Parallelomania, mono-theism, and why archetypes lead to reductionism.
Updated: Jan 5
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, 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 own unique ways.
Furthermore, trying to reduce the complex process of forming powerful spirits or avatars to a single, abstract archetype is not accurate. This kind of reductionism is a common mistake in the field of occult science, a field that combines practical experience and philosophy. It is important to recognize the diversity and complexity of different cultures, languages, and practices, 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.
Art is a complex and diverse field, and it is not accurate to try to reduce artists like Picasso and Salvador Dali to a single, abstract archetype of "the artist." Doing so ignores each individual's unique characteristics and abilities and reduces them to a simplified, universal concept. This reductionism is common in the new age movement, which often lacks a scientific approach and tends towards pseudo-religious idol worship and escapism.
In contrast, science is a discipline devoted to understanding nature through systematic observation and experimentation. It is important to recognize the world's complexity and diversity and avoid simplifying it into a single, universal idea. This is in line with the principle of Occam's Razor, which states that the simplest explanation is usually the most likely.
Applying this principle to the subject of deities like Frigga and Isis, it is important to recognize that they are complex, multi-faceted beings with rich histories and characteristics. Treating them as if they are interchangeable or reducing them to a single, abstract archetype is a superficial and inaccurate approach. It is also important to recognize that different cultures and individuals have unique customs, preferences, and boundaries. It is inappropriate to assume that one approach or behavior will be universally accepted or appreciated.
In conclusion, it is important to recognize the world's complexity and diversity and avoid reducing it to a single, universal idea. This applies to fields like art, occult science, and relationships, and it is essential for avoiding misunderstandings and respecting the individuality of others.
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 it comes to approaching them in a spiritual or magical context. It is not appropriate 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 not appropriate to make generalizations about what all women want or expect. It is important to communicate openly and honestly with one's partner 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 own personalities and characteristics. It is not accurate to see them as simple projections of one's own brain function or as interchangeable with one another. It is also important to recognize that these relationships can be mutually beneficial, but it is not appropriate to exploit or manipulate them for personal gain.
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 that effect on the mind that entangles it and make it susceptible to believing that all things are the same and can be understood as a single entity. In the case of Kenneth Grant, it seems that he became convinced that Hebrew and English were similar enough to allow for the interchange of words based on imagined phonetics (as someone who is a native Hebrew speaker, I have a different perspective on this). This may have influenced his approach to working with the Enochian spirits and understanding their language and system. It is important to approach any spiritual or magical practices with an open mind and be aware of one's biases and limitations.
According to speculation, what happened to Kenneth Grant is that he opened his brain to the Enochian spirits in order to gain knowledge of the "nightside" and to distinguish himself from his mentor. Nowadays, it is relatively safe to have a written agreement with the Enochian, as they have become more sensitive to the fragility of human consistency. This has been achieved through pioneering occultists who were able to handle the complex signal system of the Enochian, resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship.
However, the Enochian can be compared to cocaine in that they can be addictive and manipulative, always making you feel like there is something more to you because it serves their purposes. All they want is a presence in your mind and access to your brain and those of many others like you. They need your brain's computing power to complete a large-scale project that would take other spirits thousands of years to accomplish in just a few centuries. While they want to come through as their true selves, they do not fully understand their identity because only direct bonding with a physical body from birth can provide self-knowledge.
Therefore, avoiding working with the Enochian is advisable unless you have a strong aptitude for mathematics and can fully integrate their base system. Many of the sorcerers operating in the field are nothing more than empty personas used by spirits, either as resources or, worse, as experimental subjects to be used and discarded. This is because they have willingly made themselves available to the spirits in the first place.
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 magicaly functional.