Cognac on the Firmament : As Above, So Below

Cognac on the Firmament : As Above, So Below

Returning to the interview I recently was fortunate enough to have with Crrow777, a question was asked to me regarding the concept of space as being water.  To be honest, I hadn’t really thought through the concept.  Thanks to some on and off line discussions with Cassidy Kring and the research he had been conducting in respect to the notion of a firmament, I had some knowledge regarding the concept of “a dome above the planet,” yet I personally hadn’t researched the idea in-depth.  I responded that I wasn’t certain, but that in the Hatybov material, many references are made to “strictly organized plasma” which represents the fabric of the Universe; perhaps, I thought, water was a metaphor for plasma, and possibly similar to the Pythagorean concept of the Unlimited, such as breath and the Central Fire.

The Firmament and Water

I  won’t be breaking down Firmament and Water to a level I typically like to with subject matter due to time constraints this week, but if we start with the basics, let’s take a look at the a passage courtesy of the The Holy Bible A :

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament, from the waters which were above the firmament, and it was so”

I do want to be certain to state that I do not take the Holy Bible as the word of absolute truth, nor do I subscribe to a unique religion or denomination.  I’m presenting the quote above as a basis of reference for the analysis presented.  I realize there are also discussions in the Vedic texts in regard to the idea of the firmament, so the firmament is certainly not a unique Christian concept. One could further argue, as I plan to do in the future, that alchemy ultimately originated from the idea of rocks falling from the ancient, stone dome that covered the world. However, with all that being said, I would like to begin the analysis with our ancestor’s ancient hypothesis that attempted to imply that space is water, and that the construct of the firmament divided the waters of heaven apart from the waters of Earth.

A Short Film, the Wild Rabbit, and Two Extreme Adventurers

With a rough idea of what the  idea of the firmament implies, I’d like to highlight a commercial I recently viewed on television that hints at the concept of space being equivalent to water.  Meet Hennessy V.S.:the Piccards, a short commercial promoting the Wild Rabbit line of Hennessy’s Cognac. The commercial features a father/son duo from the early to mid 20th century that led the way forward for space and deep sea water exploration.

The Cast

Auguste Piccard

Auguste was a Swiss born physicist, inventor, and explorer. Born on January 28, 1884, Piccard and his twin brother Jean Piccard chose a life of science and careers as educators and researchers. Auguste, interested in measuring Earth’s upper atmosphere’s cosmic rays to correlate to the hypotheses of Albert Einstein, became attentive to the use of balloons as a means of upper atmosphere experimentation.  On May 27, 1931, Piccard and Paul Kipfer ascended to an altitude of 15,781 meters (or 51,775 feet) in a uniquely designed air cabin/capsule and balloon that could withstand the perils of the stratosphere.  Later in life, Piccard turned his focus on the construction of the bathyscaphe, a submersible vessel capable of resisting the pressures of the ocean’s depths.  His son, Jacques Piccard, would later finish the bathyscaphe’s project and mission. (b)

Jacques Piccard

Born in Brussels, Belgium on July 28, 1922, Jacques built a career around economics, physics, and oceanic engineering.  Son to Auguste, he assisted his father in the construction and financing of bathycaphes.  Having successfully brokered financial support from what appears to be the United States Defense Department, Piccard and Lieutenant Don Walsh of the US Navy set a new submarine depth record on January 23, 1960 by descending 10,916 meters, or 35,814 feet, into the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench courtesy of the Trieste. He spent the later years of his life designing mid depth submersibles known as mesocaphes, and eventually moved into the US Defense industry to provide consulting services regarding deep-sea research. (c)

Also of interest, it is reported on several web resources that Gene Roddenberry named Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek after one or both of the twin brothers Auguste and Jean Piccard.

The Commericial

The commercial begins with Auguste’s 1931 high altitude balloon and capsule rocketing away from the planet Earth.  As the balloon races through the atmosphere, the capsule is shaking violently and the proto-astronaut is bracing for possibly the worst potential outcome of this flight.  At a certain height, the balloon breaks through the clouds and the vibrations cease. Dialogue begins to overlay the imagery of the capsule and balloon floating away from Earth, stating that “when a man reached the edge, after you go as far as any man can possibly go…”

The balloon at some altitude bursts, yet the capsule is still moving away from the Earth, and hurtles toward a barrier that apparently hovers above the Earth.  As the capsule nears this barrier, the proto-astronaut appears to be bracing for some unknown event, and subsequently a surrealist image of the capsule flying into a pupil hanging over some bright, organic disc is featured.  The capsule then begins to move into a cluster of water droplets and then suddenly impacts with a wall of water…queue the Interstellar-esque pipe organ music…

The commercial then transitions into what is assumed to be son Jacques’s expedition into the Mariana Trench in 1960.  The submariner appears to be in a vehicle, attached to a larger submarine, very similar to his father’s capsule used to break into the stratosphere roughly 30 years prior. In a shot very similar to that of David Bowman hurtling into Jupiter in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (see above), Jacques steams ahead into a view of beautiful, deep water oceanic lights.  At the tail end of the commercial (no pun intended), the viewer is asked “What is your Wild Rabbit? Never stop, never settle.”

