• Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Nature deals the cards without thought or care, and there is no point in blaming the dealer. All we can do is make the best of the hands we have been dealt. Julian Baggini

  • Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in world full of conformists. Nicola Tesla

AHA! Jason Bourne decoded with the Sabian symbols

The Jason Borne identity on NRK1 last night, luckily with Jason always one step ahead of that Treadstone team with inner fractions. Jason has a fabulous way of trusting his instinct in dangerous situations, and he is one fast thinker too. In the end Jason wins, and he even gets to know his real name and his day of birth. Mystery solved, case closed? Hopefully not.

Jason was born on April 15th 1971. 

The Aha!

That’s a very interesting date if you do the table lookup in the poetry of the Sabian symbols. It corresponds to one foot in each of the degrees 25 and 26 Aries, those degrees having the following symbolical or archetypical delineation:

(25°) A DOUBLE PROMISE REVEALS ITS INNER AND OUTER MEANINGS Fortuitous cooperation between inner and outer elements of being. A sense of responsibility to self or to society. A facility of adjustment by which everything in a given situation may be brought into the fullest co-operation with everything else. 

(26°) A MAN, BURSTING WITH THE WEALTH OF WHAT HE HAS TO GIVE Supreme endowment, and inexhaustibilty of resources in all possible life realms.  An uncompromising independence and an inexhaustible drive toward self-discovery.

(Excerpts from Dane Rudhyar’s texts on the Sabian symbols)


Fascinating, but aren’t those definitions – though given here in their “positive” versions – precise and in-a-nutshell descriptions of Jason Bourne? Every promise Jason gets, seems to be double, and as Jason starts to chase down the real truth about himself and what happened, the text above is nothing but an accurate description of the excellency and “supreme endowment” of his performance.

In other words, through the pen of author Robert Ludlum, the fictional character Jason Bourne is almost perfectly tuned to descriptions found in a metaphysical system of delineation and self-discovery, because Jason’s self-discovery is indeed the main fulcrum of the story.

So what is this?

Earlier this summer, I have tried to answer Eia& “Elster’s challenge” as announced in Morgenbladet, and one of the questions was “How can actions be explained by their unintended consequences?”  

That’s another way of asking for double promises, hence my interest in the subject matter. Could it be that Jason’s character and its peculiar alignment to the Sabian Symbols is stemming from its unintended consequences?  In this particular case, I suggest not, so please excuse my digression and lets move on. 

Perhaps a part of the proven greatness of Robert Ludlum’s authorship is related to his knowledge and respect for universal rules? That Ludlum has studied Sabian or alternative systems prior to, or as a part of the process of creating the fictional character Jason Bourne, making sure that the character resembles and is in coherence with the “universal flow” to the extent possible?

And by doing so, Ludlum trusts that the fictional Jason’s whereabouts will be in harmony with the Tao, in such a way that the commercial success of the novel can arrange itself in the Taoist style of wei wu wei ?

Paulo Coelho demonstrated a similar obedience to the unversal rules with his novel The Achemists, the world’s most selling book. I once discussed it with him via his publisher, but that’s another story.

Anyway, somebody should trace down Jon Nesbø’s corresponding secrets.

Or perhaps they are all just brilliant or lucky authors?

Many questions, but only one theory. If nothing else, I have hereby released a for long canned urge to write about Jason Bourne.



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