Azal and the Nine Angles

“How do the Nine Angles relate to Azal, Dhar and Zamal, and what Earth-bound (causal) form (structure/construct) is used to symbolize this?”

Anton Long once provided a hint to this question which read as follows:

One Possible Answer: Daar ul-Islam is one possible form (literally: the realms of Islam). A causal construct used to manifest some-thing beyond the causal (i.e. a-causal). A Khilafah – led by a Khalifah (a leader, or chief) – is one type of such a causal construct; an Earth-based Imperium, which correctly led and correctly developed, can be the basis for a Galactic khilafah/imperium.

Thus, such a construct symbolizes the animation of the nine angles by acausal energy – a means whereby acausal energies (that which animates and makes alive) become presenced among humans. Such a Khilafah animates human beings (especially mundanes) to make them a means to what is beyond them […]

A Khilafah is just one such form, one such causal construct which has the potential to at some future time bring-into-being The Galactic Imperium; one particular form whose exoteric mythos already exists, and which form is already being fought for and supported, on the practical level, by many of those “not of us” and by “a few who are of us”. Another such form is the emergence of a new supra-tribal form, deriving from the mythos of Vindex, and in which the ‘sinister tribes’ of the ONA form the initial basis, the origin […]

There are some other forms. But what all the esoteric-supported forms have in common is that they all presence, can presence, or will presence, an important aspect of the numinous – to wit, the practical way of the warrior, as manifest, for example by the Japanese Samurai, the Waffen-SS […]”

To this, I would add the following:

Azal is a concept in Arabic theology, and is an adjective, which can be compared to the Greek conception of anarchon. It’s the concept of an absolute past, an eternity with no beginning. Ergo, Azal would be a suitable descriptor for the realm of Ogdoadic physis which lies beyond the planetary spheres. The realm of Ogdoadic physis is called “Da’ath” in Qabalah.

I haven’t ascertained the signification of “Zamal”, but I’m working on a lead (joke)
Sources: Encyclopedia Iranica; the Politics of Writing Islam: Voicing Difference

On an unrelated note, Nexion 913 recently posted a pair of physis manuals (physis being the martial art) that I had never seen before, so here they are: physis-manual2    physis-manual

For a final unrelated note: I am no longer affiliated with Drakon Covenant.

Update: Unrelated note: the phrase “Come as a Reaper for thus you will sow” refers to the tradition of Vindex (Gog/Kalki)– an individual imbued with acausal energy whose actions will bring about the end of the Thorian aeon (the current one). Falcifer is a Latin word meaning “Sickle-Bearer” or “Reaper,” and Falcifer is the O9A’s title for the Star Gate which exists near the planet Saturn (note: Saturn was called “Deus Falcifer” in Roman Paganism). The name Saturn comes from the root word “Satu,” meaning “to sow.” This axiom is the reason that Gnostic/Anti-Cosmic Satanism and Hebdomadry are incompatible in their ultimate goals: the Gnostic Satanist seeks to end this aeon and the Cosmos with it, whereas the Order of the Nine Angles has the goal of starting a new aeon within the universe. To destroy the Cosmos would make this impossible. In short, the Niner seeks to evolve through the exploration of the Cosmos, whereas the Diabolic Gnostic or Anti-Cosmic Satanist seeks evolution in the realm of Azal.

-V.K. Jehannum


Nine is the Number of the Devil

Nine is supposed to be the number of pride, according to Michael Aquino, because it always returns to itself when subjected to simple mathematical equations.
9 x 3 = 27; 2 + 7 = 9
9 x 9 = 81; 8 + 1 = 9
In Gematria, nine is the value of Ge’ah, the Hebrew word for pride. Leviathan is supposed to be the king over the prideful, and Lucifer was purportedly expelled because of pride– it seems to me that the Bible’s allegations of pride are really a misanthropic rendering of the qualities of self-determination and ipseity which Satan purportedly conferred onto humankind in the form of the Black Flame. Ergo, I posit that 9 is the number of the Devil and his Black Flame.
Nine has received various attributions throughout world mythology, and a couple seem to verify my postulation. For instance, there are a total of nine substance combinations in Alchemy (three permutations of each of the alchemical substances, (namely salt, sulfur, and mercury)), which seems comparable to the nine universal elements considered to exist by the Vaisheshika denomination of Hinduism. Anton Long postulated that a “connexion” between the material/causal and spiritual/acausal would be comprised of nine angles.
Oddly enough, OFS Demonolatry venerates nine primary infernal divinites: Satan, Lucifer, Flereous, Leviathan, Belial, Verrine, Amducious, Unsere, and Euronymous. Francis Barrett also delineates nine categories of demons.
Keep in mind that (according to Aquino) of all the magi who have started new Aeons by “uttering words” (which words are essentially taglines for their philosophies), Anton LaVey is recorded as having been the ninth (note: his word was Indulgence). Moreover, the Church of Satan itself, in its early days, was governed by a senior group called the Council of Nine, which was passed on to the Temple of Set.
In the Arabic treatises on cosmology that partially inspired the esotericism of the Order of the Nine Angles, the Cosmos was described as consisting of nine planetary emanations. This is comparable to the Nine Worlds of Norse cosmology.
When you compare the idea that nine is the number of the Black Flame to the belief in nine primary realms or emanations, you wind up with something of an “As Above, So Below, As Within, So Without” type deal.
Update I: I read the explanation behind the Ceremony of the Nine Angles published in the Satanic Rituals (ghostwritten by Michael Aquino) provided in the book Church of Satan. According to Aquino, “The ninth angle identifies the Black Flame spoken of in the Diabolicon.
Of course, nine is significant to a few other groups of deities in world mythology, and while these are beside the point, their existence is a good reminder that the symbolism of most numbers incorporates its own opposite. In Egypt, there was the Ennead, i.e. the 9 neteru who convoked to determine whether Horus or Set should inherit Khem. In Qabala, nine signifies light, truth, and the covenant. Hinduism venerates nine manifestations of Durga, China delineates nine sons of the Chinese dragon, and Greece depicted nine muses. Norse Paganism delineates nine great lindworms, nine daughters of AEgir, and nine mothers of Heimdall. The Chinese consider nine to be the number of heaven. You get the idea.


the-nineteenth-enchantmentImage: the Nineteenth Enchantment by G. A. Rosenberg (depiction of Baratchial)

The meaning of Baratchial’s name is “Poison of God,” and he is attributed to either the 12th or 19th Kliffotic Path depending upon where you start counting. The tunnel over which he presides is between Chaigidel (ruled by Baelzebuth and associated with Uranus) and Thaumiel (ruled by Molock and Satan and associated with Neptune and Pluto).

