Kosmology by Jeremy Christner (Great American Desert)
Jeremy "Xner" Christner is an artist devoted to spreading his ideals through as many mediums as possible. Because of this admirable trait, I grew to strongly admire his work within his personal sonic manifestation, Great American Desert. In a previous edition of "Hensch's Hometown Heroes" (and in my humble opinion, one my favorite reviews of 2005), I covered Great American Desert's 2003 debut, Land of Tears. The disc found Xner using a unique concoction of acidic folk, gristle-soaked industrial, and hypnotic, blackened doom to spread his unwavering Luciferian philosophical ideals. Whereas Land of Tears was forced to sound heavy AND convey a message to the listener at the same time, the written word holds no such constraints. Soon, Xner turned his considerable passions for things as diverse as theoretical physics, Luciferian philosophy, modern society, and classic Gnostic thought into a collection of coherent essays, entitled Kosmology. The resulting jumble of philosophies does not need a catchy tune or interesting bridge; rather, it strips bare Xner's decidedly complex worldview and allows the observer a chance to explore, question, and pursue alternate forms of knowledge. While some of the concepts will most likely seem obscure to the average reader, Xner goes out of his way to reduce various concepts into simple, basic principles. Like most well-thought ideas, they are provoking, intelligent, and logical. Kosmology also never sacrifices the reader on the altar of boredom. First, the reader is never swamped with an endless amount of information; Xner crafts a slim, compact, and most importantly personal take on Luciferian thought. Secondly, Xner makes fantastic use of the principle of objective reasoning; the reader never once has an idea forced down their throats, and there is next to nothing to suggest bias, fanaticism, or outright zealotry.
The essays begin with a passionate introduction from Xner, followed by "Soterion," a strange passage in which the author appears to convene with Lucifer, the Earthly form of Sophia (wisdom). The actual first chapter is split into three parts, and are sort of an overview of Gnostic Luciferian creationism. The first section (Theorica Pleroma) deals with the idea that the universe is in a constant state of ebb and flow; expansion and contraction. The idea here is that Pleroma (or the most basic form of energy, the universal foundation of all dimensional confines) is in a constant pull to unify, but the energy contained is so much that Pleroma is forced to expand, creating a Pleromic division. This is known as a Quantum Leap, and leads to the formation of masculine Pleromic intelligence (Abraxas) and feminine Pleromic intelligence (Sophia). From there, matter is formed as the Pleroma divisions coalesce into strings, and the vibrations of traveling energy lead to the creation of the Demiurge.
Section two discusses this being, who the Gnostics/Luciferians maintain is the God of Judeo-Christianity (think Y'weh). The Demiurge is very powerful considering the energy from which he was spawned, but does not recognize Pleroma predates his existence. Because of this, the Demiurge grows to believe he is the supreme force in the Universe and most pleromic beings following (the Archons) submit to his will. The Demiurge in his arrogance creates a self-sustaining system of ecology (i.e. Earth, and the surrounding solar system), never realizing that eventually his creations will run amok and grow into what we know as humanity. The Demiurge rushes to subject this new specie, and Sophia (that feminine Pleromic intelligence) intervenes in the masculine material form of Lucifer to prevent the Demiurge's subjection of our race.
Lucifer next offers salvation in the knowledge that Pleroma existed before the Demiurge, and thus that the Demiurge's prior threats of damnation and eternal suffering are null and void; the afterlife does not exist then, but rather a return to energized unity within Pleroma. The Demiurge attempts to discredit Lucifer, dubbing him/her "Satan," or "adversary." Many pick the Demiurge's law, while several more pursue alternate paths to spiritual enlightenment.
The subsequent chapters are much shorter and less mind-boggling. Subjects like the concepts of magic are given scientific spins; Xner maintains that magic isn't hocus-pocus, but rather the focusing of one's will via subatomic particles of chance known as quanta. The idea here is that by willing certain things strongly, one can achieve them. A brief discussion on hallucinogens ("Pharmakai," or "Sorcery") to achieve heightened states of perception is given, and somewhat condoned as it alters one's personal, typical worldview. Xner explains his conceptions of afterlife (less of a paradise or heaven, more of a return to simple, basic, and fundamental energy), the guesswork involved in astrology/divination, and his opinions on the nature of evil, rationality, objective truth, etc. The book is rounded out by some poetry and a very helpful set of appendices, which explain the various concepts mentioned above as well as the void in which all Pleroma resides (the aether) and various ideas associated with it.
As is the case with his music, Xner appears poised to continue spreading alternative viewpoints on man's inherent ability to become wiser than what the God of Judeo-Christianity intended via the medium of writing. Published by the occultic scribes guild known as Ixaxaar, Kosmology proves to be but the tip of the iceberg; Xner has begun working on a much longer follow-up, The Rubaiyat, for some time now. Even better, the man's message will soon be put to his music once more; a split with friends and compatriots Drear (entitled Solipsis/Warring With the Sun) is slated to be released via Autumn Wind Productions in January 2006. It looks to be a fantastic start to a new year.
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