Memento Mori

{ Below are excerpts from Sith Academy: Dark Side Philosophy and Book of the Black Sun}

Memento Mori

The Dark Side disciple should keep certain symbols at hand—black suns, skulls, black robes, etc.—as reminders that he will die. Indeed, these symbols are a reminder that everything in existence—ourselves, our friends and families, our tribes, our races, our civilizations, our species, our planet, our sun, our galaxy, our entire universe—is doomed to destruction. As the ancient Chinese sages said, when asked for a saying that is true in all times and places: “this, too, shall pass”. Nothing in this world is eternal. The fate of everything is Darkness. Nothing can escape its destiny in the Void of the Black Sun.

Unlike the modern Lightsider who lives in denial and mortal fear of this reality, the Darksider embraces it, takes dark inspiration from it, reminds himself of it often and pays tribute to it by his devotion to symbols of death such as the Black Sun. Thus do we revive the ancient tradition of “memento mori”—the practice of keeping death imagery at hand as a reminder of our mortality—common since ancient times but forgotten in the modern age. We use these symbols not simply as gloomy reminders, but to glorify the power of death, universal destruction and ourselves as dead men walking under the Black Sun. We also use them as a challenge to ourselves, to always strive to achieve immortality and defeat death before it defeats us.

The world is dying.

The first Terrible Truth of our creed is the understanding that the formed world is dying, and is indeed doomed. To the materialistic modern mind, steeped in White Sunnite notions like “progress” and “saving the world”, this may be the most terrifying truth of all. But it has not always been so. In many metaphysical traditions throughout history there has been a belief in an “apocalypse” or an “end of days”: a moment when humanity perishes, the world is destroyed, the gods die, time itself comes to an end and the universe is abolished. This idea is a manifestation of Black Sun consciousness, which has recurred in such forms as the biblical Book of Revelation, the Islamic Day of Judgment, the Norse Ragnarök, the Hindu Shiva dance, and the Aztec Fifth Sun. Even modern science now posits that the cosmos is dissolving, and will eventually go dark and return to the Void.