The Egregore is often (incorrectly) referred to as an occult spirit, but in fact it’s simply another archetype, albeit a negative one. Chrysalis Tarot itself features only positive archetypes, but this distinctly evil fellow warrants a footnote because ‘praemonitus, praemunitus‘ – forewarned is forearmed.
Like people, archetypes have both positive and negative aspects; negative archetypes seek reflexive control¹ of the human condition. Kali, perhaps the most gloomy and least understood archetype in Chrysalis, for example, is a Hindu mother goddess of creative destruction. We therefore can assert that the Egregore has affinity with Kali’s more negative, destructive aspects. In doing so we can more easily fit the evil Egregore into the Chrysalis schema.
We often hear talk of spiritual warfare – the forces of light versus the forces of darkness; angels versus demons and so forth as an existential reality. This is a much favored subject in church sermons. While spiritual warfare may be real enough, the battles are fought not in the heavens but in the hearts and minds of everyday people.
Remember, we are all connected to each other and to all archetypal cosmic databases. For better or worse archetypal energy influences our lives on a daily basis.
One of the recurring tenets of Chrysalis Tarot encourages us to listen to our own inner voice (Divine Child), which is always tranquil, rather than to a multitude of voices that are anything but tranquil – “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.” (Luke 10:38-42) In the Gospel account, distracted Martha busily scurries about minding household chores while her sister Mary sits contemplatively at the feet of Jesus. Whether you’re a believer or not, there is great wisdom in this Biblical vignette.
Today, many political leaders encourage divisiveness, which they term “resistance.” It seems they actually want us to be “anxious and troubled by many things” and always at each other’s throats. They along with their lap-dog media (read: propaganda) outlets actively promote anger, discord and confrontation. They engender fear, the Egregore’s most important weapon: above all else, the Egregore is an archetype of fear mongering.
So what exactly are the other attributes of the Egregore entity? What is this grotesque looking archetype really about and why is he even important? In addition to fear mongering, the Egregore is the preeminent archetype of Group Think or Group Mind. When people are fearful they are easily controlled and manipulated; they think what they’re led to think by the Egregore’s unwitting minions. Lenin called these minions “Useful Idiots.”
It’s mostly these unwitting followers of the Egregore who are anesthetized by his powerful energy and heavy-handed tactics. They are stripped of all inclination and ability to hear their own “inner voice” because the Group Voice is so dominant; it becomes their god. It demands strict obedience (orthodoxy) and thereby drowns out tranquility!
To be forearmed against Group Think – and the Egregore – is to be willing and able to think for yourself – to think critically for yourself and eschew, or at least question, all dogma whether political or religious. To endure a little cognitive dissonance², if only for a little while. Anyone who marches in lockstep with the Egregore is not even capable of true enlightenment, although they might consider themselves the most enlightened beings among us (because that’s what they’re told).
The first step in becoming truly awakened – woke in urban parlance – is to renounce the Egregore’s group think in all its fetid forms. Strive to be like Mary (thoughtful) and not like Martha (anxious). Choose tranquility and critical thinking.
¹ Reflexive control is a “uniquely Russian” concept based on maskirovka, an old Soviet notion in which one “conveys to an opponent specifically prepared information to incline him/her to voluntarily make the predetermined decision desired by the initiator of the action”
² In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. This discomfort is triggered by a situation in which a belief of a person clashes with new evidence perceived by that person.
Addendum: A very interesting article on how global elites use black magic rituals to conjure up more power is here.
© Toney Brooks, 2018