Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: RS: A theory
From: (Bernie Roehl)
Date: 1991-04-15, 14:28

This is very long; I believe it to be interesting reading, though.

So, what's going on?  Here's my theory; some people may recognize elements
of it from a posting I made in October of last year, which postulated that a
supernatural element might be present in Twin Peaks:


A long, long time ago there came to be a place similar to what
Windom Earle described to Leo.  This place, the "white lodge", is inhabited by
a variety of creatures; the Giant, the Dwarf, many others.  It is analogous
to "heaven".

The "black lodge" is in all ways the opposite of the white lodge; it is
analogous to "hell", and is also inhabited by all manner of creatures (the
owls, for example, who are most definitely "not what they seem").

The world as we know it exists, if you will, "between" these two domains.
One particular place in our real world, Twin Peaks, is a nexus of sorts
between the two "lodges"; the two mountains symbolize, and in some
metaphysical sense "contain", the white and black lodges.

These two "lodges" are constantly battling for power over the "real" world,
and much of their combat over the course of several millenia has been in the
vicinity of the nexus, the town we call Twin Peaks.  

In ancient times, humans in the area discovered this nexus, and recorded their
discoveries in the form of a petroglyph in what we now call Owl Cave.  It is
intended to be a road map of sorts, to help people find their way in relation
to these other worlds.

At some point, it was decided that the petroglyph must be hidden under a
layer of rock, perhaps to prevent those who wished to join the black lodge
from doing so.  The clues to how to reveal it are periodically given out
to humans, by taking those humans and branding them with crucial bits of
information.  Those who are worthy will see the pattern, and use it to
guide the quest for the petroglyph.  Cooper is one of the worthy.
The brands are indeed the question, the petroglyph being the answer.

Unfortunately, Windom Earle, drawn to the black lodge's secrets and power,
has also found the petroglyph.  Both Cooper and Earle are trying to decipher
the petroglyph, and learn its secrets.


The petroglyph shows the mountains containing the Lodges (with whorls inside
them that indicate the power that the two Lodges represent).  It also shows
the waterfall between the mountains, that marks the Doorway to this other
plane of reality; the waterfall is a recurring symbol in the series, and
for good reason.  Remember, that's where Mike Gerrard headed when he felt
the need to go after BOB.

The petroglyph also shows, on one side of the mountain peaks, a Giant and
a Dwarf; this confirms that they are on "the side of" Good.

You'll also notice a circle of trees on the side of Good.  Trees and wood
are very, very important: wood is a symbol of the white lodge, while fire
represents the black lodge...

Fire is the natural enemy of wood.  Wood is something which grows, and which
humans use to build things.  Fire destroys both the work of nature and the
works of man.  Growth vs Destruction, Order vs Chaos, Good vs Evil.

References to wood:

	Margaret (the Log Lady) believes the soul of her husband to be
	contained in the log

	Josie's spirit is contained in the wooden knob of the nightstand

	Laura Palmer was tormented by Bob, but was safe while nestled at
	the base of a giant redwood tree (this from her diary)

	Harold Smith was safe inside his wooden house, and feared going

	Margaret invited the officers into her log cabin, because the owls
	could not see or hear what transpired within

	The Great Northern is a wooden structure built right over the
	absolute nexus of power (but note that it contains *many* owl-icons)

	The Major sitting on a throne in a green, forest-like area

	The Ghostwood project is aptly named; the spirits of the Owl's
	victims are encased in wood

References to fire:

	The "Fire walk with me" incantation is strongly associated with
	characters on the side of the black lodge

	Fire is what killed Margaret's husband

	A burning smell is associated with the presence of BOB

	Many religions think of hell as a place of fire

	Ben Horne, now reformed and on the side of the white lodge,
	is protecting the woods; before he reformed, he helped to engineer
	the mill fire

The circle of trees in the petroglyph might thus represent a circle of
safety, a defense again the forces of the black lodge.

