The Accidental Magic Of Genghis Kahn

The Accidental Magic Of Genghis Kahn

1When I see one of humanity’s greatest murderers it means I am almost at work.

My bus sneaks up behind him as it comes along the top of Hyde Park.

On the plus side, approaching Genghis Kahn head on means that the work day is over.

That’s weird, right?

Not that I have a problem with the statue itself. It’s actually a little bit awesome.

The horse’s mane is splayed out like the fingers of imperial expansion, which has the effect of putting one in mind of a ‘terrible divine’ or demon horse.

Genghis Kahn himself is not grasping onto the reins, nor do his hands hold any weapons. Such a depiction speaks to me of a man being chosen by destiny, riding the unstoppable currents of an agenda mandated from the non-physical. Cementing this impression, for me, is his curiously beatific countenance, like some infernal boddhisatva.


The Genghis Kahn asana. Try at your own risk.

It was installed in April of 2012 as part of a mostly-private sculpture project to be completed in time for the London Olympics. Apparently it is intended to “exemplify the very spirit of nomadism.”

Yeah, maybe. But the funding came from a gallery that also installed a statue of Isis in Hyde Park. (“Resides” by the “Serpentine”. Looks like this.)

Such facts do not a conspiracy make… although I struggle to picture the numerous planning and approval meetings where nobody seemed to object to the statue of a foreign invader responsible for the deaths of up to 15 million people being popped down beside Primark. Someone certainly thought it was bizarre enough to warrant a Freedom Of Information request. An occulted agenda would also have to explain the statue that Genghis Kahn replaced. A jelly baby family:


The world’s most deranged and thus dangerous occult agenda? No… It’s good, old fashioned, accidental magic.

The last time London psychogeography was an actual ‘thing’, in the 90s, here’s what Peter Ackroyd wrote about the implications of the shape and direction of urban design:

Yet perhaps it has become clear that certain activities seem to belong to certain areas, or neighbourhoods, as if time were moved or swayed by some unknown source of power.

Just as it seems possible to me that a street or dwelling can materially affect the character and behaviour of the people who live within them, is it not also possible that within our sensibility and our language there are patterns of continuity and resemblances?

Snapped from the bus on the way home.

Snapped from the bus on the way home. ‘Horse At Water’ stands opposite. Horse heads have been found in early Northern European burials.

London built itself into probably the world’s greatest pageant city at the same time it was building the British Empire. Navigating your way around town is a literal ritual that teaches you how London sees itself in relation to the rest of the planet.

I think about the confluence of these two events in the same way that I think about the masonic layout of parts of Washington. To be sure, most of the people involved -including the main players- probably thought they were simply immortalising good ideas like liberty and brotherhood. Some of them, however, would have had an awareness of the magic behind it. They certainly did in London’s case. (Wren.)

Find me an empire and I will find you a ritual city at the heart of it. Babylon, Egypt, Rome, China, Britain, America. And in all cases, many of the ritual elements precede the existence of empire. This is the political manifestation of the Hermetic axiom, As Above, So Below. Or perhaps “if you build it, they will come”.

And the where of Genghis Kahn’s installation is, magically speaking, highly potent. It sits at the very location of the vanished Oswald’s Stone:

Like the other 38 historic counties of England, Middlesex was divided intohundreds. In Saxon times, a hundred defined an area large enough to sustain 100 households. Until they were replaced by districts in 1894, hundreds were the only administrative unit between counties and parishes, and were the essential locus for dispensing justice, raising soldiers and discussing the affairs of the day. They were usually named after the place where the men of the area gathered to witness the dispensing of justice, the raising of armies, and the debating of matters of state.

One such place was Oswald’s Stone, the other five Middlesex Hundreds being Edmonton, Elthorne, Gore, Hounslow and Spelthorne. The City of London, nominally part of Ossulstone, became a self-governing county in the 13th century.  From 1585, the City and Liberty of Westminster also attained a degree of autonomy from Middlesex.

For centuries, the location was known as The Tyburn and was the main hanging ground for London. So a statue of Genghis Kahn was installed at the location  -a crossroads, no less- of an ancient political entity that used to include The City, on grounds that have seen the deaths of thousands and thousands of criminals. And he’s sitting astride a demon horse in a pose that looks like he’s summoning ghosts.


The location is now called Marble Arch, so named for the giant marble arch that Genghis Kahn has pulled up just short of. This arch originally stood in front of Buckingham Palace and only royalty and the King’s Guard were allowed to pass under it. The arch was moved to its current location in 1851. (Indicating that people have been hacking the Tyburn/Ossulstone spirit of place for some time.)


