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11/05/2007 10:09 am  

In the Curtis Harrington news item, MRMIDIAN said the 60s US occult scene warrants further investigation: I agree. I tend to think that, with the OTO being interrregnum (between kings) for most of the 60s, Thelema emerged in the underground arts movement, particularly through Cameron Parsons, Harry Smith and Kenneth Anger. These people had influenced the Beat scene back in the 50s and the Beats in turn set the "Flower Power" mass movement of the 60s in motion. An important figure in this milieu was John Starr Cooke, a guru to some of the Beats.

In Acid Dreams by Martin Lee and Bruce Schlain, they state that Cooke owned a set of tarot cards formerly belonging to Aleister Crowley, with ACs handwritten notes on them. Cooke was born in 1920 to a very wealthy Hawaiian family and was said to have travelled the world in search of mystics and magicians. I wonder if he met Crowley. If that happened, it would probably have been after 1944 when his father died. From 1962 to 1966 Cooke led a series of 105 ouija board sessions, during which a New Tarot emerged, described by an intelligence that called itself "One". This New Tarot was promoted in the San Francisco Oracle and published as a deck in 1968, along with the Word of One, an almost complete transcript of the ouija board sessions.


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11/05/2007 11:45 am  
"nevertire" wrote:
In the Curtis Harrington news item, MRMIDIAN said the 60s US occult scene warrants further investigation: I agree. I tend to think that, with the OTO being interrregnum (between kings) for most of the 60s, Thelema emerged in the underground arts movement, particularly through Cameron Parsons, Harry Smith and Kenneth Anger. These people had influenced the Beat scene back in the 50s and the Beats in turn set the "Flower Power" mass movement of the 60s in motion. An important figure in this milieu was John Starr Cooke, a guru to some of the Beats.

In Acid Dreams by Martin Lee and Bruce Schlain, they state that Cooke owned a set of tarot cards formerly belonging to Aleister Crowley, with ACs handwritten notes on them. Cooke was born in 1920 to a very wealthy Hawaiian family and was said to have travelled the world in search of mystics and magicians. I wonder if he met Crowley. If that happened, it would probably have been after 1944 when his father died. From 1962 to 1966 Cooke led a series of 105 ouija board sessions, during which a New Tarot emerged, described by an intelligence that called itself "One". This New Tarot was promoted in the San Francisco Oracle and published as a deck in 1968, along with the Word of One, an almost complete transcript of the ouija board sessions.

This is certainly an interesting topic, I for one would be interested in knowing more, who can expand on this?


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11/05/2007 8:31 pm  

Greetings

To follow up my earlier post re: Curtis Harrington obit. I found the article in the Fortean times I was looking for. Its in issue 157 from 2002. In the forum section a woman called Eris Andys writes about being taken by Jack Nicholson in the 1960s to see a man called Samson. From her subsequent description I take this to be Samson De Brier. It was in De Brier's house that Kenneth Anger filmed most of INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME, which starred Cameron, Curtis Harrington and De Brier himself as 'the Great Beast.' Andys mentions that he had hundreds of bottles in his kitchen, each one containing an imp or lesser demon. She also specualtes about his involvement in a group "which included Jack Parsons." (Parsons died in 1952...) De Brier is worth further investigation. There is a biography listed on Amazon, has anyone read it? Anyway, it is clear that there was a group of people in 1960s 'Hollywood' (inc. Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Curtis Harrington et. al.) who were exposed to Thelemic/Crowleyan ideas...


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11/05/2007 8:48 pm  

Ah yes, Dennis Hopper...

Cast your mind back to Thursday 21 March 2002 and this article in the Guardian (UK):

    Kenneth Anger, the actor, author of Hollywood Babylon and cult film-maker, is preparing to make a 40-minute film version of The Gnostic Mass, an old occult ceremony set out by the renowned satanist Aleister Crowley in 1910, with Sir John Paul Getty backing the film.

    There have been rumours of a film version in the past but most attempts have been scotched by budget considerations. The bill for Anger's effort now looks like being in the region of some $50m. Anger's last film was 1980's Lucifer rising. He was honoured last week at Argentina's Mar del Plata Film Festival.

    The cast has not been finalised but it is believed that Anger has approached Chloe Sevigny to play the priestess, Vincent Gallo as the priest and Dennis Hopper as the deacon.

