HOW ALEISTER CROWLEY CAME TO BERKELEY
In December of 1977, a now defunct newspaper called the Berkeley Barb released its Joy of Sects issue (No.643 Dec.9-15th 1977) which was subtitled A Mystic Eye View of Krishnas, Crowley & Guru Ma. On page 7 there was a full-page article which interviewed Grady that was titled How Aleister Crowley Came To Berkeley. It was a rather good article, very informative and gave the basic history of Crowley’s OTO and who Grady Louis McMurtry was in relationship to the whole Thelemic world. In this article it discussed Grady being the Caliph and it pointed out “since Crowley considered himself a ‘prophet’ then naturally his successor would be a ‘Caliph’.” The article ended with explaining the circumstances revolving around the recent feast of Crowleymas held on October 12th and the signing of the official OTO Charter stating, “Like a phoenix rising from the flames, Aleister Crowley’s Ordo Templi Orientis appears to be reborn, thanks to Bay Area occult know-how and a little divine help.”
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