Peaches Geldof Joins a Weird Sex Cult? Where Do I Sign?

OTOlogoOh… 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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48 Comments on "Peaches Geldof Joins a Weird Sex Cult? Where Do I Sign?"

  1. Thad McKraken | Jun 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm |

    The funniest thing about occultists being slandered as satanists? Errrr, if they are, they’re really shitty satanists. If you truly wanted to do the Devil’s work, you’d work on Wall Street, or in the Military, or in an Evangelical church. Getting together and doing consensual sex rituals honestly isn’t going to cause much harm to anyone, which is supposedly what you’d be trying to do if you worshiped Satan. You know what else isn’t satanic? Playing in a death metal band. Ummm, wait, people like what you’re doing and you have fans. There’s absolutely nothing satanic about that. You’re helping disaffected kids find meaning in their lives. All these people who are supposedly satanists really suck at it. Dick Cheney is your hero if you’re a satanist, not Crowley.

    • Adamas Macalz | Jun 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm |

      The fact that you spouting this garbage prove.s you know jack shit about satanism, no offense

      • Tuna Ghost | Jun 15, 2013 at 10:51 am |

        I think he’s mocking the mainstream understanding of “satanism”, not the actual belief structure behind modern Satanism. If Thad has done even the most basic investigation into the occult, he’d know the difference between the two, and I believe he has.

        • Adamas Macalz | Jun 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm |

          Actually I don’t think he does, or he just thinks his definition transcends any used by actual satanist… I asked him his opinion on a related subject(the left hand path) and he gave me the same response almost to the exact wording…. once again no offense to him, but I’d rather not have people believe the caricature he is presenting as satanism is the real thing

          • Lefthand path? Where did you learn this concept?

          • Adamas Macalz | Jun 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm |

            I’ve followed the philosophy for years and lately started to embody it more I suppose… I originally heard of the terminology from Michael ford(an author I’ve grown to despise) and have pretty much studied everything from chaos gnosticism to vamachara tantric yoga….

          • I see

          • Rus Archer | Jun 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm |

            wait, you mean the religion formerly known as objectivism?

          • esqualido | Apr 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm |

            God forbid we should slander satanists

          • Echar Lailoken | Apr 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm |

            Are you attempting to be ironic?

          • esqualido | Apr 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm |

            As opposed to satanic, perhaps

          • Echar Lailoken | Apr 9, 2014 at 1:25 am |

            You have wandered into the forest. Perhaps you should go back amongst your friends. The murderers, torturers, and those that pervert the word. This is not a place that is friendly to narrow minded christians. Stay at your own peril.

          • I’d log out and like “vote up” that again, but I’m lazy.

          • Echar Lailoken | Apr 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm |

            The blanket accusation of satanism is idiotic at best. That way of thinking smacks of a hatred so old, that it’s the germ of hatred for the other. Racism, bigotry, and sexism are it’s bastard children.

    • The Occluded Occult

      followers of Samael

      led like lemmings to their death.

      Do they will it?

      Or do they run by blind determinism?

      Does it matter?

      Idiots in the truest sense

      Private minds

      dreaming private dreams


      about going somewhere

      Then walk off the edge

      into they abyss

      Let us not be idiots,

      Let us be of One Mind

      And we will



      the H I g h e s t


      • Adamas Macalz | Jun 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm |

        Those who know and those who dare will always be regarded as fools by those who do not

        • takes a lot of daring to obey the dictates of the flesh, huh? well, at least being an occultist makes you look cool and feel like you know some secret spooky stuff.
          I dare ya to transcend.

          • Adamas Macalz | Jun 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm |

            It takes daring to break one’s personal and social taboos as well as to devote a 1000+ hours to mastering your own mind, emotions, senses, dreams, and subjective reality… it takes even more daring to attempt to manipulate your objective reality… And even more than that to keep walking the path once you realize It’s called the lonely road for a reason….
            I dare you to break free

          • I don’t mean to sound like an asshole, but I suspect it is cowardice that drives one to manipulate reality. The desire for power is more often than not a means to embolden the ego. What can be more natural than that? Generals and politicians, too, aim to manipulate reality. As for taboos, all it takes to break those are uncontrolled hormones. Is the rapist a daring man to break that taboo?
            Do you really know what is driving you?
            I am trying to break free. I’ve found transcendence through acceptance. And I aim for the cessation of “evasion through manipulation”.
            (I will agree, though, that devotion takes daring and so does self-mastery.)

          • Adamas Macalz | Jun 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm |

            What could be more natural than striving for power? accepting reality as it is, believing there is nothing you can do to change it. It’s not cowardice so much as a response to powerlessness… There is a good portion of magicians who suffered some childhood trauma. though it is also of worthy note not all occultist are in the game for power… some just want knowledge(me personally i’m in it for both, though knowledge mores than power)… government officials want control rather than the type of power i’m talking about(they would rather make the rules than play the game)… breaking.) taboos takes a certain level of willpower when done intentionally and not out of some out of control instinctual drive(rape is committed out of compulsion and I would agree is an act committed out of a certain kind of cowardice)

          • exactly. a magician believes they are powerless. but the message of the resurrection is we never truly lost our power and are greater than the gods themselves. I on’t need to manipulate reality because I’ve surpassed it.

