“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An Islamic Model of The Occult War

An interesting passage from a lecture by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf:

Now the Quran is over 6000 verses and it comes in 114 chapters or surah which means enclosure. It is made of ayah which are roughly translated as verses and of over 6000 verses of the Quran there are approximately 500 that directly related to legislative matters. The vast majority of the Quran does not relate to legislation. It actually relates to what we understand about God and then the historical process, history, its purpose, what human beings are here for, a lot of it is calling human beings to reflect on the creation, some of it tells us of the stories of those who went before us, this conflict between the prophetic tradition and the pharonic tradition. The Quran in a sense sets up a dialect in the world between a pharonic impulse to control and a prophetic impulse or prophetic truth to liberate people from control models and to enter into a type of submission in which they are no longer subjugated to these control models that tyrannise them and keep them basically trapped in delusional ways of viewing the world and what the world is here for. So the pharaoh, his symbol is the pyramid. It is a very interesting symbol because the pyramid is moving to a human apax which is the Pharaoh and his inner circle and the rest of that society is supporting that structure. So human beings are really seen as servants of those in power or those in charge and those in charge then have magicians.

They have four components that the pharonic model has. Firoun which is the political component, Haman which is the economic component, it is the economic power base. Then there is the military component which empowers both the political and the economic to do what they want. Allah says that all of them are wrongdoers. So being a soldier for this system is also participating for the crime of the system. There is a fourth component and these are the magicians. These are the ones that keep people in awe, that bewitch people, that put veils over them to make them think something is real when it is not real so that is the Pharonic system. Those are the fourth components of the pharonic system that are mentioned in the Quran.

One of the things about the pharaoh is that he is very sensitive, he sends spies out so he uses a spy network. He wants to know everything that is happening in society. He is very forceful because what he is afraid of, what Allah says in the Quran “Allah is going to show Firoun his economic power, his military power, the very thing that he was fearing” so Pharaoh focuses the Prophetic element in the society because a Prophetic element is exposing the lie of the pharonic culture and so the Pharonic culture has a deep seated fear of the element because it is an element that is telling people you were not created to create pyramids, you were not created to serve pharaoh, you were not created just to make money, you were not created to exploit, you were created to worship Allah.

Now the Pharonic model uses manipulation of nature and that is why when then threw down their sticks they looked like snakes whereas with the Prophetic model, it is truth. It is not illusion. When it shows its hand, it gobbles up the falsehood. That is why they do not like the two to be together. They like to make sure that element is not allowed any type of mass audience because if it is it becomes very dangerous so that is one of the most important elements in the Quran is this model and that is why the Pharoah and Musa is the most important story in the Quran, it is repeated more than any other story. Each time it comes in the Quran it has nuances because ultimately that is the human conflict. It is between a control model which is about getting the creature to submit to higher creatures and the Islamic model is that you do not submit to creatures, you submit to the Creator. So these are in opposition. So that is one element of the Quran.

LINK

Seyyed Hossein Nasr on The Occult War


“We live among ruins in a World in which ‘god is dead’ as Nietzsche stated. The ideals of today are comfort, expediency, surface knowledge, disregard for one’s ancestral heritage and traditions, catering to the lowest standards of taste and intelligence, apotheosis of the pathetic, hoarding of material objects and possessions, disrespect for all that is inherently higher and better — in other words a complete inversion of true values and ideals, the raising of the victory flag of ignorance and the banner of degeneracy. In such a time, social decadence is so widespread that it appears as a natural component of all political institutions. The crises that dominate the daily lives of our societies are part of a secret occult war to remove the support of spiritual and traditional values in order to turn man into a passive instrument of dark powers. The common ground of both Capitalism and Socialism is a materialistic view of life and being. Materialism in its war with the Spirit has taken on many forms; some have promoted its goals with great subtlety, whilst others have done so with an alarming lack of subtlety, but all have added, in greater or lesser measure, to the growing misery of Mankind. The forms which have done the most damage in our time may be enumerated as: Freemasonry, Liberalism, Nihilism, Capitalism, Socialism, Marxism, Imperialism, Anarchism, Modernism and the New Age.”

 ― Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Antonin Artaud on The Occult War

Antonin Artaud, Le Theatre de la Cruaute, 1946
“Aside from the trifling witchcraft of country sorcerers, there are tricks of global hoodoo in which all alerted consciousnesses participate periodically … That is how strange forces are aroused and transported to the astral vault, to the dark dome which is composed above all of … the poisonous aggressiveness of the evil minds of most people … the formidable tentacular oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon appear undisguised.” 
 -- Antonin Artaud.

Democracy is a Fallacy and a Lie


The "if smart people voted" argument is invalid.

"Democracy" is defined by majority, the same that defines "Mediocrity." Mediocrity and Democracy are intrinsically identical - that is what "Representative" Democracy was trying to over-ride. Representative Democracy means the "average" (mediocre) people select representatives most representative of their mediocrity.

The selections offered are pre-selected by vested interest to insure their vested interests are served first, if not exclusively. Representative Democracy means rigged sleaze. So we have Rigged Sleaze manipulating and corralling Mediocrity.

"Smart People" are grossly outnumbered by mediocre/average people. The "votes" of "smart" people will just be absorbed in the mass of idiocy and the rigged system. So the "Lets turn this thing around" rhetoric is as futile on this point as it is on others. The system you have is exactly what you get with the system you have.

Don't question anyone's intelligence because of who they vote for. Question their intelligence because they vote at all.

JDS

The Left Hand Path

THE LEFT HAND PATH DEFINED
In response to a frequently asked questions about the book Lords of the Left Hand Path, I do not subscribe to Stephen Flowers definition or philosophy of "The Left Hand Path." I consider myself of the LHP, but not this distorted mis-appropriation of the concept that has so much subculture currency. Anything spinning off the feeble pseudo-philosophical "Isolate Intelligence" drivel is completely erroneous, pretentious, ultimately limiting, and without merit. It has no historical or philosophical validity. The only book of Flowers' that I found personally interesting is his doctoral dissertation on Runes. Read Evola instead. Or better yet, don't. I don't want anyone who can't figure it out for themselves on my side.

 "There is a significant difference between the two Tantric paths, that of the right hand and that of the left hand (which both are under Shiva’s aegis). In the former, the adept always experiences ‘someone above him’, even at the highest level of realization. In the latter, ‘he becomes the ultimate Sovereign’ (chakravartin = world ruler). This means that the duality between the integrated person and the dimension of transcendence, or between the human and God, has been overcome. All differentiations and subordinate relationships are rendered obsolete once the Shiva condition is achieved." — Julius Evola, The Yoga of Power (p.55)

JDS

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bannon & Evola: Much ado about nothing

First my Mussolini newsfeed was flooded to the point of uselessness with articles about Trump, now my Evola newsfeed is flooded to the point of uselessness with articles about Bannon.

Much ado about nothing.

As far as I can tell this chimerical mountain was constructed from the mole-hill of Bannon making a comment about Alexander Dugin mentioning Evola as an influence on Dugin. From this follows an unsurprising tsunami of histronic "alt-right" speculation that Bannon has read Evola, or harbors some kind of quasi-Traditionalist views.

Forget the fact that there is no "sort of" Traditionalism, that heterodoxy invariably rails into deviation which itself invariably becomes yet another strain of subversion. Even as a thought experiment, if someone of a coherently "Traditionalist" orientation were in a substantial position of influence on any President of the USA, this would still result in negligible traction or any significant impact on anything that would matter.

In terms of "anti Tradition" the US social-political-economic machine is the belly of the beast, essentially the Anti-Christ, and even a much more substantial force at the highest levels would be absorbed and transmogrified (or more accurately putrefied) into something insignificant at best, or something more insidiously subversive at worst.

Basically from any coherent Traditionalist perspective; there is nothing non-destructive that can emerge from the American order, regardless how shiny the occasional glimmer of a "silver lining" - polished by "alt right" delusions and wishful thinking may be.

Really, is seeing Evola mentioned in the New York Times a good thing? Now we can "look forward" to even more diluted inaccurate "Evolain" drivel from the American "alt right" front on "The Internet" further staining his legacy.

JDS

LINK

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Nostalgia, Optimism, Time, and the End of the Cycle.

Throughout recorded history most of the world has believed itself to be living in "The End Times." According to Traditional doctrines the advent of the Kali Yuga corresponds approximately with advent of recorded history, so in this sense they, and we, have been and still are living in "The End Times." The problem is we "moderns" conceive time only on a petty personal or provincial historical scale. Americans, whose history is merely a recent flash in the pan on the scale of recorded history, and not even a blip on the radar of cosmological time scales, are particularly guilty of this.