Baratchial’s tunnel is associated with Mercury, which makes a large amount of sense considering the didactic nature of that planet in astrology. It is the pathway of sorcerers.

Baratchial can reveal the nature and origin of any spell he is asked about and can reveal the truth about the origin of the Qliphoth. He can give details about many different Qliphothic entities and secret realms within Hell. He has mastery over sexual black magick and he can initiate the witch into the most esoteric magickal mysteries of the Qliphoth. He can manipulate the psyche and consciousness of a human and improve one’s astral sight. This demon appears as a male to some and a female to others, as do so many other entities, and he can teach the witch about cliology/aeonic theory.

Baratchial can help the witch speak in tongues and strengthening the chakras is a specialty of his, especially the sacral. He can bring about the corruption of personal mindsets and mislead liars so that they will believe that their prevarication was successful when (at least) the majority of the audience is not fooled. He can teach the summoner to hunt, both on the astral and physical plains. He is apt for ego dissolution and the use of trance to work with atavism.

Baratchial has knowledge of drugs, oncology, and pharmacology. He can delineate biochemical avenues of consciousness alteration to help the witch appraise hidden aspects of her psychology, and she can invert the cellular reflexes to bring about the end of cancer.


Baratchial can impart a level-headed, dispassionate disposition unto the witch which is apt for reasoning/planning under duress. He can alter the personality so that the witch isn’t afraid of combat, rejection, or vituperation and imbue her with Satanic religious devotion.

He can teach the witch about various sciences and impart the gift of healing to her. He is apt for energy work, working with elementals, gaining various spiritual abilities, and working/teaching magick of many different kinds. Baratchial is associated with Ataphaxia and speech disorders.

Barathcial is a messenger spirit who has been described as playful and sanguine. He is associated with the key of E, the letter Beth, and the tarot card called the Magus or the Magickian. Apollo (Saurtoctonos/Abbaton) was associated with the letter E and the letter Beth often signifies a womb or house.

According to the Order of the Nine Angles, the key of E minor is associated with “Satanic indulgence”, concupiscence, and Mercury. They also associate the color yellow with Mercury, which is the color that Kenneth Grant recommended Baratchial’s sigil be drawn in.

The numerical value of Baratchial’s name is 260, 539, and 794 depending upon the system used.

2 + 6 + 0 = 8, the number of Mercury, the Great Work, and Baphomet of Mendes

5 + 3 + 9 = 17, the number of squares in a swastika, which the ONA considers to be the symbol of the Thorian Aeon (the current one). The number 17 signifies a lightning bolt and a weapon against heaven. 1 + 7 = 8

7 + 9 + 4 = 20 and 2 + 0 = 2. 2 is the number of the Devil and his Tree, and Beth is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

More numerical correspondences follow.

260: Purple/Red-Purple, Youth, Axe, South, Tiriel (intelligence of Mercury), HaMorah (Jerusalem), Idolatrous Priest, Leraikha (a specific Goetic demon), Vineyard, Hidden Treasure, Daylight, Merchandise, Cinnamon, Slander, Friend, Weakness, I.N.R., Exaltabitur (I will praise/worship), Ineptos et profanos, A Priest, Blackness, Pleasures, Delights, “Thy Thighs,”
539: Period/Cycle, Circumference
794: Separateness/Freedom, Trumpets, “His Handmaid,” “And maidservants,” “His [God’s] Refuge”, Path, Advance


Visions of the Nightside
Naos (Drakon Covenant Edition)
Thelemic Qabalah 3
Gematria and the Tanakh
Frater 414’s experimens with Liber 213
Liber Azerate
Sepher Sephiroth
Nightside of Eden (Note to Reader: bookmark this article)

-V.K. Jehannum

Atazoth (At-Taghut)


The pull of Lovecraft’s writings was the legitimacy of them—the legitimacy of the historical context, the legitimacy of the Occult name-dropping, and the legitimacy of the terror in Lovecraft’s heart which brought the whole Cthulhu Mythos to life. While David Myatt has stated that Atazoth predates the works of Lovecraft and the “Yog-Sothothery” of Chaos Magickians, it was an article in False Prophet that finally proved him right.

The word “Taghut” or “Taghoot” was ascribed in Islam to any deity venerated by the infidel. It served as a descriptor for Pagans as well as Pagan religion. The word has a few different definitions: “an intruder,” “an intrusion,” “Pagan gods,” “evil powers,” “to rebel,” or “to cross limits.”

The history of the term At-Taghut [the-Intrusion]  is comparable to the etymological history of ha-Satan [the-Adversary], where the term serves both as a common noun as well as the title of a specificied entity. Attaghut was a cosmic Spirit who spawned other spirits such as Dagaon and Ereshkygal. These children were referred to by the plural form of the common noun: “at-Tawagit” or “at-Tawazhut.”

Shaitan was largely an Emissary of Atazhot in these beliefs, and Atazhot worship strongly influenced Islam. The worshippers of Atazhot practiced blood sacrifice and stone worship, and the False Prophet article on the subject suggests that this Pagan religion is the source of Islam’s practices of jihad, blood sacrifice, and pilgrimages.

In Naos, Atazoth is presented as the most powerful of the Dark Gods, which mirrors Lovecraft’s description of the entity. According to Maurice Levy, Lovecraft places Azathoth “at the summit of his diaboloical hierarchy.”

Atazoth is said, as a word, to represent the opening of the gates, the purpose behind the procession of aeons, and the augmentation of the influx of azoth into the Cosmos from Outside. As Peter Carroll describes in Liber Kaos, “Historically, this egregore was known to certain alchemists whose name for it, Azathoth, means an increase of azoth, or increasing etheric (morphic) fields in contemporary terms.” The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia posits that some consider Azathoth to be a personification of radioactivity.

