Greetings Awesome Q-Treepers! Wolf Moon has honored me with the ability to contribute here as an author, so here’s my first attempt at a post. I hope this will be somewhat light-hearted for a bit of relief from all the stresses of the Plannedemic.
Some time back a fellow Q-Treeper either recommended the author Dan Abnett or the Horus Heresy book series. Anyway, occasionally I try to read what gets shared in the Q-Tree House…So I picked up Horus Rising: The Seeds of Heresy are Sown, Book One of the series & made my way through the tale.
The Title Character is described as “Horus–First Primarch and Warmaster, Commander-in-Chief of the Luna Wolves”…which of course immediately made me think of our amazing Wolf Pack Leader, Wolf Moon…perhaps this is all just an intriguing coincidence. Or perhaps this book or series or character holds a special place in Wolfie’s heart…truly only he can say…
Regardless, it seems that a number of us here in the Q-Tree enjoy referring to culturally recognizable characters or scenes. Some even enjoy “movie quoting” as a bit of a pass-time, as does my family; it’s a back-up language for us & even comes up when assessing potential dating partners for some of my kids.
Personal sidebar, before my husband & I married we already used movie quotes as a bit of a short-hand communication style. Years later, when our special needs son, Josiah, who is on the autism spectrum (in addition to having many other medical challenges) was in early childhood he often communicated verbally & the majority of the time he was using some type of movie quoting…We used to just ignore what appeared to be rather meaningless babbling that he kept putting out–we just didn’t understand.
One doctor’s visit, years later, I believe the Lord gave me insight into my son. Usually he would verbally & physically disrupt any appointment we were having. He would become especially agitated when we discussed whatever his “problems” were, as they needed to be addressed in those visits. Anyway that AhHa moment hit & I wondered aloud if his movie-quoting was actually purposeful. What if he was expressing what he was thinking or feeling but just couldn’t do it directly as Josiah. Instead he would quote, for instance, Buzz Lightyear, & you had to be up on just what was happening to Buzz when he delivered the quoted line, because what Buzz said or felt was where Josiah was, but couldn’t just say on his own for himself.
When I threw that concept out in that medical conversation Josiah stopped squirming & stared me dead in the eyes (he had Major eye contact issues by that point) & his countenance said “Finally you get me!” I still get chills thinking about that time, for it was pretty revolutionary in how we as a family came to view & better understand Josiah. He wasn’t just babbling randomly at all, he was trying to reach out to us using character voices & situations. We spent years basically ignoring & marginalizing this special kid because we thought all that verbiage was just random autistic vocalizing but not purposeful. We have to still be very up on the context of the quoting to “understand” what he is/was trying to convey, but now he is much more able to speak in his own voice as himself. It’s still a trip to observe people who don’t know him well, nor have our specific entertainment repertoire for context, trying to make sense of the randomness swirling about 🙂 He’s actually become quite legendary for some of his siblings’ social groups in all that glorious quirkiness!!!
Here’s a bit more info, in case that movie quoting stuff can assist someone’s journey:
My son was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum by Richard Solomon, MD who was a behavioral pediatrician working at the University of Michigan hospital at that time. I believe he is now on the East Coast somewhere so I’ll see if I can find a link for him. I ran into his sister at U of M (an Ann Arbor librarian reading to children at the hospital) & she said Dr. Solomon had also written a book related to unusual languages of the autistic, in particular “movie quoting” (which is a language spoken fluently in our house–without any of us having read the book). He could be an asset in multiple ways. Here is a site affiliated with him, autism, & w/U of M:
Above quote is from this post: https://specialconnections.wordpress.com/2019/01/05/comfort-in-suffering/
Anyway, back to the point of this first Q-Tree post. More on Horus, there was a section near the end of the book referred to as “The Wolf & the Moon” that got me thinking of our Wolf again; the quote below is adapted from pages 406-407 of the paperback version of “Horus Rising”:
“Of all the battles…fought at his commander’s side, that was the fiercest, the saddest, the most vicious…Horus seemed more noble than [he] had ever known…He would remember Horus, Warmaster, in that narrow firelit street, defining the honour and unyielding courage of the Imperium of Man…Horus made his most absolute statement of devotion to the Throne. And to his father.
The enemy warriors…choked the street, driving the Warmaster and his few remaining bodyguards into a tight ring. A last stand.
It was oddly as he had imagined it, that night in the garden, making his oath. Some great, last stand against an unknown foe, fighting at Horus’s side…He did not falter. Through the smoke above, [he] glimpsed a moon, a small moon glowing in the corner of the alien sky….’Lupercal’ [he] screamed”!
When typing up that quote I noticed some biblical allusions, at least to me, having a Biblical Christian World View. Devotion to the Throne (of God?) to his Father (God?) night in the Garden (like Gethsemane) an oath (Father if it be Your Will let this cup pass from me, but nevertheless not my will but Yours be done) battle (the Cross–the very fulcrum of all battles of Light vs darkness) crying out (“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me”–bringing to mind Psalm 22 describing the events then unfolding, or “It is Finished!”)…anyway I know that Horus isn’t necessarily a Christ archetype character, nor is Wolf Moon, nor are any of us all. However, we who are believers are to show forth His Light until He comes, so that’s the lens through which I view certain things…
Regardless, whether or not Wolf Moon was inspired in his name from this source, it seems that the Warmaster spirit of Horus is alive & well in our Luna Wolves Pack & in our precious, priceless leader Wolf Moon!
