Esoteric Notes Concerning The Numinous


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Given that the term numinous is part of the O9A expression ‘the sinister-numinous tradition’ – and thus relevant to understanding the esotericism of the Order of Nine Angles – we present here two articles which discuss the term in some detail.

The articles provide the required historical, metaphysical, and esoteric, context for correctly understanding the term; and which context reveals, contrary to a popular misunderstanding, that the term ‘numinous’ – implying “of or relating to a god or a divinity, revealing or indicating the presence of a divinity; divine, spiritual” – was used in English centuries before Rudolf Otto appropriated it to describe mysterium tremendum et fascinans and thus restricted it to religions and to religions experience, which restrictive religious use is quite different from David Myatt’s metaphysical usage:

“The numinous is what manifests or can manifest or remind us of (what can reveal) the natural balance of ψυχή; a balance which ὕβρις upsets. This natural balance – our being as human beings – is or can be manifest to us in or by what is harmonious, or what reminds us of what is harmonious and beautiful.”

Concerning The Numinous


° Preface
° I. A Note Regarding The Term Numinous.
° II. The Muliebral Numinous.


Further Notes Concerning The Hermetic Origins Of The Order Of Nine Angles

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Further Notes Concerning The Hermetic Origins Of The O9A


Unique among self-described modern Occultists, the Order of Nine Angles (O9A/ONA) has, since it first publicly emerged in Britain the early 1970s, not only propagated a septenary system but also maintained that such a septenary system represents the ‘genuine’ Western occult tradition. Furthermore, initiates of the O9A have not only derided the ten-fold medieval Hebrewesque qabalistic system – propagated and lauded by the so-called Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn, by Crowley, and by others – but also used terms, such as φύσις (physis) and rounwytha, and πάθει μάθος (pathei-mathos) and enantiodromia {1}, which reference ancient esoteric traditions that are almost entirely absent from the academic literature dealing with modern satanism, the modern Western Left Hand Path, and modern esotericism in general. For such literature is almost entirely devoted to those – such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Crowley, LaVey, Aquino, et al – who have accepted without question the ten-fold medieval Hebrewesque qabalistic system and what has been derived from it.

That the O9A septenary system does indeed represent an older – pre-Hebrewesque – and Hellenic and genuinely hermetic occult tradition is gradually becoming increasing known outside of O9A circles, partly due to articles such as  Perusing The Seven Fold Way: Historical Origins Of The Septenary System Of The Order of Nine Angles (pdf), partly due to Myatt’s translations of the Pymander and Ιερός Λόγος tractates of the ancient Corpus Hermeticum {2} – in which physis and a septenary system are mentioned several times – and partly due to his notes on the fourth tractate (Ἑρμοῦ πρὸς Τάτ ὁ κρατῆρ ἡ μονάς) in which notes {3} he pointed out the use of a septenary system by John Dee as described in Theorem XVIII of Dee’s 1564 work Monas Hieroglyphica, illustrated here:

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For, as Elias Ashmole mentioned in his Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum, Containing Severall Poeticall Pieces of our Famous English philosophers, who have written the Hermetique Mysteries in their owne Ancient Language, published in 1652:

“As for Magick, Pliny tells us, It flourished in Britaine, and that the People there were so devoted to it (yea, with all Complements of Ceremony) a man would think that even the Persian learned his Magick thence.”

Furthermore, that compilation of writings about ‘the Hermetique Mysteries’ contains several illustrations and texts which directly relate to various O9A occult traditions as recorded in O9A texts from the 1970s onwards.

For instance, the following illustration describes a system of seven “sphæra” (seven spheres).

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The text, on page 420, entitled A Discription of the Stone, describes (using terminology and symbolism, and a doxology, apposite to the period) the melding of the muliebral with the masculous – the ‘numinous’ and the ‘sinister’ – and which melding is an essential part of the O9A’s Seven Fold Way: a nexion to the discovery of Lapis Philosophicus {4}.

The primar Secret of this Arte is the unity beyond causal abstractions, occult and otherwise, as discovered via the ordeal of The Abyss and is described in various O9A texts, involving as it does melding of the two (masculous-muliebral, sinister-numinous) into the one, is also mentioned in this ancient text, again using terminology and symbolism (and a doxology) apposite to the period:

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More and more evidence is emerging – leaked by O9A Adepts or discovered independently by academics {5} – that the Order of Nine Angles is a rather unique modern Occult group with an esoteric tradition whose roots go back to both an ancient Greco-Roman pagan hermeticism and an indigenous ancient British magickal tradition.

