Editorial Note: The following article is a revised extract from an earlier (2011 ev) O9A text by Anton Long which was titled Knowing, Information, and The Discovery of Wisdom and which is now available here: https://wyrdsister.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/the-discovery-of-wisdom/.
Knowledge is numinous, a part of one’s life, whereas information – that which is presented/communicated by such an ephemeral medium as the world wide web – is lifeless, causal, an outer form. For in terms of esoteric, Occult, matters, to know is both to learn from personal experience and to place what is so learnt in a particular context, that of one’s personal internal and external journey along the particular life-long esoteric way or path that one has, by initiation, chosen to follow.
For the meaning is in, acquired from, discovered by, the personal knowing. By taking the time, making the effort, to learn; to acquire a detailed, personal knowing of, and then to place that knowledge in the context of one’s own knowledge and that of knowledgeable others and which others one knows and respects personally or who have acquired respect by virtue of their practical experience and/or their scholarly knowledge, where by scholarly is meant both learned and having undertaken meticulous, unbiased, research on a specific subject over a period of some years.
Which exoterically means that: (a) the value of the ephemeral medium that is the world wide web has been overestimated by many; (b) that, as a medium, it is Aeonically and in esoteric terms quite unimportant; and (c) that it encourages a pretentious, spurious, or illusory, ‘knowing’, the rapid communication of this, as well as a spurious ‘respect’ among and of pretentious and/or mundane others, anonymous or otherwise. The world wide web also has the disadvantage of having become the medium of choice for a certain type of Homo Hubris and for the rapid circulation of their vapid, plebeian, opinions and assumptions.
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; and which wisdom is a balanced personal judgement and a particular knowledge of a pagan, Occult, kind to do with livings beings, human nature, Nature and ‘the heavens’. This involves possessing/developing certain esoteric faculties/skills; acquiring an honest knowing of one’s self, one’s character; possessing an Aeonic understanding; and thus discovering Reality beyond, and sans, all causal abstractions.
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.