Thursday, January 22, 2009

Heart Shaped Coffin

Nirvana's smiley face logo

I am about to start on another large post, and one thing I was going to mention was Nirvana's song Heart-Shaped Box. After seeing the video I thought it might make a good intro to the big post, and help get some of the symbolism out of the way early. I'm not interpreting the video or song, just using it to present my own material. Below is the second version of the video which has a few scenes not included in the original:

Any info on the video comes from the wikipedia page, such as: "The song's name came from a heart-shaped box [Courtney] Love had given Cobain. However, Cobain had originally titled the song 'Heart-Shaped Coffin'." Apparently Love collected heart shaped boxes, which isn't really surprising since she named herself "Love." Considering Love got Kurt hooked on heroin which probably lead to his suicide, the song, named for a gift Love gave Kurt, should really have been called Heart-Shaped Coffin afterall. Well I don't really have any idea on how to present this information, so I'll try by following the song's lyrics:

She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak

Pisces represents the current age and the current idea of god: a fisher of men, as well as other fish symbolism. Obviously this is on it's way out as Aquarius gets here, but until then I'll keep calling it the "current" idea. Hmm current, like ocean currents... Ok, so anyways the fish symbol, known as the vesica piscis, is made by the intersection of two circles. It creates an almond eye shape, "She eyes me like a pisces," which if you extend the edges on one side makes a fish with tail image, that old Christian symbol.

Turned vertical, the oval can represent a vagina. A woman who just lays there during sex is called a "dead fish." This vaginal symbol can be seen in the nimbus around the Virgin Mary and Jesus. Jesus obviously came out of Mary's "pisces" to officially kick off the Age of Pisces. The shape of a womans lips are often intended to represent the vagina, and this is why thousands of years ago they started painting them red, and these days inject them with various substances to enlarge them and make them more visible (though usually less visibly appealing). For a visual feast dedicated to this idea, please visit Quinta Essentia.

Here is a comparison of some of the other Christian symbols in the video. The dying old man is first seen in phrygian Santa cap, and below wearing the Pope's mitre:

I've been locked inside your Heart Shaped box, for weeks

Towards the end of the video, many of the scenes are from inside a large cubic box with a giant black heart above it. This room is first seen all in blue with hexagonal flowers/stars covering the walls, and then later all in red. Some of the flowers on the cover of the single CD are also hexagonal, and are probably mostly orchids. The band hangs out in the room, but never at the same time as the little girl in the Ku Klux Klan outfit. While in the room the girl can be seen opening an apparently empty heart-shaped box and then later lying down on the bed.

The heart-shaped box is quite the loaded symbol. A "box" is a slang term for a vagaina. Lesbians "pack a box lunch" so to speak, or rather "chew box." The heart, as at least one of my readers (The Celtic Rebel) already knows, is a very clear symbol for the vagina.

The above link to the Celtic Rebel goes to a post partly about cube/box symbolism, but it is also where I stole from that picture of The Spirit villan, The Maneater. Think about that name for a second. Your 'manhood' goes into the heart-shaped box, which as you can see, she hungrily eats like a PMS'ing woman with a chocolate craving. Chocolate has been called a replacement for sex, so here it's a replacement for a penis, which now we all now know is what really belongs in heart-shaped boxes. Check out that picture of the box room with the giant heart above it: don't those red curtains give the appearance of a birth canal, and hint that we're about to be born into the white light behind the heart?

I've been drawn into your magnet tar pit trap

The magnet tar pit trap, and the idea of turning black, has a real "Paint it Black" feel to it. Even the room with the heart above it should have a red heart, but it's painted black instead. The tar pit trap is seen in the video when the girls cone hat is blown off and follows a group of blue butterflys like it's a buterfly net, and then falls into a small pool of black ink which turns the hat black; as well as turning the girls whole outfit black which can be seen when she points to the dying old man in the hospital bed.

