Thelema Lodge Calendar for June 1992 e.v.

Thelema Lodge Calendar

for June 1992 e.v.

The viewpoints and opinions expressed herein are the responsibility of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of OTO or its officers.

Copyright © O.T.O. and the Individual Authors, 1992 e.v.

Thelema Lodge
Ordo Templi Orientis
P.O.Box 2303
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA

June 1992 e.v. at Thelema Lodge

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

Announcements from
Lodge Members and Officers


June Events

At this writing there is still no coordinator to write descriptions of the events at the Lodge. What follows will necessarily be brief. Those sponsoring or leading events at the Lodge are invited to provide brief descriptive copy on their events for the Editor.
Gnostic Masses every Sunday at 8 PM this month. At last report, experimental masses will be held on other days. The Gnostic Mass, Liber XV, is the central worship rite of O.T.O. All persons attending are expected to receive the communion of the cakes of light. Please inquire of the Lodge if you are unfamiliar with this practice.
Initiations on the 13th, by prior arrangement only. Call the Lodge more than a month ahead to arrange for your own initiation, call nearer the event to attend.
Lodge meeting 8PM on the 8th. The July events will be planned and the business of the Lodge will be addressed as usual. The Lodge Council and LOP meetings at 3:33 PM on the 7th are limited in attendance to members of appropriate degree and Lodge affiliation.
There will be a pot luck dinner on the Solstice (6/20/92 e.v.) at sundown. Call to attend and avoid everybody showing up with jello. A ritual may also be preformed, but no information about that is available at press time.
Lodge clean-up on the 28th of June from 1:11 PM, with a birthday party for all Cancers starting at 4:18 PM and Gnostic Mass as usual at 8PM
Classes this month:
Basic Astrology with Grace most Wednesdays (3rd, 10th and 25th). Grace is an excellent teacher of this important discipline. She has been a professional Astrologer for more than 20 years and has impressive scholastic credentials. Not to be missed.
Book of Thoth Study Circle with Marlene, 7:30PM on Thursday 11th and 25th. Having completed the cycle of Magick in Theory and Practice, the Study Circle has moved on to Crowley's Tarot work.
The Sephiroth & the Tree of Life with Bill Heidrick, 8:00 PM on 6/17/92 e.v. This class will provide an introduction in detail to the traditional Tree of Life diagram so useful in Qabalah. If interest is strong, the class will be continued in the following months for several additional presentations. See the beginning of a serialized article on this subject, elsewhere in this issue.
The Illuminati Tournament is probably very much fun, but the Editor hasn't a clue about what it is. Please call the Lodge for information.
No advance calendar was provided to the editor for July, and the TLC publication date will be moved up to permit more timely appearance of the July issue after the June 8th scheduling.
Submissions for future issues of the TLC have begun to arrive. These will be reviewed with the contributors and published here after that process. Please include a phone number on all submissions to facilitate discussion of format and other minor changes before final edit. Items of 200 to 1500 words in length are welcome. Changes in format may be necessary to accommodate to the format of the TLC, usual proofreading and verification of facts, name use permission and the like will be passed by the authors before final copy. Send contributions to OTO, TLC Editor, P.O.Box 430, Fairfax, CA 94978. (415) 454-5176. If you can provide a 5 1/4 DS DD IBM diskette with your copy, so much the better. Opinions of the Authors are their own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Thelema Lodge or OTO.


Primary Sources

Grady Louis McMurtry:
(October 18th, 1918 e.v. to July 12th, 1985 e.v.)

Here is a little-known letter from Grady McMurtry, Frater Hymenaeus Alpha (Grand Master of O.T.O. after the Death of Frater Saturn to 7/12/85 e.v.). This letter to Aleister Crowley discusses briefly Grady's documents of authorization to assume control of OTO in case of emergency and various logistical problems of the day. One name of a living person has been eclipsed for privacy.

1661 Sacramento St., Apt. 3
San Francisco, 9, Calif.
12 May 1946

Dear Aleister,

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

The Word of the Equinox has arrived along with the authorization to "take over" in case of emergency. Let us hope that it may not be necessary for me to use it.
Yes, I mentioned to Karl when I came back from Europe that I thought that some one should go over (to) help you straighten yourself out when you are ready to come over here. At that time I saw no reason why I shouldn't be the one who did the traveling but there is no reason why Jack or Jane couldn't do the same. Regardless of who is to go I think it advisable that we start planning on it right away. My position at present is this, Foxie - that's my wife - is expecting to give birth to a new McMurtry in October. We had not planned him or her until after I finished school but things like that happen in the best of families. There are several points on the bright side, of course. For one thing it seems about time for some Thelemite to start having a family. Except for ..., who was outcast by Agape, no one down south has seen fit to do same. In the second place I have reason to believe that this child is the outcome of a ninth degree operation. If so we may have super-man on our hands one of these days. But all of this leads to a certain complication. In order to pay for Junior's arrival and support ourselves in the meantime I will have to go to work this summer and next fall or, if I come over to England, someone else will have to foot the bill. Then there is the matter of timing. have you set a definite date when you plan to leave the U.K.? And the matter of passports. I checked with the passport people here in San Francisco and they said that I would have to show cause why I wanted to go to England. Either I must be on business or, if I am to render assistance to another person, then I will have to have a doctor's certificate that such assistance is necessary. Papers, papers, papers! It is just like the Army, there they think that the world would stop turning if it didn't have paper to roll on. Perhaps you had better refer it all to Karl. Then if he thinks Jane, for instance, could do the job just as well as I could then he could see about getting her the certificate, the passport, etc. and so on.
Here is a copy of "Space Tides", my latest effort in the line of poetry. Had hoped to make it longer but I had to cut it short as I wanted to enter it in a poetry contest over at the University. Then I found a copy of the poem that won last year's prize and decided that I didn't have a chance. "How beautiful the sun is on the sea for the over the hill there is a flag-pole and a young lady sits under the pear tree" kind of stuff. We had a writer by the name of Rexroth as guest speaker at the writer's conference over at Cal last Friday. I was quite interested in what he had to say about the cliques and groups among present day Scotch and English poets. It seems that the only people who are writing "modern" poetry in England today are either Comunists or Anarchists. Maybe it takes an Anarchist to understand modern poetry.

Love is the law, love under will.

           (Grady McMurtry)

The plans to get Crowley over to California came to nothing. As Crowley became increasingly ill in 1946 e.v., Agape Lodge members attempted to prepare a house on farm land in Southern California. Finally, someone thought to describe the hot, dry climate to Crowley; and he wrote back to the effect that it would kill him in days. Germer tried to go to England to be with Crowley; but, as noted in the last issue, a passport proved unobtainable.

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from the Grady Project:

Normandie in June

There is a pestilence abroad upon the land
There is a plague; it is the plague of War
And it leaves a foulness upon the air.
         It is the sickly sweet corruption of
                the unattended dead
         The dusky smell of charcoal in
                the cannon rubbled streets
And there are those who live in this pestilence
And those who go forward to die in it.
And they have known strange things, these men,
Things filthy, and foul, and corrupt.
And they have known beautiful things, these men,
Things clean, and corageous, and magnificant.
And they have strange memories:
        The acid taste of champagne in
                a metal canteen cup
        The lonely graves of soldiers by
                the ever teeming roads
        The tragedy of gliders wrapped
                around the stumps of trees
        And bullet riddled parachutes
                that flutter in the breeze
        Dead tankers in burned chariots
                who look like slaughtered sheep
        Dead Germans, and dead cattle, and
                the guns that shatter sleep.
This is the pestilence, this is the plague,
And this is Normandie, in June.

-- Grady L. McMurtry        
10/14/44 e.v.           

[Previously published in O.T.O. Newsletter II:12 (September 1978 e.v.), in Ecclesia Gnostica I:4 (1985 e.v.), and in The Grady Project #2 (December 1987 e.v.).]

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Crowley Classics

Over the years, I have been asked for this Epistle at different times by persons in need. I could never find it when I looked; but now, having come across it again, I publish it for all. Copyright © O.T.O. - Ed.

Epistle on Death

by Baphomet (Aleister Crowley)

An Epistle of Baphomet to the Illustrious Dame Anna Wright, Companion of the Holy Graal, shining like the moon, concerning Death, that she and her sisters may bring comfort to all them that are nigh death, and to such as have them.

Beloved Daughter and Sister,

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

Let it be thy Will and the will of all them that tend upon the sick, to comfort and to fortify them with these words following.

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I.

It is written in the Book of the Law: Every man and every woman is a Star. It is Our Lady of the Stars that speaketh to thee, O thou that art a star, a member of the Body of Nuit! Listen, for thine ears become dulled to the mean noises of the earth; the infinite silence of the Stars woos thee with subtle musick. Behold her bending down above thee, a flame of blue, all-touching, all-penetrant, her lovely hands upon the black earth, and her lithe body arched for love, and her soft feet not hurting the little flowers, and think that all thy grossness shall presently fall from thee as thou leapest to her embrace, caught up into her love as a dewdrop into the kisses of the sunrise. Is not the ecstasy of Nuit the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of her body? All that hath hurt thee was that thou knewest it not, and as that fadeth from thee thou shalt know as never yet how all is one. Again she saith: I give unimaginable joys upon earth, certainty, not faith, while in life, upon death. This thou hast known. Time that eateth his children hath not power on them that would not be children of Time. To them that think themselves immortal, that dwell alway in eternity, conscious of Nuit, throned upon the chariot of the sun, there is no death that men call death. In all the universe darkness is only to be found in the shadow of a gross and opaque planet, as it were for a moment; the universe itself is a flood of light eternal. So also death is but through accident; thou hast hidden thyself in the shadow of thy gross body, and taking it for reality, thou hast trembled. But the orb revolveth anon; the shadow passeth away from thee. There is the dissolution, and the eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu! For inasmuch as thou hast made the Law of Freedom thine, as thou hast lived in Light and Liberty and Love, thou hast become a Free-man of the City of the Stars.

II.

Listen again to thine own voice within thee. Is not Hadit the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star? Is not he Life, and the giver of Life? And is not therefore the knowledge of Him the knowledge of Death? For it hath been shown unto thee in many other places how Death and Love be twins. Now art thou the hunter, and Death rideth beside thee with his horse and spear as thou chasest thy will through the forests of Eternity, whose trees are the hair of Nuit thy mistress! Thrill with the joy of life and death! Know, hunter mighty and swift, the quarry turns to bay! Thou hast but to make one sharp thrust, and thou hast won. The Virgin of Eternity lies supine at thy mercy, and thou art Pan! Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our agelong love. Hast thou not striven to the inmost in thee? Death is the crown of all. Harden! Hold up thyself! Lift thine head! breathe not so deep ---- Die!

III.

Or art thou still entangled with the thorny plaits of wild briar rose that thou hast woven in thy magick dance on earth? Art not thine eyes strong enough to bear the starlight? Must thou linger yet awhile in the valley? Must thou dally with the shadows in the dusk? Then if it be Thy Will, thou hast no right but to do Thy Will! Love still these phantoms of the earth; thou hast made thyself a King; if it please thee to play with toys of matter, were they not made to serve thy pleasure? Then follow in thy mind the wondrous word of the Stele of Revealing itself. Return if thou wilt from the abode of the Stars; dwell with mortality, and feast thereon. For thou art this day Lord of Heaven and of Earth.

"The dead man Ankh-f-na-Khonsu
      Saith with his voice of truth and calm:
O thou that hast a single arm!
      O thou that glitterest in the moon!
I weave thee in the spinning charm
      I lure thee with the billowy tune.

The dead man Ankh-f-na-Khonsu
      Hath parted from the darkling crowds
Hath joined the dwellers of the light
      Opening Duant, the star-abodes,
      Their keys receiving.
The dead man Ankh-f-na-Khonsu
      Hath made his passage into night
His pleasure on the earth to do
      Among the living."

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Love is the law, love under will.

The Benediction of the All-Begetter, All-Devourer be upon thee
Baphomet X° O.T.O.

