Thelema Lodge Calendar for May 1987 e.v.

Thelema Lodge Calendar

for May 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.

   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, 1987 e.v.

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

May 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

    Tarot, Enochian Studies, Initiations, the Gnostic Mass and a variety of other subjects and events are available this month. Please check the Calendar in the back of this issue for dates and times. Call the phone number listed with each event before attending.

Motta Case up-date.

    The Federal Court has issued Additional Findings and Conclusions in the case of O.T.O. vs. S.O.T.O., as part of the appeal process. The full text of the new Findings and Conclusions will be found in the May 1987 e.v. issue of the Magical Link, the regular publication of Agape Grand Lodge. Here are quotes and points of interest:

    The Court of Appeals remanded the case to this court to "make additional findings specifying in detail the factual basis for its ultimate findings of fact that Plaintiff OTO is, and Defendant OTO is not, the continuation of the original OTO and its findings that McMurtry is, and Motta is not, the OHO.
    27. Defendant Motta was not a credible witness. His testimony was incomplete, evasive, and contradictory, and was impeached in important particulars. Motta admitted to lying under oath in the action referred to in Conclusion of Law 6. There was no credible evidence that defendant Motta was initiated into OTO and became a member thereof. Motta has made inconsistent prior statements as to whether he does or does not claim to be OHO.
    31. Plaintiffs have had actual and lawful possession of the writings and archives of Crowley and Germer.
    32. The California Agape Lodge was the only OTO lodge existing in the United States at the time Crowley died. That lodge was a direct predecessor of plaintiff OTO.
    33. There was no credible evidence that defendant SOTO ever received a charter from OTO.
    36. Plaintiff McMurtry has been acting as the OHO of OTO for an indefinite but significant number of years.
    37. Several documents evidenced a close mentor relationship between Crowley and McMurtry, and that responsibilities and authorities were vested in McMurtry by Crowley and by Germer.
    38. One document evidenced the intent of Crowley that McMurtry be OHO.

    The case continues through the appeal process, and also continues to cost the OTO additional legal expenses. Even though these expenses are not anything like the ones incurred during the trial, there is still more than $5,000 to be paid to our attorney. Royalties have only begun coming in from larger publishers, and the Order continues to give limited license to desk-top and small publishers to print without royalty. The latter policy requires written agreement, and does not include some particular rituals and private writings of Crowley's that he intended for secret use within O.T.O. The Order will probably need additional funds for clearing the title to Crowley's works in England and in some other locations, since the copyrights appear to have been mis-handled by a literary executor. In all of this, there are only three objectives: To demonstrate that this O.T.O. is genuine. To fulfill Crowley's intentions regarding the use of his writings. To protect and restore the reputations of individuals injured by slander and libel.
    It is the intention of the O.T.O. to see Crowley's writings propagated in good form, and widely. To that end, only commercially profitable publications are likely to be subject to royalty. We continue to feel that individuals who publish without profit, or for expenses only, should be able to continue to do so without the extra burden of royalties. We do not feel that such publication of Crowley's works without our proper copyright and address notice, or without written agreement, should be permitted. Neither did Crowley.
    In the process of protecting the right to publish Crowley's writings, the O.T.O. will probably have to go to court again some day. Recent instances of legal threats to innocent publishers have been made by an individual or individuals who assert a fictitious claim on the Crowley copyrights. We will make every effort to "keep Crowley free", but your donations to Grand Lodge at O.T.O., JAF Box 7666, New York, NY 10116 will help us pay our bills and defend your right to get the published works of Aleister Crowley.

Of Historical Interest:

    To underscore the above, here are some quotes from the Minutes of old Agape Lodge, from the complete set in the possession of the Order:
Fall Equinox.
Sept. 21, 1935, the ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS was started in the United States of America, by putting on the reception degree of Minerval, on the sands some distance out from Playa Del Rey, California.
    Before leaving for the desert, Brother Smith gave a short talk on the history of the Order, its antiquity, and mentioned some of the Great Ones who had gained their wisdom through Its formulae, and gave in return weight and dignity to It. He reminded the candidates of the solemnity of the Occasion and pointed them towards the Importance of the step they were taking.
    SALADIN-W.T. Smith
    Black Guard-Max Schneider.
(names of Minerval initiates omitted here for privacy, but there were seven of them on this first initiation; five women and two men.)
    After the ceremony, all returned to the Profess House of the Order, 1746 No. Winona Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, and partook of a banquet prepared by Regina Kahl and Jane Wolfe.
    During the course of the banquet, Saladin announced the name of the Lodge to be AGAPAE.

