Adventitiously Dennis Wheatley was a dear companion of the mysterious essayist Joan Grant who composed top of the line books about reincarnation. Novels such as “The Winged Pharaoh” taking into account her own particular life in Ancient Egypt. Grant practised Rosicrucian-sort sex magic rituals with her psychiatrist spouse. She was additionally a member of the International Order of Co-Freemasonry. (Freemasonry which admits both men and women)
At the point when war broke out Crowley was anxious to do his bit for king and country. And he proceeded with his pre-war relationship with MI6. Both MI5 and the approached and recruited occultists at the time because of their specialist knowledge and skills.
Another possible clue to Crowley’s wartime involvement with intelligence agencies surfaced in a report sent by the MI6 officer, British double crosser and Soviet mole Kim Philby to Moscow Control in 1942.
Philby informed his Russian masters that MI6 were investigating a extorting racket linking Royal Air Force officers and members of British high society to drug smuggling, orgies (heterosexual and homosexual) and ‘black magic rites’. It was believed this racket was being run by agents of the German secret service based in their embassy in neutral Dublin.
As both Crowley and oddly the Soviet ambassador are supposed to have been involved in organizing the alleged sex orgies and Black Masses described by Philby, it is more likely that MI5 were behind instead of the Germans. Intelligence services from all countries have always carried out ‘false flag’ operations and used the dark arts of blackmail and subversion to expose traitors and recruit foreign agents, politicians and dignitaries.
Another interesting truth: the assistant-director of British Naval Intelligence during the Second World War was the eccentric, colourful and ostentatious Lt. Commander Ian Fleming R.N.. He was of course to become world famous in the 1950s as the creator of the fictional British spy James Bond 007, who had a licence to kill.
In fact it is believed that Fleming based his character ‘M’, the head of the Secret Service in the books, on his friend and colleague Maxwell Knight of MI5. Fleming likewise shared Knight’s interest in the occult, particularly astrology, divination and numerology, and he additionally knew Crowley.
Hence we have a clandestine social and work related network of intelligence officers interested in occult and actual practitioners of the magical arts.