I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black

Pisces was already mentioned in the first line, so I'm not reaching too far to think that Cancer refers a house of the zodiac and not the disease. Love's birthdate makes her a Cancer in Western Astrology. A biography on Kurt Cobain claims that this line is a extremely convoluted way of saying "I love you" to Courtney Love. The sign for Cancer looks like "69" which we all know is a sexual position forced heavily into our consciousness where each persons face is near the other persons ass, infact, they have quite a good view of the brown-eye from this vantage point. You should check out The Celtic Rebel's 7-Part series which goes "in-depth" into these topics. "When you turn black" references death, decay and putrification. The Nigredo stage of Alchemy, it will eventually lead to spiritual perfection, as the life cycle of birth-death-rebirth is said to eventually accomplish, though you can shortcut physical death by becomming enlightened in life which gives one immortality, or a pass to get off of the wheel of Karma.

In the scene pictured above of the little girl in the now black KKK or Wicked Witch outfit, she points like the Grim Reaper to the old man laying in the hospital bed getting an IV, the bottle of which may represent the top half of the large red hourglass used by the Wicked Witch to threaten Dorothy's life. In a quick one-second scene, the old man is replaced by an ampliphier and speakers while Kurt strums his guitar causing our attention to be distracted away from this sudden transformation of the old dying man.

The old decaying body is revealed to be an artificial box, a stone vessel shaped from clay by God into the rough ashlar of Freemasonry. The Celtic Rebel and I muse over the boxy nature of reality in this post. All 3-dimensional platonic solids can be made from the 2-dimensional Metatron's Cube, the central shape of which is the hexagram, which it's self can be seen as a 3-dimensional cube, tilted so we view through two corners.

A circle has 360 degrees, a cube has six sides, and the hexagram has 6 sides, corners and triangles, and can be continually reduced into smaller hexagrams like a fractal, so that you keep getting 6,6,6...6,6,6... (36="three sixes") Quoting myself from Celt's blog: "If you add all the numbers in 36: 1+2+3…+35+36 it = 666. In relation of Man and 666: Man (and all life on earth/cubic-prison) is Carbon based, and Carbon has 6 protons, 6 neutrons, and 6 electrons. Mother Earth is seen as square, having “four corners,” and even recent seismic evidence reveals that the center of the earth is not a ball of Iron, but more likely a large Iron cube." For more on earth's insides being cubic, see this.

In the middle of this Metatron's Cube is another cube which represents the 4th dimension. This is called a tesseract:

The ability for a 2-D image to project 3 or 4-D shapes is something you probably see every day on your credit and debit cards. A hologram projects a 3-D image above it's 2-D surface. Recent discoveries indicate that our universe is really a holographic projection. All the information inside the universe may be encoded at it's most outer edge, similar to how a black hole encodes information at it's event horizen. Holographics can also explain any currently "unexplainable" phenomena due mostly to the non-locality of information (because the tinniest piece contains all the information of the whole sysetm), as explained in The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot:
Indeed, even our most fundamental notions about reality become suspect, for in a holographic universe, as Pribram has pointed out, even random events would have to be seen as based on holographic principles and therefore determined. Synchronicities or meaningful coincidences suddenly makes sense, and everything in reality would have to be seen as a metaphor, for even the most haphazard events would express some underlying symmetry.

Life is death, the heart-shaped box is a coffin, a coffin for a new baby. The cubic dead body is being revived with an IV which consists of a jar with a fetus inside of it, a new soul in the recycled waste of constantly dying organic matter:

There's two ways to leave this life. One is death, and then you just start over again, and the other way is achieving immortality before physical death. Jesus was transfigured before a crowd of non-believers before his crucifixion. At that point, I believe, no matter how he died he was already free from the cycle of birth-death-birth. He climbed the cross and willingly sacrificed his physical presence in order to free his spiritual self trapped in the corporeal box. After death and entombment he resurrected in the same body, with the same wounds, only immortal now. Notice in the below picture of the band visiting the hospital room of the dying man that the three band members sit with their legs crossed. Also in the third group of pictures below, note that the cross on the floor of the hospital room is made out of square tiles. This black cross is inverted (St.Peter's Cross) from the vantage point of the old man. X-Files episode "All Souls" has Scully trying to save Nephilim from the Devil incarnate. That episode features a church which is trying to save the Nephilim by giving them up to a 4-faced Cherub who shines the glory of God upon them. This divine light kills them physically, but is also frees their souls. This church uses the symbol of a black inverted cross.

