Satanism, the New Age and the New World Order

By John "Birdman" Bryant

 

One of the most confused topics in Christian theology is Satan. Normally I would have no interest in this topic since I am not a Christian except in a somewhat abstract and philosophical sense, but the topic is important for the reason that Satanism, in the form of cults, behavior and the like, is a not without importance in the everyday world, even if mostly hidden from the awareness of ordinary people. My intention in the present essay is to attempt to make some sense of Satanism in both its historical and modern incarnations, and in particular to understand something about Satanism in its relation to the New Age, Freemasonry and the so-called New World Order.

The first thing we should say about Satan is that the Bible and its Christian commentators are surprisingly ambivalent about him. One place we see this in the Garden of Eden story, where Eve is tempted to eat the Forbidden Fruit by the Serpent, who is a generally-accepted manifestation of Satan. While the Serpent's act is usually considered 'evil', in fact the story behind the story is that the Christian's presumably-good God forbade his 'children' from having knowledge, while Satan acted to remedy God's evident evil. A similar ambivalence is found in the story of Lucifer, which Christian tradition (tho not necessarily the Bible, depending on one's interpretation) holds to be the same as Satan. Lucifer, a magnificent angel whose name means 'light bearer', was expelled from heaven by God and took up reign in the netherworld; and many of those in the Christian tradition, from certain Gnostic sects to New Age icon Helena Blavatsky and the majority of her spoor, regard this as a metaphorical expression that the god of traditional Christianity is hostile to knowledge (light, or enlightenment), and that Satan/Lucifer is the real creator and benefactor of man, and in particular is the one who brings knowledge to mankind -- a belief reflected in the title of Mme Blavatsky's journal, Lucifer. This, we may add, was evidently the belief of Bishop Albert Pike, Grandmaster of Southern Freemasonry during the latter half of the 19th century -- a belief which upset distinguished contemporary conspiracy researcher Ralph Epperson so much that he wrote an entire book 'exposing' Pike's 'Satanism' and the 'evil' of the Masonic order. We shall have more to say on this shortly.

The ambivalence toward Satan was reflected early in Christian theology, where the Manichaean heresy held that God was not an all-powerful being, as he is usually considered to be in contemporary Christianity, but instead shared his power with Satan. This view -- in spite of being considered heretical -- is actually a part of Christian theology by implication, since if God were omnipotent and Satan impotent, then it would be impossible for Satan to promote evil or in any way interfere with God's plan. Logically, then -- as I pointed out in my book Mortal Words several years ago -- if Satan has power, then it is always possible that, in the struggle with God, Satan will win. And this, along with the earlier-discussed notion that Satan may represent good (enlightenment) -- or at least a means toward increasing personal power, like meditation or Silva Mind Control -- rather than evil, is, I believe, the implicit theology underlying modern-day Satanism.

It is interesting that the theology of Satan developed not only from various translations of the Bible (the Vulgate and the King James Version), but also -- and in fact especially -- from Jewish scriptures and Christian literary works such as Dante's Inferno and John Milton's Paradise Lost, the latter of which -- in yet another act of Christian ambivalence -- depicts Satan as an 'almost hero'. There is also an undoubted connection between the theology of Satan and demonology, ie, the theology of the spirits which are independent entities that one must guard against lest they enter and take over one's body. (It used to be the custom of holy men to cross themselves before each bite of food, lest a demon enter their body by attaching itself to the food; and an elided version of this practice is seen in saying grace before meals.) Witch theology also played an important role in shaping the notion of Satan, for witches were said to interact with him, often in sexual ways. Indeed, during the period of what I call the Great Witch Scare of the 16th and 17th centuries, preoccupation with witches seemed to trump interest in Satan, and this gave rise to the witch-hunting of the Inquisition (aided by the notorious handbook of witch detection, the Malleus Maleficarum of Sprenger and Kramer), the Salem witch trials, and the fantastic case of La Voisin in France which involved persons close to King Louis XIV. As demonology faded and the witch scare was recognized either as a product of the sexual repression of the inquisitors or the antipathy toward what today would be called spinsters and bag ladies, Satan re-emerged in all his glory (or notoriety) as Plutonian regent of the underworld, the Angel of Darkness, and one who, if not quite a god, is at least God's enforcer (cf Mortal Words v 1).

