Lux in Tenebris, 17-18 





Postmodernity and Semiotic Self-Apotheosis

Per Faxneld



pp. 426-30 Pe`rez-Reverte

p. 426

"Pe`rez-Reverte (b. 1951) has been described as the ... Spanish author ... most popular outside his native country. ... Pe`rez-Reverte's fourth novel ... a light-hearted rejoinder to Eco's Il pendolo di Foucault ("Foucault's Pendulum") ... treats a similar theme ..., the tendency to over-interpret a half arbitrary selection of ... signs ... as being bearers of esoteric signification. ...

p. 427

Pe`rez-Reverte ... employs esoteric themes and motifs to illustrate ... older approaches to the world : the upholding of absolute truths ..., tradition and stability ... . ...

p. 428

Here, the struggle by the characters to transcend the episodic should ... be understood in terms of the classic esoteric stance where the world is read like a book filled with hidden signs. ...

p. 429

Regardless of the impact Barthes, Lyotard and related thinkers have had ..., there are good reasons to be hesitant concerning the oft-repeated ... description of our time as ... typified by the lack of Great Truths."

[fn. 15 "Cf. my criticism of such theories in Faxneld, 'Review : The Lure of the Dark Side', 411-412."] {The "Great Truths" needful are the doctrines of polytheism.}

p. 430

"'excessive intertextual reading and iinking of literary references' ... can ... in the spirit of Eco's Il pendolo di Foucault also be seen as a criticism of the overheated correspondence teachings esotericism."


{PF : "RLDS".

p. 410 "the so-called horrorcore genre of rap music, pioneered by groups like Gravediggaz and Flatlinerz, ... explicitly reference the demonic."

p. 411 "George Aichele, in "Demons of the New Polytheism", argues that '... the biblical canon's synthesis of many gods into one begins to unravel' (p. 136) ... into the 'New Polytheism' ... . Aichele is himself a warm advocate of polytheism ..., and hopes that there is a growing 'recognition that we dare not continue any longer in the illogical, intolerant way of monotheism' (p. 140)."

p. 412 "Aichele's closing words about ... where 'the Christian God is no longer thinkable as three-in-one' (p. 150) pertain mostly to ... some (... comparatively small) social groups."}

{The doctrine of the "Holy Trinity" is an invention of Byzantine imperatores, who forced this doctrine on the Church. It is not in the Bible, nor is it compatible with the Bible. As for the "comparatively small" social groups alluded-to, "The largest nontrinitarian Christian denominations are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oneness Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, La Luz del Mundo and the Iglesia ni Cristo, though there are a number of other smaller groups, including Christadelphians, Christian Scientists, ... Unitarian Universalist Christians, The Way International, The Church of God International, and the United Church of God.[6]" (W"Nontrinitarianism")}

PF : "RLDS" = Per Faxneld : 'Review of :- Christopher Partridge & Eric Christianson (eds.) : The Lure of the Dark Side : ... Western Demonology in Popular Culture (2009)'. NUMEN Volume 58: Issue 2-3(2011), pp. 408-413. 



{Aichele : "DNP" ("Abstract").

"Miles concludes: The extent to which the Tanakh is a character-dominated classic may appear to better advantage if we imagine how its action might unfold if the several personalities fused in the character of the Lord God were broken loose as separate characters. When the Lord God's character is parcelled out in this way, what results is a story that immediately begins to assume the familiar contours of a more “ordinary” myth (1996: 398). What results in Miles' account is a story in which six different finite gods or daimones, both male and female, play greater or lesser roles (1996: 398–401)."}

{This sort of account is commonly known as the "Documentary Hypothesis" (concerning the Towrah), in its modern form assuming the binary distinction between E ("Elohist" in Yis`ra<>el -- W"E") and J ("Jahwist" in Jehuwdah) documents -- or a quadratic distinction adding D ("Deuteronomist") and P ("Priestly") documents ["The two-source hypothesis of Eichorn was the "older" documentary hypothesis, and the four-source hypothesis adopted by Wellhausen was the "newer"." (W"DH -- Notes")] -- which were combined as a result of the conquaest (with military assistance from the Ptolemaic dynasty in Aiguptos), of Yis`ra<>el, by the Makkabaian dynasty in Jehuwdah. At any rate, the Makkabaian dynasty was so totally dependent on the Ptolemaic dynasty that the latter sponsored the Septuagint, much as authorship of the TNaK had been sponsored by the Akhaimenian dynasty in Persia.}

Aichele : "DNP" ("Abstract") = G. Aichele : "Demons of the New Polytheism". 

