Temple of the Black Light
The Misanthropic Luciferian Order (MLO) is an occult order founded in Sweden in 1995 and later renamed to Temple of the Black Light.
The MLO released Liber Azerate, a modern grimoire written by the order's Magister Templi Frater Nemidial, in 2002. It was released on the internet in Swedish and Norwegian. Azerate is the hidden name of the "eleven anti-cosmic gods" described in the book. A related musical work is the 2006 Dissection album Reinkaos, the lyrics of which were co-written by Frater Nemidial, and which album Jon Nödtveidt explained was "based on the book Liber Azerate and the teachings of MLO". The MLO propagate "Chaos-Gnostic Satanism" or "Current 218".
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The MLO consist of the unified belief in "Chaosophy". They believe that chaos is an infinidimensional and pandimensional plane of possibilities, in contrast to cosmos which only has three spatial dimensions and one linear time dimension. They also believe that, in comparison with the linear time of cosmos, chaos can be described as timeless in the way that it is not contained nor limited by one-dimensional time, and formless, because of its ever-changing and infinite number of space dimensions.
Militant neo-gnosticism and misanthropy is taught within the group and they say that the true Satanist must not be a part of the modern society, as it is founded upon lies. The very fabric of this reality is a lie that hinders chaos from realizing itself.
These are the three dark veils before Satan, in their belief system seen as the three Forces that were expelled from Ain Sof in order to make way for the manifestation of the Black Light in the Outer Darkness that soon became Sitra Ahra:
- 000 - Tohu - Chaos: Qemetiel ("Crown of Gods")
- 00 - Bohu - Emptiness: Beliaal ("Without God")
- 0 - Chasek - Darkness: Aathiel ("Uncertainty")
These three powers can be seen as the Burning Trident held high above the Thaumielitan. These three powers can also be viewed as Wrathful Reflections of Ain, Ain Soaf, and Ain Soaf Aur.
In the summer of 1997, Josef Ben Meddour was murdered by members Jon Nödtveidt and his accomplice Vlad. This act was described by the police to be a homophobic hate crime. When Nödveidt and Vlad were arrested for the crime respectively on the 15th and 18 December 1997, the police discovered satanic altars in the homes of the two suspects. A human skull was also found at Vlad's place, for which he was charged with possession of human parts. According to the police, the cult never had more than a handful of followers.
During their investigations, the police interrogated former members of the MLO, who described the organisation and narrated the occult ceremonies they had attended. Rituals included meditation, invocations of demons and animal sacrifices – cats, which were bought through classified ads. During the weeks that preceded the murder of Josef ben Meddour, Vlad had been more and more extremist in his speech, and the idea of performing human sacrifices, followed by a mass suicide, was discussed at length. During a meeting at Nödtveidt's place, a list of possible victims was made. It included a former follower who had defected, band members from Dissection, and even Nödtveidt's girlfriend.
These plans led to the defection of some members of the MLO, who did not want to take part in any assassination, or who feared for their own lives. As a result, when the arrests were made, the number of active members was down to three: Nödtveidt, Vlad and his girlfriend.
The two were sentenced to prison for the murder, and released after about 5–7 years.
In 2006, Nödtveidt committed suicide in a ritual in his apartment.
- Interview for the Fans by the Fans. Final Interview with Jon Nödtveidt, accessed on 22 May 2013.
- Ohlin (2012), p. 7-8.
- Ohlin (2012), p. 8.
- Ohlin (2012), p. 13.
- Ohlin (2012), p. 13-14.
- Ohlin (2012), p. 14.
- P3 dokumentär om mordet i Keillers Park. On 24 March 2013, the Swedish radio station P3 broadcast a documentary produced by Ida Lundqvist on the Keillers Park murder.
- Satanistmordet i Keillers Park. An article written by criminal inspector Lars Ohlin, who led the investigation, originally published in the book Nordisk kriminalkrönika 1999. It was reproduced in issue #31/2012 of the magazine Veckans brott.