All the world’s a stage,
"The Magus" from The Byzantine Tarot
The Chess Players, by Moritz Retzsch
As mentioned in the Introduction, I consider my whole work to be a kind of provocative storytelling game; a counter-game which is infiltrating the real-life role-playing game, which we all are slaves of; a game which I call: The Godgame.
In the following I will give an idea of the content.
The term “The Godgame” is inspired by John Fowles´ novel The Magus (1965), a postmodern novel telling the story of Nicholas Urfe, a young British graduate who is teaching English on a small Greek island. Urfe becomes embroiled in the psychological illusions of a master trickster, which become increasingly dark and serious.
Fowles started writing it in the 1950s, under the original title of The Godgame.
The story reflects the perspective of Nicholas Urfe, a young Oxford graduate and aspiring poet. After graduation, he briefly works as a teacher at a small school, but becomes bored and decides to leave England. While looking for another job, Nicholas takes up with Alison Kelly, an Australian girl he met at a party in London. He still accepts a post teaching English at the Lord Byron School on the Greek island of Phraxos. After beginning his new post, he becomes bored, depressed, disillusioned, and overwhelmed by the Mediterranean island; Nicholas struggles with loneliness and contemplates suicide. While habitually wandering around the island, he stumbles upon an estate and soon meets its owner, a wealthy Greek recluse, Maurice Conchis. They develop a sort of friendship, and Conchis slowly reveals that he may have collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.
Nicholas is gradually drawn into Conchis's psychological games, his paradoxical views on life, his mysterious persona, and his eccentric masques. At first, Nicholas takes these posturings of Conchis, what the novel terms the "godgame", to be a joke, but they grow more elaborate and intense. Nicholas loses his ability to determine what is real and what is artifice. Against his will and knowledge, he becomes a performer in the godgame. Eventually, Nicholas realises that the re-enactments of the Nazi occupation, the absurd playlets after Sade, and the obscene parodies of Greek myths are not about Conchis's life, but his own. The book ends indeterminately.
The Financial Times write about The Magus:
“A splendidly sustained piece of mystification... such as could otherwise only have been devised by a literary team fielding the Marquis de Sade, Arthur Edward Waite, Sir James Frazer, Gurdjieff, Madame Blavatsky, C.G. Jung, Aleister Crowley and Franz Kafka”.
In other words: the "fascinating" world of occultism, or, said in another way: The Devastating New Age Turn Within Psychotherapy.
In my Ebook, Karen Blixen – The Devil´s Mistress, I describe how Karen Blixen herself became, in her pact with the Devil, an embodiment of the same demonical element, which fascinated Milton, Romanticism, Baudelaire, etc. The Devil haunted in her, and around her, just like he haunted in figure of Prospero in Shakespeare´s The Tempest, as Mefistoteles in Goethe´s Faust, or, as Conchis in John Fowles´ The Magus.
My own storytelling game is in that way a continuation of the philosophical themes I started in my book: Lucifer Morningstar – A Philosophical Love Story (where Karen Blixen also is a central figure). The more I´m investigating these themes, the more I´m getting convinced that we in fact see the work of a 666 conspiracy, an Anti-Christ energy in action.
My storytelling game will be my counter-participation in my concept of “the role-playing game, which we all are slaves of”. In my written work I have already depicted how much occultism and occult magick in fact are influencing just about every aspects of modern culture.
The more I´m going into these themes the more weird it seems to become. Just an example: In my Ebook, The Scientology Game – And The Matrix Player´s Handbook, I exposed, in a philosophical way, that Scientology in fact is a role-playing game and not a religion or anything else. This is not something I make up. Just read it. And it seems, that New Age as such, with it´s contempt for preparatory practice, and the possibility for buying yourself to spiritual abilities, levels and titles, also looks like a gigantic role-playing game with masks and roles. A creation of the inauthentic human being.
At the same time, you see a movement of “new prophets” who are in progress with a complete redefinition of Jesus Christ; a redefinition which seems to be accepted by most people without much critique. This is due to that the claim of being a “channeler” has reach a truth by authority status in the world (which means, with the help of relativism, that anybody can claim whatever they feel like claiming). In the new thought movement you see Helen Schucman (A Course in Miracles), and Barbara Marx Hubbard (Hubbard is also a transhumanist and her claims are similar to two other, more famous transhumanist prophets: Ray Kurzweil and Yuval Noah Harari, who both are prophesizing the end of the world, and the beginning of the Singularity) - About the redefinition of Christ: see my article: The Conspiracy of the Third Eye.
The redefinition of Christ might have been started in Theosophy (God Sophism) which created their own concept of Christ: the Maitreya. Helena Blavatsky, a leading theosophist, is heavily accused of making things up. Geoffrey Ashe notes that her book Isis Unveiled combines "comparative religion, occultism, pseudoscience, and fantasy in a mélange that shows genuine if superficial research but is not free from unacknowledged borrowing and downright plagiarism." This style of writing is continued in numerous modern New Age books.
