Restrained mildness and stillness

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Picture taken in the Provence, a sacred region of France

All power is to be placed in restrained mildness and stillness, and the innermost rest of resoluteness is to be preserved for the playing out of the highest necessities of Dasein from the most intrinsic plight and most extrinsic affliction. Steadfastness of the simple gaze at what is Essentially unique – the increasing ability to detach oneself from everything whereby ‘one’ can only ‘be’ at the point of doing something.”

Heidegger, Ponderings and Intimations III

The Heideggerian Übermensch

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The Übermensch is an important philosophical and aeonic concept. Heidegger in his reading of Nietzsche describes the Übermensch as follows: a “Caesar with the Soul of Christ”.

The Übermensch is therefore a most spiritual figure and he is not an ape-like brute, a blond beast, a Will-less fighting machine or some biologically conceived superman. The Übermensch is not a product of science such as evolutionary biology or eugenics. Heidegger was most critical towards the nihilistic purpose of what he called ‘productionist metaphysics’. The scientific and industrial revolution had turned everything most radically into a productionist mode which had cause man to fall out of being. Having become blind,  man was (and still is) gripped by hubris as he wanted nothing but to control and measure everything. And this is still happening today with the digital revolution. The scientific ‘Übermensch’ is a soul-less creation, a Faustian invention in overdrive of which the creator is not an alchemist, but a cold and rational surgeon. His type of Overman is not overman at all, for it is a rational consequence of the modern man’s addiction to management, rationalising, science & ‘output’. This is not the Alchemist at work who does not rely on outcome, but focusses on the quality of the Grand Opus at work and regards himself the Vessel instead of the cold engineer. The Heideggerian Übermensch is not a product, or an output of some laboratory but is a most ingenious process, an Alchemical state of mind which is truly Western in essence.

As the modern Western man is definitely out of touch with Dasein, Heidegger regarded the Übermensch as a  salfivic figure. As a Janus faced figure, he possesses the Sacred essence of Jünger’s Man of Steel and Hölderlin’s mystical Poet. In the 1930’s Heidegger saw the need of a transitional figure to discard the modernist hegemonic ideal of “boundless, purely quantitative nonstop progress” and he recognised the need for an attitude of humility, a simpler way of life, more loving and tender, and yet tough and strict in order to sacrifice the ego instead of focussing on one’s personal ‘economic/selfish’ growth.

With the rise of National-Socialism Heidegger, as rektor and most important German philosopher at that time, aimed for a philosophical and spiritual renewal, a counter movement away from the steady Decline of the West. According to Heidegger the Übermensch’s way of life would be an organic one by not raising oneself above the community but by being an integral part of it. We know very well that Heidegger preferred an organic rural community to an uprooting city life. Such an elite and extraordinary man (a Solar Warrior – Priest) has also been described by Traditionalist thinkers, such as Evola, with whom Heidegger shared his vision on the Zeitgeist. Both thinkers have two radically different approaches, but like the thinkers of the Conservative Revolution they share some very distinct ideas.

Heidegger was most critical of the herd-like bourgeoisie who did not possess any of the virtues of the Übermensch. The society in which the Übermensch could stand up was one of Tradition, rank-ordering, nobility & respect. Although Heidegger by the end of the 1930’s criticized the industrial nature and the ongoing war machine of the NS movement (and we agree as the ‘operational’ modus of NS derailed signicificantly), he did recognise the fertile soil of the Völkisch movements celebrating mystery, nature & the connexion between man & his Heimat. This was a most fruitful Prima Materia from which an Architect and Alchemist could work to guide the process of the Übermensch.

Heidegger thus continued the Sacred work of Nietzsche, Spengler and Jünger, and like an Alchemist himself he, as a thinker and philosopher, dedicated his Work in all humility to the Inner Greatness which was about to be dis-covered, unfolded.  His Übermensch can therefore be seen as a powerful synthesis of great minds.

