Sunday, October 15, 2017

High Weirdness - brave noö world


In recognition of the disconcerting times we find ourselves living in… in the realization that these strange days have never been stranger… in response to all that has transpired in transforming our brave noö world… the Tek-Gnostics info-nexus has implemented a significant rethink as to the nature and the implementation of our prime directive. The Tek-Gnostics network has long been an aggregator of Old Earth's collective knowledge... for each of you... the collective conscious. We continue in this civic responsibility, however, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Since August of last year, with the first installment of Return of the Archons, we have been grappling with the profound culmination or “gathering” of geopolitical, sociological and spiritual change, that has been gaining momentum and intensity. We commentated on the ways in which these rapidly evolving energies have begun to manifest within the zeitgeist. We have inferred that within these winds of change, there waifs a distinct and peculiar air that carries the scent of the strange and weird.  

In our Conspiracy Culture International series, we further observed and sought to articulate the cultural ramifications of these strange events. As is often the case in such times, these perplexing energies appear to contain an occluding darkness, like the gathering of storm clouds. We suspect that it will get darker, before a return to the light… ebb and flow. In the spirit of making the best of a bad situation… the Tek-Gnostics network has undertaken a system upgrade. 

Our first action takes the form of a modest portal at our mothership website, titled simply…


Herein we begin with a brief historic chronicle of the phenomena, in which we seek perspective on its modern origins. We recount, lest we forget, the wacky component to the weirdness. For the inoculation to darkness, is the recognition of the absurdity that resides within the heart of darkness. We recollect the balancing influence between comedy and tragedy. An integral component of the Tek-Gnostics network’s prime directive re-boot is the application of humor to an otherwise unbearable situation. We seek to uncover the essential humorous/serious nature of life in the dualistic, material world.

In this endeavor, we have only just begun. Watch this space for further developments. In the meantime, here are some other existing links within the Tek-Gnostics network that reflect the prime directive and the course correction underway… 





Monday, October 9, 2017

Fear & Loathing


The horror that was visited upon Las Vegas cuts deep into the American psyche.  The murder and mayhem of the evening of October 1st, not only goes down in the annals of infamy as the most horrific mass shooting in these United States, it reframes the disturbing trend toward mass violence in America. A report released in September 2017 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed what many citizens have already assumed, but law enforcement officials have never documented: Mass shootings have risen drastically since 2001.

There were, on average, 16.4 such shootings a year from 2007 to 2013, compared with an average of 6.4 shootings annually from 2000 to 2006. In the past 13 years, 486 people have been killed in such shootings, with 366 of the deaths in the past seven years. In all, the study looked at 160 shootings since 2000. This report was published 2 weeks before Las Vegas, so add 59 to the above 486. The level of violence appears to be accelerating.

What the hell is going on? …one might ask. 160 shootings since 2000… Has our world gone crazy since 9/11? Clearly, post-twin towers America is a more violent place. Beyond the 9/11 attack itself, contributing factors to this new violent reality include the massive homeland security apparatus put in place after 9/11… the dismantling of the American middle class, facilitated by the 2008 housing bubble/land grab, the mass transfer of wealth and the subsequent victory of the 1%... the proliferation of new media and the dismantling of the 4th estate… and of course, the rise of Conspiracy Culture International.

The Las Vegas mass shooting left law enforcement and the public alike, scratching their heads… once the initial shock and horror had subsided. None of the reporting made any sense. How was such a clearly professional (black) operation carried out by a guy, reportedly a lone gunman, with no military background? The savvy conspiracy culture internationalist assumes Las Vegas was a CIA "Black Op" or some other, more nefarious organization’s "Working." The shooter was either a patsy, a fall-guy or an asset who had out-lived his usefulness.

There are also factions among the synchro-mystic branch of conspiracy culture international who point to the symbolic, occult trappings of what is ominously being referred to as the Las Vegas Harvest. Per the signs and portents, something deeper and more sinister was going down. Read into that what you will. At this point, the situation is so occluded, so crazy, so desperate as usual, that no scenario, no matter how unlikely, can be ruled out.

At this point, it should be pointed out that there is the school of thought that suggests that when horrific events occur, seemingly absent any discernible motivation… many, in their profound desire to make sense of the horror, resort to conspiracy theory. They concoct a grand scheme to explain (to themselves) what otherwise is an unthinkably senseless occurrence. Atrocities such as these don’t just happen… it must be the Deep State, the Satanists, the Illuminati. This line of reasoning is preferable to an uncaring universe where insane events just happen. And then there is the "will of God" line of reasoning...


It is beyond this blogger’s ability to satisfactorily answer such existential questions. However, there have been anciently occurring systems of thought that have brilliantly addressed the often horrific nature of worldly existence. Those esoteric sub-cultures of antiquity, collectively known by modernity as Gnostics, thought deeply on such matters. Although there are variations within different sects, the Gnostics held a philosophically unique perspective on the horrors of the material world.

The Gnostic mythology maintained that the reason the world in which we live is such a horrifically uncaring, seemingly insane place, is because the world was created by a horrifically uncaring, insane God. This angry, jealous, insane God… known to them as Demiurge… created the material world out of vanity and ignorance of the true “God above Gods.” Thus, the Demiurge became the creator of a flawed material and psychic cosmos… all of which he created in the image of his own flaw. This creator deity, unaware of his origins, imagined himself to be the ultimate and absolute God. In short: the creator deity known as Demiurge… was crazy.

If we are to indulge the Gnostic assertion that the creator deity was indeed insane, certain fundamental questions such as: “why is there so much pain and suffering in this world?” could be looked upon in a new light. The Gnostic interpretation of a creator deity that was completely deranged… would answer many philosophical quandaries pertaining to the horrific nature of worldly existence. If the very creator of this world is crazy, little wonder that earthly events appear to be crazy. An unhinged God begets an unhinged world.

Additionally, the Gnostic doctrines rejected original sin. They maintained that a spark of divinity rests deep within each human… a divine spark that provides a direct link to the great, unknowable God above Gods. This divine link bypasses Demiurge, who in his insanity, jealously rages at the impudence of the puny humans. Therefore, the sins of the material world were not driven by humans, but by a deranged creator god. It was this very heresy, this very impudence of the Gnostics that so enraged the early Church that they were expelled as heretics.


Perhaps it is not a coincidence that we are currently experiencing a renaissance in Gnosticism and Gnostic thought. Perhaps Gnosticism is the most applicable spiritual response to the times we are living in. The Gnostic position of “trust no one, not even your own Gods” instills a sense of inner personal resiliency, in a world gone crazy. Perhaps a Gnostic sensibility instills and enforces the very real need for “individual agency” as a mechanism of survival in the 21st century. 

