Memes, a new word for an ancient universal principle that operates ALL the time whether we know it or not, automatically creating what Jung termed as a ‘constellated complex’; i.e. the egregor or thoughtform.
Memetics is a theory of mental content based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution, originating from the popularization of Richard Dawkins‘ 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Proponents describe memetics as an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer. From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics>
This energy complex that is created from repeated thoughts gains coherence and power each time we think upon it. Most of the time, because we are unaware of what we are doing when we focus our thoughts on something, as soon as we quit thinking about it, this energy complex dissolves. However, when a mentally trained person or two or more people gather with the same intent and emotion, a more powerful entity can be created, one that lasts and one that can take on a life of its own.
“An egregore has the characteristic of having an effectiveness greater than the mere sum of its individual members. It continuously interacts with its members, influencing them and being influenced by them. The interaction works positively by stimulating and assisting its members but only as long as they behave and act in line with its original aim. It will stimulate both individually and collectively all those faculties in the group which will permit the realization of the objectives of its original program. If this process is continued a long time the egregore will take on a kind of life of its own, and can become so strong that even if all its members should die, it would continue to exist on the inner dimensions and can be contacted even centuries later by a group of people prepared to live the lives of the original founders, particularly if they are willing to provide the initial input of energy to get it going again.” — Gaetan Delaforge From <http://www.johnkaminski.info/pages/articles/print/the_egregore.htm>
“When two or more are gathered, there shall I be…” is probably one of the most powerful summoning spells on earth. The thoughtform/egregor attached to it and activated by it has been present on this earth for 2000 + years. It has been fed by the thoughts and prayers and worshipful emotions of most all of the christians on the planet.
We all know this one, and it has sort of taken on a life of its own: as a matter of fact, think about any beloved character in the movies, TV, ads, books, and you have yourself a thought form. Think Star Trek, Marvel Comics, Harry Potter, the list is endless.
Similarly, a meme can be musical, it can be a company logo or an advertising character… They are all designed to create an immediate understanding of it components and produce an emotional reaction in the participator.
The oldest term for this is god, then spirit, then egregor, then thoughtform (thoughtform being a rather deceptive use of a word never alluding to the huge power and potential of such a thing, a dry interpretation meant to keep us from the truer understanding of the ease and power within this concept for humanity at large), then meme.
BUT! Did you know throughout history this concept has been used in magical practice and spiritual practice and recently also against modern society to mold and shape perceptions thus creating control and predictive action/reactions in mass populace???? This process has been used very shiftily in the last 50 years to slowly implant, build and thus create a co-creative mass-consciousness towards a very unhealthy warped and powerless manner of living, all with the purpose of controlling mankind and creating enough energy to feed the now self-actualized energetic complex/egregor. So, what IS an egregor?
Alternative forms egregor
egregore (plural egregores)
- an angelic being from the Book of Enoch
- (occult) an autonomous psychic entity composed of and influencing the thoughts of a group of people
Translations psychic entity influencing thoughts
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.
However, the word is the normal form that the Greek word ἑγρήγορος (Watcher) would take in French. This was the term used in the Book of Enoch for great angel-like spirits. From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egregore>
The word “egregore” derives from the Greek word, ἐγρήγοροι (egrḗgoroi), meaning “watchers” (also transliterated “grigori“). The word appears in the Septuagint translation of the Book of Lamentations, as well as the Book of Jubilees and the Book of Enoch.
Eliphas Lévi, in Le Grand Arcane (“The Great Mystery”, 1868) identifies “egregors” (sic) with the tradition concerning the fathers of the nephilim, describing them as “terrible beings” that “crush us without pity because they are unaware of our existence.” 
The concept of the egregore as a group thoughtform was developed in works of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Rosicrucians and has been referenced by writers such as Valentin Tomberg.
egregor at the Intermediate Greek – English Lexicon, founded upon the seventh edition of Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon, with reference to egeiro = to be awake, to watch.
As I turned to egeiro (Root EGER) (I am transliterating into English) I found the following definitions:
(1) to awaken, to wake up, to rouse.
(2) to rouse, to stir up (example: stir up the fight)
(3) to raise from the dead (N.T.)
(4) to raise or to erect (example: a building)
(1) to keep watch or vigil (Il)
(2) to be awake (Hom.)