Given under Our hand and seal this day of An XII the Sun our Father being in Leo, and the Moon in Pisces, from the throne of Ireland, Iona and all the Britains that is in the Sanctuary of the Gnosis.

finis

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Qabalah

The View From Tipheret

(Part I)

by Bill Heidrick

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

In what follows, the terms "Mezla" and "shadows" have no relation to a quite different usage in the works of Kenneth Grant.

To touch Tipheret is to reach the center of the Tree of Life. The Tree then assumes new functions. Climbing above is possible; so is descending below. Tipheret is not only the center of the Tree, it is the heart, the one best part.
To limit oneself to the heights alone or to the depths alone is pointless. The center is the lawful place of man. The reaches above Tipheret are a vast and dimly perceived future. The passages below Tipheret are an equally vast and nearly equally dimly perceived past. Tipheret is a great lock upon a mighty river. The name of the lock is "Now". The river above the lock is called "Future", below "Past". Through Tipheret passes all consciousness. Tipheret regulates the flow of consciousness.
The space between the highest three Sephiroth of the Tree of Life and the lower seven is called the Great Abyss. The three Sephiroth above this gap represent very abstract and spiritual states of mind that are hard to "bring down to Earth," to link to the seven Sephiroth below. When one has come near to some consciousness of Tipheret, this Great Abyss remains. Its character changes after Tipheret is reached. Before, the Abyss represents a division between the immortal Mind of God and the created levels of mortal consciousness. At Tipheret, the mind of God looms closer. Voices are heard and visions experienced (Yesod function attendant on Tipheret). These communicate imperfectly between the mind at Tipheret and the first three Sephiroth. There is a vagueness, increasing rather than decreasing as attainment proceeds. The mind at Tipheret seeks understanding through reason and in time rises to Geburah. The supercelestial messages are still not fully understood. Purpose is clearer at Geburah and actions in the lower worlds are easily directed. Yet there is a haunting dimness, as of a figure half hidden by the glare of the Sun through morning mist. The mind of the one below the Abyss hungers for the parting of the mists and the clearing of the glare. This hunger builds as a yearning for union with God; and Chesed, the Sephira of the higher emotions is reached. At Chesed desire grows until the mind leaps across the gap of worlds, the Great Abyss, and enters direct consciousness of the highest Sephiroth. In abandoning the lower seven Sephiroth, consciousness in them is diminished and partly lost. The body and the lower mental functions continue in a semblance of independence while the higher functions watch without comprehension of the lower. There is a failure in this, a failure that can be remedied by multiple reincarnation into one body or into successive bodies. This process constitutes spiritual death and rebirth. There is yet another way to repair this failure, this loss of connection between the lower and higher minds. I refer the reader to 32Emanations, the Path of Initiation (A booklet I published in the early '70s) in the matter of path 27, The Tower. The problem is basically the same. When the lower seven are perfectly developed by great care and long effort, the Abyss ceases to exist and the passage to the Highest is easy. The Tree of Life than changes its form. More about this in later installments of this essay.

