Agios O Vindex

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A few days ago V.K. Jehannum published an intruiging post with the title ‘There is no Vindex‘. As always a well researched blog post which challenges the reader and confronts him with suppositions which have not been questioned, such as the background of the Vindex archetype. V.K. always delves deeply into the particular history of the occult symbols and therefore frequents various sources. Our Acéphalic Weltanschauung is grounded in the mysticism of Georges Bataille, Traditionalism, Hermetic mysticism and the Sinister Tradition of which the ONA is one of the most exemplary emanations.  Therefore Vindex is one of the most important Archetypes to us. 

The central question V.K. Jehannum poses here is why the creators of the ONA highlighted  the connexion of this Archetype with the historical figure of Gaius Julius Vindex. As pointed out by V.K. the description used in the original ONA MSS is none other than the historical description of Gaius Julius Vindex:  “[Gaius Julius Vindex] was powerful in body and of shrewd intelligence, was skilled in warfare and full of daring for any great enterprise; and he had a passionate love of freedom and a vast ambition” (Cassius Dio, 63.22.1-2).

This historical connexion with Gaius Julius Vindex does not come as a suprise to me for it has always been clear to me. The Latin word ‘vindex’ has an imperial connotation: defender, protector, avenger and in my personal research many years ago I stumbled upon Gaius Julius Vindex. The question is why did the founders of the ONA choose this name.

  1. First of all, there is the Latin meaning: defender, protector, avenger. The last term has definitely been used to refer to the antinomian essence of Satan. Within the Sinister Tradition is Satan the Adversary, the Dark God that challenges the status quo, the ruling order for this particular order, the current Western aeon, has been superimposed upon the strong, the ones who live according to a master morality. Satan is the Shadow Aspect and as the embodiment of the Will to Power he keeps the Wheel of Life spinning. Satan represents none other than the chtonic and heterogeneous forces that are able to destabilize the current hegemonic order.  
  2. An important aspect of the Weltanschauung of the Sinister Tradition is based on the organic nature of civilizations (Spengler). The Magick of the Sinister Tradition is not only a personal one, but the Magician also operates on an aeonic level for in the end the scope of the Sinister Tradition lies beyond the current status of humanity and beyond Eorthe. Not just a simpleminded destruction but a trangression by building upon the rich Tradition of our forefathers and of the West. Its current degeneracy leaves us no other choice than to hold on what is still intact, what is still Traditional (ancient values, knowledge, aural and written folk traditions), cherish those treasure and strive towards the Stars. This means that the Archetype of Vindex, as a defender/protector of the ancient values/knowledge/traditions is a more than fitting one. The historical figure of Gaius Julius has its historical significance: Gaius Julius Vindex was a rebel and he wanted to dethrone Nero whom Gaius saw as an unworthy Emperor. Instead of seeing him as a ‘sovereign’ Gaius called him a ‘harpist’. The notion of sovereign is very dear to me: Bataille regards emperors, the aristocracy, madmen, mystics, … as ‘sovereign’ because they fight against the status quo, they embody sinister aspects which are not compatible with the status quo. I can imagine that Nero’s rule did not please Gaius Julius Vindex. Therefore the archetype of Vindex is very well chosen. The word associated with Vindex is ‘opher’. One must rise about the selfish concern typical for mundane behaviour. True Magic lies beyond oneself and just like Gaius one must be prepared to sacrifice oneself in order to prepare the Aeon of Fire.

Of course, it is a known archetype: the Wotan archetype, the archetype of the warrior, the champion warrior / warror caste can be studied in the writings of Julius Evola as well. Beside that there is Kalki (Hinduism), the Gnostic Christ of the Rosicrucians. These figures are warriors, mystics, prophets who oppose the ruling System because it has betrayed ancient and eternal values. These ‘defenders’ stand for a timeless tradition of the Sacred.  Bataille himself called upon antinomian, heterogeneous forces. The Bataillean figure of the Acéphalic man is a sort of Vindex figure as well: leading the rebellion with the heart and not through ratio (headless). The Vindex figure is therefore neither a hoax nor propaganda, as we are talking about the changes on an aeonic schale.  We need such a mythos in the present technologcial times as it keeps our head fresh. The antinomian power of the Vindex mythos should not be underestimated.

Another important source I would like to refer to is Metaphysics of War by the mystic Evola.  He devoted a chapter to the Roman conception of Victory which is very interesting in this respect and demonstrates how the Romans “believed in a meeting and mutual interpenetration of divine and human forces”. For the ancient Roman the manifestation of the Sacred, the Divine was “to be found in time, in history, in everything which is carried out through human action”. The importance of a mystical counterpart was important to the Romans and this leads us to the conclusion that Vindex’ rebellion against Nero, who had betrayed ancient Roman values through his decadence, is a mystical rebellion, and thus honourable. This intensfies and consolidates the Archetype of Vindex even more. Evola refers to the Samurai as well by explaining the Roman concept of devotio, what we would call ‘tragic heroism’. It was a warlike ritual action in which the sacrifice of oneself was vowed “and one’s own life was dedicated consciously to ‘lower’ powers, whose unleashing was to contribute to bringing victory.” Committing ritual suicide is not mentioned here but like the Samurai I can imagine that devoted imperators such as Gaius Julius Vindex committed his own death for the sake of victory. His army may have been defeated, his action did start a revolution against Nero whose suicide is nothing but cowardly. Vindex’ revolt was therefore a Traditionalist one and most mystical. So, I would say the historical reference is accurate and implies further thought. 

I find the reference of Evola to ‘lower’ forces particularly interesting as it has a most Sinister-Numinous connotation: summoning chtonic forces by certain ritual acts of war. Hermetically and acéphalically speaking we can say that the Vindex Archetype is the Solar rebirth after the chaotic phase of the Nigredo. The Vindex Archetype brings the defeat of a cancerous society and order by a courageous Self-Sacrifice. To embody this Archetype demands courage, sacrifice, devotion, true nobility, and not te be forgotten humility. The Archetype is the antidote of self-deification which I regard as one of the most festering diseases in the occult world. It is not about ‘becoming a living god’ but about a warriorlike and mystic devotion to  a higher standard in the service of the Sacred.

Agios O Sol! Agios O Vindex! 333!

Von Sanngetall, 128yf

 

SIR: the Pathway to the Sphere of Mercury

Your are about to leave the Sphere of Terror and Sinister Knowledge. The Alchemical path of the 7FW demands utter concentration and the Will to Change, the Will to Grow. Ye shall travel the valley of Death…the valley of misfortune and this shall make thee Great. Look back at the Sphere of the Moon, smile at the Sinister Goddesses as you prepare yourself for the Sphere of Mercury:

“…WITH A BLAST, OF MY TRUMPET! I HEAL, YOUR WOUNDS!
Before you the yellow sigil of Mercury. Touch it.
Armed with the knowledge extracted from the pool,
you are now entering the dark sphere of Mercury.
This is a desolate place.
Heath blasted by fiery tempest,
scorpions eating charred animal.
See, how the dismembered are scattered to the bitter winds!
The air congeals and chokes.
Farewell happy fields! Hail horrors! Hail!
This is the sphere of transformation.
But do not tremble in the face of a breeze that would dismantle your features.
Instead, be indulgent,
remember all that you saw in the bloody pool,
remember your deepest desires.
Before you now is a black inverted pentagram.
This, is the womb of Mercury, the eye of Satan.
This, is the gateway, of transformation!
The pentagram will begin to move closer…
you will feel the fear and sensuality of metamorphosis,
your form cracking, shedding and mutating,
as it takes on the attributes, scryed from the previous sphere.
Transformation, will be complete, when you pass through the pentagram,
and emerge on the threshhold of the next sphere,
as that, which you desire to be.
Only intense lust for this outcome will pull you through.
Passivity will render you as useless ash,
cast, into the pit, of a particular nameless horror.
But hark! The pentagram grates forth… TRANSFORM!!”

(Christos Beest, SIR)

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Von Sanngetall, Gate of Mercury (2003)

Mercury – as god, planet or metal – is the changing substance itself, a fluid, and strictly speaking does not belong to the different phases. Mercury is the changing matter itself and Jung called it an archetypical symbol which encompasses many contradictions. As the collective unconscious is very complex Mercury has multiple forms.

Look at the illustration of Mercury and follow those lines, a fluidized surface as it were. An image of ever becoming, a never ending process which is not just a stage but the whole alchemical process of individuation as a whole. Look at your life, the lifes of those close to you: all lines traversing the Lebenswelt around you. See how they interact and inter-connect for there lies growth and inner transformation. Benefit from the interconnectedness, a Being-with-Others as Myatt has exemplified in his Numinous Mysticism. Like blood the energy flows through us and by connecting with others we create a Sacred Space.

Since Paracelsus we have three alchemical elements and Mercury is the Soul of becoming, the energetic flow which travels through everything. It is the symbol which unites cosmic, physical and psychic contradictions. Mercurius is the world creating Geist/Soul which is hidden or caught in matter and our bodies. It is our Way to the Source. 

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Mercury was first the Roman god of Trade, and later on equated with the Greek God Hermes.

Mercury symbolizes the process where that which is lower and material is being transformed into something higher, bodiless and spiritual. Its metal therefore refers to the volatility of the spiritual.

Mercury is at the same time the devil (Sinister Tradition: ATU XV Deofel) and a fraud,  but also a redeemer, a noble Saviour. According to the description of ATU XV the pathway from the Moon to Mercury “leads to a Sinister awakening, a primal awareness of the vibrance of life that possesses and creates the ‘accuser'”. The Sinister Tradition refers to the Sinister aspect of Mercury not to narrow down Mercury, but to create a dialectic movement: thesis – antithesis – synthesis. The Accuser is needed to challenge the magian values in order to transform yourself. First indulgence and the search for balance, individuation.

This is something I would like to stress: the alchemical Path of the ONA is exactly about creating this (momentary) balance, about the search for the Sacred which is now lost in our secular world. As an acephalic you do not just seek indulgence for the sake of indulgence. Sacrilege (for example the Black Mass) is meant to provoke in order to challenge a status quo but these are only causal means and can never be an end in itself. Provoke yourself with acts, thoughts, insights that stir a commotion, that make you wonder your current point of view. This could be physical or mental act. An example:

  • I have a fear of heights. As a brother of the OJB Stephen Cox challenged me to descend a rock formation when I participated at the Albion Pilgrimage. I did not conquer my fear forever, but I accomplished the task.
  • Some years ago I started this blog but I gave up. Now I have set myself the challenge to publish regurlarly to improve my writing, to share my knowledge, to provoke thoughts, … 

Set yourself a task, a challenge and let the mercurial water flow. Benefit from the transformation and move on. According to the alchemical tradition Mercury appears in various forms: the arcane substance, the anima mundi, a hermaphrodite, man-woman, two dragons, the chtonic tripartite, the lapis philosophorum, and other forms. You are bound to meet Mercury on your Way!

Mercury is all about setting goals, becoming your own ‘accuser’ and most importantly: liberate yourself from temporary abstract ideas as stated by Christos Beest. Let the ism’s and its abstract goals flow. Do not become a slave but master them and move on. The Numinous is the laughter of the Acephalic God, the Deus Absconditus who is mad and raving. 

Agios O Noctulius!

Sources:

  • SIR by Christos Beest
  • Alchemy and Psychology
  • From Anima to Zeus
  • Writings by D. Myatt

 

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf