Trojan War For Indigos Part A: Introduction To Ego Religion, Or Allegory Through Paradox and Prendas

 

If you’re in some sort of draining social situation, and someone brings up the Trojan War in conversation (fat chance of that happening though, but suspend your disbelief), what images does your brain conjure up? Condoms? Renaissance paintings of vengeful Goddesses? The Iliad? Golden apples? Late Bronze Age Collapse? Clever warfare? Agamemnon? Is it just a big cartoon question mark? 

 

There are two kinds of people when someone says “Trojan War” in a casual social situation… type one will notice their ears perk up, and feel their curiosity start to peak, unfortunately unlikely to be sustained. Type two is more inclined to question the social relevance of the topic, thinking something along the lines of “Trojan War? You mean homework? Who cares! Where the fat bitches at?”… My question is which are you? On one hand, this distinction generally places every individual at one end of the nonexistent spectrum I’ve created for the sake of this exercise, however moderates are bound to exist, and I do not discount your role and influence. Your spectral placement means little, it simply represents your best bet at gauging whether you will find this analysis even remotely useful or interesting;  whether or not it’s a decent investment of your freetime. If you’re thinking “Fuck this silly bitch,” I totally understand. You lead a “fact” based lifestyle, and I can’t fault you for that… if that’s you, I’ve probably wasted enough of your time already with this horribly self indulgent introduction, so please feel free to stop reading immediately and opt for something factual; perhaps the news. Or smothering pornography. 

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 If you’re wondering why I’m focusing hard on femdom themes today, it’s because the Trojan War is, from a mythical and cosmological standpoint, one of the most feminist (although technically ironically so), as well as one of the most cuckolding prophecies/events of the age of Aries. But also because sex sells right? That’s why ten year olds across the hemispheres watch obscene twerking videos and listen intently to how music has been reduced to an ex-stripper explaining how she “got this ring…(it wasn’t cooking or cleaning…).  The most powerful goddess of human history was the first goddess: the earth mother. She is depicted in most archaeological finds as being something akin to today’s pornographical “BBW” or “BBW Ebony” (to be inclusive and realistic). This entity is the most powerful in a human sense, and despite her fall from grace, she remains that way due to her infinite reach and primordial allies. She made us and she can destroy us, it’s as simple as that, and the same goes for all mortal (and to a certain extent, immortal), forms of life that dwell within and upon her. Her ability is impenetrable, and her influence over humans is only bested by the sun and to a lesser extent, the moon, and this is only because the earth itself was created due to the activities of stars and older intergalactic bodies, and likewise is subject to their “authority”, in a sense; this pecking order carries, and is consistently paralleled throughout human religion. The universe is a series of  dolls- a macrocosm full of proportionate microcosms, who often have their own microcosms, making them macrocosms in their own right, ad nauseaum. This is the basis of hermetic thought which will be given its own series in due time. These intuitive biases have been discovered and subsequently exploited by humans in later manifestations of religion, whose own evolution can be quantified as the increase of ego drama present within a given set of religious dogma. This form of ego exploitation of intuitive cosmological assumptions only prove to be far more difficult to control than their predecessors, and generally result in collective perversion, dissonance, and harder to predict consequences. If you have half a brain, you can understand this connection, the macro-micro relationship between the earth mother and her cosmological superiors, and similarly the earth mother and humanity. If you have a full brain, you can understand the “WAP” perversion of this concept that we currently reside in. If you have an ultra meta 4D brain, you can reasonably imagine what will become of the current dominant solar and phallic energies, and possibly even what could come next. The Trojan War is a significant piece of this puzzle because the esoteric imagery present in the literature and general myth, paired with the limited archaeological/historical understanding of the possible event serves as a well presented iteration of a “singularity” or cosmological usurpation myth. 

 

The story of the Trojan War depicts a dated or otherwise historical standard for the height of “immortal arrogance”, or of immortal leadership figures being met with and having to deal with or overcome what should be, by all accounts, mortal issues.  Just as every incarnation of solar mythology has a creation story, they also possess an ending story; generally, a patricidal or familial usurpation of an outdated ruler, followed by some unavoidable unification that results in significant changes in the mythical spectrum and setting as well as in the mortal world. The Trojan War serves as the usurpation myth for the house of Zues by his daughter Pallas Athena, and the various mortal characters that she charges to reflect these changes within the existing and upcoming social landscapes of the humans. The usurpation of Zues coincides with the lifting of the curse on The House of Atreus, depicting some shift between immortal superiority and mortal superiority. It is possible, but unproven, that the king of the Olympian Gods, three key immortal Goddesses, and the “Judgement of Paris” were the cause for the physical destruction and fall of Troy, and perhaps or likely other bloody Bronze Age Collapse sackings and similar massacres, leading to the region of Asia Minor and all previous Mycenaean/Hittite/Peloponnese area Empires being overcome with not only war and violence but also devastating cultural collapse, climate change or environmental disaster, i.e., The Greek Dark Ages. Obviously this mysterious period in history can be attributed to far more than Trojan and Greek religion and politics; I’m simply proposing that on some level, the interaction of these semi-primordial energies bodies, the “Olympians”, may have played a significant role in the Collapse or events leading up to them. Even if it is just a vivid cautionary tale, whatever allegory possibly being used translates “The Olympians”, even if the descriptions are less than literal, to something of equal and all encompassing importance. Ostensibly, it is unknown to immortals and mortals alike (except Zues’ favorite, Hermes, and his primordial consorts in production,Themis and Momus), that Zues is responsible for the entire Trojan War hullabaloo, and that the whole narrative began, like all good Greek narratives do, as a way to circumvent a patricidal prophecy. You see Zues’ general sluttiness and disregard for the power befitting his standing was catching up to him; he had been all over the place making demi-god offspring with mortals and nymphs, and the power and influence these individuals had over mortals caused fear within him. Despite being an immortal, he clung heavily to mortal pleasures and unsustainable hedonism, partly due to a devastating heartbreak he suffered as a young man…seriously, what a mortal move. As is par for the course in these situations, he was told of a prophecy: that one of his children (Pallas Athena, from his first marriage to his first wife, the Titan Matisse, the aforementioned heartbreak) would usurp him (which she does through the absolvement of the curse of the House of Atreus and through the trial of Orestes), and that a son of the nymph Thetis (the hero Achilles), would surpass him in influence, and similarly set a precedent that would be the downfall of the Olympian house in the scope of mortal religion, although the symbolic power of the pantheon would last through Roman times (generally due to the actions of Aneas, a mortal son of, unsurprisingly, Aphrodite), before being systematically discredited and villainized altogether. Mythological, immortal patricide or murder events are, in my opinion, generally descriptive of the end of some scale of astrological age (Cronus killing his father brought an end to the reign of Gaia and Uranus, and the start of the Golden age of the Titans, Zues killing his father brought an end to the age of Cronos, and Trojan War events lead to the end of Olympian rule, and as we’ll see, an end to direct male solar dominion in preparation for the Age of Pisces. While the Trojan War events stand to mark the end of the reign of Zues/Jupiter, with the King of the Gods being overpowered by his own hubris and losing much of his mortal favor to the likes of brave martyrs such as Achilles, Orestes, and the rest of the demigod or mortal mommy’s boy heroes that followed). The only supporting evidence I have for the Trojan War being one of these cosmological/astrological events is how it tracks and lays out the framework for the age of Pisces to come, when it is viewed on a macro scale. If you’re in the camp of speculating on the historical reality of the Trojan War, you’ll find most like minded scholars would proposedly date this event in or around the Late Bronze Age Collapse, an event which for all esoteric intents and purposes, culminates in a sort of religious and social singularity for the peoples of the greater Mediterranean and Mesopotamian regions. Before the Collapse, the peoples of this area were subject to the height of Taurean age and early Aries age solar dominion;  comparatively tactless and stringent “palace-temple” societies run by massive empires and tyrants,  while there was little in the way of social justice or recourse. Timelines and records demonstrate that Jewish peoples were particularly victimized by these powers and institutions, which is effectively demonstrated within the Major Arcana imagery, and further connects widespread monotheism as being an elusive prophetic end goal. After the Collapse, and the rebuilding of these areas (with the exception of classical and independent Mesopotamian societies), we see an unprecedented emergence of enlightenment thinking and behavior culminating in democracy, art, performance, philosophy, and more, (including later Hellenistic manifestations of these subjects), within the various Mediterranean regions that define the remainder of the age of Aries. We see populations or other unknown influences use the destabilization of the Collapse to push new agendas that are all, retrospectively, seemingly in line with female sublimation methods of maintaining the solar astrology needed to finish out the age of Aries, a male placement, in extreme preparation for the coming female age, Pisces, and as it stands, likely the one after that as well. However, within the scope of the myth, what you get when you follow the consequences of the Trojan War, (primarily through the events of Aeschylus’ Oresteia) is the revelation that comprises the ultimate end of the myth: the establishment of Democracy in Athens, and the establishment of Athena as the indisputable patron of Athens, and of classical Greece by extension. The end of the Greek Dark Ages, and both pre and post Hellenistic classical philosophies that followed led almost directly (certainly macro historically), to the development of Christianity, as well as its diminutive, widespread violence, which is, in my opinion, the ultimate instance of female sublimative success to date. Additionally, the involvement of the Titaness Themis and the being Momus (the personifications of good counsel and satire, respectively), in the development of Zues’ initial plan is also symbolically charged to hint at the entire myth and war being a means of ironic female energetic sublimation infiltrating mortal kind in a major, prophetic way; and also explains the irony and ultimate outcomes in the myth…  which in its entirety can easily be construed as the ultimate esoteric cuckolding. True to its tragic way, the “good counsel” that Zues’ receives regarding the Trojan War is not good counsel for him as an individual solar entity, but rather is good counsel for the continuation of the natural orders, ie: allowing prophecies to run their courses, and allowing poisoned houses to fall. That’s the problem with primordial counsel… They uphold the reality that supports the systems of nature rather than the systems of male or solar dominionists, whether they be immortal or not. Since the natural order calls for female sublimation both cosmologically and in a social sense, the harder solar dominionists fight against this reality, the more clever and successful the female sublimation efforts become in turn. The funny thing about Christianity when compared to the solar and age shifting myths that predate it, however, is that the son does not usurp the father. The son martyrs himself in order to both cleanse himself and a larger familial collection, and to become one with the father. It’s an obvious split from the historical western norm, and overall it relays the sense of female sycophantic and empathetic manipulation (”why can’t we all just enjoy a meal in peace, as a family?”); it easily reminds one of the fates of Achilles and Orestes once again. The mothers serve as the ultimate advocates and protectorates of these individuals, despite Orestes killing his mother and being subject to retribution for that action. The choices and circumstances within the House of Atreus, mostly by Agamemnon, brother of Menelaus, regarding his participation in the war lead directly to the development of Democracy and in a way, everything that followed it. This represented a giant change in both Greek cultural unity and in the standard of Greek political structure; the beginning of a relatively enlightened period that allowed for world defining philosophies and ideas to be brought about into certain social circles, and whose conceptual offspring would evolve and eventually rise to extreme prominence in the form of Christianity. While both Apollo and Artemis play a significant role in the Orestian narrative, it is the motherless female Goddess of Wisdom, Athena, who was literally born from Zues’ headache, that is credited with the creation of the Democratic model which ultimately replaced the black and white “palace-temple” model that easily and obviously favored the powerful and well positioned over the every or layman. 

 

Although the affairs of the Trojan War myth, especially the subjects of prophecies (which is no coincidence), are still male and solar centric throughout the narrative, female energies overwhelmingly rule the majority of the events in the story; whether you personally place them in an antagonist or protagonist role is less important. Male energies may use them as pawns to achieve their own dominuitive ends, but the female energies and their allies carry this whole story, and they are responsible for the way the events ultimately play out. This pattern seems to resurface everywhere you look, especially in occult imagery. Despite male efforts to circumvent female energetic powers, they always come through to preserve the natural order when it is necessary. If you’ve read my historical tarot analyses up to date then you’ll know exactly what I mean. All the Goddesses, miscellaneous immortal, and mortal females who play a role in this story have more and more power the deeper the narrative is dissected, and especially when it is analyzed retrospectively.

 

Before there was any complex astrology or astronomy, before humans bothered to know or quantify what the sky consisted of, the vastness of the various terrains of Earth, Rivers, and Seas were the primary gendered deities. These forces gave rise to life in all its forms from flies to fish to full fledged homo-sapiens, and since ego injection is nothing new, humans began believing it was all for them early on. Ego injection pollutes the idea of folklore analysis, as it is difficult to know (barring archaeological evidence), how much of mythology is based in reality and how much is based on allegory, bias, and circumstance. Specifics aside, the primordial rule of Uranus, followed by the rule of Rhea and Cronus, (the age of the Titans), followed by Zeus and the rule of the Olympians over the mortals: this line of immortal usurpers is how these ego injections are personified within Minoan/Mycenaean/Greek mythology, and the complexity and dissonance grows with each generation. Despite who has taken her to use and label, the Earth is, as both a cosmological and mythological energetic body, the absolutely larger than life canvas that all of the existence defining activity took place upon, making it the ultimate object of reverence, and, as is the fate of most reverent objects, the ultimate object of eventual perversion and ridicule. One day, or perhaps over a long period of time, this “Earth Mother” worship trend by humans was challenged severely, and we live with the consequences of this shift to this day. I can’t say when for sure, but my guess would be that it was sometime mid-diluvian, sometime when water came together with earth, when there was nothing to look at but sea and sky, or perhaps even taking shape before the last major flood event when the Encochian “Nephilim” (or perhaps Titans?) were proposed to have run about Earth, fucking the mortal women, making weird little half Nephilim offsprings, and teaching them the great esoteric secrets of the Universe, primarily warfare, weaponry, glamor magic, astrology and astronomy (although Hermes is also credited with the creation of many of these within Olympian mythology… sources vary and intertwine, as always). Likely, it was a complex culmination of those mythical or symbolic events (timeline definitely pending, and others certainly not withstanding), that have worked to establish a powerful “solar deity” worship mindset within the collective unconscious whose echoes last to date. Somewhere along the line, the activity of the stars and planets became infinitely more important than the patterns and movements of the Earth. It is my belief that the Neolithic period in and around the Mediterranean definitely correlates to this, but I digress. The widespread choice or necessity to embrace and perpetuate solar worship over earth worship, while neither exactly datable or quantifiable, is a very important event or series of events in the timeline of human religion. I believe this shift encompasses most every contemporary religious “mystery”, and I believe the apparent pattern of increasing intensity regarding solar worship plays a major role in all of human history. At the same time, I believe the current degradation of the solar worship model will lead to solar worship (this includes all resulting phallic worship as well if you’re new to the chronicles), being reduced to perversion, ridicule, and reestablishment of the body as a taboo, just as the Earth Mother has been during the reign of the sun. It will soon be replaced with something entirely different, and that object will be revered with all the necessary aspects of holiness until it too joins the ranks of the irreverent Earth and cuckolded sun. This is, essentially, the sort of shift depicted around the imagery of The Wheel of Fortune and The World. The characters and cultural specifics vary, but this cycle of cosmological or collectively astrological prominence and proportional degradation is seemingly the most base and unavoidable detail of the rise and fall of human powers. 

