Revisiting Heidegger as a thinker of a revitalized Sacred Abendland

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A series of blog posts on Völkisch Alchemy

Part 1: The ‘they’

Heidegger’s work offers us so much from a revolutionary conservative point of view. Leftist and liberal academics have  ‘accused’ Heidegger of mindlessly participating with the National-Socialist regime as if he did not have a mind of his own. Some have forgiven him by calling him a naïve follower, others have seen Heidegger as a dangerous philosopher who introduced ‘Nazism’ into the ‘noble’ world of philosophy, and whose work should be avoided at all cost. Strangely, such accusations are rarely heard when other philosophers introduce Marx or openly leftist thinkers in their academic work.  Even more importantly is the fact that those academics focus on the period of the 1930’s while Heidegger’s philosophical thought became thoroughly spiritual (and firmly opposed to the industrial turn of the NS regime) after his first encounter with the German poet Hölderlin. For more info on that I invite you to read my articles which I wrote for the Black Front Press books ‘The Real and the Illusionary’ and ‘The Eye of the Storm – Part two‘.  In this series of articles I will focus on a number of key concepts of Heidegger and offer some reflections which I believe are relevant if we want to aim beyond the Kali Yuga. The first concept is ‘the They’.

For us the fact remains that Heidegger offers the West many insightful and poetic viewpoints that are most relevant in our current age of mass democracy. In his major work Sein und Zeit Heidegger introduces the term ‘the they’ (das man), by which he meant the mass, the multitude. The ‘they’, as Heidegger analyses their behavior, are to be avoided for they only wish to control your thought and actions, in order to domesticate you. Therefore we actively distance ourselves from them, and their inauthentic way of Being, for this way can be characterized with the following nouns: ‘distantiality, averageness and levelling down’ (S&Z 165). Being (or later on spelled as ‘Beyng’ by Heidegger) is always a becoming (which is different from the Neoplatonic notion of a permanent meta-physical plane) and due to this heterogeneous nature it continues to offer possibilities. The spiritual richness of this permanent Potentiality-for-Being (Heidegger) is utterly crushed by the mundane crowd, for it either desires a permanent status quo (the plebeian attitude) or it desires uncontrolled growth and variation devoid of truly Sacred principles.

One of the ‘certainties’ of our Being-in-the-World implies finitude and Death, and our Being-toward-Death is neglected by the multitude as well, because they are scared of death and they believe in some kind of immortality. Their way of Being is self-centered, and they believe that mankind is the ‘eternal’ epicenter of the World. Their life lacks higher and transcendental goals because for them  the ‘here and now’ has everything to offer. As such they level down the noble and Sacred core of life as it if were a superstition. Our vision however is an ultimately anti-secular, fanatically religious and meta-political one, as we aim for the Cosmic and the awe inspiring Sacred Origin of the West, the Greek civilization. Our actions only become meaningful in that Sacred Light. The ‘they’ however only want to cripple Being, and to reject the tremendous possibilities handed down to us by the authentic history of our Abendland. Their way of Being is either a reduction to a materialist ideology (liberalism, capitalism,…) or to an empty progressive propaganda (leftist, humanist, …). 

Another important point is our thrownness (Heidegger), and as such we are delivered to others (Being-with-Others) as Being-in-the-World (Heidegger). Through this concept Heidegger emphasizes our finitude as human beings, our localization and the epoch in which we live. Whatever progressive ideologies might proclaim, we cannot detach us from our death, the land where we dwell with others and historical period of time. We simply are not the master of our fate: we are here as Beings-in-the-World and with others, and this is how we must look upon life and we must take our responsibility. As thrown we are helpless on an individual level, yet the connection with the others through our dwelling makes us strong. This UR-connection, this Sacred origin (Ursprung, Heidegger) which defines our Völkisch communities (prior to the artificial Nation-States), makes us strong.

Such an UR-connection, a perennial Source from which Being has sprung so to speak, emanates through time and space, and presences itself in different organic forms (we refer to the civilizations as described by Spengler). If we desire an authentic existence, we must take this Sacred source into account and seek ways to reconnect with it. The inauthentic and mundane crowd however exists as ‘fallen’ (S&Z 219- 220). It means that it is absorbed in the Being-with-one-another of  the ‘world’ and has now the character of “Being-lost in the publicness”. They are only interested in human-centred affairs. Heidegger adds that “idle talk, curiosity and ambiguity” are the principle characteristics of this “desire for publicness”. ‘Idle talk’ denotes the superficiality of the multitude, ‘curiosity’ can be seen as either liberal (money opportunities) or progressive (multiculturalism, …), and ‘ambiguity’ refers to the lack of certitude and aeonic ambition.

If we are to be captured by the Potentiality-of-Being, this Prima Materia, then we will ‘encounter’ these possibilities through our communal dwelling, our Völkisch or folk community in which we are thrown.  The ‘they’ do not comprehend this, for they are either mindless and enslaved by the material ideologies or they feel the need to re-act progressively and intellectually. This way they  reject the connection with their Völkisch community and with the land they dwell in. Through the ages our Western forefathers, and further back our Indo-European forefathers have built a legacy, traditions, uses, art, literature, poetry, and in order to re-connect we must be resolute (Heidegger) to respect that past, those endavours, those gifts, instead of rejecting them out of laziness and stupidity or for the sake of pseudo-intellectual progressive ideals. The ‘they’, since modernity, have done nothing else than to obscure this Potentiality from our past, the “possibilities that have-been-there” (Heidegger), and it requires resoluteness (Heidegger) to go back them and be thankful, instead of being smug and ‘intellectual’.

This demands a recipient and acéphalic attitude and a gratitude that transcends one’s petty ego (becoming empty). As I explained before this demands a fundamental religious (religare = to connect) Way of Being through which we leave our hubris behind and through which we are able to transgress our fallen state. This fallen state characterizes ordinary Dasein which is being smothered by an inauthentic atttidue. The ‘they’ only have a narrow-minded ideology with reason as its principle guide, while authentic Dasein calls upon connection, feeling, the community, the land, …

In my next blog post I will focus on the term ‘reciprocative rejoinder’ by which Heidegger describes the required attitude, state of mind to become authentic, and I will suggest actions to be taken.  The Alchemy of Das Heilige is most fundamental in this inner process.    

Von Sanngetall, 129 yf

Literature:

  • Being and Time (1962), M. Heidegger
  • Historical Destiny and National Socialism in Heidegger’s Being and Time, Fritsche

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