Author: lashtal

An Evening of Art, Magick and Initiation

An exciting Berlin event. All of the lectures will be in English and two of them address Aleister Crowley directly. August 31st 20:00 – 24:00 Z-Bar – Bergstrasse 2 Program 20:00: The Fool’s Journey: Cosmic Evolution and Initiation in The Thoth Tarot – Robert Stein The Thoth Tarot reveals a tale of Cosmic Evolution and Individual Initiation. Cosmically it outlines Origin, Deluge and Apocalypse. For the Individual, Body is depicted as Law, Love, Liberty and Life; Soul as Ordeal, Development and Enlightenment; and  Spirit as the Uttermost Abyss and Attainment. Robert Stein (USA) is a Thelemic scholar and member of Ordo Templi Orientis. His current interest...

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Caduceus Books: Latest Catalogue

The always-interesting booklists from Caduceus Books have thrown out some real gems over the years. The latest is no exception, including: Leon Engers Kennedy (Frater T.A.T.K.T.A.), The Master Therion, Mandrake Press Ltd. 1992, Large format high quality prints (24.5ins x 17.2ins) on 170 gms art paper. The original oil painting was painted from life c.1918 and is now displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Reproduced  in the Equinox Vol.III No.1 (the Blue Equinox) 1919 where it is described thus: “The master is represented in His holy meditation. About him flames the Aura corresponding to that particular Trance...

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22 Crazy Facts About Aleister Crowley

Okay, it’s seemingly a ‘click bait’ site, but at least it is reasonably well-informed… Aleister Crowley was one of the most bizarre, fascinating, and mysterious figures of the 20th century. Known in his own time as “the wickedest man in the world,” Crowley equally attracted and repulsed his contemporaries. From spiritualism and writing to mountain climbing, yoga, and the occult, Crowley left his mark on many different facets of life. But he is perhaps most famous – or infamous – for his controversial, influential beliefs. Source: 22 Crazy Facts About Aleister...

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Ascona Conference

Academia Ordo Templi Orientis, in cooperation with the OTO Grand Lodge of Italy, is pleased to announce a conference at Monte Verità in Ascona, Switzerland, on August 26, 2017. This site was chosen to commemorate the centennial of the O.T.O. “Anational Congress for Organizing the Reconstruction of Society on Practical Cooperative Lines,” organized by Doctor Theodor Reuss and held on August 15–25, 1917 at Monte Verità. The program 8:30-9:00, Registration 9:00-9:15, Opening remarks, Gordan Djurdjevic Session 1, Moderator: Gordan Djurdjevic 9:15-9:45, Stephen J. King, “Temple Mount: The Oriental Templar crusade for Verità” 9:45-10:15, Chris Giudice, “’We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place’: Spiritual Communes as an Escape from the Modern World” 10:15-10:45, Robert Buratti, “The Artist as Prophet and the Mountain of Truth; Ascona and the path of Creative Consciousness” 10:45-11:00, Coffee Break Session 2, Moderator: Henrik Bogdan 11:00-11:30, Patrizia Ebner, “The Man, the Mystery, and his Legacy – Carl Kellner” 11:30-12:00, Keith Cantú, “The ‘Mystic Anatomy’ of Theodor Reuss” 12:00-12:30, Gordan Djurdjevic, “’The Bird Fights Its Way Out of the Egg’: Hermann Hesse, Ascona, and the Thelemic Zeitgeist” 12:30-14:00, Lunch 14:00-14:15, Dance 1 Session 3, Moderator: Richard Kaczynski 14:15-14:45, Henrik Bogdan, “Theodor Reuss, Women, and the Early History of the O.T.O.” 14:45-15:15, Manon Hedenborg-White, “Mystery Translated: Tradition, Transmission, and the Gnostic Mass in German” 15:15-15:45, William Peters, “The Therion File” 15:45-16:15, Coffee Break Session 4, Moderator: Stephen J....

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Priest/ess: In Advocacy of Queer Gnostic Mass [Updated]

Priest/ess: In Advocacy of Queer Gnostic Mass by Michael Effertz is now available in its first public trade edition, comprising only 220 copies. A thoughtful and well documented argument for the reformation of O.T.O. policy so as to facilitate queer celebrations of the Gnostic Mass of the E.C.G. Priest/ess offers in-depth philosophical, magical, sociological and historical analyses of gender roles in the central ceremony of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) with an aim toward motivating the reformation of O.T.O. policy to openly embrace queer celebrations of the Gnostic Mass. In addition to a series of original essays about gender and...

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