Baphomet – The O9A View

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

Classic O9A Texts

Baphomet – An Esoteric Signification

In contradistinction to all modern Occultists – be they self-described satanists, self-described followers of some Left Hand Path, self-described sorcerers, or something else – the Order of Nine Angles (O9A/ONA) has a unique tradition in respect of Baphomet, which is that Baphomet:

(i) is a female name, used to describe a shapeshifting entity; a dark goddess to whom human sacrifices were, and are, dedicated and offered;

(ii) that this name most probably means the Mother (Mistress) of Blood;

(iii) that Baphomet is the mother and bride of Satan, and the mother of all the acausal entities – ‘demons’ – we know or have experienced over millennia.

(iv) that the now commonly accepted origins and meaning of Baphomet – such as those of Eliphas Levi et al – are esoterically incorrect.

As conventionally described, by non-O9A folk, Baphomet is (a) associated with a male idol rumoured to be connected to the medieval Knights Templar, and (b) associated with the figure – The Goat of Mendes – described and illustrated in works by Eliphas Levi, and subsequently by the Rider-Waite Tarot (Major Arcana XV) and the sigil used by LaVey et al, and (c) described by Crowley as male and derived from Mithras.

As recounted in O9A esoteric aural tradition, and as iconoclastically described in an O9A MS dating from the early 1980s and included in volume I of Hostia, published in 1992:

             “The name of Baphomet is regarded by Traditional Satanists as meaning “the mistress (or mother) of blood” – the Mistress who sometimes washes in the blood of her foes and whose hands are thereby stained. [See The Ceremony of Recalling.]
             The supposed derivation is from the Greek βαφή μητρίς and not, as is sometimes said, from μήτιος (the Attic form for ‘wise’). Such a use of the term ‘Mother’/Mistress was quite common in later Greek alchemical writings – for example Iamblichus in “De Mysteriis” used μητρίζω to signify possessed by the mother of the gods. Later alchemical writings tended to use the prefix to signify a specific type of ‘amalgam’ (and some take this to be a metaphor for the amalgam of Sol with Luna, in the sexual sense). In the Septenary System, Baphomet, as Mistress of Earth, is linked to the sixth sphere (Jupiter) and the star Deneb. She is thus in one sense a magickal “Earth Gate” (qv. the Nine Angles), and Her reflexion (or ‘causal’ nature – as against Her acausal or Sinister nature) is the third sphere (Venus) related to the star Antares […]
             The Traditional depiction of Baphomet [is of] a beautiful mature woman (often shown naked) holding up the severed head of the sacrificed priest (usually shown bearded).”

Which iconoclasm naturally led self- described modern Occultists to, yet again, criticize the O9A, even though such critics had (and have so far) never bothered to, or lacked the erudition and esoteric knowledge to, write a scholarly riposte to the evidence provided by the O9A. Evidence such as:

βαφή: dyeing, dipped in, stained; and a metaphor for blood, qv. Aeschylus, Πέρσαι, vv. 316-7

           πυρρὰν ζαπληθῆ δάσκιον γενειάδα ἔτεγγ ̓ ἀμείβων χρῶτα πορφυρέᾳ βαφῇ

μητρίς: motherland; qv. Pausaniae Graeciae Descriptio, Book X, chapter 24, 2

           μητρὶς δέ τοι οὐ πατρίς ἐστιν

μήτηρ: mother; qv. Hesiod, Ἔργα καὶ Ἡμέραι, 563, where the expression ‘mother of all’ occurs:

           εἰσόκεν αὖτις γῆ πάντων μήτηρ καρπὸν σύμμικτον ἐνείκῃ

μῆτις/μήτιος: wise, skilled, craft. The form μήτιος occurs in Pindar, Nemean Odes, 3, 9

           τᾶς ἀφθονίαν ὄπαζε μήτιος ἀμᾶς ἄπο

μητρίζω: possessed by the mother of the gods, Iamblichus, De Mysteriis, III, 9, 10

            οἰ τῷ Σαβαζιῳ κάτοχοι καὶ οἰ μητρίζονες

Thus the O9A explanation of the Ancient Greek origin of the term, and their various depictions of a female Baphomet, is far more plausible – esoterically, and otherwise – than the conventional explanations and depictions. That is, according to the O9A, their Baphomet tradition derives – like their Seven Fold Way and aspects of their Occult mysticism – from Hellenic and hermetic and pagan (and thus Western) mystery traditions {1} all of which pre-date by well over a thousand years the later descriptions of Baphomet by Alphonse Louis Constant (aka Eliphas Lévi Zahed) and by the likes of Howard Stanton Levey (aka Anton LaVey) with the latter including elements from the Hebrew Kabbalah.

Furthermore, it should come as no surprise that the O9A has for decades used the term Baphomet as one of their many tests for mundane-ness, since

              “if someone uses, for example, the ‘standard’ accepted explanation of Baphomet, and Laveys inverted pentagram, it is a reasonable conclusion that they have just accepted such things as “truth”. The ONA alternative – the ONA heresy in such matters – should cause them to pause, if, that is, they possess some genuine, innate, Occult ability; if they have the qualities to progress along the Sinister Path. The ONA alternative should set them thinking, for themselves; should point them toward doing their own research, and even using, developing, their latent Occult abilities.”

R.P.
2015
v.1.05
(Revised 2018)

{1} Refer to such O9A texts as (i) Aρρενόθηλυς: Alchemical And Hermetic Antecedents Of The Seven Fold Way, and (ii) the compilation The Pagan Order Of Nine Angles.

A copy of Aρρενόθηλυς is available from https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/ἀρρενόθηλυς/

A copy of The Pagan Order Of Nine Angles is available at https://omega9alpha.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/the-pagan-o9a-v3.pdf


Advertisements

An Introduction to Aeonic Sorcery

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

°°°°°°°°°

Classic O9A Texts

An Introduction to Aeonic Sorcery
(pdf)

ONA Manuscripts
Main Category: Aeonic Theory & Praxis
Sub Category: Aeonic Sorcery
Author: Anton Long
Date: 105 yf
Version 1.05
Last revised 109 yf
Previous Title: Aeonic Magick – A Basic Introduction

°°°°°°°°°

Related:
O9A Aeonic Theory
(pdf)


Another Academic Misinterpretation

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

°°°°°°°°°

A 2017 essay by Della E. Campion of the University of Washington – who has written various essays about modern esotericism and modern Satanism – deals with the Order of Nine Angles document titled The Culling Texts, containing as that document does the five (mostly vintage) texts (i) Concerning Culling as Art, (ii) A Gift for the Prince – A Guide to Human Sacrifice, (ii) Victims – A Sinister Exposé, (iii) Culling – A Guide to Sacrifice II, (iv) Guidelines for the Testing of Opfers, (v) Satanism, Sacrifice, and Crime – The Satanic Truth.

There are serious flaws with the essay and which flaws undermine the argument and conclusions of Campion.

The article by Ms Scott enumerates these five serious flaws and, by referencing O9A primary sources, deals with each in detail.

Another Academic Misinterpretation Of The Order Of Nine Angles
(pdf)


Classifying O9A Texts

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

°°°°°°°°°

Classifying O9A Texts
(pdf)

Since the early 1980s, beginning with the Black Book of Satan, the Order of Nine Angles (O9A, ONA) has published and circulated thousands of texts; so many in fact that one academic wrote:

“the ONA has produced more material on both the practical and theoretical aspects of magic, as well as more ideological texts on Satanism and the Left-Hand Path in general, than larger groups such as the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set has produced in combination [which] makes the ONA an important player in the theoretical discussion of what the Left-Hand Path and Satanism is and should be according to the practitioners.” {1}

Given (i) the sheer volume of O9A texts, (ii) the growing interest in the O9A both academically and otherwise, and (iii) the profusion of recent (post-2011) texts dealing with aspects of O9A esotericism such as links to Hellenic hermeticism and why the O9A represents a ‘sinister-numinous’ and modern pagan tradition {2}, it seems apposite to place now familiar O9A texts into their historical and esoteric context.

