March 2018 e.v. Bulletin

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

The Sun is in Pisces and remains there until the Vernal Equinox, The Equinox of the Gods and beginning of the Thelemic New Year on the 20th of this month. Luna goes full tomorrow at 00.51, the last Full Moon before the Equinox. The New Moon is on the 17th.

The Thoth Tarot card that represents Pisces in the Zodiac is Atu XVIII : The Moon. As we are in the last icy, cold grip of winter, awaiting the Vernal Equinox, the return of the spring and the coming Thelemic New Year, the symbolism of the Egyptian Khephra, the sacred Beetle, that leaps out from the imagery of this Atu. Rising from the water at the bottom of the card’s image, Khephra is bearing in his mandibles the Solar Disk: “It is this Beetle that bears the Sun in his Silence through the darkness of Night and the bitterness of Winter.”

In the external world, the card can represent both midnight in the cycle of the day and the end of the winter in the cycle of the year. Internally, the metaphorical dark hours before the dawn of mystical attainment or realisation, the sleep-like suffering of ignorance prior to the moment of awakening.

“Witch-moon of blood, eternal ebb and flow
Of baffled birth, in death still lurks a change;
And all the leopards in thy woods that range,
And all the vampires in their boughs that glow,
Brooding on blood-thirst-these are not so strange
And fierce as life’s unfailing shower. These die,
Yet time rebears them through eternity.”

– Book of Lies
Pointing beyond the illusory dualism of the apparent horrors and abominations of the darkness as contrasted with the emergence into light, the Master Therion urges us to see the oft dreaded Dark Night of the Soul more profoundly as part of a “..splendid Adventure!”
AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover
AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover

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LODGE EVENTS

This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge.   All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:

  • Monday 5th: Thelemic Reading & Lucid Dreaming Groups.
  • Saturday 10th: Man of Earth Initiations Meeting.
  • Sunday 11th: Celebration of the Gnostic Mass.
  • Tuesday 20th: Feast for the Equinox of the Gods & Supreme Ritual
  • Wednesday 21st: Feast of the Times : Vernal Equinox
  • Friday 23rd: Thelemic Workings.
Further details have been circulated to our subscribing members via the Secretary’s newsletter.
Love is the law, love under will.

Guest Lecture – Tibetan Thanatology

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

Lodge members are invited for a very special guest talk at 4pm next Saturday, 24 February to attend a lecture by Frater Secare on the fascinating subject of Tibetan Thanatology.

Abandon your notions of the past, without attributing a temporal sequence! Cut off your mental associations regarding the future, without anticipation! Rest in a spacious modality, without clinging to [the thoughts of] the present. Do not meditate at all, since there is nothing upon which to meditate. Instead, revelation will come through undistracted mindfulness — Since there is nothing by which you can be distracted.

– Bardo Thodol

This lecture aims to give a concrete and broad overview of the practices associated with death in the Tibetan traditions and topics covered will include:
  • The axiom of death, and its psychological, existential, and occult implications.
  • Phowa, the intentional separation of body and consciousness
  • Assumption of the rainbow body.
  • Dream- and sleep yoga; lucid dreams and the experience of death
  • Thukdam (postmortem meditation).
  • Sky burial.
  • Chöd.
  • Yidam in death (enlightenment through deification).
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
  • Tantric self-mummification.
  • Ringsel (master relics).
  • Tulkus and emanations (reincarnation lineages).
  • The psychospiritual grammar of rebirth.
  • Bardo – the three phases of death.

Frater Secare is the President of the Proto-Electoral College of O.T.O. Sweden.

Love is the law, love under will.

February 2018 e.v. Bulletin

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

The Sun is in Aquarius until the 18th of the month, Luna is waning gibbous following an eclipse. The Star, Atu XVII refers to Aquarius in the Zodiac and is attributed to the Hebrew letter He’.

The image in the Thoth Tarot deck represents Nuith, our Lady of the Stars. The Master Therion says in the Book of Thoth that this Atu gives the definite formula for the attainment of truth and that to comprehend the full meaning of this it is necessary to understand the first chapter of the Book of the Law, emphasising the practical importance of the conclusion of that chapter:

“I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty, not faith, while in life, upon death; peace unutterable, rest, ecstasy; nor do I demand aught in sacrifice.

