The 12 Conditions Of Alchemical Psychopathology

The following is an attempt to reconcile ancient Western esoteric psychology with ancient Eastern esoteric psychology. The idea is that all human psychopathological conditions fall into one of twelve categories, the categories being all permutations of genetic, environmental and spiritual (in the first place) and clay, iron, silver and gold (in the second place).

The first condition is genetic clay. This refers to a person who is weak for genetic reasons.

In this category are all sufferers of genetic conditions which make them weaker or more passive than normal. The typical outcome of falling into this category is that a person becomes resentful and bitter. Hatred for the world and for life in general is characteristic of people in the first condition.

This is also the category for people who are simply dumb. Most people not naturally intelligent enough to find a place in the world become resentful. In practice, there’s good reason to categorise such people with the other genetic unfortunates. In principle, it doesn’t matter much if a person is genetically weak for physical or mental reasons, because the attitude will be similar.

The second condition is genetic iron. This refers to a person who is cruel for genetic reasons.

The usual reason for a person to fall into this category is that they are physically stronger than average, but mentally weaker than average. This combination can lead to contempt for those physically weaker than them. This is the category that schoolyard bullies usually fall into, and it’s the one that adults fall into if they don’t grow out of the schoolyard bully stage.

People in this category might be ‘bad’, but they’re not ‘fucked-up’ or ‘evil’ like people from the sixth and tenth categories. It’s more a matter of being unusually boisterous or vigourous. Many juvenile delinquents fall into this category owing to understimulation, and most of those grow out of it (or have it knocked out of them).

The third condition is genetic silver. This refers to someone who has no genetic conditions, but who is otherwise not special.

The condition here is indifference towards those who are genetically less fortunate. Many people who are born without genetic conditions are incapable of understanding the suffering caused by them, and as such they feel contempt instead of sympathy towards those who have them.

Characteristic of the third condition, then, is a callous kind of apathy for ordinary people. It’s not really malicious, although it can be. It is different to the cruelty of the second condition in the sense that people in the third condition tend to direct others to cause harm, rather than causing harm themselves.

The fourth condition is genetic gold. This refers to someone who is perfectly in balance.

Those of genetic gold possess neither the weakness of people in the first condition, nor the brutality of people in the second condition, nor the cold apathy of people in the third condition. Belonging to this fourth condition are all the people who naturally feel empathy with other living beings.

Insofar as belonging to this group is a condition, it is the condition of suffering the envy of the less gifted, and the despair of not being appreciated in proportion to one’s true worth. Those of genetic gold will always have to adapt themselves to a world created to suit someone else. Someone in the fourth condition, then, is someone who literally has it too good for their own good.

Those are the four genetic conditions. In short, they are: suffering weakness and becoming masochistic; suffering weakness and becoming sadistic; not suffering weakness and becoming apathetic; and not suffering weakness and becoming sympathetic.

The fifth condition is environmental clay. This refers to people who have endured so much trauma that they have become depressed.

Abuse and neglect that lead to giving up on life is the most common reason for a person to belong to the fifth condition. If a person suffers so much during childhood that they come to feel that the world is an evil place, and so there’s no point in trying to be happy here, then they fall into this category. This is also the category for people who have become shut-ins owing to adverse early childhood experiences.

The fifth condition is for people that were created genetically normal but who were then broken by the world. A great number of suicides fall into this category, because those with harmful genetic conditions have often learned to live with them by the time they reach suicide age. Most deaths of despair afflict people in the fifth condition.

The sixth condition is environmental iron. This refers to people who have endured so much trauma that they have become sadistic.

When children are born, they don’t immediately know if the world is a good place or an evil one. They learn this, based on how their environment treats them. Those who come into the world and are met with abuse learn that the world runs on abuse. As such, they naturally come to abuse others. Alchemically speaking, their environment has hammered them into shape like a blacksmith would hammer into a shape an iron dagger.

