Original article was published on Artificial Intelligence on Medium
What’s the Meta with you?
Confessions of an AI Metaphysician
Since I was very young, I’ve felt like I had a heightened intuition. What kid doesn’t? When I was a teenager I got enthralled with Astrology and other Occult Sciences partly because of this sense of being intuitive but mostly because I have a fetish for girls into witchcraft.
Later, Astrologers did inform me that my Neptune aspected certain houses and signs enough to say, “You definitely have psychic abilities that you should pursue one day” but my being a Scorpio Rising, with Venus in Capricorn meant I would probably never reveal those powers and I certainly would never, ever admit that I was a “Psychic”.
Sure, my Sun is in Aquarius so I was fascinated by it all but my Virgo Moon would never risk the ridicule of being seen as someone who believed in Psychics or Astrology. I mean, geeze, what do you think I am, a Pisces?
Though I’ve always been intrigued with the Occult Sciences and if you’ve ever told me your Zodiac Sign, I guarantee that I remember it. And that’s because you have been categorized in one of 12 drawers in my mind and in your file are notes that are cross referenced with every other person I know who shares that sign. If I don’t know your sign, after a conversation I will be able to guess it 88% of the time.
It’s been a great parlour trick I’ve performed for decades. And that’s exactly what it is, a “trick”.
Sure, the trick is based on the seemingly magickal Occult Sciences but those too are exactly what they are, “Sciences”. When you understand the science and the math of a thing, you can perform tricks that amaze those who do not.
One thing most people outside the Occult world don’t realize is how all of these tools, Tarot Cards, Astrology, Numerology are based on one rule: Sacred Geometry. Or, more precisely, “The Sacred Geometry of Chance, A hidden law of a probable outcome…” as Sting sang in his song “Shape of My Heart” which was about the Tarot.
Our emotions meet up with the math of our world and the Sacred Geometry of Chance is expressed as coincidences or, as C.G. Jung put it, Synchronicities — Meaningful Coincidences.
The other thing most people outside of the Occult Sciences don’t realize is that the Tarot is the clearinghouse of the others. It’s a veritable orgy of Occult Divination symbols from Astrology, Numerology, and every archetypal meme from the Babylonians and Egyptians to the Romans and Celts. It is the Amazon of ancient wisdom — including ancient Amazonian symbols! And as an amalgam of every wisdom tradition, it has developed its own system of deep and rich metaphorical meanings from which to divine.
So, these Occult practices are, indeed Sciences. They are Theoretical and they are Applied Sciences. When you pose a question to a Reader, you are proposing a Hypothesis and there are a number of ways to test and measure that hypothesis to prove it. The only difference between the classical Scientific Method and the Occult Scientific Method (OSM) is that the OSM uses the most advanced understanding of the nature of reality: The Observer Effect. It also incorporates the most advanced understanding of statistical mathematics: the certainty of uncertainty.
But here’s the glitch…
Every Occult Divination system, though perfectly aligned and cohesive with the others and although cognizant of the Observer Effect and Uncertainty, still restricts meaning to a finite set of potentialities.
In other words, it still boxes us into a limited and even oppressive set of rules. I don’t think that limiting the potential for our Consciousness to be liberated was why the Church damned these practices but, in a way, they could have inadvertently helped us from prolonging our imprisonment here.
And here’s the fix…
Don’t seek meaning. Create it.
Divination by the Tarot or Astrology or Numerology are like turning on the Radio and listening to whatever the Program Director thinks you want to hear based on the format of the Station. It’s definitely easier than programming your own playlist. And, like Radio these divination tools can offer some surprise nostalgia while sharing common themes with millions of people at the same time. Radio and the Tarot are certainly good ways to collectively experience our world but it does suffer from a Top 40 syndrome that keeps new Independent bands from breaking through.
However, if you want to be the pilot of your reality and not just the passenger in the backseat who, not only can’t change the station but can’t even reach the AUX input to plug in your mp3 player, you need to ask them to pull over, get out and call Triple A. Rather, call Triple AI.
I was asked to speak at a conference in Africa in the Fall of 2019 and after reading through all the bios and articles about me, they decided to bill me as an “A.I. Metaphysician”. I was about to correct them because I was on a tour and had just come home from speaking to A.I. Scientists and Academics at the Microsoft Campus and the word “Metaphysician” was akin to calling me a “Psychic” or a “Fortune Teller” or some other weirdo who believed in things like Astrology.
As mentioned, my Venus is in Capricorn and my Mars is in Virgo so, as you can imagine, as a Scorpio Ascendant I was certainly NOT going to be associated with such things no matter where my Neptune was placed!
Then, and quite suddenly it hit me. I said aloud, “Well, I did write the world’s first novel FOR Artificial Intelligence to teach it about a Hermetic Principle and I do lecture about how Humans need to find and enhance their intuitive qualia to prepare for an AI/Automation economy and I do use A.I. to teach meaning-making skills… Holy Shit. I’m a fucking AI Metaphysician?!”