The Sonderman Constellation
The senate house of planets all did sit
To knit in her their best perfections.
The human mind is incapable of imagining what it has not seen. There is no such thing as human creativity; all is in explanation of what is. Everything is understanding and extrapolation.
Thus Man perceived his nature and explained the world according to his understanding. There was sea, earth and sky. Man assumed that what went on in heaven was a duplicate of what went on here on earth; thus the dictum: As above, so below. It followed that if the Earth dictated one’s physical existence then the stars in heaven dictated one’s spiritual existence. When one’s soul left this earthly existence one became a star.
Most of the stars are perceived as fixed but there were five known stars that wandered across the skies. The Greeks called them Planets or in other words, moving stars. It made sense that one’s nature would be determined by the position of the planets at the time of one’s birth. Thus personal astrology developed out of this general astrology.
It must be remembered that in those days one’s social position was fixed at birth. A blacksmith’s son was expected to become a blacksmith. An aristocrat’s son due to breeding was irrevocably an aristocrat regardless of the whims of fate. However there were changes in fortune, a blacksmith might become prominent while an aristocrat might become a slave. All was preordained by the stars. Everything could be predicted if you could read the meaning of the stars. The stars where right up there where they couldn’t be missed.
Man’s consciousness evolved. As it did it sought desperately to explain character in more reliable terms.
The Bard appears to have been of at least two minds concerning astrology. On the one hand in the quote prefacing this chapter he claims that the stars determine character while at another time he declares the fault lies not in the stars but in ourselves.
A couple centuries later and a few miles down the road of consciousness Freud determined that the springs of action did indeed lie within while indicating a way to control and correct them. Freud might have been able to relieve Hamlet of his most distressing symptoms with the ‘talking cure.’
Antagonists of Freudian concepts of human behavior have returned to the Ancient Fathers bypassing the Bard and Freud and by utilizing modern science in a specious manner brought the fault down from the stars by placing it in our genes. According to modern science Man is still not responsible for his actions, influences beyond his control compel him from which he has not the intellect or intelligence to resist. To counteract these internal chemical imbalances, so they claim, some psychologists have developed a program of drug therapy not unlike Dr. Tim’s which is supposed to correct the chemical imbalances and while it still doesn’t cure the problem there is the appearance of a temporary cure by numbing the affected area. Why the introduction of chemicals to redress the imbalance doesn’t cure the psychosis is never explained. The conclusion is that Man is just a helpless wisp in the wind.
No one of these explanations is wholly correct but allowing for the metaphors of the stars and genes there is some truth in each assertion. This led the Ancients to Hermetic Science. The Hermetics believed that one’s future could be affected by applying rules of Moral Virtue and Right Conduct. Thus while the stars were influential one could change the quality of one’s life, if not one’s destiny, by one’s own efforts. Of course, by the heyday of the Hermetics social conditions were somewhat more fluid. Man changed his philosophy to suit his perceived conditions.
In our own time one’s birth condition has less to do with one’s station in life. With a little initiative a person born into the worst social circumstances can rise to the highest position in life such as President of the United States or Premier of the Soviet Union. In which case the answer does lie within but only for those who have conquered their ‘inner demons’ or turned them to good use. One would still rather be born a doctor’s son than a streetsweeper’s . It’s a much easier road for the former regardless of mental condition. But if one doesn’t rise does the fault truly lie within? I don’t think so.
I had a cat once who had a litter of kittens. The mother was a sleek short haired black cat. Of her litter five were copies of herself while the sixth was a long haired tortoise shell kitten. Very beautiful, prettier than her mother or siblings. The mother took an intense dislike to this beautiful kitten. She refused to groom it like the others.
One night we heard a kitten scream, then silence. Upon rising we found this beautiful kitten dead. She had been thrown out the nest having been pushed well away. The mother was looking at it with the same dispassionate look that the Sondermans had given me when I hung suspended from the railroad ties as the great grinding steely wheels of the Diesel engine ground by my fingertips. I mean, at the time I could have told you how many revolutions it took them to cross the trestle.
Upon examining the kitten I discovered that it had not been able to void its feces. Previous fecal matter had dried over the rectum forming a plug. The mother had refused to clean it so that, unable to void, the kitten’s intestines had exploded, killing it.
A scream and then silence. The kitten had been murdered by its mother.
We threw the dead kitten in the garbage and paid attention to the living kittens. Life belongs to the living, doesn’t it? Dead things tell no tales and thus have no rights.
What had the dead kitten done to deserve the neglect of its mother. Nothing. The fault does not lie within. The kitten was just unfortunate to have been born different and beautiful. Not even malformed, just prettier, just not like the others. The kitten was just born under a bad sign, no planets sitting for her benefit. It was just written in the stars beyond the kitten’s control. Unfortunate combination of genes.
Consider the situation with my own and Sonderman’s relations with our mothers. Nature has its flaws. While it has provided all women with the physical capability to bring children into the world it has not provided all women with the intellectual capacity to function as mothers. Some girls, as it has been noted, just want to have fun. Some girls have been given unrealistic expectations as to the nature of life. Some girls have very unrealistic notions as to the power of men. Some girls remain ignorant of the nature of sex.
Both Sonderman’s and my mother had psychological expectations that had disastrous results for their sons and husbands. In the psychology of both women they wanted daughters not sons. When their husbands disappointed them by giving them sons both experienced psychotic reactions,
In my mother’s case she first rejected her husband as a failure. She no longer wanted him. To save her own dignity she had to transfer the blame for a marital separation to him. Using the wiles of women she induced him to beat her. By his becoming a woman beater she was justified in divorcing him. She was the innocent and injured party.
While society recognizes the criminality of the brutality of the male it willfully refuses to recognize the criminality of the wiles of women. Women’s wiles are only the female counterpart to man’s physical strength. Even if society had recognized the concept, my father would have been unable to give a clinical explanation of why and how my mother had induced him to defame himself.
She punished my father for failing to give her girls by defaming and discarding him. She next had to punish her boys for not being girls. She spurned them from her, much as our cat did her kitten, by placing them in foster homes and the orphanage. Murder by neglect was out of the question in human society.
To be sure her womanly wiles created a good reason for doing so, not wanting to appear reprehensible in the eyes of the world. The wiles of women are clever but no less vicious than the brutality of men.
In contrast Mrs. Sonderman as a silly girl thought that her husband could will the sex of her children. She devoutly wanted girls because as she once told me girls are ‘sugar and spice and everything nice’ while boys are made of ‘snails and nails and puppy dog tails.’ The woman had taken a nursery rhyme heard as a small girl as actual fact. Understand me, she believed it.
She eagerly submitted to old S’s embraces on their honeymoon in the expectation that he would grace her with a daughter. She had been to college and knew as a scientific fact that the male sperm determines the sex of the child. Therefore she believed old S could will the sex of the child and give her the daughter she desired. Imagine her disappointment when young Sonderman popped out all malely and rasty as a puppy dog’s tail. She was gracious; she thought her husband may have made a mistake, didn’t try hard enough. Ignoring custom and medical advice she was impelled to immediately attempt another to get a daughter. When, ten months after Sonderman was born Little crawled out into the light of day she knew that old S was betraying her willfully. He was crossing her. The selfish bastard had no intention of giving her daughters. She crossed her legs and turned the lives of her sons and husband into a living hell.
Our mothers didn’t let us die and then throw us out of the nest but that was perhaps only because social pressures prevented such a resolution. Both of us had to bear our mothers’ hatred; a hatred which neither of them could understand and which neither of them would ever have admitted. Their hatred was nevertheless a Challenge to which we had to Respond.
When my father was rejected by my mother she created a different set of Challenges to which I would have to Respond.
Sonderman’s rejection by his mother would become more evident to him in his adolescent years especially after I moved into the neighborhood.
The women would do nothing openly that the world could censure as violent or criminal such as beating us which the womanly wiles of my mother caused my father to do to her. Even if they had, men do not take the physical violence of woman seriously as they are the weaker sex. On top of that a man assumes that a woman always has cause to strike a man or boy.
Modern American society seems to have obscured the concept of the wiles of women. Women are even thought to be without the vices common to humankind regardless of the abundant evidence to the contrary. They present themselves as all virtue without faults. The fantasy is that men through their basic indecency have completely fouled up the world while if women were in charge as in the good old days of the Matriarchy all would be sweetness and light.
Well, ‘When ‘Omer smote his bloomin’ lyre’ he had a different tale to tell. For him the wiles of women caused the most destructive war of all time. The Iliad of the great Trojan Cycle centers on the basic conflict between the male and female of the species. The inequality of the sexes is the number one unending problem of history. Homer must be understood as the most detailed examination of the problem in literature.
The Iliad is only one part of a massive ten part epic not unlike the Vulgate Arthur. Of the parts, only the two parts of Homer have come down to us intact. When the cycle was redacted probably only his work came from such a powerful mind that it merited survival. The remainder exists only in epitomes and summaries. The whole cycle concerned the war of the sexes or that of the Matriarchy and Patriarchy.
