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 Sphere of War

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On creating...

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

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

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

Mars – Ares: protection and destruction

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

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

Tyr and Thurisaz Rune

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

220px-ib_299_4to_tyrTyr, the God of the Sword

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

Iron and sublimatio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Salt of the Earth

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

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

Innerer Krieg

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

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

Metaphysics of War

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

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

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

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

 Von S, 127 yf

Literature:

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

 

 

The Acephalic invocation of the Dies Irae

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Painting: Dies Irae by Jeroen Bosch (1508) / Design: The Acephalic by Von S (127 yf)

What you are about to read, is based upon A. Crowley’s Gnostic Mass. I have taken the liberty to focus on his Ceremony of the Introit in order to write this Acéphalic Ecclessiae Gnosticae pt. 1 through which the Dies Irae or the Day of Wrath is being invoked.

My Acephalic Mysticism is based upon Bataille’s occult Weltanschauung which is partly Gnostic (the Sacred as the omnipotent Ur-Grund of Being itself and the Acephalous gods that reside within the Ur-Grund). Bataille founded a secret group, L’Acéphale, and besides publishing its own journal, Bataille and its member also performed secret rituals. Bataille himself had been practising meditation and yoga for quite a while then. Nevertheless, he never completely focussed on the future of mankind, or the possibilities beyond rediscovering the Sacred. His Acephalic programme, which you will find as part of this ritual, seems to hint at the destruction of the present world order and a new one to come, but soon after this, Bataille dissolved his esoteric group, Acéphale, and focussed on the political and philosophical. He abandonned his occult interests and gained interest in art and the like, which was refreshing as well and I intend to come back to that later. But now I want to pay attention to Bataille’s Gnostic interest. Now, besides Bataille the writings of the Ministry of the Abyss have been inspirational as well.

With regard to the further devolopment of Mankind my original and main source of inspiration lies with the ONA.

The Acephalic Ecclessiae Gnosticae pt.  1: The Ceremony of the Introit

Of the Officers of the Acephalic Mass

 The Priest. Enters the Temple with a gold plate on which freshly disembowled intestines[1] have been placed, and he is adorned with an imperial sanguine robe on which the mystical symbol of the Acéphalic is embroidered with gold thread.

 The Priestess. Her bodily presence evokes both the most celestial and the most base: born from Eorthe and raised in the Cosmic. Elegantly she strides with high heels and with the snakelike look of a sexual predator she flirts with the gods themselves. She is the Mistress of the Earth. Between her beautiful breasts an inversed septagram is tattooed and it is encircled with the Symbols of the Seven Spheres for she symbolizes Temptation of the causal and Transgression towards the acausal. She is a portal in the flesh towards the most exquisite forms of torture and infinite Wisdom gained from it. The Priestess is clothed in white, black and red leather. Not only does she bear the Sacrificial knife from a red girdle, she holds the burning flame in her hands. The Flame of Destruction and Warfare. The Flame of mankind’s hidden divinity and his Cosmic destiny. It is the Flame which will consume man as he tumbles into the Abyss denoting the loss of all logical knowledge. The Priestess embodies the rebirth of the Sacred after centuries of Magian dominion. Then and only then will  the patriarchal system come to an end.

 The Deacon[2]. He is a beautifully muscular man with a godlike body. Sculpted as if it were by the Greeks themselves.  He is a true representative of a newborn Warrior caste and a product of Spartan upbringing and a most rigorous life style of positive asceticism and individual discipline. He is dressed in his splendid nakedness but he wears a mask to emphasize his non-identity. As an Acéphalic Warrior he belongs to the caste and his Wyrd coincides with the Greater Wyrd. His body is painted with gold for he appears like a radiant Sun. His member is erect for the Deacon is meant to symbolize the Phallic and Potent Solar God[3]. His whole body is shaven for he takes pride in his perfectness. Because of holy circumcision his shining scarlet glans compels admiration and invokes sheer animalistic lust. Against his abdomen he carries a magnificent human skull set with black and purple diamonds and this Skull symbolizes the finiteness of Life and celebrates the coming of Holy Death.

 As he places the holy Skull on the altar, the congregation sings:

                              “Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust!”

                              “Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust!”

                              “Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust!”

                              “Agios O Satanas, Agios O Satanas.”

Then the Priestess takes the floor and adresses the congregation in a loud and defiant voice:

“I wish to demolish and subvert classic, so-called immortal values, burden you with a sinking feeling, a feeling of disgust, self-hatred. I wish to dismember and torture all dogmatists who claim to speak and uphold ‘the truth and nothing but the truth’. I know it’s hard, very hard, if not impossible to be an iconoclast after centuries of groundbraking philosophies and art movements, but in my attempt to subvert the immortal values I will be ferosciously religious. This is without a single doubt one of the most rigorous Jihads ever conducted.”

