Thelemic Sex Scandal
Sex Magician Admits To Horrible Perversion
by Peter Cummings
I must admit from the start that I found
this story so thoroughly disgusting that I cannot maintain the objectivity
that should be mine as an investigative reporter. It was not long ago that
I covered the PTL scandal revolving around Jim Bakker as well as the scandal
involving another televangelist, Jimmy Swaggart. When it was revealed by
the news media that numerous Catholic priests and Christian ministers were
being charged with sexual misconduct and pedophilia I was disgusted. I
was appalled. My trust in all religions and their representatives, men
who have taken certain vows and preach to us about the sanctity of marriage,
telling us that adulterers will go to hell, was shaken to the very foundation.
However, I still managed to maintain a professional objectivity--until
The following is an excerpt from an interview
I had with the "practicing" sex magician, G.M.Kelly (aka Frater Keallach).
You be the judge of this man, what he represents, and his horrible
CUMMINGS: You are a Thelemic magician,
a follower of Aleister Crowley who called himself the Beast 666, and you
advocate, teach and...practice..."sex magick"?
KELLY: Essentially that is correct, except
that Crowley was the Beast 666, the Antichrist, and this has been
misunderstood, misrepresented, and misinterpreted throughout history. In
fact, in regard to the Antichrist, people have missed the point
in a consistent manner. You see...
CUMMINGS: Excuse me, but we are
here to talk about you, Mr. Kelly.
KELLY: Sorry. But please call me Kelly.
I'm not a formal person and the G.M. is just window dressing.
CUMMINGS: Fine. Now then, Kelly, let me
understand this: you don't smoke, you don't drink, and you don't use drugs.
Is that correct?
KELLY: I loathe cigarette smoke and have
too much respect for my body to pollute it in that manner. I suppose because
I am what you might call a self-control freak it is practically impossible
for me to get drunk, and while I will drink to be sociable, I prefer beverages
like lemonade, milkshakes, especially chocolate, and good clean spring
water. Once or twice a month I may have a beer or two when my cousin DM
drags me off to the local jiggle joints. And as for drugs, I waited
until I was on the brink of the Abyss before I felt that I had been sufficiently
prepared for serious scientific experimentation. I am probably the only
person in history to have experienced a "bad trip" from marijuana. I think
it was the mouthful of sour milk sitting in my stomach that I had taken
earlier before realizing that it had turned. After that I experienced only
a minimal effect from smoking pot, nothing to really consider, and when
I recorded each event, expecting insightful "wisdom" to be invoked by the
grass, I discovered that it only made me slow, dull and rather pathetically
inane. This was consistent with my observations of others "while under
the influence", myself "straight", of course. After the magical ordeal
called the Crossing of the Abyss I had had many opportunities to experiment
with hash and cocaine. (Perhaps I should point out that I was 29 and 30
years of age when I gave up my "drug virginity".) Coke is a most uncomfortable
drug! Numbed throat...felt like I couldn't swallow...and I also felt as
if I should have had a bucket hanging under my nose! At any rate, I derived
no direct beneficial results from the use of these "controlled substances"
and find it easier and more reliable to achieve altered states of consciousness
through magical and mystical, that is natural as opposed to artificial,
means, without the possible side effects upon my body and brain. Like Aleister
Crowley, who, through his necessary and intelligent experimentation with
various drugs before they were made illegal, I have concluded that only
in very severe cases of psychological blockage, making the mystical experience
virtually impossible to achieve, under the proper supervision, a drug may
be used to "loosen the girders of the mind" and then dispensed with. After
this the various magical and mystical practices will bear fruit, the student
now having an idea of what an altered state is. Since, to transmute the
base metal of the human personality into the pure spiritual gold of the
True Self, self-control is one of the first things a magician must develop,
the employment of drugs upon a regular basis is self-defeating and counterproductive.
A carefully trained mind and will, achieved through the various practices
of magick and mysticism, is advisable.
CUMMINGS: I see. A simple yes or no would
KELLY: Sorry. I do tend to go on at times.