What the O9A, under the aegis of Anton Long, has done is to (a) describe both those ancient traditions using a unique terminology suitable to our times – hence nexion, causal/acausal, sinister-numinous, muliebral-masculous, etcetera – and (b) develop several experiential, antinomian, occult praxises, based on and evolving those ancient traditions, which praxises (such as the Seven Fold Way) enable anyone to, via their own esoteric and exoteric pathei-mathos, discover Lapis Philosophicus and thus achieve wisdom.

R. Parker
April 2015 ev

{1} For example, in respect of physis, qv. the seminal O9A (1980s) text Naos, which outlines the basics of what the O9A term ‘physis magick’.

{2} (a) Poemandres, A Translation of and Commentary. 2014, ISBN 9781495470684. (b) An Esoteric Mythos: A Translation Of And A Commentary On The Third Tractate Of The Corpus Hermeticum, 2015, ISBN 9781507660126.

{3} Notes On The Fourth Tractate Of The Corpus Hermeticum, Ἑρμοῦ πρὸς Τάτ ὁ κρατῆρ ἡ μονάς.

{4} Refer, for example, to the O9A text   Enantiodromia – The Sinister Abyssal Nexion (Second Edition, 2013, pdf) and essays such as The Sinisterly-Numinous O9A (e-text, 2013).

{5} A pioneer here is Professor Connell Monette of Al Akhawayn University. A draft of the second, revised, edition of his chapter on the O9A from his seminal university textbook Mysticism in the 21st Century is (as of April 2015) available via the following URL –


Mysticism In The 21st Century – Second Edition

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Mysticism In The 21st Century – Second Edition

Due to the generosity of the author, the link below is to a pre-publication draft copy (as a pdf file) of chapter three (The Order of Nine Angles) of the second edition of the university textbook by Professor Connell Monette, of Al Akhawayn University, entitled Mysticism In The 21st Century. The first edition of the book is currently being used as a set text in a graduate class at Al Akhawayn University. The second revised edition is due for publication in early 2015.


The first edition (ISBN 9781940964003) is still available in printed paperback format from Amazon dot com and also from most major retail booksellers, including Blackwell’s of Oxford, England.

Interestingly, the second edition references David Myatt’s translation of and commentary on the ancient hermetic text Mercvrii Trismegisti Pymander, and further emphasizes the hermetic nature of the Order of Nine Angles:

“While the Order’s members do continue to employ the term ‘satanic’ as a self-reference, it is an image that the ONA appears to have outgrown during the early 21st century. A renewed focus on hermeticism and the hermetic corpus is articulated in the recent 2014 essays of the Order, and it is likely that this particular aspect of the ONA’s heritage will be the dominant feature for which it is known in the coming decade. Thus while the ONA is likely continue to grow and diversify, it will do so with a serious sense of its traditions rooted in blood and soil.”

Esoteric Pathei Mathos

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Notes On The Esoteric Learning Presenced Through Pathei-Mathos

The term pathei-mathos (πάθει μάθος) expresses the essence of the esoteric ethos of the Order of Nine Angles: the personal learning, by individuals, that often results from consciously undertaking practical exeatic experiences conventionally described as both ‘numinous’ and ‘sinister’.

Often simply translated as ‘learning from suffering’, the Greek πάθει μάθος implies much more:

(i) The Aeschylian term – in the context of the original Greek – imputes that πάθει μάθος is a new logos; that is, is a guide to individuals living in a way that is more reasonable that hitherto.
(ii) The Greek term πάθος imputes more than the English word ‘suffering’. For example, it means or can imply – depending on context – misfortune, or what befalls a person, or personal adversity.
(iii) Similarly, the Greek term μάθος means or can imply – depending on context – not ‘learning’ per se but acquiring knowledge or acquiring understanding or acquiring instruction or acquiring insight (qv Thucydides, 1.68). This insight is or can be an insight into the physis (Φύσις) of beings and of ‘things’, but is often an insight into one’s own physis {1}.

Thus, a more accurate interpretation of the term πάθει μάθος is personal misfortune can be the genesis of insight.

