Intuition, Reason & Choice

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Important Notice(s): This article is mainly inspired by dialogues in the Matrix Trilogy and years of reflections on the matter. The trilogy contains great metaphors that will help explain my stance more easily instead of just stretching words into meaning something that they do not. Words won’t ever be enough to make sense of concepts such as reason and intuition but I will humbly try and make sense out of it all as much as I can. 

Oracle (Intuition)

The Intuition is featured as the Oracle in the movie and it is the first attribute of human experience that Neo has to go through. This is immensely significant since at that point in the story, Neo has not yet chosen to be the one. In fact, his mind is still so attached to the Matrix that he does not even have an ounce of Faith that he is the ‘One’. That Faith is awakened in him via the intervention of Morpheus (Which is a literal personification of faith because Morpheus would believe in Neo no matter what, even if it meant that he must die for his beliefs).

Interestingly, intuition is also the first thing that awakens itself in human experience. If we walk in the forest at night and we hear a threatening noise, our intuition kicks in and forces our mind to imagine specific things that require the intervention of reason to become logical at all.

In the Matrix, the Oracle is a program that is part of the system. This is not to be taken literally in the movie but rather metaphorically. The Oracle is an attribute of the human experience and it cannot be fully trusted because it is unreliable and leads us toward choices(Some good, some bad). Hence why the Oracle sees that Neo is the one but wont reveal it to him until he makes the conscious choice to be. Initially, Neo rejects that possibility because he does not know himself sufficiently to make that choice but he starts believing and having faith when he goes to save Morpheus and ultimately, he manages to go beyond the limits of intuition because he manages to save Morpheus without dying in the process. The Oracle (Intuition) had told him that he would have to make a choice: Die and save Morpheus or let Morpheus perish and reset the Matrix. This is the first hint that the choice(s) that we make are beyond the frontiers of intuition because intuition is only a fallible guiding force and nothing more. It can predict and emit hypothesis but it can’t understand the choices that are made.

In this scene, the Oracle illustrate her powers of predictions and shows Neo that without our capacity to choose, nothing can come to be. Not even Love, for even if love charms us in unexplainable ways, we ultimately decide to engage in that love. She tells him all that he wants to hear so that he can discover for himself what it means to be-come the one. Interestingly again, it is Trinity that somehow, helps Neo becomes the ‘One’ by kissing him and bringing him back from death. Love is the answer throughout the whole trilogy because it is what Neo chooses no matter what Intuition and Reason tells him to choose.

The Oracle First Conversation with Neo

In this scene, Neo comes to the realisation that existence is not so much about making choices but about understanding the choices that we make. The oracle is not fully trustworthy because it is only a feature of human consciousness and it can be superseded by our capacity to choose as wisely as we can, how we should proceed in life. It’s not about erasing intuition and reason because you can’t, it’s about overcoming them through will and using them wisely, even though we can’t truly comprehend what they are.

The Oracle Second Conversation with Neo

The Architect (Reason)

The logical program of the Matrix is represented by the Architect. Unless human beings are precipitated in choosing rapidly right after their intuition kicks in (In the case of a mass shooting for example where someone has two seconds to make a choice), reason manifest itself to choose more wisely and accurately.

So if you hear a noise in the woods at night, intuition convinces you that it could be horrific or surreal in nature but then reason dissipates such instinctive fears and starts to make sense of what the threat could be. The only problem with reason is that it can only be concerned with the cold, calculated and functional nature of events and cant comprehend the abstract and subjective features that the human brain has to juggle with.

In the movie, Neo is faced with yet  another choice that implies sacrifice when he talks to the Architect: Save Trinity (The love of his life) or reset the Matrix. The Architect, via mathematics, predict that it is an impossibility that Neo accomplishes both because reason is unable to understand the deeper layers of what it means to be human. It sees love and such concepts as foolish and imperfect because Mathematics and Logic cant explain subjective concepts such as love, compassion, honor (…) Against all odds, Neo manages to save Trinity (Until when she dies in episode 3) and end the war. At this point, Neo, via his choice to prioritize love above all other concepts, managed to go beyond both Reason & Intuition.

This scene with the Architect is fascinating because the Architect says Neo is harmony perfected apart from one variable that’s an uncorrectable anomaly (his specific love for Trinity that is stronger than anything). This anomaly is only so in the eyes of the Architect (Reason) because he can’t comprehend from a logical standpoint human emotions such as love, sacrifice and desires. He can predict them or expect them to manifest themselves but the choices that Neo makes are only understandable for him via a calculated approach. Most of what humans experience is not calculatable, especially not love. The Architect, in the end, was also wrong and the choices that Neo made, proved to be right, against all odds.

Neo & The Architect Conversation

Reason & Intuition are simply words and fluctuating features of our human ensemble. They exist to help us choose and understand our choices as we go along with them.

The Oracle tells Neo that no one can see beyond a choice that they do not understand. Not even the chosen one and this is the most important portion of the three movies. Neo is representing the whole human condition & existence because his journey is all about making choices that he slowly comes to understand, thus understanding himself better in the process and accepting his fate. It is impossible to live solely in an intuitive fashion and it is impossible to live solely in a logical fashion because these two core components often overlap each others to the point where it is hard to know which one is guiding us and at what moment. But our choices are what defines us as human beings and such choices are not limited by the influence(s) of reason and intuition. Sometimes we do not understand why we choose a certain path, a certain person or a certain belief system but it cant ever be encompassed in our two fallible features anyway so there is nothing left for us but to explore through experience and discover our own answers.

This final scene between Neo & the Oracle is the most important because Neo realises that the truth was not disclosed to him, even though intuition (Oracle) led him toward that truth because he was not ready to see it (he did not sufficiently knew himself). Our heart knows what it wants and what it chooses most of the time but we are often not ready to acknowledge and it and take responsibility for such a choice. The Oracle proceeds to discredit the Architect for his inability to see beyond choices because of its cold, calculated nature which is an interesting point brought forth by the movie since it seems to posit that Intuition is often neglected and replaced by reason which is often time more trusted, even for subjective matters. Reason is valid for causal problems but useless for acausal problems.

Final conversation between the Oracle & Neo

Finally, the great existential question of the Matrix is also metaphorical (Can Zion be saved?). It echoes to human destiny and Neo wants to know if he will be able to fulfil his destiny and accomplish what he was meant to accomplish. The Oracle does not know, the Architect does not know because Intuition and Logic can’t make sense of such a thing. We have to assume our choices and live with them no matter what and discover for ourselves if they lead us to where we were meant to go. Neo ultimately succeeds in accomplishing his life work. Not because of a logical standpoint, not because of being led solely by intuition but because he chose to fight for what was true to his heart. Smith has no heart and thus, no purpose, he lacks all the numinous elements that makes us human and so he is inhuman and artificial.

Agent Smith & Neo


Intuition -> Choice = Dangerous because reason did not have the time to filter the possibilities before acting on them. This is the world of rapid choices and instincts which is how most animals are going about in nature.

Intuition -> Reason -> Choice = The Normal course of action for most human beings. It is still fallible but it is often based on the functional world of facts and evidence which allows for a better series of decisions.

Intuition -> Choice -> Faith = This is the pathway of religiosity which is represented in the movies by Morpheus. He blindly believes no matter if there is ground for such a belief or there is not. That pathway is dangerous and unreasonable because unverified beliefs are slippery life models.

 

-Beldam

The Sinister Feminine And Homo Hubris

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Important Notice(s): This article was originally posted by ‘Wyrdsister’ on https://wyrdsister.wordpress.com/. It is shared here out of sheer agreement with what is expressed in this article and how even such individuals abounds outside of the occult spheres. It was also shared because of the ensemble of references to the importance of the alchemical aspect of the Order of Nine Angles.

Masculous And Muliebral

The Sinister Feminine And Homo Hubris

As apprehended by those who have ventured along the Seven Fold Way of the Order of Nine Angles (O9A, ONA) to at least the stage of Internal Adept, and by those who because of their physis feel the ‘sinisterly-numinous’ aesthetic, one of the fundamental problems of the modern Western Left Hand Path in general and of modern ‘Satanism’ in particular is that of Homo Hubris. As noted in one text which is recommended reading for aspirant Adepts, the species Homo Hubris is

             “distinguished by their profane lack of numinous balance, by a lack of knowing of and feeling for the numinous; by a personal arrogance, by a lack of manners, and by that lack of respect for anything other than strength/power and/or their own gratification.” {1}

This profane lack of numinous balance is most manifest in the principles – adopted by modern Levey-inspired self-described ‘satanists’ – of “might is right” and of “total satisfaction of the ego”.

