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Lon Milo Duquette - Contemporary mage
While an older generation of Christian parents knows relatively little about magical initiation and activity, the upcoming generation of internet savvy youth can easily become saturated in magical activity if this catches their fancy
 
Thursday, February 02, 2006
by Carrie Tomko
 
He looks like Santa Claus dressed for his day job. Lon Milo DuQuette, aka Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford, is an author, lecturer, and occultist according to Wikipedia.

DuQuette has been the National and International governing officer of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), a magical fraternity, since 1975; and the O.T.O.'s United States Deputy Grand Master since 1996. He is Archbishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the ritual church of the O.T.O. He is on the faculty of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, where he teaches "The Western Magical Tradition."

DuQuette is best known for "analyzing and exploring the works of Aleister Crowley. He writes on Western mystical traditions, Freemasonry, tarot, qabalah, ceremonial magick, enochian magick, Dr. John Dee, spirit evocation, and goetia. His best known book is MY LIFE WITH THE SPIRITS. He is a former studio musician and recording artist. DuQuette's current project is working with the producers of a movie about Aleister Crowley's life.

DuQuette describes the "Masonic Egregore" at the blog of Scott Rassbach, where he signs himself "Bro:. Lon Milo DuQuette, Long Beach Lodge #327 F.&A.M., Long Beach Scottish Rite Bodies, Long Beach California". In the blog you can read about his experience as a member of DeMolay, and his "full-blown mystical experience" when he became a Masonic Entered Apprentice.

DuQuette was interviewed by Devin Galaudet for Cor Lucis, January 25, 2005. Interestingly, in the introduction to the interview, Galaudet mentions his project comparing Harry Potter to Aleister Crowley.

In answering the question about how he got started, DuQuette explains that he ...

was initially introduced to Eastern mysticism in the early 1960's and then branched off looking for something similar to the Zen and the Tao, only a western Zen, a western Tao. I eventually got introduced to the Western Mysteries. First, through the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, then I became interested in Qabalah, the Hermetic Qabalah.

Not so much from a parochial standpoint but treating Qabalah as a Western Zen rather than something overtly Jewish. But the Hebrew Qabalah is the foundation for all of the Western Mysteries when you get right down to it everything that is based on the Hermetic pattern: elements, planets, zodiacal signs. So astrology, alchemy, all of it in one way or another can be considered Qabalah-based. Tarot cards things like that. Then that also includes the basis of Western Ceremonial Magick. That soon led me to the writing of Aleister Crowley and once I discovered Crowley nothing else seemed to satisfy in the same intensity as the works of Aleister Crowley. And so, in 1975, I was initiated into Ordo Templi Orientis. At the time I didn't know when I was making the arrangements for my initiations that there were only a handful of living members left still alive. I assumed there was a flouri


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