THE AEON OF CTHULHU RISING
``Nor is it to be thought ... that man is either the oldest
or the last of earth's masters, or than the common bulk of
life and substance walks alone. The Old Ones were, the Old
Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we
know, but between them, they walk serene and primal,
undimensioned and to us unseen. Yog-Sothoth knows the gate.
Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and
guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in
Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of
old, and when they shall break through again...''
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror
(as from the `Necronomicon')
The century in which we live has witnessed the dawning of a New Aeon; or
rather, the return of energies and entities, across vast gulfs of time
and space, from primal eras which antedate by millenia the appearance of
humankind upon the Earth. In his pivotal Mythos tale, The Call of Cthulhu,
Lovecraft has adumbrated the first portents of this return, the outer
edges of whose pericosis with our own continuum is detected by the
incredibly subtle and sensitive `antennae' of poets, writers and artists -
more especially those already aligned to the concept of `outsideness'
through their own explorations of alien, exotic, bizarre and outre subject
matter. And indeed, it is through the work of such artists in actuality
that the first hints and descriptions of these forces and entities find
This `new Aeon' is currently known under a variety of names by differing
cults: the astrological `Age of Aquarius'; the Thelemic `Aeon of Horus',
inaugurated by the avatar Aiwaz, in 1904 e.v.; Frater Achad's `Aeon of
Maat', the Era of Truth and Justice; and so on. To that particular body of
magicians, artists, writers, and other visionaries of the Cthulhu Mythos
which constitutes The Esoteric Order of Dagon, the emerging era is
recognised as the Aeon of Cthulhu Rising, with reference to the prophetic
fictional work of H.P. Lovecraft, as outlined above. As his description of
the initial wave of Aeonic energy (which has such drastic effect on the
dreams of `sensitive' individuals around the world) coincides with the
rising of the island of R'lyeh on 28 February 1925 e.v., the E.O.D
numerate this event this event as Year One, A.C.
However, before the complete influx of these elder forces into our
present space-time continuum can be facillated, the secret and primal
gateways must be located, and opened, to allow access from `outside the
circles of time.' This gateway has been glyphed by Lovecraft as one of the
Great Old Ones themselves - ``the noxious Yog-Sothoth who froths as primal
slime in nuclear chaos beyond the nethermost outpost of space and time.''
As Guardian of the Gate, he is synonymous with Choronzon. The ``nethermost
outpost'', itself an opening or window to the dimensionality of the Great
Old Ones (Universe B), is the star Sothis, or Sirius.
In turn, the gateway of the New Aeonic forces (Yog_Sothoth) is identified
with the `non-Sephiroth', Daath, on the qabalistic Tree of Life. As
Kenneth Grant explains:
``It is now possible to see the continous flow and evolution
of Aeons occuring simultaenously and passing over into the
world of anti-matter. The Yog (or Yug .. an aeon or age ..)
of Sothoth is the counterpoint - as the Aeon of Set-Thoth,
or Daath - of its Twin, the Yug-Hoor, or Aeon of Horus.
Yog-Sothoth is the Gate through the aeons to the Star-
Source beyond Yuggoth, the Yug or Aeon of Goth.''
Outside the Circles of Time, p. 214
The knowledge and formula by which this gateway can be reopened can
therefore be only apprehended through the negative vortex of Daath. In the
case of Lovecraft himself, who in waking life vehemently denied the
verdical nature of the material with which he was dealing, the process of
appropriation was almost completely subconscious, occuring through the
medium of dream-experiences. As would be expected, the visitation of such
unhuman and ultracosmic revelations took the form of the most hideous
By the same token, those initiates of the E.O.D. who are working towards
the Opening of the Gate of Yog-Sothoth must be prepared to undertake this
most dangerous descent into the Abyss of Daath (the so-called `false
knowledge') in order to activate these formulae effectively. This process
involves the projection of a part of themselves into those spaces
`between', to which Lovecraft makes repeated reference, and which
constitute the existentiality of the Old Ones themselves. Is is here that
this `false knowlege' (glyphed as Lovecraft as the grimoire, Necronomicon)
can be found and retrieved, brought back through the vortex of Daath, and
finally given actual, concrete manifestation in the Outer.