Occult Sigils: Questions For O9A Novices

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Sigils In Medieval And Renaissance Occult Texts

Part I: The Picatrix
Part II: Sigillum Dei Aemeth And The Septenary System


Extract from Part I:

In two previous notes we touched upon the difference in some of the Occult sigils in the 11th century (CE) Arabic manuscript Ghayat al-hakim and those in the manuscripts of the Latin Picatrix dating from the 14th and 15th centuries (CE).

While some of the differences in the manuscripts are undoubtedly due to scribal errors and unintentional emendations, other differences may well (i) reflect how the scribes – or the editor(s) or authors of later printed texts – naturally and perhaps in a well-intentioned way evolved the symbolism in accord with both their apprehension of the manuscripts and/or their apprehension and understanding of contemporary Occult texts and praxises, and/or (ii) reflect the judgment of the illustrators or typesetters of later printed texts in respect of representing them on the printed page.

It is therefore interesting to compare some of the differences between the sigils of the Arabic Ghayat al-hakim and those in the Latin Picatrix, especially as such sigils were regarded as important in the crafting and use of talismata.

For one question which a practitioner or an aspiring practitioner of The Dark Arts might well ask is whether or not such later, emended, sigils were as effective as the earlier ones. Questions which practitioners or aspiring practitioners of The Dark Arts should answer themselves as a result of practical Occult experimentation.

[Two] such differences are illustrated below:

Sigils: Ghayat al-hakim
Ghayat al-hakim

Sigils: Picatrix



O9A: A Different Emphasis?

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In the past two years dozens of essays and texts have been circulated by a variety of individuals associating themselves with the Order of Nine Angles and which texts seem to indicate a change of emphasis on how the O9A is being publicly presented by its advocates since such essays and texts deal with what many Occultists, Satanists, and many of those interested in or supportive of the O9A sinister tradition, will regard as obscure and/or as irrelevant Occult and academic matters.

Long gone, it seems, the sometimes divisive polemics against other Satanists and other Left Hand Path practitioners that many outsiders wrongly considered defined the O9A. Long gone, it seems, the often strident propaganda promoting human culling and advocating causing chaos in Western societies and the emphasis on just how “elite” and hard and dangerous the O9A way was.

Instead, there were and are tracts about Isaac Newton’s manuscript Lapis Philosophicus cum suis rotis elementaribus; about Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis; tracts about sorcery in Virgil’s Aeneid, complete with a long quotation in Latin. Tracts about Baphomet complete with quotations in Ancient Greek; texts which included quotations from Renaissance Latin works such as De Vita Coelitus Comparanda; and, more recently, items focusing on such works as the Arabic text titled Ghayat al-hakim and the Latin Picatrix.

These essays and texts include those in the following compilations: (i) the copiously illustrated Aρρενόθηλυς: Alchemical And Hermetic Antecedents Of The Seven Fold Way; (ii) The Eludent Order of Nine Angles, and (iii) O9A: A Change of Perspective.

Many of these texts have, beyond the apparent obscurity of their subject and beyond their mostly academic-type presentation and content, one thing in common. Which is just how often they include quotations from and references to the works of Mr David Myatt and specifically his translations of and his commentaries on tracts from the Corpus Hermeticum. Which translations and commentaries, beginning in 2013 with the Poemandres tract under the title Mercvrii Trismegisti Pymander and culminating in his 2017 book Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates: Translation and Commentary, {1} may have inspired some of those O9A esoteric texts since he referenced the septenary system described in the Poemandres tract and in tract XI, as well as referencing Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis and the 1489 book by Marsilii Ficini titled De Vita Coelitus Comparanda.

Such possible inspiration aside, what these post-2015 O9A essays and texts apparently reveal are three interesting things.