Then there is the Priory of Sion Hoax (which claims that the death of Jesus Christ was faked). This hoax is famously depicted as a fact (that is: not a hoax) in Dan Brown´s The Da Vinci Code, a book which cleverly plays on blurring the line between fact and fiction. This very same book was subject for a lawsuit from the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, a 1982 book by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, where the Priory of Sion Hoax also is depicted as a fact (and not a hoax despite that this has been exposed quite clearly).
And with one of the authors of the Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, Michael Baigent, a freemason and psychologist (of course), something quite fascinating is beginning to take form. Can there have happened a meeting between Michael Baigent, Peter Kingsley and Eckhart Tolle in Glastonbury, the city famous for its connection to the Holy Grail legends, the counterculture and today: New Age? Both Michael Baigent and Eckhart Tolle have written praising reviews on all of these Peter Kingsley books: A Story Waiting to Pierce You, Reality, and, In The Dark Places of Wisdom.
The English scholar, Peter Kingsley, is a supporter of the sophists in ancient Greece, a group of teachers who taught relativism and the art of deceiving people with manipulating rhetoric. The Sophists succeeded in leading Socrates (the philosopher) to his death. Kingsley is also a supporter of the philosophy-hating psychologist Jung, and believes that psychology must take over from philosophy. He tops the list over Matrix Sophists. He is the master trickster (he even entitle himself as a trickster), and therefore absolutely fascinating (see my article: Peter Kingsley – Another Story Waiting to Pierce You (A Critique)). I don´t know yet, whether the Professor Moriarty character should be played by Jung or Kingsley. However, I´ll probably end up with Jung.
But the storyline continues. Another psychologist, the counterculture-inspired occultist and chaos magician, Robert Anton Wilson, has, in the below figure, depicted a clear image of how long back the 666 conspiracy (an offspring of The Illuminati) goes:
Read about Robert Anton Wilson in my article: The Final Secret of the Illuminati.
Also read my article: The WingMakers Project. This project seems to lead The Sirius Mystery into a new faked story, a line of conscious lying that can be traced to Theosophy and persons like Helena Blavatsky.
My concept of The Godgame is also inspired by Foucault's Pendulum, a novel by Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco. Foucault's Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth. The satirical novel is full of esoteric references to Kabbalah, alchemy, and conspiracy theory
The plot: Three vanity press employees (Jacopo Belbo, Diotallevi, and Casaubon) invent their own conspiracy for fun after reading too many manuscripts about occult conspiracy theories. They call this satirical intellectual game "The Plan". The three become increasingly obsessed with The Plan and sometimes forget that it is just a game. Worse still, other conspiracy theorists learn about The Plan and take it seriously. Belbo finds himself the target of a real secret society which believes that he possesses the key to the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.
The Boston Globe claimed that "one can trace a lineage from Robert Anton Wilson's The Illuminatus! Trilogy to Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum". The Illuminatus! Trilogy was written 13 years before Foucault's Pendulum. George Johnson wrote on the similarity of the two books that "both works were written tongue in cheek, with a high sense of irony." Both books are divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sephiroth.
Here we come to the modern nightside researchers. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn did much to popularise its model of the Tree of Life. In Kenneth Grant´s book Nightside of Eden, you can see how the Qabalistic Tree of Life shows the ten Sephiroth and twenty-two paths with their major astrological, elemental, and tarotic attributions, arranged according to the initiated occult traditions. Life is presented as a game. The Tarot cards are central, and the Tarot cards depicts a wanderer, who are traveling the spiritual path.
The so-called Shadow Tarot is a tarot system which depicts the shadow side side of the spiritual path.
Below is an image from Nightside of Eden, where you can see the Tarot names:
On the next image you can see how the lower 7 sephiroth on the Tree of life is separated from the top 3 by the Abyss. This void is sometimes called the “Desert of Seth”, the Egyptian god of Chaos and Disorder. While on the front of the tree one follows pathways, on the dark side you will traverse through "The Tunnels of Seth".
Below in another image of the nightside of the spiritual path:
On the next two images yoy can see the so-called “Qlippoth”, which are used in the alternative Kabbalistic traditions of Hermetic Qabalah and Jewish Kabbalah respectively. They mean literally "Peels", "Shells" or "Husks". They are the representation of evil or impure spiritual forces in Jewish mysticism, the polar opposites of the holy Sephiroth. The realm of evil is also termed Sitra Achra/Aḥra (Aramaic סטרא אחרא, the "Other Side" opposite holiness) in Kabbalah texts.
Qlippoth presented on the Tree of Life
Qlippoth as inverted on the back of the Tree of Life
On my page, Nordic Shamanism and Forest Therapy, I talk a great deal about the Hallowquest storytelling games. The tarot and oracle cards are here building on ancient Celtic religion. Below you can see two images of the Celtic tree of life:
From The Celtic Shaman - A Practical Guide, by John Matthews
From The Celtic Shaman´s Pack, by John Matthews. This is a card companion to the above book.
