Eleven years ago at high noon, when the sun was at its apex in the sky over the Capitol building, the United States Senate acquitted Bill Clinton on impeachment charges which were the culmination of various investigations that dogged the “Big Dog” throughout his term in office.
If you weren't there, it's kind of a long story. I suppose it all started with some bogus land deal the Clinton's were involved in (are there any other kind in Arkansas?), then expanded into a sexual harassment suit filed against the Big Dog which then went haywire when the Big Dog’s DNA was found on the infamous blue dress of another one of his paramours, the voluptuous young intern Monica Lewinsky.
After an eternity of contrived partisan wrangling and lascivious gossip, the whole charade ended the only way it was ever going to- with Clinton off the hook and his enemies in the Congress licking their wounds and/or looking for work. Clinton was destined to be a one-termer before this ridiculous clownshow began but then spent the last two years of his second term basking in record-high approval ratings. Now he chums around his adoptive family, the Bushes. George and Barbara say the Big Dog is “like a son” to them.
But we don’t care about all of that here, we’re in it for the semiotics. And boy, the whole thing was lousy with them - truly fascinating parallels to all of the myth-themes we puzzle over here. Where should we start?
How about here- in the Egyptian Mysteries, Osiris was trapped and murdered by Set, the god of chaos. Bill Clinton was entrapped by Kenneth (“born of Fire”) Starr (!) who had him impeached. Set had 72 co-conspirators, that parallels the "vast and organized Right Wing Conspiracy" Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke of.
Bill Clinton had been in office 72 months when he was impeached.
The constellation of Taurus was seen as in opposition to Orion, which was identified with Osiris. Ken “Starr” brought his first indictment in May of 1998 (666x3), the month of Taurus in the Zodiac.
Monica Lewinsky came to the White House as a intern after the 1995 government shutdown, a kind of symbolic death that signaled Clinton’s political rebirth after the disastrous 1994 elections. But then things get a little, uh, delicate, so sensitive readers are encouraged to look away.
Clinton got busy with Lewinsky in the Oval Office. Not much more need be said about that, other than its alignment with the Washington Monument and Obama’s nifty new carpet for it. Clinton and Lewinsky never got to the horizontal bop, preferring oral and manual stimulation. Any symbolic parallels there? As if you need to ask....
The Egyptian creator god Atum created the Universe by autoerotic means, both oral and manual. In ancient times, a pharaoh’s sex slave would often help her sovereign start his day in a similar fashion, in a ritual symbolic of the creation of the Universe by Atum.
In the ancient mysteries, Isis cannot find Osiris’ thingy so she magically creates one from the earth. Speaking of which, remember the cigar incident? If not, go do a search on it, this is a family blog (in some depictions, Isis uses the phony phallus to give Osiris the breath of life, nudge-nudge).
Fans of the Sun know all about the 17 meme- well, Monica was subpoenaed on December 17, 1997 and Clinton gave us the infamous “meaning of IS IS” line during his January 17, 1998 deposition. Clinton then becomes the first sitting president to testify before a grand jury on August 17 of that year. On Aug. 17 of 2000, Starr’s successor, Robert Ray (!), empanels a new grand jury that never goes anywhere.
On November 19, 1998, Kenneth Starr outlined the charges against Clinton before the House Judiciary Committee. The very next day the first module of the new International Space Station (IS(I)S) was launched on the Zarya rocket from launch pad 333 at the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakstan, 3,300 miles from the Giza Necropolis. Hoagland was all over it:
Zarya, which translates into "sunrise" or "rising sun" in English, was launched from pad 333 at its precisely scheduled time despite Russian requests to have the launch delayed. NASA, citing a number of minor technical considerations, refused the Russian request and the launch went off as originally scheduled and was witnessed by NASA administrator Dan Goldin. Considering that the IS(I)S program was already a year behind schedule, another minor delay would not, despite NASA protestations to contrary, have led to a significant problem. Only when you consider the symbolic significance of the moment does this steadfast insistence make sense.On the 16th of December, US and British forces dropped some bombs on the 33rd parallel (Iraq, to be precise). The House Impeachment took place on the 19th of December. Thirteen (13) House managers ran the clownshow. December 19 was the day Licinius abdicated his role as Roman emperor. It was his wedding to Constantine's half-sister in 313 AD that served as the occasion for the Edict of Milan (which he co-signed), that set the stage for Roman theocracy. Strangely enough, It’s also the day that Apollo 17 splashed down.
"Rising sun" of course, is Horus in the ancient Egyptian pantheon of gods. "Horus in the Horizon" or more literally "Horus-rising," is symbolic of the transformation between the dimensions of life and death.
The Senate trial opened on 1/7/99, which gives us the requisite 17 and 9s. After the 13 House managers spoke in the opening arguments, the next lawyer was was Cheryl Mills. Here’s what the BBC has to say about her:
White House Deputy Counsel Cheryl Mills, the first woman to address the trial, is widely regarded as the shining star of the defence team, and gave an effective presentation on President Clinton's behalf on the second day of defence arguments.After opening arguments, there were three (3) witnesses for Clinton.
She slapped down both the obstruction of justice charge and the House case that leaving Mr Clinton in office would undermine the rule of law.
A 33-year-old African-American, she is known as a devoted protector of the president and first lady, having served in the White House since Mr Clinton came to power.
Speaking of 3, in between the open and close of the hearings was the 33rd Super Bowl, which saw the Atlanta Falcons (Atlanta is on the 33rd parallel) lose to the Denver (site of the Masonic International Airport) Broncos. The final score was 34-19. 3+4+1+9=17.
Funnily enough, there were at least five 33rd Degree Freemasons in the Senate at the time- Trent Lott, Jesse Helms, Arlen Specter and Strom Thurmond (all Republican) and Robert Byrd (Democrat). Did I mention that 33rd Degree Masonic muckety-muck Albert Pike called Little Rock, Arkansas his home?
Clinton himself was a member of the Order of Demolay back in Arkansas, the Masonic youth group named for the last Grandmaster of the Knights Templar whose oppressors- King Philip of France and Pope Clement- both died under suspicious circumstances not long after DeMolay’s execution.
Strangely enough, the king and pope of this charade- House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Speaker-Designate Bob Livingston- both suffered political deaths when their own indiscretions were outed during the trial, sending both men out of Congress forever. The exact nature of Livingston’s naughtiness was never publicized, but it was widely reported he had been married for 33 years. He confessed on Dec 17, 1998. His successor Rep. (now Senator) David Vitter was a client of the late DC Madam, as well as the Canal St Madam.
And just like the three unworthy craftsmen of the Masonic Hiram Abiff ritual, Representatives Henry Hyde, Helen Chenoweth and Dan Burton were themselves humiliated when they were revealed to be adulterers in the press, thanks to the tireless efforts of Larry Flynt.
In the end, Monica’s testimony during her 23rd time on the stand absolved Clinton by saying she had never been asked to lie. This whole episode unfolded over a period of 13 months, from the first revelation of Monica Lewinsky on the Drudge Report to Clinton’s acquittal.
After the trial Clinton emerged from the oval office and gave a press conference in the Rose Garden. It was the 190th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, whose own Vice President was the last Chief Executive to be impeached.
And they all lived happily ever after.