Another Academic Misinterpretation

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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
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Classifying O9A Texts

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Classifying O9A Texts
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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


Order of Nine Angles Occult Fiction

Order of Nine Angles

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O9A Occult Fiction
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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)

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Related:

The Deofel Quartet

Eulalia: Dark Daughter Of Baphomet
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O9A Sinister Vignettes
(External Link)


The Multiform O9A

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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.


Order Of Nine Angles Esoteric Notes LXIII

Baphomet O9A

Order of Nine Angles Esoteric Notes LXIII
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° Atazoth And Alchemical Sources
° Kabbala Primary Sources
° The Question Of Membership


Distinguishing The O9A

Baphomet O9ADistinguishing The O9A
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There are several significant features germane to the Order of Nine Angles and which separate the O9A from other past and contemporary manifestations of the Occult in the lands of the West, be those manifestations described or classified by others (or self-described or classified by their adherents) as Left Hand Path, Satanist, Hermetic, Right Hand Path, Pagan, or Sorcerist.


The Labyrinthos Mythologicus of The O9A

Baphomet O9A

The Labyrinthos Mythologicus of The O9A

The term Labyrinthos Mythologicus is unique to the Order of Nine Angles (O9A, ONA) and one of the many original things that serve to distinguish the O9A from other occult groups or movements, be those groups or movements assigned to the Left Hand Path or described as satanist, or assigned to or described as belonging to whatever category or none.

The term is a combination of (i) a transliteration of the Greek λαβύρινθος – whence the Latin labyrinthus – and (ii) the post-classical Latin mythologicus, the former word giving rise to the English terms labyrinth {1} and labyrinthine, and the latter word having been used in the book Mythologiae by the post-Roman grammarian Fabius Fulgentius (c. 6th century CE, a modern edition of whose works was included in the Bibliotheca Teubneriana of 1898 published in Leipzig), and used by him to suggest “myth-making; creating or concerned with mythology or myths; a mythical narrative.”

Our Labyrinthos Mythologicus is (a) “a modern and an amoral version of a technique often historically employed, world-wide among diverse cultures and traditions both esoteric and otherwise, to test and select candidates,” and (b) a mischievous, japing, sly, and sometimes (for mundanes) an annoying, part of our sinister dialectic.

Thus and for example, we, the Order of Nine Angles, 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 (knowingly or unknowingly) meet or interact 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 and the disinformation we have spewn forth for over forty years to ensnare, entrap, enchant, entice, confuse, incite, dissuade, and jape.

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 O9A kind.

Remember therefore that the ONA is a shapeshifting nexion, in the world of the mundanes, and presents as a confusing, dark, labyrinthine, satanic/non-satanic entity, and therefore does/does-not exist, never has existed, and is/is-not defunct; which is/is-not nazi; which was/is/never-was a honeytrap; whose written texts sometimes contradict each other; and is/was merely an urban legend.

As we have said/written for some forty years, we expect individuals to work things out for themselves, and thus use or develop their own judgement, and use or develop their own Occult abilities.

 

Order of Nine Angles,
122 yfayen (revised 127 yfayen)
v.1.07

{1} qv. Milton’s Comus, first performed at Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, in 1634:

Comus: What chance good Ladie hath bereft you thus?
Ladie: Dim darknesse, and this heavie Labyrinth.

vv.277-278