“But to love me is better than all things: if under the night-stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me, invoking me with a pure heart, and the Serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all; but whoso gives one particle of dust shall lose all in that hour. Ye shall gather goods and store of women and spices; ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed the nations of the earth in splendour & pride; but always in the love of me, and so shall ye come to my joy. I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe, and covered with a rich headdress. I love you! I yearn to you! Pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous, I who am all pleasure and purple, and drunkenness of the innermost sense, desire you. Put on the wings, and arouse the coiled splendour within you: come unto me!

“At all my meetings with you shall the priestess say-and her eyes shall burn with desire as she stands bare and rejoicing in my secret temple -To me! To me! calling forth the flame of the hearts of all in her love-chant.

“Sing the rapturous love-song unto me! Burn to me perfumes! Wear to me jewels! Drink to me, for I love you! I love you!

“I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky.

“To me! To me!

“The Manifestation of Nuit is at an end.”

AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover
AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover

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LODGE EVENTS

This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge.   All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:

  • Saturday 3rd: Magick in Practice & The Feast of the Stars.
  • Monday 5th: Thelemic Reading & Lucid Dreaming Groups.
  • Friday 9th: Working Your Degree.
  • Saturday 17th: Man of Earth Initiations Meeting.
  • Sunday 18th: Celebration of the Gnostic Mass
  • Friday 23rd: Thelemic Workings.
  • Saturday 24thGuest Lecture: Tibetan Thanatology in Practice
Further details have been circulated to our subscribing members via the Secretary’s newsletter.
Love is the law, love under will.

ALJIII launch party: a joyous report

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

 Lodge members and friends of the Order gathered at the legendary Atlantis Bookshop, here in London, a few evenings ago to celebrate the long-awaited launch of the third issue of our Journal.
ALJIII Launch at Atlantis Bookshop, 26 January 2018 e.v.
During the evening, dedicated, like the Journal itself, to the memory of our Brother Wlodek, we ran a silent auction for the painting that graces the cover of the Journal, generously donated to the Lodge by the artist, Brother Asa.
Titled Divination, it’s oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, and framed in thin matte black. Signed and named on the back of the canvas.
Divination by Brother Asa
Divination by Brother Asa
At the end of the evening, we decided to give others the opportunity to try and win this beautiful piece of art, and the bids will continue to run for a week, ending this Saturday, 3 February 2018 e.v. at noon.
Please send your bids directly at Atlantis Bookshop, via email:
atlantis@theatlantisbookshop.com
Come back and check this post daily, or follow us and Atlantis Bookshop on Twitter, for updates on the price to beat.
We will end this update, longer than the usual, with the speech that our Editor, Frater 515, shared at the end of the evening, and to renew the “call to arms” as we are already planning Issue IV – and this time we expect it to be out way sooner!

Good evening,

Well, it’s nice to be back! One of the strangest – and perhaps most valuable – things about being away for lengthy periods of time from the place you call home is the different perspective this affords. Objects and locations from your previous everyday experience – where perhaps familiarity might have bred complacency – are seen anew. And if London – which Soror I tells me falls under Mercury’s sign of Gemini – may be called a Theatre of Initiations, then Atlantis, I think, can be described as a portal to the world of Magick. There is nowhere quite like it – certainly not in the Europe of my travels – and a list of the Adepts who have walked through these doors would read like a roll call of the Great and the Good – or, if you prefer, the Big and the Bad – of that most marvellous science and art of effecting change in accordance with Will. And, of course, Thoth, Hermes, Mercury – by whatever name I might call this aspect of the divine which is Man – is both god of Magick and of writing. So, I can think of no better place to launch this, the third issue of AMeTh Lodge Journal.

So why devote the time and energy to produce such a publication? In short, what is the willed idea behind it? Well, first and foremost – if we are doing it right – by devoting our energy and our creative and analytical capacities, this physical object, our Heh final, becomes imbued with the spirit that animates our endeavours – the so-called 93 current which used Aleister Crowley for its initial vehicle of formal expression. As such, this physical object constitutes nothing less than a talisman with which to attract those who – I paraphrase Professor Snape – might have the disposition to seek initiation into that current as manifested by O.T.O. – the first of the great Old Aeon orders to accept the Book of the Law.

