5. Epiousios – Formulae


Substantia .: Energia :: Telos

Substance .: Energy :: Purpose

“And after uncounted ages of this great ferment, a force fused to focus that became God, and this force presumed to effect not the creation of substance and energy – for these transcended this God – but the conformation of all the Universe to a single and supreme order.”

-Arch Daimon Satan, The Diabolicon

Epiousios is a triadic concept; three words bundled into a whole. The three words Substantia, Energia, and Telos act as supports for Epiousios, and combine and coagulate to form Epiousios. For some this may initially seem a spurious complexity, but with sufficient study of the nature of the word and the circumstances surrounding its birth one will find that it could not have come into being in any other way.

Substance, Energy, and Purposefulness are the three primary components of the Black Flame identified in the Diabolicon, which is the Setian Aeonic Text that goes the furthest in examining the idea of a consciousness enhancing cosmic substance, (The essay The Set Substance in the book Daimonosophy describes in much greater detail the process by which these key elements were identified). In essence, the Black Flame is a substantial thing, containing energy, and moved by purpose.  S.:E::T is also a powerful formula in the hands of a Black Magician – a tool for creating a more consciously vibrant world for everyone to live in.

There are many powerful triads in the universe, each containing its own positive, negative, and neutralizing force; or Active, Passive, and Reconciling force. S.:E::T is an exceptionally powerful triad which congeals to form Epiousios and illuminate the promise of conscious evolution. Let us break the Word down so we can examine each component separately.

  1. Substantia (Latin); Substance: ultimate reality that underlies all outward manifestations and change; physical material from which something is made or which has discrete existence (Merriam Websters)
  2. Energia (Late Latin); Energy: the capacity of acting or being active; vigorous exertion of power; a fundamental entity of nature that is transferred between parts of a system in the production of physical change within the system and usually regarded as the capacity for doing work; usable power (as heat or electricity); also: the resources for producing such power (Merriam Websters)
  3. Telos (Greek); end, purpose or goal; an ultimate end (MW);

In all that we have called the Black Flame we see these three components working together, and the Black Flame itself is revealed as Epiousios.

On a Macrocosmic Level then we can see the S.:E::T triadic structure mapped out in the Book of Coming Forth by Night:

  1. Set as Telos. He states “I am the ageless Intelligence of this Universe.”
  2. HarWer as Energia. He ‘Cancels the imbalance’ between Substance and Purpose
  3. The Cosmic Inertia as Substantia: Set states “I cannot destroy the Cosmic inertia without having to assume its place. And so HarWer must exist while Set exists.”

With triads it generally is the third or Reconciling Force that’s really significant, but which aspect of any given triad is manifesting the Reconciling Force, or for that matter the Affirming or Denying Forces, can change based on circumstances. Consider that on one level the natural universe provides us with substance and energy. The non-natural element to the universe, also called Set, provides us with the possibility of purpose. Energy is usually an active force, but approached in the right manner it may become a reconciling force between matter and mind, set in motion by intention from the mind. The Substantia/Energia duality is what constitutes the natural universe. It is substance and energy struggling with each other that set the planets spinning around the sun, keeps the oceans from swallowing the land, and keeps a breathable atmosphere close enough to the surface that organic life can exist here. But without Telos it is all simply a thing that happens – or what Arch Daimon Satan in the Diabolicon referred to as a thing of insignificance. The function of Telos is to bestow significance.

On another level we can see the Substantia/Telos duality is also prevalent throughout philosophy and the sciences, even up to the modern field of neurophysiology and  the so-called mind/body problem. The eternal question here is, how can a non-material thing such as the mind (Telos) can exert a direct influence on a material thing such as the body (Substantia). The answer perhaps is that the mind does not exert a direct influence on the body, but rather an indirect influence via the reconciling force of Energia. Would-be scientists and philosophers can waste hours, days, even years of their life debating this mind/body problem, but if the fire of Energia is added they may actually begin moving somewhere.

And finally we can see the Energia/Telos duality embodied in the inspired artist or thinker who is unable to manifest any tangible results from all their fiery visions. Great ideas and inspirations are wonderful things, but are transient and incomplete until they are Remanifested ‘in Substantia’ – in the material. It is the basic material laws of supply and demand that will determine purpose for Energia.

Wrapped up in Epiousios there is an old story about this whole process embodied in the ancient art of making bread . If you wish to make bread – that is, something ‘real’ – you need flour and water of course, but without fire there can be no baking – no reconciliation and synthesis of flour and water, and thus no bread. Flour is the body, water is the mind, fire transforms these into substance, or in the case of the Black Flame and Man, the result is Supersubstantial.

4. The Scroll of Mehen-Ptah

The Scroll of Mehen-Ptah

Men were born from the waters of life. They came out of life. They lived as beasts of the field.  They served as food for the People of Anubis, who lived far away in Sothis on the other side of the sky, but still could look into this world.

Then the People of Horus came down from the sky. They brought with them the Seth water, and men drank deeply from it.  After they had drunk, they could see themselves and in this they rejoiced. The People of Horus were friends to man, and taught him laws of the cosmos and how to build Temples and cities. Men and women loved each other, honored the men from the skies, and forgot about the People of Anubis.

There was a man named Naashen. A Messenger had told him that the People of Anubis would come with new water, water that would make men mad, and with it they would replace all the good water in the land. Naashen gathered up all the Seth that he could find, and went to live in a cave in a mountain, away from the city.

Then the People of Anubis came. They saw what had happened, and were angry. They brought the new kind of water, which made men mad. The men who drank it forgot who they were, and forgot how to love. They began to treat each other with cruelty, and so men were always angry and afraid, and always quick to cast stones at each other.

Then one of the Anubians called Pharaoh came and said that he would restore order and protect men from each other. His head was tall like a pylon, and he was frightening to look upon. He created the Law, he taught men to be warriors and to kill, and began the rituals of the peshkent knife. Men had to work hard for Pharaoh, but they cast fewer stones at each other. They were mostly safe, but still they were afraid, and still they were mad.

Naashen watched from the mountain. Eventually he grew lonely and went down to the city. He tried to talk to his family, friends, and people he saw. He tried to tell them that they used to be happy and that the water had made them forget, but they all thought that he was mad and began to throw stones at him. He ran back to his cave.

Naashen stayed alone in his cave for four years. He became so lonely that he wept each day. Eventually he could no longer withstand the aloneness; he went back down into the city and began acting like the other men.

Then the great flood came. The People of Horus left and the People of Anubis left. Many men died, and all the bad waters were washed away.

There was nothing left after the flood, and little food.  Men continued to behave mad for they knew not else, and they were hungry. Even after the Temples were rebuilt and a new Pharaoh had his throne, still they were mad. They were afraid of punishment, and Pharaoh was father to all.

There were a group of people exploring the mountains, and they found Naashen’s cave. They found the Seth within it, they drank, and they remembered. They found scrolls telling of how the Seth had come here by means of the People from Horus. They decided they would stay together in order to help each other remember and to help protect each other from the other men who were still mad.

The school lived within the city for a long time, and they even showed some of the men that they no longer had to be mad and to be afraid. They wanted to live in the city with the others, so they could have food and shelter. They obeyed Pharaohs law and built a Temple there.

But still they had the Seth in their Temple, and so they believed they were great warriors, and that they were invincible. They began to look down on the men who knew not of the Seth, and to demand tribute.

Among them was a Priest named Mehen-Ptah. They asked for him to become their High Priest and to challenge the law of Pharaoh.  Mehen-Ptah knew that even with the Seth, they had lost their way and that their arrogance would only stir resentment. While they slept, he took the last of the Seth, and went into the desert. After he left, Pharaoh and his warriors raided the Temple of Seth and slew all of the its Priests. The Temple was burned to the ground.

And this is how the Seth survived the wrath of Pharaoh, and why the name of Mehen-Ptah is not written on any Temple walls.