American. "Items of policy that others have yet to imagine, I
have brought forth as new articles to enhance the efficiency of a
theoretical diagram, some of which, had not seen the light of day
until I created those magical links to assure their reality. Also,
with the unique insights of my initiations, definite commands from the
Book of the Law others could not see became a reality for me."
Semi-literate megalomaniac claims heirship to Motta
as OHO and "Master" in AA. An openly fascist and sexist
authoritarian. Definitely bogus, possibly
American. "As a 'spider-sorcerer' or 'spider- magician',
writes Bertiaux in one of his order papers, 'you have woven your web
by meeting with your own magical force each of the eight sources of
cosmic energy. Thus, cosmic energy is met by god-energy...'"
Popular with many Thelemites, but has far more connection to Voudon
and Gnosticism than to Crowley. Considered a lightweight joker by
some, at least he has a sense of humor. One of the few openly gay
teachers in the Crowleyan world. Benefit of
American, org = Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn. "Ye must
not listen to the false voice of thy Reason; but in the pure rapture
of silence hear the Voice of thine All." One man band doesn't
really toot his own horn, just writes clumsily and superficially about
Thelema and occultism. $93-156 annual dues for correspondence courses
in "self-initiation"? The cook is
earnest, but the soup's rather thin.
American, student of McMurty.
"I am sorry if I seem less than sympathetic but the anger and
bitterness that I am seeing is like an infectious disease which our lineage
does not wish to be part of. " Longtime OTO member has struck out
on his own. Apparently claims MT grade in the "Grady McMurtry" AA.
Largely a mix of basic instructional material and convoluted political
diatribes. Preaches maturity, tolerance, while ranting on
unnamed others' lack of same. New URL*
mainly McMurtyana, sangha closed for now (Jan 2010)
British. "Amado does not tell his students what to believe,
nor does he tell them what they wish to hear. His principle is this:
when an individual is spiritually sick, concentrate on a cure ... not
on feeding that sickness." Claims to be the illegitimate son of
Crowley, but provides no evidence. Claims to be a "Magus",
but writings are just a pedestrian rehash of older ideas. Spurious,
but probably not dangerous.
"I am a Thelemite: that is, I am an adherent to the Book
of The Law. I am really a Gnostic, which means that I believe it is more
important to know than to fear; and that faith becomes useless when one
has Knowledge. You either know, or you don't." Author of some
primers on magick. Member of many different groups including Hymenaeus Beta's
OTO. His own "Order of Thelemic
Knights" is, untypically for Thelema, a charity/service org. Humble, good guy, but still growing.
American. "Me." was his response to the question "What
scares you more than anything else?" Witty, self-effacing
presentation belies real depth of knowledge of Western occultism.
Recognized as IXth degree in Hymenaeus
Beta's OTO. Particularly expert in the Enochian magick of John
Dee, which was used extensively by Crowley. Widely traveled lecturer
is probably the best writer on Thelema since AC. Respected
across various factions.
M b40s? 50s?
aka Frater 939, the Overseer
American. "To assign all decisions to one's Mentor ... is to
fail to make yourself worthy of independence, in other words you make
yourself a slave. In most cases a Mentor ... will reject this kind of
behavior adamantly. This kind of rejection will, in the weaker
aspirants, be interpreted as 'cruelty'. Nothing could be further from
the truth and the Mentor ... will do well to hold their course and not
allow an aspirant to feel 'comforted'." Another MT spawned by Motta,
he and Bersson
"recognize" each other. Strongly
American, inventor of "Tesseract magick". "Polyamorous
Religion. Religious Hedonism. Free Love. Sexual Freedom. Thelemic
Morality. Western Tantra. Well what did you think? Did you think that
it would be easy?" Well known as student/teacher of Egyptology.
Reputed many sexual affairs with his students (not always an ethical
issue with Thelemites). Founded Hawk and Jackal organization and then
set it free. Will others pick up the mantle, or is this necrophilia?
What might have been?
British, student of Crowley. "As a result of many years'
research into obscure phases of occultism I have evolved a method of
dream control for contacting extra-terrestrial and non-human
entities". Possibly the best known and best selling Thelemic
author after Crowley. Books are mostly a mishmash of UFOs, dreams,
numerology, etc., with a few insights sprinkled here and there. Passed
reins of small or nonexistent organization to Michael "Mick"
Staley. Nutty and knowing by turns.
But rated highly by Nema, herself rated highly
below by Tau Aleph. See also "MORE" link, positive partisan feedback in support of Grant and Staley.
American. "There shall be many things yet, O wanderer after
wisdom. Some little bit of the foretold has started. It will never
end." Commonsense approach to "real" world accompanied
by profound knowledge of cabala, Tarot, and Thelema (all supplied free
of charge). Onetime right-hand man to Grady
McMurtry is recognized as IXth degree in Hymenaeus
Beta's OTO. Claims AA status of Adept. Best
Thelema has to offer, but still not for everyone.
American, born in France, lives in Germany. "Aleister Crowley
... considered a balanced, wide-ranging education a prerequisite to
complete initiation." Pedantic Crowley scholar is OHO of the
legally recognized OTO, the largest Thelemic org. About as
"orthodox" as Thelema gets (and just as boring as that
sounds). Critics say he's only in it for the money, but give no
evidence. Benefit of doubt.
American. "Thus it is important for us, as Thelemites, to
look within our own ranks and find the traitors, the Enemies Within,
and deal with them now, before they bring us and Thelema down so that
when we are assailed we are too weak to stand and fight against the
Enemies Without." Virtually all other Thelemic teachers are
"the traitors" he revels in exposing (i.e., repeating gossip
and making innuendoes). Claims MT grade in AA, but his few
'non-attack' essays are unimpressive. Also a writer of turgid fiction.
