Ordo Templi Orientis
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
August 1991 e.v. at Thelema Lodge
Lodge Members and Officers
to attend the wedding of
Soror Ariadne and Frater Chris Piss
their Gnostic Mass
on Sunday 11 August, at Horus Temple.
Cum and help them celebrate
with rich foods and sweet wines
and wines that foam!
(And be drunk thereof!)
1. The Abbey of Thelema was located on this island.
2. Aleister Crowley obtained the first two Enochian visions while in this country.
3. Soror Virakam contacted this entity in Nov. 1911
4. What is Aleister Crowley's middle name?
5. Crowley is said to have turned this man into a camel.
6. Crowley wrote his famous poem, The Hymn to Pan while visiting this country.
7. The poem written by Crowley called 'the Twins' was written about this famous occult painter.
8. Frederick Leigh Gardner evoked this demon upon Crowley in June 1925 in hopes to destroy him!
9. She told Crowley in March of 1904 "they're waiting for you!"
10. How many times is the word BABALON mentioned in Liber AL vel Legis?
11. He died in Hastings.
12. Crowley's Liber 31 was written in this country.
13. Aleister Crowley appeared on the cover of this rock band's album in 1967.
14. Crowley's ashes lay at the base of a tree in which state in the U.S.?
15. Aleister Crowley went to this country to tour with a dance troupe which was named 'The Ragged Rag Time Girls.'
16. Aleister Crowley was how old when he died?
17. In November 1905 Crowley assumes the Grade of Adeptus Minor, 5=6 in the AA taking this motto!
18. Crowley wrote for this German newspaper.
19. Aleister Crowley & Regardie were expelled from this country over a 'coffee grinder'.
20. Crowley performed these rituals at Caxton Hall.
How well do you think you did? The answers are found later in this newsletter.
|Pay days come and pay days go,|
|But what is there I have to show?|
|For all the twenty-one I earn|
|There is no part I can discern|
|To tell me what my ratings are;|
|One glass of beer upon the bar,|
|One try at hot links with the bones|
|Show no moss grows on rolling stones.|
|Repay my thoughtful friends who were|
|So loose with dough, at twenty per,|
|The PX checks have come and gone|
|Which leaves me yet more overdrawn|
|Except for one small bit of change|
|With which I think to try my range|
|And sit me to a friendly game|
|Of cut-throat stud, not quite the same|
|As never having played at all|
|For now there is no hope to stall|
|The truth of that so ancient saying:|
|are forever paying!"|
|In olden days the sarge was tough,|
|And little yardbirds had it rough;|
|For when it was their wont to play,|
|The Old Man felt it time to bray|
|And hold them in their lines so straight--|
|Chin in, chest out--it was their fate|
|To heel the line and guide it right,|
|With drill and dress from morn to night.|
|But now our sarge is lean and lank|
|And loose and limber in the shank,|
|His manner mild, his voice so sweet,|
|Just like a mother nanny's bleat.|
|Each morning ere the night is done|
|He comes and wakes us every one|
|With gentle tap and whispered word--|
|The sleepy rookies' morning bird.|
|Oh, sarge who was my father's fright,|
|That you should be my shining light|
|In teaching me what I should know;|
|The rifle sling, the cadence slow,|
|What time to go to bed at night,|
|And that I shouldn't come home tight.|
|The brood of chicks, the doting hen.|
|Don't mind me, Sarge, with us "you're in!"|
[These undated poems, probably written in late 1942 or early 1943 e.v., have been previously unpublished.]
Some Definitions of the Term Magick
MAGIC, from Old French magique, from late Latin magica (Pliny has magice, from Greek ), substantive use, by ellipsis of "ars" ["the art"], of the feminine of magicus--cognates in Romance languages: French "magie", Italian/Spanish/Portugese "magia"--from medieval Latin magia, from Greek , from ["magus, sorcerer"], of Iranian origin. Compare Old Persian magush ["sorcerer"]. The word is present in English from about the 14th century.
'ghar-toom-meem (masc. plural); Old Testament Hebrew and Aramaic "hartoom", one of the class of sacred scribes.
Magick is the Science and Art of causing change to occur in conformity with Will.
