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.


Advertisements
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 Sigil

Order of Nine Angles

Classic ONA Texts

Bringing The Tyrannye Down

 

Tyranne, tyrannye – Middle English; later spelling > tyranny. Latin tyrannia via Latin tyrannus from the Greek τύραννος

 

One of the fundamental principles which all ONA participants agree upon [for it is one thing that marks them as ONA] is that all societies currently existing in Western lands are tyrannical in two important ways. First, because of the slavery that results from the causal abstractions that form the basis and the ethos of such societies; and second, because of the self-imposed authority of centralized governments, often enforced as this authority is by the use of State institutions such as the police, the armed forces, the security services, and so-called ‘courts of law’.

A tyranny in evidence, for instance, when ‘the Establishment’ – the hubriati – feel threatened and/ or when the castellans/guardians/satraps of The State find the ideas/ideals/abstractions/beliefs they cherish are under threat. For then – as in recent riots in England (2011 ce) and as in the clearance of the recent ‘occupy’ protests and as earlier in the Hafenstraße –  The State will react with violence, use whatever force they deem necessary, and often deal with dissidents in a harsh, punitive, impersonal manner, as occurred following the London riots.

A tyranny also in evidence in the duplicity, hypocrisy, and arrogance of governments who proclaim adherence to democracy but who ignore public opposition to their policies when it suits them, or when their abstractions and their agenda demand it – as, for example, when the British and American and other Western governments of the day ignored massive public opposition to the invasion and occupation of Iraq; or when, for example, the privileged ruling elite try to limit wage rises and restrict social benefits to ordinary people but continue to allow company directors, bankers, and other hubriati, to award themselves bonuses and profit from their schemes, their usury, their capitalistic machinations. As the old adage goes:

He that hath muche, doeth tyranny to hym that hath but littell. [1]

So, how can we bring the tyrannye down and thus create the conditions and the foundations for our New Aeon, a New Aeon evident, for example, in a plenitude of individuals living by our code of kindred-honour and where individual pathei-mathos is the normative mean having replaced dependence on, submission to, and belief in, causal abstractions?

First, we need to understand that this process will take a certain – and long – duration of causal Time, and which duration will most certainly be longer than that of everyone living now, and most probably of a duration which encompasses the life of the next generation and the one after that. This understanding is wyrdful, an esoteric, an initiated, knowing of Reality, and thus of ourselves as a nexion and of the true nature of abstractions, of mundanes, of the hubriati, of The System. A knowing that makes us think in a different way and speak a different language than mundanes – the thinking, the language, of Aeons, of wyrd, of acausal presencing, and of sinister-numinous emanations.

Hence, we do not naively, idealistically, dream about ‘smashing The System’ by our own efforts in our own brief span of mortal life; nor do we speak and write about some ‘revolution’ which it is believed can or may be brought about, again in our own brief span of mortal life, by some tactic or tactics, such as armed struggle or civil disobedience.

Revolutions, tyrants, hubriati, wars, conflicts, abstractions, governments, rulers, empires, towns, cities, come and go; even what we now term nations are in flux, liable to be assimilated, made of no account. What remains, what always remains, are humans, and mostly – en masse – unchanged in nature. Humans who will jostle and kill for power, wealth, influence; who will be in thrall to beliefs, abstractions – new or old; who will continue to manufacture abstraction after abstraction; who will continue to be slaves to their own desires and delusions about themselves. Who will speak and write about ‘revolution’ or about some abstraction such as ‘human rights’ or ‘democracy’. And so on, mundanity after mundanity, causal abstraction following causal abstraction.

For, esoterically, we are not about changing ‘the system’ in some minor way, or simply replacing one abstraction with another. We are not about taking and then exercising power and authority. We are about changing what ‘authority’ means and implies and introducing new ways of life based on this. Which means changing, developing, evolving human beings, by means both esoteric and exoteric. Changing ourselves in certain specific ways and which specific ways lead to us developing a particular, an Aeonic, a cosmic, perspective and thence, from our pathei-mathos, a certain understanding.

This is the species of understanding that leads me to write that, in my view, there are three main ways to bring the tyrannye down and thus create the conditions and the foundations for our New Aeon, and all of which ways are quite uncomplicated:

(1) By more and more individuals adopting or being influenced or inspired by the ethos, mythos, and praxis of the ONA (both what it is now and will evolve to be), and thus becoming in personal character and often in life-style less and less dependant on the nation-State, on The System, on abstractions.
(2) By the practical actions – exoteric and esoteric – of those of our kind and influenced by us.
(3) By the continuing infiltration of our kind into certain influencing roles and within certain Institutions.

(1) includes, for example, the establishment (on the basis of kindred-honour) of clans and tribes, as well as individuals and families co-operating locally in a non-hierarchical manner and on the basis of mutual respect and tolerance.

(2) includes ‘direct action’ and political/social/religious involvement of individuals, for instance as part of their desire to live exeatically (and so gain practical experience), or as some Insight Role, or as individual/group adversarial praxis, or to generally aid kindred spirits (such as those who describe themselves as anarchists) and who thus also know The System for the tyranny it is.

This is therefore the way, the manner, that includes the use of whatever causal form or forms that may be considered interesting/useful/productive regardless of how such forms are described by others.

(3) includes individuals, and members of established nexions/groups, clandestinely testing, recruiting, and then guiding a few people, especially in academia, the media, the arts, the police, the military. Thus will our ethos and our praxis – in their living inner essence – slowly propagate, seed, themselves, to flower elsewhere as those now of us, decade following decade, betake themselves away into the world, undermine The System from within, recruit others, and be able if required to use their positions/influence to aid individuals of our kind.

Thus it is our people – their inner change, their affective and effecting lives and deeds – who will produce, over durations of causal Time, the required exterior changes because these people are, or they will become, affective and effective nexions of a specific type; the type that the ONA now represents and will represent.

All that the ONA does and has done and will wyrdfully do – in whatever iteration – is be a certain type of nexion, a connexion to the acausal essence/energies beyond all causal forms and opposites, and also and importantly a connexion between causal past-present-future, thus binding and bringing together a certain type of human, and being the genesis of new human types and thence of such new ways of living as befits them. Or, expressed another way, the Order of Nine Angles is simply one means whereby wisdom can be acquired.

Or, expressed in an even more exoteric way and using current causal terms, we aim to be the hidden force which drives and which produces a certain type of human change – the heretical, subversive, adversarial, sinister, anarchist, one.

Anton Long
Order of Nine Angles
122 yfayen

Notes

[1] The quote is from Antonio De Guevara: The golden boke of Marcus Aurelius emperour and eloquente oratour. [Libro aureo de Marco Aurelio] translated by John Bourchier, and published in 1546 ce.

[2] The first iteration/phase may be considered to be most manifest the overt and practical traditional Satanism of the early ONA (c.1972-1985 ce) with its ceremonial groups all of whom were in the UK and known to AL. The second iteration (c.1986-2009 ce) was most manifest in the Seven-Fold Way and the praxis of individuals, world-wide, establishing their own ceremonial ONA-type groups/nexions.


Order of Nine Angles Sigil

Order of Nine Angles

Classic ONA Texts
Satanism – Epitome of Evil

Let us not be mis-understood: genuine Satanists are evil. They question, seek to know, and they defy. They champion, advocate, and propagate – and most importantly live, as a way of defiance and ecstasy – whatever is genuinely heretical, or forbidden, in the societies of their times. They cause, and strive to cause, Chaos, disruption, revolution, and thus causal Change. They are the fomenters of, and the agents of, evil, of genuine darkness. They are adversarial; agents of genuine human evolution, which evolution only and ever arises from an acceptance of challenges and the application of the Sinister Dialectic: from the direct causal presencing of acausal darkness. They cause harm, disaster, corruption, and death; they bring joy, ecstasy and laughter, but perhaps most of all they bring death – and sometimes, or often, before the due time to those deserving of such an early death: death to those who have shown by their actions that they have a weak character or are a nuisance, or a hindrance to the spread of darkness, to the creation of the new from the destruction, the change, of the old. Genuine Satanists are dangerous people to know; associating with them is a risk. They might get you in trouble with the Police; they might make you into a real “outlaw”; they might bring you to the notice of the Intelligence Services. They are trouble, and their psyche is contagious: and can break others, or bring them misfortune, or drive them toward inner breakdown or even madness.

Their Way, our Way – that of genuine Satanism – is the Way of the self-controlled individual, not the way of sycophancy to, or obedience to, some doctrine or some person or some creed; not the way of those in thrall to their desires, conscious or unconscious. Satanists do not seek to be “understood” nor accepted nor lauded by the majority, just as they are shapeshifters in character and way of life, who may use and often do so use some form, or some way of life for their own sinister, dialectical ends. Thus are they a genuine enigma, seldom appreciated, in their own life, for who and what they are and for what they have done and are doing.

Their deeds and goals – once they have learnt their trade and become professional, Masters and Mistresses of the Dark Arts – are not personal or undirected, casual, ones. Instead, their deeds are directed, intentional, often detached, and arise from their knowledge of, their understanding of, the Sinister Dialectic: of what is needed in the causal times in which they live; what is needed to radically disrupt, to challenge, to defy, to presence darkness and evil, and bring Chaos and the evolution that derives therefrom. Thus do they, in so presencing the darkness, revel in life, and enjoy. Thus do they, so causing Chaos, defy and break or seek to break the restrictive forms, structures, laws, and Institutions, that still hold people in thrall.

The way of ordinary life, of ordinary mortals, is the way of control, of restrictions; of authority, of a supra-personal law. It is the way of those forms, those abstractions – such as governments, and States and prisons and religions – which have been constructed to control, to restrict, to bully, to level-down, to enforce submission. The way of ordinary life, of ordinary un-evolved mortals, is the way of minimizing risk, the way of hypocrisy, of the lies and the deceit and the envy and jealousy born from weakness and cowardice and the dishonour of the bully. In direct contrast, the Path of the genuine Satanist is the difficult Dark Path of inner strength, of joining, being, opposites, and of going beyond opposites: the path of evolved human beings exemplified in one way by the openness of the fighting warrior who believes in their very being that the only genuine real law and real justice is the law, the justice, of personal honour, of a fair fight, of fair retribution, and of being responsible for oneself. Thus is the Way of the Satanist, the Way of the Dark Warrior who, in real life in the real world, fights the tyranny of those who, weak of character, oppress: the Dark Warrior who fights all that oppresses and stifles our potential, and hinders our evolution into a higher race of human beings whose rightful place is among the star-systems of this, and other, Galaxies.

Order of Nine Angles
119 Year of Fayen


AoB

Classic ONA Texts

Order of Nine Angles Style, O9A Chic

 

The ONA style – what distinguishes us and perfumes us (esoterically and exoterically) with the scent of the sinister – can be easily summed up, for it is a combination of the following three elements: (a) practical years-long sinister, satanic, and exeatic/heretical, experience; (b) practical, years-long, esoteric experience and the development of skill in our Dark Arts; and (c) our commitment to our Law of New Aeon, aka the code of kindred honour.

Real style is subtle, understated, and people either have it, or not. Those that have style generally do not flaunt it, because they do not need to since they know it, wear it, and comport themselves, effortlessly and in a refined manner. Which perhaps explains why there are far far more stylish refined women than there are stylish, refined, men…

ONA people have style, either naturally or acquired as a result of their experience, their learning – a style evident not in clothes, accesories, footwear, coiffure, but in character, bearing, experience: in short, in personality and the effortless refined skill of a personal sinister-cloaking.

A feature of the internet is that people cannot see and cannot personally interact with – and so cannot judge – those who have our style: who have the experience, the skills, the refinement, the commitment, the esoteric understanding, that makes them and marks them as ONA, as practical exponents of our particular sinister/satanic way of life.

As a result, the impersonal internet has (with only a few notable exceptions over a period of more than twelve years) became the province of the o9a-pretendu crowd – (a) those who spew forth an opinion about the ONA, the sinister, the Satanic, and the groups associated with them, but who lack practical and years-long experience of such matters, and (b) those who, on-line, align themselves with the ONA (or even claim to belong to the ONA or claim to have formed or belong to some ONA inspired group) and who proceed to write (often at great length) about their own views and the ONA (or that group) but who also lack practical years-long sinister, and exeatic/heretical, experience, and practical, years-long, esoteric experience and the development of skill in our Dark Arts.

For well over a decade, the o9a-pretendu crowd (which is, unsurprisingly, male-dominated) have cast forth their seemingly interminable words into cyberspace, as quite a few of them have formed those words into printed works most often sent forth to be read in the real world of humans by means of such new mechanisms as ‘print-on-demand’ internet publishers. Of course, this all helped to addle the minds of some susceptible people, which was fun.

A member of this o9a-pretendu crowd is easy to spot, on-line and off-line, for their words and their opinions reveal their lack of style, their lack of sinister experience, their lack of esoteric understanding.

For instance, how many of these internet-wordsmiths 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?

Of these thirteen things how many have you/they done? For your/their words to be anything more than mundane pretentious waffle about the ONA (and about the sinister) the answer should be at least five of them. If these include (1), (3) (5), (10) and (11) then your/their opinions about the ONA and the sinister are at the very least worth reading. If you/they have done (1), (3), (5), (6), (7), (8), (10), (11), (12) then kudos to you/them and your/their views will be interesting and possibly enable you/them to make some original contribution to the ONA and so aid its development.

