A pdf version of this article is available here – roots-of-the-o9a.pdf

Note: This article was updated on 9 June 2013 by adding a reference to the book Studien zum antiken Synkretismus aus Iran und Griechenland.

Order of Nine Angles

Order of Nine Angles

Roots and Organization of the Order of Nine Angles

1. A Most Unusual Order

The Order of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A) is a controversial occult group for a variety of reasons. For it has been claimed that they “represent a dangerous and extreme form of Satanism” {1} having, as a reading of the voluminous ONA corpus {2} reveals,

“a distinct praxis, advocating as it does not only practical physical ordeals and what it terms Insight Roles, but also practical adversarial acts such as culling (human sacrifice), criminality, political extremism, and even terrorism.” {3}

In addition, the ONA is unlike most, if not all, contemporary Occult orders or organizations in that it has no centralized organization, no person claiming to be its leader, no formal membership, and – as the ONA – holds no public activities, meetings, or events, issues no public statements, and detests the use of titles. Instead, it is a particular type of secret society; a collection of covert localized groups (small clandestine cells) and anonymous individuals who identify with or who support its aims, methods, and goals; who apply its praxis to their own lives, and who often establish their own local ONA nexion and recruit people to join it. According the Order of Nine Angles themselves, they have always been based on the principle of

“self-replicating self-contained units; that is, based on the seeding, development and propagation of certain causal forms, and thence on the establishment of independent groups and independent individuals who would be freely provided with all the texts and materials necessary to either: (1) if they chose, to follow the Seven Fold Way on their own without any direct personal [centralized] guidance; or (2) to develop their own system based upon or inspired by the ONA, its causal forms, praxis, and mythos. These groups and individuals then would or could be the genesis of other seedlings.” {4}

It would be thus be more appropriate to talk and write not about the ONA as if it were an ordinary occult organization akin to the Church of Satan, or the Temple of Set – which it is not – but rather about the particular occult philosophy that is being propagated and has been propagated under the name ‘the order of nine angles’ and which occult philosophy influences or inspires – and has influenced or inspired – those who describe themselves as ONA and who therefore personally apply its praxis, who establish their own ONA nexion, or who develop their own praxis or occult system “based upon or inspired by the ONA, its causal forms, praxis, and mythos”.

This occult philosophy is ‘the sinister tradition’, the ‘O9A way’, or more accurately the modern esoteric philosophy of the pseudonymous Anton Long as described in the 2013 e-text by Richard Stirling entitled The Radical Sinister Philosophy of Anton Long, which details its ethics, epistemology, ontology, and praxis, and which ethics, epistemology, ontology, and praxis, mark it as a distinctive esoteric philosophy within the Western occult tradition.

An esoteric philosophy which includes, but is not limited to, (i) the self-initiatory Seven Fold Way of individual occult training with its ordeals, practical insight roles {5}, sorcery, grade rituals, esoteric chant, star game, and dark gods mythos {6}; (ii) the code (the praxis) of kindred-honour and the amoral utilization of mundanes; (iii) an adversarial, practical, individualistic, non-hierarchical, and subversive, form of Satanism and of the Left Hand Path {7}; (iv) the way of the Rounwytha {8}.

To develop such a “dangerous and extreme” esoteric philosophy, and to then propagate it, world-wide, by means of independent ‘self-replicating’ clandestine cells and covert operatives, is surely unique in the annals of modern occultism. Little wonder, then, that the O9A has attracted criticism.


Early and Later Writings

It is convenient to divide the writings of Anton Long – his esoteric philosophy – into two parts, before and after around c. 2000. Some of the later writings extensively elaborate on some of the topics mentioned in the early writings, with many of these later writings apparently dealing with altogether new topics.

Certainly, the majority of these later writings, especially those dating from 2009 onwards, have a different tone, with the rhetoric and propaganda – and the ‘satanic diatribes’ – of the earlier writings replaced by sometimes lengthy, staid, metaphysical musings.

However, as I described in my 2012 essay Developing The Mythos, The Order of Nine Angles In Perspective,

“…throughout its more than thirty years of public notoriety, the ONA has been consistent in its mythos, with their more recent texts (of c. 2009-2012) often or mostly just elaborating on this mythos or with the mythos merely being re-expressed using some newly developed terminology, such as the terms dark empathy and acausal-knowing.”

That is, most definitely before 2000, and probably in the early 1980s, the philosophy was complete, if only – in respect of some of the more advanced aspects – as yet untried, untested, by Anton Long himself.

For what these later writings seem to show is a writing from personal experience; with the early writings, for instance, just mentioning – or more often than not dealing only in a cursory manner with – topics such as the Abyss, pathei-mathos, and the cultivation of dark empathy. In effect, therefore, the later writings are those of a wiser man who, following his own journey along the Seven Fold Way, ventured into and beyond the Abyss to reach the penultimate stage of that Way.

2. Roots and Influences

A detailed study of all the works authored by Anton Long, from the 1970s to 2011 – from the novels in the Deofel Quartet to the Black Book of Satan, to Naos, the two volume Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, the three volumes of Hostia, and later writings such as Pathei-Mathos and The Initiatory Occult Quest – reveal some of the roots of, or those who may have influenced, his esoteric philosophy and its development, and which roots and influences, despite silly claims made by some over the last two decades, are not from the likes of Crowley, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, LaVey or the Temple of Set, but rather from much older, and separate, occult traditions. Occult traditions that owe much to (a) ancient Greek hermetic writings (in the original Greek), (b) Arabic alchemical and Sufi texts (themselves often influenced by the writings of the Greek philosophers and possibly Hellenic hermeticism), (c) ancient Persian and Indic philosophy, and (c) an ancient pagan tradition indigenous to the British Isles.

The Nine Angles

The very name chosen by Anton Long, in the 1970s, to propagate his esoteric philosophy – the Order of Nine Angles – is interesting and indicative.

In a paper about the Order of Nine Angles read at an international conference about Satanism in 2009 {9} – a revised version of which was published in the 2012 book The Devil’s Party {10} – Senholt repeated the claim, prevalent in the previous two decades and repeated ad nauseam on the internet, that “the concept of the nine angles appears for the first time in published sources by the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set [...] and this appears to be the probable source of inspiration to the ONA.”

However, Senholt, it seems, made no effort to study or even reference ancient Arabic alchemical and Sufi texts – many of which have not been translated into English or any modern language, and some of which MSS were acknowledged by Anton Long as a source {11}.

Senholt was also not familiar with references to ‘nine angles’ (or ‘nine emanations’, depending on the translation) in other ancient texts, including those mentioned by Professor Connell Monette of Al Akhawayn University, Morocco:

“A further possibility suggested by ONA texts is that it refers to nine emanations of the divine, as recorded in medieval Sufi texts. It is equally likely that the Order has borrowed from classical Indian tradition that arranges the solar system into nine planets, and the world itself has nine corners; or perhaps from the Sanskrit srivatsa, a special mark with nine angles that indicates the supernatural or the heroic.

On the nine angled srivatsa, Gonda states that: ‘This [mystical] figure has nine angles: the number nine often occurs in connection with auspicious objects, powers and ceremonies related to material welfare’. See Gonda, J. ‘Ancient Indian Kingship from the Religious Point of View’, Numen, Vol. 4, Fasc. 1 (Jan., 1957): 24-58.

The Indian belief that the world has nine corners is attested even in medieval European sources, e.g. Father Emanual de Veiga (1549-1605), writing from Chandagiri in 1599 who states ‘Alii dicebant terram novem constare angulis, quibus celo innititur.’ (Others said that the Earth had nine angles, by which it was lifted up to Heaven), see Charpentier, J.  ‘Treatise on Hindu Cosmography from the Seventeenth Century’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental Studies, University of London, Vol. 3, No. 2 (1924): 317-342.

It is clear despite claims that the term ‘nine angles’ was introduced in the twentieth century, the term is centuries older, especially in esoteric or cosmological discourse. See Pingree, D. The Latin Version of the Ghayat al-Hakim, Studies of the Warburg Institute, University of London (1986); Ritter, H. ed. Ghāyat Al-Hakīm Wa-Ahaqq Al-Natījatayn Bi-Altaqdīm (Leipzig : B.G. Teubner, 1933); al Buni, Shams al-Ma’arif (Birmingham: Antioch Gate, 2007).

Indeed, the founder of the ONA has stated in several documents (and interviews) that Naos was influenced by a private collection of unpublished Arabic manuscript folios, which may share a common ancestry with the Picatrix and Shams.” {12}

In addition, Senholt, and others, failed and fail to appreciate the relation between the term ‘nine angles’ and the ONA’s Star Game, which esoteric game is an abstract representation – developed in the 1970s and using alchemical terminology for the pieces – of both ‘the nine angles’ and of the ONA’s septenary system.

The Septenary System

Senholt, along with many others before and since, have dismissed the ONA’s septenary system as merely “a replacement for the Kabbalah [...] a non-Semitic version of the Kabbalistic Sepherot” {13}, apparently unaware that a septenary system is mentioned in the early and important hermetic text (c. 2nd/3rd century CE) written in Greek, and which text is more popularly known in English translations and as the Pymander dialogue of the Hermetica attributed to Hermes Trismegistus.

According to this hermetic text – which pre-dates the Kabbalah by almost a thousand years – there is “a cosmic framework [a system] of seven” of which man is a part {14}, a septenary system which, as the ONA noted in some of their early MSS, the Elizabethan mathematician Robert Fludd made mention of in some of his writings, and which some medieval alchemical texts also make reference to.

As with the term nine angles – and what the ONA mean by angles {15} – the septenary system therefore not only harks back to times well before the emergence of the modern Western occult movement, but also to ancient sources that are Hellenic, Arabic, Persian, and Indic.

The Rounwytha

As Goodrick-Clark noted, “compared to the eclectic nature of American Satanism, many ideas and rituals of the ONA recall a native tradition of wicca and paganism” {16}. Something especially true of what the ONA – that is, Anton Long – describe as the Camlad Rounwytha tradition, hailing from the Shropshire and Herefordshire areas of England, and the marcher areas of Wales, and which tradition is quite unique in Western occultism, bearing little if any resemblance to the modern manufactured ‘wicca’ propagated by the likes of Gerald Gardener, and which pagan tradition cannot be found in books, ancient or modern.

For, in the Rounwytha tradition {17},

i) There are no named deities or divinities or ‘spirits’. No ‘gods’, no ‘goddess’. No demons.
ii) There are no spells or conjurations or spoken charms or curses; no ‘secret scripts’ and no ‘secret teachings’; indeed no teachings at all.
iii) There are no ‘secret book(s)’ or manuscripts; indeed, there are no writings.
iv) There are no ritual or Occult or ‘wiccan’ or ‘satanist’ elements at all.
v) There is no calendar, as calendars are usually understood, and thus no set dates/times for festivities or commemorations.
vi) There are no oaths made, no pledges written or said.
vii) There is no organization, no dogma, no codification of beliefs, no leader(s), no hierarchy, and no stages or grades of ‘attainment’.

Instead, the Rounwytha way is the way of “a particular and a natural sensitivity: to human beings, to Nature (and especially the land, the weather), to living-beings (especially animals) and to the heaven/Cosmos. A wordless, conceptless, feeling of connexions, and of the natural balance that we mortals, being unwise, have such a tendency to upset.”

This is most certainly not the modern wicca of ‘harming none’, for it is also the ancient pagan way of

“knowing the nature of the rotten: human, animal, land. Of the need, sometimes, to cleanse, perchance to cull. As when there was the knowing that a certain individual doing a certain deed was bad, rotten – and not because they had offended some named and powerful god or goddess, and not because such a deed contravened some law or decree said to be divinely inspired or laid down by some sovereign or by someone who claimed authority from some god or gods or ‘government’, but because such a deed signed that person as rotten, and who thus, like a rotten piece of meat eaten, might or most probably would cause sickness, or spread disease, among us, among the land. Hence why their removal – by exile or by cull – would end (cure) the sickness, restore the balance their rotten deeds and they themselves had caused to be upset, restoring thus the natural flow, and gifts, of Life: of health, fecundity, happiness, good fortune.” {17}

In effect, the conceptless empathic and often reclusive way of the Rounwytha is what the initiate following the Seven Fold Way finds beyond The Abyss at the very end of their life-long occult quest (the sixth sphere of the seven forming the Tree of Wyrd), for it is that essence that has, for over a thousand years, been described as Lapis Philosophicus; and what Anton Long has termed the sinisterly-numinous, which is “the living unity beyond the abstract, the lifeless, division and dialectic of contrasting/abstractive/ideated opposites. A division most obvious in the false dichotomy of good and evil.” {18}

3. Conclusion

From its inception the O9A have (that is, Anton Long from the 1970s has) claimed five things.

(1) That their septenary system, manifest in their Seven Fold Way, is ‘the genuine Western occult tradition’ pre-dating the Kabbalah and that they have simply “made public various aspects of it and extended it in some particular ways”. One particular extension is the Star Game; another, Insight Roles.

(2) That their sinister tradition or philosophy exists to be lived, being (a) the way of practical, exeatic, experience and learning from such experience; (b) the way of ordeals (such as the rite of internal adept) and (c) the way of developing skill in their Dark Arts {19}. This way is difficult, individualistic, and takes time.

(3) That their pantheon of ‘dark gods’ are part of a garbled, aural, tradition – a mythos – and like the entity termed Satan may or may not be ‘real’, and may or may not be archetypes; and that it is for each individual to discover for themselves, via practical experience of sorcery, the truth of the matter.

(4) That the primary aim of their way – that is, of the O9A philosophy of Anton Long – is to aid the development of Adepts and thus hasten the development of a new type of human being and thence fulfil the potential that human beings possess; and that this aim will take a century or (more likely) far longer to achieve.

(5) That, importantly, their O9A way, as it now exists, is not sacrosanct or dogmatic and (a) should be added to, evolved, and refined, as a result of the esoteric pathei-mathos of those who have lived it, and (b) can and should be adapted and developed and changed, in whole or in part, by others who are or who have been inspired by or influenced by it.

In conclusion, therefore, the esoteric philosophy of Anton Long as manifest in the Order of Nine Angles could be usefully summed up as one man’s codification, amalgamation, and development, of (a) several disparate traditions, of diverse origins and periods, and of (b) his own pathei-mathos from his exeatic life, into a practical and flexible and modern, and unique and subversive and individualistic, esoteric system.

These disparate traditions, of diverse origins and periods, include the ancient Corpus Hermeticum; Arabic, Sufi, Persian, Indic, and medieval Western alchemical, texts; and an aural English-Celtic pagan tradition.

R. Parker
2013

 

Footnotes

{1} Per Faxneld: Post-Satanism, Left Hand Paths, and Beyond in Per Faxneld & Jesper Petersen (eds) The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity, Oxford University Press (2012), p.207

See also Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Black Sun, New York University Press, 2002, p. 218.

{2} An extensive bibliography is provided in Richard Stirling, The Radical Sinister Philosophy of Anton Long. e-text 2013

{3} Stirling, op.cit

{4} Playing The Sinister Game. ONA e-text, dated 122 yfayen (updated Jan 2012 CE)

{5} “Through the practice of ‘insight roles’, the order advocates continuous transgression of established norms, roles, and comfort zones in the development of the initiate [...] This extreme application of ideas further amplifies the ambiguity of satanic and Left Hand Path practices of antinomianism, making it almost impossible to penetrate the layers of subversion, play and counter-dichotomy inherent in the sinister dialectics.”  Per Faxneld and Jesper Petersen, At the Devil’s Crossroads in The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity. Oxford University Press, 2012, p.15.

{6} The Seven Fold Way is described in detail in the two freely available ONA pdf compilations (i) The Requisite ONA - A Practical Guide to the Sinister Sorcery of the Order of Nine Angles (of 981 pages, and which includes a facsimile copy of the 1989 Naos MS) and (ii) Enantiodromia – The Sinister Abyssal Nexion.

{7} This subversive individualistic Satanism is evident in (i) the ONA’s 1984 text The Black Book of Satan, where there is a self-initiation, ceremonial rituals, and with the individual expected to form their own independent Satanic group, under the banner of the ONA, and recruit members for it; and in (ii) classic ONA texts, from the 1980s, published in Left Hand Path zines such as Nox.

It is also evident – perhaps more so – in ‘the drecc’ or niner; the lone operative expected to do practical heretical and criminal (or even terrorist) deeds in pursuit of going beyond and transgressing “the limits imposed and prescribed by mundanes, and by the systems which reflect or which manifest the ethos of mundanes – for example, governments, and the laws of what has been termed society.” Glossary of ONA Terms (v. 3.07)

The ONA define the Left Hand Path as,

The amoral and individualistic Way of Sinister Sorcery. In the LHP there are no rules: there is nothing that is not permitted; nothing that is forbidden or restricted. That is, the LHP means the individual takes sole responsibility for their actions and their quest, and does not abide by the ethics of mundanes. In addition, the LHP is where the individual learns from the practical deeds and practical challenges that are an integral to it.  Glossary of ONA Terms (v. 3.07)

{8} The way of the Rounwytha is outlined in the following ONA texts, all authored by Anton Long. (i) The Rounwytha Way in History and Modern Context; (ii) Alchemical Seasons and The Fluxions of Time; (iii) Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names.

{9} Senholt, Jacob C: Political Esotericism & the convergence of Radical Islam, Satanism and National Socialism in the Order of the Nine Angles. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Conference: Satanism in the Modern World, November 2009

{10} Senholt, Jacob. Secret Identities in The Sinister Tradition, in Per Faxneld & Jesper Petersen (eds), The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity. Oxford University Press, 2012

{11} Anton Long. Presencings Of A Hideous Nexion. e-text. Dated 122 yfayen.

In a MS dated 107yf and entitled Quod Fornicatio sit Naturalis Hominis, Anton Long mentions that the title given to one Arabic MS, of only a few folios, that he used as a source, Al-Kitab al-Aflak, was obviously a much later addition, being in a different hand, and that those folios were probably once part of a larger MS.

{12} Mysticism in the 21st Century, chapter 5. e-text. 2012

{13} Senholt, op. cit., p.253

{14} For references to a septenary system in ancient Iranian texts, see Reitzenstein and Schaeder Studien zum antiken Synkretismus aus Iran und Griechenland, (Studien der Bibliothek Warburg), Teubner, Leipzig, 1926.

{15} Esoterically, the ONA use the term angles to refer to what is represented by the elements of the Star Game – the nine aspects of the three basic alchemical substances whose changing and permutations (over seven boards/spheres, or via seven archetypal and thus septenary forms) in causal time represents a particular presencing of acausal energy. The nine angles (or dimensions) therefore are a nexion – a map – that is the presencing of the acausal evident in our psyche and consciousness, and thus a link between us, Nature, and ‘the heavens’ (the cosmos) beyond.

{16} Goodrick-Clarke, op.cit. p.218

{17} The Rounwytha Way in History and Modern Context

{18} The Adeptus Way and The Sinisterly-Numinous. Version 2.03. 123 yfayen

{19} The Dark Arts listed and taught by the ONA include sorcery or magick (external, internal, aeonic), acausal empathy (aka dark-empathy) developed by rites such as that of internal adept, and the acausal-thinking developed by the Star Game.


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Hebdomadry – Exeatic Way of The Order of Nine Angles

The link below is to a work which brings together four recent (2012-2013) articles about the Order of Nine Angles. These detailed articles – referencing ONA texts as they do – provide a good introduction to, and an overview, of the ONA.

Contents
Preface
1. Developing The Mythos – The Order of Nine Angles In Perspective.
2. Praxis and Theory of The Order of Nine Angles – A Précis for Critics, Neophytes, and Academics.
3. The Radical Sinister Philosophy of Anton Long – A Review of The Contemporary Secret Society Known As The Order of Nine Angles.
4. Dialectics and Aeonic Sorcery – Sinister Tribes, Satanism, and The Order of Nine Angles.
5. Glossary of ONA Terms

Hebdomadry – Exeatic Way of The Order of Nine Angles
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This text is available in pdf format here - o9a-praxis-and-theory.pdf


Praxis and Theory of The Order of Nine Angles

A Précis for Critics, Neophytes, and Academics

 

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

Alii dicebant terram novem constare angulis, quibus celo innititur

The Order of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A) may be said to be unique among Satanic, Left Hand Path [1] – and Occult groups in general – for a variety of reasons, which are:

i) The emphasis on practical ordeals, physical challenges, and exeatic [2] living, manifest for example in insight roles, the rite of the abyss, the grade ritual of internal adept, and the physical challenges of the Seven Fold Sinister Way [3]
ii) The avowal of culling (that is, of human sacrifice) [4]
iii) The emphasis on the feminine, the sinisterly-numinous, and on cultivating muliebral [5] skills such as the development of empathy
iv) Their Aeonic perspective and the decades-long nature of the ONA initiatory quest
v) Their aural traditions and aristocratic ethos
vi) Their Labyrinthos Mythologicus
vii) Their involvement with and support of subversive, revolutionary, and extremist, ideologies and groups
viii) Their distinct esoteric vocabulary, which includes terms such as nexion, acausal, sinister dialectic(s), exeatic, rounwytha, Baeldraca, Drecc, alchemical seasons, insight roles, muliebral, and mundanes. [6]

Unsurprisingly, factors (i), (ii), and (vii) have received most attention from critics and from those few academics who have studied or are studying the ONA, leading one academic, for instance, to write that the Order of Nine Angles “represent a dangerous and extreme form of Satanism” [7], another to write that “ONA-inspired activities [have] managed to enter the scene of grand politics and the global War On Terror” [8], and leading many critics to describe the ONA as a ‘nazi/fascist Satanist’ group [9].

Equally unsurprisingly, factors (iii), (v), and (vi) have, so far and publicly, received no attention whatsoever from critics and from those few academics who have studied or are studying the ONA. Which of course has led to such critics and such academics to have a distorted (or simplistic) view of, and to publish a rather ill-informed view of, the ONA. Therefore it seems only fitting to consider if only briefly these neglected aspects of ONA praxis and theory in order to draw attention to them so that a more informed view of the Order of Nine Angles may be obtained.

This informed view should reveal the ONA to be a creatively diverse organization whose praxis and theory are complex and, while decidedly satanic, encompass far more than the terms ‘satanism’ and Left Hand Path describe at least insofar as those terms are currently used and defined by academics.

