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05-22-2020, 06:40 AM
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10,000 Days Puzzle Solution

Since weíve crossed 14 years since the release of 10,000 Days, Iíve been recently thinking about the puzzle supposedly hidden within the album artwork. I know that different solutions have been proposed (mapping the album to the tree of life or merging songs to create hidden songs), but Iíve never been satisfied with those solutions.

On the tree of life solution, Blairís response reads to me as snarky and sarcastic, not a genuine response that the puzzle is solved.


If I remember the clues correctly, the solution was supposed to be simple and obvious once revealed, and the clues were to be hidden in the 4 portraits of the band members. None of the other solutions seem to fit those criteria. (I went looking for the original newsletter but couldnít find it).

So - hereís what Iíve come up with:

The portraits show the four elements of Alchemy, just like the band members are the four elements of Tool. Simple, right?

If you focus on the foreground of each picture, this is what you see:

Dannyís picture: Fire - it trails and sails over his shoulder. 


Justinís picture: Air, the falcon beginning to fly.

Maynardís picture: Water - the Aqua Vitae - the water of life. Maynard is offering a cup of distilled wine, and distilled alcohols were called the water of life.

Adamís picture: Earth, his desk is filled with petrified animals and plants. Everything in the foreground represents material/physical things.

Thatís my solution.

Now, if you want to take it one step further (and itís always the one step further where ideas can turn crackpot).

Working backwards:

a.) In alchemy, the four elements are folded to create the Alchemical Triad (Sulphur, Salt, Mercury). This is why there are only three zoomed in images (Maynard doesnít have one). The four turn into three. 

b.). The Alchemical Triad and the Four Elements can be folded up into the Celestial Salt and Celestial Niter. This is alchemical duality, where things are seen as either Active or Passive.

c.) Finally, the duality can be folded up into ďthe one thing.Ē The Prima Materia. Four becomes three, becomes two, becomes one. Weíve found a unity in diversity, just like Pythagoras.

This is why the Net of Being is the first image in the series. We have two Godheads on either side (duality), guiding us down a path that ends in a single light (unity). If you could the folds in the floor, there are ten before they dissolve into unity.

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Puzzle Solution - the Four Elements of Tool

10,000 Days Puzzle Solution

Since weíve crossed 14 years since the release of 10,000 Days, Iíve been recently thinking about the puzzle supposedly hidden within the album artwork. I know that different solutions have been proposed (mapping the album to the tree of life or merging songs to create hidden songs), but Iíve never been satisfied with those solutions.

On the tree of life solution, Blairís response reads to me as snarky and sarcastic, not a genuine response that the puzzle is solved.


If I remember the clues correctly, the solution was supposed to be simple and obvious once revealed, and the clues were to be hidden in the 4 portraits of the band members. None of the other solutions seem to fit those criteria. (I went looking for the original newsletter but couldnít find it).

So - hereís what Iíve come up with:

The portraits show the four elements of Alchemy, just like the band members are the four elements of Tool. Simple, right?

If you focus on the foreground of each picture, this is what you see:

Dannyís picture: Fire - it trails and sails over his shoulder. 


Justinís picture: Air, the falcon beginning to fly.

Maynardís picture: Water - the Aqua Vitae - the water of life. Maynard is offering a cup of distilled wine, and distilled alcohols were called the water of life.

Adamís picture: Earth, his desk is filled with petrified animals and plants. Everything in the foreground represents material/physical things.

Thatís my solution.

Now, if you want to take it one step further (and itís always the one step further where ideas can turn crackpot).

Working backwards:

a.) In alchemy, the four elements are folded to create the Alchemical Triad (Sulphur, Salt, Mercury). This is why there are only three zoomed in images (Maynard doesnít have one). The four turn into three. 

b.). The Alchemical Triad and the Four Elements can be folded up into the Celestial Salt and Celestial Niter. This is alchemical duality, where things are seen as either Active or Passive.

c.) Finally, the duality can be folded up into ďthe one thing.Ē The Prima Materia. Four becomes three, becomes two, becomes one. Weíve found a unity in diversity, just like Pythagoras.

This is why the Net of Being is the first image in the series. We have two Godheads on either side (duality), guiding us down a path that ends in a single light (unity). If you could the folds in the floor, there are ten before they dissolve into unity.

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05-25-2020, 01:18 PM
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the entire packaging reiterates polarity into unity ...external, separated, surface level interpretation, net of being, up close, tunneled cropping on the image, everything black and white monochromatic (lacking "depth") ...that's with your two physical eyes, "lacking guidance". then? you pry open the packaging (all potential puns intended btw), utilize the lens featured within, as "guidance" of the internal, connected, depthful, without need for interpretation, net of being, expansive, full-spectrum, wide-eyed and hopefully wild, view of all(/apparently nothing at all) - yes, i still throw lyrics into my explanations ...opening the package, in itself, conceptualizes potential for shift in, not just evolution but, dimensionality. especially of perception. using two physical eyes to show how powerful our minds are, "receptors activated" (nod to meshuggah).

this is called the coincidentia oppositorum. 1-ZERO+1 parabola.
til 1, and 1, are 1, til we "both" (2!) may disappear ("into. ... the air")

how ZERO/FOOL(note tarot deck on dc's desk) sees ONE's gold
"locked up inside you, like the calm beneath castles... is
a cavern of treasures that NO ONE!!! (ZERO!!!) -HAS- been to"

don't know, won't know
watch. "things" (polarity/disharmonic/sense-of-being-separate). die.

ego death. kill that shit. step away from being away from one "another".

"lala, la la la, la la lie". "let go". "learn to swim".
"cast the calming apple up and over satellites..."

i encourage every tool fan to read the following terence mckenna transcript (positive i've dropped it before)...or better yet find the video (audio?) of it somewhere, but here you go (not tool-related ...but totally is) : https://dominatorculture.com/post/73...-in-dark-times
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Re: Puzzle Solution - the Four Elements of Tool

the entire packaging reiterates polarity into unity ...external, separated, surface level interpretation, net of being, up close, tunneled cropping on the image, everything black and white monochromatic (lacking "depth") ...that's with your two physical eyes, "lacking guidance". then? you pry open the packaging (all potential puns intended btw), utilize the lens featured within, as "guidance" of the internal, connected, depthful, without need for interpretation, net of being, expansive, full-spectrum, wide-eyed and hopefully wild, view of all(/apparently nothing at all) - yes, i still throw lyrics into my explanations ...opening the package, in itself, conceptualizes potential for shift in, not just evolution but, dimensionality. especially of perception. using two physical eyes to show how powerful our minds are, "receptors activated" (nod to meshuggah).

this is called the coincidentia oppositorum. 1-ZERO+1 parabola.
til 1, and 1, are 1, til we "both" (2!) may disappear ("into. ... the air")

how ZERO/FOOL(note tarot deck on dc's desk) sees ONE's gold
"locked up inside you, like the calm beneath castles... is
a cavern of treasures that NO ONE!!! (ZERO!!!) -HAS- been to"

don't know, won't know
watch. "things" (polarity/disharmonic/sense-of-being-separate). die.

ego death. kill that shit. step away from being away from one "another".

"lala, la la la, la la lie". "let go". "learn to swim".
"cast the calming apple up and over satellites..."

i encourage every tool fan to read the following terence mckenna transcript (positive i've dropped it before)...or better yet find the video (audio?) of it somewhere, but here you go (not tool-related ...but totally is) : https://dominatorculture.com/post/73...-in-dark-times
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