June 30th, 8PM: David will conduct another Watchtower workshop.
Erotology Study Group: June 11th, 9PM: This month's discussion is on
sexiological chemistry including hormones, pheromones and erotic botany. Oil
Egyptiana: June 24th, 9PM: Ebony continues in the ever-popular Egyptiana
Summer Solstice: June 21st Afternoon til eve: Come celebrate Summer Solstice
with us! Party starts mid afternoon; ritual at 6:11PM; mass at sundown.
Papal Visitation Committee: June 26th, 9:30PM: The PVC will plan for an
upcoming Missae Negrum. Actors, musicians, scholars and interested others
call for location. Alternative theater for alternative folks.
Children's Celebration: Tentatively scheduled for June 27th, call Lola at
(415) 465-9389 for details.
Field Trip on Mt. Tam with Bill Heidrick is tentatively planned for a mutually
convenient weekend in June. Call (415) 655-4942 for details, probably will
take place on a Saturday or Sunday about the middle of the Month.
Rites of Eleusis --- see the back pages for advance information.
Early July -- Events which may happen before the July Calendar is mailed:
Bookbinding with Bill Heidrick is tentative for July 1st.
Robemaking Class with Lotte Lieb July 2nd.
------call (415) 655-4942 later in June for details regarding these two
Grand Lodge News:
The New Bylaws that were voted in March are nearing final errata correction
stages. After a mail vote by the IXths, the Bylaws will be made available
generally. Plans to publish them in the Magical Link may be complicated by
the large size of the text, some 18,000 characters. Something will be done to
make them available, but it might take the form of photocopies to the official
bodies as a first stage.
The Electoral College will meet about June 13th at a location yet to be fixed,
but near the SF Bay Area. Attendance at the meeting is limited to members of
the College and invited parties. About half of the College will be new faces,
and topics include a fresh look at some areas of concern.
The GTG is futtering a new computer again. This time it's an IBMPC XT. That
might not mean much to most folk, but if you have a PC or clone, this means
that you are disc-compatible with the GTG in 5 1/4 format. Commodore C64
compatibility has existed for some time. Official Bodies which have either of
these machines can receive data concerning their locally affiliated members on
disks their machines can read. C64 programs specifically designed to access,
sort and print address databases of up to 2,000 records are available. C64
Speedscript users can probably find value in some OTO utility programs. The
previous difficulties in getting ahold of the GTG via modem are being
examined, and a new modem for the PC will probably improve the situation in a
few months. Correspondence with the GTG will generally improve, owing the
greater flexibility of the PC. PC users may find convenience in some programs
written for OTO use, including one which generates a Thelemic letter date from
the machine system date for use in correspondence. At last! No need to figure out obscure Roman numerals and sun/moon signs for spiffy
correspondence. This program can do it for you automatically when you start
up. Can be set for different Time Zones. C64 version may be made if interest
materializes. For Official purposes only and some printers, the dot-matrix
letter-head is available.
Of more general interest, text entry to disk format has increased. One half
of the 1,000,000 characters that compose the trial transcript of the OTO vs.
SOTO trial are already keyed in, and the rest should be available by the end
of June. Print outs of this and other material of historic interest will
become available. The diaries of Hymenaeus Alpha and Crowley's letters are
among the materials projected for electronic media. Naturally some of these
things will have private portions, but most of the material will be available
in increasingly larger amounts.
Many letters to the GTG will be answered within 72 hours of his getting them,
starting in mid June. Most of the remainder will be answered in a week or
less, and acknowledgements of record will resume. (Odd, my mouth tastes like
an old sock!)
There is a new Grand Lodge Address: To reach the Grand Treasurer General,
please address your mail to:
Ordo Templi Orientis
P.O. Box 430
Fairfax, CA 94978 USA
(The Berkeley P.O.Box will be maintained indefinitely, but this address will
cut a week from time to access the GTG.)
Initiators please note: The proper address for mailing initiation reports is
now that of the Initiation Secretary and Grand Secretary General:
Ordo Templi Orientis
JAF Box 7666
New York, NY 10116 USA
Initiation dues and red books of initiation report go to NY. After the GSG
enters his portion of the data, the materials, including payments, are
forwarded to the GTG at the Fairfax address. For faster service, sent
duplicate records to the GTG; but the primary report goes to New York first.
If you do sent duplicate records to the GTG, be sure to note on them that New
York has the primary record and the funds. This will save the GTG from
wandering all over his house and digging through the trash to find non-
Dues renewal payments should be sent directly to the Fairfax address to insure
that prompt credit is made. May will see demit and inactivation of a number
of members, while late June or early July will have another dues billing in
the mail, at least for USA. International billing is still hit or miss, but
should be steady by the end of the year. It may be possible to give advance
notice of pending due dates before year's end as well.
A privacy index is in the planning stages. Watch the Magical Link for a
coupon in the coming months. Members of OTO who don't want their status codes
to appear on their mailing labels can request suppression of that now. Just
send a post card to the GTG at the Fairfax address giving your name and the
request to "blank the status field". Eventually mailing of the Magical Link
will be from New York, but you can add this element of privacy now if you
like. Many OTO members prefer to have their status information on the mailing
labels so that they can produce a recent copy of the Magical Link as an
evidence of current membership while traveling. If you don't want that there,
a little card will do you.
Further privacy levels will be available on who gets to see your OTO account
and membership info. At present, only Grand Lodge officers, local bodies (for
local accounts only), initiators and the individuals themselves can get this information. If you are an Initiate or Associate and you want to exclude
local bodies from access to your information, you will soon be able to request
that level of privacy. Because OTO is a 501(c)3 exempt Religious entity, the
government is NOT entitled to have access to our membership records. This
option will give you further privacy within OTO if you want it.
