World shares the sacred story that began in the Garden of Eden. This story is ending and a new story is replacing it. The exclusion of the Far East supports the idea that Hinduism and Buddhism provide separate and unique spiritual paths for those populations of people. The meaning that comes with the Conservation Level can go in two directions. It might mean that the population of the Western World can feel secure in knowing that the idea of extinction should be their least concern. Or, at face value it might mean that all those who display the “least concern” could be met with death.
The reason the sacred story that began in the Garden of Eden is ending is because we have failed miserably in bringing its intended purpose to life. So we’re being given a new chance to start again and get on the proper path. Part of the reason for its failure is that few people follow the rules of authentication that were implemented for the inspired stories that formed the Bible. The code was lost; the intended meaning was corrupted.
This idea is shown in the news articles that described the December 30th death of “100 tons” of sardines, croakers, and catfish in Paraná, Brazil. An accurate number was lost in translation. In Brazil the number of fish that died was reported as "100 tonnes." Tons and tonnes are similar, but not the same. Interestingly, the largest number of casualties in Paraná were sardines and sardines are packaged in cans that frequently come with a key. The biblical code was based on translating letters to numbers and using shared values to extract meaning and to authenticate the words that were God inspired. Morocco is the sardine capital of the world, which is a significant detail because Marrakesh Mystery was the color that Gray painted over the whitewashed wall in the movie Catch and Release. In Acts 23:3 Paul cried out, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall.” It's the second time that Morocco has been singled out... but it isn't the only place where the arrow is pointing.
January 3rd, 2011 500 red-wing blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, grackles, and starlings were found dead on Highway 1. January 6th, 200 American coots were found dead on Highway 155... and 1+5+5=11. The numbers change as time progresses. The new story takes a higher road as far as the spiritual development of people. Assuming birds represent members of the Western World, the two events suggest there will be fewer numbers traveling on the higher road. And if those spot fish are any indication, those showing "juvenile" behavior will make up the greatest number of casualties.
As an aside, in the early hours of December 21st, a Total Lunar Eclipse coincided with December’s Solstice for the first time in 372 years. Winter arrived in the northern hemisphere, while summer was ushered in, in the southern hemisphere. Keep in mind that the energies of an eclipse set the tone for a period of time that extends into the future. The Sun was positioned on Sagittarius 30. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “The Pope Blessing the Faithful.” The Full Moon was on Gemini 30, “A Parade of Bathing Beauties on the Beach before a Large Crowd.” In retrospect, the image of millions of dead fish and crabs on the beaches that have been paraded before a virtual crowd puts a whole new spin on the meaning behind these words.
On January 4th, the date that corresponds to the mullets and the snapper, a Partial Solar Eclipse occurred... which so happened to coincide with the Herdsman Meteor shower. Both Sun and the New Moon were positioned in Capricorn 14, “An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved in Granite Remains a Witness to a Long-Forgotten Culture.” Bas-relief is a form of art that portrays figures “raised” against the background. For what its worth, this eclipse was at its greatest over Sweden, where jackdaws were discovered dead on the same day. There are details that belong to this eclipse that indicate it picks up right where the solar eclipse of July 11th left off.
Sweden shares details with a portion of history that includes the Moravian Church, which has a familiar ring to its name. The Nicene Creed in the Moravian Liturgy, like the Eastern Orthodox Churches, does not include the “filioque” clause. Moravians believe that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father alone and not from “the Father and the Son.” The church’s emblem is the Lamb of God carrying the flag of victory, surrounded by the Latin inscription: Vicit agnus noster, eum sequamur, which translated to English means, “Our Lamb has conquered, let us follow Him.”
There are also details that belong to this eclipse that expand on my last blog. In The Da Vinci Code Robert Langdon and Sophie travel to Westminster Abbey to find the orb that was missing from above Isaac Newton's tomb. People familiar with the novel will remember the missing orb was an apple. However, all solar eclipses involve a New Moon. The New Moon can’t be seen in the sky—even though it’s there—except for during an eclipse, when it slips between Earth and the Sun.
When Isaac Newton was born, he was believed to have been born on Christmas day in the year 1642. But with the acceptance of the Gregorian calendar his birthday was moved to January 4th, 1643.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
There was a baby born Christmas day 2010. News outlets announced the arrival of a son born via a surrogate to Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish. As CNN worded it: "The boy was born on Christmas Day. And he shall be Levon. Or, more accurately, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John."
The significance of this has nothing to do with the child himself and everything to do with the words or details that describe the event as it touches the gemstone on multiple points. Names bring meaning as do lyrics of songs.
Once again we have a story or series of events that touch upon a Lion and Lamb.
Elton John's song Levon also includes a boy born on Christmas day:
He was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas Day
When the New York Times said “God is dead”
The war’s begun…
Almost exactly half-way between the Christmas Eve fish kill and the turtle doves that died on January 7th, the Sun passed through Capricorn 10 whose corresponding Sabian Symbol is “An Albatross Feeding from the Hand of a Sailor.” This influence began approximately at 7:45 P.M. (Universal Time) on December 30th and continued until 7:00 P.M. (Universal Time) on New Year’s Eve.
Coincidentally, on December 30th the “Popular Search” section on the home page of my Internet browser included the words “Rimes is Engaged.” For most people the story behind these words belonged to the news that on December 27th LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian had announced their engagement.
However, I had been anticipating a "Christmas miracle," and the fact that much of what has been happening can find the thread of a detail in the Sabian Symbols of the day it occurs... I was paying close attention to the transits of Sun and Moon and the images/energies they were delivering. I had already discovered and read The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The poem is about an old sailor who stops a man on his way to a wedding ceremony and shares the story about how he had killed an albatross with his crossbow after the bird had brought the ship good fortune.
“What evil looks had I from old and young! Instead of the cross, the albatross about my neck was hung.”
Bad things began to happen on the mariner's voyage. The wind was sucked out of the sails. The ship ran out of food and water. One by one all those upon the ship began to die… and the mariner had to watch. He was constantly reminded of the reason why they suffered. The albatross remained hung around his neck.
And then one day, he finds it within himself to pray.