If you/they have not done any of these things, or done only one or two of them, then that is just not good enough, and you/they should try harder, start being satanic in real life, or stop pretending to be O9A. For your/their opinions – your/their words – have no value to us or to anyone who is living or who has lived an exeatic, a practical, sinister life, and you/they lack the sinister style that makes and marks someone as O9A.

For the above thirteen things are some of the most obvious practical manifestations of our particular sinister/satanic way of life, and thus sum up our charming but devilish style. For, the ONA is, contrary to all other sinister/Satanic groups and in direct opposition to all others who profess to be latter-day Satanists:

  • practising or disposed to practise evil;
  • actually or potentially harmful, destructive, disastrous, pernicious; baleful;
  • malicious; mischievous, sly;
  • bad in moral character, disposition;
  • hard, difficult, misleading, deadly, amoral;
  • malevolent, offensive. [1]

So, the o9a-pretendu crowd need to ask themselves the following two questions: (a) Are you/they – or were you/they – just being mislead/manipulated, or did you/they just mislead (delude) yourself/themselves? (b) Just what did you/they believe or assume the Order of Nine Angles was and incited?

As I wrote quite recently:

“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, and undertake acts of culling?” [2]

As I wrote over three years ago:

” Let us not be mis-understood: genuine Satanists are evil. They question, seek to know, and they defy. They champion, advocate, and propagate – and most importantly live, as a way of defiance and ecstasy – whatever is genuinely heretical, or forbidden, in the societies of their times. They cause, and strive to cause, Chaos, disruption, revolution, and thus causal Change.

They are the fomenters of, and the agents of, evil, of genuine darkness. They are adversarial; agents of genuine human evolution, which evolution only and ever arises from an acceptance of challenges and the application of the Sinister Dialectic: from the direct causal presencing of acausal darkness.

They cause harm, disaster, corruption, and death; they bring joy, ecstasy and laughter, but perhaps most of all they bring death – and sometimes, or often, before the due time to those deserving of such an early death: death to those who have shown by their actions that they have a weak character or are a nuisance, or a hindrance to the spread of darkness, to the creation of the new from the destruction, the change, of the old. Genuine Satanists are dangerous people to know; associating with them is a risk. They might get you in trouble with the Police; they might make you into a real ‘outlaw’; they might bring you to the notice of the Intelligence Services. They are trouble…” [3]

So there you have it, the ONA is trouble, stylish, and fun.

Anton Long
O9A
122 yfayen

[1] Toward Understanding Satanism (ONA, 122 yfayen). That we in that text use the standard definitions of Satanism and the Satanic, as given in the complete Oxford English Dictionary, to differentiate ourselves from others who claim to represent Satanism – and who claim to be Satanic – is deliberate, although it is only to be expected that (a) only a few will understand why, and (c) many or most will regard it as confirming what they in their delusion believe in, and accept about both themselves and us.

[2] Just Who Do They Think We Are?  (ONA, 122 yfayen)

[3] Satanism – The Epitome of Evil (ONA, 119 yf)


Order of Nine Angles Sigil

Order of Nine Angles

“The Way is there; it works: for the few. And it for these few that we reserve our applause. After all, it is just Life changing, evolving, as it changes and evolves in this one small causal part of the Cosmos – a game for some, perchance a tragedy for others; an exeatic drama to enhance our own brief temporary causal living, perchance to propel us thence toward our own acausal life.”

o9a-classic-texts-part4.pdf
(2.1 Mb)

Contents include:

  • Satanism: Epitome of Evil
  • The De-Evolutionary Nature of Might is Right
  • Nietzsche, Darwin, Others, and The Seven-Fold Way
  • Sapphic Sorcery – In Praise of The Feminine
  • Women and the ONA
  • Children and the ONA
  • The Occult, The Internet, and How to Offend People
  • Playing The Sinister Game – A Brief ONA History
  • Bringing The Tyranny Down
  • Sinister Experiential Eleutheria
  • The Five-Dimensional Magick of the Seventh Way
  • Adeptship – Meaning and Purpose
  • Toward The Abyss (Brief Guide for the Internal Adept)

A pdf of this text is available here – toward-understanding-satanism.pdf
Order of Nine Angles Sigil

Order of Nine Angles


Classic ONA Texts

Toward Understanding Satanism

Understanding and Defining Satanism

To begin to understand and appreciate and thus acquire some knowledge of some subject it is obviously necessary to know what that subject is about, what it deals with, and what its character – its essential nature – is, and this knowing begins, should begin, by defining it.

A definition should have clarity and precision. For a definition is: (1) Stating exactly what a thing is, or what a word means; (2) A precise statement of the essential nature of a thing; (3) A declaration or formal explanation of the signification of a word or phrase; (4) Precision, exactitude; (5) The setting of bounds or limits of something.

Let us therefore, as is only logical and scholarly, begin with the definition of the term Satanism given in the complete Oxford English Dictionary (20 vols, 2nd edition, Oxford, 1989), a work regarded as an authoritative source, and as the definitive record of the English language. The two main definitions of Satanism are:

1. A satanic or diabolical disposition, doctrine, spirit, or contrivance.
2. The worship of Satan, alleged to have been practised in France in the latter part of the 19th century; the principles and rites of the Satanists.

These lead us on to the definitions of words such as satanic, diabolical, and Satan, and thence to words such as Devil, fiendish, evil, and wicked.

Satanic: (1) Of or pertaining to Satan. (2) Characteristic of or befitting Satan; extremely wicked, diabolical, devilish, infernal. (3) Satanic school n. Southey’s designation for Byron, Shelley, and their imitators; subsequently often applied to other writers similarly accused of defiant impiety and delight in the portraiture of lawless passion.

Diabolical: (1) Of or pertaining to the devil; actuated by or proceeding from the devil; of the nature of the devil. (2) Characteristic of or befitting the devil; devilish, fiendish, atrociously wicked or malevolent.

Satan: (1) The proper name of the supreme evil spirit, the Devil. (2) In the etymological sense of ‘adversary’, with allusion to Matt. xvi. 23, Mark viii. 33.

Devil: (1) In Jewish and Christian theology, the proper appellation of the supreme spirit of evil, the tempter and spiritual enemy of mankind, the foe of God and holiness, otherwise called Satan. (2) (transf.) A human being of diabolical character or qualities; a malignantly wicked or cruel man; a ‘fiend in human form’.

Fiendish: Resembling, or characteristic of, a fiend; superhumanly cruel and malignant. Also as adv., excessively, horribly.

Wicked:
(1) Bad in moral character, disposition, or conduct; inclined or addicted to wilful wrong-doing; practising or disposed to practise evil; morally depraved. (A term of wide application, but always of strong reprobation, implying a high degree of evil quality.)
(2) Designating a stock evil character in a fairy-tale, as Wicked Fairy, Wicked Stepmother, etc.
(3) Bad, in various senses (not always clearly distinguishable). Frequent in Middle English use; later chiefly dial., or in colloq. use as a conscious metaphor (now often jocular), and implying ‘very or excessively bad’, ‘horrid’, ‘beastly’.
(4) Actually or potentially harmful, destructive, disastrous, or pernicious; baleful.
(5) In weakened or lighter sense, usually more or less jocular: Malicious; mischievous, sly.

