This symbolism post will deal with the evil character Corion, the Corionic Cross and the Red Crystal of Corion. I used to name Corion because it sounds like the star system Orion and it just came into my head when I began writing the trilogy. Why Orion? Because when I was growing up on Long Island, what with all the street lights and pollution and the fact that I almost never saw any stars even on a clear night, the only star cluster that I could see clearly was Orion’s Belt. That is why I chose the Orion system to help name my character, that happens to be the evil satanic character in the trilogy.
As for the Corionic Cross… why a cross? Because crosses are huge in terms of symbology. Every Christian sect or society seems to use crosses thanks to the crucifixion cross of Christ at Calvary: Jesuits, Dominicans, Orthodox, various Protestants and Catholics, Rosicrucians (their cross looks like a rose), Knights Templar and others. And the satanic groups also use crosses, turning them upside down. And the Corion cultists did use a cross of sorts.
Since band guitarist-producer Mick was a follower of an ancient cult in Wales called the Crag-Dwellers and their god was Corion and Corion had a cross, he decided that the prodigal band Sound Unltd would use a similar cross to be their band logo. The cross and the logo used snakes. The cross and logo (pictured above) are featured on the original cover of the first novel in the trilogy, Battle of the Band.
As for the ‘history’ of the Corion Cross, this snippet from Chapter Five of The Prophesied Band explains how it evolved into symbols used for evil purposes as well as the band’s logo. Crynnwagg was the ‘high ‘priest’ of the Corion-worshiping Crag-Dwellers who lived in Wales at the time of Rome’s invasion, in 50 AD. (Note: I have no idea when Rome invaded Wales or even if it did invade Wales, but Britain was partially conquered under Emperor Claudius, who reigned in 50 AD. So that date was chosen.) After being killed in battle, Crynnwagg escaped death by using the magical ‘Red Crystal of Corion.’ Another note: in the years since 50 AD, Crynnwagg ‘took over’ various fictional historical characters, including the evil cult leader Swami Negran.
Though he swore to serve his god as Druid priests drained his blood in 50 AD, Crynnwagg—that is, Negran—saw his chance to swipe Corion’s red crystal sight while his lord rested in the Abyss. With this blood-red icon of godly power, the High Priest of the Crag-Dwellers returned to life and avenged his slaying by Druid priests. Fourteen Druid children burned on fourteen oak trees in the craggy wastes of the Welsh Craggy Mountains.
Then in the mid-eleventh century the first Duke of Effingchester stole the crystal from him. When Effingchester number four summoned Corion to defeat the Hovels peasants, he prayed to Corion to take back the crystal his ancestor had stolen from Crynnwagg.
But Corion, mired in darkness, missed his catch. Crynnwagg, poised as the Duke’s servant, stole it back.
Part of the Plan of The Creator, Who rules all schemes.
And it was Crynnwagg—as a lesser Duke in the late 1700s—who founded the secret Society of Luminaries. Its symbol was the Sun-Circle, the inner part of the Corionic Cross of the Crag-Dwellers.
Then it was Crynnwagg—as a socialistic philosopher in the late 1800s—who founded the secret Ring of Our Lord Lucifer. Its symbol was the Snake-Cross, the outer part of the Corionic Cross of the Crag-Dwellers.
It was Crynnwagg—as an agent of Baron Torquay-Lambourgeau in 1964—who founded the Novordo Club. Its symbol was the Corionic Cross. Its members prayed to their lord Lucifer, who would soon come to ensure that they ruled the world to his specifications.
For they believed their god would triumph over He Who would come at the end of time.
Finally, it was Crynnwagg—as Swami Negran—who tricked the Prophesied Band into owing allegiance to his god. And, through the six, so would the world’s youth.
But again, The Creator planned otherwise.
Corion had been tricked not once but twice by the ancient High Priest. He would have his revenge. It was time. Now the Creator would see to it.
Swami’s spirit crossed the dimensional barrier into the void as a streak, with a red crystal dangling from it.
A formless black hole readied to swallow him. An appendage without style reached for the crystal.
A pico-second. Within the heart of the crystal shined the figure of a man, now screaming to be released from the silicon captivity.
“He’s mine. The crystal is mine.” Corion, still blacker than black, then put his crystal around his neck where The Creator meant it to be.
The blood-red object pulsed as a beacon. Corion radiated with godly power. Yet his form was still undefined.
“Gold, Silver, Bronze Demons. When I return, I will assign to you and your minions regions of that puny world for your pleasure. Then you may gnaw on The Tooters. And The Creator will prostrate himself before me. Farewell!”