A Potential Analysis in Respect to the Media’s Portrayal of Waters Above the Firmament

The glossy, surface analysis is fairly straightforward; a brilliant scientist father paves the way for future space agency exploration by drifting into the stratosphere with the assistance of a specially designed balloon and capsule.  The commercial then segues from father to son’s quest. Moving from 51,775 feet in the atmosphere to his son’s eventual submersion 35,814 feet below the surface of the Earth, two generations of Piccards have gone from the heavens to the depths of planet over the course of 30 years.  This is definitely quite a family accomplishment. The commercial uses a wonderful sequence of action, music, visual effects, and acting to convey the bravery and awe that the two Piccard explorers most certainly entertained.

Moving to a secondary analysis of the short commercial’s visual concepts, let’s return to the notion that “space is water,” and that film, literature, and other art forms have embedded symbols and memes inferring that space is, indeed, water.  With this lens of analysis in place, a few things of interest stood out to me in respect to this commercial.  Firstly:

  • When the balloon and capsule break the clouds, the craft ceases to vibrate and is shown in low earth orbit, hovering between the Earth and some type of wall or barrier (possibly the Firmament)

  • Upon breaking  through the clouds, the balloon explodes, yet the capsule continues to move forward, and it appears to head towards a wall of water that possibly appears to us as stars

  • As the capsule approaches the wall of water, rain droplets begin to form around the capsule as it moves through space

  • Finally, the capsule hits the wall, and breaks into a body of water; the “spacecraft” looks to almost be falling into a lake or an ocean, but I would argue that the Earth is being reflected behind the water as the capsule breaks the surface

The imagery, I would argue, implies that the elder Piccard’s capsule has ultimately encountered and passed through the Firmament, and is at that point entering water which is representative of space. Hidden within the commercial’s first order of symbolism of the baton of adventure and science being passed from father to son in opposite directions of our planet is the meme that space is water, and that water is space.  Personally, I find the second order of symbolism to be much more interesting and telling.

What Lies Beyond the Firmament?

Also of interest in the extended version of the commercial available on YouTube is a possible view of what Piccard is implied to have encountered upon entering the waters of space. He potentially confronts the possible awakening of the Cosmos, the Abyss, the Demiurge, or the “Great Darkness;” the Demiurge is ‘shocked’ at humanity’s attempt to escape Its creation.  I found three frames included in the commercial extremely compelling and when I compiled the imagery, and I immediately thought of Astronaut David Bowman in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, as Bowman ascended into the planet Jupiter.

The series of pictures below is the progression of abstract imagery included in the extended version of the commercial; the scenes begin as Piccard ascends to the Firmament, then Piccard’s capsule is seen moving into a larger “Eye”, and then finally the “Eye” appears as a broken egg, or possibly a fetus, placed above more drops of water in the Universe.  The “Eye” then explodes. This could be the director’s nod at Kubrick’s masterpiece, or the director hinting at a secret knowledge base, or a potential combination of both.  Either way, the imagery is beautiful and esoteric, and I hope other researchers have a chance to look at this sequence in attempt to make some sense of the symbolism.

Final Thoughts on the Matter at Hand

As always, I am aware of the fact that I could be piecing together information into a context and configuration that benefits the purpose of the perspective “space is water, water is space.” Could I be reading too much into it and be attempting to make more out of sixty second commercial than is ultimately there?  Absolutely.

Yet I don’t think anyone can doubt the imagery “space being water” that lies in the commercial.  I think that imagery goes without saying, and I don’t believe I am misinterpreting the commercial’s visuals.  Whether the commercial is intended to imply the hidden knowledge in respect to the Firmament and the Water above it, or simply meant to engage your senses with a beautifully constructed commercial to buy Cognac, I of course do not know the answer.  Yet the meme is there; the meme that “space is water, water is space” is placed into a wonderfully directed short advertisement of beautiful imagery, music, and family.

As always, please feel free to drop any criticisms and feedback.  And if that image of the eye/egg makes sense to someone at a much more Jungian/alchemical level, please let me know!  I’d love to hear a different take on that series of images.

References

‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30xqqjosCLQ

A.”The Holy Bible.” Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

B. Latil, Pierre De. “Auguste Piccard.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

C. The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Jacques Piccard.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

2 Replies to “Cognac on the Firmament : As Above, So Below”

  1. ……from loka to loka, and back, eternally returning like in a sandglass. Gravity is only a “theory”, …to each living conscious species its existential region of activity with its inherent laws. Cant go further than the dome belonging to that spherical region, always a vicious circle. The Ouroboros, and all that stuff!
    Earlier you made a peek at the central fire, & the breath…the wind, i.e. the WORD…i.e. the wave always in the water.
    Alchemy is the process by which a “thing” transfers itself from one place to another, keeping all its vital credentials, but within a different space inside the universal “plasma” or Aether : Anima Mundi, or Universal Mercury, at each level becoming purer, but always going round and round and up and down and up till infinity stops it.
    … alchemists in the old Taoist tradition called that the “heavens, revolving”. Uniting the spirit & the soul, the sulfur & the mercury. Uniting heaven with earth. The waters from above with the waters from below.
    But each time the “thing” dies to what it was, to live in a higher sphere and not metaphorically.
    …it’s not humanity that wishes to escape the Demiurge’s realm, but the initiate that can. But isn’t that pretentious? Wisdom is a pearl, not anyone can carry.

    1. The central fire is fascinating, absolutely. The initiate is the one that can escape the Demiurge? What an interesting thought. I too am speculating on that with my upcoming article regarding NASA’s malemute rocket. Very interesting days!

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