The Apolitical Deofel Quartet

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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


The Deofel Quartet



Some Anti-O9A Propaganda Exposed

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Some Anti-O9A Propaganda Exposed

The O9A Septenary Sigil

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The O9A Septenary Sigil


The O9A septenary sigil, unique as it is, has – since it was first made public in the 1970s – puzzled some modern Occultists.

As exoterically drawn and reproduced, as above, the seven points which touch the outer circle symbolically represent the septenary spheres, with the lines joining the spheres the connexions or pathways between them.

Yet this exoteric representation is merely a 2-dimensional rendition of some-thing which is esoterically, on one level, 3-dimensional – as in the artistic depiction below – but which on a higher esoteric level is 4-dimensional since what is symbolically represented – the seven spheres and their connexions or pathways – are fluxive, mutable, changeable, as the psyche of the initiate fluxes and mutates as they progress from one sphere to another and explore the pathways between them. They are fluxive as the pieces of the O9A Star Game are fluxive, are transformed, as they are moved within, and from, one sphere to another. For as Adepts will apprehend, the use – the ‘playing’ – of the advanced Star Game is the 4-dimensional fluxive O9A septenary sigil […]

Historically, other simpler septenary sigils exist […]

In the context of Renaissance septenary sigils, the O9A septenary sigil – in its 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D formats – is an evolved representation of the nexion that is the septenary system, and thus also a talismata to use in the type of sorcery appropriate to each format […]


The Tree Of Wyrd And The Star Game

The Tree Of Wyrd And The Star Game

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The Tree Of Wyrd And The Star Game
An Overview

Herewith a useful overview of some of the renaissance alchemical, and the ancient hermetic, roots of the Order Of Nine Angles.

Renaissance Septenary Tree of Wyrd

The above is a Renaissance illustration of the septenary Tree of Wyrd, from the book Azoth Sive Aureliae Occultae Philosophorum published in 1613 CE, which illustration includes the three fundamental alchemical substances, Salt, Sulphur, Mercury, whose nine transformations form the “nine angles” of the O9A and which nine angles are represented by the pieces of the O9A’s Star Game thus:

O9A Star Game Pieces

Both of the above illustrations were included in the O9A text ἀρρενόθηλυς: Alchemical And Hermetic Antecedents Of The Seven Fold Way Of The Order Of Nine Angles. {1}

The Star Game itself is an esoteric representation of the septenary Tree of Wyrd. That is, of the nexion between the acausal and the causal and which nexion is also represented by our psyche as human beings, a complex psyche hinted at in many medieval and Renaissance alchemical texts {2} and in modern times – for example by Carl Jung, whose inspiration was Renaissance alchemical texts – represented in terms of archetypes, a collective unconscious, the anima and animus, and ‘a shadow aspect’. {3}

The septenary Tree of Wyrd also represents the anados (ἄνοδος), the hermetic journey or alchemical/occult quest up through the seven spheres, anciently described in the Poemandres tractate of the Corpus Hermeticum {4} and described in more recent times by the Seven Fold Way of the Order of Nine Angles {5}.

Which overview reveals that the Occult tradition of the O9A is independent of, different from, and an alternative to the Qabala based tradition used by the majority of modern Occultists. {6}

R. Parker
2018 ev


{1} The ἀρρενόθηλυς text is included in the compilation available from The Esoteric Hermeticism Of The Order Of Nine Angles.

Refer also to O9A Texts 2018.

{2} See, for example, (i) Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum, published in 1652 CE, (ii) Theatrum Chemicum Praecipuos Selectorum, published in 1550 CE, and (iii) De Alchimia Opuscula Complura Veterum Philosophorum, published in 1613 CE.

{3} Regarding the Star Game, see

{4} See Myatt’s translation of and commentary on the Poemandres tractate, available from Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates.

{5} Regarding the O9A Seven Fold Way, refer to the ἀρρενόθηλυς text, such as the chapters titled Perusing The Seven Fold Way, and Alchemy And The Sinisterly-Numinous Tradition.

A recent overview of the Way is available at A Modern Practical Guide To The O9A Seven Fold Way.

{6} For further details, refer to O9A texts such as (i) the aforementioned The Esoteric Hermeticism Of The Order Of Nine Angles, (ii) Some Anti-O9A Propaganda Exposed (pdf), and (iii)


The O9A Septenary Sigil

O9A: The Dark Art Of Shrenching

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O9A: The Dark Art Of Shrenching

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

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

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

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

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

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



The Deofel Quartet

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 and (ii) Anton Long’s 122 yfayen (2011 ev) text Geneseos Caput Tertium, available at

{3} Classifying O9A Texts, e-text, 129 yf, available at

{4} Judging by his recent Non Est Secundus Quia Unus Est book of Tarot archetypes, qv.

{5} Anton Long, Knowledge, the Internet, and the O9A, e-text, 122 yfayen, available at

{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 and (ii) Authority, Learning, and Culture, In The Sinister Tradition Of The Order of Nine Angles, available at

{8} qv. The Multiform O9A, e-text, available at

{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.

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{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



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

David Myatt. Telesmata In The Picatrix. 2017. e-text,

R. Parker. The Latin Picatrix, The Arabic Ghayat al-ḥakim, And The O9A Septenary System. 2018. e-text,

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.