What’s Beyond Freemasonry?
Blood on the Altar
Reviewed by Cornelia R. Ferreira
Reprinted with permission from Catholic Family News, August 2005
As Vatican II commenced, a little-known secret society, the Ordo Templis Orientis (OTO), conducted a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Council. The OTO’s occult icon, the “Stele of Revealing,” was carried across Germany from Hamburg to Zurich, then onwards to Stein, where it was borne into the OTO’s chapel, with bells ringing, for a Gnostic ritual. (p. 103) Just what is this Ordo Templis Orientis, and what advance knowledge did it have of the Council’s designs that caused it to celebrate? These questions are answered in Blood on the Altar as Craig Heimbichner unravels the history and workings of what he calls the world’s most dangerous secret society, the power behind the Invisible Government or Cryptocracy.
The Cryptocracy is involved in the transformation or “alchemical processing” of mass consciousness by psychological mind manipulation. With the help of the secret societies, tests are set up and responses measured, to “shape” world events. (pp. 5-6, 15, 137) The goal is to have the masses live as controlled puppets in the Masonic New World Order. Established a century ago, the OTO is the “graduate school” of Freemasonry, and is self-titled the “Masonic Academy.” It contains all the degrees of Masonry and Illuminism and is the highest secret society for elite Freemasons. An international organization, the OTO is a tax-exempt organized religion in the United States. (pp. 13-14, 25, 76, 87, 91-92). The writings of its long-time head, British Intelligence agent and satanist Aleister Crowley (d. 1947), who called himself the Great Beast 666, reveal the OTO is grounded in satanism.
Crowley called Satan “my Lord” and said, with regards to the OTO, “We have no scruple in restoring ‘devil worship.'” (p. 28) However, in the OTO, the devil worship is not openly done under the name of Satan, but surreptitiously under the name of the goat-headed satanic idol Baphomet. Also termed Lion and Serpent, Baphomet is worshipped as God in the Gnostic Mass, the OTO’s central liturgy (pp. 29-30).
Composed by Crowley, the Gnostic Mass is not a Black Mass, i.e., a reversed Catholic Mass, but a blasphemous parody of the Catholic Mass. (p. 15) It is very important to understand that the roots of Freemasonry intertwine with Judaism, as it helps us to see the hand of Masonry behind the Judaizers in the Catholic Church.
All Masonry, says Mr. Heimbichner, is subordinate to Judaism. A “key operative” in the establishment of the OTO was a member of the B’nai B’rith, which is Jewish Freemasonry. (p. 89) The essence of Freemasonry, Mr. Heimbichner says (pp. 8-9), can be traced to the Sumerian worship of Satan (“Shaitan”) that passed into ancient Egypt and Babylon. The ancient forms of devil worship were then preserved and passed down through the oral teaching of the Jewish rabbis as the “traditions of the ancients or elders,” strongly condemned by Jesus Christ (Mk. 7:1-13; Mt. 15:1-9).
After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., the oral teaching was gradually written down in what became the Talmud and the Kabbalah. The Talmud and Kabbalah, the latter being completely gnostic and black-magical, form the basis of Judaism, a religion “utterly distinct” from the Old Testament religion of the Israelites. Judaism is “a sect top-heavy with unscriptural, man-made tradition and pagan superstition.” Mr. Heimbichner cites Jewish authorities on the Kabbalah and experts on occult symbolism to expose the fact that certain Kabbalist rites correspond to the occult Hindu Tantric yoga techniques of sex magick. These depraved rituals are a continuation of the temple magic of the Canaanites, Babylonians and other nations, which drew down the wrath of God. Their purpose in Judaism is to fuse the male and female aspects of divinity to produce the androgynous, balanced, “completed male” Jew, the “body of God,” called Adam Kadmon.