In contrast, one of the aims of the Occult anados that is the O9A Seven Fold Way is for the initiate to personally experience – through exoteric and esoteric deeds – both what has been described as ‘the sinister’ and what has been described as ‘the numinous’ and, because of such experience, to meld them together in order to transcend beyond them. The experiences required in order to do this include the Rite of Internal Adept where the candidate lives alone – for three or six months – in primitive conditions in the wilderness. Which Rite has as its aim the development in the individual of empathy {2} and which empathy is a manifestation of the muliebral and thus in direct contrast to the masculous principles adopted by modern Levey-inspired self-described ‘satanists’. {3}

For the O9A has

             “an initiated – esoteric – apprehension of the raison d’etre of alchemy: of ourselves as having, in essence, both a masculous and a muliebral physis, and which initially undivided physis (sans denotatum, and thus the artificial, hubriatic, division between masculous and muliebral) is now, as in the past it was for the majority, lost; with alchemy anciently understood and practised by many alchemists as a means whereby we might re-discover our natural, and balanced, human physis.” {4}

This esoteric apprehension is evident in some ancient texts, such as the ‘Pymander’ text from the Corpus Hermeticum:

             “Now listen to the rest of the explanation you asked to hear. When the cycle was fulfilled, the connexions between all things were, by the deliberations of theos, unfastened. Living beings – all male-and-female then – were, including humans, rent asunder thus bringing into being portions that were masculous with the others muliebral.” {5}

Which is why – in contrast to the patriarchal, masculous, ethos which has dominated the world, East and West, for millennia, of which Levey-type ‘satanism’ is but one recent manifestation – the esoteric tradition of the O9A is of ἀρρενόθηλυς: of balancing the masculous with the muliebral through pathei-mathos both esoteric and exoteric.

Misunderstanding The Sinister Feminine

Given the foregoing overview of O9A esoteric theory and praxis it is hardly surprising that modern Levey-inspired self-described ‘satanists’ are and have been upset by and annoyed with – and keep trying to discredit – the O9A especially given the O9A claim that the O9A is Satanist and that Howard Stanton Levey was a plagiarist, a charlatan, and an example of Homo Hubris: that is, in common parlance, he was plebeian.

It is also hardly surprising that modern Levey-inspired self-described ‘satanists’ and other modern Occultists – weaned on Magian, kabbalistic inspired, ‘sorcery’ – have misunderstood what the O9A mean by ‘the sinister feminine’, emanation as that archetype {6} is of the three lower spheres (nexions) on the O9A’s seven-fold Tree of Wyrd, and thus redolent as it is of the esoteric and exoteric pathei-mathos of those three lower spheres. That is, redolent of and expressing what, for the individual initiate, is some years before The Rite of Internal Adept and long before (usually at least a decade before) The Rite Of The Abyss with its lunar month of solitary chthonic living. {7}

Thus, in the O9A system ‘the sinister feminine’ is an archetype to be lived, experientially by a woman, or experienced experientially by a man, as a noviciate pathei-mathos; just as O9A Satanism (as manifest in texts such as The Black Book of Satan and in the O9A archetypes of Satan and Baphomet) is a necessary noviciate pathei-mathos, to be lived, experienced, learned from: a beginning of the decades-long anados that is the O9A Seven Fold Way.

Which is why archetypal representations of the sinister feminine – be they fictional, or artistic (as in Tarot images) or presenced through rites and ceremonies of sorcery, or lived or experienced through ‘insight roles’ – are just archetypal representations germane to those three lower spheres and thus to individual pathei-mathos. They are not, and never have been, the raison d’être of the ONA itself, for that raison d’être is the Seven Fold Way and thus the individuals who, through undertaking that anados, meld the sinister with the numinous (the masculous with the muliebral) and thus develop their own unique weltanschauung.

        Of course, we do not expect most Levey-inspired self-described ‘satanists’ – weaned on gratifying their ego – nor most modern Occultists – weaned on Magian ‘sorcery’ – to apprehend either (a) the Aeonic intent behind such O9A archetypes, or (b) the difference, esoterically and exoterically, between (i) the archetypal presencing – the nexion – that is the O9A with its Seven Fold Way, and (ii) the archetypal presencings – the nexions – that form the particular spheres which are encompassed by the nexion that is the Seven Fold Way. But, as we know from our own experience, one or two might over the years so apprehend to perchance begin their own quest along the Seven Fold Way.

Rachael Stirling
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Notes

{1} The Mythos of Vindex.
{2} This aim was spelled out in early – 1970s to 1980s – ONA texts, one of which was published in the 1980s Occult zine Nox and subsequently included in the book The Infernal Texts: Nox & Liber Koth (Falcon Publications, 1997).
{3} The differences are outlined in the book The Joy Of The Sinister. In particular in the three chapters titled (i) The De-Evolutionary Nature of Might is Right, and (ii) The Gentleman’s – and Noble Ladies – Brief Guide to The Dark Arts, and (iii) Concerning Culling as Art.
{4} See the O9A text Alchemy And The Sinisterly-Numinous Tradition.
{5} Poemandres, as translated by DW Myatt. Masculous has been described as referring to:
“the abilities and qualities that are conventionally and historically associated with men, such as competitiveness, aggression, a certain harshness, the desire to organize/control, and a desire for adventure and/or for conflict/war/violence/competition over and above personal love and culture.”

Muliebral has been described as referring to:
“those positive traits, abilities, and qualities that are conventionally and historically associated with women, such as empathy, sensitivity, gentleness, compassion, and a desire to love and be loved over and above a desire for conflict/adventure/war.”

{6} In O9A esotericism, an archetype is defined as “a particular causal presencing of a certain acausal energy and is thus akin to a type of acausal living being in the causal, and thus in the psyche; it is born (or can be created, by magickal means), its lives, and then it ‘dies’ (ceases to be present, presenced) in the causal (i.e. its energy in the causal ceases).”

{7} The text The Seven Fold Way Of The Order Of Nine Angles: A Modern Practical Guide provides a summary of both those rites.

-Beldam, 128 yf

Plurality & Exaltation

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I noticed for a long time a very common error of the human perspective when it comes to our many activities (both in the functional and the intellectual spheres). As previously observed in a plethora of other articles, it is clear that human beings have the natural tendency to think and analyze in a very linear pattern. Our ways of harmonizing everything into mentally projected groups or categories is a constant activity of the mind.

And so: Cat ≈ Tiger, Computer ≈ Virtual, Cold ≈ Temperature (…)

The pendulum swings between those established opposites of what we meticulously defined. Unfortunately, what analytical philosophy teaches us is that it works solely for functionalities… Things that are not overly abstract. For example, we understand clearly that an apple is a fruit and that it can be eaten. There is nothing remotely abstract about such an information and even individuals who do not speak the same language as you, will have a good idea of what your desires or intentions are.

No, the real problem is when we try to apply the same linearity to what is beyond the grasp of language, hence why philosophy in and of itself, is rightly described as an ‘activity’ by Socrate. As Wittgenstein mentioned before, our real philosophical problems have always originated from us, attempting to say the unsayable…

The real danger is  that we still force our ways through concepts and try to harmonize them with the tools of ignorance.

What is love:

Category 1: Love ≈ God (Religious)

Category 2: Love ≈ A signal from the brain. (Scientific)

Category 3: Love ≈ A willful Interaction between two beings. (Social)

Result: Love changes from one category to the other and there is no definite answer but the one we give it, in accord with our chosen category or mixture of categories.

And so the fatal error of perspective is that we tend to lose sight of the multitudinous, of plurality. Human being and nature as a whole is not a singularly pieced entity. Our needs, our desires, our condition, our explorations, our understanding, our ambitions are always morphing themselves, every day, every hours, every seconds.

As someone that follows the Seven-Fold-Way and more precisely, the Numinous Way, I admit that I am addicted to life. I see no contradiction in seeking to better myself both through what is vulgarly termed as ‘Dark’ and ‘Light’ (as long as it does not hinder the peregrination of others, for evolution, in some ways, is also an abstraction which is dependant on specific categories and language)… There is yet again, a plurality of experiences that our ‘Wyrd’ offers us, through a very pluralistic echo of time(s) which then impact us in a plurality of ways, making our soul shiver with what I like to believe to be a new, cosmic understanding.

Accepting and coming at peace with this principle means you have achieved the end of duality and that you can take and grow whatever is required of the experiences you will harvest/encounter throughout your life without denoting or classifying them as ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ but rather, simply part of the flow of your terrestrial existence. Nothing is separated, everything becomes whole. You are not here to harmonize Physis through language and play God with what ‘X’ is and what ‘Y’ should be. You are here to be part of this momentary cosmic effluvium and bite right into the apple. Eden opened, Eden closed, what do we care? We are here for the walk anyway and while walking, there is pain and there is bliss.

A Satanist, in essence, is someone that is and should be addicted to whatever existence has to offer, beyond what is vulgarly harmonized by language and beyond the selfish needs and desires that are honourless. No words can come to terms with what a wyrdful life truly is.

When this, along with the continuous actions of plurality and the dangers of selfishness (hubris) is realized, there can only be Exaltation and a letting-go. No more struggle to understand, to name or to control…

Simply a desire to be, with everything that is implied by being.

“So many memories which slowly fade as bright colour exposed to Sun: as the
bright checks of my Tweed cap have slowly faded over the years, unrenewed
as the greens of the grass, the bush, the tree, become renewed each year,
through Spring. Only memories, as of Fran; to be savoured but perhaps now
not too much to be dwelt upon in almost unbearable sadness, for thus is – for
thus has the – a type of balance returned; that balance, that dwelling in
immediacy, which I from learning feel and know is the essence of wu-wei.

This is a change within me, regarding the life and death of Fran, and the life
and death of Sue; regarding my own diverse journeys and explorations. A
change toward a being-settled that has partly arisen from at last forsaking
abstractions and partly from accepting that it is immediacy and remembrance
of memories which convey the only correct meaning we human beings have or
can find and which is numinous. No projection, thus, of an abstractive
life-beyond this mortal life; no need for a religious type of faith; no battle or
desire to strive to be in accord with any abstraction; and even no need to
believe in, or even un-numinously desire, some-thing.

No depth of unfathomable wordless sadness to bring that ultimate life-ending despair such as I assume Fran felt in the last hours of her own mortal living.
For there is only the bright Sun; the slight breeze in bush and tree; the
verdant, living, green of grass; the yellow Buttercups that are profusely
sprinkled there in the old Orchard of old Apple trees whose lower branches
have been windfallen, or become broken with age, or stripped of bark by the
two Goats who roam there, where Chickens range, food-seeking. Only the
passing billowing fair-weather white Cumulus clouds below the sky-blue of
Earth’s earthly mortal life.

My decades long mistake of unbalanced stupidity has been to be un-rooted; to
be of unnatural uneedful haste. To cease to dwell within each immediacy of
each moment. To be swayed by, persuaded by, in thrall to – to even love –
un-numinous and thus un-ethical abstractions. To be thus that which we
human beings have become: a stage between animal – talking – and
compassionate, empathic being aware of and treasuring each small pulse of
life that lives near, within, us because there is no separation unless we in
hubris and by abstraction create such separation.
Thus are we now but Homo Hubris, struggling, halting, wasting ourselves and
all of Life around us; infected now with the virus of abstractions so that, upon
this living Earth, we – in our new de-evolution – despoil, disrupt, destroy the
Life that is our Life and the genesis of The Numinous, often in the name of
that un-ethical abstraction called “progress”. And yet we have a cure for our
millennia-long debilitating sickness; have always had a cure, although so many
for so long, as I, have failed in our blind stupidity to see it.
So, this is all that there is: only the bright Sun; the slight breeze in bush and
tree; the verdant, living, green of grass; the yellow Buttercups that are
profusely sprinkled here where, now, The Numinous lives, on another
beautifully warm and Sunny day, bright with light remembered…”

-David Myatt, Almost Mid-Summer

-Beldam, 128 yf

 

Via Podiensis

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Life is the greatest ritual that there is and it is up to each and everyone of us to do what we can to have no regrets when we lay in the coffin. To decapitate our fears and remove them from their illusory roots. To go beyond our limits and be reborn anew, perpetually until our legs, our body, becomes tired like the bark of an old oak and our mind, serene like the waves of the ocean at dawn…

I understand better and better what David Myatt means when he says that every human beings are living according to their very own species of time. Certain experiences -it seems- are beyond the considerations of time and the mundane expectations of others or even, of yourself. You prepare mentally and try to know what to expect, encouraged by the descriptions or previous experiences of others but it ends up to be so different and beyond control. Some people walking the pilgrim trail were formal when describing their transformation but some others, were hardly sure at all of what they were seeking. Some of them are changed after a few days, some others after a few weeks and some others after a year of walking. Some are changed by a sight, a song, a moment or a lover they met during the walk, some by the chants in a cathedral, some by a certain village where certain ancient ways of life, especially Christian ones are still common. Everyone is altered in a very particular way, beyond the understanding of others. It is something intimate, something personal that no one can touch…

My ten days of walk did change me tremendously and brought to light certain things I would have never expected, namely my passion for my loved one and how I would have wished her to be there with me and see what I was seeing and experience what I was experiencing. I was also torn between hardship and the hard earned beauties of nature that were surrounding me, haunting me at every turn. Windy mountains, barren landscapes, medieval villages, stone walls that I imagined only in Scotland or England, fields of sheep’s and cows or even dense and sinister forests where millennial Celtic stones were still standing. Stones we were told, had been used for ceremonial rituals and sacrifices ages ago by northern warriors. The numinosity and the grandeur of the churches were present at every villages and yet, equally as strong were stories such as the ‘Beast of Gevaudan’, legends of werewolves and demonic creatures lurking in the forests along with witches.

On a more personal and practical level, I am very proud of what I accomplished since I am definitively not a trained hiker and was equipped terribly badly for this experience. My bag was not suited for hikes, I had to carry my sleeping bag for six hours a day, everyday and my bag was too heavy, so much so that I had to get rid of certain items the first day. My right foot is also plagued by mycosis which I thought would not bother me at all but led me to have a lot of bulbs all around and make my progress harder. Still, we walked for eight days with an emphasis on visiting since we did not want to miss anything or skip through. We walked over 100km in total, sometimes doing more, sometimes doing less. What I discovered is that you have to follow your own rhythm. Walking with other people is extremely pleasant and I enjoyed every seconds of it but you are actually making it harder for yourself. The last day of walk, I went alone to really challenge myself and it is actually the only day I did not feel tired or did not feel my bulbs on my foot. I walked 16 km in two hours only which is quite an accomplishment considering my equipment and the state of my toes. It was an ecstatic walk and strangely, even though I did it very quickly and surpassed myself, I felt full of vitality and not tired one bit. At the top of the mountains, I would sing continuously ‘Agios O Baphomet’.

On a purely physical level, I kept thinking about the following:

The intention of such techniques, challenges, and experiences, is to provide the candidate with structured, formative, life-changing, experiences – to harshly test them, to begin the process that fundamentally changes (and evolves) their character, developes a self-knowing and certain esoteric abilities and skills, moves them toward individuation, or which destroys/defeats them and thus reveals them as unsuitable – physically, mentally, and in occult terms – for the O9A.  

-The Complete Guide To The Order of Nine Angles 

Interestingly, I also noticed how many people miss the point of such trails. They remain attached to language, to numbers and useless arguments for hours instead of taking the time to attune with themselves. To go within. I personally, felt like I was at the monastery but more challenged, more confronted to what I really was and how I evaluate myself on a day-to-day basis but most important of all, I felt that the true importance of such experiences is also to be shared with the ones you love. In my free time, I would practice drawing and read poetry or walk around in the villages, appreciating the sun, slowly calcinating my skin or simply watching the birds flying to their nests in the rocks of the ancient buildings. I could also stay for long periods in the deserted churches or cathedrals since in the afternoon, most of the population is sleeping.

I will conclude with what is most evident, what has been evident for me for a few years now and what continues to be most evident in various, numinous ways: Love, compassion and the authentic effort to wisdom, to Lapis Philosophicus is a mandatory process of the human experience. Language, once again, is often, far too often a trap where people get caught on for a million of different reasons. What is important, what is beautiful and simple is not held in any way, shape or form by language. At best, language can scratch these things but never seize them firmly and present them as they are.

Words, arguments, language, and the like, are of the mind; whereas in the state that has just been referred to, there, language has no place. This body respects whatever anyone may say, because each person’s point of view depends on the particular stairway by which he ascends. Whatever idea may be held – be it on a high or low level – it is all the same, so far as this body is concerned.

Furthermore, it is quite certain that Reality is beyond speech and thought Only that which can be expressed in words is being said.

But what cannot be put into language, is indeed That which IS.

-Words of Sri Ananda Mayi.

Do not be afraid to ascend according to YOUR species of time, in accord with what YOUR heart tells you. Anything else is un-spiritual and a product of the ego.

 

-Beldam, 128 yf

 

 

The Hermit Ritual (Sauroctonos)

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Withdrawal and a revealing; the lying between two stages of alchemical Change. Intimations of the Abyss. The culmination on a personal level of energies created by Change – the surfacing of individual factors hitherto only known on an unconscious level. A process of dis-covery that will lead to insight, (further) knowledge of wyrd; or madness, death.


We drove two hours, through rain and countryside to finally reach our destination: ‘Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton’ Asylum. Apparently one of the most haunted area in Quebec, which is the source of many legends and tales of horrors in the region. Many dark things were done to the patients in this institution through the years, until it became abandoned. The owner and guardian, passionate about ghost hunting, decided to leave it standing and he goes there regularly to camp and ‘channel’ with the many entities that still wander the desolated corridors.

When we arrived, he came to talk with us for a little while and he prepared us exactly for what we would experience inside: Cold drafts, electronic apparels failures, odd sounds at the third and fourth floors.

Saying that it is exactly what happened is an understatement. Upon entering, we were met with the kind of cold I have only ever experienced in deeply haunted area. It was a cold day outside and it was far colder inside. When stepping in, my friend’s ‘Go-Pro’ dropped dead instantaneously. We explored the first floor for a while which it seemed, was where the dirty experiments happened on the helpless. Then we climbed to the second floor and that is when we started feeling dizzy and unwell, especially in the stairs. A sense of dread and weight fell upon us like it happens in those kind of areas.

We then went to the third and fourth floor and did some martial arts for a while. There were windows all around, giving us a beautiful sight of the courtyard and the large forest. We felt completely out of place, in a different dimension and yet, surrounded, observed by some unseen forces, both cheerful and sad. In the building, I also discovered a gloomy doll which I decided to keep as a ritualistic tool.

I then went up to the fourth floor and separated from my friends for a moment to bring my emotions to the peak. Everything felt so right, so natural, even though it had been prepared in details a few days prior.

Sacred Tools:

  • The Order of Nine Angles Sigil
  • The Tree of Wyrd Sigil
  • Crystal Quartz Tetrahedron
  • Haunted Doll
  • Sauroctonos Sigil

I kneeled close to a window and placed my three sigils to the ground along with my Crystal Quartz Tetrahedron and the doll. I close my eyes, bathed in the sunlight and the cold wind and started visualizing the sigil of Sauroctonos in my mind. I then took the time to read the poem many times and felt ecstatic. So much so that my entire body was electrified with Goosebumps.

I was staring at the doll, thinking about all the energies which were still a part of this building, of this area. This feeling was fortified even more by the fact that a few droplets of water had fallen on the doll’s head and were flowing down her eyes and cheeks. I repeated outloud:

“Faces are removed and she sits in the stone house unheard.”

I then directed all my thoughts toward my Crystal Quartz Tetrahedron. I walked with it in my hands until we decided it was time to leave. We discussed some more with the owner and then we departed with a sense of accomplishment and joy. We drove through the countryside, enjoying the last rays of the sun and then the starry night.

Coming back home, I rediscovered loneliness and pondered for an hour or two in my room. I felt feverish and tired and yet, enervated. I placed the doll in my altar and washed my clothes but not my body. I wanted to sleep in this energy, in this disturbed aura that I felt, I had brought home with me.

Sauroctonos effectively has the power to awaken the subconscious, especially when channeled in such an area and I must admit that since I went to the monastery, I kept feeling that I was in-between two stages. While exploring the many gloomy rooms, I felt I was receiving confirmation as if I was unlocking certain hidden areas of my character. I also felt deeply inspired by the fact that our adventure at the asylum was an introduction to my upcoming ten days pilgrim walk in France which will happen in roughly a month. Like I did the first time, I am certain that many more discoveries await in the European mountains.

Leaving this place, the last thing I remember were my sigils being moved around by the wind in the large room of the fourth floor. Going back down, we were amazed at how deathly cold it was.

It is immensely hard for me to explain what changes happened through me during this experience. So many different emotions were felt, so many realizations, so many influences. In all honesty, it was overwhelming but extremely satisfying and like everything truly meaningful, it will take me time and dreams to understand how wyrdful this whole ritual was.

-Beldam, 128 yf

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Lunae and Solis Exaltio

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Important Notice(s): This article could be seen as the part two of my previous article; The Seven Spheres & Alchemy. As noted already, it is essential that the reader goes through the MSS entitled: ‘The Hermetic Order of Nine Angles’ for a better understanding of what is discussed here.

Beyond the ever-growing opinions of the followers (young & old) of the ways of the Order of Nine Angles, what remains perfectly clear is that following this path can only lead to μεταμορφόω both esoterically and exoterically. It is my opinion – yet again – that many are stuck in the appeal of the transgressive, in the quick rewards of world versions. They overlook the essential which is, in reality, beyond what is so commonly termed ‘light & dark’ (Sinister – Numinous).

Strangely, the theoretical informations leading to a rational understanding of this μεταμορφόω is abundant in the corpus of the Order of Nine Angles but words written or spoken are unable to stabilize the authentic pillar of knowledge. This pillar can only be cemented by praxis. Whether you are following your heart and instinct or you proceed with orthodoxy does not matter. What is necessary is that you make the water boil and you plunge in it.

The Seven-Fold-Way, the Star Game & The slow fluctuation of the being toward wordlessness are innovative but inspired by ancient influences:

“The O9A septenary system does indeed represent an older – pre-Hebrewesque – and Hellenic and genuinely hermetic occult tradition is gradually becoming increasing known outside of O9A circles, partly due to articles such as Perusing The Seven Fold Way: Historical Origins Of The Septenary System Of The Order of Nine Angles, partly due to Myatt’s translations of the Pymander and Ιερός Λόγος tractates of the ancient Corpus Hermeticum {2} – in which physis and a septenary system are mentioned several times – and partly due to his notes on the fourth tractate (Ἑρμοῦ πρὸς Τάτ ὁ κρατῆρ ἡ μονάς) in which notes {3} he pointed out the use of a septenary system by John Dee as described in Theorem XVIII of Dee’s 1564 work Monas Hieroglyphica,”

-The Hermetic Order of Nine Angles.

It is obviously, possible to find exterior sources which supports such claims. A good example of this lies in the ‘Secret Book of Artephius’ where it is beautifully stated that:

“Now this our second and living water is called “Azoth”, the water washing the laton viz. the body compounded of sol and luna by our first water; it is also called the soul of the dissolved bodies, which souls we have even now tied together, for the use of the wise philosopher. How precious then, and how great a thing is this water; for without it, the work could never be done or perfected; it is also called the “vase naturae”, the belly, the womb, the receptacle of the tincture, the earth, the nurse. It is the royal fountain in which the king and queen bathe themselves; and the mother must be put into and sealed up within the belly of her infant; and that is sol himself, who proceeded from her, and whom she brought forth; and therefore they have loved one another as mother and son, and are conjoined together, because they come from one and the same root, and are of the same substance and nature.”

-The Secret Book of Artephius

How more evident does it need to be? Lapis Philosophicus is within, we have all the necessary ingredients and by following a genuine spiritual path which is conform to our own φύσις, our own Άνοδος we can make Sol & Luna interwine, thus achieving a state of understanding closer to what is described in the Corpus Hermeticum (Ogdoadic Physis). That is, developing a way of apprehension of the world, of life and of the Cosmos that is more and more A-causal in nature, more genuinely esoteric and empathic.

“In the Pymander text, beyond the seven spheres of the anados there is the realm of ‘the ogdoadic physis’ – with particular forces and powers – and, beyond that, another realm; both described in relation to theos. As Myatt explains in his commentary on the Pymander text – in reference to section 26 and the Greek word δύναμις – these are quite distinct from the seven spheres: “δύναμις. Those forces, those particular powers – or, more precisely, that type (or those types) of being(s) or existence – that are not only beyond the septenary system but beyond the ogdoadic physis of those mortals who have, because of their journey (ἄνοδος) through the septenary system, achieved immortality. It is therefore easy to understand why some considered there were, or represented their understanding/insight by, ‘nine’ (seven plus two) fundamental cosmic emanations, or by nine realms or spheres – qv. the quote from Cicero {10} – the seven of the hebdomad, plus the one of the ‘ogdoadic physis’ mentioned here, plus the one (also mentioned here) of what is beyond even this ‘ogdoadic physis’.”

The Hermetic Order of Nine Angles.

