TO: DIRECTOR, FBI ATTN: Identification Division
FROM: SAC, LOS ANGELES (88-16511)
SUBJECT: GEORGINA R. BRAYTON, aka Jean Brayton — FUGITIVE;
RICHARD MONTGOMERY BRAYTON — FUGITIVE;
ROBERT ALLEN DUERRSTEIN — FUGITIVE;
EDSON FRANK DUNLAP — FUGITIVE;
JAMES HERBERT GIBBONS — FUGITIVE
UFAP — CHILD ABUSE
OO: Los Angeles
The following information was furnished 8/14,15/69 by XXX Riverside County
Sheriff's Office, and XXX Riverside County District Attorney's Office,
Blythe, California. These agencies requested Unlawful Flight to Avoid
Prosecution (UFAP) assistance for captioned subjects: This case involves
an organization or cult known as O.T.O., which letters stand for Ordo
Templi Orientis (Order of the Temple of the Orient or Oriental Templars).
It is also known as the "Eye of Horus" and has had book stores under this
name. The aims of O.T.O. are the teaching of hermetic science or occult
knowledge, the pure and holy magic of light, the secrets of mystic
attainment and yoga of all forms. According to cult literature entitled
"Manifesto of the O.T.O.", it embodies the whole of the secret knowledge of
all Oriental orders and "has existing branches in every civilized country
in the world." The O.T.O. maintained book stores in Blythe, California,
and at 1918 West Eight Street, Los Angeles, which later moved to 1241
West 30th Street, Los Angeles. These "Eye of Horus" book stores were
managed by subject ROBERT ALLEN DUERRSTEIN.
A group or commune of the O.T.O. based in Los Angeles, California, at 1241
West 30th Street and 2627 Menlo Street, approximately one and one half to
two years ago began building a retreat or commune on 20 acres of land
located in a remote desert area, 38 miles north of Blythe, California, on
Highway 95. According to tax records, this property is in the name XXX.
During the period of construction, the cult members worked in Los Angeles
and travelled to this property on weekends.
About three to four months ago, a large part of this group moved to this
desert commune and several obtained jobs in Blythe. The buildings consisted
of a Quonset type building and "houses" made out of "piano boxes" and "A"
frames. They maintained livestock such as cows, goats, and horses on this
property. The O.T.O. also listed a run-down tavern, motel, store, and
station at Vidal, California, approximately two miles from their commune.
Among persons moving to this commune were five children, two of which were
ANTHONY SAUL GIBBONS, also known as Saul Gibbons, age 6, XXX. Their mother,
BEVERLY JUNE GIBBONS, a white female, age 36, and xxx APPROX. father,
JAMES HERBERT GIBBONS, an employee of the Los Angeles County Probation
Department at Camp David Gonzales, were members of O.T.O. Witnesses state
that according to rules of the cult, the parents were not to have direct
control over their children and the children would be in effect wards of
[Remark P.R.K.: This sounds like Reuss' concept of a social utopia,
somehow tried out by Crowley at his Abbey of Thelema at Cefalú]
On 7/26/69, XXX went to the commune to look at some horses which were for
sale. At this time, they observed a child chained inside of a large shipping
crate and thereafter notified the Riverside County Sheriff's Office.
Riverside County Sheriff's Deputies proceeded to the commune, where they
found SAUL GIBBONS sitting on a mattress in a 6' by 6' box. A heavy metal
chain was padlocked to his left leg and the other end of the chain was
locked to a large metal plate. The box also contained a No. 10 can
partially filled with human waste and swarming with flies.
Also, the box contained an uncovered plastic jug with drinking water, a food
encrusted plate, and a small washtub filled with dirty water. The stench was
nauseating, the flies were swarming, it was hot, and the boy could not
recall how long he had been in the box. The recorded temperature in Blythe
since 7/1/69 reached 117 degrees with 12 days raching 110 degrees or more.
Investigation determined that on 5/20/69 the Quonset hut at the commune,
with many of the cult's belongings, burned down. This fire was not reported
Cult members determined that SAUL GIBBONS set the fire and about three days
later, GEORGINA BRAYTON, RICHARD BRAYTON, and ROBERT DUERRSTEIN, as well as
other cult members, proceeded to the commune from Los Angeles.
XXX former O.T.O. members, stated that GEORGINA BRAYTON is the leader of the
group and ROBERT DUERRSTEIN is second in command. The group is strictly
disciplined and JEAN BRAYTON finalizes all decisions.
