Thursday, November 29, 2012

'What is next?' Q&A with author Robert W. Sullivan IV

 Robert W. Sullivan IV, author of The Royal Arch of Enoch, is currently working on another great project and he's here today, answering questions about his second book.  

Movie lovers will love it! 

Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) symbolizes Typhon (seen here in "alternative 1985", Back to the Future 2) of the Egyptian Mysteries (Osirian Cycle) in the "Back to the Future" trilogy. - Cinema Symbolism: A Guide to Esoteric Imagery in Popular Movies

Hi Rob.  Can you tell us a little about your current project?
Robert: My second book is about esoteric, numerological, and occult symbolism in popular movies.

What is the working title of your book? 
Robert: The title is “Cinema Symbolism: A Guide to Esoteric Imagery in Popular Movies”. 

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Robert: It is a continuation and extension of Chapter XV of my current book titled “The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism”. Chapter XV (the final chapter) is called “So Dark the Con of Man” and deals with Masonic and Enochic symbolism in film. 

What genre does it fall under? 
Robert: Filmography and Esoterica. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis for your book?
Robert: From its Facebook “Like” page: “Esoteric, numerological, astrological, mythological, alchemical, kabbalistic/cabalistic/qabalistic, and occult imagery, iconography, and symbolism is analyzed and discussed from such films as The Exorcist, Back to the Future trilogy, Star Wars (Episodes I-VI), The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Wizard of Oz, Universal Studios horror films (a/k/a "Universal Horror"), The Omen trilogy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter films, James Bond movies, The Matrix trilogy, and many others.” 

Who or What inspired you to write this book? 
Robert: It is something I planned while working on “The Royal Arch of Enoch”. I wanted my second book to be non-Masonic yet to be about symbolism, this book fits the bill perfectly. 

      Are you finding it easier to write the second book? What are some of the different obstacles that you have encountered while working on your current project (if any)?
      Robert: I would not say easier as this book is on a different subject than my last one, yet some of the themes are the same. The obstacles on "Cinema Symbolism" are the exact same as the last one: organization of complex material.  That's to say some movies are overloaded with symbolism while others contain scant or trace symbolisms yet ones that are highly important. A few weeks ago I organized the chapter titles which has made writing it more easy as now I have a definite outline to follow. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 
Robert: The reader will learn things they did not know before and to view these movies from a symbolic point of view. 


For more about Robert and his books, including updates on “Cinema Symbolism: A Guide to Esoteric Imagery in Popular Movies”, please visit his website and social media:

The     Royal Arch of Enoch is available on RSP LaunchPad, Amazon, Kindle, Nook, and iBookstore

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