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In the above creation you can see my artistic interpretation of Heidegger’s powerful description of this Übermensch, namely the combination of the Gnostic Christ (Jung) and the Caesarian warrior.

  1. The Gnostic Christ: the Gnostic Christ is a solar divinity who has nothing to do with the magian ‘Jesus’ or the dogmatic Christ of the Church. The Church did not and would never comprehend the Gnostic and thus pre-Christian origin and value of Christ as a symbol of our hidden connexion with the Sacred. Alchemist and mystics such as Jakob Böhme uses the alchemical stone as a metaphor for Christ. The Übermensch is there to show us how to re-connect with the Sacred, how to purify our Soul as it has been poisoned by the productionist metaphysics (Heidegger) and the desacralization of the Evening-land. Like Jung Christ as a solar divinity is there to honour Sol, the Fire, the Light, the Libido and the Vortex of Life (Will to Power). The Gnostic Christ symbolizes the spiritual importance of our Collective Unconscious, and the figure of Christ can thus be compared to Baelder, Mithras, … Central to the Worship of these divinities is the Cult of Sol and the praxis of pre-Christian solar hymns.                                     Bataille‘s view on the figure of Jesus is of importance as well. “Christianity valorized the poor, the pariahs, the unclean. It put a king into play in the person of Jesus, but the king aligned himself with the miserable. Much more, Jesus let himself be treated as a criminal and reduced to state of a tortured body, identifying himself with the left and most repulsive from of the Sacred.” (Bataille) There is in effect a sinister sacrality while the Church transformed Christ into “an archetype of unilateral power” in the service of their world domination and the destruction of the pre-christian, pagan richness. As a Gnostic Christ is a heretical, sinister figure with regard to the worldly aims of the Church and their vision that man does not possess a sacred origin. Christ’s Soul therefore dwells in the Übermensch.
  2. A Caesar:  The image of a Roman caesar denotes the necessity of such an Übermensch to lead das Volk and it is the personification of an iron Will which will be needed if we want this Caesar to offer us a higher possibility, a superior order. He will have to be merciless because, as Heidegger stated, this Caesar will first bring this technological age to its high point in order to prepare a new age. As a Vindex figure he will have to change this Evening land into a “land of morning” (Hölderlin). Firm decisions will have to be taken by this Caesar in order to overcome the present age in which the old gods have been pronounced dead. Heidegger believed in a new beginning.

This Caesar with the Soul of Christ is a warrior-priest, a Solar Knight (a Sonnenmens – Serrano) that is able to translate ancient Indo-European views and values for a new Europa. As Evola stated:

“It is , however, advisable that misunderstandings do not arise about the meaning which the warrior elements will have in the new Europe, focusing on the word ‘militarism’, similar to those already deliberately fostered – with full knowledge of the facts – by the democratic adversaries. It is not a manner of confining Europe to barracks […] it is necessary to become well aware that specifically warrior values, in the military context, are only representations of a reality which, in itself, can have a higher, not merely ethical, but even metaphysical meaning.” Evola continues to stress that the new Europe will not be formed under the sign of a warrior spirit that equals a chaos of unleashed forces and instincts. The Übermensch is not just a fighting machine, as the “true warrior ideals implies not only force and physical training, but also a calm, controlled and conscious formation of the inner being and the personality. Love for distance and order, the ability to subordinate one’s individualistic and passionate element to principles,…” (Evola, Metaphysics of War p. 113 – 114)

These virtues can also be found in the practice of the Numionous Way (D. Myatt)

The Roses in my creation refer to the alchemical emblem of the seven-petalled rose. This is an allogory of the seven planets, the seven stages of the transformation (cfr. the Seven-Fold Way). The formula ‘per crucem ad rosam’ (through the cross to the rose) describes this spiritual transformation of Western man. Jung writes that the essence of the heavenly Sol descends into this flower which is the earth’s answer to the Sun’s countenance (Jung). The Übermensch as seen by Heidegger exemplifies this spiritual path and can function as your inner guide of transformation. Let us listen to the wise words of the mystic Serrano  

The Rose is a creation of Persian alchemist gardners. It has to do with Sufism. Frederick II’s Rose came from the East. The rose flowers on the joining point between the vertical and horizontal of the cross. The vertical is the masculine; it is the sky. The horizontal is the feminine; it is the earth. The Rose joins them and opens the way to Magic Love, of the Mysterium Coniunctionionis, of the Tantric Maithuna. Then, the extremes of the cross light up and it is the Red Cross of the Templars. It begins to turn vertiginously and transforms itself into the Left-Turning Swastika, the Return’s, a circle of light that is not solar, but uncreated light, light from Venus, light from the Pole, from the most distant midnight. The Swastika, thus, is not a symbol of the present sun, but of the Pole, of motionless movement, of energy at rest.” (Serrano, p. 252) 

Therefore you will find das Sonnenrad with the 12 Sig Runes and the AR Rune in the centre. For this is both an Inner and Outer War; an alchemical journey from the Light of Sol to the uncreated Light of the Black Sun. The Übermensch as Warrior-Priest encompasses both the Strength as the Wisdom that is needed to go beyond our present technological aeon.  Instead of being addicted to figures, facts, research, science we should ‘let things be’ (become acéphalic) and leave it up to the energies inherent to Being. There is need of rank, order and meaning and True Art, True Alchemical flowers grow because of these boundaries and they manifest themselves for the human being is nothing but a modest vessel.

We are connected with the Numinous but we must learn to appreciate it once again, but I am most confident that we are most capable. The Übermensch will guide us!  

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

Books consulted:

  • Heidegger’s confrontation with Modernity (M.E. Zimmerman)
  • The Golden Thread (Miguel Serrano)
  • Metaphysics of War (Julius Evola)
  • Psychology and Alchemy (Jung)
  • Saints of the Impossible (Alexander Irwin)

The Essence of Struggle 

“The Essence of Being is struggle; all Being passes through decision, victory and defeat. One is not simply either a god or a man, but with Being in every case there falls a combative decision that placed struggle in Being; one is not a serf because that exists among other things, but because that being harbors within itself a defeat, a lack, an insufficiency, a cowardliness, and perhaps even a wanting to be inferior and weak. Hence it becomes clear: struggle is that which places within and maintains within Being; it is what decides on the Essence of Being, and it does so in a way as to invest every entity with a decisional character: the constant acuity of the either/or; either them or me; either hold out, or succumb. This combative decisional character of every Being brings into the entity a fundamental mood, which is at once victorious rejoicing and will, the awesomeness of The untrammeled rush (resistance), elevation, and ferocity in one – which we are not equal to expressing in a word, but for which the Greeks had a word, recurrent in the great poetry of the tragedians: to deinon (that which insprires terror).” (Heidegger – course 1933-1935)

Heidegger as prophet and Alchemist of the Aeon of Brutalism by Von Sanngetall:


Von Sanngetall. 128yf

The Sphere of Agape, Eros & Ecstasy

I have just finished my artistic exploration of the Sphere of Venus as part of my intent to symbolize the whole Tree of Wyrd, as a sign of my dedication to the Sinister Tradition.

A lot has already been written about the Sphere of Venus, the astrological aspects of Venus, so no need to copy them. Also the Sphere of Venus has already been described in the Mss of the ONA. There are a few things I have personally added through my exploration of its singular power.

First of all, and part of the exoteric strategy of the ONA, the reference to one of the most ancient symbols of the West, namely the magickal script of the Runes. Specifically for Venus I have drawn the Othala and Fehu Runes.

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Fehu, of course, as the Rune of Freya, the most powerful goddess of love, war and sexual attraction of the Northern pantheon. Fehu’s energy stands for the Will-to-Power, Sexual power, Feminine and matriarchal Power. The Rune itself means ‘cattle’ and stood for mobile wealth. But I prefer not to pay attention to the ‘materialistic’ connotation of this Rune as materialism is already the main focus in the West nowadays. The Rune’s spiritual power lies however in the energy, the transference from the acausal to the causal through Love/agape, in the ability to feel empathy, to feel connected with your folk around you, good friends, soul mates, between lovers but also the connection with Nature, your Heimat. This also denotes wealth, but a spiritual one. Being, as Heidegger wrote, is always a being there (Dasein) as we are thrown into this world (Gefallenheit) we are here with others and the Other. There is the transference of energy, of experiences which we are building on and how we shape who and what we are at this moment, but always with a higher aim. For those who are able to ‘feel’ Fehu, to feel the green glow of Venus, reassuring yet tantalizing, know that there is something Eternal calling us. As Myatt described this very well: there is no division between us, ipseity is just an illusion and ipseities offer us no answer, no matter how we are longing after definite answers. The Sphere of Venus offers no answer, but its green colour, one of the colours of Nature, can actually soothe us. Not soothing us ‘to sleep’ but actually an awakening, a break-through. 

The feeling of  empathy and compassion is one through which we become humble again, (as opposed to the ‘Black Magic’ formulas of becoming gods), and then we are ready to receive the richness from the acausal. The Sinister demands one to go beyond one’s limits and to leave the Ego behind. Just like in the alchemical Opus we have to become a vessel ready to accept without hesitation. The same applies to showing compassion: we can learn to love, to hold on. Agape is a Greek term which refers to such a state of mind and which is far more spiritual than the word ‘love’ that is used nowadays. Agape refers to a state of mind which destroys all illusions and puts us in an unconditional position. Unconditionally religious (religare = to connect). A most orthodox state of mind. Bataille demanded us to be ferociously religious. And we will  not contradict him!

Bataille also referred to ‘love’ and ‘friendship’ as forms of wordless communication, a communication without demands, words, and this puts one in a delicate position almost defenceless. One enters the energetic Continuous where boundaries by definitions no longer apply. When I meditate I open my being-there to the World, and I let go of all my thoughts by casting them aways as illusionary. Agape is for those who are committed to an acephalic path of pure, selfless commitment. The ‘I’ is no longer present, one is devoted to a higher cause, devoted to the happiness of a friend or lover, to the spiritual realization of one’s Wyrd, the Wyrd of the West. A Higher Destiny of which Spengler and Heidegger wrote. Agape is also a Christian term, but one should not be afraid of it, or cast it aside as something ‘un-satanic’ or ‘weak’, for the term goes beyond all morality: to feel connected is a naturalistic essence. It goes beyond ‘good & evil’ and orthodox Christianity (its roots being Gnostic) is well aware of that.

We are all driven by a thrist, a longing, a will-to-power (Buddhist tanha), and we all have the need to satisfy this but let us not focus on that kind of easy satisfaction. Those urges and cravings steer us away from any possibility to inter-connect, to feel the energy drawn from the acausal to the causal.

Othala

The Othala Rune’s energy denotes the spiritual inheritance from our ancestors, our people, the land where we have been raised, its traditions, its folklore, its customs. What can we learn from those traditions that also played an important role in Europe such those of the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, Christianity and gnosticism. What can we learn from them? I genuinely believe in an Wordless tradition, a Tradition of the Soul which has been causally transferred through the ages into the Alchemical Tradition of the Great Work. The Sinister Tradition and my particular acephalic path are based on those ancient insights, add new ideas but are loyal to the Tradition.

Now, the Othala Rune exoterically reconnects me to my Heimat, the environment where I have been raised and which strenghtens me to honour those ancients Traditions. Albeit there being different high cultures (Greek, Roman, Arab, Christian) this is not about modern-day multiculturalism. Multiculturalism is only focussed on the causal (food, spice, habits and so on) while an über-cultural Tradition is about the lifting of the Soul, about what Jung referred as a collective unconcious. The Green sphere of Venus can be seen as nurturing that feeling of connecting again.  

