Thelema Lodge Calendar for July 1987 e.v.
Thelema Lodge Calendar
for July 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.
Ordo Templi Orientis
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
July 1987 e.v. at Thelema Lodge Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Lodge Members and Officers
This Month at Thelema Lodge
A number of events and circumstances have combined to make this issue of
the Thelema Lodge Calendar a good deal later than normal. Listings for the
main calendar were received very late in June, and the last material for
inclusion came in early July. On top of that, I got the stomach flu, and
shamelessly expect your sympathy.
Gnostic Masses will be held as usual at Thelema Lodge on the 5th, 12th and
19th. In addition, ABRAHADABRA Oasis will hold a 2PM Gnostic Mass in
San Francisco on the 19th; and the Thelema Lodge Gnostic Mass of the 26th may
be moved to another time and location to accommodate the Eleusian Rite of Sol, scheduled for the same date.
Egyptiana Classes proceed with Ebony on the 8th and 29th.
A special request class by Bill Heidrick on the Abramelin System will be
offered on the 22nd at Thelema Lodge. Slides will be featured, and emphasis
will be placed on interpreting the method of the Book for modern times and
situations. This approach was the one taken by Crowley in his own pursuit of
the Great Work. Don't miss it.
Enochian rituals and studies are offered on the 13th, 14th and 28th at
Initiations are scheduled as needed and according to availability at
Thelema Lodge. Call (415) 655-4942 to set up your initiation. Weekends are
usual, but we generally pick dates that suit everybody as well as we can.
Brother Dusan is offering a workshop for mask making on the 25th. His work
has been on display at the Lodge for several months, and this is your chance
to learn how to do it! Materials costs are $5 and $10. Call the Lodge at
(415) 655-4942 for more information.
See below for information on the Rites of Eleusis and Lamas.
Coming in August at Thelema Lodge
A ten meeting series on Qabalah, with special emphasis on the Tree of Life
will begin and run with two meetings per month. Bill Heidrick is the
instructor, and extensive materials will be provided. Meetings will cluster
on the middle Wednesdays of the months.
The Rites of Eleusis
Every year and at several locations around the USA and the World local
O.T.O. groups offer Crowley's Rites of Eleusis. This is a dramatic series of
seven theatrical style rituals inspired by the ancient Eleusian mysteries.
Crowley first produced them in England around 1912 e.v.
This year, in the San Francisco Bay Area, local O.T.O. groups and
individuals are getting together to present these seven, day-long events.
Most, if not all, will be held at New Horizons at 5205 Railroad Ave.,
Pittsburg, CA. A map follows. Please be sure to call the listed phone
numbers in the Calendar at least a few days ahead to get the exact times and
confirm the location. Unlike most O.T.O. events, a door charge of about $10
is expected (call to find out about that too). These events are expensively produced, and costs have to be met. Haggai Hellhowler, the host at New
Horizons, has asked us to state definitely that no drugs are to be taken or
used on his premises. Apparently on a previous occasion someone left
paraphernalia in a lavatory there. It is not known if anyone in O.T.O. was
involved, but rules are rules.
Saturn -- July 11th Jupiter -- July 16
The revised schedule for the rites is this:
Mars -- July 21 Sol -- July 26
Venus -- July 31 Mercury Aug. 5th
Luna -- Aug. 10th
The Feast of the Beast & His Bride and Lamas
Lola de Wolf, Controller General of the O.T.O. and person extraordinare has
set up a FEAST OF THE BEAST AND HIS BRIDE combined with LAMAS camp out event.
This should be fun and ritual for all. It will run from Noon July 31st to
Noon August 3rd. Location: Battery Alexander at the Marin Headlands; from
San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate. Take Sausalito exit. Go under Freeway.
Call (415) 465-9389 for more information. Bring ritual tools, sleeping bags,
fire wood, charcoal and brickettes. I am holding final copy on this issue of
the Thelema Lodge Calendar for an insert on this, and hope you will find it
deeper in this issue by the time you receive it. If not, call the number for
The Motta Case Appeal
OTO Vindicated Again.
The Federal 9th District Circuit Court of Appeals has made a decision in
the case of O.T.O. vs. S.O.T.O., and that decision is entirely in our favor.
In the MEMORANDUM of the Appeals Court, filed June 4, 1987 e.v., the Judges
1. Plaintiff OTO is, and SOTO is not, the continuation of the Original OTO.
2. McMurtry is, and Motta is not, the OHO.
3. The findings were not in violation of the 1st amendment, being based on
secular indicia and credibility of testimony.
