The Vril: a most muliebral Force

temporaryThe Völkisch Weltanschauung

From the end of the 19th century to the 1930’s the Völkisch Weltanschauung in Europe, and Germany in particular, was a clear sign that there was an occult/hidden revolution against the degrading influence of positivist science, industrialism and humanistic enlightenment. The rise of occult and obscure societies like the Thule and Vril Society were no coincidence as the ancient spirit in the Soul of Europa was being awakened.

The Vril society of Berlin was an obscure community (“Reicharbeitsgemeinschaft ‘Das Kommende Deutschland’”) which published a brochure entitled ‘Vril: die kosmische Urkraft’ (1930) and this described the Atlanteans as possessors of a spiritual ‘dynamo-technology’ superior to the mechanistic notions of modernist science (Clarke 2002: 166). A second brochure rejected the notion of explosive energy and focused on ‘free energy’. These revolutionary ideas concerning science and technology went against the hegemonic process of materialization that suffocated all life and culture and turned it into mere calculated ‘objects’ (Heidegger: Gestell). The Enlightenment had only brought us a masculous (Myatt) approach of endless analysis, division and multiplicity. We follow Evola who realized that Western life was “completely absorbed in ‘becoming’, with its focus on rational means, speed and technical efficiency.” (Clarke 2002: 57) The Völkisch movement and its occult societies were of course aware of this as well.

Vril as a victorious and transformative energy

With Serrano we concur that the West is facing “the shadowy age of involution, of the Kali Yuga”, “where nature has been abandoned to neglect by a rationalist and atheist science and technology.” (Serrano) Instead of a masculous science and technology (current industrial and technological revolution based on basic human needs) we must aim for a muliebral one (transformative, beyond humanism, one of bewilderment and awe) that does not aim for the disintegration of Eorthe into the abyss and nothingness (Serrano), for that is the path on which we are walking now.

This new approach of alchemical transformation is fueled by the Vril as victorious energy, as an accumulation of the power of

“anti-gravity of the unknown I, as a “truly transformative power which would fuel a virtual and biological mutation of the semi-divine race and of some man-animals into semi-divine men and thus making it possible to return to Hyperborea, to the Polar Thule. An inner, alchemical process, of transformation of the involuted being. A process of initiation by dregrees in the transfiguration of terrestrial man into celestial man, immortal.” (Serrano)

As Serrano writes this is truly transformative. Mytho-poetics are of great importance for the immortality of the human mind, of our Western Soul, and instead of creating new ones out of fiction, we should study the ancient occult theories on Thule, Aldebaran, Shambhala for these are transformative in themselves. Each of us must find the hyperborean Thule in our heart, for there we can start to build a new Solar Imperium and always with our our Death as perspective. Immortality is not something one achieves but immortality presents itself through us, through our Noble behavior, our Respect for Traditions, our inner ‘Vrilian’ transformation and the Transgression of all Laws. 

The Muliebral

In one of his latest texts “Tu Es Diaboli Ianua” Myatt asks the question whether Christianity “whether that religion is, given our thousands of years old human culture of pathei-mathos, a suitable presencing of the numinous”. A question that must lead us to the gnostic foundations of this Magian Weltanschauung as present-day Christianity enslaves its followers by installing an Iron law forged by a Godhead; an unquestionable male arch-divinity.

The Numinous, as seen by Myatt, is very much the Acéphalic concept of the Sacred, a “supra-personal, ‘cosmic’, perspective” towards the Divine, the Unreachable and which cannot be captured in words or ideas. While the Magian religions today monopolize the Sacred by installing a divine ruler who cannot be transcended, the true Mystic only worships his own devotion, the Nothingness, the Empty Space once occupied by God but now pronounced dead. Meister Eckhart did not describe the Sacred because of its absence as we humans cannot reach, imagine this. The Sacred can only be ‘sensed’ as it were, and through one’s pathei mathos one grows as an individual.

As Myatt describes there is a difference between a religious apprehension of the Numinous, the Sacred and the Paganus one. The religious experience, as taught today, is one that relies on books, scriptures, a certain distance, while the Paganus one means utter devotion (without book or scriptures) as it is all based on one’s inner experience, on the Numinous connexion one is able to make. There is no religious revelation of a higher truth commanded by an omnipotent god, but there is only wordless bewilderment (Heidegger).  Bataille would call this the non-sensical, non-sense, devoid of all meaning. This kind of bewilderment one experiences by making long walks in nature, by being masterd by the elements, by feeling lost in the woods, by feeling helpless as a child and yet feel connected with an im-possible and grand force of the Cosmic. All classic religious paths are founded upon control, upon worldly power and hubris, while classical paganism connects mortals to the cosmos, to the divine, to the numinous (Myatt). And as Myatt remarks and describes the Numinous is primarily a manifestation of the female, of the muliebral:

