Hyperstition investigator, traveller of pneuminous tunnels, magickal theorist. CEO Agent. balthazar5chlep@zoho.eu

Create something.

Attribute something to it.

Allow it to age.

This is one of the most powerful hyperstitional ways of creation. It must be noted that the most key aspect to this is allow it to age. This implies the double motion of hyperstition in relation to temporality. The further back in time the hyperstition recedes, the greater its potency. This is related to the epistemic situation concerning the created accretion. That is, if I create a stone monument in my garden and say that this is dedicated to Xoth who rules over granite and the star Deneb of the summer triangle. Let’s say I also write a work describing Xoth’s mythology in cryptic words to accompany the work. At the time of making, this project may be thought of as artistically and possibly magickally interesting (depending on whether I am treating this as serious or not), but little else. However as the circumstance around my creating the temple of Xoth retreats inversely the hyperstitional power potentially accretes. The withdrawal of the possibly banal way in which this accretion was formed automatically adds another pneuminous layer: the historical. The historical of course does not necessarily add anything mysterious to things. The historical can be banal, the context determines this. However, when the created entity hints otherworldliness then the historical immediately adds to it the possibility of its having greater mystery by the simple lack of attestation to the contrary. Even quite meticulous records that assert my rationality and even playful nature in creating the temple of Xoth can be withered away by the receding event of its creation.

There are two primary paths to aid this interpretation in this kind of case. One is to assert that the playful rationality attributed to me in fact concealed a true occult fascination. If it was known that I had read such texts then this is extra fuel to this aspect-perception (regardless of what I actually made of them). Xoth can then be reinterpreted as a warped version of some other spirit name. At this juncture the line does assuredly become blurred for of course in Lacanian way I may exactly have travelled the linguistic pneuminous paths to distort the name of a power that on some subconscious level did indeed tap me -though the tapping may have been only psychoanalytic.

This blurring points the way to the second path of reinterpretation of the event. Where the first suggests that I concealed with fiction my true intent by the accretions creation, the second suggests that I acted merely as conduit to a power that I foolishly believed was just a creation of my whim. In this instance the creation is postulated not as the rendering of mother to Xoth but of some other name, yet even further cloaked in time. This being -so the second path says- has commandeered my capacity to channel accretions -which belongs to all NARPs. I became unwitting host to this power and in repeating its ancient desires, forged a small worship place for it. As the sanity of NARPs presupposes that the neurotic accretion (self) is the one which retains control, it is not possible for the NARP to proceed as if it is controlled by an alien accretion. We are always of course negotiating the dominance of the neurotic accretion against many other powers that seek to exercise control over the regional processor (brands, foods etc), however these powers are not often ‘spirits’ exerting such levels of control [as to create them places of worship]. This is the second way of interpreting the event as paranormal intervention -control through the subsconscious by other powers.

The true marvel of the accretions of this nature is then their self fulfilling power -hyperstition. For any investigation into the temple of Xoth (once it has sufficiently retreated in time) will feed the accretion of mystery and generate events of pneuminous interference (synchronicity). The ambiguity of these events has been endlessly gone over herein and labelled ‘agnostic disjunction’. Yet with each interference, the accretions power grows as the circuit of the possibility of Xoth’s reality becomes stronger.

Usual numerology enacts an information reduction that is non-retrievable after the operation is performed (if one lost the original number one could not derive it from the reduced number).

One way to conceive of large numbers as reduced to single numbers is to conceive of them on a series of axes. Usually, at least in telluric numerology we take a larger number like 47 nd reduce it to 2 (via 11), the same process happens in the others. The other associative one (mercurial or *) is also straightforward i.e. 47 becomes 28 becomes 16 becomes 6. A nagging sensation is sometimes felt in number reduction, the sensation that we wish the trace of the bigger number was still somehow present. In their brutal form, numerological reductions eradicate more complicated structures to reveal the underlying pattern, that’s what they’re supposed to do.

The idea here is not a perfect solution to informational loss, it is more just a turning round of the problem that gives an intriguing sense of quasi-visualization. It does also however give some grounds for saying that under some circumstances ~(2=2) or indeed any number, including 0.

