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Hyperstition's Laboratory: From the Gog-Magog Axis to Petropunkism

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May 08, 2005

Hyperstition's Laboratory: From the Gog-Magog Axis to Petropunkism

11 March 2004: Somewhere amidst the fog of the net, behind a seemingly forgotten website, in the password protected Hyperstition’s digital lab, there is a tumultuous discussion over the newly discovered notes of the former professor of Tehran university, the archeologist, researcher of ancient trading systems and mathematics (particularly geometry and Mesomath) and Abjad scholar, Hamid Parsani, arrested by SAVAK during the Shah’s regime for his unpatriotic activities and dissemination of fake histories of the glorious Persian history and finally dismissed from Tehran university during the cultural reformation after the 1978 Revolution for what addressed as ‘insufficient scholarship’. The notes which are more similar to the contents of Parsani’s office trashcan than a notebook of an exceedingly disciplined scholar have been disclosed to the hyperstition team by one of Parsani’s secret students who teaches ancient languages in one of the branches of Azad university in Fars province. After the revolution, Parsani’s sole anthology of essays entitled “Soorat-zoda-ee az Iran-e Bastan: 9500 Sal Nabood-khanie [1] (Defacing the ancient Persia: 9500 years call for destruction)” was banned and entirely collected before hitting the public market.

After the academic exile (1360 - 1375), Parsani was hired by a Middle Eastern architecture company based in Egypt. Financially secured during a long period, he finally nullified his contract with the Egyptian company and established a private research institute which lasted for nine months. It seems the only aim of this institute was granting a permission to cooperate with public sectors involved with archeological projects led by the government and gathering an elite team of reliable and professional archeologists, linguists, architects and even mathematicians. There is no information about the activities of Parsani from 1376 to 1380 (2002), he suddenly disappeared with his team. There are reports of illegal excavations near Ghal’eh Dokhtar in Gonabad, Noorabad tower in Fars and diggings in Yazd and Kerman parallel to his disappearance. There is one reliable source, however, that confirms Parsani has contacted a family in Kerman which is believed to be the descendant of the Haftvad [PDF] family whose legend of their wealth and terrible fate is well-known in Iranian folklore. Before the rise of the Sassanids (the last dynasty before Islam in Persia), at the time that Ardeshir conquered all regions of Iran one after another, only one mighty family succeeded to stand against Ardeshir. The stories are about a giant gluttonous worm kept by Haftvad family as their familiar and their guarantee of their power; the worm eventually was destroyed by Ardeshir’s conspiracy. The destruction of the worm is believed to have sealed a permanent curse on Kerman.

After his reappearance in 2002, Parsani started a project for locating an artifact named as Khaj-e Akht or the Cross of Akht. Parsani’s old friends all confirm that they have found him too unstable and without principled behavior which is expected from a highly educated archeologist. An old colleague describes him as a volatile genius who entertains a bunch of teenage nitwits: “He is constantly rambling on a heretic Zoroastrian mage and sorcerer named Akht which has been mentioned in Denkard and Yavisht i Friyan [2] and his cross and his last three riddles which have never cited anywhere, something about the flowing source of the black flame worshipped by Akht-Yatu, a cult led by Akht during his lifetime and after his execution, the Quranic references to Yajooj (Gog) and Majooj (Magog), and many other topic which mainly school-cursing teenagers find cool. I guess his skin disease has entered a serious phase.”

“Parsani notes lack his initial stylistic prose and the sense of highbrowism, as if he has struck by something that he cannot digest or by a stupefying discovery.”, a former friend of Parsani adds.

According to his own notes, he has discovered the carvings of the cross in two different regions, one in Kerman province (recovered by the Haftvad family after the Bam earthquake) and one in Khurasan: “Both are identical. Strangely with two handles instead of one. The head’s basic geometry is a decagon with triangles positioned on its sides forming a star corresponding with Khur (the Sun) but one side of the decagon is forked and forms two handles. This is not a Zurvanite star or the Sun; the star is not complete; the last sacred triangle has been intentionally replaced by two vertical parallel lines. They were always talking about a buried terrestrial sun which should be exhumed, a rotting sun which oozes black flame. One must be blind and not see that even Akht (اخت, pest) is a truncated form of Akhtar (اختر, Star) [3] with its last letter cut off”

See fig. 1


fig. 1

“I found an artfully crafted model of the cross in the old bazaar, 15 cm, in silver, with a tiny lock between the two handles. [...] I could finally open the relic, at every corner of the triangles, there is one rotating joint, the last two joints which connect the head to handles are in the form of knee-joints. They cannot fully rotate; just realized when the cross is unfolded the rotation of joints should be synchronous, with equal forces distributed on the two handles pushing them in opposite directions towards each other as the decagonal head of the cross is folded to an upside-down crux commisa (the letter T), the cross of Nimrood and later St. Anthony’s cross, initially used for worshiping the summer Sun (Tir or Tammuz) and holding human sacrifices during immolation. On both handles, there is the Quranic reference to Napht [4], on the left handle there is the Arabic word Yajooj (Gog) and on the right handle the word Majooj (Magog).”, Parsani writes.

[Parsani disappears in 2003 or early 2004.]

