ORION, or the Heroes’ Conspiracy
1. An Open Entrance to the Occult text of Cesare della Riviera
“The Magical World of the Heroes” (Il mondo magico de gli heroi), the book by Cesare della Riviera, was published in 1605. Later, in the 20th century, Julius Evola republished it with his comments, asserting that in this hermetic treatise can be found the most open and clear statement of the principles of spiritual alchemy and hermetic art. Rene Guenon notes in his review, however, that the work of della Riviera is far from being as transparent as asserted in Evola’s commentary.
And indeed, “The Magical World of the Heroes” is enigmatic to the limit – first, by its literary form, and second, because the concepts with which the author deals are something extremely mysterious in themselves, not clear, and having no equivalent in concrete reality.
But, maybe the difficulties in understanding the given theme arise because the very “heroic principle”, the figure of the Hero, is far from the sphere of what is surrounding us today? Perhaps this difficult text is crystal clear for the true heroes and does not require any further decoding?
It is crystal clear and transparent as ice…
2. Cosmogony of Ice
In Evola’s books, devoted to the differing problems of tradition and politics, there is always an appeal to the principle of Cold. The theme of Cold emerges here and there, irrespective of if the matter concerns tantra or the existential position of the “solitary man”, Zen-Buddhism or knightly mysteries of medieval Europe, modern art or autobiographical notes. “Cold” and “distance” are the two words which, perhaps, are found most often in the “Black Baron’s” lexicon.
The hero, by very definition, should be cold. If he will not separate himself from those around him, if he will not freeze the warm energy of daily humanness within himself, he will not be at a level of performing the Impossible, i.e. at the level that marks a hero from the merely human. The hero should leave the people and travel beyond the limit of social cosiness, where penetrating winds of an objective reality, severe and nonhuman, roar. The soil and stones rise against the animal and vegetal worlds. The aggressive vegetation corrodes minerals, and wild animals ruthlessly trample down the obstinate herbs. The elements outside the society show no mercy. The world in itself is a triumphal banquet of substance, whose bottom level merges with the lumps of cosmic ice. The hero is cold, because he is objective, because he accepts the relay race of spontaneous force, furious and unkind, from the world.
The character of all heroes – from Hercules through to now – are identical: they are deeply natural, elemental, abysmally cold and distanced from social compromise. They are the carriers of the abyss of objectivity.
In his strange, hermetic manner Cesare della Riviera thus interprets the word “Angelo” (“angel”): ANGELO = ANtico GELO, i.e. the “Angel = Ancient Ice”.
This is connected with the next phase of the heroic deed, not a voyage toward reality, but an escape from its limits – escape from the ice bonds.
The Alchemy and Cabbala know much about the secret of the “ice stronghold”. It is a border separating the “lower waters” of life from the “upper waters” of Spirit. The phrase of della Riviera has a strict theological sense: leaving the sphere of emotional life, the hero becomes a small crystal of ice, a luminous angel, in the glassy sea of Spirit, on which a heavenly throne of Kings is founded. The Snow Queen from Andersen’s fairytale has forced the boy Kai to shape pieces of ice into a mysterious angelical word – ‘Ewigkeit’, but the warm forces of Earth (“Gerda” means ‘Earth’ in old German) have returned the unfortunate hero to a poor and hopeless life. Instead of an angel, he subsequently becomes a red-faced Scandinavian burger with beer and sausages. Cold is an attribute of a corpse and the initiated one. The bodies of yogi freeze in the process of awakening the sacred snake energy – the higher the Kundalini rises, the more lifeless the corresponding body parts become, until the initiated one turns into a statue of ice, an axis of spiritual constancy.
Each hero necessarily travels to the Pole, into the heart of midnight. There he learns to love that dark and obscure substance, which is called “our Earth” by the alchemists or the “philosophers’ magnesia”. The urn holding the ashes of Baron Evola is buried in the thickness of an Alpine glacier, on Monte Rosa peak. The mountain was probably named so in honor of the sacral beloved of Friedrich II Hohenstauffen, the one who has not died. La Rosa di Soria. The polar rose.
3. The Voyage of the Polar Nymph
Cyliani, a mysterious 19th century alchemist whose pseudonym was determined only with the help of Pierre Dujols (Magaphon), friend of Fulcanelli and… a secret Valois, wrote that his heroic travel into the “magical world of the heroes” began with a strange visit from the “nymph of the polar star”…
Where do her footsteps lead?
They lead inside. Inside the earth, where a fantastic matter named “sulfuric acid of the philosophers” is hiding. Visitabis interiora terrae rectificando invenies occultum lapidem. The stone is completely black, as a soul, shrouded in “antimimon pneuma” of the Gnostics. There, from the blackness of personal uncertainty, from undifferentiated “I”, slipping away from any name, the magic feat begins. If the hero will not question that which constitutes his apparent essence, he is doomed. Even the divine parents do not give the answer to a problem of an origin of “I”.
4. The Secret of the Heavenly Dragon
The search for the nymph is connected to an original problem of the definition of the pole star. The heavenly pole spins around, like “Atalanta fugiens”. Once a slender creature was hiding in Ursa Major’s fur near Arcturus. She calls herself “Shemol”. In 12 thousand years she will say of herself – “I am Vega”. But what is this Axis, that the dance of millenia goes round?
Black dot in the northern sky. Dragon coils around it, tempting the steadfast observer, offering doubtful fruits of knowledge. The polar nymph has given to Cyliani the key to victory over this Dragon. Hermeticists consider it a question of the primal matter. Heavenly Dragon, the true north of the ecliptic. He is guarding the boreal heart of black expanses, as a spiral outlining the absent centre.
5. The Second of Betelgeuse
Orion is the most mysterious of all constellations. Time is hiding on his right shoulder. He is the main hero of the subterranean (and not only subterranean!) world. “Betelgeuse” means “hero’s shoulder” in Arabic. It is on that very shoulder that is kept the secret of a book which Fulcanelli at first gave to Canseliet, and later withdrew, forbiding its publishing. The matter concerns the “Finis Gloria Mundi”, third book by the adept. When Virgo’s milk touches the brawny shoulder of the “black god”, and he thus loses his hands under ruthless executors’ knives, a world fire is coming, the sphere is overturning. The sky falls. It is made of stone, as everybody knows. The heroes are secretly preparing terrible shocks to society. A society which consoles itself with the fact it has banished them from history, but where is the precise border between literary and nuclear range, between a dark corner for meditations and carpet bombardments?
To our information, the agents of Betelgeuse, inhabitants of the “magical world of the heroes”, disguised as state officials, have made their way to the engine-room of authority. There is only the certainty of heavenly sequence and processional cycles in their minds. A nuclear fire of the Northern Hemisphere is a way to Olympus, the fire of Hercules for them. Besides the external Evola had a secret mission…
6. The Forest of Rambouillet
“The forest of Rambouillet is a forest of blood” – Jean Parvulesco hypnotically repeats in his novel. A white deer with its throat cut is found there, then a corpse of a naked woman with identical wounds. The magic wood in which Dante has lost his way. “Philosophers’ Forest”. On a certain engraving, illustrating the “Tabula Smaragdina” of Hermes Trismegistus, the man with an elk’s head is giving the Moon to Eve. Later, if we’ll believe Parvulesco, they will meet again in a garden of Rambouillet.
A joyless rendezvous.
“One day Apollo will return, and this time for ever”, – says the last prophecy of a Delphian pythoness in IV century A.D.
very slightly edited for Open Revolt
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