Holy crap! Talk about synchronicity and scary coincidental happenstance — or maybe its kind of like pre-ordained, mystical ‘yeah this is supposed to happen’ kind of stuff…
Anyway, shortly before the divorce but after my ex and I started to have a lot of trouble in the communication department, I got an idea for a story –
An image popped in my head, partially born from listening to a particular piece of music and partly because of a video game I was playing at the time… the piece of music was from Marco Beltrami’s Terminator 3 score and the video game was Fallout 3 — also we had just paid a visit to our friends Terri and Peter at their farm outside of DC, which is where Fallout 3 takes place (albeit an alternative version of DC that had been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust in the late 50’s)
Anyway, the image I had was from the final moments of a story about superheroes… but it was a dark story (and given my state of mind at the time, its no wonder). This superhero wasn’t about saving the world, but rather about a world who turned on their superheroes and had eliminated them.
The point of all of this was that I call the story Vigilance and I’m about 80,000 words into it… I’m still working on it – or let’s say I should be working on it but instead I find myself dealing with life, other activities and just trying to keep my head above water.
I chose the title vigilance because that’s what superheroes are all about – they are vigilant against crime, threats of a global scale, ready to do battle at any given moment to save us people who do not have the power to strike back… and given the way I was feeling at the time, it makes perfect sense that that was what I was writing about. Along the way I found out a lot about superheroes and the how and why of how the world worked in my story… and a bunch of stuff.
But just a few minutes ago I ran across something I DID NOT KNOW… and this is where the weird, odd, mystifying, synchronicity thing comes in…
So, I’m surfing the web, like you do (thank you Mr. Izzard! :))… and I happen to run across something about Donnie Darko… I liked Donnie Darko, thought it was spooky and nicely done and had a killer soundtrack… all fine and good. Well, one of the pieces of the soundtrack is called The Manipulated Living, which has to do with the philosophy that forms the world of the film – I won’t go into it here, you can surf for that info yourself … Along the way I start to read about the director’s commentary and the symbolism in the film and also the importants of rabbits…
I’m a rabbit. At least according to my Chinese astrology chart anyway – 25 January 1963 – 12 February 1964: Water Hare (my birthday is March 1st 1963) if you really want to get specific…
Rabbits according to this zodiac – people born under the sign of the Rabbit possess intelligence, wisdom, and understanding. It also stands for madness and the month of March (my birth month – and the last few years have felt pretty ‘mad’). They are an excellent judge of character, and are difficult to deceive. Life, healing, clear-sightedness, gentleness / Luck; trust; love; friendship; fear; evasion / Rabbit symbolism concerns the Moon (Intuition). The symbolism of the hare is thus a celebration of life’s continuation with rebirth, as in each spring, and the rabbit expresses hope that life will be renewed, and better than before.
Most of the time when you read about the Rabbit/Hare in those place-mats or fortune cookies on tables in Chinese restaurants, they emphasize the luck thing… and truthfully, I’ve been pretty lucky throughout my life. Not wealthy or particularly healthy, but pretty lucky when it comes to people and just making my way through the world.
So as I’m reading about the rabbit symbology in Donnie Darko I start to get a little prickly feeling on the back of my neck … and I read this:
The rabbit’s alertness and speed made it a Christian symbol of vigilance and the need to flee from sin and temptation. Like the lion, the hare was believed to be so vigilant that it slept with its eyes open. Its flesh was contaminated with wakefulness and could cause insomnia in its eater. Its speed was a reminder of the swift passage of life.
So, my symbol, the rabbit — is a symbol of VIGILANCE … the very story I have in my head and 3/4 of the way written down on the page… **chills**
I guess I better finish this story, huh? 🙂
**PS – More about the Rabbit –
The rabbit is one of the most delicate animals among all 12 animals. Rabbits are usually kind and sweet and of course, popular people. Nobody ignores them, for they are good company and know how to make the best of themselves.
But even though they are popular and loved by their friends and family, rabbit people are also pessimistic. They are conservative and insecure, and that explains why most of them don’t like changes.
Calm as they are, it is not easy to provoke Rabbit people. They don’t like to argue and enjoy quiet, peaceful lives. They are also sentimental and compassionate. Yes, and they cry easily too. They can be moved by personal problems you share with them.
Call them cautious or call them timid, rabbit people will undertake nothing before they have weighed the pros and cons from every angle. And that is probably why rabbit people are doing well in their work. And yet, unless they abandon their conservative nature, and become more aggressive, they will probably live a very normal and average life.
They can be great partners in relationships. Romantic and sweet, faithful too, rabbit people never lack of suitors.
The Rabbit is quick, clever and ambitious, but seldom finishes what he starts. (Hence here I am still working on this novel – or should I say, not working on it!)
He epitomizes gentleness, refinement and elegance, turning his back on conflicts of any kind. Preferring a situation that is perfectly favorable according to his specific desires, the Rabbit bypasses all obstacles and persons he does not find suitable. As a result, he is rarely angry, hostile or aggressive. Companions quickly forget any discord, only remembering his seductive grace.
The Rabbit is the happiest sign of the Zodiac — gifted, nice to be with, discreet, refined, reserved, ambitious but not too much so, and virtuous in the bargain. Nobody ignores Rabbits, for they are good company and know how to make the best of themselves.
The Rabbit is a social creature, tactful, cool, and sensitive to others. Yet this calm can become aloof, the sensitivity can be quirky and thin-skinned, and the intelligence can become dilettantish. The Rabbit is lucky — with brains and only a little hard labor, the Rabbit can go far.
Rabbits seem to be born with an innate sagacity, a natural shrewdness which makes them streetwise when it comes to the affairs of the world. Intuitive and with a canny understanding, they seem to possess an ability to see things before they happen, a talent which secures them the best deals both in business and in life, whilst also ensuring them financial stability and security. With perfect understanding of their partners, they frequently have the advantage, and in the practice of human relations, they are unrivaled in what requires subtle negotiations. They will undertake nothing before they have weighed the pros and cons and examined the deal from every angle. Because of this, people admire the Rabbit and take him into their confidence. He shines in trade, especially in some offbeat aspect of it like antiques, which permits him to capitalize on his good taste. Politics, diplomacy and the law all offer the Rabbit equally good opportunities — provided always that he can live the tranquil life he craves within their orbit.
Style as well as an eye for beauty are especially associated with this group whose members possess refined tastes together with artistic skills. Highly creative people, art is of particular interest to them. Because of the Rabbit’s built-in acquisitive nature, many become great collectors, filling their houses with beautiful paintings and objets d’art. In whatever walk of life Rabbits find themselves, they will always be distinguished by this sense of refinement and their cultured views.
During the three phases of his life, the Rabbit will manage to have the peaceful existence he wants on one condition: that he keeps away from the exceptional situation, the dramatic turn of events, or the insurmountable obstacle. Wars, revolutions, natural catastrophes have nothing to do with him; he wasn’t designed for adversity. Anything that threatens his quiet life becomes insupportable.
There is usually something offbeat and mysterious in the Rabbit’s makeup, as though he held the secret to some great truth that he dare not reveal. It must be remembered that the Rabbit’s apparent weakness can easily be changed into strength — from man to magician to god.