View Full Version : Rosicrucian Alchemy in the movie Arrival

01-31-2017, 08:06 PM
I really enjoyed the film Arrival - a piece of cinematic genius. I was saddened to see that there were no movie reviews about the occult and alchemical themes that from my perspective were clearly woven into the picture. The aliens' language was literally communicated as Ouroboros-type circles, and they had seven fingers to write the circles (suggesting the seven stages of the Philosopher's stone). There was even a Rectificando-> Invenies moment of total, cathartic, understanding of the universal language by Amy Adams' character, and of course the mother/father/child trinity shone through at the end, the mother and father joined as opposites (one a linguist and the other a mathematician/scientist). And the numerology of the seven (heptapod aliens) and twelve (levitating ships/pods) really suggests the seven planetas in the twelve houses of the zodiac. And then all the stuff about secret codes being unraveled and the strong reliance on metaphorical interpretation. What a great film.

01-31-2017, 09:15 PM
I haven't seen it yet...Is it worth watching in theaters, or am I fine to wait for the DVD release? Since all the recent Oscar nominations, a couple theaters around me started playing it again. I have heard varying answers from a couple different people, so I am curious to hear what you 'awake' people suggest ;)

01-31-2017, 09:42 PM
Yes I'd say it's worth watching in theatres. It's my favorite movie of 2016, so I'm biased :)

But I think it's worth watching in the theatre if even for those sublime elements of alchemy and Hermeticism. It's more ambitious than "Contact" with Jody Foster

02-01-2017, 03:08 AM
Just watched it...I won't say too much, but I translated that message and it said "two big macs, fries and strawberry milkshake to go" ;)