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HERALD-TEPAPHONE
Volume One, Number Two





 A Quarterly Publication of IAO Camp, Ordo Templi Orientis Summer Solstice, 1995 e.v. Volume One, Number Two Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. IAO Camp,
Ordo Templi Orientis
P.O. Box 5793
Bloomington, Indiana 47407
Personnel:

The Non-existent Brother R. B., Camp Master
Sr. Shekinah, Minister of Protocol and Appetizers
The Non-existent Sister R. H., Treasurer
Fr. In Profunda, Minister of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda
Fr. The Magician Formerly Known as Wayne, Minister of Magical Formulae

Outside Contributors:

Sr. Manibhadra
Shriguru Paramahamsa Cyberananda
A. Quiller III
Adam Weishaupt
A. C. Swinburne

The Herald-Tepaphone is the quarterly newsletter of IAO Camp, a duly chartered body of Ordo Templi Orientis. The HT is published on the Equinoxes and Solstices. Subscriptions are $3.00 per issue or $10.00 for one year (4 issues), make checks or money orders payable to `Bowyer'. Membership in IAO Camp and/or O.T.O. is not required to subscribe or to submit material. Text submissions may be sent on paper or on 3.5 in. disk for WordPerfect or Microsoft Word (versions 6 or lower), illustrations had better be on paper at present.

All copyrights reside with the individual authors if they are willing to 'fess up.

The opinions expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect those of IAO Camp, the Ordo Templi Orientis, or of anyone else.




In this issue...

* From the Propaganda Ministry

* In Memoriam

* A Letter to the Minister of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda

* Top Ten Rejected Study Group Ideas

* The World Wide Web Wizard

* The Ceremony of the Six Seals: being a modern interpretation of the Ma'aseh Beraishith

* Twelve Conversation Hints When Dealing With Trogs

* Typhonian Tomes: Being a Guide to the Works of Kenneth Grant

* Poet's Corner

* The Thelemite Test

* A Roundel of Rabelais
* Reviews
+ Mumbo Jumbo, Ishmael Reed
+ Witchcraft and Black Magic, Peter Haining
+ The A.`. A.`., Aleister Crowley [alleged]
+ The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy, Ronald Hutton
+ Lady of the Northern Light: a Feminist Guide to the Runes, Susan Gitlin-Emmer
+ An Introduction to Chaos Magick, Adrian Savage
+ Bluff Your Way in the Occult, P.J. Owens and Alexander C. Rae
+ The Pathworkings of Aleister Crowley, Aleister Crowley
+ The Key to Immediate Enlightenment, Supreme Master Ching Hai
+ The Secret Grimoire of Turiel, Being a System of Ceremonial
Magic of the Sixteenth Century, Marius Malchus
+ The Number 666, W. W. Westcott
* Correspondence Received


From the Propaganda Ministry:

The past quarter has been truly eventful for the denizens of IAO Camp. For the first time in its history the Camp hosted O.T.O. Initiations in Bloomington. Sr. Manibhadra of Indianapolis was made a Master Magician at the hands of Brother C. L. (who once remarked how appropriate it is to have one's Temple consecrated by the ritual murder of a willing victim!) Our own Sr. Shekinah was similarly honoured a month later after many setbacks, including the destruction of the Initiator's car as he was en route from Ohio! Thanks to Brother C. L. and Brother D. G. and all those involved for giving us the Rite stuff.

Shortly after all this, Sr. Shekinah, a bookseller by trade, attended the A.B.A. convention in Chicago, encountering such luminaries as Ray Buckland, Dr. Ruth, and Lon duQuette. A week later she was joined by Brother R. B. and Fr. I. P. as we attended Initiations in East Chicago. Congratulations to Fr. D. on his Third, and Sister C. on her First Degree.

Subscription Rates Drop!

As the costs of producing this publication have turned out to be far less than expected, we are reducing the single issue price to $3.00. Subscription rates are now $10.00 for four issues. Existing subscriptions will be extended by one issue.

News Flash!

As we go to press we learn that Fr. The Magician Formerly Known as Wayne is in distress due to a fire in his apartment. Fortunately he is unharmed and in good spirits. He notes that he had just signed his application for Third Degree. The Camp extends its sympathy and assistance.

In Memoriam

On Saturday, 29 April, 1995 e.v. our own Soror Shekinah suddenly and unexpectedly passed on after a long illness. There was a close call during the previous month, but she escaped by virtue of a exploding car nobly sacrificing itself in her stead. It seemed to the dismay of all concerned that she might prove immortal. However, she had recently attended a Led Zeppelin concert and apparently such sustained ecstasy was more than her simple Catholic frame could withstand. Her last words were reportedly `Uuuuaaaghhh'. She is survived by two children, a pot of melted cheese, and a pile of overdue library books in one corner of the sofa.

A Letter to the Minister of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda

Dear Sir,

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

I was greatly amused by the article Notes on the History of Liber 365 in the last number of the Herald-Tepaphon. The author's sneers at `a well-known authority on modern ceremonial Magick' are of course well-deserved, but the author's own ridiculous blunders and misdirected speculations about 365 bring to mind a certain exchange between a pot and a kettle. For the benefit of your readers (and the edification of your `Brother R.B.'), I should like to correct a few mistakes from the article in question.

Your author ventures a guess that Mathers was inspired to create 365 by reading the fragment of it which appears in Budge's book on Egyptian Magic. While it is true that a fragment of Pap. Lond. XLVI, in the translation of Goodwin, occurs in Budge's book (1899, reprinted 1901 as volume II of the series "Books on Egypt and Chaldea"), it is ludicrous to assume that Mathers's knowledge of the ritual depends on this book. Had your author done a modicum of research, he would have found that a ritual composed by Allan Bennett, for performance on May 13, 1896 (and later published in The Temple of Solomon the King, Book II, in The Equinox vol. I, no. III), prominently features the refrain of Liber 365 in the exact wording with which all your readers are doubtless familiar -- the same wording found in the 1904 Goetia.

This fact might induce your egregious R.B. to speculate that 365 might be the creation not of Mathers but of Bennett: in order to forestall such nonsense, let me point out that in an editorial note to the Key of Solomon (Book I, cap. V), it is made clear that Mathers was acquainted with `the style of the barbarous names in the Graeco-Egyptian Magical Papyri' no later than 1888, the year in which Bennett turned 16. Furthermore, it is asserted by Ellic Howe (Magicians of the Golden Dawn, p. 23 n.) that `Mr. Gerald Yorke has discovered that Mathers adapted material for the Neophyte ritual from C. W. Goodwin....' As far as I can tell from the Golden Dawn initiation printed in The Equinox and from the Stella Matutina initiation printed in The Golden Dawn, the adapted material amounts to no more than the word `Onnophris', which occurs once at the end of the ceremony: nevertheless, this particle of evidence helps establish that Mathers was familiar with Goodwin's text around 1888, and certainly before 1899.

I hope that these notes will help your author learn to check his facts more carefully before offering such wild speculations as those that mar his recent article.

Love is the law, love under will.

Yours respectfully,

A. Quiller III




Top Ten Rejected Study Group Ideas

10. Trog Religions and Why They Suck.
9. Gnostic Gnitting.
8. The 333 One True Orders of the Golden Dawn.
7. Irregular Freemasonry for Fun and Profit.
6. A.`.A.`. Group Rituals.
5. Shmoozing with Members of Grand Lodge for Fun and Prophet.
4. How to Make an Enochian Quilt.
3. Dating Trogs and Why it Really Sucks.
2. Samekh Final.
1. Qabalistic Codes in Leah Sublime.



The World Wide Web Wizard

by Shriguru Paramahamsa Cyberananda

With all the blather about the Internet that's been going around these days it should be no surprise that a large number of occult-oriented services are on-line. The following is a guide to a few of the more interesting and useful homepages which I have discovered during my Websurfing. They are accessible with Netscape or Mosaic, and cover a fairly diverse range of subject matter. Most also have links to other related sites.

