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!

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

Vaniticism: an immense ocean of annihilation

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Mental disorder – musical cursed matter – reigns supremely as I listen to Scatmother’s latest opher-ing Vaniticism. This is the non-place, the Empty place after the Death of God, the place from which the monstrous Archontes, chained to the empty throne of their creator-Demiurg, are howling. Like mad dogs they are barking and making Labyrinthic noise which infects my nervous system for this is cursed musick undermining any ‘human’ consistency. This is horrifying music leading the listener, as will-less but erotically aroused Sacrifice, to the most unheimliche caverns of his mind where he is to be tortured, raped and decapitated by the absent Demiurg – this wretched creator of this world.

Scatmother’s creations – or should we call them ’excretions’ – are contaminated, plague wielding and infested with rottenness. The artist has a fascination for extreme and deep display of human obsessions and these are powerful emotions to work with. From a most radical LHP point of view one could say that these creations are prime examples of what Bataille calls “base matter”, namely sacred objects which have a special status and which are infused with a most contagious power, with a deadly spark and a shock (Stoekl 2007: 19). From an Acéphalic-gnostic point of view matter  should be seen as an “active principle having its own autonomous existence as darkness, and as evil (which would not be the absence of good, but a creative action”. (Bataille Reader 1997: 162) The Magian point of view is one in which matter is seen as a degradation of superior principles which becomes clear in the ascetic approach. Bataille however stresses the importance of the organic, the energy infused in the flesh, the game of eroticism.

This organic approach can be heard in the particular power electronics of Scatmother as if it eminates from a gigantic corpse. Thematics such as degradation, humiliation (of the body, of the mind), debasement, deviant and criminal sexuality, pure unadulterated sadism and cruelty are inherently Sadean and transgressive in order to shock the listener, wake him up and hold him prisoner in a non-moral place where violence and filth are most pure.  

As a grotesque work of art the album stupefies the listener because of its horrific form and appearance. After listening to Vaniticsim I feel empty, sick, raped, stupified. As if I have become a masochist delivering myself to this sacred violence. This work of art will never be accepted just like shit, and most people will stay away from it as they find it repulsive, nauseating.

Just like Crowley’s decadent ritual of self-corruption one becomes an infected body as the fierce energy of the (de)compositions take over. Just like shit or vomit they are excreted, and in a Sadean way appropriated by the listener in order to be excreted again.  This is a demonic act of transmutation (Stoekl 2007: 20); a perverted and corrupted form the traditional alchemical process of the transition of lead (base matter: acephalic mysticism) into gold (elevated matter: monotheism). The acephalic alchemical transmutation is all about allowing oneself to be controled, grasped by the “formlessness” of that base matter. One becomes caught in the Lovecraftian structures of Scatmother’s black art. A spider’s web.  The artist describes “transcendence, dehumanization, isolation and passion” as very powerful concepts that allow one to get “to know your true nature, finding your path in life, being able to abandon certain things and follow others.” This is exactly what Acéphalic mysticism is all about: one does not follow blindly, one questions, one corrupts and destroys if it is necessary to grow spiritually. There is no ‘purpose’ for the Numinous is beyond human concepts, beyond the words and it must therefore be followed through experience, through action, through radical philosophy, meditation, transgressive arts, … One must leave behind the classical notion of utility which has become the norm in today’s neoliberal society.

But let us point out one thing: this radical path is a manifestation of the Sacred. Brutal ruptures are needed to focus on the Sacred again. Bataille describes two polarized human impulses: EXCRETION and appropriation. Each civilization has excremental collective impulses which are necessary for the status quo: the Greeks had their Dionysian cults, the Romans organized the Saturnalia as periods of time where transgression was allowed in order to free the Sacred energy within the flesh. These impulses can take various forms and Bataille lists

any sexual activity, whether perverted or not; the behavior of one sex before the other; defecation; urination; death and the cult of cadavers (above all, insofar as it involves the stinking decomposition of bodies); the different taboos; ritual cannibalism; the sacrifice of animal-gods; omophagia; the laughter of exclusion; sobbing (which in general has death as its object); religious ecstasy; the identical attitude towards shit, gods and cadavers; the terror that so often accompanies involuntary defecation; the custom of making women both brilliant and lubricious with make-up, gems and gleaming jewels; gambling; heedless expenditure and certain fanciful uses of money, etc. (The Bataille Reader 1997: 150)

