SIR: the Gate of Jupiter

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Von Sanngetall, The Gate of Jupiter, 2003 (illustration of alternative SIR by Bestia Centauri)

After travelling the Sphere of Destruction & Sacrifice, of which Tyr is the approriate Norse God you have arrived at the Gate of Jupiter. From the Moon onwards you have already evolved alchemically and now you will be baptized in Wisdom & Wealth. Furthermore you are blessed and protected by Thor’s Hammer as Thor rules the Sphere of Jupiter.

Wisdom & Wealth

Do not take this lightly for this is not just the cheap ‘Black Magickal wisdom & mundane wealth’. This is not the Sphere of cheap success, of mundane knowledge, of money… After the fearless destruction of your Ego, the cleansing of your Spirit you will be invited to partake in the World Soul, a collective Soul that transcends all textbooks, all religions which are devoted to bibles and the like. This is the kind of Wisdom that cannot be translated into ‘language’. I do not claim to have even reached this Wisdom for many years lie ahead of me, many challenges await. 

Jupiter, being a guardian of careful thought and consideration, offers a key to obtain a higher kind of wisdom and lucid awareness, and only by awakening your sixth sense, which only true Mystics are aware of, can you step from the portal (pro-fanus) into the Temple of the Cosmos. Within the Sinister Tradition the Nekalah are its guardians and can help you as a Nexion to grow spiritually. The wealth they offer is from another matter altogether. Nothing like the UR-matter of the prima materia, but matter which has been beautifully crafted, like Thor’s Hammer. The Wealh of Beauty, of religious and truly devoted craftmanship; it is the wealth of gaining new insights, of conquering your weaknesses, of pushing your boundaries through actions: intellectually, artistic, physically and so on.

Azoth

According to the Aural tradition of the Order of Nine Angles the word associated with the Sphere of Jupiter is Azoth. It is believed to be the essential agent of transformation in alchemy. Ancient alchemist compare this to Mercury.  This agent is necessary in order to trigger the not yet actualized or realised possibility of your inner Self. At the start of each Alchemical path there is a latent Self that should be worked on. The first Sphere of the Moon shows you sparks of this collective Ur-ground; a mystical past of which many myths speak and which have thus been ‘translated’ according to the collective unconscious of your Folk.

The Alchemist crosses the Abyss and is able to transcend temporal understanding. One’s Soul is ready to become one and to reach the balance one is seeking for. The battle has been fought on the Blood red planes of Mars, implying that the Alchemist has succeeded in creating a synthesis between the conscious and unconscious elements, between the Profane and the Sacred. It is the Quest of the Acéphalic Mystic to restore the Sacred or the Numinous in this Kali Yuga, the Winter of the Aeon of the West.  

Jupiter represents philosophy, higher learning but also the Numinous and with it, its mundane representations: temples, priests and so on. Jupiter represents the kind of insight through which one can overcome the UR-chaos.

Sublimatio & Exaltatio

The Alchemist has to come to a state of Sublimatio and Exaltatio which makes clear the kind of spiritual work he has already done and because of his actual mental, physical and spiritual growth the Alchemist now is able to control his passions, lusts and anger. When the extract has been purified and refined, the Alchemist can open the vessel and as such the result of one’s work can be shown and improved.

Jupiter offers the chance to think things through, to further reflect on insights achieved. Read the text of Christos Beest, listen to SIR and achieve this kind of self-love and self-power. CB ends with the Gnostic saying that the true Kingdom lies within. You can only find that Kingdom when you have found that balance, when you are ready to open your vessel.

“…I HAVE RETURNED!! And I see you, twitch, with life!
Verily thou art strong of mind.
Which is the food that will raise a few.
Here, I give you, the violet, sigil, of Jupiter. Touch it,
and enter the calm wilderness, of the sixth, dark, sphere.
Here, there is soft sand and silence.
The crimson sky is starry and peace fills you,
like cool water in your skull.
Stretch out your limbs,
recline, like the albatross that rests its heavy beak,
upon the graciousness of the hedge. Relax.
But mind the various chasms that lead to a shattering of limbs
Upon vicious rock formations.
Every sphere needs amusement.
All is gone. Your lover is slaughtered…
do not love so much that you cannot witness the death of your lover,
death too is a natural process.
Reliable. honourable. And endearing.
This, is the sphere of wisdom.
Running towards you now is a child, made entirely of a white brilliance.
It stands before you, and the light becomes as a mirror,
which reflects only you,
devoid of those things that you thought would bring power and respect.
The power within begins to stir.
You begin to realise, that you do not need, anything.
That just your self is enough.
Stay a while in this sphere, and meditate
upon self-reliance, self-love, self-power,
and the kingdom, within…”

(Christos Beest, SIR)

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

SIR: the Pathway to the Sphere of Venus

As you have passed through the black inverted pentagram of the Sphere of Mercury you have been transformed. The alchemical process of Transformation is a never ending one, an infinite one for the Transformation itself is the goal of the Alchemical Opus. Confronting oneself with those hidden desires, those forbidden thoughs waiting for you in the unconscious realm. 

You are ready for the next Gateway. Behold the green Sphere of Venus

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Sphere of Venus (Von Sanngetall, 2003)

Its appropriate works are those of Love and Enchantment (Naos). Let yourself be enchanted by the Goddess of Love, Passion and Fertility. Look closely at the illustration of the Gateway of Venus. Imagine vast green fields of grass, trees, flowers stretched endlessly before you. Hill after hill hiding their beautiful secrets for you to discover. Smell the fresh grass as you lay on your back looking at the sky. Enjoy the loving embrace of Eorthe and hear her call as she wants you to love and cherish her. Listen to the birds and enjoy their tale. Undress yourself and lie naked on the grass. You are most vulnerable now. Eorthe’s inner fire can destroy you and mankind in a heartbeat but do not fear those gigantic volcanoes as they are silent now. Just like you they are resting and meditating for you are preparing yourself for the next phase of The transformation. Be Silent, do not speak for this is the Sphere of Wordless Communication. A Sphere of loving embracing and passionate connexion. She will teach you Empathy as an important balancing quality for the violence of Mars.

Therefore get up, and walk on the grass, feel it tickling your feet, and before you ancient trees arise. Touch them, feel their ancient wisdom for they have been here much longer than you. Their roots sit firmly in the Soil, your Womb from where the Blood flows. Look again at whirling green of the illustration, and imagine those giant trees playing in the wind, their royal crown nodding and moving most majestically. Remember that you are but a pawn compared to their greatness but through Empathy and Respect you will be ready for your ongoing Transformation.

Close your eyes and listen to the meditation of SIR:

“…Before you, is the green sigil of Venus. Touch it.
Transformed, you are now entering the third dark sphere.
You are standing up to your waist, in a freezing river.
The torrid waters rushing through a valley, of white, lillies.
In fruitful groves and barren plains,
the empty shall drink, and the drunk, shall be empty.
What passion is this, that tears the sky with storms of blood and black flame?
This, is the sphere, of Ecstasy, and Love.
Facing you, further up the river, is a naked woman…
corpse white skin, and long black hair.
She crouches astride the river and menstruates into the water.
The blood forms itself into a human figure
floating beneath the surface.
With your hands, begin to massage the blood into your ideal lover,
fashioning, every part of it
according to your cerebral and animalistic desires.
Now… take your lover by the hands.
Come! Fill the flowing bowl,
and consummate in the turbulent waters
„neath the raging sky…
drink now, your fill and more, of love…”

(Christos Beest, SIR)

Von Sanngetall, 128yf

The Self-Immolation Rite: Intro + Man’s Gate

“…Disembodied art Thou…
sunk into the black pit,
the dark night of the soul.
All roads that lead here are scattered with corpses
and broken souls and gibbering idiots.
Be not a gibbering ape!
For all who traverse these dark spheres
and explore their shadow selves will emerge as Gods!
I say this with my mouth, which trembles in memory
of a time when demons walked the earth,
the various examples of their cookery billowing in the wind.
But now, heads roll past my feet, encased in pastry.
THE GATE HAS OPENED!
Enter dark angels, enter…
Prepare Ye for the Self Immolation Rite!”

(Christos Beest)

Introduction

One of the most haunting and beautiful evocations of the Sinister remains the Self-Immolation Rite (SIR) of the Order of Nine Angles. Originally this was a script written by Christos Beest, and it was meant as an anti-meditation pathworking, while serving as a basic guide to the seven dark spheres of the Septenary. The reading and recording took place in Wales in 1990, and it was released in January 1991 as an issue of the journal Fenrir. In 1997 is was re-mixed with additional recordings by Christos Beest, Wulfrun Hall, “Lucius” and Brenna Kinsley.

In 2003 Bestia Centauri was contacted by an adherent of the ONA to create a new version of the SIR and BC was given carte blanche to re-record the Ritual, or even to create something entirely new. BC chose the latter option, and in his recording he left out the orginal text with the human voices and also he conventional sounds of man’s surroundings. BC aimed for something totally alienating in order to reflect the Cosmic and acausal ambience of the Rite. For the practitioner of the 7FW enters via Man’s Gate and undergoes an alchemical transition leading up to the Chaos of Saturn and eventually The Star Gate. Ultimately the aim of the SIR is to strip off the practitioner of his layers of human dross. It guides one’s search for what Myatt calls the Numionous. Of course, the ONA offers Eorthe-based rituals as well but the SIR must transform the practitioner into something inhuman/unhuman in order to be able to enter, if only briefly, the sphere of the Acausal.

