Light a candle. Draw the required sigils. Now, raise your arms above your head and slowly, gently, exhale your soul. You won’t need it here. This is Audioccult, and it’s time to get low. Illustration: Simone Klimmeck
I. A GOLDEN BEAST BORN
In his second year in the Gray Lands, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying abed. He then wrote down the substance of his dream:
In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, were sent with wrath. The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it. He was of pomp and sleazy majesty, swaggering and lethal juvenilia.
II. THE FALL OF MAN
There before me was another beast. It rose against the altered skies: on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule. A crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
III. THE BLACK LAMB
After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was another beast—a lamb, yet terrifying and powerful. Its teeth were of iron; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot what was left. It was different from all the former beasts. Seven was its number, seven horns and seven eyes adorned it, and Seven Seals did it open.
IV. THE RED SERAPHIM
In the Void at the end of all things, there was silence for the space of half of one hour. I heard then the chorus: the wind and the storm. From chaos structure was found and, through life, entropy took hold once more. The four beasts became as one, and the end was the Beginning.
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