A Modern Practical Guide To The O9A Seven Fold Way
The five fundamental principles of the Seven-Fold Way (7FW) of the Order of Nine Angles are, as described in the above text,
(i) That the 7FW is an individual undertaking – and individual quest, or anados – and one which often takes a decade or more to complete. That is, success or failure is down to the individual; down to their determination, their self-honesty, their willingness to undertake certain experiences, and their ability to learn from their failures, their mistakes, and from their triumphs;
(ii) that both esoteric philosophy – O9A or otherwise – and everything written about the O9A by either Anton Long or by others, is/are irrelevant in comparison to what the individual learns and discovers for themselves by following the 7FW;
(iii) that the 7FW is not an Occult ‘Right Hand Path’ nor an Occult ‘Left Hand Path’ nor even ‘satanist’, but rather a means for the individual to develop their own unique weltanschauung and one which enables them to transcend such labels and categories;
(iv) that the 7FW is only one (fairly recent) Occult tradition and praxis among thousands (ancient and modern) and does not make any claims about being superior to or better than or more ancient than any other Occult tradition and praxis, stating only that it has been proved over decades to work, for some;
(v) that the goal is the discovery, by the individual, of what anciently was termed Lapis Philosophicus: that is, wisdom, which implies not only the standard dictionary definition of wisdom – “a balanced personal judgement; having discernment” – but also the ancient sense of (a) having certain knowledge of a pagan, Occult, kind to do with livings beings, human nature, and (b) an understanding of ourselves, of our relation to the world, to Nature, and to the Cosmos beyond.
In addition, nothing about the 7FW is dogmatic or fixed. What is suggested here – such as various Insight Roles – are guides, and suggested because they have been shown, by experience over decades, to work in respect of practical learning both personal and Occult and thus in respect of enabling the attainment of wisdom. The individual is free to modify and/or evolve such suggestions as have been made.
Image credit: Atu III (The Empress) by Richard Moult from his Tarot pack Non Est Secundus Quia Unus Est.