Thelema and Witchcraft, Part Two: Aleister Crowley, Witch?

Gerald Gardner met Aleister Crowley in the last year of his life. We know that Crowley affiliated Gardner into the O.T.O., certainly at IVth degree and probably at VIIth, and issued him a charter to form an O.T.O. camp. There are persistent stories that the initiatory currents went both ways – not only was Gardner an O.T.O. initiate, but Crowley was a Witch. [Read more...]

Thelema and Witchcraft: was Gerald Gardner head of the O.T.O.?

Many Witches are unaware how deeply involved Gerald Gardner was with Ordo Templi Orientis. How Gardner came to think of himself of head of the O.T.O. in Europe, however briefly, shines a light on Gardner’s wide contacts in the esoteric communities, the last days of Aleister Crowley’s life, and the chaos caused by the Second World War.
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