This may be cold comfort in light of the horror of Las Vegas. But after the pain and suffering temporarily subside, we are in need of a modern mythology to help us abide the horror of life on the planet of the apes. We need a personal mythology of integrity… a mythology of personal power, free from sin and guilt. We need to nourish a personal autonomy free of the fear and loathing of Demiurgic insanity. 

The Gnostic perspective affords us a personal authority wherein we are not at the mercy of a merciless God …an authority where we share the spark of divinity with that which remains nameless. 

At the end of the day, it may be advantageous for each of us to take up the Gnostic mantle, for… in answer to a question being asked recently by those who consider such quandaries… yes… we are living in Gnostic times.

They say that funerals, dirges, wakes, memorials, and remembrances for those who have passed, are for the living, not the dead. It is in the spirit of this profound truth that we hold a small prayer in our hearts for those who have lost friends and loved ones in Las Vegas and all the atrocities that came before…

May we all find peace and shine forth. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Gnostic World View - Pt 2


A Brief Summary of Gnosticism, part two

- by the Most Rev. Stephan A. Hoeller, bishop, Ecclesia Gnostica

Conduct

If the words “ethics” or “morality” are taken to mean a system of rules, then Gnosticism is opposed to them both. Such systems usually originate with the Demiurge and are covertly designed to serve his purposes. If, on the other hand, morality is said to consist of an inner integrity arising from the illumination of the indwelling spark, then the Gnostic will embrace this spiritually informed existential ethic as ideal.

To the Gnostic, commandments and rules are not salvific; they are not substantially conducive to salvation. Rules of conduct may serve numerous ends, including the structuring of an ordered and peaceful society, and the maintenance of harmonious relations within social groups. Rules, however, are not relevant to salvation; that is brought about only by Gnosis. Morality therefore needs to be viewed primarily in temporal and secular terms; it is ever subject to changes and modifications in accordance with the spiritual development of the individual.

As noted in the discussion above, “hyletic materialists” usually have little interest in morality, while “psychic disciplinarians” often grant to it a great importance. In contrast, “Pneumatic spiritual” persons are generally more concerned with other, higher matters. Different historical periods also require variant attitudes regarding human conduct. Thus both the Manichaean and Cathar Gnostic movements, which functioned in times where purity of conduct was regarded as an issue of high import, responded in kind. The present period of Western culture perhaps resembles in more ways that of second and third century Alexandria. It seems therefore appropriate that Gnostics in our age adopt the attitudes of classical Alexandrian Gnosticism, wherein matters of conduct were largely left to the insight of the individual.

Gnosticism embraces numerous general attitudes toward life: it encourages non-attachment and non-conformity to the world, a “being in the world, but not of the world”; a lack of egotism; and a respect for the freedom and dignity of other beings. Nonetheless, it appertains to the intuition and wisdom of every individual “Gnostic” to distill from these principles individual guidelines for their personal application. 

Destiny

When Confucius was asked about death, he replied: “Why do you ask me about death when you do not know how to live?” This answer might easily have been given by a Gnostic. To a similar question posed in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Jesus answered that human beings must come by Gnosis to know the ineffable, divine reality from whence they have originated, and whither they will return. This transcendental knowledge must come to them while they are still embodied on earth.

Death does not automatically bring about liberation from bondage in the realms of the Demiurge. Those who have not attained to a liberating Gnosis while they were in embodiment may become trapped in existence once more. It is quite likely that this might occur by way of the cycle of rebirths. Gnosticism does not emphasize the doctrine of reincarnation prominently, but it is implicitly understood in most Gnostic teachings that those who have not made effective contact with their transcendental origins while they were in embodiment would have to return into the sorrowful condition of earthly life.

In regard to salvation, or the fate of the spirit and soul after death, one needs to be aware that help is available. Valentinus, the greatest of Gnostic teachers, taught that Christ and Sophia await the spiritual man -- the pneumatic Gnostic -- at the entrance of the Pleroma, and help him to enter the bridechamber of final reunion. Ptolemaeus, disciple of Valentinus, taught that even those not of pneumatic status, the psychics, could be redeemed and live in a heavenworld at the entrance of the Pleroma. In the fullness of time, every spiritual being will receive Gnosis and will be united with its higher Self -- the angelic Twin -- thus becoming qualified to enter the Pleroma. None of this is possible, however, without earnest striving for Gnosis. 

Gnosis and Psyche: The Depth Psychological Connection

Throughout the twentieth Century the new scientific discipline of depth psychology has gained much prominence. Among the depth psychologists who have shown a pronounced and informed interest in Gnosticism, a place of signal distinction belongs to C. G. Jung. Jung was instrumental in calling attention to the Nag Hammadi library of Gnostic writings in the 1950's because he perceived the outstanding psychological relevance of Gnostic insights.

Carl Gustav Jung, 1875 - 1961The noted scholar of Gnosticism, G. Filoramo, wrote: "Jung's reflections had long been immersed in the thought of the ancient Gnostics to such an extent that he considered them the virtual discoverers of 'depth psychology' . . . ancient Gnosis, albeit in its form of universal religion, in a certain sense prefigured, and at the same time helped to clarify, the nature of Jungian spiritual therapy." In the light of such recognitions one may ask: "Is Gnosticism a religion or a psychology?" The answer is that it may very-well be both. Most mythologems found in Gnostic scriptures possess psychological relevance and applicability. For instance the blind and arrogant creator-demiurge bears a close resemblance to the alienated human ego that has lost contact with the ontological Self. Also, the myth of Sophia resembles closely the story of the human psyche that loses its connection with the collective unconscious and needs to be rescued by the Self. Analogies of this sort exist in great profusion.

Many esoteric teachings have proclaimed, "As it is above, so it is below." Our psychological nature (the microcosm) mirrors metaphysical nature (the macrocosm), thus Gnosticism may possess both a psychological and a religious authenticity. Gnostic psychology and Gnostic religion need not be exclusive of one another but may complement each other within an implicit order of wholeness. Gnostics have always held that divinity is immanent within the human spirit, although it is not limited to it. The convergence of Gnostic religious teaching with psychological insight is thus quite understandable in terms of time-honored Gnostic principles. 

Conclusion

Some writers make a distinction between “Gnosis” and “Gnosticism”. Such distinctions are both helpful and misleading. Gnosis is undoubtedly an experience based not in concepts and precepts, but in the sensibility of the heart. Gnosticism, on the other hand, is the world-view based on the experience of Gnosis. For this reason, in languages other than English, the word Gnosis is often used to denote both the experience and the world view (die Gnosis in German, la Gnose in French).