Mch. 10
    Because of a dissent from some views of the Order, particularly pertaining to Sex before going up to Mass, it was decided to forgo the Mass on the Sunday night, and open Camp so that the Complaints could be openly discussed....

Apr. 15
    Brother Jack Parsons and Sister H.P. were consecrated Magicians this evening - the first time that the Degree, as written by To Mega Therion, has been put on; certainly in America, and probably in the world.
    We feel this is another mile stone in our journey; or, to be more specific, in the establishment of the new Order.
    They were initiated by Brother Smith, Sister Kahl and Sister Jane Wolfe. And these Officers were tendered an excellent banquet by Brother and Sister P., at their home in Pasadena.

June 9
    We intended to open the new premises at 1003 South Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena, formally, but it was possible for only 4 to participate, and the arrangement of entrance was not premeditated.
    In unloading the car.
            Jane Wolfe was given the portrait of Aleister Crowley,
            W.T.Smith took the Book of the Law.
            Regina was given the Stelle of Revealing.
            Helen, the Ark.
    We entered the house in the same order, Jane hanging the portrait on the wall at the first stair landing, Regina the Stele in the hall, Helen carried the Ark into the Chapel where it was placed on a high mantel, Wilfred putting the Book of the Law inside it. He then declared: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.!"
    It was a mere coincidence that 11 o'clock, almost to the second, was the moment of entering the House. The horary figure set up by Frederic for that hour indicated it was an auspicious moment.

    Look for more from the minutes of old Agape Lodge in future issues of the Thelema Lodge Calendar. If you want to check out what it was really like, come on down!

Events Calendar for May 1987 e.v.

5/1/87May Day in Santa CruzThelema Ldg &
Magick Theater
5/2/87Inviations to Vth Degree later thisR+C
month. Call.
5/3/87Gnostic Mass Class 4:18 PM Ritual 7PMThelema Ldg
5/5/87Enochian Chess Club 7PMThelema Ldg
5/8/87Selene Camp meets most FridaysSelene Camp
5/9/87Recycling Day 10:30 AMThelema Ldg
5/10/87Gnostic Mass Class 4:18 PM Ritual 7PMThelema Ldg
5/11/87Thelema Lodge meeting 8PMThelema Ldg
Full Moon Ritual after meeting
5/12/87Enochiana Class: Sigilum Dei EmethThelema Ldg
with David 8PM
5/13/87Tarot Divination with Bill. Tree ofThelema Ldg
Life spread & special subject:
Temperance Atu. 8PM
5/15/87Abrahadabra Camp meetingAbrahadabra O.
Minerval & Ist Degree workshops
5/16/87Initiations this month: Call the LodgeThelema Ldg
for Minerval to IIIrd. For Vth Degree
call {alternate number}
5/17/87Gnostic Mass Class 6PM Ritual 7PMThelema Ldg
5/17/87Nur alal Ufuk meetingNur alal Ufuk O
5/20/87Tarot Divination with Bill. Free-styleThelema Ldg
reading & special subject 8PM
5/21/87"Erotology Study Group" on Artemis IotaThelema Ldg
5/22/87Abrahadabra Camp IInd Degree study groupAbrahadabra O
meets on a day near here.
5/23/87Exo-Psychology Guild field Trip
5/24/87Gnostic Mass Class 4PM Ritual 6PMThelema Ldg
5/25/87Will WorkshopNur alal Ufuk O
5/26/87Enochiana Workshop 8PMThelema Ldg
5/27/87Egyptiana class with Ebony 8PMThelema Ldg
5/30/87Initiations to Degrees in OTO. CallThelema Ldg
5/31/87Gnostic MassThelema 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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