With soft gray eyes she gloomed and glowered,
with soft red lips she sang a song;
What knight might gaze upon her face,
nor fare along?
For all her looks were full of spells,
and all her words, of sorcery;
And in some way they seemed to say,
Oh, come with me!
– Morgan Le Fey, Madison Cawein
According to Sinister tradition, Falcifer is the name given to the force or indivdiual who brings into being, presences or generally opens the way for Vindex to emerge.
Vindex, it is prophesised, will be an individual who will bring into being and presence new archetypes which are appropriate to the new Aeon. Vindex replaces the old law of the old Aeon with our new law of personal honour. It is this Vindex character who will, according to prophecy, lead an exoteric war against the Magian forces and re-establish a numinous balance to the Earth, thus setting the Aeon back upon it’s natural course and ushering in this new Aeon in a manifest manner.
As detailed in Hostia, Falcifer and Vindex are;
“Names signifying the person who may embody, in the causal world, the essence of the Sinister – i.e. he/she empowered by the Dark Gods to bring the wordless Aeon in a practical sense. In the exoteric sense, Falcifer (the reaper) and Vindex (the avenger) are esoteric names for the anti-Nazarene mentioned in Revelation and elsewhere.
Vindex can be created by Sinister ritual – the chthonic Nine Angles rite when the energy is channeled by visualisation and chant into a designated person.”
How the presencing of Vindex actually occurs is not made explicitly clear throughout Order MSS (except for the reference to the chthonic Nine Angles Rite). What is revealed here however, via the aural tradition of the Drakon Covenant, is just how the presencing act of Falcifer is made possible.
It is via a third and necessary archetype, hitherto unrevealed till now- namely, a female archetype or nascent entity, waiting to be made manifest, referred to as Morgatha. Morgatha would be a Sinisterly-numinous entity, as befits her Baphometic role; she would be the bride of Falcifer, and together with him, she would bear a child who will become Vindex.
It must be stressed however that Morgatha does not exist solely to be a mother figure; rather, it is her life and works which prepare her for such an esteemed and necessary role. Prior to the bearing of Vindex, she will ascend as a powerful force in her own right, a witch queen of the Covenant, a reincarnation of sorts, and bring a necessary balance to the Cosmos through Her wyrdful actions.
It is for this reason that the vampiric current of the Sinister tradition must, and has been presenced- so as to prepare the way for this dark entity. The Drakon Covenant thus believes it holds the responsibility to help bring Morgatha into being, and to guide her toward her role as the mother of the Dark Aeon.
How this is done is by presencing the vampiric current and it’s associated archetypes, mostly through the spread of the tradition itself and the cultivation of vampyric adepts and those Lamia Naturalae who are receptive to the unqiue teachings and practises of the Covenant.
The energies can be brought close to the causal, but they must be given a vessel in which to incarnate. It is believed that Morgatha’s role is thus that of Mater Vindex, the mother of Vindex, as well as being the earthly embodiment of the Numinous aspects of the Sinister tradition. Thus do we loyally await the coming of the bloodied mistress and anointed daughter of Baphomet, a causal witch born a Lamia Naturalis.
In the past, it is believed several individuals were born across the centuries who could have fulfilled the role of Morgatha. But the Tradition was not made available, and thus they faded into obscurity (though some became infamous vampires in their own right). It is generally believed Morgatha as a causal human being has not yet been born at the time of writing.
It is believed the legend of Morgan Le Fay (also known as Morgana, Morgant, Morgane, etc. etc.) was/is a distant echo of the aural tradition which recorded her actions as a priestess of Albion, as well as predicting her return and the necessity of her presencing; whilst the legend slowly became warped throughout time, the Arthurian mythos kept Morgatha alive in a convoluted sense, as it did many aspects of the Camlad Rouning.
Morgatha upheld the Tradition which was the wyrdful expression of the Folk and the Cosmos during Her causal life. She undertook a numinous role in becoming the instigator of the Aeon- with the distortion arising, She will presence again to restore balance, and the evolution of the Cosmos shall go on.