Another common misconception about the final stage is that the practitioner achieves a state of self-deification and becomes a living god much like what is desired in modern Satanism. If you refer yourself to the Corpus Hermeticum, you can see that the transition toward the acausal is far more mystical and that there is no false promises but rather, a reuniting with Theos:

“According to the hermetic weltanschauung, as outlined by Poemandres here, all physis – the being, nature, character, of beings – their essence beyond the form/appearance their being is or assumes or is perceived as – re-presents (manifests, is an eikon of) theos. That is, the physis of beings can be considered not only as an emanation of theos but as re-presenting his Being, his essence. To recognize this, to recognize theos, to be in communion with theos, to return to theos, and thus become immortal, there is the way up (anados) through the seven spheres.”

The Hermetic Order of Nine Angles.

This getting closer to Theos through the Seven-Fold-Way should bring about a perspective detached from world versions, a perspective similar to the Numinous Way of David Myatt or the silent and natural way of the Rounwytha where the masculous and the muliebral have been understood as a separation of the undivided that can be restored to one single element. Seeing beyond words and seeking ἀρετή, one can only become conscious of the underlying unity of the κόσμος.

“A twofold worke doth make, but such a worke as doth admit division none at all”

-D.D. W. Bedman

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Furthermore, this interaction between Sol & Luna are also essential to understand how the Star Game can be used to approach a new and more symbolical way to think. What is fascinating about this symbolical way to think is that you start projecting yourself consciously as a genuinely transformative being in the Aeonic and alchemical sense. Another way of formulating would be that you are consciously playing with causal transformations (Salt, Mercury, Sulphur) and while doing so, generating acausal alchemical alterations (Ego, Self, Spirit). According to the Monas Hieroglyphica of John Dee, the three elements join together when you have achieved Lapis Philosophicus (Lunae and Solis exaltio).

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Here is a very interesting description of how those changes might be felt inwardly for the practitioner:

5“In the development of an individual as an individual develops naturally (i.e. without the aid of esoteric Arts) the ‘ego’ stage lasts from youth to middle-age: there is a need to establish an outward ‘role’ (in society/clan etc.), to find a ‘mate’ and propagate and to care for the physical/material needs/pleasures.

6The ‘self’ is the ‘stage’ beyond this – when there is an apprehension (often only intuitive outside of magick) of (a) the wyrd of the individual and (b) the separate existence of other individuals as those individuals are in themselves. Put simply, (b) involves a degree of ’empathy’. In the natural state, the self may evolve in ‘middle age’ or before – and often arises as a consequence of formative experiences (e.g. experience of war; personal loss; tragedy). In the natural state (because the unconscious has not been properly experienced and integrated) there is almost always a conflict with the ‘ego’ desires/pressures so that the insight, given by the self, is sometimes lost by the individual who returns to an ‘ego’ existence.

7The ‘wisdom’ of ‘old age’ is the gradual resolution of this conflict in favour of the self. In the past, the striving of an individual psyche for self-hood was often represented by myths and legends. Another term for ‘self-hood’ (the living of the role of the self- where the perception of ‘Time’ differs from that of the ‘ego’) is ‘individuation’. Esoterically, self- hood/individuation is Adeptship – but Adeptship implies much more than ‘individuation . It implies a conscious, rational understanding of one’s self and that of others as well as skill/mastery of esoteric Arts and techniques. It also implies a ‘cosmic Aeonic perspective’ to the Wyrd and the self. Individuation may be seen as a natural stage, achieved by the natural process of living (for some, at least) whereas Adeptship is a goal attained by following an esoteric Way; that is, which results from Initiation into the mysteries. As such, Adeptship contains individuation, but is greater than it.

DeeHieroglyph.gifAlso, individuation is itself only a stage: there are stages beyond even this: it is not the end of personal development […] Beyond, lies the ordeal of the Abyss and the birth of the O9A Master/Mistress – beyond them lies Immortality. Expressed simply, the ‘ego’ has no perception of acausal ‘time’ – but is unconsciously affected by acausal energies; the ‘self has some perception of acausal ‘time’ and is less affected by acausal energies. The Adept has learnt to control the personal acausal energies of the psyche (external/internal magick) – there still remains, however, ‘Aeonic’ energies which affect even the self. Control/mastery of these takes
the individual beyond the Abyss.”

-The Hermetic Order of Nine Angles.

All the informations are out there, written already. I am only here to attest to their veracity through my own experiences and interpretations.

Here, a fabulous conclusion for this chapter:

While the seven-fold way is clearly a modern anados which enshrines the ancient hermetic and rather mystical tradition of an individual seeking to attain immorality, it is also, and importantly, different. For it is a practical and a decidedly occult anados, a means of individual transformation and learning, involving as it does the use of sorcery; ordeals such as the grade ritual of internal adept where the candidate has to live alone in wilderness isolation for around three months; and a guided – an initiatory – exploration of the supernatural realms (or archetypal realms, depending on one’s
perspective) part of which involves working with Tarot images and evoking ‘supernatural’ (or archetypal) forms termed ‘the dark gods’. There is therefore, as a study of Naos makes clear, a melding of ancient traditions – occult, alchemical, hermetic, mystical – with newer esoteric, occult, techniques such as The Star Game and Esoteric Chant.

The Hermetic Order of Nine Angles.

-Beldam, 128 yf

 

The Philosophical and Moral Problems of National-Socialism

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The Philosophical and Moral Problems of National-Socialism

Important notice(s): Considering how the world version (abstraction) of National Socialism remains an omnipresent stratum of the Order of Nine Angles and that many Niners adopt such an abstraction for Insight Roles or their Aeonic perspective/workings, it felt necessary to post this fabulous article from David Myatt. For I have been and I am still sometimes entangled in the tempting idealization of this abstraction and the revisionism that is now being felt (mainly in the west) in regard to the holocaust… Since perhaps two years, I naturally became ‘apolotical’ for all the good reasons and removed myself from those dangerous world versions. David Myatt, once again, shared all the necessary pontifications to realize on a personal level how such associations are not essential and can even be detrimental to the quest for Lapis Philosophicus. Through sharing it here, I hope to stimulate the most likely already existing doubts that exist in the heart of many concerning abstractions or ‘acquaint’ some others to such possibilities.

-Beldam, 128 yf

The High Priestess Ritual (Mactoron)

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Beyond the Abyss: the crossing over and Initiation (in terms of awareness whilst still partaking of a causal existence) into the Lands of the Dark Immortals. A self-awareness that transcends temporal understanding – becoming the essence; beyond opposites.


When I was at the monastery, I would spend hours in the nearby orchard, which was kilometers long. To reach this Orchard, you had to go through a magnificent forest called ‘The Pilgrim’s Path’. My favorite part of this strange, sometimes eerie zone was a natural arch, between two trees, surrounded by flowers and leafs. When crossed, this hidden arch would lead you to a plain where you could walk a few miles up, slowly ascending in the mountains behind the monastary and having the entire country-side behind you. After a while, you could reach a very unusual forest where the trees were perfectly aligned and dropping some weird and brownish little spikes. The ground was a real carpet of those things and it gave the surroundings a trully ominous and witchy atmosphere. Even the dogs would avoid this area but sometimes they would join me for a few moments before running away playfully…

Every day, be they sunny or rainy, I would go there with my Crystal Quartz and Naos and would re-read for many hours certain MSS that I wanted to explore again and this is where I felt an inner connection to Mactoron, something so powerful and imminent that I associated the entire monastery to this ‘Dark’ God.

  • Crystal Quartz Tetrahedron

  • The Sinister Tradition Handbook.

Interestingly, my whole journey at the monastery was extremely transformative and ‘spiralistic’ in nature. I would even dare to say that even though, there was no ritual properly speaking, it was my most important moment of self-awareness, my most conscious transition. Mactoron is all about spirals, all about transformation and the awareness of a new consciousness, a new apprehension of the world.

Brother Jacques told me that he felt I came because I had understood my thesis and anti-thesis and now, I had come to understand that it was time for my synthesis…

I now understand how appropriately true his words were and I know I am bound to go back to the monastery in the future but more as an appreciation of this realization, as a desire to return to this calm and numinous realm. This is the sacred moment where I felt, I really authentically transcended denotatum and reached a perspective beyond opposites. I felt what I can only describe as a tumultuous stillness and serenity both within and without. Similarly to the archetype of Mactoron, I felt, in all this silence, that my mind altered to an hermaphrodite state, a more cosmic and alchemical way of seeing that is closer to the natural unfolding of Physis.

This ritual is the proof that life can be magic just because of certain moments, of certain presencing that do not necessarily requires an altar, an athame or a dogmatic recitation. Just like when I worked at the farm or hiked in the mountains or travelled in France…

David Myatt poems are also perfect representations of this, for he often writes and read while sitting on the top of a hill, watching birds singing and flying or watching the sunset after a long day of work in the fields. Such moments generate pure magical emanations and are perhaps the most important, the most transformative. They are indeed, wyrdful moments and a wyrdful life requires you to seek this peace, this beauty as often as possible, not only to be elevated but also to find love and joy and to share those moments with loved ones.

