This chapter will add something more to the assertion that you are an immortal. It is entitled The Purpose of Life. The purpose of your life is not just to Be, but to be a creator (and a good one). This is necessarily the last chapter to be offered. What is not given is Chapter 9 which has more to relate (in scientific terms) about your role as a creator. It looks into the work of Nassim Haramein, a new physicist who is investigating the center of systems, how light emerges from those centers and creates both the parts of the system and the external world around them. If you decide you want to know more, then data on how to contact us is included in the last page of this web site.
The Purpose of Life
This chapter is very closely related to the last with an added movement deep into the heart of things. It asks, “What is this all about? What is the purpose of life?”
Thesis: The purpose of life is to materially manifest the propensity for creation inherent within pure Being-Unity-Goodness. That purpose is to create living systems. (All centered, self-sufficient systems are categorized as living.) The purpose furthermore is for those systems to be creators and to proliferate and to ongoingly grow and evolve, and to do so in wholeness and happiness.
People today believe they cannot know the purpose of their life or of life in general. Thanks to modern science they live under the auspices of a materialistic paradigm. According to this there is no purpose to life or, if there is, it cannot be known; hence this subject is said to be beyond the province of science. As for any evidence of ongoing creation and ongoing evolution, new energy would have to come into being and that would mean something would have to come from nothing. The materialistic view is that the world is a nexus of energy and, while the forms it takes on shuffle around somewhat, the amount of energy in the world has always been just what it is, and will never change. The purpose of this chapter is to offer a different thesis—one attached to a spiritual paradigm.
Both scientific and revealed data are utilized to make the case for this thesis. So also is philosophy with its various criteria for truth, from reason to empiricism. Included in the empirical criterion is the need for a person to examine their own nature. That is because they are the purpose of creation. This chapter is about the raison d’être of the reader.
The Role of the Substrate
From the hermetic perspective, creation has a purpose. That purpose is to express the nature of the Silence. The Silence has been spoken of variously as the substrate and as pure Being. The nature of pure Being is expressed through the creation of Beings.
In addition to pure Being, the substrate is also pure Unity. Individual systems and their material parts express the nature of pure Unity through wholeness and orderly, coherent parts.
Being is not non-being. Unity is not lack of unity. Order is not disorder. To say that it is the goal of the universe to produce systems and that there is a correct way for the form of a system to be constructed (with orderly parts) is to claim there is inherent purposefulness in nature—even value, since ‘value’ infers a state which is preferred. If there is no such preference there is nothing to produce systems, much less complex, centralized systems like atoms and people other than accident.
There are systems everywhere in the universe, and they are orderly systems. Because of this it is natural to suppose something is causing this to happen. Many people have pondered this question. The American physicist David Bohm for instance, came to call whatever caused this the quantum potential. Although unformed itself Bohm believed there was what he referred to as ‘implicate’ (implied or implicit) order within this substance.
First-Final Causation and Purpose
The foundation of any thesis must begin with a definition of the terms used. In order to understand the purpose of creation, first it is necessary to understand what a purpose is and how this relates to the personal spirit and the substrate. Here again these two spiritual substances are the keys to understanding.
a. First Causation: A purpose is like an end towards which a system moves. It begins with an intent to move towards whatever is involved. The end and the beginning can be spoken of as first and final causes. The beginning (that which is sometimes spoken of as the intent) is a first cause. A first cause is present in any ordinary day-to-day purpose as well as in the purpose of creation. It is the personal spirit which initiates the ‘big’ beginning, but also each day-to-day activity. The focus here will be on purpose per se—the purpose of creation.
In philosophy a first cause has traditionally been spoken of as a creative cause, but one which is not created. If it was itself created there would be an infinite regress and it would not be first.
In terms of the attribute of motion, a first cause is an ‘unmoved mover’ (a term Aristotle used). In other words, it is something which does not itself move but which causes motion to come into being. In terms of the attribute of substance or space, a first cause is a non-extended substance, and yet it causes everything to have a spatial extent. In terms of qualitative differentiation and complex form, it is undifferentiated, unformed and non-individuated; and yet it is the cause behind the arising of all systems and their form.
It is easy to visualize the substrate as uncreated and undifferentiated; but how can the personal spirit, which is in an individual and arises when they are created, be uncreated and non-individuated? From the hermetic perspective the shekinah is a paradox reconciled. In one way it is not created because it is the substrate and does not ‘come into being.’ What does come into being is a being when the substrate focuses awareness on a potential within itself, thereby creating a point-instant—an individual with its own self-awareness. From that time forward this zero point then seeks to be the infinite and begins to move towards it. This becomes its goal.
b. Final Causation: In addition to first causation, the process of creation also entails final causation. This is where the idea of purpose becomes clearer. A final cause is not an end in the normal sense; it is a goal towards which things move. The shekinah is a first cause. Ein Sof is a final cause. The personal spirit starts creation and leads it ever onward towards an end—its ‘reunification’ with the substrate. To be not just a part of Ein Sof but all of Ein Sof is the end or goal the shekinah thereafter desires. Ein Sof is infinite in potential. This makes the process everlasting, and that process is a person. A person ongoingly expresses the purpose of creation.
It would seem as though the shekinah (in being only a part of Ein Sof and in constantly chasing after more) would be incomplete and hence experience hunger and thirst. The beauty of creation is that there is both a desire for more and also completeness at any one moment in time. Both are true because of levels of being and because paradoxically the shekinah is Ein Sof. In other words, the personal spirit has a touch of end causation within it.
If a person wants to understand why the universe was created—to what end or purpose—they need look no farther than their own self. In the process they will find the meaning of life and the purpose for their existence. There are two very personal experiences which can verify the truth of this for any individual. One (I) is their own personal spirit. The other (II) is their own material body.
I. Spiritual Evidence of the Purpose of Creation
The substrate is at base of all creation. The shekinah is the means for the substrate to express itself. A point of pure spirit exists within every system as their personal spirit. Unlike the substrate, the personal spirit exists in a being, and only in a being. Although personal, at the same time, the shekinah is the substrate. The shekinah in being the substrate, and in being in a being, is a proof that the purpose of creation is to create a being. It is also the way for a person to know what that purpose is, and to know it absolutely or indubitably.
A. Awareness and Life: Each person can understand the purpose of life and directly experience a proof of that purpose through self-examination. What the archetypes teach is that the personal spirit in a person is the life of their body and the awareness of their mind. (As an immediate mode of the personal spirit, the archetype known as the Leo principle is said to govern the life and awareness of an individual.) In terms of life, all a person need do to know the purpose of creation is to experience themselves as a living being. In terms of awareness, all a person need do to know the purpose of creation is to experience their own awareness. This is the awareness of being, and is to be found in the words ‘I Am.’ This experience of the ‘I Am’ is not just the awareness of being, but the awareness of being a being, in other words, ‘I’ am. The substrate is unknowable but paradoxically it is not. The shekinah is the substrate. The substrate exists and is awareness, but awareness needs objects to be aware of. The purpose of creation is implicit in the substrate and fulfilled via the shekinah by creating a living, aware being.
The awareness is not the mind. A person is aware of their thoughts. The mind is a mental body. By its own nature the awareness reveals itself to be a true piece of the substrate, which among other things is infinite and absolute. In terms of being infinite, in order for the awareness in an individual to be aware of all the various types of being in its world (and ever more types of being as its world expands and evolves) that awareness must itself be pure Being—and in touch with an infinite potential. In terms of being absolute, when anything is experienced as an absolute in any way shape or form, that experience derives from and is absolute being, whether it is involved with the mental body or the physical body. Truth has been correlated to the mind, the mind is a material body, and material truths are relative. But truth is absolute as well as relative. When it is absolutely impossible to doubt the reality of something, that something is an expression of absolute being. No one can doubt they exist. Even if they say ‘I do not exist,’ they have to exist in order to say this. The philosopher Rene Descartes (1596-1650) realized the depths of absolute truth in the precept “I think, therefore I am.” Although he did not distinguish between awareness and mind, he is to be commended for utilizing this idea to defeat philosophical ‘skepticism’—the belief that perhaps nothing exists and everything is an illusion, or at the very least that all truths are relative, conditional, and approximate. St. Augustine, as early as the fourth century AD, pointed out that even if one was deceived about the details of reality, a person had to exist in order to be deceived. No matter how many untruths there might be in the world, and no matter how relative material truths might be, there is at least one absolute truth. In realizing the absolute nature of the awareness of being, Descartes managed to built an entire philosophy from this base, even a proof, he believed, of the existence of God.1
The experience a person has of their own awareness of being, and of being a being, is an indubitable experience. It is an absolute reality and an absolute truth. The awareness is a proof, not just of the purpose of life, but that there is something within a person which is absolute. Because it proved the existence of something absolute, Descartes utilized this thought experiment (the ‘cogito’ as it is called) as a proof that God exists, but it is also a proof that people are gods and have a point of pure spirit within them.
B. Will and Intentionality: The Leo archetype is only an immediate mode of the shekinah, but the things it is said to rule help show what things in the world are first causes. In astrology the Leo/sun principle (and its house the fifth house) is said to govern creativity and the will in a person. The will is a first (creative) cause in that it brings something into being. The will does not just organize energy which has already been created into this and that type of pattern. It is behind the creation of new energy as well.
[The word intention has also been used and in some ways is better than will because it refers to both a first and a final cause. It is the substrate which is the final cause which the shekinah moves towards, but the shekinah is Ein Sof so the personal spirit is itself a first and final cause. The word intention includes the idea of that which a person aims at when they create (the end they envision and move towards). To have an intention is to formulate a picture of something somewhere in the future. The goal is being brought into material being as a person moves towards it and produces it. The future becomes the present when they reach that goal. This is a process of turning spirit into matter—a potential into an actuality.]
In addition to utilizing the astrological rulership system, reason attests to the will being a first cause. To be free to choose among different types of things, and especially to create different types of things, the creative will in a person would have to be pure Being rather than a particular type of being. It would have to be spiritual in nature and, for the reasons mentioned, reside at the center of a subject. This is where, not merely a being, but also the various types of being have their origin.
Mainstream physicists do not recognize the existence of creativity, of the will or of any type of deliberate intentionality. The materialistic paradigm currently in vogue is not only incoherent, it is not even in line with empiricism. The rejection of the existence of will power and intentionality is yet another example of an ‘empirical’ science which is unwilling to follow its own rules. In order to know the will is real, all a person need do is examine their own nature. Anyone who claims they are an automaton, and totally subject to external influences, is not true to themselves. People know in their heart they make choices and implement personal plans.
Despite the academic resistance, things are changing. There are scientists who are working to prove that intentionality is real. The Institute of Noetic Sciences for instance, as founded by the astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is doing work in this area. Although utilizing main-stream physicists, it often finds itself looked upon as a ‘fringe’ institute, as does any group dedicated to these subjects.
People act purposefully. They plan things and then carry them out. They formulate an aim, and then move in that direction. As with their own awareness of being, and of being a being, people know this attribute is real and true. The will is evidence, not only of the spirit in a person, but of the purpose of life. That purpose includes, not just being a being and expressing the nature of the substrate. It means carrying on the work of creation and being a creator.
Life, awareness and will are immediate modes of the personal spirit. At the end of this chapter three other immediate modes of the shekinah are examined in their role as spiritual evidence of the purpose of creation.
II. Material Evidence of the Purpose of Creation
The awareness and the will are direct empirical spiritual experiences of the purpose of life. Each person through their own personal spirit has a means to understand that purpose. And as if that were not enough, their material body tells the story as well. This section looks at the latter, and in terms of two kinds of evidence: One is (A) the directed movements which a material body manifests. Another is (B) the electromagnetic vibrations from which a body is created. Light shows evidence of having value in its nature—a purpose at heart.
A. Material Evidence Via Directed Movements
It is because the shekinah is a first cause and Ein Sof is a final cause that the material world manifests directed movements. The material world reflects its spiritual origin and in the process reveals the purpose of life. The material attributes of systems move towards specific ends. Something which is moving without purpose can move in any direction. If things move towards a preferred state or in a preferred direction, that can be evidence of purposefulness. The directed movements which exist in creation include (1) motion itself, (2) spatial growth and expansion, and (3) qualitative increase (betterment or evolution).
The astrological archetypes are the basic laws and principles of nature. A study of these archetypes helps show that the material world has a natural propensity to move forward, outward and upward. In astrology there are three ‘domains’ of four signs each (cf. the diagram in Appendix E). These domains govern motion per se, space per se and beinghood per se.
1. Motion: Motion is a ‘going forth.’ The process concurrently creates time. Things are not intended to (and will never) go backwards as they move through time and space. Motion is a result of the process of the shekinah turning spiritual potentials within the substrate into material actualities and not vice versa. For that reason there is an ‘arrow’ involved. Motion is integrally connected to time, and to the very meaning of time as a movement into the future. (The ‘future’ end state is the potential which can be; the ‘present’ is its actualization.) Every moment in time entails a going forth or forward movement. ‘Time’ cannot go backwards in ‘time.’ (Physicists have supposed that time could conceivably go backwards, but the fact is it is going forward, and the archetypes indicate it is supposed to do so at all times.)
2. Space: The domain of spatial extent is produced by the scope of the personal spirit at any one moment in time. This is what ‘soul’ entails. That scope expands outward as a system grows and evolves. The archetypes not only explain what ‘space’ entails, they help explain why space is expanding—as has been observed and verified by physicists. The archetypes teach the expansion is occurring because of a potential (an end state) being constantly actualized. The personal spirit is ‘growing’ in its relationship to Ein Sof.
Scientists claim space is merely stretching, will one day reach the limits of its ability to stretch, and will begin to contract inward. But the fact is that what is empirically observable is an expansion, and the archetypes indicate space is supposed to do this at all times because of its very nature as an extent which ongoingly increases in extent.
3. Beinghood Per Se: The third domain has to do with Beinghood or Form per se. It is also referred to as the qualitative domain because ‘Form’ is a composite of orderly, centralized qualities or parts present in a being. This domain not only verifies that all form arises from the shekinah of a being, the archetypes in this domain indicate that systems with orderly form are intended to come into being and to evolve into ever higher and more superior types of systems. This process is referred to as evolution. Systems appear to be evolving but, as is the case with motion through time and spatial expansion, physicists claim evolution will one day reverse and systems will devolve. But the fact is that what is empirically observable is evolution not devolution, and the archetypes indicate the ongoing superiorization of form is due to the purposeful, first-final causation which is inherent within nature. Even more than the other two domains this one attests to the existence of value in the world. This is another reason it can be referred to as the qualitative domain as well as that of Beinghood or Form per se. It has dominion, not only over the qualities of a person, but over the quality of their life. This domain reveals not only that the purpose of life is to create beings, and not only that those beings are intended to manifest good-form, but also that their forms are intended to evolve ongoingly towards ever higher expressions of orderly form. The body expresses the Being-Unity which is within the personal spirit through increasing in being, and through increasing in unity concurrently via ever more complex, layered and centralized order.
There was a time when the evolution of form was seen as due to external circumstances which living systems encountered. This idea began with the so-called ‘survival of the fittest’ hypothesis offered by Charles Darwin in l864. (Herbert Spencer first used the phrase after reading Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.) The problem with this theory is that it only covers living things and ignores the fact that atoms evolve into molecules, molecules into mega-molecules, and so on up the ladder of life until they finally are so complex and multi-layered they are then spoken of as living systems. The fact is, all systems evolve, not just so-called living systems. This fact is important evidence that evolution entails a general principle inherent within all creation, and this is what the domain of Beinghood or Form per se attests to.
The truth about these three directed movements, including the fact that they will never reverse, can best be seen by examining the so-called positive and negative signs in each of the three domains in astrology—remembering all the while that these are basic archetypes underlying creation. As was discussed in Chapter 6, there are three purely positive fire signs (Aries, Sagittarius and Leo). Aries governs ‘to-the-fore’ and ‘going forth’ (motion), Sagittarius governs ‘outwardness’ and ‘expansion’ (space/growth), and Leo governs ‘upwardness’ and moving ‘up’ (qualitative superiorization/evolution).
As positively oriented principles, these three fire signs are at the head of directed movements in the universe. They materially manifest the first causation present within the shekinah. Of the three, Leo is the most important. These are all three manifestations of the role of the shekinah, but Leo is an immediate mode. It is the role of the shekinah to produce a being, to produce the attributes of a being, and to produce the ongoing motion, growth and evolution of that being.
