Thelema Lodge Calendar for May 1989 e.v.
Thelema Lodge Calendar
for May 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.Copyright © O.T.O. and the Individual Authors, 1989 e.v.
Ordo Templi Orientis
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
May 1989 e.v. at Thelema Lodge Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Lodge Members and Officers
"A Feast for Life..."
The population of young Thelemites is exploding hereabouts....on April
11th 1989, Anton Szandor Cheshire entered this world at 3:23 pm. He was born
at home, weighing 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 20 1/2 inches long, to Marlene and Clifton
May 1989 e.v. at Thelema Lodge
Our usual Sunday Masses have been drawing a fair amount of controversy of
late - though very little of same has been directed towards the Clergy...I'd
like to hear what the People have to say about our various interpretations -
send a POSTCARD to Bishop T. Theadora, 588 63rd Street, Oakland, CA 94609..
...Meanwhile, with Daylight Savings upon us, Masses will start just after
Sunset again - be here by 8 pm, you won't be late. May 28th will definitely be
heretical but someone else might change their minds...Tammy's Invitational
Mass Seminar is May 5th in Horus Temple, and an EGC Synod convenes on May 20th
at Merkabah - call Mordecai for info (415) 647-8147.
Initiations are by prior arrangement. Minervals after Midnight May 12th -
call the Lodge. Initiations Practice at 7 pm on the 24th and 31st in Horus
Temple; and don't forget Lola's Minerval Degree Seminar - May 3rd and June
7th; 8 pm at the Lodge... do you know your psuedo-Masonic handjive?
Our monthly Lodgemeeting will start at 8 pm on the 9th. (the Calendar
Girl apologises for arriving at the last meeting two hours late...) Come find
out about Kirby Cove for the Summer Solstice.
Beltane will be at Tunitas Creek May 6th - maps available at the Lodge;
this is the place we had the HUGE bonfire two years back. We'll be there most
of the day and well into the night...(415)655-4942 for more information.
Full Moon Ritual at Merkabah House at midnight the 19th/20th. Bring
something for a Feast.
Abrahadabra Oasis is sponsoring Hatha Yoga I in Horus Temple with Luscha;
wear comfy clothing and prepare to Bend...May 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd at 8 pm.
A Tarot series, projected to have ten meetings, starts on the 10th of May
and continues on the 17th. Bill Heidrick is the presenter, and the series
will use slides, complementary printed materials and demonstrations. The
meeting on the 10th will be an introduction to the nature, background, history
and theory of Tarot. On the 17th the focus will be on the Major Trumps,
Mythology and Qabalah. 8 pm.
Dave's Enochiana continues with "The Operation of the Sigillum Dei
Aemeth" May 30th at 8:30 pm.
Unfolding Hermetics at Merkabah: 8 pm the 11th and 25th.
The Eleusinian Repertory Mob will gather again on the 29th at 8 pm or
thereabouts(415) 655-4942...and Ritual 28 will practice and perform on the
The Gemini Birthday Bash will be at 4:18 on the 28th...could someone
bring me a picture of our President (who both is and married a Gemini)?
