This talk of infiltration seems a bit silly. No doubt there is a fair amount of cross-pollination among initiatory fraternal orders. This seems practically inevitable given that each of the respective organizations may offer benefits that the others may not. Those who are motivated to partake in a broader spectrum of experiences and teachings (I hesitate to call them "joiners") than just one single order can offer would naturally seek to belong to more than one.
I would question who is infiltrating whom. The idea of an outfit like the OTO or GD "taking over" Freemasonry is akin to that of a guppy swallowing a whale. The "fresh blood" from these newer orders seems most likely to help bolster and revitalize Freemasonry. This may even be somewhat to the detriment of the newer orders because as these individuals divide their time and energy between the two (or more) organizatins, the newer orders likely would get less of these people's time and energy than they otherwise would, which is to the benefit of the Craft.
Not that there is anything wrong with that, I think this cross-pollination is beneficial to all, and certainly to the individuals involved. It's just a fact of life that a person's life energy is a finite resource, and the more places they spend it, the less of it any one place can receive.
From: 333 <nagasiva@...
Sent: 05/29/03 05:08 PM
Subject: [t93] Lodge Magicians Freemasonry's Poor Deluded Cousins
> "Max" <maxx58585@...>:
> ...I figure we "lodge magician" types, inculding Thelemites and
> GDers, should be infiltrating these old lodges so as to become
> their successors.