LAShTAL.COM reported - http://www.lashtal.com/nuke/Article133.phtml - in March 2004 that: Kenneth Anger has apparently completed filming-work on "Gnostic Mass"... This is, of course, the movie funded by the John Paul Getty Trust, allegedly at great expense and featuring, so it is said, Dennis Hopper.

Of course, Dennis Hopper stars as a sailor in Harrington's full-length Night Tide (1961), together with Cameron - Parson's wife - as a water witch...

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11/05/2007 8:51 pm  

re: Cooke's tarot

John Starr Cooke and his circle produced 'The New Tarot'. A redrawn version of this deck titled the 'I Am One Tarot' by Maya Britan is currently available. I am not sure what the precise relationship is between these decks: there is a hostile review of 'I Am One', taking it to be a straightforward rip-off of 'The New Tarot', by K. Frank Jensen, a significant figure in tarot studies, here: http://www.tarotpassages.com/one-fj.htm and a statement by Maya Britan, claiming that her deck is the legitimate completion of the work begun by Cooke, at the bottom of the page here: http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/i-am-one/review.shtml


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12/05/2007 8:54 am  

There are very few of John Cooke's students alive today. One who I have spoken to does not accept Maya Britan's I am One tarot as being the legitimate completion of Cooke's work. Britan claimed permission was granted by Rosalind Sharp Wall shortly before her death in 1992, yet RSW was not an integral part of the project. She was apparently engaged by Cooke in the ouija sessions as a convenient stenographer (she lived next door), although she was an astrologer and mystic in her own right.

Samson De Brier (Arthur Jasmine) was a famous Hollywood recluse and costume collector. His "Black House" was a type of salon where, around 1954, many would gather to discuss the mysteries. These included Cameron Parsons, Kenneth Anger, Aldous Huxley, Elizabeth Taylor, Nicky Hilton, Robert Mitchum, James Dean, Bernie Cornfeld, Sal/Sol Mineo, Wallace Berman, John Altoon, John Reed, Michael Bowen and Michael Frimkiss. There were few teachers around and these people were thirsty for knowledge. Crowley was discussed and studied at the Black House and of couse, Innauguration of the Pleasure Dome was filmed there.

A film of the Gnostic Mass? I'll believe it when I see it!

Another important part of the 60s US occult scene was Jean Brayton's Solar Lodge, of which there is now a "Mystic History by Frater Shiva" on the internet.


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13/05/2007 12:29 am  

Paul said:

Of course, Dennis Hopper stars as a sailor in Harrington's full-length Night Tide (1961), together with Cameron - Parson's wife - as a water witch...

Damn me! Thank you, Paul, for that tip. I didn't know Cameron was in any movies other than "Inauguration..." Any other movies she appeared in?

I've ordered "Dark Tide". The "Water Witch" is particularly important to me at this time... are you psychic or what?

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13/05/2007 1:07 am  
"papanick" wrote:
I didn't know Cameron was in any movies other than "Inauguration..." Any other movies she appeared in?

According to IMDB.COM, she was in Night Tide (1961), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1957) and High, Wide and Handsome (1937).

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I've ordered "Dark Tide".

Just to confirm, the film she was in was Night Tide and not Dark Tide. The latter is apparently about a chap named Tim who collects venom from poisonous eels.

"papanick" wrote:
are you psychic or what?

I knew you were going to ask me that... 😉

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13/05/2007 1:29 am  

Paul wrote:

Just to confirm, the film she was in was Night Tide and not Dark Tide. The latter is apparently about a chap named Tim who collects venom from poisonous eels.

Yes, sorry, my bad. I did order Night Tide.

Although...

about a chap named Tim who collects venom from poisonous eels.

might fit in to my current work as well...

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13/05/2007 3:37 pm  
"nevertire" wrote:
Another important part of the 60s US occult scene was Jean Brayton's Solar Lodge, of which there is now a "Mystic History by Frater Shiva" on the internet.

This is in the form of a Wikipedia article, free of copyright, available here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_Lodge

There was also an excellent article by Martin Starr published in The Pomegranate which includes a section on the formation and history of the Solar Lodge, which appears to have been the first post-Germer OTO in the USA.

Incidentally, I recall from reading The Sword of Wisdom a "family tree" diagram of OTO activity which juxtaposed Solar Lodge against Lunar Lodge, the latter described as being headed by Marjorie Cameron Parsons. Does anybody know if there was any contact between Marjorie Cameron and the Solar Lodge?


