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Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO)

Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) Quasi-Mason magical order founded in Germany in 1901 and focused on sex magic as the key to Hermetic and Masonic secrets. The principal founders of the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) were Carl Kellner and Theodore Reuss. Kellner, born in 1851, was a wealthy Austrian industrialist and metallurgist and a high-ranking Freemason. He also was a member …

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Order of the Garter

Order of the Garter The highest order of knights in Great Britain, founded by king Edward III in 1350, it was linked to the witch cult by British anthropologist Margaret A. Murray. Her evidence is dubious, though there are some curious aspects to this chivalric Order. Edward conceived the Order in 1344 and formally created it on St. George’s Day, …

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Knights Templar

Knights Templar Also known as The Order of the Temple, the knights Templar began with lofty ideals of chivalry, crusades and Christian faith, as practiced by an exclusive club of monastic knights. It was founded between 1119 and 1188 by Hugh de Payens of Champagne, France, and a small group of knights, who dedicated themselves to protecting pilgrims to the …

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Rosicrucians

The most secret of secret societies,the Rosicrucians gained ancient wisdom that enabled them to create a science greatly in advance of their contemporaries in the fifteenth century. Since the seventeenth century,rumors have credited the Rosicrucians with accomplishing the transmutation of metals,possessing the means of prolonging life,having the knowledge to see and to hear what is occurring in distant places,and enjoying …

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Shriners International

Shriners International, previously known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.) and also commonly known as Shriners, was established in 1870 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA. It is an appendant body to Freemasonry. Shriners International describes itself as a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief …

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Order of Owls

South Bend, Indiana was the city where this “animal” lodge was born. John W. Talbott and a small group of his associates in November 1904 formed this fraternal group. When it was founded, the order sought to assist its members in business and in employment, provide help to the widows and orphans of the deceased members and to enjoy mutual …

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National Grange (Order of the Patrons of Husbandry)

Among the most remarkable secret societies to emerge from the golden age of American fraternalism in the second half of the nineteenth century, the Patrons of Husbandry was launched in 1867 by Oliver H. Kelley, an employee of the federal Bureau of Agriculture, and six other men, mostly government clerks, who were concerned with the plight of small farmers after …

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Odd Fellows

Once the largest fraternal secret society in the world, the Odd Fellows emerged in England sometime before 1700. Documentation concerning the sources of Odd Fellowship and the origins of its quirky name did not survive the first decades of the nineteenth century, the era of the Unlawful Societies Act, but the sparse evidence suggests that the first Odd Fellows lodges …

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Moose (Loyal Order of Moose)

The Loyal Order of Moose was founded in 1888 in Louisville, Kentucky, as a social and drinking club. It has since spread to Bermuda, Canada, Guam, and England but remains primarily a U.S. organization, though it changed its name to International Moose in 1991. It is open to men who believe in a supreme being, and publishes Moose Magazine monthly. …

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Modern Woodmen of America

The attraction of the forest seems to be strong for founders of secret societies. In addition to the Fendeurs, the Foresters, and even the Carbonari, there have been several varieties of “Woodmen.” There have also been Wood-choppers (the Woodchoppers Association was a small beneficiary society founded as a derivative of the Foresters in Philadelphia in 1890) and an Order of …

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