Thelema Lodge Calendar for December 1993 e.v.
Thelema Lodge Calendar
for December 1993 e.v.
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Ordo Templi Orientis
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December 1993 e.v. at Thelema Lodge Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Lodge Members and Officers
New Thelema Lodge Facility Now Open in Oakland
Thelema Lodge has established a new home, with a spacious temple, library
facilities, and ample room for rituals, classes, feasts, and initiations. The
lodge is now open at 5977 Keith Avenue, in the Rockridge area of north-east
Oakland, three blocks from the BART station on College Avenue. The phone
number there is (510) 652-3171. We have been occupied with moving in during
the past month, and much remains to be done before we will be fully furnished
and organized. Presently the library is being unpacked and shelved, and the
furniture for the temple refurbished and assembled. An initiation oasis is
being designed, which we hope to have functioning within a few weeks. The
true work of re-establishing the oldest continuously operating O.T.O. lodge in
a new location can only be a communal effort of the membership working
together, and a variety of assistance from members who can volunteer a few
hours' labor at a time will be especially valuable over the next few months.
Work projects, from gardening to data entry to construction and decoration,
can be developed with the lodge officers whenever one has the opportunity of
using the facility. For December we offer an expanded schedule of open
workshops, classes, and feasts, to give all members and friends added
invitation to come explore the new shape of our lodge.
As of the end of November, most Thelema Lodge events are being held at
the new location. Please note, however, that some classes will continue to
meet at Grace's home in Berkeley, and in Marin County at Bill Heidrick's home.
Please call ahead -- or be in touch during the previous week -- when attending
any event at Grace's; her number is (510) 843-7827. First time visitors to
Bill's place should phone ahead for directions at (415) 454-5176; the address
is 5 Suffield Ave. in San Anselmo. The lodge community also supports the
independent work of Sirius Oasis, which offers workshops, initiations, and
occasional masses at its own facilities in Berkeley. To be included there,
contact the Oasis Master at (510) 527-2855. We thank Sirius Oasis especially
for their enthusiastic support and cooperation with Thelema Lodge this past
We will re-institute the regular weekly celebration of the Gnostic Mass
in Horus Temple this month. Our temple is rather bare as yet, so that extra
effort will be demanded from the first mass teams, until the momentum of our
on-going celebration gains strength, and the various tools and ornaments find
The Greater Feast of Baphomet, whose leadership reformed the O.T.O. and
brought it into the new aeon, will be observed at Thelema Lodge with a group
reading from the Holy Books of Thelema, on Thursday evening 2nd December at
7:30. The lodge will have plenty of library copies available for all to
Sol enters Capricornus on Tuesday 21st December at 12:26 PM, and the
lodge will gather for a Winter Solstice pot-luck feast that evening at 7:30 to
revel in the dark corner of the year. As we plan to assemble a complete
festive meal, participants should be in touch beforehand with the lodge to
coordinate cooking plans.
Grace leads a class in "The Astrology of Sagittarius" on Friday evening
3rd December, meeting at her house in Berkeley at 7:30. Designed for
experienced and beginning astrologers alike, this will be an evening of lore,
interpretation, and insight in the meaning of Sagittarius, the philosophical
sign. Please call (510) 843-7828 to attend, and come explore the wagers of
the Archer on his travels with the Sun.
On Wednesday evening 8th December, Sirius Oasis will meet to discuss the
connections between Thelema and witchcraft. We plan to look at some of the
"Witch Songs" of Jack Parsons, and to explore the connection of Gerald Gardner
with the O.T.O. and Crowley. If you have information on the subject, please
bring copies for the group.
A literary seminar at Thelema Lodge is organizing to explore selected
representations of the character and myth of Aleister Crowley in twentieth-
century fiction. Led by Lew and John, the first meeting, on Friday evening
10th December at 7:30, will focus on three works: the classic ghost story
"Casting the Runes" by M. R. James (1911), the 1962 novel The Kindly Ones by
Anthony Powell, and Ian Fleming's first James Bond book, Casino Royale (1953).
A class "Especially for Firsts" meets with Michael Sanborn on Tuesday
evening 14th December at 7:30. Open to initiates of the I° of O.T.O., this
workshop provides an overview of the thelemic magical tradition for the
beginner. Topics will include setting up a magical practice, inevitable
lapses in discipline, and handling too much success.
The Magick in Theory and Practice Series with Bill Heidrick holds its
fourth meeting on Wednesday evening 15th December at 7:30 in San Anselmo.
Bring your study copy of M. T. P. Read chapters VI and VIII in preparation
for the presentation. For information call (415) 454-5176.
Kathy's Burmese Astrology group meets at Grace's in Berkeley on Thursday
evening 16th December at 7:30. Phone ahead to attend, either to Kathy at
(415) 457-8076, or to Grace at (510) 843-7827.
The inaugural meeting of the Grady McMurtry Poetry Society at Thelema
Lodge will be held on Friday evening 17th December at 8:00. This monthly
salon will be devoted to round-robin poetry readings of works either by
ourselves or others. Frater P.I., who will facilitate the series, invites all
to join in the discussion and witty repartee which are certain to be generated
by these verse readings.
Thelema Lodge Video Night will be a monthly offering, beginning on Friday
evening 24th December at 7:30. The presentation will be the comedy classic
"Crosses of Light", plus interviews with the Christ's own official spokesman,
Benjamin Creme. Frater P.I. will be on hand to prevent the spirit of old-aeon
messianism from interfering with our reception of Jolly Saint Nick.
The Gnostic Mass Seminar with Bishop T Dionysus meets early next month,
on Tuesday 4th January at 7:30.
We are anticipating our first O.T.O. initiations in the new lodge
facility late in December, but no date has been set as we go to press.
Members are requested to inquire towards the end of the month in order to
assist and attend at this event, probably during the week preceding the vulgar
The Thelema Lodge Meeting will be held on Monday evening 6th December at
7:30, for the first time at the new lodge facility on Keith Avenue. Plans for
January events, general policies for conducting the business of the lodge in
our new home, and directions for our future work together will be discussed.
The following Lodge Meeting is scheduled quite early in the month, on Monday
evening 3rd January 1994 e.v., so please plan ahead to attend.
Thelema Lodge is more in need of community support than ever before.
Michael Sanborn is offering private computer tuition at the new Lodge. Topics
offered include DOS, Windows, Word Processing, Page Maker, Photo Styler,
PostScript Programming, and more. Lessons are $30 an hour, with all proceeds
going to Thelema Lodge. Call to arrange times. Members are urged to donate
their talents and ideas to the current fund-raising effort. As always, the
principal source of financial support for the lodge is taken in by collection
at our open events, and it is only through the continuing generous support of
all our members that we are able to maintain our facilities.
Thelema Lodge Calendar: Issue #93
Frater Perfidus has calculated that our current issue marks the ninety-
third Thelema Lodge Calendar, numbering from the point when the old monthly
calendar page was expanded into a newsletter, in March 1986 e.v. The Calendar
issues did not at once attain their present size, and were limited to brief
events descriptions until October 1986 e.v., when articles and editorials
began to appear. Only once, in March 1990 e.v., has the Calendar failed to
appear. It has been primarily through the sustained dedication of Br. Bill
Heidrick that our publication has been maintained; each issue is edited,
printed, and mailed from his house in Marin. Members are invited to
participate in the preparation of the Calendar on a monthly basis, and should
co-ordinate their work with Bill or with the Lodge Master.
This essay emerged from a time of chronic Anti-Semitic feeling in the West. Crowley saw in this pervasive oppression an affinity with the troubles to be visited upon Thelemites. He speculated about a union between Thelema and Judaism, as at other times he thought to unite Buddhism, Islam and some forms of Christianity with Thelema. Written long before the horrors of the Holocaust and the subsequent restoration of the State of Israel, this essay may tread too closely on the abyss of pain for modern readers. There is more than one kind of diaspora, as more than one kind of captivity.
First publication: The English Review 35 (London: July 1922), 28-37. Although this is the text as originally published, Crowley's typescript is substantially longer and contains more extensive Thelemic discussion. At a later time we hope to publish the full version, but two pages of the seventeen page TS have not yet been recovered.
The Jewish Problem Re-Stated
by a Gentile [Aleister Crowley]
A distinguished article entitled "The Cry of the Modern Pharisee," by the Rev.
Joel Blau, of Temple Peni-El, New York City, which recently appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, posed the Jewish problem in new dimensions. In America,
where this problem is growing acute, wide interest was aroused. I quote a few
passages which are characteristic.
"It is depressing to see the Jewish problem discussed, even by Jews,
from without and not from within, as if its inner aspect did not matter; at
all events, as if this were something in which the world at large need take
no interest, it being the concern of a few Jewish zealots only. Over
against this mistaken position these very Jewish zealots, who are far from
obsolete, claim that the only way to solve the Jewish problem is from
within. Find the right solution for the internal problem of the Jew, and
the external problem, created by the persistence of anti-Semitism, will
". . . he [the Pharisee] would rather lose the whole world than lose
aught of the riches of his soul.
". . . As for pride, he admits it, yet holds himself guiltless. For
pride is no sin, except when one will not live up to it.
"It [pride] is compounded of a clear knowledge of one's place, a
consciousness of both powers and limitations, and a desire to participate
wholeheartedly in the passionate business of living. This pride is the
child of reverence, the last summing-up of the sanctities of Individuality.
"Its presence is the distinguishing sign of divinely stubborn men,
'terribly meek,' who inherit the earth--and heaven, too.
"Of peoples too, even as of persons, the same holds true; modesty is a
sin in any people. The chief duty that a people owes both itself and the
world is reverence for its own soul, the mystic centre of its being. . . .
"Personality spells the mystery of mysteries--the last word of life for
which all the worlds and all the ages are in ceaseless travail."
"The Jew must be led back to the Discovery of the Jewish Soul."
Despite these utterances, we find elsewhere in the essay that the only
practical solution in view is repatriation. A physical Zion is contemplated,
and this proposal implies the very materialism which the learned Rabbi
deplores as the mark of the modern Sadducee. Now the division between Jew and
Gentile dates only from Abraham. The children of uncircumcision no less than
those of the Covenant are of the seed of Adam, of mankind. It was by means of
the secret tradition of the Hebrews that the leader of the hosts of the new
Law obtained "the knowledge and conversation of his Holy Guardian Angel," whose words constitute the whole Law. This Law is the master-key to the
Future of Mankind, and the learned Rabbi, being a master in Israel, is able to
interpret the Zeitgeist intuitively. Accordingly, he exhibits a profound
comprehension of this Law; indeed, he actually expresses some of its
corollaries in various phrases. What then is the one weakness of his
admirable essay? What is it that compels him to a sceptical conclusion,
despite the sublimity of courage, pride, and sadness which informs his
thought, and the magistral grasp of the situation? These qualities demand
consummate respect; and yet their owner hesitates to articulate an
"Everlasting Yea." The difficulty arises from the interference of the learned
Rabbi's intellectual perception of the conditions of his environment with the
truth of his soul. He must hold fast to this truth if it is to make him free.
The Relative must not be applied as a measure of the Absolute, of which it is
but one of the infinitely numerous symbolic representations. It is, then,
here that the Rev. Joel Blau is tempted to lose touch with the essential
truth. He has still to pass through the ordeal of being attacked by phenomena
which threaten or allure, seeking to turn him from his spiritual integrity.
It is the task of the initiate to learn to ignore these seeming facts, to
recognise that these are vapours of the void. Let me say at once that the
Jewish spirit cannot be destroyed any more than a grain of sand or an ohm of
electrical resistance. The problem is perennial. If every Jew were
instantaneously abolished, the Jewish problem1 would remain unaltered.
The Rev. Joel Blau had himself demonstrated, with admirable clearness,
that the "extraversion" of modern Sadducees has merely defiled their honour,
and that reliance upon outworn formalism has failed to protect the integrity
of the Pharisees.
When Moses gave His new Law, His was the Word which expressed the
spiritual truth fit for that age and that folk. Other Masters have appeared
from time to time with other words. Thus the Buddha, proclaiming the absence
of Atman, emancipated the East from its time-rotted conditions. Mohammed,
with His Word Allah, proclaimed a new aeon in which the diversity of phenomena
should be referred to a single ultimate source.
The solution of the Jewish Question has baffled society completely since
the earliest records. It is quite evident that before the Exodus Pharaoh was
confronted by precisely the same dilemma as the Tsar of yesterday in Russia
and the President of today in America. It is the problem of an endothermic
chemical compound. The instability of chloride of nitrogen does not lead us
to "blame" either the nitrogen or the chlorine; the elements tend to fly apart
with destructive violence because neither of them is satisfying its own true
nature to the full. Each has joined the other without enthusiasm because it
could find no more suitable element union with which would fulfil to the
uttermost its need of a complement. Nitrogen chloride is not formed if the
chlorine passes over moist sodium before reaching the ammonia, or if that
ammonia has been mixed with nitric acid.
Jew and Gentile have been forced into contact under innumerable varieties
of social condition. Friction has been at a minimum when the Jew has been in
contact either with Arabic civilisation or English jurisprudence. These two
environments have a common factor: non-interference. English indifference and
Moslem self-respect are agreed on the ethical principle: "Mind your own
business." This is one of the moral postulates of true Law.
The incompatibility between Jew and Gentile has been based, superficially
indeed, upon prejudice, ignorance, and instinctive antipathy; but this seems
hardly more than a disguise for the real motive, which may more probably be
the fear of alien aggression. The Jews are charged with many crimes, from
ritual murder and usury to lack of patriotism. But all these charges are
merely diverse expressions of the feeling that there is an irreconcilable
antagonism between two spirits whose juxtaposition is an offence to nature.
Is it presumptuous to feel sure that so far one may count upon the assent
of the learned Rabbi to this analysis? No? Then why not be bold enough to
proceed to synthesis? Let us pursue the chemical analogy. In a mixture of sodium chloride and sodium nitrate the atoms of nitrogen and chlorine are
intimately mingled; but there is no tendency to explosion. The reason is that
both elements have already--in the main matter--fulfilled their own natures.
Neither is unsatisfied; neither is under stress.
Is there no hint here to guide us to a practical proposal? It is useless
to tinker with the environment of chloride of nitrogen; the more we meddle
with the explosive, the more likely we are to provoke a crisis. We must
prevent the formation of the substance altogether; and so long as either
element is unsatisfied, so long is there a risk of conditions occurring in
which they will combine disastrously with each other. Just as most human
beings contract unsuitable marriages, or experiment with unconsecrated unions,
rather than suffer the physiological agony of abstention; just as the only
secure social system rests on a basis of sexually satisfied individuals; so
countries inhabited by heterogeneous races invite civil collision if the
inherited instincts of any race are starved or suppressed.
Now it is the historical fact that from the time of Abraham's
discontented departure from his father's pastures, and the dream-drawn journey
of Joseph, to the desperate adventure of Moses in search of a "promised land,"
and the continual craving for a Messiah, the Spirit of the Jew, behind all its
expressions, is stamped with the stigma of soul-starvation. The patriotic
passion of the Chroniclers, the plaintive cries of the Psalmists, the
relentless rage of the Prophets, the acrid agony of Ecclesiastes, each in its
own way expresses the fact that the Jew has always wanted Something
desperately, has never known precisely what it was, has never fooled himself
for very long into fancying that he has found it. When national degradation
and religious mummification had reduced the ragged remnant of repatriated
refugees to despair, Paul proclaimed his Freudian Phantasm as the Messiah.