Traditionalists have been occasionally misunderstood, by those with shallow understanding of Traditional doctrines, as being prone to "nostalgia" in terms of idealizing particularly ancient and medieval history, and prone to "optimism" in terms of expecting the Dark Age to roll over into a new Golden Age.

Regarding "nostalgia": As noted, the Dark Age corresponds approximately to our timeline of recorded history. Our "ancient" and "medieval" periods still exist in the "Dark Age," and are rife with anti-Traditional forces. They are only relatively more "Traditional" in contrast to the aberrations of our "Modern" period, particularly the excesses of the post "Enlightenment" period. The tide of Traditional and anti-Traditional forces occasionally fluctuates, and at a level beyond the imposition of human "will" in the matter. There are traditional doctrines of phases of the Kali Yuga. By one Traditional system, the "Twilight" phase of the Kali Yuga began in 1939. Much could be said about this.

Regarding "optimism": Traditional doctrines are almost unanimous that the transition from one phase of major cosmological cycles to another is cataclysmic in nature. Both Guenon and Evola disparaged their over-eager followers who had romantic ideas about forming "elite" cadres in hopes of being the standard-bearers of "Tradition" into the next era. Aside from the cosmic time scales involved, meaning none of us reading this will likely live to see it, the cataclysmic nature of the transition is such that few would survive the transition even if they lived long enough to see its arrival.

Whatever "nostalgia" or idealization of the knowable past there may be is highly conditional. Whatever "optimism" might be warranted is abstract and impersonal in nature. Misanthropy and "pessimism" is generally warranted. Nihilism might only be inconvenienced by a modicum of abstract, coldly impersonal metaphysics within a transient spatio-temporal threshing machine.

JDS


Saturday, February 27, 2016

What "new/alt-right" means to me...

What "new/alt-right" means to me: Unbridled bloviating narcissism, inflated self-importance, bad writing, desperate approval-seeking, cowardly dissimulation and avoidance of actual issues, nattering coffeehouse pseudo-intellectualism, invertebrate gelatinous concessions to pop subculture sensibilities and other degenerative retrograde tendencies, covert normalization of gay counterculture with a fetish for "right wing" rhetoric and posturing.... etc. Just another group-hug for masturbatory typists.

I'm reminded of the Hadith; "A people will come out at the end of times, immature, foolish and corrupt. They will hold the discourse of the best of creation and recite Qur'an, but it will not go past their throats. They will pass through religion the way an arrow passes through its quarry. If you find them, kill them, for verily whoever kills them will have his reward from Allah the Day of Judgment."

JDS

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Every Thing is a Symbol

Skull of a woman with a condition called monocephalus diprosopus. This is a form of conjoined twinning characterized by a single head and two faces or a spectrum of duplication of the craniofacial structures. From the Museum of Anatomy in Montpellier, France.



The Alchemical Rebus from Trump XIV. Art of the Crowley-Harris Tarot Deck.

French Ceremonial Dagger from the mid-19th Century

The original of the dagger from the previous blog entry.
French Ceremonial Dagger from the mid-19th Century Source: Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L. Website:http://www.czernys.com/


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Skeleton Ritual Dagger

Forgot where I originally acquired this, a reproduction of a 19th century French piece. I originally didn't like this (except for the coffin box), mostly because of the gold plating (I would have preferred tarnished brass or bronze) but it has grown on me over time. 




Waxing Gibbous Moon in Cancer, from Mt. Ararat Cemetery, Daytona Beach Fl 12.23.15

Photo by James D. Sass

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Democracy: The Most Miserable Building Block of Doom

"Democracy is the most miserable of all known societal systems, the building block of doom. Under such a system of government unmanageable freedom of production and consumption and the passions of the people are not only tolerated, but cherished as the highest values. The most serious environmental disasters occur in democracies. Any kind of dictatorship is superior to democracy, for a system where the individual is always bound one way or another leads to utter destruction more slowly. When individual freedom reigns, humanity is both the killer and the victim." - Pentti Linkola


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Primordial Tradition, personal trivia

[This was posted elsewhere some time ago, thought I would archive it here]

I would describe myself as having "converted" to "Tradition" in a very specific sense. The term "convert" comes from Middle English (in the sense ‘turn around, send in a different direction’): from Old French convertir, based on Latin convertere ‘turn around,’ from con- ‘altogether’ + vertere ‘turn.’ Roman military commanders would shout "convert" to marching troops to order them to change direction.