Has no org. He's sincere, but is he correct?
American, student of Crowley. "The Aleister Crowley I knew
had the greatest respect for the right of an individual to manifest
their Will without interference." Reputedly charismatic founder
of Hymenaeus Beta's
OTO. But addled drunk/druggie apparently used Bill
Heidrick to do all the work. Much of his writing is said to be
ghostwritten. Link in the chain, at least.
Brazilian. "A word to tell you of the Catholic Church. It is
dead, as all they who belong to it" Student of Crowley's
"official" heir Karl Germer. Claimed MT status in AA.
Started legal battle for Crowley's copyrights which he ultimately lost
to Hymenaeus Beta's OTO. Published Crowley, but usually mixed in his own odd comments.
Reputed alcoholic. Most prominent "heirs" are David
Bersson and Ray
Eales. By their fruits ye shall judge them.
Frater Belarion, the
(new URL, part 1 of 4 poorly connected parts)
American. "There is danger in all organization. But there are
times when there is greater danger in the lack of organization."
Rocket fuel inventor has crater named for him on the Moon. Headed only
active OTO group (in Pasadena) during Crowley's later years. Did
magickal working with L.
Ron Hubbard who then took off with Parsons' wife and $50,000. Died
in a lab explosion. Accident or murder? Some
interesting writings, but "Success is your proof".
American. "Self professed Aspirant to the sanctuary of the Gnosis
A.’.A.’./ and founder of the A.M.H.R. and the G.C.L. Disciple of Runar
as lineal Benefactor and Student of Spagyria and the Alchemical
Gnosis." He's interacted and fallen out with
a variety of Thelemic organizations and teachers. Founded his own AA
lineage and "Gnostic" church, but publicly only claims relatively
unauthoritative Zelator status. Political views distasteful to many. Has Thelema found its new Marcelo Motta?
American, student of Crowley. "Growth has its ups &
downs, can be charted & is not monopolistic. Polarity of opposites
is transcended & another duality appears. Those who agree with me
& those who are disagreeable will choose up sides." With
Crowley at Abbey of Thelema in Sicily, but later developed Thelemic
ideas independent of him. Arcane, theoretical writing can be tough
sledding. Ephemeral orgs = Choronzon Club, G.B.G.
Influence limited by inaccessibility, combativeness.
American, orgs = College of & Temple of Thelema. "If the
preliminary purification has not been done, the student of the occult
arts can get himself into a lot of trouble." Student of Crowley
students Karl Germer and Jane Wolfe, one-time wife of McMurtry, later separated. Decades as a public school teacher left their deadly mark, she's
utterly conventional. IXth degree in Hymenaeus
Beta's OTO. Explicitly claimed AA status of Adept, rumored to have claimed
MT. Heir presumptive was James
A. Eshelman. Will he succeed? Only about eighty years
American. "It is difficult to encompass in a few words the
depth and breadth of the genius of Aleister Crowley." Was
right-hand man to Motta,
then testified against him in court. Edits and publishes fancy limited
editions of Crowley. Reputed "secret chief" of AA recognized
by Hymenaeus Beta's OTO. What's he hiding?
PS – Three others submitted not by Brahman Das, but by another
correspondent, Tau Aleph: Descriptive material below consists
of his ratings and words in yellow
mine in navy.
Canadian no personal info, multi-esoteric author,
many works online. Said to be Crowley's spiritual son, then abandoned
in occult quibble. Devised English Qabala, org = QBLH.
aka Maggie Ingalls
new URL from BD
No personal info, founded Horus/Maat Lodge
1978, author, Double Current work (Aeon of Horus=93, Maat=696,
2=0). Is entitled to smoke a cigar.
BD indicates TA is a Nema acolyte, would
= NB ratings changed by Sarlo
from 4 and 5 respectively for Nema and M'nath down to 3 to be in line
with system change]
Brit hung with Aleister Crowley, who sent him to India to study
"yoga and the I Ching". Arrived in India in 1953, penniless. Immediately took
Sanyasin vows and wandered as naked Sadhu. The last Guru of the Adinath and
Uttara Kaula Tantric sects. Founded a sect of western Naths called the International Nath Order,
currently headed by his successor, Shri Kapilnath of Seattle. Impressive
Breadth. Already listed in Middle
PPS – And two more from yet another
with his ratings and words in yellow
Brazilian. Former leader of Brazilian branch of
O.T.O.. Left Order for personal reasons. Founded UR-OTO (United Rites
of O.T.O.), a free confederation of groups that used the same
initiatic rituals from O.T.O.. Left thelemic organizations to dedicate
to his career as a judge and to practise Kung-Fu. As relevant as a pen
to a beef. Site is in Portuguese.
Former disciple of Marcelo Motta and natural
successor, came to a
clash with his guru because of a discussion about money. Founded his
own thelemic societies, SNA (Sociedade Novo Aeon - New Aeon Society)
and the OCT (Ordem dos Cavaleiros de Thelema - Order of Thelemic
Knights, with Marcelo Santos), both collapsed. Good intentions and
some knowledge but not enough action.
Site is in Portuguese.
PPPS – And from yet another anon correspondent,
another opinionated Thelemic survey site, (by Paul Joseph Rovelli)
Manifesto of the
Ambrosii Magi Hortus Rosarum,
with comments on lots of these guys and much more.