At her command the Priest continues:

“Listen to our acephalic programme. The Programme of the Abyss, Eorthe and the Cosmic.

1.      I assume the function of destruction and decomposition, but as an accomplishment and not as a negation of being (Bataille).

2.      I take upon myself perversion and crime, as values integrated within the human totality (Bataille) but demolished by the present ethical standards.

3.      I fight for the decomposition and exclusion of all communities based upon egalitarian, democratic, churchly and patriarchal values. I commit myself to all aristocratic, headless and matriarchal multiplicities that aim at subverting and disrupting the present Order.

4.      I affirm the inequality of men and the organic character of society. (Bataille) I affirm those few exceptional beings that have been able to sip from the Well of Infinity, and who have witnessed the creative maelstrom of the Limitless Void.

5.      I wish to take part in the nuclear (my emphasis) destruction of this ‘imperfect and cruel’ world, with my eyes OPEN to the Galactic Imperium to come.

6.      I affirm the value of (artistic) violence and the will to aggression insofar they invoke the darker forces of the Abyss.

7.      I prefer forces to form, ideas to representation (Artaud).

8.   I wish to initiate a new black period, an epidemic of plague: a world of new controversial ideas, übermenschlich in scope and most cruel in practice. Subjecting man to unknown and dark rites by invoking the Abyssal. I say this to you: this will be an epoch of dismemberment, disfigurements, a breaking down of existing forms, a melting down of everything solid and returning it to the primaevil slime. The madman Artaud talked about an « unheard degree of putrefaction and petrifaction » to which the plagueridden human body is subjected. This must become a universal condition, a cleansing of Eorthe and a devotion to the Void.

9.      In the wake of Artaud we deny the culture of reason as the sole mode of representation of the human psyche. Man’s “taste for crime, his erotic obsessions, his savagery, his fantasies, his utopian and distopian sense of life and of things, even his cannibalism” (Artaud) is what we hold dear.

10. There can be no Truth, there is only Cruelty.

11. These are Rites of happiness and joy … Joy before Death” (Bataille)

With these words and antinomian benedictions the Priestess proclaims the advent of a transitional period. A Sinister one celebrating mundane antinomian behaviour to the point of no return, being the Day of Wrath. The Mass announces this grand day, the Dies Irae and therefore the Priestess commands the congregation to sing in honour of this:

Listen: Dies Irae: performed by The Monks Of The Abbey Of Notre Dame.

When the last notes of this beautiful, sinister musick reverbaerate in the Temple the Priestess commands the congregation:

“Greeting of Eorthe and Cosmos! The Aeon of Fire is upon us. Let us prepare for this Holy Day of Wrath. The Acephalic One will reign must supremely and without pity. Let the Orgy commence.”

“AGIOS O SHUGARA! AGIOS O SHUGARA! 333! “

Von S, 127yf

Footnotes:

[1] The intestines on the drawing of Breton symbolize the labyrinth.

[2] After the Ritual the Deacon will be subjected to a merciless and above all perverse orgy. As the perverse solar Deity he will be penetrated by the Priest, the dildo wearing Priestess and all males present in the Church. He will enjoy the penetrations as much as he will enjoy the seed that is ejaculated in his face. The act of Sodomy unleashes all the dark erotic passions that have been suppressed for ages. There is no procreation, just the act of penetrating the willing solar anus of the Deacon. This is based on antinomian Tantric practices.

[3] For the Traditionalists the Sun symbolizes Purity, a homogeneous source of light and clarity which is to be worshipped. Bataille however regards the Sun as a heterogeneous source of excessively pouring energy; an never ending volcanic eruption. An image of the Sublime for it cannot be captured, controlled, tamed. Staring directly into the Sun is impossible, and hurts the eyes most excruciatingly because its blinding heat burns one’s feeble retina. Surely the Sun is a symbol of life and warmth, but that is only the fact because our earth is at a serious distance of the Star of Hell. The Sun gives and gives relentlessly and has shown before to destroy rather than stimulate growth. Thanks to the ozon layer its harmful radiation is being filtered, but today’s hothouse effect shows the Sun’s enormous power. Bataille therefore inverts the traditional solar metaphor (clarity, insight, stability, progress, knowlegde, claritas) and turns towards the other.  

Literature

  • Georges Bataille: The Bataille Reader
  • Antonin Artaud: The Theater and its Double
  • Ministry of the Abyss: of Ecclesia Mysteria – The Deplorable Word
  • Aleister Crowley: Magick in Theory and Practice