Recommended Reading List

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Recommended Reading List

Given the plethora of texts about O9A esotericism and O9A praxises published – in line with the move from Phase II to Phase III of O9A Aeonic Strategy {1} – between 2015 and 2019, it is germane to issue a new Recommended Reading List especially as the previous one dated from the 1990s and was not subsequently updated.

The majority of the recommended texts are currently – January 2019 ev, 130 yfayen – available on the O9A blog at omega9alpha dot wordpress dot com, locatable using the ‘search’ function of that blog and the title(s) listed below.

Caveat Lector

The curious, or the neophyte, reader of O9A texts should be aware of three things.

1. That O9A texts were written over a period of some forty years with the O9A having, even by 2009,

“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.” {2}

The time-scale of some forty years and the quantity of O9A texts means that it easy for the curious, or the neophyte, reader to become confused especially as they may find some texts which seem on a first or even on a second reading to contradict some other text or texts.

2. Some of this confusion was intentional – part of the O9A’s Labyrinthos Mythologicus – since the curious, and especially neophytes, were expected to work some things out for themselves such as discovering or having an Occult intuition regarding the distinction between the exoteric (some outer form or appearance or useful tool) and the esoteric (the essence hidden by some form, by appearance, by what a useful tool can create or be used for).

3. That most individuals critical of the O9A, be they self-described ‘satanists’ or otherwise, and most academics who have written about the O9A, have (i) not bothered to study the entire O9A written corpus from the 1970s to the present, and (ii) have failed to understand or to intuit the difference between O9A esotericism and exoteric appearance (useful exoteric tools and forms), or (iii) became lost in and confused by the O9A’s Labyrinthos Mythologicus.

           The result being a lack of knowledge about, and a lack of insight into, the O9A, its praxises, and its esotericism. Which ignorance – which lack of knowledge and lack of insight – did not and does not prevent such individuals and such academics {3} from pontificating about the O9A.

Rachael Stirling
TWS Nexion
January 2019 ev

{1} See Geneseos Caput Tertium. Documents of the Inner O9A, 122 yfayen.
{2} Jacob C. Senholt, The Sinister Tradition. Paper presented at the international conference, Satanism in the Modern World, Trondheim, 19-20th of November, 2009. p.26.
{3} In regard to one recent academic misunderstanding, see the 2018 text Another Academic Misinterpretation Of The O9A.

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Recommended Reading List

Introductory Texts

For those interested in or curious about the Order of Nine Angles.

° O9A 101
° The Exoteric And Esoteric Reality Of The O9A
° In The Name Of The Order Of Nine Angles
° Classifying O9A Texts
° Labyrinthos Mythologicus
° A Modern Practical Guide To The O9A Seven Fold Way
° The O9A Septenary Sigil
° Overview Of The Contemporary Secret Society Known As The Order of Nine Angles
° Some Anti-O9A Propaganda Exposed

O9A Esotericism: Practice

For those interested in what is involved in following the O9A Seven Fold Way; and those interested in beginning their own practical hermetic quest along the traditional Seven Fold Way.

° Complete Guide To The Order of Nine Angles. Seventh Edition (2015), 1460 pages, pdf 55 Mb. A comprehensive guide to the traditional Seven Fold Way up to and including the Grade Rituals of Internal Adept and The Abyss. It contains facsimile versions of 1980s and 1990s O9A texts such as Naos, The Black Book of Satan, and the complete Deofel Quartet, as well as classic texts such as The Grimoire of Baphomet, The Culling Texts, Enantiodromia:The Sinister Abyssal Nexion, and the Esoteric Chant Archive.

° O9A Occult Fiction And The Sinister-Numinous Aesthetic.

° Introducing The Star Game. An overview of the O9A Star Game as an “esoteric language”.

° O9A: The Dark Art Of Shrenching. An introduction to that Dark Art by reference to one of the novels of the Deofel Quartet.

° Culling And The Code of Kindred Honour.

O9A Esotericism: Theory

For those interested in learning more about O9A esotericism and about its hermetic, and pagan, roots.