The blackness exploded. The Creator allowed it. Part of the Plan.
Now about that Red Crystal of Corion… why a crystal? Crystals are used in various New Age and occultic rituals such as using crystal balls, crystal sticks, and even used for Ouija Board markers. Why red? Because supposedly, ‘the devil’ wears red.
In the above snippet, Crynnwagg, the evil high priest of the Crag-Dwellers, who was ‘killed’ by Druids, ‘stole’ the red crystal given to Corion by the Creator so that Corion could ‘see’ his way within the Abyss. Since it was God-given, it had god-ly powers that Crynnwagg used to escape death and return to life in another form, which eventually would end up being the form of New Age and occultic cult leader Swami Negran. So that whatever human was inhabited by the spirit of Crynnwagg—that was in fact the spirit of Corion—could use the red crystal for those ‘god-ly’ powers in service to Corion.
But at some point, God the Creator ‘allowed’ Corion to get his crystal back from Crynnwagg (as Negran), because the Creator ‘rules all schemes.’ And then Corion would actually spiritually inhabit Swami’s successors, Cole Blessing (The Prophesied Band) and Mark Besst (The Prodigal Band).
In Chapter Eight of The Prophesied Band, cult leader Blessing uses a red crystal that is the size of a ball in his cult ritual that is witnessed by drummer Tom and his lover, Princess Tina. They are in the basement of a fabulous estate where the occultic rituals are performed, an Ashram nearby. The novel’s narrator, pop culture pundit Jay Elliot, was nearby and overheard their conversation.
“I just can’t see very much, Tom,” the Princess of Leandro whispered with anxiety as she looked through a tiny square glass window built into a metal door. “Blessing, my wonderful husband, and one or two others are in there, I know, because I can hear them. But it’s too dark in there!” Tina then turned to Cornsby. “There is a red glow, however. Not a lightbulb glow. More like a candle that glows red, or a candle covered by a red glass.” Turned back. “A votive candle, perhaps. Or a red-glowing crystal.”
The drummer, standing behind her, let his body fall against the door. “A red crystal?” A loud whisper. “Don’t tell me Blessing’s got one o’ those!”
“I hope they didn’t hear you slam against their door, Tom.” Her annoyed voice was low normal. “Anyway,” she looked at him, “It’s too big to be the kind Swami Negran wore. But I feel this crystal and Negran’s are related somehow.”
“Maybe the crystal in there is the mother of all the other crystals Swami had, including the ones he gave the six of us.”
I heard the last thing he and she said to each other. More than just curious, I went toward Tom and Tina. Less than a minute later I heard them go breathless and saw the aura of a giant red glow.
“Tom!” Frightened. “You won’t believe this!” Turned to him. “See this for yourself.”
The curly blond said nothing at first as he feasted his eyes on a room large enough to be a gymnasium, with objects of pure gold wall-to-wall, and the hooded people—including a woman by the look of her face—in supplication to Blessing, who stood hoodless over the red crystal.
Blessing’s hands then engulfed the crystal the size of a baseball—which, having just illuminated the room, now burned a fiery ball of light.
And when Tom heard him speak, Blessing’s voice bellowed with such force several gold statues near the west wall shook.
Corion was also in the room.
“My children,” the dark voice said, “soon I and Mother Nature will come forth to show the only way for the people of this beautiful lush planet—our way, as our enemies cringe and burn before us. Mother Earth will return to her greatness, my followers.”
The crowd chanted, “Your will be done, my lord.”
“Our enemies are being rounded up now, a herd for the slaughter, as our Master cleanses her domain, as I—with you at my right hand—come to the head of your world.”
“We are with you, my lord.”
“Tina!” Tom swiftly got off his tip-toes with breathless fear. “This is it! The people who seek to enslave this world. And Blessing is not Blessing. Or, maybe he’s speaking through a distortion microphone that I can’t see. But he sounds—possessed! Did you hear him? The chanting?”
“Yes. It’s Blessing’s inner circle. Probably the same ones that make up the Novordo Club.” Then she shuddered. “I think we need to leave, my love. I’m really afraid.”
Finally, another kind of cross is used as a symbol within the trilogy, the crucifixion cross, which is featured on the original cover of The Prophesied Band. I used that Christ-cross for a reason: to impart the journey the prodigal band was about to embark into completion in The Prodigal Band.
The final symbolic post will deal with various other good or evil symbols, such as those on album covers and stage props. That post will be next week.
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