Aural Tradition

Editorial Note: A pdf file containing both Part One and Part Two is available here – o9a-aural-tradition.pdf. Only Part One is published below. Part Two contains a selection of O9A texts detailing aspects of the aural tradition, and includes: 1 Myths, Legends, Dark Gods, and Occult Mystique. 2 Diabological Dissent – Being Dissension From Some Mundane Misconceptions. 3 Alchemical Seasons and The Fluxions of Time. 4 Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names. 5 The Rounwytha Way In History and Modern Context. 6 The Rounwytha Way – Our Sinister Feminine Archetype.



The Aural Tradition Of The Order Of Nine Angles

Part One

Over the past four decades, the Order of Nine Angles (ONA/O9A) has published many items dealing with what has become known as its aural tradition. For instance, details concerning Esoteric Chant, The Dark Gods, and the septenary system of occult correspondences, as described in various early typewritten MSS, were published in 1989 in Naos. Other traditions however – such as that concerning the ancient one of ’empathic magick’ mentioned by Anton Long in The Satanic Letters {1} – remained mainly aural even after, with the advent of the internet, other O9A MSS became widely circulated.

In 2011, as research for his now published book Mysticism in the 21st Century, Professor Connell Monette privately submitted a list of questions to Anton Long, shortly before AL (as befitted a Magus) retired from all public and private duties. One of these questions concerned the aural tradition of the O9A, and in his reply AL mentioned that he had already begun to set down, for future generations, some of the remaining aural traditions.

Question: Given that ONA is now international, it’s unlikely that many nexions will ever have direct access to the Old Guard (so to speak) {2}, and so a certain aural component of the tradition may be available to those in the UK, but not necessarily those in (say) Europe or Asia. Does this matter, or is the 7FW sufficient enough it itself that the aural traditions are not necessary for the development of Masters around the globe?

Answer: This is an interesting and relevant question which – curiously – I discussed only last year with a few of the few people I have personally guided over the past three decades. Naturally, such aural traditions will still be related person to person in the old manner but that, quite naturally and as you intimate, still only covers a limited geographical area: the British Isles and in more recent years a few countries in Europe.

My view was, and is, that for the global Order a lot of our aural traditions are important, partly because they provide perspectives, esoteric information, and advice, that are unavailable by means of the printed (and now, viewed) word. Therefore, I decided to directly write about, or hint at, some of these traditions in a few articles and in some correspondence with certain individuals.

One example I mentioned in my last answers to you, when I made reference to the Ancient Wisdom of the Isles of Briton section of a recent article of mine {3}. A tradition relating to not naming gods, spirits, and the like – that is, the empathic knowing (naturally, as in a Rounwytha, or learned, as in our tradition) of the undivided wholeness of which we as individual human beings are properly a nameless part: a connexion to our family, our ancestors, our close friends, our community, to the land, and thence to Nature and thence to the Cosmos (the heavens) beyond. A connexion born out of a shared pathei-mathos, of living in an area with such folk, year after year after year – not born out of some religion or even some belief in some metaphysical abstractions.

Another example is the traditional Camlad Rite of The Abyss, in the pdf compilation EnantiodromiaThe Sinister Abyssal Nexion. But I do still expect individuals – if interested, motivated, and sagacious enough – to work some things out for themselves […] Other examples of – and hints about – the aural traditions are in some other articles I have written in the past year. Causal Time, and other factors, permitting, I may write some more such articles. [Another] particular example, dealing with dating festivities and Samhain, is quoted in the article The Rounwytha Tradition.

Among the items subsequently penned by AL that mentioned, or detailed, or hinted at, aspects of the hitherto ‘secret’ O9A aural tradition were the following texts: (i) The Rounwytha Way In History and Modern Context; (ii) Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names, and (iii) Alchemical Seasons and The Fluxions of Time. {4} In addition, he wrote in some detail – and from personal experience – about ‘the sinisterly-numinous’; that is, about the knowing, the perception, that can be discovered by someone venturing into and successfully exploring The Abyss, the sinister abyssal nexion; something he had only previously (decades earlier) hinted at, for example in some of the novels of The Deofel Quartet {5}; and only hinted at previously most probably because he had yet to experience it for himself.

In another private comment on O9A aural tradition – sent to an Internal Adept in 2011, and openly published for the first time in 123 yfayen – AL made the following interesting observation:

“As befits and becomes an Occult group where there are traditional, secretive, nexions whose members still follow the initiatory Seven Fold Way – there are some matters still transmitted and discussed aurally, as there are a few MSS still publicly unavailable. Those who understand, who appreciate, what is sinisterly-numinous, ancestral, and genuinely esoteric, will know and feel why this is so and necessary, and why revealing the majority of these by a mundane medium such as ‘the world wide web’ is just something we are not prepared to do.” {6}

This is understandable because the reasons for this lack of revealing are three fold. First, as AL mentioned in his reply to Monette, individuals – if interested, motivated, and sagacious enough – are still expected to work certain things out for themselves. Second, and in line with O9A methodology, it is (i) practical experience, and (ii) the cultivation and development of certain occult faculties/abilities (such as acausal thinking and esoteric empathy), which teach and through which some of what has not been, or will not be, openly revealed can be discovered and understood {7}. Third, much of what has not been openly revealed cannot be meaningfully expressed via the medium of words, given the limitations of ordinary language {8}, and therefore requires the individual to learn an esoteric language or two and which esoteric languages include The Star Game (and thus the cultivation of the ability of acausal-thinking) and the non-verbal, non-symbolic, communication between humans that esoteric-empathy, and skill in esoteric-chant, enable.

