Baphomet – The O9A View

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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.”

(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 fromἀρρενόθηλυς/

A copy of The Pagan Order Of Nine Angles is available at


O9A: Exoteric And Esoteric Reality

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The Exoteric And Esoteric Reality Of The O9A

The following extract is from the Introduction and omits the footnotes contained in the text.

“This compilation includes some classic O9A texts since one of many things outsiders – and even some O9A novices – mis-understand about the Order of Nine Angles (O9A, ONA) is what the O9A actually is and what this means in practice.

Exoterically understood, 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.” In other words, the O9A is akin to a collective; to a collection of individuals and groups who share similar interests, aims and life-styles, and who sometimes co-operate together for their mutual benefit and in pursuit of similar goals.

The culture that is the O9A has been said to be evident in a combination of the following:

° In the authority (both numinous and sinister) of individual judgement and individual responsibility.

° In the necessity of practical deeds, sinister-numinous – and thence the necessity of pathei-mathos – to breed such experience and learning as are the genesis of such necessary individual judgement.

° In the practice – the amoral praxis – of using what works, is affective and effective, and discarding/revising what has been tried and shown not work.

° In the desire to develop/transform/change one’s self and so evolve ourselves as members of the human species.

° In the necessary of accepting and living by the code of kindred-honour, and which code is individual judgement, individual responsibility, and liberation from causal abstractions, made manifest and practical.

° In the understanding that our code of kindred-honour applies equally to all of our kind, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, perceived social/educational status, sexual preference (and so on) with the practical result that we judge people solely on the basis of a personal knowing of them, on their deeds (not words), and on whether or not and how well they uphold and live by our code of kindred honour.

Esoterically understood the O9A is both a particular, modern, esoteric philosophy and a means whereby individuals – groups, cells, nexions, Temples, and individuals – can apply that philosophy in the real world by using certain exoteric and exoteric techniques, practical methods, and rituals, and by undergoing various ordeals in order to learn from such experiences. One technique used by the O9A is “The Dark Art” termed Insight Roles.

In practice, this exoteric and esoteric understanding means that, as Anton Long and many others have stated time and time again, no one person, no one O9A nexion, no collocations of O9A nexions, can ever speak or write “on behalf of the O9A” since one of the fundamental principles of O9A philosophy, based on its exoteric and esoteric reality, is what is termed the authority of individual judgment. This principles means that the O9A does not have, never has had, and never will have an “official policy” about anything, and never has, and never will make “official statements” about anything.

All any person or group associating themselves with the culture that is the O9A can do is present their personal opinion and/or their personal interpretation of matters O9A and otherwise.

Many individuals thus seem to make or to have made the error made by the likes of Massimo Introvigne which is the fallacy of Illicit Transference. That is, they mistakenly assume or mistakenly believe or mistakenly claim that some statement or some opinion made or voiced by some group or some nexion or some individual associating themselves with the O9A represents the opinion of or is a statement made by the O9A.

The O9A principle of the authority of individual judgment, about which much has been written by O9A folk in recent years, derives from the centrality of pathei mathos in O9A esoteric philosophy and practice and which pathei mathos – which individual learning from personal experience – means that there is a wide difference and diversity among O9A folk, with such difference and diversity an essential part of the O9A; that is, an essential presencing of the O9A logos or ‘esoteric current’.

That journalists, academics, O9A critics, and others – in respect of the O9A – continue to commit the fallacy of Illicit Transference by ignoring one of the fundamental principles of the esoteric philosophy of the O9A is proof (i) of just how limited their research into the O9A is, has been, and continues to be, and/or (ii) of their prejudice regarding the O9A.

            To provide one example of the diversity within the O9A, we – identifying as O9A and as an independent nexion applying the esoteric philosophy of the O9A including its code of kindred honour – interpret that philosophy as anti-Magian in essence and pro-NationalSocialist and fascist in exoteric practice and as required by the O9A’s Sinister Dialectic.

Our view – as supporters of our Western culture – is that a resurgent National Socialism, or a resurgent fascism, or something politically similar, embodies what is necessary to bring down the Old Order from whose ruins a New Order will emerge.

However, others identifying with or associating themselves with the O9A do not share our interpretation. Some interpret that esoteric philosophy as anarchistic; others as nihilistic; others as elitist in a cultured and aristocratic way.

Another example of the diversity within the O9A is how people associating themselves with the O9A regard Mr David Myatt. In this matter journalists, academics, O9A critics and others should read the book A Modern Mysterium and articles such as Decoding The Life Of Myatt which is included in the latest edition of that book. For if they do so they will find a diversity of opinion about Myatt’s alleged association with the O9A and which diversity of opinion is in accord with the O9A principle of the authority of individual judgment.”