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13/05/2007 5:04 pm  
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Does anybody know if there was any contact between Marjorie Cameron and the Solar Lodge?

Now, that's an interesting question, Michael.

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13/05/2007 6:57 pm  

Curtis Harrington made a film about Cameron and her paintings called Wormwood Star which I've been dying to see for years but has yet to surface on DVD to my knowledge.


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13/05/2007 7:07 pm  
"nevertire" wrote:
Another important part of the 60s US occult scene was Jean Brayton's Solar Lodge, of which there is now a "Mystic History by Frater Shiva" on the internet.

You can find it here.

http://www.angelfire.com/planet/mystic-history/Solar.htm


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14/05/2007 9:22 am  

MichaelStaley said: Does anybody know if there was any contact between Marjorie Cameron and the Solar Lodge?

There's no mention of it in the Mystic History. Another thing that is not mentioned in Mystic History is Jean Brayton interpreting lyrics from the Beatles, and preparing for a race war. Did those things actually happen, or were they amongst the slander cooked up by disgruntled ex-members? There is an account, allegedly from an ex-Solar Lodge member, on Koenig's website that says she did, but that might just be Slander 2.0


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14/05/2007 5:09 pm  

This is a facinating thread. I love the fact that several members have been able to pipe up and provide missing the missing bits. Shows that in fact we do have a living, breathing history - keep up the good work everyone!!

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14/05/2007 6:01 pm  
"foxkitten" wrote:
Curtis Harrington made a film about Cameron and her paintings called Wormwood Star which I've been dying to see for years but has yet to surface on DVD to my knowledge.

I ordered Night Tide as well, actually its going to come at the same time as The Kenneth Anger Collection Vol. 1 (when the new Harry Potter vol. VII is shipped). I'm also VERY interested in seeing Wormwood Star. Is it available in any format commercially?


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14/05/2007 6:46 pm  
"nevertire" wrote:
MichaelStaley said: Does anybody know if there was any contact between Marjorie Cameron and the Solar Lodge?

I've since been informed that there was no contact between Cameron and Solar Lodge, and that perhaps Ithell Colquhoun simply got it wrong. Would be interesting, though, to know on what basis Ithell C suggested this.

"nevertire" wrote:
Another thing that is not mentioned in Mystic History is Jean Brayton interpreting lyrics from the Beatles, and preparing for a race war. Did those things actually happen, or were they amongst the slander cooked up by disgruntled ex-members? There is an account, allegedly from an ex-Solar Lodge member, on Koenig's website that says she did, but that might just be Slander 2.0

I have heard it suggested in the past that there was a connection between Brayton's Lodge and Charles Manson. I doubt that Peter Koenig would have any interest in slandering Solar Lodge.


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14/05/2007 10:08 pm  

On a recent trawl through my books I found an interesting article entitled CAMERON: WORMWOOD STAR. It contains more information than other articles I've seen, including her lengthy correspondence with Jane Wolfe (Soror Estai) and her trip to Mexico where she was involved with the surrealist Leonora Carrington. The article appears in BOOK OF LIES, THE DISINFORMATION GUIDE TO MAGICK AND THE OCCULT. The author is credited as Brian Butler, who according to his bio, has founded an order based on the teachings of Cameron, C F Russell and Charles Stansfield Jones (an interesting combination). Anyone have more info on Mr. Butler or his order? I'm just firing off an email to the adress listed in the book, will post any info.


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15/05/2007 1:09 am  

Cameron’s romantic aesthetic and commanding persona prompted filmmaker Curtis Harrington to commemorate her output as a visual artist in The Wormwood Star (1955), a lyrical short film recording the art and atmosphere of her candlelit studio. -- http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/?p=1274

The same site also notes that: As far as a Cameron biography goes, there’s a gentleman in Los Angeles, Scott Hobbs, who is or was making a documentary film about her.

Also, I note from http://www.americancinematheque.com/archive1999/2005/Aero/romanpolanski.htm that The Wormwood Star is available for viewing at least occasionally.

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15/05/2007 1:27 am  
"foxkitten" wrote:
Curtis Harrington made a film about Cameron and her paintings called Wormwood Star which I've been dying to see for years but has yet to surface on DVD to my knowledge.

