“Guru Jagat,” one of the people recently linked to Pastel QAnon and Kerry Cassidy, died this past week.
Before her death, I had started work on a new page about the connections between Kerry, QAnon, and figures such as Jagat. In particular, I was curious about why someone named Guru Jagat (Katie Griggs) was being interviewed by Kerry Cassidy. She does not normally engage in new age thinking. This quote might provide an answer as to why Cassidy found common ground d with a guru:
Several sources discuss Griggs, Kerry, the rise of “Pastel QAnon” and “conspirituality.” In particular, an article from Vice drew my attention when it stated that she hosted talks with “the holocaust and AIDS denier David Icke, and the Trump loving, QAnon promoter Kerry Cassidy.” It has been said that you shall be known by the company you keep and this was remarkable company for any guru to keep.
Although Griggs was concerned that wellness has been hijacked by those who have “woken,” a far more real concern is how the new age has been appropriated by factions of the extreme right. The people she presented are hardly woke. She said that in her role as a presenter, people could decide what they believed about any guest. That, however, ignored her role in the group and the message that became an accepted part of her culture.
As guru, what she chose to present was important. Her own rhetoric started with hints about reptilians and alien race wars and over time conspiracy became much more central to her brand. It would be surprising if she had not been influenced by Cassidy’s interviews with Captain Mark Richards.
She was also controversial for defending Yogi Bhajan after credible sexual abuse allegations arose. In January, Griggs acknowledged that she had never met Bhajan. The link between a tradition and her assumed spiritual name appeared to be tenuous at best. The closer one got to the group the more cultish it appeared and the more her cultural appropriation became apparent. As I commented on Twitter, be especially careful of anyone who gives themselves the name or title of Guru.
Unfortunately the alliance between Q and the new age is larger than either of the two that are discussed here. “Pastel QAnon” describes people who took their interest in alternative healing, yoga, and similar matters — combining it with anti-vaxx beliefs — and morphed into Q-Anon. Indeed, the belief that everything is connected, nothing happens without a reason and nothing is as it appears, is ingrained into much of the new age. It also can be an opening to conspiracy culture.
So much of this content is being disseminated by super popular accounts with absolutely mainstream aesthetics…. If you’re able to make this covetable, beautiful aesthetic and then attach these conspiracy theories to it, that normalizes the conspiracy theories in a very specific way that Instagram is particularly good for.
If you can trust people on Yoga practices, matters of design, aesthetic choices and the like, why not follow them into the world of Q?
Pastel QAnon finds alliances with the dreams of Kerry Cassidy and UFO beliefs — both of which find meaning through hidden information and have the ability to dismiss other reporting as false flags. That it may be tempered with the language of the new age does not make it any less of a challenge to democracy.
Ultimately, a pastel Q is still Q.