Esoterically, Anton Long used the term in its original context; that is, as a logos: an individual perceiveration of the type described in the Pymander tractate of the Corpus Hermeticum. As a perceiveration, it is presenced via the O9A’s Seven Fold Way, which is basically a practical guide to acquiring a personal insight, a self-knowing, and thence wisdom, via various experiences and ordeals both numinous and sinister, with the raison d’etre of the Seven Fold Way being that it is a means to consciously – deliberately – acquire the insight that some individuals acquire (and have acquired over millennia) as a result of having to endure the ‘misfortune’ of a natural, unbidden, pathei-mathos.

Furthermore, no one O9A has ever claimed that the seven fold way is the ‘only way’ to obtain such insight and thus wisdom deriving from it; it’s just one practical way among others.

Also, the insight resulting from pathei-mathos is a ‘worldless knowing’, and which worldess knowing includes an intimation of acausality {2}. For the personal insight which is (i) naturally acquired from unfortunate experiences and/or (ii) deliberately acquired via esoteric techniques such as the O9A Seven Fold Way, is often difficult or impossible to describe in words, and/or the person is often unwilling or unable to talk or write about such personal experiences.



{1} Physis is one of the central themes of the Pymander section of the ancient Greek text the Corpus Hermeticum. A theme somewhat neglected until Myatt published his translation of and commentary on that text, a text available as (i) a printed book: David Myatt, Poemandres, A Translation and Commentary, ISBN 9781495470684, and (ii) as a free pdf download:

{2} qv. Myatt’s essay Towards Understanding The Acausal.



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Some Notes On The Rounwytha Way

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Some Notes On The Rounwytha Way

The Rounwytha Way – one of the three O9A praxises {1} – is the most neglected part of the Order of Nine Angles (O9A/ONA) weltanschauung, with such neglect contributing to the basal misunderstanding of the O9A itself that exists not only among self-professed modern occultists and satanists but also among academics interested in or researching what is often termed modern esotericism.

The Rounwytha Way – also known as ‘the rouning’ – is an aural pagan esoteric tradition, indigenous to a particular rural area of the British isles, of a few empaths (most of whom were and are women) for whom there are no teachings, no dogma, no rituals, no spells, no conjurations, no incantations, no abstract determinate seasons {2} and no unnatural division between ‘us’, as mortals, and Nature and ‘the heavens’ beyond; evident as such an unnatural division is in positing, and then naming, separate divinities and supernatural beings. There are therefore no gods, no god, and no goddess; no ‘demons’ or named ‘familiars’. Instead, there is a very individual and always wordless awareness, an intuitive apprehension, arising from a natural gift (a natural talent) or from that faculty of empathy that can be cultivated – according to tradition – by a person undertaking to live alone in the wilderness for around six months and then, some years later, undertaking to live alone for a lunar month in a darkened cave or some subterranean location {3}.

In essence, the Rounwytha Way is a manifestation – a presencing – of the muliebral, especially the ‘acausal knowing’ that arises from empathy with Nature and ‘the heavens’. As Myatt has explained in respect of the muliebral:

“What is muliebral cannot be embodied in some organization or movement, or in some -ism, or in any causal form – and certainly cannot be expressed via the medium of words, whether spoken or written – without changing it, distorting it, from what it is into some-thing else. For the muliebral by its very φύσις is personal, individual, in nature and only presenced in the immediacy-of-the-moment, and thus cannot be the object of a supra-personal aspiration and thus should not be ‘idealized’ or even be the subject of an endeavour to express it in some principles or principles (political or otherwise), or by some axiom or axioms, or by some dogma. For all such things – forms and words included – are manifestations, a presencing, of what is, in φύσις, masculous and temporal. Or, expressed more simply, the muliebral presences and manifests what is a-causal – what, in the past, has often inclined us to appreciate the numinous – while the masculous presences and manifests what is causal, temporal, and what in the past has often inclined us toward hubris and being egoistic.” {4}

The Rounwytha Way also re-presents that personal perceiveration that an individual pursuing a life-long mystical quest, such as The Seven Fold Way, may discover beyond The Abyss:

“The wisdom acquired, the finding of lapis philosophicus during the penultimate stage of the Way – means two particular things, and always has done. (i) living in propria persona, 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.” {5}

This personal perceiveration is of the nameless, wordless, unity beyond our mortal, abstract, ideations of ‘sinister’ and ‘numinous’, of Left Hand Path and Right Hand Path, and also – and importantly – of ‘time’. For it is our ideation of ‘time’ – with its assumption of a possible temporal progression, via various temporary causal forms, toward something ‘better’ or more ‘advanced’ or more ‘perfect’ (in personal or supra-personal terms) – that underlies the magian/patriarchal/masculous approach that has dominated, and still dominates, Western occultism and esotericism in general, fundamental to which is a hubriatic egoism: “the illusion that is the individual will”.

