Okay this is just too much. Tomorrow, Barack Obama is staging a joint appearance with Hillary Clinton near a school in Unity, NH at what is to be called a “Unite for Change” rally. The Manchester Union Leader reports that the location was chosen not only because of the town’s symbolic name, but also because the votes for Clinton and Obama in this tiny NH town were tied 107-107. Oooooh, strange!
But it gets even stranger. Recently we learned that the Unity, NH school mascot is a panther, which is another name for puma. So will there be Unity school kids at the rally wearing their panther T-shirts? Will there be a panther flag? Will Barack and Hillary congratulate the Unity Panthers (pumas) in their speeches?
Today commenter Karolina NYC linked to a story from the April 15, 2008 Chicago Tribune about an incident in which a wild cougar, also another name for puma, was shot by police in a residential Chicago neighborhood. Chicago, the home of Barack Obama! Cue Twilight Zone music: ooooooeeeeeeeooooooo.
Normally reclusive creatures, most cougars retreated to habitats in the Rocky Mountains and Black Hills early in American history. But some researchers believe overcrowding in recent years has driven the animals back east.
Two cougars have been killed in Illinois in the last decade. In 2000, a train struck and killed one in Randolph County in southern Illinois, and in 2004 a bow hunter killed a cougar in Mercer County in western Illinois.
But in the previous century, there had been no confirmed sightings in Illinois of a cougar, which is also known as a puma, mountain lion or panther. The last known appearance of the animal was in 1864 at the southern end of the state.
Okay, maybe I’m reaching here, but does it seem strange to anyone else that wild pumas have turned up in Illinois in the last three presidential election years? This series of events seems very synchronistic to me. Synchronicity is a term coined by pioneering psychologist Carl Jung to describe unexplained “meaningful coincidences.”
the experience of two or more events which occur in a meaningful manner, but which are causally un-related. In order to be ‘synchronistic’, the events must be related to one another temporally, and the chance that they would occur together by random chance must be very small.
The idea of synchronicity is that the conceptual relationship of minds, defined by the relationship between ideas, is intricately structured in its own logical way and gives rise to relationships which have nothing to do with causal relationships in which a cause precedes an effect. Instead, causal relationships are understood as simultaneous — that is, the cause and effect occur at the same time.
Synchronous events reveal an underlying pattern, a conceptual framework which encompasses, but is larger than, any of the systems which display the synchronicity. The suggestion of a larger framework is essential in order to satisfy the definition of synchronicity…
Like KarolinaNYC, I love this kind of mystical thinking and I love Jung’s notion of the Collective Unconscious–the idea that in some sense, we are all connected and have access to ancient archetypes that reflect the common experiences of the human race.
I must admit that after learning about how puma symbolism seems to be permeating the presidential race, I’m really looking forward to the rally tomorrow. What do these strange synchronicities portend for future events? The floor is open for speculation or use this as an open thread.
Update I: The signs are everywhere. Lakota in GA posted in a comment on 6/6/08:
OK, ya’ll are going to think I’ve lost it. It’s been such a hard day for me and I keep thinking about Hillary, of course. In keeping with the posts about Big Brown and omens, I decided to write this.
In the spiritual traditions I study especially Native American, animals have a lot of power or medicine and many things to teach us. Tonight, I got out my Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carlson and meditated about Hillary and the Presidency. The card I chose randomly was the “Mountain Lion!” Close to PUMA, anyone?
Basically, the power of Mountain Lion is “Leadership!” The teachings talk about the responsibilites of leadership, sometimes being blamed when things go wrong and for always taking charge when others cannot. I was so happy to draw this card in relation to Hillary tonight and I do believe in omens and signs.
I never realized until today that cougar, panther, mountain lion, and puma are all names for the same animal. Another name for puma is catamount. How many animals have five different names? The reason this wild cat has so many names is that its range spans several different countries in North and South America. Puma is the name the Incas gave to this animal.
Update II: Another synchonicity has been pointed out in the comments by Ronkseattle and masslib. The Pelham Preparatory Academy (PPA), where Hillary spoke publicly for the first time after endorsing Obama has a leaping puma on its crest.
ACTION UPDATE: For PUMAs who would like to head up to Unity, NH tomorrow morning, Garychapelhill and Maum will be meeting other PUMAs at rest area just over the Vermont line. For information and updates see Maum’s PUMA action site