Evil: (1) To harm or injure; to ill-treat. (2) Bad, wicked. (3) Doing or tending to do harm; hurtful, mischievous, misleading. (4) Offensive, disagreeable; troublesome. (5) Hard, difficult, deadly.

These definitions describe in a precise way the character – the essential nature – of Satanism, and set the bounds, the limits of what is Satanic. They also reveal four interesting things. First, the early use of the term Satanic to pejoratively and peripherally describe the life-style of some people as ‘defiantly impious’ and as having a ‘lawless passion’ (that is, and for example, an indulgence in carnality and such things as may excite and intoxicate the senses without due regard to modesty, temperance, and social approbation). Second, the sense of Satan as adversary [1]. Third, how – in the English language – terms such as wicked have more than one sense, depending on context and tone, so that that word wicked can denote someone who is evil or who inclines toward ‘evil’ or someone who is just being horrid or someone who is mischievous and sly. Fourth, how the essence of Satanism, its character and its boundaries, are defined by terms such as wicked, mischievous, sly, harmful, destructive, disastrous, pernicious, baleful, destructive.

Thus it could be argued (with the proviso given below) that the two standard definitions of Satanism given above – and taken in context with how the words used in the definitions are subsequently defined – in some way encompass, and so may describe, much modern (post-Byronic) Satanism and many (perhaps most) individuals who publicly profess or have professed (in the last sixty years or so) to being Satanists. For example, (i) the overt showman-like ‘impiety’ and the ‘deification of the self and indulgence in the pleasures of the flesh’ of LaVey and his Church of Satan; (ii) the Left Hand Path initiatory approach of the Temple of Set (according to how they define the LHP) [2]; (iii) the eclectic individualism, atheism, ‘social Darwinism’, and ‘rational egoism’ [3], of many self-professed American Satanists; and (iv) the overtly religious approach of those describing themselves as ‘theistic Satanist’ for whom Satan is or may be a real deity.

For, (i) in respect of LaVey and his Church of Satan, there certainly is a carnal indulgence, not to mention a somewhat ‘stock portrayal’ of a character generally regarded as ‘evil’ – the costumes; the shaved head; the goatee beard; even (sometimes) the horns; (ii) in respect of the Temple of Set (ToS), there is the assertion of “the actual existence of Satan, as Set”; [4]; (iii) in respect of most modern self-professed Satanists there is the carnal indulgence, and delight in one’s “lawless” (that is, self-indulgent) passions; (iv) in respect of theistic Satanists, there is of course a belief in Satan (whosoever described and of whatever lineage) and an acceptance of or a belief in the supra-personal (supernatural) power of that deity.

Notice, however, that what is lacking in all of these modern 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.

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 [5], transformation/development of individual human beings by esoteric and exoteric means.

Heresy (1) implies a particular ethos – a way of living – devoid of dogma, devoid of ideas, devoid of debate, and devoid of intellectual pretension. 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’. 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 [6], 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.

Heresy (2) implies the ONA concept of Aeons, of Aeonic sorcery, of the Aeonic perspective, and of we human beings (and the ONA itself) as a nexion between the causal, phenomenal/material, universe and the acausal, the ‘living’ – and the sinisterly-numinous (or supernatural) – universe.

“One of the things that sets the ONA apart from other existing Left Hand Path groups relates to their idea of Aeons which naturally leads to long-term goals (meaning about 3-500 years), that go beyond the acts and lifespan of a single individual.” [7]

It also implies a particular and rational understanding of ‘the dark forces’/Satan: that is, of how acausal energy is or can be presenced to cause changes and of how Aeonic forces are beyond our ideated opposites and thus beyond the morality developed or posited by others and accepted by the majority and often enshrined in religious or political or social dogma.

Exoterically, and importantly, this particular heresy is expressed in (i) our defiant attitude regarding and our affirmation of culling, (ii) in the ONA using, in having used, or being prepared to use, ‘extreme political or religious forms’ (such as National Socialism or radical Islam), and (iii) in our heretical, amoral, wicked, attitude to what is described as ‘terrorism’, an attitude expressed by now well-known quotes such as:

“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.” A Satanism Too Far

“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. Such things as these must be, and always will be, because the majority of people are or will remain, inert and sub-human unless changed. The majority is – and always will be until it evolves to become something else – raw material to be used, moulded, cut-away and shaped to create what must be. There is no such thing as an innocent person because everyone who exists is part of the whole, the change, the evolution, the presencing of life itself, which is beyond them, and their life only has meaning through the change, development and evolution of life. Their importance is what they can become, or what can be achieved through their death. their tragedy, their living – their importance does not lie in their individual happiness or their individual desires or whatever.”  To Presence The Dark

This – and support for and the practice of political and religious extremisms – most certainly is “actually or potentially harmful, destructive, disastrous, or pernicious; baleful,” not to mention also “practising or disposed to practise evil,” and offensive, disagreeable, malevolent, troublesome.

Heresy (3) implies adversarial, amoral, practical, unconventional, individual praxis and The Seven Fold Way of esoteric training and development.

Importantly, this praxis and this Way mean several things:

(i) 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 [8] and most certainly is an example of being conventionally “bad in moral character, disposition.”

(ii) Hard and difficult physical ordeals and challenges, of a severity to test the character of the person and produce endurance and character. For example the basic, the minimum, standards (for men) are: (a) walking thirty-two miles, in hilly terrain, in under seven hours while carrying a pack weighing at least 30 lbs; (b) running twenty-six miles in four hours; (c) cycling two hundred or more miles in twelve hours. For women, the minimum acceptable standards are: (a) walking twenty-seven miles in under seven hours while carrying a pack weighing at least 15 lbs. (b) running twenty-six miles in four and a half hours; (c) cycling one hundred and seventy miles in twelve hours.

[Those who have already achieved such goals in such activities are expected to set themselves and achieve more demanding goals.]

(iii) Hard and difficult esoteric ordeals and challenges, of a severity to test the character and commitment of the person, and produce and/or develop certain necessary esoteric skills. For example, the necessity of undertaking an Insight Rôle or two; and the Rite of Internal Adept involving living alone, in an isolated, wild, area for a minimum of three months.

(iv) Practical tests and the japing of individuals who are curious about us, or who seek us out, and a Labyrinthos Mythologicus to intrigue, select, test, confuse, annoy, mislead, or dissuade, others.  Apart from being diabolical fun, such tests and japes or can be mischievous, sly, and us ‘playing the trickster’ in real life, which is exactly the satanic point.

