Thelema Lodge Calendar for January 1988 e.v.

Thelema Lodge Calendar

for January 1988 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, 1988 e.v.

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

January 1988 e.v. at Thelema Lodge

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

Announcements from
Lodge Members and Officers


January 1988 At Thelema Lodge

Gnostic Mass every Sunday at 8 pm. Lola holds Mass classes by request Sunday afternoons, excepting the 31st.
Full Moon Rituals will be after Mass Sunday the 3rd; New Moon, subtitled "Yoga For Lunatics",on the 18th at 9:30 pm. Please contact LodgeMistress if you need a White Cord.
Thelema Lodge meets at 8 pm the 12th. We'll talk about Brigid, new events, more classes, and make the Calendar- come help us plan for the Lodge.
Minervals will be held the 16th, Ist and IInds on the 30th, IIIrds on the 9th, IVths the 23rd. All Initiations are by prior arrangement (and usually take thirty days' notice). Call the Lodge for further information.
Lola teaches many classes this month--
Yoga every Monday, a Lesser Banishing ritual workshop on the 13th, Liber vel Reguli the 27th, "Love Potions and Spells" the 29th. 8 pm start for all these.
Bill says he'll talk about O.T.O. history Wednesday the 20th. This will include a slide presentation covering the first 25 years of O.T.O. and a discussion of the more recent 60 years.
Dave's Enochiana this month: Monas Heiroglyphica, 8 pm the 26th. He's been asking for requests lately - bring questions.
The Magick Theatre reads Snowstorm; A Tragedy, a wintry Crowley play, at 8 pm Tuesday the 19th. John will provide copies for readers. Plays from previous months are available at the Lodge.
23rd: "SECRET MEETING"
Hail Uranians! The Aquarius Birthday Bash will arrive Sunday the 31st during the afternoon. Birthday cake and celebration for all Water-bearers and friends. 4:18 start.

Other events...

Selene Camp meets Saturday evenings for "Crazy Atus". Call (408) 338-2915.
"Nefertiti" Gnostic Mass Friday the 8th at 8 pm. Call Rick for info: 759- 6247.
Hriliu Oasis will hold Minervals on the 16th- info and directions: 707-795- 7529.

February....

1st: Yoga with Lola, 8pm
2nd: Full Moon Ritual, 9:30 pm
6th: BRIGID, 1:11 pm start. COME TO LODGE MEETING FOR DETAILS!
21st: Whale Watching & Wine Tasting with Aiwass Oasis. Deadline for tickets is 2/14/88. (408) 438-1407. 35 person limit. $15 a head.
The regular class series: "Magick and Qabalah" starts in February at Thelema Lodge and will run ten meetings at two Wednesdays per month. With Bill.


from the Grady Project:

If I had typed this in last time, you would know that we released ISSUE #2 of The Grady Project at the Winter Solstice- 22 poems, mostly unpublished though we reprinted those which have appeared here these past months.
We plan to publish at the Equinoxes and Solstices until we run out of material, and both issues will be available at the Lodge by the time you read this... here's January's.

Perturbations

Frater Perdurabo, where have you gone,
Hast come a cropper of mystical brawn?
Frater Perdurabo, you've wandered afar,
Please tell us concerning the mythical star
That is of yourself and none other yet
Frater Perdurabo, why keep us in fret?
Now I say that you are a whole galaxy
With names that are numbered by systems of three,
But others are yelling that this isn't so,
We must add and subtract you with fours, in a row,
By dividing and adding and squaring the cube
We'll find you are nothing but some Irish rube,
Who with powers, dimensions, and shymical hobbs
Has taken to raising his korn for the khabs.
Some say you are Baphomet; puissant, supreme,
That you stand on your head in a dream of a dream;
Some say you are Crowley, a man what's a man,
Who would if he could and usually can.
Some say you are known with five V's in a string
Who ordered and templed a most solemn king;
Some say you are numbered by six and six six,
You would roast the profane on a bonfire of sticks
(All this for their own good, we no doubt suppose,
Tho a cross the wide land the foul stench a rose);
Some say you are Buddha, with bare pate and ghauts,
That you sit on a tack and think ponderous thoughts;
You say you can levi a tax on the brain
Whose constant perusal would rid of all pain;
Some say you are Therion, and therefore are free
Of adenoids, hay-fever, and such allergy;
Some say you are gypsy Ank Af, and construe
The scriptures you scribble to be literally true:
Nor must we forget on the Russian to count
Or how you kahn climb the Himalayan Mount.
All these and more others you are known by, it seems,
Frater Perdurabo, the spinner of dreams.

Grady McMurtry
12/20/41 e.v.

Previous Grady Project                   Next Grady Project


From the Outbasket

Now that Winter is firmly established in the Northern Hemis (Oceania laughs) it's time to look at activities for shut-ins. This question was originally asked back in 1977 e.v., but it has been brought up again recently.

Q. How do I "switch on" my astral body? I am having problems getting out of my physical body. -- originally from UT, but lately repeated.

This matter of switching on the astral body is a personal trick. It's a straight forward exercise in imaginative projection to visualize the thing in the first place. The main work of building it up and using it is approached by Crowley in his essays on Yoga, in Liber NU, Liber E, through a number of the rituals and in some other Libers. Crowley's Magick in Theory and Practice contains a good deal of material on astral bodies, methods of working and the like. To a limited extent, the terms "astral body", "body of light", "diamond body", "subtle body", etc. signify the same thing; but these terms also refer to different theories, practical approaches and gradations of success. The main problem addressed here is getting the astral body to function as a vehicle of self instead of an expression of imagination. This can be automatic in the act of visualization. If the automatic part isn't working, you need to experiment. A few people seem to get into this very easily; but most need to grope about until the trick is learned.

I will be analytical, in as much as I have Virgo rising. Here is a list of possible problems.

I. Disbelief barrier -- "I can't do it, therefore I can't do it".
II. Threshold problem -- a visualization trick is needed to "spring you."
III. Misconception -- You may be expecting something that is not essential.
IV. Dual consciousness problem -- consciousness split between the physical and astral bodies in a manner that is not evident to you.
V. Already there problems -- In order to transfer to the astral body, you must first be soundly in the physical body. Otherwise, no clear transfer may be perceivable.
VI. Reflex problem -- This is a tendency to check the astral body with the physical body, a bit like moving the lips while reading.
VII. Multiple Astral working -- It is occasionally difficult for a person to monitor the visualized Astral body from another in use, but not visualized.
VIII. Lust of result.
IX. Weakness of intent.
X. Environmental problem.
XI. Lack of the secret of Luna.
XII. Something else...

We will look at each of these twelve problems in a bit, but first let's go over what to expect from an astral body transfer.

The experience of being the in astral body can be very different at different times. One should not look for exactly the same experience. True, there are things in common among the variations; but the astral body need not be a standardized model for most purposes. Also, the world inhabited by the astral body may not be in anyway like the one of he physical; or it may be practically the same. Moral: Don't expect a particular result at first. Be ready to perceive what is happening, not to preconceive it.
FORM: The astral body may be any size. It may be larger, the same size or very much smaller than your physical body. It will usually be simpler in appearance. The face may be indistinct or may resemble a face from a previous incarnation. The body may be concealed in a shapeless robe. In general, a highly detailed astral body is harder to activate from inside than a more indistinctly featured one. This is not true after much experience, but it is usually the case at first. The astral body may or may not be "human." It can be an animal, real or imaginary. It can be an object. It can be a "god/goddess form." Symbols and abstract geometric shapes, including the "Tatwas", are more often used as "doors" to astral states or as foci. In exercises of yoga mediation, one may identify with such a symbol as an astral incarnation.
MOVEMENT: The motions of an astral body are usually like those of a partly animated cartoon. Unless either the power of visualization is unusually strong, or the transfer is unusually complete, it is difficult to independently move parts of the astral body. This is not significantly different from independent motion of parts of the physical body. When we are very young, we cannot walk. It takes a lot of practice to make the body learn how to obey the brain. It is not at all different for the astral body. At first, you will be able to make it move about as a lump with little independent motion of things like feet or arms. Later you will be able to handle it like you do your physical body. This takes practice.
SENSES: All the senses of the physical body are potentially present, but usually only sight and kinesthesia are active. Color vision may not be present, especially at first. These senses have the same character as those of your physical body, but they need not be subject to the same limitations. Physical sight is two dimensional, with the addition of a ranging factor in the third dimension. Astral sight is not limited to two dimensions, but may be restrained to produce a two dimensional effect. The most natural form of astral sight is true three dimensional. Fourth dimensional astral sight is often possible. Higher dimensional astral sight is also possible. To produce an astral body that can be easily used for full transfer of self awareness, it is usually necessary to employ full three dimensional vision. Three dimensional vision is of two general kinds: 1. Source oriented. 2. Area oriented. Source oriented 3D vision signifies that there is one point that you consider the place from which you are looking. Either in a particular direction or in a complete spherical field, you see every object in the complete round. That means you are aware of every surface that an object presents. It does not mean that you are aware of every detail on every surface. Area oriented 3D vision means about the same thing, but there is not a particular place from which you are looking. You are bodiless as far as the vision is concerned. There may be a structure inside or outside the field of 3D vision that is "yours," but you don't use it as a center for the field. One proper sequence for transfer to an astral body is this: A. Place the physical body in a state of minimal distraction. B. Define an astral working space with Area Oriented 3D vision. C. Create an astral body for your use within this space. D. Use the astral body to center your attention and switch to Source Oriented 3D. E. Collapse the dimensionality from three to the more normal physical two + sense of depth, using the eyes of the astral body as your eyes. In time, you will be able to expand the sight back to three and higher dimensions without losing the state of transfer to the astral body.
Since I mentioned it, I will discuss higher dimensional vision a bit. This may be too technical for some; and it is not essential for the present. The character of 4D vision is often this: The ability to see through objects, including their interior parts OR the ability to perceive an object now, as it was in the past and as it will be in the future, all at the same time. 5D may involve all the above (time and transparency). In these cases the object is always seen in the complete round. for 6D sight, you can add alternative forms and figurations of the object while also seeing in the round, the time line and the interior.
A magical operation of the type known as "shape changing" involves exchange of the alternative form with the normal form. This is a 6D operation. Less drastic effects can be obtained through the use of fewer dimensions. The act of consecration is similar, but need not go so far as replacement. For that reason, consecration is easier than shape changing.
Astral consciousness transfer is not stable unless accompanied by kinesthesia. This may occur spontaneously, but it often must be deliberately produced. This sense is the one your physical body uses to track its status of posture, orientation and motion. It is a sort of 3D "vision" that can act independently in the astral experience. In a healthy human body, physical sight is supplemented by kinesthetic body awareness. This kinesthesia is a natural "astral" sense. Devise experiments to discover and heighten this body awareness. Here are two practices to start: 1. Look straight ahead and at the same time imagine your physical body in its actual position. This is like "wearing a body at the back of your eyes." The image in this exercise should not be of a visual body, but of a body-shaped "itch." Rough clothing will help in this, as will sand in your shorts. Ditto poison oak or ivy (not recommended). 2. Stand in an absolutely dark closet and slowly move your arms horizontally up and down in front of your face. Keep your eyes open. When you can see the shapes of your arms in the absolute dark, kinesthesia is working and transferring to visual analogue. Most people will see these shapes in "occult ultraviolet," a ghostly pale violet light. If the arms appear simply to be dark shapes, light is entering the closet. Test this by placing one arm over your eyes but in contact with your face. If you can still see the other arm moving in the same pseudo color, you have succeeded. The color appears to be neurological in origin, a product of the visual centers of the brain trying to see in the dark. With the eyes open, the visual cortex is tricked into believing that it can see. The actual information comes not from the optic nerves but from the brain stem. Because the visual cortex "believes" it can see, this information is transposed to create a visual image similar to what the eye sees while dark adapted. This differs from true dark adaptation in that the image can be clearly seen straight on. Slow motion and direction reversal enhances kinesthetic acuity.