Meat-eating orchids forgive no one just yet
Cut myself on Angel Hair and baby's breath

Orchids get their name from there testicular shaped roots. The orchids on the singles cover art, and the full length CD's reverse-cover art provide a male counterpart for the "heart boxes." "Meat-eating" give nature's process of decay some teeth, so to speak. The rear cover art (above) has babies potentially being consumed by the flowers. Apparently aborted fetuses were on the bands mind when making this song because: "In a 1993 Chicago Sun-Times interview, [Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic] said the original effect used on the song's guitar solo sounded 'like a fucking abortion hitting the floor.'" "Angel's Hair and baby's breath" is a mixture of divine and earthly. Humans are part angelic, belonging 'up there,' and part human, having to breathe, like the Nephilim from the above mentioned X-Files episode.

Broken hymen of your highness I'm left black

Broken hymen refers to loss of virginity which traditionally is done after marriage. For most of the video the young (and therefore virgin) girl walks around in a white outfit. Some people like to bring up the fact that Mary would probably have been quite young herself when she was raped by Zeus, err.. I mean "knew" the holy spirit and immaculately concieved Jesus. Either way, being a virgin meant being unmarried. Mary and Jospeph, except for possibly in the Book of Matthew, were not married at the time of Jesus' birth. This makes her a "virgin," though not necessarily one in todays sense of the word. The above picture of the albums cover art shows an angel with human internals. The album name is IN UTERO, which if you read "UTERO" starting at the "R," reveals: IN ROUTE. A soul is 'in route' from heaven to earth. The fat version of this woman is shown in the video walking forward to the fetus tree, but never advancing as if she is on a treadmill. She has obviously 'consumed' too much of physical life and cannot claim the fruit of this strange "tree of life."

Seeing as how the heart is a barely veiled vagina, a broken heart could be a broken hymen. And now a pierced heart is a symbol of sex. Anyone surprised?

The blue butterflys, mentioned above when the girls outfit changes to black, point back to an old post of mine about Monarch mind control programming which states:
Older victims were frequently tattooed for easy identification with a "so-called" Blue or other colored monarch butterfly. This practice became more or less obsolete in the early 1970's and was replaced by the victim wearing butterfly hair barrettes, large butterfly ear rings, pins, necklaces, bracelets, or embroidered insignias to "advertise" their art of expertise to knowledgeable abusers. This rule applies to 100% of the victims interviewed. -
I had originally thought that the color blue was a reference to Project Blue Bird mind control, but the blue butterflys have appeared in a few places, and seem to indicate a connection to death and the afterlife; though the connection to sex is still relevant. Butterflys are a sign of change. A caterpillar goes into a coccoon and emerges transfigured (like Jesus before crucifixion) with wings, and flies off into the heavens. It's the serpent-to-eagle transformation that happens when the constellation Scorpio is shot in the heart by Sagittarius.

The bleeding or flaming heart is a common theme in figures who are transfigured (Thanks A Few Shots to Shaman for your post which added greatly to this idea):

Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back

Babys (and souls) come into this world on a rope connecting back to their physical origin, the umbilical cord going into the heart-shaped coffin, and perhaps a spiritual equivalent: the Silver Cord seen by astral travelers which connects their soul to their body. Cutting this cord would lead to physical death if you could not return to your body. And it leads to temporary spiritual death when the baby's soul is severed from its origin with the cuting of the umbilical cord and the baby takes it's first human breaths, already forgetting where it came from.