(v) Actually or potentially harmful, destructive, or disastrous, engagement with real-life by overtly championing real (and often illegal and certainly offensive) heresies [such as gang culture, National Socialism, radical Islam, holocaust denial, ‘terrorism’, culling] and engaging in practical adversarial activities and ‘sinister-cloaking’.

These three things, and their implications – only some of which are outlined above [9] – are, with perhaps one or two recent exceptions, absent from the literature about Satanism, and are certainly not accepted as Satanism by the vast majority of those who today profess to understand and to practice Satanism, which perhaps indicates something in respect of the understanding of Satanism and the practice of Satanism of such modern Satanists.

Appreciating Satanism

Given the foregoing concise and precise explanation of the Satanic heresy of the Order of Nine Angles, it should thus be possible to (a) appreciate how the ONA define, practice, and understand Satanism, and (b) whether or not the ONA fits the two standard definitions of Satanism given above, and (c) whether or not, if it does not so fit, the ONA redefines Satanism.

As for how the ONA practice and understand Satanism – and in respect of the first of the two aforementioned standard definitions of Satanism – the ONA is certainly “a satanic or diabolical disposition, doctrine, spirit, or contrivance,” and certainly champions and practices what is diabolical and wicked: what is baleful, what is “bad in moral character, disposition,” and what is “actually or potentially harmful, destructive, disastrous, or pernicious; baleful.” The ONA is certainly “malicious, mischievous, and sly.” The ONA is also certainly “practising or disposed to practise evil” – doing what harms, what injures, what is wicked, what is hurtful, mischievous, misleading, and what is certainly offensive, disagreeable; troublesome, and also hard and difficult.

In respect of the second of the two standard definitions of Satanism, the ONA suggests [10] that Satan is not only (i) an adversarial archetype [2], and (ii) an Aeonic mythos/archetype capable of affective, Aeonic, change, but also (iii) suggests that there may be “…a supra-personal being [an acausal entity, one of The Dark Gods] called or termed Satan,” with,

“this entity having or being capable of having some control over, or some influence upon, human beings, individually or otherwise, with such control often or mostly or entirely being beyond the power of individuals to control by whatever means. Importantly, this definition of Satanism places the entity called Satan into a certain, a specific, relation with human beings – that of powerful entity whom human beings cannot really control, whatever means or artifice they may use or devise to attempt such control. This is itself is in contrast to the Nazarene-centric view of Satan.” [11]

There are, however, two important and necessary clarifications: (1) that, according to the ONA, the myths and legends about Satan – and even the name itself – pre-date the Septuagint and are pre-Hebrew in origin [2]; and (2) there is no ‘worship’ of Satan, no religious submission, but rather an appreciation of Satan (and many other Dark Gods) as akin to friends, companions, and/or long-lost relatives who have dwelt in some far-off land.

Thus, the ONA not only fits both standard definitions of Satanism but is the only avowedly Satanic association which is:

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

Hence it is only logical – and precise – to assert the following:

(1) That the ONA, of all the types modern Satanism, is the most Satanic, and that other self-described Satanists and satanic groups fall well-short of the definition.

Of course, knowing or sensing this, many of these latter-day Satanists have attempted or are attempting to redefine Satanism (often by engaging in pretentious pseudo-intellectual waffle about Reality, religions, science, mythology, and other esoteric traditions), and redefine it as either some sort of tame, non-harmful, law-abiding, philosophy (which ‘sanctifies life’ and leads to self-discovery), or as an excuse for – or a glamorous label to describe – their wilful hedonism and arrogant egoism, an arrogant egoism untouched of course by pathei-mathos. This process of attempting to redefine Satanism and make this new ‘Satanism’ safe and devoid of the personal practice and the personal experience of evil – of what is baleful and socially destructive and malevolent – is risible, and has been somewhat aided by the modern literature, academic and otherwise, regarding ‘esotericism’ and Satanism, focussed as this is and has been on these latter-days types as if they are the beginning and the middle and the end of ‘modern Satanism’.

(2) That the ONA has (i) as stated since its inception restored to Satanism the darkness, the amorality, the malevolence, the causing of conflict and harm, the culling, the evil, that rightly belong to it; (ii) has steadfastly propagated and described the character – its essential satanic, baleful, diabolic, nature – of Satanism; and (iii) also significantly extended and developed Satanism in a manner consistent with that essential nature, a development manifest, for example, in the sly but simple diabolism of ‘the Drecc’ and the lone adversarial practitioner; in the practical and effective Seven Fold Way; and in practical Dark Arts such as esoteric pathei-mathos which requires an exeatic engagement with life, and thus which breeds character and a wordless appreciation and understanding of the Aeonic perspective and of the sinisterly-numinous beyond all abstractions including those of good and evil, light and dark.

As someone once wrote,

” I, and others like me, are the darkness which is necessary and without which evolution and knowledge are impossible. I am also my own opposite, and yet beyond both. This is not a riddle, but a statement of Mastery, and one which, alas, so few have the ability to understand.”  1992 ev

” To aspire to – to gain – Mastery of The Dark Arts is to experience, and to learn the lessons of self-honesty and self-control; to strive, to dream, to quest, to exceed expectations. To move easily, gracefully, from the Light to the Dark, from Dark to Light, until one exists between yet beyond both, treating them (and yourself) for the imposters they (and you) are.” 2008 ev

 

Anton Long
122 yfayen

Notes

[1] For more detail see my brief text The Geryne of Satan.

[2] As the ToS have stated: “Followers of the Left-Hand Path practice what, in a specific and technical sense, we term Black Magic. Black Magic focuses on self-determined goals. Its formula is my will be done, as opposed to the White Magic of the Right-Hand Path, whose formula is thy will be done.”

The ToS replace the figure/archetype/Being of the Hebrew, Old Testament, Satan with the figure/archetype/Being of Set which/who is understood as a means to/the giver of Xepher, which, according to the ToS, is the act or process of an individual ‘coming into being’, that is, the development and enhancement of the individual self.

In contrast to the ToS the ONA consider that: “In the genuine LHP 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.” The LHP – An Analysis. 1991ev

Thus, the essential attribute of the LHP is that it is a-moral, and un-dogmatic, placing no restrictions, moral, legal or otherwise, on the individual, and – importantly – allowing and encouraging the individual to learn by their own practical experience, and by their mistakes.

[3] That is, the social and philosophical doctrines such as those propounded by the likes of Ayn Rand, and the type of esotericism propounded by advocates of ‘chaos magick’ and others who assert such things as ‘reality is what I make it or what others have made it, or perceived it to be’, so that’Reality is a matter is perspective and thus demons/gods/religions/techniques/beliefs can be usefully used without believing in them’.