The careful observer will realize that, while the theologically-proclaimed battle between God and Satan is the battle between Good and Evil (After all, is not 'God' just a different spelling of 'good'?), the battle as far as the Church Fathers were concerned was really about the power of the Church versus the power of various competing religions. Mostly the competition was seen as between the Church and the original Old Time Religions such as Druidism, Wicca, the Norse religion, and the earlier 'Olympian' religions of Greece and Rome -- a battle which the Church won by (among other things) simply taking over the shrines and customs of the old religions wholesale (Funny that the birth of Jesus would fall on exactly the same date as the Winter Solstice, or that His rising would come so close to the Spring Equinox, no?). But the real competition -- whether recognized or not -- was with the nexus of powers which give rise to most religions, and which include such paranormal/occultic phenomena as psi, hypnosis, trance states, suggestion, non-medical healing, divination, astrology, the use of psychotropic drugs, and similar phenomena which are beyond the abilities or knowledge of ordinary people to utilize. (This nexus of powers I have elsewhere labeled Scientifically Real Religion.) It is little wonder, then, that Church authorities would seek to label such powers 'Satanic' -- it is an easily-made but fearsome smear similar to such modern-day anathemas as 'bigoted', 'racist' and 'antisemitic', and thus it serves as a substantial preventative to the investigation of unapproved truths. This fact is nowhere better illustrated than by the traditional image of Satan himself sporting, hooves, horns and a trident: This image is evidently intended to cast aspersions on the Olympian religions which revered Bacchus, Dionysus, Pan and other hippoform entities.

Altho we may feel confident that most religions -- including Christianity -- have arisen from respect and reverence for the paranormal/occultic powers of gifted individuals, Christianity has never given much credit to such powers for political reasons, since most of those who possess such powers are not usually priests or communicants who support the Church and are under its control, but are rather persons outside the Church whose powers have little or no relation to church activities or dogma -- a fact which means that such persons do not enhance the Church, but only undermine its power by enticing away its 'customers'. Little surprise, then, that traditional religionists of the present day have been strongly opposed to so-called New Age practices and beliefs, since these merely constitute a rediscovery of the paranormal/occultic powers that were once hidden of necessity from a hostile Universal Church, but which can now compete openly with traditional religion as a result of the present day's greater enlightenment.

It is worthwhile to observe in the present context that the notion of Satanism was probably fostered significantly by the Church's sexual repression, which sometimes resulted in exaggerated sexual behavior even in the most pious of individuals (see, for example, Aldous Huxley's book The Devils of Loudon) and thus gave observers the impression that 'demons' had 'taken possession' of the affected individuals. Likewise, the notion of Satanism was probably also fostered significantly by the occult 'demonic' experiences resulting from the various "witches' brews" which women used as drinks, salves and the like in order to produce drug-induced highs -- highs which were often heavily tinged with sexuality, as may be inferred from (among other things) the frequent and probably euphemistic references to the habit of witches 'riding their broomsticks' (What better dildo than a well-worn broom handle?) It is thus no surprise to find that Satanism is shot thru with an undercurrent of sexuality -- witches, for example, were said to have intercourse with Satan at their midnight convocations -- and this sexual element remains strong in contemporary Satanism. Examples of this latter include the late Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, where a nude woman served as the 'altar' at which Satanic rites were performed; and also the Satanic rituals described by John DeCamp in The Franklin Coverup, in which there was a thorough admixture of Satanism and sexuality.

The New World Order is the name given to those -- usually called 'conspirologists' -- who believe there is a conspiracy to institute 'one world' global totalitarian socialism controlled by a financial and political elite often thought to be comprised of 'banksters', Jews and/or members of various secret societies, particularly Freemasons, but also often including such groups as the Rhodes-Milner Round Table/RIIA, the Bilderbergers, the Skull & Bones fraternity, and the Council on Foreign Relations. While there is no obvious relationship between the New World Order and the (Satanic/Luciferian) New Age -- which many date from Mme Blavatsky or 'The Great Beast 666' Aleister Crowley, but which I believe might reasonably be dated from the Enlightenment (c 1550-1800), and possibly from the work of the distinguished scientist and psychic Emanuel Swedenborg (1653-1735) -- there are actually several connections:

* The notion of a NWO emerged during the Enlightenment -- the same period of intellectual ferment and freedom which gave birth to the New Age -- and has been going strong ever since. In particular, the founders engraved "Novus Ordo Seclorum" (New Order of the Ages) on the Great Seal; Hitler called for a New World Order; and Bush the Elder did the same. Even the New Agers -- while not exactly calling for a NWO -- nevertheless welcome in the Age of Aquarius and think of it as something like what the New World Orderlies promise us. In short, everybody thinks change is great; it's just that not everybody agrees on what the change should be.

* Christians tend to label the New Age as Satanic, as well as anything that they see as 'evil', including Jews, Masons and the NWO. Satanism, then, constitutes a sort of bond -- however tenuous -- between the New Age and the NWO.

* Many conspirologists have noted various contemporary (New Age) Satanic events and practices, and have observed that these events often seem to have a connection with political events. One particularly notable case is that of the Charles Manson cult, responsible for the horrific Satanically-tinged deaths of Hollywood star Sharon Tate and her friends, which was later followed by an attempt at Presidential assassination by one of the Manson followers, Squeaky Fromm. Again, John DeCamp's book, The Franklin Coverup, convincingly demonstrates strong links between Satanic-type activities and political figures. Yet another case with Satanic overtones is the apparent involvement of Bush the Younger with a large number of murders in Texas, tho information on this subject is sketchy. Beyond these, Satanic links have been divined in the Son of Sam murders, and in other cases in which there was CIA involvement, often in the form of apparent mind control experiments. While none of these cases specifically involves the NWO, it is notable that most politicians seem thoroughly in its thrall, and thus may be taken to acting in its interests.

We have already mentioned the belief that secret societies, and particularly the Freemasons, have been involved in bringing about the NWO. To understand the reason for this belief, it is necessary to realize that the Freemasonic society was established for the purpose of allowing members to share and develop the knowledge of their craft of building construction -- knowledge which had to be kept secret for purely professional reasons at first, but which eventually had to be hidden for political reasons as well because the science which Masons developed led naturally to exploration of unapproved ideas, including paranormality/occultism, the questioning of Church doctrines, and the serious discussion of atheism and political freedom. (The vital need for secrecy is reflected in (a) the various degrees of Masonry, which allow each Mason to be stepwise evaluated as to his ability to keep secrets (This is the source of the expression 'giving someone the third degree') and (b) in the ancient rituals which were intended to frighten initiates into keeping their mouths firmly shut lest they come to an unpleasant end, as the American Masonic exposer Captain Morgan so famously did.) For this reason, it is not a surprise to discover that the primary opponents of Masonry, from the Abbe Barruel to Nesta Webster, were traditional Christians who saw the secret societies as a threat to their religion.

Masonic secrecy, of course, attracted the curious; but it eventually attracted an intellectual elite whose interest was not in the craft of Masonry, but rather in the freedom to learn and discuss unapproved ideas. For these reasons, Masonry became a hotbed of revolutionary thought -- all the more important in a time of intellectual ferment which the Enlightenment was. Needless to say, both good and bad ideas emerged from this ferment. Among the good we count the notion of political freedom, particularly influenced by the ideas of John Locke, which challenged the Establishment doctrine of 'the divine right of kings'; and also economic freedom, particularly influenced by the ideas of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations (1776), which challenged mercantilism and other (and often quite severe) governmental restrictions on trade. These two ideas emerged in the form of the American Revolution directly from the Freemasonic lodges, which were the principal loci of revolutionary activity, and which counted many of the Founders as members.