TWS Nexion
July 2018 ev

Introducing The Star Game

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Introducing The Star Game

As mentioned in the text O9A 101: The Sinisterly-Numinous Tradition,

One of the axioms of the occult philosophy of the O9A [Order of Nine Angles] is that it is 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 ‘acausal- thinking’ and which ‘acausal-thinking’ can be developed by esoteric techniques such as The Star Game consisting of as that three-dimensional ‘game’ does of seven boards – arranged as a septenary Tree of Wyrd – with a total of 308 squares and with 81 pieces per ‘player’. {1}

Which provides the esoteric context for The Star Game; with it being an “esoteric language” which uses symbols and their change or metamorphosis instead of words. {2} Furthermore, the particular symbols of The Star Game and their metamorphosis are not, unlike other occult symbols, reducible to – do not have ‘correspondences’ with – any other apprehensible being or beings, material or otherwise, save for living human beings and the living being apprehended as a “civilization” formed as such a civilization is of collocations of particular human beings during a particular Aeon. Which particularity is why esoterically the symbols of The Star Game are described by Adepts as adunations {3} and why The Star Game as an esoteric language re-presents – when ‘played’ – the entire Septenary Tree of Wyrd and all the symbols, and the occult correspondences between symbols, of those seven spheres and the connexions between them.

That is, The Star Game is a new type of human apprehension, and one which does not rely on words, on the meaning(s) assigned to words, or on the categories – the abstractions – which have been posited or assumed and to and by which beings and Being have hitherto been classified, assigned, and described, and thence considered as ‘understood’.

To acquire this new type of human apprehension the person has to construct and then use – ‘play’ – the game. This use is or can be many and various; two examples of which are

(i) as an act of solo sorcery where the pieces are used to symbolize, represent, a particular person or a particular civilization or Aeon, in order to either (a) esoterically perceive (understand) that person or civilization or Aeon and thus to possibly foretell the Fate or Fates of such beings, or (b) to affect, to change – to harm or to aid – a particular person or a particular civilization or Aeon; and
(ii) as a combat between two sorcerists where one sorcerer is, via the foregoing representation, seeking to affect, to change, a particular person or a particular civilization or Aeon, while their opponent seeks to prevent such changes.

Which use of The Star Game brings us to two questions relevant to our current technological age. First, whether or not The Star Game can be replicated by a complex computer programme to thus become a three-dimensional or virtual reality ‘computer game’ accessible to and playable by anyone with a suitably powerful computer and the necessary accessories. Second, would using such a technological form of The Star Game still be sorcery? That is, would such a technological form of The Star Game still presence the acausal – be a symbiotic alchemical process between sorcerer and adunations as currently manifest in a physical structure and the physical movement of the pieces – or would it be something else, perhaps even a new, technological, type of sorcery appropriate to the emerging New Aeon?

So far, the answer to the first question is moot. While there have been in the past decade one to two attempts to computerize The Star Game they have failed.

The answer to the second question really depends on whether a talented individual or individuals can succeed in computerizing The Star Game with all of its complexity intact. For only the practical use of such a programme will reveal whether or not the creator(s) of the programme has/have also created a new, technological, type of sorcery appropriate to the emerging New Aeon.

Rachael Stirling
June 2018 ev

Further Reading

° Overview of The Star Game. Available at
° Star Game Archive, Part I. Available at
° Star Game Archive, Part II. Available at
° Star Game Archive, Part III. Available at
° Time As Emanation of Being. The compilation includes a history of The Star Game. Available at



{1} A copy of the text is available from [Accessed June 5, 2018]

In that quotation, and in this essay, The Star Game refers to the ‘advanced’ form of the game, as described in the appendix titled Advanced Star Game in the O9A text Naos, with the Game itself described in chapters VI and VII of that work. A facsimile (in pdf format) of the original typescript of Naos as issued by the ONA in 1989 is embedded in the Complete Guide To The Order of Nine Angles which 1460 page text is available – as a 55 megabyte pdf file – from [Accessed June 5, 2018]

Many of the relevant texts from Naos are included in the three part Star Game Archive, qv. the Further Reading section.

{2} Esoteric languages are explained in more detail in the two part text Concerning Esoteric and Exoteric Languages, written by Anton Long and published in 2011 ev. A copy of the text is available here

{3} The term is derived the Latin adunatus: ad + unare, to unite, make whole. It thus implies “some-thing which when placed in its correct relation to other adunations reveals the unity, the whole, of which it and they are a part.” Expressed exoterically, adunations are sinister-numinous symbols and thus possess acausal energy. That is, they presence or can presence the acausal, just as O9A Esoteric Chant, when correctly performed, presences or can presence the acausal within the psyche of – and sometimes exterior to – those performing such Chant.

An Introduction to Aeonic Sorcery

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Classic O9A Texts

An Introduction to Aeonic Sorcery

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


O9A Aeonic Theory

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

Classifying O9A Texts

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Classifying O9A Texts

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) and (ii)

Afsana, Yusra, And The Green Damask Room

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For decades, the esotericism of the Order of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A) – its unique esoteric tradition – has been either neglected or scorned by both modern occultists and by academics who have written about Western esotericism.