[4] According to Aquino: “Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan were never able to resolve the dilemma of Satan’s actual existence: Was he real or just symbolic? If he were real, it would seem to open the door to the entire Christian concept of the universe. If on the other hand he were merely symbolic, then he didn’t really exist as a self-conscious, willful force which could actualize Satanists’ ritual-magical desires or which could even care about the existence of the Church of Satan. In that case magic would be reduced to mere stage-trickery, and the Church itself would be nothing more than a club for spooky psychodrama. The Temple of Set resolved this dilemma in 1975 CE by asserting the actual existence of Satan as Set…” The Crystal Tablet of Set

[5] A distinction we have made is between affective and effective change/transformation. Affective change is generally esoteric/alchemical change, and involves acausal (a-temporal) energies. Effective change is generally exoteric change and involves causal energies, that is a direct, linear, cause-and-effect.

Affective change is the change that involves ψυχή and thus describes the emanations of ψυχή and how what we perceive as ‘life’ and ‘living beings’ change. Effective change is the physical and chemical changes described by, for example, the sciences of Physics and Chemistry.

One type of affective (acausal) change is the Aeonic change that can result from Aeonic sorcery and the use of the Dark Arts. Another type is the transformation in the individual that can result from the alchemical (the symbiotic) process known as The Seven Fold Way. One manifestation of affective change is/are ‘archetypes’ and how they arise, develop, and decline over long periods of causal Time (beyond the life-span of individuals).

[6] This diabolical and sly guide is usefully given in full in the Appendix.

[7] Jacob C. Senholt. Secret Identities in The Sinister Tradition: Political Esotericism and the Convergence of Radical Islam, Satanism and National Socialism in the Order of Nine Angles.

[Editorial note: This Senholt work is due to be published in the collection The Devil’s Party. Satanism in Modernity, edited by Per Faxneld and Jesper Petersen. Oxford University Press (USA), 2012.]

[8] 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.

[9] For example, three implications unmentioned here in respect of point 2 – i.e. in respect of ‘dark forces’/acausal energies, and mythos – concern: (1) the Dark Gods mythos (qv. Pseudo-Mythology and Mythos: Lovecraft, The Dark Gods, and Fallacies About The ONA); (2) mythos in general; and (3) the positing of a possible after-life for certain individuals in the acausal, as for example mentioned in the text A Note Concerning After-Life in the Esoteric Philosophy of The Order of Nine Angles.

As mentioned in the text Pseudo-Mythology and Mythos: Lovecraft, The Dark Gods, and Fallacies About The ONA:

“For the ONA, the mythos of The Dark Gods – 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.”

[10] This ‘suggests there may be’ is important, since “each ONA individual must discover – find – the answers for themselves, and this requires using (or by developing and then using) certain esoteric – Occult – abilities. Our Dark Arts are one means of so developing such abilities.” ONA FAQ, v.4.05

[11] See the ONA text Defining Satanism.

[Editorial Note: The aforementioned text is now included in the 2012 (ev) compilation Order of Nine Angles Classic Texts Part Three.]



Appendix

The Drecc

 

Note for Newbies:

Drecc is pronounced drek, and Dreccian as in Drek-ee-an. Drecce is an old, almost forgotten, word, and one of its many meanings is evident from the following quote, taken from a very old manuscript: “Drecth se deofel mancynn mid mislicum costnungum…”

Section One
Becoming Drecc


Step One – The Pledge

To become Drecc you simply make a pledge of Drecc allegiance and pledge yourself to follow the Dreccian way of life. This can be done in three ways.

First, it can be done by yourself, alone. Second, it can be done with a friend or some friends who also desire to become Drecc. Third, you can join an existing Dreccian tribe.

The Pledge can take place at any time, and anywhere, indoors, or out, and no special preparation is necessary or required, although if desired and practical, it can be undertaken in a darkened area with subdued lighting (the source of which is not important) and with the Drecc symbol – as above – in a prominent position and drawn or reproduced on some material or on a banner.

For the pledging, you – and each other participant, if any – will require a small piece of white paper (the actual size and type of paper are not important), a sharp knife (of the hunting or survival kind) – and if possible, a sheath for the knife – plus a small receptacle or container suitable for burning the paper in.

You – and each other participant, if any – then say:

I am here to seal my Fate with blood.
I accept there is no law, no authority, no justice
Except The Drecc
And that culling is a necessary act of Life.
I believe in one guide, Our Dreccian Law,
And in our right to rule mundanes.

You – and each other participant, if any – then make a small cut on your left thumb with the knife and allow several drops of your blood to fall onto the paper. You then place the paper into the small container, and set it alight.

As it burns, you – and each other participant, if any – then say:

I swear on my Dreccian-honour as a Drecc that from this day forth I will never surrender, will die fighting rather than submit to anyone, and will always uphold The Dreccian Code.

You – and each other participant, if any – then place the knife in the sheath (if a sheath is available), conceal or otherwise carry the knife on you, and forever after keep the knife with you, as a sign of your Dreccian-honour and your pledge of allegiance.

The pledging is then complete.

Step Two – Dreccian Living

Dreccian living is simple, and involves:

1) Regarding, and treating, all mundanes (all who are not our pledged Drecc brothers or sisters) as the enemy and whose property, goods, and wealth are a resource we can lawfully use.
2) Living, and if necessary, dying by our Dreccian code [see Section Two, below].
3) Striving to live each day, on Earth, as if it might be our last.

Section Two
Dreccian Principles and Practices


The Three Fundamental Principles of The Drecc

1) Those who are not our Drecc brothers or sisters are mundanes.
2) By living and if necessary dying by our Dreccian Code we are the best.
3) A person becomes our brother or our sister by making The Pledge of Dreccian Allegiance and by living by our Dreccian Code.


The Dreccian Code

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

Our Dreccian-honour means we are fiercely loyal to only our own Drecc kind. Our Dreccian-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 Dreccian-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 Dreccian-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 Dreccian-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 Dreccian-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 Dreccian-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 Dreccian-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 Dreccian honour or who makes mundane accusations against us.

Our duty – as individuals who live by the Code of Dreccian-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 Dreccian 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 Dreccian individuals who live by the Code of Dreccian-honour – is to always keep our word to our own kind, once we have given our word on our Dreccian 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 Dreccian-honour – is to act with Dreccian honour in all our dealings with our own Dreccian kind.

Our obligation – as individuals who live by the Code of Dreccian-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 Dreccian-honour and that of their brothers and sisters.

Our duty – as individuals who live by the Code of Dreccian-honour – means that an oath of Dreccian loyalty or allegiance, once sworn by a man or woman of Dreccian honour (“I swear on my Dreccian-honour that I shall…”) can only be ended either: (1) by the man or woman of Dreccian 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.

 


cc ONA/O9A 122 yfayen
Order of Nine Angles

This item is issued under the Creative Commons license
Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0
and can be freely copied and distributed according to the terms of that license.


