Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Woman Girded With The Sword

Crowley’s „Book of Law” (III:11) says: „Let the woman be girt with a sword before me: let blood flow to my name”. Interpreting the Tarot card V – The Hierophant, which, among other things, depicts a woman girded with a sword, Aleister Crowley says: „That woman represents Venus as she now is in this new Eon; no longer the mere vehicle of her male counterpart, but armed and militant.” Let us remind that Sumerian goddess Inanna, later Akkadian Ishtar, was the goddess of love, but war, too, was also connected with Venus. Therefore, the Age of Aquarius suggests female mastering a sword, which, in the sense of its magical symbolism, refers to the element of Air, analytical power, reason and knowledge. Woman will, therefore, master knowledge. The woman of knowledge is traditionally a witch. She is wisdom, which parallels the other strictly female characters in Tarot, and these are II The High Priestess and III Empress, which represent Moon and Venus, wisdom and power as prerogatives of the Goddess. All of this, of course, doesn’t mean that the end of the Age of Aquarius will bring prerogatives to all women, because under the condition of massive presence of human element on Earth, the evolvement of consciousness and other performances of human being are not possible. In order to have knowledge and power, man must have the support of Nature. In order to have the support of Nature, man must be natural, and respect the Nature. In conditions of unnatural and antinatural massive society of specific idiocracy and mediocrity the only thing that can be accomplished is further decadence and stupefying human intuition, and magical, creative, and cognitive powers. 

Otto Weininger said that the absolute woman does not have ego. That absolute woman is goddess Nuit, announced in The Book of the Law. She is an infinite abyss of space and time in which is actualized the male element in the principle of the winged disk Hadit. She is featureless and super-featured, embodiment of pluribulus (multitude) She is I, the embodiment of unus (one). She is the infinite rim of a circle. She is the center of the circle. That is the ideal perspective of the initiation formula after the Golden Age because it represents the actualization of the solar, male principle. Only then does man become microcosm, that is, he actualizes his microcosmic potency becoming a genius. Light comes from Nuit who, apart from being known as Raa’s daughter, is also the mother of the Sun.

We can observe this from Kabbalistic standpoint, so the light is lux in Latin, which is written as LVX, or L=50, V=5, and X=10, the sum of which is 65. The number 65 is inversion of Nuit, which in The Book of the Law says: „I am Nuit, and my word is six and fifty”. Nuit is 56: Nun (50) + Vav (6), while Had is 9: He (5) + Daleth (4). It is 65 in sum, which is the number of Adonai, that is, Alef (1) +Daleth (4) + Nun (50) + Yod(10). Numbers 65 and 56 are composed of pentagram and hexagram, making number 11, which is also the number of Nuit. (I:60 – „My number is 11, as all their numbers who are of us.”), but the number of letters of a mystical word which is given importance in The Book of the Law, and that is ABRAHADABRA (III:75: „The ending of the words is Word Abrahadabra”. (The sense and meaning of the mystical word Abrahadabra has many speculations. I will mention one assigned by E. A. Wallis Budge. He thinks that the most probable explanation is that this formula came from Chaldean form „abada ke davra“, which means „Disappear as a word”. According to Hebrew writing, that would have the following Latin equivalents: ABDA KDBRA, that is, alef-bet-daleth-alef for the first, and daleth-bet-resh-alef for the second word. (E. A. Wallis Budge, Amulets and Talismans, Chapter Hebrew Amulets). When we add 56 and 65 we get 121, whose square root is precisely number 11. 
Men are forced to rely on will and reason, while women have the uterus which is the source of great power. A woman is thus a witch, she is Shakti. Woman feels more intensely, her body is a better sensor and a better reservoir of power than man’s body. In Taisha Abelar’s book The Sorcerer’s Crossing it is emphasized that the basic purpose and destiny of women in traditional historical hierarchy is to feed, protect, and serve man. The primary function of a sexual intercourse is reproduction, and according to Taisha Abelar, there is a hidden secondary function which provides continuous flow of energy from females to males, by which essentially inhibitory system of mankind is sustained. Women represent a base of sustaining of humankind, as well as every individual culture, community, ethnical group or race. As explained by Abelar, a great part of their vital energy flows away from them, not only in order to bear a child, give birth, and feed their offspring, but also to make sure a man plays his part in the whole process. She sees the cause of that condition in what happens during a sexual intercourse on an energetic level and concludes that women are brought up so that men could easy seduce them, and they even cannot think that the sexual intercourse as a result can have energy drain, a not only unwanted pregnancy or venereal disease. Apart from biological imperative, women are obliged to have an intercourse by a social construct. That social construct pushes women into sex by which they and not their biology are subdued. 

Here, I would paraphrase a few indicative statements from Taisha Abelar’s book, which could make a focal point of a very radical feminism, but which lead to an interesting train of thought. Abelar says that modern women in their zealous tendency to be equal imitate men. They equate sex and freedom, not even thinking how sex influences their psychological and emotional condition. The fact that she alone chooses a partner does not alter the fact that she is being fucked. Equating sex and freedom is the biggest irony. Stupefying women by men is complete, so absolute that women are devoid of energy and imagination they need in order to direct them towards the genuine cause of their slavery. To want a man sexually or to fall in love with a man are the only two choices given to the slaves. And everything women are told about these two choices are only pretexts that draw them in complicity and ignorance. A woman must start with burning her uterus, Taisha Abelar asserts. A woman must not be a fertile soil which needs to be fertilized by a man, according to God’s command.

In accordance with what has been said, women are still slaves. The path of their liberation is not political or ideological, but magical, but that does not mean that that path is exclusive. That is to say, not all women can be freed, but some of them can. Commenting the verse from The Book of the Law: „Every man and every woman is a star”, Aleister Crowley among other things said that the male star is built from the center towards the outside, and the female from the outside towards the inside, and that is what implies that a woman doesn’t have soul. That is how the difference between sexes is explained according to Crowley. I admit that this thought is pretty unclear to me, but what is obvious is inexistence of the assumption of androgyny on the strength of its doctrine, but we have a complete ontological separation of male and female being. In that sense, androgyne could rather be a symbol of an intentional state of consciousness and not of some morphological fact. 

Concerning the theme of sexuality and sexual conversion, for this occasion it is worthy to emphasize Julius Evola’s attitude in the book Metaphysics of Sex, chapter Physical Sex and Inner Sex. There, he says that the sex, before and above the body, exists in the soul. To a certain degree, it exists in the spirit itself. Man and woman are primarily inside, and then outside. Primordial male and female characteristics permeate and absorb the whole being, both visible and invisible. According to Evola, if there are sublevels of polarization that means that the aforementioned characteristic shows higher and smaller intensity now and then, depending on the individual. He also says that maleness and femaleness should be regarded as the facts of an inner order to the case where the inner sex could be non-compatible with the physical sex.
It is well known that a person can be a man by his body, but not his soul and vice versa. According to Evola, sexuality which is expressed only physically, no matter how much it is developed, is in a way incomplete and empty sexuality. The one who is not male in his spirit and soul is not truly a man, and the same is true for a woman. As I have mention at the beginning of the text, Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Akkadian Ishtar, was the goddess of love and war, and she ruled life and death. Mircea Eliade says that she as Ishtar Barbata was depicted as a hermaphrodite (bearded Venus), by which her powers were fully expressed. In that way we can see the connection between love, or heart and a sword with the planetary nature of Venus. So, it is the woman girded with a sword that is mentioned in The Book of the Law and who is depicted on the card V The Hierophant of Crowley’s Tarot deck. Love stands out as one of the basic laws not only of Crowley’s doctrine, but Christian teaching, too. That fact alone indicates continuity without regard to the visible differences. The basic premises of The Book of the Law are: „Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” (I:40); and „Love is the law. Love under will.” (I:57). Therefore, we have the trinity: Will-Love-Law. Basic Christian commandments are: „Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”; „Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27). Jesus Christ said to his followers: „A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34). That love comes from adoration of gods, that is, God. It is above all divine love. Love for the divine and love for another human being because of the divine in them. That love is the path to deification and adoration of man. It is the path of philanthropy. In the time of goddess Inanna/Ishtar, things were different. The Goddess was the one who gave love to the chosen one among the mortals, and she expected it in return, unconditionally. The legend of love between goddess Inanna and a shepherd Dumuzi tells of that. That abstract love for the abstract and invisible God comes from love for a concrete Goddess that could manifest in every woman or she could manifest herself as a woman. Eliade says that “we can basically speak of “androgenization” of man by love, because in love each sex adopts, acquires “the characteristics” of the other sex.” (Mircea Eliade, A History of Religious Ideas). That androgenization in relation to the divine actually leads to the deification of the one who loves God. „Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23). Therefore, the one who loves Christ (Love) and obeys his teaching (Law), The Father and The Son will come to them, when he will learn his true Will. Here too we discover the trinity Love-Law-Will, which moved to another point of view in Crowley’s cult, but the source is actually the same.

In the first chapter of The Book of the Law, goddess Nuit says: „Come forth, o children, under the stars, and take your fill of love!” I:12; „For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union.” I:29; „There is no bond that can unite the divided but love, all else is a curse” I:41. Therefore, everything must be soaked in love, permeated with love, because outside of love it is a curse. The world in our age full of hate and curse is shouting for love. Love is celebrated, invoked, called upon, sang about, and there is no love anywhere. The love of our world is imagined, reduced to biological and material. If love is the law, then our world is permeated with lawlessness, because there is no will anywhere. Apathy of human beings made terrifying institutions and turned human world into living hell: into state of permanent war. War is capital and capital is war. The mass is war and the war is mass. There is no love without will, nor law without love. According to the legend, Inanna/Ishtar as the goddess of love and fertility, but as a warrior too, intended to destroy death, which is the basic intention of love- to invalidate or overcome death. She did something similar as Christ, descending to the Underworld, that is, the world of the dead, with the intention of winning and conquering the kingdom of the goddess of death, Ereshkigal. She did not make it because she lost all her powers which were embodied in things she wore then. These things were taken away from her by the guards of every level of the underworld on whose door she would knock, so she appeared naked before her rival. These objects, or vails of Inanna are: a crown, a cloak, earrings, a necklace, breast jewelry, a belt, bracelets, and an ankle bracelets. That is, therefore, Sumerian notion of love, fertility, and battle in the image of the goddess who sometimes has hermaphroditic characteristics. As a male, she gives, and as a female, she receives. The path to the light, the path to Inanna, leads through catacombs of the kingdom of death, which in a good part of its duration the Age of Aquarius truly is.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Demons of Rationalism

Kenneth Grant characterized the phenomenon of demon as unresolved complexes in the human psyche and storehouses in the psychic nervous system, which are prompted to do a dangerous activity if there is a serious energy blockage. However, Adepts can control demons and make them react using sigils or by controlling dreams. Grant says that energy block can be broken and the released energy can be redirected towards creative, magical aims. Those unresolved complexes exist as inside the individual, so inside the collective psyche of certain groups, societies and cultures, even on the level of the whole humankind. Moon is the pivot of demonic phenomena. Its nectar is both a cure and a poison at the same time, and the only difference between a cure and a poison is in its application and dosage. Therefore, it cannot be done by anybody but Mercury, that is, the one acquainted with the Mercurian secret knowledge. The followers of the Great Hermes, the adherents of Archangel Raphael will be the ones who will transform the clipotic lunar energy veil into gracious silver shine which will make people adore stars and find their lunar-magnitude paths or the path towards solar center.

Unresolved complexes accumulated throughout the history, energy blocks almost insurmountable. Those in charge of the process of civilization don’t have a cure for dying, or a cure for themselves. As for the destiny of the world oligarchy/plutocracy, one doesn’t need to be a prophet - they will be destroyed just as, according to Grant, those who won’t be able to accept the spirit of new Eon will be destroyed. Oligarchy will be destroyed by the power they serve, because to serve to a power means wanting to be destroyed. A disease humanity got is the result of the overgrowth of a suicidal obsession of the human material that was launched on the top by the historical process. Their diabolic tendencies are poisoning the atmosphere of human existence on Earth. They hide their criminal character and worldwide misdeeds under the entry of Human. That Human will be “…destroyed by the elemental powers he summoned too quickly. It is thus important to clean all superstition which burden humanity, and religion, with its popular understanding, is the first among them”. (Grant, Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God)

Therefore, everything that oligarchy emits over the centuries, or in its incarnations from the past two or three centuries, and based on kidnapped legacy and falsified, has been emitting, must be purified. However, to be clear, that mass of lifeless beliefs are not just remains of the monotheistic religions, or some fossilized remains of an ancient time, but also many aspects of the Eastern religions stuck in irrational automatism. (Post)modern superstitions imposed by ideological humanism and atheism also belong to that lifeless mass. Also, the whole so-called New Age is one big abortion which came into existence as a reaction to the materialism of modernity and idealism of the pre-modern times or religious fanaticism. The Book of Law depicted that as follows: “I flap my wings in the face of Mohammed and blind him. With my claws I tear out the flesh of the Indian and the Buddhist, Mongol and Din. Bahlasti! Ompehda! I spit on your crapulous creeds! (The Book of Law, III: 52-24)
Kenneth Grant explained that the genesis of the mass of lifeless beliefs is due to the unbalanced masculinization of religious life, primarily in Egypt, from where religious-magical formulas spread across the Near East and Mediterranean world. Grant said: “However, the patriarchal tradition in Egypt, with its emphasis on male principle, evolved into the cult of Trinity, which consists of the Father, the Mother, and the Child. Later Christian version which displaced the female component established the absolute patriarchy which distorted the whole mystery tradition and contaminated the civilization with unbalanced beliefs of the absolute male authority and the abolition of everything that belonged to the female element in nature. (Kenneth Grant, Cults of the Shadow).

Grant exaggerates here, because Christianity is basically not that much patriarchal. It is actually less patriarchal than Judaism and Islam. In the frame of Christian corpus Protestantism is more patriarchal than Catholicism and Orthodoxy since it denies sacred importance of the Virgin Mary and female saints, which many traditional Christian churches under the pressure of the folk beliefs used to mellow the male-centric figure of the triune God. Besides, Catholicism, especially Orthodoxy, accepted many pagan elements by the process of assimilation and Christianization of the folk beliefs, customs, and calendars. Mircea Eliade remarked that the peasantry of Europe wasn’t drawn to the historical and moral Christianity, but lived their own cosmic, that is, Pagan Christianity which perceived Christianity as cosmic liturgy. “Mystical closeness with cosmic rhythms which Old Testament Prophets strongly assaulted, and the Church hardly tolerated, is in the core of religious life of rural people, especially in the southeastern Europe. For all this art of Christianity, Nature is not the world of sin, but God’s work”. (Mircea Eliade, Myth and Reality)

Violent reduction of female element from the sacred is the result of nullifying intentions of monotheistic religions wanting to appropriate everything to the dogmatic axioms on which legitimacy (and  legality) of social power which sustains on it for centuries, is founded. In Antichrist and Will to Power, Friedrich Nietzsche majestically criticized consequences of Christian morality, accusing Christianity of negating nature and strengthening individual egoism, which is even in the post-Christian world one of its main consequences. A Christian is, according to Nietzsche, an outcast and a sick man, because the imperative of survival of the human species entails the destruction of “the unsuccessful, weak, degenerated, but Christianity spoke to them, as a conserving power”. (Friedrich Nietzsche, Will to Power) That conserving power set the scene for today’s apathetic condition of the mass of human beings, and lunar oligarchy is very much interested in keeping that condition. “A man made harmless, for himself and for the others, weak, thrust out on his knees in humility and humbleness, aware of his weakness, a sinner- that is the most desirable type, the one that can be made by some sort of soul surgery”. (Nietzsche, Will to Power) We will see that similar characteristics are desirable from the global capital control’s standpoint. In our time, an ideal man is not a sinner, but has instilled needs. He has been turned from a believer, a follower into a consumer. It is hardly necessary to emphasize the closeness of ideas between Nietzsche and Crowley concerning Christianity as a pathological phenomenon in the history of the mankind. 

There is the same motif in The Book of Law: “Hear me, ye people of sighing! The sorrows of pain and regret are left to the dead and the dying, the folk that not know me as yet. These are dead, these fellows; they feel not. We are not the poor and the sad: the lords of the earth are our kinsfolk”. (The Book of Law, II:17-18) “We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched and the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world”. (The Book of Law, II:21) Time marked by the rule of Christianity Crowley called era vulgaris, while Nietzsche said: However, Christianity as a religion descends on vulgus; for virtus of the highest type it does not have any sense”. (Friedrich Nietzsche, Will to Power)

However, the greatest and the most dangerous demon is the so-called Rationalism. The Book of Law mentions dogs of reason, and says: “Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite and unknown; and all their words are skew-wise”. (II:32) That infinite and unknown factor is precisely what religion of reason so strongly and fanatically denies and what it, in the name of enlightenment and progress, rises against. Rene Guenon speaks of today’s rational mentality’s tendency to shut out every mystery from the world: “It really could be said that- the more restrictive a conception is, it is more seen as strictly rational; besides, it is quite familiar that since the “Encyclopedists” of the VIII century, the most passionate deniers of every metaphysical reality loved to call upon reason and declare themselves Rationalists on any occasion... Rationalism is in all its aspects essentially defined by the predominance of reason, proclaimed as a real dogma, which means denying everything that belongs to the superindividual category, especially the clean intellectual intuition. The consequence of that denial is, in another category, is also dismissal of every genuine spiritual authority, since their role model is necessarily superhuman... Already now we can notice how much this rationalism is in accordance with the contemporary tendency of simplifying; this simplifying which naturally always represents the cause of the reduction of things to their most inferior elements is approved by nullifying the whole superindividual realm”. (Rene Guenon, The Dark Age)
Being understood in that reductionist manner, reason is the means of an exceptional materialization of perception and interpretation, because in Rene’s words- the reason is the last or the most inferior degree on which “firmness” reached its final level. Rationalism is, according to Guenon, actually a negation of every higher principle of reason, which in a way blinds human intelligence separating it from the inner genius, from “clean and transcendental intellect”, whose job is preserving that intellect. Guenon says: “By losing every additional communication with that superindividual intellect, reason ca only gravitate downwards, or to put it in another way, towards the inferior pole of existence, and it can only sink more and more into “materiality”; to the same degree, it little by little loses everything, even the very idea of truth and end up looking only for the greatest comfort for its narrow perception, where it finds an instant pleasure by the mere fact of its downward gravitation since it guides it to simplifying and equalization of all things”. (Rene Guenon, The Dark Age)

Therein lies the root of the equalization of all human being based on several basic parameters, not taking into account the essential characteristics of every individual or a certain group of people. That is the expression of aiming to break down every phenomenon into a basic set of quantitative determinants. One strives to reduce everything to a number, whereby the essential mystique of number is missed, as The Book of Law says: “Every number is infinite; there is no difference”. (I:4) Kabbalah uses numbers but with the premise of quality, not quantity. A number is quality, which is seen in the doctrines of sephiroth. In that sense, Rationalism is the crown of what Crowley called era vulgaris since it aims to reduce everything to the material, quantitative aspect. It is the madness of reduction, or “the sin of reduction”, as The Book of Law says. In Qabalah, restriction is one of the characteristics of sephiroth Binah (third sephiroth of The Tree of Life). Since deep sea, black color, Saturn, and the notion of time are associated with this sephiroth, the root of deformation of the psychic energy of man which is called Rationalism in our time can be seen there. Rationalism is a sort of solar eclipse, darkening of Logos principle in man, or the sign of clipotic lunarization of masculinity and human conscience in general. Rationalism is thus analogue to the clipotic snakes that torture Messiah’s soul. The exorcism of those demons will be painful and permanent, and the representatives of deeper forces of magic will end it by physical destruction of those who falsely represent themselves. I called these representatives of deeper forces “the revolutionaries of a catastrophe”, which indicates that a new and more far reaching current will appear. Yes, new books of law and new protagonists of the global revolutionary-messianic actions will appear. Some new and different trend will swallow the supposed trendsetters.