(3) to rouse or stir oneself, be excited by passion (Hes., Thuc.)
Clearly this word had many interpretations. Obviously it was connected to watching and wakefulness. It was obvious that at least some of the references I quoted above knew of its meaning as well as its source (Levi, as will be shown below).
Since Liddell and Scott mentioned the New Testament, I then moved on to A Concordance to the Septuagint, ed. E. Hatch, first published 1897, Clarendon Press edition, “egregoros“.
The Concordance brings two citations of the word egregoros, together with the Hebrew equivalent =
(Hebrew letters, “ayin”, “yod”, “reish”). The word in Hebrew is pronounced IR or ER.
(1) Lamentations, 4:14: “They wandered blind through the streets, polluted with blood, so that none could touch their garments.”
The Septuagint translated “blind” into ‘watchers”; instead of
the Septuagint translators read
Lamentations 4:14, according to the Septuagint, should be read thus:
“Watchers moved through the streets, polluted with blood, so that none could touch their garments.” From <http://www.crcsite.org/egregor.htm>
The term egregore is derived from a Greek word meaning “to be aware of” or “to watch over”. An egregore is commonly understood to be magical entity purposefully created by a group or order as an encapsulation of the group’s collective aspirations and ideals. One such example is the entity GOTOS, created by the adepts of the Fraternitas Saturni. Stephen E. Flowers, in “Fire & Ice” (Llewellyn Publications, 1994) describes the function of GOTOS as:
“Through the experience of the GOTOS the Saturnian Brother or Sister is able to feel directly the qualities of personality that he or she is expected to develop as an initiate of the FS: compassionless love, willpower, resolution, severity (with him- or herself and others). These are developed in order to create the conditions for higher spiritual development through mastery of oneself and the environment. In other words, these are the characteristics of the Saturnian magician.” From <http://www.philhine.org.uk/writings/ess_egregore.html>
The result of a synergy of thought could be the most concise description of this state of mind.
The notion of “egregor” also appears in Daniil Andreyev‘s Roza Mira, where it represents the shining cloud-like spirit associated with the Church. It is a common belief in Russia that the word “egregor” originated from this spiritual book.
The Russian occult movement DEIR, led by Dmitry Verischchagin, also employs this concept.
The book “The Art of Memetics”  provides a detailed and multi-faceted explication of what an egregore is, including instructions for how to cultivate them.
Companies, political parties, religions, prayer groups, states, and clubs all can be said to have egregores. When a project “takes on a life of its own,” an egregore might be said to be present. Symbolic characters such as Santa Claus and Uncle Sam could be described as egregores. Stephen King‘s concept of Ka-tet in The Dark Tower series could be compared to an egregore, as well as Kurt Vonnegut‘s concept of a karass in Cat’s Cradle.
There was some debate early in the history of social psychology over whether groups could be construed as having an autonomous group mind. Today, psychologists recognize a number of more localized processes by which a group of people can make decisions that no individual would endorse on their own. In “Groupthink,” a group can stifle internal disagreement and rush people to a poor decision, without any individual group member attempting to do so. In the “risky shift” phenomenon, a group can agree on a course of action that is riskier (or, in some circumstances, more conservative) than any individual in the group wanted.
When these situations arise, trying to understand the group by understanding its members in isolation fails. The group can be understood by modeling the members’ interactions, but the human tendency to anthropomorphize may make it more intuitive to see the group itself as having preferences for a certain outcome, regardless of its members’ wishes. From <http://theisticsatanism.wikia.com/wiki/Egregore>
Always being on the lookout to increase my horizons, the readers will understand my surprise and pleasure when I chanced upon a new English word, camouflaging the Egregor to perfection with a cutting edge technology and a highly respectable godfather, no more no less than Richard Dawkings, the renowned scholar, who seems to have discovered or “rediscovered” this ancient entity. Observing it through his scientific binoculars, like a birdwatcher in Abstract Land, he stripped it of its metaphysical and magical connotations, endowing it with a biological moving to a sociological flowchart definition, as follows:
1. Meme –
Cultural idea, social practice, concept or action that becomes a norm and begins to repeat itself consciously in a society (term coined by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene 1976) (Babylon English English translator software)
2. Meme –
A thought that spreads through society taking a life of its own (rhymed with cream) – The Condensed Net Glossary (Babylon software)
3. Meme –
meem / n.[coined by analogy with ‘gene’, by Richard Dawkins] an idea considered as a replicator, especially with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do.