“The duty of pious Jews,” says a Kabbalah authority quoted by Mr. Heimbichner, is to recite a Kabbalist formula daily to mystically promote this unity. (pp. 77-78, 86, 136) The Jewish Encyclopedia admits, says Mr. Heimbichner, that Jewish gnosticism includes occult magick and it inspired Christian Gnosticism. (p. 88) This occultism was also transmitted through the Manichaeans, Cathars and other groups, eventually corrupting the twelfth-century Knights Templar, transforming it into an occult Order. The Order was condemned and closed down by the Church for worshipping Baphomet and practising sodomy – which occultists consider “advanced” sex magick (pp. 9, 80).
The Templar tradition made its way into Freemasonry, and sex magick “lies at the heart of top-level Freemasonry such as exists in the OTO.” It is the “supreme secret” of Masonry, known only to high Masons. (pp. 77, 81, 95) There is sex magick in the eighth and ninth degrees of the OTO and homosexuality in the eleventh, its highest degree (pp. 88, 113). And even the lowest levels of Masonry, the Blue Lodge, teach the gnostic denial of God and the affirmation of man as God, ruler of himself, a “risen” divinity – i.e., a type of Antichrist. (pp. 81-82)
The Double Mind
Craig Heimbichner reveals that this teaching is a typical OTO/Masonic deception. Albert Pike, Sovereign Grand Commander of Scottish Rite Masonry, confessed in his 1871 book Morals and Dogma, which is “the defining dogmatic statement of Masonic belief,” that Blue Lodge members are deliberately deceived as to the meanings of Masonic symbols. Only the “Adepts,” or “Elect” get to know the occult secrets. It is the purpose of Masonry, said Pike, “to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from [low-level Masons].” (pp. 56-58) As Mr. Heimbichner notes, “the illusion of self-rulership and divinity is used as an intoxicating drug to inoculate dupes both in the lodges and outside into believing themselves omnipotent and omniscient,” above possible enslavement or deception. (p. 82)
The actual “light” that Masons pledge to seek, and which is found in the highest levels of Masonry, Pike taught, must be received from Lucifer, the “Light-Bearer.” He said the search for Light leads back to the Kabbalah, and Crowley affirms this, also asserting that the Kabbalah is the “whole basis” of the OTO. Thus, concludes Mr. Heimbichner, “Freemasonry is a nursery of Luciferianism from which promising candidates are selected [for higher degrees], while others are left forever in the dark, content to exploit their good-old-boy connections and play their charity charade.” (pp. 58, 116-17)
Satan being the father of lies, Masonic “charity” is a veneer hiding the true purpose of Freemasonry, which is the totalitarian control of the world according to Kabbalistic principles. Mr. Heimbichner notes that “the Masonic identification with Lucifer is an attempt to invoke the supernatural force that energizes tyrannical rule,” and he cites Scriptural passages that compare tyrannical kings with Satan. In modern times, we have the French Revolution and Communism, both “imposed in the name of lofty masonic ideals of fraternity and equality, and Judeo-Bolshevik promises of paradise for workers and peasants.” (pp. 59-60)
Mr. Heimbichner makes the important observation that the Kabbalistic attempt to merge a male and female divinity, as well as combine two opposing pillars of Mercy and Severity in its Tree of Life, indicates its inherently contradictory – indeed, dialectical – nature. It produces a “Double Mind,” which, as practised by its Masonic/OTO disciples, generates “a hypnosis of confusing but convincing double-talk.” (p. 61) Readers will undoubtedly recall George Orwell’s portrayal in 1984 of the insanity-producing double-think that characterizes a totalitarian society. Control over a person’s mind is complete when you can get him to simultaneously hold two contradictory ideas as equally valid.