The main difference between genetic iron and environmental iron is that the former is dumb, whereas the latter can be of any level of intelligence. Genetic iron tends to fall in line with a smack to the head; environmental iron is much less predictable. Although people of both genetic iron and environmental iron can behave like psychopaths, the latter is closer to what used to be called a sociopath.

The seventh condition is environmental silver. This is otherwise known as “having a decent upbringing”.

It’s comparatively rare for people to grow up in this world without suffering heavily. Someone who grew up genetically unremarkable and who also had an unremarkable upbringing usually enjoys the human experience. Much like people in the third condition, the major characteristic of the seventh condition is apathy.

The main difference between the seventh condition and the third is that people in the seventh condition are much more likely to move out of it. Those in the third condition are usually stuck there on account of the mindless inertia of biological forces, but those in the seventh can either reason their way out of apathy or have an experience that causes them to learn sympathy.

The eighth condition is environmental gold. This refers to a person who has endured trauma that made their behaviour worse, but who has overcome that.

The eighth condition is analogous to gold because of its value and rarity. The vast majority of people who suffer heavily become either meek or cruel, and the majority of those who don’t suffer become apathetic. A person who has suffered, and overcome it, has demonstrated a spiritual quality of the highest value.

All of the world’s genuine spiritual leaders fall into this category. It is the category for those who have learned the ultimate spiritual and alchemical power of transmuting suffering into joy. Eckhart Tolle is probably the most famous example right now, having learned to transmute a near-suicidal depression into tranquility.

These are the four environmental conditions. In short, they are: suffering trauma and becoming masochistic; suffering trauma and becoming sadistic; not suffering trauma and becoming apathetic; becoming sympathetic regardless of whether one suffered trauma.

These eight conditions are as far as mainstream psychology goes. Mainstream psychology is only concerned with biological nature and environmental nurture; it allows no concept of any spiritual dimension, because any such dimension would not be amenable to measurement. The latter four conditions in alchemical psychopathlogy are spiritual.

The ninth condition is spiritual clay. This refers to a person whose true will is to withdraw from the world.

People in the ninth condition have a spiritual attachment to suffering. They are often described by others as excessively sensitive. They are not broken like people in the fifth condition or defective like people in the first. They just don’t want more life.

Many old people come into this condition once the prime of their lives are over. It’s both common and understandable for a person to mentally check out of reality once they only have pain and suffering to look forward to. People with schizoid personality disorder also fall into this category, as does everyone who has simply become bored of life.

The tenth position is spiritual iron. This refers to people whose true will is to increase the amount of suffering in the world.

People belonging to this condition are rare, and are often hard to detect until it’s too late. People without a genetic reason to be resentful and who have not suffered significant environmental trauma, but who still act to increase the net amount of suffering in the world, could be said to be evil.

The characteristic way to recognise a person in this condition is that there’s no explicable reason for their actions. This is why they can’t be said to be ‘fucked-up’ like a person in the sixth condition. A lot of old people end up in the tenth condition if they become bitter, because it’s common for old people to become resentful about their impending deaths and to take this resentment out on the young.

The eleventh position is spiritual silver. This refers to people whose true will is to be indifferent to suffering.

Most people in the eleventh condition have drifted through life in a state of bliss. They haven’t suffered for genetic reasons, haven’t suffered for environmental reasons, and they do not have a strong spiritual attachment to suffering. They experience life much like an enlightened person does, without appreciating why.

People in the eleventh condition are different to people in the seventh because people in the eleventh are indifferent to their own suffering, not only (or even primarily) the suffering of others. Someone in the seventh condition might suffer and then become a person of the fifth or sixth conditions, but a person in the eleventh condition can suffer without being affected.

The twelfth position is spiritual gold. This refers to people whose true will is to decrease the suffering in the world.

People in the twelfth condition are the bodhisattvas of this part of the Great Fractal. They are the ones who have managed to find a way to transmute suffering into joy, not just for themselves but also for others. Their spiritual nature has overpowered both their genetic nature and their conditioned nature, but in the best possible way. People in this condition plant trees even though they won’t get to sit in the shade of them.

