Hermetic Alchemical Order of QBLH

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Hermetic Alchemical Order of QBLH

The Hermetic Alchemical Order of QBLH is a magical order in the thelemic tradition initiated by Aleister Crowley early in the twentieth century. The tradition (named for thelema, the Greek word for will) emphasizes the role of the individual in moving toward union with his/her higher self. It recognizes the basic thelemic affirmation of individualism, "Every man and woman is a Star." The average person is considered by the order as a veiled star, in a state of sleep. The individual must awaken. To assist the process of awakening, the order provides the wisdom of the Qabala (also spelled Kabbalah or Qabalah), ceremonial magic, and esoteric psychology. It also draws on Eastern teachings, especially Tantra.

To follow the path and become an awakened self requires an act of will on the part of the individual. Once the individual begins the path, members of the order begin to share the keys of wisdom which were given to the three founders of the order in the early 1960s. Individual members work alone in developing their magical skills and report back to the other members. The order confers no grades and extracts no dues.

In the 1970s, two order members, Frater Damon and Soror Ishtaria, were among the first to receive the information developed in England by Jim Lees, Jake Stratton-Kent, and Carol Smith, which appeared to finally break the code needed for the interpretation of The Book of the Law. The Book of the Law is the holy book for thelemites that was received via channeling by Aleister Crowley in 1904. Lees discovered a means of assigning numerical values to the letters of the English alphabet that has allowed a meaningful set of magical correlations to be derived from The Book of the Law. These correlations and the system that produced them are now known as the English Qabala, still developing as an open-ended search of The Book of the Law. Soror Ishtaria developed a computer program that is widely used by people doing further research on the English Qabala.

The order maintains an extensive webpage through which it invites people to contact it either with questions or seeking information about membership. The page is located at http://www.qblh.org/.


The Hermetic Alchemical Order of QBLH. http://www.qblh.org/. May 20, 2000.