Thelema Lodge Calendar for April 1987 e.v.

Thelema Lodge Calendar

for April 1987 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.

Copyright © O.T.O. and the Individual Authors, 1987 e.v.

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

April 1987 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

April is an important month for Thelemites throughout the World. On the 8th, 19th and 10th, we celebrate the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law. In 1904 e.v., Crowley and his first Scarlet Woman, Rose Kelly, spent some time in Egypt, a night in the Great Pyramid of Cheops and three days of intensive transcription of Liber AL vel Legis. The result was Thelema, the philosophy and religion of Will, in which a Divine star is held to burn uniquely and compatibly in each person. "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." That is the primary statement. It means different things to different people, but to most it signifies something a bit like destiny and a bit like freewill all in one. No one can tell you what your Will is. You can only discover it for yourself. At that, Will is not desire or even inclination. It is probable that most people go through life without ever comprehending this essential and Divine Will. It is not to be found in the myriad of likes and dislikes, demands and protest that compound daily life. It is essential Life, Love and Liberty. One person's true Will cannot conflict with any other's. The illusion of such conflict is explained as confusion of the small for the Great. Moments exist when we are aware of who we are, why we exist and, most importantly, what we are doing here. In those moments, the True Will can become consciously apprehended. At all other times... "Love is the law, love under will.
Not everyone believes in gods and goddesses, and the language of Liber AL vel Legis may seem strange. No one may authoritatively interpret it for anyone else, because we are all different. Even from one moment to the next, our needs change in ourselves. The human consciousness is limited and circumscribed. It is a window on a greater Universe. Sometimes deities are seen through the window, at other times demonstrations of logic or atheist philosophy. All prophets are true, and all philosophy, and all religion. The window of the soul shows views more often than panoramas. Gods and goddesses dwell in that universe where one can say "there is no god where I am". It is the law to give. The story is in The Equinox of the Gods. The philosophy is in Liber OZ. The sacred writing is Liber AL itself. Join us in the San Francisco Bay area on the three days for a celebration and reading of the three chapters. By local tradition, we do this at three separate places each year. In this way uniqueness of meaning is symbolized, and no single view has a chance to dominate. In this Law is Truth, yet only to be seen through the eyes of each one. You can see as much in any dew-drop on any flower. For Thelemites, Liber AL is both the Token and the Type of this mystery. It is our Sacred Book not because others are not sacred, but because it is the shining light on the flower we behold in the eternal morning.

The various classes and rituals continue at Thelema Lodge in April: Tarot, Enochiana, Egyptiana, Gnostic Masses, Initiations and more. See the calendar for dates, times and phone numbers to call. Our classes are free, but your donations help keep them that way.


Grand Lodge News:
Historic Bylaws Meeting

On the 21st and 22nd of March, the time of Thelemic New Year, IXth Degree members of O.T.O. met in San Francisco to consider new Bylaws for the O.T.O. in the USA and the beginnings of a general plan for International reconstruction of the Order. The new Bylaws were provisionally accepted after two days of exhausting work in the Sanctuary. Here are some of the highlights and points of interest:

For Members from Minerval through IVth Degree, except for initiators, no immediate changes. This phase of the reconstruction of the O.T.O. was largely complete under the previous Caliph. As the middle Degree bodies activate, there will be some impact on the Man of Earth Degrees, but much of what is coming will take the form of gradually improved performance in areas already laid out. Initiators will be receiving instructions and new forms for reporting, as a result of enhancement of the role of Grand Secretary General. New procedures will come from the Electoral College (USA) or the Grand Secretary General by proper notice. Until then initiators should continue to report as before. It is intended that the Initiation Secretary at the JAF 7666 Box in New York act as a central receiver for such reports, but business as usual is the watch-word if there is any unanswered question of what goes where.

Above IVth Degree, a major effort is underway to accelerate compliance with Crowley's design for O.T.O., as manifest in the Blue Equinox. Nearly all of the various administrative and governmental bodies related to these Degrees have been described and mandated in the new Bylaws. Their full implementation will wait on adequate membership in these Degrees, but the IXth Degree will be filling VIIIth Degree commitments in part as of now. Until the intermediate degrees fill in a bit more, the new Supreme Council will oversee some of the business appropriate to them. In implementing the Blue Equinox, financial matters were felt to change too much with time and place to justify activation of the 1919 e.v. practices. Crowley was a mystic and a genius, but he was always the first to admit that money management lay utterly beyond his competence. Vows of poverty and operation of loan and living services are really outside the present goals of the O.T.O. There are serious considerations of Thelemic independence of individuals, legal limitations and capital funds that make these and some other ideas of communal finance inappropriate for the foreseeable future. Profess Houses and similar institutions of retreat will someday be implemented on a voluntary basis.
There have been major changes in the highest councils of the O.T.O. The Supreme Council is no longer elected every two years, and is now composed of three members instead of seven. It has been re-named "National Supreme Council", and is presided over by a National Grand Master who has powers of appointment and removal of the other two members of this body. These other two officers remain the Grand Secretary General and the Grand Treasurer General, although the prefix "National" might be appropriate in some circumstances. In addition to these three, there is a fourth officer, also appointed. This is the Deputy National Grand Master, and his duties are to fulfill the role of the National Grand Master under certain circumstances and subject to certain limits as a sort of vice-president. The National Grand Master is Hymenaeus Beta, the Caliph. The GTG and GSG offices are still being filled by the same individuals. International implications will be addressed briefly below. The Supreme Council has effectively been redefined along the lines of the 1917 e.v. O.T.O. Constitution from the Th. Reuss days.
IXth Degree voting franchise has been transferred to the VIIIth Degree Areopagus, with the proviso that any IXth Degree can enter this body through right of demand. In effect, one individual O.T.O. member gained the vote, and no one lost it.
USA is a temporary base, as far as the international direction of O.T.O. is concerned. Under the new Bylaws, the USA National Grand Master is only acting O.H.O. for the international O.T.O. until more Xth Degrees can be established elsewhere. These Xth Degree National Heads will be appointed by the Caliph when appropriate. As soon as the minimum number of five Xth Degrees is reached, those Xth Degrees can call for election of the full Outer Head of the Order. They may delay if they see fit. In the mean time, the Caliph is the acting O.H.O. and at least for the present, also the USA Xth Degree. Because of the role of IXth Degrees from the McMurtry years in electing the present Caliph, the original IXth Degrees who participated in that election have the power to remove and replace this acting O.H.O. There are additional details, but that is the basic situation at present.
On the whole, each succeeding year has seen improvement. Many of the limitations put on the past Caliph were not so much constraints on him as protections for him. Grady McMurtry skillfully used "the rules" to avoid undue pressure and to insure a successor. With a younger Caliph and the progress made in the last 10 years, it's definitely time to take some of the canvas covers off the throne. I have been the architect of much of what has been set up in the last few years. I support the new Bylaws, and the restoration of national office. These Bylaws are an experimental model for other lands. After a period of review and correction, the Bylaws will be made available to those who need to study them. Later this year the European theater will have IVth degrees, and regional coordination is likely to be set up by then. While the USA O.T.O. works the kinks out of intermediate degree governmental bodies, international O.T.O. members will be promoted on merit to advance adoption of these same levels outside the USA.

Bill Heidrick,
Grand Treasurer General
for the USA
and acting GTG
for International O.T.O.


In the Continuum.

In the Continuum is now entering upon its 14th year of publication with Vol,. IV, No. 1, for the Spring Equinox of 1987 e.v. We have been printing articles, poems and letters by Crowley which are either difficult to find or which are essential to a basic understanding of Thelema, or which have never been printed before. The policy of this publication is to make easier for the student the study and practice of Thelemic principles. We have also been writing a history of the beginnings of the Thelemic movement through the history of Jane Wolfe, who studied with the Master Therion for 3 years in Cefalu and was associated with him and working for him for another four years in Tunis, England & France. When Jane Wolfe returned to America, she was still working for the spread of Thelema and there are many letters between her and Crowley and Karl Germer which give insights into the history of the Movement and also insights into how Crowley wanted people to work with the O.T.O. and Thelema in general.

In the Continuum is packed full with articles on Ritual, Philosophy, Psychology, Thelemic History, Poetry, Qabalah, Tarot, Astrology and much more. It is a good idea to collect all the issues, as much of the material by Crowley and others is serialized. There are 10 issues in Vol. I, 12 issues in Vol. II, 10 issues in Vol. III. Each issue is $4.00 payment with order, and this sum covers the expense of mailing. Please make checks payable to Phyllis Seckler. Write to P.O. Box 415, Oroville, CA 95965


Ancient Ways Festival

On the Next Page, there is an notice and application for the Ancient Ways Festival. This is not an O.T.O. sponsored event, but definitely worth your while. The Thelema Lodge Calendar is happy to bring you information about the pagan community in general. If you have an event or something else of interest to our readers, please call (415) 454-5176 or drop in at the lodge before mid-month to make arrangements for a notice in this publication. No charge.



This event was held in 1987 e.v.