          • not all magicians get onto the path for that reason, some just have a natural draw to it, others like me were initially drawn for knowledge…. my initial draw was looking for answers which lead me to christian demonology… I didn’t get into the LHP philosophy until I was in the army which is about 4 years after I got into the occult. so I guess you could say mine was more of a faustian quest for knowledge, rather than (originally) a quest for power… you know much about Jungian psychology?

          • well, not just is it a belief that they are powerless, but that they LACK. The belief that one lacks is the motive force for just about anything in the world. It is what keeps us in Samsara. Gnosis is the realization of who you are. And that is a being that is never in LACK and one who’s always got SLACK.

            The person who has realized they have never lacked and never will lack(cause the True God never created anything imperfect) is the person who knows how to give all of themselves in Love, never afraid they will lack in anything. PISTIS SOPHIA. The Wisdom of Faith and the Faith from Wisdom.

            Why would you want anything if you already possess All. And all knowledge is remembering what you once knew, but were made to forget( by the Archons).
            Seek and you will find. And when you find you will be troubled. And when you are troubled, you will rule over All, and after ruling, you will find rest. Just lay back and enjoy the ride.
            Yeah, I know a little Jungian psychology. Quite partial to it actually, as Jung was one of the first modern gnostics who knew he was a modern gnostic.
            Why do you ask?

          • Adamas Macalz | Jun 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm |

            The symbolism of thedeath and the resurrection… I first read about it in man and his symbols… if I remember correctly it revolves around the death and recreation of the self(odin’s sacrifice of the self to the self)… I like you, you actually know your stuff which is lacking in todays religious community… I may not agree with you’re argument, but I like that you actually have a viable argument… most people just spout whatever they heard someone else say… anyways, back to the point, most people talk about destroying the ego but what they don’t realise is the ego is like a phoenix, it’s only dead so long as the flames are burning. as soon as the flames die down it recreate itself, albeit in a more useful form(if you know what you are doing)…I’ve killed mine once and recreate myself, but I don’t know why people would want to stay in that state

          • Adamas Macalz | Jun 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm |

            As for you trying to break free, if that works for you go for it… but it doesn’t work for me. I find concepts like victory preferable to bliss and sovereignty to love… different strokes for different folks I suppose

          • the concepts of victory and sovereignty are an important part of my practice. which is why I don’t practice magic, as you lose yer sovereignty when making deals w/ spirits. I would say you lose yer dignity to. Like selling yer time to succeed in the money game. or making deals w/ the Feds.

          • the money game has it’s place as long as one remembers it’s a game… I won’t lie, I love money, about as much as I like making a really high score on a video game… as far as working with spirits being degrading, not at all. Not to me anyway, it’s more akin to you giving them a task and them doing it…a programs only function and desire is to do what the program is designed to do… and if you don’t like that particular spirit find another one in another category. Work with angels and elementals, or animal spirits, or human spirits if you are into necromancy. If you don’t like any of those you can create a servitor to do the task, and if you don’t like working with spirits at all you still have an entire array of disciplines to work with. from working sympathetic magic to direct energy manipulation

          • the money game is a game with severe consequences for others, including the mother earth.
            spirits don’t just perform their tasks for nothing. in this world, nothing comes for free. everything demands an equal energetic exchange. what goes up must come down. all is in flux, in this world.
            in the end, what you are doing is trading yourself for nothing. cause what they have to offer is nothing.
            same goes for the money game, man. selling yourself for nothing of real value. yer worth more than that and you only got one life to give.

          • Adamas Macalz | Jun 25, 2013 at 9:09 am |

            not playing a game doesn’t make it go away, the same way throwing a rock in a river doesn’t stop it from flowing… It only goes around you instead of through you… if you really want to stop the money game you have to push some serious reform, which paradoxically requires money(it’s like a mobius strip)…

            On the spirit thing…

            A)some spirits really do want to simply do their job(angels just want to serve, and demons just want to flex their “muscles”)

            B)even the ones that don’t are willing to make out a deal, like telling more people about them, spreading around their sigil, some blood, or in the most extreme cases a pact(which does not include giving up your soul, unless that is in the contract)

            C) There is plenty of energy produced via ritual that I can easily replace via eating, meditating, sleeping drawing it from the earth/air, or feeding off other people(vampirism/predatory spiritualism)… and every ritual my etheric body is strengthened through interacting with that realm…

