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Wicca and the OTO by Greenfield

Wicca and the OTO by Greenfield

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BeingARadicalRevisionistHistoryoftheOriginsofthe
ModernWitchCultandThe
BookofShadows.
<
ByDr.AllenH.Greenfield,0.0:Bishop,EcclesiaGnosticaCatholica
'1t,vasoneofthesecretdoctrinesof
paganism
thattheSun'W'asthe
source,
not
only
oflight,butoflife.Theinvasionof
classical
beliefsbythereligionsofSyriaandEgypt'W'mch'W'ereprincipallysolar,graduallyaffectedtheconceptionofApollo,
and
there
is
acertainlateridentificationof
him
'Withthe.suffering
God
of
Christianity,
Free-
masonryandsinillarcults_"AteisterCf"O'W'leynAstrology,
1974
"..if
GBG
andCrovvlevonlv
krievv
eachotherforashortyear
or
W
tvvo;doyouthinkthatvvouldbelongenoughf<K"them
to
become
suchgoodfriendsthatgiftsof
~mal
valuevvouldbeexchangedseveraltimes,andthat
GOO
vvouldhave
been
able
to
aquirethevastmajorityofCrovvley'seffects
after
hisdeath?"MerlintheEnchanter,persona1letter,
1986
"_Onthefloorbeforethealter,he
remembers
a
svvord
vvithaflatcruciformbrasshilt,
and
avveU-vvONlmanuscript
book
ofrituals-the
hereditary
Book
ofShado'W'S,whichhe
vviU
have
to
copyoutfor
hUnself
,inthedays
to
CORle_"StevvartFarrarinWhatWitches
Do,
1971"_theGardnerian
Book
ofShadovvs
is
oneofthekeyfactorsinvvhathasbecomeafar.biggerandmoresignificantmovementthanGardnercanhaveenvisagedjsohistorical,interestalonevvouldbeenough
reason
fordefiningitvvhilefirst-h~devidence
is
still
available."~
Janet
andStevvartFarrarinTheWitches'Way,1984'1thas
beenalleged
thata
Book
ofShadovvs
in
CroV\rley'shand,,'rriting
'W9..S
formerlvexhibited
in
Gerald's
Museurnof
Witch~tonthe1$1e
of
Man,I
can
onlysav
I
neversavv
this
on
eitherofthe
tv
v
o
~ionsV\rhen
I
stayed""ithGerald
and
DonnaGardnerontheisland.Thelarge,handvvritten
book
depictedinWitchcraftToday
is
not
inCr-owley's
hand""'t'"iting,
butGerald's....
DoreenValienteinWit.chcraftfo·.:-
Tomor-r-ow,1978,,
"AidanKellylabelsthe
entirevViccan
revivalGaro'nerian
vVitclu:t"aft'.TIl<'
reasoningandspeculation
in
Aidan'sbook
are
intricate.Bt-iefiy,
his
Q1,ain
argunlet'l1:
dependsonhisdiscoveryof
one
of
Gardner!s
""orkingnotebooks,
Y
e
Book
of
Ye
Art
Magical,vvhich
is
inpossessionofRipleyInternational.
Ltd."
Margot'Adlerin
Dravving
Downthe
1I.100flt
1979
Anintr-oducttonforthereadersofLASHTAL
Theessayyou
are
readinghas
an
interestinghistory
in
and
of
itself.
My'10flg
sea.rch
f<K"he<K"iginal
boly
book
of'Vices.
hadmatiyW'atershednlOfilents,and"layyetholdsomesurprizes.
At
eachst.age
of
thegame
I
havechosen
to
publish
my'
conclusions
to
date.·?vlyfirsteffot"t.
in
thi~
directioncame
in
th;
fOND
of
"Wicca,
Witches,CrovvleyandGardner,"
first
publishedinmyoV\'Ofonner
joUNlai
FOURTHWORLD.Some
of
theinitialspeculationsthat
I
madethere
ha"\."'e
subsequently
proven
quite
inC01"rect.I18.
te
vvasable,asoutlinedhere,
to
locate
and
examinevvhat,
I
believemaybethe
'f'irs-t
draft'oftheWiccanholy~
a
decided1
y
Thelemicdocument.
I
,~as
Wl.SUccessful
in
myeff<K"ts
to
acquireit,but
I
vvas
able
t.o
obtaintheCharter
issued
byA.1eiste1-Crovvley
to
Dr.
Gardner,authot"izing
binl
t.t:.'
organize
an
o.T.o.
encampmentin
Bdtain.circa
1945.