Image from John Coulthart's obituary for Curtis Harrington.

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15/05/2007 5:33 pm  

On the lower right hand side of that page is an image of Coultharts volume of Lovecraftiana, which I can confirm is superb. His fantastic illustrations of the Great Old Ones accompany some particularly florid descriptions in prose by Alan Moore. Plus there's a section of the (in)famous Lord Horror, a mere comic book for which someone was once sent to prison....
I'm going to look for this Night Tide film as well, fascinating thread this.
There was a very nice piece on The Solar Lodge and Cameron etc in an issue of Fortean Times a couple of years ago...I seem to remember.


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15/05/2007 8:29 pm  

MichaelStaley wrote:I have heard it suggested in the past that there was a connection between Brayton's Lodge and Charles Manson. I doubt that Peter Koenig would have any interest in slandering Solar Lodge.

I'll reserve my judgement on Koenig but the origins of the suggestion you mention intrigue me.

Ed Sanders says "Brayton had the great scam of owning houses which she rented to the cult creeps. Since 1963, Georgina and Richard Brayton have owned property at 1251 West Thirtieth Street in Los Angeles, a house-perhaps the only house in Los Angeles -where occult chicken sacrifices took place. This is the house Manson frequented."

I don't have the Sanders book in front of me so am relying on Cornelius, who says: Sanders wrote that at "least five separate individuals have claimed that they were told by a member of Brayton's
rebel O.T.O. Lodge that Manson was involved with the Lodge."

According to Shiva's Mystic History, a certain person in 1966 hung around Solar Lodge and joined their AA. He was particularly interested the Thoth tarot and coveted Solar Lodge's photocopy of The Book of Thoth, which had belonged to Ray Burlinghame. In addition, Solar Lodge had photographed the cards from the book so as to make sets of cards. He borrowed the photocopied book and cards, then wouldn't give them back. A personal visit from members of SL convinced him to hand them over. He was unhappy about it and it would seem that he started a particularly nasty rumour in revenge.

Shiva: "There were never any sacrifices, chickens or otherwise. Everyone fully well knew that the expected "sacrifice" was that of each individual’s ego. There was never any swapping of sex partners. There was never any group sex or sex conducted while third (or fourth, etc.) parties were present – in or out of ceremony. There were never any visits by Charles Manson or Tex Watson, either in town or in the desert.

The Solar/Manson connection was a time/space synchronicity. Charles Manson and Solar Ranch got busted just around the same time. Both were busted in remote California desert locations. However, Manson was a murderer, while Solar members didn’t even slaughter their own animals for food - they kept them for pets and bought their meat at the grocery store."


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16/05/2007 10:01 pm  

On the other hand:

Manson (in Manson In His Own Words) says that, before he left the Haight Ashbury (in about September 1967) for Los Angeles, he had met

“…a trippy broad, about forty-five years old, who experimented with everything. When I met her, she was pumped up about devil worship and other satanic activities. I didn’t attend a lot of the places she invited me to, but we often discussed the good and bad sides of different beliefs. As a result of our acquaintance, she had given me a standing invitation to visit her home in Topanga Canyon.”

“I don’t know much about the history of the place, but long before we arrived there, it had become a meeting place, a party house, a freak-out pad, and for some, a hideout. Its isolated location served a lot of purposes for a lot of different people and, like the lady who owned the place, some far-out, spaced-out weird people were frequent visitors.”

“Each time I returned, I would observe and listen to all of the practices and rituals of the different groups that visited the place. I’m not into sacrificing some animal or drinking its blood to get a better charge out of sex.”

According to charliemanson.com, the Topanga Canyon house “was owned by a woman named Gina (last name withheld)”.

Georgina (Jean) Brayton was born in 1921 which would make her 46 years old in September 1967. She was known to absent herself from Solar Lodge for lengthy intervals and seemed to have sufficient money to buy houses at will. Does anybody know Gina’s surname?


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"nevertire" wrote:
MichaelStaley said: Does anybody know if there was any contact between Marjorie Cameron and the Solar Lodge?

