Lon Milo Duquette
The Hanged Man: Noose
"I saw you in my dream. You're a priest too. I know what happens next, you're in Carcosa now."
In the Old Aeon of Osiris, The Hanged Man represented the dying God, the formula of the crucified Christ, signifying sacrifice and redemption.
Lon Milo Duquette writes that "the gesture of Sacrificial Suicide is not only obsolete, it is counterproductive". This is what keeps Cohle asleep at night: not only will suicide not work, it is a step backward. He has no choice but to forge ahead.
The Yellow King: Nous
In the New Aeon of Horus, The Hanged Man is a card of sacrifice and duty. On the Tree of Life, The Hanged Man falls on the 23rd Path, that of Mem, the path of the mystic, the annihilation of self. This is not a journey to the great beyond, but rather a journey inward.
We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, this accretion of sensory experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each
somebody when, in fact, everybody's nobody.
The formula of the old Aeon is LVX as found concealed within the keywords INRI-IAO… LVX, lux, the Light of the Cross: the dying and resurrecting god-trip, which formerly opened the Gates to the Temple of Initiation, as seen in the Adeptus Minor ritual of the Golden Dawn. It has been superseded by a new formula: NOX, the Dark Night of the Soul, the Night of Pan…
“The Night of Pan is the Annihilation of All.”
“This is the Night wherein I am lost, the Love through which I am no longer I”
Along the shore the cloud waves break,
The twin suns sink behind the lake,
The shadows lengthen
Strange is the night where black stars rise,
And strange moons circle through the skies,
But stranger still is
Are you Lost?
"You're a Priest too."
Redemption is a bad word; it implies a debt. For every star possesses boundless wealth; the only proper way to deal with the ignorant is to bring them to the knowledge of their starry heritage. To do this, it is necessary to behave as must be done in order to get on good terms with animals and children: to treat them with the absolute respect; even, in a certain sense, with worship. Note on the Precession of Aeons: "The Hanged Man" is an invention of the Adepts of INRI-IAO formula; in the Aeon previous to the Osirian, that of Isis (water), he is "The Drowned Man".