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Book of the Black Sun

Book of the Black Sun
The first written testament of the philosophy, symbology, sorcery and ideology of Kâmûd-Dûn ("the Shadow Path"). The foundational book of Borzûm-Gâzûl—Order of the Black Sun—which encompasses all other Orders and ideologies propagated previously by the Dark Lords.
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This book documents the manifestations of the Black Sun’s power in our thoughts, our lives, and the world at large. It is a first written testament of the philosophy, symbology, sorcery and ideology of Kâmûd-Dûn (“the Shadow Path”), as conceived and practiced at our Black Sanctum. It is the foundational document of Borzûm-Gâzûlthe Order of the Black Sunwhich hereby supersedes and encompasses all other Orders and ideologies propagated previously by the Dark Lords. As the founders of this Order, we record these thoughts so that others may know why it came into existence and what its “terrible truths” consist of.

We offer this book not as idle philosophy or mysticism, but as a call to re-examine reality and your place within it. It comes from the endarkened minds of two who have had close encounters with the Black Sun’s power and returned as darker, stranger beings, with a message for others. For we have walked under the Shadow for many years, and wish to convey some of what we have learned to those who would follow in our footsteps. In a world of Shadow-blind sleepers, may this book awaken a chosen few, open their Third Eyes to the Black Sun and bring them under its Shadow. May it inspire them to join the ranks of our invisible Empire and leave behind the White Sunlit world of illusions forever. May the Black Sun burn a hole in your mind as it has ours, giving you the eyes to see a new path, and the strength to walk it onward, forever, into the infinite Darkness.

Borzûm-râk âm chod! (Black Sun power to you!)

Kârzathor and Ravuk,
Founders and Dark Lords of the Order of the Black Sun
Year 8 of the Black Sun Aeon

 

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One Empire, One Brotherhood

Black Sunnites are a loose brotherhood of sects, cells and clans known as Dagz, each of which maintains its independence, but agrees to share its knowledge, resources and give assistance to members of allied Dagz. Collectively, these Dagz form a secret society that takes the Black Sun as its Source and gives its allegiance to the Black Sun Empire.

Dagz that wish to enter into Black Sunnite Society must take the Gûmûk-Gromât (“Unity Oath”) to signify their allegiance to the Order of the Black Sun. In the Black Tongue of Borgâl, this oath reads:

Gûm Kârzath, Gûm Gâzûl
{ One Empire, One Brotherhood }

Every Dag that belongs to our Brotherhood should display this oath in their Sanctum. Written vertically in our Hârzad script, it looks like this:

"One Empire, One Brotherhood"
Gûm Kârzath, Gûm Gâzûl
{ One Empire, One Brotherhood }

By this Unity Oath, every band of Black Sunnites and every territory they control are united in a larger Brotherhood and Empire.

In the video below, Dag leader Dred Nightstalker paints the “One Empire, One Brotherhood” slogan on a canvas for his Sanctum wall:

Note: More information about the Black Sun Brotherhood will be made available in “Book of the Black Sun” — coming soon from Black Temple Publishing.

Seeing the Shadow World

Becoming a Black Sun Seer (Borzûm-Gurûzâth) means learning to unsee the light of the White Sun that blinds most beings to the existence of the formless, Shadow World. For the White Sunlight only illuminates forms (chanz)—those objects, ideas, words and social constructs we can conceive of, speak about and interact with. We say that the White Sun is the Source (Tozg) which fills our minds with models of the world—our mundane sensory awareness, theories, philosophies, ideologies, religions, languages and cultures. To the White Sunnite, these constructs are all that one should be concerned about; anything outside of the White Sunlit World is illusory, delusional, insignificant or evil. To the White Sunnite, “the map is the territory”, outside of which he has no interest in venturing.

To the Black Sunnite, this situation is inverted. The map is not the extent of our world, but a “placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity”, to use H. P. Lovecraft’s lovely phrase. It is the black seas beyond the borders of the map that are of interest, and toward which the Black Sunnite seeker sets sail. And it is the White Sunlit forms which are illusory, delusional, insignificant or evil—signifying as they do only the extent of our mental limitations and cultural conditioning. To discover a greater reality, the Black Sunnite looks into the shadows of the White Sunlit World—and of his own mind.