Nash’s original design was based on the Constantine Arch in Rome. Up until 1968 it was a fully functioning police station. In fact, it’s rumoured to still form part of London Met’s emergency riot management plans -it’s a great place from which to fire rubber bullets, water cannons or crowd dispersing sonic weapons.

Let’s be honest… all of this is actually pretty fucking good magic. You could not consciously choose a more auspicious conflation of symbols for a Left Hand Path power generator. (Why no one is selling Marble Arch dirt is beyond me.)

But you see, it’s that ‘consciously’ part that trips us up. Like I mentioned last time to thunderous silence, any analysis that lacks the non-physical will be incomplete. If you haven’t ever read Peter Levenda’s Sinister Forces series, then you need to correct that at your earliest possible convenience. Here’s a quote regarding Columbus’s ‘discovery’ of America:

The Moors were vanquished, finally, in January of 1492, the same year that Columbus set sail on his first voyage to the New World, and that was not a mere coincidence. King Ferdinand was triumphant in removing the last vestige of Muslim political influence from western Europe… and began to dream of another conquest.

This is what American schoolchildren never learn, and what scholars have been slow to report. From the Diario of Christopher Columbus, then:

And [Columbus] says that he hopes in God that on the return that he would un­dertake from Castile he would find a barrel of gold that those who were left would have acquired by exchange; and that they would have found the gold mine and the spicery, and those things in such quantity that the sovereigns, before three years, will undertake and prepare to go conquer the Holy Sepulcher; for thus I urged Your Highnesses to spend all the profits of this my enterprise on the conquest of Jerusalem, and Your Highnesses laughed and said that it would please them and that even without this profit they had that desire.

The conquest of Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulcher. In other words, another Crusade. The discovery of America and the subsequent voyages of Columbus had as their goal the recapture of Jerusalem. Indeed, one of the most important reasons for finding the “fast” route to the East was to provide Ferdinand with a dif­ferent strategy for retaking Jerusalem, for if Columbus was right and if India and China could be reached by traveling due west, then so could Jerusalem. Rather than send an army of Crusaders across the Mediterranean or via land through hostile Muslim territory, Ferdinand believed he could instead at­tack Jerusalem from the eastern side. No one would expect a Crusader force coming from the land east of Jerusalem, when all previous attacks had come from the western approach.

Ironically, then, American history begins in the sands of Palestine, in the solemn stones of Jerusalem and King Solomon’s Temple, the Holy Sepulcher and the Dome of the Rock, where so many have fought and suffered and died for religion, and still do.

We say again. Somebody’s spinning somewhere. Back to Genghis Kahn, a man who may be a hero in Mongolia but for some countries is still among the worst things to ever happen to them. And those countries are Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.

Steven R. Ward wrote that “Overall, the Mongol violence and depredations killed up to three-fourths of the population of the Iranian Plateau, possibly 10 to 15 million people. Some historians have estimated that Iran’s population did not again reach its pre-Mongol levels until the mid-20th century.”

The invasions of Baghdad, Samarkand, Urgench, Kiev, Vladimir among others caused mass murders, such as when portions of southern Khuzestan were completely destroyed. His descendant Hulagu Khan destroyed much of Iran’s northern part and sacked Baghdad although his forces were halted by the Mamluks of Egypt. According to the works of the Persian historian Rashid-al-Din Hamadani, the Mongols killed more than 70,000 people in Merv and more than 190,000 in Nishapur. [More.]

And so these thoughts cross my mind twice a day. Installed in London, on a Dark Power Generator, during the year of the apocalypse, is a statue of a man who destroyed Iran. This was to form part of the celebrations of the nazi ritual that the city was hosting… which also required the greatest ever peacetime occupation of the metropolis.


One need only look at the incandescent horeshit (geddit?) that passes for today’s misinformation to see quite which future event was being entangled last year. No frikking false flags, no staged alien invasions… something much weirder. This, then, is the accidental magic of Genghis Kahn.

Everybody check under your own saddles for demon horses.


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    Love it, you make my day Gordon, I’d look out for more accusations agains Hezbollah and possibly some ‘extremist’ members from Israel getting into it in Lebanon or Syria. Maybe even some argie bargie from other Arab states. Should be interesting to see what happens. Maybe even an ‘attack’ on the Mosques on the Temple mount… Have a read of the Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon.
    Synchronicities across the board…
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    Magic dirt might make magic clay which would make magic pots..

