T Polyphilus (paradoxosalpha) wrote,

Book Review: The Complete Magick Curriculum of the G.'.B.'.G.'. Edited, Revised, and Expanded

This text (the "Edited, Revised, and Expanded" second edition of The Complete Magick Curriculum of the G.'.B.'.G.'.) is the work of three men distributed over about eight decades.

At the root is the actual curriculum in the form of rituals and "directives from Headquarters" written by C.F. Russell to instruct the adherents of his Thelemic magical order G.'.B.'.G.'., which boasted "A Short-cut to Initiation." This material was put into practice by an organization which achieved total membership in the triple digits during its operation in various US metropolitan areas in the 1930s. It is quite interesting in being a fully-realized Thelemic system of magical training and organizing that appears to have made no reference to the person of Aleister Crowley. It did, however, operate under the authority granted by him to Russell, and it did promote Crowley's Liber Legis and his cardinal doctrine of Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. The system is deliberately minimalist in design, and the ceremonial liturgies hardly measure up to Crowley's ritual texts, but I'm sure they were effective. Another notable feature was its deployment of a sex-magical program stemming from the writings of Ida Craddock.

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