SIR: the Gate of Jupiter

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

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

Wisdom & Wealth

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

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

Azoth

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

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

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

Sublimatio & Exaltatio

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

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

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

(Christos Beest, SIR)

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

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

The Sphere of War

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On creating...

As you can see I had not completed my drawing of the Sphere of Mars yet. I thought I had finished it, but unconsiously I knew that something was still missing. As an artist you somehow sense that your creations have not come full circle. So, I added more colour: emphasing the most important colours of the Alchemical Opus: the Black Work (Nigredo), the White Work  (Albedo) and finally the Red Work (Rubedo). As the primary astrological and alchemical colour of Mars is red, the essence of the Sphere / Gate of Mars represents the Rubedo: the colour of our mystical Blood. I now invite to take a closer look at the drawing as I give you some more info on the various elements which I have incorporated and although this is partially a ‘rational’ exercise (drawing upon various sources of information about the Sphere of Mars – departure being of course the Sinister work of the ONA) the drawing completes itself in a most organic way as, for an ‘traditional’ artist like me, Sacred Geometry, Alchemical and Sinister Symbols, the Runes, Europa’s occult history all nourish me so to speak to create something which I hope inspires you and others: rituals, meditation, studying Alchemy, reflecting on Europa’s occult and wealthy past and its future, possible aeonic goals, the richness of Traditionalism, the importance of occult orders such as the ONA and so on.

Unlike many modern artists who feel the need to ‘accuse’, to attack current political issues, to defend certain groups of people, to make their art subservient to social(ist) goals my Art is Nihilistic in a sociological sense. I value Traditionalism, our alchemical quest (personal, as as a people, aeonic) much higher. My Art is not devoted to ‘God’ or to ‘Satan’, but to the Numinous. My path is an acephalic one so I serve no god no particular ideals, but I am inspired by the Greatness of the Past and its current translations and interpretations. At least I hope my work can ‘serve’ as an expression of the Numious. In fact it does not need any explanation at all. Silence, a few candles and staring at it is more than sufficient, but I am also a writer who likes to share the Knowledge he obtained through others and so, it must spread and be continued. We are not academics that need to score but we share our experiences and expressions most freely and without Ego.

And without further ado here are some of the insights  I gathered through drawing this Sphere.

Mars – Ares: protection and destruction

Mars is a powerful Roman god who was associated with war and agriculture. In both areas his function was not that of an instigator, but that of a guard, a god who defends and protects. So, he is not to be seen as a blind ‘evil’ god that destroys for the sake of destruction, but he was called upon in dire times for his strenght and wisdom. The astrological symbol of Mars reflects this, namely it consists of a shield and a spear. Both the spear and the shield were important weapons in combat: the spear used to attack and kill (in close combat and from a distance) and the shield as a means of protection. 

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Mars, of course, remains the embodiment of virility and masculine aggression for this is the spiritual force, the Will-to-Power, that drives this god, his people and ultimately you. This means that Mars is also capable of savagery and bestiality. There is no room for petty moralism: beyond moral good and evil. This is the kind of Evil Nietzsche and later on Bataille were referring to: a Dionysian Fire. In Greek culture Ares was identified with Mars and Ares personified a most destructive and destabilizing force. Again this should not be interpreted morally/causally because from a natural point of view sheer force cannot never be tamed. Wild animals such as predators, protect the ones close to them, but when needed they can turn into the blood thirsty and fierce creatures they ‘naturally’ are. Therefore it should not suprise you that the wolf, together with the bear, is seen as animal sacred to Mars. Therefore I have included the wolf as well, sharing its energy with you. In ‘Achemical Studies’ by Jung I also found the identification of Mars with Ares by referring to the Wolf (sacred to Ares) as being the animal of Mars.

Tyr and Thurisaz Rune

As you have noticed I added the Tiwaz or Tyr Rune in the centre of the mandala. I have therefore corrected my mistake (referring to the Sphere of Mars as Thorian), as this should be Tyr, the Norse Warrior God, god of the Sword and the Spear. His Rune,  the Tyr Rune, was also incorporated in the Armanen Runen by the mystic Karl Maria Wiligut and it stands for justice, discipline, self-sacrifice: key aspects of the (spiritual) warrior. The Rune exemplifies the sacrifice of the Ego for the well-being of the whole. As a warrior you should never strive for your personal, egocentric glory, but keep in mind that as a Dasein you are thrown into this world and your Gefallenheit should serve a higher, aeonic goal. Seek honour in every act, however small and insignificant, and you shall rise and become part of a sovereign order, one that transcends the limits of the causal.

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The Thurisaz Rune will grant you the power, the rough energy as it fuels the Will-to-Power to attain greatness in small things. The Alchemical process of Solve et Coagula will lead you through it, over and over again: a continuous Self-overcoming (Nietzsche). Let us therefore focus on the alchemical essence of the Sphere of Tyr.

Iron and sublimatio

The Alchemical element which is attributed to Mars is Iron. Physical strenght, male energy, weaponry are its important virtues. The transmutation of metals is one of the most discussed topics with regard to the Great Work.

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As Evola points out: “alchemy cannot be reduced to chemistry merely in its infancy” thus making it redundant in the eyes of the 21th century scientist. Alchemy remains important as “a traditional science of a cosmological and initiatic character”:

But with diffusion of alchemy through the West these understandings were seperated from the others and lost their true spirit: the desire and greed for pure and simple gold, for monetary gold, became the main interest. (Evola)

It is our Sacred obligation to return to hermetic or traditional alchemy in our quest through the Spheres. Evola demands that we should apply certain principles already known to us in connection with human palingenesis:

Extract the hidden nature within; Make the hidden manifest and the manifest hidden; Remove the darkness; Uncloth it; Make this visible invisible and the invisible visible. (Evola)

So, instead of wondering if the alchemists were trying to change iron into actual gold, we must regard the initiatic knowledge behind this process: what is hidden within the element iron? Which ‘Martian’ / Tyrian qualities are hidden within our own prima materia and could be uncovered? There are the Shadow aspects of Mars such as atavistic sexuality, blind and choleric aggression and instead of denouncing, repressing these, we should sublimate (sublimatio) these qualities in order to help us grow, to help us forward on our alchemical path.

The Adept of the Sinister Tradition invokes these energies through the Dark God Shugara whose name you can find widdershin wise in the mandala. According to the Sinister Tradition Shugara must be seen as one of the most cruel and hideous intrusions on the causal plane. 

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The transmutation of iron implies therefore reaching for these sinister forces, and make them visible in our Dasein in order to attain a more Authentic way of living. This may lead to certain sinister acts: it depends upon the Warrior how these are expressed but they should always aim for a goal that transcends the mundane plane.

The Salt of the Earth

Iron connects us to the Earth, Eorthe, to which we should stay true and faithful. Eorthe represents our instinctual nature, our capacity to connect with the Numinous inherent to Nature. This also refers to the alchemical element of Salt which is atributed to Mars and which you can find in my drawing.

In the alchemical presentation there are since Paracelsus three principles: 1) the salt of wisdom (sal sapientiae), 2) sulphur en 3) mercury. The salt in its most pure form is to be found in the interior of Eorthe and it is brought there by the sea water. Salt is the principle of crystallization and it is composed out of the elements Earth and Water. Salt must be (dis)solved, liquefied in order to continue the Opus. Furthermore Salt is connected to Eorthe because of its fertilizing and generative power.  A lot more can be said about Salt (which I intend after a study of this interesting element), but the link with the active principle within Mars is clear. To become a spiritual warrior one should be ready for this demanding but most rewarding work of human palingenesis. Seek for the Salt within yourself, within the history of Europa and challenge yourself as the operator of the Great Work.