Upon arrival at the commune in May, JEAN BRAYTON is alleged to have held lit
matches to the hand of SAUL GIBBONS as punishment for burning the Quonset
down and for killing two goats which were destroyed by the fire. She
allegedly made SAUL bury the goats after which he was "beaten all day" with
bamboo sticks by the adult members of the commune while the BRAYTONS and
DUERRSTEIN watched. SAUL was then put in an "A" frame building by the "cow
pens" and chained to the heavy metal plate. He allegedly stayed in the "A"
frame two weeks, during which time he was fed only bread and water.
Thereafter, he was transferred to the 6' by 6' wooden box in which he was
found on 7/26/69.
A week or two after SAUL's original punishment at the commune, a meeting was
held at the O.T.O. Temple, 2627 Menlo, Los Angeles. JEAN BRAYTON told those
present that as punishment for setting the fire she had burned SAULS's hands
with matches, made him dig the grave and bury the carcasses of the two goats.
and then chained him in an "A" frame, where he was to sit in Asana, a yogie
position. She then said that when it was convenient, she was going to give
SAUL LSD and set fire to the structure in which he was chained and give him
just enough chain to get out of reach of the fire. She asked if anyone had
any objections or better ideas. No one, including SAULS' mother, BEVERLY
GIBBONS, who was present at the meeting, had any objections. ROBERT
DUERRSTEIN suggested they kill the child, but JEAN BRAYTON said this would
not be necessary.
BEVERLY GIBBONS allegedly remarked during these conversations that it was
"sacrificing one to save many".
SAUL GIBBONS, age 6, was apparently chained in the above condition from
about 5/23/69 to 7/26/69.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Office arrested the following cult members
after SAUL was found and they were subsequently booked 8/13/69 on Riverside
County Grand Jury indictments charging child abuse. They are currently out
CLIFFORD ALAN REOS, white male, age 21, 5'10", 160 pounds, brown hair, and
MICHAEL JOHN FOXWORTH, white male, age 20, 6'20", 175 pounds, brown hair,
and brown eyes;
GARDNER HERBERT REYNOLDS, JR., white male, age 22, 5'11", 180 pounds, brown
hair, and hazel eyes;
JAMES EDWARD HUNGERFORD, white male, age 22, 6', 175 pounds, brown hair, and
VIRGINIA CELESTE MICHEL, white female, age 21, 5'3", 110 pounds, brown hair,
and blue eyes;
PATRICIA ANN MOSHER, white female, age 26, 5'3", 105 pounds, brown hair, and
JACK REVEL NEECE, white male, age 22, 5'8", 140 pounds, brown hair, and blue
JOHN FRANCIS NICHOLSON, white male, age 21, 5'8", 148 pounds, brown hair, and
JUIDH LYNN OSTER, nee Angelson, also known as Julie Oster, an employee of the
Bank of America;
BEVERLY JUNE GIBBONS, white female, date of birth 5/13/33, 5'4", 105 pounds,
brown hair, and brown eyes;
As previously stated, the above listed persons have been charged with felony
child abuse and are currently out on bond.
On 7/28/69, XXX Riverside County District Attorney Investigator, interviewed
XXX who were all together at Blythe, California. He also talked that date by
phone with XXX. Warrants were not outstanding for these persons at this time
and they were not arrested. All of these people disappeared thereafter and
their whereabouts are currently unknown.
XXX Vidal, California, advised the Riverside County Sheriff's Office 8/4/69
that XXX disappeared after the above arrests and that she had seen a letter
from RICHARD BRAYTON to XXX , which was postmarked in Arizona, city unknown.
While JULIE OSTER was in the Blythe jail, conversation was overheard between
JULIE and O.T.O. friend in which JULIE said that if "she (JEAN BRAYTON)
couldn't come back in the stat, someone else would have to administer the
business enterprises at Vidal". Also, that the BRAYTONS "weren't safe in the
On 8/13/69, the Riverside County Grand Jury returned a true bill charging 19
members of the O.T.O., including all five captioned subjects, with violation
Section 273(a), California Penal Code, Child Abuse, a felony.
This case was discussed with Assistant U.S. Attorney DAVID P. CURNOW, Los
Angeles, by SA XXX on 8/14/69. He authorized prosecution of all five captioned
subjects for violation Title 18, Section 1073, U.S. Code, UFAP — Child Abuse.
He recommended $25,000 bond for each subject.
On 8/15/69, complaints were filed by SA XXX before U.S. Commissioner JOHN
MORGAN, Riverside, California, and warrants were issued. Fugitive Form Letters
GEORGINA R. BRAYTON is a white female; born 12/29/21, possibly in England;
5'5", 135 pounds; brown hair dyed red; green eyes; California driver's licence
F553407; and Social Security Number XXXX. She allegedly has claimed to be the
reincarnation of Sir ALEISTER CROWLEY, who wrote "Book of Lies" published in
London in 1913. CROWLEY, since deceased, was an alleged leader of O.T.O.
RICHARD MONTGOMERY BRAYTON is a white male; born 1911 in Ohio; 5'10"; 165
pounds; black hair, graying; brown eyes; Social Security Number XXX, California
driver's licence B240125, and Criminal Identification and Investigation (CII)
Number XXX. He was arrested for burglary by the Los Angeles Police Department
9/28/68, their number XXX. BRAYTON is alleged to have become addicted to
ROBERT ALLEN DUERRSTEIN is a white male; born 9/23/39; 6'3"; 160 pounds; brown
hair; blue eyes; California driver's license F819421; and with address 1241
West 30th Street, Los Angeles.
EDSON FRANK DUNLAP is a white male; born 10/10/30; 6'2", 180 pounds; brown
hair; hazel eyes; address 1241 West 30th Street, Los Angeles; and California
driver's license F324970. DUNLAP, a dentist and graduist of University of
Southern California (USC) Dental School, is reportedly a high cult member and
has worked for XXX has a bank account at the Bank of America, 1255 Sartori
JAMES HERBERT GIBBONS is a white male; born 8/22/32 in California: 6'1"; 160
pounds; brown hair; Social Security Number XXX and was employed by the Los
Angeles County Probation Department. He also has degrees in theology and made
application to teach at the Palos Verdes Junior College, Blythe, California.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Office also has felony warrants for charging
child abuse in connection with this matter for DENNIS CASTINEREZ, also known as
Paul Masters, Steve Quilly, a white male, 25 years of age, 5'7", muscular
build, dark hair, and tan complexion. CASTINEREZ allegedly may be avoiding the
draft. They also have felony warrants to B. APPORX. Lorna FLYNN, a white
female, and GEORGE CHRISTIAN SCOTT, a white male. The Riverside County
Sheriff's Office to date has not located these persons. UFAP process is not
outstanding for CASTINEREZ, LORNA FLYNN, or GEORGE SCOTT at this time.
The O.T.O. leases and operates the Richfield Service Station at 3401 South
Flower, Los Angeles, which is run by cult member XXX. Other cult
members work at the station.
Comment by a former member of the Solar Lodge — see above
Robert Allen Duerrstein, "Bob" as I knew him, was in the dentistry department
at USC, and got us all kinds of drugs. Edson dunlap, aka "Big Ed", I knew
little about, except that I think he had a lot of power in the organization.
He was a former race car driver. James Gibbons "Spud" as we knew him, was a
friendly man, a good soul, so I thought. I cannot imagine that he would
subject his child to this thing.
It troubles me to learn the identity of the parents whose child was the "boy
in the box". Of all the people I knew in the group, I would have guessed them
to be least likely to do such a thing. But I also understand how such a thing
The "Order" promised a "short cut across the spirals of evolution to true
enlightenment." Many of the people involved at that time had experimented
with mind-altering drugs. Remember, this was in the time of Haight Ashbury
and Timothy Leary and a rediscovery of Asian philosophy. I myself had just
come from Haight Ashbury to Los Angeles in the summer of 1967, when I was
introduced to the Solar Lodge. Many of us had tried LSD, and after a while,
realized that it only took us a little way. We wanted to know if there was
more, and the Solar Lodge promised us that there was. They used mind-altering
drugs to help the process, but they were not the first. Certain branches of
yoga use "arshti", which is a practice of giving drugs to acolytes to help
them open up their perception.
In addition, they were a kind of communal group, also very attractive at that
time. I saw this when I first met them. They were renting apartments in South
Central Los Angeles, and I rented from them, and eventually took the oath of
the Minerval Degree from them. There appeared to be about 15-20 members then.
