I’m amazed the Daily Mail has run the following story about Crowley, the OTO, and sex magic. I have written extensively about this in the first part of my book. What the article doesn’t tell you is that Scientology came out of the OTO courtesy of Ron Hubbard, who was initiated into the mysteries of sex magic by Crowley’s protegé Jack Parsons. Here is a small extract from Chapter Two, “Hidden Masters and Black Magicians:
Sex Magic uses the potency of sexual energy to invoke higher states of spirituality and altered states of perception. Through these altered states of perception, the initiate can commune with other dimensional entities, or the “hidden masters”. It was through this ceremonial sex magic that Crowley and his partner Roddie Minor summoned the entity Lam. Crowley was in no doubt that Lam was of inter-dimensional or extra-terrestrial origin. There were many groups and individuals who have claimed to have contacted Lam since Crowley’s time. In 1987, Kenneth Grant, Crowley’s successor, referred to the communications with Lam as the “Cult of Lam”. Grant wrote that:
The Cult [of Lam] has been founded because very strong intimations have been received by Aossic Aiwass, 718′.’ to the effect that the portrait of Lam (the original drawing of which was given by 666′.’ to 718′.’ under curious circumstances) is the present focus of an extra-terrestrial – and perhaps trans-plutonic – Energy which the O.T.O. is required to communicate at this critical period, for we have now entered the Eighties mentioned in The Book of the Law.
Below is an extract from the Mail’s article:
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.
While membership is secret, Peaches is said to have been initiated into it, raising the prospect that many of her impressionable fans could try to do the same.