Do we advocate limitless anarchy, limitless sexual debauchery? No, we regard these as sacred expressions of the Erotic which are important impulses of the human body. There is a Sinister Dialectic at work deep within our subconscious, and which should have its legitimate place in any society. However as Western civilization has entered its Kali Yuga, we must recognize the fact that this will no longer be possible. Therefore ritual acts, ritual & sacred music such as Scatmother’s remind us of these self-less tendencies and beyond. They are extreme beyond morality and we all have a potential madman lurking inside of us.

We must accept the eternal flow of rottenness as our gnostic legacy, as a primal force within matter. Our Vanitas as Super-Ego may work against that, but  you should ignore this. Instead of Vanitas one should welcome this continuous becoming as dripping slime and flesh. No false moralities but pure unadulterated Evil as a non-moral concept, as a concept that elevates and strengthens life. As Nick Land puts it:

“From birth we are brain-washed into conformity with the cage taught to accumulate, to shore ourselves up, to fear madness and death. Trapped in a constricting tangle of language routines we tread a narrow circuit in the maze. We are told that chance will not take care of us, and that it is difficult to live; work and seriousness are slums of delusion; the garbage-heap of individuation has no worth; what is called life at the outer edge of patriarchy is a bleak box of lies, drudgery, and anesthesia blended with inane agony; what matters about the outside of the box is not just that it is outside of the box, but that it is immense; what matters is the abyss, the gulf.” (Land, The Thirst for annihilation, p. 131 – 132)

Scatmother shows us how to open ourselves to sacred death by enjoying our Dionysian nature which must always find its balance again with the Apollonian (Traditions, Culture) and this is a constant struggle. Our present Western civilization has lost this struggle as the Dionysian and the Apollonian have been sold out, marketed, commercialized, anthropomorphized, … Therefore let yourself be tempted by Scatmother and “let an immense ocean of annihilation (A Zyklon Storm – Scatmother) stretch out before you.” (Land)  This annihilation, this Ragnarokr, as acquisition of pure primordial power (Scatmother) is very much needed! 333!

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

Literature:

  • Bataille: The Use-Value of D.A.F. De Sade & Base Materialism and Gnosticism
  • Land: The Thirst for Annihilation 
  • Neuesachlichkeit 

 

 

Das Ganz Anderes: Genfärd

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(Art by Kristian Olsson)

I have been listening over and over again to Genfärd and I can hear Genfärd playing in the Abbey of Humility. A crushing non-presence, a violence that is so quiet and so fulfilling. The grinding noises, the floating voices are meditative and quietly lead up to the Apocalypse as our technological Nihilism demands its price, its toll. This is the sound of the last industrial machines trying to keep up the last human era before pure Being (a return to the Greeks!) will surface again in its utter splendour and awe. The music demands our devotion to the Sacred, our humilty, and at the same time we enjoy the Sadistic Nature of Being, its cruelty which we can hear through those creeping and screeping sounds. This is an awakening into a state of utter torment and inhumanity.

A non-comforting, a nauseating sense of urgency, radio-frequencies of a past war, a lurking primitivism captivate the listener, take a hold of him and turn him into a Victim-Executioner: the loss of Self.  The music is master! In the distance metallic sounds intersect with suffocating ambient clouds, like the gas clouds described by Jünger in his war novels. The invisible, yet foul smelling Death. Poisonous clouds as messengers of Death that come and go with the wind. The interplay of Death and the Elements. A martial beating of drums that announce the coming of the Svn who gives herself relentlessy and without mercy. Caught within the trenches of Life we must face the inevitable, our Sein-zum-Tode and the Joy before Death that welcomes it. Within Eorthe the putrefaction is at work and this also symbolizes the Alchemical process within us as Adepts of ancient paths, such as the Seven-fold Way of the ONA.

