∆ The famous “bear man” shot in The Shining is 13 seconds long, with a zoom into a close up 10 seconds into the shot.
∆ The zoom occurs at exactly 130 minutes into the film.
∆ At exactly 13 minutes into the film, Danny, with a bear-shaped pillow behind his right shoulder, says “Mommy said wake up, wake up.”
Note the bear’s single right eye.
∆ At exactly 13 seconds into the film, the screen is dark in between the Warner Brothers logo and the first image of the mirrored mountain lake surface.
All the 13’s above signify an awakening, an opening of the eye.
∆ In The Shining Forwards and Backwards experiment, The “bear man” scene occurs while Danny is talking to Tony in the bathroom mirror at The Boulder Apartment. Note the lamp is matched with Danny’s right eye in the mirror’s reflection, while the bed is matched with Danny’s mouth. Recall Tony is described by Danny as “a little boy who lives in my mouth.”
∆ As Tony puts Danny into a trance to show him a ‘shining’ vision, in the overlay we see Wendy’s open mouth matched with Danny’s right eye, though perhaps better identified as Danny’s left eye appearing as his right eye in reflection.
A vision, or epiphany is thought to be the right and left hemispheres of the brain flooding into each other, so this image of the eye and mouth uniting is an apt metaphor of the visual, deep memory right brain colliding with the verbal, waking consciousness left brain.
Philip K Dick referred to this experience as anamnesis, or “loss of forgetfulness” and uncannily, referred to his own personal visionary experience as 2-3-74.
Or you could call it remembering. And recall, Wendy describes the traumatic experience of Jack dislocating Danny’s arm. So, Danny had to literally be re-membered by his arm being placed back in its socket. And socket, relates to the eye socket and we’re back to vision again.
∆ Exit sign in the north right. Wendy’s right eye is illuminated while her left eye is dark. Note the thin pillar of of light screen right from Wendy’s ‘shining’ knife. When we overlay frames with the two 13’s graphically represented in the film, we see a pillar of light bisecting the Colorado flag. And as shown in KDK12 essay The Games Room, the Colorado flag is a visual metaphor for the story of The Shining itself, as a narrative of cosmic enlightenment.
In the Kabbalah key scale, 13 is the "Middle Pillar" path across The Abyss, passing into the realm of higher consciousness. We explored the Middle Pillar in KDK12 essay What Time Is It? It’s About 11:30.
Note the hidden 13 in the middle of 11:30.
∆ Our initial view of the “bear man” evokes early childhood. The “bear man” suit resembles the old-fashioned “drop seat” pajamas. The bannister resembles a crib. The light shining from the bottom of the stairwell, casting the railings’ shadows across the wall, emphasize this as an image projected from a baby’s point of view. Metaphors for cinema and evocations of the Freudian “primal scene” combine here.
∆ If we superimpose the last frame of Wendy’s ascent up the stairs and the first frame of the “bear man” shot, we get the above image. Note Wendy’s phallic knife is inserted into the receptacle of the water cooler, adding to the already sexually charged scene an element of alchemical symbolism. In Tarot, the Sword is the Knight, or Son; the Cup is the Queen, or Mother. The incestuous implications are reversed as in a mirror.
Note that in the overlay it seems as if Wendy is leaving Room 105 to approach the crib. Numerlogically, 105 is 15, The Devil card in Tarot. Just like Jack in The Lobby on Closing Day, (reading an article on incest in Playgirl magazine no less) Wendy has The Devil behind her.
∆ And come to think of it, we’ve seen that water cooler before.
∆ If we superimpose the “bear man” scene over the view of the Twins in the Games Room, the two water coolers overlap. In fact we have a number of tidy overlays. The Twins are snugly framed by the “bear man” doorway. The door to 105 neatly frames one of Jack’s photographic death grids. And of course, the lamp perfectly illuminating the left-hand(ed) Twin.
On the right side, we have green cubes extending from the crib projector towards the double water coolers and phone booth, perhaps indicative of child Danny using the Green Room 237 to contact help.
Note that the head of the “bear man” is in the exact center of the frame.
∆ With the reference to The Games Room, let’s talk card playing.
∆ Specifically Blackjack, or “21” … one half of mystical Shining number 42. And 21 is 12 reversed, just as in KDK12 essay, The Fallen Balloon Party, we observed how in a shot heavily encoded with the number 12, time seemed to slow down, stop and reverse.
∆ In the game of Blackjack, Aces count as either 1 or 11.
The Ace of Spades is also known as The Death Card.
In Tarot, The Death Card is 13.
In military time, 13 o’clock is 1 o’clock.
And the zoom into the “bear man” occurs at exactly 130 minutes into the film, which can also be written as 2h10m, so we have another 21.
[For more on the 21 enigma, we refer to seminal Shining decoder Johnny53.]
13 … Either 11 or 1 … 21 being 12 reversed.
All avoidances of 12, midnight.
As the old pederast joke goes, “When the big hand meets the little hand.”
All the focus on numbers just an avoidance of the brutal truths of abuse.
∆ Even in the primal image of the “bear man,” the sex act is avoided. The mask has no mouth hole, so the oral sex implied is only an off screen pantomime. And though we assume the “bear man” is a man, there are no clues as to the gender of this figure.
∆ The bear man’s ear is reflected in the lamp, forming a ghost-like image. With the zoom in, we go deeper into very early childhood as we hear long before we see.
∆ The bear man’s mouth is in the form of an X. Among other things, X is the 24th letter of the alphabet. 42 reversed, the 24 hour day. The substitute cross for Christ. The sacrificed child of God.
And who does the black shape formed by the bear man’s nose and mouth resemble? With a signature bowl cut? With arms extended as if riding a bicycle?
∆ Another superimposition and we’re back to the Twins … are they the beast’s eyes?
∆ Do you see the invisible head suggested by the hallway. Is an ear suggested by the double double doorknobs to the right? Just as the bear man’s left ear is reflected in the lamp? Is this the eureka moment?
∆ And those green eyelids … do they look familiar?
∆ If we remove the mask, who would we find?
∆ Green to purple … don’t you want to go where the rainbow ends?
∆ Or do those eyes belong to someone else?
∆ Why the bear? Why is the bear put into a box for sacrifice?
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
"because all the world plays the actor"
∆ Totus mundus agit histrionem
Two towers, one dark, one light …
∆ The real ‘BJ’ committed by the Bear?