Madeline Montalban (1910–1982) was an English astrologer and
ceremonial magician who co-founded the esoteric organisation known as
the Order of the Morning Star (OMS), through which she propagated her
own form of Luciferianism. After moving to London in the early 1930s and
immersing herself in its esoteric subculture, she taught herself
ceremonial magic and associated with significant occultists, including
Aleister Crowley and Kenneth Grant, and Wiccans like Gerald Gardner and
Alex Sanders. From 1933 until her death she wrote magazine articles on
astrology and other esoteric topics. In 1952 she met Nicholas Heron,
with whom she entered into a relationship, and they founded the OMS as a
correspondence course in 1956, 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. Having refused to publish her ideas
in books, Montalban became largely forgotten following her death,
although the OMS continued under new leadership.
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