a page. They are to be found from the mid-east to Spain, and from North Africa to Scotland. Of interest in regard to this word “cat” or “catti” is that we had heard of it before, from a very strange figure who was staying at the same hotel as us in Rennes-le-Chateau.

The man was in the process of translating what he claimed was the oldest book in the world, a history of Atlantis. He was a linguist who had discovered the primordial language of mankind, and told us that by learning a series of fundamental linguistic principles, anyone could be taught to read and understand 40 different languages instantly (and with no memorization.) We quizzed him at length about the roots of words central to our research. When we asked him where the word Cathar came from, he explained that it referred to a people descended from the Cats and the Ari, or Aryans. He was vague as to who exactly the Cats were, but said that their name figured in the place-names of countless cities and regions, such as Catalonia, Cadiz, Caithness, and so on. They were sea-going people who had settlements throughout the known world. In light of our subsequent research, it seems likely that these “Cats” were Kads, or ancient Akkadians. The word Kad in fact shows up repeatedly in ancient place-names. Along the Phoenician coast at the time of the kingdoms of David and Solomon, there were no less than three cities all named Kadesh. The term Gad shows up repeatedly as well. On either side of the Straights of Gibraltar, there were once two cities both named Agadir, the most famous of which is sometimes referred to as “Gades.” At the time, remember, those Straights were known as the “Firth of the Gads.” So our research would seem to confirm what we were told by the mysterious stranger at Rennes-le-Chateau. We wished we could have learned more from him about this people he called the “Cats,” but unfortunately our mutual language barrier prevented it. For a man who can read and understand some 40 languages, his grasp of English was spotty at best (albeit far more expert than our limited grasp of French.)

Conflicting chronicles list both Agade and Akkad as being the capitol of Sargon the Great’s empire. Further evidence that the two were probably one and the same is that the ancient maps place both in essentially the same geographic location, not far from Babylon. Also, the maps that depict Agade don’t show Akkad, and vice versa. Given the importance of Agade in the ancient world, we hypothesized that it could well have given rise to the notion of the mythical kingdoms of Asgarde and Agartha. Our guess-work

has since seemingly been borne out, as we have found additional texts relating Arcadia, Akkadia, and Agartha. If Agartha is synonymous with Arcadia (and both are related to Akkadia), this could bring a whole new meaning to The Shepherds of Arcadia, by Nicolas Poussin. The Agarthan underworld connotation could explain why the Sumerian deified kings were also known as “Lords of the Abyss.” And too, if the classical Grecian Arcadia had been named in honor of a more ancient capital of Akkadia or Agade, could not that same ancient capital have been so named in honor of a place far more ancient? The Agade/Akkad debate seems to be rooted in the fact that scholars are divided over whether this culture was essentially Semitic or Indo-European. Both camps are equally fierce in defending their agendas, and it appears that a slight difference in the spelling one way or another would tend to give credence to one side’s arguments over the other’s. We feel that there is substantial evidence that Agade and Akkad were synonymous. That there was probably confusion over the name at the time is evidenced in the fact that the same sea people were described as both Gads and Kads. We also feel that the controversy over who they were needn’t be limited to any Semitic/Indo-European dichotomy. Perhaps this people came from someplace else entirely: a place that some ancient chronicles have called Merou.

The name Merou is certainly suggestive of the Merovingians, but it also ties in with another key element of this saga. The historical personage upon whom the mythic Dagon was patterned was also known as Muru, after whom numerous Sumerian cities were named. His people were known as the Muru, or the Amuru. Amuru is generally translated as meaning “people from the west,” but could undoubtedly be seen to mean “people from (or descendants of) Muru/Merou” (which, from all historical accounts, lay to the west of the ancient world.) But Muru has other significant correspondences. In the Tibetan tradition, a figure equating to Muru/Dagon was said to have descended to Earth on a golden rope, to teach man his secrets. His name: Mura. And in the Koran, the fallen angels were led by two figures: Hurat and Murat. Again we see in widely divergent cultures the same story being retold, with the protagonist’s name nearly identical—Muru, Mura, Murat. If the tale of the fallen angel (or angels) appeared in but a single major world religion, it would be all too easy to dismiss it out of hand as mere folklore. But the fact that it appears in virtually every major religion, both in the West and the East (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) seems indicative of

the fact that we’re looking at something of elemental importance. If this recurring story refers to an actual historical event, from whence came Muru, Mura and Murat? Would it not seem logical that all three could trace their genesis to a single place, the aforementioned Merou? Over the centuries, the mythic empire of Merou has been known by many names, including Mu and Lemuria. But its most well known designation is that assigned to it by Plato: Atlantis.

HALO OF FLIES

P.R. KOENIG

A story has been thought to its conclusion when it has taken its worst possible turn.

