The Labyrinthic Tree of Wyrd

The Tree of Wyrd of the Sinister Tradition is labyrinthic as it is a map for the Hermetic thinker leading straight into the Heart of Darkness. This is the Sacred empty space after the Death of God where the Black Svn burns mercilessly.

“Solve et Coagula” is the never ending operation performed by the Hermetic thinker. He ventures deep into theLabyrinth  seeking the purification through his confrontation with the Minotaur. Purification by traveling The Sinister Spheres. The Numinous awaits.


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SIR: the pathway to the Sphere of Mars

All your vanity, your false pride, your ridiculous idea “to become a god” has been exposed to the awful burning Greatness of Sol. Always remember that you are a finite being confronted with the everburning Fire and grandeur of Sol. Your alchemical vessel has started the process of Putrefactio in order to be reborn anew. Through internal reflection the Sphere of Mars announces itself. Behold the Sphere of War:

Gate-of-Mars  The Sphere of Mars (Von Sanngetall, 2003)

Meditate on the text of Christos Beest:

“…I put before you, the red sigil, of Mars. Touch it.
You are now entering the fifth dark sphere.
You are still in the tower,
but see, how a long despairing shadow, now falls over you,
cast from above by a black, angel.
What horror is this?
What vileness crawls forth to kill slowly in unnatural fashions?
Look! The sky, is blackened with smoke! …
Have you enjoyed the scene so far?
Consider again your kingdoms…
THEY‟RE BEING EATEN BY FLAMES!
Enormous blue larvae leap into the carnage,
and become bloated on the torrents of blood
and the anguished disembowelment of your minions!
The flesh is flayed…
and the hideous dead arise to strangle the living.
Eaten, necks and heads split,
broken on strange scaffolding to spew out vile jelly!
The shrieks of the dying, fill your ears until they bleed,
blood, also pours, from your mouth, that hangs open, in horror!
This, is the sphere of sacrifice, death, and destruction.
Your hair! Is falling out! LOOK DOWN!!
Entities, are now dismantling the tower. And they look hungry.
But someone… is missing.
There, by a sacrificial stone, your lover, is being hung,
drawn and quartered, by black rot skeletons
and other such animated carcasses!
Sanity! Leaves! In the gouge! Of an eye!
Repulsive entities, have torn you to the ground,
but they are saving you til last,
when you will be given special, and lengthy treatment.
For now, they wish you to watch the destruction, of all that you are…
delighting in your contorting face, that bleeds, and weeps,
and becomes as a mask, of death.
I, will, have to leave you here,
or not even I can bear such terrible sights…
I may be back in time to save you but,
don‟t count on it…
Solace, for the wretched? Nay! There is only damnation!”
(Christos Beest, SIR 1998)

Mars is the embodiment of virility and masculine aggression for Mars fuels the spiritual force, the Will-to-Power, that permeates the cosmos. From an alchemical point of view you should look for the Martian qualities that drive the self/body, the soul, the Geist. One must always search for this tripartite meaning for they all are inter-connected. You simply cannot experience your self/body in a vacuum, for it is inhabited and made alive by your Soul, and your Soul is an emanation of the Geist.

