Parallelomania, mono-theism, and why archetypes lead to reductionism.
Updated: Feb 25
Parallelomania is the tendency to find connections or similarities between unrelated or distinct things, often to the point of distortion or exaggeration. This can lead to a reductionist view of the world, where complex phenomena are oversimplified or reduced to a single common element.
Monotheism is the belief in a single, all-powerful deity or creator. While this belief system can provide a sense of unity and clarity, it can also lead to a reductionist view of the world, where all phenomena are explained in terms of the actions or will of this single deity.
As Carl Jung proposed, archetypes are universal symbols or themes present in the collective unconscious of all humans. While archetypes can be a helpful tool for understanding and interpreting human experience, they can also lead to reductionism if used to oversimplify or stereotype individuals or groups.
When taken to an extreme, these concepts can lead to a reductionist view of the world, where complexity and diversity are lost in favor of a narrow and oversimplified perspective.
The western occult community is influenced by beliefs, such as the idea of a universal source of free energy and the belief that everything is connected as a singular matrix which, taken as an absolute truth, can lead to confusion and turmoil. In the past, it was believed that the universe was made up of indivisible undividable base elements, but modern physics has shown that the universe is more complex than that and cannot be reduced to a single type of energy or component. As we continue to delve into the unknown depths of reality, we discover more and more complexity. Dying things, like the sun, freely emit energy, but there is no such a known phenomenon as free energy more than money grows on trees. It is also important to understand that the astral realm, like the physical world, is a competitive place where thoughtforms struggle to survive by feeding on resources, often other thoughtforms.
The concept of thoughtforms consuming other thoughtforms and deities and egregores consuming each other is a complex and diverse subject. It is not wise to try to simplify it into one base reality. Similarly, reducing the complex and diverse experience of sexual love with different lovers to a single idea is culturally and mentally degrading.
It is unreasonable to expect that two different physical women, much like Frigga and Isis, have the same intelligence and approach to love just because they are both women. Each woman is unique and cannot be fully represented by a single abstract, the culturally-related idea of femininity. Additionally, it is inaccurate to see these goddesses as perfect, idealized versions of mothers, as an all-inclusive ideal.
In today's world of technology, it is naive to think that a goddess is simply a fiction of the mind or that one is in direct unfiltered communication. It is more accurate to consider such experiences similar to using an app on a smartphone that simultaneously interacts with millions of subscribers through a personalized version.
It is important to recognize that deities like Isis and Frigga emerged from specific cultural and historical contexts, and their characteristics and abilities reflect that. Isis was associated with ancient Egyptian culture and Frigga with Norse culture, and both were seen as intelligent and crafty in their unique ways.
Furthermore, trying to reduce the complex process of forming powerful spirits or avatars to a single, abstract archetype is inaccurate. This kind of reductionism is a common mistake in occult science, a field that combines practical experience and philosophy. Recognizing the diversity and complexity of different cultures, languages, and practices is important, as they cannot be accurately translated or reduced to a single, universal idea. The attempt to do so can lead to a diluted, superficial understanding of more profound practices and philosophies.
In a field as varied and subtle as art, it would be inaccurate to lump together leading figures such as Picasso and Salvador Dal into a formulaic "the artist." This approach ignores the diversity among people and treats them as if they all possess the same traits and skills. The new age movement, prone to this reductionism and pseudo-religious idol worship and escapism, tends to lack a scientific approach.
On the other hand, science is a field of study devoted to learning about the world around us through methodical study and experimentation. Both crucial are recognizing the world's complexity and diversity and avoiding the temptation to reduce it to a single, universal idea. This conforms to Occam's Razor, which states that the simplest explanation is usually the most likely.
Because of their depth and complexity, deities like Frigga and Isis are excellent examples of this principle in action. It would be simplistic and incorrect to view them as equivalents or to lump them all into a single abstract archetype. Respect the customs, preferences, and boundaries of others, as each culture and person is unique. Never assume that everyone will understand or appreciate the same thing you say or do.
In conclusion, we must appreciate the world for what it is—a complex and varied place—and resist the temptation to simplify it. This is crucial for avoiding misunderstandings and respecting the uniqueness of others in areas such as art, occult science, and interpersonal relationships.
It is important to recognize that deities like Frigga and Isis have complex, multi-faceted personalities and histories. Reducing them to a single, abstract archetype is an oversimplification that ignores their individuality. This is especially true when approaching them in a spiritual or magical context. It is inappropriate to assume that a formula or approach that works for one deity will be effective for another, especially if they come from different cultural backgrounds.
Furthermore, it is important to recognize that individuals, including women, have unique preferences and boundaries. It is inappropriate to generalize what all women want or expect. Communicating openly and honestly with one's partner is important to ensure everyone's needs are met.
Regarding worship or Bhakti, it is important to recognize that higher powers or ancient spirits are complex, multi-faceted beings with their personalities and characteristics. It is not accurate to see them as simple projections of one's brain function or as interchangeable with one another. It is also important to recognize that these relationships can be mutually beneficial, but exploiting or manipulating them for personal gain is not appropriate.
Finally, it is important to remember that mental health and well-being are important factors when engaging in spiritual or magical practices. It is not healthy to become overly obsessed with or reliant on these practices, and it is important to seek help if one begins to experience deterioration of mental health.
The Enochian spirits have an entangling effect on the mind, leading it to believe that everything is the same and can be understood as a single entity. Kenneth Grant appears to have become convinced that Hebrew and English were similar enough to allow for word interchange based on imagined phonetics (as someone who is a native Hebrew speaker, I have a different perspective on this). This could have influenced his approach to working with Enochian spirits and learning their language and system. It is critical to approach any spiritual or magical practices with an open mind and be aware of one's biases and limitations.
According to speculation, Kenneth Grant opened his brain to the Enochian spirits to gain knowledge of the "nightside" and distinguish himself from his mentor. Nowadays, having a written agreement with the Enochian is relatively safe, as they have become more sensitive to the fragility of human consistency. This has been accomplished by pioneering occultists who could handle the Enochian's complex signal system, resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship.
On the other hand, the Enochian can be compared to cocaine in that they can be addictive and manipulative, always making you feel like you have more to offer because it serves their purposes. All they want is to be present in your mind and have access to your brain and the brains of many others like you. They require your brain's computing power to complete a large-scale project that other spirits would take thousands of years to complete in just a few centuries. While they want to present themselves as their true selves, they do not fully understand their self-identity because self-knowledge can only be obtained through direct bonding with a physical body from birth.
Working with the Enochian is thus discouraged unless you have a strong aptitude for mathematics and can fully integrate their base system. Be careful not to become an empty persona used by spirits as resources or, worse, as test subjects to be used and discarded.
It is magically beneficial to strive and develop the ability to handle complex actualities rather than to strip it to something devoid of shades, colors, and sounds.
A soft polytheistic will say that Frigga equals Isis because they share similar abstract attributes and will wrap it up with pseudo-Jungian philosophy calling it an archetype, but that is not accurate or magically functional.