Zonal forces potentially emanate from dereliction.  Fisher famously tried to define the eerie as related to the notion that in a given situation/phenomenon some agency could be inferred though not detected. Zonal infestation of dereliction occurs quite easily but is by no means necessary. Frequently adventured in/relatively recent dereliction can become so inhabited that it acquires no mysterious air -its accretions are maintained albeit in an altered form. However at least slightly old, cordoned off or infrequently visited places of previous human work or habitation readily acquire an other worldly look. Sometimes called unplaces, such regions are ripe for zonal transformation.

Unplaces are a tiny aspect flip away from becoming zones. One may do this intentionally if one wishes, one may look upon an unplace as if it were now the seat of some permeable reality (an active form of zonal accretion) or it may happen of its own accord upon investigation (unknown origin -umbratic or pneuminous). Quite likely unplaces will stay as an unplaces even upon investigation and be interesting in the sense that history can be interesting.

Part (though not all) of the sensation of the strangeness of the unplace is the curious tension between its being so obviously created by humans (in particular as opposed to NARPs in general) and its now not containing any. The sustaining pneuminous and physical power that emits from the inhabitants is missing. The accretions are stagnant. No humans conceptually enliven this space. The lurking phantasy of incoherent idealisms suggest the possibility without this ‘being perceived’ the space is somehow unstable. The aged look of such places as Dionysus comes to reclaim them adds to the sense of alterity. It is not eerie in Fisher’s sense because it is precisely understood who the agents were and clear that they are no longer there. We feel imaginary accretions of such places, we invent the previous life.

The zonal aspect of the unplace is almost ironic apropos Fisher’s notion insofar as, though the spaces were designed by humans and gain their curious appearance due to the tension of their lack, the eerie presence felt may suggest itself as nothing remotely human (thus the agency involved is a second agency layered upon the agency that we know actually made the structures). Of course regular ghost like activity is possible and in this case the eerie sense is the presence of the agency of the remaining neurotic accretion fragments -regular Fisherian eerieness. However other zonal phenomena may be more alien/ultra-terrestrial/synchroncitous or just plain ambiguous between free floating neurotic accretions (ghosts) and other autonomous conscious accretive entities (poltergeist activity).

One of the suggested connections between unplace transformation into zone is that of the lack of human pneuminous force within the area. As the conceptual power of humans solidifies the vectors into the things we take them to be, so its absence loosens this grip. It may be there is an elastic tension created by the pneuminous bend upon the umbratic structure that, upon its release, bends back in an opposite manner. This opposite bend may create the reality thinning effect observed as highly imminent in unplaces. The being-in-the-umbra of such places creates the looseness -they are less close to strongly structured human reality. This release is attractive to such beings that wish to cross this thresh-hold (for a picnic). Of course this is a speculative manifestation, though it is no less interesting for it.

 

Like all concepts the zone resists definition. As laid out in earlier work, the structure of concepts has an an initial appearance of incoherent coherence. This means that we accept the definition/use of the word with little reflection. It seems sound in its sense so that is good enough. Any analysis of a concept inevitably turns up some degree of incoherence, the concept is leaky. The philosophical revelation of this means that the appearance is reversed into a coherent incoherence.

The Lynchian/Strugatskian inspired zone accretion does not really suggests something coherent even initially. However, even though no definition is particularly given, a feeling of an incredible occult-synthesis emits from it. A sensation that maybe here is a sprawling concept that will give some kind of satisfaction to the matter in hand. It won’t. It can’t.

The zone, like some other concepts, over-reaches its ability (outside, umbra, God). It tries to point to a beyond. The zone often begins as a physical space that has been infected by anomaly. It strongly suggests something like inter-dimensionality/reality permeability/soft placeness that persists in a particular area. The nature of this alteration is often couched as outside of current understanding -though no doubt in some SF works zone like phenomena exist that are comprehended if not controlled. Any zone like phenomena in our reality are definitely not understood. Of course competing ontological manifestations occur even in mainstream science. However some versions are so functionally accurate that the only alteration possible will be one that subsumes them rather than outright corrects them. Zone like phenomena are either rejected or hypothesised about (often involving quantum mechanics). Ineffability is a feature of the zone.

Strong suggestions that zonal phenomena are actually located can be reinforced at a pneuminous level. Zonal power as anomalous to regular reality in some way creates the pneuminous interference feedback. Vectors designated as zones are pre-accreted with zonal pneuma. NARPs aware of this bring this accretion with them and add to the phenomena, thus raising the likelihood that anomaly will manifest. NARPs unaware or disbelieving that they have entered a zone (like Robert McFarlane’s encounter at Chanctonbury Ring) may still be affected as, though the accreted area may be less likely to function in the face of non-belief or non-awareness, the autonomy of pneuminous accretions guarantees this possibility remains live. Theoretically zones could be created with no original ontological anomaly (interdimensional interaction), but only with the myth of one. The myth accretion in turn builds more zonal pneuma upon the vector, rendering the site autonomously zonal. This possibility means that even apparently ‘special’ places may be only pneuminously formed.

This insight relates to the zonal concept problem. Insofar as objective and subjective have any value, zonal phenomena do not give themselves to either particularly well, since even putatively ‘objective’ zones may have been previously ‘subjectively’ constituted -only in turn to behave as if ‘objectively’ present. This problem is compounded by zonal contamination. The zone as a vector infected with anomaly also infects other NARPs. The zone escapes its physical location, which we can know must to some extent be illusory as the very nature of it breaches spatio-temporal regularity. NARPs as mobile locations and producers of accretions become infected with zonal pneuma either consciously or unconsciously. Zonal interference follows (synchronicity or other phenomena).

Yet the zone is not the phenomena themselves. This, if nothing else may be the only insight. The anomalous phenomena are housed within the zone. The zone is the region, spatial or temporal or both in which the phenomena may occur. The zone may show itself as a sensation in which the possibility of anomaly is imminent but not necessary. Pneuminous feedback guarantees that even the most artificial projection of zonal pneuma may precipitate results e.g. NARPs of altered or unaltered consciousness may whip each other into a frenzy of believing they have entered a twilight zone type phenomena and in doing so will further accrete such [zonal] pneuma. The zone equally may not be spotted and may be only retrospectively attributed. Phenomena that occur outside of any indication that anomaly is imminent will alert NARPs to their presence and thus awareness of the zone e.g. houses suddenly become haunted houses; the hidden zone is thus brought to life (or created). Unexpected synchronicity may have a similar feeling, especially if there is more than one. This creates the sensation that reality around the NARP is altered ‘at the moment’ and gives the sense that the zone is present.

As Wittgenstein pointed out ““Our language can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight regular streets and uniform houses.” so the word zone is itself a region (or zone) of this sprawling mass. The zones we are interested in here are those that are related to what are often termed ‘anomalous phenomena’, these we may refer to as ‘zonal phenomena’.

The zone appears where otherness begins to manifest. The zone has four primary modes of manifestation. These are the spatial, the temporal, the spatio-temporal and the mobile.

The spatial zones are thought to exist in particular places in which reside particular circumstances potentially uncaring for humans interest or otherwise in them. Humans notice such zones because anomaly seems to be common in or near them. Often identified as haunted, fairy inhabited or sites of UFO sightings, the phenomena, whatever they are, are local to a particular region.

Temporal zones do not occupy any particular place. These are regions of time in which our reality is exposed to zonal interference to a greater degree than other times. Twilight is a particularly obvious one, whilst some believe certain astronomical (or astrological) arrangements render existence closer to zonal influence, the full moon is a good example.

Spatio temporal zonal manifestation appears only at a specific place and time. The entrance to the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks was exactly such a phenomena. Magick is of course littered by instructions to do certain things at not only certain times but also at certain places. In this notion lies the spatio-temporal zone.

The mobile zone follows entities around. Certain objects/organisms generate zonal phenomena by their very presence. We should note however that the mobile zone has two manifestations. Whilst the former focuses on zonal fields that radiate from certain beings, the latter emanates from the conscious experience of a given NARP. In this instance the whole of their existence acquires a certain zonal hue and simply walking around in it is liable to result in zonal interference (synchronicity). This experience gives rise to the appearance of ‘levels of consciousness’ which may tune into the zone. The trance state of course is well known for occult associations and ability to facilitate zonal forces.

The agnostic disjunction of course is there lurking at the interpretation of every one of these zones. In the case of the strong physically experienced zones (entity manifestations, lights etc) the choice is often between believing the phenomena to actually zonal or believing them to be rationally understandable at some point in the future. In the case of more synchroncity like phenomena, the disjunction is between actual zonal interference and the already explained -confirmation bias, probability etc.

Cutting across these distinctions is the notion of the pneuminous and the umbratic. It is certainly true that the first three types of zone could be said to seem to be umbratic in nature. That is, there is something underneath the pneuminous (vector-conceptually mediated) appearance that is the actual cause of the phenomena. The umbratic postulates a restraining system of being that can be bent by the pneuminous under conditions not fully understood by ourselves but related to our desiring abilities of projection. Mostly though, the umbratic retains its power, this is why things generally hang together as we expect them to.

The notion of special places and times does strongly suggest such umbratic structures in play, however we cannot rule out the possibility that such the zonal power comes from deeply imbedded pneuminous accretive structures created by NARPs in certain places. As the ontology entails that the pneuma is free floating from the NARP, it is perfectly cogent for the pneuminous structures to exist independently in some spatial location. Hence sites of anomaly may just be sites where magickal rites have previously been made or something similar. A chicken and egg situation arises as we might ask as to why the original inhabitants chose the site; did they not do so because of its actual nature?  Such questions though degenerate into agnostic disjunction and we can go no futher. What we must be care to assert is that supposedly intrinsically zonal areas may themselves be NARP creations.

The inverse of course is true of any phenomena that appear purely pneuminous projections. Zonal objects may seem most likely to vectors with powerful accretions attached to them, yet it of course possible that they may be have some actual umbratic property that brings about anomaly around them -though admittedly this is only convincing for items like crystals where we might speculate some kind of umbratic force radiates from them; items like haunted/cursed/blessed cups or pens suggest only pneuminous accretive zonal forces in play.

Purely temporal zones can also be pneuminous. The example of twilight can be pneuminously rendered as a feedback. The vector that acquires the name twilight, does so on the between of dark and light, suggesting the concept of border and gap (the gap between the worlds). This vector region also possesses interesting light spectral effects (the blue hour) that can easily be interpreted as zonal. The pneuma’s ability to bend the umbratic means that the mass accretion attachment of this zonal appearance to the vector actually ends up creating zonal effects where originally there were not necessarily any -no umbratic influence. Of course the umbratic explanation might be true and the twilight might open an actual gap but this is not necessarily the case.

Mobile zones as emanating from NARPs most strongly suggest a mixture of both. The mobile zone as a state in which the NARP finds itself can be brought on by itself, with narcotics or consciousness altering work. Such zones often generate synchronicity like phenomena for the NARP and give a powerful sense of familiar reality being transformed into the zone. In this case the synchronicity effect projects the strong sense of pneuminous interference (as the conceptual power is so NARP contingent) whilst the alterations itself shows the aforementioned appearance of the level of reality being somehow changed -an umbratic suggestions.

No zonal manifestation appears as categorically umbratic or pneuminous but there are suggestions from within our experience that influence our interpretations of these phenomena.

 

Welcome to zonetology. The general description of the content can be found in the ‘What is Zonetology?’ page at the top. Writers (and readers) should note that Parasol, has not been abandoned along with the CEO but remains perfectly intact. Whether or not it remains the Journal of the CEO or becomes that of Zonetology remains to be seen.