[Read] ➸ The Unknown God: W.T. Smith and the Thelemites ➵ Martin P. Starr – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Unknown God: W.T. Smith and the Thelemites 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 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 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 C.F Russell, Jane Wolfe, Max R Schneider, Jack Parsons, Louis T Culling, Frederic Mellinger 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 Hay.Students 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 Reading. I almost wish I hadn t read it I am at least glad I waited until moving through some of the O.T.O degrees myself.While 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 O.T.O 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 O.T.O 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 teachings.Apart from that, this is a fascinating look at the history of the O.T.O in North America, and at one man s successes and failures in following out The Path as outlined by Crowley in his O.T.O and A A systems of High Magick Since they were close associates, it also offers a good, 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 form.My 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 lives.Starr 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 clea 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 onl

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