SIR: the final Pathway to the Stars

The ambient version of the Self-Immolation Rite consisted of nine Spheres. The first one introduced us to our causal existence, the Sphere of Man, from then onwards we have taken you on an Alchemical journey where your body, soul and spirit has been tested over & over again. Study those seven spheres, record your experiences, the changes within you and within your environment. Look at Society around you and find those correspondences and the changes which are taking place in the Western Aeon and the stage of the Kali Yuga. Through the characteristics of the seven planets you can see and notice things  which go unnoticed for the mundane and the last men around you. They are sleepwalkers and therefore let them rest comfortably, or for your own sadistic pleasure once in a while, confront them with the Sinister that lies hidden underneath this cloak of mundaneness.  

The last Sphere we visited was the Sphere of Saturn. A Sphere of decay, death, corrosion, but also growth through conflict. Saturn may kill and devour his own children out of fear of being overthrown, the planetary cycle does not end here. One may try to cut Luna’s and Sol’s growth, the Alchemical Opus is a never ending cycle of birth and rebirth. Within Saturn’s garden the Philosopher’s Stone is born and taken care off.

The nineth composition of Bestia Centauri is entitled the Star Gate. The immolation of the self has entered the stage of the Continuum. Through the dominions of the Dark Gods you have travelled like an old soul trying to find its last resting place. The seven planetary Spheres have taught you to rise above the herd animal and accept the Will to Power as an eternal ‘yes’ to life as a Cosmic play. You have risen so far through suffering. And this suffering will continue as the Philosopher’s Stone is never completely finished. Your work as an Alchemist demands your eternal attention and devotion: a self-sacrifice as Odin did:

Wounded i hung on a wind-swept gallows
For nine long nights, pierced by a spear,
Pledged to Odin, offered myself to myself.
The wisest know not from whence spring
The roots of that ancient tree.

They gave me no bread,
They gave me no mead,
I looked down;
With a loud cry i took up runes;

 (The Havamal)

Only through hardship and pain, devotion and sacrifice shall you perhaps get to know a tiny bit of Odin’s experience. Let us not fool ourselves: the alchemical journey has taught you all about humility and being noble.  We do not strive to become selfish gods like the magian kind. We must become Übermenschen: strong-willed, noble, honorable and respectful. Our pathei mathos will guide towards the last sphere: the Gate of the Stars.

The Star is symbolic for our faustian imperative, the Western Will to Power and the fact that we do not take our journey lightly. We stay true to Eorthe but our future lies within the Cosmic. It our stellar origin, the home of our Western Soul. Science will help us in our travel, but only if our true Spirit guides us. Let us prepare our journey to the Stars most carefully as our Body, Soul & Spirit must be ready.

Onwards to the Stars without mercy! 

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The Star Gate, Von Sanngetall, 2003

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

SIR: the Pathway to Sphere of Saturn

Gate of Saturn

The Sphere of Saturn, Von Sanngetall 2003

After gaining wealth and wisdom in the Sphere of Jupiter, you, the Alchemical traveller, has arrived at the Sphere of Saturn. 

Saturn is considered to be the most slow planet as it is the furthest removed from Sol  and from the light. The Alchemical process is a process of inner development (your tripartite essence) and it should be seen as a natural flow depending on the positive or negative influence of the circumstances and the seasons. The period you are in, what you are experiencing at the moment, your successes or losses, these all influence your Alchemical Balance. From the traditional alchemical point of view – which I will explain in another blog post – Saturn stands for melancholy, disruption in your Soul, opposite forces battling within your unconscious. The darkest lead is associated with this planet as it is the furthest removed from the shining gold of Sol. 

Saturn, the God of Time, is seen in alchemical drawings using a scythe to cut the first growth after the Sublimatio and the Exaltatio. The growth, symbolised by sun and moon plants is taken care of by Saturn but, as a responsible gardener, he also crops them when it is necessary.  In order to grow one must learn how to lose as well. There simply is no easy success: life as an never-ending development and you must realise that when have gone through the entire meditation, you must abandon all reason, become ferociously Acéphalic and embrace the dark Chaos that Saturn represents.

There is no causal ordening here, no causal project consisting of a nice ending. From within the Chaos starts something new; after Ragnarokr a new cycle commences. Just like the Aeon of the West is in its final stage of the Kali Yuga. Look around you, watch the news and recognise the signs of a dying aeon. Embrace these signs and conquer them with the all-omnipotent Promethean Spirit that is hidden underneath and within.

As Julius Evola explains:

Thus in alchemy we encounter a duplication: Saturn is the “ancient” and the “divine” (or sulfurous) and at the same time it is inverted Gold – lead – as the vulgar body; it is the father of our Stone and that of the Philosophers. […] Boehme explains that Lead and Gold are produced in Saturn by the same power, and adds: ‘It is not death, but an enclosure that represents the divince celestial essence. (Evola 1995: 81)

Melancholy is not about depression, about letting things be but it is about an inverted battle strengthened by one’s Pathei Mathos: what you have experienced and did not kill you, makes you stronger. Reflect, process and act: sinister dialectic at work.