T.W.S. Nexion
129 yf

{1} Senholt, Jacob. The Sinister Tradition. A paper presented at the international conference, Satanism in the Modern World, held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim on the 19-20th of November, 2009. p.26
{2} Qv. (i) https://omega9alpha.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/o9a-quintessence-v2.pdf and (ii) https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/the-esoteric-hermeticism-of-the-order-of-nine-angles


Quintessence Of The O9A

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

°°°°°°°°°

Quintessence Of The Order Of Nine Angles
(pdf)

Contents

I. O9A 101
II. The Esoteric Philosophy Of The Order Of Nine Angles
III. The Multiform O9A
IV. Surpassing Anton Long


Order of Nine Angles Occult Fiction

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

°°°°°°°°°

O9A Occult Fiction
(pdf)

The pdf document contains three classic Order of Nine Angles texts concerned with the Occult fiction of the O9A and with the Sinister-Numinous Aesthetic which permeates that fiction. Part of that aesthetic is the pagan, ancestral, rural landscape as described in many fictional O9A stories.

As noted in the text Esoteric Aural Tradition In The Deofel Quartet, included in the compilation,

“In many ways, The Deofel Quartet and other O9A [Anton Long] written fiction (such as Hangster’s Gate), present much of the diverse aural traditions as AL received them: as stories about people, their interactions; their ‘satanic’ or esoteric views and beliefs; and about certain events that involved those people. In The Deofel Quartet he simply reworked the factual material – as writers of fiction are wont to do – in order to make an interesting story, in the process obscuring the identities of those involved and sometimes their place of residence or work; added some entertaining details (as in the ‘astral battles’ between goodies and baddies in Falcifer, of a kind now familiar – decades later – from the Harry Potter stories) and concatenated certain events in order to provide ‘action’ in a limited time-frame.

Thus, the fictional stories not only compliment other O9A material but provide a ‘different way into’ the complex O9A mythos; a way that many will find more interesting (and certainly more entertaining) than thousands of pages of sometimes polemical and sometimes ponderous O9A factual texts, and a way that especially places the O9A’s satanism into perspective, Aeonically and otherwise.”

T.W.S.
129 yf
(March 2018 ev)

°°°°°°°

Related:

The Deofel Quartet

Eulalia: Dark Daughter Of Baphomet
(pdf)

O9A Sinister Vignettes
(External Link)


The Multiform O9A

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

°°°°°

The Multiform O9A

The Occult cognoscenti have long understood that the Order of Nine Angles (O9A, ONA) is a multiform nexion. That its presencings of ‘acausal energies’ in the causal – via individuals, traditional and offshoot nexions; via propaganda, polemics, mythos, a Labyrinthos Mythologicus, and other means – are outward and multifaceted and just potentially or actually useful causal forms or ideations. That, esoterically, the O9A re-presents and thus reveals what is beyond all such causal forms, past, present, and future, and thus is neither of the Western Left Hand Path nor of the Western Right Hand Path because

“both the LHP (‘the sinister’) and the RHP (‘the numinous’) are themselves causal abstractions – ideations – which hide both our own nature, the nature (the physis) of other living beings, and the nature of Reality itself.” {1}

For the O9A provides the individual with an opportunity

“to develop a perception, an understanding, a knowledge – acquired from a personal experience – beyond causal abstractions/forms and thus beyond denotatum; that is, and for example, beyond the illusion of conflicting/ideated opposites, beyond naming/denoting/words, beyond abstract morality, beyond dogma/ideology, beyond the simple principle of causation, and beyond the simplicity of a posited dialectical process.” {1}

This is the personal knowledge of Lapis Philosophicus {2} and thus of “the balancing of the masculous with the muliebral (the sinisterly-numinous) through pathei-mathos both Occult and exoteric.” {3} Which knowledge is of “the living unity beyond the abstract, the lifeless, division and dialectic of contrasting/abstractive/ideated opposites. A division most obvious in the false dichotomy of good and evil, and a division not so obvious in denotatum.” {4}