Almost of equal importance, I think, is the opportunity it provides to members of AMeTh Lodge – and indeed other O.T.O. bodies in the UK – for self-expression. Magick is a living thing, its essence is change. Journals such as ours are platforms to showcase what contemporary occultists or, in our case – and I am sure I do them no wrong if I call them thus, Thelemites –  are thinking, what they are doing. There is a rawness that fully-formed books often don’t possess, a feeling of work-in- progress, similar perhaps to what you might get to visiting the studio of a painter, rather than viewing the finished work in an art gallery. And indeed, who’s to say that the act of writing out that sudden idea you get in the form of an article, or a short story, or working up that image you glimpse in your mind’s eye into a painting, might not inspire a lengthier piece of work that might, at some future date, end up as a tome that graces these very shelves, or perhaps a painting that might one day find itself next to that of Mr Mathers up there. In short, by contributing to the Journal you embark on a journey whose destination lies wreathed in mystery.

And, it’s fair to say, that just as every journey has its annoyances, the Journal has its editor one of those things that you just have to grin and bear – as you do a slightly irksome ticket inspector, or the ladies and gentleman that work in passport control at Heathrow. But if that hasn’t altogether put you off and you find your Will turning in that direction, then we’ll certainly do our very best to publish what you send us.

So what might be the impressions of the casual reader who alights on this Journal like some bibliophilic butterfly drawn into the energy net of our talisman? Well, I am certain they will be impressed. First, we have the wonderful cover picture provided by Brother Asa – who, incidentally, has generously offered the original painting for auction with the proceeds going to the Lodge. I’ll just briefly explain how this will work. We will start the auction off at £200 and will be taking sealed bids tonight. The auction will run until next Saturday (3 rd Feb) 12pm when the winning bid will be announced. Each day we will publish the current highest bid. If you wish to leave a bid, tonight you can leave a sealed bid with Bali and after tonight please get in touch with Atlantis and tell them how much you’d like to bid. So, get bidding!

To return to the Journal itself, what’s inside is pretty good too – whether this be Thaumast‘s learned exposition on Geomancy, a veritable primer on that most sublime and difficult art; Brother Dave‘s discussion of the occult history of Algol, Brother Franc‘s analysis of the notorious Heh-Tzaddi switch, or Sister Tonelise‘s insights into the nature of the Tarot Aces. And that’s not to forget the ritual material, both that of Brother Reuben, as well as that pertaining to the mysterious Lucid Dreaming Group –  just going to pinch myself here to check I’m not
dreaming: ow! – no I’m not. And besides all of that there are poems, there is artwork and there’s even a short-story, the author being a certain Luxor Tenebris – ahem, a most dubious- sounding individual, if you ask me. I’s a really wonderful collection of work – in my admittedly biased opinion – and all for the very reasonable price of £25.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every contributor to this issue of ALJ, including those who helped behind the scenes on the marketing effort. Thank you.

A special word of thanks here to two people who were absolutely instrumental in bringing this idea to manifestation. Firstly, to Soror Dahud-Ahes for her tireless help in managing the project, not least when it came to rounding up submissions from those who had – like wayward goats towards milking time – strayed from the path of punctuality, perhaps tempted by the alluring thistles of torpor. And, lastly, but most gratefully, I’d like to offer my profound thanks to Frater Lamogue whose brilliance as a designer, as a craftsman and artificer of books, shows through in every page. Without him, it just wouldn’t have been possible.

Finally, as you will all be aware, this particular issue is dedicated to Brother Wlodek, who relatively recently celebrated his Greater Feast. To paraphrase Liber XV, May there be granted unto him the accomplishment of his Will. I’ll also like to add to that: If ever there was a chap who appreciated a good party, it was him. He was a true bon viveur, a bright star.

So, on that note, I point you in the direction of the ‘vats of the storied sun’, remind you to be assiduous in your worship of Dionysus – not forgetting ‘the eight and ninety rules of art’ of course – and thank you for coming out on this rather cold London night to celebrate with us here in this place and at this time, the launch of this, the third issue of AMeTh Lodge Journal.

AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover
AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover
AMeTh LODGE JOURNAL III is available now. 

Members of the Lodge can purchase one copy each at a substantial discount on the full retail price.

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Love is the law, love under will.