° The Esoteric Hermeticism Of The Order Of Nine Angles. A 159 page (pdf) compilation issued in 2015 containing texts such as Aρρενόθηλυς: Alchemical And Hermetic Antecedents Of The Seven Fold Way, and The Pagan Order Of Nine Angles .

° O9A Texts 2018. A listing of some of the texts issued in 2018, and between 2016 and 2017. The texts listed include (i) The Eludent O9A; (ii) The Latin Picatrix, The Arabic Ghayat al-ḥakim, And The O9A Septenary System; (iii) Sigils In Medieval And Renaissance Occult Texts; (iv) O9A Esoteric Notes LXXVI: Archaic Spelling In O9A Esoteric Tradition; (v) Esoteric Notes LV: Chants and Mimesis In The Sinister Tradition of The Order Of Nine Angles; (vi) Non-English Names And Terms In O9A Tradition; and (vii) A Modern Mysterium.

°The Tree Of Wyrd And The Star Game.

° Masculous And Muliebral: The Sinister Feminine And Homo Hubris.

° The Anti-Patriarchal O9A Ethos.

° Distinguishing The O9A.

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Notes On The Corpus Hermeticum

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Notes On The Corpus Hermeticum

Given renewed interest among certain Occultists in the ancient texts of the Corpus Hermeticum following David Myatt’s translations and commentaries on eight of the texts {1} it seems timely to provide an overview of the Corpus Hermeticum.

The fourteen Greek texts grouped together under the title Corpus Hermeticum are generally regarded as having been written between the first and the third century AD. As Myatt pointed out, the texts reveal “how diverse the Hermetic weltanschauung is in respect of some details while nevertheless retaining an underlying ethos.” {2}

This ‘hermetic’ ethos is basically the metaphysical belief that we human beings can find and understand our place in the cosmos, that we were created by theos/the god/the primary divinity; that we can “apprehend the physis of beings, and […] have knowledge of theos,” {3} and – via an “anados” (a mystical quest or journey) or by some other means – can become “immortal” and thus achieve the purpose of our human existence:

“you who are earth-bound, why do you embrace death when you have the means to partake of immortality?” {4}

Assumptions About Influences

While many scholars – from Hienrici to Dodd {5} to those of more recent times – have argued or accepted that Judaism (as manifest, for example, in LXX, the Septuagint, the ancient Greek text of the Old Testament) has influenced the Hermetica, they have largely done so based on the presumption that the Judaic tradition is older than the traditions described in the Corpus Hermeticum and that it is it quite different from – in terms for example of cosmogony – other cosmogonies and specifically the one of ancient Greece.

Hence they for example take the mention of αὐξάνεσθε and πληθύνεσθε in section 18 of the Poemander to be evidence of such a Judaic influence since the same words occur in Genesis 1.22. Likewise, when other Greek words or phrases are found in the Corpus Hermeticum and also in the Septuagint.

Yet it is just as possible that the contrary is true, and that it is the Old Testament which was influenced by ancient Greek ideas and cosmogony with those Greek ideas and cosmogony – or echoes of those ideas and cosmogony – also forming the basis of the hermeticism described in the Corpus. A possibility that ancient fragments of the Old Testament in Greek and in Hebrew seem to confirm.

For the earliest fragments of the Old Testament in Hebrew are in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and date from c.150 BCE to c. 70 CE, with the oldest of these Hebrew fragments thus dating from a century or so after Greek fragments of the Septuagint found in Egypt.

Furthermore, the earliest (almost complete) Greek text of the Old Testament – Codex Vaticanus – dates from c.315 (±15) CE while the earliest Hebrew text – the Allepo Codex – dates from c.920 CE.

Thus, based solely on the actual physical evidence available it is justifiable to conclude not only that the Greek texts pre-date the Hebrew texts but also that the assumption of the Hebrew Old Testament (more correctly, the Tanakh) having its origin in the eleventh or tenth centuries BCE is at best just a presumption, unsupported by physical evidence, and at worst just a myth designed to propagate the claim of such an ancient origin for the Tanakh.

Given that the earliest texts of the Old Testament were written in Greek, not Hebrew, it is a reasonable to conclude that the scribes – or authors – of those texts were familiar with Greek culture and ideas and thus with Greek cosmogony and legends.

