Thelema Lodge Calendar for March 1992 e.v.

Thelema Lodge Calendar

for March 1992 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, 1992 e.v.

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

March 1992 e.v. at Thelema Lodge

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

Announcements from
Lodge Members and Officers


Aequinoctium Vernum

With the eighty-eighth anniversary feast of the Equinox of the Gods, Thelemites celebrate a new year in the Aeon of Horus at the point of the Spring Equinox on 20 March. Crowley's practice of marking the years in correspondence with the sequence of the Atus of Tarot, still in common use throughout the O.T.O., has us embarking upon a new twenty-two year cycle this month with the onset of the Year of the Fool. Sol enters Aries for the beginning of spring about twelve minutes before one o'clock on Friday morning, and the ritual at Thelema Lodge will follow that evening at 8:00.
Terri's Lunar rituals are planned on Tuesday evening 3 March (for the New Moon in Pisces at 5:22 AM the following morning) and on Wednesday 18 March (for the Full moon in Virgo at 10:18 that morning). Plan ahead for the New Moon in Aries on Thursday 2 April at 9:01 PM.


Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica

Thelema Lodge presents the Mass of the Gnostic Catholic Church most Sunday evenings in Horus Temple, beginning at approximately 8:00. This is an open communion ritual, traditionally performed according to Aleister Crowley's Liber XV, with everyone welcome to participate. New visitors please call ahead for confirmation. (Please note that on Sunday evening 22 March the temple has been reserved for an unspecified "experimental" mass.)
Scheduling for the Gnostic Mass and other church business is handled by our presiding Bishop T. Suleiman at the mid-month Sunday afternoon E.G.C. meeting on 15 March at 4:18. All who take part in the life of the Gnostic Ecclesia within the O.T.O. are invited to this convocation, and mass teams for Horus Temple in the month of May should especially attend. Bishop Sappho will also be on hand to offer a workshop after the meeting (by request) for prospective mass teams and interested communicants.


Mysteria Mystica Maxima

For Thelema Lodge the new year 88 brings our fifteenth anniversary as the original lodge of Order's resurgence under the Caliphate, and the world's oldest continuously operating O.T.O. lodge. A special commemorative jewel (button) has been issued from the Lodgemaster's Clerkhouse, available to all members and friends of the lodge. (You'll want to make a $1 donation.) The edition is limited; please don't delay your request.
Initiation into Ordo Templi Orientis is offered at Thelema Lodge on a monthly basis, next scheduled for the afternoon and evening of Saturday 21 March. Members are encouraged to attend; please make advance arrangements to know which grades are to be worked.
Progressive advancement through the Man of Earth degrees of O.T.O. is available, by application and by good report, to all who are free and of full age. Candidates are encouraged to anticipate their own optimum time for advancement, and request a form well ahead, ensuring ample time to discuss application technicalities with the Lodgemaster, and then await the Order's mandatory forty-day candidacy period. Initiates are also encouraged to seek the advice of our lodge Hierophants - senior members who have agreed to offer guidance through the grades - upon individual request by reference to their present grade:
Minerval.....Lola-(510) ... ....
I°................Jerry-(510) ... ....
2°..........Marlene-(510) ... ....
3°.............Ebony-(510) ... ....