Here is an abbreviated comment on the problems listed earlier:
I. Best cured by startling or scaring yourself.
II. Typical tricks: Physical body laying down, astral standing. Physical body a different size from the astral body. Astral body coincident in space with physical body -- separate the two by moving the astral or the physical body (astral back flip through a hole in the ceiling often works.). Kundilini rush -- most effective, but very hard on the comfort factor.
III. Discuss your expectations with people who do astral projection.
IV. Cause the visualization of your astral body to walk or pass around you in a full circle. If you can get all the way around without having to move your physical eyes, you should be alright. The usual point of failure is at 180 to 270 degrees, based on a point before your physical eyes. Astral projection of the Lesser Pentagram ritual is particularly good for this. The exercise is difficult, and can only be fully accomplished when consciousness of the "Hadit" or smooth point of self is completely free of the physical body at the "break angle." If nothing else, this exercise will help you identify and avoid these "breaks."
V. Try projection and transference after resting and after vigorous physical exercise. If it goes better the second way, this is the problem. Cure it through Hatha Yoga and body awareness exercises.
VI. This is similar to # IV, and getting high on mantra helps. It's mainly caused by identifying with the physical body as the true self.
VII. Don't expect to be inside your astral body and still be able to see it. That can wait. You will be able to do it later if you cannot do it now.
VIII. Obvious. Relax first. Distract or occupy the mind by a simple rote exercise like mentally reciting the alphabet forwards and backwards. As proficiency with the exercise increases, you may have to complicate it. For example, mentally recite all the pairs of letters: AB AC AD ... AZ BC BD ... Then add reversed recitation of the pairs. In advanced form, visualize the shapes of one pair of letters while mentally hearing your voice recite the names of the others. This is a good way to learn the Hebrew alphabet, and the exercise is known in that case as a part of "the 231 gates of the Yetzirah."
IX. Just wanting to get into the astral body isn't always enough. Try astral transfer for a definite purpose; e.g. wanting to pass through a wall and watch an attractive neighbor take a bath.
X. First try a more quiet place, or one with less memories. Experiment at different locations, including a crowded, noisy place --- you may be a Zen natural!
XI. Find it. Read imaginative fiction. Keep a dream diary. Track your physical and mental acuity over 28 days and through 24 hours to identify lunar and diurnal cycles. Learn the effects of different foods and liquids on your mind and reflexes.
XII. Check your past, especially early childhood memories having tactile elements or recollections like photographs of your face and body.

-- TSG (Bill Heidrick)

Previous Outbasket                   Next Outbasket


This event was in 1988 e.v., not now.


Events Calendar for January 1988 e.v.

1/2/88Gamenight "Crazy Atus" Donation
Bring Junk Food
Selene Camp
1/3/88Gnostic Mass at 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.
1/3/88Full Moon ritual after the mass
(Full Moon in Cancer 5:40 PM)
Thelema Ldg.
1/4/88Yoga with Lola 8:PMThelema Ldg.
1/8/88Gnostic Mass in SF 8PM Nefertiti
1/9/88IIIrd Deg. initiationThelema Ldg.
1/10/88Voice Class with Doug 4:18 PMThelema Ldg.
1/10/88Gnostic Mass at 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.
1/11/88Yoga with Lola 8:PM
(LQ Moon in Libra 11:04 PM)
Thelema Ldg.
1/12/88Thelema Lodge Meeting 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.
1/13/88Lesser Pentagram Banishing Class
with Lola. 8PM
Thelema Ldg.
1/16/88Minerval initiations (East Bay)Thelema Ldg.
1/16/88Minerval initiations (North Bay)Hurilu Oasis
1/17/88Gnostic Mass at 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.
1/18/88Yoga for Lunatics with Lola
New Moon ritual follows at 9:30
(NM in Capricorn 9:26 PM)
Thelema Ldg.
1/19/88Dramatic Reading at 8 PM
Snowstorm
Magick Thea.
1/20/88O.T.O. History with Bill at 8PMThelema Ldg.
1/22/88Voice Class with Doug 7:18 PM
(Sun enters Aquarius 12:25 PM)
Thelema Ldg.
1/23/88IVth Degree initiationsThelema Ldg.
1/23/88Secret Meeting by Invitation onlyThelema Ldg.
1/24/88Gnostic Mass at 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.
1/25/88Yoga with Lola 8 PMThelema Ldg.
1/26/88Enochiana class with Dave 8PM
Monas Heiroglyphica
Thelema Ldg.
1/27/88Liber Reguli ritual class, Lola 8PMThelema Ldg.
1/29/88Class: Love Potions & Spells
with Lola 8 PM
Thelema Ldg.
1/30/88Ist and IInd Degree initiationsThelema Ldg.
1/31/88Aquarian Birthday party 4:18 PMThelema Ldg.
1/31/88Gnostic Mass 8 PMThelema 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)

Production and Circulation:
OTO-TLC
P.O.Box 430
Fairfax, CA 94978 USA

Internet: heidrick@well.com (Submissions and circulation only)

Home away from Home