This is the name I’m going to use from now on to describe the worldwide religion I believe existed before the flood. It’s entirely speculative and ought to be treated as such. It may be possible to describe it as big-P Pagan metaphysics which is transmitted across generations via hermeticism and esotericism, as opposed to little-p paganism which is more of a dispersed, grassroots attempt to understand the world. Big-P Paganism is myths, little-p paganism is fairy tales.
Because these beliefs were held universally, I expect they are embedded very deeply in many surviving cultures and possibly even genetic memory. However, much of it would be degraded and lost too. It’s likely in my mind that this religion was what enabled the Swiderians to form cohesive, city-sized societies. The astrological monoliths would serve the societal function of public works projects.
- Manichaeaism: The belief in an eternal dialectic between order and chaos, Lucifer and Ahriman. Symbolized by triangles, cones, spirals, and probably the Cancer symbol.
- Gnosticism: A belief that ideas, rational consciousness, and willpower are pure and caring about material things is perverse and sinful. Generally, all holiness spirals can be traced back to this.
- The Pantheon: A belief that the world is made by/from 12 primary spiritual personalities or principles, which show up in many places under different names. For example, Ishtar = Ashtaroth = Venus = Lilith = Babylon, whore of. (“Away with words oh man, show me your passion!”)
- The Demiurge: Is apparently autistic in this ideology.
- Karma: A fatalistic belief in large-scale astrological cycles. The universe is a self-contained perfect machine created by the Demiurge. Reincarnation and The Wheel of Time, in a nutshell. Reincarnation, particularly, appears to be a group-selecting, primitive awareness of genetics.
- The law of attraction: A belief that thoughts and perception alone have power to change outcomes.
There are probably more. In fact, I expect to find twelve or thirteen, each encoded in Zodiac symbols. These ideas regularly show up as Christian heresies, so I expect that most heresies are resurgences of this older religion. There is good reason to suspect that Jesus was interacting with this religion in some way by using hermetic language and referring to its symbols. However, because Lucifer hates Jesus and loves inversion, there’s a lot of dysfunction in this area of thought.