Classic O9A Texts

The term Traditional Satanism was invented by the Order of Nine Angles (O9A, ONA) to describe their type of ‘natural satanism’ and distinguish it from the materialistic egoistic so-called ‘satanism’ promulgated by Howard Levey – aka Anton LaVey – and his Church of Satan.

The term Traditional Satanism was first publicly used by the O9A in the second edition of their Black Book of Satan, published by Thormynd Press in 1984 (ISBN 094664604X, British National Bibliography (BNB) GB8508400).

The following three quotations describe how Traditional Satanists such as the O9A understand who and what Satan is and thus what Satanism means and implies. The first quotation is from the neglected O9A text The Geryne of Satan {1}, the second – which paraphrases part of The Geryne of Satan – is from Concerning God, Demons, and the Non-Jewish Origin of Satan, {2}. The third quotation is from The Order of Nine Angles And National Socialism {3}.


1. [quote] “In heretical contradistinction to others and especially to contradict the majority of modern self-described Satanists, the ONA asserts that the word satan has its origin in Ancient Greek.

That is, that it is our contention that the Hebrew word derives from the old (in origin Phoenician) word that became the Ancient Greek αἰτία/αἴτιος – as for example in the Homeric μείων γὰρ αἰτία (to accuse/to blame) or as in “an accusation” (qv. Aeschylus: αἰτίαν ἔχειν) – and that it was this older Greek form which became corrupted to the Hebrew ‘satan’ and whence also the ‘Shaitan’ of Islam. Furthermore, in the Greek of the classical period αἰτία and διαβολή – accusation, slander, quarrel – were often used for the same thing, when a negative sense was meant or implied (as in a false accusation) with the person so accused becoming an opponent of those so accusing, or when there was enmity (and thus opposition, scheming, and intrigue) as for example mentioned by Thucydides – κατὰ τὰς ἰδίας διαβολὰς (2.65).

Given that, for centuries, ‫שָטן‬ as described in the Old Testament of the Hebrews was commonly written in English as sathans and thus pronounced as sath-ans (and not as say-tan) it is perhaps easy to understand how the Greek αἰτία – or the earlier Homeric αἴτιος – could become transformed, by non-Greeks, to ‫שָטן‬ [/quote]

2. [quote] “According to mundanes and Magian Occultists, Satan, as a word, is derived from the Hebrew, meaning accuser. However, the Hebrew is itself derived from the old (in origin Phoenician) word that became the Ancient Greek aitia – “an accusation” – qv. Aeschylus: aitiau ekho. It was this older Greek form which became corrupted to the Hebrew ‘Satan’ – whence also the ‘Shaitan’ of Islam.

Furthermore, in Greek of the classical period aitia and diabole were often used for the same thing. The word diabolic itself derives from the Greek word diaballo meaning to “pass beyond” or “over”, from the root dia – “through” and, as a causal accusative, “with the aid of”. Later, diaballo acquired a moral sense – for example “to set against” (Aristotle) although it was sometimes used (as diabolos) when a ‘bad’ or ‘false’ sense was meant, as for example, a false accusation.

In addition, there is good evidence to suggest that, historically, the writers of the Old Testament drew inspiration from, or adapted, older stories, myths and legends about a Persian deity that came to be named Ahriman, who could thus be regarded as the archetype of the Biblical Satan, and also of the Quranic Iblis. Similarly, there is evidence that the God – [the] Jehovah – of the Old Testament was probably based upon myths and legends about the Persian deity who came to be named Ahura Mazda.

In what are regarded as the oldest parts of the Old Testament – most probably written between 230 BCE and 70 BCE (and long after the time of Greeks such as Aeschylus) – Satan is depicted simply as a rather sly adversary or opponent, with a human being who opposes any of God’s so-called “chosen people” sometimes also called a satan.

Thus, it is something of a honour to be called a satanist – someone who opposes the myths, the ethos, of those allegedly “chosen by God” and who indeed, as a natural satanist, pours scorn on the paranoid persecution stories found in the Old Testament and elsewhere, and pours scorn on the very notion of not only some omnipotent creator-being but also on such a being choosing some group of humans as his/its “chosen people”.

Indeed, we natural satanists – we adversaries of such persecution tales and notions – regard this notion of “being chosen” as a symptom of at best a psychic imbalance, and at worst of a unhealthy, if not a diseased, psyche. In a similar way, we natural satanists regard such persecution stories as a means whereby those with such an imbalanced psyche can escape, in their own minds, from the consequences of their own actions, and which alleged or even real persecution they often use to try and make their victims feel guilty (and they themselves to feel better). Thus, they shift the blame from themselves onto others, and any attempt, by others, to rationally point out their culpability for such wrongful actions as they have committed is met by the hue and cry of “persecution” and/or by accusations of the accuser being a satan or, more recently, being those modern equivalents of a satan – such as a Nazi or a “preacher of hate” or an “anti-semite”. [/quote]

3. [quote] “The ONA state in their text The Geryne of Satan that as originally used and meant, the term satan refers to some human being or beings who ‘diabolically’ plot or who scheme against or who are ‘diabolically’ opposed to those who consider themselves as ‘chosen’ by their monotheistic God.’ Those who consider themselves as ‘chosen’ by their monotheistic God are, of course, the Jews.

Which historical understanding of satan and thence of the term satanism […] debunks the egoistic so-called ‘satanism’ of Howard Stanton Levey and the ‘satanism’ of his duped Homo Hubris followers.” [/quote] {4}

T.W.S. Nexion
March 129 yf
v. 1.03

{1} The Geryne of Satan. (pdf)

{2} The text is included in the O9A compilation Satan, Demons, And The Noble Dark Arts Of The Order Of Nine Angles. (pdf)

{3} The Order Of Nine Angles And National-Socialism. (pdf)

{4} For further details of the difference between O9A Satanism and the modern ‘satanism’ propagated by Levey refer to the text The Two Types Of Satanism.