Bestia Centauri and me had encountered each other on one of the yahoo-groups discussing the ONA. He asked me whether I was interested to contribute artistically to provide fitting illustrations for the 9 stages: Man’s Gate, the Septenary and the Star Gate. Of course, I was more than honoured to contribute to this Opus. My creations were added in the booklet of the cd and I also wrote a special introduction. The recordings of Bestia Centauri can be found through youtube, but the cd itself is no longer available. Therefore I would like to share my text and the specific creations.

In this first post the introductionary text + Man’s Gate:

The text within the booklet:

In Paradise Lost, Milton describes the dwelling place of Satan and his legions as “a dungeon horrible”, where all light and hope are taken from its new inhabitants, only to be swallowed up by a blackness that reveals only “sights of woe”. To follow Satan in his fall from heaven, to fully appreciate the agon-istic essence of this earthbound Dark God, implies leaving the safe womb of “common human laws and interests and emotions” (H.P. Lovecraft). Hold yourself in readiness, for plunging into the mouth of madness should never be taken too lightly. For the alluring depths of the cosmic powers can easily turn into a bonecrushing tunnel of razor-sharp knives and dismembering blades. Do not venture to deeply into the intestines of the Sublime as, at this stage, you are faustian, all too faustian. The human desire to become one with the subliminal scene, to throw oneself into the fire breathing mouth of the volcano, would only be a cowardly escape from reality. Be aware that you are not ready yet to sacrifice your earthly self in order to “penetrate the verities which lie beneath the surface of things.” (Clark Ashton Smith) First, you need to prepare yourself before you are fully able to understand and experience what C. A. Smith calls “the awful mysteries of our mortal existence.“

Therefore, we have no choice but to embrace “the utter impenitent darkness” that strengthened Satan and the rebellious angels in their confrontation with God, the ruler of heaven. Our search aligns us with Satan, the Opposer, for we aim to bring down the slave morality that turns every man and woman into a herd animal. Just like Satan, we need to resurrect, to build our Pandemonium: a grand infernal palace whose walls are decorated with numinous artistic designs celebrating the Sinister through the ages. As one admires these grand works, one’s ears will be caressed by unearthly melodies, sonic creations that delve into one’s unconscious and stir up the Beast, Leviathan, that lies sleeping on the bottom of the abyss. One’s mind will be guided as it flies through strange inhuman and threatening spheres. The passage through these nine spheres is not safe, as it is only meant for the boldest and most disobedient of beings, those who are capable of preparing the advent of the Übermensch.

Wordsworth said that suffering is “permanent, obscure and dark”, and so is the journey through the dominions of the Dark Gods. Furthermore, he added that this suffering has the nature of infinity and how could it be different! Did you really think that the immolation of your causal self could be established by a single ritual? Some silly mumbo-jumbo that is as dull as ditch water. One has to sacrifice, to immolate one-self ad infinitum. The Pandemonium will have to be rebuilt over and over again but that will not kill those who are willing to pursue this task; it will only make them stronger. To traverse these outer regions might make you feel a prey to “a perpetual horror”, namely, the angst of being buried prematurely or the fear “to find [your]self the tenant of a grave.” (E.A. Poe) This “sepulchral Idea” might haunt as you travel from one sphere to another, but the never-ending process of dying and being reborn is part of this alchemical journey. Venture “into the outer Night”, listen to the cries of the “great agonies” that reign in these obscure zones. Do not rush into a world of phantasms, where all the Last Men flee from the terrors that await the dwellers of the bottomless pit. Be prepared to pass through these melancholic spheres, which you shall experience “with an utter depression of soul” incomparable to any earthly sensation, besides perhaps the experience of an opium-eater who bitterly lapses into everyday life. “The hideous dropping off of the veil”, as Poe calls it. The veil of everyday life, of your causal meditations, of your ideological concerns will only seem a deceptive appearance. The Immolation of the self is therefore the immolation of one’s causal interests, those that sterilize the Will to Power. It is the final destruction of Paradise. Enter this rite and leave the Torture Garden, and be baptized in the lake of fire and brimstone. Free the acausal energy within, as “energy is Eternal Delight.” (W.Blake)

Therefore, let the journey commence:

Man’s Gate (the Causal):

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Von Sanngetall, Man’s Gate (2003)

Next post: The Sphere of Luna

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

Source: Bestia Centauri – The Self Immolation Rite (Somnabulant Records, 2004)

The Star Gate

In October 2003 the artistic entity Bestia Centauri was asked by an adherent of the ONA to create a new version of the dark pathworking ‘The Self-Immolation Rite’. Bestia Centauri asked me whether I could provide illustrations for the seven dark spheres of the ONA’s Septenary. Above you can see the last dark sphere ‘the Star Gate’. The Star Gate opens up the Acausal, and plunges one head(less)long in the Abyss. It is the abode of the Dark Gods, the place where Crawling Chaos reigns supremely. The journey towards this ‘place’ forms the alchemical process of the seven-fold way which offers hardship and joy at the same time. It forms a Path towards Awakening.