The Order of the G∴B∴G∴ - What to teach to get the best and most rapid results, how to teach it and how to get the best response from the neophytes. All of this is included in this exposition of The Complete Magick Curriculum. [NOOK Book]
It is my conviction that the founder of the G.’.B.’.G.’. was the greatest and most efficient teacher of this Century in that field of occultism known as Magick’. ( all members of the Order have concurred in this) I make no statement as to the height if his Initiation; only that he was the greatest and most efficient teacher, and upon this alone it seems sufficient to postulate that he had a dispensation.
Now, be it known that being the greatest teacher does not mean a great pedagogue, per se! The head of this Order knew what to teach to get the best and most rapid results, how to teach it and how to get the best response from the neophytes. All of this is included in this exposition of The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order G.’.B.’.G.’.
It is a mistake to evaluate one’s personality against his ability and attainments, but some identification of a person is expected- Here is a brief statement about the head and founder of this Order.
In the outer world his name was C. F. Russell; his magickal name was frater Genesthai. Some further identification is to be had from the book The Great Beast by John Symonds. Russell was the man who had a tiff with Crowley at the Ab in Cefalu, Italy, about giving up his room. Russell went up on “The Rock” for a magical retirement and had been there sixty hours without food or water- Jane Wolf (called Elizabeth Fox in Symond’s book) took food and water to Russell and brought him down.
Jane Wolf, whom I knew for years, told me that Crowley recognized the attainment of Russell and had given Russell his blessing for him to found his own Order—naturally based on these three points:
(I) Liber Legis, (2) Thelema, (3) The Aeon Of Horus.
The foregoing is given more for the purpose of providing an outline of the lineal descent and character of the Order.
In this we begin with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn founded in England in 1887. This was the one and only great Order with a dispensation for the repose and promulgation of Westen, Magick. The Order of the Golden Dawn had been rocked by inner dissension about the same time that Crowley founded his Order A.’.A.’. Crowley had been a high inititiate in the Golden Dawn and Russell bad been a member of it also.
(This history of personalities and orders has been given as briefly as possible, and given only because so many people demand it.)
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is long since closed. Crowley’s A. A., and O.’.T.’.O.’. are now closed. It is not within the scope of this book to venture theories as to how and why these orders die a natural death. Since the beginning of history occult schools have arisen, flourished and then disappeared from objective existence. Then in other times, in other places, other schools come to objective existence. Nations also rise, flourish and decay. So it is with all living forms.
The G.’.B.’.G.’. is now also closed, since 1937. This was a most esoteric Order, with binding oaths of Secrecy. It is only because of the time elapsed since the demise of the Order that the entire workings can be revealed. The Order was founded in 1931. Russell told me that he would “close the doors” in 1936, and he did. Activity continued in several groups, however, until as late as 1938.
In the year 93I this announcement appeared in the Occult Digest:
A shortcut to Initiation
The Choronzon Club
Box Chicago, 111
Being one of the first to answer, a notice was received that if I wanted to receive full attention and benefit from Headquarters, there should be at least eight “loyal and active” members to form a “Neighborhood Lodge”. My neighborhood was San Diego City and County in California.
Lest one think that this was a method for getting easy money and members, It should be stated that the fee for joining was only $5.00, and that if a member brought in a new member he was allowed to keep half the $5.00. Furthermore, there were no dues, and no solicitation for donations. Thus at the very outset the G.’.B.’.G.’. was unique among occult orders.
The structure of tile Order was a hierarchy. When member A took member B into the Order, and B in turn secured member C, then it was B’s responsibility to instruct C, and it was A’s res to instruct B and also to supervise his entire hierarchy chain. The importance and efficiency of this system should be obvious.
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