The Hebrews, perhaps through establishing the aleph-bet (the base substance of the alphabet, the syllables … the Greeks added the vowels which changed it dramatically), wrapped the old gods and spirits into a unitary abstraction and banished them to the sky. That was something happening in one small corner of “the Old World.”
Under Hebraic dispensation, the spirits of the earth were “False Gods.”
Under Christian dispensation, the spirits of the earth were “demons.”
Mo matter what Jews, Christians, and Muslims call the spirits of the earth, they are still what they have always been, and those who seek them out still find them. Elsewhere in the world, in Africa, Australia, the Americas, the old gods and spirits continue to interact with those who seek them out. (Quinn)
With our global culture, which kind of meshed together Semitic/Greco-Roman culture (usually called Judeo-Christianity), for the first time in the natural history of the old (non-human) gods, the spirits of the earth have an enemy. The enemy is a vast machine the people of this culture have constructed to destroy the life of this planet. Am I venturing into psychological no man’s land saying this? It doesn’t matter. I feel more akin to the spirits of the earth, to the old gods, to the sky, the trees, the rocks, the dirt, the insects, than I feel toward those who represent what’s left of the human species today. I think this is true of all of us on some level. We are, ironically, all children of the Devil. While some may deny their heritage, all the bones belong to the spirits of the earth, and the New God’s (YHWH, Jehova, Allah) entire gig is a hallucination that requires constant violent force to impose upon humanity.
I think such truths become clear to us when we are in between worlds. That is why “cat naps” are conducive to our imaginations: it is in that dozy state between wakefulness and sleep, known as the hypnogogic state, that ideas are most likely to come to us.
William Blake anyone?
The voice of the Devil
All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following Errors.
1. That Man has two real existing principles Viz: a Body & a Soul. 2. That Energy, call’d Evil, is alone from the Body, & that Reason, call’d Good, is alone from the Soul. 3. That God will torment Man in Eternity for following his Energies.
But the following Contraries to these are True
1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that call’d Body is a portion of Soul discern’d by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age 2. Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy. 3 Energy is Eternal Delight