The Übermensch is an important philosophical and aeonic concept. Heidegger in his reading of Nietzsche describes the Übermensch as follows: a “Caesar with the Soul of Christ”.
The Übermensch is therefore a most spiritual figure and he is not an ape-like brute, a blond beast, a Will-less fighting machine or some biologically conceived superman. The Übermensch is not a product of science such as evolutionary biology or eugenics. Heidegger was most critical towards the nihilistic purpose of what he called ‘productionist metaphysics’. The scientific and industrial revolution had turned everything most radically into a productionist mode which had cause man to fall out of being. Having become blind, man was (and still is) gripped by hubris as he wanted nothing but to control and measure everything. And this is still happening today with the digital revolution. The scientific ‘Übermensch’ is a soul-less creation, a Faustian invention in overdrive of which the creator is not an alchemist, but a cold and rational surgeon. His type of Overman is not overman at all, for it is a rational consequence of the modern man’s addiction to management, rationalising, science & ‘output’. This is not the Alchemist at work who does not rely on outcome, but focusses on the quality of the Grand Opus at work and regards himself the Vessel instead of the cold engineer. The Heideggerian Übermensch is not a product, or an output of some laboratory but is a most ingenious process, an Alchemical state of mind which is truly Western in essence.
As the modern Western man is definitely out of touch with Dasein, Heidegger regarded the Übermensch as a salfivic figure. As a Janus faced figure, he possesses the Sacred essence of Jünger’s Man of Steel and Hölderlin’s mystical Poet. In the 1930’s Heidegger saw the need of a transitional figure to discard the modernist hegemonic ideal of “boundless, purely quantitative nonstop progress” and he recognised the need for an attitude of humility, a simpler way of life, more loving and tender, and yet tough and strict in order to sacrifice the ego instead of focussing on one’s personal ‘economic/selfish’ growth.
With the rise of National-Socialism Heidegger, as rektor and most important German philosopher at that time, aimed for a philosophical and spiritual renewal, a counter movement away from the steady Decline of the West. According to Heidegger the Übermensch’s way of life would be an organic one by not raising oneself above the community but by being an integral part of it. We know very well that Heidegger preferred an organic rural community to an uprooting city life. Such an elite and extraordinary man (a Solar Warrior – Priest) has also been described by Traditionalist thinkers, such as Evola, with whom Heidegger shared his vision on the Zeitgeist. Both thinkers have two radically different approaches, but like the thinkers of the Conservative Revolution they share some very distinct ideas.
Heidegger was most critical of the herd-like bourgeoisie who did not possess any of the virtues of the Übermensch. The society in which the Übermensch could stand up was one of Tradition, rank-ordering, nobility & respect. Although Heidegger by the end of the 1930’s criticized the industrial nature and the ongoing war machine of the NS movement (and we agree as the ‘operational’ modus of NS derailed signicificantly), he did recognise the fertile soil of the Völkisch movements celebrating mystery, nature & the connexion between man & his Heimat. This was a most fruitful Prima Materia from which an Architect and Alchemist could work to guide the process of the Übermensch.
Heidegger thus continued the Sacred work of Nietzsche, Spengler and Jünger, and like an Alchemist himself he, as a thinker and philosopher, dedicated his Work in all humility to the Inner Greatness which was about to be dis-covered, unfolded. His Übermensch can therefore be seen as a powerful synthesis of great minds.
In the above creation you can see my artistic interpretation of Heidegger’s powerful description of this Übermensch, namely the combination of the Gnostic Christ (Jung) and the Caesarian warrior.
- The Gnostic Christ: the Gnostic Christ is a solar divinity who has nothing to do with the magian ‘Jesus’ or the dogmatic Christ of the Church. The Church did not and would never comprehend the Gnostic and thus pre-Christian origin and value of Christ as a symbol of our hidden connexion with the Sacred. Alchemist and mystics such as Jakob Böhme uses the alchemical stone as a metaphor for Christ. The Übermensch is there to show us how to re-connect with the Sacred, how to purify our Soul as it has been poisoned by the productionist metaphysics (Heidegger) and the desacralization of the Evening-land. Like Jung Christ as a solar divinity is there to honour Sol, the Fire, the Light, the Libido and the Vortex of Life (Will to Power). The Gnostic Christ symbolizes the spiritual importance of our Collective Unconscious, and the figure of Christ can thus be compared to Baelder, Mithras, … Central to the Worship of these divinities is the Cult of Sol and the praxis of pre-Christian solar hymns. Bataille‘s view on the figure of Jesus is of importance as well. “Christianity valorized the poor, the pariahs, the unclean. It put a king into play in the person of Jesus, but the king aligned himself with the miserable. Much more, Jesus let himself be treated as a criminal and reduced to state of a tortured body, identifying himself with the left and most repulsive from of the Sacred.” (Bataille) There is in effect a sinister sacrality while the Church transformed Christ into “an archetype of unilateral power” in the service of their world domination and the destruction of the pre-christian, pagan richness. As a Gnostic Christ is a heretical, sinister figure with regard to the worldly aims of the Church and their vision that man does not possess a sacred origin. Christ’s Soul therefore dwells in the Übermensch.
