Order of Nine Angles - Mysticism in the 21st Century (626.0 Kb)
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The founder of the group, Anton Long, has remained a mystery to members of the movement, as well as to academics.While several individuals have been at times identified as possible candidates, the true identity of the figure remains a mystery. Long states in his own biographical notes that he was born a British citizen, who in his youth travelled extensively to such destinations as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.4 It is likely, given his later writings, that he was exposed to a considerable range of folkloric and mystic t... More >>>
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The founder of the group, Anton Long, has remained a mystery to members of the movement, as well as to academics.
While several individuals have been at times identified as possible candidates, the true identity of the figure remains a mystery. Long states in his own biographical notes that he was born a British citizen, who in his youth travelled extensively to such destinations as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.4 It is likely, given his later writings, that he was exposed to a considerable range of folkloric and mystic traditions of those regions which he visited.
On his return to England, the young man busied himself in academic pursuits, and appears to have reached fluency in the classical languages (Greek and Latin), as well as Arabic and possibly Persian. Yet as a student, Long appears to have been drawn to the shadier elements of society, and by his own admission was involved in criminal activities. At the same time, and perhaps due to his experiences overseas, Long also began studies into the occult and paranormal.
After investigating several English occult societies and finding them either to be pretentious or lackluster, he began to search for groups that were more suited to his particular understanding of what an actual occult society should resemble, notable among them the Manchester based satanic group known as the 'Orthodox Temple of the Prince' as well as the 'Temple of the Sun', with which he was more involved in a leadership role. Sometime later, his efforts brought him into contact an underground pagan tradition, both matriarchal and sinister in character, referred to by him as the 'Camlad' tradition.5 Long was initiated into the Camlad tradition, and eventually became its head.
Under his leadership, sometime in the early 1970s the Camlad coven merged with two other similar societies (the Noctulians and his own Temple of the Sun), and reformed as the Order of Nine Angles (ONA).
The Order of Nine Angles (ONA; O9A) is a Satanic and Left-Hand Path occult group based in the United Kingdom, but with affiliated groups in various other parts of the world. Claiming to have been established in the 1960s, it arose to public recognition in the early 1980s.
Describing its approach as "Traditional Satanism", it has been academically identified as also exhibiting Hermetic and Neo-Pagan elements in its beliefs.
According to the Order's own account, it was established in the Welsh Marches of Western England during the late 1960s by a woman who had previously been involved in a secretive pre-Christian tradition surviving in the region. This account also states that in 1973 a man named "Anton Long" was initiated into the group, subsequently becoming its Grand Master. Several academic commentators to have studied the ONA express the view that the name "Anton Long" is probably the pseudonym of the British Neo-Nazi activist David Myatt, although Myatt has denied that this is the case. From the late 1970s onward, Long authored a number of books and articles propagating the Order's ideas, and in 1988 it began production of its own journal, Fenrir. Through these ventures it established links with other Neo-Nazi Satanist groups around the world, furthering its cause through embracing the internet in the 2000s.
The ONA promotes the idea that human history can be divided into a series of Aeons, each of which contain a corresponding human civilization. It expresses the view that the current Aeonic civilization is that of the Western, but claims that the evolution of this society is threatened by the "Magian/Nazarene" influence of Judeo-Christian religion, which the Order seeks to combat in order to establish a militaristic new social order, termed the "Imperium". According to Order teachings, this is necessary in order for a Galactic civilization to form, in which "Aryan" society will colonise the Milky Way. It advocates a spiritual path in which the practitioner is required to break societal taboos by isolating themselves from society, committing crimes, embracing political extremism and violence, and carrying out an act of human sacrifice. ONA members practice magick, believing that they are able to do so through channeling energies into our own "causal" realm from an "acausal" realm where the laws of physics do not apply, with such magical actions designed to aid in the ultimate establishment of the Imperium.
The ONA lacks any central authority or structure, instead operating as a broad network of associates - termed the "kollective" - who are inspired by the texts originally authored by Long and other members of the "Inner ONA". The group comprises largely of clandestine cells, termed "nexions", as well as gangs known as Dreccs, artists known as Balobians, and folk mystics known as Rounwytha. With the first nexion based in Shropshire, Western England, the majority of groups have been established in the British Isles and Germany, although others have been formed elsewhere in Europe, Russia, South Africa, Australia, and North America. Academic estimates suggest that the number of individuals broadly associated with the Order falls in the low thousands.