There were also bad ideas to emerge from the secret societies, however; and these are most clearly exhibited in the French Revolution of 1789, which was heavily under the influence of so-called 'Grand Orient Masonry', an organization thought to be dominated by the 'Illuminati' of Adam Weishaupt, the Jesuit-trained Jew, would-be world conquerer and possible associate of the Rothschilds who founded his secret society on May Day of 1776. While the Revolution's overthrow of the French monarchy was at least good in the sense of giving democratic ideals a foothold, it was certainly bad in the extreme socialistic programs that it attempted to put into effect, from imposition (a la Hebart) of the literal worship of Reason to the taking of children away from their parents for rearing by the State; and from forced population reduction by outright killing, to imposition of the Terror which was only ended by the emergence of Napoleon Bonaparte, who put an end to the revolutionary insanity and returned France to a monarchy. In spite of all this, however, there was a close association between the leaders of the American and French revolutions, to which the gift from France of the Statue of Liberty is testament: Franklin and Jefferson served as ambassadors to France, and Thomas Paine actually participated in the French revolution, tho he was later jailed for his deistic book The Age of Reason and barely escaped with his life.

It is clear that the conspirologists have focused on the bad ideas to have emerged from Freemasonry rather than the good; and for this reason it is easy to accuse the Masonic lodges of fostering the NWO beginning with the French Revolution, allowing them thereby to declare all Masonic activity evil. But why this focus on the negative aspects of the secret societies? The answer I would suggest is that the conspirologists have been primarily Christian, and that the Christian viewpoint has caused them to focus on the elements of Satanism and 'Godless communism' which they find particularly distasteful. More specifically, while the democratic ideals emitted by Masonry have become a part of Western culture, and thus are forensically unimportant, the Masonic assault on Christianity via its toleration of atheism, paranormality/occultism, 'Godless communism' and other forms of 'free thought', 'enlightenment' and 'Satanism' have caused Christians to 'see red', and this is what they remain focused on. No wonder, then, that -- as mentioned earlier -- conspirologist Ralph Epperson was upset about the fact that Albert Pike was both a 'Luciferian' and also the head of the Southern Freemasons; for evidently Epperson is a traditional Christian.

What we have posited so far is that secret societies, and especially the Freemasons, have been criticized since the late 18th century for what amounts to being anti-Christian, and hence 'Satanic'; but that this criticism is unjustified in the present day for minds not in thrall to Christianity, because it was precisely the secret societies that were responsible in significant degree for bringing the fruits of the Enlightenment to Western man. HOWEVER, there are other points raised against secret societies in the present day which are in need of exploration. The first is whether Jews are the dominant force in Freemasonry and other secret societies, and whether this has led them beyond their (proper) opposition to traditional anti-Enlightenment Christianity -- for which they have been smeared as 'Satanists' -- and specifically to what extent they have utilized secret societies in their effort to undermine Western civilization -- a matter which I have explored extensively in some of my writings. The second question -- not unrelated to the first -- is whether secret societies and those who align themselves with Satanism in one form or another have actually engaged in practices generally considered to be evil by the great majority of observers, irrespective of whether they are Christian or secular.

While I possess very little information on the above questions, the second one impels me to say that I do not think it an accident that John DeCamp's book, mentioned earlier, exposes a significant link between society's most 'Satanic' (ie, generally regarded as evil) practice -- homosexual pedophilia -- and the actual practice of Satanism. In particular, DeCamp revealed that there was a pedophile network centered at the Catholic-run orphanage Boys Town, and that Satanic-type practices were also carried out by those persons -- often priests -- who were involved with it. While there are two schools of thought on pedophilia -- some think it is the world's worst crime, while others view it as harmless recreation that helps expand a person's sexual horizons (In the words of Rene Guyon, "Sex before 8, or else it's too late -- a statement which we can assume does not refer to the dinner hour) -- it remains a fact that pedophilia -- along with criticizing Jews -- is Western society's most stringent taboo. This, then, leads us to suggest that the Boys Town pedophilia, by involving priests, was regarded by the practitioners as so evil that this feeling actually pushed the participants toward the belief that they were acting under the influence of Satan, which they then wholeheartedly embraced. (In a sense, of course, this is a cop-out intended to relieve perpetrators of responsibility for their acts -- after all, if 'the Devil made him do it' then it would be unfair to punish a man for his actions.) That is only a theory, but it makes sense from the psychological viewpoint -- likely to be found in religious persons such as priests -- that pedophilia is so evil that it must be 'paid for' by 'selling one's soul to the devil'; and this, then, logically requires that the 'sinner' engage in the worship of Satan.