 

To me at least, the Trojan War prophesies or otherwise illustrates the shift from Male centric worship (Zues losing status, becoming frustrated with his polluted family tree, and ultimately being brought to justice by a prophecy), and then, through clever sycophancy and manipulative sublimation, back to Female centric, though cleverly sublimative, worship (Athenian Democracy, Hellenistic philosophy, and eventually Christianity, and to a lesser extent, Islam), in some overwhelmingly roundabout and unavoidably collective sense. The characters, details, and consequences of the Trojan War myth are highly period-centric making it difficult for contemporary peoples to comprehend it accurately, which leaves many details up for interpretation regarding the symbolism and themes. This is simply my personal take based on my research and intuitive connections, and as always I encourage the reader to visit other sources, collect new or different opinions, conduct more independent research, and form your own perspective of these stories and their implications. These esoteric topics can always be, conceptually, edited, personalized, and added to in a collective and individual sense; that is their true power. Despite the complications regarding the lack of concrete facts, the general Trojan War narrative holds up to the trends established by the imagery, and can generally be modified to suit any age of “intelligent” humanity on earth. As with any mythological, religious, or otherwise esoteric subject, remember to suspend disbelief and always strive for holism. It’s truly impossible to know (until time travel), what the reality of these stories consists of except speculation and ancient storytelling. The lives of the people who initially recorded them, as well as their biases, all play a major role in any analysis and should always be actively considered. These ancient myths and any analysis of them are all highly speculative and that’s a large part of the fun. So with that being said, let’s get into some details: 

 

I’m focusing on the OG narrative today, so let’s start by looking at the characters and events. These are fairly well known to nerds and classics buffs (…technically there’s no distinction). There’s the general Mycenaean/Minoan+misc. Olympian pantheon, with three Goddesses at the forefront: Hera, Queen of The Gods, Aphrodite, The Goddess of Love, and Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom. Hera being the eldest (technically) as well as (arguably, theoretically) the most well positioned sycophant, and therefore, the most entitled, Aphrodite being the loveliest, and Athena being the smartest. The story properly starts with Zeus having an idea when he is told that he will be usurped by one of his offspring, just as his own father was by him, and that a son of the nymph Thetis would surpass him in terms of greatness. After hearing the prophecy, Zues first attempts to counteract it by devising a plan to cause a great war that will thin his genetic herd, lessening the chances of usurpation, and second by marrying off the nymph Thetis to an older mortal fellow, the aging hero King Peleus, to insure her offspring are mortal, and therefore will not be able to surpass him. He will use the wedding as a jumping off point for his first plan, and surely revels in his cleverness; killing many birds with one stone. Next, he discloses his plan to his de facto favorite, Hermes, and when the immortal wedding event comes, the lesser liked Goddess, Eris, or Discord, a daughter of the primordial Nyx, the Goddess of night, is denied entry into the wedding by Hermes due to her “reputation for trouble making” (which is rich coming from Hermes). Eris is understandably triggered, and retaliates by throwing her wedding gift, “The Apple of Discord” into the merriment. The apple is inscribed with the words “For The Fairest”, and while Eris takes great joy in the strife it causes among the three biggest Goddesses as they argue over who the apple was meant for, she has simultaneously set a course for absolute, all encompassing strife. As is his short sighted nature, Eris’ connection to primordial forces is the primary detail that Zeus fails to consider in his brilliant scheme, as even though they may be easily manipulated by Olympian forces, their alliances are always with Gaia or the Earth Mother and helping her with the cycles that she needs carried out. The consequences of this action, angering the Goddesses, achieves Zues’ desired ends, of course, but they will grow and move far beyond his control, and they will prove his downfall. At first though, this golden apple only causes intense controversy; division among the energies of The Empress (Marriage, Love and Wisdom). Obviously the Goddesses agreed on one thing: the apple certainly does not belong to the bride, Thetis… I mean, come on, she’s just a nymph… she literally can’t be the fairest, who cares what day it is or who she’s marrying? Funny to think that even with the Goddess of Wisdom in their midst they did not have the thought to avoid spoiling the wedding by awarding the apple to the bride simply out of decorum. Instead, the Goddesses play directly into the hands of both Zues and Eris, and provide them with the exact reaction they expected and wanted. Suppose it demonstrates the true nature of how women were viewed in these societies… or something. At the very least it identifies the power possessed by strategic and properly motivated female energetic deities (Eris, in this case), and by extension, similarly endowed or divinated mortal women, to cause existing social structures to come to a grinding halt on their respective levels (think Piscean witch hunts). Even though Zues acted as a puppet master to these inciting events, he relies solely on the women’s reactions to make his plan work; by this measure his power is being displayed as surprisingly superficial. To me this hints at the coming domination of his house by female and lunar  sycophancy, as the story and prophecy goes that he is soon to be released from his role as legitimate ruler, and demoted to historical figurehead. On the surface, the Trojan War narrative is a cautionary tale regarding the danger of powerful and unchecked women and female energies, but upon further inspection, we see it is actually closer to a reflection of collective female sublimation agendas taking advantage of the predictable nature of solar worship and dominion preservationists to achieve their own Lunar ends. 

 

Anyhow, whatever way you look at the details, Eris basically threw a huge hunk of metal, probably bronze, into the very delicate gears of the immortal social order, and also into the even more delicate system of the infant mortal social order. Zues refused to solve the quarrel among the Goddesses when they approached him requesting his judgement on the whole “Fairest” business. Zues was absolutely sick of his hoes acting up, and more, he was not pleased with being put in the position of essentially having to pick the hottest out of his wife, his daughter and his sort of daughter/grandmother, so he passed the responsibility onto a mortal prince, Paris of Troy. Paris had himself been the subject of a prophecy; he was prophesied to bring about the destruction of Troy, and despite all efforts by his parents to get rid of him and circumvent the prophecy, he survived, as the babies always seem to do in these situations. Suddenly, this highly cursed mortal was in a strange position of pseudo-power. Immortal Goddesses, pure cosmological energy bodies, were asking for his mortal opinion; debasing themselves and begging for his favor. They were demanding his judgement, his ruling, whatever it is you want to call it. Unfortunately for Paris, though this seemed an honor at first, the Goddesses did not make this an easy choice for him. He was tempted with promises of power from Hera, wisdom from Athena, and hot young demi-goddess pussy from Aphrodite. They swayed him with magic, but he ultimately chose Aphrodite as the fairest (which means he was in fact rewarded with the hot young demi-goddess pussy). Even more unfortunately for Paris, as the story goes, the hottest of all the snatch in the known world was that of Helen of Sparta, who was not only a child of Zues, but also already married to King Menelaus, (of the also highly cursed House of Atreus) as part of a diplomatic relationship, as most royal women at the time were. At any rate, a mortal rite is no challenge for a full fledged goddess, and Aphrodite easily united Paris and Helen as promised by forcing the union through magic. We all know that’s not how it ends though. Menelaus and his allies (including his brother in law, Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, who had married Helen’s sister Clytemnestra) unite and mobilize to defeat Troy and defend the honor of the stolen Princess Helen due to the pact they made as suitors vying for Helen’s hand, etc, etc. Because of this single act by Eris, a petty conflict between three Goddesses has led to a mortal, Paris, holding the literal balance in his inexperienced hands. He is swayed by powerful promises and his ultimate choice is backed by unwise, predictable male motives. One folly, and the mishandling of the conflict between the Goddesses yields a bloody war like none seen before. Troy is sacked, raped, and destroyed over the span of a decade. Zues gets his population nice and nerfed like he wanted, but the war does not simply end with the satisfaction of Zeus’ goal. There are some interesting things to consider- by choosing Aphrodite and snubbing Athena and Hera, their sectors are still totally affected. Love and passion prevail at first, as they do, but the disregard shown for the institution of Marriage (which is Hera’s domain) leads directly to the horrors of the Trojan War, and subsequently to the development of the comparatively sycophantic Democratic Athenian justice system (which both fall into Athena’s domains). All of this amounts in the curse being lifted from the House of Atreus. I take this to mean that, at least on an immortal scale, despite both the horrors of the war and the strife caused by Zues, Eris, and Paris, immortal forces may always circumvent the consequences to suit their own agendas. If Paris had chosen differently, how would mortal society have been affected? How about the prophecy? In a different reality, would Paris have been a lonely tyrant, wise and powerful but free from love? Would we be stuck in the age of Jupiter? I often wonder if Paris had not chosen love over power and wisdom, but if he had had the foresight to choose differently, how would history vary? Perhaps the point is rather that when mortal men are in the driver’s seat, so to speak, handing out judgements left and right over and in the name of holy celestial deities, they will inevitably be blinded and distracted by the promise of deep aesthetics and instant gratification rather than stick to the mission at hand? I’ll let you decide and make exceptions for the moderates. Even more, consider the magical aspects of the Judgement of Paris… mortals judging immortals leads to damning consequences…it is impossible to win in a game like that. 

Despite the wordy journey we’ve taken to get to this juncture, my main point is pretty simple:

Existence of anything from stars to starfish is precarious to say the least. The existence of Earth and the moon is one thing, but the existence of life intelligent and egotistical enough to judge not only Earth but the whole visible cosmos in relation to themselves is absolutely groundbreaking, and another thing entirely. This is what the myth is trying to relate. Privileged vantage point mixed with highly informed perspective can have major fucking consequences. Microcosms and macrocosms may technically be separate from each other, but they follow the same laws, and interruption of these laws leads to dissonance. There is enough chaos in the universe without adding ego dissonance to the mix, but us humans have made our warm ego bed and we will die in it, so to speak.

 

In part B I’ll be going over the specific immortal energy bodies involved and their full symbolic importance, as well as following the mortal storylines, so be sure to stay tuned if you thought any of the last five thousand words were remotely informative or interesting. I assure you there’s far more where that came from. 

SMALL SCALE MALTHUSIANISM: AN EXPLORATION OF GENDERED POPULATION TRENDS, ALSO WHAT YOU CAN POSSIBLY DO ABOUT IT

DEFINITION: MALTHUSIAN (adjective): of or relating to Malthus or to his theory that population tends to increase at a faster rate than its means of subsistence and that unless it is checked by moral restraint or disaster (such as disease, famine, war, etc.) widespread poverty and degradation inevitably result.

 

My personal favorite example of Malthusian theory is not a real world example, but rather is literary, and humorous, bordering on absurd. Shocker. This example comes from my favorite book of all time: The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess, who is marginally well known for other work, but most notably, A Clockwork Orange. I believe that on some level, A Clockwork Orange is a literary exploration into the concept of “small scale Malthusianism”, although I can never know for sure because Burgess had to go and die on me… or us I guess, and probably his family too but you know what I mean. In “The Wanting Seed”, Burgess tells a delightful tale of family betrayal and intrigue through the lens of a pair of English twin brothers. The narrative surrounding the brothers is secondary to the setting which also evolves. A dystopian and over populated England faces famine, and the entire government is essentially designed around population control and food distribution. Eventually, this model is revealed to be highly fascist… shocker… and crumbles upon itself, killing thousands of citizens in the process… War breaks out, so a new and improved model may replace the old one, which was over controlling and murderous, and would you believe it, even more thousands of people are killed in the process. After the war, however, is an era of peace, prosperity, safety, and freedom. Everything humans strive for, “abundance”, whatever that is, and  an environment that is safe for raising children. But through the novel’s events, which I won’t spoil for anyone, we see the population begin increasing, and the cycle begins to repeat itself. An environment that is safe for children means, ostensibly, more children. What do more children lead to? More and more and more little ones until suddenly there are tens of billions of people on the earth and some of them, most of them, are not receiving or are unable to receive the resources that are necessary to assume the same circumstantial environments for properly raising children or experiencing an “abundant” lifestyle. The Malthusian Dilemma. Too many people want too much stuff, they get the stuff, but that leads to too many babies, more than there is stuff for. So what’s the point? What’s the solution? And I know you must be wondering this, because it is overly apparent that these themed issues still affect us, to this day, no, to this second. DISCIPLINE. The answer is uniform discipline. Unquestionable, indisputable, uniform, perfectly balanced with room for entropic variables, discipline. There needs to be an all encompassing moral, social, and legal framework that transcends cultural, religious, and all other boundaries that is focused on the ethics of avoiding greed and irresponsible procreation. Which sounds pretty fucking terrible if you ask me. I’d definitely rather just do whatever I please based solely on personal responsibility, emotions, and whims. I cannot be alone in this sentiment. 

 

My main concern is that this sort of preventative framework does not exist on any collective or otherwise significant scale, and the few existing dogmas/doctrines that may lightly resemble or address Malthusian themes are considered unethical under the current and popular framework; Monotheistic Abrahamic religions, primarily Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam, as well as their respective schisms and other institutions that are based on Abrahamic principles. These institutions, generally speaking, do not appropriately address Malthusian concerns, and while the teachings of these religions do not discourage discipline, the overt and covert motives behind strict and arbitrary aspects of Abrahamic discipline were obviously not made with Malthusian relaities in mind. In fact,  abundance of childbirth within the system of marriage is highly encouraged and is generally revered as a reward or blessing, and the opposite a curse or pox, at least within Abrahamic practices. From an astrological perspective, this makes a bit of sense, as far as the solar doctrines go, but it does nothing to address the problems that will inevitably arise from the success of the model, almost as if the model was designed to fail in this manner. I do not discount an honest lack of foresight, as it truly is disheartening to imagine that someone or some entity would design this system to fail, but personally, I do not think that is exactly the case. My first theory is that Malthusian concerns stem from the natural ebb and flow of order and chaos, which unfailingly prevails socially as well as environmentally, in its way, despite the constant and exponential efforts of dominion preservationists. My second theory is more of an extension of the first theory than a separate theory in itself. The patriarchal nature of a proper society as we understand it today, that being one which is generally ruled by dominion preservationist agendas is likely to, based on the overwhelming historical evidence, suppress females and general female influence (including astrological influence… Please ursa minor… with me here… not funny? sorry.), inevitably leading to sublimative manifestation of female agendas, which is arguably more powerful and influential than direct male domain agendas. I have explored these themes a bit in my Tarot and occult imagery research. The ages alternate between male and female centrism no other reason except that is their positioning and human designation. Ancient, pre neolithic humans likely had an easier time balancing female and male energies in an effective manner, most likely due to the egalitarian nature of early society, but the emergence and later reliance on civilized society did away with the earth mother as a primary deity (despite her undeniable omnipresence directly under their feet), and put male solar dominion preservation agendas in the driver’s seat indefinitely. This forced female manifestation agendas to take on a totally sublimative role, which initially takes the form of temples run by priestesses promoting uniform ethics and worship practices and then later the over zealous and highly pedagogical Piscean religions. Either way, you can recognize a female sublimation agenda by the necessary existence of bureaucracy and  sycophants within the system, whether taking the form of pedagogical structures, glaring disparities in information access, or other such details or “design flaws”. As the moon reflects the sun, female sublimation efforts improve overtime to conceptually reflect the advances made by their male counterparts; efforts in the fields of dominion preservation. For the last rotation (Aries being the previous male age, and the current age, Pisces, being female), the sublimative manifestations of the female agendas have revealed themselves through the still popular, highly influential, and overall energetically oppressive monotheistic religions, primarily Christianity and Islam (as Judiasm is remnant of the age of Aries, and is NOT a Piscean religion, and therefore inherently opposes Piscean sublimation agendas. This is my theory as to why Judaism is both widely and violently scapegoated and oppressed, and  why, despite its monotheistic dogmas, it is more inclined to encourage free thinking on a personal level within the doctrine and practice, at least when compared to the relative stricture of the later Abrahamic religions. This bit is, obviously, a simplification that is planned to be addressed in separate writings). Environmental Malthusian concerns shift with the passage of time and the overall chemical makeup of the earth. Social Malthusian concerns shift with the cycle of female/male zodiacal procession of the Earth’s astrology. The Malthusian concerns are always there, and all the same challenges are continually present, but the existence and growth of deeply seated, dual, gendered energetic assignments within human social and political structure, religion, and overall human mythos, pathos, and ethos directly affect the nature and themes of our collective creative and destructive social cycles, in most if not all aspects of life. Malthusian concerns also develop on the same exponential scale as the strength of dual energies as they are reflected astrologically. This means that the peaks of population and innovation as well as the troughs of  degradation and disparity become larger/taller with each solar procession, similar to a snowball rolling down a snowy hillside, picking up speed and increasing in size as it goes. The “resources” referred to in the initial definition are not particularly limited to physical resources such as water or food. The capacity possessed by a given administration to properly govern and control large populations is just as important to prolonging the society as its access to food, water, and energy. Basically, if your government is intentionally  built on balanced, flexible, and inclusive policy, it is more likely to withstand entropy, and is more likely to successfully adopt and popularize balanced population control which will allow it to remain relatively stable until faced with the reality of cataclysm. However, intense preoccupation with gendered duality and ego injection within the human collective paired with the entropic nature of the universe all but guarantees that balance will be difficult to achieve, and that any demonstrations of balance are likely coincidental rather than intentional. Without long term and disciplined efforts to maintain stability, populations will always inevitably outgrow the available resources, whether conceptual or physical, and the institutions charged with providing or rationing these resources will be overturned or otherwise destabilized. 