Homer knew the whole story. The Iliad refers regularly to the other parts not only of the Trojan Cycle but the whole of the mythology of the Bronze Age. Homer was obviously an initiate in the complete esoteric mysteries. He is able to summarize the developed world outlook of the Bronze Age from the arrival of the Greeks to this own period. The vast compendium of knowledge and outlook was organized just previously to the world dissolving into the succeeding psychological Piscean Age depending on a savior to rescue mankind from itself.
But Homer understood perfectly the relationship between the male and the female. The Trojan War was caused by female vanity and it was fought out to satisfy female spite. Using the wiles of women three goddesses got mortal men to fight their battle for them. So much for the notion that the world would be at peace if women ruled.
The story begins at the equivalent of the annual Freaker’s Ball or Black and White Ball or whatever they chose to call it in those times that began with Once Upon A Time. Mount Olympus was gaily decorated for the occasion. For this gala all the gods and goddesses were invited but one. Oh, those overlooked invitations. The only immortal left out was the goddess of strife, Eris. No one wants strife at their party but the lesson is it will enter wanted or not.
Eris was the mistress of the wiles of women. Rather than just crash the party as a man would do, she showed up bearing gifts. The Greeks were clever at giving deceitful gifts; hence the saying: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. With honeyed words she said it was not her intent to stay; even though uninvited she had brought a gift to demonstrate her good will.
With a lovely smile Eris laid a beautiful golden apple on the gound. Smiling brightly over her shoulder she tripped off. There was something written on the apple. Aphrodite, Hera and Athene drifted over their curiosity piqued. As they stared at the apple the words became clear. They simply said: For the fairest. You never heard of the wiles of women, hey?
‘Oh, look Girls.’ Aphrodite giggled. ‘It has my name on it.’
‘Not so fast, Child.’ Hera said, holding up a cautionary hand. ‘Fairest is my middle name.’
‘Oh, daddy.’ Athene cried to Zeus. ‘Help me. They’re trying to take my little golden apple from me.’
The big sap came over to give his decision for his favorite daughter but neither his wife or older daughter would accept his decision. And so, Eris, using her womanly wiles had destroyed the tranquillity of the Freaker’s Ball. They were all freakin’ out.
The gods could not agree or dared not to assert which they thought was the fairest so it was determined to offer the case to a mortal for adjudication. That was a neat Law and Order decision.
Far off across the water on the slopes of Mt. Ida near Troy a simple shepherd boy named Paris decided to take a nap in the warm afternoon sun. Laying himself down in the high grass beneath a pine tree he brushed a spent pine cone out of his way and drifted off into a delicious sleep. As Somnus, as Homer would say, received Paris in his arms the three godesses drifted into his slumbering consciousness.
‘Hello, simple shepherd boy.’ Hera said. ‘We gotta problem. We need your help.’
‘Oh, you have a problem.’ Paris answered warily. ‘Well, go down to Troy. There are a number of soothsayers there; they will be glad to help. It’s their business.’
‘You punk. Your number’s up. You’re the man of the hour.’ Hera rudely said, although she would have called it speaking imperiously. ‘Here’s the gig. See this apple, Sonny? It says to the fairest. OK. Which one of us does it belong to?’
‘Hard to say.’ Paris evaded diplomatically. ‘I’m only a simple shepherd boy as you noted. Why ask me?’
‘Well, smarten up, Sonny. This is an either or situation. Either you give us an answer or we’ll shrivel your gonads to the size of peas. Which is it, kid? Me, her or her?’
Life is like that sometimes, now, isn’t it? This was one of those unsought times for the simple shepherd boy, Paris. Even though his only chance was to go ahead and deliver what is known as the Judgment Of Paris he tried to be evasive again.
‘I couldn’t say when you have all those clothes on.’ he said hoping they would be modest and leave.
‘You don’t get off that easy, Sonny.’ Hera replied. ‘Two of us will retire so that you can examine us in detail one at a time. I’m first. Girls go behind that mountain until I call.’
Athene and Aphrodite floated away. Hera dropped her robes saying: ‘How do like them apples, Big Boy?’
She was beautiful but in a matronly sort of way. She could see it in his eyes, so she thought she had better sweeten the pot.
‘Listen, Punk.’ She intimidated. ‘Give me that apple and I will guarantee you Success and Power all the rest of your life and it will be a long, long life. Think about it. Athene, you’re next.’
Athene tripped up giving the simple shepherd boy the seductive eye as she dropped her drawers. ‘Check out them pomegranates.’ She smiled. Paris did. He took his time. Stunningly beautiful but as a virgin still and a virgin forever she was insecure. She could only offer Paris the fruits of Moral Virtue and Right Conduct. In other words, virtue is its own reward. The reward would be great in the end but the apparent pleasures few.
Paris heard her out, nodded his head and said: ‘Send in Aphrodite.’
Aprhodite flitted up as only Aphrodite can engagingly and flirtatiously she slipped out of her raiment. You knew she was hot; she wore raiment. Man, she was a knockout. ‘How do you like them melons, honey. You look like a lusty young man. How would you like to get laid by the most beautiful woman in the world anytime you wanted?’
Well, Hera and Athene had been OK and made attractive offers but Paris was indeed a lusty eighteen year old with nothing but a six inch slash running through the middle of his brain as any of the ewes in the flock could have told you.
‘OK. Let’s go.’ He gasped.
‘Not me, silly. I’m a goddess; you’re a mortal. But I know a hot little number in Sparta who’s got the hots for a stud like you. You’ll like her.’
So saying she called Hera and Athene back. ‘It’s all over Girls.’ She laughed. ‘I told you it was my apple. I don’t know why we had to go to all this trouble.’
Athene and Hera threw those noses in the air sniffed and looked balefully at Paris.
Thus began the great Trojan War over the vanity of woman. The war had nothing to do with men in that far off blissful Matriarchy.
Having promised Paris the woman, Helen, who just coincidentally was married to another man, Menelaus of Sparta, Aphrodite told this nitwit shepherd boy to go to Sparta to claim his prize. Menelaus greeted Paris cordially offering the run of the house as was due a guest.
‘Oh, by the way.’ Menelaus added. ‘I’ve got a business engagement in Egypt so I’ll be gone a few days but make yourself at home until I get back.’
And so Paris did, and how. He put Helen in his boat, loaded up all Menelaus’ possessions and sailed for a distant shore.
The Greeks would not stand still for this rude treatment by someone calling himself a guest so they gathered all the tribes and nations together to sail for Troy to retrieve Helen and the possessions. The girl was just a slave to love.
Nine years of fighting later Homer begins the tale of his portion of the story.
The Iliad is a very difficult book to understand. Ostensibly a story of war and battles it is really the story of the wiles of women vs. the brute strength of men. The inequality of the sexes caused by the ancient unequal division of the four chromosomes can never be rectified. Freud with a certain prescience called women’s discontent penis envy. Being intelligent creatures women find the unequal division of the chromosomes an egregious injustice.
The confusing presentation of Homer’s story is the result of having to interweave two parallel tales. Now, Homer is not just telling a story but is demonstrating the functioning of the universe as it was understood by the most advanced consciousness of his time. The man is really a genius, a mind of great power.
The central difficulty as I see it is that Zeus has promised the Greeks victory but then seems to be advancing the cause of the Trojans. Zeus, in this capacity, is the example of the Universal mind or the mind of absolute power. Quite a concept. He sees all and knows all; he knows the result of everything before it happens. According to Homer once he has acceded to a request by nodding his head the thing must come to pass. He has given the Greek commander, Agamemnon the nod so the Greeks are fated to win. Yet Zeus proclaims that he favors the Trojans. The contradiction must be resolved if one is the understand the story.
A straight line is the shortest distance between two points, however in human affairs the only way between two points is the most convoluted line. Zeus must contend with the wiles of his very resentful wife, Hera. the Queen Of Heaven is suffering from one of the worst cases of penis envy ever.
She had at one time led the gods in a revolt against Zeus. He had been too strong for her and her allies. As a punishment for Hera he had her hung out to dry in the sky with two golden manacles around her wrists and two golden anvils attached to her feet. That must have taken the spring out of her step for a while.
Hera’s complaint is that even though Zeus does have all the power, both physical and mental, she must have scope to exercise her own designs. This is the central problem of womankind. The only way she can have scope is if Zeus willingly accords it to her. Now, if Zeus wants peace and harmony in heaven as on earth he has to give Hera the appearance of free will. He must use guile to defeat womanly wiles rather than manly force. This is Homer’s lesson for all mankind for all time.
So, Zeus has given his nod to the Greeks; the decision cannot be changed. Thus opposing manly guile to womanly wiles he announces himself in favor of the Trojans. Hera then automatically opposes him to favor the Greeks in order to thwart Zeus towards which goal she employs all her womanly wiles.
The story like life can be read as a tragi-comedy.