The androgynous Baphomet, worshipped by the OTO, symbolizes the Double Mind, i.e., two-faced duplicity. This accounts for the deception practised on Masons themselves. But seeking total world control, the OTO has also been spreading double-think through society and the Church, attempting to control both the Left pillar of libertarianism and radical hedonism, and the Right pillar of preference for authoritarian, aristocratic rule and classical culture. Mr. Heimbichner has tracked the infiltration of OTO members into the US government and military, NASA, Hollywood, the FBI, Right-wing “patriot” groups and the New Age Movement. He provides examples of how its wide-ranging influence on the elite has allowed it to transform the masses, “spreading the ‘energy of Satan’ across the planet.” (pp. 17, 119-29) He uses the example of OTO leader James Wasserman to illustrate how the OTO infiltrates the Right Wing, and states that he and other investigators have compiled evidence of occult agents in the Traditional Mass movement. (pp. 35-40, 44)
Certainly this reviewer has encountered double-minded Traditionalists who promote a “Catholic” occultism, even suggesting that the Black Mass could be licit. Other Traditionalists delve into the trance-induced “prophecies” of Nostradamus or constantly seek out modern, unapproved seers. And Traditionalists who wonder if St. John in “The Last Supper” painting is actually Mary Magdalene have been alchemically processed by the blasphemous libel against Jesus Christ and His Church in “The Da Vinci Code. ” Outside the Traditionalist movement, transformation is a splendid success. The clearest indications are the refusal of neo-conservatives to criticize Pope John Paul’s syncretism and sacrilege-laden Masses, though knowing these actions to be wrong; and the bid to canonize him as a martyr although he died peacefully in bed and loved by the world.
The Law of Thelema
Attempting to destroy Christian morality, OTO head Aleister Crowley preached the Law of Thelema: “Do as you will,” or, as it is known in popular jargon, “Do your own thing.” He highly influenced the hippie movement and the use of psychedelic drugs. Crowley was popularized by the Beatles and other rock stars, Hollywood and major bookstores. (pp. 48-50, 130) His engagement in animal sacrifice, and his call for human sacrifice, may have been a factor in the Manson murders. (pp. 18-22)
With disciple Gerald Gardner, he created the modern system of Wicca or “white witchcraft,” which is not traditional witchcraft, but the “witchcraft” and goddess-worship practised by feminists and modernist Catholic nuns. The Harry Potter films and books, which promote the notion of the “good witch,” have been credited by the Pagan Federation of England for interesting thousands of teenagers in witchcraft.
Disney films, TV shows and pop stars also pitch Wicca to the young, observes Mr. Heimbichner. (pp. 16, 52-54) Aleister Crowley Tarot cards not only introduce youth to the OTO, but also are the basis of role-playing computer games that increasingly feature dark themes, bloodletting and OTO demons. (pp. 24-27) Given his own use of sexual magick, the bisexual Crowley preached that all perversions should be practised openly, and that “all children shall be accustomed from infancy to witness every type of sexual act.” Mr. Heimbichner comments that “his advice has been taken to heart by the Hollywood entertainment industry and the New York publishing houses,” whilst some OTO members have promoted “man/boy love.”
Further, he says, the notorious ‘sexologist’ Alfred Kinsey (d. 1956), whose influence on sex education helped to erode American morality, was a friend of Crowley, whom he cited as a “major inspiration.” Kinsey “was a pederast who used hundreds of children in sex acts connected with his famed ‘medical research,'” but was glorified in a 2004 Hollywood movie from Fox studio. (pp. 16-17, 117)
Mr. Heimbichner makes two important points here. First, his research shows that the roots of this spreading cancer of pedophilia, that has even tarnished the Catholic priesthood, actually lie not in Crowley or the OTO, but in the Talmud. (p. 114) Second, given its own promotion of immorality, media outrage regarding clerical homosexuality betrays its Double Mind and its part in mass hypnosis. Media double-think in any context “tests the trance-state of the populace,” i.e., what the masses will accept as official news or explanations. The programming or transforming of minds is then adjusted depending on the response. (p. 112)
