Symbolism of the esoteric variety, is willfully placed in high budget works of entertainment and intended to be understood by a small group of individuals capable of recognizing and interpreting the hidden meaning or occult symbolism depicted. Various films, television programs, and even science fiction films (such as Arrival & Signs) will feature interior or hidden elements including: Numerology, Metaphors & Allegories, and Illuminati or Esoteric Symbolism.
The following Gematria study will attempt to deconstruct the films Arrival and Signs and offer a detailed analysis of the alien invasion trope, and hidden allegory utilized in both films. The following study will feature numerous spoilers for those individuals who have yet to see either film.
Arrival 2016 Gematria Study
Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the 1998 short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. Chiang is a Chinese American science fiction author whose previous works included the short novel “Tower Of Babylon”, a piece which revisits the ancient period of King Nimrod (Gilgamesh), and the first world government (‘Old World Order’) and the attempt to create an enormous brick tower which will reach the heavens and rival the kingdom of God. In the biblical narrative the Elohim and God separate mankind from the center of Babel after providing the builders with unfamiliar languages, thus confusion ensues and the tower is left incomplete. Language and the concept of dispersion based on the inability to communicate is one of many themes in the film Arrival. Arrival is also a film crafted almost entirely on the disciplines of Gematria and numerical connections.
Arrival 2016 Plot
The film is built upon the principles of time and numerical synchronicity. According to screen writer Eric Heisserer time is represented in the film as the logogram of the Alien species. The logograms are represented on screen via a circular language, which in reality is based partly on the occult, or the alchemical symbol of the Ouroboros. The symbol known as the Ouroboros, features a dragon eating his own tail, returning unto himself in the endless loop designed to reflect the concept known as ‘Eternal Return’, or everlasting infinity. A similar numerical designation found in the number 8, for its endless looping pattern, is oft utilized to showcase both connection and infinity. For the creation of the language used in the film, screen writer Eric Heisserer drew a series of circular patterns for the screenplay, while the duty of crafting those circles into the legitimate language went to production designer Patrice Vermette. According to Heisserer, the alien language evolved into 100 legitimate words, many appearing in the film as the inkblot styled logograms.
“I was asked to look at what’s been made, what’s been done and also needed to look at what languages exist on earth or what existed, like hieroglyphs, dead languages from the middle east or Africa, symbols from Native American culture and South America,” – Patrice Vermette, Arrival Production Designer
“We are so bound by time…by its order” – Louise Banks
The film opens with linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) caring for her infant daughter Hannah, who is wrapped in the colors of both red and blue (much like the colors donned by Superman), this is likely done for the classic occult trope of showcasing both the balance of power and the everlasting nature of truth, justice, and for the purpose of this film, ‘fate’. During what appears to be a flashback, Louise and her daughter Hannah, are always depicted with this familiar trope, however, Hannah eventually contracts an incurable form of cancer in adolescence and dies. Upon the death of Hannah, Louise beckons her daughter to “return to her.”
“But now I’m not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings.” – Louise Banks
Upon the death of Hannah, Louise walks the hospital corridor which features 3 pairs of 2 doors, or the familiar pattern of 3×2 = 6. The numerical pattern of 6 reappears in this film when depicting death or destruction. The total numbers of letters in the name Hannah is also six. The total of papers appearing on the doors number 12, a number which is also prominently on display later in the film.
“I’m learning that more objects like this have landed in as many as 8 locations around the world” – News Broadcaster, Arrival (2016)
In the present, while Louise Banks is lecturing to 8 students at a university, 8 extraterrestrial spacecraft are announced via the mainstream news as appearing across the planet. Here the film makers have provided a numerical clue to the true persona of the alien invaders. For the general public the numerical designation of 8 students and 8 aliens may go unnoticed, however, for esoteric purposes the number 8 shown in this manner alludes to the power of duality and infinity. For the purpose of Gematria study, hostile aliens which appear in television and film elsewhere are almost always shown surrounded by the number 11. This trope holds true for the series ‘Stranger Things’, directed by the Duffer Brothers. In that Netflix series, a character introduced as 011 (El / Eleven), is fighting against a hostile alien entity called the Demogorgon. In order to continue this trope, the science fiction film Arrival was released in the United States on 11/11/16. In this manner the alien invaders are typically assigned the position of hostiles, however, given the designation of the number 8 upon their arrival indicates these aliens are both a friendly presence as well as connected to an aspect of time – the number 88.
The Number 8 In Arrival
The film Arrival is based on a short story by a Chinese American author, Ted Chiang. According to Chinese numerology, 88 symbolizes fortune and good luck, since the word 8 sounds similar to the word ‘fa’, or wealth. Chinese numerologist believe the number 8 expresses the totality of the universe, or the divine concept of infinity. The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number in Chinese culture, where prices of goods often contain many 8s. In Japanese culture, the number 88 is often used to mean “a great many” or “countless” or infinite numbers.
The number 42, often shown as 4×2 = 8, is mentioned 8 times in the Holy Bible. In the film series ‘Back To The Future’, the protagonist vehicle must reach 88 miles per hour before it can transport through time. The eighth letter of the alphabet is H. The name Hannah is an intentional palindrome, or word, phrase, number, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward or forward. Within the film the name Hannah is of particular importance as her character is representative of eternity, or the concept of ‘Eternal Return’. HH or 88 is thus symbolized in the palindrome of Hannah, a beginning and an end which are alluded to both in the films beginning and ending. The name Hannah is 6 letters long, which also alludes to the death of said character. The Hannah figure is thus an aspect of the sideways 8, a looping symbol representing infinity, and existing in what screen writer Heisserer describes as the ‘fourth dimension’.