“They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.” (Revelations 9:11)
Drawing from Abaddon (Source: Le Prince de ce Monde)
In Revelation 8–9, the apostle John describes the announcement of the apocalyps when the angels sound seven trumpets. Each of these trumpets signals the coming of a new judgment on the people of Eorthe. John describes that when the fifth angel blows his trumpet, the Abyss will open, and unleash a horde of demonic “locusts” on mankind as a punishment (Revelation 9:1-3). God will grant these creatures the power to torture any person who does not bear God’s seal (verse 4). The pain inflicted will be so severe that the victims will wish to die (verse 6). The ruler of the Abyss is Abaddon or Apollyon and he is the king of these demonic locusts. (https://www.gotquestions.org/Abaddon-Apollyon.html)
The Swedish entity Irakallian Oracle has transmitted unto us mortals a message from Apollyon – the Destroyer of those believers not bearing God’s Seal; the King of the Locusts. In my dictionary of demons, Le Prince de ce Monde, Apollyon is personified with Death: as Apollyon he stands for “Death, Devastation, Desolation, Famine and Extermination”. Abaddon should be evoked on Friday and should be visualized as a beautiful naked woman, with the claws and the head of an eagle (see drawing).
Cover from Apollyon – design by D. Herrerrias
In the occult vision of Irakallian Oracle Apollyon is depicted as a holy flame, and this flame symbolizes “beauty understood as Destruction” (IO). And this Destruction will infect the whole universe.
Wihin their vision man is blinded and put to shame by the sheer power of the Infernal Svn as it distorts his visual senses. Just like Bataille’s Solar Anus the Infernal Sun of IO offers no wisdom, no solace, no allevation of mundane discomfort because it represents “aimless contemplation”. Man is simply dumbstruck by this celestial Inferno and his limited ratio is totally blurred. In other words, man has lost head and in this acéphalic condition he cannot resist the sheer attraction of the exploding Sun belching out an ongoing flux of energy. This Abysmal Svn, sent from the underworld (Irkalla), “appears as a monstrous oracle”, and the speech of this oracle is not to be understood.
Here we have a most monstrous depiction: this oracle brings no answers, and its “thoughtless word is made flesh”. Beyond ratio, beyond our limited capacities, the sorcerer is left clueless and struck by lightening. Bataille’s Mysticism did not seek any ‘unio mystica’ either for the Sacred / Numinous is beyond our capacity. We must admit our tragic finiteness (Nietzsche) and our Sein-zum-Tode (Heidegger), yet true devotion, ritual, meditation, respect and humility we can become Nexions and thus find ourselves in union with the Acausal. Not to find answers to our mundane desires or lusts, but in a moment of pure transgression (Bataille) in which we can find our way back to richness of the pre-modern societies.
IO does not provide answers and they do not claim to. Their vision has uplifted Apollyon from a magian demon to a Destroyer beyond the reach of man. Just like the Dark Gods of the Sinister Tradition these acausal entities are not at our mundane disposal.
This is a Dark Grail offering no comfort, but only bewilderment and chaos. After the Death of God there was only a Void left, and this is a central concept as it is reflected in the name of IO: an oracle within the Void where only the Sacred Silence can be heard and the whispering of tongues unknown to man. In the Void’s Beauty one finds no ‘creation’ but only utter destruction.
IO has transformed Apollyon, from the original setting of the magian God who rules mankind, and who bestowes punishment upon them, into an Alchemical entity. Apollyon is no longer an instrument in the hand of this false magian god, but he has become his own judge. He is no longer some demon from an ancient tradition, but his virtue has been alchemically and artistically translated.
The importance of Alchemy is clear if one looks closely at the beautiful cover created by the esoteric artist David Herrerias. As the nameless vocalist of IO explained in an most interesting interview with Bardo Methodology the artist drew “a mummified corpse going through the alchemical process of ‘nigredo’, or ‘blackening’ – a state where one is cleansed of emotion and thoughts; purged of the chaotic impurities that constitute our regular state of consciousness.” The Nigredo is the first stage of the Alchemical Opus which confronts the Alchemist with his conflicting emotions, feelings, urges, and the Black Svn rules over this chaotic and desolate phase. This is a phase of fruitful destruction and a period of ritual cleansing and introspection. The confrontation with the Abysmal Svn is nothing less leaving behind all hope and security. The Alchemist’s journey through “Irkalla’s self-less lands” is a most harsh one but it prepares one for the darkness of God:
“I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God.” (IO)
The Acéphalic Weltanschauung offers no Salvation either. The Darkness of the Bataillean Nothingness is eternal, just like the Cosmic. The Acausal offers no safe home, no afterlife, but it invites you take take part in the Continuum.
Leave therefore your humanity behind as you enter the world of the Sacred. Behold the mysteries of the Abysmal Svn and let the holy flame murder your innocent Soul.
Von S, 128 yf
- Apollyon (Lyrics) by Irakallian Oracle
- Le Prince de ce Monde