Ordo Templi Orientis
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
November 1993 e.v. at Thelema Lodge
Lodge Members and Officers
IT has been remarked by some critics of the Law of Thelema that the words "Do what thou wilt" are not original with the Master Therion: or, rather, with Aiwass, who uttered to the scribe Ankh-f-n-khonsu, the priest of the princes, the Book of the Law.
He who is able to endure unto the end, he insists, is to be blessed with worship. And what is this I will endure unto the end but PERDURABO, the magical motto at his first initiation of the Master Therion?
O qu'est a reverer Cil qui en fin pourra perseverer!
The Universe = 0 (or it would not be complete).
But 0 = 1 + (-1).
(0 = 2) = Magick = the Will to Live.
(2 = 0) = Mysticism = the Will to Die.
"Every man and every woman is a star." (A star is an individual identity; it radiates energy, it goes, it is a point of view. Its object is to become the whole by establishing relations with other stars. Each such relation is an Event: it is an act of Love under Will.)
Love = 1 + (-1) = () 0 and () 2.
This is expressed by--
This process repeats itself perpetually. An Event is the ultimate thing in the Universe: it is the conjunction of an Individual with a Possibility. Each (I + P) is unique and infinite; so is each Event.1 The Individual is measured by the number and importance of the Events belonging to his growth; i.e. to the number of Possibilities he has fulfilled.
The Universe is an Act of Faith.
Its Reality is an Act of Love.
Men resent Happiness, knowing that it cannot last: but the other animals--and wise men--accept things as they are.
Marriage is the straight-waistcoat of Love.
Art and Science consist in selecting, arranging, and presenting facts so as to illustrate some aspect of Truth.
Law is the corpse of Justice.
Morality is the corpse of Conduct.
Religion is the carcass of Fear.
Happiness is the state of mind resulting from the free fulfillment of a function.
A holy man is one who is not bound by normal desires.
A prostitute is one who is obliged to treat individuals as members of a class, ob pecuniam.
All proofs turn out on examination to be definitions. All definitions are circular. (For A = BC, B = DE . . . W = XY, and Y = ZA.)
Consider the proposition: Thought is possible.
Realism = Romanticism, to one strong enough to worship things as they are.
The true Artist loves all his characters equally.
Punishment: increase of sensibility at the expense of control.
Reduce the A logical proposition to two: thus A and E are extreme cases of 1 and 0, and the circle is of the ellipse:
|I must go down|
|In Earth's dark crown|
|I must go down the slope|
|And sink my roots|
|In sandy boots|
|My arms a leather rope|
|I must be drowned|
|In rolling ground|
|Enclayed in silent hope|
|I must decend|
|The curtain rend|
|I must go down the Cave|
|In bones be traced|
|And, venous laced,|
|Possess the poisoned slave|
|Nor sing on high|
|For Kings who die:|
|This is the cycled grave|
|To be at home|
|In graveled loam|
|By Our Goddess planted|
|Pebbled eye enchanted|
|Be where I spoil|
|I must lie still|
|Beneath the hill|
|A star-born Dragon seed|
|And then course up|
|Renewed in Goddess mead|
|And blossom proud,|
|A starry cloud,|
|Thrust on; such is Her need|
|Fair Goddess of the Windward Sky|
|Diana of the Groves|
|Divine Thy trees, Thy woodland frieze|
|Divine Thy treasure troves|
|In silence meet, in darkness greet|
|To share Thy Fish and Loaves|
Published in McMurtry: Poems (London & Bergen: O.T.O., 1986 e.v.), and in The Grady Project #3 (March 1988 e.v.).
260 WEST 72ND STREET
NEW YORK 23, N.Y.
|May 24, 1946.|
I'll hold the copy of the Drug Fiend and Liber Aleph and take both on my trip, and will give both to you personally.
No, Aleister is almost positively not coming over this year. Of course, he would have liked to have you with him, if it would have been possible. But with this surprise that you sprang on us, I mean "Foxie" and the expected baby, I realize that you could not go. So we'll have to forget about this.