So I was hoping to inspire discussion around a tree house style campfire so I’ll share a little more from Horus Rising where I felt that my own spirit was well represented, & perhaps many of you here as well, as adapted from page 68 of Horus Rising…
“…only a weapon which questions its use could be of any value in that role…you need to have concerns…wit, and most certainly you need to have doubts. Do you know what a naysmith is?…In early Terran history…naysmiths were employed by the ruling classes. Their job was to disagree. To question everything. To consider any argument or policy and find fault with it, or articulate the counter position. They were highly valued.”
My experience with being, by nature, a “naysmith”, in the real world is that it is rarely valued. I once took a spiritual giftings inventory test & it claimed that my strongest “gift” was that of prophecy, or rather truth telling. By contrast, my husband’s greatest gift was servanthood, the very area where I scored the lowest. Believe me, few people, perhaps in particular in “church”, embrace a truth-teller, especially if the “prophet” is female!
I hear Rush describe himself as never going along with the crowd and being a contrary thinker. How ever he’s articulated this character of his, I resonate with virtually every word he says. This just seems to be how I’m wired or designed or created. I’m often highly analytical but in a way that by nature is looking for the flaws in something, not to shoot it down, but rather to help refine it, to get it Right…
Kind of funny that the word used in Horus Rising is NaySmith. Being a genealogist, I’m aware of surname patterns, including those based on historical occupations. The Smith line of names hearkens back to those blacksmithing kind of trades. Part of Smithing would be heating & pounding metal to shape & purify it. That is perhaps what a NaySmith does, not with metal but with words & ideas…
We once watched a documentary on the nearly lost art of ancient Sword Making, to get the kind of sword featured in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Both my husband & I were struck by the spiritual analogies of the swordsmith to the iron sharpens iron aspect of Christian living. God is also described as a refiner’s fire in scripture…there are so many good truths around us when we open our eyes, & ears, & hearts to what He might be whispering to our souls in our own personal language of the heart…
Here are some other characters to whom I personally relate:
- Pontus Pilate, “What is Truth?”, the easier Q would have been Who is Truth?
- the one who said “Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief!”
- Mary Magdalene, I am the least of these yet the Lord loves me & lifted (& continues to lift) me from the mire
- Mary & Martha & even Lazarus when the Lord raises me yet again to new Life
- House, his social awkwardness & drive to discover the truth of a situation
- Frodo, “to bear a ring of power is to be alone”, especially in advocating for Josiah
- Job, struggling to say with integrity “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him!”
- Samaritan Woman at the Well
- Thief on the Cross “Lord remember me when you come into Your Kingdom” & I am mightily moved by Jesus’ reply “Today you will be with me in Paradise”
- Amelia Peabody Emerson of Elizabeth Peters’ Egyptology tales, always messing with her husband Radcliffe in fun & flirtatiousness
- Worf & Data on Star Trek, Next Gen, in being out of their comfort zone & getting by
- John & Jane Smith of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a movie metaphor for much of marriage
- Longmire in how he tries to be strong, just/righteous, brave, compassionate, & truth-seeking
- Bosch in how he is an out of the box thinker & bucking the system
- Patrick Henry “Give me Liberty or give me death”, aspirationally at least
- Mel Gibson in The Patriot, when he tries to spare his family the pain & horrors of the battle & when he surrenders himself to being a dead man walking so that he may perhaps slay his enemy
- Belle in Beauty & the Beast, trying to see beyond the surface to the heart & a passionate reader
Well who inspires you? Who do you relate to? What are some of your favorite movie quotes or scenes? Any of you care to share what inspires either your avatars or your anonymous handles? How about nicknames you’ve had?
Here are some nicknames I’ve had through the years, stories for later–maybe 🙂 :
- Boom Shak-a-laka
Hopefully we’ll be able to play with these concepts without having masks slip that need to be maintained for the sake of online anonymity…God Bless You ALL!
Oh & thanks for allowing me to contribute to the Q-Tree in this new, adventure-for-me kind of way…
PS for your listening pleasure, for the “thief” inside us all:
Here are the lyrics:
Third Day Thief
Walking up this lonely hill
What have I done? No, I don’t remember
No one knows just how I feel
And I know that my time is coming soon
Since lived with peace and rest
Now I am here, my destination
I guess things work for the best
And I know that my time is coming soon
They call the King of the Jews
They don’t believe that He’s the Messiah
But somehow, I know that it’s true
And they beat Him ’til He bleeds
And they nail Him to the rugged cross
They raise Him, yeah, they raise Him up next to me
I deserve what I receive
Jesus when You are in Your kingdom
Could You please, please remember me?
The tears fall from His eyes
And He says I tell the truth
Today, you will be with Me in paradise
And I know that my time, yes my time, is coming soon
And I know Paradise, Paradise is coming soon
I’d love to have this image appear as the banner at the top of this post but don’t know how to make that happen…Blessings to All!