Mr. Heimbichner provides double-speak examples from the Talmud and Jewish man-made laws of “rabbinical sanctions of child molestation,” even against girls younger than three years old. Not surprisingly, “sodomy in the synagogue,” says Mr. Heimbichner, “is a well-kept secret.” He cites a recent report in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, “that decades of sodomizing of [male Talmud school] students was permitted and covered up by ‘the greatest of the ultra-Orthodox rabbis.'” There is, of course, no outcry in the controlled Western media. (pp. 114-16) Meanwhile, our formerly Christian societies have been “transformed” to accept sexual perversity as a human right, and the institutionalization of perverse liasons as “marriage.” It is only a matter of time and further re-education before pedophilia is sanctioned because “Crowley regarded any separation between homosexuality and pederasty as artificial and absurd and refused to restrict himself.” Restriction, he taught, is Sin. Mr. Heimbichner observes, “The ‘Sin of Restriction'” is now viewed by influential American educators, journalists and judges precisely as Crowley viewed it.” (pp. 117-18)
Now, it is quite obvious today’s world is completely youth-oriented. Laws ensure that youth are not disciplined. Education is “child-centered.” Fashions, music and entertainment are geared towards the young consumer. Political parties have youth wings, the age of voting is being lowered, and governments and the United Nations seek the input of youth. Even the Catholic Church has got in on the act, preaching Crowley’s Law of Thelema – do as you will – to the young. There are youth or children’s “Masses,” highly corrupted to appeal to them. Youth are encouraged to discuss – criticize – traditional beliefs and practices of the Church. Instead of teaching them to follow the Commandments of God and the Church, they are taught to discover their own values and devise their own spirituality. This Thelemic pandering culminates in the wild extravaganzas called World Youth Days.
It just so happens that Aleister Crowley predicted (pp. 50-51) that the advance of “Crowleyanity” in mainstream culture would engender the “‘Aeon of Horus,’ the age of the Crowned and Conquering Child,” which would overthrow the “Aeon of Osiris,” the age of the “Dying God.” In other words, says Mr. Heimbichner, Crowley’s New Age is one in which “God the Father is thrown off by Horus the Child,” as a rebellious youth culture emerges. (As Pope Leo XIII explained in his indictment of Freemasonry, Humanum Genus, Masonry controls the masses, especially youth, through the “gospel of pleasure.”) Crowley further planned that both the ” Left-wing” rebellion and the “Right-wing” reaction would be controlled by the OTO. So, for instance, we have both society and the diocesan-level Church, through programs for parents of allegedly homosexual youth, brainwashing parents to accept their children’s sinful “lifestyle” (the battle for getting them to accept cohabitation has already been won).
Blood on the Altar
In the early twentieth century, the OTO nearly succeeded in placing one of its Satanist members on the Papal throne. Mariano Cardinal Rampolla, Secretary of State under Leo XIII, was elected to the papacy after Leo’s death. Only the exercising by Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary of the emperor’s long-standing privilege of vetoing a papal election, led to the removal of Rampolla and the election of Pope St. Pius X instead. But through Rampolla, who “influenced key men,” “the OTO had the opportunity to give counsel, plant seeds and ultimately shape policy within the Vatican” in the following decades, notes Mr. Heimbichner. He follows the trail of influence down to Freemason Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, architect of the destruction of the Tridentine Mass. (pp. 100-102)
It is noteworthy that besides including Rampolla in its list of members in its 1917 Manifesto, the Judaic OTO also claimed the Chiefs of several Catholic Orders of Knights as “initiates of the highest rank.” These included the Knights of St. John, Malta and the Holy Sepulchre. (pp. 91-92)
Which brings us back to why the OTO celebrated the opening of Vatican II. It obviously had advance knowledge of the Judaization, occultization and Thelemization of the Church that would now take place openly. The breaking down of the true Church and erection of a false, anti-Catholic Counterchurch, hardly noticed by the gradually hypnotized Catholic grassroots, shows the OTO’s faith in Vatican II was not misplaced. Indeed, in 1970, narrates Mr. Heimbichner, a portrait painted by a German Lutheran depicted a “repellent, evil” Paul VI, clutching a dagger and destroying St. Peter’s Basilica, whilst surrounded by Illuminati and Satanic symbols.