Kurt Cobain (KC/KK) is dressed like the Tinman (his shiny shirt) and the Scarecrow (or perhaps Patchwork Girl) (his patched pants), two of the un-real characters of the book and movie. Both of these characters are inanimate objects which apparently have had life breathed into them by some creator. They are in search of a heart and mind from the Wizard of Oz. But the Wizard is a charlatan, as shown via the traveling magician in the beginning of the story, and all he gives them are symbols of what they seek, just as they are symbols of what they are. Everything about you does not describe the real You inhabiting your cubic prison. The Tinman's heart is a pocketwatch. His "ticker" will one day stop ticking. But he was alive before recieving it and will live after it, just as we, as living souls, live before and after being born with our own countdown clocks in our chests.

the robot (person) lies behind the octagonal looking glass

Kurt uncrosses his legs and also takes off his Tinman shirt at one point. He is ready for physical death on the cross, and spiritual freedom.

Krist (Christ) Novoselic opens the blinds and lets in the divine light which kills all who look upon it - freeing their souls. He casts a shadow, a black cross over Kurt, by holding his arms out; reminding us that the cross is the shape it is because it represents the human body, and we are all locked inside out own cubic prisons from which we must free our divine selves, achieving immortality of the soul.

I'll end it here with the song from Jim Henson's The Cube which was mentioned in my Room 101 article:
You'll Never Get Out of the Cube:

There are places that contain you,
There are corners in your soul,
Plastic laminations in your life.
But when you're on the inside
Of the outside of your thoughts,
Do they restrain or do you stay yourself?

Now the inside of the near place
Is the outside of the far
But you can only face your space one way.
You're really in the middle
Of the the inside of yourself,

And there is only one thing we can say...

You'll never get out, you'll never get out,
You'll never get out of the cube!
You'll never get out, you'll never get out,
You'll never get out 'til you're dead!
Dead, dead...
'Til you're dead, dead, dead...

Here's to a transformative Valentines Day!

heart nebula

This series (which got way out-of-hand!) is continued here: Opening the Stargate. The next parts (so far) after "Opening the Stargate" are The Journey Back Home, Purification, and Bee Seeing You Through the Veil


A Few Shots to Shaman said...

I've seen at least 5 movies lately with the heart shaped locket theme. One of course being The Spirit.

Forgetting Sarah Marshal is Zeus breaking the Hyman.... Poetry!

Hanging Man on the black cross.... Had to be intentional.

Much Love

aferrismoon said...

Must reread but just wondering if YOUTUBE = an electronic umbilical cord .
Cutting the Umbilical = Thinking out of the box

The cutting of the umbilical = 1 of those medical practices that has become 'normal'. I assume it has to be cut at some juncture but has there been any discussion about when.
4 Hearts in a circle make an Octo.

The Synchwiki looks well


Unknown said...

Oh my god, Afferris I was just catching up on your stuff and I see you already covered the CORD stuff! And A Few Shots did a heart post before I finished this up too. Are we all sharing one Mind or what?!

aferrismoon said...

Sharing one mind - I'm not sure , but certainly it seems a sub-conscious import-export business is boosting the local-synchonomy.
I'm going for the 'one' tetrahedral mind at present, as it has no single, most important centre.

Quite amazing your choice of words in that paragraph. As u 'enjoy' giving credit it does seem quite an accurate synch
Also just because 'mine' is dated before 'yours' doesn't mean to say that you didn't think of it first, let it circulate your thoughts , and got picked up by my 'dreaming' mind.
Perhaps 'your' mind refused to let u post first.

Anyhow that Rus 'YesMan' poster = very 'spirational

Shall put the synch into future post.


skrambo said...

This video made me hate Nirvana. It was going around on TV during a really bad part of my childhood and hearing nirvana will always remind me of that. The fat skinless lady was a thing of nightmares, as was the old man. *shudder*

So yeah, this video for me also represents a passing age, that of Pisces, as you so eloquently point out through the course of showing the video's symbolism... The fact that you can never tell what Kurt is saying seems to be dissociative in a way. An arrow piercing a heart was one of those symbols I saw a lot growing up, never made the heart=vagina connection until just now (I always thought it looked like an ass)... Thanks for that.

