Michael Staley
@michael-staley
The Funambulatory Way - it's All in the Egg
Joined: Apr 21, 2004
Last seen: Feb 7, 2023
Topics: 100 / Replies: 4250
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RE: OTO & Politics

This thread is entitled "OTO & Politics. How in the world are the last few posts even remotely related? It's like being on Facebook.

2 weeks ago
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RE: The Book of the Lauds

In threefold31's sense, yes, I'm aware of that. However, surely not in the "Crowleyan sense", since Crowley – certainly in his later years – expected ...

3 weeks ago
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RE: The Book of the Lauds

What do you mean here by "three Aeons in the Crowleyan sense"?

3 weeks ago
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RE: chthonic auranian oto

I think his aversion went deeper than that. The passage in Magick without Tears includes the statement that "I hate this doctrine so rabidly that I ca...

4 weeks ago
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RE: chthonic auranian oto

It's not a "weird nut of a thread". It's just a thread. If you have such a low opinion of it, why bother to comment? I never met Alobar Greywalker, ...

4 weeks ago
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RE: The Book of the Lauds

I agree to some extent. In the first place, though, I think Crowley was very impulsive, and not as rational as some like to think. Bearing in mind the...

1 month ago
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RE: The Secret Sexual Teachings of Aleister Crowley According to J. Edward Cornelius

I think we all practise Thelema in our own way. I would though be interested to hear more from you on what you see as the Christianity of the O.T.O....

1 month ago
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RE: The Book of the Lauds

@katrice Many thanks for those pointers. I had forgotten that remark in One Star in Sight.

1 month ago
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RE: The Book of the Lauds

Apologies for my imprecision. I was referring to the remark that a Magus can utter a Word without being Magus of an Aeon. It's been many years since I...

1 month ago
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RE: The Book of the Lauds

I like the idea of this, but I wonder what leads you to think that this is the case?

1 month ago
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RE: The Secret Sexual Teachings of Aleister Crowley According to J. Edward Cornelius

Thanks for the clarification. Yes, I had read what you said with too little attention.

1 month ago
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RE: The Secret Sexual Teachings of Aleister Crowley According to J. Edward Cornelius

Do you mean the grade of Magus? If so, I'd be interested to know the nature of the verification.

1 month ago
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RE: The Book of the Lauds

So it's on the O.T.O. website. So what? I what way does that mean that it is "officially accepted"? Do you think that the O.T.O. have the final say on...

1 month ago
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RE: The Book of the Lauds

Officially accepted by whom?

1 month ago
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RE: The Book of the Lauds

In my experience it's more common as a verb – to laud someone is to praise them, often quite lavishly. As a noun it's archaic, and I've not come its u...

2 months ago
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RE: Witch's dream to move into tiny Yorkshire hillside hamlet stopped by Cliff Richard

Bit difficult to understand why this has been published now, when the events took place decades ago and the woman died a good few years ago now. Thin ...

2 months ago
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RE: Atlantis, lost civilizations, precession, Hancock and Thelema.

It's something that afflicts revived threads, I notice. New threads seem fine. So the present software seems incompatible with threads that flourished...

2 months ago
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RE: Atlantis, lost civilizations, precession, Hancock and Thelema.

Why would it be interesting, as opposed to indifferent or boring?

2 months ago
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RE: SittingNow Podcast - Aleister Crowley’s Strange Angel with George Pendle

Indeedy. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s I went through a rich few years of thinking that Jack Parsons was the best thing since sliced bread,...

2 months ago
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RE: Crowley and the Aeon

I disagree. The essence of Thelema is summarised in the Greek word Thelema. The Egyptian mythology – Nuit, Hadit, Ra-hoor-khuit – are simply trappings...

2 months ago
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RE: SitRep '22 - for You!

So did it work this time?

3 months ago
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RE: SitRep '22 - for You!

I clicked on the link a couple of minutes ago. No need to log in. I downloaded the pdf easily enough.

3 months ago
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RE: Wanted: Sword of Song - Kamuret Press

This is a lovely book in so many ways – the rich paper, the generous margins, the lovely white buckram binding of the boards with the gold stamping.

3 months ago
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RE: Wanted: Sword of Song - Kamuret Press

Yes, it would be nice if runs could be larger. The publisher of Kamuret Press is a friend of mine, and was simply not in a position to produce a large...

3 months ago
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RE: Wanted: Sword of Song - Kamuret Press

This book had a print run of 350 copies, of which 31 were deluxes, thus leaving a standard edition of 319. It's a very scarce book therefore, and I th...

3 months ago
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RE: Is there a place for Marxism in Thelema?

I somehow doubt that. But in any case, even if that were so, what is the point of pivoting from one extreme to the other, like a demented shuttlecock?

5 months ago
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RE: Is there a place for Marxism in Thelema?

Well, I agreed with him. The stuff you came out with ireads like a Private Eye spoof on something the Daily Mail might trot out - something like 1982'...

5 months ago
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RE: Is there a place for Marxism in Thelema?

Why do you did that intriguing?

5 months ago
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RE: Melchizedek

You think I hadn't noticed the allusion to a passage in The Book of the Law? Seriously?

5 months ago
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RE: Melchizedek

Generally speaking, when a person maintains something, and someone demurs, it is for them to make thir case. To be honest I assumed that your remark w...

5 months ago
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RE: Melchizedek

Don't give up the day job, mate.

5 months ago
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RE: Melchizedek

The initiations occurred in 1915, with its Chokmah Days etc. However, I don't think Crowley formally claimed the grade until after Achad was able to c...

5 months ago
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RE: Melchizedek

Yes, agreed that they had an effect As someone who considers Advaita Vedanta to be the best thing since sliced bread, I'd have liked Anatta to have ma...

5 months ago
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RE: Melchizedek

Well, with all due respect, it was you doing the bar-setting. You were suggesting that Xeper (a term of which I'd not heard prior to this thread) woul...

5 months ago
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RE: Melchizedek

Hyperbole by Crowley, to say the least. In what way did Anatta overturn "all existing beliefs and codes"? Or Agape? Or Allah? Or Tao? Thery didn't. Th...

5 months ago
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RE: Examples of the black lodge?

Possibly. This is not one of them.

5 months ago
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RE: Examples of the black lodge?

How can one man behave like a mob, for God's sake? The mind boggles.

5 months ago
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RE: Examples of the black lodge?

So you've revived a thread after eighteen months or so, simply to pursue a political argument with ignant?

5 months ago
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RE: Is there a place for Marxism in Thelema?

I don't think that anybody knows what he meant, least of all Cole.

5 months ago
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RE: Is there a place for Marxism in Thelema?

Does that count as "technological means", though?

5 months ago
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RE: Justice and injustice in Thelema

"Platonism is the view that there exist such things as abstract objects — where an abstract object is an object that does not exist in space or time a...

5 months ago
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RE: Justice and injustice in Thelema

Like Crowley, and indeed many others before and since, I make use of the Qabalah. Does that make me a Platonist/Neo-Platonist?

5 months ago
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RE: Justice and injustice in Thelema

How about the possibility that he wasn't "taught to hate LaRouche", but has simply read some of his work and doesn't like what he has read? It does ha...

5 months ago
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RE: AOS paintings?

My pleasure. Across the years I have come across one or two possible forgeries where it's very difficult to be sure one way or the other; after all, S...

6 months ago
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RE: AOS paintings?

This is not Spare. It's not his line. If you compare the "signature" with the signatures on Spares from around 1908, there is no comparision. What's...

6 months ago
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RE: AOS paintings?

The one at the top is a copy of one of Spare's drawings in an issue of Form or The Golder Hind. The one of the bottom is a copy of a drawing in The Bo...

6 months ago
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RE: AOS paintings?

No. They're both forgeries. I've seen a few Spare forgeries in my time, and these rank amongst the worst.

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