4. Plaintiff OTO legally owns the names, initials, insignia, trademarks,
tradenames, copyrights, writings, archives and library that belonged to
the original OTO.
5. McMurtry's death does not change this fact because plaintiff OTO
continues to hold the property in its corporate capacity.
6. Defendants libeled certain plaintiffs.
7. Collateral estoppel from the Motta vs. Weiser case applied to SOTO and
not to OTO.
The full text of the MEMORANDUM will be found in the Magical Link for July,
What all this means is substantially: We are the OTO. We own Crowley's
unsold and nonpublic domain copyrights.
The case was first started in 1981 e.v., very soon after we learned of
Motta's intent to sue Weisers, Inc. for royalties in publication of Crowley's
works. Six years later, we have reach the middle level of appeal. Beyond
this there is only technical challenge to the Appeals Court and appeal to the
Supreme Court. With luck, another year or two will see the end to this
expensive but necessary defense of our identity, our property and the good
names of our friends and senior members.
Don't Tread on Us
Every so many years, somebody stands up and tries to sell a bill of bads on
the O.T.O. Some of this may originate in the Victorian prejudices Crowley had
to live with in his own day. Some of this is out-right religious prejudice.
Some of this comes from lousy research and confusion with people who falsely
claimed to be in or to run OTO, such as Grant, Motta and the infamous "Solar
Lodge" group. Some of this is simply hack writing along the lines of the
slick dreadfuls of the supermarket checkout lines. For whatever reason, an
author named Maury Terry has written a book called The Ultimate Evil, which
purports to discover a national conspiracy of Satanist murder behind some
notable cases in the past 20 years. For all I know, the Son of SAM and other
cases might indeed be linked. The moon might be made out of green cheese
beneath the surface tested by the Astronauts. Volkswagons might actually be
powered by elves who turn themselves into a standard motor whenever observed.
Given enough pages and wind, it is possible to make some sort of an argument
for anything. I do not dispute that there are people who read this kind of
stuff and then go out to imitate it.
Whatever the merits of Mr. Terry's research, he reaches well beyond it for
I quote from an interview aired here in the Bay Area on 6/23/87 e.v., SF
Channel V I Witness News. The Channel V interviewer asks the questions and Maury Terry Responds:
Q. "What cult is this? What are we talking about here?"
A. "Well, you're talking about an amalgam of a couple of cults. There are
elements of the old O.T.O., which was the Ordo Templi Orientis that came
over to the United States with Aleister Crowley, an infamous black
magician in the early '40s. The O.T.O. set up the network in quite a few
US cities and is still active today. Renegade elements of the O.T.O.
merged with elements of the old Process Church of the Final Judgment,
which was a British Satanic cult that arrived in San Francisco in the ...
right in the Fall of the Summer of Love in 1967. Process set up shop
here, then down in LA, then into New York, Chicago, Dallas other cities."
Q. "Now these people primarily are not involved in murder, in those cults, correct?"
A. "No, but there was in inner circle, an inner hard core among these
organizations that absolutely is into, into murder. It's murder for hire.
It's murder to eliminate their own enemies, weak links. They'll take
snuff contracts; and there are elements in these groups that are making
very big money in kink and in child pornography and in narcotics dealing."
Q. "And you are saying the David Berkowitz, Son of SAM, as well as Charles
Manson, were either members or links to those cults."
A. "David Berkowitz joined an offshoot of the Process-O.T.O. organization in
New York in 1975. Charles Manson, the evidence clearly shows, belonged
to a subset organization of the Process in LA in 1968. The two men
didn't know each other. The were at different times at different cults,
but they belonged to the same umbrella organization, if that's a fair way
to put it."
