Friday, August 27, 2010

Part 15 - Rochester, NY - Midtown Plaza - The Pride of the City

When Midtown Plaza was dedicated in April, 1962, the Rochester, NY landmark idol of Mercury / Hermes had already been warehoused for around 11 years, since 1951. While such monuments as the cherubic "Wings of Progress" had continued to declare dominion over the city, it would be about another 11 years before Hermes would be restored to the heights above the city. Was the city enjoying a season of release from demonic oppression, having torn down a pagan high place? Had its "priests" been removed from the land in classic acts of obedience characterizing repentance? No. There seems to be no evidence that anyone had come walking in the footsteps of Charles G. Finney. At the dedication of Midtown Plaza, the celebrated symbol of the pride of Babylon, the city's novel center of public commerce with its "fabled timepiece" stood 18 stories proud, signaling with a 6+6+6 where honor was to be given.

That all was not right with the place is pretty clear to me now, being better able to interpret the cryptic symbols and grasp their real meaning. Until recently, however, it was for me like many others, who couldn't really put their finger on what it was about the place that was unsettling.

Lacking features that made it stand out in the skyline, the mall had something else to offer the gods of the region and those who blindly worship them. The "Clock of Nations" in the plaza's ground floor atrium was the featured attraction, but there was also a fountain nearby, into which shoppers and passers by would toss the occasional coin, and a monorail train that circulated inside the atrium, a kiddie ride.

As a young boy I remember feeling awe as I would consider just how many coins could be seen in the fountain pool. While I don't recall putting any stock in the wishing part, I do remember feeling compelled to ask my Mom for a coin and pitch it in. Here, like as with the airport's Nephilim "gene pool", the coins tossed into the water are actually sacrifices and prayers offered to the gods in the water. From the spiritual perspective, the fountain was designed and built at Midtown for the sake of ritual magick, for the enchantments of divine fertility as the favors of the resident phallic god of commerce were traded. Recruitment for the coming Beast and his mark is the operative influence of every such fountain or pool.

Another featured attraction at Midtown was a monorail train, a children's ride. At some point, the train's decorative theme became recognizably magical, featuring celestial objects like you might expect on a Merlinesque Disney ride. While the clock and fountain didn't appear overtly occult or magical, when they applied the theme pictured here to the monorail it was less hidden. I don't know when it was that the celestial theme was applied, but in 1977, the time had come for Midtown Plaza to experience a pagan temple reveal!

A 26 foot totem pole was carved on-site by "First Nations" artists, commissioned to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Midtown Plaza. This pagan idol is a goddess (Nephilim), on top of which is a male Nephilim, on top of which is an owl, a watcher.

Excerpting an interview of one of the artists, "Of the totem poles that lie at the heart of Northwest Coast art, Harris has said, "They are our deeds to the land. They serve as witnesses to the encounter of our ancestors with the supernatural beings who control all the fish, animals and plants in our world. They are our charter of rights from time immemorial." The totem poles that stood like sentinels at the centre of each Gitxsan village carried images of the encounters of the ancestors with the powerful spirits of the land. Figures of humans and animals were carved into the living trees as boundary markers." (Totem Pole by Walter Harris & Art Sterrit)

Hmmmmm. Right. Is it just me, or does this all seem rather familiar?

The totem pole at Midtown Plaza was established at the boundary that is the city center crossroads of commerce as a marker and a sentinel. It was everything the chief said it was.

The Nephilim idol was placed at this major crossroads with the clock, a fountain and vehicles that appear to travel through the heavens. Now, think in terms of the provision of continuity for ritual magick. Midtown Plaza was shut down in 2008, decommissioned, but these same elements now appear at another boundary where commerce and dining are featured and crowds of people pass through - at the Greater Rochester International Airport! The "Clock of Nations" provides for physical continuity from one place to the next. Midtown's fountain and totem pole elements have been combined in "The Council" pool. The elevated monorail cars with their "celestial object" decor have been replaced by small aircraft. The magick continues!

More insight into Rochester, NY's Midtown Plaza totem pole can be gleaned from the following excerpt.

"The twenty-six foot tall hand-carved totem pole is located at Midtown Plaza in Downtown Rochester, and was originally commissioned in the late 1970s to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Midtown Plaza’s opening. Walter Harris and Art Sterrit, two native North American craftsmen of the Gitksan tribe from ‘Ksan in British Columbia, carved the totem pole. It was raised at a public ceremony in April 1977, and has since become a Rochester landmark. The totem pole will be removed from its current location and installed at the Seneca Park Zoo by County Parks Department staff before the demolition of Midtown Plaza. “The Midtown Plaza totem pole is a cherished piece of our community’s history,” said County Executive Maggie Brooks. “Not only was the totem pole created to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of Midtown Plaza, but its symbols and subject matter relate to Rochester’s history as well. The County is grateful for this generous donation from Midtown Rochester Properties because by permanently displaying the artwork at the Seneca Park Zoo, Monroe County residents and visitors to our area will be able to enjoy the totem pole and learn from it for years to come.”" (County to Display Midtown Totem Pole at Zoo)

Maggie expressed her insight that, "its symbols and subject matter relate to Rochester’s history as well." Was she referring to the history marked from when idol was erected with a subsequent curse of idolatry, or could she have been referring to a curse that was already well established in the land, whose demonic agencies influenced the commission, design and making of the idol? I can't say, but I can say that referring to it as "a cherished piece of our community’s history," was not - most definitely not acknowledging a good thing!

Diverse witnesses testify that the ancient gods hold sway over Rochester, NY. For our protection, our Creator commands us (Exodus 20) not to make graven images, but rebellious disobedience has brought us into bondage. Midtown Plaza and its featured objects, especially the "Clock of Nations" now relocated to the airport, have to be considered for their roles in bringing the area's residents and visiters under the spells of antichrist delusion. Such objects leverage the knowledge and wisdom of the fallen ancients to bend the backs of their prey in service to those whose dominion has been invited and legally established by the acceptance of their magickal devices.

The idols exalted over and embedded into the "art" and architecture of the city express visually the greater spiritual reality. The occultist's operative Hermetic Maxim expressed as "As above, so below" is a form of expression of a profound truth declared in the Bible, that the sovereign God made the natural to bear witness to the greater supernatural. (Romans 1:20 YLT - "for the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world, by the things made being understood, are plainly seen, both His eternal power and Godhead...")

18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24) Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Romans 1:18-25

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