    And what could someone make in magic pots?

    There are forces at work, and their erections are everywhere..

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    Gordon, I don’t see why you keep saying it’s accidental. While reading your post, I kept thinking of Victor & Victoria Trimondi’s “The Shadow of the Dalai Lama” and of the accepted notion that Genghis Khan was said to have studied the teachings of several religions including Buddhism. As for Marble Arch dirt, how many requests have you gotten for it?

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    Cory Panshin

    As always, your post leads my mind in many strange directions at once — too many to add up to any coherent conclusion, but enough to be provocative.

    One concerns how, just as the Middle East was recovering from the depredations of the Mongols, they were hit again by a would-be heir of Genghis Khan, Tamerlane — whose latter-day namesake is now at the center of a bombing case that constantly gets weirder.

    A second has to do with the current unrest in Turkey. Earlier today, I was watching a livestream of a pro-Turkish demonstration in Los Angeles, and one young woman told the streamer (CrossXBones) that the park whose imminent destruction set off the protests was built on the site of a former Armenian graveyard — so that the bloody events of the moment bring in all the deep, unresolved, negative energies of the Armenian Genocide.

    And, of course, Baghdad itself is another sacred capital, originally constructed according to geometrical principles, much like Washington. (Or at least, so I read years ago — though I’ve tried and failed to figure out exactly where.)

    There are strange forces at work everywhere, and it strikes me as very odd that the folks in London believe they can control any of it — though perhaps the peculiar “look ma, no hands” pose of that Genghis statue is itself a suggestion that everything is coming off the rails. But it would be foolish to decide that our somewhat childish and ersatz Western magics are driving any of this without first considering the age and power of the magics that are already at work on the ground.
    Cory Panshin´s last blog post ..Fire Hackers and Cosmic Dreamers

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    @Cory Multidirectional mind food. That’s the intention. :) Very interesting point regarding the bombings, too.

    Not too sure how you got the notion that ‘people in London’ are seeking to ‘control’ this however. The macro observation of the post was very much that opaque, non-physical forces are in play.

    @OwlRose No requests, but then I don’t sell stuff. As for ‘accident’, it’s deployment here is intentional:

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    Andrew B. Watt

    To speak into thunderous silence is to be thought a fool — no matter what one says, no matter how wise.

    Your American audience does not live in a landscape so fraught with political/spiritual/emotional baggage, though. It takes a while for us to pick up on this stuff. As my new Nez Perce friend says, “the Land around here (Connecticut) has been spiritually shredded.” No ancient political meeting grounds not lost to time and King Philip’s War, no mysterious statues bankrolled by private interests. Streets laid out by an odd combination of cows and surveyor’s theodolite, rather than alien spiritual forces.

    And yet.

    This church across the way from where I now sit is a 0.618-to-1 copy of a Baroque church in a town in Sicily. Where most of this city’s immigrants came from. When the Sicilian church fell in an earthquake, the masons came here to measure their backup copy, and rebuild in the original style. The local church stands on the slopes of Indian Hill, now a burying ground, but once a naturally-tree-free hill, from where the Connecticut River could once be seen meandering up from the Atlantic Ocean, and the pass over the western ridge line of the Higby Hills can be seen. There, Connecticut’s principal civil war general is buried (having been brought from Antietam in a lead-lined coffin)— a general whose last words were allegedly, “let us lie down in the shade of those trees and watch the river.” And now there are trees on Indian Hill. From the top of that hill, one can see the sites of this city’s old silver plate factory, and the iron foundry that supplied arms to the Union — and if the trees were cut back, and you could see over the top of those hills down that way, is the home of William Gillette — cousin and possible magical colleague of Pamela Colman Smith — at an estate called “the seven sisters, where he ran a private railroad sometimes called the “mercury flyer.” There were copper mines and lead mines over across the river, and a quarry of Portland brownstone, and the trim on the church doors across the street is green and purple… And the asylum for this state’s insane sits atop a hill over yonder, rising in a place that interrupts the view-line of the Winter Solstice sun from Indian Hill

    What is it you say? Someone’s always spinning, somewhere? This narrative of planetary energies isn’t the only story that matters, and it may not even matter at all.

    Another thing. So many American pagans seem moved by Cernunnos and the Morrigan, Arthur and Stonehenge. The pagan “Holy Land” so often is Glastonbury and Aquae Sulis, Avalon and Epona’s Horse. Our stories aren’t rooted in the land beneath us. Not yet.

