3 thoughts on “Lonely road

  1. Kevin Moore says:

    I looked up the gematria of “pentagram” Colin –
    Pentagram in Jewish gematria = 324
    New York in English gematria = 666
    The Green witch dressed in black
    “There were only four witches in all the Land of Oz, and two of them, those who live in the North and the South, are good witches. I know this is true, for I am one of them myself, and cannot be mistaken. Those who dwelt in the East and the West were, indeed, wicked witches; but now that you have killed one of them, there is but one Wicked Witch in all the Land of Oz–the one who lives in the West.”
    — The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, chapter 2, “The Council with the Munchkins”


    Baum’s City of Oz inspiration: From White to Emerald…

    Baum was inspired to make his city of Oz an alternative version of the “White City”, “Dreamland Amusement park” and “Luna park” at Coney Island. White City was an elaborate recreational center and Dreamland Amusement park was an entertainment fair located in New York City. Both places were once considered as one of the most magnificent establishments built for the general public during the turn of the century.
    On Baum’s visit to White City he fell in love with it’s glowing bright lights that lite all of the big buildings up very beautifully. It truly was something that had never been seen or done before. Baum wanted his “Emerald City” to be much like this when writing his Oz books. But instead of naming it White, he of course chose to call it Emerald.

    White City World’s Fair 1893.
    When Baum went to Chicago for the World’s Fair, many historians and Oz scholars who interpret The Wizard of Oz as a political allegory agree that the Emerald City was used as a metaphor for Washington, D.C. and unsecured “greenback” paper money.
    In this reading of the book, the city’s illusory splendor and value is compared with the value of paper money, which also has value only because of a shared illusion or convention. It is highly likely that the “Hotel del Coronado” influenced its description in later books, as well as in the artwork by John R. Neill.http://oz.wikia.com/wiki/Emerald_City

    • Thank you Kevin. It didn’t even occur to me to look up specific words in gematria; I just googled 324, and the words gematria and numerology [edit: and ‘green’].

      I’ve never read the Wizard of Oz but will have to now you’ve pointed out about four witches. I’m only familiar with two, from the popular Judy Garland movie. There being four makes sense, four being a key number in occultic ‘sciences’. In combination with the Emerald City and other cues (like the four cardinal points), I’m guessing it’s probably full of alchemical symbolism.

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