Ordo Templi Orientis
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
September 1996 e.v. at Thelema Lodge
Lodge Members and Officers
1. The word "great" (Hebrew "gadol" = = 43) is a significantly over-used adjective in the story of
6. A long letter dated 9 May 1913 in opposition to the gold standard, based upon the conviction that "the concept of 'value' is inseparable from labor."
A.C.: A magnificent demonstration of the impossibility of using anything valuable as a means of exchange. One is reminded of the proverb: You cannot eat your cake and have it too.
7. A brief letter of 12 May 1913 proposing nationalization of the banks, because "the Bankers are rapidly coming to monopolize the means for exchange which once belonged to the people, thereby directly controlling their activities."
A.C.: Here attention is called to the trouble created by the fact that the possessor of wealth in whatever form cannot mobilize his resources at any desired moment owing to his lack of a medium of exchange. Under the present system he is not credited even with what he possesses -- for this reason the possession of money has come to imply wealth. A man with immense resources may starve unless he can realize them immediately; but money is accounted wealth because it can immediately and without question be exchanged for whatever commodity is required. And since the proportion of dollars to the amount of business done is as one to sixty or thereabouts, the man with the dollar can disorganize the business of the world and inflate the value of his perfectly worthless bill still further by merely threatening to withhold it from circulation.
10. Notes on "currency 'Reform'" dated 4 June 1913, the final paragraph of which argues that "it was not 'luxury' that killed Rome but that for which luxury was the symbol -- slavery at the other end," leading to unwieldy concentration of wealth in the hands of a few large owners. He concludes that "the only safe cities in this land today are those where the common people own their homes . . . . The others will be wiped out when the class-war strikes us."
A.C.: The note of warning sounded in the last paragraph of this letter deserves the most careful consideration.
14. A short letter of 12 October 1913, condemning bankers for abuse of money, which "the people want and must have" as a "means for exchange," in order to monopolize it "as a means for enslaving the world."
A.C.: This very acute criticism of the gold standard should be final. It is absurd for the banker to demand gold and at the same time to complain of over- production. It must be obvious to every one who thinks for a moment that the only reason that this is desired, or rather, that people pretend to desire it, is because it is unattainable. Unless there were artificial restrictions, there could be no trouble. Every one in the world is really rich. Poverty has been created deliberately by holding up the means of exchange.
17. A brief article dated 11 August 1914, rejected by the financial editors of several periodicals, angrily complaining of the war-time controls over stock-trading.
A.C.: It is amazing how pungent and acute is this criticism. It exposes completely the hypocrisy of the governments. No destruction of wealth takes place when stocks fall to a tenth of their former prices, and yet everybody acts as if something terrible had happened. It may be answered that I am committing a husteron proteron, that it is because of some terrible happening that the stocks decline in value. True. But if so, why attempt to conceal the fact? You do not alter it by an arbitrary suspension of business. Even calamities become no worse by being boldly faced.
21. A letter of 29 November 1914 to the British Prime Minister Lloyd George.
A.C.: A splendid piece of satire with a core to it. The opening of the war was the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen for wiping out sham values. And if Mr Lloyd-George had had the sense to listen to Mr Stuart, it might have been done.
23. Letter of 23 January 1915 to E. E. Pratt, Foreign Bureau Chief in the Department of Commerce, pointing to past oppression caused by monetary injustice. "The best English blood, today, comes from the red-blooded 'law'- made 'felons' she expatriated. At home, aside from the oppressors, there are naught but starveling runts. This is the English 'System' -- She eats her own."
A.C.: Here we begin to see how capitalism, in the bad sense, has not merely enslaved the people, but threatens to ruin the race.
34. A very brief statement, dated 27 April 1915, on the financial fiction of demanding gold for paper money.
A.C.: A valuable note of warning. The governmental method is to issue demand notes, with the proviso that if it should ever be inconvenient to meet the demand, the law may be suspended or abrogated. At the slightest hint of a crisis this step is threatened. As governments depend ultimately on the confidence of the people, it is a mistake to "woo them with honest trifles and betray them in deepest consequence."
37. An extensive report on Chinese and international financial challenges, purportedly related to a meeting of Sun Yat-sen and "the younger statesmen of New China," warning against the complexities of international capitalization and financial management for China.
A.C.: This letter contains the wisest advice ever given to a country. It seems possible at the moment of present writing that the Chinese, who after all are the wisest people on earth, may take it.
38. A long "open letter" to Dr. Sun Yat-sen (dated 16 June 1913), a copy of which Stuart mailed to President Wilson, and managed to have inserted into the
Congressional Record for 13 September of that year, on the careful management by China of foreign loans.
A.C.: If Dr Sun Yat-sen be wise, he will act on this when he comes to power. He could hardly do better than make Mr Stuart financial adviser to his government.
52. A letter of 7 October 1914 to British diplomat Sir Cecil Spring-Rice on finance as "the power of reaping where ye have not sown," and the risks of trusting "Mr J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr., and his associates" with the administration of war-time bonds.
A.C.: Note that this letter was written prior to Mr Morgan's appointment as Agent for Britain.
71. A brief note dated 29 November 1915, which reads in full: "Every 'civilization' that has 'passed' has met its doom through 'law and order' -- the vain effort of the oppressors of the day to maintain the then existing order; -- Whence the bloody violence of 'God,' who suffers no 'order' but CHANGE!"
A.C.: One of the profoundest metaphysical points ever made. The old tendency to regard the movement of the universe as a kind of accident -- the distinction between matter and motion -- must be abandoned. Matter without motion, or being without form, means nothingness. It is very remarkable that this doctrine, which has been taught in secret to the highest initiates for centuries, should be discovered independently by one who has no formal initiation.
75. A short note dated 5 January 1915 on the violence of war and the Anglo- Saxon use of the word "shocking."
A.C.: It is really a very remarkable fact that the idea which Anglo-Saxons express by the word "shocking" does not exist in the psychology of any other race. Only the Anglo-Saxon has built a wall against idea.
"Aunt Margery" [Woodrow Wilson]
76. A complementary letter to "Governor Wilson" of New Jersey, dated 1 July 1912, on integrity and political success, including the question "Can it be that a Man shall refuse all deals with the political spawn of Belial -- and survive?"
A.C.: If there by any blind spot in the eye of the prophet, it is that "last infirmity of noble mind" surviving even the desire for fame, of believing that any man is strong enough to work within any existing system without being corrupted by it. No. The only possibility of the establishment of righteousness lies through revolution.
78. A letter to President Wilson, dated 7 August 1913, on relations with Spanish-speaking countries, with a postscript comparing government by "revolutions in Spanish-America" with the U.S. election system.
A.C.: Special attention should be paid to the broadmindedness of paragraph one of the post-script. The ordinary mind is quite incapable of understanding that the methods of election and revolution are only local variations. But can the American people change their government by election? Is Mr Morgan dependent on majorities? It will take more than an election to pull him from his throne.
88. A letter of 11 June 1914 to Wilson in the White House, complaining of Latin American policy and "secrets . . . . in the matter of Canal Tolls."
A.C.: It is true that government under Wilson has become more secret than it ever was in Venice under the Council of Three. Who is there among the ordinary classes of the people, that understands the reasons for non- intervention in Mexico, or connects them with the activities of Franz von Rintelen?
90. A letter of 28 June 1914 to Wilson on financial promotion of the Mexican Revolution, "Currency Reform," etc., concluding with "The honorable thing would be for you to resign, but such is your unfortunate position that you cannot resign, in that your successors are more incompetent still."
A.C. The idiocy of the policy of "Watchful Waiting" has by this time become apparent. The impunity enjoyed by first outrages leads of course to presumption. The Germans immediately took advantage of the situation, to induce Mexican troops to perform acts which should force America into war; and Washington, aware that this is the game, has its hands tied. If the murder of the first American had been followed up by marching to Mexico City and hanging about 500 people, there would have been no further trouble. At the present moment, January 1916, if Mexico were positively to declare war and invade the United States, it would hardly be possible to resist. So much more valuable is the invisible, spiritual thing, prestige, than all the dollars in the universe.
98. A note dated 22 January 1911 on the limitations of human sight and the immature development of "our spiritual natures," containing the speculation "May it not be that 'The Heavens' are right before us in plain sight, were our organs only suitable for seeing them? When we do see them it will be through the spiritualization of the faculty of sight."
A.C.: There is an extraordinary resemblance between the author of these letters and William Blake; which extends not only to the quality of the vision, but to their styles. There is the same curious difficulty about reading them, a sort of feeling that one is uncertain of the real meaning of the thought. And this is not a mere question of the connotation of the words used; it is a sort of fundamental misgiving as to whether one's mind is sufficiently in tune to be able to apprehend. If there be anything in the theory of re-incarnation, it is a good bet that Mr Stuart is William Blake come back.
114. Notes dated 17 January 1914 listing future inventions and sociological developments, such as colored sky-lights, "nurseries for adults" with playrooms of special toys, and underground meditation rooms "away from surface vibrations."
A.C.: A most splendid and practical idea. If I may do a little bit of prophesying myself, it is this; that the Turkish bath of the day to that of the future is as the old dandy-horse of 1820 to the modern motor cycle.
116. Notes dated 13 May 1914 on the relations between thinking, thought, and silence.
A.C.: Nearly all the letters in this section may be regarded almost in the light of dope. They are injections, in minute form, which can revolutionize the whole contents of the mind. Each letter should be taken separately, committed to memory, and brooded over while life lasts.
129. Notes dated 16 April 1914 on the efficiency of thinking upon Sunday, away from "the grating of the ill-fitting wheels of 'the system.'"
A.C.: The editor here regrets to part company with his author. In his own case, the universal misery caused by the suppression of all natural instincts and enjoyments, by the operation of sabbatarianism, reacts upon him, fills him with wretchedness, and paralyzes his energies. Even in Paris there is a sufficient number of people, deliberately destroying their own happiness, to vitiate the atmosphere.
|Cat Head Goddess, Lion of Light|
|Thy whirlpool pulls all things to Thee|
|To fire the Beacons of Thy Night|
|And justify Duality.|
|Angel glowing fiery light|
| Angel burning hot and holy|
|The Negative attracts the norm,|
|Black Space is vacuum to the Soul;|
|Reflected Light has stirred the storm|
|And lightning Arrows to Its goal.|
|Angel glowing fiery light|
| Angel burning hot and holy|
Written in correspondence with the Aeon trump (Atu XX) in the Book of Thoth, this poem was originally published in McMurtry: Poems (London & Bergen: O.T.O., 1986 e.v.), then in The Grady Project #4 (December 1988 e.v.). The French word folie means madness, folly, or mania.
Derived from a lecture series in 1977 e.v. by Bill Heidrick
Copyright © Bill Heidrick
133 West 71st Street
New York, N.Y.
|August 14, 1943.|
About four weeks ago I got a note from the FBI: commanding me to appear forthwith under penalty of internment for the duration if I would fail to do so. I went at once: I was questioned in presence of a witness about my antecedents; stays in various countries, grade of acquaintance with A.C.
The man had a typewritten, rather long document of several pages in front of him. One question was: have you been on the West coast? I said yes. When? Some 35 or 40 years ago. He said, Oh, I mean recently, during your last stay in this country. I said No.
It has seemed to me since, that this was really the vital question: there seems or seemed to be an investigation pending against Agape; they found my connection and that I am an alien.
Sascha said that immediately after my visit a man called at the door with some silly pretext asking for me; also that the telephone at home was tapped.
While I have nothing to hide, yet I would like to know whether anything has happened at 1003 that has caused this investigation. There was something of which I heard some months ago when Smith was still there. But as things are, I would like to have a full report with details of charges, if any; result of the investigation, if any, and if known; if anything is still pending to Jack's knowledge.
I should really have written this to Jack, but the letter to him was in the letter box, so I am enclosing it to you, please discuss the matter with him.
P.S. Also the censor rang me up this afternoon because of a cable I sent yesterday to A.C. All kinds of, I must confess, silly questions were asked: I had cabled $100 in advance because of a cable by A.C. They wanted to know from whom they were, whether from California or whom else; what "three sections" meant (of Liber 132); what Liber 132 meant; what "stop" meant -- No, I apologize, this is my mistake, they seemed to know this. What "Disquieting" meant; what "Distressing" meant; what "Unhelpful" meant. -- I did not have my dictionary at hand to give them the definitions; but I was in a good humor, and apparently satisfied them.
AR of St.Petersburg, Russia, asked about Time and Crowley's opinion of it.
CW of South Africa expressed confusion over the terms: X°, OHO and Caliph.
From another quarter, Mu, the mysterious, asked about the history of the word "Caliph" in OTO, mentioning PK's strange WWW site.
Mu also wanted to know who worked up the implementation of the OTO Constitution in recent times, and a little of the history of that effort.
MM in the UK asked for a general character of the tenets of Thelema.
WC of Canada asked for a bit of help understanding Crowley's references to the Lust and Adjustment Atu's, remarking that the numbers 8 and 11 seem to be applied differently to those Trumps in several Crowley texts.
MC in South Africa is hot on the trail of a lost bit of OTO history. It seems that there is a wine producing farm in that country, called Thelema. On his enquiry, it turned out that the present owners, McLean Family Trust, bought the old farm "Thelema" in the mid 1980's e.v. from John Kidson, born on the farm in 1916 e.v. The present owners market an upscale wine under the name of the place and have heard stories from locals that the farm once belonged to "some German satanistist organisation" in the old days. That sounds like a public misconception of the kind people would have about OTO at that time. Thomas Windram was the OTO head in SA, with a charter from Crowley to operate the Order of Thelema in the 1920's. Who knows? Maybe the Gnostic Mass will one day be celebrated with genuine "Thelema" wine from the old plantation -- if anybody can come up with 32 Rand per bottle and a way to get it from one place to another!
|9/1/96||Gnostic Mass 8:00PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|9/8/96||Lodge Luncheon meeting 12:30||Thelema Ldg.|
|9/8/96||Gnostic Mass 8:00PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|9/10/96||Thelema Lodge Library night 8PM|
(call to attend)
|9/14/96||OTO Initiations (call to attend)||Thelema Ldg.|
|9/15/16||Gnostic Mass 8:00PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|9/18/96||Tarot with Bill Heidrick, 7:30 PM|
in San Anselmo at 5 Suffield Ave.
|9/21/96||Enochian Liturgy Gp. Scrying|
|9/22/96||Autumnal Equinox Ritual 2:30PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|9/22/96||Gnostic Mass 8:00PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|9/23/96||Section 2 reading w/Caitlin at OZ|
The Book of Johan 8:00 PM
|9/25/96||Thelema Lodge Library night 8PM|
(call to attend)
|9/26/96||Jnana Yoga discussion 8PM with|
|9/27/96||"The Houses in Astrology" workshop|
with Grace in Berkeley 7 PM
|9/28/96||John Dee Reading Group with Clay|
7PM in the Library. Mysteriorum
|9/29/96||Cakes of Light workshop 2 PM||Thelema Ldg.|
|9/29/96||Gnostic Mass 8:00PM Horus Temple||Thelema Ldg.|
|9/30/96||Sirius Oasis meeting 8PM Berkeley||Sirius Oasis|
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