Another important aspect of the Othala Runes can be traced back to nobilitas, nobility, being noble. And this is an important element if we desire to grow spiritually, to evolve further and further away from the pathetic state of the mundanes in order to realise the Nietzschean Overman. Hence the connection with the Fehu Rune in the Sphere of Venus.

The Wet Path

Alchemically speaking this is the Sphere of Conjunction (in Naos one refers to Coagulation but I cannot agree with this). In the Hermetic Arts Conjunction occurs when a synthesis, a conjunctio occurs of the anima and the animus, the unconscious and conscious, the natural and that which one knows. One must therefore enter the Continuous and start to look introspectively: the Geist must turn towards itself (the inner change of which Myatt writes) instead of always looking at the outside. We must let ourselves be seduced by the Numinous or what Bataille calls the Sacred. Situated in the Sphere of Venus we talke about the Feminine principle, the eternal-Female which has always been honoured in the Satanic manifestation of the Numinous Sinister Tradition. This is quite a revolution as most Satanic ipseities are male oriented, and regard the female as being submissive, to be controlled. In that opinion these paths do not differ from the Magian beliefs they claim to criticize. The Sinister Tradition however is unique because of its utmost respect towards the female. This is based on the Alchemical understanding of the anima and the animus.

The Path of Venus is what is called a wet Path where the practioner is burnt by water. In the wet path of hermetism there also occur sexual symbols. The sexual act can therefore be seen as an alchemical process in which man and woman are united in love. The conjunctio of man and woman is akin to the operation between two vessels:

“the active and passive, the golden force against the captivating and sympathetic wet force that ‘dissolves’ the former and its own ‘enclosure’.  […] ‘Our corpereal gold is as though dead before it unites with its mate. Only then is the secret, interior Sulfur developed’. […] ‘With the Sulfur of Venus, the inner sulfur of man is rectified, reinforced and wholly perfected’.”  (Julius Evola, The Hermetic Tradition)  

Death &  Ecstasy

Interestingly, Evola also mentions the fact that the hermetic texts frequently “speak of a death that is a consequence of the coniunctio, of the ‘joining’, perhaps it also refers to the trauma that can occur at the height of the embrace and orgasm if subjected to a deliberate control.” Bataille referred to the orgasm as a ‘little death’ and this is exactly what occurs at the culmination of the sexual act: ecstasy or ekstasis: going beyond of oneself. In this moment of rapture one become headless, acephalic as one transgresses the limits of ipseity.  The Sphere of Venus can therefore be deadly as well and the Dark Goddess Darkat reigns most supremely.

Dragon and the Ouroboros

In Naos one can find the symbol Dragon as being atributed to the Sphere of Venus. I have chosen the Ouroboros as it stands for the endless flux of energy, birth and Death, creation and destruction, and I find these aspects united in the Sphere of Venus. Freya as a Goddess embodies both love and war, creation & destruction. The dragon, often described to Mercury with which Venus is connected, devours itself and recreates and archetypically symbolizes the collective UR-grond of the Life Cycle.  The attribution to Mercury is perhaps more accurate but Venus does possess such maternal qualities as well for the Water, as they element of Venus, also refers to the maternal water from which we are all born. The Mother as a guardian of the Life Force.  

We can therefore conclude that the Sphere of Venus has much to offer to the practitioner. Approach it with the utmost respect. Enjoy the sexual rapture & the mystical Death. Become Acephalic!

Agios O Darkat! 333! 

Von S, 128 yf

Literature:

  • The Hermetic Tradition (Julius Evola)
  • Alchemie en psychologie
  • MSS by Myatt

Being-towards-Death: hail Destiny

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Today, November 2nd, is All Soul’s Day. A Christian holiday on which the Christians are expected to commemorate their loved ones that passed away. A day on which time stands still as it were and one is asked to remember relatives, family & friends who haved died. An sich a beautiful Christian practice which Christianity of course inheritated and stole from our pagan ancestors. But that is not my main focus.

