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Does it exist? If it does what form does Hell take?  A devil with cloven hooves, pitch fork in uncomfortable spaces and hell fire? Or Dante‘s descending rings of horrors?

Stargate SG-1 Season 3 did a two parter exploring what one concept of Hell could be within their existence. The episodes were “Jellinars Memories” (episode 12) and “The Devil you Know” (episode 13), which literally saw our intrepid heroes journey to hell, that is the planet the Gaould used for eternal torment on a rescue mission for Samantha Carter‘s father, who had become a Tokra and just to add to the challenge, Satan (The Adversary) is revealed to be a resurrected, albeit slightly damaged, Apophos.

So what does this mean for the viewer on the outside?  One could say blasphemy, the idea that a spiritual being from the Holy Bible could be reduced to an alien, but it raises the existential question of what is reality? For the torture was done through the mind by having each member: Jack, Daniel and Sam, relive significant pieces of their past. For Jack O’Neill it was attempting to retell the story of his son, Sam, before Sam shot himself with Jack’s gun.

Horror, challenge,striving for power and identity, each of these is touched upon.  What arises for us to contemplate is this: Is hell a physical place, or is it an etheral/spiritual realm?  The concept of Islamic Jihad is that the angelic/demonic natures struggle within the individual.  Tibetan Buddhism speaks of these realms as well.  Jungian Analysts talk of bringing understanding and balance to the individual through the anima/animus.

So the journey into hell brings resolution, rescue, and escape back to Earth.  A pilgrimage into “The Dark Night” of the Soul if you are a fan of St. John of the Cross, so here is the question these episodes bring to mind for us dear reader, How do we go to hell? and how do we escape hell?



Posted: January 27, 2011 by Ty in Metaphysics of Stargate

Ascension, this is the term used for the step above self-actualization within the Stargate Universe.  I believe it was in Season  of SG-1 when Daniel Jackson ascended, and then chose to come back as a mortal.

Season 3 of Atlantis‘ episode “Tao of Rodney” presents a new canundrum on the ascension angle for us to contemplate.  Rodney McKay has used an unknown Ancient device that has physically sped up his body to be able to Ascend, yet spiritually he is not there yet.

The episode poses the question around spirituality, is it the journey for the sake of the journey to grow holistically in our communion with the universe, or is it a choice to be able to decide our destination?

What is the purpose for our belief systems and the outcomes within eternity?

Pilgrimage Analogy

Posted: November 29, 2010 by Ty in Metaphysics of Stargate

The more accurate title may be the journey of Daniel and Jack.  That is being two key characters in the early seasons of Stargate SG-1 and the original feature film: Dr. Daniel Jackson and Col. Jack O’Neill.  Why are these two an analogy or allegory if you will of Holy Pilgrimage?

It is their stories.  Jack, whose son killed himself with his own gun, travels through the stargate hoping to never return.  He wrestles with his own demons and angels, walking the tightrope of being both a “sinner and a saint” at each and every turn.

Daniel returns to SGC for the specific task of finding his wife and child who the Gaould have taken.  Knowing that in each trip he may find them, but when Teal’c, to save Daniel’s life, kills Daniel’s wife Shari, he resigns.

Is this the end of the pilgrimage for the doctor? No, it is a renewal of the journey as he moves to a more selfless reason to continue the journey of discovery of the holy.

The stories of these two continue in mid-seasons by the Ascension of Daniel, and his appearances to Jack to once again save the universe.  Both of these men moving beyond the rules written on the page, to the essence of the law, living a life and being explorers hoping to do no harm, and make things better.

The pilgrimage, to journey through life, to reduce the harm we do, draw closer to the Holy Mystery (ascension if you will) and as the ancient Viking proverb guides us, leave this world better than when we entered it.


Or it is better known as Paleo-SETI, it is simply a belief structure that proof texts through the apocryphal work of the Book of Enoch, one of the few in the Hebrew Bible to ascend directly to Heaven.  Books such as the Chariots of the Gods and Stargate have highlighted this idea.

The idea?  Simple, the gods of old were actually extraterrestrial visitors to earth.  The story of the flood, the nephilim, Jacob’s ladder, the visitations of the angels throughout the Bible, were all stories of encounters with more advanced alien races coming to earth.  The beach head in recent times for this theory is the science fiction television series (and one time feature film) Stargate (SG-1, Atlantis, Universe) and the area of professionalized study known as astrobiology.

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Beyond Paleo-SETI, is academic studies in parapsychology, Alien Abduction therapy and UFOlogy to name but a few.

What are your thoughts in regards to this understanding of the interconnectedness of the universe and beings? Is it very different from Charkras, Brahma, or even Judeo-Christian-Islamic God/Allah?

Okay so I must admit my geekiness began with the original Star Trek, and comic books.  Recently in the last few years however Stargate has become a huge favourite of mine and my son’s. Real bonding time.

Within this universe there is the core show (the best in my estimation) Stargate: SG-1, which for the best seasons has a core team of Col. Jack O’Neill, Dr. Daniel Jackson, Maj. Samantha Carter, and Jaffa Teal’c.

For the uninitiated Stargate’s root genesis is the book Chariot of the God’s ( and the premise that human civilization is rooted in extraterrestrial visitors, with these visitors having been the Gods of old.

The Gaould are the harbingers of doom, the Jaffa are their servants. Gaould are parasites that inhabit humanoid hosts.  That is what Teal’c is.

In fact, Teal’c was a high up Jaffa that betrayed his master Apophos to aid humanity.  The story of redemptive change is seen in a first season episode “Cor-AI” this episode had the SG-1 team visiting a world that Teal’c had visited as Apophos’ servant, and committed “murder” by killing a man’s father before him.

Cor-AI is the trial in which the tried is guilty until proven innocent, and the heart of the episode’s storyline is exemplifying that no matter how someone is viewed, what their past actions are, we are inherently GOOD and deserve a second chance.

This ties into the Genesis stories from chapters 1-3.  On the sixth day God looked down upon us and called us: Blessed and very good.

In spite of us eating the forbidden fruit, the casting out of the Garden was not a punishment.  God’s last actions to his children, Adam & Eve, are to provide clothing and bless them as caretakers of creation.  Entrusting humanity with what was created out of His Love.  The reason? Simple, we had reached the point in our species development where it was time to “leave home” if you will and step out.

God blessed us, God created us very good, with the capacity for great evil, like the character of Teal’c, we can exist within any of  the choices, yet at our heart we are good beings who deserve a chance to redeem ourselves and rejoin society.