TheCharte-r
cun-ently
sits
abovemyoV\'Oaltar,andmy
Will,
on
file
vviththe~d
Secretarv
Genef"at
ofthe
Order,specifiesthatit
is
U;
be
turned
o~rer
to
the
OTO
after
mydeath.
Detailed
photographsofthed~wnentby
Sist.e1'
SusanGreenfieldhave
been
fOC"'",,-arded
1:.0
the
CaliQh,
"who
termed
them"very
historic.··
Iammuchindebted
to
Ms,
Dor-eenValiente,vvhohassuppliedme,,,rjth
detailed
41
 
-
~
in
keeping-witha'familystyle'museum(it
1
featureda
man
withacandle
in
his
head,
a
tantricsculldrinking
cup
and
freaksho'W'
'I
stufflikethat,but,
I
mean,
"Witchcraftissacrilegious,as."ve
all
knOW'.
So,
I
'W'asabitsurprised,but
I
shouldn'thavebeen,."vhen
I
discoveredsotneoftheGardnerstuff-including
an
importanthistoricaldocument,forsaleinthegiftshop,inacase
just
oppositethelittlealligatorsthathave"St.Augustine,Florida-America'sOldestCity"stickered
00
theirplasticbelliesforthefolksbackhome
to
useas
apapervveight.Thepricetagsontheoccultstuff,hovvever,vverewayoutofmy
range.
Backagain,threeyearslater,and
I
I
vvas,
forthe
third
timeinfouryears,decided,vvhatthehell,
50
I
askedthecashier'waitingabitnervously
for
theguyff"OfllaboutthestuffstillgatheringdustintheCp~ada"riththeoriginalBookO'fShadovvsinglass
case,
anditvvas
like
fdpushedSOfDe
t!'-./
ra1luhackleofficeofRipley'sBelieveItkindofbutton.Outcomes
Mr.
Turner,the
0:1'
Not
Museum
inSt.Augustine.manager,."vhovvhisks
us
off
to
astoreroom'They'reatthe
jail,"
asmilingvvhich
is
filled,
F1IJ.ED,I
tenyou,-withparts
sec:ret.ary-t~-pe
explained,
'out
vve've
called
of
the
Gardner
conection,
much
of
it,
i1
not
them
andtheyshouldbebackoverhere
to
"for
sale"
assuch.at
least
availablefor
see
youin
just
afevv~utes."negotiation.Turnertold
us
aboutacquiringThe
jail?
All,
St.Augustine."TheOldtheconectionvvhenhevvasmanagerGfJail"theination'soldestcitys'
second
mostRipley'sBlackpooloperation,
hOW'
it
had
rast.eless
touristtrap,complete-,vithgoneover."ven
in
the
U.s.
atfirst,buthadc~ge-type
cells
andamockgallo,'VS.Foralostpopularityandvvasno'W'.relegatedfor
rnorrrerrt
I
allo,vedmyself
to
playinmythemostpart
to
storage
status.'head,viththevision
ofNorm
Deska,RipleyVisionsofsugarplUfD5danced
in
myhead.Ope:rationsVicePresidentandyuppieparTherevveremanytreasureshere,buttheexcellence,andJohnTurner,the~biggestptUfDof
all,
I
thought,""vasnot~\ranagerofRipley's
loca1
operationandthesurprisingly,not
to
be
seen.
guy
'who'dboughttheGeraldGardner
I'd
heard
aU
kinds
of
ruDors
aboutthe
co
I1
"'!Ct.ionfrom
Gardner's
niece,
Monique
Book
of
Shadovv!l
overtheyears,anany
of
\i\-._..J0fl,
sittinginthesJatnmer.Butno,themconflicting,
aU
ofthemintriguing.
T'ur-ner-
apparentlyhad
just
been
shovvingRUfDor
#1,
ofcourse,
is
thatvvhich
Do?Ska
the
town.
IstraightenedmyicecretUnaccompaniedthebirth(or,dependingon
S'lut.
£01:"
thefiftiethtime,andsuppressedthehovvonelookedatit,therevival)ofmoderncom.ment.We
'W'ere
beingstraighttoday;
Wicca,
thecontealporarysuccessorof
legit
mune,semi-legittitles-vvevvereancientfertility
cultS
revolvingaround
talking
BIG
historyhere,andbigbucks,
too.
elementalrituals,secretrites
of
passage
and
I
gulped.
TheoriginalBook
of
Shadovvs.amythosofgoddess
and
god
thatseemed
\fn.ybe-.
attractive
to
me
as
apsychologicallyvalid
It
hadstarted
}"'etU'S
before.
Oneof
the
alternative
to
the
austere,,antisexual
lOUL
peopleinAmericato
be
intocarni.,,·almoralismofChristianity.The
Book
of~idesho,'vs,
I
W't\5
anxioustotakeanotherShadovvs,
in
this
context,
wasthe'holy
book'
\~tunity
to
go
throughthealmost
of
Wicca,
copied
outbyhandby
new
~etypaJly
seedy
old
homethathousedinitiatesofthecultwitha
history
the
o:riginalRipley'sMuseum,Ihadkoovvnstretchingbackat
~east
to
theera
of
t
ha
t
Ripley
had,
in
thenineteenseventies,vvitchburnings.,
iJcquired
the~ners;tuff,butasfarasIRumornumber
#2,
whichIhadtended
to
kne,vit
"vas
aU
lbcated
attheirTennesseecredit,haditthat
Ge..ald
Gardner,
the
c·~t
museum.I
thinlc
I'dheardthey'd'fatherofmodernWicca'
had
paid
A1eister
dosed
itdovvn-bythen,thesocialCrovvleyin
his
finalyears
to
vvritetheBook
li~
of
theearlyseventiesvvasover,
of
Shadovvs,perhaps
vvhGte
clot.h.
The
o....
ndW'ltchcnUtand
sorcery
vverenO'longerrutnor'schiefexponent
wasthe
respected
42'.'
a..ndcandidinfonnationff"OOlaninsider'sstandpointontheesotericaoftheearly
"Viccs.n
movemeert,
The
pt-esent
essayappearedin
radically
di££e:rent
form
in
FOURTHWORLD#3,
issued
in
N
ovem.berof
1986.
Asubsequent
r-ev'ision
neverbeforepublished
is
slated
to
appearas
achapterofmyforthcoming
book,
SHADOWS.
Thepresent
text,
p:repsred
especiallyforpublicationin
L~A,L.
includesmaterialneverbefore
published
anY'vhere.)
PARTONE-WAITINGFORTHEROBERTE.LEE
IIIIIII
1
 
Ustorianoftheoccult,FrancisKing.
Rwnor
J3,
Gardnerhad""rittentheBookhUnself,whichothershadsince
copied
and.!orstolen.
I'o
thecontrary,saidrwnor
#4,
Gardner's
~usewn
had
contained
anold.evenancient
:opy
oftheBookofShad0-:Ws,provingitstntiquity.
In
morerecentyearsmodernWiccanslavetended
to
put
somedistance
bet""een;hemselvesand
Gardner,
just
asGardner,for*Dplexreasons,tended
to
distancehimself
n
theearlyyears
of
Wicca
(circa
1944-1954)
:rom
theblatant
sexual
magickofAleister:!rowley,"the'Wickedestmaninthe""orld"
~y
someaccounts,andfronlCro""ley's~tion,theOrdoTempli,
Orientis.
WhyGardnerchose
to
dothis
is
speculative,
but;I've
got
SOfIle
idea.But,
fm
getting
Ul8
_..J
ofmyself._\-illeTurner5hoV\r~meablasphemous
cross
shapedfrom.the,Jbodyoft""onudewomenandastatueof'Beelzebubfromthe
~ustJ'
Garderi:m
:u-chhres,
athought
~to
me...You
know,"
I
suggested,
'if
you·ever,
in
allthis
stuff,
happenacrossa
:opy
ofTheBookofShadovvs
in
thel81ldwritingofAleisterCrowley,it~uld
)4!
ofconsiderablehistoricalvalue:
t--
IIIlderstated,the
case.
It""ouldbelike
iinding
The
BoOk
ofMormon
in
Joseph;mith'shand,
or
findingtheoriginalTen:ommandmentswrittennotby
God
ffimself,but
by
Moses,
pure
andsimple.'Bettef"
still,
elevencotnnlandments,'Witha
,
)
marginnote,
"first
draft-tO)
I
didn't
really
!X~
anything
t:o
CORleof
it,
and
in
the
mon..-s
ahead.itdidn't.
In
themeantime.
I
.
,
had
managed
to
acquiretheinteresting:locument
I
fint
mistook
forGerald:7ardner's(loqgackno""ledged)initiationl:ertificate
into
Crowleysthelemicmagickal)rdoTempliOrientis.Tomyeventualrurprise,
I
discoveredthat,notonly
""as
this
t10t
asimpleinitiationcertificateforthe
\1inerval
(probationary-lowest)degree,but,
Co
thecontrary,
'WaS
a
license
forGardner
1:0
beginhisownchapteroftheO.T.O.
In
thedocument,furthermore,Gardner
is
referred
to
as
"Prince
ofJerusalem,"that
is,
tte
is
ackno""ledged
to
beaFourth
Deg1-ee
Perfect
Initiate
in
theOrder.
