Hidden behind the history of the world lies the unseen forces and a second hidden history of religion, secret societies, secret orders, and their symbols.
One of these mysterious symbols is called the Black Sun, which represents one of the most essential parts of the invisible forces that govern the alchemical processes of all life.
Various esoteric teachings show us that it was known as “the shadow side of the sun,” whose name we know as the Black Sun and called by its Latin name, Sol Niger, the German Schwarze Sonne the Sonnenrad, German for Sun Wheel.
In Theosophy, it is known as the “Invisible Sun” and is connected in the occult sciences to prime or dark matter, earth, the Axis Mundi, a mother’s womb, the Self, and the unconscious or what Jung would call – the Collective Unconscious.
The word matter is derived from mater and also means Mother. It is from the Black Earth and our Mother’s dark womb that we humans are created on the So Within molding us into the person we will become in which we find God who said, “Let there be light,” and from this creation, we are born as co-creators with God on the So Without.
In Revelation of the Scripture, we learn of this “Sun black as sackcloth,” and in Joel, “the sun shall be turned into darkness” (Joel 2:30-31); and Isaiah says,” I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering” (Isaiah 1:3).
The Black Sun can also be called the Earth-Sun. A biological force or earth hive mind that molds our very realities from our bodies to our lives and eventually consumes and turns all things black.
This is why I believe we find the Black Sun microcosmologically represented in the pupil of the human eye, which is symbolic of the ancient inner Self or ‘I’ and connected to the macrocosmic – Black Sun.
When our outer gaze is turned inwards, we discover the connectedness with the hidden inner Self and of other beings and things of the ‘hidden’ reality and unseen forces of humanity whose study is formally called ‘The Occult’.
Symbolized also by the circumpunct that Manly P. Hall calls, “The most primitive and fundamental of all symbols is the dot.” (Lectures on Ancient Philosophy)
Hall had written;
“The keys to all knowledge are contained in the dot, the line, and the circle.
The dot is universal consciousness, the line is universal intelligence, and the circle is universal force – the threefold, unknowable Cause of all knowable existence (the three hypostases of Atma).
In man the spirit is represented by the dot and conscious activity or intelligence by the line.
Conscious activity is the key to intelligence because consciousness belongs to the sphere of the dot and activity to the sphere of the circle.
The center and the circumference are thus blended in the connecting line – conscious activity or intelligence.
The circle is the symbol of body and body is the limit of the radius of the activity of mind power pouring out of the substance of consciousness,” Hall concluded.
As Comte de Saint Germain once said, “Attention is the key; for where man’s attention goes, there goes his energy, and he himself can only follow.”
And Carl Jung tells us, “Consciousness, no matter how extensive it may be, must always remain the smaller circle within the greater circle of the unconscious, an island surrounded by the sea; and, like the sea itself, the unconscious yields an endless and self-replenishing abundance of living creatures, a wealth beyond our fathoming.” (CW 16, Para 366)
In the psychological sense, the Black Sun symbolizes the Occult Power of the Microcosm of the Self.
Humans either consciously or unconsciously shape their very beings and the world of matter in their lives and the world around them. If we partake on the path of esoteric and occult knowledge, it can take us directly to the Dark Night of the Soul to confront our own shadow and face our sins and self-made Demons.
Marsilius Ficinus had described the Black Sun in “Liber de Arte Chemica”;
“The body must be dissolved in the subtlest middle air: The body is also dissolved by its own heat and humidity; where the soul, the middle nature holds the principality in the color of blackness all in the glass: which blackness of Nature the ancient Philosophers called the crows head, or the black sun.”
Here is an image of the Balck Sun’s Putrifaction emblem of Philosophia Reformata by Johann Daniel Mylius.
Carl Jung calls it the black earth and connects it with antimony;
“It is then the black earth in which the gold of the lapis is sown like the grain of wheat … It is the black, magically fecund earth that Adam took with him from Paradise, also called antimony and described as a ‘black blacker than black. ‘”
The Russian occultist and founder of Theosophy, Helena Blavatsky, said the black sun is also known as the invisible sun related to “prime matter and the unconscious.” She had written;
“The medieval alchemists spoke of the sol niger, the black or invisible sun which they related to prime matter and the unconscious. The visible sun is at the nadir, out of which depths it must ascend toward its zenith, the invisible apex that oversees the creation of light.”
According to Rudolph Steiner, the Sun sucks in light from cosmic space. Darkness itself is no mere absence of outwardly radiating light, but its inward radiation from a cosmic circumference towards a center – a ‘Black Sun’.
One of the earliest representations of the Black Sun comes to us from who is sometimes called the spiritual father of Paracelsus, Solomon Trismosin, who had created one of the modern classics of illuminated alchemical manuscripts called Splendor Solis (“The Splendor of the Sun”), written in approximately 1535.
It tells the story of how the alchemist intervenes in the mechanics of creation while at all times remaining in harmony with nature and supporting its growth. There are 20 copies worldwide, with the earliest version housed at the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) at State Museums in Berlin, and another copy created in 1582, is housed at the British Library, London.
I believe a famous person in having undergone this process is the 2nd Century Historian, Strabo, who had eluded to his forehead and some parts of his body are of a white color, the rest of his body being black.
Here is another image below from the manuscript of the Splendor Solis that I believe metaphysically shows what Strabo was alchemically describing but shows the white color as red. The person who is mainly black in color and naked emerging from a type of black lake and is greeted by a royal Goddess who is handing him a red cloak or overcoat for his reward.
The Black Sun holds primary sway over prima matter.
Thus, it serves as the creator, progenitor, and legislator of our very 666 Carbon bodies since the beginning of time.
An alchemical symbol refers to the birth, decay, and putrefaction, which is the first, middle, and ending stage of all alchemical processes.
One that I believe as time evolves we will learn scientifically deals with what is called Dark Matter and the sun turning black with sackcloth related to what I have called a “secret mycelium network or internet” that modern researchers suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments.
Cosmic filaments of massive thread-like web formations (sackcloth) comprising huge amounts of dark matter (Black Sun) which divide the universe into a vast gravitationally linked lattice interspersed with enormous dark matter voids.
Filaments and dark matter that I theorize connects us, humans, to one another and all life via specific fungal organisms that can act as our Archons to be either beneficial (symbiotic) or detrimental (parasitical).
We act as resonators for the very elementals and microorganisms that become our Archons.
An ancient and primordial connection to the all that is part of a hidden reality of who we are and is So Within and So Without us all.
If you would like to read the story of how the NAZI’s used a modified version of the Black Sun (Schwarze Sonne, and the Sonnenrad) symbology in dark occult practices and Black Magic for the highest members of the SS, please click here to read my article.
Moe is the founder of GnosticWarrior.com. He is a father, husband, author, martial arts black belt, and an expert in Gnosticism, the occult, and esotericism.