Every intentional act is a Magical act.
Magic is the art of causing changes in consciousness at will.
Magic is control over meaning.
Magic is a technique grounded in a belief in powers located in the human soul and in the universe outside ourselves, a technique that aims at imposing the human will on nature or on human beings by using supernatural powers. Ultimately, it may be a belief in the unlimited powers of the soul.
The fundamental aim of all magic is to impose the human will on nature, on man, or on the supersensual world, in order to master them . . . . Magic is used in the service of the Will and is therefore akin to applied Science; whereas pure science and art are concerned with the disinterested contemplation of nature and life.
Magic is an art acceptable to the immortal gods, an art which includes the knowledge of how to worship them and pay them homage. It is a religious tradition dealing with things divine, and it has been distinguished ever since it was founded by Zoroaster and Ormazd, the high priests of divinities. In fact, it is considered one of the chief elements of royal instruction, and in Persia no one is allowed lightly to be a "magus" any more than they would let him be a king.
In classical antiquity, the word "magic" applied first of all to the arts of the magi, those Zoroastrian priests of Persia who were well known to the Greeks at least by the fifth century B.C.
Magic is the Highest, most Absolute, and most divine Knowledge of Natural Philosophy, advanced in its works and wonderful operations by a right understanding of the inward and occult virtue of things.
The true magic is "the love" and its opposite, "the hatred", in the universe.
The magic of most early nations aimed at causing the transference of power from a supernatural being to man, whereby he was to be enabled to obtain superhuman results and to become for a time as mighty as the original possessor of the power.
A magical rite is any rite which does not play a part in organized cults--it is private, secret, mysterious, and approaches the limit of a prohibited rite. . . . We do not define magic in terms of the structure of its rites, but by the circumstances in which these rites occur, which in turn determine the place they occupy in the totality of social customs.
The magician is able ultimately to unify the whole of his knowledge--to transmute, even on the Intellectual Plane, the Many into the One.
Magic is for growing up with as Children of Light.
Magick is the Mom and Pop you never had.
To obtain magical power, one must strengthen the will. Let there be no confusion between will and desire. You cannot will too strongly, so do not attempt to will two things at once, and while willing one thing do not desire others.
To obtain Magical Power, learn to control thought; admit only those ideas that are in harmony
Magic--That science which, apparently of a subjective character, is actually objective and governs the world. It is the practical art of communicating with supernal, supramundane, and infernal or lower beings.
The art of magic is the art of employing invisible or so-called spiritual agencies to obtain certain visible results. Such agencies are not necessarily invisible entities, flitting about in vacant space, ready to come at the command of anyone who has learned certain incantations and ceremonies; but they consist principally in the unseen but nevertheless powerful influences of the Emotions and the Will, or desires and passions, thought and imagination, love and hate, fear and hope, faith and doubt, &c., &c. They are the powers of what is called the Soul.
The persistent confusion of magic with the performances of conjurers, the hallucinations of the diseased, and the malpractices of a few abnormal criminals, has endured too long. There are many persons, moreover, who would frankly define magic as the art of producing effects without causes, and, following this definition, it is immediately inferred by the crowd, with the common sense that characterizes it even when it is most unjust, that magic is an absurdity. . . . It is the exact and absolute science of nature and her laws. Magic is the traditional knowledge of natural secrets handed down to us from the Magi. . . . And what then is magic? Is there a secret science which is truly a power . . . a science rich in prodigies that may be compared with the miracles of authorized religions? . . . Yes, there has existed, and there still is, a potent and true magic; all that legends have related of it is fact . . .
Broadly speaking, intellectuals in medieval Europe recognized two forms of magic: natural and demonic. Natural magic was not distinct from science, but rather a branch of science. It was the science that dealt with "occult virtues" (or hidden powers) within nature. Demonic magic was not distinct from religion, but rather a perversion of religion. It was religion that turned away from God and toward demons for their help in human affairs.
Magic is the science of teaching the practical application of the lowest laws of nature up to the highest law of the spirit. . . . [One] may, to get a better survey, separate magical science in three groups; that is, in lowest magical science, which comprehends the laws of nature and their workings, functioning and controlling, and may, if you please, be called natural magical science. Furthermore, in the intermediate stage of magic comprehending the operating and functioning and controlling of the universal laws within man, that is the microcosm, the small world; and finally in the high magical science comprehending the operating, functioning, and controlling of the laws of the macrocosm, i.e., of the whole universe.
Magic means the unnatural interference with nature, and is a contradiction in terms, when we estimate "nature" as all that is.
Magic is a spurious system of natural law as well as a fallacious guide of conduct; it is a false science as well as an abortive art. Regarded as a system of natural law, that is, as a statement of the rules which determine the sequence of events throughout the world, it may be called Theoretical Magic; regarded as a set of precepts which human beings observe in order to compass their ends, it may be called Practical Magic.
Magic is the pretended art of influencing the course of events and of producing marvelous physical phenomena, by processes supposed to owe their efficacy to their power of compelling some occult controlling principle in nature; sorcery; witchcraft.
Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast on nature.
Magic is simply the use of some abnormal faculty . . . . Certain people were born with clairvoyant powers. They discovered that certain rites and processes increased these powers, thus they became useful to society.
Magic is the art of applying natural causes to produce surprising results.
There is an element of exhibitionism in all magicians; after all, the desire to perform magic is fundamentally a desire to impress other people.
If anyone asks what is the use of Magic in the twentieth century, the proper reply is that it has the same use as in any other era, for intentional and intelligent work with metaphysical energies on Inner causative levels of consciousness. The outer formalities of Rites and customs alter like any other fashions that change with time, but their principles are as sound now as they ever were--or will be.
All Art is Magick.
We are supposed to be communicating. What we do, what we express, are simply that; they are produced for result, not praise; to touch, not impress. They should aim to be how people are, how they respond to where they live, when they live, how they live, and their aspirations in all these respects. Minus thee demands ov World, Market, Career, it becoums--Magick. Magick requires hesitancy and uncertainty in its special relationship with reality and person. Magick is a search for definitions. A series ov statements, observations and actions blended through intuitive rituals (real or imagined) to fix in more concrete terms thee eternal non-extant paradox ov Time.
Magick is the yoga of belief.
0 - 4 right You're probably a Christian trying to infiltrate an occult order.
5 - 8 right If you've been into Aleister Crowley for more than a year and scored this low, give it up and become a Theosophist!
9 - 15 right If you've gotten this many right you've obviously been smitten or obsessed and need a doctor.
16 - 20 right You've obtained the glorious title of being known as a true Crowley scholar; now it's time you got a real life!
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Thelema Lodge Events Calendar for August 1991 e.v.
|8/1/91||"Beastly Prose" with Caitlin 8PM||Thelema Ldg|
|8/4/91||Mass workshop 4:18 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/4/91||Gnostic Mass 8:30 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/5/91||Belly Dancing instruction most|
Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 PM (Call 1st)
|8/7/91||Feast of Lammas 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/8/91||Magick in Theory and Practice|
Study Circle with Marlene 8PM
|8/10/91||Jerry's Logorrhea 6:30 PM|
Call Lodge for Place
|8/11/91||Gnostic Mass 8:30 PM|
Wedding ceremony for Chris &
Ariadne after the mass.
|8/12/91||The Feast of the Beast & His Bride||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/13/91||Enochian evening w. Fr.Majunun 8PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/14/91||O.T.O. History: The Early Years Thelema|
with Bill Heidrick 8PM
|8/15/91||Lodge of Perfection||LoP|
|8/17/91||Initiations (call to attend)||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/18/91||Gnostic Mass 8:30 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/19/91||Lodge Meeting 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/20/91||"Definitions of Magick" discussion|
with Fr. Kamuret 8PM
|8/22/91||Magick in Theory and Practice|
Study Circle with Marlene 8PM
|8/25/91||Virgo birthday parry 4:18 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/25/91||Lodge clean-up day||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/25/91||Gnostic Mass 8:30 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/27/91||Magick Theater reads plays by|
Lord Dunsany 7:30 PM (call for place)
|8/28/91||Minerval Degree class 8PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|8/31/91||Jerry's Logorrhea 6:30 PM|
Call Lodge for Place
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