On February 4th 1962, a solar eclipse obscured Mexico City between 2 and 3pm, likely Central Standard Time. The age of Aquarius was upon us, announced a man named Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez. The Piscean age of close-mindedness was over, and time be damned if he was 90 or 600 years off, as many Astrologists claimed. He declared he was the official messenger of the era, “giving the content of a cosmic letter,” and that Dionysian waves, emanating from the Greek god of wine, madness and religious mysticism, had traveled to Earth and set off a time of revolution and explosiveness.
Rodríguez was born in Colombia in 1917 to Catholic parents who sent him to a Roman Catholic Jesuit school. Sometime between that and arriving to Mexico City in the late 50s, he had gone religiously rogue and gained a substantial following in Latin America, founding what he called the Universal Christian Gnostic Movement. He published books on aliens, consciousness, and Tantric yoga under his new spiritual name, Samael Aun Weor. He claimed that the Koran, Bible and Bhagavad Gita had been misinterpreted and the masses misled. He posited that Jesus Christ, Buddha, Krishna and other divine figures of world religions were similarly carriers of cosmic messages that would bring people closer to discovering his all-encompassing, benevolent God.
Several years after his death in 1977, a group of men who grew up in Manizales, a city in Colombia’s primary coffee-growing region, caught wind of his teachings and blended them with Vedic Hindu philosophy and indigenous plant worship. They spent time with native groups in the Colombian Amazon, adopted spirit names and founded a new following called Gnostic Shamanism and a movement called the Revolutionary Gnosticism of the Consciousness of Krishna. They established self-sufficient, spiritual farm communities in Colombia as well as Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and England with new followers searching for that same God.