Only during later iterations of the legend of Arthur did Morgana become defined as the mortal enemy of Arthur as the patriarchal ethos of the Magian via Christianity begin to take hold. She thus became a distant echo, and a character to set as an antagonist in Arthurian tales and legend, though scholars now agree the inspiration for her character came from a Welsh celtic supernatural entity or goddess, with some claiming she is derived from the Celtic/Gaulish goddess Dea Matrona (the ‘Great Mother’), again tying back to her role as bearer of Vindex. Yet another theory suggests she is derived from an ancient Celtic goddess known as Modron (‘mother’). Modron, known also as Matrona was worshiped in Northern England, from Yorkshire to the area surrounding Hadrian’s Wall.
Also featured in Arthurian myth is the character Morgause, again regarded as a half-sister of Arthur and mother of many heroes- namely the knights Gawain, Gaheris, Agravain, Gareth, and Mordred. Some have claimed, as is cited in Gerald of Wale’s Liber de Principis Instructione, written in 1193 (one of the earliest references to Morgana), that Morgatha was later remembered as a female ruler known as Morgan- and it was she who, according to aural Sinister tradition was the instigator, or at least oversaw- via her role as priestess- the inauguration of the Cosmic/Western Aeon (circa 500CE). Morgan was the half-sister of Arthur, of whom much is written elsewhere in texts detailing the roots of the tradition itself;
“After the Battle of Camlan, a noblewoman called Morgan, later the ruler and patroness of these parts as well as being a close blood-relation of King Arthur, carried him off to the island, now known as Glastonbury, so that his wounds could be cared for.”
In theVita Merlini, written around 1150, Morgan is said to be the first of nine sisters who rule the Fortunate Isle (Avalon) and is described as a healer and a shape-changer.
The inauguration of the current Western Aeon would have seen the use of the ‘Grail’ by Morgan/Morgatha, this grail taking the form of a large quartz tetrahedron, and the tradition of using such an item has been passed down since then to genuine adepts of the tradition, up to present times. One aural tradition however suggests the Grail was a stone composed of Moldavite, a green stone which originates from a meteorite which landed on earth 4 million years ago. Whichever story is true is currently unknown.
Morgatha is a symbol of the Sinisterly-numinous balance, nurturing us all throughout our Satanic quest. Her Grail spills over with blood to transform and renew us. She watches through the mists of time, each bearer of the Tradition holding the Grail with her.
The Grail is often depicted as a cup, supposedly due to it being the cup used at the Last Supper. This however is an arbitray understanding, a later embellishment on the myth, and it is aruged that there was an intuitive knowledge of the Grail being a vessel of some kind at one point or another. This vessel could be the bearer the Tradition or it could bear the Western blood, or it could be Morgatha Herself. All are inextricably bound together regardles
Much has been done to warp the Grail mythos, the original religion of the West. Stylised first by Christians then by later conquerors such as the Saxons and the Normans to suit their own agendas, understanding the essence of the Grail is a difficult task but one not impossible.
The Grail, in earliest myths was described as a vessel or a stone of some sort. The later adoptions of the Grail knights, the romance of Lancelot and so forth were the inventions of French authors such as Chretien de Troyes, who used Arthur and the knigdom of Camelot as a setting for various quests and adventures.
Morgatha is believed to have ascended as an Immortal (that final stage of the Sevenfold Way beyond Grandmaster) sometime after playing her part in ushering in the new Aeon. She exists now, as all acausal entities do, as a timeless and chaotic dark goddess, awaiting to fulfill the final part of Her supra-personal destiny and to bring about the birth of Vindex.
Upon completion of the Wyrdful actions of Falcifer, Morgatha and Vindex, the consciousness of humanity would experience a right angled shift in development and evolution. By it’s virtue, the Earth itself would become exalted, it’s very physicality altered by a liminal gestalt effect which would see the Dark Gods return openly.
This then is one of the secrets to returning Them. Reality is essentially an experiential consensus across all living beings which apprehend reality. The limitations of what can be achieved exist solely according to the prevailing consciousness which recognises and interprets reality accordingly. With the emergence of Vindex and the subsequent societal shift that Imperium will bring about, the planet which we are inherently tied to via Blood and Soil will shift accordingly. All religions have at one point known this in some garbled form or another (referred to in terms such as the Kingdom of God among the Nazarene sects). The Earth will enter a state of Terra Mysteria, imbued with magick because the tyranny of the Magian and it’s control over thought has been toppled. The world shall become imbued with numinosity, and thus Terra Mysteria will be not only a term used to refer to the earth’s exalted state, but a way of saying life is great, a revelling in fayen.