As important as their role is, the positively oriented principles are only half the equation. The other half of the story is to be found in the negative, water signs (Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer). They materially manifest the role of the substrate as a final or end cause. All three of the negative water signs are modes of the substrate but Pisces is an immediate mode.
In thinking about positive elements, it is natural to suppose negative elements would cause things to go backwards, inwards and downwards, with the latter producing devolution. But the archetypes show otherwise. They indicate that the negative signs assist the positive signs from behind (Scorpio), within (Cancer), and below (Pisces).
These positive and negative polarities work together to, not only produce the world, but to give it direction. The waters of life flow from the base out the top like a fountain. The way is up. To see polarities as opposing one another, and to see the negative signs as producing devolution is to fall into philosophical dualism. It is to visualize a world struggling against opposing principles rather than seeing the negative poles as help-meets. If creation is beset with dualities as some have presumed—perhaps even cycling between positive and negative expressions (in the pejorative sense of ‘negative’)—then the laws and principles of creation would show this, and in particular the so called negative archetypes. Instead what they show is that the role of the negative principles is to augment the positive ones.
The Piscean principle in particular, as an immediate mode of the substrate, helps show that the base of life is not engaged in destroying individuals or their material form. Individuals and their forms are the way in which the infinite expresses itself. The destruction of these would be antithetical to its nature. The substrate is the base of creation, and the purpose of creation is creation. Destruction is not creation. Destruction cannot be the flip side of creation even for a moment. That is because time itself is a directed movement, into the future. Time is material reality being actualized from potentiality.
As a first cause the shekinah produces the process of motion, the process of spatial expansion, and the process of evolution, and does so for a purpose. The purpose of life is not just to be but to increase in being ongoingly.
When examining the purpose of life it is important to make the case that first causation is a creative principle. The will does not just move bits of energy around which are already in existence. It creates new energy. If ongoing creation is the end or purpose of life, new energy must be being created. There is philosophical and scientific evidence to this effect:
1. Motion: Relative to the domain of process, motion is the result of the process of potentials being converted into material actualities. Energy is not just a substance. It is also just what is meant by motion. If new and ever more activities are to arise within creation, this requires new energy coming into the world. Every motion which moves into the future needs a growth element factored in. Aristotle thought about this and decided there must be an unmoving mover underlying the attribute of motion—a first cause. This is what the personal spirit provides as it relates to the substrate and constantly brings forth new energy. [The symbol for Aries () looks like a geyser gushing up from the Deep.]
2. Space: Physicists have known for some time that space is expanding. This would tend to point to new energy being created, but mainstream physicists have been very opposed to a constant creation cosmology, since to believe in first (creative) causes would mean something is coming from nothing. Thus they advocate for a ‘steady-state’ as well as a stretching hypothesis, the idea being that there is a set amount of energy/matter in the world, and that the same amount has always existed. As for an explanation for the expansion, it is said that at one point in time all the energy/space in the universe existed as an incredibly dense ball of chaotic ‘stuff’ with no form to it (sometimes referred to as a singularity but not in the sense of a true zero point). This exploded, and the expansion from the ‘big bang’ is supposedly still going on. According to physicists this observed expansion is taking place from every center or point within the universe, which is to be expected if every system (even a photon) is a source for creation.
When the big bang theory was initially proposed, it was said space was expanding due to the big bang. It was also theorized that gravity would slowly overcome the outward impetus and things would reverse themselves, leading to a ‘big crunch,’ i.e., a movement back to the initial chaotic state in which all the energy and mass in the universe supposedly began in this very small singularity. For a time physicists envisioned the big crunch as a process which would not only shrink space back to (virtually) nothing but which would also destroy all form. Since energy was known to be everlasting, it could not be visualized as being sucked away into nothingness, so what was envisioned by physicists when they described this end was a state of complete chaos with no relevant differentiation at all—an end to the material ‘parts’ aspect of experience. It was the same with individualism as it was with the parts. All individual systems were visualized as being annihilated. In the end there would not even be quanta—just some sort of stuff. Since electromagnetic energy itself is known to be differentiated into phases, frequencies and other components, such as electric and magnetic elements, it is difficult to visualized what this undifferentiated stuff would be like.
Since the time of the invention of the big bang hypothesis new evidence has arisen which indicates the observed expansion of space is not slowing down. Instead it shows evidence of increasing.2 This makes no sense to physicists. That is because it makes no sense from a steady-state big-bang perspective. But it is to be expected if new energy is constantly being created at the center of systems. [Sagittarius governs not just space but the growth of space. The symbol for Sagittarius is a directed arrow ().] The ongoing growth of systems and of their collective space is evidence, not only of a directed (end) movement but also of the existence of first causation and specifically of the existence of ongoing creation—the production of new energy.
3. Beinghood Per Se: In addition to the other two domains both pointing to the reality of first causation, this is true of the domain of Beinghood as well and its rulership over the evolution of form. As new systems come into being more energy is needed. Even if no new systems were created, as the forms of systems evolve, they not only become more complex, they become larger. It takes energy for systems to make the connections required for form. If new energy was not being created systems would run out of material. Furthermore, if that energy was all utilized for form, they would run out of enough energy to move. It takes energy for systems to move, to produce form, to grow, and to evolve, and it is as though all the systems in the world expect to get the energy they need, almost as though there is an assumption in nature that there is an unlimited supply. And of course if the substrate is infinite in potential, there is an unlimited supply.
These three things—motion, spatial growth, and evolution—are evidence of first (creative) causation. Philosophically speaking it would be much easier to just give up the old materialistic paradigm instead of continuing to struggle with it. But the stakes are high. As the actors sing in The Sound of Music, “Nothing comes from nothing; nothing ever could.” If something comes from no-thing, that brings something traditionally called spirit into the picture, and science currently opposes the insertion of metaphysical concepts into physics.
Natural & Unnatural Directionality
Before moving on to section B. Material Evidence via the Nature of Light, it is important to consider the effects which the Fall has produced on the world. Natural value exists in the world because there is no non-being, only Being. Natural value exists in the world because Being is Unity and there is no natural disunity.
In addition to the natural value which exists in the world, there also exists a value which relates to good versus bad. The world is composed from Being-Unity-Goodness, but this world currently has both good and bad in it. From the hermetic perspective, the bad is not natural, and is not intended to exist. The archetypes indicate that what is ‘bad’ entails the lack of the fulfillment of a potential for Being-Unity at a particular level at a particular moment in time. Time is a process of pure Being being expressed via material being. An intention is a first (creative) cause relating to a final (end) cause. When a system (and especially a highly evolved system) intends to do something, and then via that intent brings something into being via their creative will power, a potential is actualized. If the intention is not in accordance with the potential for good-form, then that potential cannot be actualized for that moment in time—precisely because anything created has to express the nature of Being-Unity. This produces a missing place.
During the Piscean Age when theologians were trying to ascertain the nature of matter as it relates to spirit or to God, they failed to take into account their own ancient stories relative to what came to be called the Fall, and the ongoing effects that situation might have had and still might be having on the current material world. According to the hermetic cosmology the story of the Fall is true. Furthermore, it did not entail merely a one-time incident for human beings. It is still going on. Any time a bad intention is formulated in the mind, any time there is a thought, feeling, deed or word created which is ‘negative’ in the sense that it does not express the nature of Being-Unity, form devolves rather than evolving, and this contributes to the Fall.
The religious myths tell the story of a war going on between light and darkness. If the substrate was not the ultimate source of all power and all being, and if light was not stronger than the shadows, there would be no directed movements at all right now, not even that of motion, much less the evolution of form. There is however evidence that there really is a war going on in this human-level world. When something is true, there will be scientific evidence that it is true.
The shekinah has been likened to an eternal flame, but a flame which produces form rather than destroying it. Unlike the fire of the shekinah there is a type of fire on this earth right now which does consume form. This fire is empirical evidence of the existence of the Fall. In physics this process of form consumption is currently said to be a ‘law’—the second law of thermodynamics. In addition to a law in the sense of producing a movement in nature, it is also said to be a substance and to entail some kind of energy, but of some type other than light energy. No-one knows how to name it other than ‘non-useful’ energy.
