Twilight’s apotheosis

That title sounds pretty awesome, but actually this is about ponies :-P.

My purpose in this post is to demonstrate that My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a serious work of art by illustrating its theme. It’s my first addition to Doompony’s thesis that this show is a white nationalist polemic advertising traditional, pre-Christian European society.

Twilight Sparkle was born into Equestria’s aristocratic class, the unicorns, who populate the nation’s capital city and are scattered throughout the lesser cities and towns. Only unicorns (melonheads) can use magic, which in Western fiction is a metaphor for the ability to persuade and manipulate via frame control. (The other unicorn in the “Mane Six”, Rarity, is an artist.) Twilight, on the other hand, is a philosopher and intellectual. This interpretation of magic-as-perception is key to truly understanding Doompony’s thesis- it’s right in the show’s title if you have the right angle on it. Society is an idea.

Though Twilight originally had only mediocre magical talent as a child and struggled to pass the entrance exam for a prestigious private school, she is inspired by Rainbow Dash’s act of epicenter genius (represented by the first ever Rainbow Boom- more on that another time) which unlocks her latent abilities. She becomes a genius and begins to study obsessively. All ponies have a vocational specialization (a “calling”) which is represented by their cutie marks, an icon that appears on their flanks in a moment of inspiration- but Twilight is special. Her calling is supercharged magical abilities, and she receives this at the same time as the ponies with whom she eventually becomes friends. (This epicenter genius phenomenon occurs in season 1 and begins to have implications in the finale of season 5, which shows a shocking level of foresight from the writers.)

Twilight’s genius is recognized by Princess Celestia, the arch-melon God empress of Equestria, who decides to personally mentor her. Like the other gods, Luna and Cadence, Celestia’s divine aspect is represented by the possession of both a unicorn’s horn and pegasus wings. She is always shown with one eye covered, which evokes the Eye of Horus and further specifies her cosmological role. Celestia sends the egghead technocrat out into the world for the dual-purpose of becoming more worldly-wise and acting as a state-sponsored, deep-state intelligence officer who sends regular reports to her handler.

(This dynamic gives rise to the interesting structure of the show. All of the really interesting stuff happens in the bookend episodes: the season debut and finale episodes. Mid-season episodes are miniature Aesop’s fables about how a functional European society must operate, which Doompony goes into in great detail. For example, in one episode Twilight learns to respect Pinkie Pie’s eccentricity as a side effect of her extraordinary intuitive faculties. Eccentrics have always been at least grudgingly tolerated in the West, and are sometimes elevated to shamanic status. Personally, I figure there’s a golden mean in between.)

Twilight learns more and more about friendship (social organization). At the end of season three, she uses this knowledge to resolve an abstract problem of economic malinvestment– removing ponies from jobs where they have natural talents, and misplacing them into employment for which they are constitutionally unsuited. In this episode Twilight has accidentally mixed up their cutie marks (economic specializations), and she resolves this by persuading them to do each others jobs as charity, out of friendship. This restores the cutie marks to their original owners.

After this act of persuasion, Celestia elevates Twilight into the spirit world and transforms her into an alicorn princess (that is, a pony god) by giving her pegasus wings in addition to her unicorn’s horn. Twilight thereafter becomes a peer of the other gods and a royal ceremony is conducted to introduce her into the pantheon.

This becomes important later on in the finale of season four because Twilight undergoes the altruistic version of the Behelit myth:

Near the ancient castle, Twilight continues practicing her new powers, with some difficulty. When Tirek appears and demands her magic, Twilight desperately avoids him. In the process, at least the aboveground portion of Golden Oak Library is completely destroyed. In rage, Twilight fires upon Tirek with a massive magic blast. Tirek realizes what the other princesses have done, and Twilight battles him in an explosive and destructive duel, able to combat him on equal footing.

Seeing the two of them are at a stalemate, Tirek offers with Twilight a trade: the release of her friends in exchange for the Alicorn magic. Despite her friends’ protests, Twilight agrees to trade the magic for her friends, including Discord. Discord thanks Twilight and apologizes to Fluttershy, and Tirek promptly absorbs all of Twilight’s magic, making him almost unstoppable.

Discord, repentant of his actions, gives the medallion given to him by Tirek to Twilight as a sign of true friendship. Believing this to be the final key needed to open the chest, Twilight and her friends race to the Tree of Harmony.

Twilight and friends return to the chest, where Twilight’s medallion turns into the last key. Before Tirek discovers and stops them, the six friends turn the keys at the same time, and the top of the chest opens, releasing a rainbow-colored blast of power that showers them in light. The ponies are transformed and given rainbow-marked coats, manes and tails. They confront Tirek, who is unable to overpower their magic.