One concern was voiced in an inquiry not long ago. We do have a standing
policy of support for those who desire their membership in OTO to be known.
We also have to be able to deal with false claims to be in or out of OTO. A
privacy level will soon be available to indicate how readily this confirm or
deny response will be given. It will be possible to be so secret that you may
have a hard time getting your next initiation, if you go for "the works". It
will also be possible to tell us in a way we can remember if you want to "run
an open house." At present, phone numbers and addresses of officers are not
made available unless you see them printed in the Magical Link. Officers of
Camps, Oases and Lodges must maintain some sort of public access, and their
names are not private because they have to function with the public. This
means that going for full privacy will limit some of the things you can do in
OTO. Still, there is a lot of prejudice out there, and many people may want
this option. It's just around the corner. If you have put off joining the
OTO because the neighbors might find out, you might want to think again!
A word to the wise.
OTO officers are human beings. They make mistakes and may be injurious to
your health. Our initiations teach us that the only person to absolutely
trust is inside you. This does not mean that you shouldn't love your Brothers
and Sisters, and respect your Seniors. On the whole, OTO officers are worthy
of your trust. Because they are human, some will be found that have a tragic
flaw or a down-right disastrous fault. One of the things that makes OTO
different from the other organizations is our recognition of this. Nobody can
tell you what your Will is. That's for you to discover in your own Great
Work. You do not benefit the OTO or yourself by placing too much
responsibility for your own affairs in the hands of others. Trust is
necessary to a society or an organization. Caution is not a violation of
trust. Checks can bounce, cash can disappear, and far more serious injuries
can happen anywhere. In OTO, always demand a receipt or keep your canceled
checks, always be ready to poke with a stick under the leaf litter of an
untrodden path and always take responsibility for yourself and those who
depend on you. Thelemites we are, and those who betray the trust of their
Brothers and Sisters are not welcome among us. You are as safe with OTO as
you are with your own family, but that isn't the same as absolutely secure.
Some groups expect unthinking trust and abuse that trust. If an OTO officer
does that, something is wrong. Recently, such a situation was found in a
quarter we did not expect. The matter was very serious indeed; and you won't
get the details here, for the sake of the innocent. Suffice it to say that
OTO is better than most organizations in this. If there is a problem, and
it's ours, we will not cozen people to believe it isn't there. Pre-
Televalgelical Christians had a term: "Whitened Sepulcher" for something
that's beautiful on the outside and foul within. In OTO the Whitened
Sepulcher count is down as of last month
Speaking of WS's and exercising questionable taste:
Kitty-Quote of the month:
Felix on North at the Iran-Contra Hearings: "They want me, but they can't get
me. The Old Man, He Love My Ass!" -- Why Ronnie, I'd never a'thunk it! Does
Ed know? Do you know Jim Baker? If you don't watch American TV, this may pass you by, but that's the nature of Kitties. They definitely say something, but only another Cat knows what.
Remember the Ancient Ways Festival June 12-14th at Harbin Hot Springs. There
is still time to call (415) 639-0783 (between 5pm and 10 PM) for information.
This is a popular pan pagan annual gathering in Northern California. It's not
by OTO, but highly recommended. Pre-registration fees are no longer in
effect, but it is still a very good deal.
Events Calendar for June 1987 e.v.
|6/2/87||Class on the Star Ruby 8PM||Thelema Ldg &
|6/5/87||Minerval & Ist workshop||Abrahadrabra|
|6/6/87||Initiations Ist through IIIrd||Thelema Ldg|
|6/7/87||Gnostic Mass Class 6PM Ritual 8:15 PM||Thelema Ldg|
|6/10/87||Tarot Divination with Bill.||Thelema Ldg|
|Tower Trump & 78-card reading 8PM|
|6/11/87||Erotology study group 9PM||Thelema Lodge|
|6/11/87||Full Moon Ritual||Thelema Ldg|
|6/12/87||Ancient Ways Festival Starts and runs||Ancient Ways|
|6/13/87||Initiations to Degrees||Thelema Ldg|
|6/13/87||Electoral College meeting, private||Grand Lodge|
|6/14/87||Gnostic Mass Class 6:30PM Ritual 8:15PM||Thelema Ldg|
|6/16/87||Enochain Chess Club meets 7PM||Thelema Ldg|
|6/17/87||Tarot Divination with Bill. Lecture on||Thelema Ldg|
|Atu chosen on 10th. 78 card reading 8PM|
|6/19/87||Selene Camp meets most Fridays||Selene Camp|
|6/20/87||Recycling 10AM||Thelema Ldg|
|6/20/87||IVth & PI||Thelema Ldg|
|6/20/87||Tam Field Trip?||Thelema Ldg|
|6/21/87||Solstice Rites 6:11 PM Mass 8:15 PM||Thelema Ldg|
|Party starts mid afternoon|
|6/23/87||Enochiana on Sigillium & Arch 8PM||Thelema Ldg|
|6/24/87||Egyptiana Class with Ebony 9PM||Thelema ldg|
|6/25/87||Thelemic Rhetoric and Oratory with Jeff |
|6/26/87||PVC committee 9:30 MP|
|6/26/87||Abrahadabra Camp workshop IInd Deg.||Abrahadabra C.|
|6/27/87||Children's Celebration: Elenor of|
|Aquitane, Morn & aft. Noon.|
|6/28/87||Gnostic Mass Class 6:30PM Ritual 8:15PM||Thelema Ldg|
|6/30/87||Enochian Watch Towers Workshop||Thelema Ldg|
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