Interestingly, and provocatively [10], the ONA use the standard definitions of satanism and satanic – given in the complete Oxford English Dictionary – to describe themselves, writing in the text Toward Understanding Satanism (dated 122 yfayen) that,

“What is lacking in all of these modern [self-described satanic] groups and individuals are the following standard attributes of Satanism, of the diabolical, and of the Satanic:

(a) practising or disposed to practise evil;
(b) actually or potentially harmful, destructive, disastrous, or pernicious; baleful;
(c) malicious; mischievous, sly;
(d) bad in moral character, disposition
(e) hard, difficult, misleading, deadly, amoral.

Thus such modern groups and individuals are – despite their efforts to promote themselves as Satanists – at best only peripheral, or Byronesque, Satanists, since they do not champion, and certainly do not practice, what is socially and individually harmful, destructive, disastrous, pernicious, baleful, deadly, malicious, malevolent, sly, and offensive.

In comparison to all other modern self-professed Satanist groups, and in contrast to those individuals who publicly profess or have professed (in the last sixty years or so) to being Satanists, the Order of Nine Angles is, and always have been, different and, from the viewpoint of these other Satanists, a Satanic heresy.

The Satanic Heresy of the Order of Nine Angles is essentially threefold, for the ONA, contrary to how others understand and manifest it, understands Satanism and manifests Satanism (in an esoteric and an exoteric way) as:

1) An amoral, dangerous, practical, exeatic, devilish, way of life.
2) A presencing of ‘dark forces’/acausal energies – a form/mythos – only relevant to the current Aeon.
3) An unrestricted, amoral, diabolical, effective and affective, transformation/development of individual human beings by esoteric and exoteric means.”

The Muliebral and the Sinisterly-Numinous

In contrast to the male-dominated groups – such as the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set – that most critics and most academics consider as dominating and representing the Left Hand Path and contemporary Satanism, the Order of Nine Angles despises the patriarchal ethos and the ‘might is right’ masculous [11] attitude that is an integral part of such groups (consciously or otherwise) and which ethos and which attitude is evident in the behaviour, the attitude, and the writings, of those who adhere to such groups or imitate them.

The ONA forthrightly describe the doctrine of ‘might is right’ as,

“…the instinct, the raison d’être, of the cowardly bully for whom instinct, mere brute physical strength, or superior weaponry, or superior numbers, command respect and enable them to intimidate and bully others and so get their own way [...] Such individuals do not possess that instinct for disliking rottenness that is the mark of the evolved, the aristocratic, the cultured, human being. Thus are they akin to uncultured barbarians.

Culture essentially implies four important qualities that such barbarians, such talking animals, lack – and these qualities are empathy, the instinct for disliking rottenness, reason, and pathei-mathos. It is these qualities that not only distinguish us from other animals (and thus express our humanity) but which and importantly enable us to consciously change, to develope, ourselves and so participate in our own evolution as beings. Animals do not have this choice, this ability.

To make the doctrine of Might is Right central to, or an integral and important part of, some Occult or Satanic way or praxis (like, for example, the Church of Satan did and does) is to negate the very basis of such esoteric ways and praxis. For the essence of such esoteric ways – and especially of Satanism – is to use certain Occult techniques and methods to develope certain esoteric faculties and enable the development, the evolution, of the individual. Where such Occult or Satanic ways may or do differ is in the techniques and methods used and in how development, and evolution, of the individual is understood.Thus, in the traditional Satanism of the Order of Nine Angles, the evolution of the individual is understood as arising from a practical synthesis, via testing personal experience and magickal praxis, of what is commonly, and – considered esoterically – incorrectly regarded as the opposing opposites of Light and Dark. In addition, for the ONA the development of the individual – and the cultivation of their faculties, esoteric and otherwise – is indissolubly bound with pathei-mathos, and with empathy. Empathy esoterically [i.e. 'dark empathy'] is the ground of genuine sorcery: an awareness of both affective and effective change [causal and acausal change] and which awareness is the knowing of ourselves as but one connexion, one nexion, to those energies (or forces) which are the essence of Life and thus the essence of our own existence as a human being.” The De-Evolutionary Nature of Might is Right (122 Year of Fayen)

It is no coincidence therefore that,

“We [the ONA] always seem to have more women than men, at least pre-Internet, and certainly still do in our traditional nexions following the Seven Fold Way. Partly because of a knowing of and respect for the natural abilities of certain women, their character; partly because of the Rounwytha ethos that is central to the Order of Nine Angles, past, present and future, and also because our Way demands a genuine, sharing, empathic, and equal partnership between men and women, and because of our acceptance that Sapphism is natural and, to an extent, esoterically important.One of the manifest errors – distortions – of the Left Hand Path, and of the Satanic, Magian Occultism so prevalent in the West, in the past, as still now, is its patriarchal nature and the fact that it is dominated by the de-evolutionary doctrine of so-called ‘might is right’ and thus dominated by and infested with male specimens of Homo Hubris who have no sense of honour, no culture, no empathy, no arête, little or no self-honesty, little or no manners, but who instead possess a bloated ego and a very high opinion of themselves.” Presencings Of A Hideous Nexion (122 yfayen)

Furthermore, according to the ONA, to achieve Adeptship it is necessary for the initiate to develop the muliebral faculty of empathy, a process begun by their basic rite of Internal Adept – that is, by the candidate spending one particular alchemical season (of around three months duration) living alone in the wilderness – and ended by their Camlad Rite of The Abyss, involving as this abyssal rite does in the candidate spending a lunar month living alone in a natural cavern or an underground chamber [12].

Thus the Adept – and more so the Magus/Mousa – has developed an appreciation and an understanding of the sinisterly-numinous:

” The term sinister-numinous is employed by us – part of our esoteric ONA-speak – to describe the living unity beyond the abstract, the lifeless, division and dialectic of contrasting/abstractive/ideated opposites. A division most obvious in the false dichotomy of ‘good’ and ‘evil’, and a division not so obvious in denotatum and thus in both Magian religions with their god, prophets, scriptures, and in occultisms and religions devolving around named ‘deities’ [...]

For such a knowing and such of living of the sinisterly-numinous – and the personal learning, the pathei-mathos, that results – is the means to know, to live, to be, the natural balance, the Life, beyond abstracted opposites and all abstractions, and it is this natural, wyrdful, Cosmic balance, that is the quintessence of our new type of human being, and makes us and marks as a breed apart, as quite different from Homo Hubris and all other manifestations of human life on this planet [...]

In terms of the way of the Adept, of someone following our Seven-Fold Way, an experience and thence a wordless personal knowing of this living unity is the purpose of the Camlad Rite of The Abyss and of the living that precedes it. Part of this personal knowing is of Wyrd, and thence of the Aeonic perspective beyond a personal destiny; a knowing, experiences, that move – that develop – the individual far beyond the attempted deification of the ego, the self, and beyond the hubris, arrogance, posturing, lack of self-honesty, and self-delusion, that are the basis of all Magian occultism, whether such occultism be described as RHP, LHP, or satanic.” The Adeptus Way and The Sinisterly-Numinous (v. 2.03, 123 yfayen)

Labyrinthos Mythologicus

Being mischievous and sly – as self-described in texts such as Toward Understanding Satanism (dated 122 yfayen) and as befits a diabolic group – it is no surprise to find that the ONA have often referred to the games and the japes they play with and on ‘mundanes’, potential candidates, and even those seeking information about the Order of Nine Angles. The following two quotes are typical:

“Just how many times in the past three decades have we said just who and what we are? It’s all out there, in print, in cyberland, in the people of our traditional nexions. Just how many times have we said we are really sinister, satanic, amoral, heretical and offensive? How many times have we said that we manipulate and test people? That we toy with them? That we enjoy japes? That we have certain standards and guidelines?” Just Who Do They Think We Are? (122 yfayen)

“We, the Order of Nine Angles, have presented to outsiders – and to those incipiently of our kind – a series of tests, a modern Labyrinthos Mythologicus, and which tests begin with them being expected to distil our essence from our apparent conflicting opposites. For the majority now rely for information on what is presented to them via a medium such as the Internet, rather than on their own intuition, their empathy, their Occult skills, or on their own character when they (knowingly or unknowingly) meet with one of us in the real world.

For like attracts like. If they trust in and rely on words presented on some impersonal medium, then they will see only words and probably get confused by such words. But if they have our particular character, they will just know, and thus understand beyond the words and the disinformation we have spewn forth for over forty years to ensnare, entrap, enchant, entice, confuse, incite, dissuade, and jape.

For we are unashamedly elitist. Thus we have certain, particular, standards and if someone does not reach those standards, they are quite simply not good enough for us.

For instance, for those desirous of following our Seven Fold Way we have certain physical standards, and Grade Rituals for them to undertake: what we term the three basic ONA tasks. If they fail in these tasks, they fail – there are no excuses, and they can try again until they succeed and meet our standards, or they can go elsewhere. If they succeed, then and only then are they that type of our O9A kind.” O9A – Labyrinthos Mythologicus (122yf)

The ONA are thus expounding, and using, a modern and an amoral version of a technique often historically employed, world-wide among diverse cultures and traditions both esoteric and otherwise, to test and select candidates. Thus, what is surprising is not that the ONA do this and have – for over forty years – done this, but that other contemporary supposedly ‘satanic’ groups do not do so and have never done so.

This modern and an amoral version of a classic technique aids the aims of the ONA:

“There are two things concerning The Order of Nine Angles which may be said to express our raison ‘d’etre and which two things some people seem to have overlooked.

The first is that our primary aim is to breed, to develop, a new type of human being with such new beings establishing new ways of living for themselves. The second is that we are now and always been an esoteric association.

The first means that we possess an Aeonic perspective, beyond the life of the individual. That we understand the achievement of our aims and goals in terms of long durations of causal Time, of centuries and more. That we know that changing an ordinary human into one of our kind is a slow, difficult, testing, process involving as it does such things as exeatic experience, practical challenges, and pathei-mathos, as well as a coming-to-live both the sinister and the numinous. Thus our kind develop an awareness and a knowing of themselves as a nexion balanced between causal and acausal and of possessing within them – latent, then discovered, then developed and then lived – the sinisterly-numinous. For such a knowing and then a living of the sinisterly-numinous is an essential part of the development, the breeding, the emergence, of our new kind.

The second means not only that we have certain Dark Arts, certain skills, certain Occult methods and techniques, as well as an esoteric aural tradition, but also that one of our tasks is to recruit some suitable individuals and for such initiates to begin to follow the Adeptus way, since we know, from experience, that such a practical and Occult way is most efficacious in producing the new breed of human.” The Adeptus Way and The Sinisterly-Numinous  (v. 2.03 123 yfayen)

ONA Aural Traditions and Aristocratic Ethos

Since its inception, the ONA has emphasized that its way is not only difficult, dangerous, and elitist, because also has an aural tradition. A diverse aural tradition that it has always maintained the initiate must judge for themselves, partly by developing certain esoteric skills and partly by using the personal judgement that it is one of the aims of the Seven Fold Way to cultivate.

This diverse aural tradition includes esoteric chant, the way of the Rounwytha [13], the alchemy of ‘the nine angles’ [14], esoteric myths and legends about ‘the dark gods’ including a female Baphomet, and local myths and legends relating to places such as Shropshire, Herefordshire, and the Fenland. The diversity, and at times confusing and occasionally contradictory nature, of this aural tradition is most certainly the result of the three different British groups that were, according to ONA sources, merged to form the Order of Nine Angles: the Shropshire based rural Camlad of Rounwytha fame, the more northerly ceremonial Temple of the Sun, and the Fenland/Cantabrigian Noctulians.

According to Anton Long

“One of the main reasons for the existence of esoteric groups such as The Order of Nine Angles and the Camlad Rouning is to be a living hereditary repository of a certain type of knowledge and to personally, directly, encourage some individuals to acquire the culture, the habit, of learning – practical, scholarly – and thus enable them to move in the traditional manner toward the goal of discovering and acquiring knowledge and thence wisdom. In the process of this moving-toward, some of these individuals may or will be changed, and thus become a breed apart, one of our kind; indeed, over almost forty years, the ONA has had some success in producing some such individuals of our particular, peculiar, esoteric kind.” Knowing, Information, and The Discovery of Wisdom (v. 1.03, 123 yfayen)

For there is, and always has been, within the ONA people of ‘a particular, peculiar, esoteric kind’ for it is one of the aims of the praxis of the ONA – of rites such as Internal Adept and techniques such as ‘insight roles’ – to breed and to encourage people who exemplify the aristocratic ethos, the ancestral pathei-mathos [15], that is at the heart of ‘the ONA way’; an ethos of kindred honour, of esoteric learning and knowledge, of culture, of empathy, of arête, self-honesty, self-control, and of manners. Of those who despise uncouth, plebeian, mundanes in thrall to their desires, in thrall to their unconscious and to the archetypes and the abstractions of the societies of their time.

Thus:

“Our Occult kind, our Adepts, have: (1) a type of pagan knowing and understanding of the natural world; (2) a certain sensitivity and empathy; appreciate such muliebral qualities in others, and thus appreciate, understand, women and their potential; and (3) a certain culture, where by culture here is meant (i) the arts of life made manifest by living by our code of kindred-honour, (ii) having a living (and thus numinous) tradition, (iii) having self-control, self-honesty, (iv) having a certain learned knowledge of the Arts, literature, and music of their own ancestral culture, and (v) having the all-important knowing of themselves as but one nexion between a causal past, their present short-lived life, and the wyrdful futures that will exist after their causal death.”

R. Parker
November 2012 ev


Footnotes

[1] The ONA have their own definition of the Left Hand Path (LHP) which is:

The amoral and individualistic Way of Sinister Sorcery. In the LHP there are no rules: there is nothing that is not permitted; nothing that is forbidden or restricted. That is, the LHP means the individual takes sole responsibility for their actions and their quest, and does not abide by the ethics of mundanes. In addition, the LHP is where the individual learns from the practical deeds and practical challenges that are an integral to it.  Glossary of ONA Terms (v. 3.07)

[2] The ONA define exeatic as:

To go beyond and transgress the limits imposed and prescribed by mundanes, and by the systems which reflect or which manifest the ethos of mundanes – for example, governments, and the laws of what has been termed “society”.  Glossary of ONA Terms (v. 3.07)

[3] An initiate of the ONA is expected to successfully undertake all of the following physical challenges:

The minimum standards for men are (a) walking 32 miles carrying a pack weighing not less than 30 lbs in under 7 hours over difficult hilly terrain; (b) running 20 miles in less than two and half hours over fell-like or mountainous terrain; (c) cycling not less than 200 miles in 12 hours.

[4] See for example (a) the important 2011 ONA text Concerning Culling As Art and (b) guides to their Seven Fold Way where finding, testing, and culling an opfer is a task every External Adept is expected to undertake, qv. A Complete Guide To The Seven-Fold Sinister Way (1989, revised 2009) contained in the compilation The Requisite ONA.

The ONA despise animal sacrifice, maintaining that it is much better to sacrifice suitable mundanes given the abundance of human dross.

[5] Muliebral:

Of, concerning, or relating to the ethos, the nature [physis], the natural abilities, of women. From the Latin muliebris. Among muliebral abilities, qualities, and skills are: (1) Empathy; (2) Intuition, as a foreseeing – praesignification/intimation – and as interior self-reflexion; (3) Personal Charm; (4) Subtlety/Cunning/Shapeshifting; (5) Veiled Strength.  Glossary of ONA Terms (v. 3.07)

[6] Many of the terms of this distinct esoteric vocabulary are explained in the ONA’s A Glossary of ONA Terms, the latest version of which is numbered 3.07 and dated 123 yfayen.

[7] Per Faxneld: Post-Satanism, Left Hand Paths, and Beyond  in The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity. Oxford University Press (2012), p.207

[8] Senholt, Jacob. Secret Identities in The Sinister Tradition, in Per Faxneld & Jesper Petersen (eds), The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity. Oxford University Press, 2012

[9] See, for example, Chapter 11 of Goodrick-Clarke’s Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity. New York University Press, 2002.

[10] Refer for instance to the ONA text Order of Nine Angles Style, ONA Chic (122 yfayen)

[11] Myatt, in the Enantiodromia and The Reformation of The Individual chapter of his seminal work Recuyle of the Philosophy of Pathei-Mathos, describes the unnatural division between the masculous with the muliebral, having defined the masculous as a term “used to refer to certain traits, abilities, and qualities that are conventionally and historically associated with men, such as competitiveness, aggression, a certain harshness, the desire to organize/control, and a desire for adventure and/or for conflict/war/violence/competition over and above personal love and culture. Extremist ideologies manifest an unbalanced, an excessive, masculous nature.”

[12] The Place of Empathy in the Esoteric Tradition of the Order of Nine Angles, ONA text, dated 122 Year of Fayen.

[13] Between early 2010 and late 2011, Anton Long – for the benefit of later generations, and following many requests including some from academics, wrote about this aural tradition for the first time – q.v. the following ONA texts:

(a) The Rounwytha Way In History and Modern Context
(b) Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names
(c) Alchemical Seasons and The Fluxions of Time

See also footnote [15] below.

[14] In the draft of a chapter about the ONA for a proposed university textbook (in both English and Arabic) about modern esoteric movements, Professor Connell Monette – of Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco – has written about some possible historical sources for both ‘the nine angles’ concept as used by the ONA and for the mythos of ‘the dark gods’.

Of the term nine angles, Professor Monette writes:

” A further possibility suggested by ONA texts is that it refers to nine emanations of the divine, as recorded in medieval Sufi texts. It is equally likely that the Order has borrowed from classical Indian tradition that arranges the solar system into nine planets, and the world itself has nine corners; or perhaps from the Sanskrit srivatsa, a special mark with nine angles that indicates the supernatural or the heroic.

On the nine angled srivatsa, Gonda states that: ‘This [mystical] figure has nine angles: the number nine often occurs in connection with auspicious objects, powers and ceremonies related to material welfare’. See Gonda, J. ‘Ancient Indian Kingship from the Religious Point of View’, Numen, Vol. 4, Fasc. 1 (Jan., 1957): 24-58.

The Indian belief that the world has nine corners is attested even in medieval European sources, e.g. Father Emanual de Veiga (1549-1605), writing from Chandagiri in 1599 who states ‘Alii dicebant terram novem constare angulis, quibus celo innititur.’ (Others said that the Earth had nine angles, by which it was lifted up to Heaven), see Charpentier, J.  ‘Treatise on Hindu Cosmography from the Seventeenth Century’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental Studies, University of London, Vol. 3, No. 2 (1924): 317-342.

It is clear despite claims that the term ‘nine angles’ was introduced in the twentieth century, the term is centuries older, especially in esoteric or cosmological discourse. See Pingree, D. The Latin Version of the Ghayat al-Hakim, Studies of the Warburg Institute, University of London (1986); Ritter, H. ed. Ghāyat Al-Hakīm Wa-Ahaqq Al-Natījatayn Bi-Altaqdīm (Leipzig : B.G. Teubner, 1933); al Buni, Shams al-Ma’arif (Birmingham: Antioch Gate, 2007).

Indeed, the founder of the ONA has stated in several documents (and interviews) that Naos was influenced by a private collection of unpublished Arabic manuscript folios, which may share a common ancestry with the Picatrix and Shams.”

[15] According to Anton Long, addressing the Oxonia Sunedrion of the Inner ONA in 122 yfayen at which he announced his retirement:

“In essence, my effusions document my own progress along a particular esoteric way. From strident youthful adversarial/heretical tracts/rants and old-style Occult ceremonies, to the more measured and esoteric items of the past seven years.

Recently I have set down in some detail – as a result of my practical experience and a decade of reflexion upon such experience – the outer and inner aspects of the sinister-numinous, of approaching The Abyss; have written about the essence beyond The Abyss, about the inner alchemy, the inner change, and tried to set certain esoteric traditions in context, Aeonic and otherwise.

There is thus a legacy of esoteric experience and knowledge here: mine (of some forty years and more) and that of the few before me. That is, there is the foundation of an ancestral pathei-mathos, with all that this implies for our new esoteric culture [...] For my experiences, esoteric and exoteric, are ‘out there’, written down or told to trusted comrades; the old tradition is now ‘out there’, openly written down (by me) or hinted at, or told to trusted comrades…” Source – http://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com/inner-ona-documents/


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Developing The Mythos
The Order of Nine Angles In Perspective

Introduction

Before considering the mythos of the Order of Nine Angles and its development, several important things about the nature and methods of the ONA, and about the ONA and the internet, should be understood; things which the following quotes – taken from past published ONA items – helpfully explain.

” We [the ONA] have presented to outsiders – and to those incipiently of our kind – a series of tests, a modern Labyrinthos Mythologicus, and which tests begin with them being expected to distil our essence from our apparent conflicting opposites. For the majority now rely for information on what is presented to them via a medium such as the Internet, rather than on their own intuition, their empathy, their Occult skills, or on their own character when they meet with one of us in the real world.

For like attracts like. If they trust in and rely on words presented on some impersonal medium, then they will see only words and probably get confused by such words. But if they have our particular character, they will just know, and thus understand beyond the words we have spewn forth to ensnare, entrap, enchant, entice.

For we are unashamedly elitist. Thus we have certain, particular, standards and if someone does not reach those standards, they are quite simply not good enough for us.

For instance, for those desirous of following our Seven Fold Way we have certain physical standards, and Grade Rituals for them to undertake: what we term the three basic ONA tasks. If they fail in these tasks, they fail – there are no excuses, and they can try again until they succeed and meet our standards, or they can go elsewhere. If they succeed, then and only then are they that type of our ONA kind.” O9A – Labyrinthos Mythologicus (122yf)

The second quote is from a reply, by an ONA member, to questions asked on some ephemeral Occult forum or other in 2010 ev. The reply was subsequently reposted on the (now defunct) PointyHat blog on 2010/05/20.

“Each individual is expected to work things out for themselves – if they can’t do this, for whatever reason, they’re just not suitable. This means, for example, treating all ONA material – including our alleged aural traditions – with scepticism, and forming their own conclusions about their veracity, or otherwise.

No one tells anyone in the ONA what to believe, what to accept, what to do. There is no dogma, no ethics, only some guidance. For the ONA method is akin to an Occult experimental science – conduct experiments on yourself, on others (subjects or victims) and on ‘the world’, and get some results. Figure out for yourself what the results mean. Then move on [...]

It got a little tedious answering, in private correspondence, the same questions decade after decade, so some elucidations were published, and even these – like all ONA material old and new – should be treated with scepticism, with each individual making their own conclusion.

Some such clarifications may even been deliberately misleading or part of some jape, or part of our mythos, and if a person *gets this* – especially the mythos bit – then they may well have some of the sinister and japing and shapeshifting qualities that make them suitable for the ONA way [...]