A blast of light strips Tirek of his power, and he is banished to Tartarus once more. Twilight and her friends fly over all of Equestria and return all of the ponies’ stolen magic, and the other princesses are freed from their own imprisonment. Finally, the Tree of Harmony launches the chest and its keys toward Ponyville, where it sinks into the ground. Mere seconds later, a great crystal castle rises out of the ground from where the chest landed.

Twilight’s Kingdom

The lesson is the same as it was in Chrono Trigger: nations are born of and empowered by biological altruism. The willingness of the individual pony to sacrifice herself for her friends is how the greater nation is able to overcome the most dire opposition.

And now I’m going to take this as an excuse to post the fight scene with Tirek. I assume most people reading this aren’t bronies, but you’ll still enjoy this. It’s basically Dragon Ball Z. (Skip to 1:06 to avoid the dramatic buildup.)

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20 Responses to Twilight’s apotheosis

  1. Heaviside says:

    I heard a story once, that when Army engineers interrogated a temple priest about typhoon Louise, he responded that they would not be able to summon storms the same way because they had not made the necessary human sacrifices.

    “According to naval historian [and rear admiral] S. E. Morison, ‘Typhoon Louise’ was the most furious and lethal storm ever encountered by the US Navy in its entire history; but news accounts of the time disclose that the Press and the general public back home paid little attention to this storm that had struck the Pacific with such violence; its very existence is still a little-known fact. And very few people then — even fewer now — would have been in possession of the knowledge that when this typhoon struck Okinawa and the surrounding seas, a vast American invasion fleet of thousands of ships, planes and landing-craft, and half a million men, might have been in that exact area at that exact time, poised to strike at the home islands of Japan.

    A ‘Divine Wind’ indeed…”
    http://www.naval-review.com/issues/2000s/2000-4.pdf

    “The fury of the typhoon twisted girders on quonset huts as though they were made out of soft rubber.”
    http://archive.org/stream/1945-11-30YankMagazine#page/n3/mode/2up

    “I dispute the figures given in the two reports as to the velocity of the winds. The fact is that every anemometer that either the U.S. Air Force had or the Navy was using went up to maximum and broke. I think that the winds were well in excess of 200 miles per hour.”
    http://danielborgstrom.blogspot.com/2012/08/surviving-typhoon-louise.html

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >I heard a story once, that when Army engineers interrogated a temple priest about typhoon Louise, he responded that they would not be able to summon storms the same way because they had not made the necessary human sacrifices.

      I have trouble believing gods capable of such a feat would be so predictable. Would they really consider themselves indebted?

  2. podrag says:

    Thals can practice anti-magic, which looks very powerful in and of itself, but is essentially the reverse flow of that which was cast out coming back to the centre as part of the overall torus flow of nature.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sun_(occult_symbol)

    Simhamukha performs a similar role in Tantric Buddhism:

    http://vajranatha.com/teaching/Simhamukha.htm

    As with all these deities she has many back-stories but the main one is basically that she’s like Neo at the end of Matrix 1 after he’s exploded Agent Smith from the inside. Something about the Lion I think activates Saps fear centres and gets the amygdala firing up reasonably ‘rationally’ such that we begin to notice and repel psychic attacks and take toddler steps towards not being so psychically fucked any more. As we are both doing it seems. But these advanced practices should be handled with care so that we don’t become a problem ourselves. We should also take care to remain pure inside, like a lotus flower in the mud.

    • minwu says:

      According to Aleister Crowley mysticism is anti-magick:

      lhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Thelemic_mysticism#Magick_versus_Mysticism

      Fomorians (melons) and sidhes (thals) exchanged their knowledge. This could mean that melons taught magick to thals and thals taught mysticism to melons. The Golden Age before the Eclipse, when Atlantis and Hyperborea were friends not foes.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >As with all these deities she has many back-stories but the main one is basically that she’s like Neo at the end of Matrix 1 after he’s exploded Agent Smith from the inside.

      Exactly, she’s Osiris.

  3. podrag says:

    Ultimately, besides all this complicated stuff, is that psychic attacks are only possible via attachment/desire. They are designed to ‘sell’ us on false concepts of what is and produce an opportunity with plenty of assymetric information which can thus be manipulated to the black magician’s choosing. Over-working Thals out of a misplaced altruism guilt complex is a standard one, for example.

  4. podrag says:

    What I like about negroes I think is that they’re completely immune to most of this shit and just operate completely independently of it. I’m sure that they all have their own grisly shit going on but they fundamentally don’t fall for the dumb shit that Thals fall for.