Collegium Fraternitatis

Many Thelema Lodge events are open free of charge to interested members of the community. To attend any of the events listed here, telephone Thelema Lodge ahead of time at (510) 654-3580. Whenever possible, please make a contribution to the maintenance of the lodge when the hat is passed at these events.
Brother Bill Heidrick offers the lodge a specially requested class on the ritual of the Mark of the Beast, Crowley's Liber V vel Reguli, on Wednesday evening 18 March at 8:00 in Horus Temple. This "incantation proper to invoke the energies of the Aeon of Horus, adapted for daily use" is one of our most complex solo rituals, containing numerous gestures, signs, and names which are not fully explicated in Crowley's instructions. Questions will be invited as we explore Liber V and its place in Crowley's work. Frater Majnun will assist with a performance demonstration of the ritual.
Magik Without Aleister hosts representatives of Subud, at the lodge on Tuesday evening 24 March, beginning at 8:00. Subud is a mystical order which practices a collective form of transcendence called latihan. Endorsed by Gurdjieff disciple J. G. Bennett in his later years, they experienced an explosive growth in England in the late '60s e.v., and have had a sustained presence in the Bay Area for many years.
Cris Piss will present a class on the Yezidi, to be followed by a "Yezidi Mass", on Friday evening 13 March. Please do not wear blue.
The Planetary Magick a la Agrippa course resumes in March with one class meeting and an invocation of Sol in Aries. Class at 7:30 on Friday 27 March, will be a resumé of course material from the first three class meetings, followed by a guided discussion of different approaches to planetary magick. Invocations will be held on Sunday 29 March, at dawn and at 1:00 PM. To attend either invocation, come to class on Friday, or call Brother Mark S. at (510) 658-8783.
"Jerry's Logorrhea" will be offered on Saturday evening 28 March, beginning at 6:30. Call the lodgemaster to attend this informal lecture series, or for information on the topic this month. Jerry also presents "Videorhea" on Saturday evening 14 March (phone for details).
The Magick In Theory and Practice Study Circle at Thelema Lodge meets twice monthly to read and discuss Crowley's great magical textbook. Questions and suggestions for specific chapters ("theory") or appendices ("practice") to be covered may be addressed to Marlene, the circle's facilitator. Meetings are on Thursday evenings, 12 March and 26 March, beginning at 7:00. Occasionally the Study Circle also assists with the lodge Calendar, so participants should stay in touch or phone ahead when planning to attend.
Aleister Crowley's 1911 e.v. play The Ghouls will be read by the Magick Theater at Thelema Lodge on Wednesday evening 25 March, beginning at 7:30. Set on the old Boleskine estate in Scotland, and featuring "The M'Alister" in a leading role, this is one of the few dramas where Crowley wrote a part directly for himself. The plot concerns a local girl, Fenella Lovell, and her grave-robbing adventure in search of "the Devil's Strad." Copies of the play will be available for readers.


Conventi Thelemicorum

Our regular monthly Lodge Meeting will be held on Monday evening 2 March at 8:00. Members are encouraged to participate in planning for rituals, events, and classes to be offered in the month of May. Policy decisions and news of the Order are also announced at this meeting.
The Lodge of Perfection and Thelema Lodge Council meet on Sunday afternoon at 3:33; contact the lodgemaster for details.
Thelemic women are invited to the Ladies' T- on Monday afternoon 9 March at Thelema Lodge, beginning at 5:30. See Terri for details.
Lodge Clean-Up all afternoon (beginning at 1:11) on Sunday afternoon 29 March, with Aries birthday cake to follow at 4:18.

Love is the law, love under will.


The Naked Splendour of Nuit

On 4 February we entered into the Chinese year of the Water Monkey. The Chinese lunar calendar has a sixty year cycle composed of five simple cycles of twelve years each. The twelve animal signs are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Serpent, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Cock, Dog, and Boar. They combine with the five Chinese elements, which are Wood (ruled by Jupiter), Fire (ruled by Mars), Earth (ruled by Saturn), Metal-or Gold-(ruled by Venus), and Water (ruled by Mercury).
The Monkey is shrewd, ingenious, inventive, and resourceful. The Water Monkey can cooperate and work around barriers. The United States began during a Fire Monkey year (1776).
Mercury, which has sped into Aries, will go retrograde on 17 March and back into Pisces. Venus, which has passed Mars, goes on into Pisces on 14 March, and Mars enters Pisces on 28 March after conjuncting Saturn on 6 March. Spring Equinox is at 12:49 AM on 20 March (after midnight Thursday evening), after Full Moon on 18 March. May be a day to cut an almond wand at dawn. Try balancing an egg on end.

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The celebration of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is a tradition transplanted to Thelema Lodge from New Orleans, right below the Bible Belt. Consider this, brothers and sisters: THE FROG CROAKED FOR YOU! HE CROAKED, AND YET LIVES! PRAISE THE FROG! HOP-A-LULAH! Join the One True Church of the Great Green Frog for a Mardi Gras Crucifixion Parade through South Berkeley on Tuesday morning 3 March. Contact Rev. Jim for details. Smash your TV!


from the Grady Project:

Changeling

It is cold within the nether skies;
Yet I flow through the darkness streaming
Down to where, in stoupor screaming
As her labor bursts her thighs,

There is blood and pain and - there it lies!
With a frightened passion churning
In my soulless body, burning
Vortex of unholy yearning,
Gaze I on the sightless eyes.