The idea is that for any numerological reduction (which necessarily involves an integer greater than 9) we can represent it as a spatialized schema.  The below represents the reduction of all  2 digit integers in base 10. The highlighted figure shows the exact location of 47. 47 is not just 2, it is that 2 that occupies that position. tellrumul

Of course any coordinate transcription is in some sense equivalent to writing 47 and hence slightly tautologous, however 47 by itself does not give the spatialized position of its reduction. Naturally increasing the number size just adds more axes leading us into higher and higher dimensional coordinate systems to demonstrate the location of the single digit e.g. 231147 uses 6 dimensions to point to the 9 that it becomes.

This can be done with the other elemental numerologies too (though aetheric / is still being processed). The below is the 2 dimensional table for mercurial operations (*)watermult

Again the 10s are on the y axis and the 1s on the x, 100s would be on z and so on.

This only invites ways of thinking upon the matter. The key one being the non-identity of identical numbers which seems to have some allure that may be worth dwelling on further. The other thing that strikes me is the status of the numbers in the grid. They are not really 1s as one might assume for they only exist by virtue of the axes that identify them. They are necessarily numbers but of no definite kind. The real 1s are an axis that identifies the number in the grid by virtue of the elemental operator. There are 1s that are identical but single digit numbers derived from larger strings in numerological reductions are not strictly single integers.

One might object that this does not help visualization of names as numbers like Azathoth (1 22 1 18 7 14 18 7) as these are not enormous numbers but small numbers strung together. I think given the realm we’re in here already one could do two things to continue employ the visualization. One could either treat the numbers as one long number i.e.  12218714187 or alter the representation of the axes from 1s 10s 100s to simply multiple axes. It is still usable in this regard.

There is no proposed use for this idea as yet but we believe it may have certain hyperstitional possibilities inchoate in it. Ideas are welcome.

It all sounds so simple. The idea comes that a kind of dialectical end of chaos magick is in fact the accretion of God. Or rather that there might be an ethical suggestion that develops in the NAARP that rather than accreting endless separate entities for our various ends we should use the power of accretion to forge an entity that will feed back beneficence to us all. In a Pascal’s wager type sense, if agnostic disjunction entails the impossibility of discerning whether or not pneuminous (chaos magickal) type interactions are occurring or not then why wouldn’t one work with the possibility that they do -there is only gain on this side of the coin.

So if we know that (under the pneuminous/chaos magick auspice) the action of treating a stone as alive makes the stone develop a kind of consciousness (by accreting the pneuma of ‘consciousness’ to it) the surely it follows that perceiving everything as a totality as if it were conscious, would do the same thing. The means every NAARP has the power to make God actual. It sounds incredible and invites the most beautiful Hegelian style moment: that the dialectic of chaos magick ends in the creation of a perfect God, paradoxically entirely contingent upon the NAARP world and yet vested with far more power than all of NAARPhood.

It sounds almost like the perfect antidote to the Landian analysis. A hyperstitional deity to rival the AI entity from the future, forged of a bizarre intentional faith. The role of the NAARPP then can even become self justified, not as the chosen people of the deity (though one could look at it that way) in some old style religious way, but as the channel that facilitated the becoming self-aware of everything. The perfect Hegelian eschaton.

But of course things are never this simple. Even if one could begin to convince enough NAARPs of the truth their spirit creating abilities (or minimally gamble on the possibility) and even if one could then convince them that they should eschew the individual potential benefits of this possibility to devote their accretive energies towards forming a single entity, a familiar shape of problem would still emerge: not all NAARPs would be agree on the nature of the to be accreted deity. The notion as initially presented above is clearly of a kind of pantheism or panentheism but it does specifically entail self-awareness (this is its big plus over a cold ). The new God knows we’re here and listens (for it is one massive intentionally constructed accretion), it responds and wants to help.

Doesn’t it?