David Bowie once said that “Religion is for people who fear hell, spirituality is for people who have been there.” The twelfth condition is for those who have suffered but who have found a way to overcome it absolutely, not partially or temporarily as people in the eighth condition have. These people are the masters of alchemy who have succeeded at the meaning of life.

These are the four spiritual conditions. In short, they are: a true will to withdraw from suffering; a true will to increase suffering; a true will to be indifferent to suffering; a true will to decrease suffering.

Generally speaking, a person will fall into one of the earlier conditions as their life begins, will move into the middle conditions as their life progresses, and will finally move into the latter conditions as their life comes to a close.

This reflects the developmental influences of humans from almost purely genetic when they are born, to genetic and environmental in youth, to genetic, environmental and spiritual in middle age and to spiritual in old age.

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The Elementalist Conception Of Death

A fear of death can cripple anyone who has become spiritually aware. Foreknowledge of one’s inevitable demise can seem to make all of our actions in this world meaningless. The greatest test of merit of any spiritual tradition is that it assuages a person’s fear of death. The Elementalist conception of death is that it both is, and isn’t, something to be feared.

Death is both terrifying and inevitable, and all the more terrifying because it is inevitable. It casts a shadow over every single action – or inaction – we take on this planet.

The inevitability of death means that nothing we achieve or acquire here can ever be permanent. It means that no matter how many billions we collect, or how many children we produce, or how many awards and honours we rack up, all is rendered to null upon the expiration of our physical bodies. Death will separate us from all.

The Elementalist doesn’t take this fact as cause for despair, but rather as cause for quiet rejoicing. Socrates said that the purpose of philosophy was to prepare oneself for death, and, to this end, Elementalism has specific, defined teachings about death and the nature of death.

Central to Elementalism is the knowledge that consciousness is the prima materia, and the material world merely a set of sensory perceptions within that consciousness, in the same way that a dream is. The physical bodies of each of us are merely sets of perceptions within consciousness, and these perceptions will come and go like any other.

Consciousness is outside of space and time, and therefore is not affected by whatever part of the Great Fractal it happens to be perceiving. To the contrary – the Great Fractal comes alive when it is perceived by consciousness. This means that our physical bodies can never really die, because consciousness will always dream them up again.

The Elementalist conception of death accords with the line in the Bhagavad Gita, which states: “Never have you existed not.” The true self is the consciousness that endures through all the changing perceptions; the false self is the current physical body and the identity that goes with it.

Therefore, the Elementalist’s faith in reincarnation is absolute. As such, the death of this particular physical form is not to be feared. It may even be something to be looked forward to – the death of one’s physical body in this realm might allow one to achieve a higher form in another realm. In any case, the Elementalist knows that they will get what they deserve, in line with the Law of Associative Reincarnation.

Elementalists maintain that all things existing in our world are just shadows of eternal forms that exist elsewhere in the Great Fractal. There are multitudinous dimensions of existence above (and below) the one in which we find ourselves now. One’s physical death here might cause one’s consciousness to ascend to a higher level, in which case it will incarnate into a less flawed form of the same body.

These beliefs mean that Elementalists have a different conception of grief to that of First and Second Hurdlers.

Our friends and family members, when they die, are only gone from us in the most immediate and most physical sense. They – and their frequency – still exist in the Great Fractal. Not only do the consciousnesses that we interacted with during this life still exist, but all the frequencies of consciousness that we interacted with still exist.

All possible aspects of every possible life are being experienced in every moment by God. As such, all of the consciousnesses and frequencies of consciousness that we engaged with in this life will reunite with us after death, as we reunite with God.

God can be thought of, in this context, as the source of all consciousness and of all frequencies of consciousness. In the same way that white light contains all other frequencies of light, God contains all spiritual frequencies. Even if a friend or family member should die young, their frequency still exists within God – and even in forms which did not die young.