W"DH" = WIKIPEDIA article "Documentary Hypothesis" 

W"E" = WIKIPEDIA article "Elohist". 


p. 431 Lucifer {a deity apparent included among the pluralistic >lohiym of archaic Yis`ra<>eliy polytheism} as liberator of humanity from being victimized by the tyrannical nature of "God" {i.e., the monistic Jahweh of Yhuwdiy exclusivism}

"Scholarly demonology identifies Lucifer with knowledge.

{'Knowledge' Strong's 1108 \gnosis\, viz., Strong's 1844 \de<ah\ : in <iraqiy >aramaic, \MANDA<\, in the Ginza personified as apparent aequivalent to Pauran.ik \MANDHAtr.\}.

In Genesis {specificly, B-Re>s^iyt 3:1-7}the devil in the form of a serpent

{FALSE! The^ ('serpent') of B-Re>s^iyt 3:1-7 is nowhere in the TNaK identified with S` ('Diabolos/Devil'); this erroneous identification is (for ulterior political motives) invented in the grossly-dissembling politically-oriented New Testament.}

succeeds in getting man to stop being a simpleton and gain ... lucidity, knowledge {"of good and evil", viz., awareneness of the importance of public ethics in socio-political considerations} ... ."


p. 432 esoteric mentoring

The death of God,

{More actually, that which is contemplated is the abolition of fact-suppressing monotheistic intolerance (characteristic of monistic tyrranies), and its replacement with fact-promoting polytheistic tolerance; combined with replacing YHWH's brutal militaristic secret-police-sustained autocracy with, instead, mutual co-operation amongst networked committees of divine-and-praeternatural entities exemplary for their loving-kindness.}

theology ...

{More actually, that which is contemplated is the abolition of monotheistic mono-theology (of ruthless autocracy enforced by ferocious tyrrant Jahweh over severely-dominated mal>akiym, harshly controlled as slaves) with in replacement, instead, a polytheistic poly-theology of egalitarian co-operative communality serving for the benefit of all.}

is the insight this initiator brings to the adept. Satan {read \S`\}'s function as initiator is underscored by ... repeatedly explaining how an adept is lead {sic! : read "led"} along the path of initiation by his esoteric mentor." {Or, as indeed in this case, led by an esoteric mentrix, similarly as in the case of Carl Jung's being led by his own self-styled female "Soul" (Psukhe/Anima), as described in his long-secret Red Book. "C. G. Jung's ... confrontation with ... a feminine soul animated the composition of Jung's great Red Book, the book he formally titled Liber Novus." ("JLMLN")}

"JLMLN" = Lance S. Owens : "Jung in Love : The Mysterium in Liber Novus". Gnosis Archive Books, Los Angeles & Salt Lake City, 2015. 

Red Book (Liber Novus), by Carl Jung. 


pp. 432-3 Jacques Cazotte

p. 432

"Jacques Cazotte's Le Diable amoureux ("The Devil in Love", 1772) ... . ...

p. 433

Cazotte (1719-1792) was a member of an esoteric society, L'Ordre Martiniste ... . With the help of miraculous esoteric powers he ... attempted counter-revolution of the mystics ... . ...

{"Among the Martinists who performed in the staged 1780s-1790s French destabilizations were Franz Anton Mesmer, Count Cagliostro (real name Giuseppe Balsamo), Jacques Cazotte, Fabré d'Olivet, and Joseph de Maistre." ("SAA")}


As an esoteric Catholic ... he celebrated absolute criteria for morality and religion ... . {"the alliance of Cazotte, of Cagliostro, of Martinez, of Saint Martin, of the comte de St. Bermain, of Eckartshausen ... arrived at the same result, the weakening of Christianity." ("ChICFNWO")} {This is to say, exoteric religion was to be weakened, while esoteric religion was to be strengthened.}

{"Martinism, a mocking perversion of Catholicism, considers Fallen Man to be in exile in this earthly existence, deprived of his powers. Man can only restore his original condition by initiation to the inner ranks of a secret society ... ." ("SAA")}

"ChICFNWO" = "A Chronology of The International ... New World Order".[A].htm 

"SAA" = Anton Chaitkin : "Synarchy Against America". September 2, 2003 issue of EXECUTIVE INTELLIGENCE REVIEW. 



