November 2016 e.v. Bulletin

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

The end of October saw the Sun entering the sign of Scorpio, ruled by Mars and in which Pluto is exalted, where it will remain for much of November before entering Sagittarius. Scorpio is attributed to the Death card on the path of Nun in the Thoth Tarot. Crowley notes in the Book of Thoth that Scorpio is one of the most powerful signs in the Zodiac and is divided into three parts, the Scorpion, the Serpent and the Eagle, corresponding to the alchemical principles of putrefaction, solution or dissolution and exaltation respectively, with the Serpent as the main theme of the sign:
 
“The Serpent is sacred, Lord of Life and Death, and its method of progression suggests the rhythmical undulation of those twin phases of Life […] The Serpent is also the principal symbol of male energy.”

The significance of this is amplified in words from Liber Aleph, p 157: Fα – De Dracone, Quae Est Aquila Serpens Scorpio, On the Dragon, which is Eagle, Serpent and Scorpion:

 
“Threefold is the Nature of Life, Eagle, Serpent, and Scorpion. And of these the Scorpion is he that, having no Lion of Light and of 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 Life which is the Key of Magick, uplifting the Body and its Appurtenance unto high Ekstacy upon his Wings. It is by Virtue thereof that the Sphinx beholdeth the Sun unwinking, and confronteth the Pyramid without Shame. Our Dragon, therefore, combining the Natures of the Eagle and the Serpent, is our Love, the Organ 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 its Conjunction with the Beloved.”
In our so recently celebrated Thelemic Cross Quarter Ritual, The Feast of the Dragon: A Liturgy for a Celebration with Sol in the Succedent Decan of Scorpio, these words from Liber Aleph are the opening words of the Magister Templi, when consulted for his understanding by the Virgin and the Bull seeking to devour the Sun.
 

LODGE EVENTS

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

  • Saturday, 5th: Liber V vel Reguli workshop
  • Monday, 7th: Thelemic Reading & Lucid Dreaming Groups 
  • Friday, 11th: AMeTh Initiations & Mass (AIM) training
  • Saturday, 12th: Initiations Meeting
  • Friday, 18th: Thelemic Workings
  • Saturday, 26th: O.T.O. Certified Initiator Training – Day 1
  • Sunday, 27th: O.T.O. Certified initiator Training – Day 2
Further details have been circulated to our subscribing members via the Secretary’s newsletter.
 
Love is the law, love under will.