Hope I haven't rubbed you the wrong way, Peter.
CUMMINGS: Let's get to the point. You are
a "sex magician." (Kelly indicated an affirmative by nodding his head.)
And yet...I'm sorry...I find your...your perversion so incredibly disgusting
that I am physically sickened by it. (Cummings collected himself.)
You are a "sex magician", a follower of the Beast, and yet you have been
celibate for three years?
KELLY: (Nervously) Only two...maybe
two and a half...I'm not sure.
CUMMINGS: You haven't had sexual intercourse
in all that time?
KELLY: That's right.
CUMMINGS: You are not gay? I mean, I have
read a couple of homosexual poems in the last volume of your newsletter!
KELLY: I'm very straight. Perhaps too
straight. And to anticipate your next question, I am not suffering
from a pathological, hysterical fear of AIDS, which, although a lower risk
than homosexual sex or the sharing of needles, can be contracted
through a heterosexual relationship. However, I do advocate the
use of (ugh) condoms and the practice of responsible conduct.
CUMMINGS: Then why...why...are you
practicing such a perversion as celibacy...chastity? And isn't this rather
hypocritical of the so-called "sex magician"?
KELLY: Well...it certainly does hamper
the practice of tantric or sex magick! Actually, it is nothing that I had
planned. It's just the way things have turned out. For one thing, I have
been too busy to think about such things often and I've not wanted to start
a superficial relationship, however pleasant it could be, that would take
me away from my writing and such.
Between 1969 and 1980 era vulgari I led
a very promiscuous life and had known over 131 wonderful women that
I will always love, even the wonderful ladies who were not so wonderful,
if you can understand that. Each and every one of them were my teachers.
Each was an initiatrix. Then, towards the end of 1980 E.V., I underwent
the second major ordeal in my magical career. It is interesting to note
that during the first major ordeal, when I passed through the Veil of Paroketh
and entered the Vault of the Adepts, I underwent a dramatic change that
manifested in the complete and unconscious alteration of my signature and
handwriting, denoting a remarkable degree of balance, which was fitting
for the sixth sephira of the Tree of Life. This is what got me interested
in graphoanalysis and graphotherapeutics, by the way. During my second
major ordeal, the Crossing of the Abyss, I went through another drastic
change, reorientation, whatever you wish to call it, and instead of being
promiscuous I became suddenly very selective. Well, what the hell. I'd
sown my wild oats more often than most! I guess I needed the rest as well.
At any rate, since 1980 E.V. there have only been a few women in my life
for brief periods of time. You see, Peter, as a "sex magician", a Thelemite,
and a follower of the teachings of Aleister Crowley, To Mega Therion, I
have a great deal of respect for others, their rights and so forth, and
while not sanctimonious about it, a great deal of respect for the Act of
Love--a sacred sharing between two people and a sacred emulation of the
universal creative process. The mad sex maniac, the rapist, the deflowerer
of innocent virgins--these are not sex magicians. No one sincerely involved
in the so-called "occult" would do these things. Such people, even if they
call themselves magicians or what not are actually the perverted misfits
of the Judeo-Christian culture rebelling against the unnatural, unhealthy
restrictive oppression of that culture and its religions.
CUMMINGS: And this is your only explanation?
Because you underwent a psychological change or you need a rest?
KELLY: Actually I think I've had quite
enough rest! I suppose this may sound silly to you, especially coming from
me, but in a way I have been "saving myself" for a really special relationship.
"Chastity", Crowley wrote in MAGICK, "is a condition" like fasting before
performing a sacred ceremony and receiving a sacrament. It is a fine preparation
for the reception of the Sacrament of Sex, but inadvisable as a permanent
way of life, denying oneself the satisfaction of a God-given appetite--the
purest means available to humanity to achieve union with God.
And there you have it. Despite his fine
words, I cannot help but feel that celibacy is perhaps the most disgusting
sexual perversion of all.
(TNN.VI.1.1, VERNAL EQUINOX 1989 E.V.)