Hecate as Physis, Natura, Mother Nature and Gaia

I ran across an article linking the World Soul with “Mother Nature” and “Gaia” that was written by an ecocritic in a book on ecocritical approaches to the Early Modern period. The article traced the connection among the myths of Gaia, the Pythagorean-Platonic notion of the World Soul, the premodern notions of nature as physis or natura and modern ecological veneration of mother nature.

The Chaldeans and theurgists venerated this same deity as Hecate and Psyche.

Is there then a connection between modern Gaia worship and the worship of Hecate, the goddess of the underworld?

Leviathan, Hecate, and the Ouroboros

One of the prevailing theories of Christian “deep” mythological research is the idea of an ur religion that is at the basis of all nonChristian religion. While this may sound rude and predjudicial, the idea is that all of these religions are basically identical in outlook and are fundamentally diabolical.

Whether or not one agrees with this view, it is clear, from my own research, that in the West and to a certain degree the Islamic, Hindu, and East Asian world (as well as diasporic, Talmudic Judaism, there is an Ur religion from which all these religions sprang.

An early manifestation of this religion in the West has been called Orphism.

In Orphism (as well as Gnosticism), the World Soul (called Hecate as well as Psyche by the Chaldeans and theurgists) is called the “serpent” and “Leviathan” and is combined in Greek religion in the image of Hecate surrounded by serpents.

Interestingly, some schools of Talmudic Judaism venerate this serpent.

It is a “no brainer” who this serpent is in the Bible. However, how could Satan be the animating principle of the universe or even earth?

Is this simply a lie or trick? Or do demons play some function in the mechanical workings of the universe similar to the good angels?

Is there a deeper mythological-occult significance to Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan and the modern state?

Hecate’s Spinning Top and Christopher Nolan’s Inception

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Christopher Nolan is usually viewed as a bleakly postmodern secular director whose ideas largely have their origins in the nihilistic world of the late 19th and early 20th century.

However, some have noted that there are deeper mythological and even occult tropes in his films.

I have found a possible source of Nolan’s spinning top in Inception.

Hecate, the goddess of witches, as well as the image of the anima mundi or Wold Soul of Neoplatonic philosophy and magic had a top, which could be used by a theurgic magician.

This top is described by the philosopher Psellus and is relayed to us by the scholar H. Lewy: “this instrument consisted of a golden disk–triangular, circular or of some other shape–, its surface covered with mystical characters, with sapphire inset in its centre. A leather thong attached to the disk enabled the theurgist to swing it around, while reciting magic spells. IN the intervals of these recitals the theurgist uttered inarticulate sounds: these were mostly imitations of animals cries which, in accordance with ordinary magical practice, were intended to frighten off the evil spirits, who were liable to disturb the operation; the same purpose was pursed by whipping the air and by emitting laughing sounds. When this magical top was made to spin inwards, ‘gods were called upon’ to come and when, on the other hand, it was spun in an outward direction, they ‘were set loose.'”

Nolan’s Batman movies famously inspired mass shootings and seemed to have a profound effect upon the millennial generation.

There is also the shamanistic performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker, and Hans Zimmer’s ambient music clearly as a shamanistic origin (it is called trance and ambient music for a reason).

Is the iconic top a throw back to Hecate?

Is Nolan trying to channel, even if “metamorphically” spirits into his audience?

Or is the top simply a symbol of the fragility of what Nolan sees is a chaotic universe?

 

 

The Dual Meaning of the Sign of The Cross (with a Brief Mention of the Resurrecifix)

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The sign of the cross was ubiquitous on MTV during the 80s and 90s. It was generally assumed that the artists were either trying to create a neo-Gothic aesthetic, or they were trying to make a sacrilegious statement and were mocking the cross.

However, I just came across something very interesting from a book on the Chaldean Oracles, which reveals that the cross is also an ancient symbol of the World or Cosmic Soul aka Hecate.

This passage reminded me of a comment I once heard that the Christ of the ressurecifix is not the crucified Christ but rather Zoroaster or even the anti-Christ healer who was not really crucified and does not ask for his followers to crucify their flesh.

Whether or not this latter assertion is true, it is important to note that Christian symbols can be utilized by the occult. Thus, just because a person sees a Christian image (in a suspicious situation especially), it does not mean that this image reflects a Christian idea.

This idea is especially interesting when applied to modernist (and even some medieval!) churches that contain a combination of both occult images and Christian. Perhaps the Christian images in these churches are not meant to be Christian at all.

Julian the Apostate and Theurgic Magic Revisited

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I just came across an interesting tidbit on Julian the Apostate’s connections to theurgy. Apparently, Maximus, one of the disciple’s of Iamblichus who was able to “vivicate,” that is, animate a statue of Hecate through magic, had initiated Julian the Apostate into theurgy in a subterranean temple dedicated to Hecate in Ephesus.

Is there more to the story of Julian than simply a pagan emperor who wanted to bring back the old gods?

Was his persecution of the Church part of a wider plot?

Fire, Horses, and Boys: The Visions of Hecate

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Among the images that would appear when the goddess Hecate was conjured with theurgy were, as I have mentioned before, fire and light, but there also would be images of horses and boys.

The boys were supposedly the souls who had died in a nefarious manner and were forced to accompany Hecate.

But what of the horses?

Is there a connection with the story of Phaeton? With Eros? With the myth of the charioteer in the Phaedrus?

 

UFOs and Chaldean Magic

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Just a brief note on something I read from the ancient Babylonian text, the Chaldean Oracles.

A description of the “conjuring of Hecate” says that the magus will see “either a fire like a child, stretched over the vortex of the air, or a formless fire, from which a voice rushes forth, or an abundant light, rumbling spiral wise around a field.”

This fiery apparition of summoned demons sounds a lot like UFO phenomena that has been recorded en mass–especially in the 21st century: the majority of the “UFO’s” are fiery spiraling lights.

If some of these lights are not advanced military craft and are, in fact, demons who is summoning them?

Maybe “Lord” Rothschild knows

 

Our Lady and the Triumph over Hecate

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One of the more famous churches in Rome is a former temple dedicated to Athena or Minerva, which has been converted to a Catholic church titled “Maria sopra Minerva” or Mary over Minerva, celebrating Our Lady’s victory of the degenerate pagan goddess Athena.

While I had known that Our Lady was presented by early Christians as superior to the various goddesses that were venerated in the Mediterranean world, I was not aware of how great a contrast Our Lady has to the goddess Hecate–especially as read in the tradition of Neoplatonic magic.

Like Artemis-Diana with whom she is linked, Hecate, the goddess of the underworld and witchcraft was linked with the moon. She further had snake hair (a Gnostic symbol) and was adorned by fiery snakes. Finally, and most interestingly, Hecate was an image of the world soul, the “membrane” between the intellectual-spiritual world and the physical world. Thus, there is the connection with magic and witchcraft as those who mediated the power of Hecate could mediate between the spiritual and physical world, summoning demons and powers.

As a result, Hecate is a demonic mediatrix, a diabolical mockery of Our Lady.

Finally, it is weird how common the image of the veil or membrane between the spiritual and physical world is in everything from faerie tales with magic mirrors (remade by Walt Disney); to the Early Modern Chinese novel, The Journey to the West, to the poetry of Percy Shelley; to Stephen Spielberg’s 80s film, Poltergeist.

In fact, Hecate’s function sounds a lot like the screens of electronic devices that mediate the demonic world of the internet into our homes.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for us.

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