The O9A Deofel Quintet

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Order Of Nine Angles: The Deofel Quintet

The O9A Deofel Quintet consists of the following novels:

§ Falcifer
§ The Temple Of Satan
§ The Greyling Owl
§ The Giving
§ Breaking The Silence Down

The Quintet {1} – the Deofel Quartet plus the novel Breaking The Silence Down – amounts to almost 600 pages and is a neglected aspect of O9A occultism. For attention hitherto – especially in mainstream Media, by self-described modern ‘satanists’, by academics, and by self-described ‘anti-fascists’ – has focused on the alleged neo-nazi and satanist aspects of O9A occultism, with what the O9A means by satanism either ignored or misunderstood. {2}

The Deofel Quintet places the neo-nazism and the satanism aspects into the necessary esoteric perspective, for the novels of the Deofel Quintet are non-political with the overt satanism of such works as Falcifer and The Temple of Satan expressing the place of satanism in O9A tradition: which is that it is a short-lived and personal learning experience, germane to the early stages, the first few years, of the anados (ἄνοδος), the decades-long hermetic quest, for Lapis Philosophicus. An anados manifest in O9A hermeticism by the sinister-numinous Seven Fold Way.

In this perspective, both Falcifer and The Temple of Satan are concerned with initiate type learning experiences: gaining esoteric knowledge, participating in ceremonial overtly ‘satanic’ rituals, and experiencing the part of the satanic ethos that concerns personal pride and personal pleasure. But they also deal with how personal emotion – especially love – affects them, can complicate their lives, as well as offering them opportunities to learn and advance further in their anados.

Which advancement is the concern of The Greyling Owl, of The Giving, and of Breaking The Silence Down. For example, The Greyling Owl deals

“with a type of ‘hidden sinister sorcery’ that owes little or nothing to what has become accepted as ‘the Western occult tradition’, satanic or otherwise, with its demons, its invocations and evocations, its rituals, and people dressing up in robes. Instead, it concerns someone being manipulated, brought into a position of influence, without even knowing or suspecting there is an occult aspect; someone – in modern parlance – being ‘groomed’ to at some future time use that influence for a sinister purpose as directed by the person or persons to whom he is now indebted.

That is, there is a revealing of how the O9A often operates, and has operated, in the real world; and how O9A people are often secretive, with their occult connections, and their interest in the sinister, unknown to colleagues and friends. The title itself gives a clue, for the word greyling is used in reference to Hipparchia Semele (commonly referred to as the Grayling), a type of butterfly found in Britain and one which is ‘a master of disguise and can mysteriously disappear as soon as it lands, perfectly camouflaged’. Hence the title seems to, esoterically, suggest the pairing of the ‘mistress of disguise’ (Fiona) with ‘the owl’ (Mickleman) and which working together will enable sinister deeds to be done, most possibly by Mickleman (under the guidance of Fiona) influencing or recruiting people from within his natural academic environment.” {3}

The novel titled The Giving concerns preparations for a rural ancestral tradition which involves no satanic or witchcraft ceremonies in which words are declaimed, and when the ancestral ceremony called ‘the giving’ occurs – toward the end of the book – it simply involves the folk of a village assembling by an altar covered with fruit, food and casks of beer, who then take their bound human sacrifice toward a bonfire around which the village folk dance, sing and shout. The Giving like The Greyling Owl has a strong female character, Lianna, who is adept at manipulating men, only more so than Fiona in The Greyling Owl. An adept manipulation which the real-world tests Lianna sets the potential male human sacrifice, and her potential chosen mate, reveal and which tests are not understood as tests by either man.

The novel Breaking The Silence Down concerns the sometimes complicated relationship between three women, and is a paean to Western ‘Faustian’ culture, to Sapphic love, to matriarchy, and of how in the sinister-numinous esoteric tradition, both pre-O9A and O9A, women were and are important and indeed vital, as the following extract from that novel reveals.

“Blissful, they returned to their home. The rain ceased with their arrival and in the subdued light in the now cramped sitting room of their bungalow, Rachael sat at her piano to transform herself and the night. Diane listened and watched, entranced. Rachael’s playing created a new world and a new woman, and Diane watched this strange woman create from the instrument of wood, steel and tone a universe of beauty, ecstasy and light.

Bach, Beethoven – it made no difference what or for how long she played. But, as it always had since that night, Beethoven’s Opus 111 fascinated her with feelings, visions, and stupendous, world-creating thought. It imbued her with insight, and a love that wanted to envelope Rachael and consume her.

It was pleasure and pain to watch Rachael transform herself through the act of her playing into a goddess she would die for. No reason touched her while she listened. There was, she knew, no greater life than this, no greater feeling and she wanted to immolate herself with Rachael’s ecstasy, immolate world upon world with this glory and passion which no male god described.

Then the silence, while clamoured notes faded and dimmed light framed. There were no more tears Diane could cry and she waited while Rachael slowly rose and offered her hand. She – the goddess within – was smiling and Diane allowed herself to be led. The music in her head, the memories and secret dreams of youth: all were before her, embodied in flesh and she had only to kiss the slightly scented lips or see the secret wisdom hidden in the eyes to reach the summit of her life, slowly, in the dim corners of the bedroom’s reflected dark.”

Those who appreciate the Sinister-Numinous Aesthetic of the O9A, will understand that it is

“manifest – presenced, in the causal – in many ways, three of the most prominent being the following. (i) In the pagan rural landscapes that infuse many O9A occult rites, traditions, chants, and practices – such as the Way of the Rounwytha, the Rite of Internal Adept, and The Ceremony of Recalling; (ii) in O9A specific archetypes, from their female ‘dark goddess’ Baphomet, to the heroines of their sinister fiction, for example Eulalia and Lianna; and (iii) in its principle of Insight Roles, of encouraging individuals to experience in practical (exoteric) and in occult (esoteric) ways both ‘the sinister’ (dark) and ‘the numinous’ (light) aspects of their psyche, of the Occult, and ‘of the world’, and then melding both aspects as a prelude to transcending them.” {4}

Which is why

“in contrast to most occult fiction of the era – the 1970s and the 1980s – and previously, all of the works in The Deofel [Quintet] contain strong, independent, female characters: Susan in Falcifer, Melanie in The Temple of Satan, Lianna in The Giving, and Fiona in The Greyling Owl.

Which is not surprising given the standing of women in the esoteric traditions of the O9A. Many of the works also contain positive gay or bisexual characters: for instance Fenton in The Greyling Owl, Denise in Falcifer, and the bisexual Melanie in The Temple of Satan. In these 1970s and 1980s positive depictions and acceptance of such preference and such love as natural, the O9A was somewhat ahead of its time in the occult world and in Western societies in general, again unsurprising given the Rounwytha tradition and the liberalism of the O9A, a liberalism that the stories themselves, through their characterizations, often embody and something especially noticeable in the characters of Fenton, Timothy, and Julie, in The Greyling Owl.” {3}

What does not seem to be appreciated, must less understood, by many is that The Deofel Quintet not only (i) documents in fictional form the lives and experiences of some of those who, over the past seventy or so years and both pre-O9A and O9A, have lived or strived to live in accord with the ‘sinister-numinous aesthetic’, but also (ii) represents the esoteric essence both of the O9A and of its modern ἄνοδος as manifest in the O9A Seven Fold Way.

Which esoteric essence is a perceiveration

“of the nameless, wordless, unity beyond our mortal, abstract, ideations of ‘sinister’ and ‘numinous’, of Left Hand Path and Right Hand Path, and also – and importantly – of ‘time’. For it is our ideation of ‘time’ – with its assumption of a possible temporal progression, via various temporary causal forms, toward something ‘better’ or more ‘advanced’ or more ‘perfect’ (in personal or supra-personal terms) – that underlies the magian/patriarchal/masculous approach that has dominated, and still dominates, Western occultism and esotericism in general, fundamental to which is a hubriatic egoism: the illusion that is the individual will.” {5}

A perceiveration, and an illusion, that a novel such as Breaking The Silence Down seeks to express, leading as the other four novels of the Deofel Quintet do to such a perceiveration, and which perceiveration of that of those who have discovered, toward the end of their ἄνοδος, Lapis Philosophicus. For