Although Evola's work is central to just about everything I'm working on for the past few years, Evola did not "convert" me. I was dismissive of Evola for a long time mostly due to his popularity among music subcultures (music subcultures are intrinsically a huge turn off) and fruity "movement" types. I became interested in Evola primarily because of his politics and metaphysics of history once I realized he wasn't merely a re-branded Theosophist (like most of the "Nazi Occultism" tripe), only to discover his esoteric material is more interesting and important than its merely "political" dimension. There is no understanding Evola's politics without understanding his "philosophical" and metaphysical foundations in "Tradition" which means there is no understanding Evola without understanding Guenon (and no understanding Guenon without understanding Advaita metaphysics and traditional Vedic/Puranic cosmological doctrines). Evola did not "convert" me, Guenon did.

There is a very short list of books that I read at exactly the right time in my life, but mostly because they helped me understand philosophical problems I was having and mostly confirmed my perspective on things. (Perfect examples being PD Ouspensky's Tertium Organum [re time/space] when I was about 17 years old, and Heidegger's Being & Time [re death/mortality] when I was about 20). But Guenon's books The Crisis of the Modern World and The Reign of Quantity & The Signs of the Times are the only books I can say actually CHANGED my perspective in a radical way, even if by only turning on a clear light and providing assembly schematics for other (traditional) material I'd been working with most of my life. Where Guenon and Evola differ in interpretation, I generally agree with Evola or see ways of reconciliation. "Tradition" is the most authentic and coherent explanatory foundation for just about anything that actually concerns me.

The insipid chatterbox "marketplace of ideas" is demolished and the ground salted.

JDS

http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Perennial_Traditionalism

Otto Skorzeny

Fantastic photo of Otto Skorzeny I'd never seen before. 


Another one:


The Occult War by Emmanuel Malynski and Leon de Poncins

Logik Förlag has published an English translation of Evola's edition of THE OCCULT WAR by Emmanuel Malynski and Leon de Poncins (the source for much of Evola's chapter on this subject in Men Among the Ruins, etc.), this translation includes Evola's introduction, editorial notes, notes regarding Evola's changes to the original text, Evola's "Considerations of the Occult War" as an appendix, a review of the original publication by Rene Guenon, and (not noted in most advertising) the added final chapter of the book written by Evola with Poncins' approval. As far as I can tell the only other English language publication by Logik Förlag is Coreneliu Codreanu's Prison Notebooks, which also includes substantial Evola material relating to Codreanu, the Iron Guard, and the Legionary Movement in Romania.

Of "The Occult War" Evola writes, "One of the great merits of this work is that it emphasizes the metaphysical essence of the revolutionary movement, by showing how that which is being fought nowadays is not so much a political and social war as a religious one... with more than simply human forces at work on both sides. Hence, this is not merely a book of rebuke and anti-Semitic or anti-Masonic polemic: rather it directly or indirectly offers the reader many cues to develop a positive, constructive, or re-constructive orientation focused on the essential rather than the accessory, and devoid of any attenuation."

https://www.logik.se/

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Deep Dream: House Burning

Two old photos of myself in front of my neighbor's house burning down after an explosion:



Two Cane Toads (Bufo Marinus) Fucking:


Skull:


Deep Dream: Charles Manson


Deep Dream: XI Lust (Crowley/Harris)

I thought the filter worked particularly well on this image (more Tarot stuff later):



Original:
 

Deep Dream: Aleister Crowley

I've been having fun exploring Google's "Deep Dream" filter:



 The original:


More Rainbow Violations

Fortunately this insipid fad burned itself out. I can hardly wait to see what the average idiot finds to pat itself on the back for tomorrow. 






Saturday, June 27, 2015

Check Your Privilege.


The rainbow fades when we consider the bias against necrophilia. Until we can all have sex with the dead in town square we are all victims of the status quo.

 This week in politics affected me like every other week in politics in my entire life, meaning not at all. I was born 20 years after the USA destroyed Western Civilization and the year it put the shotgun in its own mouth and pulled the trigger - so all I've ever seen is parasites proliferating in putrefaction. 

Business as usual.

JDS

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Recent Acquisition: Tarocchi of Mantegna

Recent acquisition: hard to find facsimile of the 15th century Tarot of Mantegna, published in Germany in 1988.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantegna_Tarocchi
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/mantegna.html

New Years Day

Visited my favorite local cemetery this morning, where all the chic local sorcerers get their graveyard dirt, tombstone moss, and other ingredients. This place is mentioned in the introduction to my first book (discontinued) involving a six foot long dead monitor lizard. Welcome to Florida.