For among the truths

“which initiates of the O9A mystic (or the ‘sinisterly-numinous’) tradition personally discover are (i) the unity – the mundus, the Being – beyond the apparent opposites of ‘sinister’ and ‘numinous’, of causal/acausal, of masculous/muliebral, a unity indescribable by ordinary language but apprehensible by esoteric languages and a particular manner of living, and (ii) the transient, temporal, nature of human manufactured causal abstractions and ideations.” {4}

Which is why, for example,

“one of the axioms of the esoteric philosophy of the O9A is that it is really only possible to apprehend the realm of the acausal (which realm includes but is not limited to the supernatural) by using our (mostly latent) human faculty of empathy – of empathic wordless knowing – and by developing new faculties, such as the one the O9A term acausal-thinking.” {4}

and why the O9A praxis termed The Seven Fold Way cultivates, through Rites such as that of Internal Adept and Occult Arts such as The Star Game and Esoteric Chant, the faculties of empathy, of acausal-thinking, and the enantiodromia – the Arrenothelus (ἀρρενόθηλυς) or the melding, the balancing – of the masculous with the muliebral which can result from the traditional chthonic Rite of the Abyss. {5}

A Personal Anados

While the majority of modern Occultists – and especially self-described ‘satanists’ – have either pretended that the “O9A does not exist” or have focused on or become fixated with the outer, multiform, nature(s) of the O9A such as for example the causal form termed ‘satanism’, the Occult cognoscenti have understood that the esoteric essence of the O9A is the individual and difficult quest for Lapis Philosophicus by means such as The Seven Fold Way. An essence described, by the pseudonymous Anton Long, almost three decades ago:

“We see our way as guiding a few individuals to self-awareness, to Adeptship and beyond, via various practical and magickal techniques. The emphasis is on guide, on self-development, on self-discovery. There is no religious attitude, no acceptance of someone else’s authority.” {6}

Such sparse revelations – such gems – did not, of course, in the intervening years prevent self-described ‘satanists’ and others from continuing their anti-O9A crusade based on their assumptions regarding the outer, multiform, natures of the O9A, since

“to access the inner core, an individual has to work their way through the outer layers which, together, form a labyrinth; a labyrinth so labyrinthine that it is easy for a person to become confused, lose their way, or (more usually) just give up. Some individuals, however, inspired (or re-inspired) as they are by the O9A mythos, do succeed. Thus there is, for every candidate – every potential member of the O9A kindred – an initial test, involving them navigating the labyrinth on their own, without any guidance.

What they find – to the dismay of many – is nothing mysterious or ‘satanic’ or exceptional or difficult to understand or even really secret. For it is only (i) a particular pagan mysticism, and (ii) a particular way of life, and (iii) an individual occult journey (an anados) that will last for several decades, and a journey and a way of life which, if they embark upon them, will take them from ‘the sinister’ toward ‘the numinous’ and thence toward what is beyond both those causal forms.” {7}

But now, since the esoteric essence of the O9A is more widely known – partly due to essays, such revelations, as this and partly through the works, such revelations, noted in the references below – the grammatical tense of the above quotation should perhaps be altered so that it reads “an individual had to work their way through…..There was, for every candidate….”

However, despite such revelations, the majority of modern Occultists – and especially self-described ‘satanists’, and even academics studying modern Western esotericism – remain fixated on (i) the so-called ‘satanism’ of Howard Stanton Levey {8} and (ii) on the outer, multiform, natures of the O9A.

Which, of course, serves to highlight yet again the difference not only between the O9A and other manifestations of modern Occultism, but also between what the O9A assert satanism is and what self-described ‘satanists’, following or inspired by the likes of Howard Stanton Levey and Michael Aquino, believe ‘satanism’ to be.

For the O9A, satanism – in the context of esoterically understanding the O9A – is a practical, an exeatic, defiance: an initiate pathei-mathos, a learning experience, where one exults

“in life itself: a sinister life is, or should be, one where there is an intensity; where there is action, in the world; where there is a will harnessed to a goal – any goal; a desire to experience, to know; to quest; where there is an arrogant determination to not accept the norms, the answers, the limits of and set by others.