We shall now investigate the shadows of the Tree. The Tree is one thing, its shadows are others. The Tree of life is a map of creation and of consciousness. It shows states of mind, and it leads cognition from one state to another. When the Tree is seen from one of its own Sephiroth, and understood by the consciousness that attends that Sephira, it is perceived partially. Each Sephira includes within itself all Sephiroth lower on the Tree than itself, and each projects itself into the higher Sephiroth. Each Sephira provides a distinct perception of the Tree of Life as a whole. Each Sephira colors, as it were, the whole Tree with a distinctive mental tint. The ten views of the Tree of Life that are natural to the ten Sephiroth are "shadows" of the Tree. In Malkut, the tenth Sephira, the Tree is the physical world. All its attributes and all its symbolism relate directly to the senses. Books have been written which expound this view. They insist that all criteria surrounding the Tree of Life be based on physical measurements, astronomical phenomena and the like. Such books often greatly alter the form of the Tree of Life Diagram to make it fit particular physical data. In Yesod, myths and stories define the Tree. In Hod, rational philosophy develops the Tree. In Netzach, love of beauty and pattern overreach the strictly rational, and the Tree is portrayed through artistry and poetic imagery. In Tipheret, no less than a harmonious life can express understanding of the Tree of Life. Geburah views the Tree through teaching and aiding all life. Chesed depicts the Tree as salvation.
No matter what the Sephirotic view of the Tree, all the Sephiroth participate. There are no absolutely pure conceptions of the Tree. All understandings are "shadows." The depth of the understanding is revealed in the intensity and characteristics of the "shadow." Consider this newsletter. It has physical existence and refers to physical events. These events may be described with the terminology of Qabalah and some understanding of the Tree of Life may be conveyed. This much is Malkut. Accounts of dreams can also be related to the Tree and, by their nature, are a part of the "shadow" of Yesod. Hod's "shadow" is seen in philosophical and analytical discussions. Netzach is found in that which strives with emotional response and describes physical drives. Tipheret is shown in autobiographical works, in so far as the author's life tends to harmony, and in accounts of social existence with others. Geburah is found in recommendations for improvement and in the mysterious power that produces remarkable experiences. Chesed is found in the works of aspiration toward the highest.
Of all the "shadows" of the Sephiroth that touch this essay, that of Tipheret is the strongest - yet all are present. Even those shadows that are found in Binah, Chokmah and Keter are found in this work. All these things are found in all books and works of all Mankind in varying proportion.
But what of the shadow in Tipheret? This "shadow" in Tipheret is one's own conception of life and of purpose in life. This conception may take any form. It may be formalized into a pattern like the traditional diagram of the Tree of Life or like a manner of life outlined by church, society and state. It may be a hit or miss thing developed without plan and accepted when it settles down to consistency. This conception may be limited in aspiration or it may be without limit. Whatever else it may be, it is the Tipheret level understanding of existence - to a student of Qabalah, a Tipheret tinted shadow of the entire Tree. When this shadow brings joy and pleasure, it is projected downward into the Netzach shadow. When it is analyzed, it is projected into the Hod shadow. When it is dramatized and fantasized it is in the shadow of Yesod. When the Tipheret shadow that is the total conception of one's own life effects the physical world, the "shadow of Tipheret" penetrates and rules the shadow of Malkut. All these shadows dance and move within each other. They have no separate existence. Tipheret is meaningless without Malkut. Malkut is dead without Tipheret. Hod is sterile without Netzach. Netzach cannot be a vehicle for Beauty without Tipheret. All are in all. All depend on all. There is only one Tree; all seeming separate parts and views are shadows of that Tree. For the word "Tree", take any word that includes all things in one thing.
When the shadow of Tipheret is studied analytically and synthetically, projection into three other Sephirotic shadows occurs. The simple mechanical relationships of life are viewed in Hod. The underlying principles of the life experience are elaborated in Geburah after they are rationally isolated from Tipheret. Binah receives particular examples of the application of pure reason. In like manner, the reactions and developments of emotions project the shadow of Tipheret into three other Sephiroth. The life experience produces simple wonderment and isolated emotional display in Netzach. Chesed draws a unitary longing from these same experiences. Chokmah receives particular tongues of the Universal Flame of Passion that are proper to its own exalted place. Projection of the Tipheret shadow of the Tree also occurs in a balanced fashion into three other Sephiroth. This projection is an elevation or degradation of the life experience accordingly as it ascends or descends on the Tree. No moral connotation is intended by the words "elevation" and "degradation", only elevation as approach to unity and degradation as multiplication of forms with concealment of unity. The experience that is the shadow of the Tree in Tipheret falls down into Yesod when it becomes puzzling, imperfectly visualized, or imperfectly accepted. The projection into Malkut is accomplished through Yesod. Yesod is the link between the perfected consciousness of living in Tipheret and the physical processes of life in Malkut. In Malkut the life experience becomes actualized in physical living. The weak link between the inward consciousness of Tipheret and the outward life of Malkut is Yesod. One conception of the Tree suggests a solution to this problem, at a price. More will be said about this in later installments of this essay. Projection of Tipheret upward into Keter is nothing more or less than a final perception of the life experience as an absolute unity. When this occurs perfectly, the Tree vanishes into the Absolute Oneness of Keter. Much the same sort of vanishing occurs when the Tree is perfectly projected into the Absolute Multiplication of Malkut. Merkabah Qabalah recognizes ephemeral and partial states of this kind in conjunction with crossing the Abyss, notably under the method called "50 Gates of Understanding" in which the top three Sephiroth become one and the lower- most two are similarly subsumed in each other at the moment of opening of the 50th Gate. Those gates are not combinations of letters, by the way, but of the lower seven Sephiroth with each other.
There are many mental and physical activities that involve all the lower seven Sephiroth. Among these are speculations on the form and meaning of the Tree itself. No matter what the basic approach, whether from Malkut, Geburah or wherever, all the Sephirotic shadows take some part. The examples which will follow Part I of this essay are devoted to a study of alternate forms of the Tree of Life diagram. In the sense of their being studies of a system of salvation, they belong to Chesed. As constructions for guidance in life, they belong to Geburah. As efforts produced in life, they belong to Tipheret. Their emotional impact, the delight of understanding them, belongs to Netzach. The rational application of these examples and their more concrete explanation comes from Hod. The direct guidance they have over physical conduct pertains to Yesod. Their physical existence in this publication and their actual effect in the physical world belongs to Malkut. Because they are mainly rational structures, Geburah is their chief place.
To understand that which follows, a bit of foreknowledge is necessary on the part of the reader. Some of this may be obtained by reading my earlier booklet, 32 Emanations, the Path of Initiation. The summaries toward the end of that are especially useful. Alternately, the reader may wish to refer to books by other authors on the subject of the Paths of the Tree of Life. The next few paragraphs introduce the Tree to those who may not have seen it before. Those who have considerable experience with these matters will find some of this a bit overly familiar, but it may help the neophyte.

The Tree of Life diagram is a development from a far more complex and ancient system of mysticism called the Qabalah (also spelled: Cabala, QBL(H), Kabbalah, Qabbalah and in various other ways. The word in Hebrew is Qof-Bet-Lamed-Hay, and before 1,000 e.v. it was called: Chokmah Nestorah, Raz and Sod). The original use of the Tree of Life diagram appears to be for organization of methods of interpreting sacred literature. Our familiar Tree of Life diagram appears in 16th century illustrations with the assignment of letters to the paths used later by the Order of the Golden Dawn. The present form of this diagram is not absolutely known to be more than half a thousand years old. Whatever its age, it embodies a philosophy similar in many ways to Gnosticism and Neoplatonism. The diagram is a graphic depiction of the mental universe. In the form used here as "traditional," it is composed of thirty-two parts, with an additional part sometimes postulated. Ten (or eleven) of these parts are called Sephiroth, a Hebrew word meaning, among other things, "Numbers". These Sephiroth represent states of human consciousness ranging from unity with God (number 1, called Keter) to immersion in the physical world (number 10, called Malkut). The Sephiroth can also be viewed as stages in creation, as levels of interpretation ranging from the Abstract to the Concrete, and in other ways. Circles are commonly used to represent the Sephiroth on the diagram. Twenty- two lines or paths connect the circles. These paths are transitional mental states created by moving between the more firmly established Sephiroth. There are many details about the Tree of Life diagram that will not be taken up here.

Throughout this essay, the same set of correspondences to the thirty-two parts of the Tree will be used. There are many other correspondences that provide insight; see A. Crowley's Liber 777. The numbers used here in the diagrams and the left-most column of the tables agree with key numbers used in Liber 777. For simplicity, only Hebrew names and planetary correspondences will be used in this essay for the ten (or eleven) Sephiroth. The twenty-two lesser paths out of Mezla will be linked to Hebrew letters, alchemical symbols, astrological symbols, and Tarot cards. Explanations given with the examples will frequently use Tarot correspondences so that the reader may relate each idea to a picture. All descriptions of such Tarot cards in this presentation refer to the BOTA or Case deck. Its illustrations are simple and pleasing. The Author does not believe it possible for the average person to get much out of the remaining installments of this essay without recourse to such a Tarot deck in the process of reading this material. The "Rider" or Waite deck will do nearly as well. Crowley's Thoth deck is too complex for this exercise on first reading. Use of the Thoth deck is recommended for enhancement of Thelemic interpretation, but that should come after basic study with simpler symbols.

The correspondences in the tables below are used by the Order of the Golden Dawn, BOTA and many other groups. Paul Foster Case and Aleister Crowley use this system, although Crowley made a modification on paths fifteen and twenty- eight after publishing Liber 777. Other systems exist and are useful. This system is used to render this treatment consistent with itself and with the writings of those mentioned. The attribution of the Hebrew letters in this fashion to the twenty-two paths was published by Athanasius Kircher in the middle of the seventeenth century in Oedipus Aegyptiacus, Tom II, folding plate between pages 288 and 289. Kircher's astrological correspondences are at variance with these.


CORRESPONDENCES TO THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF THE TREE OF LIFE.
comprising the Ten (Eleven) Sephiroth and the Twenty-Two lesser Paths:

The Sephiroth:

Number on
Diagram:
Hebrew
Name:
English
Translation:
Astrology
Correspondence:
One KeterCrownThe beginning of whirlings
TwoChokmahWisdomThe Zodiac
---Da'at Knowledge Asteroids or Transuranics
Four Chesed Mercy Jupiter
Five Geburah Severity Mars
Six Tipheret Beauty Sun
Seven Netzach Victory by EnduranceVenus
Eight Hod Glory Mercury
Nine Yesod Foundation Moon
TenMalkut Kingdom Earth

The Paths:

Number on
Diagram:
Corresponding
Hebrew Letter:
Alchemical-
Astrological:
Corresponding Tarot
Card title in BOTA Deck:
Eleven Aleph, AlephAir Elemental Air (Uranus )The Fool
Twelve Bet, BetMercury MercuryThe Magician
Thirteen Gimel, GimelMoon MoonThe High Priestess
Fourteen Dalet, DaletVenus VenusThe Empress
Fifteen Heh, HayAries AriesThe Emperor *
Sixteen Vau, VauTaurus TaurusThe Hierophant
Seventeen Zain, ZainGemini GeminiThe Lovers
Eighteen Chet, ChetCancer CancerThe Chariot
Ninteen Tet, TetLeo LeoStrength
Twenty Yod, YodVirgo VirgoThe Hermit
Twenty-One Koph, KafJupiter JupiterThe Wheel of Fortune
Twenty-Two Lamed, LamedLibra LibraJustice
Twenty-Three Mem, MemWater Elemental Water (Neptune Neptune)The Hanged Man
Twenty-Four Nun, NunScorpio ScorpioDeath
Twenty-FiveSamekh, SamekhSagittarius SagittariusTemperance
Twenty-Six Ayin, AyinCapricorn CapricornThe Devil
Twenty-Seven Peh, PehMars MarsThe Tower
Twenty-Eight Tzaddi, TzaddiAquarius AquariusThe Star **
Twenty-Nine Qof, QofPisces PiscesThe Moon
Thirty Resh, ReshSun SunThe Sun
Thirty-One Shin, ShinFire Elemental Fire (Pluto P)Judgment
Thirty-Two Taw, TawSaturn Saturn (Earth Elemental Earth)The World

* Crowley sometimes used the Star in this place in the Thoth Deck
** Crowley sometimes used the Emperor in this place in the Thoth Deck

(Part II will go over the Traditional Tree of Life in detail. Following parts will cover specialized developments of this diagram: The Tree of Two Pentagrams, The Tree of the Hexagram and Pentagram, The Tree of the Two Hexagrams, The Tree of the Two Cubes and suggestions of other progressive developments.)

Next View from Tipheret, Part II


From the Outbasket

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

GP of NY asked "What is the purpose, the intended result of the ceremony (of Minerval initiation)?"

