Thelema Lodge Calendar for November 1986 e.v.

Thelema Lodge Calendar

for November 1986 e.v.

   The viewpoints and opinions expressed herein are the responsibility of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of OTO or its officers.

   Note to update: the addresses and phone numbers in these issues of the Thelema Lodge Calendars are obsolete since the closing of the Lodge. They are here for historic purposes only and should not be visited or called.

Copyright © O.T.O. and the Individual Authors, 1986 e.v.

Thelema Lodge
Ordo Templi Orientis
P.O.Box 2303
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA

November 1986 e.v. at Thelema Lodge

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Announcements from
Lodge Members and Officers

This Month at Thelema Lodge

    The Magick in Theory and Practice class continue this month with only one meeting on November 19th. The usual 2nd Wednesday meeting was displaced by the Rite of Mercury, which will afford a good example for the present study. Next month we will have two meetings, and might finish the book. The series to start after a break in January or February will be on Tarot Divination. In the mean time, this month's meeting will take up some of the more interesting aspects of Magick from Crowley's book. We will proceed into Goetic and related arts, some of the finer points of the composition of the magical link, and the generation and manipulation of primal energies to perform the magick. Bill Heidrick presents these classes.
    The Enochiana Classes continue with focus this month on a major talesma, often used by Crowley as the basis for design of personal symbols of power. This is the Sigillum Aemeth, on the 11th. Perhaps the most widely renown aspect of the Enochian system is the subject of the 19 calls or Aethers. These were used by Crowley to formulate his own personal attainment and are presented on the 18th. Brother Dave discloses the mysteries.
    The Egyptiana class continues with Ebony on the 26th, and is not something to miss.
    Lodge Master Jim Graeb will begin his presentations on the 28th with "Introduction to Ceremonial Magick." Many of the presentations so far by Thelema Lodge have touched on the subject of Ceremonial Magick, but as part of other subjects or particular specialist branches. This can leave some of us with gaps in knowledge. Brother Jim is well known for his ability to hit on what others miss. His presentations should be of considerable value to all, both those who missed fundamental ground work and those who have been mission the fireworks.
    Gnostic Masses are offered at Thelema Lodge on the 9th and 23rd at 3PM.
    Thelema Lodge will hold a meeting on the 14th, and members of the lodge should attend if possible. Those who would like to influence the next calendar of Thelema Lodge events and folks who are interested in joining the Lodge would also do well to attend.
    Initiations to Minerval and IInd Degrees are being held at Thelema Lodge this month. Interested parties should call the Lodge for details.
    The rites of Eleusis conclude this month, as noted on the Calendar. To attend, please call ... to obtain a referral telephone number to individual performances of the rites. These rites are sponsored by several groups and individuals.

For General Interest

    From time to time, in the mail received at Thelema Lodge and the West-Coast offices of Agape Lodge, this turn up that might be of interest to the members and friends of O.T.O. This particular item is from a gentleman in Texas who is contemplating some publishing. This is not an O.T.O. product, but the Thelema Lodge Calendar exists to serve the Thelemic public. We will from time to time turn our readers on to interesting things as we find them. This includes gratis announcements for events and products outside the Order.

{Note to web edition: The above offer was for 1986 e.v. and should now be considered purely historical.

A Study Guide for
Magick in Theory and Practice.

by Bill Heidrick

    (Taken mainly from issue 2, Volume 1 of the O.T.O. Newsletter Copyright © 1977 by Hymenaeus Alpha for O.T.O.)

    Since we will have only one meeting of the Magick in Theory and Practice class this month, owing to the finish-up of the Rites of Eleusis, I thought it would be a good idea to provide this study guide for the book. I originally wrote most of it back in '77 e.v. for the second issue of the old O.T.O. Newsletter Enjoy.

    Note that the Chapters of Magick in Theory and Practice are numbered to match the Tarot Trumps or Atus. This can be something of a help in understanding the why and what of Crowley's writing. There are many footnotes and references throughout the book, and most of these can be ignored on a first or second reading. One particular exception, the matter of the letter "F": This letter is sometimes the Greek letter "digamma", with a "u" sound like the Hebrew letter "Vau". Watch for it in formulas especially.

