The Acéphalic community

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We must keep in mind the following acpehalic points of Bataille’s Programme drawn up in 1936. An important periode as the Great Depression ruled Europe and many intellectuals were dissatisfied with the parliamentary democracy, the industrial revolution. The Conservative revolution in Germany was the strongest outburst of dissatisfaction, but Bataille also shared a number of ideas. We must keep in mind though that Bataille did not seek for the birth of a new ‘political’ movement, but his Weltanschauung certainly had a return to the Sacred in mind for the West.

 1. Form a community, creative of values, values creative of cohesion.

2. Assume the function of destruction and decomposition, but as an accomplishment, and not as a negation of being.

3. Realize the universal accomplishment of personal being in the irony of the animal world and through the revelation of an acephalic universe.

4. Take upon oneself perversion and crime, not as exclusive values, but as integrated within the human totality.

5. Realise the personal accomplishment of being and its tension through concentration, through a positive asceticism and through positive individual and collective discipline.

6. Fight for the decomposition  and exclusion of all communities socialist, nationalist, communist or churchly.

7. Affirm the reality of values, the resulting inequality of men, and acknowledge the organic character of society.

8. Take part in the destruction of the existing world, with eyes open to the world to come.

9. Affirm the value of violence and the will to aggression insofar as they are the foundation of all power.

Meditate on these words and incorporate them in your Sacred  Weltanschaung. Today’s ultra political correctness and cheap leftist anthropocentrism has turned many of these statements into negative, forbidden and in-human principles. Yet our mysticism is of a Nietzschean kind: tragic, organic and true to the Eorthe, vibrant, the affirmation and destruction of life, truly human, un-relentless, poetic & mythological.  These statements are of an ultimate aeonic importance as they lay the foundation of a possible new Western world / civilization to come. One we cannot envisage or practically aim for, but we need to be reminded of a possible Return to the Origin of the West: the Greek bewilderment. This present World cannot be our aim as it would stifle our actions, but we must always remind ourselves of our Gnostic origin and the discontinuous state of Being.  

As Christos Beest (ONA) once explained the ‘earthing’ of acausal, Numinous forces is done by adepts and initiates of the Sinister Path, by warriors, poets and artists, and thus ‘earthing’ is laying/preparing the esoteric foundation of a new world to come.

Like Bataille we want to cultivate and re-instate the Sacred again and we genuinely believe in the need of an elective headless (anarchic – Jünger) communities in order to unleash the Numinous forces again. Bataille referred to these “as a secret society, network” or even an “order” in the truly religious or initiatory sense. Such communities were/are the setting for the examination of and experimentation with “truths that lacerate, which absorb those to whom they appear and is even animated by a movement which distances from them.” (Irwin, Saints of the Impossible, p. 19). The idea was to corrode the wider society through the sacred energies embodied by the community focused on figures of Death (our Sein-zum-Tode) and beyond any instrumental logic.” Acéphale had no explicit ‘political’ agenda, no goals beyond this one: “Existence, that is to say tragedy”. Our prophet aimed at a shattering of the “principle of the head” as all revolutions have historically lead to just another tyranny (one “head”) based on mundane and worldly power.

The “head” so to speak sucks up all the blood, all the vitality of the society, and therefore paralyzes all vitality, creativity by turning it into an obedient, lifeless servility. One must not forget that a society, a community is an organism just like our bodies and the blood needs to flow freely through the organism. There can only be a ‘leadership’ in the occult sense: those who have been initiated and gone through several ordeals. Their fearless and harsh leadership is beyond the need for power or domination, as they have transcended hubris. They are devoted to the collective and its numinous connexion.

Such communities, like the Nexions of the Sinister Tradition, genuine monastic orders exist beyond the mundane realm. Of course, they participate in ‘mundane’ actions such as taking care of and protecting each other, educating each other, making dinner, growing vegetables and so on, but all in harmony with their natural surroundings. These actions have become Numinous and therefore ‘reason’, as promoted by the Enlightenment and positivist science, has been left behind. These Acéphalic communities are not ‘managed’, but they are alive, they thrive from the blood energy of their member who remain faithful to ancient traditions and to the land where they have grown up. Therefore according to Bataille: “The formation of a new structure, of an ‘order’ developing and seething through the entire earth, is the only real liberatory act – and the only one possible.” (Irvin 20).

Like Bataille we genuinely are fed up with the inertia (still present) of the West, and we are dissatisfied with the instrumentalism that dominates the hegemonic Weltanschauung and so, poetic-ontologically, we have no choice but to think of alternatives. Today, orders such as the Order of Nine Angles, the remaining medieval monastic orders, occult groups with a Pagan Weltanschauung, Traditionalists all carry with them the everlasting flame, Pneuma of the Deus Absconditus. The life forms that are (being) established by them form that very alternative. As the West is slowly dying, infested by its own corruption and greed, these communities (even when they come and go) are the sign that alchemical gold grain of the West is not lost and still fertile.

