is your relationship to other occult groups?
Do you claim legitimacy from the O.T.O. or A.A.?
Many of our past members, and some of our present members, have belonged
to the O.T.O. (Caliphate), the A.A., A.M.O.R.C., Theosophical Society, and many
other occult organizations. I, myself, have been a long-standing member of the O.T.O.
I was first initiated on February 29, 1992 at AC Oasis in Chicago by Tiger. That
was 24 years ago. I continued my initiations and advancement in that organization
throughout the 90s, finally becoming a Body Master. I ran Sancta Meretricis Camp
in Lafayette, Indiana for a short time, before my magickal life took me in a completely
different direction due to some magickal breakthroughs. After some correspondence
with Kenneth Grant concerning some of this, and the meeting of the Hagia soon afterwards,
I followed a different path and am now mostly inactive.
Now, in spite of what some have assumed, we of Templum Babalonis in no way claim
any legacy, legitimacy or connection with those other organizations. Nor do we use
any secret rituals, teachings or initiatory frameworks from those organizations
as well. We are independent of their pedigrees, and represent a completely different
Thelemic path. However, because of our oaths in those organizations, some of us
still call the members of those organizations Brother and Sister. And so we salute
them on their path, and have a great respect for them in their work. We often encourage
seekers in their direction, when they do not fit with what we offer as a Temple.
We consider the O.T.O. and various A.A. groups as allies in Thelema, and would stand
with them if their existence was ever challenged. So let all such nonsense about
our opinions of these groups be settled. We welcome relationships with all groups,
and will work with them on projects where possible. As Thelemites, it is none of
our damned business what they do according to their own Will. We salute them.
This is why we say: We are only one Temple. We are only one path. There are many
others. Babalon is for All.
From the Shadows of the Brotherhood
In Nomine Babalon et Vox Sanctae Meretricis
Na Nia Het Hotep
Image: Regina Kahl performing the first public Gnostic mass Sunday, March 19, 1933
in Hollywood, California at the first Agape Lodge, O.T.O.