I can never tell when, why or how I have witnessed elaborate Masonic rituals at the downtown Cincinnati Masonic Center without an indictment of sorts—so I won’t. Those impressively ominous rooms can now be rented for weddings and formal meetings but many years ago when William Howard Taft’s house was just around the corner and it was the center of activity in Cincinnati where Congressman Longworth and President Taft had deep roots into the Council of the Scottish Rite gracing those same halls, the movers and shakers at all levels of society practiced sinister rituals that defiled greatly all forms of individuality. The founders of that building had a tremendous role in bringing progressivism to America and I have always resented them, and it was upon one of these investigations of confirmation which put me in that large elaborate building during a late night ritual as the twin towers of P & G cast light through the windows. For me it was a thoroughly disgusting experience even in my clandestine manner. Free masonry was not the kind of America that was intended by the Constitution even if many of the Founding Fathers were members. The intent of the rituals at the Cincinnati Masonic Center was to impress upon the individuals the sense that there was a greater goodness to the collective experience and was designed to impress upon the members the ominous message that the sanctity of the order was greater than any one personality. Present at this ceremony was many of the most prominent lawyers in Cincinnati, doctors, politicians and all those stair climbers flashing into power upon the Cincinnati scene. Those not in the room likely would not get a coveted bank loan for their business, or would not get approvals for a project pushed through the political process—if one wanted to improve their station in life, they needed to be at the Masonic rituals performed at the Cincinnati Masonic Center—or they would be on the “outside.” That was the primary reason for my disgust.
What bothered me about the place most was the sense of collectivism present—the willingness of the supposedly powerful people there to yield themselves to the superiority of the high degree Masons. Whenever to this day that I enter a town anywhere in the world where a Mason emblem greats one at the entrance—it means to me that the town is run not by free markets and free individuals—but a collective group of cowards who seek spiritual aid to loft them into positions of power like a safety line hooked to a rock climber. The rituals are performed to bring assistance to the lives of the members, and the merit is not individually based, but collectively oriented. The members through ritual are bonded through fraternity and paves the way for a very boring life and a general ass-kisser for the rest of their days. I don’t like Masonic organizations—they have paved the way toward progressive policies and underground socialism by their very nature and have infected American society with altruism to hide their vast hoax of pure evil. One of these Masonic devotees who did not even work to hide that evil behind altruism was Aleister Crowly who would take the Masonic movement into a new direction without the trappings of social benefit through a church which would infect the entertainment industry with vast evil propagated by sexual orgies and drug use in Pasadena, California called the Agapé Lodge of the O.T.O.
Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) (‘Order of the Temple of the East’ or ‘Order of Oriental Templars’) is an international fraternal and religious organization founded at the beginning of the 20th century. English author and occultist Aleister Crowley has become the best-known member of the order.
Originally it was intended to be modeled after and associated with European Freemasonry, such as Masonic Templar organizations, but under the leadership of Aleister Crowley, O.T.O. was reorganized around the Law of Thelema as its central religious principle. This Law—expressed as “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” and “Love is the law, love under will”—was promulgated in 1904 with the writing of The Book of the Law.
Similar to many secret societies, O.T.O. membership is based on an initiatory system with a series of degree ceremonies that use ritual drama to establish fraternal bonds and impart spiritual and philosophical teachings.
O.T.O. also includes the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (EGC) or Gnostic Catholic Church, which is the ecclesiastical arm of the Order. Its central rite, which is public, is called Liber XV, or the Gnostic Mass.
Theodore Reuss met Aleister Crowley and in 1910 admitted him to the first three degrees of O.T.O. Only two years later, Crowley was placed in charge of Great Britain and Ireland, and was advanced to the X° (tenth degree). The appointment included the opening of the British section of O.T.O., which was called the Mysteria Mystica Maxima or the M∴M∴M∴. Crowley then went to Berlin to obtain instructional manuscripts and the title of Supreme and Holy King of Ireland, Iona and all the Britains within the Sanctuary of the Gnosis. Within the year Crowley had written the Manifesto of the M∴M∴M∴ which described its basic ten-degree system with Kellner’s three degree Academia Masonica forming the seventh, eighth and ninth degrees.
In 1913, Crowley composed the Gnostic Mass while in Moscow, which he described as being the Order’s “central ceremony of its public and private celebration”. In 1914, soon after World War I broke out, he moved to the United States of America. It was around this time that Crowley decided to integrate Thelema into the O.T.O. system, and in 1915 prepared revised rituals for use in the M∴M∴M∴.