 

S- Don’t you see what you’ve done? Empires have fallen! 

M- That’s what empires DO! 

 

So what have I done to circumvent the aching anxiety that I feel when I consider the theory of Malthus? The overall lack of sustainable social infrastructure, solar flares, the Cascadian megaquake and tsunamis, the Yellowstone super volcano… these don’t scare me. Thin the herd, that’s what I say. We could die any day. As much as humans have done to project their egos onto nature, and as undeniably effective as it has been thus far in advancing the human race to the apex, the trends of earth’s movement have the final say in all of it. Malthus’ theory is social, but the reality of population control goes far beyond scholarly analysis, political bodies, social or religious norms. One day the invisible singularity will be reached, and bada bing, bada boom. Just like that, the earth will crumble beneath us and cataclysm will prevail; the beautiful and inescapable reset button. The age of Aquarius approaches, and regardless of the catchy disco track and general indigo child sing-songy, LSD feel-goodery, the procession of the equinoxes calls for violent upheaval; belligerent change. People grow tired of the arbitrary nature of organized religion and existing structures daily. Weak minds cling to dogma and fail to let go, while greater, more courageous minds, let go and embrace the passivity of entropic voidness. The earth grows tired of human ego and its deadly dominion preservation at the same rate. The earth, a sycophantic female energy body, may not always rise up against tyranny on a whim, but time and chaos side with her; they are bound to do so. Piscean reality is a strange thing… even though humans are supposedly the smartest animals on earth, we are no longer wired to troubleshoot, and the instinct now is to grasp harder to preordained dogma rather than allowing personal experience to drive behavior. Piscean age individuals, when compared to individuals of other ages…myself included… are utterly enamored by their own ego avatars, which thrive parasitically under the current model. Decaying. People, believing that what they think truly makes a difference in a social sense, cling to their assigned extremes or otherwise embrace hedonism or apathy, violent social entropy follows, and then new, hopefully improved structures take their place. That’s how things tend to go, or how they’ve gone up until now. Every highly, retrospectively inevitable ice age, (or bout of climate change), whether caused by volcano ash or dust or lack of greenhouse gasses, the consequences on Earth usually result in a necessary change in atmospheric conditions and therefore a step up on the ladder of life; ice age, cyanobacteria. Ice age, predatory organisms to balance cyanobacteria. Ice age, the emergence of land plants, and so on and so forth most likely ad nauseam. One cycle needs to end before another can begin. It’s the nature of life and of the universe. Introducing intelligent life into the mix makes the continuation of these life sustaining cycles a more convoluted process, especially as the lifeforms grow in intellect and ability. No matter what is thrown at humanity, it is likely we will never be totally wiped out. Small hidden factions underground will make sure the genome isn’t lost completely. Will we prevail? Most likely not, that job belongs to the Earth. Will we survive? Perhaps. Just perhaps. That’s the best we can hope for, and an awful lot more than we deserve. Here’s the thing. No individual could ever successfully circumvent Malthusian trends and the inevitable threats that result. It’s more of a team sport, socially, and more of an inevitable existential reality on an environmental level. So what can you do? What can anyone do? 

 

Focus on what you can control. 

 

On a personal level, on an ego level, Malthusianism applies. It is my belief that a given ego will continually grow and project, up to a deadly fault, unless properly maintained and enriched. The collective ego of humanity (at least in the western hemisphere), has allowed this reality to come to pass, so, honestly, what can you do? Focus on what you can control. It is the responsibility of an individual to constantly check their ego, constructively or otherwise, and in the event these measures fail or are not done, entropy will inevitably step in to do the job. Entropy will impede on all of us at some point or other, and to some more often and potently than others. The higher they fly the harder they fall. We don’t have control over plate tectonics and, even though you drive a Prius and recycle, we don’t have control over global climate change. But you can make sure you’re not contributing to the mess of ego dissonance, for no reason other than it is all you may do to contribute to the cycles that have permitted you to come into being at all, rather than deny them and cause dissonance. You can honestly be yourself, balanced by the nature of life and its wiley cycles, rather than assigning your life and soul to arbitrary labels that someone else designed. If every individual lived as though their hearts and minds were free to interact purely with the social scape and landscape without the existence of ego dissonance, without the influence of another’s ego, or of agendas reflecting the ego of a powerful group or entity, it would theoretically and over time, solve Malthusian social concerns. Those who were meant to die will die and those who are meant to live will live; no one would have the right or ability to significantly control these variables except a given individual and the environment they live in, and perhaps the influence of trusted relatives or loved ones. My concern though, is how could anyone return to revere natural cycles when the world has changed in so many ways? A man cannot live without food, water, and energy, but gone are the days where one could independently harvest these things and maintain any modern standard of life; third parties, governments, companies and corporations control access to resources and opportunities alike. How can we allow live and let live, or live and let die principles to cleanse the human ethos and pathos when oppressive monotheism, war economics, and senseless greed have swarmed and blinded the top of and trickled down to poison the entire race? Every age, and each turn of the wheel is experimental. Life evolves fractally. This roundabout has been particularly interesting, incredibly educational, but the cycles must continue and must improve. We have attempted the model of occult pedagogical society, and we have seen the consequences: crippling reliance on illusion and polarity, as well as violent disparities in wealth, knowledge, and power which grow exponentially like cancer. The reality is that this particular experiment, this particular branch of human social strategy has shown its readiness to fail, and it has resulted to failure because the existing potential to improve has been recognized, and has, consciously or unconsciously, set its course toward a singularity that will allow the necessary purges and changes to take place. Apply fractal evolution to a personal level. Choose a goal. Do something, anything, in pursuit of that goal. Fail or fall short of the desired result. Take some time to understand how you can do it better. Do it again with the changed variable in place. Fail again. Understand again. 

 

Do. Fail. Understand. 

 

On an individual level, the more you intentionally repeat this cycle, the more your awareness increases. The more aware you are, the better your failure will become, and at some points it may even feel like victory. Completion and victory are fleeting moments to be savored, but the cycles of life do not end because you have achieved something and become comfortable. If you are highly aware, you can effectively field chaos when it approaches. If you are familiar with the cyclical nature of consequences and entropy because you have previously subjected yourself to small scale instances of these, you can recognize and adapt to larger scale instances when they inevitably arise. If these principles could be applied on a mass scale, it would alleviate the human race of its social Malthusian concerns. Perhaps, if this were possible in practice and not a complete pipe dream, future generations may one day experience something resembling utopian ideals. 

 

That is of course, until cataclysm comes knocking on the door, disguised as an unassuming and reliably well meaning presence.

 

Esoteric Feminism and The Phallic Fallacy, or The Problem With Ego Observation: Part 2 Venusian Bodies

In pursuit of my Trojan War analysis, I thought it would be helpful to continue the trend of analyzing occult imagery through Tarot cards to explore the energetic frequencies and patterns regarding certain planets and their corresponding zodiac signs. These themes play a huge role in the cosmological breakdown of the Trojan War, especially for conceptually linking world mythology and in a broader context, world religion, to any actual cosmological events or patterns. Today we are starting with an old favorite and personal bias: Venus. There are several cards in the Major Arcana that are energetically linked to Venus, and coincidentally, they also all line up, energetically, with the zodiac signs of Libra and Taurus. On a personal level, I also find these to be energetically linked inherently to two words in the English language: hierophant and sycophant. Though I truly couldn’t tell you which is which, and I’m sure it switches based on which Libra and Taurus you’re involved with and at what time and place, however I will be using the terms to widen the scope of the energetic meaning of each card. Hierophantic and sycophantic, in my opinion, are more accurate to describe the inherently more elegant sides to Venusian polarity, though these terms echo or are otherwise parallel to the “male” and “female” energetic assignments applied to earth signs and dwellers. Venusian energies are highly adaptive to their environment(s), rather than strictly imposing, so that even when an imposition is occurring (as these types of things are simply unavoidable), the argument is often and easily made that the imposition, regardless of its reach, inconvenience, (or worse), is for the good of all, or for a religious task; achieving a sort of piety or unification with a higher power. Regardless of any potential negative consequences that you may be subject to, you can rest easy knowing that, overall,  the world around you is being benefited. People of all kinds like to hear they are doing something for the good of their collective, or that their sacrifices contribute to spiritual growth and transcendence, even if the effects are abstract. This means that despite the indirect and empathetic tactics, all Venusian bodies have tremendous potential to achieve significant control, personal dominion, and remain relatively revered or well liked because of the “larger purpose” that their actions encompass. Of course we’d all like to assume that these individuals would not abuse these abilities, and some don’t and would faster offer their services to well intentioned endeavors. However, others would just as quickly manipulate others or lie about their intentions for an upper hand. This is a grand generalization of Venusians, but given their overall pliable nature in the practice of hypothetical exercise, I’m sure they’d agree with my assessment, at the very least to indulge the humble author. Other signs… well… not so much, but I’ve no desire to get ahead of myself. 

 

The Hierophant

(Hierophantic)/Taurus 

 

Self explanatory, I know. The Hierophant is the male mystic, priest king, or the (pen)ultimate culmination of phallic occultism. His purpose is to guard those in his charge from spiritual evils and explain to worthy individuals the sacred secrets and mysteries surrounding arcane esoterica; this esoteric knowledge is the only authority the Hierophant is subject to, save potential pedagogical structures. His throne is surrounded by individuals who appear to have changed their appearance (they sport the strange traditional haircuts of monks), and have dressed in the symbols of abundant dominion preservation, all because they are eager to learn. The Hierophant’s ornate crown and robes suggest that he is well rewarded and esteemed for his insight, and the keys lying at his feet represent the unseen connections between man and the divine. The imagery here echoes that of the High Priestess, as she too sits between two imposing pillars, wears an ornate headdress representing her connection to the divinity of the age, as well as the partial source of hidden knowledge (the crescent moon) at her feet. Notice how he is wearing a blue robe underneath his red and cross adorned one… almost as if he is attempting to hide the source of his inspiration. However, in the case of the Hierophant, the imagery is inextricably linked to dominion preservation within the theocratic empires of the ages of  Aries and Pisces, as well as the presence of sycophants at his feet. Hmm… based on my last analysis, I do not believe there is any coincidence surrounding this shift: at some point in our history, males, ostensibly and socially, became the superior spiritual beings, while women were phased out until fully relegated to domestic and social designations, as well as subject to indirect intuitive sublimation as the only means of recourse. It is not my place to explain why this shift took place, however I think we can all agree that it definitely has, generally speaking. The Hierophant fairly obviously depicts this shift, also very nicely ties in the distinctly Venusian and Taurean energies this card encompasses. The Hierophant has significant control and power; he is the keeper of important and life changing secrets, and quite literally they keys as well! Because of this, he is almost always guaranteed great strategic skill and a consistent audience. While this audience is made up mostly of sycophantic clients, dependents, followers, or students, he often also has the ears of other and possibly even more powerful forces or individuals, such as royals or other Hierophants higher up in the pedagogy. Although the Hierophant archetype most likely rose up out of necessity, to solve some problem in a then innovative fashion, it retrospectively creates an egregious power imbalance between men and other men, not to mention furthering the imbalance of power and empathy between men and women, as well as women and god, so to speak. I believe Hierophant has persisted over the centuries simply due to the Venusian nature of the archetype. His work is unquestionably good… isn’t it? He wishes to control the flow of information for a number of disclosed or undisclosed reasons… perhaps to gain influence, for the power granted by the position, or to gain an audience of sycophants who will rely on him in all matters for some devilish means or devious purpose. Perhaps he’s building suspense for a shock to come, or maybe he truly is called to perform this work for the joy of it or for a truly higher power. I’d imagine the motivations behind each individual Hierophant vary widely based on countless factors. To tie it up nicely with Venusian themes, I maintain that the Hierophant generally represents the more dominant or controlling side of Venusian polarity. Like our male/sun archetypes on earth, Venusian Hierophant/sun archetypes serve a similar purpose. They keep the keys to secrets regarding the success or failure of dominion preservation on all levels necessary to continuously achieve the goal. Male/solar dominion focuses on controlling the secrets necessary to bend nature to the whims of earth dwellers, while Hierophantic/solar dominion focuses on appealing to the spiritual nature of a body to sustain dominion. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, and it could truly be to the benefit of some if not many individuals and groups, it has historically been the job of Mercurial, Venusian, and lunar energies to maintain the reflected knowledge of the sun from their respective vantage points. Now here comes the movement of human beings with incredible displays of dominion preservation, utilizing the sacred secrets of the universe with relative ease and abandon, simply to increase planetary reliance and deep acceptance of phallic symbolism because… um I guess it’s kind of funny or something. It’s easy and simple to just say the “patriarchy” did this to suppress the overall intuitive abilities of women… I get that argument, and I get why people are attracted to it…but let’s be real for a sec my guys. In my opinion, this is a defeatist view… I believe female/lunar energies, astrological and otherwise, first created and continue to maintain the “patriarchy”, indirectly and over centuries, with the goal being to channel the brunt of male/solar dominion preservation instincts away from the more violent, strictly phallic and experimental models of maintaining large civilizations, empires, and later kingdoms and countries. It’s a bold claim, but I’m standing by it. 

 

Justice

(Sycophantic)/Libra

The imagery of this card is incredibly poignant to me as a Libra… the imagery of the High Priestess, The Hierophant, and the Magician culminate to depict familiar self regulatory structures and symbols that have manifested as a consequence of male/solar energetic dominion and resulting female intuitive sublimation, all leaning to convey justice. Despite the powerful symbols of this card pointing to themes of grand, blind justice, the yellow background is once again an obvious reminder of the sheer influence and power that behind the scenes, dominion preserving male/solar forces have over any proceedings that take place. However, personally, I see the red facade of the robes and tapestry echoing the throne of The Empress, only more prominent, signifying a full embrace of female power through sublimation. Despite this, his heavy crown and the forged sword and scale in his hands also demonstrate the overall reliance justice has on Hierophantic and phallic institutions that are what have allowed him to occupy this position of relative influence and power in the first place… or is it honestly checks and balances? Recall what I said about the necessary existence of sycophants, and the sublimation of female energies? Of course you do. The rise of the Hierophant in place of a general female spiritual authority kicked off a very important chain of events in human history: the meticulous and indirect development of fair judgment practices. While the story of Democracy development, proper, is not dated until after the Trojan War (that is with the Athenian matricide trial of Orestes in Aeschylus’ Eumenides, or fairly late in the age of Aries), justice as a concept has existed in various forms and levels of bias since the beginning of human history. Most people are familiar with “Hammurabi’s Law Code”, a series of stone edicts erected around Babylon depicting instances of “lex talionis” (or eye for an eye justice), historically being used in Babylonian courts, essentially establishing that as a precedent for courts all around Sumeria. Before this, justice took a more natural state, manifesting either as natural “karmic” consequences (drought, crop failure, disease, etc), or in the form of energetic beasts or primordial beings of vengeance. In the case of Asia Minor and Greece, these are the “furies”, who alway unquestionably punish individuals for “crimes against nature”, mostly including murders within families or familial cannibalism. However, these are earlier instances of justice which spring from and are controlled by the mother goddess or earth mother, and they are free from the bulk of influence surrounding civilization or male/solar ego injection. When the trend of theocratic monarchies and empires hit its strange first apex through the ages of Aries and Pisces, and the Hierophants and Priest Kings became absolute authorities on all matters, it stood the public needed an outlet for appeals. Justice was this outlet; networks of courts and appointed judges who are loyal to the powers that be… whatever those are. Seeking justice in this highly formal way, even if questionably regulated and still subject to the absolute authority of the Hierophants, was a way for powerless members of the general public to feel like they had some kind of control. If they were wronged deeply enough, there was an apparent path to appeals and possible reconciliation. However, the all judges and court officials (aside from “magick”,  primordial, and karmic forces), were almost always sycophantic and under the direct influence of Hierophants. If you had a direct audience with an emperor or hierophant who acted as your judge, then you were subject to their will and ruling, and if not, you could easily expect appointed career judges to side with the monarchs and Hierophants, and hand you a similar if not identical ruling to what you would received had your audience been direct. Either way, despite any complex judicial structures that may be in place, deciding influence always flows up to those males with wealth and spiritual station… monarchs and Hierophants; this naturally creates an imbalance, and imbalances generally cause upsetment over time. At least one class of people, the judges, could utilize their abilities as sycophants to appeal to as many parties as possible on multiple levels in hopes of the maximum possible benefit or return, both for themselves and anyone else who may feel powerless or has something otherwise appealing to offer. Sometimes these are altruistic doings with a real focus on collective good at their core, but other times they are selfish and manipulative abuses of ability and power. This is what is depicted in the Justice card, and also why it is linked with the sign of Libra… arguably the most talented sycophants of the zodiac (aside from Virgo). From the very first courts, to the well organized (if still highly flawed) contemporary western justice system, we see the trend of Hierophants reaching for greater dominion and talented sycophants (and other times less talented… I’m looking at you Machiavelli…), indirectly trying to subvert those attempts. I maintain that the development of extreme bureaucracy within political systems (in any time and on any level), exists/existed as a form of female spiritual sublimation, in that it indirectly keeps trigger happy monarchs from making rash choices without having time to reconsider or be otherwise influenced. Blind justice and assurance of personal liberties, as obvious concepts, are relatively new on the scene, resulting from centuries of cyclical, large scale power imbalance and upsetment. The overall rigidity and female spiritual suppression tactics of the older Hierophantic institutions instigated the sublimation of female energies into the establishment of future systems. To be clear: This is my theory regarding the correlations between occult imagery and macro-historical events. I am not saying that any of this is historically or academically proven. I want to make it as clear as possible that these claims are nothing more than my educated guesses. Once again to tie into the main theme: I maintain that justice, and a collective expectation for just outcomes, resulted over time from sublimated frustrations regarding the collective female energies, or the energies present in the Empress. The formal, ongoing establishment of justice or judiciary systems is a slow, sycophantic, and indirect process, rather than an immediate shift. This is by design, and is essentially the oldest and longest lasting form of feminism in an anti-patriarchal respect. I also believe the advent of monotheism, mostly Piscean Christianity, as seen in the High Priestess, is historically and heavily tied into the themes of collective justice and sycophantic subversion, as there is no greater model for Hierophantic pedagogy and bureaucracy than the adolescent Catholic church exercising in Europe the early- middle stages of the age of Pisces. However, I admit I may be reaching a bit with that last statement… it’s a hunch, and hunches can be proven wrong. Just as a quick recap, the energetic/astrological considerations to remember going forward: Venus/Hierophant/Solar=Earth/Male/Solar and Venus/Sycophant/Lunar=Earth/Female/Lunar. By this measure, the fading away of symbols depicting the moon toward more dominion centric imagery within tarot is almost certainly by design to reflect the astrological implications of the imagery in relation to human historical trends, especially those regarding lunar sublimation. My opinion is that this is because this is the Hierophant, Justice, and the Empress are the tarot or otherwise occult iterations of Venusian polarity in terms of either our collective astrology or something larger. This means that just as we earth dwellers see the moon reflect the light of the sun night after night, both Venusian energies and Venus itself also have a unique way of observing and interacting with the sky and ultimate source of power, a.k.a. the sun, and this placement and vantage point was suitable for the development of a race of Hierophants and sycophants, so to speak. Hierophants once again, being the keepers of the “keys” for a number of reasons, and sycophants being the ones who appeal to them in the hope of accessing new knowledge and opportunities for a number of purposes. It is my personal understanding that it is this sort of third party planetary influence that is respect for the effects of both individual and macro astrology, and to an extent, mythology. The success of widely enforced and accepted moral principles provided via Christian dogma, to me at least, represents continual success of the empathetic Venusian influence and the Empress centric female/lunar sublimation strategy depicted throughout occult imagery, and historically. Additionally, the monotheistic God of Christianity, in a way, represents the ultimate judge, and popularizing widespread fear of such an awesomely powerful judge is highly effective in both subversion of rash monarchs and Hierophants, but also in soliciting relative obedience from most if not all other subjects.  

The Empress

(Sycophantic)/ Venusian Polarity

The Empress is, simply speaking, the ultimate culmination of both Venusian energies and female energies. The symbol below her throne is indicative of this card’s connection to female and Venusian energy.  In the scope of Taurus age political and religious structure, the Empress character is represented by a woman who is more of a pawn than a person, and her existence is a reflection of this. Almost every aspect of her life is directly controlled by the Hierophantic pedagogy that makes up her world. She lounges on her throne, and is adorned with the symbols and luxuries befitting her station, but her power and religious significance have been taken away from her, except for symbolic elements. This card represents the successful dominion preservation tactics of Venusian Hierophants in controlling both women and the world around them. However, this card is not all invisible bondage, as the imagery reflects incredible material and domestic abundance. The imagery suggests at what could be possible in the event careful balance of the Venusian poles is maintained. Though the color yellow is once again an imposing presence in the image, representing the Empress’ overall reliance on dominion preservationists for her existence and ostensible influence, the land is flush with grain and timber, and the water flows freely. This is, ultimately, due to the Empress. The forces of dominion preservation are obsessed with that mission only. The victims and trials of a single individual or of peasants are not important in comparison to this goal. However, despite the suppression of the Empress, she is still an earth dwelling female and well versed, whether consciously or not, in the art of intuitive sublimation. By utilizing and appealing to the energies of the moon for sycophantic ability, the Earth mother for superior intuitive and sublimative ability, and Venus for seductive ability, (also, occasionally, Mercury for social ability), the Empress is able to appeal appropriately in order to subvert many of the Hierophants or Emperors rash impulses long enough to negotiate and get him to consider other perspectives and variables. This is why the Empress’ gown is covered in the symbols of abundance. Even if she may not be able to deliver peace and safety to her people, she can use her abilities to make sure the realm remains well fed and materially sound. Intuitive sublimation is the ultimate weapon in the esoteric feminism arsenal, as it is highly effective and its solutions are rarely caught onto by male energies because of the strategic and “long game” methods invoked. The Empress embodies all female sublimation, as well as sublimative ability and achievement, on all levels from individual, astrological and cosmological.

 

Wheel of Fortune

(Hierophantic)

The Wheel of Fortune, in my summation, is representative of the height of sycophantic achievement. The card itself is generally not considered related to Venusian energies, however, I personally identify this card with the trend of sycophantic achievement through the successful subversion of Hierophantic dominion preservation obstacles. As usual, the background color of the card takes on great significance; you’ll notice how it is blue on The Wheel of Fortune. Blue is the overwhelming color on the Moon and High Priestess cards, so at least from the clues in the imagery, this can be interpreted as lunar dominion finally coming into its own in a literal round-about way. As the card depicts, taking all available opportunities for learning, despite the personal shame or guilt you might encounter, and all potential perspectives and methods into account is the only way to achieve meaningful success as either a Hierophant or sycophant. Studying the world, (and the world of the past) with a truly earnest desire to understand, and adapting without delay to the unforgivingly chaotic nature of the world. The Wheel of Fortune is concentrated and manufactured chaos; representing a spin in luck or circumstance; a chance to be tossed about, and land in a new perspective, position, or orientation. Action occupies the present moment when movement of the wheel deems it necessary, to observe and record the changes, but the rest of the time is meant for data collection and careful environmental analysis, as well as the general pursuit of more truth… The Wheel of Fortune depicts this. It is a card bustling with important symbols that tie prehistoric (pre Taurean) humans to historic (post Taurean) humans in an occult sense. Symbols of a monotheistic nature adorn the turning wheel, as do biblically significant characters who have to do with the evils of curiosity and the danger of unchecked women: the devil or satan, the serpent from the garden, and the imposing symbolic presence of the great and powerful Egypt (another way to look at this is the presence of the Sphinx representing the stages and cycles of life… yes like the riddle, or like Hecate and maiden/mother/crone witchcraft). Once again, the High Priestess becomes relevant… The tie into monotheism and female spiritual sublimation under the duress of male dominion preservation is apparent even at the relatively high energetic levels surrounding the Wheel of Fortune. More than this, these four creatures appear on clouds of smoke, in a pseudo-angelic way, studying and reading their way around the wheel, outside of its consequences, not affected by the movement: a man, woman or angel who strongly resembles either the Empress or the judge of the Justice card, a winged bull, a winged lion, and a bird, each fully yellow and engulfed or otherwise absorbed in the male/Solar dominion preservation system, and saving it from or incorporating it into the movement of the monotheistic wheel. I take this imagery to mean the forces of lunar sublimation have successfully managed to distract the dominion preservationists. They have simultaneously managed to subvert the wheel to suit the ends of female spiritual sublimation through the successful invocation of monotheism, mainly Piscean Christianity, while avoiding the widespread, public consequences of their “helpful impositions”, and remaining as near to the source of power as ever. The Hierophants have, essentially, become the sycophants, because they are totally occupied with analyzing this complex Wheel of Fortune, mostly encompassing Judaeo-Christian symbolism. However, they believe they are studying the great Hierophantic secrets, but really they are studying and appeasing the all powerful, great Judaeo- Christian god, and his biblical doctrine. In my opinion, the bull and the lion represent the older generations of Hierophantic/Solar and Male/Solar energies having become infatuated with the sycophantically designed  Wheel Of Fortune and all its inner workings… essentially they are sufficiently distracted. The angelic figure, and the bird which I believe to be an eagle, I believe represent the slow approaching age of Aquarius. These two easily represent both air signs and the establishment if contemporary democracy, are not as engrossed in the same sycophantic research as their predecessors, the bull and lion; they appear to daydreaming or distracted from the wheel, representing the challenges regarding the usefulness of Christianity as a long term control mechanism, and introducing or hinting at an equally sycophantic and somehow more extreme obsession with the fields of logical philosophy, science, and mathematics instead of violent blind faith in predesigned religious dogma. The importance of sycophantic development lies in the background of this card rather than on the wheel itself. The wheel simply represents the distractions in play, mostly the monotheistic secrets and doctrines, to keep the current phallic authorities busy and occupied while lunar energies continue doing what they do best: reflecting the brilliance of the sun with untold grace. The Wheel of Fortune imagery suggests that lunar energies have or will achieve these goals without any interference from male/Solar agendas. While the male/solar and hierophantic/solar energies are consumed with solving and analyzing the logical problems and fallacies caused by the turning of the great wheel, the lunar energies are hard at work scheming… spinning the wheel, and crafting plans for  novel distractions for the new air centric age…that is when they aren’t tending to male authorities to keep up the brilliant facade. 

 

The World

(Sycophantic) 

Once again, a poignant reflection of sycophantic achievement, with a blue colored background and the male energies appearing on clouds,  surrounding a female centric display. In the Wheel, it’s the mysteries of Judaeo-Christian logical fallacies, but on the World, they float around a nude, ethereal woman resembling the Empress, floating, draped in purple cloth, wielding phallic symbols in both hands. She is protected from all outside influence by the surrounding wreath. The lion and bull stare intently outward, almost breaking the fourth wall, possibly trying to warn about the true, undisclosed power of female spiritual sublimation. However the judge from the Justice card and the eagle are obviously smitten and quite taken with the display. Female energies directly dominating the phallic creation secret(s) is, on the surface, a recipe for true peace and obvious justice for all… right? The few previous ages have been aimed at controlling female spiritual ability in favor of male/solar dominion preservation, and it only made them more powerful. Could the next age encompass a purposeful egalitarian spiritual element despite the male energy of the sign? Perhaps hermetics or genderlessness will play a significant role in the future because the differences between the two have finally been openly reconciled and the balance reinstated… female and lunar spiritual superiority is the necessary control variable that keeps this balance preserved. Many times, male energies, whether Hierophants, grand scale monarchs or magicians, or whatever else have you, have attempted to upset the balance which relies on female earth and lunar energies being in a superior position, while meaningful success in these types of pursuits has occurred, the female centric energies (both on macro and individual levels) will almost always have to option achieve the upper hand through the use of sycophantic, seductive, and sublimated strategies. Basically, earth dwelling females at least, always have the option to grab and hold men by their genitals… for some reason it’s nearly always the most important thing in the world to them and they would go to incredible ends to argue and symbolize its importance and need for respect. Women are, simply, not subject to this vulnerability. Of course this is a generalization, but to me at least, the occult imagery stands up to scrutiny. And imagery hints that the truth is that women do not have the need to forcibly control the dominion preservation compulsions of male/solar energies, because, as the earthly spiritual authorities, they have figured out an easier way to deal with this nuisance they can’t live without. First came appealing to them, almost to an embarrassing extent- establishing a presence through a combination (earth)familial, (lunar) seductive, and (Venusian)sycophantic influence… and then capitalizing on said influence by sufficiently distracting them, with the great Rubik’s cube of Christianity. However, this is not a permanent solution, and the turning Wheel will make the development of a new more unified and egalitarian distraction necessary.

 

Esoteric Feminism and The Phallic Fallacy, or The Problem with Ego Observation: Part 1 Occult Imagery

 Recently someone challenged my hypothesis regarding female spiritual superiority and I found myself unable to coherently address it. This was for a variety of reasons, but chief among them is that my understanding of female spiritual superiority has always been inherent and innate, and I have never taken the time to explore this concept with the aim of presenting it to others as an argument. 

 

Firstly, I am going to present some symbols that I have always found to be very useful at conveying the sentiments I wish to explain regarding this topic. As with any esoteric exercise or experience, willing suspension of disbelief is required to properly complete the thought exercise. By presenting these symbols, I am not attributing concrete responsibility or consequence regarding their accuracy in proving the ideas I will be presenting, I am simply presenting them because they have always, coincidentally, confirmed my intuitive biases regarding this topic, (and this goes for many people as well throughout time and the world). I only ask the reader to observe these symbols and consider what is being presented. I am going to be presenting some tarot imagery that directly reflects the spiritual duality and historical leadership roles of both men and women. I will not be discussing the cards in the order that they occur in the Major Arcana, but rather I will be analyzing them as the concepts peak in historical relevance… sort of chronologically, but not exactly. 

