Thelema Lodge Calendar for July 1992 e.v.

Thelema Lodge Calendar

for July 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

July 1992 e.v. at Thelema Lodge

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

Announcements from
Lodge Members and Officers


ANNOUNCEMENT!

In July most events at Thelema Lodge will be moving to another location, with the Gnostic Mass scheduled to remain at the former location for the time being. All classes, initiations and most other events will be affected. Please call (510) 658-3280 for the new location. This is the Lodge Master's residence phone, and calls in the early evening are best. Calls on the night of an event may be too late for attendance, so plan to check out ahead of time. The old Temple phone number (510) 654-3580 might provide some help, but that shouldn't be used excessively in view of the reversion of the house toward private residence status.


July Events

Gnostic Masses every Sunday at 8 PM this month at 63rd Street.
Initiations on the 18th, by prior arrangement only. Call the Lodge Master more than a month ahead to arrange for your own initiation; call nearer the event to attend.
Lodge meeting 8PM on the 6th. The Lodge Council and LOP meetings at 3:33 PM on the 5th are limited in attendance to members of appropriate degree and Lodge affiliation.
A birthday party for all Leos on the 26th, starting at 4:18 PM and Gnostic Mass as usual at 8PM
Classes this month:
    Basic Astrology with Grace two Wednesdays (8th and 22nd).
    Chakra Discussion with Andrew at 7:30 PM on the 10th (Muladhara) and 29th (Svadistthana).
    Book of Thoth Study Circle with Marlene, 7:30PM on Thursday 16th and 30th.
    The Sephiroth & the Tree of Life #2 with Bill Heidrick, 8:00 PM on 7/15/92 e.v.
    The Illuminati Tournament will continue July 1st. Your editor has had it described to him, and can only say that it sounds like a combination of Monopoly and Battleship, with Wilson Follies thrown in!!
    Jerry's Logorrhea is scheduled for the 11th, but it is necessary to call before attending.


REMEMBER!

Most events are now held elsewhere than at 63rd Street.


Crowley Classics

This poem was changed in small part ("Tyche" to "Aradia") and used in the original Gardnarian Wicca rituals. Crowley wrote it as part of a commission for Auguste Rodin. The object was to commemorate each of Rodin's sculptures. Published in French and English in Rodin in Rime, later published in 1907 e.v. in The Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. III, p. 120. For background on this, see Crowley's Confessions, Part II, Ch. 42, p. 340 & before - Ed.

LA FORTUNE

by Aleister Crowley

"HAIL, Tyche! From the Amalthean horn
Pour forth the store of love! I lowly bend
Before thee: I invoke thee at the end
When other gods are fallen and put to scorn.
Thy foot is to my lips; my sighs unborn
Rise, touch and curl about thy heart; they spend
Pitiful love. Lovelier pity, descend
And bring me luck who am lonely and forlorn."

Fortune sits idle on her throne. The scent
Of honeyed incense wreathes her lips with pleasure
For pure delight of luxury she turns,
Smooth in her goddess rapture. So she spurns
And crushes the pale suppliant. Softly bent,
Her body laughs in ecstasy of leisure.

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Primary Sources

Jean Schivonen:
(Greater Feast February 1982 e.v.)

Jean Schivonen was formerly married to Max Schneider (who made Crowley's Ankh-f-n-Khonsu signet ring) and was active in Agape Lodge from the early 1940s. She was the wife of Ero Shivonen at the time this letter was written. Although it is a matter of questionable taste to air dirty linen in public, I can think of no better way to show the extent of the troubles during the reign of Frater Saturn. Karl Germer had effectively stopped OTO from operating in the outer, fostering such useless paranoia as described below. This situation continued from a couple of years after Crowley's death in 1947 e.v. until several years after Germer's death in 1962 e.v. The "Aleister" noted below is not Crowley, but his natural son who co-authored and co-signed this letter. The mention of Marcello Motta refers to the visit when he declined O.T.O. membership and entered into AA tutelage under Karl Germer. Please remember that the views presented below come from a member of a dysfunctional extended family, not an impartial observer.
More notes on names will follow this selection - Ed.

