Re: [t93] Gerald Gardner and Crowley
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>I wonder if part of the issue was that there was no infrastructure (templeI am sure that was the case.
>or officer cadre) in the UK to support the rituals,
>especially Io-IIIo.As I remember, Crowley asked Wilkinson to absent himself after the
>Formal Minerval, with Wilkinson to assist, makes sense, since as we both
>know that ritual is eminently portable
ritual was finished. I suspect he wished to present glamours concerning
the Order to Gardner, and did not want Wilkinson around to puncture
> As I recall the history, the last attempt to revive formalI think there was a long hiatus between the suppression of the OTO in UK
>Order work in the UK before WW II was inundated in harrassment by the press
>and authorities, and so extinguished.
by Special Branch (political police) during 1st World War, and then
Crowley's very informal promotion of the Order amongst such as Grant,
Gardner, Wilkinson, David Curwen, John Symonds, Frieda Harris. As
mentioned the OTO operated in a highly informal and fluid way at this
time in the UK under Crowley, the operation of Agape Lodge in California
was far more formal.
Perhaps no wonder that Typhonian OTO, whose founder experienced the
fluid and informal operation of the Order under Crowley towards the end
of his life, should differ so much from the Caliphate OTO which
endeavours to establish and operate a formal constitution very much as
originally proposed by Crowley.
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