Teaching Yourself Esoteric Chant

Along with the Star Game and the Grade Rituals, the most sidelined Dark Art of the O9A, just from my own observations, is easily Esoteric Chant. Which is actually quite ironic, given that the Star Game, the Grade Rituals, and using Esoteric Chant with a quartz tetrahedron are all, according to tradition, means of developing the fundamental skills and awareness necessary to apprehend the acausal (e.g. acausal empathy and acausal thinking). Sure, there’s plenty of plain ol’ chant used in the O9A’s system of magick, and there’s no denying the potency of projected voice vibration in the raising of energies. But, if you haven’t noticed, all of the O9A’s most important rituals (e.g. The Ceremony of Recalling and the Nine Angles Rite) utilize trained cantors who perform in a specific way certain of the Esoteric Chants. As a tradition, one that has been absorbed into the ancestral pathei-mathos of the O9A, it goes back many centuries. So why should it ever be relegated to obscurity?

Early on after I learned of the O9A I was particularly interested in Esoteric Chant and so I wanted to see what it was all about. It seemed so novel, using singing as a magickal art, and it was such a refreshing departure from the usual theatrics and mundanity you encounter in rituals from fake occultists. So I wanted in on this Esoteric Chant thing the O9A had going on. The first sphere chant I learned was Agios Lucifer, which is of course is the easiest of all the seven since it’s so repetitive. I also learned the Diabolus early on, as should anyone wanting to learn a little dark magick. I even procured my first quartz tetrahedron early on (having had three in total over the years), and with it I had the first experiences which proved to me the efficacy of Esoteric Chant + quartz tetrahedron. Using Esoteric Chant together with the crystal, according to my own experience and to Sinister Tradition, works together to open a temporary nexion and take you to another level of awareness–what to say, then, of their use in such workings as the Nine Angles Rite. I’ve only had the experience practicing Esoteric Chant alone, so I can’t speak for the power of singing it in a group in fourths or fifths–but if it works so well when I use it properly by myself, I could only imagine what it does in a group setting. And, of course, the chants simply sound beautiful and bring to one’s awareness various aspects of the numinous when they are sung/meditated upon throughout the day.

When I teach myself a chant–I never had anyone to guide me personally–or try to learn a new one, I follow the same process every time. I first listen to it for maybe 20 minutes or so every day, reading along with the notation given in “Naos”. I listen to the Chant, and quietly follow along with the sheet music using my finger, and do this until I get a “feel” for the mode the chant is sung in. I want to get myself to a point where I can read it from the blob notation, without the track playing, so I must have an intuitive sense of what each mode will sound like.

Once I do reach that point where I can sing the chant from the sheet music alone, I practice that one chant every day for 20 odd minutes, sometimes longer, and during this part of teaching myself the chant I will then begin to try to memorize each “section” of the chant. I mentally divide the chant into different parts or sections that I can memorize one at a time until all sections are memorized–just breaking one big task down into a bunch of simpler tasks. I consider the start of a section within a chant as beginning with the “Agios”.

I had to figure this method out for myself in the absence of someone to guide me, with only just the slightest musical experience, and it works well for me if I put in the work and time. Generally one does not find a trained cantor able to train them in Esoteric Chant and so one must go to some level of trouble over causal time if they want to become proficient. It stands to reason that during the stage of External Adept one should see to it that others become trained in Esoteric Chant and that such singing is performed in a ceremonial context.

Certain chants will lack sheet music and thus will be particularly difficult to learn if one only has a recording of the chant (eg the recordings of Christos Beest). Such is the case with, for example, the Atazoth chant, which is already difficult enough on its own. I am still working on learning it myself, and imagine anyone with the commitment could do the same.

This is the method I’ve always used, and it has made Esoteric Chant accessible and usable for me in a simple enough and manageable manner, so I hope to save other unnecessary trouble and give them advice in how to become proficient in this powerful Dark Art.

Correcting myself on the Promethean Office

Some time ago I threw together some kind of working meant to be performed daily consisting of all the words of power of the spheres and the Dark Gods that I could find and just throwing it all together and giving it the name “the Promethean Office”, thinking it was somehow at all the same as the traditional Promethean Office (not knowing it was intended for the Master/Lady Master, but I’ll get into that later). In my mind, it was supposed to imbue the operator with some kind of power, or something, but looking at it now to me it just looks like a static ritual made of a hodgepodge of words of power,  now having learned a little more about this particular aural tradition. For Satan’s sake, I don’t even explain any detail on how to use the energies raised. It’s almost embarrassing to look at that shit I wrote now.

To be absolutely clear, then, the Promethean Office is an aural tradition of the O9A that most of us aren’t ever gonna even need to learn how to do–unless, of course, we have the requisite inner Baeldraca (the acausal body/double, the Beast Within, whatever) to first nourish, then unleash, and finally unite with upon our passing of the Sinister Abyssal Nexion. It is taught on a one-on-one basis, and the real one taught to those who have successfully crossed the Abyss is a secret tradition to which I am not privy. So no matter whatever I put out there, know that it was not the O9A “Promethean Office”. Actually, to be able to even perform it implies (1) certain skills that are above and beyond the capacity of most, and (2) a successful passing of the Sinister Abyssal Nexion. The latter is even mentioned in the section of “Naos” dealing with Sinister Chant, comparing the energies thus presenced to what has been called by others “Tao” or “Physis”–how I missed that one, I have no clue. Having fulfilled these requirements, one then performs the actual Promethean Office every day to maintain the apprehension of the living unity beyond the Abyss.

What the actual ritual procedure, if any, is observed, I couldn’t tell you–though I’m certain a quartz tetrahedron is involved. There are instructions for the Promethean Office given in the BBS, but I hardly imagine that coming close to what the real deal is. But what I gave here wasn’t anything worth actually applying daily. You’re better off not even listening to me and coming up with your own daily practices based off the ToW as long as you’re in the initiatory stage.

Starting Fresh

It has been some time since I’ve written anything and a lot has happened. Experiences were had, and it took me some time to work through it all. But through it all it has led to certain insights into myself and others and what my purpose really is. And now, here, I start a new chapter.

Pathei-mathos means we learn through experience: through our successes, through our failures, and through the insights attained by the same. We repeat this process of experiential learning, again and again, for as long as we are able to, as a process of a greater anados: a personal lifelong journey toward alchemical change from one type of being to another. It does not mean we get hung up on the past, but use our experiences as a segue into an inner change–and that in itself does not mean we live without regrets, but rather allow the anguish caused by such experience to change us. It is something we have to go through, again and again, experiencing the fullness of life in its highs and lows and thereby achieving a deeper insight into life. And unfortunately, screwing up terribly is a necessary part of the learning happens (the point is to not do so all the time).

Some things happen in our lives and they make us realize that the way we perceived a thing to be was not at all what we thought it was–in other words, we are flawed, capable of missing the point, of not apprehending the essence of things as they are beyond our own shitty projections, and as a result we have things happen to us that reveal the falseness of our way of being and how it does not reflect the character of someone with a true insight into the essence of things, as they are, and with a character that is noble and honorable. In other words, we expose our own selves, as frauds, as pretenders, as wannabes, as noobs, and so on and so forth. We’re made to realize, often painfully, that our understandings, our knowledge of things, is flawed and that such a flawed knowing may cause us to act in ways that are hubriatic, that cause harm to those who we love and cherish and bring shame to our person.

It is then when we gain an insight into the error of our ways, and if we have this capacity to take this bitter medicine we can move on to evolve a little bit from it. Beyond this, we must remember the greater cause we stand for before we even think of behaving like victims. As such, having exulted in life and lost much of what meant the most to me, I see now how short-sighted I’ve been in many ways and how insignificant it all is compared to the long-term goals inherent in the Sinister Way. And, as I revisit the MSS, I see new meanings in the light of the experiences and learnings I’ve gained over the last couple years. Now I just need to get back to the work of learning the Dark Arts in a real way, and before me I have the perfect opportunity to begin anew.

I have a plan laid out for the next span of causal time–how long it will take, I have no clue, but it will be at least a year, perhaps two. During this period I will work on accomplishing the beginning tasks of the Sevenfold Way. You read right, I’m starting all over, right down to Initiation. I feel like these past few years I’ve been doing it all wrong, being an O9A fake, so I’m going to start over. And I will begin with undertaking two predetermined insight roles back-to-back, with lifestyles diametrically opposite to each other. The nature of these insight roles, I will not disclose, just for obvious reasons. This is what Chloe (who happens to be a great inspiration to the author) would call the Ordeal of Extreme Unctions, I think. During this period I’ll also work on accomplishing two certain tasks relevant to the Septenary, so that all throughout I’m developing some of the rudiments of hebdomadry.

For the latter part of the insight role, which will be enacted in a specific rural location in the Southeast US, there is a hill that just so happens to be perfect for the performance of the Grade Ritual of External Adeptd. Living on the land as I do for the duration of of the insight role, I will perform workings there to empower this sort of proto-nexion–however given its location it will most likely be unsuitable as a permanent nexion (the temple should procure its own Lebensraum for this) or even as a consecrated space for the temple to gather. I have already visited this location several times and it will be effective as a temporary measure for my own use, certainly a good place to reside for a span of many months or years, but it will not help us with the goal of setting up an esoteric community.

Consider most of the stuff I wrote before this as obsolete, the reflection of someone who only had an intuitive apprehension of the dconcepts being described. Some of them are of some esoteric import, the others, just self-satisfied drivel, so exercise discernment when studying them. I will keep them here just for posterity’s sake Anything I write after this, consider it the reflections and musings of an initiate into the Sevenfold Way.

I will continue updating this blog and hope to write here more often.