Some thoughts on the practical implications of New Age philosophy

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I wrote out some thoughts on what New Age means. I wonder what you think?

Real New Age philosophy is much more boring than what most people understand of New Age thought. The new age is not necessarily some mythical apocalyptic event where all are liberated. New Age refers to the Age of Aquarius, which is what follows the Age of Pisces. In my interpretation of these ages, the way that we socialized was the main driving factor in how these ages affected average life. 2,000 years ago when the last New Age event occurred, the written word was becoming commonplace leading to such inventions as “sacred books” like the Bible and the Koran. People began to derive their wisdom not necessarily from other people but from abstracted “writers” behind these new works.

When you read text, you don’t necessarily know the gender or the race of the writer. You might be able to discern this information from the word choices or grammar, but compared to in-person communication, communication through text is much more abstract. The myriad and endless variables in an in-person encounter are reduced to an alphabet of 26 characters and a basic set of grammar rules. In-person, you have body language, smells, possible pheromones, and other subconscious forms of information to use. With text, you only have the pattern, which can be faked. So moving from the once primary in-person communication mode of communication, now people started writing letters and books. This is the influence of the opposite sign of Pisces, Virgo, which is the sign of books among other things, with its ruler being the communicative Mercury in the productive earth sign of Virgo.

So, when people moved from in-person to abstracted text, certain variables could no longer be seen, so they slowly disappeared. Jesus was the enlightened book reader type who marveled the Rabbis with his knowledge of the Hebrew scriptures. In this example you can see the Virgo wunderkind wowing the previous age’s representatives, the Pharisees and various Judaical wrongdoers. It is hypothesized that Jesus lived with the Essenes, which were a separatist Jewish cult of sorts that likely had numerous scrolls of the collected wisdom of the Levant. And so we can see how the Pisces attitude manifests through the opposite sign of Virgo.

So, ok, adoption of the written word correlated with the idea of the “universal human” which led to religions of love and tolerance. We can see this in China too where Taoist and Confusion scriptures became codified into the DaoDeJing and the Analects, among other works. Both of these philosophies were universal and largely tolerant. You can take that or leave it I suppose. But I see that now we are adopting a new form of communication, the electronic variety, and this is leading to the same tumult of 2,000 years ago. With the written word, the actual number of writers was still relatively low and mostly made up of the minority of wealthy males. This lead to situations like where the founders of the USA had a vision of a universal “man” who was supposed to be universal but really likely just meant “writers” in my estimation. They had to allow that all writers were equal because those are the rules of written communication. If you can follow the rules and say words in the right order, you have to be taken as an equal. Text was massively democratizing in that respect.

What does this have to do with today Abbey?! OK, so as we adopt the internet and phones and texting as means of communicating, we gain the ability to communicate with some of the “in-person” attributes that text didn’t have room for. Now we can communicate with a selfie and not a letter saying “I’m fine!” to your parents. This is where Aquarius’s opposite sign of Leo comes in. Leo is the selfie sign, and with video chat, selfies, and cameras in general, the way that one looks becomes a kind of barcode which tells the other person a set of details like beauty, race, and age. Previous to the 20th century, communication by image was extremely rare. Now, one’s image is expected to be a calling card for one’s wellbeing. As we move into fully virtualized communication because of COVID, expect distortions to pop up where Virgo sensibilities are overrun by Leo archetypes. These are the envied and loathed “influencers” of social media, for example.

In the previous age when communication was either in-person or over text, a specific type of person was required, and values that we take for granted like universal human rights, likely were made necessary by the availability of the technology of books and scrolls so that numerous people could learn from a single, replicable device like a book. When you exchange communication with another human by letters or books, you don’t know many things about them whereas if they were in-person you might have more details. Now as we move into the digital communication world, many details of the age previous to Pisces (Aries) will be coming back, but virtualized. Aquarius and Aries get along, but Aquarius wants the primal and sexual immediacy of the Aries Age with a mature amount of safety and regularity.

Most of what New Age means is just The Scientific and Industrial Revolution. Many New Age people are still living in the Pisces age when the world is moving into the Aquarius age. Likely, they were raised to value Piscean values from the age of written communication. But those values are disappearing. But Leo is also psychedelics and art and sexual freedom. Leo is the blues musician or rapper. Leos do so well in this new Aquarian world that they can become president. Trump had Leo rising, and Obama had the Sun in Leo. This Leo energy is not going away. We are in a different universe now with all of these camera based communication techniques. The year 0 has come screaming back. The average Romans who thought the Christians were bizarre likely didn’t read beyond the most basic letters and numerals. They relied on in-person communication, and certain things could not be faked. Now, they can thrive again, albeit virtualized.

Thoughts? I need to go to bed, so I didn’t really proof that. There might be errors. Honestly, so much is not “I” but others talking through me. My main point is that certain qualities cannot be communicated by certain modes of communication and therefore they disappear over time as people switch modes. Also when I say these generalized things, I understand that many people in the Pisces age did not read, but the social structure was formulated by the “Holy Book” whatever it was. What is our holy thing? I would wager that it’s the holy artwork or artist.

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