That you and some others criticize the ONA is great. That others may laugh at us or dismiss us is OK. That’s how it should be.

Finally – people should realize that we often enjoy having sinister fun at the expense of mundanes and even with some of our *candidates*. It’s a kind of sinister game, sometimes. At other times, it’s a test of mundane-ness.

Remember, we’re not ethical, and reserve our loyalty, our kindness, our help, for only our own kind, for members of our sinister family whom we know personally; for those who’ve proved, in the real world, that they deserve it.” Laughing With The ONA (2010/05/20)

The third quote is from Anton Long, and was published on his (now defunct) internet blog on 2011/12/14.

” It should be easy to discern how and why the ‘world wide web’ contends against [...] esoteric things. For instance, one of our criteria is that of practical deeds, of the necessity of living an exeatic, experiential, life, just as our Occult Arts – which include the cultivation of esoteric-empathy and a living by our code of kindred-honour – are of a most practical nature. Hence for the ONA, its privileged, exclusive, nature is manifest in three ways. First, in the traditional manner of personal recruitment and the training and guidance of initiates of traditional nexions; second, in the long-term, years-long, nature of the odyssey; and third in the hard, testing, challenging, nature of our Occult Arts and thus in our high standards [...]

Just how many times in the past three decades have we said just who and what we are? It’s all out there, in print, in cyberland, in the people of our traditional nexions. Just how many times have we said we are really sinister, satanic, amoral, heretical and offensive? How many times have we said that we manipulate and test people? That we toy with them? That we enjoy japes? That we have certain standards and guidelines? Just how many times have we said that we have an aural tradition unknown to those who have not been taught it? Just how many times have we said that traditional ONA nexions, and an Inner ONA, exist, and continue to guide and test others personally?

Just how many times in the past three decades have we said that our kind have or are expected to cultivate self-honesty, self-control? [...] Just calling yourself ONA, on the Internet or elsewhere, does not make you ONA -  it is practical deeds, being part of our Occult culture, upholding kindred honour, and tests, challenges, learning from experience, recruiting others in person, which do. The Internet is just one tool, among many. Our sinister-numen is not there; our people are not there – except that some of us may sometimes, and for a short while only, use such an ephemeral tool for some specific purpose. And what an ephemeral tool it is, Aeonically.” Just Who Do They Think We Are?

The last quote, and the most recent, is from version 4.01 (123 year of fayen) of the ONA’s Frequently Asked Questions, although this particular passage is itself taken from the ONA text Knowing, Information, and The Discovery of Wisdom:

“One of the main reasons for the existence of esoteric groups such as the Order of Nine Angles is to be a living hereditary repository of a certain type of knowledge – kunnleik – and to personally, directly, encourage some individuals to acquire the culture, the habit, of learning – practical, scholarly, esoteric – and thus enable them to move in the traditional esoteric manner toward the goal of discovering and thence acquiring wisdom; and which wisdom is a balanced personal judgement and a particular knowledge of a pagan, Occult, kind to do with livings beings, human nature, Nature and ‘the heavens’. This involves possessing/developing certain esoteric faculties/skills; acquiring an honest knowing of one’s self, one’s character; possessing an Aeonic understanding; and thus discovering Reality beyond, and sans, all causal abstractions.”

Mythos and Meaning

It is my view that the ONA can be usefully summed up in the phrase the ONA is mythos. Consider, for instance, how the ONA explains what they mean by mythos:

“Mythos is affective, esoteric, and numinous. That is, it inspires, it provokes, it motivates, enthrals, and presences acausal energy. It is wyrdful – a means of change for human beings, and outlines or intimates how such wyrdful change can be brought-into-being.

The so-called objective, cause-and-effect, ‘truth’ of a mythos – stated or written about by someone else – is basically irrelevant, for a mythos presences its own species of truth, which is that of a type of acausal-knowing.

Thus, to seek to find – to ask for – the opinions, views, and such things as the historical evidence provided by others, is incorrect. For that is only their assessment of the mythos, a reliance on the causal judgement of others; whereas a mythos, and especially an esoteric mythos, demands individual involvement by virtue of the fact that such a mythos is a type of being: a living presence, inhabiting the nexion that is within us by virtue of our consciousness, our psyche.

Hence, the correct judgement of a mythos can only and ever begin with a knowing of, a direct experience of, the mythos itself by the individual. To approach it only causally, inertly, with some arrogant presumption of objectivity, historical or otherwise, is to miss or obscure the living essence of a mythos, especially one derived from an aural tradition. It is to impose, or attempt to impose, a causal (temporal) abstraction upon some-thing which has an acausal (that is, non-temporal) essence [...]

For the ONA, the mythos of The Dark Gods [DG] – and the mythos of the ONA in general, of which the DG mythos is a part – is a means of sinister change, an Aeonic Occult working, a living Black Mass. For it is a manifestation of the sinisterly-numinous acausal energies that the Order of Nine Angles, and thus Satan and Baphomet, re-present.” Pseudo-Mythology and Mythos: Lovecraft, The Dark Gods, and Fallacies About The ONA (121 yf)

Note in particular the expression “the mythos of the ONA in general, of which the DG mythos is a part – is a means of sinister change, an Aeonic Occult working, a living Black Mass.”

Hence, and in simple terms, we could call ‘the mythos of the ONA’ an adaptive, pragmatic, and practical heresy designed to alter the psyche, the behaviour, and thence the personality, of (a) susceptible individuals or (b) of individuals who willingly accept or who want to experience, or experiment with, the ONA way, or (c) who are recruited by the ONA. A heresy which includes, but is not limited to, Satanism as Satanism is understood by the ONA.

As the ONA put it:

“In O9A ‘esoteric-speak’ the Order of Nine Angles is a type of nexion; a collocation of human beings connected over durations of causal Time in particular ways who, by virtue of being kindred both esoterically and exoterically maintain and expand their acausal presencing over such long-durations of causal Time.

Such an esoteric Order with such an Aeonic perspective produces both internal and external change in an affective, sinisterly-numinous, way. That is, we not only change a limited number of individuals, personally, individually, by our Occult Arts, over long-durations of causal Time, but also – because we are redolent of Wyrd, of the sinisterly-numinous – we directly and indirectly influence others, greater in number than the number of our initiates, by our very existence, by our ethos, our methods, our philosophy, our mythos, with some for example adopting and adapting some of our praxis, some of our Occult Arts, some of our esoteric philosophy, even those some or many who do this may not acknowledge or may not even be aware of how the O9A has influenced them.” ONA FAQ, v 4.01 (123 yf)

Which gets to the heart of the matter, which is how the ONA as an original and a developing, adaptive, and above all pragmatic mythos affects and influences people, and how those people, knowingly or unknowingly and over a long period of time, produce changes in others and in society, and who thus produce Aeonic change.

As for the pragmatic nature of the ONA, the following quote explains it:

“What is not important are the details, the means, the tactics, the minutiae – that is, restricting, causal, forms and causally-limited abstract aims are not important. What works, works. What does not work will be abandoned. What is important is that the ONA – beyond its outer current causal name – is a particular sinister presencing, some-thing that now lives (is presenced) in the causal and thus is acausal sorcery manifest as a living collective and an ethos, so that it can and will assume and use and become whatever causal forms are necessary wherever on this planet such forms are or become necessary. Or expressed in another more familiar way – we are now a shapeshifting manifestation of acausal energy presenced in the causal. A collocations of nexions – individual, tribal – who ‘know’ their own kind and who are now actively seeking to assimilate others into our kollective, not for or because of any altruistic or idealistic reason, but because such assimilation of others is now a function of our necessary causal being, in this Aeon.” Mysterium: Beyond The Order of Nine Angles (122yf)

Finally, let us not forget just how controversial and genuinely heretical the ONA was, and is, and not only because of its past and current adversarial support of National Socialism, holocaust denial, and its affirmation of human sacrifice:

” It is of fundamental importance – to evolution both individual and otherwise – that what is Dark, Sinister or Satanic is made real in a practical way, over and over again. That is, that what is dangerous, awesome, numinous, tragic, deadly, terrible, terrifying and beyond the power of ordinary mortals, laws or governments to control is made manifest. In effect, non-Initiates (and even Initiates) need constantly reminding that such things still exist; they need constantly to be brought ‘face-to-face’, and touched, with what is, or appears to be, inexplicable, uncontrollable, powerful and ‘evil’. They need reminding of their own mortality – of the unforeseen, inexplicable ‘powers of Fate’, of the powerful force of ‘Nature’.

If this means killing, wars, suffering, sacrifice, terror, disease. tragedy and disruption, then such things must be – for it is one of the duties of a Satanic Initiate to so presence the dark, and prepare the way for, or initiate, the change and evolution which always result from such things.” To Presence The Dark (107yf)

Enter The ONA

Before the ONA controversially burst upon ‘the public Occult scene’ in the early 1980′s, Satanism, The Left Hand Path, and Occultism in general, had been publicly limited to (1) the showmanship of Lavey with his Church of Satan and its emphasis on carnal self-indulgence (and moralizing about obeying the law); (2) the qabalistic ritualistic Occultism of Crowley (with its self-indulgence); (3) the pseudo-religious, and hierarchical Setianism of Aquino’s Temple of Set (and its ‘enlightened individualism’ and moralizing about obeying the law); and (4) the male-dominated ritualistic ‘wicca’ propounded by the likes of Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders with their fake ‘Book of Shadows’ and their fake ‘old religion’ with its ‘horned god’.

Without exception, these groups, organizations (or what-nots) – and the people associated with them – struck a law-abiding pose, and, as the ‘Satanic ritual abuse’ panic of the early 1980′s intensified, were at pains to describe themselves and their beliefs and practices as ‘socially responsible’, non-threatening and not harmful.

To this law-abiding, non-threatening, rather cosy and masculine dominated milieu – where ‘satanism’ meant a socially-responsible self-indulgence and the belief either that there are no powerful, dangerous, supra-personal forces ‘out there’, or that what was ‘out there’ can be controlled by the sorcerer – enter, into the public Occult scene in the early 1980′s, the Order of Nine Angles with their affirmation of culling (human sacrifice), their openly amoral criminality and manipulation of people; their tough physical challenges for candidates, their heresy (for example, holocaust denial, and stating that ‘Hitler was a good man’), their emphasis on practical exeatic experience and ordeals, on learning from practical experience; their japes and tests; their assertion that ‘the dark forces’ are beyond the power of any individual to control; their propagation of terrorism; their emphasis on ‘the sinister feminine’, their Sapphic groups; their grade rituals which included one where the candidate had to live alone in the wilderness for three months, and their clandestine, non-hierarchical, structure.

In effect, the ONA made the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set look like poseurs. They made the ‘satanism’ of the Church of Satan appear to be of the ‘teenage rebellion’ kind where there is an adolescent desire not only to shock others but also to ‘feel special’ and be part of something ‘forbidden’ (but safe), while the ONA made the ‘satanism’ of the Temple of Set appear to that of sycophantic pseudo-intellectual young males in search of peer approval (yay, I’m now a High Priest of Set) and in need of ritualistic drama.

Notoriety quickly followed the circulation, in 1983, of the ONA’s ‘Black Book of Satan’ and some of their texts, some of which texts were made available to a wider Occult audience a few years later by their publication in magazines such as The Lamp of Thoth and Sennitt’s Nox. For example, the text Satanism, Blasphemy and the Black Mass was printed in Nox #2, July 1986, and Satanism – its Essence and Meaning in Nox #3, Nov 1986.

In a review of the compilation of items from Nox published by Logos Press in 1998 under the title Nox, The Black Book: Volume 1 – Infernal Texts, the British Occultist Phil Hine wrote:

“This welcome release from Logos Press is the first in a planned trilogy of retrospectives from the pages of Nox magazine, one of the UK’s more ‘hardcore’ Left-Hand Path ‘zines which rose to infamy during the late 1980’s. Divided into three sections, the first group of essays & rituals is from the Order of Nine Angles, a British-based Satanic order whose publications caused quite a stir in the late 1980’s. These essays deal with the O.N.A.’s approach to Satanism, the Black Mass, and the Lovecraftian ‘Dark Gods’. Regardless of how one views this material, it is refreshing to peruse a contemporary perspective on Satanic magic that is avowedly different to the outpourings of its American manifestations. Contrast this material with the rather tub-thumping section which follows – texts from the Werewolf Order – who style themselves as a “Satanic Leadership school” or an “elite sodality of black magicians” – yawn. Presumably this section has been included to highlight the excellence of the O.N.A. material.”

What is of particular interest is how later ONA material – such as the voluminous writings published by the ONA during their ‘internet years’ (2007-2012) – harks back to, and in most cases just elaborates upon, the themes and ideas and the methods mentioned in such early writings. That is, it is possible to see the complete ONA mythos in these early writings.

The ONA Mythos

The early ONA text Satanic Influence, A Modern Tale  – first distributed in 1987 ev and subsequently published by Thormynd Press in 1992 ev in the first volume of Hostia – contains the following interesting assertions regarding how the ONA perceive, understand, and practice, Satanism, and have restored to Satanism what rightly belongs to it:

  • Satanism and the LHP as a means to individual development leading to Adeptship and beyond – via practical experience and ordeals.
  • The emphasis on developing both the mental and physical character of the individual.
  • A greater understanding of magickal (and Occult) forces – and thus their nature – via the development of the concepts of causal and acausal, and an abstract system to represent this, enabling conscious apprehension (as against belief and superstition).
  • The emphasis on the individual Initiate working alone and achieving practical goals – without accepting in a religious way a higher authority – and making this achievable by all via the publication of practical guides to all aspects of Satanism.
  • Revealing and significantly extending Aeonic Magick – enabling any individual to undertake such works.
  • Bringing an awareness of the Dark Gods – of the sinister energies/forces which exist and which are supra-personal and thus dangerous to individuals, one aspect of which has been symbolized by ‘Satan’/ the Devil.
  • An emphasis on the personal qualities – the character – ­ of a Satanist, enshrined in the concepts of excellence, honour and the motto die, rather than submit to anyone or anything.

Note here the emphasis on ordeals, individual development, practical achievement, and especially personal honour, a topic the ONA would expound upon in greater detail a decade later in such items as ‘the code of kindred honour’ but which already in the 70′s and 80′s formed the basis of their unique ‘law of the new aeon’ in contrast to how ‘the new aeon’ was understood by other Occultists, such as the followers of Crowley.

In addition, the 1980′s text Satanism, Blasphemy and the Black Mass (referred to above) makes it clear that even then in those pre-internet years the concept, the dark art, of empathy, and what lay beyond the false dichotomy of ideated opposites, were part of the ONA mythos:

” In a very important sense, Satanism uncovers what the ethos of a particular society or societies have covered up through images, dogma, ethics, words and ideas – and it returns the individual to the primal chaos out of which opposites were formed.

This uncovering gives the individual control, a conscious understanding and an awareness of their unique Destiny. It is and has been the purpose of genuine Satanic groups to foster such an uncovering by guiding novices and having them participate in blasphemous rites. Beyond such an uncovering, ritual and ceremony cease – to be replaced by a profound wordless skill, a profound empathy. The ground or foundation of this empathy is what has been called ‘individuation’ – the unity that a genuine Adept represents. But this ‘individuation’, this Adeptship is itself only another beginning; it is only the fourth stage toward the ultimate goal.”

These early ONA writings also contain, among many other things,

1) References to another topic the ONA would later expound upon, pathei-mathos:

“As Aeschylus once explained – πάθει μάθος; one can learn through adversity/suffering and so achieve wisdom.” Mastery – Its Real Meaning and Significance, Hostia volume III, 1990 ev

2) A disdain of sycophancy and an exposition of the truth that Occult grades – advancement along the path to Adeptship and beyond – is achieved by the hard work of the individual, and can never be awarded by someone else. [Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Letter to Miss Stockton, dated 19th June, 1991 ev]

“Satanism cannot have anyone impose upon it any structure, authority, or institution of any kind by claiming a ‘dark mandate’ or some kind of ‘revelation’. There can be no such thing as an, infernal mandate’ of whatever kind because the only thing that really matters to Satanism is experience, its accumulation and the highly individualized learning that results from such experience [...]
By the nature of most Satanic actions, they can seldom be mentioned and thus remain esoteric. The essence that Satanism leads the individual towards, via action, is only ever revealed by that participation which action is. Words, whether written or spoken, can never describe that essence – they can only hint at it, point toward it, and often serve to obscure the essence.” The Hard Reality of Satanism, distributed 1989 ev. Published in Hysteron Proteron, 1992 ev

3) The overlooked statement that the ONA ‘upholds anarchism’ [Letter to Aquino, dated 7th September 1990 ev, Vol i] and of how, for the ONA, politics is but a ‘form’, a tactic in the game of Aeonic sorcery.

4) A mention of how the ONA is both ‘chaotic’ and ‘numinous’ [beyond the illusion of ideated opposites] and how even ‘Satanism’ is just a causal form appropriate only to the current Aeon.

5) Of how there is a special kind of ‘thinking’ and knowing, beyond language, using numinous symbols [Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Letter to Ms Vera, dated 27th May, 1992 ev].

Again, the ONA would later expound upon this ‘thinking and knowing beyond language’ and the use of numinous symbols.

6) Of the truth that “Satanism existed in many forms long before LaVey, and the ONA simply represents one such form: a form that has changed and is still changing, developed as it is and has been, by creative individuals within it.” [Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Letter to Aquino, dated 7th September 1990 ev]

7) That what the ONA teaches or explains is not ‘sacred’ and can and should be surpassed, refined, changed, when others discover, experience, and attain knowledge and experience for themselves. [Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Letter to Miss Stockton, dated 19th June, 1991 ev]

8) That Satanism in particular and the Left Hand Path in general require the individual to learn self-control and cultivate self-honesty.

“The difference between Traditional Satanic groups and other organizations which profess to belong to the ‘Left Hand’ or ‘Sinister’ Path, or which claim to be Satanic, is that Traditional groups seek to realistically guide their members along the difficult and dangerous path of self-development, the goal of which is the creation of an entirely new individual. This path is fundamentally a quest for self-excellence and wisdom.

We believe that there is no easy way to real knowledge and insight of the ‘Occult’ kind – that each individual must walk this path and achieve things for themselves. There are no ‘ceremonies’, no magickal ‘rites’, not even any teachings which can provide the individual with genuine wisdom: real wisdom is only and always attained by the personal effort of the individual over many years. It is the result of a synthesis – a development of the dark side and an integration of that aspect of our being thus creating a complete, more evolved individual. Furthermore, the means to this attainment are essentially practical; that is, they involve the individual undergoing certain formative, character-developing experiences ‘in the real world’ rather than in some pseudo-mystical, pseudo-intellectual ‘magickal rite’ or sitting at the feet of some pretentious ‘master’ [...]

We understand Satanism as the individual quest for self-excellence – to create an entirely new type. This quest involves practical experience – for only real experience creates character. The essence that Satanism leads the individual toward is only ever revealed by practical experience – never by books, never by someone else’s ‘teachings’, never by words. Words themselves can never really describe this essence – they can only point the way, hint at it, and usually serve only to obscure it. In the same way, ceremonies and forms such as rituals are only means – they are a means to experience, to symbolize things and thus apprehend what hitherto has been ‘hidden’ or unconscious or instinctive. Furthermore, this quest is and must be individual – it means the individual develops, via experiences (and sometimes by learning from mistakes) the strength of character needed. Or they fail – usually by deluding themselves about their real level of attainment, their real level of self-insight, their level of self-control and mastery. The aim is self-control, self-mastery, self-understanding – and then a moving-on to what is beyond even this new self.” An Introduction to Traditional Satanism, 1992 ev (re-issued and updated, 1994 ev)

9) The use of terms and expressions such as:

a) adversarial [Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Letters to Ms Vera, dated 27th and 28th May 1992 ev],
b) the ‘natural balance’ [Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Letter to Aquino, dated 9th September 103yf, Vol ii],
c) sinister [Black Book of Satan, 1983 ev, and Letter to Aquino dated 23rd October 1990 ev],
d) traditional Satanism [Black Book of Satan, 1983 ev];
e) ‘dark numinosity’ [Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Letter to Ms Vera, dated 27th May, 1992 ev];
f) self development via ‘learning from experience’ [Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Vol ii, Letter to Miss Browning, dated 16th September 1990 ev].

 
All of which terms and expressions and insights the ONA would later expound upon, and most of which terms and expressions – just like the ONA emphasis on amorality, defiance of authority, contempt for dogma, and the need for practical experience – other Occultists and Satanists would, sooner or later, use or appropriate, often without acknowledging their source.


Exposition and Development of The Mythos

In 2011 ev, in a text rather ponderously entitled O9A – On Being Unpopular: Discernment, Pathei-Mathos and the Initiatory Occult Quest, Anton Long reaffirmed the essence of the ONA mythos which was expressed, albeit sometimes rather stridently, in early ONA MSS from the 1980′s and early 1990′s:

“As we have emphasized for over thirty years, the Order of Nine Angles is an esoteric, and Occult, group. Which in essence means that – beyond exoteric propaganda and rhetoric; beyond adversarial incitement, heresy, japes, and toying with mundanes – our primary concern is the interior change of individuals by means of particular Occult methods and Arts and which Occult methods and Arts form the basis of our particular esoteric Way [...]

Our particular Occult style, our ethos, can be usefully and accurately described by one term: pathei-mathos. For us, pathei-mathos is a particular Occult method (one of the Dark Arts) and this Dark Art may be said to be the basis for all of the Ways – and for many of the techniques – we employ and have employed, from the Seven Fold Way to Insight Roles to adversarial action to grade rituals such as Internal Adept and the Camlad Rite of the Abyss.”

In addition, what has escaped the attention of many who have studied, or who are or were interested in the ONA, is the esoteric information – the ‘teachings’ – and the esoteric aural tradition manifest in early ONA fiction: in the novels The Deofel Quartet and Breaking The Silence Down, and in short stories such as Hangster’s Gate.

In fact, in my view these fictional works (some dating from the 1970′s) often provide better explanations of, and insights into, the whole ‘ONA mythos’ than many of the more strident and often adversarial and polemical early (and later) ONA texts.

This neglect of ONA fiction is all the more surprising given that, as mentioned in The Guide To The Seven Fold Way and elsewhere, a reading and study of both The Deofel Quartet and Breaking The Silence Down are an essential part of the ONA’s Seven Fold Way.