Many lived in the same house with Jean and Dick. Some were students at the
nearby University of Southern California. The core group members appeared to
be a bit older, from mid 20's to 40's. Most new members were younger.
The atmosphere at that time was enthusiastic, mystical, and a bit unsettling,
because of the feeling that many things were not being revealed to newcomers.
But this also attracted people to become more involved, in order to find out
more. Jean began the practice of putting on "profane parties" in order to
attract newcomers, because she said that it would only be possible for a
limited time to gain new members. [see Frater Shiva in a separate box]
They held ceremonies, including initiations in the third floor of one of the
houses they owned. They taught yoga, Kabbala, and various forms of
divination, such as Tarot reading. They also had an extensive collection of
books, some of which appeared to be very old.
They were also building a retreat in the Mojave Desert. They called it the
"ark", because it was where we would all go when rioting began again in Los
Angeles. (Remember, the Watts riots had happened two years before.) They
built this desert temple near Blythe, CA from Quonset huts dismantled from
old warehouses in southeast Los Angeles. The temple was in the shape of a
pyramid [see Frater Shiva in a separate box], because of the power in that shape,
because the location was roughly
at the same latitude as Cairo, and for various other reasons. This
apparently was the building that was burned, although I am only guessing.
As one spent more time with the group, and advanced in the grades, more was
revealed, and more demands were made. To paraphrase a passage from the Bible,
"on the tongue, it was sweet, but in the belly it became bitter." But we were
also instructed from the very beginning that part of the test of our
worthiness would be our willingness to follow instructions that seemed
unusual. Because we had to subdue the ego, which was very tricky, and would
find any way it could to preserve itself.
At the time I was involved, there was no illegal activity that I was aware
of, other than the use of drugs and some petty theft of statues from
neighbors' property [see Frater Shiva in a separate box]. Most of people's energy
was devoted to the practices we were assigned.
Sometimes a few of us would spend long hours into the night talking
philosophy, but we were discouraged from talking about our practices or about
what we knew about the organization [see Frater Shiva in a separate box]. This was
a time when we questioned all
values: our president had been assassinated a few years previously, our
religions had become irrelevant, we were against the war in Vietnam, an many
of the terrible things we had been told about drugs we felt were untrue. So
we were throwing out the old ideas and reinventing ourselves. The Solar Lodge
beliefs appeared to have answers to our dissatisfaction with traditional
values, and they made us feel special, superior.
But after a few months, I began to find the group a bit boring and
narrow-minded, particularly in their views about Black people. Their racism
was one area where they were out of touch with the mood of the times. But the
racism was very subtle, and there was not preaching about white supremacy or
aryanism [see Frater Shiva in a separate box] .
Most of what I have read about the group varies from sounding fairly true to
being wildly inaccurate. I doubt very much that Jean Brayton was a CIA
operative, as was Cinque and other members of the SLA. She certainly was not
a daughter of an Air Force Officer, as some say! She actually had a slight
English accent and enjoyed making marmalade and tea. Maybe she was channeling
Crowley! She never in my presence claimed to be Crowley's reincarnation,
however. She did have many opinions about world events, but on close
examination, her understanding of those events was shallow, incomplete. She
chose to pay attention to what reinforced her somewhat apocalyptic views.
This became tiresome to me eventually. She would, from time to time, say
things that had a curious ring of truth. I remember in particular her saying
that in order to truly change, one had to cut ties from old acquaintances.
She once pronounced the family "public enemy number one", because it kept
individuals from cutting the bonds of conformity. She loved to find greater
truths in everyday observations, and many of the members extended this to
looking for hidden meanings, notably in song lyrics, especially Beatles
All of what I have read about the group completely ignores the aspect of
human aspiration that the group harnessed. The group members were not devils.
They were ordinary people who were seeking. Since that time, we have seen
many other examples of what can happen when ordinary seekers fall under the
spell of a charismatic leader. Some can do much good, and some, such as the
followers of Jim Jones, can do much ill. We would do well to spend some time
not simply vilifying these people, but trying to understand what in human
nature is attracted like the moth to the flame.
The Solar Lodge followed the OTO motto that "Man is God". But I would modify
that to add that it is true insofar as any human can understand a supreme
being. Therefore, the "men" of the OTO are gods. And not all gods are great,
or benign. It was this hubrid, I think, that led to the unfortunate decision
to put a child in a box. This is what happened to the Braytons and their
What happened to me? I was forced to leave because of Vietnam. I joined a
much more powerful and deadly cult, the U.S. Army.
