Thelema Lodge Calendar for February 1989 e.v.

Thelema Lodge Calendar

for February 1989 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.

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Thelema Lodge
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February 1989 e.v. at Thelema Lodge

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

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February '89 e.v. at Thelema Lodge

IT'S A GIRL! On January 20th at 5:45 pm, Austian Randall Chandler entered this world at Thelema Lodge. She weighs 7 pounds, 10 ounces; is 19 inches long; and seems blissfully unaware of the historical event she embodies: the first child born in Horus Temple. Both Laura and Austian are doing well. CONGRATULATIONS!
Gnostic Masses every Sunday at 8 pm. February 19 may be "Heresy Night"- who knows?

All Initiations by prior arrangement - thirty days' notice is required. Minervals February 25th, Firsts and Seconds in March. Call the Lodge for further information.
New Moon Ritual Feb. 6th at 93'o'clock in Horus Temple, but this Full Moon is a mystery....
BRIGID is Saturday the 4th. Dave has information...prospective pallbearers apply to Mark. 655-4942. Also, at midnight the same date - G.B.G. Mass.
The Lodge meets on the 14th at it's usual time, followed by a Presentation from the Erotology Study Group at 9 pm. (R.S.V.P.)
Bill's series on "Magick in Theory and Practice" continues on February 8th and 15th. We will proceed into Chapter XIII and succeeding this time, more on ritual techniques, the Magical Link and onto Magical Oaths. 8 PM.
Three Realms continues at Thelema Lodge with Ebony (and without tobacco!) at 8 pm. Feb 1st: Elementary Magick - Part II "Other Useful Tools". Feb. 22: Planetary Magick - Part I. March 1: Planetary Magick - Part II.
Enochiana on the 28th, 8:30 pm. "The Holy Lamen" - which is related to the Ancient Heptarchy and LOGOAETH, with Dispute about the Tables of SOYGA. Dave intends to either explain or confuse us further on his subject.
"Unfolding Hermetics" continues at Thelema Lodge; Thursday the 23rd at 8 pm.
Tammy's Shoeless Mass Seminar convenes at 7 o'clock on the 7th in Horus Temple. This is for everyone who would like to learn to do the Mass.
The Piscean Birthday Splash coincides with the First Eleusinean DisOrganizational Meeting for RITES 1989 e.v. Bring a Liber VII. The party starts at 7 at the Lodge on the 20th.
(The Aquarian Birthday Bash was the 29th of January in Secret...)
Incidentally, the Year of the Serpent begins on the 6th and Mardi Gras is the next day.

And now....March:

3/1 - "Three Realms" 8 pm
3/2 - Tammy's Shoeless Mass Seminar 7 pm
3/3 - Midnight G.B.G.
3/6 - New Moon Ritual 93 o'clock
3/9 - "Unfolding Hermetics" 8 pm
3/10 - Angelic Non-Class: call Lodge
3/14 - Lodge Meeting 8 pm
3/15&22 - Magick in Theory and Practice class
     The Vernal Equinox is 7:28 am March 20th. Rituals later that evening.


from the Grady Project:

Elusian

The Old Gods die not in their age
Yet curls the clinging vine
Pure Eros spins the subtle cage
The limbs of Kali twine
Brute Thor still plies the firmament
The corn of Attis sways
With jubilance and merriment
The Bacchic revel brays
Grim Pluto stalks the nether spheres
Pan pipes along the rill
Plump Juno scores the spinning years
Sophia lives her will

In bloody sacrifice the ranks
Of human kind are hurled
The Field of Mars by Tiber's banks
Has covered well the world.

-- Grady L. McMurtry
2/2/42 e.v.

