The Worker’s shoes

a-pair-of-shoes-hero1‘The shoes’ by Vincent van Gogh

One of the paintings Heidegger wrote about is Van Gogh’s painting of a pair of shoes. In itself nothing particular, nothing sinister, nothing revealing, but the gnostic essence which is laid bare by Heidegger reveals a hidden side of this ‘simple’ painting. To Heidegger art reveals what a being ‘really’ or ‘in essence’ is stands for.

Heidegger regards these shoes as a tool, but one that seems unused, abandoned in an indefinite space. Heidegger notices that the shoes do not carry any traces of earth: “Just a couple of peasant’s shoes. And still.”

Through this painting Heidegger describes the essence of truth as an “unconcealedness”, something that has been dis-covered so to speak. The etymology of the English word ‘discover’ shows this most beautifully: a ‘cover’ has been taken away. The truth brings to light what was originally hidden, covered, veiled. To loose the truth means that everything will be hidden once again.

Heidegger used the painting of the shoes to talk about truth, about a particular event of revealing. Heidegger describes most poetically that from within the “dark opening” of the used shoe the “effort of labor” stares at us. The shoe as a tool is not something that should be cast away, as it has helped the laborer, the worker, the farmer during his hard and honest work on the field. Heidegger describes how “the wet and saturated earth sticks to the leather”. In this shoe “resounds the silent call of the earth” and how the earth has given us the grain. “The shoe (therefore) belongs to the earth and it is protected in the world of the farmer.”

The connexion with the Earth/Eorthe is a very important and most symbolic one. The Conservative Revolution, to which Heidegger belonged, was well aware of the gnostic and sacred importance of the Earth as a major force that is the exact opposite to the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. These events have ‘centralized’ man’s position (in disadvantage of the Sacred) and his dependence on technology. One could say: the ultimate phase of the Kali Yuga in which man is alienated from the mystical origins of the Earth and started to disrespect the earth and its raw materials by turning these into mere instruments of profit. Today, only real craftsmen respect the genuine truth within raw materials such as the earth, wood, water, leather and so on. From within those raw materials the work of art presences itself and the craftsman, like Jünger’s worker-soldier, merely channels these hidden forces.  

A true craftsman presenced these shoes. They do not have a particular shape, they are dark and, as Heidegger notices, “the darkness shines from within them”. Their connexion with the Earth is therefore an acausal one: an acéphalic (beyond human and limited reason) resonance from das Heilige (Hölderlin), the abysmal Sacred (Bataille). The shoes are human tools but these ‘worker’ shoes form a connexion to a deeper and more traditional world. The same applies to the combat shoes of soldiers, the sandals of monks and so on. Such men transform and presence acausal forces, and their labor, their work, their struggle brings the Truth to light.

This cthonic resonance of the shoes brings us to the Greek pantheon of Dark Gods (Dionysos, Demeter,…) who reside in the Sphere of the Hidden, the Acausal, but which can be invoked by adepts, initiates of a Traditional Weltanschauung. A Weltanschauung which criticizes the modern world and its lack of the Sacred. Sinister traditions like the ONA’s, David Myatt’s Weltanschauung, the Conservative Revolution, the Traditionalists, Radical Paganism, the New Right all share this criticism, and their ‘acéphalic mission’ to bring forward the eternal essence of the Truth.

Their initiates do not simply see a used pair of shoes, but they all can hear its call which descends from the Greeks and rises up to the present Völkisch communities and those to come. I invite you to look at these shoes differently as well!

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The Vril: a most muliebral Force

temporaryThe Völkisch Weltanschauung

From the end of the 19th century to the 1930’s the Völkisch Weltanschauung in Europe, and Germany in particular, was a clear sign that there was an occult/hidden revolution against the degrading influence of positivist science, industrialism and humanistic enlightenment. The rise of occult and obscure societies like the Thule and Vril Society were no coincidence as the ancient spirit in the Soul of Europa was being awakened.

The Vril society of Berlin was an obscure community (“Reicharbeitsgemeinschaft ‘Das Kommende Deutschland’”) which published a brochure entitled ‘Vril: die kosmische Urkraft’ (1930) and this described the Atlanteans as possessors of a spiritual ‘dynamo-technology’ superior to the mechanistic notions of modernist science (Clarke 2002: 166). A second brochure rejected the notion of explosive energy and focused on ‘free energy’. These revolutionary ideas concerning science and technology went against the hegemonic process of materialization that suffocated all life and culture and turned it into mere calculated ‘objects’ (Heidegger: Gestell). The Enlightenment had only brought us a masculous (Myatt) approach of endless analysis, division and multiplicity. We follow Evola who realized that Western life was “completely absorbed in ‘becoming’, with its focus on rational means, speed and technical efficiency.” (Clarke 2002: 57) The Völkisch movement and its occult societies were of course aware of this as well.