—Friedrich Duerrenmatt

Organized occultists want their “religion” to be a frozen part of society. This article intends to show how one such organization imposes intellectual conformity on sincere “seekers.” As the matter is very complex, I hope that reading it is not like having a cup of tea without water… and just eating the tealeaves.

ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS AND GNOSTIC CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) is a German pseudo-masonic organization that was taken over by Aleister Crowley in the mid-1920s. While the O.T.O.’s initiatory system is a sort of Kafkaesque bureaucratic club game, it has a religiously associated section under its obedience, the so-called Gnostic Catholic Church, or “Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica” (E.G.C.). This was originally established by Crowley as the body entitled to perform the “Gnostic Mass,” a theatrical ritual that he devised as a more public version of the O.T.O.’s private rites. The Gnostic Mass is Crowley’s own interpretation of the Christian Eucharist. It is, needless to say, thoroughly pagan in tone, and includes symbolism from Wagner’s Parsifal.

The American or “Caliphate” Ordo Templi Orientis founded in 1977 (I exclude here other O.T.O. groups, such as the “Typhonian” O.T.O. founded more than 10 years earlier in London or the Swiss O.T.O. from the 1950s) has continued to adapt this strand of Crowleyan doctrine within the contemporary E.G.C. In doing so it imitates Roman Catholic traditions by introducing offices like “Patriarch,” “Archbishop,” “Bishop,” (Novitiate) “Priest” and “Priestess,” and “Deacon.” Nowadays, apart from the Mass itself, they have added services such as a “Baptism Ceremony for a Child,” a

“Baptism Ceremony for an Adult,” a “Confirmation Ceremony,” a “Ceremony for Ordination of a Deacon,” a “Wedding Ceremony,” a “Ceremony for a Greater Feast for Death,” a “Basic Exorcism Rite,” and a “Ceremony for Visitation and Administration of the Virtues to the Sick”; they even have a “Saintship” (though it is of note that no women appear in their litany), and “Animal Benedictions.” Christian prayers are also found in association with “Caliphate” rituals: “The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus,” “The Litany of St. Joseph” and “The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” for instance. While it is highly unlikely that Crowley or any of the other founders of the O.T.O. would have countenanced such flirtation with Christian orthodoxy, the “Caliphate” intends it to be taken as reference to the “Aeonic Magus of the last Aeon, as a reminder that these Great Cycles build each upon the others” also that the True Master Jesus was not at all deserving of the political hatchet job done on Him by St. Paul. These prayers and initiation rituals are accompanied by the music of Mozart, Holst, Strauss, Mahler and the like. Obviously blissfully unaware of the traditional meaning of the expression “Wandering Bishops” (that is, bishops outside the realm of Christian orthodoxy), some of these Ecclesiatics have chosen to call themselves “Landed Bishops.”

Thelemites consider ‘The Holy Books of Thelema’ (especially the central “channeled” text of Liber AL vel Legis AKA The Book of the Law) to be their Bible and its exegesis a scholarly task.

Because Crowley’s visionary blueprint is overshadowed by his deficient biography, a trend has started among Crowleyites of differentiating between the “man Crowley” and Crowley the “Thelemic prophet.”

THELEMA AND LOSS OF IDENTITY

Most Crowleyan O.T.O. groups are much preoccupied, even obsessed, with his concept of Thelema: a new religious revelation whose key phrases are “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” and “Love is the Law, Love under Will.” This was Crowley’s missionary enterprise that was supposed to sort out History, Religion, Philosophy, Magick and everyday life. That it is largely a straightforward plagiarism and distortion of Augustinus, Rabelais and Nietzsche does not appear to worry them; nor that

Thelema is based on faith and individual conviction, rather than knowledge and psychology—and is therefore not truly Gnostic in nature. As a doctrine, Thelema (be it called “the new Aeon,” “the new religion,” the “new magick” or whatever) will generally “pretend” and “claim,” but rarely try to prove a thing objectively on the basis of evidence. Therefore it could validly be claimed that Thelema is as much a prejudice as it is a belief-system.

This revisionism calls for Thelemic research so that the elements of all myths may be reduced to a table of qabalistic correspondences. The step from “finding” to “inventing” becomes methodical and mathematical, by application of the strict rules of the qabala cloaked in obscurantist terminology that has bored and puzzled many more potential followers than it has attracted. The language of Thelema is an attempt to render rational thought superfluous, and for this purpose it uses craftily manipulative phrases to camouflage it: “The method of Science, the aim of Religion,” and so on. Thelemites consider “The Holy Books of Thelema” (especially the central “channeled” text of Liber AL vel Legis AKA The Book of the Law) to be their Bible and its exegesis a scholarly task. They use euphemism, irrelevance, and perversion of meaning to achieve this end: if they speak about “family,” “duties,” “privileges,” or a desire to “make the world a nobler place,” why then is Thelema so very preoccupied with things like evoking demons to destroy enemies? Thelema has to disguise itself to hide its true nature, which is “Spermo-Gnosticism” (i.e. achieving Godhead through the consumption of sperm).