The esoteric key to Homer is very important for the characters are not only characters but symbolic forces. As with all esoteric writing there is the exoteric or literal meaning of the story which is for the uninitiated vulgar consumption as well as three or four levels of meaning for the various degrees of initiation. As there is no evidence of the meanings having been passed down it may well be that they have been lost. They may even have been forgotten before Homer completed his tale.
Still, it is possible to relate the Iliad to other mystery systems such as the Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian. I cannot claim to have penetrated very far but I have found a few things that apply here. It seems clear that Aphrodite, Hera and Athene correspond with the Hindu concepts of Kama, Arthas and Kharma. Kama being Lust or Love; Arthas being Success and Power (compare the career of the medieval Arthur=Arthas) and Kharma being Moral Virtue and Right Conduct. Thus when Paris chose Kama he chose the least worthy of the three powers. By choosing Kama he chose a past whose time was gone. Arthas would have preserved the status quo while Kharma led to a better future. When he chose Lust, Success and Power and Moral Virtue and Right Conduct sided with the Greeks. The outcome was therefore obvious.
I am convinced that the Ancients, meaning the educated Priesthoods, were aware of the effects of Man’s chromosomal identity. Thus Homer opposes the XX of Hera and Athene with the X of Aprhodite and at various times the y of Ares, Apollo or Zeus. Ares is raging, senseless slaughter; insensate rage coupled with unbridled lust. I am unsure what Apollo represents except unwholesome natural forces such as plagues. Zeus is in his character of Brute Force coupled with Aphrodite as Lust.
Thus the war is fought by a marriage of an Xy and an XX and a trio of male Xys.
The quarternity of a coupling of Patriarchal Xy and XX and the XX of Hera and Athene is victorious.
Zeus is compelled to employ guile to achieve his true end of causing the Greeks to win. But because of his softheadedness he creates problems for himself. After Agamemnon takes Briseis from him Achilles asks his goddess mother Thetis to intervene with Zeus to bring a great disaster on the Greeks. The big oaf, who can never resist girls, gives her the nod and so he is compelled to let the Trojans ravage the Greeks. This is achieved when the Trojans breach the Greek ramparts while firing one of the boats. Having fulfilled his nod to Thetis he allows the course of battle to change in favor of the Greeks.
But by openly siding with the Trojans he forces those who will oppose whatever he projects to aid the Greeks. Hera will do anything to defeat him while Zeus’ very powerful brother, Poseidon, can be counted on to oppose him also. Both do. Athene who is angry with Aphrodite for losing the apple unwittingly falls in with the plans of Zeus by opposing Aphrodite for female reasons.
Thus the plan and outcome of the story is known before the story begins. Only the details are of interest. The two parallel stories of above and below are played out concurrently in the entire Universe as known to Homer. Events take place in heaven, on earth, on and below the seas, references are made to Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, while even Tartarus which is thought of as being as far below Hades as Earth is below high heaven is brought into play. The gods ascend and descend Olympus in order to aid or hinder their favorites. There can be no doubt Troy is the ancient Armageddon.
In heaven womanly wiles prevail. When Athene guides Diomedes spear to wound Aprhrodite in the hand who is fighting for the Trojans, Aphrodites’s nurses threaten vengeance on Diomedes. They do not threaten force but wiles. They say they will cause Diomede’s wife to lay with his worst enemy. They will hurt Diomedes with womanly wiles against which he cannot defend himself while if he resorts to beating his wife in retribution he will be discredited. So, of course, he will be compelled to suffer his injury in silence. Gall for the rest of his life. Clever girls, and no will know.
I suppose that is what my father should have done but not yet wise to the wiles of women he chose force rather than resorting to male guile to achieve his ends.
Zeus finally orders all the gods to desist from helping either side while he goes to help the Trojans. Hector and his Ilions immediately threaten to drive the Greeks into the sea.
Hera undertakes a desperate resolve to aid her favorite Greeks. She borrows Aphrodite’s irresistable girdle of love to go off to Mt. Ida to seduce Zeus. While they are in dalliance the tide turns with the Greeks turning back the Trojans. Having satisfied his nod to Thetis he can now propitiate Hera by letting her seem to have her way.
Hera believes that her womanly wiles have succeeded while it must be true that Zeus having had a little afternoon delight is laughing up his sleeve.
Zeus’ temporary backing of the Trojans has the effect of bringing Achilles back into the fight so from that point on the interference of the gods is less significant although it is only through the aid of Athene that Achilles is able to kill Hector.
The focal point of the heavenly war between the sexes comes at the end of the general armed action on Earth in the story of Hera’s seeming greatest triumph over Zeus. This is the birth of Heracles. Now, Heracles means the Glory of Hera. Mankind has always been mystified as to why this greatest son of Zeus should be called the Glory of Hera. Thereby hangs the tale.
The big goof Zeus is sitting around the dinner table this particular night when he makes the boastful announcement that a son of his lineage will be born that day who will be the most powerful mortal of all minkind. As another Greek myth demonstrates there is ‘many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip.’ It is is important to remember that while Zeus’ decress cannot be changed they can be altered.
Hera whose jealous eye spotted Zeus’ dalliance witht the mortal Alkmene knows that Zeus is talking about her and that her child is due that day. Having universal prescience she also knows that a descendant of Perseus who was the son of Danae who some may remember was impregnated by Zeus in a shower of gold was carrying a son who was in the seventh month.
Zeus had not said that the woman had been impregnated by him, only that a son of his lineage would be born. Thus it is possible for Hera to thwart the big oaf without changing his decree.
The wily woman hurries off to Eilythia, the goddess of child birth to implore a favor. She want Eilythia to cause a premature birth for the seven month boy while crossing Alkmene’s legs so she won’t be able to deliver until the seven months’ child is born. She does. As a son of Zeus’ lineage is born usurping Heracle’s place as the greatest man alive, Hera trumps the hope of Zeus.
As difficult as it is to understand the Iliad the story of Heracles is even more difficult. Hera, having foiled Zeus’ design by having an earlier son delivered first, is not content. She sends two huge snakes to end the life of the hours old infant, Heracles.
While woman’s wiles can work wonders when clandestinely employed womanly force cannot stand up to manly force in direct confrontation. Two snakes are the ancient symbol for the female XX chromosomes. So the symbol is of an XX attacking an Xy. The baby Heracles seizes a snake in each hand and throttles each.
When Heracle’s father hears of the attack he rushes to his son’s aid only to find a laughing Heracles gaily waving the dead snakes in the air.
Hera has been defeated by a baby boy in direct confrontation.
When he grows up he will still be subject to Hera’s rejection. Her choice, Eurystheus, is the most cowardly and abject man alive but as he is king in Argos, Hera’s chief seat, Heracles will be subject to him. One of Hera’s good jokes- the strongest man alive is subject to the weakest.
Zeus’ big mouth has defeated his intent. He must resort to guile to defeat Hera. Heracles is not yet immortal but Zeus tricks Hera into giving Heracles suck. Her milk will make the baby a god when he shuffles off his mortal coil. Hera discovers her mistake when Heracles sucks so hard he draws blood. She tears the baby from her but he spews milk and blood all over her.
And so the story goes in the never ending war between the sexes in heaven.
As above, so below. If the war in heaven was fought over women so was the war on earth. But here Homer shows the limitations of force vs. guile also.
The whole trojan war is fought to recover Helen. As the Iliad opens another disaster is about to occur because of a woman. During one of the Greek raids Agamemnon, the king of kings by the divine right of Zeus, had captured many many women. He has an actual harem their on the beach. But the father of one of these, a priest of Apollo, arrives on the field to request the return of his daughter. He offers a double king’s ransom, more money than the whole fleet could spend on a weekend in Hong Kong.
Acting against the advice of his counselors he hautily refuses, ordering the priest of Apollo out of the camp on the toe of his boot.
The result of this misguided use of force is that the Apolline priest calls on his god to send the direst of plagues on the Greeks. Apollo the Far Darter, complies. Beasts and men fall like flies. The army complains asking Agamemnon to give the girl back. He does; the plague ends.
However this odd, short sighted man who has refused a Mt. Ida sized pile of goods which should have been the ransom of any woman alive decides he must take a female prize from another warrior in compensation. There is only one man in the army who can kill Hector ensuring victory for the Greeks. That man, Achilles, is incomparably greater than the next ten greatest Greeks. Now, whose woman do you think Agamemnon takes? Right.
Achilles wrath is unbounded at this egregious misuse of power. He refuses to fight any longer. Thus the war is fought over Helen, brought to one disaster by another and an even greater disaster by a third.
Agamemnon’s inept use of force is the real cause of the disaster. His style is contrasted with that of the wily, guileful Odysseus. The latter is not really a very admirable character but by what is actually deceit and trickery he repeatedly triumphs over true worth and merit. Thus wiles and guile are show to be more powerful than brute force.
Thus when my mother’s wiles of woman triumphed over my father she created a different set of Challenges to which I had to respond.