21 Jan 1959 (Barstow, Calif)

Dear Grady (McMurtry):

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

Sorry it has taken so long to answer your interesting letter, but you know how it is. Time goes by so fast I don't have time to do half what I want to do.
I was not surprised to hear about your experience with Karl [Germer}. I have experienced his changeability on more than one occasion. It is my opinion and Aleister's, that Sascha is still the cause of most of this changeableness, but you are right, he should not let her influence him the way she does. That is a weakness on his part. He is always warning other men about the women they are with and accusing them of having vampires, Kundries, etc., but he never stops to think that he may have the prize Kundry of all.
Yes, Ero no doubt runs to Karl with every bit of information he can get. Aleister and I were not very cordial the last time he was up here, which was approximately three months ago, so he will not be coming again, I don't believe. Reea, too, has been writing to Karl and I told her I didn't want her to tell him anything about us. She is somewhat of a fence sitter. One day she criticizes him, the next she says he is still the Head of the Order and we must not go against him. So?
The way Karl acts and setup at their place is absolutely against all Thelemic principles. They could have let you stay over night because Ero stays there for a week at a time.
By the way, Reea mentioned that in Karl's latest letter, he warned her to "stay away from Thelema. Don't get involved." In other words, not to start anything or try to promulgate it. This was sent to her after you had visited him.
Re Mellinger - I don't believe any such thing as his being an FBI agent. We were also accused of the same thing by Sascha. In fact, she ended up accusing some of her oldest and dearest friends. She needs a psychiatrist. Her experience in Europe has given her a persecution complex and because of this she is dangerous.
Mellinger came from Germany and lived there while we were still at the house. He was most enthusiastic and eager to work with Karl. Sascha caused the split between them and they almost had a fist fight. Any time Karl has been interested in anyone, be it man, woman, or boy, as in the case of Aleister, Sascha broke it up.
If Ero has such pure aspiration how come he is falling apart physically and mentally? As above, so below. As within, so without. No one will sell me the bill of goods that being ill, etc., means spiritual attainment. True, many are tested in this fashion, but Ero's seems to be different. A.C.(Aleister Crowley) mentioned someplace that the way a person is within, will express itself without. If orderly in one's mind, one will be orderly on the material plane.
I do not intend to write Karl about anything you have said. There is no reasoning with him - so what is the use writing? His mention about no morality, honor, etc., in America, amuses me. I never saw anyone so lacking in all those traits. He has been the supreme example of the double-crosser. Of course he would always justify his actions and comments as being for the Great Work. But many atrocities, deceits, etc., have been pulled off in the name of spiritual growth and religion.
Karl's reference to me throwing him out with no notice is somewhat ridiculous. I knew he was trying to separate Ero and me and Marcello was helping him. I was very ill - so much so that my bosses at work were concerned about me. I asked Karl to take Motta and stay with Meeka or at her place in Hollywood for about a month so I could pull myself together. I could not tolerate Motta. He was a snake of the lowest I have seen. Regarding Karl's making flower beds - he suggested burying the garbage as it would make nice flower beds. We did not have to bury it as I had a garbage disposal! He did not plant anything - not even a blade of grass. The men did get their breakfast, and lunch and make their beds - but they cleaned nothing. I came home, after working 8 hours, and got dinner for all of them. If it had not been for Aleister, I would have had to haul all the groceries home alone and clean house alone. Motta never paid one penny all the time he was there, and Karl very little.
Your comments about the loan, interest, selling the books at reduced prices, etc., are interesting. Also your intriguing against him is part of the pattern. I have heard it so many times, it's old stuff.
If and when you do write to Karl stating your intentions and he blows his top, I do believe that the Burlingame's will be with you 100%; they are not so easily downed. He has pulled several fast ones on them, too.

Regarding evidence that Karl is the Head of the Order (Supported in a letter from Crowley unknown to Jean and A.A.). I have seen nothing to that effect, nor has Aleister. However, would he have received the books, etc., after A.C.'s death if he had not had something?
I have deposited both your contributions and we have put in a like amount. The Burlingame's have not contributed as yet because they have been under heavy expenditure with their move, etc. Aleister is working now, so we can get the fund together faster, I hope.
Regarding a travel fund - I am sorry to say that you cannot depend on it from us. We are loaded with demands for money. I now have 5 acres of land and am drilling a well for water, need electricity and want to build - so every penny I have is going in that direction. It is the most beautiful spot on the desert and I hope will be a place where Thelemites can meet. Perhaps if we have a dwelling by the time we have our meeting, we can have it here. At any rate, we will have a building where you can store your books if and when the need arises.
This must be all. Needless to say, you have my backing and cooperation and also Aleister's. Whatever the blast, we will take it with you. More power to you!

Love is the law, love under will.

