Although I’m super excited about checking in on the net and avoiding political discussions, my primary interest in amateur radio is a little… different.
I want to find out what Major Briggs’ Project Blue Book was looking for in the woods outside of Twin Peaks. I’d like to use my transceiver to listen to plants speak in the forest. I’d like to uncover the liminal mysteries of the Unseen Folk. In short, I’d like to communicate with the denizens of the Hypogeum.
What is the Hypogeum?
The Hypogeum is a “different space.” It’s not something silly like “the astral plane;” it’s more of a mythopoetic place hinted at in the oldest religions (no, even older than that). It is the Place from which All Frequencies are Broadcast– the ultimate “ham shack.” Once you learn about the Hypogeum by experiencing it, you can’t help but convert to Full Animism.
There are many entrances to the Hypogeum. Some reach it through tunnels, others in dreams, some through art, and some by completing certain rites (which we are still trying to unlock/understand). Since 2014, we’ve (the authors of this site) been receiving CQ’s from a number of these “hypogeic” entities on various frequencies, and believe quite sincerely that we’ve entered some kind of Mystery.
The first of these entities to contact us is called ANTHUOR.
The Denizens of the Hypogeum
ANTHUOR first manifested as a “metadivinity” in a work of hyperfiction. Anthuor appears as a deer, or stag, or antlered being in general, and instantiates in popular culture as well as any time deer are present. It should be noted that there is no relation between Anthuor and the so-called “Horned God” of neopaganism; Anthuor, as an entity, predates any such tradition.
ANTHUOR dwells within the Hypogeum, and appears to his People (those who accept him) when they need him (and when they don’t). Anthuor is the Cosmic Repeater; his antlers are the antennae through which the Life Force broadcasts throughout the Spectrum of Existence. ANTHUOR’S Mysteries extend throughout “nature,” whether Wild or Cultivated.
ANTHUOR’S word is HELMOQUINTH.
One of Anthuor’s chief attributes seems to be WITHSTANDING.
THE MAIDEN is Nameless, but appears as a Seeker. Sometimes she appears as a “Queen in White.” Indeed, the Maiden is the patroness of Those Who Seek, thus her association with Hunters, Foragers, and Finders of all kinds. She is Anthuor’s consort. Echoes of this entity can be found in the myth of Artemis and Actaeon. However, in the actual, hypogeic story, Actaeon wasn’t punished by the Queen in White for finding her; he was transformed into an Avatar of Anthuor as a REWARD.
ALL things SEEK. Animals seek food. Plants seek the light. Water seeks downhill. Minerals seek through magnetism. The Queen in White rewards the act of Seeking itself.
THE OLD WOMAN has been picked up on our “liminal transceivers” a number of times. Sometimes she’s the Cultivator in the Courtyard, and appears like any other elderly woman. Other times she’s the Guardian of the Anteroom, in which case she appears disheveled, and burns sacred herbs to access the Hypogeum. She is called, by some, “La Befana.” Whether this is a reference to the Italian witch is up for debate.
Wood sorrel is sacred to the Old Woman, as are umbrellas. She may be the mother of the QUEEN in WHITE, with whom she feeds wild animals.
She was part of the Resistance by the Unseen Folk before they were driven underground (back into the Hypogeum). She sometimes appears floating on a swirly cloud.
THE OLD MAN/THE MUSICIAN may be the Leader of the Magicians (see below). He may also be the consort of THE OLD WOMAN. He wears a blue cloak or green clothes, within which one can read magical inscriptions. He plays a flute which can turn rainbows solid.
Turkeys seem to hold some kind of ritual role in hypogeic animism. Their exact role is unclear; however, they are known to perform the ritual Circle Dance, which may involve the opening of portals.
The Magicians emerge at certain times during the year, usually via pools or fountains. They parade in costume and chase the Monsters back into the Hypogeum until they escape again.
The Monsters emerge from the Hypogeum in waves until they are conquered by the Magicians.
Barbaro is an Owl Entity who may be “deprecated.”
Plants/Plantae are direct manifestations of the Life Force, and one of the best ways to understand it. “Planting a seed, giving it water, allowing it to seek the light and bloom and provide food” also describes the cycle of the Hypogeum.
“The Unseen” have many names: spirits, “aliens,” fairies, fey, Bigfoots, microorganisms, etc. We can work with them or against them. They can be enshrined via the creation of totems or via fermentation, or they can be repelled through magic or organic pesticides.
Unlike in other “traditions” or ways of understanding, according to the logic of the Hypogeum, all of these entities are “persons” in the same sense that humans are “persons.” They aren’t “gods” per se; rather, they’re FREQUENCIES, and my goal in amateur radio is to experiment with different methods for understanding them and “tuning in.”
Here’s something else you should know: once you go into the rabbit hole of the Hypogeum, there’s no turning back. You’ll start seeing deer and turkeys everywhere. Plants will begin “speaking” to you. You’ll start finding more mysterious things in the woods.
This isn’t fiction, or “fiction,” or “metafiction.” We have absolutely tapped into some kind of crazy animist spectrum that underlies this messed up timeline, and it is now our imperative to start tuning in.