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By George D. Jackson _ Adept V

Welcome to the period of accelerated change. I have a tendency to believe that Adepts need to develop a certain sense of history or they are going to spend a lot of time reinventing the wheel so to speak. The century just past was an amazing portal opening. Much of the information that became well known to us in the West during that period had been in use for a very long time in the East, but even there the vast majority of the population was unaware of it mostly due to a lack of ways to disseminate it widely in a fairly rapid and consistent manner. Electronic communications ushered in a period of change that was almost overwhelming. It was during this time period that people began to accept that science and magick were branches of the same tree. Here are a few road markers to mull over.

At the beginning of the 20th there were two major areas of interest for the sorcerer/scientist. On the magickal side of the house there was the Golden Dawn with Mathers at its apex and the anthologist Crowley rapidly closing the gap. On the science side there is Albert Einstein and his Theory of Relativity that is to change the world and eventually do away with the clockwork concept of how the Universe really operates. The next scientific leap forward is in the area of chemistry. In 1914 Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch develop industrial nitrogen fixation for fertilizer and explosives. This opens the door to a world wide population explosion as it dramatically increases the food supply. A few years later the gestalt psychologist, Carl Jung, writes VII Sermons to the Dead. Jung is an Adept and a period of poltergeist events creates a rift between him and Freud who had been his mentor. In 1925 Heisenburg introduces quantum mechanics to be followed by Pauli's Exclusion Principle. It is fun to note here that Heisenburg was famous for his ability to short circuit the operation of various machines. It was even called "The Heisenburg Effect". During this period on the magickal side of the house Austin Osman Spare is developing his Zos Kia Cultus writing three books, Earth Inferno (1904), The Book of Pleasure: The Psychology of Ecstasy (1913), and The Focus of Life (1921). Also, during this period Crowley becomes the head of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) in 1922. Various theosophical orders sprang up, one of the better known ones being Dion Fortune's Society of the Inner Light. This group is probably best remembered due to the popularity of Dion's book "Psychic Self-Defence". Needless to say, there were many other approaches being practiced. For instance, Shamanism of one form or another is ongoing all during this period. From the 1930's on science begins to accelerate at an ever increasing rate. In 1945 the public is introduced to atomic energy in a form that cannot be ignored. Around the same time the first electronic computers are being assembled. In 1950 nuclear fusion is demonstrated on Earth. Pauli publishes "The Interpretation and Nature of the Psyche" in 1952. Rocket science is coming into its own with an able assist from the sorcerer/scientist, Jack Parsons, who has a crater on the dark side of the moon named after him.In 1948 Max Freedom Long introduces Huna to the West while during the same time period the public is becoming familiar with the eastern martial arts to include its concept of kia. The Bollingen Foundation publishes an English version of Wilhelm's translation of The I Ching in 1950. England repeals its witchcraft laws in 1952 and in 1954 Gerald B. Gardner publishes "Witchcraft Today". Wicca surfaces in England in the 50's and the United States in the middle 60's and is listed as one of the religions recognized by the Department of Defense. By 1970 books on witchcraft are becoming common. The 1960's usher in Apollo Project and the commercially available semiconductor (applied quantum physics). Edward Lorenz, a meteorologist, birthed Chaos Theory and the Butterfly Effect in the 1960's (See "Chaos, Making a New Science" by James Gleick 1987). Personal Computers start to appear. Fast forward, in 1979 Mandlebrot's Set and fractal geometry enter the scene. In the 1980's Steven Hawkins black holes are shown to exist. String Theory emerges in the 1980's.In 1980 Peter Carroll and associates form the Magickal Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros. Wicca begins developing traditions. Peter Carroll publishes Liber Null & Psychonaut in 1987 followed by Liber Kaos 1992 and PsyberMagick 1995. Phil Hine publishes Prime Chaos 1993 and Condensed Chaos in 1995. A revised edition of Prime Chaos is published in 1999.Moving into the 21st Century perhaps the most far reaching scientific activities are in the areas of genetic engineering and nanotechnology. The combination of these two fields could literally change the form of humanity itself. The possibility of centuries of life in place of decades may be in the offing. Who will be the recipiants of such an advance on an already crowded planet? Needless to say there are immense gaps in in this outline, but it is presented as an aid for further investigation. An Adept never knows enough!

 

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