The 20th Century: Beginning of the Aeon of Horus

Thelema is a spiritual philosophy developed by the 20th century British writer and ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley. A self-professed Satanist who called himself the Beast, Crowley saw himself as the dark prophet of a new age, the Æon of Horus that would replace Christian theism. In the main, Thelema is based upon a spiritual encounter that he and his wife had in Egypt in 1904 with a disembodied being that called itself Aiwass. According to Crowley, Aiwass contacted him and dictated a text known as The Book of the Law or Liber AL vel Legis, which outlined the principles of Thelema.

The Thelemic pantheon focuses primarily on a trinity of deities adapted from ancient Egyptian religion who are the three speakers of The Book of the Law: Nuit, Hadit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. The three speakers predicted that the 20th century would mark the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, an age of force and fire wrought by a terrible-willed generation, the followers of a new ethical code, an anti-morality summed up as,

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law"

In addition to Aiwass, another important mentor of Crowley's was Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher who declared the death of God and called himself the Anti-Christ. Nietzsche wrote a book by that title and argued for atheism as follows:

"I will now disprove the existence of all gods. If there were gods, how could I bear not to be a god? Consequently, there are no gods."

Each major book of Nietzsche's is, in a different way, an attack on Christian faith. The central axis of Nietzsche's philosophy is always the same---he is as centered on Jesus Christ as Augustine was, only he centered on Christ as his enemy. (Peter Kreeft, Pillars of Unbelief---Nietzsche,

With "Ecce Homo" Nietzsche willingly embraces lies and dark fantasy while in "The Genealogy of Morals" he claims that Biblical morality was invented by the "weak," meaning the Jews and then the Christians, to weaken the strong. Thus the sheep convinced the wolf to act like a sheep. And this is unnatural, argues the Anti-Christ who embraces lies and fantasy.

In "Beyond Good and Evil" the Anti-Christ presents his "Master morality," the anti-morality summarized by Crowley as "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." What this means is that since liars have "murdered" the living God and sealed up heaven, Masters have a natural right to do whatever they please, for everything is permissible. Whatever a master commands becomes good from the mere fact that the master wills it.

"The Twilight of the Idols" explores the consequences of the murder of God. With His death is liberation from the Mind, Authority and Will that has transcended the mind and will of man who is now god and decrees the death of eternally existing Truth, Moral Absolutes, man's soul, free will, immortality, reason, order, and love. With the murder of the living God, there will no longer be a heaven for the sheep since all of these "idols" will die now that He has been murdered.

Who will replace the murdered God? The Superman. Nietzsche's masterpiece, "Thus Spake Zarathustra," celebrates this new god.

The Anti-Christ called Zarathustra the new anti-Bible and told the world to "throw away all other books; you have my Zarathustra." Peter Kreeft, a professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College describes Zarathustra as,

"...intoxicating rhetoric (that) has captivated adolescents for generations. It was written in only a few days, in a frenzy, perhaps of literally demon-inspired "automatic writing." No book ever written contains more Jungian archetypes, like a fireworks display of images from the unconscious. Its essential message is the condemnation of present-day man as a weakling and the announcement of the next species, the Superman, who lives by "master morality" instead of "slave morality." God is dead, long live the new god!" (Pillars of Unbelief---Nietzsche)

Among contemporary intelligentsia and global powers intent upon ushering in a New Age of global spiritual communism, two of the most widely-read and acclaimed thinkers today are the sadistic murderer, the Marquis de Sade, and Friedrich Nietzsche, the Anti-Christ. Many twentieth century totalitarians were disciples of Nietzsche, for example, America's turn of the century Progressives, Mussolini and Hitler.

In The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William Shirer recounts Hitler's frequent sojourns to the Nietzsche museum in Weimar. Commenting on Hitler's veneration for Nietzsche, Shirer writes:

"There was some ground for this appropriation of Nietzsche as one of the originators of the Nazi Weltanschauung. Had not the philosopher thundered against democracy and parliaments, preached the will to power, praised war and proclaimed the coming of the master race and the superman--and in the most telling aphorisms? (Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, 1959)

Though Nietzsche harshly criticized socialism, his evolutionary thinking and collectivist political and social thoughts harmonized well with Marxism.

