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THE SWORD OF HORUS
Grady Louis McMurtry and the Caliphate
This is not an easy thing that I do.
It is often quite unpleasant. Still, it is war and war is never an
easy nor pleasant thing. It is the Holy War of Thelema--a war with
the intention of rooting out the enemies from within, waged in an effort
to keep the teachings of Our Father the Beast 666 as pure as possible.
I am merely a warrior-priest fighting for
the cause of Thelema and the Adjustment of the Orders of Thelema.
Like any warrior I do experience a certain joy in battle and a satisfaction
that I am fighting for a righteous cause. Yet, often, before the
battle begins, and after silence has fallen upon the battlefield and the
dead, many of whom were innocent youngsters beguiled by a tyrant,
there is that very empty feeling--a deep sadness that weighs heavily upon
the soul, a feeling of great sorrow that sickens the heart and brings tears
to the eyes.
Here again I am about to enter into battle.
I will fight for Thelema, beloved Thelema, and pray that no harm will come
to that which I do battle to protect. Most of all I pray that my
cause is not inadvertantly wounded by my own sword.
But I have no choice. I must fight.
I have been born a warrior and the battle has been forced upon me by those
who would pervert the beauty of Thelema.
There was once a man, an Initiate named
Jesus, who taught a very beautiful Way. When he passed on, leaving
this world, his students and followers began misinterpreting the original
teachings. Worst of all was the convert Paul, who was just as fanatical
and unreasonable after the conversion as he was before, when he sought
out and executed "the believers". Today exists a cruel joke upon
humanity. It is the joke of "Christianity"--a religion supposedly
based upon the teachings of Jesus, the teachings of "the Christ".
Basically, today's "Christianity" is the perverted, misconceived, often
contradictory teachings of Paul, a man who had very little formal training
in the teachings of Jesus, never knew this Initiate, and who seems to have
been envious of the true apostles and often at odds with them. The
Christian Church, in its infinite stupidity, seems to have rejected many
of the teachings of the true apostles and accepted the teachings of the
renegade, Paul. If by Christianity one refers to the teachings of
the man Jesus, then I bow to its beauty. If, on the other hand, by
Christianity one refers to the teachings of the organized religion, based
upon the twisted interpretations of Paul the convert, then I am appalled
by its ugliness.
What has this to do with The Sword of Horus
Simple. We are meant to learn from
history and from the mistakes made by humanity.
History has a way of repeating itself and
today we see revisionists, perverters of the original teachings, like Paul,
misinterpreting Thelema and using it to promote themselves in some way,
to elevate themselves, to make a name for themselves.
There were "holy wars" in the past, but
they were used to convert others, by bloodshed and the sword, to the religion
of misconceptions. Today there is another Holy War, fought with words
and ideas, with sincerity and truth; fought, not to convert, but rather
to keep pure that which is beautiful and necessary in a crumbling world.
This Holy War of Thelema which is being waged is not directed at the Christians,
Jews, Buddhists, nor any other religious faction. Let them have their
beliefs. This Holy War is fought not against the enemies of Thelema
from without, but rather with a more dangerous foe--the enemies of Thelema
from within, that is those who pretend to be Thelemic, use Thelema, pervert
Thelema for their own egocentric desires.
So here we are once again, a small band
of warriors, a kind of resistance, taking up arms against an apparently
larger and better equiped foe--an enemy who will stop at nothing to usurp
the throne of Our Master Therion and destroy all that he has brought to
We do indeed seem to be outnumbered, but
our cause is just and righteous and we too will stop at nothing to do our
Will of Adjustment. What we have in our favour is truth, honesty
and sincerity and it is the very absence of these simple qualities that
will eventually bring the enemies of Thelema to their knees. Do not
be fooled by their use of Thelemic words and phrases. Do not be tricked
by your own desire to become a part of Thelema--already you are a part
of it. It is far better to be one lone, sincere, dedicated Thelemite
than to be a member of a pack of rogues that do not even know what the
word "sincerity" means. Only by sincerity can you tread the Magical
Path safely and reach unto the Highest. Otherwise...may the Lord
have mercy upon your soul.
And so, once more, I sharpen my Sword and
prepare for battle. Once more there is that odd mingling of emotions--the
lust for my enemies' blood, and the melancholy sadness of the deed that
must be done.
Forgive such a long prologue, but it was
time for these words to be written. Now it is time to write of Grady
Louis McMurtry and what he claims is the O.T.O. ...