    In addition to several other aids, the reader of Magick in Theory and Practice will be better armed for the fray with a copy of Magick Without Tears (not the Motta pirate edition, despite his assurances to the contrary, the book was significantely altered by Motta. The Falcon Press edition is going under contract to O.T.O., at last report, and is Regardie's editing work). This book is composed of letters written by Crowley to Jayne Wolfe {Later note: but mostly to Martha Kuntzel} . These letters explain many of the more difficult points in Magick in Theory and Practice. Grady McMurtry and Karl Germer also were involved in editing and publishing the first edition to varying extents. Crowley assigned Grady 25% of the copyright, personally. There is also a slender volume sometimes published separately under the title Book Four. This is an introduction to the technical aspects of Magick, especially the physical equipment and more basic methods {Later Note: Weiser has published all of Book 4 recently, including parts 1 and 2, the "Book Four" mentioned here, part 3, Magick in Theory and Practice and part 4, Equinox of the Gods. This edition is more complete than any previous and is greatly augmented with notes.}. Liber Aleph is also very useful in this study.

    Magick in Theory and Practice is roughly divided into two parts: Theory and Practice -- hence the title. This Study Guide will chiefly concern itself with the Theory part. Notes will be added on some of the Rituals, but they require a more extensive discussion than is possible here.
    Obviously the first thing to do with the book is to have a good look at it. Mark especially the diagrams of the signs given at the beginning and the list of recommended reading found in the middle. There are additional signs and gestures described in the essay with Liber vel Reguli in the latter part of the book. Many of these signs derive from the Order of the Golden Dawn.

    Introduction -- This is intended to perform several functions. For a person already able to confront Magick without undue skepticism, it may be unnecessary. For the beginner, it includes a pseudo-rational exposition of the Magical world-view. I consider this introduction to be a series of images and tropes. It is intended to begin an opening of the more closed minded and to trap the minds of those who should not study this work. Crowley's definition of Magick is here, but that definition seems to reduce itself to include almost any deliberate action. Perhaps that is not so far off.
    Chapter 0 -- basic philosophy and method. This is the real introduction to the book. Some knowledge of Qabalah, especially the Tree of Life, is necessary to make sense of it. Note also that Crowley espouses a Hegelian concept of "Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis" in his approach. This is also drawn from Qabalah.
    Chapter I -- Definition of terms and fundamental advice. Learn this before going further. The material is relatively light. Any difficult points may be returned to later. Such difficulty will be more a matter of trying to find problems that aren't there, than it will be of confronting real obstacles.
    Chapters II through VII -- Magical formulas. These are mental ways of organizing thought and ritual. The reader will not be able to understand them perfectly at first. They must be firmly understood before any of the Rituals can be fully mastered. Each of these chapters should be studied and learned in succession before any but light reading of the rest is undertaken. Crowley provides a minimum set of correspondence columns from Liber 777 in the latter half of Magick in Theory and Practice. These chapters will teach you how to use that material, and therefore also how to use Liber 777 to some extent. Thelema Lodge can still supply copies of Liber 777 to O.T.O. members for $1.00 + postage and for $2.00 + postage to nonmembers{Note: this offer is now withdrawn, since the stock of these has decreased to very few over the years}. Crowley's formulas are his original contribution to Magical method.
    Chapter VIII -- This sets the method for the whole of the Work. It must be studied well. It may be studied along with Chapters II through VII without full mastery of the former material first.
    Chapter IX -- Basics of use of sound and general notes on working. Necessary for ritual, but not absolutely necessary for understanding of general theory. Some valuable points of philosophy are to be found here.
    Chapter X -- Method of physical action in ritual. Necessary for the rituals.
    Chapter XI -- The critical work of performing Magick rests in development of the Body of Light. This chapter introduces the method and concept. Master the ideas here before going on. Techniques come later.
    Chapter XII -- Technical instruction. Not all of this material is to be taken literally. Those who wish to become involved in this level of working should proceed cautiously and with instruction from those they can accept as teachers. Learn before you burn. Bloody sacrifice is not all it seems. Some of this refers to preconception birth control. Postpartum birth control is murder. Don't get the two confused! When Crowley says that he has sacrificed a child, he means that he has diverted the act of conception to magical ends. (or as M. Aquino put it, "...made a wish").
    Chapters XIII and XIV -- This must be studied closely. The material here is of very wide application in all workings.
    Chapter XVI, part I -- The main point is not to take a magical Oath until you are ready to set the pattern for your life's work.
    Chapter XV -- Read and reread this material until it becomes an integral part of your thought. This is absolutely basic technical and attitudinal orientation. You can't even disagree with it until you at least understand it. Until you have a working understanding on these levels, you are a dabbler.
    Chapters XVI, part 2 and XVII. This is not generally important unless you are going into Goetic or Solomonic style working. If you like Faust, this is for you!
    Chapter XVIII -- Very important. Study closely. This material is essential to successful working and control. Without the knowledge presented here, your Body of Light will be effectively blind and blundering.
    Chapter XIX -- Specialized work again. Study if it appeals to your interest. References here are mostly to the Rites of Eleusis, and you may still catch some of them in the San Francisco Bay area by the time you receive this mailing. Dramatic ritual involving significant numbers of people.
    Chapter XX -- This will appear obscure at first. It is the advanced theory of ritual design. Without this material, one cannot understand some of the shorter rituals given in the rest of the book. Some of the ideas presented here are misleading if looked at lightly. Study of this chapter should come after work with the earlier part of the book. This chapter is especially suited to extended work of a particular sort with a Magical Journal or Diary. In that, you would devote extended portions of your writing to developing ideas presented here. Devise experiments to make them real (not that easy!), and restate the ideas at greater length in your own words.
    Chapter XXI -- The material here is mostly advanced philosophy of Magick. Some parts will appear clear on first reading. This chapter may be read chiefly for entertainment until one has read The Book of the Law
    While the theory chapters of Magick in Theory and Practice are being studied, one should practice several rituals. Study of Appendix III on pages 245 and 246 of the shorter edition of the book is advised. Rituals for special attention include Liber E (general exercises), Liber O (especially the Lesser Pentagram Banishment), Liber Resh (daily). The student is advised against Liber III in instruction #2 -- the basic method is excellent; but this particular technique is not for most people, including the most promising students.

    Here is a brief note on some of the rituals in the "Practice" section of the text.

    Liber Samekh -- excellent for gathering magical force. Should be performed only in conjunction with banishing rituals or in a consecrated place. The injunction that no names be used unless understood perfectly may be considered a trope. This is re-written from a Greco-Egyptian 6th century exorcism ritual, and contemporary material will be found in the Leyden Papyrus (Dover Books sells {Later note: sold} that, as well as an inexpensive edition of Magick in Theory and Practice. O.T.O. published a study of this ritual and its precursors by Regardie in O.T.O. Newsletter #6, 1978 e.v. (out of print {Later note: but available in an ASCII text file from OTO, called OTONL.AS3}). Liber Samekh is especially useful to study with the formula chapters, as a sort of work-book of the method.
    Appendix VI "Grimorium Sanctissimum" -- the Latin portion beginning this section. This material may be interpreted as a method for securing the fluids of the sex-act for magical application. It is unwise to attempt this work without instruction, an effective body of light under control, and either someone you know well or a clean ... test.
    Liber XXV -- advanced form of the Pentagram Banishment. Should only be undertaken after study of The Book of the Law. Another version is to be found in The Book of Lies
    Liber V -- difficult. Successful performance of this ritual may be a goal to set in testing your own comprehension of this book. This ritual is the most important for those who would seek to understand the magical nature and invisible working of the O.T.O. Degree initiations. By comparison of this ritual with its explanations to the initiation rituals received in O.T.O., the initiate will be able to learn how to perform unique ritual and Magick for each degree in O.T.O. Such a study is a very fit object for the KofE&W Thesis.
    Liber XV -- this is the principle group ritual of the O.T.O. and the central act of worship of the Thelemic Gnostic Catholic Church. It is also a complete, though symbolic, presentation of the IXth Degree technique advocated by Crowley in his private instructions.
    Appendix VII, Liber HHH -- mostly in the line of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Alteration and adaptation to circumstance is valid.
    Liber E -- Very important to take up with the study of the theory sections.
    Liber O -- Golden Dawn rituals for practical working. This material should be relatively easy to understand and is the basis for Crowley's own education in ritual Magick. It is assumed knowledge for the more elaborate workings presented before and after it in the text. The Lesser Pentagram Ritual is the single most important ritual to learn in the entire body of Golden Dawn and Thelemic literature. The version given here sometimes carries a typo. Find it also in O.T.O. Newsletter #4 (available from Thelema Lodge for $1.00 + postage {Later Note: Offer withdrawn, but the item is available from OTO in an ASCII text file, OTONL.AS1}), tape M-6 ($3.50 + postage, O.T.O. members only on this one. {Later Note: No longer available}) and Magick and Qabalah #1 (members 50 cents, nonmembers $1.00, both plus postage {Later note: Offer withdrawn, but the item is available in an ASCII text file, MQ-1.ASC}).
    Liber Astarte -- Very useful. It may be undertaken without reading the rest of the book. Because the elements in it which can kill or drive the practitioner mad are not generally effective until some considerable progress is made, it is better to study this material before you know enough to get hurt.
    Liber RV -- Yoga instruction. Should be taken up as an independent practice throughout one's working and study. It furthers all efforts.
    Liber YOD -- another item that may be considered a sort of self- proficiency test. Very good mental yoga when attained. It furthers all efforts. Some hazards for the overly determined.
    Liber Thisharb -- for very advanced working only. Do not attempt it until skilled in all other workings and experienced by several years of magical practice. It may be studied, if the temptation to practice it can be mastered, at any level. The traditional hazards of "sickness, insanity and an early death" apply. Still, what's life without some fuss or other?
    Liber B -- its value is invisible for those who are not ready to understand it.
    Liber Resh -- daily use by all.
    Liber III -- excellent discipline, if the part about the razor is not taken rashly. Crowley must have his little joke.