Used especially in the phrase ‘meme complex’ denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form a generalized belief system such as a religion.
This lexicon is an (epidemiological) vector of the ‘hacker subculture’ meme complex; each entry might be considered a meme …
Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans … cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has superseded biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons.
(Jargon File, Babylon Software)
Thus, the ancient Egregor, and the 19th-20th century Thought Form concept, and a semantic spinoff variation on the word “gene” , are all perched peacefully side by side seemingly unaware of each other.
The modern definitions treat the egregor as a miniscule biological program, i.e. something that is in a sense alive. It should be noted that each of the definitions above uses the word “Idea”, “Concept” “Thought”. The meme is capable of spreading, of self-replicating, of propagating, and of “parasitizing” people, in other words, my words, of possessing people.
The meme concept is adopted by hackers, who act in the underworld of the virtual world, a world of tremendous knowledge, ever growing and evolving, like Etz Hadaat – the mythical Tree of Knowledge in the Bible. From <http://www.crcsite.org/egregor.htm>
God, Gods, Goddesses, demons, devils are Egregores?
“EGREGORE: An energized astral form produced consciously or unconsciously by human agency. In particular, (a) a strongly characterized form, usually an archetypal image, produced by the imaginative and emotional energies of a religious or magical group collectively, or (b) an astral shape of any kind, deliberately formulated by a magician to carry a specific force. The Aurum Solis
This also applies to symbols, structures (esp. churches, megalithic structure – governmental building and city/town layouts). Have you ever wandered into a very large, old, structure only to be bowled over by the impact of the place? Have you ever stood on top of a mountain, or under a huge old tree and felt you were meeting an intelligence?
“Any symbolic pattern that has served as a focus for human emotion and energy will build up an egergor of its own over time, and the more energy that is put into such a pattern, the more potent the egregor that will form around it. The gods and goddesses of every religion, past and present, are at the centers of vast egregors charged with specific kinds of power. This power is defined by, and contacted through, the traditional symbolism of the deity in question.” John Michael Greer, from: Inside a Magical Lodge
“The egregor is always an invisible and spiritual being, which is coupled with a physical entity. When several people on the earth unite around a common idea, they give birth to an egregora… this being is then going to become independent and have its own life which will be capable of influencing human beings and history. This is a terrifying secret which was carefully hidden inside the ancient mysteries. They called it: “The art of creating Gods”. Then there was the war of the Gods…Man became a pawn in the hands of the egregors. He became the slave of the beings which he himself had created; and now he is obliged to feed them with his blood and his life.” Olivier Manitara, from: “The Egregor of the Doveand the Triumph of Free Peace”
“What is an egregore? It is the psychic and astral entity of a group. All members of a group, a family, a club, a political party, a religion or even a country, are psychically included in the egregore of the organization to which they belong. Of course, each of us belongs to several egregores at once. Therefore, each individual who is involved in a group receives the influences of the egregores, that is the astral counterpart of the group, in his psyche. This process is unconscious. The resulting drawbacks are, first, some perturbing psychic influences in the majority of cases, and second, a restriction of inner freedom. It is impossible to free oneself from certain egregores, for example the egregores of the country you live in. However, we should free ourselves from all egregores which are not essential. An egregore actually grows by drawing support from the members which constitute it who, in turn, through their repeated actions vivify it, somehow helping it to maintain its power.” The Philosophers of Nature, Inc. from “Fundamentals of Esoteric Knowledge: Lesson” 1
“ARTIFICIAL GROUP ELEMENTAL – a large energy field hovering over the heads of individuals in a gathering which has a strong influence on each individual; 1. Energy field is composed of thought energy coming from individuals; field is formed and sustained because of the unity of thoughts and emotions; all minds are focused on one subject, one goal, one concept, or one attitude brought about telepathically by the tone and pitch of the words of the leader or music; elemental becomes recharged as the meeting progresses if the group keeps this unity of emotion and thought; 2. Elemental has an independent existence outside the consciousness of the thinkers and is capable of influencing each person individually to react emotionally in a manner one could not or would not be capable of individually away from the group; 3. Elemental disperses as rapidly as it is formed when the group is dismissed as the crowd no longer has continuity of existence; 4. e.g., individuals at a concert frequently weep because the oneness, joy and awe become overwhelming; young adults at a rock festival scream and tear off clothing because the music is choreographed to tune into these levels of the brain and the mass-ness of feelings thrust them into this: soldiers attend military drills frequently in the sameness of uniform; this, along with the saluting and music reinforces their patriotism; destructive-brainwashing cult members meet daily or bi-daily to engage in repetitious verbiage and phrase shouting to keep the cult-programming” at an emotional peak. [cf. ELEMENTAL, MASS HYPNOSIS, DESTRUCTIVE-BRAINWASHING CULTS].” The Donning International Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary by June G. Beltzer, Ph.D.
Re: God, Gods, Goddesses, demons, devils are Egregores?
According to Eliphas Levi egregores refer to “the powers of nature and the cosmos.” He writes: “These colossal forces have sometimes taken a shape and have appeared in the guise of giants: these are the egregors of the Book of Enoch.” L.S. Bernstein, from “Egregor”
“The egregors that are created unconsciously, and in fits of passion, live only to destroy, giving birth to instincts of power and domination inside their members. They are the true cause of war and of the conflicts pitting everyone against everyone else.” Olivier Manitara, from: “The Egregor of the Dove and the Triumph of Free Peace”
“That deep level of racial and archetypal egregores…is termed the Collective Unconscious…” Denning and O. Phillips, from: “The Magical Philosophy”
“These entities of a non-material nature emerge from the psychic essence of great collectives (tribes, states, parties, communities).” Mikhail Epstein, from “Daniil Andreev and the Russian Mysticism of Femininity”
“Levi later claims, discussing the planets; “…governed by those genii which were termed the celestial watchers, or egregors, by the ancients.” L.S. Bernstein, from “Egregor”
“Originally, it was human beings who, in union with certain spiritual powers, generated the egregors of science, of medicine, and of Canada or any other country. But, then, they lost control of them; and these egregors directed them in such a way as to make them become unconscious and passive. As soon as an egregor causes blood to flow in any manner whatsoever it soils its inner light with an instinctive power and becomes a negative force of domination.” Olivier Manitara, from “The Egregor of the Dove and the Triumph of Free Peace”
“The Kabbalah names 72…national angelic regents, which the Hebrews call Elohim; the metaphysical technical term Egregors is also used for them. Derived from the Greek word egreoros, it means “watcher” or “guardian.” The office of a Watcher is to protect from outside pressures a region or ethnic group assigned to its care. The region is always measured off from another posing a threat of some sort to it. A given group of persons (the group of those being protected) is “tied” to a certain area of jurisdiction….Here, too, we meet the “riddle of the founding of cities and states….” What is more, both the ancient Romans, and quite recently the Chinese, have recognized the existence of guardian spirits set over cities. Indeed, one author reports as follows on the occult was wages on enemy cities by ancient Rome: “The Romans, when besieging a city, made a habit of carefully enquiring the name of the city and of its guardian spirit. When they knew these, they would summon the guardian spirit of the city and its inhabitants, and conquer it.” Willy Schrodter, from: Commentaries on The Occult Philosophy of Agrippa
“An apostolic succession of power,” suggests John Michael Greer in Inside a Magical Lodge, is “a basic function of the egregor.”
“In the Invisible, beyond the physical perception of man, exist artificial beings-generated by devotion, enthusiasm and fanaticism – that one names egregores. These are the souls of great spiritual currents, good and evil. The Mystical Church, Heavenly Jerusalem, the Body of Christ and all these synonymous names are the epithets that one commonly gives to the egregore of Catholicism. Freemasonry, Protestantism, Islam, Buddhism are egregores. Great political ideologies are other egregores.” Robert Ambelain, from La Kabbale pratique, Paris, 1951, p. 175, as quoted in Meditations on the Tarot
“Worship me!” cries the Egregora. “I am the son of God; you are nothing but a worthless and sinful creature, damned from birth and destined to hell were it not for my sacrifice; and without me you will never reach heaven!” Marcelo Ramos Motta, from “Letter to a Brazilian Mason Unexpurgated”
“Because if one classifies the Mystical Church, the Body of Christ, Freemasonry and Buddhism as egregores, i.e. as “artificial beings generated by devotion, enthusiasm and fanaticism,” why not consider God also as an egregore?” from Meditations on the Tarot
“Satan is not an actual discarnate, sentient being, but is more than just a symbol. Satan is, at the very least, today’s most powerful magic(k)al egregore.” Diane Vera, from “Intro to Satanism” “After sixteen hundred years of vitalization by multitudes of worshippers, and the absorption of the empty shells of priests, nuns, friars and fanatics who allowed themselves to be vampirized by it, the Egregora does exist in the so-called “astral plane”; and it is a demon that is to say, an illusory entity, It is not a true Microcosm, but a gestalt of vitalized shells, a focus for everything that is negative, defeatist, maudlin, bigoted, introverted in human nature – a morass completely hostile to progress and to the spiritual evolution of mankind.” Marcelo Ramos Motta, from “Letter to a Brazilian Mason Unexpurgated“
“Both in individuals and in groups, both on Earth and in other realms “structures of sin” are examples…of… ‘egregores’. Although some of their effects are physically manifest, any reality they have is spiritual. For example, as G-d’s creation the ever-growing Church is the spotless Bride of Christ, but the institutional Church’s historically developing shadow (using that term in Jung’s sense) is an egregore and, to the extent that it obstructs the growth of Christ’s Bride, a sinful one at that – a structure of sin.” Colin James Hamer
Could this also be the room that Leo Zagami mentioned that only the pope can enter, and might it be what transforms the normal man into one carrying a great burden once he becomes pope?
“Most frighteningly for [Pope] John Paul [II], he had come up against the irremovable presence of a malign strength in his own Vatican and in certain bishops’ chanceries. It was what knowledgeable Churchmen called the ‘superforce.’ Rumors, always difficult to verify, tied its installation to the beginning of Pope Paul VI’s reign in 1963. Indeed Paul had alluded somberly to ‘the smoke of Satan which has entered the Sanctuary’. . . an oblique reference to an enthronement ceremony by Satanists in the Vatican. Besides, the incidence of Satanic pedophilia — rites and practices — was already documented among certain bishops and priests as widely dispersed as Turin, in Italy, and South Carolina, in the United States. The cultic acts of Satanic pedophilia are considered by professionals to be the culmination of the Fallen Archangel’s rites.” Malachi Martin, from: The Keys of This Blood
A metabeing specializes or tailors the generic constructs and data structures of general and specific intelligences to its environment. That is, it defines a shared worldview; it names emotions and responses; it provides models by which its individual participants can understand themselves and their world. In so doing, the metabeing performs a function too large and complex to be done by an individual in a single incarnation. However, the worldview provided by the metabeing can over constrain the evolving individual.” Deb Bodeau, from “Metabeings and Individuals: Aids and Obstacles to Growth”
Satire and cultural appropriation are indicators that a meme has grown beyond the scale of its original intent. As it passes through more and more heads its identity expands further into the global mind. As the egregore yields more of its identity to the mass culture, it grows beyond the control of its servants. They must simply respond and adapt to the consumer climate. There is a subtle feedback loop here. The egregore influences culture, which in turn sets greater demands on the egregore and its product.
Brand association with genres, lifestyles, and cultural identity bring meaning and depth to the inherent soullessness of the corporate egregore. It’s power grows as it occupies more bandwidth in memespace, and as it clothes itself in emotional aggregates, feeding on dreams & desire. As pop culture evolves, so too will the masks of the egregore, enlisting celebrities and popular trends to peddle its product. Even after the inevitable demise of its material foundation, the egregore lives on as a relic of antiquity – a memory of pop culture. From <http://www.johnkaminski.info/pages/articles/print/the_egregore.htm>
“Once .. the Archetypal Ideal [has been] injected into the group mind of the race by being realized and lived by a consciousness forming part of that group-mind, it is caught up by the race and forms part of its subconsciousness, gradually permeating it, destroying ideas that are antagonistic to it and coalescing with ideas which are sympathetic; thereby changing the whole tone of the group-mind of the race. We say race advisedly, for the whole scheme is racial, being worked out by group-minds, and the racial factor cannot be ignored in any matter of occult work or initiation.” Dion Fortune, from Esoteric Orders and Their Work
Tulpa (Tibetan: སྤྲུལ་པ, Wylie: sprul-pa; Sanskrit: निर्मित nirmita and निर्माण nirmāṇa; “to build” or “to construct”) also translated as “magical emanation”, “conjured thing”  and “phantom”  is a concept in mysticism of a being or object which is created through sheer spiritual or mental discipline alone. It is defined in Indian Buddhist texts as any unreal, illusory or mind created apparition.
According to Alexandra David-Néel, tulpas are “magic formations generated by a powerful concentration of thought.” It is a materialized thought that has taken physical form and is usually regarded as synonymous to a thoughtform.
The term is used in the works of Alexandra David-Néel, a Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist and Buddhist, who observed these practices in 20th century Tibet. Alexandra wrote that “an accomplished Bodhisattva is capable of effecting ten kinds of magic creations. The power of producing magic formations, tulkus or less lasting and materialized tulpas, does not, however, belong exclusively to such mystic exalted beings. Any human, divine or demoniac being may be possessed of it. The only difference comes from the degree of power, and this depends on the strength of the concentration and the quality of the mind itself.”
Alexandra also wrote of the tulpa’s ability to develop a mind of its own: “Once the tulpa is endowed with enough vitality to be capable of playing the part of a real being, it tends to free itself from its maker’s control. This, say Tibetan occultists, happens nearly mechanically, just as the child, when his body is completed and able to live apart, leaves its mother’s womb.” Alexandra claimed to have created a tulpa in the image of a jolly Friar Tuck-like monk which later developed a life of its own and had to be destroyed. Alexandra raised the possibility that her experience was illusory: “I may have created my own hallucination.” From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulpa>
This myth, this legend, this illusory concept seems to have some basis in fact because it is traceable academically in almost every story of mankind all through history and is considered the greatest and most dangerous knowledge that mankind can have. It reminds me of a movie, a cautionary tale that came out in 1956 called:
Forbidden Planet – Ostrow explains to Adams that the Great Machine was built to materialize anything the Krell could imagine, projecting matter anywhere on the planet. With his dying breath, he also says the Krell forgot one thing: “Monsters from the Id“. Adams asserts that Morbius’ subconscious mind, enhanced by the “plastic educator”, can utilize the Great Machine, recreating the Id monster that killed the original expedition and attacked the starship’s crew. Morbius refuses to accept this conclusion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_Planet
I saw it when I was seven or eight, and the idea of an uncontrolled mind haunted me forever. I remember feeling so glad that I didn’t have a mind that powerful. And yet, here we are today wrestling with the concepts of consensus reality and mass consciousness and co-creative ability that is being used against us, in spite of us, to create a vision that none of us really want, in order to amuse a few hundred darkly directed service-to-self people. And the only reason they have come this far is because this knowledge has been hidden from the masses and kept secret by the priestly casts down through the centuries. (imo – since before Atlantis – as in this is really OLD)
There are also wonderful writers who have the ability to knock around inside concepts like the egregor and the tesseract (a 5D space artifact) that are able to enunciate what it would take to encounter such constructs. Bear in mind this was written in 1963. One of my all time favorite books:
A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel by American writer Madeleine L’Engle, first published in 1963. The story revolves around a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract. The book won a Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.[a]
Thirteen-year-old Meg Murry‘s classmates and teachers see her as a troublesome and stubborn student. Her family knows that she is emotionally immature but also sees her capable of doing great things. The family includes her beautiful scientist mother, her absent scientist father, her athletic 10-year-old twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys; and her five-year-old brother Charles Wallace Murry, a child prodigy genius who can sometimes read Meg’s mindThe book begins with the line “It was a dark and stormy night,” an allusion to the opening words in Edward George Bulwer-Lytton‘s 1830 novel Paul Clifford. Unable to sleep during a thunderstorm, Meg descends from her attic room to find Charles Wallace sitting at the table drinking milk and eating bread and jam. They are then joined by their mother, and are visited by their new eccentric neighbor, Mrs Whatsit. In the course of conversation, Mrs Whatsit casually mentions there is such a thing as a tesseract, which causes Mrs. Murry to almost faint.