Here we are speaking about the metaphysical concept of Vor-Thûlz (“Two Worlds”): the White Sunlit, formed world of Mâlzamagum-Thûl (“White Lit World”), and the unlit, formless realm of Kâmûd-Thûl (“Shadow World”). The White Sunlit World is where almost all beings spend almost all of their time; the Shadow World is where only a few mystics, magicians, madmen and prophets dare to venture. But this dichotomy of the Two Worlds is an ancient metaphysical idea that appears in many traditions; below are some other descriptions of the Two Worlds from other traditions that show how universal this idea is:

  • Castaneda’s Tonal and Nagual.
  • Plato’s Cave and world outside the Cave.
  • Hinduism’s Vyaktam and Avyaktam.
  • Shopenhauer’s world as Representation and Will.
  • Buddhism’s Taizokai (Womb World) and Kongokai (Diamond Realm).
  • Kabbalism’s Ohr (Divine Light) and Ein Sof (the Infinite).
  • Goedel’s Provable and Unprovable theorems of mathematical logic.
  • Taoism’s Ten Thousand Things and the Tao.
  • Kenneth Grant’s Universe A and Universe B.
  • Huxley’s ordinary mind and Mind at Large.
  • Islam’s Seen and Unseen worlds.
  • Shamanism’s World and Otherworld.
  • Kant’s Phenomenon and Noumenon.
  • Lovecraft’s “placid island of ignorance” and “black seas of infinity”.
  • Quantum Physics’ Observables and Wave Function.

Our notion of Two Worlds is thus in general agreement with many other traditions, and is not particularly radical or strange. What is radical and strange are the dominant ideologies of this age of “Enlightenment”, which posit a world that is only knowable through reason, language and sensory input, and which deprecate or deny the existence and power of any other world. It is this pervasive delusion that the Black Sun Seer must see through, but to do so requires a great deal of “unlearning” and “unseeing”. For the mental constructs most of us have been conditioned with in this culture are designed to draw our attention only to the White Sunlit World, leaving us totally blind to the existence of the Shadow World.

And this is why the perception of the Shadow World usually comes as such a shock and feels like such a cataclysm. It rends apart our conditioned inner landscape, like an unidentified mental object and an intrusion from an alien world that threatens to destroy our own. It is this perception that we symbolize by the Black Sun: a portal to an incomprehensible outer dimension that we didn’t previously suspect existed, suddenly opening before us, threatening to devour our inner space like a black hole devours outer space. And this perception is what the initiated Black Sun Seer signifies by putting a black spot on his forehead between his eyes, marking him as one of those rare beings who has opened his Third Eye (Zwot-Grâl) to the existence of the Shadow World and now “walks under a Black Sun”.

I’ll close this post with an excerpt from Carlos Castaneda’s book The Active Side of Infinity that contains one of the most intriguing accounts of an awakening to the Shadow World that I’ve come across:

“This is the appropriate time of day for doing what I am asking you to do,” he said. “It takes a moment to engage the necessary attention in you to do it. Don’t stop until you catch that fleeting black shadow.”

I did see some strange fleeting black shadow projected on the foliage of the trees. It was either one shadow going back and forth or various fleeting shadows moving from left to right or right to left or straight up in the air. They looked like fat black fish to me, enormous fish. It was as if gigantic swordfish were flying in the air. I was engrossed in the sight. Then, finally, it scared me. It became too dark to see the foliage, yet I could still see the fleeting black shadows.

“What is it, don Juan?” I asked. “I see fleeting black shadows all over the place.”

“Ah, that’s the universe at large,” he said, “incommensurable, nonlinear, outside the realm of syntax. The sorcerers of ancient Mexico were the first ones to see those fleeting shadows, so they followed them around. They saw them as you’re seeing them, and they saw them as energy that flows in the universe. And they did discover something transcendental.”

He stopped talking and looked at me. His pauses were perfectly placed. He always stopped talking when I was hanging by a thread.

“What did they discover, don Juan?” I asked.

“They discovered that we have a companion for life,” he said, as clearly as he could. “We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don’t do so.”

It was very dark around us, and that seemed to curtail any expression on my part. If it had been daylight, I would have laughed my head off. In the dark, I felt quite inhibited.

“It’s pitch black around us,” don Juan said, “but if you look out of the corner of your eye, you will still see fleeting shadows jumping all around you.”

He was right. I could still see them. Their movement made me dizzy. Don Juan turned on the light, and that seemed to dissipate everything.

“You have arrived, by your effort alone, to what the shamans of ancient Mexico called the topic of topics,” don Juan said. “I have been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner! This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico.”

“Why has this predator taken over in the fashion that you’re describing, don Juan?” I asked. “There must be a logical explanation.”

