And just why it is that
occultists yearn toward politics and titles of nobility, as
well as to military campaigns and even espionage, is a
problem quite beyond the scope of this book.
republic has collapsed with the defeat of Germany in the
First World War, and the whole country is up for grabs. It
appears as if Germany is about to fall apart into the
warring city-states from which it had been assembled nearly
fifty years ago. The victorious Allies are demanding
enormous concessions from Germany. Kurt Eisner -- an intellectual and a Jew, a defender of the League of
Nations -- takes the initiative and proclaims a Socialist Republic in
Munich on the seventh of November, 1918. It looks as if there is going
to be a Communist regime in Germany -- or, at least, a Socialist one in
Bavaria -- after all. Hysteria grows among the nationalists,
and with it despair that their nation is on the verge of
realizing the dreams of Marx and Engels as codified in their
Whereas Communism set itself up in opposition to all religion, Nazism
supported a pagan revival to replace the existing religions. It is
perhaps this strategy more than any other that has allowed Nazism in
various forms to survive its calamitous defeat in World War II and to
continue to exert an influence over young people and old down the years
into our present decade.
Hartmann is of considerable interest to this investigation as it was he
who helped create the Ordo Templi Orientis, a German occult society
formed around the idea of sexual magic. Other illustrious members of the OTO will include another Theosophist, Dr. Rudolf Steiner, who will go on
to form the Anthroposophical Society in 1912; Gerard Encausse,
who -- under the nom de plume of "Papus" -- had written the first definitive
text on the Tarot as a book of concealed illuminism; and Aleister Crowley, whose A...A..., or
Argentum Astrum ("Silver
Star"), was founded in 1907, the same year as the Order of New Templars
When it came to Magick,
Crowley was a genius....
Ordo Templi Orientis, or the Order of the Eastern Temple.
This was the brainchild of one Karl Kellner, a wealthy German Freemason
of high rank in a rather distaff branch of Freemasonry (the Rite of
Memphis and Mizraim of John Yarker), who claimed that he was instructed
in the techniques of sex-magic by a Hindu adept and two Arab magi during
his travels in the East. He introduced this concept to his associates,
Theodor Reuss, Heinrich Klein, and the ubiquitous Dr. Franz Hartmann,
all of whom were also high-ranking Masons in Yarker's sect...
Theodor Reuss -- the
Outer Head of the Order (OHO) of the OTO -- visited Crowley in London in
1912 ... and accused him
of revealing the core secret of the Order in a publication
of Crowley's called the Book of Lies... Reuss pointed out a revealing
phrase having to do with a "Magick Rood" and a
Another personal friend of Mme. Blavatsky was
Dr. William Wynn Westcott
(1848-1925), another coroner and a Theosophist who founded the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn in England in 1888, the same year as
The Secret Doctrine was published.
Westcott claimed that the Golden Dawn was in
reality the English branch of a German occult lodge...
Whatever the reason,
we have the Theosophical Society, the OTO, the
Anthroposophical Society, and the Golden Dawn all
intertwined in incestuous embrace....
The Golden Dawn -- that fabulously
complex jewel of European occultism.....
The names List and Liebenfels soon became synonymous with the Pan-Germanic
Volkisch movement that eventually
gave birth to the Nazi Party....List adopted the Golden Dawn system of
hierarchical and initiatory degrees....the volkisch romantics of
List's day believed in continuing contact with the Supermen. It was a theme that vibrated
subliminally throughout a lot of anti-Semitic literature and in more
open form among their British counterparts in the Golden Dawn, who
posited a race of "Secret Chiefs": superhuman beings who, they said,
live secretly among us, and in the Theosophical Society,
which held that Hidden Masters (the Great White Brotherhood) were
guiding the world's destiny....
"Sex-magic" is a loaded term with
all sorts of connotations....It is, quite simply, a method of
sublimating sexual energy to the will of the magician in a variety of
rituals, for a variety of purposes, using the sexual practice
appropriate to the desired end. Thus, everything from the missionary
position to sodomy to masturbation has a magical analogue and refers to
a different quality of occult power. The choice of partner is also a
matter for some concern, and the practice of sex-magic has become so
refined by later initiates of the Order that even the specific days of a
woman's menstrual cycle (for instance) each has its own occult
correspondence....Hitler was (probably unconsciously) putting this same
knowledge to good use...Hitler had so sublimated his sexual urges that
he ...had long ceased to be interested in normal sexual intercourse with
women. On the other side, his speeches were so mesmerizing that even
foreigners who spoke no German at all were captivated by Hitler's
oratory. In other words, the magical, tantric technique worked....He
transformed his sexual desire into a tool for obtaining power, and
became the leader of Germany....Quite simply, we are dealing with the
subordination of the sex act to the Great Work by the magician and
mystic of every age.
Interestingly enough, the degree structure of the Golden Dawn was based
on the famous Tree of Life symbol: a complex diagram of ten spheres
connected by a total of twenty-two paths (each path representing
a letter of the Hebrew alphabet) that can be consulted in any one of a
variety of books on qabalism and Western occultism. This same Tree of
Life diagram was used by the old Wotanist Guido von List to represent
the hierarchical grace structure in his own ideal Ario-Germanic
society and, like the Golden Dawn, he reserved the top three degrees as
being inaccessible to the average human being.
That List would have based his hierarchy on the patently
Jewish Tree of Life and borrowed the concept from the Golden Dawn
-- by way
of the OTO -- would seem merely ironic to a layperson but positively
frightening to an occultist, for what it implies about the relationship
between the anti-Semitic List organizations and the ostensibly
apolitical Golden Dawn and OTO lodges....
A great many SA men
were homosexuals, which should give the nervous nellies in the Pentagon pause: for the Brownshirts
-- the dreaded
Storm Troopers; the brawling, two-fisted beer hall fighters; the
drunken, angry mob of volunteer militiamen who defeated Communism
in Germany and who propelled Hitler to power -- were the epitome of
military machismo ... and Rohm, their leader and queen, was the ultimate
And it was an amazing time, no matter who was responsible; for an occult
organization -- a secret society based on Theosophical, runic, and magical
concepts (a kind of redneck Golden Dawn with guns) -- had
fought an armed conflict in the streets of Munich against the purely
political forces of a Soviet state....and won. Today, this would
be considered the stuff of science fiction or, at worst, sword and
sorcery fantasy. But in Munich, in 1919, it was reality.
-- Peter Levenda, "Unholy Alliance"