Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Return of Magic

At the beginning of the book „Outside the Circles of Time”, Kenneth Grant made an interesting connection between the year of 1947 as the year when Aleister Crowley died, and the beginning of mass reports of eyewitnesses of the phenomenon called UFO. A couple of years before, atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place, and the city of Dresden was firebombed proving the destructive force of man which is today hanging over the civilization. Grant compared that threat of nuclear holocaust to the destiny of the mythical Atlantis. Never before, that is, never before the assumed cataclysm of Atlantis, has humanity found in such general and tangible danger as in the time of nuclear threat. The fall of Atlantis, which theoretically could be said to be God’s will or Gods’ will, nevertheless, was caused by its ruling caste’s degeneracy. The threatening nuclear catastrophe is also the expression of the current elite’s degeneracy. So, we have the threat of destruction by the element of fire (on which he wrote in The Apocalypse), caused by the elite’s madness; we have visible inexplicable atmospheric phenomena; and the most important, we have a change in the imagination of the masses caused by the popular culture which reflects phantasmal shapes invoked or shaped by great artists, writers, and occultists who act as some sort of prophets or mediums. Their sensitive minds have brought pictures of alien destinations, some unknown and often frightening worlds into imagination of the masses. Through dreams and visions, even little me was a witness and a part of that transmission of faraway contents into everyday consciousness. 

Humanity is now in the projection of the so-called the last times but new beginnings, too. The last times refer to the world as how we know it, but what those new beginnings refer to? Let us talk a bit about that. I would link that new beginning with the discovery of the planets behind Saturn, first of all Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (although Pluto lost the status of a planet in the meantime). One gets impression that those planets do not belong to the solar system but act as a manifestation of some foreign interference. They are simply not present in the traditional systems of planetary nature analogies. Tradition has the so-called seven old planets among which are the Sun and the Moon as planets. Actually, the Sun and the Moon are some kind of super planets since they are the biggest and their influence is the strongest. In some way, the world on the Earth and its belonging human consciousness are defined by the existence and the influence of the Sun and the Moon and then of the rest five planets visible to the naked eye (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn). They all together make seven celestial spheres above which there is the eighth sphere which belongs to stars. In such depicted traditional Universe there is no Neptune, Uranus, Pluto, or anything else that could be discovered in the meantime. Simply, they are standing somewhere out there, hidden in the darkness, which is by itself fraught with terror and doom, but it does not necessarily have to be like that. 
Such cosmic schedule was maintained for millenniums until Uranus has been discovered in 1781. and then Neptune in 1846. and Pluto in 1930. These discoveries happen simultaneously with big changes that then happened to the humanity as well as with the years of birth and death of many important people credited to the coming changes in human consciousness and history course. I will mention some of them: Joseph Smith (1805-1844) - the founder of the Mormon religion whose one of the basic premise is the alien ancestry of human being and God’s residence on an unknown planet far beyond the solar system. Much of Joseph Smith’s teaching has resemblance to what Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) wrote about. Swedenborg claimed that, among other things, he made a contact with beings from other planets of our solar system but also with those from the planets far beyond the solar cosmos. Then Eliphas Levi (1810-1875) and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), who are credited with the foundation of occult renaissance in the West and for making assumptions of the appearance of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), whose message is, in great measure, based on the concept of cosmic eternity whose symbol is goddess Nuit. Then follows Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), the man of a revolutionary imagination (Cthulhu, Necronomicon), Arthur Machen (1863-1947), Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956), Salvador Dali (1904-1989), and in the more recent time Hans Ruedi Giger (1940-2014), Kenneth Grant (1924-2011), Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998), Michael Bertiaux (1935), etc. Do not hold a grudge if I forgot to mention someone, and I believe I did. Their visions, reports, accomplishments, astral prints of their actions have found a way of their embodiment through art and the so-called popular culture, penetrating imagination of more and more people. Now, more people are susceptible to the emissions of phantasms, visions, voice messages, dreams, that is, transmission of contents of consciousness from more distant cosmic destinations, in first place - those whose seats are precisely on Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto, but even farther. These three planets are the ambassadors and messengers from the world beyond the solar system, but they are also the residence of those forces that, according to the mythology, have been defeated and expelled by the solar gods. Those that have once been here so we could exist as we are today were driven out there. 