           (Signed)

                               Jean (Schivonen)
                               Aleister Ataturk

Notes on names:

Sascha Germer - last wife of Karl Germer, survived as his widow. She was a noted voice instructor (taught at Carnegie Hall) and had to flee Austria under the Nazi's owing to her Jewish ancestry.
Reea Leffingwell, wife of a former Saladin and Master of Agape Lodge.
Frederic Mellinger - one of Crowley's two selections as a candidate to be Head of the OTO after Germer (the other was G.McMurtry), co-executor of K.Germer's will, believed {Note to Web edition: Incorrectly}to be the founder of Frederic's of Hollywood, IX° member in charge of H.Metzger's failed normalization as an O.T.O. member under Germer.
Meeka Aldrich, initiated Minerval and I° in 1945 e.v. at Agape Lodge. Treasurer of the Lodge in that year. She offered her home for the meetings of the Lodge.
Burlingame's - Ray and Mildred. Ray was the last master of old Agape Lodge in 1948 e.v., died of cancer from smoking, was falsely accused by Sascha Germer of perpetrating a robbery several years after his own death (no mean feat!). Mildred assisted in the activation of the Caliphate, and only her error in taking J.Brayton as a student mars her memory.

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from the Grady Project:

Pageant

Have you ever stood at sunset
Near the Portals of the bay
While the fog-horns sound their evening
Memons to the closing day?

Have you ever seen the Pageant
That a battle fleet can show
Standing out into the ocean
With her signal flags ablow

As each muscled floating fortress
Sliding through the channeled straight
Rides beneath the scimitared guardian,
The Colossus of the Gate?

Amazons, in cold gray armor,
Cavalcading to the West;
     At their heels the swift destroyers
     Plunge rollicking to the quest
Amazons, with colors streaming
From each latticed battle crest
     While her catapulting falcons
     Swirl above the roving nest;
Amazons, with cradeled lances
Held athwart each mighty chest;
     Once again they are crusading
     Keel on keel they pour cascading,
     Down the sea lanes they're parading
     Cavalcading to the West.

-- Grady L. McMurtry
undated

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

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THE COMMENTED CREED

by Gregory Peters

One of the more useful studies to perform is analysis and comment on ritual and literature. Everyone needs to make their own, but sharing ideas helps. Here is an interlinear comment on the Creed from the Gnostic Mass, prepared by the Master of Star and Snake Camp, newly opened in San Francisco on the Spring Equinox. - Ed.

I believe in one secret and ineffable LORD;

Rashith Ha-Gilgalem, the "First Swirlings". The first singularity, Kether - the Crown, the primal first point of extension from the Absolute. Similarly, the Lord is Hadit, the particle of the Body of Nuit, the khabs, or spark of star consciousness that is inherent in everyone:

"I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star. I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death."
                              ---Liber AL vel Legis, cap. II:6
Refer to Atu O, the Fool, for the symbolism of this.

and in one Star in the company of Stars of whose fire we are created, and to which we shall return;

Sol, the central axis of our Solar system, which is indeed in the Company (galaxy) of stars, and the source of all life for Earth. It is said that a vital life force emanates from the Sun, infusing the atmosphere of Earth with energy. This is analogous to the prana of the Hindu mystics, and the orgone energy of Wilhelm Reich. This One Vast Star is also Heru-Ra-Ha, the twin God and Lord of this New Aeon. Atu XIX, The Sun, should be studied in relation to this section.

and in one Father of Life, Mystery of Mystery, in His name CHAOS, the sole viceregent of the Sun upon the Earth;

The Logos, the sephira Chokmah, which contains the rich fertile seed of all potential unmanifest creation. This can be seen in Atu I, the Magus, attributed to the Hebrew letter Beth, and thus to Mercury, Tahuti, Hermes, etc. Also in Liber Magi it is said:

With the Wand createth He.
With the Cup preserveth He.
With the Dagger destroyeth He.
With the Coin redeemeth He.
                    ---- v.v. 7-10
This also refers to the Will of the Magician, and the phallus, or kundalini energy, "the sole vice-regent of the Sun upon the Earth," and the sephira Chokmah, the "Father of Life." One of the symbols associated with Chokmah is the erect phallus. Through Chokmah, in conjunction with Binah, is all of creation made manifest.

and in one Air the nourisher of all that breathes.

Prana, which is infused with the atmosphere of Earth, and said to emanate from the Sun. This literally is an essential nourishment to "all that breathes." Also, the Air associated with Aleph and Atu 0, the Fool - the pure Unmanifest L.V.X. of the Absolute, the Three Veils of Negative Existence.

And I believe in one Earth, the Mother of us all, and in one Womb wherein all men are begotten, and wherein they shall rest, Mystery of Mystery, in Her name BABALON

A reference to Malkuth of Assiah, among other things. The One Womb is not only Earth Herself, but that dark ocean of creation known as Binah, the Great Mother and Great Womb from which all manifestation originates and eventually returns. Atu XI, Lust, and Atu XVII, the Star, both allude to Babalon, and after another manner to the synergistic relationship between Babalon and Nuit.

And I believe in the Serpent and the Lion, Mystery of Mystery, in His name BAPHOMET.

The Serpent is the creative Kundalini force within the human spine, and also the spermatozoon:

"But the Serpent is the Secret Nature in Man, that is Life and Death, and maketh his Way through the Generations in Silence."

                    ---- Liber Aleph, cap. 157

Atu IX, the Hermit, shows the serpent in this guise. The serpent is also Harpocrates (Hoor-Paar-Kraat), the Babe in the Egg of Blue, the passive complement of the dual god Horus (Heru-Ra-Ha).

The Lion can be studied in Atu XI, Lust, and in Liber Aleph, where it is said:

"...this is the Courage of thy Manhood, leaping upon all Things, and seizing them for thy Prey. His letter is Teth, whose implication is a Serpent, and the Number thereof Nine, whereof is Aub, the Secret Fire of Obeah."
This Lion is also Ra-Hoor-Khuit, the twin and active component of Horus. Both Lion and Serpent can be studied together in Atu XX, the Aeon, where they appear united in the form of the dual god Heru-Ra-Ha. Also note that the formula of Shin-Tet, and the god Set; see Magick in Theory and Practice, Appendix VI) is formulated from Atus XX and XI, adding up to 31 (Lamed-Aleph - Naught), the Master Key of The Book of the Law.

Baphomet, a glyph of the union of Ra-Hoor-Khuit and Hoor-Paar-Kraat as the androgyne, can be studied in Atu XV.

And I believe in one Gnostic and Catholic Church

Catholic in the pure sense of universal, applicable to all.

of Light, Life, Love and Liberty,

Refer to Liber CL for elucidation on these four virtues. Additionally, Liber Aleph and The Book of Thoth contain information regarding these four emanations of the L.V.X. in their natural guise of the Sphinx. Magick in Theory and Practice has only three of the powers, while Equinox III;1 lists four - this would appear to be an error, as the four emanations form a natural and dunamic whole. For a detailed study of the Four Powers of the Sphinx in relation to Thelemic rituals, refer to Volume II number 4 of In the Continuum, published by the College of Thelema.

the Word of whose Law is

The Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (Gnostic Catholic Church) has roots in the 18th

century, and Gnosticism itself predates Christianity. Under this New Aeon of Horus, the Church has been purged and reformulated in accordance with the percepts laid down in Liber AL vel Legis; thus the direct reference to the Word of the Law.

And I believe in the communion of Saints.

The immense list of Saints which belong to the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (some would appear to be Honorary members) can be studied in the Official Ritual of the Church: Liber XV, the Gnostic Mass. Note also that XV is a number of the Holy Hexagram, the ritual of which can be seen in the Star Sapphire (refer to Magic in Theory and Practice, and The Book of Lies).

And forasmuch as meat and drink are transmuted in us daily into spiritual substance, I believe in the Miracle of the Mass.

This can be seen as the Miracle of Transubstantiation. Also another reference to the prana, or subtle energy, within food. It is for this reason that the ancient Egyptians left offerings of physical meat and drink in the tombs, so that the dark shade of the deceased could gain sustenance for a time from the spiritual offerings within the physical food.

And I confess one Baptism of Wisdom whereby we accomplish the Miracle of Incarnation.

A reference not only to birth, but to rebirth as well. The doctrine of reincarnation is explicitly stated even in the Old Aeon text of the Bible (refer to the associations of Christ with the reincarnated spirit of Elijah).

And I confess my life one, individual, and eternal that was, and is, and is to come.

Another direct reference to reincarnation. More importantly, however, is the "...consciousness of the continuity of existence" here stated. See Liber AL vel Legis, chapter I, and Liber CL for this.

,           ,           .

For details on the purging and reconstruction of this word under the Light of the New Aeon, refer to Magick in Theory and Practice.

O.T.O. encourages but does not endorse specific studies of the sacred literature of Thelema. - ED.


