On Chao’s disillusionment ritual.
…o de kosmos kineitai en to aioni, o de chronos peraioutai en to kosmo, e de genesis ginetai en to chrono.
[….ο δε κοσμος κινειται εν τω αιωνι, ο δε χρονος περαιουται εν τω κοσμω, η δε γενεσις γινεται εν τω χρονω.]
“Within Eternity, the World moves; within the World, Time circulates; within Time, the World becomes.”
A phrase from the Eleventh Book of the Hermetica, expressing the relationship between God and the ensouled beings suffusing all of His creations. At the summit, He created the hierarchy of Eternity (Aion), World (and its orders and systems), Time, and Creation.
In ancient mythologies, the Cosmos (space) was not a category which contained everything in existence, but in itself a higher being. The World – that is, kosmos [Κοσμος] – is forever unchanging, and enshrined itself as an eternal system. The actions of Time (chronos [χρονος]), a system of the World, manifests the concepts of creation and destruction within that same World. At the same time, opposing Time’s nature of ‘chaotic change’, was Eternity (aion [αιων]), the higher being above the World itself, representing the concept of ‘unchanging self-identity.’
Every being existing within the World is chaotic and full of change, but the fact that they are always themselves does not change. In order for change – and thus, creation and destruction – to be possible for an existence, an ‘x’ factor (change) equivalent to said existence must exist; in reverse, if the ‘x’ factor is not equivalent to the existence, then change is impossible.
That ‘x’ is the Being (ousia [ουσια]).
Emoige chrematisanton dodeka iereiai… Puo, Louoian, Uggan, Angkor… ou zoe orizei ouvesin, alla ouvesis zoen.
[Εμοιγε χρηματισαντων δωδεκα ιερειαι … Πυο, Λουοιαν, Υγγαν, Ανγκωρ… ου ζωη οριζει συνεσιν, αλλα συνεσις ζωην.]
“Respond to me, twelve holy grounds… Buyeo, Luoyang, Yungang, Angkor… the Life does not determine the Being. Let the Being determine the Life. Let the Life become none other than the Soul, and let the Soul become the Being.”
Forced recognition magic (強制認識魔法 kyousei ninshiki mahou) – the lengthy and intricate ritual conducted by Chao that takes away the Being’s spontaneity by hypnotism, manipulating perception by implicit suggestion (暗示 anji). By using the holy grounds (霊所 reisho) around the Earth – such as Buyeo, Luoyang, Yungang, and the Angkor Wat – as mediums, the spell’s range expanded until its effects were felt worldwide.
Of the twelve holy grounds, the majority were in the northern hemisphere, being where a larger number of the modern societies targeted for hypnotism and disillusionment were located.