Order of Nine Angles Sigil

Order of Nine Angles

A pdf of this article is available here – o9a-mythos-and-perspective.pdf

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
)

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 Sigil

Order of Nine Angles


Concerning Culling as Art


The Development of Arête

Life culls – that is, the very process of human life on this planet, Earth, now and for Aeons past involves and involved some humans being preyed upon by others, usually because these other humans were driven by some instinct or some lust or some feeling that they could not control. In many ways, the development of human culture was part of the process that brought – or tried to bring – some regulation, a natural balance – to the process, generally because it was in the common interest (the survival, the well-being) of a particular ancestral or tribal community for a certain balance to be maintained: that is, for excessive personal behaviour to be avoided.

Thus by means of such culture there arose a certain feeling, in some humans, for natural justice – or, perhaps, it was the development of this feeling, in some humans, that gave rise to the development of culture with there thus being, as part of that culture, certain codes of conduct for personal behaviour, for example, and some form of punishment for those who had behaved in a manner a community found detrimental, harmful.

Whatever the actual genesis of natural justice, it was a feeling, an attitude, of only some – not all – humans. This feeling, this attitude, this instinct, this natural justice, was that some things – some types of behaviour and some particular deeds by humans – were distasteful: that is, not wrong or evil in any moralistic, dogmatic, modern manner, but just distasteful, disliked; that such behaviour or such deeds was rotten, and generally unhealthy, that is, not conducive to one’s well-being and so something to be avoided [1].

This personal distaste for certain types of human behaviour was the attitude of those whom we may call noble by nature, in terms of personal character, and those who possessed this taste (for natural justice and this dislike of rotten humans) were almost always in a minority. Given that natural justice had a tendency to favour the common interest of communities, those possessed of this noble character tended to become leaders of their clans, their folk, their communities – with their personal qualities admired and respected. They, for example, were the ones people felt they could trust – ones who had been shown by experience to be trustworthy, loyal, honest, brave. Or expressed in another more modern way, we might say that they had good taste and good breeding, with their opinions and their judgement thus used as guides by others. Indeed, we might say with some justification that good breeding became synonymous with possession of this dislike for humans of rotten character.

Thus, these noble ones also tended to form a natural and necessary aristocracy – that is, those of proven arête, those of good taste and of good breeding, had a certain power and authority and influence over others. And a tendency to form an aristocracy because those of good taste – those with a taste for natural justice and thus with a dislike of rotten humans – tended to prefer their own kind and so naturally paired with, preferred to mate with, someone with similar tastes.

For Aeons, there was a particular pattern to human life on this planet: small ancestral and tribal communities, led and guided by an aristocracy, who often squabbled or fought with neighbouring or more distant communities, and which aristocracy was quite often overthrown or replaced, usually by one person who was far less noble (often ruthless and brutal) and whose rule lasted for a while – or was continued for a while by their descendants – until that less noble person, or their equally ignoble descendants, were themselves defeated, and removed, and the natural aristocracy restored. In others words, individuals of noble instincts dealt with, and removed, individuals of rotten character.

Why this particular pattern? For two simple reasons: (1) because the natural aristocracy favoured – was beneficial to – the community, especially over extended periods of causal Time, while the less noble, more ruthless, selfish, and brutal leaders were not; and (2) selfish, brutal, leaders almost without exception always went too far, offending or harming or killing or tyrannizing until someone or some many “had had enough” and fought back. That is, such bad leaders had a tendency to provoke a certain nobility within some humans – to thus aid the evolution of noble human beings, with such humans provoked to nobility often being remembered if not celebrated by means of aural ancestral stories.

Given this pattern of slow evolution toward more nobility – and of a return to a natural balance which is inherent in this evolution – a certain wisdom was revealed, a certain knowledge gained. A revealing – a knowledge, about our own nature, and about the natural process of evolutionary change – which was contained in the remembered, mostly aural, traditions of communities, based as these traditions were on the pathei-mathos [the learning from experience] of one’s ancestors.

This wisdom concerned our human nature, and the need for nobility (or excellence, arête, ἀρετή) of personal character. This received wisdom was: (1) that natural justice, and the propensity for balance – the means to restore balance and the means of a natural, gradual, evolution – resides in individuals; (2) that natural justice, and the propensity for balance, was preferable because it aided the well-being and the development of communities; and (3) that nobility of individual character, or a rotten nature, are proven (revealed) by deeds, so that it is deeds (actions) and a personal knowing of a person which count, not words.

Or, expressed another way, ancestral cultures teach us that our well-being and our evolution, as humans, is linked to – if not dependant upon – individuals of noble instincts, of proven noble character, and thence to dealing with, and if necessary removing, individuals of rotten character. Hence, that a type of natural culling was desirable – the rotten were removed when they proved troublesome or became a bad influence, and were seen for what they were: rotten.


The Rise of the Plebeian

The rise of the plebeian – of the mundanes – is the development of ideas, dogma, and abstractions and using these manufactured lifeless things as guides and examples in place of individuals of proven noble character.

Thus, the natural aristocracy of those of good taste and of good breeding is replaced by vulgar, more common, things – by the idea, for example, that some monarch or ruler (and usually their progeny) was ‘chosen’ by some god or gods, or has a special ‘Destiny’, and thus represented that god or those gods or has been chosen by ‘Fate’ or whatever. Or by the idea that some prophets or some prophet have or has received ‘revelations’ from some god or some gods and which ‘revelations’ contain a guide to how to live, how to behave, what is ‘evil’, etcetera. Or by the notion that everybody – regardless of their character – possesses worth, and can or could be a person of influence even if they have done no deeds revealing of their true character. And so on, mundane etcetera following mundane etcetera.

Later on, specific -isms and -ologies were developed or devised – whether deemed to be religious, political, or social – so that the individual was related to, derived their meaning and purpose, and even their own worth, from such abstract things instead of by comparison to individuals of proven noble deeds.

In a sense, this is the rise – one might even say the triumph, the revenge – of the common, the mundanes, over the always small number of humans with good taste. Of how mundanes – the brutish majority – have manufactured, developed and used ideas, dogma and abstractions, in order to gain influence and power and generally remain as they are, and feel good about themselves.

Thus, instead of having high standards to aspire to, instead of being guided toward becoming better individuals, instead of evolving – by pathei-mathos, by practical experience, by deeds done, by having the example of those of good taste to emulate – they see themselves, their types, as the standard, the ideal: a process which has culminated in their general acceptance of that modern calumny and calamity, the so-called ‘democracy’ of the now ubiquitous modern State.

For in this so-called democracy – and in the modern State – we have the epitome of mundanity where vulgarity is championed, where shysters and corrupt politicians dominate, where the Magian ethos guides, and where an abstract tyrannical lifeless law has replaced both the natural justice of noble individuals and the natural right those individuals had to deal with, and if necessary remove, those of rotten character. Thus, instead of justice, and balance, being the right, the prerogative, of and residing in and being manifest by individuals of noble character – of good breeding – it has come to regarded as the ‘right’ of some abstract, impersonal, Court of Law (where shysters engage in wordy arguments) and manifest in some law which some mundane or some group of mundanes, or some shysters, manufacture according to some vulgar idea or some vulgar aspiration.

