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She co-founded the esoteric organisation known as the Order of the Morning Star OMS , through which she propagated her own form of Luciferianism. Born in Blackpool , Lancashire , Montalban moved to London in the early s, immersing herself in the city's esoteric subculture, and influenced by Hermeticism she taught herself ceremonial magic. From to she published articles on astrology and other esoteric topics in the magazine London Life , and from then until her death in the nationally syndicated magazine Prediction. These were accompanied by several booklets on astrology, released using a variety of different pseudonyms, including Dolores North , Madeline Alvarez and Nina del Luna.

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She co-founded the esoteric organisation known as the Order of the Morning Star OMS , through which she propagated her own form of Luciferianism. Born in Blackpool , Lancashire , Montalban moved to London in the early s, immersing herself in the city's esoteric subculture, and influenced by Hermeticism she taught herself ceremonial magic. From to she published articles on astrology and other esoteric topics in the magazine London Life , and from then until her death in the nationally syndicated magazine Prediction.

These were accompanied by several booklets on astrology, released using a variety of different pseudonyms, including Dolores North , Madeline Alvarez and Nina del Luna. In she met Nicholas Heron, with whom she entered into a relationship. After moving to Southsea in Hampshire , they founded the OMS as a correspondence course in , teaching subscribers their own magical rites.

Viewing Lucifer as a benevolent angelic deity, she believed Luciferianism had its origins in ancient Babylon , and encouraged her followers to contact angelic beings associated with the planetary bodies to aid their spiritual development.

After her relationship with Heron ended in , she returned to London, continuing to propagate the OMS. She settled in the St. Giles district, where she became known to the press as "The Witch of St. She died of lung cancer in Having refused to publish her ideas in books, Montalban became largely forgotten following her death, although the OMS continued under new leadership. Her life and work was mentioned in various occult texts and historical studies of esotericism during subsequent decades; a short biography by Julia Philips was published by the Atlantis Bookshop in Willie and Marion had married on 28 June , followed by Madeline's birth seven months later.

Bedridden for the course of the illness, she read literature to entertain herself, enjoying the works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton , H. Rider Haggard and E. She also read the Bible in her youth, becoming particularly enamored with the texts of the Old Testament , and was convinced that they contained secret messages, a theme that became a central tenet of her later Luciferian beliefs. In the early s, she left Blackpool, and moved south to London. Her reasons for doing so have never been satisfactorily explained, and she would offer multiple, contradictory accounts of her reasoning in later life.

According to one account, her father sent her to study with the famed occultist and mystic Aleister Crowley , who had founded the religion of Thelema in ; Montalban's biographer Julia Philips noted that while she met Crowley in London, this story remains implausible.

Another of Montalban's accounts held that she moved to the capital to work for the Daily Express newspaper; this claim has never been corroborated, and one of the paper's reporters at the time, Justine Glass, has claimed that she never remembered Montalban working there. According to this story, when she first visited him at his lodgings in Jermyn Street, he was suffering from an asthma attack, and having had experience with this ailment from a family member she was able to help him, earning his gratitude.

Although her own accounts of the initial meeting are unreliable, Montalban met with Crowley, embracing the city's occult scene. They had a daughter, Rosanna, but their relationship deteriorated and he left her for another woman. Various individuals who knew her would comment that she had in her possession a framed blurry picture of Mountbatten with an individual who looked like her.

She continued her publication of articles under an array of pseudonyms in London Life , and from February was responsible for a regular astrological column entitled "You and Your Stars" under the name of Nina del Luna. Giles", an area of Central London which she would later inhabit. Giles flat of a "Mrs. South", probably a reference to Montalban, who often used the pseudonym of "Mrs North".

The truthfulness of Grant's claims have been scrutinised by both Doreen Valiente and Julia Philips, who have pointed out multiple incorrect assertions with his account. From August , Montalban ceased working for London Life , publishing her work in the magazine Prediction , one of the country's best-selling esoteric-themed publications.

Starting with a series on the uses of the tarot , in May she was employed to produce a regular astrological column for Prediction. She never wrote any books, instead preferring the shorter booklets and articles as mediums through which to propagate her views, and was critical of those books that taught the reader how to perform their own horoscopes , believing that they put professional astrologers out of business.

An engraver, photographer and former journalist for the Brighton Argus , he shared her interest in the occult, and together they developed a magical system based upon Luciferianism , the veneration of the deity Lucifer , or Lumiel, whom they considered to be a benevolent angelic deity.

She encouraged members of her OMS course to come and meet with her, and developed friendships with a number of them, blurring the distinction between teacher and pupil.

From until she dwelt in a flat at 8 Holly Hill, Hampstead , which was owned by the husband of one of her OMS students, the Latvian exile and poet Velta Snikere. Giles district of Holborn. Here, she was in close proximity to the two primary bookstores then catering to occult interests, Atlantis Bookshop and Watkins Bookshop, as well as to the British Museum. After her death, he continued publishing astrological prophecies in Prediction and Prediction Annual until summer In , Michael Howard, a young man interested in witchcraft and the occult wrote to Montalban after reading one of her articles in Prediction ; she invited him to visit her at her home.

The two became friends, with Montalban believing that she could see the "Mark of Cain " in his aura. A lifelong smoker, Montalban developed lung cancer, causing her death on 11 January According to her biographer Julia Philips, Montalban had been described by her magical students as "tempestuous, generous, humorous, demanding, kind, capricious, talented, volatile, selfish, goodhearted, [and] dramatic".

Describing herself as a " pagan ", Montalban's personal faith was Luciferian in basis, revolving around the veneration of Lucifer, or Lumiel, whom she considered to be a benevolent angelic being who had aided humanity's development.

Within her Order, she emphasised that her followers discover their own personal relationship with the angelic beings, including Lumiel. Each of these beings was in turn associated with certain days, hours, minerals, plants, and animals, each of which could be used in the creation of talismans that invoked the angelic power. In his book on the history of Wicca , The Triumph of the Moon , historian Ronald Hutton of Bristol University noted that Montalban was "one of England's most prominent occultists" of the 20th century.

Philips noted that for much of the project she found it difficult separating fact from fiction when it came to Montalban's life, but that she had been able to nevertheless put together a biographical account, albeit an incomplete one, of "one of the truly great characters of English occultism. Home Article Category Current events. Madeline Montalban. Montalban in the s; this image was published in the magazine Man, Myth and Magic.

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Madeline Montalban , Mesmerising Magician. Madeline Montalban was a friend of Aleister Crowley , a journalist and ran a school of magic. Angelic Magic was a large part of the curriculum. This talk is designed to put the record straight before it gets too distorted.

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Madeline Montalban, 'Witch' of St Giles

She co-founded the esoteric organisation known as the Order of the Morning Star OMS , through which she propagated her own form of Luciferianism. Born in Blackpool , Lancashire , Montalban moved to London in the early s, immersing herself in the city's esoteric subculture, and influenced by Hermeticism she taught herself ceremonial magic. From to she published articles on astrology and other esoteric topics in the magazine London Life , and from then until her death in the nationally syndicated magazine Prediction. These were accompanied by several booklets on astrology, released using a variety of different pseudonyms, including Dolores North , Madeline Alvarez and Nina del Luna. In she met Nicholas Heron, with whom she entered into a relationship. After moving to Southsea in Hampshire , they founded the OMS as a correspondence course in , teaching subscribers their own magical rites. Viewing Lucifer as a benevolent angelic deity, she believed Luciferianism had its origins in ancient Babylon , and encouraged her followers to contact angelic beings associated with the planetary bodies to aid their spiritual development.

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