The Acéphalic community


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

SIR: the Gate of Jupiter


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.


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

SIR:the pathway to the Sphere of Sol

You have just passed through the Sphere of Love and Ecstacy and this has transformed you into an Empathic Being, a Being amongst other Beings, a Being-with-Others. Look back at the seperatedness from which you suffered on the causal plane. The Alchemical Transformation has slowly, but steadily, beheaded you, and you have left instrumental Reason, reigning the causal plain, behind. This instrumental Reason had fossilized you, and had turned your life and ever-becoming Physis into a ‘dead nature’. From seperatedness to Unity that is thé most principle transformation one must go through. As you continue to travel through the Spheres, the esoteric doctrine of the seven points, “higher powers enter into the corporeal context, whereupon they become vital currents and energies specific to man” (Evola). This process (realisation of Wyrd) has the meaning of a “ressurection, palingenesis, an awakening”. Within the Sinister Tradition we not only regard this on the individual level, but also on a collective level.

Now you have arrived at the solar principle. Listen to the Meditation of Christos Beest:

“…With your lover, by your side,
I put before you, the gold sigil of the Sun. touch it.
You are now entering the dark sphere of Sol.
The swords that cast their shadow, over hateful paradise…
draw back, to reveal mountain ranges,
majestic against a sky, of flame.
You are standing on the edge
of the circle made by nine sacrifical stones.
Here, there is a thick darkness weaved by the unsated fog
and contained by the mountains.
Those roaring obscurers of that which lies beyond!
Illuminated by the glow of putrefaction,
the corpse of your former self,
discarded during transformation, lies in the circles centre.
Witness the repulsive entities that violate and mutilate your corpse!
This sacred shell, is now the prey of every necrophiliac and cannibal!
It seems initially, that they are performing gross obscenities for pleasure,
but, look closer.
The corpse is delicately gutted, and from the bones extracted,
these creatures are constructing a tower, that rises far above the mountain peaks.
Their work finished, they withdraw, bowing to your superiority
and divine disposition.
They light a protective circle of fire around the stones.
This, is the sphere, of vision, understanding, and prophecy.
Accompanied by your lover, climb the bloody bones to the top.
Here, you will see your kingdom,
surrounding, stretching out far into the solar fire, of increase.
See your temples! Your riches! Your works! All in progress…

(Christos Beest, SIR

Behold his brilliance and utter magnificence, and let your Soul be touched and purified by Sol’s fiery tongues: 

Gate of Sol

The Gate of Sol (Von Sanngetall, 2003)

From an Acéphalic point of view the meaning of Sol differs from Traditionalism where Solar and Lunar powers are seen as each others opposites. In the Alchemical Tradition the Svn and the Moon are “a fundamental duality” (Evola), and we recognize this in the Sinister Tradition as well: the appropriate workings for the Moon are acquiring hidden knowledge and the Svn stands for Prophecy and Revelations. The Sphere of Baldur as a new beginning, a new start, vision after the destruction of Ragnarok.

Our Sol however also encompasses the infernal and putrefying spirit of the Black Svn. It is also a Svn of Malediction and Putrefaction that shines through the Acausal Swamp.

Our Sol is fundamentally a Gnostic one, because instead of the Traditional view (the Svn producing life, generating wealth, and profit) ours is life-threatening as well. Along with Bataille we cry that He is not just beautiful to behold,  but he represents that which is repugnant and forbidden and thus we refer to the Svn as a “Solar Anus”! “We avert our eyes from the Svn”, notices Bataille as our eyes cannot stand “neither sun, coitus, cadavers and obscurity.” (The Solar Anus).

The Solar tradition emphasizes that the withouth warmth and light life on Eorthe would simply perish. But if you try to look into the Sol you will go blind. This inferal Star “exclusively loves the Night and directs its luminous violence toward the earth” (Bataille). Just like a volcano he is constantly belching out torrents of insane and excrutiating energy burning the retinas from those who dare to stare in the mouth of this celestial volcano. Limitlessly and undiscrimately Sol breathes Energy and only the Night is able to offer us some protection. Through its sheer  luminosity he creates the Darkness where chaos & destruction reside.

In Alchemical terms: after the conjunctio of Sol and Luna the process of Putrefactio starts in the alchemical vessel. This is an important step in your spiritual path as the old has to die first before the new development can start. This is a period of incubation and for the Alchemist this means a period of ‘creative depression’. All Alchemists go regularly through this period and this is also called melancholy. Nowadays people talk about being depressed or suicidal, but as an Alchemist you should know better. This is a period of internal reflection before you pass on to the next Sphere of Mars. 