These manifestations of the Vril strengthen me: GA WATH AM! The JOY before DEATH!

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

The Astral Cup


The Astral Cup by Von Sanngetall 128 yf 

If you would ask what the true essence of our Acéphalic Mysticism is, I would say there is none. For a ‘true’ essence would determine, define our Mysticism as something we humans can comprehend. Our Mysticism is one with the Numinous, that which cannot be analyzed by our limited senses, by our ‘Will to know’ (Nietzsche). It effectively freezes our brains, and we remain helpless, clueless, and yes, beheaded.  Personally I find the Grail a most suitable image/metaphor/symbol for the Numinous. Within the Mysterie Tradition of the West the Grail as cup has always fascinated me. For me it stands for an ancient Mystery , a Mysticism of the Blood that goes beyond our ‘mental’ comprehension and it defies all science. It is mytho-poetic, Traditional, … Yes, a beacon of the Western Mystery Tradition. Do  not romanticize this cup for its very essence is utterly inhuman, and we as a species are not yet worthy and we must remain humble, devoid of the Sacred knowledge that springs from the mystical Blood & Water within the cup.

As one of our prophets, M. Serrano, proclaimed:

When we speak, for example, of the blood, we are not referring exclusively to biological blood, that which runs through our veins of the physical body. We think of the blood of Paracelsus, of the Astral Light, and also of the ethereal or Akashian Memory of the Indo-Aryans. That is the true ‘chromosomal memory’, and not the biochemical one of the present. The blood, in a spiritual and hermetic sense, is the sacred liqueur of the soma, something different from what we are taugth by biology and the haematology of the science of the Kali Yuga; it is the liquid sun, in which the memory of the extraterrestrial ancestors runs; it is the Great Memory. The blood is something mysterious, which cannot be treated lightly.” (M. Serrano, The Golden Thread)

We do not treat this mystery lightly. Bataille would not have completely agreed with Serrano’s Weltanschauung, but we find much mysterious truth in it. The Grail is the Holy Cup that holds the Blood & Water of the Gnostic Christ, the one that defied the Jews and their laws. The One that sided with the poor, the sick and thus followed the Left Hand Path: the Path of Splendour within Decay, crystal beauty within sickness, Joy before Death. Our path is a gnostic one as well for we search for the Continuous, the Numionous connexion from which we have been deprived in our fallen state (Gefallenheit – Heidegger), but unlike the Gnostics, we recognize the value of sacred matter (the body, the flesh, base elements). We are energetics and matter consists of energy. Our body may be temporarily but we value this as a Temple where the Sacred Cup will be placed. Not by yourself, but all of the sudden, as a result of your alchemical quest, as a result of your loyalty towards the Destiny of the West, it will appear before you. There are several Paths carved out in the mystical history of the West. Chose the one that suits your lifestyle, or that challenges you to monastic, physical, intellectual, artistic, spiritual duties. 

Regard your body (the living flesh, the cosmic water & the sacred blood) as a Temple through which runs the spiritual and Numinous Energy, that connects you with an immortal Past, the hidden present and the Future Destiny of the West. Take therefor the Astral Cup and drink thereof.  The Blood & the water will strenghten you and make you even more resolute. This is essential for those who are willing to embark on an Alchemical journey in this Kali Yuga.

Let us remember the words of Evola:

“To live and understand the symbol of the Grail in its purity would mean today the awakening of powers that could supply a transcendental point of reference for it, an awakening that could show itself tomorrow, after a great crisis, in the form of an “epoch that goes beyond the nations.” I would also mean the release of the so-called world revolution from the false myths that poison it and make possible its subjugation through dark, collectivistic, and irrational powers. In addition, it would mean understanding the way to a true unity that would be genuinely capable of going beyond not only the materialistic – we could als say Luciferian and Titanic – forms of powers and control but also the lunar forms of the remnants of religious humility and the current neospiritualistic dissipation.” (Evola, The Mystery of the Grail)

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

The Age of Brutalism

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Brutalism I (Von S, 128 yf)

The almighty Sol

Our Gefallenheit has condemned us to a state of powerlessness in the cruel face of Sol, the Ever-Burning Star. Some may see her as a most kind and benign power, but from an acephalic point of view she actually is most cruel as her energy is infinite, and she spills it without hesitation…over and over again.