As the inventor of the doctrine, Crowley is seen as infallible, and the only standard. Discussion of The Book of the Law, is forbidden, maybe because in his diaries Crowley identified its source of inspiration with “Thee Satan my savior”? Adherence to the Crowleyverse (a strict following of his “teachings,” “orders,” “ideas,” etc.) produces, step-by-step, a state of divorce from reality. Because Crowley’s visionary blueprint is overshadowed by his deficient biography, a trend has started among Crowleyites of differentiating between the “man Crowley” and Crowley the “Thelemic prophet.” This limits the ability to think objectively or critically, and substitutes activism, beliefs, cultishness, ritualism and myth.

OUT OF THE CLOSETS

The occultist views himself as a rebel and a narcissist, who posits him or

herself inside, as well as outside, the predominant culture. He understands himself as part of an elite, and endeavors to create himself anew. Lurking on the threshold of History, Thelema wants to communicate its ideas to the world. It evangelizes with the ultimate aim of destroying society’s standards. It strives for world dominion and compares itself to the young Christianity that had been hunted by Rome. They say that “If one were to substitute

O.T.O. for Army, this would work very well for the Order.”

If they speak about “family,” “duties,” “privileges,” or a desire to “make the world a nobler place,” why then is Thelema so very preoccupied with things like evoking demons to destroy enemies?

The “Caliphate” O.T.O. has extended its sphere of activity far beyond that of the suburb of a secret Order. It may be found not just in cities, but also in geographical suburbs and villages, and has blossomed into a considerable Internet presence in recent years. It consists of various branches, with names such as the “Mysteria Mystica Maxima,” “The Esoteric Rosicrucians,” “The Home of the Order of the Oriental Templars,” and the “Hermetic Science College.” Sometimes the ruling body of the “Caliphate” tries to borrow high- sounding names from other organizations, like that of the “Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua,” the “Illuminaten Orden,” the “Hermetic Brotherhood of Light,” “Memphis Misraim,” or “Academia Masonica.” They have an “Exo-Psychology Guild,” “Drama and Thaumaturgy Guild,” “Alcoholics Guild of O.T.O.,” “Translator’s Guild,” “Thelemic Writer’s Guild,”

The occult supermarket is universally plundered and leaves only a completely devalued treasury of total subjectivity.

“Psychology Guild of O.T.O.,” an “Order of the Lion” giving out “Orders of the Golden Watch” and “Orders of the Eagle.” The leaders nevertheless are, of course, aware that such sub-groups make for a rather pathetic organization and who wants to be part of that? Moving Order activity away from homes and bedrooms is the most important challenge facing the current generation today. They encourage everyone to lend an air of seriousness to the Order.

Thelema as preserved and sheltered within the “Caliphate” O.T.O. claims that it is performing an educational task, with its “Colleges” of Thelema, its “Schools of Hermetic Science,” its “Seminars on Gnosticism,” and through the O.T.O. order structure as well. That’s where their reactionary revisionism

emerges like the Creature from the Black Lagoon. They want to adapt to Society at large and tame illuminating revolution with a safe mainstream tie- in. Their report on the “First National Conference” in the ballroom of the Hilton in Akron, Ohio boasts: “How many of us, when we joined the O.T.O., imagined over a hundred Initiates dancing and drinking in formal evening- wear beneath two-ton chandeliers to big-band, disco and rock? The O.T.O. had come of age that evening.”

There are fundamental elements in every form of human interaction. One might substitute words referring to Christianity, Christian references or derivatives for words referring to the O.T.O. in this article and still maintain the argument.

HARE RAMA HARE SUPERMARKET

Today, in the worldwide circus of the images, occultism is the continuation of fashions, of habits or mannerisms of how to display oneself: pseudo- originality. The occult supermarket is universally plundered and leaves only a completely devalued treasury of total subjectivity. By picking out the pieces that appeal most to him or her out of the debris left after the breakdown of the symbolic order, the occultist’s cultural reality ends up consisting of slightly differing arrangements of said pieces into signs of strict hierarchies. Normal activities one might expect in joining such a group, such as experiencing, recording and processing are curbed and one is reduced to subsistence on a diet of already fixed images that work in a consciousness dissolving way. Common occult knowledge is repackaged and sold as a new product; Crowley’s Thelema is transformed according to “Caliphate” methods into a juicy hamburger in a shiny new wrapping that you can buy at the mall. Defanged, neutered and essentially without much nutritional value.