The historical images of ‘Maleficent’

| July 15, 2014
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By Chasiti Falls

I went to go see the new Disney movie called Maleficent.  I surely was hesitant just from the title, and then when I was told who was starring in it I was curious as to how this tale would be told.

First and foremost, I will start off to say that even though this was a Disney production one should never allow children to watch a Disney film without parental preview or supervision.  Disney productions are famous for generally having a main character that is an orphan of some sort.  Parents have either been killed in the plot of the story, or there is a single mother or unfit surrogate.  This version of the tale was rated PG-13, meaning that parental guidance is suggested before letting anyone under age 13 see this film. One should always take this into consideration when taking children to the “show.”

At any rate, the word maleficent as an adjective means to do harm or evil; to be harmfully malicious, causing or capable of producing evil or mischief. This definitely set the mood of the film and the images that were put into the watcher’s subconscious.  I have to say I sat during this entire movie with my phone in hand taking notes as if I were in a class. The imagery in this film was so blatant and in your face I felt compelled to educate my folks on what they are looking at.

Maleficent, for those who do not know, is the tale of sleeping beauty through the eyes of the antagonist.  Maleficent is a fictional character Walt Disney‘s 1959 film Sleeping Beauty and an official Disney villain. She is the (self-proclaimed) Mistress of All Evil in the magical land of the Moors, who after not being invited to a royal christening, curses the infant Princess Aurora to “prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel ” before the sun sets on her 16th birthday.

On the flip side, Maleficent strangely resembles a common occult image of Baphomet. This 2014 production had some strange but obvious reflections of the time. This art is depicting life.

An image of Baphomet.

An image of Baphomet.

 

Disney's depiction of Maleificent

Disney’s depiction of Maleificent

Baphomet is a symbolic composite creation of alchemical realization through the union of opposite forces. Occultists believe that, through the mastery of life force, one is able to produce magick and spiritual enlightenment. Eliphas Levi’s depiction of Baphomet included several symbols alluding to the raising of the kundalini– serpentine power–which leads to the pineal gland, also known as the “third eye” being activated.  From an esoteric point of view, Baphomet represents this occult process. That is not a typo for “magick” either, but that is another topic for another day.  Google it along with Aleister Crowley.

However, over time, the symbol has come to signify much more than its esoteric meaning. Through controversies, Baphomet became, depending of the point of view, a representation of everything that is good in occultism or everything that is evil in occultism. It is, in fact, the ultimate “scapegoat,” the face of witchcraft, black magick and Satanism. The fact that the symbol is rather monstrous and grotesque has probably helped propel the symbol to its level of infamy as it never fails to shock organized religions while attracting those who rebel against them.

“Who is Baphomet?”  Is it a symbol of Satan or of spiritual enlightenment? Is it a symbol of good or evil? The answer lies within the symbol itself: It is both. Baphomet is used in pop culture as a symbol of the power of the occult elite over the ignorant masses. Once justifiable success is attained on a personal level, the occult new participant can then point one hand towards the heavens and one hand towards the earth and pronounce themselves as mythical gods that will reverberated through millenniums; as celebrities.

In the 1959 tale Princess Aurora is hidden from Maleficent to avoid the curse until one day the Mistress of evil’s pet raven the Diablo (devil) finds her. An aurora is a natural light display in the sky (from the Latin word aurora, “sunrise” or the Roman goddess of dawn). The diffuse aurora is a featureless glow in the sky that may not be visible to the naked eye, even on a dark night.

Once Diablo the raven succeeds, Maleficent visits Aurora on the evening of her sixteenth birthday in a form of a will-o’-the-wisp hypnotizing Aurora before luring her to a remote tower and transforming into a spinning wheel. Aurora pricks her finger on the spindle, fulfilling the curse. She was tricked right.

Well in the 2014 rendition, Aurora being a stubborn headed teenager found the spindle and pricked herself.  But the suspense is built up by Maleficent riding a black horse and the whispers of someone calling to Aurora. While you are waiting to see what happens you are constantly showed this needle and given the impression that the needle is calling to her.

For my green readers, “black” and “horse” are two common words that are used as synonyms for heroin. Heroin has also made a comeback recently along with ecstasy for popularity. This is a drug that generally is injected with a needle. Some men have even gone the length to inject themselves in their testicles in an effort to not have visible tracks. In the movie the image is the needle calling this little girl to her fate.

Heroin earned the nickname “horse” because it kicks equines into overdrive. Morphine and other opiates, which lull humans to sleep, also trigger the ancient equine flight response.

USA Today published in April of this year that in Burlington, Vt., and New York to Philadelphia and Knoxville, local and federal officials said there has been a surge in stunningly lethal consequences of heroin’s due to its’ availability and purity.  Heroin is cheaper than prescription opioids, costing from about $4 a bag in some places to $20 in others, making it an affordable drug of choice.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said overdose deaths, driven by the same combination of heroin and opiate abuse, outnumbered homicides last year by 52 to 19.

Between 2009 and 2013, according to the assessment produced by the government’s National Drug Intelligence Center, heroin seizures increased 87%. The average size of those seizures increased 81% during the same time.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the Police Executive Research Forum’s National Summit in Washington this year.

“This kind of sneaked up on us,” Holder said, referring to heroin’s resurgence after its former popularity in the ’50s and ’60s.

Holder’s comments came just a month after he urged police and other first responders to carry the drug naloxone, more commonly known as narcan, which is the known antidote used to resuscitate victims from potentially deadly horse; I mean heroin overdoses.

Black Horse or Dark Horse. If you describe someone or something as a dark horse,  this means that people know very little about the person or thing, despite the person or thing having recent success or may be about to have success.  Things that make you go Humm. You can keep singing Katy Perry song if you want to, but “that ain’t none of my business”.

Now this is my favorite mess with your mind part of the movie.  I will have to say I did not see this one coming. My father called this one.  “The True Love’s Kiss” that in the 1959 tale was given to the princess by her beloved prince and the curse was broken.

This movie was right on time. Gay marriage was legalized in Indiana as of June 25. 2014. There was no kiss from a prince that woke up this little princess and they lived happily ever after, no sir. In the 2014 tale, the prince kissed her all right and nothing happened. Her three fairy godmothers even put him out after the kiss failed.  And then right when you think all hope is lost, Maleficent comes in and kisses her and she awakens from her kiss.  Now you are probably saying I am thinking too much into this and that is fine, but it is all about imagery what is going into your subconscious. At the end of the tale, Maleficent self proclaimed Queen of Evil then crowns the Princess Aurora and they live happily ever after. The prince runs up at the end like a dope. Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t most fairy tales end with the king and queen living happily ever after? It is really about gay politics.

Occult imagery is something that we have to be aware and cautious of. The bible says that one should not make any image of what is in the heavens. This is because what one creates from these images shall shape their mental perspective. The powers that be know you are not paying attention and have of gotten bolder. They are hiding their symbols and idolatry in plain sight. When one sees something for just 15 seconds it is embedded in the subconscious and affects the way life is played out.  People really need know about these subliminal messages and “that is my business.”

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