(An aside: it is possible that all four of the original "elements" are
involved; wood on behalf of Earth, winged owls representing the Air,
as well as the recurring presence of Fire and of Water.  Consider the
death of Leland Palmer was accompanied by his being drenched in water
from the sprinkler system; many mythologies say spirits cannot cross
running water.  Consider the Waterfall as a doorway through which only
those of the white lodge may pass, a sort of selective filter.  Perhaps
it was set up by white magicians in eons past to contain the black lodge
(and the white one as well)).

The petroglyph contains, in short, all the information needed to connect
with the Lodges.


How do these "lodges" relate to our world?

Well, in ancient times, humans worshipped one or the other of the two lodges.
In a sense they "belonged" to either the white lodge or the black lodge;
"belonged" in that they committed their soul to one lodge or the other.

The two lodges would compete for followers; the white lodge would offer
peace, goodness, and harmony with nature, while the black lodge offered
power, power and more power.  Representatives of the black lodge gained
considerable power from claiming the souls of those who were basically
innocent, and so they would prey upon such people the way an owl preys
upon its next meal.  Indeed, in a sense the "owls" depended for their
very sustenance upon the souls of innocents; perhaps it is from those
innocents that the power of the black lodge derives.

In joining the black lodge, ritual and incantation are important...

    Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see;
    One chants out between two worlds, "Fire, walk with me"

If one is a "magician", wishing to find ("to see") the power and seize it,
they must choose the path of fire.  They must choose between two worlds,
and invoke Fire to walk with them.

Times changed.  Science displaced mythology, and the power of both lodges
began to fade.  Over the centuries, however, they still gained the occasional
follower or two.

Certain individuals are "Gifted", and in tune with the harmonies of the
white lodge.  Others are "Damned", drawn inexorably towards the black
lodge.  Still others are somewhere in between, and are gradually claimed
by one or the other; I will call these the "Innocent".

Some time ago, the being we call MIKE was drawn to the black lodge.
He learned its secrets, and became a very powerful entity.

BOB was also drawn there, for similar reasons, and he and MIKE spent
some time killing for pleasure and power, and finding new hosts for other
wandering spirit-entities.

MIKE left, however, and was changed when he saw the face of god.  He can
never be part of the white lodge, but will do what he can to fight
the black lodge (and BOB in particular).

BOB took over Leland Palmer; when asked if he wanted to play with Fire,
Leland answered "yes".  BOB later tried to lure Laura over (the candles,
mound of earth and the paper (with the incantation) that were found in
the train car).

In choosing to walk with Fire, a destructive force, an Innocent rejects the
calm comfort of the Forest, the woods, the trees, the birds, the things
Windom Earle found so vile.

(As an aside, note that the red-curtained room in Cooper's dream is an
aspect of the white lodge; the Dwarf (the Man from Another Place) and
his cousin, the the Laura Palmer look-alike, are denizens of the white
lodge.  Remember the reference to "here there is music all the time"
and references to birds singing?  Similar to what Windom Earle describes.
Also remember the winged figure that passed by, outside the red curtains;
an Owl, kept out of the white lodge.)

How do the forces of the lodges operate?  They can operate in an overt way,
through inhabiting the bodies of humans and taking over their actions.  They
can also operate in a subtle way, taking advantage of someone's weakness to
guide their actions.


The local townsfolk, being neither Gifted nor Damned, are oblivious to
all that transpires around them; these Innocents can either become victims
of the Damned, or can be rescued by those who are Gifted.

The forces of the black lodge are always trying to have their way with
Innocents: Harold Smith knew he was a potential victim of the black lodge,
and retreated into his wooden house to be forever safe from the spirit-entities
he knew awaited him; he eventually resorted to suicide to escape them.

Annie had an encounter with someone while in her senior year
of high school, someone who tried to draw her into the ways of the black
lodge; like Harold Smith, she saw suicide as her only way out.  Failing
that, she retreated into a convent the way Harold retreated from the world.

Ben Horne was unknowingly drawn into the darkness, but has since seen
the light.