A Page about Freemasonry http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/





The Ceremony of the Six Seals: being a modern interpretation of the Ma'as= eh Beraishith

by Fr. `Ovde'is

[WWW note: Or, rather: Fr. `{omicron}{nu}{delta}{epsilon}'{iota}{sigma}]

Section 1: Yod

Stand facing East and intone these words:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Section 2: Heh

While visualizing or meditating upon their meaning, intone these words:

Ten Sephiroth out of Nothing:

Their measure is ten, without limit.
An infinity of Beginning and an infinity of End;
An infinity of Good and an infinity of Evil;
An infinity of Height and an infinity of Depth;
An infinity of East and an infinity of West;
An infinity of South and an infinity of North.
The sole Lord, God the faithful king,
Ruleth over all from his holy dwelling for ever and ever.
Section 3: Vau

Seal each direction with a Hexagram, intoning these words:

He sealed the Height and turned toward above, and sealed it with YHV.
He sealed the Depth and turned toward below, and sealed it with HYV.
He sealed the East and turned forward, and sealed it with VYH.
He sealed the West and turned backward, and sealed it with VHY.
He sealed the South and turned to the right, and sealed it with YVH.
He sealed the North and turned to the left, and sealed it with HVY.

Section 4: Heh

Stand facing East and, while visualizing the Lightning Flash, intone these words:

Ten Sephiroth out of Nothing:

Their appearance is like a flash of lightning, without limit.
His word is in them when they go and return;
They rush like a whirlwind at his command,
And abase themselves before his throne.
Blessed art thou, YHVH our God, ruler of the universe, Who performest the work of Creation.

Notes by Fr. `Ovde'is

[WWW note: Or, rather: Fr. `{omicron}{nu}{delta}{epsilon}'{iota}{sigma}]

This ceremony employs a synthesis of piety and blasphemy familiar in many magical rituals: it puts the Magician in the place of the Creator. While it may sound like a pious Qabalistic prayer, the Magician who performs it is actually identifying himself throughout with the creative power. Through meditation or visualization, the Magician carries out the injunction of the Sepher Yetzirah by seating the true Creator (himself) upon his throne.

The ceremony itself is in four parts, corresponding to the letters of the Tetragrammaton. The ceremony was composed from three ancient Hebrew texts (it was originally intended to be performed in Hebrew, but since this is not practical for the majority of modern Magicians, only the English version is printed here), and the student of Qabalah will observe that the quoted texts are closely linked thematically.

Section 1 is, of course, the opening line of Genesis; it is simultaneously the most familiar line of the entire Torah, and the line most pondered by Qabalists. Its first word in Hebrew is BRAShITh, `in the beginning', and this word has been used since the earliest period of Jewish mysticism to refer to one of the chief objects of Qabalistic interest, the `work of creation' or Maaseh Beraishith. When intoning the words of this section, the Magician should visualize himself as `the only being in an abyss of darkness', as the Creator before Creation.

Section 2 is borrowed from the Sepher Yetzirah, and could be loosely compared to the "Qabalistic Cross" of L=8Evi. The Yetzirah is, of course, the essential text of Maaseh Beraishith mysticism. While intoning these words, the Magician should visualize himself as the `sole Lord' in his `holy dwelling' (Magick circle), from whom emanate the Sephiroth in the form of ten infinities. It is pointless to try to comprehend these words, but they may inspire some appropriate visualizations or meditations.

The third section, also straight out of the Yetzirah, seals the six directions with permutations of the Trigrammaton YHV. The Magician should experiment to find the most fitting way to do this part, but at first he may wish to stick with standard G.`.D.`. style, using the hexagram of Saturn and projecting the Names with the signs of a Neophyte, etc.

Section 4 could be seen as the second `Qabalistic Cross'. Here the Magician again visualizes the Sephiroth, but this time Order has been brought out of the Chaos of infinities: the Sephiroth appear in the familiar form of the Lightning Flash, and are again to be seen as emanations of the Magician himself. This concluding section is taken from the Yetzirah, except the last two lines. These concluding lines, to be said after the visualization is complete, constitute one of the Berakoth, a collection of brief prayers dating from the same era as the Maaseh Beraishith. This particular blessing is to be recited upon seeing a flash of lightning, and the `work of creation' in the last line is, in Hebrew, `maaseh beraishith'. The ritual, when performed in Hebrew, thus opens and closes with the word Berashith. These few remarks should suffice to give interested students an introduction to the ceremony.

Twelve Conversation Hints When Dealing With Trogs

By Sr. Chak and Sr. Manibhadra

1. TV Shows / Sports.
2. Weather.
3. Work.
4. Gardening.
5. Health.
6. Music.
7. Other People (particularly if they're in a sex-cult).
8. Sex. 9. Cars.
10. Politics.
11. UFO Phenomena.
12. Children.





Typhonian Tomes: Being a Guide to the Works of Kenneth Grant

by Frater In Profunda III`

Part Four: Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare (Weiser, 1975)

A. O. Spare (1886 - 1956) was almost certainly the greatest occult artist of the last century, as well as being a powerful Magician who devised his own highly effective system of thaumaturgy. He has had considerable influence, especially on the Chaos Magick movement, even though his few published writings are couched in a very obscure and idiosyncratic style, besides being hard to find in the first place.

For these reasons it is fortunate that we have an in-depth analysis of Spare's system by an occultist who knew the man well and can therefore make things plain. Shockingly enough, he turns out to be Kenneth Grant.

Readers of these articles will have noticed that I consider Grant's chapters on Spare to be the best part of his oeuvre, and now that he devotes an entire book to the subject he seems to leave his bad habits (sloppy scholarship, peculiar vocabulary, dumb ideas, and general loopiness) almost entirely behind. Grant has a firm grasp on this material that he lacks in other areas and he presents matters clearly and succinctly. The first half of the book is a brief biography and character sketch of Spare that gives one a clear sense of knowing the man. Grant then launches on a discussion of Spare's philosophy and Magick system. In this he quotes liberally from both published and unpublished material -- Grant is Spare's literary executor -- ocasionally reproducing actual manuscript pages from Spare's uncompleted opus, The Zoetic Grimoire of Zos.

The book also includes liberal amounts of Spare's finished artwork and sketches -- many of them automatic drawings -- that makes this a fine introduction to the artist as well as the Magician, although one wishes some of these could have been reproduced in colour.

I was pleased to hear recently that Skoob Books plans to reprint Images and Oracles soon; as this is the only one of Grant's books that really deserves to be kept in print I was certain that this would never happen. Let us rejoice in this miraculous defiance of universal degeneration.

(Prepare to quake in fear and terror, gentle readers, for next issue we shall explore Nightside of Eden.)




Poet's Corner

There once was a man named J. E.
Who wanted to be Tenth Degree.
When the Order said "No!"
He left O.T.O.
And founded the T.O.T.




The Thelemite Test

There is perhaps no better way to start an argument than to pose the question of just what is or is not `Thelemic', or who is or is not a `Thelemite'. This issue has long been in need of resolution, and here at the Propaganda Ministry we have devoted a wholly absurd amount of time to this very issue. We now present the results of our labours in the form of an easy and objective test that will allow the reader to finally determine, once and for, all his essential Thelemicness, Thelemitude, and Thelemicity.

Scoring: Unless otherwise specified, give yourself one point for each correct answer; if you don't know the correct answer (and it's not always `yes'), then you got it wrong. Grade scales are at the end of the test.