“There is an explanation,” don Juan replied, “which is the simplest explanation in the world. They took over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, gallineros, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them.”

I felt that my head was shaking violently from side to side. I could not express my profound sense of unease and discontentment, but my body moved to bring it to the surface. I shook from head to toe without any volition on my part.

“No, no, no, no,” I heard myself saying. “This is absurd, don Juan. What you’re saying is something monstrous. It simply can’t be true, for sorcerers or for average men, or for anyone.”

“Why not?” don Juan asked calmly. “Why not? Because it infuriates you?”

“Yes, it infuriates me,” I retorted. “Those claims are monstrous!”

“Well,” he said, “you haven’t heard all the claims yet. Wait a bit longer and see how you feel. I’m going to subject you to a blitz. That is, I’m going to subject your mind to tremendous onslaughts, and you cannot get up and leave because you’re caught. Not because I’m holding you prisoner, but because something in you will prevent you from leaving, while another part of you is going to go truthfully berserk. So brace yourself!”

There was something in me which was, I felt, a glutton for punishment. He was right. I wouldn’t have left the house for the world. And yet I didn’t like one bit the inanities he was spouting.

“I want to appeal to your analytical mind,” don Juan said. Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradiction between the intelligence of man the engineer and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs, or the stupidity of his contradictory behavior. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of beliefs, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal.”

“But how can they do this, don Juan?” I asked, somehow angered further by what he was saying. “Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are asleep?”

“No, they don’t do it that way. That’s idiotic!” don Juan said, smiling. “They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. In order to keep us obedient and meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous maneuver—stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous maneuver from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predators’ mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now.

“I know that even though you have never suffered hunger,” he went on, “you have food anxiety, which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its maneuver is going to be uncovered and food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which, after all, is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. And they ensure, in this manner, a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear.”

The Return of Tezcatlipoca

{ The following was one my early posts after founding the Order back in 2010. I am re-posting it for historical interest, to check the evolution of my own thinking and to see whether it looks delusional or accurate today. It’s not hard to see how I moved to “Sith Academy” and began work on that “empire of black sorcerers” shortly after this was written. In retrospect, the prediction that 12/21/2012 would bring a new Black Sun age of strife and darkness looks increasingly accurate to me, but it remains to be seen whether Tezcatlipoca will return in his old form or in some other mask. }


Today I’d like to offer my latest epiphany to fellow travelers in the Way of the Shadow, which is simply this: Tezcatlipoca is returning!

What fresh insanity is this? It’s simple really; I have identified the source of both my dark inspiration and the larger currents of chaos in the world with the same entity: the Aztec deity Tezcatlipoca, one of the myriad avatars of the Black Sun which appear throughout recorded history.

I would be interested in hearing from psychoanalysts on this matter, because I suspect that what is happening to me and many others is closely analogous to Carl Jung’s observation in the 1930’s of the appearance of the Norse war god Wotan in the dreams of his patients. As whole regions of Mexico succumb to brutal organized violence and strife, and the chaos surges over its northern borders with destabilizing effects, I would speculate that we are witnessing a similar manifestation of Tezcatlicopa in the minds of modern Mesoamericans. How this spirit could possess me, a gringo a thousand miles to the north, is anyone’s guess, but perhaps like Henry Anthony Wilcox I am unusually sensitive to the cosmic machinations of the dark gods. In any case, I believe the chaos of Tezcatlipoca’s reign is coming to us all.

Who is Tezcatlicopa? Per Wikipedia, he is the Aztec god of sorcery, strife, chaos, war, rulership and darkness, the embodiment of “change through conflict” – precisely the things with which I am obsessed, and which have inspired me to create this cult.

“Change through conflict”, or “progress through conflict” – this is a succinct way of stating Howard Bloom’s “Lucifer Principle,” but it could just as well be called the “Tezcatlipoca Principle.” Consider, for example, the great era of post-World War II prosperity that is now ending with a resounding crash, all the technological innovations, the optimism, the relatively stable and peaceful world order, the founding of Israel – all things which disciples of Tezcatlicopa’s arch-enemy, Quetzalcoatl, identify with progress. Would any of these developments have been possible if the world had not been roused from its Great Depression by the dark energies unleashed during the last great outbreak of Black Sun consciousness, in the 1930’s, under the banners of the fascists and the imperialists? I think not.

