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O.T.O. holds Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

14034962_1247943465237411_7394605258748557583_n1“Let the woman be girt with a sword before me” –Liber AL III:11

Horizon Lodge O.T.O. recently planned a benefit for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides health services, education, and more.

As part of the Master of Horizon Lodge O.T.O.’s opening remarks he noted:

One of the great ills that Crowley saw in the world around him was the treatment of women, especially the shaming of women who were sexually active outside of the confines of marriage. In Liber 101, “An Open Letter to those who may wish to join our Order” Crowley lays special importance on the support of pregnant women and mothers. Offering this support regardless of their being within or without of marriage. Those without even being looked at especially favorably as those that have shaken off the tabus of the Slave Gods.

Though some of Crowley’s comments can seem a bit dated and even patronizing they were radical at the time. And though we have come a long way we are still shackled by these same tabus that are in place throughout society and seek to shame and demean women in general, and specially those that dare to exert control over their own bodies. Slut shaming and the culture that leads to, and allows and abets rape and sexual assaults are the byproducts of these same twisted ideas derived from religions of the past.

When I think of why Planned Parenthood was such a fitting cause for us to contribute to it was in part because Planned Parenthood is an organization that has helped almost every single woman I know. Many men as well. From providing health services, to free or inexpensive access to birth control, to education and much more that we will hear about shortly. [emphasis added]

As part of their benefit, Horizon Lodge O.T.O. raised over $500!

If you are interested in helping the effort, Horizon Lodge is still taking donations: Simply send your donation to horizon@seattle-oto.org via PaypalPlease make sure to mark your donations are for the “Planned Parenthood benefit”!

Love is the law, love under will.

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Thelemic Culture Update: July 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 #43 of Speech in the Silence with “The Integrated Magical Life pt. 2” by Lon Milo DuQuette, the first part of a lecture by IAO131 on “The 4 Weapons of a True Magician,” a readings from Dr. David Shoemaker’s new book Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick.  [Speech in the Silence]
  • 2nd Century Thelema: New interviews now online:
  • Living Thelema the book: Dr. David Shoemaker has announced the release of Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick.  Adapted from the popular podcast segment of the same name, Living Thelema brings a welcome approachability to Crowley’s material, without diminishing the depth of the system. The author focuses on the practical and experiential aspects of the path of Thelema, allowing the reader to grasp the true transformative power of the system. Pre-orders are now available for the trade paperback, hardbound, and special edition leather-bound editions. [Living Thelema]
  • Aleister Crowley on the History Channel: Aleister Crowley was featured on The History Channel’s show “How Sex Changed the World.” It portrays him fairly positively and has far less inaccuracies than many depictions of him. [YouTube]
  • OTO Local Body History Map: Compiled from the archives of the Electoral College, this tool was created to visualize the growth of OTO local bodies over the years. [keepsilence]
  • Kenneth Anger on ‘Lucifer Rising’: The Guardian published an interview with Kenneth Anger on how Lucifer Rising was created. [The Guardian]
  • AMeTh Lodge Journal, I:2: AMeTh Lodge in London, UK released the newest issue of their journal. This beautifully produced, 168-page issue includes some amazing art as well as articles on Crowley’s views on spiritualism, an interview with Lon DuQuette, a Thelemic approach to astrology, an account of Crowley’s trip to Russia with his troupe of Ragged Ragtime Girls, a Thelemic fable, and much more. [AMeTh OTO]
  • IAO131: Thelemic author IAO131 has a couple new pieces:
    • Liber ARARITA: A commentary has been written by IAO131 on the oft-neglected Holy Book of Thelema, Liber ARARITA. [IAO131]
    • Rituals of the Elements: Another Ritual of the Elements for the Vernal Equinox written by IAO131 is now available. [IAO131]
  • Interview with Joseph Thiebes: “Where Did the Road Go?” did an interview about Aleister Crowley with Joseph Thiebes, a founding co-producer of Speech in the Silence and the man behind the AC2012 campaign. [Where Did the Road Go?]
  • Essay on Belief and the Creed: In this article written for his Deacon ordination, Frater M.P.D. writes about belief as a magical tool within the contexts of Thelema and scientific illuminism. [Force & Fire]
  • Frater Achad’s book QBL inscribed to Aleister Crowley: The first edition of Frater Achad’s book QBL: The Bride’s Reception is for sale. This is the copy that Frater Achad personally inscribed to Aleister Crowley with the words “To my Beloved Father / 666 / in the hope that this, my / first book, may meet with / his approval / 777.” It is currently going for over $39,900. [Abebooks]
  • Some images floating around this month:

Thelemic Culture Update: May 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: Speech in the Silence took a little break this month, but many past segments can be found on their YouTube channel. [YouTube]
  • Fill/Kill: Hymenaeus Beta released an essay called “On the Kill Me / Fill Me Correction to Liber Legis” explaining in more depth his rationale for correcting Liber AL [OTO]
    • Hymenaeus Beta released further information on Fill/Kill, specifically showing the use of “kill” in Liber CXX: Liber Cadaveris [OTO]
    • Finally, Hymenaeus Beta has released a third essay entitled “On the Fill/Kill Correction (3),” which is the most comprehensive essay so far. It contains a list of information about the history of publications of Liber AL, including a table detailing the various changes made at different times. [OTO]
  • Celebrities & OTO: After all the hubbub around Peaches Geldof and OTO last month, “Sex Positive Thelema” chimes in on the issue with a short piece titled “Why are celebrities joining the O.T.O.?” [Sex Positive Thelema]
  • IAO131: Frater IAO131 discusses promulgation of the Law of Thelema on the Internet, including resistances and possibilities, in this new essay. [IAO131]
  • O.T.O. Poland
    • MarOTOn: Sister Ania ran a marathon in Paris to raise funds for O.T.O. Poland. She ran over 700 miles, and raised £2535 (US $3900)! [Unofficial OTO Facebook page]
    • Liber XV: O.T.O. Poland and its published arm Academia Masonica Press announced the launch of a new edition of ‘Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass’ as a beautful hardback publication bound in faux leather. Limited edition of 200 copies, containing an official and updated list of Saints, two appendices with descriptions of steps and signs, and a translation of Greek words and phrases [Unofficial OTO Facebook page]
  • NOTOCON IX: Registration is still open for NOTOCON IX: Neither East nor West (Aug. 9-11, 2013). [NOTOCON]
  • Some images floating around this month:

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: February 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 39 includes a lecture by Christian Giudice on “The Influence of Aleister Crowley on Kenneth Anger”, a “Living Thelema” segment by David Shoemaker on “Qabalistic Coping Skills,” and music by Frater Oz and Clock Ticks Late [Speech in the Silence]
  • Presentations for “NOTOCON IX:  Neither East nor West” announced online [NOTOCON]
  • Vol.13, No.2 of Agapé — The Official Organ of U.S. Grand Lodge, O.T.O. — is now available online [Agapé]
  • Do you suffer from irregularity? Liber Resh might be for you. [Speech in the Silence]
  •  AC2012 tackles the Number of the Beast: 616 or 666? [AC2012]
  • Merriam-Webster gets the definition of “Thelemite” wrong [Merriam-Webster]
  • “True Will”: an interview with IAO131 about Naturalistic Occultism [Humanistic Paganism]
  • Some images floating around this month: