Conventional religion has been making way for a new movement of spirituality in western society. A spiritual movement that is loosely lumped into the category of the new age movement. This is very arbitrarily categorised because of the obvious diversity within the movement and the sources used for information and inspiration symbolising its meaning, goals and beliefs. Accompanying the ‘New Age’ is a vast collection of different symbols and teachings that were previously thought of as being occult, or at least from a western perspective seen as such. Ironically, the ‘Love’ being shared by the ever growing ‘New Age’ is often rejected and feared by many. This article takes a look at the fear driven backlash towards the ‘New Age’ movement, alongside the vague origin of this movement.
In recent times the symbol of an eye and a triangle is taboo to so many members of society. They attribute it to the rulers of the planet and a secretive agenda to form a new world order. Now, there is no doubt that many of the occult symbols depicted in the new age can be seen on the majestic buildings of politics, finance, science, secret society and general elite powers of the earth. You only need to search the internet and you will find more conspiracy theories dedicated to the Illuminati than most other topics. One can also simply take a careful look at influential organisations and buildings to see them rife with occult symbolism. Unfortunately, most of the people who are providing information on the subject have a bias of some sort toward the subject matter. Most people delivering the information do so from a religious, cultural, class or another point of view. It remains of absolute importance to look at any information by stepping back and observing from a neutral standpoint to understand what is being expressed. It is only then that the information is not judged from and emotional standpoint and truly looked at objectively. The flower of life, all seeing eye, crosses, roses, pentagrams, Merkabah, crowns, staves, snakes, wings and all the rest of the symbols depicted by new age, the occult, and secret society certainly do one thing very well, they either bring love or fear to those that see it.
Let us look have a quick look at the most prolific of all the new age and Illuminati symbols. The eye. This eye goes by many names, such as the Eye of Horus, the All-Seeing Eye and the Eye of Providence as it is known in Freemasonry. Any American citizen only needs to look at the Great Seal of the United States on the one dollar bill to know that there is some hidden influence in their power structure. The Free Masons state that this depicts the ever knowing presence of God, but this concept and symbol stems from earlier sources. Freemasonry is, however, covered in layers of occult mysticism and symbolism that is enough to have the fearful demand inquisition once again. The effectiveness and power of Free Masonry, coupled with the secrecy it is kept behind, quickly has the average person deny and cast aside any symbolism and wisdom that the organisation is attributed to. The symbol of the eye can be found in almost all forms of spiritual thought, in new age symbolism this represents a similar concept as the Freemason’s however, it is more likely to be called something else. It is instead looked at as the Eye of the cosmic consciousness or prime consciousness but, the name does not matter, it is the concept that is important. The same can be said for other symbolism, such as the triangle, staff, serpent, etc.
With science and philosophy being melded together ever more today than in the past, brilliant new ways of explaining and understanding the symbols and geometry has emerged. Let us take the famous triangle for example. In three dimensions the triangle forms the first platonic solid shape, the tetrahedron, where each side is of equal length and all angles the same amount of degrees. There are four more platonic solids namely, the cube, octahedron, dodecahedron and the icosahedron. Each shape has an element attributed to it and represents the mathematical and geometric arrangements that the universe manifests itself in, for example, the shape of crystals and atomic molecular arrangements. A tetrahedron shape is seen in the atomic arrangement of a diamond, where carbon has been compressed to its limit and aligned in a triangular pattern. The triangle is also the first shape that manifests when two circles bisect one another of equal radius and the centre aligns with the perimeter of the other circle. This shape is called the vesica Pisces. This creates a new set of geometric and mathematical rules to build upon. It also represents the first plane of manifestation to some advanced magicians and mystics, where the triangle would be used in certain ritual practice. Mysticism aside, the triangle symbol simply depicts a basis of advanced knowledge and understanding of both scientific and spiritual thought. This is true for all the hidden wisdom.
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The origin of the term ‘New Age’ is widely debated and has only become popularised in the later half of the 20th century. Many believe it to have originated in the 1960’s and spiritual hippy culture, however, this is incorrect, it simply received more attention at that time. The concept of the ‘New Age’ is older than previously thought, as the same concept can be argued to appear in older mystic texts under many other names. The first major use of the term in the west as we know it today can be seen dating back to June 1904, in the title ‘The New Age’, a magazine written and produced by Scottish Rite Freemasonry. As stated by William L. Fox in ‘Lodge of the Double-Headed Eagle: Two Centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America’s Southern Jurisdiction.’ the first publication of the magazine contained topics ranging from science, social service, poetry and other Masonic content. This magazine is available today under the name of the ‘Scottish Rite Journal’ which enjoys a subscriber list of more than three-hundred-thousand readers to this day. This helps to explain the connection between the symbolism seen in the New Age movement and that of other mystic organisations. This connection between the New Age and Occult certainly causes some individuals to condemn the teachings attributed it and refrain from the movement altogether.