As this Western Aeon, which in a Nietzschean way could be called the Age of the Last Men, is entering its final and most pressing period our dear Eorthe is being subjected to fierce and extreme weather periods of heat, drought, floods, storms in several parts of the World. As our behaviour has turned the climate into a raging madhouse, we can only assume that this will continue to haunt us and that we have therefor called upon us our own apocalypse. As this will continue and even get worse, in the end it will be impossible for us to grow crops, drinkable water will become a rare and precious good, and the surrond Nature will no longer be able to flourish as life-bringing insects, such as the bees, will have become exinct and many of the animal species  will have disappeared. Nature running havoc…thanks to us.

Ultimately, as Bataille revealed to us, we are in Sol’s hands and in the grasp of her flames as she smiles upon us, sardonnically. Her volatile nature has turned her, from the source of life and warmth, into one of our most cunning enemies as she is capable of sending out massive blobs of plasma towards Eorthe. These blobs carry an enormously destructive power with the equivalent of millions of nuclear bombs. So, her power is not to be underestimated and therefore her central place in the Tree of Wyrd (from the Sinister Tradition as based on the hermetic Arts of Alchemy) is no coincidence. For more info on this read my text on The Sphere of the Sun.

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Brutalism II (Von S, 128 yf)

In our acephalic mysticism we refer to Bataille’s text on Sol, The Solar Anus, and he says the following about our specific relationship with Sol:

The erection and the sun scandalize, in the same way as the cadaver and the darkness of cellars./ Vegetation is uniformly directed towards the sun; human beings, on the other hand, even though phalloid like trees, in opposition to other animals, necessarily avert their eyes. / Human eyes tolerate neither sun, coitus, cadavers, nor obscurity, but with different reactions. (G. Bataille)

Our eyes do not tolerate Sol and its radiation is lethal and often not taken seriously. We must avert our eyes, we must hide in the shadow. Sol brings us Death due to her unrestrained energy:

The Sun exclusively loves the Night and directs its luminous violence, its ignoble shaft, toward the earth, but finds itself incapable of reaching the gaze or the night, even though the nocturnal terrestrial expanses head continuously toward the indecency of the solar ray. (G. Bataille)

The solar rays are indecent, being compared to erections and can be attributed to the Night, to Death itself. As I already described in my meditation on the Sphere of Venus the sexual act and the ecstasy itself is deadly. The orgasm can be equated with a short moment of death.

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Brutalism III (Von S, 128 yf)

2300

Now, as Sol’s power increases we may well ask ourselves: What will the future bring here on Eorthe? What is mankind’s Destiny? Let us therefore assume that this is the year 2300. One of these blobs of plasma has hit Eorthe, and has disrupted our festering way of neo-liberal existence: a inauthentic life without respect towards Nature, with little of or no Empathy with the Cosmic. A life that has turned digital and human beings live side by side with AI. Until that moment we did not realise that Sol had a Final Solution in mind witnessing our decadent, obtuse and unrespectful behaviour. The Sphere of Sol not only brings procreation, but as we have seen in Bataille’s description Sol is a destructive vortex and it is most confrontational.

Alchemically speaking the destructive side of Sol, as described in Bataille’s acephalic mysticism, is the Sol Niger or the Black Svn. The Black Svn shines over the alchemical fase called the Nigredo which is represented by “the ‘blacker than black’ colour of putrefaction or hermetic ‘mortification'”. The core of the Nigredo consists of a serious confrontation with the Shadow, the Unconscious, the Collective Unconscious and the neglected part of the psyche. The Shadow may be personal, but there is also a collective one: our atavistic behaviour, our deep-rooted love for violence, our precious gnostic empathy with the Cosmic from whence we came, our undeniable UR-connexion with the Sacred and the Acausal. The Enlightenment and its offshoots have taught us to leave those sentiments and connexions behind, and regard them as irrational, undesirable, cruel, primitive, unintelligent and reactionary. And instead of finding comfort, experiencing an authentic feeling of arriving at one’s Heimat, the hegemony of the Western Aeon has taught man to hate and despise those sentiments and cast them aside. The Last Men (the mundanes as referred to in the Sinister Tradition) who follow those orders are unable to see a far greater Destiny and the Sacrifices it will take. Convinced that there is some humanist utopian future they fail to see the bigger alchemical picture.  

In the alchemical fase of the Nigredo the operation of Putrefactio is the most strong: a particular condition of rot, slow decay and restlessness:

In the midst of life we get caught in the grip of death,

Our brains become black,

This Black is blacker than black. (Alchemical Text)

A condition that belongs to the Wheel of Life and Death. As the Wheel turns the Seven Spheres come again and again. Evola stresses the aeonic (altbeit not using this word) importance of the Hermetic Arts: a universal system with an all-inclusive approach. To fight against the Nigredo, to oppose the Putrefactio is a grave mistake. I would call this the humanist’s conceitedness, his self-satisfaction. The Sol Niger illuminates this dissolution of the body of the Western society, the grand dissolution of Earthly life as we know it. The Sol Niger is effectively this destructive Svn errupting blobs of plasma, but is not only the symbol of this inevitable decay but the roundness of the Black Svn also announces the start of a revival, a recovery.