Innerer Krieg

Because of the alchemical importance of this Sphere I added the words ‘Innerer Krieg’. Travelling through this Sphere concerns the Sublimierung/Sublimation of your passions and drives (as a homo natura) in order to create a new type of man: someone who, after his Pathei-Matos and thus learning from experience, from solve et coagula, is ready to travel the Numinous Path. The Path of the Inner Warrior, the one who has defeated obstacle after obstacle and is still prepared to fall. Someone who has become humble and Silent and feels connected to his forefathers, his Heimat, Völkisch Values of simplicity and solitude in a most deafening world of decay, pollution and noise. An authentic Way of living as Heidegger has taught us: a truly being-in-the-world. 

In our daily existence we are driven by tanha, which is the central force of samsaric existence, which in Buddhism is the beginning-less cycle of repeated birth, mundane existence and dying again. Tanha is our thirst or craving for life to renew itself, its will-to-power, life’s insatiable quest for satisfaction and gratification. Tanha can therefore be seen, metaphorically, as “the general condition from which there arise all kinds of affects.” It simply expresses “the most general and basic condition of being an inhabitant of samsara – or even the cosmos itself.” (Morrison 1997: 141). Our Innere Krieg is fuelled by Tanha and its outcome, as we have seen in our presentation of the violent aspects of Mars/Ares, can be inward (regeneration as an individual; resurgence of the spiritual within) but also outward (the outcome of the Kali Yuga; the palingenesis of the Western society).

Metaphysics of War

Evola re-interpretes the notion of War as a metaphysical duty. At the centre of a traditional society Evola locates a spiritual elite from which warriors derive their ultimate reason of being, their supreme justification of their actions. According to the traditional concept the warrior does not fight as a servile caste, is not a ‘profession’ or a mercenary as in a capitalist system. The warrior caste has its own spiritual and distinct way of living, its own rituals, and the act of fighting becomes a spiritual practice. This can be compared to the cult of Eastern combat which integrates fighting techniques with the Numinous. This is the definition of metaphysical warriorship.

Myatt’s life has been a supreme example of this kind of exeatic and metaphysical living, and the West was clearly not ready to accept such a living as an exemple of a regeneration of the European man and his Volk. Georges Bataille was also drawn to this kind of living although he would not have supported the choices made by Myatt. Nevertheless the mysticism of Myatt, his Numinous Living, is a grand example of an ongoing Innerer Krieg and an ongoing influence of the sinister forces of the Sphere of Mars. Evola talks about ‘a spiritualized personality’, namely a personality realized according to its supernatural (metaphysical) destiny.

This is what we must aim for at first: dig for the Salt, dissolve it and realize your personality according to your Wyrd. Of course, far more easily said than done, but face the Great Work, accept your Destiny and start it according to your own capacities, qualities by going through the various Spheres. The Martian Sphere will prepare you for your battles. From the individual plane onwards we can grow towards something greater, far greater, namely the Imperium. But let us become humble at first and use the energy of Mars, sublimate its deadly and sinister forces to start our own personal palingenesis: like the Greek and Roman elite, the Germanic warriors, the Templars, the Christian ascetic monks, the Buddhist monks be weary of the world, despise its vanity, retreat from it when possible in asectic heroism. Evola evokes the greatness of Rome, but as the saying goes, Rome was not built in one day. That counts for your alchemical opus as well but always be determined that the new man will reach his aeonic goal.

The spiritual elite of the future Imperium starts with you. Forge that spear from your inner Iron and choose your batlles. Learn from adversity!  Pathei-Mathos. Hail Mars! Agios O Shugara!    

 Von S, 127 yf

Literature:

  • Wikipedia (Mars, Ares)
  • Alchemy and Psychology (J.H. Van Birgelen – P.E. De Vries – EK)
  • From Anima to Zeus (Maarten Timmer)
  • Metaphysics of War (J. Evola)
  • The Hermetic Tradition (J. Evola)
  • Alchemical Studies (Jung)