Nothing is too dangerous for us; nothing is forbidden. We experience to test ourselves; to learn.

There is a pushing of one’s body to – and beyond – its limits; enduring, to go beyond endurance to that wonderful bliss of almost exhaustion when a goal has been achieved and one has felt, been, an exquisite harmony of mind and body and ethos through sheer concentration on what is being done.

There is the acceptance of challenges – especially by ourselves. And if we have no challenges, we make or create some.” {9}

That is, it is an initiate pathei-mathos, a learning experience, which one, via a praxis (an anados) such as The Seven Fold Way, moves on from: toward Lapis Philosophicus.
Yet, for those following or inspired by the likes of Howard Stanton Levey, satanism is just a euphemism for egoistic fantasies and for a life-long wallowing in a mundane self-indulgence.

Rachael Stirling
129 yf

{1} R. Parker. The Sinisterly-Numinous O9A, e-text, 2013. The text is (as of February 2018 ev) available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/sinisterly-numinous-o9a/

{2} qv. Alchemy And The Sinisterly-Numinous Tradition in the 2016 pdf compilation The Esoteric Hermeticism Of The Order Of Nine Angles. The text is (as of February 2018 ev) available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/the-esoteric-hermeticism-of-the-order-of-nine-angles/

{3} Rachael Stirling. Distinguishing The O9A, e-text, 2018, v.1.05. The text is (as of February 2018 ev) available at https://omega9alpha.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/distinguishing-the-o9a-v4.pdf

{4} R. Parker. The Pagan Mysticism Of The O9A, 2014 e-text. The text is included in the book The Pagan Order Of Nine Angles, CreateSpace, 2015, ISBN 9781518885143.

In respect of pathei-mathos and the cultivation of empathy in O9A esoteric tradition, qv. the 2017 pdf compilation Pathei-Mathos, Empathy, And The Order Of Nine Angles. The text is (as of February 2018 ev) available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/the-o9a-pathei-mathos-and-the-supernatural/

{5} In respect of Arrenothelus, qv. the section titled Aρρενόθηλυς: Alchemical And Hermetic Antecedents Of The Seven Fold Way in The Esoteric Hermeticism Of The Order Of Nine Angles. The text is (as of February 2018 ev) available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/the-esoteric-hermeticism-of-the-order-of-nine-angles/

In respect of enantiodromia and Rite of the Abyss, qv. the O9A text Enantiodromia – The Sinister Abyssal Nexion. The text is included in the 1460 page, 55 Mb pdf compilation Complete Guide To The Order of Nine Angles, Seventh Edition, 2015, which is a complete guide to the O9A’s traditional, complex, and initiatory Seven Fold Way. The text is (as of February 2018 ev) available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/the-definitive-guide-to-the-order-of-nine-angles/

A more modern and simplified version of Seven Fold Way is described in R. Parker, The Seven Fold Way Of The Order Of Nine Angles: A Modern Practical Guide, e-text, 2017 v.1.03. The text is (as of February 2018 ev) available at https://omega9alpha.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/o9a-7fw-practical-v3.pdf

The traditional chthonic Rite of the Abyss is described in the Appendix of Pathei-Mathos, Empathy, And The Order Of Nine Angles. The text is (as of February 2018 ev) available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/the-o9a-pathei-mathos-and-the-supernatural/

{6} Letter from ‘Anton Long’ to Michael Aquino of the Temple of Set, dated 20th October 1990 ev. The typewritten letter was published in facsimile in The Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Thormynd Press, 1992, volume I.

{7} R. Parker. O9A Esotericism: An Initiated Apprehension, e-text, 2014. The text is included in the book The Pagan Order Of Nine Angles, ISBN 9781518885143.

{8} That no one, outside of the O9A, seems to use the real name of ‘Anton LaVey’ when discussing modern ‘satanism’ is interesting, indicative, and somewhat amusing.

{9} Anton Long. The Joy Of The Sinister. 114yf. The text is included in the book The Joy Of The Sinister: The Traditional Satanism Of The Order Of Nine Angles, CreateSpace, 2015, ISBN 9781518679001.