The ongoing struggle between the lodges has made Twin Peaks the focus
of some very unusual things; in recent times, the odd goings-on in the
Twin Peaks vicinity attracted the attention of Project Blue Book, which
was attempting to find signs of alien intelligence.  Instead they found
the strange signals from the woods.  The Major, being Gifted, and Windom
Earle, being damned, both sensed something in the signals that was beyond
the perception of those around them.

Cooper is Gifted.  The Gifted and the Damned are both drawn towards
Twin Peaks by the forces of their respective lodges; thus Cooper, Earle,
the Major and others arrive in Twin Peaks.  Cooper and Earle, without
consciously understanding why, are drawn to chess (a combat of white
pieces and black pieces) as a metaphor for their struggle.

Remember, "the Owls are not what they seem" -- they can appear as many things;
this is equally true of Windom Earle.  As others have pointed out,
"Windom Earle" is an almost perfect anagram for "Owl in dream".

Windom Earle, being Damned, reacted to the power of the black lodge
by being drawn into it while working for Project Blue Book.  He may
have had the same dreams the Major did, picking up images of a petroglyph
he'd never seen.  He eventually chose to "walk with fire" and became the
new home for a BOB-like entity.  His actions in Pittsburg were those of
his inhabiting spirit; this is how BOB knew about them.

What of the Tremonds?  They are clearly representatives of the white lodge,
who tried to help Laura while she was on her meals-on-wheels route.

The white horse?  Another symbol of the white lodge.

The black box?  Time will tell...

Answers to some questions posted here earlier:

> >Who is BOB?
BOB is just one of a number of spirit-enties emanating from the black lodge.
> >Who is the Giant?
One of the spirit-entities emanating from the white lodge.

> >Who is MIKE (and where is he)?
Mike is a black lodge spirit-entity that has seen the light and been

> >What happened to Josie, including her missing body weight?
Her spirit merged with a nearby wooden object at the time of her death,
just as Margaret's husband did.

> >What did BOB have to do with Josie's death?
Nothing... but he knew what happened, and was there to gloat.  His power
is limited in the Great Northern, built as it is out of wood from the forest.

> >If Josie's spirit is still around, then are the spirits of other
> >	recently deceased people (esp. Laura) still around?
Yes, I believe so.  I believe Laura briefly manifested herself through
Maddy, and also through Donna.

> >What are the owls?
Spirit-entities from the black lodge.

> >Why did BOB start appearing to Laura?  Was he always (ever?) in Leland
> >	during those visits?
To bring her to the black lodge; yes.

> >Why did BOB kill Laura?  (I don't buy what BOB told us in 2009.)
Because he couldn't have her.

> >Why did BOB kill Theresa Banks?
For pleasure.  (I'm tempted to say "just for Hell of it").

> >What happened forty years ago?  Is there a link between "forty years
> >	ago" and the music that Leland/BOB danced to?
Leland Palmer played with fire; yes.

> >What is the significance of wood?
See above.

> >Why did Cooper dream about Tibet?
Tibet may be another nexus; it, too, has mountains.

> >What does the LMFAP signify?
See above; he is one of the denizens of the white lodge.

> >What does Twin Peaks have to do with Project Blue Book?
See above.

> >What is the effect of Halperidol?
It prevents a spirit-entity from possessing someone.

> >Why was Josie sad at the beginning of episode 1000?
Don't know.

> >Beside the fact that it just happened to precede her death, what did
> >	the events at Jacques' cabin have to do with BOB killing
> >	Laura?  (Cooper's dream led the way to the cabin; it had
> >	to have more significance.)
Don't know.

> >How did Ronette's IV turn blue?  How and why did she wind up with
> >	a fingernail letter?
I suspect that she was possessed by BOB (or some other entity) who
got her to put the letter under her own fingernail.  The blue I.V.
contained Haliperidol, probably placed there by MIKE.

> >Why was BOB spelling ROBERT (in an apparently random order)?
Not *quite* random... more backwards.  Just to spite Cooper (and everyone
else).  Also the mystical connection with reversing/inverting things
(note also "the symbol" and "the symbol inverted").