            D) they have much to offer me Knowledge, Power and the crystalization of consciousness that leads to a form of immortality that doesn’t depend on some higher power to sustain my existence(ie most NDE’s are the individual jacking in to a hive mind before they are destroyed, or going back to their body)… sorry but dissolution into the all doesn’t sound like a good ole’ time to me… and from what I’ve studied from NDE’s that plane of existence just sounds way too boring and limited… and going off string theory there are an infinite amount of other planes of existence to be satisfied with just one

          • as for te money game, when I stop taking their perception of reality as actual reality, it can no longer effect me and I no longer spread their virus. I become immune to their disease.
            as for the sacrifices and energy given for the boons granted by certain spirits, those are more serious than they may appear. and they lead to nothing your soul really wants, nor will they benefit others. if you still desire those so-called boons or gifts you have clearly not experienced some of the greater gifts to be had for forsaking those so called gifts.
            but yer experience is yer experience and if what you wan is what you want that’s yer choice. ive experienced what ive experienced and I know what I want. and its quite simple and easy to be had. ive accepted the only free gift out there, and that’s the only kind of gift I would accept. I like to trust my companions and deal with no others.

      • Kubrick's Rube | Jun 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm |

        What on earth are you going on about? Seriously if you feel the need to write mystical prose as a reply to an online article … you probably need to lay of the mysticism for a while and take your ‘insight’ much less seriously.

        • i’m not taking anything seriously.

          just thought I had something to add to the conversation concerning the occult and celebrity followers of it.

          no need to get yer panties in a bunch.

    • Was gonna up vote your comment, but did not want to spoil the 23;)

  2. VaudeVillain | Jun 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm |

    Who the fuck cares? Some rich over-privileged brat discovered their dozenth “alternative” religion and wants everybody to know all about it. Oh goody.

    She and Madonna can have a grand old time shooting up and screwing each others’ brains out while walking backwards and declaring their undying devotion to Jan Brady and nobody with half a fucking brain would ever give two shits about it.

  3. InfvoCuernos | Jun 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm |

    Who the fuck is Peaches?

  4. BuzzCoastin | Jun 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm |

    Peaches Geldof Joins a Weird Sex Cult? Where Do I Sign?

    I learned something new today
    that there’s a media whore named Peaches Geldof
    real magic has little or nothing to do with Crowley
    who was a Peaches Geldof in his time

    • Chattur'gha | Jun 15, 2013 at 4:21 am |

      You know you’ve transcended hipster-ism when AC is too mainstream for you.

      P.S.: Don’t get too mad at me for associating you with hipsters.

      • BuzzCoastin | Jun 15, 2013 at 6:02 am |

        no offense taken
        I read Crowley’s stuff off & on starting 20 years ago
        and I never thought it had much to offer
        I never figured out why people dug his stuff
        but it did seem like he knew how to market his wares

        • Tuna Ghost | Jun 15, 2013 at 10:48 am |

          Not a huge fan, but Magick in Theory and Practice had some good practical knowledge in it.

  5. geminihigh | Jun 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm |

    How does OTO/Thelema qualify as a cult? Alcoholics Anonymous is far more of a cult than the OTO, and that group has quite a few celebs in (and out of) it. Cults are supposed to have a charismatic leader. You could argue that Crowley, though deceased, still counts as that figure, just as good old Bill W does for booze hounds. This is just a poorly written, researched, sensationalized piece of writing.

  6. Bruteloop | Jun 15, 2013 at 2:08 am |

    I doubt she has the wherewithal to actually become a member though there are those in the OTO who wish it to become more ‘overground’. What better way than to be adopted by a pointless sleb? After all, EVERY man and woman is a star.

  7. Tuna Ghost | Jun 15, 2013 at 10:48 am |

    I’ve spoken with Orpheus on a couple occasions. Really nice guy.

  8. Tuna Ghost | Jun 15, 2013 at 10:53 am |

    For the uninitiated, The Daily Mail is essentially a British tabloid. It is known for extreme exaggeration and occasionally borderline racism/nationalism.

  9. Crowley popularized libertine sex magick, but you know what’s an even more interesting and original(though syncretistic) sex cult is the ASCETIC/White sex magick cult of the so-called Gnostic Movement(far from gnostic, in my opinion) started by Samael Aun Weor.They’re kinda like the Taoist sex magicians or even tantrics. They believe in creating spiritual beings through a tantric-like sex ritual involving retention of orgasms and the like. Pretty interesting stuff the guy writes and kinda convincing but not really my thing. They are usually very good lucid dreamers and astral travelers. Anybody interested in occult sex magick should really check out Samael Aun Weor just for shits and giggles.

  10. festernaecus | Jun 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm |

    Mescaline is not a hard drug.

  11. metronomic1 | Mar 25, 2014 at 6:18 pm |

    I hate to break it to anyone who has fantasies about meeting the prince of darkness but Thelema is not left hand path, it is very much right hand path. The entire point of it is to gain the knowledge and conversation of your holy guardian angel. 93 93/93

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