According to what scientists have learned about what is going on, most of the time when two systems interact there is a slight loss of useful energy. (This important qualification, ‘most of the time,’ will be returned to in a moment.) This loss of form is referred to as entropy, and it produces dis-order. This increase in disorder varies greatly under different conditions. The amount of entropy generated depends upon the type of interactions between systems, and is directly related to incoherence and to friction.
The idea of coherence is implicit in light and is considered more in depth in the next section. Coherent energy is the energy of work. It is useful energy. Useful energy is of the type which goes into motion as a mechanical form of doing, and it is the type which goes into form production. Any interaction which produces entropy leaves a shadow and decreases the amount of useful (light) energy in the universe.
The notion of entropy in physics measures lack of order. Lack of order is closely related to heat as opposed to light, which is why entropy as a process is spoken of as a law of thermodynamics. Friction produces heat and is apparently a primary cause of entropy, and that will hopefully become more and more meaningful to physicists as time goes by. If for instance the internal form of a system is artificially deformed, it creates deformative friction. In a similar manner, external friction is caused by systems hitting one another (as for instance atoms in a heated gas).
The domains interpenetrate, and when there is any incoherence in form (in the domain of form), or lack of serial continuity in an extent (in the domain of space), movements and interactions (in the domain of process) manifest friction. Conversely friction converts what could be useful, mechanical energy, the energy of smooth interactions (and coherent form) into a loss of these. The involved friction makes form devolve to a slight extent.
When God spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai it was from a burning bush which was on fire but was not consumed. The shekinah is the eternal flame which gives life rather than taking it. Unlike the flame of the shekinah, the fire of friction and of form deformation is a type of fire which is truly consuming the tree of life.
Is the form of a system supposed to be consumed or not? Because of this process of entropy in the world it is difficult to know how on earth there can even be such a thing as form, much less ever increasing form via evolution. Because of the existence of these verifiable processes of entropy, and because a certain amount occurs with just about every material interaction, the world would seem to be moving towards a state of chaos. But if so, formed systems should never have arisen in the first place, and this is what has puzzled scientists.
Although things are not utterly chaotic right now, just as in the example of spatial expansion followed by a ‘big crunch,’ the end envisioned by physicists is ultimately a negative one. And the ultimate end state is again referred to as ‘chaos.’
In the meantime physicists are struggling to understand why there is form at all, and why the evolution of form seems so strong and so universal. If orderly form occurs by chance, then whether it evolves or devolves entails a 50/50 proposition. Furthermore, if the second law of thermodynamics tips the scale towards devolution, the world should never have become occupied everywhere by highly organized systems.
As is the case with regular physics, these are puzzles which biophysicists are trying to understand today as they look to the atomic and molecular level world to try to explain complex form in living systems, and the evolution of those forms. Sometimes when searching for truth it helps to step back a little so as to get a wider perspective. The human level world is different from the atomic-level world which physics examines, and yet that which is above really is like that which is below. People, when describing their own lives, utilize the same terms which are used in thermodynamics. Words and names usually do not happen by accident. The term ‘coherence’ for instance refers to order and harmony, be it order and harmony within the internal parts of an atom or a person, or order and harmony between multiple atoms or multiple people as they too interact. As any person is aware, there is both harmony and disharmony in their lives, depending upon how they interrelate with the rest of the world and the people in it. Even the parts of their body can be coherent or incoherent. The body becomes ill when its parts cease to act together coherently. (Old age itself is a process of progressive entropy.)
It is the same with the idea of friction as this relates to incoherence. It is becoming increasingly evident that the chronic inflammation which comes from unrelieved irritants in the body is possibly the number one health issue facing people today. It may be a factor behind heart disease, diabetes, immune deficiency problems, and possibly even cancer. In terms of external collectives, when people do not relate in an interactively coherent fashion this leads to irritation in these areas as well. This type of friction can lead to fighting. Fighting bears a negative (value) connotation. Even a child knows it is wrong to fight with other children. In adult collectives the ultimate result is war.
But why bring value into the picture if this is just the way things are? If there is both coherent and incoherent energy perhaps that is just how the world is made. If there is both order and disorder, harmony and disharmony, then perhaps the world is simply dual in nature. If friction is natural then there is nothing ‘wrong’ with the war within families or within nations. Perhaps disorder, disharmony and incoherence is simply the flip side of order, harmony and coherence. Death and disease are real. Is death merely the necessary converse to life?
The answer to the question of whether pain, disease and death are natural or not is an extremely important one. It is one thing to accept what cannot be changed but, if the pain produced by friction, and the disease and death which accompany dis-order are not natural, they can be eliminated. In which case the ‘enemy’ becomes the paradigm which attempts to see ‘good’ in that which is ‘bad,’ or to see the bad as necessary. People are not going to work for what they cannot achieve. To see the potential for the full and natural expression of light in every person and for the eventual elimination of the shadows is to encourage work towards that end. No one can defeat an enemy if they do not even know what the enemy consists of, nor if they think the enemy must exist as a necessary part of life, and especially if they think the enemy is inevitably going to win out in the end.
According to kabbalists there has been a Fall, and that Fall is going on right now. In the myths this is spoken of as a battle between the forces of light and darkness. The archetypes entail potentials for the actualization of twelve basic types of light—the colors in a three dimensional world. If those potentials are not fulfilled as they should be, they leave a shadow where there should be a form of light. Each casts its own kind of shadow in accordance with its nature, but the Pisces principle is an immediate mode of the substrate. When not actualized correctly it casts a dark shadow indeed. This is the so-called law of entropy. From the hermetic perspective entropy is not a law at all but rather a shadow produced when material form is not created correctly—when things are created not in accordance with the natural order and harmony which exists implicitly within the substrate. There is evidence of the truth of this, not only within the stories and rulerships connected to the archetypes but also within light itself. Let us move on to the nature of light, and another type of proof that there is value in nature—evidence of purpose—and then come back to this question of the Fall and whether or not science may soon be able to affirm that the Fall is real, in other words that devolution is not normal, and concurrently that these negative conditions in the world can be corrected.
B. Material Evidence Via the Nature of Light
There is value in the world because the parts of the world are naturally coherent rather than naturally incoherent. Light is spoken of by physicists as coherent energy. The material parts of all systems are composed of energy. Evidence that there is natural value in nature, and with it meaning and purpose, can be seen by studying the character of light.
Electromagnetic theory is an attempt to understand energy as light, and specifically as it exists in the form of moving, space-time vibrations. Electromagnetic rays occur in a wide range of frequencies. Technically ‘light’ refers to only those frequencies the human eye responds to, but generically all electromagnetic radiation is light.
Light has form in terms of phases and frequencies. A phase within an electromagnetic ray involves an internal landmark such as a crest, a trough, a 30o-60o-909 progressive angle, etc. The frequency of a wave is a measure of its length, and specifically (since it includes the concepts of space and time) the number of crests which move past a given point in space in a particular unit of time. These are spatial/quantitative elements which translate into qualitative things—the qualities of experience. Via phases and frequencies light can both hold and impart information. These are the laws of nature. Physicists are in agreement that all things are composed of energy, but they do not know where the laws of nature exist.
The basic laws and principles of creation inherent within light are the ‘parts’ of a ray of light, and ultimately of every living system. Each principle is a specific kind of part—a perspective on the whole. Because they are parts of a whole they are coherent with one another. This is why light is a conveyor of coherent information, and it is why the world is lawful and orderly.
This is the so-called information age. It is known that light and its phases and frequencies can be used to impart and to save information. In the New Age, it is not just the invention of a quantum computer which lies on the horizon. There is much more to be learned. Although physicists are only beginning to understand how the information in light translates into the form of complex systems, ironically this is precisely what the hermetic science of astrology has been teaching for millenniums. Astrology explains many things which physicists currently are only beginning to discover and is the greatest tool science will ever possess towards understanding light—if it ever opens its eyes.
The domain of biophysics may be advancing faster in this respect than information technology and perhaps faster than regular physics. Biophysicists are beginning to realize that, because there is information present within phase and frequency differentials in light, this information may be behind the form of living systems. Physicists study photons, atoms and atomic-level light. Biophysicists study how these things translate into the form of living creatures. Thus, among other things, they must take higher and lower levels into account, and relate the world of highly evolved bodies to the world of atoms and electromagnetic interactions.