But in vain did he try to conciliate his people, in vain did he prove that
Christ fulfilled the prophecies, in vain did he seek to reconcile circumcision
and crucifixion. Israel preferred to die in the dark rather than stumble by
the light of corpse-candles into the ditch of self-deception.
The same spirit stamps the Jew to this day. He has endured every
possible persecution; without faith, hope, or love to help him. He has not
found himself in wealth, power, or anything else. Neither Spinoza in
philosophy, Heine in poetry, nor Einstein in science have found any way of
escape from the fiend appointed to scourge Israel. From the most sublime
complaints of the musician to the grossest grumblings of the Schnorrer, the
same phrase recurs: it is the cry from the Abyss, the shriek of the lost soul.
The glories of Solomon did not prevent him from seeing the vanity of all
things; nor would repatriation in Palestine delude one single Jew into
supposing that his soul could be satisfied by so romantically narcotic a
The solution of the Jewish problem is simply this: "Shiloh shall come."
The Messiah must arise, and His name shall be called Anti-Christ. And this
shall be the sign of the Messiah, Anti-Christ, He who shall lead at last His
people Israel into the Holy Mountain, the True Zion: He shall come to
understand the Magical Formula of Israel; He shall interpret the history of
Israel; He shall declare unto Israel the nature of the spirit of the people;
He shall express the true purpose of His people; He shall demonstrate to them
the direction of their destiny; He shall formulate their function in the
physiology of mankind.
It may indeed be that this function is such that even its free
fulfillment would not satisfy it. He, the Messiah, Anti-Christ, shall know,
as others do not, whether it be so. In our own bodies there are principles
which never cease to urge us. The secret of the Soul of Israel may be that it
is a ferment; the history of humanity shows us this spirit constantly
consuming every civilisation with which it has been in contact. Israel has
corrupted the world, whether by conquest, by conversion, or by conspiracy.
The Jew has eaten his way into everything. The caricature of Semitic thought,
Christianity, rotted Roman virtue through introducing the moral subterfuge of vicarious atonement. The Eagles of Caesar degenerated to the draggled
buzzards of Constantine. Soon they were no more than hens, dispersed and
devoured by the fierce hawks of Mohammed and the savage ravens of the North.
Jewish commercial cleverness has created cosmopolitanism. Jewish sympathy
with suffering has made the cliffs of caste to crumble. Jewish ethical
exclusiveness has created a tyranny of conventional formalities to replace the
righteousness of self-respect. The Jew, living so long on sufferance, by
subterfuge, servility, and self-effacement, has taught his tricks to the whole
world. Civilisation is an organised system of craft, concealment, cunning,
camouflage, of cringing cowardice and craven callousness. The world is one
great Ghetto. The Jew has failed to realise himself; and, as the learned
Rabbi so brilliantly breaks out at the end of the third paragraph of his
article, it is in infamy that Gentile and Jew are reconciled at last. Gentile
and Jew bend on the same bench of the galley; the same whip drips with blood
from the bare backs of the two brothers in bondage. We share the same
suffering and shame; we eat the same bitter bread of exile.
Neither of us has known who he is, dared to be himself, or willed to do
his Will. Neither has kept the Silence which alone preserved his soul from
profanation. It was far better when ignorance and prejudice prevailed; we had
at least faith in our own fetiches. It is better to have something that one
is willing to die for, though it be but a lie; to have something to live for,
though it be but a dream. Today, Jew and Gentile alike are pursuing
despicable objects by dishonourable devices; and, having attained them, there
is disillusion, disgust, and despair. We have swept away the superstitions
which sustained our self-respect. We have discovered that the sun is only one
star of many; and, perceiving our infinitesimal importance, we have lost our
own respective stars--our self-esteem.
We have still to complete analysis by synthesis. Instead of interpreting
Democracy as confusion in a common degradation, we must understand that,
although each individual is equally an element of existence with every other,
each is sublimely itself. Mankind is a republic of aristocrats; our equality
is that of the essential organs of the body. The honour of each is to secure
the harmony of all. It is the most fatal error of modern thought to interpret
the dependence of each of us upon the rest as confounding us all in a common
One may appeal to the learned Rabbi then, out of his own mouth, to accept
the Law of Thelema2 as the foundation of the future of Israel. One may ask
him to agree that the salvation of Israel depends upon understanding the
spirit of that people in the light of history, ethnology, and psychology.
Having understood its function, and formulated its will in a fixed phrase, it
is only necessary to keep its unswerving course, each Jew as his own soul
shows him for himself, and for the race, as the soul of the race is shown him,
by the spirit of Anti-Christ, the Messiah, who shall arise in Israel for this
One word in reconciliation of an apparent antinomy. One must not think
of Anti-Christ as opposed to Christ, any more than one thinks of the pleura as
opposed to the lungs which it bounds. Woman is not the opposite of man--the
difference between them is necessary to their co-operation. Without it,
neither could reproduce their common elements in either component. Every star
is necessarily different from every other star. The annihilation of one would
disturb the equilibrium of all, and destroy the universe. The Jewish spirit
is an essential element of humanity. The pitiable tragedies of the past have
been the result of failing to understand, to insist upon, to execute, the
eternal office of each existing individual idea. The arising of Anti-Christ
will make possible the coming of Christ. If Christ came, he was baulked, as
He himself is supposed to have said, because no one was ready to receive Him.
