Becoming Empty: a Sacred duty

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Meister Eckhart’s mystical vision is the total opposite of modern man’s vanity as man’s modern ideas of how our Western society should be formed and molded into a liberal society of ‘equal’ and ‘free’ individuals, have turned out to be a fiasco and the ultimate downfall of what once was a Europa of proud sons and daughters.

However, instead of regarding oneself as a most ‘promising’ being and the center of the universe, Meister Eckhart insists upon “a spiritual poverty” through which we are able to ‘empty’ our-selves and to partake in the cosmic Void once again. This implies that we realize that our daily habits, the ambitions (we are supposed to) cherish, our wishes and needs (also imposed upon us), are ultimately addictive and that they only serve one purpose: to blind us for our vanity. Our vanity, our hubris has become our most precious treasure.

Yet, we are ‘meaning-less’ vessels and this modern egomania leaves no room for the timeless insights of a Medieval mystic. We have become insensitive to the fact that we our’selves’ do not form the basis, the essence of our earthly existence for as Heidegger has taught us: we are thrown (geworfen) here. Eorthe became our home and Eorthe embraced us wholeheartedly: she made us feel welcome, raised us, taught us how to form communities through which we have been able to form a legacy, to create ‘histories’ which made Europa flourish…until the decline of the West set in around the 16 – 17th century with the advent of modernity.

Our ‘thrownness’ denotes that our ‘conscious / causal’ life here on Eorthe is preceded by a primal condition, namely “a condition in which everything already existed in the wisdom of God, but before being created”. (De Kesel, p. 63)  Such a condition is characterized by a total lack of desire, a complete emptiness as the Ego is left to ‘starve’ instead of being fed with cravings and lust. This primal condition is furthermore one in which we formed a unity with God, or as we see it: with the Sacred, and instead of focusing on material success and esteem, one should strife to return to the Sacred.

Meister Eckhart is very clear on this matter: such an authentic return implies a radical selflessness, a radical return to a self-less ground, or what Boehme would call the un-ground. Thrown upon Eorthe we must not strife to fulfil God’s will in order to be rewarded with the entrance to paradise. Instead, we must renounce this ‘will’ and become truly ‘poor’: this poverty will cleanse our Geworfenheit instead of polluting it with false pretensions and with the domination of the instrumental.

Meister Eckhart’s God is not a regulating one for this God does not ‘expect’ / ‘will’ anything. One must pray that one becomes empty of God himself, and as such realise this return to the Sublime Nothingness. And this is what Meister Eckhart calls “the eternal abyss of divine being” (De Kesel, p. 66). This radical selflessness can only be obtained by ruthlessly destroying one’self’ in order to disappear into the basis which can only be seen as an abyss. As such the human being is able to stop craving, desiring, lusting, wishing…  

The mystic confronts himself with the unfathomable depth, which we call ‘the Sacred’, in order to transcend his thrown condition, his everydayness, here on Eorthe.  The Sacred, from a Bataillean and Heideggerian point of view, is unsettling as it displaces our everyday mode of being, and instead of what the ‘popular’ Christian point of view is, it does not comfort us or put our conscience at ease. The confession, as used by the Church, is nothing more than a means to uphold its worldly power and as such the Church turned the Sacred into something they can use, something docile, while in essence the Sacred lacks human qualities.  The God of the Church is a most instrumental one, and this God furthers the Decline of the West because of his mildness, his accessibility.

From Meister Eckhart and other mystics we have learned that the God of the Christian mystical tradition is most hidden and unknown to us for only ‘God is God’, and human words cannot describe him. Only by radically eliminating our Ego, by becoming Empty we can approach Him and become part of his unfathomable darkness.

The Deus Absconditus of Bataille or the Acéphalic God, is such a monster for its non-presence, its empty throne (as opposed to the bearded figure on Christian thrones) echoes the horrifying non-presence of the Sacred. The Acéphalic God is at the same time a Pagan god that demands worship and sacrifice (not for utilitarian reasons but for the sake of violence and bloodshed), and he is also the mystical Deus Absconditus of Meister Eckhart for whom we strife to destroy our Ego. The Acéphalic God is a most destructive force that annihilates all homogeneity, the quietness of the status quo and it is therefore a most Sacred destructive force to be reckoned with.