After Raganarokr there is a new Start, a new Beginning with the resurrection of Baelder, the Sun God, the God of the Solar Sphere. Like all civilizations our Western civilization is destined to perish, to putrefy as man becomes too smugg, too full of himself, self-absorbed as if nothing else matters. A total lack of Empathy as he seems convinced that he himself is the alpha and omega of the Cosmic creation. Somehow because of the evolution of science , technology, postmodern philosophies man started to believe that he is the sole meaning, the sole purpose of the Life Force, of the Will-to-Power while he is only a Vessel, an empty Vessel graced with a divine energy, a divine spark.

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Brutalism IV (128 yf)

But being a Promethean, a Faustian driven entity man must forecast his own destruction, his own annihilation in order to be reborn, to return as a much grander species (the Nietzschean Overman), but we are not there yet. The Age of the Last Men is a truly dark Age characterized by the foul smell of Death and Decay. As the air has become hard to breath, greyish because of the small particles of burning wood, building, machines, oil ,the Last Men have become wandering nomads again looking for those lost fruitful places on Eorthe, those supposedely non-contaminated pieces of a paradise that once was. However due to the fires a constant smog burns the respiratory system, leaving behind a constant foul taste in one’s throat, continual couching is heard where tribes of the Last men gather. Many people have become sick and those who are fit are subjected to the Law of Brutality: the weak and sick are trodden upon, killed and when necessary sacrificed and eaten alive. What had been lurking all along, has now surfaced again: pure unadulterated Evil. Man’s ability to abuse and his atavistic (blood)lust for each other’s flesh, the dark spiritual need to enjoy the flesh is invoked and practised during grand Dionysian rituals celebrating the Dark Gods.  These rituals, with ancient roots, fully embrace and celebrate our gnostic-chaotic nature and answer the call of the terrible Void. The rituals are held in the ruins of cathedrals where once men of God praised the Lord, our Saviour. Christ, the Saviour, now hangs decapitated at the Altar of Perversion in these new and grand churches.

The Age of Brutalism

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the coming of the Age of Brutalism as it will be called by those wandering and every-hungry Last Men. Brutalism is the reigning aesthetic that has taken over all art forms in 2300. Just like the Brutalist architecture in the 1960’s and 1970’s it is a return to the rawest and most ugly of all materials created by men, namely concrete. In the 1960’s and 1970’s Brutalism was mainly used for institutional and governmental buildings aimed at being awe-inspiring, demanding respect by invoking fear. Gone was any form or reference to frivolity, playfulness, lightness, optimism of the 1930’s and 1940’s. And instead one is confronted with an atmosphere of rawness, rigid power structures, discipline, honour, seriousness. In 2300 this will be needed once again in an almost toxic environment where the black solar raditation makes life very hard and where nomads roam. In order to rebuild a Traditional society, which once was, dark havens and monumental buildings are needed to protect what is still valuable, what is Sacred. These new Brutalist buildings are needed to reflect the Power of the new world Order.

Once again The Brutalist buildings will echo the need for rigidness, discipline, honour and empathy in a world that has gone mad. They are inhabited and reigned by those aristocratics who are inspired by the Sacred nature of the Sol Niger, by a total control of body and mind. This is a new acephalic Elite, namely refined and illuminated individuals who do not care for those starving and mutilated wandering groups of savages but focus themselves, like their species has always done, on the preparation of a new step in the Evolution, the Destiny of mankind. In Sinister terms the coming of the Aeon of Fire is being prepared by those elitist orders (warrior-priests, mystico-artists, totalitarian minds) that occupy the Brutalist buildings.

I picture this Age of Brutalism therefore as a highly explosive alchemical aeon during which pure and gross forces of chaos roam the burning planes of Eorthe while Tradition, refined culture is being protected and preserved in those Brutalist fortresses. The Sacred takes two seemingly contradictory forms: a more meditative, elevated, Silent Sacredness and an atavatistic chaotic form. A Brutalist World Order must keep both in check, and there is a balance between the sheer animalistic energy outside those buildings and the meditative Silence within those walls. 

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Brutalism V (Von S, 128 yf)

Both display Empathy, and both are indispensable if we want the Last Man to evolve into something higher. Nietzsche wrote that the evolution could go both ways and he is right.

Therefore what we can do, as acephalic Nexions, is to invite the Acausal and re-instate our empathy with the Cosmic. In order to reign in the future one must be humble in the present. Whether things will occur as I have just described them or not, we must keep in mind the following acpehalic points of Bataille’s Programme – with a few additions/corrections of my own:

 1. Form an esoteric community, creative of values, values creative of cohesion.

2. Assume the function of destruction and decomposition, but as an accomplishment, and not as a negation of being.

3. Realize the universal accomplishment of personal being in the irony of the animal world and through the revelation of an acephalic universe. One of Tradition and Sacred duty.

