Thirty years on, the occult still attracts attention. Marilyn Manson has relations with The Church Of Satan; Boyd Rice and Marc Almond too, so I’m told. And Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails moved into 10050 Cielo Drive, pulled in his equipment and recorded his most recent album there. It’s called Downward Spiral…
Thanks for their help: Marianne Faithfull, Ian Macdonald, David Dalton, David Sinclair, Pete Brown, Harry Shapiro, Ed Sanders, John Michel, Neil Spencer, Robert Irwin, Barry Miles, Victor Bockris, Sid Griffin and Jenny Fabian.
ABSTRACT: A powerful spiritual being, called “Ahriman” (or “Satan”), will incarnate in a human body. The terms “soul” and “spirit” have clear meanings. Earthly/cosmic evolution is an outcome of the deeds of the Gods. The central event of earth-evolution was the Incarnation of Christ. Spiritual powers of opposition are active: Lucifer, Ahriman, Sorat. Ahriman is the inspirer of materialistic science and commercialism, and permeates modern culture with deadening forces. Ordinary scientific thinking is only semi-conscious; we can, however, make thinking conscious. The spirits of opposition are necessary in the Gods’ evolutionary design. Ahriman manifests especially at 666-year intervals; the contemporary is 1998 AD = 3×666. Goethean science is a life-positive alternative to Ahrimanic science. Ahriman-in-the-flesh will likely present himself as the Christ. The Christ does not reappear in a physical body, but in a super-physical, ethereal form. Ahriman may incarnate “macrocosmically” in our computers. Mankind will acquire new faculties of thinking-consciousness and clairvoyance. Ahriman seeks to pervert these faculties, and to divert mankind and the earth from their destined paths in the Gods’ evolutionary plan. Ahrimanic secret societies influence politics, finance, and culture.
I wish to bring before the public some information about tremendous events approaching. I am aware that much talk in this vein is already on the Internet, and that there is generally a sense “in the air” that something big is happening, with the new Millennium, the end of the Mayan calendar, etc. I believe that this sense of “something in the air” is a correct perception, albeit sometimes highly distorted. Most of the information in this essay is not new; it has been open to the public at least since the aftermath of the First World War. Yet it has not reached the wide public that needs to hear it. I hope to
make this important information available to many around the world who have not yet encountered it and who might put it to good use. I claim no special knowledge concerning these matters; I have merely drawn on published sources. I expect no one to take my word for anything. I do ask the readers to read and think through this information, to follow the leads that I give, and do their own investigations. Conscientious investigations might well cause some intellectual upheavals, and change the course of some lives; and this is exactly what is needed, many times over, around the world.
This essay is based, directly or indirectly, on the “spiritual science” or “Anthroposophy” promulgated by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) in the first quarter of the 20th century. I say “based on” because this exposition can only be grossly oversimplified, and must contain whatever misunderstandings that derive from my own grasp of the subject matter. The reader must assume that this essay is almost wholly derivative; it contains scarcely any original ideas of my own. In the interest of readability, I do not provide full citations in the text. If I did, almost every sentence would be footnoted. It is probable that hundreds, or thousands, of people in this world are better qualified than I to write this notice. I wrote it because I was not aware that anyone else was writing it, and it needed to be written, and published.
19th century devil
The events of which I speak are the approaching incarnation of a powerful, super-human spiritual being, following the concomitant political, social, economic, and cultural events. Preparations for this incarnation have been building to a climax over the past four centuries or more, and the climax is
approaching soon. This being is called “Ahriman” (from the ancient Persian name Angra Mainyu, given by the prehistoric Zarathustra). We might consider Ahriman to be the same being usually called “Satan” except that the concept of “Satan” is much confused and misunderstood. Therefore, in this essay I will use the name “Ahriman” and will attempt to give a clearer understanding of his nature and aims than one generally obtains.
I realize that many are not inclined to take seriously the possibility of such an event, or to believe that such matters are known, or can be known. Nevertheless, again I ask the reader to read this essay with an open mind, at least open enough to take in the thoughts and concepts. I will give a few epistemological considerations which support the notion that such matters can be known. And I will give some references which will help the readers to conduct their own epistemological researches, and thus to be able to make an informed estimation of this report. This is a matter of some importance; it is essential for the future of mankind and the earth that as many people as possible become wakeful and not be caught sleeping by the impending events.
Since this essay speaks of “spiritual” matters, I would like to bring into focus the concept of “spirit,” along with the concepts of “soul” and “body.” (I follow Steiner’s exposition in his Theosophy.) The “body,” of course, is the physical form, perceptible by the outer senses, in the world that is usually perceived in common by people’s outer senses. By “soul” I mean the inner world of subjective feelings and sensations of a Man (or animal). The sensation of an outer sense-perception (such as the green of grass), as well as feelings (such as pleasure or pain), are in the soul. Also, the inner being acts through the soul by the will, though the will is not usually conscious. We might say that the physical world acts on the soul through sensation; the soul lives in its own feelings, and acts upon the world through the will. We (generally) experience sensations in wakefulness, feelings as if in a dream, and will as if in deep, unconscious sleep.
Ahriman is the inspirer of materialistic science and commercialism, and permeates modern culture with deadening forces.
In addition to living in the inner world of the soul, the Man can live in the world of thought. Through thinking, we make contact with the being of the things of the world. By “spirit” I mean the essence of thought. Contrary to common misconception, thought is not subjective, but objective, in that it belongs to the whole world, accessible to all. Many people can grasp the same thought and through that thought contact the same objective reality, though they do not (usually) experience each other’s sensations and feelings. As the physical world interacts with the soul, so also does the spirit; we can call forth thoughts by our acts of will, and the thoughts give us feelings. Much of the confusion about the supposed subjectivity of thinking arises from the subjectivity of feelings and sensations connected with thinking, as well as from the fact that much of what usually passes for thinking is hardly thinking at all, but a kind of semi-conscious, automatic pseudo-thinking. (In modern times, people experience thinking as if it comes, usually automatically, out of themselves, yet, paradoxically, thinking in essence is objective and universal [as we can best see in mathematics]. I will say more about this below.) Thus, through our experience of thinking, we can attach an experiential, “empirical” meaning to the concept of “spirit.” (All this should, of course, be taken as only a bare introduction to a vast, deep subject. For now, I am trying only to counter the widespread opinion that “soul” and “spirit” are nebulous, meaningless terms.) And while it is usually true that we hardly experience our thinking, thinking may be intensified so that it becomes conscious, and this development of consciousness may lead to the perception of the world and beings of soul and spirit—and thus become the basis of “spiritual science.”
Following the communications of this spiritual science, I will posit that spiritual beings, known as “angels,” live invisibly (to us, usually) and involve themselves in earthly affairs. (This idea has been gaining acceptance in the general culture in recent years, with a surge of interest in angels.) I will also posit the existence of other spiritual beings, higher and more advanced than the angels, called the “archangels” in theology or angelology. Modern spiritual research (by Steiner), as well as ancient tradition (from Dionysius the Areopagate, pupil of St. Paul) speaks of at least nine orders of angels and supra-angelic beings—which, taken together, are called the “hierarchies,” sometimes the “choirs of angels,” or sometimes the “Gods” (other, still
higher Beings are not discussed here). Some of the names given to the nine hierarchies, in ascending order, are:
Angels (Angeloi, Sons of Twilight, Sons of Life; all Men have individual angels as guardians and carriers of their eternal Selves) Archangels (Archangeloi, Spirits of Fire; the “folk-spirits” are of this rank)
Archai (singular “Arche”; Spirits of Personality, Primal Beginnings, Principalities; the “Time Spirit” or “Zeitgeist” is of this rank) Exusiai (Spirits of Form, Powers, Authorities; the “Elohim” and “Jehovah” are of this rank)
Dynamis (Spirits of Motion, Mights, Virtues) Kyriotetes (Spirits of Wisdom, Dominions) Thrones (Spirits of Will)
Cherubim (Spirits of Harmony) Seraphim (Spirits of Love)
Although the doctrines of Dionysius were long considered to be heretical, the existence of these Hierarchical beings is mentioned in the Bible. Angels, of course, are mentioned in many places. Some other examples:
Archangels – Jude v.9; I Thes. 4: 16
Thrones, Dominions, Principalities, Powers – Rom. 8: 38; Col. 1: 16, 2:
15; Eph. 1: 21, 3: 10
Cherubim – Gen. 3: 24; Ex. 25: 18-20, 22; Num. 7: 89; Ezk. 9: 3, ch. 10;
Ps. 18: 10
Seraphim – Isa. 6: 21
These spirits are not all “angelic,” in the sense of “good and holy.” Some, sometimes, oppose the regular, good world-order. Ahriman (“the Unjust Prince of this World”) is a “retarded” Spirit of Form, working as an Arche, opposing (in a sense) the good world order. (Yet, this opposition is not purely “evil,” as I will discuss below.) Since Ahriman is a spirit of opposition, we might begin to understand his nature by understanding what he opposes: the Gods’ plan of earthly and human development. But the situation is not as simple as a two-sided contest; basic to competent understanding of the world- process is the recognition of at least three kinds of spiritual influence upon the evolution of mankind and the cosmos. (We must be clear that this
“evolution” is something very different from the random, meaningless, material process conceived by the Darwinists and suchlike theorists. I mean by “evolution” a thoroughly purposeful, thought-filled process of development initiated and guided by spiritual beings.)