This force will be needed as we aim to rebuild Europa: in order to create one must destroy. Calculated thinking and hubris have infested the core of Europa, and one can only expel this sickness by furthering the Kali Yuga and its inherent accelerationism. A thorough cleansing of the West can prepare the advent and the arrival of the new God as claimed by Heidegger in his latest interview: ‘Only a God can save us now.’ (Der Spiegel). Indeed, only a subjugation will restore our original and innocent relationship with the Sacred, and the coming Age of Barbarism will function as a transitional period to the Age of Fire. The Sacred must be restored in all its splendor so that the New Man may look upon it with wonder and awe, just like the ancient Greeks and our pagan ancestors as a whole worshipped the Cosmic and the God that travel through it. This mode of Being, this pure devotion and non-instrumental worship, is essential if we wish to return to our primal condition.

The Heimat and our occult connexion with it can help us to overcome the present Age of Degeneration. It is up to us to restore the balance, to seek for one’s inner Thule, to ‘empty’ our’selves’ by eliminating the modern influences, and to look for the pure and authentic Destiny of each people, each folk, namely a restoration of their Dasein through awe and wonder! The Christian God has been pronounced dead by Nietzsche, but the traces of the old gods are still in our blood, and together with meaningful action & meditational thinking we can prepare our folk for a regeneration of the West.

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Literature:

  • Zelfloos – De mystieke afgrond van het moderne Ik -, Marc De Kesel (2018)
  • The Fourfold – Reading the late Heidegger -, Andrew J. Mitchell (2015)

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)

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Look for the interior of Eorthe: the Rubedo

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The Red King and the Rubedo

In the first part we described the four elemental processes: the Fire of the Calcinatio, the Air of the Sublimatio, the Water of the Solutio & the Earth of the Putrefactrio. By going through these processes the Alchemical wandered experiences the Nigredo and the Albedo and as such he stands at the Gates of the Rubedo, the Red making. This is the Formula of the Great Transformation: the black lead is turned into white silver and in the final stage this becomes the red gold.

The Rubedo starts with the connexion of the white and the red; the Alchemical marriage as a symbol of the integration of psychic antitheses. Now we will see how the Wanderer is transformed spiritually through these three processes and how he becomes a whole person. Red, as we all know, is the colour of Vitality, Blood & Fire, the Golden Age, Holy War (internal & external). The Red  in Alchemy does not represent a sterile cerebrality, but one’s thinking and reflecting is deeply emotional as one feels and recognizes the ancient connexion with the Heimat, the pagan Gods, Europa, the Mysticism of the Blood & the Grail, … And as you grow alchemically you  detach yourself from what Heidegger referred to as ‘Das Man’, the ‘They’ who all believe to be ‘unique individuals’ free from whatever connexion. Your Spiritual evolution will lead you, headlessly, to the realm of Eternal Truths (the One and All) where you will have to recognize you human unimportance as compared to the Cosmos. The Enlightenment and Humanism all of the sudden placed Man at the centre of the Universe as God was pronounced dead. But Nietzsche aimed at the enslaving Christian God, a magian invention, and this did not invalidate the Sacred, the Metaphysical realm. Alchemy as an integral part of the Western Mystery cults teaches us another truth and this has been causally translated in Romanticism, Völkish Nationalism/regionalism, Symbolism and Expressionism.  