  1. The Self/body: as I stated before, travelling through this Sphere concerns the Sublimierung/Sublimation of your passions and drives (as a homo natura) in order to create a new type of man: someone who, after his Pathei-Matos is ready to travel the Numinous Path. You can call this the Path of the Inner Warrior, the one who has defeated obstacle after obstacle and is still prepared to fall. You might think that Mars is all about sheer, macho violence. No, become humble and Silent and feel connected to your forefathers, your Heimat. Sacrifice that egotistical Self. Train your body according to your abilities. A healhty body and a healthy life style will focuss your attention and make you stronger. This is the most destructive violence one can apply to one’s Self.
  2. The Soul: focus on Völkisch values such as solitude, empathy, humility. Cleanse your Soul from the degrading influence of modern life. Resist all temptation and be ready to repent if necessary. Recognize your atavistic Soul, the savage within. Man is capable of savagery and bestiality and embrace these antagonistic values and cherrish them. Train them through meditation and ritual. The Acéphale is always present. The Dionysian Fire must burn in your Soul.
  3. The Spirit / the Geist: the Geist is that which embraces you and which one can sense underneath everyday worries, day-to-day politics. The Geist is deeply rooted within the Sacred and this is immune to all so-called evolutions.  The Martian qualities of the Geist emphasize its tremendous power, its eternal morality beyond Good and Evil. As a mediator composed out of Air and Water, it is known  as Mercury, namely the messenger of the gods. The Geist connects the Causal and the Acausal, and here were are talking about its fiery, martial character. It is eternal yet Faustian, and as such its drive should fuel you. As you look at the illustration of the Sphere of Mars imagine yourself standing in that particular extraterrestial landscape. Enjoy its destabilizing power.   

The workings of Destruction and Sacrifice are situated on three levels indicating the fact that we are a being-in-the-world, being-with-others, and connected with the Cosmic. You simply cannot understand these qualities without looking at the whole Cosmic picture. As an Alchemist I strive for Unity, the Great All. The Light and the Shadow aspects of Mars make it even more complex, but complete. It is a lifelong study, search and experience that demands Destruction and Sacrifice. Myatt already emphasized this: the need for humility. With Bataille we could say: be prepared to Sacrifice all Reason and delve into this Night of Violence. Only  then, we can emerge enlightened and worthy to receive the Wisdom and Wealth offered by Jupiter. 

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SIR:the pathway to the Sphere of Sol

You have just passed through the Sphere of Love and Ecstacy and this has transformed you into an Empathic Being, a Being amongst other Beings, a Being-with-Others. Look back at the seperatedness from which you suffered on the causal plane. The Alchemical Transformation has slowly, but steadily, beheaded you, and you have left instrumental Reason, reigning the causal plain, behind. This instrumental Reason had fossilized you, and had turned your life and ever-becoming Physis into a ‘dead nature’. From seperatedness to Unity that is thé most principle transformation one must go through. As you continue to travel through the Spheres, the esoteric doctrine of the seven points, “higher powers enter into the corporeal context, whereupon they become vital currents and energies specific to man” (Evola). This process (realisation of Wyrd) has the meaning of a “ressurection, palingenesis, an awakening”. Within the Sinister Tradition we not only regard this on the individual level, but also on a collective level.

Now you have arrived at the solar principle. Listen to the Meditation of Christos Beest:

“…With your lover, by your side,
I put before you, the gold sigil of the Sun. touch it.
You are now entering the dark sphere of Sol.
The swords that cast their shadow, over hateful paradise…
draw back, to reveal mountain ranges,
majestic against a sky, of flame.
You are standing on the edge
of the circle made by nine sacrifical stones.
Here, there is a thick darkness weaved by the unsated fog
and contained by the mountains.
Those roaring obscurers of that which lies beyond!
Illuminated by the glow of putrefaction,
the corpse of your former self,
discarded during transformation, lies in the circles centre.
Witness the repulsive entities that violate and mutilate your corpse!
This sacred shell, is now the prey of every necrophiliac and cannibal!
It seems initially, that they are performing gross obscenities for pleasure,
but, look closer.
The corpse is delicately gutted, and from the bones extracted,
these creatures are constructing a tower, that rises far above the mountain peaks.
Their work finished, they withdraw, bowing to your superiority
and divine disposition.
They light a protective circle of fire around the stones.
This, is the sphere, of vision, understanding, and prophecy.
Accompanied by your lover, climb the bloody bones to the top.
Here, you will see your kingdom,
surrounding, stretching out far into the solar fire, of increase.
See your temples! Your riches! Your works! All in progress…

(Christos Beest, SIR

Behold his brilliance and utter magnificence, and let your Soul be touched and purified by Sol’s fiery tongues: 

Gate of Sol

The Gate of Sol (Von Sanngetall, 2003)

From an Acéphalic point of view the meaning of Sol differs from Traditionalism where Solar and Lunar powers are seen as each others opposites. In the Alchemical Tradition the Svn and the Moon are “a fundamental duality” (Evola), and we recognize this in the Sinister Tradition as well: the appropriate workings for the Moon are acquiring hidden knowledge and the Svn stands for Prophecy and Revelations. The Sphere of Baldur as a new beginning, a new start, vision after the destruction of Ragnarok.

Our Sol however also encompasses the infernal and putrefying spirit of the Black Svn. It is also a Svn of Malediction and Putrefaction that shines through the Acausal Swamp.

Our Sol is fundamentally a Gnostic one, because instead of the Traditional view (the Svn producing life, generating wealth, and profit) ours is life-threatening as well. Along with Bataille we cry that He is not just beautiful to behold,  but he represents that which is repugnant and forbidden and thus we refer to the Svn as a “Solar Anus”! “We avert our eyes from the Svn”, notices Bataille as our eyes cannot stand “neither sun, coitus, cadavers and obscurity.” (The Solar Anus).

The Solar tradition emphasizes that the withouth warmth and light life on Eorthe would simply perish. But if you try to look into the Sol you will go blind. This inferal Star “exclusively loves the Night and directs its luminous violence toward the earth” (Bataille). Just like a volcano he is constantly belching out torrents of insane and excrutiating energy burning the retinas from those who dare to stare in the mouth of this celestial volcano. Limitlessly and undiscrimately Sol breathes Energy and only the Night is able to offer us some protection. Through its sheer  luminosity he creates the Darkness where chaos & destruction reside.

In Alchemical terms: after the conjunctio of Sol and Luna the process of Putrefactio starts in the alchemical vessel. This is an important step in your spiritual path as the old has to die first before the new development can start. This is a period of incubation and for the Alchemist this means a period of ‘creative depression’. All Alchemists go regularly through this period and this is also called melancholy. Nowadays people talk about being depressed or suicidal, but as an Alchemist you should know better. This is a period of internal reflection before you pass on to the next Sphere of Mars. 

You must bow in awe, and avert your physical gaze from this insanity because you would become blind and go mad. Its awful Greatness lies in its brilliant and burning insanity. This Sphere offers wisdom and vision (Lux being its Logos), but there is no wisdom without madness & chaos. The Black Svn disturbs and confuses our rational mind. What if Giordano Bruno would not have had the vision that the universe is infinite? 

This Acéphalic Svn burns away all Falseness, our treacherous Skin and exposes our Naked Flesh to the boning knife of the Continuum. Yes, tell this to every mundane human that  we are being exposed to our burning Apocalypse. This is the Opher demanded by a true Religion. Then only then, after thise rise of the Black Svn and the rise of the putrefying era, the Age of Brutalism, will our Vision, Understanding and Prophecy be pure again. Amen!

For those that wish to experience the terrible beauty of the Inferanl Svn I like to refer to the occult creation of Irakallian Oracle. I will go deeper into their Black  Art in a next blog post. Their second album, Apollyion, presents us the gospel of the Infernal Svn.

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

Sources:

  • The Solar Anus (Bataille)
  • Alchemy and Psychology
  • The Hermetic Tradition (J. Evola)
  • Apollyion (Irkallian Oracle)

SIR: the Pathway to the Sphere of Venus

As you have passed through the black inverted pentagram of the Sphere of Mercury you have been transformed. The alchemical process of Transformation is a never ending one, an infinite one for the Transformation itself is the goal of the Alchemical Opus. Confronting oneself with those hidden desires, those forbidden thoughs waiting for you in the unconscious realm. 