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(Art by Kristian Olsson)

This music echoes the Abject core of our inhumanity (and for the chosen ones: a sur-humanity) – the Bataillean abject matter which is alive and pulsing. Genfärd enriches us, flows through our being as its sound is an excremental one:

“Sexual activity, whether perverted or not; the behavior of one sex before the other; defecation; urination; death and the cult of cadavers (above all, insofar as it involves the stinking decomposition of bodies); the different taboos; ritual cannibalism; the sacrifice of the animal-gods; omophagia; the laughter of exclusion; sobbing (which in general has death as its object); religious ecstasy; the identical attitude towards shit, gods and cadavers [….].” (Bataille, the Use-Value of D.A.F. de Sade)

Bataille identifies two polarized human impulses: excretion and appropriation. These are our excremental, orgiastic impulses vis-à-vis our  institutions, traditions, and both come natural to us and are developed through us, and not by us.

The two pillars of the Temple of our Acéphalic Weltanschauung symbolize the extreme “human and all too human” duality of these two impulses and we regard them as an enormous force, as an UR-manifestation of the in-human, the acausal, the black flame within us. Truly religious (re-ligare: the connexion with the Numinous) communities/nexions, dictatorial religious (mysticism of the Blood) states are a prime examples of communities where these impulses are given their freedom and where they both reinforce each other despite their seemingly opposite nature. One must look beyond their appearance and see their cosmic interplay as the cosmic itself is a violent and living organism. We regard das Ganz Anderes, the Bataillean heterogeneous, the radical Other as an important emanation of the Sacred that encompasses everything.

Genfärd is a collection of audible heterogeneous matter, throbbing and active base matter having its own eternal existence. The artist has been able to dive headlong into the Volcano of our impulses and after a careful and alchemical Work has been able to extract the most quintessential Numinous sounds.

Solve et Coagula! Behold the ominous Silence within them. Let the sounds of Genfärd guide you.

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

SIR:the pathway to the Sphere of Sol

You have just passed through the Sphere of Love and Ecstacy and this has transformed you into an Empathic Being, a Being amongst other Beings, a Being-with-Others. Look back at the seperatedness from which you suffered on the causal plane. The Alchemical Transformation has slowly, but steadily, beheaded you, and you have left instrumental Reason, reigning the causal plain, behind. This instrumental Reason had fossilized you, and had turned your life and ever-becoming Physis into a ‘dead nature’. From seperatedness to Unity that is thé most principle transformation one must go through. As you continue to travel through the Spheres, the esoteric doctrine of the seven points, “higher powers enter into the corporeal context, whereupon they become vital currents and energies specific to man” (Evola). This process (realisation of Wyrd) has the meaning of a “ressurection, palingenesis, an awakening”. Within the Sinister Tradition we not only regard this on the individual level, but also on a collective level.

Now you have arrived at the solar principle. Listen to the Meditation of Christos Beest:

“…With your lover, by your side,
I put before you, the gold sigil of the Sun. touch it.
You are now entering the dark sphere of Sol.
The swords that cast their shadow, over hateful paradise…
draw back, to reveal mountain ranges,
majestic against a sky, of flame.
You are standing on the edge
of the circle made by nine sacrifical stones.
Here, there is a thick darkness weaved by the unsated fog
and contained by the mountains.
Those roaring obscurers of that which lies beyond!
Illuminated by the glow of putrefaction,
the corpse of your former self,
discarded during transformation, lies in the circles centre.
Witness the repulsive entities that violate and mutilate your corpse!
This sacred shell, is now the prey of every necrophiliac and cannibal!
It seems initially, that they are performing gross obscenities for pleasure,
but, look closer.
The corpse is delicately gutted, and from the bones extracted,
these creatures are constructing a tower, that rises far above the mountain peaks.
Their work finished, they withdraw, bowing to your superiority
and divine disposition.
They light a protective circle of fire around the stones.
This, is the sphere, of vision, understanding, and prophecy.
Accompanied by your lover, climb the bloody bones to the top.
Here, you will see your kingdom,
surrounding, stretching out far into the solar fire, of increase.
See your temples! Your riches! Your works! All in progress…