Vril as a victorious and transformative energy

With Serrano we concur that the West is facing “the shadowy age of involution, of the Kali Yuga”, “where nature has been abandoned to neglect by a rationalist and atheist science and technology.” (Serrano) Instead of a masculous science and technology (current industrial and technological revolution based on basic human needs) we must aim for a muliebral one (transformative, beyond humanism, one of bewilderment and awe) that does not aim for the disintegration of Eorthe into the abyss and nothingness (Serrano), for that is the path on which we are walking now.

This new approach of alchemical transformation is fueled by the Vril as victorious energy, as an accumulation of the power of

“anti-gravity of the unknown I, as a “truly transformative power which would fuel a virtual and biological mutation of the semi-divine race and of some man-animals into semi-divine men and thus making it possible to return to Hyperborea, to the Polar Thule. An inner, alchemical process, of transformation of the involuted being. A process of initiation by dregrees in the transfiguration of terrestrial man into celestial man, immortal.” (Serrano)

As Serrano writes this is truly transformative. Mytho-poetics are of great importance for the immortality of the human mind, of our Western Soul, and instead of creating new ones out of fiction, we should study the ancient occult theories on Thule, Aldebaran, Shambhala for these are transformative in themselves. Each of us must find the hyperborean Thule in our heart, for there we can start to build a new Solar Imperium and always with our our Death as perspective. Immortality is not something one achieves but immortality presents itself through us, through our Noble behavior, our Respect for Traditions, our inner ‘Vrilian’ transformation and the Transgression of all Laws. 

The Muliebral

In one of his latest texts “Tu Es Diaboli Ianua” Myatt asks the question whether Christianity “whether that religion is, given our thousands of years old human culture of pathei-mathos, a suitable presencing of the numinous”. A question that must lead us to the gnostic foundations of this Magian Weltanschauung as present-day Christianity enslaves its followers by installing an Iron law forged by a Godhead; an unquestionable male arch-divinity.

The Numinous, as seen by Myatt, is very much the Acéphalic concept of the Sacred, a “supra-personal, ‘cosmic’, perspective” towards the Divine, the Unreachable and which cannot be captured in words or ideas. While the Magian religions today monopolize the Sacred by installing a divine ruler who cannot be transcended, the true Mystic only worships his own devotion, the Nothingness, the Empty Space once occupied by God but now pronounced dead. Meister Eckhart did not describe the Sacred because of its absence as we humans cannot reach, imagine this. The Sacred can only be ‘sensed’ as it were, and through one’s pathei mathos one grows as an individual.

As Myatt describes there is a difference between a religious apprehension of the Numinous, the Sacred and the Paganus one. The religious experience, as taught today, is one that relies on books, scriptures, a certain distance, while the Paganus one means utter devotion (without book or scriptures) as it is all based on one’s inner experience, on the Numinous connexion one is able to make. There is no religious revelation of a higher truth commanded by an omnipotent god, but there is only wordless bewilderment (Heidegger).  Bataille would call this the non-sensical, non-sense, devoid of all meaning. This kind of bewilderment one experiences by making long walks in nature, by being masterd by the elements, by feeling lost in the woods, by feeling helpless as a child and yet feel connected with an im-possible and grand force of the Cosmic. All classic religious paths are founded upon control, upon worldly power and hubris, while classical paganism connects mortals to the cosmos, to the divine, to the numinous (Myatt). And as Myatt remarks and describes the Numinous is primarily a manifestation of the female, of the muliebral:

 “A muliebral presencing is or would be manifest in a predominance of female deities; or in a dominant female deity; in legends and myths which celebrate muliebral virtues, such as empathy, sensitivity, gentleness, compassion; and in the perception that personal love should triumph over and above adherence to abstractions. Considered exoterically – not interiorly, not esoterically – a muliebral presencing is manifest in a personal, varied, worship and devotion; in a personal weltanschauung and not in a religion; has no hierarchy; no creed, no article or articles of faith; and no texts whether written or aural.” (Myatt)

Of course, for a civilization to grow and to develop a masculous presencing is needed as well. This stands for hierarchy, order and control, and it protects Traditions, Culture, the community. But when we talk about true and fundamental re-ligare, truly connecting with the Sacred a muliebral presencing is needed. An authentic community needs a genuine, headless Mysticism, a Numinous connexion with its ancestral past, its Cultural history in order to truly ex-sist as Dasein. One’s Essence is always Numinous and cannot be bought or sold, but very few today are still aware of this. A multibral presence liberates one from the Mundane, from one’s unconscious search for power and control.