Initiation is a rite of passage. The word signifies "to begin or commence". The Minerval initiation corresponds to conception in the womb. It's purpose is to introduce the candidate to OTO and OTO to the candidate, without final commitment to continue with OTO. As a witnessed physical event, it establishes a reference in time. As a mystical experience it sets the mind of the candidate on a path of further growth. It tends to accelerate "karma" - typically the Minerval will find that neglected or unfinished business in life suddenly requires attention or completion.
(Much more could of course be written)

PW of WS asked about pre-Sanscrit Angelic Languages - with an emphasis on chant and musical application:

Much depends on how you consider Angelic languages. "Angels" are derived from Old Persian mythology. Many if not most old languages are considered as taught by the gods or other spirits. Sanscrit texts survive from at least 1,000 B.C. For more information on Sanscrit and related languages, see W.B.Lockwood's Indo-European Philology, Hutchinson & Co., London, 1969. Allowing for a generous interpretation of "Angelic Languages" to include all ancient human languages, and also allowing speculation in regard to antiquity, look to Basque and Finnish in Europe as languages rich in songs that contain elements older than Sanscrit. Chinese, New World and Polynesian languages are older than Sanscrit. These contain many singing traditions. How about Nahuatl? Try Brinton's Library of Aboriginal American Literature, particularly his Rig Veda Americanus or Sacred Aztec & Toltec Songs, published in 1890 e.v. - the principal public ceremonies of the Aztecs and Toltecs, with phonetic transcriptions and translations of the songs and chants. Obtain recordings of modern survivals of that language group in Mexico, still speaking and singing Nahuatl.

-- TSG (Bill Heidrick)

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A GREATER FEAST

Beloved Soror Rowan Wood, aka V. Plunket, I° O.T.O. and Priestess of her own Coven in Wicca, experienced her Greater Feast on or about 5/16/92 e.v.
Rowan had been very ill with diabetes for many years, and in the past months her kidneys failed, requiring frequent dialysis. She was found at home, and the immediate cause of death appeared to be stroke. Rowan was a close friend of Grady McMurtry, and she used the original photograph for the cover of O.T.O. Newsletter #5 at a ritual mourning of his Greater Feast during Samhain rites a number of years ago. Delicate, tall with often brightly colored hair, she was always a joy. When Belladonna shed a "stocking" Rowan would sometimes make buttons or give the skin to friends; one such hangs not far from where I sit writing this. Belladonna is a Rosy Boa Constrictor, mated to Aleister Crawling. They had 18 babies on first romance, all subsequently and ceremoniously baptized, "Baby Jesus" was the smallest, as cute a little slither as you ever had hide under your arm. Rowan favored a wolf familiar, trained to cast circles and warmly greet. It would be too conservative to say that hundreds came to the Goddess through her example. There can be no other like her, but I feel she will return to bless us in another day. The first flower I saw opening after her Greater Feast was a St. John's Wort, bright yellow pentagram of rebirth. Brian, her fasted priest, may need help with the expenses for the Neptune Society. Please contact Aiwass Lodge and Brother Jon for possible ways to help: P.O. Box 952; Marina, CA 93933 USA.


Thelema Lodge Events Calendar for June 1992 e.v.

6/3/92Illuminati Tournament 7:30 PM
(call for information)
Thelema Ldg.
6/3/92Basic Astrology with Grace, 8:00PMThelema Ldg.
6/7/92Lodge Council & LOP 3:33 PMThelema Ldg.
6/7/92Gnostic Mass 8 PMThelema Ldg.
6/8/92Thelema Lodge meeting 8 PMThelema Ldg.
6/10/92Basic Astrology with Grace, 8:00PMThelema Ldg.
6/11/92Book of Thoth Study Circle (7:30PM)Thelema Ldg.
6/13/92Thelema Lodge initiations
Call to attend
Thelema Ldg.
6/14/92Gnostic Mass 8 PMThelema Ldg.
6/17/92Class on the Sephiroth & the Tree
of Life with Bill, 8:00 PM
Thelema Ldg.
6/20/92Summer Solstice 7:15 PM
(Pot Luck Dinner)
Thelema Ldg.
6/21/92Gnostic Mass 8 PMThelema Ldg.
6/21/92Mass workshop (call to attend)Thelema Ldg.
6/24/92Basic Astrology with Grace, 8:00PMThelema Ldg.
6/25/92Book of Thoth Study Circle (7:30PM)Thelema Ldg.
6/28/92Lodge Clean-up begins 1:11 PMThelema Ldg.
6/28/92Cancer Birthday party 4:18 PMThelema Ldg.
6/28/92Gnostic Mass 8 PMThelema Ldg.

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