…I will show you a great mystery.
“The Cosmos moves within the very life of eternity, and is contained in that very eternity whence all life issues. And for this reason it is impossible that it should at any time come to a stand, or be destroyed, since it is walled in and bound together, so to speak, by eternal life.”
Asclepius III, 29c.
Energy is not something pondered by most, yet energy is one of the most fundamental aspects of reality and figures prominently in physics, metaphysics and theology. But what might a fundamental aspect of metaphysics have to do with geo-politics? Is there a correlation between energy and its process and social and political trends and movements? I think there is, and in this article I intend to lay it out. Movement itself is energetic. All movement represents energy in motion, from one state of affairs to another. In theology we speak of God’s active energies or attributes are the ultimate causation and ground of being in the universe, meaning energy itself is the locus of power. Speed also factors into this, since speed is a certain rate of energetic action. Modernity has seen the increase of the speed of motion due to the advancement of technology: both matter, information and persons are all able to move much faster and in much greater quantity than ever before.
Before considering questions of modern and future energy expectations, I would like to highlight an argument I’ve made a few times now concerning the ancient Egyptian hermetic notions, and how their archetypal religious symbols encoded basic principles of quantum physics and the energetic process. As many esotericists and traditionalist thinkers have commented, it seems as if ages or eras of history also partake of cosmic processes or aeons. Eastern writers speak of “kali yuga,” where proper roles of hierarchy and caste are reversed. Spengler spoke of civilizations as having an organic lifespan and Western man as “Faustian Man.” My thesis here is that the cyclical process of energy itself gives a model of ages, too. If movement is energetic, then history and time also reduce to energetic movement.
I have mentioned in the past that the rites of the gods encode secrets of nature. One of the best examples of this is the mythology of Isis, Apophis and Osiris, whose mythology includes the principles of life and energy itself. Isis is the feminine principle of nature/energy extended in space and time. Apophis represents the principle of destruction and entropy, and Osiris represents the reemergence of energetic loss towards eternity to a higher state of eternality and immortality. The ancient Near Eastern symbol of IAO was representative of this formula, and when considered in comparison to the Pythagorean monad, dyad and triad, the same imagery is found to encode the same formulae. The point or monad extends to the dyad, with the two points connected forming a line. The line either has a circumference drawn around it and/or extends to a third point. It can also form a vesica piscis, or an eye.
The eye is also a circle with a dot in the middle, as well as a circle surrounding a point or an extended line. This is the meaning of the obelisk in the circle, which, when viewed from above (as the gods would have seen it) is also a dot in a circle. Quantum physicist Brian Greene discusses the fundamental energetic nature of reality as mirroring the binary computer model as follows: