Azoth Sumor

Richard Moult, Azoth Sumor

There is an apocryphal story circulating among the O9A cognoscenti that when Richard Moult, decades ago, successfully emerged from the three month ordeal of The Rite of Internal Adept his then partner on meeting him exclaimed that in appearance and demeanour he had morphed into a certain ‘Anton Long’.

A story which Moult’s later painting Azoth Sumor might be taken to represent, for here is an older Adept – similar in appearance to both his aged self and his then paternal mentor – fishing (perhaps in some remote Scottish glen) by “the living water” (Azoth) and which flowing water is full of faces, of masks reminiscent of one part (Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy) of the “comedy and tragedy theatrical masks” that have for decades been adopted by Western theatres and which, as Sock and Buskin, go back centuries to Greco-Roman times.

Overseeing the Azoth Sumor scene is a smiling “man in the moon” perhaps in intimation of how feeble we mere mortals are in believing in our mortal endeavours and quests.

Yet whatever interpretation we may impose on the image it remains something of a mystery: an archetypal (and a sinisterly-numinous) presencing which words almost invariably fail to describe but which one of our own dreamscapes may, one day, remind us of.

As such, the image is a powerful archetypal presencing and an example of the superb sinisterly-numinous artistry of Mr Richard Moult, an artistry exemplified in his book of Tarot archetypes titled Non Est Secundus Quia Unus Est. {1}

R.S.
2018 ev

{1} See https://starred-desert.com/non-est-secundus-quia-unus-est/

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Image credit: Azoth Sumor, by Richard Moult
A high resolution version is available at https://starred-desert.com/paintings/


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The Adventures of Hassan and Jorg

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Editorial Note: The four short science-fiction stories that form The Adventures of Hassan and Jorg were written by David Myatt in early 2002, not long after the invasion of Afghanistan by western forces, and were first published, under a Muslim pseudonym, late in 2002 on the Jordanian based website hassanadventures.jeeran.com. According to Myatt they were written for, and were read aloud by him to, the two young children of a Muslim friend of Iraqi origin. Further stories in the series were planned, but never written.

Long neglected, disowned by Myatt himself, and despite in Myatt’s own opinion lacking any literary merit, the stories may be of interest for several reasons. First, because they reflect Myatt’s life-long interest in space travel and the genre of science-fiction. Second, because they could be seen, from a Muslim perspective, as a comment on the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. Third, because they reflect Myatt’s interest at the time in sympathetically portraying Muslims, Islam, and the Mujahideen. Fourth, because they embody the warrior virtues that Myatt has always admired. Fifth, because they show Muslims and non-Muslims co-operating together on the basis of mutual respect. Sixth, because one of the main characters is a female warrior. Seventh, and perhaps most important of all, because they so obviously were – as Myatt admitted – crude propaganda, part of his short-lived campaign, from 2002 to around 2004, for an alliance between radical Muslims and National Socialists.

To accompany the publication of the stories, Myatt produced a note concerning the ‘historical background’ of the events, as well as a glossary for non-Muslim readers, both of which are reproduced in the pdf file below. As with all of Myatt’s writings, the stories are covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License and can be freely copied and distributed, under the terms of that license.

The Adventures Of Hassan And Jorg
(pdf)