About the author:

A native of Augusta, Georgia, USA, Bishop T Allen Greenfield, 50, is a world traveller and the father of three sons, ranging in age from 24 to 5.

He is a long-time student of occultism, esoteric spirituality and Gnosticism. A past member of the British Society for Psychical Research, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), etc., he has twice been the recipient of the "UFOlogist of the Year Award" of the National UFO Conference (1972 and 1992).

Greenfield is the author of several commercial books. "Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts", IllumiNet Press, 1994 has been critically acclaimed in many reviews all over the world. A more scholarly work, "The Story of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light" which deals with this seminal occult group from a Thelemic perspective, has now been published by Looking Glass Press of Stockholm, Sweden and Beverly Hills, CA USA (1997).

The Bishop is currently working [published 1998] on a book on the history of the Rite of Memphis from Cagliostro to Yarker, Papus and Crowley, as well as developing an annotated edition of Frater Achad's BOOK 31, taken from the original typescript and Achad's private letters. He also wrote the introduction to the late Gray Barker's surrealist exploration of the heart of the UFO and "Men in Black" mythos, The Silver Bridge (Saucerian Books, 1970) and privately published an informal history of UFOlogy, Saucers and Saucerers (PANP Press, 1976).

He is, however, not a strange creature from time and space, a UFO silencer, a pagan writer, an Illuminoid, nor, for that matter, a Theosophist. He is said to have a sense of humor, and is known to write rather decent poetry when he is depressed, or inspired, or in love, mostly for his own amusement and that of his friends.

Since the 1960's The Rt. Rev. Greenfield has appeared on various "talk" radio and television programs, dealing with esoteric and political issues. As a speaker, he has appeared before the International Fortean Organization (Washington, D.C., 1974), the Atlanta UFO Society (Atlanta, Fernbank Science Center, 1975), at the 31st Annual National UFO Conference (Cleveland, 1994), UFO Forum (Atlanta, 1995), 32nd Annual National UFO Conference (Atlanta, 1995), and Greenfield spoke on the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light and served on two panels at the First National OTO Conference (Akron, Ohio, 1997).

Since 1969 Greenfield has been a practicing Ceremonial Magician, and for even longer a serious student of the Western Esoteric Tradition. After many years of study, he was Elected a Bishop by the Holy Synod of the Neopythagorean Gnostic Church in 1986, and was consecrated Bishop. In 1987 he was extended recognition as a Bishop within the Gnostic Catholic Church-Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) and was consecrated in New York in November of 1988.

An ecclectic exponent of spiritual ideas, Greenfield also acts as a local contact and information resource for the KARMA KAGYU BUDDHIST NETWORK (KKBN), and has handled local presentations by Spiritual Masters from various traditions. He also holds symbolic and actual titles from a number of esoteric bodies: From the Ancient and Primitive Rites of Memphis & Mizraim, he holds the 33 90 95 and a research lodge charter (1921 ecclesiastical revised rite); is Auxiliary ("Associate") Bishop in the QBLH and since September 23, 1995, has been a Member of the Green Abyss Lodge of the Miskatonick Society (USA) in association with The Grey Lodge (England).

The only RITUAL initiatory body with which The Rt. Rev. Greenfield is affiliated, however, is the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). Greenfield is Past Master of Eulis (now Syntaxiss) Lodge of OTO, and former editor of its journal, LAShTAL. The Rt. Rev. Greenfield holds both initiate and ecclesiastic membership in OTO, and continues to serve that august body as both Bishop and Chartered Initiator, as well as other capacities.