Official O.T.O. Lodges, Oases and Camps as of 3/15/87 EV

{Note to Web edition: This information is now quite dated and almost all address, phone number and modem/email information has changed. Included only for historic reasons. Don't try any of these now.}


Grand Treasurer general's office,
corporate headquarters
&
Business office:

Grand Treasurer General of
AGAPÉ GRAND LODGE

O.T.O., Box 2303
Berkeley, CA 94702
Messages: 315/454-5176
Compuserve 72105,1351
O.T.O. International Headquarters and
Agapé U.S.Grand Lodge
Caliph's Office,
Equinox Editorial and Business Office,
Grand Secretary General's Office,
Magical Link Editorial Office:
Caliph & Grand Secretary General of
AGAPÉ GRAND LODGE

O.T.O., JAF Box 7666
New York, NY 10116 USA
BaphoNET (modem board)
300/1200 baud -- 718/499-9277
President of the
Electoral College
for the United States:

Electoral College of the
United States Grand Lodge

O.T.O. Electoral College
4216 Beverly Blvd., #156
Hollywood, CA 90004
Messages. 213/464-0887


Australia

OCEANIA LODGE
P.O. Box 424, Strawberry Hills
Sydney, N.S.W. 2012

Choronzon Tribe
c/o Oceania Lodge

Ibis Tribe
c/o Shanks, P.O. Box 118
Maldon 3463


Canada

Achad Camp
Box 15731 (Main P.O.)
Vancouver, B.C. v6B 5B4

AMON-RA LODGE
P.O. Box 348, Station B
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2W2

Heru-em-Anpu Oasis
Box 1798 (Main P.O.)
Edmonton, Alta. T5J 2F2

HorusBabalon Camp
P.O.Box 6505 Sta. F.
Vancouver, B.C. V5N 5L4

Island Oasis
P.O. box 5375, Stn. B
Victoria, B.C. V8R 6S4

NEPHTHYS LODGE
P.O. Box 1075
Edmonton, Alta. T5J 2M1

PHOENIX LODGE
c/o Café Thélème
311 rue Ontario est
Montréal, Québec H2X 1H7

Prometheus Camp
c/o Nephthys Lodge

Starry Wisdom Oasis
c/o 3703 Coloniale
Montréal, Québec H2X 2Y7


Caribbean

PHOENIX LODGE
villa des Nations
B.P.48
Monmain, Ste Anne
Guadaloupe 97180


England

The O.T.O. Oasis, London
BM Box 3338
London WC1N 3XX


France

Camp des Etoiles
15, boulevard du Gal de Gaulle
93 250 Villemomble
New Zealand

Kantharos Tribe
P.O. Box 6722
Wellesley St., Auckland


Norway

Hugin og Munin Chapter
Post Boks 5 N-5014
Bergen Universitet

NIDHVG Camp
c/o Sime Thv. Midgaard Berntsen
Thorvald Meyers gt. 45 0555 Oslo 5


United States

Abrahadabra Camp
c/o Nur alal Ufuk Oasis

Aiwass Oasis
P.O. Box 26205
San Jose, CA 95159

ANKH-AF-NA-KHONSU LODGE
c/o 2832 8th St. #4
Berkeley, CA 94710

Athexaea Camp
c/o Frank
29 Western Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960
Compuserve 76267,306
MCI Mail: 172-8963

Ayin Oasis
c/o 31 Emory St.
Jersey City, NJ 07304

Azoth Camp
c/o Baphomet Lodge

Babalon-Therion Camp
6316 West Olympic Boulevard, #8
Los Angeles, CA 90048

BAPHOMET LODGE
O.T.O., 4216 Beverly Blvd., #156
Hollywood, CA 90004

Boulak Camp
c/o Thelema Lodge
ThelemaNET (modem)
315/548-0163

Camp of Norman
c/o Kaeseberg, P.O. Box 37183
Charlotte, NC 28237

Coph Nia Camp
2685 "C" St.
Springfield, OR 97477

Dii Alieni Camp
2000 Center, 1313
Berkeley, CA 94704

Earthstar Camp
c/o Magickal Childe
35 W. 19th St.
New York, NY 10011



Ebony Camp
3100 South B St.
Oxnard, CA 93030

Eulis Oasis
c/o Padgett, P.O. Box 14584
Atlanta, GA 30324

418 LODGE
P.O. Box 415
Oroville, CA 95965

Hartz Mountain Camp
P.O. Box 6082, Sta. A
Hartford, CT 06106

HERU-RA-HA LODGE
P.O. Box 3111
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Hoor-Pa-Kraat Camp
P.O.Box 937
El Sobrante, CA 94803

