A common background in magic

There is always something new to find out about Rudolf Steiner.

According to James R. Lewis in his book Witchcraft Today: An Encyclopedia of Wiccan and Neopagan Traditions, Rudolf Steiner headed a chapter of the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) in the early 20th century before he founded the Anthroposophical League.

“It is this common background in magic that seems to explain why Waldorf schools celebrate the same eight Sabbats as Neopagan witches” says Lewis, p 215.

The OTO has the Law of Thelema as its central religious principle and was disbanded and banned in England in 1923, due to the notorious activities of Aleister Crowley when he was perfecting a system of sex-magic in Sicily in the early twenties. It was originally modelled on Freemasonry, according to wiki.

The law of Thelema is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.”

Before her untimely death this year Peaches Geldof apparently (according to the Guardian) tweeted a picture of a book by Crowley and sported the initials OTO on her body.

Here is a diagram of the eight Sabbats, and there is an explanation of the way they are celebrated by some people including Waldorf schools on the Patheos website.


And the Roots of ritual website which offers advice for Pagans on writing and performing spells and rituals, explains Mabon and its significance, and how Waldorf schools celebrate it.





  1. Chris Harmer

    I’ve seen somewhere that RS was buried in his OTO regalia, and, yes, the OTO originated as an offshoot of Freemasonry, Egyptian rite. I have a book published by Steinerbooks called “Rudolf Steiner Freemasonry and Ritual Works” which I got specifically to blow the socks off Stroudies who thought Steiner stuff was green, good, organic and innocent. It describes Steiner’s “Memphis and Misrain” rite in all of its weird detail and a lot more in nearly 600 pages. I just think of the basement on the original plans for the so-called Field Centre. Stone bench around the circular wall, circular pool in the centre, fed by rain water from the roof which flowed in a vortex around the internal pillars holding up the sun sphere, and flowing from the pool to potentiate the Ruskin Valley (!) below. I kid you not. See http://www.thefieldcentre.org.uk/architecture-sketches/ although the basement is not at all obvious, you can still see it. The architect’s ground floor plan doesn’t show a basement BUT there is a small curving staircase coming from below to the cloaks cupboard. So … what happens in the basement??!!

    • Helen

      Wouldn’t we like to know?
      Thanks for that information, it all paints a picture, doesn’t it, of the so-called “genius” who invented Steiner education, and his modern day followers ?
      A lot of the ceremony, ritual and symbolism takes place quietly away from parents’ eyes, and it’s only by reading the books such as this one that non-initiates can begin to have any idea of what goes on.

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