“the ‘outer secret’ of the inner, the real, the living, alchemy is that the end and the result of both our apparently separate journeys is the same; the same place, the same understanding, the same knowledge. For wisdom is undivided, the same for all of us, whatever we believed or assumed when we began. Or expressed another way, lapis philosophicus is what it is, and always has been, and does what it does, and always has done, in terms of how it affects and changes those few who have succeeded in their decades-long endeavour and thus discovered it, and discovered it where it has always been hidden.” {6}

Conclusion

To understand and appreciate the Order of Nine Angles – in the context of Western Occultism, in the context of Satanism, in the context of alleged neo-nazi involvement by the O9A, and in the context of the pre-O9A and the O9A sinister-numinous aesthetic – requires a reading of and an understanding of the Deofel Quintet, the novels of which

“present much of the diverse aural traditions as [Anton Long] 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 […] 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.” {3}

For the novels in the Quintet express fundamental truths regarding, and the essence of, O9A esotericism. It is therefore apposite to describe those unfamiliar with or unappreciative of the Deofel Quintet as ignorant of O9A esotericism and thus as ignorant of what the O9A actually is and represents.

That most anti-O9A critics and all anti-O9A propagandists are unfamiliar with or in their prejudice are unappreciative of the Deofel Quintet is no surprise, given how they seem to be embedded in, and representative of, the Magian patriarchal ethos.

TWS Nexion
Oxonia
July 2019 ev

{1} The novels of the Quintet are available from https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/deofel-quartet/

{2} The puffatory ‘modern satanism’ of Howard Stanton Levey (otherwise known as Anton LaVey) is very different from the traditional satanism of the O9A.

“The modern Satanism of Levey is based on the premise that Satan is a symbol of the carnal, the selfish, the egoistic, nature of human beings, with satanism understood as manifesting the raison d’êtres of ‘might is right’, of ‘lex talionis’, and of the individualistic ideas expressed in Ayn Rand’s Objectivism […]

The traditional Satanism of Anton Long is based on the scholarly premise that – as described in the O9A text The Geryne of Satan {7} – (i) hasatan – the satan – refers (in the Septuagint) to the chief adversary (of the so-called ‘chosen ones’) and to the chief schemer against those who regard themselves as the chosen people of God/Jehovah, and (ii) “a satan” historically (in the Septuagint) refers to someone who is an adversary of and who thus is pejoratively regarded (by those so opposed) as scheming, as plotting against those who regard themselves as the chosen people of God/Jehovah, with O9A satanism understood as an antinomian – amoral, heretical – means to such exeatic personal experiences as shape and evolve an individual’s character and understanding.” Source: The Two Types Of Satanism, https://wyrdsister.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/understanding-neo-volkisch-satanism/

{3} Esoteric Aural Tradition In The Deofel Quartet, e-text. 2014.

{4} Regarding The Sinister-Numinous Aesthetic Of The Order Of Nine Angles, in the compilation O9A Occult Fiction And The Sinister-Numinous Aesthetic, e-text, 2018. Available at https://wyrdsister.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/o9a-occult-fiction-and-the-sinister-numinous-aesthetic/

{5} Some Notes On The Rounwytha Way, available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/the-rounwytha-way/

{6} The Last Writings Of Anton Long, available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/the-enigmatic-truth/

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A pdf version of the text is available here:
https://omega9alpha.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/deofel-quintet-o9a.pdf

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

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The Post Modernist O9A?

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The Post Modern Nihilist O9A?

The author of a previous item we have mentioned {1} has – or so it seems – “connected some more of the metaphysical dots” between the Order of Nine Angles and nihilism and which nihilism thus takes the O9A far beyond the “neo-nazism” that it is commonly but mistakenly said by the Occult illiterati and by the Media to espouse.

In an article titled Virtual Reality and Terrorism the author quotes from an O9A text published in Naos {2} decades ago which states that

“For a long time the nature of the Left Hand Path has been misunderstood. The traditional definition as magick use for personal/destructive/negative purposes is meaningless because it assumes a framework of moral opposites, which does not, in reality, exist in relation to magickal energies. All evolution of consciousness is a magickal act – an expansion of the acausal into realm of the causal. From the ‘traditional’, moral/ Nazarene point of view all such evolution, of necessity, becomes evil.