Then, just ere the infant's natal cries
Ring out into the still, black morning
With it's fright and lethal warning,
Time and space of matter scorning,
Sheath I in this new disguise!

Thus it is that none of Fairey ever dies.
Though the sacrament be spoken
With the eucharist for token
It is so they may be broken
By the art the elfin plies.

-- Grady L. McMurtry           
9/13/41 e.v.

First published in The Grady Project #1 (October 1987 e.v.).

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Crowley Classics

The Declaration of Independence of the Irish Republic

by Aleister Crowley

[The full text of Crowley's Declaration of Irish Independence and the remarks he delivered at its formal proclamation in New York Harbor were included in the following article, published in The New York Times on 13 July 1915 e.v. The anonymous reporter who filed this piece must have had Crowley's cooperation in order to have witnessed the ceremony and prepared a transcript of the document, despite his implication that Crowley had not meant to attract publicity by the "media event" reported here. A brief letter of Crowley's which appeared a few days later in the Times has been appended to the article.]

Irish Republic Born in New York Harbor

Ten Patriots at Daybreak Renounce Allegiance to England Near Statue of Liberty

Independence is Declared

Sympathy with Germany, They Say, a Matter of Expediency-Then They Breakfast at Jack's

As dawn was slowly spreading over the city on the morning of July 3, a thirty-foot launch slipped from the recreation pier at the foot of West Fiftieth Street and glided down the Hudson. On board were ten persons, silent and serious with the consciousness of what was to them a profoundly solemn and significant ceremony.
In the prow of the boat was Aleister Crowley, Irishman-poet, philosopher, explorer, a man of mystic mind - the leader of an Irish hope. Of nearly middle age and mild in manner, with the intellectual point of view colored with cabalistic interpretation, Crowley is an unusual man, capably so to those who believe and feel in common with him. He has spent years exploring in Persia, India, and Tibet, and he is the author of several volumes of translations of the early writings of those countries. He is said to be a close friend of William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet, and he has written several Irish poems himself.
In the boat also was Miss Leilah Waddell, whose mother was an Irish refugee of the last generation and who believes herself an Irish patriot. She is a violinist and has appeared publicly on several occasions since her recent coming to America. And among those in the exotic party were one J. Dorr, an Irish editor who has published papers in both Ireland and England, and Patrick Gilroy, an Irish agitator. All of those in the launch were Irish. Most of them have come to this country since the beginning of the war.

Ready to War on England

The members of the party consider themselves members of the secret Revolutionary Committee of Public Safety of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic, and their early morning mission of July 3 was to declare the independence of the Irish Republic, which included a declaration of war against England, and to pledge their allegiance to the government of their vision.
The little launch passed from the river into the bay and stopped off Bedloe's Island, under the Statue of Liberty. The time and place chosen for the ceremony were considered brightly propitious. There was the poetic significance of the dawn, the great figure of Liberty enlightening the world was symbolic of the dreamed-of republic, the season was the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. And the leader of the party, Crowley, in whose mysticism there is something of astrology, had read the heavens and found that the conjunction of certain stars was auspicious for Ireland at exactly 4:32 o'clock on the morning of July 3.
So, with the launch a few feet off Bedloe's Island, at the moment of 4:32 o'clock, Crowley rose to begin the ceremony. He said:
"I have not asked any great human audience to listen to these words; I had rather address them to the unconquerable ocean that surrounds the world, and to the free four winds of heaven. Facing the sunrise, I lift up my hands and my soul herewith to this giant figure of Liberty, the ethical counterpart of the Light, Life, and Love which are our spiritual heritage. In this symbolical and most awful act of religion I invoke the one true God of whom the sun himself is but a shadow that he may strengthen me in heart and hand to uphold that freedom for the land of my sires, which I am come hither to proclaim.
"In this dark moment, before the father orb of our system kindles with his kiss the sea, I swear the great oath of the Revolution. I tear with my hands this token of slavery, this safe conduct from the enslaver of my people, and I renounce forever all allegiance to every alien tyrant. I swear to fight to the last drop of my blood to liberate the men and women of Ireland, and I call upon the free people of this country, on whose hospitable shores I stand an exile, to give me countenance and assistance to my task of breaking those bonds which they broke for themselves 138 years ago.