Sonderman’s rejection by his mother would cause him increasing distress in later life. But, preeminent in Sonderman’s psychology was the fixation given him by his father. Did Sonderman deserve the fixation? No.
Sonderman’s consciousness had been too undeveloped to resist or interpret correctly the Challenge his father gave him. Sonderman went into his box head over heels. His Response entered his young mind as his father intended indoubtedly for the selfish reason of binding young Sonderman to him as his successor in managing his worthless chemical plant. Sonderman’s will and happiness were destroyed. His ability to choose his own destiny was deflected but not for any fault that lay within himself. He had been fixated.
We were both given serious fixations. Our ability to manage these fixations determined the course of our lives. Unaware of why we Responded to these subjective Challenges all our own efforts could do was to deal as successfully as possible with the objective Challenges life handed us. We both did relatively well but not as we might have chosen for ourselves.
I was not imprinted by my parents but Sonderman was. All is determined by the imprinting we receive. Imprinting is not the same as conditioning. I am not sure but that Dr. Timmy didn’t confuse the two. Imprinting is something that occurs instantaneously and possibly can never be changed. Conditioning is done by repetition a little at a time.
I know who gave me my primary imprint and when. There is a period of susceptibility during the ages of eight or nine when one assumes the direction of one’s life from one’s male archetype. I was in the orphanage at this time. Hirsh who understood a youth’s vulnerability at this age was desperately trying to imprint my mind with the notion that I was destined for prison. I don’t know the name of the man who imprinted me or why he took an interest in me. Perhaps he was watching the machinations of Hirsh and either wanted to defeat him or save an innocent child.
At any rate, Hirsh missed in his attempt and imprinted my companion by mistake. He has spent his whole life in jail. A few days later my imprinter called me to him under the shade of living trees across the street from the steel wire mesh fence of the Children’s Home. He told me to listen carefully then advised me to always pursue the better things in life. He told me to study the classics and literature and develop my mind. Stay on the straight and narrow, he said. Having slipped into a hypnoid state his words went straight into my mind without opposition. If he were still around I might ask him how well I have done.
Conditioning and conditioned responses are inculcated by repetition such as Pavlov used to condition his dogs. Conditioned Responses can be eliminated and replaced by other conditioned responses. Tim Leary understood this very well. Thus my central childhood fixation was not an imprinting but a conditioning which Hirsh reinforced continually during my childhood. Tim Leary mistook the conditioning of the psychedelic experience as imprinting. His subjects were not imprinted but conditioned.
Timmy was correct in his belief that the psychedelic experience could disrupt conditioning allowing new conditions to be implanted but the original conditioning remained intact. His subjects applied their imprinting to directing the course of their new conditioning. Thus under the influence of psychedelics a different set of conditions could be induced by aural and visual stimuli as provided by phonograph records and movies. It is important to look at TV and movies as conditioning with or without the aid of psychedelics. The psychedelics are not absolutely necessary but they lower resistance. Dr. Tim called this brainwashing technique ‘expanding your consciousness.’ Real Orwellian doublespeak by someone who abhorred the concept. Thus to refuse to expand your consciousness, which is to say, accept new conditioning, became a sort of sin during the psychedelic era.
I am aware of the kinds of conditioning I experienced which I have been able in large measure to shuck off for what I consider more reasonable alternatives. I can also indentify several of my would be imprinters but their effect is negligible. I thought I chose the moral path I have followed but it appears that I have been merely unable to deviate from my original imprinting.
At the ages of twelve or eleven Sonderman and his brother were being conditioned or trained to execute their people’s will. Put in the social sense they were being bred. They were being bred into evil ways and breeding, as they say, will out.
There were conflicts in their educations. Their people bred evil while their churches tried to teach morality. The Sondermans had learned right from wrong. They knew better than to try to kill me. Were the Sondermans wrong to execute the will of their elders. Yes. Were they capable of resisting? No. They were faced with the difficult choice of becoming criminals or becoming outcasts of their social stratum. To choose to become an outcast is a difficult decision. No one who truly understands the consequences would choose it. They were too young to argue with the customs of their people. Argument would have been difficult at any age. Evil customs, once intrenched withing a group can never be changed from within; it takes an outsider to destroy them.
Their people were unaware of how twisted they were. In training the Sondermans to evil practices these people turned the psychology of the Sondermans against themselves. Had I actually died on the trestle they might have been able to justify their act to themselves. After all, I would have been stupid enough to trust them; they thought that anyone who would take their word for anything would have to be a fool. Having failed in their attempt to kill me the Sondermans had to reconcile their intent to kill with the moral teaching not to kill.
Only the living have rights; mine were still in existence with me. The frustration and rage fixated on Sonderman by his father was embittered very unnecessarily by a bad conscience.
Sonderman and I had been given different psychological Challenges. Unless we could identify and slay our Gorgons our lives would be very unhappy. A very good metaphor would be the favorite of the Depth Psychologists, Perseus And The Gorgons.
Depth psychology is a name given to the psychological regime founded by Freud and C.G. Jung. The idea is that the sub- or unconscious is deep. Contermporaries they lived and practiced at the psychological watershed between the Old Order and the New Order. Their careers were intersected by the Great War of 1914. Their ideas have directed the development of society from the Great War to the present.
Freud was not original; he merely stated the results of the earlier research of the eighteenth and nineteenth century psychologists Anton Mesmer, Charcot and Janet in Paris and the esoteric psychologists of the school of Nancy.
The school at Nancy concentrated on hypnotism, suggestion and auto-suggestion. Its most famous practitioner was Emile Coue of whom more later on.
Freud then, incorporated the work of the Paris and Nancy schools along with the researches of his colleague Breuer to formulate his version of the personal psychology of the unconscious. He called his approach psychoanalysis.
C.G. Jung who also had an Esoteric background similar to the school at Nancy while accepting Freud’s general outlook on the nature of the mind made a radical departure toward developing a history of consciousness putting the individual psyche into a context with human consciousness. Jung called his system analytical psychology. The great Jungian scholars opened the door to the symbolic meaning of ancient mythology.
The two approaches combined to form what has become known as Depth Psychology. The name is slightly misleading; there is no depth to the psyche. I accept the basic researches of both as the foundation of my approach. I have no quarrel with either.
Over against psycho-analysis and analytical psychology were the medical psychiatrists. The record of psychiatry over the decades in effecting ‘cures’ is dismal. Few, if any, found the way out of their mental afflictions. Hence Dr. Timothy Leary’s sour view view of psychology and psychologists.
The difficulty of psychology is getting the patient or his afflicted mind to come to terms with his central childhood fixation. No one really wants to face the truth. Certainly Timmy with all his education and profound knowledge was unable to save his own mind.
Instead he chose to crack and break, literally to go insane, rather than free himself. His problem was not really psychological so much as the intelligent application of morality. Freud set the tone of psychoanalysis when he declared morality was irrelevant. As he said: Anyone who knows certain truths about himself can never commit an immoral act. Old Sonderman and his crowd were running with that one. Psychologists since then have rejected any consideration of morality. The world has become what it is.
If you don’t like the reflection, look to yourself.
The guilt Timmy gave to his moral nature was the rock on which he broke.
Sound moral discipline would have prevented his mental dissolution while the avoidance of drugs might have given him space to find his central childhood fixation if he had chosen to look. Merely finding the fixation is not enough. One has to shed the fear that prevents one’s confronting it.
An example of one who should have recognized his fixation but refused to face it was Leary’s fellow conspirator in the drug revolution, William S. Burroughs. His contribution to the revolution was an evil series of novels beginning with ‘Naked Lunch.’
Burroughs underwent analysis for decades. His psychiatrist led him up to the fixation, described it to him, showed it to him, got him to discuss it as an abstract problem but as Burroughs’ mind was fearfully intimidated by it he would not recognize it as his own. Fear held him back.
A discussion of Burroughs’ case requires the mention of several things that are anathema to the American psyche which has its own historical fixations. Burroughs was the grandson of the man who invented the calculator. He was not therefore from a wealthy background as one might expect because the Burroughs family was elbowed out of the company by subsequent management. The family was given stock in the company with which it made the fatal mistake of selling in the crash of ’29. Had they held it they would have been worth millions. Nevertheless during Burroughs’ manhood they were well enough off to support him modestly.
The Burroughs were of Protestant English extraction. They hired a nurse for young William who was an Irish Catholic. Following Irish Catholic prejudices she hated English Protestants. Now, young William loved this nurse very much but she betrayed his love in the most foul way. One day when he was seven or so she took him to visit her boyfriend. With devilish glee she forced his mouth down on her boyfriend’s penis. Young William was fixated.
His psychiatrist could bring Burroughs to a discussion around the incident but he couldn’t get him to broach his fixation by visualizing the actual deed. Probably confirmed Dr. Tim’s vision of the futility of psychoanalysis rather than prodding him to solve the problem.