There's no mention of it in the Mystic History. Another thing that is not mentioned in Mystic History is Jean Brayton interpreting lyrics from the Beatles, and preparing for a race war. Did those things actually happen, or were they amongst the slander cooked up by disgruntled ex-members? There is an account, allegedly from an ex-Solar Lodge member, on Koenig's website that says she did, but that might just be Slander 2.0

Actually, one day in (circa) 1967, a couple Solar Lodge members, who were poking around and seeking out historical members, stated that they had talked with a woman named Cameron who claimed to have been a priestess in the Gnostic Mass at Agape Lodge in Pasadena. But that was the extent of any "contact."

Jean Brayton had nothing to do with interpreting lyrics from the Beatles. The only Beatles fan was Frater Ganesha, and he only lasted until 1965. There were no preparations for a race war, although we earlier members did end up right in the middle of the Watts riots.


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02/12/2007 2:51 pm  
"nevertire" wrote:
I have heard it suggested in the past that there was a connection between Brayton's Lodge and Charles Manson. I doubt that Peter Koenig would have any interest in slandering Solar Lodge.

Peter Koenig's website seems to collect all manner of material, a lot of it is true and much of it is simply interviews with people who are telling tales. A few ex-Solar Lodge members actually resorted to untruthful slander 🙄 Manson was never at Solar Lodge. This rumor was started in Ed Sanders' book, "The Family," and he (Sanders) and his publisher admitted in court that Manson never visited (they were being sued by Dick Brayton - Frater Sol).

The abridged story is to be found at www.angelfire.com/planet/mystic-history (the link posted above does not work), and the entire tale will soon be found in the book, "Inside Solar Lodge - Outside the Law," to be released by Teitan Press in Dec 2007.

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02/12/2007 3:33 pm  

Teitan Press? The Teitan Press, publisher of The Unknown God?

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02/12/2007 4:16 pm  

Charles Manson ? - Go and kill some rich people and 'make it look witchy'
Do me a fu**** favour !


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02/12/2007 4:17 pm  

We'll wait for Shiva to come back on this one, but Martin Starr had an excellent article in The Pomegranate a couple of years ago on the founding of the McMurtry O.T.O. in 1969, in the course of which presented an interesting article on the Solar Lodge, and I gather he collected quite a lot of material. I would regard him as the best archivist and researcher in Thelemic circles. So if this is indeed him, and it as thorough as The Hidden God, it is something to be looked forward to.


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02/12/2007 6:06 pm  
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So if this is indeed him, and it as thorough as The Hidden God, it is something to be looked forward to.

Indeed. But it's The Unknown God: is there the slightest possibility that you're confusing the title with Grant's Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God?

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02/12/2007 6:12 pm  

Yes, there might well be the slightest of possibilities; I can't rule it out.

It's not the first time I've confused the two titles. My synapses are somewhat awry.

God. It's downhill all the way from here . . .


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02/12/2007 10:57 pm  

"The abridged story is to be found at www.angelfire.com/planet/mystic-history"
Wow Shiva! nice story interseting life! the photo's helped make it viable.
I enjoyed it thanks!

"A dual star system, Sirius was sacred to the Ancient Aegyptians. It has received great popularity in our contemporary, metaphysical literature, usually under titles proclaiming "The Sirius Mystery.""

I heard that Temples Dogon Tribes links to Sirus were discredited because they could not find a third star, but in the 80's they discovered the third star.


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02/12/2007 11:02 pm  

I bought this magazine awhile ago. An Esquire from March 1970 because it had this intriguing story in it called 'Princess Leda's Castle in the Air' by Tom Burke. An interesting figure that I could never figure out had any reality beyond this story. Perhaps this lady and her 'castle' is what Manson was exposed to?


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03/12/2007 2:23 pm  

Turn off your mind :
the mystic sixties and the dark side of the Age of Aquarius

by Gary Lachman

Found this to be a good pop primer. With some great anecdotal stuff about occult battles between Bowie, Zeppelin et al.

Also Alan Cabal's anecdotal essay on the post hippy occult resurgence in NYC:

http://www.nypress.com/16/23/news&columns/feature.cfm


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03/12/2007 6:30 pm  
"Shiva" wrote:
and the entire tale will soon be found in the book, "Inside Solar Lodge - Outside the Law," to be released by Teitan Press in Dec 2007.

This is going to be an interesting read indeed.


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"Shiva" wrote:
and the entire tale will soon be found in the book, "Inside Solar Lodge - Outside the Law," to be released by Teitan Press in Dec 2007.

This is going to be an interesting read indeed.