-Beldam 128 yf

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Corpus Hermeticum

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Corpus Hermeticum

Important Notice(s): This article is not meant as a complete analysis or re-interpretation of the Corpus Hermeticum. It is merely a statement of its importance, even more so from the perspective of an adept, following the Seven-Fold-Way.

If many MSS of the Order of Nine Angles are vital to acquire a certain understanding or at the very least, presence through words what a practical life and wyrdful ἄνοδος can bring, the Corpus Hermeticum is, in itself, sufficient to make sense of the Order of Nine Angles quiddity as a whole…

So much so in fact that it is nearly hard to not consider the possibility that David Myatt is indeed Anton Long but such a question is meaningless. What truly matters in the end is to once again, observe and marvel how at the Order of Nine Angles is built upon an ancestral and healthy paganus. An authentic occult foundation inspired by genuine ancient alchemical texts, Greek emanations of many different tastes, medieval texts and Arabic documents concerning the Spheres and many more…

Upon reading such ancient texts, there can only be an awakening, a realization of how everything falls into place in the tradition and mythos of the Order of Nine Angles. The Sinister Tarot, the Tripartite Nature, the Seven Spheres, the Nine Angles, Azoth, Lapis Philosophicus, Labyrinthos Mythologicus, The Mythos (…) All these things are the reflections of an earthly πάθει μάθος, a perceiveration from our predecessors. Such perceiveration has been either recycled or forgotten with time and the Order of Nine Angles has the potential to direct a dedicated practitioner to those ancestral realizations. One of those realization and perhaps the most important one is that Lapis Philosophicus is found within and leads to a non-dualistic perspective of the world and the cosmos. This knowledge can be, at first, scented, presenced and then acquired through πάθει μάθος. This is what this blog is all about, a testament to this wyrdful attempt at finding the ‘living water’.

In the light of such conclusions, it is rather evident why such ancients texts should be studied or at the very least, perused with interest. It matters not if the practitioner is following the Seven-Fold-Way or another mystical or spiritual path, for as I have quoted so many times:

“The ‘outer secret’ of the inner, the real, the living, alchemy is that the end and the result of both our apparently separate journeys is the same; the same place, the same understanding, the same knowledge. For wisdom is undivided, the same for all of us, whatever we believed or assumed when we began. Or expressed another way, lapis philosophicus is what it is, and always has been, and does what it does, and always has done, in terms of how it affects and changes those few who have succeeded in their decades-long endeavor and thus discovered it, and discovered it where it has always been hidden.”

-Anton Long – Last Words: The Enigmatic Truth

I will now simply comment on a chosen and short passage from the Corpus Hermeticum so the relationship between this text and the Order of Nine Angles can be made even more obvious than it already is. My intent in doing this is to direct and encourage practitioners interested in the Order of Nine Angles tradition to venture further than MSS and Naos and to develop an interest for the many (often ignored) recommendations made in some of the more obscure MSS or ‘side note’ influences which often surfaces in the tradition. This also includes the Numivous Way of David Myatt, his translations of Greek texts and his post 2012 writings.


[9] Theos, the perceiveration, male-and-female, being Life and phaos, whose
logos brought forth another perceiveration, an artisan, who – theos of Fire and
pneuma – fashioned seven viziers to surround the perceptible cosmic order in
spheres and whose administration is described as fate.

Commentary: It is a common expectation in ancient alchemy that Lapis Philosophicus, when discovered, changes you into a ‘divine’ and androgynous being. Here, it is made clear that acquiring a certain ‘logos’ can bring about a new perceiveration. I am convinced that this perceiveration is indeed Lapis Philosophicus or more vulgarly: ‘Enlightenment’, which is discovered in the tradition by going beyond the Abyss. Authentic Rounwytha’s are changed individuals with a non-dualistic perspective (Magus-Mousa) and a wordless apprehension of the acausal. They are the ‘ones who understands’ or perhaps ‘ones who knows secrets’. They have unlocked such knowledge.

Most interesting is also the mention of the ‘Seven Viziers’ which are obviously the Seven Spheres, determining the fate of earthly beings.

[14] With full authority over the ordered cosmos of humans and of beings devoid of logos, he burst through the strength of the spheres to thus reveal to those of downward physis the beautiful image of theos. When she beheld such unceasing beauty – he who possessed all the vigour of the viziers and was the image of theos – she lovingly smiled, for it was as if in that Water she had seen the semblance of that mortal’s beautiful image and, on Earth, his shadow. And as he himself beheld in that Water her image, so similar to his own, he desired her and wanted to be with her. Then, his want and his vigour realized, and he within that image devoid of logos, Physis grasped he whom she loved to entwine herself around him so that, as lovers, they were intimately joined together.


[15] Which is why, distinct among all other beings on Earth, mortals are jumelle;
deathful of body yet deathless the inner mortal. Yet, although deathless and
possessing full authority, the human is still subject to wyrd. Hence, although
over the harmonious structure, when within become the slave. Male-and-female
since of a male-and-female father, and wakeful since of a wakeful one. <…>


[16] <…> my perceiveration, for I also love the logos. Then Poemandres said,
this is a mysterium esoteric even to this day. For Physis, having intimately
joined with the human, produced a most wondrous wonder possessed of the
physis of the harmonious seven I mentioned before, of Fire and pneuma. Physis
did not tarry, giving birth to seven male-and-female humans with the physis of
those viziers, and ætherean.

Commentary: The father of all, created a beautiful mortal and he ‘bequeathed to him all his works of Art.’ This being emanated from the seven viziers, (I like to think of the cosmos as a whole) and desired from the living Water a female being, very similar to him which he desired immensely and ultimately brought into Physis to unite with.

Now, remember this passage from an MSS:

“The secret [of the Abyss] is the simple unity of two common things. This unity is greater than but built upon the double-pelican. Here is the living water, Azoth.” What has been separated – into apparent opposites – is the sinister and the numinous.”

-The Sinisterly-Numinous O9A

The Seven Viziers forged our wyrd which is a metaphorical, evocative and archaic way of saying that we emanate from the cosmic source, from space, from Theos and we shall go back to this οὐσία in the end.

We are thus a numinous mixture that is beyond duality, animated by fire and pneuma and our physis is that of the cosmos and the seven spheres. From a certain angle, we could say that following the Seven-Fold-Way re-awakens us to this understanding. Hence why Nexions and individuals who remain stuck in abstractions (sinister-numinous) are loosing themselves in the Labyrinth and are being led by temporary tools. Theos, the creator is harmonious and the cosmos is a non-dualistic ‘entity’…

[17] To continue, those seven came into being in this way. Earth was muliebral,
Water was lustful, and Fire maturing. From Æther, the pneuma, and with Physis
bringing forth human-shaped bodies. Of Life and phaos, the human came to be
of psyche and perceiveration; from Life – psyche; from phaos – perceiveration;
and with everything in the observable cosmic order cyclic until its completion.

Commentary: Similarly, we could say we came int obeing through the unity of the ‘elements’ which is, in many ways, the essence of magic itself.

Directly, then, theos spoke a numinous logos:


propagate by propagation and spawn by spawning, all you creations and
artisements, and let the perceiver have the knowledge of being deathless and of
Eros as responsible for death.


[19] Having so spoken, foreknowing – through wyrd and that harmonious
structure – produced the coagulations and founded the generations with all
beings spawning according to their kind. And they of self-knowledge attained a
particular benefit while they who, misled by Eros, love the body, roamed around
in the dark, to thus, perceptively, be afflicted by death.

Commentary: This astonishingly magnificent passage is very similar to the poem of Parmenide in what it presents. Basically, most men will follow δόξα and become lost in the materialistic illusions but some few others will be able (through spirituality or religion surely) to acquire the perceiveration of the connectedness of all life which is the ‘knowledge of being deathless’ and part of a divine harmony.

 

[22] And do not all humans posses perceiveration?

Again you express yourself well. I, perceiveration, attend to those of respectful deeds, the honourable, the refined, the compassionate, those aware of the numinous; to whom my being is a help so that they soon acquire knowledge of the whole and are affectionately gracious toward the father, fondly celebrating in song his position.
Before they hand over their body to its death they loathe the influencing impressions, for they know their vigour. That is, I – perceiveration – do not allow what the vigour of the body embraces to be achieved. For, as guardian, I close the entrance to the bad and the dishonourably vigorful, preventing their procrastinations.