(No, the June calendar is not set in stone...these I just know about
NOW... I will take scheduling for events far in advance, if you'll put up with
the projections...Thanx! -C-)
|Friday, June 2nd||Tammy's Mass Seminar|
|Sunday, June 4th||Gnostic Mass 8 pm|
|Monday, June 5th||Hypatia Camp Meets 7 pm 537-3212|
|Hatha Yoga 8 pm|
|Wednesday, June 7th||Lola's Minerval Seminar 8 pm|
|Thursday, June 8th||Unfolding Hermetics 8 pm 549-0952|
|Sunday, June 11th||Gnostic Mass 8 pm|
|Monday, June 12th||Hatha Yoga I 8 pm|
|Tuesday, June 13th||Lodgemeeting 8 pm|
|Wednesday, June 14th||Tarot with Bill, 8 pm --- The Minor Trumps.|
|Thursday, June 15th||Lodge Of Perfection Meets|
|Sunday, June 18th||Gnostic Mass 8 pm|
|Full Moon Ritual Midnight 549-0952|
|Monday, June 19th||Hatha Yoga I 8 pm|
|Wednesday, June 21st||SUMMER SOLSTICE AT KIRBY COVE 655-4942|
|Thursday, June 22nd||Unfolding Hermetics 8 pm|
|Friday, June 23rd||secret meeting...|
|Sunday, June 25th||Cancerian Birthday Splash 4:18 pm|
|Gnostic Mass 8 pm|
|Monday, June 26th||Eleusinian Repertory Mob Meet 8 pm|
|Tuesday, June 27th||Dave's Enochiana 8:30 pm|
|Wednesday, June 28th||Initiations Practice 7 pm|
from the Grady Project:
|He - rebel - you|
|There in the darkness|
|What have you seen? What weird|
|Infernal gorgon nychtolopic holds|
|Your trance-like gaze in awestruck wonder set?|
|What lich - or visions larvae lethal have you found|
|That snares your thoughts in mesh-like plexus bound?|
|Oh fool - thou|
|There upon the precipice you stand|
|Slobbering and gibbering at the moon - know this truth|
|There is a universe - and there is a not universe|
|A seen - and an unseen|
|A Thing - and a no Thing|
|A Being - and that which is beyond Being|
|A Chaos - and a Cosmos|
|A That-Which-Is - and a That-Which-Is-Not|
|I am not.|
|Grady L. McMurtry|
(first published in "The Grady Project" #1)
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Thelema About Town
If I could characterize trends in the way Thelema is disseminated (or is
that de-semen-ated?) into the culture at large, I would probably distinguish between two major avenues. One has emphasized exploration into the hidden,
dark realms of the unconscious. The other has focused on the healing possible
through the assimilation of psychological archetypes.
The first appoach has often found its expression in rock music. Crowley
somewhere pointed out that Dionysus, Aphrodite, and Apollo translate with
little difficulty into Wine, Women, and Song. It was Frater P.V.N., I
believe, in a particularly lucid moment, who further updated the translation
to Drugs, Sex, and Rock and Roll.
Certainly, Psychic TV and the Temple ov Psychic Youth recently have had
much to say of interest to Thelemites. I always like to know what they're up
But someone just called me about a new Thelemic band called Black Sun
Ensemble, who have an album available only at Reckless Records in the City.
This is said to include a song of excerpts from AL Chapter I. Anybody heard
them yet? Could be interesting.
Not necessarily Rock and Roll, but at least strange, recordings can be
found at the Ashby Flea Market, if you dig around a bit. Ray always keeps a
selection of tapes, books, and zines on Crowley and, uh, related materials.
Definitely worth checking out. He was also telling me that there's going to
be an open mike at an Artists' Network gathering on Sunday, May 28. He expects
the atmosphere to be "magical". Call 415/451-5818, but be sure to ask for Ray,
because no one else will know anything about it.
In contrast to all this Crazed Reckless Youth, I've been encountering a
more reserved outgrowth of the Current on a number of occasions. A lecture on
"The Tarot and Transformation" asked that participants bring along their Thoth
decks, but as it will have long passed by the time you are reading this, I
shan't tell you about it.
I will tell you about The Tarot Handbook (Arcus Publications) by
Angeles Arrien. She has presented a guide to the Thoth deck based on the
thesis that the deck owes its brilliance to the genius of Lady Harris and not
that of Crowley.
"I read Crowley's book that went with the deck and decided that its
esotericism hindered, rather than enhanced, the use of the visual portraitures
that Lady Freida Harris had executed...It is Crowley's interpretation of these
symbols, regardless of his reputation, with which I have issue; and it was
this issue which led me to interpret these symbols from a cross-cultural and
universal view, honoring their visual execution."
An original point-of-view, to say the least. Horus moves in mysterious
The San Francisco Institute of Magical and Healing Arts (SIMHA) last year
offered an extensive (although not inexpensive) course on the Book of the Law.
