The Worker’s shoes

a-pair-of-shoes-hero1‘The shoes’ by Vincent van Gogh

One of the paintings Heidegger wrote about is Van Gogh’s painting of a pair of shoes. In itself nothing particular, nothing sinister, nothing revealing, but the gnostic essence which is laid bare by Heidegger reveals a hidden side of this ‘simple’ painting. To Heidegger art reveals what a being ‘really’ or ‘in essence’ is stands for.

Heidegger regards these shoes as a tool, but one that seems unused, abandoned in an indefinite space. Heidegger notices that the shoes do not carry any traces of earth: “Just a couple of peasant’s shoes. And still.”

Through this painting Heidegger describes the essence of truth as an “unconcealedness”, something that has been dis-covered so to speak. The etymology of the English word ‘discover’ shows this most beautifully: a ‘cover’ has been taken away. The truth brings to light what was originally hidden, covered, veiled. To loose the truth means that everything will be hidden once again.

Heidegger used the painting of the shoes to talk about truth, about a particular event of revealing. Heidegger describes most poetically that from within the “dark opening” of the used shoe the “effort of labor” stares at us. The shoe as a tool is not something that should be cast away, as it has helped the laborer, the worker, the farmer during his hard and honest work on the field. Heidegger describes how “the wet and saturated earth sticks to the leather”. In this shoe “resounds the silent call of the earth” and how the earth has given us the grain. “The shoe (therefore) belongs to the earth and it is protected in the world of the farmer.”

The connexion with the Earth/Eorthe is a very important and most symbolic one. The Conservative Revolution, to which Heidegger belonged, was well aware of the gnostic and sacred importance of the Earth as a major force that is the exact opposite to the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. These events have ‘centralized’ man’s position (in disadvantage of the Sacred) and his dependence on technology. One could say: the ultimate phase of the Kali Yuga in which man is alienated from the mystical origins of the Earth and started to disrespect the earth and its raw materials by turning these into mere instruments of profit. Today, only real craftsmen respect the genuine truth within raw materials such as the earth, wood, water, leather and so on. From within those raw materials the work of art presences itself and the craftsman, like Jünger’s worker-soldier, merely channels these hidden forces.  

A true craftsman presenced these shoes. They do not have a particular shape, they are dark and, as Heidegger notices, “the darkness shines from within them”. Their connexion with the Earth is therefore an acausal one: an acéphalic (beyond human and limited reason) resonance from das Heilige (Hölderlin), the abysmal Sacred (Bataille). The shoes are human tools but these ‘worker’ shoes form a connexion to a deeper and more traditional world. The same applies to the combat shoes of soldiers, the sandals of monks and so on. Such men transform and presence acausal forces, and their labor, their work, their struggle brings the Truth to light.

This cthonic resonance of the shoes brings us to the Greek pantheon of Dark Gods (Dionysos, Demeter,…) who reside in the Sphere of the Hidden, the Acausal, but which can be invoked by adepts, initiates of a Traditional Weltanschauung. A Weltanschauung which criticizes the modern world and its lack of the Sacred. Sinister traditions like the ONA’s, David Myatt’s Weltanschauung, the Conservative Revolution, the Traditionalists, Radical Paganism, the New Right all share this criticism, and their ‘acéphalic mission’ to bring forward the eternal essence of the Truth.

Their initiates do not simply see a used pair of shoes, but they all can hear its call which descends from the Greeks and rises up to the present Völkisch communities and those to come. I invite you to look at these shoes differently as well!

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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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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.

I summon thee, the Headless One

I summon you, Headless One,

who created Earth and Heaven

who created Night and Day / you who created light and darkness;

you are OSORONNOPHRIS, whom none has ever seen;  you are IABAS, you are IAPOS,

you have distinguished the just and the unjust; you have made female and male

you have revealed seed and fruits; you have made men love each other and hate each other.

These are the first enigmatic sentences of the Rite of the Headless One which was found in the Stele of Jeu the Hieroglyphist in the Greek Magical Papyri, dating from approx. 350 CE. In this post we will be looking at some of the different uses of the term ‘headless’ in mythology and the occult, in order to situate Bataille’s specific use of headless or acéphale. Besides that we will also pay attention to Bataille’s emphasis on certain aspects of this term, namely the Gnostic origin and its overtly Numinous nature.

The Rite of the Headless One

This exorcism rite might have remained unknown were it not that A. Crowley was quite taken by the power of the Rite, and it became his favourite ritual for invoking the Holy Guardian Angel. Crowley used an adaptation (probably written by A. Bennett) and entitled it: The Invocation of the Heart Girt with a Serpent, or The Bornless Ritual.

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Remark: interestingly the term ‘bornless’ was used in Crowley’s version instead of the original ‘headless’. In my research and in the excellent blog post ‘Akephalos – The Rite of the Headless One‘ (here you will find more details on the Rite, its history, the etymology and so) it is said that  Israel Regardie made a go of suggesting “In many primitive languages, the word ‘head’ is often used as an equivalent of ‘beginning’ . . .Therefore headless and bornless can be seen as synonyms referring to a deity without beginning.

Headless?

You may ask yourself the question why did they refer to this Deity as being Headless? How was the term headless used in mythology and the occult?

  • Headless beings were known in mythology: various species of mythical headless men “were rumored to inhabit remote parts of the world. They are variously known as akephaloi (Greek ἀκέφαλοι, “headless ones”) or Blemmyes (Latin: Blemmyae; Greek: βλέμμυες) and described as lacking a head, with their facial features on their chest.” 

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A Blemmyae from Schedel’sNuremberg Chronicle (1493).

  • Beheading or the punishment of decapitation is an ancient one which had significantly more meaning in Traditional societies (as opposed to our derailed way of living in the Kali Yuga). In ancient pagan faiths executed criminals were rumored to become Akephaloi after their beheading and to roam around as spirits. Celts believed that the soul resided in the head of their ennemies and therefore they practiced headhunting: capturing a head meant capturing the soul of an opponent. This violent tradition is still visible through the ONA with the depiction of Baphomet, the Mistress of the Earth, as a dark violent Goddess to whom human sacrifices were (and are) made. You can see her holding the head of a young man. One of her chosen victims…

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Agios O Baphomet, our Mistress of Blood

  • In his interesting blog post Akephalos (no longer available as it seems) the author refers to a possible identity of the Headless God, namely  research done by John Colman, Professor of Egyptology at John Hopkins University and The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. “He  tells us in The Enigmatic Netherworld Books of the Solar-Osirian Unity, in which he deciphers hieroglyphic content from the tombs of Tutankhamun, Ramesses VI, and Ramesses IX, that Akephalos refers to the Egyptian Osiris, but not in the form of the mummified god of the Underworld – rather as a deity of solar-reunification, Ra-Osiris. Darnell provides evidence, based on archaeological finds and Egyptological research, which shows that the head of the headless form of Osiris is the Sun, and that the solar Osiris is one with Ra.” So, the Headless One is here understood to be the decapitated Osiris. A claim which I have read in other texts as well.

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Isis and Nephtys with Re-Osiris. Tomb of Nefertari. XIX Dynasty.

  • The concept of a headless God is however not just literally a question of decapitation, but it refers to its ontology, namely the acausal nature of this God. The Headless One cannot be causally grasped: there is not a single reference to his origin, his name, his representation and this brings us to the Gnostic nature of this particular Deity.  The Headless One should not be seen as a seperate or eminent being, but he is imminent and thus he is the mystical source from which everything and everybody originates (ref. Ecclesia Mysteria). In the Rite however the word ‘created’ is used, and this must be the Christian influence on this syncretic text, namely the Headless One as a creator God. From a Gnostic point of view this would be impossible. The Gnostic tradition refers to the deity as the Deus Absconditus, the One who is absent. Absent as a seperate being, but ontologically everywhere as an imminent presence.

The Headless God as being Gnostic: Bataille’s AcéphaleThis brings us to the very core of our Acephalic mysticism: why did Bataille choose a Headless monster (as he himself described it) and headlessness as his main mystical principle. How did he come up with this?

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The Acéphale (2013). New version byDenis Forkas(his copyright!) for Behemoth’s The Satanist

You should know that Bataille was a librarian and had access to a vast amount of books and research. In his never-ending quest he encountered old amulets with depictions of Gnostic deities and the Headless One. Being an iconoclast and an anti-modernist he was immediately attracted to the Gnostic Weltanschauung. Bataille’s view is also determined by a profound dualism: the Profane versus the Sacred. Just like Heidegger, Spengler and Evola, Bataille was highly critical towards the ‘modern’ evolution and the profound lack of connectedness: modern man lived in a discontinuum obsessed with their identity and mundane projects. Bataille however regarded the contact with the Continuum/Sacred (Numinous if you will) as a fundamental Being-present-in-the-World, but it was being denied and suppressed in the name of ‘progress’. Unlike the magian beliefs Bataille did not choose to ‘escape’ to another and morally better world, Bataille saw the Sacred as imminent, as ever-present in matter.

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Georges Bataille (10.09.1897 – 09.07.1962)

While Bataille liked the antinomian, heretical stance of the Gnostic currents his interpretation was itself one of the most radical: while many Gnostic sects cursed matter as being the creation of Jahwe, the Demiurg, Bataille favoured matter and looked for the Sacred within matter itself:

“the severed ass’s head of the acephalic personification of the sun undoubtedly represents, even if imperfectly, one of materialism’s most virulent manifestions”. (Base Materialism and Gnosticism)Bataille here refers to one of the presentations of ancient deities on the amulets and he regards the acephalic God as a virulent manifestation of materialism. Bataille recognizes the Gnostic’s principle of matter as being active and having “its own autonomous existence as darkness and as evil” and evil as a creative action. Bataille actually recognizes his own point of view in the antinomianism of the Gnostics. They were heretical because they did not see matter and evil as “degradations of superior principles” (magian point of view). Bataille realized that not all Gnostics did agree on this as a majority saw matter as a creation of the Demiurg and matter was seen as a prison from which gnosis or insight should free them. There were however antinomian cults that practised evil rituals (sodomy for instance) in order to show that they were liberated from the enslavement by matter.

Bataille however did not see matter as a sin (magian belief) or a prison (gnostic), but he actually located the Sacred in matter. As a practitioner of Tantric sexuality the flesh and matter were something Sacred and therefore Bataille regarded transgressions as a portal towards the Continuum. Nevertheless, Gnosticism did appeal to Bataille:

“it is difficult to believe that on the whole Gnosticism does not manifest above all a sinister love for darkness, a monstrous taste for the obscene and lawless archontes, for the head of the solar ass […]. The existence of a sect of licentious Gnostics and of certain sexual rites fulfils this obscure demand for a baseness that would not be reducible which would be owed the most decent respect: black magic has continued this tradition to the present day.” (Base Materialism and Gnosticism)Despite the fact that the Gnostic in the end aimed for something good and perfected (liberation from matter), Gnosticism  questioned monotheistic idealism and its practice of submitting matter to the spirit. Through their licentiousness the Gnostics aimed at disconcerting the human spirit and idealism. In the illustrious footsteps of the Gnostics Bataille refused to submit himself and his reason

“to whatever is more elevated, to whatever can give a borrowed authority to that being [he is], and to the reason that arms this being.” (Base Materialism and Gnosticism)

Therefore he submits himself to matter or what he calls base matter:

“base matter is external and foreign to ideal human aspirations, and it refuses to allow itself to be reduced to the great ontological machines resulting from these aspirations.” (Base Materialism and Gnosticism)

Base matter is an important concept in Bataille’s Weltanschauung and indicates clearly that the mystic has no wish to serve any ontological machine. Non Serviam is the central message here. It also shows that, just like the Gnostics, Bataille does not advocate anthropocentrism. In his view matter and energy go hand in hand, and actually the human Geist does not rule them. We can refer to Myatt’s vision about humility, compassion and empathy. Just like base matter the Acausal cannot be judged from a causal point of view. They may coincide, for instance a Nexion, but the Acausal cannot be reduced to anything rational.

I have already describedthe drawing by Breton. Bataille explains his choice for the Acephalic ‘monster’ as follows:

“Man has escaped from his head just as the condemned man has escaped from his prison. He has found beyond himself not God, who is the prohibition against crime, but a being who is unaware of prohibition. Beyond what I am, I meet a being who makes me laugh because he is headless; this fills me with dread because he is made of innocence and crime; He holds a steel weapon in his left hand, flames like those of a Sacred Heart in his right. He reunites in the same eruption Birth and Death. He is not a man. He is not a god either. He is not me but he is more than me: his belly is the labyrinth in which he has lost himself, loses me with him, and in which I discover myself as him, in other words as a monster.” (The Sacred Conspiracy)

The Acephalic Monster is not here to serve or establish for that reason any hierarchy, nor does it aim at laying down new laws. It headlessness sets him free from the prison of calculated reason, if only momentary because Bataille is well aware that a society does need order and laws. However in order to reconnect with the Sacred, one must be able to escape from one’s head. This is what Bataille calls transgression. The Acephalic One is neither God nor man; he is a monster which can be compared to the Minotaur that roams the labyrinth. Although Bataille’s will to transgress  may seem as a “call for chaos”, Bataille re-introduces the Acephalic One, following the example of the Gnostics, to question the ruling majority, the ontological machines at work crafting ‘our’ reality. The Gnostics challenged the dominant religions with their patriarchy and absolute hierarchies based on reason and logic.

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The Acephalic One however cannot be approached through reason as he resides beyond the Causal, beyond the seven spheres. In the post Azal and the Nine Angles  V.K. Jehannum refers to Azal, a concept in Arabic theology and it is derived from Pahlavi a-sar meaning “without head”. As we have already discussed “without head” could also mean bornless, or without beginning, therefore Azal refers “to an absolute past, an eternity with no beginning. Ergo, Azal would be a suitable descriptor for the realm of Ogdoadic physis which lies beyond the planetary spheres.” Bataille did not put it down in these words, but his interest in ancient practices such as human sacrifice, decapitation, torture with a specific focus on the history of the Aztecs, Gnosticism, Christianity, Satanism and Tantrism shows his anti-modernist stance, and the fact that the past meant much more to him. It is a Continuum beyond Time which he called the Sacred realm, and perhaps we could say that this is what we find in the ONA, namely the realm of Ogdoadic physis beyond the Seven Spheres, beyond the Causal.

Bataille also earthened The Acephalic One by introducing Base Matter. In alchemical terms we could compare this to the Prima Materia which offers the energy to channel and presence the Sacred (or Numinous) in one Causal form or another. The Adept of Acephalic Mysticism searches within the labyrinth of the Prima Materia, and during this search he encounters the Acephalic Monster which has always been present within him, in-the-world, in the Abyss and the Cosmos.

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Adam as Prima Materia

Afterthought: Causal, Acausal, bornless…

We can conclude that the Acephalic One must be understood as a formula, a portal which introduces the Acausal within the Causal. It is not a man nor a god, but an entity which cannot be conceived, named, grasped by us, for we stand outside its realm. The Rite of the Headless One was an instrument to Crowley to invoke his Holy Guardian Angel, but would have been useless to Bataille’s Cosmic interests. Bataille utterly despite the instrumental. In the Rite the Headless One is being described as a God being able to undertake causal actions and this makes him a Creator God or a God of Work. The Acephalic One for Bataille is Omnipresent and Absent (deus absconditus) and does not undertake actions: a most sovereign UR-power whose gnosis can only be felt or communicated acausally.

Bataille clearly wanted to avoid a new ‘human’ construct, a new ‘god’ to be worshipped, for he was well aware of the inherent dangers and limitations. For such a God is only the mirror of man’s Ego. Bataille wanted to be ferociously religious: religare; to connect through presencing the Numinous without human intervention and without the trappings of time. I would like to point at Myatt’s textPersonal reflections on Some Metaphysical questions(Brought to my attention through one of the posts of the Misanthropic Nexion).  Myatt asked some important metaphysical question with regard to the causal/acausal, the Born-less and our human position. He concludes:

What, therefore, is the wordless knowing that empathy and pathei-mathos reveal? It is the knowing manifest in our human culture of pathei-mathos. The knowing communicated to us, for example, by art, music, literature, and manifest in the lives of those who presenced, in their living, compassion, love, and honour. Germane to this knowing is that – unlike a form or an abstraction – it is always personal (limited in its applicability) and can only be embodied in and presenced by some-thing or by some-one which or who lives. That is, it cannot be abstracted out of the living, the personal, moment of its presencing by someone or abstracted out from its living apprehension by others in the immediacy-of-the-moment, and thus cannot become ‘an ideal’ or form the foundation for some dogma or ideology or supra-personal faith. (Myatt, Personal reflections on Some Metaphysical questions)

In my humble opinion communication is the very keyword here: a wordless knowing which is an understanding beyond reason, an understanding with the heart and without the head. Myatt mentions art, music, literature, a modus vivendi (friendship, love) and operandi (honourful living, Sinister practice- as a means of communicating the Acausal and thus becoming a living Nexion. Furthermore Myatt defends a wordless and timeless (without beginning) knowing (ref. Azal, Dhar & Zamal as concepts of time within Islamic Alchemy) that cannot become the foundation for some dogma or supra-personal faith. Bataille’s quest was different, but he ended up with the same insights. 

In this respect Myatt and Bataille agree with each other. They both call upon an acephalic knowing and taking part in the imminent. Both their rites are wordless ones. 

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All that remains is Silence

Which was and will always be Eternal and Ever-Present

Sources (hyperlinks provided in the text):

  • Wikipedia
  • Blogs by V.K. Jehannum, Whollybooks, Sinister Polemics, Misanthropic Nexion)
  • David Myatt: Personal reflections on Some Metaphysical Questions
  • Georges Bataille: Base Materialism and Gnosticism – The Sacred Conspiracy
  • Ecclesia Mysteria

Von S, 127yf

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Addendum: the complete text of the Rite of the Headless One (source: Whollybooks)

I summon you, Headless One,

who created Earth and Heaven

who created Night and Day / you who created light and darkness;

you are OSORONNOPHRIS, whom none has ever seen;  you are IABAS, you are IAPOS,

you have distinguished the just and the unjust; you have made female and male

you have revealed seed and fruits; you have made men love each other and hate each other.

I am Moses your prophet, to whom you have transmitted your mysteries celebrated by Israel; you have revealed the moist and the dry and all nourishment; hear me!

I am the messenger of Pharoh OSORONNOPHRIS;  this is your true name which has been transmitted to the Prophets of Israel.

Hear me, ARBATHIAO REIBET ATHELEBERSETH [ARA] BLATHA ALBEU EBENPHCHI CHITASGOE IBAOTH IAO; listen to me and turn away this daimon.

I call upon you, awesome and invisible god with an empty spirit,

AROGOGROROBRAO SOCHOU MODORIO PHALARCHAO OOO

Holy Headless One, deliver me, (your name), from the daimon which restrains me,

ROUBRIAO MARI ODAM BAABNAOTH ASS ADONAI APHNIAO ITHOLETH ABRASAX AEOOY

Mighty Headless One, deliver me, (your name), from the daimon which restrains me,

MABARRAIO IOEL KOTHA ATHOREBALO ABRAOTH

deliver me, (your name),

AOTH ABRAOTH BASYM ISAK SABAOTH IAO

He is the Lord of the gods; He is the Lord of the inhabited world

He is the one whom the winds fear; He is the one who made all things by the command of his voice.

Lord, King, Master, Helper,

Deliver this Soul

IEOU  PYR  IOU  PYR  IAOT  IAEO  IOOW  ABRASAX  SABRIAM  OO  YY  AY  OO  YY  ADONAIE

quickly, quickly, good Messenger of God!

ANLALA LAI GAIA APA DIACHANNA CHORYN

I am the Headless daimon with my sight in my feet; I am the mighty one who possesses the immortal fire;

I am the truth who hates the fact that unjust deeds are done in the world; I am the one who makes the lightning flash and the thunder roll;

I am the one whose sweat is the heavy rain which falls upon the earth that it might be  inseminated; I am the one whose mouth burns completely; I am the one who begets and destroys;

I am the Grace of the Aion; My name is a heart encircled by a serpent;  Come Forth and Follow.