The Devil Is In The Details
There is an enormous body of both written and verbal accounts of individuals who could allegedly predict future events. Those who issue prophecies can be found in practically all civilizations, through our many ages of mankind and involve the near as well as far future of a given group… or humanity as a whole. Many who are familiar with some, especially if attached to a belief system, would assume that these arrived from their God, through His/Her messenger via some type of psychic process. Unfortunately, in the age of the internet, where enlightened minds are able to analyze objectively, it is very obvious there are other, more “human” factors which play an equal or greater role. Therefor, it is essential to uncover these factors. You will quickly begin to see that, by adding this additional perspective, underlying “tones” and hidden symbology of prophecies becomes more apparent.
The Kybalion is an ancient text of Hermetic Philosophy and serves as a firm foundation for initiates into many magical schools and mystery traditions. Studied intensely and rigorously applied by the likes of Aleister Crowley, it outlines essentially the 7 Hermetic Principles, also known as Universal Principles, which are present on every level of reality. To begin to unlock some of the mysteries inherent to prophecies and even arcane texts, a basic understanding of these principles is essential.
1) Principle of Mentalism - “The ALL is mind; the universe is mental” – This asserts that all things in creation emanate from the mind of The ALL, with both Its permission and awareness. The text is quite explicit in its assertion that if a student cannot grasp this principle, they cannot progress spiritually.
2) The Principle of Correspondence – “As above , so below; As below, so above” – This states that there is a “correspondence” between events on different realities. What transpires on a higher vibrating reality will be reflected on the lower and vice versa. A good example can be found in the methodology involved with the Law of Attraction. A crucial component is creating a reality, in some form, where one has already received their want/need/desire and are actively enjoying its use. To draw that “dream” into this reality, one must set up a correspondent energy that attracts that to them.
3) The Principle of Vibration - “Nothing rests; Everything moves; Everything vibrates” - The universe is never at rest and all objects in creation vibrate, the difference being in degree.
4) The Principle of Polarity - “Everything is dual, everything has poles; all truths are but half truths; Opposites are identical in nature but opposite in degree” – Because we live in a polarized reality, it appears we face only two choices when making a decision on a given issue. We tend to view events and people as being good or bad, right or wrong and positive or negative. Polarity is a reality and can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on whether a student uses this principle…. or is used by it. A major part of the skills development of many alchemists is known as transmutation, the act of changing from one state to another. This involved directly affecting the vibrations both within them and those around them to state in which the wild swings of emotional energy would be minimized. Proverbs 15:1 could easily be considered an alchemical “formula” for this transmutation process and an excellent example of this principle’s application:
“A soft answer turns away wrath but harsh words stir up fury.” (World English Bible)
5) The Principle of Rhythm - “Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall” - This refers, of course, to cosmic cycles, which transpire in a given reality dependent on its Divine Plan. Kingdoms rise, kingdoms fall, summer follows spring just as night follows day – these are quick examples of rhythm. By understanding that historical events have distinctive “markers” or sequence, it becomes easier to “predict” what may happen, based on recognizing and observing them.
6) The Principle of Cause and Effect – “Every cause has its effect, every effect has its cause; everything happens according to Law” - This is integral – as are all these principles - to ensure perpetual motion in the universe, where a given cause or stimuli results in an effect, which in turn becomes a cause itself, continuing the endless cycle.
7) The Principle of Gender – “Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.” - The Gnostics are good examples of applying this principle to their belief system and, hence, their very way of life. They recognized that “The ALL” contained both male and female aspects and one of the major reasons that the many sects of early Christianity despised them. This belief ran counter to their message that included female subservience and male dominance – not to mention a singular male god - and they were ruthless in their persecution of Gnostics.
As you can see, the principles do provide an added perspective that may perhaps assist in unlocking hidden meanings and messages. Are there other “human” factors that we can employ? The answer is decidedly yes, according to many including the site Morgana’s Observatory. She highlights a number of things that we tend to take for granted but in reality play a bigger role than we could imagine. They are highlighted below, along with my own insight or understanding
1) A thorough knowledge of the cycles of “history” - I deem this to be crucial, not just long term but short term history as well. This is all about recognizing patterns or events that precede or follow a directional change in this timeline. Nothing is static and everything moves and changes, marked by our perception of time.
2) Careful detached observation of the recent past and the present – The key word is detached or objective. It is easy to become emotionally stirred as a result of events but to find its truth – for us – requires that detachment for clarity’s sake.
3) More than a passing familiarity of human nature – This really echoes the Principles of Polarity, Vibration and Rhythm, where the majority of people will react in a given way, when confronted with the same stimuli. People can be somewhat predictable in their responses and hence, will often behave and react in a similar fashion.
4) Meditation, contemplation, ability to eliminate one’s thoughts, biases, desires - This really is only logical, given that we complete a task more quickly when we can focus both our physical and mental processes on it. Essentially, to be objective one is required to be clear-headed and free from preconceived notions or programmed and limiting beliefs.
5) Intuition, common sense and compassion - The importance of these factors cannot be overlooked or underestimated. We employ intuition on a regular basis, most often without full recognition on our part. To me, however, from an energetic perspective, the inclusion of compassion is crucial. If we seek answers in state of low vibration such as anger or greed, the energy that we connect with reflects that and enhances it. In short, we lose objectivity due to the low vibrational emotional energy. Compassion allows one to step outside of and above a given event, where the perspective is not one of laying blame but rather acceptance – acceptance that it has some purpose within a Divine Plan or blueprint and those involved are merely playing their own supporting role. A further and essential addition here, from my perspective, is humility.
I urge you to apply this knowledge each time you are confronted with prophecies and predictions. Ultimately, we must decide what our own truth is and isn’t. When we can identify the underlying and often hidden aspects of predictions of what is and will be happening, we have an added tool in our spiritual toolbox. Contrary, to what many may believe, our future is not written in stone. Certainly, we each arrived with a role to act out within this divine play, which some deem as proof that the future is immutable and cannot be changed, often because their god has decreed that. It presents a paradox because those with this belief also claim we have free will, but one that is easily understood if the lenses of bias are removed. While we do play a role, how we achieve that purpose is where our free will is involved. In other words, we can choose to fly, drive or take the train and along the way encounter experiences that are necessary to complete our cosmic contract.