This is the eternal power of the Black Sun: whenever man or any other species becomes steeped in the light of the White Sun, and thereby becomes weak, complacent, merciful and “good,” the black light manifests in force and seeks to overthrow them. The Western mind, blinded by the white light teachings of Judaism, Christianity and the religion of progress, has great difficulty accepting this duality except in terms of “good” and “evil.” But what is good? According to Christ, it is meekness, mercy and subservience to God’s will. According to Nietzsche, it is all that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man. Which prophet do you prefer? In which sun’s light do you choose to walk?

Beyond all shallow politics, philosophy and psychology, I believe this question determines the nature of a man and his society. It is an eternal cosmic struggle, which the Aztecs personified in the struggle between Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca, the Egyptians in Osiris and Set, the Christians in God and Lucifer, the Nazis in the Jews and the Aryans, and so forth.

This conflict is reflected in the internal struggle within each of us, between what Jung called the self and the shadow, or the Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde of our cerebral and reptilian brains. I am reminded of an episode of Star Trek, in which Captain Kirk’s personality is split between two bodies: one, a hyper-aggressive, id-driven psychopath, the other a meek and ineffectual pacifist. The moral of the story was that without both selves, he was incomplete and impotent.

OBS is my celebration of the power of the shadow self. I manifest the spirit of Tezcatlipoca for all to see and fear, because like evil Kirk I am filled with nothing but contempt for the weakness and wretched white light spirituality that surrounds me. I choose to walk in the Shadow of the Black Sun and to build an empire of black sorcerers as a challenge to this age and to myself, to seek ever greater heights, to live by Nietzsche’s aphorism “man needs what is most evil in him for what is best in him,” and to sacrifice all who oppose my power upon blood-stained altars to the Black Sun.

The Tortuguero prophecy of the Mayans speaks of the return of a god of war, conflict and the underworld at the end of the 13th b’ak’tun, and I believe this to be accurate. December 21, 2012 is therefore a day of great symbolic significance for our Order: It will be the day the white Fifth Sun falls, the black Sixth Sun rises and Tezcatlipoca returns!

The Secret of Magic

The secret of magic is the same, whether one is talking about the magic of metaphysics, cooking, or art. That is: to combine existing ideas, ingredients or elements into a new concoction that appeals powerfully to people of a particular time and place. Magic is not the creation of new ideas or ingredients, because there is nothing new under the sun. Nor is magic a quest for “truth”, for it is the will and the imagination, not the intellect, that the magician plays upon. Magic lies in combining old elements in a novel way that takes advantage of the knowledge, opportunities and spirit that exist in the magician’s particular milieu. Magic is the art and science of fooling yourself and others, and the magician is a clever thief, trickster, con-artist and showman.

Magic is the art and science of fooling yourself and others, and the magician is a clever thief, trickster, con-artist and showman.

For example, I consider Anton LaVey, Carlos Castaneda and George Lucas to be three of the greatest magicians of the past fifty years, yet none of them had any original ideas. LaVey’s ideas about “Satanism” were borrowed (in some cases directly plagiarized) from the work of Ragnar Redbeard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ayn Rand, Aleister Crowley, P. T. Barnum and others (see this). Castaneda’s ideas, presented as the teachings of the Yaquis Indian sorcerer don Juan, have been traced to various sources including Lama Govinda, Gordon Wasson, Mircea Eliade, Daniel Brinton, Hopi Indian lore and the philosophy of Wittgenstein (see this). The key elements of George Lucas’s Star Wars saga can be traced back to Joseph Campbell’s idea of the “Hero’s Journey”, Frank Herbert’s Dune series, 1940s pulp film serials such as Flash Gordon, Kurosawa’s films, Marvel Comics’ Doctor Doom, DC Comic’s New Gods, and metaphysical ideas from Zen Buddhism, Taoism and Castaneda himself (see this and this).

If Chaos Magic is the form of magic that celebrates the power of borrowing ideas from everywhere and recombining them into something new and inspiring, then LaVey, Castaneda and Lucas were three of the most influential chaos magicians to come along recently. All three were known tricksters who became the centers of new cults that transformed their cultures permanently. Each tapped into powerful elements of their Zeitgeist: in LaVey’s case, a rejection of Christian hypocrisy and hippy-dippy idealism; in Castaneda’s, a hunger for psychedelic experience and expanded consciousness; in Lucas’s, a longing for a new magical fairy tale in the wake of Watergate and the Vietnam War. Going a little further back, we could say similar things about Aleister Crowley, G. I. Gurdjieff and the occult architects of Naziism: each took elements from disparate sources and concocted strange ideological brews out of them that no one had tasted before, yet which satisfied some hunger of their times and thus made them very potent.

Similarly, the “Black Sun Magic” being expounded here combines esoteric elements from all over the place, the sources of which the astute reader should be able to identify. I claim nothing original in this system of thought. Yet for me at least, this dark concoction speaks to something profound about the apocalpytic, nihilistic nature of our times, here at the tail-end of the Kali Yuga age of destruction, in which all the magicians of the recent past have failed to fool us into believing in them, leaving us with nothing to look forward to except the destruction of all things and the end of the age.

A Weapon of Reality Destruction

The Black Sun is an intrusion from another reality; not from another universe, but an antiverse—a place opposed to and outside all universes accessible to our minds. By invoking the Black Sun in our meditations and rituals, we are opening a portal into this antiverse and creating a thoughtform singularity in our mental continuum. Like a black hole, which is a physical singularity in the fabric of spacetime that devours matter and energy but emits none, the Black Sun is a psychic singularity in the fabric of our collective consciousness that devours our mental constructs and completely erodes our shared reality. In short, the Black Sun is a weapon of reality destruction.

A close encounter with the Black Sun is thus a test; a shock; a crucible; a voyage into the vortex that is draining the sea of your mind; a fall into the metaphysical black hole that is swallowing up your inner space. If what we perceive as reality is compared to a screen in a movie theater, then the Black Sun appears like the black spot on the screen when a malfunctioning projector bulb burns through the film, devouring the images, ending the movie, breaking the illusion and leaving the audience confused and disturbed. The Black Sun is not only the end of the movie, it is the end of the projector, the theater, and the audience itself. The Black Sun destroys the entire apparatus that creates consensus reality, revealing it all to be an elaborate illusion.

Black Sunnite Motivation

What motivates a Black Sunnite? If the universe is doomed and nothing is true, why should you strive for anything during your brief and meaningless existence in your present incarnation? Why seek to join the Order of the Black Sun? Why strive for Shadow-Lordship? Why give your allegiance to the Black Emperor? Why learn to speak Borgâl? Why recruit and train others? Why preserve the lineage and lore of the Order? In fact, why not simply take your own life, end the pointless exercise of existence and pass directly into the Void right now?

These are critical questions; surely among the most important for anyone considering the Black Sun Path. The best answers are not contained within the pages of this book, nor in any collection of words we can offer. They are to be found on the field of experience among Black Sunnite society and in the consciousness of your own awakened Shadow-mind. We are not here to sell you on Black Sunnism with pretty words, but to lay out a Path so that you may take the first steps and decide if it draws you in.

Having said that, we will offer the following list of reasons that members of the Order (including ourselves) have expressed for becoming part of this current:

  • Black Sun spirit: the Black Sun symbol and the spirit behind it call to them in some ineffable but powerful way.

  • Power-craving: the “might is right” ethos and the promise of rank within the Order appeal to their hunger for power.

  • Artistic appeal: the dark aesthetics of Black Sunnism are attractive and inspiring.

  • Appetite for destruction: death, destruction and darkness are appealing activities and objects of interest.

  • Warrior mentality: the warrior mindset, strength and discipline of the Black Knights appeals to their natures.

  • Hatred of White Sunnism: a revulsion for White Sunnite ideals, individuals and culture drives them to seek something totally opposed to those things.

  • Philosophical persuasion: the Terrible Truths of Black Sunnism persuade their intellects and agree with their perceptions of reality.

  • Shadow-mindedness: the Black Sunnite cultivation of Shadow-mind appeals to their need to explore and harness their own inner darkness.

  • Void-awareness: the perception of the world as a fleeting and illusory emanation within a deeper Void agrees with their perceptions.

  • Occult intrigue: becoming part of an occult Order of “hidden followers of dark truths” intrigues them.

There are other motivations we could list, but these should be enough to give the prospective Black Sunnite much food for thought. As already stated, the motivations that matter most will not come from any collection of words, but from your own experience of the world and inner life as they relate to initiation into the Black Sunnite Order.