This,
needless
to
say""ouldusuallyimplyyearsof
:i~ted
training.ThoughGardnerhad
:laimed
FourthDeg-;:eeO.T.O.statusasearlyaspublication
of
High"Magic'S
Aid,
(and
:laimed
evenhigherstatus
in
oneedition)thisrunssome"Whatcontrary
to
both
._nerally
heldWicca.na~dcontemporary
-
O.T.O.orthodoxunderstandings
tha~
atthetimethedocument"vas""rit~
Gardtlei'
couldhaveknoV\rnCro'Wleyforonlya
brief
period,
and
vvas
nothimselfdeeply
irrvolv-ed
in
theO.T.O.(ThedocUftlent
is
undat.ed.
but
probably'Wasdrawnup&.round
1945.)
Furthermore,itisunderstood.tha
t
.00
viablechapter
of
theO.T.O.
'Vas
supposedtoexistinEnglandatthat
time;
thesoleactivechapter",,·as
in
California,and
is
the
directantecedentofthe
contempor8.ry
authentic
OrdoTempliOrient.is.Thedocwnent
also
disp1~"ed
otht.."1-
Irregularldes
of
arevealing
nature.
Thougb
thosignatut"Oand
-ts
arocortain.1v
tho.~<
of
Crowley,thetext
is
inthed~ti""t2hand
of
Gerald
Gardner!The~ple-te
t~
reads
as
f~
Do
vvhatt:houvvilt
~l
be
thela"".WeBaphomet
X
l)eecee
Or-do
Te.nplio,.ientis
So~ign
Grand
~·fa.!'l"t.er
General
of
All
Englishspeakingcountries
of
theEarthdoherebyauthoriseour
:Beloved.
Son
Scire~.
G.B.
Gardn__),
Princoot
.Jerusalem
to
constitutea
camp
of
the
Ordo
TempliOrientis,
in
the
de:gi
ee
~"1in.~--a.i
l..ovois
tho
I...avv,Lava
und_.
vvi11.
Wi~",..
myhandand
seat
BaphCNnet
X
Leavingasidethemisquotation
fro·m
'nle
Hook
of
the
Lavv,
whichgotby
rriefor
socno.nonths
and
probably
got
by
Cro~v1oy
whenit
'WaS
pt-esented
to
hUn
forsif;natun'2,
the
d'lXnUnentisprobablyauthenuc.
It
hunt
foe-
CORUJ
tltnO
in
Gsu-dnor'snU1C8u.n,
poos:sih.1::-
£,lvln£,
rise,as~shall
see,
to
therunlor
t.hs.
i...
Crovvley
'YV'rOte
theBook
01.
Shado'w'sf.or
Gardner.According
t:o
Dot
een
Valiente,and
to
CoL
La.""renceas""eU,
thenlU5eUfll's
doscriptivepan-aphtot
says
of
thi.c
dooumQfl1:'
·TIlecollectionincludesaChartef'
e-ra.nt.e-d
by
Alei:rter
C~ley
to
ORGardner(tho:-
Diroc-t:or
of
t:.hic
Mucau.n)
to
operat:.oa
Lodg~;.
of
Cro""leysfraternity,theOrdo
Tefupti
Orientis.(The
Director
'\vowd
like
to
point
out,ho~ver,thathehasnever
used
this
Charterandhasnointendon
of
doing
so,
althoug-h
to
tho
host
01.
hisbeliefho
is
t:h",only
peI:"5On
in
Britain
possessinesuch
it
Ch..-t;eor
f~
C~'ley
hinrR:lf;
C~",·l~"
VVSLC
aparmnalfriend
01.
hie,
and
g-SUi"O
him,
theCharter
because
he
liked
twn."
Col.
Lavvrc:nce\~'Ierli.n
theEnd'lant:~"),
in
alettef'
to
medated
6
Decembec,1986.
addsthat
this
appeat"ed
in
Gardne1''s
booklet.
ThoMusoun1ofMagicandWitchcra.£t:.T11."
explanationforthecurious
WOf"dine
of
the
text,
taking,
lUI
Dr.
Gardnerdoes,
greoat
pain.~
to
dirta.nco
hUncalf
frotn
Crovvlev
and~
OTO,
may
be
hinted
atinthatthebooklet
suggeststhat
this
display
in
the"ne'\'Vupper
gallery"
(page
24)
'\/VaS
put
out.
at
s.
relad,relylatedate'When.
as,ve
shs.11
dicoovor,
Gardn__
vvtILS
.nakingh.inu;",
1:[
answerable
to
the
detnands
of
thene,','
mtc:h
ocult
and
notthe
lonJrd_d
Cro,"\·h=~·
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