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Orders of the Lion and Eagle

The Grand Master Sabazius instituted the Order of the Lion and the Order of the Eagle on May 1 1998 EV with this announcement:

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

As most probably realize, the Law of Thelema was not entirely the result of praeterhuman forces. Crowley, as a scholar and even in his role as Prophet, was strongly influenced by the lives, ideas and works of many men and women who came before him. The road to The Book of the Law was built over many, many years by many, many hands now long stilled. So it is with all the Great Principles of our Order, spiritual, philosophical, and practical.

The roots of our Order extend deeply into history, well before the advent of the New Aeon and the birth of such men as Crowley, Reuss, Kellner, and Doinel. It is these roots which have provided, and continue to provide, food and water to the Scarlet Flower that grows in the enclosed garden of our Order; and we must know and appreciate those roots if we are to truly know and appreciate that Flower.

With this in mind, I have decided to establish a program within the U.S. Grand Lodge which will formally recognize men and women of the past who have contributed in diverse but important ways to the development and advancement of the great principles of our Order. Men so recognized will receive an honor called the Order of the Lion; women will receive the Order of the Eagle. Nominees for these honors must be historical (as opposed to purely mythological) men and women, and must have died at least eleven years before award.

Any member of U.S. Grand Lodge in good standing of at least Third Degree may submit a nomination to any Sovereign Grand Inspector General in the U.S. (directly or indirectly); but all such nominations must be accompanied by a thorough, well-researched and documented essay defending the nomination. Such essays must be type-written or printed, must include a brief biographical profile of the nominee, and must clearly and eloquently demonstrate why the nominee should be considered for the Order of the Lion or the Order of the Eagle. Meritorious nominations will be forwarded to the Supreme Grand Council for further consideration. Notification of awards, along with selected nomination essays, will be published occasionally here in Agapé.

Love is the law, love under will.

Nomination essays are now also accepted in electronic-document form (e.g. Word doc, Google Drive doc, or similar).

The following people have been awarded these Orders. The date of award is noted for each. Links are to nomination essays or to another good source of information about each individual.

The Order of the Eagle

The Order of the Lion


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Leah Hirsig

(1883 – 1951 e.v.) by Frater Hippokleides Leah Hirsig was born on 9 Apr 1883 in Switzerland into a large family in which she was one of nine children. At the age of two she moved with her mother and siblings to the United States, where she grew up in New York. On reaching adulthood …

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Emma Hardinge Britten

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Anna Mary Bonus Kingsford

Esotericist, Visionary, Hermetic Mystic Inductee of the Order of the Eagle, Anno IVxii by Paradoxos Alpha Anna Kingsford (nee Bonus, 1846-1888 e.v.) was prominent among mystics and theosophists in the 1880’s. Politically active throughout her adult life, she was a feminist, vegetarian, and most especially an anti-vivisectionist. To bolster her authority in the cause of …

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Frieda Lady Harris

by Richard Kaczynski Frieda Lady Harris (1877–1962) is best known as the artist executant of the Thoth Tarot. She was the one who suggested to Aleister Crowley that they work on creating a Tarot deck to his specifications, and she provided him with a stipend for the instruction that she would require to realize his …

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Carl Kellner

Carl Kellner, 33° 90° 96° X° (1850 – 1905 e.v.) The Spiritual Father of Ordo Templi Orientis. by T. Apiryon Copyright © 1995 Ordo Templi Orientis. All rights reserved. Carl Kellner was an Austrian paper chemist and an avid student of Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism and Eastern mysticism, and traveled extensively in Europe, America and Asia Minor. …

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Franz Hartmann

Dr. Franz Hartmann, 33° 90° 95° IX° (1838 – 1912 e.v.) by T. Apiryon Copyright © 1995 Ordo Templi Orientis. All rights reserved. Franz Hartmann was a Bavarian-American physician, occultist, and one of the co-founders of O.T.O., along with Carl Kellner, Theodor Reuss, Henry Klein and Charles Détré. He served in the Bavarian artillery in his youth and …

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Henry Klein

Henry Klein, 33°, 90°, 95°, IX° by Richard Kaczynski Along with Theodor Reuss and Franz Hartmann, Henry Klein, 33°, 90°, 95°, IX°, completed the triumvirate of occultists who worked to bring esoteric Freemasonry to German-speaking people and helped to co-found Ordo Templi Orientis. John Andrew Henry Klein (1842–1913) was born in Weissenberg am Sand, Bavaria, …

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John Yarker

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(François) Rabelais (1494-1553 e.v.) by T. Apiryon Copyright © 1995 Ordo Templi Orientis. All rights reserved. French Franciscan (later Benedictine) friar, classical scholar, physician, humanist and humorist, the author of the monumental, revolutionary satire Gargantua and Pantagruel, contemporary of Ulrich von Hutten and Paracelsus, and one of the greatest writers in the history of Europe. The works of Rabelais are …

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Theodor Reuss

Doctor (Albert Karl) Theodor Reuss, 33° 90° 96° X°  (1855 – 1923 e.v.) by T.Apiryon Copyright © 1995, 1999 Ordo Templi Orientis. All rights reserved. Theodor Reuss was an Anglo-German tantric occultist, utopian socialist, journalist, singer, and promoter of Women’s Liberation; and the successor to Carl Kellner as head of O.T.O. Reuss was born the son of …

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