The pontiff cooly commented that the portrait was “a mirror of the situation in the Church today,” and that “one almost needs a new philosophy to grasp the meaning of this in its context.” This new philosophy is the philosophy of Thelema or self-will, explains Mr. Heimbichner, whilst the context of the Church’s destruction is the Aeon of Horus, in which the satanic Masonic New Age replaces Christianity. (pp. 106-7, 136)
The final Aeon proclaimed by Crowley will be the Aeon of Maat, the era of the Antichrist or the false Jewish Messiah. At that time, says Mr. Heimbichner, “Freemasonic leaders hope to finally fulfill their Third Degree ritual by rebuilding Solomon’s Temple so that blood may again flow upon Jerusalem’s altar, defiantly reversing and nullifying, in the Talmudic and occult mind, the blood of Christ.”
As Crowley exclaimed to a Jewish rabbi: “Let Anti-Christ arise, let Him announce to Israel its integrity.” The OTO is paving the way for the “hoped-for Judeo-Masonic dream of rebuilding the Temple of Solomon so that the blood of animals may once again be present at the rabbinical altar.” How close are we to this event? Well, Mr. Heimbichner cites a rabbi who says Jewish tradition calls for the re-establishment of the Jewish Sanhedrin as “a necessary condition for the rebuilding of the Temple.”
He then quotes an Israeli news report of October 14, 2004, that announced, “After secretive preparations that lasted for over a year, the Sanhedrin … will resume its operation after 1,500 years.” (pp. 125-26, 129-30)
Craig Heimbichner ends his book warning that we must sacrifice our time and energy in the pursuit of truth. We must reject the Double Mind, cast off the Thelemic trance and reverse the alchemical-hypnotic process so that we are not sacrificed on the OTO’s altar, for our damnation. (p. 135) Of course, as Catholics, the way to avoid having a Double Mind is to stick firmly to Tradition, shun all novelty, and reject the fantastick.
Cornelia Ferreira is co-author, with John Vennari, of World Youth Day: From Catholicism to Counterchurch, which analyzes occult infiltration of Catholicism and offers a devastating portrait of the shipwreck that was the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.
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to Paranoia Magazine’s review of his book, "Blood on the Altar"
To the editor:
Thank you for reviewing my book, " Blood
on the Altar: The Secret History of the World’s Most Dangerous Secret Society"
in the Fall, 2005 (issue #39) of your magazine, "Paranoia: The Conspiracy
Reader" (pp. 62-63). Your review was much-appreciated, but contained
some notable errors and omissions which I must point out.
You write that I mention "97 degrees of Freemasonry," but provide
the reader "nothing further on this intriguing claim." Actually,
in my glossary (p. 148) I note that the 97 degrees belong to the Memphis
Rite of Masonry, and I cite this fact earlier, on p. 92, as well. Basic
information on this rite and a complete list of all of its degrees can be
found in a standard Masonic work such as A E. Waite’s "Encyclopaedia
of Freemasonry, "Volume 2, pp. 241-248 (Wings Books, New York, 1996
I never state any enormity such as that the OTO is "behind just
about every social movement or event," as you allege. While I
posit that the political stagecraft known as "Left" and "Right"
are minted from the kabbalistic schema of Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-1572),
it is an illusion of kabbalistic and Masonic sorcery that these divisions
encompass "every social movement or event," and one that I do
You also claim that my book "falls flat" when it comes to "naming
influential OTO members," and imply that I give little beyond the well-known
names of Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons. It appears that you have
not read my book with sufficient attention, given the fact that I write
at length about representative powerful individuals spanning the history
of the twentieth century, who were connected to the OTO in significant ways
in key areas, from the military and British Intelligence, to literature,
journalism, medicine, science fiction, the homosexual rights movement and
NAMBLA, the space program, Scientology, Hollywood, the pagan revival ("Wicca"),
B’nai B’rith, the Zurich Union of Zionists, the Soviet Union’s Trade Delegation,
the Communist Party, Israeli Intelligence (Shin Bet), the CIA and even the
Vatican and certain wings of Protestantism.