  5. minwu says:

    “Only unicorns (melonheads) can use magic”

    Only if you equate magic with mind control/mass hypnosis. Nothing prevents thals from learning alchemy, astral projection or hydromancy. According to Enoch some fallen angels (melons) taught magic (esotericism) to antediluvian men (thals).

    I’m skeptical about Doompony equation of edenism with caste system. Warrior caste strikes me as specifically MT, not thal. Most neothals are cerebrotonic, not somatotonic as you would expect from warriors. I’m also skeptical about thal matriarchalism, because it would be against thal tendency towards individualism/libertarianism. I picture Hyperborea as a shamanistic ancapia, not a gynecocratic pyramid ruled by a female pharoah. I agree with Doompony when he says that saps first feel fascination for thals then hate, because that fits my own experience.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Only if you equate magic with mind control/mass hypnosis.

      I don’t equate them precisely, but I consider the latter to be a subset of the former that covers about 90% of all cases.

      > Nothing prevents thals from learning alchemy, astral projection or hydromancy.

      Nor mind control/mass hypnosis, as Steve Jobs demonstrated.

      >I’m skeptical about Doompony equation of edenism with caste system.

      It’s not a categorical distinction, it’s a statistical one, so equality signs are out. “Genius is white” refers to the fact that around 80% of world-historical geniuses have been white men. Similarly, “politics” is melon.

      I’m more skeptical of this idea that there was a high-functioning society where these racial groups got along simply because it was designed and enforced by clever enough people.

      >Warrior caste strikes me as specifically MT, not thal.

      I agree.

      >Most neothals are cerebrotonic, not somatotonic as you would expect from warriors.

      The g factor is the most important thing below the 130 IQ level. Modal differences don’t really matter in the average ranges, so the healthier, taller, and stronger people will also be the smarter ones.

      Caste systems that subdivide the upper 1% into tiny little substrata are absurd while lumping the other 99% into the peasant class.

      >I’m also skeptical about thal matriarchalism, because it would be against thal tendency towards individualism/libertarianism.

      I agree in that I wouldn’t advocate it today. But it makes sense if we’re talking about the origin of certain psychologies and behaviors.

      I’m a Christian first and foremost, so I would expect to take the lead in a marriage. But it would be foolish to ignore the tendency of autistics to “pedestalize” women.

      >I picture Hyperborea as a shamanistic ancapia, not a gynecocratic pyramid ruled by a female pharoah.

      I don’t trust the people who push the Hyperborea stuff. I trust Tex except when I think he’s definitely wrong about something, and even then I might default to his position because he’s a big smartypants.

      >I agree with Doompony when he says that saps first feel fascination for thals then hate, because that fits my own experience.

      I generally get along with saps. They are needy as hell, but they are tribalists at heart so they will respect a boundary (when it’s enforced). Croms, on the other hand, are progressives at heart, ’nuff said.

      • minwu says:

        >I don’t equate them precisely, but I consider the latter to be a subset of the former that covers about 90% of all cases.

        Mind control is the most popular magick because thats how melons manage saps. Thals can cast self-hypnosis (I do it when I need to lie and doublethink) and even hypnotize a single person provided they know him/her well.

        >Nor mind control/mass hypnosis, as Steve Jobs demonstrated.

        Thals don’t want to build pyramids, anyway. Starchildren like thals because a thal magician could bring chaos (magick + omega rage) by disrupting melon order.

        >It’s not a categorical distinction, it’s a statistical one, so equality signs are out.

        Thals are monks and freemen, not warriors. Barracks are high schools on steroids.

        >I agree.

        Do you think MTs and thals can get along in the long term/absence of enemy mine?

        >Caste systems that subdivide the upper 1% into tiny little substrata are absurd while lumping the other 99% into the peasant class.

        Somatotype/caste predicts temperament. Edenism types both Jesus and Mohammed as melons, thus being unable to explain why crusade isn’t to christianity what yihad is to islam: https://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/The_Perennial_Philospy_1000083969/189

        >I’m a Christian first and foremost, so I would expect to take the lead in a marriage. But it would be foolish to ignore the tendency of autistics to “pedestalize” women.

        I don’t have this tendency, maybe because I’m asexual. Also, omegas are usually too cynical to “pedestalize” anything.

        > I don’t trust the people who push the Hyperborea stuff.

        Owl coined “hyperboreans” for thals like he coined “atlanteans” for melons. I’m not pushing “the Hyperborea stuff”, just think hyperborean sounds better than neanderthal.

        >I generally get along with saps.

        Tex says some of the worst womanizers are traumatized thals.

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