Aleister Crowley's Probate

Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon

The following post was not written by Peter-R. Koenig, but by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate'


    Legal acceptance that a document, especially a will, is valid
  • thus: grant of probate: official document proving that a will is genuine, given to the executors so that they can act on the terms of the will
  • thus: the executor was granted probate or obtained a grant of probate: the executor was told officially that the will was valid
  • thus: Probate Registry: court office which deals with the granting of probate
  • thus: PROBATE is the proof before a competent court that a written paper purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of a person who has died is indeed his lawful act.
  • FACT: Crowley’s Will has been judged to be valid and a LAWFUL ACT ... not just once but TWICE ... in the HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE!


    Supreme Court Act 1981: S25 Probate jurisdiction of High Court
    DATE-IN-FORCE: 1 January 1982
  1. Subject to the provisions of Part V, the High Court shall, in accordance with section 19(2), have the following probate jurisdiction, that is to say all such jurisdiction in relation to probates and letters of administration as it had immediately before the commencement of this Act, and in particular all such contentious and non-contentious jurisdiction as it then had in relation to —
    1. testamentary causes or matters;
    2. the grant, amendment or revocation of probates and letters of administration; and
    3. the real and personal estate of deceased persons.
  2. Subject to the provisions of Part V, the High Court shall, in the exercise of its probate jurisdiction, perform all such duties with respect to the estates of deceased persons as fell to be performed by it immediately before the commencement of this Act.


  • Louis Wilkinson & Frieda Harris (Executors) were granted probate in 1949 on Crowley’s Estate (excluding the Literary Estate) — High Court of Justice: The District Probate Registry at Lewes.
    FACT: The High Court of Justice declared Crowley’s Last Will and Testament to be valid and his lawful act.
  • Louis Wilkinson 1966 signed a renunciation of probate in respect of the Literary Estate.
  • John Symonds was granted probate (letters of administration) in 1971 on the Literary Estate — High Court of Justice: Principal Probate Registry.
    FACT: The High Court of Justice declared Crowley’s Last Will and Testament to be valid and his lawful act. Symonds, Naylor and Mandrake Press Ltd. have acted in strict accordance with the two Grants of Probate made by the High Court of Justice (1949 & 1971) and accepted the rule of English law that Crowley’s Last Will and Testament was a valid and legal document!


  • To date Caliphate-O.T.O. has not applied for a Revocation of Probate Order!
  • The County Courts Act 1984 Part II S33 Effect of order of judge in probate proceedings ... Where an order is made by . . . a county court for the grant or revocation of probate or administration, in pursuance of any jurisdiction conferred upon [the court] by section 32 -(
    1. the registrar of the county court shall transmit to the principal registry of the Family Division or a district probate registry, as he thinks convenient, a certificate under the seal of the court certifying that the order has been made; and
    2. on the application of a party in favour of whom the order has been made, probate or administration in compliance with the order shall be issued from the registry to which the certificate was sent or, as the case may require, the probate or letters of administration previously granted shall be recalled or varied by, as the case may be, a registrar of the principal registry of the Family Division or the district probate registrar according to the effect of the order.
Until such time as a Revocation of Probate Order is obtained then the Probates of 1949 & 1971 remain valid and legally binding on all concerned . . . including the Caliphate-O.T.O. (under international copyright law)!


To obtain a Revocation of Probate Order Caliphate-O.T.O. would require the High Court to overturn its two earlier decisions.
In English Law there is a doctrine of binding precedent, often known as the doctrine of stare decisis, or to give it its full title stare rationibus decidendis, that is to keep to the decisions of past cases. High Court judges are not compelled to follow previous decisions made by other High Court judges, but in practice they tend to do so due to judicial comity.


In order for Caliphate-O.T.O. to be able to ask the Court to revoke the Probates of 1949 and 1971 the Caliphate-O.T.O. requires legal standing and this is derived by showing a legal relationship through a series of legal identities — Caliphate-O.T.O. is unable to do this.
Furthermore, when Caliphate-O.T.O. lawyers were asked if they wished to submit a formal request to be considered as beneficiaries under Crowley’s Will they replied in open correspondence on 17 September 1999 ...
"no question of our client being ‘consider(ed) as a beneficiary’ arises"!
"our client’s primary contention is that the copyrights are not, and never have been, . . . part of Crowley’s testamentary estate".