Togehter with my family I visited the cemeteries to greet the graves of those dear ones that passed away, and as such I obliged myself to reflect Life & Death, this Being-in-the-World, the interconnectedness with fellow humans, Nature and the Cosmos. Sadly enough this practice has almost become unknown. I am only 42 and I noticed that at the cemetery I was one of the youngest, because besides me there were mainly elderly people. Of course, most of them devout Christians, nevertheless they paid their respect to their loved one. They at least showed some honour, while those absent took advantage of this holiday, and went to the sea, took a plane to some horrid tourist hotspot in order to carry on their meaningless, mundane life. The kind of life Heidegger would have called ‘inauthentic’ as being out of touch with Destiny, out of touch with Culture, out of touch with the Greatness that surrounds us and should make us humble. Commercialism such as Halloween, plebeian life styles have taken over here in the West, and Tradition and Honour have been dethroned.

I have read the passages on Death and Being-towards-Death in Heidegger’s Being & Time (Zein und Zeit) and albeit being quite complicated, they are refreshing and the slowliness with which I read them, offered me time to reflect and meditate upon them. Heidegger saw the Decline of the West happening and reacted against that by offering a most spiritual vision which sadly has been covered and dissected by academics. Perhaps my reading makes it a bit more ‘simple’, but I am not interested in an academic debate on Heidegger. His vision on Fate was not just an academic theory, he wanted it to become reality.He wanted to discover the source of the West’s Decline and re-animate it and guide it to a new World to come. He aimed for an Event that would re-establish Dasein in honour and in empathy (Myatt) with Being itself.

Heidegger asked the question: “In what sense must Death be conceived as the ending of Dasein?”. When do we see a human’s life as ‘finished’? In Dasein there is a constant ‘lack of totality’ and this finds an end with someone’s physical Death. After Death that person is no longer considered as Being-in-the-World. Does this mean however that this person has reached a form of completion, a form of wholeness? And with this kind of wholeness, Heidegger refers to a fulfilment of life? Is Death a fulfilment of Life or should it be seen as a loss?

Now, Death should be seen as an integral part of Life, of Being-in-the-World, for our whole life is itself a Being-towards-the-End of life, A Being-towards-Death. Dasein, states Heidegger, is a way, a mode of Living and should not be ignored. By no longer taking up ancient tradidtions, by no longer paying honour to those traditions, one trivializes important moments of Life, of Being itself. That is exactly what is happening with ‘Das Man’: those meaningless humans living their everyday life and having their idle talks. These mundanes are no longer interested in these capital moment of life because trivial things such as sensation and fun is what drives them. ‘They’ believe that death has nothing to do with them. When someone dies, they seem to cry but in reality they are not touched at all. There is no empathy with the Way of Being, the Way of the Cosmos. Heidegger describes this as tranquillized everydayness. They are tranquillized: they feel nothing substantial because they have become numb and stupid.

I do fear Death, I do feel anxiety when I am confronted with Death but Death is a stimulus to reach that fulfilment, to find that fulfilment. Through love, walks in the woods, enjoying the cold wind, meditation, reflection and philosphy, inspiration through the likes of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Splenger, Evola, Bataille, Myatt, … I do not claim to have the answer to the question: what is Life’s most authentic fulfilment? But I do know that I have to find and search it outside of myself, it is something that stands out (Heidegger), it is something that strenghtens me as a human Being. It is also the spiritual mission and vision of the Order of Nine Angles and the representatives I have met online, in real life, sharing my vision with theirs knowing that we all believe in, namely the realisation of a Destiny of the West, a Galactic Destiny.

This is what drives each one towards one’s ownmost potentiality-for-Being (Heidegger). And may we all remember those who have done that before us, those who inspired us to become the unique being we are or want to become. I raise my glass! Cheers! Hail this Being-towards-Death! I salute Destiny!

Literature:

Being and Time (Heidegger)

Von S, 127yf