The Sigil of the Orthosphere

Thanks to InfoGalactic, I learned the other day a bit about Chaos Magic. I had searched on “egregor” – the Greek for “watcher,” a topic of some interest to me – and found out that it is a term of art in that discussion. In Chaos Magic, an egregor is an artificial spirit, created by a magician as at first a heuristic hypostatization, a “thought form,” devised for his own convenient internal usages, of some nexus of impulses within himself – sometimes nice, sometimes not so nice (as, say, a besetting temptation) – so as to identify and, above all, simply *notice it,* and thus address it more aptly; and then at some point publicly promulgated, so that it then engages the interest and attention of other practitioners, who find it useful and adopt it for their own internal operations, so that it then informs their activities. A meme, in other words, but a meme that has some intrinsic characteristics that lend it suasive and informative powers, so that it can seem to take on a life of its own, and become the apparent animating spirit of a whole group of people. Widely disparate people, not communicating with each other at all (so far as we can know), can evoke the response to current events of an egregor that has possessed them without any outward coordination, and in a unison of spirit and even of diction that is truly wonderful, even spooky.

There is much truth in this notion. Consider, e.g., anthropogenic global warming. Or transsexuality. Or Trump Derangement Syndrome. Or Communism. Or for that matter any fad or trend or notion, any ideology, that has little objective correlate or reason outside the merely social world.

So far as I can tell, Chaos Magicians are sheer nominalists. Honest, too. They don’t believe that memes signify anything actual, that have being all their own, quite apart from and prior to their invocations and instantiations in their advocates and victims. They believe rather that the memes they “create” are purely artificial, like computer programs or recipes for apple crisp.

I am a realist, so of course I disagree about that. Not just with respect to memes, egregores whether vicious or virtuous, but even computer programs and recipes (anything that contributes to the result of an apple crisp of the overpowering delectable sort that my wife routinely concocts is a Formidable Real: no real recipe of any sort, then no real possibility of such an apple crisp; apple crisp; QED). I think all those things must be real in the first place, somehow or other, if they are ever to find contingent concrete instantiation anywhere in some cosmos. I think, in other words, that any such mundane instantiation presupposes the prior actuality somewhere or other, somehow or other, of what it instantiates. With Aristotle, Plato, Philo, Israel, and her Church, in other words, I think the Forms are Real, Concrete, Actual; so that, when you call them (the way that computer programs call subroutines or objects) they do, really, come, and take up residence in your Central Nervous System, and there operate, deforming its material configuration and acts.

So it seems plain to me that the Chaos Magicians, like any of the Real, non-chaotic sorts of Magicians – the shaman and the alchemist, the sensei and the based psychotherapist, and the like, who take their arts seriously enough to understand that the objects thereof (their adversaries, and indeed their own personal components) have intrinsic being, nobility, power, wildness, and therefore *danger,* and who are therefore fitly *afraid* of what they do – are playing with fire.

Demonic fire, to be exact; the fire of Fallen seraphim – dragons – and cherubim – griffins, with their flaming swords – and all the Fallen choirs subject thereto, shining, beauteous, deadly, alluring, glorious.

The Real Mages have a shot at understanding the true stakes of the tremendous Game they play. The others do not. This is why there are hierarchies of initiation. It is to avoid disaster, and damnation.

Excursus: How many psychotherapists are contending with demons? That is to ask, how many psychotherapists are practicing? For, who is not contending with demons? Even God in Christ contends with demons. So then do we, all.

Excursus: This is why Scripture and Doctrine and the Magisterium condemn and abjure sorcery and mancy of all kinds in the strongest terms. They are false, and lead to falsehood, so that there is in them no possible good, mutatis mutandis; which is to say, that they do definitely *work,* but only toward terrific and bottomless evil. “Here be dragons” is no idle legend.

Excursus: The power that egregores exert is egregious. “Egregious” is from the Latin ex grege, “rising above the flock.” A watcher is a shepherd: an egregor.

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock … Psalm 80:1

Excursus: Is Christianity coordinated by an egregor? To be sure. He is the Lógos, our Principal, Prince, and Head.

Indeed I doubt not that every human organism, whether individual or social, is animated by all manner of egregores, some rightful, some vicious.

Excursus: The Resurrection was a genius move on the part of the Lógos, because it was an utterly extrasocial – and, indeed, extracosmic – factor of egregious power. It was an irruption into the social world of First Century Palestine of something that simply could not be accommodated within that world, and thus shattered its Fallen egregious categories, thereby utterly and categorically defeating them. The Death and Resurrection of God scandalizes – indeed, utterly ruins – every project other than his.

This is one reason (among several others) why at the Death of God – in which his Resurrection was, obviously, logically implicit (for, since he is, you know, *God,* how could it be otherwise?) – the Veil of the Temple was rent in twain from top to bottom, the very earth quaked, there was darkness at noon, and the Earth gave up her dead – not just then and there, but everywhere, and everywhen.

The sea, too.

The incommensurability of the Resurrection to anything else of this world that had gone before was an unanswerable challenge to the Fallen Watchers, who had theretofore Ruined everything, more or less. It changed everything, permanently. It put the whole cosmic project on an entirely different footing.

Do not imagine that the effects of this change were contained within the bounds of First Century Palestinian society, or of humanity, or of Earth. A change this categorical is cosmic in scope, no matter where it occurs. I do not for a moment think that it happened only at Golgotha, and at the Sepulchre. If it happens anywhere in our world, it happens everywhere; this is Ernst Mach’s Effect, and on the coherence of the cosmos, in virtue of which it is in the first place a cosmos to begin with, it could not be otherwise; so that, if once it happens, and if it happens only once, then in a coherent cosmos all happenings reflect and echo and magnify it, willy nilly, and throughly – even should they repudiate it. For, even to repudiate is to reckon. The heavens declare the Glory of God; but so despite themselves do the demons.

The redemption and the eschaton – same thing, different aspects of the same event – happened at Golgotha and at the Sepulchre (Golgotha the input, the Empty Tomb the output: GIGO, a matter of mere logic: Glory In, Glory Out). So might it happen in you, now, or in me. So might it happen in our First Parents, and in any of their heirs, at any time. So might it happen for any creature, and at any occasion. I doubt not that the Resurrection is manifest and typified in minds throughout our cosmos, as their inmost and most characteristic, most essential crisis. For, on cosmic coherence, if it happens once, it happens once *for all.* So in effect it happens everywhere whatsoever, and everywhen. Everything is by it redeemed, without jot or tittle left out or left behind; unless, that is, some jot or tittle here or there, for reasons of his own, purblind and sore, does not want to join the train that leads heavenward and so to joy, and bids the rest of us an irritated peevish farewell and god riddance.

Excursus: The Fallen Watchers exert their egregious effects only by means of falsehoods; of lies. NB: lies are purely *social* instruments. Outside of societies, they have no meaning, and no effect, so no existence. Rocks know nothing of lies. This is why rocks so often defeat lies, as at the Valley of Elah. The waters – the fluxions of the Tao – know nothing of lies. This is why the waters wear down the lies, and erode them away, until the rough places are made plain.

Excursus: So, all you Gregories out there: do what you can to ensure that you were not named in vain. But, don’t feel as though your burden in that respect is particularly heavy. Consider my own predicament. Saint Clement and Saint Anselm, pray for me! And all Saint Gregories, pray for all of us fathers, husbands, and shepherds!

To be a man is, in the final analysis, to be called to the profession of shepherd. Everything of manhood is that, or an elaboration of that. To be a true Alpha is to be truly competent as a patriarch: a shepherd. And Virtue is its Way.

I learned also that egregores can be invoked by means of their sigils, which are glyphs that, by numerological procedures upon their names that are way over my head and far beneath my studied interest, can by the initiate be read off. In other words, if you know the lingo by which the sigil signifies, you can read the sigil, and know whom it denotes, and so calls. No different than the letters and sentences you now see before you, i.e.

