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Crowley and the Volkish Movement

To: alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.thelema,alt.non.racism,alt.occult
From: (Alexander Maclennan)
Subject: Re: Crowley and the Volkish Movement (was Re: English Qaballa ...)
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 22:16:22 GMT

catherine yronwode  wrote:

> The O. T. O. has "secret documents...whose origin is German"? Can you
> substantiate this or cite a reference? What are these documents? How is
> their German "origin" explained?   

Crowley`s Autohagiography on p765 gives an account of the founding of
the OTO in nineteeth century Germany by Kark Kellner. It was a
derivative of freemasonry with gnostic catholic and martinist
elements.   By 1912 it had been written about in the masonic journal
oriflamme and had branches in several countries. 

 In 1912 Crowley had been visited by the then head of the OTO Theodor
Reuss who accused him of publishing their central secret as the Star
Sapphire in the Book of Lies.     Crowley apparently convinced him
that he had reached the secret matter independently.

Reuss then admitted him to the OTO and made him its head in the UK
Crowley largely rewrote their rituals after this.

There is some doubt about Crowley`s account of this as in 1912 when it
is said to occur, the Book of Lies was not yet published. 

The Sprengel lady and her cypher manuscript are widely thought to have
been entirely fictional and concocted by some of the founding fathers
of the GD as a foundation myth.  


Alexander MacLennan

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