The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon
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.
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
Constitution and later revisions/amendments
The "Caliphate" E.G.C,
The office of the "Caliph"
The McMurtry "succession"
The "Caliphate" letters
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
The 1925 "election"
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
Loudness and the "secret society"
Historical methods of archivists
The "thought" argument
Mr Heidrick and his "facts"
Wills and Testaments, Lawsuits
The electoral legacy of Grady McMurtry
The "New Caliphate"
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."
Discussion about the instrument of
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
Oscar R. Schlag: self-styled 'last grey eminence'. Jane Wolfe, Marcelo Ramos Motta, Choronzon, Karl Germer, H.J. Metzger.One O.T.O. in Brazil.
Michael Staley: The Babalon Working
An Appreciation of Marjorie Cameron
Nikolas and Zeena Schreck: "Demons of the Flesh"
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More about all this in: Andreas Huettl and Peter-R. Koenig: Satan — Jünger, Jäger und Justiz
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