All of the ONA’s descriptions of Atazoth find their origin in the Typhonian Trilogies by Kenneth Grant. The first book in this series, entitled The Magickal Revival, attributes Azathoth to azoth. Kenneth Grant links Azathoth to Tiphareth-Sol. In Hebdomadry, Atazoth is imputed unto Shams [Arabic: the sphere of the sun] alongside Satanas and Vindex, the latter of which is comparable to Kalki and Gog.

In Liber Kaos, Peter Carroll writes “Azathoth is an egregore associated with the
emergence of sentience from the primeval slime and the quest of sentience to reach for the stars.” Carroll describes this entity as “the madly random and frequently destructive manifestation of chaos.”

According to Carroll, “Azathoth has no shape or name for itself which is meaningful to humans.” The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia purports that Azahoth generally appears as a “shapeless chaotic mass”, but may take on other forms when summoned. Grimoirium Imperium describes the entity as a “vast and shapeless mass of screaming souls.” According to Codex Saerus, “Atazoth may be visualized as a dark nebulous chaos – a rend in the fabric of star-studded space which changes into a Dagon like/dragon entity.”

According to Peter Carroll, Azathoth strongly prefers to manifest in an operator whose eyes are closed, which makes the use of a blind fold advantageous. The use of “psycho-babble glossalalia” is said to be useful in telepathically receiving gnosis from the entity.

Both H.P. Lovecraft and Richard Moult describe Azathoth both as a dweller within and aspect of the primordial Ur-Chaos. According WSA 352, “Chaos is the base fundamental essence of the causal universe. It is symbolized in 352 as Azagthoth, which we esoterically name ourselves after: WSA: Waffen-Schaft Azagthoth, the Legion of Chaos. Azagthoth is the blind and idiot source at the center. It is thru Yug-Sothoth that the chaos, and idiocy of Azagthoth is brought into order and crystalized into coherency which gives form. The Chaos of the Quantum Flux coagulating into coherent structures of peons, neutrons, protons, atoms, elements, and molecules.”

The leader of the Order of the 61st Minute was kind enough to confirm my intuitive supposition that some of the Waffen-Schaft Azagthoth’s understanding of Quantum, as presented in that quote, is incorrect.

In a manuscript called Esoteric Chant as Language, Long writes that the alchemical nature of the mantra “Suscipe, Satanas munus quad tibi offerimus memoriam recolentes Vindex” is symbolized by “the term (not the name) Atazoth.” The phrase means something to the tune of “Satanas, receive this gift in memory of Vindex.”

As a term, Atazoth would be the augmentation of the acausal influx that the procession of aeons was designed to bring about. In Liber Azerate’s five stages of alchemy, where a particular Demonobog [Demonic God; God of Demons] is associated with each step, Atazoth presides over the final stage—the “acausal alchemy” which begets “transcendence.” According to the text, the completion of this step symbolizes the creation of the philosopher’s stone and the reconciliation of opposites. The Temple of the Black Light describes the process of Atazoth as a simultaneously microcosmic and macrocosmic intrusion of chaos, which begets the conversation of the Higher Self in the microcosmic sense and the apocalypse in the macrocosmic sense.

In The Voudon Gnostic Workbook by Michael Bertiaux, Azathoth is again attributed to the number 5, to which Bertiaux attributes correspondences with Mercury, Pisces, and Cancer.

In The Dark Gods in the Spheres and Pathworking, Hagur writes that “Atazoth is the achievement of a stage in individual evolution that even goes beyond the personal and finally facing the brutal realities that threatens, devours and destroys. Atazoth shows the real, hard world. He is the beginning of your own Satanic Imperium, after ‘I am the power, the glory, I am God’ is really implanted in you and your endeavours.” Atazoth functions often as a chant—a magick word—a sigillic formula. According to Liber Azerate, “Atazoth!” serves to increase the flow of acausal energy from the Higher Self to the causal self—increasing the flow of chaos into the microcosm and the awakening of the Black Flame.

Michael W. Ford altered the mantra, rendering it as “Azothoz.” He claims that it describes the beginning and the end. He describes its effects thus: “Azothoz is a reversed form which is a symbol and glyph of the Adversary, Shaitan/Set and Lilith. This is a word which signifies self-initiation and the power which is illuminated by the Black Flame within.”

The word “Oz” means strength. Take a moment to vibrate both of those formulas and see which words best for you—make sure to focus on the intent of holistic magickal empowerment. After that, vibrate the word Abrahadabra—a mantra which serves to unite the witch with her Higher Self. Lastly, humor me and vibrate “Azagthoth”, focusing on the same intents as before.

The ONA’s Rite of the Nine Angles calls “the dreaded primal form” of Atazoth through either Dabih (if performed on the Autumnal Equinox) or Algol (if on the Winter Solstice). Dabih and Algol both have Saturnian astrological influences, and the solo version of the Rite of the Nine Angles calls Atazoth through Saturn.

During the ritual, the celebrants are instructed to imagine Atazoth as a rend in the fabric of star-studded space which changes into a “Dragon-like entity” or “Dagon-like entity”, where Dagon was believed to resemble a merman. According to the Alastor Nexion, “Atazoth operates as an ancient primordial force outside of the rational parameters of our Universe. He/It comprises elements of the Acausal hyper-force left over from the first incarnation in Causal.”

There used to be a Sinister Psychic Vampyric Nexion called the Tempel of Azagthoth. This group worked in cooperation with Michael W. Ford’s Black Order of the Dragon. They considered Azagthoth “a bringer of CHAOS and Madness unto the petty mortal magician, a high force of life force drainage and high principality of punishment and degradation unto the human slave, High Black Wizard to the Mother Tiamat.”

Azagthoth is an interesting name. Tiamat is Sumerian, so we know where to look. In the Sumerian language of cuneiform, “Azag” meant “Great Serpent.” In many occult groups, the Black Flame is referred to as “the Dragon.” This includes the Temple of the Vampire, Black Order of the Dragon, Dragon Rouge, and more. That term is most common amongst Vampyric orders, and so it is likely that we have found the intent behind the appellation.


Atazoth is the impetus behind the procession of aeons. According to Gnostic teachings echoed in Liber Azerate, there will be a total of seven of them. Nonetheless, I believe that the series of 7 aeons will operate like the Mayan calendar and start at the beginning once its end is reached. After all, in Hebrew belief, 7 is the number of a cycle.

As Hagur writes, “Obviously archetypally, Atazoth the conquering aristocrat imparts loyalty to his chosen ones, who are fighting and feasting, drinking deep and roar-ing with laughter at the black-smith who is sharping their own knives. Atazoth loves all those who deal in fury, whose eyes do not spare.”

According to Carroll, Azathoth “Brings Mastery of the Mass-Energy Geometry of the Universe.” Grant postulated that Azathoth is given so much attention in the Cthulhu mythos because “it typifies the supreme reflex of Daath in the form of Aza.” Grant defines Aza as “the evil mother of all demons” and the “Gnostic concept of the source of alien energies.” Here, AZA means BEGINNING-END-BEGINNING, and is thus the source of the ONA’s conception of Atazoth as a force of Aeonic progression.

Various Chaos Magickians have worked with the entities of the Lovecraftian pantheon, including S. ben Qayin. S. perused the letters wherein Lovecraft confided the way that the concept of Azathoth was impressed upon him and he wrote the first paragraph of his story about the entity. After Lovecraft’s “episode” ended, he was surprised that the paragraph he had written was in any way coherent, almost as if it were an instantiation of automatic writing. S. compared this channeling instance to the way that a certain Occultist received the revelation of the existence of the Secret Chiefs venerated in Thelema, which Occultist remarked that an individual who was not a trained in the Arts would probably not be equipped to handle the experience.

While Kenneth Grant speculated that Lovecraft was, in fact, an Occultist, but was not willing to continue his initiation. The Esoteric Order of Dagon asserts that because of the abusive child-rearing which Lovecraft was subjected to, he developed an “acute inferiority complex” would left him holding steadfast to Atheism. I would also like to add that those accounts of H. P. Lovecraft’s vivid, recurrent, and terrifying nightmares, are reminiscent in their nature and effect of the recurrent nightmares of a man I performed an exorcism upon. After the exorcism concluded, the man’s anxiety, insecurity, and nightmares ended indefinitely.

Lovecraftian sorcery illustrates Azathoth in many different ways. For example, S. ben Qayin depicts Azathoth as a terrible and fulsome consciousness which should only be beseeched when all else has failed. This echoes Peter Carroll’s postulation in The Octavo, wherein he writes that the magickian should only “invoke [Azathoth] only in dire emergency when all else has failed and only an unpredictable and extreme event may save the day.” On the other hand, Sin Jones postulated that invocations of Azathoth are useful for spirit communication and the attainment of gnosis. Carroll states that Azathoth can be used “to channel pure randomness to macroscopic levels.”

A Thelemite order named after the fictitious Esoteric Order of Dagon has this to say about Azathoth: “Whereas Yog-Sothoth embraces the expanse of infinity, Azathoth represents the opposing principle in that he rules at the heart of Chaos, the central point of a universe permeated by the influence of Yog-Sothoth. Their relationship could be stated as the reconciliation of infinite expansion and infinite contraction. In physical terms, Azathoth manifests as the vast destructive energy inherent in the atomic particle, which is unleashed via nuclear fusion. He is the antithesis of creation, the ultimately negative aspect of Elemental Fire. Magically, his attribution is to passive Spirit.”

That passage appeared in Cults of Cthulhu by the Esoteric Order of Dagon, which featured a map of the Sephiroth which had Lovecraftian divnities ascribed to the spheres. Azathoth was once again attributed to Tiphareth, the Sun. The point of this essay is that Atazhoth is one of the most important divinities in the modern Left Hand Path and in the efforts of the Black Lodge.


Sigil of Azathoth

Addendum: A Scholarly Response to Esoteric Notes LXIII (An Argument that Atazoth is Azathoth)

Let’s assess the idea that Atazoth and Azathoth are not one and the same, which idea has been promulgated widely by modern members of the Order of the Nine Angles. The sixty-third edition of the ONA’s Esoteric Notes attempts to prove this by delving into old literature about azoth, none of which mentions or alludes to any entity by the name of Atazoth or any other such moniker. The essay states “[Some] Occultists seem to have confused the Order of Nine Angles (ONA/O9A) ‘dark god’ Atazoth with the Lovecraftian Azathoth… Atazoth is described in ONA texts as meaning ‘an increasing of Azoth: at-azoth… Anyone who reads what Lovecraft wrote about Azathoth (which is not much), and reads what the ONA wrote about Atazoth, will see there is no connection whatsoever between Atazoth and the Lovecraftian Azathoth,'”

In reality, earlier ONA literature not only overtly identifies Atazoth with Azathoth, but also completely regurgitates the descriptions of Azathoth provided throughout thy Typhonian Trilogies by Kenneth Grant, the central texts of the OTO.

An earlier treatise on the subject entitled H.P. Lovecraft and the Dark Gods states “Lovecraft, aware of parts of the ancient tradition of the Dark Gods’ dramatized and mis-represented the tradition as a whole… To [this tradition], he added inventions of his own… which he wove into the Cthulhu mythos… The details that Lovecraft gives regarding ‘calls’ and rites are mostly fanciful and only in a few places does he advertently reveal the truth – for example, in his mention of the trapezohedron and ‘Azathoth’ as described by Lovecraft, is a symbolic and distorted re-presentation of the intersection, in acausal space-time, of these astral star passages: a kind of galactic vortex or node. Those who journey there will never return the same. Along the star passages the shells of long dead civilizations lie strewn.”

Compare this with Kenneth Grant’s statement in The Magickal Revival: “Lovecraft was unacquainted with both the name and work of Crowley, yet some of his fantasies reflect, however, distortedly, the salient themes of Crowley’s cult.” 

The Magickal Revival provides a table of correspondences which identifies various entities in the Cthulhu Mythos with concepts presented in Crowley’s literature. The tenth numbered entry in this table is “Azathoth (the blind and idiot chaos at the centre of infinity)”, which Grant attributes to  “Azoth, the alchemical solvent.”

The “intersection, in acausal space-time, of these astral star passages: a kind of galactic vortex or node” which ONA describes seems comparable to “the spiral black vortices of that ultimate void of Chaos where reigns the mindless demon-sultan Azathoth” which Lovecraft describes in Dreams in the Witch House.

