Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. Mark Twain
There are probably many relieved people in the Satanic world after a bunch of annoying misfits finally called it a day and disbanded the latest incarnation of a discredited Satanic group called the Order of Nine Angles (ONA for short.) It says a lot for the integrity of a group when it can be hijacked via the internet by a few High School girls hiding behind hundreds of pseudonyms, blogs, forums and e-groups, who for a period of time before they were laughed out of existence even had many long time Satanists fooled that the ONA was a reborn legitimate Satanic group.
From roughly 2008 for five years a group of school girls barely out of diapers led by Chloe Ortega and Kayla DiGiovanni orchestrated a clever convoluted scheme to seduce Satanism by flooding the internet with thousands of pages of pseudo-occult mumbo jumbo and hocus pocus aided by others over time to give the appearance of an international secret group. Apparently with nothing better to do they spent five solid years and every waking hour creating drama, tens of thousands of internet postings, and scores of blogs building an extraordinary illusion of a powerful Satanic group with thousands of members. Academics, Satanist opinion formers and many incredibly gullible Satanists were seduced by the illusion and either participated in or gave respectability to what was a well organised sham.
The ONA was originally founded as a way of recruiting the large number of neo-nazis who associate with Satanism in the 1980’s and 1990’s but fell quickly out of favour with the neo-nazi movements in the UK, after attracting strange and weird characters into the movement. David Myatt who originally founded the ONA under his pseudonym Anton Long distanced himself from the ONA and it vanished into history. Chloe Ortega and others decided to revive the dead name of the ONA, and went to extraordinary lengths, even playing the roles of Anton Long and David Myatt in giving new life to a long dead group. By about 2010 the high school students had built up sufficient momentum to attract dozens of Satanists to their new movement, inventing various forms of the ONA they nicknamed nexions, effectively branches of one or more people.
Chloe Ortega decided to make this new incarnation of the ONA (she called at one point ONA 3.0) a version without any leader or central hierarchy, resulting in an anarchic free-for-all where various individuals claimed the leadership of the ONA, fought amongst themselves and created multiple versions of their own interpretations of the ONA, thus in Iceland one psycho advocated eating people, others wanted to create a race war, others pretended to be gangsters, jihadists, or hardcore nazis. By 2012 when the movement started to unravel the name ONA had become a joke, an excruciating embarrassment for many on the Satanist scene.
Satanic forums for five years endured drama and immaturity as the founders of the new version of the ONA supported by others made a nuisance of themselves, wiping several established forums out in the process. All illusions come to an end, and with most of the students becoming bored and moving on to better things, it was left to Chloe Ortega to keep the illusion going, but who called it quits earlier this month and disbanded her version of the ONA.
In hindsight this was an incredibly clever game, a psycho-drama that convinced scores of Satanists of its legitimacy and were suckered into playing out its games such as living in cardboard boxes for three months as a tramp, or breaking into churches, or getting drug addicts into trouble with the police, all as a form of silly tests to see how far Chloe and others could push deluded Satanists in their convoluted mind games. Whilst some Satanists went on to forge their own unique interpretation of Satanism they claim as influenced by the ONA, the fools in this game were all the hundreds of Satanists who participated in a game run by a couple of Californian High School students.