[23] I keep myself distant from the unreasonable, the rotten, the malicious, the
jealous, the greedy, the bloodthirsty, the hubriatic, instead, giving them up to
the avenging daemon, who assigns to them the sharpness of fire, who visibly
assails them, and who equips them for more lawlessness so that they happen
upon even more vengeance. For they cannot control their excessive yearnings,
are always in the darkness – which tests them – and thus increase that fire even
more.


[24] You, perceiveration, have instructed me well about all those things I
saught. But could you tell me how the Anados will occur?


To which Poemandres replied, first, the dissolution of the physical body allows
that body to be transformed with the semblance it had disappearing and its now
non-functioning ethos handed over to the daimon, with the body’s perceptions
returning to their origin, then becoming separated with their purpose,
transplanted, and with desire and eagerness journeying toward the physis
devoid of logos.


[25] Thus does the mortal hasten through the harmonious structure, offering
up, in the first realm, that vigour which grows and which fades, and – in the
second one – those dishonourable machinations, no longer functioning. In the
third, that eagerness which deceives, no longer functioning; in the fourth, the
arrogance of command, no longer insatiable; in the fifth, profane insolence and
reckless haste; in the sixth, the bad inclinations occasioned by riches, no longer
functioning; and in the seventh realm, the lies that lie in wait.
[26] Thus, stripped of the activities of that structure, they enter into the
ogdoadic physis, and, with those there, celebrate the father in song for they,
together, rejoice at this arrival who, now akin to them, hears those forces
beyond the ogdoadic physis celebrating theos in melodious song. Then, in order,
they move toward the father to hand themselves over to those forces, and,
becoming those forces, they become united with theos. For to so become of
theos is the noble goal of those who seek to acquire knowledge.

Commentary: Lapis Philosophicus cannot be obtained by hubriatic beings – by the Creon’s and the Tyrannus’s. Only beings following a noble path can return to Theos; the others are seized by the vengeful daemons.

As for ἄνοδος, it is here presented as a return, an uplifting or a travelling back to the οὐσία where all our coagulations are redistributed. Interestingly and again, evocatively, the πνεῦμα is cleansed by the Seven Spheres, each one of them, freeing us from unnecessary vices which are often if not always, connected to our hubris and thus, to the genesis of earthly sufferings (abstractions). To understand this clearly, one has to know what is clearly meant by Ogdoadi physis:

“ὀγδοατικὴν φύσιν [is an] interesting and important term, often overlooked and often misinterpreted. What is meant is not a realm  – ζώνῃ – or sphere, similar to but ‘beyond’ the seven realms, but rather ‘of what’ the mortal has become, is reborn as, at the end of the journey: partaking in and being of ‘the ogdoadic physis’, and thus sharing the being/existence of those who have, or who have attained, that particular type of being/existence/physis. The existence, that is, of an immortal beyond the seven emanations.”

-Lapis Philosophicus And The Septenary

This going through the Seven Spheres, this perceiveration of Theos, this comparison to ‘an immortal beyond the seven emanations’ is thus extremely clear in the context of the Order of Nine Angles. Following the Seven-Fold-Way or living as a Rountywha that is one with nature can perhaps lead to this understanding, this numinous knowledge, this re-understanding of Theos not only by the prowess of reason but also by the certainty of the heart which requires praxis.

I can only hope that this short perusing of the Corpus Hermeticum will incite many others to delve deeper into this mystical text and see their spiritual journey imbued by its beauty.

-Beldam, 128 yf

Workings With The Spheres

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Important notice(s): For the description required for the meditation of each tarot attributions, see the MSS entitled: ‘The Sinister Tarot’ in Naos, page 217. It is also important to note that these visualizations are very personal. Sometimes I would go about them conceptually, some other times I would use my imagination or keep the imagery as it is and try to feel as much as possible like I was there.

The Moon:

Richard Moult Attributions: Shugara – The Moon (18), Deofel – Nocturnus (15), Death – Nythra (13).

Tarot Attributions: The Moon (18), Lucifer (15), Death (13).

The Moon (unconscious): I was walking in the desert, the sandy wind viciously whipping my face and my naked feet, burning like two torches, climbing dunes. Then, amidst all the harshness of the elements, I saw them, the two towers, barely standing. Alone like two abandoned twins, surrounded by a distant layer of mountains. Still, a sight of hope in such a deserted panorama. I hurried and walked as fast as I could and was greeted by a falling piece of rock that had detached itself from one of the towers. Trampled by the sun and the heat, I walked Inside the tower that lied on the right and was greeted by a dark being with a yellowish gaze. He spoke in a language that only my heart could understand, not my mind but the message remained clear. He wanted me to get out of this sacred nexion, reserved only to some lost gods. Walking back outside, I decided to hide between the two towers, were the temperature was more merciful. It is there that I stumbled upon a book, surprisingly well preserved. Some bones were still surfacing from the sands. Without hesitation, I opened the book and was enlightened by an ancient knowledge which revealed to me how to deal with the guardians of the towers. Going back Inside with confidence, I was bitterly scorned by the dark, formless demon. Opening the book once, more, a halo of light surfaced and slithered into the Pocket of my rags. There some item had magically appeared which I got out and pointed toward the guardian. It was a Crystal quartz tetrahedron, acting as a prism, distilling light everywhere in the tower, banishing away the demon to some other realm. Liberated from this dark omen, I managed to go up some stairs and reach the summit of the tower. Atop this tower, I started vibrating ‘Nox’ and visualize a horned beast, coming forth from a trapezoidal star gate. The desert itself seemed to roar, shattering the dream which then threw me into the next visualization.

Lucifer (Ego): The entangled lovers are kissing and having a sexual Relationship in a beautiful landscape. There, a naked man is walking with chains and fire, circling around the couple in the field. At some point, he meets up with an old man, carrying an animal horn. Without exchanging a word, the Young man seize the horn and draw an inverted pentagram in the earth. He then moves his hands esoterically and the fire around his left hand bursts far into the forest close by, spreading into every trees. As this happens, the old man starts melting, his essence returning to Gaia. The lovers atop the hill rise up nervously, gazing at the devastation that happens in front of them. They then rise their hands and join them together, starting to vibrate some ancestral tones. The clouds suddenly becomes darker and a violent rain descends upon the forest, Healing the trees from their aggressor. This accomplished, the couple leave the area and the Young man is nowhere to be found but where he stood lies the frontal part of a skull, upside down. In there, a flower is preserved by some dirt and a butterfly comes flying to attach itself to it.

Death (Self): One of the skulls, piled on that far away cliff, rolls down, falling into a small river stream that from such heights, look like a serpent. Emerging from the water, voices can be heard. A tall and gorgeous woman is standing on a rock with her bow in her hands, holding the wood excessively hard as if she was enervated. Her face is painted with distress. A dwarf, sitting on a tree trunk nearby is cleaning his bloodied knife while looking at the ground in shame. In the horizon, a forest is burning and screams are sometimes brought by the wind. A war must be happening not so far away. The tall blond woman seize one of her numerous arrows and starts aiming with the bow, a tear flowing down her cheek. Something then happens, as if all the energies held in the location are animating themselves around the lady. The dwarf looks at her, be it barely as if he knew she was about to sacrifice something important. Them, the shot is fired with such divine speed that it extinguish the fires in a single breeze and seems to pierce the cosmos. Would she be Artemis, the goddess of the hunt?


Mercury:

Richard Moult Attributions: Physis – Ga Wath Am (0), Change – Nekalah (8), War – Abatu (16).

Tarot Attributions: The Fool (0), Change (8), The Tower (16).

The Fool (Unconscious): A young man is standing at the summit of a cliff. A strong wind rises and a dog is eating voraciously his feet which does not seem to bother the ‘Balobian’. When a butterfly touches his flute, he starts playing smoothly, sending the insect flying high in the skies. The more he plays, the more the stars seems to glitter in the twilight. The moon, which is a crescent, also seems to glitter more intensively. Hours later, the young man is half eaten by the dog but keeps on playing until his soul leaves him and starts flying with the butterfly. At some point, his shade and the butterfly seem to collide together and become as one. Their unification creates a vivid light which rises up in the cosmos, ultimately disappearing forever.

Change (Ego): A woman is playing with the star game on the boundaries of dualism. There is an emphasis on the ‘Mira’ board which has yet to be understood. Pieces are falling here and there on the dual planes, creating various different things such as butterflies but also trees and moons that start rotating around this odd realm. A feeling of godhood manifest itself as if the star game has the power to alter anything that lies in the subconscious. There was no specific ending to this meditation.