The consequences for young William were that he was turned homosexual but he couldn’t renounce his love for his nurse. Thus he pursued men for anal sex. His experience caused him to hate oral sex, but he found a wife of whom he made a drug addict.
He had a real love/hate relationship with his wife/nurse. In the murky depths of his subconscious he divised a revenge on his nurse/wife. He neither could nor would acknowledge his intent consciously. Like the rest of us he devised his plan from his subconscious.
Burroughs became a pistol marksman. He used to entertain his friends by having his wife/nurse place a whiskey glass on her head which he shot off. Thus he was asking his wife/nurse to put absolute trust in him as she stared down the barrel of the gun. Now, this is almost a duplicate of his fixation. His nurse asked him to put absolute trust in her while he stared down the hole in the end of her boyfriend’s penis.
Burroughs contrived to drug himself out of his mind. One night in Mexico City drugs reduced his resistance or the time was right. He had his wife/nurse place the whiskey glass on her head. She must have seen that the elevation of the barrel of the pistol was slightly lower than usual just the before the bullet entered the middle of her forehead. Three decades or so after his fixation was created Burroughs killed his surrogate fixation. He was still a homosexual after.
The fate of his wife had been ordained by his nurse. If he hadn’t shot the wrong person the killing would have been justifiable homocide.
Had Burroughs been able to follow the lead of his psychologist to traverse that lonesome valley to find the lair of the Gorgons he might have been able to slay his fixated Medusa instead of his wife.
The Jungians recognize the universal psychological implications of the Greek myths. My studies of the Ancients leads me to believe that they knew a great deal which has been lost to subsequent millennia because of the inadequacy of their ability to express themselves for scientific psychological uses.
The Greeks had serious motives in writing their important myths. They are not to be construed as simple fairy tales or pretty but superfluous stories. It is also a mistake to think that their consciousness was on the same level as modern man’s or that they had the linguistic apparatus to express themselves with the same scientific precision. Human consciousness then was at the same stage Sonderman and I were passing through as young teenagers. Do not confuse consciousness with intelligence.
Human consciousness in the Mediterranean world at the time of the myths was making the transition from the irrational, emotional, ecstatic state of the goddess culture to that of the rational, scientific state of the god. The direction was from lustful Aphrodite or the Great Mother to Zeus or the Benevolent Father.
The Greek Hero myths are based on historical fact. The subject matter occurred nearly a thousand years before the myths were transcribed in writing. It has been proven archaeologically that the sites of the myths existed in the locations the myths said they did. The only thing that remains to do is unravel the facts behind the seemingly fanciful descriptions. Precise detail may be impossible but the general outline should be clear.
Psychologically a great advance in conciousness was occurring during this period. This is one of the great watersheds in the history of consciousness. The transition was from the Matriarchal consciousness to the Patriarchal. I know that you women will jump up to claim that the Matriarchal period was the happiest of mankind but as Homer indicates, it was not. The level of ignorance was appalling. The destruction of human life was degrading. The move to rationality had to happen. There is no going back.
Thus the myths record the struggle for the new and better psychology. The Patriarchal is being succeeded by the even more advanced Scientific.
The myth of Perseus and the Gorgons records an early episode in this warfare. Without a scientific language the Greeks could only express themselves symbolically. Besides the records of this momentous struggle had to be transmitted verbally for centuries as there was no way to record it except one. The stories were translated to the stars. The great Greek astral constellations date from this period. Once this mnemonic device was completed the priests had a visual means of transmitting this information. A detailed story existed for each constellation. A tale for the uninitiated was told while for the initiated each detail of the story had a deeper meaning behind it. Miraculously in one way or another the meanings have either been transmitted or can be deduced in a scholarly manner. Certainly no ancient writer seems to have had the key.
Perseus of course represents the Patriarchal Consciousness while Medusa and her Gorgon sisters represent the Matriarchy.
Now, Homer calls Perseus the greatest of all men so his cycle of myths is not to be taken lightly. The pity is that if Homer understood the meanings that he didn’t write a detailed story about them.
Perseus takes it upon himself to slay the monstrous Medusa. She is the only mortal member of a trio of Gorgon sisters. All live in a cave deep in the Earth. You see in a Jungian manner that could be interpreted as the Anima and Animus and the central fixation. The fixation is termporary and can be eliminated while the Anima and Animus cannot. The Matriarchal Great Mother is the Earth and all in it.
Medusa is extremely hideous having boars tusks for teeth, snakes for curly locks, bulging ecstatic eyes and a protruding tongue representing sexual abandonment. She is absolutely fearful. All men who look upon her turn to stone. Whether intentional or not this is an exact description of the central childhood fixation.
She is the Matriarchal figure Perseus has to slay her in order to release rationality into the world. No easy task. In fact, he can’t do it without a great deal of help.
The entrance to the Gorgon’s cave is guarded by the three Grey Ones who never sleep. They are women who were born old, have been old forever. Just as your mind has been with you from birth. Between them they have one eye and one tooth which they pass to each as they change the guard.
Thus as a child you are ill prepared to Respond to your Challenges so you have the equivalent of one eye and one tooth. Inadequate Responses slip past your guard into your subconscious where they remain to haunt you. However as an adult it is nearly impossible for you to slip past the Grey Ones to lay your ghosts to rest.
The Grey Ones undoubtedly represent the phases of the moon. The boar was sacred to the moon. Probably because as one looks a boar in the face the tusks form the two crescents of the moon while the snout resembles the full moon. Thus the single tusk facing left would be the first phase of the moon. This lady would pass the eye and tooth to the representative of the full moon who would then pass them to the last phase of the moon which would be a crescent facing right. The phases are followed by three nights of a dark moon.
The only way for Perseus to get by the Grey Ones is to snatch the tooth and eye as they are being passed from the old to the new moon. Then he can force them to tell him the route to the Gorgon’s lair or he won’t return the tooth and eye. The seeker is now enabled to penetrate his subconscious to clear his central fixation.
Historically this may mean that the time to attach a Matriarchal citadel was during the dark phase of the moon. Perseus would have been able to pass unobserved from the mainland to the island of Corcyra which was the center of the goddess cult he was challenging.
So the seeker must catch the subconscious unawares to force it to reveal his fixation. But, it takes great courage.
It takes more than courage. Perseus is not capable of fighting the Gorgons alone. He must be aided by others. He seeks the aid of the Olympians Athene and Hermes of the Father cult. Thus they act as his Anima and Animus.
Athene is the chaste maiden who has her emotions under control unlike the Medusa who runs down the road with her attribute, the bitch, under her left, or feminine side, arm, eyes bulging, tongue hanging out offering herself to whoever will. In one legend Athene is said to have made the Medusa frightful because she boasted that she was more beautiful than Athene. This is a way of saying that the Matriarchy was better than the Patriarchy until the Patriarchy condemned it to inferiority. In the end Athene triumphed over Medusa. When the Gorgon was killed Perseus gave Athene the head which she placed on her breast or shield to display her victory.
Hermes, after whom the Hermetic Science is named, is wisdom and intellegence personified. These are the two attributes that both Perseus and Psychonaut will need: Moral Virtue and Right Conduct combined with detached intelligence.
Killing the Gorgon is not child’s play so Perseus needs the help of magic. He applies to some other girls, the Stygian Nymphs, for the Cap of Invisibility so he can’t be seen, winged sandals to get him to the mysterious cave which is obviously not of the material world and a leather bag to contain Medusa’s head so that he won’t later be turned to stone by an accidental sight of it. He also has the adamantine sickle with which Zeus castrated his father, Cronus and Cronus his father, Saturn.
So abundantly armed, accompanied by Athene and Hermes in person Perseus lurks about the Grey One on duty until her relief arrives. He snatches the eye and tooth as they are passed from Grey One to Grey One. The Grey Ones are at his mercy. They must indicate the labyrinth through the cave.
To look upon Medusa is to turn to stone so Athene lends Perseus her shiny shield. Working from the reflection which the myth of Narcissus indicates has no substance, his hand guided by Athene or Moral Virtue and Right Conduct, as he is working backward, he takes the adamantine sickle given him by Hermes or Science and Knowledge and cuts off the Medusa’s head. Perseus deposits the head in the magical leather bag given him by the Stygian Nymphs.
Upon Medusa’s decapitation two incredible beings emerge from her neck: The Golden Warrior Chrysaor and the Winged Horse, Pegasus. When the Matriarchy was destroyed rationality became possible, or, in other words, evolved. Thus the male and society received a new Anima and Animus when the Matriarchy was disabled. Chrysaor the Golden or Pure, or Refined warrior is the ideal Animus while the soaring mare Pegasus is the ideal male Anima. The Anima/Animus imagery is constant throughout the myths.
Medusa’s two immortal sisters representing the Matriarchal Animus and Anima, the two snakes of Heracles, who had been sleeping awake but concealed by his cap of Invisibility Perseus leaps upon the great white charger to escape. He flipped the eye and tooth back to the Grey Ones as he winged past the cave entrance.
