In Secret Rituals of the Men in Black (December 28, 2005 AD), the occultist Allen H. Greenfield notes the following regarding the initials A.A. more commonly A∴A∴, “‘A.A.’ itself is the Crowleyan name of The Great White Brotherhood, which Symonds and Grant attribute to ‘Argenteum Astrum’ or Silver Star.”
Now, the Great White Brotherhood is that which New Age occultists of various sorts consider to be some kind of paranormal beings who are viewed and are referred to as Ascended Masters or, as Greenfield terms them, “ultraterrestrial masters” and “Secret Chiefs.”
Greenfield goes on to note that “in New Aeon Occultism, the word AL [God] and LA [Not] have a great interplay, leading to the discovery of the “password of The Great White Brotherhood,” LAAL, the reverse of AI..-LA. The term is similar to the Buddhist concept of Nirvana.” The brackets were in the original and I would imagine that “I..” is simply a misprint for a capital “L,” it is also interesting to note that which ALLA is said to be God Not and reversing it results in Not God, the Arabic term for God is Allah.1
In any regards, Greenfield goes on to note that “when A.C. [Aleister Crowley] first got into touch with the Brothers of the A. A. the Pass word was ‘There is No-God.’ This seems to confirm this Word, as the central secret of A. A.”
Crowley described the experience, which took place in the Algerian desert December 12, 1909 in this way:
But the Angel that was with me lifted me, and I saw the edge of the altar, as I must call it…One of them bends forward so that I may whisper the pass-word. The Angel prompts me to whisper: “There is no God.” So they let me pass, and though there was indeed nothing visible therein, yet there was a very strange atmosphere, which I could not understand.
Suspended in the air there is a silver star, and on the forehead of each of the guardians there is a silver star…
For more on Crowley, see my book Aleister Crowley’s Influence on Pop-Occulture.
For more on Atheism, see my book Pop-Atheist Bible Expositors.
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- 1. FYI: from Greenfield’s book, “In Book 31 Frater Achad [Charles Stansfeld Jones] discusses this mystery in detail.
The term A.A. is used by P.B. Randolph, MD., in his 1873 work on alchemy and magick, Eulis, as the secret name of a great magical order.
Crowley encountered “the one eye” or “Achad Ayin” in Bou-Saada, near Max Theon’s home, on December 4, 1909, while scrying the 13th Enochian Aethyr.
We take note of Ric Williamson’s Ancient Amythestine Order, and the (made up) name Aia Aziz.
On the site where Arthur Bryant is said to have seen the reincarnated George Adamski in 1965, a glass phial of silver sand was found wrapped in a parchment, with the phrase Adelphos Adelpho (“Brother to Brother”) written in Greek on the scroll.
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