4. Take upon oneself perversion and crime, not as exlusive values, but as integrated within the human totality. The Dark Gods are beyond morality.

5. Realise the personal accomplishment of being and its tension through concentration, through a positive asceticism and through positive individual and collective discipline.

6. Fight for the decomposition  and exclusion of all communities socialist, communist or churchly – other than a Traditionalist, Sacred or Sinister community.

7. Affirm the reality of values, the resulting inequality of men, and acknowledge the organic character of society.

8. Take part in the destruction of the existing world, with eyes open to the world to come. Affirm the Wyrd of the West.

9. Affirm the value of violence and the will to aggression insofar as they are the foundation of all power.

Meditate on these words and incorporate them in your individual Sinister Path. Focus on the grotesque nature of the pictures I have provided. Read and absorb books like Iron Gates. Dream of such a post-nuclear, Nigredo-like apotheosis for therein lie the seeds of ever becoming. 333!

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Brutalism VI (Von S, 128yf)

(All photographs are taken from the web and I have freely altered them creating an even more dismal, grotesque atmosphere with one single purpose an artistic output of the Sinister. No commercial use intended whatsoever.) 

Sources of inspiration:

  • The Hermetic Tradition (J. Evola)
  • Alchemy and Psychology
  • Writings by G. Bataille
  • Iron Gates
  • The Sinister Tradition as embodied by the ONA

 

Von S, 128yf

I summon thee, the Headless One

I summon you, Headless One,

who created Earth and Heaven

who created Night and Day / you who created light and darkness;

you are OSORONNOPHRIS, whom none has ever seen;  you are IABAS, you are IAPOS,

you have distinguished the just and the unjust; you have made female and male

you have revealed seed and fruits; you have made men love each other and hate each other.

These are the first enigmatic sentences of the Rite of the Headless One which was found in the Stele of Jeu the Hieroglyphist in the Greek Magical Papyri, dating from approx. 350 CE. In this post we will be looking at some of the different uses of the term ‘headless’ in mythology and the occult, in order to situate Bataille’s specific use of headless or acéphale. Besides that we will also pay attention to Bataille’s emphasis on certain aspects of this term, namely the Gnostic origin and its overtly Numinous nature.

The Rite of the Headless One

This exorcism rite might have remained unknown were it not that A. Crowley was quite taken by the power of the Rite, and it became his favourite ritual for invoking the Holy Guardian Angel. Crowley used an adaptation (probably written by A. Bennett) and entitled it: The Invocation of the Heart Girt with a Serpent, or The Bornless Ritual.

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Remark: interestingly the term ‘bornless’ was used in Crowley’s version instead of the original ‘headless’. In my research and in the excellent blog post ‘Akephalos – The Rite of the Headless One‘ (here you will find more details on the Rite, its history, the etymology and so) it is said that  Israel Regardie made a go of suggesting “In many primitive languages, the word ‘head’ is often used as an equivalent of ‘beginning’ . . .Therefore headless and bornless can be seen as synonyms referring to a deity without beginning.

Headless?

You may ask yourself the question why did they refer to this Deity as being Headless? How was the term headless used in mythology and the occult?

  • Headless beings were known in mythology: various species of mythical headless men “were rumored to inhabit remote parts of the world. They are variously known as akephaloi (Greek ἀκέφαλοι, “headless ones”) or Blemmyes (Latin: Blemmyae; Greek: βλέμμυες) and described as lacking a head, with their facial features on their chest.” 

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A Blemmyae from Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle (1493).

  • Beheading or the punishment of decapitation is an ancient one which had significantly more meaning in Traditional societies (as opposed to our derailed way of living in the Kali Yuga). In ancient pagan faiths executed criminals were rumored to become Akephaloi after their beheading and to roam around as spirits. Celts believed that the soul resided in the head of their ennemies and therefore they practiced headhunting: capturing a head meant capturing the soul of an opponent. This violent tradition is still visible through the ONA with the depiction of Baphomet, the Mistress of the Earth, as a dark violent Goddess to whom human sacrifices were (and are) made. You can see her holding the head of a young man. One of her chosen victims…

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Agios O Baphomet, our Mistress of Blood

  • In his interesting blog post Akephalos (no longer available as it seems) the author refers to a possible identity of the Headless God, namely  research done by John Colman, Professor of Egyptology at John Hopkins University and The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. “He  tells us in The Enigmatic Netherworld Books of the Solar-Osirian Unity, in which he deciphers hieroglyphic content from the tombs of Tutankhamun, Ramesses VI, and Ramesses IX, that Akephalos refers to the Egyptian Osiris, but not in the form of the mummified god of the Underworld – rather as a deity of solar-reunification, Ra-Osiris. Darnell provides evidence, based on archaeological finds and Egyptological research, which shows that the head of the headless form of Osiris is the Sun, and that the solar Osiris is one with Ra.” So, the Headless One is here understood to be the decapitated Osiris. A claim which I have read in other texts as well.

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Isis and Nephtys with Re-Osiris. Tomb of Nefertari. XIX Dynasty.

  • The concept of a headless God is however not just literally a question of decapitation, but it refers to its ontology, namely the acausal nature of this God. The Headless One cannot be causally grasped: there is not a single reference to his origin, his name, his representation and this brings us to the Gnostic nature of this particular Deity.  The Headless One should not be seen as a seperate or eminent being, but he is imminent and thus he is the mystical source from which everything and everybody originates (ref. Ecclesia Mysteria). In the Rite however the word ‘created’ is used, and this must be the Christian influence on this syncretic text, namely the Headless One as a creator God. From a Gnostic point of view this would be impossible. The Gnostic tradition refers to the deity as the Deus Absconditus, the One who is absent. Absent as a seperate being, but ontologically everywhere as an imminent presence.

The Headless God as being Gnostic: Bataille’s Acéphale

This brings us to the very core of our Acephalic mysticism: why did Bataille choose a Headless monster (as he himself described it) and headlessness as his main mystical principle. How did he come up with this?

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The Acéphale (2013). New version by Denis Forkas (his copyright!) for Behemoth’s The Satanist

You should know that Bataille was a librarian and had access to a vast amount of books and research. In his never-ending quest he encountered old amulets with depictions of Gnostic deities and the Headless One. Being an iconoclast and an anti-modernist he was immediately attracted to the Gnostic Weltanschauung. Bataille’s view is also determined by a profound dualism: the Profane versus the Sacred. Just like Heidegger, Spengler and Evola, Bataille was highly critical towards the ‘modern’ evolution and the profound lack of connectedness: modern man lived in a discontinuum obsessed with their identity and mundane projects. Bataille however regarded the contact with the Continuum/Sacred (Numinous if you will) as a fundamental Being-present-in-the-World, but it was being denied and suppressed in the name of ‘progress’. Unlike the magian beliefs Bataille did not choose to ‘escape’ to another and morally better world, Bataille saw the Sacred as imminent, as ever-present in matter.

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Georges Bataille (10.09.1897 – 09.07.1962)

While Bataille liked the antinomian, heretical stance of the Gnostic currents his interpretation was itself one of the most radical: while many Gnostic sects cursed matter as being the creation of Jahwe, the Demiurg, Bataille favoured matter and looked for the Sacred within matter itself:

“the severed ass’s head of the acephalic personification of the sun undoubtedly represents, even if imperfectly, one of materialism’s most virulent manifestions”. (Base Materialism and Gnosticism)

Bataille here refers to one of the presentations of ancient deities on the amulets and he regards the acephalic God as a virulent manifestation of materialism. Bataille recognizes the Gnostic’s principle of matter as being active and having “its own autonomous existence as darkness and as evil” and evil as a creative action. Bataille actually recognizes his own point of view in the antinomianism of the Gnostics. They were heretical because they did not see matter and evil as “degradations of superior principles” (magian point of view). Bataille realized that not all Gnostics did agree on this as a majority saw matter as a creation of the Demiurg and matter was seen as a prison from which gnosis or insight should free them. There were however antinomian cults that practised evil rituals (sodomy for instance) in order to show that they were liberated from the enslavement by matter.

Bataille however did not see matter as a sin (magian belief) or a prison (gnostic), but he actually located the Sacred in matter. As a practitioner of Tantric sexuality the flesh and matter were something Sacred and therefore Bataille regarded transgressions as a portal towards the Continuum. Nevertheless, Gnosticism did appeal to Bataille:

“it is difficult to believe that on the whole Gnosticism does not manifest above all a sinister love for darkness, a monstrous taste for the obscene and lawless archontes, for the head of the solar ass […]. The existence of a sect of licentious Gnostics and of certain sexual rites fulfils this obscure demand for a baseness that would not be reducible which would be owed the most decent respect: black magic has continued this tradition to the present day.” (Base Materialism and Gnosticism)

Despite the fact that the Gnostic in the end aimed for something good and perfected (liberation from matter), Gnosticism  questioned monotheistic idealism and its practice of submitting matter to the spirit. Through their licentiousness the Gnostics aimed at disconcerting the human spirit and idealism. In the illustrious footsteps of the Gnostics Bataille refused to submit himself and his reason

“to whatever is more elevated, to whatever can give a borrowed authority to that being [he is], and to the reason that arms this being.” (Base Materialism and Gnosticism)