 “A muliebral presencing is or would be manifest in a predominance of female deities; or in a dominant female deity; in legends and myths which celebrate muliebral virtues, such as empathy, sensitivity, gentleness, compassion; and in the perception that personal love should triumph over and above adherence to abstractions. Considered exoterically – not interiorly, not esoterically – a muliebral presencing is manifest in a personal, varied, worship and devotion; in a personal weltanschauung and not in a religion; has no hierarchy; no creed, no article or articles of faith; and no texts whether written or aural.” (Myatt)

Of course, for a civilization to grow and to develop a masculous presencing is needed as well. This stands for hierarchy, order and control, and it protects Traditions, Culture, the community. But when we talk about true and fundamental re-ligare, truly connecting with the Sacred a muliebral presencing is needed. An authentic community needs a genuine, headless Mysticism, a Numinous connexion with its ancestral past, its Cultural history in order to truly ex-sist as Dasein. One’s Essence is always Numinous and cannot be bought or sold, but very few today are still aware of this. A multibral presence liberates one from the Mundane, from one’s unconscious search for power and control.

In my view the Vril force is therefore a most paganus and therefore muliebral force. The power which was derived from Vril included telepathy and telekinesis and the Vril was described as an enormous reservoir of psychic energy not only in the world at large but also in the human organism, only accessible to initiates. The author Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton had described this force in his book ‘the Coming Race’ (1871).

Interestingly, central to the Vril Society was the female medium Maria Orsic, known by the name of Sigrun, who claimed to have contacted extraterrestrials of the solar system of Aldebaran. We do not aim to go into the veracity of such claims, but it shows that there was a huge interest in the paranormal which had been banished by the Enlightenment and positivism. The female mystic has always occupied a special place in the occult history of our Evening Land.

Communities driven by Vril: a historical manifestation

Our sole purpose to refer to such a history is to show that there was a undeniable muliebral presencing in Europe at a time when industrialism and ‘correct’ sciences were sweeping all over Europe in order to destroy our Dasein’s connexion with Nature and the Cosmic. The positvist attitude reduced everything to something utilitarian and instrumental in order to turn everything into a ‘Gestell’ (Heidegger) for profit’s sake.

What we witness here is the unique convergence of the Numinous, an electrification by the ancient Vril force,  and the morphogenesis of a new movement which grew out of the necessity to banish the statism of Sovjet socialism and liberalism, both blind for masculous movements lead by greed and money. What esoteric-Völkisch National-Socialism at first embodied was the muliebral of the connexion, a truly religious/mystical experience, and the masculous of ancient Empires by divine inspiration. Here we witnessed for a short while the possibility of the resurgence of the Greek-Roman ideal and the complete man, the Ur-man (Serrano). Yet, driven by a  greedy war and industrialism (the manufacturing of weapons), the need for imperialism (criticized by Spengler, Heidegger & Jünger) National-Socialist Germany soon fell victim to productionist metaphysics as described by Heidegger, who first supported the revolution but then saw its disastrous turn towards imperialism, science, money.

All of the sudden the muliebral presencing was gone and this went back underground. The rise of neo-Völkisch groups such as Baelder, TBO, Sinister orders such as the ONA, mystical currents such as the Numinous Path however show that the muliebral flame of the Vril force is still burning. These ‘societies’ have taken the place of the Thule and Vril society to resurrect the supra-personal Völkisch Ethos (Authentic belonging-to, Authentic spirituality, nobility, humility, compassion, warriorship, Sein-zum-Tode and so on), the importance of the Eorthe (community) and the Cosmic (transgression of the Law, the limits) in one’s actions, thoughts, meditations, writings and art. This kind of bewilderment, which is fundamentally Pagan Greek in origin, has re-emerged from the murky history of Europe’s Kali Yuga.  What we witness here is an Authentic enthousiasm: becoming inspired by the Pagan Gods, the Dark Gods, the Numinous). The Vril force serves as an engine which revitalizes the West albeit the fact that we have to face the ultimately disastrous consequences of the hegemonic forces of the Kali Yuga.

The Power of the Vril force opens up a new perspective when a new culture and civilization will rise after the ultimate Ragnarokr. The masculous forces of management, ultra-liberalism, new age-isms, clashes of various cultures, economic imperialism, male dominance (as opposed to the wealth of the pagan Matriarchal systems) are all aimed to smother the mytho-poetic Vril force, yet as has been shown before the Vril is omnipotent and mytho-poetics will rise again after the Decline of the West. The Vril is a force that truly enlightens those who wish to focus on it, and the Vril is able to create a true community (of which Bataille and Heidegger spoke). With Bataille we emphasize the need for new communities (whether in the flesh or spiritually connected) as it is the first creed of the Bataillean Acéphalic group.

