Ordo Adeptorum Invisiblum

Ordo Adeptorum Invisiblum” is a post over at the Occult Chicago blog (which is a blog by Hermetic Library visual pool contributor Rik Garrett), and the name of a specifically feminist Thelemic order founded in England in 1979 with headquarters for the US in Chicago in 1981. According to the article “Western Esoteric Family III: Magick” in Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions, the OAI was inspired by the “proclamation of the magical Aeon of Ma (or Maat) [made] in 1948 by Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones)” [via, also]. Occult Chicago also discusses how the OAI was influenced by the works of Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons [also] and Nema, author of Maat Magick: A Guide to Self-Initiation and co-founder of Horus Maat Lodge. If you were a member of or know more about that order, you may consider getting in contact with the Occult Chicago blog and sharing your story. [HT Sarah Veale]

“The OAI also adopts feminist principles and practices—not the anti-male separatist variety—but in its non-sexist androgynous philosophy. Women are not the vehicle of a male seed, a male High Priest. They are magickal people in their own right. The history of female magickal energy is far older than that of the male, but it has been overshadowed by the masculine principle. The OAI seeks to rectify this by balancing the imbalance through women seeking to rediscover and reassert themselves, while male members minimize as far as possible their aggressiveness and dominance. In turn, this will lead to a more directly visible equality and non-hierarchical structure within the group and in rituals.” [via]

As an aside, Nema’s Liber Pennae Praenumbra, and a number of other works by Horus Maat Lodge members appear in the Received Wisdom section of the library and in the archives of Beast Bay.