A: Personal Information

Were you raised Catholic? Did you flirt with Satanism in your youth?
With Wicca?
Do you wear mostly black?
Do you wear a Pentagram?
Do you wear a Unicursal Hexagram?
Do you wear a funny hat?
Have you ever had asthma?
Do you shave your head?
Do you have the reputation of being a `Black Magician'?
Do you object fundamentally to this test even though you're already getting 100%?
B: Questions of the Law
How many copies of Liber AL do you own ? (One point each, limit ten. Include copies published separately or as part of a larger book.)
Are you offended by The Book of the In-Laws?
How many `Secret Fourth Chapters' of Liber AL have you read? (One Point each, limit ten.)
Have you written any `Secret Fourth Chapters' of Liber AL?
Have you written any commentaries on Liber AL?
Do you accept the `Short Comment'?
Do you understand it?
Did you actually burn your first copy of Liber AL?
How many copies of Liber OZ have you posted? (One point each, limit ten.)
C: Bibliomania
Do you collect Crowley books?
Do you have more Crowley books than any other kind? Put together?
Was the last book you read a Crowley book?
Do you have multiple copies of any Crowley books other than Liber AL?
Do you own any first edition Crowley books?
Do you own a set of the Equinox?
Do you collect Kenneth Grant books even though you think he's a complete cheesehead?
Do you collect books that simply mention Crowley?
Do you make friends with people just so you can borrow their books?
Do you refer to Crowley books by their initials?
By their numbers?
Do you build your library around the reading lists in the back of MTP?
D: Hardcore Than Thou?
Do you actually say `Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law' instead of `hello'?
Do you actually say `Will' before every meal?
Do you actually do Resh four times a day?
Do you read Fundamentalist Satanic Conspiracy books just to see if you are mentioned therein? (Bonus point if you were.)
Do you actually refer to non-Thelemites as `Trogs'?
Do you actually say `APO PANTOS KAKODAIMONOS' to any clergy you happen to meet?
When looking for a place to live, do you do you consider a building's orientation to Boleskine?
Do you choose your phone, PO box, PIN, or license plate numbers for Qabalistic reasons?
Do you date your checks Thelemically?
How many copies of the Thoth Tarot do you own? (One point each, limit ten.)
Have you ever `worn one out'?
Do you play card games with the Thoth Tarot?
How about `strip' card games?
Would you name your daughter `Nuit Ma Ahathoor Sappho Hecate Jezebel Lilith'?
Would you name your dog `Because'?
Do you make a point of buying 93-octane gasoline?
Do you wear your Magical robes around the house?
Around town?
Do you refer to the founder of modern Witchcraft as `Brother Gardner'?
Do you make a particular point of this when around Wiccans?
Do you get all the obscure in-jokes in this test?
E: Crowleyanity

Do you demand 12 October off from work/school for `religious reasons'?
Do you actually like Crowley's poetry?
How many reincarnations of Aleister Crowley do you know? (one point each, limit ten.)
Are you the reincarnation of Aleister Crowley?
How many pictures of Aleister Crowley do you have on your walls? (One point each, limit ten.)
Do you make pilgrimages to places Crowley visited?
Have you ever `poured over maps of New Hampshire' in search of Lake Pasquaney?
Do you have a sample of dirt from a certain backyard in New Jersey?
Would you buy a limited facsimile edition of Aleister Crowley's
Laundry Lists?
Would you brag about it if you did?
Have you ever tried smoking perique soaked in rum just because it was Crowley's favourite?
Do you have the hospital bills to prove it?
Can you name all of Crowley's pseudonyms?
Have you ever used one of them yourself?
F: Arts and Entertainment

Have you ever seen The Devil Rides Out ?
Have you ever read Somerset Maugham's The Magician?
Do you collect Current 93 albums even though they suck?
Did you actually buy that $31.00 CD of Crowley reading his poetry?
Do you think the Simon Iff stories would play well on Mystery?
Do you think The Vision and the Voice would make a good interactive computer game?
Should completing the game successfully entitle you to the Grade of Magister Templi?
Do you collect Dead Can Dance albums?
Do you refer to the lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin as `Brother Page'?
Do you have a bootleg of Page's Lucifer Rising soundtrack? How many Kenneth Anger movies have you seen? (One point each, limit eight since that's all there are!)
Did you understand any of them?
G: Social Life

