The Sphere of Mars, Von S
Yesterday afternoon I practiced the Sinister Chant of the Sphere of Mars. In combination with the importance and perfection of posture, which I have learned from my Zen Meditation Practice, I intend to perfect my singing as I have no such formal education or choir practice whatsoever. Of course like any endeavour, this will take time and devotion but the Sinister Chants will help me to focus on the Essence of the 7FW and the sinister aspects of Acéphalic Mysticism. The fact that this form of chanting is based on a grand secular tradition of the Gregorian chants as these chants have always appealed to me and its orthodox and mystic nature reveals its Numinous strength. Trough its Traditionalism I feel connected to the rich cultural and religious history of Europe. Georges Bataille was also fascinated by the Christian mystics and the orthodox practices. As it is our aim to become “ferociously religious” these Sinister Chants will guide me to the Acausal. But just like Zen Meditation this will demand time and devotion.
As it was Tuesday I chose the chant appropriate to the Sphere of Mars, namely Agios O Alastoros. The Romans called their Tuesday Martis dies as this was named after their war god Mars. Our Germanic forefathers took over the Roman system and they used Tyr as a basis.
The Sinister Chant itself:
While focussing on my Mandala of the Sphere of Mars I felt that the Sinister Chant added more solemnity, more profoundness, a Numinous quality, to my meditation. Of course, my will-to-focus must improve and it shall as I improve my singing. As one turns one’s attention to the perfection of posture, practice, singing and so on, the mind is no longer focussed on and occupied with senseless and everyday occupations. As a whole one is able to transgress the ‘causal’ obligations, one can open oneself to the grander scheme of things. This is all part of the Alchemical Opus.
Now, I asked myself what Alastoros referred to. The Sphere of Mars is dedicated to workings of Destruction and Sacrifice, so Alastoros should refer to this. When one is singing the words in itself no longer matter because in order to enter the Sacred one must lose one’s ratio, one’s head. After the singing of course the question remains.
Alastoros or Alastor refers to the Greek mythology because it is part of one of the many names of Zeus: Zeus Alastoros. With this name the Greeks referred to one aspect of their supreme god, namely Zeus as a god who takes revenge when a crime is wrongfully committed. The name refers to his protective punitive power as he takes revenge when someone has been wronged. Thus Zeus protects the victims who were wrongfully hurt or attacked. This is a pagan virtue which demonstrates honourful conduct as one is supposed to protect those who are family or those who are part of the community or one’s tribe. There is nothing ‘rational’ or ‘calculated’ behind it as you take this oath as part of a community. This conduct is a form of self-sacrifice as you put your own safety at risk.
Zeus and the Eagle as his symbol
The words ‘Alastoros’ or ‘Alastor’ themselves refer to the outraged spirit/daemon who sends disfortune upon the offenders, or they refer to the person afflicted. Later on Alastoros was used independently from Zeus, and it generally meant an angry vengeful power.
The fact that Alastoros is one of the several names of Zeus demonstrates the complexity of the pagan gods. They are not ‘pure’ or ‘perfect’ the way Magian believers regard their God, but the pagan gods, even the supreme ones like Zeus and Odin, are able to commit mistakes, are able to be violent when this is necessary. The fact that after a while Alastoros referred to ‘an angry vengeful spirit’ is actually an impoverishment as it shows the Magian influence by adding ‘morality’. Suddenly, what once was the Sacred as a whole, now becomes categorized into ‘moral good’ and ‘moral evil’. To take revenge, even when this is meant to undo a crime committed, becomes a forbidden act of violence as violence means ‘evil’.
As we have seen in history the monotheistic faiths took over the pagan Weltanschauung (gods, festivals, rituals), incorporated it their orthodoxy and thus turned it into something acceptable. The complexity of the pagan pantheon was reduced to one almighty god, some celestial beings, and the inhabitants of hell, namely Satan and the various legions of demons. Bataille has always maintained that Satanism and Black Magic were Ways to uphold the ancient Ways. If I look at Alastor for example, I can find Alastor in my dictionary of demonology.
Alastor is a demon executioner from the infernal Court, and he is often confused with the demon Azazel. Alastor is invoked in order to execute certain punishments, most often lethal. He is thus a destructive demon. He should be invoked on a Tuesday of or a Saturday. It is stated clearly that Alastor is nothing but an executioner and the invocation should be done as part of a sentence or judgement. This takes us back to the name of Zeus Alastoros, namely to take revenge. However in the case of the demon it is not stipulated that you aim to undo a wrongdoing. It can simply be a personal matter between you and the victim, whoever is ‘right’. You are your own judge and Alastor is your executioner.
The Way of the Numinous
From a Numinous point of view it is entirely up to you, your own responsibility, to act honorably and use this invocation, chant with humility. What do you wish to justify? Why do you need to take revenge? Do you want to become that stereotypical egotistic ‘Black Magician’ that cannot handle a setback, a loss, Life as a whole? Instead of learning from adversity, Pathei Mathos, is it really necessary to seek revenge? Or are you able to learn and move on? This is not a question of morality but purely naturalistic reasoning: become stronger by defeat, become the power that is staring you in the face when you look in the Abyss.
I intend to employ this chant as part of my alchemical growth in order to destroy what hinders me in my further development. To seek revenge shows far too much involvement with the causal. Do not become a tyran, as Myatt teaches us. Why should I invest in my pride, in my empty shell of an Ego? Do not let hatred, a pure drive for violence take over. Of course, become a militant, take upon discipline but not from an ‘evil magician’s point of view’. I intend to use these chants to get to know my inner demons, to descend into my personal Prima Materia, invoke the Alastor in me so I can control it and convert its Sinister and destructive energies into something Beautiful and Honorable.
Something that transcends my petty Ego and that is exactly where Empathy starts and from where it can blossom. In the Japanense Weltanschauung the blossom of Cherry Tree is Sacred. It is about the perfection of Form and it is only temporarily. Our existence is finite as well. Our being is a being-towards-Death (Heidegger) and let us therefore invest in this singular moment of blossom: beyond the head (acéphalic) and beyond the Ego.
Agios O Alastoros!
Von S, 128 yf