In a sense, there is no Gnosis without Gnosticism, for the experience of Gnosis inevitably calls forth a world view wherein it finds its place. The Gnostic world view is experiential, it is based on a certain kind of spiritual experience of Gnosis. Therefore, it will not do to omit, or to dilute, various parts of the Gnostic world view, for were one to do this, the world view would no longer conform to experience.

Theology has been called an intellectual wrapping around the spiritual kernel of a religion. If this is true, then it is also true that most religions are being strangled and stifled by their wrappings. Gnosticism does not run this danger, because its world view is stated in myth rather than in theology. Myths, including the Gnostic myths, may be interpreted in diverse ways. Transcendence, numinosity, as well as psychological archetypes along with other elements, play a role in such interpretation. Still, such mythic statements tell of profound truths that will not be denied.

Gnosticism can bring us such truths with a high authority, for it speaks with the voice of the highest part of the human -- the spirit. Of this spirit, it has been said, “it bloweth where it listeth”. This then is the reason why the Gnostic world view could not be extirpated in spite of many centuries of persecution.

The Gnostic world view has always been timely, for it always responded best to the “knowledge of the heart” that is true Gnosis. Yet today, its timeliness is increasing, for the end of the second millennium has seen the radical deterioration of many ideologies which evaded the great questions and answers addressed by Gnosticism. The clarity, frankness, and authenticity of the Gnostic answer to the questions of the human predicament cannot fail to impress and (in time) to convince. If your reactions to this summary have been of a similarly positive order, then perhaps you are a Gnostic yourself!

- Stephan A Hoeller


About the Author

Stephan A. Hoeller (November 27, 1931) is an American author and scholar. He was born in Budapest, Hungary into a family of Austro-Hungarian nobility. Exiled from his native country as the result of the communist rule subsequent to World War II, he studied in various academic institutions in Austria, Belgium, and Italy. In January 1952 he emigrated to the United States on the steamship General Muir from the Port of Bremerhaven and has resided in Southern California ever since.

An author and scholar of Gnosticism and Jungian psychology, Hoeller is Regionary Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica, and the senior holder of the English Gnostic transmission in America. Since 1963 he has been Director of Studies for the Gnostic Society centered in Los Angeles, where he has lectured every Friday evening for many decades. He was a frequent contributor to the great, but now defunct Gnosis magazine as well as for many professional journals. He is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at the College of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles, California.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Gnostic World View - Pt 1


A Brief Summary of Gnosticism, part one

- by the Most Rev. Stephan A. Hoeller, bishop, Ecclesia Gnostica

GNOSTICISM IS THE TEACHING based on Gnosis, the knowledge of transcendence arrived at by way of interior, intuitive means. Although Gnosticism thus rests on personal religious experience, it is a mistake to assume all such experience results in Gnostic recognitions. It is nearer the truth to say that Gnosticism expresses a specific religious experience, an experience that does not lend itself to the language of theology or philosophy, but which is instead closely affinitized to, and expresses itself through, the medium of myth. Indeed, one finds that most Gnostic scriptures take the forms of myths. The term “myth” should not here be taken to mean “stories that are not true”, but rather, that the truths embodied in these myths are of a different order from the dogmas of theology or the statements of philosophy.

In the following summary, we will attempt to encapsulate in prose what the Gnostic myths express in their distinctively poetic and imaginative language.

The Cosmos

All religious traditions acknowledge that the world is imperfect. Where they differ is in the explanations which they offer to account for this imperfection and in what they suggest might be done about it. Gnostics have their own -- perhaps quite startling -- view of these matters: they hold that the world is flawed because it was created in a flawed manner.

Like Buddhism, Gnosticism begins with the fundamental recognition that earthly life is filled with suffering. In order to nourish themselves, all forms of life consume each other, thereby visiting pain, fear, and death upon one another (even herbivorous animals live by destroying the life of plants). In addition, so-called natural catastrophes -- earthquakes, floods, fires, drought, volcanic eruptions -- bring further suffering and death in their wake. Human beings, with their complex physiology and psychology, are aware not only of these painful features of earthly existence. They also suffer from the frequent recognition that they are strangers living in a world that is flawed and absurd.

Many religions advocate that humans are to be blamed for the imperfections of the world. Supporting this view, they interpret the Genesis myth as declaring that transgressions committed by the first human pair brought about a “fall” of creation resulting in the present corrupt state of the world. Gnostics respond that this interpretation of the myth is false. The blame for the world’s failings lies not with humans, but with the creator. Since -- especially in the monotheistic religions -- the creator is God, this Gnostic position appears blasphemous, and is often viewed with dismay even by non-believers.

Ways of evading the recognition of the flawed creation and its flawed creator have been devised over and over, but none of these arguments have impressed Gnostics. The ancient Greeks, especially the Platonists, advised people to look to the harmony of the universe, so that by venerating its grandeur they might forget their immediate afflictions. But since this harmony still contains the cruel flaws, forlornness and alienation of existence, this advice is considered of little value by Gnostics. Nor is the Eastern idea of Karma regarded by Gnostics as an adequate explanation of creation’s imperfection and suffering. Karma at best can only explain how the chain of suffering and imperfection works. It does not inform us in the first place why such a sorrowful and malign system should exist.

Once the initial shock of the “unusual” or “blasphemous” nature of the Gnostic explanation for suffering and imperfection of the world wears off, one may begin to recognize that it is in fact the most sensible of all explanations. To appreciate it fully, however, a familiarity with the Gnostic conception of the Godhead is required, both in its original essence as the True God and in its debased manifestation as the false or creator God.

Deity

The Gnostic God concept is more subtle than that of most religions. In its way, it unites and reconciles the recognitions of Monotheism and Polytheism, as well as of Theism, Deism and Pantheism.

In the Gnostic view, there is a true, ultimate and transcendent God, who is beyond all created universes and who never created anything in the sense in which the word “create” is ordinarily understood. While this True God did not fashion or create anything, He (or, It) “emanated” or brought forth from within Himself the substance of all there is in all the worlds, visible and invisible. In a certain sense, it may therefore be true to say that all is God, for all consists of the substance of God. By the same token, it must also be recognized that many portions of the original divine essence have been projected so far from their source that they underwent unwholesome changes in the process. To worship the cosmos, or nature, or embodied creatures is thus tantamount to worshipping alienated and corrupt portions of the emanated divine essence.

The basic Gnostic myth has many variations, but all of these refer to Aeons, intermediate deific beings who exist between the ultimate, True God and ourselves. They, together with the True God, comprise the realm of Fullness (Pleroma) wherein the potency of divinity operates fully. The Fullness stands in contrast to our existential state, which in comparison may be called emptiness.

One of the aeonial beings who bears the name Sophia (“Wisdom”) is of great importance to the Gnostic world view. In the course of her journeyings, Sophia came to emanate from her own being a flawed consciousness, a being who became the creator of the material and psychic cosmos, all of which he created in the image of his own flaw. This being, unaware of his origins, imagined himself to be the ultimate and absolute God. Since he took the already existing divine essence and fashioned it into various forms, he is also called the Demiurgos or “half-maker” There is an authentic half, a true deific component within creation, but it is not recognized by the half-maker and by his cosmic minions, the Archons or “rulers”.

The Human Being

Human nature mirrors the duality found in the world: in part it was made by the false creator God and in part it consists of the light of the True God. Humankind contains a perishable physical and psychic component, as well as a spiritual component which is a fragment of the divine essence. This latter part is often symbolically referred to as the “divine spark”. The recognition of this dual nature of the world and of the human being has earned the Gnostic tradition the epithet of “dualist”.

Humans are generally ignorant of the divine spark resident within them. This ignorance is fostered in human nature by the influence of the false creator and his Archons, who together are intent upon keeping men and women ignorant of their true nature and destiny. Anything that causes us to remain attached to earthly things serves to keep us in enslavement to these lower cosmic rulers. Death releases the divine spark from its lowly prison, but if there has not been a substantial work of Gnosis undertaken by the soul prior to death, it becomes likely that the divine spark will be hurled back into, and then re-embodied within, the pangs and slavery of the physical world.

Not all humans are spiritual (pneumatics) and thus ready for Gnosis and liberation. Some are earthbound and materialistic beings (hyletics), who recognize only the physical reality. Others live largely in their psyche (psychics). Such people usually mistake the Demiurge for the True God and have little or no awareness of the spiritual world beyond matter and mind.

In the course of history, humans progress from materialistic sensate slavery, by way of ethical religiosity, to spiritual freedom and liberating Gnosis. As the scholar G. Quispel wrote: “The world-spirit in exile must go through the Inferno of matter and the Purgatory of morals to arrive at the spiritual Paradise.” This kind of evolution of consciousness was envisioned by the Gnostics, long before the concept of evolution was known. 

Salvation

Evolutionary forces alone are insufficient, however, to bring about spiritual freedom. Humans are caught in a predicament consisting of physical existence combined with ignorance of their true origins, their essential nature and their ultimate destiny. To be liberated from this predicament, human beings require help, although they must also contribute their own efforts.

From earliest times Messengers of the Light have come forth from the True God in order to assist humans in their quest for Gnosis. Only a few of these salvific figures are mentioned in Gnostic scripture; some of the most important are Seth (the third Son of Adam), Jesus, and the Prophet Mani. The majority of Gnostics always looked to Jesus as the principal savior figure (the Soter).

Gnostics do not look to salvation from sin (original or other), but rather from the ignorance of which sin is a consequence. Ignorance -- whereby is meant ignorance of spiritual realities -- is dispelled only by Gnosis, and the decisive revelation of Gnosis is brought by the Messengers of Light, especially by Christ, the Logos of the True God. It is not by His suffering and death but by His life of teaching and His establishing of mysteries that Christ has performed His work of salvation.

The Gnostic concept of salvation, like other Gnostic concepts, is a subtle one. On the one hand, Gnostic salvation may easily be mistaken for an unmediated individual experience, a sort of spiritual do-it-yourself project. Gnostics hold that the potential for Gnosis, and thus, of salvation is present in every man and woman, and that salvation is not vicarious but individual. At the same time, they also acknowledge that Gnosis and salvation can be, indeed must be, stimulated and facilitated in order to effectively arise within consciousness. This stimulation is supplied by Messengers of Light who, in addition to their teachings, establish salvific mysteries (sacraments) which can be administered by apostles of the Messengers and their successors.

One needs also remember that knowledge of our true nature -- as well as other associated realizations -- are withheld from us by our very condition of earthly existence. The True God of transcendence is unknown in this world, in fact He is often called the Unknown Father. It is thus obvious that revelation from on High is needed to bring about salvation. The indwelling spark must be awakened from its terrestrial slumber by the saving knowledge that comes “from without”. 

- Stephan A Hoeller


About the Author

Stephan A. Hoeller (November 27, 1931) is an American author and scholar. He was born in Budapest, Hungary into a family of Austro-Hungarian nobility. Exiled from his native country as the result of the communist rule subsequent to World War II, he studied in various academic institutions in Austria, Belgium, and Italy. In January 1952 he emigrated to the United States on the steamship General Muir from the Port of Bremerhaven and has resided in Southern California ever since.

An author and scholar of Gnosticism and Jungian psychology, Hoeller is Regionary Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica, and the senior holder of the English Gnostic transmission in America. Since 1963 he has been Director of Studies for the Gnostic Society centered in Los Angeles, where he has lectured every Friday evening for many decades. He was a frequent contributor to the great, but now defunct Gnosis magazine as well as for many professional journals. He is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at the College of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles, California.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Conspiracy Culture International Pt 3 - Anti-fa & the Noö Left



Back in December of 2016, when we first reported on the global impact of the brave-noö information age… when its operating system, the so-called new media was exposed… when the Alt-Right made its astounding rise to prominence in American politics… when the proverbial paradigm indeed shifted… we began the process of identifying and commentating on these events as part of an expansive, more profound socio-cultural phenomenon. We labeled it: Conspiracy Culture International.

In part one of this series, we outlined the transition of the conspiracy theorist, from tin-foil-hatter to savvy and astute social analyst. We laid a philosophical groundwork by introducing the concept of the noösphere (noʊ.əsfɪər). We defined noösphere as the sphere of human thought, derived from the Greek νοῦς (nous "mind") and σφαῖρα (sphaira "sphere"), in lexical analogy to "atmosphere" and "biosphere" as popularized by the 20th-century heretic, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in 1922, with his theory on Cosmogenesis.

In part two, we explored the brief social experiment known as the American Middle Class, the erosion of the middle… of a distinctly American “common good” identity, and how its demise left a void in America’s self-identification. We examined how the void created by the attrition of the middle had been filled by that which once occupied the periphery… the Fringe. We contrasted the demise of the middle, with the rise of American Corporatocracy and the 1% ruling class, which we labeled: the American Archon.

We further developed and identified Conspiracy Culture International (CCI) as a massive, diverse, globally intact phenomenon, composed of those adherents who subscribe to the multifaceted principles of High Weirdness. CCI embraces the seemingly divergent communities that monitor or adhere to not only conspiracy & deep state theory, but alt history, ancient alien & alien abduction narratives, PSI phenomena & the paranormal, psychedelia, the occult & new age philosophies, neo-religious beliefs, astrology & magick... even cyberpunk, transhumanism & singularity.

With our CCI special edition, we made a quick foray into American Neo Nazism, driven by (then) current events…

In this installment of CCI, and as promised back in April, we will now take a brief look at the often ignored community of neo-progressive, post-activist, millennial mind-fuck, rascally tricksters that we call the Noö Left.

After the 2016 presidential election in the good ole’ US of A… many of us were surprised and compelled to recognize the unlikely ascension of the Fringe’s Alt right underground (aka Alex Jones, et al). We watched, momentarily stunned by the poisonous, anti-ethnic mind-virus that was espoused and exploited by a far-right few. However, as we indicated, the Alt-right is but one small, fearful, reactionary faction of this much larger, globally impactful phenomenon.

Rising in opposition to the Alt-Right propagandists is the Noö Left… a rag-tag assortment of liberal political organizers, progressive social activists and economic injustice occupiers… complete with their own propaganda. As ground-breaking as some elements of the noö left have been, such as the widely reported and wildly popular occupy movement of 2011, they curiously seem to be less adept at utilizing the emerging noö info technologies, compared to their far-right counterparts. 

Now the wry, social observer may point out that both factions have their “Daddy Warbucks” funding sources, such as George Soros on the left and the Koch brothers on the right. The argument may be that these movements are both being manipulated by different factions of the American Archons. This may very well be… but the contention remains. The worldviews of left and right have a genuine polarity. Real differences in how we want to proceed as a culture remain.

Anti-Fa 


There’s a new kid on the block, and they’re come out swinging. Anti-fa, or anti-fascist, groups have exploded around the country to fight back against growing fascism and Nazism. Anti-fa doesn’t hold back. As the frontline of the new Left, they are willing to fight violence with violence, and have no qualms with shutting down nazis wherever they appear.

For years the black bloc was the only voice of radicalism distinguishing between violence and reactive self-defense. We may now be witnessing something special, as a new generation of activists coalesces around anti-fascism. Anti-fa members do not fall into the trap of political-correctness like so many liberals, but, instead, tell it like it is, and are not afraid to act on their beliefs. They don’t lean on the government for support, choosing to subvert the violent police-state to defend the most vulnerable.

So Lefties, listen up! Over the last forty years, the Left has failed to take bold action to support radical voices. Anti-fa has stepped in to fill the void, but has been met with criticism and dissent. Rather than bashing anti-fa, let’s push further.

Anti-fa is a bright spot on a dark political landscape. But dare I say: the Left is dead if their only radical faction is reactive by nature. Anti-fa coalesces around alt-right rallies, and waits for fascists to appear before shutting them down. But is it possible to build a constructive global coalition on the left beyond anti-fa? How about smashing the global hierarchy, and building a new world from the bottom-up?

Resist! Resist! Resist! is the only chant we hear echoing through the streets, directed towards Trump Tower and the White House. How about: Dream! Dream! Dream! 

-Sutrisno

The above is from Adbusters.org …you remember Adbusters as the Canadian based grass-roots organization, perhaps most famous for their instrumental role in (un) organizing “Occupy Wall Street.” Sutrisno’s provocative assessment of the Anti-Fa or anti-fascist mobilization, both succinctly describes the power and the flaw in within the group. Their modus operandi is essentially reactionary. Right or wrong, in their militancy to fight violence with violence, Anti-fa either misses or acquiesces the time-honored understanding that violence begets violence. As our affiliate @ BigTime TV indicated in their Operation Mindfuck series: “The use of violence defeats the purpose of any OM, by resorting to the very tactics that are utilized by the brutally repugnant regimes that the Mindfuck operation seeks to expose.”

Anti-fa in Portland, Oregon

In fairness to Anti-fa, many anti-fascist protestors have indicated that Anti-fa’s physicality in opposing neo-Nazis had kept them from further injury, at recent altercations.

Returning to the observation that the Noö Left is playing catch up to the Alt-Right, at utilizing the emerging noö info technologies… an interesting point was recently raised by a media pundit (who shall remain nameless) concerning Anti-fa. His comment was that Anti-fa has a public relations problem, in that many in America don’t even realize that Anti-fa stands for: Anti-fascist. The pundit’s point was that Anti-fa needed “re-branding.” From all appearances, Anti-fa is exceedingly clear on their role and responsibilities. 

What is becoming clear in regard to the pundit’s thinking… is the need for a deeper understanding of the ramifications of what the voice behind the weblog Global Guerrillas, John Robb calls political “open-source insurgency” and the evolving nature of how disruptive politics are played. Per Robb: “The political parties and the media aren't the primary actors in the US political system anymore.  Increasingly, politics is being waged online by networks. These networks have already replaced many of the functions previously accomplished by the political parties.  They have also rewired, likely forever, how we consume news.”  

Again, the global impact of the brave-noö information age and its operating system, the so-called new media… ie: facebook, Breitbart, etc, is rapidly changing the nature of public discourse and governance, here in the US of A and abroad. In this sense, we all need to play “catch up” to these technologies. In the not-too-distant future, if you want to vote… “There’s an app for that.”

Meanwhile, the Noö Left organizes. The traditional alliance of activists, educators, and others who campaign for social change and for a broad range of reforms on issues such as civil rights, gay rights, abortion, gender roles, and immigration policy, have been mobilized by the Alt-Right’s success. Add to this coalition the traditional alliance of labor unions and workers rights, the environmental movement, re-energized by the immediacy of climate change… and a significant progressive bloc begins to emerge.

In closing this edition of Conspiracy Culture International, we return to the above question raised by Sutrisno…

But is it possible to build a constructive global coalition on the left beyond anti-fa? How about smashing the global hierarchy, and building a new world from the bottom-up? Resist! Resist! Resist! is the only chant we hear echoing through the streets, directed towards Trump Tower and the White House. How about: Dream! Dream! Dream!




 Special Edition: American Neo-Nazi


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Black Spot - "origins"


The Black Spot is a literary device invented by Robert Louis Stevenson for his novel "Treasure Island." In the book, pirates are presented with a "black spot" to officially pronounce a verdict of guilt or judgment. It consists of a circular piece of paper or card, with one side blackened while the other side bears a message and placed in the hand of the accused. It was a source of much fear because it meant the pirate was to be deposed as leader, by force if necessary... or else killed outright.

The origin of Stevenson's Black Spot might be in the historical tradition of Caribbean pirates of showing an Ace of Spades to a person condemned as traitor or informer. The card was putting the person dangerously "on the spot", as the ace bears a single pip.

In 2004, Adbusters began selling vegan, indy shoes. The name and logo are "open-source"; in other words, unencumbered by private trademarks. Attached to each pair was a leaflet – "Rethink the Cool" inviting wearers to join a movement, and two spots – one for drawing their own logos and another on the toe for "kicking corporate ass."

Now on the sixth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Adbusters is throwing a billion person soirée, to celebrate… and you’re invited! Follow the black spot for more info...




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Corporatocracy prefers Civil War to Social Revolution


Corporatocracy is a recent term used to refer to an economic and political system controlled by corporations or corporate interests. It is most often used today as a term to describe the current economic situation in a particular country, especially the United States. This is different from corporatism, which is the organization of society into groups with common interests. Corporatocracy as a term is often used by observers across the political spectrum.

- Wikipedia

In a recent post on the wonderful and illuminating weblog: Groupname for Grapejuice, the great social commentator and Joycean scholar, known obliquely as: Znore, outlined with brilliant clarity, the critical difference between a sub-cultural phenomenon, such as the so-called: Alt-Right… and a true, bona fide, honest-to-god counter-cultural revolution. The following excerpts are from an essay titled: Broke & Woke, wherein Znore has artfully articulated our evolving zeitgeist. Please enjoy…


The alt-right argument is essentially that the counterculture of the 1960s, which was in every respect liberal, has (since when exactly?) become the dominant culture. It is now conservatives and people on the right in general who are the cultural revolutionaries.

The dominant culture, the argument goes, has become so liberal, so politically correct, so intolerant of traditional values, so globalized, that it is only the right that offers any sort of genuine alternative. It is now the right… and more accurately the hardcore far right… that is truly different, that is edgy, that is new, that is hip. Everything else is awash in and captured by identity politics; paradoxically puritanical and utterly degenerate, riddled rotten with hypocrisy.

But while there is some legitimacy in its critique of the dominant “liberal” culture, and this needs to be examined closely, it is entirely inaccurate to call the alt-right a counterculture. The alt-right argument goes very wrong, and misleadingly so, with its first premise. This, intentionally or not, consists of a mistaken view of the original 1960s counterculture.

An authentic counterculture (regardless of inevitable Agency infiltration and misdirection within it) did emerge in the 1960s; and it can be called authentic not because it was liberal, but because it was anti-war, anti-corporate, anti-imperialist, anti-police state and opposed to anything that would seek to place bounds on the limits of consciousness. And in fact it was largely directed against an Establishment that fashioned itself as being liberal.

When the system (read: corporatocracy) enters into a period of crisis, as it did in the 1930s, as it did in the 1960s, and as it has been in since 2008, it chooses from a handful of available strategies. If the crisis is primarily economic, like it was in the 1930s, it seeks either to cut off slack (namely reforms won the people in previous struggles) by implementing austerity programs or, if the movement against it becomes too powerful, by preempting revolution with the introduction of “reforms” and “benefits.”

And likewise, if the crisis is primarily cultural, like it was in the 1960s, it seeks to co-opt and direct any authentically revolutionary elements to consumerism and empty platitudes. And when the crisis, as it has been since at least 2008, is in nearly equal measure economic and cultural it deploys all of the above. And in all cases it does what it is the very best at: dividing and conquering.

Since 2008, or perhaps 2001 yet stemming back for decades, the internationally-coordinated response from the global 0.001% has been a combination of austerity, fear, hyper-consumerism and constant distraction.

The articulated goal worldwide is the “Chinese model” ie: police-state capitalism with constant intervention in the markets by the central government, which in turn justifies its repressive actions through the use of nationalist propaganda. It is basically a historical truism that when a state goes into crisis that it seeks by propaganda to direct the anger of its people outward in order to deflect anger away from itself. But if a viable outside enemy is unavailable, it far prefers civil war to social revolution.


The original article from whence these excerpts came is a must-read for those discerning readers who seek social clarity and political perspective in these troubled times. The original article must be read in its entirety. Follow the link to read the unabridged post…



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Contact in the Desert 2017 - A Cultural Ethnography - Pt 2 "Fear & Loathing"


Joshua Tree, California is approximately 875 miles due West of Roswell, New Mexico. It is 300 miles due South of the highly classified Air Force facility, infamously known as: Area 51. The alleged events and subsequent notoriety of these two sites have almost single-handedly formed and informed modern American UFOlogy. The chronicled lore of these two sites were foundational... their broad acceptance in modern Pop culture were what made an event like Contact in the Desert 2017 possible.

Joshua Tree is also 175 due miles South of Las Vegas, Nevada. Not long ago, the infamy of “Sin City” was added to, by a very different chronicle of a wild, psychedelic, drug-fueled nature. This chronicle of High Weirdness was titled: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream” written by the founder of Gonzo Journalism, Hunter S Thompson.

Are the events surrounding Contact in the Desert 2017, in some way synchronously linked to the events chronicled in “Fear & Loathing?” We shall see, dear reader… we shall see. Consider this…


As you recall from part one of this Ethnography… in the late spring of 2017 my attorney and personal Guru, the charismatic Agent 87 & I traveled to the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Forest, and set up a tekgnostic outpost/vending booth… booth #23… at the fifth annual Contact in the Desert. Over the course of the event, we met and networked with an amazing assortment of conference attendees. We conversed with crypto currency aficionados, new-age media marketers, cosmically connected world travelers, Bay Area rave-scene kingpins and old-school zine publishers.

The divergent thought streams present at Contact 2017, soon coalesced into an EPIC weekend of exploration of Consciousness. Although we were warmly received by most of the event-goers, we fielded some rather strange and discombobulated lines of questioning, from a few. Apparently, and to some, the idea of Tek-Gnostics was indeed quite unsettling. Over the weekend, a pattern emerged in the odd reactions of these few.


The Tek-Gnostics “branding” at Contact 2017 included our logo... the Orphic Egg, superimposed over a psychedelic moon, with a surrounding tek infused, indigo aura. The overt symbolism of this design indicates a blend of contemporary information technology with the ancient mysteries. Accompanying our logo was the legend:


“Intelligence Engineering - Psychonautics - Consciousness Hacking.”

It soon became clear that there were some at Contact 2017 who had concerns, even feared… that “intelligence engineering” was somehow akin to mind control. Perhaps the connotation was of social engineering, NLP, eugenics or some such concern. This echoed a native, dark undercurrent of fear and suspicion within the broader UFO community. This fear (& loathing) takes the form of a variety of tales of conspiracy: Operation Paperclip, Mk-Ultra, Chem-trails, Black Ops (& men in black), the governmental cover-up of the existence of extra-terrestrials, breakaway civilizations… etc.

Now a very compelling, inspirational motivation within the UFO community is what is known as “Disclosure.” This description is from the Wikipedia group-mind: “In the early 2000s, the concept of “disclosure” became increasingly popular in the UFO conspiracy community: that the government had suppressed information on alien contact and full disclosure was needed, and was pursued by activist lobbying groups.” Steven M. Greer, one of the presenters at Contact 2017 has championed this thought-stream since 1993, when he founded the Disclosure Project.

I am not a huge fan of disclosure, as it implies mediation, if not subjugation of the existence of extra-terrestrial intelligences, to governmental agencies. I am not saying that government entities don’t “know things” …rather, I intuit that the demand of a citizenry upon any government for disclosure implies compliance to an authority (and assumed competency) that governments simply do not possess. Beyond the unsavory implication of conspiracy, it is not clear that any governmental body would possess the expertise and wisdom to be an intermediary to extra-terrestrial entities.  


Universe is a strange & wondrous place... and extra-terrestrial contact likely involves forays into extra-dimensional and/or psychedelic realms. Arguably, past government involvement in psychedelia demonstrates a lack of discerning expertise in this field (more on the extra-dimensional and/or psychedelic aspects, in a future installment of this Ethnography).

So there was this small contingent of event-goers who were unsettled by Tek-Gnostics. Those from this contingent who perused our book offering: The Tek-Gnostics Heresies also took issue with the notion of Technological Singularity, mentioned on the back cover. Here was a related, fear-driven undercurrent, illuminating our collective angst over an uncertain future. This angst was brilliantly represented in the TV series: the X-files “Fight the Future” myth-arc.

In part one of this series, we touched upon the New Age flavor of Contact 2017. Within the community was a robust Ascension Movement representation. After interacting with event-goers and attending such presentations as Laura Eisenhower’s “The Necessity of these Times” a clear conspiratorial distrust of the Technological Singularity and the rise of Artificial Intelligence was evident. With the ascension movement, came the conspiracy of human ascension vs AI assimilation.

Simply put, the concept suggests that the worldly powers that be… the worldly Archons and their globalist minions… are in their last gasps of power. They desperately cling to their remaining influence, as the new paradigm ascends. Within the ascension movement scenario, singularity, AI, and transhumanism are considered a ploy or trap to lure humanity. Any embrace of a man/machine merger would be a Borg-like assimilation, controlled by the globalist Archons.

The ascension movement opposes such, in favor on an organic rise in consciousness and vibration, where humanity enjoys a renaissance of spirit, in alliance with the rise of the Great Mother… the Gaian energies that are poised to supplant the failing, patriarchal paradigm. Any embrace of Archonic technologies, while alluring to some, prolong the Archon’s hold on power.

With the ultimate triumph of Gaian energies and the new paradigm, comes the resultant Breakaway Civilization conspiracy. This conspiratorial mythology is rooted in the actions of Post WWII Nazis, fleeing Europe and taking their secret technologies with them. The Nazi Rat-lines trail to South America and Antarctica, where secret Nazi bases facilitate the scientific development of off-world capabilities. Other developed countries, such as the US, Great Britain and China, following the Nazi lead, develop their own secret space programs.


Thus the theory goes… there have developed, separately or in tandem, a whole off-the-books civilization secretly propagated by the powers that be, poised to break away from planet Earth.

You see men sailing on their ego trips
Blast off on their spaceships
Million miles from reality
No care for you, no care for me

-from “So Much Trouble In The World” by Bob Marley

As the New Earth blossoms, those rascally Archons and their minions need a place to go. Secret bases on the dark side of the Moon or on Mars, or somewhere… anywhere off-world, appear to be their option of choice. Opposite a New Earth vision, this scenario carries with it an expected environmental depletion and/or catastrophe. Such is the dark vision of Archonology.

Such conspiratorial angst… be it over Disclosure, Artificial Intelligence or Breakaway Civilizations, are understandable fears in a world where, what was once considered the wildest of conspiracy theories of the 20th century, proved to be all-too-true in the 21st century. What was once science fiction of the last century has become dystopian fact, in our Brave Noö World.

Did we find a definitive link between Hunter S Thompson's book and Contact 2017? Well... not exactly. However, the dark fear mongering, the negative Fear & Loathing mind-set need not prevail.

It up to each of us to develop our own mythologies, moving forward. As we have indicated before, we need to keep all our options open. We choose the cup half full. Technologies, like philosophies, are tools… artifacts of innovation. Moving into an uncertain future where AI will apparently play a major role, the human ambition must be to provide a stewardship for Earth and a stewardship of AI. This is the Intelligence Amplified path. This is the preferred mythology of Tek-Gnostics.

We also foresee and support the rise of Gaia. We choose a mythology of Human/Planet partnership. We include our energies in and toward a New Earth Paradigm. After all, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have or want a ticket aboard any break-away spaceship. I am happy to lend a hand right here aboard Spaceship Earth.


In our next installment of Contact in the Desert 2017 - A Cultural Ethnography, we will proceed further down the proverbial rabbit hole, in search of the fascinating community and mythology surrounding modern UFOlogy. Don't touch that dial, intrepid reader!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Conspiracy Culture International Special Edition: American Neo Nazi


Dateline: August 11, 2017 - Charlottesville, Virginia 
"Late Friday night, several hundred torch-bearing men and women marched on the main quadrangle of the University of Virginia’s grounds, shouting, “You will not replace us,” and “Jew will not replace us.” They walked around the Rotunda, the university’s signature building, and to a statue of Thomas Jefferson, where a group of counter-protesters were gathered, and a brawl ensued. At least one person was led away in handcuffs by the police."

- by Hawes Spencer & Sheryl Gay Stolberg - NYT

A significant percentage of the voting population (who bothered to turn out) in these United States, saw fit to elect Donald J Trump as president, back in the fall of 2016. Against all odds, his thinly veiled Fascist message resonated with enough voters. His election has since been a controversial one. A significant percentage of those who voted for Trump can be fairly typified as what the pop press calls: “Trump’s Base.”

The pop press has also typified this Base as “the Alt Right.” They further suggest that Alt Right is another word for “white supremacist.” Those who recently gathered under the American Fascist Movement’s campaign billed as: “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville were clearly just that… White Nationalists, Ku Klux Klansmen, Anti Semites… a broad assortment of your basic Neo-Nazi scum bags.