In "Nietzsche: A Precursor to Hitler?" researcher Phillip D. Collins writes that in addition to the continuity of political and social thought that pervaded totalitarian socialism,

"Nietzsche also provided a religious component. The infamous declaration, "God is dead," is but a segue for the introduction of a new god. This god of evolutionary forces has had numerous manifestations, as is evidenced by the following delineation by W. Warren Wagar:

"Nineteenth-and early twentieth-century thought teems with time-bound emergent deities. Scores of thinkers preached some sort of faith in what is potential in time, in place of the traditional Christian and mystical faith in a power outside of time. Hegel's Weltgeist, Comte's Humanite, Spencer's organismic humanity inevitably improving itself by the laws of evolution, Nietzsche's doctrine of superhumanity, the conception of a finite God given currency by J.S. Mill, Hastings Rashdall, and William James, the vitalism of Bergson and Shaw, the emergent evolutionism of Samuel Alexander and Lloyd Morgan, the theories of divine immanence in the liberal movement in Protestant theology, and du Nouy's telefinalism--all are exhibits in evidence of the influence chiefly of evolutionary thinking, both before and after Darwin, in Western intellectual history. The faith of progress itself--especially the idea of progress as built into the evolutionary scheme of things--is in every way the psychological equivalent of religion. (Wagar, 106 -07)"

Nietzsche's amoral Superman was but one more link in an ideational chain connecting Illuminist revolutionaries such as Hegel, Comte, Marx, Stalin, Hitler, Crowley, and contemporary New World Order globalists. The central theme is a religious faith in humanity's evolutionary ascent towards godhood. Collins writes that this is by no means new:

"This doctrine of transformism dates back nearly 6,000 years, finding its crucible in Mesopotamia. It was the religious doctrine promulgated by the ancient Babylonian and Egyptian Mystery cults."

Masonic scholar W.L. Wilmshurst verifies this contention:

"This--the evolution of man into superman--was always the purpose of the ancient Mysteries" (Wilmshurst, W.L. The Meaning of Masonry. New York: Gramercy, 1980)

Nietzsche's Superman represents the pinnacle of spiritual evolution. At the apex of the anti-human evolutionary process, superman would "overcome" his own fleshly humanity---his mortality, human weaknesses and limitations. Just as this post-human condition represented godhood for ancient Mystery Religion initiates, so it represented godhood for Nietzsche, Hitler, Crowley, and for contemporary Transhumanists, Spiritual Transhumanists, occult spiritual New Agers and their apostate Christian counterparts who are even now rewriting the Bible so it will reflect evolutionary thinking.

Inherent in this ancient anti-human belief are Nietzsche's Western pagan, Eastern pantheist, and neo-Gnostic teachings that the fall of spirit/soul into the material realm was either inexplicable or explained as punishment. At any rate it was a plunge from being as one with or an aspect of the Divine Substance into the material realm of distinctions, or binary. The Fall then is not into sin as a result of disobedience but rather into matter. Salvation means either reabsorption into the Divine Substance or attainment of godhood by way of an evolutionary process controlled by illumined adepts.

Nietzsche's version of gnosis resulting from his mystical encounter, as with Crowley, is the demonic "transvaluation of values" and the enthronement of divinized-self as the final moral authority while earth becomes the divine kingdom of the totalitarian Masters of the Earth.

In a larger context, this means that the absolute freedom (license) increasingly exercised by masses of contemporary Western and American rebels in the name of reason and 'special' rights is actually the destructive license which perverts the true meaning and purpose of morally-principled freedom. Absolute freedom enslaves rebels to their dark side, or sin nature, thus leading them into the anarchy of concupiscence and self-gratification ending in hate, violence, and murder as exemplified by the Colorado "Dark Knight" murderer.

The 19th century apocalyptic prophet Fyodor Dostoevsky foresaw the devastating consequences of absolute freedom that would usher in planetary spiritual communism during the Aeon of Horus.

Out of the surfeit of self-indulgence, violence, hate and murder exacerbated by blasphemy and unbelief said Dostoevsky, will emerge a new man, a miserable man anxious to be saved from himself and the madness of others, hence ready to surrender his absolute freedom for safety, bread, peace, a soothed conscience and a modicum of comfort derived from sin sanctified by his Masters. (Political Apocalypse, Ellis Sandoz, p. 179)

Rebels will progress from the tyranny of sin to the tyranny predicted by the Anti-Christ and Aiwass, for out of the shattered,

"... spiritual and social order emerges the new ethic of absolute submission to absolute power." (ibid)

And so begins the final chapter of man during the terrible Aeon of Horus.

@Linda Kimball