    We won’t even touch on how narratives of Jerusalem still informs American Christian fundamentalism. It’s every bit as dangerous as Ferdinand’s goal of taking Jerusalem from behind.
    Andrew B. Watt´s last blog post ..Tai Chi Y2D82: Good sleep!

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    Cory Panshin

    Gordon – Non-physical forces may be in play, but the ruling class in the US — and I would think also in Britain — still think they can call the shots. There is a pattern of thought that can be seen emerging in 1940s science fiction (most famously in Asimov’s psychohistory) where the rational, enlightened folks who understand how the world really works are able to manipulate the primitive, superstitious ones who see things from a magical point of view. And that sort of hubris is still very much in play on the practical level — for example, in Senator John McCain’s insistence that he can tell “good” Syrian rebels from “bad” ones, apparently just by looking at them.

    The present-day Mongolians, who don’t have the advantages of Western arrogance, know it’s not a good idea to mess around with Genghis:

    In Mongolia, superstition still surrounds Genghis Khan, and the hunt for his tomb often stirs heated debate. Even his name is a touchy subject. In Mongolia, Genghis Khan is known as Chinggis Khaan and is considered by many almost a god.

    “He watches over us. He is why we have our good lives today,” says Khuyag, hunching his shoulders as if feeling the presence from above. He, like many locals, thinks Genghis Khan is buried on a mountain in the Khentii range—a belief shared by both ancient and contemporary historians but unsupported by science or physical evidence until the discoveries made by Lin and his Mongolian partners.

    Khuyag has scaled the range twice, but he believes the conqueror’s grave should be left in peace. “I don’t think people should search for his tomb, because if it is opened, the world will end.”

    Westerners, believing themselves to be protected by some combination of science and manifest destiny, have no such compunctions and are far too willing to mess with things they don’t understand. So although that statue may not reflect an occult agenda, it doesn’t strike me as “accidental magic,” either. Call it the occult equivalent of fracking — a readiness to dig into very deep places and exploit whatever is found there with no heed for the consequences.
    Cory Panshin´s last blog post ..Fire Hackers and Cosmic Dreamers

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    So I work 5 minutes up the Edgware Rd and hadn’t clocked the Genghis statue. After reading this I walked down yesterday and it is an incredible thing. But what really struck me was the interplay between the huge horse’s head statue directly opposite – bowed in classic submission – and Khan approaching it with open arms – which is the stance you adopt as you approach an animal in a non threatening manner. So then… I have no clear idea what the submitting horse across the road symbolizes – but once you stand next to the statue it is clearly an intentional connection between the two, whether it has intentional symbolic significance… no idea

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    Oh this is awkward… having just read the freedom of information act I realize it was the Halcyon gallery that installed the Khan statue – I’ll be there with the owner next week at a private function, so after 3 or 4 glasses of wine will choose my moment to ask…

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    Simon Tomasi

    > No frikking false flags, no staged alien invasions… something much weirder.

    No predictions? Leaving it with something much weirder is a bit vague.
    Perhaps you have been specific, but I’ve just failed to pick up on the details.

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    @JV Neat. See if they’re aware of the spooky history of the site. As they’ll no doubt be installing further sculptures once this one is gone.

    The horse head, ‘Still Water’, was funded by another Mayfair Gallery:

    @Simon If I can work out a satisfying distinction between ‘prediction’ and ‘correlation’ then maybe. Over a long enough timeline, claims of upcoming disaster are always correct and thus lose most of their predictive utility. Think of this more as an example of a… what? Horizontal analysis rather and a vertical/predictive one?

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    Simon Tomasi

    I think that I understand….

    As an aside… One of the tests of a prophet in the past was whether or not their predictions of something positive came true or not. If he/she predicted something negative and it did not happen, the would-be-prophet could respond that the Divine acted with mercy or the people returned to the source hence triggering the attribute of Mercy.

    But if the would-be-prophet predicted something good would happen and it did not manifest… that was a sign that the would-be-prophet was a false dreamer.

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    @Simon there’s a high school probability exam question in that. :)

    Speaking of…

    @Andrew Definitely check out Levenda’s Sinister Forces 1. Some great, great stuff on pre-Columbus North America… in particular your corner of it. You may be closer to a cursed Phoenician barrow than you think! Some fun forbidden history in there. But as for the built environment… yeah. I hear that. Try growing up in regional Australia.

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