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Posted on 2010.08.27 at 16:17
 

Amongst its numerous wisdoms, the Cthulhu mythos of HP Lovecraft teaches us various levels of consciousness through Jungian symbolism. In this it is highly romantic. Lovecraft himself was a famous recluse. His inspiringly in~depth knowledge of the world, her mysteries and hidden histories come from his education having grown up reading his fathers library. Lovecrafts father was a member of the Egyptian branch of Freemasonry and a scholar, owning many rare books. Lovecraft used these esoteric teachings as the basis for his mythos, which formulated over the years he spent researching and trying to understand as holistic a model for reality as possible. The scope of his vision is both shamanic in its world view and prophetic.

Lovecraft used a very simple format in his storytelling structure, often repeating the same pattern so as to emphasise the point. The reading of his works therefore becomes a mantra, a guided meditation. The symbolism of the stories is evidently psychological and this is emphasised by the characters facing the brink of madness, frequently being plunged far beyond it as they encounter wild alien things that they were previously unprepared for. Through a series of repeat journeys, delving deeper each time, the reader is prepared for the darker truths which Lovecraft is stylishly revealing. His style is hedonisticaly decadent, flamboyant and extremely evocative. Without doubt it is a masterwork of horror fiction. Through this he teaches a cosmology which is epic in its scale.

By following the footsteps of the Cthulhu mythos, by retracing the steps of its characters to pursue my research into these insightful extracts, half~obvious hidden meanings of beguiling promise, the pursuit of knowledge and understanding becoming obsession driving me to forsake a normal regular life, alone I have followed the path. It has taken me to many nations on my journeys, to see for myself these locations spoken of within the tomes. To Egypt, where I read for myself the ancient books carved in stone, the hidden secrets etched in lost times into the interior of a granite sarcophogus in which a priest~king once lay sleeping. Journeys to learn a symbol series, an ancient energy teaching... such hints and pieces fit like a jigsaw together for my understanding of reality, so different to those of the mainstream consensus around me that I have been branded schizophrenic for my world view, a mad one amongst man; for even accepting Lovecraft to be a reality at all. Yet nevertheless his stories speak eloquently of real truths, of our past, of our way of being and of our future.



Phonemes of Cthulhu

Etymological research has associated the Great Old One Cthulhu with the deity Uluru (ayers rock) in Australia, the most holy of holies of Mother Earth. This also is symbolised throughout Australian Aboriginal tradition, as well as global shamanism and the masonic tradition, with the female serpent as life giver. Other associations of the word through etymology link it with the Thule society, which is the contemporary neo~nazi reiteration of the Thelemic secret school, a foundation training ground for the Illuminatii. The phoneme is found also as Shai~Hulud in Frank Herberts Dune. It correlates to the word Zulu, who taught their ancestor worship to the Phoenician traders, who taught it to the Celts. It seems likely these early roots explain the Assyrian interest with the same matters and their use of similar language; as is also found in south American Aztec~Mayan nations and with north American/Canadian Indians. Indigenous peoples of the world over have a common system of understanding these issues and use the same lingo to explain themes. Another association is the European tradition of Yule~tide, a turning point in the ebb and flow of seasons, associating once more the Cthulhu with the natural cycles.

After this, as with so many facets of such a complex mythology, I specialised in my research; I delved into the entity of Nyarlahotep. Where I live in south Wales, Britain is one of three locations mentioned in Call of Cthulhu linked to this vampyric otherworldly entity; I have bathed in Melincourt Falls near Neath, a temple of the Celtic arch~druid Merlin. As well as this I visited the Nile, the name of which has the same source and therefore there is an association between Nile and Nyarla.

Nyarla is the old Egyptian word meaning ‘catfish’. As a symbol it has several honorary definitions beyond the evident reference to an actual creature. An essential part of the teaching is in acquiring the perception of recognising these associations, making the link, the area between one identified [item] and another. This is the mythos, the world view of shamanic understanding, fertile ground for creative interpretation of the real. That we are dealing here with amphibious entites who exist in the swamplands, that evolutionary step between fish (creatures of water) and lizards (creatures of land). You only have to look at a catfish to see its physical association with Cthulhu. The Egyptian reverence for cats is famous, temples of Bastet whose name derives from Bes~Thoth. A chimera; a creature combining a cat and a fish, predator and prey, causes instantly a schism in our understanding of its nature. It is this schism that becomes the gap between, the unifying paradox that is a dynamic engine. An evolutionary niche.

Nyarlahotep also contains the word R’lyeh; nya~R’LAH~otep, that forbidden manuscript that appertains to the fabled lost city of the same name, deep beneath the sea in which Cthulhu lays dreaming.

Hotep is an Egyptian word meaning Priest. Some interpret this to mean King. To understand this we must learn that in ancient times, this was the same thing. In Mayan the word sorcerer means King, Priest and Teacher. In Egyptian the word pharoah means far~seer (far~ru). We venerate those with insight. Even in christianity is retained the word Amen, referring to the Egyptian word for priest. Amen of course is the same as the Tibetan cleansing chant Aum, ohm, linking it directly to Celtic Ogham (pronounced om); the triple spiral that means both weave and well. the priest is the one of purest vibration and highest clarity, hence calling them the Ohm.

As further example of the tentative links we make between epochs and cultures; there is a complex in the Egyptian desert which is both a fish processing factory and a bakery. The Egyptian loaf is ten feet tall; symbol also means ‘braid’ (as in ‘weave’), ‘story’ and ‘world’. I wonder if the ancients had the same folk~wisdom kept alive today, “we are what we eat”. The fish remains found at the site are catfish from the Nile. Presumably this facility prepared the soup which fed the workers constructing the pyramid. It reveals a certain story from the new testament in a new light. The schism between one cultures interpretation of a symbol and the culture preceding it, offers insight into the transition, the shift between epochs.

All this from a simple word. That is the powerful allure of researching, of turning back the pages of time and sifting for clues to describe the hidden mysteries. The Cthulhu mysteries are full of such, and although I am currently deeply involved with learning firsthand the developments of the third site mentioned as relating to Nyarlehotep, that my darkling children must remain a story for another time.

-Snakeappletree, 27.10.2008



Additional, 27.08.2010;

Neath is Niet or Nuit, the Egyptian female deity of night, depicted as arching her back like a cat over the world, her body full of stars.
I am now living relatively near to Melincourt, and equidistant to Carmarthen where Merlin is claimed to have been born... I am living with a witch whose maternal family name is Neather...

 
Additional, 09/11/2010

"And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh. The fellahin knelt when they saw him, yet could not say why. He said he had risen up out of the blackness of twenty-seven centuries, and that he had heard messages from places not on this planet. Into the lands of civilisation came Nyarlathotep, swarthy, slender, and sinister, always buying strange instruments of glass and metal and combining them into instruments yet stranger. He spoke much of the sciences - of electricity and psychology - and gave exhibitions of power which sent his spectators away speechless, yet which swelled his fame to exceeding magnitude. Men advised one another to see Nyarlathotep, and shuddered. And where Nyarlathotep went, rest vanished; for the small hours were rent with the screams of a nightmare."
-Facebook Nyarlehotep site

yep, sounds about right.
 

 

 

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