- A Caesar: The image of a Roman caesar denotes the necessity of such an Übermensch to lead das Volk and it is the personification of an iron Will which will be needed if we want this Caesar to offer us a higher possibility, a superior order. He will have to be merciless because, as Heidegger stated, this Caesar will first bring this technological age to its high point in order to prepare a new age. As a Vindex figure he will have to change this Evening land into a “land of morning” (Hölderlin). Firm decisions will have to be taken by this Caesar in order to overcome the present age in which the old gods have been pronounced dead. Heidegger believed in a new beginning.
This Caesar with the Soul of Christ is a warrior-priest, a Solar Knight (a Sonnenmens – Serrano) that is able to translate ancient Indo-European views and values for a new Europa. As Evola stated:
“It is , however, advisable that misunderstandings do not arise about the meaning which the warrior elements will have in the new Europe, focusing on the word ‘militarism’, similar to those already deliberately fostered – with full knowledge of the facts – by the democratic adversaries. It is not a manner of confining Europe to barracks […] it is necessary to become well aware that specifically warrior values, in the military context, are only representations of a reality which, in itself, can have a higher, not merely ethical, but even metaphysical meaning.” Evola continues to stress that the new Europe will not be formed under the sign of a warrior spirit that equals a chaos of unleashed forces and instincts. The Übermensch is not just a fighting machine, as the “true warrior ideals implies not only force and physical training, but also a calm, controlled and conscious formation of the inner being and the personality. Love for distance and order, the ability to subordinate one’s individualistic and passionate element to principles,…” (Evola, Metaphysics of War p. 113 – 114)
These virtues can also be found in the practice of the Numionous Way (D. Myatt)
The Roses in my creation refer to the alchemical emblem of the seven-petalled rose. This is an allogory of the seven planets, the seven stages of the transformation (cfr. the Seven-Fold Way). The formula ‘per crucem ad rosam’ (through the cross to the rose) describes this spiritual transformation of Western man. Jung writes that the essence of the heavenly Sol descends into this flower which is the earth’s answer to the Sun’s countenance (Jung). The Übermensch as seen by Heidegger exemplifies this spiritual path and can function as your inner guide of transformation. Let us listen to the wise words of the mystic Serrano
“The Rose is a creation of Persian alchemist gardners. It has to do with Sufism. Frederick II’s Rose came from the East. The rose flowers on the joining point between the vertical and horizontal of the cross. The vertical is the masculine; it is the sky. The horizontal is the feminine; it is the earth. The Rose joins them and opens the way to Magic Love, of the Mysterium Coniunctionionis, of the Tantric Maithuna. Then, the extremes of the cross light up and it is the Red Cross of the Templars. It begins to turn vertiginously and transforms itself into the Left-Turning Swastika, the Return’s, a circle of light that is not solar, but uncreated light, light from Venus, light from the Pole, from the most distant midnight. The Swastika, thus, is not a symbol of the present sun, but of the Pole, of motionless movement, of energy at rest.” (Serrano, p. 252)
Therefore you will find das Sonnenrad with the 12 Sig Runes and the AR Rune in the centre. For this is both an Inner and Outer War; an alchemical journey from the Light of Sol to the uncreated Light of the Black Sun. The Übermensch as Warrior-Priest encompasses both the Strength as the Wisdom that is needed to go beyond our present technological aeon. Instead of being addicted to figures, facts, research, science we should ‘let things be’ (become acéphalic) and leave it up to the energies inherent to Being. There is need of rank, order and meaning and True Art, True Alchemical flowers grow because of these boundaries and they manifest themselves for the human being is nothing but a modest vessel.
We are connected with the Numinous but we must learn to appreciate it once again, but I am most confident that we are most capable. The Übermensch will guide us!
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- Heidegger’s confrontation with Modernity (M.E. Zimmerman)
- The Golden Thread (Miguel Serrano)
- Metaphysics of War (Julius Evola)
- Psychology and Alchemy (Jung)
- Saints of the Impossible (Alexander Irwin)