That this logical possibility – of Greek influence on the Old Testament – has not been mooted by contemporary scholars is interesting, and perhaps indicative of a certain bias.

Likewise, when certain texts of the Corpus Hermeticum have – or seem to have – echoes of the Greek New Testament, the presumptions always seems to be that the New Testament (the theology, ideas, cosmogony, of early Christianity) influenced those hermetic texts and ideas, not that the New Testament was influenced by those hermetic texts or ideas; a presumption in favour of Christianity that has no physical or even any textual evidence to support it. Since the texts of the Corpus date from between the first and the third century AD and usefully summarize the hermetic ideas and cosmogony then it is reasonable to assume those ideas and cosmogony had been circulating within certain Hellenic circles certainly from around the time the Gospels were written and probably for at least a century before, as attested by the Greek Magical Papyri {6} and certain Orphic texts {7}.

That this logical possibility – of Greek influence on the New Testament – has also not been mooted by contemporary scholars is interesting, and perhaps indicative of a certain bias toward Judaic influence.

A Greek Oral Tradition

In his Introduction to the third text of the Corpus, Myatt states that in his opinion this third text “most probably reasonably represents, like the Pymander tractate, a pagan metaphysical weltanschauung germane to the period of its composition and one which is based upon or recounts an earlier, and most probably aural, tradition.”

In support of this he quotes Herodotus and Hesiod and also several inscriptions which, centuries after Hesiod, echo almost word for word what Hesiod wrote.

Hesiod, written c. 700 BCE,

οἳ Γῆς ἐξεγένοντο καὶ Οὐρανοῦ ἀστερόεντος

those who came-into-being from Gaia and the starry heavens

An inscription from Pharsalos, Thessalyon, c.300 BCE,

Γῆς παῖς εἰμι καὶ Οὐρανοῦ ἀστερόεντος

I am a child of Gaia and the starry heavens

There does thus seem to be a continuity of Greek ideas and cosmogony by means of an oral tradition, lasting over three hundred, and probably more, years, and thus it does not seem unreasonable of Myatt to claim that the third text of the Corpus, and probably some others as well, primarily represent Greek ideas and a Greek cosmogony rather than being influenced by Judaic beliefs or by native Egyptian beliefs from Pharaonic times.

Indeed, Myatt suggests that “it is part of this ancient [Greek] esoteric mythos, and/or its antecedents, that may well be echoed in LXX (Genesis, 1:1), written centuries later.” {8}

What all this amounts to, in Myatt’s quite unfashionable if not iconoclastic view, is that several of the texts of the Corpus – presumably the eight he has translated and written commentaries on – represent a basically pagan cosmogony and ethos redolent of Greco-Roman culture (and especially of Greek culture) and that while there may be some other cultural influences, they are minor because an essentially pagan cosmogony, ethos, mysticism, and weltanschauung remain.

An ancient pagan cosmogony, ethos, mysticism, and weltanschauung, that is brought back to life by Myatt’s translations.

R. Parker
March 2017 ev
v.1.05

Footnotes

{1} David Myatt. Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates. 2017. ISBN 978-1976452369
{2} Corpus Hermeticum – Tractate VIII. Translated by Myatt
{3} Corpus Hermeticum I, Poemandres, section 1 (translated by Myatt).
{4} Corpus Hermeticum I, Poemandres, section 28 (translated by Myatt).
{5} C. F. Heinrici, Die Hermes-Mystik, 1918. C. H. Dodd, The Bible and the Greeks. 1935.
{6} Preisendanz, K. & Albert Henrichs. Papyri Graecae Magicae. Die Griechischen Zauberpapyri. 1974.
{7} Bernabé, Alberto, and Francesc Casadesús. Orfeo y la tradición órfica: Unreencuentro. 2008.
{8} Myatt, Corpus Hermeticum III, Ιερός Λόγος.

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O9A Texts 2018

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Among the new informative texts and/or compilations dealing with O9A esotericism, O9A aural tradition, and O9A satanism that were distributed in 2018 ev are the following, with details of where they were published.