* * *
I am fearful of having my name associated with the group, and being contacted
by any of the old members of the group. I'll tell you a story:
In 1972 I revisted the meeting house to see if any of the people I had known
were still there. the windows of the house were papered over so that no one
could see in. Finally, a person who I recognized answered the door. He was
extremely guarded, and looked as though he had aged considerably in the 4
years since I had seen him (he couldn't have been over 25) He asked me if I
had heard the news about the group (I hadn't. I knew nothing of the
associations with Manson) Then, fixing me with a very sinister scowl, he told
me never to return unless I was rejoining the group. "This is not a
bullshit organization", he said.
The more I am finding out about this group, the more I realize I did not know
very much about them. and I would imagine that some of the former members are
still around. And right now here in the States is a bit of fear about what
crazy person might be loose with a gun!
Comment by Frater Shiva, another former member of the Solar Lodge
Ray and Mildred Burlingame, plus Mr. Basham, initiated Jean Brayton into the
Minerval degree and the first degree on Tuesday evening, October 30, 1962. After
her ceremonies, Milton Basham (and, it is said, his wife also) received the
Second degree. Jean's husband, Richard (Dick) Brayton, never received any form of
teaching or initiation from the Burlingames. Somewhere, at intervals of a few
months, between the date of this initiation (Oct 1962) and July 1965, Ray
Burlingame initiated Jean Brayton into the V° and the IX°, supplying her with
(carbon-copy-style) copies of all the papers and initiation rites pertaining to
all the grades, until the stack of papers was nine layers deep. The final
document, Emblems and Modes of Use, was hand copied by Jean Brayton with pen and
paper from a hand-written document that Ray had set before her after her brief
ceremony. In case anyone wonders … there was no sexual activity involved. Then he
stood over her and watched as she transcribed the "codex" into her own possession.
I (Shiva) was present during many of the meetings described in the time period
cited above. I was never present at an "initiation," but I stood solitary guard in
the outer temple as the higher grades were being transmitted in another room. The
radiating energy (which "leaked through the veil") had a peculiarly subjective
"radioactive" quality. No drugs were ever used — Frater Aquarius warned of their
dangers and was firmly set against them. I have repeated what she described to me
about certain activities that took place behind that "veil," and it is the same
rays and activities that she used when she transmitted this same information to
me, and to several others (in the V°), and to a few of us in the higher numbers.
This entire series of transmission of degrees is sometimes hotly debated, and it
is not recognized by the current OTO, incorporated. I have publicly acknowledged
their position and here is … why?
1. The generally accepted rule for authorizing initiation is a written note
(charter) from The Grand Master Baphomet (for beginners, see III° oath). Setting
aside any considerations of the fact that there was no Grand Master in any form in
those days, I must admit — We had no written charter, neither from any Grand
Master nor from Frater Aquarius (Ray).
2. Instead of a charter, the entire operation revolved around a certain IX°
talisman that I have openly described elsewhere. After Ray had given Jean her
final papers, he said, "By the way, you'll need this …" as he passed her the
powerhouse that had come to him from Aleister Crowley via Jane Wolfe. This was not
an OTO emblem — it was what we might call a "Thelemic Emblem," placed on top of a
graded stack of OTO initiation documents. This does not constitute generally
accepted authority to initiate into the OTO or to use the initials OTO®.
3. Since the engine that ran our daily lives was the A.·. A.·. curriculum, and the
commonly used name for our society was "Solar Lodge," I am content with that
title, historically speaking, for it carries its own distinct vibration.
4. In respect of our relation to any external body or corporation, our
organizational structure and operation would fall under the title, Clandestine.
Frater Shiva, Email dated 16 March 2011.
"It was also at this time of the first initiations 
that I conceived and suggested the name “Solar Lodge.“ The
term, “Solar,“ was selected due to its derivation from the
Sun (Sol), around which everything else in our “solar system“
revolves. It was intended that there would eventually be
additional Lodges that would “revolve“ around this central
Solar Lodge. Capricornus [Jean Brayton] liked it and the
appellation was immediately adopted. Now, when still a
Probationer, Frater Sol had experienced great difficulty
settling on a magickal name for himself. Eventually he
accepted a name that I designed for him: “Rajka,“ which
Qabalistically speaking is RJKA = 231 = “To rise like the Sun.“
After his I° initiation, he was upgraded to Frater “Sol,“
implying that he had “risen.“ Solar Lodge was not named after
Frater Sol, rather the reverse was true."