p. 249, s.v. "Martinism". "Martinez de Pasqually (Grenoble, 1727 - S. Domingo, 1774) ... in 1758 founded the Order of the Masonic Knights Elect Cohen. ... After the master's death, inside the Order a fracture between Louis-Claude de Saint Martin (1743-1803) and Jean-Baptiste Willermotz (1730-1842), occurred in 1775. ... .  ... Willermotz brought a branch of the Elect Cohen Order to join the Strict Templar Observance system. ... In 1778, at the Gaul Convent, he proposed and obtained the creation of the Chevalier bienfaisant de la Cite' Sainte, a sort of conciliation of the Strict Observance high degrees with the Martinist esoteric doctrine. Such reform, that was sanctioned and adopted by the whole organization of the Strict Observance Convention at Wilhelmsbad (1782), marked the beginning of the Scottish Rectified Rite ... ."

p. 250 [continuation, s.v. "Martinism".] "Saint Martin's works circulated through the lodges' channels that had joined the Scottish Rectified Rite and especially to him we owe the richness of the Martinist doctrine, particularly transmitted from the degrees of the Inner Order." {Thus, the "fracture" was unreal, apparently having been staged for some esoteric ritual purpose, as well as to attract distinct groups of disciples : (1) the Outer Order for pomp and caerimony (at royal or ducal courts and/or at chapels of titled nobility), (2) the Inner Order for mystic metaphysics (at mansions of esoteric/occult philosophers).}

{This Order (Scottish Rectified Rite) hath long been headquartered in "Switzerland, where the Order fled after the chaos of the French Revolution" ("GPSR&RRUSA").}

"GPSR&RRUSA" = "Grand Priory of the Scottish Reformed & Rectified Rite of the United States of America". 


p. 435 Faustian magical books

"In Marlowe's version, for example, Faust is given books by Lucifer's messenger Mephostophilis {distorted form of \Mephistopheles\ < (OnEtD"Mephistopheles", citing Göthe scholar Karl Julius Schröer 1886) Strong's 4650 \mepiys.\ 'maul/mallet' + Strong's 2950 \t.apal\ 'patch[er]; forge[r]' (as in >iyob 13:4)}

[fn. 41 "Marlowe, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, 18. Cf. E. M. Butler's discussion of the 'magical Faustian manual entitled The Black Raven', in The Fortunes of Faust, 73 f."] {A meaning of 'mallet-forger' would naturally identify the dverg Sindri who (Prose Edda, Skáldskaparmál 43 -- "CThH") forged To`rr's hammer Mjo,lnir.}

OnEtD"Mephistopheles" = Online Etymology Dictionary, s.v. "Mephistopheles". cited at 

Butler's discussion = E. M. Butler : The Fortunes of Faust. Cambridge Univ Pr, 1952.

"CThH" = "Creation of Thor’s Hammer". 


{The statement, in the Tryms-Kvida, that Trym "concealed 

The hammer of Thor

Eight rasts

Beneath the ground" (NMRF), may indicate the hammer's pricelessness; for \TRYM\'s etymological aequivalent \TRAMbelos\ threw into the sea A-priate (DCM, q.v.), "The girl without price", off the coast of Lesbos : Trambelos had been (GM @137.l) "appointed king ... of the Lesbians."}

NMRF = E. B. Anderson : Norse Mythology, or the Religion of Our Forefathers. Chicago : Griggs & Co.; London : Tru:bner & Co., 1875. 


p. 439 Lucifer, according to Eliphas Le'vi (et alii)

"Eliphas Le'vi (1810-1875) pioneered an ambivalent view of Lucifer as ... {controlling or praesiding over} a cosmic fluidum he designated the "astral light" ... .

Romantic poets like William Blake (1757-1827) and Percy Shelley (1792-1822) had of course already celebrated Satan {read \S`\} in several works, and were followed by later authors like Nobel laureate Giosue` Carducci ... that were even more blatant in their sympathy for the Devil."


pp. 439-40 Lucifer, according to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

p. 439

"Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), chief

p. 440

ideologist of the Theosophical Society. Her magnum opus, The Secret Doctrine (1888), contained a lengthy discussion of how Lucifer ... in ...


The etymological meaning of his name, "lightbringer" {a signification likely deduced from (DMWA, p. 1208b) \hilal\ 'new moon' -- but this meaning may be a variation on 'madness' as supposed "lunacy" (generated from being stricken  with moon-beams)}, thus

{How-be-it, the original of this name, Strong's 1966 \heylel\, is from Strong's 1984 [this name's # being likely the reason for Orwell's choice of it for book-title] \halal\ 'boast, be mad, rage' with active participle Strong's 1947 \howlelah\ 'madness' : cognate with (DMWA, p. 1208b) \halal\ 'fright, terror, dismay'.}


that bestowed enlightenment {more actually, lunacy} upon man. According to Blavatsky, ... He stands for 'the Light of Knowledge' and is the (Blavatsky 1888, p. 507) 'ever-living symbol -- nay apotheosis -- of ...the intellectual independence of mankind."


p. 443 Pe`rez-Reverte's (& others') advocacy for rejection of postmodernism in order to enable the achievement of praeternatural powers

"The last point is ... to find ... -- guided by the Devil herself -- ... a higher, more esoteric understanding of ... mysteries, which is certainly not postreligious, nor postmodern. ...

Coming from a very different angle {very different from postreligious postmodernism}, ... aim for a self-deification, where they would gain supernatural powers and a cosmic stature on par with that of God. Such lofty goals are certainly ... found elsewhere ..., and in a majority of so-called ... Left-Hand Path groups ..., this fact tends to explicitly be the central purpose of their endeavors."





Esoteric Theories of Color

Joscelyn Godwyn



p. 449, Table 18.2 correlation of heraldic tinctures, planets, and gemstones, according to Courtois (1414)

correlation of planets and gemstones : Hindu, Persian, and Polish sources (J.R.S.A. "Or. Chr.",  p. 570b)

Her. Tinct.






Or [Gold]






Argent [Silver]






Gulez [Red]






Azure [Blue]






Sable [Black]






Vert [Green]






Purpur [Purple]






Courtois 1414 = Jean Courtois : Blason des Couleurs.

J.R.S.A. "Or. Chr." = George Birdwood : "Oriental Chromosymbolism". J. OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS Vol. 60, No. 3100 (April 19, 1912), pp. 569b-572a. 


{It is evident that the traditional Bharatiya (Hindu) sequence "sapphire--diamond--emerald" hath been displaced by Courtois to one step earlier (viz., from "Saturn--Venus--Mercury" to "Jupiter--Saturn-Venus") : this may have been either due to an inaccurate copying of a table or of a diagram, or else due to some more esoteric reason (such as, considering that Europe is to the west of Asia, its time-zones are located earlier for the hours in each nychthemeron; whence, for fortune's sake, it could behoove to move a correlated group of gemstones to an earlier location in a listing).}


p. 463 Saint-Yves d'Alveydre and his " Arche'ome`tre"

"Saint-Yves d'Alveydre (1842-1909) ... was the creator of the Arche'ome`tre, a complex colored diagram ... designated as 'the key to all the religions and sciences of antiquity and the reformation of all contemporary arts'. The diagram with its associated treatise was partially published after his death by Rene' Gue'non's Gnose group, then in fuller form under the ... coterie of Ge'rard Encausse (1865-1916), known in esoteric circles as Papus."


pp. 466-7 tattva-s of the 5 elements according to Rama Prasada

p. 466

"In 1887-89 an Indian Theosophist, Rama Prasada ..., published in the Theosophist a series of articles that were expanded into a much-read book, usually known as Nature's Finer Forces. These presented the Tattwas as colored symbols of the five elements, each with a characteristic shape ... . ... .  ... the Golden Dawn ... eagerly fastened onto the Tattwa symbols ... . Israel Regardie writes that they were the basis for the Order's earliest experiments in clairvoyance."

p. 467

[quoted from Regardie 1984, IV, 15] "This clearly perceived by the mind's eye, let the student at once imagine that it enlarges itself, becoming an object large enough for him to pass through. The next step is to imagine that he is actually passing through this ..., as though it were a door."

Israel Regardie : The Golden Dawn. St Paul : Llewllyn Publications, 1984.


p. 466, Table 18.13


its color-symbol

its shape-symbol

Akas`a (aither)


prolate sphairoid

Vayu (air)


disk or circle

Tejas (fire)


aequilateral triangle

Apas (water)



Pr.thivi (earth)


square or cube


pp. 468-9 skrying into structure of the atom by Edwin S. Babbitt et alii; and into the thought-forms with the aura by Besant and Leadbeater

p. 468

"Edwin S. Babbitt (1828-1905), an American Spiritualist ... founded a new healing discipline, color therapy. In his ... Principles of Light and Color (1878) Babbitt ... describes how in 1870 he began cultivating his interior vision, with signal success ... . ... At the same time, ... his experiences ... led him to formulate a theory of the atom, and to draw a diagram of its positive and negative poles and the vortices swirling around it."

p. 469

"Blavatsky's successor Annie Besant teamed up with Leadbeater ... . Spurred by Babbitt's example, they focused their powers first on the atomic world, publising the results as 'Occult Chemistry' in the periodical Lucifer (November, 1895).

Next they turned their attention to the human aura, producing a short book, Thought Forms (1901), that Leadbeater quickly supplemented with his own Man, Visible and Invisible (1902).

