The hidden understanding of the Gray March
The story of Jyggalag becoming Sheogorath is a microcosmic reflection of the microcosmic phases of the adept’s phenomenological development.
So here’s the story:
“The gray march traces its origins to a curse placed on Jyggalag by the other daedric princes for fear of Jyggalag’s growing power. The curse turned Jyggalag into Sheogorath, the antithetical Daedric prince of Madness.
At the end of each era, Jyggalag was able to break free from the curse and lead his Order forces against the inhabitants of the Shivering Isles in an attempt to cleanse the kingdom of madness and claim it as his own. However, the curse would be renewed after the end of the gray march with Sheogorath returning to rebuild the Shivering Isles, not sure where everything used to be, leading to a succession of ruins from the previous capitals.
As Jyggalag had done with whatever remnant of madness he could find, Sheogorath destroyed any remnants of the Order left behind, with the exception of Dyus.
Each gray march begins with the appearance of large obelisks and the arrival of the Knights of the Order, who use the obelisks as canduettes on the Islands. These obelisks are maintained by Priests of the Order, residents of the Shivering Isles who abandoned Sheogorath to serve Jyggalag.
Gradually, more obelisks appear, transforming the vibrant realm of madness into a gray and monotonous area. The Knights of the Order then begin to attack anyone they encounter, killing the residents and guards who remained loyal to Sheogorath.
During the course of the gray march, Sheogorath gradually loses his madness and develops moments of clarity, until he “dies” and turns into Jyggalag. The Prince of the Order would then proceed to the throne room of the Shivering Isles and, in doing so, would mark the victory of the Order and the defeat of Madness.
Soon after, Jyggalag himself “dies” and is replaced by Sheogorath. The curse renewal process can be instantaneous or gradual, as it has never been clarified. Sheogorath reveals only that the kingdom remains in ruins each time he returns. Due to Jyggalag’s lack of originality, the gray march occurs in the same way with each cycle.
Sheogorath tried to break the cycle of the gray march at least once. This first known attempt involved digging a ditch and filling it with clowns, which did not stop Jyggalag from advancing. During 3E 433, Sheogorath planned a second known attempt to avoid the gray march. This plan involved finding a mortal champion to coat him (to mantle), ensuring that the Shivering Isles throne would not be empty when Jyggalag arrived and allowing someone to be powerful enough to prevent his invasion.
To this end, Sheogorath opened a portal in Niben Bay as an invitation to any mortal who wished to enter the Shivering Isles and try to become the champion. Belmyne Dreleth lost his sanity after entering the portal and soon ran off, only to be killed. The Hero of Kvatch would then enter to become this champion. In order to become the new Sheogorath, the Hero of Kvatch performs several tasks so that Sheogorath ends up transforming into Jyggalag before the Hero could complete his ascent by receiving the Sheogorath staff. With the help of Haskill and Dyus, the Hero was able to acquire a new staff and fight Jyggalag directly.
The Hero of Kvatch and Jyggalag fought each other in the palace of New Sheoth. Although Jyggalag doubted that the mortal champion could win, the Hero was able to defeat him in individual combat.
Jyggalag’s defeat signaled the end of the gray march once and for all, along with the end of the curse. Jyggalag used this newfound freedom to explore Oblivion while the Hero remained as the new Sheogorath. For the first time, the Shivering Isles survived the gray march with most of its inhabitants alive, and with the departure of Jyggalag, the Forces of the Order retreated.”
(GREYMARCH , 2021)
At the beginning of the spiritual journey, everything is logical and orderly until the great curse that permanently changes the neophyte’s perception of reality, madness and disorder become the characteristics of reality. this is the meaning of the curse of the daedric princes, it is the transformation of Jyggalag into Sheogorath.
From time to time the adept perceives something of order and logic in the universe, but this understanding is temporary, it leaves its mark, but it becomes only vestiges, ruins in the mind. This is the process of gray march at the microcosmic level.