In chronological order, the dates of the Deofel Quintet are:

Falcifer 1976 en
Breaking The Silence Down 1985 en
The Greling Owl 1986 en
The Giving 1990 en
The Temple of Satan 1991 ev

As made quite clear by the ONA over twenty years ago:

“The Deofel Quintet – the original Deofel Quartet plus Breaking the Silence Down – were designed as Instructional Texts for novices beginning the quest along the Left Hand Path according to the traditions of the ONA [...] Their intent was to inform novices of certain esoteric matters in an entertaining and interesting way, and as such they are particularly suitable for being read aloud. Indeed, one of their original functions was to be read out to Temple members by the Temple Priest or Priestess…” A Note Regarding The Deofel Quartet (1992 ev)

What therefore does this ONA fiction reveal? It reveals many interesting things, including the following.

(1) To quote  – somewhat out of context – what Goodrick-Clarke wrote in his book Black Sun, these works “evoke a world of witches, outlaw peasant sorcerers, orgies and blood sacrifices at lonely cottages in the woods and valleys” of rural Shropshire and Herefordshire, and that “compared to the eclectic nature of American Satanism, many ideas and rituals of the ONA recall a native tradition of wicca and paganism.”

(2) The predominance given to

“…what may be termed the Sinister Feminine Principle, evident, for example, in what the ONA calls the rôle, and Magickal Grade, of Mistress of Earth, and in its depiction of, and homage to, the Dark Goddess Baphomet, whom the ONA describe as one of the most powerful of The Dark Gods. Thus, in the Occult fiction of the ONA, the main character – the main protagonist, the ‘hero’ – is often a powerful, beautiful, woman, with ordinary men, more often than not, manipulated by, or somehow subservient to, these women who belong to or who identify with some ancient Sinister tradition, or the Left Hand Path, and Satanism, in general. For instance, in The Giving – which is probably the most forthright fictional portrayal, by the ONA, of a genuine Mistress of Earth – the heroine is Lianna: a wealthy, powerful, beautiful and mature woman, who is heiress of a sinister rural pagan tradition which involves human sacrifice. She is seen manipulating both Mallam and Thorold, and the story ends to leave the reader to answer the unanswered question as to whether she really contrived Monica’s death and used her sinister charms to beguile – ‘to beshrew’ – Thorold following that death [...]

One of the central themes of the ONA’s Breaking The Silence Down is the nature of the dark goddess ‘manifest in or who can become manifest in women’, and there are many references, in ONA works, to a dark sorceress being one of the essential keys to “opening the nexion that allows The Dark Gods to return to Earth […] “

A.M. (Lypehill Nexion) – The Occult Fiction of The Order of Nine Angles (119yf, revised 122yf)

(3) The aural Rounwytha tradition, which was passed on, in the time-honoured esoteric manner, person to person, in traditional ONA nexions (temples, cells, groups) and which

“…aural traditions were not explicit, not having been written down – and were often intimations of esoteric things that often no one before me had the language, let alone the words, to represent in a way which was clear, esoterically and exoterically. That is, such knowledge was often akin to a wordless insight into the causal workings of the Cosmos – as, for example, a sublime piece of music may present us with such an intimation; or as an exquisite moment shared with an exquisite lady may present us with an intimation of the possibilities of Life.

Thus, in some ways one of my tasks has been to give a more conscious form to such esoterically inherited intimations, and this has taken me a while. But I did try quite early on to present something of the essence of this wordless inherited esoteric knowledge. For instance, in the late nineteen seventies, according to particularly vulgar causal calender, and in respect of the Rounwytha, in the character of Rachael in Breaking The Silence Down, and in, a little while later, some other characters in The Deofel Quartet.”

Anton Long, Baeldraca, From Causal to Acausal Terror (122 yf)

(4) A ‘primal Satanism’ – qv. for example, The Giving, The Temple of Satan, and Falcifer – that is unconnected with the ‘satanism’ of the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set.

 

 

Conclusion

It is my contention that throughout its more than thirty years of public notoriety, the ONA has been consistent in its mythos, with their more recent texts (of c. 2009-2012) often or mostly just elaborating on this mythos or with the mythos merely being re-expressed using some newly developed terminology, such as the terms ‘dark empathy’ and ‘acausal-knowing’.

In addition, it should be obvious just how influential the Order of Nine Angles has been and is, especially within the milieu of Satanism and the Left Hand Path (even though this influence is seldom acknowledged, for a variety of silly and mundane reasons, both within the Occult scene and within academia). For perhaps the majority of Satanists, for instance, now talk and write about Satanism as ‘adversarial’ and exeatic; as being of necessity amoral, dangerous, genuinely heretical; as involving direct, practical, experience and a learning from that experience; and as a defiance of norms, dogma, hierarchy, ideas, and as a defiance of pontificating ‘masters’ and ‘Occult teachers’ and even organizations. All of which is a far cry from the ‘satanism’ propagated by the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set from the 70′s on.

Other, perhaps less obvious, areas of ONA influence include (a) their disdain for copyright and making their Occult texts and documents freely available; (b) their praxis of allowing and encouraging individuals to form their own independent ONA nexions, temples, cells, and groups, free of interference from existing ONA nexions, temples, cells, groups, and individuals; (c) their non-hierarchical, leaderless, structure; (d) their public disdain for using pompous esoteric titles; and possibly most important of all (e) their insistence that everything ONA “can and should be surpassed, refined, changed, when others discover, experience, and attain knowledge and experience for themselves” [Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Letter to Miss Stockton, dated 19th June, 1991 ev], leading to their stated desire that people can, and should, freely adopt, adapt, use, develop, and be inspired by, and disagree with, their mythos/praxis/ideas, and are free to “use what works for them and junk what does not work”.

Finally,

“As with so many ‘things ONA’ – it is up to, and necessary for, each and every individual to judge these matters (and thus the ONA) for themselves, and/or use (or to develope and then use) certain esoteric – Occult – abilities and so discern the veracity or otherwise of such things and the usefulness (or otherwise) of the ONA and its mythos/praxis/ethos.” ONA FAQ, v 4.01 (123 yf)

 

R. Parker
August 2012 ev


Appendix
Notes on Esoteric Calenders

(v 1.03
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Over the decades, the Order of Nine Angles has used a variety of means of dating their MSS. The following are among the abbreviations which are/have been used, placed after the numerical date. With the exception of JD and YF, the numerical date given is the year according to the common Gregorian calender. Thus, 1991 e.v. is equivalent to 1991 e.n. which is equivalent to 1991 CE and 102 YF.

It should be noted that, according to aural tradition, the ‘ONA year’ does not begin on January 1st, nor on December 21st, but rather – for those in northern climes such as England – at the beginning of the ‘alchemical season’ marked by the first rising of Arcturus in the night sky, which is, according to Nature’s calender in such climes, in the season known as Autumn.

e.v. – era vulgaris. On old term, often used in traditional ONA nexions, and by some other esoteric groups.

The term era vulgaris came into English use centuries ago following the publication, in 1655 CE, of an English translation of a book by Johannes Kepler.

e.n. – era nazrani. On old term – often used in traditional ONA nexions – implying the Era of the Nazarenes.

YF (yf) - Year of Fire / Year of Fayen / Year of The Fuhrer

Note that each of these has a different meaning. For instance, Year of Fayen refers to the ethos of the New Aeon, where restrictive patriarchal/magian-inspired forms of living (such as nations and States, and the way of Homo Hubris) are replaced by the new ways based upon the clans and tribes of Homo Galacticus for whom the only law is that of personal honour.>

Year of The Fuhrer is predominantly used by Reichsfolk-inspired groups (esoteric and otherwise) but also by some other esoteric groups/nexions/clans in heretical defiance of the magian status quo.

CE – Common (or Current) Era. English version of e.n.

JD
– Julian Date.


Order of Nine Angles

Order of Nine Angles

On Leaving, Joining, Leadership, and Time

In respect of the Order of Nine Angles, the majority of individuals who show an interest in, or who declare they are ONA/O9A or are associated with us, sooner or later leave or move on to other things, be such things Occult, personal, or otherwise; with their motives or reasons for such a leaving or for such a moving-on being almost as varied as the individuals themselves.

Most who leave or move-on do so after a few months or after a year or so, and do so quietly, with no explanation, public or private, although one or two will make, and latterly have made, some public announcement, sometimes critical of the ONA or critical of those involved with it or assumed to be involved with it, or critical of what they assume or believe is the way the ONA is developing. Sometimes someone who has been associated with – or even been a part of – the ONA for some years will leave.

Does all this – all this coming and going, and such pronouncements about leaving – matter? No, it does not matter. Why not? Because it is expected, and natural; and has been occurring for over thirty years.

It does not matter (i) because of the aims and goals of the ONA; (ii) because of the time-scale – of decades and centuries – on which the ONA operates; (iii) because of how the ONA is structured; and (iv) because of what the ONA really is.

As mentioned some years ago:

“One of the basic aims of the ONA is to create genuine Adepts – that is, individuals who question, who are rational; who possess genuine magickal skills; who have gone to and beyond their own limits. Essentially, the ONA is a LHP organization – there is no morality; no limits; no sycophancy. In fact, the ONA in its essence is profoundly anarchic, and may be said to preach and practice genuine anarchy {1}. The ONA system, such as it is, is for only limited guidance, on a direct individual basis, to be given. The novice, the Initiates, are expected to learn by trial and error, by practical experience [...]

It needs to be made clear, yet again, that every Initiate is expected to work many things out for themselves, that the ONA is only a guide; it is practical experience, self-insight, and self-honesty, which matter.”

Source – http://web.archive.org/web/20111004064402/http://nineangles.wordpress.com/reply-to-some-criticism/

As AL wrote in 2009 ev regarding those following the traditional praxis of the Seven Fold Way:

“Over the decades, several people have come and gone – some only achieved External Adept; a few achieve Internal Adept. Of those who wander away, and give up or renounce their Sinister quest, one or two return, having learnt much – about themselves – during their exile.

Yet some of those who wander away or who may renounce their quest may still have done some useful work; may still have presenced the Sinister in some way, and thus have contributed something, or affected some changes, however small. Some of these may even have been manipulated into doing such things, into contributing such things, by a Master, or a Mistress, with their leaving or their renunciation a sign of their failure.

For such renunciations – whatever the reasons, or the reasons such people tell themselves – are expected, and indeed natural; part of the selection process itself. Those who go have failed, and proven themselves unsuitable; for the real, and the most important test, is that which lies beyond Internal Adept and which signifies the change from Adept to Master/Mistress. Of those who thus progress beyond the Abyss, there have been no renunciations.

Each Grade, of Internal Magick, is thus a test, a selection; and the move away from each Grade toward the next is also itself a test, a selection, and one which lasts many an alchemical season – in exoteric-speak, which lasts for some or often many many years.

Again, such people, such failures, should be viewed in the perspective of centuries: of the progression toward our Sinister goals, our disruption of the Old Order, our presencings of the acausal darkness, and the emergence of the New Aeon, whose Sinister magickal energies are already being felt, by some, and whose exoteric affects are slowly causing causal changes.”  Source – http://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com/toward-the-formless-acausal/

In addition, and importantly, two things need to remembered. First, that the Order of Nine Angles is and always has been based on the principle of

“self-replicating self-contained units; that is, based on the seeding, development and propagation of certain causal forms, and thence on the establishment of independent groups and independent individuals who would be freely provided with all the texts and materials necessary to either: (1) if they chose, to follow the Seven Fold Way on their own without any direct personal [centralized] guidance; or (2) to develop their own system based upon or inspired by the ONA, its causal forms, praxis, and mythos. These groups and individuals then would or could be the genesis of other seedlings, with some forms – such as Insight Roles – when used by such people aiding the sinister infiltration of the societies of the West.” http://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com/ona-classic-texts-archive/playing-the-sinister-game/

Second, that the ONA has and always has had both an exoteric [causal] and an esoteric [acausal/Aeonic] purpose and nature; a dual nature [sinister/numinous; sinisterly-numinous] manifest in (α) a leaderless, a non-structured, non-hierarchical collective (or collection) of (often clandestine) individuals, groups, and nexions, who are all – in some way or other, and in whole or in part – guided by or inspired by the esoteric philosophy of Anton Long {2}, and in (ω) the ancestral and occult pathei-mathos of the individual Rounwytha and of the Inner ONA {3}. 

Thus, α [alpha] implies – necessitates – the continuing development/reformation/counter-reformation of ‘the theory and praxis of the ONA’ by both individuals and groups, sans sycophancy, with the consequent subversion of existing forms and structures and the development of new ones; while ω [omega] implies – necessitates – the pursuit, over decades, of Lapis Philosophicus by a few (often reclusive) individuals and thus them adding to not only the occult pathei-mathos of the ONA but to the ancestral pathei-mathos germane to all human beings.

But it is only to be expected that only a few, now, will appreciate and understand all of this. Meanwhile, people will continue to ‘join’ and to leave what is exoterically known and exoterically described as The Order of Nine Angles.

O9A
June 2013 ev

Notes

{1} On the matter of anarchy, qv the following for example:

a) The text The ONA and Anarchy first circulated in 1991 ev, included in some compilations of ONA MSS published in the 1990s, and available here -

http://web.archive.org/web/20111004064308/http://nineangles.wordpress.com/ona-and-anarchy/

b) The Letter to Aquino, dated 7th September 1990 ev, in Vol i of The Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown

A useful, working, definition of anarchy is “that way of living which regards the authority of The State as unnecessary and possibly harmful, and which instead prefers the free and individual choice of mutual and non-hierarchical co-operation”.

{2} For an outline of this esoteric philosophy, see http://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com/about-2/philosophy-of-anton-long/

{3} http://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com/inner-ona/


O9A

O9A

Dialectics and Aeonic Sorcery
Sinister Tribes, Satanism, and The Order of Nine Angles

The Sinister Dialectic, Manipulation of Forms, and Satanism

The sinister dialectic is the term used in the sinister tradition of the Order of Nine Angles to describe their

“Satanic/Sinister strategy – which is to further our evolution in a sinister way by, for example, (a) the use of Black Magick/sinister presencings to change individuals/events on a significant scale over long periods of causal Time; (b) to gain control and influence; (c) the use of Satanic forms and magickal presencings to produce/provoke large scale changes over periods of causal Time; (d) to bring-into-being a New Aeon; (e) to cause and sow disruption and Chaos as a prelude to any or all or none of the foregoing.” [1]

An early, 1989, ONA text gives more detail:

” i. On a basic level, the dialectic is concerned with simple opposition – with defiance of what is accepted or conventional at particular times. This is heresy – the Adversarial role, a challenge against both conscious and unconscious norms. This opposition works on two levels – the individual, and society [...]

ii. On a higher level, the dialectic is concerned with long-term evolution – with the creation and change of civilizations and ultimately with the creation of a new type of individual, a new species. This means altering our evolution [and] two tactical approaches. (1) Enabling individuals to change themselves, to evolve, consciously, and so become part of that evolutionary change. (2) Changing/influencing the structures (such as societies) to make them instruments for such change or at least not detrimental to it [...]

(i) involves such things as External and Internal Magick – a following of the Seven Fold Sinister Way. (ii) involves Aeonic magick – e.g. the creation of new archetypal forms or images and the infection in the psyche of others which results from introducing them – and gaining/using influence. It should be understood that while the tactics of (i) above can and do change, the tactics used to attain (ii) remain essentially the same because the goal is precise. Further, (i) in many ways aids (ii).” [2]

The adversarial role is described, in another early ONA MS [3] as ‘shadow magick’ because it is mostly secretly done and because it is dangerous; with the reality being [4] that

“…all significant magick is either Aeonic or Internal: External Magick is a child’s game, to be played while learning the most basic skills [...] or for amusement, later on. To the real magickian [sorcerer/sorceress] all types of political (as well as religious and cultural) forms are means, to be used if the are useful for aeonic or internal magickal goals.”

The same MS also states that among the ‘forms’ used or usable by a sorcerer/sorceress for the purposes of external, internal, or aeonic sorcery are archetypes, myths, mythos, symbols (including artistic representations) as well as politics and religions.

In addition, according to the ONA, each form has an outer, or exoteric, aspect and an inner, or esoteric, nature [5] , with part of the training of the initiate following the ONA’s seven fold way being to learn to distinguish the esoteric from the exoteric [6] and be able to learn from, and manipulate, both.

Thus, as the ONA have repeatedly stated from the 1980s onward, Satanism, for them, is an exoteric form used as part of their aeonic sinister strategy and is “a presencing of dark forces/acausal energies – a form/mythos – only relevant to the current Aeon, and is but as outer, an exoteric, form – and one means of provoking and encouraging radical and diabolical change and reformation in the present aeon, which present aeon is one aeon among a progression of aeons.” [7]

In addition, they used, and have developed, various ‘forms’ of Satanism, from the old-style ceremonial Satanism of their 1970s Black Book of Satan to the ‘simplified Satanism’ of their 2009 text How To Be A Satanist – A Guide To Satanism For Beginners (The Simple ONA Way) and concerning which ‘simple way’ Anton Long interestingly wrote:

“Not that long ago we published an item which simplified Satanism to its practical, causal, core. There was thus a personal pledge by the aspiring Satanist, a code, and three fundamental principles. Very little in the way of traditional ceremonies or rituals or even words, since the core was the live in a particular way, sans the laws of the mundanes, where there is no law, no authority, no justice except that of the individual.

This item works on a variety of levels, some of which I will enumerate here. Thus, for some of those who might have the potential to be one of our kind, it is one possible beginning – to entice, to provide experience, to live exeactically, and so possibility at some time this might move some of these people toward a desire for more.

For some of those who are already of our kind (but may not yet know it) it is a sign, to what lies beyond such an outer form. An intimation of just why we produce and use such a form.

It is also a practical defiance of those who aid and support the mechanisms which keep mundanes in thrall – for those, for example, who support and aid existing nation-States and the mechanisms of control of those States (be such mechanism psychic, practical, or causal abstractions). For the flunkies of all nation-States do so hate and do find subversive those who believe and who practice the truth there is no law, no authority, no justice except that of the individual. Thus, if that item only influenced ten people in one nation-State in one year to change their way of life and live defiantly, outside mundane law, it would have achieved something in the causal, with no practical effort on our part.

It is also something that undercuts and undermines the pomposity, the pretentiousness, of already existing so-called ‘satanic’ groups, with their ‘temples’ and ‘grottoes’, their rituals, their books, their discussions, their self-awarded titles, and their old Aeon sycophancy.” [8]

That this is and was diabolical – aeonic – sorcery, part of the sinister dialectic, Anton Long reveals in another text:

“This is the type of satanism – note the lower case s – that can be readily and easily understood by ‘the hoodie on the Clapham omnibus’. [9] It is the type of Satanism evident in our text A Guide to Satanism for Beginners (The Simple ONA Way) and, more realistically and perhaps more importantly, in the text The Drecc, which is a guide to devilish living in modern society, with the terms drecc and dreccian being easily replaceable by different terms should others, or the hoodie on the Clapham omnibus, want to replace them with something more to their liking.

Such a way of living (and its propagation) is heretical, sly, and devilish because it is so simple and because there is (i) a rejection of (a living outside of) the law and the ‘justice’ of society and governments; (ii) a fierce, clannish, loyalty; and (iii) the understanding that the property, goods, and wealth, of mundanes – non-gang/non-clan members, those not part of our gang/clan or those are not covered by a truce – are a resource we can lawfully use.

Understood esoterically, and Aeonically, this type of satanism is a Dark Art, a work of Black Magick, an act of diabolical Aeonic sorcery.” [10]

Sinister Tribes – An Exoteric Form

A study of early – 1980s – ONA typewritten and hand-circulated MSS, made publicly available in publications such as the 1989 text Naos and the 1992 multi-volume compilation Hostia, makes it clear that the propagation, around 2009-2010, by the ONA of the idea of sinister tribes and of a ‘kollective’ of individualistic activists is also part of their sinister strategy, and that such things are but exoteric forms.

These ideas, of tribes and of a ‘kollective’, were outlined in articles such as Guide To The Kulture and Sinister Ethos of the ONA, dated 121 yf., where a sinister tribe is defined as “a localized, territorial, sinister kindred – a gang, clan, or tribe – of Dreccs who rule, in a practical way, their own neighbourhood or neighbourhoods, and who regard mundane property and wealth as a useful resource,” with a Drecc being described as “a person who, as part of a gang, tribe, or clan, lives a practical sinister life – that is, who upholds and lives by The Code of The Sinister-Numen aka The Code of Kindred-Honour.”

That such things are but exoteric forms is clear from the aforementioned ‘guide’:

“Our means to achieve our aims and goals are many and varied, and include our sinister tribes, our Traditional Nexions (with the Seven Fold Sinister Way and External, Internal, and Aeonic Magick), our Dreccs, our Sorcerers and Sorceresses who work alone or with a few sinister comrades, our Sinister-Empaths, our Star Game, and our sympathizers and helpers, such as Balobians. One other important means, employed, by the ONA – and an essential part of our Dark Arts – is our sinister Mythos, and which ONA Mythos includes The Mythos of The Dark Gods, and The Mythos of Vindex.”

Which means that one must not confuse some exoteric form, dialectically and probably diabolically and only temporarily used by ‘those who know’, for the ONA or for what the ONA esoterically represents, for such a form would just be abandoned by them if it proved ineffective, impractical:

“…restricting, causal, forms and causally-limited abstract aims are not important. What works, works. What does not work will be abandoned.” [8]

Therefore if a new form, such as ‘sinister tribes’, proves to be ineffective, in exoteric and esoteric terms, or is not producing the required change or results, it would be abandoned.

Furthermore, it is fairly easy to distinguish what the ONA is propagating or using as an exoteric, an outer, form and/or as part of their Labyrinthos Mythologicus [11], since,

“…people would react to this simple thing according to their nature, their conditioning, their potential. So it was/is fun, and useful, esoterically and exoterically.” [8]

Such newer forms as tribes and Drecc are thus designed to work, like the types of Satanism propagated over the decades by the ONA, on a variety of levels; the exoteric and the esoteric; the immediate (the personal, adversarial, diabolical) and the aeonic (the disruption, however small, of the status quo, and so on); and as tests, inducements, inspiration, and to mischievously annoy.

Esoterically, such outward forms can change particular individuals in certain ways, and it is such individuals

“…who by this very transformation of themselves – and what many of them will subsequently do in the world of mundanes according to how the sinister mood takes them – that moves us toward our causally-understood aims and goals and which brings-into-being our new aristocracy spread over the world. A practical aristocracy which is sinisterly subversive not because it seeks to implement some abstraction in some causal time-scale or is motivated by some causal idealism (such as overthrowing some nation-State), but because it aids and enhances the lives of those belonging to it in practical and often material ways – for instance, in terms of influence, in terms of providing goods and services, and in materially rewarding loyalty and honour and service to its members and participants.

In effect, it is/will be an international group – bound together by certain rules, such as our Code of Kindred-Honour and viewing mundanes as a resource – formed of kindred local groups in various nation-States, whose members co-operate together, dispense their own justice, obey their own laws, and who aid and help themselves and others of their kind by whatever practical means they can, even if some of these means are viewed by some existing nation-State as ‘illegal’ or ‘criminal’ or whatever. In this sense, we are a new type of organization in the causal, a mysterium.” [8]

Which is basically just another way of saying that such forms, whatever they are, whenever they are, and however they are perceived by others, are one means whereby the ONA not only influences and expands but also assimilates suitable individuals into its cabal, a secret cabal who understand aeonic sorcery and the sinister dialectic and that “it will take centuries for the affective and affecting changes to become manifest on the type of scale most use to judge such matters as causal aims and goals.”

From Exoteric to Cabal

The causal observer, the dilettante, and many of ‘the O9A-pretendu-crowd’ [12], all mistake some outer form, or several outer forms, for the esoteric ONA. Hence their fixation on one or more of those forms, such as neo-nazi politics, or Satanism, or gangs (sinister tribes) or personal adversarial deeds. The esoteric ONA, however, as their texts make clear, is manifest (a) in the ‘ancestral pathei-mathos’ and the mythos that is the sinister tradition of the ONA; (b) in those who are undertaking the seven fold way; (c) by those who have been recruited by the ‘inner ONA’ (whether or not those so recruited are following the seven fold way); (d) by the inner ONA itself; and (e) by those who, by their practical sinister deeds, by their pursuit of the aims and goals of the ONA and by their adherence to the ONA code of kindred honour, associate themselves with the ONA or who are or who have been assimilated into the ONA. [13]

For, as Anton Long made clear,

“One of our axioms is that we classify humans as either our kind or as mundanes. Our kind currently, and for some previous Aeons, amount to perhaps five per cent – the creative or the defiant minority who latently or by means of their pathei-mathos have a certain natural intelligence, a certain instinct, a certain type of personality, certain personal qualities.

Another of our axioms is that in general (with many exceptions) mundanes are made, not born, and that therefore perhaps a majority of human beings (though certainly not all) have the potential to cease to be mundanes. Most of course will never realize this potential, for a variety of reasons. A corollary of this axiom is that the children of mundanes have not as yet reached the age when mundanity becomes or could become fixed – their natural pattern of behaviour. Thus the reason why children in practical terms are exempt from being considered fair game, a resource, and why we consider certain activities by adults involving children – and certain proclivities, in adults, in respect of children – to be dishonourable and not something our own kind would do. For such things are one mark of mundanity – of those not able to or capable of controlling or changing themselves.

This axiom of potential within others is one reason why, in respect of culling for instance, we always give mundanes a sporting chance – to see if they can react in a non-mundane manner and so provide evidence of their potential to change.” [8]

This ‘potential to change’ and the necessity of providing ‘a sporting chance’ are crucial to understanding the sinister dialectic and the raison d’etre of the mysterium that is exoterically known as the Order of Nine Angles, and are two of the many things which the causal observer, the dilettante, and ‘the O9A-pretendu-crowd’, have overlooked.

For the ONA exists (a) to provide opportunities for its kindred; (b) as a practical and tried and tested means of change for others (some of whom may thus be assimilated and become kindred), and (c) to give those deemed mundanes a sporting chance, with failures culled or (more often) their property and wealth used as a resource [14]. An existence and a provision of opportunities which necessitates the assimilation of others, necessitates an ‘inner generational core’, and necessitates an inner guiding cabal (a hidden hand), given that the aims of the ONA include:

(i) using the sinister tradition to create sinister Adepts and, over a long period of causal Time, aid and enhance and create that new, more evolved, human species of which genuine Sinister Adepts may be considered to be the phenotype; (ii) using the sinister dialectic to aid and enhance and make possible entirely new types of societies for human beings, with these new societies being based on new tribes and a tribal way of living where the only law is that of our kindred honour; and (iii) for our new species to leave this planet we call Earth (our childhood home), and establish ourselves among the star-systems of our own Galaxies, and other Galaxies. This leaving of our childhood home will, with its challenges, its experiences, and its opportunities, enable us to mature, and further evolve, as a species. [15]

The guiding cabal is ‘the inner ONA’ one of whose tasks is to recruit “people in academia, the artistic professions, and suitable officers in the military, the police” [16] in order to increase the influence of the ONA and aid the aims of the ONA, with this inner ONA consisting

“… of individuals, known to each other personally, and from traditional nexions, of the Grade of Internal Adept and above, who possess the faculty of dark-empathy (aka esoteric empathy aka sinister empathy) and who possess certain other personal qualities. These individuals have therefore all had some personal guidance, over a period of many years.” [17]

Hence, according to Anton Long, the ONA

“…produces both internal and external change in an affective, sinisterly-numinous, way. That is, we not only change a limited number of individuals, personally, individually, by our Occult Arts, over long-durations of causal Time, but also – because we are redolent of Wyrd – directly and indirectly influence others, greater in number than the number of our initiates, by our very existence, by our ethos, our methods, our philosophy, our mythos, with some for example adopting and adapting some of our praxis, some of our Occult Arts, some of our esoteric philosophy. [Thus] we grow and have grown slowly, as befits our Aeonic perspective. Slowly, through personal contact, a personal knowing, pledges of duty and loyalty based on our code of honour. It means we are something of a large, growing, unconventional family, whose relations and relatives are becoming dispersed around the Earth, and who – unlike many extended natural families – have a shared, supra-personal, purpose and a shared culture.” [18]

Conclusion

This compact overview has hopefully revealed some of the complexity, some of the esotericism, and part the diabolical nature, of the Order of Nine Angles, and thus might inspire some others to undertake their own study of O9A theory and praxis.

R. Parker
2013 ev

Footnotes

[1] A Glossary of Order of Nine Angles Terms. Version 3.07. 123 yfayen [pdf]

[2] The Sinister Dialectic. The MS was included in the 1992 multi-volume compilation entitled Hostia.

The seven fold way – Hebdomadry – is given in detail in the two texts The Requisite ONA. A Practical Guide to the Sinister Sorcery of the Order of Nine Angles (121 Year of Fayen) and The Sinister Abyssal Nexion (122 Year of Fayen).

Hebdomadry includes such ‘dark arts’ as insight roles, which involve the initiate in engaging in activities which both enhance their own life experience and aid the sinister dialectic.

[3] The Sinister Shadow. Included in Hostia.

[4] Aeonics, The Sinister Tradition. Included in Hostia.

[5] qv. the ONA texts Alchemical Seasons and The Fluxions of Time, and Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names.

[6] Such a learning is one of the aims of the ONA’s grade ritual of internal adept, with the person expected to live alone in the wilderness for at least three months. The ritual is explained in Naos, and other works such The Requisite ONA. A longer, six month, ritual is mentioned in texts such as The Sinister Abyssal Nexion (122 Year of Fayen) and which extended ritual is said to be more efficacious.

[7] Richard Stirling. The Radical Sinister Philosophy of Anton Long. 2012.

[8] Anton Long. Mysterium: Beyond The Order of Nine Angles. 122yf

[9] The idiomatic expression mentioning the Clapham omnibus refers to a phrase formerly and occasionally used in English courts of law and political discussion, with ‘the man on the Clapham omnibus’ being the upright citizen who possesses the virtue of ‘common sense’.

[10] Toward Understanding Satanism. 122yf

[11] Labyrinthos Mythologicus is “…a modern and an amoral version of a technique often historically employed, world-wide among diverse cultures and traditions both esoteric and otherwise, to test and select candidates, and a mischievous, japing, and sly, part of our sinister dialectic.”

[12] A description of the ‘o9a pretendu crowd’ is given in Anton Long’s text Order of Nine Angles Style, O9A Chic. 122yf

[13] An interesting and aeonic overview of the ONA is given by Anton Long in the text The Aeonic Perspective of the Order of Nine Angles. 123 yfayen

[14] The necessity of testing mundanes, by the ONA or those associated with it, before culling and before appropriating their property and wealth – e.g. stealing from them or fraudulently acquiring their resources, wealth, or property – is mentioned in several ONA texts from the 1980s on, including Guidelines for the Testing of Opfers and Drug-Dealing, Crime, and How To Spot and Test A Mundane.

There is a hitherto undocumented distinction regarding such testing; a distinction made between ‘the esoteric ONA’ – and those who are part of it – and those who are just using or who have appropriated some ONA external form or praxis such as sinister/dreccian tribes, the ‘simple satanism way’, or adversarial living, with those who are part of the esoteric ONA, or associated with it, expected to use such testing of mundanes, while those using or who have appropriated some form not expected to use such testing. I suspect that this subtle undocumented distinction is part of the ONA’s Labyrinthos Mythologicus; that is, part of their testing and selection process for those who aspire to be ONA.

[15] Richard Stirling. The Radical Sinister Philosophy of Anton Long. 2012.

[16] Presencing Azoth. Phase Three 119 – c.157. Documents of the Inner ONA, Part One.

[17] The Inner ONA. 121 Year of Fayen

[18] The Aeonic Perspective of the Order of Nine Angles. 123 yfayen


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Order of Nine Angles

Order of Nine Angles

The Radical Sinister Philosophy of Anton Long
A Review of The Contemporary Secret Society Known As The Order of Nine Angles

Contents

Introduction
A Theory of Ethics – Culling, Amorality, Satanism, and Exeatic Living
An Ontology – The Aeonic Perspective, Nexions, and the Sinisterly-Numinous
An Epistemology – Dark Arts and a Life of Sorcery

Conclusion

Appendix –
The Code of Kindred Honour
Notes and References
Bibliography


Introduction

There is, in this review of the Order of Nine Angles, no speculation regarding and no attempt made to prove ‘who is behind the pseudonym Anton Long’ beyond stating, in this Introduction, the well-known fact that the prime suspect does deny and always has denied using the pseudonym Anton Long. Neither will this work speculate about the contemporary ‘influence’ or the ‘importance’ of Anton Long and the esoteric group, association, or ‘secret society’ [1] – the Order of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A) – that he founded in 1972, beyond making, in this Introduction, the following observations: (i) the attention recently paid to the ONA by various academics and mainstream authors [2]; (ii) the interest in the ONA from those curious about or desirous of involvement with occultism and/or Satanism and/or what is often referred to as the Left Hand Path; (iii) the number of those publicly or anonymously identifying with the ONA and/or establishing ONA/ONA-type nexions or groups; (iv) the number of those publicly or anonymously using ONA ideas and praxis (in whole or in part) and/or using ONA terminology.

Instead of such speculation about authorship and influence, this work deals with the esoteric, the sinister and the practical, philosophy propounded by Anton Long, and accepts (i) the premise that this Anton Long is, despite recent attempts at obfuscation (mostly by those involved with the ONA), one person; (ii) that this one person is, as Senholt – and others – have suggested “paramount to the whole creation and existence of the ONA” [3]; and (iii) this one person is also the author of the whole vast corpus of ONA works, with only a few exceptions [4], from the 1970s until 2011 when he publicly announced his retirement [5].

Thus, when writing or speaking about the ONA we are essentially writing and talking about the esoteric philosophy of Anton Long.

A reading of the ONA corpus [6] – of works authored by Anton Long from the 1970s until 2012 – reveals an esoteric, an occult, philosophy radically different, in theory and praxis, from other occult philosophies of both contemporary Satanism and the Left Hand Path in general. A difference and a radicality [7] that can be usefully summed up by roughly dividing the ONA corpus into the following subjects or themes:

i) Culling, Amorality, and Exeatic Living
ii) The Code of Kindred Honour
iii) Labyrinthos Mythologicus
iv) Baeldraca – Causal and Acausal Terror
v) Seven Fold (Sinister) Way – Grade Rituals, Ordeals, Insight Roles
vi) Dark Gods, Nexions, and the Acausal
vii) Aeonics and the Sinister Dialectic
viii) Pathei-Mathos and the Initiatory Occult Quest
ix) The Dark Arts
x) The Rounwytha Tradition
xi) The Sinisterly-Numinous
xii) Esoteric Chant and The Star Game
xiii) The Mythos of Vindex

This incomplete division alone suffices to distinguish the ONA from all other contemporary Satanist and the Left Hand Path philosophies, groups and individuals (self-professed or otherwise). For not only does the ONA have its own, original, terminology – for example, exeatic, the Sinisterly-Numinous, nexions, Labyrinthos Mythologicus, Sinister Dialectic, and so on – it also has a distinct praxis, advocating as it does not only practical physical ordeals and what it terms Insight Roles, but also practical adversarial acts such as culling (human sacrifice), criminality, political extremism, and even terrorism.

Given that this review concerns the philosophy expounded by Anton Long, and thus by his Order of Nine Angles, it is relevant to mention what a specific philosophy involves. It is generally accepted that to be regarded as a philosophy an individual should propose (i) an ontology, describing and explaining the concept of Being, and beings, and our relation to them; (ii) a theory of ethics, defining and explaining what is good, and what is bad; (iii) an epistemology, describing how truth and falsehood, and knowledge, can be ascertained. In addition, a philosophy should be able to give some answers to, or have some suggestions regarding, obvious questions such as ‘the meaning and purpose of our lives’, as well as explain or suggest how this particular posited purpose, of the philosophy, might be achieved.

As this review of the ONA – of the works of Anton Long – will attempt to show, the ONA has a specific (esoteric) ontology, an (esoteric) theory of ethics, and an esoteric epistemology, as well as answers to such questions as ‘the meaning and purpose of our lives’ and practical (not theoretical) suggestions as to how this purpose might be achieved. What is particularly interesting, in the context of contemporary Satanism and the Left Hand Path in general, is that the philosophy of Anton Long completely rejects the ethics of ‘might is right’ and the patriarchal ethos, proposing instead a morality based on the concept of personal, and kindred, honour and the division of human beings into ‘mundanes’ and those who manifest, or who have the potential to manifest, what is termed a Baeldracian nature.


A Theory of Ethics – Culling, Amorality, Satanism, and Exeatic Living

In many essays, recent and otherwise, Anton Long describes culling – the practice of human sacrifice according to guidelines laid down by the Order of Nine Angles – as one of the basic principles of the ONA and as a task every ONA person is expected to undertake; a test of their commitment to the sinister, exeatic, way of life and to the ONA; and a sign of their character, with refusal or an inability to so cull revealing the person as unsuitable for the ONA and as a mundane.

For instance, in Satanic Sacrifice and Satanic Thinking [8] Anton Long wrote:

“If there is one thing which expresses the essence of the Satanic ethos it is culling; and if there is one way to detect a pseudo-Satanist it is their attitude to culling.”

This expectation and requirement to undertake such a conventionally amoral deed or deeds, and such a test of commitment and of personal character, expresses not only the reality of the exeatic ONA way but of how they understand, and define and practice, Satanism. An understanding, definition, and practice which has led to the statement that the Order of Nine Angles “represent a dangerous and extreme form of Satanism.” [9]

In A Glossary of Order of Nine Angles Terms (version 3.07) Anton Long defines exeatic as “to go beyond and transgress the limits imposed and prescribed by mundanes, and by the systems which reflect or which manifest the ethos of mundanes – for example, governments, and the laws of what has been termed society,” with mundanes defined, in the same glossary as “those who do not live by the law of the sinister-numen,” and which law is variously termed, in the ONA corpus, the law/code of sinister-honour, the law of the new aeon, the sinister code, and the code of kindred honour [given in full in the Appendix to this review]. And it is mundanes who are the target of most ONA culls, as Anton Long explains in the aforementioned Satanic Sacrifice and Satanic Thinking:

“For us, culling is natural fact of life – of how we live, or how we desire to live. Of course, there are different ways of culling mundanes – not every culling takes place, or needs to take place, in some Satanic ceremony or ritual, although obviously that is a great source of Satanic joy. A good way of culling is war; another is stirring up religious and political conflict; another is insurrection, revolution, assassinations, and so on. In fact, any means of conflict offers opportunities for culling; opportunities for those of Satanic character to weed out the weeds and reduce the surplus population of mundanes. Another, more personal way – and a good means of developing Satanic character – are ‘accidents’. And so on.”

Which mention of “insurrection, revolution, assassinations, and so on” and of stirring up religious and political conflict is germane to how the ONA understand Satanism. According to Anton Long in his 122 yfayen text Toward Understanding Satanism:

“The ONA, contrary to how others understand and manifest it, understands Satanism and manifests Satanism (in an esoteric and an exoteric way) as:1) An amoral, dangerous, practical, exeatic, devilish, way of life.
2) A presencing of ‘dark forces’/acausal energies – a form/mythos – only relevant to the current Aeon.
3) An unrestricted, amoral, diabolical, effective and affective, transformation/development of individual human beings by esoteric and exoteric means [...]

No restrictions are placed on the individual, so that they are free (and often encouraged) to transgress norms, to be exeatic in a social, personal, and legal, way. For example, to undertake a culling or two; and, should they so desire, to use violence, to go to extremes, to learn certain anti-social, baleful, skills such as those of a fraudster or a robber or dealing in drugs. Of course, this is wicked of us, a diabolical thing to do, which is exactly the heretical point and most certainly is an example of being conventionally bad in moral character, disposition.”

In a footnote, he adds:

“Several older, exoteric, polemical, ONA MSS outline this wickedness, this diabolism. For example the texts (i) Satanism, Sacrifice, and Crime – The Satanic Truth, and (ii) The Practice of Evil, In Context, both originally circulated in 1986 ev, and later included in compilations such as Hysteron Proteron (1992 ev). Most of these early diabolical MSS were (given their irresponsible content) only privately circulated, but a few of them appeared in internal ONA journals such as Exeat and Azoth.”

This diabolical amorality, this wickedness, however, as Anton Long makes clear, must be placed in the context of ‘us’ (the ONA, those following the code of kindred honour) and of ‘them’ (the mundanes, who do not follow ‘our’ code) – or 9 and Non-9 as we might with some humour describe them. As stated in the Introduction to the code of kindred honour “the Code sets certain standards for our own personal behaviour and how we relate to our own kind and to others.” In effect, and with one exception, the amoral acts are or can be perpetrated on those who are non-9 while those who are 9 are considered as ‘brothers and sisters, as kin’ and treated in accordance with the code of kindred honour. Similarly, it is, again with one exception, those who are non-9 who can be culled. The one exception, in both cases, being children, as Anton Long explained in the text Children and the ONA, dated 122 Year of Fayen:

“In respect of our children, we accept responsibility for them and for their development until they reach such an age as they are developed, mature, enough to make their own informed choices, which is generally around sixteen years of age. Before this age, we are their guardians. After this age, then and only then are they free to join us and our activities [...] as a result of them making their own decision and being given the absolute freedom to so choose. Thus, when they reach this age, they are given the choice, and should they choose not to pledge themselves – and thus do not accept our code of kindred honour – then our responsibility for them ends, and they have to make their own way in the world of humans [...]

Our law of honour does not apply to adult mundanes of sound body and mind, and thus such human beings are considered fair game, a resource; although should it be necessary – for example in the matter of individual culling – our honour demands that we give them a sporting chance by subjecting them to certain tests in order to verify their mundane character. Thus and importantly, the children of mundanes – those below the age of sixteen or so – are not considered mundanes per se.That is, we accord such children – until they reach the age of choice, of maturity – a certain respect, which in practical terms means they are exempt from being considered fair game, a resource. This naturally excludes us from involvement with certain activities involving children and also means that individuals of certain proclivities, involving children, are regarded by us as dishonourable individuals who most certainly are not of our kind.”

In respect of amorality, Anton Long, in his 2011 text A Satanism Too Far, writes

“We of the Order of Nine Angles do not, never have, and never will condemn acts of so-called terrorism (individual or undertaken by some State), nor do we condemn and avoid what mundanes regard as evil or as criminal deeds. For us, all such things are or could be just causal forms or causal means, and thus are regarded by us as falling into three categories, which categories are not necessarily mutually exclusive: (1) things which might or which can be the genesis of our individual pathei-mathos and which thus are the genesis of our own sinister weltanschauung; (2) things which aid our sinister dialectic or which are or might be a Presencing of The Dark; or (3) things that can or could be a test, a challenge, a sinister experience, too far for someone who aspires to be one of our sinister kind, someone who thus fails the test, balks at the challenge, or is destroyed or overcome by the experience.

For our criteria are not those of morality; are not bounded by some abstract good and evil; are not those defined by the laws manufactured by mundanes. Our criteria is the amorality of personal judgement and personal responsibility, whereby we as individuals decide what may be right or wrong for us based on our own pathei-mathos, and act and take responsibility for our acts, knowing such acts for the exeatic living they are or might be, and knowing ourselves as nexions possessed of the ability, the potential, to consciously – via pathei-mathos and practical sinister experience – change ourselves into a new, a more evolved, species of life. Herein is the essence of Satanism, for us.

Importantly, Anton Long makes it clear that Satanism, for the ONA, is just “a presencing of dark forces/acausal energies – a form/mythos – only relevant to the current Aeon,” and is but as outer, an exoteric, form – and one means of provoking and encouraging radical and diabolical change and reformation in the present aeon, which present aeon is one aeon among a progression of aeons and each of which aeons last, according to the ONA – that is, in the esoteric philosophy of Anton Long – for around two thousand years. [10]

Similarly, the ONA understand Satan in a unique, non-dogmatic, manner. In the 2011 text The Discovery and Knowing of Satan – Satan, Acausal Entities, and The Order of Nine Angles, Anton Long explains that,

“In respect of Satan and acausal entities, our tradition – our accumulated individual pathei-mathos – suggests that there are two possible modes of apprehension of such beings/entities, and that one of these apprehensions can only be known by individuals actually engaging in practical Occult activity of a certain type (i.e. following our Seven Fold Way from Initiate to Internal Adept). Having then so discovered and so experienced this particular apprehension, they are then and only then (in our view) in a position to make an informed and personal judgement about which of the two suggested apprehensions, in their opinion, might be a valid apprehension of Reality.
These two modes of apprehension of such entities are:

(1) The first mode of apprehension is that Satan and such entities have their origin, their existence, their reality, in our human consciousness/unconscious/imagination so that, in effect, they are symbols/archetypes, with Satan [the Satan] being, for example, an archetype of heresy, rebellion, chaos, and adversarial conflict, and/or with ourselves as individuals being a satan and thus heretical, rebellious, adversarial, amoral [...]

