The image of the black sun appears in various biblical, alchemist, hermetic and occult texts. The black sun appears as the dark material underside of the pure and philosophical sun (the Platonic sun). The productive material sun is placed as a rotting corpse into the earth’s core as its productive core going from Philolaus to Empedocles, where the central fire and the earth require their shadowy doubles. The matter of the black sun worms its way to the surface – bringing about holey complexes of the Earth and the Mind, the hint of the dark fringe, the dark precursor, the night of the absolute all teeming with productively destructive creatures.
This blackened sun is placed on the earth, creates the first stage of alchemy (nigredo/putrefaction) and the same can be seen in the Egyptian root of chemistry. The stage of nigredo marks the turning point from the real as X to immanence, from the proper realm of physics to that of chemistry. From spatio-temporal possibility to the resoluteness of death and decay.
The black sun also appears as a Germanic and eventually a nazi symbol. Karl Maria Wiligut (Hitler’s Rasputin) and Werner von Bulow (of the Edda Society) traced (supposedly) the history of the black sun in runic texts stating that the black sun is a burnt out sun opposing the visible sun which could serve as a source of power for the Aryan race.
But this is the mistake that Lovecraft makes in his racism – that culture can save us or at least lessen the blow from/of the course of infinity. Perhaps it is the black sun that leaves “only scorched earth, littered with the starved and sunbaked carcasses of wise men.”
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