Qabalah

The View From Tipheret

(Part II)

by Bill Heidrick

[Adapted from Appendix A of The Road to the Sun: A Record of Self Initiation to Tipheret, an unpublished MS, Copyright © by Bill Heidrick]

In this installment, we will begin a brief trek over the traditional Tree of Life. This treatment will be continued next issue. Later installments will take up dynamic variation of the paths.

The first example shall set the method of this brief inquiry with an examination of the "Traditional" Tree of Life diagram as used by the Order of the Golden Dawn. This treatment employs the pictures on the Tarot Major Trumps for the twenty-two paths. Hebrew Letter correspondence is better, but it is not so easily understood at first. The Treatment will begin at the bottom and work toward the top.

The Traditional Tree of Life Diagram:

10 ........ Malkut (Kingdom). this is the physical world and all things that are perceived by the physical senses. This is the Earth. Consciousness here is direct and limited. No thoughts about the things experienced are proper to Malkut, only the experiences of the physical events and material objects.

32 ........ The Path of Taw, Taw (The World in Tarot). This is the transitional state of consciousness whereby the physical, direct consciousness of the Sephira Malkut is elevated to the half-awake dream consciousness of the Sephira Yesod. The world is found to be filled with endless forms in endless change. On the Tarot card of this path, a figure dances out the steps of existence within a womb-shaped wreath. The perceptions of the senses in the World are like those of an observer at a ballet. This is the first drawing of meaning from the Physical World and from the sensual experience of all created things.

9 ......... Yesod (Foundation). This is the place of beginning thought. Yesod is both the foundation of higher thought and the foundation of the forms that manifest downward in Malkut. Yesod is the level of dream and fantasy. The perceptions of the senses are woven into a loose pattern that is but a single step from direct perception of the Physical World. When the mind descends from Yesod to Malkut, the path of Taw imprints the pattern of Yesod on the Physical World. When the mind ascends from Malkut to Yesod, a pattern is formed from sense perceptions.

31 ........ The path of Shin, Shin (Judgment in Tarot). This path elevates a selected part of the physical, direct consciousness of Malkut to the rational consciousness of the Sephira Hod. The card of Judgment shows an angel (the higher will) drawing forth human beings from graves. Rational will seeks for order among such perceptions. When cause-effect relationships are found and associations are discovered, this rational will acts to construct a world view. This world view is a hit-or-miss thing. Anything in the physical world of Malkut that does not fit the evolving world view of Hod is rejected by the rational will of the path of Shin. When a failure occurs in rationalizing out the Hod world view, new sense perceptions are selected to permit reconstruction. When the world view of Hod is perfected, the lower rational mind is resurrected from the grave of matter.

30 ........ The path of Resh, Resh (The Sun in Tarot). This path elevates a selected part of the dream consciousness of Yesod to the rational consciousness of Hod. The card of the Sun shows children dancing beneath the face of the day star. The Sun of Reason sheds light upon mysteries of the playful mind. This play is dream and fantasy. From the study of such things, the world view of Hod is tempered from the starkness produced by the hard path of Shin to a softer and more flexible awareness. Shin does little more than organize perceptions. Resh adds the tricks of symbolism to further compound and develop these perceptions. Resh introduces allegory and metaphor into Hod just as Shin introduced analysis and synthesis. The path of Resh completes the tools of mundane reason.

8 ......... Hod (Glory). This is the place of the first flowering of thought into order. Hod is the glory of the world of the senses and the compacted will of the higher Sephiroth. Hod is built up by rational inquiry along the path of Shin and by analogy along the path of Resh. The end product is the development in Hod of a rational, self-consistent consciousness of material things and of imaginings. When this is reversed, and the influence of Hod descends along the paths of Resh and Shin, fantasies are designed to embody ideas in Yesod, and the physical world is controlled in Malkut.

29 ........ The path of Qof, Qof (The Moon in Tarot). This path elevates a selected part of the physical, direct consciousness of Malkut to the emotional consciousness of the Sephira Netzach. The card of the Moon shows a strange scene of animals, crayfish, water, towers, a path and the Moon. This complex of images suggests slow evolution of feeling and emotional reaction. The physical world gives many experiences. These experiences may be rationally examined (to lead toward Hod) or they may be emotionally accepted (to draw toward Netzach). The path of Qof is emotional acceptance of experience. By Qof the senses develop strange echoes in the soul. Preferences and desires awaken without explanation. Some things effect the mind to produce pleasure, others to produce pain. Some experiences seem to be meaningless in terms of emotion. Such unemotional experiences are ignored in the path of Qof. Only those things that quicken or slow the heart are taken up by this road to build the emotional mind that dwells in Netzach.