Around the time of his 18 month Great Magical
Retirement, circa 1975 E.V., Frater Keallach wrote to the address given
on the so-called "Caliph card" to be found in the original printing of
the Thoth tarot deck. It was quite some time before he received an
answer in the form of a poorly produced newsletter, and eventually Frater
K sent in the required $10.00 to become an "Associate Member" of the "O.T.O.".
All this meant was that one paid for the privilage of communication, and
fortunately this was all that our brother was interested in. Frater
K did, however, have hopes that this O.T.O. might be more legitimate than
Mr. Motta's, Mr. Grant's and a host of other "O.T.O.s" that he had come
across in his investigations--investigations of both exoteric and esoteric
forms. He communicated mostly with Mr. Bill Heidrick, "Grand Secretary",
Frater Emet (AMTh) 441, and openly, fraternally, expressed his concerns,
opinions, and suggestions. Correspondence was always horribly delayed
due to the inefficiency at the O.T.O. Grand Lodge, and sometimes letters
were never answered at all. This problem seems to be common with
many other correspondents to McMurtry and company, and it stems from total
inefficiency and incompetence.
Frater K also subscribes to their O.T.O.
Newsletter, a publication which reeks of almost absolute incompetence.
It seems that McMurtry and company cannot obtain competent and sincerely
dedicated assistants and that far too much has been given to Heidrick to
do--and to judge from his editing, writing, calligraphy, secretarial work
and so on, Heidrick is completely incompetent and should not be in charge
of anything. A sample of his pompous, know-it-all, buffoonery is
to be found in Volume I, No. 2 of the O.T.O. Newsletter where he proposes
to correct errors in Liber 777. There, amongst a multitude of other
stupidities, he tells the reader that in Column XCVII of 777, the second
letter in the Hebrew word of #1 and the first letter of the word of #2
should be "Hay" and not "Chet". #1's word is YeCHidah, and #2's word
is CHiah. Clearly 777 is correct and these letters should be, and
are, Cheth (Ch) and not He (H). As usual, in an effort to look intelligent
and correct the Work of Our Father, Bill makes even the stupidest errors.
Many such examples of Bill's incompetence can be found throughout the O.T.O.
Newsletter, especially in his Waite-like writings which contain so many
words and yet says so little, but we will, perhaps, get to more of these
at another time.
The question is: Why would McMurtry
put such a man in charge of so much? The answer is quite simple.
Like attracts like. McMurtry is no more competent than his Grand
Secretary, Bill Heidrick.
Who is Grady McMurtry and upon what does
he base his right to claim leadership of the O.T.O.? The answer to
both questions: very little.
Grady was, during World War II, in the
service and a member of the Agape Lodge in California. Obviously
he was not too active in the O.T.O. during that time because he was a soldier
under military restrictions during wartime. In the O.T.O. Newsletter
he writes of the good old days when he knew A.C. personally. (This
fact impresses a lot of people and it should not. Possibly the butcher's
son knew A.C. around this time, played chess with him, and listened to
his stories, possibly receiving some instruction in things arcane.
That would make him today an old man who had known A.C. and really nothing
more. There must be hundreds of people who could claim this.)
It becomes apparent, as one reads the newsletter, that Grady saw and spoke
with A.C. less frequently than he leads his readers and followers to believe.
Try to remember that he was a soldier during a war and could not just come
and go as he pleased, whenever he pleased.
Grady prides himself in the fact that he
could not discover his own motto (which only seems to prove that he was/is
less than intelligent and imaginative, not to mention that he had/has no
idea as to the nature of his Angel and his own True Will), and so he asked
Crowley to give him one. The newsletter reproduces the letter and
envelope upon which A.C. suggests a motto for Grady: 'YMENAIOC A
777. Hymenaeus Alpha (A, Alpha in Greek = Aleph in Hebrew), the Graeco-Roman
God of Marriage. Aleph/Alpha is attributed to the tarot card THE
FOOL. 777, the numeration of this motto, a highly overrated number
in Thelemic thinking, is the Lightning Flash, i.e. the current of force
DESCENDING RAPIDLY. Now, it is humourous to note that THIS 'God of
Marriage' could not keep his own marriage together. (The separation
was "magically" explained to me by Bill in a letter, which I may expand
upon at another time, but what it actually boils down to is that they experienced
a tremendous ego-conflict.) THE FOOL of the tarot is not only the
Divine Fool, i.e. the Initiate who appears to be foolish in the dim sight
of the uninitiated, but he is also the common fool, usually depending upon
whether he appears rightside up, that is ascending, or upside down, DESCENDING.