(2) The second mode of apprehension is that Satan and such entities are actual types of being (acausal life/energy) in a posited acausal continuum, which acausal continuum is quite distinct from the causal phenomenal realm described by such sciences as physics and astronomy, and which acausal beings are quite distinct from all the life-forms we know and have experienced by Phainómenon and understood by causal sciences such as biology [...]
The ONA thus has two apprehensions of Satan and thus two types of satanism, with individuals free to choose and use and experience which of these satanisms they want or believe might be useful.

For such use and experience, of both, is according to our tradition the means whereby each individual can decide which – or neither, or both – of these satanisms their judgement informs them presents a better understanding of themselves, of Satan, and of Reality. Thus will they – or thus can they, possibly – become aware of the esoteric essence which has become hidden through causal abstractions and even by naming [denotatum], and which awareness is of opposites-as-appearance not as Reality.”

In the Sinister Tradition of the ONA, therefore, the individual is tested, expected to undergo ordeals [11]; expected to live and experience an exeatic, and amoral, a diabolical, way of life – which way of living includes culling – and also engage in practical occult activity of a certain type in order to discover for themselves, from personal experience, the nature of Reality, for:

“…wisdom – one goal of the Adept; acquiring a true, balanced, understanding; the dis-covering/revealing of Reality – has its genesis in the combination of: (a) personal suffering, (b) a learning from adversity, (c) the development of certain Occult skills, and (d) practical personal experience. That is, that all these diverse experiences [and] all such experiences are necessary for interior, esoteric, change within the individual. Not just ‘personal practical experience’; not just Occult skills, and not just a ‘learning from adversity/challenges’, but also and importantly a learning from personal suffering: from grief, severe trauma (physical and/or emotional), personal loss, and an encounter (or many encounters) with the imminent possibility of one’s own death.” [12]

For in the philosophy of Anton Long – and therefore in the theory and the praxis of the ONA – the goals of personal and societal change, reformation, and evolution, together with the personal journey toward wisdom and the discovery of Lapis Philosophicus are central, since

“…our real work, both as individuals and as an Order – our Magnum Opus – is genuinely esoteric and Occult, and thus concerned with lapis philosophicus and not with some purely causal self-indulgence, or some ephemeral outer change in some causal form or forms, or with using such forms to try and effect some external change. For it is this esoteric, this Occult, work which will, affectively and effectively, introduce and maintain the Aeonic changes we desire and plan for – in its own species of acausal Time.” [13]

Which is to say that the ONA is not a group of Satanists (or satanists) culling, doing diabolical deeds, and inciting chaos for their own amusement and pleasure, but an entirely different kind of beast. A secret society of individuals, tried and tested, bound together by a code of kindred honour, who are not only dedicated to personally finding Lapis Philosophicus, but who are also, as a secret cabal, dedicated to changing, transforming, society itself by whatever radical means, whatever outward form – however amoral – that they consider might be useful and productive. A change, a transformation, in order, via their sinister dialectic, to create new societies “based on new tribes and a tribal way of living where the only law is that of our kindred honour.” [14] Here again we have the thread of kindred honour running through the activities of the ONA and guiding them toward, and shaping, their aims.

Which aims include (i) using ‘the sinister tradition’ to create sinister Adepts and, over a long period of causal Time, aid and enhance and create that new, more evolved, human species of which genuine Sinister Adepts may be considered to be the phenotype; (ii) using the sinister dialectic to aid and enhance and make possible entirely new types of societies for human beings, with these new societies being based on new tribes and a tribal way of living where the only law is that of our kindred honour; and (iii) “for our new species to leave this planet we call Earth (our childhood home), and establish ourselves among the star-systems of our own Galaxies, and other Galaxies. This leaving of our childhood home will, with its challenges, its experiences, and its opportunities, enable us to mature, and further evolve, as a species.” [15]

An Ontology – The Aeonic Perspective, Nexions, and the Sinisterly-Numinous

An essential part of the philosophy of Anton Long is ‘the aeonic perspective’, a term used

“…to describe some of our pathei-mathos, some of our experience; that is, to describe some knowledge we have acquired [...] This knowledge concerns several matters, some to do with how we understand the individual human being, some to do with our perception of Aeons, and some to do with our praxis and the purpose and effectiveness of our methods and techniques both exoteric and esoteric [...]

In our esoteric philosophy the individual human being is regarded as a nexion. As having both an acausal and a causal nature, and as possessing, or being imbued with, a certain amount of acausal energy and which acausal energy is what animates physical matter making it ‘alive’. In one sense, the psyche of the individual is how some of this energy is naturally manifest in us, and an esoteric praxis such as our Seven Fold Way – or our Way of the Rounwytha – are a means whereby we can rationally apprehend and thus come to know and understood and control such energies/forces, some of which are archetypal in nature when perceived exoterically.” [16]

In simple terms, the aeonic perspective relates to the ontology proposed by the philosophy, which is of causal and acausal being and beings; of ourselves as a nexion – ‘a connexion’ – between causal and acausal; with living beings in the causal – including human beings – understood as possessing both an exoteric and an esoteric (an ‘occult’) nature (or being). The esoteric aspect is generally hidden from (unperceived by and thus unknown to) mundanes (intentionally or otherwise). In addition ‘causal abstractions’ and words and naming obscure or can hide the esoteric nature (the essential character) of things, often because they describe, or denote, or refer only what is causal and/or mundane. [17]

Sorcery, and the Dark Arts in general [18], are regraded as one significant and practical means of discovering – knowing – the esoteric nature of living beings, with sorcery defined [19] as “the presencing of acausal energy in the causal by means of a nexion. By the nature of our consciousness, we, as human individuals, are one type of nexion – that is, we have the ability to access, and presence, certain types of acausal energy.”

For, according to Anton Long, the aeonic perspective means that:

“… we understand the achievement of our aims and goals in terms of long durations of causal Time, of centuries and more. That we know that changing an ordinary human into one of our kind is a slow, difficult, testing, process involving as it does such things as exeatic experience, practical challenges, and pathei-mathos, as well as a coming-to-live both the sinister and the numinous. Thus our kind develop an awareness and a knowing of themselves as a nexion balanced between causal and acausal and of possessing within them – latent, then discovered, then developed and then lived – the sinisterly-numinous. For such a knowing and then a living of the sinisterly-numinous is an essential part of the development, the breeding, the emergence, of our new kind.The second means not only that we have certain Dark Arts, certain skills, certain Occult methods and techniques, as well as an esoteric aural tradition, but also that one of our tasks is to recruit some suitable individuals and for such initiates to begin to follow the Adeptus way, since we know, from experience, that such a practical and Occult way is most efficacious in producing the new breed of human.” [20]

Which brings us to an important if neglected part of Anton Long’s philosophy, the sinisterly-numinous.

“The term sinister-numinous is employed by us – part of our esoteric ONA-speak – to describe the living unity beyond the abstract, the lifeless, division and dialectic of contrasting/abstractive/ideated opposites. A division most obvious in the false dichotomy of ‘good’ and ‘evil’, and a division not so obvious in denotatum and thus in both Magian religions with their god, prophets, scriptures, and in occultisms and religions devolving around named deities [...]

A knowing and then a living of the sinisterly-numinous is an essential part of the development, the breeding, the emergence, of our new kind.

For such a knowing and such of living of the sinisterly-numinous – and the personal learning, the pathei-mathos, that results – is the means to know, to live, to be, the natural balance, the Life, beyond abstracted opposites and all abstractions, and it is this natural, wyrdful, Cosmic balance, that is the quintessence of our new type of human being, and makes us and marks as a breed apart, as quite different from Homo Hubris and all other manifestations of human life on this planet. That the necessity of this knowing, this living, this type of learning, has been overlooked or forgotten by many interested in the Order of Nine Angles is both interesting and indicative.

In terms of the way of the Adept, of someone following our Seven-Fold Way, an experience and thence a wordless personal knowing of this living unity is the purpose of the Camlad Rite of The Abyss and of the living that precedes it.” [20]

In effect, the sinisterly-numinous is the thread that binds the whole ONA together; the balance attained when an Internal Adept progresses into and emerges from the sinister Abyssal nexion, and thus acquires the beginnings of wisdom, and where the path toward lapis philosophicus is clearly seen and clearly understood. A balance of (i) the exeatic, adversarial, amoral livings and sinister deeds and sorcery of the first stages – from Initiate to External Adept – with (ii) the experience, the pathei-mathos of the extended Grade Ritual of Internal Adept, and the ways of numinous living that precede the Rite of The Abyss [21].

It is the sinisterly-numinous that reveals the principle of ‘might is right’ for the de-evolutionary doctrine it is [22]. Being a practical, as well as a theoretical philosophy, Anton Long describes what the sinisterly-numinous means in an easily understandable, if provocative, way, and – importantly – from the viewpoint and the character of the Internal Adept preparing to undertake the Rite of The Abyss and thus preparing, after a successful passing through The Abyss, to undertake works of Aeonic sorcery to aid the sinister dialectic:

“…our Occult kind, our Adepts, have: (1) a type of pagan knowing and understanding of the natural world; (2) a certain sensitivity and empathy; appreciate such muliebral qualities in others, and thus appreciate, understand, women and their potential; and (3) a certain culture, where by culture here is meant (i) the arts of life made manifest by living by our code of kindred-honour, (ii) having a living (and thus numinous) tradition, (iii) having self-control, self-honesty, (iv) having a certain learned knowledge of the Arts, literature, and music of their own ancestral culture, and (v) having the all-important knowing of themselves as but one nexion between a causal past, their present short-lived life, and the wyrdful futures that will exist after their causal death. Therefore one exoteric, and old, archetype which still usefully expresses something of the sinisterly-numinous for those of the male human gender is the chivalrous warrior of stories such as Le Morte d’Arthur but where the supra-personal ‘numinous’ element is not the religion of the Nazarene but rather our code of kindred-honour or something similar. Or, if one desires a more modern, heretical, and somewhat more accurate (but still incomplete, imperfect) archetype, there are the warriors of the Waffen-SS, and what they were, of course, rather than what propaganda and lies about them have made them appear to be.” [19]

An EpistemologyDark Arts and a Life of Sorcery

As mentioned above, in the philosophy of Anton Long the Dark Arts are regraded as a significant and a practical means of discovering – of knowing – the esoteric nature of living beings, including ourselves. These Dark Arts of the ONA include pathei-mathos, learning from the experience of adversity and from life-threatening situations:

“What pathei-mathos as a Dark Art does, has done, and can do is allow the individual to outwardly experience and to internally confront within themselves both the sinister and the numinous, the ‘light’ and the ‘dark’, and to thus learn from – or fail to learn from – such experiences, interior and exterior. Which is why Occult, initiatory, methods such as the Seven Fold Way and the Way of the Rounwytha exist and were originally devised, for they provide context, a living tradition (ancestral pathei-mathos/’guidance’) and form a tried and tested path toward the goal of positive, evolutionary, individual change and toward the goal of acquiring wisdom.”  [11]

Thus, one of the main purposes for the existence of the ONA is to provide such practical experiences – through tests, ordeals, Grade Rituals, and so on – and to encourage the Initiate and the Adept to seek them out and to live in such an exeatic manner that they garnish such experiences by that very manner of exeatic living.

The Dark Arts therefore enable an individual to acquire an acausal knowing and a causal knowing – of ‘things’, of other humans, and other living beings – as well as an honest self-knowing, and it is the Dark Arts, their cultivation and their practice, which define the sorcerer/sorceress and their way of life. From the simple external (hermetic and ceremonial) sorcery of the Initiate and the External Adept, to the sorcery of sinister-cloaking (such as Insight Roles), to the sorcery of The Star Game and Esoteric Chant, to the aeonic sorcery of the Magus/Mistress and the Rounwytha, an aeonic sorcery of which the living ONA, the secret society bound by oaths of kindred honour, is an essential part.

For the philosophy of Anton Long, ‘truth’ is revealed by this combination of acausal knowing and a causal knowing, this living of the life of the sorcerer/sorceress, with the important proviso that what is so revealed by such a living is individual, part of the life, the very being, of the sorcerer/sorceress; a result of their effort and the development of that individual judgement that pathei-mathos makes possible; and that part of acausal knowing – of what is or may be relevant – is mythos, for:

“Mythos is affective, esoteric, and numinous. That is, it inspires, it provokes, it motivates, enthrals, and presences acausal energy. It is wyrdful – a means of change for human beings, and outlines or intimates how such wyrdful change can be brought-into-being. The so-called objective, cause-and-effect, ‘truth’ of a mythos – stated or written about by someone else – is basically irrelevant, for a mythos presences its own species of truth, which is that of a type of acausal-knowing.” [23]

The living, the numinous, truths that the life of the sorcerer/sorceress reveals are, being personal, non-transferable and non-dogmatic, and can seldom be expressed in words which non-Adepts can understand:

“We only had to learn to not only see as we can see but did not know we could but also to know, to understand, to feel, to appreciate, what is seen, sans denotatum, and be such denotatum words (verbal, written), symbolic, ideation (of ‘the mind’), archetypal, or whatever. The first part of this ‘secret’ concerns a certain knowledge: about ‘the living water’, azoth; about the nature of Time, of Being, of consciousness, of the Cosmos, and thus about our nature as mortal existents, as beings, in this realm of phenomenon; of how we are Time beyond its perceived dichotomy and are and have been and will be Being, and have the potential to become/return-to Being beyond our perceived temporary existence as conscious mortal beings. But one has to be ‘there’/here – now/then/when and in/within/beyond Time – in order to ‘see’, to know, to feel, to appreciate, to understand, this. The rest is either preparation or null.” [24]

Conclusion

A study of the complete ONA corpus – from the 1970′s to 2012 – reveals that the esoteric, occult, philosophy of Anton Long is manifest in the following:

(i) Ontology.

The Cosmos consists of both acausal and causal Space-Time, having causal and acausal being and beings; with humans – because of the faculty of reason – a type of nexion between causal and acausal universes.

Living beings in the causal – including human beings – are regarded as having both an exoteric and an esoteric nature (or being). Exoteric refers to the outer (or causal) form, or meaning, or nature, or character, or appearance, of some-thing; while esoteric refers to its occult/inner/acausal essence or nature. What is esoteric is that which is generally hidden from mundanes (intentionally or otherwise), or which mundanes cannot perceive or understand. Causal abstractions tend to hide the esoteric nature (character) of things, and/or such abstractions describe or refer to that-which is only causal and mundane and thus devoid of Dark/Esoteric Empathy.

Sorcery, and the Dark Arts in general, are regraded as a means of discovering – knowing – the esoteric nature of living beings.

Sorcery is defined as “the presencing of acausal energy in the causal by means of a nexion. By the nature of our consciousness, we, as human individuals, are one type of nexion – that is, we have the ability to access, and presence, certain types of acausal energy.”

Humans have the potential to transcend, beyond their mortal causal death, to the realms of the acausal, and which realms are said by aural tradition to contain acausal beings/entities, some of whom may have manifested in our causal realm in the past.

(ii) Theory of ethics.

What is good is what is honourable in personal and kindred terms, with such honour – defined by ‘the code of kindred honour’ – being regarded than more valuable, of a higher ethical value, than personal desires and the causal life of an individual. Such kindred honour is regarded as one means to an acausal existence after mortal death.

This honour demands that an individual is judged by – is distinguished by – their conduct, their behaviour, meaning no distinction is made in respect of, or on the basis of, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, social status, place of birth, or occupation.

Mundanes are defined as those who lack the quality – the arête – of personal and kindred honour, and can therefore be treated as a resource, or encouraged to change, to reform themselves, by following the ONA way.

(iii) Epistemology.

Knowledge is divided into causal and acausal knowing, which compliment each other, with both regarded as necessary to attain wisdom.

Causal knowing is regarded as attainable through reason, scholarly learning, rational observation (experimental science), self-insight, exeatic living, and learning from practical experience (pathei-mathos).

Acausal knowing is regarded as attainable through dark/sinister empathy, Insight Roles, Grade Rituals, Dark Arts, and sorcery. Dark Arts include Esoteric Chant and The Star Game. The Seven Fold Way is considered a practical means of acquiring acausal knowing.

Truth can be revealed by living the life of a sorcerer/sorceress and thus by seeking lapis philosophicus, the jewel of the alchemist.

(iv) The meaning and purpose of our lives.

To evolve into a new, a higher, species by acquiring both causal and acausal knowing and by living according to kindred honour, and which living means new communities whose law is based on kindred honour.

For this new species to – by whatever means, be it via causal or acausal technology or a combination of both – to explore and settle other planets and star systems.

(iv) How this particular posited purpose, of the philosophy, might be achieved.

By sinister dialectics and individuals following the ONA Way, currently manifest in the Seven Fold Way, with the proviso that the ONA is a living, evolving nexion, an ancestral pathei-mathos, acceptive of and receptive to the change, adaptation, and innovation of ‘those who know’: in current practice, those who have undertaken both the extended rite of Internal Adept and the Camlad rite of The Abyss and who thus change, adapt, and innovate on the basis of their causal and acausal knowing acquired via pathei-mathos and sorcery. For it is such sorcery and such personal pathei-mathos – such exeatic experience – over durations of causal time (of decades) that are the only acceptable standard, not words, dogma, ideology, ideas, abstractions, or zeal.

Vindex – manifest in the Vindex mythos – is one esoteric prediction of one exoteric means of how the new ways of living might be created from the destruction of the old. The prediction states that Vindex can be male or female, of any perceived ethnicity and sexual orientation, and be born in any land, but is marked – known – by their adherence to the cause of kindred honour, by their practical warrior skills and experience, and by their dislike of the Magian ethos and thus by dislike of the nation-State and its laws.

As noted above, while the secret society that is the Order of Nine Angles is receptive to change, adaptation, and innovation, this has to come internally; currently, from those who have travelled along the Seven Fold Way, and thus culled, undertaken the extended rite of Internal Adept and the Camlad rite of The Abyss [24], and who thus have the esoteric ability, knowledge and experience – the wisdom – required. The difficulty of so travelling, the natural selection along the way, and the decades of time required for this journey of discovering Lapis Philosophicus, thus ensures the practical and the Aeonic continuation of the ancestral, esoteric, pathei-mathos – the living philosophy of Anton Long – which is the heart of the living ONA. For so few now are in a position to so contribute, in a significant manner, to that ancestral, esoteric, pathei-mathos.

Richard Stirling
February 2013 ev

Notes and References

[1] The term ‘secret society’ is appropriate when considering the ONA given aspects of its praxis, and its consistent statements – made over some thirty years – regarding anonymity, its lack of direct contact information, and its ‘inner ONA’ consisting “of individuals, known to each other personally, and from traditional nexions, of the Grade of Internal Adept and above.” (Noble Guide to the Dark Arts, ONA text dated 119 year of fayen).

The ONA has also stated – in documents such as Presencing Azoth, Phase Three 119 – c.157 and Notes on Phase One and Phase Two – that its ‘third phase’ requires the secret infiltration of society and the secret recruitment of people in certain professions and occupations – for example, in academia, the artistic professions, the military, and the police.

In regard to anonymity, qv. the editorial note in volume one of the 1992 ONA publication The Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown: “It has been for many centuries an established principle among LHP Adepts to work in a reclusive manner in secret…”

[2] qv., for example, the Bibliography – Non-ONA Works given below.

[3] Senholt, Jacob. Secret Identities in The Sinister Tradition: Political Esotericism and the Convergence of Radical Islam, Satanism and National Socialism in the Order of Nine Angles, in Per Faxneld & Jesper Petersen (eds): The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity, Oxford University Press. 2012.

According to Goodrick-Clarke in his book Black Sun, ‘Anton Long’ codified “its teachings into a fully developed system of initiation and training for adeptship.”

[4] The few exceptions are works by ‘Beesty Boy’ aka ‘Christos Beest’ aka Richard Moult. His works amount to his Sinister Tarot; his Internal Adept journal, a few essays in the 1990s; his recorded ‘self-immolation rite’; some recorded chants and music; and some of his sinister pathway workings first published as Caelethi in ’103 Era Horrificus’ and, in some editions, given the subtitle Black Book of Satan II.

These works serve to illuminate, illustrate (as in the Sinister Tarot and some other paintings), in some cases explain, and in some cases (such as the Internal Adept journal) are good practical examples of, the theory and praxis of the ONA. They are the works of a creative and talented individual assiduously following the Seven Fold Way from Initiate to Internal Adept (but not beyond). Thus, despite their merits, what they do not do is contribute to, or extend, the philosophy of Anton Long as that esoteric philosophy is manifest in the main Anton Long corpus and in the secret society known as the Order of Nine Angles.

[5] qv. (i) Documents of the Inner ONA Sunedrion, Oxonia 122 yf; (ii) Presencing Azoth, Phase Three 119 – c.157 and Anton Long, The Enigmatic Truth, dated December 2011 CE.

In The Enigmatic Truth, Anton Long writes:

“The wisdom acquired, the finding of lapis philosophicus during the penultimate stage of the Way – means two particular things, and always has done. (i) living in propria persona, in a private manner and sans all posing, all rhetoric, all pomposity, all ideations; and (ii) having an appreciation, an awareness (sans words, ritual, thought) of what is now sometimes known as the acausal – of Nature, the Cosmos, of the connexions that bind life and thus of the illusion that is the individual will, and which illusion sillily causes a person to believe ‘they’ are or can be ‘in control’. These two things form the basis of a particular and reclusive way of life of a particular type of person: the type known, in one locality, as the rounerer of The Rouning.”

Interestingly and perhaps importantly, in a footnote and in respect of in propria persona, he quotes – using the original spelling – a sixteenth century text:

“He wolde be in his owne persone, the example of our hole iourney.” William Bonde [lector philosophiae] – The Pylgrimage of Perfection (1526 ce), i. sig. Dvi.

[6] The ONA corpus, dating from 1974 to 2012, consists of printed books, a roll of microfilm, hundreds of pages of typewritten MSS, five occult novels, several collections of short stories, several volumes of various published journals and zines, archives of private letters and e-mails, thousands of pages of publicly available e-texts (in both pdf and html formats) and several collections of privately printed or privately distributed items.

The items and works of this corpus accessed and read for the purpose of this review are cited/listed in the Bibliography – ONA Texts, and which listing includes printed books, MSS, privately printed items, archives of private letters and e-mails, e-texts (in both pdf and html formats) as well as the two extant ONA authorized internet blogs and web archives of the now defunct authorized websites (nineangles.info and camlad9) which websites contained ONA articles and downloadable texts. Many articles/essays by Anton Long – including more recent ones – are accessible in pdf compilations issued by the ONA, such as the five volume ONA Classic Texts (122-123 yf) and The Requisite ONA – A Practical Guide to the Sinister Sorcery of the Order of Nine Angles (121 Year of Fayen).

When several different or updated versions of the same text exist, I have generally used to the later version, as for example version 1.03 of Knowing, Information, and The Discovery of Wisdom, and Version 2.03 of The Adeptus Way and The Sinisterly-Numinous.

[7] Radical as in advocating what is far-reaching, or considered extreme; and of or belonging to what is considered as fundamental to the subject(s) in question. The subjects in question here being ‘the sinister’ and the reformation, the change, of human beings and of human societies.

[8] The essay is included in the 2011 pdf compilation The Non-Essential Anton Long.

[9] Per Faxneld: Post-Satanism, Left Hand Paths, and Beyond in Per Faxneld & Jesper Petersen (eds) The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity, Oxford University Press (2012), p.207. ISBN 9780199779246

[10] An aeon “is a particular presencing of certain acausal energies on this planet, Earth, which energies affect a multitude of individuals over a certain period of causal time. One such affect is via the psyche of individuals. This particular presencing which is an Aeon is via a particular nexion, which is an Aeonic civilization, which Aeonic civilization is brought-into-being in a certain geographical area and usually associated with a particular mythos.” A Glossary of Order of Nine Angles Terms (version 3.07)

The ONA concept of Aeons is outlined in texts such as Naos. An important part of this concept is ‘the sinister dialectic’ which is, as stated in the aforementioned Glossary, “the name given to Satanic/Sinister strategy – which is to further our evolution in a sinister way by, for example, (a) the use of Black Magick/sinister presencings to change individuals/events on a significant scale over long periods of causal Time; (b) to gain control and influence; (c) the use of Satanic forms and magickal presencings to produce/provoke large scale changes over periods of causal Time; (d) to bring-into-being a New Aeon; (e) to cause and sow disruption and Chaos as a prelude to any or all or none of the foregoing.”

The mythos of Vindex is considered a necessary part of this sinister strategy; qv. Vindex and the Tyranny of The Magian in Magian Occultism and The Sinister Way, n.d but c. 2011.

[11] Anton Long. Pathei-Mathos and The Initiatory Occult Quest. 123 yfayen

[12] Tests and ordeals are part of the ONA’s Seven Fold Way, and – as outlined in Naos – include physical challenges, Insight Roles, and Grade Rituals.

[13] Anton Long. O9A Adversarial Action – Success or Failure? 122 yfayen

[14] Frequently Asked Questions About The Order of Nine Angles. Version 4.05. 123 Year of Fayen

[15] The first two aims are stated in various ONA texts, including Frequently Asked Questions About The Order of Nine Angles. Version 4.05, 123 Year of Fayen. The third aim is taken from Guide To The Kulture and Sinister Ethos of the ONA, 121 Year of Fayen.

[16] Anton Long. The Aeonic Perspective of the Order of Nine Angles. 122 yfayen

[17] The basic ideas of causal and acausal – and of esoteric sorcery – are outlined in Naos. See also The Ontology and Theology of Traditional Satanism. 119 yf

In respect of exoteric and esoteric natures, refer, for instance, to Alchemical Seasons and The Fluxions of Time, which is included in the pdf compilation Marcheyre Rhinings (122 Year of Fayen). See also Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names.

Discerning the esoteric from the exoteric is an important part of the training of the Internal Adept, and which training includes the Grade Ritual of Internal Adept.

A rounwytha is a person naturally gifted with – or who learns – the ability to discern the esoteric nature of beings. For the rounwytha tradition of the ONA, see The Rounwytha Way In History and Modern Context (2011 CE) and Questions From A Modern Rounwytha Initiate (122 yf)

[18] The Dark Arts are explained in Anton Long’s text The Dark Arts of The Sinister Way. Version 2.01. 119 yf (revised 122 yf)

The Dark Arts include not only sorcery (external, internal, aeonic, and ceremonial and hermetic) but also Acausal Empathy (aka sinister-empathy aka dark-empathy) and Acausal Thinking.

[19] The definition is from A Glossary of Order of Nine Angles Terms (version 3.07)

[20] The Adeptus Way and The Sinisterly-Numinous. Version 2.03. 123 yfayen

[21] The Rite of The Abyss is given in the pdf compilation Enantiodromia – The Sinister Abyssal Nexion. 122 Year of Fayen. The compilation also contains some notes relating to preparations for the rite. What is not given – but taught orally – is the Oath of The Abyss.

[22] Anton Long. The De-Evolutionary Nature of Might is Right. 122yf

[23] Anton Long. Pseudo-Mythology and Mythos – Lovecraft, The Dark Gods, and Fallacies About The ONA. 121 Year of Fayen

[24] Anton Long. Lapis Philosophicus. 2/2/123 yfayen

[24] The extended rite of Internal Adept involves the candidate in living, for around six months, in an eremitic way, in a wilderness area, bereft of human contact and modern comforts. The Camlad rite of The Abyss requires the candidate to live alone, without speaking, in an underground cavern or isolated dark cave for a lunar month, dependant on food and water brought and left by a fellow ONA member.


Appendix – The Code of Kindred Honour

Introduction

The Code sets certain standards for our own personal behaviour and how we relate to our own kind and to others. Our Code, being based on honour, thus concerns personal knowing, and therefore demands that we judge others solely on the basis of a personal knowing of them – on their deeds, on their behaviour toward us and toward those to whom we have given a personal pledge of loyalty.

We know our own kind by their deeds and their way of life; that is through a personal knowing.

The O9A Code of Kindred Honour

Those who are not our kindred brothers or sisters are mundanes. Those who are our brothers and sisters live by – and are prepared to die by – our unique code of honour.

Our Kindred-Honour means we are fiercely loyal to only our own ONA kind. Our Kindred-Honour means we are wary of, and do not trust – and often despise – all those who are not like us, especially mundanes.

Our duty – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to be ready, willing, and able to defend ourselves, in any situation, and to be prepared to use lethal force to so defend ourselves.

Our duty – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to be loyal to, and to defend, our own kind: to do our duty, even unto death, to those of our brothers and sisters to whom we have sworn a personal oath of loyalty.

Our obligation – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to seek revenge, if necessary unto death, against anyone who acts dishonourably toward us, or who acts dishonourably toward those to whom we have sworn a personal oath of loyalty.

Our obligation – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to never willingly submit to any mundane; to die fighting rather than surrender to them; to die rather (if necessary by our own hand) than allow ourselves to be dishonourably humiliated by them.

Our obligation – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to never trust any oath or any pledge of loyalty given, or any promise made, by any mundane, and to be wary and suspicious of them at all times.

Our duty – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to settle our serious disputes, among ourselves, by either trial by combat, or by a duel involving deadly weapons; and to challenge to a duel anyone – mundane, or one of our own kind – who impugns our kindred honour or who makes mundane accusations against us.

Our duty – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to settle our non-serious disputes, among ourselves, by having a man or woman from among us (a brother or sister who is highly esteemed because of their honourable deeds), arbitrate and decide the matter for us, and to accept without question, and to abide by, their decision, because of the respect we have accorded them as arbitrator

Our duty – as kindred individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to always keep our word to our own kind, once we have given our word on our kindred honour, for to break one’s word among our own kind is a cowardly, a mundane, act.

Our duty – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to act with kindred honour in all our dealings with our own kindred kind.

Our obligation – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – is to marry only those from our own kind, who thus, like us, live by our Code and are prepared to die to save their Kindred-Honour and that of their brothers and sisters.

Our duty – as individuals who live by the Code of Kindred-Honour – means that an oath of kindred loyalty or allegiance, once sworn by a man or woman of kindred honour (“I swear on my Kindred-Honour that I shall…”) can only be ended either: (1) by the man or woman of kindred honour formally asking the person to whom the oath was sworn to release them from that oath, and that person agreeing so to release them; or (2) by the death of the person to whom the oath was sworn. Anything else is unworthy of us, and the act of a mundane.

 


 


Bibliography
ONA Texts

Printed works

§ The Black Book of Satan. Thormynd Press, 1984, ISBN 094664604X
§ Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown. Two volumes. Thormynd Press, 1992
§ Hostia, Secret Teachings of the ONA. Three volumes, 1991-1992
§ Satanism: An Introduction for Occultists. 1992, ISBN 0946646295
§ Hysteron Proteron. 1992
§ Satanism: A Basic Introduction for Prospective Adherents. Second edition, 1992
§ The Deofel Quartet. Anton Long 119yf revised editions. Privately printed 2011
§ Documents of the Inner ONA Sunedrion, Oxonia, 122 yf. Privately printed 2012
§ Documents and Transcripts Relating to the ONA Sunedrion, Florida. Privately printed 2012

MSS

§ Naos – A Practical Guide to Modern Magick. Typewritten & spiral-bound MS. 1989 [Xerox copies subsequently distributed by Brekekk]
§ The Requisite ONA. A Practical Guide to the Sinister Sorcery of the Order of Nine Angles. 981 pages. 121 Year of Fayen [Incorporates a Xerox copy of the 1989 Naos MS]
§ The Sinister Abyssal Nexion. 14 pages. 122 Year of Fayen

e-texts

§ Anton Long. Eulalia: Dark Daughter of Baphomet. 2008 CE [pdf]
§ Anton Long. The Discovery and Knowing of Satan – Satan, Acausal Entities, and The Order of Nine Angles. 2011 ev
§ A Camlad Rounerer [Anton Long]. The Rounwytha Way In History and Modern Context. 2011 CE
§ Magian Occultism and The Sinister Way, n.d but c. 2011. [pdf]
§ Anton Long. Baeldraca – From Causal To Acausal Terror. 121 Year of Fayen [pdf]
§ The Non-Essential Anton Long. 121yf [pdf]
§ Anton Long. Toward The Abyss – A Guide for the Internal Adept. 122 Year of Fayen
§ Anton Long. Presencings Of A Hideous Nexion. 122 Year of Fayen
§ Anton Long. Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names. 122 Year of Fayen
§ Anton Long. Toward Understanding Satanism. 122 yfayen
§ Anton Long. The Dark Arts of The Sinister Way. Version 2.01. 119 yf (revised 122 yf)
§ Anton Long. The Geryne of Satan. 122 Year of Fayen (revised 2455853.743)
§ Marcheyre Rhinings. 122 Year of Fayen [pdf]
§ ONA Classic Texts. Five volumes. 122-123 yf [pdf]
§ A Glossary of Order of Nine Angles Terms. Version 3.07. 123 yfayen [pdf]
§ Frequently Asked Questions About The Order of Nine Angles. Version 4.05. 123 Year of Fayen [pdf]
§ Anton Long. Alchemical Seasons and The Fluxions of Time. 123 Year of Fayen
§ Anton Long. Knowing, Information, and The Discovery of Wisdom. Version 1.03. 123 Year of Fayen

Archives

§ Microfilm. Documents from the ONA, Temple of the Sun, and various other occult groups. 1968-1988 [Private collection]
§ The Sinister Tarot. Original art-work by Richard Moult. c.1989 onwards. Some Tarot images missing. [Private collection]
§ Anton Long. Selected correspondence. 1986-2012 [Private collection]
§ CD-ROM. Download of all items from the (now defunct) authorized nineangles.info website. November 2012.

Web resources

§ ONA authorized blogs, accessed 2/2/2013 -

http://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com

http://rounwytha.wordpress.com/

The vast majority of items on the above blogs were authored by Anton Long.

§ Internet archive of 2012 ONA authorized website, accessed 2/2/2013 -

http://web.archive.org/web/20120117235238/http://www.nineangles.info/

The vast majority of items on that website were authored by Anton Long.

§ Partial internet archive of 2005 ONA authorized ‘mirror website’, accessed 2/2/2013

http://web.archive.org/web/20051213011018/http://camlad9.tripod.com/

The vast majority of items on that website were authored by Anton Long.


Bibliography – Non-ONA Works



§ Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas. Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity. New York University Press, 2002.

§ Kaplan, Jeffrey, ed. Encyclopedia of White Power: A Sourcebook on the Radical Racist Right. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2000.

§ Kaplan, Jeffrey. Nation and Race: The Developing Euro-American Racist Subculture, Northeastern University Press, 1998, ISBN 1-55553-331-0

§ Leather, Stephen. Midnight. Hodder & Stoughton. 2011. ISBN 978144470066

§ Leather, Stephen. Nightmare. 47North. 2012. ISBN 9781612182315

§ Monette, Connell. The Order of Nine Angles, in Mysticism in the Twenty-First Century. [Forthcoming, Al Akhawayn University, Fall 2013]

§ Per Faxneld & Jesper Petersen (eds). The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity, Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN 9780199779246

§ Senholt, Jacob. Secret Identities in The Sinister Tradition: Political Esotericism and the Convergence of Radical Islam, Satanism and National Socialism in the Order of Nine Angles, in Per Faxneld & Jesper Petersen (eds): The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity, Oxford University Press. 2012. ISBN 9780199779246

§ Sieg, George: Angular Momentum: From Traditional to Progressive Satanism in the Order of Nine Angles. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Conference: Satanism in the Modern World, November 2009


Order of Nine Angles

Order of Nine Angles

The ONA In Contemporary Fiction

“The Order of Nine Angles…”

“They’re dangerous people, Jack”

“I guessed as much…The human sacrifice was the clue.” {1}

As noted in Perspectives on the Order of Nine Angles, “how someone, or some group, is publicly perceived and understood (or misunderstood) by others unconnected to that person and not involved with that group can be interesting, and a rough gage of influence.” Ditto with regard to how such a group is portrayed in fiction.

Over the past decade, the ONA has been mentioned in a few works of fiction – both mainstream and otherwise. For instance, in Alex Unlimited: Split-Second Sight by Dan Jolley – who once worked for DC Comics – a 2007 work published by the US based Magna distributors Tokyopop.

“Order of Nine what?”
“Really aggressive. Not people you want to mess with…”

The ONA also appears in some of that genre named ‘fan fiction’, once confined to small sometimes underground zines {2} but now with its own internet sub-culture. For example, the following, from a story entitled An Unbreakable Bond authored by Ennauethys and part of the Anime/Manga sub-culture:

“Then there’s the order of nine angles which is not something you want to delve into…”

But the most detailed mention, so far, of the Order of Nine Angles in recent (non-O9A) fiction is in the novels of mainstream (and best-selling) author Stephen Leather, a former journalist on newspapers such as The Times (of London) and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages and he has written for television shows such as London’s Burning and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series.

The following quotes, about the ONA, are from his 2011 novel Midnight, published by Hodder & Stoughton (ISBN 978144470066).

‘I’m on a steep learning curve,’ said Nightingale. He leaned forward, his arms resting on his knees as he held his beer bottle with both hands. ‘The last time we spoke you said that my father was part of a sect that practised human sacrifice.’

‘The Order of Nine Angles, yes.’

‘My father said I should talk to them. They were connected to my sister’s adoption and he said they might be able to help me.’

Wainwright exhaled through pursed lips. ‘They’re dangerous people, Jack.’

‘I guessed as much,’ said Nightingale. ‘The human sacrifice was the clue.’

[...]

He says that Fairchild belongs to the Order of Nine Angles. Have you any idea what they do?’

Jenny shook her head.

‘They kill people,’ he said quietly.

In his newer novel, Nightmare, published in 2012 by 47North – ISBN 9781612182315 – the Order of Nine Angles appear to play an even greater role:

Nightingale leaned forward, both hands around his bottle of lager. ‘Let me ask you something, Marcus. Okay?’

‘Go ahead,’ said the lawyer.

‘Are you a member of the Order of Nine Angles?’
Nightingale resisted the urge to smile when he saw the look of surprise that flashed across the lawyer’s face.

[...]

‘So you know already. Yes, I am a member of the Order. Have been for years. So let me ask you a question in return, Jack. The Order goes to a lot of trouble to maintain a low profile, so who told you about us?’

‘A friend.’

‘An informant, you mean? I assume that your friend is an outsider. In the entire history of the Order no member has ever divulged any details of who we are or what we do.’

[...]

“The Order of Nine Angles? Trust me, there’s nothing charitable about them. Human sacrifice plays a big part in what they do. They call it culling.”

[...]

‘I’m serious, Jack. Fairchild is pure evil. Don’t even think about taking him on. He’s got the whole Order of Nine Angles with him. You go up against one and you’ll be facing them all.’

What is interesting is that in contemporary fiction, of whatever genre, the ONA is portrayed as a decidedly evil group. The bad guys. Which is how it should be – culling is a clue – for the ONA admit they are:

(a) practising or disposed to practise evil;
(b) actually or potentially harmful, destructive, disastrous, or pernicious; baleful;
(c) malicious; mischievous, sly;
(d) bad in moral character, disposition
(e) hard, difficult, misleading, deadly, amoral {3}

and that “performing, with a congregation and with cantors trained in esoteric Chant, The Ceremony of Recalling with opfer ending” is one of the three basic tasks a new Initiate is expected to undertake {4}.

However, if one wanted to be accurate/pedantic, the Order of Nine Angles have more bad girls than bad guys, and bad ONA girls would certainly make interesting characters in a novel.

R.P.
2013 ev

Notes

{1} Midnight, a novel by Stephen Leather, published by Hodder & Stoughton (ISBN 978144470066)

{2} In the 1990′s, a printed underground USA publication entitled Factsheet Five used to list many such zines published by a variety of sub-cultures.

{3} Toward Understanding Satanism. See also Praxis and Theory of The Order of Nine Angles.

{4} As noted in many texts including Order of Nine Angles Style, O9A Chic and Pretenders, Frauds, and The Order of Nine Angles, the internet-pretendu-crowd are not part of the ONA. The ONA has consistently stated that in order to advance to the Grade of Internal Adept the candidate must not only have learnt Esoteric Chant and the Star Game, and undertaken Insight Roles, but also culled. Those claiming to be ONA should be asked if they have:

(1) Undertaken a culling?
(2) Undertaken the rite of external adept?
(3) Trained for and achieved the basic physical challenges of our Way?
(4) Undertaken several Insight Rôles?
(5) Undertaken the rite of internal adept or spent at least three months alone in the wilderness?
(6) Indulged in violent, ‘criminal’, and other amoral activities for six months to a year?
(7) Acquired skill in esoteric chant and performed it with a group?
(8) Acquired skill in the advanced form of the star game?
(9) Undertaken rites to invoke the dark gods using a large crystal tetrahedron?
(10) Run a group/nexion/temple of many individuals for a year or two – and so had to deal with their questions, the squabbles, the rivalry?
(11) Had that group/nexion/temple plan and conduct the tests for selecting an opfer and then perform a rite of sacrifice?
(12) Sinisterly manipulated or incited someone, or several, into undertaking a culling and/or an act of terror?
(13) Sinisterly manipulated or incited someone, or several, into a life of violence and/or crime and/or of practical heretical/adversarial activism disruptive of the status quo?

If they have not done all these things – or have only done a few and are not in the process of doing or planning to do the rest – then they are only pretending to be O9A.


Order of Nine Angles

Order of Nine Angles

Classic ONA Texts

Pretenders, Frauds, and The Order of Nine Angles

 

Over three decades ago, we had the imposters. With the advent of this new-fangled internet thingy, these imposters had and have a new medium most suited to their plebeian nature.

Over two decades ago I said:

“I shall be honest – Satanism has been hijacked. By posers, by pseudo-intellectuals and by gutless weaklings who like the glamour and danger associated with it in the public mind but who do not have the guts to be evil – to do dark deeds… Well, I am sick of these imposters.”

So it is that these gutless weaklings, these self-described ‘satanists’, now prattle on and on and on – in cyberspace – about satanism (mostly anonymously of course) and yet have no dark, evil, genuinely, Satanic deeds to their name. Never having once done or incited acts of chaos, violence, ‘crime’, culling, and terror, and never once having taken themselves to and beyond the moral, legal, limits imposed by The System.

Thus we have pretentious mundane gits pecking away at their keyboards in order to spew forth into cyberspace their plebeian opinions about ‘reality’ and sorcery and the sinister, while all the while they are in thrall to the delusions of Magian Occultism and to the delusion that they – these puny humans on some planet orbiting some nondescript star in one corner of one Galaxy among billions of Galaxies – matter in some way and that not only do they ‘understand’ and ‘know’ but they can control the forces of the cosmos. Thus they, these alleged satanists and alleged practitioners of the Black Arts of the Left Hand Path – these egoists who inanely attempt ‘to deify’ their mundane self – write mumbo-jumbo such as:

“I enter into the Realm of Creation to work my will upon the Universe.”

“The only sacrifice we do perform is a voluntary sacrifice of self to Self that takes the form of words.”

“There is only our own consciousness.”

“We hold as sacred the Life of humanity. Our self love and our self dissatisfaction is expressed upon humanity.”

“In ritual, you can begin to reach inward to contact the true and tangible god of your own universe.”

Not to mention pseudo-intellectual babble such as:

“Herein lie the roots of a certain kind of outcome-justified thinking that is prevalent in modern culture. The ethics of Plato reflect his commitment to teleology, the doctrine that purpose and design are apparent in nature, and that natural phenomena move inexorably towards certain goals of ultimate self realization.”

[Note: We might be unkind and enquire (a) as to whether the author can read Plato in Greek or has to rely on translations, and (b) how many years has he devoted to the study of the works of Plato. For if he cannot read Greek and has not undertaken such a years-long study then, from a scholarly, intellectual, perspective his words merely convey his personal opinions about a subject he does not know very well, and thus his opinions are worthless. The afore-quoted babble certainly indicates a pretentious specimen of Homo Hubris trying, and laughably failing, to appear erudite.]

Naturally, these satanic pretenders and pseudo-intellectuals infesting the Occult milieu will not STFU, for the internet provides them with a sense of importance, and if they spew forth their mumbo-jumbo, their opinions, and their pseudo-intellectual babble for long enough they might even gain some admiration (and even acceptance) from their fellow pretenders. Why, they might even go on to self-publish a book about ‘satanism’ and/or about the Occult, as they might even found some ‘temple’ or ‘coven’ or group and appoint themselves a ‘high priest’ or even an ‘ipsissimus’.

What these self-important egoistic pretenders do not know, or ignore, is that a real understanding and a real knowing arise – and only arise – from three things. (1) From a participation, of many years, in real life of such an exeatic intensity that it brings pathei-mathos, with all the attendant sadness, joy, ecstasy, anguish, and personal suffering; (2) from a rational reflexion on the foregoing and thus a placing of such personal participation into an Aeonic, a cosmic, perspective; and (3) from a refined and a scholarly study and a seeking of knowledge spanning at least a decade.

