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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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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)


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

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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 – https://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com/inner-ona-documents/


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The Place of Empathy in the Esoteric Tradition of the Order of Nine Angles

The Order of Nine Angles considers empathy to be important, and a natural human faculty; a faculty which enables an intuition concerning – a knowing, an experience of – other humans, other Earth-dwelling life, of Nature [1], and of the Cosmos (‘the heavens’) beyond the planet which is currently our home. The knowing that empathy provides is that of a-causality; of ourselves as a nexion, and of the non-linear connexions which bind all living beings because such beings are alive.

In effect, empathy provides a wordless (an esoteric) understanding – a perception – of the nature of living beings, and this perception compliments the perception of phenomena by means of the observations and experiments which forms the basis for scientific knowledge. Thus can empathy – when cultivated, developed, and used – extend the limited knowledge, and the limited understanding, of Reality that we may obtain from science.

In the ONA, the cultivation of the faculty of empathy is an essential part of the training of the initiate as it is considered to be one of the many esoteric skills which Adepts must possess, and – indeed – as one of the esoteric skills which distinguishes an Adept from a non-adept. Thus, when consciously cultivated and developed by esoteric means [2], empathy is a Dark Art; and the skill, the faculty, so used by an Adept is and has been variously described by the terms esoteric-empathy, dark-empathy, sinister-empathy, and sinisterly-numinous empathy.

The rudiments of this skill – of this particular esoteric Dark Art – can be learnt by undertaking the standard (the basic) Grade Ritual of Internal Adept, which Ritual lasts for one particular alchemical season (around three months) [3]. Mastery of this Dark Art involves – with one known exception [4] – undertaking the advanced Rite of Internal Adept, which lasts for a different alchemical season (at least six months, sometimes longer depending on geographical location). However, further development of this skill, this faculty, is, while exceedingly difficult, possible according to ONA tradition and involves a successful completion of the traditional, the Camlad (the Rounwytha) Rite of The Abyss [5], and it is this further – this advanced – development and then the use of the faculty of empathy which not only distinguishes the Magus/Mousa but which also provides them with a deep insight into the true nature of Reality and thence the beginnings of wisdom.

The esoteric technique that is the ONA Rite of Internal Adept has been shown, by many decades of experience, to work in cultivating the faculty of empathy, and thus in developing the skill of Dark Empathy. During this Rite, the candidate has nowhere to hide – they are alone, in a natural and non-urban environment, bereft of human contact; bereft of diversions and distractions; bereft of comforts and especially bereft of the modern technology that allows and encourages the rapid and vapid and mundane communication of abstractions and HomoHubris-like emotions and responses. All the candidate has are earth, sky, weather, whatever wildlife exists in their chosen location – and their own feelings, dreams, beliefs, determination, and hopes. They can either cling onto their ego (their presumed separate self-identity) and their past – onto the mundane world they have chosen to temporarily leave behind – or they can allow themselves to become attuned to the natural rhythm of Nature and of the Cosmos beyond, beyond all causal abstractions: beyond even those esoteric ones manifest, for instance, in the Septenary Tree of Wyrd, which are but intimations, pointers, symbols, toward and of the acausal essence often obscured by causal forms and by written and spoken words, and which acausal essence such a development of empathy provides a wordless and an esoteric understanding of.

Thus does this Rite affect, and change, the candidate, and thus does it serve as the foundation for the next stage of the journey, some years hence: the move toward, into, and beyond The Abyssal Nexion, and which nexion is where is the beginnings of wisdom can be found.

Anton Long
Order of Nine Angles
122 Year of Fayen


Notes:

[1] We consider Nature to be a type of being. That is, Nature is something alive which has the property of existence; which changes, and which causes or brings about changes in those other types of living being – those species of living beings – which are part of Nature. That is, Nature is the animating force which imbues living beings here on Earth with the property of life and which causes or brings about changes in such living beings.

[2] This conscious cultivation and development of esoteric skills – in this case of empathy – is one of reasons for the existence of esoteric, Occult, groups such as the Order of Nine Angles. For such esoteric groups have the knowledge, the personal experience, the traditions, the techniques, to facilitate and encourage such skills, and which skills enable the interior, personal, alchemical, change in the individual – the journey from Initiate to Adept and beyond – which it is one of the aims of all genuine esoteric groups to encourage.

[3] The basic or standard Rite is given in ONA texts such as Naos, and involves the candidate in dwelling alone in an isolated wild area for at least three months.

[4] The one exception is the Rounwytha – the rare individual (who is usually of the female gender) who is naturally gifted with this still uncommon faculty. Refer to The Rounwytha Way In History and Modern Context.

[5] This Rite is given in The Abyssal Nexion, and involves the individual living in isolation in a dark cave or cavern for a lunar month.