Given that the cultivation and development of such a skill, such an evolved ability, as esoteric-empathy is the aim of the grade ritual of Internal Adept – particularly the extended, circa six month long version – and the month-long Camlad rite of The Abyss, it is the Internal Adept, and the Master/Mistress, who are, as a result of their practical esoteric and exoteric experiences extending over a period of a decade and more, in a position to discover and to understand ‘the secrets’ that remain, and which ‘secrets’ are in truth only the accumulated, the communal, occult pathei-mathos of those who have over the centuries either (i) followed the way of the Rounwytha or (ii) ventured on that perilous journey, that anados, up through the seven spheres, and which septenary anados is now, in our times, re-presented by the O9A’s hermetic and sinister ‘seven fold way’, a way outlined in texts such as The Requisite ONA and Enantiodromia: The Sinister Abyssal Nexion.

R. Parker
December 2013 ev


{1} Letter to Lea, dated 23rd September 1990 ev, in The Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown. Two volumes, Thormynd Press, 1992.

This ’empathic magickal’ tradition is, of course, the way of the Rounwytha, for which see Part Two.

{2} The ‘old guard’ – otherwise known as the Inner ONA and sometimes designated by the appellation omega9alpha – are:

“A select group of individuals who while now part of The Order of Nine Angles, in many ways pre-date – in tradition, practices and way of life – the formation of the ONA from the three pre-existing groups: the Fenland/Cantabrigian Noctulians, the northern Temple of The Sun, and the Shropshire/Marches Camlad. In many ways, the Inner ONA is a continuation of Camlad.

It is from noble cultured – gentlemanly or lady-like – Adepts (qv. Noble Guide to The Dark Arts ) that modern candidates for the Inner ONA are recruited. The Inner ONA basically consists of individuals, known to each other personally, and from traditional nexions, of the Grade of Internal Adept and above, who possess the faculty of dark-empathy (aka esoteric empathy aka sinister empathy) and who possess certain other personal qualities.

These individuals have therefore all had some personal guidance, over a period of many years, from one of our kind familiar with the Rounwytha tradition, and thus the inner ONA is akin to an extended family who maintain and who continue, on a personal basis, the esoteric Rounwytha (Camlad) tradition. This tradition was, according to aural accounts, that of the primal (but not necessarily then always dark) tradition maintained by rural sorceresses who lived in a certain area of England: that is, Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.

Given the requirements and this tradition, it is perhaps not surprising that the majority of those in the Inner ONA are women.”

{3} The article in question is Part One of Diabological Dissent – Being Dissension From Some Mundane Misconceptions
Relating to Certain Esoteric Matters.

{4} These texts are given in Part Two below. In respect of the Alchemical Seasons and The Fluxions of Time text, it should be noted that some of the aural tradition re ‘time’ was hinted at in early ONA texts. For instance in the ‘Time and Being’ section of Naos where a ‘causal perception’ and an ‘acausal perception’ of Time are mentioned; and also, in the section discussing adeptship in relation to Jungian individuation and the three basic alchemical forms (qv. pp.167-8 of the pdf compilation The Requisite ONA) where it is stated, that “the ego has no perception of acausal time – but is unconsciously affected by acausal energies; the self has some perception of acausal time and is less affected by acausal energies. The Adept has learnt to control the personal acausal energies of the psyche – there still remains, however, the Aeonic energies which affect even the self. Control/mastery of these takes the individual beyond the Abyss.”

{5} From the novel The Temple of Satan:

“She was suspended between her past with all its charisma and power and the future that might have been possible if she had surrendered to Thurstan’s love. She was aware of herself only through the images of the past and her barely formed feelings for Claudia: detached from the realness of her body and personal emotions. The power being invoked seemed to be drawing her toward the Abyss and the spaces beyond the Abyss where she had never been.The Abyss was within her, within Claudia, within all those in the Temple and all those outside it. It was primal awe, terror, and intoxication […]

[Then, an answer.] It was an answer without words – a feeling that drew her beyond the cold Abyss to where a new universe waited. She was drifting in this universe, floating among the stars and galaxies of love, sadness, sorrow and joy, and as she consciously drifted, her body tensed and tears came to her eyes. Images and feelings rushed through her as a whirling system of planets and stars forms from chaos and rushes through a galaxy past other stars when time itself is compressed. The images were of her past but the feelings attached to them were not the original feelings. There was sadness instead of exultation, love instead of anger, grief instead of joy.”

{6} Myths, Legends, Dark Gods, and Occult Mystique. The text is given in full in Part Two below.

{7} This emphasis on practical learning via personal experience is mentioned in many early – 1970s and 1980s – O9A MSS. Thus in the Wheel of Life section of Naos – qv, p.161 of the pdf compilation The Requisite ONA – it is stated that “in the seven-fold way Initiates are taught to experience the reality of [occult] forces rather than slavishly follow ‘teachings’ or ‘traditions’.”

In respect of the nature of ‘the dark gods’ it is stated, also in Naos – qv, p.142 of the pdf compilation The Requisite ONA – that they can be perceived either “as merely symbols which re-present the energies of the acausal” or as “physically existing in themselves. Which of these (or neither of them) is correct, the Adept discovers during the ordeal of the Abyss.”

{8} See the 2011 text Concerning Esoteric and Exoteric Languages. The Star Game as an esoteric language was mentioned in the 1980s vintage ONA MS The Forbidden Alchemy, first published in an early issue of Fenrir, and subsequently included in Naos. See also the letter to Ms Vera dated 27th May 1992 eh in The Satanic Letters.