In 1917, Reuss wrote a Synopsis of Degrees of O.T.O. in which the third degree was listed as “Craft of Masonry” and listed the initiations involved as “Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, Master Mason” and elaborated on this with “Full instruction in Craft Masonry, including the Catechism of the first three degrees, and an explanation of all the various Masonic systems”. The same document shows that the fourth degree of O.T.O. is also known as the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch. It was summarized by Reuss as the Degree of “Scotch Masonry,” equivalent to “Scotch Mason, Knight of St. Andrew, Royal Arch”, and he described it as “Full instruction in the Scottish degrees of Ancient and Accepted Masonry”.
In 1919, Crowley attempted to work this Masonic-based O.T.O. in Detroit, Michigan. The result was that he was rebuffed by the Council of the Scottish rite on the basis that O.T.O. rituals were too similar to orthodox Masonry. He described this in a 1930 letter to Arnold Krumm-Heller:
However, when it came to the considerations of the practical details of the rituals to be worked, the general Council of the Scottish Rite could not see its way to tolerate them, on the ground that the symbolism in some places touched too nearly that of the orthodox Masonry of the Lodges.
Crowley subsequently rewrote the initiation rituals of the first three degrees, and in doing so removed most of those rituals’ ties to Masonry. He did not, however, rewrite the fourth degree ritual, which remains in its form and structure related to the various Royal Arch rituals of Masonry.
Crowley wrote that Theodore Reuss suffered a stroke in the spring of 1920. In correspondence with one of Reuss’s officers, Crowley expressed doubts about Reuss’s competence to remain in office. Relations between Reuss and Crowley began to deteriorate, and the two exchanged angry letters in November 1921. Crowley informed Reuss that he was availing himself of Reuss’s abdication from office and proclaiming himself Outer Head of the Order. Reuss died on October 28, 1923 without designating a successor, though Crowley claimed in later correspondence that Reuss had designated him. Crowley biographer Lawrence Sutin, among others, casts doubt on this claim, although there is no evidence for or against it, and no other candidate stepped forward to refute Crowley by offering proof of succession. In 1925, during a tumultuous Conference of Grand Masters, Crowley was officially elected as Outer Head of the Order (or O.H.O.) by the remaining administrative heads of O.T.O.
During WWII, the European branches of O.T.O. were either destroyed or driven underground. By the end of the war, the only surviving O.T.O. body was Agapé Lodge in California, although there were various initiates in different countries. Very few initiations were being performed. At this time, Karl Germer, who had been Crowley’s representative in Germany, migrated to the USA after being released from Nazi confinement. On March 14, 1942, Crowley appointed him as his successor as Outer Head of the Order, and Germer filled the office after the death of Crowley in 1947.
In subsequent articles more will be learned about this specific Pasadena, O.T.O temple but the important thing to know is that the direct leaders were none other than Jack Parsons and L.R. Hubbard. The later name is so prominent to this day in Hollywood as the embraced religion of Tom Cruise, John Travolta and many others have taken a life of their own. Parsons in direct command by Aleister Crowley ran that last true bastion of the O.T.O work as the writing on the wall was evident that a metamorphism needed to occur for the Thelema religion preserving the ways of the Masonic order through music, film, and art—so that it would not become lost to time. The O.T.O cult was some of the first to ride the wave of new entertainment and switch from the stuffy robbed figures of the Cincinnati Masonic Center to the glittering stars of film. Jack Parsons arranged many sex magick rituals following directly the work of Aleister Crowley. The standing temples gave way to virtual ones and instead of the Council of the Scottish Rite doing their hard-core rituals within the secret society of a Masonic hall the magick chants found their way into songs from The Doors, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.
Ever wonder what the symbols mean on Led Zeppelin’s “unnamed album (Led Zeppelin IV)—the one with “Stairway to Heaven” on it. Click the link below and you’ll have your answer. The world radio premiere of “Stairway to Heaven” was recorded at the Paris Cinema on 1 April 1971, in front of a live studio audience, and broadcast three days later on the BBC. The song was performed at almost every subsequent Led Zeppelin concert, only being omitted on rare occasions when shows were cut short for curfews or technical issues. The band’s final performance of the song was in Berlin on 7 July 1980, which was also their last concert until 10 Dec 2007 at London’s O2 Arena; the version was the longest, lasting almost fifteen minutes, including a seven and a half-minute guitar solo. It became a type of replacement for traditional Masonic ritual and the much heavier O.T.O cult invoking magick with mass worship.
One of the reasons that I “attended” the Cincinnati Masonic Center events was to confirm a long-held suspicion that I had first wondered about while watching enchanted teenagers drunk and stoned listening to “Stairway to Heaven” during the early days of MTV at college parties. I never understood the way kids became so enchanted by that song, and why it made more sense to them under altered states of mind—particularly marijuana smoke.
“Stairway To Heaven”
There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.
There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.
And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.
If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.
Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
I’m not going to explore if that song is a sweet lullaby to “satan” or if it is a dedication to evil when played backwards—but I am absolutely certain that it was created in direct tribute to the Thelema occult—as framed by Aleister Crowley and finally brought the O.T.O activity out of the shadows, and into every bedroom in America—every car stereo, every drug induced stupor. The music of Led Zeppelin and many others which followed did much more work for the occult than thousands of secret society temples like Cincinnati Masonic Center or the O.T.O. in Pasadena where high priests spend copious amounts of time mixing semen with menstrual blood to old Latin chants praising Lucifer. Not exactly a fun night on the town. As old Masons listened to the new music from followers of Aleister Crowley either loosely, or with great dedication, they were naturally resentful. The magick created by millions of stoned couples having sex to Led Zeppelin from their beds did considerably more to invoke the negative spirits of existence than the orgies arranged by Jack Parsons and L.R. Hubbard at the O.T.O. temple in California, or any high degree Masonic invocation, and it certainly angered the old guard.
What makes these groups evil and what I learned from the Cincinnati Masonic Center connecting the dots from my first impressions many years ago of Led Zeppelin’s influence over young people through song is that the whole movement was just a mask for collectivism. When William Howard Taft lumbered his fat ass through the halls of the Cincinnati Masonic Center he was helping Teddy Roosevelt usher in progressivism behind the mask of altruism sponsored by his Masonic temple. Behind the name of progressivism was a mask hiding the European push for communism in much the same way that Masons wear a mask of goodness dedicated to God, and turn the Bible inside out and into a cult nightmare behind that mask. The casual members peer at the closed doors with yearning wondering what’s behind them, and once they are let in and given higher degrees of Masonic authority and have been disgraced in front of their superiors during initiation ceremonies for the purpose of bonding them with their brothers in fraternal partnership, it’s too late for objective opinion. Such things stayed a secret for many years until Aleister Crowley broke ranks with them and stepped out on his own to create the O.T.O. church. Once the mystery was let out and set free into popular culture massive amounts of evil is now upon our culture as the Masons greedily look on in resentment hoping that nobody noticed. The result is that membership into the Cincinnati Masonic Center is down—so far that they now rent their once secret rooms to the public. They have to so to justify such a large piece of real estate in downtown Cincinnati. The temple used to be a place of power and control in the heart of the city—but now it is just a relic where a few old farts and misguided youth try to keep the whole charade alive after the internet has exposed their century old secrets.
The evil comes not from the different interpretations of Biblical scholarship but in their desire to use collectivism to invoke advantage. The Masons, the members of the O.T.O., Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons and L.R. Hubbard wanted to gain advantage through collectivism, and is what makes them vile. It’s not that Aleister Crowley wanted to smell the farts of his lovers thinking to appease some spirit, but that he sought to use people as a sacrifice to invoke fortune for either himself, or the collective will of humanity as defined by him. And to a much lesser degree, but very similar was the actions of the Cincinnati Masonic Center—and the intentions behind the song “Stairway to Heaven.” As the end of that song proclaims—-“When all are one and one are all,” the aim is not individual value or endeavor, but the collective sacrifice of everyone to the aims of social benefit as a mess of altruistic premise. The way to heaven is not in self-responsibility, or personal merit, but in yielding to the premise of the “greater good” as defined by those who are standing in a robe spreading their own semen across a table and dripping their blood into it to invoke a reaction of collective benefit. But instead of heaven the doors to life open into hell—as it is spread across the whole world by the chants of fools so cowardly that they require the help of spirits to carry them from moment to moment.
I left that vile temple as discreet as I had arrived under the bright moonlight of a large moon and headed straight for a little diner on Monmouth St., in Newport. At that hour the strippers, drug addicts and homeless converged on the place about the same time as my arrival and I waited patiently reading Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces ignoring them the best I could. I had seen what I came for and needed some food at 3:30 AM. As I sat and ate quietly until the sun rose again I watched and listened to all the dregs of society around me and I had a thought—that they were much better people than the scum bags across the river at the Cincinnati Masonic Center. Because as terrible as the three strippers who sat behind me where—and the countless sins they committed every single night of their employment, they at least were free to live as individuals. They like me were free of ties to a secret society or the demons who expect payment for disturbing their inter-dimensional utterances. The participants of occult that I witnessed returned back to their lives, their homes, and their masks to live in bondage to their social image designed to appeal to the greater good. They are so lowly and pathetic that a typical gutter whore is of a much higher representation of individual freedom and thus spiritual enlightenment—because at least the individual is free to act on their own—where as the occultists are forever in bondage to the collective nature of evil for the rest of their lives. They may live comfortable lives and obtain great social power, but they are essentially in chains attached to them through Latin chants and vile magick. Like Jimmy Page says, “’cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.” And so do those who claim to only want to sell a record, perform charity, or dedicate themselves to altruism.
This isn’t even the worst of it. Tomorrow we will deal with Jack Parsons and how his schemes infected America with a sickness that it has never overcome and he did it with occult ritual on an epic scale.