Song of the Shadow-Bound (Thozât ur Kâmûd-Nârkithk)

Âg Borûk chagâsh bân zamûk
Âg Borûk chagâsh mâzûk izil
Âg mâzûk chagâsh gân gâthât
Âg mâzûk chagâsh chârgûk izil

Nâzg Kâmûd-borchazâr
Nûk gâth vrâzashk âg Dâr
Kâmûd-nârkum nûk âsh
Gâthûn-mâzum Bor-Gâshk

Nûk izh bân Mâlzûm-Thûl
Mârd âg Zhamboragûl

{In Darkness there is no light
In Darkness there is only death
In Death there is a new life
In Death there is only truth

By Shadow black sorcery
We live forever in the Void
Shadow-bound we are
Living-dead Dark Lords

We see no White Sunlit world
Here in Endarkenment}

The Rise of Black Sun Religion

The religions of this age are weak. They are as soft, toothless, delusional and degenerate as the people who follow them. The old faiths, of the ascetics, warriors, poets and mystics, have slowly succumbed to the diseases of the White Sun age and been conquered—by creeds like liberalism, materialism, hedonism, rationalism and moralism. Most of what pass for religions today are little more than ideological poisons, slowly sapping the vitality, strangling the spirit and enslaving the wills of their devotees. And the sickness is reflected in the very bodies of the congregants, who grow ever more fat, sickly and effeminate.

Under such wretched conditions, Black Sunnism must rise–among those whose souls are starved for stronger stuff, who refuse to lay down and die, who crave war and power and destruction as a means of awakening themselves and breaking the system that is killing them.

I predicted back in 2010 that 12/21/12 would not bring about a new age of light, peace and brotherhood as many “New Agers” were expecting, but an age of darkness, war and strife. I described this as the moment when the Black Sun would symbolically rise, and a new metaphysical regime—the “Black Sun Aeon”—would begin. And sure enough, in the intervening years we have seen the rise of “Black Sun Islam” in the form of ISIS—an apocalyptic cult who win young recruits across the world and inspire them to go on nihilistic killing sprees. But ISIS is just the most visible manifestation of the return of Black Sun religion; there has also been a resurgence of many other forms of militant, anti-liberal ideology, such as fascism, racialism, fundamentalist Hinduism, genocidal Zionism, Han National Socialism, Eurasianism, and even Satanism. All of these can be considered manifestations of the metaphysical phenomenon I am describing as the rise of Black Sunnism—a kind of “yin-yang” reaction to the imbalances and contradictions created by the White Sunnite liberal order.

Ultimately, Black Sunnism is a spirit that transcends particular forms such as ISIS or National Socialism. Wherever there is a lust for war, a worship of death, a hunger for destruction, a rejection of moralism and an embrace of the Shadow, and they are given a spiritual dimension, there is Black Sun religion. It arises because the problems created by White Sunnism cannot be solved from within that system; only a “polarity shift” and a vast crisis can unleash the dark forces that have been suppressed by the White Sunnite regime—forces that will solve the problems in the way it has been done throughout history: by the onset of a dark age of conflict, conquest, and collapse. As Black Sunnites, we are not partisans of any particular Black Sun religion or ideology; we view them from a larger metaphysical perspective and welcome them all.

The religions of the White Sun age have indeed grown weak, stagnant and ineffectual. And that is why Black Sun religions are once again rising to challenge them. For that is their metaphysical purpose: to “bring balance to the Force”; to play their role in the Two-Sun duality, so that stagnant forms may be destroyed and the world may continue to roll on its path of destruction toward the Void.

The Fourth Terrible Truth: The Gods are Hostile

{I have previously posted about the first three of the “Nine Maxims” of the Black Sun Path. But it is more accurate to call them the “Nine Terrible Truths” (“Grâz Burgûdik Chârgz”)–for that is what they are. I now continue where I left off, with the fourth Terrible Truth.}

This Terrible Truth expresses the strong sense every Black Sunnite has, that this world is not the work of a benevolent deity or Tao, but of hostile gods or forces that absolutely want us all dead.

We might describe this world as a prison, ruled over by a mad warden who torments, deludes and oppresses the inmates before putting them out of their misery. This is the ancient Gnostic philosophy taken to an extreme. But where the Gnostics believed in a “god above god” who could liberate us from the hostile god’s prison, Black Sunnites don’t believe such a being exists.

We might also describe this world as a “war universe”: a place where conflict is inherent and struggle for survival is unending; where life is by its nature an act of violence against nature, an assertion of its will over the world and a violation of cosmic equilibrium; where harmony with the universe is found only in death. We thus reject all preachers of peace, harmony and a day when lions will lay down with lambs. That world is not our world, and will never be.

To become a Black Sunnite, you must put aside all childish notions of salvation, goodness, gods of light and a peaceful or benevolent universe. You must learn to look this vast, hostile cosmos in the void and be unbowed. You must desire to shake your fist at the stars and shout: “damn you all to hell!” You must curse the gods, wish death upon them, then find your own salvation in the Way of the Black Sunnite, who finds reason enough to exist in his eternal war with all creation.