By Earl Wajenberg
Ethereals are created by human belief, but what are the Ethereals'
Well, a great many of them don't want to believe in the standard
monotheistic metaphysic that is the IN default setting. As we know,
many of them want to think of God as just a mega-ethereal. But, if God
isn't the Absolute He claims to be, who or what is? What gods do
None, in many cases. But ethereals are nothing if not varied, and some
of the more philosophical ones have tried to conceive of alternate
One main feature these have in common is that, like God, they are
Uncreated. Clearly, something produced by something else isn't ultimate
yet, and God's claim to be Uncreated rankles with many of these
Because they are philosophically inclined, and because they are
creatures of the mind, and because it is hard to make up a concrete
alternative to God that doesn't look a lot like God, the ethereal
philosophers have produced ideas of Uncreated Beings that are mostly
very abstract. Here are some of them:
The Pantomorph is defined briefly as All Forms or, more mathematically,
as "the set of all sets." It is very like a pantheistic conception of
God, but it includes all possibilities as well as all realites.
In worship, the image associated with it is the infinite, starry sky.
The personality associated with it is a tranquil font of highly mystical
wisdom, heard from directly only by those pursuing deep meditative
states or, for the very lucky who are presumed to carry karmas of great
importance, in moments of crisis.
Astrological correspondence: the Prime Mobile
Alchemical correspondence: ether
Kabbalistic correspondence: Keter
The converse of Everything is Nothing. Grim and negatively-toned
ethereals sometimes go so far as to personify and deify this idea. The
reasoning goes that, if there is anything that could be prior to God, it
is Nothingness. It is the edge that defines the shape of everything,
and therefore it is inescapable, omnipresent, and, in its peculiar way,
In worship, the image associated with it is, of course, total blackness,
often in a vast pit. The personality associated with it is grim,
severe, silent, doling out lessons of harsh wisdom to those who are
willing to see them in the events around them.
Astrological correspondence: Saturn
Alchemical correspondence: lead
Kabbalistic correspondence: Binah
Some ethereals are deeply concerned about their "reality." Celestials
and mortals both often dismiss them as "unreal." For them, there is the
cult of Actuality, the quality that distinguishes possibility from
In worship, the image associated with it is earth, or the Earth. The
personality associated with it is motherly, generous, exuberant. It, or
she, does not give lessons or enlightenment, but she gives strength and
Astrological correspondence: Earth
Alchemical correspondence: salt
Kabbalistic correspondence: Malkuth
If God is not the true First Cause, what is? Some Ethereals answer by
deifying Causality itself. This is the principle that makes everything
happen. Its worshippers are concerned with process, becoming, progress,
In worship, the images associated with it are all very active figures --
a dancer, a warrior, a blacksmith. It, or he, is thought to favor those
who seek change, any change, good or bad.
Astrological correspondence: Mars
Alchemical correspondence: iron
Kabbalistic correspondence: Gevurah
Of course, most celestials and many ethereals dismiss these god-concepts
as vain fancies of, well, vain fancies. But the idea-worshippers have
counter-arguments, and some other beings find them worrisome. Every
idea is a thread, somewhere on the ethereal plane, the ideolators remind
others. Such abstract ideas are the master concepts, their threads
running through all reality. All of it. Plenty of opportunity to pick
up the necessary Forces to develop a personification.
And, of course, there are rumors of encounters with these
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