Matthew J. Bell
with Jim Brandon
Author of the rarities Weird America and The Rebirth of Pan)
Lux lucet in tenebris, et tenebrae non comprehenderunt
(“Light shines into darkness, but the darkness comprehends not”)
~ Aurora Consurgens, Pseudo-AquinasN1
With the opening in theaters May 16 of the new sci-fi action flick, Star Trek Into Darkness (hereinafter “Into Darkness”), it won’t only be Trekkies paying rapt attention. Into Darkness has already drawn the attention of the synchro-mystic guru, Loren Coleman, who notes that the film contributes to the bombed-city cultural leitmotif that is au courant.N2
Even a cursory glance at the plot summary on Wikipedia indicates that the movie appears to bristle with occult references.N3 Besides the “Pike” surname, familiar to the Star Trek franchise generally, and evocative of the Freemasonic magus Albert Pike, this latest deep-space excursion includes notable mentions for such curious proper nouns as “Nibiru” (alias for the so-called earth-destroying “Planet X” a.k.a. “Marduk”) and the time-obsessed “Kronos” (about which we will have more to say later). It is sure to keep name-analyzing onomatologists quite busy.
Students of numerology can scarcely feel left out, however, as the movie appears to have not a little of interest numerically as well. Hermetic researcher Jay Weidner N4 might take notice of the reference to a distance “237,000 km” from earth.N5 A numerically significant 300 year artificially-induced sleep apparently figures into the plot.N6 There are even honorable mentions for the perennial 23 and 11 (e.g., the coordinates 188.8.131.52).N7 The 46 is also of interest, since it is the atomic number for the chemical element of palladium – a word which will crop up further on.
Perhaps most importantly though, from the standpoint of the plot, is the recurring mention of the number 72. In the words of the Wikipedia summary, there are “72 long-range prototype photon torpedoes” that are really “cryogenic pods with Harrison'sN8 72 colleagues hidden inside”.
Now 72 is quite an interesting number to have numerological pride of place. In Kabbalah, the Hebrew Shemhamphorasch (or Shem ha-Mephorash, “the explicit name”) is variously described as “a 72-letter name for God...[God's] full and proper name” or as “72 names of God in the Hebrew tongue.”N9 Other sourcesN10 give the Shemhamphorasch as an enumeration of the names of 72 angels (or demons).N11
These Kabbalistic notions are close cousins with the Islamic notion of “72 Virgins (houri) in Paradise.” Additionally: “In Islam, 72 is the number of sects or denominations that are doomed to Hell, according to Hadith (Sayings of prophet Muhammad).”N12
72 is a heavily symbolically-implicated number, it seems.N13 Even a cursory glance at Wikipedia's article on “72,” will reveal many curious connexions.N14
For present purposes, however, we will concern ourselves with the primary earth-bound location named in the film.
The City of London “Square Mile”
The City of London “Square Mile”
Students of high finance, international wire-pulling organizations and even Freemasonry will be watching to see what develops from a terror attack scenario apparently based in the City of London. Known as “the Square Mile,” this small enclave is totally distinct from greater London and has been described as the richest tract of land on earth.N15
At the same time as heavy influence over world monetary affairs is wielded from the City, what is much less well-known is that control over the entire international structure of time and space is arguably based nearby under control of the same cryptic power organism.