— Frater Shiva: "Inside Solar Lodge — Outside the Law",
York Beach, 31.
The Braytons had a small, one-bedroom house on 30th street, in which they lived.
Jean (without the knowledge of her husband) bought a two-story "mansion" two doors
away from their home — it was her intention to rent rooms to students from USC.
Shiva (your author) was the first student to arrive and rent. The place was still
under refurbishment (it was a mess) and he took the first room that had been
cleaned leaned up (Room #4 — 1963 e.v.) — then he helped Jean rebuild the rest
of the rooms.
Other students came and pretty soon the whole place was rented. The situation
remained like this for two years. After the Lodge got underway (subtly in 1964 -
but formally in 1965), a third property, with many rooms, was purchased down the
street — about 7 lots away. This is the ONLY house that still remains and it is
currently (2005 e.v.) owned by … USC … who rents rooms to students therein.
There were no "members of religious cults;" there were students, SOME of whom became
members of the Lodge. Other students (all) knew of our magickal activities, but they
"minded their own business" and no effort was made to convert them for we
were consciously abiding by the "attractive principle" — that is, they had to
ask first. "Always make them ask!" Eventually, three additional, really big and
ornate [but old], houses were purchased on another street. The last one was bought
after left the Order (in '72 e.v.). There was only one bookstore, but it moved
around (reincarnated?). First it was across the street from USC, then it moved a
few miles north into central L.A., then it moved to Blythe, CA. Rooms were not
rented to "members of religious cults," but to students. Some of these (about 50%)
joined the Lodge. One could justify the quoted phrase, but it is not what was
being done. Around 1967, a franchise (that's like a rental — not a purchase) was
engaged Frater Apollo with Atlantic-Richfield (now "ARCO"), under his own
volition. It ran successfully for 2 or 3 years — until the whole Lodge blew up..
A list of 50 initiates is posted at the Mystic-History website. Frater Anubis
submitted a list of 75 named initiates to me around 1979-80 — just after he left
"The Tong." He should know. He was the Grand Treasurer General and he kept those
records — along with the recording of "dues paid" at the average rate of $20 per
year, I believe. This was always considered a token payment, indicative of one's
continued interest. Other money from members was Never solicited. In the final two
ears of my seven-year tenure, Work was solicited. Money from the public was Never
solicited. Early (the first 5 years) Work and monetary donation were completely
voluntary without any encouragement. That fact alone should raise interest. The
Braytons were operating at poverty level when they bought that first little
The amazingly rapid growth into a constant, positive cash flow, with the ability
to acquire property really fast — while making it pay for itself, is one of the
mysteries that people often cite when referring to Solar Lodge. It has been
compared to the crusader-era Templar phenomenon. They ended up in deep doo-doo
too! But that is another story, being one of the key elements in the second book,
now under construction — if I can ever get back to it while engaged in this essay.
There were 75 initiates, formally recorded. There were many, many others who were
"guests" in the house (one or another of the 8 houses) for the purpose of visiting
while investigating the Law of Thelema. Overall, I would say somewhere around 250.
Maybe more. Frater Shem offered open house to about 8 people each evening, once
a week, for at least 3 years.
Quote: (from anonymous source) "Jean began the practice of putting on 'profane
parties' in order to attract newcomers …"
Fact: Only one such party was ever held. It was Night on the Nile. It was the
grand opening of the newly-restored "Grand Lodge" on Menlo Avenue. It was not
to attract newcomers. It was an invitation-only event wherein the close friends
and family members of any member was invited. It was hardly expected that any of
these people would want to join. The main objective of this "party" was to serve
notice on meddlesome friends and family members that had been, overtly or
covertly, attempting to dissuade a member away from his/her beliefs and/or
associations. I wrote the script for the play ("The Succession of Aeons") and I
also put the vodka in the punch bowl. As I was doing so, Frater Shem, under his
own direction and free will, poured a big slug of LSD into the same punch bowl.
The results were, to say the least, interesting. All of this was contained within
a circle and the ceremony (play) include The Invocation of Thoth, which is always
considered a big hit. Some of the more interesting results happened after any
given "guest" left the circle.