Study the motto and see if you can discover the subtle and intricate humour
of Aleister Crowley.
What gives Grady the right to claim leadership
of the O.T.O.? The so-called "Caliphate Letters" written by A.C.
to Grady and reproduced in the O.T.O. Newsletter.
The letter dated March 1946 E.V. authorizes
Grady to take charge of the Agape Lodge in CA and to reform it, reporting
to A.C....but all subject to the approval of Frater Saturnus, Karl Germer,
then second-in-command. Germer never gave his approval. Furthermore,
this authorization says nothing about the office of O.H.O. (Outer Head
of the Order) nor anything of the like. It merely gave him the right,
if Germer approved, to get the muddled business of the now defunct Agape
Lodge, from whence most of today's troubles had their origin, straightened
out. Obviously this task was not accomplished.
The authorization was only to be used in
emergency, which Grady claims is now--you know, after Germer and the others
have either died or lost interest and cannot or will not be too much of
a bother to his endeavours.
Another letter dated April 1946 E.V. appoints
Grady as Crowley's representative in the U.S., again, subject to the approval,
revision, or veto of Karl Germer. Once more, no word is written appointing
Grady as O.H.O. or even saying that he is a possible, yet definite, successor.
And Germer, it seems, remained silent.
June 17, 1947 is the date of a TYPED letter,
supposedly signed "Aleister" by A.C. and excuses are given, by the O.T.O.
Newsletter, for the shakiness of the signature. In this letter Crowley
supposedly writes that Karl, who would have been Crowley's natural successor
to the office of O.H.O., would probably die relatively soon after A.C.
himself and that the burden of this position MAY fall upon Grady's shoulders.
And so on and so on and so on.
Here is what it all boils down to.
Most of the Thelemic O.T.O. at this time had fallen apart and basically
only the Agape Lodge was, more or less, operating. Aleister Crowley
was an old, ill man; poverty stricken and living in England, almost imprisoned
in that country by World War II action. The members of the Agape
Lodge were either losing interest or going their own weird, unsupervised
ways. Karl was the natural man in charge, but for some reason he
apparently took no interest in things and let them degenerate more and
more. A.C. died. Karl died. To all intents and purposes,
the O.T.O. died. The Crowley-Germer Library was vandalized and robbed
by a group of people similar to the Manson group. Around this time
Israel Regardie also suffered a robbery, and so on. One gets the
impression that the Secret Chiefs, utilizing the most appropriate tools,
vandals and robbers, stripped certain people of their ranks and titles.
Something like a Hollywood military courtmartial. Later, when what
was left of the Crowley-Germer Library was in the care of the McMurtrys,
there was another robbery, probably committed by members of the McMurtry
O.T.O. (i.e. the Caliphate pseudo-o.t.o. as we call it now, and one of
the perpetrators of this second robbery may be known to all members of
the Caliphate, at least by his "magical name" -ED, 1996 E.V.). Anyway,
with no one possessing any better authorization than the flimsy stuff McMurtry
has, McMurtry decided to claim leadership and foster "Aleister Crowley's
Ordo Templi Orientis", as they are constantly trying to brainwash others
into believing, both in personal correspondence and in the O.T.O. Newsletter.
Don't believe it. This is McMurtry's and Heidrick's O.T.O., not THE
O.T.O., and with the movement to incorporate, which would be a serious
blow to the O.T.O. and Thelema, considering the leadership, this "O.T.O."
would become less and less like that Order of which Aleister Crowley was
once the Outer Head.
Grady was never intended to be the O.H.O..
No direct mention of this was made by A.C.. Caliph, which generally
means "successor", means nothing. It is not exactly synonymous with
"O.H.O.", a very specific title of authority. A.C. needed money to
publish books before he died, and McMurtry was an excellent source.
He also employed young McMurtry as an errand boy and informer, and, to
a certain degree, as a business manager. He not only had to keep
the poor young "fool" happy and satisfied, but he had to give him hope.
Seems a rather callous thing to do, but one has to remember that A.C. was
running out of time. He knew he would die soon and he still had work
to do. Crowley was forced to grasp at straws; there were so few even
semi-balanced individuals to choose from to assist him. Grady was
still relatively untouched, a virgin, you might say, and could have possibly
amounted to something if he would travel the Path properly. Yet A.C.
obviously had serious doubts about him; perhaps he recognized many slavish
qualities in the youth (the slaves shall serve). If he had not had
doubts about Grady he would have written up a document making it quite
clear that he wished McMurtry to be seriously considered as O.H.O. after
Karl's death. No such specifically worded document exists.
