London has always been a city shrouded in mystery. What many people might not know is that a whole part of the city is hidden: an occult underworld populated by witches, wizards and people who are interested in the legends of the past and the supernatural realms. We take a look at the city’s supernatural secrets.
Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.)
This organisation resembles the Freemasonry in various aspects, having some rituals in common with them. Based on The Book of the Law written by Aleister Crowley, who affirmed it was dictated to him by a spiritual entity, the O.T.O is ‘an Outer Thelemic Order dedicated to the purpose of securing the Liberty of the Individual and his or her advancement in Light, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge and Power’, as it is written on their website. The society is based on a series of initiations, through which the members can advance in the internal hierarchy. It is not possible to know exactly what happens during these esoteric rituals, as there are no specific indications on how to join the order, and the AMeTh Lodge is situated in London.
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
The Order of the Golden Dawn flourished between the 19th and 20th centuries, whose aim was the exercise of transcendental and mystic activities. In 1888 they founded the Isis-Urania Temple in London, where both men and women were admitted. The system was arranged in order of rank, and through esoteric ceremonies, the adept could achieve admission to the ‘ghostly realms’. The uniqueness of this society was due to the fact that it gave emphasis to the practice of magic, not only to the study of it. Famous figures joined the order, among them Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Aleister Crowley. The official website describes this society’s interests as ‘the ideas studied by Golden Dawn initiates are a unique combination of Jewish Kabbalah, ancient Egyptian and Greek mysteries, several strands of Christianity, and many other Western esoteric traditions.
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