Phyllis Seckler Follow-up

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

In response to my earlier post, a representative of one of the several “Jane Wolfe Lineage” claimant groups sent me a copy of a statement that Phyllis Seckler allegedly wrote in June 2000 but which wasn’t published until 2012, eight years after her death, by the College of Thelema of Northern California.

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Three Common Myths about Phyllis Seckler

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

Phyllis Seckler (aka Soror Meral, 1917-2004) was an important figure in the modern revival of O.T.O. and Thelema. A member of Agape Lodge in Southern California in the 1940s, together with Helen Parsons Smith she served as a living link between the first and only U.S. O.T.O. Lodge during Crowley’s lifetime and the reconstituted administration of O.T.O. under Grady McMurtry (to whom she was also married for a time). As a retired schoolteacher, her emphasis was always on education, and she founded the College of Thelema in 1973 to provide much-needed instruction to the still-nascent Thelemic community in California. Her journal, In the Continuum, which ran biannually from 1973 to 1996, included basic instruction in occult subjects such as astrology, qabalah, and tarot, and reprinted some important works by Crowley which had become hard to find. By the 1970s she had become a member of the Sovereign Sanctuary of O.T.O., and she remained an active and committed member of the Order until her death in 2004. She fully deserves recognition for the vital contributions she made to the survival and success of O.T.O. and to the promotion of Thelema in general.

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