I myself use The Celtic Shaman´s Pack during meditation. Meditation is my way of shamanic journey - see my article Paranormal Phenomena Seen in Connection With Mystical Experiences: Appendix: part 4: Energy and Consciousness. In this article I describe the necessity of knowledge about the nightside. The article could be a help in combining Celtic Shamanism with the nightside teachings; getting a knowledge about them, and hereafter going beyond them.
Foucault's Pendulum has been called "the thinking man's Da Vinci Code". The parchment that sparks the Plan plays a role which is similar to the parchments in the Rennes-le-Château story in Brown's novel and in The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, from which Brown drew inspiration. Eco's novel predated the Da Vinci phenomenon by more than a decade, but both novels are concerned with the Knights Templar, complex conspiracies, secret codes, and even a chase around the monuments of Paris. Eco does so, however, from a much more critical perspective; Foucault is more a satire on the futility of conspiracy theories and those who believe them, rather than an attempt to proliferate such beliefs. This is precisely my own view.
Most books written in this fiction genre seem to focus on the mysterious, and aim to provide their own version of the conspiracy theory. Eco avoids this pitfall without holding back on the historical mystery surrounding the Knights Templar. In fact, the novel may be viewed as a critique, spoof, or deconstruction of the grand overarching conspiracies often found in postmodern literature (as for example Wilson´s). Although the main plot does detail a conspiratorial "Plan", the book focuses on the development of the characters, and their slow transition from skeptical editors, mocking the Manutius manuscripts to credulous Diabolicals themselves. In this way the conspiracy theory provided is a plot device, rather than an earnest proposition. My own concept of The Godgame (and The Matrix Conspiracy) completely follows Eco in this respect.
On the one side I´m fascinated with occultism. The nightside teachings are completely "illuminating" in that they are drawing attention to the shadow (central in my teaching Meditation as an Art of Life). However, the Devil plays a seductive, paradoxical game. That´s my message in my book Lucifer Morningstar - a Philosophical Love Story. My philosophical warning against occultism is a warning against subjectivism and relativism, which it, paradoxically enough, shares with the "dayside" of New Age. I therefore believe they are two sides of the same thing. Subjectivism lures us into solipsism, the image-prison of the mind, where the external world (or reality as such) slowly is removed (see my cultural criticism).
You could also say that they both are examples of "Base Magic". Base Magic ends in what I call "The Four Philosophical Hindrances" (see my article The Four Philosophical Hindrances and Openings). "The Four Philosophical Openings", on the contrary, are examples of "Higher Magic".
If I should talk about that there is an evil "Plan" in action, I would begin with the beginning of the so-called Kali Yuga.
In Hinduism, Kali Yuga is the last of the four stages (or ages or yugas) the world goes through as part of a 'cycle of yugas' described in the Sanskrit scriptures. The other ages are called Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, and Dvapara Yuga. The "Kali" of Kali Yuga means "strife", "discord", "quarrel" or "contention" and Kali Yuga is associated with the demon Kali (not to be confused with the goddess Kālī). The latter confusion however, is interesting in connection with the paradoxical in the Devil´s game.
Based on a starting year of 3102 BCE and a duration of 432,000 years (1200 divine years), Kali Yuga began roughly 5,121 years ago and has 426,879 years remaining as of 2020 CE. Kali Yuga will end in the year 428,899 CE. This is probably not what New Agers are thinking about when talking about their New Age.
Hindus believe that human civilization degenerates spiritually during the Kali Yuga. Common attributes and consequences are spiritual bankruptcy, mindless hedonism, breakdown of all social structure, greed and materialism, unrestricted egotism, afflictions and maladies of mind and body. One should be blind not to see that this is precisely what we see everywhere.
Hinduism often symbolically represents morality (dharma) as an Indian bull. In Satya Yuga, the first stage of development, the bull has four legs, but in each age morality is reduced by one quarter. By the age of Kali, morality is reduced to only a quarter of that of the golden age, so that the bull of Dharma has only one leg.
In the Matrix Conspiracy I talk about a sub-conspiracy called the 666 conspiracy. This conspiracy is about Evil´s plot against mankind. Is the third Antichrist among us, and will our worship of him be a sign of Judgment Day? This idea could be applied to the Kali yuga as such.
If we should talk about a lineage of worshippers, we could mention Kali worshippers in ancient India, Sophists in ancient Greece, and occultists in our modern world. Central philosophical ideas are subjectivism and relativism, which pervert Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
The Godgame Files (philosophical articles)
Related free Ebooks (where I have outlined my own central philosophical themes):
Lucifer Morningstar - A Philosophical Love Story
Karen Blixen - The Devil´s Mistress (a follow-up to Lucifer Morningstar).
Central "Nightside" books (free PDF versions):
Nightside of Eden, by Kenneth Grant
Necronomicon, by Simon
"Diabolos" (the Devil), from The Byzantine Tarot
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