Last time we explored some of the history of this cycle and looked at what happens when the conjunctions shift from earth into air. Earth cycles are about consolidating power and resources to increase material security. When these eras end, those power bases tend to fall apart, often at the hands of barbarian hordes who… Continue reading The Jupiter Saturn Conjunction – the start of a New Age?
Last time we looked at what Traditional metaphysics has to say about the cycle of time and what brings it to an end. In this post, we’ll go deeper into eschatology and the meaning of apocalypse, relying again on notes from the excellent The System of Antichrist: Truth and Falsehood in Postmodernism and the New… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – the End of Illusion
In the last couple of posts we’ve been exploring the psychological impact of our current predicament. Now – if you haven’t guessed from the title – it’s time to go deeper with a plunge into some serious metaphysics. Buckle up! For these notes, I’m relying on Charles Upton’s epic critique of modern spirituality The System… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – the System of Antichrist
As the corona calamity rolls on, many are struggling to cope with the measures introduced to ‘deal with the virus’ – the isolation, social distancing, and masks, as well as the loss of cultural and social activities. Worse than that, we’re being conditioned to see other people as contagious, and to inform on our neighbours… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – Mad to be Normal
In the last six months we’ve seen an alarming desire for tyranny spread through many so-called liberal democracies based on freedom. At the same time, we’re being conditioned to believe that freedom is selfish and that thinking for yourself is dangerous. Margaret Thatcher once said: “When people are free to choose, they choose freedom.” Maybe… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – Fear of Freedom
A few years ago, I was collecting information on what I was calling the Myths of Civilisation with the intention of writing a series of posts. They never materialised because I came across 33 Myths of the System by Darren Allen and realised he’d done the work for me! The book deconstructs the system we… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – Myths of the System
It looks like we’re in the Apocalypse, spinning happily (or not) in the eye of a storm we’ve brought on ourselves. Apocalypse comes from a word meaning to uncover or reveal, and is also linked to the idea of lifting a veil. But what is being uncovered? What is being revealed? We’re living through the… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – WTF is going on?!
If you haven’t read 1984 by George Orwell, now would be a good time to do so. His vision of a dystopian society run by a bunch of crazy psychopaths gets more prescient by the day. It’s a warning from the past to the future, and possibly the present, depending on where you live. And… Continue reading How power turns freedom into slavery
A perfect example of the Mars archetype on film can be found in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee. It’s an action adventure movie set in a mythical version of ancient China based on a novel in the wu xia tradition about virtuous warriors with supernatural abilities. The spectacular fights play like dances… Continue reading The Effortless Action of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Inception is a perfect example of the Neptune archetype on film, not just because of its themes, but also due to its reality dissolving effect on the viewer. It’s a heist movie about dreams – ambitious and visually stunning, especially on the big screen, although not particularly dreamlike. For that you need David Lynch, not… Continue reading Inception and the Dream of Awakening
I’ve been meaning to write something about this movie for ages so exploring the mythology of Uranus gave me the perfect excuse. The Matrix is a science fiction cyberpunk dystopia that was written and directed by the Wachowskis way back in 1999. Despite being over 20 years old, it may be more relevant now than… Continue reading The Matrix and the Simulation of Truth
Uranus represents your need for freedom and change and the desire for independence from tradition and the status quo. It’s associated with sudden awakenings and insights that revolutionise your perspective and turn your life upside down, pushing you towards individuation and liberation. Uranus is the next planet out from Saturn and its orbit takes 84… Continue reading Planet Myths: The Story Behind Uranus