Arthurian Legend in the Sinister Tradition
The stories and legends of King Arthur and Camelot are, according to the teachings of the Order of Nine Angles, echoes of several aspects of the spiritual culture of the isles of Albion upon which the Camlad tradition itself derived from. The tales of Arthur, Morgana and Camelot are folk tales and memories of the history of the adepts who ushered in the current Western Aeon.
Several locations are of importance to the ONA’s interpretation of Aruthurian legend. These locations sacred to the Sinister tradition and which locales make up the areas of travel of the orthodox Black Pilgrimage are the Long Mynd; Caer Caradoc; what is now known as the Kerry Ridgeway; and the river Teme. Other places around this area also exist which are pertinent to Adepts of the Tradition.
The area of the Marches is regarded as being the home of Merlin, the elusive sorcerer and advisor to King Arthur who is believed to have been one of the last direct descendants of Albion. He was said to have lived in an area around the Camlad river – between the Stiperstones, the Clun River, Camlad and the Kerry Ridgeway.
After Camelot was overthrown, the remnants established themselves in a fortified enclosure within a loop of the river Severn. The sacred place of this place of this area was a mound known as the Hill of the Alders. Later, this ‘city’ (containing the surviving Romano-British culture which had flourished in Camelot) was itself destroyed. It was later called Scrobbesbyrig – City of the Shrubs, and later still, Shrewsbury. The mound became the seat for the King of Powis. The mound lies beneath High St. and the old sacred site now has a church built upon it. Arthur is said to be buried in either the mound in Shrewsbury – beneath the church – or another place, not far from the lake of legend. The ‘lake’ from whence Excaliber came is considered to be (a) near Eyton or Severn.
According to the Sinister Tradition, the Grail itself was a crystal of roughly tetrahedral shape. It was guarded by several ‘keepers’ (these keepers being guided or headed by the priestess known to Drakon Covenant tradition as Morgatha, with the keepers being referred to as the Siresy- the 9 sisters referred to in the Vita Merlini) and was said to possess real magickal powers such as prophecy and divination. It was also said to be necessary for prosperity. Legend recounts it as being used to inaugurate the Western Aeon and thus the current Aeonic civilization, at the time of Arthur. One tradition claims the stone was in actuality a large chunk of Moldavite, emerald green in colour, and fell to earth from the stars.
The Grail was also believed to be the graded system of initiation required to harness the stone’s power and alludes to the Septenary system, which was later inherited by those adherents of the Camlad Rouning. From this, the mythos of the Grail knights arose- framed of course within the societal context of medieval courtly life. Thus is the Grail that unqiue alchemy occurring within the initiate, the synthesis of the Gradalis and Lapis as utilised by the Grail ‘knight’.
The Grail knights were therefore those individuals committed to the Gradalis, the stages of wisdom which formed the basis for what we now know as the Sevenfold Way. The entire Grail mythos was an inspired tale based on the actions of those who inaugurated the Western aeon. Arthur and Morgatha as Priest king and priestess, and the Grail as the lapis tetrahedron, in conjunction with the Grail quest thus formed a key to opening the Aeon. Arthur’s clan symbol was symbolic of the power of the Dark Gods. According to aural tradition, his flag was a white dragon upon a blue or green background.
The organisation of a defined knightly order and courtly castle was the later romanticisation and modernisation of the mythos by French medieval authors who tried to frame it within a Christian and medieval context.
The earliest mention of the Grail in such high medieval literature is of course Chretien de Troyes’ Perceval, who first established it as a christian relic. It is no coincidence that the Grail when first written about is described as an essentially Christian item, given that the christians were want to record and set in writing many things concerning history and religion of the British Isles, in contrast to the native pagans who kept a detailed and guarded aural history. The presence of the Lance also shows that the grail was intended to be viewed at least quasi religiously, and thus the Grail as a dish being cited as it’s earliest iteration is invalid inso afar as initiates of the Western/Sinister tradition are concerned. The scene also shows a mutated form of the elevation of consciousness within the context of gradalis. What de Troyes intended to develop in regards to the symboilism of the Grail and Lance in his story is uncelar given he never finished the work. The symbolism may therefore be regarded as inconclusive as a historical foundation, as so many historians are liable to do.