There are variants of the myth in which Perseus despoils the Grey Ones of their tooth and eye but this is impossible because he would emasculate his own mind if he did so. The Grey Ones are a very important part of the story. They cannot be deprived of their limited power.
The deed was done.
As I said the mythographers were recording an historical event in mythological terms. Whether they were aware of the psychological interpretation or merely unconsciously described their inner reality is open to question however the story is a perfect description of my own and Sonderman’s central fixation as well as yours. To heal ourselves, to escape a debilitating consciousness we would have to find our Medusa and slay it.
Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.
–Red saying of the Relatavistic period.
From the time of Perseus c. 1500 BC to the Christian Era was a period of profound development in human consciousness. At the beginning consciousness was still Matriarchal while at the end it had passed to the Patriarchal. The transition was not easy. The period of the Greek Hero myths from Io to Europa, Perseus, the Phoenician Cadmus of Thebes and through the Trojan Cycle emcompassed the most devastating religious war in the history of mankind. The conservative forces of the Goddess fought bitterly to the end but the rationality of the God prevailed as it must, although the victory was far from complete as the Iliad shows. By the end of the Homeric period the population had been so reduced that all civilized systems disintegrated producing a Dark Age in Greece. Hundreds of years later civilization reemerged. The great war was fought to replace the ecstatic, emotional, orgiastic religion of the Goddess or Great Mother with the disciplined rational religion of the God or Father.
Accompanying the religious changes were the great political and social changes. Egypt had for millennia been the beacon of civilization and religion in the Eastern Mediterranean. When the Persians overran Egypt near the close of the Arien Age they destroyed the cradle of religion. Unable to sustain their ancient ritual the Egyptians in a defensive move allied themselves with the Greeks who under Alexander destroyed the Persian power. The Greeks occupied Egypt becoming its Pharaohs.
Emerging out of the ruins of the Greek Matriarchy was the system of thought we know as True Science. Arising out of the fusion of the Greek and Egyptian systems was the system of thought which we know as Hermetic Science.
True Science is based on materialism which says that a scientific experiment must be able to be replicated under the same conditions at all times to be true. Hermetic Science is based on spirituality. It believes that scientific experiments depend on supernatural intervention so that if an experiment fails it wasn’t because of a faulty method but because God wasn’t petitioned in the right manner. Both systems were anathema to orthodox religious thought. Thus the religion triumphing in the transition from the Arien Age to the Piscean Age, Catholicism, execrated and outlawed both scientific systems.
Man’s consciousness was not yet developed enough to move from mythopoeic to scientific thinking. Still the conflict which arose during the Enlightenment is the next stage in the development of consciousness between the True and Hermetic Sciences.
In that sense Freud represents the amoral materialism of True Science while Jung represents the tenets of Hermetic Science. Freud renounced morality as irrelevant to his Science with extremely harmful consequences. Jung’s system while not exactly proclaiming supernatural influences has elements that are just as irrational.
The Ancient Fathers knew nothing of personal psychology in the Freudian or Jungian sense. They attached all importance to the Field or the Stars as they called it which was unavoidable and unchangeable.
Jesus of Nazareth was in reality a minor Jewish prophet. The Jews have never accepted him as a Messiah, indeed, as he failed in their redemption he was ipso facto a failed Messiah.
However as the Arien Age ended and the Piscean Age began the Greeks who had been developing a successor to the Arien god as Zeus had succeeded the Taurean Cronus, had devised a cult of Kyrios Christos which was designed to replace Zeus in the Piscean Age. For whatever reasons, which I do not choose to go into here, the cult of Kyrios Christos was attached to the person of the Jewish Jesus of Nazareth and he became the universal Jesus the Christ, one of the religious archetypes of the Piscean Age.
The whole code of morality that had been devised to temper man’s innate rascality was attached to the Christian religion. Thus Jesus and Christ are two aspects of the same desire which accounts for the conflict between primitive and developed Christianity.
Now, even though Christianity arrogated orthodoxy to itself while declaring all other religious viewpoints heretical those other viewpoints continued to develop underground.
Their approach to the means of obtaining human perfection varied from that of Catholicism. One of the main rivals, Manicheism, which developed in the third century AD was physically obliterated in Europe in the thirteenth century when it became powerful enough to become a threat to orthodox Christianity.
The Hermetic religion was more discreet bubbling along underground. It survived to form the basis of the Esoteric or Occult religious current which formed the basis of early modern psychology eventually surfacing as the basis of Depth Psychology.
As before mentioned Hermeticism evolved out of the wreck of Egyptian religion. Hermeticists developed the modern concepts of suggestiblity and auto-suggestion. These two concepts have formed the basis of magic since the first stirring of consciousness.
Hermetic Science has always been disparaged by True Science because of its reliance on supernatural or spiritual causes. While it is true that supernatural causes cannot affect material results it is not true that ‘spiritual’ yearnings do not affect our minds. Materialism has no need of moral influences as scientific results cannot be affected by moral considerations. However, it has been said quite correctly that Man does not live by bread alone. Man requires morality to have a good and pure life. Freud as a scientist rejected the concept of morality hence his reputation has fallen into disrepute as well it should.
The ancient view of morality as combined to the tenets of Christianity prevailed in Europe and America intil that great watershed, the Great War of 1914-18. Morality which had formerly been viewed as absolute now began to be viewed as ‘relative.’ Relative to what? Relative to one’s momentary desires, of course. In later years the amoral phrase: If it feels good, do it came into currency.
The fact is morality is a scientific absolute. the ancient concept of morality came under attack by two Jewish ‘scientists’, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. It is difficult to say which was more influential in disrupting moral patterns but I believe the great ‘scientific’ reputation of Einstein has had the greatest effect.
If True Science requires that if an experiment is to be true it must always replicate accurately then ‘relativity’ cannot refer to true science in any way. It follows then that both Einstein and Freud must have practiced a kind of Hermetic or supernatural science and if fact this is true.
As Jews both claimed to be Semiticists. As followers of the non-scientific Semitist belief system they must of necessity have held that all other belief systems were false. Any ‘ism’ is by definition True for its believers while all other belief systems are false or, at least, deal less adequately with reality. Judaism was at war with all the other isms, as must be in a multi-cultural society, hence, relativism.
The roots of Semitist relativism can be found in the emergence of the Enlightenment in seventeenth century Europe. True Science displaced the ancient religious systems such as Catholicism and Judaism as the standard of truth at that time. Neither the Church nor Judaism had a valid counter argument for the scientific method. The pretensions of Judaism to absolute truth suffered irreparable damage so that the faith went into a state of shock completely losing its sense of direction.
As no supernatural belief system can compete with True Science the Semitists had to either create a higher science of their own or destroy the basis of True Science in order to reestablish the supremacy of Semitism. As there is no higher truth than True Science it was necessary to undermine it. Thus Einstein tried to establish the notion of relativity in True Science. It follows that if True Science is relative than the basis of its authority was removed and the ‘truth’ of Judaism could be reestablished as supreme.
It also follows that if what Europeans believed was false then Semitism had an obligation to destroy that and any other competing belief system. Lacking the power of the Catholic Church to impose its system Communism was created with the hope of assuming temporal power to eliminate dissenters.
In terms familiar with Tim Leary they had first to decondition the peoples from their belief systems and recondition or brainwash them to their own Semitism.
It was therefore necessary to destroy the basis of the Euroamerican belief system. Freud attacked on the moral level by saying that the individual was the sole determinant of morality as it suited him at any given moment. Thus his dictum that anyone who knows a few truths about himself cannot commit an immoral act. Freud’s relativity backfired on him when Adolf Hitler showed him how far the concept of morality had to be stretched to eliminate the concept of immorality.
Thus as Freud never explained what truths a person had to know about himself one can only assume that in relativistic terms Hitler knew them and was incapable of an immoral act. Hence, logically, Auschwitz was a moral undertaking.
Hitler is an example of Freud’s dictum carried to its logical conclusion in the hands of a great man; in the hands of lesser men a general corruption spread throughout society.
This was aided and abetted by the ‘science’ of Albert Einstein and his ‘Theory Of Relativity.’ Now, True Science can never be relative so the Theory of Relativity must be based on false premises. Physics, terrestrial or extra-terrestrial cannot be relative and absolute at the same time. In fact, waffling or ‘relativity’ was a characteristic of Einstein’s mental condition. To mention only one instance, Einstein was an ardent pacifist when other people were being killed but he became a rabid militarist when Hitler exercised his moral relativity by killing Einstein’s own people. Einstein even contributed to the development of the Atom bomb in the hope it would be used to exterminate the entire German people. That’s what I call pacifism.
Thus Relativity was a great method to undermine the social structure of the dominant belief system but Relativity broke down on the rock of ethnic or group self-interest. What was sauce for the goose was not sauce for the gander. Auschwitz for the Semitists became not relative to Hitler’s personal needs at the given time but an absolute wrong for the Semitist belief system. The Freudian and Einsteinian fabric of relativity was ripped to shreds by self-interest. Of course, that’s relative.
