Your pets, and the animals you can’t tame, may be the closest to the true God you’ll get.
Although I don’t recall having written before about animals, about “our” relationship to them and what their position may be in this ontology I’ve been crafting, I’ve been thinking about them, a lot, and for a long, long time. My most recent attempt to reconcile my own understanding with that of another philosophical/occult system failed yesterday on just the issue of these animals, so I think I need to expose some of these thoughts, for clarity.
The way a philosophical system, or a religious one (especially in the sense that religion means a way of life), treats animals is a good indication of how it feels about life itself without the complication of man. The respect and empathy for animals is to me one of the most profound indications of the true heart, of genuine (as opposed to the pretended) compassion. It is exemplified by that of the Third Reich, as exemplified by Hitler himself, and brought forward into our times by Savitri Devi, who was also misanthropic in ways close to my heart, with her legions of cats.
The respect and compassion for “our fellow” animals is also one of the ways in which the Pagan systems, almost universally, are superior to those of the Magian, Semitic, Abrahamic systems. Eating animals is not necessarily indicative of disrespect for them – it depends on how it is done. I don’t eat many of them myself these days, and I try to be particular about which ones, and how. Oversystemization of these choices – as in absolute prohibitions, rules of slaughter, etc. – are to some extent indicative of how religion works. The masses need rules.
But we’ll come back to that. I was compelled to write this article of necessity, as of yesterday, by running into yet another dead stop in my attempts to find empathy in various systems – most particularly lately, as you may have seen, that of the o9A and anti-cosmic currents as exemplified by Current 218. One of the things these systems have in common to some extent, made more clear in the O9A metaphysics, is the notion that the Acosmic appears in the cosmic world through what O9A called Nexions, and that one of these classes of Nexions is life itself. That is, life itself, by appearing to reverse the downward, mechanistic, leaden tendencies of the manifest, the material, the cosmic, is acosmic – it represents a spark of the divine, what the O9A metaphysic (such as there is one – I personally think the broader frame and meaning of that philosophy extends beyond such specifics, but that is for later and elsewhere) describes sometimes as Entropy. It is what other acosmic systems have described as a golden spark or the black flame, or both.
What is most despicable and becomes most obvious early on in an examination of the Abrahamic systems [note to self: I’m better off for now sticking with the “Abrahamic” rather than “Magian” description because the latter implies inclusion of the Persian/Zoroastrian, and I’m not sure that’s fair], is their treatment of animals. In the Hebrew systems in particular, man is clearly denoted to be made by “God” the master of the earth and lord over the animals. The utter distinction of Man’s nature from that of the “lower” animals is a major feature of all the Abrahamic systems, most particularly including the current and most degenerate one of Western rationalism descended to consumer culture. With the exception of. a few household pets (who are treated as people when they are wanted, and as garbage when they are not), animals are now to man “things”, things to eat and exploit, regardless not only of their suffering, which is sometimes noted, but also of their nobility, which usually is not. This is, by the way and not incidentally, one of the major factors behind the Sixth Extinction – that scientific fact which is darker than all your doomsday philosophies.
Man closer to nature, especially in those harsher climates which gave “rise” to the noblest cultures of man, built his civilization to some extent on exploitation of animals, it is true. He ate them, he used them as slaves. In other environments this was not so necessary. But he had an understanding of them. Sometimes animals had to die; sometimes men, people have to die. There is too much here for this article. But at the bottom there was a respect, an appreciation, which is missing from the modern world – I maintain, largely because of the Abrahamic infection which I call the Disease.
Now, one of the issues I’ve had to deal with in examining these magical, occult and philosophical traditions – is to what extent the inclusion of any symbolism or mythology from the Abrahamic systems is useful as opposed to destructive. I will admit that any use of Biblical imagery is dangerous, as it not only leads down the slippery slope to the “demiurgic” [read: false demiurgic] model of reality, but in many cases it indicates an initial failure to escape from the culturally inherited blindness of that imposed mythology. In other word: I return to the Abrahamic mythology and approach it with some common after (1) never having been heavily inculcated with it in the first place, except incidentally as a by-product of its shaping of and influence on the material and social cultures in which I was reared in general; and (2) having deliberately escaped from it by adopting a mix of Pagan European and Vedic mythologies for myself for quite a few years. I then return to examine the Abrahamic systems with a mix of the disdain of the scholar and the caution of a bacteriologist approaching a contagious disease, or a wilderness explorer approaching a poisonous snake.
Again, the supposed mastery by right of man over the earth, including its living creatures has been included in our cultural disease until it is implicit. Until it seems natural to us that we are killing and eliminating whole species at a rate unprecedented in the history of the earth. It seems natural to us that animals are raised solely to be used by us as products; as food, for their skins, and worse. This is far different from the killing of wild animals for food, or even the domestic rearing of animals for that purpose. The lives of these modern animals is nothing but torture.
