Haha I knew you were going to say something like that.
I mean, it is silly, calling Crowley's OTO a "black lodge" and so on. Crowley was the single most important and influential occultist of the 20th century. All this stuff and nonsense about white and black lodges amounts to nothing more than various occultists calling each other names because they disagreed.
If they had any common sense they would have all just become buddhists.
Exactly. But with egos sizable to mountains, that would be difficult. Everyone wants to be a master, an avatar, a messiah, a bodhisattva, you name it, without spending many, many years as a simple student.
Besides, all those pagan revivalist movement come from poorly understood Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and early Christianity, plus loads of personal confabulation. It's like someone going to Tibet or India for holidays and coming back thinking he is a lama or a sadhu. Ridiculous.
Those para-religious movements are syncretic rugs of pseudo spirituality that I find pretty much useless. The more time passes, the worse they get, it seems. At least at the late XIX and turning of the XX century they had a few brilliant minds in their ranks, perhaps because nothing better was easily available and spirituality was a big fad. Today they are mainly composed of gullible people with diminished critical thinking abilities. Most are cults, some dangerous. It's waste, nothing more. People do well if they stay clear of those sects.
Regarding secret societies, fellows, do as everyone and blame the Bohemians of the grove. That does it.