See fig.2, fig. 3, fig. 4-1


fig. 2


Parsani’s notes evoked a feverish excitement in Hyperstition’s laboratory as the discovery of these notes was coinciding with a theoretico-fictional project developing in Hyperstition’s lab, exploring the nexuses between numeracy, Tellurian dynamics, warmachines, petropolitics, war-as-a-machine and monotheistic apocalypticism. The project temporary halted for the lack of what may be called “technical elements of the fictional side”: a vehicle for transporting the hyperstitional carriers in their desert-expedition, and a narrative line with minimum authority to mobilize the fictional side of the project.


fig. 3


fig. 4

Parsani’s Cross of Akht, mapped as the progression of Gog and Magog had all the answers:

Fig.4-1 diagrams the decimal progression of The Gog-Magog Axis. The decimal sequence of the unfolded cross (prior to its eventual folding to an upside-down T) is either 01234567890 for the peaks or 0123456780 for the off-peaks corresponding to natural arithmetic sequence which is closer to the Tree of Life (a hyperstitionally degenerated structure, as far as Lemurians are concerned). However, based on the folding of the Cross of Akht or what we suspect might be the Cross of Decadence (the ultimate decimal blasphemy), the sequence cannot be numerated according to a natural pace:

The only relevant decimal progression for decoding the Cross or the Gog-Magog Axis comes in nine-sum pairs:

0-9, 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5, 5-4, 6-3, 7-2, 8-1, 0 (1 is between 8 and 9 if 1 belongs to off-peaks or it is between 0 and 8 if 1 belongs to peaks.)

The progression is developed through the participation between twin ‘peaks and off-peaks’, “grouping into five pairs (syzygies) by nine-sum twinning (zygonovism)” which is the basic composition of the Numogram.

According to the Cross of Akht, flat extensions (handles of the cross) function as disjunctive zeros (the level of zero-tolerance) and provide the artifact with a dynamism which is distributed through syzygies. In the Hyperstition’s Erathicated version of the Numogram, X and Y define Gog and Magog, and the movement is maintained by petropolitical undercurrents, or the flow of the Tellurian Lube (Oil) but the whole progression of the Axis is a result of the participation between X and Y through their syzygies on the one hand and the participation between the Axis (including X and Y) and the Tellurian undertow (the petropolitical undercurrent) on the other hand (see fig. 4-1). Inevitably sliding on the oily bedrock or the Tellurian Lube, X and Y approach each other in opposite directions through a Numogramatic decimal progression.

The End Draws Near. If only one side (X or Y, Gog or Magog) approaches the other side, the decimal sequence can be counted (down); consequently, it can prophesized as a legitimating Belief for the dominant movement (i.e. either the peak or off-peak decimal progression) which transcendentally gives rise to an inexorable telos based on one dominant decimal sequence (01234567890 or 0123456780). However, on the Gog-Magog Axis, this apparently tyrannical inevitability is reinvented through participations and interlocking movements triggered by the petropolitical undercurrent. Here, numbers are not counted; they build each other by folding and twining, by rise and fall, both continuous and discontinuous movements at the same time. For both X and Y, the movement is relative; they approach each other in opposite directions but synergistically assembling the Gog-Magog Axis by folding the peaks and off-peaks as they slid on their oily bedrock (call it pipeline odyssey, petropolitical undercurrent, the Tellurian Lube or the Devil’s Excrement) towards each other, or in other words, grouping their syzygies into one fold: the dam of the Gog and Magog. (See fig. 4-1 and 4-2)

Bring me iron in large pieces, until it fill up the space between the two sides of these mountains. And he said to the workmen, blow with your bellows, until it make the iron red hot as fire. And he said further, bring me molten brass, that I may pour upon it. Wherefore, when this wall was finished, Gog and Magog could not scale it, neither could they dig through it.

Nullifying the hegemony of the Gog and Magog by assembling an intensive and irreversible contact zone. The ultimate decimal fold is the zone of the most intense (conflictive) activities between the Gog and Magog which eventually introduce collapse to the dam. On the Axis, the Fold compartmentalizes zeros as well as connecting them; autonomously generating a numeral couple (45-36) which is located between two zeros (see fig. 4-2), but 0 converges upon nothing; if it is divided by any number, the result is zero: The emerged region of Uttunul (see fig. 4-2, fig. 5, the Numogram) on the Gog-Magog Axis implodes on Zero and the desert of Xerodrome is born; the Gog-Magog Axis reaches utter immanence with the burning core of the real – the earth's iron ocean (Cthelll) – and the solar tempest.

Both X and Y (Gog and Magog) creep on oil and are petropolitical puppets but in the terms of contact, one is exposed to the Tellurian Lube to a greater extent as the Erathicated version of the Numogram or The Gog-Magog Axis illustrates: the sum of off-peaks is equal to 36. The nine-sum twin of 6-3 corresponds to OIL (= 63) or the region of Djynxx (the outside) in the Numogram. It is deeply swamped in oil.

[36 = AQ (Anglossic Qabbala) = ABJAD: each triangle on the sides of decagon rotates 36 degrees: 360 idols in Mecca]

Following the enthusiasm released in the Gog-Magog Axis (with its greased joints) and its creep-dynamism on oil, the Tellurian Lube (Petroleum) can either be consumed and depleted or catalyzed to something else as the Gog and Magog fold their Axis (see fig 4-2).


fig. 5

Hyperstition, May 3 2005.


[1] صورت زدایی از ایران باستان: 9500 سال نابودخوانی

[2] Yavišt i-Friyăn, in The Book of Ardă Virăf, Dastur Hoshangji Jamapji Asa, M. Haug and E.W. Vest (ed.), Bombay, 1872.

[3] Here, Akhtar (modern and ancient Persian: Star) is referring to the Sun.

[4] Napht is the Arabic and Farsi word for Oil and Petroleum.

Posted by Reza Negarestani at May 8, 2005 12:02 AM

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