I think is a very strange position to take. Maybe you are right about your broader point around Renaissance occultism. But we entered a period of secular materialism largely as a result of religious wars that left a bad taste in Europeans' mouths that we now know as the era of Enlightenment. Were there esoteric undercurrents at work in this period? Of course. But the larger push was towards the Cartesian view, which is the real origin of modern science.

By the time we entered the 20th century, there was a reaction against this materialism among groups of thinkers as well. You get it in all the writings of all prominent Fascist writers for example, and then the New Agers.

The reason why Christianity didn't step up to reclaim its place on the throne was because of how sterile and anti-mystical it was. Blind dogmatic faith had more in common with secular materialism than occult thinking had with the Enlightenment.

We are entering a period of turbulence and collapse, so it only makes sense that now many people are returning to more apocalyptic versions of faith traditions like the strain found in Christianity. However, there is also a growth of interest in mysticism at the same time. Father Seraphim Rose spoke at length about this during his time.

It is a fascinating topic to discuss.

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Please share more on the topic of OPTICS if you find out more!

The idea of "bending light", magnifying the seen world, etc seems interesting.... Things like eyeglasses we take for granted now (does like ... everyone in East Asia have them?)... Seems like the remaking of the eye, just as digital tech is the remaking of the nervous system... Hmmm

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Great article. But if it is based on hermeticism which has turned out to be true so far, how is it magic?

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Another excellent piece. I appreciate all your hard work.

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