Re. Jack: this is quite a story. Meanwhile I've had the more or less full story from Bro. Culling, and as I cannot make a copy, which I've sent to A.C. ... (his cable reply: SUSPECT RON PLAYING CONFIDENCE TRICK JACK EVIDENTLY WEAK FOOL OBVIOUS VICTIM PROWLING SWINDLERS. OLLA PROCEEDING RAPIDLY.) Please return the letter at your earliest. Culling wrote me after that (on May 21) that he had shown my reply to Roy and Max, so that they too are fully informed. He adds: "In the past Bro. John has stated that - 'I guess Karl & Crowley are off on me' and later changed that 'he was withdrawing and going it alone'. I took his statement as speculative but it appears that he now speaks more definite that 'he is going it alone'.-- To do him credit I think he qualifies it in his own mind that later he will have the money -- and that also his magick will bring him credit with the O.T.O. -- i.e. he possibly hopes his quitting is temporary."
Some opinions on Culling that I've heard were not too trustful. It was suspected that he was the intermediate who kept W. T. Smith constantly informed. I don't think you met him?
I want you to be fully informed, as 666 holds you in charge of the Californian activities, with any steps you decide to be taken with my approval. He may not realise that you can't jump up and down the west coast, and you will hardly be able to keep your fingers on the pulse any better than I from here. However, you know all the people personally, while I known only Max and Jane. Let us cooperate fully. Roy is now in charge of Agape Lodge and cooperates in harmony with Max' group. The first thing Roy is doing is to list all the property of the lodge, furniture, paraphernalia, and the library. The latter will now be run by a librarian in a proper business way. He has at once changed the money policy. But why should I tell you all these details: here is Roy's letter to me which please return.
In another two months I expect to be in Los. Angeles, so I keep any details on abeyance until then.
Who says that there are no thelemic children? Ray and Mildred Burlingame have produced a magnificent girl -- Laylah; and Frederic has a splendid boy, 13 months old. Do you likewise!
Jane made a remark in a recent letter that 'Jack took a beating when you were there'. Jack seems to have an oversensitive pride, boosted inordinately by his receiving the IX°, his appointment as head of Agape Lodge, considering himself a Grand Master. It went to his head apparently, and when you turned up as a special emissary from Grand Lodge and questioned him as everyone else -- he may have felt this as a blow and a slight. This is the way I construct it with no facts to support it. I don't know how you stand personally with Jack. If you feel like handling him directly, do so by all means. My spontaneous reaction to the treatment I have received and the facts given by Culling, were expressed in my reply to him, and for your information I enclose the carbon. Be sure to return it after you've read it -- with the other letters.
I would consider it perfectly legitimate if your view on Jack and your opinion on the way how to deal with him would differ from mine. Meanwhile a letter may be on the way from 666, both to you and to me. Use your own considered judgment if you think you should take any action in this matter.
Write soon. Sascha and I are looking forward to meeting 'Foxie' (is she red- haired?). We'll be in San Francisco about July 22. You might better write me your phone number, in case we arrive at an inconvenient hour.
1 cc - letter to Culling.
|What is this journey|
|The lance shines bright|
|The crystal sword|
|Of the Lady and the Lord.|
|The Morrigan shrieks|
|The cold wind blows,|
|Gleaming armor, swirling snows.|
|Through the path|
|The Pilgrim goes|
|Into the topaz heart|
|Where the Lion glows.|
AS of MA wanted to know about the "Oath of the Abyss" as a means of resolving problems:
JB of MN wrote to tell us that he had crossed the Abyss and expressed a sequence of requests, withdrawals of the same requests, statements, denigrations of the same statements and similar dichotomies.
|1/11/93||All Hallows (Xian time for Samhain)||Aeon Osiris|
|11/6/93||O.T.O. Initiations and Samhain feast|
at Sirius Oasis
|11/7/93||Samhain 1:35 AM|
(True pre-Christian date/time)
|11/8/93||Thelema Lodge meeting 7:30 PM|
at Ancient Ways store, Oakland
|11/10/93||Burmese Astrology with Kathy 7:30PM|
at Grace's in Berkeley
|11/13/93||Workshop on the Greater Ritual of|
the Pentagram with Fran. 7:30 PM
at Grace's in Berkeley
|11/14/93||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM|
call for location in Berkeley.
|11/17/93||Magick in Theory and Practice 7:30PM|
with Bill: 5 Suffield Av. San Anselmo
(in Marin County)
|11/20/93||Possible date for Initiations|
Call to confirm or attend
|11/23/93||"Especially for Minervals". Class|
with Mike Sanborn. Call for locat.
|11/28/93||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM|
call for location.
|11/29/93||Gnostic Mass Seminar w/Bp.Dionysys||Thelema Ldg.|
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