“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.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The young Weisskunig instructed in the Black Arts

The young Weisskunig instructed in the Black Arts; Maximilian and his tutor standing at centre, to left an old witch with a devil, on right a monk with an angel. Above two books containing the secrets of astrology suspended from two stars. Early proof for an illustration to 'Der Weisskunig'. Made by Hans Burgkmair the Elder in 1516. based on Der Weisskunig.

'Der Weisskunig' (the white, or wise, king) is the most extensive of the Emperor Maximilian's unfinished works. It is an idealised biography of Maximilian, with two early sections on the life of his parents, and his birth and education, which were compiled by Maximilian's secretary, Marx Treitzsaurwein, and a longer third section dealing with the political history of Maximilian's reign, for which the Emperor himself was primarily responsible.

All the characters are given pseudonyms, many of which are derived from their heraldic arms; thus for example, Maximilian is the Young White King, Frederick III the Old White King, and the King of France is the Blue King.

The text was dictated by Maximilian to Treitzsaurwein and has survived in various manuscripts in the Österreichische National-bibliothek in Vienna (see 'Maximilian I, 1459-1519', exh. cat., Vienna, 1959, pp.26f, with literature). Its confused state is reflected in the woodcut illustrations which were carried out at Augsburg under Peutinger's supervision. Some subjects were cut twice, others were omitted, and some represent subjects not in the text, as far as it was completed. The blocks were cut between 1514 and 1516 by a group of cutters supervised by Jost de Negker, and a few contemporary sets of proofs have survived, the most important of which are in Vienna, Stuttgart and formerly in the Liechtenstein collection, now in Boston.

In 1526 Maximilian's grandson, the Archduke Ferdinand, commissioned Treitzsaurwein to complete and publish 'Der Weisskunig', but this plan was frustrated by Treitzsaurwein's death in 1527. It was not until 1775, after the blocks had been found at Graz, that it was published in book form by Hoffstätter in Vienna.

The young White King, who represents Maximilian, is instructed here in the art of astrology; suspended from stars above him and his teacher are two codices which contain the secrets of the art. The figures in the foreground are allegories of magic, represented by a witch with a devil sitting on her shoulder, and religion, represented by a figure of a monk with an angel above.

More Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_I,_Holy_Roman_Emperor

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