I would not be surprised to discover that
Germer and Crowley had had much correspondence on this subject, and that,
perhaps, Germer did nothing BY ORDERS FROM ALEISTER CROWLEY. Since
the Crowley-Germer Library was conviently robbed, at least twice, we may
never know for certain whether this is true or not.
Why would Crowley and Germer choose to
take such self-destructive action? The Order had degenerated badly.
The brethren were losing interest, bickering amongst themselves, involving
themselves in self-destructive projects. Things were thoroughly out
of control. The O.T.O. in California had become a veritable Frankenstein
monster. What was left but to let it die thoroughly, quietly, and
hope that one day it could, like the legendary Phoenix, be reborn, afresh
and new, from the ashes of its own destruction. That has not yet
happened. McMurtry, Motta, Grant and others must be totally burnt
up, figuratively speaking. They have the strong taint of the degenerated
But enough of speculation for now.
It seems obvious that neither Grady McMurtry nor anyone else can legitimately
claim authority over the O.T.O.; that no one can truthfully claim to be
the Outer Head of the Order of "Aleister Crowley's O.T.O.". But what
of Grady's qualifications to take leadership of anything?
To begin with, here is a sample of his
handwriting (February 12, 1978 E.V.):
Graphological analysis shows this to be
quite inharmonious and "inferior" handwriting. It shows a very susceptible,
jealous individual, one who is not stable, who is very nervous and inconsistant,
not to mention devious. There is a great deal of pride here, and
an interest in big issues as opposed to details. There is here displayed
much too much pride and vanity; conceit and arrogance. An illogical
mind, unable to follow natural thought sequences. This is the handwriting
of a man with strong materialistic tendencies, high-strung emotionalism,
one who pushes deduction to extremes, often with false and absurd conclusions.
There is, in this handwriting, superficiality, fickleness, lack of precision,
affectation, too much softness, a desire to take the easy, expedient way
even if it means hypocrisy and deception. He shows himself to be
hypocritical and given to secrecy and lying; disorder, carelessness, poor
taste, lack of discipline, narrow views, fear of risk, confusion, false
judgment, inferiority, irritability, and inconsiderateness; also deep
psychological reasons of guilt, and possibility an inability to adjust
to ordinary conventions and social customs. The subject, to judge
from his handwriting, is indecisive, has fluctuating will power, unsustained
energy, has a very changeable temperament; he is impatient, tactless, aggressive,
yearns for something out of his reach, lacking the qualifications to achieve
his dreams. Illness is also shown and, it should be noted, alcoholism.
I would certainly not trust this man to
lead me along the Magical path, nor would I trust his judgment upon anything.
This brief excerpt from the original graphological
analysis was made upon reception of the sample given, shortly after the
letter's date. In a letter dated June 11, 1979, from Grady's ex-wife,
Phyllis Seckler, as she now styles herself, she says, "Grady couldn't (go
through the necessary ordeals to be O.H.O.). He is alcoholic and
a slave to that and to other things." From a letter dated October
9, 1979 she writes that many things cannot be documented because she has
only her own diaries to back those things up--"He (i.e. Grady) destroyed
his own!" Further she writes, "G's mind had already been partly upset
by Dr.'s perscription in Washington D.C. of an emphetamine to keep G. awake
on the job. The Dr. did not insist G. get off alcohol. What
a stupid ass! G. simply had for a long time, a bad case of hypoglycemia."
August 13, 1979, "Physical problems, yes, due to the alcoholism, kidneys,
hemorhoids, heart, high blood pressure. Mental troubles, yes. ..."
and she concludes, "In my mind, this is not the real O.T.O. But then
where might the real one be?"
Opening communications with Phyllis, Soror
Meral, was quite difficult and she changed from silent, to hostile, to
very fraternal, and finally back to silent again. Now it seems that
we have to bend a few promises in order to do our Will effectively.
One should certainly not regard Soror Meral and Newaeon as allies.
Furthermore, we should state that we do not think much better of Phyllis
than we do Grady. Still, much of what she has said, though said out
of a poorly disguised personal hatred, does have the ring of truth, and
our other investigations tend to back her statements up. "He gives
out grades in O.T.O. and A.·.A.·. without ever seeing if the individual
has done the work..." and "As to Bill, he could be more than he is, as
he wishes to conform to G.'s idea of things and thus plot to be next Caliph",
Phyllis has written. From Vol. III, No. 9 of the O.T.O. Newsletter,
in the section written by McMurtry himself, page 4: "...and maybe
I drink more than is good for me..."