The confusion between San Graal and Sang Real later exemplified by even further distortions of the Arthurian myths by christian interpretation may allude to a belief that the blood of an Adept, when combined with a quartz crystal is an incredibly powerful magickal act in opening the acasual gates. This combination can either be brought about by the aforementioned sacrifice of an initiated priest, or more prosaicly, the smearing of a crystal with one’s own blood prior to use (as detailed in fictional stories such as The Moor).
Whilst standard Sinister tradition proposes Arthur’s Camelot to be based in Shropshire, historical evidence suggests the fabled city may actually have been located in West Yorkshire.
In the 2nd century CE, Ptolemy in his Geographia lists the cities under the rule of the Brigantes, with one of these cities being named Camulodunum. This city was based in Northern England. This city is later mentioned in the Antonine Itenary as Camboduno, being somewhere in the West Riding of Yorkshire, circa 9 miles from Calcaria (now known as Tadcaster, North Yorkshire) and 20 miles from Mamucio (now known as Manchester).
The Venerable Bede writes in his Ecclesiastical History:
“In Cambodunum where there was also a royal dwelling, he (Paulinus, sent by Pope Gregory as a missionary to Britain 601 CE) built a church which was afterwards burnt down, together with the whole of the buildings, by the heathen who slew king Edwin. In its place, later kings built a dwelling for themselves in the region of Loidis. The altar escaped from the fire because it was of stone, and is still preserved in the monastery of the most reverend abbot and priest Thrythwulf, which is in the forest of Elmet.”
The Celtic high king Arthwys or Arturius was said to rule over this later kingdom, with some historians arguing that this king was the basis for the legend of King Arthur. The idea of Arthur as a Celt, his half-sister Morgatha later being reverd as a goddess of sorts around this same area and the name of the knigdom being remarkable close to the name Camelot all lend creedence to the theory of Arthurian legend being based, at least for a time, in Yorkshire.
Loidis later became Leodis, and thence Leeds (Leeds being a major city within West Yorkshire and the home of the founding coven of the Drakon Covenant, wyrdfully). It is thus believed that the later kings of Cambodunum founded what would become the city of Leeds, or that the city itself is the current location of Cambodunum’s ruins. Archaeological research is thus nigh imossible, given the industrial and cosmopolitan development of the city.
Cambodunum is regarded as a Roman fort by conventional historians, and was built during the Flavian period, first being made of wood, then replaced with stone. The site is now known as Slack Roman Fort, and is based in the village of Outlane in West Yorkshire. The village is down the road from the village of Heptonstall, which features as a focal point for the plot of the fictional piece The Moor. Several adherents of the Covenant tradition have proposed Heptonstall may be a pertinent site regarding Arthurian legend given it’s close proximity to the Slack fort site, as well as it being situated on an imposingly high cliff face.
Several historians have thus proposed Cambodunum (known also as Camulod) is the basis for the tales of the city of Camelot. The location would have made sense if Arthur was primarily focused on defense against Saxon invaders, as many have claimed he was Many of the earliest battles attributed to Arthur, such as Celidon (Caledonia), Dubglas, Agned (Edinburgh) and Badon are based in Northern England and Scotland. The name Camulod is derived from the Celtic war-god Camulos.
Camelot is thus believed to be located either just outside of Heptonstall, at the Slack fort site, or beneath the current city of Leeds. At the very least, the kings of Camelot founded a kingdom that is now Leeds city. It has been suggested that if Camelot/Camulod was based in the region of Leeds, it would have sat upon what is now known as Quarry Hill, just outside of the city’s centre.
This alternative view of Arthurian legend thus shifts the focus to Yorkshire, though Covenant tradition still holds that the Western Aeon was in all likelihood inaugurated around the region of the Welsh Marches. As it stands, such historical unearthings point toward a numinous connection between both Yorkshire and Shropshire, one already recognised by many adherents of the Sinister tradition. Further research will be undertaken in time to further understand the truth of such a fascinating history.
-A. A. Morain