The Hero of Kvatch’s process of ending the gray march is the process of the search for Truth in which order and disorder, the logical and the illogical come into being and cease to be antagonistic. Thus the adept starts to perceive reality as it is, chaos.
He realizes that it is not the reality that is alternating between order and disorder, this change is only phenomenological and not ontological. The end of the process allows to align the individual’s phenomenal perception with the ontological nature of reality, but obviously the human perception will always be limited and distorted, what happens is a reduction of the limitation and distortion of the adept’s perception.
Chaos contains order and disorder and it is still something else, from chaos order and disorder arises, to chaos returns order and disorder. There is nothing but chaos and nothing there is beyond chaos, in chaos dualities are created and dissolved.
3rd Pope Cinereo the Second, Sheogorathian Discordian Cabal, S.D.C :.
A brief study on the Shivering Isles
Understanding the Shivering Isles is of utmost importance, as it is the plan of Oblivion (Forgetting) of the daedric prince Sheogorath. Oblivion’s plans are part of the daedra that commands him, so to understand Sheogorath’s plan is to understand a part of his nature. This understanding is important to understand not only the theological aspects of our lord Saint Sheogorath, but also the ritualistic aspects of our worship.
The Shivering Isles are divided into three parts: dementia, mania and border. The border is an antechamber to the Shivering Isles itself, a neutral region of pure madness being analogous to Saint Sheogorath himself. The other two regions generate duality, they are two opposite poles of madness.
Dementia is the darkest side of the Shivering Isles and is home to paranoid and dangerous psychopaths, it is located on the south side of the Shivering Isles.
The landscape is a monotonous dark swamp. Its inhabitants are just as bad. The citizens of Dementia are miserable and are anxious to end their lives. Dementia is the site of passive, internal and dark energies. These energies cause distrust, suspicion, simplicity, deterioration and destruction.
Mania is notable for its clear skies, brightly colored plants and tall, smooth and mossy stones that occasionally form delicate arches. Red algae usually grow on top of these rocks. Fungi of several different sizes grow to form mushroom trees. It is home to the active external and brilliant energies. These energies cause creation, creativity, complexity, development and trust.
So we have the opposites of Dementia whose direction is the south with Duchess Syl as their leader and the dark seducers as their servants and Mania whose direction is the north, their leader is Duke Thadon and his servants are the golden saints.
The synthesis of this dialectical relationship is the sheer madness of Saint Sheogorath. We then have a question of three major aspects to be worked on, first the dualities to understand how madness manifests itself and how madness manifests in reality. After understanding the two poles, they are thrown against each other to generate creative destruction resulting in the pure madness of Saint Sheogorath, which is the transcendent and Divine Madness.
3rd Pope Cinereo the Second, S.D.C :.
From internal reflection and the uncomfortable search
The senses are the doors of external perception, but there are also the senses of internal perception, of reflection. We live in a very large house and only a small group of rooms is known to us. He who turns his awareness to his inner sense of smell feels that there is something wrong in his home, a putrid odor, for some as subtle as the scent of a blooming lotus, for others as discreet as an elephant in a crystal shop.
Smell guides us through the unknown mansion, strange and familiar rooms follow until the cause of putrefaction is found, feces. Then the other senses are awakened, the fool is horrified by the scene, is quick to get rid of the abject fact, the feces. The sage engages in relating to the feces, everything present: the nose, the eye, the ear, the hand, the tongue. Sage and feces like one.
The sage understands the nature of the fact, the sage is the fact. The fact-sage seeks its genesis, captures all evidence and by its volition apprehends the causes. All the senses in unison, the sage advances beyond the fruit and reaches the root, a dog. The dog is stubborn and messy, the foolish sage beats the frightened dog who runs away to keep leaving shit around the house, but this time hiding it more efficiently.
The wise sage once again sees beyond the immediate, cares for and educates the dog with love and care, but firmness and purpose. The messy dog becomes the friendly best friend of the wise, obedient, and loving sage. With this there is no more feces inside the house, but only in the garden making flowers grow.
3rd Pope Cinereo the Second, S.D.C :.