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The Mass of Baphomet

The Mass of Baphomet

by IAO131 Note: This is an excerpt from the book HRILIU: Symbolic Explorations of the Gnostic Mass, a nearly 400-page exposition of the symbolism of Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass. There are many ways to understand what exactly is happening in the Gnostic Mass. There are many justifiable interpretations where the Mass

Heteronormativity and Gender Essentialism in Thelemic Ritual and Communities

by Marco Visconti Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. The last few weeks have seen the Thelemic community shaking even more than the usual: in a stunningly reactionary and gender essentialist move by O.T.O., non-binary individuals are now no longer allowed to perform as Priest or Priestess

Aleister Crowley’s Sex Magick: Gnostic Mass, ZRO, Samadhi, and the Supreme Secret of OTO

Aleister Crowley's Sex Magick in Ordo Templi Orientis

by Hasan i-Sabah Aleister Crowley's Sex Magick: Looking at "Atlantis" Part of Aleister Crowley's infamous reputation comes from his involvement in sex magick, including his knowledge of the Ninth Degree or Supreme Secret of Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). Now the O.T.O. is in possession of one supreme secret. The whole of its system

Gerald Gardner & Ordo Templi Orientis: A New and Greater Pagan Cult

Gerald Gardner & Aleister Crowley: A New and Greater Pagan Cult

by Rodney Orpheus (An earlier draft of this article first appeared in Pentacle Magazine, Summer 2009) Ordo Templi Orientis was founded at the beginning of the twentieth century in Germany under the leadership of Theodor Reuss, who recruited Aleister Crowley to the Order around 1912. Both men had been heavily involved in spiritual pursuits

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