The Nature of Evil

The image below is of a bronze sculpture of Baphomet. You may recognize the image as the inspiration for the Devil tarot card in the Ryder-Waite deck. The sculpture was commissioned by the Satanic Temple in 2015, although the original image dates from the 1860s and is attributed to the French occultist Éliphas Lévi. 

We won’t delve into the esoteric symbolism pictured here. There’s no point. I simply selected this particular image to introduce the Chrysalis worldview’s position regarding evil. No worldview can be complete unless it broaches this topic.

Evil exists in the world because we are all capable of it, just as we are all capable of doing good. As long as good outweighs existential evil, the world is a happy, mostly peaceful place.

Each of us is capable of evil because the genetic makeup of our psyche includes an evil archetype, such as Baphomet, or perhaps even several. Most of us intuitively seek to keep that archetype in check. In other words, not to feed it energy, at least not willfully. The Satanic Temple and many others, however, willfully feed the beast and do so regularly.

Therefore Chrysalis Tarot regards evil as archetypal without appealing to the supernatural. Moreover, the Chrysalis Worldview rejects supernaturalism in favor of preternaturalism (existing outside of nature). Psychic phenomena are, for example, preternatural and spiritual.

Evil energy is very low frequency energy, ranking below even the negative energies of hate, fear, envy, etc., which are all in the 0-100 range, as illustrated above. It’s this very low-frequency energy of chaos and disorder that fragments the psyche and in extreme cases presents as a pathological condition, e.g. a serial killer.

The archetypes in Chrysalis Tarot were selected and painted to elicit positive energies, promote positive energies and raise individual self-awareness, hence consciousness and enlightenment.

However, rising levels of intolerance, self-righteousness and contemptuousness in society today, not to mention willful blindness, sound shrill echoes of the breeding grounds of anger, hate and violence that almost destroyed Europe and other parts of the world in the 1930s and 40s.

We can only hope that sordid chapter of human history is not repeated in coming years. For if it is, Armageddon will be on our doorstep.

Whenever you feel anxious or stressed, activate your heart chakra to lift your spirits. One quick way to do this is to express gratitude.

Heart Chakra by Nayamoon Art

© Toney Brooks 2020

4 thoughts on “The Nature of Evil

  1. I am not sure what you mean here by preternatural. Body, mind and soul are a part of ever person and thus are natural to the human state. But then my spirituality is more earth based than anything. I follow the native parable of which wolf do you feed inside you, that will be the one who lives and is stronger.

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    1. By drawing the distinction, I implied that phenomena not explicable in naturalistic terms do not necessarily require supernatural explanations. Preternaturalism serves as a convenient “middle ground.” Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Hello Toney! This text was written in such a generous and profound way … It helps a lot to be able to evaluate the situations that are happening in the contemporary world in a distant and thoughtful way. Thank you for being a bright light in this crazy emotional and caotic darkness 🙂 Stay safe!! Hugs, from Portugal

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