You are ready for the next Gateway. Behold the green Sphere of Venus

Gate-of-Venus

Sphere of Venus (Von Sanngetall, 2003)

Its appropriate works are those of Love and Enchantment (Naos). Let yourself be enchanted by the Goddess of Love, Passion and Fertility. Look closely at the illustration of the Gateway of Venus. Imagine vast green fields of grass, trees, flowers stretched endlessly before you. Hill after hill hiding their beautiful secrets for you to discover. Smell the fresh grass as you lay on your back looking at the sky. Enjoy the loving embrace of Eorthe and hear her call as she wants you to love and cherish her. Listen to the birds and enjoy their tale. Undress yourself and lie naked on the grass. You are most vulnerable now. Eorthe’s inner fire can destroy you and mankind in a heartbeat but do not fear those gigantic volcanoes as they are silent now. Just like you they are resting and meditating for you are preparing yourself for the next phase of The transformation. Be Silent, do not speak for this is the Sphere of Wordless Communication. A Sphere of loving embracing and passionate connexion. She will teach you Empathy as an important balancing quality for the violence of Mars.

Therefore get up, and walk on the grass, feel it tickling your feet, and before you ancient trees arise. Touch them, feel their ancient wisdom for they have been here much longer than you. Their roots sit firmly in the Soil, your Womb from where the Blood flows. Look again at whirling green of the illustration, and imagine those giant trees playing in the wind, their royal crown nodding and moving most majestically. Remember that you are but a pawn compared to their greatness but through Empathy and Respect you will be ready for your ongoing Transformation.

Close your eyes and listen to the meditation of SIR:

“…Before you, is the green sigil of Venus. Touch it.
Transformed, you are now entering the third dark sphere.
You are standing up to your waist, in a freezing river.
The torrid waters rushing through a valley, of white, lillies.
In fruitful groves and barren plains,
the empty shall drink, and the drunk, shall be empty.
What passion is this, that tears the sky with storms of blood and black flame?
This, is the sphere, of Ecstasy, and Love.
Facing you, further up the river, is a naked woman…
corpse white skin, and long black hair.
She crouches astride the river and menstruates into the water.
The blood forms itself into a human figure
floating beneath the surface.
With your hands, begin to massage the blood into your ideal lover,
fashioning, every part of it
according to your cerebral and animalistic desires.
Now… take your lover by the hands.
Come! Fill the flowing bowl,
and consummate in the turbulent waters
„neath the raging sky…
drink now, your fill and more, of love…”

(Christos Beest, SIR)

Von Sanngetall, 128yf

SIR: the Pathway to the Sphere of Mercury

Your are about to leave the Sphere of Terror and Sinister Knowledge. The Alchemical path of the 7FW demands utter concentration and the Will to Change, the Will to Grow. Ye shall travel the valley of Death…the valley of misfortune and this shall make thee Great. Look back at the Sphere of the Moon, smile at the Sinister Goddesses as you prepare yourself for the Sphere of Mercury:

“…WITH A BLAST, OF MY TRUMPET! I HEAL, YOUR WOUNDS!
Before you the yellow sigil of Mercury. Touch it.
Armed with the knowledge extracted from the pool,
you are now entering the dark sphere of Mercury.
This is a desolate place.
Heath blasted by fiery tempest,
scorpions eating charred animal.
See, how the dismembered are scattered to the bitter winds!
The air congeals and chokes.
Farewell happy fields! Hail horrors! Hail!
This is the sphere of transformation.
But do not tremble in the face of a breeze that would dismantle your features.
Instead, be indulgent,
remember all that you saw in the bloody pool,
remember your deepest desires.
Before you now is a black inverted pentagram.
This, is the womb of Mercury, the eye of Satan.
This, is the gateway, of transformation!
The pentagram will begin to move closer…
you will feel the fear and sensuality of metamorphosis,
your form cracking, shedding and mutating,
as it takes on the attributes, scryed from the previous sphere.
Transformation, will be complete, when you pass through the pentagram,
and emerge on the threshhold of the next sphere,
as that, which you desire to be.
Only intense lust for this outcome will pull you through.
Passivity will render you as useless ash,
cast, into the pit, of a particular nameless horror.
But hark! The pentagram grates forth… TRANSFORM!!”

(Christos Beest, SIR)

gate-of-mercury

Von Sanngetall, Gate of Mercury (2003)

Mercury – as god, planet or metal – is the changing substance itself, a fluid, and strictly speaking does not belong to the different phases. Mercury is the changing matter itself and Jung called it an archetypical symbol which encompasses many contradictions. As the collective unconscious is very complex Mercury has multiple forms.

Look at the illustration of Mercury and follow those lines, a fluidized surface as it were. An image of ever becoming, a never ending process which is not just a stage but the whole alchemical process of individuation as a whole. Look at your life, the lifes of those close to you: all lines traversing the Lebenswelt around you. See how they interact and inter-connect for there lies growth and inner transformation. Benefit from the interconnectedness, a Being-with-Others as Myatt has exemplified in his Numinous Mysticism. Like blood the energy flows through us and by connecting with others we create a Sacred Space.

Since Paracelsus we have three alchemical elements and Mercury is the Soul of becoming, the energetic flow which travels through everything. It is the symbol which unites cosmic, physical and psychic contradictions. Mercurius is the world creating Geist/Soul which is hidden or caught in matter and our bodies. It is our Way to the Source. 

mercurius

Mercury was first the Roman god of Trade, and later on equated with the Greek God Hermes.

Mercury symbolizes the process where that which is lower and material is being transformed into something higher, bodiless and spiritual. Its metal therefore refers to the volatility of the spiritual.

Mercury is at the same time the devil (Sinister Tradition: ATU XV Deofel) and a fraud,  but also a redeemer, a noble Saviour. According to the description of ATU XV the pathway from the Moon to Mercury “leads to a Sinister awakening, a primal awareness of the vibrance of life that possesses and creates the ‘accuser'”. The Sinister Tradition refers to the Sinister aspect of Mercury not to narrow down Mercury, but to create a dialectic movement: thesis – antithesis – synthesis. The Accuser is needed to challenge the magian values in order to transform yourself. First indulgence and the search for balance, individuation.

This is something I would like to stress: the alchemical Path of the ONA is exactly about creating this (momentary) balance, about the search for the Sacred which is now lost in our secular world. As an acephalic you do not just seek indulgence for the sake of indulgence. Sacrilege (for example the Black Mass) is meant to provoke in order to challenge a status quo but these are only causal means and can never be an end in itself. Provoke yourself with acts, thoughts, insights that stir a commotion, that make you wonder your current point of view. This could be physical or mental act. An example:

  • I have a fear of heights. As a brother of the OJB Stephen Cox challenged me to descend a rock formation when I participated at the Albion Pilgrimage. I did not conquer my fear forever, but I accomplished the task.
  • Some years ago I started this blog but I gave up. Now I have set myself the challenge to publish regurlarly to improve my writing, to share my knowledge, to provoke thoughts, … 

Set yourself a task, a challenge and let the mercurial water flow. Benefit from the transformation and move on. According to the alchemical tradition Mercury appears in various forms: the arcane substance, the anima mundi, a hermaphrodite, man-woman, two dragons, the chtonic tripartite, the lapis philosophorum, and other forms. You are bound to meet Mercury on your Way!

Mercury is all about setting goals, becoming your own ‘accuser’ and most importantly: liberate yourself from temporary abstract ideas as stated by Christos Beest. Let the ism’s and its abstract goals flow. Do not become a slave but master them and move on. The Numinous is the laughter of the Acephalic God, the Deus Absconditus who is mad and raving. 

Agios O Noctulius!

Sources:

  • SIR by Christos Beest
  • Alchemy and Psychology
  • From Anima to Zeus
  • Writings by D. Myatt

 

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf