Friday, May 26, 2017

Lovecraft and Lynch, Eldritch Horror

Lovecraft states that his creation of a story is to suspend natural law yet, at the same time, he indexes the tenuousness of such laws, suggesting the vast possibilities of the cosmic.  The tension that Lovecraft sets up between his own fictions and the universe or nature as we know it is reproduced within his fictions in the common theme of the unreliable narrator, unreliable precisely because they are either mad or what they have witnessed questions the bounds of material reality.  Despite Lovecraft's  invocations of illusion, he is not claiming that his fantastic creations such as the Old Ones are supernatural, but following Joshi, only super-normal.  One can see that instead of nullifying realism Lovecraft in fact opens up the real to an unbearable degree.

Vincent van Gerven Oei, Continent

Eldritch Horror is a board game where you play a Lovecraftian hero (occult researcher, antiquarian, private detective, esoteric blogger, etc) who, with the rest of their team struggles to close gates, solve mysteries of the Ancient Ones and not go insane or die.  Its an excellent game and is genuinely scary - light some candles, acquire 1920s costumes, put Radio Dismuke or Cryochamber on and you're there - its does justice to the writer and his genre. The other night we were brutally defeated for the second time by Yog Sothoth and for our just desserts we watched Episode 1 of the new Twin Peaks season both of which contributed to a night of highly disturbed sleep.



There are all kinds of influences on Lynch - Kubrick, Hitchcock, Brecht, etc - but to my mind its the Lovecraftian that has been magnified more than the others in this season.  When Secret Sun talks about a metaphysics of evil, sure. Its the evil of beings who live above a convenience store from the perspective of the foodstuff on its shelves. To be fair if you have never studied you are not going to get Lynch, a man whose esoteric knowledge is clearly encyclopedic - and even if you have he is going to fire more than a few curve balls at you. For instance without a working knowledge of the Hermetic Qabalah, whatever its true value, you are going to miss the Vision of the Machinery of the Universe, in the purple oceanic/galactic dreamworld of retrocausal time in Yesod and the portal to ''Earth'' through actual machinery - like car cigarette lighters and plug sockets.  The light beings transfer between worlds through gas and electricity.  The brain/neurone tree is featured in the sections of the Metabolism of Time that deal with the Jay.  The tesselated floor of the waiting room, with the curtains being blown back to reveal the white horse are clear depictions of the environment of astral travel.  These are real places.  They are part of the physiology of the universe made necessary by the Metabolism of Time. You have to perform astral travel to get to them but if you are one of those so-called magicians who doesn't include this work in their practice then SHAME! you are missing the best bits.


The Sycamore Grove from the second season is a Lovecraftian gate into the Supernormal.  Cooper physically leaves through it and is physically replaced by a Doppleganger.  Although the beings of the astral are clothed in flesh and colour underneath they are composed of physical light.  This is where Supernormality can really gain ground, you don't need to lose sight of the so-called physical in your quest for spirituality (this is a common damaging misconception in esoteric circles), the spiritual is not another different dimension, its an extension of this one, or rather ours is an extension of that - an inclusive physics, a pan-psychic physics would see this.  The problem with the words physical and material are that they imply this fairly boring scientific materialist worldview espoused by Dawkins et al but these guys have no idea what is really going on - in choosing an authority on the nature of reality I would go with Lynch. When Professor Hawking begged us all to shut the fuck up for a second so we are not devoured by a lurking space horror he is beginning to understand the potential for a supernormal metaphysics of evil.  Do we really think alien, possibly demonic, beings fly here like so much spam in a can?  They project like we do and are just way better at it.  If you want to get really far out, their ''ships'' don't ''fly'' what the ''ships'' actually do is move us or places to them.  Those ''ships'' are their equivalent of chaospheres, or cells of consciousness, or Iamblichean celestial spheres or whatever you want to call this asset all esoteric traditions share and which is actually a fundamental part of our own extended physiology and of which most remain unaware trapped as they are thinking themselves 3d objects in a 3d world.  I know this can be difficult to understand but you are in your own ship right this second.  Its been 25 years since Twin Peaks and the 80th anniversary of our master of darkness H.P. Lovecraft's death - now is as good a time as any to redouble your esoteric efforts.


“What do we know,” he had said, “of the world and the universe about us? Our means of receiving impressions are absurdly few, and our notions of surrounding objects infinitely narrow. We see things only as we are constructed to see them, and can gain no idea of their absolute nature. With five feeble senses we pretend to comprehend the boundlessly complex cosmos, yet other beings with a wider, stronger, or different range of senses might not only see very differently the things we see, but might see and study whole worlds of matter, energy, and life which lie close at hand yet can never be detected with the senses we have. I have always believed that such strange, inaccessible worlds exist at our very elbows, and now I believe I have found a way to break down the barriers. I am not joking. Within twenty-four hours that machine near the table will generate waves acting on unrecognised sense-organs that exist in us as atrophied or rudimentary vestiges. Those waves will open up to us many vistas unknown to man, and several unknown to anything we consider organic life. We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight. We shall see these things, and other things which no breathing creature has yet seen. We shall overleap time, space, and dimensions, and without bodily motion peer to the bottom of creation.

From Beyond, H.P. Lovecraft


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chaos Protocols and Financial Sorcery


Nam Zid Tara walked by Enlil who said to him:  ''Where have you come from?''
''From Enlil's Temple.  My turn of duty is finished.  I serve at the place of the Gudu priests, with their sheep. I am on my way home now.  Don't stop me; I am in a hurry. Who are you who asks me questions?''
''I am Enlil'' - he had changed his appearance to that of a raven and was croaking.
''You are not a raven you are really Enlil!''
''How did you recognise that I am Enlil who decrees the destinies?''
'"When your uncle En Me Cara was a captive, after taking for himself the rank of Enlil, said 'Now I shall know the fates, like a lord.'''
''You may acquire precious stones, you may acquire cattle or sheep, but the days of a human being are always numbered so where does your wealth lead?  Now, I am indeed Enlil who decrees the fates, what is your name?''
''My name is Nam Zid Tara (well blessed).''
''Your fate shall be assigned according to your name: Leave the house of your masters and your heirs shall regularly come and go in my temple.'' declared Enlil.
The Raven of Enlil

One of the best moments of last year's Occulture was the phone hangout of Gordon White and Jason Miller - both prominent esoteric authors and both with books out on Financial Magic.  I wanted to comment at the time but didn't feel I could because I didn't own a copy of Chaos Protocols and had worked with Financial Sorcery.  I enjoy head to head debates and arguments rather than the more friendly podcasts that are put out by Runesoup and its nice to see authors challenged and stretched by each other while remaining in civil discourse as opposed to handling sycophancy, lunacy, politics, ''chat'' and newbies on social or otherwise media - i.e.  peer battle as opposed to teachers/students authors/fans dynamic.

On Financial Sorcery, Jason Miller certainly knows his audience, and the book provides practical (non-magickal) advice on managing finances that the readers may not otherwise read unless it was presented in a sorcery book.  Miller often rails against the money shy pagan/occultist demographic fully aware that a lot of them struggle to realise their goals and make their life dreams come true because of their own aversion to dealing with their often gruesome financial reality - whether it be ignoring their debt or ''hating capitalism''.  Although my financial situation is solid and I don't need the majority of the muggly advice, the magickal aspects of the book especially the selection of Jupiterian sigils are absolute dynamite.  From my perspective the rest of the book is wrapping paper and that is not to disparage the writing but just to raise the spirit work that Miller has done to its proper level.  I would recommend buying the book for nothing more than those sigils as long as you are planning to use them.

I managed to avoid Amazon for a long time (they didn't deliver in this part of the world) but it is certainly taking its toll on my wallet now and without it I wouldn't be able to comment on the second book - Chaos Protocols.  This is more my kind of book - although its more practical than I expected White is not beyond waxing theoretic (which I like) and contains inspirational rhetoric that hits its target. Although I would argue against the ''probabilistic universe'' model these days, it was certainly my go to understanding of reality for the majority of time working with practical magic and I can understand why it is the dominant way of seeing things.  I enjoyed seeing some of White's esoteric toolkit laid out in the way it was and comparing and contrasting with my own and I think some fascinating points are raised at the end in the extremely brief Annunaki section that we will not see discussed to the depth that they would enjoy, at least in public.  One of the central arguments between Miller and White was Jupiter vs Trickster Gods as to who is the superior ally in the current economic climate and at the time I wrote a somewhat spirited defence of Jupiter.  I didn't know about this ''Annunaki'' section in Chaos Protocols and, truth be told, as part of the Gentlemen for Jupiter I have never worked with Jupiter the deity but only ''the current'' and always under the auspices of Enlil, the Lord of the Annunaki. Although White seemingly has a different take on what is meant by the Annunaki (more of the ancient aliens conspiratorial version or rather that this is something can be tapped into chaos magic style) and seems to be doing different magic to me there is a lot of room for exploration.  If you haven't stepped out of the Western ''comfort zone'' of Greek, Roman, Celtic and Norse and dabbled in Ancient Mesopotamian pantheons you may find such endeavours rewarding on all sorts of levels. Just sayin'... I also find this work to beautifully dovetail with my work in Sefer Yetzirah.  The more interesting argument in this kind of discussion might be Enlil vs Enki as opposed to Jupiter vs Mercury.



Which one to buy?  If you're totally broke then neither - buy a sandwich.  If you have enough money for one and you need it to be an investment that will save your ass then you should buy Financial Sorcery.  It contains the right mixture of down-to-earth advice and magic that would get you on your feet again - but make sure you find a way of using the sigils.   If you have wiggle room buy them both to compare and contrast as anyone will always get more out of that than following only one source of advice.

My own approach to financial work was different to the majority of the Gentlemen for Jupiter.  While I used a Miller sigil for one project I broke with the Rufus Opus style mash-up ritual that was popular at the time and focussed entirely on Liber Astarte vel Berylli* to forge an intimate relationship with Enlil whom I also evoked often in the best Sumerian I can manage.  I accompanied this with around thirty pathwalkings (physical and astral) based on the letter Gimel - hard and soft - and theatrical ritual (staging plays) with a focus on ''Jupiterian'' symbolism to connect more completely with the current.  This relationship led to my ongoing dialogue with Raziel which is in the most part about embracing destiny as opposed to maintaining a belief in the ''open'' probabilistic universe**. In comparing myself with other practitioners I can say my approach was not unnecessarily complicated, supported by my understanding of Sefer Yetzirah, exclusive, rigorous and consistent and it made a great deal of difference in lasting results.
Enlil's commands are by far the loftiest, his words are holy, his utterances are immutable! The fate he decides is everlasting, his glance makes the mountains anxious, his... reaches into the interior of mountains.  All the Gods of the Earth bow down to Father Enlil, who sits comfortable upon his dais, the lofty engur, to Nunamnir, whose lordship and princeship are most perfect.  The Annunaki enter before him and obey his instructions perfectly.

Hymn to Enlil, Sumerian myth, Clay Tablet, 3000BC

*Say what you like about this new crop of authors but they're not Aleister Crowley.
**This is more complicated than this sentence can do justice and has been discussed in great length in the posts labelled time travel.  The important correctives are that your decisions, whatever they may be, largely aggregate into the same end results which gives you ''probabilistic'' type freedom only at certain moments and only on to other fixed linear narratives and that the rest of the ''probabilistic'' universe is a dead void.  A metro system is probably the best way of understanding it from our 3d point of view.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Green Lion

This Oil of the Sun, enclosed in a retort hermetically sealed, you must place for elevation that it may be exalted and doubled in its degree. Then put the vessel, still closely shut, in a cool place. Thus it will not be dissolved, but coagulated. Place it again for elevation and coagulation, and repeat this three times. Thus will be produced the Tincture of the Sun, perfect in its degree. Keep this in its own place.

The Treasure of Treasures, Paracelsus the Great
The Green Lion devouring the Sun is an alchemical symbol representing what is probably the effect of sulphuric acid acquired from green iron sulphate salts dissolving gold, yielding a gold solution that can be used for plating or perhaps ingesting.  Sol is also a symbol for consciousness (the Ruach) and from the point of view of spiritual or psychological alchemy the Green Lion could be said to be the phase in which this part of the being is ''dissolved'' to allow access to the higher self (the Neschamah) - i.e. super cellular consciousness.  From another perspective Vincent Bridges discusses the importance of meteoric glass such as the green stone moldavite in the work of Renaissance alchemists.  He suggests that Bohemia is littered and infused with this prima materia which greatly contributes to the area's mystical appeal.  Although the chemical composition of moldavite is mainly aluminium oxide and silicon oxide there are other substances such as beryllium and iridium bound up in there which could be ingested were the moldavite to be dissolved, or ground to a fine powder.


As many of my good friends know I have been playing around curing myself and others with alchemical quackery for many years.  I regularly ingest colloidal silver and this combined with Vit D. supplements and allicin pills provides an extremely effective defence against infection - i.e. garlic, silver and (the biological form of) sunlight slay the undead.  I have always been curious about the effects of ingesting gold but have yet to try it. However, I have been using a moldavite rejuvenation (anti-time) amulet which I enchanted myself in the Tower through the use of the Time Phone - and this does seem to be a potent crystal to work with.


There is no doubt that humans are generally deficient in minerals and very few seem to address this as one of the causes of their medical problems.  My own life has been improved by simply taking magnesium let alone the anti-demon combo outlined above.  The soil has been over farmed and fertilizers do not replace all the trace minerals that used to reside there, food therefore no longer contains sufficient quantities of what you need.  I believe that for maximum efficacy the human being may need substances we wouldn't normally think we do - i.e. gold.  Gold is being used in all kinds of innovative ways at the moment in electronics, catalysts and medicine - who is to say our nervous, immune and a variety of different enzyme systems couldn't benefit?  One of the possible reasons behind the disappearing gold in the world may be that someone who knows better is eating it all...



As I explained the other day I have been working to transform/upgrade my temple-library to Tudorian splendour for better time travel resonance.  I went to purchase a writing desk and as I entered the antique bazaar the first thing to greet me was this Green Lion.  I purchased him, without haggling, have named him Paracelsus and am taking this materialized symbol (so fresh off the astral he was dripping Azoth) as a cue to do some things a) advance my knowledge of various forms of alchemy b) transfer this knowledge to the work I have been doing on (super) cellular consciousness and time travel and c) eat gold.  I am charging him at the moment and I have to say he is very responsive - I might even attempt to conjure the Ruach of Paracelsus into him - after all, why not? My partner, with zero knowledge of alchemy, arranged the books around him without any involvement from me (if I had been involved he would have been the centre of a cluster of magic books) and I noticed that she placed a gold book with 1666 as the title on one side and a book called The Goldfinch on the other.

Rectify until you find the true, clear Green Lion, which you will recognise by its great weight. You will see that it is heavy and large. This is the Tincture, transparent gold. You will see marvellous signs of this Green Lion, such as could be bought by no treasures of the Roman Leo. Happy he who has learnt how to find it and use it for a tincture!

The Treasure of Treasures, Paracelsus the Great