Aferris - "Youtube" being an umbilical cord makes a ton of sense. It is a way for many people to feel attention, as if the world viewing their videos is their new parent in a physical reality lacking in parental love.

Anonymous said...

skyclad postcard from planet earth

!cast away in another based life form!

Unknown said...

I found an interesting connection between the butterfly and death after visiting tommy's blog Kozmikon.

In Greek mythology, Thanatos ("death") was the personification of death (Roman equivalent: Mors). He was a son of Nyx and twin of Hypnos.

In art, Thanatos (death) was depicted as a young man carrying a butterfly, wreath or inversed torch in his hands. He sometimes has two wings and a sword attached to his belt.

The inverted torch reminds me of Mithraic symbolism which has 2 man on either side of the scene, one with a upright torch and the other with an inverted one. This can be seen as the two pillars or the checkered floor.

Occult Mosaic said...

the nirvana baby was also in the news last month for his 17 year(osiris) anniversary.

Anonymous said...

Do you guys know anything about the 'Innovative Program School'?
Pretty interesting stuff indeed. It seems a lot of Punk Rock luminaries attended this peculiar school in Santa Monica CA of which I can't find any other info on other than the provided link. It states Pat Smear was in attendance (who put in a brief appearance with Nirvana). It got me wondering if any programming went on at the school which of course leads us to this post. Though I doubt Pat had a significant influence on Nirvana's songwriting, he was however touring with the band for the album that Heart Shaped Box is on. My question is, how does this stuff happen? Is it the producers etc, or is this just Synchronicity?? Is it a Jungian type deal or...... Because if every artist was advised at some level by a Mason (or whomever) to sing about this or write a screenplay about this, that or the other, there would be widely held accounts of meddlesome 'higher-ups' & anecdotes of resulting conflict that would show up all over. What the hell is all of this??!! I mean are the Music Video makers all part of the plot? I just don't feel Kurt would consciously construct such cryptic mythological narratives deliberately.

Unknown said...

I saw that article about the Nirvana baby re-making the picture in the pool from the cover of Nevermind on the boys 17th anniversary. With the connection of 17 to Osiris, and Osiris being the god of death & rebirth, vegitation, and so on, it really fits in here.

We can't know what Kurt was expressing with this video he completely planned out (according to wikipedia), but the symbols are out there for us to interpret them now. Of course, the video is done in the theme of the Wizard of Oz which I probably don't have to mention is heavily referenced in Mind Control research.

The school sounds quite interesting, and with the EST and Scientology techniques being used, I would have to agree that there was some brainwashing going on there, at least more so than in every other school in the world.

I would say that themes and symbols are definetly put out there by groups, or individuals who are sympathetic to the aims of these groups, in movies and so on as predictive programming and just plain brainwashing. But most of the time, and even in intentionally manipulated media, there are symbols which come right of the aether and can be interpreted on their own.

D7 said...

Some nice eye-openng stuff in in this post which reminded me to Masonic Third Degree Tracing board..

i also send you PM in the synch-forum...


Chris said...

Guess what song was playing on Pandora while I read this post..

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you didn't put "suicide" in quotations. I recall someone talking of how Kurt wouldn't go along with the Cult of Dionysus, and it was one of the reasons Yoko Ono, I mean, COURTney LOVE was sent to him. Who knows?

The intersection of two fish? Sounds kinda lesbian. :-) The intersection of two C's also makes the Coco Channel cetis. Then, there is the connection between vaginas and fish.

It occured to me while reading your post the average maximum vagina depth is about 6 inches, which is also the average depth most get buried. Six inches deep or six feet under, huh?

Just realized we synced on projecting 2D images out. Don't know if you caught this image from my post yet.

If I ever do my HEART post, I've got some images that will dismiss the "barely veiled" correlation to vaginas, but I'll have to shop them to hell else WordPress may boot me.

Nice closing. Had forgotten those cube lyrics...

Unknown said...

About the lyric "Cancer," I read recently that Kurt had the moon in Cancer in this astrology chart.