I grew up in a family which raised cattle, hogs and other animals for food (and for sale). The life of a steer wasn’t bad until he was killed to be eaten (and if not for that eventual fate, he never would’ve been fed, or lived, in the first place, in this world in which only that which serves man is allowed to exist). If you’ve ever lived or worked on a farm, you know these differences. For many years I maintained that only a person who can kill and clean an animal should be allowed to eat it. I am coming back to this view.
And if I have to convince you that factory farming is evil – I leave that to others, and I leave you.
Let’s return to the Abrahamic and the propriety of its inclusion in our systems. I have long been empathetic to those who argue that all of it, starting with the Torah and forward, is an evil, not to be touched. To some extent they are right. Yet it seems to me, over the years, that there is much of value buried in these systems, a knowledge not native to the Hebrews but stolen by them and included, if tainted, and not found much elsewhere. One of the systems is that part of the Kabbalah (or Qabalah) known as the Tree of Life, including the Sephiroth. I especially admire those extensions of it which lead through to the Qlipoth, the dark side. I have a profound admiration of this system of emanation; it just feels right. It feels in no way Jewish. So that while I certainly understand and empathize with those advocates of Asatru or the Northern Pagan and Indo-European (read: Aryan) systems in general, that all such mythological taint should be avoided, I often find that the systems brought in effectively to replace those systems – such as the Hellenism of the O9A mythos, including lots of terms writ in Greek letters, and particularly the Seven Fold Way – don’t feel as natural to me. They feel strained.
And so I am lead back to reading even Serrano’s interpolations of the myths of Adam and Eve, with Lillith, and then the Qayin myths as exemplified by Current 218, particularly by the works attributed to N.A – A.218, the author of the Sitra Achra, which I greatly admire, and the Falxifer books. But I was stopped in reading Falxifer II yesterday, which I had begun with great hopes as it introduces those acosmic aspects and the mythology leading to the Qlipoth, despite its apparent restructuring of the myths of Adam and Eve, Lillith and Qayin (Cain), as it began constant references to the fallen Adam and Eve and their natural progeny – those not truly born of Lillith and Satan – as “merely animals”. That is, it likened them to all the other animals over which Man is given dominion in the Bible. And which lack of understanding of the true nature of the animal leads us to right where we are now, and to the Extinction.
Let me propose a more viable model. Life is indeed the bleeding through of the Acosmic, of the golden spark, into the Cosmic. But its highest expression is not in the garden variety man – to whom the O9A refers as the mundane, but in the higher animals, in the mammals. Whereas, although the human animal is capable, among those (as I have said) in whom the rare golden blood exists which is capable of being lit by the black flame, of the highest and most conscious expressions of this spark, this Entropy – among most, the Disease has ravished, as eradicated and replaced the spark with a rot, with indolence, with crass ego and the lower self. This is why I respect most animals and very few men.
I am a misanthrope, for sure, as was Savitri Devi, but I have lost for the most part her hope in Aryan man to make this age worthwhile. Against all hope, I believe that it is essential for us who carry the Spark to step back a level – to wait for what comes next, in non-human form. For it appears that Wotan is lost, and is near-dead or ailing. But the Spark is older than Wotan, older than any creature, god or entity in this cosmic plane. The Spark will be here when Wotan and Yahweh are gone. We must cherish it, although it cannot go out. Inasmuch as we are that Spark, we are “more eternal” than the gods, than the universe.
And so are our animal friends. I think maybe even a few of them are capable of being infected with the Disease – particularly the dogs, which have become too close to man, for too long. I would still have a dog, had I a lifestyle which would allow and justify one. My current best friend is my cat – a top predator who unfortunately lives in a man-made world. Yet these creatures are still noble and of sincere intent.
But I respect all those animals whom I see and who are treated so badly by man. I trust that their own spark, untainted, may also carry through into a world to be formed, untainted by the Disease of Yahweh, and of Man.
There’s a lot to be said about how a love of animals should manifest in this world. Vegetarianism is a slippery slope which leads to less compatible existences like Veganism and ultimately to the self-abnegation and living suicide of the Jains. I personally rarely eat the meat of higher mammals, and never pork except in extreme or exceptional circumstances. It’s different if I know the animal was raised “humanely” (also for reasons of health). I eat seafood; I have little empathy with a fish.
I wear leather. There are lots of excuses; the cattle are slain anyway, and in all events I will carry the filthy guilt of mankind to my grave, in any event.
So what’s my point? I think that for me, it’s about retaining the capacity to love. It’s very hard to love a human whole-heartedly in this epoch. I guess I am an unusually isolated person, with regard to human relationships. I am unusually free of human relationships, perhaps by reason of my “karma”, which led me to this incarnation, to have these experiences, to awaken in the way I had to awaken, to do what I came here to do. There are still people whom I love of course; but with them, I am always conscious that they are all to extent, Diseased as am I. While in human form, we will never be totally pure.
Not so the animals. They can be selfish, of course, predatory of course! Spolied, indolent… but all in ways natural to themselves. If I died today, my cat might eventually eat me. I can’t think, sometimes, of a better justification for this existence.