In order to facilitate research into the O9A we provide here some comments about two hitherto ‘secret’ aspects of O9A esoteric tradition: the Rite of Afsana, and the location associated with Yusra, both of which are mentioned in certain questions that those publicly declaring themselves knowledgeable about the O9A – usually via the medium of the Internet – were (from around 2008 on) sometimes asked to answer in order to verify their claim to knowledge. {1}


In origin, the term Afsana is Persian, and centuries old; an origin evident in the Persian title of an ancient book: Hazar Afsan, هزار افسان, and which book is a compilation of various short (enchanting) tales, some of which tales are quite similar (and occasionally almost identical) to some of the ones in the collection known in the West under the title The Thousand And One Nights, أَلْف لَيْلَة وَلَيْلَة‎.

The zahr (exoteric, outer) meaning of the term implies a (usually short) fictional story, while the batin (esoteric, inner, hidden) meaning implies an enchanting story or myth and which story or myth may be “archetypal” and thus numinous and thus may not necessary reflect or detail actual events. In the older stories, sorcery – and esoteric entities such as Jinn – play an important role. {2}

As for why a Persian word is used by the ONA, a text explaining what the ONA mean by the term ‘nine angles’ explains that:

“The inspiration for – or the tradition used by – the Order of Nine Angles/Anton Long was the ἄνοδος (septenary, Hermetic, or otherwise) described historically in various Hellenic, Indic, Persian, and alchemical texts, such as the Pymander tractate of the Corpus Hermeticum and the Arabic MS Al-Kitab Al-Alfak.” {3}

That is, the ONA is referencing a Western esoteric tradition {4} much older than, and independent of, the Magian cabala and a tradition which has been neglected by almost all modern academics who have written about Western esotericism, focused as such academics have been on the much more recent, and distorted, Magian tradition used by the likes of The Golden Dawn, Crowley, Levey, Aquino, and virtually all non-ONA Western occultists.

As the ONA also note, their tradition – of a septenary anados and of ‘the nine angles’ – may be derived, or be a continuation of, an ancient and pagan Greco-Roman tradition and which Greco-Roman tradition may have influenced Persian and Indic esoteric traditions, or it might be that earlier Persian and Indic traditions may have influenced that pagan Greco-Roman tradition. Unless and until more academic research is undertaken the actual origin of the septenary anados and of ‘the nine angles’ will be moot.


In respect of Yusra, the question asked is: “What one [singular] terrestrial location is used in calling forth Yusra?”

The answer as to location is encoded in the painting The Green Damask Room. The location is far from Shropshire and is not in Europe.

As for who or what Yusra is, while the word occurs in the Quran – for example جار ومجرور – and is sometimes used as a female first name in Arab lands, one has to bear in mind the distinction between zahr and batin, between the exoteric and the esoteric meaning.

Thus it is possible that the name might (or might not) refer to some ancient (possibly Near Eastern) female ‘goddess’.

The Green Damask Room


There are four “encodings” in the painting by Richard Moult to which he gave the name The Green Damask Room.

Two reflections in the suspended polyhedron which depict two locations in Shropshire, personal to the subject of the painting and of general interest regarding the history of a certain Esoteric Tradition.

The sigil above the polyhedron is an encoding of the secret name of ‘Satan’ according to that Tradition.

Although it may be reproduced as such, the polyhedron itself is not an intentional depiction of an inverted Septenary symbol (and thus does not necessarily require reverting). Rather – and interestingly given its resemblance to the Septenary sigil – it is the pattern which emerged via the encoding of the name of the terrestrial location associated with “Yusra” and the “New Aeon”.

In addition, the ‘Green Damask Room’ – named and known as such among family, friends, and selected invited guests – exists in a certain large house in a certain location in a certain country.

2018 ev

This is an edited and revised version of an article first published on the TWS Nexion blog in January 2017.

{1} The ten questions – since supplemented by three more – are:

1) What is the meaning and the correct uses [plural] of the term Fayen?
2) What alchemical season is appropriate to Dabih and why?
3) What is the reason that Petriochor is used in the Rite of Afsana, and what is this Rite?
4) What one [singular] terrestrial location is used in calling forth Yusra?
5) How do the Nine Angles relate to Azal, Dhar and Zamal, and what Earth-bound (causal) form (structure/construct) is used to symbolize this?
6) What symbolic structure/construct is beyond the (advanced) form that is The Star Game?
7) How does the causal phenomena perceived in the causal as “gravity” relate to a specific type of acausal energy, and what has this to do with the Dark Gods mythos and the nexion that is the planet Earth?
8) What is the esoteric name of the acausal entity that has the common exoteric name Satan?
9) What manuscript, other than Al-Kitab Al-Alfak, is a source for the nine emanations?
10) Where and when was Al-Kitab Al-Alfak written and what name appears on the title page.

Three further questions were added because: (i) a few years ago an O9A Adept publicly provided a clue to the answer to question (6), and (ii) some of the clues provided by Anton Long in relation to question (5) enabled a sagacious non-O9A-Adept to solve the riddle; and (iii) the ONA recently published the answer to question (1) at

{2} There is an interesting book titled Le Féminisme de Schéhérazade, La Révélation des Mille et une nuits, written by Marie Charlotte Heloïse Hollebecque and published in 1927 in Paris, which emphasized the role of women in the older stories.