1. The Latin Picatrix, The Arabic Ghayat al-ḥakim, And The O9A Septenary System [omega9alpha blog]
2. The Eludent Order of Nine Angles [o9a dot org; omega9alpha blog] pdf compilation
3. Some Anti-O9A Propaganda Exposed [o9a dot org; omega9alpha blog]
4. O9A Ontology And The Ruhaniyyat [o9a dot org; omega9alpha blog]
5. Traditional And Modern: The Two Types Of Satanism [o9a dot org; wyrdsister blog]
6. Sigils In Medieval And Renaissance Occult Texts [omega9alpha blog]
7. A Note On A Difference In Sigils [o9a dot org; omega9alpha blog]
8. Primary O9A Sources [omega9alpha blog]
9. O9A: A Different Emphasis? [o9a dot org; omega9alpha blog]
10. A Modern Mysterium [o9a dot org; omega9alpha blog; wyrdsister blog] pdf compilation
11. The O9A Septenary Sigil [omega9alpha blog]
12. The Tree Of Wyrd And The Star Game [omega9alpha blog]
13. Another Academic Misinterpretation [omega9alpha blog]
14. Classifying O9A Texts [o9a dot org; omega9alpha blog]
15. The Question Of O9A Culling [wyrdsister blog; omega9alpha blog]
16. The O9A In Practice [o9a dot org]
17. O9A Esoteric Notes LXXVI: Archaic Spelling In O9A Esoteric Tradition [omega9alpha blog]
18. Esoteric Notes Concerning The Numinous [omega9alpha blog]
19. The O9A Dark Art Of Shrenching [wyrdsister blog; omega9alpha blog]

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The contents of the two new pdf compilations are as follows:

Eludent O9A

° Preface
° Introduction
° Esoteric Note On The Somnium Scipionis Of Cicero
° A Note On The Picatrix
° The Avenging Alastoras
° Sorcery In Virgil’s Aeneid
° Baphomet – An Esoteric Signification
° Afsana, Yusra, And The Green Damask Room
° The Rounwytha Rite Of The Abyss

A Modern Mysterium: The Enigma of Myatt And The O9A

Preface.
Introduction.
° O9A 101.
° The Esoteric Philosophy Of The Order Of Nine Angles.
° The Multiform O9A.
° Surpassing Anton Long.
° Myatt, The Septenary Anados, And The Quest For Lapis Philosophicus.
° Anton Long and The Exeatic Quest for Gnosis.
° Theoretician of Terror?
° Traditional And Modern: Two Types Of Satanism
° Decoding The Life Of Myatt.
° The Peculiar Matter Of Myatt And Long.
° The Strange Life Of David Myatt.
° Demonizing Mr Myatt.
° The Question of Anton Long And David Myatt
° Appendix I. The Last Writings Of Anton Long.

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The new works compliment existing and recent esoteric works issued between 2016 and 2017, all of which are available on the omega9alpha blog. These 2016-2017 works include:

1. ἀρρενόθηλυς: Alchemical And Hermetic Antecedents Of The Seven Fold Way Of The Order Of Nine Angles (pdf compilation, 51 pages)
2. Further Notes Concerning The Hermetic Origins Of The O9A
3. Order of Nine Angles Esoteric Notes LV
        ° Chants and Mimesis In The Sinister Tradition of The Order Of Nine Angles
4. Order of Nine Angles Esoteric Notes XLIX
        ° A Muliebral Ethos
        ° Of Gates And Nexions
5. Order of Nine Angles Esoteric Notes XLVII
        ° De Vita Coelitus Comparanda
        ° Lightning, Sun, And Acausal Time
6. ONA Esoteric Notes XLV
       ° Mimesis And Sinister Sorcery
       °Anglicized Names In The Sinister Tradition
7. Non-English Names And Terms In O9A Tradition

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O9A Esoteric Notes LXXVI

Baphomet Sigil O9A

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Order of Nine Angles Esoteric Notes LXXVI
Archaic Spelling In O9A Esoteric Tradition
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Some Anti-O9A Propaganda Exposed

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Some Anti-O9A Propaganda Exposed
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The O9A Septenary Sigil

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The O9A Septenary Sigil
(pdf)

Extract:

The O9A septenary sigil, unique as it is, has – since it was first made public in the 1970s – puzzled some modern Occultists.