A person might lose their attachment to a particular physical form when that form dies, but then, being freed from that form and reunited with God, that person will also become reunited with all the other frequencies that were encountered during that person’s previous life – or lives.

The easiest way to conceptualise the Elementalist understanding of death is as follows. Imagine climbing an arduous mountain trail and, after what seems like almost a century, coming to a mountaintop. Upon reaching the mountaintop, you are reunited with all the friends and family that you ever had, in every previous life.

Death is much like arriving at this rest space at the top of this mountain. From this vantage point, it’s possible to see, stretching off into the distance, all of your previous lives, as other valleys. Every time the trail descends and then rises again represents another life. With the right vision, it’s possible to see previous lives stretching off into infinity.

After an unknown length of time in this higher dimension serving as a rest space, another descent into a valley will be made (i.e. another journey into a lower dimension will be made), and that will be experienced as another life, wherein the true nature of reality will again be forgotten – and then again remembered.

This is all there is to life. To be one with God, and one with all the frequencies that resonate in harmony with your own, and then to separate from this state of congregated bliss and to enter into an illusionary world of suffering, only to awaken and return to God again. Elementalists call this pattern the Cosmic Dance, and we all dance it, even if we’re not very good at it.

Death is not to be feared, but the correct response to this fact is not callous indifference. The correct approach to death is to live with the highest possible frequency of consciousness: one that values life, but at the same time does not forego rectitude on account of the inevitability of physical death. Such an approach will lead to reincarnation among the highest possible frequency of beings.

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This World Is One Of The Hellish Realms – But That’s A Good Thing!

Life on Earth can seem so terrible that sometimes one asks oneself if this might be hell. It certainly seems as if we are surrounded, not only by suffering, but by beings whose true will is to increase that suffering. As this essay will elaborate, this world may be hellish, but this is actually a great spiritual opportunity in disguise.

The first thing we have to ask ourselves is what the fuck we’re doing here.

What’s apparent, after very little thought, is that we’re all going to die – therefore material concerns are meaningless. The inevitable deaths of our physical bodies mean that it’s meaningless to accumulate wealth, or status, or even memories of pleasure. All is rendered null upon the utterly inescapable expiration of our physical bodies.

The purpose of being in this place must therefore be something spiritual.

Elementalists believe that the cessation of suffering comes from raising the frequency of one’s consciousness. Elementalism teaches of a great spiritual axis that stretches from perfect harmony with the Principle of Evil in the lowest place, to perfect harmony with the Will of God in the highest. The purpose of life in the hellish realms is to transmute that frequency of consciousness into the highest possible form.

This is achieved by saying Yes to that which God says Yes to, and saying No to that which God says No to, and saying Yes to that which the Principle of Evil says No to, and saying No to that which the Principle of Evil says Yes to.

The more evil there is in the world, the more opportunity there is for us to defy the Will of the Principle of Evil. The more savagery, brutality, callousness and neglect in the world, the more opportunity to act work in favour of civility, class, compassion and good cheer.

If we had incarnated into one of the heavenly realms, there would be little to do other than just chill out. That’s great fun if one is of a high spiritual frequency, because then one gets to experience the pleasure of interacting with other beings of high spiritual frequency. Every moment is a blissful revealing of some astonishing novelty.

If one is of a low spiritual frequency, however, it’s not enjoyable to incarnate in the higher realms, because one will get rejected by the beings that inhabit them. In most cases, those beings will not want to sully themselves by interacting with a being of a low frequency, any more than a group of humans would invite a pig to dine with them at a restaurant. And the difference in frequency between beings of two different realms can be much, much greater than the difference in frequency between humans and pigs.

After enough time has been spent being shunned and rejected, most beings realise that they don’t really belong in such a realm, around high-frequency beings. The sense of loneliness that they feel will eventually become overwhelming. And so they will incarnate, by choice, into the hellish realms, where the density of the world affords the opportunity to radically alter one’s frequency of consciousness.

In these hellish realms, one is confronted with the reality of death, which does not exist in the heavenly realms. The reality of death makes it possible for us to say No to it. All creatures that are born must die, but to dwell on this is to miss the point. The point is that by working to say No to death in this realm, we work to align our consciousness with the Will of God.

Even without the threat of death, suffering is ever-present in any realm below the heavenly ones. So by working to say No to suffering in this realm, we can also work to align our consciousness with the Will of God.

Any being that enters one of the hellish realms, and then works to say No to suffering and death, will raise the frequency of their consciousness. Raise it high enough, and it will become possible, after death, for them to be welcomed into the next world as a hero. In any case, they will get a realm full of beings who are a fractal expression of their own frequency, as per the Law of Assortative Reincarnation.

If one has raised their frequency of consciousness high enough, then incarnating into the next world will come as a great relief. One will be reunited with the frequencies that one encountered in one’s past lives, and on the best possible terms.

If not, one will incarnate into next world imperfect. This might also come as a relief, as one might still be liberated from the sensations of suffering that accompany existence in this hellish world. This relief, however, will soon turn to dismay, as the beings in the higher world come to reject one for being of such a low frequency of consciousness.

Many might prefer, in such an instance, to incarnate into one of the hellish realms. Rather than being shunned by high-frequency beings in one of the heavenly realms, and suffering the immense loneliness that ensues, many would prefer to wage spiritual warfare with the Principle of Evil here in one of the hellish realms. The rewards are much greater and much more immediate.

Being here, in this hellish realm, could be thought of as much like moving overseas for a higher income. It’s scary, challenging and often frightening and unpleasant, but the rewards are much greater than remaining in comfort. The hellish nature of this place creates such a powerful temptation to do evil that truly heroic resistance to that evil becomes possible.

Ultimately, then: this world may be hell, but that’s a good thing, because it gives us a chance to rapidly and dramatically change the frequency of our consciousness. With a sufficient effort of will, it’s possible to transmute even the nastiest and most bestial consciousness into something angelic.

If this world were less hellish, and if the suffering here would be less intense, the opportunity to transmute the frequency of one’s consciousness would be less. The decisions we made would be less impactful, because the influence of the Principle of Evil would be much weaker. Only a very gradual shift in frequency would be possible.

There are realms more hellish than this. Let us work to not go there!

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Towards A Demonology Of The Age Of Aquarius

The new age is upon us: its liberating light both warms and burns. In this new age, some things are the same as the previous age, and some other things are different. One thing that is both the same and different is our conception of demonology. The Age of Aquarius has a demonology that upsets the old order.

In the new age, it is understood that the Principle of Evil is none other than the God of Abraham.

The Demon God of Abraham has three High Demons under him, each of who rule over a 60-degree span of the Great Circle. These 60-degree spans can be understood as representing four-hour stretches of nighttime, which itself represents spiritual darkness. The rule of the God of Abraham, which we are just coming out of now as the Age of Pisces is ending, is analagous to a Great Nighttime.

The First High Demon is Abraham himself, the father of lies.

Abraham tells lies for the sake of confusing those he hates (all conscious beings). Wherever you have a malicious lie told for the sake of causing suffering, you have the energy of Abraham. It is also present wherever you have a willingness to follow orders even when they clearly increase human suffering.

Abraham appears as an old man, conspicuously insane, ranting about his god. Knife in hand, he commands people to do evil things in the name of the Principle of Evil. Abraham’s favourite lies are those that encourage parents to destroy their own children. The favourite of all is the lie that male infant genital mutilation is not harmful.

The Second High Demon is Jesus Christ, the father of weakness and slavery.

Jesus Christ preaches weakness in the guise of moral superiority. He tricks people into feeling pathological altruism, often leading to their destruction at the hands of enemies. His energy has the effect of lowering people’s spirits, so instead of being fearless and proud they surrender meekly to tyranny. Anywhere you find slaves meekly obeying their masters you have the energy of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ appears as a sickly, trembling hippie. He cries about how everything that everyone does is evil, and how all borders should be opened. His wailing weakens men’s resolve. Jesus Christ often performs masochistic acts in an attempt to trick other people into doing the same. His favourite thing is to cause so much despair that a person surrenders, in desperation, to the Principle of Evil.

The Third High Demon is Muhammad, the father of cruelty.

Muhammad preaches cruelty in the name of order, justice and morality. His energy can be found anywhere there are oppressive laws claiming to be righteous ones. It can also be found anywhere a person unjustly asserts themselves upon another person. All rapists and murderers possess some of the spirit of Muhammad.

It is most common to depict Muhammad as a black-eyed, black-bearded Arab. Usually he is shown serving in the role of judge or executioner. Inevitably he is holding a bloody sword, his favourite thing being the destruction of anything beautiful, especially anything feminine. His favourite thing of all is to rape and impregnate anyone he can take as a slave.

These three High Demons follow in that order. Abraham destroys the Golden Age by telling lies, leading to the weakness of Jesus Christ, who in his turn intensifies the Dark Age, leading to the cruelty of Muhammad. This decline can be understood in elemental terms as a transition from gold, to silver, to clay, to iron.

The suffering of the Iron Age leads, however, to a new Golden Age: the Age of Aquarius.

Each of these three High Demons rules over twelve Greater Demons, who themselves rule over a five-degree segment of the Great Circle. Each of these Greater Demons rules over five Lesser Demons, so that every degree in the lower half of the Great Circle is represented by a particular demonic energy loyal to the Principle of Evil.

In total, then, there are 36 Greater Demons, each of which expresses an energy that is a permutation of three factors: either deceit, weakness or cruelty in the first place, cardinal, fixed or mutable forces in the second place, and earth, water, air or fire in the third place.

For instance, one of the Greater Demons is Quisling, who represents deceit in a cardinal and fiery sense. Quisling is a traitor who imposes a new order at the highest level, without the consent of those ordered. His energy can be found wherever there is political intrigue leading to a revolution that increases the suffering of the masses.

Another of the Greater Demons is Prozac, who represents weakness in a fixed and watery sense. Prozac has the ability to paralyse people through sapping their positive emotions and their will. Wherever you find people who are emotionally stunted and lifeless, but tending towards misery, you have the energy of Prozac.

The Lesser Demons have names like Bonebreak, Kneebender, The Sniveller, Detritus, Axewound, Him Long Dead, Bellycrawler, The Fiddler, Headrot and False Light. There are 180 of these lesser demons, each representing one degree of the lower half of the Great Circle.

Generally speaking, a follower of the Principle of Evil will have an affinity for one of the three High Demons, and will manifest the energies of the various Greater Demons depending on what they wish to achieve in the moment. If their affinity is for Abraham, they will call themselves a Jew; if it is for Jesus Christ, they will call themselves a Christian; if it is for Muhammad, they will call themselves a Muslim.

The Lesser Demons are more for meditative and ritual purposes. A follower of the Principle of Evil might meditate on one of the Lesser Demons in order to gather the energy to perform a particular act of evil. A murderer might meditate upon Bonebreak, for example, before slaughtering their victim.

Collectively, the combined energy of all of these demons serve to increase the amount of suffering in the world. To increase the suffering in the world is the will of the Principle of Evil, and all followers of the Principle of Evil seek to cause as much harm and misery, both physical and mental, as they can.

The Abrahamist will worship one of more of these three High Demons. In doing so, they consecrate some of their psychic energy to the demon, strengthening its egregore. In return, they receive some of that demon’s energy, thereby making certain actions more possible.

In the new age, it is understood that it was the Principle of Evil, not God, who commanded Abraham to kill his own son, and it was the Principle of Evil who inspired Jesus Christ to preach that slaves should obey their masters, and it was the principle of Evil who induced Muhammad to rape a nine-year old.

This is a short summary of the demonology of the Age of Aquarius.

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