In 1905 Thought Forms reappeared in a second, enlarged edition rhat became generally known.  ... art historians recognize [Tuchman 1986] the importance of Besant and Leadbeater's work for its influence on Kandinsky, Mondrian, Kupka, and other early abstract artists."

Tuchman 1986 = M. Tuchman (ed.) : The Spiritual in Art : Abstract Painting 1890-1985. Abbevile Pr.


p. 469 significances of specific colors in the aura; effects in thought-forms

"Red signified Anger;

Yellow, Highest Intellect;

Blue, Pure Religious Feeling;

Green, Sympathy; and

Orange, Pride."

"beside the physical body, humans possess a mental and an astral body that are perceptible to clairvoyants as auras. In these bodies, 'Each definite thought produces a double effect -- a radiating vibration and a floating form' [Besant & Leadbeater 1905, p. 21]."


pp. 470-1 Janet Me'lanie Ailsa Mills

p. 470

"in Watchers of the Seven Spheres (1933), a book of poems and paintings by H. K. Challoner, ... the intention is the

p. 471

same : to make visible the usually invisible. Challoner was the nom-de-plume of Janet Me'lanie Ailsa Mills (1894-1987). ... Also like many ..., she came to occult activity from a position of disbelief and reluctance. Eventually a discarnate "teacher" persuaded her to write, at his dictation, an account of her previous incarnations. This became a popular book, The Wheel of Rebirth.

A second, artistic phase followed ... . ...

Finally there came a brief phase in which Mills was put in contact with the deva or angelic kingdom, and it was then that 'the poems and pictures reproduced ["in Watchers of the Seven Spheres"] were precipitated through my hand'."


p. 472 Ethelwynne M. Quail

"A larger collection of deva portraits was painted in 1937 by ... Ethelwynne M. Quail. Somewhat resembling those of Janet Mills, they too conclude with a tribute to Roerich : a painting of

The World Mother remarkably similar to his work of the same name and year. [fn. 81 : "Hodson, Kingdom, plates 28, 29.

{"Mother of the World" is an epithet of Vajra-yana goddess Prajn~a-paramita ('Wisdom Transcendental'), which is whom Roerich definitely intended; though Gnostic goddess Sophia ('Wisdom') is likewise designated "Mother of the World".}

But Quail ... was working under human direction. The Theosophist Geoffrey Hodson (1886-1983) employed her to execute paintings of nature spirits, angels, mountain gods, and devas that he had seen on his world travels in the 1920s, and he did not publish the work until 1952, after Quail had died."

Hodson : Kingdom = Geoffrey Hodson : The Kingdom of the Gods. Adyar Theosophical Publ House, 1952.


p. 472 concluding remarks about the significance and value of divinely-channeled artworks

"These few examples suggest ... the effects of psychedelic drugs, which have their characteristic palettes of colors. {More accurately, the divine world whereinto those "psychedelic drugs" welcomingly lead "have their characteristic palettes of colors", to wit, the transpicuity and radiance of the aeternal reality of the divine worlds, in contrast to the futile insignificance of the meaningless and unreal illusory material universe.} ... .  

{So-called "psychedelic drugs" are truly entheogenic eucharists which, via the vibration-sequences coded into their molecular interactions, when ingested automatically open vibrationally-coded combination-locks to praeternatural portals into transcendental worlds, therewith transporting the raptured souls of mere mortals into the glories of those aeternal splendors. The Christian eucharist of mundane wheaten wafer and mundane uva wine is, in contrast, a meaningless, futile humbug, accomplishing nothing.}

... but the occultists contaminated their imaginations with their beliefs {but can eyewitness-perceiving of divine reality be legitimately designated "beliefs"?} and projected them outside {but are not witnessings of universes beyond the mere material plane-of-existence already "outside" of it?} ... ."

{In actuality, occultists liberate their divinely-betokened visions from the futile delusion of purposeless, worthless mere imagination; for mere imagination must infect with contamination all which it may touch, but the divine reality of occult vision is a benefit which endureth even forevermore.}


{The illusion of a speciously "material" universe is merely a projection, into the sense-perception-capacity of souls of mortals, projected from out of the divine aeternality. Whosoever, amongst mortals, may fall into the delusion of falsely believing in the actual existence of a "material" universe is failing the test which is divinely imposed upon souls of mortals -- consequences eventually becoming dire.}



Peter J. Forshaw (ed.) : Lux in Tenebris : the Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism. ARIES BOOK SERIES : TEXTS & STUDIES IN WESTERN ESOTERICISM, Vol. 23. Brill, Leiden, 2017.