White Rabbits and Stargates

Cosmic Rabbit Hole

Cosmic Rabbit Hole

Okay, this all started buidling up very fast after I watched “Knowing” with Nicholas Cage. I was astounded to see the children were taken up in a very elaborate”stargate” and accompanied by two (you guessed it) white rabbits! vlcsnap-71932

Whoa! Did my sychromystic alarms ever go off at that point…and my weird-o-meter went off the scale. Why so many fantastical references popping up everywhere about white rabbits? And all in relation to inter (or inner) dimensional travel…hmmm.

So, I am, as they say,  going to go down the rabbit hole and see where it leads.

To begin with, the phenomenon associated with rabbit holes certainly does seem to match the concept of stargate travel to other dimensions via wormholes.

  Wikipedia informs us about Rabbit Holes:

Alices White Rabbit

Alice's White Rabbit

In Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice follows a mysterious white rabbit into a rabbit hole to enter ‘Wonderland’, an absurd and improbable world inhabited by many strange characters. This usage has helped make the phrase refer more generally to any portal into a different or strange world.

Of course, we all know that Alice was just a silly girl who fell down a big hole and encountered a lot of strange creatures that kept her constantly confused. No real magic involved on her part, just an inadvertant tumble into what seemed to be a normal phenomenon, at least on the surface.

But then we must consider that other, newer version — The Looking Glass Wars — a very interesting modern day series written by Frank Beddor. He claims he was intrigued when he saw a very old deck of fortune telling cards in a European museum based on the Alice in Wonderland story (well, actually just a partial deck) telling a quite different tale of an alternate reality that some times brushes up against ours. Hmmm.

The Looking Glass Wars

The Looking Glass Wars

In his ‘real life’ story, Beddor explains that  after seeing this historical deck — the very next day, in fact — he is invited to meet with bookseller who just happens to have the missing cards.  He is so intrigued, he skips his flight home to make the appointment. The bookseller tells him the entire story, then informs him that he is now to become the keeper of the tale. 

In Beddor’s version of Wonderland, the power of imagination rules the land. But Alyss’s mother — the Queen of Wonderland — is attacked by her sister, the vile Red Queen so in an act of desperation the white rabbit — named Bibwit Harte (an anagram of White Rabbit) — pushes Alice into a puddle that serves as a gate into another world. She ends up on the streets of London and her adventures in our world begin.

Apparently Beddor turned his fascination into a series of books and comics  that detail the legacy he uncovered in the deck of cards. A movie, is in the works  too — his books have become a big favorite of school aged children — let’s hope they don’t butcher it too badly.

Which brings up the movie already featuring a stargate opening lepus…

Emmas White Rabbit

Emma's White Rabbit

The Last Mimzy…which was loosely based on a short story called “Mimsy Were the Burogoves” by a Lewis Padgett, (a pseudonym) who believed he was the reincarnation of Lewis Carroll (another pseudonym)!

In the Hollywood version, the rabbit is a  not alive but a stuffed toy that is sent from the future to collect DNA from a child and transport it back to the future, where humans genetics have degraded to the point they can  no longer function without full body survival suits.  Mimsy becomes the teacher of a young prodigy, Emma, who is able to understand the mathematics involved in stargate travel — because only a child-like mind can grasp the complexity —  and gets her older brother to engineer her a stargate so they can send Mimsy back with the DNA left behind on her teardrop. Kinda sappy, but we get the point…the rabbit is the messenger between the worlds.

In the original story, however, the children discovered the formula that had been encoded in the Lewis Carroll story, and were able to transport themselves through the stargate that they create. We never learn where they go, but the author simply describes there departure thusly:

Mimsy Book Cover w/ Wormhole

A perfect mathematical formula, giving all the conditions, in symbolism the children had finally understood. The junk on the Floor. The toves had to be made slithy — vaseline? — and they had to be placed in a certain relationship, so that they’d gyre and gimble.

 Lunacy!

 But it had not been lunacy to Emma and Scott. They thought differently. They used x logic. Those notes Emma had made on the page–she’d translated Carroll’s words into symbols both she and Scott could understand.

 The random factor had made sense to the children. They had fulfilled the conditions of the time-space equation. And the mome raths outgrabe–

 

WHOA! Update! I just watched the newest Disney version of Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp, and was floored when he recited the entire verse from Lewis Carroll’s story concerning Mimsy, and then turns to Alice and says “It’s all about you!”

"It's All About You!"

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”


Now that is just eerie, especially since the hero of the tale is NOT Alice in the Lewis Carroll version, it is clearly a male figure, as the poem goes on to explain:

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe

Curiouser and curiouser,  no?

And of course you remember how Neo was first contacted in The Matrix?

Follow the White Rabbit

Follow the White Rabbit…right? And boy, did he find a alternative reality just behind the mirror…although no official stargate was involved…but are mirrors just another way of depecting the nuances of stargate travel? After all, Alice’s next adventure is “Through the Looking Glass.”

Morpheus: I imagine that right now, you’re feeling a bit like Alice. Hmm? Tumbling down the rabbit hole?
Neo: You could say that.

And don’t forget what disappears and reappears in a magician’s hat…none other than our friend the White Rabbit!

But I guess this one sums it up the best! Leave it to Southpark to take it all to a totally innane level, because that is what they do best!

And one last question before I go contemplate this some more… just why is the Easter Bunny hanging out at the White House? 

George Bush Cuddles the Easter Bunny?

Seems the more I learn about white rabbits, stargates and alternate dimensions, the futher down the rabbit hole I go! But if I do see a white rabbit scurrying by, it is going to be tempting to follow and see where it leads!

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~ by weewarrior on August 10, 2009.

One Response to “White Rabbits and Stargates”

  1. easter = ishtar = fertility = rabbits

    fertility… energy of life… birth… continuation…

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