A new Ordo Templi Orientis : The 'Caliphate'

The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon
The Caliphate

Compiled by Peter-R. Koenig

In 1977, a new American Ordo Templi Orientis, (O.T.O.), called "Caliphate" selfstyled itself to be the worldwide "Grand Lodge" when his protagonist Grady Louis McMurtry (1918–1985) signed a paper: "Let all Thelemites know that I, Hymenaeus Alpha, 777 IX° O.T.O., 9=2, Caliph of the Ordo Templi Orientis of Aleister Crowley, Baphomet, 666, do hereby Charter Thelema Lodge as Grand Lodge of O.T.O.".
Its History is a Song of the Whitewash.
Background of the birth of this new American O.T.O.: History of the Solar Lodge of the O.T.O. — Charles Manson and the Occult.

Regarding Crowley's antidemocratic, racist and misanthropic writings, this O.T.O. points out: "The reason [...] aspects of Thelema are omitted [in public discussion] indicates the actual problem with presenting Thelema as a religion and attempting to get Thelema sanctioned by the government or approved by the public: Thelema is ultimately in contrast to and transgressive of normative society. Thelema rejects the morals and values of normative society and acts to transgress and violate these norms. From the inclusion of intoxicants in ritual, to the positive view of sexuality, which frequently is seen as promoting promiscuity, to the pro–authoritarian and Nietzschian aspects of Thelema, normative society has much to reject in Thelema and conversely, Thelema encourages its adherents to reject most aspects of normative society." See The Templar's Reich.
Grand Lodge Grady Louis McMurtry (1918–1985) Thelemites Hymenaeus Alpha, 777 IX° O.T.O., 9=2, Caliph of the Ordo Templi Orientis, Aleister Crowley, Baphomet, 666, Charter Thelema Lodge as Grand Lodge


       The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon Introduction: All we want is a 'Caliph': Minutes of the Special Ninth Degree Caliphate Election Held September 20/21, 1985 The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon
O.T.O. Ring


An e-mail correspondence between Peter-R. Koenig, Tyagi Nagasiva (known as Fr. Nigris) and William Heidrick, Grand Treasurer General of the "Caliphate", on the subject of O.T.O. disputes
The correspondence  
      Preview of initiations
      Constitution and later revisions/amendments
      The E.G.U.
      The "Caliphate" E.G.C,
      The office of the "Caliph"
      The McMurtry "succession"
      The "Caliphate" letters
      Crowley's pun
This three-way exchange which took place between August 19 and September 17, 1996 is valuable because it involves William Heidrick, who in seniority may be reckoned third in the "Caliphate" hierarchy after William Breeze (Hymenaeus Beta) and David Scriven (otherwise known as Frater Sabazius X°). Heidrick is regarded as the "Caliphate" press secretary. Some say his job is to 'spin' the facts in way that is favorable to the interests of Breeze and his "O.T.O.".
The Tabby of Thelema — Aleister Crowley and events in Sicily

An e-mail correspondence between Peter-R. Koenig and David Scriven, the U.S. Grand Master of the new "Caliphate"
Part One          Part Two          Part Three          Part Four          Part Five   
      Early days of the O.T.O., Theodor Reuss, Arnoldo Krumm-Heller
      The 1925 "election"
      The "Emergency"
      Powers of the IXth degrees
      Kingdoms and Nationhood
      Church of Thelema
      "Bishop" Aleister Crowley
      EGC: old expressions for a new religion?
      The "Caliphate" as anti-Crowley?
      The Solar Lodge
      O.T.O., "Caliphate" and Freemasonry
      Disabled members
      Loudness and the "secret society"
      Historical methods of archivists
      Critical theory
      Protofascistic elements
      The "thought" argument
      Mr Heidrick and his "facts"
      Wills and Testaments, Lawsuits
      The electoral legacy of Grady McMurtry
      The "New Caliphate"
      Double standards
      Argenteum Astrum
This correspondence, September 01, 1996 — November 29, 1996, was prompted by the posting of an earlier official history of the founding of the "Caliphate O.T.O." by David Scriven, "Sabazius", their Grand Master for North America — who as William Breeze [Hymenaeus Beta]'s "X°" is effectively second in command in the hierarchy. This differed significantly in some respects from P.-R. Koenig's chronology "Song of the Whitewash".

Heidrick about the Koenig-Scriven-correspondence; "In particular, I will not read or discuss material stolen by Koenig in the case of letters of the US Xth degree, made public in violation of copyright."
The Lamen of the O.T.O.

An objective researcher will benefit from these Court conclusions The Maine Decision, the California decision, The New Court of Last Resort Contents, Austrian rulings on Copyrights, German rulings on Copyrights, the International Copyright Situation, X versus the 'Caliphate', Anthony Naylor, Phaenomen Verlag, Starfire Ltd, Peter-Robert Koenig ...Grady Louis McMurtry — Ordo Templi Orientis — Caliphate

Discussion about the  instrument of succession. An introduction to the background, followed by a transcript of such discussion and a MP3 version of the audiotape containing this discussion.
Sabazius' "improved" History Version which is now very similar to my findings
An ex-IXth degree's re-collections — See also the Collection of 36 Re-Collections
"Ljuben je zakon" or "ljubav pod voljom"? — The O.T.O. in ex-'Yugoslavia'. An example of member activities
Moosebump: the 'Caliphate' in Canada
Maps and Magick: Mapping the 'Caliphate' 1977-1994
Facsimiles of a lot of related material: Pictures + Documents
The Gnostic Catholic Church Boast or How William Breeze lost his Apostolic Succession
Playgame of an O.T.O.-Fata Morgana, Statistics, Censorship, Name Dropping
Gaps in the Script of Esotericism: Hypocrisy and Hypercrisis – Oscar Wilde: Ambition is the last resort of failure
Fetish, Self-Induction, Stigma and Rôleplay
    Traduction française: Fétiche, Auto-Induction, Stigmatisation et Jeu de Rôle.
Das Milieu des Templer Reichs — Die Sklaven Sollen Dienen. Hanns Heinz Ewers — Lanz von Liebenfels — Karl Germer — Arnoldo Krumm-Heller — Martha Kuentzel — Friedrich Lekve — Hermann Joseph Metzger — Christian Bouchet — Paolo Fogagnolo — James Wasserman. Unbequeme Aspekte in der Geschichte des O.T.O. und Thelema
    English Version The Templar's Reich
Charles Manson and the Solar Lodge of the O.T.O.

Oscar R. Schlag: self-styled 'last grey eminence'. Jane Wolfe, Marcelo Ramos Motta, Choronzon, Karl Germer, H.J. Metzger.
    Thelema and suppressed homosexuality.
    Traduccion castellano: Thelema y homosexualidad reprimida.
One O.T.O. in Brazil. Marcelo A.C. Santos: A Verdadeira História do 'Califado' no Brasil.

Michael Staley: The Babalon Working
An Appreciation of Marjorie Cameron
Nikolas and Zeena Schreck: "Demons of the Flesh"
Aleister Crowley Stele of Revealing — Law of Thelema

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