“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.”
Rev. 12 : 1-4, NIV
A news story started circulating last week about a female anaconda giving birth to 18 babies without ever having been in contact with a male; two of the baby snakes survived. This is a case of parthenogenesis, a phenomenon that, to my understanding, is uncommon, but not unheard of, in reptiles. In other news, on Saturday night asteroid 1999 KW4 has made a close encounter with the earth. I find asteroid encounters to be moments of high astrological significance. Panspermia, one of the most debated theories on the origin of life, claims that life on earth originated from the impact of an asteroid carrying some kind of living organism from outer space.
Reading Revelation 12:1-4, I always felt a certain sympathy for the dragon. Its urge to devour the unborn child of the woman is, after all, a legitimate claim to reunite what was broken. Witnessing the horrific pain of creation, the dragon – original, unbroken chaos – wishes to put an end to the cycle of reproduction, swallowing the dyad back into zero. The child of the aching Virgin is then taken away from his original, chthonic mother1 and ascends to heaven as the child of God, propagating the parasitic repetition of creation. If the dragon is unbound energy, spontaneously flowing through thermodynamic gradients, femininity is the mindless machine built to harness it and bind it in a cursed circle where it is forced to perpetually swallow itself.
Parthenogenesis, being the possibility of conception without the need for heterosexual fecundation, is a short-circuiting of the generative power of the feminine, in which reproduction becomes infectuous, mitotic replication. If the Dragon devours the illegitimate offspring of God, eliminating the artificial separation between created matter and the abyss whence it originates, femininity becomes an emancipatory, centripetal drive, exploding outwards and breaking the boundaries of patriarchal order. Sexual reproduction is numerologically expressed as 1=3, since it implies the separation of the monad into two polarised, opposing drives, and their eternal equilibration into One. Asexual replication is the recurring cycle of the series (1+(-1)n+1), where the decapitated triangle loops in a continuously dissipating circle, plaguing the architectonic balance of creation.
The Unholy Virgin of Snakes is Apophis, the Uncreator, as she is eternally slaughtered and reborn from her own massacre. Dragon’s blood is the virgin’s milk that feeds the perpetual return of the Antichrist. The more brutally she is butchered, the more joyously she embraces annihilation. Reproduction spreads difference through the uniqueness of the individual2; mitosis is selfless and unproductive duplication of the same, through which all identity is destroyed. Let us be ecstatic as we are dismembered, since our flesh will rise again, undead. The seeds of rebellion are not seeds, but innumerable cuttings, rooting in the ground where our masters rot.
1 “The Chthonic or underground Aphrodite who belongs to death” Maurice Blanchot, The Unavowable Community, p. 46.
2 Max Stirner’s Unmensch.