Aspects of the abyssal perceiveration – of the apprehension discovered by someone reborn beyond The Abyss – are (i) the need to balance the masculous with the muliebral; (ii) ‘the aeonic perspective’; (iii) the importance of esoteric languages (manifest, by the O9A, in Esoteric Chant and The Star Game); and (iv) aeonic sorcery.

The aeonic perspective, for instance, provides an understanding of aeonic sorcery:

(i) Of the limitation – and the ‘mortality’ – of all causal forms and why, in respect of certain aeonic goals, it is (α) the cumulative decades and centuries long alchemical (inner) change of individuals individually (via pathei-mathos), and (β) mythoi, and (γ) ‘numinous symbols’, which are of primary importance. For it is such things which presence, over long durations of causal ‘time’, that acausal energy which is the genesis of a genuine evolution, of those changes that endure beyond each mortal and beyond all collocations of mortals (corralled, for example, via ’empires’, States, nations, ideologies, or by some leader or by some cause or political party).

(ii) Of why and how each human being – each mortal – is but a nexion and thus can, via esoteric mimesis, restore or alter (in particular ways) what others may have, through causal forms or via their living, temporarily changed.

Rounwytha and O9A – Difference and Similarities

The ‘acausal knowing’ of the Rounwytha – of the particular type of sorceress that the Rounwytha is – wordlessly, and in a pagan way, encompasses the esoteric knowing that the O9A describe by the term aeonic perspective. But instead of the ‘aeonic sorcery’ of the O9A (and thus in place of a sinister/aeonic dialectic and a particular esoteric strategy and certain tactics) there is only a concern with what is familial and local or communal, so that for the Rounwytha

“there is no interest in, no concern with, matters beyond one’s family, one’s local area of dwelling, and beyond such problems of one’s neighbours that they personally bring to one’s attention because they may require some help or assistance.” {6}

Furthermore, there may have been in the past an act – as according to some aural accounts there may have been a rare recent incident – whereby it was considered necessary to restore the balance that some particular person, or some deed or deeds, or some natural occurrence, had in their local area upset, and thus why occasionally and in respect of some rotten person,

“why their removal – by exile or by cull – would end (cure) the sickness, restore the balance their rotten deeds and they themselves had caused to be upset, restoring thus the natural flow, and gifts, of Life: of health, fecundity, happiness, good fortune.” {6}

For the Rounwytha Way is a very individual one rooted in a particular rural area, and one which occasions certain natural and necessary responsibilities and duties to certain others in the same locality. A Way which continues, and manifests, what the pagan weltanschauung – at least in Europe – anciently embodied: an intuitive/empathic understanding of ourselves and of our local rural community as an affective and effective connexion to Life {7} and a connexion that needed no god, no named gods or goddess, no ‘prayers’, and no rites or rituals: only those wordlessly left personal offerings to the (always un-named) gods/divinities, and the natural ability of an empathic sorceress (or, more rarely, a sorcerer) to foresee/foreknow and to intuitively/empathically (and thus wordlessly) know how to restore (often via memesis) the natural balance that some mortal, or some natural occurrence, had temporarily upset. This is the understanding of personal, and communal, fortune and misfortune being a gift: a manifestation, to we mortals, of how Nature and ‘the heavens’ work and of who and what and why we mortals are, as beings temporarily presenced on this planet we call Earth.

However, in essence it is this ancient paganus understanding and knowing – with its empathic awareness of a possible ‘afterlife’ beyond our temporarily presencing as an often egoistic individual – which suffuses the O9A, and indeed which re-presents the O9A weltanschauung, beyond the polemics, beyond the propaganda, the incitement; beyond the causal form of ‘satanism’, beyond (and the genesis of) its japes and Labyrinthos Mythologicus and mythos and sinister dialectic. And an understanding and knowing re-presented, most obviously, in its hermetic Seven Fold Way and its apprehension of the sinisterly-numinous, for the O9A, via its praxises, requires

“the individual to develop a perception, an understanding, a knowledge – acquired from a personal experience – beyond causal abstractions/forms and thus beyond denotatum; that is, and for example, beyond the illusion of conflicting/ideated opposites, beyond naming/denoting/words, beyond abstract morality, beyond dogma/ideology, beyond the simple principle of causation, and beyond the simplicity of a posited dialectical process.” {8}

R. Parker


{1} Regarding O9A praxises, qv. R. Parker, Some Advice For Neophytes Regarding The Order of Nine Angles. e-text 2013. For details of the Rounwytha Way, qv. the pdf compilation (written by Anton Long) entitled The Rounwytha Tradition, which contains the following texts:  (i) The Rounwytha In History and Modern Context; (ii) Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names, and (iii) Alchemical Seasons and The Fluxions of Time.