➡ Oh Yes, it's interesting alright!
The publication is now launched - Please see the Home Page of lashtal.com (right under the forums) for the announcement.


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http://www.lashtal.com/nuke/Article1005.phtml

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As the author of the Book "Inside Solar Lodge - Outside the Law," I would like to post the following main points of a recent, three-message communication. It sheds a little more light on the subject:

The following is a partial quote from Jerry Cornelius at http://cornelius93.com/Blog.htm l"> http://cornelius93.com/Blog.html :

Tuesday January 15th 2008 – 8:00am Here is my long awaited ‘Book Review’ of INSIDE SOLAR LODGE, OUTSIDE THE LAW, True Tales of Initiation and High Adventure by Frater Shiva (Teitan Press 2007)

When I first started to study Crowley’s magick in my High School years, back in the late 1960s, like many up & coming initiates we heard stories of the Solar Lodge. Unfortunately our initial source was that of Ed Sander’s book about Charles Manson and the Sharon Tate murders titled The Family. Inevitably, about ten years later, I joined Crowley's OTO. Grady McMurtry loved sharing his stories of what he had discovered in the early 1970s about the Solar Lodge during his investigation into the library thefts of Germer, Regardie and Mildred Burlingame. Years later, when I began writing Grady’s biography, I obtained a full set of his unpublished research and letters where he discussed in-depth his findings with Gerald Yorke and Israel Regardie and a few others about the Solar Lodge. Most of these files are not found in the OTO archive but remained in the possession of his ex-wife Phyllis Seckler who graciously shared them with me.
I found what Grady discovered to be a fascinating story but again, it lacked intimacy as to the Solar Lodge's real legacy. What I did learn was that Grady, indirectly was responsible for the information, albeit very twisted and sensationalized, that was published in The Family.
...But Grady's files debunk most of Sander's book and it was too bad that they remained buried for as long as they have. This new book by Frater Shiva fills in the gaps where my biography on Grady is lacking. INSIDE SOLAR LODGE, OUTSIDE THE LAW is a remarkable account starting in the early 1960s long before the Solar Lodge was established until long after its demise. I highly recommend this book and I enjoyed it immensely. For people who are interested in the truth behind the Solar Lodge, this book is a must and for those who have never heard about this Order, you’ll discover a piece of Crowleyanity, long buried. I must remind my readers; Aleister Crowley in our day and age is everywhere and we tend to forget that at one time he almost faded into obscurity. In today's world where we have a multitude of individuals spinning off from different groups and creating ‘new’ magickal Orders, it would be to my readers best interest if [they] got this book, a book detailing one of the first and most serious of the Aleister Crowley spin-offs. ... You can, no, you must, buy this book ...


I replied to Jerry's 'review' as follows:
Re: Your Review of "Inside Solar Lodge - Outside the Law" on January 15, 2008.

Hi Jerry,

Thank you for your enthusiastic review (recommendation) of my little exposé on the life and times of Solar Lodge. I have examined your previous works on Solar Lodge ("Myths of the ..." and "Red Flame") and found them to be a strong force in helping to dispel the ridiculous glamour and outright lies that the memory of the Lodge has inherited. In fact, only your work, and that of Martin P. Starr, seems to be aimed at telling the truth of the matter. All of the other entries appear to be dedicated to rumormongering and exuberant sensationalism.

Although one review [of my book] indicated that "...there's little evidence of anyone actually developing spiritually...", and although I actually implied that in the book, I feel inclined to qualify that concept further: There was spiritual progress. I was present at the true (internal) awakening of several members (the so-called 1=10, or Ist degree, "Birth" experience). Many went on to subdue Yesod, and some even "mastered" Hod. But only a partial handful made it to Netzach, and I know of none who pierced the veil and made it all the way to Heliopolis during their tenure in the Tong.

Now that I have established that some of us were spiritual heroes, I should also say that if we were to be labeled Brigands and Pirates, well, that would be downright accurate. There is a little-used term for the procedure: "Seizing the Lodge." In world politics it's called "Coup d'etat." If you get away with it, you get to be King of the Hill. If it doesn't work, you get executed (or at least people tell bad stories about you).