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Last month we provided a pronunciation guide to help with Hebrew words frequently used on the Tree of Life and in certain rituals. This time the topic is a bit more arcane, but it is a logical extension of what has gone before. Of all the questions about pronunciation, probably the single most frequent address the Tetragrammaton itself. Unfortunately, there is no clear and simple answer. In what follows, twelve pronunciations of the Tetragrammaton will be discussed. Of these, six will be developed in full and the remaining six are related to those by one simple variation: a silent Heh on the end of the word, or one pronounced --- thus providing twelve pronunciations of Tetragrammaton.
Elohim is also discussed here, and more briefly, Adonai. All the vowel pointings discussed here and those of the other divine names on the Tree of Life can be seen on the illustration following this presentation.

TETRAGRAMMATON, THE LOST WORD
ELOHIM, THE LOST GODS

Adapted from the MS: 32 Emanations and the Tree of Life by Bill Heidrick, 1975 e.v., all rights reserved.

Yahweh Elohim, , is the divine name of Binah, the third Sephira. The first part, Yahweh, is also pronounced "Jehovah" and a number of other ways. This first part is the Tetragrammaton, the Great Name of four letters. Tradition says that this name has a secret pronunciation. The "true" pronunciation of this Shem, or divine name, was lost during the destruction of the Temple of Solomon. There are several less well attested traditions that the pronunciation of Tetragrammaton has been preserved secretly to the present day. There are several standardized pronunciations with many minor variations.
Several ways for pronouncing Yahweh use vowels from Elohim. The other major variations use vowel pointing from Adonai. When the Elohim vowels are used, the result is represented in English by "Yahweh". The Adonai form is often spelled "Jehovah" in English. The Adonai form means, with minor variation in sound, "He Is" or "She Is". The Elohim form can mean: "He is", "She is", "He Creates", or "She Creates". If the vowel point "Seghol" is replaced with the rare vowel point "Qamas Qatan" for the last letter, the pronunciation changes slightly; and the meaning becomes "She Creates". Some sources leave the final Heh silent, while others put a dot called "Mapiq" inside the letter so that it will be pronounced. When a dot appears in the center of other letters, it is called a "Daghesh", and has a different effect. Heh never takes the Daghesh. Mapiq indicates that the Heh is a consonant, otherwise it acts as a vowel carrier. Daghesh either may indicate that a letter is doubled in pronunciation or that it takes aspirate pronunciation. Daghesh only doubles letters following short vowels. In the variations given immediately below, Mapiq has been used. Without Mapiq, the final "H" is silent. Yahweh (Jehovah) is the most frequently used divine name in the Torah.

Yahweh, meaning "He Is" ---
Ye-Veh --- Both e's like in met. V like w in wind.

Yahweh, meaning "She Is" ---
Ye-Voh --- e like in met. o like in born.

Yahweh, meaning "He Creates" ---
Ya-He-Veh --- a like in bard. First e like first e in believe.
Last e like in met.

Yaweh, meaning "She Creates" ---
Ya-He-Voh --- a like in bard. e like first e in Believe.
o like in born.

Elohim, the second part of the Binah divine name, has only one Sephardic pronunciation; but there are unusual complications with the meaning. Most English translations of the Old Testament render "Elohim" as "God". This oversimplifies and hides a strong suggestion of polytheism under bland monotheism. Elohim is a plural form of Eloh. Eloh means "Goddess". The suffix "-im" is the plural ending used for many masculine nouns. If the word Elohim occurred only once in the Bible, this combination of a masculine plural on a feminine singular noun would easily be dismissed as a copier's error. However, Elohim is used to represent the deity in more that 30% of the divine namings in the Bible. Only Yahweh (Jehovah) is used more often. Elohim is also the first divine name used in Genesis (First chapter, first verse, third word in the Hebrew). The obvious conclusion regarding this name is that an unusual meaning is intended.
Orthodox Jewish and Christian argument tries to dismiss the plural meaning of Elohim by saying that a plural can mean "great" and need not mean "more than one". In support of this, the orthodox note that kings, emperors, presidents and popes often refer to themselves as "We" ("We order...", "We believe...", etc.). Authors and teachers occasionally use the plural to represent themselves or their "professional opinion." This argument fails on analysis. The plural applied to one person often means that one person is speaking for his colleagues (a teacher, author, or monarch speaking for other teachers, authors, or monarchs). Another use of the plural for one person is intended to place that person in a tradition or historic line (When a king says "We" he may be saying "I am now speaking as the current monarch of this royal house. The previous and future monarchs of this royal house would say the same thing."). In Roman times, the plural was often used to mean that a famous person shared his fame with his family and that his name would be multiplied through the generations. When a human being is believed to have a familiar spirit, genius or spiritual inspiration, the plural is often applied to the combination. In every case, the use of the plural for one person refers directly or indirectly to some multiple aspect and not to one individual alone. The use of a word meaning "Goddess" as the basis of Elohim greatly complicates any attempt to dismiss the plural ending on this name.
A few Christians have suggested that Elohim represents the divine trinity of "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." "Eloh" represents a feminine Holy Spirit; while the plural masculine ending "-im" represents the Father and the Son. A simpler theory says that the Elohim are angels who perform the work of creation at the direction of Yahweh-Jehovah. The latter view is supported by frequent appearance of Jehovah (or Yahweh) Elohim in the Bible. When these two words are in combination, it is usual to pronounce Yahweh as Jehovah. This adds the vowels of Adonai to a divine name using Elohim. For general use of this pair of divine names, that's good. For use of these two names as a compound name for the Sephira Binah, it is better to use the vowels of Elohim for the Tetragrammaton. The pronunciation then follows the Yahweh Elohim style and allows for a meaning, "He (or She) creates gods and goddesses."

Elohim --- Elo-Him --- E as in met but shorter. o as in bore.
                                       i as in police. Last syllable louder.

If Jehovah is pronounced with the Adonai vowels so that the meaning is "He Is", this is the method:

Ye-Ho-Vah --- e like first in believe. o like in bore.
                         v like English w. a like in father. Accent last.

To provide a meaning "She Is", nearly the same vowel points are used; but the last one, Qamas Gadol, is replaced by Qamas Qatan. The resulting change in sound is hardly detectable in Ashkenazic pronunciation, but there is a distinct change in Sephardic:

Ye-Ho-Voh --- e like first in believe. First o like in bore.
                         v like English w. Last o like in born. Accent last.

The strong link between "Jehovah" and "Adonai" goes beyond sharing vowel points. The Orthodox Jews usually say "Adonai" in place of "Jehovah" when reading the Tetragrammaton aloud. English translations often render Jehovah as "Lord", the proper translation of Adonai. This practice is explained as a showing of respect. Various other words are occasionally substituted: Dodi, Dalet-Vau-Dalet-Yod, "Loving One", replaces Jehovah in some books. This euphemism has an appearance evocative of the four letters of the proper word. A rare substitution for Jehovah is Jehovat, Yod-Hay-Vau-Taw. Ha-Shem, Hay Shin-Memfinal, "The Name", is often used. This tendency to euphemise names for the divinity has passed into English. Many Jewish writers spell "God" as "G-d".

-- TSG (Bill Heidrick)

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Center for Enochian Studies, Volume I, Appendix i.

Preface

This month the Center For Enochian Studies begins a series of extracts from Doctor John Dee's Libri Qvinti Appendice. These articles cover matters discussed and cited in Liber Mysteriorvm Primvs; particularly those that bear directly on the construction and use of the magikal paraphernalia described therein.

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1583. Aprilis 28. Sunday after Dinner about 4 of the Clock1.

Dee - As I and Edward Kelly2 had diverse talks and discourses of
Transposition of Letters3; and I had declared him my rule for to
know certainly how many ways, any number of Letters (propounded)
might be transposed or altered in place or order. Behold suddenly
appeared the spiritual Creature IL4, and said:

Il: Here is a goodly disputation of transposition of Letters.
Choose whether you will dispute with me of Transposition or I
shall learn you.

Dee: I had rather learn than dispute. And first I think that
those letters of our Adamical Alphabet have a due peculiar
unchangeable proportion of their forms and likewise that their
order is also Mystical5.

Il: These letters represent the Creation of Man6: and therefore
i.        they must be in proportion. They represent the workmanship
wherewithal the Soul of man was made like unto his Creator7.
          But I understand you shall have a painter shortly.

Dee: I pray you. What painter might best serve for the purpose?
Can Master Lyne serve the turn well?

Il: Dost thou think that God can be glorified in Hell, or can
Devils dishonor him? Can Wickedness of a painter deface the
Mysteries of God?
         The truth is I am come to advertise you, lest with a small
Error, you be led far aside.
ii.                Let me see the form of your Table.
Dee - I shewed him the Characters and Words which were to be
painted round about in the border of the Table.

Il: How do you like those Letters?

Dee: I know not well what I may say. For perhaps that which I
should like were not to be liked, and contrarywise, what I should
think well of, might be nothing worth.

Il: Thou sayest well.
         Behold, great is the favor and mercy of God towards those,
whom he favoreth. All things are perfect but only that. Neither
was that shewed or delivered by any good and perfect Messenger from
iii.     God. A wicked power did intrude himself, not only into your
Society, but also into the Workmanship of God's mysteries8.
         Satan9 dare presume to speak of the Almighty. These
characters are devilish: and a secret bond of the Devil.
         But, this saith the Lord, I will raise them up, whom he hath
overthrown: and blot out his footsteps, where they resist my
glory. Neither will I suffer the faithful to be led utterly awry:
nor finally permit darkness to enhem them forever. He saith,
iv.      I AM, and they* are most Untrue. But behold, I have brought thee
the truth; that the Prince of reason, God of understanding, may be
apparent in every part of his Celestial monstration10.
                 Therefore as thou saidst unto me once,
                     So say I now to thee; Serve god.
v.                          Make a square*, of 6 inches every way.
         The border thereof let it be (here) but half an Inch: but on
vi.      the Table itself, let it be an Inch broad.

Vide post foliam, et etiam in tabula Cordis carnis et cutis nam in
lineo defiendentibus ibidem habet hanc Tabulam hic incipiendo sed
in primo omittendo L et acccipiendo O11.

See page following, and likewise in the tablet of the Heart, flesh
and skin, for in the defended line itself that table has as its
beginning the omission of L in the first place and acceptance of
O12.



In Fronte Tabulae13
Before the Table

A Sinistris
On the Left hand

Juxta Pectus
At the Breast

A Dextris
On the Right hand

         Every one of those sides must have 21 Characters14. But,
First, at every Corner make a great B15.
         Prayer is the key all good things:

Dee - After our prayers made, Edward Kelly had sight (in the
Stone)16 of innumerable Letters: and after a little while, they
were brought into a lesser square fewer Letters.
         First appeared in the border opposite to our standing places;
(which I used to call (in Fronte Tabulae) these Letters17
following, beginning at the right hand, and proceeding toward the
left.



Il: What have you in the middle of your Table?

Dee: Nothing.

iix.     Il: Sigillvm AEmeth is to be set there19: The rest after

Supper.

Dee. Soli Deo Omnipotenti sit laus perennis.
                         Amen.
To God, Who is Alone Almighty, is praise made forever.
                         Amen.
                         .oOo.

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John Dee his marginal notation.
i.    The Mystical Alphabet20.
ii.   The Table of Practice21.
iii.  Illuding Spirits thrusting in themselves22.
iv.   * I understand that the Characters are most untrue.
v.    Dee* The Inner square of 6 inches.
vi.   Dee Make thy perfect square, of 12 places.
vii.  - with a prick23
iix.  Sigillum AEmeth24.

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                 Enochian L Enochian H Enochian J Enochian M Enochian E Enochian A Enochian F Enochian D Enochian G Enochian C Enochian B

                   Enochian T Enochian S Enochian U Enochian Z Enochian R Enochian O Enochian X Enochian N Enochian Q Enochian P

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1.       MDLXXXIII anno domini Sunday April 28th 4 o'clock (notat.

o'clock is a contraction for the arch. 'of the clock').
   This action occurs in the year following the concluding
article of Liber Mysteriorvm Primvs, some material therefore
makes reference to intermediate events; as the specifics of these
matters will be taken up in the due course of our chronological
presentation, some issues will not be dealt with in complete
detail. We have inspite of this shortcoming attempted to give
fairly full citation, both to printed works and related MS.
entries, where questions of major difficulty arise.
2.       Referred to previously as Edward Talbot: Kelly was an Alchemist
of some note; the interested reader is referred to The Alchemical
Writings of Edward Kelly, edt. A. E. Waite facs. (NY: Samuel
Weiser, 1970)
3.       It is over this argument even now that disputes of some
importance exist. And it is to resolving these questions that
this exposition of these appendices is directed. It is
perversely reassuring that, contemporary to the primary source
material, these disputes were far from clear.
4.  Company of The Filivs Filiorvm Lvcis (The Sons of the Sons of
Light) whose name is drawn from the lower left hand corner of the
2nd 49 fold table there given as '21/8.', this table also
referred to as containing 'The Seven Names of God That not even
the Angels Know' is used in the composition of the Sigillvm Dei
AEmeth, wherein the name is also drawn out, being located on the
upper and innermost heptagon as a ligatured EL. According to
Laycock 'il' means thee, or thou (2nd person singular of the
personal pronoun) in the Angelic tongue. The Complete Enochian
Dictionary, Donald C. Laycock (London: Askin, 1978)
5.       Reading from right to left, this order is as given following the
text above(cf. note 20.)
6.       Genesis II:7
7.       Gen. I:26,27
8.       Vide Thelema Lodge (Berkeley CA: O.T.O., July, Aug. & Sept.
1988e.v.) for the perpetration of the object of Il's complaint.
9.       Dee gives 'Sathan'.
10.     'Coelestial monstration' (from Latin coeli/ monstro, -are) lit.
heavenly showing; comprehending the conceptualizations of
Astronomy, Astrology, Cosmology, Theology etc. Dee's own complex
views on the topics may be see in his Propaedeumata Aphoristica
(London: 1558) available in translation by W. Schumaker Ph.D.
(Berkeley CA: Univ. of Calif. Press)
11.     This reference is to the proper plan for the Lamen, soon to be
discussed of the angels, wherein are the letters the same but the
arrangement different from those given here for the Holy Table.
12.     The illustration given here for the correct arrangement of the
characters on the Tabvla Sancta is the crux of modern disputes,
concerning the proper execution of this particular piece of
furniture. The argument first put forward by R. Turner in his
edition of The Heparchia Mystica is, that the arrangement of the
given by Dr. Casaubon in his True & Faithful Relation is
apparently in incorrect, as it seems to erroneously reverse the
arrangement given here. The interested reader is advised to
compare both these sources in this rather complex controversy;
having extensively examined the question, including what I
believe is all of the pertinent MS., I am of the opinion that the
original correctness of Meric Casaubon's can be proven to
reasonable level of precision and accuracy. The demonstration
of this proof requires the completion of this series of appended
texts to syllogize its evidence, therefore will this resolution
be given in due course of time.
13.     Cognate with English 'In Front of', generally used Eccl. Lat. to
indicate 'before the altar'.
    cf. Thelema Lodge op.cit. Aug.88 note 15.
14.     The same as the number of characters in the 'Adamical Alphabet'
referred to herein.
15.     This B is the key to the tables use in deriving the rulership
for the Mystical Heptarchy, and The Forty-nine Good Angels.
   Cf. G.James and R.Turner.
16.     A good photograph can be seen on pg.103 F. King, Witchcraft And
Demonology (NY: Exeter Books, 1987)
17.     In the tabulation following this note we have added, the
appropriate characters from the variously called Angelic
Alphabet. The studious will note that these do not agree
completely with those traditionally assigned by the Golden Dawn,
and related systems.
18.     This was originally given as tal and a marginal correction given
as 'med' forte. We have adopted Ashmoles inclusion of the
correction from SL.MS.3788 within the text, for purposes of
clarity.
19.     Op.cit. Thelema Lodge (Aug. 1988)
20.     a = Enochian A  b = Enochian B  c,k = Enochian C  d = Enochian D  e = Enochian E  f = Enochian F  g = Enochian G  h = Enochian H  i,j,y = Enochian J  l = Enochian L
m = Enochian M  n = Enochian N  o = Enochian O  p = Enochian P  q = Enochian Q  r = Enochian R  s = Enochian S  t = Enochian T  u,v = Enochian U  x = Enochian X  z = Enochian Z
21.     Op.cit. note 13.
22.     Op.cit. notes 8.
23.     Apparently taken as a final, and thus rendered by Dee as a 'y'.
24.     The Sigillum Dei AEmeth is a complex planetary talisman,
encompassing a wide spectrum of magikal formulae. It has touched
on with limited depth and varied accuracy in the majority of
books related to Dee and Kelly's magikal systems. The details of
its operation are given in Dee's Liber Mysteriorvm Secvndvs
(SL.MSS. 3188, 3677) which will be given at the conclusion of
this series of appendices to The First Book Of Mystical
Exercises.
    An excellent photograph of the Sigillum may be seen, op.cit
F.King, Witchcraft & Demonology, pg.102.

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Bibliographic note to
The Divine Names and
the Tree of Life.

The divine names of the Sephiroth were collected and published by "Christian Qabalists" during the European Renaissance. Such sources include: De Arte Cabalistica by Johannes Reuchlin, 1517 e.v.
De Occulta Philosophica by Cornelius Agrappa, 1533 e.v.
Calendarium Naturale Magicum ... by Tyco Brahe, 1582 e.v.
Oedipus Aegyptiacus by Athanssi Kircher, 1653 e.v.
Those "Christian Qabalists" in their turn obtained the names from writings of the Jewish "Practical Qabalists", the Balim Shem, "Masters of the Name".

-- TSG (Bill Heidrick)


Events Calendar for February 1989 e.v.

2/1/89"The Three Realms" with Ebony 8 PMThelema Ldg
2/4/89Bridid and Mass and Midnight CallThelema Ldg.
2/5/89Gnostic Mass at 8 PMThelema Ldg.
2/6/89New Moon ritual 9:30 PM
(& Chinese New Year of the Serpent)
Thelema Ldg.
2/7/89Mass Seminar with Tammy 7 PMThelema Ldg.
2/8/89Class on Crowley's "Magick in Theory
and Practice" with Bill, 8 PM.
Thelema Ldg.
2/12/89Gnostic Mass at 8 PMThelema Ldg.
2/14/89Thelema Lodge meeting 8 PMThelema Ldg.
2/14/89Erotology Presentation 9 PM Inv.onlyThelema Ldg.
2/15/89Class on Crowley's "Magick in Theory
and Practice" with Bill, 8 PM.
Thelema Ldg.
2/19/89Gnostic Mass at 8 PMThelema Ldg.
2/20/89Pisces Birthday party 7 PMThelema Ldg.
2/20/891st Eleusian Organization meeting
After the party
Thelema Ldg.
2/22/89"The Three Realms" with Ebony 8 PMThelema Ldg.
2/23/89Unfolding Hermetics 8 PM at Horus TmpMerkabah Hse
2/25/89Minerval InitiationsThelema Ldg.
2/26/89Gnostic Mass at 8 PMThelema Ldg.
2/27/892nd Eleusian Org. Meet 8 PM
(bring Liber 7)
Thelema Ldg.
2/28/89Enochiana: The Holy Lamen Logreth &
Soyga 8:30 PM with Dave
Thelema Ldg.

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