As the first paragraph of "The Cry of the Modern Pharisee" points out,
non-resistance defies power. Mechanics presumes opposition.
Structuralisation depends upon the co-operation of diverse unities, each of
which is stubbornly itself. Evolution is aristocratic. To aim at homogeneity is to revert to nullity. There is then no reason to fear that Anti-Christ, in
establishing Israel, will injure Christianity. He will, on the contrary,
assist the Christian spirit to cleanse itself from the confused acquiescence
in anarchical amiability which it calls "charity," and is really cowardice,
really the slave's shame of his own condition, the sense of guilt which he
soothes by minimising all misdemeanours.
Let Anti-Christ arise, let Him announce to Israel its integrity. Let Him
make clear the past, purged of all tribal jargon; let Him prove plainly how
inevitably event came after event. Let Him gather the past to a point; let
Him assign its proper position to the present by showing its relation with the
axes of Space and Time. Let Him then calculate what forces are focussed at
that point, so that its proper course may be thereby determined. Then let Him
speak the Word of Israel's Will, so that all Israel with united energy,
disciplined and directed, may move as one man irresistibly to fulfil its
Such action will induce a complementary current in every other racial and
religious section of humanity. The Chinaman who has given up politeness,
filial reverence, and philosophy for European ideas; the Russian who has
bartered mystic melancholy for Marxism; the Mohammedan who has been taught to
despise the faith, virtue, virility, and valour of his forebears, and to
appreciate cocktails, cocottes, pork, and profanity; all these are hybrids,
all these are self-mutilated cowards, garbage of self-surrender. They are
monsters bred of the shame of being different to other people. The modern
Italian has discarded the noble and beautiful toga for shoddy city clothes.
The Mongol's sweeping silken robes are gone; dignified in them, he prefers to
look ridiculous in the frock-coat and stove-pipe hat of a Bermondsey bank
clerk. The Hindoo, once clean and comfortable in cotton cloths, sweats and
stinks in starched shirts and shabby suits in the hope of looking like a
Sahib. Mongrels and monsters, all these! Diverse as they are, they are born
of one mother, Conventionality, by one father, Shame.
Let the Jew lead the way! Let the Jew find himself and be sure of
himself; let him assert himself without fear of others, or reference to their
ideals and standards. They will be forced to respect him. In self-defence,
each one will find for himself the formula of his own function. From that
moment the friction between the various parts of the human machine will begin
"The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof." The social and
economical crises of today are not due to over-population, to lack of
supplies, or to inefficiency. They are due to the suppression of
individuality. Instead of each person and each race doing its own will, the
whole of humanity is being thrown into a melting-pot; the only ambition is to
get to the top. The earth affords infinite scope for each soul, as the sky
affords scope for each star. But instead of each soul seeking the
satisfaction proper to itself, it is persuaded by the popular Press, by the
pressure of public opinion, and by the contagious delusion of Democracy, that
nothing is worth having save wealth in its grossest interpretation, "modern
conveniences" in the crudest sense of the term, and social success in its
silliest and shallowest shape. Pleasure itself is prescribed, like the diet
of a diabetic. Respect is inseparable from envy, since the superiority of one
is incompatible with the equivalent superiority of others. Formerly, Virgil
and Horace could admire each other's qualities. Today, they must be measured
by the balances at their banks. There are not enough automobiles and diamonds
to go round, any more than there were in the time of Buddha or Villon. But
the ascetic Prince and the starving scholar could each be unique and supreme
without struggling for shekels.
The Jew has no claim to consideration on account of his success in money-
getting. Every race in the world can produce rivals in that art. The True
Spirit of Israel shines in the splendour of its literature, and in such moral
qualities as that rigorous sense of Reality which made him the torch-bearer of
Science through the Dark Ages, in the persistent patience which preserved his racial peculiarities through proscription and persecution, in the fidelity to
tradition which kept him true to himself until he was assimilated in the
American ant-heap, where no animal can live except the aimlessly active
insects that swarm in its mould.
To recapitulate, Israel has not evolved a true consciousness of racial
destiny through the ages, for "The word of Sin is Restriction," and the sin of
Israel is this, that is has never know itself, or done its will.
Love is the law, love under will.
1. The historical aspect of this doctrine may be elucidated briefly as
follows:--In the dawn
of history we have the Pagan period, when the central
object of worship is Isis
(or similar idea) the Mother. Matriarchy abounds;
the function of Man in
reproduction is not understood. Then comes a period in
which the Father is
the main object of worship. We have Solar-Phallic
religions, in which the Sun,
and Man, must die to live again. Science has now
shown that the Sun, and is
showing that Man, does not "die"; darkness is due
to our being in the shadow
of the earth; death to our being veiled from our
Reality by our gross bodies.
The New Law proclaims the Crowned and Conquering
Child as the central idea
which represents That Which Is.
This subject is discussed at great length in The Equinox, Vol. I., Nos. I.-X., and
Vol. III., No. I., in The Book of Lies, in The Star in the West, by Capt. (now Col.)
J. F. C. Fuller, and
2. This Law may be summarised: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the
The theory underlying this injunction is that "Every man and every woman is a
Each star is equally inviolable, eternal, individual. It has its own
through space. This physical fact has its moral parallel in,
"There is no law
beyond do what thou wilt"; that is to say, every individual
has his own necessary
and proper direction, which is called his "true Will."
Similarly, just as there are certain groups of stars, there are groups of
which, while preserving the individual integrity of each unit,
have a certain common
It is thus legitimate to calculate the destiny of a race, as the astronomer
course of a galaxy.
It is the first business of every individual to discover what his true Will
is, and then
to occupy himself to doing that and nothing else. But he must
also reckon with
the drift of his race and of humanity as a whole.
As soon as this Law is properly understood, its truth becomes self-evident.
To fail to
do one's true will is to stultify oneself, to create a conflict in
oneself, to become
The school of Freud and Jung has rediscovered a part of this thesis by showing
self-suppression leads to neurosis. The task of every man is to express
fully, but he must take into consideration his relationship with the
since it is a part of his true Will to be a member thereof; and any
act of his which
conflicts with the true Will of the community, conflicts to
that extent with his
own true Will.
This Law of Thelema is therefore the complete solution of all ethical
What is required is a technical apparatus for calculating its
in any particular case.
Many persons are already at work to perfect this psychological instrument.
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from the Grady Project:
The Other End of Oblivion
|Plug Castle of the atom wars|
|Is melted at the seam;|
|Compressed into the glass-ridged slag|
|And fused across its beam;|
|Plug Castle of the atom wars|
|Has heard our children scream.|
|Dread castle of the mind's decay|
|Dark crumbling Fort of Night;|
|Abysmal guardian whose dream|
|Afrights the anchorite:|
|The Dove and Serpent intertwined|
|In archetypal flight.|
|Triskelion Goddess, healing flames|
|Sheet-lightning of the soul;|
|Iron Tower of the Guardian Keeps|
|Discharge your fiery poll!|
|The ruined fortress stands agape|
|Around your casement's bole.|
Published in McMurtry: Poems (London & Bergen: O.T.O., 1986 e.v.), and in The Grady Project #3 (March 1988 e.v.).
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Of Myths and Maths
by Frater P.I.
In the final volume of his classic survey of mythology, The Masks of God
(Vol. IV, Creative Mythology), Joseph Campbell writes pointedly, perceptively,
and repeatedly, of "the popular mistake of reading mythology as a reference to
hard historic fact". Though the results of this mistake can be extremely
severe, the fact that this confusion between metaphor and literal truth does
indeed take place is not altogether surprising when we consider that, while
all words by definition must have an explicit meaning, the very method of
metaphor is the use of words in a figurative and implicit rather than literal
way. Since it is not the word that one uses but rather the thought which
another person understands by it which determines the actual meaning of a
communication it is only natural that the understanding of metaphorical
communication would require a certain set of life experiences, just as the
correct apprehension of any literal definition presupposes some knowledge that
is ultimately based upon experience.
Therefore, with metaphors it is not specific vocabulary, but rather the
context, which is all-important. When I tell my beloved that I want to eat
her I am not confessing to a weakness for cannibalism. And if I am speaking
in the context of a mutual romantic attraction then she is quite unlikely to
run away from me in terror (unless she's had remarkably few experiences with
the metaphorical use of language). In a completely different context, we have
the New Testament story of Mary's virginity at the time of Jesus' birth, which
is only the ludicrous lie it appears to be when it is considered as a
narrative of fact, while if, on the other hand, we consider Mary (like Cybele
or Isis) as a type of the "Great Mother Goddess" of nature, and Jesus (like
Attis or Osiris) as a type of the "Dying and Resurrected God" of vegetal and
other life, then the biblical story could become an enlightening, even
liberating, metaphor of the cyclical processes in humanity's physical and
psychological existence (for instance, it is the Holy Spirit which impregnates
Mary and fulfills the function in the creation of the Son of Man that semen
performs in the creation of a man's son, and it is that same Spirit, when we
consciously partake of it, that serves to propagate the rebirth of the Child
The confusion between the metaphorical and the mundane is especially
frequent in the context of religious thought for at least two different
reasons. Firstly, most, if not all, significant religious experiences are
generally described as ineffable, that is, not expressible in words. When
literal description is impossible, and yet one still feels compelled to speak
out about one's moments of revelation, then metaphor is the only possible
vehicle for verbal communication. Perhaps, on occasion, there will be a few
people in some realized one's audience who have had similar (or at least
preparatory) experiences, and will recognize (or at least ponder) what is
being said, but certainly most people, having no first-hand basis for
understanding, will either quickly reject it as utter nonsense or, much worse,
credulously accept the metaphor as a literal truth.
To be continued
|And parted veils|
|Melt the silver|
|Melt the gold ...|
|Let these visions|
|Now be told.|
|Experience this ...|
|three times three|
|Behold the light of mystery|
|-- Firebird |
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Adapted from the unpublished MS Thirty-Two Emanations --- Revised Copyright © by Bill Heidrick.
The Path of Initiation
The Path of Mem
Hod to Geburah
The builder returns to his castle of brass and discovers that he has
neglected to ornament the ceilings. The roots of the castle are strong, but
they are of earth. The roof of the castle is weak unless it mirrors celestial
order. Accordingly, the builder reverses the direction of his thought.
Hunting scenes, battles, pastoral gatherings, cities, and ships ornament the
walls. The upper vaults, high chambers and towers of this citadel must match
the harmony of the spheres, the moral order of things, and those powers that
dwell in lightning and beyond.
Up goes thought along the channel of Mem, a river that flows uphill.
Mine seeks the things of mind and turns away from the body. The body shall
not perish; so long as its needs are met below.
The Path of Lamed
Tipheret to Geburah
A shout disturbs the party. It's time to get down to business. Over the
year many things have happened. Judgments are needed. Justice must be
administrated. Old laws are to be revised and new ones proposed. The affairs
of the community must be examined and the best course planned for the coming
Having found itself and rested, mind must prepare itself for future
growth. Up to now conduct has been learned by trial and error. Ideals have
come haphazardly. It's time to look at purposes and methods; time to set such
things in order. The path of Lamed is discipline.
The Sephira Geburah
Geburah is severity of understanding how.
A soldier sits in judgment. He listens to the reports of spies. He
hears petitions. A man offers advice, and the soldier has him kicked out.
This is not the court of a merciful king. A tyrant sits here. His judgments
are fire from a mind of ice. This tyrant is setting safeguards about an
unprotected city. His will is a whip that makes the dying march until some
are saved. This soldier is not wrong. His hardness is like the heat that
cooks food. It purifies, it improves, and it should disappear when it's done. Geburah is the place of fully developed and moral understanding. Hod is
rational, defensive isolation. Geburah is rational, offensive caution.
The Path of Koph
Netzach to Chesed
Venus reaches down to the hinge of her shell to check her charts. These
are no common maps. They show all the riches of the world. Flights of birds
and migrations of fishes are marked for the changes of the seasons. Currents
in the sea and air are carefully indicated. An ephemeris lists the doings of
the heavens so that Venus may set her course. The turning of every wheel in
heaven or on earth is noted somewhere. By learning the cycles of things
inside and outside, a soul can navigate the path of Koph toward Jovian riches.
The Path of Yod
Tipheret to Chesed
An old man leans on his staff and mutters. His beard is filthy. His
nose runs. He makes no sense. This old man has no manners. Hermits are away
from other people too long. They forget how to behave. Most of the people at
the fair ignore him or give a forced smile and quickly go some where else.
These people are waiting for Mars to hear their petitions and judge their
works. They are polite, even respectful; but they haven't time to listen.
Some people aren't so busy. They are ready to hear the story of this ancient
when he feels willing to speak. Later they learn that the old one is Mars'
father and the master of them all. He leads them to ideas that they never had
before. An open mind grows toward Chesed along the path of Yod. A successful
person knows when to accept a hand.
The Path of Tet
Geburah to Chesed
Richard the Lion Hearted battles to protect the Holy City from heathen
and godless Saracen. He wonders why he has so little success. Troubled, he
prays for guidance and falls asleep. The warrior dreams: A great red lion is
striding across Europe and Asia. Everywhere there are jackals. When the lion
kills, the jackals steal his prey. He roars at them to stop, but they keep
on. The lion grows hungry, then weak. He raises his paw to kill a wild deer;
his last dying effort. Before his eyes, the deer becomes Richard's mother.
She wears the robes of a Saracen princess. Richard wakes up in a cold sweat.
The next day he meets Saladin, learning in the process that Arabs had
civilization and knew the Bible when the French and English were still blue-assed barbarians. Richard and Saladin become friends. Truce comes and goes,
but honor grows.
Mars is often blind to the merits of his fellows until wisdom opens his
eyes. Moral consciousness needs to turn its hard judgments aside before it
exceeds its purpose. Mercy is the wisdom of when to let up.
The Sephira Chesed
Chesed is the mercy of providence.
A calm figure sits in oriental splendor. Upon the figure's brow a bright
star radiates soothing light. This is Mercy who bestows all needful things.
The being is immortal. Death cannot take away what is not held. Those who
attain past severity are among the saints. Chesed is a state of great peace.
The mysteries of the lower worlds rise up to bow before the initiate of the
greater, the path of Koph. Gentle seekers come to the feet of the teacher,
the path of Yod. The master of the worlds below becomes a child to enter the
presence, the path of Tet. Chesed is a giving up of all anxiety and all plans
for changing the world. Such a release grants the power to do anything desired, yet nothing is desired. Only ministering to others holds the sage to
Paroket Zohar, Abadah and Da'at
At times in a black night sky, a great veil descends. Blue, purple and
scarlet lights ripple. Fiery beings walk the sky. This is Aurora, the
curtain about the throne of the Most High. Below is the Earth. Beyond is the
Abode of greatest mystery.
Before the Holy of Holies hangs Paroket. This veil is double, hung in
two rows. The space before the outer is for ordinary worshipers. The Abyss,
Abadah, is between the two rows. Only those possessing Da'at, Knowledge, can
pass Abadah. Without Da'at, Paroket is a double linen curtain; and the room
beyond remains on earth. With fragments of knowledge, dangerous passage can
be made. One did it and died. Another did it and became mad. A third did it
and became an atheist. A fourth passed Abadah with great effort and returned
to enlighten the Chesidim. A fifth comes and goes at will, but the head of
that one is in heaven while the feet are in hell.
Binah, Chokmah, and Keter are beyond the veil. Vision of them is
sometimes granted, but mostly they must be found through lower things.
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For balance: In our November issue, we presented a letter by Karl Germer, Frater Saturnus, which disclosed the troubles of the Order in the beginning of its dormancy. Lest our readers come to believe that Brother Karl was only a negative influence, here is an excerpt from a letter he wrote to Grady McMurtry on April 16th, 1952 e.v. as Grady went off to the Korean war. This is Crowley's view of the nature and purpose of O.T.O. as understood by his immediate successor. Two other sections from the same letter provide perspective and some solace in the face of persecution, all too well known in recent years. Other parts of the letter briefly discuss Crowley's "The Scientific Solution of the Problem of Government," and touch on many matters of lesser weight.
| . . .|
"The O.T.O. has for its object to lift humanity up, and is honest about it.
It refuses to play the racket game as all other Churches do. We refuse to
give Opium to the people to dull their minds and enslave their souls. Every
paragraph of the O.T.O. Constitution can be said to be uncompromising
concerning the genuine goal. The rituals used, as far as I know, are genuine
and will not allow an unworthy man to pay his way into it because he happens
to be rich, and is used to buy what he wants, as the Catholic Church does by
having the strictest possible rule and dogma against divorce, and yet, if
someone is rich enough, gives it to the parties concerned! I cannot conceive
of a case where A. C. broke his spiritual integrity."
. . .
"Do not believe for a moment that I close my eyes to the inevitable war which
will, possibly soon, be thrust upon us, and upon us as the defenders of the
Thelema and The Book of the Law. It will be fought against us with the very
dirtiest and sinister means. Can I change this? Should I pussyfoot to avoid
it? Should I run away from it?
"I know the ordeals will be such that there will be traitors in our camp.
O.K! The silent persecution has begun long ago. They have modern means of
killing, or starving undesired Thought. Still, the magical secret force that
is in the core of 93 will bring it to fruition in its time; no matter what
persecution. (Look at the Mormons!) Besides this thing is in the hand of the
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Here's a response to questions asked of Agape Grand Lodge. Edited for publication.
MK of NY asked about Asana distractions, Pranayama and Ritual:
On Asana: A feeling of weightlessness and disorientation is normal. After
a time of holding the same posture, the nerves of touch quiet down. This has
the effect of loss of a sense of pressure from horizontal surfaces, in effect
"weightlessness". Disorientation commonly accompanies this if the tactile
senses have been excessively used to maintain balance -- for testing that,
close your eyes and walk across a room. If you feel a bit dizzy, you may have
a minor ailment of the inner ear. Otherwise, this too is normal. Ear plugs
are ok, as long as they don't distract more than the noise.
Pranayama may be taken up at any time, sooner the better. It can make the
effect of Asana subjectively more pronounced if taken up before Asana is well
You don't need to cut yourself in the Mass of the Phoenix and Liber Jugorum. Some like to do that; some don't. Some like to do it a LOT! --- not
people I care to have around all that much. One ass did it at a wedding
reception attended by non-Thelemites. The technique is valid, but not
essential. Crowley has his little jokes...
-- TSG (Bill Heidrick)
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Events Calendar for December 1993 e.v.
|12/2/93||Baphomet's Greater Feast 7:30PM|
readings from the Holy Books
|12/3/93||Astrology of Sagittarius with Grace|
in Berkeley, call for location
|12/5/93||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/6/93||Thelema Lodge Meeting 7:30PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/8/93||Sirius Oasis meeting 7:30PM|
call for location.
|12/10/93||Seminar on Crowley in Fiction 7:30PM|
with Lew and John. Horus Temple
|12/12/93||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/14/93||"Especially for Firsts: 7:30PM|
with M.Sanborn. Ist and up only
|12/15/93||Magick in Theory and Practice 7:30PM|
with Bill Heidrick in Marin County
(5 Suffield Ave., San Anselmo)
|12/16/93||Burmese Astrology with Kathy 7:30PM|
at Grace's in Berkeley (call)
|12/17/93||Grady McMurtry Poetry Society 7:30PM|
with Fr. P.I. at Horus Temple
|12/19/93||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/21/93||Winter Solstice pot-luck Feast 7:30P||Thelema Ldg.|
|12/24/93||Video Night "Crosses of Light" 7:30P|
with Fr. P.I.
|12/26/93||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
The viewpoints and opinions expressed herein are the responsibility of the
contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of OTO or its
Note to update: the addresses and phone numbers in these issues of the Thelema Lodge Calendars are obsolete since the closing of the Lodge. They are here for historic purposes only and should not be visited or called.