§ Firstly, the shift, documented in various texts, {2} from phase (or iteration) II of the O9A’s self-declared “sinister, Aeonic, strategy” to phase III. Which shift includes the admission that propaganda and polemics are only

“relevant to O9A initiates, novices, and prospective candidates, and [deal] with Traditional Satanism and the first three stages of the O9A Seven Fold Way: Neophyte, Initiate, and External Adept.” {3}

Given that several of those associated with and writing esoteric texts about the O9A (or formerly associated with the O9A) have (or had) apparently been travelling along the O9A Seven Fold Way and have apparently (or had) progressed to the stage of Internal Adept, and possibly beyond, as former O9A associate Mr Moult seems to have done, {4} their concerns are no longer polemical and propagandistic and thus not imbued with an “us” and “them” dialectic but rather with the personal pursuit of lapis philosophicus, for

“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.” {5}

That is, a scholarly approach is part of the Seven Fold Way, beyond its initial stages,

“For the dilettantes do not know, or have failed to understand and appreciate, or ignore, the fact that the O9A is now and always been an occult path. A unique occult path which has a mythos rooted in the past, its own unique logos (exoterically manifest in the ethics and etiquette of the O9A code), involves various Dark Arts, regards the cultivation of empathy and self-honesty via practical methods such as the rite of internal adept as vital requisites of the Adept; which has a decades-long hermetic anados, which employs techniques of learning and experience such as esoteric chant; and which recognizes the importance, and the necessary, of culture, of a willed pathei-mathos and of scholarly learning.” {6}

§ Secondly, that such recent esoteric texts represent the views of what it is convenient to term ‘one academic wing’ of the O9A and, as such, relate to their esoteric interests, to their progress along the Seven Fold Way, and to their personal interpretation of matters O9A.

That is, such persons, as many O9A texts over the years have pointed out, {7} do not and cannot represent the O9A itself, given the complexity of O9A esotericism; given its sinister-numinous aesthetic; given its multiform nature {8} and given its diverse praxises ranging from the Seven Fold Way and the Rounwytha, to lone operatives, to musicians and artists of various genres and mediums, and given its independent nexions in diverse countries from England to Italy to Russia to Canada to the United States to South America and to Egypt.

This means that such persons do not represent and do not present the opinions and views of the O9A itself since no one person, no persons, and no one nexion can do so, because the O9A is “not a structured lodge or temple, but rather a movement, a subculture or perhaps metaculture that its adherents choose to embody or identify with.” {9}

§ Thirdly, and possibly most interesting of all, is that such esoteric texts reveal just how different the Order of Nine Angles is from contemporary non-O9A Occultism, from the modern Satanism of Howard Levey, and from modern manifestations of the Western Left Hand Path.

For the texts deal with Occult topics that have been ignored by most contemporary Occultists and by most academics studying the various flavours of modern Occultism.

Such O9A esoteric texts thus reveal the depth of esoteric knowledge of their authors; confirm that O9A esotericism is an independent esoteric tradition with roots pre-dating the “Kabbalistic occultism” both of Levey satanists and of all other non-O9A occultists; and reveal an O9A tradition that is unique and which presents an alternative multi-form approach, offering as the tradition does, among other things, (i) a practical satanic praxis, a sinister way of life, for those whose character inclines or compels them toward exeatic living, and (ii) a way for those so inclined to presence and live the sinister-numinous aesthetic through music, art, and artisan living; and (iii) a mystical, rural way of living for those with a Rounwythian physis, and (iv) an intellectual, scholarly, way for those whose interests, character, and talents, or whose progress along the Seven Fold Way, takes them or has taken them, deep into the non-Kabbalistic Western occultism that the O9A represents.

Each approach is valid; each equally presences what the Order of Nine Angles is and implies. From individual pathei-mathos and individual change through to exeatic, satanic, or artistic or a scholarly, or a mystical rural, living; to the Chaos of the Acausal intruding into the causal to thus perhaps bring change, revolution, evolution and, possibly – for some – the achievement of Wisdom.

Rachael Stirling
August 2018 ev

{1} ISBN 978-1976452369.

{2} qv. (i) the 2018 text A Return To The Dark, available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/return-to-the-dark/ and (ii) Anton Long’s 122 yfayen (2011 ev) text Geneseos Caput Tertium, available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/gct/

{3} Classifying O9A Texts, e-text, 129 yf, available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/classifying-o9a-texts/

{4} Judging by his recent Non Est Secundus Quia Unus Est book of Tarot archetypes, qv. https://starred-desert.com/non-est-secundus-quia-unus-est/

{5} Anton Long, Knowledge, the Internet, and the O9A, e-text, 122 yfayen, available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/knowledge-the-internet/

{6} Dilettantes And The Order of Nine Angles, e-text, 2014 ev.

{7} qv. such texts as (i) The Authority Of Individual Judgement – Interpretation And Meaning, available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/individual-judgement/ and (ii) Authority, Learning, and Culture, In The Sinister Tradition Of The Order of Nine Angles, available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/o9a-authority/

{8} qv. The Multiform O9A, e-text, available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/the-multiform-o9a/

{9} Connell Monette. Mysticism in the 21st Century. Sirius Academic Press. 2013, p.89.



Summary Of O9A Texts 2018


O9A Ontology And The Ruhaniyyat

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Notes On O9A Ontology And The Ruhaniyyat

While there does not appear to be – from extant Arabic esoteric texts – one definitive Occult ontology, a consistent theme is of ruhaniyyat associated with the septenary spheres {1} and which or who thus enable mortals to understand the influences and the knowledge of those spheres, with imago – talismata {2} – being one means whereby these influences could be presenced, understood, and used.

In effect, the Arabic sources consider that the spheres are living immortal beings and therefore beyond the life of mortals {3} and that they re-present the divine – in the case of al-Kindi and other Muslim writers, are representatives of Allah – and that the pursuit of wisdom is the pursuit of knowing the ruhaniyyat and their influences and effects.

Ghayat al-hakim Sigils

Planetary Sigils: Ghayat al-ḥakim

This pursuit of knowing the ruhaniyyat of the spheres and the crafting and use of talismata to ‘presence’ them may be said to be the essence of Ghayat al-hakim and thus of the Picatrix, with the ruhaniyya named Zemeyel for instance associated with Mars and Yebil with the Sun.

The ontology is therefore similar to that of several tractates of the Corpus Hermeticum – in particular the Poemandres tractate – with a hierarchical septenary system presided over by animating principles or entities with the mortal gaining sufficient knowledge to know, in respect of classical hermeticism, The One, The Monas, The Theos; and in respect of Islamic esotericism, to know Allah, the Omnipotent, the Eternal One.

            In comparison, O9A ontology – although possibly inspired by and having some of its foundations in classical hermeticism and Islamic esotericism – is quite different.

Instead of the division between mortal and immortal based as both classical hermeticism and Islamic esotericism are on the moral assumption of good (immortal behaviour and living) and bad (mortal behaviour and living) there is the postulate of causal and acausal beings lacking as this postulate does any abstractive assumption about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in relation to causal and acausal beings.

There is also, in the O9A way, no reliance on the ‘wisdom’ of The One, The Monas, The Theos, or on an omnipotent, unchanging, God/Allah, as recounted in some written words or in some texts or by some tradition or as revealed by some teacher, priest, priestess, or mage. Instead, there is reliance on a personal pathei mathos: on the individual learning by means of both practical and esoteric experiences over durations of causal time.

There is also, in the O9A way, no necessary belief in the spheres as living beings with their ruhaniyyat as having an actual existence, acausal or otherwise. Instead, there is the praxis of going to what is beyond abstractions – beyond every ἰδέᾳ/εἶδος, beyond denotata, beyond ‘good and evil’ and beyond all other manifestations of opposites – to Being itself, shorn of the concept of deities, of deity, of separate beings, whether anthropomorphic or otherwise.

Ontologically, therefore there is a rejection of the principle, stated by Plato, that in respect of ἰδέᾳ/εἶδος, and of Being,

πρῶτον μὲν ἀεὶ ὂν καὶ οὔτε γιγνόμενον οὔτε ἀπολλύμενον, οὔτε αὐξανόμενον οὔτε φθίνον

“Firstly, it always exists, and has no genesis. It does not die, does not grow, does not decay.” {4}

For, according to O9A esotericism, (i) every abstraction, every ἰδέᾳ/εἶδος, even what we term an “archetype”, has a genesis (which is ourselves) and also a particular span of temporal existence, and thus grows and then decays to finally die; and (ii) that we – we human beings – are the genesis of, an individual presencing of, Being and have the potential, the physis, to aid and evolve, to “grow”, such a “cosmic being”, through for example an individual quest and thence the discovery of lapis philosophicus, and yet also have the physis (demonstrated so often by human beings en masse) to be detrimental to Being and thus cease to evolve as human beings, or to descend back from whence we were to thus aid, to be, the “decay” of Being.