In brief, the rise of the mundanes is the steady de-evolution of human beings. No wonder then that some of those with good taste – some latter-day individuals of noble character, of breeding – developed, welcomed, and championed a return to older, more aristocratic ways, evident, for instance, in both fascism and National-Socialism.

The Modern Art of Culling

What the ONA Art of Culling does is that it shapes and develops the natural ancestral process in a conscious, a wise, way, according to particular ONA criteria and particular ONA goals, and thus helps restore the natural aristocratic balance lost because of tyrannical abstractions manufactured by individuals of rotten character in order to keep themselves and their rotten kind in power and in order to try and level everyone down to their low level.

The ONA goals are concerned with our evolution, our change into a higher species of human beings, the breeding – by our Dark Arts including The Art of Culling – of more and more individuals of noble character, and thus the development of a new aristocracy.

The particular ONA criteria are that some humans, by nature, by character, are rotten – worthless – and, when this rotten character is revealed by their deeds, it is beneficial to remove them, to cull them.

In addition, there is the criteria of belonging – for a person either resonates with us, with our kind, or they do not. If they do, excellent; if they do not – then words, argument, persuasion, propaganda, are worthless. Thus, if they are of our kind, they will possess the instinct that some things – some types of behaviour and some particular deeds by humans – are distasteful and that individuals doing certain distasteful deeds are worthless and can and should be removed. If they are not of our kind, they will dislike the notion of culling – or seek to argue about it or debate or discus it, which, in truth, our kind cannot be bothered to do, since it is character that is important for us, not words. Practical deeds to develope, to reveal, character – not discussions, debates, propaganda, arguments. Being elitist, we simply have no interest in recruiting, guiding, training, the wrong type of person.

In respect of culling, it is – as the Order of Nine Angles has developed The Art of Culling – of two main types. The individual, and the collective. The individual is when a specific individual is removed because of specific deed or deeds done, with their rotten character so revealed. The collective is when a specific method – such as combat, insurrection, revolution – is being used either by one of us as a causal form or within a rôle, or by a nexion (or collocation of nexions) as a means or tactic to implement Aeonic strategy, and which collective type of culling does not target specific, named, individuals, but rather ‘the sworn enemy’ any of whom are deemed acceptable targets.

As an historical aside – to be believed or not according to one’s inclination, given that it is an aural tradition – and as an example of Culling as Art, it should be noted that individual culling in traditional ONA nexions was/is regarded as both natural and necessary: necessary to develope and to reveal excellence of personal character, and natural because it aided, developed, the aristocratic nature that each such nexion was/is. For such a culling was/is a communal affair, it being in the nature of such a nexion that it was more an extended family, tied by bonds of breeding, of blood, of clannish loyalty, that it was what most now with their mis-understanding consider a Temple or a sinister ceremonial group to be.

Thus, let us say that a named individual was chosen because that person has done some distasteful deeds. The ONA member undertaking the act of culling, or choosing to do such a culling, would present their proposal to the monthly sunedrion [2], at which another member would act as Devil’s Advocate and so speak on behalf of the accused (the potential opfer). The sunedrion would then deliberate, and then give their verdict. If positive, then most if not all members of the nexion would assist in the planning, the tests, and if required in the execution of the act, and which act could appear to be ‘an accident’, or done in a proxy manner via sinister cloaking, or undertaken directly, and so on.

Hence would there be a performance extending over a period of causal Time and involving a variety of performers with their allotted rôles – culling as esoteric Art, and as means of binding and evolving, through deeds done and character revealed, a community of individuals sharing an ethos and belonging to an ancestral tradition.

Anton Long
Order of Nine Angles
122 Year of Fayen

[1] This sense of personal distaste, of something gone rotten, or bad, is the correct the meaning of the word κακός in Hellenistic culture.

[2] Sunedrion is the [Greek derived] word traditionally used to describe the regular meeting, led by the Choregos, and held by members of traditional ONA nexions (local groups, Temples) at which matters of importance to the nexion would be discussed, and at which members could ask, for example, for magickal or other assistance.

Such meetings would be monthly, or – in a large nexion – fortnightly. Given the small and clannish nature of most nexions, with most if not all members related by ties of marriage/partnership or sworn family loyalty, and living near to each other, it would often not be that formal, would most often end with a feast and general merry-making often accompanied by music, and at which meeting all members (being of our kind) would have an equal say and be able to vote on all matters. Un-resolved disputes, or verdicts, would be arbitrated and settled by either Choregos at the particular sunedrion, or by the Master/Mistress, acting as chief of the nexion/family.


Order of Nine Angles

ONA Classic Texts Archive

The links below are to articles (in html) or to pdf files of some of the more interesting Order of Nine Angles texts and documents and MSS written, distributed, or published, during the past forty years. Some of the texts, documents and MSS deal with, or record, the aural Camlad tradition.

Several of the pdf files are taken from Order of Nine Angles Classic Texts series, in five volumes, first issued in a limited printed edition of eleven in 2011 ce.

This archive will serve as useful resource to those interested in the non-Magian ONA Occult tradition and the aural Camlad esoteric tradition.


ONA Classic Texts Part One

O9A Texts Part One
(pdf 3.1 Mb)

(1) Knowing, Information and The Discovery of Wisdom
(2) The Initiatory Occult Quest
(3) The Adeptus Way
(4) Satanic Letters I
(5) Satanic Letters II


ONA Classic Texts Part Two

(1) The Deofel Quartet
(2) Breaking The Silence Down
(3) Tales of The Dark Gods
(4) The Occult Fiction of the ONA

O9A Texts Part Two
(pdf 3.4 Mb)


ONA Classic Texts Part Three

Included in Part Three of the series ONA Classic Texts, are various ONA works relating to Satanism: for example, the traditional Black Book of Satan as well as the more recent A Guide to Modern Satanism, and the seminal text The Ontology and Theology of Traditional Satanism.

Special mention should be made of the texts (i) Defining Satanism, (ii) The Geryne of Satan, and (iii) Magian Occultism and The Sinister Way. For these place the Satanism of the ONA into historical and philosophical perspective and reveal how different the Satanism of the ONA is, and was, to the mundane, Magian, Satanism of groups such as Anton LaVain’s Church of Satan and Aquino’s Temple of Set.

Also included are a variety of other texts – some recent, some dating back ten or so years – important for an understanding of the ONA, its sinister strategy, its heresy, and its mythos.

O9A Classic Texts Part 3
(pdf 1.3 MB)


ONA Classic Texts Part Four

o9a-classic-texts-part4.pdf
(2.1 Mb)


ONA Classic Texts Part Five

Publication pending