The McMurtry O.T.O. offers cassette tapes
for sale and distribution. Tape M-1 has a recording on it called
"Crowley reads from Olla", with the command typed on the label "Do not
copy", but without copyright symbol and information. The recording
of A.C. reciting "La Gitana" and "Pentagram" was taped from a record loaned
to them by friends. It is the record COPYRIGHTED by FORUM GROUP AGENCY,
133, Deans Lane, Edgware, Middlesex, England. Also on this tape is
a recording of the Bartzabel ritual, done by Grady (cars roaring and cats
meowing in the background). When I played this tape I laughed so
hard it really did hurt. The old fox, Crowley, had done it again!
Frater Hymenaeus Alpha, Caliph of the "O.T.O.", does not even know how
to VIBRATE magical and divine words and names of invocation and evocation.
A.C., as we all know, often set traps for the unwary. If the aspirant
was/is sincere and careful, discerning and forthright, he/she does not
fall into these traps. Grady falls for trap after trap and is led
to believe that VIBRATING these words and names means to sing-song them.
THIS IS TOTALLY FALSE. To VIBRATE these sounds one is supposed to
do exactly that, VIBRATE THEM. The sounds are begun deep in the diaphragm
and exhaled with a slight nasal quality. The effect is quite powerful
and actually does have the effect of VIBRATING the entire being, indeed,
the very atmosphere. Mere words cannot explain this well, and personal
instruction is needed to teach it properly, but basically it is a very
simple thing to learn. Most great mystical secrets ARE quite simple,
so simple, in fact, they are often taken for granted and not seen.
Instead of invoking any great force with this silly, off-key, sing-songing,
Grady only manages to evoke great laughter. He really is quite funny.
For a magician he makes a great comedian.
On one of these tapes Grady "teaches"
the listener how to pronounce the Hebrew words common to qabalistic studies
and ceremony--and he mispronounces them oh so horribly. It is an
education in ignorance. Now, being a "gentile" by birth, I must admit
that I am not an expert in the pronunciation of Hebrew and it seems that
the only time I can pronounce these difficult sounds adequately is under
ceremonial conditions, when I am really "into it". (You will note
that I do not pretend to teach others that which I am not an expert in.)
I lived in a Jewish community for a good while and I can assure you that
Grady's pronunciation of these qabalistic terms is so inferior that, again,
I laughed my head off. Take the tape to a Rabbi and get his opinion
if you wish.
The point? IF Crowley had even considered
Grady for the position of O.H.O. he had no other choice at the time.
Yet it seems evident that he did not seriously consider him for the position,
otherwise he would have been more specific about it in his writings.
In any case, this "head" of this "order" is in no way qualified for the
position, has put in charge of the "order's" very disorderly workings others
as equally unqualified and incompetent as himself, and is making of the
great name Ordo Templi Orientis a stupendous, magnificant joke. And,
really, it is not funny.
In our opinion, based upon this review
of the "O.T.O". Newsletter, our investigations and everything else, Grady
Louis McMurtry is a silly old fool who had better wise up and see what
is going on around him. Those closest to him are using him to their
own egocentric ends. Incorporation of the "O.T.O". would be a grave
mistake for it would give the wrong people too much power. It would
be better for him to formally and publically disband his "O.T.O." and chuck
all ideas of incorporation into the trash. Let the multitudes of
publishers have the Crowley material. They can be trusted to publish
it and so give it better circulation and a greater chance of survival.
Their motives will be for monetary gain, but that matters little.
The only way that Grady can save face and "redeem" himself, somewhat, would
be for him to disband the "O.T.O.", boot out those around him, disgracefully
using him to further their own petty ambitions, and admit to everything
that is being withheld. Why did he destroy his diaries? What
of his own slavery? How were the original Thoth tarot cards finances?
I here make a personal appeal to Frater
H.A.: Grady, it is time to undo the wrong of the beginning.
I do not appeal to you out of a lust for your position, a lust that others
around you do have. I have never been a member of the O.T.O. and
I have no ambition to become a member. Yet I have always loved this
Order for it is/was the adopted child of Our Father the Beast 666, whose
memory I love dearly.
The battle is no good. The "O.T.O."
is losing horribly due to its internal corruption going at least as far
back as the Agape Lodge. Look at all that has been spawned of it.
I do not ask you to surrender to Newaeon. I ask you to surrender
to Fate and to the memory of Our Father. I do not ask you to surrender
because you are winning or succeeding, for verily, you are failing miserably.
You are making a mockery of the O.T.O. and when you pass on, those now around
you, a pack of young fools, will utterly destroy the idea of the real O.T.O.
and it will become just another "big business", with a religious, magical
facade, run for personal glory and financial gain. That is the only
success that your "O.T.O." can now achieve, and that is the most abysmal
failure imaginable for a Magical Order.
Before the Phoenix can truly rise again
it must be completely, utterly, totally burnt up. Otherwise the resurrection
of the O.T.O. cannot be the glorious rebirth of the Phoenix, but rather
is it nothing but an act of gross necromancy, the raising of the dead,
putrefied, rotting flesh in a semblance of life, but by its very existence,
a mockery of life.
We of Newaeon have no ambitions to take
over the O.T.O.. We are just doing our Will of Adjustment/Justice.
In a way we are nothing more than caretakers and janitors. We wish
to keep Thelema clean and pure.
Study the great religions of the world
and you will see in every instance how, after the passing of the great
prophet and teacher, the followers, either out of personal ambition or
misguided dedication, destroyed the original teachings by gross misinterpretation,
failure to truly understand them, and sometimes out of deliberate tampering
to achieve ego-centred and personal gains.
Do we want this to happen to Thelema and
the teachings of the Beast 666, Aleister Crowley? Do you really think
that the "O.T.O.", as it is under your leadership, and as it will be after
you have passed on, can do anything but harm Thelema and its teachings?
Be honest with yourself, man. There is little time left. Before
it is too late, my brother, undo the wrong of the beginning. Give
the O.T.O. a chance to begin again, fresh, without the taint of the past
and without the contamination of those about you, using you, lying, cheating,
stealing, and being untrue to you, Thelema, and even themselves.
Time is running out. Think, man!
(1997 E.V. NOTE: At the time the
above was written, Grady McMurtry, Hymenaeus Alpha, was still alive, and
of course as Newaeon always does, a complimentary copy of the newsletter
that this originally appeared in was sent to him. Since then McMurtry
has died and Bill Breeze, doing his best to keep his name a secret and
calling himself Hymenaeus Beta, took control of the McMurtry O.T.O. or
what is now commonly called the Caliphate O.T.O. or by yours truly the
Caliphate pseudo-o.t.o.. The situation is no better. It is
worse, as later Sword of Horus and Encyclical articles clearly illustrate.
(TNN.III.1.6-13, 3/20/80 E.V.)
THE SWORD OF HORUS
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GRADY LOUIS McMURTRY
THE CALIPHATE PSEUDO-O.T.O.
For Grady Louis McMurtry I feel no hate.
In fact, I truly love my "enemies", for without them I would have no existence.
It is my purpose, my Will, to undo the damage that they have done; to rebalance
the Scales of Justice; to do the Will of Adjustment.
Compassion fills my heart. I see
an old man, in ill-health, being used, most outrageously, by a group of
ill-mannered youths. Grady should know better than to claim that
which he cannot, in all honesty, claim. But despite all he is still
a brother in the order of humanity.
I do not write out of jealousy, as Bill
Heidrick claims and would like to believe. I do not desire any position
of leaderhsip. In fact, I would love to be left alone and to be silent,
but the nature of my True Will, at this time, forbids it. I certainly
do not envy Grady or Bill. It is all too obvious that they are "beggars".
I am rich beyond words. I have a very full knowledge of my True Self
and my True Will, and that is why I speak up. To do my Will.
There are no petty, personal motives in what I do. My motives are
purely Thelemic, and such motives are beyond the understanding of those
who are not truly Thelemic.
Bill Heidrick, Secretary of the Grand Lodge
of the McMurtry O.T.O. (i.e. the Caliphate pseudo-o.t.o. -ED), sent Frater
Keallach a letter, dated March 30, responding to Part I of this article.
He could not deny anything which was written, but pointed out that incorporation
of the O.T.O. has already been achieved. This is, considering the
leadership of the Order, a severe blow to Thelema. Yet, as Frater
K responded: "I have perfect confidence in the Secret Chiefs.
That which is gained one day can just as easily be lost the next."
In that response from Heidrick, which read
like the sassiness of a naughty little boy, he resorted to his brand of
"gentlemanly diplomacy" and told Frater K to shove it--which only caused
Frater K to chuckle--and ended by strictly forbidding us to quote any of
the letters that he had written to us in the past. That is fine with
us as we had decided not to anyway. But it does make you wonder,
doesn't it--just what IS Heidrick afraid of having repeated to the public?