The normal Gods (the regular hierarchies) create and nurture the evolvement of the world and mankind, so as to bring about the possibility of Men attaining the status of divinity as “Spirits of Freedom and Love”—the tenth hierarchy. (At the present stage of evolution, the Man progresses through alternating periods of earth-lives and purely spiritual lives: birth, death, and reincarnation.) As the name implies, essential to the fulfillment of mankind’s task is the realization of “freedom,” meaning not so much political freedom as spiritual freedom—that Men should become independent, unique individuals acting consciously as the originators of their own deeds. Occult wisdom, independently rediscovered and made public by Steiner explains this evolution as being created and guided through seven great cosmic ages. We are now in the fourth great age, called the “Earth” Age (All ages’ names here are given in order of succession). The previous three ages are called “Saturn,” “Sun,” and “Moon.” Again, these are past ages of cosmic development, not to be confused with the present-day heavenly bodies of the same names. The same holds for the three future ages: “Jupiter,” “Venus,” and “Vulcan.” The great Earth Age comprises seven lesser ages, of which we are in the fifth. These five are called “Polarian,” “Hyperborean,” “Lemurian,” “Atlantean,” and “Post-Atlantean.” And the Post-Atlantean Age comprises seven cultural epochs, of which, again, we are in the fifth. The previous four are called “Indian,” “Persian,” “Egypto-Chaldean,” and “Greco-Roman.” Recorded history begins only with the Egypto-Chaldean Epoch; what is generally known of ancient Indian and Persian culture derives from records made in the third epoch. These names of epochs do not imply that nothing important was happening in other regions of the earth, but that the archetypal evolutionary impulses of the times were centered in the regions designated. The epochs last approximately 2160 years; and the present, fifth post-Atlantean epoch began about 1413 AD. Neither are these epochs considered to be sharply differentiated; transitions happen gradually, future developments being prepared in advance, and past influences lingering after.
The central event of the Earth Age occurred during the Greco-Roman Epoch, in Palestine. It was the incarnation of a very high spiritual Being, a God of
the normal current, called the “Christ”—culminating in the events surrounding the Crucifixion: the “Mystery of Golgatha.” This Event was the turning point of Earth-evolution from descent from spirit into matter, toward ascent back to the spirit, with the fruits gained from the sojourn into matter (Steiner himself did not begin with a Christian world-view. He independently, and unexpectedly, rediscovered the “mystical fact” of Christianity during the course of his consciously clairvoyant experiences).
Besides the normal Gods, a host of abnormal spiritual beings, called “Luciferic,” also influences earthly evolution. In a sense, these oppose the normal Gods’ plans for evolution. The Luciferic beings try to draw mankind away from the normal earth-evolution to their own abnormal psychic- spiritual cosmos of light. In the human soul they inspire pride, egotism, disinterest in one’s fellow Men, fiery emotionalism, subjectivity, fantasy, and hallucination. In the human intellect they inspire generalization, unification, hypothesizing, and the building of imaginative pictures beyond reality. Human speech and thought are Luciferic in origin; so are human self- consciousness and the capacity for independence and rebellion against the normal Gods’ world-order. Also, the susceptibility to disease originated from Luciferic influence. A high spiritual being, in a sense the leader of the Luciferic host, “Lucifer” himself, incarnated in a human body, in the region of China, in the Third Millennium BC. This event brought about a revolution in human consciousness. Before then, Men could not use the organs of intellect and lived by a kind of instinct. Lucifer was the first to grasp by the intellect the wisdom of the Mysteries theretofore revealed by the Gods to mankind in other forms of consciousness. The effects of this incarnation inspired the wisdom of Pagan culture, up through the Gnosis of the early centuries AD, and lingered even into the early 19th century. This wisdom should not be considered to be false in itself; it is good or evil depending on who holds it, and for what purposes it is used. The great Pagan initiates took it upon themselves to enter into the Luciferic influence and turn it to the good of mankind. Only through the Luciferic influence has mankind risen above the status of childishness. (Apart from the Pagan culture of Nature-wisdom was the Hebraic culture, which [in a sense] separated the Man from Nature, and which prepared an hereditary current to provide a body for the incarnation of Christ. In Pagan culture the Man felt membered into the starry cosmos, without what we now know as moral impulses. Moral impulses in the human soul were prepared by Hebrewism and furthered by Christianity.