Moult’s identification of Atazoth as part of the Abyss parallels Lovecraft’s delineation of the entity. In an analysis of Lovecraft’s literature entitled Awakening the Great Old Ones by Stephen Dziklewicz, we find the following statement. “Lovecraft describes Azathoth as the Ultimate Chaos – similar to a jewelled Mandlebrot set in an all-enveloping crown.” 

The idea that Atazoth and Azathoh are one was also presented by Richard Moult (aka Christos Beest) entitled Archetypes and Illusions, which states: “A further illustration is the use of the entity known as Atazoth (or, as it is more inaccurately known, Azathoth – Atazoth means an increasing of Azoth, Azathoth is simply a jumble of letters accessed from the inept experiments of H.P. Lovecraft. Whilst purporting to work with and understand ‘chaos’ the structure and practices of the rites of Chaosism are based on moralistic/dualistic/abstract (etc) perceptions as such, Atazoth cannot be used since it is part of the Abyss itself.”

In the Chthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia, we find the following definition: “AZATHOTH (also AZAZOTH or AZAG-THOTH). Outer God also known as the Primal Chaos and the Daemon Sultan. Azathoth normally is a shapeless chaotic mass, but has been known to take on other forms when he has been summoned.”

Compare the description given to Atazoth in Part Two of Codex Saerus (also called The Black Book of Satan), which includes a physical description of the entity’s “primal form.” “Atazoth may be visualized as a dark nebulous chaos – a rend in the fabric of star-studded space which changes into a Dagon like/dragon entity.”

The encyclopedia also presents the use of the entity’s name as a word of power, writing “The utterance of Azathoth’s name gives one great power over beings from outside.”

The Encyclopedia elaborates on the entity: “Legend has it that Azathoth gave birth to the universe, and will destroy it in the end. Some modern thinkers have equated Azathoth with the Big Bang; this corresponds with the Greek and Norse creation myths, which hold that the universe was created out of primal chaos.”

In The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, H.P. Lovecraft states that Azathoth lives in “in the formless central void” which is “outside the ordered universe” and “at the centre of all infinity”. In the terminology which is used to describe the ONA’s esotericism, this void would be the realm known as “Falak al-Aflak” [Arabic: Primary of the Spheres] which would be described in Arabic theology as azali [eternal without beginning] and abadi [eternal without end].


Self-Definition via Abstraction and the Nature of Mundanes (Discourse)

Participants: V. K. Jehannum, A. A. Morain, Some Nobody Who Hates the ONA, Acephalic Mysticism, Wiccan Friend, Satanist Friend, G. A. Rosenberg, Acausality, Another Critic

In the Sinister Tradition, the common man is called a “mundane.” The esoteric signification of this pejorative [insulting title] is someone who is BOUND by abstractions and DEFINES THEMSELVES BY THEM. “I’m an Anarchist.” “I’m a Nihilist.” “I’m an emo.” Blah blah fucking blah. This people are innocuous and we do not need them.

 The mundanes not only serve their ego, they also serve a superego to which they are devoted. Of course, it is always an Interesting discussion where nihilism starts and ends. To be aware of the fact that one’s way of living serves an ideological purpose, or recognizing that you are lived by a system denotes that you can see through it. Not an easy one. The Sinister dialectic works when one ‘serves’ a system in order to question the hegemonic one. Being a Marxist or NS to question and undermine liberal capitalism for instance but one should always be aware of the contingency of the opposing systems. There simply is no true ideology or system. Stepping out of it, if only momentarily, for instance the Numinous Way or Zazen, makes one realize the shortcomings of our human constructs. To be mundane is to serve them without questioning and either acting rigorously ideological or just like the average consumer. Overthrowing both and ending up in nihilism is certainly not the answer. One should try different path and never stop questioning your-self. I call this self-deconstruction and putting back the pieces with new insights. It is quite simply hard to put into words. The experience of Nature, a solid friendship, love, genuine contact, wandering through old churches, sensing the night, meditating at 5 am when the neighbourhood is still sleeping, enjoying the beauty of an art exhibition… this all goes beyond ideology, systems and so on. Zazen has taught
the contingency of ideas, political points of views while the sensation of what Myatt called the Numinous is exactly what a mundane person is not ready for, mostly because of lack of inituition. Experience without the head, the Acéphalic.
There are no “neutral energies” around, in my opinion at least, my friend…. Every damn shell out there is a carrier or a waver, so to speak… (if i hadn’t been clear, please tell me LOL). Even though I’m from a different current, Even though i am from a different current…. But the universal war dismantled every possible border everywhere, so objectives are more relevant than ever, i say.
It’s truly mind boggling. I hate labels. Example. I practice some Wicca but if I tell a Wiccan I don’t follow the “Rede” it’s like telling a Christian you don’t follow the Bible. I have to tell them, “Don’t judge me! I follow my own goddamn path!” The only thing that fits me is Eclectic.
I would argue that sticking rigidly to a tradition (or a label) can be very beneficial and encourages growth in one direction far quicker than someone who picks and chooses from different paths.
Nothing wrong with labels, so long as they are used LOOSELY and do not form the building blocks of self image.
For example, if you feel the need to correct someone by saying “I’m not a Satanist, I’m a Luciferian” you are definitely doing it wrong.
Perhaps but I’m not really a by the book type of girl. Seems every book I read has something somewhere that I just won’t practice so I find myself resorting to my own ideologies and beliefs to stay true to myself.
uh, how about “I’m Sinister,” or “I’m ONA,” or “I’m a facist,” or “I’m a Traditional Satanist?” Those are TOTALLY different, right?
That sentence was fucking gibberish.
It was about as coherent as the original post. “People who use labels are fools, cuz they define them, but NOT PEOPLE WHO USE ONA LABELS!”
No, because the ONA is simply a system designed to take someone to a point and thence beyond it.
The difference with mundanes is that they use labels to describe themselves and fulfil their egos. That someone uses the label of ONA because that is what they follow is different to someone who uses a term as a general marker of their character. Thus you’ll never find a genuine ONA initiate who talks about it endlessly. We have often said if you are ONA, nobody should even know.
Niners are only supposed to identify as Traditional Satanists when they are novices so no problem there. And Fascism is just a useful causal form which is useful in the long-term for aeonic progression and personal development so obviously the niner does not define themselves thereby.
And I’m sure the average “Niner” isn’t “bound” by their abstractions at all, right? Cuz we all know the Niners are the for-real hidden masters of all that surround them and the insistence on edgy “points” that mean nothing at all like the whole “forge not works of art, but swords of death” mumbo-jumbo is really just to ya know, prove how “unmundane” they really are and all that. Fuckin’ kings of the world over here.
Kings of the world? Nigga chill. I am just recapitulating the orthodox teachings of the old guard. If modern Niners neglect to or fail to personify these teachings that is their own weakness, innovation, or both.
Gotta love how the ONA people on one hand insists that the labels involved are meaningless tools to make someone a vaguely-defined badass at some obscure future point, but obviously haven’t “evolved” past the ‘Satanism” label. the ONA doesn’t believe in “Satanism” anymore than they do “fascism.” It’s the ultimate dress-up game for edge-lords. And of course, while they insist that the labels and “Satanic” terminology aren’t meaningful in themselves, yet they sure as hell flock to “Satanism” groups.
Form and Essence are different things. People use a collection of labels to signal to their peers. There’s a difference between that and simply *being* something. You don’t accuse a doctor of obsessing over his label, because that is what he does. He’s a doctor. If it’s just BS edgy drivel then don’t waste your time commenting. They’ll follow their path and influence Satanism. You follow yours and stop concerning yourself with what they are or are perceived to be. Why are you so upset about this?
That question was rhetorical. He and I can both discern why you are so upset about this.
And here’s another rhetorical question. If the ONA is so useless, why don’t you go ahead and outdo it?
“Outdo them?” To “outdo” them, someone would have to prove to me they’ve “done” anything worthwhile. And no, forming “nexions” doesn’t count. 
Well there are tests they set. Can you pass them tests? Physical trials, answering questions only accessible by genuine scholarly study. Forming a nexion is an achievement because it takes a lot to organise and direct a group of people, and guide them all to a point of proficiency. Can you do that? As well as mastering chant in a definite manner and performing difficult ordeals. Remember, Satanism is about self-development.
If it was just about “personal self development,” it would be taught in a much more general sense. John Allee and Anton LaVey taught better self development ideas than the ONA. If you’re obsessed with macho, physical power, sure have at it. But the ONA method is geared towards creating a certain type, not geared towards self development in general for all types of people. Not every person who is “great” and developed themselves that far has experience with survivalist shit. Albert Einstein was plenty great without shitting in the woods for a month.
Yes it is created toward a certain type. Just like any system. As for LaVey, I’ve met not a single laveyan who possesses the insight of an ONA initiate.  The Way exists for those to pursue it. It is a genuine and difficult path. That it does not resonate with you does not mean it’s invalid. One who has follows the 7FW will be more proficient and capable than the top 1% of humanity. Because there is more than physical trials. It seems those are the trials you have issue with. Why? Are you unhealthy?
Ahh see. There is that overwhelming difference. I don’t desire to be part of any group. I’m a solitary witch. I don’t follow sheep and claim to believe everything some book or group tells me is the correct way to travel my path. Life is my test. Not somebody else’s idea of how I should live. Not saying I’m better than anyone else. Just different.

