C.F. Russell (Frater Genesthai), a student of Aleister Crowley, was given permission to start a magickal order in 1931. Called the Great Brotherhood of God and advertised with the claim of being a "shortcut to initiation," it ventured that ceremonial magick could be distilled to a few powerful and efficient steps. Louis Culling, head of its Southern California section, revealed its secrets-including dream recall, sex magick, rituals, the I Ching and more—in a slim volume in 1969, thirty years after the order closed.
Now, forty years later, Carl Llewellyn Weschcke (publisher of the original volume and one of the most knowledgeable occultists in the world) has edited, revised, and massively expanded the original, making it truly accessible and usable for contemporary magicians.
Among the Western Initiatic Traditions, Freemasonry is one of the best known. Today, it seems strange to say that this amazing organization was founded in 1777 in an English pub, but it's true! Of course, it was a formalization of groups that preexisted. However, it is from this moment that the legend really begins. At first, simple rituals were... read this article