Therefore he submits himself to matter or what he calls base matter:

“base matter is external and foreign to ideal human aspirations, and it refuses to allow itself to be reduced to the great ontological machines resulting from these aspirations.” (Base Materialism and Gnosticism)

Base matter is an important concept in Bataille’s Weltanschauung and indicates clearly that the mystic has no wish to serve any ontological machine. Non Serviam is the central message here. It also shows that, just like the Gnostics, Bataille does not advocate anthropocentrism. In his view matter and energy go hand in hand, and actually the human Geist does not rule them. We can refer to Myatt’s vision about humility, compassion and empathy. Just like base matter the Acausal cannot be judged from a causal point of view. They may coincide, for instance a Nexion, but the Acausal cannot be reduced to anything rational.

I have already described the drawing by Breton. Bataille explains his choice for the Acephalic ‘monster’ as follows:

“Man has escaped from his head just as the condemned man has escaped from his prison. He has found beyond himself not God, who is the prohibition against crime, but a being who is unaware of prohibition. Beyond what I am, I meet a being who makes me laugh because he is headless; this fills me with dread because he is made of innocence and crime; He holds a steel weapon in his left hand, flames like those of a Sacred Heart in his right. He reunites in the same eruption Birth and Death. He is not a man. He is not a god either. He is not me but he is more than me: his belly is the labyrinth in which he has lost himself, loses me with him, and in which I discover myself as him, in other words as a monster.” (The Sacred Conspiracy)

The Acephalic Monster is not here to serve or establish for that reason any hierarchy, nor does it aim at laying down new laws. It headlessness sets him free from the prison of calculated reason, if only momentary because Bataille is well aware that a society does need order and laws. However in order to reconnect with the Sacred, one must be able to escape from one’s head. This is what Bataille calls transgression. The Acephalic One is neither God nor man; he is a monster which can be compared to the Minotaur that roams the labyrinth. Although Bataille’s will to transgress  may seem as a “call for chaos”, Bataille re-introduces the Acephalic One, following the example of the Gnostics, to question the ruling majority, the ontological machines at work crafting ‘our’ reality. The Gnostics challenged the dominant religions with their patriarchy and absolute hierarchies based on reason and logic.

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The Acephalic One however cannot be approached through reason as he resides beyond the Causal, beyond the seven spheres. In the post Azal and the Nine Angles  V.K. Jehannum refers to Azal, a concept in Arabic theology and it is derived from Pahlavi a-sar meaning “without head”. As we have already discussed “without head” could also mean bornless, or without beginning, therefore Azal refers “to an absolute past, an eternity with no beginning. Ergo, Azal would be a suitable descriptor for the realm of Ogdoadic physis which lies beyond the planetary spheres.” Bataille did not put it down in these words, but his interest in ancient practices such as human sacrifice, decapitation, torture with a specific focus on the history of the Aztecs, Gnosticism, Christianity, Satanism and Tantrism shows his anti-modernist stance, and the fact that the past meant much more to him. It is a Continuum beyond Time which he called the Sacred realm, and perhaps we could say that this is what we find in the ONA, namely the realm of Ogdoadic physis beyond the Seven Spheres, beyond the Causal.

Bataille also earthened The Acephalic One by introducing Base Matter. In alchemical terms we could compare this to the Prima Materia which offers the energy to channel and presence the Sacred (or Numinous) in one Causal form or another. The Adept of Acephalic Mysticism searches within the labyrinth of the Prima Materia, and during this search he encounters the Acephalic Monster which has always been present within him, in-the-world, in the Abyss and the Cosmos.

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Adam as Prima Materia

Afterthought: Causal, Acausal, bornless…

We can conclude that the Acephalic One must be understood as a formula, a portal which introduces the Acausal within the Causal. It is not a man nor a god, but an entity which cannot be conceived, named, grasped by us, for we stand outside its realm. The Rite of the Headless One was an instrument to Crowley to invoke his Holy Guardian Angel, but would have been useless to Bataille’s Cosmic interests. Bataille utterly despite the instrumental. In the Rite the Headless One is being described as a God being able to undertake causal actions and this makes him a Creator God or a God of Work. The Acephalic One for Bataille is Omnipresent and Absent (deus absconditus) and does not undertake actions: a most sovereign UR-power whose gnosis can only be felt or communicated acausally.

Bataille clearly wanted to avoid a new ‘human’ construct, a new ‘god’ to be worshipped, for he was well aware of the inherent dangers and limitations. For such a God is only the mirror of man’s Ego. Bataille wanted to be ferociously religious: religare; to connect through presencing the Numinous without human intervention and without the trappings of time. I would like to point at Myatt’s text Personal reflections on Some Metaphysical questions (Brought to my attention through one of the posts of the Misanthropic Nexion).  Myatt asked some important metaphysical question with regard to the causal/acausal, the Born-less and our human position. He concludes:

What, therefore, is the wordless knowing that empathy and pathei-mathos reveal? It is the knowing manifest in our human culture of pathei-mathos. The knowing communicated to us, for example, by art, music, literature, and manifest in the lives of those who presenced, in their living, compassion, love, and honour. Germane to this knowing is that – unlike a form or an abstraction – it is always personal (limited in its applicability) and can only be embodied in and presenced by some-thing or by some-one which or who lives. That is, it cannot be abstracted out of the living, the personal, moment of its presencing by someone or abstracted out from its living apprehension by others in the immediacy-of-the-moment, and thus cannot become ‘an ideal’ or form the foundation for some dogma or ideology or supra-personal faith. (Myatt, Personal reflections on Some Metaphysical questions)

In my humble opinion communication is the very keyword here: a wordless knowing which is an understanding beyond reason, an understanding with the heart and without the head. Myatt mentions art, music, literature, a modus vivendi (friendship, love) and operandi (honourful living, Sinister practice- as a means of communicating the Acausal and thus becoming a living Nexion. Furthermore Myatt defends a wordless and timeless (without beginning) knowing (ref. Azal, Dhar & Zamal as concepts of time within Islamic Alchemy) that cannot become the foundation for some dogma or supra-personal faith. Bataille’s quest was different, but he ended up with the same insights. 

In this respect Myatt and Bataille agree with each other. They both call upon an acephalic knowing and taking part in the imminent. Both their rites are wordless ones. 

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All that remains is Silence

Which was and will always be Eternal and Ever-Present

 

Sources (hyperlinks provided in the text):

  • Wikipedia
  • Blogs by V.K. Jehannum, Whollybooks, Sinister Polemics, Misanthropic Nexion)
  • David Myatt: Personal reflections on Some Metaphysical Questions
  • Georges Bataille: Base Materialism and Gnosticism – The Sacred Conspiracy
  • Ecclesia Mysteria

Von S, 127yf

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Addendum: the complete text of the Rite of the Headless One (source: Whollybooks)

I summon you, Headless One,

who created Earth and Heaven

who created Night and Day / you who created light and darkness;

you are OSORONNOPHRIS, whom none has ever seen;  you are IABAS, you are IAPOS,

you have distinguished the just and the unjust; you have made female and male

you have revealed seed and fruits; you have made men love each other and hate each other.

I am Moses your prophet, to whom you have transmitted your mysteries celebrated by Israel; you have revealed the moist and the dry and all nourishment; hear me!

I am the messenger of Pharoh OSORONNOPHRIS;  this is your true name which has been transmitted to the Prophets of Israel.

Hear me, ARBATHIAO REIBET ATHELEBERSETH [ARA] BLATHA ALBEU EBENPHCHI CHITASGOE IBAOTH IAO; listen to me and turn away this daimon.

I call upon you, awesome and invisible god with an empty spirit,

AROGOGROROBRAO SOCHOU MODORIO PHALARCHAO OOO

Holy Headless One, deliver me, (your name), from the daimon which restrains me,

ROUBRIAO MARI ODAM BAABNAOTH ASS ADONAI APHNIAO ITHOLETH ABRASAX AEOOY

Mighty Headless One, deliver me, (your name), from the daimon which restrains me,

MABARRAIO IOEL KOTHA ATHOREBALO ABRAOTH

deliver me, (your name),

AOTH ABRAOTH BASYM ISAK SABAOTH IAO

He is the Lord of the gods; He is the Lord of the inhabited world

He is the one whom the winds fear; He is the one who made all things by the command of his voice.

Lord, King, Master, Helper,

Deliver this Soul

IEOU  PYR  IOU  PYR  IAOT  IAEO  IOOW  ABRASAX  SABRIAM  OO  YY  AY  OO  YY  ADONAIE

quickly, quickly, good Messenger of God!

ANLALA LAI GAIA APA DIACHANNA CHORYN

I am the Headless daimon with my sight in my feet; I am the mighty one who possesses the immortal fire;

I am the truth who hates the fact that unjust deeds are done in the world; I am the one who makes the lightning flash and the thunder roll;

I am the one whose sweat is the heavy rain which falls upon the earth that it might be  inseminated; I am the one whose mouth burns completely; I am the one who begets and destroys;

I am the Grace of the Aion; My name is a heart encircled by a serpent;  Come Forth and Follow.

The Acephalic invocation of the Dies Irae

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

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

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

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

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

Of the Officers of the Acephalic Mass

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

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

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

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

                              “Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust!”

                              “Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust!”

                              “Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust!”

                              “Agios O Satanas, Agios O Satanas.”

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

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

At her command the Priest continues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Von S, 127yf

Footnotes:

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

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

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

Literature

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