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ptoner
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22/04/2015 11:26 am  

Abbey Thelema, Sicily

The roof has completely collapsed to the centre part of the house, prob 75-80%
Floor to Chamber of nightmares has been nearly 50% stripped by souvenir hunters.

[flash=600,400:1xrqzvxd] https://www.youtube.com/v/08YkZJLPlBY[/flash:1xrqzvxd]


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William Thirteen
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22/04/2015 12:13 pm  

the crack in the ceiling of the Chamber of Nightmares seems to have gotten much worse....  i am surprised it survived the winter.


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michaelclarke18
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23/04/2015 6:44 am  

Floor to Chamber of nightmares has been nearly 50% stripped by souvenir hunters.

The floor is quite shocking. The last I visited, only one or two tiles has been ''removed'' - now most of the floor has been taken; which is funny, as the tiled floor was probably added much later than Crowley's time there. If you look at the photographs taken by Kenneth Anger, in the 1950s, the floor looks quite different. But that won't stop the souvenir hunters...it's a mere detail to them, but they are mistaken if they think they are getting part of AC!

I think it will continue to decline, until there is nothing left. It's sad, but it's what the current owners seem to want. Perhaps the land is wanted to build more flats for the increasing Cefalu population, so the destruction of the [former] Abbey is pretty irrelevant.


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christibrany
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25/04/2015 5:55 pm  

i wonder what happened to hekates/hecates save the abbey thing. i fear a victim of Greek 'horrible-fake-economic-crisis- stuff' So I have to email her now . Such a shame.


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Shiva
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25/04/2015 10:41 pm  
"christibrany" wrote:
i wonder what happened to hekates/hecates save the abbey thing.

You must have missed her "final" post that said things had changed (politically, financially) and she could not pursue the project. Note: Greek finances went down the drain - big time.


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christibrany
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25/04/2015 11:57 pm  

Shiva sir,
thank you for reminding me of that.  I only had remembered lawyer problems and legal tangles but not financial problems.  I know Greece is having severe problems.  I was just in Portugal and they are in the same boat.  The whole EU is a big scam and I am not going to turn this into a political thread but when I lived in the NL and overnight stuff changed from guilders to euros and doubled and now everything is going down the drain; it's stupid.    Just like the abbey going down the drain is stupid. 


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William Thirteen
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26/04/2015 8:16 pm  

92 years ago today...

*****************

COLLEGIUM SPIRITUM SANCTUM
Cefalu, Sicily

April 26, 1923 e.v.

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

As a result, perhaps of the personal malice of individuals, perhaps of intrigue on the part of Papist Reactionaries, perhaps of the ridiculous falsehoods put into circulation by low-class sensational papers, a summary order has been made out for the Expulsion of The Beast 666 from Italy where his Abbey and his house have been established in peace and security for more than three years. No reason is given for this action. No accusation of misconduct of any kind is made. There has been no friction with the inhabitants of Cefalu, who are affording us the moral support of their personal sympathy as well as a formal protest to the Minister of the Interior in Rome.

It is not the least of the difficulties of the situation that we are being kept in ignorance as to how far this order of expulsion applies to us (his fellow-workers at Cefalu) or may be made to do so instantly by local departmental regulations against which there could be no useful appeal. But even on the most favourable interpretation the action creates a very desperate financial situation. Funds must be found for the The Beast to travel, to transport a certain minimum of apparatus for his Work, and to procure the mere necessities of physical existence. It is critically important that his Work should proceed at this time with the least possible interruption and anxiety. In material matters, as Frater O.P.V has just arrived from South Africa to cooperate with him in preparing the final Comment upon The Book of the Law. In the circumstances, we feel justified in calling upon you to send us the largest sum of money that you can possibly raise in any way.

We may mention that Frater O.P.V. has given up his professional position on the staff of the Grey University College at Bloemfontein, placing, incidentally at our disposal without reserve, the whole of his wordly estate and prospects. Owing however to the crisis created by this entirely unexpected action of the authorities, the funds thus provided, which should and would have supported the establishment for a considerable time, are already almost exhausted; so that we may expect to find ourselves at any moment deprived not only of the help and protection of The Beast but of all material resources as well. The situation is further complicated and aggravated by the fact that the household includes three quite young children, and that Lay-Sister Ninette is pregnant and expecting to give birth to a child in a few weeks. The Beast himself is still far from recovered from his recent debilitating illness - asthma, malaria, and Mediterranean Fever.

Perhaps the most imperative need of all is that the Library and other essentials of the Work of the Beast should be preserved intact, in the face of threatened distraints, many of the volumes and typescripts being unique, irreplaceable, and of incalculable value for the ultimate establishment of the Law of Thelema throughout the world.

We urge you therefore to do your utmost in this extremity, and to cable us in reply at the earliest possible moment, stating to what extent we may rely on your assistance.

Love is the law, love under will.

Ninette F. Shumway
Alostrael. 31-666-31
Norman Mudd

Please send remittances to the Account of Edward Alexander Crowley, Banca Commerciale, Italiana, Palermo, Sicily

Cables other than these will reach us if addressed to "Abbey, Cefalu, Sicily".


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michaelclarke18
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27/04/2015 4:47 am  

'Abbey sinking into the ground' in every possible sense.


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SatansAdvocaat
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27/04/2015 1:31 pm  

One very sad, very derelict mess.  And such pathetic graffiti.


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