Oh… you mean The O.T.O?
Disinfonaughts are likely to be familliar with The Order Templi Orientis, part of Crowley’s legacy to the modern world. Relatively small in number they’re an occult group who meet, discuss and carry out acts of practical Thelemic magick.
However, you might not be familliar with Britain’s Daily Mail newpaper and their version of The O.T.O:
Forget Scientology, celebs are now falling for an even more sinister ‘religion’: Introducing the Satanic sex cult that’s snaring stars such as Peaches Geldof
– Founder Aleister Crowley dubbed ‘the wickedest man in the world’
– Crowley was born in 1875 and styled himself ‘the Great Beast, 666’
– Other stars linked to the cult include Jimmy Page and Jay-Z
The socialite, 24, is a devotee of Ordo Templi Orientis, known as OTO, and even has the initials tattooed on her left forearm.
Given her tendency to flit between fads and fashions (at one point she was a Scientologist, more recently she has wandered into Judaism), this could be dismissed as another harmless flirtation.
But a closer look at OTO — and Aleister Crowley, its founding ‘prophet’ — gives the lie to that assumption.
Crowley, who was born into an upper-class British family in 1875, styled himself as ‘the Great Beast 666’. He was an unabashed occultist who, prior to his death in 1947, revelled in his infamy as ‘the wickedest man in the world’.
His form of worship involved sadomasochistic sex rituals with men and women, spells which he claimed could raise malevolent gods and the use of hard drugs, including opium, cocaine, heroin and mescaline.
Crowley’s motto — perpetuated by OTO — was ‘do what thou wilt’. And it is this individualistic approach that has led to a lasting fascination among artists and celebrities, of whom Peaches is the latest in a long line.
Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, for example, routinely took part in occult magical rituals and was so intrigued by Crowley he bought his former home, Boleskine House, on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland.
And there are now OTO lodges scattered around the country, practising the same ceremonial rituals and spreading the word of Crowley.
I’m not a member of the OTO but I have interviewed one of their most prominent members, Rodney Orpheus, a number of times. The guy has his pitch just right, a rock and roll star by day and a master occultist by night! What more could you want?
After reading about Peaches Geldof I thought I’d best give him a call and check some of the details in The Daily Mail piece. He’s a very nice guy, even if it turns out he doesn’t worship Satan, or run a sex cult, or even claim to be best mates with Peaches Geldof.
Also, by lucky co-incidence he’s just written an excellent book, The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley. Disinfonaughts with a certain level of practical magick experience, looking to move towards group ritual, will find everything they need in there.
Orpheus is one of my favourite writers and he always aims for clarity in his work. However, if you’re new to us here at Disinfo, I suggest you start with his first book: Abrahadabra. It’s a very practical bit by bit guide to Thelemic magick written with the solo practicing beginner in mind.
The interview I carried out with Rodney Orpheus is online as part of The Cult Of Nick podcast. This link will take you directly to it, feel free to click the big iTunes subscribe button once you’re there.
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