An important element in atomic level form production is what is called electromagnetic ‘coupling.’ Even though separate waves are different, there are certain things which are the same about them and which encourage linkage. When two waves recognize some type of essential relationship they unite. To unite entails first attraction and then coupling. There is recognition of potential unity, and there is actual unity when they couple. The process of electromagnetic waves coupling allows separate waves with different but related phases and frequencies to become synchronized. Two waves then have points which match in important ways both spatially and temporally. When coupled in this way they resonate with one another and this increases their ability to do work. As with two people when they work harmoniously together, the waves work with increased power. ‘Brightness’ is a manifestation of increasing power. (Since time is a factor in frequency determination, coupling entails temporal synchronicity as well.)
It is important to understand how this coupling occurs, and how this relates to symmetry and harmony. Some rules about coupling are known and understood, especially those connected to symmetry. When two things are equal in a meaningful way they express a type of symmetry. The diameter of a wave is related to its center because it is the point at the center extended in both directions. When the diameter is assigned the number ‘1’ the relative circumference is 3.14159265 . . . That number is what is called pi. Pi expresses the symmetry of equality—that between the two radii of a circle going in opposite directions. A major mathematical rule is that separate and different waves (even if they are macrocosmically different in size) still couple in terms of multiples of two pi (2Π). What ‘multiple’ of 2Π means is that even if a second wave is different in size it can still be essentially the same just a larger or smaller version. Thus, in music, vibrations of 220 Hz and 440 Hz work well together. In music pitch is controlled by the relative size of the length. A string which is halved is one ‘octave’ higher than the first.
It is understandable how coupling in terms of 2Π works because of the essential symmetry. In music however there are, not just different octaves, but also a set of twelve notes within a single octave. These are capable of coupling as well. As mentioned earlier each of those notes is a different manifestation of phi a number related to the golden mean.3 (A line divided in the phi relationship expresses harmony.)
Recently a relationship was discovered between pi and phi by two mathematicians by the names of Ed Oberg and Jay Johnson.3 It is this type of new mathematics which will help scientists some day understand how waves couple—and specifically in terms of both pi and phi.
It is in the realm of biophysics that a breakthrough is likely to occur, precisely because these scientists deal with systems with many layers of light vibrations. Within a complex multi-layered living system there are many different levels of what can be viewed as levels of sets of notes. Many layers of notes working together have the capacity to produce order and, for highly evolved systems, very complex order.
The archetypes teach that the levels or octaves involved can entail higher dimensional levels, in which case the number of base notes will increase to a number greater than twelve.4 Or the differing levels can merely be different levels within a three-dimensional system. This is what occurs within the complex, multi-layered systems known as living systems in humanity’s own three-dimensional world.
As is continually reiterated within the hermetic cosmology, ‘that which is above is like that which is below’ and vice versa. From this comes the idea that higher level sets may be different but they are still basically the same no matter what their level. When actualized, the twelve archetypes are each a specific type of Form and a specific type of (light) energy. All form production at any level of being is electromagnetic in its character. The coupling procedures within electromagnetic waves are the means to produce the form of a living body.
In contrast to biophysicists, most biologists still believe the organs and cells within an organism are controlled via chemical interactions and tissue connections—especially that of nerve tissue. This line of thinking may be to mistake an effect for a cause. This occurs when the brain for instance is mistaken for the mental body. The archetypes teach that the mental body is real and like the physical body is composed of electromagnetic vibrations (in the mental plane). When looked at as a mediator between the two, the brain can be seen as a complex system of nervous tissue in the physical body which has evolved as a way to facilitate the interaction between the mental body and the physical body. (The physical brain itself may work primarily through electromagnetic vibrations and only secondarily in terms of chemistry.)
It is becoming increasingly possible to empirically demonstrate that light vibrations and their resonant interactions are the primary source of structure. A real break-through in this area is taking place thanks to biophysicists after the nature of Fritz Popp (1938 – ), Brian Goodwin (1931-2009), and Mae-Wan Ho (1941-2016) to name just a few. The work of Mae-Wan Ho is particularly enlightening, and it is worthwhile to follow the evolution of her research and thought.5
Ho believes the form of a system is not just created initially somehow through electromagnetic vibrations at the quantum level, but that there are many levels of these waves, and that form continues to be created directly by electromagnetic vibrations, no matter how high on the level of evolution a system rises or how large its highest vibratory level becomes. These vibrations she believes to be the substance of molecular structures, of cellular structures, and so on up the ladder of life. They continue to create form via sets of ever higher vibrations.6
Ho utilizes several types of analogies to describe this, one of which is the concept of color. Different colors entail different frequencies in light so color can be used as an example of how electromagnetic rays produce qualities and the structural form of systems. Ho, however, does not consider color to be just an analogy.
Evidence for this real connection between color and the character of a system has been available for some time now in a tool called spectral analysis or spectroscopy, which among other things can be used for analyzing the material composition of an atom. Via spectral analysis of the colors being absorbed or emitted by an atom, it is possible to define its character and identify it as this or that type of atom.
What is becoming extremely helpful is the use of spectral analysis and polarized light when examining the nature of higher level systems. Ho was introduced to this in a laboratory where it was being used to look at brine shrimp. When examined in this way a brine shrimp looks as though it is composed of colors. This creature looks like a worm and graces the cover of her book The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms.7 Looking at a brine shrimp evidently brought home to her in a very concrete way the idea that the form of even very complex multi-layered living systems is still actualized via light vibrations. Apparently all levels of systems, and all the levels within those systems, are composed of and structurally actualized by a vast network of electromagnetic light rays of various vibrational frequencies. They entail all the colors of the rainbow.
In addition to the color analogy, Ho also uses that of music. This too is not merely an analogy. Like colors, sounds are produced through electromagnetic waves. As with color, sounds take something which is essential spatial and quantitative (a space-time wave) and produce something qualitative. (Motion is brought into the over-all picture as well. Form is not only qualitative and spatial in nature, the form of a system is a dynamic structure moving through space-time—from a philosophical point of view apparently even creating time.)
As with color there are an infinite number of potential frequencies in sound production. As for how these interrelate, some produce noise and some music. Music entails coherence, and certain frequencies are meaningful. Including the black and white keys on a piano, there are twelve basic sounds or ‘notes’ which are both themselves harmoniously interrelated and the basis for harmony between levels. This set of twelve is referred to as an octave. [Octave means ‘eight’ and refers to the seven white keys. (Of the white keys the eighth is merely the C which ends one level and begins C at the next.) The ‘twelve’ include five black keys (sharps and flats) added to the seven white keys.]
What people enjoy as music entails the union of different notes at different levels. The notes in an octave are related in terms of the golden mean.8 As standard part-to-whole relationships, all levels of systems have parts which relate in terms of the golden mean. As was mentioned in Chapter 6, even the tiniest known parts making up an atom (the so called ‘quarks’) are related in terms of the golden mean.9 These sub-atomic level particles are generally believed to involve six particles and six anti-particles. (In electromagnetic theory the information in light is said to be in terms of waves rather than particles, but all systems are both particles and waves.)
The use of this music analogy to help understand form production pulls several important concepts together. The first and most important is that nature prefers (values) certain states of affairs, including harmony rather than disharmony. Another is the idea of sets and levels of sets. Closely related is the hermetic idea that all these can interact because they are basically the same—just different ways of expressing Unity. What apparently occurs to produce qualitative (and spatial) connections both within systems during form production and between systems in a shared external world is recognition and coupling.
Because the frequencies in light are temporal as well as spatial, and because of coupling, the many different parts within a system all work together as one, both spatially and temporally. These interrelationships entail both causal interactions via coupling and temporal synchronicity. In a complex multi-layered living system all these different things are coherent simultaneously. Per Ho, “. . . the living system is one coherent photon field . . . (with its parts) . . . coherent in a whole range of different frequencies that are nonetheless coupled together .” 10
Ho points out that the coupling is manifested in terms of external-world interactions as well as internal form production.11 Electromagnetic vibrations range from wavelengths of 10-14 all the way to 1022 in the world experienced by human beings.12 Temporally speaking these range from milliseconds at the subatomic level, to the huge space-time lengths which Ho points out are related to daily and yearly earth-sun cycles.13 (The connection of a person to the earth-sun cycles is at base of astrology. The concept of electromagnetic ray coupling and resonance helps explain how and why astrology works.)
