What a difference a few months can make. Since it's inception in November 2019, the coronavirus has gone from a single identified case to a global pandemic. Per the World Health Organization, Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). As you know, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Likewise, the CDC & WHO believe that the origin of COVID-19 outbreak traveled from animals to humans… their best guess being that it was likely first transmitted through a wildlife market in Wuhan, China.
As with all coronaviruses, the CDC & WHO recommend that the most effective way to protect yourself is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This kills viruses that may be on your hands. They also recommend social distancing of at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. These guidelines are wise, practical and remain the best defense against coronaviruses.
As can be expected, many rumors surrounding the pandemic have been circling the globe… infecting people’s consciousness faster than the epidemic itself. Regardless of any veracity, spending time dwelling on whether the COVID 19 was weaponized by the US military, or is being transmitted via 5G, or was brought to earth via a meteorite explosion over northeast China… is a fool’s errand. Such theories are best left in the entertainment category, to be considered in idle hours, or after the crisis has abated.
In terms of idle consideration, our current dystopic, pandemic situation can be viewed as a RESET of cultural norms. This may take the form of a fiscal reset, as the stock market lost one-third of it's value. Whole business sectors close daily. It may take the form of a political reset, as no one knows how existing governments will fare, post-pandemic. It will surely result in a societal reset, as we all reconsider how we interact with one another.
This reset may move deeply beyond socio-political ramifications, to the higher realms and to the very core of our earthly existence. As we at Tek-Gnostics are quick to consider the High & the Strange, we are quite prepared to entertain the occult, esoteric and psychedelic aspects of a profound, cosmic reset.
Over the years, it has been our function to promote evolutionary thinking on personal autonomy, DYI and individual agency. We have striven to provide tantras and yogas to this effect. We hopefully have approached such, with an attitude of skeptical optimism, humor and heart. So too with this pandemic, we perceive a “dangerous opportunity” for personal growth and a communal greater good.
Given the meteoric rise of crazy, hyper-partisan and highly dystopian pathology, demonstrated by greater proportions of world populations over the last 50 years… a cultural and spiritual reset is now overdue. And as the unfathomable fates would have it, this reset may be accomplished via horrific pandemic. After all, we humans are particularly good at putting off the inevitable… what needs to be done. It often takes a crisis of monumental proportion to get us to change our ways.
So in this time of social distancing and personal sequester, we are at last in position to reset our thinking on how we treat each other and ourselves… of how we view the environment and our interaction with her… of our place on this planet and within Universe. It turns out that sequester is an optimal opportunity for contemplation, meditation and deep self-assessment.
In a moment of self-promotion, the trilogy of books by Jack Heart, published by Tek-Gnostics Media, deal specifically with the craziness of the last 50 years (Tek-Gnostics Heresies), the practical application of self-autonomy (Applied Tek-Gnostics) and the ancient wisdoms that have informed us (Tek-Gnostics Codex). BTW... book three is now finished and will be published this spring.
But beyond our specific take on the high strangeness of our current situation, many others within the orbit of synchro-mysticism have put out informative, intuitive and deeply relevant information concerning our cultural reset, underway. The list of luminaries in this blog’s right column, titled “resources from beyond” is a great place to start. Of special note, is a post from our magickal friend, Gordon, over at RuneSoup…
His list of remedial actions for these troubled times are highly recommended…
And so, dear readers, in these seeming, dark days… please take care of yourselves and each other. Please follow the sensible precautions of self-care and hygiene. Please take the opportunity to self-assess and adjust, as is deemed beneficial to your personal and planetary evolution. Stay healthy, happy and wise. A positive attitude is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy immune system.
And while yer at it, keep and exercise your sense of humor. And lastly, find a way to embrace the current strangeness. Find benefit and make the most of these strange days, for as we all know…
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro!”