Thelema Lodge Calendar for June 1997 e.v.
Thelema Lodge Calendar
for June 1997 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, 1997 e.v.
Ordo Templi Orientis
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
June 1997 e.v. at Thelema Lodge Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Lodge Members and Officers
Happy Summer Solstice, Anno 93!
Sol enters Cancer early Saturday morning 21st June at 1:20, but most of us
will sleep in a few more hours before rising to celebrate the longest day of
the year. Thelema Lodge will observe the noontide of the ninety-third year of
the aeon with a beach picnic and ritual outing for the Summer Solstice, in
honor of the triumph of Horus in the age of the Crowned and Conquering Child.
Our pooled transportation will be organizing to leave from Thelema Lodge at
10:00 AM sharp. Bring picnic supplies packed to carry, and dress for possible
afternoon winds as well as warm sun and cold water. We plan to stay until
Resh to Tum at sunset, and return thereafter. The destination will be a free
beach, scouted ahead of time by the ritualists, probably in San Mateo or Santa
Cruz County. Parking may be at some distance for better security, and the
trails may be un-maintained, so wear good shoes and be prepared to walk with
your own food and gear. Call the lodge ahead of time to contribute to our
plans for this event.
Gnostic Mass in Horus Temple
Horus Temple at Thelema Lodge offers a weekly celebration of the gnostic
mass every Sunday evening beginning at nightfall. Members, friends, and
guests of the lodge are welcome to attend and participate in the communion,
and should arrive by 8:00 to await the mass. For directions and information,
those unfamiliar with the lodge should call ahead at (510) 652-3171 and speak
with the officers. Lodge members (and occasional guests) officiate in this
celebration by serving us at mass, and all are encouraged to participate in
forming teams to work the liturgy. As your mass team comes together, see the
lodgemaster for a date on our temple schedule.
The following perspective upon the minor sacraments of baptism and
confirmation within the E.G.C. has been provided by Gnostic Bishop T Oecumene
The Gnostic Catholic Church: A Vision
We Thelemites are enthusiasts of the New Aeon, the vision of a new
condition for humanity. One of the virtues of entertaining such a vision is that it enables us to place ongoing events within a perspective of meaning.
This sense of meaning gives shape to our lives, and also provides us with a
basis for sharing our enthusiasm with like-minded souls, even those from
entirely different traditions. The vision, or "current" if you like, spreads
one individual at a time, heedless of culture, tribe, or brand name. How does
such a vision realize itself within the heart? To some extent, the process
must remain forever Mysterious. But in part, we are drawn to greater
knowledge through certain influences within our culture, cultivated through
the efforts of the sages and sacred orders of the past.
Our Thelemic heritage can serve as a tremendous force for the furtherance
of the Aeon. But we should take care to see to it that the presentations of
the teachings are adapted to suit the specific needs of our times and
cultures. Aleister Crowley, for example, did not address his writings
(exclusively) to the void, but rather shaped his message in accordance to the
requirements of his day.
Of all the cultural changes since Crowley's time, perhaps none is so
important to the development of Thelema as the shifting religious landscape.
He would never have imagined how rapidly Organized Religion would lose its
grip on the "common man" in the years following his death. By this I mean the
sense in which the idea of the religious person became no longer identified
with the ordinary citizen, but was rather exiled to the margins of society.
This was a radical transformation that we have perhaps not yet fully taken
On the other hand, it is true that we are now in the midst of a general
religious revival, as a sort of backlash to the revolution of secular
humanism. Some of this, perhaps the most readily apparent portion, is more of
the same old nonsense: the continuing momentum of tyranny and superstition.
But that is not the whole story. Look at the unprecedented interest in Tibetan
Buddhism, for example, or the inclusiveness and adventurous spirit of avant-
garde Judeo-Christianity (very different from anything Uncle Al would have
Pan is alive. Gnosis is afoot.
Keeping the spirit of the times in mind, I believe that the Gnostic
Catholic Church has an indispensable role to play in the propagation of
Thelema. We, the people of the present time, are in love with the dance of
being. And we celebrate this grace in communion with the most excellent of
our ancestors, and mindful of the limitless potential of our progeny.
As a ceremonial observation of our enthusiasm to Be-With-Us, the Gnostic
Catholic Church offers the sacraments of baptism and confirmation upon
request. Contact the Lodge, or Bishop T Oecumene at (510) 601-9393 for
Man of Earth initiations in Ordo Templi Orientis are planned at Thelema
Lodge for Saturday 14th June. Active initiate members are invited to contact
the lodge officers in advance for the times and the degrees scheduled to be
worked. Those seeking initiation in O.T.O. should contact the lodge;
application forms for candidates may be obtained at most events.
Astrology Seminar with Grace
A seven-week astrology seminar will begin Monday evening 2nd June, meeting
in Berkeley. Those who attend will receive an excellent astrology workbook
(worth $21 but donated for this course). Both beginners and intermediate
levels will benefit from these meetings. This is an excellent opportunity to
get a grounding in astrology, one of the cornerstones of the Hermetic science.
What is Astrology? Astrology is actually a language of evocative symbols
which has the power to reveal the essence of any moment in time and space.
Any particular moment can mark the birth of a human life, the beginning of a business, the start of a horse race, the signing of legal papers, or the
solemnizing of a marriage contract. Learning to read the symbols of a birth
chart gives us amazing insights about its subject. The major factors of
signs, planets, houses, and aspects will be studied, with examples taken from
the lives of public figures and events, in addition to the use of our own
charts as a major learning tool throughout the seminar. If you can manage two
hours on seven consecutive Monday evenings in June and July, join us for an
intense mystical exploration of your own psyche. The seminar will be held in
Berkeley at Grace's Temple of Astrology, beginning at 7:00. Call Grace ahead
of time to participate, and for directions, at (510) 843-7827.
College of Hard N.O.X.
The glories of ancient Greek philosophy arose from dialogues and group
discussions, informal and semi-formal, of the poets, pedants, penseurs,
patrons, philistines, and partyers, in short, of that philosophizing portion
of the populace which in all ages and all climes has luxuriated in those
questions which seem of least moment to practical people. Nowadays most of
this process is formalized into a welter of continually metastasizing cultural
and educational institutions and career paths.
The College of Hard N.O.X. is an attempt to reintroduce the qualities of
informality and spontaneity to the education of the members of our community
as magicians and as Thelemites. Think of our meetings as classes where
everyone is both teacher and student. The rules of discussion are simple:
anything goes, unless it doesn't. People who are excessively abusive, or
domineering, or in love with the sound of their own voices, should expect to
have their faults openly discussed; however, interruptions, jokes, colorful
language, even a certain amount of heatedness will all be tolerated if they
originate from earnest inquiry. If you like to engage in intelligent
conversations, either as a participant or just as a listener, you are
encouraged to enroll in the College of Hard N.O.X.
The meetings will open with the Dean's presentation of the evening's topic.
This will be immediately followed by a discussion of whether or not to accept
that topic or to choose another (or dispense with a topic altogether). Topics
may be anything of interest to the group of students present, especially
academic questions, political and social controversies, O.T.O. and/or local
lodge issues, and Thelemic arcana. Wandering off the topic is allowed, but
the Dean will, if necessary, remind people of the agreed topic.
Meetings will be held at Thelema Lodge, twice a month in successive weeks,
the last and first Wednesdays of every month. The first class will begin at
8:00 on the evening of 25th June. Arrive as promptly as you can because the
conversation will commence without delay. Mordecai's proposed topic for the
initial class is, "What, if any, are the political implications of Thelema"?
Tarot Series in San Anselmo
The magick of prognostication takes many forms, but among the more
evocative and versatile of the traditional methods is Tarot divination. Work
with the cards involves the occult student with the entire range of Western
spiritual symbolism, and teaches the intricate web of correspondences from
which the formulas of ritual, meditation, and initiation are constructed.
Bill Heidrick's Tarot series, meeting on Wednesday evening 18th June in San
Anselmo, offers a wide-ranging investigation of the cards, and our survey of
the Major Trumps concludes this month with illustrated presentations on the
Aeon XX or Angel of Judgment card, and the Universe XXI or World card. There
will also be a demonstration reading or two afterwards, with special
instructional commentary. Contact Bill at (415) 454-5176 for directions or
The Rites of Summer
The eighteenth Bay Area cycle of Aleister Crowley's Rites of Eleusis is
scheduled to get underway early in July, and there will be a coordinating
meeting for the god-forms and production managers who are organizing the
Rites, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evening 11th June at Thelema Lodge.
Those who have already been cast, or who would like to be, should contact the
lodge ahead to confirm this meeting. The Rites will be given at twelve-day
intervals again this year, with Saturn in the dark of the moon on Saturday
evening 5th July (probably at Andy and April's house in Oakland, but call
ahead to confirm the venue), Jupiter on Thursday 17th July, and Mars on
Tuesday 29th. Two more Rites follow in August, and two in September,
concluding at full moon for the Rite of Luna on Monday evening 15th September.
The Law is For All
Our Sunday evening study group continues in the lodge "den" before mass
each week, reading through the depths of the Beast's commentary on perhaps a
verse or two from the Book of the Law in an hour of discussion over the pages
of The Law is for All, beginning at 7:00. Philosophers, Thelemites,
magicians, and quibblers welcome.
Caitlin is off to the Io Pan Jam with the entire crowd from Scarlet Woman
Oasis in Austin, Texas, so the Thelema Lodge Section Two reading group will
take a break this month. Read ahead in Edgar Jepson's supernatural novel No.
19 (1910) for the July meeting. Our future projections include readings from
the Roman poets Martial and Juvenal in August, Lytton's alchemical novel A
Strange Story in September, and Shakespeare's Macbeth in October. Rather than
closing this project as we near the end of the original A A bibliography
(which was assembled over eighty years ago), we hope to extend the list with
selections from Crowley's later recommendations in Liber Artemis Iota, and
also with more modern works, and additional writings from the authors on whom
Crowley focused. Suggestions of additional titles for this project will be
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A spoof in the style of travel-writing and ethnography, this unfinished piece seems likely to reflect some of Crowley's own feelings upon his arrival in America late in 1914 e.v. It was published a few years later in The
International 11:10 (New York: October 1917), pp. 305-6, in an issue where Crowley himself was responsible for most of the items included. Although credited in the masthead only as the "contributing editor," Crowley found himself in the autumn of 1917 e.v., as the United States at last entered the Great War, with his own monthly magazine to produce. In the same October issue with this fragment Crowley also included texts he had written over the preceding years, attributed to Edward Kelly, The Master Therion (two items and a letter), and Mark Wells, as well as three items bearing his own name, and an editorial signed "A.C." There are also several unattributed pieces, some of which are obviously written in Crowley's own voice, including the sonnet to Hilarion and the editor's introductory "boost". The present piece is one of the unattributed texts, and its style and language are perfectly consistent with Crowley's authorship, but there are no conclusive references that would remove all doubt from the attribution. In the context of this magazine issue, however, the very lack of a by-line for the fragment seems sufficient to attribute it to Crowley, who would have been very unlikely under the circumstances to run another's work in competing anonymity. In Confessions
(although this piece is not mentioned) Crowley betrays a relevant tendency to refer to Americans as "natives" and reflects upon his own departure for New York that "I had a feeling that my country, the richest in the world, would shortly be going, cap in hand, to the savages for cowries" (1969 e.d., p. 745).
This fragment is known to have been reprinted in one or two college textbooks anthologizing ethnographic perspectives (circa 1970s e.v.), without attribution to Crowley. It was also reprinted in the June 1978 e.v. issue In
The Discovery of Gneugh-Ioughrck
[by Aleister Crowley]
. . . As I approached the landing-place, continued the explorer, the
savagery of the natives manifested itself in a thousand extravagances.
In one canoe was to be seen a medicine man, wearing a saffron rag, who
parleyed in some inscrutable jargon; the tenant of another, a gorilla-like
creature, boarded my boat, and plied me with idiotic questions as to whether I
had been there before, where I was born, who was my father, was I a native of
the country (!!!), what were my political opinions and my moral character, in
short, everything that an imbecile curiosity could conjure up. He paid not
the least attention to my answers. I learnt afterwards that this was part of
a religious ritual of these astonishing half-men.
The great point is that the stranger must be made to swear some oath, no
matter what, and no matter whether true or false. The fact of attestation
guaranteed the favor of their gods. So again on landing I was confronted by
another creature with a head resembling that of a sheep, but with the
expression of a vulture, who exacted another oath to the effect that I was not
intending to trade with the natives. I swore as requested, and he was
immediately satisfied; but on subsequent examination I found that he had taken
advantage of my distraction to rifle my loads, and sequestrate several
articles that took his fancy. When I complained of this through an
interpreter, I was told that the articles in question were of necessity
"either displeasing to the gods, or pleasing to them, since the gods were never indifferent. In the first case, they must be destroyed; in the second
they must be offered to the gods. In neither case have you any right in the
matter." They added that I might flatter my fortune that she had brought me
off so easily, for had I been a native, all my possessions must infallibly
have been seized.
But no sooner had I quitted the landing-stage with my porters than an
innumerable company of sordid persons began to jostle me. These were all
ragged and dirty; they stank horribly of stale liquor of some kind unfamiliar
to me, and also of some filthy aromatic. They began at once to ply me with
questions which made those of my former tormentor seem almost reasonable.
For those other questions were at least such as I could answer; the new
infliction was absurd. They asked me whether I had ever been in their country
before; and on my replying "no," inquired how I liked their country, what I
thought of its institutions and customs, which they assured me were the best
in the world. They asked if I admired their women, who were the most
beautiful in the world, and none of whom, as they well knew, I had yet seen.
They wished even to know things which God alone could have known, concerning
the future; how long I was going to stay, what I would do, and other matters
even more ridiculous. They then became extremely insolent, commenting on my
personal appearance and costume, catching at my clothes and asking their
price, seeking information as to my most private affairs, and in every way
conducting themselves as the sodden and mannerless mongrels that they were.
However, being at last for the first time well rid of these scurvy knaves,
I was able to rest to some extent, and to listen while I ate my food to the
babble around me. On my journey from the landing-place I had already remarked
that no man was able to fix his mind upon his affairs. Every pebble by the
roadside on which the sun's rays chanced to fall at the proper angle would
catch his eye, and crying "Cowrie! Cowrie!" he would leave his occupation and
rush after it. This frequently led to free fights between savages who had
observed the pebble at the same moment, and they would continue to fight even
after they found it to be only a pebble. Some seemed altogether hypnotized by
their desire for cowries, and, picking up pebbles, would maintain angrily that
they were cowries, or were better than cowries, or would be cowries one day!
Their conversation was exclusively on this one subject. It was unlucky or
irreligious -- I was never able to determine the root-idea in this superstition
-- to complete a sentence without mention of cowries, or to refer to any object
without giving its equivalent in cowries. It was also usual to prefix to
every sentence a brief invocation of the "official" god; and this I found to
be the only trace remaining of his worship. The real god is a fabulous bird --
the Aquila Duplex of Mungo Park may be a congener. Fabulous, I say, though
the natives assert positively that it exists. Yet some such bird is to be
found in the western part of the country. The possession of a specimen is
said to confer the highest happiness.
In default of such specimens they have dirty and crumpled oblongs of some
substance resembling paper. These are covered with hieroglyphic signs and
pictures, and the Big Medicine-Man, a mysterious being in the interior of the
country, consecrates them and issues them. Their possession ensures good
luck. Some are more sacred than others; this depends on the signs written by
the makers. For even one of these every native is ready to perform any
service, however degrading; or to steal, rob, and murder.
There is, however, a difference in degree; it is pretended that such crimes
are only honorable or even (among the stricter sort of men) excusable when the
number or value of the oblongs is great. But each man knows in his heart that
even one of the least desirable of these is worth the loss of his soul; for
this is their religion.
The food of the country is very varied and delicious. but the cooks are by
no means skilful in their art. It is possible, however, after some
experience, to avoid actual poisoning; and this the natives themselves are not
able to do. For instead of using their noses, tongues, and eyes, they judge
wholly by ear, which, a good principle in musical criticism, is unsuited to ripe gastronomy. Their method is as follows: Certain persons are chosen for
the loudness of their tones, and appointed to declare the benefits or the
reverse of devouring certain substances. One class cries that such a food is
poison; his opponent that it is the only true nourishment of life. This
shouting goes on continuously, and the other natives catch the enthusiasm of
the shouters and join in their sacred war-dances, which often develop into
fights. The shouters claim the direct inspiration of the god of truth, or of
the god of freedom, or of the god of the people; but in reality they are
faithful to the true but unofficial god of this strange people, as is every
one. Those who most loudly blaspheme him are in truth often his best
servants. The shouters are employed by the merchants, in effect, and their
oracles depend upon the commercial interests of their masters. I remarked
upon this fact to one of their greatest philosophers, and he replied that it
was the greatest proof possible of their bona fides, that the spiritual side
of the prophets should be in such perfection of harmony with their material
welfare. "What in the Abyss could be better?" (It is the custom to affirm
belief in the existence of a place of eternal punishment by introducing its
name into every question, since certain heretics doubted it of yore.)
"Should one prophesy against himself, it would show disunion of his being,
which is no other than madness."
The test of truth is therefore exclusively its utility. The fact is of
wide bearing, and applies directly to their theory of law.
This is as simple in this country as it is complex in others. The first
principle is that everything is forbidden. For example, said my interpreter,
no man may carry arms. I pointed out that (on the contrary) every man was
armed to the teeth. True, said he, therefore if any man displease the ruling
power, it is easy to destroy him. If he pay not ample tribute, or if he lend
not his wives to the right people, of if he err in thought upon political or
social questions, there is no trouble in condemning him. There is always some
crime, which all alike commit, of which he may be conveniently accused.
This rule holds good of all laws. None are in force, unless it be to
satisfy the greed or spite of one of the ruling class. To this there is
however one important exception. There are certain classes of Shouters whose
duty it is to call attention constantly to the evil-doer. These wisely
concentrate their energies on some one trivial matter -- it is not pleasing to
the gods to mention serious affairs at all, in any connection -- and they
enforce the laws most drastically for the moment, while the attention of the
people can be held. Thus, on my arrival, they had just condemned a medicine
man to Ten Years of Imprisonment for "conscientious-advice-giving."
Other points were also most strange, even to me, an old explorer of many of
the dark places of the earth. One essential point of law is that a forbidden
thing is no longer forbidden, if it be called by another name. Thus, it is
the custom of the country to drink arrack from a calabash, coffee from a
coconut; and it is forbidden to drink arrack upon holy days. Those therefore
who wish to do so drink it from a coconut, and it becomes technically coffee.
Similarly, in calling for the arrack, one must say: bring bamboo-shoots. Thus
is the law satisfied.
The object of enforcing laws in this sporadic manner is obvious. Suppose a
merchant spend years of labor in the building up of a big trade in silk. The
Shouters then say: "Behold this villain, the greatest rogue that walketh upon
the earth! Lo, he conduceth to luxury and to vanity; and the morals of our
women, the purest albeit the fairest that be in all the world, are by him
corrupt." The indignation of the people is thus aroused, and they bethink
them of the law against silk. The merchant must then pay all that he hath to
the Shouters, so that they may not see him.
This is a most salutary custom of this people. The merchant hath for ever
the fear of the Law before his eyes. He is taught constantly the instability
of human affairs, and so from a merchant he becometh a philosopher.
The greater merchants, however, have found higher truths. They themselves
employ armies of Shouters, and none dare offend them. In their hands they have gathered all the images of God of the country, without which none may do
aught without blasphemy, and blasphemy is the one crime that is always and in
all places punished, usually by death.
It is they that have destroyed or sequestered all the specimens of Aquila
Duplex, which is not fabulous at all, and may still be found in the western
districts of the country. But it has been to their interest to persuade the
ignorant that the bird is but a fable, and that the oblong squares are the
The evening being now come, I went forth into the market-place to take the
air; but no sooner had I come into their main way, which they call broad
(though it is narrow enough if one compare it with the main street of any
civilized town), and white, although it has hardly a white building in all its
length, than I was assailed by the fearsome beast which is justly the dread of
the whole country, the terrible man-eating chicken. . .
(The remainder of this account has been deleted by the Censor.)
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from the Grady Project:
This is the final poem of Grady's sequence entitled The Angel and the Abyss,
written over the course of 1961 e.v. while he worked as a government analyst
in Sacramento. Although this poem has not previously been published alone,
the entire series was first printed in the London/Bergen volume of 1986 e.v.,
then in Berkeley in the Grady Project two years later, and more recently in
the Red Flame.
The Ark of the Covenant
|Queen of Spheres|
|Monad windowless divining|
|Star alembic role defining|
| Neptune's trident|
| Sea storm strident|
| Waves combining|
| Forms intwining|
| Sea salt teeming|
| Pledge redeeming|
| Bivalve plenum|
| Star-spate venom|
| Screwing physis|
| Starry Isis|
|Night sky manic|
|Fierce love of Heaven, pull of soul|
|Love joy panic|
|Diana Zagreus, take your toll!|
| Sailor drowning|
| Hound dog clowning|
| Meaning hidden|
| Knowledge midden|
| Salt shape sigil|
| Star spray vigil|
| Name reviling|
| Goddess smiling|
| Snake vibration|
| Sharp elation|
| -- Grady L. McMurtry|
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An Introduction to Qabalah
Part XXVIII - Let's try it..
Derived from a lecture series in 1977 e.v. by Bill Heidrick
Copyright © Bill Heidrick
Here's a light run-through of the notion of analyzing day-to-day affairs by
the Trees-within-Trees approach. This will only touch on the method, since
each individual will tend to use this technique in a personal way.
To try this, start by taking something moderately complex, but not so
elaborate that it will become confusing. If you have a project or something
that you are doing, that might be the simplest. Start by writing a topic on a
sheet of paper with a simple tree diagram. For example, it might be: "My
difficulty with transportation". Next, determine the Keter and the Malkut.
What is the essence of the thing in its simplest sense? What is the essence
of the thing in its developed sense? Transportation: The need for
transportation, the success of transportation. Those can be taken as the
opposites, the things pulling apart that you want to bring together. Always
try to make it a simple set of opposites. This gives a "black and white"
picture. How can that two dimensional thing develop color? The colors are
those of the Sephirot of the Tree of Life, symbolically; the shades, the
primary colors, their mixtures and the final earthly results. For traveling,
and most things, the energy is in Chokmah. The over-all, but not precise,
conception is in Binah. Next, pause and review: You know you have a need to
travel. You have the energy necessary, and you are not sick or blocked in
some other obvious way. You have the general idea of what traveling is about.
You are ready, you have decided, and you are sitting down to figure it out.
Above the Abyss, Keter through Binah, is thinking idly about it. The approach
to actual travel begins below the Abyss. Do you feel good about it; is it an
over-all good thing, traveling, going back and forth (Chesed)? How can you
make yourself do these things when you need to (Geburah)? Carefully consider
if there is enough over-all desire to accomplish these things. That doesn't
amount to simple tricks to get yourself to do it, but should be an over-all
satisfaction and determination, a union of Chesed and Geburah. How will
traveling effect in a general way your whole life (Tipheret)? Perhaps won't
utterly alter your life, but you might have to be serious about changes and
scheduling. This is still not a detailed level; details come in with the
lower four Sephirot. Netzach is where you decide whether you can really do it
or not. Hod is the place of the functional plans; bus schedules, how long it
takes to go from one place to another, bridge tolls, and all other practical
details. Yesod is the actual attempt. Malkut is the point of success in the
journey. That's one Tree, and it may be enough if all goes well. If there
are problems doing this, or regrets after, that's where additional Trees come
Imagine that you have just come to a class on Qabalah, perhaps like the one
from which this series of articles derived. You've gotten through going from
where you live to here, or you wouldn't be here. You've been successful at
this Tree. Suppose next that this was a little difficult and has disrupted
your schedule, the way you relate to things during the day. That sort of
difficulty with common patterns of the day means trouble in Tipheret. Take
another sheet of paper and examine the Tree inside Tipheret. The Keter of
that Tree comes from the Geburah of the original Tree, while the Malkut of
that second Tree comes from the Netzach of the original. Somewhere in the
middle there was a problem. If it's in Netzach of the Tree within Tipheret,
that isn't too bad. Often this will be a sort of energy drain, a lack of
enough stamina to make it easily through the day. Examine that. Open up
another, third Tree within that Netzach of the second Tree within the Tipheret
of the original Tree. Perhaps you were strong enough in the beginning and knew what you were going to do otherwise during that day. If that was the
case, everything was ok down to Da'at and the Abyss between conception and the
beginning of action. Check further. If the strength and vitality was still
good through the beginning of travel and you felt basically good about doing
things, that works down a little further inside this third, nested Tree.
Perhaps you didn't get all the things done that you wanted to do. Afterwards,
you may have felt poorly about this, but at the time of traveling nothing
seemed to be going wrong. That shows no major problem with this innermost
Tree in going down through Tipheret and Netzach. Perhaps you simply didn't
have enough time to tend to usual things and had to replan other activities
normally done in any given day. That would be the point of the flaw, not
taking those changes fully into consideration, an issue of Hod on the
innermost of these three Trees. The Tree of getting from your home to the
class had some trouble with its Tipheret, the day was a little disorganized.
A study of the Trees inside that Tipheret disclosed that it was the routine
schedule of the day that was messed up a bit. You could take a fourth Tree
and begin to analyze inside Hod, within Netzach, within Tipheret of the Tree
of Traveling to Class. Here's getting up in the morning, Keter. Here's going
to bed at night, Malkut. Now concentrate on where the sequence of daily
routine needs to be analyzed. Find out just what needs to be changed to make
adjustments for traveling. Theoretically this can go on forever. Stop when
it suits you. If this does not give a solution, presume that there's trouble
with at least one other Sephira in the original Tree. If looking at daily
routine does not clarify the matter, go back up that original Tree of getting
from your home to the class and see if there is something else giving trouble.
Perhaps there was a misjudgment as to how much you could do. Perhaps
something unusual, just for the day, was overlooked. There may have been a
mistake in travel directions. Those matters impact on other Sephirot, both of
the larger and of the intermediate Trees.
Don't become discouraged. This approach does work, but requires some
practice as well as familiarity with the basic Tree of Life diagram. There
are variations which may make it easier.
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This is the outline prepared by Karl Germer to interest publishers in his account of time in Nazi Concentration camps. The complete book typescript is believed to be extant but not accessible.
PROTECTIVE PRISONER No. 303.
by KARL GERMER
The record of the author's seven months imprisonment in Nazi Concentration
Camps, "COLUMBIA HOUSE", and "ESTERWEGEN" (the latter in the "Moor" at the
This book is the first to be written by a man who not only is a genuine
"Nordic" in the Nazi sense, but who never had anything to do with politics.
If anything, the author was inclined to favor Hitler's ascendancy to power as
a salvation from the stagnation of internal German politics. The book forms a
scathing indictment of the Nazi, and particularly Hitler's mentality and its
danger to civilization.
Personality of author: 51 years old; good education; University studies at
Grenoble and Sorbonne. Has lived and traveled for 20 years in most
European countries, North America, North Africa. 4 years' war
record as adjutant and machine gun officer: Belgium, France, Russia,
Serbia. Highest war decorations.
Introduction: General political situation in Germany.
Police Prisons: After return from England, author was arrested Feb. 2, 1935
in Leipzig while visiting relative without any reason given.
Handcuffed and transferred to station. For 10 days in Berlin pol
prison in same cell with lowest criminals. Conditions there,
experiences with, and stories of, criminals.
Gestapa (Secret State Police) Feb. 11 first hearing. 5 hours' cross
questioning, yet no definite charge made. Reason for arrest given
Feb. 18 at last: for being in touch with high grade Freemasons
abroad. Gestapa methods. Brutalities. Thence taken to:
"Columbia House" the Berlin Concentration Camp. Atmosphere of terror.
Atrocious treatment. Methods. Solitary confinement. Life in cell.
No reading permit for 4 1/2 months! S.S. guards and their
mentality. Once for six weeks not let out into the open air.
The "Seven Breslauers". Description of case of seven Nazi S.A. officers from
Breslau, adjutants etc. of the staff of the former Governor of
Silesia, Bruckner, who, after the Rohm Putsch was arrested for
sodomy. The "7 Breslauers" had been merely held as witnesses.
Bruckner was released in February and given high post by Goring,
while the poor witnesses were held in Conc. Camp. Story of dramatic
flight of two of them to Czechoslovakia.
Murders by Nazi Guards. Stories of several cold-blooded murders. Several
Flogging in Public. Flogging method. Detailed descriptions of the case of
public flogging of 5 protective prisoners.
Food. Absolutely insufficient: one slice of bread in morning and evening; one
plate of soup at noon. Some were privileged to buy additional food
in canteen, run by S.S. guards, who made immense profits by charging
50 - 100% higher prices.
"Sport", the S.S. "disciplinary" method of torture.
I meet Salomon (Berthold Jacob) who was drugged and kidnapped at the Swiss
border. True story of his arrest as told by himself. His special
treatment. His cell was opposite mine.
Work in Architect's office. For 6 weeks I had permit to work there; this gave
me exceptional freedom and chance to see the run of the prison, get
into personal contact with all the prisoners and S.S. guards and
officers. Permitted me to get deeper insight. Contact with many
prominent people who were imprisoned. Amongst them high S.S. and
S.A. officers. Story of high S.S. officer, 4 1/2 months in Conc.
Camp. Reason: for having an affair with his secretary, though he
was married! Real reason: to supplant him.
In Strict Solitary Confinement. From April 10 to July 7. Cruelty of the
treatment. Punishment, because my wife had sent me a cable from New
York with reply prepaid, and I had filled out the blank and sent it
to Gestapa for censure. (I was forbidden to attempt to communicate
with anybody outside Germany.)
Rigorous Arrest. 8 days on water and bread on hard boards, because I had
dared to complain about S.S. guard.
April 30; I am accused of having secret net of agents all over Germany. To
have factory for false passports. Etc. etc. Sodomites and Transvestites at
Columbia House, arrested wholesale after the Rohm Putsch. Story of Frankfurt
boy, arrested for sodomy, who had to be told what the crime meant.
JULY 7th, INTERVENTION OF AMERICAN CONSUL, thereafter transferred to
Esterwegen Camp in the "Moor", the bogs near the Dutch frontier. One of the
worst of the worst Camps in Nazi Germany. Transportation there in
prison vans. Handcuffed; three days' journey. Reception at
Esterwagen. Unbelievable terror. 1200 prisoners there.
"Shack 5" Description of life, routine, etc.
"The Training Ground". Horrible slave work. Cold inhumanity of S.S. guards
as slave drivers and torturers!
The "Scheiss-Kuhle," work there the worst in the whole Camp. I am detailed
to it with a gang of 5 (amongst them Dr. Leber, the Socialist member
of the Reichstag, a wealthy "race pollutor", and a "witness of
Jehovah". I was included for "obstinately refusing to tell the
truth, i.e. for denying that I was a Mason (which I am not!).
Perfectly incredible conditions of work. Details. "Special Sport".
Men had to roll through the manure; case when Dr. Leber on such an
occasion tried to lift his face during "rolling" in order to prevent
it being soiled, and S.S. guard dug pole into manure and smeared it
over his face and through his mouth.
Medieval torture. Arrest House: prisoners were put in irons and closed in
circle, sometimes for 24 hours. Horrible condition of men coming
out. One man's nerves of hand and fingers had been killed, thus
invaliding use of this hand. Many details of cases and personal
Several cases of "Shot while attempting to escape:, provoked as
entertainment for S.S. guards.
Treatment of Jews, Race polluters, "Witnesses of Jehovah", of Catholic and
Protestant priests and other religious sects. Nazi attitude towards them.
Week-End Entertainment. Story of particular piece of mass torture of
practically the whole of the 1200 prisoners, on a Saturday
The "Wheel-Barrow", the scourge of Esterwegen.
Free. Discharge. I meet peasants of vicinity of Esterwegen. Their attitude
towards Esterwegen, whose condition is unknown to them.
Impossibility for me to speak as I had to sign a pledge never to
reveal a word of my experience to anyone.
Epilogue. I see the American Consul in Berlin. His side of the story. Proof
that Mr. Himmler, the head of the S.S. and all Concentration Camps,
does not shrink from deliberately lying to the official
representative of a foreign power.
My Escape from Germany into Belgium.
Conclusions. Summing up of judgment, based on observation of S.S. officers
and guards, experiences and conversations with other prominent
prisoners and especially with higher Nazi officers who were fellow
prisoners with me. Some of them are free again and have been re-
instated in their rank.
The book has 60-65,000 words and is written in English.
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Here are some edited bits from responses to recent email:
G. and D. remarked of a view they had heard, to the effect that the Secret
Chiefs are beyond Keter and Ipsissimus.
This seems impossible by definition, to me. Nothing plural can exist at
Keter, let alone beyond it. The Secret Chiefs of the G D were beings, real
or imaginary, who fulfilled the roles of sponsors in Mathers' claims. When
questioned, all he had to do was refer to the directives of these critters,
whom nobody else could find. For all apparent purposes, they were
characterized as ordinary living people, directing and authorizing an
organization formed with their distant oversight and approval. They were said
to occasionally communicate by astral means, sometimes in the flesh. There
was speculation as to whether all or some of them were incarnated human
beings, but nothing definite was said one way or the other.
There are elements of Theosophical "Masters" and similar qualities about
these "Secret Chiefs", but nothing out of the ordinary for readers of Bulwar
Lytton's Zanoni. Brother Monty, who joined OTO just after Crowley's Greater
Feast, once remarked that only Blavatsky and Perdurabo ever had contact with
the "true" Secret Chiefs.
Striking parallels can be found in the Hassidic movement, with the Tzadikim
or Lamed-Vavniks -- human but like the angels, never known for certain and
never fully understandable by ordinary mortals. Thirty six of them were said
to wander the world incognito, working like shepherds of all living things.
R. Asked how anyone would know if the Beast arose
It is a question of belief, since there are different religious notions
concerning "The Beast". Many people think they are that Beast or know what it
may be in material fact. The common use of the term is mostly Christian, and
Thelema has an entirely different perspective on this word. In Thelema, the
"Beast" is usually a metaphor for the intelligence of the physical world,
sometimes personified in a human being like Crowley. Even with that, there
are many different views. Some people think they are Crowley re-born and call
themselves "Beast". Some think that they are the "next one", to carry on
Crowley's work. Some people don't have a clear idea about this and use the
word anyway. I think it is not very important. One can use the "Beast" as a
"god form", something to personify in ritual or meditation. One can use it as
an allegory in various ways, some historical and some mystical.
M.K. Expressed interest in the problem of fitting the Chakras on the Tree of Life.
The allocation of the Chakras to the Tree in Liber 777 is early, mostly
derived from Theosophy and highly questionable. One popular alternative is to
assign them to horizontals on the Tree, since there are exactly seven of
those. By that method, the Manipura corresponds to Hod and Netzach. Almost
all attempts to place the seven major Chakras on the Tree either assign the
Anahata to Tipheret or include Tipheret in the correspondence to the Anahata.
This necessarily follows from the fact of the 200 odd chakras, including six
of the seven major ones, being physiological in nature. The Anahata is the
system that includes the heart in the physical body. Tipheret is strongly
associated with the heart in Qabalah.
-- TSG (Bill Heidrick)
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