The Book is like the interview, only 400 pages more so. This is so full of
holes that there is no room to cite them all here. A few examples: Crowley
was last in the US in the 1920s, and Agape Lodge was brought down to LA from
Vancouver in the mid 1930s by W.T.Smith. There is not now and never has been
any connection between the Process Church organization and the OTO. In 1975
e.v. there was at most one (1) O.T.O. member in New York, and I'm not so sure that he was there then. In 1968 e.v. there were at most 15 active remaining
O.T.O. members in the World; all our major growth to the present 1,000 plus
membership in 17 countries is since 1977 e.v. Speaking as a member of the
innermost circle and core of O.T.O. for the past 10 years, the last act of
gratuitous physical violence I can remember performing or endorsing took place
when I was in grammar school in a playground fight, about the age of 7 or 8
years. I loosened the tooth of a fellow who wouldn't stop jabbing me in the
ribs. I consider that I am if anything more aggressive than the average of my
confreres of the inner circles. I do not find it conceivable that any of
those who have been my close colleagues in directing the OTO have done
anything like the acts of consummate criminal violence that Mr. Terry finds so
interesting. The worst possible impact I can imagine from his book is that
such people might seek us out in the mistaken impression that we are such
swine as they. Mr. Terry seems to be making an effort to avoid actually
saying that we have done or are involved in doing these things, for he is
undoubtedly aware of the nature of the Libel Laws. His fondness for placing
our name in such company may have over-reached itself, however. Watch this
space for solicitations for the Legal Fund. Your donations to Grand Lodge are
If Mr. Terry thinks that he can safely smear the name of O.T.O. without
fear of being physically attacked by O.T.O. solders, he is absolutely correct.
We don't have Soldatari. We are a family, but not Mafia. We don't have a
consolare, but we do have a Lawyer. That is entirely another matter. Our
idea of human sacrifice is coitus interruptus, Nonoxynol-9 spermicide and the
pill. We get rid of our problem members by expelling them with due process,
not by extermination. The only snuff around here comes in a little round
paper box, and I prefer plug and cut leaf. We do feel that the laws
concerning sexual conduct between consenting adults and the use of drugs need
a lot of relaxing. We don't run the Black Market. Child abuse, sexual or
otherwise, is ample grounds for being expelled from O.T.O.
Two lesser questions: What is this about Crowley being a Black Magician
all the time? Seems to me he called other people that name. How long do you
have to be around before they stop calling your group a cult? 85 years is not
enough I suppose.
Bill Heidrick, Grand Treasurer General
and an Original Incorporator of O.T.O.
Events Calendar for July 1987 e.v.
|7/7/87||Gnostic Mass 8PM||Thelema Ldg &
|7/8/87||Egyptiana Class with Ebony||Thelema Ldg|
|on the "Coffin Texts" 8PM|
|7/10/87||Initiation Workshop (private) 8PM||ABRAHADABRA|
|7/11/87||Rite of Saturn at New Horizons||Thelema Ldg|
|Donation at Door|
|7/12/87||Gnostic Mass 9PM||Thelema Ldg|
|7/13/87||Enochian Ritual for the 13th||Thelema Ldg|
|Aethyr with Dave and Nick 9PM|
|7/14/87||Enochiana Class with Dave||Thelema Ldg|
|1st and 2nd Calls. 8PM|
|7/16/87||Rite of Jupiter at New Horizons||Ankh..Khons.|
|7/19/87||Gnostic Mass 8PM||Thelema Ldg|
|7/19/87||Gnostic Mass 2PM||ABRAHADABRA|
|7/21/87||Rite of Mars at New Horizons||Hypatia Cmp|
|7/22/87||Abramelin Class with Bill 8PM||Thelema Ldg|
|7/23/87||Alein Gods 7:30 PM||Dii Aleini|
|7/25/87||Oasis Organizational. meeting||ABRAHADABRA|
|7/25/87||Mask making workshop with Dusan||Thelema Ldg|
|Materials: $5 and $10|
|7/26/87||Rite of Sol|
|7/26/87||Gnostic Mass (may be changed)||Thelema Ldg|
|7/28/87||Enochiana Class on Sigillium and||Thelema Ldg|
|the Seven Names of God that the|
|Angels dare not utter. Dave 8PM|
|7/29/87||Egyptiana Class with Ebony 8PM||Thelema Ldg|
|7/31/87||Oasis meeting (San Francisco)||ABRAHADABRA|
|7/31/87||Rite of Venus at Lammas Camp Out|
|7/31/87||Lammas Camp-out at Battery||Thelema Ldg|
|Alexander, Marin Headlands|
|Noon 7/31/87 to Noon 8/3/87|
|also, Gnostic Mass, Sunday|
|Fridays||Selene Camp meets most Fridays||Selene Camp|
|Weekends||Initiations from Minerval to IIIrd||Thelema Ldg|
|by appointment at Thelema Lodge|
The viewpoints and opinions expressed herein are the responsibility of the
contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of OTO or its
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.