Unfurl Irish Flag

"I unfurl the Irish flag. I proclaim the Irish Republic. Erin go Bragh. God save Ireland."
As the bits of the torn English passport scattered over the surface of the water the Irish flag, a green field supporting a golden harp, flapped free in the breeze from a mast in the bow of the boat.
Solemnly then the Declaration of Independence of Ireland was read. It is:
We, the secret Revolutionary Committee of Public Safety of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic, hereby authorize our spokesman and delegate, Brother Aleister Crowley, No. 418, in our name and in our behalf, to promulgate the proclamation following:
In so grave a circumstance of human affairs as the declaration of war or revolution, it is customary that those whose conscience and free-will alike impel them to take up arms against other men, should state openly the causes of their resorting to so dread efficacy of protest.
Peace and good-will are the ruling passions of the better sort among mankind; and for these to turn therefrom argues the existence of a state intolerable to free men. We hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men and women are created unequal; and our justice wills that this prejudice of nature be redressed, so far as is possible to human effort, by assuring to each and every one of them equality of rights before the law, and the right to make, alter, or repeal that law itself; and, by assuring to each and every one of them freedom to develop the powers of the soul, spiritual, moral, mental, or physical without interference from any other person or persons, so far as that development may prove compatible with the equal rights of others.

Right to Rebel

To obtain these advantages of security and freedom is the object of all proper government; and it is not only the right of every man for himself, but his duty to his neighbor, to refuse obedience to any authority which does not serve its people to this end with loyalty and fidelity. What then must be the right and duty of every member of a nation not only misgoverned, but governed for the purpose of exploitation by an alien, usurping, and inferior race?
For many centuries this particular wrong has been suffered with a patience and gentleness not unworthy of the Saviour of Mankind, by the Irish people; but as to endure oppression with meekness is the pride and prerogative of God, it is not for man to usurp it. The free and independent spirit of the people of Ireland is weary of the continued crimes of the English tyrants; and, seeing no end possible but the success of the oppressors in their systematic annihilation of the people, dares the desperate alternative of revolt.
For, as is notorious in every country of the inhabited globe, the deliberate policy of England from the first conquest of Ireland has been endowed with that admirable virtue of consistency which is the spine of good intention, but in this case props the determination to destroy a people.
The land of Ireland has been stolen from the people of Ireland, both by armed aggression and by the chicaneries of unjust law.
The labor of Ireland has been sterilized and thwarted by the envy of British industries.
The people of Ireland have been enslaved by a ferocious constabulary, militia, and soldiery, enforcing laws intended to weaken the people directly by coercion or indirectly by impoverishment. The right of political action has been denied to them, and the sacrilegious hand of atheistic oligarchy has been lifted even against the freedom of religious thought.
The means of private assassination and of public massacre have been freely employed against the people, and when even the soldier turned with disgust from the task of a butcher, famine and pestilence were deliberately brought upon the land by the calculating craft of the robbers, tyrants, and murderers that bear rule over them.
So comprehensive, so infamous, and so continuous a conspiracy is unparalleled in the annals of humanity; and were we to precise and to detail the crimes against our people which already overload the scroll of the recording angel, and now bare the sword of the avenging angel of God, we think that not even earth itself could contain the document of their mere enumeration.

"Hatred of Their Tyrant"

Nor have the Irish people been inactive in measures directed to appease the unnatural hatred of their tyrant. They have sought by every lawful means to obtain some alleviation of our sempiternal suffering. They have made political overtures only to be rejected, or nullified by the adroitness of the lawyer. They have sacrificed freely their best blood, for their sons have been the best soldiers of the usurper; and England has answered by their deliberate massacre in battle.
We believe that earth itself revolts at the recital of these tyrannies and treasons; we believe that God Himself is weary of beholding these intolerable evils; and we believe in consequence that the hour is come when desperation should be transformed into resolution, patience inflamed to wrath, and Peace, folding her wings upon her face, mournfully beckon war.
We, therefore, the secret Revolutionary Committee of Public Safety of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic, by the mouth of our trusty and well-beloved delegate and spokesman, Brother Aleister Crowley, No. 418, do decree and proclaim:
1. That, we put our trust and confidence in the Judge of the whole world, appealing to Him to witness the righteousness of our intent.
2. That, declaring England the enemy of civilization, justice, equality, and freedom, and therefore of the human race, we do hereby lawfully establish the Republic of the Men and Women of the Irish People, free and independent by right human and divine, having full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliance, establish commerce, and to do all other things which independent States may of right do.