The Tower (Self): The top of the tower is struck by lightning, throwing a man down into oblivion. A woman is standing at the gates, knocking violently at the door as if she must enter into ‘something’. This made me feel like the masculous nature has to be overthrown and the muliebral virtues should be integrated more often in our ‘castle’. The more the woman knocks on the doors, the more the lightning strikes the castle and makes it crumble. Perhaps into future aeons, the castles of man will be forded down by the temperance of women and a new ethos shall be born.


 Venus


Richard Moult attributions: The Lovers – Karu Samsu (6),  Hel – Aosoth (14), The Star-  Nemicu (17)

Tarot Attributions: The Lovers (6), Hel (14), The Star (17)

The Lovers (Unconscious): The lovers are entwined in the circle and have make love. They are bathed in a mixture of light. Half of it is the moon and the other half, the fire nearby. The snake start circling the stone as if a new process is about to take form. The two lovers, after their culmination, decide to expand their love beyond the causal. The young man grabs the sword and the wand and the woman, the cup and the pentagram. They then embrace and fall into the fire and burn to ashes, joining together as spirit in space and then in the acausal. The whole forest becomes alive as if it feels their causal departure.

Hel (Ego): The bird of prey sings and then lands on a tree, looking at this strange white-robed woman who throws colored facets in the river stream. She then walks to floating head and take it in her hands. She removes the two eyes off the head. One she keeps for herself and the other one, she feeds the bird of prey with it. After this little ritual, she feels as if she is now both in and out of her own self. as if the bird ingesting the eye can now see certain things for her. After that, she descends into the river and drown herself. Her body slowly decays with time.

The Star (Self): A peaceful and magnificent moment. The situation remains as it is but everything feels connected and animated. The septagon is shining brightly in the sky, the water is pouring in the river softly, the branches are transported left and right by the wind and the woman depicted is without emotions. As if she is part of nature itself.


Sun

Richard Moult attributions: Azoth – Satanas (7),  Opfer – Vindex (12), The Master – Atazoth (5).

Tarot Attributions: Azoth (7), The Hanged Man (12), The Master (5)

Azoth (Unconscious): The man and his wolf are watching the woman approaching with incense. The man kneels and drops his weapons to the ground, removing his animalistic clothes. The dark portals opens and distant lights seems to glitter. The green dragon, which was circling the skies, goes flying into the portal, creating an enormous explosion of crimson energies. The white robed woman starts reciting incantations toward the portal, as if channeling the Dark Gods out of it. The soil also becomes red and the man turns into a beast.

Opfer (Ego): The man is hanged to the Oak and the serpent way below, slither on the ground and starts circling around the tree. Some ominous things starts to happen in the forest. Raven come and annoy the hanged man which is still bleeding from one of his eyes and the more he get pecked at, the more spheres drops from his leather purse. At some point, the spheres seem to dive into the ground, like seeds. After they have disappeared for a moment, undead creatures start to raise from the dirt and the serpent goes away along with the ravens. The hanged man knows he is doomed.

The Master (Self): The robed man is looking at the two lovers inside the giant tetrahedron. An assembly of zealots is chanting nearby. all of them are cloaked and in total immobility, watching the two lovers having a passionate exchange. The chants become so powerful that through an arch, which stands nearby, a lightning spreads through the room and goes hitting the tetrahedron. The giant crystal explodes in millions of particles and the lovers inside are like absorbed in light. When all the smokes dissipates, an androgynous being with a third eye shows himself floating about the ground. His skin is pale and his eyes are blue and large.


 Mars

Richard Moult attributions: The Magickian – Binan Ath (1), Lord of Earth – Kthunae (4), The Hermit – Sauroctonos (9).

Tarot Attributions: The Magickian (1), Lord of Earth (4), The Hermit (9)

The Magickian (Unconscious): The constellations are shining bright in the sky. There is an artificial feel to the landscape, something otherworldly. Everything is static and hardly moves but the tetrahedron is glimmering and the flower petals are falling from the altar in a dark ether. The wand is so perfect in its form that I feel a deep satisfaction, I am able to feel the texture of the wood on my fingers, as if I was the adept himself. Then a portal seems to open in the stars and everything seems to shuffle and transcend time in the glimpse of an eye.

Lord of Earth (Ego): Interestingly, my first thoughts were about the magnificent Greek text Ajax, which was written by Sophocle. Primarily the scene where he dies by his own hands in a landscape, away from the rest of the army. Nothing especially remarkable happened during this apart from some sensations. I felt overwhelmingly present and powerful but the scene remained the same and I did not feel the need to elaborate.

The Hermit (Self): Again, I did not feel inclined to channel any activity other than immerse myself in the sensations. I could feel the snow piercing through the leather clothes and my hands holding tight the used wooden staff. The cold wind is blowing violently and my hair are covered in snowflakes. Even though the temperature is deadly, a white wolf is asleep at my feet and the crystal in my hand is glowing, as if I am absorbing all nature’s trouble through it.


Jupiter

Richard Moult attributions: Desire – Lidagon (11), Mistress of Earth – Davcina (3), High Priestess – Mactoron (2).

Tarot Attributions: Desire (11), Mistress of Earth (3), The High Priestess (2)

Desire (Unconscious): Probably my favorite visualization of all. There is such an abundance of sensations when this meditation is performed correctly: The skin and the mane of the lion which is touched by the woman, the colored horizon which I imagined to be a sunrise in Egypt. There is also the droplets from the chalice which creates flowers and the reddish landscape all around. I could not help but to think about Baphomet – Mother Earth and how there is a cycle in things, a cosmic renewal. Those lands are sulfurous, barren and yet, this Rounwytha is spawning flowers from the water in the cup. She also managed to tame the lion, tame adversity which is a beautifully symbolic

Mistress of Earth (Eg0): Many thoughts about impartiality of nature, of how physis is beyond denotatum and that human beings, with their laws and creations cannot comprehend the cosmic mechanism which are imbued in nature. There is something beautifully ‘mingled’ about this visualization, as if both the sinister and the numinous come together perfectly in an alchemical way. Everything is permeated with both anguish and relief at the same time. All of this could be interpreted in a very dualistic fashion if desired but I do not believe this is what should be understood from this meditation.

High Priestess (Self): My attention was directed lengthily on the beauty of the priestess and her Hecatean tiara, of how she was sited and how the rocks must be rough on her knees and skin. Interestingly, when I was at the Cistercian monastery, I felt the presence of Mactoron and went in the forest to perform a dark pathway with my crystal tetrahedron. The whole environment along with the bells of the monastery and the chants of the monk felt very appropriate and I inwardly felt that Mactoron was a very mystical emanation, associated with colors such as purple and teal. I also felt it was a very benevolent and serene energy which was contrasting with other dark gods such as Shugara or Kthunae. The purple light emanating from the cavern made me think about all those moments at the monastery and I felt this benevolence and serenity once more.


Saturn

Richard Moult attributions: Wyrd – Azanigin (10), The Sun – Velpecula (19), Aeon – Naos (20),

Tarot Attributions: Wyrd (10), The Sun (19), The Aeon (20)

Wyrd (Unconscious): I thought for a long while to the alchemical tree that Newton provided in his research. The one with the seven plus one branches that represent the acausal. I remembered that only by attaining a non-dualistic perspective can one discover Lapis Philosophicus. All the symbolism in this meditation seemed crystal clear to me. The Crystal Quartz Tetrahedron is the channeling factor of this acausal energy. The coiled serpent is the spiral, the cyclic nature of the cosmos and how everything is redistributed constantly. The glowing spheres thrown into water are a microcosmic mirror of the seven spheres that are floating as cosmic effluviums in the skies above us. There are three woman as to represent the alchemical Tria Prima, just like Hecate is a complete and non-dualistic manifestation. Personal wyrd is the offspring of all these things combined and this, in itself, is numinosity.

The Sun (Spirit): The Nine stones started to shine, while the robed figures dances nearby and then they started colliding together magically, forming a symbol similar to the nine angles sigil. The more the ritual grew in intensity, the more the figure in the mountains seemed to be absorbed by the sun which was also more intense every second. The visualization was so powerful that I started sweating, a cold sweat while picturing this Imp, watching the scene in the darkness. Then, the hooded figures transformed into sand and a sudden, strong wind started to blow. The Imp crawled back in the underworld.

The Aeon (Self): Changes and chaos are what I felt here. Everything was re-shaping itself around the two practitioners playing. The moon, the stars along with the burning city and the desolated ruins gave more to some otherworldly manifestations. Everything is in mutation but the two players remain serene and concentrated as if they knew all those changes they brought forward were inevitable. Or perhaps are they one being now, an androgynous and perfected evolutionary creature that is biologically beyond denotatum. The union of the muliebral and the masculous.

-Beldam, 128 yf

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