ninth gate is a stinker
any reference to magic squares is just window dressing.
this film was not put together by initiates.
At 06:45 PM 5/8/03 +0900, you wrote:
>Hi Dan and all, I know you posted about the cube but I'll get to that in a
>later post. This Sunday I watched Roman Polanski's "Ninth Gate". Have you
>seen it? While being one of Polanski's weirder movies-- for such a talented
>director his portrayal of the devil just plain sucks. I mean, the final
>scenes are putrid with their bad lighting shots and stock background fire
>footage. Ugh. However, on the up side of things, it hints obscurely at a
>Satanic magic square of Saturn. Check out the ending when--without giving
>away the plot--a three-by-three grid of images are put together "in the name
>of the devil". I listened closely to the numbers he calls out as he lays
>the images down but here Polanski and those guys don't appear to know jack
>as they just don't add up. Here's a tip: the "ninth gate" is the ninth part
>of the square--said in some literature on the matter to be stations or
>"gates". See, for example, the Taoist use of magic squares, not to mention
>the kameas of the planets.
>Lastly, the whole final scene with this magic square in it occurs framed
>within the confines of a huge towering vesica piscis entryway. Very
>suggestive to those with eyes to see.
>So, on the whole: the movie ranks with the worst of them, but someone on the
>script team appears to have done their homework. I don't know how the
>numbers of this square got screwed up though.
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