The Illuminates Of Thanateros. 1st edition. This book is dedicated to the Great Work of Magick and to all those interested in practical magickal work. To those. The Illuminates of Thanateros is essentially a practical Order, acting to organise local groups (Temples) and larger meetings, where members can take part in. Liber Null, a book by Pete Carroll, was originally written as a sourcebook for the magical organization, Illuminates of Thanateros. It includes.

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The idea was first announced inwhile the order proper was formed in This fraternal magical society has been an important influence on some forms of modern occultism. The name “Thanateros” is a combination of the names ” Thanatos ” and ” Eros “— the Greek gods of death and sex, respectively. The idea is that sex and death represent the positive and negative methods of attaining “magical consciousness”.

The word “Illuminates” is used in illuminates with the claimed tradition of calling such societies — in which those who have mastered the secrets of magic help bring others to mastership pf “the Illuminati “.

In the late s, Ray Sherwin and Peter Carrolltwo young British occultists with a strong interest in ritual magicbegan to publish a magazine called The New Equinox. Both were connected with a burgeoning occult scene developing around a metaphysical bookshop in London ‘s East End called The Phoenix. Both men quickly became dissatisfied with the state of the magical arts and the deficiencies they saw in the available illuminatws groups.


So in they published a small announcement in their magazine proclaiming the creation of a new kind of magical order, one based on a hierarchy of magical ability rather than invitation, a magical meritocracy. Carroll and Sherwin began to publish private monographs detailing il,uminates system of magical practice, some of which had been articles in The New Equinoxothers intended as instruction to members of their order.


The new style of magic they introduced, focusing on practical skills as opposed to metaphysical systems, became known as chaos magic. In the s they began to attract a following in EnglandGermany, thanatrros Austria, including influential occult writers and practitioners.


It was, in style, what the IOT would become. The group was active for six months. In The Illluminates of Chaos was formed, but began to fragment after three years. The formation of The Pact was announced in August In late s, Sherwin resigned in protest that the IOT was beginning to resemble the hierarchical orders that were once anathema to the concept of the group.

In the early s the order experienced a schism as a result of conflicts about the doctrine of ‘ice magick’, [3] a major proponent of which was Ralph Tegtmeier. Ice magick is called ‘eismagie’ in its original German form. Ice magick is based upon qi gongpsionicsand martial arts. It is called ‘ice magick’ because it also involves imagining large amounts o ice, and drawing power from that imagined ice. The ice magick training regimen that Helmut imposed was exceptionally difficult.

Helmut and Ralph promoted that doctrine in Germany, and recruited many members who adhered to it. Eventually, Peter Illuminafes learned more about the doctrines that Ralph was teaching, and criticized him for it. That led to an untenable conflict between Peter and Ralph, which culminated in Ralph and all of his followers seceding from the IoT. After publishing Liber KaosCarroll retired from active participation in the order, though he remains on good terms with many of the longstanding members.

The order organizes itself along the somewhat “traditional” lines of a fraternal occult order, with initiations into progressive degrees denoting magickal skill, administrative responsibility and leadership within the group. It is notable that unlike other occult societies with a degree system, the order rewards progression in degree with hardly any privileges, but “punishes” it with added duties and responsibilities.

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Members are obliged to keep silent on internal affairs and the identities of their fellows. The latter rule does not seem to apply to deceased persons, as it is not a secret William S. Magic will not free itself from occultism until we have strangled the last astrologer with the guts of the last tjanateros master.

Chaos magicians have frequently reacted to more traditional, religious or occult approaches to magic with scorn or derision. Still the IOT is commonly understood by outsiders to be an occult [11] or neoshamanic [12] organization.


The group has a comparatively difficult application procedure and appears to reject a great majority of applicants. IOT members such as Ramsey Dukessaintstephen, Thanteros Lee, Julian Vayne, and many others continue to produce a large part of the literature available as regards chaos magic. Other sources of chaos magic literature include Kenneth Grant and Jaq D. The presence of hierarchy in the IOT has been the cause of a lot of dispute around it in the chaos magic scene.


Opposers think the concept is un-chaotic thabateros limiting to individual members, while defenders believe the tradeoff in chaoism allows for much more effective group work, especially on an international scale. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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