 

  • Tarot Symbolism for prehistoric Religion (predating the age of Taurus): 

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The Sun

Representing the height of living achievement; something that is only possible with the light of the sun and electromagnetic nuances of the earth’s curious position. A child flying a flag on the back of a horse, all in front of a thriving sunflower garden, smiling and wearing a crown adorned with a red feather that nearly reflects the flag in the child’s hand. When you consider the sheer age of this imagery, timelessly triumphant happiness and contentedness is undoubtedly being depicted. However, the sun itself seems to be glaring down at the child, indifferent at the very most to this most charming scene. The sun is bigger and hotter than anything that we could ever achieve, powering our world with fervent regularity, though it’d surely destroy just as soon if we weren’t being protected by location and electromagnetism. When early humans finally made the scene, it only stands to reason that the sun was their first god. It was bright and constant, melted the snow off mountainsides, gave rise to everything that sustained life, including respite from the cold, and provided advanced life with the ability to empirically experience… the ability to see. Everything that could be achieved in nature is ultimately due to the sun. Within esoteric communities, the sun has always been inherently connected to masculine energies, and it certainly measures up… male energies control, aim to create, and mostly, rely on tangible, visible evidence to support their conclusions. While this is certainly a generalization on an individual level, it is an accurate assessment of occult imagery surrounding male energies. For our conceptual intents and purposes, the sun and the male side of duality are one in the same. 

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The Moon

On a personal note… I don’t trust the moon. I know how that makes me sound, and personally I don’t care. To me, the fear is well founded, as I fear revelation. In the scope of occult imagery, the moon represents hidden knowledge, secrets, and the pitfalls that might accompany anything of a clandestine or concealed nature. While the sun is the obvious and flamboyant creation force, representing the ultimate male energy, the moon is the covert side of creation which embodies the ultimate female energy. Astronomically speaking, the moon sits in a peculiar spot, absolutely proportional to the sun, allowing for the existence of eclipse phenomena. The moon acts as a nightlight to the earth’s hemispheres, poignantly reflecting a gentler iteration of the sun’s light onto the earth while the sun is away, saving them from the paranoia accompanying total darkness. Invoke caution regardless, because as this imagery illustrates, partial understanding could potentially even be more dangerous than none at all. Nothing holds more sway than secrets; nothing catalyzes both order and chaos quite like the threat of exposure. This imagery depicts various creatures, elements, manifestations of intelligence springing from the earth, drawn inexplicably to the moon; being affected with no apparent cause. A wolf and a dog howling with abandon, the lobster and the water he floats in, a stone monument erected below her exact position, and the mountain path all going in or at least acknowledging the direction of the moon. Even the face of the moon depicts a stoic female likeness, humbly fulfilling her purpose, raining down scant specks of understanding and revealing hidden variables while the sun looks away. The sun commands respect, but the moon commands awe, indulgence, and wonder. This circadian duality is the basis for the first and purest form of human religion. Early humans worshipped these two forces alone, as everything in sight could be obviously attributed to the sun, and anything else could be attributed to mystical knowledge of an esoteric nature, inherently represented by the moon proper, as well as the early occult imagery surrounding it. 

 

  • Tarot Symbolism for Religion in the Age of Taurus

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The Magician

Observe the pure showmanship. Beautiful metal works and an old club atop an ornate table. A man in fine robes holding a phallic wand of sorts gestures to the beautiful flowers that grow around him and seemingly at his command. The directions of his arms signify an “as above so below” sentiment; as the sun powers the earth so may it always be curated to suit the needs of man. The infinity symbol over his head signifies the unavoidable reality of this relationship having been deciphered by humankind; it stands to announce that we’ll be eating our tails in this manner until the day we’ve all expired. The transformation of male ego energies that define the age are beautifully depicted by the imagery of the Magician. As the age of Taurus historically marks the beginning of human ego injection into religion, the Magician depicts a dazzling show of man dominating his environment with the help of powerful symbols represented by the items sitting on the surface in front of him. These items are also the props necessary for correctly performing contemporary Laveyan satanic (or otherwise satanic) rituals, which are also generally centered on the topic or goal of ego indulgence, though strictly Piscean. The solid and unforgiving yellow background of this card further ties it into the solar, male creation energies. The Magician illustrates man’s first steps successfully imposing on the earth, sustained by the sun’s unfaltering regularity. He attributes his success to the symbols presented in the illustration, and he seemingly brags “Look at what I’ve created, concentrated beauty, all for our convenience. I alone understand how to sustain this, so we all can enjoy the fruits of meaningful manifestation.” He is, essentially, taking credit for the work of the sun; infusing his ego with the most powerful creation source. Outside of simple ego injection, these types of sentiments are ultimately responsible for the trends that define the transformative phases of Taurus age religion. The age of Taurus consists of the latter part of the Neolithic period and the beginning of the Bronze age. Historically, these periods are categorized by unprecedented frequency of human innovation aimed at controlling the environment and establishing permanent, settled civilizations powered by food surplus. Although it may not seem so impressive to us in the modern day, the energetically male powers, kings, for lack of a better word, who established such impressive dominion over the natural world would be seen as nothing less than magick by infant populations in these areas who were fully used to being subject to the whims of nature with no respite, (whether real or imagined). While in hindsight, the precedents regarding classism and power imbalance established in these early times makes them seem like a mistake in the long run, and certainly has led to incredible devastation just as much as it has led to innovation, but at this time, I’m sure it felt like they were being offered a safety resource, or perhaps insurance, in the ongoing battle against natural entropy, and this in turn established some addictive semblance of collective control which had never before existed.

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The High Priestess 

Possibly the most symbol heavy card in the entire deck (and that’s really saying something), there is certainly a lot to unpack regarding the High Priestess imagery. A few things that we notice off the bat automatically tie this card into a female centric energetic meaning; her gown flowing like water signifying female passivity (or perhaps a deluge?), a tapestry behind her depicting the abundance of plant based nature, the crescent moon at her feet. The moon at her feet… and on her head? An Isis headdress which bears a strong resemblance to the horns of a bull, signifying some kind of occult connection, however arbitrary, to the age of Taurus or Taurean energies. In the historic age of Taurus, the model of civilization in all facets (political, economical, and religious), became inextricably linked to supporting both palaces and temples. Palaces of course were the residences of local kings (and later emperors), and building and maintaining these structures (not to mention the heavy task of supporting inter-regional “diplomacy”), were full time jobs that required the employment of countless slaves, farmers, artisans, and craftsmen. This is an extension of the phenomena explained by the imagery present on the Magician. Temples however, were a bit different. They were sacred structures which housed “city gods”, and required the same complex construction and upkeep as a palace, but were left in the charge of single women, the priestesses, rather than male monarchs. Just as the moon humbly reflects the rays of the sun, the priestesses humbly reflected the esoteric responsibilities of the ruling classes, effectively putting them in a class all their own. Just as the creatures and elements of the Moon are inextricably drawn to the sparse and enlightening glow of the moon, the remaining imagery surrounding the High Priestesses points to one very important revelation: monotheism. She holds a Torah scroll, her dress features a cross, and the letters on the pillars beside her stand for “Boaz” and “Jachin” (“beginning” and “mercy”, respectively), and these also allude to the Temple of Solomon. Just as the Magician (sun/male) has infused his ego with the creation power of the sun, the High Priestess (moon/female) is intrinsically required to reflect this change, and also infuse her ego with the esoteric knowledge encompassed by the moon. The monotheistic imagery so prevalent on this card stands to support my conclusion that female priestess figures were on par with patriarchal leaders, and either intentionally or unintentionally seduced them politically and therefore their respective civilizations in the direction that eventually allowed for the formation and later triumph of the monotheistic religions (first Judaism and later Christianity). The High Priestess, like the Moon, is largely inexplicable. These images convey highly esoteric and moon centric themes, and this coupled with the monotheistic symbolism  leads me to believe that this card is a direct reflection of sun/moon or male/female duality in the earlier stages of human ego development. Since these can be readily applied to age of Taurus, it is safe to say that the role of the Magician is to promote innovation and outwardly control his environment, while the role of the High Priestess is to support him in this role by silently and humbly revealing the answers to mysteries or other esoteric solutions that could prevent or circumvent the world’s natural state of chaos and therefore extend the Magician’s dominion. Additionally, when viewed in this light, the occult imagery is almost a direct reflection of the historical establishment of the “Palace-Temple” socioeconomic structure that we see emerge during the early Bronze Age. The imagery also perhaps serves as a silent warning to the larger and hidden consequences this model will later have, as the symbols hint at Aries age events where monotheism is challenged severely; mainly the destruction of the Temple of Solomon and the martyring of Christ, both of which are tragic for several reasons and ultimately lead to the rejection of the Aries model in favor for the Piscean one. However, as this is a moon and female centric card, the full meaning cannot be ascertained by just viewing, there is something to be intrinsically felt that will eventually permit full understanding. 

 

  • Tarot Symbolism for Religion in the Age of Aries

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The Emperor

They gave this one away with the Rams heads present on the arms of the Emperor’s throne. That, and the age of Aries is considered to be and historically is, the age of the Empire. After the Early Dynastic period in the Near East, empires of incredible size and unparalleled trade, cultural diaspora began to take shape, but also included new trends of horrible warfare and conflict. Human kind sees itself caught in a cycle of unsurpassed greatness and complete, humiliating destruction. It’s no wonder this Emperor looks so tired… or annoyed at the very least, or that the sky is red with blood or fire; either way it’s no good. The gold orb in his hand represents the realms or lands within his control, the ankh on the end of his staff (more phallic symbolism being introduced, which ostensibly means an ego increase within religious trends), represents life, and this man is obviously burdened by the responsibilities of his excessive dominion. One man, holding so much power, so much death and life directly in his hands, and finding it less and less endearing as time winds on around him. The novelty of civilization is wearing off, and the imperfections of the beta empire model are becoming glaringly apparent. However, he shoulders the responsibility regardless, working day in and day out to maintain order over and for his realm; his armor even signals that he has or is willing to risk his life defending the realm in battle. A single man, the Emperor, has assumed the role of God, though this symbolism was in bad taste at the time, so his religious responsibilities were essentially passed on to a cabinet of advisors (represented by the Hierophant), in order to keep up the pretenses of worship to more traditional nature or cosmological Gods which most laymen still feared just as before. Only the ruling classes were allowed the privilege of extreme ego development at this point, however the consequences of their growing pains echo and ripple all throughout the classes. In ages prior, a leader’s right to rule was subject to natural occurrences, such as catastrophic weather or plagues, but somewhere along the line, divine right became fully about bloodlines and abandoned the natural component altogether, establishing man (or the idea of men) as a force all their own, completely separate from an uninformed nature based existence. In return for this, the powers of entropy introduced an overall necessity for warfare that lasts today. Nomadic peoples invading settlements, resource draining border skirmishes, and provincial rebellions became unavoidable occurrences that were all just part of the job description. Hellenism would, ironically, be the saving grace of the empire structure and sustain the entire western world straight into Christianity and the age of Pisces. But until then, our Aries age Emperor must deal with the drudgery of his inherent pseudo-deification, and he surely doesn’t look happy about it. Perhaps he senses the horrors of or is still dealing with the aftershocks of the late Bronze Age Collapse. Perhaps he feels his predecessors are to blame, or perhaps he feels the blame falls on women who have always inexplicably understood and warned against the actions (and retrospective mistakes) he takes which only strengthen dissonance preventing a smooth rule. Either way, he is weary of what he cannot perceive and will go to the ends of the earth to maintain control, however cruel, convoluted, or counter intuitive those tactics may be in practice. 

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The Empress

Like all good fruit, the balance of life is in the ripe and ruin. Once again, the female energy of the age necessarily reflects the agenda of their male counterparts.The river flowing behind her signifies the remnants of her innate passivity, but otherwise she is completely surrounded by products of the Emperors dominion.  While the Emperor holds life and death in the balance, his wife, the Empress is concerned with material affairs… not necessarily just gowns and treasures, but the welfare of her realm. The symbols on this card point to food surplus, the grains growing in the foreground and the fruits printed on her gown. She is concerned about keeping the realm safe and fed. She has likely been a pawn of diplomacy her whole life, traded to another land for one commodity or another, and she must choose her allegiances carefully; which is most important? The realm contractually acquired or the one which she is from? The crown of many stars on her head signifies that despite the burdens of her position, she maintains the elusive female energies of her forebears, and she allows this empathetic intuition to guide her choices and therefore focuses on supporting the masses, aiming for longevity, as opposed to the arbitrary life or death choices faced by the Emperor. The age of Aries was hallmarked by arrogant and personal conflicts, as well as slavery, loss, chaos and destruction as much as it was about expansion, innovative warfare and even enlightened political experimentation, and the Empress had no control over these, and benefited severely from them despite the intuitive dissonances that came as a result to the events of the age, despite the subconscious guilt. All she could do to sublimate was focus on domestic matters, and this became the primary female archetype lasting until modern day. The female symbol sits underneath her throne, seemingly directing her nurturing energy into the earth and subsequently to the people of her realm, as she attempts to appear as humble as one can while covered in fine fabrics and jewels that others in rags had toiled away to fashion for her. The yellow background signals the ever present imposition of male energies upon not only the earth, but upon the female collective, once again especially within the ruling classes. A constant reminder that women exist to reflect the light of the sun, and without the light of the sun to guide us, we would be utterly useless. Females were all around successfully conditioned to think this way because otherwise they would be able to access factions of their energy that denied the wants or egos of the already highly agitated Emperor. 

 

You’re probably asking yourself what any of this is meant to prove in regards to female spiritual superiority. 

 

Occult symbolism heavily supports the conclusion that female energies interfere with the male energies agenda of establishing dominion. The relationship works in nature, it works cosmologically despite the extreme coincidences regarding the placement of the moon. The moon will always reflect the light of the sun when the sun is unable to make an appearance.  The problem comes from extensive ego infusion, as these reflections are no longer strictly cosmological phenomena but highly personal experiences affecting large numbers of people. The sheer intensity of our collective prehistoric days of  worshiping the sun and the moon without the need for context has made a lasting impression on all subsequent gender norms and behaviors both conscious and subconscious. The historical facts and the parallel occult imagery overwhelmingly points to females being innately closer and connected to the source of esoteric knowledge since time immemorial. Moreover, the attempts made by men to stifle the intuitive experience of women in the name of dominion has only served to fuel an underground anger. Why would they do it if there were nothing to fear from women? Why silence someone unless they are privy to something compromising? I assume that since women are so close to the source of all esoteric knowledge, going far beyond what male energies can understand, this serves as reason. Anything else would be illogical, and that runs directly against the innate logical pedagogy behind male energies. I wish there were formulas to prove the spiritual superiority of females, but alas, “proof” is not in the nature of spiritual dogma.  At the end of the day, I’m just guessing too. 

 

I believe in the Trojan War more than I believe in anything else. 

 

The power of a relatively insignificant and clever child such as Pandora to cause the world to fall around her. All by telling a story and pitting an older generation against itself… two relative snaps of the fingers. Destruction of the known world always comes at the hands of a chaotic and undisciplined brat, and only when the timing is just right. All the ego evolution, phallic control and solar dominion in existence cannot evade chaos or the ones who bring it. Perhaps one day chaos and the ones who herald its arrival will meet their match. Seems rather unlikely though, given the trends. If dominion is not destroyed by itself, it will be destroyed by chaos. If nothing else, women have children who are malleable to her influence; children who can be convinced to murder their fathers to refresh the realms. The way I see it, chaos always wins.  Later (once the full near eastern Aries age background is published) I’ll continue the esoteric feminism series, with a full cosmological breakdown of the Trojan War to further the argument of esoteric feminism.

