Peaches followed a dark-minded cult in the years before her death
When news broke that Peaches Geldof had been found dead in her Kent home on 7 April, the nation was stunned.
At 25, not only was her sudden death untimely, but in recent years she’d also seemingly reinvented herself, embracing her life as a mum of two.
Still, to Peaches‘ thousands of online followers, one thing jarred with this new image: her obsession with the unsavoury OTO cult and its former UK leader, the so-called ‘wickedest man in the world’ Aleister Crowley.
Over the past century, this secretive sect has advocated a doctrine of free love and drug use – yet that didn’t stop Peaches from getting the letters OTO tattooed on her right arm or praising Crowley as a ‘beautiful writer and thinker’.
What is OTO?
OTO stands for Ordo Templi Orientis – The Order of the Oriental Templars.
Founded in Germany in 1904, the occult group arrived in Britain eight years later, thanks to self-styled ‘Beast 666’ Aleister Crowley.
He coined the motto: ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,’ which OTO members follow.
his slogan encouraged OTO devotees to do whatever they wanted, including free love and drug use.
But OTO leaders say this teaching shouldn’t be interpreted as a licence to indulge one’s every whim, but rather as a mandate to discover and accomplish one’s true will.
How was Peaches involved with OTO?
Peaches‘ interest in Crowley was said to have begun in 2008, when she wed first husband Max Drummey.
Last year, she was snapped with an OTO tattoo on her arm and she also urged online followers to read Crowley‘s ‘super-interesting’ books, Tweeting: #93 [93′ is significant in the cult, often used as a greeting] #Thelema #o.t.o to my fellow Thelemites!’
It’s unknown if Peaches was an actual OTO member. However, her family were concerned.
Her father Bob‘s partner Jeanne Marine said last year: ‘You don’t know if it’s something that will pass or if it’s longer than that.
‘The thing with young people is they change their minds a lot.’
In March, Peaches shared a ‘shelfie’ online and Crowley‘s book Diary Of A Drug Fiend was clearly visible.
Crowley used hard drugs throughout his life and Peaches was no stranger to substance abuse either.
In 2008, aged 19, she was reportedly treated by paramedics after a suspected overdose.
At the time, she said drugs were ‘something people go through in their lives’.
Yesterday at the inquest into Peaches‘ death, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said: ‘Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death.’
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