They also offer course work in astrology, tarot, kabbalah, and all sorts of
magick. But when I checked their Spring curriculum, the Liber AL class had
been cut! Due to pestilence, I presume. Contact them at 415/821-7145.
That's what I've been running across, anyway. Am I leaving whole areas
of consideration? Let me know at 415/549-0952. Of course, if you do let me
know, I'll tell everybody.
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From the Outbasket
Q. What can you tell me about the History of the O.T.O.?
A. Here's a condensed account of O.T.O. History, with many previously
unpublished details. This is a bit dry in places, owing to it's origin. I
have abstracted a written statement I made under oath in a recent court action
brought by O.T.O. Matters only relevant to the case have been excluded, and
names of some living O.T.O. members have been adjusted for privacy. A bit has been added which was not pertinent to the court action to bring the history up
to date and to enlarge on a point or two.
This will run in at least two parts, possibly three --- moral, don't miss
an issue of the Thelema Lodge Calendar. It instructs and cures insomnia!
Ordo Templi Orientis
by Bill Heidrick; TG, GTG of OTO
a Brief Historical review.
Ordo Templi Orientis was founded before 1902 e.v. by Karl Kellner and
Theodore Reuss (also known as Merlin) in Germany, with a principal mailing
address in Lugano, Switzerland by 1917 e.v. The immediate precursor
organization was the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light, a mystical society founded
in the mid 19th century, with branches in Europe and North America. Prior to
the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light, O.T.O. "traditional" history includes the
Weishaupt Illuminati of the late 18th century and the Crusading Order of
Knights Templar of the 11th century as precursors. It must be pointed out
that many other organizations also claim derivation from the Illuminati and
11th century Templars, without actual evidence. "Traditional" history is a
euphemism for "mythology" in Masonic and mystical organizations; and, as such,
"traditional" history expresses precursor relationships which are incapable of
documentation and may be inaccurate. It is documented that O.T.O. sprang from
the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light as the creation of Karl Kellner, a member of
that fraternity. The Hermetic Brotherhood of Light continued independently of
O.T.O., in its own right, and was still in existence in Oakland, California as
late as 1970 e.v.
In the first two decades of operation, Ordo Templi Orientis absorbed
elements of other fraternal and occult societies into its teachings and
structure. Some of these absorbed societies actually granted limited or full
authority of operation to O.T.O., while others were either represented by an
overlapping membership with O.T.O. or a "right to study" the educational
secrets of the absorbed societies. In 1912, a list of such absorbed societies
or bodies was published, including: The Gnostic Catholic Church, The Order of
the Knights of the Holy Ghost, The Order of the Illuminati, The Order of the
Temple, The Order of the Knights of St. John, The Order of the Knights of
Malta, The Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, The Hidden Church of
the Holy Grail, The Hermetic Brotherhood of Light, The Holy Order of Rose
Croix of Heredom, The Order of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch, The Antient and
Primitive Rite of Masonry, The Rite of Memphis, The Rite of Mizraim, The
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Masonry, The Swedenborgian Rite of
Masonry, The Order of Martinists and the Order of the Sat Bhai. This list was
not considered complete, but included most of those Masonic and knightly
organizations that O.T.O. officers considered particularly important in the
makeup of O.T.O.
Ordo Templi Orientis under Theodor Reuss, Outer Head of the Order (O.H.O.),
was predominantly a Masonic organization, claiming ties with the Scottish Rite
as its primary Masonic credential. This claim was disputed by some Scottish
Rite Masonic bodies, and was abandoned by O.T.O. prior to 1922 e.v. The
Masonic nature of O.T.O. down to the early 1920s e.v. was such that
initiations to degrees in Scottish Rite Masonry were held to be equivalent to
O.T.O. initiations. Scottish Rite and other Masons were granted membership in
O.T.O. degrees by direct recognition of Masonic degrees already held. For
such Masons to enter O.T.O. at a corresponding degree, it was only necessary
for the O.T.O. Grand Lodge officers to issue a certificate of membership in
O.T.O. at the degree in question and to record the new membership in the
Golden Book. For non-Masons, a series of initiations into O.T.O. was
required. These latter initiations were represented by O.T.O. to confer
Scottish Rite degrees. In the early 1920s e.v., this practice effectively
ended; and uniquely O.T.O. initiations were propagated within those portions
of O.T.O. under the direction of Aleister Crowley. At that time the rituals
of O.T.O. were rewritten by Aleister Crowley to prevent further difficulties
through the rituals being too close to those of Craft and the Scottish Rite
Throughout the Reuss years (1902 e.v. to 1921 e.v.), membership in O.T.O.
was a matter of record. Annual dues billings were sent out to members within
the National branches of O.T.O. The method of record was derived from Masonic
procedures. A "Golden Book" was used to record the name, address and
initiations of each member. The Golden Book was also used to record
directives, constitutional amendments and procedures. The Reuss period Golden
Book was sold by Reuss' widow, and not passed down to the next Head of the
O.T.O. The practice used by Reuss from 1902 e.v. to 1921 e.v. in spreading
the O.T.O. internationally was through appointment and chartering of National
Heads. These individual O.T.O. members were accorded the rank of Xth Degree
(except when representing a National Head in a developing area. In that
instance the Degree of IXth Degree Viceroy was sometimes given). The
Chartered Xth Degree National Heads were expected to conduct the business of
the O.T.O. largely without intrusive supervision by the international body.
Such National Heads were required to adhere to the 1906 e.v. and 1917 e.v.
revised O.T.O. constitution and to maintain good records of the membership in
their respective countries. National Golden Books were maintained. Dr.
Gerard Encaasse (also known as Papus) was the Head for France. Encaasse's
portion of O.T.O. became ultimately known as "The Franco-Haitian O.T.O.". Dr.
Krumm Heller (known as Huiracocha) was Head of O.T.O. for Latin America, and
his provincial portion of O.T.O. became known as Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua,
O.T.O.A. for short. Charles Stansfeld Jones (known as Achad) was head of
O.T.O. in Canada, and attached his province to that of Aleister Crowley.
Aleister Crowley (also known as Baphomet) had charge of O.T.O. in the British
Isles, the United States and Canada (with the cooperation of Jones). Crowley
used the name "Mysteria Mystica Maxima" to describe the lower Degrees of his
O.T.O. province, but used "Ordo Templi Orientis" as the over-all name. There
were other Reuss era O.T.O. provinces in several European countries and in
Brazil. Crowley chartered O.T.O. provinces in South Africa and in Australia.
Without exception, all such national forms of O.T.O. were chartered,
documented and recorded by the issuing O.T.O. authority. Secondary chartering
was also documented, e.g. AMORC, the San Jose, California based Rosicrucian
organization, had a 1921 e.v. "Gage of Amity" document from O.T.O. to their
founder, H.S.Lewis, a VIIth Degree O.T.O. member.
Theodor Reuss became ill and resigned as Head of the O.T.O. in 1921 e.v.,
dying in the next year. Aleister Crowley was the designated successor to the
Headship of the international O.T.O., and he was ultimately confirmed in that
status by Xth Degree National Heads. Crowley served as the Outer Head of the
Order from 1922 e.v. until his death in December of 1947 e.v.. Some National
O.T.O. provinces were not initially willing to accept Aleister Crowley as
O.H.O. of O.T.O., owing to his insistence on the alignment of the predominant
religious expression of O.T.O. to Thelema, a religion based on Crowley's
revelation of "The Book of the Law" in 1904 e.v., in Egypt. This work is also
called "Liber AL vel Legis", and forms the primary religious focus of O.T.O.
today. A portion of the German O.T.O. resigned en masse and reconstituted
itself as an entirely separate organization called Fraternitas Saturni.
Fraternitas Saturni continues to the present day, in Germany, and does not
represent itself as being O.T.O.
Aleister Crowley continued the practices of Theodor Reuss, recording
membership via the Golden Book and issuing charters. Agape Lodge #1 had been
established in 1912 e.v. in Canada, and was under Jones, under Crowley. In
the 1930s e.v., Wilfred Smith (also known as Ramaka) came down from Vancouver,
B.C., Canada, on instructions from Crowley to establish Agape Lodge #2 in
Southern California. Agape Lodge #2 held its first meeting in 1935 e.v., in
the vicinity of Pasadena, California. World War II broke out, and
international communications became increasingly disrupted. Civilian travel
was limited; and Crowley became very dependent on foreign representatives,
being unable to travel himself. Karl Germer (also known as Saturnus),
Crowley's German representative, was arrested by the German Geheime
Staatspolizei (GESTAPO) and confined in a Nazi concentration camp for "Seeking students for the foreign resident, high grade Freemason, Crowley". Germer's
warrant of arrest survives to this day, and he was released early in the War
through the efforts of the American Counsel. Germer traveled ultimately to
the United States, where, as Grand Treasurer General and Crowley's second in
command, he conducted much of the business of the O.T.O. The other European
branches of O.T.O. were destroyed or driven underground during the War. The
South American branches maintained a light contact with Germer until the early
By the end of the IInd World War, only Agape Lodge in Pasadena, California
was still functioning. There were isolated O.T.O. initiates in several parts
of the World; and, in England, Crowley received visits from O.T.O. members.
No Lodge work was conducted in England at that time, and initiations were very
rare outside of California. The South American O.T.O.A. held no initiations;
and sent a candidate, Dr. Montenegro, up to California for initiation.
During the IInd World War, two Californian O.T.O. members traveled to
Europe on military assignments, Grady Louis McMurtry (also known as Hymenaeus
Alpha) and Frederic Mellinger. McMurtry went earlier and visited Aleister
Crowley on several occasions while on leave. At that time, Crowley made
McMurtry a IXth Degree O.T.O. member, duly documented, and ultimately made
McMurtry the chief O.T.O. officer in charge of O.T.O. work in California and
the United States, under Karl Germer. Crowley also notified McMurtry that
Germer was to be Crowley's successor as Head of O.T.O., but that McMurtry
should hold himself prepared to succeed Germer. Mellinger visited Crowley
after McMurtry was rotated back to the United States. Although Crowley did
ask Mellinger to hold himself ready as a possible successor to Germer,
Mellinger did not receive any assignments of the kind given to McMurtry.
Crowley died in December of 1947 e.v.; and in accord with his wishes Karl
Germer became International Head of O.T.O., serving from late 1947 e.v. until
Germer's death in 1962 e.v. Agape Lodge continued in Southern California
until 1949 e.v., after which the Lodge ceased to hold regular meetings. The
records of Agape Lodge were conserved and comprise minutes of meetings, lists
of members initiated to various degrees in O.T.O. and financial records.
Under Karl Germer, the O.T.O. entered a period of relative dormancy. The
only initiations from the later Germer period were promotions to higher degree
for members initiated earlier. Germer notified McMurtry and others that
O.T.O. was to be incorporated and governed by a triumvirate of officers, but
this incorporation was never accomplished under Germer's headship of O.T.O.
Germer did charter a group in England under Kenneth Grant; but Germer closed
the new group in England and expelled Grant from O.T.O. membership in a letter
which has survived. Germer also took an interest in the efforts of Herman
Metzger in Switzerland, and took steps to regularize Metzger into Crowley's
O.T.O. Metzger was thought to have come from a post war survival of the
earlier Reuss period, but had no original connection with Crowley's O.T.O.
Germer and Metzger fell into disagreement toward the end of Germer's life.
Frederic Mellinger wrote after Germer's death that Metzger had failed to
satisfy the program of instruction set forth for Metzger by Germer under
Mellinger's tutelage. Metzger has not engaged in O.T.O. activity either
directly or indirectly in the United States.
O.T.O. members in California actively sought to influence Germer to reopen
public access to O.T.O. Concern was expressed in correspondence that a
failure to initiate new O.T.O. members would result in the ultimate demise of
O.T.O. Grady McMurtry, the USA national master of O.T.O., attempted to
convince Germer of the necessity of returning O.T.O. to public activity.
Germer authorized McMurtry to form a nucleus of new O.T.O. public access.
Germer and McMurtry had a falling out over a personal loan; and McMurtry
traveled to Washington, DC to take a job with the US Government until bad
feeling with Germer could subside. Germer did not expel McMurtry or revoke
McMurtry's charters from Crowley.
Following Karl Germer's death in 1962 e.v., several years passed before the
question of succession to Head of the O.T.O. was properly addressed. Metzger in Switzerland published a claim to being the Head of the Order, but this
claim was based on an unnoticed election represented to have been held in
Switzerland. Ranking members of O.T.O. were not informed of Metzger's
purported election until after the alleged fact. Metzger was not generally
accepted as Head of the Order outside his own group. Kenneth Grant also
asserted a claim to being Head of the O.T.O., but this was done after Germer
had expelled Grant from membership. In later years, Marcello Motta, a former
student of Karl Germer, also asserted that he was Head of O.T.O. Germer had
died without designating a successor; and some ranking members, including
Grady McMurtry, were not notified of his death for several years.
Previous Outbasket To be continued
Center for Enochian Studies, Volume I, Appendix iia.
This month The Center For Enochian Studies presents a compilation of the various tables
of magical squares that bear directly upon the construction of the Holy Table and its
relationship to the Sacred Lamen. It is our hope that by placing these varied diagrams in
comparison to each other, that the reader will find the explanations; both those that have
preceded, and those several remaining to follow, more lucid. The Student may thereby find
fewer difficulties in unraveling the variety of complexities and controversies involved.
These tables are presented, as far as is known, for the first time anywhere as the angels
instructed, id est in both the Angelic alphabet and in Roman characters.
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April 28 1583
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Events Calendar for May 1989 e.v.
|5/1/89||Hypatia Camp Meeting 7 PM||Hypatia Cmp|
|5/1/89||Hatha Yoga with Luscha 8 PM||ABRAHADABRA|
|5/3/89||Lola's Minerval Seminar 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/5/89||Tammy's Mass Seminar (invitation)||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/6/89||Beltane on the beach (call)||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/7/89||Gnostic Mass at sunset||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/8/89||Hatha Yoga with Luscha 8 PM||ABRAHADABRA|
|5/9/89||Thelema Lodge meeting 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/10/89||Tarot series starts with Bill 8 PM|
(Introduction and basis)
|5/11/89||Unfolding Hermetics 8 PM||Merkabah Hse|
|5/12/89||Minerval initiations (call)||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/14/89||Gnostic Mass at sunset||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/15/89||Hatha Yoga with Luscha 8 PM||ABRAHADABRA|
|5/16/89||Ritual 28 practice & performance|
|5/17/89||Tarot series #2 with Bill 8 PM|
(Major Trumps, Qabalah & Myth)
|5/18/89||Rose Croix & Lodge of Perfection|
Meetings --- members of the
appropriate degrees only
|5/19/89||Full Moon ritual at midnight||Merkabah Hse|
|5/20/89||EGC (OTO internal) Synod||OTO-EGC|
|5/21/89||Gnostic Mass at sunset||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/22/89||Hatha Yoga with Luscha 8 PM||ABRAHADABRA|
|5/24/89||Initiation Practice 7 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/25/89||Unfolding Hermetics 8 PM||Merkabah Hse|
|5/28/89||Gemini Birthday party 4:18 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/28/89||Experimental Mass 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/29/89||Eleusinian Repertory meeting 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|5/30/89||Enochiana with Dave 8 PM "Operation|
of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth
|5/31/89||Initiation Practice 7 PM||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
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