We also received a brief "letter" from
a Soror Rachel of the McMurtry "O.T.O." (RHL as she transliterated Rachel
in Hebrew on the envelope instead of RChL as it should be). Rachel
sent us the carbon copy of this letter, obviously too enamoured with her
own writing to give up the original copy. The letter was very poorly
written and seems to be intended to cast out devils in Frater K by mail.
Aside from the fact that one first has to be possessed by devils before
they can be cast out, the process of doing so by mail is difficult at best.
But what else can one expect from the people associated with the McMurtry/Heidrick
Again Frater Keallach chuckled.
I should note two things before I continue
with this review of The O.T.O. Newsletter, McMurtry and his pseudo-O.T.O..
First: although the newsletter is
an inefficiently produced, nonsensical rag, it does, from time to time,
publish hitherto unavailable Crowley material, though in very small doses.
For this reason alone is the publication worth subscribing to. Just
Second: although we of Newaeon condemn
McMurtry and Heidrick for their actions and motives, we do not necessarily
condemn every individual who is an Associate or Degree Member of the McMurtry
"O.T.O.". As with anything else, each case must be individually judged
as if the subject was never before even considered. We ourselves
only judge things relatively, never absolutely. Our judgments are
always subject to change as circumstances are always changing. That
which we do not speak of, specifically, we reserve our judgment upon until
further data is received.
Now, to the matter at hand. Grady
Louis McMurtry and his "O.T.O.".
It was written in Part I of this article
(TNN III.1) that McMurtry, representing himself as a king of the earth,
an example of a leader with self-control, and head of the O.T.O., is himself
a slave to many things, alcohol for one, thus lacking self-control, and
by no means the legitimate head of the Ordo Templi Orientis. It has
been established that he gives out degrees, in this Order and in the A.·.A.·.,
without himself completing all of the necessary tasks and without checking
on whether or not those to whom he gives the degrees have completed the
This is all very unthelemic and very damaging
to Thelema and the image of Thelema.
Newaeon has contacted, directly and indirectly,
exoterically and esoterically, many of the leaders of the McMurtry "O.T.O."
Lodges throughout the U.S.. The consensus is that, for the most part,
they are totally unfit for leadership--that they are mere babies playing
Master. They are, generally speaking, so caught up in trying to live
a fantasy, that they may never realize the reality of their dreams.
This is very bad for them, and even worse for those who allow themselves
to be led by them.
When an aspirant allows another to guide
him/her along the Path, that aspirant had best be as sure as possible that
the chosen guide has travelled, or is travelling, the true Magical Path.
Otherwise, both will be lost and perhaps attacked by undesirable forces
and perhaps destroyed along the Way.
Not long ago one of our most reliable operatives
visited New York and attended a Gnostic Mass officiated by some of the
McMurtry people in that city. Here is what he reported:
"On Sunday at 1:00 P.M. the Gnostic Mass
commenced at 1781 Riverside Dr., Apt. # 6, 200 St., NYC. It was held
in the apt. of Kris Dowling and his Soror. I regret I wasted 20 minutes
on the subway and the experience was found wanting.
"Gerrum Bellum (Dowling) a seemingly capable
chap allowed two green neophytes to perform the service. On a couple
of occasions the priest and the priestess had forgot the rubic and were
given sideline cues by Dowling and his lady. She, his soror, chuckled
in a couple of parts of the Mass when the celebrants were amiss.
I shuddered at her apparent lack of concentration and respect. There
was no build up on the Inner.
"The irony of this experiences is that
_____ and I had the damnedest time to obtain permission to (attend) the
Mass. Some fast talking and a sufficient display of familarity of
the Work finally convinced them to acquiesce in our behalf. Live
It should be noted that this operative
has always passed information on to us in a very objective manner and that
he is otherwise affiliated with an organization that does not completely
agree with the Work, methods and ideas of Newaeon.
Having had guests at the Mass it would
seem that those more experienced should have officiated--unless those on
the sidelines were just as inept and boosted their sagging self-confidence
by giggling at the inexperienced ineptitude of the poor neophytes who must
have suffered a good deal of mortification.
This is rather typical of the type of people
we of Newaeon have communicated with and investigated. Basically
there are two types: (1) the inexperienced aspirant who has joined
McMurtry's "O.T.O." with the greatest hopes, and who can then go either
way, and (2) those who have joined this pseudo-order so that they may pretend
to be that which they cannot be in real life--kings and queens of the earth
and true Thelemites.
This is true in New York as in California,
in Florida as in the other states--this is true in every branch of the
Because of such things, the Ordo Templi
Orientis, or what groups claim to be this Order, has become a veritable
three-ring circus. In the centre of the three rings are the three
major performers/clowns: Grady Louis McMurtry, Kenneth Grant, and
Marcelo Ramos Motta. From time to time we are also amused by the
antics of lesser clowns who appear and disappear, moving throughout the
This is not the true O.T.O.. This
is not Aleister Crowley's Ordo Templi Orientis.
In The Continuum is a magazine put
out by Soror Meral, Phyllis Seckler/McMurtry, through her College of Thelema.
We of Newaeon feel that she and her associates are very poor teachers of
Magick and Thelema, lacking true experience and knowledge upon the subjects,
but we do recommend subscription to this publication for it offers hitherto
unavailable Crowley material and histories (remember, possibly coloured
by the persona of the writer) that are most illuminating. It should
be noted that we and the estranged wife of Grady McMurtry can hardly be
considered allies. There is a grave dichotomy between us.
In Vol. II, No. 2 of ITC, Soror Meral tells
the story of the rescue of Crowley's literary remains. During the
course of the story it is mentioned that sometime between 1972 and 1976
E.V. Grady felt the presence of an "astral watcher" in his study.
Both he and Phyllis felt uncomfortable in this room. This became
a problem for the McMurtrys, though the watcher seems to have done nothing
more than watch. They called in a friend who claimed to have psychically
sensed it and who attempted to banish it. He failed. Later
Phyllis tried, "half-heartedly" (?!), to banish it...and failed.
Finally Phyllis became curious concerning
its purpose for being there. The two "magicians", the "Caliph of
the O.T.O." and the head of the "College of Thelema", set out to find a
psychic to investigate the matter and hopefully to banish the said astral
watcher. Grady brought in a woman and the two of them entered the
study, shut the door, excluding Phyllis, and later reemerged with satisfied
smiles on their faces. By the manner in which Phyllis relates the
story she seems to doubt that they had spent the time banishing unwanted
astral visitors. Needless to say, the watcher remained.
Phyllis finally made contact with a Bible-toting,
self-professed psychic. This woman called the watcher a "shadow".
She also claimed that it was the shadow of a dead person, a man, an earth-bound
spirit and an old man (old soul?) with an overpowering warmth and love.
From this Phyllis began to conclude that it was the shade of Karl Germer.
There was a break in the images that was
dismissed because it did not fit--as old-fashioned scientists used to dismiss
the result of an experiment because it did not fit the theory. The
break was a scene, viewed by the "psychic", of children playing around
an old barn.
After this and much more of a nonsensical,
spiritualistic nature, the shadow was supposed to have left.
It was during this time that Frater Keallach,
on his 18-month Great Magical Retirement, was investigating, deeply, the
O.T.O. via astral journeys, the Tarot and the I Ching--and with great accuracy.
This before he had made any common contacts and exoteric investigations.
(This was also the time that he had come to know me, in a manner of speaking.)
At the time the said "watcher" was supposed to have ceased to haunt the
McMurtry household, Frater K had ceased that series of astral investigations.
The form most often assumed by Frater K
in the astral state of consciousness is that of a being composed of the
deepest shadow. (Occasionally as a being composed of brilliant white
light.) Those who have been astrally visited by Frater K, without
having prior knowledge of his form in the astral, have described his presence
as "a shadow", sometimes "wearing a dark shadowy cloak", frequently with
"brilliant, piercing eyes", and often: "I immediately thought of
Kelly and Crowley as if the two were inseparable". (No claims regarding
reincarnation are here implied. The two "vehicles" are completely
So who, what and why was the watcher?
The answer is obvious. But other questions arise. Why didn't
the "magicians" attempt to communicate in the first place with the watcher,
employing the approved magical methods, and then, if they felt it unwholesome,
why did they not banish it themselves? Why did they resort to employing
Bible-toting psychics and spiritualists? The very people that Our
Father the Beast 666 disapproved of so strongly. The answers to these
questions are also obvious.
One last thing: 777 = 666 + 111 (111
being the numeration of Aleph in full, ALPh, and is attributed to The Fool
of the Tarot.) This number, 777, could be interpreted as: "The
foolish pretender to the glory of the Beast."
Think about it.
(TNN.III.2.6-9, 5/21/80 E.V.)
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