January 2018 e.v. Bulletin

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

Greetings and best wishes for the vulgar new year!
The Sun is in the sign of Capricorn, remaining there until the 19th of this month. Luna is full. Atu XV, The Devil, refers to Capricornus in the Zodiac. 
Atu XV: “…represents creative energy in its most material form; in the Zodiac, Capricornus occupies the Zenith. It is the most exalted of the signs; it is the goat leaping with lust upon the summits of earth. The sign is ruled by Saturn, who makes for selfhood and perpetuity. In this sign, Mars is exalted, showing in its best form the fiery, material energy of creation. The card represents Pan Pangenetor, the All-Begetter.”
– The Book of Thoth
The goat portrayed on the card is identified with Pan. The Sun enters Capricorn after he reaches his most extreme southern declination at the Winter Solstice and then begins his return northwards to renew the year:
“…the divine madness of spring, already foreseen in the meditative madness of winter;..”
Observation of the Sun with awareness of the facts of astronomy is a key to the New Aeon, enabling us to transcend superstition arising from the representation of our ideas in a pluralistic symbolism based upon an illusory duality.

“Thus The Devil is Capricornus, the Goat, who leaps upon the loftiest mountains, The Godhead which, if it becomes manifest in man, makes him the AEgipan, the All.”

– Magick in Theory and Practice

AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover
AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover

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LODGE EVENTS

This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge.   All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:

  • Monday 8th: Thelemic Reading & Lucid Dreaming Groups.
  • Friday 19th: Thelemic Workings.
  • Friday 26th: AMeTh Lodge Journal III Launch Party.
  • Saturday 26th: Event TBC
Further details have been circulated to our subscribing members via the Secretary’s newsletter.
Love is the law, love under will.

December 2017 e.v. Bulletin

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

Greetings on the day of the Seventieth Anniversary of the Prophet’s Greater Feast!
 
 
“In all the universe darkness is only to be found in the shadow of a gross and opaque planet, as it were for a moment; the universe itself is a flood of light eternal. So also death is but through accident; thou hast hidden thyself in the shadow of thy gross body, and taking it for reality, thou hast trembled.”
– Baphomet X° O.T.O.
 
Our Father the Sun moved into Sagittarius on 23 November and will remain there until the Solstice on 21 DecemberAtu XIV, Art pertains to Sagittarius in the Zodiac. The Moon is waxing gibbous in Taurus.
 
“This card is the complement and the fulfilment of Atu VI, Gemini. It pertains to Sagittarius, the opposite to Gemini in the Zodiac, and therefore, “after another manner,” one with it. Sagittarius means the Archer; and the card is, in its simplest and most primitive form, a picture of Diana the Huntress. Diana is primarily one of the lunar goddesses, though the Romans rather degraded her from the Greek “virgin Artemis”, who is also the Great Mother of Fertility, Diana of the Ephesians, Many-Breasted – a form of Isis-see Atu II and III. The connection between the Moon and the Huntress is shewn by the shape of the bow, and the occult significance of Sagittarius is the arrow piercing the rainbow; the last three paths of the Tree of Life make the word Qesheth, a rainbow, and Sagittarius bears the arrow which pierces the rainbow, for his path leads from the Moon of Yesod to the Sun of Tiphareth. This explanation is highly technical; but this is necessary because the card represents an important scientific formula, which cannot be expressed in language suited to common comprehension.

This card represents the Consummation of the Royal Marriage which took place in Atu VI. The black and white personages are now united in a single androgyne figure. Even the Bees and the Serpents on their robes have made an alliance. The Red Lion has become white, and increased in size and importance, while the White Eagle, similarly expanded, has become red. He has exchanged his red blood for her white gluten. It is impossible to explain these terms to any but advanced students of alchemy.

The equilibrium and counter-change are carried out completely in the figure itself; the white woman has now a black bead; the black king, a white one. She wears the golden crown with a silver band, he, the silver crown with a golden fillet; but the white head on the right is extended in action by a white arm on the left which holds the cup of the white gluten, while the black head on the left has the black arm on the right, holding the lance which has become a torch and pours forth its burning blood. The fire burns up the water; the water extinguishes the fire.”

– The Book of Thoth

 
AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover
AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover

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AMeTH LODGE JOURNAL III is at the printers and is available for preorders.

Members will be able to purchase one copy each at a substantial discount on the full retail price.

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LODGE EVENTS

This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge.   All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:

  • Friday 8th: Working Your Degree: Second Degree.
  • Saturday 9th: Initiations Meeting.
  • Sunday 10th: Celebration of the Gnostic Mass.
  • Wednesday 20th: Feast for the Winter Solstice.
Further details have been circulated to our subscribing members via the Secretary’s newsletter.
 
