The Machine Will Never Triumph, part nineteen
Dawn is no longer in the house of the Fish
Pisces, oh Fish, Jesus of the watery way,
your two thousand years are up.
And the foot of the Cross no longer is planted in the place of the birth of
The whole great heavens have shifted over, and slowly pushed aside
the Cross, the Virgin, Pisces, the Sacred Fish
that casts its sperm upon the waters, and knows no intercourse;
pushed them all aside, discarded them, make way now for something else.
Even the Pole itself has departed now from the Pole Star
and pivots on the invisible,
while the Pole Star lies aside, like an old axle taken from the wheel.1
This chapter is about false forms of Christianity, such as many forms of Protestantism, which led directly to the Machine. Later chapters will give more positive views of how Lawrence’s writings are compatible with much of Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, when interpreted in light of certain of their earlier luminaries, such as Hildegard von Bingen. Additionally, the reader should bear in mind that Christianity has taken many forms. Much of Eastern Orthodox—and some Catholic—theology and philosophy could help us get out of our present mess, and even certain Protestants, such as William Blake, were great fighters against the Machine. Christianity and Islam have had long runs, but their time may be over, their day may be done. False forms of Christianity, particularly certain forms of Protestantism, contained within themselves the seeds of their own destruction. Medieval monasteries are the model for Rananim, but certain distorted aspects of monasticism, such as their forms of organization, paved the way to the Renaissance and to modernity. The metaphysical underpinnings of Western Christianity, which traditionally attributed no soul to non-human animals, are quite close to Cartesianism—which considers animals clockwork machines—in many respects. We, in the West, have passed through Christianity and come out into something far worse than even the most debased forms of religion. Modern forms of Christianity are not a solution. We must go back, back farther into the past to the great pagan and shamanistic religions (or true Christianity, such as Orthodoxy). Christianity wasn’t always the life-denying force that it has become today; witness the concept of viriditas that was central to Saint Hildegard’s theological project. We cannot and must not mechanically adopt doctrines from the past, but they can provide us with inspiration. Only the old dark Gods can save us now.