Ordo Templi Orientis
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
January 1995 e.v. at Thelema Lodge
Lodge Members and Officers
by Aleister Crowley
* I.e., in the large first edition, which contains seven of M. Rodin's water- colours. Vide Bibliographical Note [in volume 3 of Crowley's Works -- Ed.].
|In Metz the German dead lie stacked|
|Beneath the quiet snow|
|Along the railroad tracks, a wracked|
|And grotesque iron row|
|Between the trees, and where the packed|
| Wire brambles twist and grow.|
|Their wooden cheeks are dark with stain;|
|Hoarfrost has iced their hair;|
|Their broken bodies, shrunk with pain,|
|Claw upwards in despair.|
|The fortress City of Lorraine|
| Is guarded by their stare..|
|The ghouls have had their business way|
|Among these frozen dead;|
|Some stripped of boots, some with their grey|
|Ring fingers clipped instead,|
|And some have even been the play|
| Of dogs, who must be fed..|
|These are the vaunted "Waffen Korps"|
|The cold embalms so well;|
|God damn their souls forevermore|
|And may they rot in Hell!|
|We wanted peace, they wanted War|
| So leave them where they fell..|
Originally published in The Grady Project #1 (Oakland: Thelema Lodge, O.T.O., October 1987).
Derived from a lecture on 7/22/87 e.v. by Bill Heidrick
Copyright © Bill Heidrick
Some scraps of travel notes and we are done:
LITTER ON THE FLOOR:
|R||O||T||A||S||of the cycle|
To know all things Past and Future in general.
|M||I||L||O||N||a night's lodging or rest|
|I||R||A||G||O||to alarm, terrify tremble|
|L||A||M||A||L||"to God" a name of Solomon|
|O||G||A||R||I||to cry, chatter|
|N||O||L||I||M||the soiled ones|
To know things past regarding Enemies.
|S||O||F||O||S||to be fulfilled|
|E||D||O||B||O||pine away; prayer|
To cause any spirit to appear, and take ... the form of a Bird.
|in a garment|
Diary of the square: While finishing this, a call from M-A. She was sitting at a resort, by a pool. A sudden gust of wind and the large umbrella sheltering a table by her chair was caught up. She rose from her seat and took a couple of steps. The aluminum shaft of the umbrella struck down into the chair she had just vacated, piercing the back at the level her heart would have been, had she not left the spot.
To be beloved by a Woman:
New Square: To send away afflictions that come from pets.
|of the night's|
A SCRAP OF MEDITATION WEDGED UNDER THE SEAT:
How young are you?
Who am I not?
Where I am going.
Only what I Will to Know.
|The Bell Inn,|
Aston Clinton, Bucks.
November 29th, 1944
P.S. I am sending you a set of six of the Letters of which there are now about 70, chosen at random so as to give you a sort of idea of the scope of the book. It is a little difficult to arrange, about the order in which they should appear, and at the moment I think the best way out of it is to classify them under various headings such as The Universe, Man, the Order, Yoga, Ethics. You might be able to get a contract with an occult periodical to issue them serially. Such people as I have honoured with the privilege of reading them are all very enthusiastic. I find that they want copies for themselves, and every one is agreed that for the first time I have been able to put things in such a way as can be understood by the ordinary intelligent person. For this and other reasons I think that you ought to be able to make a good thing out of it commercially. If you want a complete set of Letters it means that I shall have to have the whole series retyped. I want to impress upon you that people are pestering me from every quarter to supply them with various stuff published or unpublished. This means that I have to send my copies out to a firm to be typed, and this comes out rather expensive. For instance, Jean Phillips appears to be in close touch with Orson Welles and is anxious to interest him in my work. I am therefore sending here various things which might take his fancy. (You realise of course that his acceptation of one story of mine would make us for good and all). It has occurred to me that "The Three Wishes" would suit O.W. very well, not having any spare copies I had to have it retyped, 60 pages cost with two carbons, £3.13.9d. Now I have got to get Liber Aleph recopied and also the secret Documents of the 7th-9th Degress.3 A.C.
P.S. Long letter just in from Jack. Will write again on Sunday when I have had time to read and consider it. A.C.
Notes (from the margins of this copy):
1. Note in Margin by A.C.: It sounds hysterical to me.
2. A.C. in the margin: Can`t remember what I wrote. Sec. ... here. This sounds wrong.
3. A.C. note below: and "Across the Gulf".
from Not the Life of Sir Roger Bloxham:
Old Comment to Liber AL I,39: "The word of the Law is :
from Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. II:
In Liber XV, the Gnostic Mass, Rabelais is a saint.
from Crowley's translation of The Key of the Mysteries by Eliphas Levi:
from a review by Crowley in Equinox Vol I, No 6:
|"...Hence a tedious novel,|
|dull novel,||unconvincing novel,|
|stupid novel,||futile novel,|
|pseudo-occult novel,||banal novel,|
|pot-boiling novel,||senseless novel,|
|tired novel,||ground-out novel,|
|pointless novel,||unreal novel,|
|fatuous novel,||sorry novel,|
|etc., etc., etc.|
from "The Bismarck of Battersea" in Equinox, I-7:
from Gospel according to St. Bernard Shaw:
from the bibliography in the center of Magick in Theory and Practice:
from Magick Without Tears:
finally, from a footnote to The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz aka Bagh-i-Muattar:
|1/1/95||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|1/8/95||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|1/9/95||Thelema Lodge Meeting 8:00PM|
(& Lodge History night)
|1/11/95||Sirius Oasis meeting in Berkeley 8PM||Sirius Oasis|
|1/12/95||Thelema Lodge Library night 8PM|
(call to attend)
|1/15/95||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|1/16/95||Section 2 reading group, 8PM at OZ|
MacDonald's Lilith w/Caitlin
|1/18/95||Magick in Theory and Practice class|
with Bill in San Anselmo 7:30PM
|1/19/95||Butterfly Net Computer Group 8:00PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|1/22/95||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|1/23/95||Thelema Lodge Library night 8PM|
(call to attend)
|1/25/95||Liber XV Study Group w. Bp. T|
|1/27/95||Astrology of Aquarius with Grace|
7-9PM, Berkeley. Call to attend.
|1/28/95||777 Poetry Society 7:30PM w.Fr.P.I.||Thelema Ldg.|
|1/29/95||Gnostic Mass 7:30PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
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