> >Laura's clinical cause of death was blood loss.  She survived the
> >	Waldo attack to meet BOB at the train car.  Did something
> >	besides his pounding kill her?
Don't know.

> >Laura had come to some sort of decision before she died.  What had
> >	she resolved?  To confront BOB?  To sacrifice herself?
Both; to confront him, and sacrifice herself if necessary (like Harold
Smith and Annie).

> >	Whatever she decided, did she succeed or fail?
A profound, even metaphysical question... I would say she succeeded.

> >What does BOB have to do with what happened in Pittsburgh?
See above.

> >What is the connection between Laura and Cooper?  She dreamed about
> >	him; does this mean the connection is stronger somehow than
> >	simply, "he's the investigator of her murder"?

Yes, possibly.

> >Who and what is Harold Smith?
See above.

> >Who and what are the Tremonds?
Good question; white lodge people, I suspect.

> >Was there something supernatural about the shadowed figure in the
> >	woods with Leo, and if so, did Leo know about it?
> >The hooded figure from 2019:  related to the figure in the woods with
> >	Leo?  How about the figure that appeared when Briggs vanished?
Yes -- I believe this is the same figure that we've seen in silhouette
in the most recent episode.

> >What is the nature of Lana's power over men?
Don't know.

> >What is the full meaning of MIKE's poem?
See above.

> >What is it about Twin Peaks that things like a high-school
> >	prostitution ring can exist?  Is it just the normal underbelly
> >	of rural America, or is there some evil that permeates the
> >	whole town, a la "It" or "The Tommyknockers"?
The latter.

> >What ritual occurred in the traincar?
See above.

> >What is the significance of the "Ghostwood" project?  What "possessed"
> >	(ha-ha) Ben to call it Ghostwood?
See above.

> >Who attacked Dr. Jacoby by the gazebo (Leland, right?) and why
> >	(jollies?  I don't think so...)?
Don't know.

> >What's special about Cooper, Briggs, and Margaret, vis a vis their
> >	ability to commune with the supernatural?
See above.

> >What, exactly, is the charter of the Bookhouse Boys (something about
> >	protecting Twin Peaks from the evil in the woods...)?
Perhaps formed as a subtle white lodge response to subtle evil in the

> >	What event precipitated its formation; when, and by whom?
Good question.

> >Why do BOB and the Giant not resemble their hosts, but MIKE is only
> >	ever seen in Philip Gerard?
Perhaps the spirits are seen as their *first* hosts, and Mike Gerrard
*is* MIKE's first host?

> >Cooper asks the Giant, "Where do you come from?" and the Giant
> >	responds, "The question is, where have you gone?"  Does
> >	this imply that Cooper himself is transported elsewhere
> >	during his visions (as opposed to his visions coming to him).
Yes... into the white lodge (not so much a place, more a state of mind).

> >What was the white horse in Sarah's vision?
Don't know... several possible explanations, but very much a white lodge

> >Why did Donna want Laura's sunglasses?  What explains the change in
> >	her personality between 1007 and 2001?
Laura's presence.

> >What is Benjamin's role in the evil that permeates Twin Peaks?
See above.

> >Why is BOB accompanied by the smell of scorched engine oil?
See above.

> >Is there any meaning behind Harriet's poem (I saw Laura glowing...)?
I don't recall this.

> >After the Giant vanishes for the second time, a bright bit of SFX
> >	flashes into Cooper's body.  What about it?
Don't know... don't recall this, sorry.

> >Ronette recalls Laura's murder in the traincar.  She sees BOB in
> >	the recollection, not Leland.  Why, and how?
She may be Gifted.  Remember also that Maddy saw *both*.

> >Cooper tells Albert "You'd be amazed at the connection between [Twin
> >	Peaks and Tibet]".  What did he mean?
See my earlier comment; Tibet may be another nexus.

> >Where is Pearl Lakes in relation to Twin Peaks, and how does it tie
> >	in to the mystery?
Not sure.

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