It has been ascertained that mankind is currently
suffering from an unprecedented spiritual confusion. The
cosmogonic changes that took place around the end of the
previous century signaled the thunderous bankruptcy and
breakdown of predominant ideologies, Marxism, Nihilism and
Without a doubt, the breakdown and bankruptcy of these atheistic
and materialistic systems had - as a direct consequence –
contemporary man’s about-face towards religion. In countries
where atheism (and in fact forced atheism) was predominant, we
have observed an unexpected blossoming of religiosity. Former
atheists – mostly Marxists – after being “left homeless” turned
to religiosity; except that this religiosity to a large extent
was not a “healthy” one, but rather a morbid state of soul and
spirit animated by an unprecedented mysticism and occultism. On
account of their being inundated by the dogmas of atheism and
eudemonism for decades, it has been difficult for them to
approach wholesome religiosity – much less to embrace the
Christian faith which presupposes conditions and restrictions.
Mysticism and occultism are their substitutes for faith in God,
with a preference to believe that faith in “occult powers” -
which supposedly exist either in the inner person or in nature -
supposedly play a principal role in man’s life.
It is in fact touted by the promoters of occultism, that
the turn towards faith in “occult powers” constitutes a supposed
“spiritual revolution”, which will signal the “liberation of man
from the monotheistic yoke of the past two millennia”!
This “spiritual revolution” has been named “New Age” by the
leaders of worldwide occultism, and has been linked to the
weird, primitive and irrational beliefs of astrology.
Apparently somewhere towards the end of the previous
century, they claim that we “entered” the “New Age of Aquarius”,
given that (according to their absurd claims) the “course” of
our solar system every two thousand years shifts into one of the
celestial zodiac signs and that each time, it signifies an entry
into a “new age”.
The previous “age” was the “Age of Pisces” – that is, of
Christianity – since the fish symbolized Christ, and the
encrypted code word «É×ÈÕÓ»,
was used by the first Christians during the period of
persecutions to recognize one another.
The code word “«É×ÈÕÓ» is interpreted as
an acrostic for «Ἰçóïῦò ×ñéóôüò, Èåïῦ Õἱüò, ÓùôÞñ» (Jesus Christ,
Son of God, Saviour). It was on account of this sacred Christian
code word that the occultists had “baptized” the Christian era
as “Age of Pisces”.
Thus, according to their claims, with our entry into the third
millennium A.D., the “precession” has “taken” us into the
astrological sign of Aquarius, launching the “New Age of
Aquarius” and leaving behind forever the “Age of Pisces” – along
with Christianity! It is necessary to mention here that all
these claims have no scientific basis whatsoever and are merely
arbitrary definitions by occultists.
No self-respecting scientist shares these unsupported and
According to the occultists, the “New Age of Aquarius”
introduced mankind deterministically into a “new spiritual
supposedly brought the “much-desired freedom that man has been
seeking for entire centuries”.
“It has revealed the so far sevenfold sealed secret” that
“man is god” and that he is called upon during this “bright
period” to become aware of his “godhood” and to “utilize it, to
ensure his bliss”!
It also “revealed” another “significant hidden truth”
(the absolute lie of course), that “there is no personal God”,
only a nebulous “impersonal energy”, and thus man is invited to
discard his fear and his anxiety over any worldly or posthumous
Additionally, faith in reincarnation has provided yet another
spark for eliminating fears regarding post-mortem consequences,
since man is supposedly forever governed by “cosmic karma”,
which “fulfils” through worldly hardships. Besides, along with
the personal God, every code of ethics has also “died”, since
the “New Age” does not recognize the existence of “good” and
“evil”, only the success -or not- of man’s “self-realization”!
Incidentally, we might point out here that all these beliefs are
the resultants of oriental religions (Hinduism, Buddhism,
Lamaism, Taoism, etc..), which have invaded the western world
and have dominated the westerner - who has never savoured
spirituality - with their own particular “spiritualities” and
In occultism and mysticism, the place of the “impersonal
God” has been replaced by “mystical powers” – be they astral
(astrological occultism), or terrestrial (nature-loving
occultism). What is
noteworthy is that albeit new-age occultism and esotericism deny
the personal hypostasis of God, they accept personal astral and
terrestrial occult powers, which supposedly play a determining
role in mankind’s life.
In order to “tame” those powers and “benefit” from them,
it is necessary for followers to exercise the so-called “occult
arts” such as magic, spiritualism, divination, astrology, yoga,
transcendental meditation and a wide range of old and new forms
of superstition; and all of these linked to faith in
reincarnation, which is the “New Age’s” fundamental
It is more than obvious to us Christians that these “powers” are
nothing other than demonic powers – unclean spirits – whose
exclusive job is to alienate humans from faith in God and His
Grace, and to eventually forfeit their salvation!
Standing in the face of occultism’s contemporary, spurious religiosity is our
Christian Faith – and in fact its genuine form, our Orthodoxy.
Half a century ago, the blessed American Orthodox Archimandrite and
contemporary saint – Fr. Seraphim Rose – had foreseen this blossoming of
spurious religiosity; however, he had also foreseen something else – something
promising: that our Orthodoxy will
be the prominent faith of the 21st century!
We therefore look forward to mankind becoming aware of its mistaken
spiritual course and discovering the true “light of the world” (John 8:12) – our
Lord Jesus Christ, the only Saviour and Redeemer of the world, Who can be
encountered and lived inside His Church, our Orthodoxy, the One, Holy Universal
and Apostolic Church – His only, true Church!
Within this cadre, we have observed in recent years an
increase in the numbers of “managers of occultism” – i.e.:
sorcerers, spiritualists, mediums, diviners (Tarot cards,
numerology, cartomancy, coffee reading etc.), astrologers,
pseudo-therapists, e.a., who, “at a price”, inevitably “manage”
the religiosity of thousands of people. We have reached the
stage where every neighborhood now has its own coffee-reader,
its own medium, astrologer, even hypnotist!
Even worse, they have inundated the Mass Media with
advertisements of themselves, without being in danger of legal
action against them – even though (beyond their occultist
practice), there is always the element of defrauding gullible
of fraud and exploitation of the naïve by such “managers of
occultism” are not few, and quite often the lights of publicity
do fall on them, evidencing the morbid state of contemporary
ISSUE No. 95
Informative Periodical of the Inter-Orthodox Union of Parental