Some of the names cited in my book include military strategist Major-General
J. F. C. Fuller, OTO visionary James Wasserman, NAMBLA activist Harry Hay,
B’nai B’rith leader Dr. Pinkus, Dr. Jung’s associate Oscar Schlag, Martin
Buber’s colleague Friedrich Levke, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Rampolla,
Aldous Huxley, Alfred Kinsey, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, actor John Carradine,
"Wicca founder" Gerald Gardner, ordained Episcopalian priest Michael
Bertiaux, Pulitzer prize- winning journalist and "Man in Moscow"
Walter Duranty, sci-fi legend Robert Heinlein, and many others. I
do not give a complete membership list, but you might try your creative
luck with the current leaders of the OTO, "Hymenaeus Beta" (William
Breeze) and his U.S. top man, "Sabazius" (David Scriven), or Michael
Staley in England (representing Kenneth Grant).
Furthermore, you expressed some puzzlement in that I cast doubt on Masonic
membership lists while still affirming higher Masonic control in the United
States and elsewhere. In truth, the Masonic membership lists in circulation
are a deliberate mixture of truth and falsehood, not to be taken at face
value. Regarding the United States, Masonic control was not solidified
until after the Civil War. The Cryptocracy has deepened its psychological
control over the populace by rewriting history to serve its purposes, including
the recent push (as you note) to paint the colonial breakaway from England
as a top-to-bottom Masonic project.
This Masonic boast serves to make Lodge control over this country look
inevitable. Such conceit further serves to distract the half-educated
from the historical fact that Masonry was already the power behind the throne
(and Church) of England: why then would a Masonic rebellion against
the immense, successful Masonic power of the British Empire make sense?
It doesn’t among real historians rather than Masonic enthusiasts and their
dupes. Historians who value exactitude cannot twist facts to overblow
the picture of Masonic dominance at a point in history in which it would
have been false to affirm it, however much the shadowy presence of Masonic
control is undeniable today.
Finally, your reviewer cited my remarks about occult themes in "Scooby-Doo"
as a kind of joking caveat against certain aspects of my subject matter,
though paradoxically he quickly distanced himself from suggesting that my
work was not serious or worthy of study.
It is a commonplace among scholars who are of a New Age orientation to
belittle Christian researchers who raise alarms about the sublimation of
popular culture to the service of clandestine programming and ritual magick.
Yet one of the points I try to make in my book is that, despite a good deal
of misinformation and hysteria from Protestant Fundamentalists in this area,
the interface between "harmless" mainstream children’s culture
and the occult is now more or less so blatant it is barely concealed.
This point was brought home with some impact at the prestigious, 14th
World Jewish Congress of Jewish Studies held in late July and early August,
2005 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A number of Israeli scholars
from the field of the occult, and especially kabbalah, participated. Dr.
Avraham Elqayam of Bar-Ilan University, an exponent of the kabbalah of Rabbi
Yitzhak Luria, began his lecture with a call for a genuine revolution in
the study of mysticism, calling for the consolidation of "new directions"
in the teaching of kabbalah, and citing the Harry Potter books as one such
"new direction," with the Hogwarts School serving as a model for
the Lurianic paradigm.
So, while the spectacle of some obese Fundamentalist in the Bible Belt
pounding his pulpit in fulmination against "Harry Potter" may
tickle the funny bones of arch-hipsters, the reality is not quite so amusing:
it just so happens that the heavy-hitters of kabbalistic black magic find
in Harry Potter precisely the vehicle for the inculcation of their own dark
philosophies among the masses. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that it was the
OTO that pioneered this kind of modernist pop-cult transmission as early
as the 1940s.
What’s Beyond Freemasonry?
Reviewed by Cornelia R. Ferreira
Blood on the Altar
The Secret History of the World’s Most Dangerous Secret
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