Another important feature of electromagnetic form production which Ho helps illuminate is the idea that even complex systems as a whole apparently vibrate in accordance with a certain over-riding ruling frequency. Two molecules which vibrate with the same intrinsic frequency attract one another and cause one another to vibrate in synchronicity.14 Thus a whole (a molecule) not only has a complex structure composed of sets of octaves (e.g., atoms, nuclei . . . ), it has its own ruling frequency. In this way two or more molecules can resonate and couple in terms of a particular shared frequency and come to produce a higher level whole. [In astrology this is the basis of the ‘ruling principle’ idea. In people this relates to the sun-sign of individuals.15]
Because all systems are composed of light, and are particles as well as waves, they are not only composed of layers of waves, but of layers of particles as well, with the highest photon being the main or ruling ‘energy body’ so to speak. This is a subject which will be returned to in the next chapter, A Person as a Photon.
According to Ho, resonant recognition has been found to exist even in protein-nucleic acids providing strong evidence that, rather than chemical enzyme interactions, the form of living systems is produced via electromagnetic resonance and coupling.16 While concurrently explaining both internal form production and external world interactions between systems, this can also be the basis of a theory of evolution in which molecules with the same ruling frequencies are attracted to and couple with one another to produce a one-celled organism, and on and on, up the ladder of life.
Resonant recognition and coupling may one day be seen as the best way to explain not only chemical interactions but even so called ‘mechanical causation’—that which had previously been explained in terms of particles colliding like little balls with one another.17 This type of view helps explain all types of causal interactions, from those between the parts of systems, to those between two systems in the external world at the same level of being, to those between the system and higher level worlds on up to the universe as a whole. This view can also help explain how the mental, emotional, and physical bodies interrelate, since all three of these are composed of light vibrations.
Physicists have realized for some time that everything is composed of light. They now also know that light is coherent energy and that this is the type of energy which produces form. What astrology adds to this is how the various laws and principles of nature are connected to light. These exist within light as phase and frequency differentials. What astrology also adds to the picture is that each of these twelve archetypes is a type of unity intended to produce harmony and wholeness in the systems of the world. This is why the world is naturally harmonious—why it is intended to be a good place to live.
Having discussed the nature of light as a proof that the world and the systems within it are naturally coherent, let us come back now to the Fall. From the hermetic perspective, constant creation is taking place at the center of physical, mental and emotional bodies. As systems evolve they become much more able to be aware and strong-willed creators, especially after a mental body comes into being. With that increased power comes greater freedom and greater responsibility. If an essentially free and powerful creator is to create good-form they must do so wisely—as the aphorisms put it ‘with prudence.’ One of the tenets of the hermetic cosmology is that people have made some mistakes with their creative endeavors. And that brings this discussion back to the subject of entropy as it relates to friction. Light has information in it. This information is the basis of form, and that form is essentially orderly. The tremendous order throughout a living system is evidence of this. This is why physicists refer to light as coherent energy. Abrasive interactions on the other hand are connected to entropy and to lack of coherence. The processes within light energy produce form. The other process is truly in opposition to form production. Friction show evidence of being a real enemy to life and to the evolution of life forms.
The world is dynamic, but energy is a substance as well as a process. Physicists have assumed these processes of entropy entail a type of energy which is incoherent. But this type of ‘energy’ may no more be energy than the second law is a ‘law.’ Instead it may entail a process which has gone wrong and left a vacant spot.
The archetypes indicate that entropy is abnormal. If it could be scientifically proven that any process which produces entropy is abnormal, and if it could be shown that light (which is inherently coherent) is the real substance and the real energy behind all creation, that could make a significant difference in how people acted, and how any process was approached, be it mental, physical or emotional.
The first part of the second law of thermodynamics states that with every interaction or world process energy goes downward to a state where there is less energy for coherent interactions and form production. It is presumed that this is a law of nature as well as entailing a type of energy.
If entropy was natural and a law of nature, it would be present in every process as a general principle and in a consistent manner. It has been demonstrated that there are energy processes where there is virtually no entropy.18 Under circumstances where heat is brought to a minimum so there are no colliding molecules, instead of random homogeneity there are instead conditions of super-fluidity among the molecules wherein they act as one. Similarly, states have been observed in regards to electrons where what is found is that these express not merely conductivity but super-conductivity. Super-conductivity depends upon a high level of order.19 Solid state and condensed matter physics are today providing evidence, not only that systems naturally possess order but also that, when the fire of friction is eliminated, the fire of creation—that which produces and increases form rather than impeding it—is furthered. All this is true of both internal form and external world interactions. In terms of the former, a perfect crystal lattice is capable of manifesting zero entropy. This is true of living systems as well, and it is living systems with their highly evolved complex order which really helps make the case that entropy is not normal. Per Ho, “It is now becoming increasingly evident that many of the energy transducing processes in the living system may generate no net entropy at all.”20
As more and more data emerges in regards to light it makes scientists dig deeper and deeper into the source of all this, which in turn brings them ever closer to the nature of the personal spirit and that of the substrate. Ho points out that the things being learned in these experiments in solid state physics appear to be what Erwin Schrödinger (What is Life?) was referring to when he stated that the evolution of all the diverse forms in the world could not have initially come from a homogenous stuff which was utterly random in nature.21 What is random has no purpose. Schrödinger (1887-1961) was an early pioneer in the area of life, evolution and thermodynamics. His ideas and that of Ho resonate with what was mentioned earlier in regards to David Bohm and his belief in the existence of something at base of the day to day order in the world—the quantum potential.22
Many modern physicists have visualized this as some kind of spatial field or subtle energy field but from the esoteric standpoint this is the substrate, and the principle which works as an immediate mode of the substrate is the Piscean archetype. The things which Pisces is said to rule in astrology show it to be a form of unity. The type of unity Pisces manifests is ‘sameness.’ Sameness assists evolution. Even when qualities are different there is still something about them which is essentially the same. Sameness leads, not only to resonant recognition between two separate waves with frequencies which are the same length and at the same level of being, but also to resonant recognition of the same notes in differing octaves, even at vastly different levels of being. This recognition of ultimate sameness (via Pisces) leads to personal attraction (as made manifest through Leo), and then to coupling which in turn makes it possible for many different waves to be united into one (the principle behind the Aquarian archetype). In this way the principle of Unity as Sameness supports a dynamic movement towards ever higher and more complex expressions of Unity in the form of complex order.
This type of sameness is a normal expression of the Piscean principle. Entropy on the other hand is creation gone haywire and producing a movement downward towards less order.
All twelve of the basic types of being are types of unity. All of them are basic forms of energy and hence types of light (colors). Precisely because they are composed of light, when the potential for one of them is not actualized, a vacant spot or shadow is produced where the potential for that particular creation was supposed to be actualized. Of the twelve, the four principles in the domain of Beinghood are the ones most directly involved with creating a being. In its negative manifestation (when it fails to support the construction of a self) Pisces has been called the sign of self-undoing. Every time a person does something wrong or fails to actualize that which is right they (literally) diminish their self.
Disease and death are not natural accompaniments of life. Biophysicists are beginning to realize these involve a break-down in the natural electromagnetic coupling system of a body. Health is related to electromagnetic coherence.23 Ho talks about the electromagnetic coupling relationship problems within malignant cancer cells as opposed to healthy cells.24 It is only when certain cells with their supporting microtubules and their constituent molecules are not correctly connected and harmonious with the whole that disease enters into a living organism. Health is related to the degree of coherence in a system, and coherence is a feature of light.
The results of what has been called the second law are real but there is no necessary connection between entropy and material processes. A connection is observed only under certain conditions. There are interactions which generate no entropy. Where there is no consistent connection at all times, there is no law.