Today, the return of the old outcasts, the return of the ancient magic is taking place which heralds some stormy weather. Let us remind how Lovecraft in the story „The Whisperer in Darkness”, written or finished in the year when Pluto was discovered, planet he called Yuggoth, described weird alien/magical beings (The Outer Ones) and their colony: 
„Their main immediate abode is a still undiscovered and almost lightless planet at the very edge of our solar system—beyond Neptune, and the ninth in distance from the sun. It is, as we have inferred, the object mystically hinted at as „Yuggoth” in certain ancient and forbidden writings; and it will soon be the scene of a strange focusing of thought upon our world in an effort to facilitate mental rapport. I would not be surprised if astronomers became sufficiently sensitive to these thought-currents to discover Yuggoth when the Outer Ones wish them to do so. But Yuggoth, of course, is only the stepping-stone. The main body of the beings inhabits strangely organized abysses wholly beyond the utmost reach of any human imagination. The space-time globule which we recognize as the totality of all cosmic entity is only an atom in the genuine infinity which is theirs”. (Howard Phillips Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, p. 47). 
They were here long before us, but they are not compatible with the human consciousness as the inner planetary belt from Saturn to the Sun is. Five planets, along with the Sun and the Moon, have their microcosmic analogies while the outer planets don’t. And yet, it’s not that the contents connected with their frequencies did not reach people. However, their shapes were always taking a terrifying form through different monsters and god-demons. Now, the line is slowly getting thinner, and trans-Saturn contents are getting stronger influence on the everyday human consciousness, imagination, and the areas of the usual world of dreams. Those contents were once pushed into deeper space, physical, archetypal, and psychological, by the victory of the solar gods so the historical humankind could be developed. Saturn is installed as the guardian of the gates of the solar world and a special scarecrow, by assuming un-human contents of the farther worlds, but also the role of a neutralizer of those influences. That boundary is today thinner, and individuals as the above mentioned in that sense act as mediums or prophets of that return bringing the cosmic fear. 
This phenomenon has been accelerated at the beginning of the 20th century, coinciding with publishing Aleister Crowley’s book „The Book of the Law”, while already now we have a great phantasmic charge in the collective consciousness of the humankind. In the meantime, two world wars happened, the nuclear threat is on the way, UFO, channeled messages, explosion of irrationality in the era of reason that should seal the old world of the big seven, but the spirit of the time had some other plans. The stormy weather I mentioned does not only mean a general confusion of the condition of the spirit and human consciousness, and their mutual, personal, and group relationships. The stormy weather in first place means a particular blending of frequencies as an echo of influences of different time cycles and not only as reaching influences from faraway places. Human beings are becoming more susceptible not only to the influence of distant places factors, but also those that are living in other times. For example, when we dream or when we are experiencing some kind of a vision, intensive dreaming, and alike, we are not trapped in our minds but exposed to the influence of the vast space and abyss of time, even to that beyond every space and time. If it is already so, then why the dreams of the majority of people are so shallow and ordinary? What prevents people from being anywhere, anytime, as anybody or anything, or even not to be at all? Why human dreams or visions are mostly an echo of their everyday life if they even have dreams worth remembering, not to talk about visions? Just as every moment or day spent somewhere on a mountain, in nature, forest, on the sea, is precious for our being, energizes us and brings us rest, so every dream that leads our consciousness far from the ordinary zone of everyday dreams revives man’s deeper levels. The return from such distant dreams is full of new experiences, insights, perspectives, and it enriches consciousness. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case since most of people are simply ruined, tired, and exhausted from everyday life struggle. 

There is one more thing that needs to be mentioned concerning the nature of the mentioned distant influences. Although the list of personalities I mentioned before is mostly composed of men, with the exception of Blavatsky, influences and the atmosphere they make and the course of action more suit female than male nature. Actually, women are more susceptible to them which reminds of biblical story of the Nephilim, the descendants of angels and earthly women.
„When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were on beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-and also afterward- when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown”. (Genesis, 6:1-4). 

Just as in the case of the original sin because of which humankind was banished from the Garden of Eden, Eve is the one, that is- woman, who has first fallen under the influence of the snake from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, that is, the tree of knowledge (gnosis). In both cases, woman was the one who caused catastrophic events in a bible story: firstly- banishment from heaven and the destruction of a generation of mankind that was mixed with the Nephilim and in modern time, when clouds of catastrophe are accumulating on the horizons of time, the female element will be the one whose susceptibility will serve as a trigger for great change.  As the bible text indicates, without the role of female nature, no change and the fulfillment of God’s plan for the mankind could happen. Thence woman is the subject but also the means of rising and fall. That will happen again. The return of magic, magical forces, imagination, the return of phantasmic, channeled through mediums, the return of the dreamy, of the one repressed and forgotten long ago, is on the way. 
In his book The Second Ring of Power, quoting the words of Don Juan, Carlos Castaneda said that a woman, in magical sense, is better than a man because she does not have to jump into the abyss. She has her own ways. She menstruates and then, according to Don Juan, she becomes something else. Women have a strong magical weapon between their legs. At the same time, that weapon is the gate of entering this world. Woman’s body itself is the expression of magical power of the female deeper being. The essence of that power’s formula is that what we perceive as darkness, nothingness, as absence, non-being, is actually the source of every being, every presence, every light. Everything emanates from that blackness. That idea much resembles Shabbataic teaching of Messiah’s soul that resides at the bottom of the abyss with cliphotic snakes. And, for the end, let me quote Michael Bertiaux, who somewhere said the following: 
„I have told you that all avenues of escape are blocked, but in truth there is the doorway of becoming a monster, by becoming the beast, so that thereby you can escape by the very door they came through” (this quote was given by Kenneth Grunt, on the page 16. and it is from the book Outside the Circles of Time, Frederick Muller Limited, London, 1980.)

Therefore, the way out to freedom is in the loss of the human form, about which Castaneda wrote. At Castaneda, that passage is next to the cosmic force/entity called The Eagle, from which to the our world comes everything that makes it the world, and to whose beak the horrifying non-beings carry us at the moment of death. Don Juan called those beings the flyers, and they represent a part of the system of the world. A sorcerer can escape from that nullifying force under certain conditions (which is a particular subject), by passing next to The Eagle, just as from Michael Bertiaux’s perspective he can escape through the tunnels through which cliphotic and demonic energies and forms of consciousness can enter our world from the outer space. Bertiaux and Grant warn us on the more intense presence of these entities. It certainly cannot happen without some consequences. 

Translated by Sandra Šabotić
My other articles in English:
Remembering as Key for Dreaming
Alphabet of Desire Tarot
On Holy City
A Woman Girded With Sword
Demons of Rationalism
In Short On Phases Of Moon
The Moon Stars and Microcosmos
The Black Mummy