28 ........ The path of Tzaddi, Tzaddi (The Star in Tarot --- var., Emperor) elevates a selected part of the dream consciousness of Yesod to the emotional consciousness of Netzach. The card of the Star shows an allegorical figure pouring water upon the earth and into a pool. This image represents the emotional qualities of fantasies and stories as they are enjoyed by the empathic mind. A story or legend in Yesod would be analyzed along the path of Resh to discover its hidden meanings. The path of Tzaddi seeks emotional content from such a story or legend. To Hod go the theories. To Netzach go the feelings. The path of Tzaddi makes less demanding and less immediate the emotional pattern of the soul in Netzach. A dreaminess is added from the Sephira of dreams to help emotions trust each other. (On the variation: Crowley switched the Emperor and Star cards in an effort to explain a passage in Liber AL vel Legis. If we view the woman of the Star as Mother and the man of the Emperor as Grandfather, it is possible to see the Emperor as emotion striving to assess life. The Star then becomes an ordering influence.)

27 ........ The path of Peh, Peh (The Tower in Tarot). This path elevates the rational consciousness of Hod until it can mingle with developing emotional consciousness in Netzach. The path of Peh beings order to the emotions so that no emotion runs contrary to another emotion. The emotions are guided and ruled by what is best for all the mind. Emotions are not suppressed; rather they are liberated from disorder. Instead of breaks and crises in the feelings, there are waves of greater feeling and of lesser feeling. These waves are synchronized and compose a sort of tide of the soul. Before the influence of Hod is added by Peh to Netzach, storms and madness wreck the emotions. After this path has been taken, the emotions are in concert. At no time does the rational mind at Hod dominate the emotions; guidance is necessary only to make them healthy. The emotions are more important and more holy than empty and lifeless reason. The card of the Tower shows a phallic building crowned with fire and lightning. This represents both pain along the way and the orgasmic joy that accompanies marriage of reason and emotion. After this marriage is consummated, emotion rules the mind while seated on a throne of reason.

7 ......... Netzach (Victory through Endurance). This is the place in which the lower worlds are perfected through elevation of emotion to the queenship of the mind. Netzach is the victory of mind in the senses, and the embodied passion of the higher Sephiroth. The path of Qof draws sympathies from sense impressions in Malkut and builds from them a loose mesh of emotional reaction in Netzach. The path of Tzaddi adds melodramatic touches by drawing upon the dreams of Yesod. The path of Peh coordinates the whole by drawing upon rational conceptions from Hod. Netzach is then complete, and fervor links with reason to rule the lower worlds.

26 ........ The path of Ayin, Ayin (The Devil in Tarot). This path elevates the rational world view of Hod to begin the formation of consciousness of life in the Sephira Tipheret. The Devil card represents a monstrous beast upon a half-cube. At this "Devil's" feet are chained womanly reason and manly emotion. These must be liberated from the undue restraint of the chains forged unfeelingly in Hod. Strong is the rational mind of Hod, too strong to permit free use of its strength. The path of Ayin sets before the reasoning mind an image of its excesses. Earth-bound reason must give way at times so that higher and more comprehensive plans may be accomplished. Before this path is traveled, the mind in Hod is like a well-meaning police officer who is too much concerned with the letter of the law and not enough with the spirit. The path of Ayin opens the eye of reason to let it see purpose behind method. Hod then becomes a true servant of the safety of the mind, applying its rules for thought in some cases and not applying them in others. When the purpose of life is threatened by a particular way of living, Hod learns to make a new way more in keeping with the whole life. This path to Tipheret gives a basis of reason to the totality of living that is consciousness in Tipheret.

25 ........ The path of Samekh, Samekh (Temperance in Tarot). This path elevates the dream of Yesod to a consciousness of personal life and purpose in Tipheret. The card depicts an angel mixing fire with a watery nature (The Eagle of Scorpio) and water with a fiery nature (The Lion of Leo). In this way, by taking a little from one thing that has too much and by adding it to that which lacks, all thoughts are given balance. This is a blending of the elements of consciousness until each contains a little of each. The net result is a single, cohesive mentality. This is the substance from which the Tipheret life consciousness develops. Reason comes from Hod to order it. Emotion comes from Netzach to enliven it. The substance of life is drawn up along the path of Samekh from Yesod.

