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Even before the final episode of Season 3, I have long thought that Dean would have to have divine help to escape his fate much less hell; guess I was right, grin and wow wasn't Castiel a fantastic affirmation of my theory. What I had initially discounted was that the amulet that Dean wears. Since I had heard in a You-tube interview that it was apparently a random choice by Jensen when being costumed for the pilot, I doubted that it would have any importance to the mythological portion of the story. After I saw the image of the face in the last scene of No Rest for the Wicked my opinion began to change. But at the Chicago con I got to ask Jensen what the prosthetic he wore in that scene looked like. And he confirmed that it did not in any way look like a face. Whether the amulet still has a significant role to play is unknown but right now unless Kripke plays up the illusion we saw into a story line thread (hmmm could the amulet be the reason Anna hears angels) then I think the illusion was accidental. Still in case Kripke ever decides to use it I will leave the meta up as a record. I would like to thank shadowfax220 for pointing out the image to me at the Dallas convention and give credit to the Legacy site for the Making of "No Rest for the Wicked Pictures" and Super-Wicki for the use of the amulet image.

Clicking on any image twice will take you to the full size image.

Below is a screen cap of Dean in hell. Note the right hand lower corner.


I have highlighted the image in yellow. It almost seems to have wings. But on closer examination I realized that the profile actually looked like something I had seen before, Dean's Amulet. Which doesn't mean that it doesn't have wings, its just that wings are of lesser importance than the profile.


Next I took the side view of Dean's amulet from Super-Wicki and overlaid it on the image found on Dean's Shirt. The profile matches almost exactly accept for the open mouth and the horns.




From here I modified the amulet image to open its mouth and cant the head backwards on the neck. Empty spaces were filled in with patterns from the original amulet to smooth out the image

What I find particularly fascinating is how Dean's sweat corresponds to the amulet exhaling. I suspect this represents the "Breath of Life" as many ancient religions as well as Christianity have stories where a divine being breathes life into the dead or the inanimate. If, as it is theorized on Super-Wicki , the amulet is of an Egyptian goddess, BAT, whose name is a feminized version of the Egyptian symbol for Soul then that would seem very appropriate. Another possibility is that the amulet represents Isis. Isis in many images has both HORNS and WINGS and there is a suggestion of wings on Dean's shirt. She would also work well in this role as her spheres of influence include magic, rebirth, the womanly gifts and motherhood causing her to be be in direct opposition to Lilith the Seductress and the destroyer of children. Also unlike Bat who is all but forgotten the mystery cult of Isis lasted well into the 6th century and old images of her are still suspected to be in some European churches masquerading as Black Madonnas. Additionally Isis is known to have assimilated Hathor and her characteristics, who in turn assimilated Bat. Consequently Isis=Hathor=Bat would be a fair conclusion. Equally possible is that the face is the visage of an angel as not every angelic messenger is human. Cherubs have been described as having bull like aspects as well as human faces and Sumarian depictions of their angelic messengers

The only thing I couldn't explain was the horns until I saw this image on the Legacysite.


Note the placement of the meat hook and now compare it with the same image highlighted and a simple amulet overlay. The pointed end of the meat hook forms the horn of the amulet. Even the eye of the hook serves a purpose as it could represent the ring on the amulet.




The image in the last three pictures might not have seemed as compelling as the earlier screen caps, but at a distance the image does stand out as shown on another Legacy site picture below.


Whether Kripke and the writers will take a random choice by the actor and a accidental visual effect and use it to further the story remains to be seen. Regardless the image is creepily accurate for all that it is random.

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bowtrunckle
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
*blinks and rubs eyes* HOLY CRAP!!!!!!! :O *balks* That is beyond bizarre.

What the heck is this doing flocked sister!? SHARESHARESHARE. *grins and gently nudges*
zazreil
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
But I don't have permission for the pictures yet. You think they would mind
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pinkphoenix1985
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
thx!!! this is AWESOME!
zazreil
Jun. 12th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Just had to share my freak out - glad you enjoyed

Zaz
hugemind
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Oh my... That's seriously awesome! Creepy and weird and freaking me out, but AWESOME! :D
zazreil
Jun. 12th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Kripke is evil isn't he?

Glad you enjoyed

Zaz
bloggingchick
Jun. 12th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oooohhhhhhh, that face!!! Wow, Kripke you evil genius.
zazreil
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Couldn't agree more

Glad you liked

Zaz
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zazreil
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Shadowfax220 has great observational skills. I know I never saw it until she pointed it out. But once she did it all came together.

Love your Sammy - such a cute shocked look

Zaz
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zazreil
Jun. 14th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Thanks - grin
balikpulang
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
This was really great! I thought I was imagining things.... but looks like a whole bunch of us are too. Can't wait for S4.
zazreil
Jun. 14th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Yeah it is far far too long away - and if the actors strike - sniffle sniffle - it will be even longer

Zaz
julorean
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
OMG. AWESOME. This is fantastic! Amazing observations and manipping. It's creepy how well it fits, and the profile is amazingly clear, better than many of those Mary's and Jesuses that show up on toast and stuff. I love how the amulet went from random to having a whole rich meaning.

Tho I've read that the amulet is more mesopotamian, linked to Ishtar. But thematically it still works quite well! She journies to the underworld, shedding clothing as she descends, and retreiving it on the way back. Apparently she was also killed in the underworld, but revived with the waters of life. S4 looks to have something similar - Dean has descended, and the demons will try to take things from him, like hope, humanity. After getting out, he's not quite free, he must retrieve those bits of himself and heal his relationship with Sam. Sam has undoubtedy shed many tears, and perhaps part of that will help Dean be free from the effects of hell. Tho from wikipedia, she could also represent Sam knocking at the gates, demanding his release or else. Plus misfortune and death apparently befell many of her lovers.

Either way, I love the richness of myth in SPN. Simply fantastic!
zazreil
Jun. 14th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)

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Thanks - yeah it is eerie. Hope we find out who exactly the amulet is in season 4. Oh my goodness - just remembered Isis has both HORNS and WINGS and there is a suggestion of wings on Dean's shirt. Oh my yes - it could well be Isis. That would work out so well since as a representing both the womanly gifts and a mother goddess she would be in direct opposition to Lilith the Seductress and the destroyer of children. Also unlike Bat who is all but forgotten the mystery cult of Isis lasted well into the 6th century and old images of her are still suspected to be in some European churches masquerading as the Black Madonna. Since Isis absorbed Hathor and her characteristics to gain the Horns and Hathor absorbed Bat. Then I guess Isis=Hathor=Bat would be a fair conclusion.

Way cool

Hey would you mind if I updated the meta with this theory

Thanks

Zaz

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lilsnbug
Jun. 14th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Ho-ho-oly crap!!!O_O That's either a really REALLY sneaky hint or the biggest coincidence I've ever seen. Wow...I'm just amazed right now hahaha
zazreil
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
What can I say Kripke is evil

Zaz
shadowfax220
Jun. 14th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Wow zazreil, You've done such an awesome job of showing the image! Thank you so much for this. I know everyone at the con thought I was making it up during the trivia game but you just proved that I wasn't! Thank you very much!

p.s. would you mind very much if I linked this in my con report?
zazreil
Jun. 14th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
No go right ahead. After all I would have never even had known unless you told me. And once you did - wow. My mind still boggles at the sheer wicked cleverness of what Kripke and Crew pulled off

Thank you for letting me write about it

Zaz
stare_at_walls
Jun. 14th, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
OH GOD, THIS MAKES SENSE. I love the talent their team has--so creative. And bizarre.
zazreil
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
And lets not forget evil - Kripke and his writers are having a lot of fun

Zaz
atana_blackfox
Jun. 14th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
I would love it if a Pagan goddess was shown in a good light on the show. I have to admit I was a bit miffed when Lilith turned out to be the big bad. According the Hebrew lore she was thrown out of or left Eden because she refused 'to lie beneath Adam'. She was the original feminist to a lot of folks and some modern Pagans worship her and think the 'demon' part was crap dumped on her by misogynistic Jews and Christians.

Poor Lilith; another strong female image literally demonized.
zazreil
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Well it would be away to tip toe around the Christianity issue and still show a positive source for good. Since Kripke reads the boards he is probably aware of the discussions about how women are perceived in Supernatural

Lilith actually is thought to predate her story with Adam and can be found in Mesopotamian legends as Lilitu a plague and storm demoness. Though it is true Kripke is using the more commonly known version

Thanks for reading

Zaz
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historylover29
Jun. 15th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Whoa! That is... wow!

I never noticed the face profile. Now I will always see it! I did notice that Dean was wearing his amulet in Hell, and I thought that would do something to return him to life.

But, that was creepy! Kudos!

Kat
zazreil
Jun. 16th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Thanks - In certainly blew my mind. Kripke is evil

Zaz
snchick12
Jun. 16th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
HOLYFREAKINGSHIT
zazreil
Jun. 16th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
LOL - I bet Kripke is enjoying the freak outs

Zaz
trulybloom
Jun. 16th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
This is cool. But ...

I guess I need more evidence of Kripke's ability to foreshadow.

What things has he done like this in past episodes? It seems as if he were this clever that we would have seen evidence of it before now.

OTOH, there is that one quick little flash during the opening sequence - during Dean's dream about running from the Hell Hound - where we see him on the floor, dead, straight out of the final scene of this same episode. That, clearly, was stuck in there on purpose - going by TOO quickly to actually be see during the initial airing, someone found it only by doing frame-by-frame. So, yeah, this episode had that, which could suggest there was other stuff in that episode - hidden, obscured stuff - that we have yet to find.

So, is this possibly something Kripke and his evil minions planned and executed - yeah. Will he take credit for it even if it isn't - probably. The evil bastard!
zazreil
Jun. 16th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
Plus he has done some odd things in other episodes this eeason like finger snapping Demon Dean from DALDOM and in Fresh Blood in the fight sequence about 36 minutes and 38 seconds in to the episode there is a sign that says 183 days which just happened to be the number of days from the date of the episode airing Nov 15 until when Dean's Deal comes due (Got that from Shadowfax220 as well) Also in Mystery Spot about 29 minutes and 28 or so seconds there is a vague horned figure in the back ground (my friend Smoosh pointed this one out) and Dean's Glowing Green eyes are at about the same time which I am wondering how many other subtle clues I have missed

Zaz
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