The Eye of Horus, Part One
"Oh, how superior is the Eye of Horus to the Mouth of Isis!" - Aleister Crowley
What are we talking about, when we talk about Crowley talking about the Eye of Horus? You may be surprised: "Those familiar with Crowley's sex magick references know the Eye of Horus refers to the anus and the Mouth of Isis is the vagina."
When Crowley reorganized the Ordo Templi Orientis, the higher degrees were graded according to his schema of sex magick. The highest degree, and unassociated with those below it, was the eleventh. It's signature was anal intercourse.
From "Anal Intercourse and the OTO," a summary of the correlation of degrees to Crowley's sex magick:
VII° Adoration of the phallus as Baphomet, both within and without
VIII° Interaction with something outside the closed vessels of the vagina and the anus
IX° Interaction inside the vagina with either the blood or the secretions of a woman when excited
X° Impregnation + fertilisation of an egg + the act of creation or succession (e.g. election of the OHO)
XI° Two-folded: i) Isolation in the anus [per vas nefandum] where it is considered unable to interact with anything at all ii) interaction with excrements (one of Crowley’s preferred ingredients) and small amounts of blood (when small wounds occur through the intercourse), mucus and of course the mucous membranes that lead directly into the blood supply, etc.
Some who discount the relevance of Crowley and his visions draw attention to his anal fixation as reason why he is not an entirely serious figure. After all, why should we credit, as I have here, his covert influence upon the Dark Powers of our times, when he was almost literally talking out his ass?
The answer is that the power of anal intercourse as a violation of taboo - and so, therefore, a conduit for great elemental magick - is not original with Crowley. It can be found in our prehistory, in the shadow history of both church and state, and in even the high weirdness of alien abductions, and their stories of sexual violation and "anal probes." (And before I proceed, I hope it's understood that I'm not talking about gay sex, but about ritualized anal intercourse, which can be either homosexual or heterosexual. It's not about sex, but about elemental sex magick.)
Admittedly, this is a strange topic. Bums don't appear particularly serious. They're about the funniest things we have going for us; they even make silly noises all on their own. Even a violated anus, in our culture, is an object of humour. (The "don't drop the soap" quips about prison rape; the "anal probe" jokes at the expense of abductees such as Whitley Strieber.)
And that's the point: it's the primeval, taboo-busting inversion of values that gives black magick both its power and its absence of light. There's nothing lower than the anus, and seemingly less deserving of elevation.
But the regarded magick in breaking sexual taboo is not just about the anus. There are other taboos, as well. As we've seen too frequently in examples of ritual abuse, it's also about children, and about violating the incest taboo.
Today's story out of Lousinana, of the investigation into a church which secretly practiced child rape and bestiality, is further evidence of the persistence of the ancient notion of metaphysical power in shattering physical taboos. I expect many will regard this case as one of simple sexual perversion, and presume the church served as nothing more than a convenient cover, without considering the sacramental nature of the crimes, and that the secret teachings of the church served as inspiration. (It perhaps deserves mention that one church member in custody is also a member of the police force.)
This could be dismissed as the aberrations of a backwoods church of no influence, if its aberrations were not mirrored in the hidden history of those with great influence.
A few days ago Tim Boucher posted a fascinating quote by Joseph Campbell on pre-modern secret societies, from Campbell's Masks of God: Primative Mythology:
Admission to them is through election and they are generally limited: they are not for all... [They reach] beyond the local tribe seeking out friends and members among alien peoples... a particular stress is given in these secret men’s societies to a skull cult that is often associated with the headhunt. Ritual cannibalism and pederasty are commonly practiced and there is a highly elaborated use made of drums and masks.
As Tim wrote, "If this doesn’t start ringing all kinds of bells with modern conspiracy theory, especially in terms of secret societies, and ritual abuse, then I don’t know what does." It should ring a bell for those who've heard Kay Griggs, wife of Marine Colonel George Griggs and her witness to ritualized homosexual rape and systemic paedophilia in the highest ranks of the US military and government.
We know the significance of a "skull" cult to Bonesmen. We've learned much about pederasty among the elite. We've even read accounts of ritual cannibalism, real and simulated, by survivors of ritual abuse. All these dark things that seem so foreign to our world, and strain at our sophistication and capacity to comprehend, have actually been practiced for thousands of years. Why not today? It's presumptively naive to wish it all away with a few generations of secular modernity, particularly when evidence and testimony suggest it endures.
I'll get back to this and develop it more, particularly how it may relate to the ripe-for-ridicule stories of alien rape and anal "probes."