1)The first process is the distillation and this functions as a filter as the Earthen element is left behind. The Alchemist stays true to the Earth as his body is bound to it, to Nature, but he will transcend it spiritually and his body & blood make room for the new Spirit / the Geist. Through the four elemental processes the Alchemist’s old and primitive Soul has been tested most thoroughly and as the Earth is burning and his body turned into ash, the Alchemist welcomes the Geist that will seek connexion with his Soul. The Soil of the West has been thoroughly defiled during this magian aeon as Western man has not only corrupted his body, but also his soul by selling it to socialist, capitalist, Christian doctrines. This Soil must burn in order to cleanse it so that the Geist can find its Vessel once again. The Western Alchemist who stayed true to the Western Mystery Cult and the Völkish values will take in his hand the holy torch. The Acéphalic has no fear as he holds in his right hand the Sacred burning Heart as a symbol of Decisiveness. Decisions must be taken and this is not the time to listen to the multiple voices of ‘Das Man’. The plebeian ‘they’ that kneel before the new humanist gods.

The Distillatio stands for the Struggle of which Heidegger and the Conservative Revolution spoke: a renewal, a Palingenisis in order to reconnect the European Dasein with the Geist to save the Sacred Essence of the Grail from the filth and corruption that has infected the West. The Geist will not only enrapture the Alchemist, but he will be spiritually stronger in order to rediscover “the inner greatness” of Europa and its regions, and as a reborn Templar he must raise his sword to fight against the infidels and inferior ideas that have been defiling the Western Soul since the domination of what Heidegger calls a productionist metaphysics (the ruling of result, production, …).

2) Then follows the Coagulatio: a phase in which the Soul becomes more and more enraptured and thus cleansed by the Geist and the original Gnosis. The esoteric Bible speaks of a new Earth and a new Heaven.  The Alchemist’s insight in and understanding of his Dasein, his Being-with-Others and Being-in-World becomes transcendental when he rediscovers the Sacred Mission of the West. A Mission that once was crystal clear when the Mystery of the Grail was brought from the East to the West in order to shine most brilliantly in das Abendlandes. The Grail was passed on from the Arthur, the Celts, to the Cathars, Western Mystery Cults, Völkisch cults, new teutonic Templars and now it is hidden deep within our Blood once more. We must leave this infested Earth behind as its decline is inevitable, but it is our duty to take with us the Innermost Purity of the Grail in order to fuel our Dasein’s transformation. The Coagulatio phase makes on solid and stable again after the previous elemental and spiritual changes, and thus we become combative and strong again as Pure and Noble Daseins are supposed to be.

3) As we enter the seventh process, the tincture, or the extraction of the Essence, the quinta essentia of our life becomes clear to us. This is the fifth element that wipes away all the differences and opposites. Our Soul has been renewed and we are no longer enrooted in the infected Earth, but our roots have become transcendental for they pass on the Energy that comprises us. Our body, Soul and the Geist are interconnected. It is the Alchemical marriage of the King and the Queen and this can be witnessed in the upper room of the Alchemical mountain as you can see the rise of the Phoenix. The seven stages of the Soul  have been opened and experienced and the Grand Opus is finished.

Note: it is very important to realize that as an Alchemist you are not in charge of these fundamental changes and transformations. You may be looking for the Grail, but it will find you as you must be ready and worthy to ‘open’ yourself, to accept these changes and become a receptive vessel. As Heidegger maintained change manifests itself in Dasein and it discloses new possibilities, ancient truths. David Myatt told this as well: be humble and accept with love and compassion. In the West one is driven by cause and result, producing things, being productive, becoming and making instrumental. This was Bataille’s main criticism of the West as well. Technology and industrialism has changed us, stamped us (Gestalt, Jünger) into these automatons who no longer enjoy sudden changes from within, and that manifest themselves acausally. Even the occult, with its Black Magick, is driven by results, by attaining wealth, and so on.

Instead of being enslaved by results we must free our-selves and learn to become receptive vessels in which the seven stages of the Alchemical Opus can occur. Heidegger meant by being a ‘disclosive event’, a sudden disclosure, an acausal manifestation so to speak. He meant something that was prior to and more basic than the entities disclosed through it: a self-manifesting, a presencing beyond cause-and-effect explanations. It is about gaining access to a feeling of unlimitedness, the archetypical world of our Western collective unconscious.  Let us therefore not hesitate and start the Great Work.  

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Literature consulted:

  • Alchemy and Psychology
  • Heidegger’s confronation with Modernity
  • Rosicrucian sources