Ordo Templi Orientis
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
April 1992 e.v. at Thelema Lodge
Lodge Members and Officers
It must have been on the 7th of April that W. [Ourada the Seer, Rose Crowley] commanded P. [Frater Perdurabo, a.k.a. Chioa Khan] . . . to enter the "temple" exactly at 12 o'clock noon on three successive days, and to write down what he should hear, rising exactly at 1 o'clock.
This he did. Immediately on his taking his seat the Voice began its Utterance, and ended exactly at the expiration of the hour.
These are the three chapters of Liber Legis, . . . . the 65 pages of MS., and the 220 verses. . . . and it is the First and Greatest of those Class A publications of AA of which is not to be altered so much as the style of a letter. (from The Temple of Solomon the King in Equinox I:7, March 1912 e.v.)
Celebration of the feast for the three days of the writing of the Book of the Law opens with a reading of chapter one at Lola's on Wednesday evening 8 April. Chapter two will be read at Thelema Lodge on Thursday evening 9 April. Chapter three on Friday evening 10 April is at Jerry's. Each reading beings at 8:00. Please phone each household as you set forth to attend, so that our hosts can keep in touch with the crowd they'll be entertaining.
Contact Terri at the lodge to help make arrangements for Lunar Rituals and outings this month. The New Moon in Aries will be on Thursday 2 April at 9:01 PM. Luna is full in Libra on Thursday 16 April at 9:42 PM. Also, plan ahead for the New Moon in Taurus on Saturday 2 May at 10:44 AM.
Spring forward into Daylight Saving Time, beginning Sunday morning 5 April at 2=3 AM.
Looking to next month, May Day is Friday 1 May, and Beltane (Sol fifteen degrees Taurus) is calculated for Tuesday 5 May. How about a bonfire at the beach?
Thelema Lodge gathers most Sunday evenings as the Gnostic Catholic Church in Horus Temple to celebrate mass according to Crowley's Liber XV. We welcome interested members of the spiritual community to participate in the gnostic eucharist with us at this ritual. (Those unfamiliar with the lodge please call ahead to attend.) The Mass is usually underway shortly after 8:00.
Bishops Sappho and Suleiman offer a Gnostic Mass workshop Sunday afternoon 19 April at 4:18; please leave word for them at the lodge during the preceding week so they'll know what attendance to expect. Beginning this month, scheduling for the Gnostic Mass has reverted to the regular Lodge Meeting-that's Monday 6 April (to request a date in June), or Monday 4 May (for July's masses).
Thelema Lodge will be conducting initiations in Ordo Templi Orientis on Saturday 18 April. Members please inquire regarding the times and the degrees involved. Application forms for candidacy to the Man of Earth degrees in O.T.O. are available from officers of the lodge, for submission to the lodge master at least forty days before the proposed initiation. For guidance in the work of your present degree and your advancement through it, contact the appropriate Hierophant.
Minerval.....Lola-(510) ... ....
I°................Jerry-(510) ... ....
2°..........Marlene-(510) ... ....
3°.............Ebony-(510) ... ....
Each month the members of Thelema Lodge offer to share a course of study, ritual, and enjoyment in a series of events which are open free of charge to interested participation on any level. As a lodge we all pay rent on the precincts of Horus Temple, collected mainly from contributions of those attending events there. Whenever possible, thanks for your support when the hat is passed round.
Get Set-for "R. U. Sirius", an evening of investigation into the Shadow of Horus. Come and color a set of Egyptian Hieroglyphic alphabet cards while listening to stories and exchanging information about the Dog Star. Call ahead, then gather at Lola's before 8:00 on Wednesday evening 14 April.
Join the lodge as we take over the world at last, with an Illuminati Game to mark the Feast of All Fools, Wednesday evening 32 March, beginning at 7:30. Caitlin knows about it!
The Thelema Lodge Magick in Theory and Practice Study Circle meets once only this month, on Thursday evening 23 April at 7:00. Those interested in joining this reading and discussion group should contact Marlene. The Circle's study of Crowley's "elementary manual" is nearing a cycle of completion, and the group will soon be advancing on to other seminal texts of the Master Therion, such as Book Four, Magick Without Tears, The Book of Thoth, and Eight Lectures on Yoga.
"Jerry's Logorrhea" is Saturday afternoon 25 April at 6:30. The entire range of traditions of the AA and O.T.O. is explored in this informal monthly lecture series. Please call ahead for details.
The Magick Theater reads Crowley's drama Why Jesus Wept: A Study of Society and of the Grace of God (1905 e.v.) on Wednesday evening 29 April. The reading begins at 7:30 at Thelema Lodge, with copies available of this newly edited text, a "remarkable investigation (in dramatic form) into a critical point of the religious History of the West". In originally advertising this play, its author wrote:
Are you a young and tender-hearted maiden? Why Jesus Wept will delight you, and fill you with beautiful thoughts.
Are you a devout Mystic? In Why Jesus Wept is the key to Beatitude.
Are you a hustling business man? Why Jesus Wept will tone up your harried nervous system.
Are you a poet? Why Jesus Wept will not cut your hair; but it will raise it.
Are you a dog-fancier? You will never beat the breed of bitches in Why Jesus Wept
Are you a theologian? Why Jesus Wept proves that Christ was no lachrymose hysterical hypochondriac, but a man with a genuine grievance.
Are you a Christian? Why Jesus Wept tells how God's Grace can destroy the Works of the Devil.
Why Jesus Wept touches Society with a needle; Religion with a pitchfork.
Why Jesus Wept startles the Belle. Why Jesus Wept annihilates the Quack.
Imposture cannot live in the breezy atmosphere of Why Jesus Wept
Children love its dainty fooling: wise men pore over its profound revelations of the human heart.
The Milwaukee Christian Science Tomahawk says: "Now we know why."
Planning ahead for next month, we're offered a class on Banishing Rituals with Bill Heidrick (Wednesday 20 May) and a new six-week series on Basic Astrology with Grace (beginning Wednesday 27 May).
Planetary Magick "a la Agrippa" class and invocation number five will be held next month on Tuesday evening 12 May. Invocation at approximately 9:00 of Mars in Aries. Rather than focusing on printed materials as in previous classes, this class will focus on individual chart analysis, so come prepared with information about your birthdate and exact time. Class starts at 7:30. This is the final class and invocation until October, when Jupiter enters Libra, and Saturn goes direct.
Lodge Meeting is on Monday evening 6 April at 8:00. Calendar events, mass teams, and plans in general for the month of June will be scheduled and discussed, with questions and proposals welcome from all members.
The Lodge of Perfection and Lodge Council meet on Sunday afternoon 5 April at 3:33. (IV° and above only; please contact the Lodgemaster beforehand to attend.)
Thelemic women are welcome to join in the ongoing Ladies T-s at the lodge. Terri offers crumpets and the steaming brew, on Monday afternoon 13 April, beginning at 5:30.
Sunday afternoon 26 April is Lodge Clean-Up day, when a general effort is organized to maintain the sanctity of Horus Temple, with housekeeping assistance of all kinds requested beginning at 1:11, to culminate in a stomping Taurus birthday cake at 4:18 PM.
|Aeons of evolution|
|& grope thru the slime & the mud|
|of synapse, nerve, & blood|
|life's a maze in passage|
|must somehow end in good|
|So staff in hand I roam the land|
|in pilgrim's cloak and hood|
|& I long for that moment|
|when my only thought|
|is serene reflection|
|How I came to dwell|
|In this hallowed mansion|
|at the end of Time|
|In the last dimension|
by The Master Therion
Suppose a perfect stranger came into your office and proceeded to give orders to your staff. Suppose a strange woman walked into your drawing room and insisted on being hostess. You would be troubled by this. Yet, people sit down and offer the use of their brains and hands (which are, after all, more important than offices and drawing rooms) to any stray intelligence that may be wandering about. People use the Ouija Board without taking the slightest precautions.