The explorations of these New Age scientists point to the existence of a value dimension in the world—the natural value which exists because the world is composed of Being and Unity and not of non-being and dis-unity. Conversely these explorations help explain what happens in a fallen world—the presence of shadows where there should be only light. ‘Good’ and ‘right’ are value terms. It is good to have a structure which is orderly and whole with coherently interrelated parts. It is good and right to interact with other systems only in ways which manifest harmonious interactions rather than frictional ones. In high level beings with an emotional body as well as a physical body it is best not to get angry at other systems. This is best for the body and best for other ‘atoms’ at the human level of being. It is best for these to interact in peaceful ways and not argue and fight with one another.
Solid state and condensed matter physics may be one of the most important areas of physics being studied today, but a real breakthrough in the world (relative to the production of that which is good) may very well come when people begin to see in a practical way what order and harmony versus friction and disharmony (within themselves and between their various group members) has to do with their own immediate and personal happiness, health and life. Even though it is not a true law of nature, the so-called second law may be one of the most important things people will ever come to understand. That is because it is the source of their pain, sorrow, old age, and death. It is the enemy. But the foe can be defeated.
The story of the battle between darkness and light is told within the old myths. Modern physics predicts the shadows will win. According to the myths and the astrological archetypes that will not happen. Chaos will not some day reign supreme. People and the form they embody will not lose the battle. Pure Being-Unity is not just a spiritual substance. It is at base of the power to Be, and the battle will be won by Being-Unity-Goodness.
III. Further Spiritual Evidence of the Purpose of Creation: This chapter began with spiritual evidence of the purpose of creation, but only zeroed in on awareness and the will. What makes the astrological cosmology so helpful towards verifying the purpose of creation is that the Leo/sun principle, and its house, the fifth house, are immediate modes of the personal spirit. There are other things said to be ruled by Leo, and hence other things directly related to the personal spirit which can provide evidence of the purpose of creation.
Astrologers are not philosophers. They learn from their teachers that the Leo/sun principle rules this and that, then they see the truth of this by doing charts. They see for instance that Leo rules the ability to create just as their teachers told them. One of the most creative acts a person will ever participate in is having a child. The sun/Leo/fifth-house principle will have major aspects to it, sometimes even that of an eclipse, when a person has a child.
When the things Leo is said to rule are looked at through the eyes of philosophy, it becomes possible to see why these are things which have fascinated philosophers. Not only do they deal with major areas of life, they give evidence that absolute, infinite things exist. Furthermore, via the Leo principle, there is evidence that these absolutes exist in people. (The known must be in the knower.) A prime example of these philosophical pursuits is the cogito in regards to awareness. So also is the effort by philosophers to understand the will and its accompanying inference that freedom and creativity exist in the world.
This section looks at three other things ruled by Leo. These three immediate modes of the shekinah were introduced in Chapter 4. They include the ability to make value judgements, the experience of happiness, and the experience of love. These three things will be prefaced by ‘the desire for’ since the purpose of this chapter is to ascertain whether life has a purpose, and to examine any evidence of purpose in a person—that which moves people towards the achievement of certain ends. Desire is a first cause which moves a system towards what is desired. (The ‘desire’ of the shekinah is to reunite with the substrate.)
A. The Desire for the Good (& for Betterment): This is a subject which philosophers have discussed for millenniums. It is the basis of an area of philosophy referred to as value theory, normative philosophy and (especially in a fallen world) ethics. This area of interest includes such subjects as: Are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ objective or subjective things? Must a person possess something within themselves if they are to make judgements of good versus bad, or even of that which is better or higher in value versus something which is lower?
It is not possible to go into the entire history of ethics in this chapter, but it was through both philosophy and astrology that I became an ‘absolutist’ philosopher and came to believe the Good (absolute Goodness—the substrate) was real. It was through philosophy and astrology that I also came to believe in the reality of the personal spirit, i.e., that people have the ability to assess goodness and make value judgments because they have something within them which makes these judgments possible.
In the previous chapter the role of the shekinah in pursuing the truth was discussed. As pure Being-Unity the shekinah is at base of the indubitable criterion for truth, not to mention the others, including those of correspondence (Being) and coherence (Unity). It is the same with the Good. In Judaism this has been called the ‘judgement seat’ which the shekinah of God rests upon. In the esoteric tradition, rather than being external, it is within.
In a shadow world where there is both good and bad, this ability to make value judgments is what has been called the conscience. But it is much more than that. It presents as a means to assess that which is good, including that which is higher and leads upward even in a context where there is nothing bad about alternatives, but merely a choice which will lead to superior being. As such it becomes the means to evolution. As a motivating source it is the desire to explore, to learn, and to better ones self and the surrounding worldly circumstances.
The shekinah is not merely a first (creative) cause, but also a teleological force—something which leads to an end. (The shekinah paradoxically is Ein Sof.) The personal spirit produces the desire and the power to move towards the good. People are creators. They have will power. And what furthers that power and actualizes it is good will—the intent to produce and the desire to produce the good. The shekinah is not just something by means of which to assess that which will further Being-Unity-Goodness; it is a motivating principle. People have a desire to further their Being, and they know it is Good to do so. Relative to Unity, people do not (normally) seek to produce any internal disunity or anything which would ultimately destroy them. As for other people, in an enlightened world people realize they and their brethren are connected and in essence are one. They desire the good for other systems as well. This produces a directed movement towards the good.
B. The Desire for Happiness: People want to be happy. They desire happiness. Happiness would appear to be the actual experience of that which is good. The Leo/sun principle (and its house the fifth house) has from antiquity been said to rule happiness and having fun. (Spirit produces light and brightness. Light is not gloomy.) In philosophy, the good has been related to happiness for as long as philosophers have tried to understand ‘What is happiness? and ‘What is the Good?’ Aristotle decided the goal of life was happiness. Kant related happiness to goodness. The highest good, per Kant, included the good for others as well and hence was a state wherein happiness was distributed in proportion to virtue.25 (Just as Descartes saw in his cogito an argument for the existence of God, Kant considered the human desire for the good to be both a moral principle and an argument for the existence of God. And again this might as profitably be used as an argument for the existence of the Divine in each person.) Ethics has always included, not just personal happiness, but also the happiness of others. John Stuart Mill advocated for utilizing a standard or touchstone when trying to judge that which is good. He called it ‘the greatest happiness principle’—greatest meaning not just the greatest for the person but that which will bring the greatest happiness to the most people.
People in general do not ask ‘what is happiness’ and ‘how is it related to the good,’ but they know that it feels good to be happy. People universally pursue happiness. That pursuit is evidence of purposefulness in nature. The desire for happiness is evidence of first-final causation, i.e., that the end or goal of creation (and its source) is happiness. Spirit is Joy.
C. The Desire for Love: The desire for love is a motivating power. Here too both philosophy and astrology are tremendously enlightening, and the more so because they are separate fields. Philosophers do not know of the astrological rulerships, and astrologers do not know of the efforts of philosophers to try to understand for instance what love is. In astrology the archetypes indicate that love is not just an e-motion or movement of the emotional body any more than awareness is a mental process. As has been reiterated, the Pisces and Leo archetypes present as immediate modes of the substrate and of the personal spirit. In astrology Pisces is said to govern universal (non-differentiated, non-individuated) love. Leo, the polarity partner to Pisces, is said to rule personal love. (Astrologers look to the fifth house, Leo’s house, to see if their clients may have an affair of the heart coming up soon.) The rulership by Pisces of non-individualized, universal love is a clue that the substrate is pure Love as well as pure Being-Unity. As this relates to the purpose of creation (as was mentioned earlier in regards to awareness needing objects to be aware of) there is a mutual interdependence between the substrate as pure Love, and material expressions of love. Pure Love would be incomplete without objects to love, and it is the role of the personal spirit to provide beings to love.
The archetypes teach that love is an expression of essential unity. The parts within a system are made so as to express unity in a material way. In astrology, in the domain of Form per se, Aquarius is a child of the Pisces and Leo principles and is said to rule, not only the parts within an individual, but also the parts of an external collective. Aquarius is said to govern the type of love experienced as humanitarian brotherhood—many different parts working together as one.
Via the Leo and Pisces archetypes it becomes possible to see that the material form of both internal and external worlds is composed of love. These archetypes teach, not only that love unites, but that Love is the very substance from which every system is created.
As for the process of creativity (just as with furthering awareness or furthering joy), love presents as a way for beings to further the substance from which they are created—and further their own being in the process. Even the physical evolution of a person (and of humanity) is evidently capable of being furthered by the degree of love expressed by a human being.
Plato was a great philosopher. Through studying the nature of the Greek gods, he not only introduced the astrological archetypes into his cosmology, he also thereby thought about love from a philosophical perspective. Plato spoke about love as both a creative and a teleological principle—a first-final cause. He said it was both the source of Being, and something which caused people to move towards greater Being and Unity (Symposium 178-210). He related Love to the Good as well as to Being-Unity. In the Sophist he says love is the desire for the Good. It betters the universe, and makes the world one and at peace (Sophist 243a).
The paradox about loving others is that the self is increased. Not only is the shekinah opened by loving, thus benefiting the current body, the next step upward (dimensionally speaking) is activated. As people love one another they reach for a higher, more inclusive sense of self, and creation does not disappoint them. They are able to achieve this. As different people recognize their essential unity with one another, people come closer to one another and to their source because they are then (when working towards collective unity) moving towards a greater and higher material expression of that source.
There was a Christian mystic who had a vision of this. He was a Jesuit priest, philosopher and scientist, and his science and philosophy eventually led him to become a pantheist. Luckily he lived in the twentieth century. Thus, although the Catholic Church banned him from publishing his books, neither he nor his writings were burned by the inquisition. His name was Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and he died in the U.S. in l955, after which time friends provided for the publication of his works. In vocation Teilhard was a paleontologist. In field studies of fossil records of the evolution of species he became convinced there was a powerful form of unity working from the center of systems, not only uniting them internally, but also drawing them to unite with one another into higher level forms of being. As a scientist he noted that atoms united with one another into molecules and, although molecules were only temporary groups, some of them eventually achieved a true form of oneness in terms of a higher level individual as a one-celled organism. One-celled organisms also formed into collectives and evolved into many-celled organisms, and the eventual result was a complex individual like a human being with many layers consisting of cells within organs, and so forth in a hierarchy of encompassment.
Teilhard believed the unifying force which produced this drive for ever greater material unity was what people experienced as love.26 He believed it acted from their spiritual heart or center and moved them upward towards higher and better forms of material being. It was hence a principle of evolution. According to Teilhard, the unifying power of love was not just in the center of people; it was in God as well, and it manifested through the sacred heart or center of the Logos. [The hermetic aphorisms (cf. Chapter Five, #8) speak of an up-and-down flow between levels of being(s).]
According to Teilhard, this power in both the above and the below was not merely a unifying (centralizing) force, but also an evolutionary power, moving things towards superior being. Teilhard was not an astrologer. William Davidson was an astrology and the key words he suggested for each of the signs are given in Appendix B. Davidson gives as two of the simplest and most comprehensive key words for Leo centralizing and superiorizing. Teilhard utilized as key words for the teleological process he saw in nature the terms centralization and superiorization.
It was Teilhard who coined the term ‘centro-complexity’ (an appropriate key word for Aquarius). This expresses the idea that at base of the coherent ordering of the many diverse and quite complex parts within a system resides a principle and power of centralization which not only leads to unity within diversity, but also to ongoing superiorization. The shekinah is the substrate, and these forces for Unity do not unite things so as to destroy their complexity, but rather so as to express the nature of Unity in a material way via many different parts working together as one.
There is tremendous power in love. This power is not appreciated by people. The desire for love which is manifested by the shekinah is a major impetus behind the evolution of form, including evolution into ever higher sets—the step-like (level/dimensional) growth which soul provides for. There is evidence in the world all around which attests to the world being arranged in a nested, hierarchical manner, with multiple lower level systems encompassed by a unifying higher-level system, and on and on in a vast array of layers. As a priest, Teilhard’s primary interest was in people and their relationship to a still higher level being, but he was also a scientist; and he has not been the only scientist interested in hierarchical structuring. Recently there was a symposium on specifically this subject sponsored by the Douglas Advanced Research Laboratories and the University of California. It was organized for scientists, engineers and others seeking to share data in regards to this phenomena.27 The scientific interest has been increasing because nested (part-to-whole) structuring appears to be a universal phenomena. When something is present in all areas of life, it may be due to a natural principle. A natural principle generally points to the existence of a general law of nature. Evidence to this effect resides in the fact that hierarchical structuring exists in both organic and inorganic matter. It is not just living systems which are layered. Molecules are composed of atoms, and atoms of nucleons with their own microcosmic level of electromagnetic-like activity. It is not known how far down this goes. Looking upward, our star resides along with multiple other stars within the Milky Way Galaxy. There are also meta-galaxies and meta-meta-galaxies; and scientists do not know how far upward this continues. The meta-galaxies are too large to have their existence produced by gravity, unless there are higher level systems of this size which are also emitting an attractive force. Neither biologists nor physicists have any explanation as to why this type of nested layering exists everywhere.
The hermetic view of creation explains why, and as a cosmology is incredibly coherent and all-encompassing. It accounts for all these things in a simple and comprehensive manner. Via the concept of part-whole (body-soul) duality it explains why there are levels to experience. Via the concept of a personal spirit and how it relates to the substrate it provides a simple explanation, not only for the existence of all the (centered) systems in the world, but also for evolution.
As Teilhard de Chardin so clearly saw, Love is a teleological principle. And as Plato so clearly saw, love is the desire for the good. Being-Unity-Goodness is the essence and nature of the substrate. It is the end towards which things move. An end is a purpose. When a person acts out of love a directed movement is produced.
The desire for and the expression of love makes a better person out of the one who is loved and the one who loves. Love opens the heart, and the increased energy produced is true ‘work’ energy—the kind which goes into form production. For a person to increase the degree of their compassion has been seen as a movement towards less self-ish-ness. The beautiful paradox about life is that love opens the shekinah and hence it is impossible for a person to love and not increase their own self too—their own being. It is in giving that a person receives.
Each and every person has the capacity to express love, and in doing so to create a better world, internally and externally. Love is apparently at base of all substance and all power. In a Fallen world love is the way to defeat the shadows. As for a proof of its reality and of its transformative power, anyone who has ever felt love for a parent, a spouse, a relative, a friend, or a child cannot (in honesty) doubt the reality of this force or its power. Both the archetypes and astrology teach that, when this same force is expressed and felt by every person for every child in every nation, the world will not just be a better place. It will be paradise.
Conclusion: The purpose of life is to materially manifest the propensity for creation inherent within pure Being-Unity-Goodness. That purpose is to create living systems. The purpose furthermore is for those systems to be creators—to proliferate and to ongoingly grow and evolve, and to do so in wholeness, harmony and happiness.
- Reese, ‘skepticism,’ p. 531, ‘cogito,’ p. 96, ‘Descartes,’ p. 125.
- For a quick review, try Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, ‘Big Crunch.’
- Oberg and Johnson, “The Pi-Phi Product” or for a brief overview see www.goldennumber.net/pi-phi-fibonacci/ For how waves interact try Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia ‘Harmonic.’
- For one dimension, presumably four notes; for two dimensions, eight notes; for three dimensions, twelve notes; for four dimensions sixteen notes, and so on.
- Ho, The Rainbow and the Worm, Meaning of Life, Living Rainbow H2O.
6. Ho, The Rainbow and the Worm.
8. Olson, p. 38.
9. Olson, p. 57.
10. Ho, The Rainbow and the Worm, p. 152.
11. Ibid, p. 82, 119, 155.
12. Ibid, p. 98.
13. Ibid., 82.
14. Ibid., p. 119.
15. In astrology, because wholes-in-the-making have a temporary soul (which in turn is a ray of light at a higher level of being), even objects have a ‘ruling principle.’ An example is a bridge over a river. While itself a complex whole with many parts, as a whole, it is ruled by the Gemini principle which governs linkage between two places.
16. Ho, p. 119 et al.
17. Ho, The Rainbow and the Worm, p. 119.
18. Ibid., pp. 87-88, 126, 222.
19. Ibid., p. 111.
20. Ibid. p. 222.
21. Ibid., p. 110-111; see also Schrödinger, What is Life.
22. Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order
23. Ho., The Rainbow and the Worm, pp. 153-154.
25. Flew, ‘Moral argument for the existence of God,’ p. 238.
26. See McElwain, see Teilhard de Chardin.
27. Whyte, Wilson and Wilson.