“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.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Magic and War by Major-General J.F.C. Fuller

The name of Major-General J.F.C. Fuller should already be well-known to most readers of this blog. Aside from being one of the pre-eminent military historians in the English language, a well known occultist, occult artist, and associate of Aleister Crowley, Fuller was also “left hand man” and tactical advisor to British Union of Fascists leader Oswald Mosley, and member of the Nordic League. If there was an occult faction within the BUF, without a doubt Major-General Fuller is the figure most indicative of their methods and ideas.

I would like to thank “Falcon” – a New Right ally in Britain – for sending photocopies of the rare original via regular post.

From The Occult Review, April 1942
MAGIC AND WAR
By Major-General J.F.C. Fuller

BOTH magic and war are coercive, propitiary and dynamic. Their purpose is to influence events, and though the means employed differ the end is identical – namely, transformation. When in his Manuals the soldier states that his object in war is to impose his will on his enemy, he enters into the realm of magic; and when the magician sets out to impose his will on his victim he steps into the kingdom of war.

Duality is the father of both. Not duality in harmony as depicted by the Yang and the Yin of the Taoists, or by the positive and negative poles of an electrical battery, but instead by the Ormuzd and Ahriman of the Magian religion, and more so still by the Light and Darkness of the Manichean. These cults of conflicting opposites are, among ourselves, symbolized in our patron saint – St. George and the Dragon: He represents light and the dragon darkness. Indra, the war god of the Aryans, was also a dragon-slayer.

“Here Ormuzd, there Ahriman!” is the beginning of all magic and of all war: the I and the You in contradistinction to the Taoist Us, or the Divine Us of Genesis I, 26.

Us is neither peace nor war: it represents harmony – that is duality in unity. Yet between I and You – the separated Yang and Yin of Us – there is everlasting conflict. The Us is real, as are day and night, light and darkness, male and female. They are real because they are relative and complementary, and they only become unreal when they are separated into unrelated absolutes. There is no such thing as absolute right and wrong or absolute peace and war, for only the relative is real. Therefore our true enemy is not what we consider evil; instead it is the fixing of what we call “good” in an imagined and non-existing absolute.

What we should realize is that perpetual peace can no more be gained through the elimination of war than perpetual war can be gained through the elimination of peace. Further, that these two terms are but synonyms of the I and the You, because life is the Us. It embraces and includes both. When Mars and Venus are united, life becomes creative, but when they are separated, sterility – that is, destruction – follows.

Lack of harmony or balance turns men into inert saints and active sinners. It creates a separation between the I and You; next strain and finally quarrel. Then emanate the magicians, whether equipped with want, pentacle and sword, or with cannon, tank and aeroplane. Madmen arise in high places, and impose their wills on their followers by forcing their heads not under the sands but into the newspapers. Such is propaganda, or the propitiatory magic, intellect is sacrificed on the altar of perverted imagination. Circe takes control, lycanthropy comes into play and men are changed into swine or wild animals. The wolf-man is no myth; in wartime he may be smelt in nearly every headline.

Coercion next follows, not only through the clash of arms but of ideas. In order morally to destroy the enemy an image is first made of him, not of wax but of words, into which nails of burning hatred are driven. He is Anti-Christ, Satan, Belial. He is smothered in verbal dirt until in image form he appears a monster. Thus is Ahriman invoked into being, and to keep the lie bright all truth is turned upside-down. Then a whole nation marches widdershins, and he who fails to keep in step is termed a traitor.

Is this an exaggeration? I do not think so. Look at the world as it is at this moment and at the war as it is being fought. What is it about?

We live in an age in which the main causes of war are economic, because the wealth of the world has been divided between the I and the You instead of having been allotted to the Us. There is sufficiency for all, more than enough for each separate nation; yet the more prosperous of the world has grown the more discontented it has become. Why is this? Is it because the nations are too many? No - the stars in the heavens are many, yet there is harmony between them. The reason is that their fundamental needs are so few. Deprive them of any one and at once their lives are imperiled.

What do the masses of mankind require? Food, shelter and warmth. Give them these and the foundations of their creative life are laid. Add to these truth, and intellectual freedom is granted to them; add to these justice, and a moral sense of security follows. Deprive them of these simple needs, and at once they are thrown back into the jungle.

Unless this triple path is followed, all nation planning can be nothing other than the magic of I and You – of Man and the Plan. It is not a monstrous blue-print of a new world that we are in need of; instead a return to the simple way – God’s way. He fashioned man out of the dust of the earth, and He breathed into that dust not peace and war but the spirit of life. As the perfect man is he who is fit in body, mind and soul, so is the perfect nation a people balanced economically, politically and culturally. So also is a perfect human world.

Magic may accomplish many things but it cannot master magic. War may accomplish many things, but war cannot end war. To believe that it can is to turn reason upside-down, and inverted reason is madness.

On the Tablet of Cebes may be read these words:

“There is only one Real Road to be Desired, and this is Wisdom; there is but One Evil to Fear, and it is Madness.”

The problem which faces the nations today is cloaked in these words. Nations who create in order to destroy, cultivate in order to starve and beget in order to slay, are nations entangled in the blackest magic. Their problem is to invert the Beast that is within them. For as St. James said: “From whence come wars and fighting among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” This, indeed, is wisdom.

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