It is unfortunate that, for a long time, this simple fact has been obscured by silly systems like Qabala with its notions of a Dark Side of the Tree. No dark side exists, because what actually exists is dark of itself because it presences non-Being.”

As the author of Virtual Reality and Terrorism notes,

“It is all dark, because the acausal is just a […] a term to denote absolute evil and every act of presencing it in the causal realm of necessity, becomes evil.”

Yet even if nihilism is accepted to mean “rejection of prevailing religious beliefs, moral principles, and laws, together with a practical hostility toward accepted beliefs and/or established institutions,” then both philosophically and practically the leaderless O9A movement goes beyond the type of nihilism manifest for example in O9A insight roles, in presencing the acausal through sinister deeds, through heretical Occult rites and ceremonies, and through the O9A principle of the authority of individual judgment.

It does so because, as explained elsewhere {3} the raison d’être of the O9A is evident in

“individuals undertaking an often decades-long hermetic anados (ἄνοδος) by which they might discover Lapis Philosophicus and thus acquire wisdom. A practical anados manifest in the O9A Seven Fold Way,”

and in the fact that

“what the Media focus upon and misinterpret – such as alleged culling, insight roles, satanism, alleged neo-nazism, alleged disruption of society, and Occult ceremonial rituals such as those in the O9A Black Book of Satan – are related to only one temporary part of that Seven Fold Way. Which part is that relevant only to an External Adept (stage three of seven) and which part lasts from between a year to around eighteen months after which the individual moves on to other learning experiences.”

Which other learning experiences – beyond the stage of External Adept – involve “numinous experiences” such as the three to six month long rite of Internal Adept where the individual lives alone in the wilderness.

The O9A Adept therefore as a result of their anados presences some-thing – a Reality – which prevailing religious beliefs, moral principles, laws, causal abstractions and forms hide or obscure or distort.

Furthermore, the O9A movement has always maintained that the knowing of this Reality is acquired wordlessly, and thus is not only an acausal-knowing but also the result of a pathei mathos – a learning from personal experience, ordeals, and challenges both Occult and practical. {4}

Thus it would perhaps be more apt to describe the O9A as representing a post-modernist nihilism.

TWS Nexion
Oxonia
April 2019 ev
v.1.03

{1} http://www.o9a.org/2019/01/the-nihilist-o9a/
{2} A facsimile of the Naos MS is currently (April 2019) available at https://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com/naos/
{3} https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/an-ignorance-regarding-the-o9a/
{4} https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/pathei-mathos/

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A Compilation Of Some Recent O9A Texts

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A Compilation Of Some Recent O9A Texts
2017-2019

Volume I: Texts
(pdf)

Volume II: Illustrations
(pdf)

Contents, Volume I

° Preface
° Introduction
° O9A 101
° A Modern Practical Guide To The Seven Fold Way
° Esoteric Notes Concerning The Numinous
° The O9A Septenary Sigil
° Notes On The Corpus Hermeticum
° The Anti-Patriarchal O9A Ethos
° O9A Esoteric Notes LXIII
(Atazoth And Alchemical Sources)
° A Note Regarding Kitab al-Aflak
° The Latin Picatrix, The Arabic Ghayat al-hakim, And The O9A Septenary System
° Notes On O9A Ontology And The Ruhaniyyat
° Selected Septenary Correspondences
(According To O9A Aural Tradition)
° O9A Esoteric Notes LXXVI
(Archaic Spelling In O9A Esoteric Tradition)
° Classifying O9A Texts
° Primary O9A Sources
° Non-English Names And Terms In O9A Tradition
° A Note On A Difference In Sigils
° Sigils In Medieval And Renaissance Occult Texts
° The O9A Dark Art Of Shrenching
° Academia And The Order of Nine Angles
° Appendix I: A Multi-Headed Mythical Beast
° Appendix II: Exposing Twelve Basic Errors

The compilation conveniently brings together some recent (2017-2019) texts which, as explained in the Introduction, manifest aspects of O9A tradition hitherto neglected by both other Occultists and by academics who have studied or who are studying Western Occultism and/or the O9A.