As exoterically drawn and reproduced, as above, the seven points which touch the outer circle symbolically represent the septenary spheres, with the lines joining the spheres the connexions or pathways between them.

Yet this exoteric representation is merely a 2-dimensional rendition of some-thing which is esoterically, on one level, 3-dimensional – as in the artistic depiction below – but which on a higher esoteric level is 4-dimensional since what is symbolically represented – the seven spheres and their connexions or pathways – are fluxive, mutable, changeable, as the psyche of the initiate fluxes and mutates as they progress from one sphere to another and explore the pathways between them. They are fluxive as the pieces of the O9A Star Game are fluxive, are transformed, as they are moved within, and from, one sphere to another. For as Adepts will apprehend, the use – the ‘playing’ – of the advanced Star Game is the 4-dimensional fluxive O9A septenary sigil […]

Historically, other simpler septenary sigils exist […]

In the context of Renaissance septenary sigils, the O9A septenary sigil – in its 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D formats – is an evolved representation of the nexion that is the septenary system, and thus also a talismata to use in the type of sorcery appropriate to each format […]

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The Tree Of Wyrd And The Star Game


The Tree Of Wyrd And The Star Game

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The Tree Of Wyrd And The Star Game
An Overview

Herewith a useful overview of some of the renaissance alchemical, and the ancient hermetic, roots of the Order Of Nine Angles.

Renaissance Septenary Tree of Wyrd

The above is a Renaissance illustration of the septenary Tree of Wyrd, from the book Azoth Sive Aureliae Occultae Philosophorum published in 1613 CE, which illustration includes the three fundamental alchemical substances, Salt, Sulphur, Mercury, whose nine transformations form the “nine angles” of the O9A and which nine angles are represented by the pieces of the O9A’s Star Game thus:

O9A Star Game Pieces

Both of the above illustrations were included in the O9A text ἀρρενόθηλυς: Alchemical And Hermetic Antecedents Of The Seven Fold Way Of The Order Of Nine Angles. {1}

The Star Game itself is an esoteric representation of the septenary Tree of Wyrd. That is, of the nexion between the acausal and the causal and which nexion is also represented by our psyche as human beings, a complex psyche hinted at in many medieval and Renaissance alchemical texts {2} and in modern times – for example by Carl Jung, whose inspiration was Renaissance alchemical texts – represented in terms of archetypes, a collective unconscious, the anima and animus, and ‘a shadow aspect’. {3}

The septenary Tree of Wyrd also represents the anados (ἄνοδος), the hermetic journey or alchemical/occult quest up through the seven spheres, anciently described in the Poemandres tractate of the Corpus Hermeticum {4} and described in more recent times by the Seven Fold Way of the Order of Nine Angles {5}.

Which overview reveals that the Occult tradition of the O9A is independent of, different from, and an alternative to the Qabala based tradition used by the majority of modern Occultists. {6}

R. Parker
2018 ev

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{1} The ἀρρενόθηλυς text is included in the compilation available from The Esoteric Hermeticism Of The Order Of Nine Angles.

Refer also to O9A Texts 2018.

{2} See, for example, (i) Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum, published in 1652 CE, (ii) Theatrum Chemicum Praecipuos Selectorum, published in 1550 CE, and (iii) De Alchimia Opuscula Complura Veterum Philosophorum, published in 1613 CE.

{3} Regarding the Star Game, see https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/the-star-game/

{4} See Myatt’s translation of and commentary on the Poemandres tractate, available from Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates.

{5} Regarding the O9A Seven Fold Way, refer to the ἀρρενόθηλυς text, such as the chapters titled Perusing The Seven Fold Way, and Alchemy And The Sinisterly-Numinous Tradition.

A recent overview of the Way is available at A Modern Practical Guide To The O9A Seven Fold Way.

{6} For further details, refer to O9A texts such as (i) the aforementioned The Esoteric Hermeticism Of The Order Of Nine Angles, (ii) Some Anti-O9A Propaganda Exposed (pdf), and (iii) https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/hermetic-origins-of-the-order-of-nine-angles/

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Related:
The O9A Septenary Sigil