In addition to the link which DeCamp's book exposes between Satanism and pedophilia, the book exposes another important link which has since been independently confirmed in other contexts, to wit, the involvement of major political figures with pedophilia. To what extent this link involves Satanism is not clear; but what has been revealed since the DeCamp book is that many British politicians (at least in the government of Tony Blair) are involved with pedophilia, and that this is so extensive that, as a private source tells me, the major British newspapers have an agreement not to mention accusations of pedophilia in cases where they involve political figures in the two major parties. This matter is worrisome for at least two reasons: First, that there may be a nontrivial connection between politicians' pedophilia and Satanism; and second, that one has to wonder whether the NWO elite is not comprised of a pedophile underground whose members enjoy demonstrating their power over others by violating society's most stringent taboo.

While pedophilia may be so evil as to make the practitioners think they are in league with Satan, I believe that most people who have engaged in Satanic-type practices have regarded their behavior as more along the lines of throwing off unnecessary moral inhibitions. While we have an extreme version of this attitude in the New Age-type philosophy of 'If it feels good, do it', Aleister Crowley's injunction to 'Do as thou wilt' was much more conservative, at least if Crowley's own behavior is to be taken as a reflection of his philosophy, since Crowley did nothing worse than enjoy a bounty of sex and drugs (He died in 1947, a bit too early for rock 'n' roll). Crowley, it may be noted, actually took his philosophy, such as it was, from Rabelais, who described in one of his novels the Abbey of Thelema in which the only rule was 'Do as thou wilt', but whose intended meaning was not to abandon morality, but rather to rely on the natural moral impulses of the 'gentlemen' who lived at the Abbey. Clearly, Crowley was mirroring Rabelais, inasmuch as Crowley's own 'Thelema' was named after the Rabelaisian one.

In conclusion, we can only say that there are no glib generalizations to be made about Satanism, the New Age and the NWO -- the best we can do is to raise questions and identify areas for exploration. Our problems begin with not even knowing the real culprits behind the NWO, and that makes it difficult to speculate about whether the NWO is a pedophile brotherhood, whether it makes use of occultic/paranormal powers, to what extent it is dominated by Jews, and even whether it is a conspiracy directed by an extraterrestrial intelligence. This confession of ignorance is, perhaps, an anticlimax to our endeavors; and yet there is no point in claiming knowledge where there is such a thoroughgoing lack of it. If there is any one thing we can say, however, it is that there is much moral ambiguity in this area, and that the facile denunciations which have been mouthed by so many conspirologists are not going to cut the mustard, or even muss the custard.

 

The New World Order: Who Is the Enemy?

The ostensible centers of power in the modern world are governments, but we know they are not the real power centers for one very simple reason, to wit, the worldwide mental infection of political correctness which could not have secured a death-grip on the Western psyche in only the last half-century unless the process had been centrally directed. So we ask, What is this power, or more precisely, CONSPIRACY, which has rent asunder common sense and created a multicultural world which is on the verge of extinguishing Western civilization and the race which built it -- the white race -- and the human freedom and prosperity which has been its legacy? The answer is the same conspiracy which is driving us toward a one-world government, or New World Order, using Turd-world numerical superiority and white guilt to destroy the white race, which is the only race with the intelligence to create a successful opposition. The point of all this, of course, is to concentrate political power in the hands of a tiny elite, which I call the New World Orderlies, and from whose behavior I conclude that they care for nothing except power, and in particular give no thought for the rights or comfort of the human beings over whom they wish to rule.

