Progressive, Traditional, Or Synthesis?

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Progressive, Traditional, Or Synthesis?
The Evolution Of The O9A

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Notata Bene: This essay has been circulated to nominated attendees in advance of the O9A Sunedrion in 2019 ev (Oxonia, post Trinity Term) and in anticipation of an interesting debate about the topic and the questions raised. It is published here since the issues are germane to the nature of the O9A.

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            Following the open publication of some articles {1} even some outsiders are now aware of the esoteric, the Seven Fold Way, context of some of the suggested tasks, learning, and ordeals of the External Adept; tasks, learning, and ordeals sensationalized by the Media, and naturally misunderstood by the Occult illiterati and especially by those of that ilk who self-describe themselves as ‘satanists’.

This context, which the Occult cognoscente have always been aware of, is the decades-long Seven Fold Way with its hermetic and sinister-numinous ἄνοδος, with its goal of discovering Lapis Philosophicus, and with the stage of External Adept commonly lasting eighteen months or so if only one Insight Rôle is undertaken and lasting two and half to three years if another Insight Rôle is, as suggested in some Order of Nine Angles texts, undertaken.

Theoretically and practically, this hermetic and sinister-numinous ἄνοδος engenders some interesting philosophical and especially some ethical questions; questions initially circulated as part of our aural tradition among those few who have successfully undertaken The Rite of the Abyss, and questions now more widely circulated among Internal Adepts at the behest of a certain extant Magus partly as an addition to our Labyrinthos Mythologicus.

One of the more interesting questions is the moral ambiguity of the praxis, given:

(i) how the “sinister” stage of External Adept can and in the past has often involved (a) particular Insight Rôles which can result in the External Adept causing harm or injury to or even the death of others as part of their exoteric pathei mathos, and (b) certain ceremonial (esoteric) rituals which can have the same result;

(ii) how some of those who are preparing for The Rite of the Abyss, having spent years pursuing a “numinous” way or ways of living and who thus have a more developed faculty of empathy perceive such wilfully caused harm, injury and deaths; and

(iii) how those who have successfully undertaken The Rite of the Abyss perceive such “sinister” matters often during their month of chthonic exclusion.

In practical terms this has led to suggestions such as those included in the 2017 text The Seven Fold Way Of The Order Of Nine Angles: A Modern Practical Guide {2} to offer alternatives to the more traditional “sinister” tasks:

(i) suggesting Insight Rôles such as (a) joining a well-established and traditional religious order – either Christian or Buddhist – and live the life of a monk/nun; (b) converting to Islam – either Sunni or Shia – and live the life of a devout Muslim, with one aim being to undertake Hajj, and (c) embarking on a solo cycling expedition from Patagonia to Alaska; and

(ii) eschewing the formation of the traditional ‘satanist’ nexion with its Black Book of Satan, and replacing it (a) with a nexion “using as a guide (or as a template for rituals of your own devising) O9A rituals such as [a] version of The Rite of the Nine Angles,” or (b) with a nexion “based on the O9A Rounwytha tradition.”

It has also led to an internal debate about culling and to the reality that now

“there are different opinions among O9A folk about culling and about it being a mandatory part of the O9A Seven Fold Way. A difference founded on the fundamental O9A principle of the authority of individual judgment.” {3}

Are such questions and such developments indicative of how the O9A is evolving as a result of the pathei mathos of those who achieved Internal Adept and those who have successfully undertaken The Rite of the Abyss?

Is such an evolution of the O9A natural and necessary and thus reflective of what Anton Long wrote over a quarter of a century 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 […]

I claim no authority, and my creations, profuse as they are, will in the end be accepted or rejected on the basis of whether they work (Satan forbid they should ever become dogma or a matter of faith). I also expect to see them become transformed, by their own metamorphosis and that due to other individuals: changed, extended and probably ultimately transcended, may be even forgotten. They – like the individual I am at the moment – are only a stage, toward something else.” {4}

and which sentiment he, as Magus, re-expressed in his 122yf text Knowledge, the Internet, and the O9A,

“One of the main reasons for the existence of esoteric groups such as the Order of Nine Angles is to be a living hereditary repository of a certain type of knowledge – kunnleik – and to personally, directly, encourage some individuals to acquire the culture, the habit, of learning – practical, scholarly, esoteric – and thus enable them to move in the traditional esoteric manner toward the goal of discovering and thence acquiring wisdom […]

Being a living hereditary repository of a certain type of knowledge, esoteric and otherwise – that is, being akin to an ancestral, communal, pathei-mathos – the O9A grows and slowly develops as more knowledge and understanding are obtained, as more individuals undergo pathei-mathos, and as newer Dark Arts are developed. But the Occult essence – the ethos, the internal alchemy of individual change during the life of the individual, the individual discovery of lapis philosophicus, the Adeptus way, the Aeonic perspective – remains.” {5}

If such an evolution of the O9A is natural and necessary as a result of “more individuals undergoing pathei-mathos” then is it also not natural and necessary that some of those associating themselves with the O9A and some of those who have reached the stage of Internal Adept and some of those have successfully undertaken The Rite of the Abyss will, due to their unique pathei mathos, prefer the more traditional and “sinister” and well-tried approach with its practical presencing of its anti-Magian ethos, its potentially suffering causing Insight Rôles and ceremonies, and its overtly ‘satanist’ nexions?