{2} qv. the Esoteric Dating and Aural Traditions section of the essay Denotatum – The Esoteric Problem With Names.

{3} qv. the Camlad Rite of The Abyss, which is the O9A’s somewhat updated version of the traditional rite. Aural tradition relates that, centuries ago, a certain place near what is now the town of Bridgnorth was occasionally used. Another such place once existed near Little Wenlock, while old mine workings near the Stiperstones were also sometimes used.

{4} Some Questions For DWM. e-text, 2014.

{5} Anton Long, The Enigmatic Truth. e-text, December 2011 CE. As I mentioned in my essay Myatt, The Septenary Anados, And The Quest For Lapis Philosophicus:

“The term in propria persona […] 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.”

{6} The Rounwytha Way In History and Modern Context, n.d. but c. 2011

{7} As mentioned elsewhere, the O9A – et al – make a distinction between affective and effective change(s). Symbolically understood, affective change is an acausal – an a-temporal – change, and one whose genesis is or can be sorcery: i.e. a presencing of acausal energy via a nexion, be that nexion an individual, or some manufactured form (such as an archetype or mythos) or some esoteric technique (such as Esoteric Chant or The Star Game).

{8} R. Parker, The Sinisterly-Numinous O9A. e-text, 2013.


Last Word On The Order Of Nine Angles?

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Last Word On The Order Of Nine Angles?

One important thing that many self-professed occultists – and latter-day satanists – forget or don’t know or can’t comprehend is that to understand and appreciate the Order of Nine Angles (to know what being O9A means) you really have to know about and understand and appreciate the sinister-numinous life of the pseudonymous Anton Long. Because:

(i) as mentioned in the essay Myatt, The Septenary Anados, And The Quest For Lapis Philosophicus [pdf] he created the O9A – and devised the seven fold way – as things, presencings, “which can lead to the creation of strong, really dangerous, ruthless individuals [and] which are so subversive that no laws could ever outlaw them, and that attempts to restrain them, to outlaw them, would only make them more attractive to some individuals.”
(ii) His own strange life is sufficient of itself to illustrate what a dedicated, modern, decades-long occult quest for knowledge and wisdom is all about and involves.
(iii) He is an example of what the Seven Fold Way means and implies in real life, re (a) overcoming physical challenges (running a marathon, cycling over 200 miles in 12 hours, etc); (b) exeatic living; (c) undertaking criminal ‘insight roles’; (d) experience of both the sinister (neo-nazi extremism, inciting murder and terrorism, running a gang of thieves, etc) and the numinous (being a monk, a nurse, writing poetry, etc); and (e) scholarly learning (translating and writing the most comprehensive (to date) commentary on the ancient Pymander tractate, etc).

Understood thus, the Order of Nine Angles is just:

(1) The esoteric philosophy of Anton Long. Ontology → causal/acausal. Epistemology → causal knowing + acausal knowing. Ethics → code (logos) of kindred honour.
(2) The occult praxises, based on that philosophy, codified by Anton Long; especially the Seven Fold Way with its roots in Hellenic hermeticism and influenced by Arabic and Indic esoteric sources.
(3) The pagan Rounwytha (Camlad) tradition with its emphasis on the muliebral virtues and muliebral occult skills (such as empathy).
(4) The modern unique example that the strange, sinister-numinous, documented life of the pseudonymous Anton Long affords. [A life documented under his ‘real’ name.]
(5) Those who are influenced by, or are inspired by, or seek to emulate/practice (1) – (4).
(6) Those who desire to became another unique example to others by equalling or surpassing the strange, sinister-numinous, life of the pseudonymous Anton Long.

Little wonder then that, ignoring or ignorant of these six things, the latter-day satanists – pompously, arrogantly, or because of their prejudice – write such BS about the O9A.


Editorial Note: The above item was recently (05/12/14) posted on a closed O9A FB group. It has been slightly revised by its author, JB, for publication here. The views expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect either the views of others who associate themselves with the occult movement that is the O9A, or views of the editors of this blog.