A new Ordo Templi Orientis : The 'Caliphate'

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The Caliphate

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

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. is the History of the Solar Lodge of the O.T.O. — Charles Manson and the Occult.


       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

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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

The American Ordo Templi Orientis, 'Caliphate,' with Grady Louis McMurtry,
1985, in front of a court building.

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.
James T. Graeb, co-founder and IX° of the Caliphate and its Patrick King-XI°, a lawyer, files suit vs William Breeze, William Heidrick, Marcus Jungkurth et alii in 2001. The case was dismissed in April 2002.
Anonymous 2021: Burning Down The House. 'Caliphate', Argenteum Astrum, James Wasserman, Donald Trump.
David King discusses his brother Patrick King, self-styled XI° of the Caliphate (with photos).
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.

Aleister Crowley Stele of Revealing — Law of Thelema

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. 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".

The Tabby of Thelema — Aleister Crowley and events in Sicily

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 Lamen of the O.T.O.

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."

Articles by Jerry Cornelius:

Thoughts on Hermann Joseph Metzger.
An Apology to Red Flame No. 7.
An Open Epistle Regarding Francis King's Book The Secret Rituals of the OTO.
The Warrior–Troubadour, The Life & Times of Grady Louis McMurtry (Red Flame No.1).
Myths of the Solar Lodge Revisited (The Scribe, Vol.1 No.7 1997).
Chronology of events leading up to the lawsuit filed by the Ordo Templi Orientis on Sept. 12th 1990 against Alameda County & the City of Berkeley.
KALIL and the Thelema93–l Tango.
An Open Epistle on the Expulsion.
Liber Al Vel Legis (The Book of the Law) (Red Flame Nr.8).

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