The establishment of the identity of a spirit by ordinary methods is a very difficult problem, but the majority of people who play at Occultism do not even worry about this. They get something, and it does not seem to matter what! Every inanity, every stupidity, every piece of rubbish, is taken not only at its face value, but at an utterly exaggerated value. The most appallingly bad poetry will pass for Shelley, if only its authentication be that of the planchette! There is, however, a good way of using this instrument to get what you want, and that is to perform the whole operation in a consecrated circle, so that undesirable aliens cannot interfere with it. You should then employ the proper magical invocation in order to get into your circle just the one spirit that you want. It is comparatively easy to do this. A few simple instructions are all that is necessary, and I shall be pleased to give these, free of charge, to any one who cares to apply.
It is not particularly easy to get the spirit of a dead man, because the human soul, being divine, in not amenable to the control of other human souls: and it is further not legitimate or desirable to do it. But what can be done is to pick up the astral remains of the dead man from the Akasha and to build them up into a concrete mind. This operation, again, is not particularly profitable. The only legitimate work in this line is to get into touch with the really high intelligences, such as we call for convenience Gods, Archangels, and the like. These can give real information as to what is most necessary for our progress. And it is written in the Oracles of Zoroaster that unto the Persevering Mortal the Blessed Immortals are swift.
|Splay of snout and horny hoofed.|
|Deadly as a tiger lame|
|Bronze of claw and palate roofed,|
|Black as pigment, night the hue|
|Of scaly hide, ocher eyes,|
|Stir the cauldron; churn and strew|
|Smoke across the boiling skies.|
|And upon its wivern head|
|Hideous beyond compare-|
|Wattled monster of the hood-|
|Vanity with heavy tread|
|Stamps a livid imprint there:|
|"This is beauty, this is good."|
[This sonnet was previously published in The Grady Project #3 (1988 e.v.).]
First performance: 18th December 1991 e.v., 8:30 PM (Sol in Sagittarius, Luna in Taurus) at the No Theatre in Oakland.
|Aquarius||Sister Susan O'F.|
|Mercury||Brother Michael S.|
|Prometheus||Brother John B.|
|Gaia||Sister Terri S.|
|Ouranos||Brother Andrew C.|
|Titans||Brother Eric S.|
|Venus||Sister Stacey G.|
O.T.O. active membership from accounting at end February 1992 e.v.
|1,786||of which are initiates|
|California||325||New Hampshire||8||(North Cal: 187)||New Jersey||21|
|(South Cal: 138)||New Mexico||6|
|Kentucky||3||US Virgin Islands||1|
|N & S IRELAND/ERIE||3||Bosnia-Herecegovina||25|
Detail of February 1991 e.v. Demographics (last year)
|April 2, 1886|
He went to England & joined the Roman Catholic Church, convinced that by thus forging a magical link he would be able to persuade that Church to accept the Law of Thelema. He then returned to Vancouver, clad in only a raincoat. On disembarkation, he flung it off and began a ritual circumambulation of the city's center. He was summarily arrested and imprisoned. This was of course Charles Stanfield Jones, who was born on this date.
|April 2, 1920|
Aleister Crowley founds the Abbey at Cefalu, Italy.
|April 2, 1948|
The birth of the Aeon of Maat or Ma-Ion.
|April 7, 1927|
Dion Fortune and Thomas Penry Evans are married. It must have been apparent to her that she had not married the ideal magical sexual partner because many of the things she spoke about did not appear to work out too well with the good Dr. Evans.
|April 7, 1945|
In a letter to Aleister Crowley on this date Louis Wilkinson (Louis Marlow) writes. "...if it had not been for Waite, I doubt if, humanly speaking. I should ever have got in touch with the Great Order."
|April 8, 1904|
The first chapter of Liber AL is dictated to Aleister Crowley at noon in Cairo, Egypt.
|April 8, 1948|
Frater Achad claims the Aeon of Aquarius officially commenced on this date.
|April 9, 1904|
Aleister Crowley receives the second chapter of Liber AL at noon in Cairo, Egypt.
|April 10, 1904|
Aleister Crowley receives the third chapter of Liber AL at noon in Cairo, Egypt.
|April 10, 1934|
Before the publication of Laughing Torso Nina Hamnett wrote to Aleister Crowley, "I have written quite a lot about you, very nice and appreciative. No libel, no rubbish, simply showing up the stale bourgeois attitude to all our behavior."
|April 11, 1930|
Anton Szandor LeVey born, he was never a typical child.
|April 12, 1929|
Crowley receives his advance copy of Magick in Theory and Practice on this date from the publisher in Paris.
|April 17, 1929|
The New York Times newspaper reports, Paris to expel A. Crowley, order effective today.
|April 17, 1971|
Louis Culling turns over his pretended leadership of the O.T.O. and its "Lodge", The Thelema Club, also known as the New Aeon experiment to Carroll Runyon Jr.
|April 19, 1900|
Crowley enters the London Vault of Adepts wearing full Highland dress, a black mask over his face, a dagger at his side and a gold cross on his breast, to seize control of the Vault, on behalf of McGregor Mathers. The Adepts called the police and had him removed.
|April 19, 1900|
The Golden Dawn officially expels McGregor Mathers as its Chief of the Second Order.
|April 19, 1933|
Anton LaVay describes her as "lewd, lascivious virago who was happiest when rolling on the floor with masochistic orgastic energy. She liked to be humiliated, liked to be degraded. There was nothing forbidden in bed, and she reveled in her lusts. He was referring to Jayne Mansfield, who was born on this date.
|April 22, 1954|
Adolf Lanz who founded the New Templars, shortly after being expelled from a Cistercian Monastery, died on this date.
|April 23, 1908|
The first Buddhist Monk came to England. He was an Englishman named Ananda Metteyya (Allen Bennett) and came to spread the Dhamma. In the Golden Dawn he was known as Iehi Aour. He regarded the pleasures of the living (and, above all, those of physical love) as diabolical illusions devised by the enemy of mankind in order to trick souls into accepting the curse of existence.
|April 25, 1900|
In a letter to Lady Gregory, W.B.Yeats writes, "... Crowley, a quite unspeakable person. He is I believe seeking revenge for our refusal to initiate him. We did not admit him because we did not think a mystical society was intended to be a reformatory.
|April 29, 1969|
Grady McMurtry arrives in California from Washington to rekindle the O.T.O.
|April 30, 1966|
On Walpurgis Nacht, shorn of locks of hair, Anton LaVay proclaims 'Year One' and creates the First Church of Satan
|4/1/92||Illuminati Game, 7:30 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/5/92||Lodge Council & LOP 3:33 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/5/92||Gnostic Mass 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/6/92||Thelema Lodge Meeting 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/8/92||Feast of Liber AL Ch. I, at Lola's|
Call to attend. 8 PM
|4/9/92||Feast of Liber AL Ch. II, 8 PM|
at Thelema Lodge, call to attend
|4/10/92||Feast of Liber AL Ch. III, at|
Jerry's, Call to attend. 8 PM
|4/12/92||Gnostic Mass 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/13/92||Ladies' T 5:30PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/14/92||"R U Sirius" class at Lola's|
Call to attend. 8 PM
|4/18/92||Initiations at Thelema Lodge|
call to attend
|4/19/92||Mass workshop 4:18 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/19/92||Easter Mass 8 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/23/92||Magick in Theory and Practice|
Study Circle with Marlene 7PM
|4/25/92||Jerry's Logorrhea. Call to attend.||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/26/92||Lodge Clean-up 1:11 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/26/92||Taurus Birthday 4:18 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/26/92||Gnostic Mass 8:00 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|4/29/92||Magick Theater Reads Crowley 7:30PM|
Why Jesus Wept
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