In my view the Vril force is therefore a most paganus and therefore muliebral force. The power which was derived from Vril included telepathy and telekinesis and the Vril was described as an enormous reservoir of psychic energy not only in the world at large but also in the human organism, only accessible to initiates. The author Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton had described this force in his book ‘the Coming Race’ (1871).

Interestingly, central to the Vril Society was the female medium Maria Orsic, known by the name of Sigrun, who claimed to have contacted extraterrestrials of the solar system of Aldebaran. We do not aim to go into the veracity of such claims, but it shows that there was a huge interest in the paranormal which had been banished by the Enlightenment and positivism. The female mystic has always occupied a special place in the occult history of our Evening Land.

Communities driven by Vril: a historical manifestation

Our sole purpose to refer to such a history is to show that there was a undeniable muliebral presencing in Europe at a time when industrialism and ‘correct’ sciences were sweeping all over Europe in order to destroy our Dasein’s connexion with Nature and the Cosmic. The positvist attitude reduced everything to something utilitarian and instrumental in order to turn everything into a ‘Gestell’ (Heidegger) for profit’s sake.

What we witness here is the unique convergence of the Numinous, an electrification by the ancient Vril force,  and the morphogenesis of a new movement which grew out of the necessity to banish the statism of Sovjet socialism and liberalism, both blind for masculous movements lead by greed and money. What esoteric-Völkisch National-Socialism at first embodied was the muliebral of the connexion, a truly religious/mystical experience, and the masculous of ancient Empires by divine inspiration. Here we witnessed for a short while the possibility of the resurgence of the Greek-Roman ideal and the complete man, the Ur-man (Serrano). Yet, driven by a  greedy war and industrialism (the manufacturing of weapons), the need for imperialism (criticized by Spengler, Heidegger & Jünger) National-Socialist Germany soon fell victim to productionist metaphysics as described by Heidegger, who first supported the revolution but then saw its disastrous turn towards imperialism, science, money.

All of the sudden the muliebral presencing was gone and this went back underground. The rise of neo-Völkisch groups such as Baelder, TBO, Sinister orders such as the ONA, mystical currents such as the Numinous Path however show that the muliebral flame of the Vril force is still burning. These ‘societies’ have taken the place of the Thule and Vril society to resurrect the supra-personal Völkisch Ethos (Authentic belonging-to, Authentic spirituality, nobility, humility, compassion, warriorship, Sein-zum-Tode and so on), the importance of the Eorthe (community) and the Cosmic (transgression of the Law, the limits) in one’s actions, thoughts, meditations, writings and art. This kind of bewilderment, which is fundamentally Pagan Greek in origin, has re-emerged from the murky history of Europe’s Kali Yuga.  What we witness here is an Authentic enthousiasm: becoming inspired by the Pagan Gods, the Dark Gods, the Numinous). The Vril force serves as an engine which revitalizes the West albeit the fact that we have to face the ultimately disastrous consequences of the hegemonic forces of the Kali Yuga.

The Power of the Vril force opens up a new perspective when a new culture and civilization will rise after the ultimate Ragnarokr. The masculous forces of management, ultra-liberalism, new age-isms, clashes of various cultures, economic imperialism, male dominance (as opposed to the wealth of the pagan Matriarchal systems) are all aimed to smother the mytho-poetic Vril force, yet as has been shown before the Vril is omnipotent and mytho-poetics will rise again after the Decline of the West. The Vril is a force that truly enlightens those who wish to focus on it, and the Vril is able to create a true community (of which Bataille and Heidegger spoke). With Bataille we emphasize the need for new communities (whether in the flesh or spiritually connected) as it is the first creed of the Bataillean Acéphalic group.

We must realize that as the decades will pass in the near future the muliebral presencing will become much harder to notice, and therefore it must be internalized so it can survive the Struggle (European but also Global) we are facing. And when we turn to Heidegger and the conservative Revolution, it is very clear that in times of Struggle only a strong, will-powered Community is able to embody Sacred values (an authentic Gemeinschaft). In the long run such a Gemeinschaft will turn out to be the victor because the current mundane Gesellschaft (economic, values, laws, …) is weak and corrupted by a slave morality. Such a Gesellschaft will in the end evaporate and a community/Gemeinschaft will raise its victorious voice. “War is the ultimate rationale, the Grund or ground, of Gemeinschaft.” Heidegger:

“That which neither the individual by itself nor the Gemeinschaft as such is, that must become manifest. The comradeshift of the frontline soldiers was grounded neither in the fact that they had to gather together with other humans because they needed them and could find them only at other places. Rather, at bottom it is grounded only in the fact that the nearness of death as a sacrifice placed each one in advance into the same nullity, so that this latter became the source of unconditional belonging-to-each-other.” (Heidegger)

So, it is not a matter of bargaining,  simple management, like the social democratics and liberals execute their policy, but it is a spiritual matter altogether. Bargaining is all about survival, hypocrisy, egotism, a mismanaged masculous handling. What the Vril force actually does, is point out to the Essence of Death in our Weltanschauung. Death is bound to Greek bewilderment, to en-thousiasm, to discipline, to loyalty, to the eternal Gemeinschaft:

“It is precisely Death – the death each human being has to die for himself and which singularizes each individual to the utmost extent – it is precisely death and the willingness of its sacrifice (=the willingness to offer one’s own death as a sacrifice), that first and foremost and beforehand creates the site of Gemeinschaft from which comradeship emerges. Thus, does comradeship grow out of Angst? No, and yes. No, if one, like the Philistine, understands by Angst the helpless quivering of panicky cowardice. Yes, if Angst is understood as the metaphysical nearness to the unconditional, a nearness that is given as  a gift to the highest self-sufficiency and readiness. If we do not compel power into our Dasein that, like Death as a free sacrifice, bind and singularize unconditionally – that is, powers that catch hold of each individual at the root of its Dasein and that, like Deaht as a free sacrifice, stand deeply and wholly in an authentic knowing – then no ‘comradeship’ will emerge. In that case, the result will at best be a modified form of Gesellschaft.” (Heidegger)

Inauthentic Dasein avoids being taken over by Being itself, by such a power which we name the Vril. Such a power remains concealed for those that let themselves by ruled by Das Man, by the Gesellschaft which does not care for the Numinous, the muliebral. Their Angst for Being is a helpless quivering of panicky cowardice in the Struggle. The Angst for those that had their Soul exposed to the Vril is what Heidegger calls this ‘metaphysical nearness to the unconditional, a nearness that is given as a gift to the highest self-sufficiency and readiness.” It is unconditional as there are no human laws or rules that are applied, but such Dasein ventures itself in an unknown territory, shared by other comrades and together the battle is fought. Each comrade is part of the Gemeinschaft which exists because of the preceding bond, “a bond that binds each individual to that which keeps bound and determines each individual in a super-elevating manner.” (Heidegger)

Thus, the Vril is a most powerful force as it re-introduces a non-instrumental view of looking at technology, at the Sacred powers of Eorthe (instead of exploiting its resources), at a new kind of science which has no interest in financial gain. Let us fully enjoy the power of mytho-poetics in order to celebrate a resurgence of the West, but let us also celebrate the Ragnarokr of our Evening Land, our global Sein-Zum-Todes. We are “human, all too human” and our tragic natures opens up the Sacred once again. The Vril will function as a volcano, as an eruption of a most deadly force, and it points at the outbrake of the Struggle leading up to an Authentic existence which honours the muliebral.

The last words are for Miguel Serrano:

“Now we are facing the shadowy age of involution, of the Kali Yuga, The use of power (Hvareno, Vril) is taught in Shambhala that permits the mutation of man and of the Earth; the warrior’s initiation is given, which makes it possible. Since ‘as inside, so outside’, the mutation of man into semi-divine and divine will permit the simultaneous transfiguration of the planet.” (Serrano)

Inspired by:

  • Miguel Serrano, The Golden Thread
  • David Myatt, Tu Es Diaboli Ianua
  • Historical Destiny and National Socialism in Heidegger’s Being and time, Fritsche
  • Black Sun, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
  • Georges Bataille
  • Friedrich Nietzsche

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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)

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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)

gate-of-mercury

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. 

mercurius

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

 

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SIR: the Pathway to the Sphere of Luna

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Von Sanngetall, Man’s Gate (2003)

The Preparation

In orde to prepare yourself for this alchemical journey, which you will have to take multiple times (solve et coagula), focus on the illustration of the Man’s Gate. The Man’s Gate stands for  your temporary departure from the causal realm. This meditation will offer you the possibility to  go through a serious introspection and preparation for real life actions (things occuring to you at this moment, preparing for the 7FW, other LHPways, …) through which you are going to be transformed. Do not ‘aim’ for transformation, but let it occur, open yourself to this possibility and confront yourself with situations that demands such a reaction. From action – reaction comes growth. 

Man’s Gate is the ‘exit’ (and also entrance) to the material plane, causal realm where the homo hubris flourishes. Georges Bataille would describe this as the instrumental world as everything serves a mundane purpose: just like a thing a person becomes an object which can be used, abused or thrown away. As you gaze into the illustration, picture yourself mundane situations, mundane actions and observe them in your mind. Do not mock them, do not judge them, but observe from a distance. What would you do? How would you react? What would you do differently and why? And then, confront yourself with the ‘mundane I’. When do you behave mundanely? Or these natural reactions? Do not judge yourself as you are ‘human all too human’. Remain humble and dignified, for this is a search for the Numinous. Prepare yourself as you are about to enter the Dark Night of the Soul. Ask yourself the question how to achieve spiritual growth. In the alchemical process this is called the Nigredo or the blackness: the confrontation with and the descent into the Prima Materia.  

First Dark Pathway: entering the Sphere of Luna 

“…Before you, is a silver crescent moon, touch it.
You are now entering the dark sphere, of Luna.
This, is earthy, fertile land, a moist cavernous terrain.
A young maiden approacheth wearing a crescent moon headdress
and a blue robe.
She, Is, beautiful!
She offers her hand in friendship.
Touch her hand.
Ah! Smooth porcelain,
the dew of the moon on her cheeks.
But this is a lovely place,
instantly she transforms… into a dark horned beast,
ague in shape but clear in nature.
The horn… proceeds to impale You!
Gouging your intestines!
Rupturing your stomach!
Blood and bile, vomits from your splitting torso!
The horn, has shattered your vertebrae!
The beast brings down a starless night and withdraws.
You see briefly, the face of a woman,
wracked with laughter, mocking your very essence.
She too is now gone into the black,
that gnaws at your astral bones.
This is the sphere of hidden knowledge.
The blood that continues to gush,
has formed a glowing red pool.
Scry now, into the pool.
It will show you secrets of what you are,
of what you want to be, and what you can be.
Keep this information clear, in your mind, you will need it later.
The thick, liquid stirs…
look… Look into the pool You filthy regenerates!…”

SIR by Christos Beest

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Von Sanngetall, The Sphere of Luna (2003)

As you descend into the Prima Materia you must confront yourself with that which is hidden in your psyche. This is the Shadow aspect and this is cast away, neglected, suppressed. The Moon is the Sphere of Terror & sinister Knowledge. Its blue colour stands for the unconscious. As you gaze into the illustration open up your psyche and let down the barriers of the Superego: all laws and moral prescriptions. Acephalically: decapitate yourself and let go all ratio. This is an important aspect of the Nigredo as well. Invoke terror upon yourself and your surroundings. Not for the sake terror and destruction itself, but from a generative point of view.

Seek “that which is strange, which lies outside the scope of any world view; that which lies within the Dark Pool beneath the Moon and threatens to devour, create madness. A stage which cannot be ignored if further development is saught, requiring a descent to draw out that which is obscure, fearfully hidden: the gateway to the Abyss. A point from which there is no turning back: that which leads to rebirth via death.” (Christos Beest)

Question all -isms, all ideations, all principles (Way of the Numinous, Myatt) which have been advocated in this secularized world, a Welt of hubris, which is almost completely devoid of the Sacred Traditions and where man has plagiarized himself for the sake of post-Enlightenment values.

I invite you to seek the company of the Sinister Female Gods that inhabit the Sphere of the Moon.

Agios O Shugara!

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

A meditation on physis and becoming

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As I was singing the Sinister Chant dedicated to Jupiter, Agios O Baphomet, I reflected on the dark essence of the Mother of Blood, her sinisterly-feminine Nature. As I was practicing the chant, candles lit and incense burning, a vision of a shapeshifting, Kali-like, feminine divinity entered my mind. I saw her dancing most seductively in the burning rays of a huge giant Svn which was about to outburst like a volcanoe. I literally felt a giant outpouring of Numinous Energy descending upon me, obliterating my-self and the World. In her multiple hands she was holding the heads of men and at her feet I saw the decapitated bodies of her sacrificial victims as she had released them from the burden of their rational, project-minded, instrumental, mundane life, and their Spirit was set free to join the cosmic Flux of life. Our Mother might cruel, but her essence and intentions are the Purest Evil you can imagine. Within the Sinister Tradition Baphomet is being evoked, but of course this dark female principle, this Mistress of the Earth, is also represented by Lilith, Kali, Hecate and so on. The names in these various pagan traditions are merely causal, the essence however is Acausal and thus Cosmic.

Now, as I was meditating on this Essence I was suddenly reminded of one of Bataille’s meditations in which he evokes a dark feminine divinity, and this meditation is called “Méditation héraclitéenne” (Heraclitean Meditation) which he wrote in 1939 for his Secret Group L’Acéphale. He and the other adepts of this Secret Group must have used this meditation as part of their rituals they conducted in the woods. I genuinely believe that texts, meditations, evocations which were written for ritualistic purposes carry within them a certain power. The Words themselves, the meaning as such does not matter, but it is the poetry of the words, their sheer beauty and intent which make them magickal. The text is originally in French and I present you my translation. I am not a professional translator so I may have interpreted some lines, but that does not matter. I did not translate the whole text as I left out small parts (…) which were hard to translate and therefore incomprehensible in English. This is about the intent, the energetic flow within and between the words:

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Heraclitean Meditation

(G. Bataille, 1939- my translation)

I am War – I am Joy Before Death

I imagine an inexorable mouvement and an intense excitement – of which the possibilities are limitless – which never calm down except during the war

I imagine a dark female divinity dancing seductively in the Eternal Night, dancing and moving with quiet violence. She is hungry for blood, mutilated corpses and Death.

I imagine the Gift of an infinite suffering, of blood and of corpses (…) This Gift is a huge holocaust burning. A tremendous conflagration of which the eagerness is comparable to the Fire that only burns to devour itself and that has only one purpose: to  devour itself and to burn inexhaustibly. I can only compare this Fire to the dazzling Svn or the distant Stars radiating their unimaginable heat and light.

I can see Eorthe being projected into deep Space and I can compare this to a woman crying out in horror, her hair in flames.

I hate the need for this prolonged stupidity which is the opposite of the freedom of the woman’s Cry. After hearing this cry I lose myself.

This pitiless craving – taken to its most extreme principle by getting rid of this intolerable mask of stupidity  of military endeavours (serving any ideology or other ideas) – demands that I become this Cry and thus I become One with the brase of Life which consumes me until my Death.

With all my powers, and by lifting myself beyond my own nausea, I take upon myself everthing I can of this wretched craving for Life and this will-to-live. This craving makes one’s selflessness impossible and delivers each existence into the hands of Fear.

With all my powers, I consume my own craving to stay alive and the one of my fellow beings as well, in my Joy before Death. And as I consume this craving I feel that I burn hilariously the way the Svn does.

In this world of Summer and Winter, which consistute a dying blaze killing everything that lives, in this ever rotating universe giving itself to the stars which consume limitlessly, I recognize a cruel craving that demands my Death in a most violent manner. She requires it to still her endless consumption and appetite, for her Joy to exist most gloriously. She demands that everything which has ever been, must constantly destroy itself.

 (…)

This philosophical – poetic evocation presents the most important elements of our Acéphalic Mysticism: the Sinister Feminine Essence, Headlessness, mystic Violence & War, the Svn and of course  the Sacred / Continuum.

Bataille also believed in a Continuum, a flux of Energy and in his meditation he refers to the element of Fire. This brings us to Heraclitus and David Myatt.

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In Myatt’s Notes on Heraclitus we find a valuable addition to Bataille’s Heraclitean Meditation.

The phrase Φύσις κρύπτεσθαι φιλεῖ – attributed to Heraclitus – is often translated along the following lines: Nature loves to conceal Herself (or, Nature loves to hide).

David Myatt explains that a central concept of  the philosophy of Pathei Mathos is Φύσις (Physis). Referring to Aristotle Physis not only denotes ‘nature’ or the character of a person, but “physis denotes the being of those beings who or which have the potentiality (the being) to change, be changed, or to develope.” (Myatt). Myatt refers to becoming, growth, a natural unfolding, or as we have mentioned in our latest post: blossoming. Myatt underscores that this is not about some abstract essence, but rather a balance a being should achieve: a balance between what you were, are now and the potentiality that might be. A constant inner dialectical proces that takes place as part of your alchemical growth. Bataille was also intruiged by dialectics and in his meditations he also urges one not to stand still, to get rid of a prolonged stupidty, the mask of stupidity. Myatt calles this Hubris. So, both agree on the fact that one should not strife for some ‘ideal’, but one is constantly in motion.  

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For Heraclitus Physis is the “natural being which we tend to cover up” and therefore we are talking about an ontology: “a reality, a true nature”. As Myatt explains in his Notes on Heraclitus:

Thus, Φύσις (Physis) is not simply what we understand as Nature; rather, Nature is one way in which Φύσις is manifest, presenced, to us: to we human beings who possess the faculty of consciousness and of reflexion (Thought). That is, what we term Nature [See Note 2] has the being, the attribute, of Physis. (Myatt)

And further:

Essentially, the nature of Physis is to be concealed, or hidden (something of a mystery) even though Physis becomes revealed, or can become revealed, by means such as λόγος. There is, thus, a natural change, a natural unfolding – of which Nature is one manifestation – so that one might suggest that Physis itself is this process [ the type of being] of a natural unfolding which can be revealed and which can also be, or sometimes remain, concealed. (Myatt)

Myatt therefore concludes that: 

One translation is: Concealment accompanies Physis. Or: Concealment remains with Physis, like a friend. Another is: The natural companion of Physis is concealment. Or, more poetically perhaps, but much less literally, one might suggest: Physis naturally seeks to remain something of a mystery. (Myatt)

Physis as this natural unfolding, this growth, this blossoming will somehow always remain a mysterie, something we cannot uncover. There are hidden laws at work. Now, for Heraclitus transformation was “the fundamental principle underlying coming-to-be and the diversity of Nature” (Geldard 2000). Fire became his symbol of creation and dissolution. Heraclitus wanted his students to penetrate the surfaces of the manifest world to comprehend it and “to seek transformation to a higher knowledge of the Cosmos” (Geldard 2000). Dr. Geldard here refers to the further development of alchemy which we will focus on later.

According to Heraclitus we are overwhelmed by our senses and these have “mired us in a banal existence to the detriment of our true nature.” (Geldard 2000)

We must free ourselves from the domination of ideas, ideologies, words, ordinary cycles of existence “in the fire of our consciousness”. The transformation by Fire is highly underestimated! We need to follow a transformative Path, true to Physis, of inner inquiry (the Greek and Roman wisdom, the mystics such as Meister Eckhart, Jacob Boehme, Heidegger, Myatt). Our Fire must be kindled by those ferocious thinkers such as Nietzsche and Bataille. The Ways to follow are causal manifestations and meaningless -isms. In this respect I would like to refer to this excellent text of Acausality.

Choose the Way that strengthens you, that appeals to but always remain true to the hidden essence of Physis. Become a nexion, an affective effluvium kindled by the sacred Fire. May Baphomet, Kali, Hecate, Lilith guide you on your Path.

Agios O Baphomet! Agios O Physis!

Sources:

  • Mss by David Myatt
  • Remembering Heraclitus (Richard Geldard)
  • L’Apprenti Sorcier (Georges Bataille)

 

Von S, 128 yf

Agios O Alastoros: from where Empathy blossoms

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The Sphere of Mars, Von S

Sinister Chant

Yesterday afternoon I practiced the Sinister Chant of the Sphere of Mars. In combination with the importance and perfection of posture, which I have learned from my Zen Meditation Practice, I intend to perfect my singing as I have no such formal education or choir practice whatsoever. Of course like any endeavour, this will take time and devotion but the Sinister Chants will help me to focus on the Essence of the 7FW and the sinister aspects of Acéphalic Mysticism. The fact that this form of chanting is based on a grand secular tradition of the Gregorian chants as these chants have always appealed to me and its orthodox and mystic nature reveals its Numinous strength. Trough its Traditionalism I feel connected to the rich cultural and religious history of Europe. Georges Bataille was also fascinated by the Christian mystics and the orthodox practices. As it is our aim to become “ferociously religious” these Sinister Chants will guide me to the Acausal.  But just like Zen Meditation this will demand time and devotion.

As it was Tuesday I chose the chant appropriate to the Sphere of Mars, namely Agios O Alastoros. The Romans called their Tuesday Martis dies as this was named after their war god Mars. Our Germanic forefathers took over the Roman system and they used Tyr as a basis. 

The Sinister Chant itself:

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While focussing on my Mandala of the Sphere of Mars I felt that the Sinister Chant added more solemnity, more profoundness, a Numinous quality, to my meditation. Of course, my will-to-focus must improve and it shall as I improve my singing. As one turns one’s attention to the perfection of posture, practice, singing and so on, the mind is no longer focussed on and occupied with senseless and everyday occupations. As a whole one is able to transgress the ‘causal’ obligations,  one can open oneself to the grander scheme of things. This is all part of the Alchemical Opus.

