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Thelemic Culture Update: August & September 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 #44 of Speech in the Silence with the 2nd part of “4 Weapons of the True Magician” by IAO131, the third part of  “The Integrated Magical Life” by Lon DuQuette, “Living Thelema: The Star Sapphire” by David Shoemaker, and music by The Shirts. [Speech in the Silence]
    • Program #45 of Speech in the Silence with the 3rd part of “4 Weapons of the True Magician” by IAO131, the fourth part of “The Integrated Magical Life” by Lon DuQuette, “Living Thelema: Initiation” by David Shoemaker, and music by SickTanick. [Speech in the Silence]
  • 2nd Century Thelema: New interviews now online:
  • AC2012 at the Museum of Witchcraft: Coins from the AC2012 campaign can now be found in the British Museum of Witchcraft. [AC2012]
  • Grady McMurtry Project: The Grady McMurtry Project, hosted by Blazing Star Oasis, has over 150 of Grady’s poems as well as essays, photos, and other things about Grady McMurtry, a.k.a. Hymenaeus Alpha. [Grady McMurtry Project]
  • NOTOCON IX: Neither East nor West: NOTOCON IX was on the weekend of August 9 – 11, 2013, e.v. and included lectures, music, a banquet, and even a mosh-pit. [NOTOCON]
    • Manifest Thy Glory available: The book Manifest Thy Glory offers a selection of papers from the previous NOTOCON (the eigth biennial), and it is now available for purchase. [Amazon]
    • Sabazius’ NOTOCON speech: Frater Sabazius X°’s speech from NOTOCON IX is now available to read. [The Invisible Basilica]
  • Living Thelema now available: David Shoemaker’s book Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick is now available. The system of spiritual attainment developed by Aleister Crowley is notoriously challenging in its scope. Adapted from the popular “Speech in the Silence” 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. [Amazon]
  • Pearls of Wisdom now available: James Eshelman’s new book, Pearls of Wisdom, is now available. The book collects over 40 essays of Eshelman’s that were originally published in the journal “Black Pearl.” [Amazon]
  • Thelemic art exhibition in Australia: Collective 777, an art guild of Ordo Templi Orientis, put on an exhibition in Australia called “Windows to the Sacred: An Exploration of the Esoteric Read,” including work from contemporary Thelemic artists as well as Aleister Crowley and Rosaleen Norton. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Bruce Springsteen sings Thelemic anthem: On September 9 in Sao Paolo, Bruce Springsteen sang Raul Seixas’ song “Sociedad Alternativa” that is composed largely of direct quotations of The Book of the Law. [Vimeo]
  • IAO131: Thelemic author IAO131 came out with several new essays recently:
    • On Contributing to the Greater Community [IAO131]
    • The Rituals of the Elements
    • The Officers of the Gnostic Mass
      • Part 1: Introduction & the Priest [IAO131]
      • Part 2: Priestess [IAO131]
      • Part 3: Deacon, Children, & Congregation  [IAO131]
  • Sy Calaelen: Thelemic blogger tackles various subjects on her website:
    • “Health Benefits of Liber Resh” [Sy Calaelen]
    • “The Slight Anger of Magickal Practice” [Sy Calaelen]
    • “I’m Just a Fool Walking These Paths” [Sy Calaelen]
  • Peter Pendragon: “Peter Pendragon” is a blog of Thelemite-produced occulture. [Peter Pendragon]
  • Interview with Brian Butler on “Babalon Working”: VICE interviewed Brian Butler about his new film “Babalon Working,” inspired by Jack Parsons’ magical workings. [VICE Magazine]
  • “On Thelemic Orthodoxy”: Rodney Orpheus writes about his perspective on Thelemic orthodoxy and the idea of “serious Thelemites.” [OTO Ireland]
  • Registration for TOTOCON 6 now open: Registration for the sixth TOTOCON – the Texas OTO Convention – is now open. TOTOCON 6 will be on November 9-10, 2013, e.v. [Scarlet Woman Lodge]
  • Some images floating around this month:
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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: