A terrifying vision: man’s non-identity and the Void within

ImageThis is a haunting self-portrait by the Belgian painter Léon Spilliaert. I found a most fitting analysis and description of this dark painting in one of our newspapers. The author, Eric Rinckhout, mentions 4 important elements: the Night, the Eye, the Clock and the Mirror.

Being a gastric patient Léon Spilliaert often wasn’t able to sleep and therefore he wandered through his house in Oostende and silently observed himself. This work of art is not a painting, but it is water-colour drawing combined with coloured pencil and East Indian ink. The absence of colour, the black and white, greyish green and red tints emphasize the drabness of the Night. The Night is very important in the Bataillean occult for the Night defies all ‘vision’, all understanding, all understanding. Look at the artist staring into Nothingness, aimlessly as if is he waiting for some demon to appear.

The eye. Being an insomniac the artist looks at things from an uncanny perspective. Beyond logic and durability. All the certainties of one’s daily life are now gone, evaporated so to speak as the greyness of the Night enters. The Eye staring at us is the Left Eye, the ‘evil eye’. Evil not being the absence of good, but the presence of vitality, power, ongoing energy without purpose. A Solar eye. This is the eye of corruption for its power destroys our identity. It makes us realize that we are ‘nothing’, that man’s existence in the cosmos in the end is utterly meaningless despite our self-centred ideologies, our sciences that make us feel unconquerable. Look closely at the fear and anguish reflected by that eye being the core of our existence. The head seems to be a death’s head; almost headless. The Joy before Death.The all immersive Joy of the Void.

The Clock: can you hear the ticking sound of an old clock? The clock standing on the mantle piece in front of an empty mirror as if it were a passage way into another time frame, a parallel universe where the Dark Gods dwell.

The Mirror: Spilliaert observed himself in a mirror from the bottom up so the figure seems to stare into an Abyss which fulfills him with horror. This has created a claustrophobic atmosphere which makes this work of art even more impressive.

We may not have an ‘identity’ but this drawing shows the anguish, the dread, the horror that lurks within us, deep down, hidden beneath our shallow thoughts. It is not a ‘truth’ but far beyond because it is non-human and far too inhuman to experience. Such self-contemplation destabilizes us and throws us in the Abyss. Are you prepared for this?

Manifesto of the Ministery of the Abyss

WE SWEAR TO:
1. BE THE CHOSEN OF THE VOID. Service to the Abyss is a privilege, not a duty. It is a sacred responsibility to represent the Void, to explore its truths, and to share its revelations with others. The idea of ‘evil’ appeals to many, but few are actually able to hear the call of the Abyss and respond.
2. BRING THE ABYSS INTO THIS WORLD. Our tradition holds that this universe is cut off from the Abyss. Whether it is outside, beyond, or trapped, we know that it can access this world through cracks in the spiritual fabric, created through pain, suffering, and esoteric practices.
3. LIVE (ONLY) TO FURTHER ITS ALIEN AGENDA FOR THE COSMOS. The Abyss demands all or nothing. To serve the Abyss is to know that you must offer everything and everyone in your life as a potential casualty of its inscrutable plans. Your own hopes and dreams are only relevant insofar as they may be expressions of its own malignant will.
4. SPILL BLOOD. The Abyss demands sacrifice. All blood is fit for sacrifice, from whatever source – yours as well as others. Blood is life, and life must be offered to the Abyss and to its entities. There is no bloodless path to the Void.
5. SAY NO TO LIFE. ABANDON HOPE. There is no hope in false gods and idols. Only through the Abyss can we achieve true peace, by becoming a part of its super(un)consciousness. Only through merging with terror itself can you overcome your fears. Other religious traditions offer hope of salvation or freedom of suffering, but they are lying. Do not place your hope in gods that cannot save themselves.
6. EMBRACE DEATH. The Abyss offers true death of the false-ego. There is no return and no escape from its embrace, because you cease to be you, and become part of something infinite. True death is true peace as part of the eternal darkness beyond life and death.
7. USE THIS LIFETIME TO LEARN HOW TO ESCAPE REINCARNATION, SO WE CAN BE DISSOLVED BACK INTO THE VOID. Only through convergence with the Abyss can we escape the useless cycle of suffering and reincarnation. Otherwise, we are tools of the gods and subject to their whims and dictates. The Abyss is the only possible escape from the cycle.
8. CREATE ART, MUSIC, AND TEXT THAT PERSONIFIES THE IMPERSONAL HORROR OF THE VOID. The revelations of the Void can be shown to others. Media like art, music, and narrative are powerful tools for communicating the strange, contradictory truths of the Abyss which can only be transmitted through oblique paths. The Abyss wants to be experienced, and so we must create those channels through which it can be perceived by others.
9. BUILD SHRINES ALTARS FOR THE ABYSS. SACRIFICE OURSELVES AND OTHERS. The worship of the Abyss constitutes a grave violation of the spiritual laws of the cosmos. Every altar, every offering, every shrine and blot that is consecrated to the Abyss serves as a doorway for it into the cosmos.
10. CONSUME. CONVERGE. Daily, we consume the energies of the people and cultures around us, and turn them into the power of the Void. Through us, the Abyss is able to absorb spiritual and cosmic energies, which it warps into its own complex patterns. We serve as the hands of the Abyss in this world, and each act (each spell, each meditation, each offering) bring us closer to convergence with it.
11. COMMIT ACTS OF ESOTERIC TERRORISM. Like the Diabolus who is our general, we seek to destabilize the cosmic order on a spiritual level. We are not concerned with politics revolutions, because the physical universe is already contaminated. Our violent attacks are artistic, literary, musical, and magickal, because that is the only lasting way to affect the masses.
12. DESTABILIZE THE SPIRITUAL KINGDOMS OF THE COSMIC WORLD. We are at war with the gods and their followers. We are engaged in subverting spiritual powers and causing the erosion of established religion. Through demonic sacrifices and artistic expression, we will shatter and defile the psychic stability of whatever community we inhabit.
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Les Trésors de Satan

Sous-Marin. The Fallen Angel graciously glides over his treasures. Those beautiful, lustful bodies that are able to freely enjoy themselves. No feelings of guilt, no remorse but pure Evil: to go beyond petty morals.  The transgression of the Law is exactly that which sweetens the Sin. Colours of gold surround the Last Men and Women, and in the background one can see an air of absinthe as if this painting wanted to be a beacon of inspiration.

The Symbolist painter Jean Delville has truly been able to create an exquisite picture of Hell, the stage of the Nigredo where our damned souls reside and find infinite pleasure in the Prima Materia. The painting radiates no suffering only surreal Beauty and a passionate energy.

To summon Him…

A Slave hangs bleeding in the abysmal deep. Listen carefully to this Slave as he expresses his darkest phantasms deleriously:

“He never deemed me worthy of his sickening presence despite the frantic efforts that I made when I was younger. notwithstanding the countless nighttime rituals I performed He always seemed to reject me, while I had read about sorcerers being able to summon Him. I always imagined that this sinister evocation would unleash a blast of dark energies. How else could one imagine this for He represents a multitude of forces that have been developing through the aeons.

Such a force, which cannot be signified, would never present itself good-naturedly or gently, but would erupt violently like a volcano. A most sublime spectacle which does not strengthen the ego but would destroy it. I would expect to be surrounded by a darkening gunge of bad smelling incense that, just like a snake does, coils around me as if there were numerous tentacles that explore my body; a sense which is erotically stimulating, but at the same time I would become aware of the smell of blood. The tentacles that caress my body have minuscule barbs scraping my skin. Masochistically I’d endure the Pain as deep inside my desires come to the surface: a craving for Pain and Death, to be subjected to His Will and to be crushed like an insect, but also a desire for Pleasure, an extra-human joy that, if only temporarily, liberates me from my wretched existence. Liberate me! Lord, why hast thou forsaken me.”

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