Kit and Iconography

Strategic Optimism FootballStrategic Optimism Football

Hexagrammical Psycho(geo)graphiX

(Or, what do David Beckham, Sploshing and the Rosicrucians have to do with Triolectics?)

The first thing to note is that Strategic Optimism Football are psychogeographical in play. Onetime affiliates of the Workshop for Non-Linear Architecture (WNLA), Materialist Psychogeographic Affiliation (MPA) and The New Cross Triangle Psychogeographical Association (NXTPA) have passed through their esteemed ranks.

Industrial Sploshing

Such illustrious connections clearly influenced their choices, in terms of how, and when, to appear. The Optimists’ kit is notable, for example, for its manufacture by footballing sex workers during a drug-fuelled industrial sploshing session – a shotgun wedding between Pinot-Gallizio and Asger Jorn during a cheap internet porn shoot involving the overproduction of custard. It functions to both dazzle the oppositions, whilst simultaneously camouflaging its bearers as they sneak up on goal. It was produced as twelve consistent, but unique iterations which slowly auto-destruct over the course of a season.

The Unicursal Hexagram
The Unicursal Hexagram

Crest

Beyond such trifles however, the team’s logo is also notable, derived as it is from the NXTPA’s investigations into the unicursal hexagram that forms the ley architecture of the New Cross Triangle area in which the team is based. SOF contacts in the NXTPA developed a leyline map of the locality based on their discoveries, showing two intersecting triangles, not overlaid – as in the ancient Seal of Solomon symbol – but dialectically fused, thus drawn unicursally – a mesocosmic representation of planetary forces and elements in dialectical unity. In its two triangles it is the dialectic and the triolectic combined and figured, psycho-graphically.

Crowley's Hexagram

It is not coincidental that this glyph bears a remarkable congruence with that developed by situationist predecessors Alistair Crowley and the Hemetic Order of the Golden Dawn for use in the Thoth Tarot. Within Crowley’s system the symbol served as the card of ‘objective chance’, the joker, hailing the intervention of unknown factors in a situation. It was this aspect that was developed in important psychogeographical directions during the 1990s by the Glasgow-based WNLA. It is not coincidental that key members of WNLA were instrumental in setting up the Luther Blissett Deptford League in which the Optimists now play.

Jamie Reid's Hexagram
Jamie Reid’s Hexagram

Still further defying the limits of coincidence, the very same glyph’s psycho(geo)graphical power has previously also been harnessed by one Jamie Macgregor Reid, heir to a Druidic lore of George Watson Macgregor Reid – his great uncle and cohort of Crowley. ‘Uncle George’, as Reid has affectionately called him, was a Glasgow docker, political agitator and founder of significant elements of modern Druidry. It was from him that Reid learned basic psycho(geo)graphics. This is the very same Jamie Reid, of course, who once supplied graphics to the English situationists and who, in collaboration with Malcolm McLaren – himself introduced to psychogeography at a bus stop within the New Cross Triangle (another coincidence?) – set about utilising the knowledge of his ancestors to undertake a mythopoetic assault on British society in the form of punk. His graphics were thus influential in aiding psychogeography’s contamination of so-called ‘serious culture’. Vague magazine #22, probably inadvertently, makes this connection crystal clear, with a centrefold that juxtaposes situationist Guy Debord’s psychogeographical map of Paris The Naked City with an image of Reid’s Celtic Surveyor publication – bearing a depiction of Stonehenge, scrawled with this very same hexagraphic glyph.

Luther Blissett
Luther Blissett

Blissett 23

The reverse of the Optimist’s kit is unified across all players – although accounting, of course, for the particularity that each shirt derives from its production process: it is both universal and particular. Strategic Optimism Football is a home team for all those without a home, where all the shirts read Blissett and where each bears the number 23.

Each player is Luther Blissett, the infamous psychogeographer and Watford/A.C. Milan star – creator of the first 3-sided tournaments and onetime coach at Hemel Hempsted Town. They are also Luther Blissett the  popular folk hero, who emerged in Italy during the 1990s as a funny man in a farce staged on the theatre of the world and a bard of de-conditioning.

Looking deeper however, the kit is also a revolutionary détournement of one David “Aurea Bulla“ Beckham OBE, and his homage to the occult masters for whom he propagated key mythopoetic deeds around the dawn of the millennium. In order to détourn Beckham’s cult status, SOF players all wear the number 23, which Beckham chose at the fascist Real Madrid in honour of its arcane significance – a significance notably recognised by William Burroughs and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth amongst others.

It is little known that Beckham was a mythopoetic avatar for the forces of the British State and their attempted repression of the burgeoning revolutionary psychogeography movement of the early 1990s.

david_beckham23

Beckham was personally chosen by the Queen as a new ‘Arthur’, in order to embody the fiction of the English nation against psychogeography’s literal deterriorialisations. He played his debut on the 23rd September, 1992, not coincidentally the very same day that the US conducted the last ritual nuclear test of the Cold War era, detonating a 20 kiloton bomb in the Nevada desert. This underground explosion, taking place on the eve of the Autumn Equinox, was orchestrated to herald the rebirth of the Sun King in the form of the Western alliance, in their final integration with the concentrated spectacle of the so-called “USSR”. It was mythopoetically embodied by none other than Beckham “Golden Balls” himself, a fact confirmed by the numerous sources detailing football’s ritual origins in Celtic festive sports, including the symbolism of the Sun King and the Golden Ball.

This glyph is the 23rd image in a series of drawings from the seventeenth century alchemical work attributed to Eugenius Philalethes, the Speculum Veritatis (Mirror of Truth.) This simple symbol of a fire triangle with three radiating arrows below represents the “Perfect Red King,” the Sulfur of the Philosophers.

Furthermore, on Beckham’s right arm, astute observers will recall that he bears a tattoo of a Knights Templar Cross. This is coupled with the fact that he, of course, captained an England team who take to the field wearing the Templar’s rosy cross. It is clear Beckham and his masters sought to channel the knowledge of those pioneers of Unitary Urbanism. Yet this was of course at the exact moment that radical psychogeographers were first becoming aware of the Situatationists’ own attempts to utilise this very same knowledge! (See Blissett, L. ‘The Situationists as Rosicrucians’, Here and Now Guy Debord Supplement 1995).

It is no coincidence that just one month after the London Psychogeographical Association re-formed in a Templar cave at Roisia’s Cross (Royston, England – where the Rosicrucians had formed 400 years earlier) that Beckham should be chosen to try to absorb the Rosicrucian teachings into the English state and its monarchy.

Rose Cross

As ever, the forces of reaction do not create, rather they live by appropriating struggle. SOF was formed therefore, in part to détourn this expropriation and recapture such knowledge for the forces of revolution.

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