[PDF] The Unknown God WT Smith and the Thelemites by Martin P. Starr



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  1. says:

    I almost wish I hadn't read it; I am at least glad I waited until moving through some of the OTO degrees myselfWhile the bulk of the book focuses on the personalities and histories of Smith's associates in the world of Thelema there come times when Starr unrestricted by any vows surrounding the degree work refers to information that some particularly members of the Order may regard as secret Of course since most of this

  2. says:

    To tell the story of the occult order the Ordo Templi Orientis OTO in North America during the early 20th century Starr organizes his narrative around the one person who consistently was there throughout the OTOs development W T Smith The boo

  3. says:

    Martin Starr AB'81AuthorThe first documentary study of Aleister Crowley's contemporary followers in North America told thro

  4. says:

    Excellent factual and historical reference of Crowleys attempt to establish a vechicle for the new Aeon It actually does not paint him in a good light at all especially his treatment of the Agape lodges head Wilfred T SmithAll in all its an excellent read on the beginnings of the OTO in AmericaHeartily recommended

  5. says:

    VERY well researched A great read about a little known American accolyte of Aleister Crowley Though some knowledge of the OTO and Crow

  6. says:

    I'm envious of the resources that Martin hashe did a great job

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The first documentary study of Aleister Crowley's contemporary followers in North America told through the life of their de facto leader Wilfred Talbot Smith 1885 1957 Smith 'Frater 132' the unacknowledged offspring of a prominent English family emigrated to Canada where he encountered Charles Stansfeld Jones 'Frater Achad' and through him the works of Aleister Crowley 'Baphomet 'and 'Therion' Altho. I almost wish I hadn t read it I am at least glad I waited until moving through some of the OTO degrees myselfWhile the bulk of the book focuses on the personalities and histories of Smith s associates in the world of Thelema there come times when Starr unrestricted by any vows surrounding the degree work refers to information that some particularly members of the Order may regard as secret Of course since most of this focuses on the early history of the OTO in North America in the first half of the 20th century much of it no longer applies or applies differently today even during the course of the narrative while Aleister Crowley was still alive he re edited or rewrote virtually all of the OTO initiations Still for those of us who prefer to go into each initiation clean without having read ahead this book may provide some unwanted insights and set up uncertain expectations I would not however consider any of them to be outright spoilers and Starr includes precious little information regarding the upper degrees that wasn t already widely available even within Crowley s public teachingsApart from that this is a fascinating look at the history of the OTO in North America and at one man s successes and failures in following out The Path as outlined by Crowley in his OTO and A A systems of High Magick Since they were close associates it also offers a good if peripheral view of the work of authorCharles Stansfield Jones Frater Achad as well as touching upon Jane Wolfe Regina Kahl C F Russell Jack Parsons and very tangentially L Ron Hubbard and Phyllis Seckler among others It also represents the first publication of all three parts of Crowley s Liber 132 Apotheosis a specific instruction from TO MEGA THERION to SmithFinally it is useful as a guide to anyone involved in the middle degrees of OTO mostly as a handbook of what NOT to do in the running of a fraternal magical order narratively outlining the problems and pitfalls that still plague some such orders and bodies today as anyone familiar with Pasadena s Agape Lodge could have told you already One for My Baby unacknowledged offspring of a prominent English family emigrated to Canada where he encountered Charles Stansfeld Jones 'Frater Achad' and through him the works of Aleister Crowley 'Baphomet 'and 'Therion' Altho. 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The Unknown God WT Smith and the Thelemites

Ugh Crowley and Smith met only once their twenty year correspondence proved to be a major link to the few and the faithful attracted to Crowley's work in the USA and Canada THE UNKNOWN GOD is a fascinating and complex human story intimately interwoven with the lives of most of Crowley's American disciples including CF Russell Jane Wolfe Max R Schneider Jack Parsons Louis T Culling Frederic Mellinger. To tell the story of the occult order the Ordo Templi Orientis OTO in North America during the early 20th century Starr organizes his narrative around the one person who consistently was there throughout the OTOs development W T Smith The book is valuable for it extensive citation of correspondence between the main actors in the order much of it in the authors private collection And through his organization or that material Starr is able to show the trails of the men and women who tried to establish a new religion Thelema in the US and Canada in this particular institutional formMy biggest complaint is that Starr never really delves into what motivates the actors in this drama As a result they easily come across as kooky outsiders primarily motivated by self interest which never really helps the reader understand why these people embraced this particular religious vision Initially I thought this might be due to lack of evidence but after reading the materials he includes in his appendix it is clear that the people he examines are constantly discussing their different understandings of Thelema and how they see it as part of their livesStarr does show a genuine empathy for the people he studies and he is clearly conversant with the intricacies of Aleister Crowley s work and Thelema Perhaps it is this closeness to the material though that blinds him to the fact that readers may need a clearer understanding of how members of the OTO understood Thelema and why they embraced it One reviewer commented that Starr really shows the sheer middle class pedestrian ualities of these Thelemites but this really contributes little to understanding the particulars of Thelemic religion in its institutional forms Beyond the Pale understand why these people embraced this particular religious vision Initially I thought this might be due to lack of evidence but after reading the materials he includes in his appendix it is clear that the people he examines are constantly discussing their different The Black Ice Score (Parker, understandings of Thelema and how they see it as part of their livesStarr does show a genuine empathy for the people he studies and he is clearly conversant with the intricacies of Aleister Crowley s work and Thelema Perhaps it is this closeness to the material though that blinds him to the fact that readers may need a clearer The Black Painting understanding of how members of the OTO Fire and Desire understood Thelema and why they embraced it One reviewer commented that Starr really shows the sheer middle class pedestrian The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox ualities of these Thelemites but this really contributes little to The Illusionists understanding the particulars of Thelemic religion in its institutional forms

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And Grady L McMurtry as well as occult teachers like H Spencer Lewis AMORC Paul Foster Case BOTA and Wayne Walker OM Hollywood actors such as John Carradine and even the founder of the Mattachine Society Harry HayStudents of 19th and 20th century esoteric movements including the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn the Theosophical Society and the Crowleyan Orders will find THE UNKNOWN GOD worth readi. Martin Starr AB 81AuthorThe first documentary study of Aleister Crowley s contemporary followers in North America told through the life of their de facto leader Wilfred Talbot Smith 1885 1957 Smith the unacknowledged offspring of a prominent English family emigrated to Canada where he met Charles Stansfeld Jones and through him the works of Aleister Crowley Although Crowley and Smith met only once their twenty year correspondence proved to be a major link to the few and the faithful attracted to Crowley s work in the United States and Canada Smith s spiritual life centered first on the initiatic structure of the Order of the A A complemented by the emerging fraternal and social schemes of the Ordo Templi Orientis OTO