Episode 92: Influences & the History of Egregores

Walt Schanbel | September 22nd, 2018

On episode #92 of the Metaphysical Connection, we host author Mark Stavish. Stavish has penned nearly 30 books on varied topics within the esoteric and paranormal realm. His latest  book is Egregores :The Occult Entities that Watch Over Human Destiny. Egregores (Egg/ruh/gores) are  autonomous psychic entities created by a collective group mind.

An egregore can be formed by a small group, such a coven, or an entire nation vibrating at a synchronous frequency level. These entities can be created either consciously or unconsciously,  take on physical form and exert an enormous degree of control over the human race.

This is an important book because it explains, in accessible terms, the anomalous behavior that we witness in pop culture, media and politics. Egregores can be constructive or destructive depending on the intention that forms them. As the story of Pandora teaches us, once these supernatural forces are brought into the world, they may be difficult to get back into the box!

The First Book to Explore Occult Magic, Influences & the History of Egregores

One of most important but little known concepts of Western occultism is that of the egregore, an autonomous psychic entity created by a collective group mind. An egregore is sustained by belief, ritual, and sacrifice and relies upon the devotion of a group of people, from a small coven to an entire nation, for its existence. An egregore that receives enough sustenance can take on a life of its own, becoming an independent deity with powers its believers can use to further their own spiritual advancement and material desires.

Presenting the first book devoted to the study of egregores, Mark Stavish examines the history of egregores from ancient times to present day, with detailed and documented examples, and explores how they are created, sustained, directed, and destroyed. He explains how egregores were well known in the classical period of ancient Greece and Rome, when they were consciously called into being to watch over city states. He explores the egregore concept as it was understood in various Western Mystery traditions, including the Corpus Hermeticum, and offers further examples from Tibetan Buddhism, Islam, modern esoteric orders such as the Order of the Golden Dawn and Rosicrucianism, the writings of H. P. Lovecraft and Kenneth Grant, and the followers of Julius Evola and Aleister Crowley. The author discusses how, even as the fundamental principles of the egregore were forgotten, egregores continue to be formed, sometimes by accident.

Stavish provides instructions on how to identify egregores, free yourself from a parasitic and destructive collective entity, and destroy an egregore, should the need arise. Revealing how egregores form the foundation of nearly all human interactions, the author shows how egregores have moved into popular culture and media—underscoring the importance of intense selectivity in the information we accept and the ways we perceive the world and our place in it.

From Wikipedia: Egregore (also egregor) is an occult concept representing a "thoughtform" or "collective group mind", an autonomous psychic entity made up of, and influencing, the thoughts of a group of people. The symbiotic relationship between an egregore and its group has been compared to the more recent, non-occult concepts of the corporation (as a legal entity) and the meme.

About the Author: Mark Stavish is a respected authority on Western spiritual traditions. The author of 26 books, published in 7 languages, including The Path of Alchemy and Kabbalah for Health and Wellness, he is the founder and director of the Institute for Hermetic Studies and the Louis Claude de St. Martin Fund. He has appeared on radio shows, television, and in major print media, including Coast to Coast AM, the History Channel, BBC, and the New York Times. The author of the blog VOXHERMES, he lives in Wyoming, Pennsylvania.


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