(Christos Beest, SIR

Behold his brilliance and utter magnificence, and let your Soul be touched and purified by Sol’s fiery tongues: 

Gate of Sol

The Gate of Sol (Von Sanngetall, 2003)

From an Acéphalic point of view the meaning of Sol differs from Traditionalism where Solar and Lunar powers are seen as each others opposites. In the Alchemical Tradition the Svn and the Moon are “a fundamental duality” (Evola), and we recognize this in the Sinister Tradition as well: the appropriate workings for the Moon are acquiring hidden knowledge and the Svn stands for Prophecy and Revelations. The Sphere of Baldur as a new beginning, a new start, vision after the destruction of Ragnarok.

Our Sol however also encompasses the infernal and putrefying spirit of the Black Svn. It is also a Svn of Malediction and Putrefaction that shines through the Acausal Swamp.

Our Sol is fundamentally a Gnostic one, because instead of the Traditional view (the Svn producing life, generating wealth, and profit) ours is life-threatening as well. Along with Bataille we cry that He is not just beautiful to behold,  but he represents that which is repugnant and forbidden and thus we refer to the Svn as a “Solar Anus”! “We avert our eyes from the Svn”, notices Bataille as our eyes cannot stand “neither sun, coitus, cadavers and obscurity.” (The Solar Anus).

The Solar tradition emphasizes that the withouth warmth and light life on Eorthe would simply perish. But if you try to look into the Sol you will go blind. This inferal Star “exclusively loves the Night and directs its luminous violence toward the earth” (Bataille). Just like a volcano he is constantly belching out torrents of insane and excrutiating energy burning the retinas from those who dare to stare in the mouth of this celestial volcano. Limitlessly and undiscrimately Sol breathes Energy and only the Night is able to offer us some protection. Through its sheer  luminosity he creates the Darkness where chaos & destruction reside.

In Alchemical terms: after the conjunctio of Sol and Luna the process of Putrefactio starts in the alchemical vessel. This is an important step in your spiritual path as the old has to die first before the new development can start. This is a period of incubation and for the Alchemist this means a period of ‘creative depression’. All Alchemists go regularly through this period and this is also called melancholy. Nowadays people talk about being depressed or suicidal, but as an Alchemist you should know better. This is a period of internal reflection before you pass on to the next Sphere of Mars. 

You must bow in awe, and avert your physical gaze from this insanity because you would become blind and go mad. Its awful Greatness lies in its brilliant and burning insanity. This Sphere offers wisdom and vision (Lux being its Logos), but there is no wisdom without madness & chaos. The Black Svn disturbs and confuses our rational mind. What if Giordano Bruno would not have had the vision that the universe is infinite? 

This Acéphalic Svn burns away all Falseness, our treacherous Skin and exposes our Naked Flesh to the boning knife of the Continuum. Yes, tell this to every mundane human that  we are being exposed to our burning Apocalypse. This is the Opher demanded by a true Religion. Then only then, after thise rise of the Black Svn and the rise of the putrefying era, the Age of Brutalism, will our Vision, Understanding and Prophecy be pure again. Amen!

For those that wish to experience the terrible beauty of the Inferanl Svn I like to refer to the occult creation of Irakallian Oracle. I will go deeper into their Black  Art in a next blog post. Their second album, Apollyion, presents us the gospel of the Infernal Svn.

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

Sources:

  • The Solar Anus (Bataille)
  • Alchemy and Psychology
  • The Hermetic Tradition (J. Evola)
  • Apollyion (Irkallian Oracle)

The Acephalic invocation of the Dies Irae

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Painting: Dies Irae by Jeroen Bosch (1508) / Design: The Acephalic by Von S (127 yf)

What you are about to read, is based upon A. Crowley’s Gnostic Mass. I have taken the liberty to focus on his Ceremony of the Introit in order to write this Acéphalic Ecclessiae Gnosticae pt. 1 through which the Dies Irae or the Day of Wrath is being invoked.

My Acephalic Mysticism is based upon Bataille’s occult Weltanschauung which is partly Gnostic (the Sacred as the omnipotent Ur-Grund of Being itself and the Acephalous gods that reside within the Ur-Grund). Bataille founded a secret group, L’Acéphale, and besides publishing its own journal, Bataille and its member also performed secret rituals. Bataille himself had been practising meditation and yoga for quite a while then. Nevertheless, he never completely focussed on the future of mankind, or the possibilities beyond rediscovering the Sacred. His Acephalic programme, which you will find as part of this ritual, seems to hint at the destruction of the present world order and a new one to come, but soon after this, Bataille dissolved his esoteric group, Acéphale, and focussed on the political and philosophical. He abandonned his occult interests and gained interest in art and the like, which was refreshing as well and I intend to come back to that later. But now I want to pay attention to Bataille’s Gnostic interest. Now, besides Bataille the writings of the Ministry of the Abyss have been inspirational as well.

With regard to the further devolopment of Mankind my original and main source of inspiration lies with the ONA.

The Acephalic Ecclessiae Gnosticae pt.  1: The Ceremony of the Introit

Of the Officers of the Acephalic Mass

 The Priest. Enters the Temple with a gold plate on which freshly disembowled intestines[1] have been placed, and he is adorned with an imperial sanguine robe on which the mystical symbol of the Acéphalic is embroidered with gold thread.

 The Priestess. Her bodily presence evokes both the most celestial and the most base: born from Eorthe and raised in the Cosmic. Elegantly she strides with high heels and with the snakelike look of a sexual predator she flirts with the gods themselves. She is the Mistress of the Earth. Between her beautiful breasts an inversed septagram is tattooed and it is encircled with the Symbols of the Seven Spheres for she symbolizes Temptation of the causal and Transgression towards the acausal. She is a portal in the flesh towards the most exquisite forms of torture and infinite Wisdom gained from it. The Priestess is clothed in white, black and red leather. Not only does she bear the Sacrificial knife from a red girdle, she holds the burning flame in her hands. The Flame of Destruction and Warfare. The Flame of mankind’s hidden divinity and his Cosmic destiny. It is the Flame which will consume man as he tumbles into the Abyss denoting the loss of all logical knowledge. The Priestess embodies the rebirth of the Sacred after centuries of Magian dominion. Then and only then will  the patriarchal system come to an end.

 The Deacon[2]. He is a beautifully muscular man with a godlike body. Sculpted as if it were by the Greeks themselves.  He is a true representative of a newborn Warrior caste and a product of Spartan upbringing and a most rigorous life style of positive asceticism and individual discipline. He is dressed in his splendid nakedness but he wears a mask to emphasize his non-identity. As an Acéphalic Warrior he belongs to the caste and his Wyrd coincides with the Greater Wyrd. His body is painted with gold for he appears like a radiant Sun. His member is erect for the Deacon is meant to symbolize the Phallic and Potent Solar God[3]. His whole body is shaven for he takes pride in his perfectness. Because of holy circumcision his shining scarlet glans compels admiration and invokes sheer animalistic lust. Against his abdomen he carries a magnificent human skull set with black and purple diamonds and this Skull symbolizes the finiteness of Life and celebrates the coming of Holy Death.

 As he places the holy Skull on the altar, the congregation sings:

                              “Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust!”

                              “Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust!”

                              “Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust!”

                              “Agios O Satanas, Agios O Satanas.”

Then the Priestess takes the floor and adresses the congregation in a loud and defiant voice:

“I wish to demolish and subvert classic, so-called immortal values, burden you with a sinking feeling, a feeling of disgust, self-hatred. I wish to dismember and torture all dogmatists who claim to speak and uphold ‘the truth and nothing but the truth’. I know it’s hard, very hard, if not impossible to be an iconoclast after centuries of groundbraking philosophies and art movements, but in my attempt to subvert the immortal values I will be ferosciously religious. This is without a single doubt one of the most rigorous Jihads ever conducted.”

At her command the Priest continues:

“Listen to our acephalic programme. The Programme of the Abyss, Eorthe and the Cosmic.

1.      I assume the function of destruction and decomposition, but as an accomplishment and not as a negation of being (Bataille).

2.      I take upon myself perversion and crime, as values integrated within the human totality (Bataille) but demolished by the present ethical standards.

3.      I fight for the decomposition and exclusion of all communities based upon egalitarian, democratic, churchly and patriarchal values. I commit myself to all aristocratic, headless and matriarchal multiplicities that aim at subverting and disrupting the present Order.

4.      I affirm the inequality of men and the organic character of society. (Bataille) I affirm those few exceptional beings that have been able to sip from the Well of Infinity, and who have witnessed the creative maelstrom of the Limitless Void.

5.      I wish to take part in the nuclear (my emphasis) destruction of this ‘imperfect and cruel’ world, with my eyes OPEN to the Galactic Imperium to come.

6.      I affirm the value of (artistic) violence and the will to aggression insofar they invoke the darker forces of the Abyss.

7.      I prefer forces to form, ideas to representation (Artaud).

8.   I wish to initiate a new black period, an epidemic of plague: a world of new controversial ideas, übermenschlich in scope and most cruel in practice. Subjecting man to unknown and dark rites by invoking the Abyssal. I say this to you: this will be an epoch of dismemberment, disfigurements, a breaking down of existing forms, a melting down of everything solid and returning it to the primaevil slime. The madman Artaud talked about an « unheard degree of putrefaction and petrifaction » to which the plagueridden human body is subjected. This must become a universal condition, a cleansing of Eorthe and a devotion to the Void.

9.      In the wake of Artaud we deny the culture of reason as the sole mode of representation of the human psyche. Man’s “taste for crime, his erotic obsessions, his savagery, his fantasies, his utopian and distopian sense of life and of things, even his cannibalism” (Artaud) is what we hold dear.

10. There can be no Truth, there is only Cruelty.

11. These are Rites of happiness and joy … Joy before Death” (Bataille)

With these words and antinomian benedictions the Priestess proclaims the advent of a transitional period. A Sinister one celebrating mundane antinomian behaviour to the point of no return, being the Day of Wrath. The Mass announces this grand day, the Dies Irae and therefore the Priestess commands the congregation to sing in honour of this:

Listen: Dies Irae: performed by The Monks Of The Abbey Of Notre Dame.

When the last notes of this beautiful, sinister musick reverbaerate in the Temple the Priestess commands the congregation:

“Greeting of Eorthe and Cosmos! The Aeon of Fire is upon us. Let us prepare for this Holy Day of Wrath. The Acephalic One will reign must supremely and without pity. Let the Orgy commence.”

“AGIOS O SHUGARA! AGIOS O SHUGARA! 333! “

Von S, 127yf

Footnotes:

[1] The intestines on the drawing of Breton symbolize the labyrinth.

[2] After the Ritual the Deacon will be subjected to a merciless and above all perverse orgy. As the perverse solar Deity he will be penetrated by the Priest, the dildo wearing Priestess and all males present in the Church. He will enjoy the penetrations as much as he will enjoy the seed that is ejaculated in his face. The act of Sodomy unleashes all the dark erotic passions that have been suppressed for ages. There is no procreation, just the act of penetrating the willing solar anus of the Deacon. This is based on antinomian Tantric practices.

[3] For the Traditionalists the Sun symbolizes Purity, a homogeneous source of light and clarity which is to be worshipped. Bataille however regards the Sun as a heterogeneous source of excessively pouring energy; an never ending volcanic eruption. An image of the Sublime for it cannot be captured, controlled, tamed. Staring directly into the Sun is impossible, and hurts the eyes most excruciatingly because its blinding heat burns one’s feeble retina. Surely the Sun is a symbol of life and warmth, but that is only the fact because our earth is at a serious distance of the Star of Hell. The Sun gives and gives relentlessly and has shown before to destroy rather than stimulate growth. Thanks to the ozon layer its harmful radiation is being filtered, but today’s hothouse effect shows the Sun’s enormous power. Bataille therefore inverts the traditional solar metaphor (clarity, insight, stability, progress, knowlegde, claritas) and turns towards the other.  

Literature

  • Georges Bataille: The Bataille Reader
  • Antonin Artaud: The Theater and its Double
  • Ministry of the Abyss: of Ecclesia Mysteria – The Deplorable Word
  • Aleister Crowley: Magick in Theory and Practice

Short meditation on Suffering – The Scars of Victory

What does his lifeless body show you? A carrier of non-knowledge. The Victim has become the King as he lies before the empty Throne of your Ratio. Lossless. A Tortured object. Dismemberment. A valueless sensation that exalts the senses of the onlookers. Imagine him screaming, agonizing as the white of his peering and gasping eyes reflects the image of the executioner-priest meticulously sculpting his work of art. The lacerations – blood red, infectious rivers polluted with Lust & Desire – that may carry you away into the core of the Labyrinth. The Body has just become Sovereign as it rises above the Zeitgeist. Seamed with bites, scars and passionate kisses, a story is being unfolded with unknown symbols: the work of God is desecrated, beheaded. A bodily grimoire holding the key. Suffering becomes an endless victory; an occult tangent never reaching its aim. ANGUISH = COMMUNICATION. 

 

Sovereignty

Sovereignty

One of my earliest BM-designs more than 10 years ago now. Perhaps a bit naive but I wanted to capture the unique BM spirit. I believe I succeeded: the rawness, its amoral and inhuman nature. Black Metal remains one of the few artistic exponents of Bataille’s base materialism.

The phrase aestheticising of the self refers to the work of the French philosopher Michel Foucault. In the last two parts of his work L’Histoire de la sexuality (The History of sexuality) Foucault develops the idea of an ethics of the self: “Through the formation of a ‘critical ontology of the self’ it is possible to formulate an alternative ethical standpoint from which individuals can begin to resist the normalizing force of the ‘government of individualization’.” (McNay 1994: 133) The ethics of the self is derived from a Greek – Roman understanding about morals as an excercise in modesty and self-control. Foucault goes against the normalizing process that has been going on since modernity.

This is a process that forces each individual to ‘fit in’, to obey the hegemonic laws. Foucault calls this “new forms of subjectivity through the refusal of this kind of individuality which has been imposed on us for several decades.” (Foucault 1984b: 216). The “refusal of this kind of individuality” started from (and actually still does) the judeo-christean morality which enforces a universal law. This understanding, secularized in today’s disciplinary power and the bio-power, requires total obedience of the human subject. The Greek-Roman notion, on the other hand, regards morality as a practice, an exercise. Foucault argues that man must create himself as ‘an individual’ instead of listening to external norms and rules. Those sets of rules that tell us how to dress, how and what to eat, how to behave and so on. The example of the new modern individual is Charles Baudelaire: Baudelaire, being a dandy, is modern because he craves for an ‘essential inner self’, but he produces or rather creates ‘a new self’ (McNay 1994: 149). This new self is able to control itself, its limits and desires, but plays freely with them and as such is truly able to transgress the limits imposed by society, the Symbolic Order. In this regard Foucault refers to the insights of Georges Bataille.

The Baudelairean individual truly stands out and creates his own self and destroys the one that is imposed on him. As such Foucault does not introduce a new ethics (thou shallt) but a new ethos, a mode de vie. This is an ethos which I see reflected in BM being an ominous, powerful and sovereign artistic movement that has created and recreated itself during the years. From Deathspell Omega onwards to Svartidaudi today the revolutionary black flame is still burning brightly. These artists are sometimes anonymous for they let their Black art speak for itself. They are Satanists, not because they boast about Satan, burn churches, not they have become vehicles, actual nexions that allow the sinister forces of the Acausal to enter. They are truly sovereign because there is no law that dictates their Art and they control them-selves, their limits and desires otherwise they would not be able to create such works of art.

The Sinister Way of the ONA can take various forms. Mine is a philosophical – mystical one, for others this means that practice of Black Magic, and so on, but something adepts of the ONA share, is the fact that they are individuals: self-control, knowing one’s limits and desires and using them to grow as an individual in order to transgress society’s limits each in his own unique way and to presence the Sinister.