I’ve already expressed my growing lack of enthusiasm for all things “New Age” (aka “the Piscean Pipe-dream” and “the False Spring”) due to its slow decline into commercialism and faddish superficiality. But I’m an absolute piker compared to the vitriol of esoteric writer Gerald Suster; his rhetoric could peel paint.
“The Three of Wands is called Virtue. This is a word which has been grossly debased. It is a word exalted by a very popular but very feeble movement called The New Age. One sighs in despair over its fatuity.
This movement is essentially well-intentioned. However, in the critical times in which we live, good intentions alone are definitely not enough; actions must match words and there are few things more contemptible than fine words followed by shabby actions. The present writer is aware that he may have many New Age readers. He regards them as being honestly misguided at best. There is certainly no disgrace in being honestly misguided: it can happen to the best of us. However there is no excuse for not trying to do things better than before.
‘Virtue’ is a very New Age word. Where does it come from? It comes from the Latin Vir – a Man. The Roman Virtus therefore expresses healthy, natural male qualities. In these current, degenerate times – which the Hindus rightly call the Kali Yuga, the Dark Age – we find a feeble flop in the present comprehension of ‘virtue’. Would you rather meet a virtuous man or a virile man? The answer is obvious to all who have not been bemused, abused and confused by ludicrous notions of what it means to be ‘spiritual’, another New Age buzz word.
The word ‘spiritual’, which used to mean something important, has like ‘virtue’ degenerated into meaning something feeble, like a cup of scummy, lukewarm milk. Would you rather meet someone who is spiritual or someone who is spirited? Again, the question is as easy as the answer is obvious.
New Age readers are strongly urged to consider the following propositions, prompted by Virtue – the 3 of Wands in Binah (Understanding) – and certainly not inspired by the sordid motives which enable those with a little but not much occult knowledge or understanding to make money from pandering to the prejudices of said readers. The present writer hopes and trusts that the present reader is not a gullible dupe.
a – New Age is merely softened down and tarted up Christianity; an outmoded religion once adhered to by primitive mammalian primates based upon ludicrous notions of sin and guilt. Under Christianity, perfectly natural desires were called ‘sinful’. Under New Age, you still have to be guilty as sin for the same, for the words and phrases are ‘unspiritual’ – whatever that may mean – or ‘not virtuous’. Whatever words are used, people still end up feeling guilty over perfectly natural and honourable feelings like love, hate, lust, anger et al.
b – New Age is intellectually sloppy. If you are New Age, you can believe anything you like – as long as it doesn’t work.
c – New Age is horribly middle class. In common with any sensible individual, the present writer does not care if you are upper class, middle class or working class: it’s just that if you’re middle class, you should do something about it. In England , at any rate, the upper classes and the working classes share the same code of honour: observers are confused too often because the same code is expressed in different forms of the English language. Although there are – thank heavens! – exceptions, the average middle class individual has no code of honour. Anyone with no code of honour is a slave. It doesn’t matter if your chains are of gold or of plastic – you are still a slave. This is why one can all too often see crass examples such as those who bleat about changing the world, then freak out like a shell-shocked invalid on account of a cigarette being smoked with joy in a Glastonbury tea-room. This is why one can hear whingeing nonsense whenever there is a serious meditation practice from some New Age twits who whine to be excused on the quicksands of: ‘Oh – but we’re professional meditators.’ How is a ‘professional’ meditator to be distinguished from one who meditates? – apart from the obvious fact that they’re probably conning the gullible for money? No. This won’t do at all and it’s high time someone said so.
d – New Age is dishonest. The beliefs its adherents hold contradict one another. If you are New Age, you can be a Hindu and a Buddhist. Hindus believe there is a soul (atman). Buddhists believe there isn’t (annata). You can’t believe both at the same time. Yes, of course, it is said that above the Abyss, all contradictions resolve themselves. This is true – as the Tarot shows us – but the present writer doubts if there are currently more than 93 individuals on the globe capable of mating the contradictions in self-annihilation. Below the Abyss, Reason is King. Facts must be accurate and Logic must be coherent. Unless you get that right, you will get nothing right at all – and New Age doesn’t.
e – New Age consists of sentimental slop, catering to half-witted, panic stricken, middle class prejudice. The Universe is not like that. Let us remember, therefore, that the Master has spirit and vir – and vir applies exactly to an acknowledged female Master like Madame Blavatsky.”