Thanks, Shiva


Jerry responded by saying:

Shiva 93!
I am very humbled by your comments about my review. Thank you. I admit, although I have had more information than most on the subject of the Solar Lodge, I still always felt that I lacked a full picture. That is why I enjoyed your book. I began my defensive mode of the Solar Lodge back in the seventies thanks to Grady McMurtry. Regardless of his rants about the library thefts which infuriated him and often blinded his judgment, especially as seen in his early letters to Jean and Dick, he always turned the story around to us by saying that he admired you guys for at least having the guts to take the Thelemic reigns and running with it. He always considered you all serious magicians. That dichotomy struck me, because I believed that if he felt this way then obviously there was far more to the story than most people were aware.
I am so glad that someone has finally told the true story …
93 93/93 Jerry



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17/01/2008 10:14 am  

93

As a long-term Michael Moorcock fan, can I ask who "Jerry Cornelius" really is?

93 93/93

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17/01/2008 2:30 pm  

Jerry Cornelius became a member of the Caliphate O.T.O. in the McMurtry days, and by all accounts he came to have a close relationship with McMurtry. He and his former wife Marlene edited and published the substantial and respected Thelemic journal Red Flame for many years. Subsequently he appears to have fallen foul of the post-McMurtry leadership, going through a long process of suspension until his eventual departure - whether he was jumped or was pushed, I don't know.

I've always found Jerry courteous and helpful, in contrast to some.


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17/01/2008 3:02 pm  

Sethur666: I think it's supposed to be his real name; no mention of his having an airtight garage or a needle gun on his site, anyway.


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04/06/2010 6:39 am  

Its been quite a while but has anyone come across the biography MrMidian mentions earlier in this thread on Samson De Brier? I haven't been able to unearth it myself.

This is a very interesting thread.

Scott


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04/06/2010 6:55 am  

I was about to start another thread but this fits here as well. Has Curtis Harrington's Wormwood Star short film surfaced let? I don't have my Kenneth Anger DVDs with me (in storage) so I don't know it appears there and I dont recall seeing it in the special features.

I would love to see it especially since Cameron apparently destroyed all the paintings featured.

Scott


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04/06/2010 8:00 am  

Greetings

No sign of WORMWOOD STAR yet. However, thee is a tantalising glimpse in this geat documentary on Harrington which has been posted on You Tube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JPHHWeVtmI

There is also a biography of Cameron by Spencer Kansa imminent.

Best. Jonathan.


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04/06/2010 8:24 am  

Ahh fantastic news on the biography!

I am hoping that the Cameron Wolfe corospondance in the College of Thelema archives will be published soon.

Scott


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04/06/2010 6:44 pm  

thats the same brand typewriter i have. but mines manual. in that you tube video.
very informative and important post i know...
what a lovely house.
i wish i could have bought that solar lodge book when it came out
now that i want to read it the price quadrupled... typical 🙂


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05/06/2010 6:17 pm  
"christibrany" wrote:
i wish i could have bought that solar lodge book when it came out - now that i want to read it the price quadrupled... typical

You can always read the abridged version for free at:
http://mystic-history.angelfire.com /"> http://mystic-history.angelfire.com/
It's the first selection at the top of the list.
The whole story is there, more or less - it's simply that many of the details are missing in the online version.
Also, certain statements referring to a certain society were revised because the main main at that society wrote to me and offered to create some problems if certain remarks pertaining to lineage were not removed or modified.


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05/06/2010 11:20 pm  

Any chance for a new edition, Shiva?


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christibrany
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06/06/2010 4:40 am  

thanks for the link to your site frater shiva
i took the liberty of making a pdf of your abridged version of your book that you have posted on the site, and also the 4 pages or so of your philosophy that links after the book.
if anyone wants to read it in pdf form that means normal black text without rainbow gifs and no black background i will be uploading it to the downloads section here under documents. if you do not want it up frater shiva feel free to let me or paul know , but it is just the stuff you already have online.
the animated gifs were just a little distracting to me 🙂 but i do appreciate you sharing the vital info for free!
off to upload for me .
thanks again, very interesting story!


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06/06/2010 3:27 pm  
"N.O.X" wrote:
Any chance for a new edition, Shiva?

A paperback edition was planned by the publisher for issue in 2008, but the economic disaster intervened and that project is still on hold. If you have hard evidence that the economy has recovered, or that there is an overwhelming demand for a second edition, then you may request its publication from The Teitan Press. But, I imagine it will still be a while before its re-issue.

93, Sh.'.


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