The Caliphate-O.T.O. claim to have purchased the copyrights from the Official Receiver in 1991.
Their case is based on the purported assignment from the ‘trustee’ with its most ‘assertive force’ weakly expressed as "may have (if any)". The ‘trustee’ (an Insolvency Practitioner) was so unsure of the facts that he felt it necessary to protect himself with indemnities from Mr Harper and Caliphate-O.T.O. and take a non-refundable sum of money. [See Purchase of the copyrights from the Official Receiver (OR)]
    FACT: By the act of probate in 1971 John Symonds became the only person who could lawfully convey the Crowley Literary Estate!

Naylor lost his case against the 'Caliphate', see links below.

Some background information

Lawyers and Historians: The 'Caliphate' versus the Truth? — Introduction

the Maine decision 1984   [to the disfavour of the 'Caliphate']      |      the California decision 1985  [to the favour of the 'Caliphate']
Purchase of the copyrights on Aleister Crowley from the Official Receiver (OR)
The 1999 Particulars of Claim ['Caliphate']
Financial Reports 1996-1999 of the 'Caliphate'
Erraneous opinion on the International Copyright Situation. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
What the 'Caliphate' does not want you to know . Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Crowley's Probate. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
'Caliphate' Capers. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000. Based upon a draft by James Graeb
Structure, Constitutions and Money. Partly written by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Library of Congress, letter dated September 6, 2000
2000, July: An analysis of the Bylaws of the 'Caliphate' and its Board of Directors. By James Graeb
2000, July: Incorporation of O.T.O., Argentum Astrum and E.G.C.
2000: "Caliphate-O.T.O. Win" and the The Writing on the Wall. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Court Order of October 2000
James T. Graeb, co-founder and IX° of the 'Caliphate', a lawyer, calls the 'Caliphate' a "Puppet Show Piece" and files suit vs William Breeze, William Heidrick, Marcus Jungkurth et alii in 2001
The 2002 Ruling
The Summary so far

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Kenneth Grant Aossic Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis
Kenneth Grant
John Symonds Aleister Crowley The Great Beast King of the Shadow Realm
John Symonds
Francis King
Francis King

Some Things

Court Case H.J. Metzger vs Walter Englert in the 1970s
1991 Opinion of a German prosecuting attorney's office on the body of the 'Caliphate' Erfahrungsbericht eines O.T.O.-Mitglieds im Zusammenhang mit dem Gerichtsprozess 'Caliphat' gegen Hänssler-Verlag, 1990 Unsuccessfull attempt in Yugoslavia
Censorship in the UK
The "Caliphate" Book Patrol: Fahrenheit 418
Paul Joseph Rovelli versus the 'Caliphate', New York January 2000
1998, July 17 - 2000 October Austrian situation on Copyrights     [German and English]
Trademark O.T.O.. By Leslie Anne Childress
2007 'Caliphat' Kasino in DeutschlandEnglish translation: 2007 'Caliphate' Casino2008: Honesty is the best Policy: 'Caliphate' O.T.O. / William Breeze lost in a legal case Deutsche Version: Ehrlich währt am Längsten: Warum der O.T.O. gegen P.R. Koenig verlor

Items of Historical Interest

In 1930, Karl Germer sent a description of the Aleister Crowley LTD. to Fernando Pessoa
Karl Germer, L. Wilkinson and Lady Harris

Other Background

The 'Caliphate'
Discussion about the  instrument of succession. An introduction to the background, followed by a transcript of such discussion
National Grandmasters and OHOs of the O.T.O.
Minutes of the 11 IX°s 'Caliphate' election in 1985 where it was clearly said that the 'Caliph' is not the juro OHO
Playgame of an O.T.O.-Fatamorgana — Statistics, Censorship, Name Dropping. 2011. Gaps in the Script of Esotericism: Hypocrisy and Hypercrisis – Oscar Wilde: Ambition is the last resort of failure
Fetish, Self-Induction, Stigma and Rôleplay. 2011.

More about all this in: Andreas Huettl and Peter-R. Koenig: Satan - Jünger, Jäger und Justiz

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