In attempting to identify the New World Orderlies, many suggestions have been put forward: Jews, 'international bankers', the Round Table groups (CFR, Trilaterals, etc), Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Skull & Bones, the Vatican, Freemasons, the 'Illuminati', and even space aliens (including Sitchin's Annunaki and the 'shape-shifting reptilians' of David Icke). Most of these have something that can be said for them, except for the 'Illuminati', which may have existed in the 18th century, but for which there is absolutely no evidence in the present day, and space aliens, which may well be the eminence grise of the NWO, but for which there is again no good evidence. As for the others, they seem heterogeneous until one recognizes that there is a thread that unites all of them except Skull & Bones and the Vatican, to wit, the heavy presence of Jews. Bankers are mostly Jews; the Round Table was the creation of the Jew Rothschild and his friends; the Rockefellers are genetically Jewish, even if Baptist by religion. As to Freemasons, there are obviously a lot of gentiles who populate Freemasonry; but the Jewish connection, if less certain in some ways, seems clearly established by the fact that the Israeli Supreme Court building is fully loaded with Masonic symbolism. For these reasons, any attempt to identify the New World Orderlies must abstain from speculation about 'the Illuminati' and space aliens, and focus instead on the one fact that draws together most of the powerful people who are actively working to bring about the NWO, namely, the Jewish connection. This is not to say that the NWO is exclusively Jewish, and it is certainly not to say that most Jews are New World Orderlies; but it is to say that the NWO is dominated by Jews and guided by them. Whatever gentile momentum may be added to the NWO by Skull and Bones, the Vatican, the Jesuits, Opus Dei and other groups and individuals is an interesting question, but it will not change the Jewish character of the operation, nor will it release the students of this conspiracy from the obligation to focus on the ties of blood that make the blood of the rest of us run cold.

But this is not the end of the story; for many of the conspiracy theorists who wish to avoid the Jewish question have found an 'out' in the notion that Freemasonry is a 'satanic religion', and that the real devil behind the NWO is ... Satan! In my opinion, however, this is a weak-minded copout, even for someone who actually believes in Satan. Yes, one can make a case that Freemasons -- or at least those of the higher degrees -- bow their heads to 'Lucifer'; but the evidence that Freemasons actually believe in Lucifer as their god is weak at best, and the explanation for Lucifer as part of the Masonic theology can in any event be attributed to a view of 'Lucifer' as a personification of enlightenment, which is what many Luciferians, from Mme Blavatsky onward, seem to have done.

One inconvenient fact which Satanic conspiracy theorists wish us to forget is that Masonry has played an important and useful role in world history. As I have explained elsewhere, Masonic lodges were originally created as secret societies for the purpose of protecting and developing trade secrets in the building profession, but eventually attracted non-masons as members who were interested in investigating new ideas in a milieu that would not attract the attention of -- and probable condemnation by -- the Church. We note, of course, that the Church was hostile to the ideas of science (witness Galileo), and building construction is of course a science; but once a free forum for scientific ideas had been established in the Lodges with the help of initiations which promised death to those who would reveal Masonic secrets, other ideas rapidly crept in. Masonic lodges, then, became the fons et origo of political and philosophical revolution, and this is why they have attracted so much hatred from conservatives who were eager to maintain the Old Time Religion and a government ruled by 'the divine right of Kings'. Nowadays not many conservatives wish to return to a kingship (this is left to the New World Orderlies and libertarian professor Hans-Herman Hoppe), but many pine for a return to the Bad Old Days of religion-up-the-tush, and therefore see Masonry as -- Dare we say it? -- Satanic. Masonry may perhaps be faulted in the present day if it has fallen into the hands of the Jews, but it cannot be faulted for having historically served as a fertile field for the growth of new and earth-shaking ideas upon which the modern world is founded.

 

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