Which aspects are (i) Occult knowledge – esoteric and pagan traditions, Greco-Roman, Arabic, and Persian – absent from other manifestations of modern Western Occultism; (ii) the link which the O9A has through this knowledge to those ancient traditions; and (iii) the scholarly research done by the authors of such O9A texts.

The scope and contents of the texts serve to distinguish the O9A from all other modern Occult groups be such groups described as Occult, Satanist, or of the Western Left Hand Path.

The compilation thus compliments the O9A texts in the following four compilations: (i) the seventh, 1460 page, edition of Guide To The Order Of Nine Angles issued in 2014, (ii) The Esoteric Hermeticism Of The Order Of Nine Angles, issued in 2016, (iii) The Eludent O9A, issued in 2018, and (iv) Further Notes Concerning The Hermetic Origins Of The O9A, issued in 2014.

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Related:
The Eludent O9A
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A Note Regarding Kitab al-Aflak

Ghayat al-hakim Sigils

Septenary Sigils: Ghayat al-ḥakim

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A Note Regarding Kitab al-Aflak

A study of Order of Nine Angles texts reveals that, from the 1970s on, their ‘nine angles’ refer to the nine combinations – the “numinous symbols of cliology” (qv. the 1990s text ‘Aeonic Magick: A Basic Introduction’) – of the three basic alchemical substances (Mercury, Sulphur, Salt) which are represented in the pieces of the 1970s vintage O9A Star Game. These nine angles/combinations were first outlined in the 1974 text Emanations of Urania, and which nine combinations can be used to symbolize how the the causal and the acausal are manifest to us, as for instance in our psyche (in the nexion of causal/acausal that we are) via archetypes, ‘personality types’, and the esoteric correspondences of the O9A Tree of Wyrd.

Furthermore, according to Anton Long his inspiration for this 1970s theory of cliology – of nine alchemical combinations or emanations – was an ancient Arabic manuscript, of a few folios, he read while travelling and studying in the Middle East and Asia in 1971, and to which MS some scribe had added some scholia and the title Al-Kitab Al-Alfak – which translates as The Book of The Spheres {1} – for in ancient Muslim alchemy and cosmology there are nine cosmic or ‘supernatural’ realms consisting of seven named planetary spheres and two regions of “immortal” existence.

The most distant of these realms is falak al-aflak, the ‘primary of the spheres’. Below this (and thus nearer to us) is al-kawakib al-thabitah, the realm of the heavenly fixed stars. Next is Zuhal, the planetary sphere of Saturn. Then there is Mushtari, the sphere of Jupiter, followed by Marikh (Mars); Shams (the Sun); Zuhrah (Venus); Utarid (Mercury); and finally Qamar, the sphere of the Moon.

The seven planetary spheres are much in evidence in the Arabic Ghayat al-hakim (c.1050 CE) which preserves the ancient Greco-Roman, pagan and hermetic {2}, system of seven named planetary spheres and which spheres are according to the Poemandres tract of the Corpus Hermeticum a means whereby mortals can ascend to the two regions beyond them to thus become immortal.

Which ‘nine realms’ were described by Cicero {3} long before Ghayat al-hakim was written.

According to O9A aural tradition there are three interesting facts about the Arabic MS that Anton Long described. First, the title which has Al-Kitab rather than the more usual Kitab. Second, that the original MS was untitled and consisted of only a few folios intimating that it may once have formed part of a larger work, which work was perhaps contemporaneous with or earlier or later than Ghayat al-hakim. Third, that the title had obviously been added later as it was in a different hand and which later addition may well explain the use of Al-Kitab rather than Kitab.

Whatever the place and date of composition it is relevant that an ancient Arabic alchemical text was one of the sources that Anton Long used in the 1970s when formulating the esoteric philosophy of the Order of Nine Angles.

In 2011 Anton Long was asked a question about Al-Kitab Al-Alfak by Professor Connell Monette, which question and the reply are worthy of being quoted in full.

In terms of sources of the tradition and the dark gods, you’d hinted at Islamic sources. My guess is that the 7FW draws partly on the Picatrix. Unless you’re using Shams-l-maarif, I can’t think of any other grimoires that could be Kitab-i-aflak

In terms of sources of the tradition and the dark gods, you’d hinted at Islamic sources. My guess is that the 7FW draws partly on the Picatrix. Unless you’re using Shams-l-maarif, I can’t think of any other grimoires that could be Kitab-i-aflak. Am I near the mark?