The condemning of such schools and organisations that provide a different perspective on spiritual and rational thought is a mistake that has been made in history over and over again. The original Illuminati of Bavaria, along with other secret or initiatory organisations such as Freemasonry was banned in the 1780’s by the ruler of Bavaria, Charles Theodore with support from the Catholic church. Thus the groups went underground and became secretive or occult, due to fear of persecution and too often execution. The intended purpose of the Bavarian Illuminati was to rid society of superstition and separate religious oppression of the church from the state. It sought to ‘Illuminate’ society in the sense of providing nondogmatic thought and wisdom based on both spiritual and scientific progression. The symbolism has certainly come back to society in the last century and sections of humanity seem to be just as fearful today as in the past. This is understandable to an extent, as many powerful people who are not too popular are attributed to these organisations, however, the sheer amount of people that are connected to these organisations far outnumber the select few connected to conspiracies. One must remember not to throw out the baby with the bathwater and in this case look at the teachings themselves and not the individuals who claim to ascribe to them.
The New Age is also seen to be walking hand in hand with the concepts of the ‘Age of Aquarius’, the transition of 2012 according to the Mayan calendar and the Sanskrit teachings of the Yugas. All three of the above-mentioned differ in explanation and origin but do share at least one common idea, that humanity is moving into a higher state of consciousness and a new paradigm of civilisation on earth. The modern western thought is most familiar with the concept of the ‘Age of Aquarius’ and has more recently become familiar with the Mayan calendar and the Yugas too. I will not attempt to explain the details of these concepts here, as they can be elaborated upon for quite some time. The primary effects of these concepts are similar throughout many different texts, for example in the Gnostic teachings of Samael Aun Weor the Age of Aquarius is said to have two main consequences, first is a ‘rebellion to tradition’ and the second is a ‘thirst for spiritual knowledge.’ This makes sense as we observe in modern society the collapse of dogma and its institutions. It is inevitable that in a modern connected society information and wisdom will spread, leading to a new paradigm of spiritual and rational thinking.
It is clear that modern western thinking is moving to an ever less dogmatic and restrictive mode of spirituality. This mode of spiritual thinking is free and diverse, which in some cases create fear and misunderstanding towards it. It is a blend of spiritual thought dating back to antiquity all the way to modern day. In this manner, the quest for higher knowledge has only been empowered and is far more attractive to rational young minds than conventional religion or nonsensical tradition. It is inevitable that those organisations who carry within their legacy an accumulation of wisdom and knowledge will have a great effect on society. It is because of this power that societies such as Freemasonry have been persecuted. At times rightfully so, however, in many cases the scrutiny and hate projected at those organisations stem from fear and unwarranted hate through a mindless mob mentality. A fear of the unknown and hate towards its power. It is only by blending the rational and spiritual modes of thinking, that greater wisdom, knowledge and progress can be achieved.
It is ironic that so many people who believe themselves to be freethinking spiritual persons would also condemn these societies. Little do they realise that if it were not for those occult and generally secretive groups, the information and spiritual wisdom that they enjoy would not be available to them. So many of these spiritual minds neglect to realise that those that they condemn as evil secret groups are the very organisations that are helping to spread this most valuable of wisdom. The fact of the matter remains that most of these societies are open to the public, freely give wisdom and work together to form an enlightened world. The problem is that so many minds become trapped in absolute hogwash and fear based irrational conspiracy. This is dangerous and leads to people believing in ridiculous theories such as a flat earth, never bothering to look up into the sky to see all else is shaped like a ball. At times the cause for concern and fear for powerful groups and persons is validated, however, this cannot be the fault of entire nations, organisations and occult groups. That opinion is fear based.
I personally do not ascribe to any group or society, however, I do take wisdom from all sources in order to expand my knowledge and wisdom on the subject. The most powerful source of intelligence and wisdom remains oneself. By gathering as much wisdom from a variety of scriptures and texts as possible, and incorporating it into spiritual action, such as meditation on the most basic of levels, one is able to peer through the keyhole and eventually unlock the door to higher knowledge. This is not received, however when one constantly focuses on fear and hate to that which one does not understand. In the wise words of Manly P. Hall, a reputable mystic and Freemason, ‘There is only One Religion, All faiths are Its Children.’ If one realises this to be true, proper respect is given to all forms of religion, spirituality and occultism.
To conclude, it is clear that so many of the spiritual and non-spiritually minded people thrive on fear of the unknown. They continually blame others for the state of the world instead of objectively contemplating its laws, truths and wisdom. The symbols, sayings and songs all contain wisdom that must not be feared or disrespected. Whether one is Judeo-Christian, Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Spiritual, Atheistic, Mystic or Occult, true respect must be shown to all other faiths. This new age we are living in, whether one calls it the ‘Age of Aquarius’, the ‘Age of Enlightenment’, the ‘Age of Science’ or the ‘Technological Age’ is new, filled with a rapid change of ideas new and old. It is important to keep one’s head and simply spread love in order for our ever growing population to thrive as a single species on planet earth. Love wins.
Keep Well Friends,
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