Quote: (anon) "The temple was in the shape of a pyramid …"
Fact: There was no temple at Solar Ranch. There were simply two Quonset huts,
some minor out-buildings, and one small travel-trailer. One Quonset was a combined
bunkhouse, living room, kitchen .. and yes, ceremonies were performed there. One
of them resulting in the UFO story that has not yet been revealed. A thoughtform
of a pyramidal temple was certainly in place. But first, the four cornerstones
had to be erected. The Quonset complex was only the first cornerstone — the other
three never had time to be started. This Quonset complex was indeed the structure
that burned, taking with it the vast majority of the archives. This whole
destruction would probably have been avoided if the guru had merely hastened to
the words that she heard when she meditated upon the next step:
"Capricornus [Jean Brayton] withdrew alone several hundred feet into the desert
and sat down in meditation.
She sought the meaning of the disaster and in response a loud,
internal, booming voice said unto her, “The Gates of Initiation are closed!
Send everyone away!“
Instead, she said to herself, “I will never send anyone away!“ She then
returned to the group and proclaimed, “This is a big problem, but I have decided
we will rebuild!“
Note: She did not reveal her internal message to me (or anyone else) until six
months later! This is the critical juncture where it all started to unravel."
- Frater Shiva: "Inside Solar Lodge — Outside the Law", 2007
Note: I am choosing not to dispute anon's "bitter" description as he moved on up
through the grades; this probably was his experience. Many initiates go through
this. However, since he/she was apparently affiliated before the playing of the
Atu XVI card (the blasted tower), it might be noted that, at that time, all labor
was strictly voluntary. No money was sought. Free, high-quality food was always
offered. The "following of unusual instructions" meant performing The Tasks of the
Grades as written in their currently-held A.·. A.·. Paper. There was no personal,
dictatorship operating. Everybody followed the same curriculum. If one showed up
for work, then one had to do what the team leader said. "Put this toilet on that
second flatbed trailer over there!" "Jack the car up higher so I can get this
engine installed." "Call every rental agency in the phone book and see if they
have a water pump we can use to empty this flooded basement." — Just like what
happens when you go to work in the outer world. Any bitterness was his/her own,
because the rest of us (most of us) were on a roll, generally enjoying every
moment of it — except when those moments of personal crisis arose. And that, being
handled, it was time to get back to work.
Quote: (anon) "… some petty theft of statues from neighbors' property."
Fact: I have seen this quote before. Amusing, isn't it? The neighbors didn't have
any statues. They had, essentially, nothing. This was an University area that was
on the fringe of the ghetto. Frater Shiva himself (that's me) bought and delivered
the various statues that adorned the properties. They came from curio shops on
Hollywood Blvd. The neighbors did actually steal a large yellow Buddha statue from
us. It was the same one that a certain member who disappeared (from his family and
former associates) was cited as "being buried under." Rest easy, for this
"murdered" member is one of the eight who still exists (circa 2005 e.v.) within
the hidden core group of survivors.
Quote: (anon) "… we were discouraged from talking about our practices …
Fact: This is absolutely correct. It was a strict A.·. A.·. curriculum within a
group that practiced group rites on a regular schedule (weekly). Any discussion of
personal practices was supposedly limited to one's "link" (guide) or one's student
(downline). Of course, people find it hard to keep their mouths shut and there
were frequent reminders about this. Oh Lord! It's like Ashramic discipline — I
Quote: (anon): "The racism was very subtle, and there was not preaching about white
supremacy or aryanism."
Fact: This racism theme is one that keeps coming up. If there was any racism, it
must have been in the lower grade levels — where, it should be noted, it probably
did exist — just like it exists within almost everyone on this planet — maybe
that's why it was "subtle." I was on the council that approved the initiation of
a black person. He asked, he did the work, he got admitted. Our operational phrase
was "Refuse none." Our neighbors were almost exclusively "people of color." We
were invited into their homes on numerous occasions where we were offered tea,
coffee and cookies while we discussed our ancestries, various economic distresses
and assorted neighborhood problems. "It's those kids down at 1201 who are stealing
all the bicycles;" (we discovered a "bicycle shop" in their garage and spoke to
their parents). They visited our homes when they had something to impart.
All things considered, I think our "racial adjustment" was far more harmonious
than most societies were at that time, and even as they are today.
I might add that a certain mistrust was present and discussed at all levels: of
certain young, black men (never women), unknown to us, in a group of three or
more. They could be easily identified by their dress and their bearing. We lived
on the edge of the racial abyss. These emissaries of the gangs that lurked just
out of our range of sight and influence were decidedly dangerous people. The
influence of hard drugs was present in their eyes and they were never friendly. If
this is "subtle racism," well, I doubt it. It is common sense.
Frater Shiva: "Liber Disclosum No Number BEING AN ANAL-LYSIS OF MATERIAL PUBLICKLY
POSTED BY MR. KOENIG (SWITZERLAND) THAT REFERS TO Solar Lodge R.I.P.", March 2011.
Quote: "Many kinds of drugs were available. One or two of the members were making
Shiva replies: Many kinds of drugs were available everywhere. Dexedrine® was
outinely used by approximately 60% of the entire dental school student body — some
say I am wrong, "because it was at least 85%." LSD and similar substances were
absolutely legal to sell, buy, hold and consume. Pharmaceutical-grade, Sandoz®
Laboratories' LSD-25 was the sole provider. In an environment like this, all other
drug settings pale in comparison. If you were a part of it, in the mid-to-late
60s, then you know what I mean. Interestingly, we had no problems with any members
in relation to alcohol or cocaine, both of which were extremely popular in the
outer world. Nobody was "making" any drugs at any point in the whole adventure -
with one exception: Frater Yama decided to extract the LSD molecules out of
Morning Glory seeds, a perfectly legal ritual. He borrowed my vacuum pump to get
the goop separated from the solvent (diethyl ether). The whole Grand Lodge stunk
badly for a few hours and the resulting libation was the poorest quality medicine
I have ever encountered — nausea mixed with lethargy and no transcendental powers.
This was done once! Nobody in their right mind would partake of his mixture a
Marijuana, although illegal, was available everywhere. Just like the alcohol
prohibition a couple of decades into the new aeon. Solar Lodge did not furnish,
sell or provide any drugs of any kind to any person, except in the course of its
use as a libation in a formal magickal ceremony. The members brought their own
marijuana. Everybody, everywhere, within this circle and amongst their worldly
friends, had their own marijuana. Members passed the marijuana around instead of a
bottle. Again, this was during formal ceremonies. I am sure that individual
members indulged in their own habits, but I saw no evidence of what is termed
"chronic use." Marijuana was not used in the house or at the ranch for work
parties or social purposes (the so-called "recreational" use). The closest thing
to an outer world usage was dispensation for the purposes of watching the first
runs of Star Trek® every Friday evening, which for us was a great game of
synchronizing ideas and Qabalistic correlation.
Now there's always an exception — Just when we were coming under the watchful eyes
of the citizenry of Blythe, California, one member was busted in the parking lot
of The Eye of Horus bookstore for selling marijuana. Capricornus (Jean) was
furious; I was a bit irate. He was running his own little, private operation,
that's what he was doing.
Quote: Remark about a factual error. Blythe is located in Riverside County, not
San Bernardino County. Vidal is located in San Bernardino County, with the
county line being approximately 2 miles south of the town. The Sheriff's
Deputies that was actually involved in the "Boy in the Box" case said the
reason that the Riverside County Sheriff's Dept. took the case, rather than
the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept. was because their office in Blythe
was far closer than the SB County Sheriff's Office in Needles.
Shiva relies: There was no need to perform this song-and-dance justification.
Solar Ranch, where the alleged crime took place, was distinctly positioned in
Riverside County, just about a thousand feet south of the San Bernardino County
line. The town of Vidal, in San Bernardino County, was never invaded by the law as
no alleged crimes were attributed to that location; they came looking for
fugitives a time or two, but they never found anybody they wanted.
Excerpt of "Ordis Templis Intelligentis" by Alex Constantine, 1996:
Quote: The O.T.O.'s Solar Lodge in San Bernardino was founded by Maury McCauley, a
mortician, on his own property.
Morris McCauley, R.I.P., was a Master Magician (IIIº) who came along way after
Solar Lodge was underway. During the high adventures with the FBI, he secretly
removed a set of initiation documents and went away to another city to found a new
Order (still in existence, even though he has passed away). He was a barber, who
had previously been a mortician in a family of morticians. He played no part in
the founding of Solar Lodge, and he owned no property in San Bernardino (city or
Frater Shiva, Email 16th March 2011.