No, but that is an interesting comparison nonetheless which no one before has made (kudos to you). The alchemical MS I had access to – consisting of only a small number of folios – has never, to my knowledge, been published or even catalogued, but does bear some comparison to parts of the MS you refer to [i.e. Shams-l-maarif ] which I was fortunate enough to study (with the then necessary help of a gay [female] friend I had met at University) in the early 1970’s CE on various travels to certain Muslim lands (one of which lands was the homeland of my friend who accompanied me on those travels).

It is therefore possible [although not in my view probable] that the author of Al-Kitab al-Aflak used that grimoire partly as a source.

As I have explained to several people who have privately enquired about this, there are, as no doubt you are aware, thousands of uncatalogued Arabic MSS in libraries and madrasahs throughout the lands of the Muslims. {4}

R. Parker
2013 ev
Revised 2018 ev

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{1} The Arabic MS Kitab al-Aflak (Book of the Spheres) should not be confused with a book with a similar name – Kitab Ta’dil hayʾat al‐aflak – written by Sadr al-Sharia al‐Thani in 1346 or 1347 CE.

{2} qv. Myatt’s commentaries in his Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates. Translation and Commentary. 2017. ISBN 978-1976452369.

{3} qv. the Somnium Scipionis of Cicero and Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis by Macrobius.

{4} https://lapisphilosophicus.wordpress.com/presencings-of-a-hideous-nexion/

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The Apolitical Deofel Quartet

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

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Those who have studied O9A esotericism in detail, and those who have an intuitive or artistic appreciation of the Sinister-Numinous aesthetic of the Order of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A), know that the O9A in essence is apolitical, regarding all political forms and all political ideologies as causal abstractions, some of which forms may however be useful for a while as exeatic learning experiences – as Insight Rôles – for some individuals in the early years of their decades-long journey along the O9A Seven Fold Way. But all of which causal abstractions – from politics, to religions, to sociological and psychological theories and posited archetypes – are surpassed, left behind, understood as irrelevant – when the individual undertakes and successfully emerges from the ordeal of The Abyss.

Which ordeal reveals The Unity, the affective acausality, beyond the illusive, the mundane, dialectic of opposing opposites; an illusive dialectic exemplified by “choosing sides” such as, in terms of political abstractions, “Left Wing” and “Right Wing”.

Those conversant with O9A esotericism will know that the novels of the O9A Deofel Quartet (written in the 1970s and the 1980s) present

“much of the diverse aural traditions as AL [Anton Long] 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.”

None of the novels of the Quartet concern politics. None of them deal with political revolution or concern themselves with “terrorism”. None of them concern “neo-nazism”. None of them involve “racism” or are “anti-gay” or misogynistic. In truth, the novels – ahead of their time – contain strong female characters (such as Fiona in The Greyling Owl, and Lianna in The Giving) as well as positive gay characters (such as Fenton in The Greyling Owl).

To understand the O9A is to understand how and why The Deofel Quartet presences O9A esotericism: as involving real individuals some of whom (as in Falcifer) may have an interest in Satanism and the Occult, and some of whom (as in The Greyling Owl) are not interested in, or appear not to be interested in, Satanism and the Occult. As readers of such works as Falcifer and The Giving and The Temple of Satan discover, esoterically the O9A is far beyond even the causal abstraction, the causal form, termed “Satanism”.

Thus, as described in The Temple Of Satan,

“All of [the books], and the manuscripts bound like books, were about alchemy, magick or the Occult. He could read the Latin of the medieval manuscripts and books, but what they related did not interest him as the later books brought forth no desire to read further.

Even the Black Book of Satan, resting on the table, seemed irrelevant to him. They were all compilations of shadow words, appearing to Thurstan to fall short of the aim that the searchers who had written them should have aimed for. His instinctive feeling was to observe in a contemplative way some facet of the cosmos – to stand outside in the dark of the night and listen for the faint music that travelled down to Earth from the stars – rather the enclose himself in the warm womb of a house to read the writings of others. Demons, spells, hidden powers, the changing of base metal to gold, even the promises of power and change for himself, were not important to Thurstan, and he left the library with its stored knowledge and forbidden secrets and lurking gods, to walk in the moonlit garden.