There is also, and importantly, in O9A esotericism an understanding that such methods and means as working with acausal entities – such as named Dark Gods {5}, who are the O9A version of ruhaniyyat – and such rites and talismata and sigils and Tarot images (archetypes) as may be employed are but a stage; only a beginning, only a part of a decades long and very personal Seven Fold Way. There is therefore no fixation on such Dark Gods; no fixation on such rites; no fixation on talismata and on such archetypes. For they are only learning experiences; just initial – noviciate – steps on the path to discovering lapis philosophicus.

Morena Kapiris
T.W.S. Nexion
129 yf

{1} Ruhaniyyat – singular, ruhaniyya – are the animating principles or entities which or who – in O9A terminology – presence πνεῦμα, pnuema. They are commonly – though incorrectly – referred to as ‘spirits’, ‘spiritual beings’, or as ‘angelic beings’, and thus often identified and named as a specific ‘angel’ (angelus).

The origin of the Arabic term is the word ruh, which is used in the Koran – for example Surah 15, v.29 – and which word is often translated as ‘spirit’ or ‘soul’.

Tractate 13 (v.19) of the Corpus Hermeticum – predating the Koran by centuries – has a similar sentiment to that of the forgoing Koranic verse: πνευματοφόρε δημιουργέ, which Myatt – in his Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates – evocatively translates as “Breath-Giver, Artisan” and mentions in his commentary that the Artisan is “The Master Craftsman whose craft is to make – to construct, to create – living beings.”

{2} The Latin word imago – used in the Picatrix – is commonly translated as ‘talisman’ which translation, as two recent essays have pointed out, is a poor translation. For the word talisman now implies an object – an often mass produced ‘charm’ – which has become divorced from its ancient origins as a bridge between mortals and entities such as the celestial ruhaniyyat.

Myatt in his essay Telesmata In The Picatrix uses the term talismata; while in the essay The Latin Picatrix, The Arabic Ghayat al-ḥakim, And The O9A Septenary System the author writes that “the Latin implies ‘a semblance’, a crafting of something which of itself presenced, was a semblance of, what was ‘higher’, numinous, by something which was ‘lower’, material, with such a presencing well-expressed by Marsilii Ficini in his De Vita Coelitus Comparanda.”

I have therefore decided to use the term talismata in preference to the common form talisman.

{3} qv. al-Kindi, The Prostration of the Outermost Body, in Peter E. Pormann and Peter Adamson (editors), The Philosophical Works of al-Kindi, Studies In Islamic Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Another translation of the Arabic title of the text by al-Kindi is The Sujud Of The Most Distant Sphere where sujud refers to a part of Muslim Salat (prayer) and implies not only the act of prostration but also personal humility and acceptance of the power of Allah.

{4} Symposium 210e – 211a. The translation is by Myatt, from his lengthy commentary on section 9 of tractate 4 of the Corpus Hermeticum.

{5} The Dark Gods of the O9A are described in the 1980s typewritten text Naos, a facsimile copy of which is – as of August 2018 ev – available at https://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com/naos/



David Myatt. Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates. 2017. ISBN 978-1976452369

David Myatt. Telesmata In The Picatrix. 2017. e-text, https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/telesmata-in-the-picatrix/

R. Parker. The Latin Picatrix, The Arabic Ghayat al-ḥakim, And The O9A Septenary System. 2018. e-text, https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/ghayat-al-hakim-picatrix-and-the-o9a/

David Pingree. Picatrix. The Latin version of the Ghayat Al-Hakim. The Warburg Institute. 1986.

Peter E. Pormann and Peter Adamson (editors), The Philosophical Works of al-Kindi. Studies In Islamic Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2012.