We must realize that as the decades will pass in the near future the muliebral presencing will become much harder to notice, and therefore it must be internalized so it can survive the Struggle (European but also Global) we are facing. And when we turn to Heidegger and the conservative Revolution, it is very clear that in times of Struggle only a strong, will-powered Community is able to embody Sacred values (an authentic Gemeinschaft). In the long run such a Gemeinschaft will turn out to be the victor because the current mundane Gesellschaft (economic, values, laws, …) is weak and corrupted by a slave morality. Such a Gesellschaft will in the end evaporate and a community/Gemeinschaft will raise its victorious voice. “War is the ultimate rationale, the Grund or ground, of Gemeinschaft.” Heidegger:

“That which neither the individual by itself nor the Gemeinschaft as such is, that must become manifest. The comradeshift of the frontline soldiers was grounded neither in the fact that they had to gather together with other humans because they needed them and could find them only at other places. Rather, at bottom it is grounded only in the fact that the nearness of death as a sacrifice placed each one in advance into the same nullity, so that this latter became the source of unconditional belonging-to-each-other.” (Heidegger)

So, it is not a matter of bargaining,  simple management, like the social democratics and liberals execute their policy, but it is a spiritual matter altogether. Bargaining is all about survival, hypocrisy, egotism, a mismanaged masculous handling. What the Vril force actually does, is point out to the Essence of Death in our Weltanschauung. Death is bound to Greek bewilderment, to en-thousiasm, to discipline, to loyalty, to the eternal Gemeinschaft:

“It is precisely Death – the death each human being has to die for himself and which singularizes each individual to the utmost extent – it is precisely death and the willingness of its sacrifice (=the willingness to offer one’s own death as a sacrifice), that first and foremost and beforehand creates the site of Gemeinschaft from which comradeship emerges. Thus, does comradeship grow out of Angst? No, and yes. No, if one, like the Philistine, understands by Angst the helpless quivering of panicky cowardice. Yes, if Angst is understood as the metaphysical nearness to the unconditional, a nearness that is given as  a gift to the highest self-sufficiency and readiness. If we do not compel power into our Dasein that, like Death as a free sacrifice, bind and singularize unconditionally – that is, powers that catch hold of each individual at the root of its Dasein and that, like Deaht as a free sacrifice, stand deeply and wholly in an authentic knowing – then no ‘comradeship’ will emerge. In that case, the result will at best be a modified form of Gesellschaft.” (Heidegger)

Inauthentic Dasein avoids being taken over by Being itself, by such a power which we name the Vril. Such a power remains concealed for those that let themselves by ruled by Das Man, by the Gesellschaft which does not care for the Numinous, the muliebral. Their Angst for Being is a helpless quivering of panicky cowardice in the Struggle. The Angst for those that had their Soul exposed to the Vril is what Heidegger calls this ‘metaphysical nearness to the unconditional, a nearness that is given as a gift to the highest self-sufficiency and readiness.” It is unconditional as there are no human laws or rules that are applied, but such Dasein ventures itself in an unknown territory, shared by other comrades and together the battle is fought. Each comrade is part of the Gemeinschaft which exists because of the preceding bond, “a bond that binds each individual to that which keeps bound and determines each individual in a super-elevating manner.” (Heidegger)

Thus, the Vril is a most powerful force as it re-introduces a non-instrumental view of looking at technology, at the Sacred powers of Eorthe (instead of exploiting its resources), at a new kind of science which has no interest in financial gain. Let us fully enjoy the power of mytho-poetics in order to celebrate a resurgence of the West, but let us also celebrate the Ragnarokr of our Evening Land, our global Sein-Zum-Todes. We are “human, all too human” and our tragic natures opens up the Sacred once again. The Vril will function as a volcano, as an eruption of a most deadly force, and it points at the outbrake of the Struggle leading up to an Authentic existence which honours the muliebral.

The last words are for Miguel Serrano:

“Now we are facing the shadowy age of involution, of the Kali Yuga, The use of power (Hvareno, Vril) is taught in Shambhala that permits the mutation of man and of the Earth; the warrior’s initiation is given, which makes it possible. Since ‘as inside, so outside’, the mutation of man into semi-divine and divine will permit the simultaneous transfiguration of the planet.” (Serrano)

Inspired by:

  • Miguel Serrano, The Golden Thread
  • David Myatt, Tu Es Diaboli Ianua
  • Historical Destiny and National Socialism in Heidegger’s Being and time, Fritsche
  • Black Sun, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
  • Georges Bataille
  • Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Acéphalic community

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We must keep in mind the following acpehalic points of Bataille’s Programme drawn up in 1936. An important periode as the Great Depression ruled Europe and many intellectuals were dissatisfied with the parliamentary democracy, the industrial revolution. The Conservative revolution in Germany was the strongest outburst of dissatisfaction, but Bataille also shared a number of ideas. We must keep in mind though that Bataille did not seek for the birth of a new ‘political’ movement, but his Weltanschauung certainly had a return to the Sacred in mind for the West.

 1. Form a community, creative of values, values creative of cohesion.

2. Assume the function of destruction and decomposition, but as an accomplishment, and not as a negation of being.

3. Realize the universal accomplishment of personal being in the irony of the animal world and through the revelation of an acephalic universe.

4. Take upon oneself perversion and crime, not as exclusive values, but as integrated within the human totality.

5. Realise the personal accomplishment of being and its tension through concentration, through a positive asceticism and through positive individual and collective discipline.

6. Fight for the decomposition  and exclusion of all communities socialist, nationalist, communist or churchly.

7. Affirm the reality of values, the resulting inequality of men, and acknowledge the organic character of society.

8. Take part in the destruction of the existing world, with eyes open to the world to come.

9. Affirm the value of violence and the will to aggression insofar as they are the foundation of all power.

Meditate on these words and incorporate them in your Sacred  Weltanschaung. Today’s ultra political correctness and cheap leftist anthropocentrism has turned many of these statements into negative, forbidden and in-human principles. Yet our mysticism is of a Nietzschean kind: tragic, organic and true to the Eorthe, vibrant, the affirmation and destruction of life, truly human, un-relentless, poetic & mythological.  These statements are of an ultimate aeonic importance as they lay the foundation of a possible new Western world / civilization to come. One we cannot envisage or practically aim for, but we need to be reminded of a possible Return to the Origin of the West: the Greek bewilderment. This present World cannot be our aim as it would stifle our actions, but we must always remind ourselves of our Gnostic origin and the discontinuous state of Being.  

As Christos Beest (ONA) once explained the ‘earthing’ of acausal, Numinous forces is done by adepts and initiates of the Sinister Path, by warriors, poets and artists, and thus ‘earthing’ is laying/preparing the esoteric foundation of a new world to come.

Like Bataille we want to cultivate and re-instate the Sacred again and we genuinely believe in the need of an elective headless (anarchic – Jünger) communities in order to unleash the Numinous forces again. Bataille referred to these “as a secret society, network” or even an “order” in the truly religious or initiatory sense. Such communities were/are the setting for the examination of and experimentation with “truths that lacerate, which absorb those to whom they appear and is even animated by a movement which distances from them.” (Irwin, Saints of the Impossible, p. 19). The idea was to corrode the wider society through the sacred energies embodied by the community focused on figures of Death (our Sein-zum-Tode) and beyond any instrumental logic.” Acéphale had no explicit ‘political’ agenda, no goals beyond this one: “Existence, that is to say tragedy”. Our prophet aimed at a shattering of the “principle of the head” as all revolutions have historically lead to just another tyranny (one “head”) based on mundane and worldly power.

The “head” so to speak sucks up all the blood, all the vitality of the society, and therefore paralyzes all vitality, creativity by turning it into an obedient, lifeless servility. One must not forget that a society, a community is an organism just like our bodies and the blood needs to flow freely through the organism. There can only be a ‘leadership’ in the occult sense: those who have been initiated and gone through several ordeals. Their fearless and harsh leadership is beyond the need for power or domination, as they have transcended hubris. They are devoted to the collective and its numinous connexion.

Such communities, like the Nexions of the Sinister Tradition, genuine monastic orders exist beyond the mundane realm. Of course, they participate in ‘mundane’ actions such as taking care of and protecting each other, educating each other, making dinner, growing vegetables and so on, but all in harmony with their natural surroundings. These actions have become Numinous and therefore ‘reason’, as promoted by the Enlightenment and positivist science, has been left behind. These Acéphalic communities are not ‘managed’, but they are alive, they thrive from the blood energy of their member who remain faithful to ancient traditions and to the land where they have grown up. Therefore according to Bataille: “The formation of a new structure, of an ‘order’ developing and seething through the entire earth, is the only real liberatory act – and the only one possible.” (Irvin 20).

Like Bataille we genuinely are fed up with the inertia (still present) of the West, and we are dissatisfied with the instrumentalism that dominates the hegemonic Weltanschauung and so, poetic-ontologically, we have no choice but to think of alternatives. Today, orders such as the Order of Nine Angles, the remaining medieval monastic orders, occult groups with a Pagan Weltanschauung, Traditionalists all carry with them the everlasting flame, Pneuma of the Deus Absconditus. The life forms that are (being) established by them form that very alternative. As the West is slowly dying, infested by its own corruption and greed, these communities (even when they come and go) are the sign that alchemical gold grain of the West is not lost and still fertile.

These manifestations of the Vril strengthen me: GA WATH AM! The JOY before DEATH!

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The Joy before Death: our eleven acts of sovereign aggression

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These acts are based on Bataille’s ‘Les onze agressions’ of his secret group Acéphale. We have adapted some of them as our views differ in some respect, but the core remains Acéphalic, Sovereign and Anti-Human. 

What do we affirm?

  1. Chance & superiority – as a shield against the platitude of the plebian masses!
  2. A collective & strong unity with a Sovereign leader – as a shield against the falseness and the hubris of the modern ‘individual’!
  3. An elective & mystical blood community – as a shield gainst a ‘community’ based on mundane and egalitarian interests!
  4. The religious power of the relentless gift of the tragic self – as a shield against a military power based on material / emotional greed, restriction & self-preservation!
  5. A dark future open to radical changes and one which destroys all limits as a shield against the impotent ‘will’ to maintain the status quo!
  6. The tragic violator of the Law as a shield against compassion with the feeble and powerless victims of this modern era!
  7. Respect and admiration for the inexorable cruelty of Nature as a shield against the degrading image of the ‘good’ god of any monotheism!
  8. Free and mad laughter without limits as a shield against any reasonable and ‘scientific’ explination of the absurd universe we live in!
  9. A desire for and a genuine thirst for a great Destiny of the West – even the most worse and terrible-  against the abdication to pessimism or fear!
  10. The total absence of moral security and false foundations as a shield against the appearance of stability based on humane values!
  11. The Joy before Death as a shield against the cult of immortality!

What can you learn from this?

1. Never let the mass and its mundane, unimaginative and banal outlook on life dictate your way. Be imaginative and let chance rule your life.

2. Against the arrogance of the individual – the phantasm of individuality: a higher sense of community beyond petty and personal needs.

3. The history of Europe has shown what ideologies can lead to when they become the property of the masses. The Mysticism of the Blood is an esoteric notion and they are not crude, simplistic words. Underneath the vast blackened cosmos we are no-thing-s; thrown onto this planet left with our imagination. We must remain true to this Earth: bounded by the actual flesh that rots way and becomes one with the Prima Materia, the darkest of all soils. We need a selective order, a new aristocracy that is willing to plunge itself headlong into the Abyss.

Elected are those that share a tragic awareness. Memento Mori. Life offers no ulterior purpose but to experience it to the fullest: the Satanic Arts pay tribute to life’s vitalism and our Being-towards-Death.

Study Nietzsche! Study Heidegger!

4. We give our-selves away; a gift for the Other. Tragically as we are human all too human. Why should we – as a human species – try to survive? There can be no victory in this Kali Yuga. There is only torment as the Age of Brutalism develops itself.

5. Let’s not dwell in the past. Let us learn from the past. Our great traditions, but we must be willing to leave them behind as the Solar Outburst destroys most of life on Earth. The Future demands ever-becoming creation. Become energy! Become forever!

6. Monotheism has installed the Law, and one should aim to trangress it. This is a confirmation and a charge at the same time. Boundaries are there to be crossed. The Black Arts have always been practised at daggers drawn.

7. We are handed over to the Demiurg, the idle god. Let us accept over fate and be victorious in our futile rebellion. God does not offer any reconciliation for his place is empty and devoid of any hope. At the Left side of the Deus Absconditus, der verborgene Gott the Emptiness awaits us all.

Nature is most cruel and we are one of its most inventive and passionate instruments. Let us celebrate sadism, masochism for we are multi-perverse beings (Freud).

8. Let us not take our-selves too seriously. Consider the writings of Lovecraft. We are powerless in the hands of the Ancients, the Dark Gods, and as we can hear their mad laughter, standing before their altar (Deathspell Omega), we should join them. Their laughter is infectious. Ratio versus non-knowledge. Let us not be scientists, but alchemists of the flesh and the spirit.

9. There is no room for pessimism or fear for these affects paralyse our imagination. A tragic awareness does not hinder one’s creative powers. On the contrary, art for art’s sake, violence for violence’s sake, strengthen one’s resoluteness.

10. The Absence of ground and foundation opens up a multiplicity of possibilities and meanings. We do not coincide with our ‘selves’ because these are fictitious. Lacanian: we coincide with our Desire; it is our ever-lasting Desire that keeps us going. Ideologies offer imaginary resting-places while we should enjoy our energetic nature, the flux of becoming. Acausal becoming as we become nexions for the Dark Gods. Always grow!

11. We have been cursed with a wish for immortality against the Death Drive that truly fuels us. Monotheism, causal gnosticism, luciferianism … despite the formal differences they all promise a release from our gefallenheit. A terminus where we can sleep easily to all eternity. Bataille called Christianity the religion of work for the believer has to earn the remission of sins. While this does not apply to for example gnosticism or luciferianism there is an inherent enmity towards finitude. Instead of experiencing life to the fullest and eagerly accepting its extremes … Joy before Death.

Immortality does not belong to one personally. One becomes immortal by ever-becoming impersonal, by accepting the Void. A return to the Prima Materia.

Source: “Les onze agressions” from L’Apprenti Sorcier (Editions de la Différence, 1999). My interpretation!

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Non-identity: the Mask 

We play different roles in our lives; we are “occupied” by different causal identities: sister, brother, mother, father, employee,… As the Western Apocalyps draws nearer those ‘human’ identities upon which our bourgeois-cherished personal stories are based, do not matter.

My Acephalic mysticism emphasizes the importance of the occult mask. The mask had a central place in the Dionysian mysteries. The initiates wore masks during plays and ritual as a way to cast out their social identities. It has mistakenly been regarded from a human point of view, namely a way to cast out one’s inner demons and passions. Such interpretations are quite anthropocentric and thus part of the whole modernist sickness. This form of ecstacy (ek-stasis), this form of standing out of oneself was an invitation to the pagan gods.  The initiates were enthousiastic: ‘en theo’: they invited the gods to possess them. The gods were asked to possess the initiates and thus masks were put on. Infernal and acausal energy was transferred to the initiates.

Therefore as a masked one I invite the Unheimliche forces of the Acausal. They may enter my body as Temple. I am ready to confess my bourgeois sins, and partake in the nameless crimes over and over again, as a Way of Redemption.


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Religious and fierce Sadism

Let it be remembered: our Acéphalic Mysticism is inherently Sadistic and ultimately Anti-Human. Together with Bataille and Heidegger we condemn the shift towards humanism which occurred after the Enlightment. The Monotheistic god may be dead; we welcome the Return of the Acephalic ones and they shall punish our Hubris. Let the slaughter commence! We worship the Solar Anus.

Das Unheimliche is (the) Real

This is an old post from 2011 when I was studying Lacanian psychoanalysis as part of my exploration of the 7FW and my Acéphalic Mysticism.  The concept of the Real is something which I still value. Lacan knew Bataille of course and Lacan admired Bataille’s philosophy/mysticism. What Lacan defined as the Real can be translated into the Sacred, the Numinous and it shows how ancient Gnostic and Alchemical teachings do surface in ‘new’ philosophical teachings (which frequently deny the eternal value of the Sacred).    

All our political and religious regimes (regardless of the cultural background) are based on the relentless pursuit of man’s well-being, and these systems have enslaved both its leaders and its followers. Communism defines happiness in terms of financial and material equality: the equality of the employer and employees; the equality of the industrial and developing countries. Capitalism, in contrast to the former, favours the entrepeneurs and neglects the interests of the workers,but it ensures material happiness. Both systems are universal as they both have the welfare and the future of the human animal in mind. Popular ecologism / environmentalism is the hottest ideology at the moment, and its prophets believe in material sustainability and the possiblity for the human animal to live on this planet in such a way that the ecological balance is not overthrown. And then we still have the major  religious regimes, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. No matter how different these political and religious regimes are, they all have in common that they function as a screen on which their followers project their particular view on how the reality should be.

The French psychoanalyst  Jacques Lacan calls this the Symbolic Order; this is the order of laws and ethics and it necessarily structures our society for we need our language, our discourse to communicate with the others. We do  not control our discourse; we are controlled by it. As the Belgian philosopher Marc De Kesel puts it: we are a subjectum; we are carriers, form a bearing surface so to speak for the various signifiers, words that float around. In order to communicate and actually bring deliver a meaningful message we follow certain rules. Only poets have the liberty to violate and transgress these laws. Now, the Symbolic Order consists of various layers for signifiers can be intrepreted differently. And this is exactly what the various ideologies do, and somehow every ideologist assumes he speaks the truth.

Behind the screens of these ideologies lies, what Lacan calls, the Real. Those who think that the Real resembles the Platonian world of Forms, will be seriously disappointed. The Real is nothing like a a realm where the ideal forms exist, but the Real is the realm of that which cannot be represented, that which exists outside the text (Derrida), outside the Symbolic Order or that which ex-sists tout court. Our Symbolic Order may be necessary for our survival as a species: this order is and will never be complete. As soon as the child learns to speak, to communicate through language, it enters the Symbolic Order. Yet this Order lacks ‘something’, which cannot be expressed through language, and this can be found, be encountered in the Real.

The Lacanian concept of the Real is incredibly complicated for it can be approached in several ways (1), but the notion the Real that matters to us, is what Freud calls ‘das Unheimliche’. The Real is “(…) the Horrible Thing: the Medusa’s Head; the alien from the movie; the abyss; a monster.” (Zizek & Daly 2004: 68) And it is exactly the function of ideology “to regulate a certain distance with an encounter with the horrific Real.” (Zizek & Daly 2004: 70) In regard to encountering the Real, ideology appears to involve both sustenance and avoidance. In other words, ideology protects the human animal from an underlying order. “Not another reality (2), but something that would smash our Symbolic Order. And, according to the French philosopher Alain Badiou, we may ‘encounter’ the Real when it breaks through the screens that constitute the Symbolic Order.

(1) The well-known Slovenian philosopher and Lacanian Slavoj Zizek distinguishes three Reals (Zizek 2004: 68).

(2) This is exactly what turns ‘The Matrix’ trilogy into a pseudo-philosophical neoplatonian fairy tale that creates the illusion that its fans, the herd, can actually think for themselves. The fact is that the matrix itself constitutes the reality and not a screen created by an independent technological entity. Neo is not mankind’s redeemer, but he is a virtual false prophet. The Matrix is an outstanding illustration of mankind’s history: the human flock waiting for its shepherd to lead it to a better world.

Death by a thousand cuts

The Tears of Eros (1961)

In Bataille’s wonderful, and last, book, The Tears of Eros, we can find an overview of Bataille’s art theoretical thinking in a most original manner, namely through images of the works of art he admires. Bataille was a prophet of the Wordless, the Numinous and in his last offering to us, he lets the works of Art speak for themselves. The images (accompanied by small texts) focus on Bataille’s (and our) main spiritual occupation and obsession: the unity of the Sacred, the Erotic and the Aesthetic. The Dawn of a new mythopoeia concerning the resurgence of the authentic Being.

These three ‘human’ categories have offered us a Gateway to the Acausal, to that which remains hidden. In our ‘liberal’ world of Arbeit /Work we are confronted with a corroding spiritual Emptiness as the Rational and Profane Laws nibble at the strength and the foundation of the Religious (religare = to connect with), namely what we understand as the connection with the Numinous. Now, one of the areas that has always been very watchful with regard to erosion is Art. Art “springs at the impulse to  transgress the prohibitions” that constitute, support, the world of Arbeit. Art therefore is able to represent another, a sacred world, “a world of play where people can subject themselves to there deepest impulses.” (Bataille). 

In Bataille’s book you find images of the Greek Dionysian rites, medieval painters and artists such as Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Dürer, also Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, Delvaux, Margritte and so on in order to illustrate the importance of the Erotic and its transgressive, Evil power. The last pages are devoted to what we have already described in the Sphere of Venus, namely ecstasy / ek-stasis: to go beyond oneself, to become acephalic

Voodoo

Firstly you can find some pictures of the South-American cult of voodoo. The voodoo priest is clearly ecstatic, intoxicated by the ritual. This world, says Bataille, “is the world of the blood sacrifice”. Bataille wrote his book for a mainly mundane audience so for them such occult practices were downright shocking, while for those who have been walking the hidden pathways the importance of Blood is self-evident. We agree with Bataille when he writes that the Blood sacrifice opens one’s mundane eyes to another ‘reality’, the one that transcends everyday being, which Bataille calls the Sacred.

The Sacred is not a safe space for the only entrance is through the bloody reality of the Sacrifice. The Sacred does not offer comfort and relief, but it is “confusing” as it seems that a “vertiginous horror and the intoxication” belong together. It is disorienting for the mundane  as “death itself, the sudden entrance of death” is more “overwhelming” than life itself. And Bataille adds: not only overwhelming, but also more “ghastly” (Bataille).

Lingchi

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This oppresive binding of vertiginous horror and intoxication is even more present in the images on the next page of Bataille’s book: the Chinese torture method called Lingchi or death by a thousand cuts. A slow process by which the torturer removed methodically portions of the body over an extended periode of time. This torture was applied in the Mantsjoe-dynasty (1644 – 1911), and it was reserved from specifically severse crimes such as high treason, patricide or matricide.  The photographs date from 1905.

Bataille was given these photographs by his psychoanalyst Borel and they have played an important rol in his life. The most fascinating aspect of this photograph is the ecstatic smile on the condemned’s face combined with an expression of extreme pain. Bataille mentions that he was told that the condemned was administered some opium in order to stay conscious in order to suffer even more. With Bataille we are intruiged by this expression of indurable pain and the ecstatic as these are both expressions of the Wordless and the Numinous. Our vocabulary simply is far too limited to describe and express this.

In 1938 Bataille was introduced to yoga by a friend of his, and the yogic practice offered him the chance to meditate on these photographs by focussing on the expression of the condemned and Bataille says that “the utter violence of this photograph caused an immoderate consternation”.  The unbridled and terrible violence appalled Bataille that much that he became ecstatic and had an inner expertience.

Bataille once wrote that the

“profundity of the tragic artist” lies in the fact that “his aesthetic instinct” affirms the “large-scale economy which justifies the terrifying, the evil, the questionable, and more than merely justifies them”.

The artist, but also, those who travel the LHP cannot focus on temporary, small-scale events/projects, which are the business of the mundane, but one must view things from a larger scale beyond good & evil. Metahistorical, metahuman and so on. In the case of the Chinese being tortured we must not look at human being’s suffering (as a problem), but on the Religious, tragic undercurrent: the fact that such an act opens up terrifying forces. Bataille was not a humanist, but he was intruiged by those processes that transcend the feeble human being. Of course, some would denounce this kind of torture as being inhuman, but the fact is that violence is undeniably part of the Cosmic, and I would say its main drive. Our will-to-power taps into those forces that resonate from the Great Void. 

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Sadism

The smile on the condemned’s face shows the fundamental connection, and UR-connection, between religious ecstasy, eroticism and the inherent Evil. Bataille mentions of course De Sade and Sadism as De Sade would have like to witness such a torture. A Sadist according to Bataille is apathetic, calculated and we agree. A Sadist does not ‘enjoy’ what he does, but he regards himself as a tool, a vessel of acausal forces. The transcendence of his victim into the Realm of Pain and Grief is something that he aims for religiously. It is all a matter of Cosmic energy: no personal joy or gratification but dedication to one’s Wyrd. Liberal media often describe Sadists are as will-less sex offenders, sex addicts, sick people who are to be locked up and treated. Of course, these Üntermenschen do exist. But from a Sinister point of view (ONA, TBO, …) a True Sadist has transcended the Ego and has entered the Sacred where he invites his victims along with him for a “Joy before Death”. A cosmic joy, rapture in front of the Altar of Madness.

Those who are willing to turn away from the mundane world (through their Art, ritual, Way of Life, orthodoxy…) are willing to torture first of all themselves in order to prove their dedication to the Dark Gods, Buddha, God, .. The Nigredo is the stage of the Alchemical Opus in which you are ready to face your inner demons. For Bataille the Nigredo is the mystical Night what he calls “a rustling of radically formless, primordial matter”. This is not a beacon of knowledge, but the most gutteral non-knowledge where a profound transmutation takes place comparable to the gradual dismemberment of the Chinese condemned. This takes place in the Prima Materia.

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Become therefore your own Sadist, your own torturer. As the Sadist does not serve anyone; he acts like a vessel, a nexion for the Dark Gods, and through his actions the Sadist shows his commitment. True religious behaviour transcends the causal realm, and the smile on the practioner’s face must be equal to that of the condemned of Lingchi. Enter therefore the Night governed by the Sphere of Luna. Meditate on the awesome power of Aesoth as she is called upon for works of Passion and Death. Use the photograph to strenghten your vision and your delirium. 

Bataille used the photograph as well but he did not wander the Sinister Path. Anyway his insight that in the (acausal) realm of religious eroticism the horrifying and the religious come together acknowledges the importance of our practices devoted to the Sinister Tradition. At one point Bataille gave up the idea to re-install a Nietzschean religious order based upon blood sacrifice. He knew very well that  there is no religion without sacrifice, without the importance of blood. And this is exactly the point where we re-installed Acephalic Mysticism. The practices of the Sinister Tradition strengthen our focus and incorporate an aeonic vision. The Blood Sacrifice remains the core of a truly trangressive religious experience. Blood must flow; whether this is your own or that from your Victim. Let us therefore die the Death of a Thousand Cuts and always, always with a Smile on our face.

Invoke the Madness. 333! 

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Literature:

  • Wikipedia
  • Tears of Eros (Bataille)
  • Bataille’s Peak (Allank Stoekl)