The Unknown God: W.T. Smith and the Thelemites

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The Teitan Press, Inc., 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 416 pages
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.
 

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Contents

First Steps
8
Isis Therion and Hilarion
34
A Master of the Temple
51
Nemo abest
85
Viator in Regnis Arboris
104
Psychomagia
132
The end of the beginning
151
Salve Regina
180
Rosicrucian Amity
220
Chants before Battle
246
TenOThree
273
W T Smith Diary
347
Crowley on H Spencer Lewis
362
Liber CXXXII
388
Index
407
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Martin P. Starr (b. 1959) is an American independent scholar with research interests in Western Esotericism.

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