So also for other interested groups once they had undermined established beliefs and gained a position of strength they shed the notion of relativity in favor of the absolutism of their own views. Thus the basis of intolerance once such a group is established. It’ll just be Hitler all over again with different victims.
The abandonment of relativity was nowhere more apparent at the beginning of the twenty-first century than in the Red ideology and homosexual psychosis.
Homosexuality was not only banned until 1969 but was actually a criminal act by law. During the sixties of the twentieth century the homosexual community first fought to legalize pornography as the opening move toward legalizing their psychosis. Once pornography was legalized which showed heterosexuals performing unnatural sexual acts such as sodomy, which is still punishable by law, or fellatio then the next step to the societal endorsement of same sex sexual acts was automatic. Thus the sixties opened the war in erotic matters for homosexuals which led to their stepping out of the closet with the Stonewall riot in New York City in 1969.
After 1969 the corrupting slogan: If it feels good, do it was added tothe earlier slogan of: Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so. But the latter slogan and relativity cut both ways. If only thinking made homsexuality good then the reverse was equally true so it was relative. If it was neither good nor bad relative to one’s viewpoint then one viewpoint was as valid as the other. Homosexuals were left where they had been.
This was nowhere more apparent than in the homosexuals’ favorite example of the Sacred Band of Thebes in the ‘Golden Age of Homosexuality.’ Thebes was the capitol city of Boeotia, a region of ancient Greece above Athens and East of Sparta. The Thebans at one time created a separate division in their army composed entirely of homosexuals. They called it the ‘sacred band.’
Homosexuals point to this army division with great pride as though it were a tribute to their valor rather than a segregated unit. They imagine that the division was organized for them to show off their superior valor. They say that the notion is that rather than be dishonored in front of their fellows the homosexuals fought twice as hard as the normal troops. Such traditions have not been passed down historically.
While the true facts cannot be known it is much more reasonable to assume that homosexuals caused so much trouble in the ranks with their antics that they were segragated into this unit to increase the efficiency of the army.
The designation ‘sacred band’ rather than being complimentary can be construed to be sacred in the sense of taboo. Just as only certain high priests were allowed to handle sacred objects so homosexuals became untouchables for the rest of the army.
The Reds also, by whatever name you know them, began as a disruptive force in society. Over the years they refined their methods until they infiltrated every liberal cause. Having now associated themselves with every oddball method that challenges traditional ways they are in a position to legislate for the majority.
Having obtained this position there is no more relativity. If you are not with their program you are not only absolutely wrong but criminally so.
So both Freud and Einstein contributed to a feeling that one way of doing a thing was as good as another. Integrity as a form of morality, had no value. Because lieing was considered a great social art or skill by some obsure people in some unheard of location at some distant time in history society concluded that lieing was not an immoral act but merely a matter of personal preference.
Scientific objectivity was discarded in favor of relativistic subjectivity.
The fact is that morality is a scientific absolute. Psychoses are the direct result of immoral behavior. Had I had the science to put my central childhood fixation into perspective on the spot I would not have committed the immoral act of murdering my own personality. I would have chosed the correct response of giving battle to Michael Hirsh and his whole crowd.
Freud’s own studies lead to the same conclusion but he chose for relativistical ethnic considerations to ignore it. Nevertheless one’s mental health is dependent on living the moral life. Never forget it for one moment.
Moral Virtue and Right Conduct form the basis of conduct for successful people. The rules of Moral Virtue and Right conduct have always been built on the concepts of Suggestion and Auto-suggestion. ‘As you think so shall you be.’ As the Kyrios Christos put it. Thus in the philosophic tract, Poimander of the thrice great Hermes, the narrator asks for guidance. Characteristically he encounters Poimander in the subconscious state of dreaming:
Once when I began to think about the things that are, and my mind soared exceedingly high and my bodily senses were held down by sleep like people weighed down by overeating and weariness, I thought I saw a being of vast and boundless magnitude coming toward me, who called me by name and said: ‘What do wish to hear and see, to learn and know?’
‘Who are you?’ I said.
‘I am Poimander.’ He said. ‘The mind of absolute power. I know what you want and I am with you everywhere.’
‘I want to know about the things that are, their nature, and to know god.’ I replied.
‘I know what you wish for I am with you everywhere. Keep in mind what you want to know and I will teach you.’
Here is the basis of auto-suggestion: Keep in mind what you want to know and I will teach you.
I wanted to find the reason for my mental discomfort and by applying that maxim that is how I found, recognized and eliminated my central childhood fixation. The Hermetics took the concept and worked on it through the centuries. The first great light to surface was Paracelsus in the Middle Ages; it was developed by Anton Mesmer in the eighteenth and perfected by Emile Coue in the twentieth. Auto-suggestion is one of those things that have always been known but require reformulation every now and then. Norman Vincent Peale provided the same message in the fifties in his ‘The Power Of Positive Thinking.’ All self help comes down to the same thing: As ye think, so shall ye be.
Suggestion and auto-suggestion work on the subconscious until the suggestion is brought to fruition, if realistic. Suggestion which comes from others is actually all there is to magic- black or white.
A malicious person can suggest a harmful course to you which if you do not reject it you will realize. Thus someone may curse you saying your right arm will wither and become useless. If you feel guilty or let the notion into your mind your perfectly good right arm may or will wither and become useless.
There are still people who practice the ancient Black Art of sticking pins into effigies. The pins in the effigies won’t harm you but the suggestion will if you take it seriously.
Thus Hirsh had been denying me all self respect, all self-dignity, all honors. He was trying to make me accept the suggestion that I was worthless. He wanted me to feel inferior in every way. He wanted to destroy my confidence. I was uable to completely reject his influence. Even though I stubbornley tried to assert my self-worth consciously, Hirsh’s hopes for me had entered my subconscious where they were strong enough to negate most of my conscious will.
In magical terms his will or magic was stronger than mine. In naturalistic terms ill treatment drove me toward psychological depression resulting in physical inertia. By the summer of graduation Hirsh had nearly defeated me, he had nearly imposed his will on me. I was like the remnant of a defeated army fleeting for the security of some safe place.
Suggestion is very powerful. So with auto-suggestion. What you put into your mind will happen. Once again I was saved, this time, ironically by Mrs. Sonderman. As dotty as she was she was a devotee of Emile Coue. He was a man from the psychological school of Nancy who popularized auto-suggestion in the twenties when he made a tour of America. As there is very little to study in auto-suggestion he reduced his program to the formula: I am getting better and better everyday in every way.
To the uninformed mind the approach was laughable. After his intitial success Coue was ridiculed into oblivion. But Mrs. Sonderman was a true believer. She initiated me into the concepts. I don’t believe Coue’s maxim did anything for Mrs. Sonderman but his auto-suggestion saved my life.
Thus the injunction of Christ to be always pure in thought is not idle suggestion. If you think evil you will be evil. If you think well your conduct will be correct and proper, at least as far as your understanding of correct and proper. But your mind must dwell on the concept you choose. As God was considered pure good by the Ancients that was the reason they felt it necessary to be always thinking of God. They hoped thereby to avoid committing evil.
Hermetic Science has its limitations versus True Science as its tenets are based on a non-existent supernatural being but by combining the importance of the Field, Challenge and Response of Hermetic Science with the materialistic understanding of the mind of True Science one can learn what one wants to know about oneself.
Contrary to Tim’s maxim that you have to use drugs to go out of your mind to use your head you have to stay securely in your mind while developing the courage to face your fixations so that you can save your head. There is no better. The baggage doesn’t change and it doesn’t go away; you have to learn how to carry it.
It was through auto-suggestion that I uncovered my childhood fixation. It wasn’t quick and it wasn’t easy. The greatest impediment was the tremendous fear surrounding the fixation. I had seen the Gorgon and my mind had turned to stone; it was paralyzed.
I knew the general location of the fixation. I knew it had to do with something between the ages of five and ten. That little cluster of years could not be put into perspective. I began to overcome the fear when I decided to organize the flow of memories into lineal succession. Thus I had to isolate the memories of kindergarten and first grade. Then I was able to organize the memories of third and fourth grades. The second grade was impenetrable. There lay the central fixation.
The fixation had nothing to do with any bad actions of my own, I knew that. An overwhelming Challenge had been presented me from the Field. Totally unable to Respond adequately to the Challenge my Response had redounded on myself. I had killed my former personality which had failed me completely. By so doing I condemned myself to a feeling of overaweing guilt. The feeling of guilt came from within because my Animus or Ego had been defeated. A comparable effect would be when an ancient god failed to save his people from defeat. As the god could not perform its function the defeated people turned their back on the god either embracing the seemingly more powerful god of the victors or entering the Wasteland while they sought another.
I died of mortification and shame that day and entered the Wasteland. The incident would have been trivial as an adult. I would have easily dealt with the situation turning back the evil on my tormenters. As the knights of the Medieval historian, Froissart, invariably said when met by force majeure as they retreated: There was nothing for it. We will meet another day under more propitious skies.