ONA is a system offered to those who want wisdom and is built on experience of past initiates, not books written. It is a solitary path if you wish it to be. Thus we return to people being comfortable with the labels they have.

Everything Julie says I would say. The ONA is just my system until I can say I have surpassed it. Which will be very difficult to do. / Following someone does not make you a sheep. It means you recognise some people have gotten further and thus can be learnt from. There’s nothing ignoble about using a map.

Just want to point out that I don’t think it’s an invalid path for everyone. It certainly is valid for some people. But what annoys me about the ONA is the posturing as the guardians of some sort of “genuinely Satanic” tradition, and their attitude that they are “more Satanic” than others, even though their “tradition” was fabricated in the 70s as a bizarre response to the Satanism of the 60s. I don’t care if people want to do stuff like the ONA. What bothers me are ONA people acting like there’s something more “Satanic” about their shit.
Good point here, no one owns Satanism and to call someone a nicer Black Magickian a “pseudo-Satanist” is basically mocking the Devil by saying he’s too dumb to know who his adherents are.

The elitism you have an issue with is not something we impose upon Satanism. We simply say oir way is a particular way and that to follow it requires certain standards. “Manners among our own kind are a part of the kulture and the ethos that make us ONA, that make us a kollective, a sinister kindred, and therefore make us who or what we are, or who or what we desire to be […] The ONA, the kollective, does have standards, guidelines, and that relying on one’s own judgement doesn’t mean you can dump our ethos, our standards, our kulture, and still call yourself ONA. No, it means that you’re at liberty to do such things, but you won’t any longer be ONA.”

As far as outdoing the ONA goes, why don’t we set a deliberate goalpost or two? Upload a picture of yourself shirtless which is as impressive as my profile pic and then tape yourself using a punching bag. If it is better than the video of me boxing that I posted on my profile when I was still out of practice, we”ll call it even. Fair?
Sorry, I’m not a meathead who somehow equates physical prowess with spiritual insight or accomplishments. Lou Farigno must be one of the most Sinister, accomplished men of the past century by these definitions.
There is something to be said for balanced multi-level development, physical, intellectual, spiritual tho. Indeed I would say that while it may be possible to expand in one area without the other two, the imbalance will eventually cause problems.
That is probably why most ancient traditions emphasized all three.
Precisely. A Satanist should pursue self-excellence and surpass her limits in many ways. Physical aptitude is a desirable manifestation of such a lifestyle, regardless of whether one chooses to be exeatic. For example, the Black Order never proscribes criminality, but it does emphasize climbing and other such nature-oriented physical challenges. Physical achievement compliments and further empowers magickal aptitude. But perhaps it would suit your cozy and sedentary lifestyle to hire a therapist instead. You could confess all your pent up rage about the ONA and deep-seeded feelings of personal inadequacy to him or her. I imagine that you would find a discussion with such a professional to be far less emotionally abrasive than you clearly found this discussion with us to be.
So your point is that all people including yourself are mundanes? Your point of reference is already an abstraction. Hypocritical….unless your posturing has obscured what you are really trying to say? Who gives a good god damn anyway…
Many people give a damn, clearly.
Trying to see through abstractions is a way of developing yourself. If you want to say that that observation is in itself an abstraction, you just don’t want to comprehend it and you are simply entering in a semantic loop that will not get you anywhere.
As aforementioned, there is a difference between defining one’s self, limiting said self and thus using these titles purely as ego signals, and having a title because it denotes your purpose. For instance, a doctor isn’t bound by the image and title and form of being a doctor… It’s a marker as to who and what they are.
The issue with VK’s assessment however is that he does not go far enough and point out causal abstractions are more than just labels, but indeed are manufactured beliefs and systems put in place in lieu of a worldview built upon genuine life experience. They are, to use Heidegger’s words, an Apophantic appropriation. Thus, they rob life and the human experience of the ability to experience the Numinous, nature ‘as it is’. The ONA therefore is simply a system designed to return Man to this active participation in the Numen of nature (In-der-Welt-sein).
Heidegger wrote about this and thus it’s not coincidence that an essay based on his work appears in Naos. Whilst I feel you probably understand all this, hopefully this clarifies things better. Google “Heideggerian Terminology” and you’ll see what this means.