Love is the law, love under will.

AMeTh Lodge Journal III

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Summary of the Articles

AMeTh Lodge Journal Vol I No III is now available for pre-order! It has been well worth the wait! Dedicated to our late Brother Wlodek, this is a veritable feast provided by members and guests of AMeTh with some fine examples of the magical and ritual work they engage with as a part of their work in the Lodge, in addition to the regular O.T.O. rites of Initiation, seasonal rituals, Feasts for the Times and the celebrations of the Gnostic Mass.

The dominant themes are dreams and divination. In a first for AMeTh Lodge Journal, we include creative writing in the form of poetry, a piece of short fiction and some wonderful artwork that has been a signature feature of the journal from the beginning.

In this issue, we feature further work by Brother Gary Dickinson and Sister Ashka. Additionally, we are delighted to present work by Sister Annabelle, Sister Tonelise, Soror Astarte and Frater Alcor, as well as several works by the talented Brother Asa, whom we also must thank for the magnificent front cover.

Preceded by an excellent introduction by the Editor, Frater 515, the following articles await to delight, entertain, inform and challenge you:

  • Republishing the Via Tarot

A short account of Sister Sue Jameson’s adventures with her stunning VIA Tarot that began with two lucid dreams which led her to do a scrying using an obsidian sphere placed on the Sigillum Dei Aemeth and calling upon the Enochian Angel, one of the Daughters of the Daughters of Light, which she had seen in one of the dreams. The VIA Tarot has been out of print for some years but now a new, limited edition is available – see the Journal for details!

  • The Rite of Maat

In The Rite of Ma’a, Brother Reuben Friedman presents a ritual invocation of the goddess Ma’at that explores the eternal interplay of opposites and their reconciliation in the idea of balance. He also describes the genesis of the idea in dream, as well as the key theoretical concepts driving the ritual.

The working is inspired by Br. Reuben’s own personal meditations upon the Egyptian Book of the Dead, primarily the sections involving the weighing of the heart, and subsequent dreams as a result of these meditations. These latter occurred over several weeks and took the form of a series of lucid dream interactions with Ma’at in which She showed him how he should proceed in constructing the ritual.

  • The Elements, Shamanic Ritual and the Aces in the Tarot

 Sister Tonelise Rugaas’ experience of attending a shamanic festival in northern Norway became a springboard for a meditation on the role played by the five elements in the Tarot and realisations about the archetypal nature of symbols and ritual somehow innate in human consciousness. Sister Tonelise illustrates her article with two pieces of her own artwork, drawings inspired by the Tarot Aces that truly capture the raw elemental power of those cards.

  • Mors Janua Vitae: Jean Morton Williams

This is a brief, heartfelt tribute to the memory of the late Jean Morton Williams by Frater Alverda, focusing on Jean’s role as a Priestess in the celebration of the Gnostic Mass over many years. A beautiful black and white photograph of Jean behind the veil on the altar by Ruth Beyer and an image of her certificate of ordination as a Priestess of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica accompany the words.

  • Deconstructing the Demon Star: An occult history of Algol, the most evil Star in the sky

 Brother Dave Moore examines the lore, legend and literature surrounding the star, Algol, that most infamous of celestial bodies. His discussion of the historical and cultural underpinning to Algol’s notoriety sets the scene for an enquiry into the fascination the star seems to hold for those involved in some of the darker byways of modern occultism. Yet Algol has been brought into service as a protector and can also be viewed as: “the celestial equivalent of many other figures of yore that, having been historically reviled and even pitied, have subsequently been turned into a personification of potential. A scapegoat for the skies put to constructive use.”

  • THELEMAGIA – Aleister Crowley & The Temple of Wisdom: The Rosicrucian Way of Geomancy

 Thaumast here sets the divinatory practice of Geomancy in its proper historical context out of which it arose. In a masterly way, he brings to bear his deep knowledge of the primary texts and makes fascinating links with the I Ching, a system to which he has devoted many years of study. He also addresses the key issues that tend to be faced by those who would put the source material to practical use. This article is an invaluable resource for those interested in what Crowley termed “that sublime and difficult art”.

  • AMeTh Lucid Dreaming Group – Experiments in Dream Control

In this beautifully illustrated collection of pieces concerning the Lucid Dreaming Group, the reader will gain an insight into the activities of a magical working group within the Lodge. In addition to the ritual itself – a Talisman charging ritual created by the Lodge Master, Soror Dahud-Ahes – the hard, practical work behind the many and varied preparations that take place in the weeks leading up to its performance is described in full.

Brother Raj gives an account of the origin of the group – inspired in the presence of Dionysus, while in contemplating and discussing The Priestess Atu in the Thoth Tarot. Frater Eosp Horus details the evolution of the creation of the talisman. Frater Andre elucidates on the astrological method used for electing a time for the ritual to charge the talisman and Brother Asa tells the story of the creation of a subsequent talisman, to work with Hypnos as a deity in support of the work of lucid dreaming. 

  • The Gamahe

This is a very well-crafted dark, fascinating and compelling short story, both earthy and chilling, by Luxor Tenebris, surely inspired by Thaumast’s essay on geomancy. To say any more would be a spoiler! Read, savour and shiver….

  • ”Tzaddi is Not the Star” : The Counterchange and the New Aeon

 Brother Franc O’Shea addresses in some depth and detail Crowley’s much-debated change to the traditional tarot attributions in response to Liber AL I:57. For those who find themselves perplexed over the background and the reasons for the change, as well as for the seasoned Thelemite with their own definite opinions on the matter, this essay is sure to prove as instructive as it is provocative.

Crowley on Death

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

With the passing of Samhain, Halloween, All Saints Day, the Day of the Dead etc., and the anniversary of the Greater Feast of our own Br. Wlodek in October, death is a theme that is perhaps even more ubiquitous than usual. Death is also can be a much misunderstood and confused topic in Thelemic communities. Perhaps it should be something we should all more actively consider, contemplate and discuss.

Death is something everyone living will experience themselves as well as being affected by the death of others – family, significant others, friends, people they only know from the news, et al. The Egyptian Book of Coming Forth by Day and the Tibetan Bardo Thodol include accounts of the post-death journey of the individual consciousness for study and rehearsal.

In a very fraternal spirit, Br. Richard Kaczynski has shared this on his Facebook page:

“Everywhere I look, it seems like the recent deaths of brethren and other loved ones have left many in the Thelemic community struggling to cope with their losses. The pain of my brothers and sisters is my pain too, so I’m making freely available my paper, Aleister Crowley on Death: Philosophical, Technical and Practical Aspects from the NOTOCON X proceedings book, in hope that it brings into my siblings’ grief some solace and possibly inspiration for personal work. If it helps even one person to suffer less, I will be happy.”

The paper examines how the Thelemic canon and the commentaries thereon regard death; what Crowley’s writings say about how death, transmigration, and the soul operate; and Crowley’s recommended magickal exercises for understanding death or coping with loss. Be sure to also read  Liber 106: Concerning Death.

“Thank you to Sabazius X and the NOTOCON Conference Committee for agreeing wholeheartedly that helping those of us in pain is more important than selling books, and for giving me their blessing to distribute this extract. Please share, if it is your Will, with anyone who is wrestling with sadness, grief, or loss.”

The link to Br. Richard’s reflective, helpful and very informative free paper for download can be found here

Love is the law, love under will.

November 2017 e.v. Bulletin

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

Greetings on the Day of the Dead! The Sun is in Scorpio and remains there until the 21st of the month before passing into Sagittarius. The Atu that refers to Scorpio is Atu XIII, Death. The principal planetary attributions of the card are Saturn and Mercury. The legs of Osiris in Atu XIII convey the glyph of Saturn and the fish connects with the function of Mercury as the psychpomp, the guide of the dead, and “as the continuing elastic element in nature.” 
 
The Master Therion divides the interpretation of this Atu in to three parts represented by the Scorpion, the Serpent and the Eagle. He explains and expounds on this symbolism in Chapter 157 of Liber Aleph:
 
“Threefold is the Nature of Love: Eagle, Serpent, and Scorpion. And of these the Scorpion is he that, having no Lion of Light and Courage within him, seemeth to himself encircled by Fire, and, driving his Sting into himself, he dieth. Such are the Black Brothers, that cry: I am I; they that deny Love, restricting it to their own Nature. But the Serpent is the Secret Nature of Man, that is Life and Death, and maketh his Way through the Generations in Silence. And the Eagle is that Might of Love which is the Key of Magick, uplifting the Body and its Appurtenance unto High Ecstasy upon his Wings. It is by Virtue thereof that the Sphinx beholdeth the Sun unwinking, and confronteth the Pyramid without Shame.”

These words are uttered by the Magister Templi as he emerges from the Tomb in the seasonal Thelemic Cross Quarter ritual known as the Feast of the Dragon. These three forms of Scorpio  can be seen as representing three expressions of Love: Love unexpressed, Love’s physical expression and the etheric, energetic expression of Love. Also In Liber Aleph, a fourth form of Scorpio is revealed, the Dragon, which replaces the Eagle:

 

“Our Dragon, therefore, combining the Natures of the Eagle and the Serpent, is our Love, the Organon of our Will, by whose Virtue we perform the Work and Miracle of the One Substance, as saith thine Ancestor Hermes Trismegistus, in his Tablet of Smaragda. And this Dragon is called thy Silence, because in the Hour of his Operation that within thee which saith ‘I’ is abolished in Conjunction with the Beloved.”

In his essay Scorpio and the Love Dragon, Michael Osiris Snuffin comments:

“The Dragon is a winged serpent, a composite symbol of the physical and etheric expressions of Love. The precedent for this synthesis of the physical and spiritual is given in the first verse of Emerald Tablet of Hermes Tristmegistus:

“It is true and no lie, certain, and to be depended upon, that the superior agrees with the inferior, and the inferior with the superior, to effect that one truly wonderful work.”

“By changing the kerubic symbol, Crowley has changed the principal expression of Love from a spiritual bias to a synthesis and balance of its spiritual and physical expressions. Like the Son of the Tetragrammaton, the Dragon is the product and the union of the natures of both its parents, the feminine Eagle and the masculine Serpent. Thus is the Dragon the new and complete symbol of Kerubic Scorpio in the Aeon of Horus.” 

Our own celebration of the Feast of the Dragon this year will be taking place on Sunday,12 November.

 
AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover
AMeTh Lodge Journal III Cover

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AMeTH LODGE JOURNAL III is at the printers and will likely be available for purchase within the next two to three weeks!

Members will be able to purchase one copy each at a substantial discount on the full retail price.

Watch this space!

 
 

LODGE EVENTS

This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge.   All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:

  • Monday 6th: Thelemic Reading & Lucid Dreaming Group Meeting.
  • Sunday 12th: Thelemic Cross Quarter Ritual: Feast of the Dragon 
  • Friday 17th: Thelemic Workings.
  • Saturday 25th: Initiations Meeting.
  • Saturday 26th: Private Celebration of the Gnostic Mass.
Further details have been circulated to our subscribing members via the Secretary’s newsletter.
 
Love is the law, love under will.

October 2017 e.v. Bulletin

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

The Equniox has passed and once again we welcome the forthcoming Dark Season. Days are shortening. Sol has entered the sign of Libra with his power waning and remains here until the 23rd of this month. Summer is over, the colours of autumn are all about us and the Day of the Dead brings the month to a close.
 
Adjustment is the Atu that represents the sign of Libra, ruled by Venus and in which Saturn is exalted. The Master Therion has written that in this Atu:
 
“…the equilibrium of all things is hereby symbolised. It is the final adjustment in the formula of Tetragrammaton, when the daughter, redeemed by her marriage with the Son, is thereby set up on the throne of the mother; thus, finally, she ‘awakens the Eld of the All-Father’.” 
 
The Goddess here is Maat, bearing upon her nemyss the ostrich feathers of the Twofold Truth: “This woman-goddess is Harlequin; she is the partner and fulfilment of The Fool. She is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation; she is the dance, many-coloured, many-wiled, of Life itself. Constantly whirling, all possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time: all things are real, the soul is the surface, precisely because they are instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things are harmony and beauty; all things are Truth: because they cancel out.”
 
In Holy Meditation, analyse the characteristic of the Atu: 
 
“Balance against each thought its exact opposite. For the Marriage of these is the Annihilation of Illusion.”

LODGE EVENTS

This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge.   All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:

  • Friday 6th: Working Your Degree (First Degree and above only).
  • Monday 9th: Thelemic Reading & Lucid Dreaming Group Meeting.
  • Friday 13th: Thelemic Workings.
  • Saturday 21st: Initiations Meeting.
  • Saturday 22nd: Celebration of the Gnostic Mass.
Further details have been circulated to our subscribing members via the Secretary’s newsletter.
 
Love is the law, love under will.