Hriliu Camp
941 E. Cotati
Cotati, CA 94928

Hypatia Camp
c/o Sommers, P.O. Box 20855
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Khephrah Oasis
c/o Tahuti Lodge

Kilili Oasis
P.O. Box 15038
New Orleans, LA 70115

Konx Om Pax Camp
(modem) DELPHI KAYPRO4

Kykuit Camp
c/o Brazil, 77 New Broadway
North Tarrytown, NY 10591
Compuserve 75776,1734

Maat Camp
P.O. Box 37382
Phoenix, AZ 85069

The Magick Theater Camp
(in transit)

Mescalito Camp
P.O. Box 9052
Ontario, CA 91764

Nemo Camp
6333 Pacific Ave., Ste. 209
Stockton, CA 95207

93 Camp
P.O. Box 2512
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

Nuit Urania Oasis
c/o Thelema Lodge

Nur alal Ufuk Oasis
1005 Market St. #207
San Francisco, CA 94103



O.A.K. Camp (Publishing)
1305 Vista Dr.
Grant's Pass, OR 97526

Oz Camp
Box 2363
Murfreesboro, TN 37133

Pyramid Oasis
c/o P.O. Box 219
Kenmore, NY 37133

Rising Aeon Camp
P.O. Box 85877
Seattle, WA 98145-1877

Roving Oasis 777
1343 Roosevelt Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Sekhet Bast Ra Oasis
P.O. Box 780480
Oklahoma City, OK 73178

Selene Camp
P.O. Box 1052
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Shin Teth Camp
P.O. Box 252
Duncannon, PA 17020

Sirius Oasis
1400 Shattuck, Ste. 93
Berkeley, CA 94709

TAHUTI LODGE
JAF Box 7865
New York, NY 10116

THELEMA LODGE
P.O. Box 2303
Berkeley, CA 94702
Compuserve 72105,1351

Thoth Camp
P.O. Box 545, Downtown Stn.
Syracuse, NY 13201

Twin Star Camp
c/o 507 Main St.
Waltham, MA 02154


West Germany

Beelzebub Oasis
c/o Lindenstr. 50
D-5100 Aachen

Lucifer Rex Inhumatus Camp
Hildegardstr. 20D
1 Berlin 31


Yugoslavia

Theater 93 Camp
P.P. 19
66250 Ptuj

{Note to Web edition: The above information is now quite dated and almost all address, phone number and modem/email information has changed. Included only for historic reasons. Don't try any of these now.}


Events Calendar for April 1987 e.v.

4/3/87Abrahadabra Camp meetingAbrahadabra C.
4/3/87Selene Camp meets most FridaysSelene Camp
4/4/87Rose Croix with Degree InitiationR+C
NEXT MONTH Call Lola
4/5/87Gnostic Mass Class 4PM Ritual 6PMThelema Ldg
4/8/87Liber AL Day #1 The 1st chapterThelema Ldg
Call for details
4/9/87Liber AL Day #2 The 2nd chapterAnkh-Af-Na-Khonsu L.
Call for details
4/10/87Liber AL Day #3 The 3rd chapterNuit-Urania O.
Call for details
4/11/87Initiations Minerval and IIIrd degreesThelema Ldg
Call for time and place
4/12/87Gnostic Mass Class 4PM Ritual 6PMThelema Ldg
4/13/87Full Moon Ritual and Lodge meetingThelema Ldg
4/14/87Class on Chrystals with Chandria 8PMThelema Ldg
4/15/87Tarot Divination with Bill 8PMThelema Ldg
(Special subject & Celtic Cross)
4/17/87Abrahadabra Camp meetingAbrahadabra C.
4/17/87Leather Guild FGIGF Event
4/18/87Initiations to KEW tentatively setThelema Ldg
call to confirm.
4/19/87Gnostic Mass Class 4PM Ritual 6PMThelema Ldg
4/21/87Enochiana Class "Tablets of Union"Thelema Ldg
with David 8PM
4/22/87Tarot Divination with Bill 8PMThelema Ldg
Exaustive study of one Major Trump &
Tree of Life Divination
4/23/87Exopsychology Guild discussion &
Flying Ointment workshop
call for location
4/25/87Initiations Ist & IInd degThelema Ldg
call for details
4/26/87Gnostic Mass Class 4PM Ritual 6PMThelema Ldg
4/29/87Egyptiana Class with Ebony 8PMThelema 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.

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

Phone: (510) 652-3171 (for events info and contact to Lodge)

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