The stars were not singing for him – or he could not hear them above the turmoil of his thought…

He moved, like an old man pained by his limbs, through the cold and sometimes swirling mist along a path that took him toward the Mynd and up, steeply, to its level summit where he stood, high above the mist, to watch the mist-clotted valleys below.

The heather was beginning to show the glory of its colour, and he walked through it northbound along the cracked and stony road stopping often to turn around and wait. But no one and nothing came to him – no voices, song or sigh […]

The very Earth itself seemed to be whispering to him the words of this truth. He began to sense, slowly, that there was for him real magick here where moorland fell to form deep hollows home to those daughters of Earth known as springs and streams, and where the Neolithic pathway had heard perhaps ten million stories. No wisps of clouds came to spoil the glory of the sun as it rose over the mottled wavy hills beyond the Stretton valley miles distant and below. No noise to break the almost sacred silence heard. For an instant it seemed as if some divinity, strange but pure, came into the world, and smiled.”

Thus, The Greyling Owl deals

“with a type of ‘hidden sinister sorcery’ that owes little or nothing to what has become accepted as ‘the Western occult tradition’, satanic or otherwise, with its demons, its invocations and evocations, its rituals, and people dressing up in robes. Instead, it concerns someone being manipulated, brought into a position of influence, without even knowing or suspecting there is an occult aspect; someone – in modern parlance – being ‘groomed’ to at some future time use that influence for a sinister purpose as directed by the person or persons to whom he is now indebted.

That is, there is a revealing of how the O9A often operates, and has operated, in the real world; and how O9A people are often secretive, with their occult connections, and their interest in the sinister, unknown to colleagues and friends. The title itself gives a clue, for the word greyling is used in reference to Hipparchia Semele (commonly referred to as the Grayling), a type of butterfly found in Britain and one which is ‘a master of disguise and can mysteriously disappear as soon as it lands, perfectly camouflaged’. Hence the title seems to, esoterically, suggest the pairing of the ‘mistress of disguise’ (Fiona) with ‘the owl’ (Mickleman) and which working together will enable sinister deeds to be done, most possibly by Mickleman (under the guidance of Fiona) influencing or recruiting people from within his natural academic environment.”

Thus, this paean to Sapphic love, from Breaking The Silence Down, the novel often considered as making the Deofel ‘quartet’ into a quintet of esoteric novels:

“Blissful, they returned to their home. The rain ceased with their arrival and in the subdued light in the now cramped sitting room of their bungalow, Rachael sat at her piano to transform herself and the night. Diane listened and watched, entranced. Rachael’s playing created a new world and a new woman, and Diane watched this strange woman create from the instrument of wood, steel and tone a universe of beauty, ecstasy and light.

Bach, Beethoven – it made no difference what or for how long she played. But, as it always had since that night, Beethoven’s Opus 111 fascinated her with feelings, visions, and stupendous, world-creating thought. It imbued her with insight, and a love that wanted to envelope Rachael and consume her.

It was pleasure and pain to watch Rachael transform herself through the act of her playing into a goddess she would die for. No reason touched her while she listened. There was, she knew, no greater life than this, no greater feeling and she wanted to immolate herself with Rachael’s ecstasy, immolate world upon world with this glory and passion which no male god described.

Then the silence, while clamoured notes faded and dimmed light framed. There were no more tears Diane could cry and she waited while Rachael slowly rose and offered her hand. She – the goddess within – was smiling and Diane allowed herself to be led. The music in her head, the memories and secret dreams of youth: all were before her, embodied in flesh and she had only to kiss the slightly scented lips or see the secret wisdom hidden in the eyes to reach the summit of her life, slowly, in the dim corners of the bedroom’s reflected dark.”

Given that most O9A critics have never bothered to read the O9A “deofel quintet” – or, if they have, have miserably failed to appreciate its esoteric significance – it is not surprising that they have such a biased, mundane, view of the O9A.

TWS Nexion
December 2018 ev

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Related:
The Deofel Quartet

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O9A Texts 2018

Baphomet Sigil O9A

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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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