Repudiate England

3. That we do hereby dissolve all political connection between that Republic and the usurper, absolving of their allegiance to England (a) all free people of good will that are of Irish blood, (b) all free people of good will born in Ireland, (c) all free people of good will who may hereafter desire to partake of the benefits of the Irish Republic, and effectually acquire these rights by the forms provided.
4. That, we do hereby declare war upon England until such time as our demands being granted, our rights recognized, and our power firmly established in our own country, from which we are now exiled, we may see fit to restore to her the blessings of peace, and to extend to her the privileges of friendship.
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm and hearty reliance upon the protection of God, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Long live the Irish Republic.

The official copy of this declaration of independence is "signed by order and on behalf of the committee" by "Aleister Crowley, 418," and "attested" by "L. Bathurst, 11."
With the conclusion of the reading of the declaration, the launch headed up the Hudson River, proceeding near the western shore, Miss Waddell playing patriotic Irish airs on her violin. The music and the large Irish flag, now plainly visible in the increasing light, identified the boat to the seamen on the German ships interned at the Hoboken waterfront, and they cheered the small company of Irishmen lustily. The Captain of the Hamburg-American line tug which happened to be standing off with steam up near the Vaterland, turned out into the river and escorted the launch to its landing at Fiftieth Street. Incidentally it was noted by those in the launch that as they passes by the French and English ships at the piers on the eastern side of the river the sailors on them cheered as loudly as the Germans had.

Breakfast at Jack's

The party left the launch and went to Jack's restaurant for breakfast, where a number of late revelers did not seem to disturb the spirit of their gathering.
A touch of comedy to the ceremonies over which Crowley and his companions laughed themselves the next day was that the party had intended to go through their ritual on the steps at the base of the Statue of Liberty, but, giving more mind to the vision of the Irish Republic than to practical details, those who arranged the journey neglected to obtain Governmental permission to land on Bedloe's Island. When the launch stopped at the dock, therefore, a stolid watchman who displayed neither Irish nor English sympathies, but who had fluent command of New York's most emphatic language, refused to let the patriots set foot on the "land of liberty." So the ceremonies were held in the boat while it drifted near the island.
The particular avowed purpose of the representatives of the "committee" in America is to spread propaganda that will contribute, at the end of the European war, to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland. Members of the committee in Ireland, according to information obtained by a representative of the New York Times are now engaged in a secret effort to dissuade Irishmen from enlisting in the English Army. But those members of the committee who will talk of their business at all admit that there is no immediate intention of an attempt to wage active war on England by the instigation of an armed rebellion in Ireland. It is said that the present purpose of the formal declaration of war against England is more to enlist the sympathies of Irish and of Americans to the "cause" than to bring about what even the most visionary enthusiasts of the movement recognize as an impracticable war.
Aleister Crowley was displeased when the news of the ceremonies at Bedloe's Island and of the formation of the "committee" came into the possession of The Times, and he declined to discuss his plans and purposes further than to acknowledge the fact set forth. An American who is acquainted with Crowley's beliefs and intentions, however, while frankly admitting that the Irishmen of the "committee" sympathize with Germany in the present war, asserted that this was due to anti-English feelings and not to any natural love of things Germaine. The members of the "committee" see in Germany, according to their unofficial spokesman, a factor that will impair the power of England to oppress them. That is all.

The Irish Flag

[from The New York Times, 21 July 1915 e.v.]
To the Editor of the New York Times:
May I be permitted space to inform your correspondent that the harp device is altogether modern? The true flag of Ireland is a red sunblaze on a green ground. This is symbolical not only of Ireland's geographical position as the sentinel of the western gate of Europe, but of her traditional history.
It is supposed that Ireland was originally colonized from Egypt, or, alternatively, that both Egypt and Ireland were first peopled by fugitives from Atlantis when that continent was submerged. It may be that this is, after all, more than a fairy story.

