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