Early Mesopotamian Religion (Ages of Gemini and Taurus)

Proposed Mesopotamian Religion in the Ages of Gemini and Taurus

 

Hopefully you read or at least skimmed my Mesopotamian History for Dummies quick timeline, because it provides the bones of this religious analysis. It is important to keep an open mind going forward here, because a large part of my religious analysis will rest on the earth’s proposed astrology. A few caveats to keep in mind is that back in these ancient days, time  was measured in a way we would find unrecognizable today. The years I’ve assigned to the ages are hypothetical and rely too heavily on the contemporary calendar to be considered truly accurate, however this is the general working model for occultists, (although consolidated sources are pretty hard to find). Additionally, despite any existing biases you might have on personal or pop astrology, I urge you to find it in your heart to agree, at the very least, that the night sky is indisputably full of constellations which, visually, serve as the backdrop to the movements of the celestial bodies in our solar system.  Regardless of what effects might or might not manifest from their formations, we can all at least agree that the sky is set up in such a way. My hypothesis rests heavily on astrological considerations, and it is necessary for the reader to willingly suspend their disbelief in order to holistically consider my claims, even though they are not backed up by science. In fact, no traditional religion or subsequent analysis can be based on science, as it goes against the faith based essence of spiritual practice. Just because it’s not 100% proven does not mean there is nothing to learn or take away. One more thing to keep in mind… this is a macro historical generalization… thousands of years of Mesopotamian religious history in one simple post hardly does the subject due justice. Trust that over time, as my body of research becomes more in depth that more smaller scale details will be analyzed, but for now I am focusing on establishing a decent background for these deeper dives to eventually take place. Today’s analysis is strictly Mesopotamian in nature, so I don’t want any flack  about “what about the Egyptians and the Elamites?:((” because I promise we’re going to get there at some point. Now let’s jump right in. 

 

Let’s quickly set the some approximate background parameters to consider: 

 

7500-5000 BCE is the age of Gemini.

In personal astrology, individuals with Gemini sun placements or otherwise heavy Gemini placements on their chart share many of the same personality traits and energetic characteristics, and this, according to my theory, is the same for the collective people of earth while it occupies the constellation of Gemini. Gemini energies are generally frenetic and mercurial. Gemini dominant individuals are simultaneously fanciful and grounded- they have lofty goals and powerful imaginations, and they are often able to achieve these goals because their work ethic is, generally, beyond reproach and well above average. They are highly curious, motivated, and social individuals who love dialogue and openly seek new knowledge and experiences through dialogue, travel, interpersonal relationships, as well as a healthy relationship with failure. At the end of the day, a Gemini wants something unsustainable; the best of both worlds (keep this in mind). While events, triumphs, and traditions of this time period are nearly impossible to know exactly, Mesopotamia scholars agree that the first semi-sedentary settlements begin popping up in and around the Levant during this general time frame. Occult sources also generally place the teachings of “fallen angels” or Nephilim near and around the age of Gemini, and establish the importance of the area in and around what is now considered the city of Jericho (which is in the Levant), as playing a key role in Nephilim lore. My stance is that occult teachings surrounding Nephilim phenomena play a large role in prehistoric religion, as well as the success of these semi-sedentary, and eventually the permanent Taurean settlements, and we will be touching on this in a bit. 

 

5000-2500 BCE is the age of Taurus.  

In personal astrology, Taurus sun or Taurus dominant individuals embody certain key energies and traits. In pop psychology, the stereotype is that Taurus individuals are lazy and gluttonous, and while some Tauruean individuals definitely are, and they all certainly covet and enjoy their downtime, this is a dumb downed stereotype that does not do the sign proper justice. Taurus energies have more to do with a stubborn adherence to personal principles and an industrious attitude. This sign recognizes the value of hard work above most anything else. They recognize this for the benefits it brings the individual and collective, as well as understanding that hard work is the key to enjoying life; working provides the opportunity and resources for pleasurable downtime. Taureans thrive on the balance between work and play, and they have an innate ability to recognize opportunities to acquire the things they desire and to effectively capitalize. Historically speaking, we see some important things happen during this time frame. During the age of Taurus, the Neolithic revolution is in full swing, so to speak, and there is much evidence to confirm that humans in the age of Taurus start perfecting the settlement model that was laid out in the previous age. During the age of Taurus we see the “semi-“ prefix fall from the sedentary label, as humans begin truly recognizing the miscellaneous benefits that accompany food surplus, concentrated population, and the establishment of permanent domestication: specialized labors, government structure, and safety in numbers. Innovations such as the plow, the wheel and canals are achieved by settled humans in this age. Despite the engineering feats made, they also become privy to the downsides of civilized life, which are arguably worse, depending on who you ask, most notably disease, famine, and increased reliance on weather patterns. They were no longer going to the food sources, they were bringing food sources to their settlements, and attempting to force nature to support their settlement. The nomadic hunter-gatherer model did not disappear overnight, and outside of the Levant, most cultures continued utilizing that model, which put vulnerable sedentary settlements at constant risk of siege. The development of personal duality is the most important distinction when considering religious analysis: The age of Taurus sees an unprecedented increase in and reliance on domestication, human dominion, skills and intellect; all of which are not necessarily negative, but pronounce the human ego in a way that was not previously given. Previously, duality was fixed, unchanging, and only existed in nature: the sun and the moon, man and woman, land and sea, etc., but after the Neolithic period, and into the early Bronze age, we see a new kind of unstable and evolutionary pseudo-duality emerge: man vs nature, civilization vs chaos; we see humanity schism from a nature based existence and assert ourselves as truly separate from nature. Before the age of Taurus, humanity, like most species, was completely subject to the earth. Fire, shamanism, and rudimentary tools and weapons allowed pre-Taurean humans certain privileges, (literal “enlightenment” over other animals), but survival still depended on respect and fear for the cycles of the rest of nature. Constructing permanent settlements with irrigated farms and herding infrastructure put humans in a dual position. Personally, I recognize a trend: the more humans exert control over their environment, risks of chaos increase, and so does the human desire to control these risks. It’s a hamster wheel. Think about it. Wow, said a Tauruean human, what if we gathered all the food and stored it a central location, and then just used it when we need it? Then we can focus on making hot metal into different shapes, carving rocks into statues of our wives, and hauling big stones into circles. It seems like a foolproof plan… until the grainery catches fire or is sacked by nomads and the whole settlement goes hungry. No longer were we purely working with nature to sustain small nomadic family and cultural groups, running from lions and shooting antelopes. We began the tail chasing cycle of being permanently at odds with chaos, and we became desperate to exert control over it, and this trend has only increased over time. 

 

Okay let’s break this down a bit. In the age of Gemini, we see humans in the Levant begin to experiment (whether purposely or accidentally), with the domestication of plants and animals. Dog, man’s best friend, is thought to be domesticated during this age, and this symbiosis has become a permanent symbol and institution within humanity. Most people still relied heavily on hunting and gathering, but food surpluses began taking shape resulting in semi-sedentary settlements. I contest that Gemini age religion mainly consisted of duality based elemental gods which represented the basic elements of humanity: Sun and moon gods, ocean or river gods, rain and weather gods, as well as a healthy respect and fear (that could have easily resulted on something akin to deification), for other necessary survival elements such as grains or plants, animals which were hunted as well as predatory animals that were revered, and last but definitely not least, fire. Enter the notorious Nephilim… Described in the Book of Enoch and other various occult sources as fallen angels or giants that possessed a higher level of intelligence than any human or group of humans, it goes that they were sent by higher beings  to supervise us and keep us in check, but they ended up doing just the opposite. Their most notable transgression was mating with human women and teaching them “forbidden secrets of the universe” (most notably weaponry, cosmetics and astrology, and also many other things that directly contribute to anything having to do with cosmological  occultism, esoterica, “magick”, and other things which acted as a catalyst for human ego development), which it can reasonably be assumed that these secret teachings were passed down to their mixed offspring. It is also believed in occult circles that Nephilim phenomena is concentrated or otherwise significantly linked to the near east, especially in the Levant or Canaan. While the timeline (and existence) of the Nephilim is unstable and changes from source to source, I believe that whatever occurrences are described in the various Nephilim sources are responsible for establishing more occult aspects of early religion, as well as putting human women at the forefront of spirituality, supporting the scholarly belief that many ancient cultures were egalitarian if not overtly matriarchal. While Nephilim knowledge could easily predate the age of Gemini, the model certainly carries and plays into the age. Nature and cosmology made up the bulk of Gemini age religion- the necessary components of survival were worshipped with fervor and regularity, while rudimentary and female centric shamanic mysticism (supposedly aided by Nephilim teachings), played a more ancillary role in the overall religious infrastructure. Most groups or settlements likely had a priestess whose job was to undertake the more esoteric responsibilities of a community’s religious structure. Seeing as how humanity was inseparable from nature, working in tandem with nature at this time rather than against it, the shaman or priestesses work was likely primarily based in the application of early glamour magick, herbal medicine and astrological/ego development. Religion in the age of Gemini was a a period of respite, where human spirituality balanced with ease between nature fear and occultism… an ultimately unsustainable “best of both worlds” set up. Gemini age priestesses and shamans did not perform rituals to win wars or control the weather as would be the jobs of later mystics; it was closer to “take this tincture for this ailment”, “paint your face this way for protection on the hunt”, and “the stars say you should wait to conceive a child.” No one needed the services of a priestess outright, however her medicines prolonged and ended lives, her skin paints could transform a likeness, and her warnings and predictions held considerable weight. In an era where nearly everything was controlled by nature, totally apathetic to human influences, a priestess figure whose influence was recognized by nature must have been something incredibly powerful… it stands to reason that people generally decided it best to keep these mystics around. Imagine how powerful early magick might seem to a nomad in the age of Gemini… even the simplest symbols likely struck a chord deep in their hearts, and I’m sure the general consensus was that it was better and easier to have a priestess among you, helping and guiding you, than it was to have her ousted and against you. Again, there is no surefire way to confirm prehistoric religious beliefs, or to give its evolution any definitive timeline but there is a general consensus on the elemental and cosmology based duality religion structure that was not only deeply ingrained into but also inseparable from human existence. This belief system was aided by the early magicks of shamans and priestesses who were likely descended from or instructed by  Nephilim/human hybrids. It is my belief that this model was developed and prevalent for the ages preceding Gemini, but that Gemini is the last age that retains it without extreme ego perversion. 

 

Taurus. Changes. Everything. I used to be in the camp of the age of Aries being the greatest turning point, but I have recently proved myself wrong… Aires is simply an exponential continuation of the ego development of human kind. See in the age of Taurus, we see one incredible shift on many levels… Neolithic age to bronze age, semi sedentary settlements to full on complex cultures with class and political structures, and most importantly the first injections of human ego into religious traditions. The first human physical likenesses are found by archaeologists, in the form of stone statues, date back to the age of Taurus. If you read my timeline, you’ll recall my insistence on the importance of these likenesses in relation to ego development. Think about it. While there is no evidence to support this claim (just like how there’s no evidence to support any religious claim), consider the monumental consequences a thing like this might have, what it would mean to a collective or an individual person. This is a time before portraits, cameras, and even mirrors, however crude, were few and far between. Most people went their entire lives never seeing their own bodies or faces (with the exception of an occasional reflection on a still body of water). Their lives, and even their likenesses, were held at the mercy of nature entirely; vanity was virtually nonexistent, and ego indulgence beyond survival was superfluous. Generally, the medicines and glamour magicks of a Gemini age shaman were not employed for vanity or longevity… it was all symbolic, and meant to deepen human connections and relations with the natural occurrences which controlled life. But these statues, and future  statues, stand to change that (no pun intended). Likenesses of oneself, of loved ones were likely used to represent them in a magick ritual, but this distinction was not as obvious to the people of the age of Taurus. These likenesses were actually believed to hold the essence of whoever was depicted, and served as an effective proxy for any esoteric magicks and for general daily prayer. No longer did prayer simply consist of appeals to nature deities, now there was the option of introducing yourself into the equation; to consider personal wishes beyond those of direct survival. Also likenesses of the Gods begin appearing in similar fashions in early pottery fragments, and no surprise, they take the form of humans. Albeit at this point they are mostly human animal hybrids, which beautifully demonstrates how the human ego rearing its head in a once fully nature based religion was a process that did not just happen in the blink of an eye.  Although we all take it for granted today, (seriously there is a two camera device in  all of our pockets today with one camera specifically designed to take photos of the face),  the introduction of the human likeness in tangible art, especially in the depictions of the Gods, is a huge turning point in human history. This is where we begin see the introduction of the aforementioned “pseudo-dualities” of man vs nature and civilization vs chaos, and these make up the bulk of Taurus and Aries age religion. I call these pseudo-dualities because they are manufactured. Natural duality is ever present on earth and inevitable, things like the sun and moon, or men and women, are unavoidable distinctions which power life. However man is inherently a product of nature, so pitting the two as opposites creates a paradox. A similar problem occurs with civilization vs chaos. Entropy is the natural state of the universe, so when a force resists or attempts to exert control over it,  in any capacity, chaos will always eventually  prevail, essentially making any or all efforts at dominion largely, for lack of a better word, futile, though humans in a given time and place tend to view their contributions as absolute. The age of Taurus is when the human ego supersedes and separates from the earth, and from there, it acts like a ball rolling down a snowy hill. We only see it get bigger and more dangerous over time, and we also see the trend of mysticism becoming intertwined with power positions. Gods are no longer “of earth”, they are localized  to established settlements, while priestesses and shamans are put into a class all their own which is equal if not greater than that of community leaders and eventually kings. In an attempt to preserve order and prevent chaos, we see temple-palace political and economic structures begin to form towards the end of the age. In the latter half of the age, we see the complex  politics and regional diplomacy of the Early Dynastic emerge. The city state cultures of Uruk, Ubaid and Halaf (among other,  smaller cultures), invoked the first kings and royals who in turn invoked the cringe inducing “divine right” concept into the mix. Surprise, surprise, this is nothing more than another (successful) ego reach, as kings are nothing more than the already established role of “community alpha male”, except now the position comes with even more pronounced responsibilities. A few pious and well liked men were deemed worthy by their peers, and they were granted positions of power. The system started out simply enough- the king represented the collective group to the Gods, and the logic was that the king (alongside the priestess of the city temple, although her position was rarely if ever up for debate), were responsible for keeping chaotic natural forces at bay, and on agenda. If this happened, the kings rule was supported, and if not, new leadership was necessary. For example, if a king ruled  for 10 years without major incident then it was assumed that the Gods were pleased with his rule, but if famine or disease fell upon a people, this served as proof that the king no longer had the support of the Gods and needed to be done away with and replaced. Obviously, most people can see the problems with this model, mostly that it is incredibly arbitrary, and is just a very convoluted, round-about way of life being ultimately controlled by natural forces.  Once again, chaos will always prevail, and using this model, the king will always fall out of favor, mostly because he’s just a guy, no matter how many animals he bleeds dry… One day he will die or fall out of favor. These early kingships are another great demonstration of how our religious developments was a long process, fraught with growing pains and tough lessons. Despite the new and improved ways humanity was finding to exercise dominion over their environment, their understanding of nature and the nature Gods remained the same for many years, up until the movement of Hellenistic philosophy at the end of the age of Aries. It is easy to make generalizations when retrospectively analyzing something as broad as human religion, but at the time and place of these early civilizations, they still took natural events incredibly personally, which their political structures reflect. Kings were the best they could do at the time, and if nature controlled everything else in Taurean life, it stands to reason that the stability of thier governments would also be subject to it, if indirectly. There were no meteorologists predicting storms or droughts, there were no vaccines, no bandaid with Neosporin, no Grey’s Anatomy, no airport on St. Helena; kings and priestesses were the only things with tangible “influence” over nature. Despite the enhanced magick practices and retrospectively obvious ego injections that define the age of Taurus, people still heavily feared nature, while somehow also feeling superior to it. This is the paradox I referenced before. It creates an icky intuitive dissonance that most of us still experience today, only much much louder. While individuals in and around the Uruk city state period still relied on intense religious practices between themselves and the nature Gods, putting the bulk of the protective responsibilities onto one “alpha male” seems like a natural jump, as it creates a representative and a scapegoat, leaving lay men to focus on farms and metallurgy and introducing more human order into the world. However, and this most likely an unseen consequence, this system also concentrated power in a way that is not only unnatural but also, as we’ll see, dangerous. Just like the ego development of a collective creates a nasty paradox, so does power imbalance. Now, men are above the earth, and certain men and above certain men. Although Corvee Labor was a popular system in ancient Mesopotamia, and it predates slavery, it is ultimately the same thing, and the consent aspect of the equation is eventually lost. Life becomes about supporting the monarchy, the temple, and supporting “diplomacy”, which is a decent strategy if the goal is to promote human imposition over entropy, but really just meant toiling away making rugs and jewelry for people with more power than you. Regardless of how one could label these occurrences they are simply ego developments, and the earliest known attempts of humans obsessively clinging to order despite the long term consequences. I have to say: I cannot and do not blame the peoples of these ages for their actions. Not one bit. They were, just as we are now, fumbling along, making discoveries, and trying to make things work for them. Doing what they thought was best at the time. If anyone was aware of the long term consequences, I’m sure they had a familiar thought: “Well I’ll be dead by then, so who cares?” They did not have the ability to judge and analyze their actions through hindsight as I do now. 