ALEX C. CROWLEY

New York, July 19, 1915

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From the Outbasket

This month the Out Basket will keep to short notes and announcements. Your columnist is also the Grand Lodge GTG, and he is very busy with the end of the OTO fiscal year.
A question asked at my class last month: Where in Crowley's writings does he publish "Will"? This can be found in a footnote in Magick in Theory and Practice, Chapter XIII, page 102 in the Castle and Dover editions. "Will" is the Thelemic equivalent of "Grace before meals".
Dues bills for USA OTO members will be mailed in early March, just before this copy of the TLC goes out. Not everybody who owes back dues will be billed this time, for two reasons: No address (easiest way there is to loose your membership!) or recent previous notice. About 450 bills will be mailed. Those in danger of loosing their membership will have until May 31st to get in contact with the GTG, and local OTO groups will be asked to help. If you owe dues, please pay as early as you can. The largest expense these days is the legal case now in progress. Time is of the essence. Canadian and international billings will be handled separately later this year.
O.T.O. demographics will be published in the next issue of the TLC. Also in the next issue, look for the start of serialization of Brother Andrew's Rite of Uranus.
The ninth annual Ancient Ways Festival (non OTO) is scheduled for May 14th through 17th this year. There will be workshops, rituals and camping, clothing optional and bathing at Harbin Hot Springs. The place to contact is Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609. (510) 653-3244. Preregistration is still available with the rates going up after April 1st and May 1st. Booth Space is available and kids 3 to 14 years old are at 1/2 adult price.
The Women's Spirituality Forum (non OTO) can be reached at P.O.Box 11363, Oakland, CA 94611. There are many events, including an Outdoor Celebration of Beltane at Grizzly Peaks in Tilden Park, Berkeley, on May 2nd. Call (415) 864-7806 for information and registration ($7 to $13). Watch Goddess Television with Zsuzanna Budapest; contact the Women's Spirituality Forum for cable channels in your area.
Report from informed sources has it that the Temple of Psychic Youth (non OTO) in England has been raided by police. No details at this time, but it is believed that membership files were seized, along with video tapes. It is not known why this occurred or what is being done about it. I don't envy the officer who has to inspect the seized membership applications!
OTO needs donations for it's legal fund: OTO, P.O.Box 430, Fairfax, CA 94978 USA. If you owe dues, pay your dues first. Same address. If you are not sure you are still in OTO, have you received the Fall issue of the Magical Link? If not, you probably aren't. If you want to rejoin OTO after lapse of Minerval membership, apply for Ist Degree. If you want to rejoin OTO after inactive status in Degrees Ist and higher, pay two years dues or (perhaps a better first step) contact OTO at the Fairfax address. If you have never been a member of OTO and would like to join, contact Thelema Lodge or write to the Fairfax address for OTO access in other areas. Being on the Thelema Lodge Calendar Mailing list does not mean being a member of OTO.

-- TSG (Bill Heidrick)

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FROM THE HISTORY HEAP

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law -- Liber AL vel Legis I:40

March 1, 1888
Isis Urania Temple NO.3 of the G D is chartered, later A.E. Waite would unexpectedly take charge of the temple and refuse to have any "truck" with secret chiefs whether in or out of the body.

March 3, 1924
Sonia Greene and H.P. Lovecraft are married, Sonia confided to a friend, that Lovecraft (who had foresightly read some books on sex) could indeed perform, he was sexually adequate - but little else.

March 4, 1923
The British forerunner of our ENQUIRER & STAR, the SUNDAY EXPRESS headlines report, 'This man Crowley is one of the most sinister figures of modern times. He is a drug fiend, author of vile books, the spreader of obscene practices,'

March 5, 1887.
The local doctor advised an immediate operation for cancer of the tongue, Plymouth Brethren from near and far were summoned to help discover the Lord's will in the matter, the operation was declined. Edward Crowley, Plymouth Brethren preacher and father of Aleister Crowley dies.

March 9, 1929
Aleister Crowley and Israel Regardie are told they must go and are expelled from France, after an inspector called on them and argued that their coffee-brewing machine was an infernal device for distilling drugs.

March 10, 1985
After exchanging insulting letters, he rejected Crowley and repudiated all contact with other magicians. Eventually his activities would lead him back to the Beast. Israel Regardie dies in Arizona on this date.