How many Magical Orders do you belong to? (One point each, limit ten.)
Are you the Head of any of these Orders?
How many of these Orders have expelled you? (Bonus point if you were also the Head of the order.)
Do you live in the bad part of town?
Are the local gangs scared of you?
Have you ever been arrested for carrying your Magical sword around? How many Thelemic 'zines or newsletters do you get? (One point each, limit ten.)
Have you contributed to a Thelemic 'zine or newsletter?
Have you edited a Thelemic 'zine or newsletter? (Bonus point if you had to do the whole thing yourself.)
When traveling, do you plan your route so you can crash at other Thelemites' homes?
When visiting other Thelemites, do you spend the first half-hour looking at their books?
Can you be with another Thelemite for one hour without arguing? Are arguments better than sex?
Are Crowley books better than sex?
Have you ever tried to combine all three?
Within one month of starting a new relationship, have you persuaded
your new girl-friend to donate her monthlies to the cause?
(Conversely, were you that girlfriend?)
Do you try to get your dates in the mood by reading from Snowdrops?
Does your family think you're going to Hell?
Does your family think you're dead?
Subtract one point for every relative you are on speaking terms with. (Limit ten.)
Grading:
0 points or less -- You are probably the reincarnation of Victor Neuburg, but that's all right, we won't hold it against you.
1 to 5 points -- Come on! Even John Symonds could do better than that!
6 to 10 points -- You've heard about Crowley and know to visualise the White Light whenever his name is mentioned so those evil Satanic Crowleyites don't mess up your aura.
11 to 21 points -- You are a borderline case. Stop reading Starhawk and study the Bagh-i-Muattar.
22 to 43 points -- You are Thelemic but you need to work harder. We suggest a Magical Retirement to contact `the little clouds of deities that inhabit the nostrils'.
44 to 55 points -- You are a dedicated Thelemite who can eat your weight in fluffy Neo-Pagans for breakfast, and probably does if given half the chance.
56 to 76 points -- You are seriously hardcore. You practically live in your Magical robes, subsist entirely on Cakes of Light, and have an aura so dark no one has actually seen you in years.
77 to 92 points -- You are almost certainly the reincarnation of Aleister Crowley. You now have the right to attend the annual convention at Boleskine.
93 points or more -- Even Crowley would be scared of you.




A Roundel of Rabelais

by A. C. Swinburne

Theleme is afar on the waters, adrift and afar, Afar and afloat on the waters that flicker and gleam, And we feel but her fragrance and see but the shadows that mar Theleme.

In the sun-coloured mists of the sunrise and sunset that stream As incense from urns of the twilight, her portals ajar Let pass as a shadow the light of the sound of a dream. But the laughter that rings from her cloisters that know not a bar So kindles delight in desire that the souls in us deem He erred not, the seer who discerned on the seas as a star Theleme.



Reviews

`Treat 'em Rough.'

Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed. Doubleday, 1972, (223 pp.).

This is a very interesting esoteric conspiracy novel written from an African-American perspective -- the Prince Hall Illuminatus, if you will -- and it is certainly significant that they were written at about the same time. Mumbo Jumbo deals with Harlem in the Twenties, the birth of Jazz, dirty dancing, Voo-Doo, the Templars, ancient Egypt, Secret Societies, Shadow Governments, and any number of other endearing subjects. The treatment is highly original and makes this well worth dipping your head into.

-- Adam Weishaupt

Witchcraft and Black Magic (Knowledge Through Color series #36) by Peter Haining. Bantam Books, 1973, (159 pp., $1.45 new).

Well...the illustrations (in COLOUR as advertised) are kinda funky; but one suspects the author of wanting to be a kinder, gentler Montague Summers; in particular the section on Bro. Crowley sets what I sincerely hope is the all-time record for errors of fact per paragraph.

-- Adam Weishaupt

The A.`. A.`. by Aleister Crowley [alleged]. Mandrake Press, 1993, (13 pp., $6.00).

This is one of several booklets available from Mandrake which carry this note: `The above excerpts and fragments were copied by Cosmo Trelawny from a mass of papers and typescripts left in his rooms by Macgregor [sic] Reid. The originals were then sold to a bookseller, and lost when his shop was bombed during the war.' There is a faint aroma of herring about this.

I don't know Cosmo Trelawny, but George Watson MacGregor Reid was Chosen Chief of A.D.U.B., a Druid order established in 1245 E.V., from which the Golden Dawn and Speculative Freemasonry are descended (no, really!)* . His MacGregor pedigree is exactly as legitimate as those of S.L. MacGregor Mathers and several other turn-of-the-century occultists: it seems that in those days it was as popular to be a MacGregor as it is nowadays to be the reincarnation of Crowley. One wonders why Reid was distributing the papers of his cousin (Aleister MacGregor Crowley, you know). It was certainly not because he had inherited them, since AC survived both Reid and the Battle of Britain. Of course, AC did frequently complain about the piles of MSS that had been permanently borrowed or simply stolen from him by various people (see the May 1995 Thelema Lodge Calendar for a fine example), but that is beside the point. So, regardless of how it comes to us, what is this little book about?