You must bow in awe, and avert your physical gaze from this insanity because you would become blind and go mad. Its awful Greatness lies in its brilliant and burning insanity. This Sphere offers wisdom and vision (Lux being its Logos), but there is no wisdom without madness & chaos. The Black Svn disturbs and confuses our rational mind. What if Giordano Bruno would not have had the vision that the universe is infinite? 

This Acéphalic Svn burns away all Falseness, our treacherous Skin and exposes our Naked Flesh to the boning knife of the Continuum. Yes, tell this to every mundane human that  we are being exposed to our burning Apocalypse. This is the Opher demanded by a true Religion. Then only then, after thise rise of the Black Svn and the rise of the putrefying era, the Age of Brutalism, will our Vision, Understanding and Prophecy be pure again. Amen!

For those that wish to experience the terrible beauty of the Inferanl Svn I like to refer to the occult creation of Irakallian Oracle. I will go deeper into their Black  Art in a next blog post. Their second album, Apollyion, presents us the gospel of the Infernal Svn.

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf


  • The Solar Anus (Bataille)
  • Alchemy and Psychology
  • The Hermetic Tradition (J. Evola)
  • Apollyion (Irkallian Oracle)

SIR: the Pathway to the Sphere of Mercury

Your are about to leave the Sphere of Terror and Sinister Knowledge. The Alchemical path of the 7FW demands utter concentration and the Will to Change, the Will to Grow. Ye shall travel the valley of Death…the valley of misfortune and this shall make thee Great. Look back at the Sphere of the Moon, smile at the Sinister Goddesses as you prepare yourself for the Sphere of Mercury:

Before you the yellow sigil of Mercury. Touch it.
Armed with the knowledge extracted from the pool,
you are now entering the dark sphere of Mercury.
This is a desolate place.
Heath blasted by fiery tempest,
scorpions eating charred animal.
See, how the dismembered are scattered to the bitter winds!
The air congeals and chokes.
Farewell happy fields! Hail horrors! Hail!
This is the sphere of transformation.
But do not tremble in the face of a breeze that would dismantle your features.
Instead, be indulgent,
remember all that you saw in the bloody pool,
remember your deepest desires.
Before you now is a black inverted pentagram.
This, is the womb of Mercury, the eye of Satan.
This, is the gateway, of transformation!
The pentagram will begin to move closer…
you will feel the fear and sensuality of metamorphosis,
your form cracking, shedding and mutating,
as it takes on the attributes, scryed from the previous sphere.
Transformation, will be complete, when you pass through the pentagram,
and emerge on the threshhold of the next sphere,
as that, which you desire to be.
Only intense lust for this outcome will pull you through.
Passivity will render you as useless ash,
cast, into the pit, of a particular nameless horror.
But hark! The pentagram grates forth… TRANSFORM!!”

(Christos Beest, SIR)


Von Sanngetall, Gate of Mercury (2003)

Mercury – as god, planet or metal – is the changing substance itself, a fluid, and strictly speaking does not belong to the different phases. Mercury is the changing matter itself and Jung called it an archetypical symbol which encompasses many contradictions. As the collective unconscious is very complex Mercury has multiple forms.

Look at the illustration of Mercury and follow those lines, a fluidized surface as it were. An image of ever becoming, a never ending process which is not just a stage but the whole alchemical process of individuation as a whole. Look at your life, the lifes of those close to you: all lines traversing the Lebenswelt around you. See how they interact and inter-connect for there lies growth and inner transformation. Benefit from the interconnectedness, a Being-with-Others as Myatt has exemplified in his Numinous Mysticism. Like blood the energy flows through us and by connecting with others we create a Sacred Space.

Since Paracelsus we have three alchemical elements and Mercury is the Soul of becoming, the energetic flow which travels through everything. It is the symbol which unites cosmic, physical and psychic contradictions. Mercurius is the world creating Geist/Soul which is hidden or caught in matter and our bodies. It is our Way to the Source. 


Mercury was first the Roman god of Trade, and later on equated with the Greek God Hermes.

Mercury symbolizes the process where that which is lower and material is being transformed into something higher, bodiless and spiritual. Its metal therefore refers to the volatility of the spiritual.

Mercury is at the same time the devil (Sinister Tradition: ATU XV Deofel) and a fraud,  but also a redeemer, a noble Saviour. According to the description of ATU XV the pathway from the Moon to Mercury “leads to a Sinister awakening, a primal awareness of the vibrance of life that possesses and creates the ‘accuser'”. The Sinister Tradition refers to the Sinister aspect of Mercury not to narrow down Mercury, but to create a dialectic movement: thesis – antithesis – synthesis. The Accuser is needed to challenge the magian values in order to transform yourself. First indulgence and the search for balance, individuation.

This is something I would like to stress: the alchemical Path of the ONA is exactly about creating this (momentary) balance, about the search for the Sacred which is now lost in our secular world. As an acephalic you do not just seek indulgence for the sake of indulgence. Sacrilege (for example the Black Mass) is meant to provoke in order to challenge a status quo but these are only causal means and can never be an end in itself. Provoke yourself with acts, thoughts, insights that stir a commotion, that make you wonder your current point of view. This could be physical or mental act. An example:

  • I have a fear of heights. As a brother of the OJB Stephen Cox challenged me to descend a rock formation when I participated at the Albion Pilgrimage. I did not conquer my fear forever, but I accomplished the task.
  • Some years ago I started this blog but I gave up. Now I have set myself the challenge to publish regurlarly to improve my writing, to share my knowledge, to provoke thoughts, … 

Set yourself a task, a challenge and let the mercurial water flow. Benefit from the transformation and move on. According to the alchemical tradition Mercury appears in various forms: the arcane substance, the anima mundi, a hermaphrodite, man-woman, two dragons, the chtonic tripartite, the lapis philosophorum, and other forms. You are bound to meet Mercury on your Way!

Mercury is all about setting goals, becoming your own ‘accuser’ and most importantly: liberate yourself from temporary abstract ideas as stated by Christos Beest. Let the ism’s and its abstract goals flow. Do not become a slave but master them and move on. The Numinous is the laughter of the Acephalic God, the Deus Absconditus who is mad and raving. 

Agios O Noctulius!


  • SIR by Christos Beest
  • Alchemy and Psychology
  • From Anima to Zeus
  • Writings by D. Myatt


Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

SIR: the Pathway to the Sphere of Luna


Von Sanngetall, Man’s Gate (2003)

The Preparation

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

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

First Dark Pathway: entering the Sphere of Luna 

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

SIR by Christos Beest


Von Sanngetall, The Sphere of Luna (2003)

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

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

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

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

Agios O Shugara!

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

The Self-Immolation Rite: Intro + Man’s Gate

“…Disembodied art Thou…
sunk into the black pit,
the dark night of the soul.
All roads that lead here are scattered with corpses
and broken souls and gibbering idiots.
Be not a gibbering ape!
For all who traverse these dark spheres
and explore their shadow selves will emerge as Gods!
I say this with my mouth, which trembles in memory
of a time when demons walked the earth,
the various examples of their cookery billowing in the wind.
But now, heads roll past my feet, encased in pastry.
Enter dark angels, enter…
Prepare Ye for the Self Immolation Rite!”

(Christos Beest)


One of the most haunting and beautiful evocations of the Sinister remains the Self-Immolation Rite (SIR) of the Order of Nine Angles. Originally this was a script written by Christos Beest, and it was meant as an anti-meditation pathworking, while serving as a basic guide to the seven dark spheres of the Septenary. The reading and recording took place in Wales in 1990, and it was released in January 1991 as an issue of the journal Fenrir. In 1997 is was re-mixed with additional recordings by Christos Beest, Wulfrun Hall, “Lucius” and Brenna Kinsley.

In 2003 Bestia Centauri was contacted by an adherent of the ONA to create a new version of the SIR and BC was given carte blanche to re-record the Ritual, or even to create something entirely new. BC chose the latter option, and in his recording he left out the orginal text with the human voices and also he conventional sounds of man’s surroundings. BC aimed for something totally alienating in order to reflect the Cosmic and acausal ambience of the Rite. For the practitioner of the 7FW enters via Man’s Gate and undergoes an alchemical transition leading up to the Chaos of Saturn and eventually The Star Gate. Ultimately the aim of the SIR is to strip off the practitioner of his layers of human dross. It guides one’s search for what Myatt calls the Numionous. Of course, the ONA offers Eorthe-based rituals as well but the SIR must transform the practitioner into something inhuman/unhuman in order to be able to enter, if only briefly, the sphere of the Acausal.