    Those who are more interested in A A should read One Star in Sight and collect the library in the middle of Magick in Theory and Practice. There is also Liber 185, published in Regardie's Gems from the Equinox. The original A A still exists, and is reached at {Later note: Address and comment deleted, initially at the request of Soror M, but later replaced by OTO independent decision with the recommendation:
    The Cancellarius of A A
    London WC1N 3XX ENGLAND
    email: URL:}

    Sage advice: If you can't stand going to a plastic supermarket, you are meditating or medicating too much. Agoraphobia is nature's way of warning you that your work in Magick needs a break. This is not to be confused with disliking plastic supermarkets or the government. That can be symptomatic of good, mental health. Losing function is the thing to watch out for.

Events Calendar for November 1986 e.v.

11/1/86PartyAnkh af na Khonsu Ldg
11/2/86Rites of Eleusis. Rite of SolSirius Oasis
11/7/86Rites of Eleusis. Rite of VenusAnkh af-na Khonsu Ldg.
11/9/86Gnostic Mass 3PMThelema Ldg.
11/11/86Enochian Class (Aemeth)
with Dave 8PM
Thelema Ldg.
11/12/86Rites of Eleusis. Rite of Mercury
at MCS, 9PM
adults $2.00 children free
11/14/86Lodge meetingThelema Ldg.
11/15/86IIIrd degree initiationsThelema Ldg.
11/17/86Rites of Eleusis. Rite of Luna
11/18/86Enochiana class (19 Keys)
with Dave 8PM
Thelema Ldg.
11/19/86Magick in Theory & Practice
8PM with Bill
Thelema Ldg.
11/21/86Camp meeting 8PMABRAHADABRA Camp
11/22/86Minerval InitiationThelema Ldg.
11/22/86OTO Board 4:18 PM at Lola'sO.T.O. Corp. HQ
11/23/86Gnostic Mass 3PMThelema Ldg.
11/24/86Oasis meetingNur alal Uruk Oasis
11/26/86Egyptiana class with Ebony 8PMThelema Ldg.
11/28/86Class with Jim "Introduction to
Ceremonial Magick" 8PM
Thelema Ldg.

    The viewpoints and opinions expressed herein are the responsibility of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of OTO or its officers.

   Note to update: the addresses and phone numbers in these issues of the Thelema Lodge Calendars are obsolete since the closing of the Lodge. They are here for historic purposes only and should not be visited or called.

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