There are a few problematics and contradictions when it comes to mundanity, hence why I never bothered too much with it. Let us look at the two-fold definition for a moment:

“Exoterically, mundanes are defined as those who are not of our sinister kind – that is, as those who do not live by The Law of the Sinister-Numen (qv). Esoterically, mundane-ness is defined as being under the influence of, or being in thrall to, or being addicted to, and/or believing in, and/or using as a means of understanding, causal abstractions (qv).”

Exoterically would most definitively be discarded by Myatt in the light of his current (in my eyes more sensible actual philosophy) since it basically creates an elitist distinction between niners and the rest of the world. Myatt in his latest writings, talks about how the Ἀρετή of an individual and thus, his propencity for honor can only be distinguished by a personal intimation that arise in the ‘immediacy of the moment’. To argue that only Niners have honor and Ἀρετή is beyond hubriatic, which (for I that is), exclude this definition entirely.

Esoterically is more sensible but still problematic since it states that even the ones “under the influence or using as a means of understanding, causal abstractions” are mundanes. According to this, even Myatt admits to mundanity (considering here that Myatt is Anton Long) since he said more than once how his entire life was in part, an addiction to causal abstractions from start to finish. I would also like to add that from a Goodmanian perspective, human beings are natural world makers. They enjoy creating, assembling, structuring new philosophies, new concepts and new ‘Ism’. We all know the aim is a wordless, empathetical life with nature, comparable to the Rounwytha way where ‘Ism’ are no longer necessary but I have yet to meet such a mystic, detached in such a way and bearing the achievements of the Seven-Fold-Way.

There is finally the possibilty that the (in my eyes) futile denotation of ‘mundane’ is a trap, part of labyrinthos mythologicus. Perhaps meant as Anna Czereda once stated to make us realise how we are all mundane until we no longer need such base comparative that creates distinctions between a ‘us’ and a ‘them’. This would make sense and was hinted at by Moult in an interview. It was also hinted at by various MSS concerning alchemy where it is stated that, in the end, knowledge is the same for all of us, whatever the path that was initially taken.

As for I, I came to the conlusion that such a title can indeed only be given in the immediacy of the moment, when the ψυχή of the individual is scented or apprehended. Most individuals, even the one addicted to a causal abstractions can ultimately free themselves from their conceptual prison and ‘evolve’ toward something more broad. Thus, I use the word mundane advisedly. Mainly for pedophiles, serial killers and rapist for they are individuals that have obviously no propensity for honor or loyalty and are enslaved by their base pulsions and trample the numinosity of someone else for their own pleasure.

This is, as always, my humble opinion and nothing more. I believe this is one of the segment of the O9A that has to be challenged and reformed. David Myatt, with his post 2012 writings, gave room for a more sensible conclusion concerning this matter.

Re Sinister honor, I meet a few who try their very best to convince everyone they are ONA then show none of the etiquette of Sinister honor or empathy. And then wonder why I have little time for them.
It is my opinion that they failed when they tryed to convince.
Quite true. I seem to be a cause for their scorn often, going so far as to receive anonymous threats with zero substance as well as attempts to sabotage my life. Clearly the Sinister draws mentally unbalanced types types to the fold and they react negatively to those with more limelight than them. My answer has always been thus to outdo me, simply. Yet they never bother to. The 7FW is of secondary importance to those types. I can think of a few even now. Let us hope they progress.

I believe this quote from Mahavatar to be most appropriate:

“If you cannot praise someone. Let them pass out of your life.”

A Storm for Melanie

More than one witch has expressed the idea that they find it distinctly empowering to work magick during thunderstorms. According to Christos Beest, whenever he would use his art to channel the demons of the Goetia, storms would accompany his channelings. The deliberate causation of storms (at the hands of the archfiends) implies a magickal efficacy which is inherent in storms.

The rain serves an obvious purpose, as running water is a magickally powerful thing. Fire is known to be a magickally powerful thing as well, so perhaps lightning serves a similar function. Here follow two excerpts from one of the allegories in the Deofel Quintet, the first of which is only one sentence long.

“The storm pleased Melanie and she danced naked in her garden while the rain washed her body as she sucked the storm’s health in.

…The twilight of closing cloud and strong wind coloured the sky near the descending sun, and Melanie stood in the circle’s centre calling on the storms to break. Thunder cloud rushed toward her, killing the colour, as the wind graved strong and heavy around. There was no thunder, only a sudden and prolonged burst of rain, which Melanie laughing let soak through her thin dress to the warm flesh beneath. She became intoxicated by the power of wind and rain, and danced around the circle calling on the names of her gods… She felt her crystal, many miles distant, begin to respond and draw power from the Abyss beyond. The power came to her, slowly, through the gate in the fabric of space-time, a chaos of energies from the dimensions of darkness. Her consciousness was beginning to transcend to the acausal spaces where the Dark Gods waited and she sensed their longing to return, to fill again the spaces of her causal time. They were there, chattering in lipsed words she could not understand, roused from sleep by the power of her previous rites, ready to seep past the gate…” –Temple of Satan by Anton Long


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Can a Niner use Qliphothic Sorcery?

