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Order Of Nine Angles
O9A

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Classic O9A Texts

The Enigmatic Truth

As mentioned in my companion text Lapis Philosophicus regarding the apparent division of the journey to wisdom into a Right Hand Path and Left Hand Path:

               “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.”

This understanding, this knowledge – the wisdom acquired, the finding of lapis philosophicus [1] during the penultimate stage of the Way – means two particular things, and always has done. (i) living in propria persona [2], in a private manner and sans all posing, all rhetoric, all pomposity, all ideations; and (ii) having an appreciation, an awareness (sans words, ritual, thought) of what is now sometimes known as the acausal – of Nature, the Cosmos, of the connexions that bind life and thus of the illusion that is the individual will, and which illusion sillily causes a person to believe ‘they’ are or can be ‘in control’. These two things form the basis of a particular and reclusive way of life of a particular type of person: the type known, in one locality, as the rounerer of The Rouning.

In effect, the enigmatic truth is that those who have found lapis philosophicus – whatever path they took on their journey, whatever their prior views, beliefs, assumptions, ideas, praxis – live in a similar manner and have acquired the same weltanschauung. An enigmatic weltanschauung that needs no descriptive name and cannot, in its simple fundamentality, be communicated, let alone taught, to those who either have no natural intimation/intuition of it (for or from whatever reason) or who lack an inner changing (wrought via pathei mathos) of a sufficiency necessary to propel them beyond the illusion of conflicting opposites and thus beyond the deceptions of their known and their unknown (their hidden, inner) egoist.

There is thus no magick; no one true Way; no one true praxis; no one true system; no one ‘genuine’ Order/organization/group. There is no secret knowledge – no secrets, no mysteries – to be revealed, to others. No chain of authority. As there can be no disciples since there is no mastery. No individual or individuals to be lauded. No longer any need to pontificate about, or even inform others about, the journey, about what has been seen, experienced, found, along the way.

There is only lapis philosophicus and its individual discovery. There are only those, on their own individual journeyings, journeying in their own way in their own species of Time, and who may or may not arrive at their planned destination. For we are life, the Cosmos; we are Time beyond its perceived illusive dichotomy and are and have been and will be Being, presenced and unpresenced, particular and general, past-present-future, and beyond the illusion, the deception, of ‘a being’ and of ‘beings’.

Therefore, silence and reclusiveness become the few whose esoteric peregrinations have after decades – and by and because of lapis philosophicus – been ended.

Anton Long
December 2011 CE

[1] Lapis Philosophicus – the jewel of the alchemist; the goal that the alchemist, through the symbiosis that is alchemy, seeks. al-χημία [ from χῡμεία ] – ‘the changing’.

[2] “He wolde be in his owne persone, the example of our hole iourney.” William Bonde [lector philosophiae] – The Pylgrimage of Perfection (1526 ce), i. sig. Dvi.

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Editorial Addendum
Construing The Enigmatic Truth

The short essay The Enigmatic Truth presents the last public words of Anton Long and effectively sums up his own life-long quest for Lapis Philosophicus; a quest of some forty years (c.1970-2011 CE) and a quest – from neophyte to Magus – exemplified by the Seven Fold Way of the Order of Nine Angles.

For those accustomed to perceiving the O9A as a ‘satanist’ group – or at least as belonging to the Western, Occult, Left Hand Path – it strikes a discordant note, particularly as in many texts and letters written by Anton Long himself in the 1980s and 1990s (such as The Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown) he asserts that the O9A is satanist as he himself is.

Statements such as (i) that the wisdom acquired means living “in a private manner” and (ii) that individual will is an “illusion” do not appear to be those of a satanist. There is also a statement that appears to nullify the O9A:

               “There is no magick; no one true Way; no one true praxis; no one true system; no one ‘genuine’ Order/organization/group. There is no secret knowledge – no secrets, no mysteries – to be revealed, to others. No chain of authority. As there can be no disciples since there is no mastery. No individual or individuals to be lauded.”

Yet the context is provided by what follows:

               “There is only lapis philosophicus and its individual discovery. There are only those, on their own individual journeyings, journeying in their own way in their own species of Time, and who may or may not arrive at their planned destination.”

Which explains the raison d’etre of the O9A, which is that the O9A is only a useful map, one particular guide, to the journey of the individual, representing as it does the learning from experience – the esoteric and exoteric pathei mathos – of those who themselves have undertaken the journey in the past.

As for the apparent contradiction with ‘satanism’ and the Left Hand Path, the essay subtly confirms that for Anton Long, and the O9A, the strident satanism – the “dangerous and extreme form of Satanism” – propagated in numerous O9A polemics and texts over the decades is, contextually, a noviciate pathei mathos. That is, a difficult, sometimes a dangerous and extreme, esoteric and exoteric and individual learning opportunity. One and only one necessary step along the path to wisdom; with the learning, the experience thus acquired unique to each individual.

In addition, as Anton Long mentioned in his companion text, The Enigmatic Truth, {1} the last stage of the quest

               “is the same whether one began on, and thence followed, what has been described as ‘The Left Hand Path’, or whether one began on, and thence followed, what has been described as ‘The Right Hand Path’. For in the context of beyond The Abyss, such designations based on such a dichotomy become, and are, irrelevant because without sense and meaning.”

In other words, the O9A is a sinisterly-numinous tradition, with its esoteric map – the Seven Fold Way – showing the individual the path to the Kaos (the acausal) beyond such causal abstractions as Left Hand Path and Right Hand Path.

§ A note on in propria persona

The term has a long literary and scholarly usage beyond its more recent legal connotations (legal connotations which someone searching the internet will find and assume describe the meaning of the term). The literary and scholarly usage includes the sense of someone speaking ‘in propria persona’, as opposed (for example) to ‘the passive voice’. Thus, someone living ‘in propria persona’ would suggest something to the intelligentsia, as the above quotation would.

§ A note on χημεία

The Greek term, given its derivation from χέω, is usually literally translated as implying the amalgamation of various substances and thus became – via a passage from a fourth century (CE) work by Zosimos as quoted by the Byzantine scholar Syncellus – a synonym for alchemy, for the “art of alloying various metals/substances.”

Anton Long, however, provides its esoteric (inner, batin) meaning, which is “changing” and which esoteric meaning links it to φύσις (physis) and thence to the Physis Sorcery of the seminal O9A text Naos and thus to the Seven Fold Way, qv. the 2014 O9A text Perusing The Seven Fold Way: Historical Origins Of The Septenary System Of The Order of Nine Angles.

R. Parker
2018

{1} The text is included as an appendix in A Modern Mysterium (pdf)


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