Hey Celt, I saw a movie once where a guy claimed Courtney paid him to kill Kurt, as well as other clues to his "suicide," but I didn't really want to get into it. I have a picture somewhere on my computer of Kurt putting the barrel of an M-16 into his mouth, which kinda reminds me of that doctored picture of Lee Harvey Oswald holding his gun which sets him up as a crazy lone shooter. I hadn't heart he resisted the music industry cult of Dionysos, but it wouldn't suprise me.

"It occured to me while reading your post the average maximum vagina depth is about 6 inches, which is also the average depth most get buried. Six inches deep or six feet under, huh?"

That's a great connection! I was going to say something about the 6 ft. depth but couldn't think of anything that fit this post.

I've been waiting forever for your Heart post! I'd like to see those images. I know what you mean about photo-hosting, I had an image censored for my upcoming article. I emailed photobucket, but they haven't responded or uncensored my image :( I don't want to piss them off because all the images on my blog would dissapere!

Unknown said...

HAha, I wrote "I hadn't heart he resisted" I meant to say "heard" not "heart" :D I must have a dirty mind.

One day I pointed out like 5 or 6 different double-C "jesus fish" symbols used in advertising to my Aunt. She thought it was interesting, but that's about it. It's hard to get people to really think about the world around them, and it's funny to see them go "oh yeah..." when you point stuff out.

KoSeYeA13 said...

Great post!

The fact that a playing card heart is equivalent to the tarot cups, reinforces the vaginal meaning. Also the butterfly net hat immediately made me think of Crowleys Novel, Moonchild: The Butterfly Net, which has allot to do with monarch mind control.

The Secret Sun said...

Wow. Some very sharp connections there. Especially dug the Tony Stark.

Anthony Peterson said...

I'm only just getting the hang of all this synchromysticism, but bear with me...I'm sure you know already that a cub with its six faces splayed out - the cubic prism/prison opened - forms the shape of a cross (the freedom of spirit achieved by Christ).

Also, St Teresa of Avila spoke of meeting a Seraph and of it thrusting his golden arrow into her "heart" ~ surely some sex-magic being hinted at.

Unknown said...

Hey Anthony, thanks for leaving a comment. I may have not mentiond it, but there is a picture of an "unfolded cube." Recently I read about someone being initiated or instructed in Egyptian Mysteries (I think) and he wrote how the priest unfolded a cube to reveal a cross.

Great story about St Teresa of Avila, certianly sounds like those parts of Genesis where the angels came(cum) unto the women on earth and produced giant offspring.

Anthony Peterson said...

Indeed...the Nephilim.

Interesting to note, too, that one of my favourite writers talks about the Cupid and Psyche myth in terms of the entry of the Nephilim - and also that Cupid/Eros is usually depicted as being about to "shoot" his arrow into the heart of a lover.

Man! You and your fellow bloggers are giving me so many thought-connections its crazy!

Unknown said...

Cupid definetly. Reminds me of the Egyptian Tarot card for The Lovers, an angel points his arrow at the lover/path which the initiate must choose.

The thought-connections are what make blogs so good. No author can cover all bases in a single post, and the comments of his readers often double the amount of information. I reguard the comments as just as important as the initial post. I remember first reading the synchro blogs and going, "Oh that reminds me of this... and that reminds me of that...!"

Ryan McAlister said...

This synchs up with my thoughts and experiences very much, from the blue butterfly to the "dead fish." I've had thoughts on the cube and the opened cube ever since yours and rebel's past posts on the matter. Somehow aquarius and water (knowledge) is tying into all of this perfectly. We should do a podcast sometime, or just audio chat about it on somebody else's dime. heh Thanks for your thoughts, Jeremy!

Susan said...

Hello, i´am fron germany and i just read your article. I´m very fascinated about the sources you found out to give the nirvana messages a meaning. I will write a hole book about my experiences with the nirvana topic, because i think that the power of thoughts has the effect to bring parts of the beyond world to our material world. The results of this happenings are bad anyway.


What are you saving up to be.. Jewish?