Knowledge from books is only as good as what we read into them and choose to later (attempt to) apply in action. Not long ago, I as encouraged by a certain individual to try and read texts for what they have to offer me, even going beyond what I could properly understand at the time of such reading, instead of engaging in a critical exercise. This was advised in the context of occult-minded works, and at the time the simple concept worked pretty well at opening up a hubristic mind in search of liberation from its own, self-imposed shackles. At the time, as well, the teaching also revealed that the human mind can grasp and make use of concepts beyond its normal apprehension capabilities if one is willing to consider things deeply and with some empathy. That is, it is not only the reading of something, but the act of changing positions, going to the point of embracing unknown or differing concepts, that can truly teach one something. The epitome of such an extended exercise comes in the form of true Insight Roles such as those stipulated by the Order of Nine Angles, which require one not just to change perspectives and even habits and routines, but to engage from these newly attained vantage points in extremis.
“One essential aspect of an Insight Role is that it requires the novice to change their life-style and usually their place of residence. Another, is that it tends to isolate them from non-Satanists. Third, it often brings them into conflict and confrontation – with others, and themselves. Fourth, it tests them – forcing them to find inner strengths and reserves. Or, of course, it destroys them – or makes them renounce their Satanic quest and vows. All these are necessary.” —Hostia, Vol. I, ‘Insight Roles – A Guide’
The philosophical corpus that surrounds these practices is deemed, though supplementary in the sense that action and experience are the essence of learning and change, necessary for the rational development and understanding of the person treading this sinister path. Furthermore, a different way of looking at the world, at people, beings, and information itself can have a drastic effect on the finding of meaning, motivation and inspiration in the amoral struggle for total personal excellence and thence transformation towards and beyond the Self. Energy, both mental and physical, is managed differently then: saved, gathered and focused from what is vain or passing in the context of our paths and towards the attainment of goals.
One of the most interesting and useful insights shared through Order MSS is a short etymological discussion on a few words that our society, based as it is on a Nazarene ideological grain, associates with negative and fantastical concepts that find their origin in Judeo-Christian distortions which have been preserved by both the ignorance and conceited fear of human simians. Among the listed terms is evil, traced etymologically to the Gothic ubils which, like diabolic, has in its origins a meaning that aligns itself with the going beyond or over limits; that is, to cross and reach across laid out demarcations even, perhaps.
With this in mind, we can try to replace the word ‘evil’, for which we have been trained to respond in a certain way, with ‘ubils’. Soon enough, this should have become an automatic equivalence, and so the word ‘evil’ should represent transgression; that is, both a Bataillean transgression of the mystical kind, and that of arete and exeat in the way that the order has come to rediscover them. So, rather than misunderstanding the path of sinister adepthood to mean that one should indulge in every perversion because that is what the Nazarene ideology conflates all transgression with, one can understand ubils, and thus go beyond the mere act in a purposeful and magickal Tantric act. Vastly numerous texts containing the term ‘evil’ may be found, and the insights garnered by the new understanding of replacing that loaded term with ‘ubils’ will start to spread marvelously like a flower of infinite colors, dizzying at first, and ending in pitch-black nothingness.
Lastly, this requires a movement towards the pure ‘pagan’ traditions and thought modes akin to those of Ancient Greece and India1, and away from the especially sickly and handicapped Jewish dualistic principles that results in illusion-based system such as the idea of the Qliphoth. One would then understand murder, sacrifice, extreme self-discipline, purposeful abandonment, etc. as ascetic acts towards the Abyss (and beyond? always beyond?), and not as ridiculous caricature demon impersonations, and the empty idea of being evil for the sake of being seen as special, an outsider, and attaining a free ride from duties and a status within the ‘bad boys club’. The sinister quest should not be about escapism, but an escape from the illusions of a sickly humanity and an ever more raw engagement with reality.
1 Gwendolyn Taunton has written a knowledgeable article or two about the origins of sorcery in ancient paganism that were later distorted and civilized by Judeo-Christian thought.