That event, nevertheless, fixated my future life. It made me think I was unworthy to be successful. The Field, or the Stars, is all important. It is nonsense to blame oneself.
Challenges are transmitted requiring a Response before the child has developed consciousness at all. Thus life determining Challenges are presented in the cradle while the child is absolutely defenseless. There is no reason to bemoan this, there is no other way. Thus in the Perseus myth the Grey Ones were born ancient and have only one tooth and eye between them. They are ill prepared to deal with any situation and yet they are guardians of the sanctuary.
Human conditioning undoubtedly begins in the womb. It is not conceivable that certain, shall I call them dispositions, are borne by the very sperm that fertilizes the egg. In addition to carrying the genes the sperm must also have a degree of consciousness and possibly even intelligence to read the signs to find the way to the egg. How does it know what to do? One might ask the question are all sperm created equal? Obviously not, some are X and some are y.
Certainly conditioning begins at birth. Timidity and aggression are transmitted, as it were, with the mother’s milk. Thus the so-called Alpha male is really the image of the Alpha female. It is only the Alpha mother who can create an Alpha male. All men are Alphas until their mother gets hold of them.
The mother’s role on the character of her son is determined by the character of the woman. Remember Mother is not synonymous with Woman. It is the woman’s character, her intelligence and her intellect that will have the most influence on her son. Mothering is something else. You can see how lucky I was to be separated from my mother at the formative stage.
Nature may not have done women a favor by making them potential mothers but the mother is a role which most women must assume, not infrequently against their will. Thus Freud is quite correct when he says the mother is responsible for the future of her children. The woman may rebel against her fated motherhood but how she handles her responsibility determines the fate of her children.
My mother fated me to frustration as a baby although as a woman she may claim she did not have the intelligence to understand what she was doing, she nevertheless had the subconscious craft to achieve her ends. Her wishes had been frustrated when my father failed to present her with a girl. She made him pay and she made me pay.
In order to frustrate me as she had been frustrated by me, so to speak, my mother teased me by presenting her nipple and then withdrawing it just as I was gaining satisfaction. She didn’t do this just once but repeatedly. The resultant search for the source of nourishment left me with a ridicuous complex. She conditioned me. In certain instances when I was searching for something I couldn’t find which was often right in front of me I became very distraught. Others interpreted this as unwarranted anger leaving me open to ridicule.
Thus as I had disappointed my mother for life when her older sister had the first girl in the family she attempted to frustrate me for life as a punishment. She wouldn’t be able to understand if she were told and neither may you but it is true nonetheless.
I retrieved those two memories by auto-suggestion. Over a period of time my mind presented an image of a nipple being offered and withdrawn. Auto-suggestion will call up images from the subconscious but you must make an effort to consciously interpret them and you better do it quickly. I seized the moment. Little was required of me to reconstruct the situation. Knowing, I eliminated the fixation. I am now able to deal with the problem constructively. Poimander makes my life better and better every day in every way.
So that, to understand one’s influences one must somehow learn the Field, work to find the Challenge to which the Response applies. A person acts and reacts; you may have been the perpetrator and had your own evil turned back upon yourself. One must be honest with oneself. Sonderman cannot blame me for Wilson’s death; he must accept that responsibility himself.
If you lie to yourself you aren’t going to get very far. Others will have motivations that affect you; you will have motivations that will affect others. You may be unaware that you have been targeted; you may think that things have just ‘happened.’ Or, as in my case, you may know, be aware, or vaguely aware that you are being targeted but not know who the stalkers or agents are or why they are doing it.
For whatever reasons you may be on the butt end the important thing is not to accept other people’s negative opinions about yourself. Do not give up hope. Refuse the negativity; reject the Suggestion; turn back the evil before it enters your soul.
Right Conduct is in may ways more important than personal psychology. The Ancients who had a very different concept of psychology rightly placed great emphasis on morality. They were in a lane on the right highway, in my opinion, the fast lane. Following Freud psychologists do not recognize the importance of morality. I have never read a psychological work where morality was even mentioned.
The rules of Right Conduct were expressed in gnomic terms of which it is difficult to acquire a right understanding. For instance the injunction of Christ to turn the other cheek must not be taken literally. The meaning is not to suffer insult but not to return evil for evil because evil begets evil. Returning evil for evil justifies the perpetrator in his own mind. It justifies his belief that the world is created in his own image. Nothing hurts them worse than to realize it isn’t. One must learn to turn back another’s evil on himself thus causing him to eat the bitter pill. To take the evil on one’s self only embitters one’s own life whether one realizes it or not. Of course, often there is nothing for it and it must be dismissed as the boorishness of the other.
Earlier I remarked that when Sonderman took me to visit his father’s chemical plant I tried to burn it down. How did that ‘happen’? Failed evil is a powerful rebuke. The evil of the perpetrator has been turned back on him and he knows shame.
When Sonderman took me out to the Shield and I survived that was a powerful rebuke to him and his father. Had I fallen beneath the great steely wheels they could have consciously rationalized my fate to themselves as my own stupidity. When I didn’t they became evil in their own eyes while they now saw me as more virtuous. They found my innocence intolerable as it made me better than them. They took it upon themselves to prove that I was no less evil than themselves. They had to prove to themselves that I would have done the same thing or its equivalent myself. No one wants to think he is less moral than his fellows.
Human life is less haphazard than we imagine. On a close examination you will find that more is caused than happens. If you have an effect then look for the cause. Thus the Sondermans did something they were loath to do; I was invited to see their chemical plant, or the inner sanctum of the Sondermans from which I had been carefully excluded.
The Sondermans didn’t want anyone to have to take their word for it so they invited a young cousin along who I had never seen before. He was to act as their ‘witness.’
As I would never attempt a crime on my own it was necessary to suggest one to me. Sonderman pointed out the extreme combustibility of some chemicals sitting in an old open wooden tub. He admonished me not to let a spark get near it. As young as I was I still should have had better morality than to fall for the suggestion, to attempt a revenge on what I rightly interpreted as attempted murder. In the sense of Christ I should have turned the other cheek.
Having suggested the act Sonderman was already prepared to prevent me from making the attempt so that while I was willing no such attempt was actually made. Had I remained pure in thought I would have redoubled the evil on the Sondermans. As it was he went and told his father that it was my intent to put a match to the chemicals even though I had no match. I was ordered off the property. To some extent I enabled them to redeem their innocence.
But then, as events will show, my enemies would only have redoubled their efforts. As I had made no real overt attempt to return their evil in a way for which they could condemn me as they condemned themselves their guilt remained unexpiated.
Evil cannot be expiated by further evil but the Sondermans did not know that.
A peculiar dream happened to me as I wrestled with this part of the story. The problem of confronting my inner fears was apparently more fearsome to me than I realized or had more far reaching consequences than I imagined. Subsequent events were apparently very traumatic, much more so than I realize even now. I apparently needed greater protection to deal with them. My subconscious provided it for me.
In my dream I had just been let out of prison. Although outside the walls I was told that I couldn’t leave the area until the Grey Ones arrived. When I asked who the Grey Ones were and when they would arrive I was told that I would see them when I saw them.
The prison and its guards looked a great deal like my fourth grade school so I suppose I was being released from the confines of my central childhood fixation. As I was standing around marveling at this, wondering what to do, the three Grey Ones appeared in the distant bright blue sunless sky drifting slowly on the breeze in my direction.
I had no idea what to expect.
As they come fluttering closer over this bleak barren desert landscape they took the shape of what I can only describe as wrinkled grey windsocks.
I stared up in amazement and apprehension not knowing what to expect. The eldest windsock, who was also the ugliest, rippled past disdainfully not even deigning to notice me. The middle one wrinkled past sheepishly as though ashamed to represent my present situation.
The youngest and prettiest Grey One seemed to fall in love with me on the spot. She breezed over and playfully ensheathed me with her joyful presence. She would be my Anima for the future. I would be her eyes and teeth, her Ego. Thus protected against any future psychic dangers I was free to leave the prison grounds.
Psychologically the Grey One is still with me. She has guided me over several treacher0us shoals.
At the Judgment of Paris he was asked to choose but I was chosen. The oldest Grey One rejected me outright. Indeed, there was no going back to a shameful past for me. The middle one realizing she could not maintian an unpleasant status quo sheeplishly passed me by. The youngest representing a fearless flight into the future took possession of me.
Dreams are of course a product of subconscious desires so that auto-suggestion indicated that the way had been cleared. I was to deal with the future as it arose unimpeded by past or present impediments.
The message was that when I failed to turn back the evil in the second through fourth grades I had transferred it into my own guilt and shame. I had accepted inhibiting behavior that was now at an end.
Perhaps in the organization of the Sonderman Constellation I will be able to rid myself of his evil incubus.
The senate house of the planets may sit again to deal me a new hand.
End of chapter II.
Now that the stage has been set the narrative begins.
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