August 12, 2017 - Charlottesville, Virginia
"A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet college town a bloodied symbol of the nation's roiling racial and political divisions.

The chaos erupted around what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade — including neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan — who descended on the city to "take America back" by rallying against plans to remove a Confederate statue. Hundreds came to protest against the racism. There were street brawls and violent clashes; the governor declared a state of emergency, police in riot gear ordered people out and helicopters circled overhead."
- Sarah Rankin – AP

"This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back. We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said we’re going to take our country back, and that’s what we’re going to do."
- David Duke

What has become clear in the aftermath of this horrific event, especially in light of Trump’s Stunningly Milquetoast response to the Charlottesville violence, is that Trump has no intention of calling out the fast-organizing white supremacist movement in the United States. Although the Alt Right is not the exclusive population of Trump’s Base… they are a significant sector.

At this point, pop liberal opinion would point out that although Trump condemned violence “on many sides” …he did not come out with an immediate clear, decisive statement disavowing the white supremacist movement. Trump’s disinclination to “name the darkness” speaks for itself. Once he chose not to identify fascism, subsequent statements were inconsequential. He had his chance and he missed it.

Pop liberal opinion would then suggest that Trump does not want to upset his Base. This assessment stops short of what well may be going on in Trump’s strategic calculations. The age-old sentiment: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” comes to mind. In light of Trump’s reaction, and past atrocities, what horrific suspicion also comes to mind is this… Trump has plans for his most fanatical following.

Those who rallied around the “Unite the Right” flag in Charlottesville were well organized. Despite any Nationalist ideological variations, they all appeared to be exceedingly loyal to Trump. Given the apparent level of organization, similar numbers could assemble anywhere in America, at the slightest dog-whistle/tweet, coming from Trump’s twitter account. Such a well-organized group of fanatics such as those in Charlottesville could arguably be likened to, if not utilized as, Shock Troops… prepared to do their leader’s bidding. These Neo Nazi shock troops could be mobilized at a moments notice.


The following is from Wikipedia: "The Schutzstaffel (SS; literally "Protection Squadron") was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in Nazi Germany, and later throughout German-occupied Europe during World War II. It began with a small guard unit known as the Saal-Schutz (Hall-Protection) made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for party meetings in Munich."

The similarities between the 1930’s era Saal-Schutz and those who gather at Trump rallies dutifully wearing “Make America White Great Again” hats, chanting (both pre and post election) “lock her up” …are to-the-bone chilling. Hitler’s shock troops, the SS, began as security guards at his early political rallies. Similarities between the SS and "unite the right" foot soldiers are obvious. In this day and age, it would not take much for an unscrupulous politician to take advantage of such devotion. Stranger, fouler and darker things have happened.


Absurd, you say… Trump would never go that extreme, would never resort to that level of violence to achieve his ends, would he?

If this scenario is not alarmist enough for you, dear reader… let us delve a little deeper into the esoterica surrounding Nazism. During the media coverage of the clash between “Unite the Right” thugs and “Anti-Hate” protesters… there appeared in the footage, an Alt-right-guy waving a large battle flag, emblazoned with the Schwarze Sonne or Black Sun symbol. 


From Wikipedia: 

"The term Black Sun (German Schwarze Sonne), also referred to as the Sonnenrad (German for "Sun Wheel"), is a symbol of esoteric and occult significance. Its ancient design is also found on a sun wheel mosaic incorporated into a floor of Wewelsburg Castle during the Nazi era. 
    
Allegedly, the (Black Sun) design was drawn for Heinrich Himmler from an "old Aryan emblem", and was meant to mimic the Round table of Arthurian legend with each spoke of the sun wheel representing one "knight" or Officer of the "inner" SS. The symbol of the Black Sun is purported to unite the three most important symbols of Nazi ideology - the sun wheel, the swastika and the stylized victory rune, and that it is symbolic in its form representing the twelve SS Knights of The Order of the Death's Head and their three retainers." 

Erich Halik was the first to link the esoteric SS with the Black Sun roundel insignia carried by German aircraft in the polar region at the close of World War II. The former SS member Wilhelm Landig of the Vienna Lodge (for a critical analysis, see VISUP’s series:  A Sun That Never Sets: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Landig Group) coined the idea of the Black Sun, a substitute swastika and mystical source of energy capable of regenerating the Aryan race." 

Speculation abounds within the world wide web, that ties the Black Sun to... not only Neo-Nazism but the esoteric Thule Society, Nazi secret weapons & UFO mythology, Secret Nazi bases in Antarctica, extra-terrestrial and ancient astronaut theory… the speculative list goes on & on. Research on such topics will provide hours of fascinating, if not disturbing reading.   

The appearance of the Black Sun flag at Charlottesville triggers deeper, esoteric thought streams. In synchromystic fashion, these symbols… appearing briefly as they do within pop media… may be viewed as more than coincidence. They become synchronistic flashes of prognosticating insight. They become indicators that point to the dark side of the High Weirdness that permeates modern culture… the culture of the fringe. In earlier posts, we identified this broader, Noö Culture as: Conspiracy Culture International.

We are experiencing massive cultural changes. These changes, rightly considered as zeitgeist, have been imposed upon us and are indicative of a global transformation that is greater than we yet realize. One symptom of this transformation is the abrupt disappearance of a stabilizing middle ground in cultural and political opinion. This coincides with the disappearance of 20th century jobs as the world retools, and the resulting disappearance of a middle-class existence.

The scope and speed of global transformation goes beyond anything we have experienced. The ascent of the fringe, the rise of Conspiracy Culture International is also a symptom that hastens Culture Wars as dark forces of the old paradigm, in their last death throws, attempt to cling to power.

The fringe’s Alt Right underground is a dangerous and scary element of the fringe as it exploits our current cultural disorientation. Neo-Nazism embraces the fringe’s Alt Right, as it gives permission and cover for knee-jerk fascism and violence. However, Conspiracy Culture International is far more diverse than the Alt Right. Conspiracy Culture International is a massive, multi-ethnic, globally intact phenomenon. People of all walks of life recognize and are experiencing this paradigm shift and are “wising up” to the changes going down.

The good news is… we don’t need to accept the Alt Right’s ideology. This old world is changing fast. We can choose to be part of a conducive, tolerant, compassionate paradigm… one of creativity and inclusiveness. We create our future… it need not be dominated by ideological fear. As the great American social critic, Morris Berman said: "An idea is something you have; an ideology is something that has you."

Don't "be had" by fear-based ideology... recognize the dark, but choose the light. Shine forth, dear fellow psychonauts… shine forth!