What follows is heresy. All critiques will be addressed, if they are worth addressing, with the amount of respect with which they are made. These views are mine alone. For future reference, observe the notes which follow. I have put one part of the text in blue to signify that it is only really relevant to people with a strong comprehension of O9A esotericism, so if it goes over you head, skip over it.

-Cliology is the science of Aeons and the acausal.
-Aeons, as understood by the Order of the Nine Angles, are very different from what Crowley and Aquino call Aeons. Aquino has defined an Aeon as a world view. The witch enters this or that Aeon via the acceptance of certain recent spiritual revelations. Long’s understanding will be divulged in simplified terms later in the essay.
-Anton Long calls the modern Aeon the Thorian Aeon and calls the (purportedly) coming one the Galactic Aeon.
-Anthropogenic means coming from humanity. For example, if one argues that climate change is anthropogenic, they mean that human society & behavior are the impetuses behind it.
-Gnosis is knowledge received from a numinous source.
-“Acausal” basically means spiritual, except that it conveys more specific descriptions about the spirit plane.
-OG (old guard) is the title for the founding authors of the Order of the Nine Angles.
-A “form” is any religion, philosophy, political tradition, etc.

The Order of the Nine Angles is, in majority, very opposed to the use of Qliphothic sorcery. That is why, for example, O9A offshoots like the 218 Current have been met with such scorn by most authors known to associate with the Order of the Nine Angles. While it is in keeping with the Sinister Tradition to use whatever spiritual practices you have found to be efficacious, it is clear from earlier manuscripts such as The Practical Esoteric Aims of Traditional Satanism and Nexion – a Guide to Sinister Strategy that the old guard were very opposed to the use of Hebrew-derived forms.

The OGs’ distaste for Qliphothic witchcraft derives from their conception of cliology– they suspect that the use of Qliphothic witchcraft will strengthen the Magian Current. They believe that the causation of the next Aeon necessitates the wholesale abandonment of the Abrahamic tradition by humanity, as well as all other “old Aeon” religious forms. Keep in mind that according to the cliological postulations of Long, an Aeon is the entirety of the acausal influence being exerted upon the corporeal segments of the Cosmos. Hence his postulation that Aeons are themselves acausal entities. When the old guard writes about ending the Thorian Aeon, this signifies a discontinuation of all old forms, Kabbalistic ones in particular, and the diversion of all of humanity to new ones.

My continued use of Qliphothic magick derives from cliological disagreements which I have with Anton Long. In my magickal experience, the use of Qliphothic forms does not perpetuate the influence of Yahweh, which should be unsurprising. After all, ONA literature started surfacing long before the weltanschauungen [worldviews] known as Diabolatry, Theistic Satanism, Demonolatry, and Luciferism came into being. It is errant to think that Long’s literature refutes the aeonic efficacy of forms which he cannot chronologically have studied or practiced.

Rumors are circulating that Anton Long was extensively involved in the Ordo Templi Orientalis prior to introducing the Sevenfold Way the public, and fellow Niners have observed the countless parallels between the Sinister Tarot and the Deck of Thoth– a deck which included tetrahedrons in its iconography. In the O9A allegory Temple of Satan, there is a caricature of a modern Occultist by the name of Ezra Pead who beseeches Qliphothic forces for knowledge about the Arts. A few specific demons are named, all but one of which reside within the Tunnels of Set (Zamradiel, Niantiel, etc.). According to the story, all of the information provided to Ezra by these entities was either fallacious or nonsensical.

My coven worked with the spirits of the Tunnels of Set routinely and primarily and we had incredible experiences. The gnosis was on-point and the guidance we received was highly reliable all of the time. The way that we approached these entities was very much influenced by modern innovations such as Demonolatry and Theistic Satanism, religions that had yet to take root when the ONA was in its second phase. The other black magickal lodges that work with the Tunnels of Set (Lilin Society, Temple of the Ascending Flame, Misantropisk Lucifer Orden, etc.) also delineate the depths of knowledge which may be gleaned from these entities.

If you’ve read Codex Saerus III, you should know that Sapphic nexions are usually dedicated to Hecate in part. My coven was brought together by Hecate and found her daimones to be equally useful to the Tunnels of Set– the two groups were clearly allied and fond of one another.

Long’s conception of the Qliphothic entities as unreliable and unstable mirrors the conception of them held by the White Lodge, which would make perfect sense if he really was trained by the OTO. So, when he observed and disliked the Aeonic effects of Qliphothic and Goetic witchcraft, it was the demonic workings of the RHP he was looking at and writing about. Modern LHP apsidomancy (demon magick) is a thing unto itself and its effects must be appraised independent of the White Lodge’s Yahweh-dependent workings with demons, which practices Modern LHP apsidomancy despise.

There are still many Niners who make use of Qliphothic and Goetic sorcery– even ones who are well-received by the modern ONA as a whole. While most O9A apsidomancers (witches who work with demons) do not mention it often, if they are writers at all, the Tempel ov Blood and Misanthropic Nexion mentioned apsidomantic rituals in some of their earlier literature, and the Lilin Society is fond of it as well, to name a few. The writer for acausality.wordpress is one of the only people who has seen my personal notes about apsidomancy. Spurning their use of apsidomancy because of Long’s rejection of RHP iterations of it is comparable to vilipending Hecatean workings because Feminist Wicca exists. If a witch would like to verify for herself whether or not the evocation of the demons of the Goetia perpetuates the influence of Yehowah, she may ask her guiding spirits. I am certain that they will laugh in her face.

As someone who has scoured the internet and various texts for everything I could find about the Tunnels of Set, I believe that the fact that Anton Long knew about them before Nightside of Eden in 1977 proves that he was involved with the OTO, as all of the English LHP literature regarding the Tunnels I have found is very recent.

While (apparently) most Niners will balk at the incorporation of Qliphothic forms into their magick, they will in general overlook your use of it if you have otherwise proven yourself. However, they will occasionally subject you to their whining about the subject– the word “whining” is use because their would-be criticisms are usually made from a place of incognizance. I can gurantee you that debating these otherwise powerful and insightful people and seeing how little thought they have put into the matter will reinforce your confidence in your veneration of Havayoth.

-V.K. Jehannum, 2016 Anno Maleficarum