Ordo Templi Orientis
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December 1988 e.v. at Thelema Lodge
Lodge Members and Officers
|Tell me, Pan, you of the Wilderness|
|That space wherein all men must dwell|
|If they would know thy secrets|
|Tell me, who is this Christ|
|This upstart godling?|
|And Pan answered, slowly, grimly sad|
|A fool, your Grace, oh mighty Zeus|
|An embassy of Typhon|
|Tho he may know it not.|
|He lives his own lies.|
|Then what can he mean to us, old goat?|
|Again Pan answered, wearily|
|Two thousand years and more, Lord,|
|Of famine, pestilence,|
|Death for my children.|
GV of FL asked if Thelema leaves out "God" --- especially in reference to AL I,40, how Thelemites relate to Christians, and about AL III, 55.
JS of GA asked how we feel toward Christians and Christianity.
Dr. MA of IL had some concerns about O.T.O. practices.
Dr. M of NY wanted information on sex magick and magicians.
I have merged and extended my responses. Let's call the result:
AL I,40: "Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look but close into the word. For there are therein Three Grades, the Hermit, and the Lover, and the man of Earth. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."
AL III,55: "Let Mary inviolate be torn upon wheels: for her sake let all chaste women be utterly despised among you!"
from: DE ARCANO, PER QUOD SPIRITUS
from: DE CLAVI KABBALISTICA HUJUS ARTIS.
from: DE MISSA SPIRITUS SANCTI.
from: DE FORMULA TOTA.
"The Christian religion in its simplest essence, by that idea of overcoming evil through a Magical ceremony, the Crucifixion, seems at first sight a fair example of the White tradition; but the idea of sin and of propitiation tainted it abominably with Blackness. There have been, however, certain Christian thinkers who have taken the bold logical step of regarding evil as a device of God for exercising the joys of combat and victory. This is, of course, a perfectly White doctrine; but it is regarded as the most dangerous of heresies. (Romans VI. 1,2, et al.)
"For all that, the idea is there. The Mass itself is essentially a typical White ritual. Its purpose is to transform crude matter directly into Godhead. It is thus a cardinal operation of Talismanic Magick. But the influence of the Black School has corroded the idea with theological accretions, metaphysical on the one hand, and superstitious on the other, so completely as to mask the Truth altogether.
from: CHAPTER LXXVIII. SORE SPOTS
"In --- shall I say 'Anglo-Saxondom,' or 'Teutonic breeds,' or 'bourgeoisie, so as to include some of the French whom when they are good are very good indeed, but when they are bad, they are horrid? --- the presiding God/Gods of this Trinity is/are: 1. Sex, 2. Religion, 3. 'Drugs;' and the greatest of these is Sex, actually the main root of which the other two are tough and twisted stems, each with its peculiar species of poisonous flowers, sometimes superficially so attractive that their nastiness passes for Beauty.
|Conclusion of Liber Mysteriorum Primus --- first part lost in MS?|
|... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...1|
|i.||... Blessed be God, Who revealest all Mysteries + etc.|
|... I am strength,2 in need.3|
|... And Lo, here is Medicine4 for the sore.5|
|... We bless the Lord. We govern the earth,6 by the society of|
|... Whose power is with us, but not here.8|
|... Use Patience.|
|... Uriel:9 I lived with Esdras:10 I lived in him; in the Lord,11|
|who liveth forever.|
|trust, I do not offend you therewith. But, for my part, I could|
|find in my heart to continue whole days and nights in this manner|
|of doing; even till my body should be ready to sink down for|
|weariness, before I would give over. But I fear, I have caused|
|weariness to my friend here.|
|jointly blessed us, stretching their hands toward us, Crossingly.|
|And so they went away. The Table and the chair remained, and the|
|glittering sparkles, or drops of streaming little lights were off|
|the chair immediately.|
|be to the Almighty Trinity|
|ii.||after which follows Mysteriorum +Liber Secundus, but the beginning|
|thereof is utterly perished.17|
1. This fragment of text is probably the continuation of Dee's Action dated March 15
2. Fortitudo Dei aut Michaelem? op.cit. Mar. 1988 ev.
4. Medicina Dei sive Raphaelem: ibid.
5. Afflicta: ibid.
6. Angeli illis estis toti Mundo praedominantes: ibid.
7. Angeli cvm Gabrieli sunt: Prevalescentia sive praepotentia, sive fortitudo et
8. In Caeli. Ibid.
9. 3d Ezra: L. Vulg. Vriel. Citations in antiq. of the non extant Gk. version give
10. Serious study should be given II Esdras: III - XIV, if possible in the arch. versions,
11. The Apocryphal book of II Esdras is a strange compound book from a number of
12. Raphael gives a strange Magical formula: whereby a fish is used to manufacture
13. Undetermined personage? cf. II Esdras ii:39-40; I Enoch lxxi:1; Rev. iii:5, vii:13.
14. Vide # 2; L. Fortitudo Dei = Eng. The Strength of God. Est hic Michael?
15. This note supports the probability that this fragment is the continuation of the
16. This marginal notation, which apparently refers to the difficulties of Saul
17. Mysteriorvm Liber Secvndvs deals with the construction, arrangement, and
18. This concludes the main text of: Liber Mysteriorvm Primvs
|12/3/88||Center for Enochian Studies 7PM BYOB||Thelema Ldg|
|12/4/88||Gnostic Mass at 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/5/88||Hypatia Camp meeting 9:30 PM||Hypatia Cmp|
|12/7/88||Egyptiana with Ebony 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/12/88||New Moon ritual at Merkabah 9:30 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|10/12/88||Hypatia Hosts Illuminati Game at Ldg||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/11/88||Gnostic Mass at 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/13/88||Thelema Lodge Meeting||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/14/88||Class on Crowley's "Magick in Theory|
and Practice" with Bill, 8 PM.
|12/17/88||Ist and IInd Degree initiations||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/17/88||Dramatic reading of Fatal Force|
South Bay location.
|12/18/88||Gnostic Mass at 8 PM|
(Gnostic Heresy Night)
|12/21/88||Winter Solstice & Saturnalia 9:30 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/22/88||Full Moon ritual 9:30 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/24/88||Minerval and IIIrd Degree init.||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/25/88||Capricorn Crash (B-Day party) 4:18PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/25/88||Meithrasmass 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/27/88||Enochiana: "Dee's Divisions of|
Knowledge" with Dave 8:30 PM
|12/31/88||New Year's Eve Party at Merkabah||O.T.O.|
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