Zeus Alastoros

Now, I asked myself what Alastoros referred to. The Sphere of Mars is dedicated to workings of Destruction and Sacrifice, so Alastoros should refer to this. When one is singing the words in itself no longer matter because in order to enter the Sacred one must lose one’s ratio, one’s head. After the singing of course the question remains. 

Alastoros or Alastor refers to the Greek mythology because it is part of one of the many names of Zeus: Zeus Alastoros. With this name the Greeks referred to one aspect of their supreme god, namely Zeus as a god who takes revenge when a crime is wrongfully committed. The name refers to his protective punitive power as he takes revenge when someone has been wronged. Thus Zeus protects the victims who were wrongfully hurt or attacked. This is a pagan virtue which demonstrates honourful conduct as one is supposed to protect those who are family or those who are part of the community or one’s tribe. There is nothing  ‘rational’ or ‘calculated’ behind it as you take this oath as part of a community. This conduct is a form of self-sacrifice as you put your own safety at risk.  

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The words ‘Alastoros’ or ‘Alastor’ themselves refer to the outraged spirit/daemon who sends disfortune upon the offenders, or they refer to the person afflicted. Later on Alastoros was used independently from Zeus, and it generally meant an angry vengeful power.

The fact that Alastoros is one of the several names of Zeus demonstrates the complexity of the pagan gods. They are not ‘pure’ or ‘perfect’ the way Magian believers regard their God, but the pagan gods, even the supreme ones like Zeus and Odin, are able to commit mistakes, are able to be violent when this is necessary. The fact that after a while Alastoros referred to ‘an angry vengeful spirit’ is actually an impoverishment as it shows the Magian influence by adding ‘morality’. Suddenly, what once was the Sacred as a whole, now becomes categorized into ‘moral good’ and ‘moral evil’. To take revenge, even when this is meant to undo a crime committed, becomes a forbidden act of violence as violence means ‘evil’.

As we have seen in history the monotheistic faiths took over the pagan Weltanschauung (gods, festivals, rituals), incorporated it their orthodoxy and thus turned it into something acceptable. The complexity of the pagan pantheon was reduced to one almighty god, some celestial beings, and the inhabitants of hell, namely Satan and the various legions of demons. Bataille has always maintained that Satanism and Black Magic were Ways to uphold the ancient Ways. If I look at Alastor for example, I can find Alastor in my dictionary of demonology.

Alastor is a demon executioner from the infernal Court, and he is often confused with the demon Azazel. Alastor is invoked in order to execute certain punishments, most often lethal. He is thus a destructive demon. He should be invoked on a Tuesday of or a Saturday. It is stated clearly that Alastor is nothing but an executioner and the invocation should be done as part of a sentence or judgement. This takes us back to the name of Zeus Alastoros, namely to take revenge. However in the case of the demon it is not stipulated that you aim to undo a wrongdoing. It can simply be a personal matter between you and the victim, whoever is ‘right’. You are your own judge and Alastor is your executioner.

The Way of the Numinous

From a Numinous point of view it is entirely up to you, your own responsibility, to act honorably and use this invocation, chant with humility. What do you wish to justify? Why do you need to take revenge? Do you want to become that stereotypical egotistic ‘Black Magician’ that cannot handle a setback, a loss, Life as a whole? Instead of learning from adversity, Pathei Mathos, is it really necessary to seek revenge? Or are you able to learn and move on? This is not a question of morality but purely naturalistic reasoning: become stronger by defeat, become the power that is staring you in the face when you look in the Abyss. 

I intend to employ this chant as part of my alchemical growth in order to destroy what hinders me in my further development. To seek revenge shows far too much involvement with the causal. Do not become a tyran, as Myatt teaches us. Why should I invest in my pride, in my empty shell of an Ego? Do not let hatred, a pure drive for violence take over. Of course, become a militant, take upon discipline but not from an ‘evil magician’s point of view’. I intend to use these chants to get to know my inner demons, to descend into my personal Prima Materia, invoke the Alastor in me so I  can control it and convert its Sinister and destructive energies into something Beautiful and Honorable.

Something that transcends my petty Ego and  that is exactly where Empathy starts and from where it can blossom. In the Japanense Weltanschauung the blossom of Cherry Tree is Sacred. It is about the perfection of Form and it is only temporarily. Our existence is finite as well. Our being is a being-towards-Death (Heidegger) and let us therefore invest in this singular moment of blossom: beyond the head (acéphalic) and beyond the Ego.

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 Agios O Alastoros! 

Von S, 128 yf