Most of this stuff goes back thousands of years, of course. The Chaos Magicians have coopted it for their own purposes. Or vice versa. I bet on the latter.

A sigil is also a seal, or a signet (most of them seem to be circular, like the blazon of a signet ring or my Gravitas sigil, seen everywhere on WordPress adjacent to its links to all my posts, mentions, and comments). The seal is engraved upon the wax, and so deforms it, so that it reflects (and then in its own causal turn engraves) the character of the thing the sigil signifies. So when we pray in the Name of God, we pray that God shall engrave himself as a seal upon our hearts; we call him, and pray that he instantiate himself in us and conform our will and its operations in accordance with his Will, so that we may magnify his Name – his sigil, and its evocative causal power – in our own cosmic vicinity, ad maiorem dei gloriam.

What then is the sigil of the Orthosphere, that invokes our egregor, and is the point of this essay? I suggest that it is the chi rho; the sign in which we conquer:

There are a number of symbolic significations of this sigil. Indeed, one could expatiate upon its symbolic significations for many pages. But, of particular pertinence to the peculiarly human and therefore social mission of the Orthosphere, it should be noted that one of them is to construe the chi as denoting the limit of our parochial political world – which is a reflection and artefactual effect of our social and our cosmic environment. Along one dimension defined by the chi, there is as we might nowadays say the spectrum from what we now call the Left to what we now call the Right. Along the other, there is perhaps the spectrum from what we now call Libertarianism to what we now call Authoritarianism. I leave it to the reader to tell what we nowadays misconstrue about each of these delimitations of these two spectra. Other ages or climes might construe their dichotomies quite differently. However we decide to interpret the two dimensions denoted by the chi, it suffices to take them as dimensions of the merely mundane, and so unbaptized, ergo Fallen, political plane.

Through that plane the rho penetrates. Note that it is a sword; the hilt is at the top of it. It is Saint Michael’s Sword. A bit of its blade is seen in our banner.

That Sword is the Resurrection, with all that it entails, and consequends.

That Sword rends the Veil.

Enough said. All else follows troublessly.

15 thoughts on “The Sigil of the Orthosphere

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  2. Thanks a lot for the post! Writing like that reminds me why I respect serious Catholics more than atheists – you people know that reality doesn’t end (or even begin) with matter.

    Since you helped me reaching a satisfactory understanding of morality, I kept reading the Orthosphere out of intellectual curiosity and for learning English, but refrained from commenting. However, now that you finally engage with my own field, Chaos Magic, I have to write again 🙂

    “Chaos Magicians are sheer nominalists” – I disagree. We treat Magic itself as quite real and independent of ourselves. Similarly, external reality. Exactly because we practice Magic we notice that it *should* be possible to jump from the balcony and fly, but we *in fact* cannot do so yet.

    Early Chaos Magic was extremely “nominalist” (I’d say agnostic) about what Magic exactly *is* and *why* it works. If you look at a really “old” essay (1991) you’ll see that view – you can get to Magic via Spirits, via Energy and who knows how else, so we don’t know which of these “models” is true.

    I’d say that since then it has become accepted that Spirits (i.e. demons, egregores etc.) really do exist independently and can exert their own causal influence. Spirits are real enough to be feared and real enough to fall in love with. Similarly, it’s pretty accepted that since Spirits can do Magic and we are just Spirits with bodies, we can do Magic too. Directly influence the world around us, to a certain extent. Nothing nominalist here – see for example (if you find that unpleasant to read, which I suspect you will, try my own “Learning Only Magic” here: )

    “ ‘Here be dragons’ is no idle legend.” – Let me tell you that there’s a notable current within Chaos Magic which wants to change the world to make that statement as true as possible. Fill it up with Magic to the brim. “We wanted fireballs, dammit! We wanted places on the map that said ‘Here there be Dragons’ and meant it” There’s even a widespread Egregore with this intent – “to increase the levels of magick in the world”

    I wonder what you folks think of that? Where does the “terrific and bottomless evil” come in?

    • Thanks for commenting, Moonlight. It’s great to hear from an actual Chaos Magician. Like I said, I only learned about the existence of the topic about a week ago, so by no means should my take on it be understood as authoritative.

      I got the impression of nominalism in Chaos Magic from the discussion at InfoGalactic of some of the early writing by the founding lights of the field, which as you indicate tilted pretty strongly in that direction. I’m glad to hear that most Chaos Magicians are not nominalists. It’s not a good way to be for anyone, but especially for those who are invoking egregores. It is hard for me to imagine engaging in that sort of practice for too long without experiencing things that are, shall we say, too real to be merely nominal.

      Analogously, a naturalist can assist at only so many exorcisms without becoming a convinced supernaturalist, regardless of his prior philosophical commitments.

      Invoking egregores of any sort is terrifically dangerous, because when you thus open yourself to them they can take over your mind and your life. This is so of both angelic and demonic egregores. It is so even – indeed, especially – of the Shepherd of the Church: if you pray to him that he take over your life, he will come and do so; and that can be dangerous indeed, for it can lead to ostracism, penury, and in the limit martyry. The most powerful of the egregores, the egregore of egregores – God – is the most dangerous of all.

      He’s not a tame lion.

      But, fortunately, he is also perfectly good, so that those who ask him to possess them can be confident that, whatever sufferings then follow under his Providence, they are on the right track, and in good hands.

      As minds go, we are but feeble, so we take a far greater risk in invoking any other egregor whatever – even those we deem by our poor lights to be angelic. Opening the windows of the mind to any spirits other than God allows entry to all manner of things, some of which are evil. The analogy is to operating a database full of sensitive information without installing firewalls to protect it from infestation by online malware. This is why the Church insists that we open ourselves only to the Holy Spirit, and consecrate ourselves only by the Divine Name, and by no other.

      The only safe way to be – the only salvific way, the only right way – is under God’s Spell – the Gospel – and no other.

      There’s plenty of magic in the world – indeed, the world runs on it (maya and magic have the same root). There are billions of angels and demons about, all the time, pressing in upon us on every side, and influencing us as they can. Lots of exorcists report that demonic possession began with innocent use of Ouija boards.

      • I’m pleasantly shocked at the amount agreement between you and me 🙂 Though perhaps _you_ should be shocked at your agreement with a heretic 😉

        “too real to be merely nominal.” indeed – very well put.

        “the world runs on [magic]” – that’s exactly my view and I think it’s not mainstream even in occult spheres. The world is created and sustained via magic. By whom? With the Greek tradition, we might say by χάος – Chaos. That’s my own interpretation of Chaos Magic.

        Chaos is the Primordial Spirit and its thoughts simply *are* this world. It determines the next states of the world by *focusing and intending* one outcome over the other – what we call “Magic”. As Spirits, we are little parts of Chaos and so our focus holds a little part of the decision power. The more focus we put into an outcome, the more these thoughts become Magic and the more likely the outcome becomes, though the other spirits and whoever holds the “laws of nature” (really habits, since they are sometimes broken by what you call miracles) obviously also exert their influence. This is how the world is formed. Chaos created some minds, and now these minds can also create minds, i.e. Egregores and manifest other outcomes.
        What do you think of this view?

        (This was built on the idea that what you call God is indeed omnipresent and therefore cannot create anything *outside* of Himself since He fills all available space. So the only way creation can exist at all is as mental creation ( ))

        Another surprising point of agreement: Rending the Veil of the Mundane. I was shocked to read these terms. These are the exact terms of the current I mentioned which strives to fill the world with Magic. For example, a quote from someone there:

        “I believe in breaking ‘the veil’.
        Yes, on the outside, that seems very foolish and dangerous…until you consider what the veil is. The veil isn’t a literal material. It isn’t some invisible, spiritual barrier that separates the “mundane” from the “magical”.
        The veil is an enforced psychological paradigm, a mind virus, of disbelief and toxic skepticism that keeps us from trusting our own spiritual experiences. And goes out of it’s way to regulate, limit, and dictate other people’s experiences.
        The veil is inside of us rather than outside of us.”

        Now, I personally suspect that the Veil – what I call “Consensus Reality” and what you might call “materialism” – is more than the sum of mundane people’s mundane views – it’s an Egregore itself, perhaps *created* by those views, but possessing a will of its own and pushing the world to seem mundane (i.e. non-magical).

        So you want to pierce the Veil of mundanity and materialism and replace it with Christianity. I want to replace it with Magic itself. With what I perceive as the underlying truth of this reality and the most direct opposition to the Veil. Interesting. What do you think of this disagreement?

        Another thing: You mentioned exorcisms. Even aside from these extreme cases, you Catholics have lots of supernatural experiences. Why don’t you talk about that more? I’d be quite interested. If your aim is to convince people that materialism is false, then some personal accounts of it being false might help 🙂

      • Thanks again, Moonlight. I’m never shocked at my agreements with heresies. The intersection of any heresy and orthodoxy is almost always pretty close to complete, so that they agree (or at least appear to agree) on almost everything. Heresies have to be mostly true, or they would be incredible, couldn’t work in practice, and wouldn’t get off the ground.

        Chaos is the Primordial Spirit and its thoughts simply *are* this world.

        Sure; but it is a misnomer to call the Primordial Spirit “chaos.” If the Primordial Spirit is something definite – is, that is to say, actual – it is not radically indefinite. It is, i.e., not chaotic. On the contrary.

        The notion that the thoughts of God by themselves effect the creatures of this and every other world is pretty standard Christian theology. God knows that x is so; x is therefore ipso facto so; for, as omniscient, God cannot err in respect to what is so. By God’s knowledge of his creation then is his creation enacted. But Christians replace “thought” with “word.” God does not merely think a thing to himself, but also utters it. It is in that uttering that the uttered finds utterance.

        As Spirits, we are little parts of Chaos and so our focus holds a little part of the decision power.

        This too is pretty standard Christian stuff, albeit with some clarifications. We are not parts of God, for God is simple, and has no parts. If God had parts, he could not be primordial, but would be, rather, derivative of those parts. So, we are not parts of God. Nevertheless are we made in the image and likeness of God. One of the consequences of our likeness to God is that, like him, we have causal power. As with God, all our causal effects are engendered on account of the activity of our minds.

        Chaos created some minds, and now these minds can also create minds, i.e., egregores, and manifest other outcomes.

        The quibble here is that, on Christian doctrine, creatures cannot themselves create. They cannot bring about a new occasion of being. They can certainly affect the *development* of other new creaturely occasions, but they cannot bring a totally new being into existence ex nihilo, the way that God can.

        God is indeed omnipresent and therefore cannot create anything *outside* of Himself since He fills all available space. So the only way creation can exist at all is as mental creation.

        It is natural for us to think of God utterly filling an infinite expanse, in which everything comes to pass. But extensions both spatial and temporal are internal aspects of worlds. God doesn’t need to open up space in himself to make room for worlds, because from his perspective transcendent to all worlds – the omniscient and therefore true perspective – none of the worlds, nor all of them, take up any space at all.

        There is no time in eternity, and therefore no space.

        Nevertheless in order for anything other than God to become, it had first to be possible for such a thing to happen. On that real possibility, all creatures continge. We may properly construe the possibility of creatures as a sort of “ontological room” for their occurrence. That ontological room is the Platonic Receptacle.

        Nevertheless all creation is indeed mental – or, as the Church would say, is verbal, and indeed (thanks to the spiration of the Spirit) vocal.

        In Christianity, the Veil is the Firmament, that separates our world from all the others, and from the Waters of the surrounding Ocean. The veil of the Temple is a synecdoche of the Firmament. If the Holy One came forth from within the veil of the Temple – came in, that is to say, from without the veil of the Firmament – his very presence would destroy all who beheld him, or whom he beheld. This is why YHWH does not allow Moses to see him. It is why, when Christ does appear, he appears veiled in flesh. Even at the Transfiguration, the flesh veiled his Glory. Had it not, the world could not have survived his Revelation.

        John’s Apocalypse is the story of how our world does *not* survive his Revelation.

        The veil then is not a bad thing, for it secures the good order of the world, and prevents its instant, total immolation. The rending of the veil then is not its destruction, but rather its definitive opening, so that men can pass through that opening into other, larger worlds – the heavens – each of which is likewise veiled, limited, and so constituted by its own firmaments; and so that the worlds can communicate. The veil that was solidified and rendered (for us) impassable at the Fall is rendered permeable again at the Resurrection.

        This is all just a fancy metaphysical way of saying that the Resurrection made it possible for Fallen creatures to get into Heaven. Christ opened for us again the way to Paradise that we had closed, and that we had not power in ourselves to open again.

        So you want to pierce the Veil of mundanity and materialism and replace it with Christianity. I want to replace it with Magic itself – with what I perceive as the underlying truth of this reality and the most direct opposition to the Veil. Interesting. What do you think of this disagreement?

        There is no disagreement. We don’t want to replace anything. We want to amplify and correct everything. The world ends, yes; but it is begun again, perfected in Christ, *as itself.* This procedure is already underway; indeed, it is one with the procedure of Creation.

        We don’t want to replace this world with another, but to finish the creation of this world in its perfection. Yes, we should like Christian truth to drive out the lies that now on all sides beset us. But that’s not the ultimate point. The ultimate point is to welcome in to our cosmos her King and Bridegroom; so that Christ will be then all in all.

        Believe me, there is lots of talk in Catholic circles about the supernatural.

      • Thanks to you as well, Kristor. Our disagreements have once again allowed me to see my own points more clearly. I’ll stop writing and return to Magic, before I descend into the scribbling JMSmith described so well 🙂

        Despite disagreeing with you a lot on Morality and Theology, I see you Orthospherians as allies in the War against the egregore of the mundane and materialistic. I wish you all a life filled with experiences of the supernatural, hopefully of the pleasant kind 😉

  3. Trinitarian thinking is the pre-Gospel Christian revelation. It appears in the ubiquitous Minoan trefoil and in the Pythagorean theorem. It appears again, not surprisingly, in the Socratic threesome of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. I like to refer to myself as a monothreeist.

    • Yeah, almost all the really big truths have been known for a long time.

      I’ve been meaning to post for some time about a fascinating numerological demonstration of the Trinity I read in Philo Judaeorum. But I haven’t been able to find my volume of his writings since we moved houses a year ago.

    • More on KEK.

      Jordan Peterson YouTube Kek interviews for any interested. Although JP may be considered by Yahweh Theocrats to be a heretical unbeliever (in the violent politically-animal-man correct, orthodox, Catholic Protestant sectarian schism etc. sense), a literal real Invisible personal supreme hierarchical personage that brought you into being (Against your will) who IS and IS NOT (transcends) infinity itself, ….. run-on sentence continued, … there is room in the GOODNESS TENT for JP, in my opinion.

      Good and evil got married. Forbidden no-no. We have to filter out the evil thoughts, not “integrate” them. What is the Only-One God idea but One Mind Ruling Over an infinite Plurality of Matter and of Beings – Totalitarianism. The One and Only Guy in Charge of the Manifestation of All Thought. The One Being that Brings All Beings and All Thoughts Into Being.

      Maybe that’s true. Maybe not. If it’s not true, we are responsible for the thoughts we individually manifest and therefore participate in creating our reality real estate. As one thinks in his heart – so is he. We need better than Ivory Snow soap mind purity to wash away the daily Dung we mind-produce after our daily bread.

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