What follows may be directly relevant to PID or it may be some odd coincidences, perhaps synchronicities, or it may be nothing.
I don't know why, but blogger.com isn't uploading the photographs for this article, but I will let you know where to find them, as we go along.
First, I would like to mention that Aleister Crowley is featured on the cover of the Sergeant Pepper album and his image has also been projected behind Faul in live concerts over the last several years. Crowley is well known to have studied occult aspects of ancient Egypt. The same can be said of Luciferian filmmaker Kenneth Anger.
Another Faul reference to ancient Egypt is, of course, his song on the Venus and Mars album, Spirits of Ancient Egypt.
In addition, the scarab beetle is quite significant in ancient Egyptian myth in relation to Ra, the sun god. As you know, there are many references to the sun in Beatles' song lyrics.
Use google images to find: The Palette of Narmer. What is it? Well, it is one of the oldest ancient Egyptian art objects that uses pictography (carved pictures and hieroglyphics) to tell the story of the pharaoh, Narmer. It dates from circa 3000 BCE and is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Narmer was the first pharaoh (king) of ancient Egypt. He is thought to have unified upper and lower Egypt. One could think of Faul as unifying the Early Beatles with the Psychedelic or Late Period Beatles. Faul may have been the unifier and observers have said that when Brian died, Faul filled the void as the leader (or as apropos to this article: 'king') of the Beatles.
A palette is a sculpted stone that was used by the ancient Egyptians to grind pigments on for cosmetic makeup. The Palette of Narmer is thought to be a special, 'royal' palette never actually used to make cosmetics, but used as a ritual object that retained symbolically the 'theme' of makeup. Of course, there are many examples of Faul using stage makeup, just one example being the official video for Say, Say Say with Michael Jackson.
As we examine the main side of the 2-sided Palette of Narmer, we see Pharoah Narmer as the large, main figure. He is depicted as about to slay an opponent, or as may relate to PID, he is symbolically slaying 'the past' as a show of new dominance.
The smaller figure to the left of Narmer is a royal servant holding the sandals of Narmer, as what's happening is that the pharaoh has chosen to be barefoot while projecting his dominance. You will find close-ups of the Palette of Narmer on google images.
Now, obviously there is a Faul parallel to Narmer having taken off his sandals, preferring to walk barefoot when one considers the Abbey Road album cover. Art historians say that Narmer going barefoot signifies that he is victorious over a seemingly insurmountable problem in the past and now feels so self-confident in his victory, dominance and mastery of a situation that he can set his sandals aside and walk barefoot. In the Palette scene, his sandals have been picked up and are held by an assistant, the sandal bearer. Narmer is a hero 'unto himself', indicated by his choice of being seen barefooted as he slays any and all opposition.
Faul, interviewed on national TV by David Letterman, admitted that he arrived at the Abbey Road cover photo shoot in sandals, then chose to remove them and go barefoot. This is proven by photos you can find of the Beatles participating in the shoot. Faul's explanation to Letterman is that it was a hot day and he kicked off his sandals to have cooler feet on the pavement, which is absurd, as it is just the opposite of common sense. The pavement would feel hotter to the soles of the feet barefoot and cooler with sandals protecting the soles.
The garment worn by Narmer is described as finery by art historians. It bespeaks of royalty. This is not unlike the tailored business suit worn by Faul on the Abbey Road cover, certainly an expensive garment.
To the left of the sandal bearer is a rosette. One can see a rosette parallel on the cover of Faul's Red Rose Speedway, in which he sports a red rose in his mouth at the 'straight on' angle of a rosette.
You will notice a falcon to the right of Narmer on the Palette. This falcon symbolizes the god Horus.
Clutched by Horus is a special tool that was used by ancient Egyptians to pry open the mouth of a corpse during embalming. According to art historians, the significance here on the Palette is that Horus is in full control of the speech of the dead. In other words, the spoken words (and singing) of the conquered dead are now being controlled by Horus and thus can be changed to suit the victorious Narmer. This symbolizes 'propaganda', which was thought by pharaohs to be necessary, similar to Hitler and Goebbels believing that propagandistic lies were necessary for their success.
Search on google images for the official coat of arms designed by the official agency that creates these for the British royalty and government. Faul's coat of arms was presented to him on December 31, 2002, having been approved earlier in the year on his birthday. Just do a google images search for 'Sir Paul McCartney coat of arms' and you will notice the same figure of Horus in the same posture as we see on the Palette. Horus, the falcon, is seen on the Palette not only dominating the speech and song of a dead man, but the man is bearing papyrus. Papyrus was the paper used by ancient Egyptians. In relation to Paul, it could signify sheet music of songs written and published by Paul, but now dominated (via Horus) by the victorious Pharoah Narmer or in our modern connotation, Faul.
You can also see in the Palette that Horus is the 'paper back rider' in that particular hieroglyph.
Under Narmer, in the underworld, we see twins, which could symbolize one is dead and the other someday will be dead, as well. Their fingertips are almost touching which one could interpret as when Faul dies and is buried or cremated into the underworld (afterlife), he will join Paul, who is already dead. At the moment of their meeting, the fingertips of the 'twins' (the real Paul and his impostor) shall touch.
On the reverse panel of the Palette, we see a ritual procession of men shown in profile and marching in lock step with each other. This parallels the four Beatles on the Abbey Road album cover, shown in profile, marching in lock step.
To the right of this procession in the Palette, you will see dead, naked bodies lying on the ground headless. Our Beatles parallel here would be the strange, headless, naked upper torso, with "magical mystery boy" scrawled on its chest in the brief, but eerie rocking horse scene at the end of the music video for Blue Jay Way in the film Magical Mystery Tour. Lately, I have wondered if the body seen in MMT could be a morgue photo of Aleister Crowley, who was chubby and had a hairless chest that would have been consistent with that photo in the Beatles' film.
Also on this side of the Palette, powerful lions with long necks have been tamed and equalized. Perhaps we could think of the Hofner bass of Paul having a long neck and being as powerful as a lion roaring and it has, in Faul's eyes, been matched equally by the powerful playing (from Faul's point of view) on the same long necked Hofner instrument. Faul's ritualism may have required him to perform with the exact same instruments Paul used before his untimely death.
The circle in the middle reminds me of the sound hole of an acoustic guitar, perhaps the Epiphone Texan Paul used to sing Yesteday in concert and used again (the same acoustic guitar) many years later by Faul to sing the same song in concert.
Finally, at the bottom of the procession side of the Palette, we see a bull that lords over a man. This represents the strength of Narmer (Faul) in 'bullying' his way through life, easily dominating any circumstances encountered. It also represents the fear of people who stand in his way.
I'll leave you with one final, chilling note. There is a video clip (used by iamaphoney and others) of Faul reacting to a paparazzi he has just been annoyed by. Faul is heard muttering, "Poor guy, he's going to get clubbed to death." On our 'side one' of The Palette of King Narmer, the pharaoh is shown with a raised mace (a club) about to club to death his enemy.
Thanks for taking this little comparison journey with me. Like I said at the beginning of this article, the coincidences may mean something or may not, I don't know. But I hope that the strange case of 'PID and The Palette of Narmer' is as interesting to you as it is for me. There has to be a reason that Faul took those sandals off and we suspect it wasn't just "a hot day" but that there was more to it than has yet been revealed.