Look closely at the design and let yourself be hypnotized by the fiery rings of Saturn ready to burn away to last remnants of this suffocating Aeon. Melancholy is not a negative feeling as Western medical and psychological science has translated melancholy into the sickness of depression. Depression (created by modern medical marketing) is a sign of utter weakness, instead of accepting the forces of decay ruling the Sphere of Saturn. Embrace the feeling of melancholy for some of the greatest Western creative spirits were fed by it. Do not mind the scythe. Let yourself be decapitated and prepare yourself and your folk for the Galactic Aeon to come.

Vindex est ventures! A new Galactic Ruler is coming! 

The words of Christos Beest:

“…Now, before you, is the indigo, sigil, of Saturn. Touch it.
You are entering the seventh and final dark sphere.
You are standing on a hill, beneath a clear night sky.
Directly above is the star known as Naos.
It pulsates, and grows, illuminating and expectant.
The land around is strewn with the burning shards of a dying aeon,
suffused with an understanding that only stillness can express,
when the appearance is burned to ash. And the essence is revealed.
This, is the sphere of Chaos!
You have become all that you have learned
during this journey of self-evolution,
you are the essence of everything.
And via this alchemical process,
you understand, that power resides purely,
in the quality of self-honesty.
With this, you have the choice to alter your life and
the world in whichever way you feel, is necessary.
With this knowledge, raise your arms in exultation to the sky!
Blow winds! Crack the temporal!
See how the sky splits open at your command!
A purple rent, tears its way across the heavens.
Agios O Atazoth!
Black, nebulous shapes, descend from the rent,
to gradually envelop the hill.
The gates, are aligned!
They are returning!
Now, is the New Aeon! Now, is Chaos!
“Vindex! Est! Venturus!”

Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

Books consulted:

  • Alchemy and Psychology
  • From Anima to Zeus 
  • The Hermetic Tradition (Evola)

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: 

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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

Sources:

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

SIR: the Pathway to the Sphere of Venus

As you have passed through the black inverted pentagram of the Sphere of Mercury you have been transformed. The alchemical process of Transformation is a never ending one, an infinite one for the Transformation itself is the goal of the Alchemical Opus. Confronting oneself with those hidden desires, those forbidden thoughs waiting for you in the unconscious realm. 

You are ready for the next Gateway. Behold the green Sphere of Venus

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Sphere of Venus (Von Sanngetall, 2003)

Its appropriate works are those of Love and Enchantment (Naos). Let yourself be enchanted by the Goddess of Love, Passion and Fertility. Look closely at the illustration of the Gateway of Venus. Imagine vast green fields of grass, trees, flowers stretched endlessly before you. Hill after hill hiding their beautiful secrets for you to discover. Smell the fresh grass as you lay on your back looking at the sky. Enjoy the loving embrace of Eorthe and hear her call as she wants you to love and cherish her. Listen to the birds and enjoy their tale. Undress yourself and lie naked on the grass. You are most vulnerable now. Eorthe’s inner fire can destroy you and mankind in a heartbeat but do not fear those gigantic volcanoes as they are silent now. Just like you they are resting and meditating for you are preparing yourself for the next phase of The transformation. Be Silent, do not speak for this is the Sphere of Wordless Communication. A Sphere of loving embracing and passionate connexion. She will teach you Empathy as an important balancing quality for the violence of Mars.

Therefore get up, and walk on the grass, feel it tickling your feet, and before you ancient trees arise. Touch them, feel their ancient wisdom for they have been here much longer than you. Their roots sit firmly in the Soil, your Womb from where the Blood flows. Look again at whirling green of the illustration, and imagine those giant trees playing in the wind, their royal crown nodding and moving most majestically. Remember that you are but a pawn compared to their greatness but through Empathy and Respect you will be ready for your ongoing Transformation.

Close your eyes and listen to the meditation of SIR:

“…Before you, is the green sigil of Venus. Touch it.
Transformed, you are now entering the third dark sphere.
You are standing up to your waist, in a freezing river.
The torrid waters rushing through a valley, of white, lillies.
In fruitful groves and barren plains,
the empty shall drink, and the drunk, shall be empty.
What passion is this, that tears the sky with storms of blood and black flame?
This, is the sphere, of Ecstasy, and Love.
Facing you, further up the river, is a naked woman…
corpse white skin, and long black hair.
She crouches astride the river and menstruates into the water.
The blood forms itself into a human figure
floating beneath the surface.
With your hands, begin to massage the blood into your ideal lover,
fashioning, every part of it
according to your cerebral and animalistic desires.
Now… take your lover by the hands.
Come! Fill the flowing bowl,
and consummate in the turbulent waters
„neath the raging sky…
drink now, your fill and more, of love…”

(Christos Beest, SIR)

Von Sanngetall, 128yf

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:

“…WITH A BLAST, OF MY TRUMPET! I HEAL, YOUR WOUNDS!
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)

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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. 

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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!

Sources:

  • 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

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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

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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.
THE GATE HAS OPENED!
Enter dark angels, enter…
Prepare Ye for the Self Immolation Rite!”

(Christos Beest)

Introduction

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):

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Von Sanngetall, Man’s Gate (2003)

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Von Sanngetall, 128 yf

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