Sister Phyllis Seckler aka Soror Meral, was inducted into O.T.O.’s Order of the Eagle in August 2018 E.V. Soror Harper Feist’s nomination essay has now been posted. It begins:
“Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral) was an individual of wide-ranging abilities, and amazing tenacity and persistence, all of which she brought to bear to the promulgation of Thelema. She was a mother, an artist and a teacher in many disciplines. She typed many Crowley manuscripts, saving them from potential oblivion. She was a thoughtful and intense student of the occult, a member of both the A∴A∴ and the O.T.O., where she was inducted to the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis. She was a talented astrologer and had a deep appreciation of tarot. She founded the College of Thelema in order to make basic materials on occultism and Thelema more available. She was the editor of In the Continuum, the College’s journal, for almost 25 years.
“Amidst this continuous flurry of activity, Seckler accomplished what was her most important contribution to the history of Thelema: she helped to re-birth the O.T.O, which was all but dead in 1969.”
Read the entire essay:
FYI – The Grand Master Sabazius instituted the Order of the Lion and the Order of the Eagle on May 1 1998 EV with this announcement:
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
“As most probably realize, the Law of Thelema was not entirely the result of praeterhuman forces. Crowley, as a scholar and even in his role as Prophet, was strongly influenced by the lives, ideas and works of many men and women who came before him. The road to The Book of the Law was built over many, many years by many, many hands now long stilled. So it is with all the Great Principles of our Order, spiritual, philosophical, and practical.
“The roots of our Order extend deeply into history, well before the advent of the New Aeon and the birth of such men as Crowley, Reuss, Kellner, and Doinel. It is these roots which have provided, and continue to provide, food and water to the Scarlet Flower that grows in the enclosed garden of our Order; and we must know and appreciate those roots if we are to truly know and appreciate that Flower.
“With this in mind, I have decided to establish a program within the U.S. Grand Lodge which will formally recognize men and women of the past who have contributed in diverse but important ways to the development and advancement of the great principles of our Order. Men so recognized will receive an honor called the Order of the Lion; women will receive the Order of the Eagle. Nominees for these honors must be historical (as opposed to purely mythological) men and women, and must have died at least eleven years before award.”
Read the entire announcment: https://oto-usa.org/usgl/lion-eagle/?fbclid=IwAR0xB4KoGGJcVIcaNG7VuYJP9LuQZbbxU70-RH8dXKm-KUsmCN1HP8CHieg