The allegory of the Sphinx points to Man. Both are composed of the four Elements, but in Man they exist in different proportions and are unbalanced, while in the Sphinx the Elements are harmonious and synergistic. The Sphinx represents the perfected Man, the Magus. The Four Powers of the Sphinx are "the four words of the Magus," the "four indispensable conditions" which bring Man to the state of perfection and balance.
The Aural journey is taken forth in logical sequence by Saturnalia Temple, Nightbringer, Nihil Nocturne & Aluk Todolo, each of whom heralds their respective Power with commensurate gnosis.
“To learn how to will is to learn how to exercise dominion. But to be able to exert will power you must first know; for will power applied to folly is madness, death, and hell.” (Lévi)
To Know- Saturnalia Temple (Sweden)
To Will- Nightbringer (United States)
To Dare- Nihil Nocturne (Germany)
To Keep Silent- Aluk Todolo (France)
Cover and booklet art painted specifically for this release by Benjamin Vierling.
The CD version is brought to you by The Ajna Offensive, in collaboration with Kunsthauch, based in Russia.
released April 2, 2010
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