Bestia Centauri and me had encountered each other on one of the yahoo-groups discussing the ONA. He asked me whether I was interested to contribute artistically to provide fitting illustrations for the 9 stages: Man’s Gate, the Septenary and the Star Gate. Of course, I was more than honoured to contribute to this Opus. My creations were added in the booklet of the cd and I also wrote a special introduction. The recordings of Bestia Centauri can be found through youtube, but the cd itself is no longer available. Therefore I would like to share my text and the specific creations.

In this first post the introductionary text + Man’s Gate:

The text within the booklet:

In Paradise Lost, Milton describes the dwelling place of Satan and his legions as “a dungeon horrible”, where all light and hope are taken from its new inhabitants, only to be swallowed up by a blackness that reveals only “sights of woe”. To follow Satan in his fall from heaven, to fully appreciate the agon-istic essence of this earthbound Dark God, implies leaving the safe womb of “common human laws and interests and emotions” (H.P. Lovecraft). Hold yourself in readiness, for plunging into the mouth of madness should never be taken too lightly. For the alluring depths of the cosmic powers can easily turn into a bonecrushing tunnel of razor-sharp knives and dismembering blades. Do not venture to deeply into the intestines of the Sublime as, at this stage, you are faustian, all too faustian. The human desire to become one with the subliminal scene, to throw oneself into the fire breathing mouth of the volcano, would only be a cowardly escape from reality. Be aware that you are not ready yet to sacrifice your earthly self in order to “penetrate the verities which lie beneath the surface of things.” (Clark Ashton Smith) First, you need to prepare yourself before you are fully able to understand and experience what C. A. Smith calls “the awful mysteries of our mortal existence.“

Therefore, we have no choice but to embrace “the utter impenitent darkness” that strengthened Satan and the rebellious angels in their confrontation with God, the ruler of heaven. Our search aligns us with Satan, the Opposer, for we aim to bring down the slave morality that turns every man and woman into a herd animal. Just like Satan, we need to resurrect, to build our Pandemonium: a grand infernal palace whose walls are decorated with numinous artistic designs celebrating the Sinister through the ages. As one admires these grand works, one’s ears will be caressed by unearthly melodies, sonic creations that delve into one’s unconscious and stir up the Beast, Leviathan, that lies sleeping on the bottom of the abyss. One’s mind will be guided as it flies through strange inhuman and threatening spheres. The passage through these nine spheres is not safe, as it is only meant for the boldest and most disobedient of beings, those who are capable of preparing the advent of the Übermensch.

Wordsworth said that suffering is “permanent, obscure and dark”, and so is the journey through the dominions of the Dark Gods. Furthermore, he added that this suffering has the nature of infinity and how could it be different! Did you really think that the immolation of your causal self could be established by a single ritual? Some silly mumbo-jumbo that is as dull as ditch water. One has to sacrifice, to immolate one-self ad infinitum. The Pandemonium will have to be rebuilt over and over again but that will not kill those who are willing to pursue this task; it will only make them stronger. To traverse these outer regions might make you feel a prey to “a perpetual horror”, namely, the angst of being buried prematurely or the fear “to find [your]self the tenant of a grave.” (E.A. Poe) This “sepulchral Idea” might haunt as you travel from one sphere to another, but the never-ending process of dying and being reborn is part of this alchemical journey. Venture “into the outer Night”, listen to the cries of the “great agonies” that reign in these obscure zones. Do not rush into a world of phantasms, where all the Last Men flee from the terrors that await the dwellers of the bottomless pit. Be prepared to pass through these melancholic spheres, which you shall experience “with an utter depression of soul” incomparable to any earthly sensation, besides perhaps the experience of an opium-eater who bitterly lapses into everyday life. “The hideous dropping off of the veil”, as Poe calls it. The veil of everyday life, of your causal meditations, of your ideological concerns will only seem a deceptive appearance. The Immolation of the self is therefore the immolation of one’s causal interests, those that sterilize the Will to Power. It is the final destruction of Paradise. Enter this rite and leave the Torture Garden, and be baptized in the lake of fire and brimstone. Free the acausal energy within, as “energy is Eternal Delight.” (W.Blake)

Therefore, let the journey commence:

Man’s Gate (the Causal):


Von Sanngetall, Man’s Gate (2003)

Next post: The Sphere of Luna

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Source: Bestia Centauri – The Self Immolation Rite (Somnabulant Records, 2004)

A meditation on physis and becoming


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

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


Heraclitean Meditation

(G. Bataille, 1939- my translation)

I am War – I am Joy Before Death

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Heraclitus & David Myatt

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

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

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


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

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

And further:

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

Myatt therefore concludes that: 

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

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

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

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

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

Agios O Baphomet! Agios O Physis!


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


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