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Thelemic Culture Update: June 2013

Thelemic Culture UpdateThelemic Culture Update is a monthly feature that brings together links to various announcements, writings, and events from around the web.

  • Speech in the Silence: Program #42 of Speech in the Silence is now out with “The Integrated Magical Life pt.1” by Lon Milo DuQuette, “Living Thelema: Advice from the Tree of Life” by Dr. David Shoemaker, and music by Oliver Althoen, The Green Man, and Shams 93; [Speech in the Silence]
  • Magick available in French: The entire 4-part Magick, Crowley’s magnum opus that is also known as “Liber ABA” and “Book Four,” is now available in French for the first time. [Amazon]
  • Portuguese film about Aleister Crowley and Fernando Pessoa: Imagens de Seculo is producing a film in Portuguese about Aleister Crowely and Fernando Pessoa called “Hino a Pã – O Último Sortilégio” (‘Hymn to Pan – The Last Sortilege’). A new trailer is now available. [Hino a Pã]
  • Book of Sketches: A new book entitled Book of Sketches Reproduces in full a series of colour and black and white sketches, mostly of women, from a sketchbook utilised by Aleister Crowley from the late 1930s to the early 1940s, and now preserved in the Yorke collection. Introduction by Keith Richmond and David Tibet; limited to 418 copies. [Weiser Antiquarian]
  • Aleister Crowley screenplay: Underground filmmaker Carlos Atanes has been trying to make a movie about Aleister Crowley and his Magick for more than ten years. The screenplay titled “Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell” is now available such as it was written and never filmed. [Carlos Atanes]
  • IAO131: 
    • Thelema Sutras: Frater IAO131 releases a new book titled “Thelema Sutras.” Thelema Sutras contains several texts in the style of Hindu Upanishads as well as some in the style Buddhist sutras. Included in the middle of the book is ‘The Lost Sutra of Harold,’ a humorous interlude that tackles things from Western philosophy to astral travel to transcending logic to the Holy Guardian Angel. [Lulu]
    • Yama & Niyama of Thelema: Frater IAO131 writes a new essay on the “Yama” and “Niyama” of Thelema and how they relate to the idea of an “ideal Thelemite” [IAO131]
    • Is Thelema a Religion or not?: Frater IAO131 weighs in on the ever-present debate as to whether Thelema is a religion or not. [IAO131]
  • Jane Wolfe: The Thelema Facebook page posted a picture of Jane Wolfe’s original Probationer Oath signed by Jane Wolfe (Soror Estai) and To Mega Therion 666. [Thelema Facebook page]
  • Aleister Crowley publishing timeline: Joseph Thiebes updates his timeline of Aleister Crowley’s works that have been published since 1995. [thiebes.org]
  • Sy Calaelen: Sy Calaelen explains in this YouTube video why Thelema is her personal philosophy. [YouTube]
  • Some images floating around this month:
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Thelemic Culture Update: April 2013

Thelemic Culture UpdateThelemic Culture Update is a monthly feature that brings together links to various announcements, writings, and events from around the web.

  • Gnostic Mass video: Anahata Chapter of the O.T.O. Rose Croix, with the sanction of the United States Grand Lodge, O.T.O., is proud to sponsor the making of a professionally produced, high quality video of Liber XV, The Gnostic Mass. [Indiegogo]
  • News from OTO IHQ: O.T.O. International Headquarters has announced several important news items, listed below. [OTO IHQ]
    • Thoth Tarot art exhibition: O.T.O. IHQ and the Warburg Institute have arranged for the inclusion of nine of the Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris Thoth Tarot paintings at The 55th International Art Exhibition, or Venice Biennale (June 1, 2013 – November 24, 2013) [OTO IHQ]
    • Thoth Tarot restoration: O.T.O. has raised the necessary funds to restore the original Thoth Tarot paintings, and this Thoth Tarot restoration project is now completed. [OTO IHQ]
    • Copyright litigation against US Games: O.T.O. is filing suit in U.S. Federal Court against U.S. Games Systems, and perhaps others, over the Thoth Tarot Deck. [OTO IHQ]
    • Publishing news: All of Crowley’s surviving diaries are now in page proofs— totaling over 6,000 pages as things now stand. A new edition of The Holy Books of Thelema are currently in final proofs, there is a new edition of The Diary of a Drug-Fiend, and many other newly-mastered versions of out of print ‘backlist’ titles. [OTO IHQ]
    • Fill/Kill: Hymenaeus Beta came into possession of Crowley’s copy of ‘Thelema,’ i.e. The Holy Books, which includes “a very important text correction to Liber CCXX III:37,” specifically a marginal note that corrects “fill me!” to “kill me!” in the text of Liber CCXX. [OTO IHQ]
  • Fill/Kill controversy: As one might expect from a change to teh central Holy Book of a religion, there has been a fair bit of controversy around this supposed “correction” to Liber CCXX. Here are some written responses to this “Fill/Kill controversy.”
    • The Hermetic Library weighs in with a fairly extensive analysis of the situation. [Hermetic Library blog]
    • Colin Campbell weighs in on the ‘kill’ side. [De Arte Magica]
    • Jerry Cornelius weighs in on the ‘fill’ side. [Satan in Berkeley]
    • The members of the LAShTAL forum debate the issue. [LAShTAL]
  • Peaches Geldof: Peaches Geldof, a journalist and model, recently sent a message on Twitter about Thelema, and encouraged her followers to read Aleister Crowley on her Instagram. [Twitter]
    • This lead to an article in “Look” magazine about her, Thelema, and the OTO. [Look magazine article]
    • This has also led to several incredibly poor instances of tabloid “journalism” that took the opportunity to remind us that we have not come far at all since the days when Crowley was demonized as “The Wickedest Man in the World.” [Daily Mail]
    • Occulture tackles the media reaction to Peaches Geldof’s “Tweet.” [Occulture]
  • NOTOCON IX: Registration is still open for NOTOCON IX: Neither East nor West (Aug. 9-11, 2013). [NOTOCON]
  • A∴A∴: A document entitled “The Truth about A∴A∴” has been published recently. Whether it’s true or not is still up for debate. [Truth about A∴A∴]
  • Some images floating around this month:

Thelemic Culture Update: March 2013

Thelemic Culture UpdateThelemic Culture Update is a monthly feature that brings together links to various announcements, writings, and events from around the web.

  • On March 20, 2013 e.v., we entered a new Thelemic year: Anno IVxxi (Year 109 of the New Aeon)!
  • Speech in the Silence, program #40, includes a lecture by Robert Buratti on “Aleister Crowley and Paul Gauguin,” a reading by Frater Sabazius X° of Crowley’s “The Law of Liberty,” a message from the sponsors about “93 Hour Energy,” a reading by Lon Milo DuQuette from his introduction to “Best of the Equinox Vol.2,” Dr. David Shoemaker’s Living Thelema segment on “Anima/Animus and the Magical Path,” and music by Robot Chant, the Sitar Outreach Ministry, and the Green Man. [Speech in the Silence]
  • Cathryn Orchard writes about being a Novice Priestess in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica [OTO Ireland]
  • 2nd Century Thelema posts a new interview with Dr. David Hill [2C Thelema]
  • Aleister Crowley’s art will be included in the 55th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. At least three other Thelemites made the list as well: Harry Smith, Xul Solar, and Frieda Harris. [Art in America Magazine]
  • Frater Sabazius X°, the National Grand Master General of U.S.G.L. Ordo Templi Orientis, wishes the new Pope well. [Sabazius X°]
  • The Aleister Crowley graphic novel “Wandering the Waste” by Martin Hayes (author) and R.H. Stewart (illustrator), is now available for pre-order from Amazon.co.uk. [Amazon]
  • IAO131 writes about the basics of Thelemic Mysticism [IAO131]
  • “Collective 777” the Art Guild of Ordo Templi Orientis, Australia, is launched. [Collective 777]
  • Eleusyve Productions has uploaded several video clips of their rock opera versions of the Rites of Eleusis [Eleusyve Productions]
  • Some images floating around this month:

Thelemic Culture Update: January 2013

Thelemic Culture UpdateThelemic Culture Update is a monthly feature that brings together links to various announcements, writings, and events from around the web.

  • Speech in the Silence episode 38 includes a lecture and music by Lon DuQuette, a reading by David Shoemaker, and a lecture by Frater IAO131 [Speech in the Silence]
  • A new graphic novel, Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste, will be released in May 2013 [Markosia]
  • Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three talks about his views on spirituality, the occult, and Aleister Crowley [Daily Beast]
  • Leila Waddell’s violin score “Thelema: A Tone Testament” is brought to life [Larkfall]
  • A letter from Aleister Crowley to Fernando Pessoa was posted and transcribed on the Aleister Crowley Facebook page [Aleister Crowley FB]
  • Frater IAO131 talks about the symbolic lessons of life that help you find your True Will. [IAO131]
  • Tau Polyphilus reviews Aleister Crowley & Western Esotericism [paradoxosalpha]
  • Kenneth Grant’s Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God is being re-issued by Starfire Publishing [Starfire Publishing]
  • Dangerous Minds digs up an old interview where Robert Anton Wilson talks about Aleister Crowley [Dangerous Minds]
  • Frater PeF gives a reading of the Holy Book Liber A’Ash [YouTube]