from NewDawnMagazine Website
The book was carefully timed to serve the need
it defined, a need I identified in the social-spiritual trends of that
moment: namely, the need for orientation to, and clarification of, the
options presented in the
New Age movement (NAM), loosely known
as alternative spirituality.
My intention with this book was to offer a
pathfinding tool, something like an intellectual compass for navigating
through the huge array of books, teachers, programs, and practices that had
been proliferating massively since the 1960s.
Sorting out what principle, program, or person you are going to follow in undertaking a spiritual practice to guide your life is on its own terms a challenging practice, regardless of which practice you finally adopt!
This observation is as true now, I would say, as it was when I wrote the book.
I dedicated a long section of TSH to ,
That is to say, how it developed historically that Western society today faces such a vast range of options for self-development along spiritual, metaphysical, and mystical lines.
Without going back beyond the Dark Ages to the destruction of the Mysteries - another investigation, covered at length in Not in His Image - I came forward from the Renaissance.
The key event that laid the foundation for today's eclectic New Age spirituality was the discovery of a sheaf of writings entitled The Hermetica.
The Lexicon of 1,000 entries in TSH defines Hermetics:
The inception of New Age spiritual pathfinding happened in an almost single-handed way due to the influence of a Florentine nobleman, Cosimo de Medici (1389-1464).
When he received the Egyptian manuscripts, Cosimo deemed the "ancient wisdom" preserved therein to be of higher value than the Bible, and predating Moses. He instructed Marsilio Ficino, appointed by him to head the Florentine Academy of Arts and Sciences, to translate the Hermetica from Greek into Latin for the edification of the trendy Italian intelligentsia of his court.
In that single act, Cosimo initiated a chain of
events that led ultimately to the New Age movement of today.
In the context of this essay, the final theme has a telling import.
In the ultimate sense, it could be said that the Hermetica introduced two closely linked themes into Western society, and from this dyad all other aspects and ramifications of the New Age outlook are generated.
These themes are,
'Theogeny' is a made-up word I propose, not to be confused with 'theogony,' meaning an account of the origin and genealogy of the gods - as found in Hesiod's poem, Theogony, for instance.
The assertion of this god-like potential and the call to cultivate it, is the hallmark of New Age philosophy and ethics at its best.
It is also the key point of heresy that distinguishes alternative spirituality from conventional faith.
The Mystery Schools were a network of regional campuses where illumined teachers called telestai, "those who are aimed," taught a vast range of sciences, arts, and vocations. These illumined teachers were most certainly NOT illuminati-type psychopaths bent on mind control and social engineering.
They were dedicated teachers who had attained an advanced realization of the nature of consciousness (noesis) and the consciousness of nature (epitomized in a living being, the goddess Sophia, also called Sapientia).
In Fragments of a Faith Forgotten, Theosophic scholar G.R.S. Mead restated,
Mead's view is echoed by S. Angus, author of The Mystery-Religions:
Today it is widely argued that the Mystery Schools of pre-Christian antiquity were think tanks for the predecessors of the current CEOs of the New World Order (NWO), psychopathic control-freaks who aim to deceive, divide, and enslave humankind.
Investigators such as David Icke and Michael Tsarion expostulate endlessly on the nefarious doings of the NWO gang, making them out to be dazzling adepts of occultism who hold the world under their spell.
Unfortunately, Icke, Tsarion and others
consistently attribute NWO methods and aims to Paganism (grossly and
ignorantly equated with Satanism) and the Mystery Schools. Nothing could be
further from the truth.
I have repeatedly emphasized that self-styled detectives of the NWO agenda, having failed to do their homework, wrongly equate the rites of theocratic empowerment in ancient times with initiatory rites in the Mysteries.
But the aim of the Mysteries was connection with
the Great Goddess,
Sophia, embodied in the earth, not social
engineering under the insane presumptions
of theocracy. Failure to make this
distinction has mislead many investigators, not to mention those who
uncritically follow them.
The Illuminati represent the extreme distortion of human egotism toward behaviors of psychotic deviance that threaten all life on earth. That behavior identifies the Illuminati, regardless of what principles and pretensions are assigned to them, and no matter what ancient pedigree they attribute to themselves.
That behavior is what has to end right now if humanity is to survive and thrive in an "Aquarian" world based on social enlightenment, harmony with nature, and mutual aid.
I cannot possibly summarize even the basic outlines of this trajectory in a short essay. (Readers may consult TSH for a more complete treatment.) Suffice it to say that the NWO agenda, if it is to be defeated, has to be seen as it relates to the New Age agenda.
One must ask, how are the two related? Both present visions for a global or planet-wide society, but obviously two extremely different conceptions of such a society.
Or are we considering one vision in two different guises?
It has been argued that the NAM, especially in
the visionary scheme formulated by Theosophists Madame Blavatsky and
Alice A. Bailey, is nothing but a disingenuous program to sucker
people into the NWO nightmare of globalist mind control, disguised as a vast
spiritual awakening, guidance by a spiritual elite, the unity of all
One could debate endlessly on this touchy issue.
To do so would open up enough rabbit holes to occupy a team of 1,000 researchers for decades.
In other words,
I assure you, anyone undertaking these issues
will have one hell of a task to sort out the players, real and fictional,
and define the agendas at play, not to mention the strategies for
implementing those agendas.
The entire tentacular mess of speculations surrounding this topic can be resolved by considering this question:
If these two views coincide and complement each other, we can infer that NWO orchestrations of social evil are indeed cooperating with NAM principles, perhaps by deliberately co-opting them, or merely due to contamination, guilt by association.
It remains then for people who place themselves in alignment with New Age idealism to see through their own naiveté and abandon their views, or, if possible, reclaim them from co-optation.
Let's consider in more detail the specifics of this little exercise in spiritual discrimination.
A great deal has been made of this banal proposition, as if it were a cosmic revelation of sorts.
Crowley himself has been ridiculously idolized by a cult following, including David Bowie and many other denizens of the entertainment world - as if such attention whores need a mystical pretext for their egomania.
Crowley was a sadistic, manipulative narcissist whose delusions of grandeur far exceeded actual skill in the magic arts - though his delusions were to prove highly contagious. The Book of The Law, channeled by his wife Rose Kelly, is endlessly cited as a lofty declaration of magical empowerment.
In fact, the above words present nothing more than a hijacking and distortion of the Wiccan Creed:
Significantly, Crowley dropped the crucial qualification, "an it harm none."
Hence, his thelemic law of magic comes across as
an unqualified call for narcissistic indulgence, regardless of how it
But whatever is potentially correct for humanity in New Age philosophy can readily be twisted against human benefit.
Almost everything for social control proposed under the NWO agenda today can be evaluated by asking how it adopts and perverts some principle of the New Age movement, or a truth drawn from indigenous wisdom.
This is especially so for the two seminal principles that come to definition via Hermetics around 1500:
Consider theogeny first: correctly understood, this is cultivation of the divine potential inherent to the human species.
But hijacked and perverted, it turns into the theocratic con of the ruling elite who take themselves for gods on earth, superhuman rulers of the world. This is a vivid example of a NAM concept perverted into a NWO imperative.
Clearly, the behaviors generated by those who
enact this delusion will be destructive to the world at large, and
ultimately to themselves. So it goes with one of the major trends of the NWO
agenda, epitomized in the toxic
insanity of transhumanism.
According to Hermetic sciences rooted in the Mysteries, co-creation meant the process of humanity achieving its divine potential by working with nature, via alchemical collaboration.
Alchemists of genuine achievement, distinguished from the many charlatans, regarded themselves as heirs of the Hermetic sciences.
In that spirit, they advised:
In the Mystery School tradition, which might be considered the most reliable basis for genuine alternative spirituality in our time, co-creation went hand in hand with theogeny.
The initiates of the Mysteries taught that humankind has been endowed with god-like potential (divine faculties, not divine identity) so that we can develop it within the setting of the divine experiment on this planet, the laboratory of nature.
Clear enough, and that is about as cogent as it
gets, perhaps - but what do the NWO psychopaths contrive when they hijack
and pervert this proposition? They construct ecofascism as the cover for
their program of looting nature and keeping all the spoils for themselves.
This ploy is an insidious perversion of the "Great Work" of co-creation:
Note that this principle so stated avoids the narcissistic assumption that,
The assertion that we as a species create reality by using the power of imagination cooperatively with nature is a premise of the Sophianic vision of the Mysteries, recovered today in Planetary Tantra.
The notion that anyone creates their own reality alone, without interaction with nature and collaboration with other people, is a narcissistic delusion of the New Age.
But it would be impossible to make a satisfactory analysis of particulars in an essay of this length. Also, as I said, the number of rabbit holes to explore would be prohibitive even to a large team of investigators.
Normally, I favor the inductive method of Socrates: argument from individual to general cases.
But with the tricky and ambiguous issue of NWO/NAM
overlay, the grasp of generalities is essential and favors sorting out the
details and particulars of the larger picture.
It depends wholly on who is trafficking in these principles and proposals, and for what purposes.
Deep ecology also asserts that nature has an intrinsic value on its own, regardless of it uses for human purposes.
As I show in Not in His Image, this position is closely aligned to the Sophianic vision of the Mysteries, holding the earth as the embodiment of a divine being, the wisdom goddess.
Any of these legitimate propositions can be
perverted to the NWO agenda of domination by the elite, but that does not
mean they were originally conceived to support such an agenda.
Cocooned in their white-light jump suits of magical thinking, New Agers and other fantasists, including proponents of "The Secret" (below video), persist in narcissistic con-games that blind them to the perversions of human nature to be seen in the NWO predators.
But the god-complex of the NWO psychopaths and the self-fulfilling deification of NAM drones, are two poles of the same festering narcissistic disease.
Whether the NWO control-freaks are using New Age idealism or not, the vast majority of New Agers are so lacking in discrimination, not to mention basic savvy for social observation, that they would not even know if their precious ideals were indeed being played in that manner.
That ignorance is the real and present danger
inherent to the New Age movement, making it the possible and plausible
accessory to insidious agendas of
social manipulation and mind control.
To prevent such a horrific development, one
paramount skill has to be mastered by those who embrace the New Age
philosophy of Aquarian idealism - the skill of discrimination.