March 13, 1911
Laffette Ron Hubbard is born, the founder of Scientology. His son upon leaving the 'Church' would say,"What a lot of people don't realize is that Scientology is black magic that is just spread out over a long time period. Black magic is the inner core of Scientology -- and it is the probably the only part of Scientology that really works."

March 13, 1926
Lea Hersig's sister Marian Dockerill wrote an expose of Aleister Crowley's cult it was called MY LIFE IN A LOVE CULT. It was serialized by the NEW YORK JOURNAL. This date's installment went like this : When Crowley told her she was to be his High Priestess, his goddess, she did not demur. Kneeling in a chalked circle on the floor, she let him brand the symbol of the cult on her [chest] with the point of a red-hot dagger. He the 'Beast of the Apocalypse' and she, his bride, the Scarlet Woman of Babylon.

March 14, 1946
A German occultist who influenced Hitler, Gen. Karl Haushofer kills his wife and commits hari kari.

March 15, 1937
Howard Phillips Lovecraft dies at age 46.

March 16, 1904
Aleister Crowley recited an invocation in order to enable his wife (Rose) to see the Sylphs, the elemental spirits of water. Rose saw nothing, but got into a curious dream state in which she kept repeating "They are waiting for you."

March 16, 1244
After a ten months siege, two hundred Carthar `Perfects' surrender their castle fortress of Montsegur, and are burned at the stake rather than giving up their faith.

March 18, 1313
Jacques De Molay the Grand Master of the Templars is burned at the stake

March 19, 1954
An injunction against Wilhelm Reich's inventions are issued by a U.S. District Judge of Maine.

March 20, 1979
The Articles of Incorporation of the O.T.O. are established.

March 21, 1904
Aleister Crowley takes the Oath of a Probationer in the A A taking the motto Perdurabo.

March 23, 1895
Dr.Gerard Encausse `Papus' takes 0° = 0 in the G D and later resigns.

March 13, 1900
Mathers dismisses Florence Farr from her position as his London representative of the GD

March 25, 1900
Aleister Crowley receives a letter from Soro Deo Date, Mrs. E.A. Hunter stating that the London Second Order did not recognize his 5° = 6 initiation in Paris.

March 26, 1582
The Enochian language first appears to Dee and Kelly.

March 27, 1931
Arnold Bennett, who died on this date, wrote in his private journal in 1905, "I dined at Chat Blanc. A.C. was there with dirty hands, immense rings, presumably dyed hair, a fancy waistcoat, a fur coat, and tennis shoes."

March 29, 1900
The London Adepts hold a meeting and decide to depose Mathers as head of the Golden Dawn.

Love is the law, love under will. -- Liber AL vel Legis I:57

                              Cornelius/Herndon.

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Events Calendar for March 1992 e.v.

3/1/92Gnostic Mass 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.
3/1/92Lodge Council & LOPThelema Ldg.
3/2/92Thelema Lodge Meeting 8PMThelema Ldg.
3/8/92Gnostic Mass 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.
3/9/92Ladies' T 5:30PMThelema Ldg.
3/12/92Magick in Theory and Practice
Study Circle with Marlene 7PM
Thelema Ldg.
3/14/92Jerry's videorhea. Call to attend.Thelema Ldg.
3/15/92E.G.C. Meeting & Mass Wkshop 4:18PMThelema Ldg.
3/15/92Gnostic Mass 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.
3/18/92Class of Liber Reguli with Bill 8PMThelema Ldg.
3/20/91Bernal Equinox Ritual 8 PMThelema Ldg.
3/21/92Initiations (call to attend)Thelema Ldg.
3/22/92Experimental Mass 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.
3/24/92"Magick without Aleister" with
Fr. Majnun 8 PM & Guests from
Rasheeta Subod
Thelema Ldg.
3/25/92Magick Theater reads Crowley:
The Gouls 7:30 PM
Magick Thea.
3/26/92Magick in Theory and Practice
Study Circle with Marlene 7PM
Thelema Ldg.
3/27/92Planetary Ritual Class 7:30 PM
on SOL, ritual next Sunday w/Mark S.
Thelema Ldg.
3/28/92Jerry's Logorrhea. Call to attend.Thelema Ldg.
3/29/92Lodge Clean-up 1:11 PMThelema Ldg.
3/29/92Aries Birthday 4:18 PMThelema Ldg.
3/29/92Gnostic Mass 8:00 PMThelema Ldg.

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