There are three introductory paragraphs explaining that the Golden Dawn and the Theosophical Society were the inner and outer schools of the A.`. A.`., and listing some 45 `Chiefs' of the Order from the XVIII, XIX, and XX centuries e.v. Blavatsky, prime mover of the Theosophical Society, does not appear in this list, but -- surprisingly? -- Macgregor Reid does. Then we are treated to twelve pages of vitriolic biographical sketches which sling mud at most of the illustrious chiefs just mentioned. Blavatsky appears here (`an exponent of semi-fake Occultism'), but -- surprisingly? -- MacGregor Reid does not. Eug=8Fne Vintras is listed on p. 1 as a Chief, but on p. 8 we are told that he was refused admission to the Order. Two of AC's life-long heroes, L=8Evi and Bennett, are dismissed as a traitor and a snake, respectively. And, best of all, we read of S.L. MacGregor Mathers that:

'Macgregor [sic] was a drunken sot, in point of fact God's incarnated snot."

I have no idea what the point of this essay might be, other than to discredit the A.`. A.`. and make AC look silly. If it is true, however, that G.W.M. Reid was somehow involved in this nonsense, then I can think of one MacGregor who deserves to be remembered as `God's incarnated snot'.

(* MacGregor Reid could also refer to G.W.M. Reid's son. R.A.F.M. Reid, who became Chosen Chief on his father's death in 1946.)

-- M. MacGregor Mouse, 33`

The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy by Ronald Hutton. Blackwell, 1991, (xvii+397 pp., $39.00).

This overview is based mostly on archaeological and historical remains (meagre as they often are) with special reference to the `claims' of modern Pagans. The main problem with the author's approach is that he simply worships at the altar of Documentation, making the unwarranted assumption that `no evidence =3D no possibility'. He also fails to realise that the `latest scholarship' he takes such pride in using is undoubtably just as much a product of intellectual fashions as the `out-dated' work he criticises so profusely. Admittedly his critique of the `Female-Supremacist' version of pre-history is quite good and perfectly reasonable, but one wishes he could have done a better job with other areas. His discussion of Earth Mysteries is particularly off-handed. Like most establishment scholars he simply does not know enough about occult view-points to argue with them effectively; he can only attack his own erroneous preconceptions. In discussing modern occult history he makes more blunders than one could hope for in a careful professional historian, having been led astray by Francis (the-Third-Evil) King, among others.

Actually the book is not as bad as all that, especially considering it is such a wide-ranging production involving more specialties than the author had at his disposal. It is certainly nice to have all this archaeological data in one convenient place. Still, one waits for a superior and more sensitive treatment of the subject.

-- Adam Weishaupt

Lady of the Northern Light: a Feminist Guide to the Runes by Susan Gitlin-Emmer. The Crossing Press, 1993 (126 pp., $12.95).

In her study, the author has "scraped off the layers of patriarchal misinformation" to discover the original meanings of the Runes. Her findings are remarkable: I had never known the Vikings were new-age Wiccan feminists!

-- Diana Silver-Moon Water-Jones

An Introduction to Chaos Magick by Adrian Savage. Magickal Childe, 1988, (50 pp. of Really Big Print, $6.95).

This over-priced and under-edited essay starts off with fifteen pages of goofy misconceptions about Satanism, Ceremonial Magick, and Wicca, then contrasts these three with Chaos Magick. Briefly, the author states that Chaos Magick is a free-form synthesis of Eastern religion and Western Magic, with a special emphasis on the techniques of Austin Spare. This may sound fairly typical of contemporary neopagan eclecticism, but we are assured that Chaos Magick is far superior to "the man-hating mouthings of the maxi-matriarchal Wiccans," the gross stupidity of the Satanists, and especially the Ceremonial Magicians, who are too busy "licking the toes of their Aleister Crowley statues." Sure, whatever.

-- A. Quiller III

Bluff Your Way in the Occult by P. J. Owens and Alexander C. Rae. Centennial Press, 1989, (77 pp., $3.95).

This is pretty much exactly what you think it is. The scary part is that I've met `expert occultists' who get by on much less.

-- Adam Weishaupt

The Pathworkings of Aleister Crowley by Aleister Crowley, introduced by David Cherubim with contributions by Lon Milo DuQuette, Dr. Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D., and Nancy Wasserman. New Falcon Publications, 1994, (160 pp., $12.95).

This book contains 2 1/2 pages by Crowley, no pathworkings at all, and 57 pages of Really Basic Introductory Stuff -- typical New Falcon pabulum. The main text is The Treasure-House of Images, being 90 pages of dreadful poetry by J.F.C. Fuller (who, you may notice, gets no credit on the title-page).

Like other books from these guys, this one seems to be written for either intermediate students or total beginners, depending on what page you read. If you're advanced enough to create your own pathworkings but have not yet learned the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, then this book is for you!

-- A. Quiller III

The Key to Immediate Enlightenment by the Supreme Master Ching Hai. International Supreme Master Ching Hai Meditation Associates, 1990, (106 pp., free (and no wonder)).

The Supreme Master is a Chinese woman who seems to run an international Buddhist sect (contact your local representative now!). Now, it is said the Buddha was reluctant to allow women into the Sangha because he only expected the true Dharma to survive 1000 years at best, and with women involved the figure would be only half that. The lectures in this booklet leave one with the depressing thought that Siddhartha might have been right after all.

-- Adam Weishaupt

The Secret Grimoire of Turiel, Being a System of Ceremonial Magic of the Sixteenth Century introduced and edited by Marius Malchus. Sure Fire Press, 1994, (42 pp., $6.00?).

While visiting the Canary Islands in 1927, Mr. Malchus purchased from his tour guide an English translation of this grimoire (he was also offered the original Latin MS, dated 1518, but did not buy it). Later he recopied the grimoire and destroyed the original (for reasons which are apparently supposed to be clear to the reader) so that his personal copy was -- he believed -- the only English translation extant.

The grimoire is a short little thing, very Catholic, that combines elements of the Greater and Lesser Keys with the Olympic planetary spirits -- nothing especially exciting. A couple of pages at the end are plagiarized from A.E. Waite.

This little book is of personal interest to me because I happen to know that Malchus's copy of the grimoire is not the only extant English translation. The fact is that the 1518 Latin MS made its way from the Canary Islands to Papua, New Guinea, where my father purchased it in 1943 from a native girl, under rather mysterious circumstances. Years later, I discovered it among my father's war memorabilia and prepared an English translation, after which, for reasons which should be clear to the reader, I destroyed the original sixteenth-century manuscript.

-- A. Quiller III

The Number 666 by W.W. Westcott. Mandrake Press, 1993, (5 pp., $6.00).

OK, but not really worth seventy-five cents a page. The author neglects to mention that one way of representing 666 is with three Vaus, or in English letters `WWW'.

-- A. Quiller III




Correspondence Received

(The following missive was recently received by the Minister of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda at his place of mundane employment. We here present it verbatim.)

Dear Friend,

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I saw you yesterday as you were talking with your friends. I waited all day hoping you would want to talk with me too. I gave you a sunset to close your day and a cool breeze to rest you --- and I waited. You never came, It hurt me --- but I still love you because I am your Friend.

I saw you sleeping last night and longed to touch your brow so I spilled moonlight upon your face. Again I waited, wanting to rush down so we could talk. I have so many gifts for you! You awoke and rushed off to work. My tears were in the rain.

If you would listen to me! I LOVE YOU! I try to tell you in the blue skies and in the quiet green grass. I whisper it in the leaves on the trees and breathe it in the colors of the flowers, shout it to you in the mountain streams, give the birds love songs to sing. I clothe you in warm sunshine and perfume the air with nature scents. MY LOVE for you is deeper than the ocean, and bigger than the biggest need in your heart.

Ask ME! talk with ME! Please don't forget ME. I have so much to share with you.

I won't bother you any further. It is your decision I have chosen you and I will wait---

I LOVE YOU

Your Friend JESUS

(The Minister is currently in the process of getting a restraining order against this stalker.)









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