 

2500 BCE- 1 AD is the age of Aries. I’ll be  discussing the Mesopotamian developments of this in my next post. The fact that I have to give the age of Aries it’s own analysis when this post contains two, only speaks to the volume of events that take place here.

Timeline for Mesopotamia

Timeline for Ancient Mesopotamia

 

 

    Keep in mind that even scholars who have devoted whole lifetimes to identifying the chronology of Mesopotamia openly admit that the current timeline is only their best estimate based on what has been archaeologically confirmed. I am working off of the current academic model, and this a only a dumbed down version of the far more advanced,  painstakingly curated works of career chronologists. As far as I am concerned, this is my attempt at generalizing thousands of years of Mesopotamian history… Mesopotamia for the laymen, or the casual scholar who perhaps does not have the time to devote to learning this for their self. I have done this in the name of macrohistorical holism; a decent understanding of Mesopotamian history is necessary for a decent understanding of religious evolution in the age of Aries. 

 

AGES OF CANCER+GEMINI+TAURUS in Mesopotamia

13,050-7550 BCE: Early Natufian Domestication 

Semi-sedentary Natufian settlements begin appearing in The Levant. Domestication of edible plants and dogs begins during this time, and the first semi-sedentary cultures emerge as a result. 

 

8800-6500 BCE: Pre-Pottery Neolithic

The furtherance of Natufian culture, domestication of plants and animals, and the development of more permanent settlements in The Levant and “fertile crescent’ regions. The first human likeness were created in this time, as archaeologists have found crude statues depicting human forms. This is religiously significant, as human likenesses (outside of reflections) indicate an advanced level of ego development and self awareness in relation to any other species. (You might notice a trend, wherein the accuracy and ornateness of human likenesses increase, so does the collective ego, especially within the ruling classes).

 

6400-4500 BCE: Mid-Neolithic/Pottery Neolithic

A period of the Neolithic age defined by the advent of baked pottery, and the abundance of archaeological evidence supporting this, in the form of pottery fragments. During this time, farming, irrigation and general domestication practices were honed, and settlements began transitioning from semi-sedentary to fully permanent.

 

6000-3800 BCE: The Ubaid Period

This prehistoric period of Mesopotamian history is characterized by vast improvements in farming and herding, as well as the emergence of three cultural settlements: The Halaf Culture (6100-5100 BCE) in the north, the Sammaran Culture (5500-4800 BCE) in the middle, and the Ubaid Culture in the south (6500-3800 BCE). Evidence suggests these cultures developed and participated in class structure, inter-regional trade, and cultural diaspora. It is this during this period that we see the shift from the Neolithic age into the Bronze age. 

 

3800-3100 BCE: The Uruk Period

It is during this period that humans truly undertake innovative domestication, including the advent of the canal, the plow, and the wheel. Civilizations with rudimentary centralized governments began popping up all over place (Uruk being the most notable), as humans mastered agricultural technologies, as well as metallurgy. This age is also the setting for the shift to prehistory to history, as the first writings appear in the form of cuneiform tablets. Of course nature was still the ultimate decider of a settlements success, but these technologies made domestication and record keeping so much easier than ever before. There is also evidence of Uruk cultural expansion, and trade with lands as far as Egypt, Indus Valley, and Annatolia. 

AGE OF ARIES in Mesopotamia

2900-2350 BCE: The Early Dynastic Period

This period is characterized by the development of city-state monarchies led by kings who claimed their ‘divine right’ to these positions of power. These rulers would ‘protect’ their populations through appeasing the Gods and conducting diplomacy with other regional powers, as well as providing opportunities for their peoples on the ‘Palace-Temple’ economy model. The two main cultures in Mesopotamia at this time are Sumer in the south and Akkad in the north, and they both evolved in a similar fashion, first with the advent of monarchies and applicable diplomatic responsibilities, then with the development of the ‘Palace-Temple’ economy system to sustain it. (For the sake of ease and holism, the Early Assyrian Period (2500-2025 BCE) begins during the Early Dynastic Period, but it is referred to as “Akkad” during this time). 

 

2350-2150 BCE: The Akkadian Period/Akkadian Empire

This is the first instance of an empire-like occurrence in Mesopotamia. Sargon of Akkad defeated Lugal-Zage-si of Sumeria and took his entire territory, effectively combining Akkad and Sumeria, placing the capital city in Agade. This period is hallmarked by bi-lingualism (as Sumerians spoke Sumer and Akkadians spine Akkadian, although Akkadian would become the primary language by the end of this period), cultural symbiosis within Mesopotamia, and even more foreign trade. Naram-Sin (2254-2218 BCE), grandson of Sargon of Akkad, was the first Mesopotamian ruler (documented, at least), to deify himself. This is believed to have angered the God Enlil, who cursed the empire’s capital city of Agade with famine, plague, and economic collapse, allowing for the empire’s fall to the nomadic Gutians, who controlled the region for the next 100 years.

 

2260-2110 BCE: Second Lagash Dynasty

A period of Sumerian independence from Akkadian and Gutian rule. The rulers of this time referred to themselves as “ensi” or governor, out of humility. There was golden age under Ensi Gudea (2144-2124 BCE).

2112-2004 BCE: Ur III/Neo-Sumerian Empire

Founded by Ur-Nammu (2112-2095 BCE) after he “liberated” Lagash and united most of southern Mesopotamia. Considered the last great Sumerian civilization, it is characterized by the standardization of currency, weight measurements, and architecture (especially that of temples and ziggurats), as well as provincial taxation. This period was rife was civil unrest in the fringe provinces, but also saw the rise of the merchant class. The fall of Ur III is attributed to multiple factors, but mainly civil unrest and revolt (from Elamites on the eastern front and Canaanites/Ammorites on the western front), until the city of Ur fell to the Elamites. Additionally, it is proposed that the Biblical patriarch Abraham was born in Ur sometime before it fell, but the year is not known. (The transition between the Early Assyrian Period (2500-2025 BCE) and the Old Assyrian Empire (2025-1378 BCE) occurs during the Ur III period).

 

2004-1595 BCE: Early Old and Old Babylonian Periods

This time is characterized by the rise of Ammorite leadership following the fall of Ur. This government was based in Babylon, and rivaled the size of the Akkadian empire. Hammurabi (1792-1750 BCE) ruled during this period, and Babylon experienced a golden age under his rule, and for that of his successors. He successfully defended Babylon from Elamite attacks, as well as promoted the use of legal precedence and “lex talionis” within the Babylonian justice system.

 

Late Bronze Age Mesopotamia: 1600-~1155 BCE (Pre-Collapse)

1600-1155 BCE: Kassite Babylonia 

After the fall of Hammurabi’s Babylon, the city was taken by the Kassites. They controlled most southern Mesopotamia (Sumeria) until the Late Bronze Age Collapse.

1600-1178 BCE: Hatti 

Hatti was the major power in southern Anatolia at the time of the Late Bronze Age. The people were known as “Hittites”, and they had regular border skirmishes with Mittani on the eastern borders, and with Egypt in the northern Levant. 

1600-1200 BCE: Mittani

Mittani is the empire that formed inside of the power vacuum created in northern Mesopotamia/Syria after the fall of Babylon to the Kassites.  Hittite forces had attempted to conquer this area, but failed, resulting in the establishment of Mittani. (The latter half of Mittani and the years following its deterioration coincide with the transition from the Old Assyrian Empire (2025-1378 BCE) to the Middle Assyrian Empire (1392-934 BCE).

1200-900 BCE: Late Bronze Age Collapse (Near East)

A number of factors (included but not limited to: plagues, famines, droughts,climate change, volcanic eruptions, decreased trade and diplomacy, economic collapse, decreased literacy, and attacks from mysterious and formidable “sea peoples”), caused the collapse of the Late Bronze Age through out all of Near East. Hatti fell completely as victim of the Greek Dark Ages (1100-800 BCE), Kassite Babylonia was conquered by Elam, and Mittani was dissolved until only the capital city, Assur, remained. 

 

1047-930 BCE: Kingdom of Israel

Established during the Late Bronze Age Collapse, Israel is the holy state of early monotheism, and the Jews enjoyed unprecedented autonomy within the holy lands before splitting into two separate states: Israel and Judah (which included Jerusalem), and eventually being conquered again and subject to deportation and resettlement, first by the Neo-Assyrians, and then by the Chaldeans. 

 

911-609 BCE: Neo-Assyrian Empire 

The Neo-Assyrian Empire is the final manifestation of Assyrian dominance in Mesopotamia, and what a show of power it was. They ruled the provinces with an iron fist, (no pun intended, considering this is the beginning of the Near Eastern Iron Age), and terrorized and disoriented their subjects to prevent rebellion. The Canaanites of Israel and Judah were especially negatively impacted by this (as is described in the torah/bible). On a lighter note, we also see the first written fiction, The Epic of Gilgamesh, appear in the royal library of King Ashurbanipal (668-630 BCE). Deportation and resettlement was popular tactic for preventing rebellion, and while it worked for quite a long time,and worked so well that it inspired all subsequent empires, the provinces eventually revolted. Rebels from Mede, Canaan, and Babylon sacked the capital city of Nineveh (612 BC), and finished off the Assyrian forces at Harran (609 BCE). 

 

626-539: Chaldean/Neo-Babylonian Empire

This empire is characterized by economic growth and a renaissance of classical Sumerian culture. The most popular leader from this period is King Nebuchadnezzar II (605-562 BCE), and Babylonians experienced a golden age under his rule. However, he was much less popular with Canaanites and Jewish peoples who he further displaced after conquering Judah and destroying the Temple of Solomon, (as is described in torah/bible). After they are conquered by the Persians, led by Cyprus the Great who reclaimed Babylon for the city patron God, Marduk, who had been denounced by the last Babylonian king. Babylon made several attempts to regain their independence, but failed. This is the last great Mesopotamian power. After this point, “Mesopotamia” no longer exists politically. The geographic region of Mesopotamia exists, but since the Chaldean Empire, it has been under the control of other forces. Mesopotamia does not exist after this point, for all intents and purposes, except for as a memory and legend. Babylon exists, but under outside rule, and will exist, I suppose, until the destruction detailed in The Book of Revelation comes to pass, if in fact it ever does. Mesopotamia does not even live to see the end of the age of Aries, or the start of the age of Pisces, except passively. 

 

SOURCES:

Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in The Cradle of Civilization, Amanda Podany, PhD. (Lecture series available on The Great Courses Plus). 

Encyclopedia Britannica Website- britannica.com

History Channel Website- history.com

Intermittent

Okay I know I have been neglecting the blog, and I’d apologize if I actually believed I had any readers hahaha.

I have been completely absorbed in my latest research, and I have been trying to finish all of the extensive sources before putting anything down. While I work on completing this research, I thought I’d provide the prologue of my next post as a separate post. It contains some themes, ideas, and questions to begin considering before we take the deep dive, beginning with the age of Aries. In order to continue the “Entity X” series in the direction it needs to go in, I have to provide a comprehensive backdrop for the history of human spiritual evolution. In order to do this properly, I will be providing a series of historically sound explanations for the various astrological ages which encompass the evolution of human religion and politics. We will be examining the idea of “God” throughout the entirety of human civilization, not just the most well established biblical, Piscean, monotheistic interpretation. Here is the introduction for your consideration: 

 

On God

 

It’s a big bite, and I won’t pretend to have any actual facts on the matter. Right off the bat, I’d be super arrogant to pretend I have bona fide  facts regarding such an expansive topic…years of listening to southern baptist pastors ramble on and on has taught me one thing: blindly putting all of your faith into a pre-existing dogma, especially when you don’t fully understand it and only believe out of fear or obligation, is the most arrogant thing one can do. Seriously. Today my phone died while I was in my car, and since I didn’t have my Spotify to keep me company, I turned to the apocalyptically humorous world of FM. I scrolled across the Christian lecture channel, and settled, thinking it’d be good for a laugh; it usually is. I was not disappointed, as an obviously out-of-touch minister delivered an impassioned soap box on the dangers of MUSIC. Music, this guy is saying, is the devil incarnate, Satan’s favorite vehicle for delivering evil to the souls of mankind. He said “there are CDs your children can buy from Walmart that will summon demons to YOUR home. Men, husbands, as the priests of your household, it is your responsibility to be aware of this. Me for example, I will NOT allow headphones into my house. PERIOD. Won’t have ‘em. I will not let my family be instruments to the devil, I will not allow them to put themselves into those types of situations! That’s my responsibility because I am the father, and I alone represent God in my household.” It was about ten minutes of that absurd rhetoric (seriously, that’s real, that’s not an excerpt from an Albee script), and then the sermon concluded with a sales pitch for a movie called “The Dangers of Pop Paganism, like Wicca and Astrology”, which details 30 years of research on the “very real, physical dangers” of 21st century paganism, and how to avoid them, available on the radio stations website for a “donation” of $19.95. This anecdote is not necessarily relevant to the rest of the post, but I think it showcases religious arrogance if I’ve ever heard it. 

 

But it’s fine. I’m just making an observation. Am I a bit biased on this subject? Yes, of course, but I am holistic enough to freely admit it? Also yes. Far be it from me to judge anyone for anything, and there are perfectly good reasons behind the devastating trend of following pre-designed dogma. In some respects, there is something to be said for dogma. Science for example, is an excellent set of dogma (despite the disconnect between empirical ability and  burden of proof in the theoretical factions), because of the collective aspect and necessary participatory nature of the practice. There is a pre-existing, generally agreed upon body of scientific knowledge which dates back centuries, and although a good amount of it is mathematically sound and considered canon, new discoveries could be made at any point, and anyone could make them. Science is similar to religion, but it openly develops and changes  the more humans continue to indulge in their curiosity; in a way, science is the antithesis of religion, despite both of them being dogma based. Religion, specifically Piscean religion, is inherently different because it generally discourages curiosity, and encourages unquestioning faith in pre-existing dogma.There is no room for meaningful interpretation.  It actually goes further than simply discouraging or encouraging certain behaviors; compliance guarantees “life after death” with God and some more choice characters, and the vague benefits that accompany voluntary intellectual and spiritual martyrdom. If you are familiar with the biblical story of Lucifer, then you are familiar with the consequences of questioning dogma, or questioning God. It is pretty much the worst possible sin within Piscean doctrine; nothing is more egregious than rejecting the status quo in search of further understanding. When science was in its infancy, many gifted and influential minds were executed for the crime of  “heresy”, notably Bruno, Roger Bacon, and Cecco d’Ascoli. This further supports my antithesis theory, as the religion of science even has its own martyrs to parallel the christian ones. “Heresy”, even when purely logical and academic, was a capital offense, and it literally only consisted of denying the judo-christian God in favor of something else. Although they are both dogma based, science is a flexible doctrine that encourages intellectual curiosity and new revelations, while religion is impersonal and coercive, and it fully relies on its practitioners not questioning it. I think that bit appropriately sums up the difference between science and religion despite their structural similarities.

 

Ever wonder what was God before God? Who was God before the bible? What is the relationship between the God concept and culture or geography? Speaking strictly of the monotheistic Judaeo-christian God, why would this figure first demand we follow arbitrary behavioral guidelines, deny us the indulgence of any earthly or carnal pleasures, demand we supplement that with blood sacrifices with no explanation other than “or else”? (Ostensibly, the reason is to enforce uniform morality through empathetic torture to avoid repeating the horrors of the Late Bronze Age, or possibly to ensure they repeat, but we’ll discuss it later). I mean remember that nasty prank he played on Abraham when he was like “kill your son for me!” and then was like “haha just kidding?”.  All “metaphor” aside, that’s super fucked up. Further, why would God go ahead and violently kill his son, when no one asked him to, say he did it for the people, so we could stop with all the bull and goat murder, but then simultaneously blame it on us and demand absolute adoration and dominion over our souls, in exchange for what? “Graciousness”, “forgiveness”? Like bro… you’re the one who committed legit filicide, what are you forgiving me for? And we’re not going to get any of these rewards until after we die? That’s convenient, and familiar; I think Marshall Applewhite said something similar. Don’t even get me started on how creepy communion is; if forced symbolic cannibalism isn’t overt chaos magick and empathetic torture, I don’t know what is. Honestly, if you take this narrative out of context, it seems like an incredibly shady, unfair, and toxic deal; it’s R. Kelly level mental abuse, if not worse. Refusing to take the deal, while it’s no longer a hanging offense in most countries, will end you up in a torturous, fiery afterlife, and permanent separation from the son killing narcissist character otherwise known as God. At the start of the age of Pisces, western population centers were effectively tortured into complying with Christian dogma, until the effective Stockholm Syndrome eventually became collective and widespread. As the age of Pisces has progressed, and the closer we get to the age of Aquarius, the more the lines between science and religion become increasingly intertwined and blurred. But I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s get some background. 

 

Every astrological age is approximately 2,500 years long, and the age describes the astrological constellation that earth occupies, and this positioning inherently affects human civilization and the advances they make during a given age. Homo Sapiens has been on the earth for roughly 300,000 years, and that’s a lot of ages, a lot of full cycles around the zodiac. It’s a tedious bore to timeline through such a vast time frame, but it is actually a goal of mine that I have been working on for many months. In my current working model, the shift between Aries and Pisces is approximately dated with the birth of Christ or the rough change from 0 B.C.E. to 1 A.D. For our purposes today, examining just what the fuck a “God” even is or could be, we are just going to look at three ages: the current age, the age of Pisces, the previous age, the age of Aries, and the upcoming age, the age of Aquarius, and today we will focusing on the age of Aries. If you are familiar with astrology, then you’ll notice something off about the order of the ages. No, it is not a mistake, the ages are traveling backwards. The correct order is Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, but they are reversed for some reason or other. The retrograde is not something I just made up, it is the true nature of earth’s astrological course. I am going to provide a basic run-down of the specific energetic descriptions and cultural equivalents to each age as it relates to the given sign or constellation, followed by a detailed depiction of the western spiritual and religious norms and trends for each, supported by historical examples. Obviously, Aries and Pisces can be studied with the benefit of history, but Aqaurius will consist of my prediction of the age based on current data, and so far as religious trends go. Soon, I will be posting the comprehensive guide to the age of Aries, so be on the look out. If the research still taking too long however, I will also do a post on the Age of Taurus and the Neolithic Period, and the effects of food surplus on human life.

“Entity X“ and The Limits of Empirical Observation: Deconstructed

There are more questions than answers, more theories than facts, and there is a world beyond observation. There is so much we don’t understand, despite all our scientific developments, though we endeavor to understand, and sometimes even pretend to. I’m no scientist, but it doesn’t take an Einstein to realize that there are so many unseen factors at play around us, although he had some very compelling ideas. With this post, I recommend checking out the sources first, they’re so much more fizicks-y, more concise than I could ever be in this subject. If you already know this stuff feel free to skip to my breakdown, I’m sure it’ll be a good laugh. Otherwise, these YouTube videos will definitely have the best and most understandable information, plus they’re all pretty short considering how much information they pack (big s/o to Crash Course… seriously what an incredible resource I don’t even care). What follows the video sources is my bumbling, liberal arts brained attempt at explaining the fizziks concepts behind the science presented within the first “Entity X” installment. Why? Because I am dedicated to holism despite how it makes my head hurt and transports me back to humiliating high school days of being violently confused whenever science started being math. Okay whatever, let’s get to these fixzichs sources. 

  1. The Electromagnetism and Waves
  1. Light Structure/ Human Eye and Ear Structure

Okay I hoped you watched these videos or at least read the descriptions because the rest of the post builds off the information in the sources, and is not nearly as comprehensive. If you want more information there are entire Crash Course series for Physics and Anatomy, all available on YouTube for free, plus more content than anyone could ever consume. Again, this an armchair endeavor, and there are career experts who have studied these topics their whole lives. I’ve provided some of these more classically academic sources at the end of this post.

Okay here goes nothing… I’m going to start with defining some key terms in my own words and in relation to the “Entity X” story,  which if you haven’t guessed by now, is a direct metaphor to humanity, so the presented biology is applicable. 

Electric Fields: The space near or around a charged particle which exerts force on the particles around it. Depending on the charge of the main particle, it will either repel or attract the particles and electric fields which are around it. An electric field is always present on any charged particle.

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Magnetic Fields: An occurrence in the space around a long-standing magnet (such as the earth’s liquid metal core) where magnetic currents extend beyond the magnet proper when there are two poles present.

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Electromagnetism: Electromagnetism is one of the four fundamental forces of nature. It is the study of the way electric fields and magnetic fields interact, as well as the connections between the two, and the various trends and consequences associated with said interactions. The Earth is one giant electromagnet, due to it producing a natural magnetic field originating from the liquid metal core, and a subsequent electric field which inevitably interact with each other to form one big electromagnetic field. This phenomena protects the living beings on it from most of the harmful radiation in space, (i.e. high frequency electromagnetic waves that cannot be empirically experienced due to environmental evolution and limited biology).

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Electromagnetic Spectrum: The electromagnetic spectrum encompasses all of the known categorizations of electromagnetic energy and radiation released from stars, including host stars such as the sun, categorized by wavelength and energetic potency. One on end of this spectrum are the low frequencies: radio waves, radar waves, microwaves, and infrared waves, in the middle is visible light, and on the other end are high frequency, high energy forms, referred to as “rays” rather than waves: UV rays, x-rays, gamma rays, and cosmic rays. 

Electromagnetic Waves: Electromagnetic waves are transverse waves which illustrate the interactions between a given electric field and a given magnetic field. All electromagnetic waves are inherently radiation waves due to the nature of their movements. Other than a small amount of visible light waves, all other electromagnetic waves are essentially invisible to the human eye. Low frequency waves (those lower than visible light) can be registered through other empirical senses such as hearing (when used in tandem with certain technologies), and kinesthetic touch (the necessary relationship between light, heat, and human kinesthetic experience will be further addressed in the near future). High frequency waves, (those higher than visible light), are invisible, inaudible, and are able to pass through the human body, meaning these types of waves cannot not be empirically experienced by humans, though their structure and effects can be theoretically interpreted and limitedly utilized through scientific means. Basically, low frequency electromagnetic “waves” can be empirically experienced in one way or another by human facilities, while high frequency electromagnetic “rays” are impossible to directly observe with human facilities.

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Visible Light: Light is electromagnetic radiation travelling in waves. Visible light is a very small section situated in the middle of the larger electromagnetic spectrum. Visible light can be experienced and interpreted by the anatomy of the human eye. In addition to the colors present on the visible light spectrum (R.O.Y.G.B.I.V.),  humans are also able to collect and interpret white light, the absence of light, grayscale, and to a limited extent, “black” or ultraviolet/UV light. While we can technically experience UV light, direct or prolonged exposure is not recommended as it can severely damage skin and vision, and therefore is not considered visible. 

Lenses: Lenses allow for the reshaping of light waves with obstacles. The lens structure present in the human eye allows for advanced collection of data from visible light sources, as well as advanced memory and interpretation of said light, thanks to the attached nervous system (almost 70% of all sensory receptors are in the eyes, and visual experiences are considered the dominant sensory experiences for humans). The wave nature of light inherently limits the use of lens technology, however scientific innovation has allowed for many technologies to be developed such as corrective lenses, polarized lenses, telescopes, and cameras.

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Sound: Sound consists of relatively low frequency longitudinal waves caused by vibrations which interact with the ear, rather complexly, to experience sound phenomena. Sound experience for humans is generally limited to pitches of 20 p/s – 20,000 p/s. Low frequency radio waves, when used in conjunction with technologies such as radios, mobile phones, and televisions can be registered as sound experience by the human ear and brain.

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There’s something very important I did not take into account when I first described the evolutionary environment responsible for the creation of “Entity X”: Electromagnetic fields. The electromagnetic field surrounding the planet deflects most of the harmful radiation (or intense manifestations of light) that come off of the host star… (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?). The factors keeping this planet safe enough to facilitate complex lifeforms physically made certain types of light and energy very rare and unlikely to be naturally encountered in registerable amounts. I maintain that this factor plays a major role in the evolution of “Entity X”’s empirical facilities. If they evolved to effectively interact with the environment, it stands to reason that their evolution would lead to strong senses for efficiently and effectively interpreting regular energy occurrences (i.e. low frequency electromagnetic waves) . Since the majority of harmfully potent energy occurrences (i.e. high frequency electromagnetic “rays”) are, naturally, barred from the environment due to the planet’s magnetic field, therefore lacking in the environment, it also stands to reason that biological evolution would not bother taking these into account when developing empirical facilities.

Speaking of said facilities, they are marvels of their own, despite their shortcomings in viewing or registering all of the possible electromagnetic radiation levels. The complex sensory structures coupled with the awesome computing power of “Entity X’s” brain has allowed it to feed its curiosity beyond its biological ability to collect hard data. Through strict scientific and mathematical processes and heavy pedagogy, a sector of theoretical sciences has emerged. While this practice is responsible for the creation of many extraordinary developments and technologies, the science behind these developments is still all theoretical. For example, science has proved that manufacturing and application of “x-ray” waves is useful for seeing behind opaque surfaces. When you go through airport security or get those squares shoved in your mouth at the dentist, you are experiencing the effects of these rays, but not experiencing the rays directly or empirically. However, the potential consequences of employing x-ray waves or long term exposure to x-rays are not entirely understood, due to the theoretical understanding behind these technologies. This supports the point I made in the first “Entity X” installment: incomplete empirical experiences cannot lead to complete understanding or sciences. I am in no way trying to discredit science or downplay the effects it has on the world at large, I am simply urging that we employ a healthy amount of holism and academic skepticism when exploring topics that are strictly theoretical, or ones that rely on evidence that is not purely empirical. When it comes to the nature of the universe, there is definitely more that is unknown than that is known to be certain. We can make fancy approximations all day, but the questions seem to always outweigh the answers within the theoretical sciences.

Allow me to elaborate on some the most elusive phenomena encompassed in the theoretical sciences. Most of these phenomena play expansive and important roles in the establishment and sustaining of the universe and therefore life, however our understanding of them is incomplete at best. How about gravity? Another one of the fundamental forces of the universe, an undeniable force that holds the universe together. Can anyone say for sure how it works? There are some excellent guesses out there, including the theory of general relativity.

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This theory states that space and time are inherently connected, which Einstein represented as a fabric-esque or malleable sheet like plane, and that massive celestial bodies have the ability to warp this plane in a way that creates the phenomena of gravity. I find this theory is best explained in an image (fig. 8). Einstein’s math, I’m told, is sound, and so is his logic, but general relativity must remain a theory because human beings lack the biological ability to empirically prove its validity. Now what about dark matter? Experts believe it out numbers regular matter exponentially even though its presence and composition is empirically impossible to experience or prove. What sort of effects, and what caliber of effect, does this ample and unseen…stuff, goo, I don’t know…have on the universe? On life? On the relationship between the two? What mysteries could be solved by an empirical understanding of this phenomena? Is it the opposite of matter, a lack of matter, or something else entirely? See what I mean? More questions than answers. Although theories and guesses surrounding the nature of dark matter are everywhere, it’s well established that none of these are truly facts, and we continue to live under the consequences of dark matter without having any true understanding of it outside of the theoretical. Lastly, let’s discuss black holes.

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Black holes are celestial phenomena categorized by a lack of light, extreme gravitational force, plus they largely ignore any established rules, and evade the general human scientific framework and understanding of physics. Humans have no need to understand black holes, as encountering one would permanently cease our curiosity (and existence), so it makes perfect sense that our biology would not account for understanding them. However this has not stopped our insatiable curiosity from attempting to understand. Despite all the time and energy placed into researching this endeavor, our understanding of black holes remains rudimentary at best, and still completely theoretical. As with dark matter, the possible ramifications of being able to empirically understand black holes could unravel unimaginable quantum and cosmological secrets, but for now we must continue to live with the lack of answers, and an incomplete understanding of the powerful phenomenon that ultimately control us.

In summation, electromagnetic physics is complex and confusing, and largely theoretical when it comes down to it. Despite the inherent lack of absolute understanding in this field, mathematics and logic has led to the development of several theories that perhaps point us in the right direction, but ultimately cannot be fully factual. Due to the physics of the earth, mainly our electromagnetic field, human biology has not developed the ability to empirically confirm any aspect of theoretical physics, therefore we purely rely on theories to provide any semblance of understanding about the very forces and phenomenon that have allowed us to live long enough to question them. Like I said, this is not a diss to science- I just think maintaining a certain level of academic skepticism is necessary when considering the theoretical sciences, because there is obviously a disconnect between human biology and full electromagnetic experience. Additionally, I think that the answers we seek live inside those lapses of understanding, and possibly this is by design. But that’s just me.

Okay y’all thank you for indulging me… I know I’m no scientist so please don’t be too hard on me. I did my best, and I feel like my understanding of physics has improved immensely because of the research I did for this post. Like always, use the provided sources (and any other sources you want), perform your own research on these matters, and remember that one person’s opinion or theory cannot be absolutely true, especially when it comes to the theoretical sciences. Don’t let ego or arrogance keep you from an open mind. An open mind is a very powerful tool for understanding, especially when your empirical facilities fall short. The only thing I think anyone can know for certain is that the truth changes and is reliably fluid, and that mindset is the most useful I can imagine. Trying to force understanding when lacking proof is counterintuitive and counterproductive, and if an outside party is attempting to do such a thing to you, know that there is likely another agenda which would be hindered by practitioners who are able to think for themselves and perpetuate their own personal truth, hence the necessity of violent dogma. But, once again, I’m getting ahead of myself. So take a look at these final sources if you so please, and I’ll be back soon with the next “Entity X” installment.

SOURCES

1. Electromagnetic Spectrum:

https://www.britannica.com/science/electromagnetic-spectrum

https://youtu.be/7eutept5h0Q

https://youtu.be/jjy-eqWM38g

  1. Black Holes

https://youtu.be/qZWPBKULkdQ

https://youtu.be/rMk-_t5ls50

https://youtu.be/t-O-Qdh7VvQ

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-a-black-hole-k4.html

  1. Sound Waves 

https://youtu.be/qV4lR9EWGlY

https://youtu.be/c38H6UKt3_I

https://youtu.be/IhzZAoSYDLE

https://physics.info/sound/

  1. Einstein and General Relativity

https://youtu.be/NgVSHXOz3jI

https://youtu.be/AInCqm5nCzw

https://youtu.be/ERgwVm9qWKA

https://www.britannica.com/science/special-relativity