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Methods of Kerning and Mailander - Influence on Crowley?


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Hello all,

Recently, I have been looking into the letter mysticism of JB Kerning, and the extension of the system that occurred under Alois Mailander in the 19thC. Mailander added a Rosicrucian aspect to Kerning's method, and then taught it to various students. The Pansophers blog has focused on this piece of occult history in recent years, I had never heard of Kerning or Mailander before this.

It seems that Rudolf Steiner and Carl Kellner knew this method, and attempted to use it as the practical teaching of their orders, Steiner founding the Misraim Service and Keller and Reuss founding OTO. Richard Cloud seems to suggest that the pre-Crowley OTO used Mailander's system (adapted for use with sexual energy).

I found this odd, because I had never come across this (or not in a form that I noticed, at least) in Crowley's writing, although if Cloud is correct in his assertion then he must have known Kerning and Mailander's methods. Is there any information on what he did with them? Or did OTO retain these methods after Crowley reorganised it?

I am not an OTO member so please correct me if I have got this mixed up. Essentially, I'm curious to see what Crowley made of this system in his own work.


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Posted by: @banyan

Hello all,

Recently, I have been looking into the letter mysticism of JB Kerning, and the extension of the system that occurred under Alois Mailander in the 19thC. Mailander added a Rosicrucian aspect to Kerning's method, and then taught it to various students. The Pansophers blog has focused on this piece of occult history in recent years, I had never heard of Kerning or Mailander before this.

It seems that Rudolf Steiner and Carl Kellner knew this method, and attempted to use it as the practical teaching of their orders, Steiner founding the Misraim Service and Keller and Reuss founding OTO. Richard Cloud seems to suggest that the pre-Crowley OTO used Mailander's system (adapted for use with sexual energy).

I am not an OTO member so please correct me if I have got this mixed up. Essentially, I'm curious to see what Crowley made of this system in his own work.

I really can't comment on anything Crowley or the OTO made of any of this. I remember Karl Weinfurter mentioning it in Man's Highest Purpose, and after looking at the link you shared for Kerning, I saw Gutav Meyrink mentioned,which was interesting.  Meyrink had direct or indirect connections to a lot of the major players in magick in Europe in his time, including some contact with the pre-Crowley OTO, if I remember correctly, as well as having connections with Bardon, who also had some connection with Weinfurter. 


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I am not an OTO member ...

I was. I also had direct access to a lot of Crowley letters, books, diaries. 

I never heard of this fellow/system, and if it had an abstract or practical applications, it probably would have been adopted and pushed to the forefront.


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Hello all,

Recently, I have been looking into the letter mysticism of JB Kerning, and the extension of the system that occurred under Alois Mailander in the 19thC. Mailander added a Rosicrucian aspect to Kerning's method, and then taught it to various students. The Pansophers blog has focused on this piece of occult history in recent years, I had never heard of Kerning or Mailander before this.

It seems that Rudolf Steiner and Carl Kellner knew this method, and attempted to use it as the practical teaching of their orders, Steiner founding the Misraim Service and Keller and Reuss founding OTO. Richard Cloud seems to suggest that the pre-Crowley OTO used Mailander's system (adapted for use with sexual energy).

I am not an OTO member so please correct me if I have got this mixed up. Essentially, I'm curious to see what Crowley made of this system in his own work.

I really can't comment on anything Crowley or the OTO made of any of this. I remember Karl Weinfurter mentioning it in Man's Highest Purpose, and after looking at the link you shared for Kerning, I saw Gutav Meyrink mentioned,which was interesting.  Meyrink had direct or indirect connections to a lot of the major players in magick in Europe in his time, including some contact with the pre-Crowley OTO, if I remember correctly, as well as having connections with Bardon, who also had some connection with Weinfurter. 

Yes I believe Meyrink was a student of Mailander, supposedly during the split that formed the Fraternitas Saturni, the anti-Crowley faction of the Pansophers allied with Meyrink and continued as before. Bardon decribes a version of this letter mysticism in his Key to the True Qabalah, and Julius Evola describes a version in his Introduction to Magic Volume II (as the UR Group apparently had contact with Meyrink). Steiner apparently gave a version of it to Felkin as the higher teachings of the Stella Matutina, so it had a surprisingly wide spread without attracting much attention.

Did a bit more reading and it seems that (if any of this is even correct), Kellner may not have passed this material on to Reuss, so even though it would in theory have been the Arcana Arcanorum for a new sex magic-focused order, it's unclear at what stage in OTO's evolution it disappeared.

Again, a lot of this is based on the opinion of people writing on the Pansophers blog so it's hard to verify, but I think it makes for an interesting speculation on what could have been.


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I am not an OTO member ...

I was. I also had direct access to a lot of Crowley letters, books, diaries. 

I never heard of this fellow/system, and if it had an abstract or practical applications, it probably would have been adopted and pushed to the forefront.

That's interesting - if the idea that Kellner was familiar with it is correct then it would seem it didn't get passed on to the early OTO after all.


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That's interesting - if the idea that Kellner was familiar with it is correct then it would seem it didn't get passed on to the early OTO after all.

I know very little about the "early" OTO. I would call that the Kellner-Reuss era. Then came the Middle Ages - the Crowley era. After Crowley died, the Dark Ages crept in - that was an era wherein I played that game. After that, I was retired and the presenr Modern era of duplexity is upon us.

Now, it was Kellner who is credited for originating the idea of the OTO ...

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... wherein all the ancient orders would come together in one series - one lineage. These included the Templars (of course), RC (of course), and a whole long list of "other" lineages that were cleverly crammed into the IV*, which has 3 divisions (Enoch, PM, PI) and one (or more) of these has the long list printed. So that could be a source to scan, and it's in The Secret Rituals of the OTO (King).

However, this long list is mostly masonic-type names, and each entry is a degree or an order, so a concept or a technique or the name of a person, would probably not be found here


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