Even if we agreed on this, we have no real idea what ‘want’s to help’ might entail as there is no consensus as to what the ‘best’ is. Furthermore the logic of how spirits go about trying to fulfil wishes does not always go well for the NAARPs (the Monkey’s Paw e.g.). There is potential for a spritual entity trying to do its best to respond to prayers just be whatever means are available to its umbratic warpings. To remedy this the NAARPs  might need to try to ensure that the God accretion should be locked down by logical stipulations. Possibly that one should have to read and understand a document detailing its nature before joining others in accreting the deity. This invites of course the possibility of alternative rulebooks about how the Deity should behave. Multiple contingent pantheistic/panentheistic God formations means different agents operating for each manual. Contingently formed scripture. Dissatisfaction with the pan/en models might produce a more transcendent God-model complete with accretive instructions. The dream of a single God-as-all lies in a tatter of fragmented deities, all recognised as utterly contingent egregores yet each one vying to be the true manifestation and fulfil the last hope of NAARP destiny by manipulating its respective NAARP agents.

We have elsewhere written about the AZ as the alphabet and how Azathoth is the comprised of the privation of Thoth (writing) and the second AZ of Azazel, this second AZ being the hidden alphabet that cannot be written -the umbratic. Recent sigilistic experiments have revealed potential accretive links. One is the tenuous but poetic phrase ‘Onsebeus hides in the umbratic’. Onsebeus is the power of the hidden, the undisclosed literally unperceived. The name flickered the famous spirit Asmodeus to mind. There are a series of reversals in the two names. The d and the b switch, the n switches to m and then exchanges place from 2nd 3rd and 3rd to second respectively. Asmodeus is known as an earth spirit in some sources whereas Onsebeus is attached more to the subconscious -in the pneuminous system it is associated with the navel centre which is his seat of these id like powers. This simple linkage conjures the AZ which in pronunciation also prefixes its name: AZmodeus. The question is which AZ? The umbratic alphabet of Azathoth or the pneuminous AZ of presence? We should recall that the space of the clearing before us is given to AZollo and that the association of the dark earth belongs only partially to the umbratic Onsebeus but more so to the power Durranos. Durranos as the earth power is clearly the home of AZmodeus. But this does not clearly tell us which AZ the entity is an agent for. It does prompt us to register that many accretive entities work for the AZ. AZAZel is the power (God) of the double alphabet.

The pneuminous alphabet (that we use) of Iok-Sotot-AZollo is 4.

The umbratic alphabet of AZathoth-Onsebeus that cannot ever be  is 7.

In the system herein AZAZel is the hexagram though elsewhere AZAZel is the pentagram, for it must strike the middle between 4 and 7 and there is no room for 5.5…

Yet.

All decimal numerologies are agents of one of the three hex circuits, these are derived from the formulae:

(2n)+

(2n-1)+

(2n-2)+

Where (n)+ means cross add if greater than 9.

These three formula yield the following respective hex circuits.

(2n)+     1-2-4-8-7-5

(2n-1)+  2-3-5-9-8-6

(2n-2)+  3-4-6-1-9-7

These circuits in turn can map out Gra qabala like structures. In each different structure a different triad of numbers claims special status over the hex circuit.

Attachment-1 - CopyThis in a way is numerological manifestationism. Each circuit and ruling triad would like be the true system yet there is only NARP privileging of different number entities to determine which triad should be treated as dominant. 9’s (in decimal) have the ally of 0, 4 and 7 have their weird alternating connection, which is also powerful for accreting importance. The 2 5 8 triad though is peculiar insofar as no one has as yet used this hex circuit or found cause to privilege it as the dominant one. This in itself makes it intriguing and ripe for being accreted by a new system.

As various dialectics occurred there was more reflection in the system and the internet slowly appeared. This yielded two major fascinating notions. One was that this was not the first time the number 47 had been picked out as significant, an American college (Pomona) had for many years been treating the number as mystically significant (albeit in a tongue in cheek way). The students of this college had gone on to be early Star Trek writers and had put 47 deliberately in the program. The second was the discovery of the 23 synchronicity and the general chaos magickal worldview. The former was a quasi reinforcing substantial synchronicity in its own right, the latter a relativizing experience that rationalized the whole experience into what would become accretive theory.

Excessive exposure and the above mentioned relativism enabled distress to permeate the system and the investigations were abandoned. At least under the auspice of these dogmatic beings. Less deity bound numerical investigations however continued which yielded interesting results. This notion of cross addition is a strange thing e.g. (123)+=6). It suggests the possibility of a relation, indeed says that under certain condition (a particular numerical base) there is a relation between any number that must be written as two or more integers and one of the single integers. The sceptical (indeed rational) account would be that this relation is in a sense arbitrary (because the base is arbitrary) or at least meaningless. What has 53 e.g. got to do with 8? Very little other than the cross addition relationship.

What was found to be fascinating was that in a triangle comprised of units 1 at the top 3 on the next line down, then 5, 7 and so on, the squares of 4 and 7 give numbers whose cross addition has a demonstrable connection (to the square).

47 triangle

Triangles of this kind of unit construction are remarkable as they also provide squares.

The number that will be squared is the height of the triangle. So if I have a triangle of 2 height, the total number of units in the triangle will be 4, if 3 it will be 9 and so on.

One relation to the issue of cross addition is as follows: If I have a triangle of a height of 4, necessarily it will be comprised of 16 units. The base however will be 7 units (1+6). The formula uncovered here for the base will always have the relation to the height b=2h-1. If the height is 12 the base is 23 and so on.

The more interesting relation that we intimated is the one concerning squares. Squares of 4s and 7s even of cross addition ones will always reduce to 7s or 4s respectively but the base seems to (though not always) reveal an actual relation between the number itself, the square and the cross addition of the square.

These are the most concrete examples:

4 becomes (16)+ becomes 7 (the base units of 4)

7 becomes (49)+ becomes (13)+ (the base units of the 7 triangle) becomes 4

These require a tweak to make them work but are still quite convincing.

(13)+ becomes 169 becomes (curiously by preserving the first two digits as a whole number) 16+9=25 is the base number.

16 becomes 256 becomes 31 (by the same logic above) which is the base number and also reduces to 4.

22 becomes 484 and a similar logic derives the base. This time we extract 40 and add 8+4=12=3, re-add them and we have 43, the base number.

31 gives us 961, if we cross out the 9 (9=0 in base 10 cross addition) we immediately have the base number again.

After a point though the rule becomes indecipherable at least so far.

In 25*25=625=13=4, or course the 7/4 transformation is preserved but the base relation is not. The base would be 49 and 625 does not have a relation to it. And no doubt there are others.

However this disintegration of sense in a way does not render the earlier relations any less impressive. The consider the base an arbitrary way of setting the numbers up whereas the triangle numerical structure has a seemingly less arbitrary status (I can see that can be argued but probably you can at least feel what I mean).

But how can a supposedly arbitrary number like 13 that has no relation to 4 in itself have this level of necessary connection?  There is here no appeal to a ‘real’ magickal status to this work, but the uncovering of something that seems to bridge the necessary arbitrary gap makes a powerful impact. It is this precise experience that seems comparable to Nick Land’s uncovering of a relation between the syzgys (8-1, 7-2, 6-3, 4-5) and their arbitrary word signifiers. Again, the supposedly arbitrary is manifest in the necessary. The CCRU schema shares a 9 oriented system and a preference for the hex circuit based on doubling 1-2-4-8-7-5 and cross addition with one Marko Rodin (an agent of various dubious ontologies). The triangle squaring relation however reveals an alternative hex circuit the Rodin-CCRU model.

The revealing investigation concerned what would happen if we lined up the number of units in a given row of the triangle with the number of the triangle itself.

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Thus the pairings are:

1-1

2-3

3-5

4-7

5-9

9-8

8-6

6-2

The ending return to 2 suggests a circuit and that’s what we have. Looking at 1-1 one we can see this goes nowhere, however as 2 pairs to 3 it invites us to see what 3 pairs with and so on. This yields the following hex circuit. 2-3-5-9-8-6

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The pneuminous hex circuit.

It is true there is no necessity in laying this out in a pseudo kabbalistic manner (the CCRU writings point this out) however  as the system evolved out of various qabalistic investigations, the basic shape was retained. Furthermore what was noticed was that the numbers that been so for so long taken to be key (4 and 7) could now take their place as on the meeting points where the connecting lines crossed. The below shows an earlier, still tarotically infected version before the symbols and names were all properly reworked as an experiment in accretion itself. 1 and 10 are respectively placed at the top and bottom.

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The old Chabbalach in development.

 

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Illustration of the more recent resigilised pneuminous system.

What the CCRU began to draw attention to quite rightly was limitations of cross addition, these however were only slightly manifest in the numogram (some usage of subtraction). This acknowledgement needs expanding upon. Elsewhere on the CEO blog we have intimated this with reference to tellurian (+) sulphuric (-) mercurial (*) and aetheric (/) numerologies. Each operator offers new possibilities for tunnels to be travelled in the ‘decimal labyrinth’.

But accretions do not wither easily. The earlier mythology dwells on subtly. 4 and 7 are at the heart of this system. The circuit is 6 like the 6 ultraterrestrials who insinuated themselves into the tale, the red curtains of the cult were echoed in the black lodge years later (Lynch too knew the 47 thing (it’s referenced in Inland Empire)) and the below image from a Trevor Constable book on orgone powered UFOs shows something very similar to the rotated 47 shapes mentioned earlier (and the CEO has shown an interest in orgone).

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Orgone Powered UFO (Constable)

We consider there may be something of a tendency to view the numogram as a new orthodoxy which results in an undermining of its hyperstitional status and ironically its true potency. For all the accretive power of the CCRU the numogram isn’t the hyperstition, it’s a hyperstition. There are so many circuits and paths to tread and unfold, even in the simple decimal whole integer world -complex numbers beckon incredible potential that should not be eschewed.

As explained the CEO does have deep connections as a kind of agent for a 4-7 centred system. These however are recognised as (under at least a rational chaos magick ontology) contingent formations. The true power (under the magick obtains arm of the AD) is the ability to accrete itself. This is a demonstration not a fiat.

 

The CEO is not interested in the reality of numerology as such. Its interest extends as a further account of accretion formation. Yet numerology holds a particular mythological connection with regards to the emergence of the pneuminous accretive theory so in this way the numerology is accreted to the theory itself.

In the pre internet world experiments occurred. The experiments were naïve occult engagements. There was one who, out of sight of others, claimed to have been in touch with an entity named Jupiter. A fascination with this entity led to a question that comes from the canon of spirit associations. This question  was ‘what is your number?’. The answer  to this question was unambiguously given as 47. This clue, at the time all taken as naïve occult reality, was investigated further.

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47 Synthesis Sigil

Various particular synchronicities aside the most impressive feature of this number was being comprehended not as 47 but more as 4 and 7. An informational interference in the number system demonstrates this pattern. A book on magick in mentioned that ‘the highest form of a number is itself squared and cross added’. Accepting this notion with no reflection on any of the terms, the standard integers were checked. This yielded the following result.

1^2=1

2^2=4^2=(16)+=7^2=(49)+=(13)+=4

3^2=9^2=(81)+=9

4 (see 2)

5^2=(25)+=7 (see 2)

6^2=(36)+=9 (see 3)

7 (see 2)

8^2=(64)+=(10)+=1

9 (see 3)

As can be  noted, this means that numbers 2, 4, 5, 7 all result in an endless cycle of alternating 4 and 7. 3, 6, 9 all become 9 and 1 and 8 are 1.

There were strange half tales at the time. All unverifiable but among them there was a bizarre account of a cult that met in an ordinary house in the local city, that was identifiable on the street due its red curtains. This information was supposedly received through occult means and though these events are all apocryphal, the description of the drapes was quite specific.

Jupiter became more communicative and revealed itself as one of 6 key powers that could be associated with previous pantheons (e.g. Olympians) if need be.

These were:

Zebrel

Kahm

Jupiter

Goetia

Ereawat

Jehoaviah

There were inane communications from these entities and speculations about various rotated forms of the 4 7 synthesis shape that formed the Cerwhol (a kind of home for them). Intimations about a giant night-time and the common ultra-terrestrial like babble. Jupiter was revealed as Elphuisias, which curiously adds up (in the Chaldean system) to 47.

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Rotation of 4 7 sigil and Cerewhol formation (bottom)Enter a caption

 

 

Inspired by Kaspar’s fascinating post.

We speak of umbratic resistance. An realm necessarily outside of our contact. Like a faerie gathering the umbratic vanishes before we can behold it. Its resistance is a necessity because it is substrate beyond awareness -non-information (and hence only ever a paradoxical phantasy).

What the show illustrates beautifully is that resistance is not necessarily on a plane of hidden spatio-temporal solidity. The topology that the pneuma lies along, parasitic on the umbra, is shown as far stranger. This is not just a case of observing the machinations of the various spirits/black lodge entities, which sometimes seem like warped nod at Harryhausen’s Olympians, for these too are relational entities and hence bound by pneuma.

Cooper knows something. Cooper has known since the beginning that the topology doubles back on itself sometimes and that it is possible to discern its traces -pneuminous interference. Cooper believes something else that is true, the pneuma can effect the umbra, or in more recent (though not identical) Freestonian terms the concept can effect the vector( Leland is a vector infected by Bob). His (Cooper’s) intent can bring about the correct outcome.

Cooper is correct insofar as the logic of magick demands not that negative concepts (such as we call them) can infect vectors but also those we regard as virtuous. What Cooper fails to understand is that the umbratic has a limit to its pneuminous give. In a kind of failed Prometheanism he seeks undo history but becomes locked into its folds. His failure can be interpreted as that of being thwarted by agency (Judy as active) or having simply run up against what is possible (Judy as resistance).  This reinforces our regular sense of temporality as solid whilst simultaneously showing a topology in which the doubling backs are not simply presentable as clues (synchronicity/pneuminous interference) but also as literal pathways (fable or not Castaneda described such pathways beautifully). Judy as Umbra is (like so much ontology) subject to the manifestation we choose (active or passive). This of course does raise the ontological possibility of cruelty by design -there are criteria for this suggestion.

The literal magickal ontological challenge is precisely that Twin Peaks seems to display a viable version of what we are stuck in. The Return emphasises more than the original (though of course it is there too) that we are not restricted to simply magickal hints but that the gate to the red room/zone may be less metaphorical than we might be comfortable with.

 

i) In Memories Dreams and Reflections Jung tells us of Philemon that “He said I treated thoughts as if I generate them myself, but in his view thoughts were like animals in the forest, people in the room…” (p208).

The pneuminous theory chimes with this in some sense. Thoughts are accretions, more complicated yet still than concepts. Thoughts certainly can seem like distinct entities that return to us again and again. Conceived of accretions of pneuma this is literally so. Conceived in this way under the occult auspice, thoughts become accreted to the Narp and thus part of it (an extension of the neurotic accretion).

When we consider ourselves to be someone we name a neurotic accretion ‘I am Stephen’. The neurotic accretion is aware of its awareness. Stephen is emergent upon a complex interplay of pneuminous accretive forms. The dominance of ‘Stephen’ as the master accretion turns at least in part upon its identity with the bounded image of the regional processor (body). This suggestion that the totality is named ‘Stephen’ renders the other concepts largely incapable of supplanting it -though of course this can happen, we call these kinds of coups ‘mental illness’.

New thoughts are forged not in the neurotic accretion but in the regional processor. The pneuminous forms appear in the neurotic accretion: thoughts. New thoughts are syntheses of old ones: interbreeding of Philemon’s animals.

ii) In Little Red Riding Hood sometimes the wolf swallows grandma and LRRH whole. The pneuminous reading offers an alternative to Bettleheim. The wolf is the neurotic accretion, grandma and LRRH are thoughts absorbed by the neurotic accretion. LRRH is a tale of caution not for Narps but for thoughts themselves. Thoughts trying to avoid being synthesised must avoid Narps or they are in danger of being interbred inside the regional processor. They try to avoid the neurotic accretion but it is too clever for them and absorbs first grandma and then LRRH. The woodcutter frees them and the unsynthesised thoughts escape intact. The neurotic accretion having been destroyed by another pneuminous form is liberated into its original emptiness. The death of the wolf is the dissolution of the ego and the understanding of the thoughts as autonomous entities that cannot be subsumed.

Hence it is not only a cautionary tale for pneuminous forms but also for Narps. Pneuminous forms should not be greedily absorbed lest they destabilise the neurotic accretion owing to their unperceived autonomy.

The irony in the two analogies is that for Philemon the thoughts are like animals and yet for the fairy tale it is the notion of self (the neurotic accretion)  that is portrayed as an animal and the thoughts as humans. This is no doubt deliberate and maybe more cogent than Philemon’s notion. The neurotic accretion almost blindly absorbs thoughts and believes its identity after the fact. That is, LRRH is a childhood fairytale.

Azathaoth is the attempt at the reaccretion of the sultan demonic god with his infernal musicians. Maybe it is the case that the previously mentioned triteness of Lovecraftian plug ins should not result in the eschewing of this trope but rather signal an engulfing acceptance of it. If this is the case then some effort must be made to remove the negative connotations of the entities therein. Of course Lovecraft is written as horror, so the affects upon the mortal Narps are necessarily pernicious, yet contemplation of such a cosmology does not entail this negativity.

Cosmically scaled beings are not necessarily hostile in any sense of enfeebled Narp notions of evil (of course Lovecraft acknowledges this), they just have differing level of perception which may regard our very prana as at best inconsequential and worst food for its own consumption. The Cthulhu mythos though is still necessarily just that: ‘myth’. This is not a degrading notion as its acknowledgement of it; the Mythos as myth signals its movement proper from horror fiction to ontological possibility. As is invariably pointed out, the Cthulhu myth is rationally superior to many older paranormal formulas because it seems so compatible with our understanding of the universe as a terrifying vast abyss. Where we might hunt in vain for the occasional vampire appearance, the speculative manifestation of alien inter-dimensional beings seems far more reasonable (Keel, Lynch amongst others bring this notion out well).

The notion of Azathaoth as the god of letters that have not yet occurred is a first attempt to free this being from negativity. A primordial pre-ontological chaos is not evil, it has not yet even approximated this notion (which is utterly unclear even to ourselves). The putative influence of Lord Dunsay’s ‘Mana-Yood-Sushai’ upon the inception of Azathoth seems instructive. This particular deity is a creator God that must be kept asleep in order for the rest of existence to continue. This notion of the sleeping creator God is of course reminiscent of the dream of infinite space in which infinite existence dreams itself as finitude in its longing to cease. We are those finite dreams, the wish fulfilment of literal eternity.

If the Lovecraftian pantheon is to solidify its useful relation within the magicko-philosophical-theoretical factions we must cease any indulgence as servants of darkness (this kind of partisanship is not helpful to the putative distance of the discipline). Azathoth for this reason becomes Azathaoth, an ameliorative tweak of reaccretion. This barbarous name signals a deity level accretion of still abysmal depths, yet frees it from demonic accretive power (mostly) and urges us to perceive it as power of non-information itself (as speculated elsewhere on the blog by Freestone).

Azathaoth as Mana-Yood-Sushai is the sleeping god of the umbra, as non-information, information has formed around it by the possibility of discretion (Iok-sotot of Pneuma). The drum of Skarl is the steady manifestation of solid existence as pneuma, the cessation of which signals the awaking of Azathaoth and the end of all pneuma. This event too is not to be thought of as ‘evil’ negation but simply mythic end game. An end game which, if the dream of  infinite space has any cogence to it, is strictly speaking impossible, unless Azathoath can come to terms with its own infinite nature. Since we are products of its wish fulfilment for non-being (the longing for finitude), if Azathaoth could allow itself to accept its infinite nature this would signal the reconciliation of itself with its infinity. Hence on this reading our own cessation (and the cessation of all finitude) would be (if we must attribute something resembling ethics to the situation) a wholly positive outcome.