24 ........ The path of Nun, Nun (Death in Tarot). This path elevates the emotional complex of Netzach to the living totality of Tipheret. The card of Death shows a skeleton harvesting and nurturing a field of human parts and green plants. This shows how proper care and attention, through successive generations of feelings, produces a perfect growth of emotion. Emotional consciousness comes in ebbs and flows. At its high points, it ripens. At its low points, it fades. Consciousness of this cycling of emotional intensity enables a careful mind to nurture its garden of passions in the high times and to weed it in the low times. When emotions are ripe and full, they freed into Tipheret and make a joy of life. When emotions are low and weak, the painful emotions can be rooted out. This is a slow process requiring many cycles of emotion, but it succeeds in time. The Netzach mind becomes a wondrous garden filled with delights and loves. These are then chosen so that no matter what the season (the state of the physical world) some emotions are to be found in full bloom. The emotional cycles then change from intermittent elation and depression to successive blossoming in the garden of the soul. When the beauty of Netzach is a continuous and orderly dance of many hued and strong sentiments, it adds the seed of life to Tipheret and wakens the consciousness of life.

6 ......... Tipheret (Beauty). This is the place of consciousness of the whole of life. Tipheret is the seat of the healthy soul. when Tipheret is fully attained, love runs smoothly. The details of existence in the World come to Tipheret by the path of Samekh from the dreaming world. Tipheret has no direct contact with Malkut; the physical world must be a little removed from the inner world. The path of Ayin aids Tipheret to structure the details of life. The path of Nun gives meaning to the changes of life. In Tipheret is built up the full conception of what it is to live and to be among the living. Order is seen in all things. Delight is taken in all things. All things are seen in their ever-changing interrelationships. From Tipheret descends the control that brings life to fruition in the physical world. Netzach alone can do no more than look for pleasure. Hod alone can do no more than look for structure. Yesod alone can do no more than link one experience with others. When Tipheret rules these three; Netzach, Hod and Yesod act together to enrich physical existence in Malkut.

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Here are answers to questions recently raised in correspondence with Grand Lodge, edited for publication:

KK of NJ asked for the secret of Free Masonry:

As to the secret of Free Masonry, it is most often stated as "Universal Brotherhood". It cannot be taught. It can only be acquired by those able to learn it. Such acquisition can only be obtain be honoring the cable-tow and attending Lodge.
(I could perhaps have added that Casanova responded with a similar answer in his Memoirs to a similar question)

DJ of CO asked about "well dignified" and "ill dignified" in regard to Crowley's interpretation of Tarot readings:

This refers to the Astrological correspondences to the cards. This is terminology from Astrology, relating to the various effects attributed to aspects between the planets and the influences of the planets in various zodiacal signs and the houses. To make sense of it, you need to learn the Astrological correspondences to the cards, and you need to study a book on interpretation of Astrological charts.

DB of Australia asked about historic relations between OTO, Scottish Rite Masonry and Wicca.

Regarding Gerald Gardner, he was an O.T.O. member at least as high as the IVth Degree. There is reason to believe that he reached the VIIth Degree, and Lady Harris (who designed the Thoth Deck with Crowley) thought that Gardner was probably in charge of O.T.O. in Europe at the time of Crowley's death. Many of these records were lost after the War. The Gardnarian Chord rituals may have been written by Crowley, and contain massive quotations from Crowley's Gnostic Mass, Poetry and the initiation rituals of O.T.O. The Alexandrian Chord rituals were cribbed from the Gardnarian. ... O.T.O. considered itself to be a branch of Scottish Rite Masonry until the early 1920s. After that, the York Rite was asserted for a time, but presently O.T.O. stands to Scottish Rite Masonry in a similar way to the standing of Gardnarian Wicca to O.T.O. Each derived directly from the other, but has since become quite independent and quite different. Reciprocal rights did exist between O.T.O. and the AASR in the early 20th century, but ceased by 1920 e.v. No Reciprocal rights passed between O.T.O. and Gardnarian Wicca.{Note to Web edition: The remark about York Rite was stated in error. Also, although O.T.O. did at one time grant reciprocal rights to A.A.S.R. degrees entering OTO, the reverse was not the case}

-- TSG (Bill Heidrick)

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Announcements are made as a service to our readers and friends. OTO and Thelema Lodge do not expressly endorse or recommend these activities and offerings. For that matter, the views expressed throughout this Newsletter are those of the writers and not necessarily those of OTO.

OTO:

NEW CAMP IN NORTHERN CAL? Yes, it just might happen! Frater 101 is moving to Petaluma, CA and is interested in building a camp there; but assistance is needed. Is there anybody out there in the Petaluma area? If so, please contact me at (707) 762-6770 (ask for Mike). The establishment of the camp isn't official as yet, but I'm taking a poll of interested parties. There will be a large temple area at the house and we will have performances of the Gnostic Mass at least once a month (depending on participation and availability of mass teams). Anyone with comments, suggestions, ideas, funny stories, or witty anecdotes please call!!!

AIWASS LODGE now has a calendar of events. Write to the Lodge for information. We would list it on the calendar page here, but have no information as to the events being open to the public or non-Lodge members. July events include Tarot classes on the 4th, 18th & 26th; Gnostic Mass on the 19th and 26th; initiations on the 5th; wine tasting and picnic on the 25th - this last is definitely by reservation. To arrange attendance write to Aiwass Lodge; P.O.Box 952; Marina, CA 93933.

Non-OTO:

CHURCH OF ALL WORLDS: Grand Convocation, Aug. 6-10, 1992 e.v.: (408) 355-5555. Call for registration form, fees and information. The Convocation will be held at the VM Ranch outside of Laytonville California. Live entertainment, presentations, rituals and other activities.

COVENANT OF THE GODDESS: Merrymeet '92 Festival September 3rd to 7th. Early registration deadline 7/1/92. Mail registration deadline 8/17/92. South-Central Michigan, near Grand Rapids. C.O.G. Grand Council meeting, Music, Follies, Rituals and Workshops. Theme this year: "Different Traditions Working Together". Call or write for registration and information: Donna Cole Schultz, 1125 W. Wellington; Chicago, IL 60657 (312) 525-9194

ASSOCIATION FOR CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLORATION, 1643 Lee Road, #9; Cleveland Heights, OH 44118- 1710. Starwood XII event, July 21st through 28th. Call (800) 446-4962 or (216) 932-5421 for information and fees. At Brushwood near Sherman New York. Merchants, music, presentations, seminar with Tim Leary. Other speakers include Robert Shea of the ILLUMINATUS! trilogy, Ivan Stang of the Church of the SubGenius, Otter G'Zell and Morning Glory, Isaac Bonewits, Ken Deigh and many others. One hundred workshops promised.

ANCIENT WAYS STORE: 4075 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609 (510) 653-3244. Many classes and useful resources. Call or visit.

CADUCEUS BOOKS, 14 Holgate Road, York, Y02 4AB, ENGLAND. Catalogue in preparation, write for it. Many unusual books in the 93 current as well as other occult supplies.

INNER CIRCLE NEWS, published by the Inner Circle Temple, 4528 W. Charleston, Las Vegas NV 89102. Tabloid, 12 pages: "A Newsletter for Wiccans, Druids, Pagans and New Agers..." Not clear whether the newsletter is free or for a minimum $10 donation. Pagan news of the area and lots of local adds, some good material, light.


Thelema Lodge Events Calendar for July 1992 e.v.

7/1/92Illuminati Tournament 7:30 PM
7/5/92Lodge Council & LOP 3:33 PMThelema Ldg.
7/5/92Gnostic Mass 8 PMThelema Ldg.
7/6/92Thelema Lodge meeting 8 PMThelema Ldg.
7/8/92Basic Astrology with Grace, 8:00PMThelema Ldg.
7/10/92Chakras Discussion with Andrew
(Muladhara) 7:30 PM
Thelema Ldg.
7/11/92Jerry's Logorrhea, call to attendThelema Ldg.
7/12/92Gnostic Mass 8 PMThelema Ldg.
7/15/92Class on the Sephiroth & the Tree
of Life with Bill, 8:00 PM
Thelema Ldg.
7/16/92Book of Thoth Study Circle (7:30PM)Thelema Ldg.
7/18/92Thelema Lodge initiations
Call to attend
Thelema Ldg.
7/18/92Gnostic Mass 8 PMThelema Ldg.
7/22/92Basic Astrology with Grace, 8:00PMThelema Ldg.
7/26/92Leo Birthday Party 4:18 PMThelema Ldg.
7/26/92Gnostic Mass 8 PMThelema Ldg.
7/29/92Chakras Discussion with Andrew
(Svadistthana) 7:30 PM
Thelema Ldg.
7/30/92Book of Thoth Study Circle (7:30PM)Thelema Ldg.

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