Will the O9A therefore, given its principle of the authority of individual judgment, diversify into traditionalists and progressives? Since the signs are that this diversity is already occurring, what is our individual view of such diversity and, perhaps more intriguingly, is some synthesis of the two aspects – contradictory as such apparent opposites are only in the exoteric perceiveration of those yet to achieve the enantiodromia of The Abyss – also a necessary development and thus expressive of the esoteric nature of the Occult movement that is the O9A?

TWS Nexion
April 2019 ev

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{1} Among these article are: (i) https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/the-post-modernist-o9a/ and (ii) https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/an-ignorance-regarding-the-o9a/
{2} https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/7fw-a-modern-guide/
{3} https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/o9a-culling/
{4} Anton Long: Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, letter to Michael Aquino, dated 20th October 1990 ev.
{5} https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/knowledge-the-internet/

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Atu III (The Empress) by Richard Moult from his book of Tarot archetypes
Non Est Secundus Quia Unus Est.

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The Role-Playing World Of The O9A

The Order Of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A) could be considered to be a φαντασία, that is, a making visible (of some-thing). A phrenic image, an imagining; a phrenic apprehension of an object of perception; an ingenious invention or design; a visionary notion, a fantasy.

In less pedantic, and more practical, terms, it could be understood as a new genre of fantasy role-playing games: a modular game that occurs and is acted-out in real-life with the player interacting with real people and assuming various roles. A game with no set rules, no manual, only guidelines some of which conflict with other ones and some of which are, or seem to be, confusing and/or polemical and/or distracting.

It is a game with no time limit whose only goal is pathei-mathos (a learning from practical, hard, experience) via playing the game. It is a modular game because the player can choose to construct their apprehension, their version, their fantasy, of the O9A from various modules such as ‘satanist’, or ‘Rounwytha’, or ‘Drecc’, or ‘pagan sorcerer’, or ‘Balobian’ or ‘seeker along the seven fold way’, or anarchist, or ‘neo-nazi’ or even ‘terrorist’, with one of the guidelines of the game being that any player can invent or design a new module (in O9A esoteric-speak, a new Insight Role, a Grade Ritual such as that of Internal Adept) and add it to the game.

It is also a game of conflict: conflict with other ‘satanists’ or with other ‘sorcerers’ or conflict with those whose apprehension or fantasy of the O9A differs from theirs; and/or conflict with those who oppose the ideology, the actions, the beliefs, of whatever “Insight Role(s)” the player has adopted. There could even be conflict with and within one’s self: between one’s ‘dark’ or sinister (amoral) side and one’s ‘numinous’ or emphatic (moral) side.

Being a fantasy role-playing game, it does not exist in cyberspace but rather in both the lives of those who play the game for however short a time, and in the making visible – the presencing, the fantasy – that a player may have of the game. For it exists as an apprehension by the player and/or by the opponent, but which apprehension may include an image or images of it (or modules relevant to it) accessible via cyberspace.

As a particular type of fantasy role-playing game it has no ‘leader’, needs no organization, requires no hierarchy of instructors, and is not and cannot be copyrighted. In sum: the fantasy O9A can be whatever the player desires it to be or believes it should be. Rather like modern satanism itself.

In the original, classic game – as played back in the day by aficionados of ONA 1.0 – there were (i) real-life Insight Roles such as neo-nazi activist, anarchist, being an assassin, a police officer or a member of the armed forces, and (ii) Grade Rituals such as Internal Adept (spending at least three months living alone in the wilderness) and The Abyss (living alone in an underground cavern for a lunar month).

Happy Gaming!

T.W.S.
2018 ev
ONA 3.0
v. 3.5

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O9A: The Dark Art Of Shrenching

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O9A: The Dark Art Of Shrenching
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Those curious about the Order of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A) who turn toward the four fictional stories that make up The Deofel Quartet expecting to find ‘horror’ stories or stories of bloody satanic sacrifice, or graphically described sexual or fetishistic satanic rituals, or de Sade like violence, sadism, and dominance, may well be disappointed […]

Nowhere is the dissonance between such expectations – of stories of horror, blood, sacrifice, sex, fetishism, satanic rituals, and sadism – and the Occult reality of The Deofel Quartet greater than in the story titled The Greyling Owl.

This fictional story – of some 130 pages – was published in 1986 ev and is set in and around the English city of York in the year 1976, with the story revealing “how the O9A often operates, and has operated, in the real world” for decades […]

What is described is The Dark Art Of Shrenching, otherwise known as Sinister Cloaking. A difficult Dark, Occult, Art to master involving as it can deceiving others about one’s intentions, and/or entrapping others for some sinister purpose.

In the O9A the most obvious use of The Dark Art Of Shrenching is in Insight Roles […]

Yet The Greyling Owl describes a somewhat hitherto neglected part of O9A tradition. Which is that Shrenching may also be a necessary part of those who, via the Seven Fold Way, have progressed beyond The Abyss and who thus have attained the Occult grade of Master of Temple, or Mistress of Earth […]

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The Seven Fold Way: A Modern Practical Guide

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A Modern Practical Guide To The O9A Seven Fold Way
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Second Edition

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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.