X°s and OHOs of the Ordo Templi Orientis

Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon

National Grand Masters and
Outer Heads of the Order of
the Ordo Templi Orientis

Aleister Crowley's Literary Executors


For a start: Carl Kellner never was member of the Ordo Templi Orientis

X° at the time of Theodor Reuss' death 28 October 1923: Of slightly less or doubtful provenance: NOTES:
  • Crowley is not listed above as he was expelled by Reuss in 1921 (before Crowley declared himself OHO)!

after Crowley's death in 1947:

  • Karl Johannes Germer repeatedly asserted (in writing) that HE WAS NOT the OHO. He began to do this in 1948 and three months before he died in 1962 he was still writing "I have no group or organisation".
  • Hans Rudolf Hilfiker ('heir apparent' to Reuss: never claimed the OHO)
  • Arnoldo Krumm-Heller: only claimed the OHO of the F.R.A.
  • Friedrich Mellinger, did not realise he could (was also opposed to Germer).


Excludes numerous Aleister Crowley reincarnations, other less serious claimants, and the insane. See also the discussion about the XI°.

  • John Symonds, Louis Wilkinson: The Literary Executors who, acting on verbal instructions from Crowley, were unable to prevent Germer destroying the O.T.O. in the USA as Crowley suspected he might.
  • Frieda Harris, Karl Germer: The two Executors, who together with Louis Wilkinson, acted in respect of the General property and effects in Crowley's Estate.

This is an outline from the German "Das OTO-Phaenomen" (1994) and the English "O.T.O. Rituals and Sexmagick" (1999).

National Grand Masters and Outer Heads of the Order of the Ordo Templi Orientis Aleister Crowley's Literary Executors Carl Kellner Theodor Reuss Hans Rudolf Hilfiker-Dunn Arnoldo Krumm-Heller Heinrich Traenker Charles Stansfeld Jones Carl William Hansen James Thomas Windram Frank Bennett William Henry Quilliam Czesław Czyński Hector-François Jean-Maine Joanny Bricaud Vyvyan Deacon Arturo Reghini Eduardo Frosini William Bernard Crow Wilfred Talbot Smith Hermann Joseph Metzger Karl Germer Kenneth Grant Walter Englert Jean Brayton Johannes Rider Friedrich Mellinger Frieda Harries John Symonds [Scans taken from: O.T.O. Rituals and Sexmagick — Birth and Development of the O.T.O., Amazing Maze, Structure and Practises of the O.T.O. Groups, A note to the Constitutions, the Rituals and the Instructions. (out of print)]

John Symonds Peter-Robert Koenig

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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