Tu Es Diaboli Ianua

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Some more fascinating correlations can be extracted from the latest written work ‘Tu es Diaboli Ianua’ by David Myatt. Complimentary to his recent ‘Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos’, Those concise and scholarly articles are primarily comparing certain central points between Christianity and Paganism by exploring once more ancestral references such as: Tertullian de Monogamia, Corpus Hermeticum, Sapho, The Old Testament, Xenophon (…)
Apart from being a sublime extension to Myatt metaphysical and mystical ‘Philosophy of Pathei Mathos’, the latest ‘Tu Es Diaboli Ianua’ (You Are The Nexion Of The Deofel), seems to wink directly at the Order of Nine Angles mythos.
This bold and peculiar title would, yet again, not only reunite David Myatt and Anton Long by ways of semantics, but also danse in complete harmony with what seems to be, Myatt current perspective. This perspective, as is made clear in the two articles presented, is clearly in favor of a restoration of the muliebral and an intuitive, empathical and individual apprehension of the cosmos. Things the Order of Nine Angles have always been inclined to favor through the discovery of Lapis Philosophicus, The primarily muliebral Rounwytha Way, the feminine representation of a known patriarchal archetype (Baphomet) and the clearly paganistic inspired Seven Spheres to name only a few.
Interestingly, Myatt leads us to Tertullian and offers us his own brilliant translation:
The judgement of God on your gender is alive in this era, necessitating that you live with your offence. You are The Nexion of The Deofel. You are The Resignatrix of The Tree. You are The Archetypal Desertrix of Divine Decree. You are she who incited he whom The Deofel could not attack. You effortlessly broke the representation of God: a man. And it is because of you – because of your loss – that even the Son of God had to die.
-Tu Es Diaboli Ianua: Christianity, The Johannine Weltanschauung, And Presencing The Numinous.
In other translations, the words Deofel and Nexion are, as expected, absent. Instead, I could find the following translations which are more representatives of the Christian lexicon:
« Ô, femme ! Tu es la porte par laquelle le démon est entré dans le monde. »
« Women’s are the Devils Gateway. »
Tertulian, les femmes sont la porte du diable.jpgLa theologie affectiue ou Saint Thomas en meditation par M. Louis Bail, Volume 1 
In the ‘Meditation XIX’, we can easily conclude that Eve was blamed for her disobedience and ultimately, the condemnation of mankind. Women became the seductress, the weak and the incarnation of evil in contrast to men. This unharmonious view, coupled with the idea that the Bible was the word of God, gave an unlimited authority to the Church. Women became demons, witches and shapeshifting succubus and their body, just another instrument to seduce and lead to sin:
If there existed upon earth a faith in proportion to the reward that faith will receive in heaven, no one of you, my beloved sisters, from the time when you came to know the living God and recognized your own state, that is, the condition of being a woman, would have desired a too attractive garb, and much less anything that seemed too ostentatious. I think, rather, that you would have dressed in mourning garments and even neglected your exterior, acting the part of mourning and repentant Eve in order to expiate more fully by all sorts of penitential garb that which woman derives from Eve – the ignominy, I mean, of original sin and the odium of being the cause of the fall of the human race. ‘In sorrow and anxiety, you will bring forth, O woman, and you are subject to your husband, and he is your master (Gen. 3:16).’ Do you not believe that you are [each] an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives on even in our times and so it is necessary that the guilt should live on, also. You are the one who opened the door to the Devil, you are the one who first plucked the fruit of the forbidden tree, you are the first who deserted the divine law; you are the one who persuaded him whom the Devil was not strong enough to attack. All too easily you destroyed the image of God, man. Because of your desert, that is, death, even the Son of God had to die.
-On the Apparel of Women Book I

In the initial perspective of the Order of Nine Angles which had both a Greco-Roman paganus and a traditional Satanist inclination, it made all the more sense to restore the upset balance between apparent opposites by taking what is considered most evil by Christians (women) and crowning one as a ruling deity (Baphomet) as it was common in the wordless paganism of ancient times (Gaia being a good example).

This essence may be apprehended in the role of the Mistress of Earth –
representative of Baphomet, the Dark Goddess. It was to Baphomet that the
sacrifice was made – hence a male opfer. Indeed, the whole ceremony (of
Recalling) can be seen as a celebration of the dark goddess – the Earth
Mistress/goddess in her darker/violent/sinister aspect. The severed head was
associated with the worship of Baphoment – the cult deriving from Albion –
hence the traditional representation of Baphomet.

The identification of Baphomet as the Bride of Lucifer/Satan probably dates
from around the 10th or 11th century, as does the use of the name
‘Satan’/Satanas as the Earth-bound representative of the Dark Gods.
It is important to remember that in earlier times (eg. in Albion during the
Hyperborean aeon) there was no clear and/or moral distinction between the
‘light’ and the ‘sinister’: the two were seen as different aspects of the same
thing. Thus, what we know as the Mistress of Earth (the ‘goddess’) was both
what we now call Baphomet (the dark aspect) and Gaia (the Earth Mother). 

The supposed derivation is from the Greek [baphe metra] and not,
as is sometimes said, from [metios] (the Attic form for ‘wise’). Such a
use of the term ‘Mother’/Mistress was quite common in later Greek alchemical
writings – for example Iamblichus in « De Mysteriis » used [metrizo] to
signify possessed by the mother of the gods. Later alchemical writings tended
to use the prefix to signify a specific type of ‘amalgam’ (and some take this to be
a metaphor for the amalgam of Sol with Luna, in the sexual sense).
In the Septenary System, Baphomet, as Mistress of Earth, is linked to the sixth
sphere (Jupiter) and the star Deneb. She is thus in one sense a magickal « Earth
Gate » (qv. the Nine Angles), and Her reflexion (or ‘causal’ nature – as against
Her acausal or Sinister nature) is the third sphere (Venus) related to the star
Antares. According to esoteric Tradition, the Antares aspect was celebrated by
rites in Albion c.3,000 BP – in the middle and toward the end the month of May
and some stone circles/sacred sites were said to be aligned for Antares. In contrast, the Sinister aspect of the Mistress (i.e. Baphomet) was celebrated in the Autumn and was linked to the rising of Arcturus, Arcturus itself being related to the Sinister male aspect (Mercury – second sphere), later identified with Lucifer/ Satan. Thus, the August celebration was a Sinister hierosgamos – the union of Baphomet with Her spouse (or ‘Priest’ who took on the role of the Sinister male aspect). According to Tradition, the Priest was sacrificed after the sexual union, where the role of Baphomet was assumed by the Priestess/Mistress of the cult. Thus, the May celebration was the (re-)birth of new energies (and the child of the Union).

-The Goddess Baphomet According to Tradition.

The Labyrinthine Order of Nine Angles and the vast corpus of influences that accompany it perhaps isn’t the conclusion that David Myatt currently has in mind when we delve into his recent effusions but something similar to the Rounwytha Way certainly would be a valid candidate.

A valid candidate since there is: A wordless apprehension of the cosmos and of nature that becomes possible via the faculty of empathy. A balance between the muliebral and the masculous that does not upset ὕϐρις. A spiritual contact with the cycles of nature and the seasons which is always experienced in the immediacy of the moment and which brings a perceiveration. A mystical and rural life, shared mainly with a family/community which leads to humility and contemplation. An understanding of when to cull and when to heal. Most important of all, a spiritual approach devoid of names, dogmas and rites, albeit a few aural traditions which could include chanting, music or leaving offerings in a specific area…

My, admittedly fallible, understanding of the numinous is that it is a presencing, and an apprehension by us, of the divine, of the sacred. Which apprehension is of our physis as human beings, and thus of our relation to other human beings, to other living beings, and to the Cosmos itself. An apprehension – a perceiveration – that enables a supra-personal ‘cosmic’ perspective and which perspective can incline us as individuals toward humility and thus comprehend our mortality and our fallible nature. In effect, this apprehension is the genesis of mysticism since it is a personal intuitive insight about the nature of Reality where there is a wordless – and empathic, a contemplative – apprehension of there existing certain truths which transcend the temporal, the causal, and thus which are beyond the denotatum of words, categories, dogma, ideology, and thus beyond named ideas.

-David Myatt, Tu Es Diaboli Ianua: Christianity, The Johannine Weltanschauung, And Presencing The Numinous.

Conclusively, it is my opinion that there never will be an entirely valid human-made world to solve all our enigmas. I do indeed feel closer to that ancestral paganus, explored once more through the magnificent translations of David Myatt but while such a way did not spawn horrors like the Inquisition or the Crusades, it did not immune or prevent other sorts of all too human mistakes…

Clearly, David Myatt is aware of that also since he wrote:

Historically, while the paganus apprehension of Greco-Roman culture was also
primarily masculous it did presence aspects of the muliebral, manifest for
example in female deities such as Athena, Artemis, and Gaia, and thus was
somewhat more balanced, more harmonious in terms of re-presenting our
human physis, than Christianity.
Thus a necessary question is how can (what I consider to be) a numinous
balance between masculous and muliebral be metaphysically expressed, given
that the culture of pathei-mathos has moved us, or can move us, beyond
anthropomorphic deities, whether male or female; beyond myths and legends;
beyond reliance on texts regarded as sacred and/or as divinely inspired; and
even beyond the need for denotatum and religion.
Starting from the paganus apprehension described above, and using our
human culture of pathei-mathos as a guide, such a metaphysics is (i) an (often
wordless) awareness of ourselves as a fallible mortal, as a microcosmic
connexion to other mortals, to other life, to Nature, and to the Cosmos beyond
our world, and (ii) a new civitas, and one not based on some abstractive law but
on a spiritual and interior (and thus not political) understanding and appreciation of our own Ancestral Culture and that of others; on our ‘civic’ duty to personally presence καλὸς κἀγαθός and thus to act and to live in a noble way. For the virtues of personal honour and manners, with their responsibilities, presence the fairness, the avoidance of hubris, the natural harmonious balance, the gender equality, the awareness and appreciation of the divine, that is the numinous.

-David Myatt, Tu Es Diaboli Ianua: Christianity, The Johannine Weltanschauung, And Presencing The Numinous.

Yet again, it seems that the writings of David Myatt are correlative if not entwined to certain elements of the Order of Nine Angles. It seems so apparent that it nearly feels like an invitation. Perhaps is this only my own apprehension of certain things becoming all too real but in the end, it does not matter. What matters has been, yet again, illustrated beautifully in the Corpus Hermeticum:

Let physical perceptibility rest, and divinity will be brought-into-being.

-Corpus Hermeticum, Tractate 13.


[1] David Myatt, Tu Es Diaboli Ianua Christianity, The Johannine Weltanschauung, And Presencing The Numinous.

[2] Tertulian, On the Apparel of Women Book I, Translated by the Rev. S. Thelwall.

[3] The Goddess Baphomet According to Tradition, MSS.

[4] David Myatt, Tu Es Diaboli Ianua Christianity, The Johannine Weltanschauung, And Presencing The Numinous.

[5] David Myatt, Tu Es Diaboli Ianua Christianity, The Johannine Weltanschauung, And Presencing The Numinous

[6] Corpus Hermeticum, Tractate 13, Translated by David Myatt.

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