The next morning, Meg discovers the term refers to a scientific concept her father was working on before his mysterious disappearance. The following afternoon, Meg and Charles Wallace encounter Meg’s schoolmate, Calvin O’Keefe, a high-school junior who, although he is a “big man on campus”, considers himself a misfit as well. They then go to visit an old haunted house near town which Charles Wallace already knows is the home of Mrs Whatsit. There they encounter a companion of Mrs Whatsit, the equally strange Mrs Who. She promises that she and her friends will help Meg find and rescue her father. A budding love interest develops between Meg and Calvin. In the evening, Charles Wallace declares it is time for them to go on their mission to save their father. This is accompanied by the appearance of the third member of the “Mrs W’s”, Mrs Which, who appears to materialize out of nothing.
Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which turn out to be supernatural beings who transport Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe through the universe by means of tesseract, a fifth-dimensional phenomenon explained as being similar to folding the fabric of space and time. Their first stop is the planet Uriel, a Utopian world filled with Centaur-like beings who live in a state of light and love. Mrs Whatsit herself shows that she, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which are all these centaur-like creatures in disguise as humans. There the “Mrs W’s” reveal to the children that the universe is under attack from an evil being who appears as a large dark cloud called The Black Thing, which is essentially the personification of evil. The children are then taken elsewhere to visit a woman who is a medium (the “Happy Medium”) with a crystal ball. In it, they see that Earth is partially covered by the darkness, although great religious figures, philosophers, and artists have been fighting against it. Mrs Whatsit is revealed to be a former star who exploded in an act of self-sacrifice to fight the darkness.
The children then travel to the dark planet of Camazotz, which is entirely dominated by the Black Thing. Meg’s father is trapped there. They find that all the inhabitants behave in a mechanistic way and seem to be under the control of a single mind. At the planet’s central headquarters (described as CENTRAL Central Intelligence), they discover a red-eyed man with telepathic abilities who can cast a hypnotic spell over their minds. He claims to know the whereabouts of their father. Charles Wallace deliberately looks into the red eyes of the man, allowing himself to be taken over by the mind controlling planet in order to find their father. Under its influence, he takes Meg and Calvin to the place where Dr. Murry is being held prisoner because he would not succumb to the group mind. The planet turns out to be controlled by an evil disembodied brain with powerful telepathic abilities, which the inhabitants of Camazotz call “IT.” Charles Wallace takes them to the place where IT is held. In such close proximity to IT, the children are threatened by a possible telepathic takeover of their minds. With special powers from Mrs Who’s glasses, Dr. Murry is able to “tesser” Calvin, Meg and himself away from Camazotz, but Charles Wallace is left behind, still under the influence of IT. Mr. Murry does not know how to protect Meg from the Black Thing which surrounds the planet as they tesser through it, which nearly kills her. When they arrive on the neighboring planet of Ixchel, Meg is nearly frozen, and paralyzed. Calvin and the Murrys are discovered by the planet’s inhabitants, large, sightless “beasts” with tentacles and four arms, who prove both wise and gentle. Meg’s paralysis is cured under the care of one inhabitant, whom Meg nicknames “Aunt Beast.” Meg overcomes her anger at her father for leaving Charles Wallace on Camazotz, realizing that parents can’t fix everything, and sometimes children can solve problems themselves.
Then the trio of Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which arrive. They charge Meg with rescuing Charles Wallace from IT, because only Meg has a strong enough bond with him. Their father had last seen Charles Wallace when he was a baby and Calvin had only just met him. They each give her a gift. Mrs Whatsit gives Meg her love. Mrs Who quotes to Meg a passage from the Bible about God choosing the foolish of the world to confound the wise, and the weak to confound the strong. Mrs Which tells Meg that she has one thing that IT does not have. Upon arriving at the building where IT is housed, Charles Wallace is still there under IT’s influence. Meg realizes that the one thing she has that IT does not is love. She focuses all her love at Charles Wallace and is able to free him from IT’s control. Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit tesser the Murrys and Calvin back to Earth. In the vegetable garden they are reunited with Mrs. Murry and the twins. Mrs. Whatsit says that, although she and the others like the spectacle of the family reuniting, they have to go somewhere. Before Mrs. Whatsit finishes her sentence she and the others disappear.
The information hidden in this book is enormous.
We need to teach our selves to notice this aspect of out existence, to pick and choose wisely what we give our energy and attention to, because the question is,
Are we finally mature enough to take that power back?
Because if we are not, there is always somebody waiting to usurp it and use it for themselves in their own manner, and you just might not appreciate their vision for your life……