Now, one of the real secrets of the LHP, of satanism, of the sinister, is that it encourages, it provokes, it encompasses, it guides the individual into all of these three, so that it is a way for the individual to acquire, to feel, to know, wisdom, and which knowing and feeling so profoundly affect the person that they are transformed into a new variety of human being.

But what in some way is worse than these modern self-described ‘satanists’ are some of those who now are associating themselves with – or claiming to be – ONA, mostly anonymously and invariably via the medium of the internet. Of course, these Order of Nine Angles wannabes have no real-life sinister deeds to their name (even though some of them claim they have) just as they have never followed our hard Seven Fold Way. Not for them a culling or three; or the amorality of a career of ‘crime’. Not for them running a street gang for a year or more. Not for them a year-long Insight Rôle or two. Not for them hard physical challenges and three months in the wilderness alone. Not for them the intellectual challenge of the advanced Star Game or spending a year mastering, and then performing with a group, Esoteric Chant. Not for them the esotericism of using such chant with a large crystal tetrahedron to see what occurs within and external to their psyche.

For these frauds prefer pretension and words to living – year after year and for decades – a real sinister amoral exeatic life, with some even acquiring (to those lacking real Occult abilities) something of a ‘reputation’ outside of ONA circles. Yet we know who the frauds are, just as some of the frauds themselves know who and what they are, although naturally in some cases they do not know what they are, such is the excess of their arrogance, their self-delusion, their pretension, their belief that they are and have been ‘very clever’.

Of course, in some small way some of these muppets may be useful, for a while. And useful to us, for example, in spreading (knowingly or unknowingly) the ONA mythos and ONA propaganda, or as in (unknowing to them) playing japes on and confusing mundanes, or as in diverting public attention from some of those of our kind who wish to operate in the shadows, or as in distributing our MSS and so perhaps inciting others of our sinister kind around the world to actually presence the dark by their living or by beginning the hard journey to wisdom by following our Seven Fold Sinister Way.

So while they serve a useful purpose we might choose not to publicly expose them for the frauds they are. And it is fun watching them, and – occasionally – toying with them, in public and in private. And fun observing how mundanes are often conned by these ‘ONA pretenders’ even though the very words these pretenders write and say betray them for who and what they really are.

Meanwhile, we shall keep doing our two necessary sinister things. (1) Clandestinely recruiting, person to person, in the traditional way; and (2) openly and clearly stating just who and what we are, and what Satanism and the sinister mean – as in practical, amoral, heretical, exeatic, deeds, as in gaining skill in our difficult and dangerous Dark Arts, and as in our life-long quest for wisdom.

But the causal Time will arise, and (in Aeonic terms) soon, when such muppets will no longer be needed or useful, just like the medium of the internet.

AL (Order of Nine Angles) 121 yf

Source: Documents of the Inner ONA


Further Reading:

The Three Basic ONA Tasks

Discovering Satan

Dark Arts of the Order of Nine Angles

The Requisite ONA

How To Spot A Pretender


Order of Nine Angles

Order of Nine Angles

Classic ONA Texts

Myths, Legends, Dark Gods, and Occult Mystique

As mentioned in some early Order of Nine Angles texts – now several decades old – our esoteric aural traditions are just that: aural, with few if any explanations or elucidations, aural or written. In many instances, these aural traditions are just stories and tales, akin to folk myths and legends, and – again, as mentioned in early Order of Nine Angles texts – they are to be accepted, or rejected, on that basis, with their being no demand that our people ‘must believe’ in them or that they are accurate and/or describe historical events.

One of these aural traditions is of The Dark Gods; another is ‘the septenary system of correspondences’ as transcribed in Naos; another concerns alchemical seasons; another tradition is Esoteric Chant; another concerns the esoteric use of a quartz crystal. Yet other traditions concern ceremonies such as The Giving (as outlined toward the end of the text The Giving) and the training of the Rounwytha (of the hereditary and English sorceress). And so on.

These traditions all add to, and have added to, the Occult mystique – to the sinister-numen – of The Order of Nine Angles, as was intended, and thus they are interesting and, in some ways, are and were esoterically significant.

Nearly all of these traditions were related to me in a short duration of causal Time by a certain lady and her daughter, and then – following their departure to the Antipodes – by the two members of the Shropshire Camlad group I had been introduced to. [As I was to learn, there were only three members of that group in total.] A few traditions, however, derived from other sources, such as the Yorkshire-based Temple of The Sun group.

With the exception of a few brief notes and diagrams, from the Camlad group, and a handwritten copy of The Black Book of Satan, from the avowedly satanist Temple of The Sun, all these traditions were aural.

In the 1970′s CE, I spent a long time transcribing and sorting through these traditions, adding to and extending the then rather meagre ONA corpus, and experimenting with and refining various Occult techniques – some of this tradition, some of my own devising – as well as recruiting some suitable individuals. Thus, and for example – and as mentioned elsewhere – I revised, through trial and error, the traditional three months (the one alchemical season) alone in the wilderness to allow candidates in places such as England the use of a tent and purchasing local victuals in place of the traditional way of building one’s own shelter and living in an isolated forest (or in the mountains) by hunting/gathering, a tradition somewhat impractical in England (and even in Scotland, Wales, or Ireland) in the 1970′s but still possible in some other places, such as parts of America and Russia.

By the early 1980′s, some – although not all – of this work of mine was made more generally available, for instance in (1) The Black Book of Satan (Part One) – which derived from the Temple of The Sun but to which I added a few additional chapters; (2) in various articles about The Dark Gods mythos in Occult zines, such as The Lamp of Thoth, and Nox; (3) in some of the stories I told to and read aloud in Shropshire nexions and which stories later became part of The Deofel Quartet; (4) in ONA xeroxed bulletins and newsletters such as a Exeat, and Azoth; and (5) in MSS compilations such as early (private) editions of Hostia and Naos. [1]

In respect of the aural traditions, in nearly all instances I just recounted what I myself had been told, without embellishment. For instance, as in the ‘names’ of the various Dark Gods and their ‘meanings’ and origins (as now available in published works such as Naos) and as in stories regarding a possible Shropshire connexion to the legend of King Arthur.

There was in those now distant years an intention by me to research, in a scholarly manner, various aspects of this aural tradition – in particular the origins of The Dark Gods mythos, the origins of the ‘nine angles’, the origin of Esoteric Chant, and the origins of the Septenary System – and thus add the results of such research to the ONA corpus. But exeatic living – and Wyrd and some other stuff – got in the way with the result that I only seemed to have causal Time sufficient to delve into the origins of ‘the nine angles’, and which delving took me, with the assistance of a gay lady friend, on various travels to the Middle East and beyond, to thus discover and study MSS such as Al-Kitab al-Aflak and Shams al-Ma’arif wa Lata’if al-’Awarif.

Thus there were and are many things left unexplained, and several esoteric subjects which someone or some many, sufficiently motivated and interested enough, might usefully research.

Yet, in respect of mythos and Occult mystique, it should be noted that:

” Mythos is affective, esoteric, and numinous. That is, it inspires, it provokes, it motivates, enthrals, and presences acausal energy. It is wyrdful – a means of change for human beings, and outlines or intimates how such wyrdful change can be brought-into-being.

The so-called objective, cause-and-effect, ‘truth’ of a mythos – stated or written about by someone else – is basically irrelevant, for a mythos presences its own species of truth, which is that of a type of acausal-knowing.

Thus, to seek to find – to ask for – the opinions, views, and such things as the historical evidence provided by others, is incorrect. For that is only their assessment of the mythos, a reliance on the causal judgement of others; whereas a mythos, and especially an esoteric mythos, demands individual involvement by virtue of the fact that such a mythos is a type of being: a living presence, inhabiting the nexion that is within us by virtue of our consciousness, our psyche.

Hence, the correct judgement of a mythos can only and ever begin with a knowing of, a direct experience of, the mythos itself by the individual. To approach it only causally, inertly, with some arrogant presumption of objectivity, historical or otherwise, is to miss or obscure the living essence of a mythos, especially one derived from an aural tradition. It is to impose, or attempt to impose, a causal (temporal) abstraction upon some-thing which has an acausal (that is, non-temporal) essence.

Such a presumption – and even worse, the demand for it to be shown to have “objective evidence” in its favour – reveals a lack of initiated, esoteric insight. For the real “truth” of an esoteric mythos lies in what each individual finds or discovers in it – and thence within themselves. In simple exoteric terms, a mythos can not only re-connect the individual to both the numinous and to their own psyche, but it can also lead them to an individual, and an initiated (esoteric), understanding, of themselves: to a dis-covering of what has hitherto been hidden, especially by un-numinous, causal, abstractions.” Lovecraft, The Dark Gods, and Fallacies About The ONA(121 yfayen)

Quite recently – initially as a result of discussions with various ONA people (most from traditional nexions) and then with a few academics and because I am now a few years beyond three score – I revealed some information about some hitherto still esoteric aural traditions, since:

“…for the global Order a lot of our aural traditions are important, partly because they provide perspectives, esoteric information, and advice, that are unavailable by means of the printed (and now, viewed) word. Therefore, I decided to directly write about, or hint at, some of these traditions in a few articles and in some correspondence with certain individuals.” Presencings Of A Hideous Nexion (122 yfayen)

However – and as befits and becomes an Occult group where there are traditional, secretive, nexions whose members still follow the initiatory Seven Fold Way – there are some matters still transmitted and discussed aurally, as there are a few MSS still publicly unavailable. Those who understand, who appreciate, what is sinisterly-numinous, ancestral, and genuinely esoteric, will know and feel why this is so and necessary, and why revealing the majority of these by a mundane medium such as ‘the world wide web’ is just something we are not prepared to do.

Anton Long
Order of Nine Angles
123 yfayen


[1]
Some of these early (uncorrected) MSS are included in a late 1980′s microfilm compilation, copies of which film were given to two academics, one of whom was Professor Kaplan.



Order of Nine Angles

Order of Nine Angles

Classic ONA Texts

The Discovery and Knowing of Satan

Satan, Acausal Entities, and The Order of Nine Angles

The Order of Nine Angles is an esoteric association of individuals, and the emphasis of this association is on: (1) practical experience and challenges (Occult, exoteric, and amoral) and (2) on the authority of individual judgement. Thus, for the ONA, what matters is the individual developing, from their own years-long (mostly decades-long) practical experience, a personal weltanschauung: that is, discovering their own individual answers to certain questions concerning themselves, life, existence, the Occult, and the nature of Reality.

Hence the ONA – by our Labyrinthos Mythologicus, our philosophy and praxis, our traditions – just suggests, incites, inspires, annoys, tests, challenges, provokes, intrigues, perplexes, and (in some individual cases and if asked for) may offer some practical personal guidance. We also place no restrictions – moral, legal, or otherwise – on the individual nor assign any moral value to the methods, the praxis, which we suggest might lead to knowledge, insight, discovery, self-development and thence to answers to questions concerning life, existence, the Occult, and the nature of Reality. In fact, we positively encourage amoral experiences, heresy, and the transgression of accepted norms.

Therefore in specific matters – such as the nature and reality of the being described by the exoteric name Satan, and the nature and reality of what we have termed acausal entities [the Dark Gods et al] – we expect individuals to arrive at their own conclusions, based on their own practical experience and learning, since we have no dogma about such matters, no orthodoxy, and certainly make no claims that we possess the truth or have all the answers, and certainly never claiming that we possess some sort of absolute authority: diabolical, supra-personal, revelatory, or whatever. Our authority, such as it is, is that deriving from and manifest in the accumulated individual pathei-mathos – the experience and the learning – of our members.

What we do claim is that our practical way works, in terms of encouraging and producing a certain type of individual, and in terms of assisting those individuals to develop a certain wisdom and insight, both Occult and otherwise.

Apprehensions of Satan and Acausal Entities

In respect of Satan and acausal entities, our tradition – our accumulated individual pathei-mathos – suggests that there are two possible modes of apprehension of such beings/entities, and that one of these apprehensions can only be known by individuals actually engaging in practical Occult activity of a certain type [i.e. following our Seven Fold Way from Initiate to Internal Adept]. Having then so discovered and so experienced this particular apprehension, they are then and only then (in our view) in a position to make an informed and personal judgement about which of the two suggested apprehensions, in their opinion, might be a valid apprehension of Reality.

These two modes of apprehension of such entities are:

(1) The first mode of apprehension is that Satan and such entities have their origin, their existence, their reality, in our human consciousness/unconscious/imagination so that, in effect, they are symbols/archetypes, with Satan [the Satan] being, for example, an archetype of heresy, rebellion, chaos, and adversarial conflict, and/or with ourselves as individuals being a satan and thus heretical, rebellious, adversarial, amoral. [1]

This mode of apprehension of such entities – while allowing for certain Occult mysteries and even (to some extent) for sorcery – is one dependant on Reality as conceived and as understood by Phainómenon; by what is apparent to us by means of our physical senses and what we deduce by causal means (by for example mathematics and experimental science) from such Phainómenon. In this Reality, sorcery is most often understood as an effect or effects of the human will, either individually (as in hermetic magick) or collectively (as in ceremonial magick).

In this particular apprehension, Satanism is conceived by the ONA as an Occult adversarial praxis, as an individual and group rebellion, as heresy, as one means of exeatic living, and as a causal form to Presence/Experience The Dark in this current still Nazarene-infested Aeon. Here, Satan can be discovered within us, and within others: and conceived as being part of our nature as human beings.

In this mode, Satan has no ultimate power or authority over us since such power and such authority as are deemed to be satanic are conceived as being within us or capable of being acquired by us by our development and liberation as individuals.

(2) The second mode of apprehension is that Satan and such entities are actual types of being (acausal life/energy) in a posited acausal continuum, which acausal continuum is quite distinct from the causal phenomenal realm described by such sciences as physics and astronomy, and which acausal beings are quite distinct from all the life-forms we know and have experienced by Phainómenon and understood by causal sciences such as biology. [2]

This mode of apprehension is thus one which posits/suggests a Reality of an acausal universe beyond/separate from the causal universe of Phainómenon (and of physical galaxies, stars, planets), and also of acausal beings living in this weird a-spatial, a-temporal, acausal universe, with the Cosmos being the totality of causal and acausal universes.

This apprehension is one where Satan is one entity of a particular acausal species, and which entity is said (by tradition) to have presenced/been manifest on Earth (by means of a nexion or nexions) in our historical past, with the being exoterically named Satan said to be, when manifest in the causal, a shapeshifter with the ability to assume human and other forms.

In this particular apprehension, Satanism is conceived by the ONA as the praxis and the way of life of those who are, or who seek to be, a friend both of the acausal shapeshifting entity known by the causal name ‘satan’ and a friend of other acausal beings similar to this Satan. Here, in this mode of apprehension, it is said that this entity Satan – and similar acausal entities – can be discovered/’contacted’/known by various esoteric rites and methods, and that one means of cultivating such a friendship is to follow our traditional Seven Fold Way as outlined in Naos, and in texts such as the original Black Book of Satan and The Grimoire of Baphomet. [3]

In this mode, Satan – and some other acausal entities – are understood as beings far more powerful than ourselves, and beings which we, as humans, cannot (even by Occult means) control.


Individual Judgement and the Appearance of Opposites

The ONA thus has two apprehensions of Satan and thus two types of satanism, with individuals free to choose and use and experience which of these satanisms they want or believe might be useful.

For such use and experience, of both, is according to our tradition the means whereby each individual can decide which – or neither, or both – of these satanisms their judgement informs them presents a better understanding of themselves, of Satan, and of Reality. Thus will they – or thus can they, possibly – become aware of the esoteric essence which has become hidden through causal abstractions and even by naming [4], and which awareness is of opposites-as-appearance not as Reality.

Hence one reason why the ONA – esoterically known and appreciated – is an association of sinister-numinous emanations, and why (of course) we continue to annoy, provoke, intrigue, and perplex many Occultists (especially many who describe themselves as Satanists) and why we continue to incite and inspire others by our tests, our challenges and our mysteriums.

Anton Long
2011 ev
Order of Nine Angles

Notes:

[1] Refer for instance to the ONA text The Geryne of Satan (pdf).

[2] A brief overview of the acausal is given in the ONA text The Ontology and Theology of Traditional Satanism.

[3] Controversially, we apprehend Baphomet as The Dark Goddess, the entity – the lady – to whom human sacrifices were and are made. She is the bride-and-mother of Satan.

[4] Which naming includes ‘satan’. On this problem of names obscuring, refer to the ONA text Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names.

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Words/Forms: This article had its genesis in some private correspondence (during October 2011 ev) with someone living in Africa who, having been acquainted with the ONA for over a decade, sought to elucidate certain esoteric matters relating to the ONA tradition, and one of whose questions related to Satan.


Order of Nine Angles Septenary Sigil

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Overview of The Star Game

The Star Game is a three-dimensional board game [1] for two players [2] invented by David Myatt in 1975 [3][4] and subsequently used by the esoteric group the Order of Nine Angles (ONA) as occult sorcery [5][6] and as a three-dimensional representation of their occult system of septenary correspondences [5][7]. Each occult initiate is expected to make their own boards and pieces as a part of their occult training.

The game was first publicly outlined in the 1989 ONA text Naos: A Practical Guide to Modern Magick [8].


Boards, Pieces, and Gameplay

There are two versions of the game, the simple and the advanced, with skill in the advanced form being a requirement for advancement to the ONA grade of Internal Adept [4]. When constructed, the advanced form of The Star Game is a large physical structure, usually six or more feet in height and three or more feet in width.

The simple game has seven boards placed one above the other in a spiral, with the boards named after particular stars. Each board has nine black and nine white squares, making 126 squares in total over the seven boards. Each player (white and black) starts the game with three sets of nine pieces (27 pieces per player) with each piece allowed to move across a board, and up or down from board to board, in a different way. Only some types of pieces can capture other opposing pieces, and a captured piece is removed from the boards and plays no further part in the game.

The seven boards are named Naos, Deneb, Rigel, Mira, Antares, Arcturus, and Sirius. At the start of the game, each player has six particular pieces on Sirius, three pieces on Arcturus, six pieces on Antares, three on Rigel, six on Deneb, three on Naos, and none on Mira. As in other board games, the players take turns to make their moves.

The basic rule of play is that after a piece has been moved – whether across a board or from one board to a higher or lower board – it is transformed into another piece according to a set sequence and then can be moved according to its new designation. Another rule is that pieces can only stay on the Mira board for three moves.

The basic aim of the simple form of the game is for one player to place three of their pieces on certain squares on Mira, with the type of these pieces and their placing on that board decided by both players beforehand. The first player to do this wins the game. This takes some skill and some time since not only can an opposing player capture pieces on Mira but also pieces are only allowed to stay on Mira for three moves, after which the player must move the piece. Depending on the skill of the player, to win a simple game takes from a few hours to a day or more.

In the advanced Game, each board has six (minor) boards (three at each end), with there being additional pieces (more sets of nine for each player making 81 pieces per player). There are also additional rules regarding movement. In this version of The Star Game, each board is divided into three other levels so that there are four levels to each board, making a total of 308 squares over the seven main boards. Depending on the skill of the player, to win an advanced game can take several days.

In both the simple and the advanced games, the pieces are usually small tetrahedrons (or small cubes) marked with the particular abstract symbol (or the particular occult symbol) which is used to designate that type of piece.

           There are two ways or methods of marking the pieces with the appropriate symbols. The first way is to have a piece for each symbol, with the symbol painted or otherwise marked on the piece. This means making sufficient extra (spare) pieces to enable the pieces in play to be changed when they are moved and become transformed into another piece. For example, when an α(α) piece is moved it would be swapped for a spare α(β) which in turn would be swapped for a spare α(γ) piece, and so on.

The second way is to paint or otherwise mark the face of the cube or the tetrahedron with different symbols in sequence. Thus, on the six faces of one cube there would be one piece with its faces/sides marked α(α) α(β) α(γ) β(α) β(β) β(γ). In use, the symbol on the top of the cube – for example α(α) – is the ‘active’ symbol, and designates the type of piece. When this α(α) piece is moved, it becomes α(β) so the cube is turned so that the α(β) symbol is at the top. On its next move, this α(β) piece would be transformed into α(γ) and the cube turned again so that the α(γ) symbol was at the top. This method of marking pieces also means that each player has to make extra (spare) pieces, although not as many as are required by the first method.

 

Further Reading:

Star Game Archive
(Scribd)

 

References

1. James R. Lewis & Jasper Aagaard Petersen: The Encyclopedic Sourcebook of Satanism, Prometheus Books, 2008. p.625. ISBN 9781591023906

2. Jeffrey Kaplan & Tore Bjørgo: Nation and Race: The Developing Euro-American Racist Subculture. Northeastern University Press, 1998. p.116 ISBN 9781555533328

3. “The Star Game – History and Theory”  [Accessed 2013-03-03]

4. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke: Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity. New York University Press, 2003. p.219. ISBN 9780814731550

5. Senholt, Jacob. Secret Identities in The Sinister Tradition: Political Esotericism and the Convergence of Radical Islam, Satanism and National Socialism in the Order of Nine Angles, in Per Faxneld & Jesper Petersen (eds): The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity, Oxford University Press (2012), p.260. ISBN 9780199779246

6. Jeffrey Kaplan (editor): Encyclopedia of White Power: A Sourcebook on the Radical Racist Right. AltaMira Press, 2000. p.236. ISBN 9780742503403

7. The septenary system of occult correspondences is unique to the Order of Nine Angles, and is represented by a Tree of Wyrd containing seven spheres (seven nexions) named after the fashion of early Arabic astrological and alchemical texts from the Middle East and North Africa – Moon, Venus, Mercury, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The whole septenary system is regarded as a symbolic (or archetypal) map of both the ‘world’ of the unconscious mind of the sorcerer/sorceress and the ‘world’ of the supernatural, with the ONA’s seven fold way – the progress of the initiate through the seven occult grades or stages – being regarded as a practical guide to attaining knowledge of both these worlds, a knowledge that enables the sorcerer/sorceress to undertake successful works of External, Internal, and Aeonic, sorcery/magick.

The ONA’s complete system of occult training and methods of practical sorcery – including The Star Game – are given in detail in their 981 page text The Requisite ONA, available in pdf format (as of January 2013) at The-Requisite-ONA (pdf 49 Mbytes)

8. A facsimile (in pdf format) of Naos as issued by the ONA in 1989 is available (as of January 2013) at Naos: A Practical Guide to Modern Magick (pdf 43 Mbytes)


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