In order to awaken your “Sinisterly-Numinous” nature you need to turn away from the mechanics of what Georges Bataille describes as the homogeneous order which in the alchemical emblem is depicted as the city, a sign of a victorious civilization. The world of the city with its trade, commercialism and technics can be seen as a beautiful example of mankinds Faustian nature, namely his blind will to achieve results, his will-to-know, his will to conquer Eorthe, and above all his longing after immortality. One may ask whether this is necessarily a bad thing? And our answer is: No! Western man has proven his greatness because of this Promethean essence. But, and we refer to Bataille, mankind should NEVER become a willess slave of this Promethean drive. As depicted in the Alchemical emblem we witness a drowning King who represents the mortality of a divine body / Ego. In order to ‘control’ and spiritually develop our Promethean essence and to steer it into direction of the higher Destiny of the West, even divinity itself must be put to the test. Today the man in the West has sacralized his humanity leading up to his disastrous and most hubristic actions.
The central figure in this Alchemical emblem is the King. As an archetype the King represents a “superior personality exalted above the ordinary, he has become the carrier of myth, that is to say, of the statements of the collective unconscious.” (Jung) Bataille as well regarded the King as a sovereign being, as representing something other. The crown of the King “symbolizes his relationship with the sun” (Jung) and this his solar nature. In his important work ‘The Golden Bough’ J.G. Frazer analyses the pagan Weltanschauung and he described how the pagan gods were seen as mortal (as opposed to the Magian gods). The great gods of the Egyptian civilization, the Greek high gods all died at one point, and if the King was seen as a divine embodiment, “a god who lodges in a frail tabernacle of flesh” (Frazer) why should he escape the same fate? Therefore the man-god would grow old and become feeble at one point and in order to prevent the King from suddenly dying and the potential loss of his divine Soul, the King had to be put to death. This would ensure the transference of his Soul to his youthful successor. Frazer describes such ritual actions by ancient tribes and also refers to mysterious disappearances of Roman kings. Sometimes the King did not have to die himself but a sacrifice was appointed. Frazer refers to Scandinavian traditions:
Scandinavian traditions contain some hints that of old the Swedish kings reigned only for periods of nine years, after which they were put to death or had to find a subsitute to die in their stead. Thus Aun or On, king of Sweden, is said to have sacrificed to Odin for lenght of days and to have been answered by the god that he should live so long as he sacrificed one of his sons every ninth year. He sacrificed nine of them in this manner, and would have sacrificed the tenth and last, but the Swedes would not allow him. So he died and was burried in a mouth at Upsalla. (Frazer)
As the Alchemical tradition is in essence a pagan one the Archetype of the King is therefore mortal as well, despite the magian influences. In the emblem we see that the King is almost drowning: his body is situated on the border of the element ‘air’ (consciousness) and the element ‘water’ (unconsciousness). What is being shown here, is the start of the transformation of the King “from an imperfect state into a perfect, whole and incorruptible essence” (Jung). He is becoming old and it is time to transfer his Soul.
The King holds his head above the water, so his thinking, his ratio is free and not tempered by the unconscious forces: water typifies the lunar unconscious. His heart is in the water as the heart is the chamber of one’s emotions. According to Jung the dissolution of the heart in water corresponds to “the union of male with the female” (coniunctio). The King’s pelvis concentrates the magnetic tensions which tie us to our past and they are in the water as well. The past of the West is something which we should be proud of and this triggers our emotions.
Now, when we look further at the drawing we notice that the King is drifting away from the world of Arbeit as he holds his palms upwards as if he wants to push the city away. This is an important Alchemical gesture of the will to transform. Furthermore he stretches his arm like a Christ-figure which depicts his willingness to surrender as the gnostic Christ gave up his divinity when he was nailed at the cross. But that does not mean that one is weak or a willing victim. This open attitude is one that invites the Sinisterly-Numinous forces in order to enter the Nigredo. The legs are crossed as this refers to one’s decisiveness. You should not be hesistant to enter the Nigredo as this is necessary for your transformation, your alchemical growth. Being in the water, being baptized by this element shows that the Alchemist is ready to dissolve (solutio) his ego-centred thinking / willing / feeling. One’s triparite nature (Salt, Sulphur, Mercury) must be set free from self-centred and mundane aspirations which roam the city. Your hubristic mindset dissolves in the water in order to be able to focus yourself on the Sacred tasks that lie ahead. In order for the King’s essence to be reborn in the homunculus the old King had to die first. The drowing symbolizes this Alchemical act.
As described by Atu XV (ONA) you must achieve a liberation and unchain yourself from temporary abstractions, ideas, and dissolve (solutio) those in the moonlit waters (the dark pathway from the Moon to Mercury) of terror. You become an ‘accuser’ as by drifting away from the mundane world you become sceptical and no longer affected. By inviting the acausal forces a higher consciousness can be achieved. Consciousness and unconsciousness become one (coniuctio) and this allows the alchemist to presence repressed, ‘malevolent’ forces that can alter 1) your own spiritual development and 2) the direction the West is heading towards. The Alchemical principle of ‘One is all’ and the insight both a civilization and we are interconnected organisms reveal the massive responsiblity you have with regard to the occult Destiny of the West. A Destiny that is not troubled by hubris, enslavement to mindless ‘progress’, but a Destiny that is Sacred and Cosmic. As Spengler writes:
“it makes a great difference whether anyone lives under the constant impression that his life is an element in a far wider life-course that goes on for hundreds and thousands of years, or conceives himself as something rounded off and self-containted.” (The Decline of the West, p. 7)
If your worldview is self-contained, caught within the city, there is no possibility for a further development of your Soul as it is trapped. Within the city, the world of Arbeit, your view is limited, but if you venture out in the dissolving water, you can open yourself to the eternal Geist and you recognize yourself as an organically and spiritually indispensable part of the Destiny-community (Schicksalsgemeinschaft, Heidegger). One must get rid of the ‘old King’ within.
Therefore you should not be afraid to venture into the waters of the unconscious for this is the start of the Alchemical Opus. And as the West is in decline (it is drowning) now, we have to the duty to prepare a change, “a creative Change” (Exeat), namely a transference of its rich Soul to a worthy successor. The transformation process of the Alchemist involves seeking “a presence of what is new and alternative”. The inaugeration of a new aeon is needed. The goal of the Sinister Tradition (ONA – TBO) “is this aiding of our species to seed the stars.” , namely a Galactic vision (Exeat). The first step involves revitalizing the drowning corpus of the West and re-invoking the magnificent and regal Destiny-community which will offer a solid and spiritual foundation for the Galactic Empire.
Agios O Noctulius!
Von Sanngetall, 128yf
– Exeat: The Sinister Western Tradition (ONA)
-Mysterium Coniunctionis (Jung)
-The Golden Bough (Frazer)
-The Decline of the West (Spengler)